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  1. Ailsa Justa suggestion for the diarrhea you might try Biosponge from Platinum Performance. It will not conflict with that you are u sing and goes well with probiotic. Basically helps eliminate the toxins produced in the gut. Good luck
  2. Watching from afar I.e. my computer. Very happy to see one of my Lyn' s sons Gear, owned/trained by Candy Kennedy has made the Open semis. My now deceased girl Bet is the grandma of three Nursery finalists, including the CH and Res CH Bet also has two daughters in the Open semis. Quite the family affair. Wish I could have gone to watch this year.
  3. I have purchased Tylan over the counter in a feed store. Works great.
  4. Guess I should have looked farther. They have one ( guess they thought the rest of the litter was not reg) of Lyn's pup and his sire listed as well. They went to a lot of work to publish something which has absolutely nothing to do with their assn.
  5. I just looked at website-just the "studbook' part--thaey have at least one of my dog's there and offspring of another. I wrote to get them deleted, for what that's worth...........
  6. Ray, Wonderful news! I have one of your buffalo horn whistles from several yrs ago. Maybe if either you or Amy are at Zamora or Santa Rosa trials I could show it to you and get a few more? Thanks, you made my day! Carolyn I've recently ordered some buffalo horn from my supplier and the quality of the horn they're getting now is better than I've seen in some time. So I'm going to be making buffalo horn whistles again for anyone that would like one. I've been making whistles for some years and had actually stopped making horn whistles for awhile due to the poor quality of the material that was available. I was the first to make a shepherd's whistle out of Corian, and as far as I know the first to use buffalo horn for a whistle. I'm flexible as far as meeting customers' needs about the shape and size whistle they prefer. Some of the top handlers have been regular customers of mine for years. PM or email me to contact. $40 horn, $30 Corian (includes shipping in US). Thanks. Ray Coapman (raynamy@4fast.net)
  7. Diane, What a lovely tribute to your lovely Tess. Carolyn It's been a long night for us. Tess is now herding sheep in heaven and no doubt running the show by now. And begging sushi from our Heavenly Father. Tess died in my arms last night. As yo know, she had cancer and congestive heart failure. We gave her herbal supplements which slowed down the cancer growth but there is no medicine which can fix a aging heart. It was a matter of time and we knew it. It still was hard. I am not going to write much as the tears are falling now but will post on my blog, probably tomorrow. She was wobbly after her dinner but managed to beg some of my filet mignon leftover and then my last carrots. She looked more tired and her legs began to splay out so I put her on her bed and cuddled next to her. She leaned hard into me, pressed her nose next to my face and died. It was quick, no pain. Good bye to the love of our lives, the dogs who gave us a new lifestyle, who taught us how to laugh and live, who took care of me during my heart surgeries, who was a gift from God when I prayed for a child when we lost ours (we laughed on how he did hear us and what we got for our prayers), the dog who carried me on her broad shoulders and took me to the Nationals, who left me wonderfuls pups to carry on for her and mostly of all, the dog who healed our hearts. Good bye, My Beloved Tess.
  8. Maja Now I see what you meant. I am guessing she thought Buzz would get them around the post without her holding her crook out there. Sheep were unpredictable so maybe she thought the crook would make it worse. I havent talked with her much about her runs, except that she did tell me she was very proud of them. Fun to be able to see videos of these runs isn't it?
  9. I saw the run and Suzy did not want to give up. I suspect what went through her mind( but I did not ask her I if am correct in my thinking) is that she knew it would not be a winning run with that ewe and Buzz came so close to winning it last year , she knows she has the dog to do it if luck is with her. The only time she will stop at this level is for the dog's welfare. In the Final round it is a 30 min course and she sent Buzz to water twice ( it is allowed and but time keeps ticking) , as it was tough going and hot. The time in the water most likely cost her getting the one last ewe seperated in the internatl shed. She has trained both my dogs and I can tell you she thinks of the dog first, the placing second and her "wished" third. As for the Qualifying run I heard several top Open handlers there tell her that there were not many dogs who could have handled that bad ewe. That ewe broke for the first time before Buzz even left the post, and it never stoped testing him the whole run. Overall the sheep were super tough and the course challenging. Lots of Rt and DQ . I will have to fess up that I may be "biased" as I own Buzz's dam ( not when she had Buzz, but in her later yrs) . Bet is now 13 and retired. However I am not barn blind-Buzz really is that good.
  10. <<<<<<<<<<First and foremost ALL my Border Collies WORK ON MY FARM WITH GOATS AND DUCKS (and cows and horses). >>> Please don't "work" your dogs on horses. No good can come from that practice. <<<<<<<,My dogs work for me and no one else. I do not need to parade them around in a trial field to "prove" they are worthy. I know darn well they can go out and bring back a stray/stubborn goat or help me round them up to put them back in their pen.>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> Since you seem to have never attended a ISDS style trial, just fyi, the dogs do not "parade" at these events. They walk calmly to the post, off lease, until they are sent on their way , many times 600 + yds to pick up sheep. No parading involved. The weakest trial dog can "help round up a stray /stubborn goat and pen it. Your example does not paint a picture of a true work dog. These same trial dogs at the ranch. Clearly you are going to go on breeding dogs they way you are presently, but really by trying to invalidate a true working Border Collie to make yourself feel better is not the way to impress any future buyers.
  11. I think Amanda's answer to the training question ( working heavy sheep with young dog) is a post that should be read and reread by all who train dogs at any level. I am most certainly not a dog trainer, but have been around horses and now a few dogs in their young stages to think what she wrote should be gospel. I can only imagine how many dogs are nearly or completely fried when this method is not followed. People need to listen to themselves when working their pups--listen to their tone and harshness of their voice. Thanks Amanda for explaining so well how to build a strong foundation and a willing worker in a pup.
  12. Maybe give your neighbor two bags, each bag with seperate treats for each of your dogs and tell him they are on a restricted ( grain free, etc) diet and these are what is ok for each to eat. Then tell him an amount they can have. And tell him about your concerns of them going across the road without supervision. All of it is a reasonable request and would still allow him to got some joy from your dogs on your terms. Who knows, you may need to call on this neighbor in the future for help with your dogs? I completely understnad your concerns and they are valid, but maybe you could "share" your dogs on your terms a bit and still be comfortable with it? And tell him pats for the dogs are unlimited.
  13. Diane, Merry Christmas to you and your's , two and four legged! Hope to see you at a trial in 2012.
  14. I also liked Diana's post, Especially the part she wrote about not wanting Border Collies to be bred for agility.
  15. No worries, a customer of Suzy's gave her a nice home, along side her own Border Collies. Suzy had several folks interested in her and said she is a very sweet dog with "the Aussie happy wiggle butt". It was nice of Suzy to take her in and nice of Jill to give her a home.
  16. Well actually they are being dumped somewhere--it's just out in the back forty, dead. While it may have been and maybe still is a "practice' to kill off the ones that meet the "standards', it seems remarkable that there are today lines of Border Collies , talking only working , not show/agility, that have a consistent work style, a look of that specific line, without resorting to terminating the pups/started dogs/trained dogs that didn't make it. Breed best to best, I get it. Just spay/neuter the rest if necessary. I have raised horses for over 40 years and somehow mangaged to produce a line of working cowhorses from my breeding program that are a type/style, recognizable as that line. None were killed in the process. If , after being started, they did not lean to the type to carry one the lines, they made good trail horses, show horses for another discipline and enjoyable horses for their new owners. They were castrated before they left, if stallions. This breeder could sell/give them away hopefully to a good home, without papers, assuming these dogs have papers to begin with. They do not to carry his name officially. while I treasure tradition in the equine world, I am glad this is one that has not continued, as I suspect there are horse people that years ago thought not unlike this dog breeder. I am not soft hearted , just think there is a more inventive way to creat a line of any animal. Selective breeding does not have to be fatal.
  17. I agree--Oh my. Don't know if I really want to know the answer, but I wonder at what stage of life this person decides these dogs don't meet his standards --when they are born, after weaning or does he actually try to train them up first? The few dogs I know of this breeding were sold by breeder without ABC papers. Don't know if they could not qualify to get them or if breeder didn't care if they had them when sold. The two I saw ( before working age) seemed to be pleasant dogs.
  18. I took Pearse's post to mean "our" communication to the farmers/ranchers on the use of Border Collies as a positive thing for their ranches is a bit lacking. Not that the Border Collie (the one we promote fairly well through the USBCHA trials) is lacking. I do not know any Open trial dog that doesn't do successful, usefull ranch work and I have met several........These dogs work at home and on the weekend.
  19. I saw one of the pups from that litter today at my lesson. That "high powered " sheepdog to be was playing on the lawn, carrying some toy around and looking for frogs hopping in the grass! Her name is Hope and maybe we'll see her on the field in a few years. She resembles both her grand ma Bet and grand dad Hap. A very successful agility person owns dam Nan now and is learning , with lessons how to work sheep with her.
  20. Thanks Gloria, I desperately need a lesson with Lyn! Poor Gwen was supposed to stay to start her training tomorrow, but she came into her first heat ( sad face here) so she has to wait a few weeks. Suzy will work her though after my lesson. Have fun Sunday.
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