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  1. I have heard this mentioned several times. Is this code for shedding everywhere? I never knew a smooth short haired dog could shed so much. . It is on everything. . How long does it last?
  2. Such a wonderful story, God speed Tansy. Thank you for giving her and all your other fosters such a wonderful chance at a good life. I am sure you all touched her heart as much as she touched yours.
  3. Thanks, I will see if I can get some good recent ones and post here soon. She seems to hate the camera and if I get it she tends to run away or turn her back/butt to me. Usually the only decent shots I can get of her is when she is sleeping I do think she may be doing like Julie's dog though, changing to an orange like color. She has been shedding like crazy this week even though she seems to be a smooth coat. Sometimes it is hard to tell what she is doing because she looks different colors in different lights. At first when we got her it was just dark brown inside and reddish outside. She also has had the tan markings on her legs since the time we got her (at 9 weeks) also with the tan on her behind and underneath her tail suggesting tri even as a young pup. She also had the ticking on her white paws but not near as apparent as it has been recently.
  4. Wow what a gorgeous dog. At first look, I almost wondered if he was not a bc/aussie mix..something about the ears was just saying aussie but maybe not. The aussie would also do the herding thing also. I have a cousin who lives in California that mentioned there have been an increase in the number of Aussies out there but I don't know for sure. As for size, I am also still learning daily about bcs but Mya is only 17 inches and 24 pounds at just over 9 months of age, and I have heard of them at all sizes even full grown it seems from 16 to 24 inches tall and 20 to 50 pounds or so.
  5. I am so glad she was sent through the rescue center. I have also heard of free dogs being taken and sold and used for fish bait for big fisherman, makes me sick every time I hear of it.
  6. Okay thanks everyone. My daughter's dog has gotten quite a few ticks down where she lives, she has an acre of ground that is pretty much all large trees. It is beautiful but it also brings with it the pests. Thought if I and Mya went down it might be an idea. Mya's medicine I use for her is only good for fleas and heart worms I believe, not for ticks but we have a groomed yard and she is not out in woods so the tick problem is not a big one here where we live but I would need something for her if we went out to the state parks to walk or down to my daughters.
  7. Has anyone tried the natural treatments below and do they work? One lady says she has been going on 8 months doing this living in woods in Pennsylvania and has been tick free her and her dog?? I put a drop of Rose Geranium Oil in between my dogs shoulder blades and a drop at the base of his tail each day before we go outside. That’s it. I also put a drop on the insides of my wrist and a drop behind my ears. This is another recipe I have heard of people trying but don't know if it really works Repellent for Pets: Add 1 cup of water to a spray bottle, followed by 2 cups of distilled white vinegar. Ticks hate the smell and taste of vinegar, and will be repelled by this ingredient alone. Then, add two spoonfuls of vegetable or almond oil, which both contain sulfur (another natural tick repellent). To make a repellent that will also deter fleas, mix in a few spoonfuls of lemon juice, citrus oil, or peppermint oil, which will all repel ticks and fleas while also creating a scented repellent. Spray onto the pet's dry coat, don't get it in their eyes (or other sensitive areas). Spray down your pet once per day if they are only going outside to go to the bathroom, spray them several times a day if they spend the entire day outside. For you: In a spray bottle, mix 2 cups of distilled white vinegar and 1 cup of water. To make a scented solution so you do not smell like bitter vinegar all day, add 20 drops of your favorite essential oil or bath oil. Eucalyptus oil is a calm, soothing scent that also works as a tick repellent, while peppermint and citrus oils give off a strong crisp scent that also repel ticks. After mixing the solution, spray onto clothing, skin, and hair before going outdoors. Reapply every four hours to keep ticks at bay.
  8. Yes it has been made all very confusing, especially since I have seen breeders saying they have chocolate bcs and red bcs!! They say they have chocolate pups but also red merle. Wouldn't the chocolate pups also be considered red? Mya has a brown nose for sure as did her sister but with more white with the lighter red on her and twice Mya's size (she was the runt). And yes thank you for pointing it out, I knew there could be different colors in siblings, I just get confused when I start thinking about the different questions and the fact that her hair has become a bit lighter underneath on her back now but still darker on the tips. I did not know if their colors tended to change, become lighter or darker. And so many genes to do so many different things on her, the red (brown), the white, the ticking, the tan, the light eyes, WHEW!! It is a lot to try to learn.
  9. Thank you for this link Julie. I have read a lot of the links from previously done on her to see why her color may be changing. If I am reading and understanding correctly, then she could not be a sable because sables have black even if just tipped which she has no black on her at all and also she does not have any kind of shading or masking on her head so that would also rule out the sable? So she is just the red tri. She does have the tan allele as she has the tan points on her legs and under her tail and on her butt. So the color change on her back under her darkest hair is just the color growing out? Her sister that was at the foster home with her was the actual red or Australian red i guess some call it and not the dark brownish/red like Mya so I wonder if she will lighten up over time and become the lighter red color although right now that just seems to be on her back. Her head and neck still have the darker color all the way to the skin. She is only 9 months so I guess I will have to wait and see what happens. She also does have the ticking on her legs. She also was the runt but that should not affect her color I assume. I just thought the runt was small but now reading a lot more it seems they are actually premature puppies it seems, so she did not get as long a time to form and grow like the others did? Boy am I learning a lot on this forum.
  10. This is very interesting, so the sable can happen in red (brown) dogs also? I have noticed on Mya now that she is 9 months old that the brown up by the white around her neck is brown (or red whatever you want to call it) down to the root,but on her back when i was combing her this week it is the darker brown at the tips and now a lighter color underneath near the skin. It is not really tan like she has on her legs but it is a lighter brownish red. Would that mean she is sable instead of a red tri? This is very interesting but yes it is very confusing. I think I kind of understand it and then another question comes up like with the sable and I am confused again LOL!! It will be interesting to see how yours turns out as he grows up but in any event he is gorgeous.
  11. Thanks and yes I have been working with her. If she is outside she will usually turn her attention if I use the whistle or clicker but my concern with it being so intent is with other dogs. When we took the obedience classes she would eye the other dogs and especially the German Shepherd would get really intense, barking, and trying to get at her when she did it. Kind of scared me, so i would have to turn her attention to me when she would start doing that to break her eyeing the other dogs. So far we keep her on a long leash since her recall is not 100 percent all the time off leash. She just recently has started chasing chipmunks in the back yard (it is fenced, so i can leave her off leash there and work on the training things), and I am working on trying to keep her from getting so focused on that now too. She will sit and stare at a hole they run down in, not moving, just starting. So when I see her doing that now, I try to call her, throw her ball or something to get her attention off of it. I have heard they can get so focused they will not think of anything else and I don't want her that focused on something.
  12. Mya has had the eye since we brought her home at 9 weeks. She will intently stare at something and never blink or give up. Our other dogs if you stared at them they would eventually turn their heads away but not Mya, she will stare as long as you do and longer. She never loses focus on something she is intently giving the "eye". She does not do the crouch thing most of the time but always does the eye and the moving in slow motion creep thing. My husband says he wishes she would not bore a hole into his back LOL!! That is how she lets us know she needs to go out by the "eye". It is like she is willing us to know what she needs. She is 9 months old right now. She will never get to work sheep either but it would be interesting to see what she would do with them.
  13. I love the poem from the dog's point of view. I have read a few articles on those show dogs and I felt so sorry for them. One I read on had never even been outside in the grass, always pampered. They must put them on a treadmill or something to keep them fit. A dog (of any breed) should be allowed to be a dog, run, play be outside, roll in the mud. How can they possibly keep the spirit alive if they are not allowed to be dogs. Secondly how in the world could they possibly have a show dog that is a border collie? They are so many variations and colors, smooth coat, rough coat, sizes vary, ears vary, so how do they decide what is a standard border collie? I don't see how they possibly could without eliminating a good part of the breed to qualify for it. I will take my girl over any show dog any day of the week!!
  14. As a new member, I can say I would like to see something like this in terms of one spot you could go and find all the relavent links that all of the older members have put on for like book references, good training videos links, etc. like that. I have read some of the other links but sometimes they are so cumbersome to get through because of the many responses. And if you research books or videos on the internet there are a ton and it is helpful to have recommendations from people on here as to which are the best to use. I am probably one that has reposted something but if I read the other links and try the things I have read and still seem to be having issues with something then I could very well be re-asking an old question but get new ideas sometimes on different ways to try something, sometimes maybe even as subtle of doing something the same way but a different approach to it works. I loved the link you sent me to Chene on how a border collie should look. I loved seeing all the different pictures and weights and heights, it really lets you see the wide array of differences there are in bcs. This is just my opinion and maybe something like this is on here but I have not found it.. I hope I get the point I am trying to get across and this is not way too confusing.
  15. Sounds like you are doing the right thing to me. Mya at 9 months plays with my daughter's dog (half german shepherd/husky mix) who is 1 week older and twice her size. They get way too wild a lot I think and I have to intervene and make them calm down. Mya is not in the least intimidated that Dixie is twice her size, can put her whole mouth around Mya's neck or last time over her entire head!!! They go rolling and rolling!! And they do not want to stop until we actually forcefully separate them and make them. Scares me, but wish I had that kind of energy sometimes..
  16. Here is one hopefully you can use. http://www.pinterest.com/tvl222/grain-free-dog-treats/ http://acozykitchen.com/grain-free-dog-treats/ 1 medium banana, mashed 3 tablespoons creamy (natural) peanut butter 1 large egg 1 3/4 cup garbanzo bean flour *1/4 cup rolled oats (optional) 1. Preheat the oven to 300 degrees F. 2. In a small bowl, mix together the banana, peanut butter and egg; mix until completely combined. To a medium bowl, add the flour and rolled oats; mix. Add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients and combine until the dough comes together. 2. Transfer the dough to a piece of heavily floured wax paper. Note: The dough will be sticky so flouring everything (wax paper, rolling pin and cookie cutter) is important. Roll the dough to a 1/4-inch thickness and cut out the cookies using a cookie cutter of choice. Re-roll the scraps and cut out more cookies. (I used a small heart cookie cutter and ended up with 22 cookies.) Transfer the cookies to a parchment-lined baking sheet. These cookies won’t spread so placing them close together is okay. If you don’t want to roll the dough out, alternatively, you can scoop teaspoons of dough onto a baking sheet, flattening the cookies with the ball of your palm. 3. Bake the cookies for 30-40 minutes or until golden brown. Allow the cookies to come to room temperature on a cooling rack. Cookies will be good for up to 2 weeks in an airtight container. Yields 22 cookies
  17. After a weekend of playing with bff Mya is usually zonked out pretty much the whole next day and just sleeps on and off. If we try to get her to play she looks at us, gives us a hpffff and turns around with her back to us and back to sleep. .
  18. I thought she looked good an healthy but she also is a smooth coat so they don't have the extra hair to hide anything lol. She's only 9 months old so far too and I thought she was very small but now after seeing that link they are really all sizes. .I really love Isabel on the next page too..
  19. What an absolutely cute pup. I don't know but some of those what a border collie should look like seem extremely skinny to me. Is Mya too chubby at 16.5 inches tall and 21 pounds? She is extremely energetic and muscular and she still has loose skin by her ribs. The vet did say to watch her weight after being fixed and he did not think she should be more than about 25 pounds unless she grew some more in height but she has only gained 1 pound in the last 2-1/2 months since being fixed.
  20. Wow I must be thinking wrong then because I have never seen a lab that is not high energy!! Everyone person I know that has a lab or even a lab mix it is like let's go, let's go, let's go, throw the ball, throw the ball, throw the ball already LOL!!! Great pictures of your labs, love them. This is my first bc or bc/mix whichever too but from what I have read and been told they do not have webbed feet so maybe yours is a bc/lab mix?? wouldn't that be perfect
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