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Welcome to CastleGate Shelties (formerly Balmoral Shelties of PA). My husband, Tom, and I live in Southwestern Pennsylvania, and we are proud members of The Three Rivers Shetland Sheepdog Club of Greater Pittsburgh (TRSSCGP).

Tom & Lynn

Lynn, Geraldo, & Lydia

Lynn & Tom - (Christmas 2012)

Lynn, Geraldo, & Lydia

I inherited a sable sheltie mix from my grandfather when I was fifteen years old, and I’ve been hooked on and have owned shelties ever since then. I can't even begin to imagine what my life would be like without at least one sheltie in it. My ultimate dream is to retire to a substantial piece of land with a house large enough to accommodate at least six shelties and an agility course. A large wrap around porch with white wicker furniture is also a must!

When Tom and I got married, I only had one sheltie, and by the time we'd been married for five years, our sheltie family had significantly increased in size! Tom grew up with Miniature Schnauzers, but he adapted quickly, and now he loves Shelties as much as I do. Tom isn't interested in being in the show ring himself, but the support he provides behind the scenes is invaluable. All of the dogs adore him, and they know he can always be counted on for an extra treat. <G>

We don’t breed often, but when we do, we put our hearts and souls into ensuring that our puppies get the best start in life that we can possibly give them. Our lives essentially go “on hold” for eight weeks, so that we can spend hours every day playing with our puppies and socializing them. We’ve been fortunate to find wonderful homes for our puppies, and many of our puppy buyers have become dear friends too. It brings us great joy to watch the puppies we’ve bred blossom in the performance and conformation rings with their new owners.

My dogs enjoy competing in multiple venues, and I feel blessed to have fallen in love with a breed that's so versatile and smart. I'm very proud of what my dogs have accomplished thus far, and I'm looking forward to exploring new performance venues with them in the future. My dogs are my pride and joy, and I hope that they derive as much enjoyment from their relationship with me as I do from my relationship with them.

Tom and I love to talk about shelties in general and ours in particular. You will always find a friendly ear for a good sheltie story here. Drop us an e-mail or call when you're in the neighborhood!

We hope that you enjoy your virtual tour of CastleGate Shelties!

 

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