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  1. I am so sorry for your loss. I lost my Oscar suddenly to sepsis on 9/11 last year. He would have turned 8 today. I am struggling today.
  2. My introduction to the Border Collie breed was the Footrot Flats comic by Murray Ball from New Zealand. I read the comic from childhood, owned some of the books, loved the movie. Then ended up with my very own Dog. I defy anyone to tell me Oscar was not the spitting image.
  3. My boy Bailey had rear hind dew claws, both loose and floppy, just a flap of flesh and claw. They never tore but they occasionally got caught, so when he was under getting neutered I had them removed, and he has never looked back.
  4. powerfulgazelle when you said Kip was Rudyard Kipling Dog, and then said your puppy was Walt, my mind immediately jumped to Walter Whitman Dog as his full name - the literary connection perhaps? I love it by the way, great name and a gorgeous puppy (which I think I mentioned on another thread). Feel free to post as many photos of him as you would like urge to herd Do we assume that L. J. Gibbs came through his dental procedure okay? I hope so
  5. There is also Dances with Dogs, which is also not a collie thing specifically but which BCs are excellent at. It has competitions but you can also just do it at home, and be as creative or not as you want. It is really a routine of tricks set to music. The trick with a dog that does not like to be told what to do is to capture their natural behaviour with a reward ( eg bow while stretching - click, "good bow!" and reward). That way they are doing what they want and getting a reward - win/win!
  6. I live in Australia and have been competing in agility, with a mostly black dog. In Australia, most agility competitions are outside and during spring/summer or autumn(fall), with temperatures often reaching into the 30 degrees Celsius range, which is 86 degrees Fahrenheit. A lot of competitors here use cooling coats for their dogs, between runs. May be something for you too look into? Sounds like you both had a lot of fun, which is great.
  7. So cute! I think you have wonderful times ahead.
  8. I am very sorry for your loss, and hope that your new friend goes some way towards helping fill the hole. Although I have learned recently that is not really true, rather your new friend expands your heart to create a new place for him/herself! Also, photos please whenever new friend arrives!
  9. Okay, here is a test. Photo is of my red merle Bailey. How would other people classify his coat? To me he is a mid-length rough coat - definitely not smooth, but he is not what I think of as a long coat (which is more the show dog long coat). He has a super fluffy butt and tail, minimal feathering and thick but not long ruff. And just for fun, Bailey as a 20 week old puppy:
  10. Oh, they are absolutely gorgeous! Don't worry about being an infiltrator - I am from Australia, and we have lots of people from England and other locations in Europe and beyond. So long as you love BCs you are welcome here!
  11. All of my BCs so far have been rough coat, but none have been long coat, all ranging from quite short with bloomers and ruff, to very fluffy and properly mid length. Have had two tri-colours, one red merle and two black and whites, one of which had a full white face. Two of my dogs have had one blue, one brown eye. Oh, and by coincidence, all have been boys. Also, all of my dogs have had different feels to their coats, different tendencies to mat, and different amounts shed. I can actually pick which dog I touch in the dark by the feel of his coat. The only thing they have all had in common is that magical teflon quality of shedding dirt once it dries. I don't think that I would want a super long coat, or a smooth - I like my mid-length rough coat dogs. You can sink your fingers into the fur but they don't get tangled. And I probably am a complete sucker for tri-colours and white faces, like my first two who we got two days apart. Although white-faces kinda break my heart still, after losing Oscar last year. I weirdly like the BCs who do not meet the classic look, who look a little unique. But honestly, if I fell for a BC, I would not care about its looks, I would love it anyway.
  12. I have four BCs currently, three over 50lbs, one is 46.5lbs, none of them are overweight. I remember that one of my larger puppies was about 11kgs (24lbs) at 12 weeks, and ended up being perfect weight at 25.5kgs (56lbs), and his brother was very similar. I quite like the bigger dogs because I don't have to lean down to pat a head when they are sitting by my leg.
  13. On our fifth BC, we have one who will air snap so much we started calling him "Snappy Tom" (not sure if the joke translates across countries - it is the name of a catfood brand here in Australia!) Basically, when you are patting him, and he is excited, but then you stop and start walking away, he will snap his teeth in the air in the direction of your hand (but inches away). If you walk with him and keep a hand on his head, he does not, so we have worked out he is protesting you stopping the pats. It genuinely is a form of communication for him. Of course, we do tell him no snapping, and ignore him if he snaps, and he has significantly improved, to the point where he rarely does it, and he has NEVER made contact with skin. Being a rescue dog, who came to us at over 2 years old, we expect some bad habits that we have to work to fix. The previous four have only ever air snapped when other warnings to leave them alone have been ignored, and that has been probably on fewer occasions than rare.
  14. Update on my above comment. All four dogs had vet visits and weigh ins yesterday. One was 21.1kgs (46.51lbs) and he is a healthy weight by body score but definitely smaller than my other dogs. The next was 23kgs (50.7lbs) and the last two, who are father and son, were 26.2kgs (57.76lbs) and 26kgs (57.32lbs). All of them got the clean bill of health from the vet, and strong approval in relation to their weight from the vet, who owns a border collie herself, and was very happy with their tuck, waist and her ability to feel ribs. For information, the smallest dog is around 2 and a half years old. The 23 kg dog is 6 years old. The father and son are nearly 8 and 4 years. I would think your dog may end up around 23-25kgs as a full adult, which was about the same size as my Oscar. Oscar was a large dog, and in agility he jumped the highest jump height because he was tall (by one millimetre over the limit!). This height he shared with viszlas, golden retrievers, dobermans etc. BCs can be quite large, or very petite.
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