“To Shave or Not to Shave your Collie”
Written by Suzi Newman
A Collie has a beautiful Coat and they do shed. As such they are not the best breed choice for someone with Allergies. Also, both Rough and Smooth Coated Collies are a double coated breed. In a double-coated dog the first layer of fur, the undercoat, consists of fine, fluffy hairs that are short and close to the skin. This is the fur that keeps you busy sweeping and dusting. This is the fur that sheds. Not only is this layer great at plugging up your vacuum, it’s also excellent at trapping air and insulating your dog. The second layer consists of tougher texture guard hairs that don’t shed, rather they protect your pup from bugs and the sun.
Many ask if shaving their Collie in the summer will keep him/her cooler. The answer is a definite no. In fact, here are a few reasons why you wouldn’t want to shave your Collie:
You can De-shed your double coated dog instead! Your dog’s soft undercoat needs to be shed out, not shaved down. Double-coated dogs shed a lot. It’s natural and healthy. However, their undercoats need to come out, often and regularly. Undercoats are easily brushed out with an undercoat rake or removed with a high velocity dryer.
Mats can be worked through and the hair detangled with some cornstarch or detangler. Also, I have found that carefully clipping through the center of the mat releases the hairs and you can detangle easier. Gently brush the matted area with a soft bristle brush alternating directions. Place your fingers under the base but above the skin to help keep tugging the skin to a minimum when brushing. Sweep the brush sideways to break up the hair fibers. Make sure you do not bathe your dog until all matts are detangled.
Note: There may be medical reasons or rescues who will (in their best health interests) need to be shaved. In most cases the hair will grow back within 4-6 months when this is necessary.
Satin Ball Recipe
Prep Time 10 minutes
Place all ingredients in a large bowl and use your hands to combine well.
Pinch out a small amount and using your hands and form it into a 1 to 1 ½ inch ball.
Continue until all the mixture is used. Place on wax papered Cookie sheet, and then into freezer. You can then put into freezer bags once frozen.
Note: These can be frozen and thawed as needed. To thaw, place them in the refrigerator overnight. Do not leave out on counter to thaw.
Ebony & Dar Litter
Marc & Suzi
Dori & Dar babies arrived 1-2-22
Loving them for life
Living with a very old dog means being aware that some of the things you'll do together may be the last.
Living with a very old dog means thinking ′′ this is their last summer ", ′′ this is their last July ", ′′ This could be the last morning".
Living with a very old dog means they bark at any noise at any time, not because they know what they are barking at, its they feel they need to bark and let us know.
Living with a very old dog means, you have to lift them up into the truck, the bed, the couch, the stairs.
Living with a very old dog means putting off commitments because it's important to be close to them.
Living with an old dog means we trip over them because they are so sound asleep they don't hear us approaching them.
Living with an old dog means accidents in the house, its ok they don't mean to do it.
Living with a very old dog means feeling guilty because you know you could have done more, giving them more runs, more travel, more hugs, more caresses, more everything.
I would like to say that living with a very old dog also puts us in the face of our own death, fragility, vulnerability.
Living with a very old dog means we got to experience life with a very old dog, which is one of the best joys on earth!
Our Danny Boy will be 14 on February 1. We celebrate each and every day we are blessed with. He follows us still from room to room. When he comes to us we stop whatever we are doing to give him hugs and cuddles. We love this boy always and forever to the moon and back. We can't even express the amount of Joy he has brought to our lives in his lifetime.
#cherishthemoments #lovingseniordogs #roughcollies #windwhispersfarm
Main part of this Shared from a facebook post by Analese Peters
Dar & Demi Boys Available
These puppies have the most amazing personalities, and temperament. They are calm and friendly. They will make a great addition to your family. These are Sable headed white, and Tri headed white boys. The puppies will never get CEA, PRA, CN, HUU, VWDII, DM, and are MDR1 n/n or n/m.
They are UKC Registered and come with their pedigree and parental testing.
If interested, please complete our application! <3 APPLY NOW
(waiting list given preference)
Welcome to Dar & Demi Classics litter!
Demi is our hero right now. Dahlia had some complications with her delivery, and Demi stepped right up and took 2 of Dahlia's puppies to raise. They are doing well also. So she has 11 total.
She is the best first time mama anyone could ask for. Now... how about these beautiful babies... would you like to see them? OK!
As our followers and those who are on our waiting list, some of these are available if you would like to reserve. Please contact us for more information! (There are only boys available in these. )
Suzi & Marc
Suzi & Marc Newman
Wind Whispers Pixie Perfect
PIXIE is the last of the Tesla X Dori Litter available at this time. She will be 8 weeks on November 24th. Pixie is a delight in personality. She bounds to you when called, and loves all interaction. She will make a wonderful family or farm companion and helper. Her dam and sire are such loyal and smart Collies.
If you would like to be considered for her new home, please complete our online application on website, or contact us if you're currently on our waiting list.
Pixie will never get CEA, PRA, CN, HUU, VWDII, DM, and is MDR1 n/n or n/m. She is a beautiful Bi-black female.
They will be taking January/February 2021 off for family time, but are available after this as normal.
Tesla X Dori babies are here!
Mama and Babies are all doing super. Dori is attentive and calm. I am so proud of her and I am thankful to Texas Scotch Collies for entrusting her to us. Also credits to Leslie Allen for her breeding program and the wonderful genetics that have been passed down. We are thankful for all.
If you would like to join our waiting list, please complete our online application as we have more exciting plans in the works for this next year and will try to keep you all in the loop.
Much happiness and love to you all,
Marc, Suzi, Brittany, granddaughter Lilli, and grandson Andrew!
Ebony's story begins about 3 years ago when we began looking for a bi-black collie with unique genetics. We found Ebony a little over 2 years ago in NW Minnesota. A breeder had bred her 1/2 Aussie and 1/2 Rough Collie to a friends Rough Collie male. They had some beautiful puppies. Some were Bi black and Bi blue. We chose Ebony. Here she is with her sire and dam...
Ebony was such a cute puppy, and we brought her home at the same time we brought Dexter and Dori home from Texas. The three were a whirlwind. I had my friend Kathleen take Ebony for a while so all would get the time and attention they needed. Kathleen fell in love with her too.
We've watched her grow into such a lovely lady with amazing disposition. She is the beginning of a line we have very high hopes for at Wind Whispers.
By outcrossing to Ebony's genetics, and then bringing her offspring back into our program and breeding to our Rough Collies, we are lowering the COI in future generations, and adding more allele into the genetics also. (simply put) This ensures type remains consistent, but promotes longevity in collie breed because the Rough Collie breed is down to 1 allele for most and a few with 2 allele. (mostly located in the UK) Having only 1-2 allele puts the entire breed at risk if a disease were to affect the breed. I don't understand all about genetics, but we are proud of Ebony and these will be amazing Collies which will be registered with our Wind Whispers Farm Registry.
These are some of Ebony's photos growing up...
Marc & Suzi
@ Wind Whispers Farm, LLC
Hi We're Wind Whispers Farm, We are growing and changing all the time, and learn something new every day. We raise some of the best Collies around, and they are our family and first loves! Thank you for joining us! Marc