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  1. Last day to vote!! Please get as many people to vote as possible! www.tinyurl.com/gonebcr
  2. Everyone still voting every day? Only a week left. 6930 votes and still holding second place.... http://www.tinyurl.com/gonebcr And if you are wondering where the money that NEBCR wins goes, check out their newsletter. There is a breakdown of costs on page 5. http://www.nebcr.org/Newsletter/NEBCR_News...r_Fall_2010.pdf Plus, with all the news of Swafford lately, there is a nice "now and then" section of the seven swafford dogs that NEBCR took in last year. All are loved and happy now.
  3. 5147 votes and still holding on to second place. Only a few weeks left so please keep voting!
  4. Petfinder is such a pain with this contest - they've had more issues with it than any other contest. Argh - very frustrating! Currently we have 3583 votes and are in second place. We are soooooo close to first place but we can't seem to close the gap.... quick link for voting: http://www.tinyurl.com/gonebcr
  5. Yeah, Petfinder has been horrible with this contest - not letting people log in, saying valid accounts don't exist. With as tight as the competition has been, it makes it especially frustrating. Keep trying! http://www.tinyurl.com/gonebcr
  6. NEBCR dropped to dropped to 3rd place overnight. Competition is tight between the finalists....
  7. 1729 votes and currently holding onto first place.
  8. NEBCR is in first place as of this morning. Let's help them hold on to it!
  9. Woohoo! For a little while nebcr was in first place today! It is neck and neck - Every single vote counts!! thanks - that is one of my favorite pictures of Dublin.
  10. Yeah, it is a bit of a pain to get registered initially. Please keep trying - sometimes the stars align and they accept you. After that, you shouldn't have any problems. (fingers crossed)
  11. NEBCR is still in second place with 890 votes. Hopefully we can close the gap and move NEBCR into first place! $10,000 is a lot of money!
  12. NEBCR will be updating their blog regularly with the "Lucky 7's" progress....
  13. Sending a polite email after a week wouldn't bother me. Sometimes we can turn an application around in a few days, sometimes it takes a week or more, depending on how busy our lives are. We have a committee look at the apps so it is a little more than just taking the time to read through it. What bothers us is when we've only had the app for a few days and we get a snotty email saying that obviously we aren't interested in adopting out our dogs if we can't be bothered to get back to them.
  14. Yet, she often does that. I recently attended a 2 day seminar given by her. I was very disappointed. I thought her training demo was pretty good and I learned some new techniques that I have tried. I didn't agree with all of them, but I did find some I could incorporate. But once she left the field of pure, hands-on training of the basics and the mechanics of it, it went down hill. She doesn't have a good grasp of behavior, IMO. She showed a training video where she works with a dog (Dog A) that was dog-reactive to unknown dogs. The two people walk dog A and dog B toward each other, which the eventual goal of being able to walk by each other. (I wouldn't personally set it up this way, but nevertheless, this is the scenario). If Dog A doesn't react, he gets a high value treat. If Dog A does react, he gets put away in a crate for a while, and watches while Dog B gets the treats he would have gotten had he not reacted. Her explanation was that Dog A really wants the treats, even more so when he sees that his actions caused Dog B to get them instead. That this works because eventually the dogs can walk past each other. I found this reasoning a bit flawed and pointed out that the scenario may be working simply because in the hour or so that it took to get to the point of being able to walk past the other dog, Dog B became a familiar site and not as likely to cause a reaction in Dog A. Also, that the assumption of the jealousy of Dog A and his understanding of the cause and effect relationship to his actions seemed to be ascribing to the Theory of Mind scenario that she had eschewed the previous day. She responded that she was a scientist and was trained to look at things from a scientific perspective. (I got the feeling that I was being patted on the head and told this was over my head.) I responded that I was a trained scientist myself and would be interested in hearing what she was basing her conclusions on. That caught her off-balance a bit, but she just changed the topic and never did answer my question (nor call on me again). I certainly wouldn't spend the money to see her again. While she can be an engaging speaker, more times than not I found her insulting and abrasive. She would often respond to questions from the audience in an insulting manner; either calling the question, the audience member or people of that mindset "stupid". And she isn't confident enough in her own skills or ideas, to accept the possibility that people might disagree with her - hardly behaving in a professional manner, IMO. She would go on about people not being smart enough to ask the right questions, that they will always assume an intent to dogs behavior instead of describing the physical actions of the dog (which is a valid point, yet she does it herself) but then she would assume an implied intent to a question that an audience member asked. Usually, she would not be correct in her assumption (at least based on my understanding of what the person was asking) and would then go off and expound on what should have been asked, etc. The few times she got herself into a bind, she would fall back on "well, I'm a scientist so I have been trained to look at things differently" which quite frankly, made me cringe. This woman showed no evidence that she understood even the basics of the scientific method or the importance of questions or healthy skepticism in the pursuit of science. I agree, that is who she means when she says that. Unfortunately, she is very clear - or at least she was in the seminar I attended when I asked for clarification - that she believes all stock people use harsh adversives in training. She said they "might not do it in front of you, but they use them". Wow. Talk about making assumptions. The difference between her and Patricia McConnell is staggering. From what I've seen of McConnell, she is a true professional and conducts herself well. She cites other people's work, she takes pains to say whether she is giving an explanation of a theory, or giving her own opinion. Whereas, Donaldson seemed to think we should consider her opinion with the same weight as tested theories.
  15. Location: Albany, NY area Distance willing to travel: ~3 hours in any direction, though may be able to do longer if needed. This can include parts of Massachusetts, Vermont and Connecticut. Type of vehicle: PT Cruiser Hold Overnight? Yes, if needed - but only for a day or so. Extra crates: No Times available: Generally on the weekends Able to pull from shelter? Possibly. Random other info: Volunteer for NEBCR Kerry [transferred to database]
  16. I just saw this thread - I'm glad it wasn't too serious and she can come home. Here's hoping for a speedy and uneventful recovery for the big-eared girl.
  17. We've done it. We tend to consider it a "long-term" foster situation where we still own the dog and after a few months when the handler can make an informed decision, we make the adoption official. BUT it depends on teh organization, handler, etc and the dog must, first and foremost, be a companion - not a piece of "equip". (ie, the handler must pass the standard home visit and application process) This usually isn't an issue but we make sure it is clear up front.
  18. Yes, it is important to think about what your time commitments are going to be in the next few years (college, parties, field trips, studying) but also think about what your commitments are going to be for the next 15+ years. BCs are a long-lived breed. We get 14, 16 and 18yo BCs in rescue (we got an 18yo into rescue last year that was adopted by a volunteer. She's still going strong - a bit deaf, but still plays a mean game of fetch). Older dogs usually come into rescue because of lifestyle changes like moving to an apt, having kids, getting a divorce, no longer having time for them. What career will you have? Are you going to be able to find a job locally or are you going to have to move and find an apt? There are apts that allow dogs, but they aren't always easy to find. How many hours will your job require (realistically)? Will there be a lot of travel involved? I wanted a border collie for years before I got one. I desperately wanted one - so badly I could almost taste it. It wouldn't have been fair to the dog to get one while I was in college - I didn't have the financial resources to handle any emergencies that might have come up and I definitely didn't have the time. Once I was working and money was no longer an issue, time still was. I was living in an apt (though my landlord would have allowed a dog) - but I was in consulting. I worked 60/week on a light week - 80+ hours a week was normal. Working weekends was normal. Being gone 14+ hours a day was normal. I was still young, having fun, loved my job and I was having a great time. It would have been absolute torture for the dog. I waited until I took a job with more defined hours, and less travel. I waited nine years to get a BC. I know that isn't what you want to hear, and when I was your age I probably wouldn't either but that is real life. Your late teens/early 20s is a time of tremendous change and uncertainty (I certainly hadn't planned on being a consultant and working so many crazy hours). It is easy to say, "I can handle anything that comes up" but it isn't that easy. And unfortunately we see the results in rescue all the time (and often the dogs that don't make it into rescue are the ones that really lose). Why don't you foster for a rescue for a while to see if you can handle the time commitment of a BC? We often have volunteers that do that before they commit to 15+ years of constant energy and quirks. Most rescues would love to have another potential foster home (and even if there isn't a BC Rescue near you, there are often all-breed rescues or shelters that have BCs).
  19. I'll be there on Sunday - but I'll be working the NEBCR booth. You should all come and checkout the Canine Cookbook that so many of you contributed to...!
  20. "I used to feed Delta's bones and meat to her frozen until she had her adult teeth. Not only does the frozen food numb their gums while teething (which you arent at yet I know) but it also means that they have to chew it as they dont want to swallow something frozen in one go. They quickly learn to chew through their food and eliminates gulping behaviour too. " Yep, I feed frozen too - I started doing it because I was afraid dublin would gulp down his food, but now I do it out of habit. Actually, since Dublin is such a creature of habit, he looks at me oddly if I give him a meal that isn't frozen and he won't eat it right away. I would definitely add more meat to the meal if you still give wings or neck. You can add some ground meat until you use up your supply of necks and then switch over to chicken thighs or quarters. And Pumpkin truly is a miracle food - it firms things up, gets things moving when they get constipated and seems to help settle their stomach if they have an upset. I always have pumpkin on hand! (Squash and zucchini will work as well).
  21. NEBCR has already been in touch with the current caretaker. We are standing by should she want to place the dogs in rescue.
  22. That's awesome - I've met her a few times (as has Dublin ) and she is just as friendly and genuine in person as she comes across in her books. Definitely one of my favorites!
  23. **Not sure if this is the correct spot for this thread or if it should go to the Coffee Break Section or the Rescue Section...please move it if it shouldn't be here...** I just wanted to let everyone know that after a year of collecting recipes and generally nagging people to send me more the NEBCR Canine Cookbook is finally a reality!! I wanted to thank all of the wonderful BC Board members who contributed recipes as well as ideas to the project. We went through a bunch of versions of the cookbook and though we were going to need a bunch of "filler" as we weren't getting a lot of recipes, but when all was said and done, we had a ton of recipes! 130 pages worth! We have sprinkled training tips and quotes throughout as well. The layout was done by the Boards very own Natalie (Lunar)! She did a great job! We did lose a few recipes, so if you submitted some and they didn't make it in, it was either because it was a duplicate of a previously submitted recipe or it succumbed to my computer crash. Check it out: http://www.nebcr.org/store-home.html
  24. Poor Freya. Unfortunately, Dublin can relate. One morning, he went running after some mythical creature in the bushes at my property line and ran smack into my cherry tree (a tree that, as far as I know, has not moved once in his entire life! ) You would think he would realize it was there. He shook himself off and continued to go about his business. I didn't know anything was wrong until a few minutes later when I called him into the house and realized that he had scraped a huge chunk of fur off his face and was gushing blood. Didn't seem to bother him at all, though it nearly gave me a heart attack!
  25. Possibly - farms in the notheast (of any kind) are becoming more and more rare. Got to make room for the cookie cutter developments. Katz farm is in a rural area of upstate NY which still has a lot of open land and farming - much of it dairy. But is isn't a poor as he makes out, much of that he exaggerates for dramatic effect, I guess. It isn't much different than any other rural area I've been to - much of it farmers with a range of well-off to poorer farms. I live in that area and it annoys me that he seems to imply that "these poor people can barely make ends meet and would be lost without my help" But I could be taking it a bit personally.
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