Mags 15 months

Maggie 15 months

Maggie is turning 15 months, and still growing. We had her spayed a few weeks back, as we do not plan to breed her. We both still work. Imagine that. We’d love to breed, with about 15 acres, space is not an issue. Time is though. Breeding these magnificent dogs, do it right, and devote all the time is not possible while still working.

Maggie is still filling out nicely, and is now longer, taller and heavier than any German Shepherd we’ve ever had, and is currently around 85-88 pounds She is still a kid, and so she sometimes acts like a kid, spunky as she is. She is probably the most intelligent dog I have ever trained. Positive reinforcement and setting her up to success when training is the key. We still have a lot to do.

We had her one year hip X-rays done a while back. Sent the radiographs to OFA for reading, and came back with both hips good. We were jumping for joy, because the the local vet had initially read one side as questionable.

Our primary breeder was not successful on the last try for a winter litter. We have been waiting a long time for our male Shiloh addition, and decided to extend our search. At this time, it looks like Azzaro Shiloh Shepherds in Virginia will have a male for us. Nancy is an energetic, compassionate individual who takes the responsibility of breeding very seriously. We’ll just hope for the best, and keep our fingers crossed. We can’t wait to meet them.

2012 Scotland County Highland Games

We decided to make a run up to Laurinburg, NC to visit the 2012 Scotland Highland Games at The Blue House, Laurinburg. You'll never get tired of listening to bagpipe music, and the ones playing were good players for sure.

The Highland Games are events held throughout the year in Scotland and other countries as a way of celebrating Scottish and Celtic culture and heritage, especially that of the Scottish Highlands. Certain aspects of the games are so well known as to have become emblematic of Scotland, such as the bagpipes, the kilt, and the heavy events, especially the caber toss. While centred on competitions in piping and drumming, dancing, and Scottish heavy athletics, the games also include entertainment and exhibits related to other aspects of Scottish and Gaelic culture. A nice show of sheep herding done by Aussie Shepherds were also done.

Very nice set up show. We really liked it.