Kaia was about 2 1/2 when I wanted to breed her. Martha had suggested I breed her to her 1/2 brother Desi, (Ch. Ballyhara Strike Up The Band ROM). I wasn't sure about it and had been looking at dogs on the CCA Rough Specials video from Virginia Beach. I was there with Moku & Tiiu as Veterans and saw a couple of dogs I really liked in person.
It was decided I would send Kaia to the CCA with Lee & Martha to go a a particular dog. Her timing was perfect for coming in season so I met Lee at the airport for her to take Kaia. While I waited to put her in a crate, I noticed a ladybug land on her butt. I took that as a sign of good luck. I hated sending her away, but trusted her and Martha would take good care of her. Kaia also was an easy dog to deal with.
While they were at the CCA, the dog I was interested in was suggested by Martha & Lee that he was not right for Kaia. They looked at several prospects, including a Highcroft dog, but because the Jeszewski's didn't have room in their vehicle to take Kaia home, he was X-ed off the list. Finally I was asked to re-visit Ch. Fantasy Mariner Anchorman NAJ, ROM, ROM-P on video, who had won the National the year before under Bill Brokken. We all agreed that's where Kaia was going to and Peg Vohr took her home.
Kaia came back to California about 1 1/2 weeks later, but not before I had to fortunate opportunity to get to know Peg & her husband AND that Peg thought Kaia was very smart.
Anchorman was a very sound and beautiful moving collie. He also had a classic head and expression. Peg trained him in agility, as she did performance with many of her other collies. Of course I loved that and also trusted that he had a solid temperament. He was a 3/4 brother to Ch. Fantasy' Bronze Talisman ROM. (Anchorman also is Jolene's Tate's father and is how Jo & I found each other ♥♥♥).
Kaia had 7 puppies (3 sable girls, 1 tri girl, 1 sable boy, 2 tri boys) and on her flight home somehow she got named "Punky & The Punkettes" and all her puppies got pop star names.
I kept a tri bitch (Zoe) who had a look at me pose that I just drooled over. My friend Sherry came to see my litter at 3 weeks and Zoe stood in the whelping box 4-square with her head thrown back. Sherry & I both said "I'd keep that one".
This was Stevie (Entais Society Passionata), who Martha and I co-owned for a while and she had a 4 pt major. She also got a 4th place in the 9-12 Sable & White bitch class at the Witchita CCA under Chip Atkins. She had a very pretty one piece head and beautiful muzzle but she also was very full in stop and Martha decided to send her back to me. I eventually placed her with a good friend who had Kaia's brother and currently has Tirzah's brother Jazz. She lived a long, happy life.
This was Entais Belle Star who lived with my friend Marilyn in San Diego. She also had a pretty head & face and good body. Because of health issues she was not shown much and never finished. Much more like Kaia in looks than Stevie or Zoe.
Zoe didn't have the greatest head detail, though she had no depth and her head was clean, but she had movement, temperament and showmanship that could have been shared with 5 dogs.
At the time I had Lana (Milon Entais Chantilly Lace), who won 8 out of 9 puppy sweepstakes & one BOS. She also was the winner of the Southern California District Tournament Group match (3 judges picked a dog or bitch & runner up to send to the National). It was a huge win for us and we had $330 to help pay for our trip. Lana also already had a major and 3 major reserves. She was the puppy to beat at the local shows and was showy, fluffy, beautiful and sound. She got attacked by a rottweiler at the Stockton NorCal specialties at 6 months and went into the ring 1 hour later with no residue effect on her (physically or emotionally). She was a sweet, solid and easy collie.
I was sure she was the one to beat going into the Louiville CCA. Little did I know it would be Zoe who would win the American Bred class with ease and then I handed her off to stay on Lana who had also won her class (but I had to fight for it). Sayuri told me "You know Carmen REALLY liked Zoe".........
Hard lesson to learn because when I took my photos with my girls as Carmen Leonard told me she couldn't "find" my bitch in Winners. Zoe was a showing fool, but she showed different for the handler I put her on. I so regretted my decision. To. This. Day.
Pierre & Sayuri helping groom our 1st place winners. He was so helpful at the shows and this trip was especially sweet.
Prior to the Louisville CCA Kaia was shown & finished her Championship.
Kaia at Los Padres CC in the late spring 2000.
Rio Hondo KC in May of 2000 where she won BOV & a Herding Group 4.
One of the things I loved about Kaia was her outline. To me she didn't need hair ~ she was perfect the way she was. This was at the Flagstaff shows where she picked up her second major and needed 1 pt to finish.
3rd in a Bred-By Group at an all-breed.
After the 2001 CCA with Zoe's big "Best American Bred" win under Al Forthal she & I went to Carson City with Secret Service. I was to show her blue bitch Sadie (Ch. Lady Sadie of Spring ~ who was a 1/2 sister to Kaia ~ Rosie was mom) & Zoe. Sadie finished her Championship the first day and the next day Zoe was BOV over specials for a 4pt major.
Zoe didn't need a leash to show. She free-stacked and baited like a pro from the time she was 5 weeks old. True story ♥
Here is Sadie the day she finished in Carson City. One of the few bitches I would have taken home to live with me. Beautiful, quiet, natural knowing.........
When we got home Zoe came in season and I had finally decided to use Desi. His kids were out and I really liked what I saw and thought he could really improve Zoe's head detail and eye.
She was pregnant when I took her to the Northern California Specialties in November. I was mad at myself when I saw that the Bred-By class that I had put her in had 10 or 12 bitches in it, but being who I am, I showed her anyway, hoping for the best to not walk out last. She won her class easily and when we all went in for winners, the judge, Marion Durholtz had us just file into position without even gaiting around the ring. She walked down the line and got to me and said "You're my Winners Bitch!" not even looking at the bitches behind me. I almost passed out and she said "Why are you shocked? I know what I like". I told her I guess I just expected her to move us, or something more. The Winners Bitch class lasted about 29 seconds.
Zoe with Mary Wells of Blossomhill Collies in 2003 a few years after she finished.
Zoe had her puppies on Dec 14th and the first born was a tri dog that I loved immediately. He had this gorgeous, blocky head and he grew up like I expected. I also had a tri bitch and a sable bitch I needed to decide which one was going to a Japanese couple who had been waiting for a Zoe puppy. They wanted to buy Zoe at the CCA and I wasn't willing to sell her.
I kept Quinn (Ch. Entais Spring Quintessential), the sable bitch named Lyric (Entais A Lyrical Spring) & the tri bitch then named Miku. Miku was going to Japan as soon as she was old enough. Lyric stayed til she was 1 1/2 years old when I finally decided to place her. She had a TON of coat, pretty expression, but she was just too much for me in head and not elegant enough in her outline.
Quinn at a Virtues Match Sayuri & I went to in Las Vegas when he was 4 months old. He won "Best Profile".
Lyric also went and won "Best Side Movement".
3 Weeks after this show Pierre & I, Kaia, Zoe, Lana & Quinn went for a hike in the desert where unbeknownst to me, Pierre was going to propose to me. As we sat on this beautiful rock with the sun starting to set, we look over and Quinn had jumped off of a cliff. All I heard was "Oh NO!!! QUINN!!!" from Pierre. He landed 100' below breaking his femur bone. I was devastated as I was so in love with this puppy and feel like he was not only the next in line for a championship but to continue on with improving on my dogs.
Quinn spent over a week at a specialist hospital 2 + hours south of us. He had a surgery to put a plate in his hind leg then came home and then spent 4 months in a crate to heal. At about 7 or so months he another surgery to remove the plate. It was a very trying time to keep a baby puppy locked up like that but I had no choice. Sayuri was so sweet as she went 1 or 2 times to visit him, as did I. She said "He's such a baby puppy, I feel so bad for him".
At 14 months old, Quinn was sound and came out to the Palm Springs KC show in January and was WD/BOW/BOV under Betty Jo Patrick for a 4 pt major over specials. His leg had healed with no damage to his beautiful rear.
What I loved about this dog is he had a gorgeous one-piece head with a beautiful round muzzle. He also had a pretty lipline, expression and was very sound. I also loved his sweet temperament and after having to deal with Moku, who was a pushy, dog aggressive collie, Quinn was a dream. He finished by the time he was 14 months old with several specialty majors and major reserves.
Quinn in March of 2005 (Agua Dulce, CA) taken right before the Oklahoma CCA.
Quinn had 4 litters including one with his 1/2 sister Piper, who was out of Sadie, Secret Service's Rosie daugther. I took a sable merle bitch from that litter and got 1 point on her, a Best In Sweeps at a specialty and after coming out of the ring all the other times I showed her sobbing, I decided to breed her, then place her. She was a darling sable merle with a pretty head & body but extremely spotty. She also had a blue eye on the judge's side and her brown eye had a huge white haw, so needless to say, she was hard to look at in the face.
Bunni had 10 puppies and a very colorful litter I might add. I kept a tri bitch I named Layla (Ch. Entais Exquisitely). She was a fluffy, showy bitch with a pretty face, but even though I got what I wanted from the breeding I realized I needed more outline and she really was not exactly what I was looking for. She was placed after she finished her championship, but had a very fun show career.
Layla won at specialties & all-breeds and also placed & won in the all-breed Bred-By Groups.
At the same time Bunni was born I had decided to do another breeding with Quinn and that was back to Kaia, his grandmother. Kaia & Quinn loved each other and she was a real floozy with him. I loved both of these dogs, in conformation, head type, expression and temperament. Not only was Kaia Quinn's grandmother, she was Desi's (Quinn's dad) 1/2 sister.
Kaia was 7 at the time and ultrasounded with 8-10 puppies but by the time she delivered she only had 3. She had a tri & sable bitch and Seabiscuit. SeaB was the only surviving puppy and back then I didn't do any tube feeding. They were little puppies and not hardy. SeaB came out grabbing a teat.
SeaB had the run of our tiny house by the time he was 4 weeks old. To this day he thinks when I open the door it's for him to come in. This is a photo of him at Pierre's parents in Olancha. He also was sweet and easy like his dad and when they were babies, I had Bunni, him & Quinn all sleeping in the big dog house together.
When SeaB matured, he and Quinn started fighting. I kept them separated, though could run them together on the property. When Quinn was about 6 years old, I made the hard decision to place him with a friend. He's still alive and is 13 now.
SeaB & Bunni went to their first all-breed show when they were about 9 & 10 months old. Both got a point each. The only point Bunni ever got, but SeaB stayed home for 3 more years before I brought him out again.
SeaB ~ 10 months at Coso KC 2003
Coso KC 2003
Seabiscuit gets his 1st point & 2nd point under the same judge ~ Donovan Thompson some 3 years apart.
Love this photo also! Lake Mathews KC.
Seabiscuit then went with Ed Degner to get his final major in Utah under Lynn Petersen at a collie specialty. He finished easily, but I knew I had to wait til he had the best coat he was going to get. After finishing he's been a house dog since!
One of SeaB's print ads ~ Critters of the Cinema
When Seabiscuit was about 1 1/2 years old, Pierre & I went to Oklahoma City for the CCA in 2005. We brought Kaia, Quinn (Pierre showed Quinn ♥ & I think even got a cut), Layla & her sable sister Ella that Dina owned). SeaB went to Julie's house to be boarded for 2 weeks and I kept getting all these reports back from Julie how much she loved this dog. Not only did she love his temperament, she loved the way he'd lay and pose. He was always on a dog house doing that at my house, so I knew what she was talking about.
She had decided she wanted to use him on her tri smooth Society bitch Clare (Ch. Society I'D Clare Im Ez To Spot). I really didn't want another dog and told her originally to pay me a nominal stud fee as he wasn't proven, nor were people knocking my door down to use him.
Clare was a Dixie daughter Ch. Society There's Your Trouble ROM. Dixie was AOM 2x's at the CCA (Al Forthal & Shelly Roos) and 1 x BOS to Variety to her father Ch. Keepsake Telesis ROM at the Oklahoma CCA in 2005 under Adria Weiner
Dixie ~ Ch. Society There's Your Trouble ROM
I put on Clare's first points which was a 5pt major under Rayleen Hendrix. I remember being very exasperated with Clare because she was quite a handful in the ring. In fact I was shocked we won because she was so bad. After I had her daughter Tirzah it all came back to me......Tirzah was like her mother in the ring! Showy but a tiny bit out of control.
Clare had 7 puppies and at this point I told Julie I was interested in a puppy as long as SHE had a long, light, lean head, pretty expression, coat, temperament, movement and a full white collar. I sat in Julie's hot whelping room at the end of June waiting for my puppy and no one showed up. After several hours I decided to leave and got on the 2 or 3 mile long washboard dirt road to get to the fwy. Almost to the end of this horrendous road I get a call that my sable rough bitch was born so I turned around to see her. It was love at first sight and I spent the next 7 weeks annoying the doo doo out of Julie to send me photos and give me daily updates.
Tirzah ~ 4 1/2 month ~ Vasquez Rock, CA
End of Part 2