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  1. Great posts from everyone. CMP, glad to hear "yeah, yeah, it's scary, now deal" is an acceptable attitude - it's most certainly one I subscribe to. I do travel in mostly sport/pet circles when it comes to BCs. And in those circles, these things crop up from time to time and everyone acts as if they must be treated with kid gloves. I think it is perhaps the mistaking of sensitivity with fragility. Sadly, of the multiple farmers I know, none uses a dog for work. Perhaps because I'm in New England and farms are not that large. I know more hunters who seriously work their dogs. I'd love to see
  2. I do have a cur/hound that would work as hard, but he might eat the ram instead of facing it down. : P I'm stereotyping of course though. I'm know there are gritty dogs among the breed - but I'm not talking specifically on stock either; I'm speaking more broadly, i.e. day-to-day living. A better question might be: In a given litter, how many pups will be (environmentally) bombproof, and how many will have reactivity issues at some point in their life? If you were to average the litter between those two extremes, what side would it tend to fall on? All I'm positing is that there are
  3. Same issues yes - but at the same rate? Not in my experience (see previous responders assurances that this is normal and not atypical of the breed). I have also seen territorial/resource guarding dogs who are pushy. This is typically coming from a different place than one who is afraid, and therefore lashing out. The pushy dog resource guarding is on the offensive. The anxious one is on the defensive. In reading these boards, it seems most Border collies are on the defensive during these periods.
  4. I will admit, that much as I admire and respect the breed from a distance, this sort of thing is why I will probably never have one. I am much, much better at working with a pushy, test-the-limits dog that needs to be told to knock it off and deal, than one that is actually afraid of things. I'm don't think I'm patient enough, and would ruin it. Are there any "gritty" Border Collies? I've never heard one described as such, anyway. Maybe an ACD for me... !
  5. Hi All, If you saw my other post in livestock management, you know hubby and I are moving soon, and that I plan to buy land in Maine and begin small-scale farming. As we search for property, we've been living and working in SE Pennsylvania. My folks live in the area as well, and in my spare time I've been working with their herding-something mix. They never did much with her, so I've been impressed with her progress. She's very smart, and wants stimulation; right now we're doing house manners and agility. Here's my quandary - when we leave the state, do I leave her behind? I'm starting to
  6. Hi everyone, I wanted to make a quick post and see if there is anyone in Maine who could advise/mentor me on small scale farming with sheep. I'd be happy to work, or just shadow, or whatever arrangement would be doable for the farmer. As background, hubby and I are moving to the western mountains of the state in June(ish). I plan to start a small diversified operation, with room for growth. I'm serious about doing this - the plan is to go full time if the market is there. Otherwise I'll just feed us and family/friends. I'm looking at hair sheep - Katahdins - but am open to other su
  7. Any system, no matter the good intentions behind it, will end up corrupted and abused by those with other motives. The SV in Germany is the ruling organization that controls the breeding of German Shepherds. All Shepherds under the SV are required to pass a breed survey certifying the quality of their conformation, must have their hips checked, and must pass a working component - at least up to the level of Schutzhund I (the lowest level of the working test designed for GSDs). But what's happened is that there is still a clear split between those Shepherds bred under the SV rules who are
  8. Yeah I actually do see something rather setter-y about her, which could well be Brittany since they're not spaniels at all, they're actually closer to pointers and setters. It's something about that low elbow, narrow chest, straight shoulder thing, with the deeper barrel but narrow waist and a bit of an arch to the spine. They also tend to carry themselves very upright.
  9. Another vote for trying out Wellness Core. My mutt does really well on it and she's a picky eater who has a hard time gaining weight too. It's the only thing that keeps her from getting super itchy/dry in the winter as well and I like that even though it's grain-free, it's a little less intense on the protein side.
  10. I read it as a kid as well, loved the book. I also really loved the Albert Payson Terhune book, The Heart of a Dog. He wrote a bunch of stories about lassie collies, before there was lassie.
  11. In my situation, a prong collar worked for me where a choke chain failed. And I know very well how to use both. My late German Shepherd was fairly dog reactive and after building a foundation in focus work and self control with only a flat collar, we were finally able to start taking pleasant walks around the block. In my neighborhood, electric fences are quite popular and many of them go RIGHT up to the line of the sidewalk; in these cases the resident dogs would usually run up and down their perimeters barking their fool heads off and posturing at us as we walked by. For the most p
  12. Just wanted to make it very very clear that no, in no way, shape, or form would it be good for Ed Faron to still be in business. He was stupid and ethically lacking in a huge number of ways, and it cost his dogs their lives. What I think is so disappointingly unfortunate is that even after the success of the Vick dogs, the HSUS is still fast to condemn dogs from "game lines" without giving them so much as a chance once national media isn't watching. ESPECIALLY considering there were a number of well established, experienced, reputable rescues willing to take some of the dogs in and pl
  13. The HSUS was also instrumental this week in the destruction of the 147 Pit Bulls seized in a bust on Ed Faron of Wildside Kennels' yard on charges of dog fighting involvement. Adults and puppies alike were euthanized, despite the offers of five different well known rescues such as Best Friends and BAD RAP to take on some of the dogs for rehab and adoption.
  14. I remember a few years back when the "Panda" shepherd first appeared ... the GSD boards discussed it ad nauseum for a while. In the end it appears to be a coat mutation, that's been exploited by a bunch of breeders looking to make a profit on it. The original litter of pups were DNA ID'd to confirm the parents. White patches are not uncommon in GSD's, even on solid blacks. And there have always been the occasional strange colored GSD's out there ... blues, livers, whites (which became their own division eventually), etc. Way back during the founding of the breed, GSD's even came in brindl
  15. There is a BBC program that has been posted to YouTube in six parts, all focusing on the internal rot going on in pedigreed dogs via genetic disease, etc. REALLY fascinating, and heartbreaking at the same time. Personally, I'm thrilled that someone's exposing the dirty side of conformation breeding/showing, and I also heard that the BBC is considering no longer broadcasting Crufts!! Here's Part 1: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-1LyjlX4Mp8
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