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About rushdoggie

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  • Birthday 05/13/1970

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  1. to be fair, hes on the Papzilla size...but yeah, shes teeny!
  2. Sorry I have been offline for a while! So I am enjoying my little Jolene quite a bit. Shes a bitty thing of 26 lbs. Handlers in the PNW may recognize her from her previous owner. Shes really honest and fast, a huge difference from my other dog Argos who is sweet and earnest but never did have solid inside flanks or wide flanks. She does have a lot of eye but so far we have had fun. I'm trying to capture her whistles so I can drop or slow her at the top of a big outrun and so far I suck at it, lol. I'm lucky I live in an area very full of talented teachers and handlers and
  3. Update, I was able to find just that in a 3 year old girlie who is very strong eyed and can get stuck but will unstick with some handling. Shes is so incredibly obedient and responsive and in 3 months my handling has improved dramatically. Pus shes very cute and fun and has fit in well. Thank you for all the advice!
  4. I've done this exact thing with my first and not-so-talented dog to help solidify inside flanks and it works pretty good. I did it at home between lessons not instead of sheep but it was helpful. Plus now he likes ducks where he used to hate them, and since hes old now and not fast enough to do much with sheep thats fun we can enter duck trials. And, he loves to corrall up the chickens at the end of the day!
  5. Thanks, my husband is not terribly keen on me bringing home a dog the same age as my dog who is getting older...
  6. I like the idea, but the cost of an Open dog is likely out of my budget. I was looking at a dog who is owned by a well respected person who said the dog would be ready for ProNov with that person, but who hadn't been trialed and that dog was pretty expensive, like double my budget.
  7. So...I have a dog. He is the only dog I have trained in stockwork. I didn't start with him until he was 4 and he has an old injury that affects his gait so his speed overall is slow. I have worked him with a wonderful terrific trainer, and I am proud of us and what I have learned and what he and I have accomplished. He's simply too slow to do much with USBCHA trials, a little Novice and fumbling through Ranch, but anything bigger he simply can't cover. He looses his sheep and he gets frustrated and slices and I certainly don't help fumbling handler that I am. SO its cool, we do AHBA
  8. My old Papillon also hates flies. If one gets in the house she disappears and hides. Being old and losing her hearing has reduced her fear quite a bit because even if she heard a buzz she would hide. In the garage, in a stored crate. Took me 20 minutes or so to find her.
  9. I heard about his passing on NPR today. I am sad...Nop's Trials is part of what led me to these amazing dogs and I have tremendous respect for his influence on the breed. Godspeed.
  10. Just fyi, any place dogs congregate you increase risk of illness, be it a dog park, a training building or a trial. And no you can't tell if the dogs you see are healthy. My fully vaccinated dogs all recently were exposed to and contracted a nasty nasty strain of kennel cough from a (fully vaccinated) dog who apparently had the disease but was asymptomatic. The dogs interacted nose to nose as they were friends and friendly with each other prior to a romp. So don't assume that a dog who is vaccinated and looks ok couldn't be sick. Also, don't assume that you have to go to a dog park
  11. I hate dog parks. For far too many people "off leash = no reason to control your dog." Not every dog wants to wrestle with every dog and if your dog is that way then you are not allowed to advocate for him. Its far too many dogs crammed into a small area with too few eyes supervising, so when and if something goes wrong its too late. A dog park used to be an area where you were allowed to run your dog off leash, and you would walk with them or play with them and if your dog found a dog they liked they could play. Nowadays its more about dogs playing which not every dog wants to do.
  12. Ditto. Its partly a culture thing, I live in the PNW and I constantly have people peering in my car because they can see my crates. They are tied down and always there and so often empty but people seeing them get all worked up. I had one lady yell at me for leaving dogs in a car (and it was like 65 degrees out and the car was mostly in shade), then when I pointed out the crates were empty (and they are pretty easy to see into) she yelled at me because leaving crates in my car is misleading and causes people like her to have to worry. Srsly. I'm getting my windows tinted.
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