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  • Birthday 03/16/1965

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    Shady Shores, Texas
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    Riding Horses, Reading

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  1. Our local animal shelter has an owner surrender BC They estimate he is 10-15 years old. Check him out at https://www.facebook.com/DentonASF . He seems to be a great dog!
  2. Thank you. I really think this girl needs to herd...in this pic she is looking at a squirrel and getting quite businesslike about it. I know squirrels aren't sheep, but she really displays very strong herding tendencies. I made that big error of getting her from technically a back yard breeder; guy who owned a ranch and bred litters here and there. I don't know much about her breeding, just that her parents were both working dogs(I saw her mother working when I went to get her, he said his son used her Dad to herd his cattle) and she was a happy and healthy puppy. Mother was well trained and happy and health as well. Which was enough for me after some very depressing experiences in my search, including a puppy mill and too many pound visits. And I fondly recalled my uncle's farm bred collies that he used for his sheep and goats. Well, I lucked out on her. She is a good dog. Too bad I don't have sheep or the time to go anywhere. Maybe someday....
  3. It's been a while since I checked in. Busy, busy. But a friend took this lovely pic of Star and I had to share. From fluffy puppy to lovely girl. She's 3 now and she's a good dog, thanks in large part to all of the advice on this forum!
  4. So, I had to learn the hard way that laughing at a border collie's behavior is perhaps one of the most reinforcing things you can do. Do they understand laughing? I laughed at Star the first time she chased an airplane (and was roundly rebuked on this forum when I commented on it for encouraging her). I kind of thought there wouldn't be a problem--only happened once, right? But 2 years later, she's sill trying to chase airplanes from time to time. I started ensuring every time I saw her do it that I made her stop. At times I had to almost run her down to get her attention, she was so intent on it. Now we have hit a point where she won't always try to chase the airplanes, and when I tell her no right away, she stops immediately. It took making sure I had her attention to start with, and making sure I ALWAYS told her no. As an interesting aside, has anyone noticed that showing general displeasure also seems to work really well? You don't even really have to say no or ah, ah. Do they understand shaming? If Star starts something that is really dumb, I'll say somethign like, jeez Star that's stupid and shake my head and turn away a little. Works every time to stop a behavior.
  5. I got some very good advice on this forum when Star was being difficult to housetrain. I followed it diligently, and it has worked: I tethered her to me when I worked from home, and took her out about every 20-30 minutes. Told her to go potty when we went outside, and threw a party when she did. Fortunately, I had a time period of about one week where I didn't have to leave the house for long. When I did leave, we put her back in her "kennel" which was the kitchen area gated off from the rest of the house. The second week, I continued to tether her/keep her in the kitchen--though I wasn't at home as much. I also extended the amount of time I waited to take her out. Someone suggested she may have a favorite room in which to have her "accidents" and, in fact, once that was said I realized she did. So, I blocked of that room once we were done tethering until I felt confident she was done pottying in the house. She is so reliable now! Another comment was that you have to start from square one, and never ever let her go in the house for this time period, or it won't work. Good luck!
  6. When we got Star, my youngest came up with Giggles, Pickle, or Starlight.
  7. Found today in Corinth (just south of Denton). Here's a link for photo: https://www.facebook.com/corinth.police
  8. Star lays on the couch with me when I invite her up, and that is only when hubby isn't around. If he for some reason comes in the room (in from the garage, or back up after having gone to bed) she'll hear him coming and jump down. She doesn't usually stay very long; I think it's too warm for her. Seven can't get up there, unfortunately, so I try to lay down next to her on the floor sometimes, which she seems to like. One night, I was in bed reading and Star just jumped up uninvited and snuggled up against me. I couldn't resist. I guess we both fell asleep because I heard about it the next morning (though he commented on it with a chuckle, surprisingly!).
  9. It's been a long, long time since I weighed in on this--2012 was a busy year and this year is shaping up the same.....Had my benefit horse show, then my parents' 50th anniversary, then the holidays, plus Seven's been keeping me busy this past year as a dog nurse (I sometimes joke to her that if she were a person I'd stick her in a home and come visit her on Sunday). Anyway, I thought an update might be useful--I think my feeling the problem was sarcoptic mites was dead on. We did Revolution, then again two weeks later, then again a month later. By the third dose, as expected, the itching was totally gone and the hair loss was growing back. So, if your dog suddenly starts itching like crazy......don't necessarily believe the food allergy/pollen count thing. Thanks to everyone for all of the feedback, which really helped me work through the problem!
  10. I've always bathed the dogs, but don't do it a lot--a few times a year. I don't think it improves the smell any (well, Star really doesn't smell very doggy but Seven is the doggiest smelling dog ever!)--just makes it more of a shampoo, damp dog, doggy parfum. I do it outside on the patio when the weather is nice enough. We trim their nails ourselves, which we all hate. I brush Star fairly regularly and Seven too (although with her short coarse coat she doesn't need it, she just likes it). My favorite trick to getting out stickers and mats--kids detangling spray. Works like a charm and won't leave the floor slippery like Show Sheen. When it's rainy or muddy, I spread a couple of towels by the back door. The dogs know to come in and sit while I dry them and wipe their feet. In the summer, I bring my horse clippers home and buzz Star so she doesn't roast to death. The first attempt was....interesting. I can do a good job body clipping a horse, but a dog is a different matter! I do sort of a modified blanket clip--start right behind her ears,leave her feathers front and back, and leave her tail. Takes a little styling to blend the tail and butt fluff, but I personally like it better than a total buzz.
  11. When Seven had her seizures, the girls said Star was "being mean" to her. She hasn't had any falling down seizures since then, but there have been a couple of times that Star suddenly, for no reason, ran to Seven, ran back to me, back and forth a few times. Nothing aggressive though. Made me think perhaps Seven was having a small seizure that I couldn't perceive. I need to give some thought to this--I don't think I could get Seven to go in a crate. She doesn't get on the furniture and I've moved things (like floor lamps) that could fall on her, but I worry if someone wasn't home what Star would do? Maybe we could put the baby gates back up and keep one of them in the kitchen.......
  12. No. The dogs have the run of the house. Someone posted a couple of pages back about other dogs attacking her epileptic dog when it seizes - now I can't find it. Can you tell me more about that?
  13. My favorite commands in addition to the basics (because they are so useful) are leave it, get out, go to bed, that'll do--I use this to signal that we are done with the game of the moment, look in your basket/put it in the basket, mine, go potty, and go long. Star chewed some but really not bad compared to my goat hound Seven when she was a pup. Star did chew on us, but a simple high pitched "ow!" a few times seemed to fix it pretty quickly. Stay on the forum and keep using the advice you get here. Star is 3 now and she's the best dog, thanks in very large part to the advice I got here.
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