Woodland Farm is a small hobby kennel located in
rural central Maine about one half hour north of Augusta.
I have had dogs for over 30 years and had Irish and Gordon Setters
before getting my first Sheltie in the early 80's. Pepper was a
blue merle that I house trained completely in only a few days.
That was my first experience with the trainability/smarts of this
breed. Once I had my first sheltie that was it, I was hooked!
I am a retired Army officer and when I first retired in '82 I
still worked as a Human Resource Manager and my focus was not only
with my dogs but horses and other farm animals. By the mid 90's I
decided to concentrate on only one thing and that was the
Shelties. Although I started in Performance, in recent years I've
concentrated most on conformation but still work with my dogs in
obedience, agility and herding as time and opportunity allow. When
I retired for the last time as of Jan, 2002, I told people that I
had "gone to the dogs"! Currently, due to
degenerative arthritis, I have had to give up competing with my
kids myself and send them out with "handlers". I
do miss "doing it myself" but time marches on
(unfortunately) : ) and I do still enjoy watching.
I have a ranch home with two
outbuildings and a large fenced dog yard (click
here to view) with plenty of room for the dogs to exercise and
a smaller fenced yard and a covered kennel run as well when
separation is necessary. With the help of friends, I still get my
dogs out for socialization and training in handling classes etc.
My dogs are house dogs, whelped in my bedroom and
raised in the kitchen.
I am a long time member of Central Maine Kennel Club, a founding
member of the Kennebec
Valley Shetland Sheepdog Club and am also a member of the
American Shetland Sheepdog Association.
Through my "dog
life" I have met many wonderful people that have helped me to
learn and progress in this sport. Please feel free to browse
through my web site and I hope you will return often to see the
Woodland Farm Shetland Sheepdogs