We are Estella & Phil
Phil & I met at a Kennel Club Licensed Dog Training school in 2006 where Phil brought his 12 week old Manchester Terrier puppy for ringcraft training.
We both grew up with family dogs and had our own dogs before we met. Phil, Neapolitan Mastifs, Weimeraners and Great Danes. Myself, Bearded Collies, Cocker Spaniels & Portuguese Water Dogs…… and a rescue Collie x Terrier.
Together we have built a successful Manchester Terrier Show/hobby kennel under the ‘Rattustrap’ affix.
We first saw the fantastic Black & Tan Coonhound in America in Southern Illinois. A majestic pack of Black and Tan Hounds were baying at the foot of a tree. The regal way the dogs carried themselves and their fantastic bay captured our imagination. We were smitten.
The beginnings of the breed in the UK:
Once home we began researching the breed. They appeared to be the ideal companion and fantastic family pet. Adaptable, happy & tolerant….certainly needed when living with Manchester Terriers! We then contacted breeders and built relationships….and waited.
In 2014 we imported the first two Black & Tans, Lahja & Shadow from Finland & another from California, Goose in 2015. The first 3 litters were co bred under the kennel name Scentaway.
Phil & I then imported Jester, Marti & Jinx for a solid foundation and have continued our line of Black & Tan Coonhounds as Scenterbay. We are so fortunate that we have good working relationships with Black & Tan Breeders worldwide who have helped & supported us since our initial enquiry.