Our start in shelties began with a beautiful, flashy sable named Brandy (shown above). We competed in obedience with her and she quickly earned her CD but retired shortly after due to a leg injury. She was our constant companion for over 14 years until her passing in August 2006.
After a couple of years, we decided that Brandy needed a companion and we added another sable to the household named Morgan. She earned her CDX, OA, and OAJ titles. She was also our constant companion for over 14 years until her passing in April 2009. Brandy and Morgan were our only sables.
We became interested in conformation after seeing the beautiful shelties in the conformation ring while we were competing in obedience. Through our friend and mentor, Dianne Hawes of Wistwin Shelties, we were introduced to Robin Thompson of Kandisweet Shelties in Minnesota. Robin took a chance with a novice and allowed us to acquire a beautiful 9 month old bi-blue puppy bitch with an excellent pedigree. That puppy grew up to be Ch. Kandisweet Rare Treat NA, NAJ. "Lena" won the open blue bitch class at the 2000 ASSA National Specialty and went on to win a four point specialty major on the way to her championship. Although she only had one litter of puppies, she is behind all of our Crestar shelties.
After not having been in the ring since she finished her championship in 2001, we decided to enter Lena in the 12 and older Veteran Bitch class at the 2009 ASSA National Specialty. At 13 1/2 years of age, there was only one bitch in the class older than her. Lena placed third in the very competitive class, behind an ASSA National Specialty BOS/AOM winner and an ASSA National Specialty BOB winner. She looked as gorgeous as ever and moved effortlessly around the ring. We lost our dearest Lena on January 1, 2010 at 14 years of age. We enjoy seeing her live on through all of her offspring here at Crestar.
In the time we've been involved in shelties, and with a very small breeding program, we have owned and bred multiple champions. We also bred a ROM bitch (from our first litter), Kandisweet Crestar Allure ROM. "Neka" is the dam of five champions. And we are very proud to be the breeder of the 2009 ASSA National Specialty Best of Breed Winner, BISS Ch. Kandisweet Crestar Phoenix ROM. He was owned by Ellen Worthington of Aynsworth Shelties. Our dogs have also done well in performance events and we have bred multiple MACH's and one OTCH/MACH.
We don't breed anymore, but when did, our goal was to produce healthy, happy puppies. We guaranteed puppies to be in good health at the time of sale and provided a written health guarantee. All companion puppies were sold on spay/neuter contracts and with non-breeding/limited registrations.
If you are interested in purchasing or adopting a sheltie, we encourage you to do your homework and take time making a decision. The American Kennel Club (AKC) and the ASSA have information about shelties, including breeder and rescue group referrals. We urge you to obtain a sheltie from either a reputable breeder or rescue group, and not from a pet store or backyard breeder. If you are in Georgia or the surrounding area, the Shetland Sheepdog Club of Georgia offers breeder referrals.