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Vail, AZ

Tucson, AZ

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Tel: (520) 940-4453

Text: (520) 940-4453

Email empireridgeranchaz@gmail.com

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Tagg is just starting her career here on the ranch! What a cutie! She and Billy work hard to wear each other out. Tagg still hasn't chosen her career, but sheep are likely in her future. I look forward to training this little girl. My first Border Collie puppy in 10 years! What a wild ride!

Border Collie Born 5/18

Empire's Tagg

Billy is a giant fluffy goof of infinite joy and silliness. There is no sign that she will ever grow up! She disdains the seriousness of the border collies, and plays endlessly with Tagg.  She wants to create her own agility sport called Farm Dog Agility, we're working hard to see that come to fruition. In the meantime, her job is to protect her property and sheep from monsters!

Maremma Sheepdog Born 3/17

Billy the Kid

Cody came to the ranch at a year old after having a pretty tough puppyhood. She had severe anxiety and OCD behaviors. She is a rockstar at herding and at her first trial earned a first and a fourth. She has a Novice Trick title, and does canine Parkour on the side, she also has a leg in Rally Obedience. Training her is pure golden joy!

Border Collie Born 5/14

Empire's Cody Noodle

Dice came from a local breeder at the age of two when he proved incompatible with another household dog. Training Dice has been an eye-opening adventure! He never ceases to amaze, snatching two legs at his first herding trial. Dice has been my demo dog since 2015. He has a Canine Good Citizen title, as well as a Novice Trick Title. He keeps everyone in line at the ranch!

Border Collie Born 5/13

Twisted Dice

Ketchum was my first 'real' border collie and I got her at 12 weeks from a woman who had not anticipated the requirements of the breed. She washed out of herding early, and I never got around to training her. She loves Parkour, and would really like a chance to have a go at the sheep. She is wonderful with the chickens and other poultry. She is a great hiking and backpacking partner and the voice of reason on the ranch.

Border Collie Born 7/08

Blackjack Ketchum

Kate and her brother were dumped on my road as pups. Kate introduced me to herding in 2005. She was an enthusiastic, if not particularly gifted, harasser of sheep. She spent hours in the car on the road to various herding trainers here in Tucson, and up in Florence, AZ. She taught me more than I ever taught her! She became the matriarch of the mountain, and was a kind and gentle dog. 

Mix  2003-2018

Big-Nose Kate

Cass came to the mountain at 10 after a decade of neglect. She lived all of her previous life in a small California backyard, and did not know her name. Watching her come out of her shell as she navigated the tough desert terrain up here taught me how sterile and stifling her previous life had been, and how integral to life movement and problem solving is to a dog.  She got to spend the last years of her life playing and romping all over the mountain with the other dogs. She had a wonderful and infectious joy. 

German Shepherd 2002-2017

Cassidy

There has never been a happier dog than Kitty! She found joy in everything she did! She was a puppy when she was found dumped in the desert at a year, and she was a puppy when she died far too early at 10. What a wonderful, wonderful dog!!

Australian Shepherd 2003-2013

Miss Kitty

Dax was an amazing dog! He came to us at 7 years with a boatload of training. He spoke German! He was a lovely and kind hearted dog who owned his world and the ranch with an unsurpassed dignity. I do not know how I could find another dog with Dax's combination of sincerity and goofiness!!

German Shepherd 1995-2010

Dax