| I'm Julie
Brown, shown here at right with 'Sage' (07.01.07)
(Collieston Kentucky Sage CDX RA ADX JDX GD SDX SPDX) after winning the Novice Agility class (& her AD title) at the Royal Adelaide Show in September 2008.
I'm retired ( late 2007) from 'real work' (!) as a Registered Nurse, Midwife, & Veterinary Nurse, and have worked as a volunteer in various Animal Welfare organisations for forty years, with a special interest in the care of long-haired dogs
& cats; and manage the South Australian 'are' of Collie rescue.
For many years and animals, my pets came to me as adults from welfare shelters, usually from dubious parentage & upbringing. I had a magnificent shaded sable Collie called 'Prince' when I was a child, but it was my daughter's choice
of the lovely big-coated 'Lady Jane', then aged about 4 years old, from the Melbourne Lost Dogs' Home in 1988 that started me back on the path to collie-dom and eventually to 'Collieston'.
It was that same daughter who in 1995 purchased 'Tess' ( Erinnvista Makemyn Roses CDX AD JD ET )
from Mary Chave's Erinvista Kennels, east of Melbourne, to be 'Lady Jane's companion, disciple and eventual replacement ... then joined the Navy ... and suddenly I had three dogs ! We later found that 'Lady Jane' had also been beautifully bred before falling on hard times and unfortunate company, but 'Tess' was my first dog 'with papers',
and my learning curve in the
years since, in all matters canine has been steep but exhilarating, &
like many animal-related interests, resembles a roller-coaster ride of highs
and lows, achievements, sadness, laughs & disappointments ... never dull ...
peopled by some amazing characters, both human and canine, of all shapes & sizes, inclinations,
Makemyn Roses CD AD JD ET (Tess)
.. resting on her laurels, a practiced skill ....
I've been an instructor in both Obedience and Agility for many years,
and have held various positions on the committees of my training and breed
clubs; am a registered breeder with the A.N.K.C., an instructoe and committee member of the
Agility Dog Club of South Australia, and Dover Gardens Kennel & Obedience Club, and a licenced judge in Obedience, Agility, Games and Rally.
|C. Spring Bonus and C. Spring Cedar awaiting dinner.|