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  1. The grooming gloves work really well on my smooth coat (and the rough coat, but a normal brush works just fine for him). The one issue I found is that they tend to build up static electricity in low humidity, but dryer sheets or a small amount of water helps. She likely has more of an undercoat than you realize...they're tougher to see on a smooth coat until you really start pulling it out. My dogs only get bathed if they *really* need it, regardless of coat type. They'll get hosed off occasionally when they roll in horse poop, but that's it. I can't remember the last time they've
  2. Thanks to you both, I'll check them out!
  3. We loved fostering for West TN Border Collie Rescue when we lived in Mississippi (highly recommend them by the way!), and now that we've moved to South Carolina we're too far away to help WTBCR but we want to look into fostering again. Can anyone recommend a BC rescue in the area?
  4. In other words, "I'll look for an echo chamber where people will just agree with me despite the fact that I asked for advice because what I'm doing isn't working." For some reason I am always surprised when people ask for advice from those whom they know to be more experienced than themselves, then get offended and try to trot out their own "credentials" as supporting evidence when they hear anything other than "what you're doing is perfect don't change a thing!" Do you want advice or not? @starry777 - you don't need to analyze groups norms or try to fit in. It's pretty simple: if y
  5. I've had bad luck with vet techs and receptionists, and occasionally vets themselves who just want to hustle through an appointment and get to the next one. For example, I've been to a couple different vets (I move around a lot) who will want to take my dog into the back, out of my sight, to do almost everything. While I can understand there are several good reasons they want to do this, it doesn't work for me or my dogs. I have one who is scared, but will calm right down for almost anything if I am still in view. I have another who loves all the new people at the vet a little too much, but wi
  6. Falsely claiming a service dog irritates me so much simply because it undermines those who ACTUALLY need a service dog. It is incredible what a true service dog can do. They and their handlers don't deserve to have to put up with this BS brought about by liars and their ill behaved dogs. Unfortunately most businesses are hesitant to kick out false service dogs for fear of negative backlash in the social media age. They are only allowed to ask if the dog performs a task that aids the handler's disability. Per the law, however, ANY dog who is misbehaving can be legally kicked out regardless
  7. OP, you asked for opinions and received thoughtful, knowledgeable responses. The fact that they do not validate YOUR opinions does not make us "nervous nellies" or "negative". Or argumentative; on the contrary posters on this board by and large are incredibly respectful of others' opinions, and there is certainly a wide range of opinions. Every once and while there does seem to be new posters who get angry that older posters don't agree with them and decide we're all out to get them... If, instead of merely looking for an echo chamber to validate whatever opinions you already hold, you are
  8. Totally agree with CptJack. We have lots of fosters who come through here who know nothing. "Ahht!" is one of the first things they learn, and they learn it means to stop doing whatever it is you're doing. Regardless of how you view the semantics of "no" vs a "correction" vs an "interrupter" with all of the above the dog stops the undesired behavior, correct? Stopping the undesired behavior by looking at you, getting out of trash, stopping their forward movement, what have you, IS offering new behavior that you theoretically reward. Certainly you want to do this without making the dog fearful
  9. Welcome! Photos of puppies are absolutely required when asking questions As far as leaving your pup outside, it really depends on your weather, how truly escape proof your yard is (puppies are deviously clever little devils!), and, frankly, how quickly you want her to be housebroken. I see you are in Iowa so I would assume this time of year it is starting to get quite cold there. Even with a dog house a puppy is going to have a harder time keeping warm than an adult. I grew up with farm dogs who spent most their lives outside and am not one who thinks that dogs must be in the house at all
  10. I get that, and if they are willing to keep the dog until they find a new home even better so they don't take a foster away from another dog, which is why I specifically mentioned a courtesy post. Typically rescues are willing, in a case such as this, to post the dog on their website so the dog can reach a wider audience. The rescue doesn't actually take the dog in or vet potential adopters, it just gets his info out there to more people who are looking to adopt a BC/mix. GentleLake I completely get where you're coming from, but if they're looking to rehome the dog they probably won't be i
  11. Have they contacted any local BC or Aussie rescues? Most would likely be willing to do a courtesy listing.
  12. Welcome, what a cute pup! One of my Border Collies loves running, while his more laid back "brother" is only interested for short runs, and only if there are interesting smells he can investigate . Max, the more intense one, would happily sprint mile after mile if he could. I prefer to run with him off leash because while he's ok at a walk I still haven't managed to keep him from pulling at a run. You'd think it'd help, but he gets a little too exuberant and could pull me over! I'm much slower these days, but in high school when I ran cross country I frequently took my BC mix on runs
  13. Bumping this sweet girl up, I am so shocked we've had such little interest in Lark! We are hoping to find her a home soon, I am likely moving across the country in a few months and would prefer her to go to her forever home instead of another foster. She has SO much more confidence and energy now than she did a few months ago. She is definitely still going to need a very patient home, but she is just getting so much better at handling new things. I took her hiking with my folks (whom she'd never met) and although she was a bit unsure, she was brave about everything including people and dogs, a
  14. C'mon, you know you can't resist that face! We've had one family call about her, and it sounded like a great home except that they were unfamiliar with Border Collies and obsessive behaviors. Lark will occasionally exhibit slightly obsessive behavior like circling the couch if she gets anxious. It's in its earliest stages, she's easy to redirect and the tendency is dropping as she gains confidence, but I could see it becoming a big problem if left "untreated". I encouraged them to do some research to see if they'd be comfortable identifying and stopping those behaviors, but haven't heard
  15. https://flickr.com/photos/130405619@N02/sets/72157681263438273 Flickr decided to work! Several more photos at the link.
  16. Thanks for sharing Sue! Isn't she adorable?? Flickr or my internet one is giving me issues, or I'd post a ton more photos. She has a habit of sticking her tongue out at you, and even has a cute little mustache. And those ears! We've fostered several shy but sweet Border Collies but she is on another level entirely. She was so shut down when we first got her I don't think she wagged at all the first week. Wouldn't eat, had to be picked up to be put outside, and was a total escape artist. She is a totally different dog these days, not quite brave yet but happy and playful with so much mo
  17. Our latest foster Lark is ready to be adopted! She's around four years old, medium energy, quite sensitive, super sweet, and while she's made massive improvements from when we got her a few months ago, she's still prone to some anxiety so will need a Border Collie-savvy home. She is an absolute doll and in the right home will be an amazing pup! For more info see: https://www.bordercollierescuewesttn.org/our-animals or check out West TN Border Collie Rescue on Facebook.
  18. I love this. Cheekiness springs from confidence and happiness. I frequently tell Rudder he could do with a little less confidence and happiness...little bastard thinks it's his job to stir the pot, and he's veeeeery good at it, the goofball. Her foster Barry White sounds exactly like our latest foster girl, Lark. She huddled silently in the back of my car for several hours when I picked her up, and shuts down quickly in response to almost any stimulus. We also have a strict "no fosters on the furniture" for the same reasons she does, but when Lark jumped up on the couch I was thrilled, an
  19. Thanks everyone! The table we're adding won't be quite deep enough to stash crates under, but I bet I can put a piece of plastic/wood on top of the crates for more work/storage space. Toney- good to know you could fit 3 crates in the dinette space, maybe my 2 will fit without taking up too much room. Does anyone know of a temperature sensor that you can check on your phone? We'll be living in the RV mostly over the winter and I'll be working 5 min away from the trailer so theoretically it'll be easy to check on them, but it'd be reassuring to check that the AC/heater is working on my phon
  20. Hey all! I'll be living in a 5th wheel trailer for several months for work and will have one or both collies with me while my husband has to stay behind in MS. Anyone have helpful tips/tricks/products for the RV? For pups or humans? I'm thinking I'll need to find smaller, perhaps soft-sided crates...their big wire crates just won't fit. We're doing some cosmetic work to the trailer I'm excited about including taking out the dinette and putting in a small table where two chairs are now, so I'll have a bit more room, but two big wire crates take up a lot of real estate! Theoretically th
  21. I'm surprised there's not more mention of "border collies need AT LEAST XX number (usually something ridiculous) hours of exercise A DAY. EVERY DAY. YES EVEN MONDAY!" I've had several people make a face when they find out I have border collies and say something to the effect of "how do you find enough time to give them all the exercise they need??". Uh, I dont? My dogs love to be out and active with me, and frequently are, but they don't NEED excessive exercise every day. They're pretty damn content to snooze on the couch!
  22. Just be aware, Amarillo to east of the Mississippi is a solid 11 hour drive, more if you expect them to head northeast, not just east. I'm from the area originally, don't know of anyone making that kind of trek, sorry. Out of curiosity, when you say near Amarillo which town do you mean?
  23. Happy update! Lass was adopted and apparently it was mutual love at first sight! It sounds like a terrific home for her. She was a special one to foster...very very timid but such a strong desire to please. Her response to simple patience and gentle encouragement was incredible, and it was so much fun to watch her come out of her shell. She was tough to let go, but I'm so happy for her!
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