A day to celebrate!

Posted By on January 29, 2018


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I got to go to the Saturday portion of the Oklahoma Collie Cluster this weekend. These shows put on by the North Texas Collie Club, the Central Oklahoma Collie Club, and the Central Kansas Collie Club have become a meeting place for collie breeders from around the country. There were collies attending from as far west as California and Washington state, and northeast to New Hampshire.  Collie folks that don’t usually get down to Texas shows, often make it to this Oklahoma cluster, so it’s a treat to see collies outside our own area representing the efforts of  various  breeders. Mid America and Texas were well represented by some fine collies too.

I love to see all the collies, and especially the young hopefuls, whether they are the offspring of famous collies, or collies I don’t know.  Sometimes the collies I have only seen online are less impressive in person, and sometimes they are so beautiful they sear a lasting vision into my brain. 

As usual, there were many outstanding collies at these shows, well presented by their owners or handlers. If you have never been to a dog show, you should give one a try. I’ve been hooked on dog shows since I was 18 years old. I find it a crazy, consuming, fun, pastime. Dog shows aren’t for everyone, but sometime you might want to help a collie show person get ready for a show, and go through the whole experience with them to appreciate the work involved. There is drama, comedy, and great friendships made at dog shows. Some people may find them pointless, and that’s OK. I personally don’t get the point of driving cars at crazy speeds around a track (sorry NASCAR fans.) So-  to each his own. For me, seeing well bred, beautifully groomed collies strut around the ring – competing to be chosen BEST – is a keen pleasure. 

I hoped to take more pictures at this show, but I misplaced my SD card and had to run to Target for a new one. I was also distracted because my sweet boy Patton was at these shows and I was mostly paying attention to him – keeping him brushed up and happy. Patton is a big boy that is still my baby at 13 months of age.  Like most collies, he’s a sensitive lad. 

Patton on table at OK show


The rough boy winning the points at the Saturday shows was a tri headed white pup called Scarborough’s Rocky Mountain High (Kipper). Kipper has a beautiful face and great movement like his mother Flurry.  That’s right- his mother is one of my favorite collies- Ch St. Roch’s Moonlight Serenade – affectionately known as Flurry. I love Flurry. She is the mother of our own Carina. Flurry was  bred by Jeanie Driscol, and is owned by Nick and Ellen Moyer. Kipper’s sire is another excellent white – Ch Scarborough’s White Line Fever. I snapped this picture of Kipper on the grooming table. He was bred by Alma Metz, Connie Metz, and Nick Moyer, and is owned by Jessica King. 

Scarborough's Rocky Mt High

I also got to see a sister of Scarborough’s Rocky Mountain High owned by Nick and Ellen Moyer. “Sunny” is a lovely sable merle headed white girl called St. Roch’s Break In The Clouds. Her face is breathtaking, and she has that same great movement. She was a joy to watch.

Sunny Jan 27 2018


Sunday, January 28th was Patton’s turn to shine. Patton did well and looked pretty shown Friday and Saturday by Larry Patterson. It was Sunday however when the magic happened. When Jay Lee showed Patton- WOW! -  Patton looked awesome. Patton won winner’s dog. That is- he beat the other non-champion males. Then Patton went back in the ring to compete against the winner of the non-champion girls. There were a LOT of girls at this show, and Patton won ! That gave Patton a 5 point major win under judge Carl Skinner. That’s a nice win! I’m so proud of Patton, and so thankful to all the people that helped. It is very hard for me to go to shows with Mike still having health problems. Lea Bertsch (owner of Patton’s sire) has been taking care of Patton and getting him to some of the shows this winter. Frank and April Trevino transported Patton to Oklahoma for me. Once there, Tina and Larry Patterson took Patton under their wings as did Jay Lee. Collie people are the best! 


Here is a snapshot of Patton with Jay.

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The icing on Sunday’s cake was Patton’s sire, GCH Scalloway’s Lion Hunter winning best collie in show!!! On Saturday Samson got two best of opposite sex awards to two different and lovely champion girls.  Samson looked great- again shown by the irrepressible Jay Lee!


Samson in Florida with Jennifer Harper

We have more shows coming up in South Texas next weekend. I can’t wait to see what happens! Winter in Texas is collie show time!














































Good news / Bad news

Posted By on January 8, 2018





First the bad news- disappointing anyway. Neither Tracer nor Reba are going to have puppies. I thought for sure they were both pregnant, but I began to get concerned that even though they had both thickened in the middle,  I could feel no puppies. They both went to the vet last Saturday. The sonograms confirmed my suspicions that there were no puppies. They had blossomed eating my pregnancy diet – not from puppies.

We have some other breedings planned, but I’m not going to say much about them until pregnancies are confirmed.



My husband Mike is home from the hospital recuperating from surgery, so I spend most of my time looking after him. But this past weekend, our daughter Caitlin and her family came over to be with Mike, and I took a brief trip to the Nolan River Dog Show in Glen Rose. Lea Bertsch was showing our Poppy/Samson son Patton for us. Patton was winner’s dog/ best of winners on Saturday and Sunday, bringing his point total to six. He is doing good as a one year old. We are proud of our Paddy Pat. Lea loves Patton, and does a great job showing him. It was also fun to see Patton’s sire, Samson, at the show. Samson is looking awesome! He was best of variety Sunday over another beautiful special.



Patton at Nolan River 1/ 7 / 2018




Patton w Lea at Nolan River 1/ 7 / 2018


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Go Samson! Updated!

Posted By on December 18, 2017

Samson after winning a Group 4


Samson in FL


I just wanted to say GO SAMSON, and Congratulations Lea Bertsch! Samson was bred by Lea Bertsch and her daughters, and Debbie Price. He is owned by Lea. Samson, aka GR CH Scalloways Lion Hunter, took a trip to the Florida Eukanuba shows with David and Jennifer Harper, and has done great! The Eukanuba shows attract some of the top dogs in the USA. Last I heard, Samson has won two best of variety awards, a group 4, and I believe an award of merit. I am so happy for Lea, and proud to see how well this Texas born and raised boy has done. He is an all around lovely collie with an equally nice temperament.

Lea Bertsch hit it out of the park with the Eve/ Conan breeding that produced Samson. I believe there are now 10 champions (maybe more) from two litters produced by breeding Eve and Conan. I admire Lea’s dedication in seeing that these fine collies got their championships. Most of them also have their grand championships!

 Samson is not only an excellent quality collie himself, he appears to pass his quality on to his offspring! I’m happy that the genes that produced Samson and his pretty siblings are now incorporated in Tairis Collies through the Poppy/Samson kids- Patton, Willa and Maxi.


Samson in Florida with Jennifer Harper- Dec. 2017



I’m hoping to have good news from the Nolan River shows in Glen Rose, TX next weekend.

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We are also preparing for puppies sired by Patton, out of our girl Tracer in about two weeks.  And we will be whelping the litter sired by Patton for Lea’s smooth champion girl, Reba, the first of February while Lea is off to dog shows.
















The love of Mike

Posted By on December 6, 2017

Life is what happens while you are busy making other plans.  (John Lennon) – Lennon hit on a profound truth here – with its roots in the Bible.

I’m busy. You’re busy. We are all running around planning for this and that. Hopefully though, we remember to enjoy the many moments that make up our lives. Hopefully we also remember to live in the NOW.

With my partner of 37 years spending so much time in the hospital, perilously ill at times, I entered a new level of BUSY. It has been dizzying to spend as much time as possible with Mike, and to keep up with his care and condition while still working full time.

What I see clearly now is that all of the things around me are temporary. The dust bunnies, the dirty laundry, and the overgrown hedges can all wait. Expressing love to those around me is what can’t wait.

Thank you to my friends that have been so generous with their kind words, prayers, and shoulders to cry on.  You are a Godsend, and I love you.

I appreciate my son and daughter and their significant others, as well as my brother who have been so helpful and supportive while Mike has been sick. You are all such a blessing. I love you all so much!

My beautiful collies don’t know why I have had less time to spend with them, but they are eager, wonderful friends always there to show their love and lift my spirits. Collies have enriched my life as far back as I can remember. Hopefully, we will have lots of playtime together by Christmas!

Most of all I want to express my love to Mike, my longtime partner on this journey together. Our lives have been a rollercoaster ride- honestly never a dull moment. I doubt we will ever have a dull moment together, but I do hope for some peaceful ones to enjoy as we settle into our retirement years. I want to thank you, Mike, for giving me a life of full-tilt love.



Here are some pictures of Mike with our collies. He knew how much I loved collies so he embraced them too. 





I will be retired by Christmas, after working over 40 years, and Mike should be home before Christmas. It should be one of the happiest Christmas times ever.

 By mid- January, I hope Tracer will bless us with some beautiful, brown collie babies. There is nothing more fun than collie babies!




















































And so it goes

Posted By on November 29, 2017

October and November have been strange here with my husband Mike in the hospital most of the time. He is usually my anchor that keeps things at home rolling along efficiently. Thank goodness he should be home from the rehab hospital before Christmas. He is making steady improvements slowly but surely, and that is something I’m grateful for.

I let our little Melody daughter, Jilly, go to a great new home in central Texas to be the family dog and part time goat herder. Jilly was getting cuter everyday- plus she is a smart girl with a lot of personality. If circumstances had been different, I think she would have stayed here with us.  Spreading my time between work, the hospital, and home has been tiring. Thank God I am retiring the end of December!

Here is a picture of Jilly at her new home. What a sweet girl!

Jilly pic taken by her new owners.


On the subject of smooth collies- we currently have a sable merle smooth girl owned by Lea Bertsch, her daughters, and Tina and Larry Patterson visiting us. Her name is Reba- aka Gr Ch Scalloway’s You’re Gonna Be Golden. She is here to be bred to our up and coming boy Patton.  If Reba takes from the breeding, she should have rough and smooth puppies in sable and sable merle, and possibly sable headed whites. I think Reba is white factored. Patton definitely is. I think Reba and Patton compliment each other nicely. If Reba has puppies from this planned breeding, they would be due the end of January 2018.

Here is a picture of Reba with Lea after winning best of variety at the recent Austin show. Reba has done very well like her ump-teen champion siblings!

Reba at Austin with Lea



I have my fingers crossed that Tracer is expecting puppies sired by Patton. It is too early to tell, but I see some positive signs. I am very excited about that combination. It would be the first litter of my retirement years. No more calling into work saying “Sorry, I won’t be in today. We are having puppies!”


I want to say a special thank you to my friends and family that have prayed or sent good wishes for Mike. I believe with all my heart that they helped pull him through a scary time. God bless you all!














Bright spots

Posted By on November 5, 2017

My husband has been sick for awhile, so things have not exactly been normal at home lately — whatever that is. He’s had a rough go of it mostly resulting from damnable Diabetes. He is back in the hospital right now in ICU, but is getting better. I’m writing this by his hospital bed right now- trying not to annoy his nurses too much.

There have been a couple of bright spots in our collie world recently, so I will mention those.


Last Saturday Layla (Cherann’s N Tairis Share The Luv), was shown in Benton, Arkansas by her breeder, and co-owner, Cheryl Kobularcik, to win a four point major under James Noe. Layla is an elegant tricolor daughter of Miguel (Ch Cherann’s No Stranger To Luv ), out of Ch Alcor’s With a Twist. Thank you Cheryl for doing a great job with her!


Today another daughter of Miguel and Afterhours Cashmere Princess finished her championship last weekend. Lovely little Sweet Pea, (Ch Cherann’s Tickled Pink at St. Roch) bred and owned by Nick Moyers and Cheryl Kobularcik,  picked up the last point she needed at the show in Joplin, Missouri. She was shown by Jay Lee who always does a great job. Congratulations to all!

Sweet Pea with Jay Lee



Last but not least is little Jilly, our 8 week old daughter of Melody and Adam. Jilly has gotten so cute! She seems to have the great body of her mother and a blend of Melody’s sweetness and Adams’s mischievous personalities. More good news- Jilly’s eye exam was very good, Yay!


Jilly in bowl

 Jilly decided to sample the big dogs’ food.
















Looking Good!

Posted By on October 23, 2017

It was a pretty weekend even with a little wind and rain. Saturday I got to assist my brother with his art display at Fort Worth’s Art Goggle event. He was one of 850 artists displaying their work along Magnolia Street for 18 blocks through the medical district. There are a lot of talented artists in this area.


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Sunday I got to go to the dog show in Belton, Texas. Lea Bertsch was showing some of her girls and our big pup Patton. Patton has been winner’s dog or better at his first 4 shows, which brings his point total to 4 so far. Saturday he was best of winners for a point, and also got a group 2 in the puppy herding group. Today Patton was winner’s dog, best of winners and best of variety over a champion for another point. I’m really proud of how he is coming along. He is going to be a lot of fun to show. I can’t thank Lea Bertsch enough for working with Patton, grooming him, and getting him shown. Today Lea’s friend, Keileigh, helped show Patton- aka- Tairis Runnin’ Down A Dream.Here are some pix from the show. I only had my cell phone camera, and the indoor pix were awful.


Patton 10/22/2019




Patton with KeeLee


Patton 10 21 2017 at Belton

Patton is doing good for a 9 month old boy coming out of  summertime temperatures.




We have another little beauty in the house. Melody’s pup Jilly is getting cuter every week. She is a fearless little monkey that is quite entertaining. Jilly is coming up on her six week birthday. 


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Jilly 10 21 2017

Jilly looks so sweet, but she has a sassy side too!


Melly and Jilly 10 22 2017

Melly is not much of a disciplinarian.



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Cute babies large and small

Posted By on October 9, 2017

Melody’s lone surviving puppy- Miss Jilly- is four weeks old now. She is a spoiled baby and doing very well. She has learned to drink water (Praise the Lord!), and eat soft food. She is also playing with us, with her mother, and her toys. I so wish she had at least one littermate for company, but she seems pretty happy. She certainly gets a lot of attention.

Here are some pictures of Miss Jilly at 4 weeks of age.

Jilly at 4 weeks


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Jilly profile at 4 weeks


Jilly looks back 4 wks



Our big nine month old baby boy- Patton- has gone to visit Lea Bertsch this month to go to a few shows with her. Patton is a son of our girl, Poppy, and Leas’s boy, Samson. Lea showed him at his first shows this weekend at Humble, TX, and Patton won a point each day. Thank you Lea! And special thanks to Marge Toohey who brushed him on Saturday. Collie people are some of the nicest people around. Patton is still in summer coat, but I can see new coat growing as the heat of summer begins to diminish. I think he’s going to do well at the shows as he matures. Here are a couple of snapshots of Patton after the shows this weekend.


Patton and Lea after the Humble show


Patton at Lea's 10/08/2017

Patton’s AKC name is Tairis Runnin’ Down A Dream, after my favorite Tom Petty and the Heartbreaker’s song.   I hope Patton will run down my dream of completing his championship in 2018.

RIP Tom Petty, and thanks for writing so many wonderful songs.



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Jilly’s good and other good news

Posted By on September 25, 2017

Jilly at 2 weeks


It’s been a busy weekend – too short as usual. I just wanted to post an update on Melly’s little girl- Jilly. She is doing fine- eating, sleeping, and growing. Her eyes are open now so she can find her mother if Melody changes positions in the box. Jilly is up on her feet more or less exploring the confines of her big whelping box. Singleton puppies always get spoiled. After she eats, Jilly is content to curl up by her mother, or equally content to crawl into my lap for a nap. She is a precious little girl. I still think she is a smooth. Whether or not we will keep her remains to be seen. She may possibly be available in about 7 weeks. We will see. 

I’m excited that Layla is growing hair and will be going to some shows with Cheryl soon. And I guess we are going to let Lea Bertsch (owner of Patton’s sire- GCH Scalloway’s Lion Hunter) show Patton at the Humble shows for his debut. He looks ok for an almost 9 month old puppy. How he will act is another story. He is, after all, a son of our wild child- Poppy. Updates to follow.

We got this nice bit of news from Lea Bertsch and Liz Long. They put another point on the Poppy/ Samson puppy, Maxi, co-owned with Lea and Tairis Collies. That brings Maxi’s point total to four in only a few times shown.  I can’t wait to see how Maxi’s siblings Willa and Patton do at the shows. 

The Samson/ Poppy puppies were a special litter. All the puppies were pretty, and the people that have the siblings as family pets are all very happy with them. Doss, who went to a family near Houston, was evacuated from their flooded house with the rest of the family by the US Army in the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey. Doss’s owner, Bronwyn, said he behaved wonderfully in crazy conditions. Doss was floated out in an inner-tube to reach the army truck! Thank goodness Doss and his humans are all fine.  Bronwyn said Doss was a favorite with the other evacuees and has a future as a therapy dog. I could not be more proud of her pup.



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Heartbreak and hope

Posted By on 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 of hours later Roland died in my hands. I don’t know why. They were not crushed or smothered. They just stopped breathing. I suspect that maybe the drugs Melody got during her C-section might have damaged them. Thankfully, little Jilly survived, and is doing fine. She is a week old now, so it appears that she will make it. She eats like a little pig.  It’s so sad she won’t have siblings to teach her to share. Melody will have to show her the ropes. Jilly is precious and we are very happy she seems to be thriving.

Here are some pictures of Jilly today as she turns one week old. Click on the pictures for an enlarged view.

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I also took a couple of pictures in the backyard of my almost 9 month old pups from our litter from Poppy sired by Samson.  I’m still very happy with them. Willa and Patton are very sweet puppies and are looking pretty for this time of year. I hope we will be able to get them to some shows this winter.


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Patton resting 9 17 2017



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Willa 9 17 2017


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Summer has come back full force for now, but I know cooler days will be here soon. We are all looking forward to that.