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  1. What a beautiful memory to have of her She always made it look so easy. I remember when i adopted Lucia and met her for the first time. I was very taken with her drive for life and made yearly visits every fall to see her, Jim and the dogs. Eventually adopting Grady two years later, almost to the day I had adopted Lucia I asked her on that first day if I could watch her work her sheep. She and Tan gladly stepped up to show me how it was done. I watched in awe as she made it look so effortless. I've dabbled a bit in herding with both dogs. Grady is from working farm dogs. After several attempts with both dogs, a lot of time getting run over by sheep, and even a lesson with Norm at Mary ann's house, I will leave the herding to Norm and Mary Ann Since that day, we have shared many days together sitting in lawn chairs and watching dogs play and discussing our thoughts on training. Not always agreeing, especially since we didn't train in the same sport, but always agreeing on one thing....doing what ever made the dog the happiest Thank you fgor sharing this memeory. I can almost see the fog rolling across the field as the dogs are sent to fetch them up
  2. www.k9cuisine.com TONS of food choices and free (and super fast) shipping over $50
  3. I'm sorry. I also think I read it wrong. When I went back and reread it, it made more sense. I'm going go and make some coffee now
  4. He is a puppy. It'll be a long time before he's reliable off leash. Patience I do have to disagree with some of the other posts. It IS possible for you to be more interesting than a squirrel or a pack of dogs. It takes time, training and most of all trust. Look into Susan garrett's 5 minute recall class and the other training methods beople have suggested.
  5. It's all about you, the owner, being the center of their world. You should be the most exciting thing in the universe to them. Grady is HIGH drive and super motion sensitive. He can be on a dead run to a squirrel or even running with a pack of dogs and he comes instantly when he hears his name. Lucia....well....not so much....she is a work in progress, but I'm almost there. She is now six (WOW, already?!) and until the age of 5, was let to self reward for chasing squirrels and feral cats from the yard. As long I see the distraction first, I can keep her under control. If she's already in chase, I can only call her off about 70% of the time. Not good enough, but getting there.
  6. I HIGHLY recommend Susan Garrett's recallers class.
  7. I thought I had stopped crying...until now...... Thank you Bustopher. I've never seen this Bridge story until now. I can almost see the greeting that surely took place. Mary Ann's goal was to save 1000 dogs. I would like to think she more than reached her goal as she guided those lost souls across the Bridge with her
  8. I have the Montana Lite. Definately easier to make a sound on than plastic. By sound, I mean the equivilent of finger nails on a chalk board I need soooooo much practice. Please send over any avaible children to help
  9. She was an amazing woman and I'm sad to say, the only BC/aussie rescue in her area. She not only leaves a hole in a lot of hearts, but an even bigger whole in the rescue world
  10. I know there are a lot of people on here that know Mary Ann. She was a wonderful rescuer and a true friend. This is Lucia and Grady's rescue Mom. She is the reason I have such awesome dogs. No other rescue would adopt out to a transient seasonal park ranger with no house, yard or year round job (can you blame them?!). Thank you for taking such a leap of faith and thank you for changing the lives of so many two and four legged friends. That'll do, Mary Ann. The Bridge is waiting, God speed. http://www.pnwbcrescue.org/show_bio.php?ImageSize=2&DogId=3630&c=0
  11. I agree. Try using an oatmeal or organic shampoo/conditioner. I use Buddy Wash on my guys. It works great on the white fur, smells awesome and leaves no redisue behind. I found that other shampoos left them staticky and not very clean feeling.
  12. I'm just reading this for the first time. I'm so sorry about Tess's accident and I'm so happy that she is making a beautiful recovery. Sending WY mojo for a speedy recovery
  13. I'm late on this, but also agree with CU. It sounds to me that agility has nothing and everything to do with his behavior. He needs to be taught how to have self control. Even though you brought him to trials, what did you do with him there? Did you just put him in a crate or walk him around? What did you do everytime he got excited? If you look back on it, even when he looked in control, he may not have been in his head and just wasn't showing it. CU is awesome an will look at some of the factors leading up to the behavior. I had a few "reeeaaaaallllly?!" moments with Grady and Lucia because of it. It's takes time to reverse some of the behaviors, but well worth it. He's pretty young. I wouldn't give up agility just yet and like others have said, give up on the titles for now and make your goals now about his self control. It sounds like he will always have to be worked with on it, but It's truely worth every bit of effort. Good luck!
  14. I disagree. Fetching (retrieving) is a trick. Along with dock diving, course luring and agility. They are all things that can be taught to any dog that enjoys water or chasing things. I don't have sight hound but do have a dog that has made it her life mission to erradicate the earth of anything small and fuzzy. I didn't have to teach her this either. She does NOT herd for the safety of the sheep. Herding is a job that requires thought and desision making to be done well. I guess it could be taught as a trick as long as it wasn't putting the animals (sheep, ducks, whatever) in harms way. There are plenty of BC's out there that shouldn't herd any more than a min-pin should. Teaching a dog to go left or right and stopping on command at balance is just another trick without the understanding of why he/she is doing it. I don't believe you should put a dog out there to do it just because they obey a command. They can get hurt without the understanding of how to get out of the way of a pissed off ewe.
  15. I don't have any experience, except mild stuff, with dog allergic reactions. I'm a paramedic and can give you the low down on a human reaction. If the vet says it is similar to humans, the info may help. In humans, bee stings can progress to an uncontrolable state VERY quickly and get worse with every sting. There is a point where if an epi-pen and immediate care is not avaiable at the moment of the sting, death is imminent. No one knows when this kind of reaction will actually occur. It's a crap shoot. In a human, any sign of, or combination of, respitory compromise, swelling, tongue or face numbness, lethargy gets the epi-pen followed by benadryl and a steroid like dexamethisone (sp?) Some patients know exactly what will happen to them and don't even wait for a symptom before injecting themselves because they want to stay ahead of the symptoms. IMO, at first sign of a sting in your dog give her a benadryl. It is slow acting. If ANY of the signs i mentioned above show up, give her the epi-pen in a large muscle group. Do not wait to see if the benadryl works because it may be too late. Anaphylaxis is 100% deadly if the airway closes off due to swelling. I have seen it in a human more than once and there is a point of no return. Epi wears off very quickly with minimal after effects. I would rather be ahead of the game than behind the 8 ball racing to vets office because you waited too long. Anaphylaxis is no joke. Talk with the E-vet about every possible outcome and also ask for literature. Vets are like any people doctor. They vary in how they practice, in what they believe and how to treat a patient. You will be the one with the dog when they are stung initially, not the vet. Asking a 3rd vet would not be out of the question on this one before making the proper decision. Minutes could mean the differance between life and death in the decision. I hope this helps. Good luck.
  16. So many great descriptions here! It made me rethink how I look at my two. Lucia "seems" laid back, quiet, and has even been called lazy Dole her out a task and she is 110% and then some, depending on what it is. people are shocked to learn that she rocks on an agility course and can hike 10 miles without a second thought because she acts like an old dog most of the time. She has high drive for the task but is very low energy over all. Grady is a spaz boy. BUSY ALL THE TIME Probably more along the lines of what people think of when they think BC. He is 200% and then some on a task and will treat EVERYTHING like it means life and death to him. He also has an off button and will be very happy to cuddle and watch a movie IF he has been blown out during the day. His mind needs to be more tired than his body for this to happen. High drive, high energy with an off button. Would NOT do well in the average home but is exactly what I want in mine. Pretty interesting to see how everyone looks at drive and energy. I also think it's perspective and depends greatly on environment. I've never gotten a puppy, so I don't even know where to begin to describe that energy.
  17. I agree, too much too soon. I have one that won't eat if there's is just the slightest bit of stress to be found. He will eat in or out of his crate, but there can't be anything else going on, no other dogs fussing around him and by all means no ther dogs staring him down to hurry up and eat because they want what's left. I would put her back in her crate to eat regardless what the realitor says. It's still your house and your dogs. The new buyers need to get over it. If she is anything like my Grady, it's pretty obvious when they miss a meal
  18. Wow, I don't know what to say God bless all those that can help. It's so sad see the conditions these dogs are in. What is sadder is the fact that while all these dog need sooooo much time and help that others sitting in shelters will have to wait. It makes me want to cry.
  19. Love the video When I was a kid hanging out at the county fair, I used watch the sheep sheering competition in amazement. They would grab a ewe and a minute later it was naked and dazed Whoa...what just happend I see that Flash is for sale. He was my favotite out of your litter. I wish I had room for 3. If he turns out even just half as nice as Roo, he'll be quite the dog
  20. Super handsome It's one of my favorite color patterns, too. It's hard to tell what's in the mix sometimes, but i definately see aussie. He's very square. What the mix is, he's one lucky dog to have you guys
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