Roxy Born 2016

16th June 2020

Hello Sharlene and Dave
I can't even begin to thank you enough for our beautiful dog Roxy.
After many hours spent researching different breeders I found you. I made my first phone call to you during the call you explained every thing I needed to know about your collies. Your knowledge and love for your puppies is amazing. There were many phone calls over the next few months while our family eagerly waited for our new puppy to arrive. It was worth the wait. You treat each puppy as a member of your family until they go to their new home. This certainly showed in Roxy's temperament. Roxy is gentle and calm but still has a big personality always ready for family fun time. Roxy is lucky enough to vacation with Sharlene and Dave every year and has a great time. Sharlene and Dave are lovely people and wonderful breeders. I can't thank them enough for our Roxy. x Geoff, Annette & girls

Toby born 18/1/13


Hello Sharlene and Dave.
 
We have been meaning to send you some pictures for a long time but just never seemed to get around to it.
It is now about 4 months since you guys dropped Toby off to us and how the time flies. We have looked at some pics of Toby when we first got him and we can't believe it, he is just a totally different dog now.
First of all we would just like to say thank you for breeding such lovely dogs. Toby is the most friendly, placid, quiet, lovely, dog an owner could ever ask for. He is the best addition to our new house and we are so happy to have him. He gets lots of attention from other people when we are out walking him in the local parks, everyone just loves him. And of course he gets never ending attention at home too.
 
One of the main reasons we chose to get our puppy from Asterby was because of your statement that you breed for placid, family friendly dogs. You can't believe everything you read on the internet but clearly you do have an excellent breeding program because, in Toby, that is exactly what we got. He has a wonderful, friendly personality. He just loves being around people, loves his walks and runs out in the parks and by the creek and loves to play with his toys outside. By the same token, he is very happy to lie at our feet while we sit on the lounge, and is even something of a lap dog, especially in the cold winter weather. In fact he has just climbed up on Dani's lap and fallen asleep as I type this!!
 
He is also fantastic around other dogs. He is inquisitive and very friendly and all he wants to do with other dogs is play. He displays no sign of aggression at all. He is also great with kids. A little boisterous of course but hes is gentle and the kids in the street love him. Unfortunately our nieces are scared of him but we are working on them and they are getting better.
He seems to cope well with being left at home when we are out. He is a very quiet dog, which we love!! We very rarely hear him bark, only if something has scared him. Our neighbours have commented that they forget that he is even there.  He has unfortunately developed a liking for digging holes in the lawn. A little annoying but he has not been too bad so far. We are trying to focus him on one area where he is allowed to dig and doing our best to keep him occupied with other things. His only other bad point is that he LOVES to chew ......... anything he can get his mouth on!! Again, he hasn't really damaged anything significant and hopefully this will settle in time.
He is training well. Quite obedient most of the time, just not when there are people or dogs nearby......then he is off to play!! But he is improving all the time. He has been desexed 10 days ago so hopefully this will see him improve further in that regard.
 
Thanks again for providing such a wonderful addition to our family. We can't imagine life without him now. Numerous people have asked us where we got him and we always recommend you guys when people ask about breeders. Don't be surprised if you get more enquiries from people in Engadine!!
 

Frankie born 3/12/11

31/1/12   Hello Sharlene, Lele here. Just a little email to say we are all home safe and sound. Frankie was an angel the whole drive, we were both very surprised by how chilled she was, she slept most of the journey. She seems to like her new home. She has snuggled into her new soft bed and is rolling on her back making funny puppy sounds as I type after wandering around and checking out her new pad, we think she may like this new bed to rest up for the night:) We will send you some photos over soon too, thank you again for your time and care for the beautiful Frankie x

1/3/12   She is so good ' slept till 4pm ( I didn't sleep a wink' fretting) x

2/2/12  We all slept great last night 9 - 5am ,
frankie seems intrigued by the ocean and the surfers '
she is eating with great appetite and wee'ing n poo'ing with gusto ( nicely formed )
We go to the vet on saturday 11am www.naturalvet.com.au
xx rick

4/2/12   All good @ the vet today'
Weight 5kg
X rick

11/2/12   Here is ' miss bondi frankie ' she is soo amazing x
I took her to my yoga class whilst I taught this morning .
she was just incredible , so smart '
she sat next to me at the front of the class ( 34 students )
then lay down and slept for 1 1/2 hr while we all practiced
even chanting loudly to end class ,, her ears merely pricked up ...
such a beautiful pup everyone loves .
I ve her now on a base of organic brown rice , pumpkin,
sweet potato, silver beet ,/ veggies , + roo/beef meat ..
xxxx rick3/3/12   Whilst out walking around Bondi ' many people seem to stop us and ask if we have a yard or garden? " TOTALLY " is my answer ,,,, WE'RE STANDING IN IT ! "
In Actual fact myself and Frankie live ( sleep ) in a 60 sqm apartment , no yard , no balcony - but a nice ocean view !
Franks has yet to see dolphins and whales , but as she likes, upon waking, to look out of the window , it is only a matter of time .
Since the day I bought Frankie home she has been so perfect in every way .
she never barks - maybe a little yap now n again before giving me a big lick '
Toilet trained on newspaper 95% of the time ,, odd mistake here and there - I try to tell her the rugs are expensive , from persia no less ! I receive another lick .
Franks is a very happy , healthy , contented puppy
maybe because She is NEVER locked up and left ALONE .
maybe because she socialises everyday with every other kind of dog imaginable ' sometimes 10 - 20 a day .
maybe because everyone from babies, children to old diggers to super models get to hug + belly rub her daily .
maybe just cause she absolutely knows we all love her sooo much

So as one can see ' its not how big ones house , farm , apartment , yard is' that actually matters ...
xxx rick n frankie

Duke born 17/10/2011

My partner Jeremy and I adopted our very handsome and cheeky boy Duke from Sharlene and Dave in December 2011. Duke is the sweetest and happiest dog I have ever met - he just loves being around us all the time, loves to go walking, loves to go swimming, loves to play with his toys but most of all, loves to play with his best friend Lucy (our 3 year old Cavalier). They have become the closest friends and are now inseparable. The best decision we made was adopting a puppy from Sharlene and Dave, they were so communicative throughout the whole process - even allowed us to come and see all the puppies on their property when Duke was only 5 weeks old. If you are looking for a real companion dog, you couldn't go past a beautiful Asterby puppy. Everyone we meet comments on how stunning and well behaved and friendly Duke is. If your looking for a family dog, Duke has started to socialise with kids lately and he has never jumped up on them even though he's so excited to meet them, he will always just sit in front of them and allow the kids to pat him. I couldn't recommend an Asterby puppy more highly. smile

Cody born 12/12/10

Cody born 12/12/10 22 November 2012 Cody has been a member of our family of five for almost two years. He is the proud puppy of Vonney & Woody. Sharlene is so genuinely caring, honest, dedicated and excited about her dogs. When Cody arrived at our house we all immediately fell in love with him and after three hours he was trained to sit, shake, drop and roll. Sharlene’s puppies are very clever! We are all so proud of our amazing, intelligent handsome young pup. Sharleen was always only a phone call away willing to offer advice and support for our new addition. Cody is so adorable and this is largely due to the approach in which Asterby dogs are bred and cared for as pups. Cody liked to dig as a pup and we have had to live with the fact that our once pristine back lawn and beautifully presented garden beds would be no longer that way, well at least for a few more years.  He loves the company of humans and will always say hello with a lick or two hundred! He loves his runs and walks and has many outings to the dog park to play. My recommendation is you will be very lucky indeed if you choose an Asterby puppy.  Jackie Reilly

Bailey born 20/9/2010

20th May 2012
Hi Sharlene

I would like to thank you for Bailey - the last couple of days I have been sick and he has been by my side all the time looking out for me. Bailey is now 20 months old and he has the sweetest nature of any dog I have had. He is very adaptable, fits in with anything that I am doing. He does like his walks but he also like to lie around and do nothing if that suits me.

I am training Bailey to put his toys back into his toy box so far it is working but sometimes he slips up a bit. He has his own bed in the lounge room but he sleeps anywhere that he finds comfortable. Bailey loves his bath - I get him hydrobath every two weeks and he loves it. He is the perfect dog, very good looking and a great companion. He loves to be cuddled and he is a mummy's boy.

The little dog next door - Hallie comes and stays something when her owner goes away, they just love each others company.

Lots of love

Debbie and Bailey

Frankie born 3/12/2011

3rd March 2012

Whilst out walking around Bondi ' many people seem to stop us and ask if we have a yard or garden? " TOTALLY " is my answer ,,,, WE'RE STANDING IN IT ! "

In Actual fact myself and Frankie live ( sleep ) in a 60 sqm apartment , no yard , no balcony - but a nice ocean view !
Franks has yet to see dolphins and whales , but as she likes, upon waking, to look out of the window , it is only a matter of time .

Since the day I bought Frankie home she has been so perfect in every way .
she never barks - maybe a little yap now n again before giving me a big lick '
Toilet trained on newspaper 95% of the time ,, odd mistake here and there - I try to tell her the rugs are expensive , from persia no less ! I receive another lick .
Franks is a very happy , healthy , contented puppy
maybe because She is NEVER locked up and left ALONE .
maybe because she socialises everyday with every other kind of dog imaginable ' sometimes 10 - 20 a day .
maybe because everyone from babies, children to old diggers to super models get to hug + belly rub her daily .
maybe just cause she absolutely knows we all love her sooo much

So as one can see ' its not how big ones house , farm , apartment , yard is' that actually matters ...
xxx rick n frankie

Kobe born 17/10/11

18th Jan 2012
Hi Sharlene,

Luke has been telling me how he's been meaning to email you so I thought I'd do it while he's at soccer.
Kobe has been doing well, growing very fast- putting on about 1kg a fortnight. Last night he weighed about 6.1kg at puppy school. Last night was his second puppy school class and he is doing really well (he's definitely smarter than the other pups bless them haha) but we expected that. At about 9 weeks Luke already had him sitting, shaking hands, laying down and rolling over!

He's doing well at home also. The owner of our house, Pam, who lives upstairs has fallen in love with him and he's become quite the celebrity in our street with people bringing their kids to visit him and giving him gifts. He had a few great escapes this week- didn't get too far just hanging around the driveway and koi pond out the front watching the fish. Pam spotted him and put him back down the back and we've solved the problem now. He's very close to being toilet trained as well, he has never once pooed in the house and hasn't weed for about a week now. As long as we keep the doors open he takes himself outside if he needs to go.

At night he sleeps in his bed in his crate in our en-suite where he can see us, but we hardly hear a peep out of him until about 9-9.30 in the morning when he needs to go to the toilet.
He is very playful but a bit bitey, which we are hoping he will grow out of. He is also spoiled rotten with toys to keep him occupied. We check him everyday for ticks as we did find one on him a few weeks ago but nothing since. We've started using Advantix now so hopefully that's doing its part.

Today we took Kobe to the beach and he had a play and swim in the lagoon which is a good sign as Luke was hoping he'd love the water. He also made friends with another beautiful Collie. He did bring half the beach home with him though so I have just given him a bath which he hates! He's not too bad when I brush him though apart from wanting to chew the brush.

We are taking plenty of pictures all the time, some of which I will upload here but if you would also like to add me on facebook I upload them all on there along with some videos.
Thank you again for our wonderful puppy and I hope you enjoy the photos!

Nadine & Luke
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31st Jan 2011
Hey Sharlene,

It's Luke this time, finally got a week off from work and the puppy is sleeping :) haha

Kobe is just the best dog. He's so super smart and hasn't been to naughty actually. There's not alot he can destroy which is probably a good thing haha. Nadine and I take him to Wambi almost everyday and he loves it. You've seen the pictures of him and his little 9 month old girlfriend Abby, they see each other and ignore other dogs just to play with each other.

I've been really impressed with his learning curve for his training. Obviously the main 2 things i'm concerned with him learning are stay and come and both he is making solid progress every day. I'm trying to get him exposed to as many things as possible so he is comfortable with everything in life. I am so happy he is a water dog as Benji hated the water so it is nice to have him really begin to enjoy it. He's already not minding being in the surf and as he gets a little more weight on him I'm sure he'll enjoy it even more. He also loves the car which is really handy, loving to put his head out of the window which funnily enough is such a typical dog thing that I've always wanted to have a dog that did since Benji was so timid he just wanted to be on someones lap the whole car trip. Kobe immediately didn't make a fuss about getting put in the back seat and often just lays down in the back its fantastic.

I've been still getting on your website weekly to check the new puppies. They are all so cute and Thor especially. If I had the money I would snap him up straight away limp or no limp I think he's super special and after seeing Abby at the beach and her beautiful wheaten redish coat and how her and Kobe have so much fun together makes me want to invest haha.

I saw Brent's dad the other day and was meaning to give him a bell so I could get the puppies together. I see photo's of Rocko all the time on facebook. Apparently he's just getting huge.

Definitely next time your down please pop in and come and say hello. Kobe is such a sook and wants attention of everyone its really good he's super social.

Anyway will keep you posted and keep checking Nadine's facebook as she's obsessed with taking constant photos of him which is good as its a great record of him growing and changing.

Will definitely talk soon. x

Cheers

Luke

Ruby Willow born 30/6/2011

29/8/2011

Hi Sharlene and Dave

We just wanted to let you know that Ruby Willow is an absolute delight and we are so glad that we came to Asterby for a Border Collie. She’s perfect. Not only is she the prettiest puppy I’ve ever seen but she’s so sweet and smart. She has us all wrapped around her little paw.

Ruby is such a content and well grounded little pup, she settled right into the family routine from day 1. She understood what the newspaper ‘toilet’ was for and she was using it 100% of the time after only two days. We were amazed at the maturity of this tiny, furry ball who would break from a game with the kids and run over to her paper, do her business and run back to play again.

Thank you for breeding such beautiful babies. Her temperament is spot on for a lovely family pet. She loves cuddles and I can tell that you gave her a lot of affection and love before she came to us. (She’s fallen asleep on my feet as I write this).

We will definitely keep in touch.

Kind regards, Kylie and family




Aster born 20/9/10

30/7/2011

You asked me to write a "little something" about my beautiful girl " Aster". As you are aware Aster gets her name from your kennel - Asterby border collies. I remember the day she was born and I was so excited that I even went up to Bundarra and visited you on your property when she was only 2 weeks old! She is amazing!
The clear, caring and professional nature of you both are apparent when choosing and organising the new member of your family. You are always there to get advice from or to answer any question that I have had.
Aster is such an amazing little girl. From her young age she always folded her two front legs, just like the lady she really is. From having other dogs, you can really tell a well bred dog that has come from a loving home. Aster is part of that group. She rarely barks and when does- its something that either irriatates her or frightens her! - she just growls (her way)...
Everyone loves her, we can't go for walks without being stopped and asked - "where did you get her from" - I just reply " Asterby Border Collies at Bundarra, they love their dogs and they breed them well".
Well my girl is now 10 months old, time has flown. She is a real looker!
Thank you both, for breeding such a beautiful well mannered dog, who is loved by all. I would thoroughly recommend your puppies to any good home .

Harry born 3/5/10

10th November 2010

Hi Sharlene,

I hope this finds you well. Now seems as good a time as any to give you an update on our precious little boy. Harry is doing really well and is such a sweet tempered boy. Everyone at the park loves him. They’ve threatened to dog-nap him many times :P. He gets up to mischief often – eating things he shouldn’t, rolling in things he shouldn’t etc, but other than that, he is absolutely perfect. He loves his 2 walks a day, where he gets to chase the ball and play with the other doggies. He’s always up for a good cuddle and loves to dish out kisses. I’m mostly surprised by how quiet he is. He doesn’t bark or carry on when people or cars go by the house, I sincerely hope this trait continues, because we live very close to our neighbours and they are quiet-loving people! He gets into bed every night at the same time, and he usually likes to go to bed with a soft toy. Georgie will be pleased to know that he still sleeps with her blanket (the black and white one with the paw prints).

We take Harry everywhere, and lately our holidays have been decided by whether the place is pet friendly. We went to a lovely spot down south, where Harry saw horses and the ocean for the first time. He wasn’t too brave with the waves but at least he got it! There are some priceless photos of him running away. I’ve attached some photos for you of Harry’s progress since he came home with us four months ago. Some you may have seen, but they are so adorable, I couldn’t leave them out.

I really must write a proper testimonial for you because I am so impressed by your dedication to your dogs and to the puppies. I know you must be really busy, but I’m glad you’ve had a chance to update your website. I love seeing photos of your family, the farm and the new doggies that have come and gone.

I hope you enjoy the photos of Harry. Come for a cup of coffee if you’re ever in the heart of Sydney. I’m sure Harry would love to see you too. I hope you enjoy the photos.

Jixa born 3/5/2010 & Ella born 18/7/10

Rosie born 07/01/2010

Ripley born 04/07/2009

Widdy born 22/06/2009

Shiloh born 22/06/2009

Rico born 30/07/2008