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  1. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mMOI_AOy6Pg I found this on YouTube, wow. Hoover clearly understands and loves his job, and he shows patience along with power. Just the right type of bite as well, and he's fearless. Really a great dog! The music amps the videos up for sure, but I would like to have just heard the handler's commands in both videos. Amy
  2. Agree, Lawgirl, it was a pretty good-sized flock for one dog to manage. The sheep were pretty flighty as well, maybe yearlings? He did a good job covering a lot of ground as well. It would be very interesting to see his yard work. Very nice Kelpie! Amy
  3. Wow, nice dog! Thanks for sharing, Lawgirl!
  4. Amanda Milliken is in Kingston. She knows everyone, everywhere ;-) Her contact info should be on the CBCA (Canadian Border Collie Association) website. Good luck! Amy
  5. If you google I-GS testing in dogs, you'll find resources on where to get a test for your dog. It's also known as Cobalamin Malabsorption or Deficiency syndrome. Typically the lab will mail you a cheek swab kit with instructions on how to collect a good sample. Then you mail it back and await the results. Good luck! Amy
  6. Have you DNA-tested him to see if he is affected with IGS, a mutation that prevents the dog from absorbing vitamin B12? The test is available through the usual dog DNA labs that test for inherited diseases. It's showing up in Border Collies with enough frequency that it's worth the test, especially if the gastrointestinal diagnosis is otherwise elusive. The affliction is fatal if untreated, but easily managed with inexpensive B12 injections once or twice a month that you can administer. Good luck and keep us posted. Amy
  7. How fun for you both! We started with Border Collies in 1992 and like you, made a 5-6 hour roundtrip to our first trainer as often as we could. Our progress was slow but steady, and led us to a big move to a 10 acre property, our own sheep, and lots of fun and success on the trial field. I've also had a lot of fun and learning at ASCA events, and I hope the same will be true for you and Val. Keep us posted! Amy
  8. What a sweetheart. She's got the border collie eyes, I'd say. My dogs' ears have usually been 'set' by about 6 months. She's got a lot of ear there, so the muscles that control them may continue to strengthen for a little while longer. Others may disagree, but I'd take a 6 month old on a 4-5 mile hike as long as she can set the pace. Keep us posted! Are you by chance training for the Camino de Santiago, or is it some other overseas adventure? Take care, Amy
  9. Great intro, Nancy, and thanks for saving Mouche (love the name!). Bing just might be her spirit guide for a while, what a cool picture of them on Day 3. I look forward to hearing more of your progress with Mouche! Amy
  10. Excellent advice from Journey, Texas Sheep Dog Association is a rich resource. Be careful, you and Rex might really get bitten with the working Border Collie bug! Thanks for sharing your wonderful story, thanks for your service to our country, and please keep us updated. Amy
  11. Parachute cord makes a dandy long line - you purchase the snap and make your own. It's ideal because it's very light, it doesn't absorb a lot of moisture, and it transmits the tug instantly to the dog as it doesn't have any stretch to it. Good luck with lovely Minnie!
  12. Lucy is lovely! Please keep us updated on her progress, and yours as well! Welcome! Amy
  13. Hi adadrian, My good friend and fellow Border Collie trainer/handler has written a lovely book about her dog Gus, available on Amazon. Her name is Victoria Yablonsky, and the book is Gus: One Woman's Champion. Another favorite is Sheepdogs My Faithful Friends by Eric Halsall. I'm sure others will have more suggestions as well, but you'll benefit by reading about the working Border Collie, not the show version. Enjoy! Amy
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