My love for the Australian Shepherd started as a young girl while I spent my summers in California showing Quarter Horses. Those “little blue” dogs where the mascot of almost every show barn in central California.
Because of the quarantine requirements to import dogs to Hawaii, I was not able to pursue my dream of having an Australian Shepherd. Finally in 1987 I imported my first Aussie to Hawaii. For many years I promised myself that I would not show dogs because my focus was raising and showing Quarter Horses. The dogs were what they were meant to be, “aussome” companions and farm dogs.
Then one day I found myself without a dog. As time went by my dogs had aged, along with an unfortunate accident, and all of the sudden I didn’t have a single dog. In 2004 I started over. With extensive research, PATIENCE, and perseverance Aolani Australian Shepherds was reborn. It has been a real education and a fair amount of luck. It is no small task when located in the middle of the Pacific Ocean. I was very fortunate to meet fantastic mentors who have become great friends. I could not have established "Aolani" as an AKC Breeder of Merit kennel without them. I have the greatest respect and aloha for Heather Braddock, Jackie Sumida, Kelly Sweeney, and Donna Puttock. I also have wonderful support from my family and local dog show family here in Hawaii. I wasn't sure I wanted to start showing dogs but I am glad I have! I have an amazing amount of fun with an amazing group of friends.
"Aolani" in Hawaiian means "heavenly cloud". Early on, my favorite color was the blue merles with full trim and don't forget the blue eyes. They looked like fluffy little clouds floating across the pasture. Now days, I have strived to become color blind, to look past the color AND "full trim". I am happy to say that raising Australian Shepherds that are sound in temperament, form, and function is now my main focus. And of course I still want them to "float" like clouds!
E Komo Mai,