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Home of ASCA & CKC titled working Australian Shepherds!


Mikatura® is a small kennel located in the beautiful foothills of the Rocky Mountains near Eckville, Alberta, Canada & is owned by Foss & Jeni Gallichan.

There is an old John Denver song that says, "Some days are diamonds, some days are stone"...and it's so true!
Some days you wake up in the morning and see sights like the one above, a beautiful sunrise to put joy in your day...definitely a "diamond" day!

Then, another time, you spend the entire day peeking out the office window as it pours rain and blows like crazy...it's cold and driving home is definitely a "stone" day...windy, pouring buckets, etc. but all of a sudden you come up over the hill to your own valley and the day brightens, the rain slows to a drizzle as you drive the mile and three quarters north to the ranch, slipping and sliding all the way in the mud. Out of the Jeep you climb, clucking at the mud splashes all over it...you just washed yesterday. Dump the groceries and all the other paraphernalia you seem to have accumulated this week and outside you go with the dogs. Then you fly back in and grab the first camera that comes to hand because the day has suddenly turned into a "diamond" day...not one, not two, but THREE rainbows are happening!!!


Unfortunately by the time I got back outside the littlest rainbow was already gone...but I hope you enjoy the beauty Foss and I watched one September afternoon about 5:45. The rainbows only lasted about 15 minutes then they were gone...but it was a beautiful night, there were about 2 million stars in the sky and even a little bit of the "northern lights" were showing tho' it wasn't yet the time of year for them.

We have owned & raised Aussies for thirty years & our goal is to promote not only the Australian Shepherd breed but Aussies as an "all around" dog…a wonderful companion & an awesome herding dog.  We DO NOT breed "mini's" or "toy's" and recommend you click here to read more about them and our feelings about them.

"Follow Your Dream...If a person does not keep pace with their companions, perhaps it is because they hear a different drummer. Let them step to the music they hear, however measured or far away."

~ Henry David Thoreau

The above quote really sums up our feelings...we wish to ensure that we have Aussies with the ability not only to obey the handler quickly & willingly, but also able to think for themselves when necessary in a tricky situation, dogs that will fit in with most people's dreams whatever they may be.   We hope to be able to help you follow your dream with an Aussie!

Our dogs are raised in our home, let us sleep on the bed with them & are our constant companions. Our dogs are well socialized & are truly great ambassadors of the breed, making friends wherever they go! We breed only occasionally & only because we want to continue the wonderful legacy of our dogs, beauty, brains, instinct & an enormous amount of joy all rolled into one wiggle-butt package! Because we do breed only occasionally we are very careful in choosing the homes that our puppies go to. Our questionnaire helps us to know you, your family & your dreams, to help us bring you together with the right puppy for you! We are obligated to our puppies for life & want them to become a well-loved family member & to lead a happy, healthy & long life with you. We hope you enjoy your visit on our website & come back often to see what's new on the farm!

Once upon a time, a wolf sent a message to a sheepdog:
"Tomorrow morning send me a lamb, for I have a guest coming.
Don't make me angry for I am a ferocious wolf and have no mercy;
Whatever I get my jaws on I squeeze blood  from!"

The dog answered:
"I do not know you, but it is my duty to protect the sheep from you.
Even in difficult times, I will be the one to stand up to protect them.
I have not given up my pride and duty like some fools have.
It would be very degrading and difficult for me to fail in my job,
But, rather, I have in my able hands the means to protect these sheep.
I will not befriend any wolf, whatever the cost.
I am not afraid of any wolf attack for I am honest,
And I will never neglect my duty."

 Translated from Arabic writing found in and around the border of
a 150 year old, Persian Tabriz rug

We presently are "owned" by a whole bunch of Aussies, a Great Pyr named Holly, a couple of dozen Runner & Rouen ducks, 100 or so sheep, thirteen horses, a mule, about three dozen roaming Banty chickens & a half a dozen other really cute "exotic" chickens just to brighten up our barnyard!  You just never know what the latest addition to the "funny farm" will be! :-)

We love talking to people and try and make ourselves available to answer questions as much as we are able.  We also welcome people who want to learn more about Aussies, or working a stockdog.  If you phone us and get the machine, please leave a message so we can return your call!  If you email, we'll get back to you as soon as we can.

If you're thinking of getting an Aussie, please click on the highlighted links to read our version of "Is An Aussie Right For You?" and/or an "Aussie Profile".

We hope you enjoy your visit with us, our dogs & the other critters around the farm...
please come back & visit, we're always adding new things!

If you're looking to have a website designed, please contact me for more information and a quotation!
One more quick note, like the shoe-makers kids who went barefoot, our website is always the last to be updated,
so if you see something 'weird' it's just because I'm always playing catch-up with our site! :-)

If there ever comes a day when we can't be together, keep me in your heart,
I'll stay there forever.
~~ Winnie The Pooh

We DO NOT sell our puppies to pet shops, puppy mills, or any animal wholesaler or testing facility. We interview all potential owners very carefully so please take the time to read & answer our puppy buyer questionnaire which will start us on the way to getting to know you better & be better able to match you with the right puppy.  Also we do not raise "mini" Aussies and we are not interested in using our males to further the breeding of this type of dog.

We believe a happy Aussie is part of the family!

Our dogs & other pages on our site:
(please click on picture for link!)

The Aussie Guys:  

  ~ SouthRam Dualin Banjo DNA-VP STDcsd "Banjo" - red merle
  ~ Mikatura's Ballad'O The Celts "
Deaglán" - red merle
  ~ Mikatura's Tuff E Nuff DNA-VP "Tuffy" - red tri
  ~ CCK's Hank the Cow Dog DNA-VP "Hank", blue merle
  ~ 3C's Got My MoJo Workin "Huck" - black bi
  ~ Rainbow Bridge - Dually, Ceilidh, Joey, Spur, Tooke & Mirri



The Aussie Gals:  

  ~ TuckerCreek Ballad'O'SallyRose DNA-VP STDcs OTDd "SallyRose", red tri
  ~ Mikatura's Someday Soon "Sooner", red tri
  ~ Mikatura's U R MI SunChyne STDc OTDs ATDds "Chyne", red merle
  ~ Mikatura's Saddle Ridge DNA-CP STDs "Sadi", red merle
  ~ WhoGonnaWearDaPants @ Mikatura DNA-VP "Emma Jean", red merle
  ~ Mikatura's Cotton Ginny "Ginny", blue merle
  ~ Mikatura's Celtic Expression "Ghillian", blue merle
  ~ Rainbow Bridge -
Sheesa, Dani, Molly



Our Aussie Pups:  

Click here for more information about available Aussies

Click here for more information about our previous litters!

Click here to visit with our "home grown" Shining Stars!



Herding In Canada:  

  ~ Stockdog judges ASCA / CKC / AHBA
  ~ Herding trainers & training facilities



Available Aussies:  


 Please note, we DO NOT breed so called "mini's" or "toy's" and ask that you read the following regarding them...

From the ASCA (Australian Shepherd Club of America) website..."The Miniature Australian Shepherd, North American Shepherd, North American Miniature Australian Shepherd, and/or Toy Australian Shepherd breeds are not recognized as a variety of Australian Shepherd by ASCA.  The club considers such dogs to be a distinct and separate breed and will not accept them into its registry.  Our bylaws state that ASCA's purpose is: 'To encourage members and breeders to accept one breed standard for the Australian Shepherd as approved by the Club as the only standard of excellence by which Australian Shepherds shall be judged.' It is the mission of this club, ASCA, and the mission of its members to preserve the breed rather than change it."

The Miniature Australian Shepherd, North American Shepherd, North American Miniature Australian Shepherd, and/or Toy Australian Shepherd breeds are not recognized by any of the official Australian Shepherd clubs/organizations.  The Australian Shepherd  Club of America (ASCA), the Canadian Kennel Club (CKC), the American  Kennel Club (AKC), the United States Australian Shepherd Association,  Inc. (USASA), neither recognize nor register these dogs as Australian Shepherds. The dogs are only recognized by their own breed clubs which have been formed since they were denied recognition by the above clubs.  They are NOT a 'variety' of the true Australian Shepherd, they are totally separate breeds.  We breed our Aussies to the ASCA standards of excellence. This "parent" club requires all members to abide by their rules and regulations and their Code of Ethics, and to be ever vigilant in the preservation and protection of the true Australian Shepherd.

We do not breed "mini's" or "toy's", will not allow our males to be used to breed to a "mini" or "toy", and will not recommend a breeder to you because we personally do not support the purposeful breeding of "miniature” or “toy” dogs that are then passed off as Australian Shepherds.

Our best advice...find a reputable breeder and get a real Aussie!!!




Aussie Rescue Canada:

  More information about Aussie Rescue and links to available Aussies all across Canada as well as

  Lost & Found postings



Information about Aussies:  

  ~ Is an Aussie right for you?
  ~ An Aussie Profile
  ~ Aussie Genetics
  ~ Aussie Health

   ~ Heartworm
   ~ Questions your should ask a breeder
   ~ Our Prospective Puppy Owner questionnaire
   ~ Pet friendly accommodations
Health Warnings (for all canines)



Great Pyrenees:  

  We do not raise Pyr's any more & we have only one, our beautiful Holly.



About Us & Miscellaneous:  

  ~ Mikatura's history - our life with Aussies
  ~ Gallery - photos of the gang "down home"

     on the farm
  ~ Aussie Breeders Round The World
  ~ Aussie Stuff - gifts & collectibles
  ~ Plants that are Poison to your dog
  ~ Rodeo, Foss' favorite sport
  ~ Links to other great canine & equine sites


  ~ Our horses & donkeys
  ~ Titles you can earn with your dog
  ~ Witticisms - dog related funnies
  ~ Our wedding (August 1998)
  ~ Gallichan family reunion 2002
  ~ Awards our website has  won
   ~ Webrings


Mikatura Design:


  Ready to look after all your website design needs!


As part of our commitment to the Aussie breed, we are proud members of:

Australian Shepherd Club of America (ASCA)


This dove shows our support for Cancer research & patients & survivors everywhere

Work like you don't need the money
Dance like nobody's watching, and
Love like you've never been hurt.

This website is dedicated to my Nan, Ethel (Bidmead) McLaughlin; my Mum, Helen Mary (McLaughlin) Higgs & my beautiful "baby" sister Karen Judith (Higgs) Mior...three of the most awesome ladies I've ever met and three strong women who shared my love of animals.  I miss you all but you are in my heart so you're never far away.  And also to my Dad, Eric Harry Higgs, who loved animals too but more importantly loved the women in his life and gave us the support and strength of character to do what we loved to do.  I miss you too Pops!


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Available Aussies  Our Guys    Our Gals   Pups   Aussie Info   FAQ's   Herding Information   Site Directory   Miscellaneous   Links
   Contact Us   Mikatura Web Design

Mikatura Stockdogs®
Foss & Jeni Gallichan
RR #1, Eckville, Alberta, Canada TOM OXO
Jeni Cell ~ 403 - 877 - 4629
Foss Cell ~ 403 - 896 - 0724
Email ~ mikaturaaussies@gmail.com


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