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  1. Yeah, it was more of a rhetorical question. I know full well that the AKC herding types don't blink at paying $$ and plenty of it in order to get all those nice letters around their dogs' names. I wouldn't want to keep anyone from making a living, but if you choose to make your living that way, I don't think you need to judge the USBCHA finals. I can't imagine what USBCHA pays could possibly make up for any loss of income incurred by being away from an AKC clientele in order to judge our finals. J.
  2. No Roxanne, I wasn't taking your comments that way at all. Besides you weren't the only one to make the diet/color connection. I was just pointing out that it's entirely possible for coats to fade even when dogs live indoors and are fed well! People who know me were used to hearing me complain about my orange dogs! (Because I love the deep liver color too.) J.
  3. The argument from the USBCHA BOD side seems to be that they are having a hard time getting folks who are willing to judge the finals. As someone who has been involved in organizations that rely on volunteers, I can completely understand this problem. I do think there are ways around it though. Yes, people want to qualify and run their dogs in the finals, Who doesn't? But then Alasdair judged last year, didn't he? So even though he has a good chance of winning when he runs, he still gave time to judge a finals. If it's that hard to get judges then maybe there's a way to make judging the finals
  4. Well my red dogs, who were also working dogs, but who lived in the house and were well nourished and well cared for all were a more orangey color. When they shed, their coats would come in darker, but over time they would fade. Maybe being outside more than the average pet made a difference, but they were by no means outside dogs or poorly nourished. (All three are in my sig line.) J.
  5. Hmmmm...as a scientist I have always believed/understood that environmental factors can be triggers for expression of genetic tendencies. Isn't idiopathic epilepsy another example? The genetics for a tendency toward seizures are there but it often takes a trigger to actually cause the seizure to occur. (And if you happen to believe in a genetic propensity toward addiction, which I do, then one could argue that avoiding an environmental factor, say alcohol, is one way to avoid expression of the genetic tendency for addiction--in this case, alcoholism.) J.
  6. I've had three red dogs (one a red tri) and would have another in a heartbeat. I know of one who's breeding is very like most of my dogs. I'm waiting for his owner to breed him.... J.
  7. Somehow I have a mouse that keeps getting in my feed bin (it must be squeezing through the tiniest of holes). Twice I've tossed it out to Pip, but he has yet to catch it. He sure is excited to go into the tractor shed where the feed bin is now. The hunt/chase is on! J.
  8. I'm so sorry. It's hard letting go, even when you know it's the right thing to do. I hope your memories of healthier, happier times will help you through your grief. Godspeed Aleuu. J.
  9. I agree that if someone wants to raise livestock and they find what they want, there's no need to wait for a dog. I also don't see anything wrong with having the dog first and then getting stock. Sure, some folks keep stock only for dog training, but many of us raise stock because we enjoy raising stock. I keep my ewes for fiber and their lambs go for meat. Ewe ambs that are being kept as replacements (or wethers saved back for butchering for personal use) are worked by dogs until they enter the breeding flock after their first year (this provides me with a fresh set of sheep for dog training
  10. Sue's whole post bears repeating, but for me this part truly resonated. I, too, have seen and heard from eyewitnesses and it's just mind boggling that the working dog community doesn't step up and police our own, but that's another thread I suppose. J.
  11. Emily, The bitches aren't retired from work; they're working elsewhere. As I said in my previous post, I am not a spokesperson for Karen. I simply live here and reported my observations in answer to your question. For some people the breeding of border collies is a business. In this case, although I may disagree with the business, I can't fault the care or placement of the dogs or puppies. I suppose If you really wish to understand her philosophy, you'd need to ask her directly. Eileen, At least on Facebook it's not just those on the list who are referring to it as a blacklist, FWIW.
  12. But doesn't the ethics statement beg the question of why ABCA takes money from registrations of dogs/breeders who don't meet that ethics of breeding standard? Is it a policing issue? Or simply an issue of needing the registration money for the registry to be able to continue to function? To me, it's something like saying, "I don't want you to do this, but if you do, we'll take your money to register your dogs anyway." It's seems a very fuzzy, grey way of operating to me. J.
  13. I'm confused about the registration vs membership thing. Can someone clarify? Toy can have a registered dog without being a member, but you can't register a dog without being a member. Pulling membership would prevent registration of puppies, but not sure how that would affect the agility dogs. And if ABCA can't track show dog's except for champions, how wound they track sport dogs? And what about dogs like Kristi's? J.
  14. I think it would be easy enough to sell pups to nonworking homes on NB status, though probably there would be people who wouldn't want to take a pup under those circumstances. As I stated on one of the FB threads, though, as a breeder (of two litters) my main concern is that the pups end up in loving forever homes. I don't want pups I produced passed from handler to handler because people or so anxious to have nursery dogs that they push too hard too fast. Fortunately I don't breed much, but honestly, even when I bred Twist and had interest in pups from some big names, I chose to place the
  15. Emily, I really don't want to be a spokesperson for Karen, but I will try to answer your question since I do live here and see what goes on. She generally has maybe one or two breeding bitches here. (Right now she has a bitch from Kevin Evans, one from Bobby Ford, a pup that was with Amy Yoho and is now living with Karen [neutered], and Imp. Mick.) She has two close friends who she lends dogs to, one for a goose dog business and another who has a farm, but the dogs live in the house. Both of those people will breed the bitches that they have at times. Since the bitches are still registered in
  16. Tea, I think that part of the discussion was about not allowing them to register because they dogs are not working stock, but I've kind of gotten lost in this discussion because I haven't been on the forum for a few days. J.
  17. Karen, I think there are plenty of breeders out there who have already (long before a list was even considered) taken steps to make it appear as if they are not breeding large numbers of puppies. Five or six years ago I knew of one well-known breeder who registered dogs under family names, presumably for just that reason. I have no idea if they're still breeding a lot, but at least some folks might be surprised by the name, which I will not divulge because it's really immaterial to the discussion. It's another reason I find this list problematic. At least the folks on the list are being hones
  18. Roxanne, I'm also part of BRBCR so can keep an eye out for you. I also have other contacts and sometimes hear/know of young purebreds (older puppies) looking for placement. I will keep you in mind and also let my contacts know you're looking. It's a shame about males being more problematic WRT allergies. My males are my most outgoing, easygoing dogs. My females can be quirky and snarky, but as I said in my earlier post, that seems to be a trait of their breeding.... J.
  19. One argument that Sue didn't cover was the one regarding preservation of the working border collie. The reasons for why high-volume breeders, in ABCA's viewpoint, can't also be preserving the working border collie have already been stated in this thread, so I won't repeat them here. My concern about pointing out these high-volume breeders as being antithetical to ABCA's stated mission to preserve the working border collie is the number of dogs registered each year, from any size breeder, who clearly aren't being bred with any regard to ability to work stock. So the ABCA is pointing out these p
  20. Luxating patellas are a fairly common issue in smaller breed dogs. I have a friend with a rescue chihuahua who has luxating patellas--fairly severe--but was told by her vet that she doesn't necessarily have to do surgery right away, if ever. I'd get a second opinion and then just go with how Cricket is doing on a regular basis (e.g., how it's affecting his quality of life). J.
  21. He looks so happy! Just goes to show that even dogs who don't seem to stand a chance of making it can do so with the right loving foster care and permanent placement. Kudos to you and his adoptive family. J.
  22. It sounds like an abscess and here's hoping that he responds to the antibiotics and it resolves quickly. J.
  23. Coming late to this, but as the owner of a mostly white border collie (colored head only; ticking on rest of body), I can say that my sample of one has been extremely healthy (despite epilepsy in the litter, he was not affected) and has a great personality. The latter I attribute to his lines (the males from those lines tend to be happy, friendly dogs in general, through there are exceptions, and the females of those lines have a tendency toward snark), NOT his color. The only health issue he has had is a shoulder injury related to work. I had him and littermates BAER tested as pups because o
  24. My deaf oldster, who is trained to whistles, doesn't seem to hear them anymore. IME with five or six older dogs now, the deeper or sharper (but not high pitched), more resonant noises (like clapping or a low, loud voice<--hard for me because I have a fairly light, higher pitched voice) seem to get a better response. If clapping means "stop what you're doing," then that might well be a suitable cue for the old dog to stop and look around, unless you're worried it will affect everyone else. J.
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