DOG MOM + ANIMAL LOVER + VETERINARIAN + TOY AUSSIE BREEDER + FRIEND
I am Melinda Poole! After living in Kansas for nearly 11 years, I decided to move back to Mississippi to be with my high school sweetheart, Joey. We now live together, along with his daughter, Reagan, in the small town of Benton, MS. Not only has my business grown recently, but so has my heart! We are living our dream life here on our ranch, and are so excited to watch all of the new journeys unfold!
I run a small farm of quarter horses (Reining Horses) and “little” Aussies. My dogs possess the same wonderful qualities of the standard size Australian Shepherd, but only in a small package. My dogs have excellent conformation, health and temperament in a 10-15-20 pound frame. They are raised in my home (we are not an outdoor kennel), genetically tested, ASDR registered, and shown in the show ring to boot! I am known for excellent puppy socialization and producing loving, medium drive dogs.
So, how did I find and come to love these magnificent little dogs???
Here is my story!
I am a native of Mississippi and grew up on a large beef cattle ranch (2000+ mama cows) and 50 horses in central Mississippi. Standard size Australian Shepherds and Border Collies, with the occasional Catahoula Cur, were the dogs we used to work cattle.
I am a horse veterinarian by advanced residency training; however, I have a strong interest in dogs and reproduction (of course!).
I have always had a love of smart, working dogs and have raised dogs and horses for over 30 years. I specialty trained in equine internal medicine and practiced at Mississippi State University’s College of Veterinary Medicine for 7-8 years. In 2004, I left equine practice (full time) and entered the pharmaceutical industry to develop novel drugs for unmet medical needs in dogs, cats and horses. Additionally, I maintain all my veterinary licenses and currently practice on dogs and horses on a part-time basis as Poole Veterinary Services.
All of my dogs are registered ASDR – American Stock Dog Registry, and I have a few dogs that are dual registered with AKC – American Kennel Club. All of my dogs are genetically tested for relevant diseases that affect Australian Shepherds.
Our dogs are super spoiled and have their own homes with air conditioning, heating, televisions, and more! Our goal is to simulate an actual real home so that they are accustomed to regular activities of daily living once they arrive in their new homes.
They even have a HUGE play yard where our staff gets to play with them throughout the day!
The cowboys (adult males) live in one home, while the cowgirls (females) & puppies live in a separate home.
About 8-12 dogs live in my home and sleep in the bed with me. My dogs receive yearly vaccinations and monthly heartworm, flea and tick prevention. My dogs are all house and crate trained, friendly, and well mannered. I have a groomer that comes to our home once or twice a month so that everyone looks bright and shiny! I have full time help in the form of pet sitters, so the dogs are never alone and are loved by many!
I show my dogs in conformation (at ASDR dog shows) and many have earned their Championships. I am extremely proud of my dogs and love them dearly. I am known for my excellent socialization of puppies and take great pride in delivering you not just a dog, but a family member for life. I like to set the bar high! I health guarantee all my pups, I guarantee a well-socialized pup, and no questions asked I will always take a pup/dog back under any circumstance at any time of that dog’s life. That is just who I am.
I cherish my repeat customers and referrals, as that is the sign of a happy customer.