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Old 12-31-2007, 09:08 AM
Mike Jordan Mike Jordan is offline
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Hi,

If you are a new member to the forum, please take a moment and introduce yourself (and your dog(s) if you have any) so that others will know that you have joined.

Welcome to the Echo Bouvier Message Forum.

Mike & Sue
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Old 01-04-2008, 01:13 AM
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I just yesterday joined the forum. My wife and I have three Bouviers (Sadie is age 10, Roxanne is 8, and Vivie is 5), and we also have one Affenpinscher, Rrruff is 1. We live in New York State. Seven years ago we started a yearly gathering of Bouvier people and their dogs which we dubbed BouvStock. After a couple of 'bouvwalk' attempts had come and gone here in New York State, we were not sure how our effort would go, but it has been quite successful. We have had visits from people and Bouvs from 7 states and Canada.

I am an artist, have been drawing most of my life, and in the last several years started engraving glass. My glass engraving subjects, and drawings, includes many breeds of dogs, especially Bouviers, portraits of people, scenes from nature, and my original compositions which are usually surreal in nature. I donate many of my glass engraved pieces as trophies for dog shows and for fund-raising for ABRL and for NAWBA. Since we cannot get to most of the events it seems to be a good way to help support those organizations.

David
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Old 01-05-2008, 03:55 AM
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Hi David, welcome to the forum. I think it's great that you have the talent to capture Bouviers in drawings and in glass. I've seen some of your work and you do some great work.

Hopefully we'll get the sizing problem worked out so you can display some of your work on here for others to see.

Mike
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Old 01-27-2008, 09:58 AM
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I am a new member to the forum.... but I think I am more a ghost from the past :P

Sue... read your mail :P.

Rob "Neandy" Berkers.
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Old 01-27-2008, 10:34 AM
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From the past surely, but hardly a ghost....

Rob and I are olllllld friends from pre-Internet days. We first met on a FIDONet echo called ASIAN-LINK in the early 1990s and eventually both became members of the worldwide moderator team for the echo.

It was an absolute delight to hear from him via the forum and EMAIL today.. it's been MUCH too long without contact.

In 1994, I had plans to travel to Germany as pay back for a visit from our German moderator Klaus. Rob was crazy enough to insist that I visit Holland too and I spent a wonderful two weeks as his guest. We saw so much of Holland... so many wonderful sights and interesting places. I still marvel at the day we spent at Apenhuel, a primate sanctuary where the monkeys are loose all over the grounds. If I lived there I would visit there as often as I could. We traveled by foot and bicycle a good bit of the time so it was almost a "boot camp" for me, but we sure had a good time and I came home in MUCH better shape than I had left in. I have never forgotten the warm hospitality I enjoyed there.

I am also indebted to Rob for very good advice he gave me while I was visiting. I could easily have come home from Holland with a Bouvier, but I took his advice and decided to look closer to home, and in retrospect his advice was right on target. Thanks again Robby!

I even had my own little bed puppy while I was visiting.... Bommel the JRT was such a hoot, and I came to love Rob's old Bas too...the first Friese Stabyhoun I had ever met....a lovely old gentleman he was.

So welcome Robby... and don't be such a stranger again!


Doeeiiiii!

Sue
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Old 01-27-2008, 11:45 AM
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Rob, let me add my welcome as well. It's great that you have joined. But tell me, how did you find us?

Mike
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Old 01-28-2008, 06:45 AM
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From the past surely, but hardly a ghost....
Ha... my gray hairs may proof differently

Ah, Fidonet... at times I still missed. Dealing out to BBSes all over the world to deliver crash-mail :P.
But the community of Fidonet was great.

I have been last year again to the Apenheul.... It is still as awesome as it was at the time we were there.
Only thing which is a bit sad it that nowadays they discourage direct contact between the (smaller) monkeys and humans. Even with big signs telling people that for a monkey petting on the head is threat and not a treat, people kept doing it... with all consequences of that.

We have been indeed to some nice places here... but if you would come again, I would show Amsterdam (where I have been born)... only because this fun memory I have...
Some time ago a young lady from Switzerland (a far relative) was staying at our place and I showed her Amsterdam. So at a certain moment she asked me "So where is this famous Red Light District".
I placed a hand on her shoulder and turned her around: "We are standing right in the middle of it!"
I never saw a girl getting red that fast and blushing that deeply.... I am mean, I know :P.

Anyway... talking about Bommel. I still miss the little fellow. He and I were big friends.

On my Flickr-page you will find some pictures of Bas breed... Binke and Boukje

Do you remember Ryan? The old pony? She turned out to be a though one. Around last Christmas she passed away on the age of 34....

Who a stranger? Me? Where were you?

Don't worry, I stick around :P.

Rob.
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Old 01-28-2008, 06:50 AM
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Rob, let me add my welcome as well. It's great that you have joined. But tell me, how did you find us?
Thank you for your welcome, Mike.

As I told Sue in my mail, I found you by pure coincidence.

As you may know, Flickr (the site were I store my pictures) has a very detailed map where people can add the locations where they made their pictures.

So I was moving my mouse-pointer over North America... and suddenly, completely unexpected, a name I was trying to remember for so long popped up there: Hillsboro.

So I did a search on Google on Sue Matthews and Hillsboro.... and when of the first results showed Sue Matthews, Mike Jordan and Bouvier I knew I found what I was looking for...

And well... here I am

Rob.
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Old 01-30-2008, 03:02 PM
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Yeah, I noticed a few gray hairs in the picture on your Flikr site Robby. You're not alone in that though!

I remember all the signs at Apenhuel .. "Don't Touch the Monkeys!" but what they really needed were signs for the monkeys... "Don't Touch the Humans!" We figured out pretty quickly that if we just stood really still with hands in our pockets the Capuchin and Rhesus monkeys would climb right up and sit on our shoulders. The tiny little monkeys that were shivering in the hedges outside of the gorilla house were only too happy to jump into my hands to warm up too.

There was a news story the other day that said they were razing a lot of buildings in the red light district in Amsterdam...no more sidewalk level "picture windows" I guess. Ohhh well...


So sorry to hear about the old mare. She was such a nice girl. I still chuckle when I remember how surprised Joke was when we were at the stable that day and you two tried to play a trick on me by asking me to longe the mare. Joke was just stunned that the mare moved out, changed paces, and stopped when I told her too. "But she does not know English and you do not know Dutch!" Fortunately though for me Ryan understood body language.


You take care Rob...

Cheers,
Sue
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Old 06-17-2008, 02:02 PM
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Hi to all - I am Kathleen and I live near Belleville, Ontario Canada with my Hubby of almost 21 years and 5 bouviers. Harley and Norton are our 2 purchased bouviers and Cooper, Gus and Bella are rescues. We had one more who passed on in March of 2007.

Harley will be 15 in August of this year and Norton turned 13 in February of this year. Gus will be 6 in December, Bella 5 in July and Cooper is a good guess - we think around 10-12.

Harley is dealing with Glaucoma, Norton with being an old fart ), Cooper has bad hips, Gus has attitude and Bella is just telling everyone what the reorganized pecking order is.

I would love to hear form anyone who has dealt with Glaucoma and their bouv to help me understand how to deal with it.

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Kathleen, Gord and the pack.
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Old 06-17-2008, 04:23 PM
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Hi Kathleen, welcome to the Bouvier Forum. From your list of Bouvs, you have a few that are getting up there in age as well. We have 3 getting ready to turn 11, one turning 8, a 2 year old and a 3 year old male (all the others are girls) and one 12 or there abouts miniture Dacshund that pretty much raised all the Bouvs and keeps them in line.

While we have not had Glaucoma in any of our dogs, Sue has had to deal with it in others that we've fostered. She will jump in and answer your question here or on the Bouv List as soon as she gets a chance. We have been dealing with one of our 11 year olds that has bad hips and she's lost motor function in them last week. The vet says she's pretty healthy, even for her age, so we're trying to find something to get her back on her feet, if that's possible. So we've been busy dealing with that and getting a lot less sleep than we normally do. But Sue knows you are on and I'm sure she will be answering you on it. I don't anything about stuff like that and I just play welcome wagon for when people join the forum.

So, again, welcome.

Mike
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Old 02-13-2009, 12:45 PM
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Hi there! We are Karen and Whitney, along with our Bouviers Hugo, age 10, and Hillary, age 9mo. We live in West Seattle. We've joined to continue our knowledge of Bouviers. Even though we have had Bouviers since 1986, the more we know, the more we don't know. Our beloved Stoney died last summer at age 9 yrs.

In the past we have shown in confirmation and enjoy herding. We are fair weather herders, I'm afraid. Too much mud, but the dogs love it so. We do it primarily for the dog's enjoyment and exercise.

These days we are spending all our time 'bringing up baby'. What fun and how much I have forgotten about puppies over the last ten years. Looking forward to learning from everyone.

Karen, Hugo, Whit and Hillary
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Old 02-13-2009, 02:36 PM
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Hi Karen, welcome to the forum. I'm glad to see we got you all squared away with getting signed up and logged on.

Fair weather herders? Now that's something that you don't see very much here in the Northwest. Probably neither the sheep nor dogs would know what to do if it wasn't wet and muddy out in the fields during herding trials.

Again, welcome to you and your herd.

Mike
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Old 04-03-2009, 12:46 AM
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Hello Everyone,

I am new to this forum, and i like this one. I have only one dog named sladra.

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Sue... read your mail :P.

Rob "Neandy" Berkers.
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Old 04-03-2009, 01:08 PM
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Hi Melisa, welcome to the Echo Bouvier forum. We have a number of people that read the postings, but it's been slow getting them to post. So I'm glad to see you took the time to post your message.

Again, welcome.

Mike
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