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  1. Wow - woke up this morning to see my name in this thread again.... Danger is the dog in my Avatar - he is a red smooth (but not dark red, more "burnt orange"). Apparently he carries dilute - from his dad, Ned, who is an ISDS red smooth coated dog and produced a lilac in another litter. Danger's dam didn't produce dilute, but she might carry it, too. She's a red rough coated dog from Sagebrush lines and imported H Glyn Jones' (Moel) lines. And for anyone curious, this breeding was unintentional (well, not according to Never, who seduced my baby boy while I was out of the country on vacation ). Three of the four "accidents" did turn out to be awesome agility dogs; the two that have been on stock are quite talented, and all four pups are neutered. Laurie edited to add picture of Danger: and his dam Rose: (both photos by metapix)
  2. He's actually a littermate to Carrie Jones' Jive, who has been on the World Agility team twice and just won the final class at Crufts International Agility. He's done mostly agility. He is from old Sagebrush lines combined with "Stripper" (obedience lines), and crossed to Eastern US herding lines on his dams' side. NASD registered. He's quite stylish and natural, and loves working both sheep and ducks when my daughter lets him come out to visit. I don't have any pictures of him on sheep. L
  3. I don't think I've posted these photos before... my daughter's merle dog Dare learning to work ducks... my merle girl Pod watching a run at Keepstone and waiting her turn... Laurie
  4. Jodi - Just thought it was odd (and a bit gratuitous) that you'd randomly start a photo thread about merles with pictures of a youngster you have for sale... http://pets.groups.yahoo.com/group/Stockdo...le/message/2027 - so are you keeping her now? ...then, you added pictures of two litters your Zip dog sired... but like you said, you're not the breeder... Kristine - Don't worry, I wasn't referring to your wonderful Dean Dog. I'm sure no one could pry him from you... (or you from him) Laurie
  5. Hmmm- Was this thread started as a back door method of selling dogs/puppies? L
  6. A pup I used to own - now owned by my trainer. He has the look of a black wolf, don't ya think? (photo by Metapix) "Reason"
  7. OK - slightly Off Topic - but this is the funniest You Tube "Training Video" I've seen....and if anyone can translate, I would love to know what this handler is saying. Laurie
  8. My current vehicle: 2006 Dodge Sprinter - Upside: fuel efficient Mercedes Diesel Engine, Easily fits 10 24x36 Dog crates and has room to stand up and walk down the length of it. Downside: it's rear wheel drive... Added bonus: in a pinch, not only can you take you dogs, but you can haul the sheep in it too! (And it's heavy duty enough to pull a trailer). Truthfully - Anybody want to buy it? I have 2 vehicles and can only afford to make payments on one. Email me privately for details! Laurie
  9. Hmm- better get that one BAER tested, Julie... Laurie (...Jealous cuz mine won't arrive until the first week of April)
  10. (Disclaimer: I'm not a vet, so please don't take this as medical advise, just my own opinion.) Does your other dog eat the same diet? Is he OK? If they ate the same items, and only one is sick, I would take him in for a look-see. Might be nothing, but better safe than sorry. I had a nasty case of food poisoning with all my dogs the first of January. Every one had eaten pork necks for dinner, and everyone produced a version of loose stool and/or vomit overnight. So I knew it was the food, and was able to treat them all by fasting a day, and then giving bland small portions of rice/cooked chicken/pumpkin for a couple days or so. I also gave the dogs who were continuing after the overnight episode a few doses of Parvaid and Metronidazole (Flagyl)- great stuff to keep on hand for emergency gastric problems. Laurie
  11. I've been teaching and testing CGC for years. Your Mom is right - She won't pass if she cries, whines, paces during the supervised separation. Try increasing the amount of time slowly. Start with 15-30 seconds, and gradually build the time. Get an idea of when she starts feeling anxious, and work just below her threshold for awhile, coming back to reward for being calm before the anxiety starts. Also, try giving her a cue, like saying "I'll be right back", walking away, coming back and rewarding the composure. If she can concentrate on maintaining composure in anticipation of you coming back to reward, it will be easier for her to deal with the longer separation. The examination is actually a sit for exam, although I allow a stand or down as long as the dog is cooperative. The dog should not be cringing in fear, jumping on or biting the examiner; but a little bit of wiggling, tail tucking and movement is acceptable to most examiners, as long as the dog is controlled and calm. The owner can actually put a finger under the collar to steady the dog if necessary. Laurie
  12. Because you are good person who truly cares about the INDIVIDUAL animals you treat, and about people and animals in general. You are one of a rare breed. Thank you! I do know a few vets like you; I ADORE them! But I also know plenty of vets who may have started out caring, conscientious, wanting to make a difference; but do not take the time to consider an individual animal's best interest. I don't think it's a money thing at all. It's more of a "volume thing" that comes from living and working in our fast paced society. They work in "production line" veterinary clinics, where one protocol fits all. They will vaccinate with everything under the sun because the drug companies make/test the vaccines, so they "must" be safe; and they espouse the feeling that "more is better" when it comes to disease protection. Drug companies sell this idea. They are the ones making the big bucks, not the vets. Busy, overbooked, overworked vets may not have the time or desire to read up on what the latest studies are proving. It's easier and more efficient to just go ahead and hit 'em with a 5-way vaccine, a rabies vaccine, dewormer, medication for ticks and fleas, drops for their itchy ears, and send 'em out the door with a bag of Science Diet. Unless a client educates himself, he has no way of knowing whether what a vet does to his animal is appropriate or not. I'd throw this back in the pet owner's corner. It's our responsibility as animal owners/caregivers to be "educated consumers". Read up, ask questions, get answers. Then make an educated decision for your own animals; hopefully with the help of an educated, caring veterinarian you can trust to treat your animals as individuals. Laurie
  13. Thanks Becca and Bill - when my daughter gets here to help hold her, we'll give it a try. I'm going to take a picture of it - hopefully "before AND after". I've wrapped enough horse legs in my days as a horse owner/vet tech , I think we can manage as long as the ewe cooperates. I do know about padding it, and using LOTS of Duct tape to secure the splint. Laurie
  14. I had a pregnant ewe come up to eat last night with what looks like a hind leg fracture - just below the hock. The ewe seems bright and alert otherwise, and is eating and drinking. It's not compound, no wound, and there isn't much, if any, swelling. I could restrain her myself well enough to tell that there isn't really "crepitous", and she has circulation to the lower leg. It's almost like the ligaments that attach the hock and cannon bone may have been severely strained or partially ruptured on the medial side. She is not weight bearing on it, but when she touches her toe down, the whole lower leg obviously abducts to the outside, below the hock. Anyone have any experience with how these would do in a splint? I won't have help to splint it until this evening, but I was thinking of wrapping/padding it with cotton and vet wrap, then splinting with PVC from above the hock to below the fetlock joint on both sides of the leg, to keep it from bending side to side. For right now, she's in a stall with a buddy, she is doing fine just standing on the other 3 legs, and doesn't seem overly concerned. She's not due to lamb the until first week of April. She looks to be carrying twins. Is it worth a shot to try to fix her? thanks, Laurie
  15. sorry - maybe it's just late and I'm tired- where is "E. NE"? thanks, Laurie
  16. I have mixed emotions about "crate traiining" a pup so young, especially in Winter. Unless you are planning to be with her every moment, including night time, I would guess you WILL have accidents in the crate. Her bladder is just not mature enough to hold it for very long. I wouldn't actually start limiting her crate space until she is at least 8 weeks. Until then, plan on having a larger space for her with newspapers on one side that she can "use" if she has to, and her crate on the other side that she can sleep in. An exercise pen is ideal for this, but I've used a bathroom with a baby gate, too. When you can't be there to take her out to potty at least every 1-2 hours, let her have run of the large space. IMO, in the long run, this will make crate training/house breaking easier and not let her get the idea that it's OK to soil the crate. Also, she still REALLY needs doggie socialization, so seek out some healthy/pup-friendly adult dogs and pups for play dates. Taking a pup away from all canine contact at her age is a good way to get a "socially incorrect" dog later on, but even occasional nice dog interactions now will benefit her in the long run. Make sure that whatever dogs she gets to meet are used to dealing with puppies; and are healthy as well, since she's probably not been vaccinated yet, and her maternal antibodies are close to waning (usually 9-12 weeks, but could be earlier). I personally don't see any benefit to vaccinating before 9 weeks, but have never had a problem with my pups being introduced to other "safe" dogs at an early age. Laurie
  17. Years ago, I had a big black ex race horse I called Darth - he actually was a roarer, and he sounded like Darth Vader when he whinnied. L
  18. While I was driving tonite I thought of a few more (although I bet he stays Cole). "Darth", and "Vader", and "Ninja", and "Omen". All tough, strong "black" names, and there's always the traditional British "Sweep" (short for chimney sweep) and Smitty (short for Blacksmith). L ETA - Oh, and I almost forgot these... "Spy" and "Sniper"
  19. Good post - Mine get a lot of their RMB's frozen, as well. Both from "laziness" and it keeps them chewing and happy longer. I also agree that the chewing sets the digestive system up better. If I were feeding a prepared food like that (and occasionally I feed Bravo ground), I'd slice it and feed it semi-frozen, as well. I'd probably offer a smallish frozen RMB (like a turkey, pork or veal neck) along with the ground food. Laurie
  20. Mine do- if they know what's good for them... In my household "girls rule, boys drool!" Apparently, the girls make up the rules, too! My most dominant boy is reluctantly forced to be "the rabbit" and the girls all line up behind him. The less dominant boys just try hard to stay out of trouble somewhere on the fringes, but aren't permitted to "work" the dominant boy or the girls. Laurie
  21. I always liked the name "Pitch" for a black dog- but that might not sound too great (to spectators) across the trial field either.... (Of course, I'm the one with "Danger", and yelling that's raised a few eyebrows....) Laurie
  22. Thanks Kathy and Liz! I'm not sure of his exact routine, but I know he gets lots of one-on-one training, leash walking and casual play time, too. I think my friend is on the right track - with the redirection activities, and crating with a chew bone when she can't be there to watch him. In searching through sheepdog-l and a few other sources, it seems this commonly starts around 6 -8 months, when a Border Collie pup might "turn on" to herding stock, and maybe this behavior is a redirection of that energy. Another person on sheepdog-l mentioned some research that had shown a correlation between OC behavior and the rabies vaccine. So, lots of things for my friend to check into and think about. Maybe she should consult a holistic vet if she has recently rabies vaccinated him, and I'll tell her about the Tufts Petfax. Laurie
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