Dolores King showed
Photo - Family Photo)
Dog Trainer's Specialty Was Terrier Breed
Thursday, August 9, 2007
Dolores Virginia King, 58, who groomed, bred, trained and showed dogs, specializing in the sheeplike
Bedlington terrier, died July 31 of complications of lung cancer at her home in Hedgesville, W.Va.
Ms. King, known as Dorrie, was born in Washington and graduated from Central High School. For several
years, she worked for Dupont Painting Services, painting houses. She met Ronald Todd and they had two
children. At 25, she decided to pursue a new career.
She graduated from the Maryland School of Dog Grooming in Silver Spring in 1975 and eventually became the
head instructor. The owner recognized her skills in grooming all breeds of dogs and in teaching, said her
daughter, Tina Lamke. She had the ability to talk to people, use her scissors expertly and draw diagrams.
Her hands just worked magic on everything she did, Lamke said.
Over the years, Ms. King continued teaching and began breeding, handling and showing dogs. Chihuahuas were among her
Recognizing that the Bedlington breed was not well known, Ms. King set out to do something about it, her daughter said. For
more than 30 years, Ms. King taught students, friends, co-workers, owners and breeders how to groom, handle and show the
breed. She also pure-bred the dogs, which resemble lambs, with their woolly fur and distinctive heads. In England, where they
originated, coal miners had employed the dogs to find rats and other rodents.
Ms. King showed the Bedlington terrier internationally, traveling to Buckingham Palace, Canada, New York City and Cancun,
Mexico. She also traveled to train and give demonstrations on Bedlington terriers and schnauzers.
She received numerous awards and was most proud of holding the title for several years of Top Sire, in recognition of her
champion male Bedlington terrier, whose offspring became champions.
In 1997, Ms. King moved to an eight-acre parcel in Hedgesville -- her mountain, as she called it -- and opened a business,
Sudor Terriers. She specialized in terriers and Bouvier des Flandres, and she received awards from the Montgomery County
Kennel Club, the Westminster Kennel Club and a national Bouvier organization.
Ms. King was active in the Bedlington Terrier Club of America and the U.S. Lakeland Terrier Club. She also held memberships
in the National Dog Groomers Association of America, the Chihuahua Club of Maryland and the Scottish Terrier Club of America.
In addition to her daughter, of Hedgesville, survivors include a son, Timothy King of Glenn Burnie; three brothers, Raymond King
Jr. of Davidsonville, Donald King of Forrestville and Tommy King of Laurel; eight grandchildren; one stepgranddaughter; and
-- Yvonne Shinhoster Lamb