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    Dogs, hiking, dog agility, hiking with dogs, dog training, writing, blogging, but mostly just dogs.

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  1. One of my border collies fractured a metatarsal bone last summer on a rear foot. I seem to recall it was #3, one in the middle, but could've been #4. She slipped on grass while retrieving a ball. It was a spiral fracture. Of course she thought nothing of continuing on to bring the ball back and then continue for the hiking portion of the afternoon, but her three-legged walk gave her away. Thought as first she'd torn her cruciate ligament. Treatment was splinting and a soft cast to stablize the bone (Internal fixation) after the vet manipulated the bone. She was not allowed any activity but
  2. Maja - I don't just "like" this post, I love it. Beth
  3. Hmmm .... I just want a hopefully healthy Border Collie or Border Collie/Australian Cattle Dog "accident" that exhibits intelligence and some interest in teaming up with me (which I can work on further) and that will meld with my existing tribe of dogs (whoever that may be at some point in the future) that I can play with, hike with, take naps with, do a few tricks with and, if things go well, do agility with. But that'd be icing on the cake. I admit that I've had a picture in my head of my "ideal" dog each and every time I've acquired a dog and only one has come close to that picture. And
  4. A few years back, when my 16-year-old husky mix let me know our contract was ending, I asked a vet to come to the house for the final visit. I did that specifically as Sylvie never liked going to the vet's and I figured there'd be less stress for her, particularly as that day she became pretty much immobile. The other reason I asked the vet to come was so that my other dogs would know what happened. My two males never really cared for Sylvie and viewed her as the dog that ruined all the fun (she was very much the fun police). Nevertheless, she'd been there for the entire life of one of my male
  5. I started in NADAC because that was the venue of choice at the first place I trained at with my first agility dog. Eventually, I tried other agility flavors, and most of my agility friends have dabbled in multiple flavors as well. Ultimately, for most people, including myself, it comes down to what venue suits you best, and, something I think needs to be emphasized more often, what venue suits your dog best. However, I have never tried, nor do I ever intend to try, ACK. Too bad, there's an ACK trial pretty much every weekend. I'm extremly lucky though. I live in an area ripe with all o
  6. IMO - that video shows a nice speedy dog and very good handler. Having run a very accurate, but rather slow dog, and faster dogs where we either crash and burn or come at as the top dog in the class, I'd much rather run the latter. I learned the hard way to encourage the speed and worry about the accuracy later. In my experience, being too concerned about being "right" on course shut the dog down.
  7. I rarely post to the forum and you didn't say how old your daughter is, but Holly is a fantastic dog. I've met her in person and am really impressed by her appropriate friendliness with both people and other dogs. She's being fostered by an excellent person too that can give you an idea of her potential career as a performance dog. She young and she's a blank slate. Plus she's very adorable. Raising a dog from a puppy is great and all that, but it's a lot of work and no guarantee of the ultimate adult personality. Of my present four dogs, three have been acquired through rescue as adolescents
  8. Another vote for the Easy Walk harness or any other front hook harness. Or try a Freedom harness (a bit more complex). Given the back story and progress made to date, I also wouldn't be too adamant about "heel" position. One of my dogs pulls like a freight train on her regular collar (me- bad trainer, not consistent), but on her harness always walks slightly ahead or behind on a very relaxed loose leash.
  9. Very long time lurker and before I go back to lurking I must reply to this: Quote: "The first one is what I call the one-in-a-million agility Border Collie that comes just once in a rare blue moon. This is the agility line that absolutely must be preserved. [/b] Brilliant thinking of the dog, how it cuts the corners and retrieves on the space. Extremely few agility Border Collies have that quick, that blazing, that tight...." I don't know what part of the country you're in, but from the numerous posts, appears you're familiar only with ACK-style agility and a limited pool of border c
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