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Forgot to say Hi!

March 25th, 2010, 08:15 PM
I was so interested in the nasal tumour thread that I forgot to introduce myself, sorry. I live in country Victoria, Australia, we bought a few acres, and rented some, when my husband retired so my animals could have the lifestyle they'd grown accustomed to. LOL. We've had a lifetime interest and ownership of horses and ponies but now only have two WM ponies left. I have owned, bred(sparingly) and shown Australian Cattle Dogs for about 34 years, then the same with Shetland Sheepdogs for over 13 years, but they are all retired now too. My two cattle dogs are nearly 14 years old, the 8 shelties range from 12 down to two that are 7 years young(my babies). LOL. Apart from that we have a talkative Sulphur crested cockatoo,( 35 years old), 3 cats, and a small flock of sheep that think they are human, just big pets in other words. I am sure I can learn a lot via this forum.

March 25th, 2010, 08:19 PM
Welcome to the board, Goldfields. :D

And now that you've teased us with a description of your menagerie, you need to post some pics of them! The Sheep and the cockatoo, too, please :thumbs up

Out of curiosity, and forgive my ignorance, but what are 'WM ponies'? :o

March 25th, 2010, 08:45 PM
Im assuming they are welsh mountain ponies? lol

And welcome to the forum!

March 25th, 2010, 08:50 PM
Ooooohhh...that would make sense :D :thumbs up All I could come up with is 'watermark' and that just plain doesn't make sense :o

March 25th, 2010, 08:50 PM
welcome to the forum, and yep, we wanna see pics of your pets!!

March 25th, 2010, 08:51 PM
WM = Welsh Mountain ponies. I have a pretty liver chestnut stallion with 4 white stockings and a blaze, and a bay mare that I think wll be 28 this year.

Do I post pics here, in this thread? You're going to laugh when you see the ram we've just been loaned. He's a Dorper, a short solid fellow with the strangest fleece. A weight problem too I suspect. LOL. I think he's so cute, and he's a sweet boy, always wants to put his head in the bucket when I take their pellets out, so I'd say someone has made a pet of him in the past. I'll add him here. Hooray, worked out how to add photo's. :thumbs up

March 25th, 2010, 08:52 PM
*L* he looks like he's wearing a bad toupee!! I had a grey dapple welsh pony growing up, strong little bugger and so smart!!!

March 25th, 2010, 09:04 PM
He does too, Melinda. LOL. But, the beauty of a fleeceless rear end is that there is no mulesing or crutching needed to save this breed from flystrike and they breed great fat lambs for the market. They start eating from birth too, unlike merino lambs that I think don't start till they are a fortnight old, so they grow quickly. Here is one of my ewes from last lamb season with her triplets, which she did a mighty job of rearing.

March 25th, 2010, 09:07 PM
Your missing the Partridge in a pear tree Goldfields. :D (just being silly) :)

Seriously, the picture of the WM Pony is wonderful and now that you have the hang of posting pictures---can't wait to see more! :thumbs up

March 25th, 2010, 09:14 PM
I don't see a pony, klm :o

But then, I've been totally lost since I read this:

there is no mulesing or crutching needed to save this breed from flystrike

Oy, Goldfields, you're going to have to translate for this ol' city girl, please :D

March 25th, 2010, 09:24 PM
I don't see a pony, klm :o

But then, I've been totally lost since I read this:

Oy, Goldfields, you're going to have to translate for this ol' city girl, please :D're not losing it Hazel! I'm just a :loser: I was commenting on the RAM but reading the write up on the Welsh Mountain Ponies! :confused: I'm doing some research on Water and Black Bucks right now as well so I think my mind is just spinning in animal circles! :o

March 25th, 2010, 09:27 PM
Oh, whew! :laughing: I thought I'd totally lost it... :o

March 25th, 2010, 10:17 PM
Your missing the Partridge in a pear tree Goldfields. :D (just being silly) :)

Seriously, the picture of the WM Pony is wonderful and now that you have the hang of posting pictures---can't wait to see more! :thumbs up

:laughing: :laughing: :laughing:

It feels like that at times, klm, but best we've had was an injured Barn Owl in a pear tree.

To educate yourself about mulesing, this link is a good one. Not for those with a weak stomach.

I have never had a lamb mulesd. And now a friend is loaning me Dorpers or Dorper crosses I can breed for sheep that are bare around the tail.

Here is my scruffy stallion, a photo taken last Winter. His nickname is Digby.

March 25th, 2010, 10:28 PM
:eek: Bare around the tail is good! :o How common is flystrike? It must make the sheep miserable!

Digby is a handsome dude!

March 25th, 2010, 10:54 PM
Flystrike is very common, and it can cause horrific pain and deaths in sheep here. Even dogs can get flystuck if they are injured and out where blow flies can lay eggs on them. I rely on flystrike powder for my sheep, but then they're pets that come running the minute I call them, it's big flocks out in vast paddocks that suffer.

Here is my old ACD , Cuddles, or Nanny Cuddles as we call her when she's looking after orphan lambs. She's a doll, loves us of course but also adores cats and the lambs, her only problem was she wanted to kill the red bitch we had and happens to be a good fighter. Since we sadly lost our red cattle dog girl, Susie, due to bone cancer, it's been a bit more peaceful, though I would never trust Cuddles with my shelties.

March 26th, 2010, 12:15 AM
My old mare, Karli. And one of my outdoor cats, Sibi, a neutered ex-feral. The friendliest ex-feral you could find, he follows us everywhere.

March 26th, 2010, 12:59 AM
Sibi's neutered brother, Ginger.(My, what an original name. LOL) He's still part feral I think, not real friendly, doesn't like being picked up, or having his photo taken. Our other cat is a blue point persian, Pheobe for short, but for the life of me I can't think where her photo's are.

March 26th, 2010, 05:17 AM
beautiful pictures!!!!

March 26th, 2010, 09:53 AM
Thanks, Melinda. Takes a while to find and sometimes resize the photo's you'd like to post. The next member of the menagerie is my cockatoo, simply named Cocka-Girl. She was Cocka-Boy for the first 8 years of her life, then she started laying eggs.:laughing: She barks, gives my dogs orders, calls them of course, pants like a hot dog, copies my hubby's transistor radio etc.. Oh, she learnt to swear at a time when we had a very nasty black colt yarded near her aviary, but thank heavens, if they don't keep hearing things, they stop repeating it. We sold the colt seeing he was a very bad biter.
Next photo is a favorite one of my red cattle dog boy, Perkins. The best ACD we've owned. A great show dog and a total gentleman. He would tiptoe up to a 5lb Chihuahua I once had, flirting, then lick her gently on the head. A nice dog. Then the third photo is the lovely Gemma, my little blonde bimbo of a sheltie. Very English in type compared to what you'd see in Canada or the States I guess.

March 26th, 2010, 10:03 AM
I'll try to skip through the shelties fast, this could get boring.
First My favorite sheltie, Silk, followed by her daughter, Sugar, and Shady, the girl who had the nose bleeds.

March 26th, 2010, 10:04 AM
I always wanted a cockatoo, my dad raised many species of birds but the cockatiel was the largest, your sheltie is absolutely beautiful and your ACD also, such a gentle soul!!!

March 26th, 2010, 10:20 AM
Lastly 3 of my four sheltie boys. Toby, Matthew and Bo. Toby and Matthew are litter brothers, and half brothers to Bo and Dundee who are from a different litter. Does that make sense?

March 26th, 2010, 10:26 AM
wonderful, man, I'd love to live next door to you, you'd never get rid of me *L*

March 26th, 2010, 10:34 AM
Welcome to the board.

It sure looks like you are living in a piece of Heaven. If I were your'd want to move as I would be pitching a tent at your place...(I of course would supply the coffee..)

March 26th, 2010, 10:37 AM
Last but not least is my special needs kid, Dundee, who was born with birth defects after Shady injured herself whilst in whelp. Had to be reared with eye droppers, an exhausting job. I don't show him here as an adult because I am somewhat protective about him. His defects are in the skull but while they effect eyes, ears, jaws etc. and have worsened as he grew, it hasn't effected his brain. LOL. He's smart, totally devoted to yours truly, and in all other ways a normal , happy dog. We love him dearly.

March 26th, 2010, 10:39 AM
We love defects and all in here. Some of our members have dogs and cats that are not perfect on the outside...but they are 110% on the the big picture that is what really counts.

Hey - I have a cat that was strangled and she is not really all that normal. But hey - I love her to bits.

March 26th, 2010, 10:41 AM
welcome to ! wow , that's a lot of pets :cloud9: the lambs are too cute !! :lovestruck: you have a beautiful fur family !

you must have your hands full with grooming all those shelties :eek:

March 26th, 2010, 10:53 AM
Sorry, folks, I was so busy finding photo's that I didn't notice any replies. Melinda, you'd be welcome - do you know how to groom a sheltie?? :laughing: Thanks for the welcome Benmax. You wouldn't be the first person to pitch a tent if you visited. My sister does because she brings along her sheltie pack, plus a German Shepherd. We do have a nice spot here. It's a grain growing area primarily, you could say mainly wheat and sheep, but we have a 1750 acre open eucalypt forest opposite us(kangaroo country), a 90 acre water reserve on two sides(partly timbered), and a farm on the final side. Closest neighbor is a mile away, so the dogs are allowed to voice their opinions(i.e. bark), closest town is 7 1/2 miles. I'll post some photo's of the area, but not tonight, it is very, very late down under, so I am off to bed. Night all.

March 26th, 2010, 11:01 AM
Just a quick reply to Frenchy, as I MUST get to bed. I have some lovely lamb photo's, they are so photogenic. What I have from grooming those shelties is a totally wrecked shoulder. I take painkillers every night so I can sleep. When I was showing a team of dogs they were groomed, bathed, then brushed as I blow dried them before every show weekend. So my legs are wrecked from running too many triangles in the show ring with the dogs, and my shoulder from grooming them, but I wouldn't change a thing if I could do it all again. It is the pits getting old though and having to give up a hobby you love so much. Gardening is the passion now, and that's hard enough, but another story too. Goodnight everyone.

March 26th, 2010, 11:03 AM
Have a goodnight Goldfields !

too funny , it's lunch time here :p

March 26th, 2010, 07:27 PM
It was after 2am here, Frenchy, so guess who is rather tired today? LOL.

Benmax, I'm glad you all love dogs warts and all so to speak. Your cat is lucky to have you. I know people here who wouldn't have hesitated in putting Dundee down as a baby, which is terrible, but my thought was that if his (canine) mother wasn't rejecting him, he would be okay. As it turns out, with shelties being such sweet dogs, all of them seem to think he's special. (Aaaawww, nice doggies! :D ) I've had a couple of puppy buyers who have wanted to take him as well, so that makes them nice people, and as one has just spent around $7000 on vet bills for his sheltie girl, that makes him an especially good owner. Still, glad we didn't part with him though.

March 26th, 2010, 08:55 PM
You have such lovely furbabies, Goldfields! :cloud9: Your shelties are stunning!

Thanks for sharing them all with us! :D (And sorry we kept you up so late! :laughing:)

March 26th, 2010, 10:21 PM
Well, I could have gone to bed, I was just wanting the intro done ....if only I knew where Pheobe's photo's are. She's an old fashioned persian with the nose lower, so less of a scowling expression. I was staggered, when looking at the council registrations I have to pay for shortly, that she is 13 this year. Where did all that time go? Our Council gives you free registration for any dog or cat once it turns 13. :thumbs up

March 26th, 2010, 10:32 PM
I hear ya about the passage of time! I couldn't believe it when our Cass turned 8 last year! :eek: Our first 6 are within a year and a half of each other--and the youngest of the original six-pack, Ridge, is going to be 7 this June!

If you can't find the older pics of Phoebe, it'll just give you an excuse to get some new ones. :D

March 26th, 2010, 11:02 PM
What sort of dogs do you have, Hazel?
Re the cat, I'm just annoyed I can't find the file I hid those photo's in. :mad: I am finding lots of nice photo's I'd forgotten about while I look at least. LOL.

March 27th, 2010, 09:22 AM
We have English setters. Field type, not bench.

I've got files and files of pictures, too...I really should go in and delete the icky ones, because I can never find what I want! But I'm very anal retentive about deleting any image except the really blurry ones! :o So my solution was to buy two 500 G external drives to store them all on! :laughing: (Yep, I'm as anal as they come, I'm afraid :p)

March 27th, 2010, 09:45 AM
Wow, are you sure you have enough space? LOL. My external drive I think is only 75G. Got loads of space on my main drive though. Must do some backs up though, I don't trust computers one bit after a couple of crashes.
That's nice that you have Setters. My brother had a pair of English Setters but after they went to the Bridge he got into Rottweilers, having been burgled more than once. He's into big things, they also have Clydesdale horses, whereas I think my medium sized breed, the Australian Cattle Dog is about the best guard dog you can own. My sister, who I have a lot of communication with, regardless of being 200 miles apart, swears by German Shepherds, so there is a bit of lively debate from time to time.

March 27th, 2010, 09:52 AM
Ya, I'll bet your family gatherings can be interesting. :D

English setters are not much in the way of guard dogs, that's for sure...although they've been known to try to chap visitors to death with their tongues...and there's always the tripping hazard that anyone navigating the Pack has to deal with :laughing:

I crash computers all the time--and I'm so paranoid that I got the two external drives so I'd have two off-computer back-ups. :o (yes, I really do crash them that often. :yell:) However, I do take the pictures off my C: drive then to help the computer run more efficiently. :D

March 27th, 2010, 10:23 AM
Oh, you have to add to the mix another brother who is a Group 2 judge/Bull Terrier fanatic. Currently he has a Staffie, not the Bullies, but he's ready to argue the merits of his breeds too. All good fun.
I should take a leaf out of your book and take my photo's out of C too. Right now I'm off to bed, I have to go out tomorrow morning. In 90klm an hour wind - not looking forward to that.

April 2nd, 2010, 10:38 AM
Had a great time reading and admiring beauty in this thread--sorry I missed it earlier!
I hear you about the sheltie grooming--I was a dog groomer for several years and dreaded coats like that after awhile. So my own dogs are usually short coated. Have had Rhodesian Ridgebacks for the past 13 years, and have added a long haired mini dachshund last year to keep my last male company. His coat is much simpler to brush out, and I am not showing. The two boys make quite a team as a guard,:) Gemma is gorgeous, by the way!

Love the Dorpers--wonder how they take severe cold? Always interested in Australia--several family members have lived there for short periods, and a couple of nieces were born there, all live back in Canada now though.

PS never mind, I found the Canadian Dorper Association--apparently they do not mind cold, just shed less!

April 2nd, 2010, 04:31 PM
Goldfields,you must be living in heaven:laughing:
Love all your animals,love Shelties and your cats are stunning,the sheep,lamb and horses all wonderful,you are very lucky..
I bet 99% of us here on the Forum would love to pitch a tent on your property:laughing:

April 2nd, 2010, 08:21 PM
DoubleRR, I expect sheltie coats would be much thicker in Canada seeing it is so cold there, but even here, certain coats are very hard work. With the correct harsh outer coat the soft undercoat will lift just off the skin when they moult, then stick there. That sort of coat takes me two hours from start to finish. Softer coats are easier. Groomers would earn every cent they're paid.

Gemma is indeed gorgeous, a very photogenic little girl, and a bit of a character. She loves to play even though she's now 10. She'll hook her paw around your ankle to try and stop you from leaving the room(and her) and is very good at undoing your shoelaces.
My only dealings with a RR is that a neighbor had one and I don't know who led who astray but the Ridgeback and a NZ Huntaway would end up over in the forest, hunting kangaroos. I heard them there one day, barking for ages, so guessing they had a roo bailed up, I grabbed a couple of leads, jumped on my little (dog exercising) bike and pedalled off to find them. Sure enough, a big roo was bailed up in the middle of an irrigation channel and when the dogs swam out to attack it , it'd try to drown them. It was looking exhausted though. So I called the dogs, fortunately the Huntaway was friendly, got him on a lead but the RR just looked and growled. No offence but I reckoned he was the type of dog to run off home if I took his mate away, and that's exactly what happened. LOL. Don't know what happened to the RR but the Huntaway got caught killing sheep in the end and was shot. Very bad management.
Chico, wouldn't it be nice to have you all here in a tent city, we'd never stop talking. :laughing: Glad you like the fur kids and other beasties.

April 3rd, 2010, 12:11 AM
Too bad that some people are allowed to own dogs! My dogs have never been aggressive, nor livestock botherers, altho one female loved to hunt birds. My male, pictured here, once caught a rabbit--it kicked him and he dropped it, never tried again, :o Bunny won.

April 3rd, 2010, 01:19 AM
That's too funny about the rabbit. :laughing: :laughing: :laughing: Lovely photo's, he is such a peaceful looking boy. All we seem to get around here are irresponsible owners. Two farming neighbors disregarded the DSE warning that fox bait was going to be laid in the forest for instance and both lost working dogs that had been allowed to wander. Sad, isn't it?

April 3rd, 2010, 05:58 PM
That's too funny about the rabbit. :laughing: :laughing: :laughing: Lovely photo's, he is such a peaceful looking boy. All we seem to get around here are irresponsible owners. Two farming neighbors disregarded the DSE warning that fox bait was going to be laid in the forest for instance and both lost working dogs that had been allowed to wander. Sad, isn't it?

VERY sad. Ignorance is rampant.

Yes, he is peaceful--loves to run, loves to chase strange cats or running anything--but doesn't want to catch it--no thanks! Posted some pics in the pet photography of todays dog park excursion.

April 4th, 2010, 04:13 PM
DoubleRR,he is a beautiful dog,as is the little Doxie and the Calico-kitty.
Got to go and check the pic-Forum for more..

April 5th, 2010, 01:41 AM

Welcome to the forum!! *waving*

I love all animals,,,they are beautiful and the first pic of the ram, he is such a pretty boy! And the pic of the ewe and the 3 lambs are adorable!!

April 5th, 2010, 10:13 AM
Hi to you too, Tundra Queen. The ram is nicer looking than the huge Border Leicester ram we used last year, and much more sedate, a real pet. Those triplets were time wasters, a bit like puppies, you could sit and watch them all day.

June 15th, 2010, 01:55 AM
I only introduced Dundee(in the previous page) as a puppy, didn't want everyone seeing him and thinking they wanted a dog just like him. :D He's a very special one off, they broke the mould after he was born. Joking, I am just protective of him, but I've seen how many kind, caring people are using this forum so here goes, I got a halfways decent shot of him the other day, so be kind to my poor darling, he really doesn't know he's not as handsome as I tell him he is. We treat him just like we would our best show dog.
He cannot shut or blink his left eye and may be blind in it. His right eye is smaller than the left one. He is , or definitely(as a pup) was deaf in the left ear, his top jaw twists slightly to the right, the bottom doesn't so much, he is overshot, teeth are crowded, canines don't go quite where they should, bottom incisors are in two rows not one, ears aren't set right, or even level on his head.

We just adore him! In every other way a normal happy dog, very loyal and protective, and I love my quiet times with him when he just sits still on my lap and seems to meditate. More often he doesn't want to sit facing left, he wants to spin around and have me give his back a nice scritch. :laughing: He's been a joy to own. So sad that other pups like him could be put down because they aren't perfect. He's my buddy boy.

June 15th, 2010, 06:37 AM
Goldfields,your Buddy-Boy looks adorable,his imperfections makes him even more so:cloud9:
I don't know much about breeders,but I am almost certain he would have been put down,for not being perfect.
But like you say,he's a very,very special boy:dog:

June 15th, 2010, 08:48 PM
Chico2, I was worried about some of the issues he might have faced but as a pup I was lucky to find that the vet I took them to for their microchipping/vaccinations actually owned a dog like him. He was very reassuring. Glad I didn't let him go to those who asked for him, in surburban homes, as his hearing/brain(?) is such that any strange noise can startle him, then he goes into noisy alarm barking until you calm him. Fine here in the country, no-one's going to complain.

June 15th, 2010, 09:09 PM
Very handsome boy Dundee is. :angel:

June 16th, 2010, 12:28 AM
You wouldn't say that if you saw some of my photo's, but handsome is as handsome does they say. If dogs have souls his is beautiful and he's a good boy.