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About loggerboots

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  • Birthday 07/08/1969

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    Issaquah, WA USA
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    music/guitar, technology, trail running/hiking/exploring
  1. Hi Folks, Long story short, I know of a litter of Border Collie mix pups ( mom is a working bred border collie, dad, it is believed, is a cattle dog). It was not a planned litter (oops litter to a just-turned-year-old bitch who they didn't think was in heat). Anyway, the elderly couple who owns the mom is moving on in a couple weeks. They've managed to find homes for some of the pups, I volunteered to take in the remaining pups and find homes for them (I've fostered dogs for rescues and have some contacts that have volunteered to help me out, if need be, and puppies are very easy to
  2. So, I had a foster dog in the past few days, a little heeler mix and she was quite pushy with the resident dog (my BC, Emmie). She would take cheap shots at her and had my dog pretty much avoided crossing her path while in the house, acting a little intimidated by her. When I took them out, though, things would change in a big way. My dog views games such as fetch or frisbee as work, and when we start a game, she immediately snaps into work mode. You know what I mean, that hyper focused, crouching, frozen in concentration but ready to explode off the line with a command. While in t
  3. I'm in WA state, US. There are leash laws everywhere. I think there are trails on federal land (national forest land ) that allow dogs off lead if they are under verbal control, but they are too far away from me to visit regularly. However, out here in the west, there are millions and millions of acres of protected land and very few rangers out there patrolling, so it's pretty common to hike or trail run with a dog off lead. I do it, I encounter many others who do. If you're on a wayside picnic area or some roadside area that you can drive up to, you run a risk of getting ticketed, bu
  4. My dog came to me already trained in basic obedience and she is solid. Her recalls are perfect, her downs and stays and waits are perfect. She's completely trustworthy off lead and if not for leash laws, she would rarely have one on. I frequently get comments from folks in my neighborhood about how smart she is and requests to train their dogs, haha, at which point I have to concede I had nothing to do with it. Of course, she doesn't get treats (or really much praise) for doing these things. She does them because I ask her to. I think that's just her nature, to want to please her owner.
  5. Hi Folks, I taught my adopted border collie to fetch and she's pretty good at it now. It took a while, as she initially didn't have much interest in balls or frisbees, but once she figured out what I wanted, she became pretty keen on the game. She never tries to catch a ball or frisbee mid-air on a long throw, however, she always waits for it to land. If I gently toss a ball of frisbee to her from a short distance away, she will try to catch it. I thought it would be fun to try to teach her to catch a frisbee mid-air (rather than retrieving it as she now does), so I started working
  6. Right, I know, but the point I was trying to make was that she's not some kind of puppy mill or backyard breeder or breeding solely to an appearance standard. Yes, she's not the kind of breeder that any of the working border collie enthusiast would care to endorse, but there are a lot, lot worse out there (from high class conformation breeders who only care about the way the dog looks to low class puppy millers who only care about money - she's not with that lot). To be clear, I'm not endorsing her kennel (and seeing the number of planned litters and the price she's charging, I'm really
  7. Hi There, I'm pretty new to BCs, but since I've actually met Jan and been to her Kennel, I figure I'd chime in. I actually visited Jan's kennel a while back while searching for my first BC as she's fairly close to me and has a pretty high profile website for a border collie breeder. She's been involved with the breed for a very long time, and was at one top a top competitor in obedience. I can tell you that she has a nice, clean property and the dogs are well cared for and yes, she is really into her dogs. She has some very nice dogs and is well regarded by dog sports folks. She's
  8. I'm no expert, but I'm a little ambivalent. I do feed raw, though, so go figure. I don't quite buy the whole story about dogs being wolves and raw being their natural diet (dogs have been domesticated for a very long time - long enough, I expect, that they would have adapted to cooked food). I have searched and have found no published, peer reviewed studies showing any benefits. I don't necessarily need that for confirmation, but the whole story doesn't quite add up for me, so it would help. That said, I think the foods are very good quality, certainly a big step up from normal gr
  9. Hi There, I skimmed the thread, but waned to let you know that I was in a similar position a few months ago, so figured I'd chime in. I adopted my dog when she was 1.5 years old. She had been a working farmdog (or, rather, in training to be), but washed out due to lack of confidence. When I got her, she had no interest in balls or fetch, but I wanted her to learn to fetch so I could have an easy and convenient way to exercise her. First, I'm not a dog trainer and just kind of go with intuition, so not sure there was a real recipe for what I did. YMMV I started with a soft bal
  10. Have you considered adopting an older dog? That way, you'd be able to know what you're getting in terms of drive, instinct, temperament and activity requirements. If you want an immediate biking partner, you might consider adopting an older border collie. I think the conventional wisdom is that you don't want to really start a lot of repetitive exercise until they're full grown, which could be around 18 months, but probably varies from dog to dog. Adopt a 1-2 year old border collie and you'll get one ready to jump right into your activities (after a reasonable break in period), plu
  11. I think that it's unfair to leave the dog with your parents, especially your poor dad who's coping with a life altering disease. Taking care of a high drive, high energy dog takea a lot of time, commitment and patience from anyone, add to the mix a some fairly severe behavioral problems and that's a lot to ask of them. You've already been gone a year and a half, come home and now you're leaving again, leaving the hard work to them. Unless the parents have specifically stated that they want to keep the dog and are willing to do what it takes to rehabilitate him, I wouldn't burden them with t
  12. Yeah, the Zoomies - normal, youthful exhuberance, I think. Emmie, even at 2 years old, does it all the time if she's been couped up. Come to think of it, she always does go the same direction...
  13. Figured I'd update this. The vet trimmed up the torn claw during her spay surgery and perscribed a 10 day course of antibiotics and bandaged it. We've run the course of antibiotics and the bandage if off. It's still a stub, currently, but not bothering her anymore. Hopefully it will grow back. As an aside, the spay went really well. The incision was no more than 1.5 incheses with internal stitches and Emmie was walking around as if nothing happened within a day. We had a perscription for sedatives to keep her activitiy level down and painkillers. We used the former for several days
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