Ch Takhisis Lady Lucia 5CC's 7 RCC's - 'Lucy'
Takhisis Back in Black JW x Erjon Esteemed Blue

On 15th February 2017 we made that heart-breaking decision to give my precious Lucy sleep. She had made such an impact to our lives, from her first big win at 7 months old, winning Reserve Best in Show at Lancashire & Cheshire Collie Open and her retirement at 10 years old winning Best Veteran in Breed at Border Union.

In the years in between she won the kennel’s first Challenge Certificate in 2006, with a further 4 and 7 Reserves, and went on to many Best Veteran awards once she past 7, including 2 wins at Crufts. Twice she was the winner of East Anglian Collie Club’s Veteran of the Year, the second time also taking Reserve Collie of the Year.

3 days stand out in particular; Darlington 2007 where she won her third and crowning CC, becoming the kennel’s first champion, British Collie Club Championship show 2008 where she won Best In Show, and her one and only trip to France in 2014 where she not only won her veteran class but went on to win Best Bitch and Reserve Best in Show from an entry of 213 collies from all over Europe.

She only had the one litter, but I am proud that her legacy lives on through her daughter, Ellie, and subsequent generations.

Sleep tight sweetheart x


Beldones Pandora - Charm
Ch Beldones Black Illusion x Icing Sugar Des Beldones, Hips 5:4

When I was looking at a sire for Duchess, I saw and fell in love with Charm. A very sweet natured girl, she appealed for her fabulous shape and her kind expression. She was 7 months when she joined us and settled in very quickly. A big thank you to Brian and Odile for entrusting me with another of your girls.

Her show career has been consistent, rarely has she been out of the top 3. Her highlight as a puppy was Best Puppy in Show at Irish Collie Ch, qualifying her for the British Collie Junior of the Year where she came 4th.
As a junior she has also been well placed, with Reserve Best Bitch and Reserve Best in Show at Midland Collie.

She has taken time out to produce a gorgeous litter of 4 by Geko De Midland Valley. Here she is with her daughter, Amy, taken the day after she won her mid limit class at Crufts 2018.

Charm (Beldones Pandora) and her daughter Amy (Takhisis Aphrodite) - March 2018


Above photo taken March 2018

Her success continued winning limit bitch at Collie Club of Wales and Working and Pastoral Breeds of Wales. She was well placed at all shows attended before losing her coat. Following a short break, she returned to the ring by winning her classes and Reserve Best Bitch at both Yorkshire Collie and London & Provincial Collie open shows. She then came into season and produced a lovely litter of 6 by my own Harry, Takhisis Trick or Treat.

Above photo June 2018

As she’s got older, Charm has decided she prefers to stay at home. Sadly, she suffered a pyometra in early 2020 and so found a perfect retirement home in Northern Ireland


Takhisis Lady Natasha - 'Tasha'
Ch Samhaven Time Will Tell x Takhisis Lady Elektra
Over the years Tasha has been very lightly shown. As a puppy was Best Puppy at Border Union, along with a number of Best Puppy awards at Open Shows.

She has been a fabulous mum, producing my Harry - Takhisis Trick or Treat. A final litter is planned for 2017.



Takhisis Lady Grace - 'Grace'
Camanna Casanova x Takhisis Lady Natasha
Hips 5:6

Like her mum, Grace was the only bitch in the litter but has been well placed at Open and Championship shows attended.

Sadly she decided showing and motherhood was not for her so has found a lovely forever home.



Takhisis Lady Eleanor
Lynaire The Blacksmith x Ch Takhisis Lady Lucia
Hips 6:5

and by this time she had decided it really wasn't for her. Her biggest role here has been as a mother, and through her my line continues.

She is now well and truly retired, and will live out the rest of her days with us.

Takhisis Lady Elektra
People Black De Midland Valley x Takhisis Lady Eleanor

Lexi was lightly shown before deciding showing wasn't her thing either.

Highlights were Best Bitch at Driffield and Reserve Best in Show British Collie Open.

She produced 2 litters, one of which was to Ch Samhaven Time Will Tell, producing Tasha.

She has now got a lovely retirement home where she gets all the attention.

Takhisis Lady Eloise
Ch Aberhill Bluwatch x Aberhill Lady Luck at Takhisis

Eloise was the original heartbreaker. She won BPIS at Yorkshire Collie Ch show, with her sister coming 2nd then decided enough was enough and that showing wasn't her thing!

She did manage to gain her stud book number in 2002, despite looking like a wet weekend at the beach. She was however a great mum and produced 3 lovely litters, her second produced Baxter and Eliza. Eliza won her puppy class at Crufts, my first class win at this show.

She started her retirement with my parents, then in 2009 moved with us to Lincolnshire. She finally went to sleep March 2012 aged 13.

Takhisis Back in Black JW, 1RCC
Lynaire Solid Gold x Takhisis Lady Eloise

Baxter had a lovely career as a puppy with many highlights.

As he grew older he became more like his mother and in the ring was his own worst enemy, however he managed to win the RCC at Yorkshire Collie in 2006, my first homebred collie to win a green card.

Only used once he produced my lovely Lucy, who thankfully didn't inherit his dislike of the ring!

Erjon Esteemed Blue
Lynaire The Blacksmith x Erjon Ermine Blue

I bought Chrissie from Duna Jones because I liked her pedigree, and thought she would match Baxter nicely. I made up my mind before I even saw her and how right I was.

In her first litter she produced Lucy who went on to become my first ever champion. In her second litter, to Ch Erjon Ebony Byron JW she produced my wonderful Panda.

Due to a change in circumstances we found her a retirement home with a man who travels the world, with his dog at his side - what a life!

Aberhill Cheeky Miss at Takhisis, 1RCC
Ch Starbrook Touch of Gold At Lynaire x Arranbrook Swinging Lady
Aberhill Lady Luck at Takhisis
Erjon Elegant King x Aberhill Nosey But Nice

What can I say about Cheeky Miss? And yes, I did start with sables!

 She started it all and was the ultimate showgirl with that look at me attitude.

Together we learnt a lot and won a few Best Puppy awards then a multitude of Best of Breed awards at open shows. Her first highlight was Best Bitch and Reserve Best in Show at Northumberland and Durham Open at 19 months old.

She gained her stud book number in 2007, and a RCC at Birmingham National. She also was Reserve Best in Show at 3 all breed open shows, but never quite managed the big win!

Lady is the matriarch of the kennel. Everyone apart from Panda goes back to Lady. She was my second show dog and won many Best Puppy and Best of Breed awards at open shows, and was well placed at championship shows, gaining her stud book number and Junior Warrant.

She was a wonderful mum and produced 3 lovely litters before retiring. As she got older she was not the most enthusiastic of showgirls but stayed very much part of the family by retiring to my parents house.

She was given sleep in 2007 aged 12

Sophie Wray

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