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

 

Sundance

 

 

Butch, Nougat, and more
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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.

Click on each picture for a better view

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!

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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

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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!

 

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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.

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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. 

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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

 

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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

 

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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

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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.

Click on the pictures to see a better view.

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

 

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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.

 

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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!

Image may contain: Kristin Brooke Parma, smiling, outdoor

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!

Click on the picture for a better view.

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

Landon at CCA 2018

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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.


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Puppies united!

Posted By on May 4, 2018

Caring for two litters of puppies can certainly keep a person busy! Both Pearl’s and Carina’s puppies are weaned now and eating puppy food like piggies!  In the house I have mostly kept the two litters separated, but I decided to see how they would do if I let them play together outside. I had been a little concerned that Pearl’s somewhat bigger puppies might give Carina’s puppies a hard time, but that didn’t happen. When I let them all outside they were more interested in exploring than beating each other up! It is so much fun to watch them take in a new world full of new sights and sounds. Here are a few pix of the pups taken from April, 29th- May 1st. They are growing and changing every day so that they already look a little different than last weekend.  CLICK ON THE PICTURES TO SEE A LARGER VIEW.

The Pearl/Landon puppies:

4 30 18 Neil

 

4 30 18 Folly

 

4 29 18 Nolan and Fintan

 

5 1 18 Nano

 

5 1 18 Kathleen

 

5 1 18 Dorothy

 

5 1 18 Folly front - Dorothy back

 

4 30 18 Nolan in grass

 

4 30 18 Fintan bow

 

4 29 18 Fintan

 

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The Carina/BoomBoom puppies:

 

5 1 18 Truffle

 

5 01 18 Nougat in weeds

 

4 30 18 Nougat by water

 

4 29 18 Nougat side yard

 

5 1 18 Honey sit

 

5 1 18 Honey

 

 

5 01 18 Reese

 

5 01 18 Reese wave

 

4 29 18 Taffy in grass

 

5 1 18 Taffy stalking

 

4 30 18 Chunky

 

4 30 2018 Russell

 

4 30 18 Smooth sable boys plus Dorothy

 

5 01 2018 Nougat smiling

 

 

 

next — Eye checks!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Lots of good news!

Posted By on April 24, 2018

Layla

 

We got a lot of good news this weekend! First we heard that Layla picked up a 5 POINT MAJOR  WIN in Arkansas this past weekend. That’s Layla’s second major- YAY!  Layla was bred by Cheryl Kobularcik, and Susan Joslin and was shown by Susan. I co-own this elegant tri girl with Cheryl. She is a daughter of Ch Cherann’s No Stranger To Luv and Ch Alcor With a Twist.  We don’t have the show photo yet, but here is a picture of her from a while back.

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It was also a good weekend for our friend Lea Bertssch, who picked up a second major on her blue girl Duchess in Lousiana. Not only that, but our favorite mahogany sable boy, GCH Scalloway’s Lion Hunter, was best of variety at all the Louisiana shows this past weekend. He topped off the weekend with a Herding Group 2  shown by Jennifer Harper. Way to go Team Samson!

Sammy 3 25 18

 

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Not only is Samson doing great at the shows, he is an awesome stud  too! We have been so happy with our litter sired by Samson out of our pretty girl Poppy that we repeated the breeding. We just found out that Poppy (Ch Tairis A League of Her Own) is expecting Samson puppies again! She is due to whelp near the end of May. This is the breeding that produced our pretty Ch Patton, Willa, Maxi and the other cuties. I can’t wait to see who pops out this time since the first litter was so nice. They will all be sable roughs, with possibly a sable headed white in the mix too. 

Poppy smile

 

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Lastly, Pearl’s and Carina’s puppies are growing and doing great. Pearl’s puppies are weaned now, and they are a lively bunch! Carina’s puppies are just learning to drink from a pan to supplement Carina’s milk, and start their weaning process. Carina’s babies are starting to climb out of the whelping box,  so they will soon be joining us in the dining room. Here are some pix of the little darlings. Soon the puppies will be getting eye checks and evaluations for show potential, so some will be available around the end of May. If you have contacted me about a puppy– please stay in touch so that I don’t overlook anyone. I’m super busy these days!

 

CLICK ON THE PICTURES FOR A LARGER VIEW.

The Pearl/Landon puppies


4 24 18 -L to R- Dorothy, Fintan, Nano

 

4 24 18 Fintan

 

4 23 18 Nano gets kissed

 


4 23 18 Dorothy with Caity

 

4 24 18 Folly (formerly called Fallon)

 

4 24 18 Kathleen

 

4 23 18 Nolan w Caity

 

4 23 18 Neil with Noah

 

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The Carina/BoomBoom puppies

 

4 23 18 Truffle sit

 

4 23 18 Truffle

 

4 23 2018 Nougat

 

4 23 18 Nougat

 

 

4 23 2018 Taffy

 

4 23 18 Chunky

 

4 23 18 Honey

 

4 23 18 Reese

 

4 23 18 Russell

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Our sweet babies !

Posted By on April 15, 2018

Both Pearl’s and Carina’s puppies are doing awesome- getting cuter day by day.  Pearl’s puppies are a little bigger right now. Carina’s babies are right behind– making good progress too.

I’m sticking by my previous predictions on which puppies are rough or smooth. I named Pearl’s pups Irish names for now since they were born close to St. Patrick’s Day.

PEARL’S SMOOTH PUPPIES:

Fintan- sable headed white boy

Nano- sable headed white girl

Kathleen- tri headed white girl

PEARL’S ROUGH PUPPIES

Nolan- darker sable and white boy

Neil- gold sable and white boy

Dorothy- tri headed white girl

Fallon- tri headed white girl

Here are some pix of Pearl’s pretty puppies after a messy session in the sloppy puppy food pan.

 Click on the pictures for a larger, sharper view.

Nano

 

Fintan

 

Kathleen


Dorothy

Fallon

Neil

 

Nolan

 

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And here are some pix of our Carina/ BoomBoom babies . They have just recently opened their eyes, and started toddling around the box pretty darned fast. I am nearly 100% sure on which of Carina’s pups are rough and smooth too. I get a good clue from the pattern of the hair on their front legs. I named Carina’s babies after sweets since they were born near Easter. Of course the call names are subject to change.

Carina lost her little rough sable boy I was calling Snickers. He was the smallest pup and apparently got smothered under Carina. These accidents can happen so fast.  It’s always heartbreaking to lose a puppy. 

 

Carina now has only two rough puppies

 Truffle- a dark sable girl

Nougat – a sable headed white girl

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The smooth babies are:

Russel (Stover) – dark sable boy

Reese (as in Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups)- a dark sable boy

Chunky ( the cubic candy) – a dark sable boy

Honey ( As in Bit O Honey) – a dark sable girl

Taffy- the sable merle girl

Nougat bottom, Taffy middle, and Russel top Rt

 

Nougat left, Tafffy middle, Russel top right

 

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Nougat close up

 

Reese in front, Nougat in middle with others.

 

4 14 18 Puppy pile with Nougat on top

 

More pictures later!

 

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On the show scene- Landon- Pearl’s beautiful puppy daddy, picked up two more points this weekend bringing him to within three single points of getting his championship. I hope he gets those last points next weekend. Go Cheryl and Landon!

 

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Out Mississippi way- Patton and Willa’s daddy got a Group 4 in a large herding group. And according to the latest point tallys, Samson is now number 10 collie in the USA! Samson is a handsome boy– sound in body and temperament, and willing to show his heart out. I am so happy for his owner- Lea Bertsch! Go Team Samson!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Blessed! The puppies are here!

Posted By on April 1, 2018

I’m counting my blessings and they are many! Above all I am thankful for Jesus- that whosoever believes in Him would not perish but have everlasting life. Nothing tops that gift.

I am thankful for the love, kindness, and help of my family and friends.  My loved ones and buddies that have given their time and talents have brought us cheer during a season that could have been truly awful. My hubby Mike has been going through major health problems for several months. He is recovering from his latest surgery and much of my time is spent caring for him at home now.

In the midst of battling Mike’s medical issues, we have been blessed with TWO litters of puppies! Spring has arrived, and Pearl’s and Carina’s puppies are here! By March 29th we had 15 puppies! Pearl has seven pups, and Carina has eight. Even though I am really busy- these puppies are a joy! Both of these litters are co-bred, and co-owned with Cheryl Kobularcik of Cherann’s Collies. Pearl is a smooth girl, bred to a rough, and Carina is a rough girl bred to a smooth collie. This means some of the puppies will be regular rough coated collies, and some will be smooth. The babies are very young but I already have some inkling about which are smooth or rough. Before long  we can tell for sure.


Pearl has:

3 tri-headed white girls. ( I believe 2 are rough and one is smooth.)

2 sable boys . ( I believe both are roughs)

1 sable headed white boy (Smooth, I think)

1 sable headed white girl (Smooth, I think)

Pearl’s puppies are big (except the sable headed girl is a little smaller), and they are beautiful!

 

Pearl's group

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Carina has:

1 sable merle boy that looks like a rough

1 sable headed white girl that looks like a rough.

1 dark sable girl that looks like a rough.

1 sable merle girl that looks like a smooth.

3 dark sable boys that look like smooths.

1 dark sable girl that looks like a smooth.

Very pretty babies!

Carina and pups

Breeding smooth and rough collies is like a box of chocolates– you never know what you’re gonna get! More pix and stuff to come soon.

 

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Some awesome show news too.

Pearl’s puppy daddy- Landon- went to the Collie Club of America national show and WON THE AMERICAN BRED CLASS. I saw from photos and videos that he looked great- even among the best collies in the country! Landon- aka- Cherann’s Cherokee on Sacred Ground- is a special dog and one of the prettiest I have seen. I am proud to be watching his puppies from Pearl growing and thriving! I am thinking some of her puppies look like their beautiful sire. 

Landon at CCA

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Another big winner at this year’s CCA was Walker- aka Milas Walk the Line, owned by Lynn Butler and Lotta Hedman, and shown by Lotta in the 9-12 month class. Walker beat all the other non-champion rough male collies to go Winner’s Dog for a 5 point major – which finished his championship. The Milas team also won the 6-9 puppy boy class with their sable headed white boy- Milas Call Me Maybe, aka Hudson. And they won class placements with several of their beautiful girls too. To top it off, Lynn and Lotta’s boy, Tyler- won the stud dog class. Tyler (Ch Milas Walk This Way), is the sire of the winning pup- Walker and other champions. I really appreciate the style and quality of the Milas dogs, but I was especially proud of Walker’s win. The reason I was proud is that Walker’s dam was my breeding, born in my whelping box three years ago. Lynn selected Poppy’s sister Reven as a puppy from that litter, and later bred Reven to Tyler. The results are gratifying. I love Walker’s face, and see some resemblance to our Poppy and the pretty puppies she had- like Patton, Willa, and Maxi among others.

Walker at CCA

 

Walker at CCA 2018

 

Milas Play My Way (Tara)

Walker’s litter sister – Tara-  is another beauty from the Tyler/Reven litter owned by Lynn Butler and Lotta Hedman and shown by Lotta. Tara placed 2nd in a large puppy class at this year’s CCA national.

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Our show season is mostly over as Patton and Willa are starting to do their big Spring shed. I am so proud of Patton who finished his championship, and did so well at the area specialty shows that he is only 1 point from finishing his grand championship thanks to Lea Bertsch’s excellent grooming and handling!  I still plan to buy some of his numerous show photos, and will be posting them soon. 

Our Willa, Patton’s sister, has done fantastic too shown by Lea and several other people. She has won most of the times she has been shown. Willa has great movement which seems to catch the judges’ eyes. Now the Navasoto shows were a different story. The show was outside and the ring was deep  with soft, loose dirt. Willa did not like putting her feet in that dirt which resulted in her not wanting to move through it at all. Poor Lea practically had to drag her around the ring, which is not like Willa. It’s OK, Willa- no more loose dirt for you! 

Willa followed the Navasoto disaster by winning more points at the San Antonio shows and even got a herding group 3. Willa was shown in the group by Rayven- a very sweet young lady. Lea was showing her pretty blue smooth champion so Miss Rayven got to show Willa. Very cool. Willa is up to 10 points now towards her championship. Since she is shedding we may have to wait until late fall and the arrival of a new coat to show Willa again.

Willa group 3

Willa CC Austin close up

 

Willa and Patton’s, pretty sister, Maxi, is still in coat and will hopefully get to a few more shows before the summer heat grips us. Go Lea and Maxi! I’d love to see Maxi finish her championship this year too. She is a cute one !

Maxi at CC Austin

 

I have a bunch of photos to buy from the professional photographers that have been taking pictures of our collies at the shows. I’ll post some when I have a chance and get them purchased. 

 

By the way – anyone that has contacted me about a puppy should touch base with us if you are still interested. Cheryl and I will be evaluating puppies the end of May or first of June.Some of these babies will be available when they are about 9 weeks old. We can’t keep them all!