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    Mt. Airy, Maryland
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    Border Collies, Sheepdog Trials, and Bluefaced Leicester sheep

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  1. Here's what I use to collect a urine specimen. It's obviously home-made, but it is the best thing that I have found to do this job.
  2. Awww...so sorry to hear of Peg's passing.
  3. Thanks for your report of today's session, Flora, and it's great that both you and Molly are enjoying training more. Keep up the good work! nancy
  4. Thanks for your input Amy ("heresy"? not at all!). As you mentioned, when a dog is lying down, that takes away their power. In Molly's case, it sounds like it is also taking her off contact with the sheep, as well.. I'm sure that Molly would be far happier if she is allowed to remain on her feet more. nancy
  5. Hi Flora, I suggest that you work on Molly's "lie down" away from sheep. Here's something that you can try....make it a bit of a game. Your goal will be to get an immediate response from Molly the first time you say "lie down". Walk around your yard with Molly, and have a toy that she likes (and one that you can easily throw to her) to reward her when she responds. Quietly say "lie down" (once). If she complies, toss the toy and praise her. If she doesn't respond, keep walking, but show her that you have her favorite toy. Say "lie down" again (once), and if she makes any attempt to lie down, immediately reward her. Take the toy back and start the game again. Try to get her to lie down when asked at good distance away from you. but don't let her come to you before lying down (ignore her if she does and keep walking). Also, when you ask her to lie down, stand up tall and don't give hand signals. She needs to comply immediately and happily, and this should transfer to her compliance when working sheep. Also, if I am interpreting your description of your training sessions correctly, it sounds as if your trainer is using the "stop and go" method (repeated lie downs) when Molly is wearing the sheep ("wearing" the sheep is when you are walking backwards with the sheep between you and your dog). Why is your trainer telling you to stop her so often? Is Molly too close to the sheep? or is she moving too quickly? If so, she needs to be mildly corrected/scolded for being too close or too fast, instead of taking her off her feet. This method is basically "obedience on sheep" rather than having Molly understand that she is too close or too fast. The corrections do not need to be harsh, you simply want to convey to Molly that she shouldn't be too close or too fast. Molly will probably be a lot happier when working, if she isn't asked to lie down so often . Best wishes to you and Molly, nancy
  6. I have heard good things about Phoenix Rising Border Collie Rescue: http://www.prbcr.org/index.html
  7. Harry, I'm sorry that the mass has reappeared, and it does look like a histiocytoma (it will probably get uglier, too). However, as you wrote, they are almost always benign, and they usually resolve themselves without treatment. I opted to have the mass removed from my dog's leg, as I truly didn't want her to have an ugly, oozing lump in a spot that would be aggravated by her activity. The surgery went well, and she was back to normal activity in about two weeks (photo of her right after surgery with a shamrock on her bandage for St Patrick's Day). Best wishes to you and Jack. nancy
  8. Occasionally, Border Collie pups (especially during one of the fear imprint stages) have an experience with sheep that will "turn them off". Afterward, they may want nothing to do with sheep. Sometimes, we can get them interested again, but often they are turned off for life. Perhaps Bet had a bad experience early on, and the bond that she formed with Ramstead over the years allowed her to feel comfortable enough to become the sheepdog that she was bred to be.
  9. It could be that your dog has been affected by a tick borne disease (TBD), as several of the TBDs can cause intermittent migrating lameness. If you live in an area where TBDs are common, and the veterinarians are not finding the source of the lameness, a course of antibiotics may be a good idea. nancy
  10. Thanks for the update, Harry! So glad that all is well with your charming boy! nancy
  11. Hello Harry, I agree with Ruth that a visit with your veterinarian is in order. A couple of years ago, one of my dogs developed a spot on her front leg that at first appeared much as you described the spot on your Jack. I don't have a photo of when it first appeared, but the photo below was taken of about a week after I first noticed it. At first, the lesion was hair covered, but the hair disappeared rather quickly when it grew to be quite ugly. This lesion is called a histiocytoma, and it is a benign and usually self-limiting. I chose to have my dog's lesion removed, and she hasn't had any problems since then. Please keep us posted about your vet's diagnosis, and best wishes that it is something very minor. nancy
  12. The ad includes the phrase "Message Storm Haven German Shepherd Dogs". Storm Haven German Shepherd Dogs has a Facebook page (link below), and the photo you posted for the Border Collie puppy for sale is posted on that page. The name Lorrie L Leickel - Koch is listed in the photo, and she lives in Leighton, PA . Is this the breeder or the broker that you mentioned? https://www.facebook.com/StormHavenGermanShepherdDogs/ nancy
  13. Thank you, Eileen, for posting the link to Donald's obituary. He will definitely be remembered.
  14. I think that to honor Donald and the decades that he was an advocate for the Working Border Collie, every Border Collie owner should read "The Dog Wars".
  15. Thank you, Cheryl, for sharing the sad news of Donald's passing. The working Border Collie community has lost a dedicated advocate, and I am truly honored to have known him. The photo below is of Donald working his dog at a training clinic with Patrick Shannahan in Maryland a few years ago. Godspeed, Donald....you will be missed.
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