On May 8, 2023, the family of Gloria Rose Pountney, beloved wife of Captain David B. C. Pountney, announces her peaceful passing at the Saint John Regional Hospital. Born on August 23rd, 1941, she was the daughter of the late Burton and Audrey (Galbraith) Alderman.

Gloria was a lifetime member of the American and Canadian Kennel Club as well as many Sheltie Associations. She raised Shelties for over 60 years as Seafarer Shelties. She showed them in conformation and obedience with most becoming champions in breed and titled in obedience. She met the love of her life at 15 years of age, and they were married on January 30, 1960. Gloria loved to travel with her husband, visiting Europe, Mexico, the Caribbean, the United States and around Canada At the time of her passing, she was a member of the Grand Bay-Westfield Congregation of Jehovah Witnesses.

Besides her loving husband of 63 years David, Gloria is survived by her daughter: Lynn Dillabough (Don) of Kitimat, BC; grandchildren: Lauren Legere-Schibli (Jordan) of Vancouver, BC, David Legere of Kitimat, BC, Eric Dillabough of Vancouver, BC, Talon Dillabough of Kitimat, BC, and Alyssa Dillabough-Mattiuz (Scott) of Kitimat, BC; as well as numerous nieces and nephews. In addition to her parents, Gloria was predeceased by her brothers: Norman, Steven, Burton, Jonathan, and James; and her sister: Margaret “Peggy”.

Arrangements are entrusted to Fundy Funeral Home, 230 Westmorland Road (646-2424). In lieu of flowers, donations in Gloria’s memory to the Canadian Alzheimer’s Society or a charity of the donor’s choice would be appreciated by family.

Welcome to Seafarer's Shelties


Seafarer Shetland Sheepdogs Perm. Reg’d is a small kennel with our home port in New Brunswick, Canada. Seafarer was first registered with the Canadian Kennel Club in the early 60’s with German Shepherds. Shepherds weren't immediately abandoned, however. Two Guiding Eyes for the Blind dogs were raised at our home, an experience that gave us great satisfaction.

Three Dogs

When work took my husband David and I to the U.S., shelties seemed the perfect choice of dog for us. It’s been more than 40 years and we have never questioned our choice. A lovely bi-black bitch purchased from Stanley and Lynette Saltzman in 1989 launched a new era for Seafarer. Known and loved as Misty (Catamount Misty Gift of Love CD), she was our foundation bitch. With Misty, we began a successful program of raising numerous champions and our dogs have won countless obedience and agility awards. These same traits mean our dogs make great family dogs as well. Our Shelties are loyal companions who go out of their way to please their owners.


Seafarer strives to produce Shetland Sheepdogs that capture the true essence of the breed in temperament, structure, movement and intelligence. Our dogs are recognized for these qualities and over the years, many puppy buyers have chosen to return for another dog to add to their family.

"Dogs are not our whole life, but they make our lives whole."
Roger Caras (photographer and writer)

Club memberships include the Canadian Kennel Club, the Canadian Shetland Sheepdog Association, New Brunswick Kennel Club.