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  1. *Everyone* will tell you something different. I personally wouldn't let the dog go into heat, since that increases the risk of a good number of diseases and cancers. While I was in the veterinary sciences program, the ideal was "as early as possible." People will tell you to wait because of growth plates etc., and we discussed it thoroughly in class. According to what we learned, an early spay/neuter just means the growth plates close later (often resulting in a taller dog than what would have been), but there was nothing said about growth problems. Our local shelter spays/neuters pupp
  2. I used to feed Taste of the Wild, then switched to Wellness, but I've had the best results just feeding a raw food diet. http://rawfed.com But really, the best food is whatever your dog does best on. Personally after I started feeding a raw diet, the poops are much cleaner, her fur has grown out and pretty much cleans itself (!!) without any greasy feel, her itching is much less frequent and her skin is much nicer, and finally, her eyes much clearer. She also doesn't seem to mope around nearly as much. Some people also feed raw in addition to kibble. I'd highly recommend it, though some pe
  3. Thanks, She seems to like it, sometimes her leg goes on auto-pilot if it's "juuuuust right." Guess I won't overthink it, then. When she was a puppy she really didn't seem to like it, she only liked chest rubs and butt scratches, but maybe she just wasn't as comfortable about it back then.
  4. Lately Luna rolls over a lot, and if I was like most people I'd jump right in and assume she just wants a belly rub. But, knowing how it's such a submissive posture, I'm not sure it's what she wants. She rarely used to roll over for me, back when our relationship was, well... sketchy. She and I actually have a much better relationship than we used to, and she's happy most of the time with a lot more confidence than she once had. But, now if she's laying around and I decide to give her a little itch/pat/rub, she rolls over to give me belly! When she knows I'm upset or angry about something or s
  5. Woops sorry, somehow I accidentally quoted my post when my internet blipped and I tried to repost it! Sorry again for triple post, yikes!
  6. I'm always surprised by how many people I meet who apparently owned border collies are so stumped by my dog. I mean, mine isn't even a merle or anything, she's pretty much a traditionally-colored border collie, and I still get the Australian Shepherd discussion more than anything else. Or, they'll say "she looks like a terrier, her hair looks so wiry and she's so small" or, "oh, she's OBVIOUSLY a mix, her legs are too long" (even though another littermate was proven to be 100% by other adopters test), or "what's with the hair on her cheeks? it sticks out so much!" You would think people who ow
  7. My first and current- I wish I'd not have worried so much about the dog she would be, and appreciated her more for the dog she is. I didn't allow myself to enjoy puppy-hood. So many sources will tell you what a terror the dog will become without 24 hours of exercise and a flock of sheep on your lawn, and all of the things that can/will go wrong, and how your life will be terrible as your BC destroys your house and becomes the Tasmanian Devil with an endless tank of fuel. I wish I hadn't listened to other people so much, well-meaning or otherwise. The fear that every little undesirable behavior
  8. I echo Ahisma! Love Grisha Stewart, her books, AND her methods! Great place! Been there myself! Very lucky to have access to the place many people only get to read about! Go for it!
  9. (Sorry double post!!) http://www.doggenetics.co.uk/black.htm Also check out the seal coloration toward the bottom of the page? I dunno!
  10. Maybe it could be a tan-point with brindle allele (kbr)? Source: http://www.doggenetics.co.uk/tan.html "The Cardigan Welsh Corgi has the brindle allele (kbr). Brindle only affects phaeomelanin, so this dog's points are brindle but its body remains solid black. This Corgi also has white in the irish spotting pattern." Anyway, my BC has the above combination. She, too, has the tan you described on your own dog's tail. I don't know much else without seeing a picture of the tail.
  11. Anyone have the dosage amount for the Claritin? Thanks.
  12. His face reminds me a bit of our Pyrenees. Well, actually a bit like a combination of our Pyr and my border collie mixed together. Kind of a combination of the long face and round eyes with the long pointy nose. Hehe. And (of course) our Pyr also has the typical double dews. But you never know! Especially with BCs! Just gotta love 'em for who they are.
  13. AHHH I did that too!! Haha, now Luna responds to "all the way down" in the same way-- purely unintentional!
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