Canine stories like dogs and dreams, this featured pet story is about Ron Hevener and his champion Collie. Other articles to read included.
Dogs and Dreams
 
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  In 1962 Ron Hevener read Lad: a Dog, the classic Albert Payson Terhune story of the beloved Collies of Sunnybank. He knew he wanted a Collie puppy.
  Within days of his wish the Pennsylvania resident found a male, sable and white puppy, just like the legendary Lad, listed in the local paper. “I took this as a sign,” Hevener remembers. The Collie was offered for sale by Jacqueline M. Kauffman of Lochranza Kennels in Manheim and had American Kennel Club (AKC) registration papers. “That was a very big deal back then,” he recalled. “I paid Miss Kauffman $35.00 and named the puppy Shawn.” At 12 years old, holding that first puppy in his arms, Hevener could not imagine how a life with this faithful breed would bring him full circle.
  Since then, the well-known artist, author, and singer’s life has been filled with many memorable people and animals, but his friendship with Kauffman and her Collies would create an enduring legacy.
  Given the times, Hevener’s choice of dogs was not unique. For decades, generations had grown up with a Collie in their lives. Originally the breed gained popularity in the middle of the 19th century when it became a particular favorite of Queen Victoria while she was visiting Scotland’s Balmoral castle. In Great Britain, with the Queen’s influence, this common herding dog moved from cold wind-swept sheep pastures to a warm stone beside a fiery hearth. The century old story of the breed’s devotion started when the Collie began to share its master’s home.
  At first the Collie was slow to attract attention in the United States. But in 1919 the popularity of the breed soared with the publication of Terhune’s irresistible stories about his loyal dog, Lad. Then, in 1938, native Yorkshireman and one-time Pennsylvania resident Eric Knight wrote the heroic tale “Lassie Come-Home.” Knight’s poignant account of a devoted Collie’s perilous trek through all of Scotland to return to her beloved “Joe” forever sealed the breed’s status as a faithful companion and courageous shepherd of children. Animal lovers ever since have been enthralled with the books, and subsequent movies and television shows depicting the noble herding dog that hailed from the rugged Scottish hills.
  As worldwide appreciation for these gentle dogs grew, a central Pennsylvania woman named Jacqueline Kauffman was carefully selecting her Collies from around the country to ensure bloodlines worthy of the show kennel she was creating. Kauffman clearly knew the breed’s royal history and named her kennel for a private retreat of the Scottish Monarchy. Lochranza Kennels, located on a quiet corner beside a towering Victorian home in the small town of Manheim, would eventually become one of the oldest, continuous operating show kennels in the United States.
  At the same time, not far from Kauffman’s home, animals - both live and inanimate - were becoming an important part of Ron Hevener’s life. As a child Hevener began creating small clay figurines of the dogs he loved. He was self-taught and had an appealing knack for capturing the character of the sculpted animals, which he started to sell to local tourists for 50 cents each. Later his clients included Boscov’s and Watt & Shand department stores. He created reclining, aloof German Shepherd Dogs, mischievous Jack Russell Terriers, benevolent English Setters, and of course, sweet-tempered Collies.
  His skill at depicting various breeds in characteristic poses was attracting attention from dog fanciers who started collecting his work. Today his collectable figurines, watercolor prints, and fine sculptures are found in the homes of animal lovers and art collectors around the world. Some original “Heveners” were actually handed out in Red Square when the Soviet Union fell and residents scrambled for American artifacts. His figurines have also found their way onto Ebay and “The Antiques Roadshow.”

Kim J. Young
Mt. Wolf, Pennsylvania
Email: kjy@surfbest.net / Phone: (717) 266-4898

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