mekkado "Q" litter, 2018
Q litter

mekkado's "Q" litter

sired by Starstuff's Tenor of Heartsong STDcds
(WTCH Heartsong's Six Strings RTDcs PATDs OFTDm x Starstuff's Silver Spurs STDcs)
out of WTCH FTCH Nineveh's Coquin of Mekkado

1 black bi female, 1 blue merle male, 1 cryptic blue merle male, 1 red bi male and 1 red tri male
born June 24, 2018     dual registered - ASCA & AKC
pups clear by parentage for CD, CMR1, DM, HC/HSF4, HUU, MDR1, prcdPRA
all pups DNA tested clear for CEA and OFA CAER normal


Tenor was bred by Becky Bailie of Starstuff Aussies in Manchester, MI and is owned/trained/handled by Gail Winnick of Heartsong Aussies in Perry, MI.
I was at a Larry Painter cattle clinic in July, 2014 to learn more about cattle handling and properly using a dog to help.  The cattle were from the local sale barn and part of the clinic was dog breaking cattle.  I watched several dogs work the first day, from a few experienced dogs through some just getting started when Gail brought out a ten month old pup that had never worked on cattle before.  She sent Tenor to the cattle's heads and asked for a stop, which he did.  He stood just looking at the one closest to him.  That calf reached out to examine what was in front of him and Tenor bit him square on the nose.  He let go and then stood his ground again.  That calf turned off quickly and Tenor took several steps forward to confront the next calf who decided to turn off and take the third one along.  No rodeo, no worry - just calm, confident, powerful work.  It was awesome to watch and very educational to see a dog with so much natural talent and power doing what it was bred for.  Shortly, Tenor was making holes to pull stock off the fence from the front and the rear and moving the cattle wherever Gail directed.  I knew at that time, Tenor or his sire Tar would be a dog that we used in our breeding program.  The working photos posted here are from that clinic in 2014 when Tenor was just ten months old.
I hope the pups retain the ability to read stock and calm working style of both parents with the added power and confidence of Tenor.

Tenor has OFA hips excellent AS-32828E24M-VPI, elbows normal AS-EL8279M24-VPI, eyes normal AS-EYE2510/55M-VPI and thyroid normal AS-TH285/55M-VPI. He is DNA tested clear for CD, CEA, CMR1, DM, HC/HSF4, HUU, MDR1 and prcdPRA.

Coque has OFA hips good AS-32149G25F-PI, elbows normal AS-EL7763F25-PI, eyes normal AS-EYE1070/58F-VPI and thyroid normal AS-TH234/61F-VPI. She is DNA tested clear for CD, CMR1, DM, HC/HSF4, HUU, MDR1 and prcdPRA. She is DNA tested carrier for CEA.

Tenor Tenor Tenor


male blue merle w/white
(blue collar)
blue "Bo"
with the Russow family
in Illinois
blue blue
Qualified and Ready

male cryptic blue merle w/white
(green collar)
green "Dibs"
with the Umstead family
in Illinois
green green
Quell the Storm

female black w/white
(yellow collar)
yellow "Quel"
staying with us
yellow yellow
Quite the Catch

male red w/white and copper
(brown collar)
brown "Catch"
with the Johnson family
in Georgia
brown brown

male red w/white
(purple collar)
purple "Rambo"
with the Petrauskas family
in Illinois
purple purple