Australian Shepherd has interested us as a breed already for several
years. We admired pictures from magazines and thought that some day
we will have an Aussie! Years passed by with Old English Sheepdogs
but seeing the first Aussie "on live" was so unforgettable
experience that the decision on purchasing an Aussie was made.
This dog was swedish owned US imported red merle male FIN, DK CH
SW-94,-98,-99 NORDW-95,-99 KBHW-98,-99 Gefions Khount Down. Year was something like 1995-96 and it was
some outdoor show on summertime. We were watching the group finals
and there it was: this sound dog with fabulous movement and calm
We wanted to have a breed with less inherited health problems and
some less coat than OES but we still wanted that great character
of a herding breed. We started to surf on internet and followed
what was going on in Aussie world and the breeding programs of
some kennels became more and more familiar. During this time we
found what kind of an Aussie was the one we liked and very often
when we found some dog we liked it happened to have dogs from those
few same kennels on his pedigree. We started to think that maybe
it was best to buy our puppy from a Finnish breeder who was
working with those lines we liked because Finland had made it
forbidden to show dogs which had docked tails. Bying the puppy from
Finland made it possible for us to choose our puppy from a litter.
We have always had a principle that we never buy a puppy unless
we like both of his/her parents. We had seen both "Clinton" and
"Inka" at shows and when they had a litter together woke our
interest up. Finally, on October 2001 came our first Aussie into
our house. But for sure Tres
Colores Gabrielina, aka "Pinja" is not the last Aussie.
In April 29th 2004 Pinja whelped her first litter and Gösta, Drover's Attent'n Please
was left home and from Pinja's second litter in June 15th 2006 we kept Thyra,
Drover's Crown Jewel.
Shannon whelped a litter out of
Gösta in July 2007 and we kept Albin, Drover's Evrybodys Talkn at home.
During the spring of 2008 we started to look for a red tri NBT bitch puppy. We found
Elle from France. Her breeder offered us also
one little red merle girl whom we fell in a heartbeat. So Edith
was to come to Finland too. Both girls arrived to Helsinki late June of 2008. Edith lives with us and
Elle lives with Kielo, Drover's Almost Unreal.
If you want to read more about our doggiehistory from the last
37+ years go to OES pages and click history.
Satu began judging 1993 and is licensed to judge 17 breeds from herding group (FCI 1) and tibetan terriers from FCI group 9.