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  1. Well then I hope USBCHA can talk AKC to sponsor the finals! I don't know why they would be expected to reward the Handlers for giving AKC more reasons to brag (Their judge ... judged the National finals!) I don't care who handlers give lessons to but let's not elevate them to one of the top positions in the USBCHA. The rule was NO AKC judges - they changed the rule to suit what they wanted to happen. If you are on Facebook - go to District one. It's not an open group but you can ask to join ... and read the comments. There is a firestorm against this ... with good reason! I'm a life member of both and told the USBCHA ... if I wasn't I would NOT join! I'm beyond upset!!!
  2. Sorry Denise - didn't mean to diminish the work that had been done up to now. It just seems it has stalled and hoping this will produce the funds to move it forward. Everything that has been done (with no pay except hopefully helping breeders to breed sound dogs) is very much appreciated.
  3. I don't know if this will work ??? But here is the discussion we have been having on Facebook. Great start to trying to help the breeders keep the top working lines. https://www.facebook.com/abcollie/posts/10203503705352367?comment_id=10203508713277562&reply_comment_id=10203508725477867&offset=0&total_comments=161&notif_t=feed_comment
  4. Thanks ... I'm going to give it a try (heck, sure not expensive so why not :@)
  5. Cool! I have an allergy to Brass ... wonder if that would help? Which one did you buy?
  6. This is an "excerpt" of an article I wrote around 25 years ago: I want to give an example of what I am trying to express. Lets say you have 100 (50 black and 50 white) horses and decide to evaluate which one of these is the fastest by having a race. Then someone arbitrarily says only the black ones are permitted to enter the race. So, when the race is over DO you have the FASTEST horse or do you have the FASTEST black horse? YOU DO NOT KNOW!!! Now if you had raced all the horses, black and white, and a black one happened to win…. you would have the fastest horse that happened to be black. It isn’t difficult to understand the more conditions you impose the more you restrict the possibility of getting the best. (What would happen if you carried our example even further and said only black horses with four white feet?) This is something that can not be said enough….you can not (I repeat NOT) breed for appearance (and that means putting ANY stipulation on what a dog looks like) and keep an honorable standard of work. To restate the obvious: it is not possible to breed for anything except working ability and keep integrity in your work. If for any reason you insert a criteria other than work in your breeding program, you will dilute the working ability. I had a red Border Collie at the time (didn't buy him because he was red ... just liked his sire and dam ... both black and white.) I haven't had another red one until now - NOT because I have anything against them but because I have bred and chosen only for working. The red one I have now I didn't know he was red until he got here (again chosen for work/pedigree ... saw a video of him but he was so dark he looked black.) I really don't care what color he is - ONLY if he can do the job at hand.
  7. Whoa ... lot of memories there! The front cover is Bruce Fogt with Hope. Elizabeth ... the dog facing the sheep is Russell's Lad. The dog with a lot of white (bottom left and above the sheep left) is a dog I imported named Jaff (Glyn Jones Taff son). The dog facing the rear of the sheep is my old red dog Mocha (so in the pedigree of Wilda Bahr and Jennifer Ewers dogs). If I'm not mistaken the one above Mocha is Old Lassie (Mocha's dam) that Laura Halfhill bought from Betty Schroeder. Bottom right is a dog named Chip that Ralph Pulfer imported.
  8. I saw that when I studied her pedigree :@) I saw Lad run a lot and he was a nice one. Hey, is the gal in the red sweater Karen Thomason ? (that married Bernie Feldman)? I haven't seen her in 20 years so can't remember???
  9. I think it was that year (but then I can't remember what happen yesterday so maybe another year :@) It is the PN class and that is Carol. Russell Drake was the gentleman that put it on every year. He managed the race horse farm across the way. He was VERY into the dogs for many years but got busy and stopped. He had Suffolk sheep ... which is how he originally got into "the dogs". He called a couple of years ago and I thought he might get back into it - but haven't heard since then. Wish he would --- he put on a class trial "year after year".
  10. The pictures "on the course" are Bill Berhow and Nick (pic's 4,5 & 6). Buellton was a class trial and really missed. Russell always went all out for it (one of his "signatures" was red panels :@)
  11. Thanks! Would have loved one of your rams ... I beginning to think I live in a "dry county" when it comes to "flashy" sheep :@)
  12. Thanks for the info Mark. So, in "layman" terms? It's a mutation but they can't find where it's coming from (and won't be able to until genetic testing improves). So ... does that mean it's like the lottery (the losing kind :@( where it just turns up because something mutates? Both parents have it or they just don't know? Thanks for keeping up with this ... it's frustrating for people to put so much time/effort/energy into their dogs and have them go deaf just when they are trained.
  13. Weren't the sheep GREAT this year. Much lighter than normal but not crazy light! The lambs had been weaned a month ago and he had them shorn (how do you spell that and what is the correct "tense" :@)a couple of weeks ago. Just made them easier than the normal "Zamora sheep". It did rain but never hard enough to make it miserable(and it can really "blow and pour" there).. Very well run with very little "bitching" ... a really enjoyable trial. Even if you don't do well ... just getting the sheep to your feet is a "feat" (especially with young ones :@)
  14. Shame ... hate to loose lambs but "good job" saving the ewe. With the price of sheep (similar to "gold bars" around here)... should help a little with the loss (not that anything really does :@(
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