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I was 13 Years old when I acquired my first collie. "Patches", was a blue merle daughter of Ch. Tokalon Winter Shadows. It was then that I met Mrs Elisabeth Browning of the famous Tokalon Kennels in West Hurley, Ny.
Mrs Browning became my inspiration, mentor and the joy of my often visits to the kennel. A life-long relationship continued until her death in 1984, just hours after my visit at her side. She was 91 years old.
Volumes could be written and have been attesting to her brilliance as an artist, breeder, judge, educator and a significant influence to the canine community.
Mrs Browning was a woman of few words or flattering conversation, but when she spoke, her words were memorable. Two of the most important to me were: " 'Junia', you have an eye for type" (I was a high scorer on my UVM cattle judging team). Also, when she presented me with her charcoal drawing of the remarkable Ch. Tokalon Storm Cloud. Her brief comment was, "If they're going to remember the Tokalon Collies, you'll have to do it."
It's a challenge that's still being met. My first litter, sired by Ch. Tokalon By Storm, was born in 1950. One of these pups was purchased by Mrs Hilda Rickenbough of Bannerblu Kennels. I kept "Leading Lady" who was later bred to Storm Clouds Reflection producing a beautiful blue merle female, "Aliece". They were the early showing days.
I later purchased Tokalon Lovely Dream and Tokalon Evening Majesty. This was my foundational beginning and an unbroken female line has existed these many years under the Harmony prefix. Outside stud dogs were introduced from Paradice, Royal Rock, Clarion and Marnus Kennels.
A beautiful tri, Harmony Lovely Donna should have finished her Ch. title but my personal life was never compatible with what was required to be successful in this arena. Nevertheless, through my years as a student (UVM & Rutgers BS, MS+) teacher (NJ, MA, NY) employee (NE Selective Breeding Assoc., Eastern AI) and pastor (The New and Living Way), I was never separated from my beautiful collies or later, cockers. Much was happening at Tokalon also in Mrs Brownings aging years.
Considering my pastoral duties and family responsibilities, I allowed my judging license to expire after my CC of CONN assignment in 1973. However, my breeding activities did not lesson and I maintained a kennel of 40 dogs for many years.
These have been very rewarding years as the development of what became known as the "Canine Ministry". Many opportunities to share and teach Scripture, pray for specific needs of people and their pets, has increased friendships.
The volume of letters and testimonies of individuals, as well as the praise and appreciation for the love and companionship that beautiful dogs have brought to families, now fill many notebooks.
Breeding dogs is a people business and I am happy to say that my life has been enriched by every individual who knows that a Harmony Collie is "of beauty and spirit".