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By Dan Morse and Dan Morse,SUN STAFF | August 16, 1996
The geese had better get gone.Come March, the Columbia Association (CA) plans to be the proud owner of a border collie, a plan approved recently by the Columbia Council, CA's governing body.CA intends to unleash the border collie on a flock of geese that often leave droppings on the banks of Lake Kittamaqundi near outdoor restaurants. CA now spends $20,000 a year in labor to clean up after the geese, said Fred Pryor, manager of open space at CA.He said the purchase and one year of dog care will cost $16,606.
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By Janene Holzberg, Special to The Baltimore Sun | April 21, 2011
Tony slunk down low on his haunches and crept toward the flock of sheep he lives to control, giving them "the eye" as he made his way down a slope to their pasture. So intense was his stare that if an observer didn't know the 3-year-old border collie was working, he might think Tony was preparing to pounce as the 18 ewes grazed on new grass at Clark's Elioak Farm. "Sometimes all he has to do is turn his head, and they move," said Janet Harvey, resident shepherd at the 214-year-old farming operation off Route 108 in Ellicott City.
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By Alisa Samuels and Alisa Samuels,SUN STAFF | July 3, 1996
Fed up with the mess from free-ranging geese at Columbia's lakefront, Columbia Association officials are considering a little creative nuisance control -- of the four-footed variety.In a noisy but effective demonstration last Friday, Jezebel the border collie scattered a flock of more than 50 geese from the hillside above Lake Kittamaqundi into the safety of the lake itself."It was great," said Fred Pryor, director of open space management for CA. "Very effective, very swift. Nobody was hurt, and that really is all you can ask for."
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By Mary Gail Hare and Mary Gail Hare,SUN STAFF | July 5, 2005
More intimidating than a green-eyed gator, speedier than a flapping goose, he's Zip, a streak of gray, white and black collie who hounds waterfowl at a popular Carroll County park. Sporting a short coat that dubs him a "working dog," Zip races around Westminster Community Pond, hustling honking geese into the water. The birds hiss but don't venture ashore to tangle with the wiry border collie, who so frustrates the geese that many have flown off to another watering hole. Dan Laxton, a former MCI employee, trained his 55-pound male collie to herd fowl but not hurt them.
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By Mary Gail Hare and Mary Gail Hare,SUN STAFF | July 5, 2005
More intimidating than a green-eyed gator, speedier than a flapping goose, he's Zip, a streak of gray, white and black collie who hounds waterfowl at a popular Carroll County park. Sporting a short coat that dubs him a "working dog," Zip races around Westminster Community Pond, hustling honking geese into the water. The birds hiss but don't venture ashore to tangle with the wiry border collie, who so frustrates the geese that many have flown off to another watering hole. Dan Laxton, a former MCI employee, trained his 55-pound male collie to herd fowl but not hurt them.
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By Dan Morse and Dan Morse,SUN STAFF | July 3, 1997
Spiffy ponds for sleeping. Neatly trimmed grass for eating. And no hunting.Suburbs are fields of dreams for Canada geese -- more than 1 million of which no longer migrate to Canada but have taken up full-time residence in the eastern United States.They pollute ponds, befoul fairways and -- officials fear -- get sucked into airplane engines.Increasingly, the suburbs are fighting back. In Columbia, that means a highly trained, $3,000 border collie named Bud: a small cog in a growing industry devoted to scaring off geese to -- well, other suburbs.
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By Dan Morse and Dan Morse,SUN STAFF | July 12, 1996
The Columbia Association's governing body last night tackled two seemingly small issues that have caught the attention of Columbia residents -- a brightly lighted sign and bird droppings.In the sign matter, the governing body -- also known as the Columbia Council -- voted to send a letter to the Howard County Board of Education asking school officials to meet with residents of the Oakland Mills village to work out an "amicable solution" to ++ a controversial sign recently erected in front of Oakland Mills High School.
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By Ellen Hawks and Ellen Hawks,Evening Sun Staff | May 15, 1991
DEBBIE WALTZ is looking forward to her biggest event of this busy month when she and her dog, Peanuts, will participate in the Preakness Best Friends Walk Sunday between 1 and 3 p.m. at Oregon Ridge Park on Beaver Dam Road in Cockeysville.Debbie hopes many people will bring their pets to walk in this benefit for United Cerebral Palsy of Central Maryland. Proceeds will go to its residential services program, which gives adults who have cerebral palsy the opportunity to live active, independent and productive lives as members of the community.
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By Sandy Alexander and Sandy Alexander,SUN STAFF | May 2, 2004
Eight skinny, white sheep pricked up their ears and scurried forward in a tight huddle as Strike, a 1-year-old black-and-white border collie, bounded around them in a wide arc. Strike's owner, Linda Tesdahl of Mount Airy, stood on the other side of the flock, shouting commands and holding out her arms to guide the dog. Then she put one hand up, palm out, and Strike stopped instantly, dropping his silky body to the ground and watching her intently....
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By Janene Holzberg, Special to The Baltimore Sun | April 21, 2011
Tony slunk down low on his haunches and crept toward the flock of sheep he lives to control, giving them "the eye" as he made his way down a slope to their pasture. So intense was his stare that if an observer didn't know the 3-year-old border collie was working, he might think Tony was preparing to pounce as the 18 ewes grazed on new grass at Clark's Elioak Farm. "Sometimes all he has to do is turn his head, and they move," said Janet Harvey, resident shepherd at the 214-year-old farming operation off Route 108 in Ellicott City.
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January 21, 2005
Kids Healthworks Friday, 7 a.m. Discovery Health "Diet and the Healthy Child." What steps can parents / caregivers take to ensure that their kids are starting out with a healthy approach to living? Understanding Friday, 6 p.m. (Repeats Saturday at 2 a.m. and 10 a.m.) Science "The Amazing Brain." The brain's intricate organization is revealed through real-life stories of a teenager with an off-the-charts IQ and a child with half his brain removed to control seizures. Innovative medical tools, including 3-D imaging, track the brain in action.
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By Sarah Merkey and Sarah Merkey,SPECIAL TO THE SUN | May 30, 2004
Border collies and their handlers from far and wide are spending a working Memorial Day weekend competing in the third Sheep Dog Trial and Festival at the Steppingstone Museum in Havre de Grace. Roy Johnson of Gladys, Va., has been judging more than 200 dogs based on how well they can herd sheep through a course and into a pen, a task that favors dogs with speed and stamina. The competition continues through tomorrow. Sheepdog trials are about showing off the herding ability of border collies, said Steve Paxton-Hill, who is co-host of the trials with his wife, Kathryn.
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By Sandy Alexander and Sandy Alexander,SUN STAFF | May 2, 2004
Eight skinny, white sheep pricked up their ears and scurried forward in a tight huddle as Strike, a 1-year-old black-and-white border collie, bounded around them in a wide arc. Strike's owner, Linda Tesdahl of Mount Airy, stood on the other side of the flock, shouting commands and holding out her arms to guide the dog. Then she put one hand up, palm out, and Strike stopped instantly, dropping his silky body to the ground and watching her intently....
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By Sandy Alexander and Sandy Alexander,SUN STAFF | May 2, 2004
Eight skinny, white sheep pricked up their ears and scurried forward in a tight huddle as Strike, a 1-year-old black-and-white border collie, bounded around them in a wide arc. Strike's owner, Linda Tesdahl of Mount Airy, stood on the other side of the flock, shouting commands and holding out her arms to guide the dog. Then she put one hand up, palm out, and Stripe stopped instantly, dropping his silky body to the ground and watching her intently....
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By Laura Cadiz and Laura Cadiz,SUN STAFF | July 19, 2002
At first the Canada geese flocking to Columbia's lakefront parks were cute, then they became annoying. Now, they've become an esthetic menace. Columbia's growing plague reflects a national trend. This year, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service proposed rules that would permit killing more than a million of an estimated 3.5 million resident Canada geese that have been overstaying their welcome in the United States. The birds are protected by a 1916 Migratory Bird Treaty. While the resident aliens have been polluting golf courses and gobbling crops across the nation, Columbia has a unique problem.
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By Maria Blackburn and Maria Blackburn,SUN STAFF | December 13, 2000
They are two 30-pound fluffs of white, black and gray fur, splayed out like throw rugs on the floor in Paulena Hope's Westminster living room. Most of the day, the border collies - Time Flys and Flurry - lie there and snooze in the sun streaming through the windows, dreaming of squirrels and fire hydrants or whatever it is that dogs dream of. It is, to say the least, typical doggie stuff. But Time Flys and Flurry aren't typical dogs. For proof, one only need watch the canines race through the obstacle course - a 20-inch-high PVC pipe and garden trellis jumps, wooden seesaws and plastic tunnels - on the windy stretch of grass behind Hope's ranch house.
NEWS
January 21, 2005
Kids Healthworks Friday, 7 a.m. Discovery Health "Diet and the Healthy Child." What steps can parents / caregivers take to ensure that their kids are starting out with a healthy approach to living? Understanding Friday, 6 p.m. (Repeats Saturday at 2 a.m. and 10 a.m.) Science "The Amazing Brain." The brain's intricate organization is revealed through real-life stories of a teenager with an off-the-charts IQ and a child with half his brain removed to control seizures. Innovative medical tools, including 3-D imaging, track the brain in action.
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By Sandy Alexander and Sandy Alexander,SUN STAFF | May 2, 2004
Eight skinny, white sheep pricked up their ears and scurried forward in a tight huddle as Strike, a 1-year-old black-and-white border collie, bounded around them in a wide arc. Strike's owner, Linda Tesdahl of Mount Airy, stood on the other side of the flock, shouting commands and holding out her arms to guide the dog. Then she put one hand up, palm out, and Stripe stopped instantly, dropping his silky body to the ground and watching her intently....
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