We both work in agricultural positions. Mike manages the ranch and Melinda has a degree in Animal Science from Texas A&M ('90) and works for the United States Department of Agriculture in Agricultural Research. We first became involved in ASCA and ASCA trialing as a byproduct of training our first ASCA registered dog, purchased to assist with the chores on the ranch. Dogs that learn tasks quickly with minimal training, are problem solvers, task oriented and trainable by the average stockman are the goal here at Hullabaloo.
Due to the trainability, athleticism, and work ethic of our dogs, they cross over well into performance venues. While our focus is producing consistent, instinctive working partners, many of our puppies have gone into performance homes and have excelled in tracking, obedience, agility, competitive SAR, and in the stockdog arena, as well as proving themselves to be dependable hands on the farm and ranch.
Our primary goals:
strong sense of group
equally strong on both ends
power to move challenging stock (primarily cattle)
quiet, confident workers
independent workers who can gather without direction
trainable and willing to form a working partnership
hips and eyes are cleared prior to breeding, other routine health tests performed on all breeding dogs
Working dogs can be intense; they are active; they are intelligent. Working bred dogs are not great dogs for every home or every potential Aussie owner. They require knowledgeable, smart, accepting, patient owners who understand the nature of a working dog. As puppies, and even young adults, they may chew, bite, bark, dig, jump, chase cats...the list is endless. They can be protective of their home and family. They can be wonderful, intelligent, pleasing companions in the right hands but do require some commitment from their owners to shape them into model "citizens".
We believe in honoring the foundation of the Australian Shepherd breed, and in doing so, pay strict attention to the total dog. Any dog we use in our breeding program should fit the standard in ALL its aspects: conformation, character, working ability and style.
Mike and Melinda May * Fredericksburg, Texas * 830-456-2941 * e-mail
"It all begins with a dream for the future, and it all happens with what you do today" ~ Unknown
...primarily a working dog
Hullabaloo Australian Shepherds reside on a small place in the Texas Hill Country where we run a mixed herd of Brangus, Hereford, Angus cows and a small flock of mixed Katahdin and Royal White ewes. Members of ASCA since 1997, the Hullabaloo kennel was registered with ASCA in August, 2000. We do not breed often, but when a litter is planned, it is backed by 20+ years of working Aussies on stock in the pasture and pens, on cattle and sheep in a farm/ranch environment. Every dog (male and female) is evaluated thoroughly before it ever contributes to the whelping box; decisions are not made by "testing" breeding stock. Nor do we believe the trial arena is the only (or best) place to evaluate a dog for our breeding program. While we do trial our dogs, it is not where we look to prove the abilities of any dog we use to produce the next generation. We look to the pasture and pens, sorting, loading, gathering and working livestock in a daily operation. While our operation may not be large, we expect our dogs to be useful partners in a real way.