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  1. I saw it done once many years ago. An old handler came to a trial with one of his old dogs. It had been many years since he had trialed and he had gone blind. Some of the old hands talked him into running with the help of a handler standing beside him telling him what was going on. They managed to get around the course without too many mishaps. Everyone was happy, including the old dog.
  2. I usually reply that mine are "real" Border Collies, with an explanation.
  3. I'm sure I'll get slammed for this one, but it doesn't look all that bad to me. Look at the runs in FORWARD. Sure it's muddy and slippery, but mud is fairly soft. I've had dogs WORKING, in conditions that were much worse than this, mainly because we had to get a job done. The worst I saw was the girl that tripped over the dog, does this never happen when it's dry? Do you actually think that agility indoors on a floor is less hard on the dog?
  4. I know Jim Bob very well, I used to travel with him. Trialers would have to be at least in their late 40's to have even heard of him. I also used to train some of his young dogs. I can't believe he's still doing demos, he has to be well over 75 by now. If you talk to him tell him Dick Bruner says hi. As far as his dogs are concerned they are probably imported, he used to buy a lot of dogs from Raymond McPherson, they WON'T be AKC. Probably ISDS registered. He is quite a showman, at one time traveling with two yokes of oxen. He once bought 1000 whistles from me just to hand out to kids at Demo's. He did the Indiana state Fair for years. If his health is ok you should see quite a show. Have fun at the games. Dick PS This brings back a lot of memories. He is quite a character. When traveling he would look at the map and say "I've been on that road before let's take a different one" Or, swerving the truck back and forth to try to get that last drop of fuel because he forgot to buy some.(had a trailer full of sheep) We were on our way to Virginia to judge a trial and he said "While we're out there lets take the trailer with us and pick up a yoke of oxen" I said "Jim Bob, it's closer to Maine from your house than where we are going" So we hitched his trailer to my truck and off we went. While we were in Maine, he got on the phone and found some dutch belt cows going back to Indiana, so I even made money on the deal. Trials at Jim Bob's farm were interesting to say the least. He almost always used Barbados which can get pretty wild. He always used a set out pen to hold them at the top. Once a ewe had a lamb in the pen. Many of the fields he and many others at the time didn't have a fence around it. I could go on.
  5. Providing the govt doesn't raise the retirement age to something like 85 in the next 401 days.(But,who's counting) I'm going to retire from driving. If I don't want to go somewhere,then by golly I'll stay home. In the mean time I have to replace a lot of fence that seems to have fallen down. I'll get some sheep and hopefully some cattle. I'm going to work with dogs, MY dogs. I hope to have a place where others can come and work with their dogs. I'll also try to do more herding event photography, and expand on the leather work.
  6. Here, I thought I was the only one that ate Milk bones as a kid. After she found out about it, she much later it cured a chronic colic that I had at the time. I still taste all of the food I give the dogs. The Wal mart beef sticks are pretty good.
  7. Mine started out years ago as somewhereusa. If anyone knows me I drive cross country semi. Years ago I had a friend who was going through a hard time so I would occasionally send a silly gift through the mail and just put somewhereusa as a return address. One of the best stories is that the giver of the hard time lived at the same address. I had bought something in the Yukon and the storekeeper agreed to mail it for me. To get through customs without a hassle she marked it as used clothing. When the package arrived GOHT said "Who would be sending YOU used clothing?" Imagine her surprise when friend opened the box and there were a pair of brand new fur lined leather mittens like the Eskimos wear. After 911 the post office won't allow that anymore. During some long ago ISP change I had to change it to somewhereinusa, I can't believe someone in the WORLD had the nerve to take MY name. Somewhere is different than anywhere and a whole lot better than nowhere. Dick
  8. It's been many years since I have run in a USBCHA trial, but, morning and evening everyone walked their dogs. Off leash. many had a lot of dogs with them, if someone had a problem dog it was kept under control, but not necessarily on a leash. Everyone basicly stayed apart, but sometimes would stop to visit and their dogs would meet and greet. There were occaisional spats but they too were rare. You could also go to a dozen trials and not once hear a dog bark, but may be a different tale.
  9. I'm a little late with this, but if anyone has well traveled it's me. Kate has over a million miles and Molly about 200,000 (she's only two). Pretty much as others have said. I agree with Donald, they don't really need out as often as I do. Since I can't possibly carry enough water from home, I fill a jug at the fuel island when needed, I've only ever had one problem, the water didn't smell good and they wouldn't drink it. I have a water bowl with water available all of the time. It has a lid with a smaller hole that works very well. I do however only feed one kind of food, which can be purchased at any Wal-mart in the country. They also love all of that white rice paste from Chinese take out. They also know that if Dad eats cheese, they eat cheese. (I eat cheese on almost everything) They get fed once a day when I'm cooking supper for myself. In fifteen years on the road, except for puppy accidents I think I can probably count the accidents on my fingers, we all get sick sometimes. As for places to walk, truckstops are our main places, but they can be trashy in the back which is where we walk most. I do wish someone would shoot all of those trucker that throw out their chicken bones. Molly is like a vacuum cleaner and can scarf up a bone and have it down before you can even react. Also many of the southwestern states have sand burrs so bad that they get so they won't set foot on dry grass. Kate seems to be able to smell them. Both have learned to stop and wait for me to come remove it. If I have the time, our favorite places are the ranch exits out west, there is usually enough room to park on the exit, we then just walk along the road for a while. Most of the time I really don't treat them much different than when I had Border Collies on the farm. They live with me All in all it's generally a good experience and they are very little trouble, well, maybe too much hair in the truck, but we must have our priorities. Dick
  10. Oooookay, I'm old, not very imaginative,had a lot of WORKING Border Collies and may be just an old grump. I have a few names I like and when that dog is gone tend to name the next one in one of those. I liked that dog and something about the new one reminded me of a past dog. Kate is the second Kate and Mollie is the second Mollie, they don't look or act like the previous one but I like the name. I've had a Shep or two, maybe a couple of Roy's, and more than two dogs named Star.(Mumsywumsy liked the name Star, I once got some calves, and she asked about names, I said it's up to you I don't name calves. she replied they are all Star. When questioned about this, she replied that I kept selling the dogs with that name.) And of course there was Reba, but I didn't name her. But, there was and will only ever be one Mac. LGD Kuvasz was "Arthur King of the Dell" and he lived up to the name, NO coyote losses after he came. Dick
  11. According to his U-tube profile he is 32 and lives in UK, which makes it even worse. I don't think the landscape looks Australian, but then again I've never been there. I think Mitch might be the dogs name.
  12. So, it you mate one of these, French Weenie to one of these,Dorkie . Can it then be registered as a Dorkie French Weenie? Add one of these Saint Berdoodle and you could have a Wee French St Dorkb'doodle. Just think of the possibilities. Then when referring to it on forums you could refer to it as WFSD or just call them a Wee Dork.
  13. The ONLY consistent grade hill I could find anywhere was our high school soccer field. You play soccer on a hill? Doesn't the ball get away?
  14. Ray said what I had been thinking, just not put into words yet. Some things to consider about making a dog lie down. I think that too many people use it as a crutch, the dog is pushy so they lay it down to get it farther back from the sheep. this in itself causes a couple of problems. When the dog gets up, that is two movements. Getting up and then moving forward. This may not always have the effect that you wanted. The dog, especially a young dog, is thinking "they're getting away, they're getting away, they're getting away" "I've got to go get them,NOW, really fast" Even if he waits until you say "walk up" or give a flank, it is going to be too fast and too tight and the process starts all over again. A better solution to this is to teach the dog proper distance and maybe add a backoff command (different than a move back command) A really confidant dog does not rush into stock, quite the contrary. Work on building confidence. Walk with them, help them. It's a TEAM effort Don't just stand in one spot sending the dog on outruns, then go running up the field yelling because he is pushing too hard or fast If you feel the need to have a dog lay down while near stock, there are plenty of places it can be done quite easily. How about when he stops on his feet and the sheep drift a little having him lie down. (Say it quietly and don't sound like you're mad at him) Or, call him off a bit and have him lie down. In both of those cases, I wouldn't be very far away, that can come later. While I'm on that subject, why are you yelling at your dog at all? From the very beginning, speak softly, just under what you think what they might be able to hear, they will learn to listen. When things are going well whisper, it's a lot of fun and the dogs love it. LEARN TO WHISTLE. I don't care how you say it, when the dog is a looooong way away, if you only have voice commands, you have to YELL to be heard. Yelling is yelling. I have had many dogs that had no idea what lie down meant, (or sit). I didn't have a need for it, so I never taught it When you watch the top handlers working their dogs, how many of them ever lay their dogs down while the dog is in the process of actually moving sheep? Even if they say "lie down" that probably isn't really what they mean. Do you think they spent a lot of time in the beginning having the dog lay down while moving sheep and that it magically evolved into something else? Why teach something now, and have to reteach later to get the result you want. Reteaching is much harder. I've just put more words on paper than since I was in school, and I've got to get on the road again. Dick
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