Andrew Brace There are few people
who are truly blessed with the gift of being able to
enrich those around them just by being in their
company. Elisabeth was such a person. She was unique
and I will miss her great wit and generosity of
spoke to Rebecca earlier she said - "I was
staying here a few days and Peter (Green) was in the
UK for a whole week ... we were meant to be here."
This made my spine tingle and emphasise my ideas on
destiny, fate etc. But let's look at it from
Elisabeth's angle ... she had spent a weekend
entertaining friends she adored (Peter was her GOD!),
woke up and it was decreed that she would never have
to battle with crippling disease and that she would
be taken from us when she was still as bubbly and
wonderful as ever. And God Bless Joy Taylor whose
generosity allowed Elisabeth to end her life living
her dream in her own personal Norfolk Nirvana. Today
both Elisabeth and Joy left us forever. We were
blessed to have known them.
Hinsch It feels like a bad
dream, just unbelievable. Elisabeth has been a friend
ever since I got Tubby, Cracknor Candidate from her.
I am grateful that our lives have touched. She was
such a character. You were known to be late,
Elisabeth, why did you leave so early? I'll miss
Thank you Elisabeth, for the encouraging
support you have given Uffe and me! Our participation
at Crufts is an adventure to remember for life!
Crufts and the Norfolk World will not be the same
What a loss!
October 14. A beautiful sunny day today at
Standhall Cottage. We do not know exactly what caused
Elisabeth's death. We found her by her bed. We will
hopefully know more later in the week. All the dogs
are doing very well and the young puppy, Joy, keeps a
smile on our faces. Dogs have that wonderful effect
on people. Elisabeth had many friends and reading all
the kind words you write about her is so touching but
also starting to make me realise this has really
happened. But don't forget to keep your grammar
correct (language was very important to her! :-)) Her
closest friends will now be working with her last
wishes and more information will follow. Thank you
everyone for your support for the truly wonderfully
unique Elisabeth of Cracknor Norfolk Terriers. /
Rebecca, forever grateful for having been a small
part of her rich life.
Bryan and Marilyn Claydon What A shock to hear of the death of
Elisabeth Mattell,to think we were laughing and
joking together at the Club Show just two weeks ago
and she seemed in such high spirits.She will be sadly
missed for her enthusiasm and energy for life, and
her Norfolks,and I find it hard to believe that we
will not see her again.
Inger Lundström, Sweden.The world of Norfolk Terriers has
lost a lovely person far too early...
Clever, intelligent, artistic, devoted to our lovely
breed...so I always will remember Elisabeth.
believe the sad news of Elisabeth, she will be so
missed with her character as large as life and her
enthusiasm for the Breed. I am so glad to have had a
friendship with her and will remember the many laughs
we had together and how her 'Paradise' was always
open to everyone, R I P Elisabeth.
Garry Mason What terrible sad news,
its hard to believe we have lost Elisabeth. A
great loss for Norfolks and all who knew and loved
Just got home to find out the devastating news that
Elisabeth has passed away. Words cannot describe how
much the world of Norfolk Terriers owes this unique
lady with the most amazing generous personality, she
will be very sadly missed by many. R I P. Elisabeth
Andre Hess I saw Elisabeth just
yesterday. She had come to see me with Roxy, and
arrived late as usual, but cheerful and chatty. I
operated on Roxy more-or-less straight away, and both
left smiling. Phoned her in the evening to check that
all is well ... and it was. She was making her pasta
salad and told me what a lovely, but busy, few days
she had had with her American visitors and then
Rebecca Agronius. I am completely shocked and cannot
really believe it.
When I said goodbye to her on Friday, she talked
about how great it was to have sorted her little
bitch, Roxy's, problem out so quickly, and what a
lovely sunny day it was. Just before she got back
into her car she asked if it was acceptable to hug me
while I was at work and in uniform. I said it was OK.
Shocked and so sad. R I P Elisabeth
Leo Norfolk Terrier Oh no, I can't believe
it...so very, very, sorry...
Robin Wellmann Shocked to hear this, a
huge loss for the Norfolk world.
Maureen Chambers Shocked, just so sad, I
will miss her chats we had.
Maureen Chambers I will miss Elisabeth
dearly, she was always smiling whenever you saw her,
rushing in late to the show, memories I will treasure
Zoe Wilding so sad R I P Elisabeth
Maria Lindman I´ll miss Elisabeth so
much, her kindness and fun comments meant a lot to me.
I dont want this to be true. I really hope she
didn't suffer. LOL/ Maria, Fia (with her happy ears
Elisabeths words), Emma and Lotta. Sleep well!
Elisabeth, we became FB friends this year and you
have meant SO MUCH to me, with all your nice, always
kind and fun comments. I really dont want to
believe you are gone, WHY? There are not many people
like you, I hope you knew that! Little Fia with her
happy ears and I will miss you A LOT!
Tarja Kalme Oh my god, how very sad
R I P Elisabeth.
Dorothy Dorkins The Norfolk world will never
be the same. Words fail me I am so upset.
Susan Kipp So sad to hear this. We
will all miss her ....
Stevie Bernhard Agreed no words can be
said. Complete sorrow is all I can think of. So sad
Deb Sheddan So shocked to hear this...
and so very, very sad.
David Winsley R I P Elisabeth, you
were such a character, I shall miss you!
Birte Wollesen So sad to hear this,
the Norfolk world is not the same without her!
Jutta Witte Im shocked to
read this! R I P Elisabeth we will miss you so much!
Carol Ramsay Very sad news...
Hayden Feetham R I P
Matthew Oddie Devastated!
Grau What a
shock. So sad. R I P Elisabeth.
Katrina Bentley Oh my God. I cant
believe it. A huge loss to Norfolks and everyone who
knew and loved her. R I P Dear Elisabeth.
Nan Salminen Oh Elisabeth. My heart
and my mind still refuses to believe it is true. I
cannot say that I will miss her in my every day life,
but I cannot imagine Norfolk (and Norwich) world
without her. She was "my soul mate" when I
spent a summer working as Joy's kennel maid, and we
had always that connection. She was the one that made
me raise my eyebrows, when I was being nervous to
death when having the honour to show Joy's dogs in
Crufts and Elisabeth was near of a nervous break down
having Betty in the ring trying to break the Crufts
record in Best Of Breeds. She was drowning herself in
Rescue Remedy drops trying to calm herself down and I
found it quite comforting that somebody I looked up
to so much was being even "more silly" than
myself. She was the one that greeted me with a cake
in Crufts when she had found out that I was
celebrating my 30th birthday abroad and she was the
first to send me a card saying congrats when
Polkagris went the Dog of the Year. I think she must
have been a person with one of the biggest hearts I
have ever met.
I used to love Elisabeth's colourful and "honest
to the bone" judge's reports. I remember when
she awarded Ch Kinsridge Chaos the top honours at one
judging appointment, and in her report she wrote that
she was surprised that she liked that bitch, as she
had thought from the ring side before her judging
appointment she would not like her. Not many judges
would put that in a report, would they? "Piano
fingers" for too flat paws and "beaks"
describing too narrow muzzles were also her so clever
descriptions that you could almost see how the dog
was in your mind's eye even if never seen it yourself.
Aud Nordby So sorry.
Dave van Zantvoort So sorry to read this!
A very sad loss.
Tina Dennis Oh no, God Bless her and give
her peace. Unbelievable. So very sad. What a
Mike Vickers R I P Elisabeth
I first met Elisabeth when she did the ads for Dog
World. After not seeing her for a while I had a sick
puppy three months ago and she kindly sent me Betty
Bloomfields book on puppy rearing, always
willing to help and Im grateful for that,
Kimberly J. Mayo Oh my word....what on earth
happened? I was just chatting with her the other day.
This is such a shock! We will miss you Elisabeth I
hope she knew how much she would be missed.
Debbie Gaskin R I P.. Elisabeth. Such sad
Sally Brown Totally stunned at the news,
what a shock. R I P Elisabeth you will be missed.
Carol Moore So sorry to read this, I didn't
know her but she bred some fantastic dogs, I'm sure
she will be met by many at the bridge.
Maria M. Sacco wow, very sad news for all
Tan Nagrecha Elisabeth, not
only did you give me loads to review in my thoughts
about the Norfolk and the Norwich , but I learnt from
you was to have confidence in my own beliefs .. I
thank you for that strong lady who I will always
respect. R I P The world of Norfolks has truly lost a
Elisabeth, Always full of fun. The help you gave will
not be forgotten. A good person & good friend.
Supporting all that was right in our world. I will
miss your e.mails.Taken too soon, you will be missed
by many. R I P. My thoughts to all family &
a shock for all of us all around the world!!! We will
all miss you deeply! R I P Elisabeth!!!
Ian Gabriel Miss you Elisabeth.
Shows will be quieter but much less fun. I'm glad we
were friends and I'm glad I was there to see your
face each time Betty won. Catch you soon Elisabeth
.... Can you get me a terrier appointment for when I
So sad! Shell be missed!
är rosen, jag är törnet,
Glöm ej vännen som skrev i hörnet......
Rest in peace, Elisabeth I will miss you.
Terry Cooper A very forthright &
vibrant character whom I first met some thirtyfive
years ago when we both showed English setters. She
will leave a big gap in the dog world. R I P .
Terry & Linda
Harpham I can't
utter shock and devastation to hear
this news. Amazing lady with such a passion. Me and
Petey will miss you. We shared words and laughs and
most importantly friendship, you shared "paradise"
with us all ....Crufts 2005 was the year none of us
will forget with Coco going BIS, it was an honour to
stand with her....We will miss you, you were unique
and one of a kind. I hope Paradise stays with you.
xxx R I P Elisabeth
Ruth Gee Just got up and still can't
believe what has happened she touched so many hearts
with her vibrant character and welcoming smile so
very sad, she certainly will be missed by many people
all around the world, How very very sad we have all
lost such a truly unique lady who inspired us all.
You may be Gone but you will never be forgotten, we
will all miss you so much Elisabeth, The Norfolk
world will certainly not be the same without you, R I
Linda Philip A sad loss for the Norfolk
world - so very very sad I hope when we
recover from the shock and sadness of Elisabeth's
passing we remember the joy she got from celebrations
and the gathering of friends -whether it was a picnic
at the shows, or a meal at Standhall Cottage after
the show of the day, or the anticipation of the 2014
celebrations. She once told me that listening to the
buzz of friends chatting and laughing at her Cottage
was just the best thing. In time lets celebrate her
love of Norfolks and friends together.
Di Johnson We loved Elisabeth and are so
Paul H Stanton So very sad to hear,
she will be sadly missed but never forgotten. One of
the great Swedish exports.
Simon Parsons So hard to take in. An
Barbara Miller I thought of a
comment Elisabeth told me years ago and it still
makes me laugh whenever I think of it. Elisabeth
worked for Joy Taylor as we all know as a kennel maid.
Anyone who has ever witnessed Joy in action with her
kennel help will appreciate Elisabeths comment
to her mom. Having a day off Elisabeth went into
Tewksbury, bought a postcard and wrote the following:
With any luck Ill get hit by a lorry and
wont have to go back. Now isnt that
just like Elisabeth and Joy?
Barbara Miller I was sitting at Crufts years
ago with Joy Taylor and we were
wheres Elisabeth as she was
being Elisabeth she showed up 2
minutes before she was due in the ring. Everyone was
getting her dog ready for her. Her remark to Joy and
me was, big girls dont cry. Well if
memory serves me right she won the ticket.
Deborah Sutton Norfolks and life have
lost a great Champion!!!!! She and Coco are together
Loed Brinkmann Bad news. I am in a
shock. Elisabeth Matell found dead in her cottage in
Malvern. I cant believe it. Marisca
I grieve the loss of a very dear friend. No one will
ever quite take her place. If there is a heaven I
trust Elisabeth is now cuddling Betty and Coco in
front of a good fire with a glass of decent red in
her hand and a box of chocs beside her. What a sad
Clever, intelligent, artistic and humorous, devoted
to our lovely breed...so I always will remember
Tobin. Lexington-Fayette, KY At this time, I would like to
say a few words about Elisabeth. Forever kind
and charasmatic, but never at a loss for words,
Elisabeth loved dogs, (and all animals in general). A
breeder at heart, she always made time to look and
appreciate a good dog, no matter what the breed. Her
untimely passing should be a reminder to us all, to
continue looking to the future, but also to live each
day to its fullest, one day at a time. Rest in peace,
Elisabeth. You will be missed.
Friday you were here showing us your new wallpaper
worried about "joy" eating Peters
Hermes cap........Saturday you are still here in a
different way playing with the lights.... We love you
and miss you (all the dogs got extra treats tonight:)
So glad you enjoyed my silly Norfolks at Downton and
the others, I hope they brought a smile to your face...I
will miss you forthright and camp comments . R I P
Elisabeth. Larger than life. Sleep tight and sort
them Norfolks out over the bridge. Xxx
Knight Oh no.
I am so shocked and devastated....she was a wonderful
wonderful lady. With Coco and her beloved Joy again...
bless her xox
Cathy Morgan Such a shock and
so unexpected from someone so full of life and
enthusiasm. We often disagreed but frequently agreed
and grudges were never held. The Norfolk world will
never be quite the same without Elisabeth, a true
larger than life character and Norfolk lover. She was
always so lovely with my daughter Hannah. She has all
Hannah's photos up in the living room and sent lovely
little presents at Christmas, Easter and on her
birthday. She was always disappointed if Hannah
wasnt at a show with me. When we went back to
Standhall Cottage after 3 Counties or WELKS she made
a point of taking Hannah up to see the Chickens,
despite having so many guests to look after. Shows
will definitely never be the same again. I remember
being so surprised and touched when Elisabeth gave
Belleville Sweet Nothings BOB and BP at Crufts as she
also gave me a beautifully presented bottle of
champagne too. It was a lovely touch that very few
judges would do and made the occasion even more
special than it already was.
Andrew Green Such a shock, hard to
I have just heard the very sad news whilst at the
hotel. I am truly shocked that such a wonderful,
genuine lady has gone far too soon. Such a great help
to me when I first started to work at Dog World and
many others along the way. R I P Elisabeth - God
bless. My condolences to the family and to Rebecca
who was with her xx
Mounfield The Norfolk and dog
world will never be quite the same. So shocked and
saddened about the sad news! You were a wonderful
lady and welcomed me into the Norfolk terrier breed
world! And into your home for wonderful lunches. You
will be greatly missed but never forgotten and your
legacy is the beautiful Norfolk terriers left behind.
Rest in peace x x
sad I feel that such a great lady has passed on from
this world... there are few like Elisabeth around now,
she will be sorely missed. A very sad loss to us and
the Norfolk Terrier world.
Such terribly sad news Elisabeth, I cannot believe
the news, you were such a great lady and lived for
your dogs, you will be so greatly missed by all who
knew you :-(((( R I P xxx
Liz Dunhill I just cannot
believe you are gone god bless xxxxxxxxx
Your in our hearts forever and you will live on
through Shankly our beautiful Norfolk Fluff that you
brought in to the world on the 08.08.08 R I P
had a couple of wonderful days there with Elisabeth,
once when buying our Shankly and again when we
visited her. Please whoever has Smartie keep me
updated on her as she is my Shanklys birth
Peter Baxter I am so sad to hear this
awful news, Elisabeth was such a lovely lady, so kind
and generous with her time, Windsor show will never
be the same again without her presence and enthusiasm
for her beloved breed. R I P Elisabeth.
Geraldine Cove-Print So sad to hear of Elisabeth's
passing, a great loss to the dog fancy and to her
friends all over the world.
Dear Elisabeth, there will never be another you. We
miss you already. Margaret
is very sad news. Elisabeth will be missed by all
Norfolk lovers. Rest in peace.
Kirsi Nieminen So sad news.
Betty Bossio So sad...
Marja Salminen Salminen Family
in Finland miss her a lot. It's so difficult to
understand, that she has passed. R I P.
Betty Kristiansen We are in shock is it really
true? Talk to her last week, what happened? She will
be remembered in history, and we will miss her a lot.
Rest in peace dear Elisabeth. Betty and Bjørn
Minna Partti R I P. Shocking news
sad she was one of the nicest and friendliest dog
people I know.
Andrew Kramer Elisabeth had a major impact
on Norfolk in many countries. It is so sad to hear of
her passing. The Norfolk world lost a great one.
Lena Lindgren We had just started with
Norfolk terriers. We bought our first from Gainsay
kennel in Finland. We where at Stockholm dog show and
after Norfolk was judged Elisabeth came to Bill and
asked him if he was the owner of the Finnish bitch
that got BOS. Bill answered yes! She said that she
loved her. So nice of her. We did know who she was
but she was BIG in the Norfolk world and we were new!
And she took her time to find us. Lovely memory! We
have had contact since then! R I P.
Emma North-Row I am totally shocked. She was
wonderful to me when l was at DW. She even invited me
to the Pedigree final with Betty. She was a unique
personality in a world of blandness. Hope you and Joy
are enjoying nattering again. I was proud to call her
my friend. R I P friend. Betty will be so pleased to
June Hallerberg It is such a loss, Rest
in peace Elisabeth.
a character! I'm glad that I got the chance to meet
you. You shared stories about your life, dogs and fun
memories. You taught me how to make a cup of tea and
told me that she would make a real English Lady out
of me, ha ha! The last thing you, me and Rebecca did
together was to look at pictures of Norfolks with
celebrities at the computer. Who could ever guess
that that was going to be out last moment? The time I
spent at the Standhall Cottage was fun. Thank you
Elisabeth for everything, may you rest in peace.
Kathryn Imhoff Oh..my heart is
breaking..such a lovely Norfolk friend.
great loss for the Norfolk world... R I P
Sue MacDonald Very sad and shocked to hear this news
Sissel Bjornerud OMG this is truly a tragedy .
I didnt know her well but i surely knew of her
and talked briefly to her just a few days ago. R I P
Anita Lidèn R I P Elisabeth
sad news. R I P Elisabeth
Langefeld I´m so sad. A great
personality has gone. Its an enormous loss for
the Norfolk people.
very, very sad
Beverly Deacon What dreadful news, Elisabeth
was a lovely person and will be so missed.
a terrible terrible shock!!
no, how sad
So sad. She was a lovely lady. Another loss to the
world of dogs.
Oh no. What terrible news, so sad.
This is so
sad. She was so important for the breed, and for me.
I will miss her forever.
Edwin Morgan just heard - phone has not
stopped ringing the last 10 minutes.. what sad news -
So sad to hear this....
Ira Karvo so sad news..I
don't want to believe it
Such sad, sad news :((
Åsa Geijer I can't believe
it we will miss her a lot R I P
Derek Glas Wow, such sad news.
Andrea Smith Tragic news, a truly
wonderful lady, such a great loss to us all and the
Norfolk Terrier World. Sleep tight Elisabeth and god
believe it. Very sad.
Anne Johnsen, Norway I
will always miss you, Elisabeth Matell. You were the
most generous and enthusiastic person that I
have ever met in the dog-world. For me your
inspiration and support had such a big value. Nobody
can replace it. Thank you for all that you gave
to me and for all you gave to the breed I love.
Lisbet Tandefelt I did
not know Elisabeth Matell personally, but as a long
time Norfolk enthusiast I of course knew of her, and
certainly of her beautiful dogs. And we shared some
mutual friends. This is a great loss to all her
friends all over the world. It is also a great loss
to the Norfolk terrier.
Päivi Reijonen I am so very sorry to hear
this. Strength to her loved ones in their great
Patsy Green How do I remember
Elisabeth? A person dedicated to her beloved
dogs, who were her family. A strong-minded
person with boundless enthusiasm and energy, and
always welcoming anybody with her generous
hospitality. How we will all miss
Dorothy Dorkins What can I say?
The Norfolk world has lost its Queen. Everyone knew
when Elisabeth walked in to a room and now we all
know Elisabeth has left the building.
Will we never forget her.
At times she could be infuriating and other times
sensible and organised, and nearly always LATE!
Her Norfolks were her life and she loved living at
Standhall Cottage - that was clear.
Her hard work for the Norfolk Terrier club of GB was
immense and her generosity to the club and to her
friends was sometimes overwhelming. She
was strong willed and did like to have her own way,
which usually turned out to be the right way.
Elisabeth we all loved you for your character,
spirit and energy. WHY was it taken from
us. Your Friend Dorothy
Ernesto Lara Her passion and love
for Norfolks was also extended to the people she knew.
Carolyn Fry Such a sad loss...
Isabelle Nicol Such beautiful dogs from a
beautiful lady. She will be so missed by all.
Gavin Robertson A really lovely lady,
true dog lover, great breeder and always had time to
speak to others Will be missed by many x
Nikolas Kanales My deepest condolences
to all her close ones! It is indeed a great loss to
the whole fancy...
Billy Henderson The dog world has lost
another True dog person. R I P Elisabeth.
Robert Paust If you knew her, you
know what we all are saying about this great lady. If
you did not know her then you missed a chance to know
this great dog lady.
Hans Lehtinen & Johan Juslin
Elisabeth, we will miss you so much.
Rosa and Bengt Thulin-Krebs. Kennel CH Roughrider Schweiz.
Tack Elisabeth! för alla härliga hundar vi har haft
genom dig. Tack för vänskap, råd och hjälp under
37 år. Vila i ro!
(Thank you, Elisabeth! For all the beautiful dogs you
gave us. Thank you for your friendship, advice and
support during 37 years. Rest in peace.)
Completely shocked I still
cant believe it. Only two weeks ago, after the
club show, we were standing together and talking
about the plans for the 2014 celebrations, she was
full of life.
The Norfolk Terrier world has lost a great and
irreplaceable personality, always dedicated to the
breed and forthright, we will miss you.
Martin Phillips I have
just returned from Judging in South Africa and
shocked to hear the sad news of Elisabeth's passing.
A great character, breeder and true guardian of our
lovely breed. I will miss my sparring partner, RIP
Andrew Gullick On my
return from my trip to Montgomery I was saddened to
learn the loss of such a strong character who by her
own virtues commanded such respect from those around
her. I will miss our debates and her wit. RIP Andrew.
Claire Achenbach I am terrible
shocked and sad, could not believe it, but you were
such a love to run to where I was at the championship
show 15 days ago to correct my awful trimming of my
little bitch and you even helped me in the ring. You
were always there to help, and now having your dog
Cracknor Crossword at home and his daughter and his
son, seeing them will make me think of you daily. I
know you can see us all from where you are.
I was very near Elisabeth and she was such a
wonderful person and I fell terrible about her
leaving us all . She regularly stayed in touch with
me, specially when I put a no good photo on the FB,
and she gave me such wonderful advice, since years we
stayed in contact by E mail. She was really
remarkable and always said what she thought. To
Norfolks she is a great loss and I do not see anyone
who could be like her. I would like to come to the
funeral and give her my last respects. A great lady
she was and will never be forgotten.
Keith & Cheryl Jones
Thank you for being so kind to my wife and I when we
lost our little Norfolk. So very sad that we shall
not meet again on this earth.
Goodnight and God Bless.
Gilean White, Vicbrita Maltese and
Dear Elisabeth how we are going to miss you.
How long ago was it when I first saw you, a shy young
girl, helping Joy Taylor with her dogs around the
benches? We then learnt that you had come over to
study Norfolks under Joys tutelage. I seem to
remember that you had been doing rather well showing
an English Setter back home in Sweden. The next time
I remember you you were showing under me in Sweden in
Then you made the momentous move to England and the
rest is breed and dog world history. You always had
such a great sense of humour and of fun. The last
time we met, at a Club Show, you greeted me with a
great big Swedish hug. And I have always treasured
your aside to me of brave judge after I
had awarded you two consecutive first prizes, not
knowing that you were actually handling for someone
Farewell Elisabeth, you and your world-beating
Cracknors will be in our hearts for ever.
Susan and Steve Walker We will always be grateful
to Elisabeth for the beautiful gifts she gave us. It
is so sad to lose her, and such a loss to the Norfolk
Geoff Corish The wonderful
Standhall Cottage, my dream home and somewhere where
we all had great times. My room was always the one on
the left hand side overlooking the beautiful
countryside and the lovely peaceful church where Joy
is buried. I still can't take it in. Elisabeth was so
happy there and continued the Nanfan story. Elisabeth
was unique and if anyone was in trouble she would be
the first to offer help.
R I P Elisabeth.
David Guy So sorry. Elisabeth was
one of the best!
Amanda Carter You will be missed by
all who knew you. Gone but never forgotten. Sleep
well Angel x
Michaella Dunhill-hall R I P Elisabeth, mum
tells me how you were such a amazing woman and about
all the good things you did in your successful life
You will truly be missed by mum and me and will
always be my idol xxxxxxx xxxxxxx
Gunilla Jansson I will miss you, thanks
for my Cilla Black.
Susann Bjorkfall, Sweden
You knew you were my guru, I often told you.
You moved to England 1977, two years before I got my
I felt so strongly that I wanted to meet you.
1981 I went to England on vacation, by bike. I
and my best friend from school were biking from
Colchester, through London to the south coast. We
stayed at Youth Hostels. I called you and we arranged
a meeting next day at a pub in Rye. The night before,
my friend and I stayed in the little village
Guestling. It was the most wonderful summer evening.
We took a walk to the local pub, had a beer and a
chat with the locals. Walking back to the hostel we
saw old picturesque houses with the most wonderful
gardens. Extremely pleased with the day and excited
for the meeting with you the next day I told my
friend If I ever will have a prefix, a
kennelname, it will be Guestling.
You brought my favourite, Ch.Nanfan Sweetcorn. We
were talking, talking, eating, talking and laughing!
Since that day you were my guru!
And now, what can I say?
I cannot believe, I do not want to believe, that I
never will see you again.
Dear Elisabeth, I miss you terribly. It was so much
more to be said and done.
The following tribute to Elisabeth
Matell has already been published in Dog World.
My condolences to your club in your loss.
It was such a shock to hear the news that Elisabeth
Matell had died, as she was such a force of nature
and so full of life people like that seem like
they are going to live forever.
Others will write about Elisabeth's achievements as
the clever breeder of the hugely successful Cracknor
Norfolk Terriers but I would like to say a few words
about what it was like to work with Elisabeth at Dog
Her attention to detail was legendary when it came to
preparing breeders' adverts for the Dog World Annual
and breed notes. She had a natural eye for what made
an advert stand out usually merely a large
photo and as few words as possible and her
grasp of English, especially given that it was not
her first language, was outstanding and in fact
better than that of most English people. She was
always outraged when someone put an apostrophe in the
Any visit to her office would usually reveal what was
on Radio 4 (it was rarely off except for when she
played Otis Redding tapes), and there was sometimes a
hopeful Norfolk Terrier puppy scampering around which
would soon be plonked on a desk and pulled to pieces
in a kind of office-based ringcraft lesson.
Elisabeth was enormous fun with a larger-than-life
personality. Over the years, her colleagues at Dog
World would share in the excitement of her dogs' wins,
but little did we imagine that 'Betty' and 'Coco' (Ch
Cracknor Call My Bluff and Ch Cracknor Cause Celebre)
would scale the heights they did, with both being BIS
winners and of course Coco sweeping all before her at
Crufts. There was many an office party during that
period, with Elisabeth happily supplying wine, cake
and nibbles for all in her usual generous fashion.
Elisabeth had a taste for the good things in life and
would often live beyond her means. However, if pay
day was around the corner, funds were low and she
heard it was your birthday, she would run and buy you
a bottle of champagne. That was the sort of person
She also displayed at times a certain vulnerability
which served only to endear her to people even more.
A very striking woman with natural Swedish blonde
good looks, she would sometimes worry about her
appearance even when she looked wonderful. She was
always immaculately turned out, and I recall vividly
what a stylish figure she made when she judged at
Crufts in her cowgirl boots!
Always brimming with ideas, chatty, bossy, sometimes
exasperating, generous to a fault, a true character
in every sense and always interesting to talk to
that is how I shall remember her. Elisabeth's
death will be an enormous blow to the Norfolk Terrier
world and her many friends worldwide to whom I send
Beverley Watkins. Norwich Terrier Breed Notes,
also first published in Dog World.
The sudden, untimely and unexpected death of
Elisabeth Matell of the Cracknor Norfolk Terriers has
shocked us all. Elisabeth had never owned a
Norwich as Norfolks were her life but she had been a
member of the Norwich Terrier Club for many years.
She will be
remembered for many things. One which sticks in
my mind is how to spell her name she was
annoyed when anyone spelt her name with a
z, as in our Queen. She always used
to say there is no z in
Swedish. Elisabeth bred many nice
Norfolks over the years but the two most famous are
of course Ch. Cracknor Cause Celebre (Coco), Best in
Show at Crufts 2005 and Ch. Cracknor Call My Bluff (Betty)
winner of 27 CCs (the breed record) and the first
Norfolk to win an all-breed Championship Show Best in
Show. Elisabeth spent hours in her little Polo
car going up and down the country from her home in
Ashford Kent to campaign Betty. She was well
known for her organisation and ideas for events, from
the very successful Millennium Show, the 2007 joint
anniversary show to her strawberries and cream
parties at Windsor Championship Show. She had
been newsletter editor and handbook editor for the
Norfolk Terrier Club for many years and was also a
very active committee member. When Joy Taylor (Nanfan
Norfolks) passed away Elisabeth was very lucky to be
able to live at Standhall Cottage near Malvern.
She knew she was lucky and when she and I
corresponded by e-mail I would give her a weather
forecast from Essex and she would let me have one
from Paradise which is she called Standhall Cottage
she was obviously very happy there.
Elisabeth will be a
very hard act to follow and her enthusiasm for the
handbook and newsletter will be difficult to replace.
Michael Bellamy. Photo
with three puppies.
This is a photo of Elisabeth at Standhall with her
last litter Joy, Pimms and Cilla. We had three dogs
from her over the years. I'm sure we shall all miss
her a great deal. Life was always fun when she was
Ruth Corkhill. Two
weeks after the shocking news of Elisabeths
sudden death & I still cannot get my head around
this fact & cant believe its
really true. She was such a strong & lively
character wherever she went. I value her friendship
& wonderful enthusiasm, hard work & support
for the planning & running of the joint Norfolk
& Norwich 75th celebrations in 2007. I truly
could not have kept up the momentum required without
her we had many a late night phone discussion
& even later email exchanges, not to mention a
whirlwind trip down to Kent to visit the rosette
workshop. She had a constant stream of ideas, most of
which came to fruition. We had some fun subcommittee
meetings in Paradise enjoying her
renowned hospitality & tasty food.
The very first time I visited her at home was in
Ashford after Lesley Crawley & I had been to
Dover to collect a Norwich. We phoned to say we were
nearly with her & she said no you
cant come yet I need to cut the dogs
nails!! Nevertheless her welcome was great
& she produced a lovely meal while we chatted.
Over the past few years we have exchanged countless
funny emails & now when I receive one
I have to stop myself adding her name to the list
when forwarding it on, thinking Elisabeth would
love this one. I will miss the ones from her
with an attachment & the plea I cant
open this sort- I open it & email back a
resume to keep her entertained!
She bred & showed some top quality Norfolks &
was the breeds most staunch supporter in every
way. She & I agreed to differ on our
preferences in type & she didnt often agree
with my judging especially when I favoured
another bitch over Betty, but she used a
quote from my critique in her next advert!, which I
took as a back handed compliment! In those days we
didnt really know each other very well but in
the last decade came to understand each other more
& found we had common ideas & interests,
& developed a good friendship. (including being
fellow Archers addicts!)
I shall miss going to Paradise after
shows at Three Counties, & other social visits.
Shows will not be the same without her presence, they
will seem rather flat, & no longer will we say
wheres Elisabeth, her class is next.....Oh
here she is, just in time as usual!- with
several exhibitors & spectators bustling around
her to get the dog ready in double quick time. Then
in she would go & no doubt win the class &
maybe the CC, to the amusement & frustration of
competitors who had been at the show for hours
preparing their dogs in plenty of time. Then there
were the picnics at Summer shows these need to
continue in the same spirit.
It was lovely to know you Elisabeth & have happy
My sympathy to her close friends losing her so
suddenly & unexpectedly.
I do hope my grammar, spelling & punctuation are
correct dear friend?!
David Ridout and
Judith McHugh We will always be
grateful to Elisabeth for her kind words and support
when our precious Norfolk, Blossom, passed away in
April 2010. At that time we wanted to put a small
memorial in the club newsletter for Blossom and so we
contacted Elisabeth. She was really so very helpful
and ensured that our tribute to Blossom was published.
It was a real shock to see the announcement of such
sad news about Elisabeth on the Club website.
David and Lucinda de Winton
and Bertie We are very very saddened by
the loss of Elisabeth Matell, we met her in January
and also in Feburary. We have one of her dogs
Cracknor Clapton (Bertie), his father was Elvis.
We adore our dog, who is happy, full of life and
loves people and dogs alike just like Elisabeth.
May she rest in peace.
Tack Elisabeth! Jag fick äran att köpa din black&tan
valp Cilla Black. Hade många roliga telefonsamtal
med dig innan den stora dagen när jag hämtade Cilla
på Arlanda. Hann bara gå en vecka sen kom det
hemska beskedet att du hade gått bort. Hade så
svårt att förstå eftersom vi hade pratat med
varann dagen innan och jag fick berätta om lilla
Cilla. Hade hoppas få många goda råd i framtiden
men så blev det inte tyvärr. Nu måste jag
förvalta den fina Cilla väl, hon är en fantastisk
hund. Tack Elisabeth.
Enija, Marrakech, Maroc.
Tranquil moment, roses in the fountain in memory of
my dear friend Elisabeth that has left us too early
and too soon.