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  1. Kent Herbel clinic 11, 12, 13 June 2012 Hado-Bar Farm Nova, Ohio contact Judi Bigham at hadobar@gmail.com
  2. Nancy -- just now reading this. How absolutely scary, but coming on late, I saved myself the anguish of hoping that she'd be OK, since your scary story has a happy ending. I've had two dogs with obstructions. One, Tam, now an old geezer, a dog who never stooped to play with toys, gulped down a portion of a rubber ball from a field that had just been mowed. 3 weeks later, messing around with different treatments, Tam lost a lot of weight, quickly, and his just hung on him in folds. I took him to another vet, who opened him up and removed 18 inches of necrotic bowel and half a small rubb
  3. I was there for the Supreme this year. Will post pics when I'm done uploading them.
  4. All the best to you Bustopher. What else can I say except that I'll keep you in my prayers. Glad you're back.
  5. I am cancelling the appointment to put down Tam. He's not ready. I'll know when he's ready. I'm hoping he'll make a come back like Sligo. We'll wait and see. One of my concerns was is that I'm leaving the country for the first half of September, and I don't want any of my dogs to die on anyone's watch but mine. Right now he appears to be functional and fighting and as long as Tam --- or any of my dogs have the fight in them to live, I'll fight right along side of him. And he'll be with my best friend who he's known for years, so I feel a lot better. Thank you all. I have 4 seniors
  6. That this topic was brought up at this time for me is sort of a relief. I'm going through the same thing now. Tam will be 15 in October. He has really aged the last year. He is almost entirely deaf, sight is not good and senility is setting in, but he still loved to eat and run after Joe, a dog he chose as the one to follow. I came home after work this week. Tam was Tam in the morning, but something happened during the day while I was at work. I'd say a stroke, maybe idiopathic vestibular syndrome, but he could not stand and staggered around like a drunken sailor. He had the presence o
  7. I've seen one rottie years ago who appeared to be a "natural". I don't know anything about the training center shown here or their methods, but I have seen some clips of dogs, non-border collies trained by Tony McCallum which impressed me. I read that he likes to start other breeds besides border collies on livestock. The extent of this interest, I don't know, but here he with with his boerboel, another breed I kinda like, on cattle.
  8. I had to throw out that hideous rusted old thing when Sea wasn't looking. She put the bowl down for a minute to say "Hey. We'll have none of that sort of thing around here!"
  9. I have a little bit of a border collie named Sea. Sea collects feeding bowls if I don't pick them up after feeding quick enough. She's always got a metal feeding bowl in her mouth, whether she's running, playing. If she joins the other border collies in a running around, she makes sure she has a bowl in her mouth, growling and vocalizing the entire time. She's discovered the versatility of feeding bowls --- they can be stacked! so when I crate her, it's always with 2 or 3 empty feeding bowls because she stacks them and unstacks them just so she can stack them again, when she's bored. Qui
  10. OK, I'm not quite ready to believe what I think I'm seeing, but so far, only with the DAP collar, it appears that the edge has been taken off Fletcher's anxiety. It's only been a couple of days, but he's not barking now in situations where he would have been barking before..... Only a couple of days so I'm not ready to go over the moon with joy that something this simple could be working???? We'll be having thunderstorms roll through here for the next couple of days. I haven't had a chance to get the meds yet, so these next few days could be tough, so wish us luck. Overall, I'm hop
  11. And so I took Fletchie in and had a check up done on him and here is what we'll be trying for now. He'll be wearing a DAP collar. I have a prescription for alprazolam to use during T-storms, although my vet said according to studies, it's best to try it on him before a t-storm rolls around. I need to be home with him and monitor his response to the medication -- which should be nothing or mild sedation. If that's what I observe, then when a thunderstorm rolls through, I'll give him another dose. On an "as needed" basis. Also what she suggested that I could give him on a daily basis,
  12. http://sacramento.cbslocal.com/2011/06/25/teen-arrested-for-cattle-drive-hit-and-run/ I don't know if this link was posted earlier, but it was before they caught the creep. As seriously hurt as Maggie was, here they say they had her up and walking and when she saw a pick up truck, she was ready to go back to work, bless her heart. She's got a nobility and probably work ethic about her that the creep who did this will never have.
  13. So has the entire FB group been deleted then? Or am I blocked? Maybe all these submissions of unstacked dogs were too much for the group. I'll bet that group was chuggin' along just fine until members of these boards got wind of it.
  14. And I'm totally ignorant about color genetics. FWIW
  15. More of one of the brindled pups. This is Satchmo: And Satch is certainly expressive if nothing else:
  16. A littermate to Flick -- was bred to Pulfer's Dan - son of his Tweed dog. The pups were mostly traditional tri's except for 2 who had a lot of brown on them and completely brown heads. Don't have pictures of them. This is Bay who was typical of most of that litter: One of her littermates was bred to a saddle backed tri, and produced mostly tri's with some mottling. This pup, though, who is my Dinah, is out of that litter. She's a tri sable, I think. I think that maybe she's picked up some of her g granddaddy's unusual coloring. I'd never seen Tweed in the flesh, but only some
  17. These dogs: sire was Dale, a smooth coat, dark dog who was brindled. Dam was my Flick: properly stacked LOL Here are the results: all but the dog on the far right, who is a kelpie. In addition, there was a smooth tri-colored bitch -- lots of brown on her. Don't have a picture of her though. The three here have brindle points -- sorry, don't know the right terminology0
  18. I got a lamb's head today, brains and all. One of the dogs will be the lucky recipient of this tasty treat. My question is, are the brains safe to eat. I'm leery of feeding anything having to do with the nervous system. Thnx.
  19. Thanks Sue! So, before deciding on which meds to put him on, would anything show up in bloodwork that might steer us in the right direction? We could do thyroid, but nothing about this dog screams "check his thyroid!" to me. Right now it's bedtime. Everyone is in their place and Fletcher is quite happy in his new bedroom -- my car. Regarding the debarking issue -- I'm not 100% against it. I'm glad the option is there if it's ever needed. However, when I made the decision in Fletcher's case, it was made under stressful circumstances. Oppressive heat & humidity (don't have
  20. Please don't worry about being harsh. It's not an easy situation and I appreciate cut-to-the-chase feedback. We're talking about a life here, one I think is worth saving, that and the other lives involved in this situation. What affects one, affects all of us. I'm not picking up my toys going anywhere. I came here asking for help and thank you to all of you who've responded. I know debarking is extreme and if it were to leave a dog voiceless, I wouldn't do it. I have a partially debarked rescue dog who was pretty much unadoptable when he came to me. He's been with me 12 yrs. He b
  21. Here's a pic of the perp. Fletcher. I have an appointment with the vet and I have no doubt she'd be willing to discuss anti-anxiety meds. I agree that maybe he needs a general medication that he takes every day and then something extra for when t-storms roll through. My other thunderphobic dog, Chuck, I have found the place he does best in is his dog where he heads to his crate and curls up in there. That's his safe place. Fletcher does well in my car during a thunderstorm. But the car is available only when I'm home. I might add that if there were the slightest hint of hu
  22. I agree that he has generalized anxiety. I had placed him once, but he was back in a month because everytime the owner left the dog would bark. and bark and bark. And neighbors complained. That was the only reason he came back. He did well otherwise. Yes, he's neutered. He has been up for adoption. On my Pet finder site, my descriptions of adoptable dogs state the bad & emphasize the good. People need to know exactly what they are bringing into their homes, and I guess most people deemed poor Fletch as too much of a challenge. Re: Thundershirt -- as hot and humid as it's
  23. Another way of looking at this dog's problems is, you might say, his thunderphobia, is seasonal. During the winter he is quite content to lie on his blankets in the back hall with his two other buddies. He's quiet, for the most part, and content. No T-storms during the winter -- so he's got some good months in his life. However, his hatred for the two other dogs is not seasonal. His desire to jump the other two dogs is always "on".
  24. Not valium, but clonazapam. Little effect, so maybe a stronger drug like valium would work. It's crossed my mind. The problem is, do I pop a valium down his throat just in case the weather forecast is correct in predicting thunderstorms while I'm at work? It might be doable if I were home, but I work M-F. And I would worry about the effects of leaving a dog at home unsupervised while drugged. Besides, the effects of valium might wear off from the time I left for work and a thunderstorm possibly rolling through later in the day. See where I'm coming from?
  25. Thanks Sue. In my head I know you're right, but I like this dog, and my heart pulls me the other way, and so I spend more money and sleepless nights thinking about how I could make life better for him. I've always had an aversion to euthanizing a healthy dog, but here comes into question, the concept of "healthy". Physically, he's fine, but is he mentally healthy? I only ever euthanized for behavioral issues, one other dog, and it was a serious situation, one where he had gotten to the point of becoming a liability, and that was Sam, a young adult, I'd venture to say a bc cross. Sam
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