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About Us

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Let’s introduce ourselves.
We are Marko and Natasja van Blanken- Schipper
(48 and 49 years old)
and we live in the city of
Alkmaar. 45 minutes from Amsterdam.
 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 5 collies in our home.
 They are Bibi , Murron, Ygraine ,Elif and Maddy(our Bitches).
So with 5 collies in total
all the dogs are sure of the attention they deserve
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 our bred Tri bitch
Juicy Couture of the Lovely Bears ( Marley) how is the daughter of our Ygraine
how is the grand daughter of our dogs Ch. Sacrafice Cold as Ice

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.

We love 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

Our love 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
(Night 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 to become breeders ourselves.
We decided to add a sable female, called Pebble's (Don’t Fool Me of Paddington Station).

After having acquired the necessary diploma’s and having requested a name for our kennel,
we searched intensively for
a suitable partner for Pebbles.
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       7 - 2 - 2012

 

The first puppies were born on March 26th in 2000 and we decided to keep one of them:
 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 first tricolour puppy bitch  Black Surprise of the Lovely Bears (Aimie )
daughter of our Feet of
Flames of the Lovely Bears ( Bibi) ,moved to France.
She was 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 France.
In 2008 the bitch Jelly Baby of the Lovely Bears is also going to kennel Midland Valley in France.


Black Surprise of the Lovely Bears

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 come tru.
With her we hope to started our blue lines ......

 

Multi Champion  Eternal Circle de Midland Valley (Murron) almost 4 years on the picture

Since 1987 we are member of the official Dutch breedersclub S.H.V. "de Collie Club".
We bred strictly according to their rules and regulations.

Our puppies 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 mall.
They get familiar with all sorts of sounds, noises, people etc.
We also make sure they get used to loud noises outside the house , like traffic, trains and lorries.
New owners must continue this process.
If socializing is not done properly a dog can stay frightened the rest of his life.
In their first year puppies go through several phases until puberty has passed at age one!!!

All our 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...

Would you like to read more about our collies, please click here: Our Dogs - Our Bitches

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