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My second Aussie also came from Sugargum Kennels and another one of their imports
which was brought out to Australia in whelp to a "Working" style dog.

Indiana (Ch. Sugargum Fort Indiana (IID) CD AD ET HIT) was a black bundle of fur that
wasn't short of letting me know of  her dissatisfaction of  riding in the back of the car in a
crate on her first trip home!   Indiana & her siblings were the first of the Bi-coloured Aussies
to be shown here and were heavily influenced on the "Woods" style of Aussie via their father
"Colorado's How The West Was Won (USA)".  

Whilst she wasn't the flashiest of looking Aussies, Indiana certainly made up for it in
personality and certainly challenged the Judges in the conformation arena with her black
coat and very little white (just a little on the chest and one rear toe).  I thank the Judges  
(local, interstate & international) for looking past her colour and awarding her Australian
Championship on movement and type.
Ned and Indiana were the foundations of Hotoz Australian Shepherds and I am proud to
have owned them and kept one of their "children", Dillon from their one and only litter.

Dillon also challenged the Judges on his colour (being a black bi) but didn't take long in
gaining his Australian Champion title.  And with multi-talented parents also did very well
in Agility with the little time I had put into his training.
I have been involved with Aussies since 1995 and do not breed often (only three litters to
date), usually only to keep something for myself.  Whilst breeding a Best In Show winner
would be nice, my aim is to keep the working ethic that Aussies seem to show in the various
dog sporting activities that come their way.  The Australian Shepherd is a great thinker,
which along with type is paramount to maintain.  I do not necessarily  keep show dogs but
my dogs are companion dogs first and therefore which ever dog I keep is a forever dog in my
home.  I am active in the Conformation Ring and am slowly getting back into the Obedience
& Agility fields (pending work commitments).

All my breeding stock will be health tested as health & longevity is also another of my major
concerns.  Australian Shepherds are prone to a variety of conditions that affect their eyes,
immune system and in general their welfare into adulthood.  Cancer is also high on the list
of problems.  Please consider this before making the decision to purchase one of these
wonderful dogs.

More can be read on the Australian Shepherd Health and Genetics Institute website:~  
Having owned German Shepherds I was looking for a breed that required a little less work.  I had seen pictures of freesbie mad blue merle
dogs from American dog magazines.  I thought to myself if anyone ever imported one of these dogs I would definitely look at getting one.

I knew a breeder,
Sugargum Kennels, had imported two dogs from America and went to meet with them.  These two dogs were exactly
what I was looking for in a dog and in October 1995 I got my first Aussie.
From left to right:  Ch. Blazintails Hi Tide (Krystal), Ch. Sugargum
Fort Indiana (IID) CD AD ET HIT (Indiana) and behind me Ch.
Hotoz Wild Image AD (Dillon).
Ch. Sugargum Fort Indiana (IID) CD AD ET HIT
shown here at 10 yrs of age.
My first Aussie was a blue merle called Ned (Ch. Sugargum Texas Outlaw CDX ADM JD ET
HIT).  He was a social dog around people and other dogs and he was very easy to train.  In
fact he picked up obedience excercises really quickly and it wasn't long before we were also
doing agility.

Ned was also my first "Show" dog and I thank Robyn & Les for their assistance in this
endeavour.  Ned didn't like showing much but he did indulge me and he picked up
numerous Best of Breeds, Classes In Group and even a Best In Group along the way.