Talraz Indiana ("DIVA") is from our Meg's 2005 litter to Ryan (Ch & Ir.Ch. Gallus Macracker at Kyleca JW). From the resulting litter of six bitches and four dogs, deciding which to keep proved a real headache, but Diva managed to charm her way into our hearts and lives with her big brown eyes and spirited, affectionate ways.
From a gangly leggy pup she has grown into a long, lean athletic adult with a great turn of speed and legendary ball skills - her ablity to leap head-high to take a ball from the air is breath-taking! Funny, friendly and fearless, and sound as a bell, she has proved to have the strong instinct and trainability to train for herding too, and the lessons are coming along nicely.
Link to see a clip of DIVA at work with visiting trainer Carl Borgstrom from Sweden here http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SBjtTwd1WS8&feature=email
Diva will continue to put in appearances in the show ring from time to time, but will mainly leave that duty to her litter sister Ellie, who although she does not live with us, has proved a reliable member of our show team - see Ellie's own page for more information. In the meantime, Diva is concentrating on her herding lessons, she loves to have a job to do!
For more pictures of trainee sheepdog Diva in action please also visit her page on the Beardie Herding website www.spanglefish.com/HerdingBeardies
DIVA became a mum to three gorgeous babies (two girls and a boy) on 26th October 2008. PROUD FATHER was the handsome Ramsgrove Rumba (Rum). For photos see the "DIVA'S LITTER" page.
Her second (and final) litter is planned for Spring 2012. Please feel free to contact us for more information.
Diva's mum Meg
Megan (Merrythorpe Blackberry Way) - dam of Diva
Diva's dad Ryan
Ryan (Ch & Ir.Ch. Gallus Macracker at Kyleca JW) - Diva's sire
Baby puppy face
A head study of Diva at eight weeks showing her especially endearing expression
Standing at 8 weeks
An early attempt at a show stand - this exercise is best performed with a sleepy puppy!
Photo call aged one
She's been playing here and just paused long enough for a photo - wearing her pretty pale puppy coat
At a show Summer 2006
At her palest stage and could be easily mistaken for a blue - it's hard to remember now how pale her coat once was
Dramatic colour change
At 21 months she grew wonderful dark "sideboards" to frame her pretty face!
Diva tinsel time
Looking a bit fed up here after a marathon pre-Christmas bathing and grooming session for all the dogs. We took a photo of the festive hairstyle quickly as we knew it would be only a matter of time before the tinsel was removed!
Diva showing the relaxed side of her character - totally at ease on her grooming table at Crufts
Pleased to say she was placed in her class!
New coat arriving
Early summer 2007 and at two years old the coat colour change is well under way, spreading from the front end steadily backwards, and from the dark tail forwards. A very multicoloured coat at this stage!
Endearing but unhelpful habit
Diva on the move in the show ring demonstrating her habit of twisting her head up to study my face, instead of looking where she is going!
York Canine Association
Diva having won just Dog of the Year at the YCA Christmas Match Meeting
Happy and Hot!
On one of our rare hot days in summer 2008
Looking after her young brother Blaze at the Beardie herding event in July 2008
At a Show
A rare picture of Diva at a dog show. She won the Special Working class
Proudly posing with her newborn litter of three in October 2008
Diva and her new family enjoy a nap together in the whelping box
With Her Daughter
Diva on the sofa with her 9-week old pup Lotti
Diva celebrating the first day of Spring!
Typical scruffy Beardie!
Showing how she can cover the ground when she needs to!
Diva at Leeds Ch show 2009 on her way to winning the Post-Graduate Bitch class
In Her Class
Thanks to Christine for these lovely photos of Diva at Leeds Ch show
Of course she would never dream of moving like this in a show ring!
Another Natural Pose
Unlike some of our other canine family members, Diva can never look tidy for long - here she is being her usual scruffy loveable self!
Diva enjoys an occasional trip to a show, but only to catch up with her friends!
Diva enjoying a walk in the snow which fell on Easter Sunday