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Hello and welcome to my versatile Border Collie site. We live in the northern Poconos of Pike County Pennsylvania with our Border Collies, Indian Runner Ducks and goats. Holding down a full time job and caring for our animals prevents us from competing on a regular basis, so we are proud of the titles our dogs earn from the few trials they enter. However you can see from my dogs' titles, they have very versatile work ethics. I started "in dogs" over 40 years ago with my rough Collie, entering our first obedience trial in 1969. We have since competed in obedience, agility, tracking, herding, sled-dog races and conformation.
To name a few accomplishments, in 1990 my Australian Shepherd, Tucker, "Legacy's Grey Ghost Prodigy", won High in Trial at the Maritime Spectacular Obedience Invitational in Nova Scotia.
"Sheepy Hollows Appalacian Dream", Jake, earned all these titles: Utility obedience title, Excellent agility title, Tracking title, Advanced Rally title and PT herding title. What a wonderful journey he took me on.
In 2010 my homebred Border Collie, "Spirit Wind" Tarquinn came in 4th place for the Janet Larson Versatility Award at the Border Collie Society of America National Specialty.
In 2012 my Border Collie Lex "Sheepy Hollows Celtic Legacy" won 3rd place in the Open class at the AllStar Obedience Championships.
At a recent Herding Trial my Tarquinn took 1st place in Advanced B course, Lex took Reserve High in Trial and Terra took High in Trial.
Before obtaining your new puppy, research and understand inherited illnesses. Epilepsy, hip dysplasia, Collie Eye Anomaly among other genetic diseases can show up even in the most careful breeding. A responsible breeder will do everything within their ability to try to breed clear of these diseases but there is always a risk in any breeding.
Border Collies are not a breed for everyone. They need a job to do and it's not lying around being a "watch dog", and they are not a pet for small children. When they get bored they become creatively destructive. As you can see, our Border Collies are kept busy. If you don't have time in your life to work with a Border Collie and make it a constant companion in everything you do, then this is not the breed for you.