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Ch Sea Isle Clancey Of Sagebrush, UD
1971–July 19, 1981
by Ch MarJan's Mystic Scott O'Sea Isle ex
Barbanorm Marlene of Sea Isle
- Sable and white
- 14 5/8 inches
- Eyes certified normal
Clancey was my first show dog, and
my first champion. She came to me from Sea Isle as a four
month old puppy, and I thought she was the most beautiful dog I had
ever seen. She was slow to mature, and I was a novice
handler, so she was four years old when she finished her
championship. We learned together, and I made more mistakes
than she did. Clancey won several Best of
Breeds, and two working group placements. She also had two
Clancey was the dam of the
specialty winner and obedience High In Trial winner,
Jennifer Lee, CDX. Her second litter produced
Sagebrush Cindy O'Roylin, UD, who won a
Working Group (before the Herding Group was split off). Her
last litter included Sagebrush Mountain Heather, CD. Cindy was
the only one of Clancey's daughters to carry on. Through her,
Clancey is behind the 1990s champions, Ch Mirthhaven English Ivy and
Ch Mirthhaven Rose To The Occasion. She also carries down to
the Himark Obedience Trial Champions, OTCH Himark Lord of the
Rings and OTCH Himark Ebony N Ivory.
While Clancey was growing up, she
earned her CD with scores in the 190s, and then her CDX at 15 months
of age. Clancey was a loyal and very willing dog, who really
tried to figure out what I wanted her to do. When she was
working in Utility obedience at age nine, she had a problem with
figuring out what I wanted on the directed jumping exercise.
At our last spring show, needing one more leg to complete her title,
she was qualifying going into the directed jumping. We had
worked on that the night before. I sent her across the ring,
then directed her to the first jump which she took correctly.
Then I sent her out again, and directed her to the second jump.
She started for the right jump, got halfway there, and then decided
she was headed for the wrong jump. She went all the way across
the ring and took the wrong jump, quite convinced that she had done
what I wanted.
Tartan Tammy, UD, Clancey and Barry, Glacier Primitive Area,
Clancey was a fun-loving dog. Completely
reliable off lead, Clancey was one of the dogs who went
backpacking with us in the Wyoming mountains. On one
occasion, I was cooking supper at our back country camp, and my
husband was fishing about a quarter of a mile downstream.
Barry didn't realize that supper was ready, and he couldn't hear
me call him over the sounds of the creek. I told Clancey, who had no training for this
kind of thing, to go get Barry. It took her a few seconds
to figure out from my gesture what I wanted, but then she caught
sight of him on my mark, and took off after him at full gallop.
Barry's supper did not get cold that night.
Clancey was trained in
tracking, but I really didn't know anything about
reading a dog, so I was unable to recognize her tracking
indications. She took to tracking with the same
willingness that she gave to everything else. She
was certified twice, but due to my lack of experience
she never earned her TD. In about 1975, at the request
of Barbara Hagen Rieseberg (Silverleaf Shelties), we
took the set of photos of Clancey tracking that are in
her book, Sheltie Talk.
Clancey's specialty wins are noteworthy because of the judges
who gave her the awards. In view of the reputations of
these judges, all three pictures are linked to full sized
Noted English breeder/judge Margaret Osborne gave Clancey
a Best in Match at the Centennial Shetland Sheepdog Club of
Greater Denver in August 1972. Clancey was 15 months of age and completely out of coat.
Betty Whelan, of Pocono Shelties fame,
awarded Clancey Best of Opposite Sex at the Centennial Shetland
Sheepdog Club of Greater Denver in June 1976.
Jean Simmonds, Carmylie Shelties, picked Clancey for Best
of Breed at age 8 1/2
at the Shetland Sheepdog Club of Greater
St. Louis on Februsry 29, 1980.