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  1. I think the injection is a key part of that finding, though, Mark. Consider that if ten dogs are injected with parvo, all ten will get parvo; but if ten dogs are exposed to parvo in the environment, not all ten dogs will get parvo. The immune system will be able to mount a response, if it can, when the virus enters the body through the dog's skin, nasal passages, etc. Direct injection into the bloodstream bypasses all the defense mechanisms that the body has to rebuff or respond to the disease or pest. This article in Dogs Naturally magazine makes some interesting points, one of which is
  2. There is a good deal of discussion about whether the parasites are developing or have developed resistence to the drugs. Some mentions of that are here: http://www.2ndchance.info/heartwormMedResist.htm And more info, from the 2013 Western Veterinary Conference -- this is a PDF: http://tinyurl.com/kbts9ul I live in Chicago. I have not used chemical heartworm preventives since 2001; I have 6 dogs at present, and have had another 6 who passed away since 2001. (I don't have a high mortality rate, I adopt senior Shelties from rescue.) None of them ever tested positive for heartworm and I test
  3. FWIW, my young BC is a puller on-leash and will pull into a prong collar. It slowed him down not one bit, so I discarded it. I walk him now on a ComfortFlex harness, which is not a no-pull but is a nice, sturdy harness with a good design. What worked for my dog was not a collar, it was allowing him to release the emotional tension that built up when he saw 'prey' -- squirrels, etc. -- on a walk. He loves to tug, so I brought his tug on the walk and practiced calling him back to me (yes, while still on leash) and tugging vigorously for a minute when he was wound up. At first he wanted n
  4. My BC jumps on people and hugs them. And I never really tried to break that habit, which he had when I got him from the rescue at 10 months of age. I just warn people that he jumps, and then I figure they're on their own. (Usually I say, "just pretend his name is OFF.") My BC also pulls on the leash and I think he will never not pull on the leash. I just use a ComfortFlex harness, and try to have him off-leash as much as possible for the sake of my sanity. My dog is off-leash a lot. Last week two people in the course of one walk asked 'do you need me to help you catch your dog?'
  5. Update: Amanda was able to find a person willing to take Scout, out of the area where he was in hot water with ACO, and Scout is 'vacationing' there while his ACO file is reviewed and while an attempt is made to find him a new permanent home. He dodged the bullet thanks to the big heart of a rescuer who responded to a friend's share on Facebook. All of Scout's fans are very relieved!!
  6. The owners of Scout pretty much neglected him since about a year or so after they got him. He has no fenced yard, he is not walked regularly, he is an energetic and smart dog and not being part of his family, he has made his own program of escapes, excursions, etc. This has been going on for years and every attempt to address it by my friend has been met with resistance from Scout's owners. They're not a good home for any dog. I'm old enough to remember Barbara Woodhouse, the British dog trainer, and she used to say, "If you want to know what your dog really thinks of you -- open the do
  7. Thank you -- I passed that info and the links along to Amanda. I don't know what rescues she's contacted so far but I know she's trying everything that she can think of to get Scout out of this mess. I don't know what his mix is; he was adopted as a puppy from a shelter in another state and has been with this family his whole life. I sure hope they don't get any dogs in the future.
  8. Posting this for a friend whose in-laws have taken such poor care of a very nice BC mix that the dog is now on death row. "Can you help? Scout needs a rescue to take him by this weekend (8/25). Scout has been able to get out of his family's home and has chased the neighbors as border collies are prone to do. Due to the laws in his city, if someone feels threatened by the dog twice in 12 months, it is considered attacking even though there is no injury. Scout will be declared "vicious" this weekend, even though he is not aggressive. Due to this declaration and the circumstances in his home
  9. The owner has been found. My friend e-mailed me: "They are reunited!!!! I got a call from Sharon about an hour ago. The owners have a ranch, but have been staying in town, and the old girl thinks she can be just as footloose in town as she is out at the ranch. Owner picked up dog and called Sharon to thank her. Please thank all your BC board people for all they were about to do! Dog people are AWESOME." Relief.
  10. Yes, please crosspost anywhere it might help locate the dog's owner. Thank you! I wondered if the USBCHA would keep records of entrants?
  11. A friend of mine in NM notified me that last Friday, after the big storms they had, a BC was found in Clayton, NM; the dog is wearing a tag that says "National Sheepdog Trials 2003 Competitor." No other ID. The BC is currently being boarded at the Clayton Veterinary Clinic, Phone: (505) 374-2332. Any suggestions how to go about locating the owner would be appreciated. Mods, sorry if this is in wrong forum, feel free to move.
  12. Hi -- I am sorry to read about the structural and health problems of your girl. FWIW, you're not alone in that boat: I have a Sheltie who is from a top (okay, maybe I should say "top") Sheltie breeder and who has: moderate to severe hip dysplasia due to a deformed hip socket; such poor dentition that he gets bacteria-filled pockets in his gums periodically; lumbar spondylosis by age 2; has had cancer (successfully removed, knock wood) -- he's 13 1/2 now and is a very, very old dog, much older than my other Shelties of that age. It's quite sad. For your girl, my suggestions (things that
  13. Actually my petsitter used to be like this when she started with me, 10 years ago. She is an older, retired neighbor and she just thought my dogs were adorable and she gave them a constant stream of treats. At the time I had all Shelties, and Shelties + treats = fat dogs in no time! I made sure to provide the treats and tell her the dosage per dog; I put plenty of things like sweet potato chips in the treat jars rather than big biscuits; and I got her to make the dogs DO something to earn the treats, rather than just cluster around her 'being so cute.' She and her family have had dogs
  14. Yes, this is true and very important. I adopted a Finnish Lapphund who had ehrlichia -- another in the lovely family of tick diseases -- and had not been treated with a long enough or strong enough regimen of Doxycycline when first diagnosed. He now has chronic ehrlichia, and last year he had a flare and his platelet count dropped to dangerously low levels and his white blood cell count shot up. Fortunately, my vet is very conversant with tick disease treatments, so we got Mike the Lapphund back with several months of doxy, some Prednisone, and a bunch of immune supplements added to his raw
  15. I second Ruth, I would teach the dog a 'go to your mat' cue and have her go to her 'safe' place when people come over. From there, she can meet the visitors if she is comfortable, or she can remain in her own space. I also agree this is anxiety-based -- I think when we humans read 'fear' we take it to mean something stronger than what your dog is displaying. What I got from your posts: --Your dog is becoming much more settled into your home, more comfortable with your household and routines, resulting in a dog who is much more confident in her surroundings. --Like almost all he
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