I grew up watching Lassie and always dreamed of having a collie. When my father retired from the military our family finally was able to have a dog. His breed a choice was the Doberman Pinscher. My first thought was a big red Doberman name Rusti. She taught me a lot of life lessons. In 4H we learned obedience agility and showmanship. Since then I have been 4H leader and judge for over 30 years teaching children and adults how to train their dogs.
I married Aldon in 1979, we started our lives on his family's homestead farm on Whidbey Island milking cows and raising chickens, horses, sheep, emu, rabbits, peacocks, pheasants, pigs, and sheep. We raised four sons each of which had their very own dog to show in 4-H in AKC shows.
In 1989 my first collie entered our lives, her name was Ginger and she was a wonderful family dog. She helped on our dairy farm with various animals. I showed her but we never finished her championship. I bought my first show Collie from Pat Starkweather of Glenhill Collies. She was a lovely tri bitch we called Raven. I enjoyed showing her and this was my first Collie in which I had a challenge of getting her ears to tip. She ended up being a beautiful family pet to our children and they did 4-H with her and she lived a long life. I bought my next show dog from Michelle Altier of Bravo Collies. His name was Oso and a gorgeous mahogany sable dog. He was 13 months old and had just completed his championship. We had a wonderful time showing him. I bred him only twice and both times to a beautiful tri colored smooth bitch that I leased named Amanda. From this breeding in 2004 I would keep my first smooth ~ Brett Boon ~ GCH CAN/ INT CH BRAVO ENCORE'S MAN O' War RN CD HIC CGC. This breeding changed my life forever.
I fell in love with my first Smooth Collie at the 2000 Collie Club of America in California. His name was CH BLOSSOM HILL BARELY BRONZE and he was Bred by Mary and Paul Wells. I would later be lucky enough to own two beautiful bitches from Blossom Hill Collies ~ Lola and Hallie.
We have been fairly successful showing our dogs in the breed ring obedience, agility, rally and herding events. The more I was around this beautiful breed the more I realized I needed to do more than just produce beautiful dogs. I wanted to breed healthy dogs and dogs with a known health history so I could make wise choices. Breeding beautiful, sound, happy and health dogs is extremely important while still demonstrating true Collie type. I want to be part of the solution. With the help of good Collie mentors and friends it is my goal to breed the healthiest dogs possible. Part of that goal is being recognized as an AKC Breeder Of Merit. I do my best to stay involved with each puppy buyer throughout the dogs’ entire life. My puppy clients often become part of our family and longtime friends and I love hearing about the adventures of our dogs. We have enjoyed many different breeds of dogs over the years, but the Collie's loyalty, intelligence and beauty stole my heart.