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  1. Hearty congratulations Geri Byrne. Thats four times Fleece has won a place in the English team. Good handling, but good breeding too. I've seen her many times and have a son of her, what a bitch. John
  2. Did they by chance have there heads low to the ground as well and possibly the ears pricked forward and seemed to be focusing intently on the sheep. If so go back and buy it, thats the one you've been looking for all these years But you'd better hurry it might not be there long. John
  3. Eirian Morgan and Spot have won the International supreme title. In second place Kevin Evans and Greg. So thats first and second for Wales John
  4. You say she was working wethers, how old are they. If they are coming up to a year old this could be your problem for the young dog. Even though castrated males, they still either send out smells similar to rams and can be as muscular and send out the same signals as rams and dogs know this. So it may be she thinks you are sending her into a tight corner with aggresive rams. Anyway go slowly don't put her into a situation with too much pressure for a while and build her confidence slowly. John
  5. This is my own personal opinion after watching a few videos. I don't think those sheep are any good for training a dog, they're not doing anything. If the sheep are the centre of a clock and you are at 6 oclock your dog will naturally stay at 12 oclock. You move round the dog moves round, you move back the dog comes forward. You move forward the dog stops or presure is taken off the sheep (albeit for a brief moment with a youngster). You showed a video of how flighty the sheep are (thats not being flighty), they were trotting away that was the time to let her go and say nothing and see what happens, my guess is she would have taken after them and popped round to the front to head them and if she didn't well they are in a enclosed area so no harm done. She needs a bit of freedom to make mistakes and learn. John
  6. Now I like that, she will probably make a good one. She is focused on the job and is ready to start training. For the moment try and keep her out of pressure situations like where an akward old sheep turns on her its important to build her confidence. Nice one. John
  7. Yes I am going to bite too. What exactly is the purpose of a herding instinct test, do you get some sort of pass certificate if your dog passes said test? Would the powers that be like to have control over our dogs to say whether they are good enough, not good enough in their opinion to be called working border collies? Over here in Britain the kennel club would just love to have this sort of power and what a bonus for the show people. The only people to benefit from this sort of thing will be organisations like the above and you can bet your last dollar it sure as hell won't be the likes of us or our dogs. To the video clip, to be fair there's no harm in the dog but he's not working he's playing. The tail and head tell you everything and that tells me whoopeedo this is fun playtime, no concentration from the dog, no purpose to what he is doing. A nice looking border collie who has probably got a nice temperement to go with it but at the moment not working (I do not use the word Herding) material. John
  8. Watch his feed as well, eating too much protein can cause pain in joints but usually the sheep will be running a high temperature as well. Just a thought as with all sick things we want to see them eating again but could overdo it and you did say he was eating like a pig. John
  9. Yes that does look like over here in the UK. I have to say if that was my sheep and I had the gun with me I wouldn't hesitate, thats one dead dog and all the better if the owner was there to witness the act. Looks a bit like a beagle cross. If it is over here its a sure thing that this dog and person are doing this on a regular basis and it will be only a matter of time before they are caught and may the Lord have mercy on their souls, because I sure as hell wouldn't. John
  10. First off, don't believe everything people tell you as most of it will be a load of old rubbish. Tall dogs, short stocky dogs, hairy ones, ears up down or sideways. If the damn thing works and you like it end of story.
  11. Derek Scrimgeour 1st with Laddie, Jim Cropper 2nd with Dan, and R.D. Roper with Tom 3rd. Derek also had 5th with Fleece. John
  12. Good on yer Bill, just goes to show you can't keep a good man down for long. Glad you've got access to a computer cos I do like your train of thought and views on life and dogs and things. Take it easy for a while and get well soon. John (from North Wales)
  13. Well if we're talking about Aled Owens 2007 supreme champion young Roy, I've seen him in competition twice and I'll second that. That dog is really special! Saw this dog do something at one trial that I think even surprised Aled. One of the obsticals was to guide the sheep into a chute and from there into a aluminium livestock trailer, no real problem usually apart that this day the sun was really glaring off the aluminium tailgate so much you had to squint your eyes to look at it. Well of coarse if sheep can't see where they're going they wont go, the only chance you had was if the sun went out. Well competitor after competitor failed time out and then it was Roys turn and boy was the sun shining. It got to be such a joke that the handlers were trying to push them instead of the dogs it got to the stage of anything goes and it was good entertainment to see some of these old boys late 70s & 80s hallooing and leaping around with the best of them. As I said it was Aled and Roy and Roy brought them into the chute and pushed them up to the front and then Aled walked in front of Roy and did everything inclueding I think a rather nifty samba to try and push them in, NO WAY. And then one got by him and leaped over the top of Roy and that was it we thought it was all over. BUT NO, Roy turned them all back into the chute again and Aled started a repeat performance together with waving his hat and thrashing his stick against the gates (nice stick but has never looked as good since) but in the end had no option but to admit defeat and turned round laughing to the crowd and shrugged his shoulders to say 'Well What Now'. At that Roy moves forward and Aled says well go on then. They beat back past Aled but they could not beat that dog he was where the sheep were going to be before the sheep were themselves. And he broke there sphirit and they decided to face the trailer and never once did he look to use his teeth. Needless to say he won.
  14. You mention wet wrap, I would advise against this as this will cause shrinkage and tightening of bandage and could cause blood flow restriction, but otherwise sounds fine. John
  15. Hello Andrea, Glens looking very nice bet your pleased with him, but I gotta know, who's the kelpie. Boy is that smart, is it a boy or girl, whats its breeding, is it any relation to a dog called Crow cos it sure looks like him. Very nice lucky you. John
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