Neuter Champion & Champion Foxbell Fashion Temptress CCD RN TD HSAs - Blue Merle Collie (Smooth) - 28/09/2012

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Sire: Kirrielock Doctor Love / Dam: Ch. Foxbell Fashion Plate

Link to Tonya’s pedigree

Tonya, a blue merle bitch, joined the household in late 2013 as a young adult.  She is the second dog in my tiny show team.  She’s a little pocket rocket with a very loving and sweet nature and has got my two sables firmly wrapped around her paw.

Having more nicknames that you can poke a stick at; Smiley (yep, she really does smile), Worm (she’s a total fidget), The Blue Rocket (faster than a speeding bullet), Tontine Pillow (why not?); she mainly gets called Ton Ton because it just suits her happy, silly nature.

Tonya is now in Class 4 (CCD) at Werribee Obedience Club after attending a handful of classes and one Fun Day.  Most of her training is being done at home as I can’t always make it to club as it very often clashes with other training events and competitions.  The speed at which she learns is just incredible - better make sure I don’t slip up and teach her any bad habits.

She has also been training lightly on sheep and showing really nice instinct.  She is calm, measured and consistent in her style, already demonstrating lovely square flanks and commitment to fetch run aways.  She gained her Herding Started A Course Sheep title in May 2017.  In 2017 and 2018 Tonya re-entered the show ring as a neuter and finished her title with some super results - winning Best Neuter in Group at Sunbury Canine Kennel Club and a number of Runner Up in Groups along the way.  

Tonya sometimes struggled with trials as she is a very sensitive soul and doesn’t particularly like change or unusual surroundings.  Her swansong from the performance world was getting her Tracking Dog title in 2019.  She is now fully retired and spends her time as primary alert dog at home.  No one walks past my house without her letting me know ALL about it.

FUN FACT -  She has a 0 to 10 approach to life, she’s either ON or OFF, there’s rarely middle ground.  Tonya is from the Foxbell ’T’ litter. 

        © Shelley Donald 2014