2017 Performance Week Features:

  • Feature: Performance Week 2017 -- For the Love of It - part one
  • Feature: Performance Week 2017 -- For the Love of It - part two
  • Feature: Performance Week 2017 -- For the Love of It - part three
  • Feature: Performance Week 2017 -- Collie Club of America Eastern Herding Regional
  • Feature: Performance Week 2017 -- For the Love of Tricks!
  • Related links: All Herding Regionals Results

2017 Ring Patterns

  • Feature: RIng Patterns -- A look back at December 2017
  • Feature: Ring Patterns – A look back at November 2017
  • Feature: Ring Patterns – A look back at October 2017
  • Feature: Ring Patterns – A look back at September 2017
  • Feature: Ring Patterns – A look back at August 2017
  • Feature: Ring Patterns – A look back at July 2017
  • Feature: Ring Patterns – A look back at June 2017
  • Feature: Ring Patterns – A look back at May 2017
  • Feature: Ring Patterns – A look back at April 2017
  • Feature: Ring Patterns – A look back at March 2017
  • Feature: Ring Patterns – A look back at February 2017
  • Feature: Ring Patterns – A look back at January 2017

2017 Special Features


2016 Ring Patterns


2016 Ring Patterns: A month by month look back at the 2016 shows
Published: Saturday, December 24, 2016

2016 Performance Week: Journey To The Titles
Published: Saturday, November 12, 2016

CCA Nationals Of The Past by Sally Futh
Published: Saturday, June 11, 2016:

2016 Meet The Breeds in New York City by Jackie Caruso, Feb. 13
Published: Saturday, February 13, 2016
This year’s Meet the Breeds was another successful event for the Collie thanks to Collie Club of America members, Judy Virchow and Kathleen Pirro, and also to Polly Baird from New York City, who braved the sub-zero cold and the crowds to bring their dogs . . .View Story and Photos

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Feature: A Word from Dickens: CCA National Specialties of the Past, Part I, (1954-1959) by Sally Futh, Starberry Collies
Published: Saturday, January 9, 2016
Having just read a Christmas Carol for the kids at the local library, has me thinking back about Christmas past and CCAs past and future . . . And then there is a Tale of Two Cities and all the CCA sites we have seen -- It was the best of times . . . Read More

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Sunday, December 27, 2015
Check out the recently updated Collie Club Directory with contact information and links to the most recent events advertised on Collies Online. Also listed are specialty results and the judges name for each Collie Club dating back to 2004.

> Collie Club Directory

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Sunday, December 27, 2015
As this year comes to an end, we thought it would be a good idea to "herd" all the Performance Week Articles published on this site into one easy to find page. To date, there have been 9 Performance Week publications from 2007 to 2015, with 37 articles. We have also included a link to view all the Performance Week ads published for each year.

> Performance Week Articles / Ads published on COL

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Saturday, December 19, 2015
The Proof Of The Pudding by Sally Futh, Starberry Collies

The Proof of the Pudding "Is in the eating," according to the old proverb. Attributed incorrectly to Cervantes, but it is not to be found in Don Quixote. And probably the saying comes from a few centuries later, but it has been around awhile. Remember, puddings go 'way back in the UK, both sweet and savory, and it's the Brit synonym today for desserts of all kinds.

At any rate, the saying does relate to the reason we show dogs. It is popular to say that we show to judges for their opinion of our breeding stock. This is not really true; we are showing the RESULT of our breeding program and progress. The dog in the ring is not proven to be one which will improve our kennel's future quality; he or she is, hopefully, another step forward in our search for perfection or achieving embodiment of the Standard. His sire and dam are the breeding stock, and we are asking the judge's opinion of the combination. If we have made the right choices, of our ingredients, baking the pudding the right length of time and at the right temperature -- careful upbringing of a pedigree plan and the resulting litter and its choice prospect, the resulting pudding should please the judge and stack up well next to its competition.

Ingredients are of prime importance. When our church ladies use a huge trough to mix the figgy puddings that sell out long before the end of the Christmas fair, they use only the best spices brought from city friends among the Persian dealers who import rugs and bring the baker specialty herbs and spices for her exotic kitchen. Equally high grade fruits, bread, eggs from field - pastured chickens, sugar and suet go into the puddings,and of course only drinking quality brandy! The result would please any connoisseur or gourmet's palate.

Those spices are like the bits and pieces of guidance, advice, information you pick up along the way from mentors, other breeders and friends. Sometimes words of wisdom from a completely different field can be incorporated into your breeding philosophy. Planning a breeding requires no less care.You don't count on the sire's record of producing winners to offset a mediocre dam's failings. Of course you hope that the combination will work and that the points where he is strong will effect the improvement you are looking for in your own line. And that none of his failings will show up in the offspring you select to be your standard - bearer.

However, the first question is: Will this breeding forward my line, my kennel, my breed? If not, why am I doing it ? Just to keep your family going, to produce more run-of-the-mill champions, to achieve a ROM, to have something to show at next year's national? These are all reasonable short-term expectations, but maybe not worthy of the game. Make your New Year's resolution to plan for the long term and maybe you'lll get there sooner than you think!

Enjoy your Christmas pudding and a very Merry Christmas to all our friends in collies.

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Sunday, December 13, 2015
Buddie named AKC Breeder of the Year

At the AKC/Eukanuba National Championship yesterday (Dec. 12) in Orlando, Florida, the American Kennel Club announced that Tartanside's John Buddie is its Breeder of the Year.

Tartanside Collies has breeder-owned over 150 champions, including 12 Register of Merit dogs, and overall Tartanside sires and dams have produced 350 champions.

The annual award honors those breeders who have dedicated their lives to improving the health, temperament and quality of purebred dogs.

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Tuesday, November 24, 2015
The passing of two elder statesmen
by Sally Futh

This past month has seen the passing of two people important to our breed: Richard F. "Doc" Greathouse and Dorothy Schroeder Welsh.

Doc, a native of Louisville, went to medical school from the Navy and specialized in pediatrics. He was also county coroner for many years and brought his kindness and empathy to that job as well. He began to
breed Collies in the late 1940s and achieved success following the precepts of his principal mentor, Gus Sigritz of Cherrivale. Doc handled his Devonshire Dark Cheri to Winners Bitch at the national and judged
there several times. He served as president of the parent club and led the club in concern for and activism on health issues. In later years he also enjoyed success with Norwiches and Papillons. As a multibreed
judge he had many friends throughout the dog fancy and all remember his storytelling ability. But he always told it like it was and had to be respected for his frankness about problems in the world of dogs.

Dorothy Schroeder Welsh was a rare seventy-year member of CCA, starting with Hertzville breeding in the early 40's. Her Bellochanty Collies and friend Dorothy Platt's Dorwood Collies competed with great success around the Midwest. She married a fellow judge, Walter Welsh rather late in life, and moved to his Christmas tree farm in Wisconsin from suburban Des Plaines, Illinois. She served as longtime delegate to AKC for the Chicago Collie Club, a member of the AKC board of directors, and president of the Dog Museum in St. Louis. Her smile and obvious enjoyment in finding a good dog to put up are trademarks of the win pictures treasured by exhibitors from Collies down to toy breeds. She went to emeritus judging status several years ago when she no longer enjoyed the rigors of travel to shows.

All of us who knew her, as well as Doc, will miss them both, and we feel fortunate to have lived in the "golden age" of so many great dog people.

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Saturday, September 26, 2015
Feature: Performance Week 2015

Happy Performance Week! It is here at last! We are thrilled to share with you five articles, including a collection of incredible videos, about Collie lovers and their dogs participating in a wide range of events. We hope that you will be as impressed and inspired as we are with the amazing things people are doing with this wonderful breed. Thank you to everyone who takes the time each week to report their results from performance events. And, thank you to the performance advertisers for their support of this issue as well as throughout the year.

> Rescue Remedy -- Remarkable stories at the intersection of rescue and performance with owner Bobby Chastain

> CollieFlix -- A collection of Collie performance videos that will knock your socks off!

> The Nose Knows -- A Collies Online interview with Marilyn Clayton

> Results from the 2015 Collie Club of America Herding Regionals

> Treibball Temptation -- A New game you can "Trei" with your collie

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Saturday, August 8, 2015
A life with Collies: A tale of two National Specialty winners—An interview with Virginia Reed Mehr, Creekwood Collies

To own two different National Specialty Best of Breed winners is a rare thing, indeed. Bellhaven's Florence Illch owned four different National Specialty BOB winners in the '30s and '40s, Wooley's Lane's Nancy and W. Henry Gray owned two in the '40s, GinGeor's George and Virginia Horn owned two in the '60s and '70s, Tartanside's John Buddie owned two in the '70s and '80s, Buddy Morris owned two in the '80s and '90s, one in each variety, and Gambit's Linda Hash-Davis and Barbara Hash-O'Keefe owned two in the 1990s and 2010s. Now you can add Virginia Mehr to that short list. Read more

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Saturday, August 8, 2015
Sunnybank news: 19th Annual Gathering at Sunnybank to take place Aug. 15-16
The 19th Annual Gathering at Sunnybank will take place Saturday and Sunday, August 15 and 16 in Wayne, New Jersey at Terhune Memorial Park. All proceeds from "The Gathering" benefit the Collie Health Foundation. CHF is currently funding a host of worthy AKC grants at research universities from around the world. The variety of research includes studies related to epilepsy, bloat, the canine genome, and the health implications of early spay-neuters, and several others. Last week we asked readers to tell us what they love about this event and we received some great responses:

"No other event in the dog world engages as many different communities and interests as does the Gathering . . . conformation breeders, rescue, fanciers, performance aficionados. All embrace the foundation established by the writings of Albert Payson Terhune who romanticized what we all know to be true about the Collie's nature. No other breed has its own Mecca to celebrate and immerse ourselves into the ambience of The Place."

–Nancy McDonald

"Where else can you go to find your childhood dreams come to life? Sunnybank is beautiful Collies, best friends, and summer perfection—under the gentle gaze of The Master and The Mistress."

–Chris Lafferty

"The First year we went was the first year of the Gathering. I found a string ball in the leaves under the big trees at the back of the HOUSE. I swore it was Lad's and I kept it until it literally went to dust. Either the first or second year of the Gathering Bert came. The Place had been sad and lonely for a long time. A cool breeze settled over us and the vines vibrated . . . was he testing us? Bill and Dale said, Oh yes, he was watching us and deciding if we were proper guests."

–Pati Merrill

"Nowhere else can you walk the grounds of the man that instilled in us the love of the Collie, and bring together those that love Sunnybank. Todays Collies that still trace back to the Sunnybank greats are amazing to see on those very grounds."

–Judy Leathers, National Chair of the Terhune Sunnybank Memorial

"It's deeply satisfying to see modern-day descendants of the Sunnybank Collies walking the grounds of The Place where their storied ancestors once lived. Sunnybank comes alive again that weekend!"

–Krissy Marshall

"'I've been going to Sunnybank for the Gathering since the third year. It's a magical place where you can actually sense the spirits of the Sunnybank Collies all around you. I don't mean the graves, but the actual living spirits of the dogs. It's a place of peace, comfort and a welcome home for those of us who make the journey to "the place.""

–Joan Hamilton, Starbarks Collies

Saturday, July 11, 2015
Judge News

The June issue of the AKC Gazette reports that Marcy Fine of Overland Collies in Ohio is approved to accept Collie and Junior Showmanship assignments on a Permit basis. The April edition reports that Laura LaBounty of Special Collies in New Hampshire has completed her permit judging assignments and has been added to the list of regular approved judges for the breed. It also lists Bree Ardizzone of Travler Collies in western New York and Lily Russell of Tango Collies in Iowa as Permit judges for Junior Showmanship. The March edition reports that Krista Hansen of Camloch Collies in western New York has completed her permit judging assignments and has been added to the list of regular approved judges for the breed. The February edition lists Misti Labs of Misty Manor Collies in Indiana as a Permit judge for Collies and Juniors.

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Saturday, June 6, 2015
Feature: THEY Get it! by Sally Futh
Breeding to the dog of the hour has become all too common in our dog show world of today. As would be pet owners flock to the breed featured in the latest hit movie or the one which won Westminster without regard for a Beagle's need to run or bark, or the grooming required on a Poodle, so do breeders' fickle fancy yearn to have the next top winner just like this year's holder of the purple and gold rosette.

You are all waiting to watch and see this evening if American Pharoah wil make it as the next Triple Crown winner . . . and here's hoping! Racing needs the publicity and glory. If so he will probably go on to try to add the summer jewel of the Travers Stakes at Saratoga, but will be retired, maybe after the Breeders Cup this fall, as his stud rights belong to other TB breeders.

Someone asked if his stud fee would be affected by adding the Belmont Stakes to his great winning record. However, the correct reply was probably not; his fee will be relatively moderate until his first crop hits the track and shows he can produce as well as win. What WILL increase is the fee for his sire, Pioneer of the Nile, currently in the middle range at $30,000. It is likely to jump to $100,000 like Tapit, the current leading sire (whose daughter Untapable is probably going to win this afternoon, too. Hot Tip! But equally poor odds).

Smart breeders will jump on the PotN bandwagon if they have a mare like or bred like AP's dam to produce a superior horse to race in 2019 or one which will sell well at the '18 yearling sales.

So what is this saying? If you like a current big winner, look to his sire, as well as studying his (or her) dam and see what it took to produce that eye catcher. As Van Dyck was fond of saying, WHOSEEBY?

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March 7, 2015
Feature: Conditioning by Sally Futh, Starberry Collies

Condition is a word which means different things to different people. To many Collie breeder-exhibitors, it usually means whether or not a dog is in coat. Another thing which is discussed, ad nauseam, is whether or not judges favor professional handlers.

> Read more of the feature: Conditioning by Sally Futh, Starberry Collies

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January 29, 2015
In Loving Memory

Verna Allen of Royal Rock fame in Port Jefferson Long Island died Tuesday, January 27. Verna was probably the oldest life member of CCA, having passed her 90th birthday several years ago. She was a founding member of Collie Club of Long Island and bred English Setters and Norwich Terriers which won top honors in the show ring and breeding shed as well as Collies. Probably the most notable of the Collies she bred with her partner of more than 60 years, Leslie Canavan, was CH Royal Rock Gamblin' Man. While Les was an all-breed professional handler and later a much sought after judge, Verna was content to stay home, manage the boarding kennel and bake her famous cookies which Les would share at the shows. Verna was a kind and gentle person, but was quick to retort if one was so foolish to say something stupid or untrue, and she didn't suffer fools gladly. She will be missed by all who were lucky enough to know her. Our love and sympathy and prayers go to her daughters Nadine and Sandy as well as Les.
-- Sally Futh

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Saturday, February 14, 2015
Feature/Photos: 2015 Meet The Breeds in New York City by Jackie Caruso
Meet the Breeds 2015 was one of the most popular Meet the Breeds in the history of the event, according to the AKC. It was clear that New Yorkers love their purebred dogs and they turned out in droves to meet them, in spite of the cold and snowy Saturday in New York ...View Story and Photos


Saturday, August 30, 2014
A Day In The Life . . .

> A day in the life of an agility trial by Alicia Moore
> A day in the life of Claire Apple by Kathy Moll
> The Walkabout Dogs by Leslie Rappaport
> A spectacular day in the life - A COL Interview
> Central Penn Collie Club Herding Clinic and Instinct Test

> View All 2014 Performance Week Ads

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July 22, 2014
In loving memory
Estelle K. "Della" Lynch, age 57, of Delily Kennels passed away Friday, July 18 at Arista Care Center in Whiting with her loving family by her side after an courageous 8-year battle with stage 4 breast, bone and liver cancer. Born in Long Branch, she was a resident of New Egypt, New Jersey for the past 26 years and formerly lived in Jackson. Della was a 1976 graduate of Howell High School and had worked for WaWa for many years, most recently at the WaWa Store #345 in Wrightstown. She was very active in showing dogs and she was a member of the Central Jersey Collie Club. Della was predeceased by her father, Robert Lynch and by a brother, Robert Lynch. She is survived a daughter, Jennifer Carpenter and companion Chris Coriell of Cream Ridge; a son and daughter-in-law, Thomas and Ashley Carpenter of Jacobstown; her mother, Catherine Lynch of New Egypt; a granddaughter, Alexis Coriell of Cream Ridge; a brother, James Lynch and companion Kathy Hill of Jackson; a sister, Noreen McBride of New Egypt and her former husband, Fred Carpenter of Whiting.

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May 13, 2014
Kem Memorial Sweepstakes
The first Kem was held in 1958 and was hosted by the Indiana Collie Club. It was first designed so that the Collie Clubs in the Tri State Area (Indiana, Kentucky and Ohio) could host the Kem on a yearly rotation.The Kem is one of the oldest Collie Sweepstakes and the only one that requires the judge to be an AKC licensed judge. Follow the link below to view the complete list of Kem Winners.

> Kem Memorial Sweepstakes Winners

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May 3, 2014
In Memoriam:
Evelyn Honig, Accalia Collies
Evelyn Honig, 89 of Boca Raton, FL; formerly of Worcester, MA; died May 1, 2014 at Homewood Residence in Boca Raton, FL. She was the wife of 60 years to John Honig, deceased in 2006. John Honig was the President of Anglo Fabrics Company in Webster, MA. Evelyn Honig is survived by a son, Richard Honig of Santa Fe, NM; a daughter, Wendy Honig of Boca Raton, FL; and a grandson, Jeffrey Honig of West Hollywood, CA. Evelyn is also survived by her sister-in-law Helena Cohn of New York City, and her sister-in-law Marilyn Honig of New York City, NY. Evelyn was born in Brooklyn, NY in 1924. She graduated from Erasmus Hall High School and received a BA from Brooklyn College in Brooklyn, NY and was voted "Prettiest Girl Award" by the student body of Brooklyn College. Evelyn was enrolled in a Masters program in Art at Assumption College in Worcester, MA. She was a docent in the Worcester Art Museum and a member of numerous organizations including: Beth Israel Sisterhood, National Council of Jewish Women, Hadassah, ORT, and Brandeis. As a hobby, Evelyn and John were deeply involved with the breeding and exhibiting of purebred collies and cairn terriers for nearly 50 years. They owned and campaigned some of the most outstanding champion show collies of their time under the kennel prefix name of Accalia Collies .... Read entire obituary

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April 12, 2014
In Memoriam:
Rita Stanczik, Executive Collies
The Collie world mourns the passing of Rita Stanczik on April 10. The mistress of Executive Collies bred rough champions in four decades, starting in the mid-70s, with CH Executive's The Silencer, a 1976 champion, and finishing in the 2000s, having bred and owned more than 40 champions. CH Executive's Ride The High Wind is a Register of Merit (ROM) sire with 30 champions to his credit. CH Executive's Be My Valentine is a ROM dam with 8 champions. Two Kem Memorial Sweepstakes winners carry the Executive prefix, including CH Executive's Be My Fantasy, the 1998 winner owned by Debbie Holland, and Executive's Believe in Magic, the 1989 winner owned by Rita and Mary Benjamin. Executive Collies won Rough Winners Bitch at the National in 1989 with CH Executive's Halo Of Hearts, and again in 1993 with CH Executive's Remember Always, and the results and pictures in CCA Yearbooks, particularly of the 90s, bear witness to the durability and unrivaled success of Executive Collies on the National Specialty stage.

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December 14, 2013
Tribute to CH Edenrock the Mask of Society, ROM

Read our interview with Cindy Weiner-Robinson of Edenrock Collies.

> Tribute to Bandit

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September 21, 2013
News about Collie People
The American Kennel Club announced on September 3, that Leslie and Don Jeszewski of Highcroft Collies are the 2013 Herding Group, AKC Breeder of the Year. Each year since 2002, The American Kennel Club has recognized and celebrated an outstanding purebred dog breeder with the Breeder of the Year Award. The award honors those breeders who have dedicated their lives to improving the health, temperament and quality of purebred dogs. At a special presentation held during the AKC/Eukanuba National Championship show, a breeder, or pair of breeders, is recognized in each of the 7 Groups. At the conclusion of the presentation, one of the 7 Group recipients is chosen as the Breeder of the Year.

> 2013 AKC Breeder of the Year Finalists

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August 31, 2013
Performance Week 2013 -- Doganality

Some may call it personality. We think it might be more apt to call it "Doganality." Whatever you call it, it all just comes down to great temperament and how important that trait is in any venue that you plan to participate.

So we asked long time collie breeder, Kathy Moll of Deep River Collies specifically what are the desired temperament traits for each activity and do these traits differ from venue to venue and in different environments? We also wanted to know how this relates to temperament in the show ring. She gave us a fantastic article, titled "The hardest To-Get Virtue."

We also have a wonderful article from Theresa Marquardt, titled "Seeking the character of a performance dog for the Conformation ring." Theresa gives us her perspective as an owner-trainer and how important temperament is in any venue.

We conclude this issue of Performance Week with a short interview with questions about how temperament has affected performance competitions during the past year and what advice their dog might give to the competition at their chosen venue. Our hope was to find out even more about the "doganality" of these great collies.

Many of the ads that you will see also have video links. So, get comfortable, plan to stay a while and enjoy each and every one of these extraordinary collies at work and at play.

Understanding why your collie acts or behaves a certain way comes down to basically two things; the characteristics he or she was born with, and the environment he or she was raised in. The owners and trainers of these collies understand this and have gone above and beyond to bring out the most that nature has provided.

We salute the talented handlers and owners of these great dogs that are featured here during Performance Week 2013. Let that "doganality" keep shining through!

> The hardest To-Get Virtue by Kathy Moll

> Seeking the character of a performance dog for the Conformation ring by Theresa Marquardt

> Colliesonline Interview -- Doganality Part 1

> Colliesonline Interview -- Doganality Part 2

> Colliesonline Interview -- Doganality Part 3

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July 6, 2013
We are sad to report that Tony Barcellona, age 71, of Toms River, passed away Tuesday, July 2, 2013 at St. Barnabas Medical Center, Livingston. Born in Perth Amboy, he lived in Carteret, before moving to Toms River in 1988. Tony worked for the Woodbridge Police Department as a Juvenile Officer for 26 years before his retirement in 1994. He was a member of the Sand And Sea Kennel Club, Toms River, the Collie Club of America and a member of the Bea Lea Golf Course, Toms River. Surviving are his wife Dena Barcellona of 39 years; a daughter Paula Ann Keller and husband Douglas, East Hanover and a brother Thomas Barcellona and his wife Ellen of Charlotte, North Carolina. He is also survived by two grandsons; Robert and Gregory Amendola.

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June 1, 2013
Sylvie Lingenfelter
passed away yesterday after a short but devastating illness. Her dedication and passion for the Collie spanned several decades. Most recently she was the show chair for the Collie Club of America's 125th National Specialty Show in Tulsa, Oklahoma, as well as, the CCA National Host Chair in 1995 and 2005. A Collie judge and a member of the CCA for over 40 years, she also bred numerous Champions and CCA National Specialty winners in both coats under the prefix of Glenorka. Sylvie was known as a kind, gentle and thoughtful woman. She will be missed by many in our Collie community.

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April 28, 2013
In loving memory
The collie world lost three of its long-time supporters: Florence Beck of Islip, New York, Rosemary Roberts of Hanson, Mass., and Candy Wisnieski of Upper Montclair, New Jersey, passed away last week.

Florence bred and exhibited under the Rodel moniker. She was a collie judge, a former Tri-County Collie Breeders Association member and a member of the Collie Club of America and the Collie Club of Long Island.

She was often accompanied at the shows by her daughter Bernadette.

Rosemary Roberts was a member of the Collie Club of New England. She was ever present at the Connecticut Specialties for as long as anyone can remember. Rosemary was always generous with a compliment and a kind smile. She truly loved the collie.

Sent from Jackie Caruso (Collie Club of America District Director, Connecticut)
It is with great sadness that I tell you that the collie has lost another great friend this week, Candy Wisnieski (Collie Club of America/Collie Club of Northern New Jersey).

I was honored to call Candy a friend. I cannot imagine how heartbroken her family must be. I know we who knew her, are. The collies have lost one of their biggest cheerleaders. She was intelligent, passionate and kind, and so encouraging to many.

Many do not know, but Candy was the author of the "Collie as a Family Dog" that is on the Collie Club of America website. When you read this you can feel her passion for this breed and know the research that went into this well-written piece about living with the collie. This has been hailed by the American Kennel Club as one of the finest portrayals of a breed done by any parent club. We have Candy to thank for that. I will miss her observations on the dogs and the shows. She was a driving force behind the Collie Club of Northern New Jersey. My husband worked with her every month on the CCNNJ newsletter. She was a perfectionist. She made all of us want to do our best. She was proud of every collie and their accomplishments. We will miss her.

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January 19, 2013
Tribute to Glen Twiford by Sally Futh

The Collie Club of America's oldest and most respected member died January 14, 2013.

Glen Twiford was 93 years old, and had been breeding Collies for many more years than most of us have been around.

> Read more of Tribute to Glen Twiford

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September 8, 2012
2012 Performance Week
Thank you to everyone who contributed advertising and editorial to another GREAT performance week!

> Love the one you're with by Michele Brane

> On the right track by Sylvia Schultz

COL interview with Michelle Shoemaker, Barbara Corriveau, Jolene McCuaig, Noreen Bennett, Judy Belluomini, Erin Gorney, Marilyn Clayton and Carol Lariviere:

> Question 1 – How does this year fit it in with your journey in performance?

> Question 2 – In relation to your current program of activities, which came first: your love of a particular performance venue or a dog who exhibited specific traits or behaviors for a given activity? Please tell
us the details.

> Question 3 – What makes your favorite performance activity your favorite?

> Question 4 – Which is more challenging: the mental aspects of a given event in which you participate or the physical aspects. Talk about these challenges for trainer, handler and dog for the activities in which you take part.

> Question 5 – If you could change one thing about your favorite performance activity what would that change be?

> Question 6 – Do you have any strategies to prevent physical injuries to you and your dog? How do you prepare for the mental and emotional challenges that are part of training and competition?

> Question 7 – How do you define success in your performance activity? What is the one thing that every successful performance person must do to guarantee success?

> Question 8 – Do you compete at the National Specialty in any performance events? If so, how does competing at the National Specialty compare to other venues.

> Question 9 – Are there any performance events for which you think more Collies should be participating? If so, what are the keys to attracting more participants to that activity?

> Question 10 – How easy or how hard is it to affect the balance between the inborn talent and the trained inability of a dog. If the balance were going to skew distinctly one way or the other, which would you prefer? Why?

> Question 11 – Is your dog more comedian or more super hero? Which television character or comic book hero does your dog most remind you of? Is there an anecdote you can share that nails the comparison?

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January 30, 2012
In Memory of Adele Gay, DelGayla Collies
Sent by Jennifer Carpenter
Adele C. Gay, 63, of Parkesburg, died Tuesday, January 17, 2012 at her home. She was the wife of Alan L. Gay with whom she shared 44 years of marriage. Born in Coatesville, she was the daughter of the late Andrew C. and Anna Peters Jones. Adele was the owner of Del's Dips and Dos, a dog grooming business for the past 10 years. Previously, she raised show collies under the name DelGayla and was a member of the South Jersey Collie Club, and supported the Collie Rescue of Southeast Pennsylvania. Adele also had the privilege of showing her dogs at the elite Westminster Dog Show. She donated multiple collies to the Canine Partners for Life. Adele was involved with the Fallowfield Fillies Girls Softball league for over 25 years as either a coach or officer. From 1990 to 1995, she was the CASH softball and field hockey coach. Adele was the past treasurer of the West End Fire Company Ladies Auxiliary and also an officer and member of the Coatesville Area Jaycettes. Surviving her, in addition to her husband, Alan, are two daughters; Monica Warmijak, wife of John of Coatesville and Megan Lesko, wife of Jason of Downingtown; three brothers, Augie, Craig and John Jones; and two grandchildren, Jonathon and Jordan. She was preceded in death by a brother, Andrew C. Jones, Jr. and a sister, Althea "Tootsie" Davis.


November 26, 2011
AKC Meet the Breeds 2011 by Jackie Caruso
Collie Club of America members and their collies were in the Big Apple last week representing the breed at the American Kennel Club's Meet the Breeds.

November 19, 2011
Remembering Carol Karalis, Castle Hill Collies
Carol Karalis of Castle Hill Collies died early Friday morning after fighting a brave battle against liver cancer over the last two months. She died in the company of her family and her dear friend (and partner in Collies and Shelties), Elvys Maldonado. Carol was a true friend to all in every sense of the word—good spirited, kind, thoughtful and helpful. She loved life, her friends, and her dogs. Carol will be deeply missed by all who knew her.

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October 22, 2011
Oral health issues in the dog: Developmental abnormalities -- Malocclusions

By David E. Hansen, DVM, FAVD, DAVDC
Fellow of the academy of Veterinary Dentistry
Diplomate of the American Veterinary Dental College

In the first installment of his series, "Oral health issues in the dog," Dr. David Hansen talked about normal anatomy of the teeth and oral cavity. In the second installment he covered developmental abnormalities like cleft palate, "missing," supernumerary, and retained deciduous teeth. In this, his latest article, Dr. Hansen talks about malocclusions. Read more . . .

August 27, 2011
Performance Week -- Collies can do it all!
Collies Online is proud to present this collection of articles celebrating the breed's versatility. These writers share their success stories and insights about the challenges of being multi-talented. Read through them all and you will believe -- Collies can do it all!

> Doing it all with all that you can by Michele Brane

> Collies can do it all! by Babbi Dilbeck, DVM

> The Versatile Collie by Deanna Levenhagen

August 24, 2011
Remembering Bernie Howard, Stargazer Collies
The collie world mourns the passing today of Bernie Howard. He is survived by his wife, Phyllis, with whom he established Stargazer Collies in 1972 in Michigan. Bernie was known as "The Voice of the CCA" for his many years of service as the announcer at the Collie Club of America National Specialty. Known for his love of the breed, a quick wit and friendly demeanor, Bernie was named the American Kennel Club's Outstanding Sportsmanship Award winner for 2009. He will be missed by all who knew him.

August 20, 2011
Oral health issues in the dog: Developmental abnormalities of the teeth and oral cavity

By David E. Hansen, DVM, FAVD, DAVDC
Fellow of the academy of Veterinary Dentistry
Diplomate of the American Veterinary Dental College

In the first installment of his series, "Oral health issues in the dog," Dr. David Hansen talked about normal anatomy of the teeth and oral cavity. In this latest installment, Dr. Hansen covers developmental abnormalities like cleft palate, "missing," supernumerary, and retained deciduous teeth. Read more . . .

August 27, 2011
Performance Week -- Collies can do it all!
Collies Online is proud to present this collection of articles celebrating the breed's versatility. These writers share their success stories and insights about the challenges of being multi-talented. Read through them all and you will believe -- Collies can do it all!

> Doing it all with all that you can by Michele Brane

> Collies can do it all! by Babbi Dilbeck, DVM

> The Versatile Collie by Deanna Levenhagen

July 30, 2011
Feature: The Lost Art Of Breeding Fine Collies

By Lenora Alexander, CCC Member

On Saturday, July 16, 2011, Chesapeake Collie Club hosted a new, highly successful seminar with John Buddie, The Lost Art of Breeding Fine Collies. We also offered another special experience in a schooner cruise on the Spirit of Independence, built and owned by its Captain, J. C. Waters, husband of Marsha Waters, CCC member. Read more. . .

July 23, 2011
Oral health issues in the dog: Normal anatomy of the teeth and oral cavity

By David E. Hansen, DVM, FAVD, DAVDC
Fellow of the academy of Veterinary Dentistry
Diplomate of the American Veterinary Dental College

There are many abnormalities that can occur in the oral cavity or with the dentition at different ages. It is important for breeders to know what normal looks like, so that at key ages they can recognize a potential problem. Many abnormalities are very easy to treat inexpensively, if they are recognized early. Read more. . .

June 25, 2011
Tribute to CH Southland's Bowen Island, ROM: An interview with Mike Cheatham of Southland by Collies Online
We celebrate one of the best dogs of a generation with an interview with his breeder.

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June 18, 2011
Remembering Mary B. Kittredge and John Kavanagh
As part of a celebration of life, the Northern Arizona Collie Fanciers dedicated its June10th specialty shows to Mary B. Kittredge (Kittredge Collies) and John Kavanagh (Kingsmark Collies). Featured in the NACF catalog is a beautiful tribute article about Mary and John of such historical value it is worth sharing on a national level. The article was compiled by Joan Armitage, Bob and Sally Futh and Mary Kittredge's son, Bob. The photos and article were submitted to COL by Janine Walker-Keith.

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March 30, 2011
It is with great sadness that we tell you of the passing of Kathleen Parker yesterday afternoon. Kathleen had a great love of Collies, especially Al and Helene Forthal's Shoreham Collies and among her many wins she owner-handled her own CH Shoreham With Gusto to an All-Breed Best in Show back in 1999.Kathy was a hard working member of CCA's Quarter Century Group and a true friend of the Collie. She is sorely missed by those who knew and loved her.

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December 7, 2010
In Loving Memory of "Cookie" Skeeters, Cedar Brook Collies, Louisville, Kentucky
by Danielle Skeeters-Lindsey
Edwina "Cookie" Skeeters was 64-years-old when she passed peacefully with her dog Max by her side on December 3, 2010. Cookie devoted 36 years to the Collie Club of America. She was an active member of the Collie Club of Kentucky, currently
the president, as well as the district director of the CCA for many years. She was a retired English teacher, as well as the drill team director for several years at the Dupont Manual High School. She was preceded in death by her parents and a grandson. Cookie was a loving wife, mother, friend, sister and Collie breeder and is survived by her husband William D. Skeeters of 40 years, two step children, seven grandchildren one great grandson, her sister and many nieces and nephews. Cookie was the breeder of group-winning Collies and many champions. She had an eye for a beautiful Collie. Breeders often asked for her opinion on their litters and her two all-time favorite dogs from other kennels were: CH Vennessee's Midnight Edition, ROM, and CH Lisara's Body Snatcher. Cookie will be missed by many people. The family is requesting memorial donations be made to the American Diabetes Association or to the Collie Health Foundation.

November 19, 2010
In Loving Memory Of Rick Garner, Country Pride Collies

Rick Garner of Country Pride Collies, passed away on November 17, 2010. Rick was a U.S. Navy veteran of the Vietnam era and served in the Navy reserves for 25 years. He retired from the State of Connecticut Department of Corrections as a maintenance supervisor. Country Pride Collies had a mission of producing collies with excellent health, charm and movement. He was a member of South Windsor Kennel Club and The Collie Club of America. He is survived by his loving wife of 23 years, Kathy Garner; four children, five step children, 14 grandchildren, three brothers, a sister-in-law and several nieces and nephews. Rick and Kathy have been supporters of NEADS in Princeton, Mass., for more than a decade, donating their time, money and many dogs and puppies trained as Service and Therapy dogs. Rick worked tirelessly in rescue, routinely using his own money to drive to shelters in the south and bringing back many collies and collie-mixes to find loving homes in the northeast.

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October 31, 2010
AKC 2010 Meet The Breeds
Meet the Breeds, hosted by the American Kennel Club (AKC) and Cat Fanciers' Association (CFA) was held at the Jacob Javits Center in New York City on October 16 and 17, 2010. The Collie was very well represented and showcased at this event. Follow the link below to view photo coverage of the collie booth at this years event.

September 17, 2010
In memory of Marcia Keller, Marnus Collies
Marcia Keller of Marnus Collies passed away yesterday on September 16, 2010. The Keller family has decided to have a private service at this time. For all of her collie friends they are planning to present a chronicle of Marcia's life at the 2011 CCA in Tulsa, allowing all of her friends to stop by and share their experiences with her through the years. Ron Keller and daughter Carrie Lenhart plan to continue on with the Marnus line using the representative stock she has left behind and all that she has taught them through the years.

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August 21, 2010
Features: Performance Week 2010 -- Pawsatively A Passion!
It's performance week on COL! We share with you a "Diary on Carting" from Anne Lively of Gloaming Wood Collies in Maine and the latest on the developments of a CCA Carting program from Marilyn Clayton of British Columbia. We also have a tracking article called "What's the A-Track-tion" from Suzannne Schwab of Washington. Read our interviews on attaining the MACH (Masters Agility Championship), The OTCH (Obedience Trial Championship) and the HC (Herding Champion). These titles are the "PhDs" of their venues. We had to look far and wide but we finally found the owner of an OTCH Collie in Hawaii. Christine Oneoye explains how she attained the rare and coveted OTCH a few years ago with her Collie. From Hawaii to New Hampshire and Massachusetts, we also have an interview with Melanie Collins of Ryder Collies, who shares her unique journey on the way to the MACH and Christine Carilli covers her adventures attaining the HC on not one, but two of her Collies -- a father/son team. And lastly, don't miss any of the talented Collies featured in the ads for this week. This is "Pawsatively A Passion" for all.

August 7, 2010
Feature: CCNH Breeder Seminar
A  group of  Collie Club of New Hampshire members dedicated to providing education to the fancy, hosted a seminar titled,  “Creating a Collie Family of Distinction,” on Sunday, August 1 at Brown Motors in Greenfield, Massachusetts.

July 10, 2010
Collie Health Foundation News
The Collie Health Foundation is proud to announce the approval of an exciting new two-year grant at Clemson University for $119,978. Lead researcher, Dr. Leigh Ann Clark previously worked on CHF's DM project at Texas A & M University, and is credited with the identification of the merle gene. The project is titled, "Collie whole-genome sequence and genome-wide association studies" and its goals are to assemble full-genome, high-resolution sequence data using pooled DNA from genetically diverse Collies.

Completely sequencing the Collie genome will allow for the identification of DNA sequence variations and other polymorphisms that make the breed unique. Increased knowledge of genetic markers informative in the Collie will provide a vital resource to expedite future research in the breed. Moreover, the inclusion of both dermatomyositis-affected and -clear Collies in the sequence analysis will facilitate an extensive investigation of candidate genes for this disorder. To identify genomic regions implicated in dermatomyositis, the proposal is to use the Affymetrix canine array to carry out a genome-wide association study. All data (e.g., sequence, genetic marker, etc.) generated in these studies will be deposited into a database created for the Collie Health Foundation.

The Foundation will be helping to coordinate subjects for inclusion in the first stages of this project. If you have a Collie that has been diagnosed with dermatomyositis, please contact grants chair Dr. Nancy Kelso for instructions to have your Collie contribute its DNA to this project. Her e-mail is

In addition, CHF President, Nancy McDonald said that she is delighted to announce the unanimous election of the following 10 new Corporators: Ginny White, Mary Hunter, Jeanne Marre, Nancy Van Note, Laurie Jeff Greer, Dr. Babbi Dilbeck, Karen Anderson, Dr. Susan Floyd, Suzy DeLorenzo, and Tom Hoadley.

"CHF Corporators are expected to provide service to the Collie and the Foundation at an elevated level," said McDonald, "and we welcome these generous volunteers for volunteering their talent and skills to make our Collies' lives richer."

> Collie Health Foundation

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February 15, 2010
Dog Writers' Association 75th anniversary awards banquet

At the gala 75th anniversary awards banquet of the Dog Writers’ Association of America held last night in the Affinia Manhattan Hotel ballroom, works by Collie Club of America members took top honors. Gayle Kaye's The Collie in America won the Books (Self-Published) category, received the president’s award, a silver bowl and $750 check from Purina Pro Plan. This was the Best in Show prize for best entry in all categories. Co-authors Krissy Marshall, Kathryn George and Judy Leathers were present to receive their “Maxwell” medallions from DWAA President Dr. Carmen Battaglia for their book, Sincerely, Your Friend, Albert Payson Terhune, which placed first in the category of Special Presentations. Janine Walker-Keith’s CCA Bulletin tribute to Glen Twiford was also among the finalists in this category. A special presentation is planned for the Collie Club of America annual meeting in California next month.

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January 25, 2010
In Memory of Fran McNamee, Tarawood Collies

> Fran McNamee, Tarawood Collies

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January 16, 2010
The Collie Question for January 9, 2010
We asked readers to tell us their resolutions for the new year. Follow the link below to read the responses.

January 9, 2010
The R & R's of Breeding Better Collies in This Century's Second Decade
In this interesting article, Davenloch's J. David Clarke talks about the challenges of managing risk in your breeding program. Use the link below to read his insights.

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January 2, 2010
The Collie Question for December 26, 2009
We asked readers to tell us about a dog or bitch from the decade that made a profound difference to them. Follow the link below to read the responses.

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December 19, 2009
The Collie Question for December 12, 2009
We asked readers to tell us the name of their mentor or special person and how they influence (or influenced) their Collie worldview. Follow the link below to read the responses.

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December 12, 2009
In Memory of Dr. Stephen W. Tehon

Dr. Stephen W. Tehon of Travler Collies passed away on November 27, 2009 at the age of 89. He captured Collie history on film at private homes and East Coast specialty shows from the 1970's and 1980's.

> In Memory of Dr. Stephen W. Tehon

December 5, 2009
Sunnybank 2009 Videos by

Follow the link below to see videos featuring speakers and the Lad Memorial Match at the 2009 Sunnybank Gathering.

> Feature: 2009 Lad Memorial match

November 28, 2009
Albert Payson Terhune home movies

Follow the link below to see a home movie of the "The Master" and "The Mistress" and "The Place" and some of their collies.

> Feature: Albert payson terhune home movie

November 28, 2009
Shouldering the burden

Anne Cross of Shadowmont Collies says she is not alone when it comes to concerns about the breed's structure. Anne asks the question: Is it time to move to preserve the complete integrity of the Collie? Use the following link to read the whole story.

> Feature: SHOULDERING THE BURDEN by Anne Cross

> Feature: Structure, not color -- A cause to rally to by Anne Cross

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November 7, 2009
It is what it is! Thoughts on Joan Graber's: A merle is a merle is a merle! Isn't it?

Kathy Moll of Deep River Collies takes us back in time to the 1991 article of the highly regarded Collie breeder and judge, the late Joan Graber and reflects on the issue of Standard revision and the history of the sable merle, then and today. Use the following link to read the whole story.

> Feature: It is what it is! Thoughts on Joan Graber's: A merle is a merle is a merle! Isn't it? by Kathy moll

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October 25, 2009

Read a letter from 2009 AKC Good Sportsman Award winner Bernie Howard in response to our featurette of October 3.

> Read the letter

Related story

> 2009 AKC Outstanding Sportsmanship Award -- Bernie Howard

October 24, 2009
In Memory of Ann Woodcock ~
Lochwynde Collies

Ann Woodcock of Lochwynde Collies passed away on October 19, 2009. She shared a very successful breeding program with her partner, Jeanne Welch. Memorial contributions may be sent to Collie Rescue of the Carolinas, P. O. Box 5691, Winston-Salem, NC 27113.

> In Memory of Ann Woodcock

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October 7, 2009
Chesapeake CC Workshop “Make Yours The One"
by Chenoa Braucher, Takoda Collies
On October 3, 2009 in Powhatan, Virginia, Collie owners and breeders came together for Chesapeake Collie Club’s inaugural “Make Yours The One Workshop” presented by Joyce Dowling of Shenstone Collies, Rose Soellner of Wayside Collies and Nancy McDonald of Barksdale Collies.
The morning presentation began with Joyce and Rose providing an in-depth understanding of Shenstone and Wayside Collies and how they evolved into who they are today. Their presentation focused heavily on collie expression.
After a southern style lunch provided by Chesapeake Collie Club members, Nancy enriched the attendees with an interactive demonstration. Pulling volunteers from the crowd, she encouraged and educated them on how to make the connection with their dogs in the ring.
The educational day came to a close with a fun match. With over 35 dogs entered, the match judge, Shelley Roos of Wickmere Collies, chose a beautiful sable rough puppy dog bred by Joan Johnson of Blu Ridge Collies as Best in Match.

> "Make Yours The One" Photo Gallery

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October 3, 2009
In Memory of Maeleine Loos
by Ellen Russell, Dublin Hill Collies

Maeleine Loos, of Bedminster, NJ, passed away on September 30. She and her husband Ron, who predeceased her by several years, owned and trained "Jodi," OTCH Waltstone Impulse, a daughter of CH Wickmere Chimney Sweep, and she became the first UDT Collie in the country to earn the OTCH title when it was introduced by AKC. Jodi, whom they affectionately called "the black brat" was, as Maeleine often said, the love of their lives, although they rescued and trained several other Collies, along with two German Shepherds, and earned countless titles with them all. Following the death of her husband, Maeleine, then in her mid-seventies, developed a new interest, and began herding with Deep River's Image in Ice HSAd, "Isis," who had come from Kathy Moll. Having decided that she didn't care to wind up hurt by a sheep, she and Isis pursued duck titles, and Maleine delighted in telling everyone how she learned to "shuffle" when she walked, so she wouldn't step on the ducks and injure them!!

Never one to blow her own horn, wonderfully willing to help others with obedience questions, and always thrilled to see another Collie owner in the obedience ring, Maeleine was a true "friend of the Collie," and she will be missed.

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September 4, 2009
In Memory of John Humensky

John Humensky of Millcreek Collies passed away Sept. 2, 2009, at home after a long illness. The Memorial service will be Sunday, September 6, 2009
at New Lebanon Community Church
4166 Mercer Street
Sandy Lake, Pa 16145

> In Memory of John Humensky

August 22, 2009
Performance Week -- Overcoming The Obstacles!
Collies Online celebrates its third annual Performance Week with spectacular images of dedicated owners and their talented working collies. Our theme this year is Overcoming the Obstacles. We understand that competing in performance events can take years of dedication and anything worth doing will eventually present its challenges. We specifically wanted to know how to keep pushing forward even though there may be a set back or two. You will meet "Camille" through the writing of Linda Rorem. Camille is one of the Montana Collies that certainly overcame because of the dedicated and caring people that rescued and cared for her. In this issue you will find out what performance event changed her life. We also share with you an excellent article by Joan Scialdone who instructs us on how to make Agility equipment in an easy and affordable way. Lastly, In our interview section we asked the question: In pursuit of a recent goal or title, what was an obstacle that you overcame? We asked for the specifics. We hope you enjoy this special edition of Collies Online. We are honored to be able to share with you so many exciting visuals, brags and the thoughtful commentary of so many talented owners about their special collies. Thank you to all who participated.

> Do-It-Yourself Agility Equipment by Joan Scialdone

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August 22, 2009
Dutch by Dan Thompson

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August 17, 2009
Photo Feature: 2009 Sunnybank In The Summer
This past weekend in Wayne, New Jersey, collie owners came together for the 19th Annual Gathering at Sunnybank Park to benefit The Collie Health Foundation. This year marked the 100th Anniversary of Albert Payson Terhune’s purchase of the wisteria-draped Sunnybank house. The theme was "A Century Of Wonder " with highlights that included Rescue Parades, Puppy Selection, Puppy Matches and a memorial dedication to Joel Rosenberg. The judges at this year's Virtues Match were Judy Bryant, Marianne Sullivan and Dan Cardoza with moderators Les Canavan and John Buddie. Following the Virtues match was the Lad of Sunnybank Memorial Match with juniors judge Michelle Esch and regular class judges: Annette Stringer Rawlings and Joe Koehler. Best in Match (also Best Outline in the Virtues Match) was the 12-18 month bitch, Riverrun Dreams are More Precious (CH Riverrun Lionheart x CH Riverrun Dreamin' Out Loud) bred and owned by Mary and Jillian Jackson. Best Adult Dog was the 14-month-old, Riverrun Hollyacre Leap of Faith (CH Riverrun Lionheart x CH Long Acre Riverrun Rampage) bred by Mary and Jillian Jackson and owned by Karen Cassel. Best Puppy in Match was The Keller's sable rough bitch, Marnus Believe In Me (CH Marnus Lucky Strike x Marnus Make Believe --2006 Lad Match Winner) bred by Marcia Keller and Joan Kirkland and owned by Marcia and Ronald Keller. Best Puppy Dog (also Best Profile, Muzzle and Rear in Virtues Match) was Splash (CH Kelso's Moon Dancin' PT x CH Evergreen Perfect Ten Forecast, AX, AXJ, OF, HIC) bred and owned by Carol Lariviere. Use the link below to view a few candid photos from the event on Sunday.

08/17/09 Photo Feature: 2007 Sunnybank In The Summer #13, The 19th Annual Gathering

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August 8, 2009
Dutch by Dan Thompson

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June 20, 2009
Dutch by Dan Thompson

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May 30, 2009
Feature: The Coat of Many Colors
Deep River's Kathy Moll, with the help of molecular biologist Dr. Mike Vaughan, takes us inside the research of experts on color/pattern genetics to help separate fact from fiction regarding Sable Merles and advance our knowledge on this very important topic for breeders. Use the following link to read Kathy's story.

Feature: The Coat of Many Colors

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May 23, 2009
Dutch by Dan Thompson

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May 9, 2009
Dutch by Dan Thompson

April 18, 2009
Dutch by Dan Thompson

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April 4, 2009
Dutch by Dan Thompson

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March 28, 2009
Dutch by Dan Thompson

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March 21, 2009
Dutch by Dan Thompson

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March 14, 2009
News about Collie people: Maret Halinen

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March 14, 2009
Dutch by Dan Thompson

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March 7, 2009
Dutch by Dan Thompson

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February 28, 2009
Dutch by Dan Thompson
Cartoon: Dutch by Dan Thompson

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February 21, 2009
A Collie Cartoon by Dan Thompson

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February 15, 2009
TV Feature: Martha Stewart showcases "First Dogs" Monday, February 16, 2009
Tomorrow America celebrates Presidents Day and The Martha Stewart show pays tribute to “First” dogs owned by our past presidents. Calvin Coolidge (1923-1929), the 30th president of the United States, could easily receive the award for not only the most pets in the white house but the most collies! He owned two white collies named Rob Roy and Prudence Prim and two other collies named Ruby Rough and Bessie.  Lyndon Johnson (1963-1969) also owned a white collie named Blanco. And Among many pets, Herbert Hoover (1929-1933) owned a collie named Glen. Tune in Monday, February 16 for the Martha Stewart Presidents Day Show and catch a glimpse of the white collie owned by Glenlyn's Glenine Ryan.

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February 8, 2009
In Memorial -- Christie Reimer

Christie Reimer of Pueblo Colorado passed away January 21, 2009. She was a long time CCA member and truly loved the collie breed and was a great mentor to so many collie owners. Christie was active in the Southern Colorado Kennel Club, helped with obedience classes for many, many years. She was involved with the 4-H dog program and was a gifted writer. Christie was passionate about her breed, the Collie, and worked tirelessly to help anyone who needed it. She was always a student of the breed and yet had an unwaivering vision of the ideal collie. All that knew her will greatly miss her colorful presence at the shows and the long conversations about the collies.

~ by Joann Romero, Enchanted Collies

January 20, 2009
Eukanuba Meet the Breed Booth

In December, CCA members from California presented a well-appointed booth for which attendees of the Eukanuba Classic could meet the breed. Use the link below to view our gallery with photos by Jeffery Owens.

Photo Gallery: Eukanuba Meet the Breed Booth

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November 18, 2008
In Memory of Leo Linder
Leo Linder, age 72 from the greater Pittsburgh area, passed after a long illness early Saturday morning, November 15. He is survived by his wife Barbara of Donnybrooke Collies. She is the District Director of CCA for western Penn., and Vice-President of the Collie Club of Western Pennsylvania. He is the father of Scott, Jacqueline, Todd, Jason and the late Brad Andrew Linder. He is also survived by seven grandchildren, four great-grandchildren and his brother, Jack. A celebration of Leo's life for family and friends will be held Saturday, November 22, at 2pm, at the family home.

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November 16, 2008
San Diego Collie Club and Collie Rescue Raffle
The San Diego Collie Collie held its Fall Specialty and Collie Rescue Raffle on November 8th, meshing together with great camaraderie conformation exhibitors and 21 adopters of rescue collies from Southland Collie Rescue.The collective effort of these two dedicated groups of collie lovers totaled nearly $1,900 in donated funds for SCR, of which a check for $1,000 was generously donated by Mr. Glen Twiford of Wind-Call Collies. It was a beautiful sight to see conformation collies being judged in the ring by Cindy Robinson and Heather Newcomb, and during the lunch hour nearly 25 rescued collies proudly paraded in the ring conducted by Linda Krantz and Sue Baldwin of SCR. Thank you to everyone who participated. Special kudos to SoCal CCA District members who generously helped make this event a great success. Homeless collies thank you!

-- Janine Walker-Keith

Use the link below to see photos by Randy Smith from the event.

> SDcc and collie rescue raffle photos

November 15, 2008
Making A Performance Collie: Part 2
Deep River's Kathy Moll talks about the role of proper evaluation, socialization, nutrition and exercise in regards to fitness and the performance collie. Use the link below to read part two of this feature.

> Making a performance collie: part 2

September 26, 2008
News about Collie people -- Nina Campbell
Nina Campbell turned 100 years young on
September 11. She celebrated her birthday with a big bash August 30 with more than 80 friends and family members from all over the country (and Spain). Collie fanciers in attendance included Steve Haslett, Pam Eddy, Helen Cornio, Sheri Ensor, Jay Lee, Steve and Linda (Beaver) Lovell, Russell and Amanda Kaufmann, Cheryl Kobularcik, Dale and Roxann Heit, Sandy Wrenn (Martin), John Kavanagh, Joan Armitage, Kathy Dunn. According to her granddaughter, Laurie Jeff Greer, Nina also received telephone well-wishes on her birthday from Les Canavan and Verna Allen, Helene Forthal, Janet Hitt, Sally and Bob Futh and many others.

For those who may not recognize Nina, she is the last of the great Oklahoma Collie ladies, which included her best friends Florence Cummings, Ada Shirley, Vi Taylor, and Bess Phillips. Nina was the breeder of Ch. Arrowhill Oklahoma Tornado who was Winners Dog at the 1966 CCA National Specialty in Columbus, Ohio. Nina still lives at home with her corgi, "Flower."

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September 26, 2008
In memory of Sandy Draper
Collie Health Foundation President Nancy McDonald issued a statement yesterday on the passing of Sandy Draper:

It is with great sadness that I share with you the news of Sandy Draper's passing. I have no
details of arrangements, if any, have been made.

Sandy was the Foundation's greatest cheerleader. He was the first president in 1986 when
the Collie Health Foundation was originally chartered. After the successful launch of the
Collie Health Foundation, Sandy was asked by the AKC to help them charter the AKC Canine
Health Foundation, which he also did with great success.

Sandy was also mastermind and host behind the original "Gathering Of The Great," which has
now moved and evolved into the event we know as "Sunnybank in the Summer." Many still
affectionately call it "The Gathering."

Sandy will be greatly missed — his ideas and imagination were great contributors to the
Foundation being where it is now. An appropriate memorial needs to be created to honor
Sandy — please share your ideas!

> collie health foundation

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August 23, 2008
Performance Week -- Sharing The Inspiration.
It's Performance Week! We hope you are inspired by the articles and wisdom shared in this special week on Collies Online. We share with you wonderful articles from Kris Thober on how to get started in performance, the making of a performance collie with Kathy Moll of Deep River Collies and, in-depth interviews with eight top trainers from around the country that currently compete in performance venues. Thank you to all who participated and celebrated the talents and love of the breed and those who contributed to and supported this Performance Week.

> Performance Article: Making A Performance Collie -- Part 1 - Structure, Performance and the Collie Standard by Kathy Moll
> Performance Article: Interviews with Top Performance Trainers by Collies Online
> Performance Article: Ready or Not -- by Kris Thober

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August 22, 2008
Tuff Quest Day at Sunnybank
Friday, August 15 was Tuff Quest Day at Sunnybank. Follow the links below to read Candy Wisnieski's wrap up of the event and Judy Virchow's photos of the Friday evening gala and Saturday's litter evaluation.

> Tuff quest day at sunnybank

> photo gallery by judy virchow

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August 18, 2008
The 18th Annual Gathering at Sunnybank (August 17)
It was a picture perfect day for The 2008 Gathering at Sunnybank yesterday, in Wayne, New Jersey. The Virtues Match began with Moderator Les Canavan at 11 AM with judges: Shelley Roos, Rayleen Hendrix and Barbara Cleek. In the Afternoon, Maret Halinen and Joan Kirkland judged The Lad of Sunnybank Memorial Match.The event, for the benefit of the Collie Health Foundation, was well attended. Follow the link below to view the photos from Sunday's events.

> View Photo Gallery By Collies Online

> View Photos by Mike Fine

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August 11, 2008
News about Collie People -- Julie Hinrichsen and Russell Dyke
Texas A&M officials selected Tapestry Tenacious Juell, also known as Kelly, over the weekend to become the next Reveille in advance of the upcoming fall semester at the 46,000-student university. Kelly, A 2-year-old female collie from Topeka, Kan., will continue Texas A&M University's decades-old mascot tradition and serve as Reveille VIII beginning this fall. Reveille VIII was donated to Texas A&M by Julie Hinrichsen and Russell Dyke of Juell Collies. In place of payment a joint donation from Texas A&M in conjunction with Juell Collies will be made to the Collie Health Foundation. Follow the link below to read the full article and see a photo gallery on the Aggie website.

> Aggies select new reveille

> reveille photo gallery

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August 8, 2008
In Memory of Scott Towne, Rondac
Collie folk lost a good friend in Scott Towne when he died suddenly on August 2nd.  Scott showed under the Rondac kennel name. He was the proprietor of Rondac Pet Services, a successful boarding and pet food distributing company and is survived by his mother and brother, Greg Towne, and many collie friends. Scott was a member of the CCA and former president of the Collie Club of Northeastern NY and the Glens Falls Kennel Club. He will be missed by many. -- Lynn Goldfarb, Elegy Collies

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December 22, 2007
WOW! GRITS and GRINS!!! by Anne Cross
Oh, you say . . . didn ’t I mean grits and GREENS? In the South we think of grits with gravy and beans and greens! If you’ve ever been to a Crackerbarrel Old Country Store, you’ve seen Beans n’ Greens (and cornbread) on the menu! Yum! > Read more

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December 22, 2007
The 2007 specialty season is now complete. There were a total of 120 Collie Specialty shows held this year including the National Specialty. Congratulations to the top winning specialty smooth collie, CH Edenrock The Mask Of Society handled by Heather Newcomb. The blue dog was bred by Martha Ramer and sired by CH Edenrock Of Ages ROM, out of CH Society There's Your Trouble ROM. He is owned by Cindy Weiner-Robinson and Jennifer Weiner. Congratulations to the #1 specialty rough collie, CH Rosebank Lochlaren Keep It A Secret, She is sired by CH Countryview Tonite's The Night, out of Lochlaren Rosebank Secret. She was bred by Tim Bauder and Barbara Cleek and is owned by Cheryl Thompson, Judy Walburn and Tim Bauder. She was handled to all these specialty wins by Dona Williams. Congratulations to all!

12/22/07 Ring Patterns: COL Specialty Top 25 Smooths (December 2007) Final
12/22/07 Ring Patterns: COL Specialty Top 25 Roughs (December 2007) Final

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December 8, 2007
Collie Club of America "Meet The Breeds" (December 1 and 2)
The Collie Club of America participated in the seventh annual AKC/Eukanuba National Championship with their "AKC Meet the Breeds" booth at the Long Beach Convention Center in Long Beach, CA on December 1 and 2. Follow the link below to see the photos submitted by Martha Ramer.

12/08/07 Candid Photo Gallery Collie Club of America "Meet The Breeds" at the Eukanuba Classic (Dec. 1 and 2) -- Photos by Martha Ramer

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October 27, 2007
Meet All The Saturday's Collies Featured on COL

Ready to love and to be loved? Consider adopting one of the Rescue Collies featured weekly on Collies Online. Follow the link below.

^ Meet All the Saturday's Collies Featured since August 2007

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October 19, 2007
In Memory of William James Russell
"Jimmy" Russell died suddenly on Wednesday, October 17. He was the husband of Ellen Russell of Dublin Hill Collies and Shelties. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial contributions be made to the Bridgeville Volunteer Fire Department, PO Box 727, Bridgeville, DE 19933 or Bridgeville Public Library Building Fund, 210 Market Street, Bridgeville, DE 19933.

10/19/07 In Memory -- William James Russell

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August 26, 2007
Photo Feature: The CCA Southern California District presents “Creating Excellence” by John Buddie
The CCA Southern California District presents the photos from “Creating Excellence” a seminar by John Buddie of Tartanside Collies. This was the 2nd Annual Summer Seminar and Fun Match, held on Saturday and Sunday, August 18 and 19, 2007 at the Hotel Claremont in Claremont, California.
Follow the links below to view photos by Randy Smith and Audrey Koble

Photo Feature by Randy Smith
08/26/07 Photo Feature by Audrey Koble

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August 25, 2007
Performance Week on Collies Online!

August 22, 2007
Photo Feature: 2007 Sunnybank In The Summer
This past weekend in Wayne, New Jersey, collie lovers from all across the country gathered for the 17th Annual Gathering at Albert Payson Terhune's Sunnybank Park. The festivities started Friday night with a benefit for the Collie Rescue Foundation at the beautiful home of Mark and Leigh Cohen. On Saturday, the theme at Sunnybank was "Heart of A Collie" there was also an expert discussion panel on puppy selection moderated by Nancy McDonald and an Introduction to Freestyle Dancing with your Collie, presented By Toni Bailey and Baden and James. On Sunday, the event continued with the Virtues Match judged by Gayle Kaye, Roz Durham and Hildy Morgan and moderated by Les Canavan. There was also The Gathering’s first Junior’s Match and the Lad of Sunnybank Memorial Match judged by Robette Johns and Nancy McDonald. Follow the link below to view the photos taken by Judy Virchow:
08/22/07 Photo Feature: 2007 Sunnybank In The Summer #11, The 17th Annual Gathering

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August 18, 2007
Rescue: Saturday's Collie
COL is proud to introduce a new weekly feature available to Collie Rescue Organizations across the country, free of charge, called Saturday's Collie. Every week we will feature a collie from a 501c3 rescue with a photo or two and a bio describing the collie's story and personality. Contact us to reserve a space for your organization, and we will let you know when your rescue collie will appear. We recognize that there are hundreds of deserving collies rescued yearly by dedicated groups who restore collies to health, revive their collie character, and match them with new homes. We'd love to include as many rescues as possible and will continue to feature new collies every Saturday of the month, as long as groups keep sending them.

08/18/07 Rescue: Saturday's Collie -- Meet Priss

July 19, 2007
In Memorial: Elda Glick
Elda Glick, a lifetime member of the Collie Club of America, passed on July 8. Born in March of 1913 in Greece, she was 94. Along with her husband Mort, who passed in 1985, they founded the Arizona Collie Clan back in 1945. Elda is survived by her daughter Barbara Walker, three grandchildren Patti Koster, Terri Weaver and David Heler, 8 great grandchildren and 8 great great grandchildren. Services will be held at Casa De Cristo Church, 1029 E. Turney, Sat. July 28th at 11am. Burial will be in Carpinteria Cemetery in California where she will be interred next to her husband.

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July 14, 2007
Collie Rescue: An Essay by Cathy Toft
Read this essay about Collie Rescue and the touching tale of Monty, a real rescue story by Cathy Toft, Chair of the Collie Club of America Welfare Committee as well as head of NorCal Collie Rescue.

07/14/07 Collie Rescue: An Essay by Cathy Toft

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July 9, 2007
Greater Brighton CC -- "A Quest For Quality" by Tom Coen (June 30)
Greater Brighton Collie Club in Michigan hosted a two day “Quest for Quality” seminar, moderated by Tom Coen, on June 30th. Follow the links below to read the article and view photos.

07/09/07 Feature: Greater Brighton CC -- "A Quest For Quality" by Tom Coen
07/09/07 Photos: Greater Brighton CC -- "A Quest For Quality" by Tom Coen

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May 19, 2007
A different kind of rescue story
There is a special woman who lives in Tennessee named Clare. In fact, it was said of her that she is a living gift – as you will soon find out.

05/19/07 Feature: A different kind of rescue story

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May 17, 2007
2007 Collie Online National Specialty Photo Galleries

05/17/07 Photos: 2007 CCA Smooth Bitches (Classes and Veterans)
05/17/07 Photos: 2007 CCA Smooth Dogs (Classes, Stud Dog, Brace)
04/25/07 Photos: 2007 Rough Winners Dog
04/25/07 Photos: 2007 Rough Winners Bitch
04/18/07 Photos: 2007 CCA Smooth Finals
04/18/07 Photos: 2007 CCA Smooth BOV (Dogs)
04/18/07 Photos : 2007 CCA Smooth BOV (Bitches)
04/11/07 Photos: 2007 CCA BOB/BOV
04/11/07 Photos: 2007 CCA BOV/Rough Dogs
04/11/07 Photos: 2007 CCA BOV/Rough Bitches
04/11/07 Photos: 2007 CCA Jr. Showmanship

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April 24, 2007
Claremont California Specialties (March 23-25)
Show Photographer, Randy Smith has shared his photos taken at the California Specialties held in Claremont from March 23 through 25. Follow the link below to view the images.

04/24/07 Photos: California Collie Clan, South Bay Collie Fanciers and San Gabriel Valley Collie Club (March 23-25, 2007)

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April 12, 2007
Memorial: Pat Jensen, Larchmont
The collie world mourns the passing of Pat Jensen of Larchmont Collies on April 10. She was the breeder and owner of CH Larchmont's Pardon My French, who was Smooth, Winners Dog, Best of Winners and BOS to Best Puppy at the 2003 National Specialty in Rochester, Minnesota. Also a breeder of Aussies and Cardigans, she had kennels in Vacaville and Sonoma, California. Friends of Pat said that she waged a valiant battle against cancer for the past few years and that they have lost a wonderful friend who enriched so many people's lives with her warm-hearted nature, positive attitude and infectious spirit.

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February 28, 2007
San Diego Collie Club -- An Event Dedicated To Collie Rescue
If you were wondering how to raise money for Collie Rescue, just ask the members of the San Diego Collie Club (SDCC) who worked tirelessly for the cause at their most recent specialty on February 24. Follow the link below to read The SDCC letter to Cathy Toft of The Road Home Collie Rescue Group which explains in detail how this club raised $1,160 in total rescue funds.

02/28/07 Rescue: San Diego Collie Club Specialty -- An event dedicated to Collie Rescue

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February 7, 2007
Southern California District
Collie Tournament Photo Gallery

On February 3, 2007, The Southern California District held their annual Collie Tournament at Kramer Park in Placentia, California. The tournament is used to choose the winners that will represent the Southern California District at the National Specialty show each year. There is a puppy match first, followed by a qualifying round for the dogs and bitches. Winners Dog and Winners Bitch then compete with the pre-qualified dogs, champions, and dogs that during the year -- January 1 through December 31, 2006 -- acquired five points or more. There was perfect weather for the match and tournament. The judges for the day were Jane Dixon, Svend Jensen, and Melinda Sunnarborg. Follow the link below to view the photos taken by Randy Smith.

Photos: 2007 Southern California District Collie Tournament

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November 26, 2005
The San Diego Collie Club hosted a surprise salute to Al and Helene Forthal of Shoreham Collies for their 40-plus years of dedication to Collies. Follow the links below to our photo gallery and the personal tributes published in the SDCC catalog.

11/26/05 Salute to Al and Helene Forthal -- Photos
11/26/05 Salute to Al and Helene Forthal -- Tributes

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September 29, 2005
The Piedmont Collie Club Herding Seminar with Sherry Moss was held in Burlington, North Carolina at the home of Donna Rothenberger on Saturday and Sunday, September 17 and 18, 2005.

09/29/05 Feature: Piedmont Collie Club Herding Seminar with photos by Kathy Moll

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August 22, 2005
The atmosphere was energized for the Virtues Match on Sunday morning at Sunnybank. Here we share with you some candid photos from the 15th Annual Gathering. This event is held for the benefit of the Collie Health Foundation.

08/22/05 Photo Gallery: Sunnybank 2005

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May 19, 2005
Collies Online presents the final photo gallery from The 2005 National Specialty. This includes photos from the Rough and Smooth Variety judging and also from the Top Ten Exhibition. We would like to thank Shannon Hayes of Autumn-Sun photography for her excellent work behind the lens at the National in Oklahoma City.

> Go to the galleries
> Best of Variety Rough and Smooth gallery

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Stud Dogs
04/15/03 Stud Dogs: Kadon's I'mpressive
12/07/00 Stud Dogs: Ch. Capella's Midnight Blues
Stud Dogs: Ch. Twin Oaks High Plains Drifter
09/15/00 Stud Dogs: Ch. Ka-Zes Tangled Up In Blue
09/01/00 Stud Dogs: Ch. Kanebriar Clockwise
08/24/00 Stud Dogs: Ch. Row-Bar's Southern Heritage HT
08/17/00 Stud Dogs: Clarion World Class
08/10/00 Stud Dogs: Ch. Ballyhara Strike Up The Band
07/27/00 Stud Dogs: Ch. Fantasy's Bronze Talisman
07/19/00 Stud Dogs: Ch. Marnus Golden Rule

The Healthy Collie
05/30/03 The Healthy Collie: Dentition -- Case Study 2 by Dr. David Hansen
03/21/03 The Healthy Collie: Dentition -- Case Study 1 by Dr. David Hansen
02/28/03 The Healthy Collie: Dentition -- by Dr. David Hansen

Success: Hardwork meets opportunity
08/04/03 Success: Hard Work Meets Opportunity; The Road To Making A Champion by Kathy V. Moll
Success: Hard work meets opportunity; Training and Grooming your Collie to Win by Kathy V. Moll
01/30/03 Success: Hard Work Meets Opportunity; Puppy Selection and Training by Kathy V. Moll
11/22/02 Success: Hard Work Meets Opportunity; Weaning and Early Puppy Socialization by Kathy V. Moll
10/11/02 Success: Hard Work Meets Opportunity; Early Puppy Rearing -- by Kathy V. Moll
Success: Hard Work Meets Opportunity; Whelping the Litter -- by Kathy V. Moll
Success: Hard Work Meets Opportunity; Your Collies Pregnancy -- by Kathy V. Moll

Kennel Stories
08/17/01 Kennel Stories: Chelsea -- By Gayle Kaye
07/20/01 Kennel Stories: Camloch -- By Krista Hansen
07/20/01 Kennel Stories: Row-Bar -- By Robette Johns
07/20/01 Kennel Stories: Timeless -- By Roxann Heit

Meet the Judge
12/07/00 Sandy Thompson
11/24/00 Grace Kosub
11/09/00 Suzanne Fabeck
10/19/00 Pati Merrill
10/12/00 Les Canavan
10/12/00 Steve Haslett
10/05/00 Hildy Morgan

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Classified ads

March 28, 2020
COLORADO – Kingsgift Collies has 4 rough sable females available, born February 7. Both parents health tested, CH sired. Companion or show. Please send inquires to:

March 26, 2020
MASSACHUSETTS – One-year-old rough sable female available from Sequoia Collies. Please send inquiries to

March 25, 2020
OREGON – Sunnivale Collies has a litter born Feb. 8. Sire: CH Sunnivale Lion Of Judah x Dam: Sunnivale Dare To Dream, both extensively health tested. Rough + Smooth, Sable and Tri, 3 Males, 4 Females, Show + Companion. Send inquiries to: wendyandsunnivale

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Breeder News

December 6, 2019
Rivendell Collies of Wisconsin is proud to announce a new litter sired by GCH Chatham's Moon Shadow at Rivendell (a GCHB Wyndlair Point Given son), out of Rivendell's Billie Jean (a CH Larkspur Shake Down the Stars II daughter). The breeding produced three rough puppies, including two sable males and one sable merle female, whelped November 15, 2019.

November 9, 2019
Tallywood Collies of Alberta Canada is proud to announce a new litter sired by AM / CAN CH Tallywood Neverland, out of CAN GCH Tallywood Debutante. The breeding produced eight rough tricolor puppies, including six males and two females, whelped September 29 2019.

Tallywood Collies of Alberta Canada is proud to announce a new litter sired by AM/CAN CH Tallywood Neverland out of AM GCHB / CAN CH Tallywood Revelry. The breeding produced two rough blue merle puppies – one male and one female, whelped September 25 2019.

November 7, 2019
Tir Na N' Og Collies of Pennsylvania is proud to announce a new litter, sired by CH Clarion Illustrious, out of CH Denbys Beauty Mark. The breeding produced six puppies, including two tri males – one rough and one smooth, and four females – two tri smooths, one blue smooth, and one blue rough, whelped September 23, 2019.

October 22, 2019
Braeton Collies of Indiana is proud to announce a new litter sired by CH Braeton's The Key To Paradise, out of CH Overland Braeton's Sinfully Rich. The breeding produced seven puppies, including three males – one rough blue merle, one rough sable and white, one smooth sable and white and four females – one rough sable and white, one rough sable merle, one smooth sable and white, one smooth tricolor whelped September 30, 2019.

October 18, 2019
Cadenza Collies
of Pennsylvania is proud to announce a new litter sired by GCH Wyldrose's Evolution, out of CH Robmar's Winning Cadenza. The breeding produced 2 smooth sable and white puppies, including one male and one female, whelped October 2, 2019.

September 28, 2019
Kimegan Collies
of New Hampshire is proud to announce a new litter, sired by Quincy Coat of Arms, out of Kimegan Leap of Faith. The breeding produced seven puppies, roughs and smooths, including five males – three blue merles and two tri-colors, and two females – one tri color and one blue merle, whelped September 25, 2019.

September 6, 2019
Turnberry Collies
of Arizona is proud to announce a new litter sired by CH Spectrum Field Of Dreams At Turnberry, out of CH Turnberry To The Moon And Back. The breeding produced eight puppies, five roughs and three smooths, tri colors and sables whelped August 24, 2019.

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