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  1. Somebody dosen't like cats!

    You have to wonder how exactly anyone manages to decapitate a cat with a firework? Not an easy thing to acomplish you'd have thought...
  2. New Season In France

    I've just read this whole thread and enjoyed it immensely.Blaise, thank you very much indeed!
  3. Not hares obviously, but back in the 80s there were roads on Deeside in Aberdeenshire that in late summer had rabbit action not far short of this. You had to slow down to avoid running them over. Haven't lived in the UK for years, so don't know it it's still the same...
  4. Dog Names....what's Yours​?

    Best dog I ever owned was called Jaff, but aquired the name 'Cakes', short for 'Babycakes' - who was a character in a Vietnam war book I was reading at the time who was completely fearless in battle and would go into any fight against the odds without giving a fckc for yhe consequences. That was this dog to a T. When I got him home, the first thing he did was to pick a scrap with the only other male dog I had at that time, who was about 4 or 5 years old. Needless to say the pup, who was not much over 4 months, got a fair old pasting for his trouble. So that was that I thought. Not a bit of it. The next time I let all the dogs out together for a run, in he dives again, and again he gets rolled. But by about the 4th or 5th time this happened the older dog seemed to get sickened by the whole business and the pup, from pure gameness, had established himself as top dog. I loved old Cakes to bits. He turned out to be the best all-round working dog that I was ever privileged to own. Not a fault, really.
  5. Dog Names....what's Yours​?

    Lol. My brindle bitch answers to Jet, Max and Grace and is called all 3 in equal. Don't ask. Haha Old boy behind us used to have a pet lurcher that responded to English and Dutch as his mrs was from Holland Cheers, D. Back in the day lads from Scotland buying working/trials collies from North Wales would, along with the dog, go home with a casette tape in their pockets with the dog's commands in Welsh.
  6. Encouraging A Dog To Look Up?

    Unless your dog is especially dim, like most of us it will learn from its mistakes. My advice would be to just give it a bit of space and time to learn and I don't mind betting that sooner rather than later it'll figure out that mooching head up rather than head down is the better option. Not meant the wrong way at all, but you sound a bit like one of those anxious parents worrying that their first born isn't walking/drawing/cycling/whatever at the appointed time. Don't sweat it. Unless there's something the matter with them, they all get there in the end.
  7. First Cross Collie Greyhound ???

    i had very interesting chat today on my dog walk, got my 2 dogs and met this bloke and little lad with 2 collie xs , not lurchers just farm type working dogs , he liked my dogs, i told him they were of similar temp at home quite and sensitive , but the big dog Buck 1x gsd x grey , had very different mind set when hunting he was more full on than Bryn the 1 x collie x grey . he said that didn't surprise him , he said collies will do most things for there owners, there are very clever and appear to do as there told, but in truth there calling the shots, they only do what they want . he said it like them working cattle , the cattle get to know the dogs and the dogs look brave and tough going in to them, but he said the cattle are just going along with it really, there only tough because cattle let them . he said there thinkers not doers , meaning they use that good brain , and do good job , but not over stretch them selves, not get hurt , they have good self preservation in them And i thought after as went on the rest of my walk , that the bloke really summed up what alot of collies are like , as he working 24/7 on a farm , ok you stick a running dog to them , but that collie gene still strong in there even at 2/8's . so suppose really the way alot of colliex lurchers turn out, it not really a surprise , they are what thet are and thats it, i ve had old Bryn 10 years now been good rabbit dog deff day/night he still jumping 5 bar gates and mooching in cover after few rabbits today the old bugger lol, would i have another one , nope they not for me , some people get on with them, we all different . i t was just few lines about somebody who knows the breed inside/out he thought Buck was bit mad , must be the greyhound coming out in him Not all collies are equal. The problem is that too many of tbe 'better' bred dogs come from lines that made their reputation from animals that excelled at nudging small packets of light sheep around a trials field, when the main issue is not to upset the sheep too much. And many of these dogs have barely enough power to turn a determined ewe or shift a flock of a couple of dozen. They also don't like to run the hill when tired either. That said, there are some game collies out there. I had one that as a pup of 4 months old got clattered in the ribs and rolled into the ditch by an angry ewe with lambs that he didn't see coming. Just when I was just thinking, 'well that's him finished for working!' he picked himself out of the ditch, looked round for what had put him there, and next thing he was hanging off this big greyface ewe's nose like a damned terrier. And all his life there wasn't an animal he would give way to. I'll swear you could have penned rhino with him. Yet he was a top notch trials dog that could baby light sheep with the best of them if required. His only fault was that he flat out refused to work young lambs at all - he'd just look at the sky and pretend he hadn't seen them. With their mothers no bother, but a single escaped lamb...no chance. I've a notion that he considered the job beneath him. So there's the arbitrary collie coming out I suppose. But if I'd have been looking for a suoer intelligent running dog with guts and determination, I'd of been more than happy to cross him with a speed merchant dam. He had the heart of a lion.