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    Eugene, OR
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    working sheepdogs, agility, behavior and training, rescue

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  1. Melanie,

    I want to thank you for sharing your journey with Solo. I have been working with my vet on medicating Cocoa. We are currently trying the combo therapy of Prozac and Elavil that you mention you used for Solo. I am hopeful that it will be successful. The anxiety meds were very frustrating. Age has made Cocoa worse and I want to help her as much as possible. So thank you. Happy Thank...

  2. Nick is definitely blue, and he is gorgeous!
  3. Poor Nell! That's a bummer of a tooth to lose, too, as a dog's mandible is relatively delicate and the lower canine forms a lot of the structural support of that "corner" of the jaw. I am curious what they have planned. Will they extract it and then pack the hole with some sort of bone replacement?
  4. This may be another one of those cultural markers (maybe not in the case of your elderly neighbor) as the only people I've heard using the term "chocolate" to refer to red Border Collies are show dog folks, to whom "red" means "yellow" or Golden Retriever color. The other term often used for yellow in Border Collies is "Australian red," betraying the origins of most conformation dogs.
  5. Mine only wear collars when we go out -- I leave the collars (which are all the plastic spring-buckle type, Solo's is hemp, the others are nylon) attached to their leashes. They've gone naked in the house ever since I've had multiple dogs for the reasons described in the first post, and because jingling tags bother me. It's a holdover from apartment living, during which they would have had to negotiate at least three sets of doors to escape the building (thereby making escapes highly unlikely) and I feel safe about it now because none of them are door darters. Actually, if any of them did d
  6. The idea behind using medication is that it ameliorates the problem enough so that training has a chance to take hold (gets a foot in the door, as it were). My Solo had severe separation anxiety, with vocalization being his main reaction; he was neither destructive nor did he soil the house. He is an anxious dog in general, and it was clear that he was panicked at being left alone (drooling, dilated pupils, other frantic behaviors) and not just enjoying the sound of his own voice. He has been on a combination of amitryptyline (generic Elavil) and fluoxetine (generic Prozac) for years now
  7. What good news. Fingers still crossed for Dally's safe return.
  8. http://www.facebook.com/pages/Dog-Show-Fas...57611619?ref=nf
  9. I don't know if you ever feed any grain-free kibble, but Solo and Fly are eating EVO reduced fat right now (I switch around between kibbles and also feed some raw) and it's made a noticeable difference. Fly's thick old lady middle is going away and Solo is positively svelte.
  10. Oh, for Chrissakes, Julie -- it wasn't a value judgment and I certainly didn't expect anyone to comment on it. The point was that dog names are personal, and that my dogs are named for ME, according to my own interests and sense of humor (such as it is), and certainly not the dog fancy. Unless you consider yourself a member of the dog fancy, which know you are not, there is no reason to be offended. This is one seriously counterproductive conversation if it can make people who actually KNOW each other (like you and me) get this pissed off about something this pointless. I don't know ab
  11. Hi Donald, If names matter, and are meant to connote respect, and you're going to insist on titles in our dialogue, then mine is Dr., not Ms. -- however, I'd rather remain on a first name basis if that's OK with you. We've met on a number of occasions, so I was assuming that "Donald" was OK. I don't consider it disrespectful to anyone that I choose not to name my dogs traditional names. (One of them does have a traditional name, but I didn't name her, and it's a name I personally like.) I am no more a Scottish shepherd than I am a dog show dragon lady, and names are personal, so why
  12. Hi Eileen, It might be because you wrote this: If that's not what you meant to say, then perhaps you may wish to clarify what you actually meant to say. Honestly, I'm also responding to Donald's original post. While I see what he's getting at, part of me really wants to say, who gives a flying frak what people name their dogs? Of all the things to get upset about when it comes to what's happening to this breed, focusing on something as minor as naming conventions seems slightly perverse, especially since names are so personal.
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