Colleen O’Brien of Glenmoore, PA was introduced to Gordon Setters by her good friend Alison Rosskamp when they both lived on Long Island (NY). Alison brought her Mom’s new Gordon, Erin, to Smoke Run Farm in Stony Brook, NY where both Alison & Colleen rode horses. From Erin’s first litter born in May 1981 Louise Rosskamp [Alilou] added Colleen as co-owner on the bitch who would be the foundation for Fair Isle Gordons, Am/Can Ch Heathcliff’s Heather MacKay CD. A novice to the sport, Colleen would show Heather first to her obedience title and then her conformation championship. Heather would go onto become a specialty winner in both the US & Canada. She would also whelp two litters for Louise, Alison & Colleen [both sired by Ch Black Anvil Amiable Gent] and from those two litters, Heather would earn GSCA Top Producer status. Wanting to learn as much as she could about the sport, while working at her “normal” job as a bank teller, Colleen worked weekends for handlers, D. Lawrence “Laddie” Carswell and his daughter, Annette “Candy” Carswell of Massapequa, NY. Candy would special Heather and then later Heather’s son, Rory.
After moving to Pennsylvania in the late 80's, Colleen began showing her own dogs as well as many of the Rosskamp's Gordons. Occasionally she would show some of the puppies from their litters as well as the progeny of some of their stud dogs.
In the late 1990’s while looking for a stud dog for one of her bitches, Colleen came across Gordon Setters in Australia and most specifically, Esther Joseph’s Triseter Kennels. After several months of emails between them, it was decided to import frozen semen from a young dog of Esther’s named Nirvana to use with Keddie. Colleen liked to refer to it as “on line dating, gone to the dogs.” Since that time Esther has become an important mentor and has shared her knowledge and her dogs with Colleen.