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  1. ashlemm, thanks for this reply and info. However much more time we get with those we are bonded to, we will be glad to have. I want many years more with Diggs, but know that it will probably only be a few more, and I am grateful for what I get. I am so sorry to hear that yours is at the beginning of the end. I know, of course, all too well what that feels like. I had to let my beautiful female border collie, Kit, go a year and a half ago. It is heartening to hear from you about the study on Vetmedin. Thanks for that, and best of luck to you and to Ziva.
  2. Digger is now on a medication called Vetmedin, recommended by both my vet and the cardiologist. Fortunately, they are chewable tablets, so he just thinks he is getting a treat. :-) My vet said that, while of course there's never any knowing how it will go, she has had several dogs do well on this medication, even living for years. So, crossing my fingers that I have more years with this scruffy and beloved little terrier.
  3. Do you brush his teeth? It could be tooth decay if not. Definitely have a vet check him out, in any case. He is a beautiful dog. Love that split face with a bit of tricolor in it.
  4. I am so very sorry for your loss of such a beloved companion. I know how it feels for me when I lose one I love so much, and it is terrible. You don't ever really get over it, but it is true as you say that you learn to love again. My experience is that a good medicine for the grief is to love another dog. I cannot be without a dog in my life, so that's what I do. I have heard that grief is love with no place to go and I think that's true. Loving another dog doesn't take away from the love I still have for the ones I loved in the past, but it gives today's love a place to go.
  5. Very glad to hear the leash training is going well.
  6. I agree with GL that you need to address the cat issue immediately and be very consistent about it or it will only get harder to reverse that behavior. My favorite way to teach a dog not to pull on a leash is simple. Every single time (EVERY time...100% consistency is vital) that the dog pulls, I turn around and go in the other direction. I don't jerk the leash ever, as that can hurt the dog. I don't say anything at all. I simply turn around and the dog has no choice but to follow. When the dog is in a nice loose leash position, I praise and/or click and treat the dog, making sure I give the treat in the position I want the dog to be. The moment the dog pulls in the new direction, I turn around again. This means that at first a "walk" is going about 6 feet in one direction and then the same in the other direction, back and forth. Boring for everyone. But it works. I have trained many dogs this way. Not too long ago someone hired me to help him with his dog. He had had this dog for 9 years, and had always allowed him to pull hard on the leash. Now the guy was 70 and had no strength to hold the dog and wanted the behavior to change. The dog weighed about 65 pounds, maybe more. I took the dog out on a leash and did the above protocol and in less than ten minutes we went from only going two steps before turning around to being able to go 10 steps before he started pulling. This was an older dog, a spoiled dog, and not an especially smart one., and yet the progress was that fast.
  7. Pushne, there'd be no harm in trying a different food, as long as it is a healthy one. But chances are that you are 100% correct in that you created and sustained this issue yourself, and I wouldn't recommend trying more than one other kind or flavor of food, because that's probably not the problem. . Don't kick yourself for creating this, it happens, and is understandable considering you deal with a child with an eating disorder. . Fixing it is relatively easy, though. I have had to do this myself (for someone else's dog I was caring for) and it's challenging. One thing I did was shut the dog into another room with the food, so I did not need to see pleading eyes. () Just be firm and your dog will eat when hungry enough as others have said. Best of luck.
  8. Of course, this is true! I meant check their website or facebook page. Sorry I was not clear on that!
  9. ^This is excellent advice, if you are able to do this. Also, it is true what Gentle Lake said about the plague affecting rescues and their operations. You may not be able to volunteer right now because of that, but you can be in touch with them regularly anyway. And check with the ones close to you -- they may be desperate for foster homes at the moment, and fostering is extremely rewarding, not to mention you just might get your dog that way. Many people have become "foster failures" and adopted the dog they were fostering. (Be assured, "failure" is a joke. Everyone is happy if you adopt the dog you foster.) Just be patient. this is a hard time for everyone everywhere, and it's possible that your dog won't come to you until things change. Another thing, of course, is to check local shelters because they might get in a border collie, and while usually the rescues snatch those dog right away from shelters, they may very well be unable to do so now. Check mixed-breed rescue as well, and tell them what you are looking for. And remember, you need to check in every day with the sources you have. If you only do it from time to time, you will miss a lot! A good dog, especially a puppy, usually comes in and goes back out very quickly.
  10. Hi and welcome to the BC Boards. Good for you for wanting to seek out the right kind of breeder and for coming here for advice. I cannot offer advice on a breeder, although I will recommend that you read the "Read This First" if you haven't already (but you probably have, if you have "lurked" for a while :-) ) I would like to put in a big plug for rescue. You have many advantages in going through a rescue to get your special dog. It's not always true that they don't get in young dogs or puppies; sometimes you just have to wait a little while. I used to foster for BC rescue and most of my foster dogs were 2 years old or less, and I fostered puppies as young as 9 weeks. My advice, for what it's worth: Don't be in a hurry. Put in your application to every rescue within driving distance (or more if you are willing to go more) and then after you get accepted, watch their site carefully. If they have a Facebook page, join it and stay in touch. sometimes young dogs come in and go out fast. One huge advantage of getting a rescue is that you will know, from the foster home that has had the dog, at least a bit about the dog's personality. Calm, high drive, fearful, bold etc. and that will help you to know if the dog is the right temperament for you. One last thing: don't adopt two puppies at once!! You will almost certainly regret that. Get one, and once that dog is mature enough to have some training on him or her, then think about adding another. No doubt others here will have more and possibly better advice for you. Best of luck.
  11. Of course, there will always be room for dogs. Plural! On the original topic, Digger and I go in for his Echo cardiogram next week. It's gonna be kind of hard because I can't go in to the clinic and will have to wait outside while she does the exam and have the whole consult over the phone. I completely understand and applaud their appropriate caution in the time of a plague, but it's very hard to hand him over at the door. Digger, since his last surgery, has not been very keen on vet hospitals. He is fine with our own vet, but wants to hide behind me if even she needs to take him to another room. I just wish there were some way to explain it to him. I do talk to him about it, and stay upbeat making happy sounds to him, but don't expect him to understand, of course. And, not that this is the most important thing, but it will be over 100 degrees while I am waiting outside.
  12. Excellent answer, Gentle Lake! Well done. :-)
  13. You're welcome. I have done Freestyle as a hobby for about 15 years now, and I really love it. I am in a group here and we have held classes, seminars, and competitions, and do performances all over town. Well, we used to, anyway, before the Plague came. It's a great way to interact with your dog and deepen your bond, and you don't ever need to show it to anyone unless you want to. I have never competed, although people say I should, and everyone else in my group has. I am not competitive by nature and it would stop being fun if I competed and was concerned about winning. But it really is a blast and anyone can do it with any dog just for fun.
  14. That is one gorgeous dog. Reminds me a bit of a very beloved foster dog I had one time - the same blond/red-and-white coloration and the slightly rounded ear tips. Mine was not a purebred, I don't think, but yours looks more border collie than she did. One thing: I did often trim up the long and fluffy fur on the backs of my dogs' legs and on the butt, because I live in a place that has terrible burrs part of the year. I never trimmed anywhere else, and have been told one should never shave down a border collie or the fur will grow back weird. I used sometimes to trim the hair at the ear openings, but was told by one vet that I shouldn't because that hair there helps to keep burrs and insects and other things out of the ears, where they can travel into the ear canal. It made sense to me, so I never trimmed those hairs again on any of my dogs of any breed Did I mention that you have a gorgeous dog? Good for you for finding and rescuing her.
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