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Our Veterinarian's testimonial to Lakehills bred dogs....


Notes from some of our "puppy" owners:


Lakehills Rosie


June 14, 2015


Hi Lisa,


This is Rosie on her 5 month birthday (Brook and Chester)! She is bright and loving and keeps us busy!


We want to ask you when you would recommend feeding her twice a day instead of three times. Would you change her food or stay with the same Royal Canin?


Hope all is well,
Sue and Peter



March 19, 2015


Hi Lisa,


Bubba is absolutely the coolest little guy and he actually listens! Great temperament and Tosh has adopted him as his new buddy. They are really bonding - all is good, great appetite and such a beautiful Aussie.   Thanks again for an awesome experience.


Pics of Bubba and Tosh from this morning's wrestle attached...



Bubba - pictured at 2 months of age




Lakehills Baron (Black Tri) with his new best friend Lakehills Ross

(Ross @ 2 months of age)


March 09, 2015


Dear Lisa,


I know you have heard this before, but Ross is the most intelligent, beautiful, sweetest puppy ever! Of course, big brother Baron could give him a run for his money!


He spent his first alone time today--sort of. I used baby gates to kennel him in the kitchen while I went to work. The Chihuahuas have their own pen and crate in the kitchen too; so he wasn't really alone. I suspect Baron stayed with him on the other side of the gate all day. Baron loves this pup! Ross also learned to pee on command in the back yard in one day! I expect him to be housebroken in another day or two. Like all of my other dogs, he doesn't eat unless I am present.


He sleeps well, but likes to wake up around 11:30 PM to play! Not my favorite thing since I get up at 5:00 AM, but I decided not to fight it and simply play with him until he is ready to fall back asleep. ( I swear he has grown since Saturday.)


I found my old puppy stroller and took him for a walk with Baron last night. (Keeps him safe and off the ground.) It is a bit eccentric--so we walk at night. He is the perfect passenger. The stroller also allows him to socialize with other walkers.


I've attached a few photos. You can see how happy Baron is! I LOVE THIS BOY! I can guarantee my separation anxiety was worse than his today!





Saturday, February 07, 2015 4:13 PM

Hi Lisa,

It's been a while since we've exchanged emails. We adopted a female aussie from you in 2012. Her mom was Brooke and her dad was Jesse. She was born on 1/10/12 and we picked her up in March 2012. Her name is Fiona. We are so in love with her.

We were talking about getting second aussie so I'm reaching out to you again to start the process. We'd like to get another female blue merle. Can we get on the wait list?

Looking forward to hearing from you.


Fiona, 3 years of age



February 14, 2015

Hi Lisa:

One evening last week Bucky and Lucie played with a skunk. The smell was still lingering. The warm weather allowed a swim then a bath for the kids.  They are so beautiful I had to share.




January 18, 2015

Hi Lisa, just wanting to say that today our Beauty, " Lake Hills Feather River Reflection" aka Emma is having her 2nd Birthday, we love so her much and she is everything amazing.

As I had e-mailed you last year that our precious Son Taylor was Murdered by a Drunk driver while on his way to work.  Our Emma has done more than you could ever imagine, such a character. There has been so many times that my Husband and I have been struggling and that little girl does something that we both cannot ignore and truly look at her as though she knows, and we just can't help but giggle and laugh.

Just had to make sure you know she is doing great and as we push forward hoping to get back into agility soon, thank you, and who knows what the future holds, may be looking to you for another pup.

Thank you, Johnna and Miss Emma



Lakehills Moon Lite Breeze


September 14, 2014


WOW 6 yrs ... Where does the time go !!!  Nika is going great and in good health.


In June I had my right knee replacement done, so the last year I was unable to do much of anything, we are looking forward to getting back at it, thinking of doing some AKC Agility, CPE and NADAC this fall and also going for her NW 2 Title.

Hope everything is going super for you, Bosco is looking fantastic how is his pups doing?


Take care,
Joyce. & Nika



September 01, 2014


Hi Lisa we haven't sent you a picture for a while so thought we would check in.


What amazing friends Sierra and boomer are.



"Déjà Vu"


March 31, 2014


Hi Lisa


I hope all is well with you. We are doing well. I just wanted to send along a picture of our girl Déjà Vu. Her 5th birthday was February 26th and I always try to check in with a picture and update on our special girl.  As you can see she is a beauty and we get so many comments on her. She is a big girl, like her brother "Big Al" and we often get asked if she is a Bernese Mountain dog.  She has found her passion in life, Frisbee! She has also decided that Rally is not for her. The only part of Rally she likes is the treats.  She is an eating machine so we have to keep a close watch on her diet to keep her girly shape.  No way that Deja could be a free feeder!  She is the most loveable girl and is still a wonderful adopted mom to our 3 year old Male Aussie.  Anything he wants he gets as far as Deja is concerned.


We can't thank you enough for our girl.  She and Jasper make our hearts full.  Enjoy her picture and be assured that she could not be loved and doted on more than she is.  She is a happy girl.  Enjoy the wet weather.  Thank goodness it finally arrived.  We are suppose to get snow tonight, better late than never.


Thanks again


Sue, Ron,Deja and Jasper Collier



Lakehills Tilly


 March 24, 2014


Hi Lisa,


Wanted to let you know how our terrific Tilly is doing. She's now 2 years old and has become an expert frisbee girl. She loves running off leash and hanging out with the boys.


She is now almost 60 lbs and always has a smile on her face! We just love her so much and hear all the time what a gorgeous girl she is. She truly is special!


Hope all is well at Lakehills



Andrea & Jerry



ATCH-III, ADCH, MACH Lakehills Maggies Hard Candy-AKC CD


February 23, 2014


Hi Lisa,


A little Maggie news, she finished ATCH 3 this weekend at PASA. It was a long shot since we needed 3.5 Regular Q's. She ran the courses nicely hitting all her contacts with only one dropped bar, giving us 3.5 Q's!!! What a wonderful weekend we both had. I just can't believe she is 7 already, and I'm always thankful for each run we have. She's turned into so much more than I ever imagined.


Janet Jenkins and Maggie





January 24, 2014


Lisa, attached is another picture of Carson (Big Al's brother) right after grooming. He did really well with a new groomer---he has come a long way.





Pictured at 4 years of age.  Carson is a Chase x Jesse son.



December 07, 2013


Hi Lisa,


Hope this note finds you and your family well. I have been meaning to write to you and send some photos of Petula since last summer, but something always seemed to get in the way.


My grandmother moved in with me, she is 93 and a handful, so we keep busy around here. She also took a fall in the beginning of October and fractured her shoulder, wrist and a stress fracture on her hip. We have had a flurry of nurses and many different types of therapists coming and going for two months now. She also required 24 hour care, so between my Mom and I, we were able to take care of her. Needless to say, it has been difficult, but she is doing much better, so we do see the light at the end of the tunnel.


How are you? How are your fur kids doing? I did see that Brandy and Chester were both busy this year with new pups to add to the family. Did you keep any? Chester looks so gorgeous and majestic in his photos.


Petula is doing very well. I know I always tell you how wonderful she is and that she is so smart and soooo loving, but it is not just me that thinks that. People are always telling me how pretty she is and they are always amazed by her intelligence and how well she behaves. Trust me, all these things have been put to the test with her, especially in these past couple of months with all of the strangers entering our house. Don't get me wrong, she will also let me know when an unknown has entered the property, but she really shines when people get to know her one on one.


I simply love and adore her so much. She is the sunshine in my life. She is such a happy girl, always has been, since the day I picked her up at your house. That says a lot to me Lisa, about just how much care and love you pour into your fur kids and just how important that is to you.


I am enclosing two Christmas photos of Petula. She looks so much like Brandy to me. I hope you like them.


May you and your family have a wonderful Christmas and an even better New Year!


Warm Regards,

Marilyn & Petula



August 16, 2013


Hi...today is Molly's fifth birthday, so I thought I would write a brief update and send a couple of photos...Our Molly is a joy. So sweet, so loving, so smart. She was a bit of a firecracker for the first year or two, but has settled down and while she is still FULL of energy, she is much more observant, thoughtful and communicative with us, if you know what I mean. She listens, understands, and lets me know what's up. She adores her "big brother" Bodie, our now 11 year old mini aussie. They are best buddies and take good care of each other. We also adopted my mother-in-law's elderly dachshund "Chula" when she passed away, and Chula lived with us for several years until she passed away last June at the age of 18! Molly was very respectful and careful with Chula and knew her boundaries. Molly and I have taken obedience class (twice) when she was younger, and this year we started taking Agility classes, which she loves - I go to ARF in Walnut Creek once a week. She is doing well and we are on the third level of "beginning", so she is doing about six different apparatuses, and can do most of it off leash now. I do not intend to compete with her, but she has a lot of fun and enjoys the socialization aspect also. Molly had a fun birthday today, including getting her annual birthday "portrait" (see below), getting a special trip with Mom to PetCo to pick out some new toys, receiving some gifts in the mail from relatives, and Frosty Paws doggie ice cream shared with Bodie after dinner. This weekend we will take them on a birthday excursion too. She is well loved.


Here are a few pictures....Thanks again for sending us our darling Molly.


 The Mendoza Family, California




Black Tri Female - Lakehills Echo
Blue Merle female - Lakehills Blue Denim & Lace “Lacee”

"Lacee" & "Echo"


Lacee was placed with the Stickney family as a 10 month old puppy and doing fabulous!!


April 12, 2013 5:54 PM


Lacee is fitting in perfectly with our family. She follows around our daughter a lot and sleeps in her bed. Lacee loves being hugged and cuddled all the time. My wife has been really busy this week.


Thank you so much! Attached is a picture of Echo & Lacee.





Monday, March 18, 2013


Hi there, just wanted to pass along a couple things to you.

We were at an AKC trial this past weekend and Peg was talking to a friend of ours, Maggie, who relayed a story. This gal has been coming to our ASCA trials for probably a year or so, who has, I think he's a rescue German Shepherd. The poor thing is so scared of being in the ring anyway, and then one time last year we had a guy come up from California to one of our trials and he was in the ring setting bars when, Sampson, the shepherd came up to him during his run and the guy kind of lunged at him and made a growling sound. Well that did Sampson in and the poor gal had such a hard time getting him to come in the ring, then he finally did come it but wanted to run out every time. Anyway, she's been really working with him at several of our other trials and he's doing a lot better. ANYWAY, long story, we don't know this gal real well other than talking to her briefly at our trials and seeing the diligence she puts in to help this dog. So at the AKC trial, Peg was talking to Maggie, who knows this German Shepherd gal (can't remember her name) and she said she's thinking of an aussie. Well, Maggie said to definitely get a hold of us because our dogs are very healthy and have great temperaments and are so well put together! I thought that was so nice of her to say and she has Aussies herself but she recommended ours!

Another gal, who we don't even know, saw Gracie waiting to go run this weekend and said, "What a beautiful Aussie!".  I just like to pass along good things when I hear them!

Julie wrote and sent a couple pictures of Mixy, she's gorgeous! Her and Piper are having a great time playing I guess. We'll get to see her in a few weeks at our ASCA trial; we can get our puppy fix! So glad that worked out. It will be fun to have more Lakehills dogs up here!

I got the Aussie Times today. Thanks so much for including us in the ad. I get so teary every time I see Peyton in an ad but I have to just remember the incredible journey we had!


Annette Dusa and Peggy Dent own 5 Lakehills Bred Australian Shepherds…



Deja is the black tri, shown at 4 years of age



February 27, 2013


Hi Lisa


We always think of you this time of year, as yesterday was Déjà vu's 4th birthday. She had a great dog celebration with a long walk and a special dinner. Not to spoiled, Right? I am sending along a picture of her and Jasper. Hope I got the sizing right. If not let me know and I will try again. It is impossible to get a picture with a flash of Deja without the yellow eyes, so use your imagination and replace the yellow eyes with her dreamy brown eyes!


Deja only gets better with age. She is still the most amazing mommy dog to Jasper. They love each other so much and she keeps him in line. If I scold him for something she is right there to take over and handle him. Both pups are training in Rally. All Deja wants to do is please, she is an amazing girl! I see from your website that her brother Big Al is now one of your breeding males. He is a beauty too! Saw a picture on your site of Big Al on your lap, he is one big boy! Deja is a big girl too. We get 3 comments on her, she is beautiful, her coat is so shiny and wow she is big! Deja is an eating machine, she would eat all day if we let her.


Just wanted to touch bases and give you an update on Deja. We thank you so much for our girl. We are totally in love with our kids and Deja made our dream of having 2 dogs that got along a reality.


Again thanks for our girl, she is amazing!




Lakehills Chica Bum Petula




December 26, 2012




Petula sends Christmas hugs to you and to the rest of her family. She is doing great! Petula has been the biggest blessing in my life. She is such a sweetie and continues to amaze me everyday with her desire to learn new things and her ability to do so. You would be proud. She loves to cuddle and is so full on love. Often, I wake up finding all or most of her body on top of mine. It's a good thing that she is petite.  :)


Hope you had a Merry Christmas. Here's to a fantastic New Year 2013!




Lakehills Sophie


November 23, 2012


Hi Lisa,

Just took our Xmas card photo and thought I would send you a updated pic of Sophie and let you know how she is doing. Sophie is the most affectionate Aussie I have ever seen - she will actually snuggle! She is so darn sweet, funny, smart - and protective to boot! The perfect dog :D She loves to tease Maverick every chance she gets - very funny to watch! Maverick is ever the gentleman with her and loves her to pieces. They have become the best of buddies. It is so much better with two dogs! She is having a very happy and loved home life. Thank you s much for our little bundle of joy!!
Wishing you a very blessed and joyous holiday season!

With love,

Sophie is the aussie looking at the camera



November 20, 2012 10:10 AM

Hi Lisa,

I just wanted to let you know that we are so enjoying Zane. He is such a wonderful dog - and has been such a love for both of my boys. Here is a quick snapshot with my son - cuddled up to watch cartoons. ;-)

He is turning out to also be absolutely beautiful. More than a handful of times I have been stopped by passing cars and asked where I got him. He has certainly generated some traffic to your website!

Hope all is well with you and thanks again for the wonderful dog!

Happy Thanksgiving!



Lakehills Racin In Blue Jeans




August 25, 2012


Hi Lisa,


I took a couple of shots to use for Senna's Registration and thought you might like to see the boy. He is now 16 pounds. Got his second round of shots today. I also gave him a bath so I thought it would be a good time to snap some shots. He is gotten a lot more color and the nose is also turning black.


Hope all is well with you and the furry kids.



Valerie and the Kids

Pictured at 3 months of age



Lakehills Chica Bum Petula

Pictured at 2 years of age

August 12, 2012


Hello Lisa,


Petula just wanted to wish her brother Chester a happy birthday! We hope he had a great day today. Petula had a wonderful day with new toys, balls and a bone too. Playtime began quite early this morning!


I want to thank you for the gift you gave me in Petula. There are no words to express how special she is. She is smart, obedient and so funny. She is my constant companion and so full on love. I have never meet an Aussie that loves to cuddle as much as she does. She is everything that I imagined she would be and more.


Here are a couple of photos of her. I hope to have some professionals taken soon. Also, I meant to give you her formal name the last time I wrote. It's Lakehills Chica Bum Petula. I wanted to spell it exactly how Carmen Miranda spelled it in her song that became so famous back in the day.


Petula sends love and hugs to her Mommy Brandy too!


Until next time...




June 22, 2012


Hi Lisa! How are you doing? I shared your website with a co-worker of mine today and it gave me the opportunity to see all the new puppies and stuff going on at Lakehills. It just makes me want a puppy so bad!!! Anyhow, I just wanted to say hi and let you know that Stoli is the best dog ever and a testament to you and your breeding program.


He is like my furry sunshine. He is beautiful and fun-loving, highly intuitive, obedient, protective (not aggressive), intelligent, and loyal. A woman's best friend! I have to say that raising him was pretty much effortless and he is a joy to have around. He brings smiles to everyone he meets.


I'm would love to catch up with you one of these days if you are in Sacramento and see the new Lakehills generation. If you think of it and have a minute, drop me a line of any shows or events down here so I can come and say hi. I hope all is well for you and the family. I've attached a few pictures of Stoli so you can see how handsome he is. O…I Loves My Doggy!





July 15, 2012


Hi Lisa,


My niece was here this weekend and took these photos of Sophie. I thought you might enjoy them...We are loving her so much - she is just the best dog ever!!





July 17, 2012


Hi Lisa,


Here are some new photos of Jazz and Tosh out for a hike at Fort Funston! They are such great dogs!



Lakehills Jazz (pictured at 3 ½ years of age) is a Chase son, Lilly son, Sagee grandson, Jesse Grandson, Katie and Tessie Great Grandson

Lakehills Tosh (pictured at 6 months of age) is a Brook son, Sagee Grandson, Katie Great Grandson



May 2012


Hi Lisa,


We are totally in love with our boy Leo.


He is growing so quickly. He is by far the smartest dog we have ever had.  It makes it a joy to be with him and teach him things.  He is like sugar and is a really good boy.


Thank you so much for doing such a wonderful job.  We will send more pics soon.


best, Dana and Paul



Wednesday, June 06, 2012 1:28 PM


Hi Lisa,I am sending you a variety of pics and hope you like them. I will also send you a video of Zoe and Adele Zooming around the yard....I just love, love , love my girls...


I looked for a year before I found your wonderful Aussies....Temperament, intelligent, loyal, athletic and of course beautiful!  And now I am fortunate enough to have 2 of them and they are full sisters.  Zoe 4 1/2 and baby sister Adele. I have 4 grandchildren 6yr, 4yr, 4yr and 14 mo who roll and tumble with my girls and love every moment of it.


Zoe and I compete in agility and are having a ball, Adele will follow in her shoes, or should I say paws.


Thank you again!


Pamela, Lakehills Lovin' Life (Zoe) and Lakehills Rumor Has It (baby Adele)



a few weeks previously, Pamela wrote...


Hi Lisa..


Just a little Brag on Adele............She is so smart!!!


She sits, downs, rolls over and will stay in a sit with me 5 ft from her! we are now working on the slice between the legs as I am walking...she learns very quickly and retains.


She now weighs 28lbs and is such Clown...and the most important part is she is 95% house broke :)


Thank you for again such a wonderful Aussie...I love her to pieces!


Pamela and the girls




Hi Lisa,


Sorry that I have not done a very good job in letting you know what has been happening in Roscoe's life so I thought I would send some recent photos. What a great companion he has been. Thanks again for sharing him with us. Hope you are well.




January 05, 2012 9:22 AM




Here is a picture of Beau and my walking partner. He is the smartest dog I have ever owned. It is so funny every morning my husband lets him outside and every morning Beau lets himself in through our front door! Now if we can just teach him to close it behind him:).


Hope you had the best holiday season ever and a wonderful start to the new year

Thanks again for such a wonderful companion!


Lakehills Beau




Hi Lisa!

Happy New Year from Biscotti, myself, and my family. I hope 2012 is a great year for you and your family!


Just wanted to send a quick update on Biscotti. She is doing very well and will turn 4 this month. I can't believe how fast the time has gone. She is such a good girl and is by far the best mannered dog I have ever had. She is smart, easy to train, and loves to please us. She has a sweet personality, is great with the kids, and we continue to be impressed with her each and every day. I appreciate the time you invest in your dogs because I have one of the end results. Biscotti is an awesome dog and we are so fortunate to have her as part of our family.






I am sending you a pic of Rosie that I took this afternoon. We live in Oregon and are coming down to Calif. for Christmas so.....I had Rosie groomed today and she looks fabulous!! When we take her for walks we always get compliments on her looks and how well behaved she is. And I tell Rosie she looks just like her daddy....Chase.

Thanks Again, Denise



10 December 3011

Hi Lisa,

I hope all is well.

Juliana and I would like to get another sibling for Chico and we are interested in your Spring litters that are still available. The last time we spoke you had recommended getting him a female companion. Would that still the case? He'll be 1 year old in Feb...

I understand you have two litters coming up and was wondering if you could make a recommendation for us. Kole and Sagee look to be absolutely beautiful dogs and time-wise their litter might work out best for us. Do you think their offspring would be a good match for Chico?

As an update, Chico has grown into an extremely beautiful, loving and affectionate guy (he's quite the "hugger") and absolutely loves both people and especially other dogs and he also seems to be naturally good with small children, which is important because we're planning on having kids soon. We literally can't walk down the street without feeling like celebrities because of all the attention he gets!

As you can see in the picture below he also *loves* the outdoors and loves to hike and run run run, especially in the snow--I haven't yet seen him happier than the first day he played in the snow, he absolutely loves it!

He has boundless energy for outdoor adventures and playing with other dogs, although he's also very mellow inside the house as long as he's had sufficient exercise.

Let's us know your thoughts and we'd love to reserve one of your upcoming pups for him!

Best regards and Happy Holidays,
Craig & Juliana





Hi Lisa,


It's hard to believe that a year has gone by since we picked up Rusty. The addition has been so good for Bindi since she now has a playmate. She does throw her weight around and makes sure that Rusty knows that she is in charge, trying to dominate him, but he is quicker than her and teases her...absolutely hilarious to watch.


I am making progress gaining Rusty's trust, but it has been a slow process. He waits patiently for Sandra to get home...and goes crazy when she arrives....their bond is unbelievable. He absolutely worships her. He is a very smart boy and extremely sensitive and loving. I hope to someday have the same relationship with him.


As always we plan our trips with the dogs in mind. They are living a great life full of adventure , fun and constant affection. They have enhanced our lives immeasurably.


We are headed for the coast this weekend.


Hope you enjoy the pictures.




Lakehills Rusty (Red Tri) and Lakehills Bindi (Black Tri)




29 April 2011 - Riley

Hi Lisa,
Just had to tell you how thrilled I am with my perfect puppy! We have a great routine now, and he is EVERYTHING I could ever want. You are so right about that personality- he loves everyone and everything.  Seems like my best aussie yet. I love him SOOOOO much!!  Judy

(Riley is the blue merle pup in the photos)



4/7/2011 - Lakehills Summit


We were on the dog beach the other day and a photographer happened to be there taking action shots-- he got this great one of Summit, tongue flying! We had it blown up 20X20. Yes, we LOVE this dog. Had to pass it on. Best, AMP





Hi Lisa,

Hope you and yours are well.

Just wanted to send a pic of my girls! Lola Shaye was born Jan. 12. She is healthy and beautiful and our hearts open and overflow with adoration every day.  Eddy had a tricky first couple days when we got home but has learned to accept Lola as her own and is incredibly tender and loving with her.  Thought you'd like to know...G


This is eddy and I on mt tam a couple weeks ago. this is where we go to run and jump and play like children. she has become something of a rock star out there. People are always stopping us to ask about her and it's amazing how many people recognize her. this day some ladies hiking asked to take our picture and then sent it to me later. We're both a bit worse for wear but neither of us is ever much happier than when out on the trails together.
Your dog has brought so much joy to our lives. thank you.








Hi Lisa,


I want to tell you why Susie was so special to us and why we want a puppy that looks like her.


I'm not sure you know or remember that our son had been diagnosed with a life threatening illness a few months before we got Susie.  On his own, he found you guys and decided it would make him happy to get an Aussie pup.  Susie belonged to all of us, but was really his dog.   Miraculously, his illness has improved dramatically, which he attributes in part to Susie.  When Susie died suddenly, he was functioning at an almost normal level and feeling pretty healthy.  It was an odd juxtaposition; he gets healthy and Susie dies.  He called Susie his "sick" dog.  So now we all want to get a "well" dog, as much a reincarnation of Susie as possible, for spiritual reasons.  I know it's kind of weird that we're all kind of superstitious, but "God works in mysterious ways".


Anne and Ed Oklan


Beautiful Susie-Q





Hi Lisa,


We just want to send you a quick hello and to share a picture of Sierra and Boomer. We are still in San Diego but will be moving to Susanville in the spring. Almost daily we are asked about the dogs and are told how beautiful they are. We hope you are doing great!


Amy and Charlie Clingensmith




December 24, 2010 9:22 PM

Out for a hike for eddy's birthday. we actually met up with Mira as we were leaving and the sisters got to romp. I couldn't get a shot because they were in constant motion!




December 15, 2010

Here are a few updated photos of Memphis. She is the daughter of Lilly and Chase born 2/12/09. She is such a great member of the family.

The Bright Family
Victor, Sara and Ava




November 12, 2010

Hi Mom,

Another memorable summer...bagging some peaks, hiking in Mammoth, hanging out in Santa Cruz, and we just got back from Mendocino...I can't get enough of that place! We spent a whole day hiking thru the woods looking for mushrooms!...another rough day in the office!

I am still thinking I may want a sibling to play with, because I am sleeping on the couch too much and packing on the lb's...people are wondering if I am a Bernese. Imagine that!

Bindi & owner/best friend Kirk




Friday, October 29, 2010 7:47 AM

Hi Lisa;

I hope this short note finds you, Allen and the fur kids well.

I thought I would check in with Booker's progress (he now has his AKC Open Jumpers title) and also let you know that we are still working on his ASCA titles.

This is proving to be somewhat difficult as there are very few ASCA trials in southern California.  In fact, the next one doesn't take place until February 2011. 

Along those lines, I was wondering if there were any ASCA trials slated for your neck of the woods over the Thanksgiving weekend. If there are, I was thinking it might be fun to sign Booker up and we would head north in the motor home. I did check the ASCA website, but didn't find any agility trials in CA for November or December.

I am also including a few new pictures of Booker for you. Hope you like them.

Take care,
Bambi & Billy




Wednesday, August 25, 2010
Aussie Lure Coursing?

Hi Lisa,

A few weekends ago, I was up in the Bay Area helping some friends out at their flyball tournament and the Friday night before the tournament, just for fun, they had a lure coursing field set up. I let Tag have a go at it and she sure had some fun. Maybe not as good as those terriers, but, to see her little Aussie fur fly out to herd it up was pretty fun to watch. At one point she spotted the cameraman and posed (mid-flight mind you) for him...she was having a good hair day, so why not?! Don't know if you have ever seen an Aussie on a lure course, so here are a few pictures to share!

Peace and Aussies,
Carla and Tag

Running for the lure...

sheer joy...




October 05, 2010
Subject: Katie gets to R.E.A.D.!

Hi Lisa,

I hope you all are doing well! I wanted to share some pictures of Katie - as she works! She has been back visiting patients at Mercy Hospital here in Redding. It's part of the Prescription Pets organization in Redding. She is a social butterfly and really like visiting. This spring we started in the R.E.A.D program. R.E.A.D = Reading Education Assistant Dogs. We initially introduced the program into the Redding library and have since expanded into the Shasta County School system. The program is designed to help students that have difficulty with reading skills. The student reads to the dog- there is no teasing, peer pressure etc for the student. We started the program at Bella Vista elementary school and work with all the kids in the 4th and 5th grades. All are excellent readers and the school uses it as a reward for the children...and many are happy to give up recess to read to the dogs. I must tell you that the little girls LOVE Katie...and Katie thrives on the attention. I wanted to share that she has really found her niche. She is slowing down and not racing anymore, but runs around the house when it is time to go to school.

Katie, going to school to read & visiting the hospital!

Einie is doing great! He is still my clown and brings a smile to my face every day. He is a bit nervous around shiny surfaces so he is not able to pass the exam to work as a therapy dog...so he plays here at the house, exercises the squirrels that dare to cross the back fence and is all around great company for me!

I hope you are enjoying the fall and that all your animals are doing well.

Take care,
Cathy, Katie and Ernie



August 23, 2010

Hi Lisa. Here are some new pictures of our boy Maverick. We can’t believe he will be a year in a few weeks! He is such a ham – he loves posing for cameras. He will just sit there and look at the camera. Most dogs will just get antsy but not our Maverick!

Sarah & Jeff Lange



Hi Lisa.


Bandit is SOOOOOOO AWESOME!!!! These picture do not do him justice!


He is SOOOOO light and agile on his feet, and SO sweet, and obedient.  We have been doing Obedience training for 6 months now and he is SO well behaved, and has been SO Responsive. We are starting to do tracking, and continuing with obedience, but we think he needs more...we want to start agility training....he is so eager, loves to run and go on hikes, and catch the frisbee. He is in great shape, very strong, and just so light on his feet!!!


 THANK YOU for bringing him into our lives!!!!


Hope all is well with you. You have brought incredible aussies into this world!!!!!





August 16, 2010

Dr. Amanda wrote: "Wanted to let you know that our Summit is now a Beach Dog! We moved to the San Diego area a few months ago and he and our son, Balian, are just a hoot together. No one can believe he's not even a year old! Please use our name/photos etc. as a reference anytime."

Beach time!

C'mon-We're only a little wet...

Miles & Amanda
Chula Vista CA



July 29, 2010


Hi Lisa,


Hope all is well with you.


Well, Ronde is a year old...tomorrow.


We took a couple of photos this weekend so thought you might like to see him.


He's just a love! And Jumper, our 17 + yr old seems to enjoy his company and puppyness as well.


I got him registered w/ both AKC and ASCA: "Perrodise Rendevous".


We go to agility training 1X/wk which is right around the corner from our home. Luanne Cox is the trainer...and he seems to do well...for a puppy. Learning the basics, low jumps, tunnels, A-frame, teeter totter, cat walk, weave. I am definitely learning as well and I think make more mistakes than him! Ha Ha


It's fun.


Well, I hope you like the photos. He such a handsome puppy; we love him.


Take care. Happy Summer.

Patty, Tom and Madisyn




July 15, 2010


Hi Lisa,


Hope all is well with you and yours. just an update on Eddy. She was spayed a month or so ago. Everything went perfectly. She's all healed up and back to her puppy madness. We were up in the mountains a week or so after her operation and she discovered swimming, which makes me so happy. Now it's all she wants to do. On our hikes and trail runs now we go up to our local lakes and she just wades in and swims around! so stinkin' cute.


Anyway we just couldn't love her any more than we do. She is so well behaved. her only issue now is barking at people walking passed our (her!) front yard...but we're breaking her of it. She is better than we'd imagined and far and away the most beautiful aussie we've ever seen. We meet so many on our travels and none are remotely as elegant and gorgeous.

Take care





From: Carla carla2670@comcast.net
Sent: Monday, July 05, 2010 8:31 PM
Subject: Happy Birthday Sadie!

Hi Lisa

Tag and I wanted to wish her sister Sadie a Happy 2nd Birthday and send an annual update. We hope you are well, we check your website often to see what's up with the pups and all looks great.

We are busy busy busy! We went through all levels of obedience with Tag's trainer, Melody Daggs and in her advanced class, Melody saw how much Tag enjoyed doing her tricks, so asked us to join her performance group, Paws for Fun. It is a local group of people, very informal and comprised of her students throughout the years, they go to retirement homes, elder care facilities, children's hospitals, schools and have routines/skits that showcase some of their tricks and skills. The group routines are contests like, putting your toys away and how fast you can do it and the kids get a kick out of cheering their favorite dog on.  We also do basketball where whoever dunks the most basketballs, wins; then there is go to bed and they roll themselves up in a blanket. They also have individual tricks and solos. Tag has a little volleyball routine she does with me that we just started using a beach ball. The group like it so much we are adding a beach party routine to it and incorporating fun things dogs do at the beach. All this to surfer music if you can believe that. Its nice to give the folks at the retirement home something to laugh about and they just get a kick out of those dogs!

We also started training in flyball and she was in her first tournament last April in a singles heat. Our goal was to go down and back without any errors and she did it. It was indoor on mats and that was all very new to her and the lights, judges, people and noise were great experience for her. We are working on team passing so she can get comfortable with those dynamics and someday be on a team, but so far she is really enjoying it. The club, Mutts in Motion, is a fun group of people, very into training their dogs but having fun doing it.

We also took a beginner agility class and she loved it. I am directionally challenged but she loves the equipment and I can't keep up with her. One of my old flyball teammates who only competes in agility now, has her own training yard and all the competition level equipment, so we go out there a few time a month to keep up on things and continue our work on handler/dog focus and communication, an always ongoing fundamental skill we never get tired of. I am signing up in the fall for another level of agility as I am not sure where to go next and am need of some guidance there. She shows no fear of the equipment, loves to jump, tunnel, A frame and tire, teeter too, I just have to slow her to get the contact but we are having fun.

Tell Sagee and Kole hello, we were happy to see Kole still out there competing! Maybe in a few years, I will be ready to add another Aussie to my pack, I have my heart set on a high drive red tri this time!

Keep your site updated on any competitions you are going to .I still would like to see you and the pups, maybe in Turlock sometime. Until then, I will send this with a few pictures and follow up with a separate email that has a quicktime movie of her first flyball tournament separately.

Peace and Aussies,
Carla and Tag Aguirre



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A note from Peyton's agility instructor:
To: lisa@lakehillaussies.com
Sent: Friday, November 12, 2004 10:49 AM
Subject: Peyton

Hi Lisa,

You don't know me, but I have had the pleasure of working with Annette Dusa and Peyton for the past year as their agility instructor.


My husband and I are moving from the Portland, Oregon area and I will no longer have the opportunity to work with Annette and Peyton on a weekly basis.  As this phase of my life is coming to a close, it seems fitting to share with you how much I have enjoyed working with both Annette and Peyton, and to commend you on producing such a wonderful canine companion.

What a wonderful example of the breed you have produced in Peyton.  She is the happiest dog I've ever known.  The world is her oyster.  She has the most amazing work ethic and gives her all to anything she puts her mind to.  She is well loved and cared for by both Annette and Peggy, which I'm certain only makes her even more special than she would otherwise be.  As a dog trainer, I have seen it all - poorly bred dogs, dogs with aggression issues, fear issues, mis-directed prey drive...the works. 

In Peyton, I see the essence of what an Aussie should be - charming, funny, happy, beautiful, loyal and a joy to be around.

I hope you some day have the opportunity to watch Peyton and Annette work an agility course together...I think you would be as proud and amazed as I am.

Best regards,
Leslie Renaud
AgileAction...dog training made simple and fun!
leslie@agileactiondogs.com   www.agileactiondogs.com

** Since this note was received, Annette & Peyton have continued to train in agility...Peyton is now officially known as

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Lakehills Professor Einstein "Einstein" & Lakehills My Fair Lady Katie "Katie"

Dan & Cathy Johnson  djandc2@sbcglobal.net

Hi Lisa!

I have found Katie's niche. She loves kids. I take her to the hospitals, but where she shines is with the children in at the Women's Refuge. This is a place where moms and kids go (safe house) to escape from domestic violence. I am not able to take pictures there do to the confidentially issues. But! I can tell you stories. There was a little boy in there right before Christmas. I could tell he was having a difficult time, but he liked the dogs that were visiting. Katie decided that she liked him too. She sat by him. He patted her on the head and commented that she was a pretty dog. He went about playing with some toys. Katie nudged his arm...he petted her some more. Before long, she was laying in his lap...and they ended up cuddling for the rest of the visit. You can't teach a dog to do that! She is a very special dog. I made the comment to Danny the other day..."I know she is a dog, but there are times you wouldn't know it".

I love my Aussies! They are wonderful dogs. You can be very proud of all your animals! It's also a testament to you and the quality of time and work you have done for the breed!  Take care!



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