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  1. Neal

    New forest trip

    Yeah, that's nice a place too. It's mainly animals which have, at some time or other, lived in the British Isles. Bit of name dropping: I saw Emma Thompson and Greg Wise there a couple of years ago.
  2. Neal

    New forest trip

    I'd recommend the reptile and amphibian centre in the north of the Forest too. My son loves going there. Not certain , but I think there's a goshawk nest close by too with 24 camera.
  3. Things may be looking up: or rather down! I noticed this morning, while he was laying on his back with his tackle in the air, that there seemed to be a larger "scrotum area" and sure enough, when I checked, there was definitely a second testicle present but it wasn't fully in the sack. I checked again later when he was standing and couldn't feel it but have done so again when he's laying down and it's definitely there. I've heard before about people being able to massage it down but I don't fancy trying it myself in case I do more harm than good...and I don't fancy putting a video of that into a search engine...no knowing what might "pop up"!
  4. Thanks again. When I take him in for his booster I'm intending to take him in to see one particular vet that I get on better with rather than a random one. He's put down three of my kelpies during the last six years and was very "sensible" about it each time rather than trying to bleed me dry first with multiple tests, scans etc. He also saved Noggin's life when he was knocked over three years ago and looked like he'd probably loose either his leg or his life. I've only had one male done and he was well into adulthood at the time. He did seem a bit more sensitive afterwards but not as much as the three bitches I've had spayed. I've never found weight gain an issue but that's probably because I tend to feed them based on their current build rather than a particular weight (of food or dog).
  5. Thanks riohog and Gilbey. I forgot to mention in my initial post that I'm not necessarily intending to breed from him, simply that I prefer not to have either dogs or bitches done as, from my limited experience, it does effect them to some extent in terms of their temperament. With regards to it being hereditary almost everything I've found on the internet seems to agree that it is but it always seems to be hearsay. I'm certainly not saying it isn't, merely that it's odd with regards the opinions of my two friends. I've also since found another scientific paper which intimated that research into a genetic link was being done for ulterior motives...but it wasn't clear what they were...very cloak and dagger.
  6. My current pup Ned (now 14 months old) only has one testicle descended. I didn't pick the pup up from the breeder myself as it was collected by the breeder of my other dog, Noggin, from Devon. To cut a long story short: she bred both parents and was also picking up a bitch pup for herself to replace a retired bitch. I was unable to pick the pup up due to work commitments so she did me the kind favour of collecting mine at the same time and looking after him on her farm for a couple of weeks. Never having had a pup which was a cryptorchid I didn't even think to check so was surprised when he went for his second jab (the first having been given by the farmer's vet in Mid Wales) and the vet pointed it out. When I mentioned this to Noggin's breeder she was equally surprised as she was certain he'd had both descended when she picked him for me. Incidentally, my vet said that, while he couldn't be sure, the testicle seemed to be still close to the surface. My vet went straight into "He'll have to be castrated soon to avoid cancer and it's hereditary" mode so I decided to do a little research first and found it wasn't as clear cut (no pun intended) as I thought. First, Tracy (Noggin's breeder) advised waiting until he was at least two years old. The reasons were twofold: some dogs don't descend fully until two years old (though it is rare) and castrating before that doesn't allow the male to mature fully re chemical intake etc. When I researched this more fully I found something interesting. Two of the breeds which were mentioned fairly often for descending late were collies and boxers; both breeds which have a reputation for being either "hyper" or "puppyish" as adults. Now I could be completely wrong and adding two and two and getting twenty two, but maybe some of these individuals have been neutered too early which has caused the problem. Just my thoughts. The other interesting point came about when I mentioned in passing Ned's problem to two friends of mine. One is a retired doctor and the other a retired midwife. Both were surprised when I said I'd been told it was hereditary as both assured me that this isn't the case in humans. I found nothing online to help with this element apart from a Dutch study which found that when two dogs which were assumed to be carriers were mated together they produced both larger litters and more males in the litter which could be where the theory derives from. As Ned is about to go back to the vet's for his first booster I thought I'd find out what people on here thought about it before I go in...forewarned is forearmed. Thanks in advance for any thoughts.
  7. Neal

    Dave sleight

    I bought my first lurcher from Hancock in the late 80s and when I went to pick the pup up it really brought it home to me how green I was and how you should meet the parents first as, after meeting all the other dogs, I found myself thinking I wished I'd got one sired by Chuckles instead as his temperament was a lot calmer.
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    I rarely go to look at a litter of pups with my mind made up over which sex to buy. I may have a preference but I always let the pups in the litter (and their character and temperament) dictate which one I choose.
  9. Neal

    Kelpies as a stud,

    W. Katchum: I think you're probably right; it certainly makes sense. Does that mean that I'll only have to put up with one over friendly nutter with no concept of personal space until Ned dies? I love that dog but boy is he bloody annoying. On a positive note, whenever I talk about Ned I often find myself saying, "but, then again, Rusty was the same as a pup" and another Rusty would be a wonderful way to spend the next fifteen years.
  10. Neal

    Kelpies as a stud,

    I took my last lurcher Moss (1/4 kelpie 1/4 collie 1/2 greyhound) out as the retrieving dog for my mate with his air rifle. He liked it so much that whenever I was walking him and a firework went off he'd race over to the nearest bushes expecting to find a rabbit. The only problem I've found with the retrieving of my pure kelpies is that they have a stronger sense of which job each of them should do so I often find I only have one retriever. Rusty was always my retriever (no matter which one caught) and Noggin took over when he died. Now I come to think of it...Rusty didn't catch a single rabbit until the weekend after Moss left...maybe he thought that wasn't his job either!
  11. Neal

    Kelpies as a stud,

    Thanks Postie! I was kind of half right and half wrong then: he's not Winesland but both Winesland and Okara Max go back heavily to Boanong bloodlines. Apologies for sounding like a nerd! My current two were picked because they're line bred to Max's great grand-sire Oscar. Noggin's grand-sire is Max and he's in Ned's breeding too but a generation or two further back and Oscar appears multiple times on both sides of their pedigrees. Apologies: I've nerded out again!
  12. Neal

    Kelpies as a stud,

    Couldn't agree more...with both your points Jigsaw!
  13. Neal

    Kelpies as a stud,

    That's been my experience of them too. They have so much energy you'd think they'd never be able to turn it off but as soon as I get home they just find somewhere to kip and that'll be it until I reach for a coat or boots again. Rusty was a real sun worshiper and would spend even the hottest summer days lounging in a hot spot; if the sun moved and he was in the shade he's get up and move to another hot spot. Postie, that top photo is a stunner! When I used to have lurchers I always preferred slim collies as I presumed they'd breed better lurchers but now I no longer need to think about their offspring I prefer a dog with more substance like that black and tan. Is it a Winesland dog by any chance as it looks similar to the sire of my first kelpie and the grandsire of my current eldest, both of which were of that breeding...probably just a coincidence though.
  14. Neal

    Which Camera

    As to the quality of zoomed images on mobiles, I think it's because a camera has different numbers for optical and digital zoom whereas mobile phone cameras are selling themselves on huge digital zooms. I've got a lumix that I'm really pleased with but it's not a pocket one so I'm thinking of trading it in for a smaller pocket sized one too as they've improved so much since I bought mine fifteen odd years ago. If it was good enough and portable enough I'd even consider trading in my mobile and going back to an old nokia...without a camera and internet!
  15. Neal

    Kelpies as a stud,

    Sounds like a great temperament. I think a lot of people think that kelpies are hyper because they've only seen hyper ones but each one's different. Noggin was friendly but polite with it (i.e. he waited to see if someone wanted his attention and accepted it if they didn't...I say was friendly as since his accident his character has changed... but that's too long a story for this thread). Ned is extremely positive and friendly but his negative is that he assumes everybody wants to play with him and can be pushy with his affection. However, Old Rusty was the same as a pup and grew into an adult with a wonderfully calm and laid back attitude to life. If he's half the dog Rust was then I'll be happy.