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  1. While I am very sorry for your loss, I am so grateful that she landed in a good place with you and you shared many happy years together.
  2. The website is up and the page to sponsor handler/dog teams in both Open and Nursery classes is active. Shortly, the list of entries will be available to choose handler/dog teams to sponsor. Sponsoring a team costs $100 and is a major support for the Finals. Individuals, companies, or groups can sponsor teams. For your $100, in addition to the satisfaction of knowing you are contributing to the National showcase for the working Border Collie and helping to promote the use of these brilliant working dogs, you also will get a sponsor hat and two passes for the entire Finals. Your name will be announced when your team goes to the post and will be listed in the program (as long as you sponsor by September 6th), as well as be listed on the website and announced on the 2021 National Sheepdog Finals Facebook page. If you can't or don't wish to sponsor a team by yourself, get a group together! Four people, each chipping in $25, can sponsor a team. Five people, each giving $20, can sponsor a team. I'd be happy to coordinate this for individuals that contact me as I have done multiple times in the past. If you do a group sponsorship, you just need to note on the form who is to be shipped the hat and the tickets. Sponsoring a team is a great way to recognize a mentor, an admired handler, or a dog that is special to you. Instead of, or in addition to your name, you can make your sponsorship "In Memory of" a favorite dog or handler. Contact Deb Mickey at DogSponsors@yahoo.com if you have any questions.
  3. The website is up and the page to sponsor handler/dog teams in both Open and Nursery classes is active. Shortly, the list of entries will be available to choose handler/dog teams to sponsor. Sponsoring a team costs $100 and is a major support for the Finals. Individuals, companies, or groups can sponsor teams. For your $100, in addition to the satisfaction of knowing you are contributing to the National showcase for the working Border Collie and helping to promote the use of these brilliant working dogs, you also will get a sponsor hat and two passes for the entire Finals. Your name will be announced when your team goes to the post and will be listed in the program (as long as you sponsor by September 6th), as well as be listed on the website and announced on the 2021 National Sheepdog Finals Facebook page. If you can't or don't wish to sponsor a team by yourself, get a group together! Four people, each chipping in $25, can sponsor a team. Five people, each giving $20, can sponsor a team. I'd be happy to coordinate this for individuals that contact me as I have done multiple times in the past. If you do a group sponsorship, you just need to note on the form who is to be shipped the hat and the tickets. Sponsoring a team is a great way to recognize a mentor, an admired handler, or a dog that is special to you. Instead of, or in addition to your name, you can make your sponsorship "In Memory of" a favorite dog or handler. Contact Deb Mickey at DogSponsors@yahoo.com if you have any questions.
  4. The wait is over! Well, it was over a few days ago but I am also running behind! The 60th Bluegrass Classic SDT logo wear is now listed on the website for order but the order window is short. Due to the uncertainties posed by the pandemic, the logo wear ordering was delayed, and our apologies for that. You can see the short and long sleeved tees, hoodie, and caps available at http://www.bluegrassclassicsdt.org/logo-wear/ that feature the well-known Bluegrass SDT logo, customized for the 60th running of this wonderful trial. Your form can be emailed or sent with your check but please submit your order by Friday, April 30th, and mail your check no later than Monday, May 3rd. Again, our apologies for the short notice but it's rather a miracle that the trial is able to be held in spite of the uncertainties posed by the pandemic. Please help support the Bluegrass Classic SDT with your order of our quality logo wear!
  5. The wait is over! Well, it was over a few days ago but I am also running behind! The 60th Bluegrass Classic SDT logo wear is now listed on the website for order but the order window is short. Due to the uncertainties posed by the pandemic, the logo wear ordering was delayed, and our apologies for that. You can see the short and long sleeved tees, hoodie, and caps available at http://www.bluegrassclassicsdt.org/logo-wear/ that feature the well-known Bluegrass SDT logo, customized for the 60th running of this wonderful trial. Your form can be emailed or sent with your check but please submit your order by Friday, April 30th, and mail your check no later than Monday, May 3rd. Again, our apologies for the short notice but it's rather a miracle that the trial is able to be held in spite of the uncertainties posed by the pandemic. Please help support the Bluegrass Classic SDT with your order of our quality logo wear!
  6. The Bluegrass website (www.bluegrassclassicsdt.org) website is up and current. As always, it takes a rather large village to put on a world-class trial and we still have room for just about anyone who would like to volunteer to help out. You don't need experience to volunteer, just a willingness to help out, follow directions, and learn about sheepdogs and trials at one of the world's premiere sheepdog events. And, on top of it all, it's a great way to make connections with handlers in the sheepdog world! You may meet handlers from all levels from Novice to World Trial. There is a wide range of jobs but virtually all of them give you a great vantage point to watch the action on the field, whether it's the Open field or the Nursery field. Masterson Station Park in Lexington KY is a gorgeous venue. The trial runs from Wednesday, May 12th, through Sunday, May 16th. There is plenty of parking space. I can't guarantee the availability of vendors this year but usually we have some really nice shopping opportunities and a good food vendor. And, if you love horses, there is a ton to do in the Lexington area, from farm tours to the famed Kentucky Horse Park. Please go to the website and volunteer today! PS - And it's not too late to place an ad in our program for your merchandise or services, recognize a mentor, memorialize a friend or a dog, or just to support the trial. Class sponsorships and ribbon and trophy sponsorships are still also available. The deadline for program inclusion is April 23rd.
  7. The Bluegrass website (www.bluegrassclassicsdt.org) website is up and current. As always, it takes a rather large village to put on a world-class trial and we still have room for just about anyone who would like to volunteer to help out. You don't need experience to volunteer, just a willingness to help out, follow directions, and learn about sheepdogs and trials at one of the world's premiere sheepdog events. And, on top of it all, it's a great way to make connections with handlers in the sheepdog world! You may meet handlers from all levels from Novice to World Trial. There is a wide range of jobs but virtually all of them give you a great vantage point to watch the action on the field, whether it's the Open field or the Nursery field. Masterson Station Park in Lexington KY is a gorgeous venue. The trial runs from Wednesday, May 12th, through Sunday, May 16th. There is plenty of parking space. I can't guarantee the availability of vendors this year but usually we have some really nice shopping opportunities and a good food vendor. And, if you love horses, there is a ton to do in the Lexington area, from farm tours to the famed Kentucky Horse Park. Please go to the website and volunteer today! PS - And it's not too late to place an ad in our program for your merchandise or services, recognize a mentor, memorialize a friend or a dog, or just to support the trial. Class sponsorships and ribbon and trophy sponsorships are still also available. The deadline for program inclusion is April 23rd.
  8. I'm bumping this up as the Bluegrass Classic SDT was cancelled in 2020 due to the pandemic. We are very optimistic about getting permission to hold this venerable and prestigious trial this year at beautiful Masterson Station Park. Our thanks to those who contributed last year with the knowledge that their support for a memorial class in Kristi's name would be used for that purpose this year instead. All paws, toes, etc., crossed in hopes that the 2021 Bluegrass Classic SDT will be a go for May 12-16 and, as always, we need a lot of support to put on this world-class trial. The website is up and current with all the information needed to volunteer, support the trial by sponsoring a class or purchasing an ad in our program, or be a vendor. Please consider sponsoring a class or placing an ad in our program, to spotlight or memorialize a mentor, friend, or dog. Several individuals have already committed to a memorial for Kristi Oikawa, a Bluegrass competitor and volunteer (and frequent contributor as Airbear to these boards) whose sparkle is keenly missed. In addition, our community has lost Maureen Scott Robinson and Dave Fetterman over the last two years. Anyone who would like to be a part of memorials in any of their names can contact me. A trial of this magnitude takes more than a village, and we appreciate the support we've received from the greater sheepdog community for so many years! We hope that we can count on your support for this year's 60th running of the Bluegrass Classic SDT, and want you to know how much we have appreciated your support in the past. Please use the forms available at the website (www.bluegrassclassicsdt.org) to volunteer, sponsor a class, or place an ad. Thanks for your support! Sue Rayburn for the Kentucky Border Collie Association
  9. I'm bumping this up as the Bluegrass Classic SDT was cancelled in 2020 due to the pandemic. We are very optimistic about getting permission to hold this venerable and prestigious trial this year at beautiful Masterson Station Park. Our thanks to those who contributed last year with the knowledge that their support for a memorial class in Kristi's name would be used for that purpose this year instead (thanks, Amy!). All paws, toes, etc., crossed in hopes that the 2021 Bluegrass Classic SDT will be a go for May 12-16 and, as always, we need a lot of support to put on this world-class trial. The website is up and current with all the information needed to volunteer, support the trial by sponsoring a class or purchasing an ad in our program, or be a vendor. Please consider sponsoring a class or placing an ad in our program, to spotlight or memorialize a mentor, friend, or dog. Several individuals have already committed to a memorial for Kristi Oikawa, a Bluegrass competitor and volunteer (and frequent contributor to these boards) whose sparkle is keenly missed. In addition, our community has lost Maureen Scott Robinson and Dave Fetterman over the last two years. Anyone who would like to be a part of memorials in any of their names can contact me. A trial of this magnitude takes more than a village, and we appreciate the support we've received from the greater sheepdog community for so many years! We hope that we can count on your support for this year's 60th running of the Bluegrass Classic SDT, and want you to know how much we have appreciated your support in the past. Please use the forms available at the website (www.bluegrassclassicsdt.org) to volunteer, sponsor a class, or place an ad. Thanks for your support! Sue Rayburn on behalf of the Kentucky Border Collie Association
  10. I haven't been here in months but it is very good to see that Cressa has been doing so well at her age and with her kidney problems. A happy belated birthday to the good old girl!
  11. My boy started grizzling on his face when he was two years old and our girl never grayed at all. It's in the genetics.
  12. Bad breath was one of the symptoms we noticed in Megan. As a marker, too, I didn't notice any increase in urination. And she lost some weight without a decline in appetite or increase in activity. Best wishes for you both - as long as she is happy and you can manage her, it sounds like you will have some sweet times together.
  13. Sue R

    Juniper

    I am sorry for your loss, Liz. She could not have had better care than yours.
  14. Sorry to hear about Kip and very grateful to hear about Walt!
  15. Sorry to hear this, D'Elle, but oftentimes a minor heart murmur never turns out to be significant. Megan was diagnosed with one when she was in to the vet to have a dental and so she could not be anesthetized. However, you would have never known it and she lived an active and very long (16 1/2 years) life without any ill effects. DH was found to have one decades ago and it has never held him back one bit. Hopefully, Digger's will be of little consequence, as well.
  16. I am sorry to hear this about Cressa. To answer one of your questions, our Megan was diagnosed with Stage 2 kidney failure when she was 12 1/2 years old. She lived a very active and happy life for four more years and was not euthanized until she was 16 1/2, after barely two days of a steady physical decline and loss of her normal good appetite. When she was diagnosed, I did some research on the internet and with the help of a Yahoo group dedicated to diets for kidney failure dogs, I devised a partly raw diet for her that worked very well for her (her vet said that, "Whatever you are feeding her, keep doing it!). It consisted of raw ground beef (or poached chicken in the few short instances I did not have home-grown beef in the freezer), sticky rice (very low phosphorus), cooked egg whites, pumpkin, green beans, water, and supplements. She did lose some weight over the four years but just a few pounds, maintained a glossy coat, and led a very active life for a senior, logging up to four miles of walking each day. We never did use sub-q fluids at all, deciding in the beginning that if it came to that, that would be her time to go. I have never regretted the choices we made for her and she seemed happy and content for those four years, with just an occasional and temporary digestive upset. She experienced both a heat-related incident and also (in her last six months) a few smaller seizures (she'd never had a seizure in her life) but other than these few problems, she did extremely well. I hope that things go as well as possible for you and Cressa at this difficult time, and that you can both enjoy your time together. I am also sorry to hear about your loss, beachdogz. It is never easy.
  17. From this website's home page, All About Border Collies was originally established by the United States Border Collie Club, Inc. (USBCC) in January of 1999. The USBCC was dedicated to preserving the Border Collie as a working stock dog; opposing the showing, judging and breeding of Border Collies based on their appearance; promoting only careful breeding for the preservation of working ability and the avoidance of genetic defects; and helping Border Collie owners and the public generally to better understand and appreciate the traditional Border Collie, bred for work. This site was intended as a service to the public with these aims in mind. In the spring of 2016, the USBCC decided that the recently formed ABCA Health & Education Foundation, Inc. (HEF), was a better vehicle to accomplish these aims, and dissolved its corporate existence, transferring its assets to the HEF. The dog in the USBCC logo was adopted into the HEF logo, signifying the continuity of the two organizations' mission. Since then, this site has been privately maintained by Eileen Stein and Heather Nadelman.
  18. Thank you. I miss him each and every day but find the wonderful memories bring smiles as often as they bring tears, and I feel more and more grateful each day that he graced my life by sharing his with me. I have been blessed with a number of absolutely wonderful dogs but Celt is the one who looms largest in my heart. Maybe it's partly because he was my "empty nest" dog...
  19. Thank you, Amy! Send a check for $25 (or a multiple of $25) made out to KBCA to Tresa Laferty, KBCA, 25707 Minnetonka Dr., Kansasville WI 53139 with a note that it is for Kristi's memorial class. I've been in touch with Tresa and she will keep a record of what is raised for this memorial so we know which class (or classes) will be sponsored in her name. Again, thanks, and feel free to spread the word. It's a tough time for fund-raising as both the 2020 National Sheepdog Finals and the 2020 World Trial Team USA (and Canadian teams) are all fundraising now but I am hoping we get a nice memorial to remember this young woman who loved the dogs so much and brightened so many people's lives with her exuberant and friendly nature.
  20. Would anyone like to be part of a Bluegrass Classic SDT memorial class sponsorship (will include an ad in this year's program) in memory of Kristi Oikawa? I would be happy to coordinate this. The website is up with information about the trial (www.bluegrassclassicsdt.org) and the class to be sponsored would depend on the response we get. Answer here or email me at susan dot rayburn at gmail dot com if you'd rather. Kristi contributed a lot to the Bluegrass, mostly behind the scenes, with website design and maintenance as well as volunteering during the trial and being a bright, shining light in our days. (photo by Greg Jones)
  21. Would anyone like to be part of a Bluegrass Classic SDT memorial class sponsorship (will include an ad in this year's program) in memory of Kristi Oikawa? I would be happy to coordinate this. The website is up with information about the trial (www.bluegrassclassicsdt.org) and the class to be sponsored would depend on the response we get. Answer here or email me at susan dot rayburn at gmail dot com if you'd rather. Kristi contributed a lot to the Bluegrass, mostly behind the scenes, with website design and maintenance as well as volunteering during the trial and being a bright, shining light in our days. (photo by Greg Jones)
  22. Thank you, all. I am happy to say that while Celt's passing has left a huge empty place in my heart and my life, the wonderful memories have allowed me to smile through the tears, and keep reminding me how very fortunate I was to have had him in my life and for so long. He's with Megan now, no longer in the pains and discomforts of old age, and will always be loved as long as I have those memories to look back on.
  23. Thank you all so much. Mark, I especially miss seeing you and Renee. I almost stopped by a few weeks back and I wish I had. The old boy would have enjoyed the excitement of thinking he might be working sheep once again. And Amy, if there is a ball up there, they will all be well occupied! Celt, Megan, and Bute were ball fanatics (second only to wanting their livestock first) and, had Skye lived long enough, he would have been part of the Fetch Brigade, too. I find myself watching when I move to avoid stepping on the dog who is no longer asleep at my feet; hurrying to let him out to go potty so he doesn't have to wait; doing a double-take at every leaf on the floor or porch in case it's a little "gift" he dropped for me; making sure I have enough treats in my pouch for him; calling him to lick out the yogurt container - all those little things that have been second nature for so long. But after these few days, I can manage to smile more and cry less, and feel the gratitude and love more than the loss and sorrow. I am so glad he was such a big part of my life and brought me so much joy and such a partnership.
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