The Lochranza Story

Written by Ron Hevener

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She stopped, turned around, and smiled so big I could feel it allrepparttar way through me. I introduced my young daughter and we talked about Collies. She told me she hadn't bred any litters for several years and I asked why. She had no answer for me, but I knew: Jackie was losing interest in life.

Well, that wasn't going to happen. Not if I had anything to do with it. If there's one thing I know, it's how dreams keep us alive. It didn't matter to me thatrepparttar 125826 big Victorian house in Manheim was now crumbling; thatrepparttar 125827 flowers shared their beds with weeds; thatrepparttar 125828 classy sign in front ofrepparttar 125829 property had long since fallen down. These things could be fixed up. And overrepparttar 125830 next ten or fifteen years, Jackie and I planned a new life for Lochranza Kennels.

By this time, Jackie was retired and could spend all her time onrepparttar 125831 Kennel. She did, in fact, become an heiress at this point and delighted in carrying $20,000 certificates of deposit in her purse, knowing she could buy anything she really wanted to. What she wanted wasrepparttar 125832 best Collies inrepparttar 125833 Breed and she knew she would have to create them. Collies were losing type, she decided. They didn't move like they used to. Their muzzles were becoming too pointed; necks were short. There were a few scattered aroundrepparttar 125834 country that still pleased her. And there was one in particular. If we could only send our best females to him for breeding, Lochranza would haverepparttar 125835 kind of puppies she wanted. But, Jackie didn't trust sending her dogs away to be bred.

News that she had bought one of most valuable show dogs inrepparttar 125836 Breed atrepparttar 125837 height of his career made headlines inrepparttar 125838 international Collie community. The arrival of Ch. Amberlyn's Bright Tribute (A noble Mahogany Sable known simply as "Kane") from Alaska sent shivers through her competing kennels inrepparttar 125839 Eastern United States. She didn't stop there. Driven by a bigger picture, she searchedrepparttar 125840 whole country and bought mates for Kane as well. I didn't realize it atrepparttar 125841 time, but she was selectingrepparttar 125842 dogs for me, and they wererepparttar 125843 final foundation stock on which to buildrepparttar 125844 Lochranza breeding program.

One afternoon, I received a call fromrepparttar 125845 "Glamorous sister." Could I hurry to Jackie's house and see if she was all right? She had been taken illrepparttar 125846 day before and refused to stay atrepparttar 125847 hospital. "The dogs need me." The ambulance crew drove her home, sat her in her favorite chair, and left. I found Jackie in that same chairrepparttar 125848 next afternoon, still alive, and begged her to let me callrepparttar 125849 ambulance again. Only when I promised I would take care ofrepparttar 125850 Collies did she allow me to make that call. She never returned home again.

Before she died, Jackie leftrepparttar 125851 kennel to me and told me how to managerepparttar 125852 breeding program. It isn't often that a kennel lives on into a second generation in this way, butrepparttar 125853 American Kennel Club worked with me to transfer ownership and continue Jackie's labor of love. I took Kane to her funeral and his image is carved on her grave stone. The marker says, "Famed Collie Breeder."

Today, allrepparttar 125854 Lochranza Collies are related to Kane. Some trace to him as many as ten and twelve times within a six or seven generation pedigree. What are we finding? First of all, you must realize that all of our original breeding stock was tested for health before we startedrepparttar 125855 line breeding program. So,repparttar 125856 health ofrepparttar 125857 Lochranza Collies has been maintained. Yet, I can say that our pups today are better in some respects thanrepparttar 125858 original stock.

This past weekend, we showed two littermates that are ten times Kane. They are amongrepparttar 125859 heaviest-boned Collies you will ever see. And huge coats! They move free and easy. The judge, a woman in her sixties, said she hasn't seen Collies like this in many years.

"Did you hear that, Jackie?" I want to ask. The chills running up and down my arms tell me she did.

Ron Hevener Lochranza Kennels 1338 Mountain Road Manheim, Pennsylvania 17545

Phone: 717.664.5089 Fax: 717.665.4651 Email: Website:

Mr. Hevener isrepparttar 125860 author of "The Blue Ribbon" (Pennywood Press) which can be ordered through Barnes & Noble bookstores everywhere.

Author/Artist RON HEVENER specializes in animal sports and entertainment. An accomplished artist, Hevener figurines and prints from his novels are bought and traded throughout the world. Mr. Hevener is currently on tour, speaking at bookstores, libraries, theaters, schools, gift stores, pet stores, dog shows, art shows and horse shows throughout the country.

So You Want a American Pit Bull Terrier?

Written by Jason Mann

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Unless you're prepared to work with your dog 5-10-15 minutes per day, everyday, all week, every week, all year, every year, you may want to rethink your decision to get a Pit Bulldog. Actually, if you're not prepared to train your dog, you should rethink getting any dog. Training is a fact of life and must be done in order to prevent a lot of trouble downrepparttar road.

If you can not control your dog, you don't need one.

Can you afford them?

Dog food, vet bills, training, leashes and collars, and dog houses all cost money. Money you may not have right now. A quality dog food can cost as much as $800 per year. Do you have this kind of extra money to spend on food? If not, wait until you do before you bring home that puppy.

Do you want a American Pit Bull Terrier to impress people?

If this isrepparttar 125824 case, stop! Do not, repeat, do not bring one home. You're doing yourself andrepparttar 125825 dog a great injustice.

American Pit Bull Terriers are in demand because of their all around strength, agility, great looks, and mystic. Breeders are pumping puppies out like unleaded gasoline. Puppies are being neglected and bad breeding practices are producing unstable dogs. Beware before you make any final decisions.

If I may point you in a different direction. Every day there are thousands of great bulldogs put down because no one will adopt them or they are deemed "unadoptable" by shelters.

Consider a Rescue Dog.

People who love this breed have created rescues for these dogs and hundreds of dogs are available for adoption.

Rescues are a win-win-win way to go. You give a dog that would otherwise not have a home, a home. You give your money (which in most cases is a small adoption fee) torepparttar 125826 rescue so they can continue their work, and you get an awesome dog that will 9 times out of 10 deliver more than any pure-bred dog could on their best day.

In closing, before you run out and buy a American Pit Bull Terrier, think about your options, make sure you have what it takes to provide and care forrepparttar 125827 dog, and take your time to find a dog that matches your desires.

Jason Mann is a American Pit Bull Terrier fancier and Freelance writer. He also owns and operates a website devoted to educating the public and dog world about the American Pit Bull Terrier.

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