d. 14th February 2011
Sue lost her fight against cancer - however, she will always be in a lot of people’s heart and minds and her kennel lives on through the many lovely dogs that she both bred and owned.
Long before she was well known in the show ring, Sue loved and cared for many border collies and working sheepdogs, often bringing home dogs in need and bringing them back to health and fitness and finding new homes for them.
The journey most of us know is when Sue brought Whenway Mist of Wizaland from Sheena and Bruce and that started her on the “serious” heights of Obedience. Mist gave Sue the patience and frustration of a true border collie - often deciding how she wanted to do things and not what Sue wanted! Mist could easily take herself off in a huff and decide not to work - then come back in and show Sue the perfect recall or retrieve just to annoy her! It all paid off when Whenway Mist of Wizaland gained her Ob Ch Title and then a few years later went on the gain her 3 CCs to become a Sh Ch.
Sue moved away from the obedience scene and “hit” the show ring big time with too many lovely dogs to mention gaining their titles and achieving top honours.
She became good friends with Jody Vos in New Zealand and along with a few others imported the Clan Abby lines that are behind many dogs in the show ring today. Sue could always spot a good dog. Not only that, she was more than happy to share her thoughts and her time to help others and gave honest open advice. The amount of times she helped other people are too numerous to say. Yes, Sue could be straightforward and to the point - and a quick phone call could end up being 2 hours as she was always willing to share her experiences and help others. At shows she was always focused on the task in hand.
In the last year after beating breast cancer - the cancer returned but Sue was out and about around the ring, with great success with Riley and Drifter and the girls. At home the dogs took up most of her time, but I remember well her saying her afternoon treat was with a good book and her “Drifter time” where he would cuddle up and rest his head on her lap and she would hope the phone didn’t ring! But being Sue she would answer it and put the “world to rights”.