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Old 04-18-2005, 06:49 PM
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Renee, Dakota and Ripley have been kept separated quite a bit. Too much conflict between the two. Dakota doesn't often try to herd Ripley, but he does herd Buster around the house. I'm going to need to get him around some sheep soon.

EliNHunter, the sweet old guy in the background is mom's Labrador mix, Buster. He spends most of his time on that bed, just hanging out.
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Old 04-18-2005, 07:29 PM
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So the little "rat with a wig" isn't giving up his position as ruler of the house, hmm? Now why doesn't that surprise me. I still get tickled every time I think about your Dad calling him that - and picture Ripley curled up sleeping on his lap, lol! The ones they make fun of always end up being the most spoiled. I just love that Big Dog Attitude of Ripley's. And I do think he's gorgeous.

You might want to consider pygmy goats too, if you'd rather not deal with sheep, although you do have to have a very good fence for goats! Have you ever seen those little Highland cattle? I've tried to figure out a reason to have a few of them, lol!

When Dakota starts really wanting to herd, watch out! Nothing is sacred. If that drive is strong they'll herd absolutely anything. You can throw some of those big toy balls out in the yard and teach him gather them into an area to keep him busy.

You should see my three herding each other . . .
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Old 04-18-2005, 08:15 PM
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He's beautiful!!! Great job on the training, he's a very happy looking boy!!
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Old 04-19-2005, 03:10 AM
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Renee, I can't convince my parents that another dog might be a good thing, how in the world would I get them to let me start my own little mini-ranch in the backyard? LOL!
Any animals that I work Dakota on will not belong to me unforunately.

I was actually presented with an awesome opportunity from a BC breeder I've been talking with online for quite some time. (We play the same online dog-show game.) If I ever do get this danged knee fixed, she is interested in hiring me as a full-time hand at her ranch over the summer. In working for her, along with pay, she will give me a Border Collie pup as well as free herding training for the pup and Dakota, and the experience to work with 15+ BCs on a massive flock of sheep. This won't be for another year, and I haven't even brought it up with my parents yet, but if they approve of it I will be there in a heartbeat. I miss being on a ranch.

Ripley still tries to rule the household. Wonder how you guessed that. He has, however, graduated from being called the "rat with a wig" by my dad to "rat dog" and several rather vulgar names relating to his housebreaking problems. If nothing else, he is a character. lol.
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Old 04-19-2005, 05:59 AM
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thats the nicest looking border collie I HAVE EVER SEEN
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Old 04-19-2005, 06:14 AM
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Why thank you! I think he's a handsome little guy as well.
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Old 04-19-2005, 06:15 AM
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Hey, Rip, did you ever convince that shelter lady to get a page on Petfinder?
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Old 04-19-2005, 06:19 AM
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Purr, apparently she already had one (????? rofl.) And either was not fully aware of it or just totally forgot it.
It's neglected, so as soon as finals are over I think I'll talk to her about keeping it a little more updated. I haven't been out there in a couple of weeks, I feel guilty.
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Old 04-19-2005, 07:42 AM
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LOL That's funny...I wonder how many people have looked at the dogs on there that have already been placed?! ROFL
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