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  1. bcnewe2's suggestion to keep the two separate, and give each a share of the sheep , would be the safest way to go. If the old llama is bonded to "his" sheep, adding the new llama with the sheep present may set up an even more aggressive attack, with the added thrill of the sheep milling around. Even if there aren't major injuries, and you decided to leave them all together to work things out; you may find that the old llama will bully the newcomer and chase him away from the flock, the feed, the hay, the water, and he'll do so poorly you'll have to pull him out i n the end anyway. The flip side of it is, if they do get friendly; instead of joining up to protect your flock, they may just as well join up to sunbathe in the dirt by the gate, while your flock wanders off alone. Instead of double the protection, you get a llama group and a sheep group. Hope it all works out for you!
  2. Blackdawgs brings up the point that the mass may not be cancer. That's true. But, if it is the size of a golf ball, can you wait to find out? That is another question. Did the vet see any other sign of cancer on the x-rays? How was the blood work? If those were normal; and given the size of the mass and the location; would make more sense to go ahead with the surgery? Would it take an invasive procedure to get a large enough biopsy sample to test?
  3. The question you need to ask is, "What kind of cancer is it?" The problem with getting an answer to that is; you'll likely need to go to a specialist. He'll need a CAT scan/MRI and a biopsy. The diagnostics -before you ever get to treatment options -are expensive. The other question you need to ask is, "If we do palliative care only, what will the cancer itself do to him?" "What can we give him to make him as comfortable as possible, for as long as possible?" You would think that those two questions would get answered as a matter of course when you talk to your vet. They don't always, though. There is surgery, radiation, chemo. Those are the standards of cancer treatment . However, if you opt not to do that, there are still drugs that can make the life your dog still has better. I have been were you are now. I'm so very sorry...
  4. He has minor ulcerations in and around his mouth? Does his tongue look normal? The urine has a pink tinge to it. Does it have a strong odor? Here's hoping all the best for Trooper, and for you.
  5. You might want to contact the Meat Sheep Alliance of Florida. They have members who raise woolies as well as hair sheep, despite the name. The President lives in Apopka, which isn't that far from you. They are hosting a sheep Jackpot show in Sanford on Jan. 4th. Only kids can compete, but you could meet a bunch of sheep people there.They also hold a Sheep, Wool and Herding Dog Festival in Ocala, in April.
  6. All the above is very good advice. I would add: What is on the other side of the fence? If you put your bull next to the neighbor's cows, what will happen? Do the neighbor's kids have show horses who will freak out if you suddenly turn sheep out next to them? Yes; it is your land, but you don't want to destroy relations with the people around you right off the bat. Good luck!
  7. Mr. McCaig, How does she work in a brace? I remember that you went through a period of sending her with as few commands as possible and then began adding them back for trials. What does she do if she has another dog ,working with her, who is taking your whistles? K.C. Evans
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