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  1. Why does it not surprise me to learn that Wootie likes dock diving? Skiba, based on your description of how you currently spend time with your dog, I think you would really enjoy exploring Silvia Trkman's website.
  2. Great news! Tess certainly is a remarkable dog, in so many ways. I could barely sleep the first night, so you all had plenty of mojo coming your way from this neck of the woods.
  3. Heard about this through the grapevine and immediately raced here for details... Diane, I am so sorry. My thoughts are with you and Getty and Tess. I know she will pull through. Thank you for having the strength to let us know how she is doing.
  4. Missed this post, but better late than never. Here are some Alaska agility links: Matanuska Agility Canine Handlers Capital Kennel Club of Juneau Alaska Dog Sports Alyeska Canine Trainers Plus, for Iditarod fans, Jeff King's wife is an agility enthusiast. He even built her an indoor arena to train in during the long winters (though he's been known to use it to work his own team when the temperature dips below -40). There is also a small group of agility folks in Whitehorse YT.
  5. I agree that the new site looks great, and I have no problem adapting to change, but I have a less than stellar DSL connection and the new pages take a long time to load, long enough to be a problem for me (I didn't read the first 4 pages of this thread before posting, for instance, because I didn't want to wait for them to load). This never happened with the old board software. Are there any performance tweaks that could be done to speed things up? It seems like it's the top of the page that's causing trouble, the (excellent) banner photo and the first few bands of purple background. Even after loading, scrolling is jerky near the top of the page, but it smoothes out once the top few bands of purple scroll off the top. Typing in the reply box has a lag too, maybe because the box is near the problematic top of the page?
  6. Holy cow! You should totally send that picture to Linda
  7. There are a lot of threads I don't even open, but I ALWAYS open threads started by Jo&Tex, because I know I'll be glad I did. And I am. Great news, Jo. Thanks for cheering us all up
  8. I see Schatzi isn't getting any less cute with age.
  9. I was told by a guy with a guide dog that guide dogs are selected to be "a bit stubborn." That is, he said, they are trained to disobey the person they're guiding if that person directs them into danger (e.g. across the tracks when a train's coming). So is it "wilful disobedience" if the dog disobeys the handler but not the underlying training? I imagine that sheepdogs would be forced to make similar choices on a regular basis (as in Karen's example), especially experienced dogs with less experienced handlers.
  10. Kristi, we're all impressed with your courage, but that's nothing compared to the bravery shown by that li'l bronco buster! Nice photos of this and the Stampede. Please keep 'em coming.
  11. You've probably read the report by now, but here is the rationale: "As the pet is positioned transversely to the direction of travel, loads are distributed over the whole body and the vertebral column is not compressed." The test vehicle in this study simulated a 50 kph frontal impact; side impacts were not addressed. Wondering whether the side curtain airbags in your car do any good for your dogs? Read this: Who benefits from side and head curtain airbags? Not all side curtain airbags are alike, so it does depend on the vehicle. No car-dog-crate-whatever configuration will protect against all possible accidents, but there is a lot of information out there. I just try to educate myself, then configure the car I have as safely as I can for the dogs I have. But in the end, there are other factors, like avoiding driving when drowsy for example, that can shrink the likelihood that one's dogs will be injured in a car accident to a much greater degree than any tinkering one might do with the type or location of restraint systems. Not to mention...ahem...avoiding cellphone use when at the wheel
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