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post #31 of 42 Old 06-23-2018, 10:04 PM
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PUPPIES! How old are they now and how many did you have? Do you have pics?

Man, I fell way behind on this thread but now I need updates!! Ida looks amazing in all the videos. I've been thinking about getting another young dog for raising/training and selling to a good home. Would be fun!!
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PUPPIES! How old are they now and how many did you have? Do you have pics?

Man, I fell way behind on this thread but now I need updates!! Ida looks amazing in all the videos. I've been thinking about getting another young dog for raising/training and selling to a good home. Would be fun!!
They will be near 7 months now! There was 7 of them and I kept one back.



I guess I havenít updated cause Iím kinda discouraged with dogs in general. I loved having the dogs get the cows up to milk everyday and they loved it too! I always thought when we sold the cows that I could switch at least couple of them over to some sports, but Iíve found they arenít sports dogs. Theyíre working dogs through and through and as much as they love playing ball, catching frisbees and going swimming, they wonít and I doubt ever could become good sports dogs.
I thought my puppy I kept back would be easily trained to become a Dock diving dog and I trained and socialized her as best I could, but again, her lines are for working and as much as she enjoys obedience work and swimming, she doesnít enjoy going away and doing that stuff as a sport.
I should have known that, so lesson learned for me, but Iím still very disappointed. We only have a few cows left and they donít need to be worked, so my poor dogs mostly just lay around unless I am playing ball with them or weíre swimming in the pond (which I try to do every day)

I feel like maybe animals and I donít mix. I had dream for horses, and it didnít work out, cows didnít work out which is making my dogs not work out, and recently we had some hurt piggies and I had to bottle feed them and they died :(

Maybe I shouldnít own animals. Idk. I love animals, and I love my dogs, but I feel really down and disappointed about animals right now.



My puppy knows over 20 commoands and tricks, but since itís so hot, Iím cutting back with her doing much as I donít want to risk a heat stroke. Sheís very smart and is the sweetest thing! She lives for swimming and itís her favorite time of day when we go to the pond! Her name is Everest although I call her Evey (Ev-ee)
She loves chickens, ducks and pigs, and sheís slowly learning they arenít meant to be mauled!



Iíll post some pictures of the pups when they were little and a few of my Everest now.

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post #33 of 42 Old 06-24-2018, 05:16 PM
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Get some sheep and all your problems will be solved. Sheep dog trialing is a sport.

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post #34 of 42 Old 06-24-2018, 05:39 PM
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They will be near 7 months now! There was 7 of them and I kept one back.



I guess I haven’t updated cause I’m kinda discouraged with dogs in general. I loved having the dogs get the cows up to milk everyday and they loved it too! I always thought when we sold the cows that I could switch at least couple of them over to some sports, but I’ve found they aren’t sports dogs. They’re working dogs through and through and as much as they love playing ball, catching frisbees and going swimming, they won’t and I doubt ever could become good sports dogs.
I thought my puppy I kept back would be easily trained to become a Dock diving dog and I trained and socialized her as best I could, but again, her lines are for working and as much as she enjoys obedience work and swimming, she doesn’t enjoy going away and doing that stuff as a sport.
I should have known that, so lesson learned for me, but I’m still very disappointed. We only have a few cows left and they don’t need to be worked, so my poor dogs mostly just lay around unless I am playing ball with them or we’re swimming in the pond (which I try to do every day)

I feel like maybe animals and I don’t mix. I had dream for horses, and it didn’t work out, cows didn’t work out which is making my dogs not work out, and recently we had some hurt piggies and I had to bottle feed them and they died :(

Maybe I shouldn’t own animals. Idk. I love animals, and I love my dogs, but I feel really down and disappointed about animals right now.



My puppy knows over 20 commoands and tricks, but since it’s so hot, I’m cutting back with her doing much as I don’t want to risk a heat stroke. She’s very smart and is the sweetest thing! She lives for swimming and it’s her favorite time of day when we go to the pond! Her name is Everest although I call her Evey (Ev-ee)
She loves chickens, ducks and pigs, and she’s slowly learning they aren’t meant to be mauled!



I’ll post some pictures of the pups when they were little and a few of my Everest now.

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Oh my goodness! They're so cute!

Don't tell yourself that - you are great with animals! You and Asher had such a super connection and it was truly amazing how you trained a mustang into such a lovely companion! You're also an amazing dog trainer from what I've seen and read! Reading your post, I got an idea what you can do with your dogs. Stock dogs aren't only used for working cattle. Like @Avna said, working with sheep is a sport and you can compete in competitions with them, but what about other animals? Dogs can herd anything, including ducks, chickens I'd guess, or anything else you can get a hold of.

I hope you figure something out!
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You donít think youíre good with animals?! I canít teach any of my dogs to even a simple game like retrieving a ball and you trained dogs to herd cows. You are amazing.
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I guess it isnít as bad as I make it sound, Iím just kinda disappointed and needed to let it out! lol

Iíve thought of ducks since someone just gave us like, 20 or so lol, Iíd first have to train the dogs that they arenít chickens, cause my dogs seem to have an obsession with chickens and are trained not to herd them at all.
We have three mama pigs with babies from 4 mamas(one mama died soon after giving birth) and they like to roam into the yard if the gate isnít closed (or if they push the gate open) and dig in the garden, so the dogs have learned to keep watch and chase the pigs out to the pastures again.
Itís funny how Evey has learned from watching her parents, the other day they were up at the barn and here comes a mama hog with a whole haggle of bratty piglets! Evey runs up and chases Mama pig all the way up to the barn! She even gave her a few heel nips to get going. It as pretty cool, beings that our pigs are hard to move for us humans and they usually are plain ornery for the dogs! Also, Iíve never helped Evey at all with herding anything, so the heel nips and knowing where to put them were all instincts and wisdom sheís seen and learned in her short 6 months! Lol She really is such a cool pup!


Unfortunately I doubt sheep would work as our property is soon going to be filled with beef cows and hopefully quite a few chicken houses. I do hope that someday, I can do stock trials! Besides, my dad probably wouldnít be very keen on the fact of sheep on the property lol :)


I think Iíll be getting two of Eveys siblings soon to train their basic such as Come, Down, Stay and Sit. Theyíll also learn some manners such as no jumping or plowing people over! (apparently some people donít train their very young pups?) Evey learned all of that by 9 weeks of age!
Iíve seen them once as older pups and wowzers! Evey might be in a stubborn "teenager" stage right now, but she doesnít plow people over and jump on them like that! The two owners havenít complained about any bad behavior, but good grief! Lol Both will eventually work on their owners beef farms, but I have not and probably wonít volunteer to train them to work cows. Not up my boat!

@JoBlueQuarter and @Horsef , thanks! I feel a little better, but Iím not convinced that I donít have a curse on animals lol


Hereís a cool picture I took of Flint a year or so ago gathering the milk cows and Iíve since edited it to this:
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Hopefully it wonít come out sideways lol
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That pic is sooo beautiful!! It looks like an old painting! Evey sounds awesome - you really seem to have a very smart line of dogs! Maybe when you get beef cattle you'll be able to work them a bit.

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That pic is sooo beautiful!! It looks like an old painting! Evey sounds awesome - you really seem to have a very smart line of dogs! Maybe when you get beef cattle you'll be able to work them a bit.

Theyíre smart alright! Sometimes to smart! Eveys Mom, Ida knows how to escape any type of pen except a wire crate. Itís annoys me if we have to put her up for some reason or another! Lol

Well, the beef cows wonít be ours, so I doubt that I could go work them like Iíd like lol. The cows are someoneís who doesnít have enough pasture, so heíll be using ours, cause we got way to much!


Hereís some more of my favorite pictures of the puppies. I hope I got each one in lol

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Theyíre smart alright! Sometimes to smart! Eveys Mom, Ida knows how to escape any type of pen except a wire crate. Itís annoys me if we have to put her up for some reason or another! Lol

Well, the beef cows wonít be ours, so I doubt that I could go work them like Iíd like lol. The cows are someoneís who doesnít have enough pasture, so heíll be using ours, cause we got way to much!


Hereís some more of my favorite pictures of the puppies. I hope I got each one in lol

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The puppies are soo cute! I miss having puppies so much... I'm thinking (ie, dreaming) about getting a Border Collie pup. I doubt that I'd be able too but a girl can dream can't she?
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Border collies are awesome if you get them young and train them immediately. And yes!! I girl has to be able to dream! Lol
Pups are fun, but I donít want to raise a litter again. Itís to much time and work and then you have to make sure they get all their shots and dewormings and match them with people interested. I love them, but not for me! I did get a couple good reviews on the dogs Facebook page, so I do know I did a good job, thankfully!

Whoís pup is that? Itís adorable!
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