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I purchased my first border collie in 1983. Up to that time, I had only been exposed to “regular” dogs. Don't get me wrong; I've been in love with dogs my entire life. I just can't even imagine my life without at least one dog in it. But as smart, clever and loving as those dogs of my childhood had been, I was in no way prepared for a border collie. Sadie was a black and white rough coated female, very sweet and dear to me. Her intelligence absolutely blew me away! Here was a dog that was more than just another dog; she was almost human when it came to understanding what I said to her. From that time on, I knew I was totally hooked on border collies; they were definitely the breed for me.

Sadie's puppies were wonderful, I kept a male from her first litter, and never had I seen such devotion in a dog's eyes. Paul was my dog plain and simple, I didn't pick him: he picked me. After her fourth litter Sadie developed a thyroid problem and was never able to become pregnant again. I was out of the puppy business for a few years, busy raising my two children and the time for dogs just wasn't there. After the kids were older, I decided it was time to get back into breeding and raising border collies. Sadie, in her twilight years, preferred to spend her days lazing around enjoying retirement, but she never quit being sweet and loving.

So, in 1996 I started buying border collies again, trying to find the best bloodlines I could around the state. I started taking sheep herding and agility lessons with these dogs. I had decided I wanted to more activities with them because I now had more time.

I have been extremely fortunate to acquire some wonderful dogs with great working bloodlines that produce wonderful puppies. I try to stay true to the breed, I want to produce dogs like the ones I originally fell in love with. So many non-sheep, and non-farm people are becoming aware of border collies and I feel that I can educate people about them and introduce them to the most wonderful dogs they have ever known. Not every border collie will have the opportunity to go to homes where they can do the job they were bred for, herding livestock. But, they can go to homes of responsible people with active life-styles that want to include their dogs in other activities such as jogging, camping, hiking, Frisbee, fly ball, and agility.

Today, border collies are also being used for search and rescue and as therapy dogs. Their intelligence and desire to please make them extremely capable of doing so many different things and I see border collies evolving into invaluable members of our families with versatility that is only limited by our imaginations.

I have hips x-rayed and OFA certified, on my breeding dogs at the appropriate age, to be free of hip dysplasia, a disease that can be devastating to dogs and the people who love them. There are no absolute guarantees when it comes to hip dysplasia in dogs. Even a sire and dam that have hips that are certified “excellent” can produce a pup with the disease. That’s why I recommend that people be careful about their puppy’s diet, so that it doesn’t have too high of a percentage of calcium. Also another thing to be watchful for is over exercising a young pup. For more information about this crippling disease and what you can do to help safeguard your puppy from it, check out the Orthopedic Foundation for Animals (OFA) website http://www.offa.org/. I also have my dogs DNA tested for CEA/CH (Collie Eye Anomaly/Choroidal Hypoplasia). For more information about these diseases go to their website http://www.optigen.com/.

I feel that my breeding practices of choosing sound dogs with wonderful temperaments and bloodlines, and by doing these screening tests; I am producing a higher quality dog. I believe in my dogs very strongly and want to do the best I can for them and the people who welcome them into their lives. Simply put, I have a passion for these border collies, my friends.

Jan Williams
White Road Border Collies
Shelton, WA

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