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  Our History in Shelties: The Sables

*Note: You may click on any underlined sable link, or any photograph to go directly to that dog's photo and/or pedigree.

The most pivotal purchase in regard to my sable line was Ch. Cahaba's Magic O'Marion by Ch. Lingard Centurion O'Cahaba X Ch. Cahaba's Annie O'Mistimoor.  He was a "Peter" (Ch. Halston's Peter Pumpkin) grandson and traced back through his dam to my sable foundation bitch, Macdega Apple Annie, a "Peter" daughter.  Ron Lackey (Cahaba) kindly entrusted me with Magic, who I owner-handled to his title.  Magic is probably best know as the sire of Ch. Wayanet's Magic Sandman ROM, who I handled to several wins.   It is a Magic daughter that I sent to Robin Sommers, called Lakehill Sassafras Lass, who brings me to today's dogs.

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Ch. Cahaba's Magic O'Marion

Ch. Lakehill Heritage Crystal

"Sassy" was bred to Ch. Sunnybrook's Heritage Spirit and Robin sent me a promising puppy she called "Crystal" from the litter.  Crystal became Ch. Lakehill Heritage Crystal and the dam of two champions by Ch. Macdega Grand Prix; and one almost by her son, Ch. Lakehill King O' The Road ("Blake").  Ruby Crystal only needed one point to finish.  Crystal's other champion son is Ch. Lakehill Lanbur Continental, owned by Wynelle Wilson. Crystal is fifteen now and hanging in there still.   Ruby is probably my very favorite bitch of all time, and she had 14 points, including three Majors, before a very untimely accidental death.  She was very correct and lovely and I'll miss her always.  She would have been bred to Blake.

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Lakehill Ruby Crystal

I do use my own stud dogs, if possible, for that's why I have them.   I may want to incorporate related but different dogs from time to time and then I ship or drive for outside services.  I just retired Ch. Lakehill King O' The Road, BOB ASSA '89, this summer.  He is by Ch. Macdega Grand Prix and out of Ch. Lakehill Heritage Crystal, who is a Ch. Sunnybrook's Heritage Spirit daughter out of a Ch. Cahaba's Magic O'Marion daughter.  This is my basic sable line (which, not coincidentally, also works into my present day Blue and Tri lines).  Besides his physically beautiful qualities, I love Blake because he is so gentle, sweet and willing to please.

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Ch. Lakehill King O'The Road
I think Ch. Lakehill King O'The Road exemplifies what I want in all my dogs: outline, balance, and lovely head and eye.

Ch. Lakehill King O'The Road *
winning Best Of Breed ASSA 1989 under Judge
Ron Lackey, handled by Steve Barger.
(*to see a larger version of this picture click the link)

A tie for my favorite win has to be the Best of Breed win of Ch. Lakehill King O'The Road, in 1989 in California.  That was a thrill then and still is today.   Blake was handled by my friend of over thirty years, and one of the best Sheltie handlers in the country, Steve Barger (Mainstay).  Steve and his partner, Paul Capobianco, are wonderful handlers and friends.  My dogs love them both.   Blake's younger brother, Lakehill On The Road Again is at stud at Mainstay.

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Ch. Lakehill King O' The Hill
Son of Ch. Lakehill King O'The Road out of a Chase daughter

Ch. Lakehill Wayanet Miata
"Mia" taking a Group I
handled by Paul Capobianco

About four years ago, some daughters of Ch. Duluta Fist Full Of Dollars ("Chase") were bred to Blake and it appeared a "nick" was there ("nick" is a term used by breeders to denote a successful breeding resulting in a desired type, or collection of excellent traits consistent in successive breedings).   The breeder, Betsy Johns, shared a pretty bitch puppy with me and she became Ch. Lakehill Wayanet Miata ("Mia").  Mia finished in record time and went on to win Best of Breed over male Specials, a Group I and an Award of Merit at the 1997 ASSA under Judge Linda More.  Another almost identical breeding produced Ch. Lakehill King O' The Hill and Lakehill Road To Rio, co-owned with Cindy Wallis.  Both will be shown in 1999.  I have two "Chase" daughters to breed back into my Grand Prix/Blake line and look forward to the results. 

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The breathtaking Ch. Lakehill Wayanet Miata

I also love my little "Patrick", Ch. Cimmaron LaQuest Marked Card, who came home with me from the last National Specialty in Boston.  He decided I was his person and is rarely out of my sight.  Special thanks to Sue Worsham for my friend.  I haven't bred too many champions in all these years, save lots of backyard champions.  I tend to be too critical of my dogs and don't show them for long if they're not really competitive, if I show them at all.   So although it is a short list of champions (about twelve in all). At home, I do have at least six I think will finish, all awaiting their turn in the wings.

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