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  1. Hi Caroline. Eeek - haven't been over here for a while - it's all different. Don't even know where to find my mailbox - will look. Hope you and the dogs (and your mum) are all well. Cheers - Barb (Tassie)

  2. Hi Barb, I cant send you an email with news as I think your inbox is full!


  3. That must be a relief to see the handsome boy's nose back to its handsome self. Scaary that it went so quickly into the leather. But it is a good reminder to protect Border Collie noses from sunburn if they are lacking any pigment on the nose. I have no problem with my girl, but each of the boys I've had have needed sun protection in summer. I usually use white zinc cream, since then I can tell when I need to re-apply it - and the dogs haven't been nose-lickers. My vet is happy with me using that on the dogs, but warned not to use it on cats, who needless to say will lick it off and in
  4. Oh Erin, I am so very sorry to hear that you have lost your lovely Maggie. As others have said, she was one of those dogs that many of us who've been around for a while felt that we 'knew'. And what a gracious lady in her passing.
  5. I've seen one episode of what I believe was this in my Border Collie bitch. She was about 3 or 4 at the time, and on a mild day, we were trying to gather a mob of about 70 superfine Merino weaner lambs in a sloping paddock. The lambs were being very uncooperative, even though they did have a few dry ewes in with them. Kirra seemed to stop being able to process commands, and then I noticed her legs - rear particularly - wobbling. I stopped her and went over to her and carried her down to my trainer's truck - no stock tank handy, but I doused her belly with the water we had in the truck.
  6. AK Dog Doc. And do the dogs fit in there somewhere? Will have to look out for the book!
  7. My two got Wubba Friends from CR for Christmas (they had free shipping too ). They are good for tugging and for throwing - and both my Border Collies love them My agility girl even likes squeaking heres, she gets tso excited - and she doesn't 'do' squeaky toys usually.
  8. From those photos - it seems like he's settliong in pretty well with you - good job!
  9. For obedience and agility - I use small pieces of soft stuff - mostly human food. I want the dog to be able to eat the treat very quickly and keep their mind on the job ready for the next thing. So I usually have a mixture of low-fat tasty cheddar cheese, microwaved small pieces of skinless hot dogs, chicken loaf (I buy from the deli - get them to slice it about 1.2 inch thick), small cubes of a kind of sausage we call Devon - used in slices for sandwiches - maybe it's called Baloney there - like Strasbourg sausage only not so fatty. These are all not too greasy. ANd you can make a bulk su
  10. An alternative topic heading could be - "Annie showed my son the consequences of a really poor behaviour choice". Sorry it had to happen, Bustopher, but as others have said, sounds like Annie was within her rights, and made a proportionate response, exercising great self-control - good dog, Annie. On a more serious note, I guess this means that maybe you all need to be a little more vigilant (not that you haven't been in the past) about not having Annie put into a situation she finds fearful or threatening, especially with really young or old people, for whom an inhibited nip migth in
  11. Again, without seeing exactly what's going on, I would tend to agree with those who are saying the whole thing needs to be more fun for you and the dog. I'd be wondering if it would be worth consciously doing lots of high energy foundation flat work with the dog for a while. Circle work - and you can do some of your handling stuff there. Rear cross drills - including racing for a toy. None of this will do any harm, and could help. It also takes pressure off both of you. I'm being very conservative - perhaps over-conservative - with my new boy. He's 16 months old, and has had lit
  12. Sue - it varies from place to place - some parts of the country have had severe flooding, while much of the south east is still in drought. My trainer and friend has had to reduce her flock by 50% - trying desperately to maintain the great superfine merino genetics she'd been building up. One wheat farmer was quoted on the radio as saying he was a 'wheat planter' not a 'wheat grower' because of the number of crop failures he'd been experiencing. Thanks for the kind words too - I do miss those days spent on the farm, watching my little girl do her best imitation of what real Border Collie
  13. Popping in out of the ether to express my appreciation of this topic. Knowing no better, I started in ANKC (AKC type) 'herding'. but was uncomfortable with what was happening. I was incredibly lucky and had the chance to learn to do basic farm chores with my little agility girl on a friend's superfine merino property. As others have said, the sheep came first and foremost and were always to be respected. At that stage she was able to maintain a small flock of training wethers, for her own dogs, and I was able to work with those, until my dog and I became competent enough to start doing cho
  14. And if you wanted something really specky in the way of color, surely an outcross to a chameleon would do the trick .
  15. Over here in Oz, your Buffer would be a perfect candidate for earth dog competitions - they have to go down holes in the ground .
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