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in temperament, structure, type and sound genetic health



Hall Of Fame Dam #5: Ch Casadey S’mplelife Starvalley

Hall Of Fame XDam #2: Ch Casadey S’mplelife Starvalley

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Just a little bragging on Billie & Chili’s babies!

We raised a stunningly beautiful litter last summer, but never showed them off, so we’re doing it now. Billie & Chili were the parents and their litter was born June 14, 2020. There were 3 blue merle boys, 1 black tri boy, 1 blue merle girl & 1 black tri girl. They were fun to raise and we’ve enjoyed the photos and updates from the special people who added these babies to their families!

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Our M is 14 years old. Folks meet her and are surprised by that. She eats Life’s Abundance All Life Stages kibble. M also takes the supplement ‘Agility’. She shows no signs of arthritis and loves to run and chase a ball everyday.

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CGC ,RON, ASN, AJN, ATN, RATN, CGC, Certified Pet Partner

Indie is the loving companion of owner/handler Darla Gentry. Before moving to Panama with Darla in 2013, Indie had done many training classes, and received his Therapy Dog Certification through Pet Partners(Delta Dog). After moving to Panama, Indie and Darla have been able to return to two MASCA National Specialty shows, 2014 and 2016.

At the 2014 MASCA Nationals, with no prior actual show experience, Indie was  High in Trial Rally Obedience dog, High in Trial Agility Dog, qualified for his Herding Instinct certification, 3 winner’s dog- altered, 1 reserve winner’s dog – altered, 3 Best of Winners-altered, 1 Best opposite sex  – altered and a 3rd place in the Extreme Aussie Games.

In 2016 Indie and Darla returned to the MASCA Nationals again, where Indie was High in Trial in Rally, Obedience, Acrobatics, and 4th place in the Extreme Aussie Games.

This year, while on a family winter vacation, Indie was introduced to Barn Hunt, and he loved it. With only two lessons under his fur, he was able to qualify for his RATN, and has two legs towards his open title as well. His fastest time so far in Barn Hunt is 26 seconds! He also learned flyball on his vacation, and really enjoyed that, too.

Indie has an ‘I can do it’ attitude about everything he is introduced to. He is probably one of the most even-tempered dogs around, and most importantly, Darla’s best buddy.





Our Story

It was the summer of 1997, our daughter was showing Quarter Horses and we were continually on the road. She wanted a small, furry companion to keep her company. Several dogs from the herding group were always at these horse shows with their families. One breed intrigued us, in particular. We got to spend time with a couple of miniature Australian Shepherds and found them to be irresistible. After researching and asking a lot of questions, we decided that this was the breed for us.

Since we would be in different places and new situations quite often, a number of things were important to us. Our newest family member needed to have a quiet, confident demeanor, stamina for an active life style, take up minimal room in the RV, and foremost, be personable around people and other animals. Minis are all of this and so much more.

Our Dogs

Minis are incredibly intelligent; they have the ability to let you know what they need and want. They know when you need cheering up, and their sense of humor is unsurpassable. The more you laugh at their antics, the more clownish they can become. The mini Aussie’s loyalty and affection is unwavering and while, in our breeding program, temperament is primary, the Aussie type and balance are just as important.

RIDGESTAR AUSSIES was born from our love of this small breed and our desire to be involved, in a positive way, in their evolution. Located 90 miles north of Seattle, near the Canadian border, we continually strive to raise the best this breed has to offer. It is our passion and hobby. Visitors are always welcome. Come meet our Aussie posse. See the difference!



MASCAThrough MASCA, the parent club and registry for the Australian Shepherd of the miniature variety, the mini Aussie remains a size variety of the Australian Shepherd, with a continuous gene pool. The dogs will NOT become a separate breed, UNLIKE the AKC Miniature American Shepherd. Dog owners and future owners concerned with maintaining Australian Shepherd heritage, instinct, temperament and type in a mini Aussie, are invited to contact MASCA for additional information about the club and its goals.

A MASCA mini Aussie:

  • Is not registered with the AKC as a breed other than an Australian Shepherd
  • Is not the same as the AKC/FSS Miniature American Shepherd
  • Is the true Aussie of the miniature variety
  • Will always be an Aussie

MASCA is NOT seeking recognition as a Miniature American Shepherd with AKC/FSS.

MASCA will protect the integrity of the MASCA registry and continue to register Australian Shepherds of the miniature variety. We are true to the heritage of our dogs.


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Adult Dogs

From time to time I retire dogs from my breeding program. Each of them is special in their own way and would LOVE to be the center of attention with folks who have the time for a canine companion. If you are interested in availability, please contact Mona Cooper at 360-312-1030 or


Mona & Charlie Cooper
Bellingham, WA
(360) 312-1030

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