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  1. Yes, I noticed I was demoted from "Senior Member" to "Rookie"....WTH? Amy
  2. Finn's got his genetics to help him, and a good place to learn. The bigger challenge might be training YOU ;-) But the journey is a very fun and rewarding one, I guarantee. Good luck and enjoy! Amy
  3. Nice youngster. You can see the wheels turning. I like that he looks to the handler for a bit of advice/support. He's got nice distance on his flanks and goes both ways equally well. His confidence will come along. The handler did everything right. I'd wager you and Finn are in for a very fun partnership. Keep the pupdates coming! Amy
  4. I get them both from Amazon, just search by the brand names. Let me know how it goes!
  5. You probably already said so previously, but I've forgotten - do you have Gibbs on Duralactin? I think it's made a great difference for Roy, who has a chronic shoulder issue (probably arthritis) combined with Cetyl-M and glucosamine-chondroitin. Good luck and skritches for Gibbs! Amy
  6. Gorgeous dogs, gorgeous photos - thanks! Amy
  7. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mMOI_AOy6Pg I found this on YouTube, wow. Hoover clearly understands and loves his job, and he shows patience along with power. Just the right type of bite as well, and he's fearless. Really a great dog! The music amps the videos up for sure, but I would like to have just heard the handler's commands in both videos. Amy
  8. Agree, Lawgirl, it was a pretty good-sized flock for one dog to manage. The sheep were pretty flighty as well, maybe yearlings? He did a good job covering a lot of ground as well. It would be very interesting to see his yard work. Very nice Kelpie! Amy
  9. Wow, nice dog! Thanks for sharing, Lawgirl!
  10. Amanda Milliken is in Kingston. She knows everyone, everywhere ;-) Her contact info should be on the CBCA (Canadian Border Collie Association) website. Good luck! Amy
  11. If you google I-GS testing in dogs, you'll find resources on where to get a test for your dog. It's also known as Cobalamin Malabsorption or Deficiency syndrome. Typically the lab will mail you a cheek swab kit with instructions on how to collect a good sample. Then you mail it back and await the results. Good luck! Amy
  12. Have you DNA-tested him to see if he is affected with IGS, a mutation that prevents the dog from absorbing vitamin B12? The test is available through the usual dog DNA labs that test for inherited diseases. It's showing up in Border Collies with enough frequency that it's worth the test, especially if the gastrointestinal diagnosis is otherwise elusive. The affliction is fatal if untreated, but easily managed with inexpensive B12 injections once or twice a month that you can administer. Good luck and keep us posted. Amy
  13. How fun for you both! We started with Border Collies in 1992 and like you, made a 5-6 hour roundtrip to our first trainer as often as we could. Our progress was slow but steady, and led us to a big move to a 10 acre property, our own sheep, and lots of fun and success on the trial field. I've also had a lot of fun and learning at ASCA events, and I hope the same will be true for you and Val. Keep us posted! Amy
  14. What a sweetheart. She's got the border collie eyes, I'd say. My dogs' ears have usually been 'set' by about 6 months. She's got a lot of ear there, so the muscles that control them may continue to strengthen for a little while longer. Others may disagree, but I'd take a 6 month old on a 4-5 mile hike as long as she can set the pace. Keep us posted! Are you by chance training for the Camino de Santiago, or is it some other overseas adventure? Take care, Amy
  15. Great intro, Nancy, and thanks for saving Mouche (love the name!). Bing just might be her spirit guide for a while, what a cool picture of them on Day 3. I look forward to hearing more of your progress with Mouche! Amy
  16. Excellent advice from Journey, Texas Sheep Dog Association is a rich resource. Be careful, you and Rex might really get bitten with the working Border Collie bug! Thanks for sharing your wonderful story, thanks for your service to our country, and please keep us updated. Amy
  17. Parachute cord makes a dandy long line - you purchase the snap and make your own. It's ideal because it's very light, it doesn't absorb a lot of moisture, and it transmits the tug instantly to the dog as it doesn't have any stretch to it. Good luck with lovely Minnie!
  18. Lucy is lovely! Please keep us updated on her progress, and yours as well! Welcome! Amy
  19. Hi adadrian, My good friend and fellow Border Collie trainer/handler has written a lovely book about her dog Gus, available on Amazon. Her name is Victoria Yablonsky, and the book is Gus: One Woman's Champion. Another favorite is Sheepdogs My Faithful Friends by Eric Halsall. I'm sure others will have more suggestions as well, but you'll benefit by reading about the working Border Collie, not the show version. Enjoy! Amy
  20. That's terrific, Mark. Be justifiably proud. I am looking forward to the day when we can routinely do antibody titers to better assess vaccine and natural immunity. I'm getting my second Moderna shot today - hope it doesn't lay me out for too long a stretch Had a sore arm and redness for a couple of days from the first one. Amy
  21. Agree with Nancy. We've had no problems whatsoever with the 4-strain Lepto in our 5 adult Border Collies. Good luck, and we'd love to see photos of Montgomery! Amy
  22. If you crate him calmly and without anger he will not become fearful or reluctant to go in his crate. He is being a brat and he needs to understand the consequences, like a kid being sent to their room. Since he already knows his crate as his 'home', he'll be fine in that regard. Agree with all the others, beating up on senior dogs is absolutlely not allowed. Good luck and let us know your progress! Amy
  23. Central diabetes insipidus results from lack of AntiDiuretic Hormone (ADH) which is produced by the pituitary gland. The treatment Gibbs' vet is prescribing is a synthetic analogue of ADH called desmopressin acetate. Its effects last 10-12 hours after administration, so it's usually dosed twice a day. Gibbs should show rapid symptom improvement after treatment starts. Best of luck for excellent results and many more years with Gibbs! <3
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