My story, I can even say my love story with
Rough Collies and my dream and ambition to
breed this beautiful breed started by pure
As every child I always wanted to have a dog.
But at that time “the Faithful Lassie” was not part of my dreams. We were living in
Switzerland near Montreux by the Geneva
Lake. As my parents didn’t want to buy me a
dog I spent all of my spare time with my
best friend which mother was breeding my
the Afghan Hound. Their coat, their
movements, their elegance, their dignity,
everything enchanted me. I decided I shall
have an Afghan Hound one day.
Years went by and I moved to
Slovenia. There I met my
husband who was “addicted”
with German Shepherds.
Though him I stated to love
this breed too. So I offered
myself my first dog, a
German Shepherd. I named him
Lex. Lex is a great dog,
nice, friendly with people
and very obedient. We worked
and played a lot together.
We trained obedience, trail,
attack/defense. The only
thing that bothered me was
That’s why I never really
enjoyed our walks in the forest and
other activities we did together.
Then my two sons and horses (my two other big passions)
came into my life. Lex’s aggressiveness
became more and more of a burden. So I
started to dream of some other breed,
which would be gentle and kind, with a friendly disposition towards
other dogs and horses.
I remembered my childhood dreams.
I started to look for breeders of Afghan
Hounds especially in France. When I
explained I wanted a dog that could
follow the horses in the woods, they all
dissuaded me from buying an Afghan.
Primarily because it is a Hound
and secondly because its beautiful coat
would be ruined at once in the woods. I
continued to look for the ideal breed. I
found out that the most similar breed as
for the coat and the movement is the
Rough Collie. When I started to read
about the breed, its
enchanted me. “….Appears as dog of great
beauty, standing with impassive dignity,
with no part out of proportion to whole.
Temperament: Friendly disposition with
no trace of nervousness or
aggressiveness. That was in 2003 and at
that time I only knew the sable and
white collie from the Lassie films.
On the website of the
Slovene club for British Sheepdogs
I found the only available litter of
Rough Collies in Slovenia. It was
February 2004 and the breeders were
Lea Bohnec in Nenad Krznar from
Lendava. In the course of time, we
became really good friends as we
share the same passion for this
When I called them they told me that
they had only two tricolor bitches
left from the litter. I wanted a
male and on top of that I didn’t
know about this color variety. And
so my Aisha, my black pearl came
into my life by pure chance.
Just after a few weeks by looking at Aisha growing, I
was overwhelmed by the desire to
breed these beautiful dogs. I
started to look for a tricolor
male puppy. Through the web I met
Alexandra Torok (Born
to Be kennel) from Hungary.
On her web site I saw for the
Zorro, for me the ideal
tricolor dog. There was the link
to the web site of his breeder
Christine Bisconte, owner of
des Marecages du Prince Kennel.
The luck was one my side once
again. Christine had two
tricolor male puppies left,
whose great-grandfather was »Zorro«.
And so Virus Noir des Marecages
du Prince - Pâris flew during a
snowstorm to Slovenia, as “cool”
and fearless then, as he is now.
One year later I was contacted by a breeder from
Austria, Andrea Stefan (Presseggersee
Collies Kennel). We met during a show
in Ljubljana. As she wanted a male puppy
from the French kennel Les Marecages du
Prince she asked me to go with her in Paris.
She brought from Christine Bisconte A Love
Affair, I brought my Frosty, A Touch of
Frost des Marecages du Prince.
In 2006 I registered a kennel under the
affix »Of the Holy Mountain«, as I live nearby the “Zasavska Sveta Gora” -
from the Slovene language “the Holy Mountain
of the Sava Region”.
So once upon a time there were the Rough
Collies of the Holy Mountain.
To make our lives less »boring«, to
introduce some more excitement in our lives
and make my »addicted« husband happy, I
stated to look for a top GSD puppy on the
I found him in the famous kennel
Von Athaba near Hanover. In January
2007, they had a top litter (sire: Bijou von Freese Land X dam: Afra Von Athaba). We
immediately booked the »most perspective«
male puppy. We have chosen to name him PAX,
which means PEACE in Latin. Pax is supposed
to bring peace and harmony among the lovers
of two as different breeds as are Rough
Collies and German Shepherd Dogs…… On the
31st of March 2007, Pax Von Athaba traveled
1200km to come to his new home in Slovenia!
She came into our lives by pure chance,
from the remote Bucharest, sweet,
delicate, elegant as a blue dream, my
lovely bitch, my Layla -
Born To Be Femme Fatale.
I always wanted such a delicate and elegant bitch and
her breeder Alexandra Török (Born to Be
kennel) made my dream come true.
was love at
in Zagreb .
A New Star is Born,
Désir de Gloire du
Chant des Madones-
Dolly Doll ….
how did this little
treasure come to us?
For our colors´ palette to be
perfect, we only needed a sable
& white collie. So when my son
Alexander expressed the wish to
get a sable puppy girl for his 9th
birthday, I said… It shall only
be from the famous
line, as it is
for me one of the most beautiful
lines for sable & white collies
… I started to contact all my
favorite breeders. My son had
only one demand…she must be
sable & white, not dark sable!
On February 3rd
litter of 5 beautiful sable &
white puppies was born in
the kennel “Du Chant des Madones”
owned by Karine Bernard.
The sire is the
CH. ROBBIE WILLIAMS FROM
the mother the
very promising young bitch ABBLE
to FAITH du CHANT des MADONES
(daughter of the French Champion
Amour de Jeunesse des Marécages
were three girls in the litter,
but I almost immediately chose
Dolly Doll-she was THE ONE… So
on the 13th of April
2008 that Dolly Doll arrived in
Karine Bernard and
for this great mating that
brought Dolly to us and made my
son Alexander so happy.
dream came true on
October 29, 2008
when my 7 beautiful
puppies were born…
My A litter ...
There are: 2 blue
girls, 2 blue boys,
2 tricolour girls, 1
Dam is Born to be
Femme Fatale - Layla
& the Sire is Virus
Noir des Marecages
our Calypso left
us.. The beautiful
tricolour girl I
wanted to keep.
Layla and we all
really miss you!
first puppies grew
up and all have
now we are waiting
for them to grow up
and hope they shall
carry well the "Holy
around the world.
2009 started very
well as at the »Nad
Mlini« kennel 8
puppies were born on
January 14th (4 boys
and 4 girls).
sire is our Pâris,
Virus Noir des
Marecages du Prince
& Dam : Afrodita Nad
stayed with us for 1
she is herding goats
with Emil Pižmoht.
The 24th of April
I fulfilled one of my dreams
when I brought home from
Touched by a Dream (Wicani
Waltz of the New Moon X
SERYPHINA DANCE OF THE RAVEN
MOON). Moon is all I always
wanted in a collie! Thank
you, Angela and Keith for
letting me have my precious
To have an "authentic" English tricolor male has been my dream for a very long time. I fulfilled it on the 4th of July 2009 (what a date!) when Dandy-Essanjay Encore arrived from England. His sire is the wonderful tricolor male with an exceptional pedigree Ingledene Mr. Majestic, the dam is the beautiful Wicani Moonkissed Maiden at Essanjay. Angela Harvey helped me once more to fulfill my dream. She is the breeder of Dandy's dam and she has chosen him from the litter at the breeder's kennel Essanjay! Dandy is everything I wanted and the new hope of our breeding, especially as the carries in his blood the most famous European lines: Wicani (UK), Ingledene (UK), Seabounds (Sweden), Shep’s (Denmark), Vom Haus Rukopf (Germany) .... So many expectations, so many hopes...
only few hours with
Since I have Moon
... I caught the »Wicani
Mania« ... and when
I started to look
for dark sable girl
I knew she should be
from the Wicani
line... so I found
on the Polish forum
a litter born in the
The dam is
daughter of the
Pattern Wicani ! The
puppies were 1 week
old ... in litter
there were 5 girls
and 3 boys ... and I
girl No. 1 ... I
named her "In the
Wings of Hope"
(again, a symbolic
name: _)) ... Her
pet name is Lexy-in
memory of my first
dog, a German
Shepherd called Lex
Old Golden Gates
imported from the
Ukraine and he has
pedigree. He already
13 Champions of
Poland, 6 Youth
Champions of Poland
and 1 Youth Champion
I am persuaded that
Lexy is a good
foundation for my
dark sable line as
she has the
temperament and the
looks a collie
should have. When
you look at her and
she is only 3 months
old you can see a
true rough collie
that … »appears as
dog of great beauty,
with no part out of
Our A litter was
1 year old! All grew up do be
beautiful young dogs that
embellish their owners’ lives! I
must say, they all surpassed our
We meet all
together to blow their first
candle… Sky, Glory, Zorro, and
two daughters of Pâris, Lily in
Whisky, came with their owners.
We all, dogs and humans, had a
great time! We hope, we shall
meet again soon!
Two sisters and a brother …
And so the story of the Collies »Of
the Holy Mountain« goes on…