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February 2, 2016

One Special Boy

beloved nan

Quiz and her beloved Grandson, Time. She doted on him, making sure he grew up to be all that he could be.

Time is a son of Flink, who is a daughter of Quiz, who was a daughter of Kiwi, who was a daughter of Flite, who was a daughter of Abacab, who was a son of Purdie, who was a daughter of Bob.

Bob was my first collie and started me in competition Obedience. He took me to Crufts Championships in the main ring in 1979. Not a green carpet in those days.


Crufts, no green carpet, extremely cold in February, and yes, I had dark hair, but still a collie!

Crufts 2016 I will walk the main ring with Time, his g-g-g-g-grandson, in the Heelwork To Music competition finals.


Heelwork sings to me right at the heart. I always experience a quickening beat. It is an experience of synchronised balance in movement. It brings a touch of dance, a touch of musicality, and always a smile and warmth.

Training for a sport focuses the mind and discipline. I consider it requires us to study, practice and study some more. The learning never ends.

When you have a passion for something it takes you along paths you never dreamed would be a part of your future. Paths that have lead to studies across many fields that come together and contribute to the whole.


We can not be satisfied with being “just trainers” we need to learn how to analyse behaviour, build a teaching curriculum, study stimulus control, experience disciplines of performance arts.


Time is trained without correction. He is taught with reinforcement, in his case this is food and contact.

He has a very strong “eye” which is the classic collie predatory state. Toys and anticipation of games sets off the eye which would put him into conflict for heelwork behaviours.


We play, we plays lots, but not for heelwork training.

I build heelwork with physical fitness, from the foundation of standing in balance, through walk, trot, rotations and lateral movements. He is always correct, he is always reinforced.


He has only ever tried to be what I want him to be. He is the culmination of training many, many dogs in activities that taught me more about dogs.

He knows no error. Error is only feedback letting me know what training, cues or changes I need to make.



He is a product of breeding dogs balanced for the sport:

with a sound structure that won’t be stressed by the extremes and minute stresses of repetitive actions that sport practising demands.

with a temperament that blossoms in the performance environment. Collies are not always suited to noisy, indoor venues surrounded by spectators.




Genabacab Light Merlot.


Wonderful boy, carrying the heritage in his blood and in his heart


A little fun with the camera: enjoying training


11 Comments leave one →
  1. Tamara Czech & Dottie permalink
    February 2, 2016 12:58 pm

    we will be thinking of you – doing our own dance of joy

    • February 2, 2016 1:08 pm

      Thanks Tamara – You will be able to watch live streaming, details to come!

  2. February 2, 2016 1:02 pm

    I always, always enjoy reading your thoughts! Thank you

  3. Corinne Jakubowski permalink
    February 2, 2016 1:04 pm


    That is fantastic being in the finals. It is the Friday at 12.15 and 16.45, Anita and I are there, I really hope so! Bottle of champagne after!! Corinne

    From: Kay Laurence Reply-To: Kay Laurence Date: Tuesday, 2 February 2016 12:37 To: Corinne Jakubowski Subject: [New post] About Time Genabacab posted: “One Special Boy Time is a son of Flink, who is a daughter of Quiz, who was a daughter of Kiwi, who was a daughter of Flite, who was a daughter of Abacab, who was a son of Purdie, who was a daughter of Bob. Bob was my first collie and started me in”

    • February 2, 2016 1:07 pm

      Thanks – I suspect we shall “party” at the bench some time after. I will let Himself coat you in hair …..

  4. February 2, 2016 1:19 pm

    Well done Kay, so pleased for you both. Well I say ‘both’ but he won’t care so long as he is with you!!!!!!!! Your love for him shines through!!!!!!!!!

    • February 2, 2016 4:32 pm

      Thanks Aldyth. I think …. I won’t care so long as I am with him. (Can’t say the same about Merrick!)

  5. Tricia permalink
    February 2, 2016 3:41 pm


  6. Sue Gelber permalink
    February 2, 2016 4:10 pm

    Beautiful! Thank you, Kay and Time. ❤

  7. Ellen permalink
    February 2, 2016 11:41 pm

    Thanks Kay and congratulations!!! What an achievement and a great article in reminding owners that they have fab characters in their lives….

  8. Claire permalink
    February 12, 2016 9:12 pm

    Well done Kay. Fleet, Finty & I will be cheering you on ;-

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