Just a few of Anika’s achievements!
- Runner-up Best in Specialty Show winner
- Best in Group winner
- Runner-up Best in Group Winner
- 1:3 ratio of In-group and In-show wins
- Dam of 10 Champions (from 13 puppies)
- Dam of 2 Grand Champions
- Chosen from among her peers to represent her breed on merchandise sold at the Collie National Show, 2009
- Best Parent and Progeny – Victorian Collie Club Championship Show 2009
After waiting 16 years for a Blossom Hill smooth collie our dreams have come true.
We are so extremely thrilled to announce that Anika has arrived! Dog New Australia – 2004
Here are a few candid shots of her ‘learning the Aussie way of life’. These were taken during her stay in quarantine – May/June 2004.
Anika is our first smooth collie.
We can’t imagine where our ‘American Dream’ will take us,
but we do know that the journey will be saturated with excitement, anticipation and adventure.
Anika’s Australian Show Career:
Her Australian show career began at the Tasmanian Collie and Shetland Sheepdog Championship Club Show on the 26th September 2005 where she was awarded Best of Breed and Intermediate in Show.
Unfortunately, due to delayed paper work, we missed the Royal Show entries this year. Since October she has gone on to consistently win under specialist judges and all breeds judges. She gained her Australian Championship and Intermediate in Group on the 19th March, 2005 under Collie Specialist and International All Breeds Judge, Mr John Rice (SA)
She was shown at a few important collie specialty shows on Main Land Australia. Each time she was highly placed. One of those was The New South Wales Collie and Shetland Sheepdog Show under Judge: Mrs Glenda Henderon, USA. September 2006, who awarded and critiqued her as follows:
In Smooth Collies, Best of Breed and the Bitch CC Winner was Ch Blossom Hills American Dream. A lovely, mature sable bitch with outstanding head detail and the lovely body structure and movement you would expect from her breeding. I remember looking at her in the ring and thinking, I know I haven’t ever seen this girl, but she somehow looks familiar. When I later looked at her pedigree I recognized why she seemed familiar, as her dam is my mental picture of the correct Smooth Collie in the United States. What a pleasure to see, in her daughter, many of her dam’s fine qualities.
After an illustrious show career, at 8 years of age her last show was the Victorian Collie Championship Show were she took Reserve Challenge Bitch and Runner-up Best of Breed and Open in Show under Judge: Linda Robbins, Gambit Collies, USA, with the following critique.
“Ch/Am Ch Blosom Hill American Dream (Imp USA) was my open Bitch. What I was especially taken by on this older lady was her sweet-sweet face. I also loved her head detail. Her skull was level, clean and light. She had no depth of head and had very nice head planes. She was just slightly out moved on this day by my Aussie breed bitch”.
“She had one of the nicest eye placement of the show. Her dark eye and round full muzzle was more familiar to me. I also loved her correct head planes and clean skull. A bit of her age showed in her movement but she presented with lovely grace”.
At the same show her sons: Ch Baqilodge Quizmaster HIT was Reserve Challenge Dog while Ch Baqilodge Quote Unquote was 2nd in his class. Her daughters: Ch Baqilodge Ukulele Lady was Junior In Show and Ch Baqilodge Quietly Singing, 2nd in her class.
TO FIND OUT A LITTLE MORE ABOUT ANIKA’S STORY BEFORE TO COMING TO AUSTRALIA – READ ON…
Anika was born to the famous smooth, Ch Blossom Hill Full Circle , the Top Winning Show Collie (rough or smooth) in American breed history. She has an astounding pedigree with some of America’s top winning AND top producing stock. She has been carefully bred and for many generations with great attention given to health, temperament and reproduction vigour as well as to conformation and breed attributes of her individual ancestors.
The thrills have been many already. While waiting to complete her health testing prior to coming to Australia, her breeder, Mary Wells, offered to exhibit her in the American show scene. Of the 9 shows that she has attended so far (with her two smooth sisters) she has been awarded:
- 1 Best Puppy in Show
- 1 Best of Variety
- 3 Best of Winners
- 5 Winners Bitch
- 3 Reserve Winners and 9 class wins
(All from the 6-9 months class)
At 8 months old, she has both of her majors and only needs 3 minor points now to take her American championship title! Each time she has gone Reserve it has been to one or the other of her sisters. Mary said in her last email: “12 points at 8 months old, it is simply amazing! Guess I could say with confidence that we will be able to finish her before she needs to go”.
UPDATE FEB 2004:
Anika attained the last few points for her Championship under Judge: Mrs Sara Futh (Secretary of the Collie Club of America and Best in Show All Breeds judge). Anika is the third bitch from her litter to title; with her smooth sisters, Ch Blossom Hill Dream Keeper and Ch Blossom Hill Dare To Dream, just pipping her at the post.
I cannot express how humble I feel at being given this unbelievable opportunity to have this extraordinary (in every way) little girl come and live with us. I could never repay Mary and Paul of Blossom Hill Collies, California, USA, nor thank them enough for their infinite generosity and great trust.
To find out more about Anika’s family see ANCESTRAL HISTORY OF AUST. & AM. CHAMPION BLOSSOM HILL AMERICAN DREAM on this site.
AUSTRALIAN AND AMERICAN CHAMPION BLOSSOM HILL AMERICAN DREAM (Imp USA)
|Parents||Grand Parents||Great Grand Parents|
Am .Ch. Fantasy’s Bronze Sensation (ROM)
Ch. Fantasy’s Bronze Talisman (ROM 157)
|Ch. Vennessee’s Midnight Edition (ROM 25)|
|Ch. Fantasy’s Cover Girl (ROM 9)|
|Fantasy’s Bronze Treasure||Ch .Fantasy’s Fortune in Bronze|
|Cynabar N’ Westwinds Curio|
Am. Ch. Blossom Hill Full Circle (ROM 7)
|Ch. Fantasy’s Bronze Talisman (ROM 157)||Ch. Vennessee’s Midnight Edition (ROM 25)|
|Ch. Fantasy’s Cover Girl (ROM 9)|
|Ch. Blossom Hill Day Dream (ROM 9)||Ch. Twin Creeks Lonesome N Blue|
|Ch. Blossom Hill Homecoming|