Aussie Talk


January 11, 2010

Every year I look at the mission statement of Dunham Lake Aussies and make sure it still supports our goals which are to raise healthy, sound temperament Australian Terriers for show or companion homes.  2009 has been a wonderful and interesting year in many ways.  In the Aussie world in which we are involved, by our peers, we have been challenged, harrassed, loved, stalked, included, excluded, welcomed, ignored, highly encouraged, commended and supported. Quite the range of experiences! Thankfully, by far our experiences were off the chart positive!

We have decided that our Mission Statement did need some adjusting, what was missing was a small but very powerful word that helps to define us as a a family and as a breeder that word is "integrity".  The word integrity is defined as:

1. possession of firm principles: the quality of possessing and steadfastly adhering to high moral principles or professional standards.

2. completeness: the state of being complete or undivided.

3. wholeness: the state of being sound or undamaged.

We have very high standards for ourselves and our breeding program.  We do not cut corners, breed out of convenience  over breed our females or allow our dog to exercise his desires as a dog.
Over-breeding is not good for any breed.
Everything we do is very managed, controlled and planned.  People we associate with are only those who have the same standards. There are many!

When I look at our new litter I can see the results that come from breeding with integrity. This litter is exceptional.  They are all show prospects and in a few weeks we will know more certain.  All of these puppies are beautiful, healthy and are what we had expected.

By adding this small but significant word to our Mission Statement, we think it tells others what defines our breeding program and why we have been successful in making friends in this breed, showing, breeding and raising healthy, sound Australian Terriers for us and for others.


January News

December 24, 2009

Happy New Year and Greetings Friends!

We’re looking forward to 2010! It’s already off to a great start here at Dunham Lake Aussies! 

A few plans for 2010…
Introducing several of our beautiful puppies to the show ring! Mentoring and assisting our wonderful new families adopting one of our puppies.
     Support and assist our club. Continue to volunteer and offer support to our local Humane Society and Aussie Rescue. Attend many dog shows including International shows. A...

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December News Merry Christmas!

December 2, 2009

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The Aussie Down Under-Book review!

November 30, 2009

As part of my youngest daughters 5th grade curriculum for history, she is studying the Eastern Hemisphere, which of course includes countries such as Asia, Antarctica, Russia, Africa, the Middle East, in addition to Australia, just to name a few.  It's been an interesting exploration for both of us. While we're not even mid-way through the year, we've had the pleasure of studying  many countries which included New Zealand and Australia. They are both wonderful and beautiful places which we pl...

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Don't feed me that!

November 20, 2009
During this time of year, Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Years, as we celebrate and feast on a variety of wonderful foods many, (guilty myself) tend to share a bit with our 4-legged friends.  While we think by giving our dogs "a special little treat" in celebration, it's really important for us to be reminded about what NOT to give them.

Here is something I pulled up on line that I thought would be a good reminder, some things like grapes and raisins, were new to me! If a grape of two roll off y...
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What's it like to show your dogs?

November 17, 2009

How'd you get started in showing dogs? What's it like to show dogs? I get asked these questions many times so let me tell you...

Our girls started showing our Aussies in 2007. We decided we have to start somewhere, so we jumped right into the ring (pretty much literally) and began showing our Aussies.  

Our first show was in St. Cloud MN, we didn't have any idea what we were doing. The girls wore tee-shirts with their dogs name on them and wore jeans (that's NOT how it's done :^). We thou...

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Dog Deaths and Blue Green Algae

November 16, 2009

My experience has been that the Australian Terrier breed LOVE to swim and they are good swimmers.  Ours jump off our dock, off the pontoon, are always with us in or around water catching frogs,  just playing in the water.  They love kiddie pools, even the sprinkler and fighting with the spraying hose.

Sadly, lake swimming is now something they won't be doing anymore.  This past July we lost our beloved Aussie Harley to Blue Green Algae poisoning.

Like most dogs, our dogs love to swim and catch ...

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Potty Training Your Aussie!

November 14, 2009

If you adopted a puppy from Dunham Lake Aussie's, your puppy began potty training at 6 weeks. By the time you receive your puppy from us at 12 weeks, he/she is close to being potty trained as well as knowing basic commands.  Here are some tips on how to help you complete the training or if your puppy didn't have any potty training you will need to train your puppy yourself.

The Australian Terriers we have raised and bred were VERY easy to potty train.  That's because we spend hours a day wi...

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Considering an Aussie?

November 14, 2009

If you are thinking about bringing an Australian Terrier into your family, here are some things for you to consider:

Take the time and do some research, ask questions of breeders or people that have an Aussie. Attend a dog show in your area sometimes they are represented there. Read up on the typical personality of an Aussie and really check out the Aussie breeder.  Like most people, we have similarities and differences. Find a breeder that meets your needs with a program that benefits the ...

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November News

November 14, 2009
Hello and Welcome to my new Blog!

I plan to use this blog to update you on news from Dunham Lake Aussies at least monthly.

Plus any important matters concerning dogs health, proposed legislation changes that have an impact on our dogs, news worthy topics. If you have a topic you would like to share with other Aussie people, drop me an e-mail at

Fall, our favorite time of year here in Northwestern Wisconsin.  Soon coming to an end are nice sunny days, a bit of a wind and t...
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AKC Breeder of Merit

Theresa Greetings from Northwestern Wisconsin! I am a wife, mother, breeder and author. I home school 2 of our girls and our 3rd is now on her own. I also work with helping small businesses with their website needs. Previously, I had a 25 year banking career. Retired several years ago, as a Vice President of Commercial Banking and Business Development Director for a financial institution. I have owned and raised dogs and cats for over 40 years. In 2007, we started to show and raise Australian Terriers. We have 6 Australian Terriers and 2 Australian Shepherds. Breeder of Multiple Best in Show Aussie. We own and have bred some of the top Australian Terriers in the USA. We have bred and co-own the 16th Best in Show Australian Terrier in America currently he holds the #1 in All-Breed in the USA. In 2013 at the Australian Terrier National Specialty,held in Palm Springs, with 83 Australian Terriers entered, we were awarded Best of Breed, Opposite Sex, Winners Dog, and Select Winner's Dog. All bred and either owned or co-owned by us. We have been honored at the 2011 AKC Eukanuba National's with the highest award for a breeder, Best Bred-by Australian Terrier and the 1st Award of Excellence. This win was awarded to our Ch. Dunham Lake Gabriella Touched by an Angel "Gabby" handled by her 12 year old breeder/owner/handler, my daughter, Ellie. We have Championed several Aussies and we have Champions in training, that being said, our dogs are first and foremost our companions. Our two younger daughters, are actively involved in Junior Showmanship, it has been a great activity for them and our family as well. I take my role as a breeder very seriously. I support health testing and temperament testing as well as evaluating proper conformation prior to breeding. We believe in breeding for quality not quantity. We do not ship our puppies. Regardless of whether your puppy comes from us or not I hope you find our site a helpful resource. If you have questions about our program or about the Aussie Terrier, please e-mail me or give me a call@ 715-689-2675. Thanks for visiting us! Blessings, Theresa