THIS WEEK IN 1970: Fancy's quarantine ends '“ with a wag

Chris Haggar with her Shetland sheepdog Fancy, who was kept in quarantine for 12 months.Chris Haggar with her Shetland sheepdog Fancy, who was kept in quarantine for 12 months.
Chris Haggar with her Shetland sheepdog Fancy, who was kept in quarantine for 12 months.
Twelve months of heartache for a Waterlooville housewife ended with a bark and a pat.Â

Now happiness is definitely a wet nose for Chris Haggar.

It had been a year since Chris was parted from her three-year-old champion Shetland sheepdog, Fancy. They were separated when Chris and her husband, Norman, returned from Germany and Fancy went into quarantine. 

Months passed and with them came a tightening up in the quarantine regulations, which ruled that dogs must remain in kennels for eight months instead of six. It was increased to 12 months after a rabies scare.

'˜We were really upset,' said Norman, '˜the regulations are too strict and unnecessary.'

But those long months of waiting were forgotten when Nancy returned home.