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My Program

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 registered.

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 29

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