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About SusieW

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  • Birthday 11/29/1993

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    Rescue dogs, really long walks, dog training.

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  1. We adore the rain because it means fewer people are outside and we like it when it's quiet! My BC will go out in any weather, but both my terrier crosses refuse(d) to go out at even a hint of rain which I have heard is common in terriers. Completely agree with no such thing as bad weather!
  2. Hi everyone! Just posting as I'm wondering if anyone else has the same thing with their BC and was looking for some thoughts. I'm feeling really disheartened. I should say that to me my dog is the best dog in the world, but I feel really useless as a dog owner right now. One of my previous dogs (a terrier) could do agility, a crazy number of tricks and she could even read cue cards and do the commands written. My collie just won't do anything like that. He knows tonnes of commands, and listens to everything (the only time he ever ignores me is if he's going to get a drink or I'm t
  3. Thank you Sue! Seems like there's no straight answer but I'm so interested in all the replies.
  4. That's so interesting! Thanks so much for your input, alligande
  5. Hi! Hope Jasper is okay. It doesn't sound to me like he has done anything wrong. My collie is very selective about his friends and much prefers collies to other dogs but I have noticed that a lot of dogs do not like him. He is a farm dog and extremely intense really and I notice he acts quite different in communication with other dogs than typical pet dogs do. A lot of dogs have a go at him as we pass (completely unprovoked) and I am always wondering if it's some sort of miscommunication between them. Wonder if it may be the same for Jasper but doesn't sound like he has done anything wrong. Wh
  6. Thank you so much for your replies, everyone! It's really interesting to me. It would be great if you could count rings like trees! That made me laugh So basically then the grey means nothing in terms of age. Does anyone know how rescues/shelters decide what age to give to a dog? My first terrier was said to be 1 and a half by the rescue centre...turns out she was 4 (she had a microchip) but my other two dogs were given straight to the rescue by previous owners so they knew their ages. Not the case for my collie obviously and I'd love to know how they decide what age to 'market
  7. Irish Collie- she's gorgeous! Thanks for your reply:)
  8. Hi everyone! I'm really enjoying using reading the forum and just thought you knowledgeable collie people might be able to help me out with a question. My boy is a rescue dog. We are his fifth (and final) place of residence from what we can gather -(originally owned by a farmer (sadly an abusive one :(), then some lifesaving person took him from the farmer but didn't keep him, then he was rehomed to someone who couldn't cope with him (he was a real nervous wreck when we got him and seems to have some sort of PTSD relating to farms/his farmer), then he was given to the rescue centre,
  9. Thank you so much! And thanks everyone for the clarification it's so interesting how different Border Collies can be- we know a lot where we live and if you lined them all up on the park I don't think they would look like the same breed of dog at all!
  10. I like short haired collies. But in truth I never really liked collies or wanted a collie until I saw my boy (adult rescued farm dog) and knew he was the dog for me. Our personalities are identical and I am sure he is my soulmate! Now I understand why people with collies often say they wouldn't have anything but a collie (although I love my two terriers and Old English Sheepdog to pieces as well!) I am biased to short hair as that is what he is- definitely the personality match that matters though. Mine isn't social with people (abuse background) or dogs he isn't properly introduced to - he do
  11. Hi! Congratulations on rescuing Stanley. I have an ex working sheepdog who is rescued and was abused before we got him. Mine has what it is easiest to understand as canine PTSD. He is very scared of anything that reminds him of his old farm and farmer and makes the most terrible screaming noise if he hears cars going over cattle grids...it obviously triggers bad memories in him. Mine used to have nightmares most nights and would wake up terrified and snapping his teeth about until he realised where he was and who he was with. However we have now had him 3 and a half years and although he
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