How it all Started
Those were the days
Aleshanee Australian Shepherds
Just this side of heaven is a place called the Rainbow Bridge.
When an animal dies that has been especially close to someone here, that pet goes to the Rainbow Bridge. There are meadows and hills for all of our special friends so they can run and play together.
There is plenty of food, water and our friends are warm and comfortable. All the animals that had been ill and old are restored to heath and vigor. Those who were hurt or maimed are made whole and strong again, just as we remember them in our dreams of days and times gone by. The animals are happy and content, except for one small thing: they each miss someone very special to them, who had to be left behind.
They all run and play together, but the day comes when suddenly one stops and looks into the distance. The bright eyes are intent, The eager body quivers. Suddenly the separation from the group begins...then running from the group, flying over the green grass, with legs moving faster and faster. You have been spotted and when you and your special friend finally meet, you cling together in joyous reunion, never to be parted again. The happy kisses rain upon your face: your hands again caress the beloved head, and you look once more into the trusty eyes of your pet, so long gone from your life but never absent from your heart..
When that day arrives what a joyous reunion we will have and and we will all cross the Rainbow Bridge together.
CKC/AKC Ch Rujha's Ananka of Telakko Black and Tan Afghan - I know Ananka crossed over the Rainbow Bridge with my beloved sister J'Neene and her husband Roger Dingman (Telakko Afghans) who would have swooped her up and all are waiting for me on the other side.
To those still playing, I will be there one day...
CKC Ch Adharra's Cherokee Warpaint Bk-/Tan Afghan
Shangrila Pharahna Aliganda Bk/Tan Afghan
AKC Dudley Do Right XIV - American Golden Retreiver
CKC Tomiskaway Daisy Mae - English Golden Retreiver
Raising a Family
About Takoda, Cheyenne and Charlie
AKC / CKC Ch Rujha's Ananka of Telakko
CKC Champion Adharra's Cherokee Warpaint
Bob Whitney Handler 1977
Our First Picture of Takoda - The picture that sealed the deal
Our First Picture of Cheyenne - We knew we had to have herl
Our Charlie at 8 weeks in 2008.
We wish we had met you then Charlie.
Charlie became ours to love forever
Although we are relatively new to the world of Australian Shepherds, we started showing dogs in 1972. We first entered the world of purebred dogs when we acquired “Rujha's Anaka of Telakko”, a striking black and tan Afghan hound. She went on to win an American Kennel Club (AKC), Canadian Kennel Club (CKC) Championship with back to back five point majors - both in the U.S. and Canada.
She was undefeated in Open Class and took multiple Group and Breed wins. Throughout the 1970's,we campaigned my "home grown" Ch Adharra's Cherokee Warpaint to his CKC Championship and were totally hooked on showing.
When our daughters were born, we retired our Afghans and suspended our breeding program. We spent the next 20 years raising our family. During that time, we rescued two wonderful Golden Retrievers from abused homes, neutered them, and cherished every moment with them for the next 17 years.
Researching Australian Shepherd puppies:
When the children left the nest in 2006, and the Golden’s went to play in the fields of the “Rainbow Bridge”, we were anxious to take up the torch again. So, we spent the better part of a year and a half researching breeds. Finally, we decided on an Australian Shepherd puppy.
We knew that we wanted not just one registered Australian Shepherd puppy, but two. So, we set out to find two puppies with "the right stuff". Although it took us almost two years to do this, we felt it was important not to rush the process. Finally, we found Takoda and then Cheyenne – what a discovery! Three years later we found Charlie and just had to have him. Our Aussie family is now complete.
Takoda -- our gorgeous Blue Merle Australian Shepherd puppy -- arrived in March 2008.
Cheyenne -- our equally fabulous Red Merle Australian Shepherd puppy -- arrived in February 2009.
Charlie -- our gorgeous lone ranger Black Tri Australian Shepherd MALE -- arrived all grown up with his Championship Oct 2011
· All have earned their Herding Instinct Certificates
· Our gorgeous Takoda earned her Triple Crown by winning her CKC , UCI International and United Kennel Club Championship -- all before her Second birthday.
· Our amazing Cheyenne captured her UKC Championship – before her second birthday and is great on geese!
· Our Charlie came to us from Cedar Creek Australian Shepherds all grown up and UKC titled and we cannot thank Dr.Connie Hurley enough for this amazing boy. Charlie went on to capture his CKC Championship.
Well done Charlie.
· Aleshanee Stargazer. Mariah is a beautiful deep Red Tri we kept from the Star Litter. There are big things ahead for this girl, but first we will let her enjoy her puppyhood. She is such a sweet and balanced puppy..such a joy to own and love
There’s no question -- they were ALL worth the wait!
Aleshanee Stargazer aka Mariah
Jan 2013 at 6 months
Bred and owned by Aleshanee
You have an exciting life ahead of you sweetheart..We love you to pieces.