I (Tina) have had border collies as a part of my life for all of my life. My father used to manage very large properties through out my childhood. Border Collies were self proven workers with brilliant herding instincts. Cooee was my first very own Border Collie. I was 19yrs old (wow nearly 20yrs ago). He was medium coated, black and white and had a very soft, sweet nature unless a ball was involved and then he was obsessed. Cooee and my then, to be husband Stuart got along brilliantly, this sparked his love of this wonderful breed also.
Cooee proved to be such an amazing dog in every way that we decided to keep his daughter Whippa. We are grateful we did, as we lost Cooee shortly after, although very sad, a piece of him lives on in our old girl.
Whip was the most beautiful girl ever and from 6 weeks old she chose our son Dusty who was 9mths old. She use to sleep under his cot and follow him everywhere. Whip passed away just recently at 14yrs old , she was amazingly attached to Dusty. Every night she slept with him, after Dusty picked her up to put her in bed as she was getting stiffer with age. The bond there was truly breathtaking. Whip loved to play ball and swim and has been a great teacher for the newer additions to our family, showing them the ropes and playing nurse or mother hen! Whip can be seen under our Rainbow Bridge section.
Once whip started getting along in age, we again made the decision to keep a pup. We joined her to a wonderfully talented yard dog whom had parentage excelling in competition through out. This joining produced our beautiful maggie (Magpie).
Maggie was a very destructive puppy, if she could chew it or dig it then consider it done. She warmed our hearts deeply and is now an a Pets for Therapy dog at the Daffodil Cottage in Bathurst with her mum Mindy and together they make such a special difference to peoples lives.
We have great friends whom breed Pedigree Border Collies and I cannot recommend them enough, Rivermaid Border Collies. I have asked about 1million questions through out our visits etc. I had a dream to go into it all properly should I take the road of Border Collies as pets and stepping away from the working lines. I thank Rachael for all her help and guidance on doing it right.
After extensive research and weighing up time factors we decided to start looking for our boy. This was not an easy task for us. Refusal after refusal as we had no credentials behind us as far as pedigree Border Collies go.
The decision was made, I would drop back to part time work, full time Border Collies/Horses and of course Mother. Then I could take my love and passion to a new level and here is where Duszah Border Collies arose.
Arajoel Border Collies were a stud I had not thought about initially, so when i stumbled across them on the internet the light bulb ignited. Thea knew me from when I was a child and knew of my love for all animals as I used to help or pester her with rescuing and pound duties. I knew she had some of the most beautiful Border Collies when I was growing up. Thea agreed on the future sale of a chocolate boy BUT he would have to be in every way perfect.
3yrs later Copper arrived. Good things come to those who wait. Perfect was an understatement. Big broad head, perfect ear set, massive lion mane, good bone, great conformation, the list was endless so just to mention a few and a nature to melt you right to the core. He was/is everything we dreamed of. We genetically tested Copper for CEA, CL & TNS and all results came back negative/clear of mutations. It was meant to be. He was our perfect boy we had wished for.
We thought ourselves amazingly lucky to have a choc tri boy, after having our beautiful chocolate and white bitch Whip.
We are so very grateful for our foundation border collies. Thanks goes to Wanda at Jordyalan, Thea at Arajoel, Jess from Jezmic, Maxine from Heidesa Kennels NZL.
As we added to our fury family we always considered to only do this if the family members before were all still getting their much needed attention as we believed it wasn't fair on them to miss out to make room for another.
We set to work on electrifying fences and have recently built a doggy playground 20mtrs x 30mtrs in size, which has a bus frame as their bedroom, with beds all spread out for comfort. We have chew toys and dig spots, so they can entertain themselves for hours. If we go to work or town they are safe here and we do not feel they are locked up. Being a nurse, on shifts, there is nearly always someone at home and then they have the run of the house yard and house as well as their playground. They also have the acreage as much as possible. We have a kennel complex which have a puppy box and large cage area, but this opens into a day yard area and only be used when we are absent or someone is cycling. We don't believe in caging or chaining dogs/puppies unless it is for their own safety. We have a whole puppy playground, used only for them, they have a kennel with cement flooring, which has a closed in bedroom where they have a heat matt and bar heater, then they walk out into a fully snake proof fenced area of fun! Lawn, dirt, sand, bricks and concrete are all available surfaces in here for them to get use to.
Our happy little family enjoy each other and are constantly playing. The youth in them had bought the puppy back out in our old girl whom we lost in 2016 sadly. Paw prints over the heart. She is dearly missed.
Our beautiful family has grown nicely and we have retained next generations which is exciting. We are constantly thriving to better our bloodlines with careful selection.
Whelping our first litter as registered breeders, was a very exciting moment for us here and we are forever grateful to those who have helped us on our journey so far. We believe that our border collies complete us as a family.
I am a big believer in things happen for a reason, we are grateful for every one of our beautiful dogs and we love our family, no one ever misses out. All our dogs are smart and responsive, will sit, drop, shake, stay on command (many other tricks) inside a pack our alone. I am proud of each and everyone of them. We spend a lot of quality time with our dogs and it shows in their outstanding temperaments and progeny.
Breeding puppies is not our number one priority, the health and safety of our family come first. Breeding puppies cannot be thought of light heartedly; time must be allocated; bitches must be at optimum health and the decision be made after extensive thought and discussion. In a way we feel we can share and allow someone else the pleasure of owning a BC themselves by allowing them a beautiful puppy, but only when all the above boxes are ticked.
We will carefully select homes for our puppies if and when we are blessed in the future.
Please take the time to look through our site and enjoy our wonderful dogs.