Hi Jennifer - just a quick note before I take off for a couple of weeks. I like the idea of a gathering for NW folks sometime maybe late summer? I can invite the AWFA folks also, I think there's quite a bit of crossover between the two lists. Your idea for a location sounds good - let's talk more about this when I get back. Thanks for bringing it up! ML
--- On Fri, 2/26/10, Jennifer WhiteWolf Crock <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
From: Jennifer WhiteWolf Crock <[log in to unmask]>
Subject: Re: [FARMCOLLIE] List not so sad this month / possible OR and WA gathering
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Date: Friday, February 26, 2010, 1:08 PM
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 location.
Cookie, TahTay, Sky, Java, and Lucky
RIP: Lady and Tyson
Cheers to all/