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About Bryna

  • Birthday 08/29/1984

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    Cedar Crest, NM
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    Border collies, cutting horses, science.

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  1. Hi! I would love your recommendation, tried to PM you but it said you couldn't receive new messages. I didn't see your email,maybe I'm not looking in the right place.
  2. Aha, lol, that makes sense! I feel like such a dork now. I can definitely see why that would be tough, particularly if you couldn't get ahead of your dog for it.
  3. Hello everyone! My border collie and I got into agility almost by accident last summer -it was something I had always wanted to try, but never found a good situation. A friend of mine was buying a doberman pup from a woman that competed and gave lessons in agility, and I ended up going up there with her and my dog, Echo, and I just had a blast. We did five or six practice sessions over three weeks, but then had to move to New Mexico, as I was starting grad school at UNM. Things have been hectic, and I haven't had time to look into continuing down here, but I've decided to make it a priority in the new year, so I'm hoping to find someone down here to practice with. I live in Cedar Crest, so if there is anyone close, that would be ideal. Is anyone on this forum nearby, and maybe interested in mentoring a newby?
  4. Hi all! I'm sure this is a stupid question, but I'm an agility beginner (went to a few practice sessions last summer and then moved cross country and haven't had the chance since). I'm looking to start up again, and was checking out the posts, and I am confused by this one. What do you all mean by the 'back' side of the jump? I don't remember them being different from one side to the other, and just sent my dog whichever way I pleased. Maybe these are a different kind of jump, or what am I missing? Thanks!
  5. LOL, Portland and Olympia are not exactly close together. I can't imagine trying to take lessons in Olympia, would be lucky to go 3 times a year. But I will email her and enquire if she will be in the Portland area. Thanks! When I said turnback, I meant turnback for me when I am riding my cutting horses. We are actually hoping to move to central OR and get some cattle, if we can sell our place here, and a trained dog would be handy. If Echo and I really enjoy it and she shows enough talent, I am sure I would want to trial, I do enjoy competition. Everyone, is it important that I have a minimum lesson frequency, especially initially? IE, if I can't arrange a lesson a week or every other week, is there no point in starting? I am assuming for these trainers that are coming over from Idaho, that probably isn't happening on a weekly basis, lol. And what about taking lessons from different trainers -for example, traner x is in Portland one week, the next I travel for a lesson with trainer y, two weeks later trainer z is in town. Is that likely to be confusing and counter productive?
  6. Stupid question, probably, but how does a bar around the inside of the box prevent the dam from rolling over on a pup?
  7. Lc-ranch, thanks very much for the info! I checked out his website, looks like many of his dogs have some similar lines to my Echo. To be honest, I do have some doubts both about the nature of the event itself and about how comfortable we would feel there -Echo and I are both a bit crowd phobic (shy), not sure I would want her first real exposure to stock to take place in such an environment, however convenient it might be. I will think on it though, and if I do go, I will certainly report back. I do have a general question about this though. I see this event, purportedly testing for stockwork ability. I have also noticed many trainers give a cheaper price for a brief "evaluation" for stockwork that for a regular lesson. Is it really possible to tell in just one short session what ability your dog has on stock? Maybe just because I am coming from a cutting horse background, where it takes several months of training to tell if your horse has the potential to be a cutter, but this just seems amazing and unlikely to me.
  8. Thanks! LOL, now I actually know where the trial in Scio is. I will check that one out if I can.
  9. Thanks so much for that advice, Donald! I will definitely keep it in mind. Alaska, thanks for the recommendation. I have emailed Karen, hopefully she will be available. I fear it may be difficult to get lessons on weekends, since trainers will be trialing some weekends, and I go to horse shows some weekends, but we will do what we can. Two hours might be farther than ideal, but I actually get over to central OR pretty frequently -we often have club meetings or shows over there, and I have two horses with a trainer in Burns. So maybe it can work out. DaisyDoodle, thanks for the links as well! I have seen that site before, but wish they didn't have their event info members only. LOL, how can I decide if I want to be a member if I can't get to the information to lead me to an event for which I might decide to become a member? Oh well...
  10. I'm not sure how I would determine if she has an allergy. If she does, she isn't having a noticeable reaction. That doesn't mean she couldn't be allergic to something that is causing her to feel poor generally, I suppose, but not sure how I can determine that. She did no better on Taste Of The Wild (no grain) then on the other foods, no better or worse on foods with chicken or turkey vs beef or buffalo. I'm not sure if I have tried her on a food that was lamb only, so don't know about that. She doesn't have any kind of respiratory problems or goopy eyes, coat and skin are great, so if she does have an allergy it must be affecting her GI tract only. As far as just waiting until she eats, she does eat a small amount eventually -but I can feel every rib on her, ever bump in her spine, the complete outline of her skeleton. She has a long coat, so doesn't look bad, but is just very thin and seems to have no problem with that. I just don't think it is healthy and would like to get some more weight on her.
  11. Anybody have any ideas? My dog Echo is perennially thin and a poor eater. We had bloodwork done, nothing unusual, we did find round worms, those have been taken care of, but her appetite and weight have not improved. She likes raw steak and bones, but that is spendy and not exactly a balanced diet. She of course likes bread and pasta, but that is completely unhealthy. I've tried pumkin and other canned veggies with no luck, though she is always happy to clean up salad dressing. We've tried half a dozen varieties of quality kibble -some she will eat a small amout of if she has gone at least a day without food and we mix some kind of tidbit (treats, cheese, raw steak) in with it. Often we will get a new kibble, she will eat really well for a couple of days, and then get bored and refuse it. We've tried Avoderm, Eagle Pack Holistic Select, Taste Of The Wild, VF Holistic, and Chicken Soup for the Soul. She wont touch it if we add oil or yogurt, though she will eat yogurt plain. If I drop a raw egg on the floor, she will lick it up, but in a dog food dish it is poison. When she was younger, I could get her to eat by making her work for it (feeding her a kibble at a time for sitting, laying down, beg, etc.) now she just does the trick, takes the kibble and drops it on the ground. Still eats the treats though. Any ideas to make her food more appealing -or any quality foods you have found to be particularly palatable?
  12. I definitly agree that the benefits of micochipping (as far as possibly getting a lost dog returned) outway the risks of the microchip causing cancer. However, not sure what that has to do with the possibility of a dog being hit by a car. I don't think being micochipped reduces your odds of being hit by a car -at least not at our present level of technology. Now in the future, maybe we will have smart cars with microchip readers that will automatically scan the area around the vehicle and warn you if a microchip is detected. But I'm pretty sure nobody has that feature right now, lol. At this point, a micochip is only of benefit if somebody catches the dog -and I don't imagine too many people are catching dogs, taking them to the vet or shelter to have checked for microchip, and then, not finding them, letting them loose again to be hit by a car.
  13. My pup Echo will be one year old on monday! Now that she is old enough, I would really love to find a trainer that can give us lessons on sheep and eventually cattle. I'd love to train her to turnback for me. Maybe even train her for trials. Anyway, I am located in Boring, OR (about a half hour east of Portland) and work monday-friday, so I need to find someone with evening or weekend availability within reasonable distance of me. I have found advertising for a few trainers, but their ads indicated the worked with all breeds and did AKC trialing, which I have got the impression from this board would be undesireable. Anyway, if anyone has a recommendation or even an idea where I might look, please let me know! I am desperate to find something to do with my dog -she doesn't like toys, games, tricks or obedience, so the only thing we can do together right now is snuggle. Which is fine, but I already have a cat....
  14. Very interesting information! I guess it had never even occured to me that there were two reds in dogs -though it certainly should have, as I have known plenty of chocolate labs, and now that I think of it my friend's red aussie has brown skin too, which a true recessive extension "ee" red animal wouldn't have. Now I am curious though -how do these genes interact? IE, if your dog is both red and liver, what would it look like? Anyone know what appearance animals with genotypes E-bb, eebb and eeB- would have? I am assuming that E-B- is your typical black or black factored dog. The dilute is interesting too. (And a beautiful dog!) I guess it follows that there should be dilutions genes in dogs, but I hadn't seen one before. If you had told me before today that you had a blue dog, I would have assumed you had a blue merle or a blue tick. What affect does this gene have on red (either red, lol?) Do you get a palomino, LOL? And what the heck is lilac???
  15. I do wonder about this though. My mom had a Komondore when she was young that adored grapes. They would eat them by the pound, and no harm ever came to him, he lived to 14. Of course he only liked them peeled, so maybe it is something in the skin. The vets that I talked to didn't seem to know why they were poisonous either, but that just seems bizarre to me. I mean, it's a grape, not a moon rock. We should be able to id every compound in it and determine the msd of each. I guess nobody bothers, no money in it.
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