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  1. Hi Renee, Right, it was a bit misleading of me to start off by saying "hot weather," as it's primarily a stress issue, but it is greatly magnified by warm weather and high humidity. I was thinking the same thing about Nutri-cal -- keeping it around the same way I always have a bottle of Nutri-drench around for the sheep. Your experience with Rae and Vic's with Gage give me more hope that time and steady work will probably do the trick -- in the meantime, a bit more fat in her diet, perhaps pedialyte on really hot days, and Nutri-cal as a hedge may help (shotgun!). Tess is really a spiffy little dog. Besides not wanting to ever see her have a major "crash," I'd love to see just how far she could go. Thanks for the specific training tip, too!
  2. Laura wins! That was great. Oooh, Rebecca! That's not weird, that's awesome! I was right, BTW, my mother was almost teary-eyed when she saw us roll in with her pile of "black gold." We "grown-ups" (The Boss, my 76 yr. old mother, 81 yr. old father, and I) spent the next part of the day unloading the heap and piling it by the garden, while my kids made dinner for us. It was universally declared "the best Mother's Day ever!" (Okay, so we don't set our sights real high around here )
  3. Thanks for the insights, everyone, and thanks for letting me mooch off your research! I'll have to see what works and report back. I can certainly see bumping up her fat intake -- sage advice, thanks!
  4. Okay, my Mum's been an avid organic gardener since the sixties, so fifteen years ago, when the Boss and I finally got our first critters, she said, "Oh, critters? Will you have any er, uh, ahem?" Anyhow, when contemplating the annual what-to-get-for-Mother's-Day dilemma the other day, I realized that the answer was right here. I've got a utility trailer load of partially composted, spoiled hay ready to head out in a few minutes-- she'll be ecstatic! (She's also a native plant enthusiast, so I'll also be toting along some freshly potted Solomon's Seal -- for good measure ). So what's the oddest thing you ever gave your Mom?
  5. Go, Megan go! Had to be the good grooming -- makes 'em work smoother, right? (My poor mud puppies wouldn't know ! )
  6. Debbie, And I'd love to see Simon work! (I love the "under the bed" part -- Tess prefers our closet .) I got to see Barry run John a few times, including his first open run at Sam's old place -- John was definitely a far better fit for Barry than James ever was! I hated to see them have to stop trialing, but we all have to put our families first, and I'll always admire Barry. It's great to hear that Barry has time to judge, now -- I'll look forward to seeing him one day soon! We should try to work our dogs together some day, when schedules and gas prices permit!
  7. Noticed an earlier thread with some pedigree postings y'all might enjoy: http://www.bordercollie.org/cgi-bin/ultima...t=010620#000005
  8. Oh, fun! My two Roy boys are everybody's cousins -- Roy was one busy fellow! Ozzie's dam's sire is Barry Moyer's John, who also goes back to Buttersett Tweed, so Oz and Dice are cousins on both sides (probably even more links, since he has three Ettrick dogs -- Scot, Bob, and Jet -- back there too, heh!). Our Tess may be related to Dice back there somewhere -- she has several Judith Allen Kelly/Judith Kelly dogs behind her (Image, ABC 110826; Trace AIBC 6515; and Tweed, AIBC 95957). "They're cousins, identical cousins all the way, one pair of matching bookends -- different as night and day!"
  9. If you can say, "It's a braw bricht moonlicht nicht", Then yer a'richt, ye ken. And it is such a night indeed. I've enjoyed my frequent bouts of task avoidance this evening -- never mind what it was I was supposed to be doing! Now it's time for "last walkies" under an incredible moon. Thanks and blessings to all.
  10. Dang, Smileyzookie! I wish I could pass some of my Mother's Day blessings your way. I know it's not the same, but if you noticed, my two are six years apart -- no. 2 was three years in the making. She made her entrance after we'd given up and moved to a new farm with a slightly dilapidated barn I'd planned to rennovate myself -- so much for planning! Also for what it's worth, you've probably heard this before, but do you all know any adoptive couples? My husband felt the same way as yours until some folks we know adopted a super-cutie -- if our Emily hadn't arrived, who knows? Anyhow, you've helped me appreciate my blessings that much more. I really hope next Mother's Day is a sweeter one for you.
  11. Ooh! I see Jeffers has Nutri-cal for ferrets -- should work for the Wee Weasel, eh? No, but seriously, I saw the sheep spotter at Sam's last year -- another Julie, a kiwi, I think? -- giving her beasts some supplement from a tube between classes. I think it may well have been Nutri-cal (for dogs -- the weasel thing's a joke, Frank Zappa related -- sorry all). It's protein and vit's, so not redundant -- may try a shotgun approach (hmmmm, shotgun, now that's a thought -- kidding! I'm kidding!). P.S. Did you shear with Tom?????
  12. Thanks, Julie! Yes, "less frantic about working" will be the ultimate cure, I believe. The Pedia-lyte on kibble sounds logical to me -- any ABAB within subjects data to go with that ? Also, did the Nutri-cal seem to work for Gage? I do need to do something (or I think I do ) while we try to get her over the frantic stage.
  13. Debbie, More cousins! Out of Jill and now D.H.'s Beryl -- nice! (My years of clerking have helped dispel some of my ignorance at least -- whew!) So your Toss son is cool-headed? That's another data point to back up my suspicion that the buzzy side of our Tess comes from her dam. She's quiet and sweet in the house -- you'd never guess what a handful she can be. I'm hoping that more sheep time will help. Sounds like I'm knocking her, but I actually love this little beast. I asked Karen to let Annie pick from a litter of likely novice dogs based on parents -- what the last few years have taught me was a pretty tall order! If Karen was guessing, she sure guessed well -- Tess has done a super job for Annie, and now Emily, too! You knew Roscoe? Lucky! Wish you could have seen Oz debut on cattle -- he loved every minute, even though I was decidedly clueless (went on to clerk for the remainder, however -- some really pretty runs, too -- so even though we managed to pen, I definitely won't be standing still and hanging on to ropes next time out ). Though I never got to see Roscoe, and I know Ozzie's only a pale shadow of his ancestor, I couldn't help being pretty pleased with my boy. You're right -- we are very fortunate to have these dogs!
  14. Happy Mother's Day to all of us -- even if you aren't a Mom, you had/have one! My kiddos are 18 and 12, both girls, both homeschooled. Actually I can't call the big one homeschooled any more; she's been taking classes at the community college for a while, and now she's off to William and Mary in the fall. You'd think after 18+ years of near 24/7 parenting, I'd be glad to see her go -- sure! I thought I would be, but when the realization hit that she's finally on her way? I sat and blubbered like a baby . Top-spotted my three BC's today -- die, ticks, die!!! Need to scoot -- gotta go call my Mom!
  15. Besides the obvious tub, what methods are you all using to help your dogs handle the heat? Electrolytes? Energy supplements? Before/during/after work? Tess tends to wind herself up so much before she even works that I have to watch her like a hawk to make sure she doesn't go wobbly in the back end on me. Her coat's not heavy, and she's very fit, built like a hummingbird, but unfortunately has a temperament to match!
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