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  1. Laurelin

    Let's Be Controversial

    I'll be controversial in that I think people online are too uptight about dog weight. I don't give a fig if someone's dog is chubby.
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    Let's Be Controversial

    I really do not understand conformation showing at all. Like... I've been involved at a marginal level in the past but the older I get, the more ludicrous it all gets. I don't think all conformation breeders are bad (some are quite good) but the system itself is just so downright bizarre.
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    Describe your dog(s) in 3 words

    Mia: Best. Dog. Ever. Summer: Simple, Sweet, Friendly Hank: Gross, Athletic, Fun
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    Gusto's DNA Test

    I was thinking border x boston... Quicksilver bred some border x rats and they look quite different imo.
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    The Truth will be Discovered

    I thought it was worth doing for Hank. I don't really believe the vallhund but it was nice seeing the ACD and I could even buy chihuahua (or other small terrier)
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    What was your first experience with your favorite breed?

    I don't really have a favorite breed... I didn't know anything about papillons or shelties till we were bringing one home. My mom picked both breeds out. At both times I was just excited to have a dog. BCs/ACDs.... can't remember the first time I met them. Just have always lived in an...
  7. Laurelin

    The one that got away?

    You're a horrible influence.
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    What made you get into dogs?

    I always had dogs, always begged parents for a dog of my own. Loved watching animal planet (agility especially). When I was in middle school I started played petz on the computer and got really interested in conformation that way. Then I eventually got dis-interested in conformation and...
  9. Laurelin

    Large vs. Small Senior Dogs

    We ended up putting our GSDx down at 12ish because of hip dysplasia and it worsening. 75 lbs is hard to move around. We haven't really had any dogs live terribly long- 13 is the oldest. Nikki (sheltie) had mobility issues but was easy to carry at 25 lbs. She was on rimadyl for her last 4-5...
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    What are you Working on? 2016

    Kinda hoping Hank grows a brain this year. Probably won't do too much agility-trial-wise yet. Just need some work on the brain and getting us in sync. when he gets going at this point, I'm screwed because he's so flipping fast and also I have to work hard to keep him engaged. Last show and...
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    What does your family think of your dogs?

    They think Summer is sweet but dippy and hyper. Pretty accurate. Hank is the golden child. He truly is for some unknown reason but they think he's really hyperactive. My BIL actually said he would not have a dog like Hank 'unless he had 30 acres and didn't want nice things'. Haha...
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    Meet Lizzy!

    She is gorgeous!
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    Breeds with the MOST significant difference between show and working lines?

    I don't think BCs are very evenly split. I think there's a lot more overlap than people commonly talk about (and more splits than show and work). It's true the extremes do not look like each other but most the 'sport bred' dogs I know have some show lines and working lines in them.
  14. Laurelin

    Hero's Thread

    Congratulations! He is absolutely adorable! Love the ears!
  15. Laurelin

    Finnegan is seven.

    Gosh he was the cutest puppy ever!
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    Rare breeds you've met and less rare breeds you haven't

    Oh yeah some other neat breeds at my traning club: a couple puli, a pumi, a blue picardy spaniel, and a blue lacy.
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    The dog musing/vent thread

    Hank is now a titled man! Got our last CA leg. :)
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    Rare breeds you've met and less rare breeds you haven't

    Rarest are probably: Welsh sheepdog (I'm pretty sure the only ones in the US all live around here. One of my trainers/friends has one and I've met about 6) New Guinea Singing Dog (I've met two) I have friends with some very uncommon breeds like Icelandic sheepdogs, Boerboel, and...
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    The dog musing/vent thread

    Haha thanks guys. He makes those faces constantly. Cracks me up. He just looks so goofy.
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    The dog musing/vent thread

    When you realize your dog is... odd. And maybe part piranha. F78KeSD0aDw