Tirzah originally had 5 merle puppies from Avalanche. She had 2 sable merle boys, 2 sable merle bitches and 1 blue merle boy. She laid on one of the hunky sable merle boys the second day and it is why I am so nervous about leaving my litters until the puppies are older.
She moved like an adult at 8 weeks old and really only staged in head for about 29 seconds. And she had coat factoring ~ though I gotta say I didn't notice that until she was about 8-10 weeks.
The day she staged hahaha!!
I also kept the blue merle who was originally Granite Chief, later named Ty (Squishy ~ Ch. Entais Rendezvous).
He was very unfamiliar to me and I wasn't sure how he'd turn out. I was glad I waited as I really love his looks, though like all my dogs, there are things I'd change about him.
Ty winning Best in Sweeps at High Desert CC when he was 6 months old. Laurie Jeff Greer was the judge.
The Southern California Collie Club Futurity ~ Tirzah with all her babies. Ty & Soleil were 1st & 2nd. I think June Bug was 3rd.
All the puppies from the litter had points. Julie needed a major to finish on Cory, the sable merle boy and June Bug, the sable merle sister was minored out. She placed both in pet homes.
Ty finished at 4 years old, Soleil before she was 3 years old and is now a GCh. She had an easy show career and was really a standout at any age I showed her, but we did have some uphill battles with her 1/2 blue eye. I know there were several judges who'd give her Reserve or 2nd in her class because of it, yet she still finished easily and young.
At the 2010 CCA in Pomona Julie & I wanted to look at a smooth Timeless littermate to one we had purchased from Roxanne Heit. The dog Julie had, I did not care for and told Julie that we needed to wait and see what his littermates looked like. When we got to the show, River (Ch. Timeless Rivers Edge) was obviously a beautiful dog and we wanted to breed Tirzah to him, but Roxanne said he was going out of the country after he finished his championship. He was WD/BOW at the CCA the next day and because Soleil was very breedable, we switched our plans and bred her to him while we were at the show.
Soleil had a litter of 5, which is where Cardiffiiiiiinessss♥ came from. I couldn't whelp the litter because I was riding Ali'i in a multi-day 100 miler conditioning for Tevis on her due date weekend. Being at the ride was hard because there was zero cell service and I was so anxious to see what Soleil was going to have.
Cardiff was very easy to pick out from the litter and I know if any of you have followed my blog since then, the gushing is all posted.
I think you should notice how everyone seems to revolve around her and her Princess Bed.
Cardiff came home at 8 weeks, with mommy Soleil.
Cardiff at 5 months.
Cardiff went to the Tulsa CCA when she was about 9 months old and won her class under Helga Kane. I don't win too much at the CCA but when it does happen it's a thrill beyond belief. She showed and moved like a dream and all I can remember when going back in the ring after cuts is Helga saying "Put this bitch in front and take them around"......Love!!!
Cardiff got bit on the nose that August and suffered a pretty bad scar. I was so worried she wouldn't finish because of it but she came out that fall and was nearly unbeatable, getting several major reserves and more WB points, but the majors kept breaking. She finished at 2 1/2 years old and is now in the waiting period of will I breed her and to who. I bred her to Cole in March of this year, but she didn't have puppies and it turned out he had low sperm count. Not sure what I'm going to do now.
Cardiff in Carson City winning her second major.
After Cardiff was older I decided to breed Tirzah again and while in Tulsa Sue & I saw our dream dog for Tirzah which was Ch. Overland Black Market. He had this incredible movement and showmanship and I also liked the idea of getting tris & sables in a litter and not sable merles.
Tirzah's litter of two surviving puppies are Sage (Entais Chardonnay ~ 6 pts. one specialty major) and Thrill (Entais Exhiliration TD, HSAs, VA ~ 5 pt specialty major).
Sage winning a Best In Sweeps at the Claremont shows under Vicky Kniss as a puppy.
Both these puppies have a wonderful drive to work and Thrill has had a very competitive career so far in herding, winning 2 High In Trials & 1 Reserve High In Trial his first weekend out at an All-Breed Herding trial. He got certified for tracking at 4 1/2 months old and is now working on his Tracking Dog Excellent degree (TDX) and in the meantime trying not to injure Sue with his VERY enthusiastic tracking style. He has 2 legs in agility at the time of this writing.
Tirzah & Sage at the Claremont Specialites in March 2013.
Sage is also working on getting certified in tracking this season and is in a competition obedience class which she and I both love. She has me wrapped around her little paws so bad and I'm not sure why because she had been a very bad puppy, destroying more things than all of my other collies combined and she has a bad barking habit whenever I go outside that has been almost impossible to stop. But what she does have that I love is style, outline, movement, excessive showmanship and she's a stalker of me. She thinks I'm it and that makes training her so fun and easy.
Having done 3 outcross breedings though, I've seen my dogs lose some of the things I loved about my original breeding with Austin x Kaia. So how does one get back those qualities? A tighter breeding and a dog closer to Kaia and that would be to use Seabiscuit again.
SeaB with Stephanie, Chantal's daughter at 4 months old.
I had many reservations about the breeding but realized there is no guarantee for anything in life and I had to take a risk. No matter how pretty something looks on paper, or seems to be in real life, nothing is for sure. I had debated whether to breed Soleil again and when she came in 6 months early I took my chance.
Because of my 3 outcross breedings in a row and seeing unconsistency in the looks and temperaments of my dogs it was suggested (actually many times for many years) by Martha to breed back to family ~ though family had a lot of meanings. I loved her family but I also loved Kaia and her mom Rosie, and SeaB, her son. There is a quality there that is personal to me that I saw in several generations that I was losing. I wanted to get closer to Kaia and this seemed like my last ditch effort. So here I sit watching 3 Kaia grandkids nurse on their mother and hope for the very best. The girls are so alike I have a hard time telling them apart, though I do see little head details that are different. The boy is striking in color and I can only hope he's striking in conformation also and has that temperament I love. He may force me to keep another boy.
SeaB on our ranch around 2009 ♥
With all of this, only time tells the whole story. I surround these gorgeous babies (and everyone here) in a beautiful, strong white light and trust that I am where I should be, as are these Kaia grandbabies. I feel blessed in my life.
So this is my Picture Pedigree and the little story of Entais Collies ~ Thank you for reading and thank you always for your comments. I do enjoy all of them ♥
Epilogue ~ My mentors, 2 of the 3 people who had the biggest influence on me and in the different ways the qualities of a correct collie were shared via their interpretation, are not breeding anymore. Barbara Boller Browning, who passed away about 2 years ago hadn't bred a collie litter in many, many years, owned the sire to my first collie Kiita (Kiita Vaike of Hiiesalu CDX TD). My mom was alive at the time and we spent a lot of time with Barbara, at club meetings and sitting at ringside at dog shows listening to her. She taught me that a collie is nothing without a good temperament and that they had to be built to do the job that they were bred for, which was herding sheep. I learned that structure was important but that a collie that loved to work was Heaven.
Martha Ramer bred and owned my second collie Laird (Ramer's Revelation CD) and from her she taught me the finer points of collie expression, head detail, what flat bones were on the sides of the head (and how to tell on puppies), and what a "one piece head" was. She also had good temperaments on her collies and they always showed and moved well. She added so much to my learning including always looking at pedigrees and what it was I was trying to accomplish.
Sayuri is 88 years old now and while she does still have 4 dogs, she doesn't breed anymore nor even go to dog shows. I talked to her yesterday and she sounded EXACTLY the same as when I met her some 25 years ago. She also had one piece heads and many of her collies came down from Tartanside so she had several bitches at her place that had beautiful faces and pretty, round muzzles. She could run 10 collies together and they all were sweet, quiet, and got along. She loved a good moving collie and her dogs also had wonderful temperaments and many were normal-eyed. We spend many, many hours together at her place in the High Desert and driving to dog shows. I loved showing her dogs because she trusted me, even though I was still new at conformation and I was able to have some very nice wins with them finishing several.
I look at how quickly a line or family of dogs can disappear. All the hard work from these breeders, and Martha in particular, having a true family and very strong look, is disappearing. I guess it's just what happens and we all long for the old days, and old dogs. Mentoring younger people is probably one of the most important things a breeder can do, even if the student goes off in another direction. Ideally, that student carries on the dogs from the mentor, with their own learned experiences and ideals. But if they don't, hopefully they will learn how hard it is to be a good breeder and how rewarding, but that this is not for the faint of heart. It's a love of our breed that comes deep from within us and transcends any idea of winning or making a buck off of a litter or a stud dog. It's the pet homes that keep in contact with you til your puppy you bred takes his last breath and you are crying with his owners, if only thru an email. And it's the dog that sleeps on your bed and looks at you like you are the best human in the whole world. What a blessing to have a collie in our lives. And a good breeder hopefully was behind that collie.