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  1. No not red and blue. The blue is a dilution of the black dog. Lilac is a dilution of the red/chocolate gene. Not that color matters to the sheep.
  2. Our 12 1/2 year old dog was born with a PDA. He was over a year old when the University was able to perform the procedure for him. He has lived a normal life since then. He worked sheep for my husband and he was able to trial him some in novice. Our Stryker did dislocate his hip and had to have two surgeries to correct that. But he is still going strong at 12 1/2. Please feel free to ask me any questions. We didn't have to keep him quiet after his procedure as he did not have open heart surgery. The procedure they did for him involved going into the femoral artery and feeding a device up to his heart and then inflate this balloon type of a device. Kathy
  3. My 12 1/2 year old girl gets 1/4 of 60mg Proin 3 times a day and also gets one DES every 5 days to control her incontinence. She weighs about 33-34 lbs. Any less than that and she will leak again. Kathy
  4. Thank you to both you and John for hosting these fun trials. It was a great learning experience for my young dog. It was a good way to get out for the first time in the spring. The lunch on Saturday was very good, I wasn't there for lunch on Sunday. Thanks again, Laura. Kathy
  5. Here the link to where you can get some info on the Kathy Knox clinic. http://www.sunshineobedience.com/docs/herdingclinic.html Kathy
  6. There are plenty of people in Iowa who could help you. There are also clinics with Kathy Knox in Council Bluffs and eastern Nebraska that you could attend to get some help. Kathy
  7. Thanks to Laura and Rissa for hosting the fun trial on Saturday. Rissa, lunch was great!! Thanks to everyone who helped. I was so pleased with the work that my dog did. It was great seeing everyone. I am looking forward to another one in the spring. Thanks again, Kathy
  8. KathyF

    Jim Chaffin

    Here is Jim's obituary. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Obituary – James L. Chaffin James L. Chaffin, age 75, died Tuesday, November 8, 2011 at his residence. A Celebration of Jim’s life will be held at 1:30 PM on Saturday, November 19, 2011 at the Vesper Community Center at 5032 Benson Avenue in Vesper, WI. Jim was born on June 6, 1936 in Hamilton, Montana to Amos and Frances (Kurth) Chaffin. Jim served in the U.S. Air Force from 1962-1970. He married Lola L. Buddenhagen on December 23, 1966 in Waukau, Iowa. Jim graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Education and attained Master’s Degrees in both Education and Guidance and Counseling. Jim was a teacher and helped to develop the LEAP Program at Lincoln High School for many years. Following his retirement from teaching, Jim and Lola were active for more than a decade in Border Collie Stock Dog Trialing throughout the Midwest, hosting several sanctioned trials on their farm. Jim is survived by his loving wife, Lola; devoted daughters Judith (Tony) Caruso of Cottage Grove, WI and Jacquline (Conrad) Kempinska of Basking Ridge, NJ; loved granddaughter, Hannah; sister Carol George (Vern) of Arizona; and brother Wallace Chaffin of Montana. Jim is also survived by other family members. In lieu of flowers, a scholarship will be established in Jim’s name through Community Foundation of Greater South Wood County. In the interim, earmarked donations can be sent to Jim’s daughter, Jackie Chaffin, at 21 Hunters Lane, Basking Ridge, NJ 07920. Jim was preceded in death by his parents and one brother.
  9. KathyF

    Jim Chaffin

    If anyone would like to send Lola a card here is her address: 7097 Swetz Road Vesper, WI 54489
  10. KathyF

    Jim Chaffin

    Jim Chaffin passed away the evening of Tuesday, November 8th, 2011. The local sheepdog community lost a great friend last night. Jim and Lola have hosted a wonderful trial the first weekend of October in the middle of Wisconsin for the past 6 years. They always provided a first class trial with very even sheep. Jim also kept track of the year end awards for the WWSDA. Jim will be missed by all of his friends and family. Thank you Jim. Kathy Flynn
  11. I have fed my sheep pumpkins every fall that we have used them for decorating. The bonus we had this year is that they managed to "plant" a seed and we got our own pumpkins this year. Once it is time I can take some pictures of them eating the pumpkins next month. Kathy
  12. In case anyone wanted to see Pete's obituary it is located here: http://www.keslingfuneralhome.net/fh/obituaries/obituary.cfm?o_id=1249929&fh_id=12468#.TmI5fI5ZjWM I never had a chance to meet him, but have heard many good things about Pete. Kathy
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    Laura- When I saw the title for this post all I could think of was shit, no, not Jaax. He sure was a special guy and I will say that both Pearse and Sam described him to a T. I remember many a time seeing him just leap over a fence and just bring those sheep in. He was one of the great ones. We are both so sorry for your loss, Laura. Kathy and Steve
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    Laura- I am so sorry to hear about the loss of Bear. He had a good life with you. Kathy
  15. Betty- I applaud you for saying something to the handler. I witnessed a handler a few years ago not allow his dog to go to a kiddy pool of water after it's run. He proceeded to dump the pool and tell his dog that it didn't deserve it. I did speak with the trial host and he talked to the handler and told him if he ever did something like that again that he would not be allowed to compete in this trial again. Kathy
  16. Remember to tuck your whistle inside of your shirt when you spray yourself with bug spray. (tastes horrible). Be careful to not lean over a wire crate with your whistle on or you may find yourself not able to stand up. Another case for tucking the whistle inside of your shirt. Kathy
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    So sorry to hear about Hope, Laura. It is so hard to lose a heart dog. Kathy
  18. Deb- One thing that I have done is mimic the songs of birds when I am outside. They are typically two or three notes in their songs so it made it easier for me to copy and work with. Kathy
  19. I see no reason to leave a testicle inside the body. You should really have the retained testicle removed too. Kathy If a testicle remains inside the body for many years it is more likely to develop cancer. The cancer of retained testicles is serious and causes significant changes such as hair-loss and anemia (due to excessive hormone production) as well as spreading to other parts of the body. Another possible serious complication is that of 'testicular torsion'. If the testicle remains in the abdomen it may become tangled in the ligament that attaches it to the body wall. This can cut off the blood supply to the testicle causing severe abdominal pain. As the testicle is not visible it can be quite difficult to work out what the problem is.
  20. I would go along with Crawfords Dogs and recommend a visit to a dog chiropractor. My husband's dog, who has had a FHO, would keep having intermittent limping on right front leg. I took him to someone who does some chiropractic work and also does myofascial release and after just a few visits he has been limp free for over 2 years. When I first brought him in he had a neck vertebrae out of alignment along with a few other things, another time he had popped a rib out. I have found that she has done wonders for a lot of dogs. Kathy
  21. The brass blaster from these guys also measures 1 3/4 " at its widest point. So, I am not sure if any of the buffalo whistles or any others are wider than that. Kathy
  22. The colors that any species can see is determined by the number of cones in their eyes. So, basically they can count the number of cones in the species eyes and that tells us if they can or cannot see colors and how many colors they can see. http://hyperphysics.phy-astr.gsu.edu/hbase/vision/rodcone.html Kathy
  23. If all else fails, why not contact the person who is putting on the fun trial ask them what their specifications are for a person to be a novice. Kathy
  24. And don't forget your local Ag Store. That is where I got a lot of my advice and help with the chickens. We love our fresh eggs. Kathy
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