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News for 2017
August 21, 2017: while the central US got to see a total eclipse of the sun, South Texas only had a partial eclipse.
I did the pin hole projector and it was nice, then heard that if I stood under a tree and looked down, I could see many eclipses projected onto the ground through the leaves.
Wahlah it worked... they were everywhere!
July 15, 2017: My beautiful Lovey turns 12 years old on the 15th. She is now the Grand Dame of Lockehill. Thank the good Lord she is as healty as ever, just slowing down a bit.
Pictured here at 10, 11, and 12, she is still bright eyed just loosing a bit of flesh and gaining a bit more gray on her beautiful, very feminine face. Her dam Lillianna lived to 17 so I hope to enjoy her for many more years.
My current shelties all decend from her. She did not produce a conformation champion but all her babes are beautiful and have excelled on the Agility field.
Wish I could age so gracefully!
July 2, 2017: Pictured is Hallie, Lockehill Mecca HalleluYah, Serena's daughter, on the Lure Course...flat out and having a blast!
Received this lovely note from Donna-Ray; " Please forgive me….those that know me – know that I don't usually BRAG…..but…..I have to!!!! I just have to!!
Miss Hallie last Saturday did so well on a Rally Obedience course for the first time…..with her “watch me” command, we were able to navigate a practice session with a standard poodle and an aussie shepard …..On Sunday we went to “Pets in the Park” and she literally had people attempting to take her home….then on Wednesday Hallie did TWO….300 metre Chase Ability Program (CAP) courses…..her practice blew the sight hound owners out of the water with her ability….on Thursday we had our first scent discrimination practice….she was able to “find” all three scents. Please keep in mind that we are only playing at all these activities and there is NO pressure on her. Both of us are having fun playing and meeting new people and dogs….and that is the way I will leave it. I do have her registered in July for official Novice obedience classes with Diane Lynas. Our goal is to do rally at an October trial that has sheltie prizes…..We like prizes J
Hallie is a three times great granddauger of both Lucy and Lovey
Jnne 23. 2017: Lockehill Careless Lucinda "Lucy" has become forever young, she passed away today at 16.5 years of age. Such a fun, kind, loving sheltie. My thanks forever to Diane and Gary Rath for giving her a fantastic retirement home full of love and good health. She is shown below as a pup, at one year old, and as a young adult shown by Allana Hemenway to a Best of Breed.
Lucy was Fanny's (Lockehill's Careless Pleasure) daughter which was where she got all her good humor and size. Her sire was Ch Kismet's Tallisman II, ROM. As a youngster she won Specialty Sweepstakes and a few almost wins. She did win a Best of Breed before we found she no longer would fit under the wicket.
Retired from the show ring, she was bred to Ch Chosen Dedication "Davis" and produced the litter sisters Ch Lockehill Chosen Delight "Diedra" and Lockehill Dedicated to Love "Daisy". These two sisters went on to produce well and are behind these champions: BISS Ch Chosen Samurai's Delight, BISS Ch Chosen Kismet's Surprise, BISS Ch Kismet's Chosen One, Ch Kismet Serendipity Caress, Ch Kismet's Never Say Never, GCH Lockehill Le Premier Pas, BISS GCH Ch Atwater's Lockehill Day Dream Believer, GCH Ch Atwater's High Noon At Lockehill and many more that are pointed.
Lucy was also bred to Ch Barkley's SS Pajero Junior, ROM and produced Lockehill Romancing T' Stone who went on to produce Ch Classic's Favorite Fantacy dam of Ch Classic's The Quartermaster.
March 4 , 2017: Allana Hemenway took her Layla daughter Star to the Austin Sheltie Club Specialty and took Best in Show under breeder judge Joy Bass.
I am delighted that Allana decided to bring Star out of retirement and go for a Specialty Best. The photo does not show her at her best so I added the photo of her first major win to illustrate her outstanding conformation....she moves as good as she looks!
Star is now BISS GCH Ch Atwater's Lockehill Daydream Believer. She really loves the dog show game just like her dam GCH Ch Lockehill Le Premier Pas did... her half brother Cooper, GCH Atwater's High Noon at Lockehill, loved it too but retirement is okay by him.
January 12. 2017: Lockehill Careless Lucinda "Lucy" celebrates her sixteenth birthday. Wow she graduated from a cookie to a cupcake this year! Pictured with Gary and Diane Rath and looking great, she is the last of their Golden Girls.
Diane writes: " We are so lucky! Celebrating Lucy's 16th birthday! She is doing so well, surviving daughter and grand-daughter, sleeping quite a bit, but enjoying being the sole focus of our home! She is our neighborhood pet and loved by all. We are indeed blessed to be entrusted with our golden girl! "
Happy birthday Looooseeee! Lucy is the last surviving daughter of Fanny and now with the loss of Lillianna, the senior Lockehill sheltie. She is the Dam of Ch Lockehill Chosen Delight and Granddam of GCH Lockehill Le Premier Pas "Layla" who both wait for her at Rainbow Bridge.
Lucy is looking very well and plans to enjoy many more years as Queen of the Rath Household.
News for 2016
November 29, 2016: Today I must announce the passing of my beautiful Ch Lockehill Careless Lillianna (Ch O'Davak Justice Prevails ROM x Ch Lockehill Careless Carlotta). Kathy writes: "The inevitable finally came to pass. Lillie made it to 17 and even to my birthday on Nov 27 in reasonably good health, but she suddenly took a turn for the worst and we had her euthanized yesterday. I have cried buckets, of course. Thankfully, Art took her to the vet to spare me witnessing the life go out of her." Shown below with Kathy celebrating her seventeenth birthday with a toast to good health and a wish for many more years. Kathy and Art Adjemian took Lillianna for her retirement ten years ago and loved her the rest of her long life.
Lillie finished very quickly much to the relief of everyone ringside. I was showing her sister BISS CH Lockehill Belle Dela Noche during the same period and would hand Lillie's lead to people ringside who soon learned she was going to bury her head into their tack box, purse, or whatever else she could reach. I suddenly had no helpers ringside....no one wanted to try and coral Lillie. I showed her to her first Specialty Major and to several points and then she went to Allana Hemenway to finish while I showed her sister Belle. Lillie loved everyone and was a pure pleasure ....well most of the time. She loved the show game, finished with a specialty major and took Best of Breed with all her remaining points. She produced one champion, Ch Lockehill Careless Summer who was owned and finished by Allana. Summer also produced a champion and is behind many more.
Lillianna is shown below taking Reserve (with Allana Hemenway) to Belle who was Winners and Best of Opposite under breeder Judge Charlotte Tull at our AASSC Specialty. Allana took Lillie out the next weekend to finish her championship. Belle finished that year with a major win at the Dallas Specialty. Her brother Ch Lockehill Special Edition "Kahlua" also took the major under Al Bianchi. It was the first time I had won Winners Dog and Winners Bitch at the same show. Kahlua won his championship completely owner handled while I took all but one point on Belle.
November 11, 2016: Lillie celebrates her seventeenth birthday. Kathy writes: "She is one resilient, determined canine and has a strong physical constitution. Guess the stubborn streak in her has served her well! You bred the BEST!... To celebrate and venerate her, we are probably going to grill some t-bones today and give her the bones to gnaw on (with the few good teeth she still has)."
Happy birthday sweet girl...you certainly have had a wonderful life.
November 9 , 2016: Donna-Rae Coatta sends word from Canada that Hallie attended her first "Rodeo Magic" at the Canadian Finals Rodeo in Edmonton Alberta. Rodeo Magic is for special needs children to experience the sights and sounds of a rodeo and to get up close and touch the animals.
"Well another year has gone by for Rodeo Magic….starring: Sierra as the steady sheltie and Hallie as the happy sheltie!! Both girls were the crowd favorite with Hallie only doing 2 quick “time outs” to regroup. She finished the morning with tail wagging and such great comments from the organizers! "
Hallie is Lockehill Mecca HalleluYah and Sierra is Am/Can Ch Prairie Atwater Spring a Lockehill Hija Dela Sol daughter bred by Jackie Geister and myself and finished by Allana Hemenway here and Donna-Rae in Canada..
Hallie is Lillianna's six time great granddaughter.
September 3 , 2016: Brianne and Alice are going to their new homes. Brianne will be Lockehill Atwater Breeze "Brie"and go to Allana while Alice becomes Lockehill Mecca HallelouYah "Hallie" for Donna-Rae.
Alice on the right with her new owner Donna-Rae Coatta of Mecca Shelties in Canada has a long flight home ahead of her. She will fly to Alberta Canada in the cabin with Donna...hope she is a very good girl.
Brianne on left with Allana is going just up the road to San Marcos TX to become new showgirl in resicence with Dan and Allana Hemenway of Atwater Shelties.
I am very pleased!
October 27, 2016: Received word today that Donna-Rae had entered Hallie in the 4-6 month puppy class at the 2016 Canadian National Specialty...she writes;
Thank you Ladies….for helping me to achieve my goal!!!! Three years ago, I wanted to have a puppy in the national sheltie specialty in Camrose….so close to home! With your kindness Hallie and I stood in the Baby Puppy ring – 7 to 9 puppies each time….She might have been the youngest one there but what she lacked for in coat she MORE than made up for in ATTITUDE!!! Kisses to every judge who put a hand on her! She had trouble keeping 4 paws on the floor but would slurp up the treats and baited really well – occasionally! She brought smiles to the people watching and for her three times in the show ring she enjoyed every minute! That was all I asked of her….to have FUN!! Colleen Andrus….Loved her and complimented her the next day to other people that told me….said that she would be the one to watch for when she matured.
October 14, 2016 : Allana Hemenway dusted off the cobwebs on GCH Atwater Lockehill Day Dream Believer "Star" and picked up BOS under Judge Jerry Parisek at the Trinity Valley Shetland Sheepdog Cub Specialty. Star is a GCH Lockehill Le Premier Pas daughter Yea Team!
Speaking of dusting off the cobwebs, Sherly Kendrick brought out Ch Kismet's Chosen one "Mara" who is a Ch Lockehill Chosen Delight daughter out for the Select Bitch and Best Veteran win.
It is good to see the Lockehill shelties still out competing even though I have retired from the show ring. Watch for Allana's new girl Lockehill Atwater Breeze(right) in the Spring Specialties. Her litter sister Lockehill Mecca Hallelujah will be competing in Canada.
October 6, 2016: My brother Richard Finch is a Master Carver specializing in avian art. He won the Gulf South Championship sponsored by ConocoPhillips
this past weekend in Louisanna with this Barn Owl with whitefooted deer mouse. He was awarded the $14,000 purchase prize and this piece will now go on display at ConocoPhillips headquarters. It is the seventh time he has won the Gulf South...I am proud as punch!
October 6, 2016: My brother Richard Finch is a Master Carver specializing in avian art. He won the Gulf South Championship sponsored by ConocoPhillips this past weekend in Louisanna with this Barn Owl with whitefooted deer mouse. He was awarded the $14,000 purchase prize and this piece will now go on display at ConocoPhillips headquarters.
It is the seventh time he has won the Gulf South...I am proud as punch!
July 15, 2016: My beautiful Lovey is eleven years old today. She is Lillianna's daughter and you can see where she got her beauty.
Rright is Lovey with her littermates when they were 9 weeks... the three boys were stunning but all went oversize. I kept Boomer and Lovey on the left but had to let Boomer go at nine months, no hope on size...the story of my shelties life - SIZE
Sorry she is not bathed and groomed to the nines but I snapped this photo and it so captures her beauty. My heart dog...such a dear.
April 20 , 2016: Patty and Billy Land sent me these lovely pictures of their new son Wesley and his adoring companion Sprocket. He loves his little brother and his occassional cuddle time.
Sprocket is from Jolene's last litter and is shown below near the botton of the page as one of the birthday boys.
Congratulations to the Lands on this lovely new addition to their family!
March 28 , 2016 : Diane with Layla just a few days before she passed away. It was a bad week for Diane and Gary losing two of their golden girls in one week
GCH CH Lockehill Le Premier Pas "Layla" died of liver failure today. In her younger days, she was quite a show girl, finishing her championship fairly easily with most of the handling done by Allana Hemenway. She went on to produce two champions, GCH Ch Atwater's Lockehill Daydream Believer "Star" and GCH Ch Atwater's High Noon at Lockehill "Cooper".
Layla was a real show girl, a beauty who loved the game...she will be missed.
March 21, 2016.: Ch Lockehill Chosen Delight "Deidra" passed away of what we suspect was a brain tumor at twelve years old. She spent her show career owned and loved by Barbara Wright and her retirement with Diane and Gary's Golden Girls.
She finished her championship easily if you don't count that last elusive point which took some persistance. Like Layla, Deidra went on to produce two champions. BISS Ch Kismet's Chosen One "Mara" owned and finished by Danny and Sheryl Kendrick and Ch Chosen Samurai's Delight "Dyna" owned by Barbara and Kismet Kennels.
Deidra was a "delight" and never got over being a puppy at heart.
January 12, 2016 : Diane with Lucy at her 15th birthday. Looooseee is chomping down on her birthday cookie. Diane said she is very healthy, sleeps a lot but still enjoys her walks.
Right is Lucy when she turned one year old...my how time flys. Lucy was shown and pointed but went oversize. She produced Champion Diedra and her sister Daisy who produced champion Layla. Lucy was very important to my breeding program and deserves all the cookies she desires! Thank you Diane & Gary for opening your home to my retirees; Belle, Lucy, Diedra and Layla.
Life is good!
October 2, 2015: Five generations of Lockehill Shelties. Left to right are Jolene, Lillianna, Megan, Serena and Lovey.
Lilliana is one month shy of sixteen years old and came for a visit while Kathy and Art went on vacation. What a great time to get a once in a lifetime photo of Lillianna and her daughter Lovey, granddaughter Jolene, great granddaughter Megan and great-great grandaughter Serena in one photograph.
Sorry about the fence but it was the only way I could get them lined up in a row....I ate the bait and they were very sure I would share. No way to get them in age order though.
March 31, 2015 : My daughter Donna and husband Hugh's beautiful craftsman home in Houston.
Oh to have the soil for Azaleas, I would have them everywhere but I can grow iris here in the limestone soil and the bluebonnets are a blessing..
Vladdy (Lockehill Homerun Derby) and best pal Maggie enjoy the pretty display.
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