Talraz Innovation ("Ellie") , litter sister to our Diva, lives just a few miles away with Alyse and Richard Clancey, and all their other dogs, cats and horses. She leads a very busy and eventful life which mostly seems to involve getting seriously muddy, but is never more than a good bath and groom away from being a most valued member of our show team!
Rarely unplaced since her debut at 17 months, Ellie took to showing with ease. She has a cheerful and unflappable nature, is immensely sociable, and loves to please.
Ellie has given both her families some very proud moments, including qualifying for Crufts at her very first Ch show. She delighted us all by winning a Best In Show out of over 600 dogs when not even two years old, and soon after exceeded all our hopes with a fairytale Crufts first prize win - with Alyse and Richard proudly amongst the spectators.
Ellie was seven years old in March 2012 and now officially a Veteran. She is semi-retired from showing, but will continue to make the occasional outing - being especially fond of her annual trip to Crufts to meet her many friends for a cuddle!
Puppy head study
Ellie as an eight-week-old puppy. She has unusual head markings lacking any kind of blaze, which gave her a very quaint expression as a baby
Ellie aged 8 weeks
Practising her show stand. The white collar serves to enhance her elegant reach of neck.
Looking very promising even at this tender age
Rather short of coat here and looking leggy after a ruthless grooming session to strip out masses of dead coat - but still very pretty!
Ellie starts her show career
About three months later wearing a nice new coat to go to her first Championship show. She came home with two first prizes, a very good start to her showing career
Aged about 20 months and posing with mum Meg and dad Ryan at a show in Scotland
(Ellie in the middle)
Ellie at home busy with her best big ball
And always wet!
Ellie drying off after an action-packed day helping with the kennels and horses
Can this be the same dog?
At Crufts 2007 pictured winning the Yearling Bitch class
Ellie on the move at Blackpool Ch show on a typically wet day in June 2007
Colour change under way
Promise of a dark new coat on its way.
We look forward to continuing Ellie's show career as she matures. She has certainly made a good start in her first year in the ring
Ready To Go!
Ellie bathed and groomed and ready for a trip to a show
With Her Prizes
Ellie was awarded Best Bitch at the Bearded Collie Club Open Show in September 2008
Bearded Collie Club of Scotland
Ellie groomed and waiting to go in her class - photo by Helen Hards
Ellie at the BCC of Scotland - another photo by Helen Hards
On The Move
Ellie in action in the ring, showing off her new adult coat, now having changed to quite a dark slate
Liz with Ellie during the judging of the Limit Bitch class
Ellie aged almost 3 years enjoying a walk in the snow on Easter Sunday