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  • Birthday 04/16/1971

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    Dogs, dogs, dogs...more dogs, dogsledding, agility... :)
    Okay, horses and all other animals too, plus outdoor activities - dogsledding, riding, camping, hiking with the dogs, swimming with the dogs etc.

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  1. Thanks nice to be back. Hopefully this little old laptop keeps going at least a few more weeks, I have a nice new one on order for my daughter for Christmas that I plan to share
  2. Wow! I haven't been on this forum in AGES, cause my computer was messed up and wasn't letting me into some sites. It finally crashed and now I'm on an even older laptop that can't seem to access everything online cause it's so old and I'm testing what I CAN get into. Lo and behold, first time back on this board and one of the first things I read is about BC's pulling :D/> Not only can they pull, they can do it well. We use ours for skijoring, sprint racing, a bit of mid-distance racing and recreation. We do dryland training with a 3-wheeled rig and scooter and have raced dryland too, but my preference is running on snow with a sled. My daughter and I both race 4 dog teams in the 4 mile sprint classes and I've done 6 dog 15 miles and plan to do that again this winter and a 6 dog 20 mile class too, in addition to our sprint racing. I often hook up an 8 dog team for training and fun too. I usually log my training runs and races and have put on over 300 miles in a season. As for how BC's compare with other breeds for pulling, in the classes I enter I always finish in the top half of the class. We are competing against teams of siberian huskies, alaskan huskies (a type developed over many years for racing and faster than the majority of purebred sibes), greysters (greyhound mix), pointers and other houndy mixes (some called eurohounds). I train with a cycling computer or a gps and have logged my dogs max speed at 25.7mph (yes, miles, not km) They don't maintain that speed, that would just be coming out of the starting chute. I usually record a max of 20 or 21 when training but speeds fluctuate throughout a run and average training speeds for a whole run are often more around 10-12mph and racing averages around 14-16mph. The winning teams are averaging speeds of about 20mph. One race I go to also has a weight pull and for fun I entered a dog in it last year. He's not purebred BC, he's BC/lab mix. He did very well and ended up coming 2nd. He had completed his last pull and could have tried again to go for a win but it was his first time doing a weight pull and he was getting tired. My friend's dog who was also still in it was looking less tired and I figured would win anyhow so I didn't want to demoralize my dog by asking him to do more when he was already trying so hard and getting tired. So I decided to stop while he was having fun and we took 2nd Something else we had some fun with last year was I was asked to take part in an elementary school's winter carnival and give dogsled rides. there was barely any snow so I started with only 4 dogs until they tired a bit (would have been no stopping a big team in those conditions) and then added in more dogs after so I had 8 on for hauling the kids around. We gave rides to over 200 kids that day. The next day we had another interesting "job". I'd been hired to deliver a bride by dogsled to her outdoor wedding, on the lake in front of her cottage. She met me at the public boat launch and I drove her about a mile or so down the lake and into the bay by her family's cottage. Dropped her off for the ceremony and I took the dogs for a spin around the lake and then back to the wedding for photos. It was lots of fun for the bride, guests and us and some of the children in attendance also got a little ride in the sled :)/> ETA:I usually harness break dogs somewhere around 8-10 months of age but keep it very short and fun with no real weight. They're about a year old before I start doing more and gradually work up the distances they're running as they gain experience and condition. As with any activity, you don't want to rush to do too much too early and injure your dog although running in harness is fairly low impact since there is no jumping, no sudden stopping or turning. It's just running smoothly straight forward with teammates also helping pull what little weight there is to a sled or training rig. If you're going to be doing any pulling it's important to get a proper harness designed for the type of work your dog will be doing. There are many different types of pulling harnesses available for different builds of dogs and different types of pulling. A freighting harness would be used for weight pull or other heavy pulling; one of the many different kinds of sledding harness would be used for sledding, dryland training or skijoring; or a carting harness for carting (different again than dryland rigs)
  3. Haven't been on for a while...just catching up with this now. I did go ahead and get them processed and have sold some to help offset the cost. The rest I'm keeping for the dogs. I did think about skinning but I wanted to keep the skin and fat for the dogs. I feed a kibble based diet but supplement with various meats for extra protein and fat when the dogs are working doing training runs and racing (sled dogs). I raise chickens for our own use and in the colder months I tend to cook it frequently so the dogs often get chicken, chicken soup or broth, hearts and livers, whole raw eggs etc. plus my neighbour has started giving me a bunch of meat from her freezer whenever she decides to clear it out. Nothing wrong with it but every now and then she decides to make room for fresher stuff she gets in her freezer orders. From her I've gotten: ground beef, stew beef, chicken, fish, lamb, pork, venison etc. Depending what I pull out of the freezer I might just thaw and feed raw or I might cook it up in a roast pan and then kind of stew it and take bones out.
  4. He sure has! He towers over the other dogs and he weighs 64.5 pounds without an ounce of extra fat on him. Very good dog to have on the team for powering up hills when we're on a hilly trail He also has a different running style though, more upright and with his head higher so it makes him look even bigger than the others when they're running lower to the ground.
  5. It was lots of fun...can't wait to get on the sled though. I'm getting tired of all the mud and grit flying up into my eyes, mouth, ears.... Bristol had a sand based trail but with the surface frost at night coming out as the day warmed up it turned muddy. Everyone was coming in from their classes just splattered with it. Can't tell from the pics but my rig is actually bright blue when it's not covered in mud Here are a few more pictures
  6. New this year I decided to give dryland racing a try. Our first race was Oct. 17 in Havelock, Ontario...it was put on by the Siberian Husky Club of Canada but was open to all breeds. In the 4-dog class I competed in there were only 4 entries and I won my class. This past weekend I entered a much bigger ISDRA sanctioned race in Bristol, Quebec that brought out competitors from Ontario, Quebec and the US. This time there were 13 entries in my class and I came in 9th, only 2 seconds off the 8th place time! Here are some pictures from the Bristol race. The first one was taken by a friend, the others by a rep. for Corey Nutrition, a sponsor of some mushers and who was there taking tons of pictures of the race. He is a friend of a friend so I was able to get some of his pictures
  7. Are you thinking of the old dog Jack from Eight Below? I think I remember him being mostly white with colour on his head like this guy. Jack was the old lead dog, the only one that didn't make it off the chain when they were left. That movie creeps me out, I can't imagine leaving my dogs behind for any reason. I would have stayed with them and then a rescue team would have had to come back since a human was involved too. The rest of the movie was good but just the whole "dogs get left behind" thing gives me a weird feeling every time I think of the movie. I won't be getting on with him, he's not coming here My house is already full with 10 dogs. I'm trying to do what I can though to help spread the word and see if we can find him someplace safe.
  8. I already did ...in my post at 10:45 this morning I put what the owner thinks he is.
  9. I'm not on that board, so no he hasn't. He is located in the Minden, Ontario area. I'm not sure exactly where in Haliburton County the owner lives but he works in Minden.
  10. The rest of the story: So the guy told me husky on the phone (or maybe husky mix?). Then I went to his kijiji ad and he had him listed as husky/collie. In the email I sent I asked if he knew what breeds, how long he's had him, if he saw the parents and most importantly why he wants to re home him and if he has any issues (I listed a few things like chewing, digging, barking, nipping, separation anxiety, thunderphobia etc.) Here is the response I got: Hello He needs to be rehomed because he is not a great family dog with kids, he is for sure my dog or my wife's. when the kids come into the room or on the scene he goes the other way. He doesn't enjoy the company of my daughter, she get's in his space and he can't handle it. He is deaf so if the kids come up and shock him he jumps and bolts the other way, because he is deaf if he is surprised or un sure of a new person he will give a growl. the growl is low not vicious but a back off and give me my space. He really has no concerns listed below, he will dig sometimes but it isn't a problem that comes to mind, he virtually doesn't bark due to his deaf status. he will love and take to some people who come to the house or who look at him, others he will give the growl and not like other dogs, loves or hates. my neighbor has a Sheppard and he loves her, the other neighbor a lab and he doesn't like and will run off the property. he is best on his own or with other dogs his type size or female.. We have a Sheppard pup and we are scared he is going to grab the pup and give him a shake I take him now daily to the office, clients come in he is fine and greets them, my staff will take him for walks, he sleeps on the deck and at my desk i did not know his parents, he came from the coboconk area, your call on the breed, He does have collie in him but I always thought more Husky, My feeling are this, he is an awesome dog, we have had him since 6 weeks, we found out in the figured out in the first month or so after that he was deaf. We were told to put him down then but we worked with him vigorously, electric fence training, walking, He has turned out to be my buddy and close to my wife. his disability or his breed or both combined he has turned out to be a adult based dog, best without the kids. I have 100 acre lot in lochlin, i take him out there and he is awesome, he will run, always keep us in his sight, stay at the cabin and sleep outside. My friends he loves, he will run up and lick their hands and greet them as best friends My serious fear and it is starting to play out its that he is so attached to me, and the other disability and factors that I am going to have no choice but to put him down, people don't like the fact he is next thing to deaf, I found a home last week in Beaverton, dropped him off, he looked at the people and did the growl. they only gave him 20 hrs and said it wasn't going to work. really think also people get intimidated due to his look and his mask and eyes. He will put his head down on the floor and really look at you, that part is kind of of funny but if people don't know him they again take that the wrong way. I have been seriously working on this for a month, I am currently taking him to work and the office to get him away from the house and I can't keep doing that. I will take him virtually anywhere if someone will give him a chance in the right circumstance. let me know your thoughts
  11. No idea. I haven't seen him, I only got a call about him this evening and then these pictures were sent to me. The guy says he thought he had found him a home but it wasn't a good fit so he's got him back and says he's desperately trying to find a place for him. He didn't tell me why (yet) but I sent him a reply email with a bunch of questions. He has listed him on kijiji with this description: He is a three year old _______/________ mix All shots are up to date Neutered Very Healthy and Hearty He is very hard of hearing, He is able to hear some things but very little He is trained on hand signals Fully house trained, No mistakes! Good in the House and also a great out Doors Dog, Likes to come in to sleep or stay out in Summer and fall Been on Invisible fence since a pup and works very well with Boundaries He walks well on a leash Free to a home that fits Enjoys Boats ATV’s Snowmobiles Open Area’s Weakness Children Willie requires a Couple or Single Person to Be Best Friends an a loyal companion If you think you are a good fit and can offer a good home to Willie please call me at ___-___-____ To arrange a visit
  12. Someone contacted me today about this dog, they want to re home him and someone gave them my name and said that maybe I could help. I don't know all the details yet but these pictures were forwarded to me and lets just say I was surprised when I saw them, he is not at all what I was expecting based on what I was told he is (not saying what yet so as not to influence any opinions). So my question is what do you see in terms of breed(s)?
  13. No input on the LGD's but I hope your other ducks return unharmed. I had a neighbour's dog go after my chickens one day back in the early summer but luckily I was home and ran out and he took off. I went and told the neighbour and he's never been back. He injured one chicken bad enough that it died but when the others scattered a bunch of them went up into the bush. I didn't know how many might have been dead or missing but the rest came back okay. I hope the same happens with your ducks.
  14. They do pass and he heals all up except the hair is a bit thinner in some spots so he has a bit of a scarred look. Luckily it seems to look worse than it feels because he really doesn't act much bothered by it other than when it's bad around the eyes, at which time he rubs it along the fence and makes it bleed and scab worse. Yes there is more than one condition referred to as collie nose, one is solar nasal dermatitis which usually affects dogs that have white markings and pink skin above the nose. The others are the auto-immune disorders. The only way to be sure would be to have it biopsied and go from there. Treatment in that case could include prednisone which I'm hesitant to put him on for an extended period. Last time the vet saw him she suggested I manage it by keeping him out of the sun, using sunscreen on him and she also gave me an anti-inflammatory/antibacterial eye ointment to put on around the eyes to help soothe that area. I also use a zinc oxide cream on the rest of his face and ear tips and since I suspect seasonal allergies are contributing I'm also currently giving him Benadryl. It's not as bad now as in these pictures. The sores on his nose are now healed and the pink on the nose leather is turning black again. The bridge of the nose is still bald and pink but not as raw looking as a couple of weeks ago.
  15. I also missed this post the first time around. I'm glad his nose is better now but keep a close watch on it in future. My rough collie Noah has had "nose issues" for the last 2-3 years and each time it comes back it gets worse. The first time all that happened was he lost a bit of pigment above his nose for a few months and then the colour came back. Now when he gets it he looses hair all up the bridge of the nose, around the eyes, tips of his ears and gets all scabby. This most recent time he also lost pigment on some of the nose leather and got sores there too. And, in conjunction with all that going on with his face he he's been getting terrible hot spots on the back of his thighs and under his belly. He's turning 9 in October and he's only been getting all this happening in the last 2-3 years. He's been seen by the vet who did a skin scraping on his face which came back negative for mange, yeast or bacterial infections. I suspect environmental allergies are contributing to Noah's problems, he only gets this in the warmer months and in the winter he's fine no matter how much time he spends out in the sun then. Here are some pictures showing the progression of what he looked like the first time he experienced any problems, and more recent ones I took a few weeks ago. His face is now looking better than when I took these most recent pictures but the hot spots have started again.
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