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  1. I watched a NatGeo program on Sunday evening about service dog breeding and training. I think much of the program was filmed in Britain. One of the tests done early on was to observe the dog to see which front paw it moved when it started to walk, suggesting that dogs are strongly left or right pawed. It was explained that a right pawed dog was the better choice for a service dog because they are thought to be more emotionally stable and more of a "people dog". It was added that dogs whose hair goes in counter-clockwise swirls are also chosen above dogs whose hair goes clockwise (I think
  2. Four years ago I thought I might want a few Shetlands because I thought they were cute. Somehow I ended up with 4 big sheep - Clun Forest Tunis X and two very cute Shetlands. We added two Shetlands last year and one Tunis ewe lamb this year. Nine sheep seem to be about at the tipping point. I think if we had even one more, "fun" would become "work." It has been a good experience, though more expensive than I thought it would be initially. We do not breed but I do have the fleeces of the Tunis X Clun made into yarn and this year, for the first time was able to sell all of my product to
  3. Adorable! Robin's ears did this at about the same age. I was positive he was going to be prick-eared at that point but he is are always sideways now.
  4. It depends a great deal on the dog's prey drive, I think. I had one who tolerated kittens to the point where my little orphan Tiger Lily would curl up in his tail and they'd both take a snooze. As an adult cat, Tiger Lily teased the pups when they came but as they grew she started to recognize them as potential pals. Imagine my Robin's surprise when she tried curling up in his tail while he was sleeping! He didn't hurt her but he about hit the ceiling in surprise. Brodie has been pretty tolerant as well. I think the boys would have left Tiger Lily completely alone if she had not taunted
  5. Lamb Chops 1, or maybe 2 or 3 - Robin Zero. When Robin goes into his head, Lamb Chops attempts to head butt or catch him in the side. He's made some hard contact a couple of times, the latest this morning. Robin's method of dealing with this is to run around behind him and boost him into the right direction by startling him and Lamb Chops moves when Robin comes up from behind but sometimes I don't want him to do that. Lamb Chops darn near flattened me the other day and it would be really helpful if the dog could get between me and Lamb Chops and really teach him a lesson about p
  6. I was referring to the military service dogs. It is heartbreaking to see what they and their handlers go through - then to be separated at the end of a tour - or worse, when one is injured. Back then, the most popular dog in our area were farm collies and hound dogs (beagles, hunting hounds). Times have sure changed.
  7. My aunt's boxer has been diagnosed with an allergy to some kinds of grasses -- his feet/legs break out in hives at its worst. The first symptoms were intensive leg/foot licking.
  8. :) Ladybug brings Ken toys when he's snoozing - thinking maybe he'll play with *this* one. I wish I knew more about Ladybug. She wasn't our first BC but she is the only one for whom we have no history. She was so well trained - it took us years to ruin her and still the only thing approaching misbehavior that she does is point her nose at the cat now and then. I'm still learning new things avout her - when I try something new with the boys, she says "Oh, I know that.." I did try to teach them how to fetch shoes and she got this wary look on her face. "We never touch shoes,
  9. In the years my mother worked for the state health department, the largest numbers of reported dog bites involved labs. That said, it could be possible to separate the working Labs from the every day ones you meet on the street. They really are victims of bad breeding and bad handling. http://www.google.com/imgres?imgurl=http://blog.timesunion.com/dogs/files/2011/12/bomb-dog.jpg&imgrefurl=http://blog.timesunion.com/dogs/category/military-dogs/&h=440&w=600&sz=60&tbnid=tAQ6kGkNFLvyIM:&tbnh=90&tbnw=123&zoom=1&usg=__SbkG7fySw1VGB8eRBAlzZDu4MkQ=&d
  10. Do you think the itch has evolved into a bad habit? The only other possibility I could think of is some kind of mite? Or, perhaps - have you deep cleaned your carpets/floors lately? Maybe a floor cleaner is triggering it. All that noise and the heat besides....entirely too much of a burden!
  11. This is the shampoo I used - though I paid 2x as much at the local pet store -- on the other hand, they were open when I needed it. More recently, I also switched out their food to Blue though Brodie refused to eat it and is on a food called Source from Tractor Supply. I will probably switch them all to it once the Blue bag is gone as anything that keeps Brodie happy foodwise, makes the rest of us happy. What is it about mosquoitos and people eating certain foods? Perhaps fleas are the same way . ETA - if nothing else is working, perhaps some allergy meds i.e. benedril to stop
  12. P.S. -- I boughta neem/oatmeal shampoo from our local pet store to see me through last month. I bathed them twice in it over the month. I'm sure they still had some Advantix residual even after wiping it off, but I think the shampoo helped to keep the fleas and ticks away and they sure smelled better.
  13. Interesting question - I wouldn't disbelieve that subpopulations of fleas, like other critters can become localized in the same way that they can become resistant to a pesticide but I have no idea of what the literature would say... The breeder from whom we got the boys swears that only Advantix works - and she lives only 10 miles from me. It drove my boys absolutely wild to the point where they were rolling on the hard kitchen floor to get it off their backs - not even waiting to go outside on the grass, or better yet, the living room carpet. Ladybug was unaffected (she got treated fr
  14. FYI - I like this product. We've had no fleas, no ticks, and no itching. It seemed to disseminate into their coats more quickly than Advantix as well. Liz
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