Bronte

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Nauglamir Bronte N Gold CD RAE HSAsd Sable & White Collie (Smooth) - 28/02/2009 to 28/12/2016

Sire: Nauglamir Coppa N Gold / Dam: Nauglamir Ny Trixie


Mid December 2016 Bronte started so show signs she wasn’t herself and after consultation with her vet she was referred to a specialist, with a booking just after Christmas.  She deteriorated over the Christmas period spending Christmas Eve night to Boxing Day morning in emergency.  Seeming to pick up a little she came home for a couple of days, prior to the specialist appointment.  The tragic outcome of that appointment was the diagnosis of late stage gastrointestinal carcinoma.  Breaking my heart I decided the kindest thing to do for her was put her to sleep and allow her a calm and peaceful passing.

Bronte will always be my special little treasure, she was my reintroduction to the world of dogs after the loss of my Doberman and a six year break from owning dogs.  She is the reason I love Smooths and herding.  She taught me so much and gave me everything.  I will miss her forever.

In life Bronte was sensitive soul, she knew what she wanted, how things should be and how to get them.  She was highly intelligent and many times I  watched her nut out a problem to get to her desired outcome, mostly through manipulation of a situation and a certain amount of endearing cunningness.  She was born with an adult attitude to life, loved to work and have a job. Unfortunately her performance career was interrupted by a fractured growth plate at six months and ongoing skin issues which we got mostly under control thanks to fabulous attention by her vets and canine dermatologists.

Just after she her first birthday she had her first taste of herding and loved it, and so did I.  While she was tricky dog to work with in the paddock, being an opinionated madam, she had the honour of being the first Smooth Collie in Australia to attain a Herding Started A Course - Sheep title in October 2011 and in September 2015 was also the first Smooth in Australia to gain a Herding Started A Course - Duck title.  At the time of her death she had attained two good passes on Novice Ducks, just one pass shy of that title. 

Bronte gained her CCD title in December 2010 and gained her final pass in CD (Novice) at the 11th National Collie Show and Restricted Obedience Trial in September 2012.  

Boo, as she was known to her closest friends, gained her Rally Advanced Excellent title in April 2015 and was the first Smooth Collie in Australia to achieve this title.  She had also gained one pass towards her Rally Masters title.

Next to herding, her greatest love was agility, I simply couldn't keep her off the equipment when we are at training.  She also proved she had a bit of talent for Tracking, although we never got to fully explore it.

Bronte was named after the Bronte sisters, Charlotte, Emily and Anne Bronte, who have written some of my favourite books.  Her memory will be as timeless as their writings.

© Shelley Donald 2014