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  1. If carriers of a recessive gene are unaffected then the gene pool size argument is a valid one imo. Testing, and carefull breeding can manage.

    But if, as Journey her argues, heterozygote carriers of this particular gene can be seriously affected, then responsible breeding means doing everything to eradicate it.

    And that means not breeding carriers.

  2. Go review Denises bullseye genetic discussion to see the impact by removing orange and yellow dogs.


    I have seen this " bullseye" theory on this site (and only here), and I think it's nonsensical.

    Simpy because as far as I understand (and maye I misunderstood) those orange and yellow dogs sold no be bred anyway, and are therefore practically removed from the genepool. A point nobody could clear up for me in a satisfying way.

  3. Maybe. Maybe not. But sometimes when you are faced with something that is so wrong someone has to do something.

    I would feel a lot worse if I just stood and watched and did nothing. That would haunt me forever.

    For all clarity, I did not mean one should never intervene.

    Just that thinking before you act might be a good idea. Calling the police, and letting the perpetrator notice that ( in a case such as this preferably from a safe distance) may well be a much more effective way to deal with the situation than getting involved in physical violence. Even if you are a fierce cane wielding old lady ;)

  4. All these derogatory comments about at Katz...if his name was never mentioned I would guess they were all aimed at Caesar Milan :D

    What a strange comment. You can think what you like of Ceasar´s methods, you can´t say that he and Katz have a lot in common, apart from the fact that they both write books about dogs.

  5. The classes are a good idea, but in the meantime I definitely endorse carrying a stick.


    I used to live in a bad area full of large and aggressive dogs who would rush out and try to attack. I carried a Tactical Baton, which is about a foot long to carry, but snaps out to 24" of steel at the flick of a hand. I used it many times, but never once hit a dog with it. The minute they heard that and saw the baton they ran.


    Don't know if these are legal where you are. If not, a stick will do fine, and probably all you will ever have to do is wave it at the offending dog and yell. But try to do it before the dog gets close.


    best of luck!

    That weapon is most certainly illegal in Norway.
  6. Vets often just don’t get it

    And more often they do. They don't look through the same emotional glasses at the animal as the owner, and see the suffering that often ís there, even when the loving owner doesn't (want to). Btw, I am not saying that this is the case here..

    Your "guts" i.e. your emotions are not always the best place to look for advice in making these kind of hard decisions imo.

  7. Hm, I wouldn't have anything against owning a pup like you describe Tick has produced. I know you use your dogs on free range stock don't you? In the annual round up we often have to work sheep that don't know dogs (or worse, know bad dogs...).

    Not very realistic though, importing would probably be prohibitively expensive, even assuming you had available and were willing to sell...

  8. All the snow disappeared in March,but some returned last week, not thàt much, but everything is white again. Kinda frustrating because I an really keen to put out an exercise group (a mixed bag of some yearlings of which two wethers, and a couple of older sheep) to start training my new dog.

    Green grass over there!

  9. Beautiful fire salamander, I am jealous ;)

    I have always loves "creepy crawlies"; amfibians reptiles insects etc. But here in Iceland no reptile- or amfibian species. I know of an attempt to introduce frogs by a danish docter, and more fecently an escaped illegal pet alligator, those animals disappeared without a trace ( the alligator would in combination withbooming tourism and global heating make a great story for a silly horror movie though...).

    Not a lot of interesting insects either though I found an arthropod I didn't know about in a mountain river last summer, Lepidurus arcticus, which rather excited me, to the bewilderment of my fellow riders (we were on a trail ride).

    Water for the sheep was frozen as I had suspected...

  10. Should show this to my wife, she uses her crocs als as an intermediary between houseshoes and wellies. She doesn't work the dogs though so less risk there.

    A very good read during my morning coffee, as I am gathering courage to get up and go feed the sheep and horses ( winter returned, and it's freezing outside).

  11. P.S. Long time ago, I bought a video by Derek Scrimgeour The Shepherd's Pup - much to my surprise the youngest dog there was, I think, 7 months old, and there was a "pup" in the video that was 1.5 years old. I figured at that time that if Derek says it's a pup, then it's a pup. Later, it was very useful in training, since a dog this age looks grown-up, but mentally it is very immature.

    Derek can say what he wants (btw make no mistake, I have a huge respect for Derek Scrimgeour as a handler, instructor and writer), in my book a 1.5 year old dog is an adult. I would suspect "pup" is more used as a term of endearment, rather than literally meaning pup.

    My wife and I have the silly habit of talking about our younger horses as "tryppi" ( an Icelandic term for a horse between 1 and about three years old) even though they have been under the saddle for years ;)

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