This page is a tribute to my dearest friend, Paulette Swartzendruber. Paulette passed away from cancer early in her life in 2015. Rush passed away in April 2018—two weeks before my “Country Stars” litter was born on April 22. I promised Paulette that I would try to continue her breeding. She gave me Coach as my foundation stud, along with some good advice. When I was ready to do the breeding, I was able to lease a bitch from Donna Colletti at Pinnacle Shelties to breed to Coach so I could start my breed line. My kennel name is Tribute to honor Paulette, Rush and John Nys for all their successes they have done as a team. My breeding line would never have started if it wasn’t for Paulette giving me my foundation male, Coach, for Donna Colletti for letting me lease Bell, and for Tammy DeVito for mentoring, whelping and raising my litter. They have all given me the gift of love.