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  1. I'm a bit cheap. I feed Costco brand fish oil. Not salmon oil, not krill oil, not cold pressed yadda yadda. It is, however, wild caught. It's pretty middle of the road in quality, and I feed capsules which are less likely to spoil. If funds were endless I'd be feeding pure salmon oil. You'll hear people feed the turmeric in terms of tablespoons to body weight, or to bowel tolerance. I tend to do the latter, but really, the taste ends up being the deciding factor. Too much and Keeper will make icky faces while eating. He gets probably 1.5 tablespoons at dinner. My dang dog hates the taste of the honey though, so he's a bit ridiculous.
  2. I figured. I just found them interesting! He has a very silvery tail, which is why I was, ahem, up close and personal. The silvery tail is probably just over and around his supracaudal gland. His mother carried tri, so I was just curious if he tucked some tri away somewhere. I'm pretty positive he's just a B/W though. It doesn't matter a lick to me, I was just curious.
  3. Huh! I'm learning everyday! My mom's pup has a couple random banded hairs around his anus. I was guessing they were just random. He was SO done with me going over him with a flash light.
  4. Call me an idiot for arguing with a vet, but how can the third dog be a sable when the tan doesn't extend past the hocks and cheeks? All sable merles I've seen have had a minimum of a saddle back pattern, if not entirely red colored throughout. Tess's Girl's female is a sable merle, although she's a clear sable I believe.
  5. I feed golden paste. My BC has a sensitive gut, and it hasn't bugged him at all. Like any new food, be sure to start it slowly. I can't really speak to the efficacy of it, and my experiences would be anecdotal anyway. A fair bit of research seems to show it being quite good at reducing inflammation, so I feed it. I do a fair bit of supplementing, more than most people. Not because I don't think their food is sufficient, but because I have found noticeable positive changes upon feeding certain supplements. By far, my favorite thing I've ever added was kefir, a fermented milk product similar to yogurt. Some people disagree with feeding dairy to dogs, but this supplement has been amazing. My parents' Spoo mix had nuclear, paint-peeling farts for all of his 10 year old life. It took about a month of feeding kefir, but one day they just stopped. His gut bacteria was SO out of whack. I add a variety of sources of fats and omega 3s and 6s. Coconut oil, fish oil (high doses, so I add vitamin E every 3 or 4 days), and chia seeds are my favorite here. Diatomaceous earth for both a fiber-like effect as well as parasite control. My mom's BC kept having repeated issues with roundworms, and they FINALLY went away when she started him on DE. Anecdotal, but still. I'm trying something new with Keeper, it may be total BS, but I'm trying. Some people have reported improvemets in a dog's allergies when fed honey, especially locally harvested honey. The thought is that teeny amounts of pollen are found in the honey, and that repeated exposure works similarly to allergy shots. If it doesn't work, whatever, I like playing with my dog's food. I know some people disagree with supplementing, or think it superfluous. It may be, but I believe I've seen improvements in hair coat, gut health, and joint function. It's fun for me and the dogs, anyway.
  6. I'm glad you got your answer, OP! GentleLake, those pictures were all on the facebook group Coat Color & Genetics. I just used the search function within the group to find maltese individuals. It's a pretty cool group! I know most of our dogs here are just B/W or tri, but I still like seeing all the potential genes in play.
  7. I'll post a few pictures of maltese merles. I do NOT own the pictures, I hope I don't get in trouble. I hope you see what they mean when they say the dogs can appear to be slate, lilac, etc. They haven't yet identified the gene that causes this merle mutation.
  8. Oops, I said things I didn't mean to say, I'm on meds that are making me loopy. I don't think the dog is slate. Maltese doesn't restrict itself to dilute dogs, it means that the dilute spots are dark in color and extremely profuse, such that it gives the dog of an appearance of being solid colored. If you imagine a merle dog where the silvery color is over the entire dog, you can see where it would appear to be blue or lilac. I did actually mean to say tweed, which is what I believe this dog has. A picture would make it easy!
  9. I'm going to zoom past the politics here. Your dog is a blue merle (not tri) with tweed markings. This can also be called a maltese merle. You can do a search for the facebook group Coat & Color Genetics and you'll find other tweed merles.
  10. Rwinner, I'm so sorry. I applaud your great bravery in ending her suffering. I would have done the same thing, had I been in your shoes. I hope your find peace in your decision. Go with love, Hazel.
  11. I can't possibly disagree with someone who is honestly trying to do best by their dog. You have so clearly thought about what is best, and ultimately you have to do what lets you sleep at night. If she's truly suffering like you say she is, she has no quality of life. Maybe she'd get better in a rescue. Maybe not. I'm in a similar situation with an old horse we have. She has permanent neurological issues, and is now mostly blind. She's become dangerous in our tight quartered barn, and she serves no purpose. Sure, we could dump her at a rescue or give her to someone who promises to put her out on pasture. But ultimately, there's no telling what kind of horrific home she could find herself in. We're at the point where we'll be having her euthanized shortly. It sounds cruel, but I'd much rather an animal have a life cut a bit short but not having known suffering compared to tossing the dice about their future. I understand why you'd pick euthanasia over sending her to a rescue, and I don't blame you at all. I really hope for much healing for you, and for a pain-free future for Hazel, no matter how that happens. And please, keep us updated on your future dog. I always like having closure on sad situations like this.
  12. Ticks just make me want to hurl. Thank god I live in CO, where they're quite uncommon. I've heard that physical removal is better than smothering, as people have said.
  13. I will side with you whichever way you pick, as I can see merit in all situations. I do NOT envy your situation. Given the new information, it sounds like perhaps the hip really is her only problem. Sensitivity to petting may just be an extension of her hypersensitivity to that hip. Given that she's so young, maybe there really is a chance that someone could get her the help she needs. I think there are places which will do the surgery for much less than 12k. It's clear that you can't do the surgery, as money only goes so far and you need a service dog. But, if there's potential for someone else to give her the help she needs, I don't think it would be a bad idea to surrender her to a rescue. She's a well behaved, young, flashy colored purebred. She'd be adopted in a flash. I was thinking something systemic was going on, but perhaps it really just is that problem. Do you have a photo of the radiograph?
  14. I'll give you all the info on TNS that I have, as well as a *brief* synopsis of what happened with Trooper. I will say the odds aren't high that she has it, and it's something that your breeder may be able to rule out. It is a testable genetic condition, so your breeder may have ruled it out. Trapped Neutrophil Syndrome causes white blood cells to become trapped in the bone marrow, leaving the body effectively without an immune system. Because of this, the body succumbs to repeated infections which cause massive temperature flares. But, it also causes other symptoms not entirely related to the infections. Many, if not most, affected dogs die before they reach 3 months old, and many appear to be fading puppy syndrome since many of the symptoms aren't distinct. Trooper, however, lived to 18 months old, and his sister who has been tested positive was still alive (last I heard) as of a few months ago which puts her at almost two. I found that it's TOUGH to find much information on it. But one of the first physical symptoms is stunted growth, as well as a sharply pointed, "ferret-like" face. Repeated high fevers are also a hallmark, due to the repeated infections. Unfortunately, all-over joint pain is also a very common symptom. Trooper started showing symptoms when he was between 8 and 12 weeks old. We adopted him at 9 months old, so while I don't have a personal account of his symptoms, his breeder was able to tell me. He was returned to the breeder at 3 months old after complaints of lameness. He showed up with hot, swollen wrists and some sort of overall goopy infection. During the time they had him he was on antibiotics several other times for URIs, eye infections, gut problems, and a few other things. He was at the vet several times, and they never brought anything up. When we got him at 9 months old, it became very apparent that after any small amount of stress that he'd have an "episode". During these he'd have diarrhea, a massive 104/105 degree fever, shifting lameness in several joints, a bit of a staggering gait, food refusal, and major lethargy. He'd run and hide in my mom's closet for days on end until the prednisone kicked in. When the pred was helping, it was like there was nothing wrong. He'd run and play and barkbarkbark like a normal dog, but he'd usually pay for it the next day. He was treated for a few different infections while we had him, but it wasn't until he had a nasty tooth abscess that we found his failing kidneys on pre-surgery blood work. About three weeks later, after a 5 day long spell, we brought him back to the vet where we retested his kidneys. He never came back home. He had a few different little things happen here and there, but that's a pretty fair synopsis. I'll share a video of him less than two months before he died. You can see why it was SO hard to make that decision when he had brief moments of sheer bliss followed by true suffering. If you look through the health section, you can find the thread where I documented the whole saga.
  15. Poor baby. She actually reminds me a bit of our Trooper. He had lameness issues, tummy troubles, stunted growth, and major fevers. He had TNS, which I highly doubt she has, but I understand what it's like watching a young dog have issues you can't explain. Ultimately, we chose to help Trooper cross over before we had a diagnosis. Which SUCKED. You have the constant doubt of "what if it's something treatable?" playing through your head. It was as weird of a relief as you can imagine to find out that what he did have was indeed fatal. I won't tell you what to do. Nobody can, without knowing Hazel as intimately as you do. I've heard it said that it's time when the dog becomes its illness. Whatever happens, know that you've done your best for your dog. If you have to help her cross the bridge, you are doing the greatest kindness I can think of.
  16. I never took an official Foundations course, but our trainer had a ton of equipment-free things we had to have trained before we could get on equipment. I should say, by equipment-free I mean without standard equipment, we still had lots of props like buckets, wobble boards, trash cans, etc. I hope that counts.... In theory, a Foundations course should give you all of the behaviors necessary on a course. You're right in thinking about 2o2o and start line stays. I think it also includes some guiding things like following your hand and shoulders, as well as an intro to moving equipment. I'd say body awareness is part of it, as well as teaching your dog to want to interact with objects. I'll try to think of some of the things we had to do as a foundation: -Sitting in a bucket/standing on a bucket with a stay -Sending to the bucket -teaching left/right, spin/twirl, whatever you call it -2o2o on a small board -2o2o on a longer board with speed, starting to build the drive to a contact point as well as proofing the position with more excitement -2o2o on a wobble board -there's an exercise we had to do, it was awesome. It was basically doing a square around the edge of the wobble board with the 2o2o. It was sort of like heel work, where the dog would be in either a heel or side position and would pivot around the board, without ever leaving the 2o2o position. -teaching "out", both sending to an obstacle as well as going to the outside of one. We'd walk towards a trash can, and the "out" would mean the dog would push to the outside of the trash can, so the can would pass in between the dog and I. -going around an object, go look at Bandit's agility thread, she has an AWESOME cone drill. Her drill includes some crosses and more advanced behaviors, but it's a good start. I'm starting that exercise in bits and pieces with my mom's 6 month old pup, crosses included. -going through NADAC style hoops. I'm not sure this is totally a foundation skill, but I think it's pretty basic. I can't seem to think of any more, even though there are TONS of exercises and skills out there. As I said, I didn't take a course, I did as much as I could think of by myself before we took our class. I basically wanted to create a dog that steers, understands his positions (2o2o), and really wanted to take obstacles. Not everyone may agree with me, but I'd much rather have a dog that REALLY wants to take obstacles than one that you had to spoon feed to every jump. It may cause off courses eventually, but it is SO nice having a dog that's still a novice in every sense of the word but who will still take every line he can possibly see. I may screw him up, but he's so honest. Some people in my class have dogs that won't take a jump if their handler is not making it the only option. I'm rambling a bit, but that drive is something I really tried to build with Keeper, and I'm trying to build it in my mom's pup. And I think that starts at a foundation level. Making obstacles (even just cone sat a foundation level) FUN!!!
  17. Yahoo!!!! Big congratulations!! She looks like it was no big deal.
  18. An exact two weeks after the first video, I think we're improving at a great pace! If you slow the video down you can see he's single stepping about half of the time. I'm pretty sure that'll be his final way of weaving. I'm really enjoying watching him figure out his own best way!
  19. I would bet that she's within an inch or two of her full height, though she'll have a fair bit of weight to put on and growing out to do. FWIW, 19" and 37 lbs. is anything but small to me! Our farrier was over today, and he has a female tri that's no more than 25 lbs. My mom's pup is almost 6 months old, and he weighs 29 lbs., his mother weighs 26. I haven't taken an official wicket to my dog, but he's a very average sized dog at 18" at the shoulder and 42 lbs. as a full grown, intact male. People may always ask you what she is. My dog is about as traditional, rough coated, blaze faced, BC as you can find, and I'm still asked at least once a week if he's an aussie. Some people just couldn't tell a BC from a cactus.
  20. Now that you say it, I do remember it somewhere! Now that I've seen it first hand, it seems so obvious! There are a few show-ish bred dogs doing AKC agility, but they still had some length of leg and whatnot. They have set ears and funky heads, but this was the first of those seriously long backed, short legged, aussie headed ones I've ever seen. Even her gait is funky. She trots so flat kneed it's like a toy breed. Most working bred dogs I've known have always preferred a lope to a trot, but she was so at home at a trotting gait, it was bizarre.
  21. Keeper totally rocked our group class. I'm seriously so proud of him, I don't think I could have a better dog to learn with. I was thinking we were going to be the worst in the class since we were so new.....not so much. We had the fewest issues, by far. I was also quite surprised to discover that my handling didn't suck. I still have SO much to work on (it's not even funny) but we did a lot of things as well or better than our classmates. In our class there was an aussie (particularly unfocused and goofy, true aussie style), a malinois (really cool dog, I think a bit more experienced than his handler!), and a border collie. Ugh. Show bred, blue, and everything I don't want in a border collie. It was my first time spending an extended amount of time with a show bred BC, and it's like it's not even the same breed. She was plenty fast, but it's like there's nobody home up in the head. And just not handler focused. Maybe I'm overreacting, but show bred dogs feel like a personal insult. The absolute best part of the class was the fact that Keeper was 100% focused on my, and the other BC was wildly in heat. He knew, for sure, and she was a big hussy. She's stick with her handler during the exercise, but if given half a chance, she'd make a beeline for Keeper as her owner was trying to leash her up. Keeper didn't once make any effort to go towards her, no whining, no excessive sniffing, nothing. That made me more proud than anything we did on course. I've struggled with his intact adolescent brain, so this was a fantastic sign that we may be ready to move pasts that nonsense. I also see why our trainer makes people take private lessons and have fantastic obedience before entering a group class. It was cool to see all four dogs holding solid down-stays while we walked portions of the course. We still have teeter fear, but it's MUCH improved. I forgot to mention, I hit the major jackpot. A neighbor in my area has had agility equipment since she moved in three years ago. I always drooled at it, but had never met her before. Well I happened to catch a glimpse of her husband outside up at the house (half a mile long driveway) while on a trail ride, so I got up the guts to ride my gelding up to the house and ask. I asked if she'd be willing to rent out her equipment, and she said absolutely not, use it for free! She has every piece of equipment, dog walk, a frame, teeter (with a tip assist), chutes, everything. I was flabbergasted, and I can't thank her enough. She may not be charging me anything, but I'm going to make up for it. She has whippets and IGs, and she trials mostly USDAA and AKC. She's done it for 18 years, and she said she'd love to train together, as her current dog is right at Keeper's age. More advanced, certainly, but still a novice. I won't overstay my welcome, but the ability to get him on equipment as much as I want is spectacular. Especially for our teeter issues (he's sketchy about the DW now, "it might move!!"), it's absolutely the best thing I could have wished for.
  22. Every time I've watched USDAA trials, even the beginner dogs were well handled and anything but clueless. At the AKC trials in my area we have a LOT of the super slow, "here, let me point you between every weave pole" runs. I discussed some of those things a bit with our Trainer's r. She says there are so many people who just want to Q instead of really master their handling, so their runs consist of physically blocking the dog at the contacts, and really just physically manipulating the course. We also have a local training team who is by far the largest group in terms of students. They only teach front crosses. So, yeah. There are a LOT of slow, super basic runs in AKC. I should say, I'm still REALLY novice, so I'm not saying I'm any better than other people. These are just my observations. One thing I'd like to mention about USDAA in my area (and I mean NO offense here whatsoever), the average age is much, much younger. It only matter a teeny bit to me personally because I'm 23 years old, it was relieving to see some people I might be able to relate to. I absolutely adore the fact that agility is an all age sport, and it makes me so happy to see people well into their seventies out there trialing. But, I'd guess the average age at our AKC trials is late sixties, and that affects the way the trials are run. These aren't people interested in (or capable of) owning the breeds that tend to excel in the sport. Lots and lots of really nice cavs, American eskimos, corgis, and other companion breeds. I don't know if it's a chicken and egg situation, but the courses are designed in a way that doesn't require a whole lot of speed and mobility. In turn, people can comfortably jog around the course with nothing but front crosses and have success. In general, AKC trials in my area just don't have the sporty vibe that USDAA trials do. And I don't mind! I think it's a very safe place to start, assuming you can get ahold of the ridiculous unwritten rules quickly. That's not to say there aren't great trainers and runs in AKC, because there absolutely are. And there also are people who are SUPER serious about getting their breed titles. And lots of "dog people". The ones in the breed-themed crew-neck sweatshirts. It's kind of a weird, uptight atmosphere, but the focus isn't on really fast, great runs and great handling. What is the focus? I'm not really sure, yet. I'm kind of guessing it's being uptight for uptight's sake. Dog people, you know.
  23. Scoot is putting on the pounds, but he's still just so small! So I think the numbers are deceptive. 8 weeks - 7.8 lbs 10 weeks - 10.3 lbs 12 weeks - 13 lbs 16 weeks - 18 lbs (estimates 36 at maturity) 25 weeks - 29 lbs He may end up in the high thirties or low forties, but he's going to be smaller than Keeper.
  24. The only picture when I maaaaybe see any bully breed is the last one. And only because I'm looking for it. I actually see more border collie in these newer photos than the older ones. She's definitely short haired, but if you look up BCxPit/Staffy mixes they almost all have super slick coats like a pit. I think a Boston would yield the same. It may just be puppy coat, but I think your dog will have a coat like a smooth border collie. If you could get a video, that would be awesome! (Definitely not begging for a puppy video here...)
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