I just wanted to pop on here and say that I am so glad that the past
month or so of postings has not been so sad as it was. That November to
January period saw several of the list members here and on AWFA list,
suffer some of our beloved dogs passing away from assorted situations.
Among the deaths was our loosing Lady after half a year battle with
Cancer. It appears that cycle has been broken and with news of puppies
being born and such, we'll, it SURE is nice to hear more GOOD news than
sad on the lists for a change!
Last year about the end of summer ML Church and I email-talked about
trying to have a small picnic gathering of members located in upper NW
Oregon and lower SW Washington. We just didn't have enough time to make
it happen last year, but if we get started now, there should be plenty
of time to get something planned. There is a great park near my home
that has plenty of parking, water on site, a clean porta-potty, tables,
and charcoal grills, and lots of open space. The park rules do require
pets to be on leash, but that is becoming so common in the past years,
it is the exception to find a place where dogs can be off-leash. We are
located about 10 miles south of downtown Portland Oregon, very close to
the I-5 corridor, so getting here is real easy for anyone in the
region. I want to put this idea out there among the members and see if
there is still an interest in this kind of gathering....The park is also
used for Soccer so we would have to schedule a time that no-one else has
the place officially 'booked'. If there is still interest in a
gathering this year, I will get a schedule from the City that owns the
park, and find out what dates are open.
Some of us n this list are also subscribers to the AWFA list, like me,
but I am not really an active participant over there. My dogs are not
'working' dogs with real jobs to on a ranch or farm, and hence there is
no need be tested and registered or certified for professional skills,
as is the focus on that list, but I DO enjoy the dog talk that goes on.
If we actually do this, I think it would be nice to invite members of
the AWFA list as well, once we have a date set. What do YOU folks on the
FARMCOLLIE list think?
I have photos of the park in a www.photobucket account. If there is
interest, I will post the link to those photos for you all to see, and
move on towards a decision if we ought to try for the gathering at all,
and if so, if this place will work, or if we should look for a different
Cookie, TahTay, Sky, Java, and Lucky
RIP: Lady and Tyson
Cheers to all/