>Might this be heavy ticking (which gives the grey of an Australian Cattle

        hmmm, it might be. From the picture it doesn't look like it but
it's harder to tell ith a long haired dog (I've noticed Bess's merleing is
dramtically different between her long winter coat and her clipped summer
"do"). From the pictures it is just a nice solid smooth grey.
        Elaine, are Traveler's "blue" pups solid blue (or pink) or is it
the light with darker ticks of a heeler?
        I do think it is a spectacular look, that's for sure.