Fifty endangered Dandie Dinmont Terriers came home to the Haining in Selkirk on Monday for the first time in more than 130 years.
The homecoming’s organiser Paul Keevil, a canine art dealer, discovered all living Dandie Dinmonts descend from a dog called Old Ginger, bred by Robert Pringle in the Georgian house’s kennels in 1842.
The dogged detective traced the pedigree line via a painting he bought from the auction of the Haining’s contents, titled Dandy Dinmonts at the Haining Loch, painted by Robert Smellie in 1888. Dandie Dinmont was a named character in Sir Walter Scott’s second novel, Guy Mannering, and the terriers and their owners celebrated the book’s 200th anniversary at Abbotsford on Tuesday, after the Duke of Buccleuch showed them a Gainsborough portrait of a Dandie at Bowhill on Monday.
Mr Keevil said: “We are thrilled with the warm welcome from the Haining and Selkirk community.”