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Sue R

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    Bruceton Mills WV
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    Stockdogs, horses, chocolate

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  1. Some of you will remember Kristi Oikawa (and her dogs, Lou, Rex, Wick, and Bar) from earlier posts and some of you will not know her. She was one of only a very few Asian-American handlers on the trial field, not only running at the USBCHA Open level but also very credibly in agility with the same dogs (which is a feat). This is a great photo of Kristi from the Bluegrass. I will so miss her in the White House next year and for years to come. And so I add my thoughts of her here with shock at her passing and affection at having had known her bright and blazing personality. In the interests of full disclosure, while I've been acquainted with Kristi through the wonders of the internet for some years now (first through these Border Collie boards and then FB), it wasn't really a friendship at all - I lusted after the wonderful meals she posted eating (all while staying lean and fit); I envied her being an Open handler and an accomplished agility competitor; and I just knew "of" her through the internet. But, finally, when we got into a bit of a disagreement over something trivial, we "unfriended". Then, a few years ago, she came East to the Bluegrass, all the way from British Columbia, and I met her in person, and she was warm and friendly (and, of course, sparkly). But I stayed aloof. We were two very different people with very different interests, and only a common interest in "the dogs". Last year, I saw her name on the roster to help me in the White House, and I groaned inside. Nothing wrong with her but a lot wrong with my attitude, for sure. And then I surprised myself by having an utterly delightful time working with her. She was amazing, quite brilliant, and a huge help. But more than that, she was friendly, funny, capable, competent, respectful, and just plain enjoyable to be around. This year, when I saw her name on the roster to help me in the White House, I was overjoyed (see, I can learn and improve my attitude) and could hardly wait. We spent a number of hours working together and, when it was all said and done, she gave me a big, warm, genuine hug that I appreciated more than she could ever know, and said that she looked forward to working with me again next year. That, sadly, won't happen, but the memories of her helpfulness, her wonderful sense of humor, her bright mind, her glittering sparkliness, and that lovely hug, will live with me each and every time I think of her. Godspeed, Kristi!
  2. Sue R


    Will miss you and, sadly, understand just how you feel.
  3. Linda Tesdahl would be highly recommended by many handlers.
  4. Dress for the weather. Bring water for your dogs. Plan on sitting on the provided bleachers or folding chairs (chairs under a tent) or bring a blanket. Mexican food vendor on site. Stay back at least five or six feet from fence. Keep your dogs quiet and on leash, and don't be amazed if they "turn on"! Prepare to be amazed! And many handlers are happy to answer questions if they are not engrossed. Come to the White House (my shed on wheels) for an informative free program. Enjoy supporting our vendors and out trial by finding merchandise you will enjoy.
  5. General or Obedience sections would be appropriate. This "upper end" of the forum's home page is for training dogs to work livestock and related questions.
  6. Barbara Sykes' books are good, if I remember correctly.
  7. So sorry to hear this! Have you considered alternatives, like possibly a brace? I am assuming this is a TPLO which, while pricier than other procedures, is usually very good. Celt has had both hind legs done, one at age 9 and the other at age 11, and has lived a sound and active life since. He's now 16 1/2 (in less than a week) and still walks a couple of miles a day most days. I am amazed at the cost - when Celt's were done, it was just about $3000 each at a specialty clinic but I have heard that the price there is now about $5000. That's a big increase. You may want to consider rehab if at all possible afterwards. I felt it helped Celt a lot although I have also seen dogs that did not do that and they have done just fine, too. Very best wishes to you both!
  8. Jack Knox is excellent and I would highly recommend him.
  9. I feel for you and wish you comfort in your decisions, and a good outcome.
  10. Thank you, Kristi! I didn't know if it was the link, the site, or just me...
  11. Juan Reyes is a very accomplished trainer/handler, who is a top trialer on cattle and a genuine rancher in Colorado, I believe.
  12. We oftentimes forget that it is volunteers, using their own talents, time, and sometimes finances, who provide the services that we often take for granted - or, worse yet, complain about! The link you provide, Kristi, isn't working for me right now, though. Kudos to Maria (who is amazing, I might add from personal experience) and thanks to Gene!
  13. I am sorry but I don't know what to say. I just wish you both the very best possible outcome and a safe and uneventful recovery. Very best wishes to you both.
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