Tribute To A Champion



It was with heavy heart, but fond memories that I laid Misti to rest in September. Over twelve years ago, I bought my first show collie puppy from DeAnne LaCruze. When Misti and I went into the ring, it was the first time for both of us. When she finished with three 5 point majors in one weekend, at the age of 2 yrs. I was so overwhelmed I cried.

Misti was the most fun dog I have ever had. She had a genuine sense of humor and lovede practical jokes which she would tailor to the hapless target of her choice. She thought up intricate plots and executed them over and over, removing any doubt that it was accidential or unintentional. She would get so tickled when she could get a rise out of us, be we two legged or four.

Misti was the foundation for my breeding program, with a near perfect body, sound health and movement that was like magic. She managed to produce normal eyes and all of her offspring have produces a high percentage of normal eyes. She is great and great great grandma to seven babies that we have high hopes for. Some already have BOB’s behind them and some are waiting their turn to honor their grandma.

She was laid to rest on a Northern Idaho ranch next to an old friend. A great bull elk stood near by and bugled during the buriel and faded into the brush as I finished. He sang her taps. She took part of my heart when she left. I give it to her gladly

Co-Owner: Dorothy Detzer -- Castledale Collies, Hayden Idaho Breeder: DeAnne LaCruze -- Silverhawk Collies, Reno, Nevada

Silverhawk-Castledale Drkskye Skye is from Misti’s last litter dob 09/27/05

Sired by CH. Belfair’s Bliss O’Castledale



We here at Silverhawk Collies bid a tearful farewell to our only champion, Silverhawk’s Silver Mist. Dorothy Detzer became a friend over 12 years ago when she attended SNCC’s specialties when our shows were held at the Reno Fairgrounds in Reno, Nevada. When she heard that I was planning a breeding of my Sable Merle headed White - Silverhawk’s Sierra Snow - Sierra, she ask to be placed in the waiting list. Misti’s sire was a Tricolored male - Ka-Zes Dark Cloud, sired by CH. Kazes Tangled Up In Blue x CH. Twin Acres Ka-Zes Destiny.Although, I have been raising and breeding Collies for 30 years, Misti was the only puppy that went to someone who was interested in SHOWING. Dot picked out Misti from a litter of two males (1 Sable Merle & 1 Blue Merle) and 5 females (2 Blues, 2 Sable Merles & 1 Tri).

Although most of our offspring have gone to pet/companion homes, we continue to receive “call backs” when their Collies have passed on to Collie Heaven.

Misti did her offspring justice, producing several puppies that are now or have been in the “show ring”. We are very please with what she produced.


Owner/Breeder: DeAnne L. LaCruze, SILVERHAWK COLLIES, Reno, NV.