KENNEL STORIES: THE CHELSEA
by Gayle Kaye
Believe it or not, the name Chelsea came from a can of
paint. The color was "chelsea yellow" and I
liked the sound of the Chelsea part! It was 1968 when
I acquired my first pet Collie and attended my first dog
show. I was completely taken by the idea of breeding and
showing Collies, and knew, even then while still in college,
that this was going to be a big part of my life.
Chelsea's first homebred champion,
Ch. Chelsea Gold Mist -- "Tiara"
By 1972 I had already raised a couple of litters for
fun, but it was at that time that I decided to get serious.
As per the advice given in Pat Starkweather's book "All
About Collies," I went hunting for two good bitches.
Thanks to the ads and pictures in Collie Cues magazine,
I fell in love with many of the GinGeor Collies. At that
time GinGeor was one of the top winning Eastern Kennels
-- Ch. Jadene's Breeze Along, Ch. GinGeor Bellbrooke's
Choice, Ch. GinGeor Jack of Tamarack, Ch. GinGeor Indelible
Ink and Ch. Sontaw's Trudy Fair. . . all of them gorgeous
and excelling in outline, coat, style and extremely beautiful
My eyes were especially drawn to the head details that
made these individuals so very appealing -- beautifully
finished muzzles, length and cleanness of head, and pretty
expression. When I had the opportunity to see the beautiful
headed Ch. Country Lane GinGeor Patrice at a local dog
show, I decided then and there, GinGeor was the family
I wanted to start with. Through Joan Able of Tamarack
Collies, I acquired a normal eyed sable daughter of Ch.
GinGeor Jack of Tamarack and from Marnus Collies came
a tricolor bitch sired by Ch. GinGeor's Indelible Choice.
These two bitches shared the family virtues of the head
detail I was after. Both were bred to different sons of
Ch. Arrowhill Oklahoma Tornado and each produced a champion,
including my first homebred "Tiara" (Ch. Chelsea
Gold Mist). Thirty odd years later, all of my current
dogs trace multiple times to those two foundation bitches.
I was completely
by the idea of breeding
and showing Collies,
and knew, even then
while still in college,
that this was going to
be a big part of my life.
Being very restricted in numbers and breedings thanks
to zoning regulations, Chelsea has always remained a very
small operation, nonetheless, we have been fortunate in
having bred dogs who have taken wins at some of the most
prestigious specialties in California.
Over the years we have made additional crosses to Wickmere,
Twin Oaks and more recently Tartanside, but continue to
strive for the same qualities we desired at the start
-- a collie who excels in good type, with particular emphasis
on length and cleanness of head, with pretty expression.
Some of my favorite champions bred here. . . Chelsea of
Arrowhill, Shadowgold, Moon Pebble, Ice Castles, Castles
in The Sky, Luck of the Draw, Crown Prince, and others.
Chelsea T' Crown Heir of Squire