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  1. Very much agree. Then they like to come on here and say they cant find anybody who will sell them a pup that has seen a large man in a snowsuit and been dumped in a kids pool full of plastic bottles...while having prick ears and a smooth coat. BUT they are going to breed some nice red pups and to hell with all of you!
  2. I can not speak to the hubby not on board part. Before we got married i had three dogs. I also owned sheep and had just purchased my own farm with no fences or buildings, and was living there in a 19 foot travel trailer. When we first started to date i told Martin i had three dogs. Most men say 'THREE DOGS!!" Martin said "ohh really what kind?" ooo mommy i knew i had a possible future mate in that one and he builds a great fence and did not think it was nuts to be a single women and buy a farm with nothing on it, so yea i marrried him. I can speak to the having kids and keeping your drea
  3. My then 5 year old daughter was in the truck with the very pricked eared dog in my avatar pic shown here . She said " mommy i like Mints spiky ears" I said " they are called prick ears babe" she did a double take and said " but mommy I heard you call somebody a prick on the phone was that about their ears ?"
  4. How do they mark sheep to know whom they belong to? In the US on the range land it is not un common for cattle or sheep to mix a little bit. Great care is taken to ID sheep and cattle for the reason of theft as well. Cattle are branded and ear tagged and many have ear notch markings that have been passed down on ranches like brands are. Sheep have ear tags and paint brands.
  5. Thanks i am curious to know. I read that the country is roughly the size of the state of Kentucky.
  6. How many sheep are released on average year ?
  7. The first time i flew adult dogs( 2 of them) was to Texas for a cow finals. I also flew with my then 5 month old as she was nursing and i did not want to miss a finals. I was more nuts then. Neither dog is sound sensitive but when i picked them up Kell was sound asleep on his back and Blue was panting, eyes rolled back and very stressed. As soon as i let the dogs out of the crate Blue was fine, and fine for the rest of the trip. I flew Blue again to a sheep finals and he was again very stressed when we got there, and then fine as soon as i let him out of the crate. I would not fly
  8. I have found it easy to sell a good started dog, and the other people i know and respect seem to have the same expercience. There are always many people who want one and you can pick the right fit for dog and person. The auctions around here often have alcohol which makes prices go higher. There is also a fair bit of ego involved in saying you sold a dog for x or bought a dog for x. It is often a big social event in the west and is in conjunction with the sale of livestock. Just not my cup of tea, but again i am fine with others who sell dogs that way.
  9. I would not sell a dog at an auction, but i do not judge those who do. In the west it is a good way for working dogs to get into the hands of the people who need them. That is important to me, i am just to soft hearted to sell a dog to somebody i do not have any info on. No hats at our place but Blue wore a Barbie once.......................................................................................................
  10. My Blue dog was x rayed at 3 and we were told he had the "worst hips" the vet had ever seen. I took their advice and kept him fit and lean and used metacam for pain. He went on to be a grand ranch dog able to work pairs on the range until 8-9 and trial to 11. You can no messure the heart of a working dog. It can not be seen or predicted. Blue just wanted to keep working and so he did. He is 13 and thou stiff he is happy and active. A HD rx is heartbreaking but all dogs are so different that it does not have to be the end.
  11. I agree there Julie and there is a divide. I also take with a grain of salt when people who have never trialed, or not trialed at a high level, start to talk about what trial dogs are and are not. Especially when it is mostly about what weak, mechanical bastards they are. I am not speaking to anybody's post in this thread, this topic has been beat like a dead horse on many a forum. Same for people who have not raised commercial livestock who talk about how any old dog can do "ranch work." Any old dog can move stock that wants to go. When you are talking large numbers of relatively und
  12. I guess i don't think there is a " prejudice against purchasing dogs from 'farm' lines' or breeding to/from such dogs because of difficulties of selling pups." Unless you are producing too many puppies, or one of the parents is purported to be proven but the other is clearly not. If somebody has trouble selling the pups they should not have breed the dogs, or better yet would have known the wanting of a pup from such a breeding prior to making the breeding. I look around the net a fair amount and of course know a fair number of ranch and trial people. I think there is a high demand
  13. I agree with Mark i hear farm/ranch dog I never know if that means a few chores on broke livestock or real work on large numbers of un dogged stock. Sorry to be cynical but you look around the net and there are so many breeders claiming ranch dogs and then showing video of dogs working what are obviously not commercial level livestock. Even worse they are usually harassing stock...ie letting puppes maul young lambs allegedly to show they will grow up and be working dogs or moving dead broke stock around a small pen. Many dog handlers are interested in ranch dogs if the work is the
  14. It might be like people and depend on the female. I know women who ran 10 miles up the last month of pregnancy....ooooooooooo not for me I would say know the bitch and if she is showing discomfort then stop. I worked Mint up to a few weeks before she whelped. I was loading a trailer and she got trampled so that made me re think using her the last few weeks. I took her for some basic chores but no real work the last 2 weeks.
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