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Gary M

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  1. Don't know if it will do any good but I reported the ad as a possible scam since it claims the dogs are ABCA registered and being a poodle cross, this is blatant false or misleading advertising.
  2. OK, I see where I was mistaken and my apologies for my erroneous assumption. When your web site mentioned breeding for the show ring, I thought it meant ACK. Looking at the ASCA website, I see they promote their own version of an appearance based breed standard so that while you could have a CH, it would be an ASCA CH as opposed to an ACK CH. Is that correct or can a ASCA registered dog be both? I would have hoped that the ASCA would be more like ABCA where at least the stated goal is performance based breeding, not appearance.
  3. The website talks about dogs that are suitable for the show ring. I am assuming this means the ACK ring and judging by the letters before and after some of the dogs names, I assume that means they are ACK shown dogs and champions as well. I would like to know if this is correct, because if it is and the Las Rocosa kennels is breeding show dogs, it kind of blows any credibility I may have had for that kennel. ACK is not only bad for Border Collies, it is bad for all breeds.
  4. That Daylight Saving Time ends the first Sunday in November. This means woo-wooing at what is now 4:30 am to get me up (when I set my alarm, haha, at 5:30 am) and 4 pm to get fed (when you get fed when the clock reads 5 pm) isn't going to work!
  5. Julie, Yes, I know it is not ok. But I also know that there is a dichotomy on this board when it comes to calling it out. Sleazy breeders are called out on this board by name, and IMO rightfully so, when they are color breeders, puppy mills, etc., but in the 7 years I have been on this board, "respected" trialers and breeders that are not much, if any better, are only alluded to, never named. Why is that?
  6. Of course you then get some of the biggest of the big hats that will sell their dogs to byb / puppy mills / color breeders and are not only not ashamed of the fact that they do, but highlight the breeder they sold to on their web page. But that is ok, I guess, because the big hats have no responsibility what happens to their pups after they have been sold to the sleaze breeders. Or so I have been told on this board.
  7. Here it is of different but I don't know if it unusual. Nisa will only play with Bernie inside or out and the only game they will play is tug. It is most often one of them shoving the object de jour into the others face, not wanting what the other has. Outside, Bernie will play with Chloe, but only chase. Chloe is not into toys. Tasha will play chase with Chloe, but not Bernie. Nisa outside will take any object Tasha has away from her and Tasha lets her. Tasha will run behind Nisa, but more to aggravate Nisa than anything else. (At least it has been over a year since those 2 tried to k
  8. I should have noted that Capstar is not a long term preventative. We used it on Tasha since she had fleas from the pound and we did not want to bring her into our house with them. We have (thankfully) been virtually flea free at our home for almost 20 years and only use preventatives on the rare instance we find a flea on any one of the dogs. So far this year I think we have found 2 or 3 so we have had to break out the Frontline a couple times but with the weather no getting colder, I hope we are done for the year.
  9. When we got Tasha she had fleas from the pound. The vet gave her Capstar (http://www.capstar.novartis.us/) which worked great. May be worth looking into.
  10. I don't see how a talented dog would be "shut out". If Spot is unable to be registered because one of his parents was an ACK champion and de-registered, Spot could... Still be trained as a sheepdog. Still enter USBCHA trials. If handled by a USBCHA member, collect points towards the Nationals If good enough, trial at the Nationals If really good enough, be bred and the resulting offspring could be ROM'ed. The only thing Spot cannot do is be ABCA registered. Spot does not care about that, only Spot's owner does.
  11. But as people decide not to have kids but to have dogs, breeds actually get altered. If we alter a breed too much, it can’t do what it was bred to do,” Delsman said. (emphasis added) Yeah, that's why... (where is the puke emoticon)
  12. As Mr. McCaig quoted in a different thread, "A Man cannot serve two Masters". The masters here being the working bred Border Collie or the AKC. It has always been my opinion and position that the AKC has proven itself to serve more to the detriment of all breeds it has touched than it has ever served to their betterment and because of that and in that regard I personally consider them evil. And I do not support or compromise with evil. One can make excuses that it is the only game in town for some activities, or that because you have border collies you don't care how they have ruined ev
  13. I guess I don't know where all these ill-mannered dogs are, or I have a higher tolerance threshold or maybe I have just been extremely lucky my entire life but I have never had the dog confrontations many here seem to have had. Not even when I was young (10-14) and my dad had a home delivery milk route that I was on every day of the summer or when I later had a paper route. I have never, literally never, been bitten by a dog other than my own and then only twice and both were understandable from the dog's viewpoint. (Sadie who bit me when she was in severe pain and I touched her wrong and a
  14. I think first of all, most non working people that want a border collie need to get over the "must have puppy" syndrome. Yes puppies are cute and snuggly and all that good stuff, but there is also housebreaking, teething, room redecorating, and all that not so good stuff. As most all of us probably agree, any puppy is a crap shoot in most every way. I would personally get a 1.5 - 2 year old well socialized, housebroken, basic trained border collie from good working breeding lines that doesn't make the herding cut than an 8-10 week puppy anytime. In fact after Baby died almost 3 years ago,
  15. Yeah :D this is really gonna happen.... :D (not)
  16. Julie, We are not is disagreement here, but seem to be talking past each other. I was referring specifically to Geonni's earlier post that mentioned... "Making the assumption that a breeder of working Border Collies would own sufficient livestock to properly evaluate his puppies' working ability, why not sell pups with an agreement that the youngsters would be brought for stock working lessons, free of charge until talent was firmly established. The breeder can then evaluate all his dogs' progeny, and set the pet/sport owner on the road to possible trialing. Said breeder would not incur
  17. Julie, Agree with what you said re: speuter. Someone earlier mentioned and I am aware of some AKC contracts that prevent spay / neuter without the breeder's permission or that they retain future breeding rights. I would assume that if I got a dog from a working breeder I am free (or may be required) to spay / neuter as a pet home. However in this "hypothetical" it could be possible that if the dog were to be evaluated for ability, there could be a desire on the breeder's part to have them remain intact until that evaluation is complete. Since this was a hypothetical question, I was giv
  18. AH, but then situations change and what happens? You are transferred to a night shift? Gas goes to $4 a gallon? Does the dog go back to the breeder if it has shown any promise? I think I have read that most dogs are not really even exposed to stock much before about 6 months old (please correct if I am mistaken) and maybe up to a year after that to truly evaluate. Do I really want to keep an unaltered dog that long and put up with heat cycles or marking. I feel it is a "fish or cut bait" scenario unless you could place to a home that might have a future herding interest but by no
  19. 36 paws + all crossed and major Michigan mojo to you and Belle. Belle has been blessed in finding you and may you be blessed for all you have done for her. I'm glad she has found her forever home and a life long friend.
  20. DW recently took in a foster JRT. Some I have not cared for too much and some have been so-so. Of all the dogs we have and have had, I have never actually hated a dog. Until Jack, the JRT! I hate that dog with a passion. It barks over everything, attacks Bernie, Nisa and Tasha for no particular reason and is the biggest pain in the ass of a dog we have ever had. It gets along great with the other ankle biters (2 chihuahuas and a toy poodle) but does not like the larger ones and lets its feelings be well known. I know not all JRTs are this way, but then again just from what has been s
  21. Kristine, What Blackdawgs said in the "definitions" is what I was referring to earlier. In my mind, redirection is a correction in that it alters one course of action and replaces it with another. Example... Bernie likes to jump up on people and I do not want him to do that. When he meets someone new, in his usual over-exhuberance, I know that he wants to go over to that person and jump up on them. Knowing that, I will tell Bernie to sit. Not "Bernie, No, Sit" just "Sit". To me, that is a correction and if I am reading what you have written correctly, you would say that is a red
  22. Don't know about pear, but am usually considered fruity
  23. Now I will freely admit (and many will nod their heads in agreement) that I am not always the sharpest knife in the drawer. I get easily confused in these discussions with +R, -P, e=mc2, etc. and their exact meanings, but I always read these threads with interest because I do like to get new ideas on working with my dogs to get them to do what I would like them to do and at the same time want them to want to do what I want them to do. My confusion lies in the "no corrections" approach and it is just hard for me to conceive of how this is done. In Kristine's example... (I am not pickin
  24. Julie, All the trials I have attended have been USBCHA sponsored, or to say that all I have attended I was aware of from the trials section of the USBCHA website and I believe those are USBCHA sponsored. I have been going to trials in Michigan, Ohio and Indiana for 5 years. I am not saying that qualifies me for anything, but I am not completely ignorant about it either. And obviously no, I do not have actual on field trial experience and am not attempting to judge the judge. But I also know something about human nature, prejudices and preferences and it is simply not possible IMO for thos
  25. Julie, All the trials I have attended have been USBCHA sponsored, or to say that all I have attended I was aware of from the trials section of the USBCHA website I have been going to trials in Michigan, Ohio and Indiana for 5 years. I am not saying that qualifies me for anything, but I am not completely ignorant about it either. And obviously no, I do not have actual on field trial experience and am not attempting to judge the judge.
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