MBISS BRONZE GCh. Chelsea Casanova Cowboy


One minute they are fine and the next, they’re not….
In loving memory of a very special boy
MBISS GCHB Chelsea Casanova Cowboy, also known as “Grissom”
May 2010 - August 2023


I never thought this day would come and it’s very difficult to even write about. He lived a long healthy life, but it’s never long enough………

He dominated the California specialties the short time he was specialed. Sire of 15 champions, plus 1 Canadian. He also sired several really successful performance winners. For us, he sired 3 beautiful Champion girls to carry on and everything here descends from him.
There’s so much I’d like to say, but very hard to put into words. It’s still hard to believe he’s gone…………

Pictured at 12!


HAWKINS TOP TEN winner for 2015...he finished the year at #4!!!

Our 12th generation of breeding on his dam's side of the pedigree!!

HEALTH CLEARANCES...............CHIC #85446

DNA tested clear for PRA

Normal Thyroid

OFA # CO-2988G27M-VPI Good hips

MDR1 - mutant/mutant

DMS - low risk - AaBb

Non Carrier for Cyclic Neutropenia (Gray Collie syndrome)

eye check at 6 weeks very mild crc (was normal when checked as adult but opthalmologist felt he was affected)

Here's a link to his OFA page showing test results



A walk in the park. Pictured at almost 13.


Grissom's recent Collies Online ad!


Ad date 1-2-2016..........We couldn't be more proud of this beautiful boy!

Grissom finished 4th (tied) on the Hawkin's System for the TOP TEN Collies in the country! This in spite of going to only 14 specialty shows during 2015!!!


We are celebrating Grissom's Bronze Grand Championship! He finished the BRONZE level with all specialty majors!!!


Pictured at almost 5 years old. Thanks to Randy Smith for the beautiful ringside shots!!

Pictured on his way to Best of Breed under Robette Johns!!


In 2014, Grissom was only shown 6 times at select California specialities. He won 4 Best of Breeds and two Select Dog awards!

Pictured on his way to Best of Breed at the San Diego Collie Club's morning show!!


CONFORMATION - Sire of 15 champions (5 in 2017)!!

The strength of the sire is the power of the dam”.....and Grissom has a beautiful prepotent dam, Ch. Chelsea CoCo Chanel

His puppies have done well in both conformation and performance!

Currently he is the sire of 15 champions .......all specialty winners, in a very limited number of litters. (11 litters total). He has about 7 others with points!! He has sired Sweeps winners, Futurity winners, MANY MANY specialty majors, many major reserves, multiple Grand Champions, Group winners and placements, Specialty and all-breed BOB from the classes (over specials), "Best Owner Handled dog in Show" and performance titled winners (two TDX's!)! He has had few litters compared to dogs in other parts of the country.


Congratulations to all the Grissom kids on their championships! All finished with specialty majors!!

Ch Chelsea Pop Princess, HIC

Ch. Chelsea Black Eyed Pea

Ch. Chelsea California Gold

Ch. Chelsea Twilight Time, VCD1 CD TDX AX AXJ

GCh. Mission Ridge Classical Serenade

GCh. Fairbanks Starlight Starbright

GCh. Row-Bar's New England Patriot

GCh Miholiday's Crown Jewel Of Party Paws

GCh. Miholiday's Sunnland Nashville Star

Ch. Row-Bar's Independence Day

GCh. Miholiday's Sunnland She's Really Stellar

Ch. Foggy Bay Seaside Rodeo

Ch. Miholiday's Ramblin Rose

Ch. Miholiday's Cowboy Affair

GCh. Miholiday Sunnland's Moondance with Casanova

He has sired 4 beautiful champion bitches for us to carry on

Ch. Chelsea Pop Princess, Ch. Chelsea California Gold and Ch. Chelsea Black Eyed Pea reside here at Chelsea

Ch. Chelsea Pop Princess - The 2014 Futurity winner, finished her championship in the Fall of 2015 with her third specialty major at 18 months!!!

Ch. Chelsea Twilight Time, VCD1 CD TDX AX AXJ - co-owned with Jeannette & Tom Poling. Following a spectacular performance career, Gabi finished her championship in 2016. On the way to her title, she won a herding Group 3rd! Previously she has been excelling in the performance ring. She completed her TDX in 9 minutes!!!




He has sired dogs and bitches with tracking titles, Agility, and obedience degrees!!


Grissom is a large dog (25 inches) - excelling in head detail! He is all boy but is very sweet in disposition


Grissom returned to the show ring May 10, 2013 at the High Desert Collie Club, for the first time since finishing his championship in the Fall of 2012!

Pictured winning BEST OF BREED under judge Linda Ayers Turner Knorr at the High Desert Collie Club......Beautifully presented by Heather Newcomb! This was his first Best of Breed win as a champion. He has had really good luck at the High Desert specialty shows. In 2011, he won the Puppy Sweepstakes and Winners Dog from the puppy class and in 2012 he returned and won WD & BOW for a major! His first Best of Breed as a champion came in 2013. He wasn't shown at the 2014 shows. In 2015, he won back-to-back Best of Breed wins!


"Grissom" pictured @ 7 weeks

I didn't plan on keeping a boy from Greta's 2010 litter. I wanted a girl, but there was just no way I was selling this beautiful baby boy to a pet home......... How do you sell a puppy with such a cute little face??!! I have never regretted that decision. Even though he is an out cross, he has certainly helped my own breeding program along and has blended very well with my bitches! It has proven to be one of my most successful outcross breedings to date.


3 months

5 months

He looked good through all the critical growing periods

Grissom's "Collies Online" ad - June 6, 2011

Grissom made his show debut in February 2011 at the San Diego Collie Specialty at 8 months old - he won Best In Sweeps!! In just 6 shows as a puppy, he won his first points, two major specialty reserves, numerous Best in Sweeps and Best puppy! Breeder/owner handled!

He returned to the ring at the San Diego Specialty in February 2012, where he went WD & BOW under longtime breeder judge, Bob Futh. He followed up with another WD & BOW for a major at the High Desert Collie Club!! One of his daughters, "Chelsea Twilight Time" (Rihanna), made her debut at those shows and garnered a major reserve and Best Puppy at the morning show and was 1 of 3 pulled for Winners Bitch at the afternoon show!!

Fall of 2012 - just coming back into coat, I entered Grissom on a whim at the Southern Cal/Los Padres Specialties. I was mostly going to the shows in hopes of getting the 1 point needed on his half sister Harlow. In spite of not having a lot of coat, he picked up another 4 point major, (and two major reserves), giving him a total of 14 points with 3 specialty majors!!

At my final set of shows for the season (due to my judging at the Collie National in 2013), Grissom garnered another major reserve at the first show of the Northern California specialties. But the best was yet to come.....on the last and the final day of the weekend, he finished his championship with a 5 point major, going Winners Dog, Best of Winners and Best of Variety....onto Best of Breed from the classes over 20 rough and smooth champions under judge Vivienne Richards! WOW! What a way to finish! Not bad for the yearling male who mostly went along for the ride....while thinking he really still needed another year or two to grow up!

Grissom was owner/breeder handled to his first 7 points, but when I finally realized I could not do justice to this big boy when moving him, I hired a handler.....something I normally don't do. Heather Newcomb handled him the rest of the way (putting 3 specialty majors on him) and she did a beautiful job!


A ringside photo taken at the High Desert Collie show, where the wind was blowing almost 60 mph!


Collies Online ad

Grissom's "Collies Online" ad - November 17, 2012

Just coming into coat, Grissom is pictured winning BEST OF BREED from the classes under judge Vivienne Richards

Picture taken at the Ventura shows where Grissom won a 4 point major (in addition to 2 major reserves that weekend).

Congratulations to his kids owned by us. We have five beautiful daughters, 4 of them champions!!

CH. Chelsea Black Eyed Pea - In 2012, she was First Futurity Finalist at the Southern California Collie Club (her only show in the Fall of 2012). She finished her championship from Bred By with three Specialty Majors. ex Chelsea Diamonds and Pearls

CH. Chelsea Twilight Time, VCD1 CD TD AX  OAJ - Major Specialty Reserve & Best Puppy 1st time out. Gabi spent the last three years tearing up the performance ring! She got her CD title in 3 shows; two tracking titles in her first attempts; and several agility titles!! She finished her championship in the Fall of 2016...all from Bred By!! (co owners with Jeannette & Tom Poling) ex Chelsea Diamonds and Pearls

CH. Chelsea California Gold - Best in Match at 3 months old (South Bay Collie Fanciers). First Futurity Finalist, Southern California Collie Club Fall 2013 show. Winners Bitch and Best Opposite Sex to Best of Breed at the Southern California Collie Club 2013 Fall show. Won 3 out 4 shows entered at the Dixon specialties. Finished with all specialty majors in 6 shows during a two week period...all from the Bred By class!! ex Chelsea Diamonds and Pearls

Ch. Chelsea Pop Princess - in the Fall of 2014, Whitney won the Southern California Collie Club Futurity at barely 7 months old. A year later she finished with a third specialty major at the same show. Shown exclusively in Bred By. As a move-up, she garners a BOS to BOB her first and onlt time shown as a special! Her dam is Ch. Chelsea Blonde Bombshell

Chelsea Chantilly Lace - Her only time shown, Amelia won her first point with a WB & BOV! ex Ch. Chelsea Blonde Bombshell

His granddaughter......Chelsea California Girl

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