Now Celebrating Our
4th Bred By Champion!
By Dee Silverstein,
Silver Trails Shelties is located in
Loxahatchee, Palm Beach County, Florida, and has been in existence
We grew up loving all animals and
enjoyed owning many dogs throughout the years. Our first encounter
with the breed was dog sitting my brother, and sister-in-law's
sheltie, Sandy, while they were on vacation. We fell in love
with her and had to go right out and get one of our own. Of
course, we knew nothing of where to purchase a puppy and went straight
to the local pet outlet where we purchased our first purebred
breed/conformation show dog, NOT! To our surprise, he was not a show
prospect at all and immediately realized that we needed help educating
ourselves regarding shelties. We experienced fear biting, spinning,
nervousness, neurotic behavior such as excessive barking, general
aggressive and destruction. Furthermore, lack of coat prompted us to
do testing for thyroid which was practically non-existent. Oh!
Did I happen to mention he was oversized with numerous faults? Some
good came out of this experience however as we have virtually
dedicated our lives to improving the breed. At the turn of the
century, we left the suburban life and moved to the country to follow
Our home is attached to the air
conditioned indoor kennel which leads to the outdoor kennels through a
doggie door. We like a home environment for all of our dogs. however we
have two separate runs; a 10x25 exercise run for visiting bitches
and/or bitches in season. The
runs are covered and designed to reflect the Florida sun. In this way,
the dogs stay happy, clean and safe. The dogs are allowed to run the
acreage periodically throughout the day but only under strict
My calling became apparent. My
mission... to find breeders of top quality shelties producing sound
temperament, good health, beauty, structure with great show
Where Do I Start?
With our friends sponsoring us, John
and Christy Clark, we joined the Shetland Sheepdog Club of Southeast
Florida. We listened and learned. We attended numerous seminars
teaching us grooming, health care, structure and handling and continue
to do so every chance we get. Shortly thereafter we purchased from
Royl Marchwind (Cheryl Willacker and Mary MacDonald) a most regal
sheltie, Royl Marchwind User Friendly "Spanky." On January
2, 1998, at 1& 1/2 years of age, Spanky finished and thereafter
was campaigned racking up 42 Best of Breed wins and 12 Group wins.
He was in the top 20 four years in a row. Spanky retired in Y2K #9 in the country.
Many thanks to:
Cheryl Willacker who
presented us with our first show puppy prospects; the professional
handlers of the past, Cheryl Willacker, Mary MacDonald, Nick Joines
and Joel McCarthy for all their hard work and effort during the
championship and specials campaign of BISS Ch Royl Marchwind User
Meredith Hector and Karen Salvage
who sponsored us to our memberships with the ASSA;
Jimmy Efron, Dr. Cindi Bossart and
who campaigned our show dogs and with their expert
handling skills finished Ch Alfie, Ch Darla, and Ch Bucky; Ch Rudy and
Ch Annie, our Canadian import ;
The co-owners of our show dogs
for without you we would be alone in these endeavors. You are the
Fairy God-Fathers and God-Mothers of our kennel.
The stud owners that have
cooperated and eased us through the various breedings throughout the
1. Health - our highest priority.
To breed healthy dogs you must breed healthy dogs.
2. Temperament - if I can't
live with them, neither can you. To breed good tempered dogs you
must breed good tempered dogs.
3. Showmanship - strength,
outgoing personalities, brave and regal.
4. Type - the quintessential
sheltie with sweet expression, head detail and excellent body
5. Moderation - size.
Continue handling and finishing our
dogs to their championships and beyond.
is currently accepting sweepstakes assignments at specialty shows in
the pursuit of her judging license.
Continue our education and
educating others. We consider breeding an art form and although it is a very
fulfilling endeavor, it can be difficult and disappointing at times.
Anyone that breeds shelties can attest to that statement. There is
always more to learn.
The universal support we have received (pet and
show prospect sales, product sales, creating websites and maintenance therefor, grooming and pet sitting services) is greatly