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October 2020

Welcome Zandee, Foxbell Fashion Zista (DV Pending)!  Zandee is a tricolour bitch from Mackie’s second litter and granddaughter of Ren.  Her dam Xee, is also Tonya’s half sister.  See her page for more information.

Zandee is settling in nicely and already proving she has a quick little mind.

Obviously as we are still grappling with the impact of COVID-19 in Victoria, her debut in the show ring will being 2021.

February to September 2020

In late February I went to the UK to spend some time with relatives, go to Crufts and catch up with members of the Collie community.  While I was over there, COVID-19 was starting to take hold on the world.  Luckily I returned to Australia before any of the restrictions kicked in and travel was still operating as normal.

Since getting back all dog events have been on hold… so what have we been up to?  

On the 5th July Mackie became the sire of his first litter from dam Raaybeam November Skye.  The litter consists of 5 tri-colour bitches, 3 tri-colour dogs and 2 sable dogs.  All pups are spoken for.

With Mackie being an extremely active Collie, he needed an outlet to take the place of his herding training, as a result I have promoted an old pastime of mine and we have been bush walking our little paws and feet off over winter.  This has helped me keep active while working from home in lockdown since March.  We are in the midst of PAWgust a fundraiser for the Guide Dogs of Australia, walking 30mins for 30 days.  We’ve even spent some time racking up the paw steps in the snow on Mount Macedon.

To keep our motivation strong I've already signed up for Stepember, which is 10,000 steps a day to raise funds for Cerebral Palsy.  My hope is that the weather will improve a little and we can gain all 10,000 of our daily steps while active on walks, rather than just pottering around the house and property.

Ren and Tonya join us on shorter walks when the weather is reasonable.  The older dogs are living the good life these days and thoroughly enjoying their romps around the property and shooing off the Magpies, which they consider a very serious job.

On the 27th August Mackie sired his second litter from lovely BISS Ch. Foxbell Fashion Xtra of Foxbell Smooth Collies.  The litter is comprised of 4 dogs and 3 bitches.


1/2/20 Dogs Victoria Puppy of the Year

After qualifiying in 2019 with his Best Puppy In Show at the Collie Championship Show of Victoria, Mackie and I took part in POTY.  Qualification was my one wish for him in 2019 and we got there!  He performed beautifully and looked sensational, but was knocked out in the first round by a super little French Bulldog.  I was just thrilled with my young lad.


26/1/20 Australia Day International Dog Club

Mackie - Junior of Breed, Challenge Dog, BOB under Ms L Finne (Finland).

        © Shelley Donald 2014