Welcome to Oakdale Shelties
I had lots of animals growing up, horses, dogs and cats. My parents showed boxers and I showed in junior handling. I always wanted a smaller dog and when I got on my own, I purchased a sheltie for a pet. I then decided I wanted another one so looked for a show quality sheltie. The dog show bug bit and I have been showing ever since. I live here with Martin Warhurst who enjoys the shelties as much as I do. The house was built in 2004 with the dogs in mind. Our little piece of heaven is on 13 wooded acres with a creek, pond and tons of wildlife just south of Kansas City, Missouri. I designed a kennel building which is attached to the garage with heat/air. It is an L shape with six indoor/outdoor runs. The dogs have covered runs outside and an acre fenced to run and play as well as a deck wtih a gazebo. My dogs all get along and run together unless I have a female in heat. They are kept in the kennel at night and when we are gone. They have indoor time in the morning, evenings and weekends with us in our family room. We have a "puppy room" off the family room where our puppies are born and kept until they are a few weeks old. Then they moved into the family room. The oldsters stay in the house 24/7.
The reason I participate in the sport of raising and showing shelties is because I enjoy my dogs, my friends and the journey to show and produce shelties that conform to the standard. I am striving for excellence in conformation, temperament, intelligence and health. I have bred and/or owned 23 AKC champions in all colors and two Register of Merit dams. I have also shown and finished many champions for others. My shelties are first and foremost my treasured companions, then my show dogs.
Cynthia A. Holmes
Member ASSA since 1990
I hope you enjoy your visit.