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  1. Hi Sue, I posted about my experience with the TPLO earlier, you may have seen it. THe TPLO I had done on Hobbes at the age of 4 lasted throughout his long working life--and believe me, he worked hard, as my main trial/chore dog for many years. As a pointed out in my earlier post, the orthopaedic specialist who did the surgery was highly experienced and very well regarded. My vet told me frankly that the outcome was likely to be far better if I went to him than if anyone in his clinic did the surgery. SO: I'd go with the more experienced vet too, especially one who has done many of these part
  2. Glad to hear it was not the ACL. Just a quick note for anyone else reading this. Anectdotal evidence only of course, but I had the TPLO done on my then-4 year old working collie. He went on to have a long and successful working career. Now, at 14, he does favour that leg slightly, and has clearly developed some arthritis, but overall I'd say he had an excellent outcome. Arthritic changes will occur regardless of the procedure. Of course. the surgery was done by a highly qualified orthopaedic surgeon in a major urban centre, and no doubt that figured in the outcome. In fact, my dog was part of
  3. OMG. Laughing and crying. Good on you Zippy! You were clearly a noble creature destined to bring joy and delight to the world. Salutations! And condolences to you Laura. Zippy will live on in your wonderful memories of him. Andrea
  4. Julie et. al., Nobody is saying this, but it seems pretty clear that the core group that is leaving is probably intending to attract those cattle dog people that can't or won't participate in a sheepdog-style judged Finals, that is the great mass of cattle people who trial P/T arena and probably found the HA event too elitist and sheep-y. Reading between the lines, the breaking point seems to have been the last Finals and the disputes that arose there. Maybe their intention is to gradually up the ante, so to speak, once they have the participants. Will it work? Who knows? Not our problem.
  5. I noticed this too, both here and on other forums (fora?) where this is being discussed. In fact, a goodly number of individuals who are in favour of keeping the program in the USBCHA seem to be sheepdog people who have never, or rarely, run in a cattle trial. I commend Herbert for coming forward and describing the situation honestly. The HA cattledog program has been a losing or break even proposition for years and has never achieved its desired goal of bringing the cattle dog people at large into the tent. Let the individuals who are central to the program as it is have a go at making it su
  6. We are again offering lessons with Scott Glen on Tuesday, October 6, 2009 at Sheri Purcell's new farm near Blackstock, Ontario, about an hour and a quarter north east of Toronto. All levels welcome. 60' round pen, small training field, 30 + acre trial fields. Sheri also has one spot available in the *Mostly* Kelpie clinic October 3, 4 and 5, 2009. Any breed. For more information and/or a reservation form please contact me directly. Andrea de Kenedy
  7. Sure does! Like when I named my young dog Spot Glen (well, really, Glen), Jenny Glen told me it was a damned good name and one she was using herself. And, since we're talking relatives, Spot Glen's older brother (same way bred), Spot, is being run by Kathy Knox for Tricia. A
  8. Casey's Jill, and yes she won the Scottish Brace Championship. There are also at least two of Nell's get running at the Nursery Finals this year (Tricia's Cap and Alasdair's Lyn, both being run by Tricia). A
  9. Sue, I just checked and it looks like Andy Carnegie and Lark may have posted the highest score of the day, a 206. Lark is a daughter of Nell, the dam of your Celt (and my Nap of course!). A ETA Oops no, there's a 207, S Gallagher and Glen.
  10. *Duplicate of post in another thread I won't pursue my previous point here at the . . . er . . . suggestion of our esteemed moderator (we are communicating privately) but I would VERY MUCH like to read Denise's post on THIS topic. I did join the CanGen list at her suggestion (and believe me, it was as struggle to be accepted as a non-geneticist, given their current mix) and spent quite a while reading some very long, usually erudite and largely civilized posts from a wide variety of breeders and scientists in their archives, while trying to stay current on the list. A losing cause I
  11. I won't pursue my previous point here at the . . . er . . . suggestion of our esteemed moderator (we are communicating privately) but I would VERY MUCH like to read Denise's post on THIS topic. I did join the CanGen list at her suggestion (and believe me, it was as struggle to be accepted as a non-geneticist, given their current mix) and spent quite a while reading some very long, usually erudite and largely civilized posts from a wide variety of breeders and scientists in their archives, while trying to stay current on the list. A losing cause I think. In any case, I am particularly interes
  12. Wow. I'm shocked. I go away for a couple of hours and come back to find that blastoff has been labelled a troll and forcibly ejected. Hey, I might not agree with everything or even anything she said (but then again I might), and for sure I came to this late and haven't read all 16 pages either. However, what I DID read from blastoff seemed cogent, reasoned and deserving of reply. If she's wrong and we can show that she's wrong, I don't see why she should not be heard. Hey, Melanie started the thread by wanting to hear from the other side, and blastoff seemed to be presenting a non-uncommon pe
  13. Big, huge sigh as you will, Melanie, but this really is an absurd statement, and smacks of nothing more strongly than a regurgitation of the Boards ethos at the expense of logic and rationality. The intention of the breeder is surely a factor in the likely outcome of a particular breeding, but you're way out on limb saying that it is definitive. I could just as well say that therefore, my (former) Kelpie IS a border collie because he WAS the product of a breeding program meant to produce stock dogs. A
  14. Right. In fact, I made the point here a few years ago that if I put my mind to it, I could probably get a Kelpie ROM'd into the ABCA and, logically, could then breed a border collie to him and produce "working border collies" as many on these Boards define them. No, they're not up to a quality border collie (although IMO they do have certain features more or less unique to the breed and valuable in and of themselves), but there's plenty enough there to beat the pants off your run of the mill ABCA registered border collie. Needless to say, I am not advocating sports breedings or any other t
  15. For a different take, I like the advice our mutual friend gives (paraphrase): "You need a solid down, but once you have it, use it sparingly i.e. don't use it unless you really need it." That's worked pretty well for me, but then I wouldn't doubt that I don't follow it religiously--and may not even be aware of making exceptions. Qualified opinion from an ineffectual autocrat, A
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