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 AFTDs 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 OFTDs

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.

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.

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

The Shadowdance Farm Blog

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

I’ll be honest, I’ve been struggling with this post for a few weeks. First it was going to be about training; where I’m at with the dogs, what I’m working on now that the clinic & trialing year is done, plans for next year, the usual. Then I thought I should really give Rebel Kitten […]

The past couple of weeks have been tough. No doubt about it. Cian isn’t the first dog we’ve lost and he won’t be the last but, in many regards, he was the hardest. I want to take a moment to publicly thank all of you for the kind words, the private messages, the cards, the […]

Fuck epilepsy. And no, I won’t apologize for my language. I had been looking forward to writing a post in a few weeks to mark the 1st anniversary of Cian’s epilepsy diagnosis. Not because that was something to celebrate, but because his life since then was something to celebrate. I would have talked about the […]

This appeared in my Facebook memories this week.. It’s hard to believe that was only a year ago. It feels like it took forever to reach that milestone. So much frustration and self-doubt. So many times I thought about throwing in the towel. I won’t stop singing the praises of those closest to me for […]

Spend any time on this blog and you’ll discover the overlying theme is all about the journey. Specifically as it pertains to living with, training, and trialing my dogs. Like all journeys, this one has had its shares of ups and downs. Sometimes the rough patches seemed like they would never end and made me […]

It’s been a long time since I left a trial feeling anything other than disheartened, slightly beaten down, and wondering why I keep throwing uncooked spaghetti at the wall. That’s not whining or a plea for sympathy, just the facts. My attitude was based solely on my mindset which, admittedly, was far from good. I […]