Here is how it all started...in 1977 my parents decided to buy a Shetland Sheepdog Blue Merle puppy. He grew into a lovely little dog and we adored him. We grew up with him and he became part of our family. When he died, years later, he was sadly missed and left a big hole in our family so my parents decided to buy another one. This time a sable & white male, then another but this time a sable & white bitch, all Shetland Sheepdogs. The pack increased 2 years later to 4 and this has been the case for them to the current day.
Although I grew up with Shetland Sheepdogs I always wanted a Rough Collie. For several years what with working commitments and living in rented accommodation it wasn't possible to have a pet of any kind. Things happened and as luck would have it my brother, whilst looking for a Shetland Sheepdog breeder, came across Mr & Mrs Unsworth [Dorndek Rough Collies] in Astley, Manchester, who had for sale 2 Rough Collie Blue Merle's, one male and one female. He bought the male and they told me about the bitch they had. That was it, once I saw her I knew she was mine. That was 8 years ago and Connie came home with us.
The love of the breed began..Dorndek Delta at Dawn [Connie] [Dorndek Dusky Del x Karava Kimberly at Dorndek]
In 2004 after having Connie for 18 months my quest for a tricolour began. I started searching the internet and found Collienet and saw that Mr & Mrs Reid [Soroko Rough Collies] had a litter of tricolour's in Edinburgh and I bought Soroko Bonnie Lass [Maisie] [Lynaire The Blacksmith x Soroko Satin Shimmer] in March of that year. Maisie is just like a big Teddy Bear, big brown eyes. She has a beautiful nature, very loving, an adorable little girl...well she's not so little any more.
Knowing the breed came in three colours, after getting married in 2005, I decided I needed a sable and white bitch so looking on Collienet I found Mr & Mrs Tipper [Tiganlea Rough Collies] in Lincolnshire and bought Tiganlea Look Who's Talking [Hattie] [Tiganlea Double Top x Tiganlea Pillow Talk]. My pack was complete with 3 or so I thought......
Tiganlea Look Who's Talking [Hattie].
In 2007 I decided I needed another one and looked again on Collienet to see that Tiganlea Rough Collies had just had a litter of tricolours, so I bought another tricolour Tiganlea Past Time[Georgie]. [Tiganlea Thrilling x Tiganlea This Time]. Georgie is a talker, well I know she can't speak but she makes a lot of noise like she is talking..and now the pack was complete.
My girls [that's what I call them] go everywhere with me. I take them on holiday twice a year where they can run on the beach and bark at the sea, walk round the villages and we all have a ball. They love the snow, love playing in the garden, running round having fun generally and are such a delight to have.
They are a fantastic breed to have around and I wouldn't be without them for the world. They are great companions, lovely to look at, each have their own personality which is unique. Its the only breed for me.
I haven't in the past been able to show my girls but this is something I am going to look into in the New Year.
Mrs Karen Gaffey