The family is four generations in dogs, as Zara’s Great Grandparents had successfully bred Airedales but Zarcrest did not begin until 1966.
Zara’s parents decided to get her a dog at a very young age when they had moved to a bungalow with a garden after their retirement from their television careers.
Tandy was a wire fox terrier bred by Terry Gray of the famous Gray’s Herbal Sweets, meanwhile a local conviction of a man had led to a stray whippet that kept visiting the families fruit, fish and floristry business, a sweet kind but hungry bitch that her Father brought in from the cold and handfed to gain her strength, he soon found her a new home, little did he know she was in whelp, she produced a healthy litter and my father obtained a blue male whippet cross lurcher type puppy for me, which I named ‘Flash’ for obvious reasons.
The shop was very local to Harry Bailey of the ‘Marjayn’ WSS and Skye Terriers in fact they were supporters of her parents throughout their professional on screen dancing careers. Harry made a suggestion to them that they needed a new hobby and showing dogs was a good one. Zara’s Mother was so impressed by what she learnt that she obtained a heavy marked red brindle bitch known as Highland Lassie from local breeders and began learning the trade from Harry Bailey and they went everywhere together in those early days.