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  1. Wonderful company run by wonderful women. Old friends of my sister's, since they started in a little shop in Flagstaff. Their face products for people are my favorite. The Sierra Madre Sun Cream is a staple around here, too.
  2. Good friend of mine is part of the Chicago study. There's a ton of research that shows the more coyotes you kill, the faster they reproduce. If you have residents that avoid your property/livestock/dogs, don't kill them. Adults train their offspring. Coyotes are not going to disappear. They've adapted. It's our turn now.
  3. I have one of those rare, super-friendly, loves-everyone-especially-small-children, super social dogs. He was also an excellent working dog before he retired, both at home and on the trial field, limited only by his handler. Nick has met exactly one dog he didn't like- my friend's Aussie puppy who had zero training when she got him at about 6 months. Once he learned some manners & grew up, Nick was okay with him. My pet-dog-trainer friend used to use Nick for her reactive dog classes- he's *that* good at tolerating other dogs & reading body language. He is, however, definitely the exce
  4. Both my boys hate the smoke alarm. Hoot is terrified of thunder & gets pills for it. Nick now associates thunder with peanut butter (he had to have some, too) and runs to the fridge when it storms. Hoot, weirdest dog ever, has fears that change daily. Weird noises tweak him out, but rarely the same one twice. He was once afraid to go up the stairs he goes up and down 300 times a day. Some days he won't eat if his bowl isn't in the right spot. He is terrified of the WHACK of a golf club hitting a ball (we run past a golf course), but is fascinated by the flying ball. The UPS man is scar
  5. 4-H ewe forms & a three-ring binder, plus a Rite-in-the-Rain notebook for field use. I tried software, and went back to handwritten, paper notes. It worked much better for me. I kept up with two separate flocks, ~100 ewes each. I'm sure the software is much better now (I tried it in 2004-2005), but it seemed overly complicated at the time.
  6. Masterson Station has a lovely cross-country course, as well, so if you're a horse person, there's often some equine viewing to be had. Have to keep an eye out for incoming training walking up the novice field fence, though! Hmmm, maybe I should talk my eventing friends into hauling down for the day. Buddy (my QH) is pretty good at sheep work...
  7. Ack! Julie, if I could give him a quick tune up, I'd cover set out with Nick. He's a great set-out dog. Unfortunately, he's almost 11 and hasn't worked in over a year... hips are slowly getting creaky. Hoot is pretty good at set-out, until he has to give up his sheep. Then he's all resource guardy mine-mine-mine
  8. Half the people in the PNW trial community call me Nick. I'm used to it. No one has called me Hoot yet... Might have to take a day to come by the trial, with a bourbon tasting or two thrown in.
  9. I highly recommend volunteering! I had a blast last year. Volunteering is a great thing for novices. Do something like running or posting scores & most of the time you'll be watching the action surrounded by people who aren't running a dog & who will happily answer your questions. I spent a lot of time being an extra runner last year, but ended up keeping scores in the White House and doing a lot of fast math. The Novice field is really fun to watch, too- you get to see dogs (and handlers!) in a very different stage of training than on the Open field. There are puppies everywhere.
  10. Never mind different languages, different accents are bad enough! I bought my good old dog when he was 2 from a southern gentleman, who sent along a tape of Nick's commands & whistles. This gentleman had quite a drawl. Nick is a fast dog to start, but when I started working him, he was like a rocket. It took me a week or so to figure out that, to him, my quick, final-letter-dropping, NE Ohio accent sounded like I wanted him to move quickly. Poor dog had been trained in a slow southern drawl his whole life! We figured each other out eventually.
  11. Speaking as a former EMT, we DO try to find out what to do with dogs, etc in an accident when the person is unconscious or unable to provide information. Human care comes first, but there's usually at least one dog person on the team who will look after dog care after the people are looked after. We also DO look through wallets and cell phones, especially now that people keep all sorts of info on their phones. Cell phone lock codes drive me crazy. I understand the need for them, but in an emergency, info stored behind a lock screen isn't going to get anyone anywhere. I believe I've seen an app
  12. http://www.holdenarb.org/home/ There you go. You might have to become a member, but that comes with all sorts of fun perks, like pancake breakfasts, plant sales, craft fairs, workshops... I basically spent my childhood either on a horse or at the arboretum
  13. Caveat: I haven't lived in Cleveland since 2000, but I grew up there. My info may be outdated. Holden Arboretum. No off-leash, but great for walks. Metroparks!! They're all over & around Cleveland. Tons of trails, etc. Some, especially by Chagrin Valley, had off-leash trails, but PLEASE make sure you have voice control over your dog. The dog trails are often also horse trails. I spent a good chuck of my teenage years riding those trails. These are both more east-side oriented- sounds like you may be on the west side- but they're an easy drive on a weekend.
  14. My first Novice run I, or rather my very nice but very fast, pushy dog, ran the sheep over the judge. Literally. A very nice Scottish woman whose name I've blocked out. Note to self: get a handle on your damn dog! We never did well on that field thereafter (in Open once, the same dog ran BEHIND me to lift the non-trial sheep in another paddock... Blargh!). Volunteering is great! It takes no knowledge of sheep, dogs, or trials to post scores or hand out coffee, but it's the perfect way to learn because you can ask lots of questions. Be honest about being a novice, don't talk to anyone abou
  15. This: makes no sense. Cartilage is composed mostly of collagen fibers. The composition and arrangement of the collagen fibers is what gives cartilage its rigidity, not minerals like calcium. Pulling Ca out of the system I could believe, but it would come from diet and bone loss, not from cartilage. Nevermind that most cartilage is avascular, so moving nutrients in to our out of it is incredibly inefficient.
  16. It's FAR more embarrassing when your 10-yr-old, nearly perfect dog poops on your friend's kitchen floor... for no other reason than he was too distracted by a new yard to poop outside. Same dog who routinely poops on the sidewalk. And who once lost his sheep because he stopped to poop halfway through a cross drive. For Nick, when the need hits, he just stops & lets loose.
  17. I had a small Sydell system, but because I grazed sheep all over & often needed a pen where the sheep were, I also had 20-30 wooden panels of various sizes. Some I built, some I scavenged, a few were always in the shop for repairs. An old gate from a dog yard I picked up at the dump got worked in there, too. All I needed was a pile of baling twine (like wool, a sometimes annoyingly renewable resource) and my truck, and I could build a sorting pen anywhere. I'd use a few t-posts as anchors if there wasn't a permanent fence post/tree/telephone pole handy. Most of the time, it was me, a dog,
  18. If by "brown" you mean what working folks call blue and conformation folks call lilac (I think!), then it's a standard black and white dog who received two recessive copies of a dilute gene. The "blue" is a diluted black. In horses, buckskin is a diluted bay, although I think horses have incomplete dominance for dilute. This is NOT Merle blue. That's a totally different gene. My older blue dog looks grayish brown... at the very dusty 2009 USBCHA Finals, people thought he was just an amazingly dirty black & white The red highlights in the black coloration is generally due to sun bleac
  19. Is anyone in the Philly, specifically Newtown Square, area who can recommend a dog boarding place that can handle two extraordinarily well-behaved Border Collies who are 100% fine in kennels, but one of whom is NOT dog friendly? This is kind of a last minute, desperate help request. I'm currently vacationing in Maine, with my dogs. We have to stop in Newtown Square, PA on the way home, just Thurs evening through Sat morning (Aug 14-16), to attend a memorial service for my grandmother, who passed away last week. I'm not real thrilled with leaving my dogs alone in a hotel room while we're at
  20. Could they explain to my dog that stealing and eating cucumbers & carrots out of the harvest basket is also weird? Of course this is the dog who learned how to pick peas & will do anything for a banana....
  21. Small things like poultry necks or backs don't bother my dogs (neither do heads, which is gross, but my dogs raided the gut pile on slaughter day). Larger bones like sheep or deer necks or ribs I have to ration or there'll be some mild GI upset. They get the frozen bones for 15-20 min, then I throw the bones back in the freezer. No clean up needed
  22. Nearly Perfect Nick, 10, is, well, nearly perfect. I bought him sight unseen from across the country as a well-started 2yr old, and I've never regretted it. Couldn't ask for a better first stockdog. He's saved my butt many times on both the farm & trial field. Nick is fast, pushy, and without a ton of self-confidence, which makes him difficult to handle on light sheep, but oddly awesome on rank range ewes. He's got some issues a better handler could have fixed, but we made it from Novice to Open, and had fun doing it. Nick is the dog who knows what I want before I ask. He's got some respir
  23. A Help 'Em Up harness was a huge help for our old Lab who went through something like this. And boots. We went through a lot of dog booties on the foot she dragged. She never regained full use of her hind end, but managed pretty well on three legs. Swimming & laser therapy helped Kona quite a bit, too.
  24. Alprazolam (generic Xanax- it's cheap) has made a world of difference for my weirdo dog. It's only as-needed for noise phobia, and while it stopped the blind panic, the biggest effect is that it allowed him to think & respond to behaviour modification. When storms come up now, he goes and hides in one of his "spots" instead of racing around terrified. (And my other dog sits in front of the fridge, since thunder = pills = peanut butter all around.) The alprazolam has not "changed" Hoot at all- he's still as weird as ever- aside from making him temporarily a bit drowsy. It's certainly wo
  25. Hope, I left my young dog- 18 months at the time- with a trainer neither he nor I had ever met. She came very highly recommended, though. She took him home after a trial we were both attending, kept him for 10-12 weeks (I forget- Hoot is almost 5 now), and then I flew up to bring him back since flights were cheap in the winter & it was easier than driving over snowy mountain passes. Hoot never missed a beat, and he's not really an easy-going, take-it-all-in type of dog. In fact, he's the one who is hyper-sensitive to changes in his routine, and he worries about things a lot. He also went f
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