Q: Please tell about your background with dogs.
A: First of all let me say hello to everybody and thanks for this opportunity. I’m Miriam Mazzaro and I was growing up with my father’s hunting dog, especially Breton. My parents told me my first steps in my life I done attached to Reno’s collar (favourite father’s dog). Then, when I was child, I use to play on my grandfather’s land and when my father whistle to the dogs they come back to him and me as well…..till now, I can recognize my father whistle everywhere and my mother hate it. When I was child, during my father hunting trainer, I was the one use to hide the bird… So from when I was child dogs were a part of my life and I share with my father an hobby and good time with him. When I went to live with my husband, for job reason, we spent some years without dog but something missed in my life and then Tala come in our life. She is a mix breed small dog and she is the cause of what we are now and I will never stop to say thanks to her for it. Now we have 6 Border Collie and we are breeding them. Each one has different charactheristics distinguish them, so that’s why I start to follow course for to be a dog trainer, handling stage, participate to dog show and with my husband I start to enjoy sheepdog. With our Kira (our first border…show line) we enjoy some sheepdog competition and with good result. With the other out dogs we are still training them.
Also our job changed, taking our garment technical knowledge and create a trainer dog clothing line for a professional use. So, we connect our job to our hobby
Q: Why Border collie?
A: Why Border Collie? Interesting question…everything started on 2013 with Tala 1 year older. She was too quite and a sofà dog, so we would like to find another dog, more energetic one that give us the possibility to do some sports or outdoor activities and Border Collie were the right one and perfect size. So, Betty Boop arrived and she was a strong caracther dog but really balanced and I learned a lot from her about Border Collie way of think. With her I started have first training course, first expo show in young class. I learn how to stay in show ring with her and I create our first “ring couple”. In normal life, even she was young, she was always taking care of us….walking on the mountain she always stay on guard for protect us and Tala. Our house and everything she recognized as her property where always on safe with her as guardian. It was amazing, we got a sport dog, guardian dog but on the other hand also a sweet baby. So, we fall in love with Border Collie.
After That, we import from Hungary Puky (Honey Fairytale’s Haydee Politoff) and she was the confirmation of our thinking but in a more sweety way. We grow up together in show ring and built a strong “couple”, me and her in show ring….only one strong thing!
Q: You are in working and showing with your dogs. Why are both sides important?
A: Border Collie was born as sheeper dog and, in my opinion, is correct to maintain his natural instinct as it’s basilar attitude for this breed. A Border Collie doesn’t have any instinct on flock we can’t says is a right Border Collie and is like we lost the way. Also HWT test is different for a Border Collie because different attitude to his job, unique way to conduct the flock. On the other hand Show is important too because the expert judges can define if the dog are following the morphology in order to be correct with breed standard. I think the working instinct and morphology nearly have same importance of the health. I this way, when you breed them, if you have dogs with the described characteristic, you will have equilibrate puppies for the next family.
Q: How do you keep up the working abilities in your dogs? (Breeding, training)
A: The relationship between owner and dog make a unique combination, sometimes you can communicate only with eyes, to grow up during working and in normal life. We use to trainer our Border Collie once per week on sheepdog. About the show, we trainer them also every day in order to improve the relationship between handler and dog (sometimes enough only 5 mins per day if good job) until they are young then the adult dogs needs less time because they already know what they have to do. Sometimes is better just trainer them 10 mins before the show instead of insist at home every day.
Then, with puppies born in our home, we try to create immediately a family ambience, we manipulate and we stimulate them with different noise, different bottom fabric, we try to create different paths inside the fence. When is the right time we use our adults dogs in order to teach them how to socialize. In this way we get a correct mind growing up.
Later, our job continue keeping the relationship with the new owner in order to follow the puppies grow up and, in case of, help the new “parents” how to manage the Border Collie.
Q: Why are also shows important?
A: Dog show is a difficult ambiance, where different dog breed are in difficult position as very few space, male dog face to face, different and strange noise, dogs barking continuously, microphone etc etc. In this way dogs are socialize every moment even during stress situation that will become normal on his life experience.
Then, the most important things of the show is what the judge says, if your dogs are morphologically correct and if in line with the breed standard.
Q: Breeding is an everlasting learning process. How do you update your knowledge?
A: I always try to compare myself with other breeder, veterinary, professional dog trainer, read as much as possible in internet about Border Collie, new breeding and puppies growing up method. Sometimes when I have time, I use to enjoy in a different seminary related ot the dog world just in order to improve always myself.
Q: What else do you want to tell us?
A: Breeding is not easy but making the right things is a great satisfaction. You can have it when the new puppy owner send you the pictures or they tell you how the new puppies seduce all family member also who didn’t want him. These are satisfaction than costs you many sacrifice…sacrifice that become lighter if, as your right arm, you get a fur friend ready to support you with his paw.