Moonstone Australian Shepherds is a small hobby kennel located in the northwestern hills of Connecticut. I have been training and showing dogs for over 30 years. My introduction to the Aussie was back in 1984. I was attending obedience classes in Harwinton, CT. I met Diane Dodge of Meri-Mor and, at the time, Debbie (Partridge) St. Jacques of Beauwood. I fell in love with their two Aussies, Scout and Russ. I could not believe the brains and beauty of these dogs. I had to have one.
My first Aussie was a little black tri bitch from herding lines, Pine Needle Farms Lady Sheena from The Richardson’s in MA. About a year later I got a dog from Debbie, a Russ son, a red merle by the name of Ch. Rossy’s Red Rover, CD. I trained and trialed Rover. Rover was my heart and soul. I went to my first ASCA Specialty in Springfield, MA in 1986. I entered Novice A and walked away with first place with a score of 196.5. That was all I needed…the Aussie bug got me. Since then I have titled numerous Aussies and German Shepherds in both conformation and obedience.
Our belief at Moonstone is to promote an Australian Shepherd with a sound mind, good temperament, proper structure and breed type, intelligence and instinct. Our Aussies and our Aussie puppies are home raised. They are brought up with children, other dogs, and cats. We try our best so we can prepare them for the real world. Our dogs are ASCA/AKC registered.
April 26, 2015 - Storm was WD/BOS this morning for his 3rd Altered major under Sr. Breeder Judge Linda Cassella. Only 2 more points to go. Thank you HONYASC for your hospitality and fun, we had a great weekend!
April 18, 2015 - Moonstone Terra-Blue Red Lite "RoXXXanne" (Feti/Marco) was WB/BW/BOS today at Pioneer Valley KC under Mrs. Patricia Trotter out of the BBX class.
April 3-5, 2015 - Typhoon earned his AKC CD in three shows handled by grammy Alicia, winning a 3rd place on Sunday!
March 7, 2015 - Cora wins premier bitch at the NYASA regional specialty in a beautiful line up of specials.
February 16, 2015 - Morgan and Typhoon had a great time at the 2015 Westminster Kennel Club show - making it to the final cut in a field of over 40 specials.
October 13, 2013 - "Storm" is now GCH Vinelake's Painted Desert going Select again for 2 points & Best Owner Handler under Judge Mr. Peter Green with Morgan in Augusta, New Jersey.
April 26, 2013 - We had a very exciting time with great dogs and great friends at the 2013 USASA National Specialty in Gray Summit, Missouri. On Wednesday, our boy Terra-Blue's Natural Phenomenon "Ty" won 1st Place in the American-Bred class, and our boy Vinelake's Painted Desert "Storm" was 2nd Place in the Open Red Merle dog class, both judged by Mr. Walter Sommerfelt. On Friday, Morgan & Vinelake's Painted Desert "Storm" won Best Junior Handler with a total of 24 Junior Handlers entered. And our two girls CH AKC/ASCA CH Terra-Blue Lil Red Riding Hood "Feti" and AKC/ASCA CH Terra-Blue Moonstone Black N Blue "Bruze" both made the cuts in their classes in Best of Breed.