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  1. Thanks! We're just not used to having to deal with vet issues. All our other dogs are Cavalier King Charles Spaniels and they have one thing in common: They are absolutely fearless. Lack of fear is even part of the breed standard for cavs. So going to the vet has never been an issue. They more or less jump up on the table and greet the vet with a wagging tail. Border Collies, apparently, not so much. At least not our girl. She's just very emotional about everything and she's decided that the vet is the scariest thing there is. We'll work on it. She's such a great girl and she deserves
  2. I have nothing to add other than that the full body wag at the end of the clip put a long lasting smile on my face!
  3. I guess she must be reading the Border Collie forums, because today she hasn't been hiding at all for the first time in weeks.
  4. BCjetta, One thing I've learned over the years is how amazing dogs are at picking up small cues and associating them with things. We once had a boxer who would know days in advance when we were going to our cottage. He had figured out that when we were getting certain clothing and other things out of the closets, it meant that a trip was imminent and he got extremely excited (read: a pain to deal with...). Of course Seanna can't tell time, but I bet there's some minute thing in our behavior at that time of the day she picks up and somehow associates with whatever negative experience it is
  5. Well... I just gave her a tasty rawhide bone and she's happily chewing away upstairs. This is the time of the day she would normally go into hiding. Maybe she'll eventually forget about it if we keep doing this...
  6. ...and now, right on time, she came out of her hiding, put her paw on my lap and gave me that "Well? So? Is anything fun going to happen soon? Dad? Dad? Please?" kind of look.
  7. Hi! It's been a while! A few weeks ago (maybe six) we took Seana to the vet for some routine shots. It didn't go well. She was trembling with fear and wet herself all over the floow. For some reason, that trip to the vet traumatized her deeply. After that, she now spends the hours around noon-time hiding in the basement. She lets us approach her and greets us happily, but she does not want to be removed from her spot, presumably because she's afraid we're taking her to the vet. It's very difficult to get her to leave the house at these times, even if it's for fun activities, such as walks
  8. ...not to mention that it appears this breeder was hearing noises from under a barn floor and did nothing to check on the health of puppies or bitch and basically left the puppies for dead. Doesn't sound like a humane and responsible breeding to me...
  9. I had to revisit this post and admit you're right. Humans are a lot dumber around dogs than I thought. I was searching for something completely different when I came across this: Extra moron-points for "look, he's smiling"
  10. I've been thinking while I was shoveling snow. Yeah, I think I misinterpreted Sandysfarm's post to be a bash on beginners/pet dog owners in general when it was a bash on certain people who think they and their dogs are the best stock worker material on the planet. I get it now. I think I can exclude myself from that group as I have a little bit of dog experience (tracking/searching/obedience with Boxers) and have spent a lot of time around sheep (my parents bought a farm when I was a young adult). That said, I'm smart enough to understand what works and what doesn't. As for our ow
  11. Wow. Just wow. I think I need a break from this place for a while. But at least I know that as a the owner of a pet Border Collie from unknown lines (since it's a rescue), I'm an imbecile who thinks my dog is the best herder in the world because it's black and white just like some dog I saw on youtube. Just wow!
  12. I don't know. I just heard about someone who refused to give her dogs rabies-vaccine because "rabies can be cured by thoroughly cleaning the wound", so you and I may be more alike than you think. There's some pretty amazing stupidity out there. But I digress...
  13. I was "reprimanded" on this board a while ago for saying something about my dog "herding" other dogs and "treating them like sheep". Let me make one thing clear, I may not own a farm or do professional stock work and I'm very new to this breed, but I'm not stupid enough to think that my dog believes that cars, joggers and children are sheep. Nor do I think most "commoners" (as opposed to stock dog nobility) are that stupid. My dog can recognize every dog in the neighborhood and knows where they live. She can also identify the breed of unfamiliar dogs (as in "collie dog- friend, retriever or la
  14. Thanks! That was the best summary of the issue I've seen. I guess I was under the false impression that these hybrids were all bred from a single line (or a few lines) of ancestors. Makes sense now!
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