Sunnybank King Coal
His parents were Sunnybank Sandstorm (Sandy) and Sunnybank Misty. Of
the two lines at Sunnybank, one from Bruce, the other from Aeroplane (Treve’s Line),
King Coal is a mixture of both lines. Coal was born after the show
days so he lived at Sunnybank to be a companion to Terhune.
Coal was was Terhune called a “lock picker.” He would let himself
out of his kennel with ease with Terhune claiming he could open at
least 5 types of latches meant to keep him in the kennel. Apparently
Coal taught himself this and may have inherited the talent from his
ancestor Ch. Alstead Aeroplane.
Terhune wrote that Coal loved to get other collies to chase him at
high speeds and that he, Coal, would at the last second, turn sharply
at some object at the last second having the collie behind him smash
into the object. According to Terhune this was a old trick from the
wolf days when they would get large game to chase them only to break
their necks on a tree. Terhune broke Coal of this habit.
Coal loved to grab ppl by the wrist giving it a sharp tug which
Terhune claimed he got from Gray Dawn.
Coal fathered puppies with Sunnybank Chips, Sunnybank Mons Meg and
Sunnybank Southern Girl. His most notable offspring is H.R.H.
Sunnybank Sybil and Sunnybank Brown Bear.
Coal outlived Albert Payson Terhune, dieing in 1943.