As my header shows I’m an admirer of the pre-war Golden Retriever Kentford kennel of Hon. Mrs. E.D.Grigg. She had a couple of very beautiful dogs. This, for example, is Rip of Kentford (b.1923).
The dogs of mrs. Grigg were remarkably well proportioned, with wavy coats. That wavy coat seems to have been the ‘trademark’ of the Kentford Kennel. To see what I mean, look for the contrast at another very famous dog in the twenties: Haulstone Dan (b.1922). He has quite another coat.
To my big surprise I discovered that this Golden, Eredine Rufus (b.1922), which isn’t beautiful or well proportioned at all, was the property of this same Mrs. Grigg. However, it seems not without reason that his name doesn’t bear the extension ‘of Kentford’. He is mentioned as Eng.FT.CH. Eredine Rufus. He won 5 field trials firsts and was bred by Lady Norton-Griffiths. Mrs. Grigg was very active with her dogs at shows like Cruft’s. But as far as I can see, she never showed this dog. She didn’t even breed it herself, she bought him. That shows that she was really interested, not only in the looks of the Golden Retriever, but also in its performance as a hunting dog.