I have had Australian Shepherds for over 30 years. I
grew up in North Carolina in a family that took pride in having
functioning breeds of dogs. My father trained hunting & sporting
dogs due to a passion for hunting. He tried to instill in me some of
the knowledge that he possessed in training and caring for animals.
I can only hope that I have carried this knowledge to the same level if
not a bit higher. My first Aussie (Smoke) was obtained because the
Aussie was "the" dog for horsemen at the time. My other
Aussies were obtained because I grew to relish the intelligence, patience,
loyalty and loving qualities of the breed. In all this time, I have
never considered any other breed.
I started raising Aussies at the request of people that
came to know & love Smoke. At that time there were very few
Australian Shepherds in our area. The unique merling characteristics
of the breed made them a very unusual site to behold. Because
of the background I had in dogs, I knew that before I started breeding I
would need to understand the genetics and bloodlines of the breed. I attempt to use the top producing
working bloodlines in my program.
Over the years I have witnessed the uniqueness of the ability of this
breed of dog and many people have returned to purchase a second, even
third dog from me.
My program currently currently consists of Slash
V Blackfoot and Diamonds
N Gems. I purchased Blackfoot at 8 weeks of age from Terry
Martin. Blackfoot is a red factored Blue Merle male with very little white and no
copper trim, weighs in at 59 lbs, stands 21" tall with a very long &
thick hair coat. He was socialized as a pup earning his CGC
award. Blackfoot was also the dog the instructor picked for the obedience
model, easily learning voice, hand, and whistle commands. He doesn't
like strangers and is very protective of me and my property.
Blackfoot was started on stock at 6 months of age, being a very aggressive
yet gentle worker. He has enough talent to make up for my deficit in knowing
what to do. He works lambs very carefully, snapping only the air
around them. When placed on cattle, he immediately senses 'when' it
is necessary to take hold. He is currently ASCA, CKC, & NSD
Diamonds N Gems
was purchased as a 4 month old pup from Bill Wyatt. Gem is a red
factored black tri with very little white and dark copper
trim standing 18" tall weighing 35 lbs. Gem is a very loving and
affectionate, yet aggressive working dog taking her job very seriously. Gem
is ASCA, AKC & NSD registered. She is a very
friendly but aloof dog and the grandkids are always asking if Gem can come
out and play. Her favorite position is on her back with her feet in
the air so you can rub her tummy. Her second favorite position is
lying at my feet.
Due to my love of showing horses and lack of excess time,
I have not shown or trialed Blackfoot or Gem. Both Blackfoot and Gem attend horse shows with me keeping me company as
well as guarding the truck and trailer.
I am located in Rockingham County, North Carolina very near
the Virginia state line, between Greensboro NC & Danville VA off Hwy