Owned by Christine, Stephen and Olivia

Chilli travelled the 1200kms home to Adelaide really well. Saturday night was very wet in Hay and the caravan park was washed out and we were unable to camp. We thought the lady in the caravan park would take pity on us and let him into the cabin in his crate but I ended up sleeping in the car with him. There was not a sound out of him he slept right through in his crate and kept it dry!  He did the same last night at home after only a short protest to start with. He is truly a smart, beautiful natured pup, we are SO thrilled with him. We went in the car and then I carried him into school pick up and drop off today and he was not at all phased by the traffic noise or the amount of children. We practiced our down stays this evening and after about 5 minutes he gave in and ended up going to sleep, so I just lifted him up and put him in his crate. What a treasure! He starts puppy school next week- sure to be a star! Thank you again for such a wonderful pup.


Chilli is now six months old and is such a beautiful natured pup. He is everything you said he would be and more. Loves going to Olivia's school each day and has a very BIG fan club there, all you can hear is "Chilli, Chilli, Chilli". He takes it all in his stride and is very gentle and calm even when surrounded by hoards of loud children all in for a pat. He is very friendly and playful with other dogs and shows absolutely no signs of any aggression.

We can't believe how smart he is, it takes no time at all to teach him something new. He is doing well at dog obedience classes finishing puppy classes a few weeks early as he had mastered everything! The crate training you did has been invaluable, not one whimper out of him once he gets in (from night one) and he has never wet in there. We only have to get the car keys and he gets in the crate ready to go in the car its unbelievable! There have been no accidents inside now for a few months, he always sits at the back door and barks to go outside.
A great car traveller too, once the car starts he goes straight to sleep!

He is so loving and likes nothing more than sitting on your lap for a cuddle-I think he forgets just how big he is now! He is so gentle with Olivia and believe me she is not with him at times.  He certainly is growing into such a handsome dog and I am constantly stopped when out walking by people who want to pat and admire him.

Of course he has his puppy moments too - a bit of digging, some nipping to get attention when he is tired or when no one wants to play, sneaking onto our beds or the lounge for a nap...........oh but we love him and we thank you so much for such a magnificent pup.



Caught out napping in Olivia's dolls bed.
Our Chilli is growing fast and is walking very well on the lead now and also doing well at dog school. He has his "teenage moments" but on the whole he is a good boy. He loves running on the beach with other dogs and is very obedient coming back when he is called. He is a gorgeous boy and is still "king of the kids" at Olivia's school. There is not a day goes by when someone doesn't stop to admire him whilst we are out walking.

We were walking this weekend along the esplanade at our local beach (Glenelg) and stopped to admire this gorgeous little kelpie puppy. We couldn't believe it when told that she was from Noonbarra and that Jim was her dad - a half sister to our Chilli! Little 13 week old Indy (owned by Deb, Michael and Ned Hampton also from Glengowrie like us)! It was if they both knew they were from Noonbarra! Indy was not afraid at all of our almost 1 year old Chilli and well he just wanted to play. We are all looking forward to the time when the two of them can run and play together on the beach. We will keep you posted......

We are thankful to you both everyday for such a wonderful natured, well bred dog.



Noonbarra Chilli III enjoying the garden

This is the latest edition. It is a great book for both, beginners or experienced Kelpie owners. It is designed for good solid foundation training to ensure you get a well balanced, socialised and obedient Australian Working Kelpie.

Over 100 pages and plenty of photos.

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We think this book would be an enjoyable read for anyone with even a passing interest in the Kelpie. It would be a great guide for breeders and trainers with information that is impossible to get anywhere else!

The Rockybar Stud, owned by Les Tarrant, was one of the most famous in Australia for half a century and their influence can be seen in Kelpies all over the world today.

Les Tarrant started with Kelpies in the 1930's. He led a life of droving, mustering and working with horses and livestock. In 1950, he set up the Rockybar Kelpie Stud in the far north-western districts of NSW.

We look at some bush characters and old dog men such as the remarkable priest of Goondiwindi, Father McCormack, Stanley McMaster, Frank Scanlon, Stan Collins, and more. We look at the individual dogs in the old Rockybar lines and the more modern lines (after 1980). We have a huge section on Les Tarrant in his own words explaining how to breed Kelpies and the problems and pitfalls to avoid. There is a good chapter of the book dedicated to how to train Kelpies the Rockybar way. Another chapter is on yard work and yard trials.

There are plenty of photographs and some were very hard to obtain. Many (probably most) would never have been seen by the general public before.

Large A4 format. B/W photos throughout. 166 pages.