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  5. I am so sorry for your loss. I don't think anyone can tell you when it is the right time to get another dog because it is such a personal decision. I can tell you my recent experience. Last year I was anticipating getting a puppy. My two BCs were Kylie (12 at the time) and Rusty (maybe the same age or older; he was a shelter dog when we got him.) Both had the usual old-age problems, and Kylie had been diagnosed in July with kidney disease. The vet said she would probably not last to January. Well, the pups were ready in August, and we ended up with not one, but two (litter mates - a boy and girl.) Yes, they were rambunctious, and pesky, but I noticed what Cressa had mentioned -- they gave an added spark back to the old dogs. I almost think it was that the older dogs wanted more attention with the new ones getting so much. Either way, even laid-back Rusty would go out and fly through our agility easy-and-low course with new stamina and interest. If the puppies were playing the agility game, the older ones wanted to do it, too!! I won't say the old ones doted on the pups, but they tolerated them quite well. One night in January, the dogs all got up to go out for the last time before bed, and Rusty simply collapsed. Long story short, the vet came in the morning to euthanized; she surmised maybe a stroke. So now I was left with Kylie (who we anticipated losing, yet here it is April and she is still going strong at 13.) I really wondered how this dynamic would affect our little pack. Rusty was a very laid-back dog and not dominant at all. It only took one day for me to find out. Kylie took a renewed interest in the pups almost immediately after Rusty died. The pups are now 9 months old. She plays with them, and barks for me to get them out of their crates when they are crated. Never in my wildest dreams did I anticipate her reacting like this. She plays with them in the evening. It's almost like when Rusty died, she figured the puppies were what she had left to keep her company! My take on all this is that over the years, I have always found my dogs to be very adaptable. What ever your decision, I wish you the best!
  6. I adopted Jess three years ago and there was no sign of mistreatment. She was about 3 when we got her and settled in well. We did agility for over a year and we both enjoyed it. She managed to tear a muscle in a front leg and was treated. She then hurt a back leg and had to have x-rays under general anaesthetic, this turn out to be a torn ligament. Within a week she started drinking excessive amounts of water and peeing just as much. She became quite ill and was detained at the vets. She was put on antibiotics and her health showed good signs of improvement apart from her drinking issues. She has been diagnosed with Insipidis Diabetes and has been prescribed Desmopressin Acetate 0.2mg, one a day. If these work she will always be on them. She is visibly happy, loves her walks and toys. Eating well, no sickness or weight loss. I am wondering what triggered this problem or was it coincidence it was just after a general anaesthetic. Is there anything else I can do for her in the future. The insurance won't last for ever, so what is the best way to buy her tablets. The first box of 90 was £225. Thank you for reading.
  7. Sometimes adding a young dogs adds a spark to your older ones life. However on the flips side depending on how long your elder lives you will have two vastly different dog needs to tend to.
  8. I'm so very sorry for your loss. Some rescues are more difficult to work with than others. I've volunteered for a couple of border collie specific rescues. One's pretty great to work with, though people who don't meet our guidelines will complain if they don't get approved. (E.g. we require that all adopted dogs will have to live in the house and not be housed outdoors.) The other one could be good but was also subject to the whims of the founder, who has sole discretion on who she accepts as an adopter and could just as easily dismiss an applicant for something she misinterpreted as for anything actually wrong with the app. I spent a couple years recently looking for a dog and had nearly as many rejections as approvals from a variety of rescues. Most don't tell you why they make the decisions they do. Although it's time consuming, I'd apply to as many breed specific rescues that will adopt into your area and any other rescues that seem to get border collies in as you can. Unless they're all denying your application -- in which case I'd take an open minded and honest look at your situation to see if you can understand why -- I'd just follow the ones that approved you and forget about the others. It's hard not to understand why an app has been denied, but sometimes it has as much about the peculiarities of the particular rescue as it has to do with you specifically. Kudos to you for avoiding the ACK bred dogs if you end up purchasing. But please remember that no registry, including ABCA, is a guarantee of quality. It's just a record keeping organization that maintains a studbook and maintains a record of new litters' parentage. There are plenty of ABCA breeders who are no more concerned about selecting for working ability than the guy down the road who has a Lab bitch he breeds to the first person he finds on Craiglist who'll breed his intact male to it. The first can't guarantee an open trial dog or one who can manage a range flock any more than the second can guarantee s show champion. You've got to do your homework to find the kind of breeder who produces the kind of dogs you want. And some of the best working dogs are aloof and not particularly affectionate, while others are the opposite. Neither characteristic is genetically linked to working ability. And some pups from stellar working parents don't seem to get much of their parents' working ability. Sometimes it's the luck of the draw. Again, my sincere sympathies on the loss of Koda Bear. I hope you can find another dog who'll help fill the empty space in your heart.
  9. It has been many years since I have been on the boards. Life just got in the way, I suppose. Unfortunately, what has brought me back is losing my beloved boy, Koda Bear. He was an amazing BC and saved my heart after losing my previous boy. He passed at age 13 in late September 2019 from a 7 month battle with CHF. I spent probably 10K altogether from his hospital stay, to meds and vet visits to receiving his ashes. I’m still devastated. I know many of you understand because most of you have probably lost your heart and part of your soul after losing a BC. Life is just empty as he was everything to me and my constant shadow. What a beautiful 13 years! I still have my adopted boy but he just turned 14 and is not far from following given his already bad and increasing arthritis. I love him dearly but he’s always been very aloof and has never been an affectionate dog in the slightest. Weirdest BC I’ve ever met and strangely an ABCA dog. Zero herding drive, very low energy and I have never been able to bring out any kind of interest in play. If you’re not a rabbit or the like, he’s not interested. He’s always just been the quiet presence in my home and I will miss him. He’s like that comforting tick of an old clock. Beautiful old antique to look at, the occasional wind, always been in the family and always filling the room with a comforting presence. No dog can be replaced but I need to find another to love. The two questions I have are, should I wait until Zache has gone to get another? I’m concerned about the added activity possibly stressing him in his old age. And the second is, do you have any recommendations for breeders in the Dayton Ohio area or within a few hours? I have reached out to a man named Bruce Fogt in the Sidney, OH area, who seems to run trials etc, multiple times but no response. I have also looked at multiple adoption avenues with no luck. Frankly, most of them would want my first born son if I had one anyway. I get protecting an already hard luck dog but some of these groups are far out of line in many ways. I am in a different state than I was 13 years ago and the breeder I purchased Koda from is no longer living. Some leads to follow would be appreciated. I am looking for a medium to higher drive ABCA dog that will be a companion, running partner, possibly get back into frisbee again and not a herding dog. He would of course be neutered. I will not support AKC and definitely want the intelligence and energy that only a herding line dog presents. Thank you all for any responses.
  10. IME dogs rarely hold grudges and as much as we underestimate what they do and do not understand, I really don't think they'd understand that we were the cause of their desexing and/or be angry with us about it. I do, however, believe that they know when they've been rescued and show their appreciation for it.
  11. Sounds as if you got a really good one, there. I am impressed that he watches over the chickens. And good for you for taking in this dog.
  12. Pixie is 8 months old now, I have a lot of pictures of her but I’m not able to upload them here... it keeps telling me I’m only allowed to post 1.47 MB?
  13. I can't diagnose anything as I'm just a casual dog owner, but my dog did the same thing and a lot of it was solved by simply giving her space on walks from stimuli, and with time she calmed. She still lunges when there are too many triggers (e.g. last night, thanks to waves crashing and spooking her, she lunged at a biker), but with time she learned to ignore them and I can take her on walks, runs, bike rides, etc. without her caring about others. Also, when she started running, barking, biting (I have gone through multiple pairs of shorts), I would immediately step in and start training her - down, sit, heel, between the legs, etc. Our trainer said to distract her and redirect her focus to something constructive. Some of that was also 'down and stay' so she would slowly calm. I am reading the book BAT 2 and really find it helpful. Worth a look.
  14. Thanks everyone. Will try giving her 10 minutes of sniff and walk time.
  15. Thank you so very much, I worried that a procedure like that without a good reason would change him, maybe even make him mad at me I think now, that Clyde will keep being sweet Clyde in all his natural glory and we'll live happily ever after ❤️
  16. When I take my dogs for a bike ride, I try to start the ride somewhere they can be off leash for 10-15 minutes. This takes care of the initial excitement, after which they are happy to have their harnesses leashed to the bike and run calmly along side.
  17. I have never come across this issue (not being the sort of person to go for a run for fun ) but I do wonder if part of the reason she is reluctant for the first part of the run is because she does not want to just be running steadily by your side, but be off sniffing, and wandering around here there and everywhere? Then after a mile or so she has got the fidgets worked out and settled into the physicality of the run. If this is the case, can you maybe let her have a time before the run where she can wander, sniff and work her brain a bit before settling into the run?
  18. My 2.5 year old Border mix is a typical border in many regards. High energy, loves having a task, can go all day, etc. What has been weird, however, is she has recently shown a dislike of going for a run with me. We only go for 3-4 miles, but the first 1/2 mile - 1 mile she pulls behind me and often tries to stop. The last 2+ miles, she is great. I know people can't diagnose over a message board, but have people had issues with something like this before? It's not an energy thing, so I'm curious if it's a breed thing (not enough stimuli), potential injury (though she'll play frisbee all day), or there are ways people have 'taught' their dog to like jogging.
  19. I don't think anyone here's ever going to fault you or anyone else for taking a dog from a situation like that! Buying from a So-called "breeder" if that ilk's another story. Thank you for giving Clyde a loving home. Neutering's up to you. More and more science is recognizing that hormones are important to a dog's health and some people are choosing either to leave their dogs intact or opt for vasectomies and ovary-sparing spays when they can find vets who offer them. If you feel you can keep him from contributing to any oops litters, then by all means leave him intact. If it ends up becoming an issue then my preference would be for a vasectomy over a castration if you can find someone to do it. OTOH, he's already 4 so if you do have to go with castration, he's done with his growth and maturation so it wouldn't be as big a deal as if it'd been done earlier. I've had intact dogs of both sexes and had no problems preventing unwanted pregnancies. Some people find it more difficult. Use your best judgement here.
  20. I also want to know if I should neuter him. He's free to run within the perimeter of our place. He's secure here. I'm here all the time. I'd also like you to know that in my search to find out about the people Clyde is coming from found out about them on your website. The comments were very negative about how these folks treat dogs. Thank you so very much those comments helped make my decision but Clyde himself sealed the deal
  21. People that ran a BC kennel no longer wanted to take care of the dogs, closed, and moved away. They dealt out the dogs to anyone that would take them or gave them up to the shelter. A friend brought Clyde over as help to these people. We bonded immediately. Clyde likes the chickens too never trys to harm them just watched over them. He's a great joy
  22. Thank you for rescuing him! Both of our dogs are rescues, and they are affectionate, smart, and very bonded to us. But I'm not biases!
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