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  1. There is usually a Jack Knox clinic in Leesburg VA, sometime in April (?), at Fleetwood Farm, hosted by the wonderful Walt Feasel (sp). In May, he visits Debbie and Steve Collison's farm in Davidsonville MD. These clinics are usually filled, but that brings me to my main point: can't get your dog in? Go Anyway! If you are just getting started, auditing a clinic is invaluable and less expensive. I have had to pull back from taking working spots at clinics, but would gladly pay to audit a good clinician's day. I will learn from each and every dog who is worked and not have the anxiety
  2. That was sweet. Trust is a two-way. Where I work grooming dogs, I get the ones who have been booted from the facilities for stuff like biting. I may have to muzzle them at first, but it's always my goal to get them out of it, even though they have shown me they will bite. I feel like once they know me, know what'll happen (nothing), I have to give it back to them to show I trust them. No better enjoyment than getting through the whole shebang and no muzzles. Good girl, Fly! Hugs to you, Donald. See you down the road.
  3. October 4, 2012 marks the 36th State Fair Sheepdog Trial. As many Virginians know, our State Fair has fallen into some rough times, culminating in it's bankrupcy and auction of the real estate and property of the Fair. When the Fair announced its fate, it also regretfully announced there would be no fair in 2012. The new property owners (Universal Fairs of TN), and our Virginia Farm Bureau Federation have sprung into action to assure us that we WILL have a fair this year, and a short few weeks ago, they contacted Karen Thompson about hosting the SDT again this year. She called me, and I sa
  4. I was told about this thread a couple of weeks ago, but stayed away til now. Donald, my heart is with you and Anne (and June's other beloved handler), I hate that you had to lose her. I appreciate what you both did when you found out about her condition, and I have to say I would easily do the same thing. Our dogs are with us until we let them go or God takes them. I think they accept what we decide, trusting that we need them. For me, it's hard to let go, but I feel like I step out of my body and that middle-aged person in it makes the call, while my heart is screaming like an infan
  5. Good to think about the where and when ahead, and my only offering would be to talk about your general leanings concerning euthanasia with your current (and hopefully, trusted) veterinarian well ahead of the time when it becomes more a current issue. I work for a small animal vet, and have friends who are also vets, if this is something I can plan for (not a Luke situation), I'd do it where they are happiest, the last one was Eve, she liked to go to work. Not hard. Calvin was really, really sick, but I took him from work to the truck, just outside, and I like to think he thought he was goin
  6. ...and to Sue Rayburn, another person I hardly ever get to see even though we're always at the same address a LOT of the time! Her cheer and initiative to help is remarkable and her own distinctive trademark! I always get see you leave, Sue, hope you see me waving goodbye and Godspeed! I hope it was all David and Cheryl wanted it to be, I think it was a massive undertaking, and likely not over by a mile for them, still. I was astounded to hear all the voices over channel 1, all looking for help and getting it. Good job, you guys. The trial community (working Border Collie) is not to b
  7. This particular dog lives in a place where they could have livestock, and they intend to get feeder calves anyway, and horses. Peter has been here for a few spells, once while they needed to board him after getting loose and HBC, slight break in a front leg. At home he is very watchful and a good house-guarding dog, doesn't want other dogs around, and for us here, a really good dog to work with when he needed vet care. His skin is just a nightmare and still trying to fgigure out what that is about, food allergy or what, but he invariably chew his haunches into nasty hotspots. I don't think
  8. I have a client who has a GP who is having some issues with with adjusting to life on a rural setting, the owner wants to give him a "job" watching some animals (goats or sheep). PLEASE offer up some opinions, I showed her this forum and she will check in for responses. He is also having some serious skin issues that she feels might settle down if he had something to do other than chew on himself. She's a really nice lady, he's a great dog. Looking for help!!
  9. As a person who has seen more trials from the back side than the post, I have the best seat in the house. I can defend the use of corn on dog-and-trial broke sheep because in the end, the dog with the best outrun and lift will likely win it. It isn't perfect, but if you needed to move sheep off a feed bunk, how the dog handles might be the same. From my vantage point, the dog who has left his handler's feet and comes around quietly and stealthily will present himself to the sheep in such a way, even on corn, that says "I mean for you to move, and if you co-operate, I mean you no harm.
  10. ^^^What they said, and I would add this, any of us groomers recognize that the skills we have developed in our work begin with really good basic animal handling and savvy. Most of what I do with pets depends on my being able to have a compliant, happy animal work with me. Kids can learn this easily if they have that special instinct, and there is one, to work with animals. Now is the time to get that kid into 4-H, find her a project leader who can teach her how to prepare and handle animals for show, all the husbandry, the prepping of coats, training for conformation handling, obedience, th
  11. Sorry if I was being flip...just hit my funny bone. I just hate shaving dogs that just need time and elbow grease. He looks handsome, and some dogs inherit a full, thick coat. Most of mine tend to not be so thick, but they definately have seasonal sheds, and dogs that are neutered seem to get thicker coats than they had before neutering. I kind of doubt climate has much to do with it, but won't swear to it. If you do try a groomer, try to be specific about what you want, but trimming, to me, isn't going to solve "thick". A good bath can help blow out extra coat, and they have eq
  12. The last thing a groomer wants to do is shave a husky!
  13. Choices. It's about choices. I refuse to believe I'm going to cause the destruction of the planet if I drive my honking F150 (with 173,000+ miles on it) to Maryland to hang out with Jack Knox, who flew in from Missouri to Maryland just to earn his living educating us. I don't have a fuel efficient vehicle, but I do turn off lights and recycle my trash. I have every dog I ever bred unless someone else still wants it more. I would think NOTHING of driving down to hang out with Julie (south 3+hours?) or Donald (west 3 hours?) and swap lies about all kind of stuff and watch THEM wor
  14. When I got my first dog, I traveled 2.5 hours for a three day clinic in MD. I didn't know a soul. When I look back, it was remarkable, given how I'd lived til then, never really traveled much at all, never had stayed in a motel alone, just did horse shows and day trips due to my job(s) and home commitments. That was 1994? The passion to work with dogs and sheep (I really love sheep) changed my life, and I love to drive, thankfully, to places I would never have seen before that time. My job requires that I work 50% of the weekends of the year, and as many of the holidays. To get to tra
  15. Check with Derrick, he's good and in VA. I've used him for our rowdy 4-H sheep. He's a nice young man and knows his stuff. http://lordwillinshearin.com/
  16. Ditto that info, also goes for any DVM product you may be fond of, including their shampoos, Malaseb shampoo being prominent for lots of skin yeast and bacterial issues. I use a LOT of NuSal-T, malaseb, Ectokyl (flea) and Chlorhexaderm (use all these at work), a really good ear flush, T8 Keto, and the Synovi-G3, and the equine equivalent. We stocked up when we heard about the sale and the FDA issues, our distributor's stock is all there will be for a while. If you like the products, get what you can but be looking for substitutes just in case.
  17. OH...I gotta add, one of the coolest things I've seen is finding birdnests that have blown down, lined with fluff or horse hairs, I find them all over my place, what a miracle. Let that fluff blow!
  18. I groom dogs (and cats) and I would hate to wear what I throw away. No matter how clean you got it, the thing is, it is dog/cat, and even really clean, it smells like it. Sheep smells like sheep, alpaca smells like alpaca and angora rabbit smells like rabbit. Those scents are pretty innocuous, and I actually love sheep-scent. The best use for dog clippings is in the garden, to ward off those animals who are afraid of dog, and even that is debatable. I would wonder why a collie or another full coated dog would be wanting to give us it's coat for someone to spin into yarn, unless it's ju
  19. We are making preparations for the State Fair SDT coming up in two days (Oct 1), and I am now familiar with the arena it will be in. It feels smaller to me than last year, maybe because it has no "cover" like last year, and it is definately smaller than those years it was held in the Grandstand Arena at the old Strawberry Hill facility. This is the first year it will be at the Meadow Event Park, and we are happy they included the trial in their plans for the new park. That wasn't a certaintly, even though the trial has been at the fair for almost thirty years! Karen has fielded some que
  20. There was a little confusion on the date, it is definately NEXT Thursday (not tomorrow, Sept. 24) October 1. The second Thursday of the fair, as is traditional. Day off to travel to Montpelier Station for the Fiber Festival and Sheepdog Trials NEXT weekend (not this one). See everyone there, hope you like the new fair location. It is gorgeous, they've done a good job.
  21. Yeah, we rule at the top. I understand we get to work some nice woolies. I think this trial is going to be one of the special ones. Lets hope for some nice early fall weather now! Sue, Julie is right. The thing with me is that being around so many dogs, I would tend to lean toward vaccinating when ordinarily I would not. I would think us all being out in the open, we won't have much chance of spreading any airborne stuff. If we did have any cases in here, I would likely stay away from trials. I have not vaccinated yet, and he's not compelling me to do so yet, so I'm wondering how m
  22. To clarify, we have not seen any cases, but there was an article that a client read from the Washington Post that told about CIV causing some problems for clinics and shelters up there. My DVM/practice owner got the vaccine, and we have started to offer it to clients and those who travel, board, that kind of thing. As an employee, I take a dog to work every day, sometimes a couple, and I do travel with my dogs to trials pretty frequently. I think I will go ahead and vaccinate for it. We have gotten the AVMA info on it, and listened to a teleconference from a DVM in Atlanta who got it in he
  23. Has anyone experienced any canine influenza in their area? I understand Northern VA and PA, Atlanta, and other places have had some real problems with it, and my practice owner (DVM) has gotten the vaccine and has sent out an email to our clients about getting the vaccine now before it gets to our area (Central VA). Tell me more, listening to the CDC phone conference at a staff meeting gave me the feeling that I should vaccinate, but I also worry that it's marketing. Any real experience out there with this one?
  24. I thought I updated this, but when I hit send, it must have not sent. The officer came out again, Long Story Short, I passed, end of story (to her). She was pleased with the arrangements, asked me if this is where they're living now and I said yes. "Now" was yes, today, not so much. I will leave the set-up, but if I want to leave them in the house, I will. If I take them to the barn, so be it. I spent at least an hour picking her brain on this whole thing, hard to tell if this was her need to see it through or her department's. I did learn she is not staying in this job, apparentl
  25. Vicki, do what gives you the satisfaction of knowing you are NOT a gutless wonder, no matter what the outcome. I just have to watch my emotions, not get sidetracked by my outrage/annoyance with the whole thing and keep it to basics. I feel I can't get any more basic on this than my initial concern that this is overstepping government's usefulness and taking my privacy away, and privacy makes me happy. Update: no one called yesterday, so I called AC. Round one, was put on hold for a few minutes. I dropped the phone which caused a hang up on my part, so I called again. The poor woman
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