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  1. I have been known to kneel on the floor and pet an invisible cat. We don't actually have a cat (probably just as well, Kali HATES cats). Kali watches this performance with intense interest, he knows I wouldn't lie to him , then appears to figure he's missing something (couldn't be the cat, could it? :confused: ) and comes over to sniff for it. For once, it appears that he can't even believe his nose - so he gives up and retreats to his bed, looking miffed. Snorri
  2. I got a nice new toy delivered today, a gift from an AOL chat friend.......a brand-new Mac G5 dual-processor tower computer! I haven't got it set up yet, but hope to find out what it will do, in a few days. 2X 1800 MHz G5 processors, 15 fan cooler units, CDRW, DVD-ROM, the works! Apparently, she bought it for her "Other Half" to manipulate photos, but, being locked into Windoze PCs, he doesn't like Macs. She knows I use Macs and love them, so I got it - for the cost of shipping it only! Cowabunga! (or similar) Snorri (getting ready to rock and roll!)
  3. The original computer in this house (an old beige Mac G3) has its alerts set to "chu-toy", so every time there's s sytem message, it squeaks like the previously-mentioned sword-impaled monk, and Kali and Snorri go berserk at it. I got them a "Chuckit" for Christmas, but the weather has not been good for testing it yet. We call this ball-launch toy "the Dogapult" Snorri
  4. My two barbarians like things that squeak - it probably reminds them of sticking swords through monks! Snorri
  5. I love it! Mind if I borrow the phrase for my little barbarian prince? Be my guest! I'm trying desperately to remember the name of Arnie Schwarzenegger's lady friend in "Conan the Barbarian". I suppose I set the scene for the barbarity of my two by giving them Norse names from the Sagas! If you were to see them falling on their dinner bowls like a horde of rapacious Vikings on a nunnery, you'd know what I mean! Snorri
  6. Welcome! I'm over here in the UK, and I have two mad Border Collies who are just family pets. As this bit of the UK used to belong to Norway/Denmark and still has strong Norse influences, the Boys have Norse saga names: Dog 1 - Kali (Rognvaldr Kali Kolsson Orkneyjar Jarl) Dog 2 - Snorri (Snorri Thorgrim Thorgrimsson Helgafellir Godi) They were given the long names so that they would not feel inferior to Kennel-bred dogs with long pedigrees! The original owners of the names were real people! Snorri
  7. P.S. - second thoughts: perhaps my two should be referred to as "Barbarian Collies" Snorri
  8. They are half-brothers, and worse! They are uncle and nephew as well! One of Kali's litter-brothers ("Roy") did the naughty with his own Mum, and Snorri was the handsomest of the six results! A true farmyard tink! Snorri was the smallest of the litter - the son of the farmer used to be i/c the puppies, but he shot himself not long before Snorri was born. After this, the pups got enough food to keep them going alright, but not really enough to let them grow (ignorance, not neglect): when Snorri arrived here and was given "textbook" feeds, with no competition from brothers, he grew like the proverbial weed, virtually doubling in size by the week. A month after we got him, I took him to a local show (as a spectator!) and met someone who had taken one of Snorri's brothers. To start with, this guy wouldn't believe Snorri was a brother, because he was so big in comparison! All the dogs from that farm (and there are a few!) look pretty much alike - not identical, but there's a definite family "look". Although my Boys are a couple of lazy household pooches, they were born with a good working ancestry. I have no idea how good (or otherwise) they would be. I've had ridiculous offers of cash for them from farmers who seem to think they'd be good, but I have a principle that I don't sell my best pals! Snorri
  9. Welcome, Roo! Greetings from "the other side of the Pond"! This may be just a small island off the north of Scotland, but it's very like "Border Collie Central" As it's a very concentrated agricultural area (lots of smallholdings with varied livestock), Border Collies seem to make up half the dog population! I used to live in Edinburgh, where a BC was a very rare sight (so rare, in fact, that lots of folk didn't even know what they were!) - here, they're as common as dirt :eek: So, when I came here to live, apart from wanting a BC (I'd had one as a kid) anyway, there was a far better chance of a BC than of any other breed! Eventually, I ended up with two of them, brothers (and addictive!) from a local working farm. They've had the occasional success in the local agricultural shows (nothing "formal"), but otherwise, they are just family pets who lead a lazy, work-free life The one on the left is Kali (dog senior, nearly 12) and the one on the right is Snorri (dog junior, 8 ) I dunno exactly how to classify them - "Farmyard Tinks" seems most appropriate! Snorri
  10. You can tell your mind "No, that's not the way to do things!", but you can't tell your heart. Snorri
  11. My Kali will be 12 on 24 April. The vet says that, in his experience, a farm collie from these parts lives for an average 12-14 years, so I am keeping a good eye on the "oldie" (who is my best friend, to whom I fel I owe a great deal). He's getting a bit deaf, and I don't think he sees as well as he used to, but he seems in good form otherwise (and the vet said last week that his general health was fine). For a while, he was looking slightly "off" (nothing to put a finger on), and a friend (a retired vet) suggested something called "Vivitonin", and my current vet agreed it was worth a try. Now, Kali gets vivitonin, plus a vitamin supplement (SA37) in his dinner. Whichever is doing it, one certainly is having a good effect! Vivitonin is marketed as a medication which "can help to prevent" strokes (to which Border Collies are prone, in later life) by improving circulation in the brain. Kali is now as fully alert and "ready" as his (possibly) failing senses allow. We used to be able to whisper "biscuits!" and have him sitting bolt upright by our feet immediately, now we have to shout, but he's still there, like a lightning flash! My first ever BC, "Glen", made it to 19, with no special treatment (there was none available in his day), so my hopes for many more years of Kali are still strong, like him. The longer I can keep him going, without turning him into a vet-dependent stooge, the better-pleased I'll be. He has been a wonderful friend, and he deserves the best I can do for him. Snorri
  12. Sea4th, your Tib is enjoying the retired life, just as she ought to do - she has earned the time to relax and have fun! So many BCs spend their lives working and get no reward at all for what they've given (sometimes they meet a very unpleasant end :eek: ). It's heartwarming to see that you are giving her the retirement she deserves so much - being looked after, well-fed, and generally pampered! She looks like she has just been pulled over by the venerable John Bunnell, and asked for her licence! Snorri
  13. Hello from the other side of the Atlantic! Did I spy a blue eye there? I have a "thing" about blue eyes, as both my "Boys" are blue-eyed (both eyes blue): (Kali Kolsson on the left, his younger brother Snorri the Priest on the right) My two are farmyard tinks, the result of some jiggery-pokery by the farm's working dogs, but they got their paws firmly planted under the table and have never done any work at all :eek: Your Kade is a handsome boy, and I suspect that if he lived in these islands, he'd run off with all the show prizes (which, I'm afraid, wouldn't cover his plane fare)! Snorri
  14. Yes, the St. Magnus festival, usually in June. The conducting classes are usually given by Martim Brabbins. These classes are actually part of the festival program, not the primary purpose, though. If you want to go, get your accommodation booked PDQ - festival time is the period during which there is the greatest strain on accommodation stock (it's booked out completely, unless you are VERY, VERY quick! http://www.visitorkney.com/ http://www.stmagnusfestival.com/aboutfestival.htm A) I hope these links function, and I hopr they are of use to you! Snorri (sheepless person
  15. Pentax P50, Tokina 28-70 mm zoom, Kodak Ektar 25 film, tripod-mounted. My digicam, unfortunately, just can't cope with the breadth of this scene (it's Loch Duich, Ross-shire, just a couple of miles from Eilean Donan Castle, famous from the film "Highlander", and from millions of shortbread tins worldwide ) This one is more recent, and is digital. The digicam has coped very well with the lighting, but it doesn't have quite the same "impact" , because it doesn't have the capacity for wideangle that the SLR has. The pic is of Orkney, different terrain altogether! It was shot from my garden. Hope you like them Snorri
  16. Nice pics of nice dogs! I think what has happened here is that your camera's meter has been fooled - meters tend to compare everything to "standard 18% grey", then adjust the exposure to compensate. If you have control over the exposure, try opening it up a bit - you can't overexpose white! If you used flash, remember that nearly all flash units are designed for indoor use (where there are walls to reflect the flash about a bit) - so you have to either boost the flash power (if you have the facility) or use a wider aperture. This problem often rears its ugly head at outdoor concerts - all you get is a perfectly-exposed shot of the bugs that were flying about! Been there, seen it, set fire to the teeshirt! :eek: Snorri :eek:
  17. Not only are these good cameras, SoloRiver, they are worth a small fortune, even in these digital days - both are classics! Look after them well - but I don't mean "don't use them" - use them and love them. You may have to wait for the results, but they will be well worth any wait! The Pentax K1 is also regarded as a classic camera, ideal for students and still worth a sizeable amount today. Also, it will take modern Pentax K-fitting lenses, although it won't handle any of the automatic functions. If I were to convert ot DSLR now, it would have to be Pentax - I have far too much invested in lenses to go anywhere else now - fortunately, they are compatible; one of my pals has a Pentax DSLR and has used my Tamron 500 to good effect - the lens is not automatic, so he has to use his brain a little bit (a hardship for some, but not for him - he is also the back-up man for my Mac computers ) The best shots I've ever taken were with my Pentax and its 28-70 zoom! Both items appeared on the market at the same time, and I still have the photo mag which reviewed both as "a demon little shooting package". My only problem now is with the weight of the paraphernalia: I have early-onset arthritis in both hips, so the digicam wins on weight. It isn't nearly as flexible, but it is a lot better than I thought it was going to be - it has 3X optical zoom, but that ain't a lot of legs, and, in common with most digicams, its 3X digital zoom is rubbish. No contest, really Snorri
  18. I'm not familiar with the Nikon D70 (in fact, I'm still not a digital convert quite yet!) but Nikon is certainly a name to be reckoned with, and I'd still go a long way to get my hands on a good Nikon SLR (chemical fim variety). I regard my Kodak digicam as basically a visual notebook, to remind me of what I'd like to go back to with my "serious"camera (a sturdy Pentax P50 SLR), or as a "happysnapper" for pot-shotting the dogs. My Pentax is usually fitted with a Tokina 28-70 mm mini-zoom, which I see as ideal. It covers the 50mm "standard" length, but has a little bit of leeway on either side (telephoto and wideangle). One thing to remember - ALL zoom lenses are compromises, and therefore not as good as a "prime" lens. The best zoom you can get is a pair of feet. The best lens I have is a Tamron 500 mm catadioptric. It's a pain in the butt to use, and needs good weather/lighting to give its best results, but those results are usually excellent. This pic of a nesting eider duck was taken with the Tamron, at a distance of about six feet. As I hope you can see, the bird wasn't bothered. The purpose of multiple megapixels is really that the more you have, the further the picture can be blown up, giving more facility for cropping down to the main subject: a huge number of megapix does not make a camera a "better" one, in itself. The thing to consider is whether or not the camera will do what you want it to do. A lot of the features of new digicams are like the features of new cellphones - only added to persuade you to buy a new one. I'm afraid that I tend to the view that if you need the camera to do your thinking for you, then you shouldn't be taking photos. They remove all the creativity from the process, and need no skill (which is probably why they are so popular). For real photography, I'll stick to my old Pentax, whilst keeping the digicam on my belt for snaps! Snorri
  19. "Now, what's up here for US? Perhaps if I just give it a wee shake here........." Snorri again
  20. To return to the topic - when they are "queueing" under the tree, the only thing that will distract the Boys from their hopeful vigil is a glass of whisky. They can't stand the smell, either, and most certainly won't drink it. My first ever Border Collie used to enjoy the occasional tipple, but these two won't touch it under any circumstances. Offer it, and they run. Both were, however, "baptised" with it when they were little puppies, just a tiny drop on their foreheads when they were given their names. Orkney malt ("unblended", of course. Nothing but the best, as usual ) Snorri :cool:
  21. Glenfiddich has been described as "THE malt whisky for people who don't drink malt whisky", which I can understand, even if I don't quite agree! It's very high quality, smooth and inoffensive. The distillery itself is a Rolls Royce, though - if any member is ever over this way, and wanting to visit a Scotch distillery, Glenfiddich is possibly the one to see. It's accessible, and is geared up very well for tours (plenty of guides, and they are fluent in many languages: an excellent visitor centre, good AV presentations and generous samples ). It is set in some pretty gorgeous scenery, too. "Valley of the deer". Hic Snorri
  22. I think (after a bit more experimentation) that the JD has it, marginally. Of course, what I ought to be sampling are Orkney's Raven Ales with Highland Park malt, or Scapa (when I can get it ) I used to like the combination of JD and coke, but, as it's suspected that I'm diabetic now, it has to be diet coke, which is horrible at the best of times! Snorri (Tha cadal orm!)
  23. This has been a bugbear of mine since Snorri-dog had his first attack at the age of three (about the usual time for presenting with idiopathic epilepsy). His siezures started to accelerate until one night, in October 2001, he had a cluster of four fits in 30 minutes. He was rushed to the vet at 4 a.m., and put on phenobarbitone (2x 30mg per day). I found http://www.canine-epilepsy.net/ extremely helpful and informative. Not long ago, we found a brother with this accursed disease, and his people told us he ("Mickey") had grown out of it by himself. Our vet agreed that this can happen, and that weaning Snorri off the drugs could be tried. A week after stopping the phenobarb, the fits re-started, BUT at least we had found out that half the original dose was enough to keep him OK. (Good news,because Phenobarb can cause liver and kidney damage, over time. The less the dog gets, the better, if the dose is enough to control the fits). Now, he gets 2x15 mg per day. Phenobarb has kept him free for four years, and he is a happy, healthy, alert little dog, just as he should be. He has never had an MRI scan, but he has had blood tests for liver and kidney function and therapeutic levels of phenobarb. He eats the same stuff as his brother - minced offcuts from the local butcher (mainly lamb), plus leftovers and doggy treats. He is a "farmyard tyke" - the offspring of the working dogs on an Orkney dairy farm - no formal pedigree. Epilepsy does run in his family, not that we knew it when we got him (nobody knew) - we found out later, by asking around. Nowadays, there is no way you could tell that there had ever been anything wrong with him: according to the vet, all his insides are working properly and in need of no further tinkering about! We never give him anything which contains excessive salt, and definitely NO CHOCOLATE. Apart from his pills, he gets no special treatment. I think he looks OK...... Snorri Read up on it, follow your vet's instructions, and DON'T PANIC!
  24. These little Kodak digicams are surprisingly (and pleasantly) good! I have a Kodak "Easyshare" CX 7430, which does what I want it to do (put snaps on dog message boards!), which is all I can ask of it. I'm not a convert to digital photography (I still prefer my Pentax 35mm SLR, but the Kodak has the weight advantage ) but the digicam will fit on my belt and can be carried anywhere. I have been quite impressed by the camera's ability to handle low light conditions - very good for an all-auto happy-snapper. Even my trusty Pentax would require a fair bit of calculation on my part, to achieve similar results. Snorri
  25. The slight "lean" of the tree may well be the result of my trying to make up my mind which I liked better - Jim Beam or Jack Daniel's! Plus a little Budweiser to clear the palate in between tests! Well, it IS Christmas, after all! The tree has not fallen down again, despite canine efforts to investigate the decorations! Hic! Snorri :eek:
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