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  1. When Brady was a pup, I used his crate for "nap time," which was just putting him in there for 20-30 minutes or so. It gave us both some much needed down time/quiet time. I'd also recommend putting your pup in there whenever you can't watch him 100% of the time, since they're babies and the minute you turn your back they'll get into something. Even if it's just for a minute or two (you could also invest in an xpen). He's such a cutie! <3
  2. 1. Jolly Ball - We have two of them, because Brady loves them so much. They're durable and can withstand crazy shenanigans. 2. Chuckit Flying Squirrel - Also durable, the ends glow in the dark, it floats, and it's a squirrel shaped frisbee. That's pretty much all of Brady's favorites in one. It's the perfect park and river toy! 3. Chuck it Bumper - My dog is a total water fiend. If there's a body of water to be found, he'll find it (like he found the stagnant pond water on a memorial camping trip 3 minutes after being let out of the car). So, we like to have lots of floating toys on hand for when he inevitably goes for a swim. The chuckit bumper is a big favorite, and he loves it even more because it ONLY comes out if we're going to the river, coast, or lake. 4. Buster Cube - probably one of my best investments when he was a puppy. Fill it with food or treats, and they have to move it around to get the tasties. It gives you at least 5 minutes of peace, lol. So, maybe this is more MY favorite than it is his. And of course, balls of all shapes and sizes. Including the basketballs, footballs, and baseballs he's stolen from children over the years. Brady is earnest in his role as Playground Grinch, which is why he only gets to play in childless open fields.
  3. Thank you!! So, we went to his consultation with a specialist today and it sounds like my regular vet jumped the shark on diagnosing him with DJD. The specialist said there was no evidence of arthritis and his cartilage was fine. There's evidence of a slight tear in his CCL, which would explain the tenderness and limping. So, eventually, we'll probably have to have surgery for that whenever it gets worse. I'm so happy he doesn't have DJD though! I feel greatly relieved.
  4. Brady likes to remind me everyday about how smart he is (and, yet, he's the biggest airhead you'd ever meet). He learned how to close my laptop when he was just about 4 months old and now, does it specifically to annoy me into paying attention to him. Which, is incredibly painful because that dog snaps it shut with some force and my hand is almost always still on the keys. He's also learned that when I grab my purse, it's time to go in the crate. Which is really convenient when you have your arms full of things. I wish my mom's chihuahua was as quick to get the message. He knows exactly when we're within 5 minutes of my SO's house and will start happy dancing in the backseat, no matter what strange side streets I take. They're besties and I'm always chopped liver when they're with one another. He can spell. And it's horrible, because we reverted to spelling walk and park around him when we weren't actually going to go on one, and yet, he still figured it out. So he spazzes everytime we whisper it or spell it out. He is the "enforcer" in the house and if one animal gets in trouble, he comes running to be backup. He last did this when the chihuahua snapped at me and he came charging around the corner to play "bad cop" to my "good cop." And lastly, he always knows when I'm having a bad day health wise. He gets extra cuddly and lays his head on my stomach or legs and will just hang with me for the rest of the day. He's a very, very good dog. <3
  5. Thank you for the suggestion!! I think a couple vets in the area do that, so I'll definitely call around for some info on it and some price quotes. I just feel so bad, because he's so young and has such a huge play drive.
  6. Hi guys, I know it's been a while since I've posted (still working on that Addison's detection thing with Brady), but pup and I just got hit with some bad news. He's had issues with his right knee/stifle since he was a baby, but it was something my vet and I thought wouldn't be a huge deal until he was much older. Fast forward to December and he's favoring it, won't put any weight on it at all, and it's obviously tender. I attributed to an injury because he had come back from some pretty serious play and took him in. He was put on crate rest and carprofen. He seemed to get better and then, for the last month and a half, he's been favoring it off and on. Mind you, I haven't allowed extreme play since December and he only went on light walks. I took him in yesterday for some X-rays, and he has almost no cartilage in his knee. Not only that, but it's starting to become the same on his left, as well. He's only 4...this just seems so soon, and I'm in a period of transition right now and surgery is just too far outside of my price range (for now). Has anyone else had similar issues in a young dog? What can be done to make him comfortable while I save for potential surgeries? Right now, he's on glucosamine and carprofen.
  7. Sorry to bump an old thread! I would personally go to my normal vet. We've been going to the same practice since we moved to the PNW eleven years ago and have an established relationship with the entire staff. It's a three vet clinic (they've grown quite a bit) and Brady sees the same one every time. She's know him since he was a pup and, when I was going to school, I would drive him home four hours just to go to his appointments. Because he's quite possibly the most graceless, unself-aware dog on the planet, we're fairly established there. Sometimes she doesn't charge for visits if they're just little injury check-ups and what not. They call me to see how he's doing and even send me a Christmas card, lol. That alone makes me want to give them as much of my business as possible, and I'm a broke recent college graduate with loans to pay off. When he was neutered, I think it cost me a grand total of MAYBE 400 bucks? I think it was more like 350? And that was with an overnight stay where they have a tech and a kennel assistant who stay overnight to tend the animals. She's phenomenal at what she does and I love going to the clinic. I even buy my flea medications there. It's only 40 dollars for the three month with a free fourth application or 60 dollars for the six month and two free applications. Edited to add: his neuter also included bloodwork because, at the time, I was a paranoid, nervous, 20-year-old first time pet owner and wanted all my bases covered and she suggested it as well.
  8. I would love that shirt! I get the same question even though, looking at Brady, he is so obviously border collie, but many average joes are used to the standard black and white with a white blaze and a collar. He definitely has a lot more white than that, so many people assume him to be a mix. It used to annoy me, but now I just kind of roll with it. I've never seen him point, but he does do the "creep" and, when he's "hunting" a toy, he does a bouncy pounce like coyotes and wolves do for lemmings and mice. Your pup is adorable! I guess you'll really know if he starts exhibiting more herding behaviors, but he certainly does look the part!
  9. Hey all! It's been a while since I've posted on this forum, and, with a new change in my life, I'm finding that I need the people of the boards' infinite wisdom once again! After a very long, unexplained illness, I was recently diagnosed with Addison's Disease back in May. Some time ago, at our local Costco, there was an event for veterans and military members going on and after seeing the most adorable Saint Bernard puppies with a group providing service dogs for veterans with PTSD for free, I came upon the idea of turning Brady into my own service dog. Problem is, I don't really know where to or how to start. There have been people who have trained their dogs as service dogs for their Addison's but they seem to be in the UK and the only documentation is in newspaper articles. Brady would have to be able to detect my cortisol levels and alert when they're low, giving me an added protection of knowing how to stop my body from going into crisis. I believe he's done it before without training, because when I was sick and had no idea I had apparently won the genetic lottery for this rare disease, he would lie next to me in bed and lay his head across either my chest or my stomach. Recently, when I was being stubborn and not taking my steroids as directed, he would do the same thing. I believe this is his "alert." It could very well be just him snuggling, but his version of cuddling is to just lie next to me and press against me for five seconds and then run off to play. I don't really know that much about service dogs and I have NO IDEA how to capture this behavior because it's so rare and I don't know how to capture that smell of low levels. I remember a couple of you guys using your collies as service dogs and was wondering if you could give me some advice on training your own? References of where to start would be great, too! I thought about asking the school that provides service dogs for the deaf, blind, and otherwise handicapable people of the Northwest, but I wanted to ask people who have self-trained first.
  10. Brady has already unlocked Pro Level 5000 at this job. Time for him to get a job and start paying the bills!
  11. This looks pretty well covered, but you could always move outside of Seattle. Bothell is pretty affordable and it's small enough that it's rarely super busy. There are some apartments within walking distance to the school and parks if you want to take your collie there for fun and exercise. The best part is that, if you're working or going to school in downtown Seattle, Bothell's only about 15 minutes away in light traffic and 35-45 in heavy traffic. Snoqualmie Pass is maybe 45 minutes away if you head to the summit and you can take your pup there or Wenatchee National Forest for hiking, camping, etc. Ellensburg is 74 minutes away and has some of the best hiking in the state (just watch out for rattlers and ticks). Also there is a TON of lakes near Seattle that offer lots of fun (or you could just go to the Sound). Coming from Vancouver and Portland, which are both pretty dog-oriented cities, but are much smaller in size, I've come to really like Seattle. There's a lot going on.
  12. Sorry for the confusion! Thank you for the input, it's nice to be able to put a proper name to something that has had me stumped. I'll talk with my boyfriend and see which way we want to go. I'll try crating him first because punishment, at least at this point, is out of the question until it becomes a last resort. I might try implementing "go to place" from CU since he knows it pretty well. Thank you again!
  13. The separation anxiety is a work in progress and is part of the reason I started CU. I was wondering more about how to get him to stop mounting me or Jeff during certain moments, but thank you for your advice!
  14. Lately, I've been having an odd problem with Brady and I don't want to offend anyone so I'm going to put this as delicately as I possibly can. He's started trying to mount me or my boyfriend in, um, intimate moments, or if I'm working out on the floor. In the past year this has been the only behavioral problem we've had since I started doing CU with him. We work on something everyday, go on walks everyday, and play outside constantly. I know it's not boredom, and part of me wants to chalk it up to jealousy because I've had Brady longer than I've been with my boyfriend, but he never acts jealous except in those moments. He loves Jeff, just absolutely loves him. He gets so excited whenever he visits (because we're doing the long distance thing right now) and never leaves his side. In fact, if I separate him from Jeff he'll whine and cry because he doesn't want to be apart from him. It's annoying and embarrassing at this point and I have no idea how to stop the behavior. In my current place his crate won't fit in my room and shutting him out of the room results in him barking, scratching the door, and carrying on until the whole house has been alerted, which makes things all the MORE embarrassing. I'm begging for advice at this point.
  15. I think most everyone here will say that breeding is a bad decision. You should only breed if your dog actually, truly, contributes to the border collie breed as a whole. Which means breeding for keeping the magnificent working ability of the breed. I would say put your foot down. If you believe it's a bad choice, don't do it. And try to explain to them that by not breeding him, you're preserving the quality of this wonderful breed we all love so much. I love my own collie, but I would never ever think about breeding him. He doesn't contribute to the collie breed at all--he doesn't work livestock like his ancestors. He chases tennis balls and frisbees and lives a good life being my eternal hiking, snuggling, and tv watching buddy. I think we all fall into that feeling where we love our dogs so much we think breeding them might make them...last, somehow.
  16. on the subject of the attorney's "donation" thing: He's doing it to get paid in full and to add media attention to his business. It's all a part of the defense attorney game. You have to look good. So, I'd read it with a grain of salt considering it's probably a part of his business model to appeal to his client and to garner some attention for himself.
  17. Sorry to dredge up an old post guys! Hi rush! If you're still in the Vancouver-Portland area, my parents treat their front and backyard with a flea and tick yard treatment. They do it once a year and get the bags from Home Depot. I'm not entirely sure of its cost, name, or how effective it is, but when we stay during the summer fleas are never a problem with Brady (paired with topical treatment of course).
  18. Whenever we meet people at a dog centric place the question "is he a border collie?" is almost always immediately followed with "what else is he mixed with?" Most people believe me when I assure them that he's all border collie but there are some who I think would refuse to believe me when if I showed them his papers. He's not that "alternative" looking either, so the mix question always throws me. To me, he has a fairly classic look minus the big patch of white across his hips.
  19. I feed Go! FIT + FREE. My supplier stopped carrying Acana and Orijen so I switched to the next closest thing. It's a little on the pricier end (I often say that Brady eat's better than I do), but with only one dog to feed it's not a huge problem right now. He does really well on it. Nice, shiny coat that's soft to the touch, his stool isn't gross, and he absolutely loves the food.
  20. All reasons I wanted to get a jump! For the rescues, I'm just worried an early application will make me want to try and adopt immediately instead of just take my time? It's probably a very naive worry of mine, I just really don't want to jump the gun. For talking to handlers at the Lacamas trial, what is the best way to approach? Last year I kept to myself mostly because I was unsure how to just start up a conversation out of the blue. I'm not normally a shy individual but I respect beyond respect handlers at trials. You guys are the gurus so I'm never really sure how to get a conversation going.
  21. Brady turned three yesterday and I'm nine months away from earning my degree. For the last year, I've told myself that once I graduate, I'll get another collie. I want to be careful this time because I think I got extremely lucky with Brady. I'm not looking to bring anyone home immediately after I walk across the stage with my diploma, but after I've stabilized with an income and home. The two cities (Seattle and Portland) I'm looking to live in have a lot of job offers for my field and are close to family, friends, and all kinds of canine centered activities. I'm not opposed to rescue at all, but I was going to look into them a little more closer to my graduation and such. Right now I was hoping to just start conversations with people on what I'm looking for, maybe meet up with them at the Lacamas trial this upcoming August, and just really take baby steps into starting "the search." Right now Brady and I aren't involved in any dog sports due to our location (Ellensburg isn't exactly a dog sport capital by any means), but we do a lot of obedience work at home, hiking adventures, and just playing around outside. We keep active, we keep healthy, and we keep fun!
  22. In the two years I've had Brady, I've bathed him maybe 10 times? He rarely smells and in the summer he spends 80% of his time swimming so that probably helps. A good brushing and he's usually pretty set for the week. After getting tired of paying the groomer 9 bucks to trim his nails once a month, I just started doing it myself despite his tantrums. You'd never know he didn't get bathed very often, his white parts are always super white and his fur is incredibly soft and clean to the touch. Sometimes he has a faint "doggy" smell, but I've never minded it. We usually get compliments on his physical appearance, which, personally, I think goes straight to his head.
  23. Sorry to dig up an older post, just wanted to update! Everything sorted itself out, he probably just ate something and it didn't agree with his system. I do think that Wellness might not be the food for us because he doesn't seem to be doing as well on it as he did on Acana Pacifica, even though they're both fish based formulas. I suppose it'll be back to ordering it online from now on.
  24. That's good to know, thank you! It happened about a little over a week ago. I'll pick up some plain yogurt at the store today to add to his dinner (which I think will end up being boiled chicken and rice to see if that helps too). I just want him to feel better. The last two weeks have been awful on his tummy. :(/> eta -- Thank you Dave! I have that site favorited in my browser bar!
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