Tuesday, January 13, 2009

The Story About Ebbtide


Current residents L to R: V.V. at age 10 mos, Fern age 9, JJ age 5 yrs taken in March 2013 (Update March 2017: V.v. now almost 5 yrs, Fern almost 13 yrs & JJ age 9).

There have been repeated whinings that I don't have a website. This is one woman's answer....
Ebbtide Australian Shepherds are located in Cloverdale, California in Sonoma County. I started showing Aussies in 1970: I started competing primarily in obedience and some conformation. I bred my first litter in 1973, and have continued to breed approximately one litter a year. I was 17 years old and lived in Saratoga, CA with my family when I started in Aussies. Over the years, I have put many Championship titles (ASCA & AKC), Obedience titles (CD, CDX, UD) and herding titles (STDd, OTDd, STDs) on my and other dogs I have trained and handled. Most of the obedience titles were earned by dogs that were also High In Trial winners, as well as a few High Score herding awards (in the 1980's). My conformation dogs have earned many Best of Breed, Group and Nationals awards, and one AKC Best In Show BBX winner and continue to do so. I personally handle and show in conformation, obedience, and hope to be back in the herding arena in the unknown future and, possibly, agility and Rally. The dogs and I also enjoy: camping, traveling, hiking, swimming, snow play and hanging out with friends - dogs and people!
I also judge conformation dog shows for ASCA as a Senior Breeder Judge and am licensed to judge ASCA obedience. I am on the "slow track" for my AKC judges license..lol. I have been honored to judge at 3 ASCA National Specialties, all across the USA, many provinces in Canada and two judging trips to Europe, so far.

I am fortunate to have had and currently have quite a few Ebbtide dogs in wonderful competition homes that have accumulated many national rankings in Conformation ("Champions"), Agility, Obedience, Rally, Herding, Nosework and have also won High In Trial and other awards. , easy to train Many, many thanks to all the Ebbtide owners who love and compete with these dogs, and make us look so good to the masses ;-) And to all the Ebbtide dogs "just" being wonderful family companions - I treasure these people and dogs no less. Because I believe: It's all about the dog, and what is best for them. I am not looking to produce X amount of Champions or X amount of High In Trial winners: I want to see great ambassadors for the breed I love so much and people enjoying their Aussies as much as I have, in a happy, well-matched home for each and every dog I produce. Those are pretty lofty goals right there.

Genetic health clearances, pedigree research and producing a dog with a high desire to please who lives easily in many situations is tops on my list. I don't "do" kennel dogs: we live on 3.3 acres, all fenced, and the dogs live as part of our family, with house privileges and lots of exercise time as they meander and patrol the one acre area that is theirs to explore around the house. All dogs get herding time on sheep. I do not breed specifically for a super high drive/high energy dog - it's just not the kind of dog I personally want to live with 24/7. But I have produced dogs that could be considered high drive. What I enjoy most is an easy to train, intelligent dog with a high desire to please, very biddable, athletic, intelligent, healthy AND is structurally correct and pretty to look at, hence: "Performing ..... Beautifully since 1970".

Our current resident dogs are: AKC/ASCA CH Ebbtide Fern "Fern"; and her son, AKC/AKC CH Ebbtide Careful What You Wish, "JJ" (both Eukanuba-qualifying conformation dogs - hoping to get busy with them and put some performance titles on both!), and ASCA CH Ebbtide No TIme To Lose "V.V.".  I also co-own numerous Ebbtide dogs that live with generous owners who allow me the privilege of using these dogs in my breeding program.  Other animals that live mostly in harmony with the Aussies include: 2 cats and 5 Katahdin/Dorper/Barbados mix sheep for herding training. I am am married to Dave, and have two sons, Marshall, 24 and Emmett, 33. Though they don't share my enthusiasm for canine competition, they do love and appreciate the dogs that live here, and both boys were instrumental with the socialization of the puppies when they lived at home.  A litter of pups usually means an increase in visits back home from them ;-)

    I hope all our wonderful Ebbtide puppy owners will return for a visit (real visit - not just virtual!). If you would have told me 47 years ago that showing dogs would lead to such amazing, kind, funny, generous, caring, and genuine friendships with families that now span 2 generations, I would never have believed you. But, hey, I was a teenager back then...


10 comments:

cloverann said...

This is where you leave your comments, people!! But thanks for emailing ;-)

Donna said...

Great job Ann!! Give people a little back ground on you and your dogs.
For others info, i have had the GREAT pleasure of loving and sharing the lives of 4 dogs breed by Ann. My first was Zuni, a blue merle who accomplished much in her life. i lost here a year ago last October. My second one was Derby, a blue merle, he taught us how to laugh. Derby loved life and never had a bad day. I lost Derby suddenly a year in February. Then along came Cricket, a black-tri. Cricket would have loved to have been an only dog, and to also have been cough potato. But no, we achived agility titles and herding. Cricket and I together achieved my first AKC herding started title. She is my special girl. And from Cricket I got Inc. Inc and I are currently completing in Agility. We are on our way to achieve our MACH. ine is a joy to have, and a very happy guy. Inc loves to just go, go and go.
Thank you ann, for letting these four dogs be part of my life!!

Donna

Identity - #2 said...

Looks good, Ann!!!
I'll tell #3 to join so she can blog about Gotcha (Ebbtide Gonna Getcha CD RA) - her best buddy in the whole wide world.

cloverann said...

Donna - Thanks for stopping by and the kind words. Donna wins the award for Most Titled Ebbtide dog - her first dog from me, Zuni. Also most Ebbtide dogs living elsewhere! Inc: I need a herding title, to finish my Kennel Hall of Fame. Go Inc!
Trish (#2) - For those who don't know #2 - it's my 2nd in command groomer assistant at dog shows. #1 Hasn't checked in yet...

Awiseboy said...

Nice blog. I was thinking of starting one for Labradoodles...

cloverann said...

awiseboy - I'll be in NJ judging on Memorial Day. Shall I come visit the week after? Send me pic of the labdoo, so I can write about in my blog ;-)

Judi said...

#1 here! Really like the blog format, will be a great way to share the many things Ebbtide! Much more interesting then a web site, good choice!

Ariela said...

Love the new Blog, Ann. JJ is so cute!

Susan said...

#3 - reporting for duty ... and noticing a lack of "G" litter pups!

cloverann said...

Hmm #3 - Guess we better do litter episodes??
OK, "G" litter people send your favorite photos and titles earned.