Wimberway Kennels, Labrador Retrievers, Border Terriers, and Border Collies
RR 4, Powassan, Ontario, POH 1Z0, Canada
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Updated Feb 6/24.
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- PUPPIES! Will have pups availabnle and ready to go in March-April/24.
NEW: We have added the poem "The Rainbow Bridge" at the end of this page.
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This page includes a section on the breed history, information on our dogs, information on upcoming/available puppies,our stud dogs, a section on grooming. On a separate page, recent wins by dogs we own or have bred. Please also check our "General" page for more information pertaining to our dogs.
- All our current dogs have been checked clear of SLEM (Spongiforn Leukoencephaloymelopathy), as well as having hips, elbows, eyes, and heart clearances.
Pictured: Ch Wimberway's Border Top Secret TD,TDX,AgIV,AgIJV,VC, (Wok) born Apr 2005) at her first agility trial.
Now retired, she is our "senior citizen", my co-pilot on many trips, and a great ambassador for the breed.
- Border Terriers are bright, perky, active dogs. Standing about 12" at the
shoulder and weighing 12-18 lbs. The ears and tail are natural length. They
are an ideal family dog for someone who wants a 'smaller' dog that doesn't
know it's small! The breed standard only has a weight description, no height limit, but they have to be small enough to easily enter and work in a 9" tunnel.
- They have a hard wiry coat that requires some grooming. They should be
hand stripped rather than clipped. Clipping will give the dog an super thick
undercoat, softer top coat, and make future grooming/stripping much more
difficult. A good brushing regularly, as well as "tidying" helps keep the
Border Terrier looking neat and tidy. Untidy, they look like a cross between a
monkey and a hedgehog. When very untidy and ungroomed, the coat can matt, but
the matts can easily be stripped out. See series of pictures below showing
various stages in grooming.
- Borders are natural hunters and in England and the USA, and still go out with
the hound packs. They get along well with other dogs, especially larger dogs.
The Border Terrier should be capable of being 'spanned' behind the forelegs as
their size allows them to get into culverts and burrows after foxes etc. They
love hunting around rock piles and wood piles, and enjoy swimming, will
retrieve game, and are excellent family dogs. For earthdog trials, they have to be able to go through a 9" tunnel.
Pictured: 'Kippi', owned by the Rothells in Timmins, "babysitting" the new family member.
- They are curious, and will check out every noise or movement. The Border
Terrier will chase anything that moves, and may bark at squirrels, cats, or
other intruders on their property. They can dig a hole big enough to crawl through under a fnce in a few minutes. They can do well in obedience, rally, obedience, tracking, and of course earthdog and barn hunt events. They make
wonderful companions for active older people who don't want a big dog, and are willing to do the grooming and are able to take the dog for walks as well as having a secure fenced area.
- While happier on the ground investigating something, or hunting, when
picked up they tend to be quiet, and many will snuggle into your neck and be
very affectionate. They tend to lick, and give frequent 'kisses' when picked
- Their speed and size can get them into trouble. They cover ground fast,
and can get through small holes that one thinks are too small for them to
squeeze through. If a cat get get through, they can.
Pictured: Ch & OTCH Wimberway's Border Victory RA, at 10 mos of age enjoying a friends pool.
Owned by Dana Kingsbury, then of Calgary, Alberta
- The Border Terrier is a working terrier, bred to 'go to ground' to either
flush or draw the quarry after it has bolted to ground where the bigger hounds
cannot reach it. Originally bred in the 'border countries' in the north of
England and south of Scotland, the breed has gained popularity in North
America and other countries around the world. There are CKC approved den trials where "go to earth" terriers can earn Earth Dog titles, and also Barn Hunts.
- One of our breeding, 'Hogan',(Ch Wimberway's Border S'Hogan), owned by Ann Penner, toured across North America with the Super
Dog team and was active in Agility. Borders have gained all levels of
obedience and rally titles in Canada, sometimes getting High in Trial awards. They also do well at earthdog trials, in terrier races, flyball, agility trials, barn hunt, and the newer Trick Dog titling. They are a
great success as Therapy Dogs visiting Senior's Homes.
Three generations. L to R: Ch Wimberway's Border Kali (Flee) and Ch Wimberway's Border Top Secret TD TDX AgN AgI,VC. at 15 years of age, (dam of Kip and grand-dam of Flee), and Wimberway's Border Keepsake,(Kip).
- Thankyou for your interest.
We have pups available to go in late march/April.
- Please note: For shipping, we use Westjet that flies out of Toronto which is a 3+ hour drive each way for us. Advance arrangements have to be made if we are to ship a puppy. Pups also have to be at the airport 3 hours ahead of flight time. All shipping costs are up to the new owner and have to be prepaid.
- Availability of pups will depend on how many pups we get in the coming litters. When we have pups, contact people in the order that we have received the deposits. Our stud dogs are checked for hip, elbow, eye, heart,and SLEM. Eyes are checked clear by an ACVO Diplomate, and they have been heart checked by a Veterinary cardiologist.
Deposits are NON REFUNDABLE, UNLESS we don't have a pup available within 12 mos of receiving the deposit.
They are all good natured, get along with other dogs, and are proven sires.
- Bitches coming in to us to be bred should have hip, elbow and eye clearances, and be on an open CKC or AKC registration certificate.
- "Sam", Wimberway's Border Harrisam Sam is a tan grizzle, and is by Braemar Harry Potter JE x Wimberway's Border Onlooker, a daughter of Joey and Wok. Born April 2018, he has all clearances and is as proven sire.
- "Peter", Zealous Wimberway Blue Peter, A blue/tan, born July 2018. By Ch Kismet's Delgado x Zealous Secret Summer Storm. Bred by Bev Embley in Calgary, he goes back to our lines through his dam.
He has produced several litters for us, 2 Champions to date and others involved in performance type events.
- "Kenny", Braemar's Wimberway Bracken. A tan/grizzle, Kenny was born in Dec/2021, and has all clearances. He is a proven sire. Bred by Maireen Burrell (Braemar), he is by Wimberway's Braemar Brody x Ch & UKC Ch Wimberway's Bdr Braemar Barbie.
RETIRED FROM STUD
"Harry", Braemar Harry Potter JE,
A red dog, he was a happy dog, with a strong chase instinct We had him here on loan in 2018 from his breeder, Maureen Burrell, Braemar Reg'd., and he earned his IQ and JE that summer. We got him permanently in the spring of 2020. Not shown due to missing teeth from chewing on the rat cages in earthwork.
He crossed trhe rainbow bridge in late 2023, but is behind dogs we have here.Pedigree: Harry
"Joey", Ch Wimberway's Border Firecracker
"Joey", now across the rainbow bridge at almost 14 years. Grizzle and tan, he produced blue and tans. He had a natual shorter coat which he sometimes produced. He produced many nice pups for us.. Pedigree: Joey.
"Oscar", Ch Trekhond's Wimberway Keystone,
Oscar free standing after completing his Championship, June, 2011.
Blue and tan. An outgoing active dog, Oscar is a rich tan and blue in colour, and was bred by Ann McPhee in BC. A proven sire, he has produced several Champions and pups with great temperaments. He is an easy going dog, and gets along with everyone. Retired from stud, he is now in a private home, but we have some of his offspring and grandget here. Pedigree: Oscar.
"Ricky", (Ch Wimberway's Border Hurricane). A tan dog, and proven stud, Ricky is easy going and loves to play. He is now 16 years old, and in a home where he goes to Florida each winter. Pedigree: Ricky
We usually have 4-6 litters a year, and breed a bitch once a year.....or infrequently, twice if we aren't showing or trialling them, and then they have a year off.
Our bitches are all checked for hips, elbows, eyes, heart and SLEM, and are natural breeders and whelpers.
Our current bitches range in age from 6 months to almost 7 years of age.
We have blue and tan, tans, red, and tan/grizzles.
Older bitches that we retire from breeding go to family homes, and we get regular reports on how they are doing.
- "Flee", (Ch Wimberway's Border Kali). Tan/grizzle, born Sept 2018. By Braemar's Harry Potter JE, x Wimberway's Border Nitpicker.
She completed her Championship when just a year of age and is due to be retired tin 2024/5.
- "Fizz", (Wimberway's Border Galaxy) Tan/grizzle, Born March 2018. Due to be retired in 2024/5. By Ch Wimberway's Border Firecracker x Wimberway's Border Joyful.
- "Sparky",(Wimberway's Border One and Only), blue and tan born April/20. By Zealous Wimberway Blue Peter x Wimberway's Border Hurryscurry.
- "Pixie", (Ch Wimberway's Border S'Pixie), tan grizzle, born Feb/21. By Braemar's Harry Potter JE x Wimberway's Border Galaxy.
and the youngsters not yet old enough for breeding:
- "Bug", (Ch Wimberways Border Visitor), tan/grizzle, born Dec/21.A going concern, finishing her Championship when just a year old. She has all clearances and will be bred in 2024. By Zealous Wimberway Blue Peter x Ch Wimberway's Border Kali.
- and too young to be bred yet:
- "Wookie", (Ch Wimberway's Border Wookie ), tan grizzle, born Aug/22. Completed her Championship Oct/23. By Zealous Wimberway Blue Peter x Wimberway's Border Onlooker.
- "Ruby", (Otterbay Wimberways I Believe in Ruby Tuesday), born July/22. Bred by Jacqui Whitton of Nanaimo, BC, she is by Ch Otley's Believe in Magic x Wimberway's Border Janaimo IQ, points to Ch.
- "Jilly", (Wimberway's Border Ajillian), blue/tan, born Apr/23. By Zealous Wimberway Blue Peter x Braemar's Renaissance Girl.
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A LITTLE HISTORY
The first Border Terrier in Canada was registered and shown in the 1930's,
but it wasn't until 1956 that a litter was bred, whelped in Canada, and
registered with the CKC. The following year, the sire of that first litter,
became Canada's first Border Terrier Champion: Ch Maxton Medallion (Imp). Ten years later,
there were only nine Champion Border Terriers in Canada, and only a couple of
litters registered with the CKC. Many of the early Champions were imports from
England, or from the USA.
- The breed has really gained in popularity, and now many litters are born
and registered each year in Canada. Borders compete in shows, obedience,
agility, flyball, tracking, rally, earth dog trials, barn hunts, and the latest title - Trick Dog. They have earned titles in all these facets.
- In 2002, the CKC approved Earth Dog titles and their rules, and now Earth
Dog tests can be run under CKC rules in Canada. The rules are based on those
used by the American Working Terrier Association for many years.
- The "little brown dog" has found favour in many environments, and adapts
readily to the situation at hand. While they can be active and keen hunters,
when picked up then tend to be quiet and well mannered, and like to tuck their
nose into your neck and shoulder.
About our start in Borders:
- Our first Border Terrier, Bernfield's Chelsea, (Chelsea) was a daughter of
Am,Can Ch Penfawr Pepper (Imp), (Floss). 'Floss' had a Reserve CC in England
before being sold to the USA. She was the top winning Border Terrier in the
USA,(handled by Peter Green), before being sold to Canada where she also
became the top winning show Border Terrier. We obtained her a couple of years
after getting her daughter. She loved to play soccer, and had a great outlook
on life. Before coming to North America she daily went on ten mile walks in the
- While "Floss" came to us when retired, we do have some dogs that go back to her lines, and have had dogs and bitches from England, the US, and other parts of Canada in establishing our lines.
- The pups are all born in, and grow up in the house with the house dogs, and other puppies, the house cat etc. They enjoy their free time and cuddling up to watch TV in the evening. They get started on crate training before leaving here, and know how to interact with the bigger dogs. Weather permitting, they start going outside when about 5-6 weeks of age.
- The adults all have eye certification, are heart checked, and have OFA hip, elbow, and SLEM certifications. Before leaving us, our pups are also heart checked by our Vet. To see the pedigrees of the dogs, click on their names.
- The terriers enjoy running in the fields with the bigger dogs, and some swim
with them as well.
- We have both agility and earth dog tunnels that we work with in the better weather, and they also get a chance to hunt around the round bales of hay. We encourage them to hunt in the rock piles around the farm. Dogs of our breeding have, or are, competing in many different events: agility, obedience, rally, tracking, earth dog, barn hunt, trick dog, visiting as therapy dogs, as well as living in homes with children and seniors. Some live with "snowbirds' and enjoy winters down south and summers in Canada or northern USA.
- We show our dogs, and also work with them....and they enjoy their runs in the fields and bush here at the farm.
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Also see the Recent winners page Recent winners
- With only a few events in Canada in 2020, we have no new Border Terrier titleholders except some "Trick Dog" titles earned by:
Lyne and Ian Trott, now of Deep River, ON., with their dogs:
Lexie, (Ch Wimberway's Bdr Queen Boudicea RAE CD,) who has her Novice, Intermediate, and Advanced Trick dog titles,
Ruby.(Rosecrest Wimberway Ruby RE,CD,)who has her Novice, Intermediate and Advanced TD titles,
Sheila Vos and Janet Hall, with Briar, (Wimberway's Border Cobriar) who has his Novice, Intermediate, Advanced, and Excellent titles.
Sylvia Koczerzuk with Wimberway's Border Aliam who has his Novice trick dog title.
- Wimberway's Border Revive RE, 12 years old, continued to compete in RE classes in 2017,
and was one of he top Border Terriers in Rally in Ontario.
Owned, trained and handled by Ian and Lyn Trott, Powassan, ON.
- Ch Wimberway's Border Remedy RE,
had a great year in 2017, completing her Championship, as well as her RA and RE titles,
and was one of the top Border terriers in Rally in Ontario for the year.
Owned, trained, and handled by Lyn and Ian Trott, Powassan, ON.
she has her Novice, Intermediate, and Advanced Trick Dog titles.
- Wimberway's Bdr Squeaky Clean CD (aka Scrubbit)
earned a High in Trial from the Open B class for his first leg towards his CDX.
Owned, trained and handled by Lisa Day, Kemptville, ON.
- Rosecrest Wimberway Ruby CD, RE, (Ruby)
is working on her Trick Dog titles and currently has her Novice, Intermediate and Advanced titles.
Owned, trained and handled by Lyne and ian Trott, Deep River, ON.
"Pip" (Wimberway's Border Remedy TD,RI,JE) after completing her TD title.
- Wimberway's Border Remedy RN,RI,TD,JE.(Pip)
earned her TD title at the EPS Tracking tests, May 31/14, under judge Jane Book.
In Aug/15 she earned a leg towards her Junior Earthdog title at the BTC tests.
'Pip' earned two legs towards her Rally Intermediate September 26/15 at the EPS trials under Darwin Boles,
and completed her RI title a couple of weeks later at the Sudbury club's trials under Guy Touchette.
- In June 2015 she earned her IQ (Intro to Quarry") and a leg towards her JE (Junior Earth).
- In October 2015 she completed her RI (Rally Intermediate) title under Guy Touchette.
>>In June 2016 she completed her JE (Junior Earth) and earned a leg towards her SE (Senior Earth).
.By Ch Trekhond's Wimberway Keystone x Ch Rubicon Remedy (Imp).
- "Riley" (Wimberway's Border Revive RN)
completed his RI (Rally Intermediate) title in June/15.
and his RA and RE subsequently.
- Owned, trained and handled by Ian and Lyn Trott, Windsor, Ont.
- By Ch Trekhond's Wimberway Keystone x Ch Rubicon Remedy.
- "Ruby" (Rosecrest Wimberway Ruby RN )
completed her RI title in June 2015.
- Owned, trained, and handled by Ian and Lyn Trott, Windsor, Ont.
- On September 26/15 she completed her RA tile at the EPS trials under Darwin Boles.
She was a stud fee puppy by Ch Trekhond Wimberway Keystone .
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- While many people keep their Border Terriers well groomed, tidy, and with
a short coat, through regular brushing and stripping, the following pictures
show progress in grooming from 'unkempt' to 'tidy'.
- Hand stripping is NOT an art that should intimidate the pet or working
terrier owner. When a terrier's coat is dead, it can easily be stripped out.
Most terriers need to be stripped every 6-9 months, and between strips, should
be brushed out, and longer hairs can be removed as they appear.
- There are various stripping knives available, but not vital to regular
work on the coat. Some people use scissors around the feet, but a terrier that
is used to being groomed and stripped from puppyhood, can be hand stripped
there as well. If the dog is on a hard surface, there should not be a build up
of hair between the pads.
- The Border Terrier Club of America has a print out available on their web
site with pictures and instructions for grooming. This can be obtained at:
BTCA coat care.
A very shaggy dog has been thoroughly brushed out.
- Some dogs need to be restrained on a grooming table, but others are
content to stay on a table that has a non-slip surface while you work. Before
any stripping can be done, the dog has to be brushed out - right through to
the soft undercoat.
Stripping has been started,
- Some people groom from the head to the tail, then down to the feet, others
start at the tail and work forward, and some start with the feet and work
upwards. In this instance, the back has been stripped from the shoulders to
- Once the body has been stripped, (back, sides, chest, and belly), the
legs, head, and tail are also done. After a strip, it takes a while for the
coat to settle, and it needs to be worked daily to get it into peak condition.
- After a full strip, the length of time it takes to come into "show
condition" will vary with the individual dog. Some dogs require a strip every
6 months, others may only need to be done once a year.
- Regular brushing and "plucking" of stray hairs help to keep a Border
Terrier looking need and tidy, but some people like a slightly longer coat and
do not keep their dogs in "show trim".
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THE RAINBOW BRIDGE.
Over the years, we lose friends too....dogs we have raised from birth, some for many generations, often tracing back to our first litter in 1962....and our list could be very long.
We miss them, and know they are now able to shake of the signs of age, infirmity, or sickness, and can run pain free over the rainbow bridge.
Our thoughts are often with them, back to the first dog we lost, to the most recent.
We share the sadness of owners of those pups of our breeding that have given much pleasure and many happy memories to their owners and families.
Some pups and dogs die too young....some live to be 15, 17, or even 19, but each and every one has a place on their owner's heart. To all who have had the love of a pet, we share the following:
The Rainbow Bridge poem:
"Just this side of heaven is a place called Rainbow Bridge.
When an animal dies that has been especially close to someone here, that pet goes to Rainbow Bridge.
There are meadows and hills for all of our special friends so they can run and play together.
There is plenty of food, water and sunshine, and our friends are warm and comfortable.
All the animals who had been ill and old are restored to health and vigor.
Those who were hurt or maimed are made whole and strong again, just as we remember them in our dreams of days and times gone by.
The animals are happy and content, except for one small thing; they each miss someone very special to them, who had to be left behind.
They all run and play together, but the day comes when one suddenly stops and looks into the distance.
His bright eyes are intent. His eager body quivers. Suddenly he begins to run from the group, flying over the green grass, his legs carrying him faster and faster.
You have been spotted, and when you and your special friend finally meet, you cling together in joyous reunion, never to be parted again.
The happy kisses rain upon your face; your hands again caress the beloved head, and you look once more into the trusting eyes of your pet,
so long gone from your life but never absent from your heart.
Then you cross Rainbow Bridge together..."
Authorship and background
Having been circulated and attributed sufficiently widely around the world, the original authorship of the poem is now uncertain. The website About.com suggests that there are three known contenders at present:
Paul C. Dahm, a grief counselor in Oregon, US, said to have written the poem in 1981 and published it in a 1998 book of the same name (1981, ISBN 0-9663022-0-6).
William N. Britton, author of Legend of Rainbow Bridge (1994, ISBN 0-9645018-0-5)
Dr. Wallace Sife, head of the Association for Pet Loss and Bereavement, whose poem All Pets Go to Heaven appears on the association's website as well as in his book The Loss of a Pet.
However, the concept of a paradise where pets wait for their human owners appeared much earlier, in the little-known sequel to Beautiful Joe, the Margaret Marshall Saunders' book, Beautiful Joe's Paradise. In this green land, the animals do not simply await their owners, but also help each other learn and grow and recover from mistreatment they may have endured in life. But the animals come to this land, and continue to true heaven, not by a bridge but by balloon.
The first mention of the "Rainbow Bridge" story on the internet is a post on the newsgroup rescue.pets.dogs, dated January 7, 1993, quoting the poem from a 1992 (or earlier) issue of "Mid-Atlantic Great Dane Rescue League Newsletter", which in turn is stated to have quoted it from the Akita Rescue Society of America. Other posts from 1993 suggest it was already well established and being circulated on the Internet at that time, enough for the quotation of even a single line to be expected to be recognized by other newsgroup readers.