Hello! My name is Sandy, let me tell you a little bit about myself. I have been a huge animal lover all my life having everything from rats, birds, rabbits, snakes, ducks, pigs, horses, etc…you name it I have probably owned it or still do! I love training dogs and currently show my dogs in UKC conformation shows and am training a few for competition obedience. I am a huge advocate for positive reinforcement dog training and in 2016 after 2 years of studying I graduated from The Academy for Dog Trainers receiving my CTC (which can be seen below).

I love to learn about the health and genetics of dogs, especially shepherds. I have a passion for learning how to understand dogs both in mind and body. Rose was *my* first shepherd, the one who started it all. I got her when I was just 14 years old and even at that early age I knew that German Shepherds were the breed for me. Rose crossed to the rainbow bridge in 2014 but I am happy to say that I have granddaughters, great granddaughters and now great-great granddaughters of hers to carry on her legacy. 

I got married in 2009 to the man of my dreams. My husband James is also a huge animal lover and is a big help with the doggies. James works for Sacramento County and is a part of the Yuba County Mounted Sheriff's Posse. He is usually “behind the scenes” maintaining and repairing things around the ranch but his favorite thing to help out with is socializing puppies! These dogs are our lives…24/7, 365 days a year! Every day begins and ends with the dogs but we truly wouldn’t have it any other way. Our family has been owned by German Shepherds since 1996, however our family has never been without a dog in the house. Before having shepherds we were owned by various mixed breed dogs who were usually rescued from the pound.


Blue Willow Haven
In June of 2013 we made the move from Sacramento/Elk Grove up to a little town near Marysville called Loma Rica. We now have a 13 acre ranch complete with 2 houses, 2 ponds, a horse boarding facility and a fully licensed dog boarding facility. Sandy works from home managing the dog & horse boarding and is now able to spend even more time with the dogs & litters. We absolutely love our new place and so do the dogs. The dogs love being ranch dogs and took to the horses wonderfully. Please check out our other web site if you are in need of boarding for your dog.

Below is a slideshow of pictures from around the ranch :)