"I would rather lose in a cause that will some day win, than win in a cause that will some day lose!" Woodrow T. Wilson
" The world would be a much nicer place if the people that spoke about us, spoke to us instead!"
" If you can't explain it simply, you don't understand it well enough" Albert Einstein.
....'tongue in cheek' writes: Keith and I are making arrangements to import a very rare PURPLE Collie! In her home Country of Nosyparker she is a Champion and she will arrive in whelp to a Sheep...this should prove an exciting litter full of genetic diversity and we are hoping to begin a new type of Rough Collie! We shall name this new type of Collie the Peeplie, designed as a guard dog against those who can't live without peeping into other peoples lives and trying to police them! These Peeplie puppies will have a unique bark: baaruff !! Orders taken now but be quick, as this new type of 'Collie' is bound to take over the world ! The only foreseeable problem? they are afraid of mint sauce! We did think about a second version (crossing the Collie with a chicken) as we don't wish to put all of our eggs in one whelping basket..but we fear it could cause some people to spit feathers...and we don't want to fall foul of too many people! Orders will be taken for hand knitted mittens and socks after the first shearing.
March 19th...I have updated the page 'MY JUDGING APPOINTMENTS' So check it out if you are interested!
A toast with friends to Lucio Rocco who sent a case of the finest Champagne to help with my surprise birthday celebrations! sorry we drank some the evening before the big event...but of course i didn't realise it was meant for a birthday party!
and a close up photo of the incredible 'Purple peeplie' cake!
We enjoyed our first show of 2013 today, this was East Anglian Collie associations April Open show and we took along three Collies. Wicani Dragonsblood was placed second in a large Post graduate dog class ( 10 dogs) and first in Special awards post graduate dog class. Wicani Written in Legend was second in Open dog and 2nd in Special Awards Open Class. Wicani Picture Perfect was entered in one class, this being her very first show age 10 months, and she was placed second. We were delighted with her star showmanship. She is a daughter of Dragonsblood which made her win even sweeter. Her litter sister won first place in the special awards Puppy class...well done Heidi with Pria!
Posing for the judge at her very first show is WICANI PICTURE PERFECT...'Posy' who was placed second in her class!
Having realised i had downloaded my 'rough copy' of the bloat article, i have now clarified things by downloading the correct version!
I have added a new page to the nav bar giving my own thoughts regarding the inheritance of bloat.
Congratulations to Olga Saame whose lovely young tricolour WICANI CULTURE SHOCK won the Junior CAC with BOB at his first show since arriving in Russia. He is a son of Wicani Waltz of the new Moon and Wicani Timeless Elegance, he is Normal eyed and MDR1 +/+
Lovely news from Angela Reul in Spain where her lovely female WICANI WINGS ON HER FEET has been hip scored with a fabulous result of A:A. Inga is a daughter of Canadian Champion Glasgowhill Future Vision and Wicani Lights of Amethyst. Her half brother Ch WICANI ENT'ICED ( a son of Future Vision) also has A:A hips, these are the first two children of 'Future vision' to be tested and we are thrilled with these results. Also Inga's daughter WIND IN HER HAIR AT WICANI was hip scored and she is also A:A she is sired by Van-M Good Fellow and her litter brother living in Denmark is already tested and also A:A. All helping to prove these combinations are WORKING.
Almost into April and this week we celebrate Keith's birthday. To make the celebrations sweeter we can announce the arrival of our first 'Harry' babies, Harry being Van-M Music Man plays Wicani ...proud mum is Hettie making this a double 'H' litter! These babies will all be normal eyed.
Rouge kids are now 4 weeks and proving difficult to separate...who shall we be running on here at Wicani? It looks highly likely we shall be keeping THREE for the time being! the other three are also GORGEOUS...these combinations are SO good! I am totally hooked on the spectacular results of combining English and American, these collies have such a zest for life and strength of body. The first generation combinations all carry two MHC haplotypes, so rare to get this level of protection in the immune system and we are thrilled that research is supporting us in this venture!!!! we shall continue to weave English with American in an attempt to give new life to the gene pool so that lovers of the breed can enjoy having a Collie around for decades to come, we are not here just to win ribbons...we are here to revitalize and take the breed forward to the best of our ability !
I will say to those who find joy in complaining, "I mean no harm, nor put fault, on anyone that lives in a vault, but it's alright Ma..if I can't please him" Bob Dylan
so now we reveal to the world our pocketful of dreams...the double H babies at 12 hours old.
Happy birthday to my sister Sharon! There appears to be a rumor circulating among certain people that the lovely shaded sable male known affectionately as 'Pride' suffered from bloat last year...well he DIDN'T. Somehow this story has been twisted out of shape. Pride did have a temporary problem with his health during part of last year but he did not bloat! Our lovely Epic son has arrived with his new owner in Portugal and we are very happy to hear he is safe, we miss you Revel but know you will live a very happy life with Joao who loves you so much and has promised you the life of a king...!!!! Weather forecast for the weekend says we shall have continuing cold...goody...better than mud!
Nice to report some wonderful news from Martyna in Poland whose lovely tricolour girl WICANI VIVACIOUS won her third CAC at the weekend. 'Koda' also won the reserve CACIB, and now needs just one more CAC to gain her Champion title. She is a daughter of Wicani Waltz of the new Moon and Ch. Eilroy Black Velvet. The incredible story behind Koda makes her wins even more special, because en-route to her new home from the UK she escaped and was lost in a huge forest in sub zero temperatures. Despite an extensive search covering over 4 weeks, she could not be found and hope was lost when suddenly she 'arrived' in the garden of a house on the edge of the forest, she had traveled hundreds of Kilometers in freezing weather conditions, feeding herself on whatever she could catch along the way. This amazing little bitch was safely reunited with her new mum, who loves her dearly, and is now an accomplished show girl! Hats off to Koda and her 'mum' Martyna!
Saint Patrick's day and HAPPY BIRTHDAY to 'Rose' the eldest of my nine beautiful grandchildren! I also remember my 'Irish' father today, miss you so much Dad. Life is short for all of us and i am often amazed by the spiteful attitude of some people who are 'facebook friends' one minute and talented turncoats the next, going from birth to death happens very quickly even if we are among the lucky few that become centurions, so smile and celebrate life, leave others alone realising that we each have our struggles. I like to remember that people who become fair weather friends, and turn quickly when their ego is bruised or things don't go according to THEIR plan, and they make new friends of your old enemies (if we have any) Well, they are also going to spin the coin on these new 'friends' at some point in the not too distant future. So if someone is tearing other people apart to you, be aware it will be you in the firing line when your back is turned!
I am thrilled to see research being done to discover the actual diversity available within the world wide collie gene pool. This will probably make us all appreciate how closed the gene pool has become, and finally put to bed those old fashioned outdated ideas that some breeders still have with regard to close line-breeding being something to aim for, the truth always outs in the end!
I am enjoying being 'master chef' to my collie gang, hard work but very rewarding to see the dogs eat every scrap of food with relish. I have adjusted and fine tuned the new diet and the dogs are loving the combination of cooked lentils and Barley with added fresh raw minced chicken and herbs. However the most popular addition to the new diet is definitely the raw chicken carcasses and chicken necks, bringing an obvious satisfaction to the dogs themselves and an added satisfaction to me, seeing how content they are snuggled in their beds digesting it all! Teeth are sure to be cleaner and i am especially interested in watching 8 week old puppies tearing apart a carcass like hungry wolves, strengthening the muscle in the neck and jaw. The natural bone meal and marrow must surely be building strong bone and body too and i look forward to comparing them when adult with dogs fed and reared on a kibble diet. I feel it is well worth the effort.
Where is Spring? if we have much more rain the dogs will need to grow webbed feet.
What a busy week we have just had, first was a trip last week to Heathrow Airport to say a fond farewell to Tattler who left us for Israel....wishing new owner Myrna a wonderful time with this handsome lad! Sunday was Crufts and we went along as spectators this year, enjoying the company of old friends again and meeting several new friends. We also took Eli and Beauty who began the long journey by road to Finland. Now safely arrived we wish them many happy years with Sanna! On Tuesday we welcomed guests from Japan and spent a most enjoyable afternoon 'chatting dogs' and 'dog watching' in their very good company. Snow has arrived again proving that winter has not let go her icy grip just yet, but surely Spring must be waiting just around the corner! Watching the dogs in the paddock has energized me, i never tire of watching Collies that are strong and agile and could easily work all day. Living on a hillside quickly separates the wheat from the chaff, a badly constructed collie quickly tires or takes damage to the limbs. In this way i am constantly selecting for and striving toward perfection in construction. I love to see them standing naturally with hind legs out behind them (not tucked beneath the body) to balance the well formed front assembly, having a natural eye for balance, construction is most important to me. A dog with an arched neck of good length will carry its head in front of the point of forechest, to create balance therefore, the hind feet must stand out at the back behind the point of buttocks. Balance is so important, it gives strength and that all important look of dignity to the dog. We are very happy with the quality of Neon's puppies in the US and hope to be bringing one back to Wicani.....watch out for 'Beret' arriving later this year! Always striving for diversity without losing the essential 'workmanlike' true Collie type, we have lots of plans for the future and offer a team of stud dogs second to none for the discerning breeder/exhibitor to make use of. You are very welcome to visit us by appointment.
meeting new friends at Crufts....in the red coat is me with husband Keith (still on crutches) our friend is Lucyna.
The Yorkshire Collie Club is celebrating 50 golden years of Championship Show status and to celebrate we are having a special edition one off handbook. The handbook will be available in time for the Championship Show in September and is open for advertisements from around the world, Rough and Smooth coated Collies. We are also having a pedigree section which includes a colour photos and pedigree of your Collie. You do not need to have won a CC or anything for that matter. Why not celebrate your kennel or your much loved family Collie. DOWNLOAD THE FLYER
Rouge is happily nursing her first litter of six puppies. Two sable boys, One Tricolour boy and three sable girls. Keith has had the cast removed from his broken leg but is still on crutches, he can now use them expertly like giant chop sticks! We have enjoyed a few days of sunshine and I am busy trying to catch up with grooming after what has seemed to be an endlessly wet winter. The new feeding regime is underway and although there seems to be more work in one sense, defrosting meat and bones, soaking cereal, seeds and herbs. On the plus side the dogs drink far less water and water buckets are much cleaner, they have less waste passing through the body so less 'picking up' to do, and the urine is not as offensive either, so the kennels smell sweeter with less work to maintain it this way. The dogs are relishing the natural diet and the first litter of the year are growing out beautifully. I find this very satisfactory.
The first of the litters born here from combining American stock are now maturing and looking wonderful, one has to wait for results and I can only say they are worth the wait! Epic will be three years old in July and boy has he changed during these three years, and with Paddy rising in the wings and looking tremendous, I have a huge smile of satisfaction. The puppies sired by these two males are stupendous, and i look forward to many years watching my dreams and plans come to fruition.
I didn't mention earlier that my mother fell and broke her hip on February 10th, it was a bad break and on 11th (my birthday) she had surgery. Happily she is recovering despite being almost 84 years of age and having other health problems, i am very relieved to find she is walking with the aid of a frame...good stuff my mother is made from! Today i spent several hours grooming, watching newly groomed dogs gallop over the meadow really does bring joy to the heart. The babies are growing well on the new raw meat and cereal diet and it has to be said that the adults relish the high bone content, not only nutritious but helping to keep teeth clean and jaws strong too. Nice to be able to enjoy a few dry days with snow drop bobbing their heads on the breeze...the promise of Spring is in the air.!
Wow...what a week! My birthday was the 11th of February and we spent the day with my eldest son Jamie who is along with his wife Caroline is presently awaiting the birth of their first child. 12th February saw the arrival of our friend Ellen VanEmbden who came to visit us from America, she was joined by Linda Yuen from Norway and together they had organised a surprise Birthday Party for me...to say i was astounded is an understatement! The party unfolded on Saturday evening as guest after guest surprised me with an appearance...all 18 had kept this a secret from me along with my husband Keith! Many others who had been invited and couldn't make it, and they sent contributions to finance the whole event which included Champagne sent from Lucio in Italy, a 'Purple peeplie' cake and some fabulous presents...you all blew me away ..THANK YOU..!!!! I had already enjoyed a wonderful evening in the company of Di and Gina who had joined Ellen and Linda on the Friday evening for a slap up meal and drinks. Next on the agenda during this exciting roller coaster week was the arrival last night (21st) of McLeod's Dealers Illegal Dancer (Dancer) and what a fabulous dog he is. He is a son of Ch Milas Illegal Latin (Ch Windhaven Stranger in Paradise ex Ch Milas Latin Art) and Denisays Miss Cover Girl (Multi Ch. Van-M Mercury the Biggest Star and Ch Van-M Elegance Miss Demeanor) today we enjoyed visitors from Germany....this rounds off an amazing week of activities leaving me with a smile as wide as the Atlantic Ocean!
The snow went but is now back again..yippee..!!!! we have had some lovely news. First from Slovenia where Ch Wicani Ent'Iced has the result of his hips and we are pleased to say the result is A:A he is a son of Canadian Champion Glasgowhill Future Vision and Wicani Moonlight on Ice. He has also become a sire..well done 'Ace'! From Poland we have news from Martyna and Wicani Wicked Indulgence who won her third CC at the weekend. In Poland a dog must win 4 CC within a time period of no less than 1 year and 1 day, one of these CC must be awarded at an International show. Last weekends show was an International...so 'Misty' (ex-Lycoris) only requires one more CC to gain her Championship Title. Koda was second to her at this show, Koda being known in the show ring as Wicani Vivaciuos. Recently i have been reading comments with regard to inbreeding and one particular breeder is strongly advocating this. Sad to say but a commonly held belief is that breed type would be lost without the breeding together of close relatives. Some breeders must have very short memories. Two of my favourite Collies of the early 1970 period were the prolific sire Champion Royal Ace of Rokeby, and the highly successful brood bitch Champion Corydon Qui Vive. Both of these English Champions were produced by mating relatively unrelated parents. In fact the famous highly prolific sire of that era ''Dazzler of Dunsinane' was himself the result of fairly unrelated parentage....we do not need to in breed to produce type, in fact the Rough collie has changed almost beyond recognition during the last 30 years in many Countries as the result of breeding too closely! If we take the colour blue and mix it with the colour yellow, we produce green. However..if we continue to add blue to the mix..the green colour loses its vibrancy, likewise if we continue to add the colour yellow the colour loses its vibrancy, and it is the same with inbreeding. If we insist on adding the same set of genes...the dogs lose vibrancy! A study of Greyhounds reveals interesting facts...Greyhounds as a breed have an extremely low inbreeding coefficient (around 1%) and yet Greyhounds often do well in group competition and what is more, they are easily recognizable as Greyhounds, they have not lost type! I am determined to stick to our policy of widening the Rough Collie gene pool and re-establishing the true breed type i saw and loved in Collies of the 1970 era! Inbreeding over too many generations has lost us type....the proof is seen in many of the Collies we see today in the show ring. I greatly admired certain kennels on the early 1970-1980 period, they had good sized Collies showing strength and substance, heads were long and refined with well filled muzzles. Movement was a joy to behold...some of these kennels still believe they have not changed, i think they should take off their rose tinted glasses!!!!! We do still have some lovely Collies in the world....lets celebrate these beauties, but please do not destroy them further, open your eyes and your gene pools my fellow breeders..!!!!
We got SNOW...in fact we have been snowed in, the dogs are staying clean and loving it! Robin is sold and will remain in England which pleases us greatly. The youngsters are enjoying the snow so much that they don't want to come in...so last night had me chasing them for one hour trying to tempt them in side, it was dark and -6 degrees...I was not amused! Such is life..ho hum.!!!! We have discovered a fabulous new supplier of raw meat and bones for the dogs, they are enjoying the addition of human grade raw minced chicken, chicken necks and wings, and chicken carcass and it will keep teeth clean too....mixed with jumbo oats and flaked Barley....lovely! We have new babies too...Verity is nursing the first litter of the year, 1 Blue dog, 1 Blue bitch, 1 Tricolour dog, 2 tricolour bitches...sired by Epic...we are delighted. Photos soon. Neon babies have arrived in America, two litters of them in fact, and they are GORGEOUS. Will be adding snow photos shortly...so keep a weather eye open! Lots of new pages added tonight of our younger collies..check them all out on our male and female pages!
A belated HAPPY NEW YEAR. We are expecting snow and i am excited...!!!!! We have also decided to place our fabulous boy 'Robin' for sale. (McLeod's Becomes Robin Hood) he would make a wonderful addition to a family or breeding program and hopefully both! He has a fabulous temperament and with his size and coat, it is very much like having ones very own Aslan (the lion the witch and wardrobe) when walking this dog...every head turns!
What a busy time we had over the Christmas holidays and not all of it enjoyable. We rescued a Tricolour Male Collie in time for Christmas and he required dental treatment, so a trip to the dentist for Jacob to have six teeth removed. He is now recovered and looking for a forever new home, if interested please contact COLLIE RESCUE UK via Chris Slater (01142 347440) Jacob is being temporarily fostered by us until he finds a loving new mum and dad. He is a good boy and gets on well with other dogs. Christmas day and Boxing day were enjoyably spent with family but on Boxing day evening Keith slipped and broke his leg just above the ankle. This will take some time to heal and he is now hobbling on crutches with a plaster cast on his left leg and foot. Rain and more rain, i am thankful we live on a hillside! The dogs are longing to have a really good day outside as exercise is limited in such prolonged bad weather...I had better get out my drums and begin singing and dancing for snow, sunshine or frost, whilst being doubly careful not to slip....we don't want two Wicani 'two legs' turning into 'four legs' through a necessity for crutches! Keith has often accused me of preferring dogs to humans...the lengths some people will go to gain equal attention with the 'four legs'....lol!
I have uploaded a page for Van-M Music Man plays Wicani ...why not check it out from 'WICANI MALES' - SABLES.
On reflection we have had a super year. We have 8 dogs qualified for CRUFTS 2013 and several others have won first prizes in none qualifying classes. Rags and Tattler have both won all classes entered to date this year! We feel this is a real achievement for a kennel that has made brave and radical changes within its breeding and show stock. We are proud that our lovely Neon (top winner producing blue merle sire in the UK in 2011) now has puppies in America....Good old Neon! I have greatly enjoyed judging engagements in Israel, Germany and Switzerland and enjoyed meeting new people and dogs. I also enjoyed giving a seminar on the Breed Standard in Switzerland. We have some fabulous young Collies waiting in the wings. Several of whom are CEA non carrier. We continue to make headway in our breeding program, breeding first and foremost for soundly constructed Collies with friendly dispositions. We consistently select for breeding parents with strong bone and substance. Intelligence.Body fitting, weather proof coats with long mane and feathers. Dignity. Stylish movement. Long tails. Refined heads with strong under jaw, slight 'stop', clean cheeks and flat skulls. Sweet, honest, intelligent, expressive eyes. We continue working to keep the inbreeding coefficient substantially below the breed average. We continue working to increase the number of normal eyed puppies born. We continue working to reduce the number of Collie puppies born with an mdr1 status of -/- and I continue to mentor as i hope to prepare able new breeders to take this forward into the future. We have several new overseas Champion titles to add to the long list, and two new International Champions. Several of our new 'title holders' are bred from our new formula...combining American with British....many said it couldn't be done, they are WRONG.
We look forward to introducing another link in the chain of genetic diversity in 2013.
Wishing you all, our friends and colleagues, our families, admirers and supporters, brave judges of the future, and even those that would oppose our plans, we wish you ALL a healthy, happy and successful 2013.
The 15th day of December is etched into our yearly calendar for several reasons...when i lived in Doncaster a tricolour male was born into my world, i simply HAD to keep him, and named him Damon ...Wicani Formula One. He didn't grace the show ring for the first two years of his life, and by that time i was living here at Langtoft. Damon hated the show ring at first but i persisted because he had tremendous qualities, and he developed into a remarkable showman. Movement was his forte and he had wonderful coat and head qualities. He won 1 CC with BOB and was shortlisted in the group that day, he also won a reserve CC. A litter sister also won a CC with BOB. Two years ago, on Damon's birthday (15th December) his best doggy friend 'Linnet' passed away age 14 years. Damon missed her terribly and for a while he really concerned us, but he rallied and began enjoying life again. At the recent CA Championship we brought home our dogs, never realising we had brought home Kennel Cough, and Damon succumbed. Being an old dog it quickly turned to pneumonia and we realised he was not going to recover. He died with us at home, peacefully...on his birthday, exactly two years to the day since his beloved Linnet had left him. He now lies beside her in the soil of Wicani...he was a gentleman to the end, and i will miss him so very much. Run free my beautiful boy..thank you for the wonderful memories. 15th of December is also Pride's birthday, and Iona left for her new home last night too, so December the 15th is a date we shall never forget. In this photo he is not using his ears...but I love it!
More great health results for the intelligent breeders have that chosen to breed from our dogs...in England Heidi Gallagher had a litter this year sired by Van-M Good Fellow at Wicani ex a daughter of Can.Ch Glasgowhill Future Vision at Wicani, the mothers line also goes back to Wicani Nighthawk and Wicani Formula One, so huge connections with dogs in our kennel. She has DNA tested the two puppies she kept and is delighted to discover she has produced her very first CEA non carrier....Gemheid Wribbons of Light is CEA non carrier and mdr1 +/- whilst her litter brother is CEA normal eyed/carrier and mdr1 +/+ GREAT results...well done Heidi! In Portugal Sofia Marques bred a litter sired by Wicani Dark Cadence (Pride son) out of Wicani Wings on her Feet (Scifi daughter) with grandmothers on both sides of the pedigree being bred from 100% 'old Wicani' bloodlines...the puppy she has kept is a tricolour male, he is dna tested cea normal eyed, mdr1 +/+ and the Penn hip shows he will NEVER develop Hip Dysplasisa..... Well done Sofia..!!!!!!! Keith and I are thrilled with this result..!!!!!! We have snow and i have to say that I am thrilled, I would love to see a very hard winter this year with temperatures consistently below freezing. The dogs will able to play outside during full daylight hours without getting covered in MUD....oh the joy..!!!! They love the out door life as do I. Looking forward to puppies in the Spring, it seems like an eternity since we had puppies born here. Although we house a large number of Collies, we presently own only 6 bitches of breeding age, and I am wanting to show some of them...so we have to make careful decisions around who we shall breed from...but i think we have finally made up our minds! It has been a GREAT year. The new puppy kennels were built and finished, we got 60 feet of new fencing erected along the front of the dog 'day run', and we are finally getting to grips with jobs around the house too. We imported the lovely shaded red CEA non carrier male Van-M Music Man plays Wicani, and four non carrier puppies have joined us too, including a blue merle non carrier male and his tricolour non carrier litter brother. We have another exciting addition joining us next year. We managed to get a few dogs hip scored this year too, with great results. Dogs exported have also proven to have great results...including the first youngsters bred from combining our first normal eyed youngsters with the wonderful Van-M Good Fellow at Wicani...this combination is proving to be producing exceptional results. Per Ardua ad Astra to Wicani (now in Denmark in the ownership of Kitte Helle Hanson) is from such a combination. His sire is Van-M Good Fellow at Wicani and his mother is Wicani Wings on her feet (Sired by Ch Glasgowhill Future Vision ex Wicani Lights of Amethyst) we are thrilled to discover his hips are A:A .... In 2012 I judged in Israel, Germany and Switzerland, and i gave a seminar in Switzerland, these appointments brought me great pleasure and we made some wonderful new friends. I also met some wonderful new Collies...and who knows, i may incorporate some of them into my future breeding plans..!!!!!! It has also been a great year in the show ring winning first places at several shows this year with several dogs, in fact we have qualified a total of seven individual collies for Crufts 2013 and every one of them has been bred from American/UK combinations! We have also taken a few 'In show' awards too....plus exports have continued to do well with 2 new International Champions and several other new Champion titles...Well done, we are very proud of you all...!!!!!!! With regard to our Stud dogs...we believe we have an unsurpassed team and 2014 will see a team with CEA NON CARRIER males in all three colours..!!!!!! We have every confidence in these boys and because we value them, we raised the stud fees this year. Anyone offering low price stud dogs has to be questionable and the owner of any female that is offered a cut price stud fee really needs to ask the Stud dog owner "why"? We believe that our dogs are great, but we do not wish to encourage too many people to use the same male as this does not auger well for genetic diversity. To this end we keep a large stud team at great personal expense to us. Keeping a healthy team of top class sires in top condition, and paying out for health tests is an expensive operation and takes dedication on behalf of us, the owners. Stud dogs must be well fed and well exercised, we try to show our males whenever possible because showing is a great form of advertising, however Showing is also very expensive. We have imported some of our boys at huge expense, and those we bred here ourselves were bred upon 40 years of experience, blood, sweat and tears. We run on many youngsters, refining down until finally we are left with those that we feel will fit best with our future program. All of this takes hard work and guts, it takes space and it takes dedication, and it takes a huge amount of money. There are bacterial infections that can be transmitted from a bitch and that can ruin a stud dog and leave him infertile. Charging low stud fees can encourage the less desirable girls to come your way...is it worth it? ....YES..stud dog ownership carries risks, and to those who wish to take advantage of our hard work, high risk and dedication..please expect to pay a decent stud fee. If someone is offering the same for less...ask why? Diversity is easily lost if we all run and use one male...and this includes MY males...so diversify and choose wisely, but don't just choose cheaply, show that you CARE..!!!!!! when a healthy litter is born it is a wonderful event, make sure that each litter you produce is the best you are able. On a final note, if you are a stud dogs owner, make certain you are reflecting the confidence you have, and the value that you place....in the stud fee of your male. If you value him, he deserves that, and if you don't, then he should not be at stud!!!!!
Callum has left us for his new home, and we feel he will be extremely happy! Some of the first children sired by Paddy (Wicani Dragonsblood) began their show careers today age just 6 months. Passionate Embrace at Gemheid was Best Puppy bitch at the BCC Open show today, and in Italy, Wicani Poshly Dressed was best junior bitch! Way to go girls...!!!!!!!
Some lovely news to round off this week, Ch Wicani Touched by a Dream won her final CACIB to become an INTERNATIONAL CHAMPION... and Wicani Wicked Indulgence won her second CAC in Poland. Thank you to Neda and Martyna for campaigning these two beautiful girls. The kitchen smells of hot Chelsea buns as my husband suddenly developed a passion for baking...and i won't try and stop him! Something delicious to eat during these cold damp November evenings by the fire!
The hip results for McLeod's Becomes Robin Hood are back and we are thrilled to report a score of 5:5 (10) which equates to an A:A (2) under the FCI system. We can now confidently use Robin at stud..!!!!!! Bridey attended her first show last weekend and was shortlisted in her class. I was so proud of her, showing and moving with style and panache, she didn't put a paw wrong! only two more shows to attend before the end of the year and several of our youngsters will be making an entrance, and then the winter Solstice will be upon us and the light will slowly return...!!!!!
The critique for Paignton Championship Show where long time breed specialist (Ch show judge of 40 years) Derek Smith awarded Wicani Written in Legend (Epic) a First place...has been published and we were thrilled to read it,
" Harvey's Wicani Written in Legend. This gorgeous coloured blue has a copybook outline, length of body, length of back and superb reach of neck, very good ground covering sound movement too. Beautiful bone and substance, very correct textured coat, head has length and refinement, nice eyes and super ears when he decided to use them, would just like a touch more stop."
How lovely to receive such an honest and descriptive critique for our boy 'Epic' ! Keith's son Mark is home from Korea and my youngest son Joshua is continuing his studies at university in Japan, such a worry when your children are so far away and always a relief when one comes home again safely!
I have given a seminar several times now on the Breed Standard and thought it time to write a short article relating to that seminar. For those interested in developing a better understanding of the Breed in general and especially as pertaining to the standard , you might like to read these notes!
NOTES ON BREED STANDARD SEMINAR PRESENTED BY ANGELA HARVEY (copyright Angela Harvey)
THANK YOU for the support given us by email, telephone, guest book and in person concerning our decision to buy and keep a Sable headed White Collie as a pet. Bless you All. It is quite worrying to discover the lack of understanding among certain individuals within the breed, who still appear to be living in the dark ages when man thought the Earth was flat! I do wish such people would read up on simple genetics and gain some understanding before deciding to attack our personal rights as human beings!
There are two types of White Collie. One type can appear in a litter when two Merle Collies are mated together and a puppy inherits a Merle gene from both parents, such puppies are called DOUBLE DILUTE WHITES and they are often born defective, because the gene creates a severe loss of pigment. They can be (although not always) born deaf and blind with other possible internal problems, they can even be born without any eyes at all. From January 2013, the KENNEL CLUB will ban the mating of two Merle Collies and quite rightly so in my opinion. Any breeder still willing to risk the life of the unborn Collie by selfishly mating two Merle Collies in pursuit of show ring perfection is nothing short of a dog abuser! I did this mating in times past, because i was ignorant...but NO MORE, and we have not done such a mating at WICANI for many years now!
The other type of White is the COLOUR HEADED WHITE . These have a predominantly white body with a coloured head, either Sable, Tricolour or Blue Merle. Two colour headed white Collies CAN BE MATED TOGETHER and carry no greater health risks than is found in any of the three Breed Standard colours. In America and Canada, Colour headed white Collies are shown and I have to say that some are outstandingly beautiful. This colour has been with us from the early days of the breed but probably became taboo in this Country because in those far off days, the average breeder had little or no understanding of colour genetics. In ignorance, people confused the dilute white collie (which is defective) with the colour headed white (which is not) SO NOW IS THE TIME TO WAKE UP those of you that hold respected positions within the breed, but who are quite obviously still living in ignorance! The gene pool in most pedigree breeds is shrinking, the relevant people within the Kennel Club recognise this fact. So i really must ask, why are some of my fellow breeder/exhibitors so worried about a few white collies being born in this world? WE NEED DIVERSITY.....!!!!!
Last night I added a page for Sage, the gorgeous Merle son of Bridey and Good Fellow. Check him out under Blue Merle dogs (WICANI AWAKENING) if you can enjoy him through these pages with just a tiny fraction of the joy he brings into our lives, you will be smiling!
Many people know that we are now the very proud owners of a colour headed white Collie. Bred by our friend on a breeding terms arrangement whereby two puppies came home to Wicani...however we fell 'in love' with a third puppy and bought her, and so it happened that 'Taboo' came into our lives! We considered asking for her to be registered as 'Tantalizingly Taboo' which would have been so fitting for this sparkling gem! For some strange unfathomable reason, one or two of our fellow 'breeder/exhibitors' have taken it upon themselves to become the 'police' of the Collie World and have made it known to us that they find our decision to buy this puppy to be 'questionable' . I have to say that i am too busy taking care of my own business to be constantly spying into the lives of others, and it comes as rather a surprise to discover that what happens here at Wicani is deemed to be the business of such people? First I must say that 'Taboo' belongs to Keith, so if you have something to say please say it to HIM. Taboo is a very beautiful example of a Rough Collie bitch, she is fabulously constructed, has a sweet nature and her head represents the breed standard very well, plus she has the most delightful expression. She is CEA clear, MDR1 clear and she will never develop DM. She enjoys an open pedigree with a low inbreeding coefficient of 6% over 5 generations. (less than half the breed average) She is sable and White in genotype and she is sable and white in phenotype too, but she has the fault' of being predominantly white because her white markings have descended across most of her body! The breed standard states that 'predominantly white' is 'highly undesirable' in the show ring...however, the colour is part of the Breed and has been from the beginning. It must be penalised in the show ring to the same extent that muddy colour or large black patches should be penalised on a Blue Merle. Rusty tinge in the top coat of a tricolour is also 'highly undesirable' as is straw or cream colour in a sable. However, Keith has no intention of ever showing Taboo, so this particular colour pattern problem should never come into question. What offends me, is when a fellow exhibitor instructs me that Taboo should be registered (if indeed she is registered) as 'none standard' colour. If this is the case i have to ask...should muddy coloured Blue Merle puppies or Merle puppies with large black patches also be registered as 'none standard'? I first saw a colour headed white Collie in England in the 1970's and in one litter bred in England in the 1990's I saw five siblings...ALL colour headed whites, the Colour is certainly not new to the UK. Let us never forget what keeping dogs is all about, Collies are not just show dogs, here we like to keep them as friends and companions too, and I love to study them in all their assorted colours and hopefully learn a little more about them in the process. We like to live with and enjoy our lovely breed in all its manifestations...and if a puppy has a sable head but predominantly white body, he/she is exhibiting colour PATTERN faults...a predominance of white is a NOT a fault of colour but rather a fault of markings, and a Collie exhibiting a SABLE head with a white body with sable patches is still a sable and white collie..but the white markings have become a dominating factor!!!! By the way, if you have a copy of Our Dogs Christmas Annual 1958 check out page 196, you will discover the sable headed white collie CRAMUR'S UGONY'S COTTON KING owned by Miss May Young!
Here is a photo of our gorgeous healthy sable headed white Collie for those who like her (and there are many) to enjoy, because not all Collies are bred to be Show Collies!
To those who follow the ancient Celtic traditions, we wish you all a HAPPY NEW YEAR! More lovely news from Annita McDonald in Scotland, I am extremely proud to discover that her ' combined family' of Therapet Dogs, (owned and trained by Annita but bred here at Wicani) namely MISTRESS and her children MUSIC and TALON are the only three generations of registered Therapet Collies in the WORLD. Well done to Annita and her lovely Wicani's on making this grand achievement possible! Talon is owned in partnership with myself and Annita, while Mistress and Music are owned solely by Annita. Today we harvested the last of the Apple crop, and this year has been exceptional. At this time of the year my mind wanders to thoughts of Glastonbury and the Arthurian legend. Glastonbury was known in times past as the 'Isle of Apples' , cut an Apple in half and you will note the pips lie within a pentacle shape, symbolic of the five elements Earth, Air, Fire, Water and Spirit, a shape used in many ancient traditions around the world. Another old name for Glastonbury is 'Island of Glass' because Glastonbury and its Tor were surrounded by marsh lands, and the mist that rose from the marshes looked like glass in the sunlight. It was said that one needed the special skill of the fairy boatmen to find safe passage to Glastonbury in those distant days, and legend still holds that two Glastonbury's exist in a parallel universe. Even today, some folk say they first spied the Tor 'appearing through a Mist' and swear they saw briefly into another world. All very romantic...and good stories to reflect upon when spending the first day of the Celtic New Year picking Apples!
All Hallows Eve and a storm is brewing, the perfect setting for ghosts and ghouls to leave their domain and visit the world of the living to dance with 'life' again for one night! We have some wonderful news to report. PER ARDUA AD ASTRA AT WICANI owned by Kitti Helle Hansen in Denmark has been hip scored with the best possible result A:A He is a son of VAN-M GOOD FELLOW ex WICANI WINGS ON HER FEET (daughter of Can. Ch. Glasgowhill Future Vision and Wicani Lights of Amethyst) We are absolutely thrilled with this wonderful news! We are relieved to hear from Laura Van-Embden (Van-M Collies) the great news that they have survived Hurricane Sandy without too many hiccups. New Jersey was one of the worst hit areas in America and Hurricane Sandy hit the coast line at Rehoboth Beach (coincidentally our House name) and its path of devastation went directly over Laura's house. We are truly thankful to know that all is well in the Van-M household. Our prayers were heard and answered! Our hearts and thoughts are with the very many people that have lost their home and belongings and especially those having lost family members in this horrific storm and during the aftermath.
I have always had a huge enthusiasm for tracing pedigrees and searching through old doggy photographs, and these days it is made all the more interesting because we can now work out the inbreeding coefficient of the dogs we 'see' in our pedigrees. There is a fabulous site online for anyone interested in Pedigree research, it is a French site and if you click HERE the link will take you there. I am sometimes baffled when i read the inbreeding c/o given by some people. For instance, if a dog has a closely related pedigree, let us say the dam is from a half brother/sister mating, and the 'common ancestor' is the sire...the inbreeding c/o of this female will be much higher than the breed average. If this female is then for instance, mated to her uncle (litter brother to her dam) the inbreeding c/o over five generations can be over 38%. If we go back to the 6th generation this increases again, because the further back we go, the greater the number of common ancestors, so the 6 th generation could be as high as 45% ! If you are interested in this type of study which is essential for breeders..you will enjoy the French site!
A new page has been added for our young blue female Wicani Something Blue...you can find the link on our 'Wicani females' page. More new pages will be added shortly for our other youngsters. Today i made a new batch of my 'famous' Heart tincture, tried and tested by me personally for 14 years and i wouldn't be without it.
To all those who enjoy reading my regular updates I apologise for my recent absence. Autumn is upon us and the season of mists and mellow fruitfulness, notoriously damp and murky in reality, is non the less exploding along the hedgerows in vibrant red, gold and yellow hue! Edible fungi abound and the time is ripe to harvest them along with Apples, Haws, Hips and Berries. I am busy drying herbs for winter use and making tinctures and syrups to help us endure those long winter nights and sooth seasonal ailments. The dogs are enjoying the dying daylight hours but coming in clad with mud boots and sticky burr cardigans...two of the disadvantages to country living! Halloween hastens and this is not only the date of the Celtic fire festival known as Samhain (1st day of the New Year in Celtic tradition) but it also marks our official Wedding anniversary. Keith and I will have been married for Eleven happy years on October 31st !!!! Halloween is traditionally a time when the veil between the world of man and spirit is thin allowing the ghosts of our dead ancestors to enter into our world again and pay us a visit ...so don't forget to leave a space for the 'welcome guest' at your table on Halloween Eve!
Damon gave us quite a scare this week but all is under control now and he and we are happy again....Damon is such a lovely old boy and I am busy knitting him a jumper to help keep him warm through the winter months ahead. It is also time for the first delivery of straw for deep winter bedding in the barn.
We still have one tricolour male puppy available to a loving home. He is 4.5 months of age and CEA non carrier. He is a 'real' Collie with what I hear people refer to as 'A long nose' It has been a real treat to hear encouragement from readers letting me know how much they appreciate the 'return' of the 'true' Collie. So many of you are taking the 'red pill' and enjoying a return to traditional style Rough Collies with size, elegance and long muzzles...thank you and bless you all...I love hearing from you! I am looking forward to attending a few shows, it seems forever since our last show, and i have been busy making individual leads for each and every show dog! Hopefully we shall be out soon with some of our youngsters, supported by a few of the older brigade, headed by Epic who is actually still a youngster at 2 years..and looking lovelier with each passing month. Looking forward to seeing friends and if we have never met and you see me at a show, please introduce yourself. I have some nice appointments pending in 2013. I will be judging bitches (subject to KC approval) at EACA Championship show here in the UK. I will be judging the Breed in Bad Duben (Germany) in May and in the Czech republic in October where i will also be giving a seminar. In June I shall be giving a seminar in the UK titled 'DNA testing: The double edged sword' and the seminar is organised by the Yorkshire Collie Club. Watch out for more details closer to the time!
We have removed the photos of Ch Beaulahs Silver Don Mario and Lucifer of Ladypark from our site after a warning that we are breaking copyright laws. The photographs can be seen in the 1950 Collie Association Handbook if you are lucky enough to have a copy, and fortunately I do!. I feel this is such a shame as in my opinion the photos are a part of history and it should not be illegal to use them when illustrating the Breed and its history. The owners of these lovely dogs are long dead along with the photographers who made the photos, so whilst it is beneficial to the breed to keep up to date Rough Collie archives, surely we as individuals should be allowed to illustrate Collie related articles by use of photographs used in publications that are now very rare and over 60 years old. How can we learn from the past if we cannot use such aids of illustration to help students to take the breed into the future?
Home from Switzerland and what an exciting trip! On Saturday evening I gave a seminar on the Breed Standard to a very appreciative audience and on Sunday I had a wonderful entry of 78 Collies to judge. Quality was high. We brought home a new man to England....a Shaded sable CEA non carrier MDR1 +/- and we love him...in fact we're just wild about 'Harry' whose AKC name is VAN-M MUSIC MAN. He is still a puppy but in my opinion, he has everything in the right place and will mix extremely well with our girls. He is a son of VAN-M RIVER RAPIDS (CEA Non carrier, Mdr1 +/-, OFA Excellent) and VAN-M RHAPSODY (CEA non carrier, MDR1 +/+ OFA Good) Harry is not carrying the white factor. Scifi has arrived safely in his new home where he joins his grandson and we wish his new owner success and joy with this lovely dignified male.
We now have CEA non carrier Collies in all three colours to take us forward into the future, all chosen for the purpose of mixing with the Collies already present in our kennel. We presently have a large selection of Old English type normal eyed dogs and bitches and stand on the precipice of an abundance of CEA non carriers of outstanding quality. The future is exciting!
above is Harry.......our new sable CEA non carrier male age 4 months!
and below is a photograph of Keith and myself in Lucerne with friends, including the fabulous 'real collie' Multi Champion Van-M Mercury the Biggest Star ...sire of our lovely girl Esther and her younger brother Robin, grand-sire of Paddy and Rouge and great grand-sire of Poet and Posy!
Today we drove from Zebrugge to Zurich where we are spending the next few days. En-Route we met Scifi`s new owner and he is now on the way to his new home. We have also received news from home where we have MDR1 results for Wicani Awakening and Churchoak Tattler, both are sons of Van-M Good Fellow and already tested free of CEA To our delight, both are also MDR1 Normal/Normal, we are thrilled! We shall be travelling home next week with a new boy, a Shaded sable CEA non carrier )MDR1 N/-) so watch this space for more news about Harry. Also Neon has traveled with us, he will be leaving us to spend 12 months in America!!!!
September 21st (Autumn Equinox)
I spent today bathing a few dogs, trimming nails and cleaning teeth etc. It is days such as this I come to appreciate what exceptional dogs Collies are. They have such pleasant agreeable natures. I am bowled over by the quality of the dogs living here at the moment and (not being kennel blind) this is really saying something! Looking at Collies born early in the Breeds creation is always enlightening and i was looking at a few Collies born in and around the war years. I found a wonderful photograph of Lucifer of Ladypark (knew I had one somewhere) along with many others, including the photos I added to the home page of Beulahs Silver Don Mario who left England for America at the start of WW2 to protect the bloodline. Breeding was curtailed here in the UK during the war years and valuable bloodlines were most certainly lost. On close examination of some of these photos, I can happily say that we here at WICANI have not lost the original type as loved and developed by early pioneers in the UK. Fashions change but why change the Breed we love in order to follow fashion? at Wicani we don't believe the Breed ever needed to change! We brought here Collies bred from American bloodlines to extend the gene pool, and in the process we have restored type. The mix of both lines is producing Collies that really are a 'Blast from the past'. I am certain that Nadine George, Clare Malony, Miss Grey and Margaret Osborne would have heartily approved!
Next week is a very busy one, we shall be driving to Switzerland where I shall be judging and giving a seminar on the Breed. If you are able to come along, or have entered or plan to attend, I look forward to meeting you!
I was looking at a photo of Lucifer of Ladypark and others in the Collie Association Handbook of 1950, and i quickly realised we have dogs here in the home kennel that look very much like him! Born in 1949 and bred by Mr E. Lee he was a son of the famous sire Ch Lochinvar of Ladypark out of a famous brood bitch Laird's Rose. He was exported to Switzerland after winning CC in the UK.
Below is our young female Wicani Wears Red, the similarity in type is astounding!
This has been a month of progress, the sun came out and we were able to finish some outside jobs at last! Dogs that will be leaving at the end of the month now have rabies vaccinations and passports in place. Keith and Glen (with a little help from me) finished adding sixty feet of new fencing to the front of the dog run.
The back of the house was in desperate need of a hair cut and within two days went from this
to this....revealing the secret....we do have windows and doors at the back of our house!
We have made the decision to keep our lovely sable male Wicani Rags of Light. We named him Rags in the beginning, taking the words 'Rags of Light' from the lyrics of a song written and sung by Leonard Cohen....as Leonard goes on to say in another song, there is a crack in everything, that's how the light gets in'.....we often reflect on Leonard's wisdom and right now we are letting the light flood in, and Rags is staying! He is a stunning boy and will resume his UK show career when back in coat.
A blue moon tonight!
Yesterday was the Wedding of my eldest son Jamie and his fiance Caroline. I am so happy to have gained such a lovely daughter-in-law. The Wedding took place in the East Yorkshire village of Pocklington followed with a superb vegetarian meal held at Kilnwick Percy Hall (A Buddhist Retreat) photographs were taken in this idyllic setting before returning to the home of the young couple for Canapes, Cake and Champaign. We had to leave as the evening was 'hotting up'...but we are wishing you a wonderful honeymoon in Paris and beyond...!!!!! One of the wonderful things about a Wedding, is its ability to draw families together and we had four generations of my own family present. Beginning with my 83 year old mother and ending with my grandchildren. My youngest son Joshua came home with us for an extended visit before he leaves England for one year as part of his language studies with a Japanese University.
I wish my dear friend Heidi a speedy recovery and hope she is home from hospital soon.
Where was Summer? I think it passed while i was sleeping...plums are ripening, tomatoes are heavy and succulent and the world is changing to shades that are decidedly Autumnal. The dogs are not able to have nearly as much free exercise as we (and they) would like, due to continuous heavy rain. I remain ever hopeful we shall all enjoy an extended dry spell before the year is out!
We have just enjoyed a fabulous visit from Laura Van-Embden of VAN-M kennels America who came to visit with her lovely daughter Ellen. I have waited so long to meet Laura in person and at last this became a reality...I am so happy to have had this opportunity to meet a person I consider to be a legend in her own life time, I was certainly not disappointed. On Saturday we also had a visit from Nathalie (Cordyline collies) making the entire long weekend very special in deed. Our latest Good fellow son reminds me strongly of Khan, the call name for this new boy is Tattler. In many traditions that teach reincarnation it is believed the reincarnating spirit returns in three years...I think the king has returned a little early, but he was always ahead of his time!
We spent a wonderful afternoon today with a visit from two of my sons and one of my granddaughters...(who could possibly take on the 'Wicani mantle' in future years) the Sun was shining and 'Katie' practiced agility training with one of the Collies as we sat outside in the sunshine enjoying the tranquility. It got me reflecting on the way that some people seem ever determined to disrupt the peace and tranquility of our lives. It appears they want to discredit our good name and generally interfere with things that are none of their business. I remember my grandfather telling me as a young Dog enthusiast, "In Dog showing there are two distinct types of people. There is the Novice, and there is the Professional. It is easy to tell them apart. Everyone begins their show/breeding adventure as a novice. During this phase one learns to fault judge, both the dogs and also the people that one is in competition with. It is easy to fault judge and many people never grow beyond this stage...fault judging of both Dogs and other Breeders is the TRADEMARK of the NOVICE. Some breeder/exhibitors grow beyond this stage, these become professional breeder/exhibitors. They judge both dogs and fellow competitors on MERIT....judging on Merit is the TRADEMARK of the PROFESSIONAL."
I have never forgotten his words and how true they have proven to be in the unfolding of my life. Whenever I see someone writing or speaking ill of a fellow competitor I remember my late grandfather and I ask myself...what are their motives? why do they spend so much of their time and energy attempting to denounce other breeders? Are the works of any other breeder of any real concern to them? why do they insist on faulting them? why not point out the merits of that person? Are they suffering from jealousy? are they feeling so threatened by this person that they will stop at nothing in an attempt to destroy them? do they really need to massage their own EGO by attempting to point out the real or the imaginary failings of others? criticising others is a very poor form of boasting about oneself!
Do they even know if what they are saying is true? can they furnish proof? what exactly IS their motive?..of one thing I am certain....their motive cannot be pure of heart. I bless all you long term novices....I hope that at some stage in your lives, you manage to achieve promotion ...to professionalism!
Lots to report... we had a wonderful weekend away down in Paignton staying at the Lord Hadden Country House on Sunday night where we enjoyed a wonderful 3 course meal. Monday we attended Paignton Championship show where WICANI DRAGONSBLOOD qualified for CRUFTS 2013 despite being completely out of coat, but the star of our kennel was WICANI WRITTEN IN LEGEND who won a strong Post Graduate dog Class. We also have some new 'hairy monsters' to enjoy in the form of 3 fabulous children of DRAGONSBLOOD,
1) a Normal eyed dog (DNA tested) WICANI POETRY AND PROSE
2) a Normal eyed bitch (DNA tested) WICANI PICTURE PERFECT
3)WICANI FORBIDDEN FRUIT.
We also have four new 100% American line puppies and all four are CEA Non carrier. We have named the blue male 'Banner' the tricolour male 'Salem' the Blue female is 'Jeanie' and the Tricolour female is 'Sweep'...we are certain these babies will help to advance our kennel plans for the future!
I finally got around to adding the wonderful news that MULTI CHAMPION WICANI TOUCHED BY A DREAM and JUNIOR CHAMPION WICANI ENT'ICED both gained a new Champion title for our small kennel...both are now MONTENEGRO CHAMPIONS...!!!!! This is now Champion Titles for WICANI bred Collies in TWENTY FOUR COUNTRIES..!!!!!
Three new babies will be staying at Wicani...a red sable male named Poet, a shaded sable female named Posy and a sable headed white female named Taboo. DNA tests have confirmed that Poet and Posy are normal eyed, Poet is also MDR1 +/+ and Posy is +/-. We are over the moon with these very first babies of Wicani Dragonsblood. We also took new photos of 'Paddy' (Dragonsblood) who is not wearing his full attire but we feel still looks sensational. What a fabulous boy he is developing into and standing 24" at the shoulder and weighing 28kg at the age of 15 months..he is all male!
Rags is now sold along with Scifi and we are now offering the lovely blue Merle female Nicole...see the 'Adults available' page for more details. This is the last of our available adult stock for the present time.
Summer appears to have arrived at last and with it come lots of outside jobs, the 'garden' has become a jungle and taming the jungle is now taking place! I am also taking advantage of the hot weather to bath every dog in the kennel...so a busy week or two ahead of us!
Lovely news to report from our most recent show which took place on Saturday 14th July. This was the National Working and Pastoral Breeds Championship show under Breed specialist judge Mr Steve Barrett. Our lovely young 'Van-M Good fellow' son WICANI COMMAND PERFORMANCE went Best Puppy Dog in Breed. WICANI WEARS RED was placed second in a very strong Yearling bitch class, and her mother MCLEODS ALL DRESSED FOR WICANI won First place in Limit bitch winning her English Kennel Club stud Book number...wahoo...!!!! 'Esther' is the first Rough Collie bitch, bred in Switzerland, to obtain a stud book number in England which means she is now Crufts qualified for LIFE. I am fairly certain she is also the very first Rough Collie bitch bred from 100% North American bloodlines to gain entry into the English kennel club stud book ...Congratulations to her breeders Marcel, Ursula and Corinna Hess. This was a fabulous day for our kennel. Several other kennels had a lovely day with Collies bred from our bloodlines...well done to all!
News to report from Slovenia where WICANI ENT'ICED took the title of Slovenian Junior Champion and became the first Ch son of our tricolour boy 'Scifi'. Wicani Ent'iced also won his first CACIB and began the steps toward his International Champion Title. We are THRILLED with the success of our North American/Wicani combinations...a Good breeder works to a 'vision' rather than a 'formula'. Each of these combinations is bred with that vision in mind. No dog can produce winners in every litter without the skill of good breeders, and to consistently produce winners to out cross bitches is even greater testament to those breeders. For every dog there lives the perfect bitch, and for every bitch there lives the perfect dog....finding them and bringing the two together is an art form. Well done to those that chose wisely, and Thank you to those breeders who put faith in my vision and asked for assistance in choosing partners for their girls, I will always try and help you to make the best decision possible. The 'proof of the pudding' is in the results you are now achieving success in the Show ring, where several of the 'first fruits' of my North American Dogs are now being placed and qualifying for Crufts..BRAVO!
Today we waved 'Bon Voyage' to Charms (Wicani Breathless Charm) whose new home is in France. Charms is a daughter of Neon ex a daughter of Pride and Lycoris. She is CEA clear and MDR1 non carrier, she is also DM non carrier.
Windsor Championship Dog Show was a great success for our kennel and we Thank judge Valerie Geddes for appreciating our Collies. Wicani Command Performance was enjoying his first show and placed 2nd in Minor puppy Dog qualifying for Crufts at his first Show. Wicani Written in Legend won 2nd in Junior Dog, this being his first Chamionship Show in 2012 and he too qualified for Crufts. In bitches our young tricolour bitch Seryphina Silk'N Petticoats at Wicani was 1st puppy bitch another qualifying for Crufts and her kennel mate Wicani Wears Red was 1st in Junior Bitch, making a complete Crufts qualifying team for Wicani!
Many other winners too numerous to mention were also 'Wicani' related. Plus all four of our 'show team' were 50% North American 50% UK breeding. Two children of Van-M Good Fellow, one son of Can. Ch. Glasgowhill Future Vision and a daughter of McLeod's All Dressed for Wicani.
Home from a glorious trip to Alzey in Germany where i had been invited to judge Rough Collies. A fabulous entry of 71 Rough Collies awaited me and the overall quality blew me away....THANK YOU so very much for presenting me with this wonderful entry of World Class Collies!!!! BIS was the young and heart stopper MILAS PINOT NOIR AT GLENOAK. I will be posting my thoughts on this wonderful show later along with some photos...so watch them if you are interested!
Almost the Summer Solstice and wonderful weather has finally arrived to Yorkshire! We have added a new page to show how our first children of Van-M Good Fellow are developing...we LOVE them! Also we are importing a wonderful young tricolour normal eyed male from Spain...LUCERO....(click on the highlighted words to view these pages)
CONGRATULATIONS to Martyna whose WICANI VIVACIOUS has won two CAC and been awarded an 'Excellent' at every show attended so far! Take a look at her movement in this photograph below courtesy of Martyna.
Today brought some welcome sunshine to our hillside in Yorkshire..yippee...the dogs could play outside all day! We also received news from Martyna in Poland whose lovely girl WICANI VIVACIOUS won her second CAC at her second show...two shows and two CAC...what a star !!!! 'Koda' is a daughter of Neon (Wicani Waltz of the new Moon) and Polish Ch. Eilroy Black Velvet (also exported to Poland by us and owned by Martyna)
We ourselves will not be mating any girls for the rest of the year....so if you wish to be the proud owner of a Wicani Collie, please be prepared to wait until 2013. Those presently on our waiting list will be informed when we have something available, or when we know of a wonderful puppy to suit your needs, and bred along our bloodlines. We do know of a litter born in the UK that are all CEA non carrier....blue Merle and Tricolour, if interested please write to us and we can pass on your message. This is the very first litter born in the UK where all puppies are known to be CEA non carrier...and their are ten puppies! they also represent a 100% out-cross to any modern English line, so I consider them to be an extremely valuable addition to any serious kennel. Sire is MDR1 +/+ hips A and the dam is MDR1 +/- Hips A and both parents are CEA non carrier. We shall be taking a couple of these puppies ourselves to add to our future 'melting pot'. The bloodlines of both parents are 100% American.
The things I write via this blog or within my articles are either a) answers to questions posed by other individuals or b) they are my thoughts in general. If your suffer from some neurotic mind disease that makes you believe everything I write is a personal attack against you...please rest assured that it isn't.
Charms and Speedy are now Rabies vaccinated and waiting the allotted time before leaving us for their new homes. Chimes has found a wonderful new home too, and we are delighted for him and wish many years of happiness for him with his new owners.
News on the latest Health tests. VAN-M GOOD FELLOW and WICANI DRAGONSBLOOD have been DNA tested for DM (degenerative myelopathy) and we are thrilled to say that both are non carrier, so another feather has been added to their health caps! We have great plans for these boys within the future breeding program so we are truly delighted by this latest result. We do not believe that a dog must be free of every inherited disease known to dogs....nothing is that perfect....but we do believe it is good to know as many of the playing cards in every deck as possible, and when we know these 'cards' we can work to ensure that whenever possible we do not mate two carriers together. Degenerative myelopathy is a disease affecting mainly older Collies although in recent years some Collies have been shown to develop as early as six years old. Not all dogs that carry the genes for this disease will develop it, and it is thought the disease is influenced by a weakened immune system. Inbreeding is known to weaken the immune system and I do wonder if the Collies who develop the disease, especially those that develop it at a younger age, have a higher inbreeding coefficient? Many health problems are now known to be influenced by a weakened immune system, one of the main reasons why we have chosen to do our best to extend the immediate bloodlines available to us, and we hope (at some future point) to be able to integrate some Smooth Collie genes into our adventure!
I am bowled over by results in from Salzburg where 14 month old WICANI ENT'ICED attended the World Show followed the next day by the World Special Show. 'Ace' left us a few weeks ago to join the 'Collies of the Holy Mountain' kennel in Slovenia. He had never been shown in England and the WORLD SHOW was to become his show debut! He was graded 'Excelent' and placed third in a large class of 14 males. The next day he improved his performance by becoming WORLD SPECIAL JUNIOR CHAMPION WICANI ENT'ICED.....(the junior Dog Class at this show had 16 entries) to say we are thrilled is an understatement. This is the 3rd 'World' title won by a 'WICANI' during the last 3 years...but more importantly, this is the FIRST World Title won by one of our new 'UK/NA' combination offspring. 'Ace' is a son of Canadian Ch Glasgowhill Future Vision and Wicani Moonlight on Ice. CONGRATULATIONS to his proud owner Neda Starman. Again I wish to say a huge THANK YOU to those showing continued faith in our ability to to breed sound, healthy WINNING collies and especially those we are breeding by combining our 'old'' Wicani Collies with North American bloodlines. Ace is the third of our 'combination' youngsters to win a Champion Title during the last 12 months..!!!!
Several youngsters are to be run on here this year and we are delighted with the quality, made all the more sweeter as all of them are normal eyed. I only wish Summer would arrive and the rain would stop...it would make my 'work' so much more enjoyable and I am sure the dogs could have even more fun! I will be judging in Germany at the end of June and I am looking forward to this immensely as this will be my very first appointment in this Country.
We have received results from Optigen. Our new babies 'Summer' and 'Sage' are both DNA tested CEA normal eyed/carrier. The number of normal eyed Collies in our kennel is increasing with every litter and we are THRILLED.
I have been offline with my computer for a week....at last I am back on my web site! Fabulous eye results with our litter by Neon, and the puppies we are keeping will be DNA tested at a later date, but all are clinically clear with the possibility of having inherited a true normal eye gene from mum. All this litter are MDR1 +/+
Great news.WICANI DARK AMBIENCE today took a CHAMPION title for our 23rd Country...He is MOLDOVIAN CHAMPION WICANI DARK AMBIENCE. He is litter brother of Junior Russian Ch. WICANI GOLDEN OPULENCE and the CC winning WICANI DARK CADENCE.
Another chapter opens on our journey to help open the UK gene pool. Once again this boy returns to British lines through dogs that left these shores prior to World War Two. He avoids the many generations of intricate line breeding that followed the earlier progenitors of the Breed during the creation of the wonderful English sire DAZZLER OF DUNSINANE the dog that unfortunately created a bottleneck through UK breeders being so eager to use him. The NA bred dogs we have and those we continue to import...escape such a combination, in particular they avoid the bitch line through LEECROFT BLACK MAGIC (maternal grandmother of Dazzler of Dunsinane). Every Collie in the WORLD returns to the same sire line, but we want to extend the female lines, and avoid further reduction of the gene pool. Behind every male there are also females...and whereas the breed was established on one male, variety of female lines became the breeds saving grace By extensively using lines to Dazzler,, some important female lines have been inadvertently eradicated from the gene pool in a breed that relied on the diversity of its FEMALES. If you don't believe that the breed still exists on the genes set in dogs many generations ago..remember...only one dog introduced the defective MDR1 deletion gene, and how widespread is it now?, and purely because we must have inbred on dogs that were affected by it! True out-crossing in the widest sense of the term cannot be achieved because the breed has only one founder male, however by avoiding the Dazzler male line in our present imports, and introducing newer female lines...we here at WICANI are doing our best!
Some of the breeds present UK sires carry over 7,000 lines to DAZZLER and some of these also carry over 30,000 to his grandmother..!!!! In my own humble opinion, it is time to extend the female lines and dilute the influence of Dazzler (who shares the same female line as far too many other UK bred Collies)
Again I stress this is my own opinion, and I am very happy to see a few other highly influential UK kennels have and are continuing to incorporate separate American bloodlines to those we are incorporating at Wicani. This can only be good for the breeds future and I hope to work with these kennels at some point ...a voice crying alone in the wilderness will be lost, but several voices singing together can make a difference !
Some wonderful breeders are working from LOVE and are busy rebuilding the breed and protecting its future... far better to be productive and joyfully participate toward a brighter future, than to continuously try and tear down the work others are trying to achieve, which in effect is done in an effort to build ones own EGO... It takes time, effort and sacrifice to build out of love but in the end I feel it will help the breed to endure for many years to come. Thank you to those 'Master builders' who share my love and passion.
Wonderful news to report ... those who put faith in my decision to import Collies from North America have not been disappointed and the first of those bred by others are beginning to make their mark. It is therefore with tremendous pride that I can share the news of exhibitor Cathy Jessop and breeder Pat Corven. Pat asked me last year if she could bring her UK bred bitch to Can. Ch Glasgowhill's With Pride at Wicani and having allowed Pat to successfully use my lines before, I agreed. The litter produced only two puppies but what quality! Cathy took her sable bitch CAPRIORA TWENTY FOUR CARAT to Crystal Palace Open show 22nd April where this precocious youngster took BOB, BPIB, PUPPY GROUP ONE and ADULT PASTORAL GROUP 3. Well done Cathy and Pat...!!!!
I would like to take this opportunity to Thank my many friends, old and new, for trusting me and supporting my efforts to extend the gene pool and also my efforts to return the Collies in my care (and theirs) to an 'image' we believe is closer to the original breed standard. I am very pleased to see new wording has been added to the Breed Standard emphasising the 'Working ability' of the Rough Collie...a long time coming but it is here at last, and it is very welcome.
Some of my friends have known me for almost 40 years now and together we have seen many changes, but our friendships have drawn closer through our mutual love of these wonderful dogs. Other friends are newer but equally important. Friendship and teaching others to a better understanding of the Breed is a two way thing, we each learn, both teacher and student. In the early days of my own apprenticeship I was asked by my mentor if I felt a certain Collie of that era should be incorporated into their line. I was astounded, how could I give advice? however, my mentor went on to tell me that she sometimes missed the things that my inexperienced eye actually noticed. I was fresh out of art school and although I didn't recognise the delicate differences in head type, I could 'see' construction, movement and overall balance. I told her that I found the dog in question to be unbalanced in body and I felt it would be a bad move if she incorporated him into her bloodlines...she took my advice. In my opinion, with hindsight this very dog became partly responsible for the changes that have taken place within the breed during the past 30 years, and the dogs from the kennel of my mentor avoided them!, I am very aware that "from the mouths of babes and innocents come forth praise" in other words, no matter how much experience one has in the breed, we can all learn from each other, and I listen to every one of you, my cherished friends. Loving the breed is about helping others to grow and in so doing, one cannot help but grow too...Thank you all once again!
April 20thCriticising others is just another form of boasting about oneself. Personally I do not claim to be perfect. Some people simply cannot open their mouth or put pen to paper unless it is with malice, and it is sad to see such people criticise others in order to boost their own Ego. Silence is Golden.
"Better to keep your mouth closed and be thought a fool than to open it and remove all doubt" Abraham Lincoln.
Read my new page giving a simple explanation on MHC haplotypes..
Lots of news to catch up on. Thursday 12th we had 3 lots of visitors to Wicani, and I would like to say I really enjoyed your company. Friday we left at -5.00 hours to meet a 'courier' who took Jarvis to Slovenia, and we wish lots of success to Neda. Jarvis arrived safely at his destination today. Later we had to be at Manchester airport where we said our farewells to Regan, who now lives with Cate in Switzerland. Saturday was a busy day bathing and grooming for Sunday's show, East Anglian Collie Association Open show under breed judge Ann Smith (Tentola) The show was beautifully organised and enjoyed a fabulous atmosphere. Heidi Gallagher won Minor Puppy Dog with her fabulous young male GEMHEID SEMPER FORTIS 'Jacob' is a son of Can. Ch Glasgowhill with Pride at Wicani ex Gemheid Sea Breeze (daughter of our Nighthawk) he went on to challenge the best puppy bitch to win Best Puppy in Breed and he then beat the Smooth Puppy to take BPIS...Well done Heidi, are you still on a cloud..!!!!! Next to enter the ring was our own WICANI RAGS OF LIGHT who is now a junior. He was placed First in the Special Yearling class amongst some lovely young male collies. Next class was Undergraduate dog and WICANI WRITTEN IN LEGEND won this large class, we were absolutely delighted with these wonderful wins, but it doesn't stop there!
Bitches were judged after the break and our gorgeous new girl 7 month old SERYPHINA SILK'N PETTICOATS AT WICANI won the huge (14 entries) Minor Puppy Bitch class. This is Hettie's first ever show and she thoroughly enjoyed herself. She later challenged the winner of the Puppy Bitch class and took best Puppy Bitch in breed. Two of her litter sisters were short listed in this quality class and Seryphina Star Sapphire was placed 4th. So a great day for the first UK bred children of Van-M Good Fellow! Hettie finished the day beating the Smooth bitch puppy winner to take Best opposite sex puppy in Show. We are thrilled with this little darling. WICANI WEARS RED was placed second in Special yearling behind one of last years top winning puppies (who is a CC winner) and as this too was Rouge's very first show age 13 months, we were thrilled with this placement. Rouge is a daughter of McLeod's All Dressed for Wicani (import Switzerland) what a wonderful day for the NA/UK combination offspring. All of these winning young Collies are from a combination of 50% English and 50% American bloodlines. The ever lovely WICANI NIGHTINGALE OVER MERRIEMEDE was placed second in her class too, ably handled as always by her owner Beryl. Veteran bitch was won by NENELAND NATURAL SPIRIT AT ALFSDEN who is a daughter of our Wicani Willow Pattern...so CONGRATULATIONS to all winners, including all placed without connections to our kennel.
New photos taken today of the tiny terrors....and here is 'Summer' the fabulous daughter of Van-M Good-Fellow and Wicani White Lace'N Promises...age 5.5 weeks.
Keith and Glen have finished building the new puppy kennels and I am thrilled. They are right next to my office and also within hearing distance of our bedroom, so that I can hear every sound. I can be straight out of the office door in any emergency as my office is next to the bedroom. They are fully covered with a heated area, so the puppies are warm and safe in every type of weather. Plus they can come straight outside onto the grass when the weather is good...perfectly designed for my needs...Thank You Keith!
Bathed our lovely young girl Rouge today. I have to say that this young lady reminds me so much of the Rokeby Collies of the 1970's to which I am proud to say I experienced first hand. I often smile when I read things written by some of our new breeders who for some reason cannot stand the thought they actually are indeed 'new' to the breed. Should I say, they are new to breeding and exhibiting, and were certainly not around to live through the breeds many changes over the past 30-40 years. I hear them handing out 'advice' and 'words of wisdom', and wonder why they fear to face the truth of their infancy within the Breed? Living a lie is difficult to maintain and I and others have much greater respect for the young breeder that is humble. If one wishes to climb high one must build a strong foundation to climb upon; trying to build a reputation on sand will eventually result in failure. I mentor several young breeder/exhibitors and I am always happy to help those that are serious, some have become my closest friends. Only twice in 40 years have I accepted the role of mentor and been abused for my efforts, which proves that the majority of those interested in the breed are genuinely good people. I hope my help, nurturing and knowledge have proved worthwhile to the many appreciative, wonderful, futuristic breeders I have mentored, from their fruits it would certainly appear to be the case! Thank you for your trust and friendship because mentoring works two ways, it prevents both parties from stagnating and helps both sides to constantly re-evaluate their thoughts and motives. I am indebted to my students for keeping me awake!
Keith's birthday today, HAPPY BIRTHDAY my wonderful husband!
Bridey and Iona decided on an adventure and frightened me half to death. The delivery man had not closed the gate correctly and I hadn't realised. Bridey and Iona were outside watching the children riding their ponies down the lane, and we later discovered they had decided to follow. Someone alerted us after sighting them 3 miles away, needless to say they are safely home and the gate is well and truly locked! Bridey loves horses and children, the combination of both were irresistible to her, obviously her mother 'Iona' had gone along to keep an eye on her wayward daughter...and got carried away in the spirit of adventure! The puppies are growing and getting stronger by the second, so lovely to watch them. I feel so privileged sometimes, I am living my own dream which proves to those who wait, that dreams do come true!
We are now agreeable to shipping frozen semen worldwide, see our stud dog page if you are interested.
We thoroughly enjoyed our brief visit to the Holy lands where I judged a fabulous
entry of Rough Collies plus one Smooth Collie.
I thank the exhibitors for graciously accepting my decisions; I was truly honoured to
meet you and your lovely Collies. Thank you for your warm hospitality. We have made
several wonderful new friends and look forward to meeting you again.
We have a busy year ahead of us and we are eager to embrace it. Watch out for new
photos of our beautiful babies, I shall be adding some over the next few days.
We wish our many good friends visiting the Nationals in America a wonderful time,
looking forward to news updates and photos when you return!!!!
Some one asked me recently on facebook ...'was I intending to import any Milas Collies'
I love the Milas type, they are very appealing to the European eye and for very good reason.
They are built upon a combination of English and American bloodlines, namely through a
dog exported to America named UK Champion Bririch Gold Emblem. He was a double
grandson of Dazzler of Dunsinane. Much as I would love to incorporate Milas into my
pedigrees, at this moment I am making the sacrifice of not doing so, as I am fervently
trying to dilute the influence of Dazzler bloodlines which permeate everything bred in the UK
at the present time. Perhaps when I have moved forward by several generations I will be
able to safely incorporate Milas lines into my gene pool. I look forward to that day, but meanwhile
I will continue to make the sacrifice and resist the temptation. However, I am heartened by the results achieved by the Milas kennel
because they show what can be done by mixing the UK 'Dazzler based' thread with American bloodlines. I congratulate the exceptionally clever breeders at the Milas kennel, because I greatly admire your work, your Collies are stunningly beautiful. There are Milas Collies presently being shown (and bred from) by some of our very best friends. One day I will have 'diluted' my present stock sufficiently to incorporate some of your wonderful Collies. Until that day we continue with our present plans....!!
Our bags are almost packed and we are almost ready to go...!!!!
Rags mated his first bitch (from another kennel) this week, Paddy also mated his
first bitch....our lovely girl Dottie..!!!!
It is very exciting seeing the second generation develop and grow since taking the
Good Fellow has produced his first litter to an 'out of kennel' UK bitch and
she has NINE glorious babies. Rumours babies have begun weaning. The CEA
normal eye gene is spreading rapidly and UK history is being made! we are happy
that we took up the pioneers staff and instigated this.
Great to see others taking the Red pill too. Watch this space when I return with lots
of exciting news and photos. The kennel club have allowed the names
WICANI SOMETHING BLUE 'Summer'
WICANI AWAKENING 'Sage'
For the two little 'piglets', otherwise known as the 'Bridey duo' !
My first grandchild's birthday...HAPPY BIRTHDAY ROSE.
Been busy shopping for holiday clothes,,how exciting, we fly next Friday!
Wishing everyone going to CCofA a wonderful time.
Babies are growing and we are delighted with them. The Neon children are so
typically Neon, and the Bridey/Good-fellow twins are so typical of what this boy
is producing. We love the overall soundness and strength of Good-fellow offspring.
We certainly have no need to worry about losing our acclaimed good movement!
Here is WICANI SOMETHING BLUE 'Summer' at 10 days, she is the daughter
of Bridey and Good-fellow. We are very busy right now building new puppy
kennels and generally getting things ready for next weekend.
Fabulous news from Russia where Multi Champion Wicani Amber Light became Lithuanian
Winner 2012 and added two new titles to his impressive list..Baltic Champion and Lithuanian Ch.
Bridey has two stunningly beautiful blue Merle puppies and this made me realise I had timed
the matings wrong. They were born two days apart, the female puppy was born 8 days
early yet still weighed a whopping 18 ounce, the male was born two days later weighing 15
ounce. This would indicate I got my timing wrong..!!!! We are extremely happy with all of
our new babies and shall be running on quite a few of them!
We cannot always know if we are sending our babies off to the best homes and never more
so than if we send them overseas. Therefore if someone knows more than I do, I am happy for
them to warn me if they believe I am making a mistake when sending a puppy to someone
that I cannot meet in person. Reputations are vulnerable and whilst I understand that
jealousy can sometimes come into play, I will always double check things if you feel
I am making a serious mistake. I have made mistakes in the past, but I hope not to do
so again. I may double check and not change my mind, but I will not hold this against you.
I would rather play safe than be sorry. We have been bathing dogs while the weather is good.
So watch out for new photos..!!!
We are having a few problems editing our website but technicians are working on the problem.
When I am able, I shall be adding a few new photos. Tonight there is a full moon, and looking
out from my office window across the hillside, toward a pale swollen moon hanging like
a silver lantern in the night air, all seems so well with the world. Tomorrow we greet
visitors and look forward to that, we wish anyone visiting Crufts at the weekend a wonderful
We have new babies born from Rumour..!!! One tricolour male, two tricolour females,
two blue Merle females. We are thrilled..!!! these are the first children sired by Neon
in our own kennel for 3 years. All are MDR1 +/+ and we believe they will all be DM N/N
A big smile to every one on this wonderful day!
Pride went to his first show in Holland and was graded 'excellent' in the Champions Class.
Yesterday my friend Heidi and I managed to take photos of some of our Good-fellow
children who are presently being lead trained...such fun! I am uploading some and
you will find them on the relevant pages. Puppies due this week and hopefully all will
go well...it is snowing again!
Such a sad day, we said goodbye to 'Angel' Hadomar's Touch of Darkness at Wicani.
Angel was such a character, on the outside a Rough Collie but on the inside she had
the spirit if a Tiger. She will be missed beyond words...run free my darling.
She was 12.5 years old.
More MDR1 test results arrived today and I am ecstatic. Pilot, Hettie
and Tirzah (first Good-fellow children) are ALL mdr1+/+ (clear non carrier)
Chimes is mdr1 +/- (clear/carrier) a wonderful result!
Want to see our plans for the future at a glance?
check out our page named 'A Glance at the future'
After watching again the sequence from the film 'The MATRIX'
I suddenly realised I have writing about the wrong colour pill....am I
getting old or what?...we have taken the RED pill...and stepped outside of
We have more fabulous news. Talon has been accepted as a therapet dog
making breed history as the only Rough Collie threesome therapet Dogs
bred by one breeder and being mother and two children by two different sires.
Annita you are a STAR with your three lovely therapet Collies Mistress and
her two children Talon and Music. Also Music has been doing special
work with the prison service helping young offenders and is receiving
an award. We are so proud of you all...!!!!!! Mistress, Talon and Music are
not only special in their retirement roles as therapet dogs, but they are
famous producers of winning descendants around the world. They were
bred here at Wicani but are retired and living with Annita McDonald.
Epic sired 3 CEA free puppies in his first litter, one of the Blue dogs has been
DNA tested with Optigen and he is carrying a true eye clear gene.
This is fabulous news. It means he has inherited the true clear eye gene from
his lovely sire and is not just clinically clear...yay..!!! Also a puppy from
Good fellow's first UK litter has been DNA tested with Optigen and she is also
carrying the normal eye gene...we are THRILLED...it cannot be long until we
find we have a few non carrier Wicani puppies! we have plenty to test with lots
I was very sad to put our lovely 'Epic' sister 'Inga'
on the plane today, she has now arrived safely at her new home. She is such a
character and I will miss her so much. I am sure that Sofia will have very many
happy times with her. Hugs to my beautiful 'Inga, Banga, Bongo'
Happily we have two of her lovely daughters that share her looks and character.
My latest grandson was born yesterday but not without problems.
He is presently in intensive care due to him being unable to breath
through his nose and consequently he is unable to feed. Hopefully
this will be corrected shortly, possibly by surgery. Obviously this is
a very worrying time for my daughter Lydia and her husband David.
Our hearts and prayers are with you and baby Aidan.
More fabulous DNA results for Pride who has tested non carrier
for both DM and GCS. He is ready for the next adventure in his life
and a new photo has been added to his page for his fans to drool over!
Tomorrow Inga leaves for Portugal and on Thursday Noble meets
his new Mum and Dad, and travels back to his new home in France.
WICANI DARK CADENCE won his first CAC today in Spain. We
congratulate his owners who also won the JCAC with their beautiful
blue girl ASTROMELIAS JEWELLED SKY WITH WICANI.
Dark Cadence is a son of Canadian Ch Glasgowhill's With Pride and
he is litter brother to Russian Junior Champion Wicani Golden Opulence.
Jewelled Sky is sired by Wicani Astral Fire (litter brother to Quest who
was exported to Canada and Kaos who has won 2 CC in Ireland)
We are THRILLED...!!!!
Confirmation on Pride's hips..he has a fabulous hip score of 3:2 (A:A)
We ourselves were never in doubt and so we held off doing his X-ray until
he reached the age where his hips are set.
An early report can be misleading and with Pride we needed to be sure.
This is why we held off from scoring him before the age of 3 years.
In the UK, once a hip score has been sent to the BVA it remains
the official score, one cannot score again at a later date and alter
the result. Therefore we waited and Pride has repaid our patience!
We can now relax in the knowledge his hips are absolutely fabulous!
He leaves us next week to spend a year with our trustworthy
friends at Killochan Castle. If you would like to take advantage of his
charms during his stay in Holland, please contact either myself
or Karin and Rinus.
New photos added today of Epic, Paddy and Rouge.
Multi Champion Wicani Amber Light has become the first Wicani
International Champion of 2012. Well done Amber and Alexander!
CLICK TO SEE PHOTOS!
57 years ago today I was born, and what better way to celebrate than
to spend that bit of spare time with some of the men in my life!
33 years ago today my son Jamie was born..
HAPPY BIRTHDAY JAMIE!
I have been having fun taking photos of wet puppies in the snow
today and I have made several new pages of our youngsters
and also updated some other pages. Youngsters are wet and
the photos are informal....honest photos of collies at home.
This time we have no show poses!
bursting at the seams with excitement....click here!
and what is more we have snow, snow and more snow..yippee!
Some very sad moments today. We received news that Albert
'Russian Champion Wicani Dance thru the Mist' has died. Albert
was our first Champion and sired very many Champions children
in his adopted Country. He was very much loved by his owner Irina
and all that knew him. Albert was not only beautiful to look at, he
was beautiful in nature and he passed on his many virtues to
his offspring. He joins two of his litter sisters over the rainbow bridge
and our hearts go out to Irina at this very sad time.
Also our neighbours lovely old GSD 'Megan' died today,
we watched with heavy hearts as they said goodbye to her.
Meg has been a wonderful and loyal friend to her owners and
especially the children. I know she will be sorely missed.
Run free Albert and Megan.
Albert age 10 years.....
The dogs are loving this snow and so am I. We awoke to freezing fog
hanging over the hillside creating a wonderful muffled stillness.
The snow was crisply frozen and hard going for me, so I sat outside
and watched the dogs play 'tig' and 'chase' as the winter sun finally broke
through the mist.
The oldest Good-fellow kids are now 4 months old and have begun
lead training. I like my puppies to have a childhood before
training begins, and never anything serious until they reach 6 months.
Many of our puppies have entered the show ring without any formal
training and people have made comment on how well trained they are.
It is owner handling Collies for almost 40 years that gives me a rapport with
my dogs, and we don't need hard formal training. My Collies are here either
because I brought them into the world or I bought them, and I am responsible
for their happiness. I want them to enjoy their lives....and consequently
they can enjoy as much freedom and love as we are able to give them.
We want them to enjoy the show world too, and training can be an
ongoing natural progression...that is the way we like it!
One of the things I love about dogs is the fact they cannot read or write.
Because of this they cannot misinterpret what has been written
and they will not resort to malicious lies because of it! They are such
honest creatures, what we see is what we get.. I learn so much from them!
It is my birthday shortly and a time of reflection.
Every birthday is another year I survived and another year I am grateful for.
Three more years and I will hopefully reach the end of another decade.
It will soon be 25 years since my first emergency open heart surgery, and I
hope I can give encouragement to others that share similar experiences.
Happiness is infectious but one must allow it to take root and grow.
Never allow jealousy and greed
to choke the love that grows within the heart of you. Cultivate this
love and love will return to you threefold. Cultivate happiness and likewise
it will return to you threefold. When hatred with its package comes..forbid
Truth is consistent, truth doesn't change its story to feed the Ego. Truth
brings happiness. Stay true to yourself and you cannot help but stay true to
others. When the weeds of untruth are removed a beautiful garden reveals
itself and love can grow........your heart is that garden, keep it free from the
thorns of torment that grow from lies, jealousy and resentment. Encourage
love and truth to grow in abundance. Smile a lot and allow your heart to
smile...it will repay you!
We made it to the show today although unfortunately most exhibitors
didn't. I am so glad we did because we have news of Voodoo...
officially known as Wicani The Voodoo Touch.
Voodoo spent some time in Collie rescue after leaving us,
and this was such a shock to us as his breeders. So it was lovely to see
photos of him in his new home where he is very obviously
enjoying life with his 3 Collie friends and disabled owner. We are
very satisfied that he has finally found his forever home. Wonderful
to see him watching TV with his 'family' ..!!!
We have always considered Voodoo to be one of the most beautiful
Collies born at Wicani, and the lovely photos confirm that for us.
With maturity I can now see so much of his fabulous grand-sire in him,
and know that Khan will never be truly dead while such dogs as 'Voodoo'
exist in the world.
We are especially pleased to see Voodoo's lovely temperament shining through!
Collie rescue are a fabulous charity, why not check out their web site
We are absolutely thrilled with the amount of visitors to our site and we
sincerely hope you enjoy your visit and return again.
I have added a page for Tirzah 'Seryphina Star Sapphire at Wicani'
As I write the snow is falling and the temperature is dropping, we
could easily be snow bound tomorrow. Langtoft is positioned into
the Wolds in such a way that makes getting into and out of here
very difficult in snowy conditions. Added to this is our own house
position on the hillside too, with roads that are iced over,
the lane becomes a downhill skating rink going out, and is impossible
to climb when driving home.
Logs are stored and plenty of food for dogs and humans.
However it is the YCC Open show tomorrow and we
are committee members, I should be taking photos of the winners,
so fingers are crossed that we can get of the village, and back again later!
Here is a photo of WICANI RAGS OF LIGHT when he won BPIS at
Lancashire and Cheshire Collie Club Open Show in January at the age
of 9.5 months. He is a son of Can.Ch.Glasgowhill's With Pride and
Wicani Sunlight Sonata. He is CEA normal eyed, MDR1 +/- and will
be hip scored when of age. We have snow today and I am delighted!
Wicani Wild Exuberance has safely arrived in his new home in Lithuania
and we wish great times ahead for Egle, Erika and 'Bernie'
For those wishing to gain some basic understanding of Sable/Merle
matings, I have added a new page to the Nav bar...!!! Also another
DNA test, this time we have MDR1 results for Wicani Venus in Furs
who is MDR1 +/-
A new page added for Chimes....(click on his name) Chimes will
shortly be tested to discover his MDR1 status. Also next in line for
this DNA test are the youngsters we are running on, namely Tirzah.
Hettie, Pilot, Amelia, Rush, Keeper, Verity, Prudence and Regan.
This is a very expensive project but we feel it is essential. DNA
testing for the MDR1 gene mutation with Laboklin is
72.50 per dog..(UK pounds) !!!
Does anyone really think that good breeders make money? LOL!
New photos added to the 'girls' page of WICANI VENUS IN FURS
showing what a delightful young lady she has become at 13 months!
Pablo is sold and tomorrow we make the long drive to Norwich for the
first leg of a long journey for Bernie, our 12 week old son of Good-fellow
and Lycoris, we wish his new owners great success with this handsome boy.
More DNA test results have arrived.
MDR1 results for 5 dogs.
Wicani Dragonsblood +/+ Wicani Ent'Iced +/- Wicani Rags of Light +/-
Wicani Dappled Sunlight +/- Wicani Wears Red +/-
DM result for 3 dogs bred here
Wicani Wings on her Feet N/N (non carrier)
Wicani Astral Fire N/N (non carrier)
Wicani Midnight Moonbeams N/N (non carrier)
We are especially thrilled with our DM results, 5 of our home bred Collies
have now been tested for this condition and all five are N/N (non carrier)
More results to follow...we are having a testing fest !!!!
Bernie is ready to leave for his new home on Sunday, only one more Lycoris puppy to leave us now and we shall
be left with the 4 we are keeping! I am now looking forward to training these wonderful kids. At last we have a
little free time to ourselves and weather permitting i hope to get some serious kennel jobs done and to bath and
groom a few dogs. Today I photographed Rush, our young daughter of Good fellow and Inga. Rush is officially
known as SPIRIT OF ECSTASY AT WICANI so check out her page. She is 75% North American breeding
and she really is proof that these combinations work. Her wonderful temperament, sweet expression and lovely
drive on the move is quickly establishing her as one of my all time favourite bitches. She is absolutely wonderful
to live with, why not check out her page!
What a pity our kennel club do not publish hips when done by the Penn hip method, i think they should
Spent a lovely day with friends and got to meet Pride's young son Gemheid Semper Fortis (Wow) also managed
to capture him with a few photos. More visitors later this afternoon, we look forward to meeting you all again!
Hope to get more dogs groomed this week and more photos taken, although the weather forecast does not look
favourable, I am glad we have a new Log burning stove in the kitchen!
Here is a photo of Gemheid Semper Fortis age 6 months with half brother Wicani Rags of Light age 10 months.
Both mothers of these two wonderful youngsters are daughters of Wicani Nighthawk. Both puppies are sired by
Pride. This combination of Pride and Nighthawk is GREAT, because last years young 'star' Golden Opulence
was also sired by Pride ex a daughter of Nighthawk!
New page added for Robin...McLeod's Becomes Robin Hood. Another Lycois puppy has left us, this time a girl named
Wicani Everlasting Romance 'Erin'. 'Bernie' has his health checks and pet passport on Tuesday before leaving for
Lithuania. A busy week but we hope to take new photos of several of our Collies, so watch this space!
Congratulations to Heidi Gallagher and her lovely sable puppy dog GEMHEID SEMPER FORTIS 'Jacob' who won Best Puppy
Dog at Manchester Championship Show today. Jacob is a son of Can. Ch Glasgowhill's With Pride. Our decision to import Pride has
certainly paid off and we are justifiably proud at the success of the NA/UK combinations. We read on Pride's breeders website a few
months ago that she did not feel the combinations were working for us in the UK?, We were astounded as we feel it is proving
very successful indeed. Nice to read the breeder of Pride has had a change of mind! yes, these combinations are truly wonderful.
Our young Van-M Goodfellow kids are almost ready to make an entrance into the show ring and we feel they too will make a big splash.
They have the sweetest of eyes and superbly let down hind quarters with tails to die for...!!!!!!!
Wicani Dragonsblood the young sable son of our import bitch McLeod's All Dressed for Wicani,
is sensational but needs a little more time to mature as he looks very big against the majority of UK
puppies. He has tremendous bone and although he is 23.5" at the shoulder, with his ultra long neck and tremendous substance
he looks larger than he is. We feel this boy will excel in time along with his stunningly beautiful litter sister.
The Lycoris/Goodfellow litter are so hard to choose from and we are running on one male and three bitches, all puppies in this litter
have the superb construction and movement that is synonymous with WICANI. We wish success to the puppies that have recently left
us to live with new owners in the UK, Denmark, Belgium and Poland and shortly others will leave us for France and Lithuania. We
are limited as to the number of puppies we are able to breed each year, so if you want a WICANI you are wise to join our waiting list!
We have decided to offer Pablo for sale (see puppy box page) as we have several young male Collies and cannot do them all
justice. He is from the very first litter sired by Pride, he is normal eyed and MDR1 +/+ (DNA tested completely free of this mutation)
Pablo is a sensitive happy boy and would love to live in doors. He is house and lead trained, he is also micro-chipped. He is not a
demanding dog and he is not a barker. He is a gentle soul. He is tricolour and he is just growing his adult coat.
Today i made a short video of our first 'Good fellow' son who is now 4 months old, his name is Pilot. I managed to bath Neon tonight too!
Here is a short video clip of Rags taken in the car park outside of the show last Sunday, he wouldn't concentrate at all, he was busy checking out every
female, he will make a great stud dog! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=clSgff3PNPA
DNA test results for Wings over Water at Wicani (MDR1 +/+) Wicani Noble Alliance (MDR1 +/-) Seryphina So in Love (MDR! +/-)
We are thrilled for their new owners!
A wonderful day, our first Show of 2012 and it was a huge success. Our lovely young sable male Wicani Rags of Light
won his class and went on to BEST PUPPY IN SHOW and this was only his second Show, he qualified for Crufts at his first show last November.
Wicani Written in Legend was also FIRST in his class...a super day! On the way home we had a flat tire going down the motorway....and sat frozen beside the
busy road for an hour waiting for assistance because we had left the tool bag at home. Even this could not dampen my spirits...all in all
a lovely day! Both boys are bred with Canadian sires and both are amongst just 15% of Rough Collies worldwide to have a true Normal eye gene! !
Another video, this time we made a short clip of Epic 'Wicani Written in Legend' age 17 months. Freshly bathed and groomed.
Really looking forward to seeing this boy as a mature adult although I don't want to wish his life away.
Here is a short video clip of Wicani Rags of Light age 9 months. He is a son of Pride and qualified for Crufts at his very fist show.
We look forward to a sable litter by Pride in the Summer. Cody is sold and goes to his new home shortly.
I finally found the time to bath Pride and strip out the dead coat, see him on you tube. He is out of coat but he has nothing to hide, take a look at his lovely shape and movement! Remember his first children have now been hip scored with great resuts.
Talon has left us to retire in his new home, he now lives with his lovely dam and half sister and i am sure he will be very happy.
The first of our Lycoris babies also left us today, how time flies as they are now age nine weeks!
The latest MDR1 test results have arrived and are as follows:
WICANI WHITE LACE'N PROMISES +/+
WICANI WRITTEN IN LEGEND +/-
MCLEOD'S BECOMES ROBIN HOOD +/-
We are thrilled to say our wonderful Bridey joins Rumour as our second bitch to test both CEA normal eyed and MDR1 +/+
More will be tested shortly!
Seryphina Secret Code is now available to a show home due to a cancellation. He is absolutely stunning and he is CEA normal eyed.
See the 'Puppy Box'
January 3rd 2012
We are really looking forward to the year ahead. In the Spring of 2012 we will be visiting America for the first time ever and we are very excited. I am also judging in Israel early in the year. We look forward to watching our first 'Goodfellow' children grow and develop, right now we are thrilled with their overall quality and temperament. 'Flight' is in his new home, we would dearly have loved to keep this boy but we cannot keep them all!
We are waiting for some new DNA test results, they should be with us shortly, so fingers crossed for great results! Robin has settled in beautifully with our gang here. We hope to have some decent weather so that we can take new photos as he is rapidly growing coat. Pride will be bathed tomorrow but the present stormy conditions will mean 'no photos' for him either! May we add it has been nice to greet our first visitors of the year, including our first overseas visitors. We presently have mud glorious mud and the stormy weather is not compatible with showing off ones Collies...but we have had fun!
The Lycoris/Goodfellow litter have exceptionally good eye results and we are thrilled yet again. A wonderful start to our New Year!
I am a little puzzled as to why the kennel club should decide to alter the colour in the Breed Standard to bring it in line with the Smooth Collie standard, and yet not reinstate the ideal weight, which would prove far more useful. Also why not reinstate the words "to enable the Collie to fulfill its natural bent for Sheepdog work" which is still included in the Smooth collie breed standard but was removed from the Rough standard. No one is likely to show a white Collie in the UK but many exhibitors show undersized Collies that are fat and would certainly be incapable of herding sheep!
Looking back over 2011 we feel this has been a year for positive growth. I have learned so much this year and I have come to realise how very privileged I am in having so many wonderful friends and supporters, I value every one of you. 2011 has seen me fulfil my first overseas judging appointment, awarding CAC in Moscow.
2012 will see me judging in Israel, Germany and Switzerland and I looking forward to these appointments with great enthusiasm.
2011 saw me enter the show ring with the first of the Wicani/North-American combination puppies, some of whom have surpassed our wildest expectations. Thank you to those judges able to appreciate their many qualities, Thank you to the growing army of ringside supporters and a special 'Thank You' to those that sent us photos! Congratulations to the growing number of futuristic breeder/exhibitors that have joined us in taking the BLUE pill!
Congratulations to Russian Junior Champion Wicani Golden Opulence, the first Wicani/NA combination youngster to win a Championship Title!
2011 welcomed Van-M Good Fellow and McLeod's Becomes Robin Hood to our kennel, we also welcomed visitors from around the World and held the first 'Wicani Jamboree' in the Summer. Wicani bred dogs have gained many new Champion titles and the list of International Champions is growing, but we are especially proud of Int. Nordic. Fin. Swed. Norw. Est. Russ. Ch WICANI WREN-NOIR WW10 Veteran, HW11 Veteran FW11. Bertie was Finish Winner 2011 age 11 years and 9 months, proving good Collies are built to last!
2011 also had its tragedies with the sad loss of Keith's father, and we said Goodbye to our fabulous sable girl Wicani Sunlight Sonata at just 4 years of age. I underwent further heart surgery, unfortunately with a few complications, but thankfully Christmas sees me almost firing on 4 cylinders again!
WICANI WALTZ OF THE NEW MOON is the UK's TOP BLUE MERLE STUD DOG 2011 producing a Champion daughter in UK Champion Sassari Moonshimmer plus two individual CC winning sons Eilroy Witch Doctor at Imaginist and Corydon Once in a blue Moon. He also sired the reserve CC winner Rossavon Singing the Blues and many First prize Winners. Also overseas Champions.
We are proud of Neon's achievements as he has not been widely used at stud nor has he been campaigned this year. He is however looking rather spectacular at the moment, now age 6 he is just reaching his very best.
We shall be enjoying Christmas with our large growing human family and looking forward to wedding bells ringing for one of my sons in 2012! This being the season of 'Good Will' to ALL men, we wish every one (friend, acquaintance, known or unknown and even any who may consider themselves 'enemies') a Very Merry Christmas and we wish all true Collie lovers a Wonderful 2012.
Yesterday was Damon and Pride's birthdays! We have decided to let 'Jarvis' go to a show home.
He is otherwise known as Wicani Ent'Iced and we are reluctantly parting with this super young male.
Check out the 'Puppy Box' for more details. He is CEA free.
Lycoris puppies sired by Goodfellow are growing more beautiful by the day, this litter are exceptional!
More excellent news on the health of our Collies. WICANI DARK AMBIENCE 'Bear'
has the result of his hip x-rays and he is HD A (0/0) we are thrilled for this lovely son
of Wicani Wicked Indulgence 'Lycoris' and 'Pride' (Ch Glasgowhill With Pride)
Bear is also cea clear and MDR1 +/-
more fabulous news from Finland, Today it was the Finnish Winners Show and we are thrilled to say that MULTI CHAMPION WICANI WREN NOIR was BEST MALE age 11 years and 8 months old....!!!!
Also MULTI CHAMPION WICANI AMBER LIGHT was best dog 3 and took the CAC and CACIB
wow...fabulous news from Finland. At the Helsinki Winner Show today, Dog CACIB was Finnish Ch Wicani Caped Crusader,
Best Veteran was Multi Champion Wicani Wren-Noir,
Dog CAC Luna Lakes Big Ben (son of Russian Ch. Wicani Dance thru the Mist) Res. CAC male was Golden Mist Twist and Shout (son of Ch Wicani Wren-Noir)
Off topic we went to visit my eldest son as he has moved into his new house, it is a stunning four bedroom Victorian home of huge dimensions. Jamie we wish you and Caroline many happy years together in your wonderful new home. Thinking about CEA and the prospect of breeding a CEA non carrier line, whilst this is a noble cause we must not forget that eyes are only a small part of the whole dog. It is a fabulous feeling to have a non carrier collie because we know that every puppy born from this Collie will be cea free. Even Collies with detachments will produce only cea normal eyed puppies to such a dog, but this of course brings a huge responsibility. I do not wish to become carried away by the thought of a few clear eye genes, because at the end of the day most cea affected collies lead happy healthy lives. Much more important is keeping the gene pool open and avoiding inbreeding at all costs, because the old idea of 'fixing traits by inbreeding' is no longer advisable within the smaller gene pools we have today. In-breeding reduces the life span in 50% of animals! Also, if we breed a collie with severe CEA to a non carrier, yes we shall have a litter that are all cea clear eyed, however they will still CARRY the hidden modifier genes that can produce coloboma. It would appear that the severe form of CEA is created when a dog carries the gene for CH along with certain modifier genes. A CEA free dog (non carrier) can still Carry these modifier genes, but they will not influence this dogs eye sight, because the dog does not Carry a gene for CH so he cannot develop a CEA related coloboma. However, once the gene for CH is reintroduced, perhaps by mating two carriers together that are both carrying these modifiers, severely affected puppies can be born again along with a few possible non carrier puppies. We plan to breed more non carrier collies whilst at the same time lessening the prospect of producing collies that carry the modifier gene for Coloboma. Therefore we are making plans extending slowly onward and upward, giving much thought to each future generation. We hope to ensure the best possible combinations to create happy healthy Collies with diverse pedigrees, that are cea clear or mildly affected (which does not affect the vision) we do not expect Rome to be built in a day, but we are laying the cornerstones. However, we are breeding for the whole dog, and we are calling this method 'holistic breeding'.
Rags attended his first show today and qualified for Crufts in a large class of Minor puppies, he was placed second. We were thrilled with his performance as he showed steadily and moved well, he took everything in his stride. He is a super young man in our opinion and he received some fabulous comments. Thank you to the many people who came to support us and those who made encouraging comments about our dogs and our plans. We are pioneering new ground and it is never easy. Following fashionable trends is much the easier option, however we do not believe it is the right option, thank you so much to the growing army of supporters. We want you to know you are very much appreciated.
Also, i changed the name on the 'In Loving Memory' page, it is now named 'In Fields of Gold' so a big 'Thank you' to Martyna for sending me the wonderful montage i have added to this page. Thank you to Heidi 'Gemheid Collies' for helping me with grooming my dogs at the CA Championship show today! Here in the UK we have some of the toughest rules in the world for making a Champion but for us here at WICANI showing is not about building our own Ego, it is about making beautiful Collies that are sound in mind and body. Anyone can follow fashion, it is easy, but it takes guts and determination to break the trend and dare to be different, to step out into the void and work for a new dream. We feel the breed needs a more open gene pool and it needs to regain size and substance. The Rough Collie was designed to work using its body to control stock, it does not control stock using its 'eye' as does the Border Collie. To be fit for the original purpose the Collie needs substance and strength, it needs a good lay of shoulder and strong angulation. It needs strong bone and muscle. It needs intelligence and a sound mind, it needs to be athletic and agile. We are breeding to improve the BREED. We are thrilled to breed winners but this is not our prime objective, without genetic diversity the collie will be lost within a short space of time. Close breeding over several generations creates exaggerations and in time people forget how the breed originally looked, they accept these exaggerations and believe them to be correct, this is dangerous for the breeds future existence. Rough Collies are already and will continue to get smaller, losing strength and fertility. We are breeding BACK for the FUTURE......by cherishing the past we challenge the future, but first we have to know the past. We are returning to a bygone age where Collies have strength, size and substance, we shall make our own mistakes and learn from them, we shall not blame others. We hope to swallow our Ego and move forward for the sake of the dogs we love. The collie is a complete living creature, it is not just 'eyes' it is not just 'heads' it is not just a 'fluffy coat' it is not just a 'sweet teddy bear' it is not just a 'show dog' it is a dog of complete balance, dignity and harmony.
If you have seen the film 'The Matrix' you will understand the question..."will you take the blue pill or the red pill?' it was easy to take the 'red pill' and most people did, because it meant you could eat the 'steak' even though it wasn't real, you could live the 'lie' and be 'happy'....but if you took the 'blue pill' life was hard, because you had to face and live the TRUTH....we have chosen to take the BLUE PILL....!!!!
The weather is changing and we have lots of dogs with muddy coats that are in need of a bath, busy times! The lovely 'Good Fellow' son, 'Wing Commander at Wicani (Maximus) is settling in to his new home in Poland, Good Luck Magda, it was great to meet you.
November 24th we added a wonderful video to our home page...so much better to see dogs on their
home ground enjoying visitors (that have never met them before) we feel it is a wonderful testimony to
the temperament of our Collies. Many Thanks to Giorgio for creating and designing this wonderful video
and allowing us to use it on our home page. A busy time today as were bathing dogs and also taking our
new youngsters for health checks...all passed with flying colours!
more incredible news from Alexander in Russia...WICANI GOLDEN OPULENCE 'Rafe'
attended his first 3 shows in his new country and came home a JUNIOR RUSSIAN CHAMPION!
Rafe is sired by our Can. Ch Glasgowhills With Pride out of our beautiful tricolour girl 'Lycoris'
Wicani Wicked Indulgence. Rafe began his winning career here in the UK and we are proud to see
him continuing for his new owner. He comes from a stunning litter, all CEA free.
Rafe is also MDR1 +/+
November 12th 2011
Robin 'McLeod's Becomes Robin Hood' arrived today from Switzerland and he is SENSATIONAL ....a huge thank you to Corinna, Marcel and Ursula Hess for sending me this fabulous Collie! wishing Corinna a safe journey home to Switzerland.
November 12th 2recieved
We recieved a wonderful email from Annita McDonald telling us more news about Music (Wicani Blues for the Muse)
"My beautiful Music has surpassed all her further assessments with Therapet to become a rep in schools, care units, young offenders units, behavioural units in order to promote dog therapy and responsible ownership!!
We have also been invited to recieve an award at a presentation lunch for Therapet in recognition for our walk and donations received.
The award is The Miss Matty Award here on this link http://www.canineconcernscotland.org.uk/events.cfm?ID=25
Thanks to Angela for the gift of entrusting me with this very special little girl, who will do so much for Therapet and our beloved breed and will share the extra special magic of her lineage!! "
We are so proud....Music is the mother of Wicani Snowfire (2 green stars) Wicani Astral Fire (CAC) and Wicani Affirmation.
November 9th 2011
we enjoyed a visit our friend Yvonne McGrath (Seryphina)
November 8th 2011
News in from Germany where Pride's son SERYPHINA TOUCH OF LUCK
'Monty' received his official hip result. His hips are clear of HD.
Monty is Normal eyed and MDR1 +/+ too, Congratulations to Conny (Owner)
and to Yvonne (breeder) Monty was exported to Germany by us.
November 2nd 2011
We took the first UK Goodfellow babies to David Habin for eye examination
and we had fabulous results ...!!!!!
We are very impressed with his first babies, they are brimming with vigor and