DNA Testing Results:
Multidrug Sensitivity (MDR1): carrier/not affected
Collie Cyclic Neutropenia (CN): clear/normal/noncarrier
Degenerative Myelopathy (DM): carrier/not affected
Von Willebrand’s Disease Type 2 (VWD2): clear/normal/noncarrier
Collie Eye Anomaly (CEA): affected (rating 1)
Nola is our sable and white female. She was born on a family farm with the dam and sire on site. The sire was particularly large with a very thick coat, and both parents were eager to greet newcomers to the house. They were mild-mannered and curious as Nola has proven to be. She has very similar coloring to her father and very similar face and body structure of her mother.
She seems to have two sides to her: a “Casper side”, and a maternal side. Her Casper side wants to be everywhere Casper is and play with him. She has readily bonded to him. Her maternal side is very gentle. She loves kids, and when she comes into contact with babies, toddlers, and small animals, she goes into “nurture mode”–her ears go back, she lays on her belly, and she crawls closer to softly lick them. She is very gentle with babies but has a watchdog bark that means business.
With such an affectionate and beautiful dog, it’s no surprise Nola’s pedigree chart is as rich in high-demand sires as is Casper’s pedigree. These sires have specific DNA profiles with the AKC due to being so distinguished that they were more frequently requested to sire litters than the average stud. She is easily a result of a history of breeding that improves the collie breed in health and temperament.
A personality quirk unique to her is picking a daily chew toy and carrying it with her for that day. When the humans are doing projects around the yard, she has found she can wait close by until I hand her a safe item like my empty water bottle or a block of wood and walk away to quietly enjoy her earnings for the rest of the day.
To see videos of Nola check out the second half of this link: https://youtu.be/wgWUQ-3WcEw