Welcome to Shadowdance

We have been sharing our lives with Australian Shepherds since the early ’90s and they continue to take us on an amazing journey.

Our Dogs

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Jig

Jig

WTCH Heartsong of Shadowdance OFTDs DNA-VP

Pedigree This girl has taken me to new heights. More than once I questioned if I could ever do her justice. I still don't have the answer to that, but I'm going to keep trying until we find out.

Dillon

Dillon

Rex's Strike of Lightning

Pedigree Dillon has been a challenge, and it's taken us some time to learn how to communicate with one another. He holds pressure well, watches his stock, and adores me far too much. That's proved a slight, though not insurmountable, problem.

Cian (KEE-in)

Cian (KEE-in)

Heartsong's Traveling Minstrel

Pedigree Cian's had some challenges to overcome. Life is far from fair. But the boy has a ton of natural talent and loves to work, and he's teaching me how to meet those challenges head on and truly live in the moment.

Grady

Grady

Retired

Our old man, Grady never took to trialing. A large dog affectionately called Tank Boy, he oversees new puppies, trundles about the yard, and puts a smile on our face every day.

Forever in Our Hearts

Forever in Our Hearts

We will never forget the dogs who came before. Each one taught us much and left this earth with a piece of our hearts that will never be replaced.

The Shadowdance Farm Blog

Wherein I prattle on about the dogs, training, trialing, canine epilepsy, farm life, and whatever else comes to mind.

I suck at living in the moment. Cian’s been trying his damndest to teach me. I have failed. What can I say? I’m human. I obsess about shit. Shit that happened, is happening, may happen, could never possibly happen but WHAT IF IT DID???? My latest obsession comes courtesy of Cian’s FitBark. I sync the […]

I was doing some website updates, transferring domain names, switching servers, panicking when I thought I lost everything… again, etc. etc. and suddenly realized it’s been over a month since my last post here. Yikes, right? But, you know… And then there’s been this stretch of heat and humidity which are two of my most […]

No, I’m not personally in a dark place right now. Not in general. A good friend of mine sent this to me after the trial this past weekend because of some conversations we’d been having around a decision I thought I had made. I say thought because that same friend gave me her much valued […]

It occurred to me that Dillon hasn’t gotten a lot of press this year. It’s been all Jig and Cian, Jig and Cian. In fact, it appears my last Dillon update was in October. Poor boy. Trust me though, he hasn’t been ignored. Between my schedule and the weather, we really haven’t had a lot […]

A sad fact of life is, it often takes getting slapped in the face with something to move us to act. We haven’t bred a litter in 13 years, but have always been dedicated to the breeding of healthy Australian Shepherds. Individuals and clubs can help support ASHGI’s mission by participating in their 10-Step Program. […]

First Trial of the Season ~ Part Deux If you read my last post you know how the end of the weekend went, but how did the rest of it go? Of course I’m going to say it didn’t go as well as I wanted, but it seems I always want more than I’m realistically […]

Partners & Affiliations

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ASHGI 10 Steps

We are dedicated to the breeding of healthy Australian Shepherds and support & participate in the 10-Steps program.

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Australian Shepherd Club of America

Shadowdance is an ASCA registered kennel and lifetime ASCA member.

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3 Sheeps to the Wind ASC

3 Sheeps is an ASCA affiliate club based in the Midwest and dedicated to the preservation of the Australian Shepherd as an all-around working dog.

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Working Aussie Source

Learn about Aussies, training, and working, find a breeder or a trainer, support the Working Aussie Source