I’m really not very comfortable tooting my own horn as a rule, but something out of the ordinary happened recently, and I wanted to share it.

During a 23 day period, from March 12, 2021 to April 3, 2021, FOUR collies that I was a breeder on, finished their AKC championships. Finishing one AKC champion is a big deal to me, and seeing four collies of my breeding finish within such a short span of time has never happened to me before.

I was co-breeder on all four new champions, meaning other people were involved from the start. I also did not handle these collies myself at the shows. Other people took the time and effort to train and groom these collies, and get them to the shows. Regardless, it is a thrill to see breeding plans come to life and turn out so well. All of these collies were born at my house, whelped into my hands, and raised by me the first eight to ten weeks or so of their lives.

The first one of this group to finish was Toby.

Toby was from a litter of two out of our sweet, smooth girl Melody.
Melody loved her babies.
Toby got his first point at 6 months of age by going over a champion. He was shown by Lea Bertsch. In fact, Lea showed Toby to all his points.
Toby finished his championship on March 12, 2021 at a Kerrville, TX show.

Toby, aka Ch Tairis N Scalloway’s To Be Or Not To Be, was sired by GCHP Scalloway’s Lion Hunter out of our Melly, aka Ch Cherann’s Tairis So Melodramatic. Toby’s breeders are Debra Jones, & my daughter, Caitlin White. Toby is owned by Lea Bertsch and Debbie Jones.

Melody, aka Ch Cherann’s Tairis So Melodramatic- my silly couch cuddler. Mother of Toby. Melody was purchased from Cheryl Kobularcik, of Cherann’s Collies, her breeder. Cheryl showed Melody to her championship.
Samson, aka GCHP Scalloway’s Lion Hunter, was bred & owned by Lea Bertsch. Samson was #1 collie in the USA in all breed competition in 2018, 2019, & 2020 according to Canine Chronicle. He is one of the select few collies to achieve grand champion platinum status. He is the sire of Toby through our girl Melly, and also the sire of our champions, Patton, Maxi, & Willa from Poppy.

Next in this group to finish was Queen. Queen’s first name was Elena when she was a baby at my house. The name Queen fits her well though, because she always had a special elegance. Queen is from Amber’s litter sired by American Jax. Amber, (Ch Milas Tairis Sugar & Spice @ Scalloway), was bred by Ray Hokanson of Touchstone Collies. Amber was sired by GCH Milas Pitch Black, aka Diesel, a former winner’s dog at the CCA national. Amber’s dam was Touchstone Sweet Iced Tea. I brought Amber home from Milas Collies in NY, on co-ownership with Lynn Butler, Lotta Hedman, & Lea Bertsch. Lea Bertsch finished Amber quickly. When she came in season, we decided to breed her to Poppy’s tricolor brother, Jax, aka Ch Milas Rigoletto of Tairis, now owned by Alma Metz in PA.

Baby Queen
Puppy Queen at Elaine’s house.
New champion Queen, aka, Ch Milas Tairis Bohemian Rhapsodyblowing coat, but still looking pretty enough to go best of winners and best of opposite sex over a champion, and finish at the Navasota dog shows at 14 months of age.
Photo by Roxane Jourdain, Auriga photography.

Queen was bred by Debbie Jones, Lea Bertsch, Lynn Butler, & Lotta Hedman. She is owned by Elaine & Steve Spaulding, & Debbie Jones. Elaine handled Queen to her first and last points. Corey Lambert, & Brian Livingston showed Queen to her two majors. Queen lives with the Spauldings, and is gearing up for some performance fun like lure coursing! Fast CAT

Go Queen!

Queen’s mother Amber, Ch Milas Tairis Sugar & Spice @ Scalloway
Jax, aka, Ch Milas Rigolettfo of Tairis. Jax is a son of GCHG Aurealis Endeavor, out of Ch Milas Madam Butterfly. Jax is the sire of Queen and the collie star in Argentina –
MBISS BIS GCH Milas Scarborough Mighty SKYWALKER

The next of the recent collies to finish championships was a cute blue girl from our litter of Leena (Ch Alcor N Cheranns Entwined), bred to the Jax son Scarborough’s Jagged Edge. This litter was bred by Debbie Jones, Susan Joslin, and Cheryl Kobularcik. I called this blue girl, Christmas Carol since it was Christmas time, but Susan Joslin took her home and named her Sally, or now it’s Ch Alcor Do The Twist.

Little baby Sally – or Christmas Carol at that time.
Puppy Sally, growing up at Susan’s house.
Sally finishing her championship at Nolan River shown by Jay Lee. She is owned by Susan Joslin.

Showing dogs has been challenging with so many cancelled shows and COVID restrictions. I’m so happy that Susan Joslin did what it took to get Sally shown.

This is Leena, aka, Ch Alcor N Cherann’s Entwined. Leena was bred by Susan Joslin and Cheryl Kobularcik. Leena is sired by Ch Cherann’s No Stranger To Luv, out of Ch Alcor With A Twist ROM. Leena is Sally’s mother.
Scarborough’s Jagged Edge – (Jagger)sire of Sally. Jagger was bred by Connie and Alma Metz, and is owned by Alma. Jagger is by Jax (Ch Milas Rigoletto of Tairis) out of Scarborough’s Winter Dream.

The fourth member of the new champion quartet is KABOOM! Kaboom finished his championship on April 3, 2021 going best of winners and best of variety over specials shown by Jay Lee. Kaboom is owned by Cheryl Kobularcik, He was bred by Cheryl and Debbie Jones. Kaboom is a son of Cherann’s Fireworks, out of Tairis A Cara Bonita.

Little pup Kaboom
New champion Kaboom, aka Ch Cherann’s Kaboom
Kaboom’s mother- Carina, aka Tairis A Cara Bonita. Carina is my beautiful daughter of Ch Avalar Tairis Autumn Sun, out of Nick Moyer’s beautiful girl, Flurry, (Ch St. Roch’s Moonlight Serenade) Carina had some bad luck, and we did not breed her again. I co-owned Carina with Cheryl Kobularcik.
This is Kaboom’s sire- Boom Boom, aka Cherann’s Fireworks, bred and owned by Cheryl Kobularcik. Boom Boom is a wonderfully sound son of Ch Afterhour’s Southern Knight and Ch Cherann’s Pocketful Of Sunshine. Boom Boom has a stubborn low ear that kept him out of the show ring, but he made some nice puppies.

I’m so grateful to the people that took the time and effort to make these collies show ready, and then got them to shows in the time of COVID. Thank you!

Happy Spring!