Introducing Daisy



Daisy is the latest addition to our family. She is a Ratonero Bodeguero Andaluz, which translates as Analucian wine cellar ratter. Several hundred years ago English wine merchants settling in the sherry making region of Spain brought with them white terriers which were crossed with local breeds and used to control vermin in the wineries. Finally in 2000 the breed was recognized as a native Spanish breed by the Ministry of Agriculture.

Although less than 5 weeks old Daisy has already caught her first rabbit!

Although less than 5 weeks old Daisy has already caught her first rabbit!

They could be described as a Jack Russell on stilts as they are similar to the British breed but much taller and athletic. They are mostly white but should have a black and tan mask over very dark eyes and their ears.


About Margaret Merry

I grew up in Falmouth, Cornwall, England where, after leaving Falmouth High School, I spent a year at Falmouth School of Art. Then followed three years at Hornsey College of Art in London where I obtained a Diploma in Art and Design. I then spent a post-graduate year at the West of England College of Art in Bristol where I gained an Art Teacher?s Diploma and a Certificate in Education of the University of Bristol. I lived and worked in Truro for over 30 years and became one of Cornwall's most popular artists. My paintings have been exhibited in New York, Tokyo, Paris and London and have been bought by collectors from all over the world. I have published 4 books which became local bestsellers - 'The Natural History of a Westcountry City', 'Margaret Merry's Cornish Garden Sketchbook', 'Sea & Sail' and 'Tidal Reaches'. In 2002 I moved to Spain and now live pn a small farmer the town of Alhabia in the Alpujarra Almeriense in the Province of Almeria. I now get my inspiration from the dramatic scenery of Andalucia and its old cities, towns and villages which I usually capture in watercolour. I also enjoy portraiture and figurative art, particularly nudes and dancers. For these paintings I use artists' soft pastels. I have written and illustrated 3 children's books - The Wise Old Boar, The Lonely Digger and The Adventure of Princess The Pony - which have been published in the USA.
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7 Responses to Introducing Daisy

  1. Moira McRae says:

    He looks fabulous Margaret and we can hardly wait to see him in January. We hope you are both well. Moira and Donald xx

  2. what a cuty !!!! is 5 weeks not too young to be away from her mother ?

    • Yes, we think so too but country folk in Spain like to get rid of their puppies as soon as they can feed without their mother. She is fine though. There were only two in her litter which gave her a good start.

      • Oh yes, in Spain they are horrible to dogs,last year I adopted a Spanish streetdog, he is just adorrible !! But he still is terrified of men although my husband is very sweet with him, when I am not at home and my husband is, he hides behind the couch poor thing.

  3. We rescued our “street” dog Blanquita when she was a puppy and now she is 9 but, although she is sweet natured, intelligent and user friendly, she flinches and sometimes squeals if someone’s feet come too close to her rear quarters. She has never been hit by a person but our theory is that this is an inbred instinct after generations have being kicked. Likewise the puppy, Daisy, is already scrambling in rocks and woodpiles in our garden looking for rats – inbred instinct!

  4. Penny Smith says:

    I think Daisy is lovely. P X

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