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starts in 1967,with the first rough collie we ever owned.
We named her "ELSA", after the lioness in
the film "Born Free". Her sire was, "JUROYS
GENTLEMAN JIM" out of "COVERDALES GAY VALMA".
"ELSA" gave us 14 yrs.of pleasure.
When "ELSA" died in 1981, we decided to look
for a rough collie that we could show. We purchased
a dog from the "UGONY" kennel, called, "Ugony's
Chips Star", sired by "CH. Arranbrook Mr.
Chips of Aberhill", out of the late May Young's
champion bitch "CH.Colleydean That's My Sheila
at Ugony",who we called "Herbie".
Chips Star "Herbie"
well our first steps into the show ring when "Herbie"
was 6 mths old. It was W.E.C.S. Open Show at Broadclyst.
On arrival at the show,we got a rude awakening!Up against
the other exhibits,"HERBIE" looked very raw,lacking
coat & all legs.He looked totally out of place,but
we needn"t have worried.as he matured into a very
handsome dog,who went on to do a lot of winning for
We then purchased a bitch from the renowned "Brettonpark"
kennels,called, "Brettonpark Moonshine",sired
by, "CH.Myberns Minstrel",out of "Brettonpark
At the beginning of 1983, we were able to apply for
an Affix. When the application form came from the Kennel
Club, we made a list of various names we thought would
be suitable, all containing some reference to "Elsa".
Then suddenly, it was staring us in the face! 'Elsa'&
our surname 'Amos', hence 'ELSAMOS'.
The affix was duly granted & from then on was added
to the names of all our dogs.
A year later , we asked Thelma Duncan if she would let
us have another bitch puppy.To our surprise,she said
we could have pick of litter from her 'CH.Brettonpark
Country Fair', by 'Shellina Mr.Sandman at Brettonpark'.
This was 'Brettonpark Moonbeam at Elsamos'(our 'Tilly')
these two were our foundation bitches.
We decided to contiue with the theme of dogs to have
"STAR" in their name & bitches to have
From "BESS" mated to "BRETTONPARK HANDY
ANDY", we retained the two litter brothers,"ELSAMOS
STARHANGER" & "ELSAMOS STAR FOLLY".
Two dogs who were as different as chalk & cheese
in their natures. "STAR FOLLY"("ROCKY"),being
the macho one,& "STARHANGER" ("DUSTY"),the
most gentle,sweet natured dog we have ever owned.
We then decided that we would have to change the car
as;(1). It just was not big enough,& (2).
We had worn it out traveling up & down the country.
From "TILLY" mated to "BRETTONPARK COUNTRY
TWEED", we retained a bitch puppy, "ELSAMOS
HAZY MOON" (our "BUFFI").
Shortly after that,we realized we really needed to move
to somewhere with a bit of ground for the dogs.We were
lucky enough to buy a cottage at the foot of The Quantock
Hills,with a large garden,ywo paddocks & a little
orchard & room to build some kennels.
Our first litter in our new home was,"BUFFY"
mated to"CH.JANKEITH GIDEOM OF MYBERNS",who
produced our one & only Tri.,"ELSAMOS EBONY
STAR"("SYLVESTER").We sadly lost "SYLVESTER"
at the young age of seven.
Within a very short time,we found the extra ground was
taking up a lot of our time,so we then invested in another
pedigree breed,which not a lot of people know about,our
lovely Dorset Down Sheep.They make super lawn mowers
& dogs & sheep have always got on well together.
it when people tell you that sheep are stupid,they are
far from it! They have individual characters, are affectionate
& can be very comical.Tney are very much part of
the "ELSAMOS" clan & we could never imagine
being without them.
By this time,we had made many friends in the breed.Two
of which were,Jihn & Jean Catliff ("Mallicot"),who
let us have,"MALLICOT PAPER DOLL at ELSAMOS"("DOLLY"),&
"DEVALDERMAR DELPHINIUM at ELSAMOS" ("PENNY").
PAPER DOLL at ELSAMOS ("Dolly")
"PENNY" was mated to "CH. BRILYN SUPERTRAMP",
who produced "ELSAMOS MONO STAR" ("MICKIE"),
who we lost in 2005, at the grand old age of 16 yrs.
DELPHINIUM at Elsamos "Penny"
or so later we mated "DOLLY", to "CH.ABBEYWATER
FABERGE at EVAD" & from this mating we produced
"ELSAMOS STARMAKER"("COOKIE"), who
went to the mallocot kennel.
to John & Jean's campaigning of "COOKIE",
he became the 1st.Champion we have bred. We were so
We retained "ELSAMOS STARCHINE" JW.("SNOOPY"),
who doubled his JW points,and was never out of the cards
at Champ.Shows,gaining his Stud Book No.
two Champion daughters for the Gerian kennel,"CH.GERIAN
SUNSHINE" & CH.GERIAN SUNFLOWER at COLLINGVALE',&
R.CC for the Newloc kennel with "Newloc Charismatic".
"COOKIE" was later exported to Belgium,where
he also became INT.& LUX.Champion. He still enjoys
life at the kennel of Mario Castronivi. Sadly,we lost
"SNOOPY" last year.
We repeated this mating & retained a bitch, "EKSAMOS
MOON DREAMER"("DEE"),who was the mated
to "COOKIE's" son,"GEOSAN FLASHBACK OF
MALLICOT",who produced our 2nd. Champion 'ELSAMOS
sunny outlook on life made him a pleasure to campaign
and to this day,still retains the same bubbly nature,which
makes him everybody's friend and an absolute joy to
We have a son & daughter of MUNCHIE'S. his son,
"ELSAMOS STAR TRACER"("SOLO"),who
unfortunately does not like the show ring,but he still
managed to get BP in Breed at Crufts in 2001.
He was only shown lightly after that,as it became more
apparent,that he just did not want to be there,preferring
to be at home running around the paddocks.
has just returned to the show ring & has already
gualified for Cruft's 07,after taking time out to produce
our latest litter by,"CH,AMALIE DEEP IN MY SOUL".
a bitch from this lovely litter of seven,"ELSAMOS
MOON FIZZ".We named her "FIZZ" because
even as a young puppy she was always the live wire of
the litter.Such an extrovert character,who sometimes
does not know how to keep all four feet on yhe ground
at the same time!
Moon Fizz "Fizz"
about it folks,that's brought us up to date.
We have never bred extensively,all dogs retained here,remain
here,win or lose,after their showing & breeding
careers come to an end,to live the rest of their lives
here with us.
We look forwarg to many more years of being involved
with rough collies,in one way or another.
& Phil Amos
Star Tracer "Solo"
Star Stormer "Doughie"
Moon Dacer "Rags"
Moon Dreamer "Dee"