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Gypsy Shetland Sheepdogs

 

Gypsy Shetland Sheepdogs is a small hobby kennel, currently located in Columbus, Ohio.  All the dogs are part of the family, but they also work in various activities including: conformation, obedience, agility, and herding.

I fell in love with shelties at the age of 6.  Our neighbor had one, and I thought it was the cutest, smartest dog.  

Our first sheltie was Shelly.  We bought her through an ad in the newspaper in 1992.  We hadn't researched shelties and their possible health problems, I just knew that I wanted a sheltie.  After a few weeks of her wanting constant attention, we knew that she needed a playmate.  So... we did what a lot of people advised against....  We bought another puppy as a companion.

That companion, was of course another sheltie!  His name is Buddy and he was definately NOT a mistake.  It turned out that another dog companion was JUST what Shelly needed, and the two together were actually easier for us as working people to care for.  Shelly was no longer lonely... she had her "Buddy".

After being drug around on walks... we decided that obedience class would be a good idea.  Yes it's true!  Buddy and Shelly didn't start out being the wonderfully behaved dogs they are now.  We started out at a neighborhood obedience class, with the typical jerk the collar method.  Then, I found out about Ann Arbor Dog Training Club.  One of the BEST clubs for teaching obedience and agility that I have found.  Thanks to some of the wonderful instructors, both Buddy and Shelly turned into dogs with wonderful attention and Buddy went from a dog that lagged when at obedience trials to the dog that won 4th place (with a 197.5 out of 200 score) in the Veterans Obedience Class at the 1999 ASSA National.

The next chapter in my world of shelties came when we moved from Michigan to Pittsburgh.  I met some wonderful people that I'm proud to count as part of my extended family.  In 1997, Rusty Cromer (of Merlyn Kennels) trusted me with one of her puppies, as a conformation prospect.  That puppy (Merlyn's Touched Bi Magic "Mack") and his littermate Coal (Ch. Merlyn's Fire and Ice) turned out to be two exceptional bi-black dogs, with Coal winning the Open Black class at the 1999 ASSA National.  Mack currently has one of his majors and has had multiple Major Reserves and one Best of Breed.  He starts obedience school this week, though he already knows many obedience commands.

Then to round out the pack...  I added Ben (Merlyn's Mark of Fire) in 1998, also from Rusty Cromer.  Ben is a bi-factored sable, son of Ch. Merlyn's Fire and Ice (Coal).  He has had limited conformation showings as he grows up, and he shows lots of interest in obedience, agility, and herding.

Thanks for letting me brag!  See you at the shows!!

 

 

 

 

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Last Updated 1/6/2002

 



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