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Around 1990, a little blue heeler who became Foster Meyer Weiner Butt was acquired through dubious circumstances. There was some girl that I met at college who had an Australian Shepherd. We thought that it would be interesting to take herding lessons and drove two hours each week to a well-respected trainer. We trialed in arena venues (AKC, ASCA, and AHBA) with many different breeds of dogs.
Then my daughter happened along and was expert at helping me bottle my own beer. Later, my son appeared and at 15 wanted to do open field trials with a border collie. We searched and found a nice dog named Mike who was a very good partner. I didn’t want to sit around and watch him, so I asked around and found a nice dog named Lexi, and we had some fun and some success.
After a few years training and trialing in the Northwest, I was asked to serve on the Board of Directors for WASH. My goal is to provide a positive and productive organization for you through communication and education and opportunity.
Having loved and trained dogs much of my life, I'm newcomer to the world of sheepherding. I competed in dog agility for many years with my golden retriever, Sugar, and border collie, Tai. Then one day, I was sitting on a grassy knoll at the Vashon Sheepdog Classic, when Patrick Shannahan and a dog named Riggs stepped to the post. It was like watching a cleverly balanced dance. I decided right there and then that I wanted to find a dog, learn the skills, and develop a partnership to compete in this remarkable sport. Sam came into my life a year later, and we began our exciting journey. And now I have a younger dog, Amos who is just starting to compete. There are so many talented dogs and trainers in the PNW; I'm honored to be part of this community. I look forward to helping it grow, and inspiring others to reach their goals.
I started in obedience working up thru utility with my Schnauzer and Sheltie. Then I went to watch some duck work, and decided to try it. It was fun, and soon I got my first Border Collie named Spottie. She was trained only on ducks. I kept up with obedience and herding for a while, but there's just not enough time in the day for both, so I stayed with herding. With Spottie, I worked through Pro-Novice, and since she was a white dog, had to work extra hard to make those sheep believe her.
Then came Mist and Zip; I took both to Open. Mist lost her hearing at the age of six, so was retired, and Zip went on to the Finals. Then along came Win, who I took to Regionals. I have been trialing in the USBCHA since 1991. I own five dogs now: Britt, Abby, Jamie, Bend and Andy.
I was first introduced to the stock dog world 18 or so years ago when I was asked by a friend to help at her ASCA trial. I worked the stock pens and was in awe of the whole thing of having a dog move the stock and then a lady used a whistle...Oh my gosh I was in...hook, line, and sinker. I could not wait to get a dog as I knew this is what I wanted to do. So I got my first Aussie, that was a true learning experience, then I got my first border collie 13 years ago. Kimber was my pride my joy. She taught me so many things and from there we became a good team once we got it figured out. Then I decided I needed another border collie because as we all know you just can’t have one. So along came Ryder, she taught me more and we also trialed and did well. Well then, you can’t have border collie without owning sheep. So by now my husband knew life was getting interesting and so we bought a beautiful 40 acre property. With that the, grand ideas of having lots of sheep and many dogs came to be. So we built our farm...Moon Creek Farm. We have hosted many USBCHA, ASCA and AHBA trials and really loved every minute of them. The people I have met and to see their dogs work is truly awesome. At this point in time I have two dogs I am working with, a 4 year old border collie and a 6 month old Aussie.
Now you can’t have a farm without livestock...so along came my Guernsey goats, miniature horses, chickens and ducks. I am a born raised city girl who never played in the dirt to living on a farm and playing with the animals. I am truly living my dream.
My journey has been incredible and I am truly blessed by the friendships I have made and the dogs I have had the pleasure to watch.
I live in Seattle and was introduced to the world of herding sheep in 2014 when a friend introduced me to Diane Pagel, who shared her love of the sport and encouraged me to pursue it. Thanks to her I got my first working Border Collies, Nell and Reba. I feel like I've just seen the tip of this 'Ice Berg' and hope to have many years ahead of me to learn and develop as a handler.
I grew up on a little farm where we had a bit of everything but mainly a show herd of dairy goats. Except for some unauthorized "herding" of our Suffolk flock by my dog and me on my horse, it wasn't until college when my young Aussie and I along with this guy that had a young ACD started driving two hours twice a week to go herding. We competed in arena trials and had a great time.
We moved to WA, raised two awesome kids and used the dogs for farm work until I reconnected with a friend Chris Soderstrom from my goat showing days that offered herding at her place. This lead to more dogs and our entire family including my mom getting involved. We run our Border Collies and Aussies in USBCHA as well as ASCA and AHBA. Bling (pictured above) and I are moving into Open this year which is exciting and a little intimidating.
I love the camaraderie and support that our herding community has, I appreciate hearing comments, accolades, suggestions, etc.
I have participated in dog sports for as long as I can remember. I got my first Border Collie while competing in flyball and agility, and it seemed a natural extension to see if she had any aptitude for herding. One Border Collie somehow became four, and now I trial as often as I can with Shep and Dan. I feel fortunate to have regular access to great mentors and trainers in the area who have helped me on my journey to understand how to bring out the best in these amazing dogs, and more importantly, how to be a worthy partner. I am honored to be a WASH board member and look forward to serving and supporting the members.