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  1. Anyone ever do this before? Any advice on how to proceed? I can ship from Detroit or Wndsor, ON. Would it be easier in Windsor or not make much difference? TIA, Wendy
  2. Given natural ability, the work makes the dog. Most of the US has small flocks (under 100 ewes), so there really isn't much work for the dogs. I have 80 ewes and so can have almost 200 sheep when lambs are on the ground, but, frankly, that isn't much work for a dog. Not considering what these dogs are capable of. If all things being equal between farm vs. trial dog, I would buy the dog I like, first, then give preference to the dog from trial lines. To be successful on the trial field, the dog must be able to cope with intense training pressure. Many dogs are not up to this. Also, th
  3. Clearfield doesn't seem to get a lot of traffic, no disrespect intended.
  4. The Kensmuir forum was very helpful in listing working dogs for sale from many of the USBCHA members. Where do people go now to list their dogs? I'm looking for a young goose dog prospect, already started. I'm not on FB and refuse to subscribe. TIA, Wendy
  5. There are still entries available for both the trial and the handling clinic, though the clinic is almost full. Hope to see you there! Wendy
  6. Winter is my off-season for work, so I train heavily during this time. In fact, I love winter training, especially when the snow is about 1 ft deep or so. It really gets a dog pushing. I am fortunate that we are cold enough in Michigan to avoid ice conditions most of the time. I am also fortunate that my field is tiled, so I do not get bogged down in mud either.
  7. Hi Rachael, The handling clinic is geared for those who are currently competing or ready to compete this spring. It is not a training clinic and it is expected that the dogs entered will have a semblance of control by the handlers. Paired with the two trials the next day, it will give novice/pro novice handlers much trial experience and feedback on where they need to target their training/handling. Since I don't know where you are with your training on your dog, it is hard for me to assess the appropriateness of this clinic and trial. If you are just starting out, then I would sugge
  8. It is no more complicated than repackaging food for your own consumption. If worried about electrical outages, than limit your purchases to one weeks worth of food. This apply to your food as well. IMO, a week's supply of raw food would keep in the fridge for a week without worry. A 10 lb. bag of chicken leg quarters will feed 2 dogs for a week for about $7.00. Don't over think this. It is no more difficult than feeding yourself.
  9. I have fed raw for over 10 years in a multi-dog household, 10+ dogs. My costs are about 70 cents per day per dog; less if we source the food ourselves (culls and venison). The LGD is double that, since he eats twice as much as the border collies. Raw feeding can be done simply and inexpensively, or it can be complicated and expensive, depending upon owner choice. When traveling, I use a cooler and pack food frozen. On longer trips I add ice and use a grocer Simple. If backpacking, which I don't do, I would leave the dog at home. Maybe it is easier to feed raw to a pack than just a
  10. I welcome my Canadian friends! Gas prices are low right now, and there will be plenty of trialing to be had over the weekend. Come on over!
  11. Borders on the Grand Farm in Onondaga, MI is pleased to announce two events dedicated to the Novice/Pro Novice Handler. Ever wish you had an Open handler at your side? On Saturday, March 9th, 2013, Wendy Villarreal will conduct a handling clinic titled: Trial Strategies for the Novice/Pro Novice Handler. This one day course begins as a lecture/discussion in the morning and moves into the field as a trial course dry-run. All aspects of the trial course will be discussed, with an opportunity to practice a course on the same day with Wendy at the post with you. Ever wish you had a sec
  12. I called and the dogs have not been relinquished yet.
  13. Thank you for posting that photo. It means a lot.
  14. Wendy V

    RIP Burl

    My beautiful Burl, dog of my avatar, died in a house fire early Monday morning a week ago. He was in the care of my stepson, who risked great injury trying to save him and another dog. Burl was employed as a goosedog and worked side by side with my SS for the past two years. He was only 8 years old and in his prime. Our family is heartbroken over the loss but grateful that our SS suffered no lasting harm. He will be greatly missed.
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