Calabrone Show Dogs is owned by Jodie Strait of Davidson, NC. The name Calabrone is Bumble Bee in Italian and frankly Bummy is the heart and soul of our doggie world.
We are what you would call a small hobby kennel – emphasis on the small! Our dogs our pets first and athletes second. They also must adhere to the understanding that the Cat Mafia rules the house. Australian Shepherds are WORKING stock dogs, the most important aspect is their herding instinct. You can have it all – a pretty dog that can also work!
My first Aussie was a phenomenal working bitch named Arrow. She was a gorgeous black tri that everyone loved to borrow when they needed their cattle moved! She lived to 19 years young.
After over twenty years in horses, I decided a change was needed and decided to pursue the dog world. Because I was not sure if I wanted to do conformation or agility or obedience I wanted a dog that could do it all and obviously the Aussie was a natural place to go.
In a short time we have garned success in the show ring and the performance ring, but more importantly our dogs and their kids are wonderful ambassadors. We always keep up with the goings on of ALL of our Aussies. We are so blessed to have great friends and great dogs. Winning is just icing on the cake!
The great thing about showing dogs is that you get to meet so many different people and breeds and with that we are scaling back on our Australian Shepherds and beginning our newest adventure with a bred that has completely captivated me – the PEKINGESE. And now we added Tibetan Spaniels as well!