I keep my PM box full. Use email to contact me: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Some people need to have everything handed to them on a platter. How sad Chris should have to take the heat from someone that can't take the responsibility for his own research and decisions.
Chris, thank you for all you do to keep this board going.
"We give dogs time we can spare, space we can spare and love we can spare. And in return, dogs give us their all. It's the best deal man has ever made." M.Facklam
Brittany - Border Collie/Springer Spaniel CGC - 03/03/1999 - 12/05/2014 My everything!
Zoe's Taller N Me - Zoe Irish Wolfhound 9/04/2004 - 11/20/2013 I love you Big Girl!
Ember Raise The Bar CGC - Corona (a fluffy)
Embers Aint Misbehavin - Flirt (Corona's mini me)
A good friend helps you up when you fall. A best friend pees their pants laughing and trips you again!
I've got a wonderful young dog I bought off the RTF Classified. I wouldn't have known about the litter with out it. Thand you!!! Yes, he has a long list of Great Names behind him and clearances to boot. A little research is needed, but that is half the fun.
Thanks for all you do. I'm going to pick up a pup from an add on here this weekend. After the call you made to me the other day shows you are top notch in my book!
Don't get discouraged Chris. Keep up the good work. Thanks.
Runs Creek Kennels
GRHRCH UH Sweet Virginia Breeze - 1000 Pt Club
HRCH UH Runs Creek's Meant To Be - 500 Pt Club
HRCH UH Runs Creek's Show Me The Money - 500 Pt. Club
Runs Creek's Fiddle of Gold
"So what is big is not always the Trout nor the Deer but the chance, the being there. And what is full is not necessarily the creel nor the freezer, but the memory." ~ Aldo Leopold
"The Greatest Obstacle to Discovery is not Ignorance -- It is the Illusion of Knowledge" ~ Daniel Boorstin
My FC AFC Oakdale Whitewater Devil Dog, Bam, was bought as an 8 week old puppy from an add on the RTF.
Thanks Chris for having the RTF.
You really gotta be careful about how high a pedestal you put your method, your accomplishments, your dog on. There's usually someone who's done more, somewhere. And they may have used a different method than you did! Chris Atkinson 2013
get your dog out and TRAIN! caryalsobrook 2013
It's hard not to get discouraged at times, especially when you are sent PMs derogating a resource you have provided free of charge for the retriever community, as well as spent many hours trying to "play janitor" as in the case with Chris, or for myself, as Moderator, getting replies from people that are ticked off because their classified ad has been deleted because it does not follow the posted guidelines or their duplicate ads have been combined.
In regard to the Classified forums, I have "form letters" which are sent via PMs to users that don't follow the guidelines by not including "required" information or posting duplicate (sometimes even triplicate) ads. If everyone that posts an ad in the Classified forums would take just a minute or two to read the Stickys at the top of the forums which explain the guidelines for posting (and then follow the guidelines), the Classifieds could run very smoothly. Most of the forums are set up so that the ads are deleted after 60 days. If everyone would take the time to post that their item/litter/dog was sold, that would be a big help also. I do try to check all of the Classified forums once a day to make sure the few guidelines that Chris has in place are being followed.
For me, helping Chris as a Moderator on RTF, is just another way to give back to the sport and dogs I love so much. Chris has said to me many times after a problem has come up that he would understand if I ever wanted to quit. It's those times I find myself thinking of my signature line regarding "slinkies" and say to Chris "It's all good."
Thanks to those of you that alert us when the occasional spam is posted or there is a thread that might need to be monitored. With busy lives, it's not always possible to read each and every post
Hey Chris......"it's all good!"
http://www.oakdaleretrievers.com/Remembrance.html "You'll Cry"
Training is not science, it is art. A blend of this, a measure of that, a deep breath at the appropriate moment and always a loving touch.