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    my border collie Eluane
    architecture, 3D modeling-animation- my profession
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  1. Lol, yes, I'll be veerrrry careful to always refer to them as horses. But I think they'd understand if they saw the Welsh Pony, which I was referring to. There are a few breeds that have the long elegant legs and carriage. I wasn't referring to the ones with the short-legs and thick-torso. http://www.welshponies.com/sig_4670sm.jpg http://www.theequinest.com/breeds/images/welsh-pony-2.jpg http://hqworld.net/gallery/details.php?image_id=22816&sessionid=027c27352328299252be563e9907fc45 The Icelandic horse is absolutely beautiful to watch. What I love most is their curving necks, the flowing mane and the alertness in their eyes. I actually like best the Icelandic horses' full running gait, but the tölt is very cool too. Hehe, I love biomechanics, so please explain away Smalahundur! One cannot enjoy 3D animation or!!!! dance without biomechanics.... Speaking of biomechanics and gorgeous videography, hope people don't mind if I go off-topic but I saw a killer "biomechanic" video on Vimeo. Sheeeesh! Now if only we can get someone to do this with taking gorgeous video of Border Collies herding combined with the captures of farm life in preparing sheep.... Too bad I don't know how to do video-ing. I only know how to do After-Effects but my specialty is really 3D modeling.... And one needs great footage/the original capture anyway to have a worthy video. I try to study video like these to make me a better artist. Oops, folks I just looked more carefully at Vimeo. The person creating this video uses Premiere CS5 which I have at my new job, but his camera much to my shock is not! a video camera but the D Canon series the Canon EOS 5D Mark III listed at a whopping $3,484.00 Hmmmmmm....
  2. yeahhhhh, I was wondering about that gait, never seen anything like it, lol! hehe, very cute pony-like horses, but I was giving the sheep my "Eye" for the night, lol! I love those fat sheep and the Border Collies-- was looking for this and ahhh too brief of a spot for them. But I love the videography and the beautiful scenery....Vimeo has some of the best! animations and video but you have to really surf and weed out the junk- et al. when us artist-types get too weird and pretentious.....Designing "excess" or being off in Lala land. Would be great if we could get B.C. herding videos the quality of that horse herding cameo. There was one real cool comical one with the LED Samsung commercial spot, but that was just for play/comedy/Clint Eastwood spoof. We need one serious one I'm thinking....There's so many spectacular opportunities with the B.C. I would think, and what better place than Iceland or Oregon or Scotland/Ireland, somewhere with tons of green space and landscaping contrasts....
  3. Me, too Pam! I looove cold ocean locales!!! Pam and I are tortured being landlocked in Kansas! I loved visiting Alaska in 2006 and my cousins live in Newfoundland. I still remember to this day, the gorgeous cliffs, even though I was only 12 at the time and it's been over 3 decades, lol! Every tiny detail I remember! You can see all the sealife deep in those pristine waters. Just BREATHTAKING!!!!
  4. VBEG (very big evil grin)....Serena who is always literally jumping into broiling hot debates says, "NOT QUITE, Smalahundur! Try breeding dogs that can Swim in Iceland with Global Warming Melting all your Glaciers away" Pam, hehe, I saw Movie screening clips on Batman Begins with Liam Neeson and Christian Bale practicing their ice duel in Greenland, and the screen clip explaining how the actors were having a hard time practicing their duels on ice because of global warming issues.... Granted Greenland is still more South than Iceland, but give it a decade...... Here is also where our U.S. weather is at. http://www.weather.com/news/weather-forecast/record-heat-triple-digits Kansas is at 107 F / 41.6 C....
  5. Beautiful little niece, Maralynn. Haha, Airbear on the "Stampede" line-dancin', G.Festerling, looks like he's got a good eye and a good "grip" on those kids....
  6. Wow, Maja! I'm a total goofcase and don't know a thing, but I think I see Bonnie making much improvements? If I compare 1st video versus 2nd it seems she has more mastery of a direct line versus taking up energy with the zigzags? Regardless when she reversed more slowly it made the geese settle down better. I wonder if there is a sheepherding command for slowing down too.... It's sort of tricky because one has to think ok, do I let the B.C. learn on its own by test and trial or do I guide first to the ideal action.... Sheepherding disciplines are a completely different "animal" for me, so I'll be interested in everyone's thoughts as well. Anyway, loved the new video!
  7. Awwww, how lovely! What a great working pup!
  8. Hi, Maja. If you copy out the original video from your camera and re-upload it under a new name and as a new video but without adding music, you should be fine..... Sometimes timing of verbals can also have an impact on our dogs too, and it could give some of the sheepherding experts a clue as to when and how you are using your directives....Even though the language is different, they will know what you are trying to tell Bonnie, and they might have a suggestion or two as well.
  9. Very intriguing Maja/Julie on the process.... Hey, Maja, do you have a video version without the music. I can't hear the vocal commands so I'm trying to figure out the calls the timing etc....? and trying to coordinate where Bonnie is in relation to your handling.
  10. I love his "Eye" and the photographer really captures that Spirit!
  11. Actually, Julie, I was referring to the more juvenile lambs, the ones who can be separated from the mother and have independence. Anytime you bring in a Mama into the equation (both human and animal) you can have one fierce equation to deal with I have indeed grabbed and tried to hold off a clueless young German Shepherd running toward my Eluane with all the force of a Football tackler, haha! NO DOG IS ALLOWED TO RUN AT my little E. There is the playful frisky run towards my dog which is perfectly acceptable, but one kind of running I WILL NEVER!! ALLOW!!! Besides I think, if I remember Tea correctly when I talked with her way back in January, she was explaining a few things to me about lambs. Why they have different seasons, the feeding schedules plus separating all very young lambs and their Mamas away from the rest of the flock until the lambs are old enough. So definitely, Julie, what you explained adds the detail for the lamb scenario. Pam is a wonderful "Tell It Fast and Straight", unlike my endless blathering lol! Pam keeps it simple- just said lambs are very craaaaazy, just crazy, too crazy, and I immediately understood. Before my visit to the farm, I was just worried about the actual size of the animal and of Eluane's timidity, but what a happy, thrilling time we had at the farm on her first try.... With Eluane in terms of how sensitive she is with baby animals and children, she really, really reads them well. she has never jumped on ANY child, toddler or babies- knows the calming signals instinctively in calming them... I have neighborhood children who are absolutely terrified of dogs (their Mom is extremely dog-phobic so the kids catch on to this), but Eluane uses a very affectionate and very careful soft approach, and gradually they can actually come up to her. She does this even with me being several yards away... Babies, toddlers, kids love her, and Eluane has always had that very strong mothering, nurturing instinct..... On a silly tangent, heck, her favorite fetch toys remain intact for years down to the very stitching, and she will lick and curl up to them too after being finished playing with them I just think Eluane just miiiight have potential with baby animals more than she ever could with adult stock...She is far too old (too much catchup time)and cannot meet the endurance, stamina for strong, fast mature animals "in-the-field". Anyway, with the lambs, this will not be until we've had tons of training/exposure to adult stock etc. to test this out. Most important is to cover the foundations and all the elements thoroughly. You can't get to square 500 without being able to even finish square .005, lol! She'sMaggie, lol, I am so clueless and mixed up and feeling bad for the goats when I keep falling on them, that I don't even notice whether I step on doo-doo or not Who knows, I probably got quite the payload on my shoes....
  12. hehe, Julie, Pam made it sooo easy. I just followed her! What was messy and ugly was when it was just me, one of Pam's clients' trainee dog, and the goats. Pam stood on the outskirts trying to yell directions where to point the chords (which she calls the whip).... But I still just could not! get it. Every time I turned to look at the dog, I'd point the whip in the wrong direction.... I'd get the dang lefts and rights facing mixed up with the lefts and rights with my back to the dog, and I'd lose track of the dog and trip over yet another goat. Even worse, I'd send the good trainee dog into the wrong direction and it would stare at me as if to say what the *ell are you doing and stop messing me up! Terrecar, what is so cool is the love and trust of a B.C. for its owner, and it's that one-on-one partnership that makes them come alive! Eluane is extremely shy. For example if another dog is in the area- she is crazy about the ball but will slink on the sidelines and will stay far away from the ball and won't even look at the dog or the ball and will actually run and hide out. It does no good to bring Eluane next to a dog while it was "working".... Pam had two dogs that came before Eluane. So as soon as those 2 dogs were put away, was when I came out with just Eluane and myself to get her confident. As soon as I got near the goats she wanted to be with me and she saw indeed this is "a safe zone" and that's when she started getting really interested in the stock. It was after 3 minutes of alone time with me, Eluane and the goats that Pam came and trained us right away (which is the video).... And since the Little E did so well, Pam thought I could handle training without my Little E and that I might pick up on things. Wrooooong, bless Pam! I was a COMPLETE MESS!!!!! Thank you, Terrecar, for the congrats; I am one lucky person having Pam help me out! As for goats, Pam told me Boer goats can take hyper-amped BCs and they can tolerate a lot of chasing and lunging. Usually this is a very big problem with agility BCs who are just being exposed to stock for the very first time. Pam and I have been discussing all the "scary" cases that I've seen online, lol! And she always says even for farm-bred BCs she starts out with goats then progresses to the sheep. She said some dogs can make the smooth transition very quickly, some take longer because they are way too amped and need to learn control. However, I have seen the Boer goats scatter when stressed. When Pam first let them out, they were resisting and kept wanting to go inside the shed instead of coming out to the field. So she had to get one of her trainee dogs to force them out. And I could tell when I was alone with the goats without Eluane and without Pam, that they were starting to stress because I was getting in the way of the Trainee dog too, adding to the general chaos On my laaaamb obsession, to prove what a big silly I am, I told Pam that I wanted to try Eluane on lambs, ignorant me, because Eluane is extremely gentle and I thought she would do really well with lambs (thinking she might be scared of adult goats and adult sheep)...haha, little did I know. Little E just flew! I am so happy and thrilled for her. Our next visit we will be trying sheeeeeep, I can't wait for this! I'm so excited. I looove sheep. But kooky me still wants to try the lambs someday, when I finally become "trainable" and learn my directions....Eluane has really sweet instincts (very careful, very sensitive yet fast) with baby animals so I have a hunch that Eluane might really be good with the baby lambs.... Learning how to work stock is just so fun with Pam, my Dad and Little E.
  13. Thank you so much for the kind encouragement Maja, Paula and Cynthia. My Dad, Eluane and I are so blessed to have had these wonderful, treasured memories! I am really looking forward to coming back and doing more training. Hehe, Cynthis I have a big tatoo on my forehead that reads "pull me", plus a sign on my behind that says "kick me" haha! on how I keep making a mess or even worse just standing slack-jawed thinking huuuuh??? What? say that again????. But actually it was so fun with Pam! and Eluane really enjoyed herself too, that is the most important. She really loved her time at the farm.
  14. Oh, sooo adorable, your puppy Juno! Her front legs with the little spots reminds me so much of my Eluane too.
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