Our New York Adventure

Posted By on October 7, 2018

Judy started it!

One of the things I’ve noticed about getting older is that sometimes instead of asking “Why?”, I ask myself, “Why not?” I’ll probably never complete my bucket list, but when one of the items on my bucket list became available recently, I had to say “Yes!”

My friend Judy Gorham must be suffering from the same senior, ‘Go For It! ‘ attitude that I have sometimes, because this cross country trip was her idea. I have been a fan of Milas Collies for a long time- frequently praising them to my friends. Almost all my collies trace back to Macho- Ch Windhaven Stranger In Paradise. Judy’s girl, Juliette, (Ch Avalar Tairis Radiant) from my breeding of Ch Milas Madam Butterfly to Cheryl Kobularcik’s Macho son, Miguel, had grace and elegance that Judy wanted to perpetuate. She decided for Juliette’s second and final litter she wanted to breed her to a Milas dog, because of the style, beauty and elegance found in that family.

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  Judy didn’t want to ship Juliette, so she asked me if I wanted to accompany her on a road trip to New York.  It’s a long drive from Texas to NY, and I had responsibilities at home. It was such a tempting offer though! I scrambled to see if I could make arrangements to go. Thank goodness my kids agreed to take care of my hubby and our dogs at home. I’m so grateful for their help.  New York- here we come!

Neither Judy or I like to drive after dark, so we tried to get in as many daylight driving hours as possible. It went pretty well except for some hellacious traffic jams in Pennsylvania. Older ladies do have to make regular pit stops- so we never quite lived up to the Google driving time estimates. It took three full days to reach our destination- MILAS COLLIES, in Thompson Ridge, NY. The scenery became more and more beautiful  as we drove northeast through Texas, Arkansas, TN, Virginia, and Pennsylvania. I think we were in West Virginia and Maryland for a few minutes too. We were a tad too early to see the spectacular fall colors, but there were hints of color changes on the sumac leaves as we drove north.

For some reason I was fascinated with this pyramid shaped building in Memphis.


Milas sign

When we finally came up the the last road leading to Milas Collies, and parked near their kennel sign, it was kind of like finding the Holy Grail.  We were first greeted by their tri boy Justin, and shortly afterward by Lotta. Lotta and Lynn were so kind to let us stay with them a few days while Juliette was there for breeding.  Lynn and Lotta were very gracious and fascinating hosts. Their home is like a museum. I think they have more art than some museums. It was a treat to look at the paintings, photographs, sculptures and art objects in every room. Lynn is a very talented photographer. She has a unique way of taking photographs while riding on horseback that results in photos that look like paintings.


















The biggest thrill for me was seeing all their dogs. Lynn and Lotta have been masterful in creating their special Milas family of collies. Macho and Fidel have passed on, but I got to see many of the legendary Milas Collies- including three of the remaining Fab Four. I was honored to see the oldsters- Cisco, Maya, and Diva, as well as Gwenda,  Carlos, River, and Fosse. It was also exciting to see their current big guns- Tyler and Diesel, and the up and coming boys, Walker, Hudson, and Charley. The younger Milas girls were knock outs too. Everywhere I looked there were beautiful collie faces, with temperaments as sweet as sugar. I was in collie heaven.

Carlos and Diva


Diva- 12 year old mother of our Bridgit














Fosse with Lotta - sire of Tyler



Some Milas young adult girls












Juliette was bred to Tyler, aka, Ch Milas Walk this Way. Tyler already looks like he will be a very important sire for Milas Collies. I sure hope Juliette takes and has some healthy Tyler puppies for Judy. It seems like a very nice breeding.

Tyler , aka- GCH Milas Walk This Way -CCA photo





GCH Milas Pitch Black (Diesel) photo by Lynn Butler











My friend, Lea Bertsch took advantage of our trip to New York and sent another girl with us for breeding – Reba, aka, GCH Scalloway’s Gonna Be Golden, a smooth girl bred and owned by Lea. Reba was bred to the tricolor Milas boy, Diesel, aka GCH Milas Pitch Black. I hope Reba has some pretty Milas puppies too. It will be so fun to see Milas sired puppies in Texas.




Another friend of ours, Margie Blount, also took advantage of our trek to NY. Judy Gorham and I made a side trip to Clarion Collies in Deposit, NY. Margie purchased a darling blue merle puppy girl from Judie Evans, and we brought her back with us to Texas for Margie. We had a short visit with Judie and got to see some of the lovely collies of Clarion. It was a special treat to see a handsome sable male visiting there on loan from South America– Clarion Alenclaud Architect.  He is a son of Ch Windhaven Stranger In Paradise out of GCH Clarion Mirror Image. It will be exciting to see what he produces in the US.


Clarion sign

Margie's Clarion pup














Judy Gorham and I had a great time in NY. Lynn generously took us shopping for two days in a row to some interesting antique and artsy shops. We bought some cool souvenirs. Surrounded by the gorgeous Milas Collies, what I really wanted to bring home was one of their collies. There were no baby puppies at Milas, but there were some five and ten month old beauties. In the end, Lea Bertsch and I decided to buy a very pretty 10 month old sable merle headed white girl called Amber from Milas to co-own with Lynn and Lotta.  Amber was a stud fee puppy bred by Ray Hokanson out of his Touchstone Sweet Iced Tea, sired by GCH Milas Pitch Black.  I love Amber’s big muzzle and beautiful dark eyes. I think Lea will have fun showing her when she coats up.

Milas Big pups


Milas big pups - Amber standing on fence.















It was a little crazy on the trip home carrying three big girls and a rowdy 10 week old puppy, but they were actually pretty well behaved. Margie’s baby pup was nearly leash broken by the time we got back to Texas.  We made it back with only a few glitches. We got off track looking for a restaurant in TN on a quest to find Judy a particular pumpkin custard pie. And there were a couple of GPS malfunctions that cost us some time. But we made it back to Judy’s home on the third day just before dark.  I was glad to have my son’s girlfriend pick me and the pups up in Denton and bring us the rest of the way home. What a trip!




You would have thought after such a long trip that I would have had enough traveling for awhile, but when I got home I found our GCH Aurealis Coldplay daughter, Milas Blue Cloud’s Desire (Merci), in season. Merci is four years old and has never had puppies. With her only coming in season once a year, it was a no brainer that I had to get her bred. I had a very pretty young dog in mind, but he turned out to be a little immature yet, so I made a visit to my friend Cheryl Kobularcik’s home in Missouri. By the time I got there, Merci was ready to go, and Cheryl’s nine year old Macho son, Ch Cherann’s No Stranger To Luv, (Miguel), was happy to take care of business. I think it should be a very nice combination. Miguel has sired numerous beautiful collies.

Now we will wait and see what results from our collie travels.  I hope to see some gorgeous collie puppies running around Texas pretty soon.


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“The more we get together…”

Posted By on September 5, 2018


It’s a silly little song I remember from my childhood. – The more we get together, together, together–the more we get together, the happier we’ll be. There are some important truths behind those cliched words. Connecting with other people kindles a spark that adds zest to our lives. A single human being can accomplish a lot, but a group of people working together can do phenomenal things. It’s easy to find things to disagree about with just about any person. I hope to find common ground with people that cross my life’s path, and pursue common goals when we can.




From the Maverick Roundup & Celebration

Recently, I was fortunate to be able to attend the Maverick Puppy Roundup, educational seminar, and celebration hosted by Frank and April Trevino at their home in Boerne, Texas. It was an example of diverse people from all over the USA being able to connect through our mutual love of collies. The Trevino’s beautiful collie girl, Ch Maverick’s Painted Lady, (aka Violette), was selected Best of Breed at the March 2018 Collie Club of America national show. To win such an honor is the dream of every serious collie show breeder in North America. Violette’s huge win was celebrated by about a hundred people with BBQ, champagne, a lovely cake, and gorgeous arrangements of white and violet roses and other flowers everywhere. The whole event was beautiful and well organized.

The event at the Trevino’s home began with their presentation of Violette’s puppies sired by Ch Maverick Marauder (Silas). Good breeding shows, and these were four very nice puppies!

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Silas/ Violette puppies


The biggest treat of the whole celebration was listening to esteemed collie breeders, handlers, and judges answer a host of thought provoking questions about collies. A lot of information was discussed without me hearing one single rude word. We were there to celebrate, share, and learn. It was a great time. I would love to see more events like this, and not just for collie people.



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Back at TAIRIS COLLIES, we are watching the puppies born here earlier this year as they go into the leggy, gawky, unbalanced stages often seen as they reach the age of 4 months. We hope the little darlings will circle around to eventually become the beauties we envisioned at 9-10 weeks as they grow into adulthood.

Here are a few pix of some of the Poppy/Samson puppies in their new homes.


Micky, aka Watson, in his new home


Hank, aka Cody, in his new home


Geena in her new home



More family news:

The breeding I got to do with Bridgit, (Ch Milas Madam Butterfly), to Ch Aurealis Endeavor, has had some nice ripple effects. We kept Poppy from that litter, and her first generation of puppies have done very well. We kept Patton, Willa and Maxi from Poppy’s first litter sired by Samson. Between them they have won two best in specialty show awards, a grand championship, a championship, and one near championship. Poppy’s sister, Reven, (Milas Magic Flute of Tairis, owned by Lynn Butler and Diane Vinci, was bred to Ch Milas Walk This Way, and produced this year’s CCA winner’s dog- Ch Milas Walk The Line, and his sister Ch Milas Play My Way. 

Ch Milas Walk The Line - Walker

 Poppy’s brother, Jax, ( Milas Rigoletto of Tairis), now has 13 points, and just needs a major to finish. Jax is owned by Alma Metz of Scarborough Collies, and Lynn Butler (Milas Collies.) Jax produced two handsome sable merle puppy boys from Alma’s beautiful white girl, Scarborough Winter Dreams. One of the Jax son’s went to Jean Moisman in Argentina where he has done fantastic at the shows! He is called Arg. Ch Milas Scarborough Mighty Skywalker. He is #1 Jr Collie there and has multiple best in shows!   We are hearing wonderful things about the brother Alma kept also , and look forward to hearing of his exploits in the show rings soon.

Jax - aka Milas Rigoletto of Tairis



Arg Ch Milas Scarborough Mighty Skywalker


I think Skywalker resembles his Aunt Poppy a little bit.


Our own bad girl- Poppy (Ch Tairis A League of Her Own)


Summer is hanging on, but soon it will be fall, and fall is the BEST! How could you not love cool weather, family holidays, and the start of dog show season! Yay!





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Decisions, decisions… updated.

Posted By on July 31, 2018

I always think it’s a good sign when puppies get prettier between the ages of 8 and 10 weeks. Over the years, it seems like the puppies that get better during that time, usually turn out well.  These puppies have done that. I think they are all improving, and they are all pretty. Of course that also makes it difficult to pick which one to keep to show. We are still considering the possibilities. I wish I could keep them all. Our decisions will probably be made by this coming weekend about who is staying, and who is going to be shown, and who is going to be a beautiful pet.

We are very excited to be retaining the Melody/Samson tri smooth boy called Butch on co-ownership with Lea Bertsch. He is darling and looks as sound and pretty as his parents. We may have to change his name as this puppy is cuter than his name. I think we may change his name to Hamlet. Lea is going to have fun showing him! Melody is one of our favorite characters ever. I love that Butch will carry on at the shows for her. Melody’s tri headed white boy, Sundance, has gone to a great pet home. Sundance is a special boy too like his mom (and sire.)

Butch 7 27 2018



Butch 7 30 18


Melody loves Butch 7 30 18


Sundance 7 27 18


7 27 18 Sundance Left, Butch Right, with Mike




The over 100 degree temperatures eased back into the mid 90′s for a few days, and I was able to get a few pictures of the puppies on some cloudy, mild mornings. It’s still hard to get pictures by myself because the puppies’ routine is run and play, run and play, eat, collapse, sleep. My best shot is to get them just before nap time.

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Geena sit 7 30 18



Geena 7 29 18


Hank 7 29 18



Hank 7 30 2018


Lori w bowl 7 30 18


Lori sit 7 30 18


Micky 7 29 18


Micky and Geena 7 29 18




Penny 7 30 18


Penny down 7 30 18


Tea down 7 30 18


Tea front, Lori behind


Willie 7 30 18


Willie go 7 27 18


Babe 7 30 18


Babe down 7 30 18


 We are keeping “The Babe” at Tairis Collies to be co-owned with Lea Bertsch. I think Lea will have a lot of fun showing this white furball! He is adorable. 


Babe, Tea, and Lori 7 30 18

Love these babies!



By the way- I wanted to congratulate Lea Bertsch on Samson’s new status. (Samson is the sire of Poppy’s and Melody’s puppies.)  Samson has been winning up a storm with his handler Keileigh Kaye, who is part of the David and Jennifer Harper team. Samson now has the title of SILVER  Grand Champion Scalloway’s Lion Hunter! Go Sammy!










































The Dog Days Of Summer! New pix added

Posted By on July 22, 2018



Officially, the Dog Days of Summer are the days between July 3rd, and August 11th – when Sirius, the Dog Star, is closest to our sun. These are supposedly the days of lethargy and madness brought on by the hottest days of summer. Statistics show that violent crime rates increase with hot temperatures. I don’t know if it is the sun rays baking my brain, or the drops of sweat stinging my eyes, but intense heat does not bring out my best side. It seems that we are in a prolonged cycle of long, hot summers.  I don’t know how people survive in the South without air conditioning.  I know my mood is much better when I can chill through the summer in the A/C. Our collies jockey for position as close to the A/C vents as possible. All of our dogs resemble plucked chickens right now,  having shed or nearly shed their fluffy undercoats. The Dog Days definitely include some of the hottest days of the year, but the oppressive heat of Texas summers lasts a lot longer than 40 days. You can pretty much count on some scorching heat between mid May and the end of September. The eventual relief from that heat makes the coming of autumn a joyous time.  While folks up north have to deal with some paralyzing cold and snow during winter,  a lot of Texans semi-hibernate in summer-  taking it slow and easy until the first cool breeze of fall arrives.

Having active puppies this time of year presents a conundrum too. Our puppies are full of energy as usual, but the only time it’s fun for them to run and play outside is between dark-30 and morning. They are way too rowdy to stay in an ex pen in the house unless they are ready to sleep. My compromise solution is letting them run wild in the sunroom with the A/C running. The puppies are having fun, and I am having to do a lot of extra mopping! They know how to use the doggy door, but it’s so hot outside that I have to encourage them by going out in the yard myself to promote outside potty time. Enjoying  these beautiful puppies is worth the inconvenience. I love watching and playing with them. Walking through the small herd of puppies is not easy though, as they all like to pounce on my shoes. My favorite time is when they get tuckered out and start to cuddle. That’s the best!

Puppy eye checks are coming up next week. It won’t be too much longer before decisions are made about what pup is staying or going to a show home or a good family home.  Time passes so quickly. Here are some snapshots of the pups taken the last few days. As usual, the photos don’t really do them justice. You have to have puppy breath in your face to get the full effect of puppy time endorphins.

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Geena 7 20 18



Penny front- Lori back 7 22 18



Tea ( pronounced like Tia) 7 22 18



Hank 7 19 18


Penny, Willie, Mickey, Babe, Sundance, Geena 7/ 22/18




Mickey 7 19 18


Mikey 7 20 18



Babe 7 21 18



Lori 7 19 18


Willie 7 19 18


Penny 7 21 18


Tea 7 19 18



Tea Left, Geena Right 7 20 18


Hank 7 22 18




Willie and Butch 7 19 18


Melly's boy- Butch 7 19 18



Melly's boy- Sundance 7 19 18



most of the puppies 7 20 18






We got GREAT NEWS  from Lea Bertsch last weekend- Our Poppy/ Samson daughter, Maxi, finished her AKC championship! That makes champion # 2 from that breeding.  Congratulations to Lea and Maxi! Ms. Maxi-bad now goes by – Ch Tairis Perchance To Dream At Scalloway. Here is a picture Lea took of Maxi back when the spring bluebonnets were blooming.

Maxi in bluebonnets- Now she is Ch Tairis Perchance To Dream At Scalloway


We hope to finish Maxi and Patton’s sister, Willa, when her new coat comes in and show entries get going again. Until then, the plan is to stay cool.




















Hanging in there

Posted By on July 10, 2018


I’ve been really sick since  July 5, 2018- so my blog and email responses have been delayed.  I’m sorry for not keeping things current, but this gastrointestinal flu (?) is the worst illness I can personally ever remember dealing with. My husband, Mike, still has many health issues, so it is up to me to take care of these beautiful Poppy/ Samson puppies.

My daughter had a litter from our girl Melody sired by Samson, and we are caring for her two darling smooth puppy boys too. It is not a good time to be sick! Without further delay- here are a few pix of our Poppy babies, and also some of Melody’s smooth boys- a tri and a tri headed white.


Momma Poppy watching her brood play


7 3 18 Geena To Hank - "I'm ferocious."



Hank 7 8 18


Hank 7/ 4 /2018


Hank 07/ 05 /2018



Hank staring down Butch- 07 /08 /2018


Tea (Tia) 07/08/2018


Lori Left- Tea right 7 8 18


Lori - 7/ 8 /2018


Lori 7 4 18


Geena 7 8 18


Geena smile 7 8 18


The Babe 7 4 18



                                                                              Tea, Willie, Babe, Genna L to R



Willie 7 8 18


Willie in front - Lori in back 7 8 18


Willie standing 7 8 18



Mickey face 7 4 18


Mickey 7 8 18


Penny aka Poppy jr 07 /08/ 18


Penny aka Poppy jr 7/8/2018


Melly's tri boy- Butch 7 8 18



Butch - Melly's boy - 07/04/2018


Melly pup- Sundance - 7 8 18





Butch, Nougat, and more
Big thank yous to Lea and Rhonda from me for brushing out Ms. Layla and bringing Patton back home since I was too sick to drive! Time for summer hibernation now. Lea loved the Poppy and Melody puppies sired by her boy Samson. In a couple of weeks we will be going for eye checks and start making decisions about who we want to keep as show prospects. They are all pretty babies! One thing I have to say is that the Poppy puppies are much rowdier than Melly’s puppies. When Poppy was little her name was practically Poppy, NO! It looks  like her daughter Penny is cut from the same cloth. 

Layla -07/09/2018 -Still shedding !





















Replay in the works – new pix added

Posted By on June 23, 2018

Our four week old Poppy/Samson puppies are eating, growing, playing, and doing great. The puppies are still nursing, and now they are also learning to eat sloppy food from a pan. At first some of them were not so sure about the pan lapping, but they have all begun to see it’s a good way to get full.  Of course they do the usual running and sliding through the pan, but they end up licking it clean, and then licking the remains off each other.

This is a repeat of the breeding that produced a beautiful litter in December 2016. The puppies we kept to show have grown up and done very well. Here are some show pix of our current babies’ older siblings, Patton, Willa and Maxi. We hope the new babies will do as well. So far it looks like we have some very promising puppies.

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The show photos were taken by Chris Caviness Photography.

Patton, best in specialty show - Austin Collie Club Feb 2018 Saturday show


Willa- Best in specialty her first show! Austin Collie Club Sunday show


Willa- happily showing off her movement


Maxi at Austin CC. She got a major reserve, and now only needs 4 single points to finish her championship!


And here are the new guys! Do we have some winners here? … I’m thinking – yes!


6 22 18 Hank Left, Penny Right


6 22 18 Hank


6 22 18 The Babe



6 24 18 The Babe



6 22 18 Mickey


6 22 18 Mickey Left ,Geena Right

6 24 18 Willie sitting


6 24 18 Willie


6 22 18 Tea (pronounced like Tia)


8 Mickey Left, Tea Right front


6 22 18 Penny


6 22 18 Penny Left, Lori Right


6 22 18 Lori face


6 22 18 Geena front


6 22 18 Geena




Most of the Pearl and Carina puppies have gone to new homes now.  Nougat is staying with us at Tairis, and Cheryl is growing out a few show prospects in Missouri.


5 25 18 Fintan with new owner


Chunky with new owner


Nano with new owner



Nougat 11 weeks with our daughter, Caity

Nougat is such a charmer!














Our new Poppy/Samson puppies! Plus big show news!

Posted By on June 15, 2018

Poppy with her pile of puppies


Poppy’s new puppies sired by Samson are three weeks old today and their personalities are starting to show.  Poppy (Ch Tairis A League Of Her Own) was named after the movie – A League of Their Own about women who played professional baseball during the war. I am continuing that theme with her second litter, and naming the girl puppies after some of the actresses that were in that movie, and the director of the movie- Penny Marshall.  One of the girl puppies is like a Poppy Jr- so full of herself already at 3 weeks of age- I had to name her Penny. The boy puppies are named after some of baseball’s great players- more or less. Playing with the puppies in the whelping box-  it all made sense at the time.

  Thank goodness Poppy is a good mom and has good milk. Her babies are growing like weeds- some faster than others. Watching the activities of the toddling 3 week old babies in the whelping box as they begin to move around and assert themselves, is more entertaining than any comedy or drama on TV. The bigger pups get their way due to sheer size at nursing time. The smaller pups need a little help to get their share.  Soon I will be introducing the puppies to puppy milk in a pan and all the pups will be able to get all they want every time.

Here are some first pix of the new puppies. At 3 weeks of age, it’s hard to catch them awake. If they are awake- getting them to be still is a miracle. More pix will be coming as they grow and change. Right now Penny and Hank- aka Homer- have the biggest personalities. They are all precious! It is so exciting to watch them grow and change as the days go by. 


6 14 18 Penny aka Poppy Jr- attitude already!


6 14 2018 Lori - is a big girl, sweet, and quite vocal!


6 14 18 Geena wanted to finish her nap!


6 14 18 Tea sleeping It's pronounced like Tia.


6 14 18 Tea awake. Geena and Tea look alike except Geena is bigger.



6 14 18 The Babe- aka Bernard- is the biggest puppy although he has close contenders.



6 14 18 Hank aka Homer -lots of playful attitude when he's awake!


6 14 18 Willie- lively and sweet


6 14 18 Mickey - a cuddler!



We are still loving our little Carina daughter, Nougat. She is looking cute like her siblings. We are hopeful she got the best qualities of mom Carina and sire- BoomBoom. I will try to catch some new pix of Nougat and the rest of our gang soon.


Show season has slacked off with the rising temperatures, but last weekend some great things happened at the Lake Charles shows for our friend Lea Bertsch! First- Maxi- a Poppy/ Samson daughter from the first litter, picked up two four point major wins! That brings Miss Maxi to 11 points with both majors. I am so proud of her! Maxi is owned and shown by Lea, and co-owned with Tairis Collies.

Maxi 4 point major!

More huge wins at Lake Charles shows by Lea Bertsch’s Samson- aka GrCh Scalloway’s Lion Hunter! Samson started the Lake Charles show cluster with a Best of Variety and Herding group three. He was BV each day over a nice special and finished the shows with back to back GROUP WINS shown by Keleigh Kaye! Samson is showing like a dream, and is now getting the recognition he deserves! Congratulations Team Samson!

Samson group 1

 We hope some of our Poppy/ Samson babies will follow in their sire’s footsteps in the show ring someday!








































A season for puppies!

Posted By on May 28, 2018

5 25 18 What good puppies! Nougat. Nano, Nolan, and Folly


It has been an unusually bountiful time for having puppies at our house recently! Wow! We whelped the litters co-bred with our friend Cheryl Kobularcik, from Pearl and Carina. And now we have new babies from the repeat breeding of Poppy to Samson. I have never had so many puppies near the same time before. It has been exciting, fun and very exhausting. We DO HAVE some beautiful babies to show for it though. Here are some pictures of  the Pearl/ Landon puppies and the Carina/ BoomBoom puppies- plus a sneak peak of Poppy’s eight, three day old babies. 

Most of Pearl’s and Carina’s puppies are spoken for or already taken, but there are a few cuties still available. Cheryl took several of the puppies back with her to Missouri to grow out as show prospects. Neil, Dorothy, Taffy, Kathleen, and Russell are now with Cheryl in Missouri.

With Murphy’s Law in full force- Poppy started having her puppies 30 minutes before I needed to take Carina’s puppies for eye checks. I am very grateful to Cheryl and my daughter, Caitlin, for taking the puppies on the trek to the Animal Ophthalmology Clinic in Grapevine. We all need a little help from our friends and I am blessed to have some great people in my life. By the way- same as Pearl’s litter- all of Carina’s pups had good eye checks. Double yay!

5 23 18 Neil front



5 23 18 Russell profile


5 23 18 Dorothy


5 21 18 Kathleen


5 23 18 Taffy

 Neil, and some of the other puppies Cheryl took back to Missouri may be available to show homes. 



Folly is going to a great home in Dallas



Truffle is going to a special young lady in Houston


Reese has gone to to a special home to be a pet and service dog.



Fintan has gone to make a young lady happy in College Station!



I love Nougat . She is staying with us at Tairis Collies



These pretty collie puppies are available at Tairis Collies.

Nolan would like to be a pet AND a show boy!


Honey and Chunky are beautiful pups available to good pet homes



Cute Nano may be available to a pet home.


5 25 18 Folly Honey Nano



And a quick peak at the 8 new Poppy/ Samson babies– 4 girls, 4 boys. So excited to see how they turn out!


5 27 18 new Poppy Samson puppies


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Feeling pretty GRAND!

Posted By on May 17, 2018

Patton, our 17 month old son of Ch Tairis A League of Her Own and GCHB Scalloway’s Lion Hunter, got the last point he needed to complete his grand championship last weekend. I don’t normally campaign dogs after they finish their championships, but Patton picked up 20 Grand points the first weekend he was shown as a special – so we thought we might as well go for his AKC Grand Championship. One of the obstacles to showing him now is that he is losing his pretty winter coat by the handfuls as the Texas heat takes hold.  Last Saturday he fell in a swimming pool minutes before Lea Bertsch needed to leave  for the Denton show. He was still damp when he had to go in the ring- not as fluffy as one would like to see at a show.  Another- even bigger problem was that Patton was  beside himself from being near Lea’s girl, Duchess,- who was in full blown season. Patton didn’t care about toys or treats- all he wanted was Duchess!   He did not show well at all Saturday!  By Sunday, Lea, Rhonda Dunkelberger Sapienza, and I were able to get Patton looking OK for this time of year.  He isn’t in great coat, but at least he was dry. Lea did a fantastic job getting him to show well enough to get the last point he needed to finish his AKC Grand championship!   Thanks to Lea and Rhonda we can now call our big, goofy boy-  Grand Champion Tairis Runnin’ Down A Dream. He is my first grand champion, and I think that’s pretty cool. 

Congratulations to Lea on getting her pretty girl Duchess within one point of her championship. And Big Daddy Samson continues to do well at the shows with Jennifer Harper. I believe Samson is currently ranked number eight rough collie in the USA!  Go Team Samson!




Here is a picture of Patton looking nice at the January shows in Norman OK. , and a candid snapshot of him this past weekend not quite as coaty.

Patton CKCC Jan 2018


Patton at Denton May 2018


Here are a few more pix of the Pearl/Landon puppies and the Carina/ BoomBoom puppies. They are getting so big! They are all playful, affectionate babies, but having 14 puppies running around is CRAZY! Some of the puppies are little camera hogs that want to photo bomb every picture – like Fintan! Others are too busy to stop and pose.  It looks like I missed even getting one picture of Kathleen. She is a very busy girl. I’ll catch her next time.

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5 15 18 Nougat and Truffle

I think Nougat and Truffle are so cute together!


Nougat and Truffle



5 15 18 Reese, Dorothy, Russell


5 15 18 Chunky w toy


5 15 18 Fintan


5 15 18 Folly and Fintan


5 15 18 Folly and Fintan



5 15 18 Folly

5 15 18 Dorothy w stick


5 15 18 Fintan, Dorothy, Nougat



5 15 18 Neil


5 15 18 Neil 2


5 15 18 Nolan


5 15 18 Nolan profile



5 15 18 Russell


5 15 18 Honey


5 15 18 Taffy



5 15 18 Nano and Chunky



5 15 18 Truffle, Russell and Taffy



5 15 18 Taffy and Fintan



5 15 18 Nougat




We made our trek to the Animal Opthalmology Clinic today (5/16/18) with all seven of Pearl’s puppies. It was a very LONG afternoon. Driving in the afternoon traffic from Parker County to Dallas County and back is never much fun, but Dr. Munger and his associates are the BEST!  I have used the AOC for eye checks for a long time because they understand collies and collie eyes!  I was so pleased that all of Pearl’s pups had good eye checks. Yay!  Next week we will be going back to AOC with Carina’s puppies. Thank goodness that appointment is a little earlier in the day, so maybe we can beat the rush hour traffic. Hoping for more good results.




I wanted to give a shout out and congratulations to Kristin Brooke Parma, and the now four year old pup she got from us who goes by the name -  

AKC Czech Out Kalamity Jane BN CD AX AXJ XF FDC

Kristin took home this cute little tri girl from us as a puppy, and has done absolutely amazing with her – getting more performance titles than I knew existed! Jane’s latest title is for AKC Farm Dog certification.  I am so proud of their accomplishments and so happy they are enjoying life together along with hubby Adam Parma on the Czech Out Ranch! I hope they have many years of fun together!

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Go Kristin and Jane!!!







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I love the patches of yellow Missouri Primroses that pop up this time of year on the roadsides! Every season has its blessings! 



































Spring pleasures

Posted By on May 11, 2018


We got great news from Cheryl’s trip to the local shows last weekend. First off-  Cheryl finished the AKC championship of Ch Cherann’s Pocketfull of Sunshine. Sunshine is the mother of BoomBoom, -the sire of Carina’s puppies.  Next, Cheryl finished the championship of her beautiful boy- Landon- Ch Cherann’s Cherokee On Sacred Ground- who is the sire of Pearl’s puppies. Congratulations to Cheryl on finishing two collies in one weekend!

Lastly, Layla picked up a couple more points bringing her up to 11 points with two major wins. I just got the picture of  Layla’s 5 point win in Arkansas shown by her co-breeder Susan Joslin.  Too bad show season is about over for us now. Most all our collies are starting to blow their pretty winter coats as they get ready for summer.

Here is Layla still in beautiful coat, pictured among the pink flamingos!

Layla 5 pt major!

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Here is a picture of Landon from the CCA national. He is one fine collie!

Landon at CCA 2018




5 10 18 Nolan in front

Sorry about the poor quality of these pictures. Click on each picture if you want to see a bigger view.



5 10 18 Neil


5 10 18 Folly


5 10 18 Folly and Neil




5 10 18 Neil and Kathleen



5 10 18 Kathleen wave


5 10 18 Kathleen and Fintan- Truffle behind



2 10 18 Dorothy and Neil



5 10 2018 Dorothy and Chunky


5 10 18 Fintan



5 10 2018 Nano Nano




5 10 18 Reese by Neil



5 10 2018 Reese




5 10 18 Honey smile



5 10 18 Nougat


5 10 18 Truffle




5 10 18 Taffy



5 10 18 Russell


5 10 18 Chunky




5 10 2018 Nolan and Nougat




5 10 2018 Nolan



I debated about whether to spend the afternoon cleaning house or playing with puppies– and the puppies won! The house will still be here tomorrow, but the puppies are growing and changing so fast, I thought I should take more pictures of them.  Temperatures outside were mild this afternoon, and the puppies had lots of energy! Taking pictures by myself is a challenge as they were either running around non-stop, or parked at my feet. I got at least one picture of each pup, and with 14 of them running around it isn’t easy.  The only bad thing was discovering that I had my camera on the wrong setting the whole time. By the time I noticed my mistake, it was too dark outside to take more pictures. So the quality of most of the pictures is terrible. I’ll try to get some better pix soon.It was fun hanging out with the puppies whether I got good pictures or not.