Who will you be trusting to look after your next kelpie for the first 8 weeks of his / her life?
I am not really in to promoting myself, but some people have commented that there are no photos of me on my web site, and even after numerous e-mails to me they do not really know who I am or what I look like, so here goes:
I have always loved animals and have always been surrounded by them, which meant that when I left school I decided to study biology at university.
I have an Honours degree in science, majoring in Zoology. I feel that gave me a basis to help understand how dogs work – including their behaviour, their anatomy and their physiology, and dietary needs. I use science to help me breed and raise stable, healthy puppies.
I have been training and trialling dogs in obedience, agility and showing since 1990 and have a Certificate IV in Dog Behavioural Training/Companion Animal Services – the only Nationally accredited dog training course in Australia.
My own dogs have gained 108 titles in showing, agility, obedience, agility, tracking, endurance, herding and dances with dogs. Dogs I have bred have gained that number many times over.
I currently breed three or four litters of kelpies a year with my husband Bill, under the prefix Callicoma (which is the name of the Black Wattle tree). We pride ourselves on breeding kelpies with excellent temperaments and ability – whether that be as performance dogs in agility, obedience, tracking or herding, as show dogs, or as wonderful pets – they excel in all these things.
I also operate Callicoma Pet Supplies from home, which allows me to spend more time with the dogs.
I teach weekly lessons at Clarence Dog Sports, and private lessons by appointment. I have a Certificate IV in Training and Assessment as well as Certificate IV in Workplace Assessment and Training.
I am also a Certified Canine Fitness Trainer and a Fitpaws Master Trainer. I have a great interest in canine fitness, and all puppies are given basic balance, flexibility and body awareness work.
I am also an authorised microchipper for NSW Dept of Local Government and authorised DNA collector for Orivet Genetic Pet Care.
Callicoma was awarded the 2017 Dogzonline Best Breeder of Australian Kelpies – nationally! We are currently in the lead for the 2018 pointscore as the Best Breeder of any working dog breed – nationally!!