KENNEL STORIES: THE HEATHERRI NAME
Terri Shomo and Heather Rhoades
By Terri Shomo
Heatherri Collies is a collaboration between my daughter, Heather
Rhoades and myself. We came up with our kennel name by combining
part of each of our names. I also liked the way the name sounded
-- it has a Scottish ring to it.
After several false starts and heartbreaks in our Collie journey,
we attended the National in Niagara Falls. I saw the Clarion
dogs up on the tables from across the room and knew immediately
that this was the type of dog that I wanted to breed. I went
up to Judie Evans setup to introduce myself but was too awed
to say a word. The National ended without my ever getting up
the nerve to actually meet her.
Clarion Brilliant Disquise
Foundation bitch for
We had more success at our next National in Columbus, where
we finally approached Judie and introduced ourselves. There
we fell in love with two of her dogs, Clarion The Color of Money
and Clarion Brilliant Disguise. I knew that I wanted to own
these dogs; the problem was convincing Judie that I was worthy
of such good ones. I offered to bring the male home for some
pampering and several weeks and much pleading later, Judie agreed
to let Dylan come and visit us.
We are trying to create a line of dogs
known for their elegance,
style and beautiful faces.
Here is where our story takes a humorous turn. Heather and
I decided to go and pick up Dylan and planned to make the trip
in one day. With a full tank of gas, directions and $40 between
us we headed off for Clarion, but fate intervened and the head
gasket blew in our car. The mechanic said it would take several
days to fix and here we were stranded in Moosic, PA, in the
middle of nowhere with no money and no car. I called Judie to
explain our delay and she and her daughter Lisa made the long
trip to Moosic to pick us up.
"Several days" turned into a week and Heather and
I became fixtures at
Clarion. Since we arrived with nothing but our purses, not even
so much as a toothbrush. I felt like the lead character in a
horror movie about the guests who come for dinner and never
Heatherri Let It Be, son of Clarion
Brilliant Disquise (pictured above)
Photo by Mike Fine
Since that humble beginning, Heatherri Collies has grown. We
acquired our two foundation bitches from Judie -- Ch. Clarion
Happy Hour and Clarion Brilliant Disguise. All of our present
dogs descend from these two. We are trying to create a line
of dogs known for their elegance, style and beautiful faces.
We are also trying to give back to the breed we love by doing
Collie Rescue and by helping newcomers to our breed the way
that Judie helped us.