From Craig in Oh:
Hi Linda sorry I haven't written in such a long time. I wanted to thank you again for such a fine dog. Chase is doing good and is such a joy to have. He is Haliegh and I must admit, my best friend. He is about 50 lb. now in these pictures I hope you will enjoy. I hope you and your son and the dogs are doing well and again thanks. Haliegh says hi and to tell you (Joab) Chase, I still like Joab better, say he misses Grandma. He always get excited when Haliegh say's Grandma. Bye for now. Craig
I got another picture today 09/25/11, of Jazz, she is so pretty and starting to look so much like Crystal, the pup we kept from Connor & Heather's 1st litter..... posting both below:
Melvin is a very dear man that adopted one of Heathers pups from her first litter in 2008. I was excited to hear from him at Christmas 2010 and he sent me a picture of him and Sandy:
Can you tell which one Sandy is ;-). Melvin had this to say:
Dear Linda, Thanks for the card and remembering Sandy and me. We are both doing well and since I live alone he makes my life so great. He loves everyone including other dogs. Last year I had my vet neuter him which I understand should give him a longer life span so at soon to be 83 he may make it as long as I do. Thanks for bringing this angel to be part of my life. Merry Christmas to all, Melvin.
Heather and Connor produced a litter in April 2009 that we were very proud of, below are some updates from some of our new family members.
From our 2008 litter from Heather and Connor:
From Rachael in AR:
Barney is beautiful and very smart! He knows the sit, down, and stay command and is still learning "heel". He loves playing tug a war, and has his little basket of toys.
We take him for a nice long off leash walk twice a day and other dogs in the neighborhood along with their owners often join. So, he is well socialized.
He is almost completely sable and white with a tiny bit of black on his tail. We enjoy him very much.
He has been crate trained from the beginning and is house trained. He only had two accidents in the house since he came here to live, and that was when he first came. He had no problem with walking on a leash to go outside, although he most often goes without the leash.
I will attach a few pictures of him to give you an idea of how he has developed. He now weighs 39 pounds and is quite large. The picture of him standing on the bed is when he first came to us, and was still small.
Oh my Jo, blue is very becoming on you!" says Jorja.
Our new mom and dad love us VERY much, but we're not spoiled or anything. Isn't Jo handsome and Jorja sweet and demure?
She may be fooling us, I bet she's a pistol!
Much love to our extended family in Florida,
Grandma, Grandpa and Aunt Casey
It is fun to see the others and read about them as well. Thank you for putting the pictures etc. online. We still cannot imagine a more devoted, loving breeder. So happy we were lucky enough to get Jenny Snowdrop.
I wanted to tell you that when she came to us, she was already crate trained…. perhaps courtesy of the road trip with Clint?
She willingly goes into the crate when asked…of course the fact that we drop treats in it helps. ;-)
She was basically housebroken from the beginning as well.. barking to go out. We might hang a bell near the door and teach her to ring that…since
Jenny Snowdrop is incredibly smart and learns fast. (She has such a sweet disposition too!)
The first day here she already knew "sit" and "come here" she quickly learned, "down" "leave it" "stand" she also knows "turn around" , "circle" and "go between".
It is especially neat that she will respond to all those commands whether we verbally give them or simply use hand signals. Smartie!
We bought a ramp for her to get in and out of the car, instructions said it could take a couple of days for a dog to get used to it..
not the case with Jenny - she automatically walked up and down it, no problem.
Her baby teeth all seemed to fall out within a week's time… one day I counted 8 that I found around the house! She has most of her big dog teeth now.
Good luck with Murron! Exciting times ahead.
Thanks for the pictures and updates!! We miss you guys!
This is too awesome, Susan sent us an email today 4/26/10, of Duncan after being spruced up... so handsome! But what is really funny is his "stick" collection, you can see it in the background. lol. And of course, he has one for inside and one for outside!
From Susan in MA:
Duncan and Emily after a hike
Loving "Forever" Homes
From Cheryl in GA:
Dear All: Took this photo last night. Chase is VERY peripatetic so him in relative repose is rare. Barely 4 mos. old, he weighs close to 30 lbs. already and runs like the wind. So lithe and regal!! It is great fun to watch him discover and explore the world outside. I was hoping he would like being in the water and even got him a life jacket (Georgia has one as well) but the initial foray into my pool did not go well. Hoping he is young enough to sway. We'll see as the summer progresses. Georgia is quite enamored with Chase and despite her infirmities tries to give as good as she gets. He is beginning to show signs that he senses her shortcomings and is, for the most part, benignly rough when they play. Well, folks, that's all for now. May all be well with you and yours...
Jenny had her surgery on Tuesday.. came home on Wednesday and is doing great. She is such an amazing puppy.. we love her so much.
It is difficult to keep her quiet.. first thing she did in the house was jump on the sofa… one of the things the vet said to avoid… Jenny said the vet was nuts.
They did send her home with the white cone of shame, however she hated it, and the way she reacted to it I was afraid she would hurt herself… so we bought her an inflatable collar which doesn't interfere with her vision, but does prevent her too much access to the sutures. She has no problem wearing it, as these picture show.
(BTW, she weighs 40 pounds now)
Sorry for the slow response, so much is going on over here! Nala met a horse for the first time a few weeks ago and she loves it! she just wants to play with them as if they are other dogs! the photo of her ON a horse was taken after a drill team practice, and she wanted to ride with me on my mare, Almozt Midnite. i also included the training video you asked for :) ( please respond to make sure it got through) we are so happy with her and we cant thank you enough! people keep asking us where we got her from and we tell them about you. hopefully they contacted you. We hope you will be glad to know that we are going to have her become a certified therapy dog. We thought her calm, loving disposition shouldnt be wasted! and she just loves the attention. soon she will be able to go to hospitals and nursing homes. hope all is well for you! Enjoy the photos and video!
Lots of love, licks, and dog fur!
Aubree, Carol, Nala, Max, and Ranger
From Andrew in SC:
Ladybird and I are doing spectacular, I cannot imagine a happier puppy. She was about 36 pounds last time she was weighed a few weeks ago, so she must be at least 40 by now. She goes by Ladybird as well as Bird Dog, Bird Puppy, and Bird Darlin'. Her first word was NO, followed by "treat", "sit", "hungry", and she learned her name very quickly. She absolutely LOVES to play. We moved out of our apartment and into a much nicer house with a huge fenced in yard in June. She loves to play tug with Jackson, and she romps around all day with Rocky, my mother's cocker mutt. She eats a TON! Sometimes Rocky will show his teeth and growl at her, and she does not like it at all! She puts her ears back and starts to cry, then proceeds to put her paw on Rocky's nose, and as soon as he stops growling she gets a huge smile on her face and continues to try to play with him. It is the cutest and strangest thing I have ever seen a dog do. It is obvious that she is no ordinary dog. Thank you for the wonderful loving puppy.
From Stacy in KY: (Stacy also says that Jazz is crate trained and house broken.) She is just the prettiest little thing, very sweet and loving.
Jazz I loving life! She has been fixed and has the entire two acres to run and play with invisible fence. She is now 23 pounds. Loves her chew sticks and tree limbs!
We love hearing about our past babies and how they are doing. If you have one please drop us a line and let us know how they are and send us some pictures! If you don't mind we will post a portion of your letter and pictures of your newest family member as we did below.
Thank you for allowing us to bring more joy into your life with one of our pups! We feel we have really been blessed with all the new friends we have made with the families that have adopted our babies!
I am always excited to get letters from our new friends, Kathy from MA makes the updates especially fun! :-) Latest update below:
Jenny's latest game - taking great delight in beating Gary to his chair.
I thought you would want to know that the vet is very impressed with "the line" of collies that you breed. She describes them as healthy, without congenital abnormalities, and displaying desirable dispositions. Bravo, colleycollies! Thanks Heather, Conor, Linda and Lance
From Carol and Aubree in CA:
just wanting to give you an update on Nala! She gets her final shots this weekend and she has been doing FANTASTIC in her training! she knows sit, down, bang (roll over), left (shake left paw), right (shake right paw), and touch! i will attatch some photos of how she is doing. Thank you so much!
Wet noses and wagging tails,
Aubree, Carol, Nala, Max, and Ranger
2 pictures of the pup my granddaughter kept; Crystal. She is very smart as most all Collies are, Casey has already taught her "sit", "lay down", "stay", and "leave it".
He waited until I broke out the left over filet mignon to use it the first time. Fingers crossed for no more broken screens.
We have a family moving into the apartment in the house. 23 yo parents and a 2 month old boy. We can't wait and Duncan LOVES all of them esp the baby.
I have been renovating for their arrival. Lots and lots of workmen to herd. The foreman calls him the best defensive back he's ever met...always blocking one's forward motion.
We just consider him brilliant and awesome.
Susan, Emily, and Duncan
From Julie in WY:
Trixie is doing great! She is exactly what I wanted. She LOVES people and other dogs, but is loyal enough to leave them and come to us when we call. I've been taking her to puppy training classes, and considering the little amount I work on it with her she is doing well :) The hardest part is getting her to obey around other dogs...you'd think she has a major crush on every other dog out there! But, she is coming along good :)
We took her out shot gun shooting Sunday. I thought she would cower down with all the noise, but she didn't mind it a bit! She is also getting big enough now that I'll probably start taking her along on my horse rides ;)
I absolutaly LOVE her! And I am looking forward to many years of her great companionship...there is just something about having her companionship around that makes everything seem just a little bit brighter :) We are truly lucky to have her.
I'll try to send some pictures your way one of these days.
FROM OUR APRIL 2011 LITTER FROM CONNOR AND HEATHER:
We were so excited when Susan and Emily of MA decided to adopt another pup from Heather and Connor's March 2011 litter, Violet. She is sister to Duncan whom they adopted from their 2009 litter. Below is their picture together, they are so cute!!!! Duncan now has a "real" buddy, see his picture lower down the page. See what Susan had to say below the picture:
Yum!!! This birthday puppy pie is FANTASTIC...don't hog it all Jo.
We love hearing from Susan and Emily about Duncan. He is turning out to be quite a character and sounds like he is living the good life in MA. We hope to be able to go visit them sometime!
Here is Susans update on Duncan's birthday that he celebrated with a nice juicy beef bone:
Happy Birthday Duncan (aka Josh) and all of your littermates. I wish we had taken more. Duncan is an interesting amalgam of his mother and father. He has a sense of humor and is truly a 'dog's dog. Thank you Heather and Connor for birthin us such a great dog.
Susan and Emily
He is a mix between Connor and Heather; Connors coloring and Heathers face with a longer white strip up his nose.
Man this is good, now if I could just get to the center of this bone, anticipation!
Duncan and friend; kickin back and being cozy.
Can you tell which one is Duncan? :-)
A good puppy is a tired puppy, and a great puppy is an exhausted puppy.
We took Duncan on a 5 mile hike today. Yesterday and the day before he went on 3 milers. He loves to herd Emily and me on the hikes. Emily is the troublesome sheep and I am the old and infirm one. He's got a lot of work to do. At the ice cream shack at the dairy farm, he had a showdown with a group of geese (behind a fence). The chickens were more hospitable. The goats were just standoffish.
He loves the brick masons who are working on the chimneys.
Every time we take him somewhere we are asked where he came from and if there are more puppies available. We tell them about colleycollies.
Puppy class started last night; just humans the first night. Next week, Duncan goes, too. Emily and I have already decided that Duncan is the best dog even though we haven't met the other animals.
And.......he's still growing.
April 14, 2010
I can't believe its already been a year..... Our family in Florida wrote us today with news and pictures of the kids. They have grown to be so beautiful and dear to us, and the kids ain't bad either lol..... just wait till you read and see the pics below:
HI GRANDMA, GRANDPA AND AUNTIE CASEY!Hi GRANDMA~~
It's us! Jo and Jorja!! We are celebrating our FIRST birthday this morning with a card, hats, a new toy and tonight we get our "birthday cake"! Our human Mom and Dad found a Dog Bakery in Cape Coral and got us each our own little "birthday puppy pie"! We are being good and patient waiting for our treat after dinner tonight! Right now we are "tearing" into our new pull toy. I just pulled Jorja all over the living room! Ha Ha...she loves it when I play with her.Maybe we'll let mom and dad get some photo's of us with our birthday hats...and then they can send them to you!
We wanted to thank you for taking such good care of us when we were just little campers and wish our brothers a happy day too! We're sure their "people" are treating them to a special day and they are thinking of us too! Tell our Mom and Dad we love them and we love you, Grandpa and Aunt Casey too!
Can't wait to see you!
Love and sloppy kisses,
Jo and Jorja
From Linda and Ed in FL: Some new friends that got double the trouble and love ;-) :
JoJo is a freaking tank! AND protective...they are out in the yard and he sees something he is right on point...jorja on the other hand is right under my chair until big brother has everything under control...lol
But it is so funny how she mothers him when he comes in to lie down and she starts grooming him...they are a trip. I'll let you know what the vet says re: their next visit.
Give Casey our best when you speak with her and tell her J and J send their
Best to all...big hi to Lance