The photo below is of one of our past puppies - 9 year old Bruiser with his owner, Kristin. Bruiser was a special part of Kristin's wedding day. She provides a great home in New York for two of our past puppies and will also be taking home one from our newest litter. Check out our Past Puppies page for other puppies born on our farm that now have new owners.
Rest in peace sweet Dylan. We miss you so much but know that you are enjoying greener pastures with Toby.
Rest-A-Bit Aussies is named after the farm where we live and raise our dogs. In the 1800s, when travelers in covered wagons would pass through eastern North Carolina, this farm was known to have the best-tasting water. So the travelers would stop to drink the water, relax, and "rest-a-bit".
We have had miniature, toy, and teacup Australian shepherds for 28 years. We became interested in the smaller breeds when we first saw them fourteen years ago. Beverly Woodcock of Grants Pass, Oregon was one of the first breeders of smaller Aussies. Her love of this unique breed inspired me to introduce this type of dog to the east coast.
We found that they are identical to the standard breed but only a smaller version. Our bloodlines come from Wagontail, Rimfire Knight, Beamer, Rafter Bottle, Pruitt's, Driscolls, Benchmark, Patchwork, and Fairplay. We have traveled the country to find these top bloodlines including the states of OR, WA, PA, NC, AL, KY, WV, and SD.
Many of the offspring from our dogs are entered in agility competitions with some winning top prize. Our dogs and puppies are raised indoors and are walked on a large farm daily. They are socialized and generally good with children and other animals. We take all precautions for the health of each puppy. Their tails are docked, they are wormed, and have had all of their necessary shots from a veterinarian to ensure quality before each puppy goes to their new home. We've learned that, in the long run, saving a few dollars by doing it ourselves doesn't pay. The risk of obtaining an outdated vaccine and leaving the puppy unprotected against disease is too great.
Rest in peace sweet Toby. This stallion was with me for 19 years and will be missed so much.
Chili is one of our offspring. He is a ribbon-winner in agility trial shows with his owner, Rachel Kelly.
Bailey is a female teacup who is 9 inches tall and weighs four pounds. We welcome her as our newest Aussie!