An interview with
of Edenrock Collies
by Collies Online
How did Bandit get his name, call name and registered? Who named him?
When Bandit was born I had received the phone call from Martha Ramer telling me she had a beautiful smooth blue male that she wanted me to have. Bandit is a result of CH Edenrock of Ages, ROM x CH Society There’s Your Trouble, ROM. Martha had known how very special Bandit’s sire, Theo, was to me and knew how much I wanted something special from him. Bandit’s registered name was easy to come up with, just by looking at his beautiful face and that trademark split down the front. I wanted to make sure that we incorporated both kennel names into his name and this is how I came up with Edenrock the Mask of Society. Each time I looked at him it reminded me of the movie “Zorro.” Knowing we already had a Zorro in the family; it was only natural that “Bandit” came to mind.
Loving, good natured, happy to see everyone—Bandit was a collie through and through.
When did you decide you wanted to own Bandit? When did you realize you had something special?
From the moment Martha sent me a picture of Bandit, it was love at first sight and I couldn’t wait to bring him home. I was so surprised that Martha was willing to let me take him that I wanted to snatch him fast—before she changed her mind! I will never forget the day I met Martha in Buttonwillow, California and picked Bandit up. At that time my son Brandon was only 1 year of age. Needless to say, it was an instant bond between all of us. He very quickly stole my heart and became a member of our family. Bandit was the most well-mannered and sweet puppy.
I always knew Bandit was something special. He had a head piece to die for and as the years went on, it never changed. I was very excited for what was in store for us and I couldn’t wait to get him out. His first weekend out in the show ring he finished by winning three five-point majors in three days! He was this gangly looking puppy, but even then made a statement when you saw him.
Finishing at 6 months of age was thrilling, but then I had to have patience. He needed some time to grow up, but as he matured I could see his potential as a special. When the time was right, I showed him at the first set of specialties. Based on his performance in the ring, I knew it was time to campaign him.
Bandit’s registered name was easy to come up with, just by looking at his beautiful face and that trademark split down the front.
How was it decided who was going to campaign Bandit?
I loved showing Bandit, but he truly was my heart dog—I would get too nervous in the ring with him. When the time as right, my sister, Jennifer, signed on as his co-owner, and we committed to having him campaigned. Figuring out who was going to show/campaign Bandit was probably my easiest decision. My best friend, Heather Newcomb, would become Bandit’s handler. The first time I asked Heather to show Bandit, I watched them together in the ring and instantly knew it was a great fit. The dog loved her and there was a unique bond between the two of them. Ultimately, I think Bandit knew that Heather was his best friend.
When Bandit was ready, his litter brother “Skyler,” CH Society Edenrock Arctic Sky, was also ready to campaign and his owner, Ginger Williams, had called me about handling Skyler. This was the beginning of the “Blues Brothers” historic campaign. We are proud to say that the boys were campaigned in a limited manner, but skyrocketed to be the number one rough and smooth dogs in the country. The first time litter mates had ever taken this honor. Not only were they the top ranked dogs, but they also both won the Bannerblu Bowl.
This dog has a record of great achievement in the ring and as a sire. Tell us about the achievements for which you are most proud and why?
I don’t think I can choose any one thing that I am most proud of. Bandit mastered everything we asked him to do—he was number one in 2005, won a CCA Award of Merit in 2006 and then in 2007 he was Best of Variety and Best Opposite Sex to Breed at the National. We went to Eukanuba and Westminster with him as well. It’s difficult to decide what event I’m most proud of. Westminster will stand out as one of my favorites because Bandit showed his heart out and we made the trip with a large group of family and friends. Ultimately, to have your dog recognized at the National—to receive acclaim from all-breed and specialist judges is a wonderful feeling.
Bandit achieved his ROM in 2009. How many litters has Bandit sired? Tell us about his get that you are most proud of. Comment on the virtues of his get.
I would have to dig through my records to know how many litters he sired. Because we were focused on his show career, he was offered sparingly as a stud dog. I believe he has around 35 champions. A stud dog should be measured by his virtue and his consistency. I’m proud of what Bandit produced. Bandit was a masculine dog, without being heavy or overdone. He was balanced, with a sound body and had elegance. And of course, he had that exquisite head and expression. Even on out-cross breedings, Bandit consistently produced get with his outstanding headpiece—beautiful stop, flat skull, light, lean and clean head with finish.
It is much easier to discuss the show wins and his accomplishments because to explain what he meant as our housedog, child’s playmate, sweet companion or family protector only exposes the heartache we feel for his loss.
How do you believe Bandit has most contributed to the Collie world?
Loving, good natured, happy to see everyone—Bandit was a collie through and through. I think he left an impression on people. It’s not just about his virtues, but it’s the feeling you get when you look the dog in the eye and know there is something special behind that expression. He’s provided that expression and temperament to his get.
Bandit at a year old with Cindy's son, Brandon.
What made Bandit special outside of the ring?
Wow, there are so many things that made Bandit special outside of the ring. Always a gentleman!! Bandit was first and foremost a family dog—and definitely a momma’s boy. Little did I know the impact he would have on us as a family. It is much easier to discuss the show wins and his accomplishments because to explain what he meant as our housedog, child’s playmate, sweet companion or family protector only exposes the heartache we feel for his loss. Needless to say, he had the heart of a collie and brought our family love.
Bandit and Cindy's daughter, Alex.