We purchased 'Abby' from Di Kent of Oatland Australian Kelpies, when she was 10 weeks old. She was a ball of fluff, compared with our Ridgeback pups, and very full of energy! We were living on our farm at Geham, when 'Abby' joined our family in 2009.
Our sons were very excited having a different breed of dog to raise. This pup was also more active then our Ridgeback pups, and she actually fetched a ball! Needless to say, the boys have all enjoyed playing with 'Abby'.
We had a small mob of Angus cows and calves on our farm when 'Abby' joined us. She was always interested in the stock and, from an early age, would help us round up the poultry each evening. When she was old enough, we let her help with the cattle. She was always a help, especially when I was on my own!
We are no longer on the farm, and 'Abby' still helps with rounding up the chickens at night. I am sure she misses the cattle! She has always liked to jump on the backs of the Rhodesian Ridgebacks at home. A natural instinct for her (hmm are they 'sheep'??)
Abby has performed consistently in the showring.
She has been awarded numerous Class in Group awards and also Best in Group under Mrs S Tassan!
Her finest win was at the 2012 Cattle Dog and Kelpie Club of Qld Championship Show, where she was awarded Bitch Challenge and Runner up Best of Breed under the International Judge: Mr D Tjahjono (Indonesia). This was a fantastic day for the Black Kelpies, with Best of Breed, Runner up Best of Breed and Baby Puppy of Breed, all being awarded to a black Kelpie! These dogs were all from Oatland Kennels!
Abby began herding with the Continental Herding Club in mid 2013. She passed her Herding Instinct Test, with my youngest son, Ben, handling her. She loves to go herding.
Abby's first litter was born 26 November, 2012. She had 5 pups, 2 females and 3 males. There were 2 chocolates (male and female) and the remainder were black. This is our 'Bush' theme litter.
Three of our 'Bush' babies entered the show ring in 2013, with Amakhosi Ambush (Jake) attaining his Championship Title before the end of 2013. His litter sister, Kirra (Amakhosi Bush Magic) attained two Herding Titles in 2013. She passed her Herding Test (HT) and Pre Trial Test (PT). She also achieved her Started A Course Herding Title in 2015. Unfortunately, she didn't make it to many shows, but we hope to gain her Championship Title in between herding trials in the future. Their brother Ned (Amakhosi Bush Man) also achieved his Championship Title.
Abby's second litter was born December 26, 2013.
We had some complications with the litter and Abby developed an infection which resulted in only 2 live pups. These were both black males. Abby had to be desexed when the boys were born.
This was our 'Black' litter and one of the boys went on to the showring and is very successful in North Queensland. His name is 'Thor' (Ch Amakhosi Black Thunder). The other brother is enjoying life with a wonderful family on the Gold Coast Q. There are some photos of him in the photo gallery.
Abby's offspring who are shown, have their own profile pages, so please have a look at them too.
Abby being desexed has not meant she can no longer go to shows with the introduction of the Neuter Class at most shows now. She has already been awarded numerous Neuter in Group and also Neuter in Show awards.
We were blessed to have Abby enter our lives. She has proven to be an excellent foundation bitch for our kennel.