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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 dart out the door they'd be most likely to just stand there on the front porch and stare at me waiting for me to come out too. I know, never say never, but I feel the risks of being at large without ID are pretty low compared to the risks of possible collar accidents in the house. All three are microchipped.
  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. Some dogs can be weaned off meds, others can't, Solo is one of the latter. His quality of life is excellent and he is behaviorally normal in most situations -- he is unremarkable to most people who see him. We practiced extensive behavior modification exercises as well as the stuff you've probably been doing (leaving/returning over and over again, ignoring upon your return, etc.). His separation anxiety has been basically cured for years. He'll counter surf if left alone for long enough, but it's more of a boredom thing now than a panicky thing, and back when he had SA he was too petrified when alone to do anything like that. In my experience, "natural" remedies are often useless because their mechanism of action is either unknown or the dosages are not controlled. In addition, if "natural" remedies work, the fact of the matter is that they are drugs. They are simply chemicals, just like something that came out of a lab, except that they have all sorts of other unknown or uncontrolled crap in them. I would personally rather know exactly what is going into my dog than waste time dicking around with "natural" remedies which yes, I did try and yes, were largely useless. (The exception was DAP, which is not "natural" in the sense that it is a synthetic version of a natural pheromone, but it is not something that you administer to the dog but rather use in his environment). I also believe in cases of SA that it makes more sense to medicate sooner than later -- why let the condition progress to the point that it is going to be very difficult to treat before treating it? That makes about as much sense as letting the tumor grow before removing it. Dogs with SA are usually under quite a bit of distress and to me the more humane thing is to nip the condition in the bud, especially since it almost always gets worse over time, not better. If SA is your dog's only problem then it is quite likely he will be on the meds for a short time, be weaned off, and be OK thereafter. If he is generally anxious, like Solo is, then he may benefit from being on meds for life, but only a veterinary behaviorist will be able to help you determine this.
  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 about you, but I'm done.
  11. We're all keeping our fingers crossed here for you.
  12. 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 should I be expected to name my dogs traditional names? By giving my dogs names that mean something to ME I am expressing their value to me and my love for them, and to me, that is respectful of the tradition that made them. Aping someone else's culture isn't the only way to express respect. You've explained why you chose the names you gave to characters in Jacob's Ladder. I am an evolutionary biologist, and have historical (prehistoric, actually) reasons for naming my favorite dog after two fossil sites. If names constitute a hidden "code" that is understood only by in-group members then this might suggest that I was naming him for the benefit of other evolutionary biologists, and it's true that they're the only ones who "get" his name (just like Ben was the only one here who apparently "got" my ex-Papillon's name). I have yet to meet any dog fancier who knew that Ashfall is a site with zillions of fosslized three-toed horsies or that the Solo River is where Eugene Dubois found the first Homo erectus fossils, much less that Anopheles is the genus name of the malaria mosquito. It is quite a stretch to suggest that the names I gave my dogs were for the dog fancy's benefit. I have no personal, historical, or indeed, biological connections to British culture, other than the fact that I am American and that the United States owes Britain a number of cultural debts. My heart does not swell at the sound of bagpipes. As to your other example, I grew up in the South (I am from Virginia too, but the part that the rest of Virginia considers "the fake Virginia" so maybe that doesn't count to you) and oh yes, do I know that family names mean a lot down there, but unlike you, I don't necessarily consider that a positive thing. (I don't have the same fond affection for the South that you might, maybe because I grew up hearing people ask me "So, yer not from around here, are yuh?" even though, actually, I was. But I digress.) The names I give my dogs mean something to ME. And, well, I just don't like the name Moss. Sorry.
  13. 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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