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  1. Sandra, you have it all worked out! Hike with Kessie, stockwork with Kyla.


    I only do stockwork with Nick because, well, Lu isn't a collie. And she's afraid of sheep. She seems perfectly happy to sleep in the car while Nick & I work sheep. Nick hates staying home when I take Lu for walks on her own, but that's too bad, and thus far he hasn't held any grudges.

  2. Good for you for adopting a dog in need :rolleyes:


    If her skin infection doesn't clear up on meds on de-flea-ing, you might want to have her allergy tested. My shelter mutt had terrible skin that nothing cleared up. She had an allergy test like people do- lines of little red bumps on her belly. She has a list of allergies three pages long. Without the test, it would have taken forever to tease out what was bothering her. So long as I watch what she eats, she has no skin problems.


    Stick around & post more pics! We love photos...

  3. Oh, you're doomed! I spent my day yesterday up to my waist (I'm short & have big sheep) in very wet sheep. And I loved every minute of it!


    Lambing can be an adventure. It's boring somtimes, and stressful others. It's very satisfying to watch a ewe pop out healthy lambs with no problems, but it's no match for the relief and adrenaline rush you get when the stuck lamb you've spent an hour sorting out of it's mother takes a breath after you've just about given up on getting it to live.


    I love my sheep!


    Welcome to the dark (hey, I've got coloured sheep) side :rolleyes:

  4. Tea, haha, wouldn't that be nice :rolleyes:


    My "working wand" is a wooden neck crook with a metal leg crook head on the bottom- does dual use- or a metal leg crook.


    If you want something else, you could do what I did for the Natural Horsemanship stick-thing I use for working horses. It's a fiberglass fence post with a golf club grip on one end. It was coated with something to keep it from splintering (don't know what), and has a leather tab on the other end to attatch the rope.

  5. Wow, I thought I had the only food-hoarder dog. Lu, the mutt, once emptied the bottom shelf of my sister & BIL's pantry. She hid bags of food everywhere! Didn't eat a thing, but we were finding bags of nuts, granola, etc for months. Including one bag under a shelf in their bathroom when they moved two years later.


    Darn! And I thought Lu was special :rolleyes:


    Nick was recently nosing around the trash can, licking off whatever I spilled off the stove, and he came *this* close to nosing up the lid. I'm glad I caught him before he got the lid up- that's the last thing he needs to learn.

  6. It's a little hard to believe I'm asking this. My dogs crush lamb ribs with no problem. I've never fed them raw chicken! Chickens around here are too valuable for the dogs- if anyone's eating chickens, it's me! Them birds ain't cheap to feed.


    Yesterday, I boned out some chicken breasts for dinner (I almost never cook chicken pieces, either. Usually the whole bird). The bones still have quite a bit of meat on them. Are they safe to give the dogs? I'm guessing they're just fine, but, you know, I worry.

  7. I don't post much on this side of things, but I read it often. I'm just so happy with Ncik, I needed folks who knew what I was talking about. (Poor Scott, the SO, just looks at me confused. Flank to him means beef.)


    It's been raining here for 2 1/2 days, with snow before that, so we haven't worked much lately. I took Nick out today just to get him back on the sheep before the ewes get too pregnant to move much. I wasn't expecting things to be perfect, and he did take a few cheap shots, but holy wow! he stopped his flanks off balance. And did a cross drive!


    I know, for an almost 5-yr old dog, he should probably do these things already. I bought him well started, but have pretty much continued training on my own, and if we ever trial it'll be a miracle- I have Nick to work my farm flock, I'm not so into competition. So I got pretty darn excited today! I just love this little dog more & more all the time.


    And no, at 43 Lbs, he's not really little, but he's the smallest dog around here!


    An old, not very good pic, but at least it's got the dog and sheep!



  8. I just bought some fish oil capsules for my mix, Lu. She's getting older and could use the supplement (none for Nick! Fish makes him explosive.) How much should I give her? According to the bottle, each capsule has 450 mg of EPA/DHA. I know un-pilled oil is probably better, but I need to start easy. This dog would happily live on fish, so I figure if nothing else, she'll enjoy it :rolleyes:



  9. Hey, Diane! I bookmarked that page. I didn't know such an organisation existed. I should become a member. I'm bummed I'll be gone for Pat's clinic in Feb, nevermind that I'll be up to my ears in very small sheep right around then, too (I swear next year I will check ALL the lambs, even the ones I'm SURE are ewes...). I'd really like to get Nick out to some clinics.

  10. An off-set hotwire at ground level would be better. A jumping dog that hits hotwire will not complete the circuit, if they're totally airborne and not grounded on anything. There areways around this (my older mare figured out how to blast through the fence with all four feet off the ground...), but an off-set wire where the dog will hit it at ground level should work.


    There is a caveat to this: While my BC has gone through hot fences with barely a blink, my mutt is TERRORIZED by hotwire. She will NOT go down an aisleway next to the lambing paddock here because she got zapped there three years ago. If she gets zapped, she runs with no regard to anything. So know your dog- stay away from hotwire if you think it could be too traumatic.

  11. The only thing that stops my dogs from eating chicken food- of any sort, pre- or post-digestion- is hotwire. One of the many perks of running my birds in electronet is that it keeps the dogs from getting at the chicken food. When I'm out doing chores, however, the dogs eat anything they can sneak when I'm not looking. Hotwire is a wonderful thing- keeps the chickens in and dogs (and coons, minks, etc) out.

  12. I know a pup who is, I think, a full sib. He's at least sired by Riggs. Nice dog- shows some serious potential, although he hasn't been officially started yet. Hard to go wrong with a Red Top dog :rolleyes:


    I've been over to Pat's place once, to pick up a ram, but he was off trialing.

  13. So I had these two crazy lambs. They swam a pond. I didn't know sheep could swim. Their mother is currently being served on skewers at a local restaurant- the insanity was inherited :rolleyes: I COULD NOT catch these sheep (they were out on 23 acres)! Nothing worked. It was absurd. I was complaining about these lambs to a friend of mine, and he jokingly offered to come over with his .22.


    Well, the .22 came over. All my friend wanted was the legs. The lambs were pretty skinny, and I have enough lamb in the freezer that I don't want to put the time into actually cutting them up, so they're dog food. These lambs were probably 80 Lbs live weight.


    Which bones are safe for the dogs (44 & 49 Lbs) to eat raw? I know they can gnaw at any of them, but which bones would be considered more than just recreational?


    The dogs are currently happily eating the trim that came from my friend quartering the lambs, but there's a bag of bony lamb in the freezer just waiting.



  14. Is there a website somewhere that lays out border collie colour genetics? I've spent eons studying equine colour genetics (oh lord, the appy colour genes & modifiers can make your head spin!), and it'd be interesting to see how dog genetics compare. For instance, there was a big hullabaloo about registering dilute Quarter Horses several years ago. My Nick is blue (not merle)- is that really just a black modifed by a dilute gene?


    What about my sister's ancient border collie? She's red, but has "oil spots"- black hairs on her back & tail. Sable? Or just wierd? :rolleyes:



  15. I don't have anything to offer on the reactive dog side- my reactive mutt sounds like Buddy, only toned way down- and her problem was easy to fix by getting her to focus on me, not the other dog.


    I also had the "leash=look for what's coming to get me" thing, though. That was an easy fix. I started stopping Lu & putting her leash on randomly. We'd walk for a bit on leash, then I'd let her go. It got to be so that the leash was No Big Deal anymore, because 9 times out of 10, the leash meant nothing.


    I think I knew Lu was pretty well on her way the day a half-grown floppy yellow dog puppy ran up to her, bopped her on the head and took off without being chased down and eaten :rolleyes:

  16. My sister's ancient BC is at least 14, if not older. She's totally deaf, failry blind, and arthritic, but boy does her nose work! She can't run around with the other dogs, but she loves nosing around the kithchen for her pills wrapped in balls of peanut butter :rolleyes: She also "hunts" for the milk in the strip cup in the mornings.


    If it's not too frustrating for her (or you- keeping other dogs from eating it), maybe you could hide some food around for her to find.


    Edited to fix age! My sister would hace the world's oldest dog otherwise!

  17. At this point, I'd leave my dog behind. I know you said it wasn't an option, but taking Archer is only going to make the holiday stressful for both you & the dog(s). Isn't the point of travelling for the holidays to enjoy the time? If you're constantly on guard with the dogs, the tension will carry over into everything else. Why even let it start?


    If you MUST take Archer, stay somewhere else. It would be well worth the cost of a hotel or rental for the peace of mind you'll have knowing your dog is safe. If Archer does get attacked, it could cost you far more in behavioural training & time to repair the damage than it would to stay in a hotel for a few nights.

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