My name is Patti Kowitz and I live in a rural community just outside Calamus IA, which is just 30 miles north west of the Quad Cities region of Eastern IOWA. (Moline/Rock Island/Davenport) (we no longer have our Atkinson Illinois location)  Did you know Davenport IA is ranked #4 Most Pleasant Places to Live in the US? Our area has a lot to offer if you decide to come visit, yet we are still in a country setting, with tons of wildlife, woods, and surrounded by crops.

 

 

Patti and Raven

I have been raising Border Collies since 1996. I enjoy working with the Border Collie, due to its incredible intelligence and eagerness to please its owner. 

I must say that I have met some of the most wonderful people through my dogs, many have kept in contact and are such good friends to me. Over the years and we have shared the laughs of raising puppies, to the sorrow of watching them grow old and pass on. I have had many folks come back to me years later to get another pup from me as their older friend (or friends) reach their senior years. I want to thank each and every one for keeping touch with me!

One of the first questions anyone asks me about my dogs, is how I came to the breed. That answer is quite simple; it’s all the fault of my childhood neighbor’s, the Hyatt family!! You see, I wanted my own dog, our family had labs. I wanted a dog just like the Hyatt’s dog, Lady; they lived up the street on our little cul-de-sac. Lady was a beautiful Border Collie, or Borderline Collie as they called her (the inspiration for my hotmail address), and she was so smart. She could do all kinds of tricks that never would have occurred to a lab 🙂

Anyway, of course my parents said the usual “We already have 2 dogs, we don’t need another, go play with the ones we have”. But they were my brother’s dogs, and didn’t care much for snuggling or doing tricks. So anytime Lady was outside, I would secretly call her to my house and play with her, until her family went looking for her. When they went on vacations, they always let me ‘puppy sit’ Lady, so at least part of the time, she was mine!! I still miss her, almost as much as her family does.

The next question I am often asked is, do you have sheep? Well, no I don’t, but the Borders are quite happy here, herding each other, and various toys as well as the poor cats. Some of them have gotten to do a little stock work and maybe someday my life will go to the dogs and I will get that flock of sheep. We have also tried (and had great fun with) agility, obedience and lure coursing. And my favorite activity with my dogs, hiking the trails in our own back yard, as well an a few area parks. Although I am not sure the mountain bikers that ‘own’ those trails appreciate our presents at times, I sure do enjoy the time spent outdoors with my best friends!

Patti and Koda

We (the dogs and I) have happily settled into our new location just outside of Davenport Iowa, where the dogs can play on over 25 acres of farm and forest ground!  and the neighbors have a few ducks!  Yes, the summers here are muggy and buggy, and the winters can be quite harsh, the gravel road can sometimes be annoying, but we are happy here in our country habitat, surrounded by wildlife and woods, with a river close by too (sometimes a little too close)! There are always deer and turkeys in the yard, and we are starting to see more pheasants too.  We even have eagles nesting nearby. We love our little piece of heaven!

Dogs in a Blizzard video

In 2014 I spent well over $2000 having all of my breeding dogs DNA tested for various genetic diseases. I was very surprised to lean just how common it is for a dog to be a CEA carrier (I have 4 that tested carrier). While it is ok to breed a carrier to a dog known to be clear of CEA, breeding two carriers together will produce puppies that will have CEA (which is an eye disease that leads to blindness)  CL and TNS are two other genetic diseases which cause life threatening illness.  All are preventable by knowing which dogs are carriers, and making sure they are not bred to other carriers. Without the DNA tests, a breeder has no way of knowing which dogs are carriers. Many breeders will not take the time and cost to do these test. It does greatly increase the cost of raising breeding dogs, but well worth the effort.

I am currently in the process of having all of my dogs OFA (hip) evaluations done as well. It is very important to screen each breeding dog to be sure they do not have Cannine Hip Dysplasia. This is another example of time and cost that needs to be taken to produce healthy pups. Unlike DNA testing (there is no DNA test for CHD at this time) this is not an ‘end all’ test. A dog with a Fair rating should be only bred to a dog with a Good or Excellent rating.  Even two dogs passing OFA evaluation can produce pups with CHD, but chances greatly increase when evaluations are done. It is also very helpful to look and the ancestry and prodigy of each dog. NO breeder can guarantee that your dog will NEVER develop CHD, but they should make efforts to avoid it. While a dog needs to be 2 yrs old for OFA evaluation, pre-screening if the dog is to be bred before 2 is available. Additionally, a female should not be close to coming in season, pregnant, or lactating when the OFA x-rays are taken. This makes it very difficult to get a female evaluated on time. Often a careful breeder will buy a pup, raise it, invest time, money and emotional attachment in it for two years, only to find out that the dog has poor hips and must be removed from the breeding program, but sadly it must be done.

Cheap puppies, born to untested breeding stock, raised ‘out back in the barn’ and not handled well in the first few weeks can grow up cost you so much more in vet and training costs, please be aware! And please, never buy your puppy from a pet shop, caring breeders do not send their babies away to that kind of life.

A puppy born to healthy, health tested parents, raised in a clean, safe environment, has a much better chance of growing up to be a healthy an well adjusted adult.

I hope you enjoy visiting my website, take a look at the available page and see our most current pups as well as adult dogs available for adoption.  If you are considering adding a Border Collie to your life, remember to do a bit of research first, so you know what you are getting into. Puppies are cute, but only for a few months, they grow fast. Remember, this is a 12-15 (sometimes even 18!) year commitment.

Please take some time to explore our site, meet our dogs, view our testimonials,  see how we do our very best to raise our pups in a social environment, and promise to be here to help you even after you have taken your pup home!

 Patti and pup