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  1. As far as I know Derek is just going to be in California and Oregon this trip. He is going to spend the week with me doing lessons and then judge the Bonanza SDT and then go down to the Santa Rosa area (north of San Francisco) for a week. I don't think he has made his final travel plans yet so you might contact him to see if he is willing to do more.
  2. We still have one spot open in the Alasdair MacRae Shedding Clinic June 24-27 near Tulelake, CA. The cost for the 4 day clinic with a dog is $500 and includes continental breakfast and lunch each day. The clinic covers the regular shed, the marked shed and the International Shed. Each handler and dog works approximately 30 minutes on shedding each day and then gets 2 runs at the end of the day to practice whatever desired. The clinic is suitable for those with dogs just learning to shed all the way up to finished open handlers. Auditing spots are also available for $100 for the 4 days. I went back to Virginia in April and attended one of these and I was extremely impressed with the clinic and learned a lot. Ask anyone who has been to one, they are well worth attending. More info can be found at http://www.bordercollies.com then click on Clinics or call or email for info. Geri Byrne 800-833-0332 or 530-664-2168 or 530-664-4459 fax geri@bordercollies.com
  3. I hate to resurrect this thread but I was asked to do a job and I feel responsible when I say I will do something so here goes. I was able to meet the infamous Charlie Torre at a trial this weekend and managed to snap a photo of him. It was hard to do as he was very elusive but here is the best I could do. I have to admit it was as fun meeting Charlie as it was meeting Sam last month and so I couldn't really take sides in this 'battle' - hence the mysterious photo!
  4. We are planning on hosting the following clinics / lessons this summer: 1) June 24-28, 2004 Alasdair MacRae Shedding Clinic Tulelake, CA $500 with dog, $100 spectator Limited to 10 handlers with dogs Continental Breakfasts and lunches included 2) September 4-6, 2004 Elvin Kopp Sheep and Cattle Camp Steele Swamp Ranch (remote location) Tulelake, CA $375 with dog, $150 spectator Limited to 14 handlers with dogs All meals provided. Rustic lodging or bring your own trailer. 3) The week of September 27 thru October 1, 2004 Lessons with Derek Scrimgeour Tulelake, CA Half hour lessons $50 Please call us for more information or to reserve a spot. Thanks Geri Byrne geri@bordercollies.com 1-800-833-0332
  5. It was an awesome 4 days and I can hardly wait until Alasdair comes out here this summer to do the clinic! I just got home a short time ago and had to go play with all my dogs. It was weird going to a dog event without dogs but I had a great time and learned quite a bit. Maybe I won't use the trial and blunder method of shedding any more! The airline managed to lose one of my suitcases but they have said they will deliver it tomorrow. That will be interesting seeing that it is Easter Sunday and I am 2 hours from the airport and out in the middle of nowhere! It was great meeting you, Sam. You are just how I pictured! I was thinking aboust a tshirt for you but I couldn't decide if it should say 'Up the Hill, Down the Hill' or 'Not Now Kayto'. The weather was cold in the mornings but we got sunburned in the afternoons. Guess I picked the right clinic to go to! Geri
  6. I am flying from California to Virginia tomorrow to observe at an Alasdair shedding clinic. I am looking forward to it after 'hearing' so many of you discuss it on these boards. (Especially all the fun you had at this last one!) Is anyone else going? The weather forecast I pulled up at accuweather sounds fairly good but what do you locals think the weather will be like? You can only pack so much stuff on the plane! Thanks
  7. Thanks for the advice. I will try it today when I get a chance to go work him. He used to stick at the top but doesn't do that anymore (knock on wood). Now it is mostly close at hand. He was a bit afraid of people when I got him so I have been afraid of using harsh corections but I think he has probably been playing me. I used to realize that the turn at the post problem was him catching their eye but I think I kind of forgot it. The best help I ever got was from George Grist at a trial at Porterville. The first day we stalled out at the turn and had to quit. The next morning before our run he took me aside and told me I was letting Ted catch their eye and that is what was stalling them. I knew on the drive or the fetch not to let him do this but I hadn't thought about it at the turn. I paid strict attention to it that day and placed 2nd. Guess I am rusty since my last trial was in October. Thanks for the help in rethinking these things! Geri
  8. Dawn- Thanks for the suggestions. The stand and the get up and all the rest work fine except when he locks on. Then a bomb could go off and I don't think it would phase him. A harsh lie down given twice followed by a flank will usually get him up but sometimes you just don't have that much time. He doesn't do this on all sheep - just hard to move sheep in pressure situations. Geri
  9. I have a dog that before this discussion I would have referred to as a sticky dog but I think clappy dog would more likely describe him. He has great balance and would never dream of holding sheep to a fence but when there is pressure, say at the turn of the post, he claps down and you have to fight him to get up. I have tried teaching him a stand and can get it on a drive but never at the post or at the pen or at the shed. I have tried being nice, being not so nice, it doesn't seem to make a difference. You couldn't ask for a nicer outrun on a dog, at any distance. And he is great at keeping sheep together. But I would love to figure out how to get through this problem. His other biggest flaw, besides clapping down, is he wants to catch the sheep's eye too much, which is really bad on Rambouillets or that type of sheep. I try to anticipate this and stop him before he gets too far but downing him feeds into his clappy problem. That is part of his being great at keeping sheep together but often impedes forward progress especially on balky ewes at the turn of the post. Not sure if this is the too much eye thing or the control freak thing of keeping them contained. Any suggestions? Everyone keeps telling me to keep him on his feet but how??? Thanks Geri
  10. I agree with Amy. Being whistley challenged myself and after listening to thousands of people over the years talk about what whistles do and don't work, I would recommend trying something different than a plastic whistle. I have been whistling for many years and still can't blow a plastic whistle! The stainless steel ones are easier to blow but don't put them in your mouth at 10 degrees without warming them up first (I know this from experience.) I really like Ray Coapman's buffalo horn ones. They are not cold in your mouth and make a nice sound. I trade back and forth between that and a sterling silver one. The main thing I find is if one doesn't work, try another. And I am not just saying this because I sell whistles. Geri Byrne Tulelake, CA www.bordercollies.com
  11. When we started compiling the National Champions book 2 years ago, we thought it would be easy. Ha! There is no written history of the National Finals or the Handler's Association. (Perhaps the USBCHA should appoint a historian?) There are lists of the champion dogs but the list did not even include all of their registration numbers. We contacted all the owners of the dogs and asked for their help. We appreciate the help they and everyone else gave us as we tried to put this information together. Roy Goutte was a great help in analyzing the pedigrees for us. The book is a brief overview and really needs to be taken on by someone in depth. A Key Dogs of North America would be a great book. It would be even more difficult because first you would have to agree on who the key dogs were. Other then the Hall of Fame Dogs, you have dogs which regionally made a great impact but didn't become National Champions, etc. For instance, here in the Northwest you would have to list Jon Carter's Bru and Mike Hubbard's Val. In cowdog lines you would have to include Sandi Newton's Rosie. Probably those of you back east have never even heard of these dogs and you have influential dogs we have never heard of. What makes an American dog is an interesting question? Many of our Champions, especially our earlier ones, were imported. I think it would be interesting to look at what dogs had the most impact on our gene pool here. Anyone up to the task? Geri Byrne Tulelake, CA
  12. Just to throw something else into the guesstimate game of how many working Border Collies there are. I have a mailing list of 30,000 Border Collie people, with the majority being in the U.S. Now obviously those aren't all working Border Collies, but I would guess that half of them are by their buying habits. I am in the process of putting a survey together for my web site and I will be asking what people do with their dogs and how many they have so I should get some numbers I can add to the discussion. Geri Byrne Border Collies In Action
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    I use 'look' also but I was told that I should be using something else because I also use 'look' or 'look back' for a look back. On the look back we want the dog to turn around and look for more sheep. At the post, we want the dog to look ahead for sheep - a completely different movement. Does anyone have any thoughts on this? I am still using look because he knows it but I haven't done a double lift in a competition yet. Do most people use the same command for these two different things or do they have different commands? 'Looking' for answers. Thanks Geri
  14. This book will include the USBCHA National Champions, the Nursery Champions, the Purina/WBC Champions and the Hall of Fame dogs. There is someone else working on a 'key dogs' of America approach but that is much harder to know who to include. This is enough of a project for me for now! Roy Goutte is analzying the pedigrees that extend overseas and we are trying to get personal input from the owners and handlers of the dogs. The book isn't strictly American dogs as much as it is dogs that have won American Championships. Thanks to everyone who has responded. Geri
  15. I am still working on a book on the bloodlines of American champions and am having problems coming up with information and/or photos on a few dogs. Thought I would post this to the boards to see if anyone has this info or access to it. If so you can post me privately at geri@bordercollies.com or call me at 1-800-833-0332. Thank you in advance. 1) Registration number for Hubert Bailey's Tweed, 1991 National Nursery Champion. I have been able to compile his pedigree - just not his number. 2) Registration number and/or pedigree for Ralph Pulfer's Nap, 1992 Purina Champion. 3) Photos or personal info on: Jack Knox's Jed AIBC 1186, E.McCaslin's Max AIBC 41502, Ted Johnson's Jan (Jen) ISDS 108634, Ted Johnson's Glen ABC 35981, Barbara Ligon's Jim ABC 36446 and Barbara Ligon's Roy ABC 76755. Thanks. Geri Byrne
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