Welcome to Shadowdance Farm

Our dogs are our heart and our passion, and though we’ve chosen a different path than when we began, we will never forget our roots and all the dogs that taught us so much. (Clicking on the feature image will take you to a gallery of more pics for that dog.)

Jig

Jig

WTCH Heartsong of Shadowdance OFTDs DNA-VP

DOB: 01/18/12 Pedigree Each dog I’ve owned has taught me new things, and taken me to new heights. This girl has lifted me to a whole new level, one I only hope I am capable of. Jig pushes me to raise the bar for both of us. It’s challenging, sometimes frustrating, often humbling, and most of all fun. I know where I want this journey to take us. With Jig’s talent, and the support crew around us, I believe we can get there.

Dillon

Dillon

Rex’s Strike of Lightning

DOB: 01/02/16 Pedigree Dillon’s working style is unlike any other dog I’ve owned and, I admit, he has been a challenge. Bright, athletic, eager to work, he sticks with me no matter how often I screw us up. The good news is, we're finally starting to click. It helps when you remember to train to a dog's strengths instead of trying to force them to conform to your notions.

Cian (KEE-in)

Cian (KEE-in)

Heartsong’s Traveling Minstrel

DOB: 07/02/17 Pedigree This young man is full of natural talent. Jig is his full maternal aunt and the two of them share so many similarities he could have easily been the son she never wanted. He's just beginning his journey and showing a lot of promise.

Grady

Grady

Shadowdance Before the Storm

Retired and leaning into it. Grady is a big, soft, mook of a dog with the most gentle soul of any dog I've ever known. He never took to trialing, though he's helped out with chores from time to time.

Forever in our Hearts

Forever in our Hearts

Click the image above to see those dogs who've gone ahead. We have had Aussies since the late '80s and I don't foresee a time when I won't have one of these amazing dogs in my life. It would be such an empty existence without them.

The Shadowdance Blog

Wherein I mainly discuss my stockdog training adventures. I have, however, been known to veer off into other farm and dog related topics, life in general, and the occasional Wordless Wednesday or Photo Friday.

Celebrating 7 Years

It’s Jig’s birthday today. In honor of that, some random thoughts and a slideshow at the end, celebrating the many sides of this one-of-a-kind girl. The first time I met Jig in person she was about 4 months old and not the pup I was supposed to be considering. Gail thought I might be more […]

In Winter… Enjoy

So far this year, winter is being kind. I’m sure that won’t last but I’m all for taking advantage of it while it does. That means I’ve been getting out there on the weekends and working dogs, which also means you get a rare, mid-winter training update. Lucky dogs all the way around. I’ve even […]

Weathering the Storm

Sometimes, shit happens. No rhyme or reason. Nothing you could have done to prevent it. Shit just happens. Like a storm, it can pass quickly with minimal damage, or rage on leaving you feeling beaten and dragged. All you can do is ride it out, collect the pieces afterwards, and move forward. Our storm hit […]

If you’ve spent any time reading this blog, you will know Dillon has been a challenge. There have been times when I questioned if we would ever overcome our many issues. Many times frustration overcame good sense and I took it out on him by being blatantly unfair. All I can say is it’s a […]

Our Partners & Affiliations

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Shadowdance is an ASCA registered DNA verified kennel. To learn more about Australian Shepherds, visit the Australian Shepherd Club of America website.

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Member of Working Aussie Source, dedicated to the preservation of the working Australian Shepherd, America's quintessential farm and ranch dog.

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Looking for a professional photographer specializing in pets and animals? We can help. Contact us at Rustic Photography.

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