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June 20, 2023...... Puppies!

Star's second litter arrived on June 19, 2023. Mother and puppies are doing great and it is a beautiful all-girl litter. We have both gold/white and black/white puppies. Stay tuned for details......

May 17, 2023

We like to stay in touch with our puppy buyers and enjoy getting updates on how our puppies are doing. Stark is a littermate to our Star. Stark's parents are serious competitors in the agility world and they came to us looking for an agility prospect. This is where our puppy evaluation procedures come in when placing puppies with homes since a good agility dog needs to have the best conformation combined with a higher level of drive, and it must be biddable. Stark is excelling in agility and we were delighted to receive an update on how he is doing.

Rigel's Ironman Winter Is Coming RN MXP MJP MFP T2BP V-Nach CGC TKN "Stark" (Buck x Chloe)



April 24, 2023

Star's daughter Coda came to stay for a few days while her parents are out of town. Almost a year old now, and turning into a real stunner!

Rigel Play it Again "Coda" (Nico x Star)



March 14, 2023

Bryce excelled at the Border Collie Club of Arizona specialty show, taking best of winners at both shows for two 5-point majors in one day and finishing his championship in style. Well done Bryce!

Bryce New Champion


Dec 3, 2022

Star excelled at her first NACSW nosework trial, gaining her NW1 title and placing 3rd out of 49 dogs. What a good girl.

Star NW1


June 4, 2022

Star's puppies are 4 weeks old. What a pretty litter, and Star is being a great first-time mother.

Nico x Star


March 22, 2022

Bryce got to see some sheep for the first time today. What a good boy.


Nov 30, 2021

Some photos of Star during our herding training session today. We were working on her outrun and driving. She is really coming along well.


May 8, 2021

Buck and Star took off to Hollywood to shoot a TV advert for the new Toyota Highlander. The advert will be aired during the upcoming Olympics.

Toyota Advert
Toyota Ad


Feb 1, 2021

Rigel Border Collies is excited to announce our Louee x Chloe litter. We would like to thank Terry & Ellen Edwards of Alaska Gold Kennels for allowing us to use their lovely boy Louee. Images of Louee courtesy of The Journey - Cris Skinner.

BIS - BISS GCHG CH Borderton Lou Easy AN I A HSAs RE TKI CGC "Louee" - CH Wilsong Dance with Dragons CGC TKN "Chloe"


Nov 13, 2020

A successful return to herding trials for Team Buck and newcomer Star after a long COVID break in the trial schedule. The BMDCA A-course trials today at Diamond Dogs K9 Event Center in Chino were well run and very enjoyable. There were placements for both Buck at Advanced (2nd and 4th place) and for Star at Started (4th and 5th place). Buck took reserve high in trial this morning for 2 herding championship points.

Buck Star Herding Ribbons


Mar 17, 2020 : Puppies are 3 weeks old

The puppies eyes have now opened. A few photos taken on March 17, 2020 are shown below:


Feb 25, 2020 : Stout & Chloe Puppies have arrived

We are pleased to announce that our latest litter was born on February 23, 2020. Mother and pups are doing well, with Chloe doing a great job as mom. A few photos taken on Day 2 are shown below:


Mar 11, 2018

Things have been busy at Rigel Border Collies over the last several weeks. The puppies are growing fast and have been having fun playing with their activity center, exploring the world outside in the back yard, and meeting puppy buyers. Puppy evaluation is next weekend, when we will be matching puppies to our waiting buyers.

Star - our keeper from the litter


Feb 18, 2018

The puppies are growing fast and starting to get more active. They were moved into a larger enclosure in the kitchen during the week, and are now playing with the activity center installed yesterday. Latest pictures are below:

Girl 1
Girl 2
Girl 3
Girl 4
Boy 1
Boy 2
Boy 3


Feb 12, 2018

Puppies are doing great and all are putting on good weight. No weaklings in this litter. Chloe is doing a fantastic job feeding the pups - all the weight gain is from her nursing the pups, since weaning hasn't started yet. Chloe has a ravenous appetite - she is getting 4 full meals a day to provide nourishment for the pups, but she isn't putting on weight!

Feb 11, 2018 : All eyes now open.

The pups all have beautiful dark eyes, and they are now starting to experience the world around them. What beauties they are transforming into.

Girl 1
Girl 2
Girl 3
Girl 4
Boy 1
Boy 2
Boy 3


Feb 8, 2018 : Website Upgrades and Puppy News

Sorry if you have been looking for new pictures of the puppies over the last several days, but we have been busy behind the scenes performing some major upgrades to the Puppy section to improve the User experience. We learned a lot about PHP coding and implementation on our server that took quite a bit of playing around with to get to work properly, but we hope you appreciate the end result! If you submit a Puppy Buyer Contact Form and don't hear back from us by the following day, please call or email us - our email server wasn't easy to configure to get it working consistently for form submission, but we believe it is now working as it should.

The puppies are now 2 weeks old and looking really healthy. They are all putting on good weight. Three of them have started to open their eyes, and they are all now attempting to walk rather than crawl. We have contracts in place for some of the puppies, but we still have boys and girls available to good homes. More pictures will be coming soon.......

Early Neurological Stimulation

At this early stage in the life of the pups, they are in a period of rapid neurological growth where new synaptic connections are being formed. This gives us, as breeders, a short window lasting between days 3 and 16 following birth when we can provide gentle stimuli to the pups that they wouldn't normally have at this early age. This promotes formation of new synaptic connections in the brain that would otherwise not be made. The results will stay with the pups for their entire lives and years of research has shown that it makes a big difference in producing brave, fearless pups that will have improved performance as adults.

The research originated with the US military canine "Bio Sensor" program, and later became known to the public as the "Super Dog" program. Its development utilized six simple exercises which were designed to stimulate the neurological system. Each workout involves handling the puppies once each day and gently applying a series of stimuli, each for 3-5 seconds, making sure not to overstimulate the pups. We are currently performing this early neurlogical stimulation on the pups, incorporating it with the daily weight measurements.

See here for more information about this program.

Jan 31, 2018. Puppies at Day 7

3 Boys and 4 girls will be heading to their new families at the end of March / beginning of April 2018.

Buck & Chloe Puppies have arrived

We are pleased to announce that 7 puppies (3 boys; 4 girls) were born on January 24, 2018. Mother and pups are doing well, with Chloe doing a great job as mom. A few photos taken on Day 2 are shown below:

Puppies confirmed for end of January 2018

Buck and Chloe were bred at the end of November 2017, with puppies confirmed by ultrasound and expected to be available to go to their new homes at the end of March / beginning of April 2018. The waiting list is starting to fill, but there are still a few puppies available. The puppies are all expected to be black/white rough coat. Please check out our Puppies page for general information about getting a border collie puppy, and if you interested in getting a puppy from this litter please contact us.

September 2017 : On the road again to Nationals

We will be travelling to the 2017 Border Collie Nationals at Purina Farms in Missouri, arriving on September 2, 2017 and departing on September 11, 2017. Adrian will be busy as Treasurer for the National club. Buck is competing in herding and conformation, including the Conformation Top 20 which he qualified for again this year. Teagan is scheduled to make her puppy debut in the 4-6 month puppy class and futurity. Stop by and see us if you are going!