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Everything posted by Dalesred

  1. First dog as a child: I wasn't allowed a dog 'in case you get upset when it dies.' So I had an imaginary one instead. First dog as an adult: Meg, my black, whiskery terrier type mutt dog. Why a BC: When hubby came along, Jess, his elderly, beautiful girl, of course, came too. When she died, he wouldn't countenance any other breed of dog. Now I understand why. Did you do research? No - but DH knows his way round the breed very well First BC: Rhiw (pictured) What have you done with your dogs?: They've both done a bit of flyball. And lots of obedience work. And hiking! How many BC's?. One What "quirks" have you noticed with all your dogs? Rhiw sings ( well he is Welsh, after all) and yawns very musically too. A complete love bug too. Meg, being my first , is very close to me. When I come back from a dfew days away, she will stand stock still for about four seconds before going wild with joy. City dog or country dog? Country dogs, definitely. We live on high moorland with walks direct form our door. No need even to set paw to tarmac. Would you ever get another breed?: Possibly. I still have a thing about terriers.
  2. I'm probably not the first to point this out, but 'Bedlam Farm' is certainly aptly named if even a small percentage of what I've read about this Katz character and his real motivation is true. 'Bedlam' is a corruption of Bethlem - a notorious 18thcentury hospital-prison for the mentally ill, in London. It became a fashionable pastime for upper class guests who would pay a fee for a conducted tour to meet and gawp at the poor people inside. Bedlam is still used over here as a term for a noisy chaotic environment.
  3. My Meg licks tears away. And Rhiw will come and sit as close as he can to me. One day when I was feeling completely overwhelmed, Meg snook up onto the sofa with me ( isn't usually allowed on the furniture.) shuffled over to me and to my amazement, put her forepaw around my shoulders. I wouldn't believe it if anyone else related that story, but it's completely true. The love of a good dog is priceless.
  4. This is probably no help at all as I don't buy it in huge quantity - but I decant kibble from the bag into those large catering-size metal containers with plastic lids that you get instant coffee in at the cash and carry. Two of those per medium sized bag - I haven't got round to bulk buying yet, as we don't really have the storage space - though I know it's a good saving!
  5. Erin - I nearly had heart failure as this was the very name of the post I was beginning to write myself! Now I'll just chime in on yours. My not so d h allowed Rhiw to get in a fight, and get bitten. Three puncture wounds. My poor baby. I am so mad
  6. What a great idea. You know, we're all people who share a common passion and sometimes things can get a bit heated and strained. How good to celebrate the positives. This board has helped me more than I can say - from understanding a completely out of character behaviour in my dog to - well - to helping keep me alive. Desparately ill with depression I posted on here in complete despair - and on other health related websites. But it was here that the support flowed immediately and without reserve - day after day.Many people contacted me by email. Others added to the thread saying all the responses had helped them too. So this is my thank you to everyone. I am getting along much better, am back at work and my dogs are, as usual, my furry cheer leaders. They send wags and licks to you all.
  7. I didn't know quite what to call this thread! Does anyone else occasionally visit shelters 'just because'? I can't have another dog for lots of very good reasons and yet I'm still drawn to visiting the shelters from time to time to offer a donation and 'have a look round'. Most places welcome visitors. Today I went to the RSPCA shelter and was told that you needed to have registered first and expressed an interest before being allowed to see any of the inmates. After being at first taken aback, I decided that it sounds a good idea to me - it saves the dogs from getting excited and stressed as poeple wander around, and it reduces the chance of inexperienced people from picking a dog on looks rather than on best fit for their circumstances. Is this therefore good practice? Should I not go looking round anymore? My DH thinks I'm daft doing it anyway. Today left me feeling a bit uncomfortable.
  8. Shake? Oh shake a paw! I've met with mixed success wiht this one as Rhiw doesn't like his paws being touched - he snatches them away ( he got cut badly once) In our house 'shake' means 'shake that muddy water out of your coat before coming in the house'!!! I found that ruffling the hair the wrong way on the back often prompted them to do this. Very useful - especially when you live in the Pennines where rain is not uncommon.....
  9. Lucille said: 'HOWEVER, this is America, and the absolute worst thing we can do is tell someone they have no right to an opinion. We ALL have a right to what we think, and thank the Lord here in the US we are generally allowed to speak it.' Er no, Lucille - this is a global forum - albeit predominantly american. And my experience of other predominently american fora has been that certain issues and opinions are definitely NOT permitted. Especially political ones coming from an 'ousider' such as myself. But this is irrelevant to the case here, so I'll shut up now!
  10. My recipe for lemon drizzle cake is Walk to Marks and Spencers Pick up cake Take it to checkout Take it home and store it in a hermetically sealed dog free container until eaten.
  11. Yep, you guessed it. All of it, gone. I knew it was him - his hairs were all over what was left of the icing. This is the first time to my knowledge he's stolen anything from the kitchen surfaces! I came home to the evidence and a very chastened ( and probably nauseous) Border Collie who wouldn't look me in the eye. Whereas Meg sat there perky as ever - ias if to say Hah! it wasn't me!
  12. What I have learned here(and continue to learn) has been invaluable. My dog was farm bred from working parents and his litter sisters both went to working homes. He isn't registered with anybody and has never worked sheep. But I have learned a lot from the issues on these boards over conformation versus working ability and next time (long way off I hope) I will probably investigate adopting from a BC rescue.
  13. Oh goodness Melanie - I'm so sorry - but relieved Solo is on the mend - what a worry... I was looking forward to your coming back so we could share Morocco stories - but not like this Like you say it will still be there another year....
  14. Thanks for this Moss! The HUddersfield one is just down the road - we're going to go and watch!
  15. This one's very easy: Get some ox liver, rub with garlic and salt well. Bake it whole in oven medium heat until it's leathery hard but with a bit of give. Cut into bite size strips. It keeps quite a while to. Have a funb day Black Jack!
  16. Oh Moss - he looks superb! Where are you going in Scotland? We love Scotland!
  17. I've never bathed either of mine. I just encourage them to go for a quick rinse in a stream or river if they get very bad - or shower them off at home. Never use any shampoo or anything though. Does that make me a bad Mummy?
  18. Rhiw used to hate it too but will now tolerate it fine. I used treats, and a nice cheery voice. I also ahd him put his front legs up on the bench outside while I stood over him and brushed him. he's fine with it now. I also wonder about the brushing tool. I bought a new one with a curved metal blade. I would brush with one hand and hold his collar with the other - until I realised this was generating a static electric shocks with the brushing!! I think this must be why he developed his aversion in the first place.
  19. Hi Yes it is nearer but I'll be on holiday then.... Do keep posting these though!!
  20. Moss - our posts crossed! Thanks for those links..... I'm off to find out more!
  21. Ta dah - Just found this on the BBC website: !DAVID KENNARD David Kennard is a shepherd who farms on the beautiful and rugged coast of North Devon. With the farm income in decline, David looked for other ways to sustain his living, and in 2000 he made a film about his life as a shepherd. The Year of the Working Sheepdog followed twelve months of their working life together. Mist: the tale of a sheepdog puppy is available on DVD. . You're all going to say to say ' oh Yah - David Kennard!' now aren't you!!!!
  22. Thanks for this - might try to get there - not too far for me!
  23. Hmmm.... as I lay half asleep this morning I heard the end of an interview on Radio4 with a man who had made a film - possibly an animated film -about BCs. The man I think had been a farmer. He knew about BCs anyway. They described a sequence where a BC pup spies a flock of sheep through a hole in the kennel and raises its paw before saying in a squeaky breathless voice: Look!!! Sheep! They also talked about the difference between a curled over the back wavy tail - playful - and a down between the legs serious working tail. Needless to say I want to see this film. Or was I having a particularly vivid dream????
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