Born April 20 2002 - died january 10 2017, as a victim of medical malpractice from her veterinarian
lived 14 years 7 months and 20 days
HD - Free
CEA - Free
Sad and heartbreaking to say - and know - that with the correct treatment for her condition she would have lived so much longer
My third lady was Little Heike-mother, I wanted a lady where Sammie was in the lines. I was extremely lucky that Wanda and Lasse in Sweden used Wim (son of Sammie) on one of their females, and that I was able to get my lady. She got the fancy name Dantos Good Luck Heike To Echuca, and what a happy-go lucky and playful pup.
I started to train her when I got her 8 weeks young,
and her first months was “full speed ahead”, she
wanted so much. How I love that kind of “crazy and
outgoing” pups. Even if they are a bigger challenge
then pups that are more calm, a “crazy and outgoing”
pup are so much better in the long run. To be honest
I don’t like many of these calmly type of Collies that I
often see, they seem ”dead” inside with no stamina.
I must thank Little Heike-mother’s breeders, Wanda and
Lasse, that from day one was taking an interest in her and
wanted to know what happened with her, which I do appreciate.
That’s a kind of breeder we all want to get our fur-baby from,
they would also take back any pup they have produced if something
should happen (can't ask for more from a superb breeder).
It has never been difficult to see that Little Heike-mother was the granddaughter of Sammie. She was enormously eager to work and from day one she was always ready for some fun and to learn new things. And fun for her is working SAR,
obedience, tracking and least of all herding sheep.
When she detect the training equipment she’s ready
in a flash.
She was also strong-willed, was extremely eager,
“horrible” nosy and always trying her best. Oh yes
she could also be extremely irritating when she
thought she was right.
With a lady like this of course she get some injuries,
like when she was zooming through the wood and got
an injure on her eye, I think she was 10 or 11 years young.
She also manage to crack one of her molars, that had to
be operated. Some sprained legs she also managed – but
a couple of days on Tramadol she was as good as new.
She was a very very healthy lady both mentally and
physically. She lived up to absolute all my expectations
She was impossible to “fence in” she was a free soul.
She had stamina, and she never gave up. Was a born
herder and very young when she was introduced to
sheep for the first time.
She loved to swim and as a puppy she not only though
she could fly she also thought she could walk on water.
She loved to vade in muddy water.
She was a lady that up to she was killed learned new
skills, I don’t think there was anything she couldn’t do
– always ready for a challenge. When she was 14 years
young we had to learn her to search for chanterelles
and as with all other challenges it didn’t take long
before she got a hang of that too.
She became mother to two litters, one in 2004
(3 boys and 3 girls) and one in 2007 (two boys and
two girls) ( see here ). She was an outstanding mother and took care of her puppies in an excellent way. 3 of the puppies emigrated to Sweden and made their new parents happy. Little Heike-mother really produced some fantastic puppies, like the three first certified cadaver-dogs here in Norway, and her puppies due to their superb owners have lots of great results – some of them can be read here ( about us ) Every puppy born here has also his/hers own page. Her offspring is carrying on her legacy, and I am proud to say we can find them Norway, Sweden and Denmark.
Little Heike-mother has always been a working Collie, and haven't competed much, but she does have a few results :
Approved working disposition test
Winner of The Red Prize in Obedience
Winner of The Red Prize in Conformation
Collie of the year in Obedience
Lots of good obedience results
Qualified obedience class 2
Winner of “Dantos Trophy” (won both times she attended)
1 year of age she herd like a pro, she has approved
Conformation Champion in NHL – lots of great results
which also include BIG, and 3 BEST IN SHOW at NHL shows
In 2013 and 2014 I decided to show her again in conformation.
These two years she attended some shows, she was 11 ½
and 12 ½ years young.
The results she got was beyond belief.
Always excellent + 7 CQ + 1 x res.CAC + 4 x CAC +
2x BOS + 2 x BOB + 9 x BOB-Veteran +
1 x BEST IN SHOW Veteran 4.
Then you can talk about quality that lasts, she really
could move and was so correct built.
But the most important was of course her excellent
mentality, not afraid of loud noises and she was of
course gun secure.
And not to forget a fantastic companion.
What I in my wildest imagination would not have thought
was that only hours after Little Heike-mother had gotten
her CAC, BOS, BOB-veteran and BIS-4-Veteran,
July 11 2014 in Skien, got an nasty e-mail from another
That mail complaint about
that Little Heike-mother
had stolen the CAC from
XY and XX.
The participant also said in
the mail that Little
Heike-mother was not only
lame but also that the
judge had said that she
should take a trip to the
That both the breed judge,
and finally Best In Show -
judge placed her with
superb critique should
even get the most naive to believe that this is just bullshit from jealous Collie-people/Collie-breeders.
This is quote from the participant : “““……did you not hear the judge told you that you should take her to a veterinary for check? possible you did it, we who stood close heard this very well. But the other two days she showed she was better .... But Yes I will admit it is pity to lose the CAC to a limping dog... " quote end.
They then wrote quote : “………From an ethic view it’s important to address showing elderly dogs. And this is a case I am going to work with, lameness can be signs of disease (and then I think in general) and it would be unethical to not treat a dog because of a show. I have experience from an animal clinic and know a lot about pain and pain management! And is it correct, to put up a lame dog, the conformation show-rules are clear. But that’s a different battle” quote end.
It’s hard to believe that there are people so jealous of a healthy Collie that are shown so seldom and that when she is over 12 years young can’t be happy for her but instead spread sick rumors is very special. But nothing is surprising anymore. Oh well, jealousy is very prevalent here in Norway.
As I do not care a shit about most Collie-people/Collie-breeders here in Norway I wonder if I will publish the names of these nasty jealous people (they are stupid, I have of course saved their mail with this bs).
When Little Heike-mother was more than 14 years young, and after a superb weekend when she and us were out searching for chanterelles, she suddenly got paralyzed on her hind legs. Her veterinarian did not follow the protocol and due to the medical maltreatment she got from that veterinarian Little Heike-mother had to say goodbye to a life she loved so much. Never any apology from the veterinarian or the clinic, and this case is reported – more about the case here
After having this healthy “one-of-a-kind” spitfire or firecracker might also be a name on Little Heike-mother in my life for so many years – and having her with me through some difficult times it’s hard to understand that she in the end would be killed by a negligent veterinarian that didn't followed protocol (in my eyes no better than a quack) it’s sickening.
We regularly took blood- and urine-tests of Little Heike-mother through the years and there was never anything wrong with her internal organs. She was “fit-as-a-fiddle” until the acute paralysis occurred.
How I will miss this crazy, proud and confident lady and seeing her zooming through the forest – running through the water like a maniac, working like a pro (no matter the task) not understanding she was a veteran and should take it a bit easier.
Absolutely not, because Little Heike-mother loved her life so much and wouldn’t miss a minute, in her own eyes she was never older than a youngster and behave like that all her life.
Even when her life was beyond rescuing, she did not want to die.
Little Heike-mother was really born a “Good Luck Charm” – and gave happiness and love to all she met.
She also had a natural authority and it was never trouble when we was hiking with other dogs-it was enough that she looked at them.
The world lost something wonderful the day that Little Heike- mother was killed by an incompetent veterinarian. And including mine, many hearts were broken that day. It’s still unbelievable to know that my little Heike-mother is gone forever.
Thank you so much to breeder Wanda and Lasse Forsberg for letting me have this fantastic female and for your interest through the years, that meant a lot. I was so grateful for the opportunity to buy Little Heike-mother.
She is waiting for me at Rainbow Bridge, and in the meantime she is playing with Samantha, Sammie and Sheppegutt.
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