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  • Birthday 12/17/1979

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  1. Wow. Now, *that's* a "look back." Now I feel silly being so proud of Mojo's "look back" to a ewe that was about 3 feet behind him, but I guess 3 feet is better than no feet!!! In any case, your video was very inspiring...maybe someday I'll get to experience the thrill of sending a dog back a few hundred yards on a single command!! What a great dog Queen is...thank you for sharing!
  2. Hi Ripley, glad that we've helped you a bit with your decision! I just also wanted to say that Cody & Duchess made a lot of great points, too, about car travel. Mojo's bathroom command is "hurry up," which definitely helps speed things along in new places or when I'm in a rush (but frankly, with a male dog, it's not like he has much of a problem deciding on a place to go, LOL--I think this command was much more useful when I had a female, particularly when there wasn't any grass around, as she didn't like to do her business on concrete). Anyway, Mojo's vet has an elevator, so he's been on
  3. Thank you for the additional input, Julie! What you said definitely makes sense. Okay, I'll push really hard to get him further off the sheep the next time we go. Hopefully I'll be able to get new video of this attempt, as well. I would really love to see your videos, if you can find them!! Thank you again.
  4. Hi Julie and Megan! It's very nice to hear from you both, too, and thank you so much for watching our videos, and for your kind constructive comments. I definitely appreciate your input!!! (And LOL, Megan, you sure nailed it with the "Lie-down-dammit-so-I-can-think" command! ) Anyway, I'm glad that you both think that Mojo is ready to develop some more self control and make some more progress...now I've just got to figure out how to help get him there. I tried watching over my videos while envisioning the body positioning and timing (on my part) that you both suggested, and I think I
  5. FWIW, I concur with SoloRiver--as the sole driver, and leisurely driving only 8 hours a day, taking plenty of pit stops for meals, and staying in a hotel every night, and even going exactly the posted speed limit, it was still an easy 4 days from Buffalo, NY to Los Angeles, CA when I did it--nothing remotely close to 7 or 8 days. If you actually try to hurry, and take turns driving with a friend, it is definitely possible in 2.5 days or less, particularly if you drive round the clock. I have one crazy friend who can somehow make it in about 30 hours, but I wouldn't recommend his methods. I
  6. Hi everyone, is this a new topic forum for posting herding videos? If I am in the wrong section, please forgive me. I just wanted to show you Mojo's latest video progress on sheep, as well as some videos of me learning to work the very talented started young imported Border Collie, Bean (not mine) with whom I have also been taking lessons, so that I can improve my handling and help Mojo more efficiently. I'll say right off the bat that Mojo's videos are probably not that great by most people's standards, and Bean's videos are, LOL, but I'm still very proud of both dogs!! MOJO videos: (M
  7. Anna, I am so, so sorry to hear about what happened to Lucky. It sounds like she had a long, happy life with you, and I'm sure she will be greatly missed....the posted picture of her is lovely. As you have said, though no replacement for the original, at least you will still get the chance to see Lucky live on in all of her working sons and daughters...I hope you do take comfort in that wonderful gift. My thoughts definitely are with you today. Sincerely, Koi
  8. Wow, thank you so much to Amy, Diane, Eileen, Becca, Julie, Lenajo, and Soda-pop for your very helpful and detailed responses and links! Well, I am delighted to learn that a dog like Mojo would be welcomed at ASCA and AHBA trials, and it sounds like both of these venues could be completely realistic short-term training goals for us. I definitely will keep USBCHA Novice-Novice as a long-term goal/ideal, depending on if I am ever successful in lengthening Mojo's outrun to 100-150 yards, and teaching him to drive and pen, and getting him used to working on less-broke sheep...I guess we'll
  9. Hello all, Long time since I've posted. Mojo and I have been *very* busy! So, Mojo still has hip dysplasia in both hips, and lumbar disc disease, AND paroxysmal dyskinesia (now confirmed by a neurologist, but thankfully remaining stable). We are still out of agility because it seems it wasn't the jumping that was bothering him so much, but the weaving (his disc disease appears to trouble him more than his hips do). Shortly after his diagnosis, I sadly put away all of our yard agility equipment for good, and started taking him to a chiropractor twice a month (now down to maintenanc
  10. Anna, I honestly think that I would dearly like to be adopted into that kind of home, too!! Seriously, what you describe sounds like a life I would definitely love having...someday, hopefully. Thank you for posting your kind opinion regarding the types of homes you envision for your pups. I completely understand everything you stated in terms of needing to "test" the quality of the breeding by finding homes where the pups will have the opportunity to be trained up to a high level in order to see if they can become successful--all of that information makes total sense; however, it is als
  11. Dear Flyer and Anna, Thank you both very much for the kind thoughts. Honestly, I did not mean to derail this thread, and no one need offer any additional sympathies or thoughts on the subject of Godiva and/or Mojo. The subject of rescue vs. breeder dog is really just touching a bit too close to home for me right now because I am obsessively trying to figure this issue out for myself for the future, just so I am clear what I want in my own mind, even though I already know I am not yet ready to have another dog at the moment. By posting, I had just tried to illustrate the only two cases o
  12. LOL--just wanted to add that we have officially given up on DNA tests for Mojo. Should have listened to Laurae 2 years back, but I was stubborn. The Metamorphix Canine Heritage (cheek swab) test I did last year said that Mojo was so mixed that were no distinct breeds in him. Recently, we got back the results from the Mars Wisdom Panel (blood) test that I added to Mojo's latest bloodwork, and apparently, this test also found that there is no predominant breed....but of the purebreds in the mix, SHIH TZU comprises the majority, with DOBERMAN in the third generation. :D Mars advertises
  13. Flyer, I am going through a very similar decision-making process as you, so I am finding this thread both helpful and interesting since it covers many of the same questions I am raising in my own mind. My Bichon of 15.5 years died in November. I currently have another BC mix, Mojo, that I rescued from the street as a stray 2 years ago. I don't actually believe I am ready for another dog at this point or even any time soon, and possibly even never, but I certainly have been thinking, looking, and researching the possibility out of my own grief and desperation over losing Godiva, which i
  14. Sue, kind thanks for taking the time to clarify--I think I understand the issue, now. Anna, I truly appreciate your condolences. You are right...Godiva was my world. This has been, and continues to be, extremely difficult to bear.
  15. Okay, I am confused by the responses being posted here. According to her website, the trainer in question is a USBCHA judge who runs her dogs in USBCHA Open (albeit, as well as in ASCA and AHBA) and has qualified for the USBCHA Nationals ten years running--from 1995-2005--placing in the top 20 twice, and in the top 50, five times. She also states that she was first overall for the week at the Soldier Hollow Reserve Champion Finals in 2003, among numerous other impressive-sounding accomplishments. So, am I missing something here?? She appears to be plenty qualified to me, even according
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