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07-13-2016, 08:53 PM   #7021
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Shelties are definitely collies. Our last dog was a smooth collie we rescued at age 6 after she spent 5 years in an old folks centre where my wife was one of the charge nurses. She didn't know what stairs were, the most she ever climbed was the six inches from the grass to the floor. She weighed 52 pounds, but was only 19 inches at the shoulder. She was sable with some white markings - a duffle bag on legs.

We brought her to our home near the end of March, and soon introduced her the the world's best dog exercise machine: a field full of Columbian Ground Squirrels. Squeek! Lady waddled west. Dive down hole. Squeek to the east, waddle. The waddle soon changed to walk, then run, then oh my gosh!

In three months she lost 17 pounds, and gained all the athleticism that collies are known for. She scared the living daylights out of us one day. We were in the habit of driving with Lady in the back seat of our little Toyotal pickup. We would stop in the car port, open the passenger door, slide the seat forward, let her step out, and clip her 20 foot front lawn leash on.

Our house is at about the half way point of a 7% paved road, 3 city blocks worth. On this one day when we woke up to just how much her condition had improved, a 15 year old girl on in line skates was going down the centre line of the road, having no doubt started at the very top, and cruising at a speed cars don't do for fear of speeding tickets (40 kph/25 mph limit). She made the 45 feet from the carport to the sidewalk, across the sidewalk, the parking lane, and the driving lane and caught the girl two houses down. 50 foot lots. And then she herded in typical collie fashion, nipping at the girl's heels. The girl did not dump, praise the Lord, even though her fashionably worn jeans had an extra little rip at the rear of one leg.

Needless to say, our dog release from car routine changed to leash, door, seat, out.

Don't expect your sheltie to stop herding. It just isn't in the collie system. No way, no how. We still miss her.

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That is an eye-opener.

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QuoteOriginally posted by Canada_Rockies Quote
Shelties are definitely collies.
Don't expect your sheltie to stop herding.
Curiously, despite their very similar appearance, collies and shelties are not especially closely related. I had always thought, years back, that a sheltie was a downsized collie, much as a miniature poodle, but apparently the two breeds were developed quite independently and don't have much to do with each other.

I thought when she was a little pup that I could get her to stop trying to run after every human and especially every car that went past by walking her where there were many, many of them, so I walked her at a large shopping mall, making her sit and stay and giving her a treat for doing so whenever a vehicle went by. Excitement for her (and many treats) and frustration for me.
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Color-coded recycling in the Azores. Wastebaskets in several of our hotels had four colored, quarter-cylinder inserts. The one irregularity is the gray one at the end, for "other," which could be red instead.
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Bobbotron: did you use focus stacking? That's a great flower shot.
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QuoteOriginally posted by Canada_Rockies Quote
Bobbotron: did you use focus stacking? That's a great flower shot.
Thanks! I didn't for that one, this was hand held with a optically triggered flash with a mini soft box.
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I know I know it's not quite sharp. My K-3 couldn't take a sharp image to save it's life!

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The left most building on the peninsula is the hotel where we staying on this island (Flores, Azores)
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