More About us....

We're located near Raleigh, North Carolina outside the town of Apex. Our home sits on 2 acres shaded by pines, dogwoods, and oak trees. We've been here since 1990, the home having been built with the dog's needs in mind! We're convenient to the airport (RDU is 25 min.s), and shows in North and South Carolina, Virginia, Maryland, Tennessee, and Georgia.
Gate opens into a fenced acre that is open and wooded for plenty of exercise!
The side yard leading from dog room to kennel runs 
There are six 5x20 ft. runs floored with patio stone over gravel
The covered kennel runs - view from the back deck
My husband and I both work in Research Triangle Park. This is a fast growing area for technology and business. The area gets its name from its location at the center of a triangle formed by the Universities of UNC Chapel Hill, Duke, and NC State. Even though my husband and daughter are not active in the dogs, their support has allowed me to pursue my passion. My husband Bob does dog-sitting while I'm away. My daughter Stephanie has begun accompanying me to dog shows. But, her interest doesn't yet lie with the dogs - rather she goes to play with the other children there, and loves the hotel/restaurant adventures! Besides the people and the dogs, there is always a cat in residence to keep the rest of us in line.

I started in Shelties the same way as most - I aquired a tricolor sheltie as a pet. Nicholas was a great dog. He was Nicholas and Belle, my first two sheltieshandsome, even though he was oversize. He started out as extremely shy, but after a week of bribery with cookies (yes, the people kind!) and a found passion for retrieving, Nicholas became an outgoing ambassador of the breed. Shortly after we brought him home, I started researching the breed, and contacted a local breeder to evaluate my puppy. I sadly found that my handsome guy wasn't going to win any Best In Shows, but I was told about an upcoming match where I was exposed to conformation and obedience. I was hooked! It was there that I met my first mentor and good friend Lynn Michael of Michaelynn Shelties. Lynn showed me how to recognize good structure. This is an important aspect of my breeding program. I strive for pretty dogs that excel in movement and type. Lynn also guided me around at my first National Specialty in Orlando Florida.Lynn co-bred my first champion with me: Am/Can CH Echowyn Change Of Pace. My other good friend and mentor is Marilyn Marlow of Cameo. Marilyn sold me my foundation bitch and second champion: CH Cameo Taken Bi Surprise. I will be forever indebted to Marilyn for all her wisdom, knowledge, experience, friendship, AND for sharing Ashley with me.

I've been active in many facets of the sport. I've titled dogs in obedience, conformation, and agility. I have been active as an officer of the local sheltie club (Triangle Shetland Sheepdog Club of NC) since 1986, and a member of the American Shetland Sheepdog Association since 1991. I do Sheltie referral and information for most of central and eastern NC. I'm always happy to provide information and talk to others interested in Shelties. (Just ask Bob; he claims that the phone *is* part of my anatomy!)

Now that you know more than you really wanted to.... go on and meet the dogs!

 About Us
 The Dogs
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Krystn Messer
80 Doe Court, Apex, NC 27502-8400
email Krys Messer at
Last updated: Jan 2001