JLM Border Collies 

Our Dogs

The Dogs of JLM Border Collies: Personal Profiles...

To view each dog's personal page click on their photo. You will find their pedigrees, trial results and videos!  (Videos coming soon!)

Our Breeding Foundation:

Diesel CBCA 5365 : Foundation male. (2004-2018)
Diesel sadly left us on July 21, 2018.  He will be forever missed, but his blood is carried in all our JLM bred dogs representing our kennel. 

Diesel was my first trial dog.  I purchased him as a pup and we took our first herding lesson when he was over two years old.  Both Diesel and I caught on quite quickly, however I was very fortunate that Diesel was such a naturally talented and biddable dog.  He put up with all of my mistakes and we have become a very successful team.Diesel has proven to be an excellent Open trial competitor and his ability to read stock is rarely surpassed .  I was very lucky to get such an amazing dog with such an excellent temperament and it is these traits that he passes on to his pups.  All of his pups that have been put to stock have been extremely easy to start.  They are biddable, but not soft, and tend to naturally cast around their sheep from the very beginning.  Diesel’s pedigree is excellent.  On his sire’s side is Bill Berhow’s Nick who was 3 time US National final’s Champion and is in the ABCHA’s Hall of Fame. On Diesel’s mother’s side is Chris and Wendy Schmaltz’s breeding and contains some excellent trial dogs.

Diesel has eyes clear for CEA and his hips are OFA certified Good
Optigen DNA tested.  Genetics rated Carrier. Significance for breeding: Diesel mated with any Normal rated female will never produce an Affected pup with CEA.

Keen-Eye Sky CBCA 4513 : Foundation female.
Sky has now been retired from motherhood.  She is our foundation dam and her greatness is carried forward in our dogs Chloe, Marvin, Boomer, and Harold!  Thank you Sky for being such a wonderful mother!

I purchased Sky from Keen Eye Stock dogs as an 8 week old pup.  She was incredibly easy to start on sheep.  By 6 months old she could Down, Stay, Stand and keep sheep to me.  She is a very high drive, high intensity female that passes exceptional talent to her pups.  She comes from proven working bloodlines.  Sky’s sire Cody CBCA 113 won numerous trials on both sheep and cattle during his lifetime, and her mother RGC Cate ABC 226582, comes from excellent working stock.  Sky crossed with Diesel has consistently produced pups that have showed excellent stock sense and are extremely trainable. 

Sky has been Optigen DNA tested clear for CEA with genetics rated Normal. Significance for breeding: Sky can be mated to any male and never produce pups Affected with CEA.

 Abby CBCA 11050:  Foundation female.
Abby has now been retired from motherhood.  Her genetics are carried forward in JLM Eeva.  Abby has produced some very talented pups that are succeeding in a range of disciplines from herding sheep, to working cattle, and also agility.  Abby will remain with us as one of our main competition dogs.  

Abby came to us from Manitoba.  She not only brings some excellent genetics to our breeding program, she will no doubt be an excellent future trial dog.  Her sire, Del'Mar Skeet comes from very good breeding, carrying two international supreme champions in his pedigree.  Abby's mother Nell can be traced back to 3 time US National Champion, Berhow's Nick.  Abby is a sweet and calm minded female and is an excellent addition to our kennel.  She has beautiful balance, is very stock smart, and is the type of dog that I love to work with.  She is currently my Open level competition dog.  Abby is the mother to our Eeva.

Abby has been Optigen DNA tested clear for CEA with genetics rated Normal. Signaficance for breeding : Abby can be mated to any male and never produce pups Affected with CEA. Abby has hips OFA certified with rating Good. 

Josie CBCA 15247:  Foundation female.

Josie is a full sister to our beloved Abby.  We were so happy with Abby that when the opportunity arose to acquire this pup we couldn't resist.  Josie possesses all of her big sister's great qualities, including an excellent temperament and  keen stock sense.  Josie's training on sheep has just begun but we are looking forward to her future as not only a great producer of quality pups, but a successful competitor as well.  She is strong on her sheep, has good balance and is a natural driving dog. Josie has a clear full genetic panel and will be OFA certified when she is a bit older.  All her pups will be genetically clear for all testable diseases as of 2018.

Our Prodigies:

JLM Boomer CBCA 7558:  10 Year old tri coloured male

Boomer is a son of Diesel and Sky kept from 2009’s litter.  He is a large short coated male that is  a carbon copy of his sire Diesel.  Boomer was a stand-out since the day he was born.  He is a very self-confident young dog  that was the alpha pup of his litter and substantially larger than the rest.  He is an incredible character, a class clown of sorts!  His playful and reckless behaviour has gotten him into all sorts of trouble including requiring shoulder surgery to repair cartilage damage sustained from colliding into a steel irrigation wheel at top speed.  Boomer was named BC's Dog of the year for 2013 in Pro-Novice. His debut in Open began in 2014 and he has been a strong competitor at that level.  He is a beautiful natural out runner and possesses Diesel’s excellent balance.  He is very biddable, extremely intelligent, and improves every trip out on the training field.  Boomer has matured into a dog that can handle any stock and any chore.  He has taken Diesel's place as my "go to dog" to get tough jobs done. Eyes clear of CEA through parentage. 

Boomer has been Optigen DNA tested clear for CEA with genetics rated Normal.
Boomer has been DNA tested for TNS (Trapped Neutrophil Syndrome) and is clear and genetically Normal. 
Boomer has been DNA tested for I-GS (Imerslund-Grasbeck Syndrome) and is genetically Normal.
 Significance for breeding:  Boomer can be mated to any female and never produce pups affected with CEA, TNS, or I-GS.

JLM Harold CBCA 10311: 6 year old tri coloured male

Harold is our pride and joy!  He is a line-bred pup from the crossing of Sky to Marvin that we kept from our 2012 fall litter.  He is the last pup of Sky and our beloved Marvin.  Harold has a wonderful temperament and is a spitting image of his father Marvin.  The combination of  Marvin's talent and tremendous heart with Sky's excellent feel for stock proved to be a great crossing. Harold has developed into a handsome young dog now and is showing an incredible talent for work.   He has an excellent eye and feel for his sheep and is always in the right place at the right time.  After a successful Nursery year and excellent showing at the 2015 Calgary Stampede where he came 4th out of 60 dogs on the 2nd day, Harold will be moving up to the Open class in 2016. For more information about Harold please refer to his personal page.  The link for his page is found in the top toolbar of each page.   

Harold is DNA clear for CEA.  Both his parents have been Optigen tested with genetics rated as Normal, therefore Harold is also genetically Normal for CEA. 
has been DNA tested for TNS (Trapped Neutrophil Syndrome) and is genetically Clear/Normal. 
Harold has been DNA tested for I-GS (Imerslund-Grasbeck Syndrome) and is genetically Clear/Normal.
Harold has been DNA tested for CL (Neuronal Ceroid Lipofuscinosis) and is genetically Clear/Normal.
 Significance for breeding: Harold can be mated to any female and never
produce pups Affected with CEA, TNS CL, or I-GS. 

Harold is also OFA certified for his hips and rated Good.

JLM Eeva CBCA 14663: 2 year old tri-coloured female

Introducing Eeva.  She is a very special girl that we kept from our 2017 crossing between Abby and Harold.  She has a wonderful temperament, loves people, and is brave and tenacious.  We are tremendously exited to see her grow up and to start her training.

For more information about the genetic diseases that we have tested our dogs for, please refer to our "Border Collie Health" page.  The link is found at the top of this page.

In Memory of:


Diesel was a dog that you if you are lucky, you get once in a lifetime.  A dog that truly changes the course of your life. Diesel did that for me.  He was the beginning of everything.  He is the reason I fell in love with working and training border collies to work sheep.  He is the reason I own a flock of sheep now and raise lambs.  He is the reason I breed border collies and give lessons and began to run a kennel, and the reason that there are JLM dogs succeeding on the trial field, the agility field, in tracking and on ranches across North America.  Diesel was the beginning of it all.  He came to me in 2004 as a pup I bought from a little farm in Lumby.  At that time he was just an unregistered pup and I had no plans for him other than to be my companion.  I wanted to try sheep herding with him, as I had always wanted to learn how to work this breed properly.  My family had cattle and horses and always border collies, but never actually worked one to its potential.  I didn't know how.  We went for our first herding lesson when Diesel was nearly 3 years old.  In one lesson I was hooked!  We would travel to train and practice as much as we could, but that lead me to buy my first 6 sheep.  Everything grew that moment on.  Diesel was so talented.  I tracked down his paperwork, got him registered, and as they say "the rest is history!"  Thank you Diesel for opening up such and adventure.  We will always miss you.

Diesel 2004-2018

JLM Chloe.

Chloe was born to Diesel and Sky, February 2nd, 2007. She was a litter-mate to Marvin. From the very beginning Chloe had the heart of a lion.  She was a difficult pup to start, preferring to use her teeth for everything!  It took Chloe until she was 2 years old to really allow me to rein her in and get her precise enough for trial work. But her strength was her ability for chore work. Any kind of chore work.  The tougher the better for her.  She could move any ewe, any cow. She did not know the meaning of "back-down."  Even though she was not an easy dog to trial, she still did well.  I was a Novice handler when Chloe was a pup and new to training dogs, and even with her head-strong personality, we still did well.  She was Novice Arena Champion, BC's Reserve Arena Dog of the Year for Pro-Novice.  She won both runs and the Overall Champion at the Hope Brigade Days trial, and Chloe did well in her debute in Open Field, coming 5th at the tough Paxton Valley trial.  Unfortunately Chloe's career was cut short when she ruptured ligaments in her front leg that caused permanent lameness.  Despite this she still remained my best dog for chore work at home, and a beloved family member.  Chloe was exceptional when it came to her love for children and was a wonderful dog for my nephew to play with.  Chloe was happy and healthy until she became suddenly ill October 15th, 2017.  Chloe was diagnosed with Lymphoma and tragically passed a week later on October 23rd. True to her nature Chloe was a fighter to the end, and I will miss her forever.  I hope that she is now re-united with her brother Marvin and they are looking down on their grand-niece/grand-daughter Eeva, who now carries on their line.    
JLM Chloe 2007-2017

JLM Marvin.

To the greatest dog I have ever had the privilege of loving. 

Marvin was a son of Diesel and Sky, born in 2007.  He was a difficult pup to handle.  Full of drive and grit he was a handful to say the least!  His talent became evident early however, and I started his training at a mere 6 months of age.  By 11 months I entered Marvin into his first sheep herding trial and he handled it similar to a dog far beyond his age, placing 2nd out of over 10 dogs!  He was truly a star in the making and by the young age of only 2 had already earned himself the title of B.C's Pro-Novice Stock dog of the Year.  Before the age of 3 years old Marvin was training for Open Field trials and was running out over 600 yards to find his sheep.  He was truly gifted.  It was just after Marvin's 3rd birthday that tragedy struck.  Marvin went lame.  He had a horrible accident, crashing into a fence post at top speed earlier in his life that I believe was the seed that grew into a nightmare.  Nerve damage that he sustained from that crash triggered a tumorous growth to begin to grow.  Undetectable for the first 2 years, we had specialists of all kinds, numerous X-rays, ultrasounds, everything to try to find the source of this mysterious and worsening pain.  In June, Marvin very suddenly became struck with excruciating pain.  We sent him for an MRI and finally found the demon.  A growth had followed a nerve and had grown up under his shoulder blade and had entered into his spine.  There was nothing that we could do and on June 13th, 2013 we had no choice but to put him down.   Marvin was an incredibly talented sheep dog, but he was also a wonderful father, a member of our family, and my best friend.  He will be greatly missed, but I am so thankful that I was given the years we did spend together.  Marvin's legacy lives on in his son Harold.      


JLM Marvin 2007-2013