My husband, Clint and I are members of the Greater Charlotte Shetland Sheepdog Club. Since 2008 I have held office and been involved with many Sheltie-related events for our club. I am also a member of the Triangle Shetland Sheepdog club and I am pursuing membership with the American Shetland Sheepdog Association.
My love, (Okay, obsession) with dogs started when I was a child. I grew up across the street from a breeder of Shelties/Corgis, so was able to learn the basics of grooming, training, and whelping puppies early on. While most kids were collecting comic books and watching cartoons, I was reading books based on care and training of dogs, and watching TV shows like Emergency Vets on Animal Planet. I attended dog shows and dabbled in Junior Handling, though the competitive juniors ring was not really my thing.
After I got married and settled in, I started to get serious about looking for a great show dog. I have Tammy Alden of Coastal Shelties to thank for trusting a newcomer with not only 1, but 2 great show prospects. Tammy has been a wonderful friend and mentor to me. There are many wonderful folks involved with Shelties who have encouraged me and given great advice...without them this dream of mine wouldn't have been possible!
Our breeding dogs are shown in AKC conformation shows. We believe that a well-bred Sheltie should have proper structure and temperament to be successful in both conformation and agility. It is also important that our dogs are good house pets and are easy to live with. All of our dogs are housed indoors with us (with plenty of outdoor access/exercise, and socialization is started at a young age on our puppies.
Pictured above is one of our puppies out at lunch with us.
Our dogs are fed a high quality kibble, they are kept on a regimen of heartworm/flea preventatives, and visit the vet often for check-ups and blood work (including screening for heartworms and other parasites).
After breakfast each day (assuming the weather is nice), the dogs spend their mornings running, playing, and chasing each other in the back yard. They are brought inside around lunchtime to "chill" in the house, where they are given lots of love and petting. They may take a nap, or chew on a bone before heading back outside for another round of chase. We love being outside with the dogs, playing fetch, soccer, or frisbee. In the evenings, we work on our training skills. We may pull the table out and practice our conformation work, or practice on the agility obstacles in the back yard. We work hard to make sure each individual dog gets plenty of attention, and we will never keep so many dogs that this becomes difficult.
Noah at his first show. November 2011
Dogs playing in our backyard. January 2013
Bindi checking out the fish in PetSmart
Young "Lyric" helping momma out at work
| I work part time at a local insurance office where employees are allowed to bring their dogs to work. Every work day I bring a dog (or 2 ) where they are greeted by many different people throughout the day. This is a great socialization opportunity, especially for puppies. As soon as puppies have completed their vaccines, we bring them into stores such as PetSmart, Lowes, and Tractor Supply. We work on training skills in these new locations, so our dogs are easy to handle anywhere we go. We attend puppy training classes and/or handling classes with the young dogs, and take them to dog shows.
| Our goal is to produce Shelties that are not only beautiful and have fabulous temperaments, but also have minimal chances of passing on inherited health problems such as Hip Displasia, Legg-Calve Perthes Disease, Progressive Retinal Atrophy, Von Willebrand Disease, and Autoimmune Thyroiditis. Therefore, all our breeding dogs receive their genetic testing.
Availability of Puppies
We generally do not promise puppies to companion homes until we know which puppies aren't going to be grown out for show. Sometimes this may take until the puppies are 8-10 Weeks old. Please remember, the reason for breeding is to move forward with our breeding program, and not just to produce puppies. We plan litters based on improving what we currently have, and the goal from each litter is to produce show quality puppies to remain with us, or go to show homes for successful conformation, performance, and/or obedience careers.
Every puppy is not destined to be a show dog. Whether it be for size, a misplaced white spot, and many other reasons...these puppies are made available to approved, loving companion homes...and in some cases, performance homes. Once we have selected which puppies will be made available as companions, we notify the people on our waiting list. We then help families choose their new puppy based on temperament, activities (such as obedience or agility), and preferences of the family (sex and color). Puppies are taken to our vet at 8 weeks old and given a thorough examination as well as their first DHPP immunization. We will never let a puppy go to its new home a day before 8 weeks old, and we prefer to wait closer to 9 weeks.
Once we know which puppies will be made available to companion homes, we contact the families on our list. Puppies are matched with their families based on the new homes' preferences (which puppies they like best), compatibility, what they plan on doing with their puppy, and how long the family has been waiting. For example, we would place an energetic, bold puppy in an agility home over a quiet couple's home. We know our puppies best, and we want what is best for our puppies, as well as the new families.
Occasionally, we may have older puppies or young adults available. Normally these are prospects we were growing out for the show ring, and something didn't work out. Such as over/undersize, or a crooked tooth. Older puppies and young adults are great for active families who want a young dog, but don't want to go through so much of the puppy stage. Many times these dogs are well on their way to being house trained, may already be spayed/neutered, and will have already had all their immunizations. After an adjustment period with their new families, these Shelties make excellent companions and/or performance dogs. If you are looking for something a bit older than a young puppy please let us know...we may know of a wonderful older puppy looking for a home.