My History

Gaye & Ch Cathkin Holley go Lighty (Exp UK)

I purchased my first collie from Glad Osborne's "GLENDALLO" kennel in 1967 and having been a competitive dancer my entire life, decided that this was my next sport.
I had only purchased my "Glen" originally as a pet but like many of us was told by everyone who saw him "gee you should show that dog" and that was it. Show I did. I was mortified when Aunty Glad asked me to please leave him at home, WHY!!! I thought he was so beautiful, so in the ensuing years I did obedience and guess what my lovely Glen wasn't even good at that. He was so spoilt that his attitude was "I'm a good boy all the time, I don't have to do this rubbish". I waited 2 1/2yrs for a good bitch from Glad and then I could see the difference - Best In Show at 10months. But my Glen was a great learning tool and I loved him dearly.
My beautiful Catriona (litter sister to Gamble Again) produced me nothing so I set about, with Glad's help, to find a good breeding proposition and from my first litter out of Tyrondale Scotch lass to Glendallo Gamble Again came the famous Ch' Cathkin Soft Caress, record holder as top producing bitch until many years later my Ch. Glynae Star Dancer surpassed her tally of Champions. From this beginning of Glendallo and Myoene crossing a steady line of one hundred plus CATHKIN champions have bred as well as a few outside dogs that I have owned.
In 1994 I travelled the world looking for something that would complement my own line and the great fortune to become friendly with Pauline and Alan Hayden in the UK. That relationship over the next few years was to be one of the most beneficial moves I could have made with the importing of Ch. Sunnyhurst Silk Touch and his sister Sunnyhurst Sentimental Love. At just 5 years of age Silk Touch has thirteen champion off spring and many more on their way.
I have judged Collies in Australia, New Zealand and Europe and I really enjoy judging, but my real love is breeding, forever striving for that all round perfection. Through the guidance and knowledge and help of Glad Osborne instructed me with I have been very fortunate to have bred many BEST IN SHOW ALL BREEDS, BEST IN SHOW COLLIE SPECIALITIES as well numerous ROYAL CHALLENGE winners and I know none of this would have happened without Glad's help. I hope that at the end of my days in the Collie world I will have made an influence on how the breed progresses through the next generation of breeders to hopefully know and maintain a high standard in our beloved breed the COLLIE ROUGH or SMOOTH.
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Ch. Cathkin Petticoats AFlyn & her son Ch. Cathkin Wintertainment