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  1. I was very disappointed with this vote, and oppose it. I don't believe that someone who has decided to become involved with supporting the AKC to the extent I'm assuming one would have to be to become a judge in any AKC venue should be given the privilege of judging our National Finals. ( Several people have contacted me about this, but I did not run for re-election, and am no longer part of the BOD.) Lori Cunningham
  2. Actually, there was a complaint made about a person's treatment of a puppy. However, the person was no longer there when I came over to deal with it. Sounds like the same incident. However, I did catch the 3 juvenile delinquents who were dropping cups of water in front of people in the muck to splash mud on them. Happily, I can report they were, um...vigorously scared straight.
  3. Saturday, October 27th, 9am-5pm . One day SHEDDING TIPS fun day fundraiser at my place in Milton, PA = central PA, near the intersection of I-80 and rt. 15. Limited to 8 dogs. Beginner shedders are welcome as long as you have decent control over your dog to avoid chasing sheep into my fences! Everyone can work once in the morning & once in the afternoon. We'll provide lunch. $75 per dog. ALL PROCEEDS will go to the 2013 National Sheepdog Finals in Belle Grove next year. Interested? Contact me at loricunningham@windstream.net or call at 570-768-5953. Lori Cunningham Milton, PA
  4. So very sorry to read this, Donald. What a wonderful journey you two had together. Lori Cunningham Milton, PA
  5. On March 31, 2012, Tom Forrester & I will be talking about working sheepdogs and doing demos at 10:30am and 12:30pm at Belle Grove Plantation, Middletown, VA. This is Belle Grove's opening day and admission is free. We hope do do a series of demos over the next two summers to peak interest in Belle Grove patrons and the local community about our plans to bring the 2013 finals back to Virginia. Hopefully, these efforts will help increase interest and encourage attendance when the finals return. If you're in the area, stop by, introduce yourself and say hello! Lori Cunningham Milton, PA
  6. "Lori, I am not going to get into the "only trial dogs are worthy of breeding" debate. I've seen and worked with many a priceless farm dog that will never grace the trial field. If we take all those dogs out of the gene pool we will be in big trouble (lose some excellent genes and have a genetic bottleneck). I trial when I can get away from work, but for me it is a fun weekend and not how I determine "breed worthiness." It is how the dog performs over a long period of time in a wide variety of situations that ultimately leads me to either neuter or breed it." Liz P.- Right. That debate wasn't at issue. Nor was taking non trial dogs out of the genepool. I don't know you, or anything about you with regard to your experience to train, handle or assess the breeding quality of working dogs outside of what you portray in your frequent posts here. However, when you list your website in every signature block, you must expect people might read its content. If you choose to highlight very minor novice trial (and clinic?) accomplishments and refer to one of your breeders as a future "dog to beat on the trial field" and another as your "future nursery dog", one might assume those novice trial references had some meaning to you. Perhaps you chose to put those comments on your website for other reasons. I don't know. Regardless, good luck with your dogs, and as you invite on your website, I'll look forward to seeing your dogs "on the field." Lori Cunningham Milton, PA
  7. Liz P wrote: "Very true. But I also have different standards for working quality vs breeding quality. I've had many dogs over the years who I considered great for work but not worth breeding." I'm curious about this statement. Maybe Liz P. would elaborate? Just looking at your website which is listed in your signature block. Have you trialed the dogs you talk about breeding beyond the accomplishments you list on your site? By what combination of factors did you assess their breed worthiness? Lori Cunningham
  8. "One says 'Good morning" to those destined for Hell." Poetry. Now I'm going to be thinking of this when I say good morning to several people. thanks, Donald.
  9. Hi New 2- Personally, I don't like this behavior and I don't allow it. I don't want to be tripping over a pup (mine or anyone else's) and frankly, I think it's just bad manners. Forgive the bluntness, but my dogs work sheep. They don't work people and they don't work other dogs. It may not be particularly annoying to you, but if you intend to travel or trial, it can be really annoying to other people and other dogs. I'm sure alot of pups do grow out of it, but alot of them don't. From the time I bring a pup home, any time it blocks me or grabs a pantleg or a shoelace while I'm walking, it gets a firm "no", followed by "get out of that" which is my general command for knock off whaever wrong thing you're doing. They'll also get some negative stomping in their direction. I want them to know I'm serious. I've never had a pup not get it within a few days. Then, it's over. There's a whole big wide world of puppy fun out there, they'll not be damaged if chewing on your pantleg is taken out of the toybox.
  10. Kim- I recall having an interesting conversation with Polly Matzinger a few years ago about how some of her research theories were being used, I believe specially with regard to oral cancers in dogs. I don't want to mis-speak on the details as it was awhile ago, but you might want to contact her. She's always generous about sharing information. good luck. Lori Cunnignham
  11. I couldn't stop myself from watching the "stutter step" dog video. Anybody run hurdles in track? I did, way back in high school. In short, ideally, you run as fast as you can while still maintainging the same number of strides between equally spaced hurdles so you maximize your efficiency as you approach & clear the hurdle. You can't run AS FAST as you really can because you would sacrifice the most efficient approach to the jump. It's a blend of speed and form, and you can work on perfecting the blend because the spacing between jumps is always predictable. Imagine now if the hurdles were irregularly spaced (as I imagine they are in agility due to different obstacle layouts or angles of approach?) and you had to run AS FAST AS YOU CAN. Bet you'd see two legged runners taking those same stutter steps approaching the jump to try to get to their fall-back most efficient jumping mode as they anticipate the jump. And, if the runner ( or dog) came to particularly dislike or fear taking a jump down, bet you'd see it more. What do I know? FWIW. Lori Cunningham Milton, PA
  12. Wow. You are making tons of assumptions based on a 6 mos old pup's first time on sheep. If "every" pup you've started to date showed their winning promise and potential for being good working dogs on their first exposure to sheep, you have had a really special group of pups, or you have some special dog fortune-telling ability that I surely lack. According to your standards, every pup I've owned and trained has been a doomed loser. Hope you find him a good home if you've decided he won't suit your needs. Lori Cunningham Milton, PA
  13. As Julie (and others) noted, really experienced people are going to appreciate raw talent even in novice hands. But maybe even more common, really experienced people are going to hear a novice, in excusing some fault, say something to the effect of "my dog would be so much better if he/she had another handler", and think to themselves, "probably not." Lori Cunningham Milton, PA
  14. "The Lift: How do you get a good one?" Personally, I am not keen on dogs that are naturally very cautious to lift. (Although, I concede I am likely impatient, and "too long" for me, may not be "too long" for alot of judges.) In my very limited experience, I don't like some of the other traits that often seem to be part of the total package of a dog that is cautious to lift. Because I tend to favor forward dogs, I am left with stopping them at the top, and sometimes again on their way to the actual lift. It took me years to come to understand and accept how lifting too hard or too fast, regardless of the line, was negatively affecting the rest of my run. I don't necessarily look at it as "natural" vs. not, but rather that most dogs don't think so well when their feet are moving fast, or sometime, just moving. They simply read their sheep better when backed off and reminded of pace, and they may have to be reminded alot. I think this is most important at the lift. If the dogs don't do it on their own, the handler has to step it and do it for them. Likewise, I am convinced that the #1, most common mistake new handlers (or whatever the PC term of the day is for new handlers) make is not having a reliable stop on their dog, starting at the top. Lori Cunningham Milton, PA
  15. Hi Mark- Sorry to hear. FWIW, my Riff broke a toe when he was 2 yo- front foot, one of the middle toes. He was rested, but no cast. He was also treated with a fairly long course of antibiotics as the vet was concerned about an infection in the toe bone. It did heal with a big lump on it. He would come up lame on that foot for several months afterwards if he worked extra long or hard on very hard ground. Very rarely still does, but a day or two of NSAIDS takes care of it. He's 10.5 now & altho the foot is pretty ugly, it doesn't seem to bother him. Good luck. Lori
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