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  1. Cool! Thanks for that, I was wondering what the score was on MOTs.
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    Yes, but what real chance have they got of implementing this? They are already talking about making exemptions and farming certain species so that they can continue to use them for their infernal traditional medicine. And what about the dogs they routinely roast alive? No change for them. A pity nature can't wipe out that entire country, leaving only the animals and birds to live as they should.
  3. Love watching good dogs working like that. Good handling too: liked the way the red merle was held back when the blue merle caught: I take it the blue merle is the younger?
  4. I like the idea of raised beds as the dogs can get out of any drafts at floor level, but as Tomo says, put sides on them and fill them with straw or blanket rags. Dogs don't just curl up to keep warm, it's a natural way to lie, keeping their bellies safe, an ancient instinct. They lie flat out when they are too warm or completely relaxed as well. I've never had a dog mess on its own bedding: weird.
  5. Even horses get straw on top of that stuff. Seems a bit harsh for a dog as there's nothing for it to curl into or make a nest. Never mind heat lamps, dogs need to snuggle down into a bed, and not only for the warmth and comfort. Psychologically they are better off being able to arrange their own bedding as they see fit. I remember someone telling me that Brian Plummer used to have nothing but a board at the back of the kennel for his dogs to use as a bed. Smacks of laziness to me.
  6. I've carried medium sized munty bucks in a large game back over my shoulder: helps if you gut them first as that makes up a lot of their weight. But as has been said, they do vary a lot in size, and the biggest I ever saw must have stood a good 24" at the shoulder, but that was a one off and it was very old and skinny. My old Deer/Grey caught them for fun in the open (big striding dog of 28") but they aren't that fast in the open. It's the way they can streak through apparently solid brambles without trying that really keeps them safe. Their speed in cover makes them almost uncatchable unless you have a similar sized and very fast dog that has no rules of self-preservation round cover. Lost a very good little bitch when she broke her back hitting a tree, and numerous other injuries from branches etc. Thick woodland, brambles, anywhere where there is plenty of ground cover and can hide them. Friend of mine has a 21" Beddy/Whippet/Grey and that has taken too many to count and never had a bad injury: she has the knack: acts like a bigger dog on roe: trips and goes straight on the throat. Clever little dog she is.
  7. They are like ghosts at night. Your spot some bright white eyes, and then they vanish. It's something to do with their colour and fur texture: they're almost impossible to see if they keep still, and they spend very little time out in the open. I've practically fallen over them whilst beating and they'll keep quite still by day even when you pass them a yard away, unless they're disturbed by a dog. Round here they have reached pest proportions. They live in people's back gardens and those are as bold as brass: seen a little cockerpoo barking at a pair in a garden hedge and the munties just stood there and stared at the dog. Also see them on the embankments round Peterborough, grazing out in the open there, not a care in the world. It's a weird world we live in when wildlife encroaches on human environments and most people never even realise its there.
  8. Had a very sensible little rough coated lurcher of around 23" many years ago. The first munty she ever saw threw its head round as she grabbed it by the back of the neck. It opened her shoulder blade to the bone, like a knife through butter. Never even bled a lot and it was only when she started limping badly I realised what had happened. A friend's dog nearly died after a buck ripped his artery in his neck. And a friend got bitten through his welly when trying to immobilise another one. They might be small and a bit comical to look at but they are dangerous little sods.
  9. Knew a bloke who bought a Whippet, Deerhound x Greyhound. All the rest of the litter made at least 25", but his turned out 18", and he reared it well and knew what he was doing. Beware getting anything directly related to something much smaller than you want.
  10. There's a big difference between a small puppy and a true runt. True runts are wonky from the start: classic traits are bulging eyes at birth (yes, I know the eyes aren't open but you can still see how the lids bulge out), domed forehead, underdeveloped generally and lacking the instinct to suckle properly. And yes, I've seen the smallest puppy end up the biggest as an adult, and in those cases the pup was small because of where it developed in the uterus and it didn't have much room but made up for it afterwards, and was strong at birth and able to suckle and fight for its teat. Not saying that a true runt can't be reared, but I've a theory that they are born premature: there's no science to back up my theory but isn't it possible that there was delayed implantation of that particular embryo, which means that such pups need a lot more care from birth if they are to make it? I've reared one true runt by assisted feeding from a syringe as it couldn't suckle, but it was never 'right' either physically or mentally. Just one example, but in the only two other cases I had when runts appeared I left nature to take its course, and in both cases they died within 24 hours.
  11. Lovely looking dogs, with great feet.
  12. skycat

    Boar hunt

    really well trained steady horse, and although it seemed to take him a while to bring them down I don't imagine it's exactly easy shooting a small moving target from horseback. Thanks for sharing: fascinating, and great to see that in some places you can still do this. Can you imagine what would happen if you set out on horseback with a bow and arrows over here in the UK????
  13. I'd heard a bit about Teckels, but this book really opened my eyes as to how much they do, and how popular they are in Europe. Some of the articles in the book are brilliantly written, describing in detail exactly how Teckels work and what their strengths are, and, which surprised me a bit, how well they can be trained to perform a multitude of tasks in the hunting field. It's funny how many people who have never even seen one of these dogs working are so scathing. Admitted, I do find short-legged dogs a bit weird, and lacking in some way, but there do seem to be a lot of people who swear by their versatility, and the proper working types are higher on the leg than the show stuff we see plodding along the streets in the UK.
  14. The competitive coursing I used to do was never for money, just a competition against other dogs, whether under rules or single handed, but I can honestly say even that sort of competition took away most of the enjoyment for me when I was watching my dog run. All I wanted was to win, and once I'd stopped running competitively I was again able to appreciate watching my dog running, with no pressure. I would have been a basket case if ever I'd bet money on the outcome of a course.
  15. If breeding to get a decent lamping, ferreting and mouching dog, I'd be willing to overlook the oversensitive nature of one of the parents. so long as it was very good at the above. Several times I bred, without fox or anything larger in mind, and produced pups that did it all with fire and determination. These were lurcher to lurcher bred so it shows you can never tell what will come up in a litter, but for whole litters to do a variety of slightly more challenging jobs than their dam would entertain showed me never to right off a bitch, or dog, if it was merely a tad squeamish about tackling certain quarry.
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