Astrid


AKC/UKC/Int CH Orion Across The Universe From Highlander BN RE HSAs PT FDC HTADI-d JHD TKI CGC TN-N VX

DOB: 06/18/2014
OFA: Hips Good, Elbows Normal, Eyes Normal, Thyroid Normal, CEA Clear by parentage, CHIC #114796



We've been waiting a very long time for a girl like Astrid to come along and we plotted her breeding with our best friends Beth Tilson (Highlander Bearded Collies) and Shannon Smart (Cadence Bearded Collies) with excitement.  The last born of nine, she was bossy and hungry from her first breath.  We were thrilled to bring home this smart, sassy, and sweet girl.  

The product of the 2012 BCCA National Specialty winner and the 2008 BCCA National Puppy Sweepstakes winner/2017 BCCA National Specialty Best Opposite Sex winner, Astrid has a pedigree rich in successful conformation dogs AND brilliant performance dogs. Together they have given us a stunning mix of beauty and brains!

Astrid has from the beginning shown us she has the talent to become one special herding dog.  She breezed through her PT at 10 months old with compliments from both judges about what a nice working dog she is.  Her HSAs title was finished just prior to 22 months old and with a Reserve High in Trial win as well! Clinicians and judges alike have commented on her talent and innate stock sense. Best yet, she continues to prove that she's a useful farm dog doing real work on the ranch.  In late 2016, Astrid was the first beardie to complete the Farm Dog Certified title!

Astrid finished her championship with breed wins over specials already under her belt and a Best in Sweepstakes at the Rocky Mountain Bearded Collie show under breeder-judge Jill Floberg. She finished the 2015 qualifying year as the #7 bearded collie in the National Owner Handler series! 

She earned her rally novice obedience title at 10 months old in three consecutive trials with all 2nd places, followed by her rally advanced title with two 1sts and a 2nd, and her rally excellent title was completed at the 2016 BCCA National with a score of 95! At 20 months she placed in three consecutive trials to finish her Beginner Novice obedience title. On top of that, she qualified for the 2016 AKC Rally National Championship. 

Astrid has continued to demonstrate her versatility, racking up most of the needed points towards her Grand Championship in the show ring in 2016 (we'll get around to finishing it eventually!), continuing to excel in the herding and obedience rings, and proving herself a most devoted brood bitch in the whelping box in 2017.  Since having puppies, Astrid has started to work on agility, tracking and nosework.

We are thrilled beyond belief with how much this little girl has done in a short time.  She truly has taken over our hearts and our house with her sweet demeanor and wicked sense of humor.


"Very nice proportions. Feminine head and expression. Very nice neck and topline. Good angles and very nice on the move...."   -- Breeder-judge Charlotte Laning Vrethammar, NCBCF Specialty 

"This is a pretty girl who is also a balanced mover. Love her length."   -- Judge Gail Miller Bisher, BCCA National Specialty




3 years old

BCCA National 2016


Backpacking on the Continental Divide


23 months old


20 months old

RTN New Years Clinic

18 months old

National Specialty  - 15 months old
 

11 months and her first Best of Breed over a special!

11 months old and hard at work herding!

10 months old - Beehive Cluster, Utah

9 months old - Rancho Terra Norte Spring Clinic
 


Rocky Mountain Cluster 2015 - 7 months old
 

Astrid at 6.5 months old

5 months old
 

3 months old enjoying the Cycle 4 Lyons festival
  

8 weeks old and headed to her new life in Colorado
  

Only a few hours old, showing off that pigment she was born with!
 

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