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Tails they are A' Changing.

Posted by Theresa Goiffon on Monday, February 10, 2020, In : Dog Health and Current News related topics 
This article I wrote was published in the 2019 January issue of Showsight dog magazine. I thought it was worthy of being reposted and shared here. 

The Times They Are A-Changin’

Yes, indeed, just as the title of the popular 1964 song by Bob Dylan says, the times are changing.

Change comes with resistance, resolve, fortitude and eventually acceptance. The purpose of this article is to give the reader a clear understanding of the mission o...

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Sportsmanship, A New Low.

Posted by Theresa Goiffon on Friday, April 18, 2014, In : Dog Health and Current News related topics 

A new low through Social Media, in the world of AKC Sportsmanship

Click on this link and read the full published article in the Canine Chronicle.

What some well known exhibitors are capable of doing, the amount of energy and time to discredit another exhibitor is beyond my understanding. It's a dog show people! It's suppose to be fun and a way to evaluate your breeding program.

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Looking for a responsible Australian Terrier Breeder?

Posted by Theresa Goiffon on Friday, April 15, 2011, In : Dog Health and Current News related topics 

What can we do as a breeder to improve the health and temperament of our puppys?  Heatlh Testing how Important is it?
Once again the Popular Sire Syndrome, is addressed, which is quoted to be "the greatest threat to overall breed health and vitality". Some breeders are ignorant to this serious problem.  Here are some bullets that address these questions and a link to the complete newsletter from the AKC Canine Health Foundation.

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Spring has Sprung... So Have the Wood Ticks!

Posted by Theresa Goiffon on Tuesday, April 12, 2011, In : Dog Health and Current News related topics 

Spring has finally sprung here in Northwestern Wisconsin! Time for yard clean up and just enjoying long walks again with our dogs.  It's also time to think about flea and tick preventative.
Depending on what part of the country you live in, these may not be an issue for you. We do not have a problem with fleas, however, for us wood ticks and deer ticks are impossible to avoid. There have been years where we literally pick up to 25 or more ticks off each dog every night! 

Lyme's Disease is ...

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Genetic Diversity and Popular Sire Syndrome

Posted by Theresa Goiffon on Monday, July 12, 2010, In : Dog Health and Current News related topics 

We are always doing research here at my home.  Trying to learn and do things properly for our breeding program and the betterment of our breed.  It's an ongoing process one we will be doing forever.

I was recently researching what the top Reproductive Specialists are currently saying about breeding frequency.  I am currently studying the work done by both Dr. Hutchison and  Dr. Threlfall at Ohio State University.

Through my research, I discovered an excellent article written by Jerold S. Bell, ...

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Please Read About Blue Green Algae

Posted by Theresa Goiffon on Wednesday, May 26, 2010, In : Dog Health and Current News related topics 
This is a topic that I am addressing again because of the time of year and if you and your pets swim in lakes you really need to be informed about Blue Green Algae.

We lost our very loved Australian Terrier, Harley last July, he was only 2 years old.  He was healthy, happy and loved the water as all our aussies do.  Sadly, he drank lake water that had been toxic with Blue Green Algae.  At the time, we didn't even know such a toxin existed, much less would have ever thought it would be in our c...
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Be aware of poisonous plants!

Posted by Theresa Goiffon on Thursday, May 13, 2010, In : Dog Health and Current News related topics 

Welcome to May in Wisconsin! 

We are between wardrobes at our house, anywhere from tee-shirts and shorts to winter coats and long johns!  

As we begin to decide when and what to plant in our acre garden, it's a good time to take a look at what plants can be potentially dangerous to our pets. 

I just recently received a reminder from the AKC of this exact topic. The Canine Health Foundation has a really great list of plants our dogs should avoid. 

I thought my friends, families and website vis...

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Dunham Lake Aussie puppy photos stolen and used in Scam!

Posted by Theresa Goiffon on Friday, April 30, 2010, In : Dog Health and Current News related topics 
Be very careful about buying any puppy or dog via the internet...Please read below.

It was discovered that a "rescue" organization out of Utah had taken two of my puppy photos from my website and placed them on their "rescue" page noting them to be puppies for sale. My puppy photos were used and misrepresented as puppies they have available for sale. Incidently, the puppy in one of the photo's they used is now over one year old, living with his family. Here is how one of my photo's (photo belo...

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Posted by Theresa Goiffon on Tuesday, April 6, 2010, In : Dog Health and Current News related topics 

Most breeders will have immunized the puppy with his first shots. Your breeder will provide you with a list from their veterinarian of what shots were given and when. It’s always a good idea to visit your own vet within a week for a full puppy check and discuss with your vet the proper vaccination protocol to follow.

For specific data and research I suggest you visit

Annual physical and vaccinations, which includes advice on flea and tick control ...

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What do you feed your Australian Terriers?

Posted by Theresa Goiffon on Saturday, February 27, 2010, In : Dog Health and Current News related topics 

Recently, I was approached by a supplier of an all natural dog food line wondering if I would consider selling their products on our website. The sales woman was quite pleasant and educated in pet food in general and of course her product line, which was produced by a Veternarian so I agreed to sample it. 

The product was all natural didn't contain corn, high in protein and it was clearly fresh.  Our dogs really liked it. 

This product isn't available in stores and shipping fees I felt were ...

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Don't feed me that!

Posted by Theresa Goiffon on Friday, November 20, 2009, In : Dog Health and Current News related topics 
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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Dog Deaths and Blue Green Algae

Posted by Theresa Goiffon on Monday, November 16, 2009, In : Dog Health and Current News related topics 

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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Breeder of Merit

Theresa Greetings from Northwestern Wisconsin! I am a wife, mother, grandmother, breeder and author. 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 now have 10 Australian Terriers and 1 Australian Shepherd an a Great Pyrenees. Breeder of Multiple Best in Show Aussies. We own and have bred some of the top Australian Terriers in the USA. We have bred and co-own the 16th and 17th Best in Show Australian Terrier in America he held the #1 in All-Breed in the USA in both 2013 and 2014. We have bred/own/handle the 2015 #1 Australian Terrier in the USA Jake who also won his first Best in Show with my 15 year old daughter Ellie handling him. Jake is only the 2nd "red" Australian Terrier to ever win a BIS. Breeder of 2 Australian Terriers to Win Best of Breed Westminster 2014 and 2015. We have Championed many Aussies and we have Champions in training, that being said, our dogs are first and foremost our companions. 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