Tirzah (GCh. ETS Entais Charismatic) came home with me when she was 7 weeks old. Our pick puppy was a smooth bitch named Gal (Ch. Easy To Spot Gallorette) that Julie wanted but we had such a great show home we couldn't pass them up. Deb found me online on one of my raw breeder lists a year before and was actually waiting for a puppy from a repeat of Quinn & Kaia. We had bred them again, but Kaia was 8 years old and no puppies. And it wasn't for lack of trying......
Out of this litter, Julie was interested in a tri smooth but she said there was this tri rough that she suddenly couldn't take her eyes off of. I went to pick up Tirzah and saw Cole (Ch. Easy To Spot Whirlaway) and agreed he was very eye-catching. She wanted a rough dog like she wanted 20 rough dogs....NOT. But he stayed.
Our SeaB x Clare puppies all had a wonderful show career and Pierre loved to "promote" them. At a show a week before he was killed (Coso KC), he showed Cole for Julie. He told me he wanted people to ask him to show their dogs and I told him he needed to get out there and get experience, so Julie let him take Cole. I was showing Layla and also Tirzah was entered but had to pull her as she had gotten a very bad case of mange (the last one I've had in a long time). Anyway, at this show another collie handler asked him who Cole was and Pierre said "These are the best puppies out on the West Coast right now!". He was so funny but we did have a very winning time with the litter. 5 puppies were pointed and 3 finished their championships. Gal at 11 months, Cole at about 14 months, and Tirzah at 18 months. All of the puppies had specialty & all-breed wins, including Tirzah & Cole both having Herding Group placements.
On a personal side note, when I was packing up to leave to move to Northern California after Pierre died, I had the Lancaster Sheriff's Dept helping me. It was a very emotional day and I spent most of the day crying. His partner Jon went into the spare bedroom to pack up Pierre's uniforms and jacket. He walked out later and brought me a blue ribbon folded up in the Collie Standard. It was in the breast pocket of Pierre's winter duty jacket and it was the blue riboon from Coso that he had won with Cole. Interestingly, his parents showed up at that show, the last time they would see him alive. This little story still breaks me up as Pierre had a huge zest for life and loved being involved with my dogs and what I was trying to do. I know he's been watching from the other side and has helped me so many times. My litter to Ch. Black Market has him listed as a breeder with me, because I forgot to take his name off of Tirzah's registration. Somehow I am happy he's still involved from the other side.
This is Tirzah at 8 months at the Southern California District Tournament Group match. She and Cole both won WB & WD to get into the qualifying round.
Cole & Tirzah at the Tournament ~ February 2006
At the Mission Circuit ~ May 2006. There were 12 wins to be had (mostly majors) in roughs & smooth bitches and our littermates took all of them, except Tirzah only won 3 of her 4 times in the ring. The clapping was huge the first day and as the weekend went on, the clapping got less and less hahaha!! We called it "The Julie & Diana Show".
Another side story on this weekend. I was driving thru the parking lot looking for a spot. I had a litter of kittens with me that were born after Pierre died and couldn't deal with them and the mom had disappeared. Several had died and I just couldn't handle more pain. I saw this woman with Danes in the parking lot and got to talking to her about the kittens and was she intersted in one? I told her I had a hard time dealing with any more animals as things were emotionally tough for me. In our conversation, she told me Pierre had pulled her over for speeding out in the desert a month before he died. She said he was so friendly and noticed she had this van full of crates, so show dogs came up and he told her she needed to meet me as I also showed.......2 months after he died, I met her. To me these are small validations that our loved ones are still so close and they show us in ways that can be hard to miss if we're not open.
Teri, in the background, in the teal shirt took one of the kittens. Dina took another one.
Prior to this weekend I had gone to Boise, ID for the CCA. It was 10 days after Pierre had died and was such a dark period of my life I wondered how I could even survive it. I know driving back from the CCA with a van full of dogs pulling my Toy Hauler I just wanted to go off a cliff with everyone and be done with it. But I had Lee & her Desi daughter in the van and it wasn't going to happen. And it wouldn't have happened anyway but I don't think I've experienced such deep & painful grief. I really just wanted to die I was in so much pain.
At the CCA I showed SeaB & Zoe in Agility. SeaB got several 1st places in his classes and 1 High In Trial. I also showed Zoe and while we didn't qualify she was suppose to be there with Pierre and I felt like I owned it to all of us.
That year the CCA had a class called "The Breeders Class". I don't remember the exact criteria but I showed Kaia, Quinn, Layla, Tirzah & Cole. We got a 2nd place in the class under Rayleen Hendrix. I was so proud of my dogs & my handlers and brought a little bright spot to my most devastated soul. My dogs showed great and I had great friends who kept me upright for the week I was there.
From L to R: Kaia, Cole, Tirzah (with mange still), Quinn & Layla
The Southern California CC Futurity later that year. Gal was 1st Finalist, I think Tirzah was 2nd (?) and Cole was 3rd. Martha Ramer was judging. She loved Gal's head detail. Gal did have the best detail out of the 3 champions. I wished she had been bred.
I finished Tirzah at San Diego CC in November of 2006. Prior to that I actually showed her out of coat. Omg! Imagine that! She was a Sweeps Finalist in this photo (with Helen Forthal) and also got a Major Reserve the same weekend under Bonnie Young.
Here is Gal at SDCC in February of 2006. I got REAMED by the judge for undershowing her as the WD owner asked if I would for her to go Best Of Winners. Gal won a nice big major and he was the only smooth boy entered. I will never undershow my dogs again. Judges are not stupid and should put up who they think should win. The judge was Grace Kosub and she also gave me Best Puppy with Tirzah & BOS to BOB with my Quinn daughter Layla even after pissing her off. Good judge who could look past shitty handling!
Tirzah later at the Pomona CCA in BOV 2010.
Cole at the same show ♥
Tirzah in Olancha coming home from a show weekend down south.
Cole winning BOV at Simi Valley KC
Tirzah at one of the Claremont Specialties. She may have been BOB that weekend.
Claremont Specialites. She was BOB one day and BOS to the Breed another as I recall.
When Tirzah was 2 1/2 years old Julie & I decided to breed her. We were looking at the Southland dogs and I really loved Ch. Southland's Bowen Island ROM when I saw him win the CCA at Riverside. Julie & I had separate trips to Southland and she liked a sable dog that we had seen at the CCA that spring. She sent me photos and while I didn't like the sable dog, there was this white dog in the background of her photos that I just thought was gorgeous. I knew who he was (Wyndlair Avalanche), but she had not gone over him. He stuck in my mind and when I went to Mike's place in person, I could not get this dog out of my head. It's in a blog post here: http://entaiscollieshorsesart.typepad.com/collieshorsesartlove/2008/07/index.html
Ch. Southland's Bowen Island ROM
What I loved about Avalanche is his light head, pretty eye & earset and the way he carried himself. We did a multi-sire breeding with him and Bowen and on Aug. 28th, Tirzah delivered a whole litter of merles.
End of Part 3