We are breeders of all colors of Shetland sheepdogs. which include blue merles, tri-colors, sables, bi blacks, and occasionally we have a Color Headed white. Sandy adopted her first Sheltie, Tooney, in 1987 and fell in love with the breed. Tooney was a retired breeding dog offered for adoption, by her breeder. Sandy took Tooney home and she became a beloved pet to the whole family, including four children, for another 7 years. She lived to be 16 years old, and crossed the Rainbow Bridge quietly from her big soft plush bed in the kitchen.
Two years later Sandy received her second Shetie as an early Christmas gift. Her name was Fawn. A couple years later a second female, Merry, joined the family. Then they added a beautiful sable and white male named Beau.
Since that time, these first well loved breeding dogs have passed over the Rainbow Bridge, and are missed and their fond memories will linger on forever in her heart. Sandy and her husband, David continue to be owned, loved, and occasionally rewarded with puppies from their Sheltie kids. One blue merle girl Cynder has recently passed over the Rainbow Bridge and is sadly missed by all. A Sable girl "Baby Girl" has a new forever home and visits from time to time. Raven the bi-black girl was diagnosed with mammary cancer and has now gone to the Rainbow Bridge. We miss her a lot also. Sandy's 2 Down syndrome sons 34 and 36 share their home and love for their extended fur family. They are owned by a sweet calico cat Renee, rescued from a shelter and frequently gets spoiling form Joel.
In 2008-2009 Sandy is a nurse and works nights at a local hospital and took classes at Greenville Technical College and obtained her certificate in Small Animal Care and has started a small at home grooming business. that she does just on the weekends if time permits.
Please tour our website and browse thru the pictures of our fur kids. Because of family obligations we do not at this time showour dogs. We are doing some beginning agility and obedience and will continue to go on with these activities as time and energy allows. A vist to our home can be arranged to visit our fur kids. PLease see our contact page.
The Greatest pleasure of a dog is that you can make a fool out of yourself and not only will he not scold you, but he will make a fool of himself, too
If I Didn’t Have Dogs...• I could walk around the yard barefoot in safety.• My house could be carpeted instead of tiled and laminated.• All flat surfaces, clothing, furniture, and cars would be free of hair.• When the doorbell rings, it wouldn’t sound like a kennel.• When the doorbell rings, I could get to the door without wading through fuzzy bodieswho beat me there.• I could sit on the couch and my bed the way I wanted, without taking into considerationhow much space several fur bodies would need to get comfortable.• I would have money ....and no guilt to go on a real vacation.• I would not be on a first-name basis with six veterinarians, as I put their yet unborngrand kids through college.• The most used words in my vocabulary would not be: quiet, out, sit, down, come, no, stay, and leave him/her/it ALONE.• My house would not be cordoned off into zones with baby gates or barriers.• My house would not look like a day care center, toys everywhere.• My pockets would not contain things like poop bags, treats and an extra leash.• I would no longer have to Spell the words W-A-L-K, T-R-E-A-T, B-I-K-E, G-O, R-I-D-E, B-A-L-L, F-R-I-S-B-E-E• I would not have as many leaves INSIDE my house as outside.• I would not look strangely at people who think having ONE dog/cat ties them down too much.• I’d look forward to spring and the rainy season instead of dreading “mud” season.• I would not have to answer the question “Why do you have so many animals?” from people who will never have thejoy in their lives of knowing they are loved unconditionally by someone as close to an angel as they will ever get.—Author Unknown
THE SEVEN STAGESThe seven stage apprenticeship for breeders.
The Beginner: Doing everything wrong. Buying wrong. Feeding wrong.
The Learner: Who now realise they have started badly and while still keeping their original mistake, have now learned better and are doing their best to set out on the right path.
The Novice: Who have corrected their mistakes and are starting to win and are beginning to be known and recognised by other breeders and exhibitors.
The Everlasting Novice: These are always nice people with an equally charming dog. To them, dogs are a pleasant and interesting hobby.
The Middle-Range Breeder: This is the largest section of all. This is the average breeder who is definitely one of us. Recognised as reliable, breeding decent litters, rearing the puppies properly, with a good eye for a dog and the facilities to keep the odd stud dog and a nice bitch or two. These are the backbone of any breed and are indispensable because they supply the majority of the average puppies for sale; serve their own area with a decent stud dog and form the mass of ringsiders. These breeders are members of various breed clubs and support all activities. Being dead keen exhibitors they try their best to be an asset and a credit to their breed.
The Good Breeder: This is a rarer category because these breeders have realised something the middle rangers have not. That is that there is a definite thing called a good dog and that a decent dog is not quite good enough. The good breeder is always ready to learn and has taken the trouble to find out most of the advanced points, such as what constitutes a good lay of shoulder or a good length of hock and where other virtues may be found. The good breeder knows what a good head feels and looks like; what constitutes good expression and understands structure with an eye to the dog's use as a herding animal. The good breeder has nice stock and has learned how to use it to best advantage. He may still depend on other people's studs to try and improve each litter, but has learned that the title of 'Champion' does not automatically mean the dog carrying this title is necessarily the best for his purpose. The good breeder is trying to improve all the time and will sell a bitch or dog that the middle ranger would have stuck to, realising that either he has better in his kennel or that these good dogs are not quite good enough. These are the breeders that supply the middle rangers with better stock when they themselves wish to raise their standards. The good breeder has nearly always had ten years or more experience with dogs and is recognised as such
The Top Breeder: This is a very difficult category to define, although we all know them. There will be about 20 of them at any given time. They go on, seemingly forever, always able to produce a good one, always with quality finished dogs, these usually having failings rather than faults, and give nothing away in type, style, make and shape. Usually they have been at the top for many years and have a strain of their own, readily recognised as being of a distinct and individual type. They never seem to disappear and very few breeders join their ranks. They are more often than not internationally known names and if we get two new top breeders in ten years who are really going to last and have an influence on the breed, than we are lucky.
PET VS SHOW Pet dogs shed...show dogs blow coat.
Pet dogs are in heat...show dogs come into season
Pet dogs trot...show dogs gait
Pet dogs stand...show dogs stack
Pet dogs get a bath...show dogs are groomed
Pet dogs beg for treats...show dogs bait
Pet dogs raid the garbage...obedience dogs show a natural tendency for scent articles
Pet dogs jump the fence...obedience dogs demonstrate natural jumping ability
Pet dogs poop...obedience dogs do their business
Pet dogs bark at other dogs...obedience dogs show excitement
WHAT IS A BREEDER?
A Breeder [with a capital B],is one who thirsts for knowledgeand never really knows it all,one who wrestles withdecisions of conscience,convenience, and commitment.
A Breeder is one who sacrificespersonal interests, finances,time, friendships, fancy furniture,and deep pile carpeting.
She gives up the dreamsof a long, luxurious cruisein favor of turning thatall important showinto this years "vacation".
A Breeder goes without sleep,but never without coffee,in hours spent planninga breeding or watching anxiouslyover the birth process, and afterwards,over every little sneeze, wiggle or cry.
A Breeder skips dinner partiesbecause that litter is dueor the babies have to be fedat eight.
She disregards birth fluidsand puts mouth to mouthto save a gasping newborn,literally blowing life intoa tiny, helpless creaturethat may be the culminationof a lifetime of dreams.
A Breeder's lap is a marvellous placewhere generations of proudand noble championsonce snoozed.
A Breeder's handsare strong and firmand often soiled,but ever so gentle and sensitiveto the thrusts of a puppy's wet nose.
A Breeder's back and kneesare usually arthriticfrom stooping, bending, and sittingin the birthing box,but are strong enough to enablethe breeder to show the next choice pupto a Championship.
A Breeder's shoulders are stoopedand often heaped with abuse from competitors,but they're wide enoughto support the weight ofa thousand defeats and frustrations.
A Breeder's arms are always able to wield a mop,support an armful of puppies,or lend a helping hand to a newcomer.
A Breeder's ears are wondrous things,sometimes red ~ from being talked about ~or strangely shaped ~from being pressed against a phone receiver,often deaf to criticism,yet always fine-tuned tothe whimper of a sick puppy.
A Breeder's eyes are blurredfrom pedigree researchand sometimes blindto her own dog's faults,but they are ever so keento the competitions faultsand are always searching forthe perfect specimen.
A Breeder's brain is foggy on faces,but it can recall pedigrees fasterthan an IBM computer.
It's so full of knowledge thatsometimes it blows a fuse.It catalogues thousands of good bonings,fine ears, and perfect heads,and buries in the soul,the failures and the onesthat didn't turn out.
A Breeder's heart is often broken,but it beats strongly with hope everlasting,and it's always in the right place!
Oh, yes, there are breeders, and then,there are Breeders ~
WHAT THOSE TITLES REALLY MEAN! AD (attention deficit)ARB (ace refrigerator bandit)BW (butt wagger)BWX (butt wagger excellent)CC (cat - courser)CCX (cat - courser excellent)CP (couch potato)CPX (couch potato excellent)CSX (counter surfer extraordinaire)GFIY (go fetch it yourself)HHP (House Hold Pet)IDDI (I didn't do it)ILF (I like food)ILLF (I like lots of food)IWFF (I work for food)LD (lap dog)LDX (lap dog excellent)OWTH (Oh, What The Heck)TBF (thick but friendly)TGS (terribly good snorer)TGAN (terribly good at nothing)TSIM (that seat is mine)TTIM (that toy is mine)UNCD (under the covers dog)UNCDX (under the covers dog excellent )WM (who me?)
Rules for Non-dog owners who visit and Like to complain about our Dogs
They live here. You don't
If you don't want dog hair on your clothes, stay off thefurniture.
I like my dogs a lot better than most people.
To you, it's just a dog. to me he/she is an adopted child who is short, furry , and has 4 legs and barks