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About NCStarkey

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    Just a few shovelfuls short of a full load

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    Mt. Airy, Maryland
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    Border Collies, Sheepdog Trials, and Bluefaced Leicester sheep

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  1. Broken Glass, if the reason that your dog is stepping on you is because he is not respecting your space, try this. The next time he steps on you, make a big deal out of how much it hurts. Fall down or hobble around, all the time vocalizing, as if you are really hurt....get dramatic! If he is like some of my boys that would carelessly bump into me, he will probably melt and do everything he can to apologize. I hope this helps. nancy
  2. Popularity has led to the demise of many breeds, and the Border Collie is facing the same fate. However, this is not a recent occurrence. Historically, Border Collies were bred for one reason, their work with livestock. A few decades ago, as their popularity grew, Border Collies started being bred for the show ring, for dog sports, for fancy colors, for pets, etc. Is this harming the breed? Absolutely.
  3. Thank you, Cheryl! This is a wonderful way to pay tribute to Donald for his endless support of the Border Collie! nancy
  4. Thank you for posting the ABCA HEF statement on EAOD, Eileen, and we all hope that Dr. Lohi and Dr. Mickelson will be successful in identifying the exact mutation soon. Thank you, for the information about the currently available tests, as well. As someone who has a dog with a family history of EAOD (her dam and two littermates lost their hearing at an early age), I chose to have my dog DNA tested by Genoscoper. It was determined that she is "At Risk". After I received her DNA test results, I had her BAER tested, and she has been found to have Normal hearing at five years and 8 month
  5. Hello tamapup, Whenever I read about situations like your's, I always wonder about the pup's diet. Often a pup with an "over the top" energy level is being fed a commercial diet that has ingredients that ad fuel to their already rambunctious puppy energy level. Ingredients such as chemical preservatives, artificial flavors, artificial colors , poor quality proteins, grains (especially corn. soy .wheat) all can contribute to excess energy in our dogs. Also, many dogs foods have extremely high protein levels, and that extra energy needs to be burned off for the pup to be able to settle d
  6. When John Pilley had died last year, I wondered how Chaser dealt with his passing, as they were such a huge part of each other's lives. Now, Chaser has passed and will again be with the person she treasured most. God Speed, old girl. You and John are together again.
  7. If you are referring to stockdog training, Fernando Loiola may be the person you are trying to contact. He lives in Arlington, Washington . Sorry. but I do not have any contact information for him.
  8. This video is of "fat tail" sheep. There are many breeds of of fat tail sheep in the world, and they are mostly found in Africa, the Middle East, and Asia. Here is the link to the Wikipedia information about them: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fat-tailed_sheep
  9. Hello beachdogs, Here is a link to an article about white Border Collies that should help: http://www.bordercollie.org/health/kpwhite.html nancy
  10. Hi Aisha, You can probably find the answers to your questions here: Border Collie Museum Merle nancy
  11. Hi again, You are certainly welcome for my input...as I wrote, it's just my shovelful. Your girl is a beautiful dog, and she looks very much like many working Border Collies that I know. Also, it was obvious that she was truly trying to figure out "the game" in the first video. One thing to keep in mind is that lure coursing was created for sight hounds, dogs that readily do their job of chasing down prey on their own. Border Collies, on the other hand, do their work in partnership with their human counterpart. In the video, Molly was in the field alone, and she may have been waitin
  12. Hi CptJack, In my opinion, as someone who uses Border Collies every day to manage my flock of sheep, Molly did pretty much with a Border Collie should do. Border Collies have been bred for centuries to control the movement of livestock, not to chase them. About 40 seconds into the first video, she got in front of the lure in an attempt to stop the movement. She did the same at about 1 min 40 seconds, as well. In the first video, she was very serious, as a working Border Collie should be. In the second video, she is simply being silly and just running around. I'm sure that she can
  13. The video link didn't work when I clicked on it, but I imagine that it is the video of Secret playing Jenga with her owner, Mary. Secret is a remarkably talented Australian Shepherd, and there are numerous videos of her on YouTube. Check them out!
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