Thorndale Collies began in 1970 with the purchase of our first show collie. We then spent the next three years learning how to show, joining dog clubs, reading & more reading, and studying bloodlines. We finally purchased a proven brood bitch, moved to Wisconsin & began our small breeding program. Our first litter was born in 1973 sired by CH BayMar's Coming Attraction. Their dam was Milestones Monterey, purchased from Joyce Miles in Pana, Illinois. She was sired by a pointed son of CH Floravale Perfect Gentleman & her dam was linebred Bellochanty which was based on the Hertzville family. These dogs were noted for their soundness & longevity. From there we began a program of careful linebreeding using the Two Jays/Hanover/ViLee families.

In our early years our exhibiting was curtailed & we did not show to seriously campaign our dogs. We did put points on many of our roughs & nearly finished two of them. Over the last few years we have been able to exhibit more frequently & have thus far bred 10 Champions with several others nearing their titles. Although we do not compete in performance events ourselves, we are very proud of the wonderful collies we have sold to others who have been very successful competing in obedience, herding and agility,
as well as several who have become certified therapy dogs. Our main goal has always been as serious breeders first. The dog shows are where we go to exhibit the results of our efforts. We are pleased that our dogs have won under many prominent judges at both specialties & all breed events.

We also own & operate a boarding/grooming & training kennel, which was started in 1988. We have been members of the Collie Club of America since 1970 & joined the Paper Cities Kennel Club in 1974. We have been very active members of the latter serving as show chairperson 4 times & President for two terms as well as numerous other activities & duties including running the clubs first puppy kindergarten classes. We have always been active in humane work in some way and also became founding members of the Lincoln County Humane Society. For 25 years there was also teaching 4-H dog obedience & Jr. Showmanship classes in preparation for competition at fairs, and teaching dog obedience for Nicolett College. We are also founding members of the old Central Wisconsin Collie Club.


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