|Sire:||Sh Ch Wizaland Livin' Soul JW|
|Dam:||Sh Ch NZ Ch Clan-Abby Nz Kiwi Tina Maree|
|DoB:||4 October 2005|
|Colour:||Black & White|
|Hips:||14 / 6|
|Health:||Genetically normal for CEA and NCL, has a clear eye certificate and DNA tested normal for MDR1. BAER hearing tested normal. Goniodysgenesis passed. AKC DNA profiled.|
Gala is exactly what I'd been waiting for — I will be eternally grateful to Sue for letting me have her. She has a lovely temperament, friendly but not pushy (until you let her lick you that is ... once she discoveres that that is an option, there's no stopping her). She's confident when encountering new things, she's very trainable and is absolutely gorgeous.
In 2006, we mainly focused on showing her in conformation, rather than overloading her with obedience and agility as well. In the breed ring, she qualified for Crufts many times as well as qualifying for Border Collie Puppy of the Year by winning Minor Puppy Bitch at her first big Champ show. Despite having dropped her coat by the time Puppy of the Year came around in November, she got through to the final in Minor Puppy Bitch. She has obtained her Junior Warrant and so is qualified for Crufts for life. She is a powerful mover, with a stunning side gait. In the US, she finished her championship very quickly (considering she had a puppy in between when she came and when she got her title!) gaining both her majors at the first show where majors were on offer.
Gala had an incredible amount of potential in agility — she went Grade 4 before we left the UK with wins in both agility and jumping. My friend Amanda has videoed some of her runs (e.g., RVA June 2007: Grade 3/4 agility), you can see that she's fast and very easy to control. She has both her NA and her NAJ titles, but in the US, we focused on working her on sheep as the various agility surfaces kept making her lame. On her return to the UK, she won Grade 4 in the first month back to competing, and won out of Grade 5 (4 times!) at her first Grade 5 show, making her now grade 6. As for herding, our instructor in the US, Linda, has helped me take her from not knowing anything about sheep to getting her PT title, she just really needs to grasp that "down" means down right now, not necessarily after you've gone to balance... Although retired from dog sports now, she still has fun keeping the sheep together for any upcoming youngster.