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  1. Nice that. I was lucky and found a freebie pouch in an order from catty shack. It’s sort of like faux leather/ like what some pouches are made of. Looks well made and should last ages.
  2. A very tiny pet Russell. A small rescued border collie bitch.
  3. Never had a pure spaniel. I used to mooch with a springer x lurcher. I had the best time of my life walking through woodlands and fields with that bitch. I’m sure a pure springer will put plenty of game in front of you. It’s what they love to do.
  4. I’m probably wrong....but didn’t he have a whippet x Lakeland.....thinking about it...it may have been that other fella....who used to work a white dog with black patch......( was it les white........I reckon I’m way off, it’s years since I looked through my old shooting news). I couldn’t believe it other day I picked up the countrymans weekly to look at in WHSmith....it’s now gone back to the old small style......saying that could have been like this for a few year, there was barely anything in it.
  5. Few weeks back an Alsatian killed a dog ( cocker x poodle) in the local woods. I’ve heard a few versions of the story, but basically the Alsatian was on a very long lead and it attacked the other dog. They managed to get it off the cocker cross, twenty yards further on it collapsed and died. Thing is the Alsatian owner said it’s the second time it’s done it.....wow.
  6. One thing I will say about my beardie/border x greyhound was that he was the most laid back dog I have ever come across...he loved to just sleep at home. If a chucked a ball for him he would not move a muscle. If my nephews came in the house...no joke he would leave his bed and go for a sleep in his kennel. However take him out for a walk and he switched to a totally different dog. I was only a rabbit hunter but he was mad for foxes.
  7. I’ve had pure border collies, collie greyhounds half cross, beardie x border greyhound. All the pure border collies lamped and ferreted well. However if you work land that is thin with game some border collies don’t have the drive to find a scent and would be happy just treating it as a casual stick finding walk.....some border collies do have the hunting up drive though. The beardie border x greyhound....lamped and worked with ferrets well. However he lived to hunt regardless of there been little scent, he was always search, nose down head up. He ventured further than my border coll
  8. There’s a place in Sheffield.....near wadsley bridge that sells steel balls.....not sure if their prices have gone up though...was a ok price if I remember. I was just about to buy some then my springer x lurcher died and I haven’t picked up my catapult since as I’ve been a miserable sod. If I find the details out I’ll forward them to you
  9. Before my springer x lurcher passed at the age of eight she went through periods of this......but I figured it coincided with her been in a particular river. Either she was taking too much water while swimming or just maybe something to do with the fact I noticed a sign saying do not go in the water it could have pollution in it. Stopped going in the river problem went. She never spent much time in other rivers so I had nothing to compare it to.
  10. Used to do this for a living many years ago. If you have the time and inclination hand stripping is best..., but in reality (if in a shop) unless it’s a small terrier the clippers come out. Hand shears produce a more silky coat over time and in some breeds for example a west white highland terrier causes more knotting of the coat. Go with the flow of the coat. Feet.....pull the hair up through the top of the toes...cut parallel to the toes. Bend the foot up so the pads are sky upwards, again pull hair through the pads facing you, cut with blade flat above pads.
  11. Alter trying a few different catapults I’d also go with the scout lt. I’d start learning “OTT” over the top, and eventually buy your own band making tools which are cheap, it’s easy to do if not a bid fiddly at first and they’ll have paid for themselves in no time.
  12. Sorry to here that Neal, that must have been a hard decision to make.
  13. How do they differ from each other with one been kelpie dominant and the other border dominant?
  14. Neal...hows the middle one differ in temperament?
  15. Off subject......but I used to work on my dads milkround around Thorpe Hesley........Rotherham...(about thirty years go) as early as two am delivering milk.....surprising how many times I’d spot a lamp in the fields around there.....up near garden centre etc. But back to the deer it’s surprising how I’ve been seeing more last few years...when I lived in North Yorkshire there were plenty of deer, unfortunately there was also a ridiculous amounts of ticks.......I still took my socks in now.
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