WTCH Slash V Shelby
(photos by 2MC Design, Heidi Mobley. Some photos adjusted from original, either cropped or brightness/contrast)
owned by Larry & Karen Henderson, handled by Larry Teaff
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Winner of the 2004 Bluebonnet Futurity
I had not seen Shelby since she was eight weeks old until December 2004 when I attended a trial at Brenham, TX. Wow! So many people had told me about her and they all raved about what a beautiful heeler she is. I would ask, "how is she on the head?" and they all said the same thing, "Oh, she is great on the head and totally fearless". Several people who haven't been to a trial for years commented that she works so much like the "old dogs" they remember. Thus I was ready to be impressed. All I can say is that this dog reminded me so much of Possum (who to us was the greatest Slash V dog we have owned) I just couldn't believe it. (Possum is her grandmother) Where Possum loved the head but was a really good heeler, Shelby appears to be one who loves the heels but is a really good header. But where they really show their similarity is that both have a definite opinion that if one bite will do the job, perhaps another nip will get it done better! That total courage and just plain stock savvy can't be made and is beautiful to see. Shelby is not quite three years old and obviously loves what she does. A salute from us for the Hendersons' taking the step of sending their "pet" to Larry Teaff when they all realized her incredible talent and for taking her this far. And the same to Larry for the great job he has done in training and trialing her. Breeding dogs like Shelby is what makes this so rewarding. Folks like those who have come to love her are frosting on the cake!--Terry Martin
She won High in Trial non-WTCH on both days of pre-trials at Nationals. Her winning scores were:
Delta ASF National Pre-Trials - Saturday November 20, 2004
Advanced Cattle - 98 5th place
Advanced Sheep - 104 6th place
Open Ducks - 101 2nd place
Total score - 303
Silver Bullet Nationals Pre-Trial - Tuesday November 23, 2004
Advanced Cattle - 93
Advanced Sheep - 90
Open Ducks - 104 3rd place
Total score - 287
Karen Henderson on Shelby...
We first were introduced to Australian Shepherds in 1988 when we moved out to our rural home on 40 acres. My husband visited a horse farm and was greeted at the truck by a most aggressive Aussie. He got out and she came after him ready to nip his heels. He stood up to her and was ready to drop kick her to the next pasture, when the owner ran out yelling for him not to do anything to her dog!! After she contained the dog, they spent time talking about the dog and the fact that the owner needed to find a good home for the dog because she was so aggressive and was a liability to her horse ranch. My sweet husband decided we needed that dog. We knew nothing about the breed or her abilities. she was the absolute best "guard dog" we have ever had. She kept people in their car until we were able to get to her and hold her back. Anybody who was coming over would call ahead to make sure "Muffin was put up". She was that protective until the day we finally had to put her down. She could no longer see, hear or walk far enough out to go potty, but she would bark and growl if someone would walk up to the yard. She was amazing.
We knew we wanted another Aussie, for the protection aspect, but we also have a small cattle operation, and felt an Aussie might be some help to us. My search began when Larry went to Herb's Hat's to get a new cowboy hat. Herb Carroll, the owner, had some pictures of Aussies in his shop and he and Larry got to talking about good working dogs. He said he got his dog from Roger Stevens. I contacted Roger, had a nice conversation, but he did not have any pups. We talked at length about other breeders and Slash V came up. I had done some other searches on the internet, sent out some inquiries and again, Slash V was a recommended kennel. Also, they mentioned there were 2 new litters available.
I contacted Terry and let her know what we were interested in. I wanted a good working dog line that had some strong instinct for family protection We wanted a blue merle, preferably female. She had what we were looking for and made an appointment to come for a visit. After the decision was made, we waited until the pup was old enough to come home to us.
In the meantime, I did what I could from this end to find a trainer in our local area who could help me with her basic training. I wanted her to have basics so she would not get hurt working our cattle. At my vets office I asked if he knew of any Aussie trainers in the area. He did not, but a woman who happened to be picking up her dog heard me and said her husband used to work for a guy in San Antonio who trains Aussies and is a judge as well. She gave me the name of the guy and I contacted him. He and his wife gave me lots of advice and I picked their brains on several occasions before I even brought the pup home. I even went to their home one day to visit and see their operation.
After Shelby had been with us for almost a year, I called Larry & Glenda Teaff back and made an appointment for him to evaluate her. He wanted to see how strong her drive was and if she had "it" in her. After she "passed" we negotiated a deal for her to be trained for a month and go from there. She had been there for the first month and Larry was very impressed with her. He had been training his own pup for the Bluebonnet Futurity and was having a hard time getting her to the level he wanted her to be. He asked if he could train Shelby for the futurity and we agreed. My husbands only fear was that he would loose his dog, but I felt this was the very best thing that could happen to her. She would get the most intense training and it would not cost us any more than the first month he had her. She was just a year old and had not had any other stock training prior to that. She spent the next year with Larry and Glenda getting daily training. We had her home a couple of weekends when they had to be out of town. Other than those rare visits home, the next time we saw her was at the Futurity in March 2004. She was the youngest pup entered in the trial and had been with her trainer the shortest time. She was entered as a late replacement and had gone to one trial for exhibition only. Not too many people knew a Slash V was entered until October 2003. There were several dogs that had been showing FEO for some time, that were consider the contender for the Futurity. She entered the trial with an enthusiasm that was amazing. She showed absolutely no fear and went after the cattle with amazing power. She was almost too enthusiastic and we were worried after the first day. Her score was in third place and the contender was ahead. The second day was her day. She won the futurity on tied points and by 15 seconds!! It was the most amazing thing I had ever experienced.
After the Futurity, was the Jackie Kinson Spring Roundup, and we entered her to begin her trialing career. I knew absolutely nothing about handling, so Larry agreed he would handle her to get her WTCH. She went to Oklahoma, Whitesboro, Stonewall, Paso Robles and Brenham. She has qualified at every trial she entered and is one duck leg short of her WTCH.
She has been an amazing dog to own and share with the Teaffs. She loves to work, she loves to heel and she loves trialing. We joke about her having two lives. When she is with Larry and Glenda, she is a working dog that loves being a working dog. When she is with us, it is like she is on vacation. She stays in the house and is loved and spoiled. I think she is happy in both worlds, but I know she loves her working life. She is a great watch dog and has the same protection drive for us as Muffin did. She is everything and more that we wanted.
The last thing we ever expected was to have a great dog with the working instincts and drive that Shelby has. We bought a dog we were going to have for a home and ranch dog and she was spayed at 6 months old. That is probably the greatest regret I might have, but by the same token, we will never know if she could have done the same things had she been intact. After she won the Bluebonnet, we were approached by several people wanting to breed to her and even a couple of offers to buy her. Nobody knew she was altered! Had we known then what we know now...
Now, it is my turn to learn how to handle her and maybe try to trial her as a novice. I am excited and scared, but would like to do it. When Shelby came home from the Futurity for a break, we bought some sheep and some young heifers to be able to work her here at home. The few times I attempted to take her out and work her was a rodeo. Shelby chased and ran and blew them by me without even listening to me. I was sure she had forgotten everything she had learned the past year. I called Larry and told him what had happened. He said to bring her down and let him see what is going on. We got down there and she did everything he asked of her and more. I was blown away. The explanation he gave was that she is VERY strong and needs a strong handler. It is like the child who ignores the parent, but does what the teacher asks of her. She very much ignored this parent! Before each trial she was entered in, she would go to Larry and Glenda's for about a month prior to brush her up and get her back into the working frame of mind. She has been amazing to trial and has impressed a lot of people. I just love watching her work and be handled by someone who can control her. I hope someday to be able to work her with the same confidence that Larry has so she can continue to enjoy her job.
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