Pawcific Border Collies South

(Updated Oct. 2011)

Here is my history in Border Collies.  As many of you might know, Kathy Fish, my Mom, and Jennifer Fish, my Sister, also breed Border Collies under the Pawcific prefix.  We are separate households, so we recently decided to start distinguishing each others dogs and lines.  Thus, I became Pawcific Border Collie South, and my Mom and Sister, are Pawcific Border Collies North.  I hope this clarifies some of the confusion.  Please take the time to visit their site, Pawcific Border Collies North.

Emily Barnhart, Camas, WA

To begin...

I first was interested in the Border Collie breed when we lived in Australia during 1997-8.  During that time I had the pleasure of borrowing many BC's for junior showmanship.  When we started the search for a bigger dog for Jenny to use in juniors, she acquired Blaze, Ch Kellagem Kalkite PT, RN, ROM.  Even though Blaze is not owned by me, he is one special BC and encompasses some of the most well respected old lines in Australia, Minimbah.  I had the pleasure of meeting many top BC's in Australia while we were there, including a few special ones that really in my mindset are "what a BC should look like."  Some of these dogs include, Ch Khayoz Soul Deep, Ch Nahrof Say No More, Ch Korella Fire N Ice, Ch Monochrome Maestro, and many more.

Back in the USA...

Back in the USA, I have had the pleasure of showing many BC's to championships through my handling career.   I am thankful to the owners for allowing me to show their dogs and letting me have fun with the BC's!  Overall I have finished and specialed many BC's for others.  In early 2010 I retired from handling professionally.

The first BC of my own...

Haze came to me in September 2005 and became one of my heart dogs quite quickly.  She was 4.5 years of age when she came home.  During 2006 Haze quickly gained her Championship with multiple BOB wins.  After she finished, I promised her she would never have to step into the conformation ring again.  Haze is not quite so fond of the pretty thing and would much rather be in the pond or any source of water, her absolute favorite place to be, cold or hot, rain or shine, even breaking through ice is good with her!  She also enjoys herding, although she is quite soft and may never get past a simple PT, she loves it and complains thoroughly if I go herding without her!  Haze is currently retired but is my son's bed dog and is totally spoiled by Evan!

Above: My Haze, Below: Haze doing what she loves best!!

My first litter...

 

 

During 2005/2006 I had the pleasure of showing Ch Wildblue Weave A Storm RN, "Elsa" to her Championship and her Rally Novice title.  In the Fall 2005, Jillian Greenwood, Elsa's owner, and I co-bred a litter out of Blaze.  Elsa had two puppies on September 7, 2005.  The boy we placed in a loving pet home, the girl became Ch Pawcific Hundred Aker Wood.  "Roo" finished her Championship at 10 months old out of the Bred By class, she is a group placer, and just one cool dog.

Left, boy puppy, Pawcific Royal Legacy, on right is Roo

Roo at 8 weeks old and below making her silly smile!

Roo pictured below getting a Group 3!

Judging...

In March 2006, I had the pleasure of judging my first Border Collie assignment, Puppy Sweepstakes at the Kentuckiana Border Collie Club specialty.  I ended up with a big entry with lots of quality puppies to choose from.  Out of that group I gave Best in Sweeps to Majestic Avatar Storm Warning (from 9-12 mth), a gorgeous dog that I still love today and he has gone on to have a successful career. Best Opp. in Sweeps was to Ariel Linwald Bean Si (from 9-12 mth), at the time I did not know, but she is a Blaze daughter, who has gone on to win Best Bred By at Eukanuba in 2006 & 2007 for two consecutive years!  I also want to point out a third puppy that if I had a third place, I would have given him it.  His name is Hot Shot Catch Me If Ewe Can.  He was obviously a 6-9 puppy and needed a bit of time to grow into himself, but I could see lots of potential on the day and wished I could have awarded him something more.

 

 

 

 

Best in Sweepstakes

Majestic Avatar Storm Warning

"An absolutely stunning puppy at all angles, effortless movement, correct proportions, moderate, this boy will have a promising young future."

 

 

 

 

 

Best Opposite in Sweepstakes

Ariel Linwald Bean Si

"This puppy I kept going back to as she has that balance of gorgeous movement, yet not overdone in any way.  On the day my Best out did her on maturity."

In August 2010 I was granted my first provisional breeds, Cardigan Welsh Corgis and Border Collies, as well as All breed Junior Showmanship.  Judging has become my favorite sport in dogs and aspire to become an all breed judge one day.

A special new addition...

For many years I have always admired the red merle color and in February 2007 I had the opportunity to import, CH Red Ryder at Real Pearl HIAsd OTDsd, "Sparky" from Hungary.  Sparky is definitely my second heart dog in BC's and I would not trade him for the world.  He is the most out going, fun loving, wild, good with anyone, BC in the world.  Plus he has many great dogs in his background.  He loves herding and is currently spending some time with Dawna Sims in Dewey, AZ to train and trial in herding.  He is proving to be a nice producer with offspring that can do it all!

Sparky is pictured below going WD at the BCCNC specialty show in August 2008!  I am very proud of my Sparky!  He finished on Valentine's Day 09!!

Border Collie clubs...

In the summer of 2006, a group of us in the Northwest started a regional Border Collie club, Pacific Northwest Border Collie Club.  I became the first President and accomplished a lot of successful supported entries, herding fun days, and BBQ meet ups.  Unfortunately we lost some members to other areas of the country so the club disbanded but our biggest accomplishment was helping to bring the Border Collie national to the Oregon in 2011.

On the club issue, I am also a member of the Border Collie Society of America.  In that club, I am the committee chair for the Affiliate Club Committee.  I am also an approved breed mentor.  And in 2011 co-chaired the Border Collie Nationals in Albany, Oregon.

A special day for us all...

In July 2013, our Pawcific team had the pleasure of showing at two regional specialties and nationals with three generations of Pawcific bred dogs.  Pictured above is BCCGLA specialty where grandma Lucy won an AOM, son Dasher won an AOM, grandson Sheldon won Best Puppy in Sweeps and RWD, and granddaughter Amy won BOS her first time as a special. 

About a month later, they all went to BCCNC specialty and bettered the record by Dasher taking the show being our second generation BISS winner, Lucy going BOS, and Amy winning an AOM.  

Then, in September 2013, at the BCSA national specialty they all had successes over the week.  Lucy qualified in Started A Sheep and won her class in Veteran Sweepstakes.  Dasher was Select Dog.  Sheldon won RWD and Amy won Select Bitch at the regional specialty the day after the nationals. 

I am very proud breeder, but also proud of the many owners and handlers who have made Pawcific dogs so successful.

What the future holds...

Who knows what the future will hold here at Pawcific but I do know that I am enjoying my second breed, the Border Collie.  Although I don't see very many litters in the near future, I do see a lot of fun!  And most importantly enjoying this wonderful breed.

                          ~ Emily Barnhart