Heartbreak and hope

| September 17, 2017

Less than a day after my last post celebrating Melody’s three surviving puppies- we lost two more. It felt like being hit in the gut with a sledge hammer- twice. At 10 PM on Monday night, Mel Jr., Roland, and Jilly were all nursing and looking great. By midnight Mel Jr was dead. A couple [...]

Three new lives begin!

| September 12, 2017

    Breeding collies is not for the faint hearted.   I had been getting things ready for Melody’s big event for weeks.  I checked my list of all the stuff I use at whelping time, gathered it together, and ordered the things I needed to replenish. Finally we were all set. I started taking Melody’s [...]

RIP Bruce

| August 14, 2017

I got sad news today from Judy Gorham. Her pretty sable boy Bruce passed away today. He was twelve years old. In a way twelve years is a significant amount of time, but when you are talking about the life span of a friend it is painfully short. I know Judy and Steve will miss [...]

Good news, bad news, good news

| August 12, 2017

I absolutely love our collies. I love playing with them, chilling out with them, going to shows when I can, and having puppies. On the breeding side of this hobby, I’d say my luck at having puppies averages about 50:50. That’s how it worked out this time.  I took Merci and Melody to the repro [...]

The dog days of August and an invitation

| August 6, 2017

Click on the pictures for a better view   We’ve made it to August. Summer is my least favorite time of year. I just don’t like hot weather and neither do our collies. But air conditioning makes summer days in north Texas bearable. I don’t know how people used to live here without A/C. I [...]

Go Maxi and Lea!

| July 14, 2017

Click on the picture for a bigger view.   Our internet at home has been down since yesterday. AT&T said it may take a while to fix. It’s a TEXAS problem. Whatever… So I’m doing a very quick post from my work computer. Our Poppy/Samson pups are 6 months old now. They are looking lanky [...]

Road Trip +

| June 28, 2017

    Only a great husband would be so understanding about his wife taking off to Missouri without him on the 37th anniversary of our wedding! After all these years, my sweet husband has come to understand that doggy stuff can’t always fit into a preferred schedule. Mike stayed home to hold down the fort [...]

The Dog Flu

| June 13, 2017

I generally go the conservative route on vaccinating our dogs- heeding the advice of esteemed vets such as Dr. Ruth Dodds on such matters.  But there is a relatively new threat facing our dogs in the form of canine influenza. And it is not just one strain of flu, attacking dogs in America, but two. [...]

It’s not that easy.

| May 23, 2017

      People coming to see our puppies often ask me, “How can you stand to let them go?”  Well, it isn’t usually easy. They are lots of tugs on my heart when our puppies leave with new owners. I would never let a puppy go unless I was convinced it was to great [...]

Mini update

| May 8, 2017

Mike and I have been a little under the weather so I didn’t get a chance to take any pictures this weekend. Bart and Betty are in their new homes and Roger’s new owners will be picking him up soon. Roger is the sweetest puppy. It will be tough to let him go.  I got [...]