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  1. Calli (now age 8 but probably hearing impaired for at least a year) is much as described by both you and Elizabeth. She is learning to look at me far more often while working, and we've been pretty successful with body language (mostly arm/hand signals). Only problem (and it's a big one) is when she's driving away or any time when she can't see me. Plus, she has a strong eye, which means that - if she's in a situation where she's very intent on holding a particular sheep - she's totally zoned in on that and refuses to break her eye to look at me for any signals. For the longest time I thought our work was suffering due to problems on my part (or hers). It wasn't until the hearing loss became really obvious off stock that I realized what was going on. She used to be very noise phobic and, this past new years eve, strolled around the property at midnight completely oblivious to the fireworks and gun shots going on (while Mick was cowering under the bed). Thanks for posting on this...
  2. Slippery surfaces, including ice and (in my Calli's case) tile floors can also cause iliopsoas injuries, which are often misdiagnosed as something more serious like ACL injury. I hope this article helps: http://vetsportsmedicine.com/resources/IS-cr.pdf
  3. Thank you so much for the beautifully shot videos (all), Dave. Add me to those who appreciate your sharing them...
  4. We're trying hard to get as many "likes" for the USBCHA National Finals Facebook page as possible in an effort to show potential corporate sponsors that we're a worthwhile investment. Please take a minute to like the page ("2013 National Sheepdog Finals"), then share and encourage your family & friends to do the same. I'll be personally involved this year working on the sourvenir program. Supporting the Finals is supporting the working border collie. Many thanks!
  5. Bump... opening day is tomorrow. Happy New Year everyone! Donna
  6. Duh... January 1 is obviously a holiday, so entries will open January 2 (but if you can get a Jan. 1 postmark, we'll take it!).
  7. Opening day for the 2013 Mardi Gras Open is January 1 (postmark date). The trial is March 2 & 3 in Poplarville, Mississippi, hosted by Penny Tose. Entry form and flyer are attached. The website has additional information on hotels, driving directions, camping, etc. • $1,000 added money in Open • Judge: Patrick Shannahan • Classes: Open, Nursery, Pro-Novice, Novice • Website with more info This is the weekend after Mark Ireland's That’ll Do SDT in Malabar, FL (the final trial of the February Florida circuit) and the weekend before Bob Montgomery's trial in Greenwood, MS. The Mid-South Stockdog Assn. is also discussing holding a trial the weekend after Bob’s. Email me using the address on the entry or through the website "Contact Us" link for anything you need. Happy Holidays to all, Donna Kulawiak 2013 Mardi Gras Open entry.pdf
  8. Thanks Sue... I'm looking forward to finally meeting and working with our fearless leader!
  9. Posting for a friend Herbert Holmes is coming to southeast Louisiana for a stockdog clinic on December 8 & 9. Flyer and entry attached with full information. Weather should be perfect (December is early fall in Louisiana, after all). Come on down and pass a good time with Hub! Herbert Holmes Stockdog Clinic.doc
  10. "Stupidly difficult" is right! What an admirable job by Suzy and Buzz... thanks for the great videos, Dave. And congrats on your wonderful showing at the Finals!
  11. So interesting... thanks for posting!
  12. Just a reminder that the opening day for accepting entries to Penny Tose’s Trial is August 1 (postmark date). An entry form with flyer is available on Sheepdog-L's Files section. We also have a website where you'll find additional information on hotels, driving directions, camping, etc. While dry camping is available at the trial field, Penny is offering limited hook-ups for handlers with medical/health needs at her farm (7 miles from the trial field). Please email me for anything you need. Hope to see you then, Donna Kulawiak
  13. Entries for Penny Tose's fall trial open August 1. Flyer and entry form are attached. Here are some highlights: $1,000 added money in open Judge: Lyle Lad 400 yard open outrun on a 40-acre field Classes: Open, Nursery, P/N, Novice Host will not run Open Website with more information Hope to see you! Donna Kulawiak All Saints Entry Nov 2012.pdf
  14. Thanks for journaling on Celt's progress, Sue. You're doing a great service. I've been following since you made the decision and it sounds like things are going as well as they could be. Best wishes for continued success with Celt's rehab!
  15. Just ditto-ing Danielle's wishes for an uneventful, speedy recovery for Celt.
  16. Stoga


    What a moving tribute; that you for sharing Tex's wonderful story.
  17. Ditto Jim. Can we ask for her posts to be pinned? As always, we owe Julie a debt of gratitude for taking the time (along with a few other good folks) and energy to help others learn from the Boards... keeps them useful.
  18. Attached please find the entry form for Mississippi Stock Dog Association and USBCHA sanctioned Sheep Dog trial next month at Bob Montgomery's Greenwood, MS farm. If you have any questions, please call Bob 662-299-1261, Leslie Scruggs, 662-324-5075 or Diane Barrentine 662-237-4666. We look forward to seeing as many of you as can make the trail either to participate, watch or to volunteer! We can use anyone's help all weekend if you are available! The Mississippi Stock Dog Association is having it's annual meeting at the Jackson, MS State Fairgrounds, Media Room in the Mississippi Coliseum this Sunday at 10:00 a.m. The Dixie National Horse Show is going on and we will do a demonstration immediately following the meeting. Please bring yourself, friends, family and herding dogs and join us in promoting our breeds, sport and club to the horse folks. Lots going on at the horse show and George Jones plays Sunday evening at the Coliseum! Please consider joining the Mississippi Stock Dog Association for the small fee of only $15.00 per year. Dues can be mailed to Leslie Scruggs, 950 Windy Ridge Rd Starkville MS 39759. Diane Barrentine pizzaprincess@me.com 662-237-4666 BobMontgomeryDogTrial12.pdf
  19. The first annual Mardi Gras Open hosted by Penny Tose was held in Poplarville, Mississippi on February 4 and 5. The USBCHA-sanctioned trial was run on a newly purchased 40-acre field a few short miles from Penny’s farm, offering Open handlers a 400-yard outrun and 200-yard cross-drive. Penny’s mixed flock of mostly Gulf Coast Natives and Katahdins had never set foot on the field prior to the morning of the trial. The weather on Saturday was cool and cloudy, with heavy storms moving in shortly after the final run of the day. Two-time USBCHA national champion Patrick Shannahan judged all classes both days. SATURDAY, FEB. 4: Open (12 dogs) 1. Vickey Russell and Zen - 73 2. Tracee Treadwell and Pi - 72 3. Anita Young and Mitch - 71 Pro-Novice (19 dogs) 1. Robert Montgomery and Boney - 51 2. Bill Reel and Fflach - 49 3. Robert Montgomery and CoCo - 41 Novice (6 dogs) 1. Cindy Roper and Jack - 55 2. Diane McIntire and Drew - 47 Sunday saw better weather and many better scores -- including numbers where the previous day had yielded only letters. SUNDAY, FEB. 5: Open (12 dogs) 1. Anita Young and Mitch - 87 2. Leslie Scruggs and Johnny - 79 3. Vickie Russell and Zen - 75 Pro-Novice (19 dogs) 1. Leslie Scruggs and Bea - 69 2. Tracee Treadwell and Maizy - 61 3. Bill Reel and Alba Glen - 55 Novice (4 dogs) 1. Diane McIntire and Drew - 61 2. Donna Rock and Roller - 50 A big thank-you to Patrick Shannahan who put in long days and never stopped smiling. Kudos to the setout crew: Terry Toney (Course Director), Anita Young, Leslie Scruggs, Tracee Treadwell, and Penny. Thanks to the handlers who came from all around (including IL, GA, TN, MS, FL, LA and TX) to support the first of what we hope will be many more trials for Penny; everyone was gracious and pitched in where needed. Thanks to our sheep wranglers and all-around stockmen extraordinaire Pepe Mojica and Jaime Garcia. Newcomers Sashie Smith and Jack Nofsinger handled a variety of duties like old hands. And thanks most of all to Penny -- who did something truly amazing and put together a trial so the rest of us could have an opportunity to run on a big course under Patrick Shannahan without driving 12 hours. In just a few short weeks she purchased a beautiful new trial field; put up pens, fencing, and an access road; trailered sheep twice/day; added $1000 in prize money; fed us a scrumptious lunch; put up several handlers at her home; and still managed to find time to help explain things to the novices and exchange war stories with the more experienced folks. Penny is planning another trial this year in October, and intends to run the Mardi Gras Open in February again next year, so mark your calendars!
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