Happy Veterans Day to my Mom, Jinece (owner and breeder of ESC)

This is Kelli, Jinece’s daughter, updating to remind everyone how proud I am to have such a smart, beautiful, and fierce mother.

Basic Training Picture at age 16

She was 16 when she went through basic training–these days they call that a child soldier (these days, it’s not legal). But she spent nearly my entire life serving in the military.

We always thought is was a blessing to have our mom in the Army. She woke us up early every drill weekend to say goodbye, and I always told her how beautiful she looked in her BDUs. As military kids, we never missed a family day. I’ve won TONS of cake-walk cakes. I’d get excited when she came home with MREs because the hot chocolate or hot apple cider was like having a science experiment we could eat! We were raised shopping at the PX, and we were delighted by the stories our mom would tell when she got home from her summer duty. Truthfully, I always imagined I would join the military too, because I knew how important the miltary was to my mom. She was loyal to us and the Army.

The Army saved us. Without the Army, we wouldn’t have had enough food to eat. Certainly, I would not have the opportunities I have now. It provided her with the means to go to nursing school, and eventually pulled us from poverty (sorry to air our dirty laundry, mom). So today, on Veteran’s day, I am grateful for my mom’s service.

As much as I admire her hardwork, I cannot imagine how hard it was to juggle the military and motherhood. I remember waking up on the day of my fifth birthday at 4 am to tell her goodbye. I was crying and screaming; I couldn’t understand why she couldn’t spend my birthday with me…just one more day. That year, she spent 3 months away from her kids while she was on duty. She was providing vaccines for indigenous people in Honduras. I am now the same age she was then (30), and I am thinking of having my own children. It must have broken my mom’s heart to leave that morning. But I know she did it to provide us with a home.Love you mom! I love your new profile pic! Also, Happy Veteran’s Day!

1993 at Harding Missouri, flood duty with the National Guard

Looking for retirement home for our JEWELL

The time has come for our big, beautiful girl, Jewell, to go to her forever home. After a couple litters of pups and wonderful show career, she’ll make someone a fabulous pet. She’s been amazing in our home, but we know she will adore the individual attention of a pet home.

We will miss her! If you are interested in Jewell, fill out the questionaire below

Sheep Creek Heads to the KBTCC Specialty!

Sheep Creek and gang packed their bags and headed to Chicago August 23-25 for the Chicago KBT Club’s annual Specialty weekend.  With high hopes and four dogs in tow they excitedly prepped their dogs for the show ring.  And they were not disappointed for their efforts!  At Friday’s Specialty Fynn went Winners Dog and Azule Award of Merit.  What a great start to the weekend!


Saturday morning was the Elgin Kennel Club show wherein Fynn was Winners Dog and Best of Winners!  Azule was stunning in the ring and managed to earn Select Dog!  Saturday afternoon was the KBTCC Concurrent Specialty.  Electra was Winners Bitch earning her first major!  She was beautiful.  Fynn did not disappoint either, earning Winners Dog and Best of Winners, earning his Champion Title!!  Fynn’s co-owner Lindsay put all the points on this boy for his champion title, her first show dog!  Azule made the short list for Breed, but no love for him.


Sunday was the Elgin Kennel Club Show, Sheep Creek’s fourth competitor was Finian (Apreca x Fendi) and he earned Winners Dog!  Very exciting for this beautiful young pup!  Electra was Reserve Winners Bitch!  Fynn and Azule made the shortlist for Breed in the Specials ring, but no love for either of them.  What a great weekend for Sheep Creek!