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Agatha Christie

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  1. I say it and I say it loud, my dog is a rescue and I'm proud! I don't object to people who adopt dogs from breeders but I do object to those who denigrate my dog because he is a dog. Respect should go both ways.
  2. I think it's obvious that when one adopts from a breeder, a rescue dog that could have been adopted won't be. I prefer a rescue but that's just me. I'm sure more experienced posters here can testify to the fact that dogs that come from breeders are not necessarily going to turn out the way one expects. In a way, it's better to go for a rescue and be ready for anything than go to a breeder with set expectations and be disappointed. Dogs are living beings with their own personalities and breed and pedigree are indicators of behaviour, not guarantees. Also, my dog is my first BC and altho
  3. I thought I heard that BCs with certain colour markings are blind. Or maybe it was Aussie Shepherds? They're all beautiful though.
  4. Where I live the town and residents are hell bent on putting tons of salt everywhere, so I don't really have a choice. I bought Ruffwear boots. They are expensive and they don't come high up the leg but they are the best ones I've used so far. I used to have a pair of Muttlucks which are longer and my Aussie shepherd would have them off in no time. It's true that some dogs won't put up with them but because of the salt, I need my dog to have some kind of footwear.
  5. Thank you and, yes, we are lucky we have found each other!
  6. Thanks for the info. It wasn't obvious to me. My BC rescue is doing well. He's still a puppy and could run and play 12 hours a day but the fact that he's not destructive and displays good behaviour for an adolescent male tells me he's content. One thing I find baffling. If you read two lines about BCs you've been told that they need TONS of exercise. Physical and mental. I just don't understand people. Hoping you are enjoying Max!
  7. Congratulations and angel points to you on the rescue BC. Why would herding dogs have a harder time in the evaluation? I would imagine it's stressful for all dogs.
  8. geonni banner: Dear me, those photos are scary. I'm glad your dogs are getting along. Thank you for the input. It's good to know I'm not alone. Ms.DaisyDuke: Thanks! My dog trainer has a Patricia McConnell book. I'll ask if I can borrow it. The arrested development thing, yes, it a bit embarrassing. He really prefer playing with puppies who are far too small for him! By the same token, he's getting more and more interested in playing with dogs his age and size. njnovice: Louis has good recall unless he's following a scent or playing with another dog. A "hey" doesn't quite do it in the
  9. OMG!!!! I can't help it, I always get a rescue dog but one day... one day I would LOVE to have a tiny puppy. My heart just bounced when I saw those pics with their dotted pink noses. BABIES!!!! Congratulations by the way!
  10. I'm not an expert, I'm only on my second dog but I recommend you go to a Karen Pryor certified trainer. Clicker, reward-based training, all positive feedback. No aversion, no corrections. You can read her book "Don't Shoot the Dog" which is a classic in dog training. The thing is, if you can train your dog using only positive feedback, surely that's the best route for both of you and the first one you should try. It takes a lot of patience, but you don't have to beat yourself up for mistreating your dog because you're not choking him and punishing him. To me, that's the best of all possib
  11. Thanks for the comments. I've been trying to find medium-size males to play with Louis and that has been working out well. So, we had a private session with a trainer and Louis apparently just thinks he's still a two-month old puppy which is why he plays the way he does. There's nothing wrong about the way he plays so that's good news. I'm a bit upset about all his health problems though. I know he came from a puppy mill that was shut down by the authorities but I really wished the organisations who took him in had taken better care of him and better care in assessing him. In eight wee
  12. I feed my new BC Fromm, the same food I fed my previous dog and she thrived on it. Last year, I tried Orijen for my cat but he had the worst foul smelling poops on it so I feed him Fromm as well. Some cat food producers figure cats are uber-carnivores and some cat foods wind up having too much protein in them. Because of that, I'm not so trustful of Orijen for dogs.
  13. Hello, I adopted an 8 month old BC rescue about a month ago (Louis). He likes to play rough with other dogs. He isn't aggressive but prefers playing with smaller dogs than him and I get worried at times. He's never bitten another dog but he does put his teeth on them in ways I find inappropriate like one time around another dog's eye. Quite scary. The other dog was absolutely fine. Louis respects the space of dogs who don't want to play but he tends to work himself up into a frenzy when other dogs do want to play with him. In the past few days, he has started baring his teeth. Anoth
  14. Sorry for the delay. Louis feels like having a baby. After three weeks, my life is still a bit upside down. I appreciate the comments, sorry again. Update: Louis was chewing everything the first few days but now I'm thinking it was nerves because apart from short stints with his Kong and tug-of-war at play time, he's stopped chewing altogether. Famous last words? I was worried about not being able to contain the famous BC high energy but he seems content with the level of activity he is getting now. I also need to get used to how much he likes to play rough with other dogs. He's not ag
  15. Thank you all. I'm still jittery about this new addition to the family. ejano: would you believe he started to fetch yesterday like it was nothing? He loses interest after a few tries but we're rewarding him and he's catching on to the idea that fetching is a good thing. Dogs never cease to amaze me. Thank you for your advice!
  16. I posted several months ago about wanting to get a BC puppy. Someone recommended BC rescue groups which was a great idea but the person who runs a BC rescue group in my area proved very erratic and extremely odd and unreliable so I looked elsewhere. A general rescue group had Louis and we picked him up two weeks ago. He is a good eight month old pup. Issues included separation anxiety and being very needy. He wants to be hugged ALL the time! Love to play with other dogs and running around. Not showing great affinity for fetching, isn't that weird? Right now, we are ALL going crazy because Loui
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