No thats not really fair other than if we thought Bracken had only two speeds Ivy had only one 'full speed ahead 99% of the time'This however made her a much easier dog to show and although she also makes her own mind up about whether she wants to do it she had the required 'ring presence' and devil may care attitude that a show dog needed to get noticed .Ivy also enjoyed gardening and it took me some time to discover why the strawberries and latterly the tomatoes never ripened. Yes you've guessed Ivy got there before me and enjoys her fruit and vegetables! (When the weather was not as good she took up CD remodelling instead! - an indoor activity for wet days!!). She also had the added task of introducing her younger relatives to all the activities she enjoys. Needless to say the garden now looks like a bomb-site on a good day!
Ivy did well in 2003 winning her class at every Championship Show and was best puppy five times therefore making her top Manchester Terrier puppy at Championship Shows for 2003. She also went Best of Breed and fourth Best in show at Devon and Cornwall Terrier Show in October 2003. No mean feat for a 'Chester against all her trimmed and coated relatives!With her sister having taken time off for maternal duties Ivy had to take over from Bracken in the show-ring and she continued her success by winning her first RCC at just twelve months old at Richmond dog show. Following that she gained a second RCC at Birmingham National in May 2004. (She also came second in the brace with Bracken). Altogether in 2004 she was placed first in her class nine times at Championship Show level together with numerous Open Show wins.In 2005 she continued her winning ways being placed first nine times at Championship Shows winning two RCC's culminating in her first CC at Midland Counties Dog Show. She also won the terrier brace stakes with Bracken at Birmingham City Dog Show going forward to the best in show brace stakes on the third day. In 2006 Ivy appeared in the big ring at Crufts with her sister Bracken as one of the finalists in the nationwide Breeders Stakes as part of the Quixol team. She has also had five firsts at Championship Shows and won a further RCC. Following these wins she won the Oldlane Comeback Trophy for the most wins in open bitch classes at Championship Shows with CC'S in that year. The only bitch to have done this without being a Champion since the sixties! In 2007 Ivy gained her Shcm (Show Champion of Merit) following further success at Open Show level. She also gained a further RCC.
Ivy then retired from the show ring and in 2008 had a litter of four puppies which included 'Rosie' (Ch Egloshayle Black Rosewyn Schm). Rosie therefore gained the title that had eluded her mother. Her sister Maisie went to a lovely pet home down here in Cornwall where she rules the roost with her whippet friends.
Ivy then returned to the ring in veteran classes and had considerable success culminating in qualifying for Top Dog of Cornwall in 2013 where she put in a sterling performance against dogs many years younger than her. She also represented her sister Bracken who had also qualified in the same year but then sadly passed away.
Ivy as an old lady enjoyed her retirement here at Egloshayle and during her twilight years enjoyed nothing better than relaxing in the summerhouse, telling Mabel off and looking after the other Mannies' puppies.
Dear old Ivy passed over the Rainbow Bridge in the beginning of January 2015. Run Free little girl with your daughter, sister and all the other relatives.