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Guardian Kennels - Over the Rainbow Bridge
I thought that Jock, our Border Collie, deserved to be first on this page as he was the dog that set me on the road to a better understanding of training. I don't know how many of you have ever had the privilege of "training" a Border Collie but it is truly a life changer in the way that you think as you don't so much "train" as figure out how to "communicate" and associate what they do naturally with a signal. It is a thing of beauty watching a dog such as this work with such passion and commitment and very humbling that they will allow us a part of their world. Jock was not so much my dog as my partner.  We moved thousands of head of cattle together and his help to me both at my job and on our farm was irreplaceable. He was here when we got our first Shiloh Shepherd (Really mom? Are you seriously keeping him?) and was horrified every time we had a litter of pups as one more seemed to find its way to staying here.  Jock lived a fantastic life with us and finally headed over the Rainbow Bridge at the ripe old age of 16.
Dacoona - Chester's SireDACOONA
Dacoona was our very first Shiloh Shepherd and came to us from Northern Lights Kennel in BC. When we first got him, we had no aspirations of becoming breeders - we just wanted a fantastic dog. Well, a fantastic dog was exactly what we got. He was everything that the breed said he should be.  Regal, confident, beautiful and impressive just to name a few. When he came in a room you could just sense his "presence" and there was no doubt that we belonged to him and that everything under his view was part of his domain! We had never experienced those amazing qualities in a dog and at that point, we knew that we needed to share these incredible animals with the world and thus, set us on the road to becoming Licensed Breeders with the ISSR. Dacoona left us at far too young an age due to a tragic mishap but not before he passed the best of himself on in our boy Chester (Guardian's Smokin' Winchester)
Lina - Chester's DamLINA
When we decided that we were committed to becoming breeders of these magnificent dogs, we approached Tina Barber, the Breed Founder, to find us a female to match and compliment Dacoona. In December 2000, Lina joined our family. Lina brought to our program incredible bone structure, broad heads and chests and impressive width and depth off body. She brought to our hearts the most loving, laid back girl you could ever hope for. For years I heard of the "Artus drive" that many of his progeny displayed. Somehow Lina missed out on that as she was never in much of a hurry to do anything and felt that there was ALWAYS enough time for a pet and a belly rub. She taught me to slow my life down and to always take time to stop and smell the roses as you never know when you might get the chance again. Lina will forever be in our hearts as we remember her sweet nature and beautiful spirit.

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