The diversity seen in God’s creatures is inspiring. I consider dogs a special gift from God– especially Collies. Whether show dogs or pets, Collies have a beauty of spirit that is truly inspiring. I’m grateful to the breeders that helped shape collies into the most beautiful of all dogs.

I got my first pet collie when I was 7 or 8 year old. He inspired my never ending love for the breed. ’Tuffy’ was a natural herder and helper on our farm.  He was a wonderful family dog and a perfect companion. He knew what was needed, and he did it, whether it was sleeping by new calves, picking the stickers out of my socks, or joyously running to meet me as I got off the school bus. He taught me how great it could be to have a dog in my life.

As an adult, I wanted to get a Collie again-  but I got involved with my husband in the ’70′s showing Irish Wolfhounds instead. They are also remarkable dogs with their own kind of beauty and wonderful spirits too. During the time we showed IW’s, I often watched the Collie judging and planned to have a Collie again someday. I didn’t yet study Collie names, and bloodlines, but remember being impressed with a  handsome collie in about 1979 by the name of Ch Random Acres Christmas Cowboy- a lovely sable dog.

In about 1990, at an all breed show in Dallas, I saw the first collie that literally took my breath away- Ch Gambit Chill Factor. He was so perfectly groomed, and had a head profile that looked like a picture of the standard. I am still a huge fan of Gambit Collies, and related families. That same year I also saw an adorable rough tricolor bitch at the Fort Worth Collie Club show called- Ch. Glenorka’s All Night Affair. She was showy, soundly made, and so cute I could hardly stand it. Not only that- this tri girl could MOVE! I have had a special love for tricolor bitches ever since I saw her.

I’ve been inspired by the efforts of many collie breeders. I love the Parader types like Tartanside, Countryview, Fantasy, Southland,  Wyndlair, and many others producing classically beautiful collies.  And yet I am irresistably drawn to the gorgeous glamour type families like Milas, Clarion,  Afterhours, Tallywood, Donnybrooke, HiCrest, and others.

I have been going to dog shows, devouring dog books and magazines on every dog related topic for over 30 years. I try to learn from every dog, and dog person I meet. Two generous ladies let me watch their dogs from whelping box to veteran’s class for several years. Alice Inman, and Peggy Conger- noted Collie breeeders, and now Collie judges, have answered probably hundreds of my questions, and given me good advice.  More recently I have been inspired by Cheryl Kobularcik, and her Cherann’s Collies, with their elegance, sound movement  and sweet temperaments.


Ch. Wild Isle Warlock

Outside the collie world, a very special dog–an Irish Wolfhound–  taught me something about real quality, and correct structure and movement. I did not own him, but had the pleasure of watching him at his owner’s home a few times, and at the IWCA national specialty. He was bred & owned by Jill Bregy, and his name was Ch Wild Isle Warlock. He finished his championship as a one year old with an all breed best in show. He was used in one of the Rachel Page Elliott films – “Dogsteps”  to illustrate proper movement. He was beautiful in type, &  character, and never put a foot wrong.  My dreams are in the Collie world- but Warlock set the qualtiy bar in my mind of what I’d like to acheive someday in collies.  This picture is the one I took of Warlock at the last place I saw him- winning the 1979 IWCA national specialty for an unprecedented 4th time. Photo credit was given to me for this photo in the Harp and Hound IWCA magazine that year as Debbie Abshire– a detail long forgotten by now. What will not be forgotten is an IW of superb quality and presence. He stood head and shoulders above the commonplace, and still  inspires my dreams of breeding remarkable collies.

3 Responses to “Inspirations”

  1. Sheryl willyerd says:

    I really love your website

  2. Jill Bregy says:

    Thanks so much for your kind words about Warlock. His get lives on in my breeding program thru careful line breeding and with many wonderful dogs but he was truly an amazing dog and was truly a prepotent stud dog, even to this day while many generations removed – he leaves his mark

    Jill Bregy
    Wildisle, reg.
    since 1966

  3. Debbie says:

    What a small world. I never dreamed that you would see my little Collie website and read my words about Warlock. It was an honor to meet you and Warlock. I remember Clidna, Wizzard, Mirage, Stripe, Warbonnet, your UD girl Canga, and the Mirage litter sired by Ch Sulhamstead Fred- Match, Myth, Magician, the beautiful Hally and the unmatched Warlock, himself. Warlock made a huge, and lasting impression on me. The more I saw him, and the more I learned, the more impressed I became. I am so glad that his genes continue on at Wild Isle.

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