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  1. Thanks everyone - my question really had to do with the training skills required for the dog and handler. Thanks Debbie for your insight with the training piece. Just to be really clear - I have no intention of running off willy-nilly to harass the geese. I am thinking this might be a viable retirement job for me given the number of golf courses, beaches etc in my area. Should I decide to pursue this idea, I will, of course, follow the laws of our province/country. I was really trying to determine if training Flint and myself would require a different focus than with sheep.
  2. I am curious - are the techniques and skills that are trained when working sheep fundamentally different that what would be needed to train a 'goose' dog? In my neck of the woods, there are far more geese that need working than sheep so it might be a way for me to work Flint AND retire sooner
  3. This is the one forum that I've kept up with since I first joined. I seem to go in spurts - posting questions - and then long spells where I just read what's happening. If I do reply, I hope that the information I'm sharing has been useful to the poster. I certainly have found a great deal of useful information from these boards. I do follow Facebook but it's one of the few places where I can keep track of my daughter and Ladybug's escapades in Finland Kudos as well to Eileen and Heather!
  4. I'm so sorry to hear about Sassy. Your tribute to her says it all - she was well loved and had a wonderful life with you. Run free at the Bridge Sassy.
  5. I am certain they do mourn. After my Jazz died, Cricket's behaviour really changed. She never was a 'barky' dog...and after he died, she started with a barking behaviour that we've never been able to cure. I am sure it had to do with missing her companion. I agree with the change in pack dynamics as well - she was thrown into the role of being the pack leader when the dogs were outside. I don't think her personality was secure enough to handle that role and thus the barking...
  6. What a great weekend - the weather was marginal but I was more than impressed with Flint. On Saturday, he worked with the sheep in a fairly large pen. However, it was difficult because it was so muddy! Flint is mostly an 'away' dog - tending to go right more than left. On Sunday, he was worked in a much larger field and he was already starting to change direction and showing a great deal of enthusiasm for the job. He was kind to the sheep and that was nice to see. He didn't seem to get frustrated. Since my sheep are Shetlands and more than flighty, I've decided to invest in some runner ducks to at the very least continue with some training. I hope to get down there at least once more before the winter hits. The videos I managed to get are marginal - I'll have to figure out how to post them here. The cabin in the woods was as perfect as can be - it was quiet and quaint. We had a marvellous dinner with our hosts and a great night away from all the technology that interferes with life. All in all....as near to perfect as you can get
  7. We are heading to the breeders' farm this weekend for some training for Flint - well, probably more for me He has turned onto the sheep at home and I can't wait to get him well started. I'll be given a 'trained' dog to practice with and there will be plenty of sheep for Flint to work with. This is a working sheep farm so I'm looking forward to a good deal of 'hands on'. It's a long trip - 6 hours one way but it's well worth it - I'm getting to stay at a rustic cabin in the woods at another farm (where Flint's mom now lives) - and a weekend of no electricity, etc and sheepdog training will be a much needed break from the tedium of office work I have a non-sheep dog friend travelling with me and she has offered to do the 'video' work all in all, this should be a great weekend...humbling for me, I'm sure - but awesome for Flint!
  8. I am so sorry to hear about Kit. Our time with them is too short. A friend sent this to me when I lost my Zachary. A PARTING PRAYER Dear Lord, please open your gates and call St. Francis to come escort this beloved companion across the Rainbow Bridge Assign him a place of honour for he had been a faithful servant and has always done his best to please me Bless the hands that sent him to you for they are doing so in love and compassion freeing him from pain and suffering Grant me the strength to not dwell on my loss. Help me remember the details of his life with the Love he has shown me And grant me the courage to honour him by sharing those memories with others Let him remember me as well And let him know that I will always love him And when it’s my time to pass over into your paradise please allow him to accompany those who will bring me home Thank you Lord for the gift of his companionship and for the time we’ve had together And thank you Lord for granting me the strength to give him to you now.
  9. That is just so cool!! Flint, at just over 2, has 'turned on' to the sheep....in very much the way you described with Kenzi. I think we're both in for some interesting times ahead!
  10. Thanks everyone for your thoughtful comments...you have more or less reiterated what I thought anyway. While getting Flint trained will be a fall priority, I have no desire to see my sheep injured because of youthful exuberance or my inexperience
  11. Flint just turned two. He comes from very good working lines and he is now showing a lot of interest in the sheep - This occurred today. This is something I didn't really expect...but I know this is going to be good...eventually.. I went to check the temporary fence after all the rain. I'm out in the field and what to my wondering eyes appear...but Flint! He's moving around the fence to head the sheep. Now this is something he's never done before so it appears as though his 'sheep' brain has kicked in. Since I didn't want him too close, I gave him a "lie down'..which he did and a 'That'all do' when I was done...and he did! I have 6 Shetland sheep who are not dog broke although they have had limited contact with my dogs. While Flint has had no real training, I have taken some with my old dog, I have the DVDs, the books, I've attended trials, I understand the concepts. When the sheep aren't in the temporary fencing, they are in a 120x40 fenced area. My question - would I be risking my sheep, if I attempted to have Flint work them while on a long line... I know it is ideal to have a trainer and I'm working on this...but I did not expect him to suddenly 'turn' on at this stage.
  12. A wonderful tribute to a wonderful partnership...Carlie's spirit will live forever inside you. Run Free at the Bridge Carlie... There are various places within which a dog may be buried. We are thinking now of a setter, whose coat was flame in the sunshine, and who, so far as we are aware, never entertained a mean or an unworthy thought. This setter is buried beneath a cherry tree, under four feet of garden loam, and at its proper season the cherry strews petals on the green lawn of his grave. Beneath a cherry tree, or an apple, or any flowering shrub of the garden, is an excellent place to bury a good dog. Beneath such trees, such shrubs, he slept in the drowsy summer, or gnawed at a flavorous bone, or lifted head to challenge some strange intruder. These are good places, in life or in death. Yet it is a small matter, and it touches sentiment more than anything else. For if the dog be well remembered, if sometimes he leaps through your dreams actual as in life, eyes kindling, questing, asking, laughing, begging, it matters not at all where that dog sleeps at long and at last. On a hill where the wind is unrebuked and the trees are roaring, or beside a stream he knew in puppyhood, or somewhere in the flatness of a pasture land, where most exhilarating cattle graze. It is all one to the dog, and all one to you, and nothing is gained, and nothing lost -- if memory lives. But there is one best place to bury a dog. One place that is best of all. If you bury him in this spot, the secret of which you must already have, he will come to you when you call -- come to you over the grim, dim frontiers of death, and down the well-remembered path, and to your side again. And though you call a dozen living dogs to heel they should not growl at him, nor resent his coming, for he is yours and he belongs there. People may scoff at you, who see no lightest blade of grass bent by his footfall, who hear no whimper pitched too fine for mere audition, people who may never really have had a dog. Smile at them then, for you shall know something that is hidden from them, and which is well worth the knowing. The one best place to bury a good dog is in the heart of his master.
  13. I was at the trials and normally take lots of pictures..However, on this final run of the day, my camera battery died. There was a good reason...I got to watch an amazing run without distractions. He is a real pleasure to watch especially at the pen since his manner is so very quiet.
  14. Way to go Wick....she certainly was having a great time When I finally got to watch 'Away to Me' a few nights ago, the bonus feature was of the championship run at Soldier Hollow. The dog was 11 years old....it was truly a pleasure to watch
  15. Finally found pictures to fit the site
  16. So...the current crew is 3 Border Collies and one terrierest. Cricket is 11 1/2 and rules the roost as the only female in the pack. I got her at 6 months old from a disabled couple who only had daschunds...she was fearful and their first question was 'should we put her down?.. I bought her, then discovered she had severe hip dysplasia, which I had repaired. She runs like the wind and has only recently started slowing down. Fint is my pup at 2 years old - He is an awesome dog who I hope to get trained on sheep so he can help with my little flock (6 sheltands) He is the only dog I currently own that I actually know his breeding (granddad Preacher will be running in the trials in Kingston) I have Spark 6-7 years old (formerly known as Sport) a rescue I took in last year as a companion for Flint...that has been a challenge - Spark has some obsessive habits that we are working on...things are getting better but it is still a work in progress Last but not least, is Dusty, my terrierest - found on the side of the road in 2005 and we've had him ever since. The best guess of his age would be 10 or 11. He will be having surgery on Aug 14 to repair a torn cruciate on one leg...and we'll be leaving the partial tear on the other leg to hopefully mend on its own. Jazz (1999-2010) was my first BC pup - he was an awesome therapy dog and succumbed to cancer too soon. His best buddy was a miniature schnauzer named Zachary who was as tough as nails and earned the nickname Ironman
  17. I just found out that Dusty BA (my terrierest) needs this surgery. He has a torn cruciate on one leg and partial tear on the other. It is an expensive procedure here ... but Dusty is only around 10-11 (not sure since he's my foundling) .. and has a lot of good years left in him. I'll be spending a lot of time reading about your progress Sue...thanks for taking the time to document this so thoroughly!
  18. I so sorry to hear about Bear. He looked like a happy go lucky pup...14 years isn't long enough.
  19. Zoey was so lucky to have found love in those four years. She will be waiting at the Bridge for the special people who loved her no matter how quirky she may have been. It takes special people to give their lives to those dogs who have been so terribly mistreated. Thank you for being special Run free at the Bridge Zoey....run free........
  20. So very sorry to hear about Tansy. She most definitely found the best forever home with you. She will live forever in your hearts.
  21. Not weird at all. I sent a picture of my Jazz with the thank you for all the clinic (vet and staff) had done when Jazz got so sick so quickly. I think it is appreciated by the staff.
  22. I'm so sorry to hear about Willow...they come into our lives and change us forever. Your sister's poem says it all... Willow...run free at the Bridge with all those heartdogs who have gone before you Julie, may the good memories of Willow remain foremost in your mind and heart.......
  23. " Oh no..I was so hoping to hear that Kipp had rallied yet again. Kipp had a wonderful life with you and when the time came, you gave him the most difficult gift of all..you let him go. Run free at the Bridge Kipp - hugs for you Mara .. "There is a cycle of love and death that shapes the lives of those who chose to travel in the company of animals. It is a cycle unlike any other. To those who have never lived through its turnings or walked its rocky path, our willingness to give our hearts with full knowledge that they will be broken seems incomprehensible. Only we know how small a price we pay for what we receive; our grief, no matter how powerful it may be, is an insufficient measure of the joy we have been given." Suzanne Clothier "Bones would Rain from the Sky
  24. Oh no..my heart goes out to you and Kipp..
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