A Weekend To Remember!

Posted By on March 1, 2018


Patton BOS Austin CC under judge Maret Halinen


Patton CC Austin Feb 25 2018



Patton CC Austin 2 25 18


Willa BB win


Willa CC Austin 2 25 18


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Last week was a dreary week of rain, mud, and me fighting a flu- like virus.  The Collie Club of Austin put on their specialty shows last weekend, and we had some of our collies entered.  The Collie Club of Austin is the largest collie club in Texas and puts on very nice shows. Our Poppy/Samson kids, Patton, Willa, and Maxi were all entered. Our friend, Lea Bertsch, had Patton and Maxi with her, and she got them to the Saturday shows along with some of her other pretty collies. I do not know how Lea does all she does. She seems to be someone that just goes for it and gets an incredible amount of stuff done, and done well. Thank you Lea -for all you have done for our dogs!

I was too sick to go to their first day of shows last Saturday. While I was sick in bed, I got a text message from Lea saying Patton had gone best in specialty show at the first show under judge Joyce Beddow! I was thrilled with the news of such a nice win for our not quite 14 month old boy- Patton.  I was so proud of our boy that I started crying. The good news perked me up a lot!  Lea and Tina Patterson convinced me to come to the shows on Sunday. I got Willa bathed and semi-groomed. Willa and I left for Austin about 5:00 AM Saturday morning. When we got to the show, Lea and Mary Visser helped me finish grooming Willa. Mary Visser demonstrated her artistry with a few snips of her scissors. I thought Lea was going to show Willa, but she had arranged for Jennifer Harper to take Willa in the ring. It was Willa’s VERY FIRST DOG SHOW! I didn’t know how well Willa would show as all I had done with her was a little practice at home. Jennifer showed Willa in the open sable class, and she won! When it came time for the winner’s bitch competition for the points, Jennifer had a previous commitment to show another collie that she has been winning with. Jamie Ennis stepped in to show Willa, and the judge, Ms. Maret Halinen, found Willa again! Willa won a four point major! I was so proud of little Willa, who showed like she had been doing it for months instead of minutes. The most beautiful thing about Willa was her movement. She moved with her head high and floated around the ring effortlessly. Willa entered the ring again behind the champions and the winner’s dog for best of variety competition. Her brother Patton, was first in line as a new champion. I thought Patton looked very nice shown by Lea. I thought Patton might win again. Lea’s own dog, (Patton and Willa’s sire), GCH Scalloway’s Lion Hunter was in the best of variety ring too- shown by Jennifer. He looked great and always shows well. There were a lot of pretty collies at this show. I had hoped that Ms. Halinen would like our type collie. I saw that Ms. Halinen’s eyes kept going back to WILLA. I was thrilled when she pointed to Willa for Best of Variety!  A few minutes later, Willa competed with the best smooth Collie for Best of Breed and won again! Willa’s brother Patton won Best of Opposite sex to his sister, Willa, meaning he won over all the other males at this show. It was certainly a weekend to remember.

At the Sunday PM Show, Willa won the open sable class again, but it was her sister Maxi who did better at this show. Maxi was reserve winner’s bitch, meaning she beat all the non-champion females except one. And it was Willa, Patton, and Maxi’s sire– GCH Scalloway’s Lion Hunter (Samson)– that was chosen Best of Breed. Samson is a handsome dog, and moves beautifully. Patton was chosen Select Dog, meaning he was second best of the champion males.  In the four shows, Patton had won one Best in Specialty show, two Best of Opposite Sex awards and a Select Dog. Pretty awesome.

We were also excited to see Juliette’s two son’s win at the Austin shows. Juliette (Ch Avalar Tairis Radiant) is a daughter of Bridgit from her first litter sired by Ch Cherann’s No Stranger To Luv, and owned by Judy Gorham. Bred to Judy’s Southland champion, Juliette produced two outstanding sons that have very recently started their show careers.  Judy’s sable boy was a reserve winner on Saturday and Sunday. And Judy’s tricolor boy was winner’s dog at both of the Sunday shows for two majors. It couldn’t have been much better.

The show photographer captured a lot of good pictures. We will be purchasing some of them and sharing them later. For now I will share a few pix I took.

Here is the moment Ms Halinen chose Willa Best of Variety, rough! It’s not a great picture, but a great moment for us!


Willa chosen BV CC Austin 2 25 18

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Here are a few pix of Willa and Tracer after their baths.


Willa and Tracer Feb 2018


Tracer Feb 2018


Willa Feb 2018



















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