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We're delighted to introduce our newest Champion, SnoValley What Dreams Are Made Of:
Our beginning "Sophie" Ch Belfair Amazing Grace
July 22, 2005 - March 7, 2019
Our beloved Collie Girl, my furry soul-mate and our foundation to our
kennel SnoValley. Sophie is the reason we are involved
with the Collie today. She's the one who touched our hearts significantly and changed the direction of our lives, leading us
to discover the importance of preserving this treasured breed. So
much more than a dog, she was a companion extraordinaire. Her patience, kindness and fun loving bubbly
personality won her friends everywhere she went. Incredibly smart
and athletic, she never ceased to amaze us with her ability to
"fly" for her Frisbee as if she were the size of a Jack Russell Terrier,
not a 55 pound Collie. In fact in her younger years, up to age 10
and occasionally at 11, she spent more time in the air when playing,
than on the ground.
Welcome to SnoValley Collies! We are a small hobby kennel and our name “SnoValley” is short for “Snoqualmie Valley”, which is where Terry’s and my love for the Collie began back in the early 2000's. We outgrew our home in North Bend after adding a fourth Collie to our family so several years ago we moved to southern Issaquah (30 minutes east of Seattle), to a perfect Collie retreat nestled in the scenic foothills of Tiger Mountain.
My love for the Collie began as a child; my Aunt had a number of Collies, who ‘raised’ their three children. The Lassie series also helped nurture that love. It wasn’t until much later in life Terry and I found our first Collie “Emily", Belfair Ribbons & Lace, from our now lifetime friends, Alene Evans and her Mother, Pat Becker. Sadly Pat is no longer with us, but her life touched us through her wonderful mentoring ways and special Collies. She would have been delighted to see how involved my husband Terry has gotten in the world of the Collie. Our “Sophie”, now Champion Belfair Amazing Grace, is a Champion today because Terry was willing to step out of his comfort zone and get into the show ring with her. We want to thank Alene for believing in us and entrusting us with our beloved "Sophie", our first show Collie.
While working on Sophie's Championship we also showed our first homebred
Champion, "Teddy" to his Grand Championship. Once Sophie became a
Champion, Terry worked diligently in agility,
obedience and herding training with “Teddy”, guiding him to qualifying
for the Collie Club of
America Versatility Excellent award! Two of Teddy's grand daughters are
out there excelling in the performance world!
CH Snovalley Silva Sinkona VCD1 BN
RE PT OA OAJ OF
and her trainer and companion Tanya Ward are the Delaney 1st Novice B Collie and Overall Top Obedience
Collie for 2017! Congrats to Tanya, Isis and Linda Ward!
We're so proud of you!
As a result of our shared passion, Terry and I are dedicated to doing what we can to contribute to a bright and healthy future for the Collie. We are committed to breeding healthy, beautiful, good natured and intelligent Collies. If you are considering adding a Collie to your family feel free to contact us to find out about our future plans for litters and/or if we have a Collie available that might fit with the needs of your family. If we don’t, we'd be happy to refer you to other breeders who might.
Our litters are raised in our home with an abundance of human love and interaction throughout the day. All of our pups come with an AKC Reunite Microchip with prepaid registration. In addition to the standard health screenings of the Eye Exam by our Canine Ophthalmologist at 8 weeks, and multiple de-wormings, our pups will have an 8 Week Well Puppy Exam by our very thorough and knowledgeable reproductive Vet (including first vaccine and a de-worming) and an 8 Week Structure Evaluation. They also come with a health guarantee and AKC registration. We also offer complimentary ear training services and offer helpful grooming technique instruction to our puppy homes. Our puppies are very well socialized.
Here at SnoValley Collies our dogs, are our "furry kids" and they spend a good deal of time with us both indoors and outdoors each day. Our lives revolve around them and their pups of course are our “grand puppies”. Socialization of our pups is very important to us as we find it helps to create a confident, self-assured foundation and encourages them to be motivated to please. The pups spend their first several weeks in the house in our family room/kitchen area and are held and interacted with often throughout each day. Once they are big enough to move into their larger playpen run, we start to take them outside to their puppy yard multiple times a day, weather permitting. This really helps to usher along the potty training process as we find they really prefer to wait to be let outside rather than soil their wood shavings run. We fill their puppy run and yard with lots of interactive toys, including tunnels, stairs, wading pool during the Summer months (all sorts of fun toys). We continue to hold and interact with them until they leave us to go home with their forever families.
We invest our hearts in our puppies; our goal is to instill in them the confidence that people are wonderful and can be trusted. We feel we’ve done our job when these little ones go to you primed and ready to love and be loved by you. For that reason we feel it's important we ensure our pups and their future families are a great fit for one another. We ask people inquiring about our pups to complete our Puppy Application (you can also send us a message via our email address below and we can send you a copy of the Puppy Application in Microsoft Word version enabling you to type your answers directly into the application). It helps match your Family with your future pup or adult and helps us make sure we don’t miss anything that will help you get off to the best start in your new relationship with your SnoValley Collie.
It's an understatement to say Collies are a wonderfully sweet breed. Calm and ideal indoor companions yet active and playful outside. Don't let the coat fool you, contrary to what many assume, they do not continually shed like many breeds. They also do not require frequent bathing and are not 'stinky' dogs! We love to take our Collies to the beach and no matter how much wet sand and dirt they end up 'wearing' after a good wet romp on the beach; it all comes out once they dry an hour or so later. And we don't even need to rinse them off! The correct Collie coat resists dirt.
Collies are excellent family dogs as they adore people, especially children and other pets. Fun loving and devoted, your Collie will be most happy when with you, their people. If you’re looking for a wonderful companion dog, a Collie is one of the best.
Some images of our pups at 3 1/2 weeks.
Pups with Sophie, Lizzy & Cutie the Bunny
Heather daughter Melody, SnoValley Tell Me All About It at 4 1/2 weeks:
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We are located in Issaquah, Washington (30 minutes east of Seattle)
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Last updated April 14, 2021
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