|Call Name: Morley
Owner: Mary Shillabeer
Handler: Mary Shillabeer
Breeders: Mary Shillabeer, Joanne Kinney & Laureen Kinney
Date of Birth: June 22, 2017
Place of Birth: British Columbia, Canada
Mary Shillabeer: Morley is my third generation MOTCH, and my second breeder/owner/handler MOTCH. She followed her grandmother Keener and mother Oli but was much quicker to the title! In November 2021, we finished her CDX title, and I moved her up to Utility. The next trials were in March; she finished her UD. Then we started double entering and working on her MOTCH. Morley went from CDX to MOTCH…in four trial weekends! I was SO proud of her. She LOVES obedience and she is naturally precise. My nickname for her in the ring is “Sparky”, because she is so joyful.
Morley was bred to be my next field dog…but she had other plans. She is a stellar upland hunting dog, but hunt tests were not her “thing”. She earned two Master Hunter legs, but I decided to focus on what she enjoyed most, Obedience.
When I retired to Vancouver Island, from Calgary, I was fortunate to hook up with Maria Soto, who became a great training partner, coach, and close friend. We challenge each other and cheer each other on. Without Maria, I would not have achieved what we have in Obedience.
What makes this Top 10 placement so special, is that we have been dealing with a significant health issue this year, limiting traveling to trials. We had many baubles and NQ’s because Morley wasn’t feeling well, and yet still finished 7th in the country. That is a testament to her talent and her love for Obedience. Thank you to Joanne and Laureen Kinney of Zaniri Golden Retrievers, for allowing me to co-breed with you. And thank you, “Sparky”, for being such a joy to go into the ring with!