Sydney was our first Aussie and was an only dog until we brought Azi home in 2005. He was the smartest, most trainable dog we'd ever owned (and we'd owned many other breeds in the past). Sydney would get the newspaper from the driveway, recycle for us (taking milk jugs to the recycle bin), catch a frisbee and do other amazing things. We knew as he got up in years that we wanted to get a puppy that he could help us train (yes, dogs learn from other dogs in their pack!).
Azi came to us from Pat Stout of Suncatcher Aussies in Jacksonville FL. He learned quickly from Sydney and had the sweetest temperament. His coat, head and structure were absolutely stunning and he was indeed a Beautiful Blue Boy (that's where the Triple B in his name came from). He was my first agility dog and took to it like a duck to water. I barely had to train him (though I was not the best handler) and we competed for many years together. We decided we wanted to try to carry on those traits by breeding Azi and he didn't disappoint!
We wanted Azi to have a 'partner in crime' and Rubi was the perfect one for that! We realized much later when we had already had her fixed that she was descended from the famous Las Rocosa line of Australian Shepherds. She was sweet and crafty and loved to fetch (frisbee, sticks, whatever) more than life itself. She excelled at agility (mainly USDAA) and she and Azi competed together for many years.
We brought Orbit into our household to breed with Azi. She was a stunning black tri and had lots of energy. We also trained her for agility but my handling couldn't keep up with her so we moved on to making babies and she was a fantastic momma dog. She was happiest when taking care of her puppies!
Maggie was our pick from Azi and Orbit's first litter. She had a heart-shape on her nose and an alertness and sweetness that made her 'the one'. She has her dad's beautiful coat, sweet disposition and smarts. She excels at frisbee and agility and is currently competing at the Master's level in AKC agility.
Loki came to us from a friend and fellow breeder after the tragic loss of Rubi. We weren't sure we were ready for a dog so soon after Rubi so we kept her for a week and then she was welcomed with open arms to our family. She is the calmest, sweetest dog except when she is doing agility and then she is all business! She is red-factored and we look forward to breeding her in coming years.