Lock-Eye Layel, MX MXJ
I can hardly believe 3 years has gone by so fast.
I want to update you on all that Layel has accomplished during this time. She
is all that I said before and then some.
She and brother
Reno won their pairs relay class in Freyberg, ME. last summer, which was very
cool to see, like seeing double!
I am quite sure if Layel had a better
handler, she would be close to her MACH by now, at a ripe old age of 2 ½.
As it stands, she has 650 of the 750 MACH points and 4 double Q's.
Regardless of the placements, she ran her little heart and soul off. As, you can imagine the Tampa convention center was a, "3 ring circus", with agility, obedience and breed finals going on under the same roof. On Saturday alone, there were 22,000 spectator tickets sold! Layel acted like a seasoned competitor as did both her brothers, Jag and Reno. That is quite a tribute to you Michelle.
She was also doing great herding, gathering naturally out in the big field, learning to drive, when a ewe plowed into me and trashed my knee and ending the "sheepies" for awhile.
Up here in the north east we are very fortunate to have many training opportunities, most of which I take advantage of. Layel is consistently recognized as a brilliant thinker who will do anything for me, without question, in a heartbeat and do it well.
If, I were not already at my limit here as to the number of dogs I can have, I would be sending you a deposit and saying, "pick my next puppy Michelle"
Needless to say, I love Layel and everything about her, she is my little buddy.
Layel screaming 'round the Agility course!
1st reference from Noreen:
I had the recent pleasure of purchasing Lock-Eye Layel (DinahXColt) from Michelle Weese after having researched BC breeders for over a year. Layel is my second BC, the first I bought in Ireland and I have a lab, all agility dogs.
From the very beginning I have been impressed with all Michelle does. She was recommended to me by Karen Moureaux from Contact Point Agility in California. I had contacted Karen specifically looking for a tri bitch from herding lines. Karen had just left Michelle's home and was there with her daughter Katie when Dinah whelped. She had nothing but good things to say about Dinah, her puppies, Michelle's dogs and of course Michelle herself. And she was right.
I remember trying to wait for a reasonable hour to call Michelle, as we are 2hrs. ahead and it was Saturday morning. I had been staring at the new born puppy photos since 5.30 am with such anticipation. I finally got up the courage to call her around 11.00 and left a message, never expecting a return call. Much to my delight 15 minutes later she called and has never stopped!
Michelle takes great pride in her dogs, her training, her achievements and of course her family.
She turns her home and kennels into a welcome mat for all us puppy buyers; she's even been known to drive to the airport to pick folks up! She invites people to stay, sleep on the couch, train, visit with puppies, eat beef stew with home made bread, for heavens sake! Her accessibility is wonderful and only surpassed by her knowledge. I still want to hear all she has to say. Even if I can hardly understand a word she's saying with that draaaaawl........... LOL! Her web site is awesome and puppy photo/video updates make you feel like you get to know your puppy a little, before they ever arrive. This was especially true, knowing I would not fly to OK. You can see the parents, grandparents, Aunts, Uncles, cousins etc. to really get a much better idea what your getting.
Layel came to me crate trained, clicker started, socialized, loved, leash trained, litter box trained, handled. She knew, come, sit, wave, down, at 7 1/2 weeks! She is continuing to learn at this amazing pace. At 4 1/2 months she has learned more than the average dog would learn in a life time. I am a clicker trainer 100%. It was so exciting to know Michelle was imprinting such wonderful things into these puppies long before the plane ride to Massachusetts. It's a jump start to a better co-existence between puppy and new owner and we the handler have such an edge.
As for "livability", Layel is easy, on/off. She has no bad habits, her disposition is wonderful, she is extremely smart and has uncanny instincts, and focus beyond her months. She also has a mind of her own, is very independent, very brave, selective who she kisses and physically tough as nails and for some strange reason a little bold. : ) I nick named her Godzilla girl.
There have been quite a few Lock-Eye puppies purchased up here lately, to compete in agility. We keep in touch and will surely be seeing, if not competing against each other in the not to distant future. How exciting for Michelle! I would trust her in every way.
Lock Eye Bold as Brass, call name Raef
(Lock-Eye River x Risin' Sun over Lock-Eye, aka "Solar".
Well, here I go again, singing the praises of yet another wonderful
Lock Eye dog, I can't believe how lucky I am!
It has been almost a year since Raef arrived here from Oklahoma and I have nothing but good things to say about him. He is pretty high drive and bursting with energy, always eager to work doing anything! He has never said no..he always says, more? I love his temperament and can go anywhere and do anything with him and he is cool with everything. He is such a good boy, gets along with everyone and is still intact.
Training him is the best and I have documented it all in video and pics. It is so much fun to see him, "get it" what ever, "it" is. He has light bulb moments and I can actually see him thinking and acting on those thoughts.
Michelle asked me what my puppy wish list was and I believe it went something like this.
1. "A thinker", a dog who will think before react. (Michelle
called him "The "Taxman," because he could do your taxes.)
I got it all and pretty much in that order too. I am really looking forward to competing him some time this year when I feel he is ready. I know I am going to have a lot of fun and laugh allot too!
Debbie Willoughby's Lock-Eye Border Collies
Hi, my name is Debbie Willoughby, and I have the pleasure of owning
5 Lock-Eye Dogs. They are awesome dogs to work, they have great structure
and great attitudes. I am very proud to own and train dogs that I know
are healthly and have the instinct to do what they were bred to do.
CH Lock-Eye Lady Ness PT RA (Lock-Eye Penny x Lock-Eye Bronze) Nessie is my heart dog I have been in love with this girl from the first day I saw her at 4 days old. Nessie will soon start trialing in herding and agility. She is so natural on stock, has perfect balance. Nessie just turned 4 in Dec of 2004 and we are having a lot of fun together she is always willing and eager to work.
CH Lock-Eye Bedazzled CD RA HSAs (aka Jewel) (Rockin G Colt x Lock-Eye Dazzel) Jewel was 4 years old in Dec 2006. I co-own Jewel with my sister Bev. Jewel loves to herd and is very good in obedience and is entered in her first obedience trial next month. Jewel is a very loving dog and a joy to work with.
Lock-Eye Out Of This World (aka Orbit) (Lock-Eye Lazer x Lock-Eye Ivy) is 16 months old and we are working him in herding and he is very natural, has great balance and fun to work with. He is so happy go lucky and my clown. He will start showing this year and I am really looking forward to this show season with him. He has never met a stranger, loves people, kids etc.
Lock-Eye Rodeo Reno
, What a year 2004 was, Lock-Eye Rodeo Reno started out the year in AKC Excellent
A Standard and Jumpers W/Weaves, and quickly moved to Excellent B where he finished
his MX and MXJ. In the process Reno earned 7 of the 20 Double Qualifications needed
for his MACH. In addition Reno also Qualified for the AKC/Eukauba Agility Championships
ADCH Richfields A Kuna Mantada
Recently I have purchased a Border Collie Puppy from Michelle Weese. My experience was extremely pleasant, Michelle has been very easy to talk to via e-mail or telephone. Michelle sent updated pictures and videos weekly. This was my first Border Collie and Michelle wanted me to be comfortable with her and with my decision of purchasing one of her Lock-eye Border Collies. Not being able to physically see and be there with the puppies was new for me but Michelle made it very easy and made me extremely comfortable. Once I received the puppy, Michelle still remains easy to reach with any questions or problems. I have never met such a well socialized 7 week old puppy! My puppy is super sweet , confidant and extremely well adjusted. I am very happy with my puppy and my experience with Michelle. I would recommend Michelle to anyone looking for a Border Collie.
Mary Rimmer's Reference section
Well, this letter is a long time coming! Ive been corresponding with Michelle about Border collies for over 5 years now. I met her on a chat group after my first Border collie, Abbey, came into my life. I had researched Border collies before getting Abbey, but a Border collie support group seemed like a nice idea -- especially when handling all of the quirks of this wonderful breed.
Michelle was always very helpful and positive and I quickly regarded her as the expert in the group. She was always sharing photos of her dogs and puppies and articles she had written on training Border collies for stock work. Her breeding program was very impressive, as was the amount of time she devoted to the training of the puppies before sending them to their new homes. I made a mental note to be sure to get my next Border collie (of course I would have another!) from Michelle when I was ready.
After several months, Michelle acquired Smooch -- a beautiful chocolate Border collie who I immediately admired. Since Michelle was not going to part with Smooch, I was determined to talk my husband into letting me have a puppy out of her. After watching two wonderful litters go to their new homes, it was finally my turn to get on the puppy list --which I did almost a year before my dream puppy would be conceived! It seemed like a lifetime before my little red/white girl and her five sisters were born. I was lucky enough to have first pick out of this litter and although I had fallen in love with Zing! (Smooch x Lazer) at first sight, I tried to hold out for temperament and personality to be the deciding factor -- fortunately Zing! more than filled the bill.
In March of 2003, we made the trip to the airport to pick up Zing! and she came out of her crate raring to go. You would never have guessed that she had spent almost all day at an airport and then traveled several hours in the cargo hold of an airplane. She was alert, friendly, and inquisitive. She gave all of us kisses and walked beautifully on lead out into the parking lot of airport -- no fear at all! When we got home, there was no mistaking that she had arrived! She checked everything out and was into everything and anything she could find, but responded in an instant to puppy come!! -- in my best imitation of Michelle ;-)
When she met our three other girls, she did not miss a beat and easily kept up or even bested them in fetching races and tugging sessions. She quickly showed her herding instincts in stalking and herding the other dogs and her balls in the yard. Zing! also has an affinity for hula hoops like her sire and is completely goofy during her down time. Potty training was a breeze as she had already been trained to use a potty box. She also knew sit, come, down, and wave when she arrived here at 8 wks and, in case I havent already mentioned it, she could tug like a pit bull!
I have been training and working with Zing! in agility, obedience, and herding. She is doing very well in all three. I am hoping to have the time to trial with her at least once a month this spring into the summer -- with two kids active in sports and other activities, its not easy to fit in trials especially when some travel time is involved! Zing! saw her first sheep at 9 months old and turned on instantly. She could not wait to get into the round pen and have her turn and after getting the zoomies out, she settled in and worked. We try to get out and do some herding at least every month or so in winter and bi-weekly in summer. Zing! loves it and is progressing nicely in spite of sporadic lessons and her biggest handicap, me!
Zing! is about as people friendly as they come and often will talk to new people that approach us who fail to acknowledge her presence. She earned her CGC and TDI certificates with flying colors and was pronounced born to be a therapy dog by her evaluator. She loves water and has leapt into our pool since she was a young pup. She is a fast learner and is up for anything! Michelles clicker training of the pups starting at 5wks. really made a big difference in how quickly she could master a new behavior. Zing! is eager to please and her being clicker savvy really helps with our communication during training sessions. I really dont think there is anything this girl cant do!
I felt that I had already gotten to know Zing! a little bit through the many, many video clips and photos the Michelle sent throughout the 8 long weeks of waiting! Michelle was and remains wonderfully accessible. She is always willing to answer questions and offer advice. I consider her to be more of a friend than just my puppys breeder. You cannot go wrong with a Lock-Eye puppy!
Lock-Eye Sonic Diffusion, "Kaboom!"
On January 21, 2005, I was checking out the latest puppy pics on Michelles website. I knew that the Dinah x Fuse litter had been born a few days before and Michelle was late putting up puppy pics -- with a litter of ten, I wonder why ;-) I fell in love with the little tri boy -- he was only 4 days old! I emailed Michelle and told her that I had the same feeling about this little guy that I did when I saw Zing! for the first time. Well, she didnt help matters when she answered hee, hee HE could be yours! I was hooked and finally convinced my husband that we could handle four Border collies (plus an almost 15 year old miniature dachshund and a cat about the same age as the doxie....not to mention my sons rat :-) Fortunately my birthday wasnt far off and Boom (if he were fated to be mine as I was the last name on the puppy deposit list!) would be my 39th birthday present -- yikes!
I held my breath for almost 6 weeks and the email finally came telling me that Boom was mine to choose :-)) The whole time I was waiting, Michelle sent video clips, pics etc. and answered my many questions about personality and temperament as I wanted to be sure Boom would be a good fit with our girls. With an already over-the-top, high drive Lock-Eye girl, I was hoping that Boom would fall into the med-high drive range -- he seems to be obliging :-)) The many pics I already have of this little guy are absolutely adorable and everything about him tells me that he is going to fit in here just fine.
I have plans to train him in obedience, agility and herding. Since I will not be able to make it out to OK to pick him up as I had hoped, I will be driving him out as soon as school get out mid-June for him to have his first taste of sheep at Michelles place ;-)
I am sure that Michelle will keep me well informed as his training continues. I am looking forward to the day he leaps from his crate fresh from his plane ride right into our arms and showers us with kisses like Zing! did two years ago.
Thanks Michelle for another awesome puppy -- Im sure Boom will be everything we hoped and more!
Tracy Heinlein's Reference
FA Lite My Fuse, NAJ (aka "Blast")
Lock-Eye Deep Freeze aka "Ice"
Carmen San Diego aka "Carmen"
I moved to Oklahoma I had the pleasure of working for Michelle for 6 months. I
helped with the training of the puppies,taking care of the kennels and I also
got to help train some dogs on sheep!! I was able to see first hand how much time
Michelle puts into each puppy so it will be well started on its training for the
new owner. I can truly say that Michelle loves each and every puppy and makes
sure that they go to a home that is suited to that particular puppy. While working
there I fell in love with alot of her dogs but the ones that stand out for me
are: Fuse, Kate, Dixie, Key, Sheena, Style and Rimmer. All of her dogs are well
behaved and even with me at first being a total stranger obey me and gave me lots
Sullivan's Lock-Eye Brush with Destiny, aka Chet
Brush with Destiny (call name is Chet) is my dream SAR dog. He has a super
temperament, and fantastic work ethic.
you are looking for a dynamite SAR dog that has the following:
- Indiana Task Force 1
Lock-Eye Puttin on the Blitz (Call name Blitz)
My name is
Pam Beck. My family (husband and daughters 9 and 12) and I live in Tulsa, Oklahoma.
We got our first Border Collie from Michelle Weese and Lock-Eye Border Collies
in June of 2002 when the puppy was 7 weeks old. She’s out of the Dinah x
Colt breeding. We named our little girl “Lock-Eye Puttin on the Blitz”
call name Blitz. I researched Border Collies and breeders for two years before
finding and committing to Lock-Eye Border Collies. Michelle is truly the most
responsible breeder I’ve ever run across. She is committed to the breed’s
health and well-being – and strives for perfection. My family and I have
visited her beautiful place several times. She has a very clean, well-organized
set up. Her dogs all love her and are obviously cared for and treated well. Blitz
has been a dream puppy for us from day one. We were fortunate enough to have the
“pick of the litter” as they say. Michelle guided us through the picking
process and I totally trusted her judgment. Michelle knows her dogs and does an
excellent job of matching the puppies with the right family/situation. Michelle
also does a fantastic job of socializing the puppies before they leave her. Blitz
came to us (at 7 weeks old, mind you) crate trained, wearing a collar, leash trained,
and already knew “sit” “down” and “here.”
Michelle started her on clicker training at 4 weeks. She excelled in her puppy
kindergarten class, and we will continue with obedience training and agility training.
Blitz is a beautiful dog inside and out. She loves everyone and everyone loves
her! We will definitely be return customers! (my older daughter wants a red and
white BC to train and work in agility with!) If you would like to call me to speak
personally, please feel free to do so. Michelle can give you my phone number.
This reference is on behalf of Michelle Weese. I have known Michelle since 1991. I have always been impressed with her extraordinary ability with animals. My husband and I watched her develop a stock dog training business that has turned into an international enterprise. We own a Border Collie that was raised and trained by Michelle. Maggie is a valuable worker as well as a cherished companion. Michelle does a marvelous job of socializing the dogs and evaluating them for potential as working dogs. The dog’s socialization with people allows them to view their owner as the "alpha dog" and makes it easier for them to develop respect and allegiance to their prospective owner. People from all over the United States seek out her expertise as well as her dogs. Recently I met a man from England that came over specifically to visit with Michelle and learn some of her techniques. His interest was peaked by several of her articles that she has written in the Ranch Dog Trainer. You will not be disappointed if you choose a dog from Michelle. She will support you with any question or problems and make sure that the dog suits your working needs.
If you have any questions, please feel free to send me an e-mail: Dianne_Hellwig@berea.edu
Dianne Hellwig, D.V.M., Ph.D
In Oct.2000 I bought a puppy from Michelle. Her name was Grace and we went ahead and kept it. Her parents were Lock-Eye Cash and Ann. Grace was in perfect condition, healthy and full of energy. I think the daily social contact in the environment that she had been raised in really helps when you get the puppy home. During our visit at Lockeye Border Collies I found Michelle very knowledgeable with the dogs, puppies and the training necessary to produce that special companion, ranch hand or trial competitor most owners are looking for. Michelle was very helpful in answering my questions and demonstrating how to properly approach many training situations. Michelle has a gentle approach to start light positive training on puppies and the puppies is having fun, not noticing that their getting started to the world in command, correct action and reward. If your a beginner or a Veteran, I would recommend that you check out Michelle's puppies at Lockeye Border Collies.
pleased with the pup,
In October, 2000 I bought a five month old male puppy from Michelle named Zimmer (Lock-Eye Vip x Lock-Eye Bronze). I have had Zimmer in his new home for about a month now. Zimmer is without a doubt one of the best behaved, and most obedient pups I have had the pleasure of being around. I have trained hunting dogs most of my 35 years and I can honestly say this pup is exceptional in his manners. He seemed well socialized and not afraid of new situations. He reacts and responds to my two small children very well. Michelle was honest and very helpful with me throughout this purchase. At this point, I could not be happier with the purchase I made from Michelle Weese and Lockeye Kennels.
Michelle, Just wanted to let you know that the dog I purchased from you three months ago is working out great! I am very pleased with his social skills-he gets along with everyone, people and dogs alike! He minds me well and I even had a neighbor here watching me work sheep this week and he asked if I thought Chigger would work for him, I said give it a try. Chigger worked beautifully for him, a stranger, also. Thanks for selling me a great dog!
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