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  1. Thank doG they are both back! I am so happy to read this. Laura
  2. My sister's dog (an extra large mixed breed) never wears a collar or leash. She claims that he will listen to her and has a solid recall. The dog is microchipped so that is her reasoning behind not needing a collar. She's gone to Vegas this week and the other sister who is dog sitting insisted on a collar & leash for him because he doesn't listen to anyone else. You should think about the "what if" instances. What if there's a car accident and the dog gets loose? What if you're away from home and something scares the dog into running off? All scary possibilities. At least if there's a collar on her she won't look like a stray. Mine all wear collars, but rarely have a leash on, but can all walk nicely on them. Laura
  3. I'd say keep treating him too. What kind of antibiotics are you giving him? Laura
  4. Ben, My dogs and I are living, breathing proof that just because we can do it at home doesn't mean that you can do it during a trial. Different sheep, different field and even on my home field with my sheep, my nervousness wreaks havoc. But good luck to you and have fun. That's the important part. Laura
  5. DR, I have to admit that I found this funny too when I read it, but I can understand your question. Mr. McCaig rarely posts on here, he's more likely to be found on the Working Stock Dog Forum or sheepdog-L. He's been an open handler for many years and hosts a wonderful trial himself http://www.bordercollie.org/boards/index.p...=highland+trial. He's also the author of "Dog Wars" the book about why the AKC should not have recognized the Border Collie as a breed. You could also go back and read the posts he has had on here. He didn't just pop up here in the last couple of years. Laura
  6. Melanie thanks for the good topic. I've got Jaax who is 13 years old, other than being deaf now is physically still in good shape. He would help with moving sheep and cattle, but it would be on his terms since he usually isn't looking for direction. He barks more than he used to but I think that's because he can't hear himself. No problems with eating weird things like mud or counter surfing, but he does get some table scraps in his dinners. His teeth are in amazing shape and he has all of them except one little one in the front which gives him a charming gap when he smiles. Then I've got two 12 year olds. Hope is bothered a bit more by her arthritis and stands and whines at times but that doesn't seem to be from pain, it's just a statement. She will eat dirt in the summer, but seems happy eating sheep & cow poop now while it's cold. She did lose a canine last summer, but she's still eating fine. She's also still the fun monitor. She definitely doesn't want Wilbur to play with Zoe, but she can grab her by the scruff and tug. She'll also bounce around and bark at the others. Bear is in the worst shape, but still better than when we got him 3 years ago from the shelter. He had a rough life before with a bad diet (his teeth are really worn down and in bad shape) and the shelter knew he had been hit by a car at least twice when he was younger and he's bothered by arthritis. Pain meds, vitamin E, fish oil and glucosamine are given to the 3 older ones regularly. Bear does stand and look off into space sometimes like he doesn't know why he got up. He's also the worst about counter surfing and several times he's shredded everything in the bag of paper recyclables (no food stuff in there). He also wakes up barking for no real reason. All 3 of them go thru times of needing to go out in the middle of the night. It's painful sometimes to watch them and there are times when I'd really just like to roll over and go back to sleep but then I think that they won't be around forever and I just get up. I'm surprised that so many of the "odd" things mine do are the same as other people's dogs. Laura
  7. I flagged it as animal abuse too. Laura
  8. After googling Mitch Currie if he's the one with the MySpace page-looks like he's 16 and lives in Australia. What are Australia's laws about sheep and grazing on public lands? No cougars to chase him there but a crocodile might do it if he were near the water. Laura
  9. I posted 2 comments and they're still up. The guy doesn't sound like he has a clue about dogs or livestock. Laura
  10. AK Dog Doc, good to hear from you and I'm happy about the books. I bookmarked your blog, so I can catch up on some of the reading. Now just take care of yourself! Laura
  11. Thanks Julie. Not that I'm running short of books to read, but I thought that would be a good one if I hadn't just imagined it. Laura
  12. Didn't she write a book? Or is that just something my overly active imagination made up? I tried a search but too few letters there. Thanks, Laura
  13. Antibiotics and depending on how deep the wounds are, I wouldn't cover them. Do you have Blu Kote? It's a good spray, I've used it on myself when I was stabbed with the hoof trimmers. Keep him somewhere quiet. Do you know who's dog did it? Laura
  14. And speaking of sheep and dogs, the big guy is Jean Bass' ram. Nice looking sheep and they were nice to work. Paul Henning with Ken, Amy Armstrong with her mom's (Jean) Zuri and Janet Henning with Bob. The 3 Tess x Tweed siblings. Laura
  15. Lola Chaffin gave him gloves at the beginning which he stuffed in his pocket and never used and Rose Anderson was giving him a hard time about it. She touched his hand once and confirmed that yes, they were warm. It's a lot easier to be warm moving around. We poor schmucks who were sitting in chairs were the cold ones. Laura
  16. I spent part of the weekend at the Jack Knox clinic in Fitchburg, Wisconsin (it was in an indoor riding arena). This is probably the 12th or 13th clinic of Jack's I've been too, and if you throw in Kathy Knox and Patrick Shannahan, you could add in another 10 or 12. I'm always surprised at how much you can learn at a clinic even without a dog in, there's always some little gem that I seem to come away with. And it's certainly nice to have a dog related event to go to in the middle of the winter to keep you inspired. So thank you to the people who host clinics, help set up for them and take things down, provide the food, provide the sheep, the people who enter and especially the clinicians themselves. Wisconsin has a great stock dog club and a lot of fun things to do throughout the year! Some of the people in the clinic. There was a round pen for inside dogs and by unhooking one gate and pulling panels around, we also had a big open area for outside dogs. And even though it was about 20 degrees out, Jack never wore gloves and had warm hands the whole time! The big area. Laura
  17. Maybe crate your son the next time he's over? And yes, that's said with just a bit of sarcasm. Really though, he's an adult human and should have known better. Laura
  18. I know that it's been talked about a couple of times already, but I finished it this week. Wow is it a great book. I had bought a couple of books for myself as Christmas presents and this was one of them. I did a book review for our newsletter and this is part of what I wrote: This book is hard to put down and when you are finished with it you wish it had been longer. Tea does an excellent job writing about shepherding and farming. Thru stories like “Pioneer” you understand that the enjoyment you get from a job well done and your mental well-being will likely far outweigh the financial riches you could get. Some of the stories bring tears to your eyes like “The Story of Ta Two”. Some of them like “Kippy” or “Slow Food” will make you laugh out loud. And ones like “Ettrick Shepherding” are just interesting. If you are looking for a gift for a special friend or just something as a treat for yourself, I’d like to recommend that you get this book. I enjoyed it very much. Laura
  19. Mark at our house it's called "road blocking". It's a technical term that applies to any dog who wants attention. Laura
  20. They've found out that the flakes of bedding are launching pads. Laura
  21. This is Splash. She's a little stinker already, she's not shy at all and will walk up to you and nibble on gloves, twine, whatever you've got sticking out of your pockets. Her brother isn't quite so friendly, but that's ok cause I like the ewes better. Laura
  22. Which started some more racing. Laura
  23. Then we put out bedding. Laura
  24. There seems to be several lambs who have figured out the warmest place to be is on mom. Lamb races were going on after we fed hay. Laura
  25. The clinic is February 6 and 7, 2010 in the indoor Conzemius Horse Arena in sunny, warm Fitchburg, Wisconsin. There are still a few open spots. If you have any questions, contact Jean Bass (608) 845-6996 or jean.bass@parkprinting.com Laura
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