When we graduated from college, I wanted a Collie like I had as a child. My husband Mike wanted “something smaller”…and that’s how “Sadie” came into our lives in 1982. Sadie was everything we hoped for – devoted, sturdy enough to hike backcountry trails, and small enough to fit easily just about anywhere. This smart, responsive little dog was our constant companion.
Two years later, we got a tri-color female from Joan Clark of Checkmate Shelties. “Rhumba” quickly chose Mike for her best friend. Joan introduced me to other Sheltie owners and I entered Sadie in some obedience matches just for fun.
In 1988, we moved to Washington State and discovered that our girls enjoyed the beach as much as the mountains. In 1991, we lost Sadie to cancer. Rhumba was with us until 1997. We miss both of them, still.
In 1993, I got the bug to try my hand at showing a Sheltie in conformation and purchased “Kyla” (Ch. Accent’s Joyful Noise). The following spring, Kyla made the cut in the 9-12 puppy class at the American Shetland Sheepdog Association’s national specialty competition, and I was hooked! The next several years were spent finishing Kyla.
In 1999, I bred my first litter under the Milagro name. This breeding produced “Deacon” (CH. Milagro Never On Sunday), our first homebred Champion.
After Deacon finished, I took a break from breeding and showing Shelties. In 2004, I returned to the hobby and have been enjoying it ever since.
I am especially grateful to Jan Williams of Mistybrook Shelties for her friendship, mentoring and for sharing her sound, lovely bitches with me. I’m proud to say that my foundation stock comes from the Mistybrook line.