Hmmm, oh the house smells ever so lovely...if' n yer a dawg...
Places like the Man Porch are looking more and more inviting...
It is SO hard to behave and realize, could get whomped with forty below if we are not careful. Ack...
See...women and men, not the same...gotta love men though. The devil for women is in the details. From what Scott typed...I "think" the wire Rick used is the same as he has, but not completely certain.
With Deb, one knows she has turned this topic upside down and backwards, inside out even and studied the dickens outta something that caught her fancy.
Sure, there are yappy persons of both genders, but often I find the men folk will reply in single worded replies like "yup..." Often when Rick is tired from work, he will reply in one syllables...often because as he will tell me later when he is better rested...more words than one are just asking for a discussion and oft times, he's too tired to talk much.
I found out later that he really did want to go to a bigger center than the small town near us that had the playground...he felt it was gonna ace us more exposure to goings on of people (more dog showish than a quiet playground out in the boonies) but he chose to follow my lead and agree. Now that he's had a few days to rest a bit, he's all game to go in the opposite direction to a bigger town and then on to a city with the girls. Me, I just wanted to start off slow in case this turned out ugly for the girls. Thus far, Lacy loves the excursions, Emmy not as much. Last night before we left (45 minutes--long enough), Emmy started to drool...not the anticipation of food drool but more likely "can we go home NOW?" type drool.
Originally Posted by Teila
Knew you'd getta charge outta that tale of tails...
Pic of the Em from this morn...so many more pics of the Lacy on this thread today...fair is fair!
Originally Posted by drumstick diva
Tara will Lacey the lover, be penalized in the show ring for being too lovable? I would imagine the breed standard prefers a reserved demeanor like Emmy. How does Emmy behave at the vet's?
Like you I always felt Emmy was very close to Lacey in size, really shocked at the big difference in weight. No wonder Emmy can get airborne so easily. Also some photos look like Lacey is getting redder on her back etc. - other photos she is very light . Or my mind is playing tricks on me.
Seeing you and the girls have a new post, always brings a smile to my grumpy face. Thank you.
Thanks back to you DD...ever so glad to turn that frown, upside down DD! =
Yeh, the difference in the sheer size of the two gals...pity we sure have been BLIND...ha ha ha...so love goes, eh!
It is not so much her back that is red, that part is white...
Longer fur, more like a dorsal stripe...
As to Lacy getting redder on her back, more her sides or extremeties...more like Siamese C@ts, eh....colder extremeties in that breed are darker and I still figure sometimes the dogs are seasonal fur colour expressers too.
She is EVER SO lacy...Chantilly lace...
Strictly speaking, in my opinion, Lacy should be judged at fault for being too lovey, BUT when judges are humans and have been bitten by mean dogs...you can emphasize with them on them like friendly, kissy, hug me love dogs. I mean I recall tales of people showing ACDs in Oz and the judge having a stryafoam cup in their hand to jamb down the ACD's awaiting jaws so the judge can speedily touch head, withers, and butt...there, I touched the JAWS welding monsters.
The Australian Cattle Dog breed Standard states:
The utility purpose is assistance in the control of cattle, in both wide-open and confined areas. Ever alert, extremely intelligent, watchful, courageous, and trustworthy. With an implicit devotion to duty, making it an ideal dog, its loyalty and protective instincts make self-appointed guardians to the stockman, his herd, his property, whilst suspicious of strangers, must be amenable to handling in the show ring.
The rub is when is a dog suppose to be protective with astute intelligence and wisdom, standoffish and unfriendly. The stock dog is there to protect all they perceive as coming under their care. Why in the world would a dog like that be all friendly with perfect strangers...but then ask that of certain vets and their staff that want the creatures they work upon not to put up a fuss and go belly up and submit. I prefer creatures with suspicious minds...that look me over and judge me for what I am worth and do they bother to waste their attentions on me.
In reality, why would a dog like its temperature taken...by a person they rarely see and when they do show up, they are poked and prodded mercilessly--I mean like what vet visit is all fun and games, there is usually some indignity done if not lots. To me any critter that flips over and submits to all the fussing and whatnots at the vets is plain stupid and dumb. Oh what a nice dog or cat...nope, dumb animals that allow their sense of self to be violated...but that be my opinion, eh.
Emmy and Lacy both behaved stellar at the vets. Emmy was not overly friendly but she allowed the vet to take her temperature, examine her ears, get weighed. You could tell she would rather be elsewhere and who would not.
I had to drag Lacy in the clinic. Lace was all friendly in the exam room but I carried her in because she would have had tile burn on her tooties--brakes were on full stop. She decided she remember this place from the first visit and you know them thermometers, eh. She gave the vet kisses in the exam room and was all happy joy hoy...but we had to get a vet tech to come in to hold her stiller so the vet could examine her better--I had the front and we needed the back side held stiller...why, the tail would not quit wagging. Oh the dilemmas of being the love bug, eh!
Robert Kaleski who was instrumental in the development of this breed AND drafted up the first ACD Standard...has this to say about the PURPOSE of the BREED:
Nothing in the bush makes as good a mate as a Cattle Dog. Besides working cattle and horses, he is a great fighter, good game dog, retriever and finest watch dog possible.
Great fighter is not so much what one would expect to see in a show dog, now would you? Great in the outback and at the local stockyards if you were rubbing shoulders with other drovers and their dogs...very macho to have a breed that would whoop every other person's stock dog's butt I suppose, back in the day, eh.
And jest to cover all bases...out of the Canadian Breed Standard:
ORIGIN AND PURPOSE
The Australian Cattle Dog was developed to assist with the development of the cattle industry in early Australian conditions. The principal requirement was a strong biting dog capable of mustering and moving wild cattle. The long distances to be traveled made it essential that such a dog possess great stamina. Although there is still some disagreement as to the actual breeds used, it is generally thought that the Cattle Dog developed chiefly from cross breeding a Dingo and the Blue Merle Collie.
Last night I had the comment that Lacy looks like a "Dingo" and it makes me grin. Dingoes (Canis lupus dingo) are a recognized DOG breed (dog gone feral) now (finally) in Australia and you can keep them but often quite aloof, more like a cat than a dog when it comes to thinking you can train them. Bernice Walters wrote a book on Dingoes and also kept ACDs too. Dingoes come in all sorts of colours (black, white, patterns of tan...) besides the sandy red colour one thinks of when you say, Dingo <ate my baby>...
ACD Standard in regards to coat and colour:
COAT AND COLOUR
The weather-resistant outer coat is moderately short, straight, and of medium texture, with short dense undercoat. Behind the quarter, the coat is longer, forming a mild feathering. The tail is furnished sufficiently to form a good brush. The head, forelegs, and hind legs from hock to ground are coated with short hair. The Australian Cattle Dog should be shown in natural state. The coat is not clipped or trimmed.
There are two recognized colours in the breed:
Blue - The color should be blue or blue mottled with or without other markings. The permissible markings are black, blue, or tan markings on the head, evenly distributed for preference, the forelegs tan midway up the legs, the hindquarters tan on the inside of the hind legs and inside of the thighs, showing down the front of the stifles and broadening out to the outside of the hind legs from hock to toes. Tan undercoat is permissible on the body, providing it does not show through the blue outer coat.
Red - The colour should be of good even red speckle all over, including the undercoat (not white or cream), with or without darker red markings on the head.
Even head markings are desirable. Solid red or solid black markings on the body are not desirable.
So between the girls, I can go back and forth so much that my head spins. Put it this way, glad I am not the judge, eh.
Lacy has one eye with red eyelashes and now, the other eye has a mix, not just light eyelashes...blink blink...ever so SWEET!
The ACD breed has not been commonly put up as Best in Show and quite likely because they have that "screw you" look about them. One of the reasons why yellow eyes is a disqualification in the breed, in my opinion, is that last thing you want on a dog like this is eyes that pierce right thru you and add yellow or say some I've seen in blue eyes...good gack...intimidating to the point it leaves your average human shuddering in their boots.
Which dog will be placed over the other...I mean it could boil down to the superficial opinion of preference over each colour variety...there are advocates of the blues, of the reds--based on nothing more than the person prefers THAT colour over the other. We are afterall only humans, eh.
Girls this morn--double trouble
I mean upon first viewing in the breed, the Blue, Black & Tan ACD is incredibly stunning...and oft not, the reds, well they are more an acquired more subtle taste. Yes, Rick and I wanted a blue as our first ACD (Makins) but holy Hannah...the red colour did grow on you and we had our second purebred ACD HyBlade as a red and then Makins' daughter Fixins (a stunning dark rich not often seen red).
One of my fav parts on the Lace...them hoppy bun-bun bunny back feets ...the light markings on those dark footsies!
Lacy's sire was one of those dark reds too and you can SEE that coming out in her as she colours up as she matures. That dark rich red. I had one judge comment on Fixins as a red that is not often seen as much as it should That judge obviously is human and had preferences. It is like not going for the flashy colours as you gain experience and understanding that sometimes the less common is to be appreciated based solely on the fact it is less COMMON.
SEE the red peaking thru even oh her tail?
She's getting richer red it seems every day now...
Lace has been darkening up ever since her arrival...mostly a white dog when she came here...she is colouring up ever so nicely.
Anyway, there are always pros and cons and I guess whatever judge tallies up using their own scale of importance, that in itself is why you pay your entry, show your dog and accept the opinion of that judge at that moment in time. In the scale of importance, don't give a fig of much of anything as both girls are loved and the same spots are held for both of them. Fair is fair, and as dog kids, both are beauts. As with all things I have ever done in regards to showing...we show up with the VERY BEST and we go home with the VERY BEST. Some of the most butt ugly beings have made the greatest impact on my life...Standards of Perfection aside...
Originally Posted by scottcaddy
Tara, I was wondering about the cable because like Rick I have a small spool of it, it has many uses.
I thought that the wire on the birdhouse looked like mine.
I believe it is not something one likes to purchase are current price but finding you bought some as part of an "Auction" box is always bonus. Not sure where we got ours but I expect, last you a lifetime.
He did purchase a bigger cable for the tarps for the Parking Building, but think it was not too terribly dear cost wise.
Doggone & Chicken UP!
Tara Lee Higgins
Higgins Rat Ranch Conservation Farm, Alberta, Canada
Edited by CanuckBock - 3/14/16 at 9:25am