My great grandmother on my mother’s side of the family showed and bred Dalmatians in the 30’s and 40’s. She was a very successful exhibitor at the Sydney Royal Easter Show on numerous occasions during this time. My grandmother on my father’s kept and bred working Australian Kelpies before I was born. Maybe its’ in the blood; I don’t know whether this had an impact on my choice of dog, but I can’t imagine life without a Kelpie in it.
During my very early childhood I was introduced to domestic and livestock. Our neighbour to our left, “Ned” Kelly, was a drover and worked with livestock at the Homebush/Flemington saleyards. There were always several sheep next door. To the back of us lived Norm Moon and his family. Norm raised and raced Greyhounds and bred Welsh Corgi Pembroke. My first dog as a child was a Corgi (Sharyn – with a “Y”) who came to us via a friend of Norm. To the right of us was Mrs Bull and her daughter Esther, who was vet nurse and often brought home injured wild and domestic animals to care for.
Having spent most of my early life in Sydney and the Central Coast of NSW, in December 1988 my family relocated to the Gold Coast, QLD. Prior to being owned by Australian Kelpies and Finnish Lapphunds, I was involved with horses