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.

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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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.

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 […]