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Congratulations to Zoe MacBean and her Lacy Taliesin, NLDA Dog of the Year.

“Taliesin (aka Tally) was born on my birthday and has truly been a gift and a blessing. He came into my life at a time when both my marriage and my sweet old stockdog were falling apart.

We live in a small, remote town (accessible only by ferry) on the edge of a vast wilderness. To say we have a healthy bear population is a profound understatement. The little acreage we rent sits on the edge of a salmon creek and is a commuter route for bears, wolves and cougar. Our area also boasts a very large eagle population and huge egg-stealing, chick-gobbling ravens.

I keep a small flock of sheep and a handful of pack goats along with assorted poultry and a small mule. A good dog is essential in these parts. Despite our geographic isolation, we have neighbours on all sides so shooting predators is rarely an option. Besides, we’re a conservation minded lot, bears are quite trainable and orphan cubs are hooligans.

My old girl Rowan was a marvellous bear dog and a fine hand with sheep. She passed along her knowledge of bears to Molly, our foxhound, who in turn showed Tally the ropes. And just before she “went on ahead” she must have whispered her stockdog secrets in Tally’s ear. He was just 7 months when she left us and he was already doing work that would have impressed me in a dog twice his age.

Tally usually starts his day with morning chores. We feed the goats and mule separately from the sheep but in the same paddock. Tally has informed the goats that they are to eat from their own pile at least until the sheep get a chance at theirs. Don’t ask me how he managed this. He just did.
If we’re feeding grain (only about a month out of the year), his job is to collect the feed pans afterwards so I don’t have to go find them in the dark later on.

Our fledgling farm is still largely unfenced and the price of hay here is astronomical ($38/bale for alfalfa) so getting the sheep out to graze is important. I used to have to stand there and watch them lest they wander down the drive to the highway or up the cut into bear territory or over to the neighbour’s hay field. I was impressed a year ago that Tally could help me bring them back. Now I take it for granted that I can get busy with other jobs or even go in the house to bake and Tally will either tell me there’s a problem or just go fetch them back himself. Truly, they rarely try to leave now – they know better than to test him.

He keeps a sharp eye on the skies, too, because eagles will stoop and strike right at our doorstep and the ravens are always hungry. They sure don’t try much when Tal’s on duty. I’ve seen eagles pull a u-turn when they spot him in the yard!
Come time to bring the sheep back in, I just say, “bedtime” or “I need sheep” and he’s off like a rocket. I just stand at the gate and wait most times. He rarely needs help. He’s also learned that sometimes I want just sheep and sometimes I want the goats, too.

If the goats were picketed and I’m leading them back in on halters, I just say “escort only” and he puts just enough pressure on to keep them trotting along nicely.
Out on the trails when we’re packing we say “they’re your brothers here” and he has to leave them in peace to do their work.

We often have to sort sheep for herding lessons or to do foot care and shearing. He’s learning their names and how to help me catch one specifically, then hold it to me while I trim or medicate. Equally important, when I say “let her go”, I can release her and not have him chase. Sometimes I need goats to be moved and he knows he’s allowed to yell at them and back it up with teeth if necessary – goats are not known for their obliging ways. They rarely argue with him these days.

In addition to his farm work, Tally has to help me teach at Dog Club two nights/week. He’s sharp as a tack and keeps me on my toes as we work on agility, rally, perch work and tricks. We’re adding scent work to the class rotation and he loves it. He’ll do pretty much anything I ask him to and do it well but if he thinks I’m doing it wrong or that what I’m asking is stupid, he’ll grumble like a cranky old man the whole time. The class is generally laughing hysterically by the time we’re done. Then the next time we do the same exercise he acts like it’s no big deal because we’ve always done it this way.

When we’re not teaching or farming, we’re hiking or swimming or travelling together. I’ve been training dogs now for about thirty years and he is hands down the smartest and weirdest dog I’ve ever worked with that was still functional.

He is also in no small way the reason I now have two “handsome silver gentlemen” in my life.So, in addition to all his other skills, apparently he can also mend a broken heart.”
– Zoe

Past dog of the year winners:
Wes Mundy’s Brutus 2014
BBK’s Patch 2015
Middleton’s Cazadora Rowdy 2016
Low’s Taliesin 2017

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The NLDA Annual Meeting and Fellowship Dove Hunt was a huge success! We raised over $3,000 for the hurricane relief fund. We would like to thank all of the people who were involved in putting this event together and everyone who came out to show their support. Thanks to Reneau Farm, Lauri Lowry, Shane Lowry, Amber Low Middleton, D.J. Middleton, Rod Buvens and event sponsors Texas Farm Bureau, Randy Bartel Commercial Truck Center and to the numerous donors.

With the proceeds from this fundraiser we have chosen to donate to four organizations that are helping both animals and people affected by Hurricane Harvey. Each of these organizations has received an $800 donation from the NLDA.

Adventure in Youth Missions, Inc. (http://www.aiym.org/)
Restoration Ranch (http://www.restorationranch.org/)
Key to Happiness Rescue
SPCA of Texas (https://www.spca.org/hurricane-harvey)

Additionally, the NLDA and the National Lacy Dog Registry donated $200 to Mrs. Siwek’s class at Lemm Elementary to help with immediate needs right after the hurricane.

 

 

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The NLDA is putting on a get-together / banquet and dove hunt in New Braunfels on Sept. 16th. All the proceeds from this event go directly toward supporting the breed you love.
This will be a great opportunity to meet other lacy dog enthusiasts, get involved with the club and spend some time in the outdoors with family.

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Tracking and treeing events.

There is a parking area (no hookups) for RVs.

Concessions available during the bay and a special Thank You dinner Saturday night.

We will be having a raffle fund raiser and auction to benefit NLDA member Rachael Connally to assist with medical expenses.

Let us know if you have an item to donate to the fund raiser. No donation is too small!

Members Meeting
There will be an NLDA meeting Saturday night.

The NLDA will be hosting a tracking dog clinic during the Lone Star Bowhunters Banquet on June 11th, 2016 at Reunion Ranch in Georgetown, Texas.
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Our workshops are appropriate for beginner and novice dogs and their handlers as well as anyone else just interested in learning more about tracking dogs. During a typical workshop, everyone has a chance to work their dog on a blood trail. We will have about 40 acres of diverse terrain to work on.

Seminar topics covered generally include:

» Starting a dog and Building drive
» Training techniques
» GPS and E-collar use

A tracking lead will be provided if you do not have one. If you plan to stay at the banquet all day, bring a crate and water dish. Reunion Ranch has a nice covered porch so your dog can be crated in the shade while you play.

The entry fee is $40. Half will be donated back to the LSBA. We will provide donuts and beverages.

It will be at Reunion Ranch in Georgetown.
The start time is 9 am.

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Winners of the Feb 2016 NLDA Hog Dog Trials
Puppy Bay
1st – Shep’s Lone Star Lacys “Ole Shep”
2nd – Sandy Mira “Ram”
3rd David Denman “Trixie”

Young & Old
1st – Chris Merworth and David Shepherd “Pete and Ole Shep”
2nd – John Wyble and David Shepherd “Bull and Ole Shep”
3rd – Rick Carter and David Denman “Ariel and Buck”

Two Dog Am
1st – The Leeks “Ben and Colt”
2nd – Jay Davis and David Denman “Ranger and Buck”
3rd – Chris Merworth and Jay Davis “Pete and Ranger”

Single Dog Am
1st – Chris Merworth ” Pete”
2nd – Shane Lowry “Belle”
3rd – John Wyble “BBK’s Sammy”

Youth Bay
1st – Josie Davis “Pete”
2nd – Autumn Merworth “Daisy”
3rd – Jaylee Davis “Ranger”

2 Dog Open
1st – Chris Merworth “Pete and Daisy”
2nd – Jay Davis and Chris Merworth “Ranger and Pete”
3rd – John Wyble and David Denman “Bull and Buck”

Single Dog Open
Chris Merworth “Daisy”
David Denman “Buck”
Shep’s Lonestar Lacys “Ole Shep”

The 2016 calendar now available for purchase!
12 Month Wall Calendar
Images were submitted by our members and fans. Get your copy today! Makes a great gift for the holidays!

Contributing photographers:
Courtney Farris
Andrew Virdell
Elaine Jones
Wes Mundy
Chris Day

$17.50 + shipping

We are taking pre-orders now. These will ship the week of December 10th…just in time for Christmas!

Order online!

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We are looking for fun, creative, or interesting photos for our annual Working Lacys calendar.
The profits from calendar sales help support the mission of NLDA. If your images is chosen, you will receive a free calendar.
2015calPlease consider the quality of the photos. The winning images will be cropped for 8.5″ X 11″ horizontalcalendar so they must be at least 300 dpi or 1200×1600 pixels. You may submit as many pictures as you want. The deadline is Monday, November 23rd. You will be able to pre-order calendars beginning on Black Friday. They will ship out in time for Christmas.Submit your best pictures to nationallacydog@gmail.com

By submitting content to the NLDA for the Working Lacys Calendar you hereby permit usage, reproduction, printing and distribution of all submitted content. Thank you and we are looking forward to receiving your photos!

Breeders,

Do you wish to take part in the stewardship of the Lacy breed? To leave a legacy of well bred, healthy Lacys with strong working instincts? Is the preservation of the working-type Lacy your personal passion?

The NLDA Approved Breeder Program recognizes reputable breeders who have been heavily involved in the breed for many years, breeding responsibly and producing quality, healthy puppies.

The program was designed to recognize breeders who take an active role with their dogs and demonstrate an above-average commitment to the breed.

Approved breeders have the power to influence, guide and teach future Lacy breeders and owners.

Approved Breeders receive

» Preferred listing on NLDA website and forum

» Preferred referral by NLDA staff

» A free one-page web ad for one full year on NLDA’s website.

» Discount on all Registration Fees

To become an Approved Breeder, you must

1) Join the NLDA

2.) Have at least one working Lacy Dog over 18 months of age that has passed inspection and is registered with the NLDR

3.) Submit a completed application and $25 fee.

Anyone can breed dogs. Are you just a breeder or are you a breeder committed to both improving the breed through selective breeding programs and proving your dogs’ working abilities both in the field and via performance trials? If you’re the kind of breeder that prefers quality over quantity, become an NLDA Approved Breeder.

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