In the beginning I was not aware of a 'breed standard', breed specific health concerns, or the meaning of a 'reputable breeder'. Like most people, I grew up with various pet dogs and decided I just wanted a 'cute little lassie dog'. So, in 1990, I saw a roadside sign that read 'sheltie puppies for sale' and I stopped in.
Enter my first sheltie named Buddy. He quickly stole my heart and became the love of my life. I had truly found the breed that speaks to my heart. He was every body's 'buddy'. He had a full and enjoyable life even though, as we discovered, he had hip displaysia among other health concerns. Buddy lived to be 12 ½ years old. Buddy was truly a very special boy to us and to all who knew him.
Over the years my love of shelties lead me to an occasional dog show where I began seeing and learning the value of the 'sheltie breed standard' and the value of responsible breeding that could help minimize health issues. I also discovered friendships with many sheltie fanciers. Some who live near me. It was the friendship of Barbara and Ross Carrier of Jobar Shelties that started me on the path that I am on today. I am so grateful to them. In 2009, we became members with the Shetland Sheepdog Club of Greater Detroit (SSCGD), mainly to contribute by fostering rescued Shelties.
Fostering Shelties was so rewarding, but little did I know how much more there was to experience in this Sheltie journey. Through the club and dog events I have met so many more sheltie fanciers and have been blessed to learn from their experience and knowledge including the ongoing mentorship from Sharon Schutte of Brynmere Shelties and Becky Bucata, also of Jobar Shelties. I also want to mention that I appreciate the numerous others who have taken the time to care and share along the way. You know who you are. THANK YOU!