Nu is my first show dog and will forever be my heart dog. Together we learned about conformation and agility, and I thank Glen and Helen Hunt of Mill Creek Shelties for giving us the chance to have this grand adventure.

Nu is enjoying his golden years in retirement, but not before he finished his National championship, earned five AKC points, won one best of breed award, and completed his NA, NAJ, and NJP titles in agility. After starting agility to boost Nu’s confidence, we were both surprised and delighted when Nu came to love agility. In fact, all but one of his qualifying runs were accompanied by a blue first place ribbon -- Nu loved to “Blue and Q.”

It took me three years to talk Glen and Helen Hunt (Mill Creek Shelties) out of Sage. I wanted her from the first time I saw her at 8 weeks of age. Sage initially disliked conformation, but eventually blossomed into a gorgeous show girl with quite a fan club. She earned her first point by winning Best Opposite Sex over a special. At that particular show, Sage went Best Opposite Sex to her legendary "Uncle Dusty," Multiple Best In Show Ch. Ozark Crest Fortune In Gold OA OAJ 5CC. She finished her AKC Championship with 16 points, all owner-handled. One highlight of her career includes a specialty major under breeder/judge Doris Robinson of Robinaire Shelties. She also received both her first and finishing point from the same judge. Sage is now happily retired from our three-and-a-half-year adventure in the show ring.

OFA: Hips, Good;
CERF: Clear 2006 at 8yrs old
Height: 14 1/2"
Full dentition with correct/scissors bite

Sam finished his AKC Championship, which includes multiple group placements, owned and handled by Lori Quast of Erinsway shelties. I have loved him since the weekend I saw him finish and get back-to-back group placements. I unexpectedly got the chance to co-own Sam when I inquired about using him in my breeding program. Sam is the sire of Grace, Shaine, and Storm. Sam finished his RN title in the venue of AKC Rally and is now retired, enjoying the life of a couch potato.

Mercedes is a very flashy tri-colored sheltie. Always “Miss Bossy,” Mecerdes is our alpha bitch, "Try anything" accurately and definitively states her philosophy of life. Never a conformation prospect, Mercedes competed in agility and obedience. Although Mercedes is retired now, I credit her for being the first to show me how far brains could take you.