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"There are things that we don't want to happen but have to accept, things we don't want to know but have to learn, and people we can't live without but have to let go." - unknown

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This is the page that I find the most difficult...About Me.  I can go on and on about my family and my dogs, but somehow I find it difficult to talk about just me.  My dogs and I live in the northern panhandle of West Virginia.  In my non-doggie life, I have been employed since 1972 for a local steel company, working in various clerical positions.  I have one daughter, Stephanie, who was born in 1980.

I have had border collies since 1993.  My dog life includes dividing my time among my border collies, and training and showing in conformation, agility and obedience.  I am a member of Youngstown All Breed Training Club, in Youngstown, OH and Beaver County Kennel Club in Rochester, PA, where I taught obedience and agility classes for four years.  I am also a member of the Border Collie Society of America the AKC parent club, of which I have been a member since 1995.  I served on the BCSA Board of Directors, and I am currently the Breeder Referral chairperson as well as having been the club historian.  Take a tour through the BCSA website; it's full of information for anyone that is interested in border collies.

I owe my doglife to my first border collie, Russell  He introduced me to the border collie way, and I've never looked back.  A person has to be able to enjoy the ways of the border collie, and appreciate all they have to offer in order to be able to live with them.  I just can not imagine my life without being pestered to play or work, without eyes watching my every movement, without toys being shoved in my face or lap, or without seeing blurs of fur whizzing past me.  I love their intensity and the work ethic, but mostly, I love the loyalty that is given to me by each of my dogs. 


Through training and showing my dogs, I have learned of a special bond between us.  A bond that is difficult for me to describe, but one that goes beyond a pat on the head and a treat.  It is most like a bond created between teammates.  If you have competed in a team sport, you may know of this bond; however, this type is a bit more displaced.  One member of the human-dog team must teach (and expect) the other member to understand the spoken word, the body language, and the cues that need to be used during competition.  The other member of the team, being a dog, has no idea what is needed in this communication.  We expect so much from dogs, and they have the ability to learn so much from us, but do we learn as much from them?  Never.  We need to learn "dog-speak" in order to be effective trainers for our teammate. 

This "dog-speak" must also be used in home (or pet) situations as well.  Border collies are herding dogs, and are reported to be the most intelligent of the species.  Therefore, some people believe that the dogs are born knowing everything.  NOT TRUE!  They will try to herd anything...leaves, birds, CHILDREN.  The object of a border collie's herding obsession does not stop with sheep, cows or ducks.  I think it is very wrong to assume that a border collie will not jump on, nip, or chase running and/or screaming children.  A border collie will nip at livestock if the dog finds the animal resistant to the dog's direction.  Why wouldn't a border collie do the same to a child or children when that bred-for instinct is telling him the children need to be kept in a group?  Even to be a pet, all dogs need to be given information, (training), which does not include using the broom, the swift kick of a foot, or the handslap.  TRAINING, consistency, and common sense is needed if you expect your dogs to not bark, to not dig, to not chase, and, in general, to be a "good dog". 

Motor vehicles and children on bicycles pose a problem for most border collies.  Border collies do not know that cars can kill them.  Border collies do not know that they are able to hurt or be hurt by a child on a bicycle.  In the border collie's mind, these are "livestock" that need to be herded as well. 

After 14 years of owning, training and showing border collies, spring/summer of 2007 was my first litter.  I have invested a serious amount of time and money in trying to make certain this breeding will improve and not pollute the border collie gene pool.  I look to sell the puppies to performance homes, first.  I will not sell a border collie to a home with children under 6 years of age, unless you have had previous experience with a border collie.  Nor will I sell a puppy to a home that uses electronic fencing as the sole means to contain their dog.  Electronic fencing does not keep out other animals, or people, and most times, if the object of a border collie's desire is on the outside of the e-fence, the dog will risk the shock, and dart through the fence.  However, running back inside the e-fence is not as likely. 


There are almost as many different colors of border collies as there are different patterns.  Don't be fooled by a breeder offering a "rare" colored border collie, or of someone offering a "rare" blue-eyed border collie.  I have a border collie with one blue eye.  He is neither "rare" nor blind in that eye.  Follow this link to see the different coat and eye colors of the border collie:

Border Collie Museum

Breeding dogs without any thought other than making money is wrong.  Selling puppies and not caring about the dog after the sale is wrong.  People who breed without considering their responsibilities are creating a pet that will most likely end up in a shelter to die.  Like it or not, anyone that would get a border collie from me is stuck with me for the life of the dog!  If, for whatever reason the home and dog do not match, I will expect the dog to be returned to me, either for me to rehome, or for it to live it's life out with me.  I do not take ownership of a dog lightly, and I believe it is a life choice, just as parenthood would be.  To own a dog means that sometimes concessions need to be made in a person's life for the dog, because the dog is NEVER forgotten, or left to fend for itself.  The dog is part of THE FAMILY.

Personally, I would like to thank all those from whom I have purchased my dogs.  While no one can absolutely guarantee a totally 100% perfect dog, because of their breeding practices, I have had healthy, stable and happy dogs.  Good dogs are not hard to find; in fact, they pop up here and there, despite the carelessness of people breeding poor quality.   But GOOD BREEDERS that breed with forethought and for quality aren't as plentiful.  When you find one, treat them well, and try to learn from them.  They have a lot to teach us.  Because of the planning that went into the breeding of these dogs of mine, I owe each and every one of you my deepest gratitude   They have been the most constant things in my life, and I feel as though I am on vacation at every dog show or trial that I attend.  It's true...a bad day at a dog show is better than a good day anywhere else, because I get to take my best friends back home with me!  


My dogs live here, they're here to stay.
If you don't like pets, be on your way.
They share my home, my food, my space
This is their home, this is their place.
You will find dog hair on the floor,
They will alert you're at the door.
They may request a little pat,
A simple 'no' will settle that.
It gripes me when I hear you say
'Just how is it you live this way?
They smell, they shed, they're in the way.'
WHO ASKED YOU? is all I can say.
They love me more than anyone,
My voice is like the rising sun,
They merely have to hear me say
'C'mon , time to go and play'
Then tails wag and faces grin,
They bounce and hop and make a din.
They never say 'no time for you',
They're always there, to GO and DO.
And if I'm sad, they're by my side
And if I'm mad, they circle wide
And if I laugh, they laugh with me
They understand, they always see.
So once again, I say to you
Come visit me, but know this too..
My dogs live here, they're here to stay.
If you don't like pets, be on your way.
They share my home, my food, my space
This is their home, this is their place..
--- Author Unknown --






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