U-Ch. Linden Acadia's Stacked Deck, CD, HS, HRD1, HTAD1

As reported directly from Penny.
Couldn’t get much better than this - we finished two AHBA herding titles last weekend!
Most exciting was the HRD1 - Ranch Dog title. I've always dreamed of being successful at this type of course, and Show Low is definitely the dog to do it with. The 23 minute course involved taking sheep in and out of multiple gates, panels, a foot bath, a gate sort, a number of different types of gathers. He was absolutely awesome, calming holding up "his end of the bargain" with very little direction from me. He looked so - well, so - TRAINED!!
Also finished the HTAD1 title, which involved a free standing pen and a hold. The tricky part here was the pen and the hold area were just a few feet from the exhaust/barn gate! We actually got all five sheep in the pen!!!!!
A lot of people at these events are "real" farm/livestock owners, so I am extra excited to report that me and my suburbanite sheltie were so successful

So Penny, where is the video? (OK- pictures will do)


Cute Babies!



Acadia Shelties live on Ewe Win Farm. Ewe Win is a 66 acre sheep farm where we raise Reg. Katahdin Hair Sheep as breeding stock and we sell lamb meat directly to the customer (yes- it is all processed at a USDA inspected butcher where it is individually wrapped. We sell it by the cut or the pound depending).

A goal was to offer herding lessons and a facility for trials. This year we have actually begun the classes! Our first class consists of 3 Aussies, 1 English Shepherd, 1 Sheltie, and 1 Samoyed. All of the dogs are doing very well and all of the handlers are really enjoying the experience.

Yesterday Chris Davies from Fly Away Farm came up to give us lessons. The pictures are from those classes with Chris. Pictured is Chris with Karen's Aussie, Helen with her Samoyed and me with the sheltie. Yesterday the temperature was almost 90 degrees so we chose to work in a smaller space, undercover so we could be out of the sun.

It looks like we are FINALLY on our way towards meeting our herding goals.


Ch. Acadia It's My Treat wins Best of Breed

Ch. Acadia It's My Treat, "Genna" was Best of Breed on July 15 at the Shawnee Kennel Club under judge Mr. Charles Olvis. She is so much fun to show!


Lucky 7-7-07!! New Champion- Belaire What You Leave Behind

7 sure was a lucky number for "Breckon". On Saturday, 7-7-07, he was Winners Dog, Best of Winners at the Huntingdon Kennel Club under judge Mrs. Paula Hartinger for the final 2 points. The best part was that his owners Gloria and Ken Hansen (Belaire shelties and corgies) were on hand to see him finish. Breckon was bred by Gloria Hansen and Yvonne Ansick. We had a nice celebration with cake and champage for the occasion.


Acadia Sweet Emotion Breaks 30 seconds and still scores 100

Pam Fugitt guided "Valerie" to a perfect clean, fast run in Excellent Jumpers with a time of 29.84 seconds. The Standard course time for the 141 yard course was 43 seconds. Way to Go Girls!
They also added a new title to her list of accomplishments- the Novice Fast title (did we mention Valerie is FAST?) She is now Acadia Sweet Emotion, PT, NA, OAJ, NF


New Superior Elite Agility titles for Acadia Rally 'Round The Flag

Phyllis Sanders reports that "Rally" has completed the following NADAC agility titles this summer:
Superior Elite Jumpers
Elite Agility
Superior Elite Tunnelers
Superior Elite TouchNGo and
Novice Hoopers

Phyllis also has a half brother to Rally named Rumor. Rumor is still too young to compete, but he really loves to train and can't understand why big brother gets to compete without him!
Thanks for the Update Phyllis and CONGRATULATIONS on all of those wonderful titles.


New HT - Acadia Sweet Necessity, RN, HT

Peggy Crawford, Peggin shelties, has "Belle" for the summer. "Belle" has been having a wonderful time and earned a Herding Tested (HT) title this past weekend. Peggy reports that the judges were VERY IMPRESSED by her attitude, stock sense, and willingness to please. Peggy says that she wished she had entered "Belle" in PT, but they had not gone to do ANY stock work prior to entering the trial. This makes me smile to hear that without any training, "Belle" has instinct enough to work the stock in a sensible and controlled manner.