16 March 2017

More Sheltie photos

I grabbed these photos off the Loups de l'Isengard Shetland sheepdog breeder's web site when I found them yesterday. I think she has just posted them, and she has announced that these dogs' female puppy has officially been sold (to us).











The mama dog's name is Ixelles, pronounced [eek-SEL]. That's a play on words, because XL meaning "extra-large" is pronounced the same way in French.

XL is also a little joke because the dog named Ixelles is anything but extra-large. Adult Shetland sheepdogs weigh between 20 and 30 lbs. Here she was as a puppy herself, about 3 years ago. Ixelles is also a town in the Brussels region of Belgium.












The daddy dog is named Ilhan — or Ilhan des Bergers du Landas in the long form. Les Bergers du Landas is the breeder's where he was born, and it's in the Allier (not very far south of the city of Bourges and just north of Montluçon).

Ilhan and Ixelles are both about three years old now. Here's a close-up shot of Ilhan's face and head. Our as-yet unnamed puppy should look a lot like this, because she's also a tricolor Sheltie.



Coincidentally, our 10-year-old border collie named Callie was also born in the Allier département of central France, between the towns of Montluçon and Vichy. Her full name is Callie du Berger de la Vallée des Géants — Callie of the Shepherd of the Valley of the Giants. Her father was Vince des Vents du Moisson — Vince of the Harvest Winds.

15 comments:

  1. Lovely looking dogs, both of them...
    no where near as inbred as UK Shelties with their horrible narrow faces...
    the dad looks quite like my old BC, but without a white blaze or as long a nose...
    and without your future grooming problem...
    but with a previous Sheltie in your lives, you'll know all about that!!
    In that last picture Ilhan has a lovely gentle expression...
    nice.

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    1. Surely you mean "future grooming pleasure..."

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  2. Lovely to see the photos. Both the parent dogs look wonderful. I am sitting here with wet eyes remembering the two lovely shelties we had.

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    1. I still miss our dog Collette, who was a Sheltie mix that we got from the SPCA in California in 1992. She died in 2006. Here's a photo: Arriving in France with Collette

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  3. Awww, so nice to read about Colette again :)
    These are some fluffy, happy-looking dogs!

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    1. It's too bad we weren't in touch in early May 2003. Walt, Collette, and I drove right through St. Louis on our way from CHM's house in southern California to Champaign-Urbana.

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    2. Ha! I just read your account of arriving with Collette. :-)

      So, m'sieur, it seems you and your dog were illegal immigrants, non?
      (She looked so calm and relaxed in France.)

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  4. I love the coloring of your new pup- I don't think I've ever seen the dark tri-color here in the states. We've had white, black, apricot and gray poodles in our lifetimes- it's fun to mix up the colors.

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    1. Our last Standard Poodle was Tate, he was brown but our first , Bleu ... was ... blue . A blue Standard Poodle, major attention getter :)

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  5. What wonderful names ! I love collies, of course mine was named Lassie .. what can you do ? it could have been Trigger.
    love and hugs to the pups .. C

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  6. These dogs look beautiful and so full of intelligence and personality. May all go really well!
    (But what will Bertie say?)

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