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  1. Well, I live in a misty hilly environemtn in the Yorkshire Pennines, and Rhiw stands out at dark rather better than Meg. But Meg, is, umm, totally black We bought him at a sheepdog sale in Wales; not part of the auction - just an informal sale, along with amny other pups on the field. At that point needless to say I knew very little about the genetics or politics of colour, although he was from working parents. One eye is half blue and he had an undescenced testicle too. I live in sheep country, and was quite surprsised at teh interest I had in him from farmers and shepherds - he's
  2. Aside from all the other excellent advice, I would urge you to be open-minded. I thought I wanted a bitch, smaller in size, traditional-looking. I ended up with the blue merle Welsh gentleman on the left, with his David Bowie eyes, goofy grin and ridiuclous ears. Rhiw is a gem of a dog. He was part of a farm-bred litter out of working parents, on sale at a working sheepdog auction in Bala, North Wales - they certainly had NOT bred him for colour. His parents and both his sisters are working full time. He got the cushy number with me
  3. As I'm lucky enough to live surrounded by spectacular countryside, mine get half hour to an hour daily during the week and, in the spring and summer at least one long walk at the weekend. By long I mean five hours plus - because that is what I enjoy doing. If for whatever reason they cna't get a long walk, we play fetch instead. I have to watch Rhiw though as intense games of fetch make him very hot very quickly. I have noticed that when this regime has broken down - (illness for example) the dogs do adpat themselves accordingly. Conversely I think the more exercise they have, the more they
  4. Pansmom I am so glad you have stayed with us. Your tenacity and dedication to your dog is really impressive. I have no advice to offer as I have no experience of what you describe, but I have read this thread in its entirety, though, and at times I began to despair when the discussion descended into point scoring and flaming. I was most relieved when I saw you were still contributing. My heart goes out to you in this truly awful situation, and I hope that the answers become clear soon. Elizabeth
  5. Hi Ailsa First reply disappeared into the ether! As you know, I've only just seen this - I hope Skye is much improved by now - how is she doing? The injury sounds very nasty and I am sure you were frantic with worry. I hope too that your neck and back did not suffer too much from your night(s) on the sofa. Random Acts of Ow = another Mr Snappy classic. And I'll remember that tip about foam round the neck. Hugs to you both Elizabeth
  6. This follows a recent documentary on British TV about the whole issue, which I mentioned on another thread. The KC came out of it looking like blundering idiots. Clearly the RSPCA has decided to take a firm stance. Good. The withdrawal of the RSPCA made headline news nationally too: so much the better.
  7. I think the 'Rainbow Bridge' clamouring must have been fairly constant thereafter as well - what with the number of innocent civilians killed in Iraq and all.
  8. Hi there I am a novice, definitely so I can't really offer realistic advice with this problem. There are others on here far more qualified than I am. I have recently bought and watched two excellent DVDs from bluedogtraining.com, recommended first on these boards. They contain hundreds of examples of dogs reacting under stress and have been excellent learning tools for me in how to approach dogs, how to spot subtle signals in their body language and so forth. I realise now I have assumed too much in how much I really understand. Both DVDs made me realise it is a miracle humans a
  9. Are so worth it. I learned loads. The Language of Dogs and Am I Safe? are both excellent with loads of footage as examples which I find easier than line drawings or photos. They'll help not just woth my own dogs but invaluable in the rescue volunteer work I do too. Highly recommended.
  10. Melanie I can't make the case because it's something I don't believe in either. Rhiw comes from proven working stock but, he is 'only' a pet. Thanks to this board I now know more than I ever did before about the breeding for working ability only argument, and I understand the case for it. My next dog, however, will be a rescue as I feel that would be an even better choice for our situaiton than a working bred pup. I know you will know all about this anyway, but others might be interested to hear that there was a brilliant TV programme aired recently about this very issue her
  11. Rhiw: DH calls hinm 'the lad' or 'boy'. I call him Pie-stealer. We both call him RhiwBone Meg: DH used to call her Devil Dog, or DeVileus. ( he pretends to hate her). I call her Megster, sweetheart, etc. We both call her MegBone.
  12. AJ So glad all is well, man., with you and Black Jack That endearing nosie you describe I recognise, but Rhiw only says it in the morning. It's his name too!
  13. While I fully understand the laws of economics, I also can't help thinking about the difference Four thousand odd quid would make to the rescue I volunteer with. 1,000 nights of emergency boarding fees, ( provided at cost by willing rescues or boarding kennels) for a start. I'm not quarreling with the principle - a great working prospect like Bob is just that and is worth what people will pay. Did make me think though.
  14. Oh boy. My first question in my mind when I saw this thread was - is it dead already or alive? We live in a very, very old - I mean, like 250 years old - house which is far from hermetically sealed, even from the elements, let alone anything else. We get mice, Meg scares some of 'em off and a humane trap 'collects' the others. Then one day, we had this really bad smell. I said to Mr H. You know, it smells like there's a dead body under the floorboards. He said, wife, your imagination is too vivid. Then the smell got worser and worser so I prevailed on Mr H to lift up a floorboard
  15. Just noticed that an 11 month old male pup, Bob, dog bred by one of my neighbours, Trevor Smith sold at Skipton for 4,000 guineas ( £4,200). Bob was sold on to a pet home but didn't setttle, so was taken on by a farmer in North Yorkshire at seven months - who then sold him to 'an anonymous scottish bidder' at Skipton. The piece in our local paper (not the most reliable of sources) says that the highest ever paid for a dog of any age at Skipton was 4,100 guineas in 2004 for a two year old bitch. Trevor must be feeling pretty fed up. It's a lot of money. But also, I wonder about th
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