Posted on May 7, 2012
The news that Eike died in the early hours of 14 January had been sadly expected by those who knew that he had been diagnosed with advanced cancer just before Christmas. Eike had been connected with Pugs since 1971 when he and his partner, the late Iain Fowler, began their association with the breed, and made up his first Champion in 1975. Since then he has owned or bred 13 UK black (Bentwood) and fawn (Pugnus) Champions, all descended in direct line from his first Pugs. He was passed to award CCs in Pugs in 1979 and for three more Toy breeds since (Griffons, Italian Greyhounds & Affenpinschers). He judged Pugs at most Championship Shows in the UK including Crufts, and most recently at LKA at the end of 2011, when it was obvious he was not in good health. Eike judged the breed in European countries, and his judging appointments also included Russia and Australia.
Eike was actively involved in committee work, and was closely involved with the Scottish Pug Dog Club for some years. Latterly he has served as Chairman of the Pug Dog Club several times, a post he held at the time of his death. In addition he served as a Trustee and Treasurer of the Pug Dog Welfare & Rescue Association, a registered Charity. He served as Chairman of the Griffon Bruxellois Club for 9 years and as Chairman of the Italian Greyhound Club for 3 years.
Knowledge of the breed
Eike produced a paper on the Pug breed standard, which was used by the Pug Dog club for breed seminars. He was also breed note writer for over 10 years. Eike’s enthusiasm for, commitment to and knowledge of the breed was detailed & extensive, and he held firm views on aspects of the breed standard, drawn from over 40 years experience in the breed.
Condolences to his partner Dr Andreas Schemel, and also to Mary Downie, who had shared his passion for Toy dogs as well as his home for many years. Eike’s funeral 23 January in Brighton. By request any donations in Eike’s memory were donated to the Pug Dog Welfare & Rescue Association.
Eike’s death will leave a huge gap in the world of Pugs and show dogs in general which will be the poorer for his passing.