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Posted 28 March 2011 - 01:42 PM

I have given Eileen and Heather my notice of retirement from the expert's position and you will be very excited about my replacment, I'm sure. You will be getting advice from one of the top trainers in North America and a very knowledgeable and dedicated handler who has been extremely successful. Enjoy her and take advantage of her knowledge. This kind of experience does not come along every day. I have enjoyed working with all of you and especially those challenging questions that kept me awake at times trying to figure out a solution. That is how we learn and, if we ever stop learning, we go backwards. There are no stupid questions and there is never just one answer. Enjoy your dogs as much as I enjoy mine and your life will be full forever........Once again, thank you for the opportunity to challenge myself and to help you in any way I could. Tight turns and straight lines and let your dog work. He does have a brain.......sincerely.....Bob

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Posted 28 March 2011 - 02:03 PM

Thanks Bob for sharing all your great knowledge with us.

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Posted 28 March 2011 - 02:42 PM

Even though I have not personally asked a question of you Bob, I have enjoyed reading the answers that you have provided to the many that have sought your advice. Thank you for taking time out to share your knowledge with us. :)


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Posted 28 March 2011 - 02:42 PM

Bob, I never asked a question, but always read this section. Thanks for everything!

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Posted 28 March 2011 - 02:56 PM

I want to add my thanks as well, Bob--I have learned a lot reading your well-thought-out responses, and I appreciate the time you took to share your knowledge here.

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Posted 28 March 2011 - 02:57 PM

Thank you, Bob, for all your time and effort - and excellent advice!
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Posted 28 March 2011 - 03:31 PM

Ditto to all the other thanks! It was wonderful hearing and getting your advice. Thank you for the time, effort and patience!
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Posted 28 March 2011 - 03:38 PM

Thanks Bob for all your time, effort and explainations!

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Posted 28 March 2011 - 05:37 PM

I'd like to add my thanks also. I always enjoyed reading your responses to the questions.
What I enjoyed more was that you were easy to understand!

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Posted 28 March 2011 - 06:31 PM

Thanks Bob!


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Posted 28 March 2011 - 07:18 PM

Thanks a lot for your time and considerate and helpful responses!

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Posted 28 March 2011 - 08:14 PM

Thank you so much about taking the time. I have learned a lot.
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Posted 28 March 2011 - 09:58 PM

Thank you, Bob! I've greatly enjoyed reading your responses to folks here. Thank you for sharing your time and knowledge with us. :)
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Posted 29 March 2011 - 01:58 AM

Dear Bob,

I am one of the people who have benefited greatly from your advice. Being a great handler and being a great teacher are not necessarily the same things, and I always appreciate people's advice in the handicapped-by-remote-communication situation which makes it harder to respond. But your responses had all the ingredients of excellently formed and useful advice.

The two mistakes people often make are giving pat answers and limiting oneself to (constructive of course)criticism. However, rather than matching a problem to a ready-made solution, your advice was always individual, replying to a particular situation and you always made sure to include encouragement and good points which set up a good basis for the actual work with one's dog.

Thank you again for all your terrific help!

Best wishes,
Maja (with Bonnie - who'd be very grateful if she only knew)

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Posted 29 March 2011 - 04:18 AM

Thanks for your great contribution to this forum. Though I never asked you a question personally, as my Táta is just getting started on sheep, I did learn a great deal from the answers you provided to other people.
Always thought this was an amazingly cool feature on the forum, "ask an expert".

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Posted 29 March 2011 - 07:23 AM

Many thanks Bob! I learned from you as a scribe and perhaps even more from reading your thoughtful answers to so many questions.
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Posted 29 March 2011 - 05:18 PM

I also wanted to voice my thanks; the time and effort put into your responses is an indication of why you're an expert... We've enjoyed learning from you. Hope you won't be a stranger!

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Posted 29 March 2011 - 09:08 PM

Thanks Bob,

I've learned a lot lurking on this board while you've been here. I appreciate the time you've devoted to helping us newbies out :)
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Posted 24 April 2011 - 09:26 PM

Thank you Bob for your helpful and thoughtful answers to my dumb questions. I have Aussies and appreciate your taking the time to help with my dogs; always good advice and given freely. Hope you can come back one of these days. Looking forward to reading the expert corner again.

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