Convinced of the dog’s long-term potential,
Kauffman bought everything of his - photographs; a hand-written
pedigree going back over one hundred years; ribbons
and other awards; magazine articles; newspaper clippings;
certificates; even his baby teeth. She knew this dog
could improve her kennel, and help secure her legacy.
And then, demonstrating the confidence she had in Hevener
she presented Kane to him, as a gift.
With Kauffman as his guide, Hevener continued Kane’s
show career to a record setting 12 ½ years. According
to Hevener, it was, and still is, “a record for
any breed of dog”. In the competitive world of
show dogs, the average dog show career spans one and
a half to six years.
Interest in Kane as a celebrity of the dog
world was international. Lochranza Kennels and Kane
were featured in America’s The Collie Review and
Collie Expressions as well as the top Collie magazines
of Great Britain, Europe and Canada.
Hevener believes things happen for a reason.
“I get chills,” he says, “those feelings
when the hairs on your arm stand up. I take those signs
seriously.” Like the feeling he had when he saw
an ad in the paper for his first puppy, so many years
ago, he is certain those “feelings” have
led him to the people and animals, like Kauffman and
Kane, that have contributed to his success and happiness.
And though Hevener continues to create a
successful life with his art and animals, sadly Kauffman
died 7 years ago. “Jackie would be so thrilled,”
Hevener says “to see how far Lochranza Kennels
has come in recent years.” As was her wish, all
the Lochranza Collie bloodlines now descend from CH.
Amberlyn’s Bright Tribute (Kane) and can be found
in show homes from Europe to Asia. Hevener can name
customers who have traveled from as far away as Germany,
Russia and China to the small town of Manheim, Pennsylvania,
to purchase “their Kane puppy.”
Kane is gone now too, yet five years after
his death interest in this special dog has only grown.
Kane’s photograph on the cover of Hevener’s
new novel is attracting a lot of attention among dog
aficionados. The National Collie Show, held in Minnesota
this year, and The Victoria Collie Club of Australia,
are giving Hevener’s book/CD set as a gift to
all of its judges. The book, and additional stories
of Hevener’s life with Kane, is being promoted
at the National Collie Show of Canada, El Canofilo Magazine
of Mexico, The Collie Revue of Germany, The Collie Club
of Wales, and The Ayrshire Collie Club of Scotland,
where the breed originated.
Kane has attained another kind of immortality
as well. Jacqueline M. Kauffman’s final resting-place,
in a central Pennsylvania cemetery, is not far from
the kennel she created. Her carved gravestone bears
the profile of a magnificent Collie, with the words,
“famed Collie breeder,” etched below her
name. The image of the dog carved on the granite slab
is Kane. And like a scene from an old MGM movie, to
honor his friend after her death, Hevener escorted the
then elderly dog to Kauffman’s funeral. In return
for his loyal friendship, Kauffman willed her beloved
Lochranza Kennels to Hevener. She also left him her
library, including her old collection of Albert Payson
Terhune books. Among them, of course, “Lad: A
Ron Hevener, 1338 Mountain Road, Manheim, PA 17545
Web site: www.ronhevener.com
2. Maxine Bochnia (Ron’s Business Partner), P.O.
Box 551, Manheim, PA 17545
The Master of Sunnybank, a biography of Albert Payson
by Irving Litvag, 1977, Harper & Row
The New Collie
By the Collie Club of America, 1983, Howell Book House,
Mt. Wolf, Pennsylvania
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