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NEW POLISH IMMIGRANTS TO SCOTLAND On Friday 20th April 2007, three new immigrants from Poland arrived in Scotland.

Born and bred in and around Koscielisko in the Tatra mountains in Poland, Bilko, Dolly and Bella set off on the long journey to Scotland on Wednesday 18th April leaving behind lots of sunshine and many wild crocus in the mountain meadows. They enjoyed the long journey along the southern route through Poland, then along the autobahn in Germany to Ijmuiden, the port for Amsterdam in the Netherlands. They were fascinated by the different sights and sounds during their travels and their lack of German didn’t prevent them from making lots of friends along the way.
They then had to endure a long overnight sea crossing to Newcastle but this was made much better for them by regular visits from the ship’s crew who were mainly Polish. Indeed, it is suspected that they were entertained most of the night by friendly Polish conversations.
On arrival in a cold and wet Newcastle, and having satisfied the authorities that they met all of the strict requirements involved in importing animals to the U.K., the three youngsters then had a short drive to their new home in West Lothian. They are now happily settled into their new surroundings and are taking regular English lessons so that they can understand their new family and friends.

Bilko, Bella and Dolly are the offspring of Polish Kennel Club champions and it is hoped that they will in due course produce many Scottish second generation “Owczarki Podhalanskie” as they are known in Poland or Tatra Mountain Sheepdogs in English speaking countries.
Their owner Mrs. Wanda Livingstone is not aware of any other dogs of this type in Scotland or elsewhere in the U.K. If there are any out there, she would be pleased to hear from the owners with a view to starting a U.K. breed club. She would also be happy to hear from anyone with a general interest in this particular breed of dog.
Mrs. Livingstone can be contacted by Email on walivingstone@tiscali.co.uk

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