before the Sow's Ear prefix even existed, there was Lost Acres.
Yet even to this day, I still hear the same question over and over again: Who is Lost
Acres??? Other than seeing that prefix in front of Revlon's
name, most are not familiar with what it is, and who it is. Just as with those old
pedigrees that trace back to obscurity, I think it will help if we try and
"put a face to the name", so to speak.|
The very beginnings of this breeding program started with a little tan & white bitch named Windermere Witewitch, but she was the terrier that opened the door to what Sow's Ear is today. Yet none of this would have been possible without the key ingredient: Lost Acres.
Witchy was the most amazing little dog from day one, and the terrier who got me started on the road to where I am headed today. I had purchased her on breeder's terms, so had no connection to her background other than Windermere, and her pedigree. When I spotted a transfer of ownership in an issue of True Grit, listing Windermere Jazz as having been transferred to an Iris Mensing of Va., I promptly called the Club office to obtain a phone number. I immediately made a phone call to Iris, to tell her I had a daughter of her bitch, Windermere Jazz that I thought was a wonderful little terrier, and the reason for my call was to see if there was any chance that she might be willing to repeat that breeding, because if she would, I would definitely take at least one bitch pup, possibly more.
Initially, Iris was a bit hesitant, but it didn't take long to convince her to take Jazz and put her back to that wonderful old English import, Tag of Windermere, which produced a litter of three bitch pups, and I had pick puppy!!! At some point, I told Iris that if she didn't have any other reservations on the litter, to "pencil" me in for 2nd pick too, that way I would be able to bring two little bitch pups home and decide which one was the "keeper"
Little did either of us realize that this "transaction" would lead to the beginning of a wonderful and lasting friendship, along with the launching of a dynasty of mostly all white terriers.
We ended up bringing home two bitch pups, one a smooth, the other quite rough!!! Naturally, the original gameplan was to decide between the two, but I favored the smooth puppy, while Paul liked the little rough bitch. And so it was that both Revlon and Chigger stayed on. From the get-go, it was pretty obvious that Revlon would have the edge in the show ring, she simply exuded perfection. Chigger, on the other hand, was a scruffy little pile of hair, but built to hunt. In fact, I never even attempted to show her until she was nearly a year of age. But, she was one of those "late bloomers", and for the little time she was with us, did very well indeed in the ring!!! Not to mention the hunt field. And indeed it was little Chigger that earned the very first NHC for me, "scooping" her older sister Witchy that day in Canada
What began as nothing more than a business transaction developed into a lasting friendship with Iris and myself. Without Witch and Revlon there would be no Sow's Ear terriers today, Chigger I'm sure would have also been a factor if she had lived long enough to give me some babies, but it was not to be. Obviously the biggest impact came in the form of Revlon, who has accomplished more than any other bitch in the history of the breed. And while I may have been the catalyst for that breeding which produced her, the credit for her being does indeed lie with Tag and Jazzie, and of course Iris and Lost Acres. But the Lost Acres legacy doesn't end with Revlon, both Jazzie and Tippy were bred to Sailor in their latter production years, and wonderful daughters have carried on from there, and let's not forget Lost Acres Disney, who, while being a "mistake", is here to pass on his wonderful, rare old bloodlines. Now with the addition of Mill Mountain Georgie's Girl, Iris may just be making that "comeback", o perhaps, some day in the not too distant future, the Lost Acres prefix may indeed be far more recognizable than it is right now. But, if nothing else were ever to be produced, Lost Acres can still claim honors for having produced one of the most outstanding brood bitches ever.
So, when you visit the different pages here on this site, and see all of these wonderful terriers and what they've accomplished, keep in mind where they trace their heritage back to---Lost Acres and those two little known bitches named Tippy and Jazz.