collies was a childhood dream. I grew up with
'Lassie' and 'Lad, a Dog' and the little Toy Fox
Terrier we owned just couldn't compete! I knew
that someday I would own a collie who would be
beautiful and intelligent and who could do
everything: herd sheep, win dog shows, save
children, you name it! By 1983 I had a kennel
name and a plan. I had purchased a sable female
from Lochlane Collies and had plans to breed her
to one of their beautiful champion males. It was
in the repeat of this breeding in 1986 that Ch.
Chimera's Double or Nothing, CD, HX, VX was
born. He was known as 'Hefty' and he was truly
the beginning of Chimera Collies.
excerpts from the April 1995 Cover Story of the
"The Collie Review" tell his story:
"Hefty was my chosen puppy from a litter of
boys. I told everyone he was going to do it all
for me. When he was six and a half months old,
we packed up, went to our first show and came
home with Reserve Winners Dog. Then came a
couple of specialty shows. Since I was very much
a novice yet, I asked one judge for a
constructive criticism of my puppy. She hemmed
and hawed, finally saying he was a nice puppy
and I could show him for a while. If he didn't
work out he would make a nice pet, right? A
month later we had two majors, a Best of Breed,
and a Group Three. He finished his Championship
several years later at the very show where he
began his show career.
The summer of
1987 I gathered my courage and began training in
obedience. This attempt was my first, and we
didn't have the benefit of normal classes.
Sometimes a few of us would get together in a
parking lot and work together, pass along bits
of wisdom, etc. Come September, I decided to
enter a three-show weekend to see what we needed
to work on. We came home with a third, a fourth,
a High Scoring Collie award, and a CD.
There was one
more jewel needed for my coveted 'Triple Crown'.
Hefty was Herding Instinct certified years
before I could finally get him ready for
competition. First, I insisted he finish his
championship. Then there was that little problem
of finding the money for training and entries.
When he was six, he went to train with Pam Wolf
and within three months he completed the Herding
Started title with a High In Trial. The ultimate
goal being the Herding Excellent title, we opted
to skip the Intermediate level. The day after
finishing his HX, Hefty again went High In Trial
for a four point Herding major. In his career,
Hefty has worked sheep, goats, cattle, ducks,
and geese. He wanted to work hogs, but it had
been raining and Pam didn't want to have to ride
home with him afterwards, so the opportunity was
I am very
proud of these accomplishments. Hefty has been a
joy in so many little ways. He is my ambassador.
We've been to many schools and day care centers
to demonstrate the care and training of a pet.
Once, when a teacher called class to come sit in
a circle, I called Hefty into the circle beside
me and told him to lie down. He did so
immediately which caused one little boy to turn
to the teacher and exclaim, "He's a good
listener!" The teacher thought perhaps I should
leave Hefty there to teach by example."
Hefty was the
first champion collie to win the Herding
Excellent title. He has a daughter, Ch.
Chimera's Justa Lil Bit More, HX, who followed
in his footsteps.
1994 Hefty and I traveled to Niagara Falls to
the Collie National Specialty Show to receive
his Versatility Excellent award. We didn't make
it to the ceremony due to Hefty falling victim
to poison. He spent several days in intensive
care. We never determined whether the poisoning
was accidental or on purpose or if he was an
intended victim or random. Although he
recovered, he was never quite the same and we
lost him several days after his twelfth
birthday. We have children and grandchildren to
carry on the dream, but there will never be
another quite like Ch. Chimera's Double or
Nothing, CD, HX, VX. He was the first...