It started when my Dad - who was a vet-brought home two orphaned collie puppies. I wanted to keep one, but at the time we were living in a building that wouldn’t allow them. They were kept in an outside compound and unfortunately through the night someone entered the compound and took one. We gave the little rough girl that was left behind to a dairy farmer we knew and respected - she would have a good life there.
While all this was happening my Dad promised me that when we moved into a place where we could accommodate a puppy I would be allowed one of my choice. Three years later we moved into a tiny southern Manitoba village where French was the official language and I couldn’t understand a word of it, I was only 7 yrs. old and the language barrier was overwhelming for me. True to his promise I picked my puppy, a small, sable rough girl , from the first litter of the rough puppy we had given up to the farmer. “Whiskers” became my constant companion for many years, helping me through many difficult and trying times. From then until 2003 I have had three other collie girls, two of them produced excellent companion puppies. All of them the same yet different. Hard to explain if you’ve never been owned by a collie. I have never seen a breed so willing to please. When the last one, Jasmine, passed in 2003 I was searching for the perfect replacement.
Between 2003 and 2008 a lot of things happened in my life that made it difficult to find that replacement. In 2008 my husband suggested I check out CKC Collie Breeders online. I found her! A smooth, sable girl - Davenloch Shaken Not Stirred, aka Sandi. This collie was everything I wanted. In true collie fashion she captured my heart. Since then she has opened up a world to me showing that collies are more than just great family companions. I now have several collies who have taken to the show ring and are on their way to performance titles. I always have been and am still convinced that collies-rough or smooth- are the most dedicated and versatile breed that anyone could ever own.
A very, very special thank you to:
Corinne of Shelgrande Shetland Sheepdogs for taking my first show girl “Ronnie” to her championship and for not making me feel like the beginner I was in the conformation ring. Patti- Highlander Collies for entrusting me with such a special smooth girl who I “Hope” will be a strong foundation for my collies in years to come and the outstanding pedigree that came with her.
The Canadian Kennel Club
Collie Club of Canada
Collie Health Foundation
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Canada's Guide to Dogs