Tribute to: GCH Coastal Halcyon Lighten Up, HSAs AX AXJ VCX
By Susie DeKieffer
Journey came to us from Pauline Brolin and Tammy Alden of Coastal Kennels when he was about 10 weeks old. I have long admired their lovely dogs, and Journey has the sweetest expression imaginable. He has an easy-to-live-with Sheltie temperament. He is a loving couch potato in the evenings, yet he has plenty of interest and excitement for any performance venue. He is a sound dog with a biddable temperament – just what a well-bred Sheltie should be.
Journey was a pleasure to show in conformation, and I started him just as early as I could. He has nice movement and a melting expression that is hard to deny. He won his first major at just seven months old, and he finished his breed Championship shortly after he turned two years old. Although I had not planned to campaign him to a Grand Championship, he was already entered in several upcoming shows, so I bumped him up to BOB. He immediately started picking up GCH points and BOB wins. Journey finished his GCH at 2-1/2 years old.
We began agility training when Journey turned a year old. He was simultaneously being trained in sheep herding. Journey flew through the beginning agility classes with nice placements on each leg. He is currently accumulating points and double Qs towards his MACH title. In herding, Journey quickly earned his PT title and moved straight into trial competition. He finished his HSAs title with placements and a Reserve High in Trial award.
Journey was awarded the CH+VCX Certificate of Achievement by the American Shetland Sheepdog Association before he was even 2-1/2 years old, a feat many dogs work towards for their entire careers. It is hard to believe Journey just turned three years old. He has accomplished so much already . . .
a Sheltie that does it all!