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  1. I just realized there is a whole separate forum for these sorts of posts. Sorry!
  2. Wow. That's a great story at Border Collie Rescue "The Wily Sheepydog", and seeing Chica in action was cool. Buddy is very much like that. Once he knows his space, he's totally happy and unencumbered. He likes exploring, going on hikes as well, but he tires a lot faster from being more tense as he moves. We went on a hike in the Organ Mountains recently where there were rock stairs and scrambles and he just webbed out his paws and high stepped to make sure he didn't hit things. On the way back down I would go first noisily and then direct him, and then he would follow me down. He liked that le
  3. We've since seen a better vet who explained that those are folds , and that his eye never developed properly. She said he was completely blind in the one eye, with some light sensitivity in the other. Buddy has also had a fractious stomach, and though it's settled down some now he still occasionally will out of the blue have problems. Thus far he's done best with the Canidae grain free lines and the all life stages, and his upsets are so rare now we're probably going to stick with it. Buddy sometimes seems to see better than other times as well, and he can always chase balls, but he listens
  4. I'm sorry to hear it fell through. Don't give up! I don't know where you are geographically, but if you're anywhere near the US Southwest, there are always BCs in shelters out here. If you can't find one in your town, try the next over sort of thing. There are 3 or 4 right now in shelters near me:(
  5. What DNA test did you use? We've been considering doing one on one of our dogs. Welcome by the way and what a cute nose on him. I'd kiss it.
  6. I'm sure he is! I just wasn't as attracted by the pictures as I was for Black and White or Tri-color. But gosh pictures really don't do them justice:)
  7. I was out hiking and met a man with a gorgeous red border collie he'd gotten from a pig farm in Oklahoma. Just wanted to say I'd thought they weren't terribly pretty when red when I've seen pictures, but I think maybe I've just seen bad photos. Such a pretty dog. So maybe if you're looking for a border collie and you've mostly been looking at pictures, go meet some before you decide!
  8. Thought I should mention on the topic of Bully Sticks that Buddy choked himself almost immediately upon first trying one, because he was so able to get off little pieces immediately. He doesn't choke on most things, but he does with these, so after a terrifying try with bully sticks and him we don't let him have them anymore. If your dog is particularly good at chewing, stick with harder things like antler.
  9. Poor Jester! Lots of love and mojo to him. I hope the antibiotics kick whatever it is fast.
  10. Buddy is a murderer of stuffed ducks, frogs.... He can kill one of those toys in just a few minutes if left to his own devices. Our longest lasting toys have been squeaky balls and knot ropes. For treats Antler is about the one thing he can't seem to decimate, though cow hoof is also pretty hardy. The antler doesn't smell or make a mess, but the cow hoof does smell a bit. If your dog really loves stuffed toys (Buddy really really loves them) try a small toy that wont be much bigger than his mouth and doesn't have a super fluffy outside, which seems to incite defurring and ripping. Th
  11. @alligande I think it's really wonderful that you've done rescue and fostering and I support rescues. Having said that, I live in an area where puppies are tagged for rescue as soon as they walk in the door, even if the rescue transport won't happen for another 2 weeks and you're there and willing to adopt. (even if the puppy is several months old and without a mother) This has led to a rather large backyard breeding problem in the area, because many people really do wish to start out with a puppy, rather than an older dog. I've had dogs all my life that were older due to having a vet in
  12. I did this before I became a member when we adopted Buddy. There really is a lot of great information:) I wish things could be tagged like health or personality to sort a little bit better. Either way, I was really happy to find this site!
  13. The flooding in both places is dreadful. I hope as many people and animals as possible are safe. Was relived to see animal groups near the flooding in Missouri helping out people who needed to flee and couldn't take their pets. Some lessons learned from Katrina at least...
  14. Initially Buddy was a little frightened of his kennel, so we built him up to being in there. The one we chose is one where you can separate the top from the bottom (The plastic travel ones) so we took the lid off and I sat in it with his towel and cushion for a while. Then we would toss his toys in so he would have to rescue them from the kennel (which he did, very delicately and hesitantly) and finally he was comfortable enough to go in and out of it on his own (lots of praise and even long petting sessions once he got in) so we put the lid back on. Now he happily goes there to nap, and when
  15. That is such a precious face! Glad to hear she's doing so well!
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