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In 1988 after the loss of our dear pet chows, we decided to attend a chow club show to seek a breeder from which to purchase another. The show was The Midland Chow Chow Club show in July 1988. We had never been to any type of dog show before and I was absolutely enthralled by it all, seeing so many wonderful chows all in one room. We attended more shows, and I knew that when we finally got another puppy, I wanted to carry on and start showing too. We were now bitten by the bug and started showing a puppy bitch Himwin Sheer Bliss (Bliss) we purchased in 1990 followed by Himwin Sheer Ellagance (Ella) later the same year. During the time we were chowless, we made various purchases to start us off, a cage, a grooming table and various other show requisites.

My husband Winston and I, Chris, live in a Worcestershire town with our chow chows. We bought our first chow in 1979 but there has always been a chow in the family home right from when I was a child and my grandmother had the breed in the 1930's.

Knowing that we wished to show and eventually breed a litter we applied to the Kennel Club for an affix (kennel name) and we chose HISWIN, this was made up as part of our Christian names Chris & Winston.

We showed both Bliss and Ella, and each gained their stud book numbers. Bliss had just the one litter and Ella four. Ella became our foundation bitch and we kept two of Ella's daughters, Hiswin Vesta Tilley JW (Bertie) and Hiswin Ann-Ella JW, who both gained their Junior Warrants. In 1999 we bought a male chow puppy Yokohama Yakin At Hiswin (Charlie).

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above : my mother with her chow in 1938 and Himwin Sheer Ellagance At Hiswin in the middle.

We were delighted to have had a litter from Charlie and Anna from which we kept a puppy girl Hiswin Rianna (Ria). I showed Ria as a youngster she gained a Res. CC but it was in the whelping box that she really did us proud, as from her second litter and third litter she produced 2 champions, Ch. Hiswin Star Magellan, and Ch. Hiswin Captivating Star.

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Time went on and in 2014 we imported a red bitch from Piuk Chow kennel in Denmark, “Dreamie”. I showed her and she did win a Res. CC, but we no longer had a chow that was from our own breeding, so I took Dreamie over to Ireland and mated her to Ch. Hiswin Captivating Star, and she produced a litter of 4 puppies, the girl we kept “Star” and her litter brother “Leo” have done well in the ring both gaining their Junior Warrants and have become Champions.

I have served on The Midland Chow Chow Club committee since 1993 and I'm also a delegate on the Breed Council for the club. Having passed the Chow Judges Training Scheme and The Chinese Judging Trial, I began judging in 1995, and I awarded my first set of Challenge Certificates at Paignton Championship show in July 2007. I enjoy travelling abroad to see other chows, and have attended many Specialties in America and Canada, plus World & European Shows. I have judged in 8 countries : Canada, Belgium, Austria, Finland, Sweden, Denmark, Slovenia and Norway.

At home we have 3 chows, our homebred girl “Star” Ch. Hiswin Star Dreams JW, her daughter “Sadie” Ch. Hiswin Morning Star, and Star's youngest daughter Hiswin Evening Star. All go back directly to our foundation bitch Himwin Sheer Ellagance At Hiswin.

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