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Colorado Springs, CO  80919
Latest update:  JUNE 18,2009

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"Josh" in summer cutPhoto of Josh "Pepper" doing her thingPhoto of Pepper training
"Levi" at the Lake
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"Abbey" doing her thing

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ABBEY HAD PUPS MARCH 8TH 2009, THERE WERE 4 YELLOWS, 2Boys / 2Girls and 4 BLACKS, 2Boys / 2Girls. ..ALL PUPPIES ARE WITH THEIR NEW FAMILIES.. We have kept a lovely yellow girl."Molly" !!
My Dad, GARY J. KRAUSER was killed in a motorcycle accident August 9th, 2008 He was the one who built and did updates on this site for me. I have updated the best I can remember him showing me and will be moving on to and doing an all new website soon. THANK YOU DAD FOR DOING SUCH A GREAT JOB AND I WILL MISS YOUR FUNNY and INFORMATIVE LITTLE ADDITIONS......

Never Feed Your Pet....
Ordinary human foods can be dangerous to dogs, and the list of potentially hazardous items is growing. Seemingly harmless food items that we humans routinely eat can be risky for a dog, depending on its size and how much is eaten. Here is a list of foods to avoid:
  • Alcohol
    It depresses brain function and can cause a coma.
  • Coffee
    Caffeine is a methylxanthine compound that can increase a dog's heart rate and trigger seizures.
  • Chocolate
    The chemical theobromine can be fatal. Just 3 oz. of of dark or 7 oz. of milk chocolate can bring on vomiting in a 50-lb. dog.
  • Macadamia Nuts
    Experts have yet to determine why just a few of these can produce tremors, even temporary paralysis, in a dog's hind legs.
  • Garlic
    Breaks down a dog's red blood cells, leading to anemia and possible kidney failure from leaking hemoglobin.
  • Onions
    Their damage to canine hemoglobin is cumulative, so small tastes over time can be as bad as wolfing down a whole bulb.
  • Grapes
    Toxicologists have found that grapes (and raisins) can cause renal (kidney) failure, and they still don't know why.
  • Xylitol
    A sugar substitute gaining popularity in baked goods, candy, and gum. Can cause vomiting followed by weakness, staggering, collapse, and possible seizures as blood sugar drops.
  • Apple Cores
    Apple seeds can be poisonous to dogs.
  • Other items to avoid are Avocado, Cheese, Dough, Fat, Ham, Liver, Milk, Moldy foods, Mushrooms, Potato peels, and Tuna.

    For more information go to the ASPCA Poison Control Site.

    " 'Tis sweet to hear the watch-dog's honest bark, bay deep-mouthed welcome as we draw near home;
    'Tis sweet to know there is an eye will mark our coming, and look brighter when we come. "
       — George Gordon, Lord Byron

    " If you pick up a starving dog and make him prosperous, he will not bite you.
    This is the principal difference between a dog and a man."
       — Mark Twain

    " Charisma is passion demonstrated."
       — Unknown

    " People will not always remember what you say,
    But they will remember how you made them feel."
       — Unknown
Josh is an ASCA Champion
Josh finished his champion points on August 25, 2007 in Castle Rock, CO. Erin was his handler and we couldn't be happier. Click on the Josh link for photos and his pedigree.

Clearance Tests
I have my dogs eyes examined by an eye specialist yearly to check for any hereditary eye diseases.
I also pay over two hundred dollars for a one-time hip and elbow X-ray and evaluation at maturity to do the best I can to ensure that I am not breeding pups that will have hip and or elbow problems. Josh at almost ten years of age still moves with easy grace and range of motion that you want to see in a mature dog. Hip dysplasia is a common problem in dogs that causes joint pain and suffering for the animal.
If we are to call ourselves breeders, then why not try to avoid breeding common yet avoidable problems? I have a neighbor who bought a Labrador from a neighborhood breeder, who is now seeing serious hip problems in the dog, which is not even a year old! Surgery to fix this will cost over a thousand dollars, and unimaginable discomfort to the dog.
Nothing can guarantee zero problems, and we can't cover every one, but we owe it to the dogs to at least make an effort by NOT breeding dogs with known problems.

The Aussie breed was developed as a working dog with natural herding instincts, and as such, needs to have a "job" to do that involves excercise daily. It is not a dog for the "couch potato"! Aussies do best in a situation where an owner is free to be an almost constant companion. I listed some very good links (at left under "Prospective Owners") for people thinking about owning an Aussie, with valuable information that any prospective owner should read carefully and take to heart before adopting one! I have been fortunate that almost all of the dogs that I have placed have been with people who own or have owned an Aussie, so I was comfortable that they knew the responsability that went with owning one!

Canine Drug Reaction Test Kit
The Washington State University School of Vetrinary Medicine Web Page offers a test kit that can be ordered to enable them to test your dog by having you take a painless sample from the inside of the animal's cheek with a brush supplied in the kit. You send the sample to a WSU lab along with a check for $60.00 and the results come back in about two weeks. They test for a mutant gene that is indicative of a dog's tendency to have an adverse reaction, and also if it has the gene to possibly pass along the tendency.

Adverse Drug Reactions
There has been a lot of news lately about adverse drug reactions in people, and that has brought about more and more scrutiny of our pets medications as well. I recently came across an informative site out there that deals with drug reactions. is the name of the site. In addition, the site's author makes an effort to bring to light the terrible abuse of dogs by the proprietors of the "puppy mills" whose only motive is profit. Many pet stores buy puppies from these dog concentration camps. If you know of one, the right thing to do is to notify the local humane society or ASPCA.
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