New member from WI

Please tell us about yourself! You will not be able to post on the rest of the board until you have posted here

Postby tiva » October 2nd, 2009, 1:45 pm

HI-
I'm a new member from Wisconsin. My husband and I have a small farm in southern WI (and I teach wildlife and forest ecology). We have two rescue pit bulls, Vanya and Tiva. Some details:

Vanya: about 2.5 years old, neutered male, adopted from the humane society about 2 years ago. He's an exuberant young male, quite dog-intense (Jean Donaldson's classic Tarzan).

Tiva: about 13.5 years old, spayed female, rescued off the city streets of NY about 12 years ago.

My training orientation is about 99% positive (clicker), mixed in with 1% e-collar training (on very low stim, for Vanya who became a cattle-chaser).

I'm a member of a bunch of other forums, and I'm happy to be here.
Nancy, w/ Vanya and Tiva
User avatar
tiva
Snot Nose Bully Pup
 
Posts: 165
Location: WI

Postby maberi » October 2nd, 2009, 1:56 pm

Welcome to the forum (I'm jealous of your career)


Matt
Look beyond what your own eyes see
User avatar
maberi
I Save My Empty Calories For The Bottle
 
Posts: 2781
Location: rochester, ny

Postby mnp13 » October 2nd, 2009, 2:34 pm

Hi Nancy!

tiva wrote:mixed in with 1% e-collar training (on very low stim, for Vanya who became a cattle-chaser).

Vanya must be a great dog, when Ruby decided that she wanted to eat my friend's fowl on his farm "low stim" wasn't in the realm of possibilities! :rolleyes2: There's a video somewhere of Connor being headed off by a not-so-happy cow that he was annoying.

What kind of farming do you do? What animals do you have?
Michelle

Inside me is a thin woman trying to get out. I usually shut the bitch up with a martini.
User avatar
mnp13
Evil Overlord
 
Posts: 17234
Location: Rochester, NY

Postby tiva » October 2nd, 2009, 2:40 pm

Small-scale organic--lots of fruits and veggies. But really we're in agritainment--most of the farm income comes from renting out our house (we live in the workshop) to guests from Chicago, who want to come pretend they're farmers.

Critters: We have a couple dozen chickens (and Vanya has indeed learned to ignore them, with the help of that magic collar) and a few hives of honeybees. Our neighbors have dairy cows. We had a third dog, a husky mix, but alas, at 15 years, she didn't make it through the summer.

And I can assure you all: Vanya didn't actually learn to stop chasing the cattle on super-low stim. He got kicked, hard, after sneaking through two goat-proof fences (but not Vanya proof fences, turns out) and jumping the cows. He was one lucky boy. He survived, and now he doesn't go anywhere near the cattle field.
User avatar
tiva
Snot Nose Bully Pup
 
Posts: 165
Location: WI

Postby mnp13 » October 2nd, 2009, 3:16 pm

Our friend's farm was organic as well, we loved going there. They wanted to get into the same thing - renting out a small cottage so people could come and play farmer for a week. But sadly, New York's Organic food certification group decided to be evil a few years ago and basically caused 75% of the family organic farms to go under. Yes, I'm bitter, and will be forever. :x

Anyway, I hear you about the fences. Connor and Ruby would back up and charge the fences and just scream as they got shocked on the way under. Then go about their merry way on the other side. :rolleyes2: The heifers weren't amused. The veals (or destined to be veals) were even less so. (what do you call young un-castrated cows? are they "cows"? the females are heifers but what are males?) The cows and bulls were really unimpressed!!

Here's Ruby with one of the pigs:
Image

There were lots of posts with pictures from the farm, but they were on a long-gone forum and I have no idea where they even are at this point.... I'll have to dig them up...
Michelle

Inside me is a thin woman trying to get out. I usually shut the bitch up with a martini.
User avatar
mnp13
Evil Overlord
 
Posts: 17234
Location: Rochester, NY

Postby pitbullmamaliz » October 2nd, 2009, 4:01 pm

Image

Hey Nancy, it's Liz & Inara from the CS yahoo group!!! Welcome to the gang! :wave:
"Remember - every time your dog gets somewhere on a tight leash *a fairy dies and it's all your fault.* Think of the fairies." http://www.positivepetzine.com"

http://www.pitbullzen.com
http://inaradog.wordpress.com
User avatar
pitbullmamaliz
Working out in the buff causes chafing
 
Posts: 15437
Location: Cleveland, OH

Postby iluvk9 » October 2nd, 2009, 4:04 pm

Welcome to the forum. :) I am a cowboy chaser.
iluvk9
I'm Cougarific!
 
Posts: 14900
Location: New York

Postby Marinepits » October 2nd, 2009, 5:09 pm

Welcome to the forum!
Never make someone a priority in your life when that someone treats you like an option.
User avatar
Marinepits
Proud Infidel
 
Posts: 15621
Location: New England

Postby madremissy » October 2nd, 2009, 7:47 pm

Hello and Welcome to PBT :wave2:
User avatar
madremissy
I have a basketball and I'm not afraid to use it.
 
Posts: 3786
Location: meansville, ga

Postby Jenn » October 2nd, 2009, 8:56 pm

Hello and welcome :wave2:
I used to think I was indecisive, but now I'm not so sure....
User avatar
Jenn
undecided
 
Posts: 11382
Location: TX

Postby tiva » October 3rd, 2009, 8:41 pm

Thanks for the generous welcomes (hi Liz and Inara!).

I re-read my second message and thought--oh no! you all will think I'm some evil dog-kicker! I didn't kick the poor dog, of course--the cows did.
User avatar
tiva
Snot Nose Bully Pup
 
Posts: 165
Location: WI

Postby Patch O' Pits » October 4th, 2009, 7:31 pm

Hi and welcome to the forum! :wave2:
Patch O' Pits Pursuit-O-Perfection

Run Hard at the Rainbow Bridge My Angel Sock-M! I Love You Baby Girl! Now that your Mom Starlit is up there too, please help her learn the ropes, love and keep her company until I can see you both again. Starlit I love you!
http://i14.tinypic.com/2a8q345.jpg
User avatar
Patch O' Pits
Welcome Wagger
 
Posts: 4426
Location: Northeastern, USA

Postby AllAmericanPUP » October 6th, 2009, 11:38 am

Welcome! :wave2:
User avatar
AllAmericanPUP
Eli's Mom
 
Posts: 412
Location: Taylorville,IL

Postby kera09 » October 6th, 2009, 11:56 am

welcome to pbt! :wave2:
duge, ava, lulu and martini's momma :)
User avatar
kera09
Hyper Adolescent Bully
 
Posts: 318
Location: rochester

Postby SLS61185 » October 6th, 2009, 2:17 pm

Hi, and welcome! I used to live in WI. Sheboygan, to be exact. Lived there for about 6-7 years... Just moved almost 3 years ago.
Stac

Today is the tomorrow that we worried about yesterday - Unknown
User avatar
SLS61185
Snot Nose Bully Pup
 
Posts: 153
Location: Spotsylvania, Virginia

Postby Pitbull-lvr-619 » October 7th, 2009, 2:51 am

Nice to hear you rescued them, i envy you having a farm sounds awesome :)
Listen to music and enjoy Life...oh yeah Chargers Rule!!!!
User avatar
Pitbull-lvr-619
Just Whelped
 
Posts: 3
Location: Lemon grave CA (San Diego)


Return to Introductions

Who is online

Users browsing this forum: Google [Bot]