Karl and I began our love affair with Collies in 1970. Our first dogs came from the Sally & Bob Futh of Starberry Kennel. We lived in Connecticut then and joined their specialty club. We also applied to be members of Collie Club of America. We were so excited to be part of the individuals who loved to show their beautiful dogs. It didn’t take long for us to realize the we wanted to compete and win. Karl was taken by the winning record of Nancy McDonald of Barksdale Kennel. After realizing talking to an Owner/Handler while they were getting ready to go into the ring was generally a No-No. We asked Nancy if we could visit her Kennel, and she said yes and after 4 trips to Manassas, VA, we came home with 2 dogs. One dog grew up to be so big we thought we had a Newfoundland. A friend loved him and he went on to be a tracking dog. This relationship with Nancy became a lifelong friendship and mentor relationship that taught us many lessons, especially how to think like a breeder. Then came the time to reach out to other pedigrees. It was from Joyce & Ted Dowling of Shenstone Kennel we got a beautiful red bitch named CH Shenstone Love that Red AKA Jody. At about the same time we got another sable bitch CH Tartanside Daydream AKA Dory from John G.Buddie. It was so much fun having two beautiful girls in the ring at the same time. By now the Dowling’s and John were also part of those who mentored us.
We were overwhelmed by being so fortunate to be encouraged by these leaders in the Collie world. As a result we have finished 23+ AKC Champions…….what a thrill. As a breeder we generally did a planned breeding every 2 to 2 1/2 year, we intended to produce another beautiful Collie we consistent Collie Standards virtues.
Some of our Collie exciting accomplishments have been: Nancy McDonald showing our beautiful tri dog at our National, CH The Piano Man who place 1st in Open Tri Dog judged by Joan Kirkland. April 2014. Another wonderful day was at the Florida shows in January 2007. Marcia Keller was the judge I had to show my girl. CH Rosewood Tartanside Dream AKA Gracie owned by us and bred by us and John G. Buddie. Marcia critiqued this bitch as: “this bitch caught my eye when she walked into the ring with, her balanced outline. and beautiful head planes, And when I looked into her eye it was like looking in my backyard. She has a beautiful eye , correctly placed in a balance head, soft expression. Even though she was not in full coat. She filled the eye.” At this show Dream actual won Winners Bitch and Best Opposite. There were other times when Karen Jordan was handling CH Summer Dawn and she almost went Best of Breed but a Dalmatian knocked the judge over so she selected him BOB and Summer took a Group#2. There are so many more stories as you think of each dog and their CHampionship road, the dogs, owners, new and mature people to the competition ring, seminars, and educational events have all made our life rich with friends and dogs, many cats but one special cat CH Fantasy’s TC.
Today, With Lynn Butler & Lotta Hedman we share a wonderful Stud Dog CH Milas Rosewood’s Walk Don’t Run AKA Chase. He has great Collie virtues and the most beautiful collie temperament we are overwhelmed with excitement to see what is in his FUTURE.