MountainAsh is located on beautiful Salt Spring Island in British Columbia, Canada.
My love for Australian Shepherds and the breeds incredible versatility started as a child but only came to fruition in 2006 with the addition of Jazz to our family. Since that time we have been blessed with many amazing dogs, producing multiple conformation Champions, including Canada's #1 Australian Shepherd in 2018, and versatile dogs that excel in many other areas of performance. We take great pride in training and competing with our dogs in multiple venues. First and foremost our dogs live with us in the home as loyal and active companions. Through natural rearing, raw feeding, holistic health care, and an active lifestyle we promote health and longevity in our Australian Shepherds. We seek liked-minded people to join our extended family.
When I was young my family moved from London, Ont and settled on Salt Spring Island, BC. Our family was active in the local 4-H Club with projects in sheep, poultry, horse, and horticulture. We proudly raised purebred CLRC registered Suffolk sheep under the farm name “Cerdinen Livestock”. Our 4-H experiences included travelling throughout BC to Fall Fairs, Exhibitions and 4-H sponsored events. Many of our achievements were recognized with ribbons and trophies. These experiences encouraged the development of public speaking abilities, various husbandry techniques, flock management, breeding practices, as well as judging, showmanship and leadership skills. These valuable skills have been an asset to my involvement with Aussies.
I'm a proud member of the Canadian Kennel Club (CKC), Australian Shepherd Club of America (ASCA), and affiliate clubs: Canadian National Australian Shepherd Association (CNASA), Australian Shepherd Club of British Columbia (ASCBC). MountainAsh is a permanent registered kennel name with ASCA. “Mountain Ash”, commonly called Sorbus aucuparia or Rowan, is a species of deciduous tree or shrub in the rose family that produces white flowers and red berries.
I have been fortunate to attend many workshops, clinics, seminars and classes with some of the best in their fields. It has been a pleasure to attend obedience seminars with Monique Anstee and Sylvia Bishop, conformation handling and conditioning workshops with Joy Henderson, nutrition and reproduction seminars, Structure in Action (puppy puzzle, structure and gait) seminar with Pat Hastings, dog behaviour seminar with specialist Jean Donaldson, herding clinics and lessons with Lynn Leach, Marti Parrish, Kristin Thomson and Julie Carter. Many thanks to Ann and Bruce of Trekhond Kennels for their friendship and incredible support! I'm beyond grateful to my mentors, trainers, family, and friends.
I've always had a passion for photography and MountainAsh Aussies are regular subjects of interest. I share many images through this website. Find us on Instagram @mountainashaussies for even more photos!
If you've had an Australian Shepherd in your life you already know these dogs create a special place in our hearts. My life wouldn't be complete without an Aussie to share it with. Feel free to contact us with questions or comments. Enjoy our website!