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We are Marko and Natasja van Blanken- Schipper
(50 and 51
and we live in the city of
45 minutes from
Alkmaar is famous of his cheese market which is held on the
beautiful Waagplein every Friday morning.
It is visited by many tourists
from all over the world. Furthermore,
Alkmaar is close to lovely villages
like Schoorl and Bergen and close to beaches,
dunes and forests where it
is great to walk with your dogs.
We live on
the outskirts of town with
collies in our home.
They are Bibi , Murron, Ygraine ,Elif, Maddy,Teagun and our dog Liam.
So with 7 collies in total all
the dogs are sure of the attention
while we are able to bred our lines. We also have 2 bitches in partnership,
one is the bitch Grace of My Life the Midland
Valley how is a great grand daughter of our dog
Ch. Sacrafice Cold as Ice and her Grand mother is our bred Jelly baby of
the Lovely Bears
how is also the mother of our Eternal Circle de Midland Valley (Murron)
and the bitch
For en Eternity of the Lovely Bears how is the daughter of our BW'14-
Winster '16 and Belgian Ch.
Someone Like You of the Lovely Bears ( Elif) and she is aso litter sister
of our dog
Liam ( Rumour Has It of the Lovely Bears)
Our hobbies are the dogs of course, gardening, the
fish in our pond , our rabbits and
training with our collies
in Obedience , Agility and in a Search Rescue Group.
We train and show our dogs ourselves and gave for many years also lessons in showing dogs
Hoopers, Search and Tracking and Agility training.
Marko with Biba,
Elif, Murron, Ygraine and Bibi
Marko is a
gardener who maintains grounds of commercial and public property and
Natasja works 26 Years part- time
in a specialized pet- shop.
hiking with our dogs.
We try to take a holiday every two / tree years, where we can make great
tours with the dogs.
Natasja with Biba,
Elif, Murron, Ygraine and Bibi
for the collie began in 1986 when we got our first named Bo.
Very sadly he
was stolen from us .
After a year of searching
and feeling terrible about
what happened we bought another collie, Daisy.
When Daisy was just over
one year old, we brought a second collie into our home , Shadow
shadow du Jardin de la Vigne) a Tricolour dog.
In the meantime we became a member of the breeding society
‘The Dutch Collie Club’.
Through them we got our third collie.
Soon after came Dillan
( I'm mister
blue of Paddington Station), a Blue Merle dog.
After having participated in several shows with Dillan we got the urge
become breeders ourselves.
We decided to add a sable female, called
Pebble's (Don’t Fool Me of Paddington Station).
having acquired the necessary diploma’s and having requested a
name for our kennel,
we searched intensively for
a suitable partner for
Soon after we were expecting our first litter.
Don´t Fool me of
Paddington Station ( Pebble´s 11 years old on the picture )
22 - 6 - 1997
- 2 - 2012
The first puppies
were born on March 26th in 2000 and we decided to keep one of
Sammy- Jo (Royal Highness of the Lovely Bears).
So, Sammy-Jo is our
first self- bred female.
For two years in a row she was in the top 10 of
best self- bred collies,
something we are still very proud of.
In 2005 our
bitch Black Surprise of the Lovely Bears (Aimie )
daughter of our
Flames of the Lovely Bears ( Bibi) ,moved to France.
our first Lovely Bears puppy to go abroad.
She lives at her father’s
place with her owners, the Ventroux family
of kennel Midland Valley in
In 2008 the bitch Jelly Baby of the Lovely Bears is also going to kennel
Midland Valley in France.
Black Surprise of the
In Januari 2010 a blue merle daughter of
Jelly Baby of the Lovely bears came back to Holland.
Eternal Circle de Midland Valley (Murron)
After her pedigree she have 5 generations of our collies and our dream
With her we hope to started our blue lines ......
Eternal Circle de
Midland Valley (Murron) almost 4 years on the picture
we are member of the official Dutch breedersclub S.H.V. "de Collie Club".
bred strictly according to their rules and regulations.
are raised in our living- room.
We don’t have children ourselves but the
little ones are fully socialized by children
who come to visit and play.
At the age of 6/7 weeks we always take the puppies to the busy shopping
They get familiar with all sorts of sounds, noises, people etc.
also make sure they get used to loud noises outside the house , like
traffic, trains and lorries.
New owners must continue this process.
socializing is not done properly a dog can stay frightened the rest of his
In their first year
puppies go through several phases until puberty
has passed at age one!!!
dogs are tested for HD (hips) and Cea/Pra (eyes).
After chipping at the
age of 6/7 weeks the puppies are tested for eye abnormalities.
We want to meet
or speak to future owners in advance.
You want to know where your puppy is
coming from, we want to know where he is going to...
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