I, Shelby, have always been surrounded by animals. Horses or dogs they were always a huge part of my life. My dad worked ranches when I was younger, and my mothers side of the family was into rodeo. So naturally Australian Shepherds came with the territory. I fell in love with them for their protective attitude, willingness to please and their amazing beauty. And at the end of the day curl up in a ball cuddle and watch the disney channel. My family itself always had Australian Shepherds but they were always mixes. None purebred, or even well bred but amazing dogs all the same.
When I moved away from home for the first time to go to college I decided I needed a companion and naturally I went with an Australian Shepherd. In 2013 I purchased my first pure bred Aussie named Annie. While I had no experience training a dog like this for trials, or how to work Annie was always eager to please and quick to learn. While going to school I also worked ranches and managed a broodmare barn. Annie was always eager to help me bring the broodmares up in the morning. Annie was my constant companion in my first years living on my own and proved to be worth her weight in gold with her protective nature and pure happiness. I had one litter with her before she was hit by an ATV, and came back with major hip issues and I decided while she was an amazing mother and loves babies, that she would be happiest as the "grandma" of my brood.
Here at Heart Stoppin Australian Shepherds I strive for versatility. While Annie proved to be a nice worker she was not very well built. As time passed I wanted to show and knew I needed a puppy that could take me to where I wanted to be in both conformation and performance. I purchased my first well bred pup from Cut'n Loose Stockdogs in 2019. This little red spit fire may not be built perfect but she is darn close and the working style I have come to love so much. At only 8 months old I have gotten several titles on her and she is showing a lot of promise in stock events. I have no doubt that Nia will be the best of both words and a good foundation for my program.