Scott M. Rutherford
Cressbrook Farm
229 Providence St.
Uxbridge, MA 01569
Phone 508.278.3560
Fax 508.278.6130

Rococo Kennels began with a ten (10) year old girl and a very special Boxer, though totally unremarkable to any boxer breeder, “Impy”, X-Trafine of Grayarlin, a Champion Mazelaine’s Keynote daughter. Saturday evenings Scott’s father played poker and every Sunday morning the winnings were under her mother’s pillow. One Sunday---no winnings! Dad mumbled something about it being in the den. Of course, the children had discovered it. She was an eight week old plain brindle. With the indulgence of her parents, Scott and Impy went to obedience classes and on to matches. Scott became aware, very quickly, that “Impy” was not what the world of show dogs was looking for. Too late, Scott had been bitten with the show bug! Scott talked her mother into driving down to the Potomac Specialty that year, 1952, a very classy event. She told her something about how educational and pleasant it would be to see Washington with her. Mother must have enjoyed it because she began to view dog showing as a reasonable activity for a teenager, though she still could not have more than one dog.

Father came home to lunch one day, though not his custom, and in his haste to return to his office, he backed out of the driveway running over Impy, killing her. He felt so badly that he allowed another puppy, IF it was a male. Scott dreamed of shows with a dog of quality.

Their next door neighbor introduced Scott to Mrs. Charles Forest Dowe, an active Best In Show Judge, who graciously took Scott on many of her assignments. Scott is very grateful to Peggy for the wealth of information she imparted on those trips. She pointed out to Scott that if the loss of Impy was too much, she should consider another breed.

When Scott was a toddler the family had owned a Scottish Terrier. At the Framingham Kennel Club, while watching Scotties, Jane Kemp (Forsyth) walked by Scott with the most beautiful dog she had ever seen, CH Barrage of Quality Hill. Thus began a life’s journey for Scott and her Rococo Boxers. Jane had a litter out of Barrage and On Parade of Grayarlin (Rory) came into Scott’s life.

In 1957 the Middlesex Specialty and Eastern Dog Club were held about a week or two before the American Boxer Specialty and Westminster. Jane entered On Parade at Middlesex and Boston because he needed the experience before the futurity at the American Boxer Club. At Middlesex he won his class, handled by Anne Hone Rogers. To say the least, Scott was pleased. At Boston, after an automobile accident, Scott had her license just a few days, was stopped at the light at Huntington Avenue when her car was struck by a gravel truck whose wheels locked up and brakes failed. On Parade was thrown against the side window. By the time police let her go, they had only five minutes before judging. On Parade had broken a canine tooth and was bleeding copiously. If she had realized that Angell Memorial was around the corner, she would have taken him there, but all she thinks of was the show veterinarian. Scott double parked on Huntington Avenue in front of Mechanics Hall and ran into the show. At last the dog had stopped bleeding. Suddenly Annie appeared out of no where, grabbed the dog saying, “Where have you been? He is in the ring now.” “But…was all Scott was able to say as Annie disappeared into the crowd. Scott got to the ring just as On Parade won the novice class. Annie handed him to Scott saying “Don’t move.” Scott had bought a cold bottle of Coke knowing it would fit the curve of his jaw and reduce the swelling. By the time Winners Dog was in the ring, the swelling had gone down and Scott knew he wasn’t hurt badly. There he was out there in Winners showing like a trooper. Maybe a slap up side the head was what the young dog needed to get him taking the shows seriously. He really looked gorgeous. He Won! Then back to the cold Coke bottle compress to await the Winner’s Bitch, the very lovely Van’s Blyth Spirit, owned by Dr. Buris R. Boshell. When On Parade went Best of Winners, Scott was very proud to think he had beaten such a wonderful bitch. Next the Specials, which included Barrage who was going to win. After all, wasn’t his picture on the cover of Sports Illustrated? He had won many Best in Shows. He was a marvelous and magical dog. The Judge, Mrs Marie Meyer, who cut quite a figure in her completely maroon outfit with matching wide brimmed hat which would have protected her from a monsoon if there was one in Mechanics Hall, was forty-five minutes into judging and worrying Scott. On Parade was working quite hard and should be seeing a veterinary. The judging took forever. The ringside was now twenty deep so Scott went to get another cold Coke and consequently lost her place at ring side. Upon returning she couldn’t see, but she could hear the comments, On Parade was under consideration. She ran up to the balcony and couldn’t see from there either. Just as Mrs. Meyer selected On Parade for Best of Breed, the crowed parted and Scott saw it. There was such chaos that there was never a picture taken of the dog.

On Parade went on to win many Specialties and Groups. Unfortunately, he died of endocarditis at four and one half years old. He sired two champions: CH. Countdown, owned by John Demetre and handled by Lois Matthews and Rufus Copeland, and CH. Rococo’s Cricket, owned by Scott and handled by Rufus Copeland. A sister to Cricket and Countdown was bred to Barrage and produced CH. Rococo’s Major Muir. Cricket was bred to CH. Flintwood’s Bag N’ Baggage and produced CH. Rococo’s Aphrodite. On Parade’s sister was bred to the Barrage son, CH. Amity Hall’s Master Key and produced CH. Rococo’s Jessica. Scott had reasonable success basing her breeding program on Barrage; however, she wanted to substantially enhance the rears and feet. Scott acquired CH. Rococo’s Bright Magic, sired by CH. Evo-Wren’s Impresario ex CH. Halo of Twin Willows. She produced three champions, two were Major Muirs and one was CH. Flintwood’s Line Backer. When Scott suffered a back injury, she gave a young typy bitch that she intended to show to Edgar and Florence Wilderson. This bitch was out of CH. Brandybrook’s Criterion and was named CH. Rococo’s Tangerine. In the hands of Earl Overstreet, Tangerine amassed many Bests of Breed and Group placements becoming the foundation of the Wilderson’s program.

Again a quandary for Scott, what to breed and show in a small dog with vitality, personality, and resilience? Since her back injury was permanent, she was precluded from raising large dogs. Scott, while in the midst of selecting a breed to carry on Rococo Kennels, selected a Scottish Terrier puppy for her niece’s graduation from Veterinary School. After bring the pup home to await the special day, Scott found that she was unable to part with the precious little package. She found another appropriate graduation gift and that puppy went on to become CH. Camelot’s Sparkles of Rococo, her first Scottish Terrier Champion and foundation bitch. Rococo Scottish Terriers are proud of their thirty-seven (37) champions to date and pleased to present them here on our website.