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  • Birthday 10/23/1944

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    Dogs. Hotrod cars. GMC motorhomes

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  1. Of our three the first came from Ms Rodgers on Lookout Mountain from her Tara, Rodgers' Miss Billie Mags. She raised our Kuvasz puppies for 14 years. The next and the current both came from Phoenix Rising rescue. Bess lasted 12 years, Bonnie is with us, we believe about 7 or so. Since she went to her first home as a street dog, true age isn't know. For Bess and Bonnie, we asked PRBCR to keep a lookout for a low pressure girl. Bess was a failed herder who worked out quite well. Bonnie shows street smarts, and excitement when it'[s indicated, the rest of the time she's the close dog. Doe
  2. consider the basis of the problem of the 'substandard breeder'. It stems from the fact there is more demand for Border Collies than there are dogs being produced by reasonable breeders. The gaps is filled by volume breeders who may or may not use good breeding practices. Hollywood probably is as guilty as anything... ask the Dalmatio people - who would happily march on Disney and burn the place down. My other breed is Kuvaszok, we were just all happy nobody went to see the second "Homeward Bound"picture which had one in it. I Steward dog shows and I see two breeds called Border Colli
  3. As to regrets, two: First, the gurus like Mr McCaig are aging out. As George Jones sang, "Who's gonna fill their shoes?" The second is no one thought to trademark the name. Both of which are purely regrets because neither can be changed at this point. The bright spot - what the general public considers a 'Border Collie' is what's being shown in Conformation. After something over ten years of breeding to a 'standard' what's seen in show rings bears little resemblance to what's seen at trials, and none of the attributes valued for moving stock about. It should be noted, the show
  4. According to an article locally, the CDC estimates somewhere between a quarter million and a million 'rescue' dogs are imported into the IS per year. This because there simply aren't as many dogs as there are people who want them. 'Overpopulation' has loong since been overcome. Now, someone is going to fulfill this desire - which is estimated at 8 million dogs per year. Rescues and shel;ters buy the imports and resell them. We now have canine rabies strain - which had been eradictaed in the US back again. Along with some zoonotic diseases we're getting new strains of virtually every d
  5. After a career spent largely in Country radio, you bring to mind a George Jones song, "Who's gonna fill their shoes". You leave a very large pair.
  6. NAIA did a study a couple of year ago. Using the shelters' criteria for breed, something like 10 percent of inhabitants were 'purebred'. Our Kuvasz boy is normally accused of being a 'labradoodle' even more than a Great Pyrenees, times have changed. Poodle (!) and "White Golden Retriever" also appear. Don't even ASK about the two Border girls - one ABC and one From A Good Neighborhood, both from Phoenix Rising Rescue. Instead of bashing registries, why not put the same effort into making your County Commissioner aware of the pitfalls of restrictive laws? --johnny
  7. Unite in sharing information about the common enemy. Poor choice of words on my part, 'share information' would be better. --johnny
  8. They're two fairly distinct sets of dogs. What you see at conformation shows have no intensity or Eye. What you see at Trials bears little resemblance to the conformation dogs. Both types' fanciers need however to face the common enemy. If we do not unite against the animal rights movement we will fall, separately or together.
  9. Someone will have to ask for it to be added. My initial concern wasn't 'who do and who don't' as far as registries go. It was to inform people about the rather draconian laws that get passed, sometimes with the best of intentions.
  10. Call it as you will, 'disagreement' is fine. Again the point is, co-operation against laws being pushed by AR activists will work better than hand - wringing while all the dogs lose.
  11. Worse than sad and ironic - believe that the AR folks are in there pitching "The ABCA supports CRUELTY TO ANIMALS> THEY SIC THEIR DOGS ON DEFENSELESS SHEEP!!!" County commissioners, with very few exceptions, will grease the squeakiest wheel, they have no personal interest in most issues. The ABCA needs to be on these folks (the Commissioners) like white on rice to put it politely. Or otherwise, they won't be recognized and your options will be breed AKC or be illegal, as far as Borders in Chatham County are concerned. And realize, this will be the model for every county in turn if it i
  12. Realize, the AKC had nothing to do with their selection - it's the only Registry they'd heard of. Legislative Liasons wasn't aware of this until after it had passed - the would have helped fight it had they known. The basic point being, lousy legislation is now usually coming at the County level. Sticking our collective heads in the sand because we don't like this or that group helps no one. The NAIA and AKC are currently the people most versed and best able to help fight this sort of foolishness. You need to join them in the fight, not nedessarily in the peace.
  13. Shared with permission. Only Chatham county, but County Commissions see this as a means to money, and don't much care about the cnsequences of bad legislation. Currently, if you breed a Border Collie in Chatham County, GA, you must pay $250 the first time and $1000 the second. And you must spay or neuter the litter when appropriate and the parents immediately. Fairly long read, but essential: CHATHAM COUNTY GA Breeders PLEASE read. Other breeders need to read also!!!! Follow up on Chatham County GA Animal Services new ordinances as I have understood them today. Sorry it is long but nee
  14. Please read and reread the advice above. Then come to terms with the following, given my before I co-bred my boys (Of my other breed) - ' These are my puppies. They did not ask to come to this world, I brought them here. Consequently, I am responsible for them for life, and I will meet that responsibility. If they cannot stay where I have placed them for any reason, I will require that they be returned to me, and I will refund the purchase price. I will rehome them or they will live out their lives with me underfoot. And when through age or infirmity their quality of life is gone beyon
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