Stockdog Journal

Posted April 26th, 2012 — Filed in Stockdogs

Bud will be writing some articles for The Stockdog Journal.  These will be reminisces of some of the dogs we have owned or worked over our lifetime.  You can find more information about this magazine on their website at

Subscription Website

Posted April 12th, 2012 — Filed in Subscription Site Information

We’ve received a lot of “OH, NO!” messages from my notice that we plan to close the Subscription Website next year.

Actually, we won’t be closing the website, we just won’t charge for it after April 30, 2013. Bud feels obligated to post something to the site pretty often. If we aren’t charging he won’t feel that he has to write unless something comes up that he feels is important. Also, it’s inevitable that at some point we won’t be able to keep it up, then we’d  have the bookkeeping chore of figuring and refunding the pre-paid part of the subscriptions. People who are paid-up at the time of the closing will continue to have access. I haven’t decided how to handle new people who want to connect after April 2013, maybe charge them a flat fee.  Since we leave all of the past postings up, a new person will have access to a lot of good stuff and Bud will still answer your questions.

On-going Dog Correspondence (more added 4/5/2012)

Posted April 5th, 2012 — Filed in Stockdogs, Stockmanship

To: Sent: Wednesday, November 23, 2011 2:33 PM

Good morning Bud and Eunice & nbsp; &n bsp;  . . . . . I have been using the dvds that i have got from you to handle my cattle. It works so well that my cows walk every where they go now and will stay in the corral for hours with gate open chewing cud or laying down. I have worked with three different groups of cattle and they all handle the same. But i took me twenty to forty hours per group to get them this way. I am wondering if this is normal amount time to settle them for a first timer. Because i want to go to Alaska to gather cattle or maybe start a ranch there some day. I am working with the  . . . .   ranch . . . . to gather 150 head . They have not been handled in 25 years and the island is 33.000 acres. I heard you have done this before and if the handling was the same on wild cattle that had gone feral. I also started working my border collie pups on the cattle , once i could handle them to help keep them bunched. But now their getting bigger with more bite I want the dogs to work on their own but the cattle don’t like the amount of pressure they put on them. But i am trying to built confident in my pups to bite , only when they need to with out making a trial dog. I was wondering if going to . . . .  was getting in over my head or what i would need to do to make this happen to prepare my self and the dogs. & nbsp; &n bsp; &nb sp; &nbs p; & nbsp; &n bsp; I would be every grateful for any expertise that you would be willing to share. Thanks for time  *************************

Sent: Wednesday, November 23, 2011 5:36 PM

The length of time it takes to work animals will be determined by the skill of the person doing it more than where the animals are at.   This worked with reindeer in Alaska where there were no fences and the area was 5 million acres or actually all of North West Alaska that the deer wanted to use.  It worked on the cattle on the eastern end of Umnak Island, Alaska  which had at least (more…)