Australian Shepherds have been in our family for over 100 years and 4 generations. Our grandfather owned and operated Hartspride Holsteins and Hartspride Farms with our father. Australian Shepherds were our family's breed, our childhood guardians, and the working dogs used in various farming operations by our family and extended family over the years.
I had 5 Aussies growing up, including a red merle female called Freckles that our grandparents had given me. My autistic brother's first dog, Coal was a black tri Australian Shepherd. I eventually trained our dogs to be a recreational dog sled team.
As a young adult, I worked for 3 years as a dog handler at a privately owned protection kennel. With the black tris Storm and Comet, I developed a passion for training, handling, and working dogs.
Years later, I realized nearly too late that we were about to lose the bloodlines of the versatile, docile, and loyal dogs that we loved so much. After nearly two years of searching and waiting, I was able to purchase Echo, a blue merle puppy that was directly related to Coal, and my past sled team.
Hartspride Australian Shepherds was created out of passion for the breed, to preserve the bloodlines of the amazing dogs that we nearly lost. And it was named as a tribute to our grandfather's legacy.