The love for dogs and all animals and living creatures alike began when I was a little girl. (Okay, so I wasn't exactly always a dog person!)

Amatras consists of me, Angel Maria and my husband, Raymond J. Desjardin. The hobby could not have ever blossomed without the love and continued support of my dear friend and former husband, Richard T. Rakowski or my children, Acacia & Rischad. And, continues to flourish under the expert guidance of my mentor, who prefers anonymity, and also the everyday encouragement of my "sister" and colleague, Tessa Beard of Ashlinn Shelties.

Our first sheltie, "Shiva" (Sergeant Shiva Sinclair), was purchased September 1988. In August 2000 we purchased our first conformation puppy, "Shyli" (Annessa's Spellbound By Shyli), and on October 28, 2000 we entered our first sheltie fun match. On March 11, 2001 we received our first AKC points going Best of Winners with "Buddy" (UCI-Int'l Ch. Blue Heavens Rock My World). Then, on May 13, 2001 we had our first litter and the kennel had officially launched.

I am often asked how I can place my precious puppies and adults. It's not always easy!

I do allow myself to form a close bond with my other pets and even a couple of shelties.

My canary, "Tweet" is my favorite bird, followed by our pet goldfish, (Nitrate, Inky & Goldy) and our two resident shelties (Quinner & Misty).




I have read numerous books, attended several seminars, taken college courses and have shown in local dog shows pointing one dog in AKC and finished (championing) seven others in UKC. I have also finished two shelties in IABCA: one as a UCI-International Champion and the second as a UCI-National Champion. I have also hand-signaled-trained in obedience-type work, but have not yet officially entered into the performance arenas, although I aspire to do so someday.

My biggest "accomplishment" is that I loved a dog and he loved me back. I dedicate everything I do in his name, Shiva and operate in Shakti (with heart & soul) thus Amatras, which means with heart and soul. I now have a happy family of Shelties and I love them all and they love me back -- this is my number one, biggest accomplishment and shall always be. Please see my Credits page for a summary of my credentials and sources that comprise my knowledge to-date, as I learn more each passing day.


Angel Maria & Buddy

(UCI-Int'l Ch Blue Heavens Rock My World)

Ray & Misty

(Simrell's Misty Moonlight)



I do not know what the future holds for me, but there isn't a day that goes by that I don't feel blessed by the happiness my life has been brought by the enrichment of unconditional love by my family, my friends and my furkids. Each have magically touched my soul within their own special ways... ever sincere and ever eternal... and for this, I am forever grateful.



Booster members: Mid-Florida Shetland Sheepdog Club
Englewood Shetland Sheepdog Rescue


Amatras Shelties

321 S. McCall Road

Englewood, FL 34223


Tel. 941.460.8505

Fax. 941.460.8506

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Companion and conformation (show) shelties are guaranteed against genetic defects that render them unsuitable as a family companion for one year with a full money-back guarantee.

(Beyond one year of age, a five-year guarantee is extended with offer of a replacement puppy.)


Amatras Shetland Sheepdogs work purposefully with Sheltie breeders that perpetuate longevity & health in their lineage.

The family lineages you find throughout this website represent some of the finest lineages that have been offered to us and to the Shetland Sheepdog breed.

Thus, our goal is to perpetuate the quality already established and continually strive for the betterment of the breed.  


Amatras are breeders dedicated to focusing on longevity, health, temperament, structure, brains and beauty. Dogs are added to the program with these qualities only and bred only to improve each trait through each successive generation.




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Englewood, Florida

Established 2000.