|IN MAY 2006, THE STOCKDOG COMMITTEE OF THE AUSTRALIAN SHEPHERD
CLUB OF AMERICA (ASCA) VOTED TO ACCEPT THE
"GERMAN COOLIE" INTO THEIR LIST OF RECOGNIZED AND ACCEPTED
Shawn and Julian Murray/Avalon Ranch, Canada, imported two Coolie pups (Jarrah and Akili) from the
Yatahae Coolie Stud, Texas.
Shawn and Julian Murray, became the first Canadians to import two Coolie pups (Gunnah and Mindii) from
Australia. They also, at the same time, imported two Coolie pups (Tex and Riley) from the Yatahae Coolie
Shawn Murray attended a herding clinic in Metchosin, BC on Vancouver Island (Canada). The clinic was put
together by Martha McHardy and taught by Bill Berhow. Shawn took her two Coolies from Australia
(Gunnah and Mindii). Gunnah was signed up for sheep, but Mindii had to sit this clinic out as she was too
young to participate. This was the first time anyone had seen the German Coolie in Canada. Bill Berhow
stated that "Gunnah went to the head with purpose". Gunnah was able to squeeze between the sheep and
the fence for a lift and a fetch. At one point, when the sheep were refusing to move from a corner, Gunnah
"backed" the sheep. This caused oooohhhhh's and aaaawwww's from the crowd. All-in-all the clinic was a
huge success, with Gunnah stealing the spotlight.
Mibby, a German Coolie, from the Yatahae Coolie Stud made the Country World News newspaper. She
was featured in an article showcasing the herding dog and it's use in the livestock producers life.