Black Tri, DOB 4-7-1994
22 Inches, 60 Pounds
After a long and
frustrating search for Aussies with bloodlines similar to his original
Three Musketeers, one day in 1994 Roger picked up an Alabama Cattleman's
magazine and started flipping through it. On the Polled Hereford
page he noticed an ad placed by a Mr. McCormick and something
clicked. Roger thought he remembered seeing that name in the
pedigrees of his old dogs. We checked and although we weren't sure
it was the same "McCormick", it was worth a phone call.
After all, we'd tried everything else and this gentleman only lived about
thirty minutes away. Lady Luck was smiling on us that day because it
was indeed the same Mr. McCormick that used to raise working Australian
Shepherds. He was down to one Aussie, a ten year old male, Smokey,
that had never been bred, and yes, he would love to breed him to one of
our bitches because he needed a puppy.
Reba cooperated by coming into season
soon thereafter and we kept our fingers crossed...since Smokey had never
been bred we didn't know whether he was capable of producing a litter or
not. But indeed he was and Reba presented us with seven
babies. Not long after Smokey passed away so we found him just in
We liked Sam from the beginning, he was
the largest pup in the litter but also the calmest and most
sensible. He matured into a lovely dog with good bone and nice
structure, and an especially lovely head. At last, Roger had
been able to find some of the "old blood" and Sam had a home at
Pincie Creek for life. Or so we thought.
Then Becca Williams, whose assistance
dog Hadji came from us, met a young girl at Troy State University, Heidi
Smith, who was in dire need of help. Due to a back injury Heidi was
unable to lift anything and couldn't even carry her books to school.
Rising from a sitting position was almost impossible without something to
lean on and Becca knew just what Heidi needed - an assistance dog.
After receiving Becca's pleading
telephone call we carefully evaluated all the adults in our kennel and we
knew that Sam was the only suitable one for this job. Just thinking
about letting Sam go was very, very hard, but we wanted to help Heidi and
we also feel that our dogs should perform a service to mankind if they
possibly can. So we offered Sam to Heidi and when she and her
parents came to meet Sam, they loved him immediately.
Sam adapted very quickly to serving
Heidi and is invaluable to her. He carries things for her and is
always there to steady her when she needs him. They are indeed a
team and we're glad Sam is enjoying a life where he is pampered and
appreciated and indeed makes a difference in this world. He's only a
few miles away so we can see him whenever we like, and one day he will
visit Pincie Creek to make some female Aussie very happy.
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for larger views.
|Sam at 1 1/2
years of age.
|Sam in his
Blue Kota Bear
Cherokee Colorado Cash
Luke the Drifter CDX
Dam Ricinda "Reba" of Pincie Creek STDdsc
Tree Partner STDdsc
Hangin' Tree Working Blue RDX
Sire WTCH Hangin' Tree Red Zephyr RDX
Dam Zephyr's Angel Blue
Fever Little Ruby Red
Slash V Rock Slide CD
Dam Slash V Cherry Cola
Powder Toby ATDsc STDc
Slash V Little Rock CD
Stubette K ATDdc STDs
V Paper Doll
Sire Silverledge Slide Me Five STDc
Dam Slash V Semi Sweet OTDcd STDs, "Ticki"