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  1. Just wanted to pop back in and thank everyone for the advice and observations! It's been a couple of weeks now with no repetition of symptoms despite continued (or increasing) heat and both off-leash "walks" and games with the frisbee, ball, etc. I think it must have just been a one-off reaction to unaccustomed heat and I jumped to conclusions and scared myself. I feel a little silly, but I definitely prefer that to any alternative possibility here!
  2. Hmm. I'm torn between hoping she doesn't have it, and hoping there's not a worse explanation for what we saw. We'll keep an eye on things, and do a little (careful) experimenting to see if it can be induced by certain activities... and see our vet if needed. I'll update if we figure anything out.
  3. Your videos were the ones I saw that I thought looked like what happened to Livi -- thank you for sharing them! Walking off leash isn't exactly an accurate description -- we walk, and she gallops all over the place, disappearing into the woods and popping back out, dashing off around the barn, making a loop around the field, etc. She really tears around... I get a kick out of watching her because she looks so happy. She's not always in sight, but she seems to circle back to check in with us regularly and she comes quickly when we call her. I don't know if it's enough to induce an episode o
  4. It's been a long time since I've posted here (I usually just lurk), so I'll start with some background. We adopted Livi from rescue when she was 3-4 months old. Her mother was a Border Collie from somewhere in rural Texas, and her father was a traveling man. The neighbor's Aussie was mentioned as a possibility, but as she's grown up all I see is Border Collie. Livi and her brother ended up in a shelter when the owner didn't find homes for them, and from there to rescue. They went through a mild bout of what was believed to be parvo (they were supposedly vaccinated, but tested positive for parv
  5. Would something like this perhaps do the trick? https://thehomesteadsurvival.com/roller-bar-fence-idea-escape-artists-dogs/ I just googled for something I've seen before, so I have no idea if the rest of the website is any good, but there are a couple of images that show the concept pretty clearly.
  6. Enrollment for this class is still open through 2/15: http://fenzidogsportsacademy.com/index.php/courses/11124 It's only $65 for the "audit" level, and there are a lot of foundational skills that I'm sure would be helpful. I think it's a reworking of a class I took with Livi last year (it was "puppy genius" then and specifically targeted for future agility dogs, but a lot of the syllabus looks the same or similar). Or there's this one, which I wanted to take but decided to skip since we're moving next week and I didn't figure I'd have time to keep up: http://fenzidogsportsacademy.com/i
  7. We had a similar situation waiting for Livi to come home. She had gotten ill shortly after being pulled from the shelter and tested positive for parvo. They treated it immediately and it seemed to be a mild case. So they told us about her after she'd recovered, then their policy is to wait an additional three weeks after pups come off of antibiotics just to be sure (especially with parvo). Those three weeks seemed like an eternity! And yeah, I think I approached weirdo territory with all of my e-mails too.
  8. This summer I got to do my first shelter evaluation and, when the rescue decided to pull him, I got to drive up and bring him home to his foster family. His name is now Rook, and he's up for adoption. Just wanted to share him here because he strikes me as a really decent dog. He's young and needs some work, but he seems to have a solid, easygoing temperament. He's with All Border Collie Rescue here in Texas, but they're willing to adopt out of state. http://www.allbordercollierescue.com/rook-2016
  9. Aw... precious. When we adopted Livi we had applied with two rescues (informing both of them that was the case). One of them got someone out pretty immediately for a home visit. When I talked to the other they said if we already had our approval from the first, there was no reason to do it twice since they both look for the same things. Makes sense to me!
  10. Going back to the home visit question, the rescue I volunteer with is mostly looking for the answer to one question: would I be willing to let my personal dog stay in this home? Sure, they check things like fences and potential hazards and how everyone behaves and whether or not the application was honest. But mostly they just want a general feel that you're decent folks with a suitable home. I would guess that "my" rescue would be at least skeptical about an e-collar. They advocate positive training methods, and e-collars are one of those things that are often abused. On the other hand, t
  11. No useful information for you, but she looks great! And wow on all the training experience! I'm hoping to pursue therapy work with Livi someday, but she's still a brainless teenager so we've got a while to go. Slowly, slowly. That picture of Cal reminds me of a dog we picked up for our local Border Collie Rescue back in July -- mostly black and very fluffy! It's a good look.
  12. I don't have anything helpful to offer, but I'm sorry. You'll be in my prayers tomorrow.
  13. I agree with GentleLake -- my dog would be quite overweight if she ate 3 cups of food every day. She gets closer to 1 cup of food daily. Perhaps you could start slowly decreasing the amount you feed him every day and see if that helps with his weight over time. We had to do that recently with one of our cats. It took a few months to do it gradually, but he lost the extra couple of pounds he'd been carrying and seems healthier and happier for it. If you're seriously considering euthanasia or giving him up, perhaps you could contact a rescue organization that would make sure he gets any medi
  14. Not sure what's the normal material for a waterproof mat or how big you need it, but JoAnn Fabrics sells PUL (polyurethane laminate) cloth that's waterproof. Mostly people use it to make cloth diapers. The edges don't fray so all you have to do is cut it to size, no sewing. If you download their app or subscribe to their e-mails you'll regularly get coupons for 40-60% off, which makes it pretty affordable depending on what your other options are. Good luck next month! I'd love to hear your wish-I'd-knowns afterward, because with any luck we'll be there eventually.
  15. I'll definitely keep an eye out for any other sporting dogs coming through and let you know what I see. But like GentleLake said, the process does take some time. If you're interested, you might contact them and just be up front about your timeline. If nothing else, you could get pre-approved in case the next one along is right for you. But honestly, they're looking for a specific type of home for a dog like Maissi and while those aren't completely uncommon they're also not a dime a dozen. It might take them a little while to find the home she needs, and a month and a half isn't that long. Als
  16. She does remind me of Wink and Kolt! I haven't met her in person, but she's being fostered not far from me. I don't know if she's actually a mix or if they just say that because they don't know for sure. They do adopt out of state if anyone wants a sports dog... Actually, this particular foster tends to get the high-energy dogs with sports potential and he takes them with him to the activities he does with his own dog, so although he can't guarantee anything he gets a pretty good idea of potential. Frogs & Dogs, I know you'd have to work out transport and you might have better luck fi
  17. ABCR in Texas has Maissi (My-see), who seems like a nice girl with some sports potential: http://www.allbordercollierescue.com/#!maissi-2016/c1xz2 I don't think her bio's been updated, but her foster does a lot of dog sports and she's been exposed to frisbee, flyball, dock diving and agility.
  18. I found a good local pet store that doesn't sell junk. When I go to buy food I always go check their discount shelf first. They sell the almost-expired stuff at 50% off. A well-informed friend in the pet store business tells me that dry foods are generally good for at least 6 months past their expiration date. At 50% off, I can afford the premium brands that just aren't in the budget otherwise. If there's something good at 50% off, I buy it. If not, I go with my default brand (which isn't junk, but it's budget-friendly). Livi often gets fancier foods than my budget would allow otherwise. It al
  19. So glad to hear it! Hooray for Molly, and happy birthday to you!
  20. ... but where are the pictures??
  21. I had the same experience with Livi recently. I noticed some tartar and gave her a turkey neck. Next time I noticed her teeth, they were all nice and white. She's young and we do turkey necks, etc., regularly so, like you noted, this wasn't a bad buildup and if it was it would probably require more to get her teeth clean. But I was really pleased to see a visible difference!
  22. This is something I'm going to have to look into. I take D3 for Seasonal Affective Disorder, and I need to do more research about what else I should take with it.
  23. I agree. Someone somewhere up the chain will care, and the person you talked to has no business holding that job if she doesn't intend to perform it.
  24. I carry a locking pocket knife with a decently sized (3+ inches) blade. It comes in handy a lot, but I don't consider it much of an option for self defense (or defense of my dog). I'm told a knife is hard to use effectively for self defense without a lot of training. Unless you know what you're doing, you're likely to only cause superficial wounds that will escalate things rather than end them, and you're likely to get hurt yourself in the process. Hopefully also superficial, but eventually blood loss adds up. I would imagine in the case of trying to use a knife on a dog, you'd get your hand b
  25. FWIW, making your own yogurt with the dairy or fake dairy product of your choice is very cost-effective and not as complicated as you might think.
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