For those of you that are unaware, Deb Casey, who was the owner and operator of ACDSpotlight, passed away earlier this year. Her passing was a great loss to all who knew her.
Deb was an avid dog enthusiast, breeder, and trainer. She began training her first dog when she was a very young child, putting her first obedience title on a dog in 1969. Schutzhund and competition obedience captured Deb’s attention for a number of years as she actively titled her dogs often with high scores including a number of High In Trials. She has also worked as a veterinary technician and trained/trialed Rottweilers in obedience for a top breeding kennel in Colorado. Deb was also on the Board of Directors of the Australian Cattle Dog Club of America and is past editor of their well-received Quarterly Magazine. For the past decade, Deb was the owner and editor of the online publication ACDSpotlight, which focused on the Australian Cattle Dog breed.
As an Australian Cattle Dog breeder, Deb bred very few litters – only 10. Of those litters however, she bred 20 Champions of record and some of those hold obedience, herding, and agility titles as well as some working in SAR, therapy and tracking. Deb believed in keeping only a very few dogs at a time and insisted that ALL be house dogs. She often stressed the importance of training and socializing puppies so they become pleasant lifetime companions.
Deb was dedicated, passionate, opinionated, and kind. She will be greatly missed.
Herding champions, advertising, articles and oldies but goodie pictures. Enjoy.
Sherry MacClennan and, GCh Corral West Feel The Sting, aka "Whip" Went Best Of Breed at the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show in New York, on Feb 16th 2015. Our second red boy to win at this show. Wizzard was the first red to ever win there. Whip is a very special and handsome boy!
Coming soon; all ACDSpotlight ads will be place in a rotating banner on the front page of the web site. The ads will run in a rotating top spot for 3 months and will then be moving to a advertisers section. Your ads will be on the ACDSpotlight site instantly - no waiting for a future issue to be released. All upcoming magazine issues will have dedicated issues; a spotlight on herding champions; performance, photo history of the breed etc. Check back soon to see our new ads.
Herding: Jim Buzzard, Buzzard Australian Cattle Dogs
Jim Buzzard’s passion for the Australian Cattle Dog (ACD) began as a young ranch hand on a cattle farm in the early 1960s. He learned quickly that the better the quality of the dog, the more work it could do and the longer it would be around to do it! As an active cattle rancher, Jim’s passion for the correct Australian Cattle Dog continues to this day.
The very first Herding Excellent (HX) title ever awarded went to a Buzzard ACD named Ch. Buzzards Red Tubs. That dog also sired 90 champions, a record for Australian Cattle Dogs that has yet to be matched. The breeding program has also produced close to 400 AKC champions.
Jim and his daughter, Theresa Buzzard-Couch, and grandson, Colston Couch, were some of the first breeders to become a part of the AKC Breeder of Merit program. Jim has hosted a National Specialty and has traveled to Australia several times not only to evaluate new breeding stock for his program, but also to train local breed clubs in the formation of their herding programs. Jim also hosted the first AKC Herding Trial ever held, in 1990.
Buzzard Australian Cattle Dogs are living in many countries, proving their excellence by winning in conformation and performance events. Jim and his family have assisted many in the sport, including mentoring newcomers to herding and helping junior handlers learn how to show ACDs in the conformation ring. Jim is an AKC-licensed Australian Cattle Dog conformation judge and herding trial judge.
The Summer 2014 issue of ACD Spotlight has been released! Included in this issue you will find the copies of old photos that are in my original photo album published in 2001. Each upcoming issue will show about 100 photos from this album. Hope you enjoy.
Next issue will feature updates on all of the herding champions.
Click here to view the issue.