Welcome to Palm Cottage Farm

A Warm Welcome to Palm Cottage Farm

Laura Vishoot and dogs at Palm Cottage Farm

It is our privilege and pleasure to share this beautiful piece of Oregon farm life with herding dogs and the people who love them.

I'd like to introduce myself.

I've been a lifelong lover of animals and especially of all things canine.  When my interest (some might even say obsession) with dogs brought my first border collie, Delia, into my life, this adventure began.

Delia was poorly bred, lacked talent, and had seizures, but boy did she have brains, heart and a fiery drive to work!  Delia led me to start exploring the world of stock dogs, and it's a journey that seems to have no end.  Thank you, Delia.

My romance with the border collie led to a deep interest and affection for sheep, and ultimately to a lifestyle where I am able to work with both sheep and dogs almost every day.

I have been training and trialing border collies for fifteen years.  With the help of some wonderful, talented and patient mentors, and of course my cherished canine friends, I have been able to compete at the highest levels of ISDS style sheepdog trials, including qualifying and participating in the USBCHA and Nursery Finals for several years . The learning never stops; it's not easy and sometimes can even bring heartache. I would not trade it for the world.

My mission is to help others enjoy this journey with their own dogs, and to achieve their own goals in herding.

I believe that the methods used by experienced stockmen and women and sheepdog trainers can be modified to work for most breeds and individual dogs that posses basic herding instincts.  I do not advocate the use of artificial training aids such as electronic collars.

I am a member of the United States Border Collie Handler's Association, Inc. (USBCHA), the American Border Collie Association (ABCA) and the Oregon Sheep Dog Society (OSDS).

- Laura Vishoot

About Steve

Laura Vishoot and dogs at Palm Cottage Farm

Steve Shodin is my partner in life and farming here at Palm Cottage.   He and his faithful sidekick, The Electrifying Stink Doggie (aka Tilly) play an important role in keeping things spiffy around here as well as undertaking  Herculean projects and keeping the other dogs fit and entertained - all of this and he works outside the farm as well.  We couldn’t do this without him.  Thank you, Steve!

About Colette

Colette Vishoot Sangerman and dogs at Palm Cottage Farm

Colette Vishoot Sangerman, my daughter and resident equestrian and photographer, can be contacted for pet or equine photography.  She will be on hand photographing events, or can be contacted for custom shoots at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

About Our Facilities

Located just a mile off of Highway 5 in beautiful Cottage Grove, Oregon, Palm Cottage Farm offers a complete AKC PT and A course, as well as ABHA courses. There is a 60 foot round pen for novices just getting started or puppies, small to medium paddocks, and two approximately 20 acre open fields. The facilities at Palm Cottage Farm are available on a limited basis for rental to herding or breed clubs for herding related events.

In addition, we have ten acres of forested land suitable for tracking and an uncovered sand arena appropriate for agility.  Contacts from trainers interested in teaching these dog pursuits here at Palm Cottage Farm are most welcomed.