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  1. GaelicBlues

    How are dog owners in your neighborhood?

    I live in the suburbs behind a huge off-lead park/reserve. Lots of dogs and families in my neighbourhood and I see a lot of the dogs while we are out walking. They are mostly mid-sized breeds, lots of border collies, labs, goldies, spaniels, mixes etc or older people with small breeds. One...
  2. GaelicBlues

    How long would your dog survive a zombie apocalypse?

    Of my 4 dogs there is only one I think would be useful in a zombie apocalypse. That would be Scout the older of the 2 Brittanys. She is an awesome hunting dog, so we would eat fine. She is also extremely suspicious (so I could sleep at night with her on watch) and in the final showdown she would...
  3. GaelicBlues

    Polish Lowland Sheepdog // Standard Schnauzer

    One of my friends has a PON. He is around a year old. He is happy and bouncy and friendly with dogs and people. However he seems to me to be hard to train as he is very distracted by the environment and other dogs when outside of their home. They are experienced dog owners and he looks like hard...
  4. GaelicBlues

    Ridiculous things your dog has done

    Scout our older French Brittany is the worst dog I have known for both rolling is very disgusting things and eating things that are not edible. How she has never been to a vet for obstruction surgery I do not know. It has been an interesting 4 years so far even though I know what she is like and...
  5. GaelicBlues

    Breeds with the MOST significant difference between show and working lines?

    Border Collies, German Shepherds and a lot of the gundogs breeds, mainly the english springer/cocker spaniels and setters (but also Goldies and labs). Some of the HPR breeds (such as GSP, Weim, Viszla) I can't tell the difference from looking at them if are a working dog or a show one, and some...
  6. GaelicBlues

    Fenzi Courses

    Really enjoying gundog foundations so has a very active facebook lurker group too :)
  7. GaelicBlues

    Differences Between Male/Female Dogs

    I have had 3 males (all intact) and 5 females (3 spayed 2 entire). The boy BC I have now is the poster child for doofus mama's boys. I always wanted a boy like that :) The other 2 I don't recall a lot of difference between them and the females. I usually prefer to have females of the two breeds...
  8. GaelicBlues

    Fenzi Courses

    A gold spot is way out of my price range with the US$ and NZ$ exchange rate being so bad at the moment but I am taking 2 classes at Bronze :) They are both new classes so don't really know anything about them except both sounded good. "Gundog Foundations" with 4 month old Brittany puppy...
  9. GaelicBlues

    Rare breeds you've met and less rare breeds you haven't

    I have met 2 dogs who were the only examples of their breed in my country so I count them as very rare: Stabyhound Portuguese Podengo
  10. GaelicBlues

    Top 3 breeds you'll want someday and why?

    I find it interesting so many people want Mals. The ones I have met are very impressive working dogs but I would only consider one if I didn't have ANY other dogs and could devote all my time to that dog. And only worked part time :) 1. Another boy BC. I always had girl BCs before Kep and I...
  11. GaelicBlues

    What's your ideal number of dogs?

    For me, 2 or 3 is ideal, each spaced about 4 years apart in age. We have 4 and my two (Border Collies) are 5 years apart in age. The Brittanys are my husbands and are almost 4 years apart in age, unfortunately they overlap with the BCs, so the oldest of them all is only 6. When my older...
  12. GaelicBlues

    What is your dog's favorite breed?

    Gael, despite being a spayed female and a serious sort of dog, loves any entire males and loses her mind and goes all ears back and flirty. Scout likes big solid dogs. Black or black and tan is a preference. Scout would like me to get a Rottweiler. An entire male Rottweiler would...
  13. GaelicBlues

    Chaz Puppies of 2015

    Our French Brittany girl Scout was leased by a registered breeder to have an AI litter with imported semen. My husband wanted to keep a boy pup. She had just the two girls in July, and the breeder was happy with their girl pup. Four dogs in an absolute limit for us and we had 3 already. Despite...
  14. GaelicBlues

    Collar or harnesses?

    Harnesses on the Brittanys. Just easier to control them. As we were walking on the footpath one day a cat leapt from a wall right in front and started hissing, Scout lunged so hard I thought she was going to break her neck and she coughed for a week afterwards. There are some places we only walk...
  15. GaelicBlues

    Does your dog meet standard?

    Kep and Gael absolutely not, they are ISDS parentage border collies (although also NZ kennel club registered). They are leggy, have a medium length coat, not to mention Kep has two (gorgeous!) up ears and Gael has one up and one sideways. Scout does meet standard and in fact has done one...
  16. GaelicBlues

    What's on your name list?

    Current list under consideration for boy Brittany: Argo Recon Pilot Decoy Remy Taiko
  17. GaelicBlues

    What are your favorite tug toys?

    My general use tugs are milking inflations because I get them for free by the box load from my brother in law who works in the dairy industry. They don't last long, maybe a couple of sessions. They can also be slippery. I occasionally win polar fleece tugs at rally or agility and they last...
  18. GaelicBlues

    How did you pick their name?

    My husband named my first 3 Border Collies I had an as adult, they were Maddie (named after Maddisons Road where we lived at the time), KC (named for the brand of spotlights he had just put on his truck), and Gael (as her parents were imported from Scotland). He is very practical. As far as I...
  19. GaelicBlues

    Have you been turned down by rescues?

    As I said in other thread I got turned down by a dog rescue because we had an intact female dog. The dog we enquired about was a neutered male. I got turned down by a cat rescue because we had three dogs (all of whom had grown up with cats). I gave up in both cases, I got a puppy from a...
  20. GaelicBlues


    My first two dogs were adult rehomes. The next 4 all came from breeders. When the oldest two of those died I decided to go the rescue route for my next dog and look for a teenage pup. I found a really nice looking boy online and rang to talk about him. Got grilled for a bit then she asked about...