|...All About Tollgate Welsh Terriers...
|Kennel History: Beginning With Bud
Tollgate Terriers started with Cambrian Aur Coron (aka “Bud”), bought as a show dog
in 1990. He tried very hard in the show ring without much success, but his true calling
was a beloved pet and Ambassador for the Breed, a post he filled admirably for almost
After a few false starts, finally I was able to buy my first good bitch, Ch Rattletrap
Tollgate Moccasin (“Molly”), bred from Briggsdale stock by Chris Hofer (Rattletrap),
and a daughter of the incomparable Ch Kirkwood Top Brass. Molly’s excellent show
ring performance was eclipsed by her prowess as a dam of champions. Though Molly
only gave me one litter before going to live in Oklahoma with co-owner Kim Ward
(CornerStone Terriers), she continued to produce champions. Her sons, daughters
and collateral relatives are now my breeding stock. Her grandchildren, most of whom
are still in the show ring, will carry on her legacy. Molly now lives at Briggsdale
Kennel, a hale and hearty 10 years old.
|Meet The Owner: Becky Eterno
I am a small hobby breeder of high-quality Welsh Terriers located in suburban Kendall County, Texas. I breed for show and pets,
with 9 homebred champions so far. I often groom and show my own dogs, but also use local handlers. I usually have one or two
dogs in the show ring at a time, and, given our small numbers and the relatively few shows we enter, we’ve done very well.
Tollgate dogs have made a creditable showing against the best company during our national specialty weekend in Pennsylvania
and at other regional specialties, sometimes even with me at the helm!
I’ve been active in our national club, WTCA, since joining in 1992. I have served the WTCA as Corresponding Secretary, Welsh
Wag editor twice and am presently a board member. I'm also a member of WTCARES, coordinating rescues for the San Antonio
area. The parent club makes the decisions and policies which affect the welfare of the breed, and it’s important to me to make
sure we do our best for Welsh terriers, whether they are conformation, agility, obedience or earthdog competitors. Or just
beloved pets, which all Welshes eventually become, whatever their previous careers. Whether or not I have puppies or dogs
available, I’m always happy to talk to people about the breed at shows or via phone and email.
|I am a member of the Welsh Terrier Club of Southern
California, the Rocky Mountain Welsh Terrier Club, the Rocky
Mountain All-Terrier Club, the American Fox Terrier Club and
the Smooth Fox Terrier Association of America. We also
belong to the Welsh Springer Spaniel Club of America, since
we like to have a token sporting dog.
My other interest for Welshes is Earthdog competition, since
this is the original job these dogs were bred to do. We’re not
very good at going to ground yet – plenty of instinct there, but
still a lot of suspicion about crawling into those dark holes.
Despite their trepidation about tunnels, my dogs, like most
Welshes, avidly hunt anything they can catch – I just wish they’
d stop trying to eat toads….
We have only a small kennel space, and all the dogs rotate as
house pets --we typically have 5 or 6 adults here. House life is
a great civilizing influence on typically rowdy Welsh Terrier
youngsters and a treat for all the dogs. Oldsters especially love the soft life of couches and tidbits in the kitchen.
Our puppies are whelped in the spare bedroom and raised in the kitchen, so I obviously can accommodate only a couple of litters
a year at most. I breed to improve my stock, to provide myself with show dogs, and, of course, to provide a few well-chosen
families with good-looking, health-guaranteed pets.
Most of our puppies go to pet homes. Many Tollgate “pet” puppies could have been shown successfully, but owners willing to
learn to groom and show a wire-coated terrier or pay a professional to do it are few and far between. The show ring’s loss is the
pet owner’s gain! While beauty may be paramount in the show ring, stable temperament is integral to all good Welsh Terriers,
show dogs and pets alike.