National Puppy Day

For Cindy and others who just ask for "more puppy pictures".  I do not have puppies at the moment, so if you have a sheltie from me, you might say, "hey, that looks like...."   and it might very well be.   Enjoy the cute puppies.


Fluffy and Gentle, and great listeners

It seems that many Acadia shelties enjoy children's reading programs.  LeaAnne takes Lucy to participate in the "Paws To Read" program in Maryland, while Lori takes Tryk and Cache to the "Paws To Read" program in Tucson, AZ.  Penny takes Tess to the Read with Me program in Chicago.

Tryk and Levi

Shelties are such a great fit for these programs because they are not an intimidating breed.  Penny describes Tess as, "fluffy and gentle", which really is just a perfect combination for a reading partner.   LeaAnne said that Lucy is one of the smallest dogs in her program, and that makes her popular with the kids.

I LOVE the fact that these owners share their dogs and allow the special gifts these dogs have to offer be bestowed upon others.


*New Ch* Acadia State of Mind

Staten at 13 weeks
Staten finished his championship today in Kentucky with 3 majors.  I had shown him to 7 points with one major, but then he blew coat and looked like a teenager (which he was) I knew that he would be ready to show again after I had moved, so I sent him to be shown by my friends and professional handlers, Nick and Joel.  With them he won 2 more majors and a few single points to finish his championship.

He is the 2nd champion for his mom, Cassia.

12 months


Carolyn Arvidson 12/17/1930-1/12/2017

The day I “got the call” the movers were at my house packing for our move to Idaho.   It was not completely unexpected, but at the same time, it was.

In October my sister and mother took an “epic trip” across the country visiting friends, family, historical sites, and national parks. Mom, of course, began her journey in CT and took the train to Philadelphia where she joined my sister and they began the drive: final destination- Seattle, WA.  My farm was the 1st stop on the journey which took just over 2 weeks.

At 85 mom seemed to be in fabulous health.  She was mentally sharp, lived in her own home without any assistance, had plans for the future, and appeared that she would live forever.  My sister had no reservations about having her as a co-pilot.  Not to worry, this story will not prove my sister wrong- she wasn’t.  Mom proved to be a very able navigator and driver- and an overall great traveling companion.   This trip was a huge success and both mom and my sister had the “trip of a lifetime”.  Some of the highlights involved visiting sites of historically family significance, such as ,The Gallup House my mother’s mother’s birthplace and childhood home in IA, and a church in Deer Park, WA that my mother’s grandfather helped establish.

Upon reaching Seattle my mom commented that she was a bit constipated- well, ok, they just spent 2+ weeks in a car.  Once home, mom went to visit her doctor about the persistent issue- although she continued to attend dinner parties and luncheons.  In November her doctor sent her to the ER, where she was diagnosed with Stage 4 Colon cancer.  That was November 16th, and the decline was rapid.  I did get to visit her in both November and December- both times she was in the hospital, and both times we did get to enjoy each other’s uninterrupted company, although not under ideal circumstances.

How lucky that our mother didn’t experience prolonged suffering.  When my mom and sister took their trip, they had no idea of the pending troubles.  They were able to enjoy the trip without sadness and grief.  I am a bit jealous of the time my sister got spend with my mom, but I am So Thankful that they took that trip together.  I am so Thankful that my mother got to see these family places, and visit with family along the way.  As always, I am SO THANKFUL that she is my mother.  Mom, I love you more than tongue can tell and words can write.


A testimonial for Post # 500

I have to give props to Ivy's wonderful breeder, Cadie Pruss, who I just learned will be relocating with her husband, Mike, to Idaho. I spent two unforgettably pleasant afternoons on the Prusses' beautiful sheep farm in central Pennsylvania, as idyllic a setting as I've ever experienced. Those visits were also memorable for my having been surrounded by a group of the most affectionate and well-loved dogs imaginable, a testament not only to Cadie's breeding skills but to her own generosity and kindness. Those qualities are evident in this photo from her blog of her with four of her champions, Liza, Cassia, Dove (Ivy's great-grandmother), and Genna. I'm willing to bet that getting four Shelties to smile simultaneously is something only Cadie could have pulled off.


A New Adventure awaits in Idaho

Cadie, Mike, the Acadia shelties, Rosie the Vizsla and Emine the Kangal are moving to Idaho. Mike accepted a great job working for the Forest Service on the Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forest and I will continue to work for the Natural Resource Conservation Service in Nezperce, ID. 
Acadia shelties have called Pennsylvania home for the past 17 years, since moving from the great Southwest (Arizona). I have continued to meet and enjoy so many wonderful people who value well-bred dogs, and I really consider myself lucky to have had so much success here.  As I prepare for this move, I am reminded of how much I missed the people and the local dog community in Arizona, and I am already missing the mid-Atlantic dog community, but I find that “dog people” are a good group and there are nice people everywhere. I am looking forward to meeting the wonderful people of the northwest.
Pennsylvania is a state I hope to return to- and as such, we are not selling the farm. We did, however, sell our sheep. That was so hard on me. We have been breeding Katahdin sheep for almost 16 years- and it was a hard day to see my flock of ewes go to a new farm.
On to a new chapter…


Congratulations Penny on being chosen as Member of the Month

The PAWSitive Therapy Troupe is an all-volunteer 501(c)(3) public charity dedicated to sharing registered therapy dogs with individuals in a wide variety of health care and educational settings--bringing comfort, support and encouragement through the unique healing power of the human-animal bond

Congratulations Penny.  You are a dedicated member of the Therapy Troupe, and also the Acadia shelties family.  Tess, Gracie, and Show Low all came from Acadia. Kate is the granddaughter of Show Low.