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  1. Kent Herbel clinic 11, 12, 13 June 2012 Hado-Bar Farm Nova, Ohio contact Judi Bigham at [email protected]
  2. Cuppa coffee and posting on the boards -- my way of waking up -- getting my engine going. It's really hard when it's dark, cold and raining hard outside. Yuck. That cuppa coffee 4:30 a.m. and reading what's new -- a very cozy feeling. And today, I got to look over some of my pics again. That part for me is "like". Now I "have to" feed dogs, horses and get to work (hour & a half drive}. Sigh. Enjoy the pics!
  3. Har har har. "like" isn't the operative word here. It's "have to".
  4. Nancy -- just now reading this. How absolutely scary, but coming on late, I saved myself the anguish of hoping that she'd be OK, since your scary story has a happy ending. I've had two dogs with obstructions. One, Tam, now an old geezer, a dog who never stooped to play with toys, gulped down a portion of a rubber ball from a field that had just been mowed. 3 weeks later, messing around with different treatments, Tam lost a lot of weight, quickly, and his just hung on him in folds. I took him to another vet, who opened him up and removed 18 inches of necrotic bowel and half a small rubber ball. He's been doing great ever since. Then there was Obi, a year old pup, who unbeknownst to me, jumped up on the counter and scarfed down a couple of peaches. He started puking violently the next day. They opened him up and removed a peach pit. He got worse though. Sometime overnight, the sutures came apart in his abdomen and his entire abdominal cavity was "poisoned". I got a call late one evening from the vet who, upon opening him up again, told me what she found and was asking for permission to euthanize him. I gave my consent and said good-bye to Obi then and there. This was a heartbreaker because he was such an appealing little guy. So when I read of yours and Kit's situation, I got a sick feeling in the pit of my gut. So glad you and Kit have a happy ending!
  5. I have more, but don't want to overload these boards. All I have to say is that, in spite of the dodgy weather, Scotland is beautiful, the people are great and the trials are well worth the trip.
  6. The young handlers competitors coming onto the field for their awards" Leaving the field:
  7. These next are of the kid from Ireland who won the young handler's competition: Coming onto the field:
  8. While in Scotland, I managed to see the third - and final day of the International, the Supreme. The weather wasn't all that cooperative. Rain, sometimes lots of it, on and off, along with my camera acting up, I still managed to get some photos of some awesome dogs and great teamwork.
  9. I was there for the Supreme this year. Will post pics when I'm done uploading them.
  10. All the best to you Bustopher. What else can I say except that I'll keep you in my prayers. Glad you're back.
  11. I am cancelling the appointment to put down Tam. He's not ready. I'll know when he's ready. I'm hoping he'll make a come back like Sligo. We'll wait and see. One of my concerns was is that I'm leaving the country for the first half of September, and I don't want any of my dogs to die on anyone's watch but mine. Right now he appears to be functional and fighting and as long as Tam --- or any of my dogs have the fight in them to live, I'll fight right along side of him. And he'll be with my best friend who he's known for years, so I feel a lot better. Thank you all. I have 4 seniors that could go at any time -- in their sleep or by some other way, so it's going to be a rough year, but I owe them my half of our partnership and I'll be right along side with them if they've got the fight to live or if they decide it's their time. I owe them at least that much.
  12. That this topic was brought up at this time for me is sort of a relief. I'm going through the same thing now. Tam will be 15 in October. He has really aged the last year. He is almost entirely deaf, sight is not good and senility is setting in, but he still loved to eat and run after Joe, a dog he chose as the one to follow. I came home after work this week. Tam was Tam in the morning, but something happened during the day while I was at work. I'd say a stroke, maybe idiopathic vestibular syndrome, but he could not stand and staggered around like a drunken sailor. He had the presence of mind to hold his urine until he got outside and then he could barely stand as he peed. Today is the first time he ate a little since Tuesday. I can see he's fighting it. He's not incontinent and his balance has gotten better. I made an appointment to euthanize him this Saturday morning. A couple of months ago, Sligo, another one who will be 15 in November, also had a stroke and identical symptoms to Tam. I made an appointment to euthanize Sli, but the night before the appointment, he changed a little for the better. Now, 2 months later, you can hardly tell that anything was wrong with Sli. And I also saw him struggling to --- live? I had some leftover meclizine from Sli that I've been giving to Tam and maybe that's what's helped him. Tam, unlike Sligo, is tilting his head to the side and circling in the direction of the head tilt. So do I wait this out, with Tam, hoping he makes a come back like Sli? Maybe if he starts eating, but I won't let him starve to death either. It's been a bad week and I can't even think straight to make the right decision for this dog who, in his prime, was top dog, sleek, athletic, muscles rippling beneath his glossy sleek coat, a dignity about him, now an old dog nearing the end of his life. So do I send him off to meet his maker? I just don't know.
  13. I've seen one rottie years ago who appeared to be a "natural". I don't know anything about the training center shown here or their methods, but I have seen some clips of dogs, non-border collies trained by Tony McCallum which impressed me. I read that he likes to start other breeds besides border collies on livestock. The extent of this interest, I don't know, but here he with with his boerboel, another breed I kinda like, on cattle.
  14. I had to throw out that hideous rusted old thing when Sea wasn't looking. She put the bowl down for a minute to say "Hey. We'll have none of that sort of thing around here!"
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