On the second weekend of October 2019 I checked off one of the biggest goals on my bucket list. I attended the 5th Australian Border Collie National in Sydney, Australia. I breed from a foundation of mainly Australian lines, so getting to see the lines I have admired in the flesh, as well as go over and feel many many dogs I have long admired, was a dream come true. I was filled with so many emotions as I met so many dogs and lines I have swooned over for decades, as well as meet so many world renown breeders who I admire greatly! I wish I had enough time to sit down with you all for a whole day each!!!
Vegemite, the beach, and the best fish and chips EVER!
All-Breed Dog Show. Thank you to my "Australian Sister" Courtney Butler (Macnallem Border Collies) for allowing me to pilot your sweet 'Remi' Tullaview Turns Me On, in the show ring! Even though it was a lesson about Australian triangles vs American triangles, LOL! I will remember the fun of it and this experience forever! XoXo
Day 3 & Day 4
Exploring Sydney, Australia.
Dog show prep, bathing and chiropractic. We got to explore the show site and see so many lovely older photos on the walls, here is just a teaser!
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Opening ceremony & Breeders team judging!
Bitch Classes - Bitch CC and went on to BEST EXHIBIT IN SHOW! "Melba" CH Merrinda Girl of My Heart (first picture)
Below: The brood bitch class for Team Tullaview who went 3rd!
First: BISS BIS Aust CH Tullacrest Call Me Maybe, Piloted by her owner Courtney Smith (Tullaview Border Collies).
Second: Tullaview Turn Me Loose "Louie", owned by Tullaview, piloted by moi, thank you for this honour to be at the end of his lead.
Third: Tullaview This Much Is True "Holly", (Owned by Sheermyst) piloted by Tracie Buckley (Ballyann Border Collies)
Fourth: Tullaview Turns Me On "Remi", piloted by her owner Courtney Walpole (Macnallem Border Collies-Monochrome)
Below: I had the thrilling honour of piloting my beautiful 'Star" Multi CH Bellaclan Sunset Symphony, in the headed property class. She was one of 6 who made the cut from an entry of 34 bitches. She is now 9 years old and I was so thrilled to get to see her again and give her many hugs and snuggles! XX
Below: Sables are now allowed in Australia and I piloted the very first one, at the National.
Dog Classes and BIS - Much congratulations to all the winners!!!
Some fun show candids below...
Home sweet home, Canada!
Upon my arrival home I was greeted by 7 new additions from Channing X Locket...my heart!
Hi! I am Laura K. S. Shaw, I have been involved with dogs for as long as I can remember. I originally started in obedience and after a move to Ontario in 2000 I got hooked on conformation showing. I have had Border Collies since 1998 and they are my heart and soul. They are so comical and loving and I could not ask for better partners! I have made so many friends over the years, all around the globe, a special thanks to all those people that have helped me along the way. This blog is here so that I can share my stories and adventures at shows as well as at home! I breed under the "Bellaclan" prefix and my dogs can be seen all around the world. I am proud of each and every one of them.