fondly recalls her
youth and the lazy days of summer along with the memories of her
first Collie, Cinnamon, a deep mahogany sable bitch.
In 1988, Lori
first show dog, Luke, a tri rough male, moderate in stature, pleasing to the eye, and the most loving creature on the planet.Luke would become Lori
's first owner-handled champion (Ch. Maji Added Attraction) and would be the Collie
to propel Lori into focusing on improving the overall health and inherent diseases afflicting our Breed.
In 1994, Lori
relocated herself and her
two Collies, Luke and Heather ("Overland Exclamation") from Palm Beach, Florida to North Carolina.Mentored by Robette and Stephen Johns, Row-Bar Kennels, Lori
and Tom acquired Larico's Row-Bar Westward Ho, ("Phoebe"), a mahogany sable rough bitch, who would produce Ch.
In 2002, Lori
was introduced to Loralee ("Lee") Runnels-Bergmann of Kimberee Collies, and in May 2004 acquired a young tri smooth bitch, Nina, Kimberee A Little Piece O'My Heart.
After a devastating kennel fire in July 2004 which took the lives of 5 young puppies and 2 stud dogs, it was questionable as to whether or not Lori
would continue her
breeding program but the love of the collie took over so....
Lee and Lori
co-bred CH. Colebrae Kimberee Kisses Don't Lie ("Frankie") to CH.Blu Ridge Not Tonight ("Darin") and in August were blessed with a beautiful black and blue, rough and smooth litter.
...Lori has served the Collie Club of America as District Director to the membership of the State of North Carolina (2004-2006) and is currently a regular contributor to the CCA Bulletin as author of the "Chatting With" column.She serves on the Board of Directors of the Collie Health Foundation as a Corporator, Secretary and Newsletter Editor.Outside Lori's commitment to the Breed, she is a licensed North Carolina Real Estate Broker, working in Charlotte for a custom homebuilder specializing in homes over $2 million.