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  1. If you've only had him for a few weeks, I'd wait yet on letting him off leash in an area where you can't easily get his attention and catch him. It takes a while to build up a relationship with a dog who is older. It sounds like you've come a long way so far and I don't think that you've messed anything up. Just take some more time and use a long line when you're in a bigger area. Laura
  2. Here's some of my lambing pictures. Laura
  3. For the Border Collies it's about $35 each and for the guard dogs it's $60. I don't really give them treats although the turkey necks & raw meaty bones are included in there. Laura
  4. www.care4bcs.com It's an organization here in Wisconsin (I think non-profit). It's run by volunteers who raise money for Border Collies. I know that in the past they have given money for a Border Collie in rescue who had mange and needed treatment. They've also helped with the cost of spaying or neutering dogs. One of their major fund raisers during the year is serving lunch at the WWSDA Labor Day trial. They're a legitimate group of good people doing a good thing! If you're looking for some place to donate, I'd say go for it. Laura
  5. http://www.bordercollie.org/boards/index.php?showtopic=21582 Here's the link. It's in the Coffee Break section. Laura
  6. Isn't a vacation when you go to a trial and only take some of the dogs with you? Sometimes my sister takes a couple of dogs and my neighbor takes care of everyone else. Other times my neighbor takes care of everyone who's at home. He's a not really, retired farmer and so the dogs bum around outside with him most of the day. Too expensive to board all of my dogs and I have livestock that needs to be taken care of too. Besides I know at home, they're not getting into trouble & they're all happy. Laura
  7. This is getting off topic, but I'd just like to point out that just because people are living longer lives, they're not necessarily healthier ones. Diabetes, heart diseases and such are at an all time high. That's not because of better nutrition, it's because of cheaper, high fat, high sugar foods. Laura
  8. I am the lady in Portage and had already sent Vicki a PM. Laura
  9. I voted sometimes although it's only happened 3 times in the last 10 years. The last time was 4 years ago. Twice it's been 2 neutered males who posture around each other and there's some snippiness when we walk. The other time was 2 unspayed females, mother & daughter-that was more than snippiness. If I pay attention it's easy to see what's starting & end it quickly. Laura
  10. Becca, I'm so sorry to hear about Ben. You've written about him so much that I feel like I knew him. Laura
  11. I agree with what Julie's saying ^^^. It's a different thing when you have multiple dogs. I have 8 in the house right now. I can bring a few to work with me, but I don't have a vehicle big enough to haul all 8 of them with me all the time. Besides I think that would be a lot to ask my Dad & sister to put up with. I have 2 males (neutered) who can not be loose in the house together without the posturing & peeing that they've always done. If you don't keep a close eye on them, it gets worse from there. It's safer and simpler to crate 4 of them and the 4 older ones are loose in the house, but even they go in their crates to sleep during the day because the doors are open. When I'm home in the mornings, the evenings and on weekends they all spend a lot of time outside with me. It doesn't matter if I'm doing chores, gardening or just reading a book, they're all out with me. Crating is my friend. Laura
  12. Cassidy, At 14 months she's just a teenager. She's probably testing her boundaries yet. Be consistent in your training and that will help a lot. It's not too late at all. I got a rescue dog who was 10 years old about 6 months ago and he's learning things just fine. They just need to know what your expectations are. Laura
  13. Brock was the first Border Collie that I picked out myself. I spent more than an hour at Paul DeWitt & Peg Haese's. I couldn't decide between 2 of the males. It took more than a week for me to pick a name that suited him. Brock took to training like the proverbial duck to water. He worked cows, pigs, sheep, chickens...anything that I asked him to. He was willing to do whatever was needed to get the job done & he enjoyed his job. When it looked like I was going to have to move off the farm, I started looking for homes for my dogs. I wanted to find the best ones possible instead of waiting till the last minute. Thru Carol Campion I met Jill Horton-Lyons in Massachusetts. She & her husband, Jim have a small farm with sheep, pigs, chickens, ducks. Jill flew out here in November of 2006 and spent a few days getting to know Brock and then took him home. He fit right in there. He worked on the farm, joined in Quaker worship, enjoyed the parties held there, the kids & kids' programs, he visited Jill's parents and was loving and kind to Jill's mom with her dementia. Last fall when we came out for Bill Fosher's pasture walk we stayed with Jill & Jim and got to see how happy Brock was in his home. (Bill-you can't believe how grateful I am right now that you had that pasture walk.) Yesterday, someone poisoned Brock and a neighbor's dog. Jill took him to the vet at 4:30 yesterday afternoon and he lost consciousness on the way. This morning he wasn't breathing on his own and Jill made the decision to let him go. Brock never met a person that he didn't like, never played a game that he didn't enjoy and never worked without putting his heart into it. Brocko thank you for all that you taught both Jill & I. You made chores easier for both of us and life a little bit better. We're all going to miss you.
  14. The reporter did a great job on the article. There were only 3 things that I saw that weren't right, one picture caption (it's really Polly Matzinger not Rose Anderson), the number of dogs in the trial (closer to 70 than 40) & how old the annual fall trial is (23 not 3). But I'm certainly not complaining. She was out at the farm for a couple of hours, talked to a lot of handlers, took a lot of pictures and all of that while she was not dressed for the weather which was cool & rainy. Pearse, Marvin will be 88 this year. But he's an amazing guy. His mom lived to be 100 and I'm hoping he will too. Right now he's hooking up the chisel plow so he can finally go get those oats planted! Laura
  15. Ditto to Julie & Darci's replies. I've got 8 dogs in the house, the foster dog & one of mine are always crated when I'm gone & when we go to bed. The rest are loose or shut on the front porch depending on the time & situation. It's easier to have them all crate trained so that if you need them to go in, you just open the door, tell them "to bed" and it's done. Laura
  16. This is my handling system set up with the sheep ready to go. There were 79 sheep to do that day & we were in the barn. It was one of the days when we got about 8 inches of snow. And this is Jerry & Jim Huber, my shearers, when they were almost finished. I am in awe of how easy they make shearing look, because I know it's a tough job. Laura
  17. Laurie, East Nebraska. I wasn't getting it either until I saw Sheryl's signature. Laura
  18. I get the Diamond Naturals at Tractor Supply, they have both the chicken & rice and lamb & rice. Maybe it's just a regional thing for TSC, but if you look at Diamond's website, they offer both of them plus a few other Naturals formulas. None of them have corn in them. My cats get the Diamond Naturals Active Cats formula. No corn there either. Laura
  19. Darci, I have real life experience with guard dogs & ewes with lambs and can tell you that Julie's advice is good. Keep an eye on them and if you have a gate or panel that the dog can get thru use that to let him have a place for himself. How do your ewes feel about him? Have they been around a guard dog before? Laura
  20. I use the Diamond Naturals Chicken & Rice-a 40# bag for about $20. It doesn't have any corn in it either. Laura
  21. Bill maybe there's a book for you called The Year of Signs. Laura
  22. I'm sure that's what my problem is. I didn't grow up a goat person, but when my dad remarried he married a goat person. My parents had a goat dairy, mostly Alpines, Saanens & LaManchas. Back in the day, they were milking over 100 goats. The goats very rarely ever got out & if they did, they wanted to get back in with the rest of the rest of the group. The fences were mostly regular woven wire with hog panels by the gates. I could never go back to having to do chores twice a day like milking. There's no vacations or even just being able to just get away for a night without having to find someone to do the milking plus all the other chores for you. But that's how my kids started out their lives, sitting in a car seat or play pen in the milking parlor while I milked. They toddled up & down the aisles when we were feeding hay. We all drank milk out of the bulk tank. Laura
  23. The Omnivore's Dilemma is a good book. So is Animal, Vegetable, Miracle by Barbara Kingsolver. I'm all for people realizing that their food isn't really produced in neat little packages at the grocery store. (Not that I think Bill has that problem.) Laura
  24. Joe, As was pointed out to me this morning, these threads aren't just read by one person. There are others who learn from them besides the original poster. Someone could come on the boards 6 months from now and do a search & have your post come up and learn from it. So thank you for asking the question & posting the picture. You could be saving someone else the heartache. If you're not into martinis, go have a bloody Mary or two. Laura
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