Cotton Hill Aussies, Miniature Horses and Shelties is a small hobby farm located 20 minutes from Bangor, Maine. We live in a beautiful area, on 30 acres of pastoral fields and walking paths. We are striving to produce dogs with correct movement, temperament, elegance and expression for performance in breed, obedience, agility and herding.







My oldest daughter Denise started showing dogs at the age of four at matches. We had bought her grandfather a sheltie, named "Foxie", and Denny showed her in obedience as she wasn't old enough for Juniors. Denny had shown horses in the summer, but wanted to do something in the winter months, and this is one reason why we got into dogs. After showing "Foxie" at matches, and always being in the ribbons, we decided to go to AKC shows, getting 2 legs on "Foxie", but sadly, shortly thereafter we lost "Foxie" to kidney failure.

At age five Denny started with the sheltie that we got her for her birthday: Thursday's Cotton Hill Buffy - "Buffy" got 3 legs in 3 shows. Later we bought Illusions High Reflection - "Tate", a male Denny showed in breed, until she was old enough to show in Juniors. Meanwhile she showed for others in various  breeds; Pointers, Dachshunds, Japanese Chins, Salukis, Corgis, Doberman Pinschers, and of course Shelties.

At age 10 Denny and Illusions High Reflection -"Tate" earned enough points in Juniors to go to Westminster.

I am mostly in the background teaching Obedience, Handling & Agility. I used to be a 4-H Dog Leader and have experience putting on Matches for the public.

I currently show on a limited basis in Obedience and Breed in the US and Canada.  We have put American and Canadian Championships on our dogs and offer stud services.  All of our animals are kept up to date with all the usual health clearances.  Please feel free to contact us anytime.  


Gail Lord
75 Upper Falls
Orland, Maine



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