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  2. I’m a bit jealous of everyone who gets to spend more time with their dogs! I have had to bring my dog to my mother, because I don’t feel it is safe to take the elevator in my apartment building anymore. It’s not well ventilated and I’m pretty sure the cleaners no longer clean it. Plus people don’t really keep there distance. So I have to take the stairs and I live on the ninth floor. Not good for the doggy. Luckily we don’t have a full lockdown here in the Netherlands, so I can still visit her, keeping some distance from my mum. And we can go to stock work training once a week. But it is so very very quiet in the house. In two weeks I’m moving, not great to have to do now, but it’s on the ground floor and really close to very nice hiking trails. Can’t wait to get Molly back. She’s looking out the window and waiting for me every day to come and take her home. Breaks my heart.
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  4. Hi there! Thank you so much for the add and I’m so excited to be a part of this community! I have an 8 month old border collie puppy named Luna and she is my third dog and first puppy that I am raising on my own. She is not a working dog— she is a companion dog. We live in RI! A little bit about Luna— she is very sweet and more on the submissive side. Her parents are family pets, her father from working lines and mother from non working lines. We are still trying to figure out her personality as it seems to change every now and then. I’ve read that female dogs tend to be much more stubborn and independent, which I can definitely see in Luna now. We believe she has medium to higher drive, although she rarely nips or demonstrates any heavy herding behavior. She just loves chasing frisbees, is always alert and also gets very hyped up when we move around a lot, such as running or crazy dancing. One thing I wanted to ask about is Luna’s constant chewing and gnawing on bones and toys. She is crate trained and is generally very great with sleeping and resting in her crate. However, she is sometimes disobedient and runs away when we tell her to go in after playing. We usually leave her dog bed outside of her crate in the living room so she can have a place to rest away from our furniture (she still jumps on the couch and beanbag occasionally, especially if she is being told to go into her crate). When she isn’t running around the house with her toys, she is very calm and chewing away at her benebone and antler. However, she is never not chewing. It’s either calmly chewing nonstop or running around the house with her other toys. Is this normal? In terms of exercise, we play frisbee frequently but not every day. We have also been playing a lot in indoors since COVID-19. We are trying to stay away from public places for now since we live in the city. I am looking forward to hearing your thoughts! I am very open to advice and thoughts as I am learning how to raise a good dog! Sometimes I worry if I’m not doing enough or doing the right things. I just want to give my pup the best quality of life possible. Thank you!
  5. I live in Sonoma County, about an hour north of San Francisco and about an hour from the Pacific. Quite close to where the first patient came off the cruise ship. My tiny town is suburban as all get out. County population is about 484,000. Confirmed cases of Covid 105, one death confirmed. I'm mostly at home, infrequent trips to stores. My roommate works in automotive paint supplies, which is considered an essential industry, so he gets to go to work. I'm self-employed as a professional organizer. I've had no income since mid February when it all started to boil up. I'm devising some approaches to working with clients over the phone. No one else has any income, either, so we're all in the same boat. (unless they're already millionaires, it seems). Fortunately my ex is a generous soul (not a millionaire, but has great retirement income) and is contributing monies so I can pay rent and eat. Governor Newsom ordered shelter in place on March 6th, I believe, the first or second state to do so. New York state was the other early adopter. There are some beautiful walking paths within walking distance, (very handy!) Alas, it is pouring down rain today. California needs it, so I'm trying to not complain too much. Gibbs is delighted to have me home All The Time. If I could teach him to vacuum and fold laundry, I'd be delighted, too! There are lines to stand in now, to get into stores. Waited 45 minutes a couple days ago to shop at Costco. The line at Trader Joe's that day was so long I gave up. Pizza is still being delivered, so roomie and I splurged yesterday evening. I had cold pizza for breakfast, one of my favorite things. I've talked to my sister in Houston a couple times, the second time right after TX got a shelter in place order from their governor. My niece had to cancel her May wedding plans. I was going to go back for a visit, attend the wedding, and hang out w/Sis for a while. We'll do that later. Good to read/hear from my border collie community. Keep healthy, stay safe. Thanks everyone for your updates. Ruth & Gibbs
  6. I am pretty lucky because I don't live in town, but about 20 miles outside of town, and where I am people live on land of one to seven acres, so we are somewhat spread out. I have great neighbors who are friends, and we visit a bit while keeping our distance. Being a homebody and introvert, staying home is no hardship for me, and like all of you am spending more time with the dogs, who are happy about that. I go once every 10 days or so to town for just what I need in the way of fresh food. Some of the grocery store shelves here are consistently empty when I go: no flour or sugar or yeast, little canned food, little frozen food, and so on. That's a new experience for me, for most Americans, but I remind myself each time that seeing shelves empty is normal for millions of people in the world, and as a young Syrian refugee I know recently pointed out, at least we are not getting bombs dropped on us as well. What really irritates me is that I go in to town and see cafes open (when all restaurants here are ordered to be closed except for take-out), and see many people failing to honor social distancing, not taking this thing seriously at all or not caring. Fine, if you personally want to die, I want to tell them. But how about thinking of others, and the fact that you can spread it without knowing. How they can be like that is baffling to me. I was experiencing a great deal of stress and anxiety for a while there, but seem to have settled in for the long haul and have the anxiety more or less under control, although it still flares up on occasion. I check the headlines every day to make sure I don't miss something vitally important, but am now limiting my exposure to the news and not reading everything. I agree that it is very interesting to be living in these times, making whatever history this will turn out to be. I guess to some degree we are always a part of making history, if you think about it, but right now it is large and specific, something you know will be remembered and you can watch happening right in front of you. Everyone stay safe out there.
  7. I am still working. I'm a Vet Tech and live in Pennsylvania. My rather small/rural county has almost 300 cases and 5 deaths. I'm very concerned where they are coming from. Our small "city"? Nursing homes? The Amish community? No one knows. We are under stay at home orders with only essential travel. Yesterday, it was suggested we wear masks when out in public. Work is very stressful. We no longer allow clients in the building except for euthanasias and one woman to visit her hospitalized cat. People are crazy!!!! Every time we have more restrictions placed on movement, the phone goes nuts! People become convinced their pet needs something ASAP!!!!! It is a lot of running in and out of the building with food/medications and pets!!! Honestly, I think people are just crazy from being stuck at home and it is something they can do. I'm still getting out and walking my dogs but that is concerning also as my hiking area is now getting a lot of attention and the people who are walking dogs have dogs that aren't well mannered at all!! I'm driving farther to find unused areas. It is a very stressful mess.
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  9. I’m working at home now. Been a little worried. I’m pretty stocked up though on food and paper products. I went back on Facebook after taking a 2 year hiatus. Trying to train the dogs more. On my breaks we do Kong’s or find treats. Also trying to do a deep spring cleaning. My dogs are going to be upset when time comes to go back to work. Trying not to focus on the negatives or the negative actions of other people. It is not letting me rotate the image but my new work arrangement now includes a back warmer.
  10. Thanks for reply. She was done when I got her, she is still under the vets and they have asked me to check the urine thickness. Seems very happy, no accidents, pees at every lamp-post like all dogs. Will submit urine on Monday. Still need the best way to buy the med's. Regards and keep safe.
  11. Wow, that seems like a lot, Mark!
  12. So quick update. I have still been using the kennel just for shorter time periods since now I’m home 24/7. He has been pretty relaxed in his kennel when I put him in. We actually had a bad thunderstorm a couple days ago. One woke me up and made me jump out of my skin. He still needed Xanax but he was calm again within 15 minutes! Normally it can take up to 45min for it to kick in. The second thunderstorm was during the day this time it took him closer to 30 minutes to calm down. Im starting to see some OCD behaviors now. I’m not sure if it’s just because I have been trying to pay attention to stress signals or if they are appearing since he is calmer.
  13. There are 54 positives and 2 deaths in the county where we live and 566 positives and 9 deaths in the county where I work.
  14. Please post your question in the 'General Border Collie Discussion' section below. As described, this section is for training questions about border collies and stock work, such as herding sheep and cattle. Ruth & Gibbs
  15. We're in a large rural county in the 'real' Northern California, bordering Oregon. The county's population is about 44,000 and density is 6 persons per square mile. We're out in the country, so like Mark, we have some room to stretch and work our dogs and care for our sheep. We're blessed with a remarkable view of Mount Shasta to our southeast which keeps a lot of things in perspective. Our governor took the lead on lockdown and so far, California's curve is fairly flat. I am an essential worker for a Native American Tribe, so I go in to work 4 days a week. Our medical and dental clinics have ramped up patient care via televideo and telephone conferencing and so far, we're doing fine. There have only been about 80 tests performed in our county, with 3 positives so far. One fear is that people from urban areas are starting to appear, probably in hopes of 'safety', and some residents are concerned that they might bring the virus, and/or stretch our limited health care resources. We'll see how that plays out. It does seem that community spirit has been strengthened, with many people offering to help elders, look out for one another, etc. We do live in interesting times - I like Lawgirl's niece's take on it - we are making history!
  16. M wife and I are working from home with the kids being home schooled. Thor gets a run around the local oval, plus the. Reek. They’ve shut his dog park down for COVID which was his local hangout after training. He’s not happy, but He’ll have a buddy hopefully soon which will help with the social stuff.
  17. I live in a country city in South Australia. We have not been officially locked down in our state, unlike some others in Australia. My OH and I are pretty much stay at home anyway, so we are making fewer grocery shopping trips, we still take the dogs to the sports park for a run, we still go for a walk in the morning, but now our morning coffees are takeaways only, our personal trainer is sending us programs to do at home, and we take our own dog water to the park so we don't touch anything. Our state borders are closed (we live about 20 kilometres or 12.4 miles from the border with Victoria), but there are exclusions for near border communities. We are also trying to support local businesses by ordering takeaway once a week, especially from businesses who are offering free food to people in need. I am a family and criminal lawyer, so my work is still going. Our office has locked its door to the public, and our appointments are phone/video only. For me, it is still easier to be where my physical files are, and if I work from home, I will have to let my secretary go, so keeping the office open keeps her in work. All in all, my life is not so very different so far. Four cases confirmed in my town, and my state has tested more people per head of population then any other state in Australia (helped by the fact that we are not one of the larger population states). This is still only a bit over 1,600 tests per 100,000 people. There hasn't really been evidence of community transmission here yet. My 16 year old niece had an interesting take on this - she pointed out that we are all primary sources for a pivotal time in history. She then said that she is used to being taught history, not being part of it.
  18. We are bored and anxious but otherwise OK. One good thing in our suburban neighborhood is the greatly increased number of people and dogs out walking (while maintaining social distance). Most dogs in our area are getting a lot more attention, including our own. But if we go out of the neighborhood, many people are NOT practicing the recommendations from the CDC. I fear that the pandemic will last longer than it must because people are not taking it seriously.
  19. Here in the Washington DC metro area we’re under stay at home orders; however, I am an essential employee and am driving into work several times a week. Other than work we are limiting our trips off the farm. At least we have acres to ourselves unlike many of my coworkers who live in apartments or townhomes closer to DC.
  20. Hi. Just wondering how everyone is doing. I know we have people here from all over the world, and I am interested in finding out if people are OK and what life is like for you these days of Pandemic. This is a very interesting time to be alive, but not something that anyone would choose.. Those of us who live through it will certainly never forget it. I hope all of you are staying safe and well, and I would like to hear from you.
  22. A friend of mine just posted on Facebook about their dog with diabetes. Is your dog intact? Apparently female hormone fluctuations can be a culprit. In that case, spaying the dog resolved the issue. Under treatment diabetic dogs can lead normal lives. Are you checking her blood glucose regularly? J.
  23. How is Ziva doing? My Willow had suspected mitral valve prolapse. She was on Enalapril for years and pimobendan for a period of time (on two different occasions). In the middle of all that she also battled mast cell cancer, which eventually went into remission—this is why she was off vetmedin for a while, was unemployed and had to cut expenses during cancer treatment). She did not develop congestive heart failure that I know of, at least not till the very end maybe. We monitored heart enlargement with radiographs every 6 months to a year. Her murmur was a grade V for years. As her heart enlarged it impinged on her trachea, which caused that characteristic cough. She lived to be one month shy of 17, the longest lived of all my border collies. J.
  24. As you probably know, great hips in the parents don’t guarantee good hips in all puppies. Genetics is a funny thing that way. Also there is an environmental component, meaning if a pup is predisposed to CHD certain activities as a pup (whelping area without good traction, lots of travel up and down steps, any repetitive activity that puts pressure on the hip socket) can contribute. I can’t help with the total hip replacement question. I know if a working dog (years ago) who has FHOs done on both sides and she went on to a long, normal working career. J.
  25. I just had my 14 week old pup at the vet yesterday and she weighed in at 16 lb, or a little over 7 kg. If anything I’d say she’s a little chunkier than I’d like. A thinner puppy puts less strain on growing joints/growth plates, and that’ll serve you well in his later life. If he’s energetic and active then he’s probably just fine. J.
  26. I wouldn’t worry terribly about the occasional groaning while repositioning. If he acts sore at other times or has difficulty getting up then you may want to revisit the possibility of a problem. For now I’d just observe and not worry overly much about the occasional bit of groaning. J.
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