Welcome to Shadowdance

We have been sharing our lives with Australian Shepherds since the late 80s and they continue to take us on an amazing journey.

Our Dogs

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WTCH Heartsong of Shadowdance AFTDs DNA-VP 01/18/12 CD, CEA, CMR1, DM, HC, MDR1, prcd all n/n

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.



Rex's Strike of Lightning OFTDs 01/02/16 CD, CEA, CMR1, DM, HC, MDR1, prcd all n/n

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.



Retired 04/22/05

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 faces every day.



Starstuff For My Heart's Sake 10/11/19 MDR1, HC, DM all n/n

Pedigree Sometimes it just feels right. The opportunity came along to add Finn to our family and since I've always loved Killi I couldn't pass it up. He's got some big shoes to fill, but for now he just gets to chill out and be a puppy.

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


ASHGI 10 Steps

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


Australian Shepherd Club of America

Shadowdance is an ASCA registered kennel and lifetime ASCA member.


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.


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.


As usual, this isn’t the post I wanted to write. I started it earlier today when I was still merely contemplating making the call for Grady, our gentle giant, Tank Boy. When I was merely contemplating I was (mostly) okay with the decision, after all, it’s not like it comes as a surprise. Grady turned […]

Lambs & More

The current Covid situation means I’m home full-time for lambing for the first time ever. That’s one of a couple silver linings. There are also many depressing aspects to the stay-at-home quarantine. I try to keep from thinking too much about those. Dwelling on what we can’t control isn’t very good for the soul. Most […]

Dancing in the Rain

You would think this forced quarantine would give me more time to write and more to write about. Turns out, when I have a lot of free time I also have a lot to fill it with. There’s a long list of chores on the side of the fridge waiting for decent weather and time, […]

A Dog’s Eye View

When I ran agility (which, for those wondering, was eons ago), one of the things we did while walking the course was to squat down to our dog’s eye level and survey our intended path. It no doubt appeared strange to onlookers. Heck, it felt strange the first time I did it. It also made […]

Shaking it off…

I realized it’s been quite a few weeks since I last posted anything. I’ve been meaning to, I just haven’t had the energy or the motivation. It’s a late-winter-not-quite-spring thing. This time of year, with the promise of nice weather right around the corner yet not quite within reach, I tend to get impatient with […]

The Healing of a Heart

It’s been a bit over three months since we let Cian go. The Sad still lingers. It likes to raise its head when I’m tired, stressed, feeling overwhelmed, or driving somewhere alone. Too much time in my own head. I keep his picture at the base of my monitor because I need that little bit […]