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  1. If she never gained it, then her weight was most likely perfect for her. My ex-MIL used to hound me mercilessly about my first border collie's being "too skinny." The only way anyone could have gotten him to eat more than he did would have been to hog tie him and force feed him. The problem is that too many vets are used to seeing overweight pet dogs and or show dogs. For some reason I fail to understand judges seem to prefer somewhat overweight dogs. I had a friend who was trying to get a championship on her Rhodesian ridgeback. He was a beautiful fit and trim dog who wouldn't eat
  2. Of course, but in most dogs the spine isn't a uniformly flat line from neck to tail, and the spine at the withers is usually a bit higher than much of the rest of it.
  3. There's another thread currently active that deals with many of the same issues that you may want to take a look at. It includes a link to instructions on how to measure your dog's height at the withers, which is what people use as a standard for measuring height. Unfortunately your question about what other people's pups weighed at the same age isn't going to give you any useful answers. That question has been asked in many past topics and it pretty much ends up the same way, that there are too many variables in the sizes border collies end up being as adults and no reliable way to pred
  4. Could there be a difference in where that 18" is measured from? The OP says "the spine," whereas I've always understood the withers to be the point to measure. Depending where on the spine the OP's measuring from, it could make a difference. The diagrams here might help. I've never gone to those lengths to measure a dog, but using something to create a right angle is very helpful, especially if you're trying to measure a squirmy dog.
  5. Welcome to the Boards. Without being able to see her and put hands on her (that's actually the best way to tell) it doesn't sound to me like she's overweight either. There's a big difference between a dog's being overweight and being oversized, i.e. larger than expected for the breed. I wonder if he meant that she's a big border collie. Border collies have a much larger range of sizes than most breeds recognized by kennel clubs because until recently, size wasn't a consideration for breeding. Only the best working dogs available were chosen for breeding without consideration for
  6. No, not an arctic breed but originated in Scotland where it gets pretty darn cold. One thing both would have in common - at least working border collies living in cold climates - is that they're more acclimated to it than our pet border collies and even many working dogs who live in people's homes when not working. Even barn and kennel kept dogs have homes with more protection from the weather than the sled dogs usually do. Of course, several years ago when winter temps were going as low as -17F there was a huge cruelty confiscation from a border collie puppy mill. Dogs had 50 gallon drum
  7. @D'Elle I just came across these links to articles written by Mary Strauss, who writes articles for the Whole Dog Journal. I haven't read either of them but I hope there might be something useful for you. http://dogaware.com/articles/wdjpancreatitis.html http://dogaware.com/articles/wdjlowfatdiets.html p.s. Dunno if there's a comment option or not, but she often addresses questions with detailed answers in her WDJ articles. IMO they're worth reading.
  8. I don't have an exact number, but at -5 I'd be putting some booties for an outing of any length on too. I'd also watch carefully even at higher temps than that for any signs that he's uncomfortable. Mine have generally started stopping in place and alternately lifted feet to get them out of the snow or ice. It doesn't take long after that for them to lie down to try to keep them warm. Maybe keeping the booties in your pocket just in case it happens when you're not expecting it may be a good idea. I've also noticed that as the dogs start aging their feet start becoming less tolerant o
  9. If you're not consistent, how will she associate cause and effect? It will just teach her that sometimes she gets scooped up and taken to her crate. How will she know why? And if you do do it often enough that she makes the connection, if you're not consistent and do it every time she'll just learn that sometimes she can do it w/out consequences and that if she persists she'll get to do it sometimes. It's the same drive that keeps gamblers going back for more. Just the allure of being able to win keeps them placing bets even though most of the time they don't win. This is why intermittent
  10. This is why it's important to create a meaningful consequence to the unwanted behavior as D'Elle describes above. At this point it's just too easy for Katie to just pick up where she left off because she's still in play mode w/out having had a chance t reset. So removing her from the action both becomes a consequence that she'll find much less desirable than pulling at pants and it also settles her down to where she can use her brain cells to think about what she's doing.
  11. Just as important as keeping a puppy busy is helping him learn to settle and not need constant attention. If you're working from home and able to take a few breaks during the day, there's no reason he shouldn't spend some time in a crate or ex-pen for a few hours. If you establish a routine where he can be out as long as he's not pestering you for attention but when he starts bugging you, you simply give him a cheery "oops, crate time" (or whatever you choose, the point being that your tone of voice isn't scolding but upbeat) and pop him into his crate or pen w/ a chew toy. If you eventua
  12. I'm so very sorry to hear that. I had hoped she still had some more time with you. I hope you can find some comfort in memories of the special time you shared. It came to me that every time I lose a dog they take a piece of my heart with them. And every new dog who comes into my life, gifts me with a piece of their heart. If I live long enough, all the components of my heart will be dog, and I will become as generous and loving as they are. -Unknown You're well on the way to having a heart that is pure dog. RIP, Masi, free of pain. roxanne
  13. @D'Elle Hope you see this in time. Not sure it'll lead directly to the post, but he posted today that he's doing something on pancreatitis tomorrow at 1:00pm Pacific time. If it's not still right at the top of his feed, scroll down a bit. It's pretty recent. I don't think you need a FB account. https://www.facebook.com/drpeterdobias
  14. @BC-Liz Hope you see this in time. Not sure it'll lead directly to the post, but he posted today that he's doing something on pancreatitis tomorrow at 4:00pm Eastern. If it's not still right at the top of his feed, scroll down a bit. It's pretty recent. https://www.facebook.com/drpeterdobias I don't think you need a FB account.
  15. GentleLake

    Darcy.

    I just want to add that despite the unhappy ending, Darcy was lucky to have had you. He could have ended up in a series of inappropriate homes before ending up being euthanized in an unfamiliar shelter. You gave him the gift of an easy transition surrounded by the people he loved and who loved him.
  16. GentleLake

    Darcy.

    Wow. I'm so very sorry to read this, Erikor. I know you tried and it sounds like there really weren't any other good options for you. You made the right - and probably in the long run, the kindest - decision you could make for Darcy under the circumstances. From what you say it sounds like this may have had a genetic component. While we know now that it's in a puppy's best interest to stay with his mother and litter longer, it used to be quite normal for puppies to be taken from their litters at 6 weeks. And in those days I had several at that age with absolutely nothing remotely similar
  17. @1shotwade Look online for explanations of dogs' body signals, especially the different ways they wag their tails. Tail wagging can indicate the dog's having fun, or that the dog's frightened and wary or even that it's angry. Especially with differences in posture and facial expressions - their mouths and eyes in particular but even ears and foreheads - are very expressive. Familiarizing yourself with the nuances and combinations can tell you a lot about your dog's mood and intentions. There's a good chance with your having been away for longer than normal that Gabe was excited and h
  18. She's probably started to associate the absorbent material of the blankets or beds as being a good place to pee. Dogs will usually prefer an absorbent substrate to one that isn't. It's why when dogs have accidents in the house they usually choose a rug or carpet over a wood, linoleum, tile or similar floor nearby.
  19. AFAIK, veggies that aren't cooked should be pureed to break down cellulose that dogs (and people) aren't able to do. Lightly cooking also breaks down cellulose and makes it more bioavailable. I'd forgotten about the overt sales pitch on that site. I think his supplements are probably pretty good and I do use them occasionally, though almost never daily or at the full amount recommended by weight. And I only use the GreenMin very occasionally and a half portion SoulFood a couple, three times a week. I get fish oil elsewhere and occasionally give milk thistle. (Dr. Dobias recently post
  20. Any time you try to reuse anything that's been peed on it retains the odor (unless you use some really effective enzymatic cleaner) and is an invitation for a dog to reuse the spot.
  21. Please forgive me for pointing it out, but these 2 sentences directly contradict each other. Neither rotisserie chicken nor cooked noodles fall under the category of dog food but do fit right into the heading of people food. I have to disagree that all human foods, especially lean meats, are fatty. It would be very easy to provide a diet of raw or lightly cooked lean meats with all visible fat removed. Cooked egg whites are fat free but high quality and easily digestible protein and can be purchased in quart cartons. I'm never in the camp of feeding much in the way of starches to dog
  22. I wonder if something like a waterproof Primo pad might be a a compromise that would give you the padding you want for her without the absorbent substrate that seems t trigger her peeing on it?
  23. I think it's an individual thing. I've transitioned 5 or 6 dogs of different ages to raw over the years, all of them successfully. The most recent is one who was having severe digestive issues in the foster home before I adopted her, with the fosterer telling me she'd get explosive diarrhea if she tried to switch her off of her prescription kibble, even slowly, or take her off metronidazole. I had her off the meds and switched entirely to raw in 3 weeks (I took it more slowly than I normally would for fear the FH was right) with absolutely no negative effects. It is sometimes easier to switch
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