Purebred dogs have always been a part of the Alspaugh family, starting with the Rough Collies that were part of Cindy’s childhood, and then the Saint Bernard and Golden Retriever that became family members in 1973 and 1980.
The story of Stonebay, however, actually began in 1986 with the purchase of a Newfoundland puppy, Noteworthy’s Classic Rock, as a family companion. As is so common, Onyx introduced the Alspaugh family to the wide world of purebred dogs. Over the years, we bred and owned a small number of Newfoundland champions and Newfs continued to be part of our lives until our last, Shooter, Ch. Manitouloa’s Shooting Star, left in 2002.As Amy’s first junior showmanship dog, Shooter performed admirably. However, if Amy was to actively compete in juniors, we thought a smaller dog might be better suited and so the search began. We were living in Michigan at the time and while at a show in Canada with the Newfs, a Beardie youngster jumped his ex-pen and greeted us. We were instantly smitten. We had found our breed!
That ex-pen belonged to Mary Billman of Fox Lane Bearded Collies and the young dog would grow up to be Ch. Potterdale Kalkulated Risk HIC, ROMX, ROMI, CGC, TDI — Risky. As Mary was not likely to part with him, a puppy was reserved for Amy out of his next litter. In 1992, Toby came to live among the Newfs at Stonebay. A year later, a bitch puppy, Abby, was added to our growing Beardie family. Bearded Collies had begun to take over. Then, as fate would have it, Risky’s specials career was cut short so, in early 1994, Mary graciously let him come to live with us. We bred our first Bearded Collie litter in 1999 and have since continued to build upon that foundation.
A small home-based breeding program in North Carolina, we strive to produce Beardies that are sound in temperament, health and structure. All dogs used in our breeding program have received health clearances for hips (OFA), eyes (CERF) and a full thyroid panel (OFA or equivalent).
Through the years, Stonebay has evolved into a mother-daughter partnership. Cindy coordinates breedings, whelps the litters and raises our puppies. The Dachshunds, and dogs currently being shown live with Amy. Amy handles dogs professionally, and when home from shows, grooms at Beach Paws, Inc. in Morehead City, NC.
Both Cindy and Amy are founding members of the Carolinas Bearded Collie Club, formed in 2001, with Cindy serving as President for seven years. Cindy is very active in the Bearded Collie Club of America, having served as its Recording Secretary, and previously from 1999-2002, and was also Vice President from 2003-2007. Cindy also served on the Board of Directors of BeaCon — the Bearded Collie Foundation for Health, and has served as a Trustee for the Bearded Collie Club of America Charitable Trust.
We are constantly looking forward to what the future may bring and are very proud of our past. We hope you enjoy our dogs as much as we do!