Nightshades Ranch Border Collies


Welcome to Nightshades Border Collies located in the heart of the Midwest near Douglass, Kansas. Nightshades BC is owned and operated by Merry & Dennis Gumm.  We live on 40 acres of beautiful pastureland that give our border collies lots of room to roam. We retired a few years ago, and decided that we would like to share our retired lives with our border collies.  Raising quality puppies seemed like the natural thing to do.  We strive for our puppies to number one be wonderful pets.  Some of our puppies are low drive and are great prospects for obedience, alert dogs, therapy dogs, and lightly active endeavors.  Some of our puppies have a little more pizzaz and are excellent prospects for agility, flyball, and other active sports.  Check out our "In the News" page to see a video of Phenomenon "Thunder", one of our puppies.  He is a perfect example of a dog that is a great pet that is satisfied to lie in the house with his owner but when it is time to work, he has shown himself to be a champion.

Our daughters have moved to new homes but are still active with border collies. Laurie moved nearby and continues to follow her passion for animals. She is a veterinary technician and raises border collies with her Prairie Wind Border Collies.  Amy, who also lives in rural Douglass, raises border collies as well through Firestorm Border Collies. 

Our daughter Laurie began Nightshades Border Collies several years ago with two border collies -- Bandit and Viva.  Bandit is the son of Rocking G Spurs, a champion cow dog, and Viva comes from a long line of international conformation champions. The personality, intelligence, beauty, and athleticism of that cross has proven itself over and over again. We consider ourselves to be very fortunate that Laurie was able to find such a special pair of border collies in Bandit and Viva... they seem to be almost human sometimes.  Because of the special qualities that Bandit and Viva possess, the Nightshades family of border collies specializes in intelligent, athletic, and loving dogs.  We all strive for quality, happy, healthy, and well-socialized puppies.  They are wonderful companions that love to play.  With their intelligence, athleticism, and speed, Nightshades pups excel at active sports like flyball, agility, disc dog, and dock diving. Most of the Nightshades border collie puppies are small to medium in size weighing between 25 and 35 pounds and standing 15" to 18" at the shoulder.  For those wanting larger dogs, we have a few that are a little larger. They average about 21 inches and weigh 40 to 50 pounds.  All of our dogs are registered with the AKC, and a few are also registered with the ABCA.


The Nightshades Ranch family puppies are family raised and kept inside until they are old enough to venture outside. The puppies are great for our grandchildren and our grandchildren are great for the puppies.  Our grandchildren have learned to be kind and gentle to puppies and other animals, and the puppies grow up being loved and played with by both children and adults.  The Nightshades Ranch family has puppies not only in traditional black/white and tri but also blue merle, shaded sable, sable merle, lilac, lilac merle, blue, slate blue merle, chocolate, chocolate merle, chocolate sable, and brindle.  All the dogs are AKC registered and some are double registered ABCA/AKC.

Come in and look around.  We have pictures of puppies from previous litters and also pictures that new owners have sent us.  Most of our puppies lead active lives with their new owners as pets and companions going fishing, camping, swimming, hiking, playing in the park, jogging...  Some of our puppies have grown up to also have additional careers: flyball, agility, ranch herding, disc dog, and dock diving to name a few. 

If you have any questions, please e-mail us at  Laurie -- Prairie Wind Border Collies -- may be reached at    Amy -- Firestorm Kennels -- may be reached at

The Nightshades Ranch family puppies have been adopted all over the United States and Canada and are making wonderful, active pets for their owners. Many have additional jobs such as agility, disc dog, flyball, medical alert, therapy, and herding (sheet, cattle, and sometimes a toddler or two). 

Pictured above from left to right.  Spirit, shaded sable, who now romps the countryside in Fargo, North Dakota; Crime, who found his nitche in flyball. He runs with the Stampede Flyball team and ran in the finals in Nebraska in 2009 (we are so proud of him); Hamm, who loves the water and goes camping and swimming with his family. 
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