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A ‘Working’ Bearded Collie

Well it was Seiben’s first day out at work with me. We had to do some painting at a steading conversion in Kinross. What are you going to do with Seiben I was asked? Tie him up, leave him in a car? We’ll cross that bridge when we get to it I replied.

Well Seiben could always sleep in the kitchen


or he could keep an eye on me

always time for a dinner time walk, but still making sure I get back on time


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Seiben Update 21st September

To: Bearded Collie Club of Scotland (Rescue)
Subject: WBC Seiben 
Seiben had an intensive weekend of activity including preparation and taking part in the Kennel Club Bronze award Good Citizen on Saturday. Followed by a trip to the Bearded Collie Club (Scotland Branch) show at Alva on Sunday. Ending by free running in woods for the first with Tully (Talraz Trail Blazer).
Expecting a hiatus from Monday onwards from his development trajectory. Seiben exhibited the greatest change in his behaviour, He did not frantically rush about on my waking requiring me to immediately go out with him. He was calm and placid allowing me to wash and have breakfast etc before taking him out.
As I had an early appointment we could only do a short walk yet Seiben did all his toilet needs within five minutes and 100 yds of the flat. Quite happy to return without a long walk.
Later when we went for our training and Frisbee exercises the most noticeable change was him deciding not to pull as much anymore and at times walking with either loose leash or a tension I could control with one finger pressure. This I attribute to the preparatory work for the Bronze Award, but most significantly the opportunity to attend the Alva show and see other calm dogs on leads and the need to be on good and calm behaviour so not as to upset the other dogs and also be friendly, social and well mannered when many people came to see him.
Monday evening I made the decision not to take the Frisbee to the North Inch and just walk him after the excitement and learning process of the weekend. This was modified by meeting Sally who did get the Bronze at the Good Citizen on Saturday and her 2 year old border collie bitch, Jura who was running free. 
Building on the experience he gained from free running with Tully I decided to take advantage of the opportunity Jura offered and allowed Seiben to run with her in a park with other dogs running free, dogs on leads, people playing ball games, joggers and cyclists. Seiben responded exceptionally and mirroring Jura’s training and obedience, recalled and came close at every opportunity when needed.
Though matched almost exactly in height, Jura as an older dog was a slightly more stocky and dominant dog, but I permitted Seiben to experience the rough and tumble of interacting with another herding dog. Seiben responded well and it was a pleasure to see two herding dogs with one another on open grass.
Later the were joined by a very large retired/rehomed/rescue greyhound (Danny) who wanted some of the action the two collies were involved in. Seiben at first curious to the size of the ‘small pony’ that had come to join them. All three were very content in each others company.
Seiben seems happy with his diet of porridge in the morning and Chappie and mixer in the evening with a small quantity of what I eat. As he may now be using more energy than previous, I have started giving him a couple of raw ribs daily to supplement his existing diet.
Seiben I presume because of his looks and size has become a magnetic for many toddlers. Seiben is very calm to almost indifference to them. In reciprocation of parents wanting their toddler to see ‘the doggie’ they have allowed their children to feed Seiben from their hand directly cheese or part digestive biscuits. With Seiben having to experience numerous and often unexpected attention from children I feel this is the best route for part of his socialisation and acclimatization to city life.
Roger Thomas
56/4 West Mill Street
07946 033503

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The Celtic Lion Review of the Week 3rd September 2010

Well it has been an interesting and full week. First having just moved into new premises, Celtic Lion would like to thank the kind donation of an internet connection. Here are some of the results.

Many know that having worked on the set up of the UK climate models which contributed to the 2007 Nobel Prize I have been critical of the way they were set up and the results. Change in the weather is a review of the media this week on the subject.

Stephen Hawking this week dismissed the need for God in the creation of the Universe. This is our response on the subject. Our highest ranked page of the week with over 100 views in the first 24 hours. It relates cosmology with sustainable planetary management. The contained links may be of interest.

Heard this artist on Radio 2 Steve Wright in the Afternoon. Beautiful voice, interesting background and lyrics.

Had a conversation last week about the mathematician John Nash, him of the Russell Crowe film Beautiful Mind. Here is an article from our sister site Applied Planetary Engineering, written in the ranting style of the Scottish blogosphere at the time. Again it is links within links, go as far as you want. some may not work as we have not checked for 3 years

Well it has been a big week for dog psychology for me with a guest staying. Here is our highest rated article on the subject and more. Part of Ruskin’s legacy Page 4. More than just psychology, it covers part of the history and ecology of Perthshire, so may be of interest outside the dog world. For those with dogs it may just help prevent you losing your dog.

And finally as a result of the correspondence as regards the above my friend sent me this picture. Cutest dog picture of the week. All say aahh.

Thanks, have a good weekend


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Cute Dog of the Week

And the award goes to Sieben, a beardie/border cross staying as a rescue at my friend Lyn’s house. Here he is after having a haircut.

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Beardies and Working Bearded Collies

Thank you for the large number of people who come to this site for bearded and working bearded collie information, and those who have put the site on forums and translation services in Europe.

One aim was trying to bring KC Beardies and working beardies together. Thanks to Lyn Armour from The Beraded Collie Club of Scotland for her help and interest. Her pup Tully seems to have been out and about and doing well. Pictures of him and news at Liz Jay’s site

Liz Jay also over at her site for Talraz Bearded Collies has been out and about with the Working Bearded Collies Society


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Two Beardies, Some Sheep and a few Borders

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Bearded Collies Do Anything For An Egg Custard

As my Beardie Collie Ruskin followed me as a puppy on a window cleaning round he had to learn fast. At 14 weeks after his vaccinations he joined me. It proved impossible to have him on a lead and carrying a ladder, bucket, crate to stand on etc. So he used to trot in front, when we came to a junction etc he would look back to be given the new direction. Stop, straight on, left or right.

 One of our treats was stopping at the bakers and sharing an egg custard together.

 After a couple of years I passed my test and we got a car. He would sit on the front seat and when he saw another dog sometimes he would bark. As he knew all the direction commands this would develop into a game while travelling. If I saw a dog first I would shout “Doggie on the left or doggie on the right”. When he spotted it he would bark back to confirm. Or bark first if he spotted a dog before me.

 A Morrisons supermarket opened. On my first visit one evening, large egg custards were on sale for 10p before they went out of date. When we got home I gave him one. He wouldn’t eat it as it was a whole one. Once I told him it was all his, he was very happy. He always knew at the end of a days work when I said supermarket, we were going to get egg custards.

 A few years later I got a job as a shopfitter travelling all over the country in a large transit van. We were changing the central gondolas for Safeway supermarkets. As the newest foreman I was given the short straw. I was given all the distance work. Cheshire to Norfolk, Cheshire to Inverness, Cheshire to Newcastle, Cardiff or Hull.

 I was also given an 18 year old apprentice who couldn’t drive, couldn’t read a map, didn’t know the job and didn’t have his own tools. All the other vans had two drivers, so share the distance work. Apart from me.

 All I would be given was an instruction Safeway Gateshead, Safeway Swaffam or Safeway Cardiff etc. No directions.

 Even without someone who could read a map getting to the town or city was no problem. The 18 year old would just sleep the entire journey. As we were a team Ruskin always came too. With 3,4 or 500 miles to drive he would sometimes fall asleep as well. As I pulled off the motorway or trunk road and slowed down he would wake up, knowing we were near our destination.

 Looking round he would sniff the air vents getting used to the new air. Opening the windows and turning on the blower slightly. “Supermarket”. Sniffing the air when I came to a round about I would ask him sraight on left or right. He would tell me by barking and looking. He could smell the bakery.

 Never once was he was wrong. The store manager many times was surprised we found the place without directions.

 All I did was buy an egg custard for my Bearded Collie sat nav. Eh before sat navs were invented.

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