See more pictures of Nola here.
Nola is my sable girl. 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.
As a puppy, Nola was sassy and independent much like a toddler. She loved to chase Casper (and Casper was in heaven being chased). As she approached 2 years old, her personality shifted from sassy to extremely mellow, docile, and maternal. She loves kids, and when she comes into contact with babies, toddlers, and small animals, she goes into “nurture mode” where her ears go back, she lays on her belly, and she crawls closer to softly lick them. She is very gentle with kids, 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 when she was a puppy and teen was picking a new chew toy each day and carrying it with her everywhere she went. When the humans were doing projects around the yard, she found she could wait close by until she was handed an item like my empty water bottle or a block of wood. She’d calmly take it and walk away to 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
DNA Testing Results:
Multidrug Sensitivity (MDR1): not affected/carrier
Collie Cyclic Neutropenia (CN): clear/noncarrier/normal
Degenerative Myelopathy (DM): not affected/carrier
Von Willebrand’s Disease Type 2 (VWD2): clear/noncarrier/normal
Collie Eye Anomaly (CEA): affected (rating: 1)