Desert Willow Aussies - Planned Litters Specializing in ~ Companion ~ Sport ~ Herding ~ Service “Truly great friends are hard to find, difficult to leave, and impossible to forget.”
Our Puppy Parent Approved "Temperament Testing Program" and Promise to you.
We test all our puppies to properly place them into the right homes for their temperaments and drive according to your needs. We respect this breed as working dogs and make it our priority to place our puppies where both Owner and Aussie will be happy for years to come, it's our guarantee.
DWA guide for placing puppies: At birth the observation begins. About two weeks of age, we begin temperament testing. It is of the up-most importance that we place the right puppy with the right parents. While not 100%, we do have a pretty darn good track record. Many folks will ask, “how do you do that, especially at such a young age?” A lot has to do with studying our dogs, their temperaments, and owning apart of their lineages. Past that, I fail terribly at being able to put this process into words because this has been a work in progress for nearly 10 of our 12 years of breeding. Then on the inside of this is that extra something alive within enough to see what my gut is sharing. I’m confident with my process, always hoping to get even better and enjoy the feed-back I get from puppy parents.
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"Everyday we are together is the greatest day of my life. I will always be yours." - From The Notebook
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Photos are compliment of our own Julianna Gorduyn...
We sat side by side in the morning light and looked out at the future together...
Theresa, I had to email you when I came across your website today. I was Googling "Australian Shepherds" when Desert Willow came across my screen. Our beloved Charlie, an Aussie we rescued at 5 months old, passed away in September of 2010. He had a congenital heart defect and eventually his murmur was "audible" from several feet away. It was the most heartbreaking experience for our family to lose him (as he was my two year old son's best friend).
It has been nearly two years and I am beginning to have that tug at my heart that we are getting closer to being ready for another furry member of the family, so I began a little Internet search and showing my kids puppy pictures. I cannot get over the beautiful dogs you are breeding! I have never seen more gorgeous markings. What caught my attention, though, was a dog that already has a home, JD Hanley. I gasped out-loud. My childhood dog was an Aussie stray we named Kalieja. He was black tri with a white stripe down his muzzle, little brown cheeks and eyebrows, a touch of white on his chest and same eyes. I couldn't believe it when I saw this pup and I felt like I was supposed to be on your site.
There isn't much point to my email except to say that while I have always maintained I would never pay the money it costs for a purebred dog, I now believe I was wrong. When we are ready, I hope that we can get an Aussie from Desert Willow. Even with so many strays out there, I've found it's important to know the temperament of the dog, and if the pup is good with small children, and I MUST be sure we don't go through the heartbreak of losing another dog at such a young age to a congenital defect. From what I have read, you are amazing, kind, responsible breeders and I look forward to doing business with you. =)
Amy Martin, Arizona
Amy now has her new boy - Jorge aka Murray... Welcome to our family Amy!
To see Murray CLICK HERE
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Why Own an Aussie???
Why own an Aussie? There's a danger you know, You can't own just one, for the craving will grow.
There's no doubt they're addictive, wherein lies the danger. While living with lots, you'll grow poorer and stranger.
One dog is no trouble, and two are so funny. The third one is easy, the fourth one's a honey.
The fifth one's delightful, the sixth one's a breeze, You find you can live with a houseful of ease.
So how 'bout another? Would you really dare? They're really quite easy but, oh, Lord the hair!
With Aussie's on the sofa and Aussie's on the bed, And crates in the kitchen, it's no bother, you've said.
Your life-style has changed. Things won't be the same. Yes, those Aussie's are addictive and so is the dog game. Desert Willow Aussie's - When only the BEST will do~!