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  1. Male border collie, rescue, about 5 yrs old. Extremely thunderphobic. We've had a lot of thunderstorms roll through here. Latest damage count is I need an entire door replaced. Cheap door, yes, but he clawed through it and the dry wall around it. Need to re-dry wall now. During a thunderstorm I keep him and another dog out in the hall, darkened with a fan and radio going. Once he broke through, sees he is inside the house where his arch enemy happens to be, fight breaks out. A bad one. No stitches required but both dogs on antibiotics and I was bitten several times in the process of breaking them up. Crating is not an option. The barking elevates to an extreme and eventually, he'll break out of it like a gorilla. I've gone through a couple of sturdy wire crates because of this. Other things going on, I know. This dog has some separation anxiety and while he doesn't damage during those episodes, he barks. Barks a lot. And while I'm not a fan of bark collars -- the kind that delivers a small shock, I tried on on him. It worked for a day. Doesn't phase him at all now. He is extremely smart, clever, loves to ride in the car with you and needs lots of one on one, but that's impossible in a home where someone goes to work or school on a daily basis. Overall a nice dog, but he's got issues. He is good with people and most other dogs, but there are two in my house that he absolutely hates. One is a neutered male, his arch enemy and my main dog, Joe, who is not neutered, but is definately the alpha male in the house. When thunderstorms roll through, I cannot keep him in the house. I can't keep him in an enclosed run in the garage where he has a couple of crates he can curl up in. So, out of desperation, I put him in my car overnight through the storm. Worked like a charm. Not a peep out of him, even during the storm. Still this is only a temporary fix. This dog needs a lot more. Right now, I'm at my wits end and so I'm having trouble separating the issues here, and there are more than one. I think I'm actually doing this dog a disservice by having him in my care, but few people want to take on a dog with issues. In the meantime, I feel guilty he needs far more than I'm able to give him in my situation. Mentally I'm worn out and frustrated. I used to take him to work with me when the weather was cool, and we'd spend my lunch hour together, which he loved, which we both enjoyed, but that's no longer possible since our office moved and I need to take the train in. I've thought of thundershirts, but as hot and humid as it's been here, I don't want to put another layer on him. Do you allow a dog to live on like this? I've actually thought of euthanizing him, but he's a dog that is physically healthy, likes people and IMO, has a brilliant mind, even for a border collie.
  2. Oh, I'm so sorry. You and she fought the good fight together and you held her as slipped away. You did right. You did good. And I'm so sorry for your loss.
  3. I'm sending tons of prayers your way. Tess needs to pull through this.
  4. Reunion: Bath: Family again L to R: Caiomhe, Satchmo, Rhona and Murron, the kelpie girl. THE END
  5. This is owner's response to several people. I'll post a couple of pics when I get home tonight. Rhona's Return (or the case of the disapearing Border Collie)by Carol Catlin on Wednesday, 13 July 2011 at 11:57 On Saturday night at approx. 11pm, Brad opened our back door to let the dogs out to potty. Just as they ran out, some fireworks started and Rhona bolted and jumped the fence. We spent 2.5 hours looking around the immediate neighborhoods as she’s done this before but always comes back in 15 minutes. Needless to say I was frantic with worry. My theory is that she ran farther than usual because there were fireworks shooting off in 2 areas. As you may know, whenever possible, my friends were out in this horrible heat searching for her. I got an initial sighting from Home Again that she was at the Pyramids (college and office buildings) and we continued to search there. I first took Rhona’s brother Satchmo out to search but he decided that he would like to start his swimming career and dove into the lake after the ducks. It got too hot to keep him out so he went home. Big color posters were put up at the big intersections and smaller posters at stores and stop lights. My friend drove me around all of the neighborhoods and we stopped to talk with construction workers, mail people, dog walkers, kids etc. We yelled her name and I now have incredibly strong mouth muscles from blowing my sheep whistle for 4 days straight! As the search continued, I cut up an old robe that I had given to Rhona to sleep on. There are now scraps of purple fluff littering Indianapolis (thankfully biodegradable) I got several sightings on Tuesday, which I supposed was because severe hunger had set in and she was venturing out from hiding. I went to my interview on Tuesday morning and was close to tears because someone had called in about a dog by the side of the road. I reluctantly switched off my phone and hoped. When I got out of my interview I got another sighting so I called Brad (who was at work downtown) and he headed out that way. Meanwhile he called his brother Todd who was nearby to go out and look. Todd started to walk around the lake by the Pyramids and someone told him they had just seen a dog. He turned a corner and Rhona turned the corner, saw him and bolted into the woods. He followed her in and she jumped into the creek. This slowed her down enough so that Todd could get ahead, hunch down and call her. She recognized him and came to him. In the meantime, I was racing home from near the airport. I got home, got changed and got the call that she was found. I grabbed some towels and l waited for my baby to come home. Brad got here first. I couldn’t sigh relief until I actually saw her. Brad ran to Todd’s car and said she seemed happy to be home but when she saw me, she melted in my arms and looked relieved if exhausted. We drove straight away to our vet’s office and I carried her back to the surgery area to be checked. BY SOME MIRACLE SHE WAS IN GREAT SHAPE! No temperature, no dehydration, no breaks, abrasions, lacerations, not even a bug bite! The only thing that was ailing her were ripped pads. Rhona is definitely a bit thinner and I’m sure her muscles are sore and exhausted but she came back to me in one piece!!! Rhona has been bathed, babied and I gave her a massage last night. The GPS collar is being order TODAY. I am so blessed to have so many friends who went out searching, made phone calls and posted the information online. Without everyone’s help, we may not have gotten her home safely. Dog Heaven will have to wait a bit longer. A BIT ABOUT RHONA I have had Rhona from 8 weeks old. She was the first dog I had ever owned and trained. Rhona was a special dog from the start as she and I went through some intense moments as we were working on her fear aggression problem. I was told that she was the “worst dog they’d ever seen” and that she should “be put to sleep” as she’d be no use to anyone. We spent months working on our bond and training in agility, obedience, frisbee, swimming, sheep herding and her favorite, flyball. As she matured and her confidence grew, she became a dog who excelled in everything she turned her paw to (she is a champion flyball dog) Rhona has incredible drive, loyalty and a strong work ethic. Rhona and I spent many weekends travelling together, hiking and doing demos. She would ride up front and we’d sing “who let the dogs out” LOL. When I got pregnant with my baby girl, she gracefully accepted that we would be having less fun and turned her hand to helping me raise a flyball child. Rhona actually trains Immy to throw the ball for her every day and they also play tug. Rhona really is a wonderful companion and the best worker I’ve ever seen. There will never be another like her! ****My words here -- Rhona was also labeled vicious. Carol was called out by a vet in the same agility class who called Rhona vicious and loudly stated she never should have been bred. This is a vet who breeds and shows bench Flat coated retrievers. Rhona was not vicious -- that word is used and abused way too much. I wish I could have been there when she suggested putting this pup down. Rhona was in the wrong kind of training in the wrong hands. It wasn't until a border collie person stepped up to work with the owner and Rhona that they began to make headway. The entire litter was tough with a lot of drive, extremely focused. While I don't think they were the types of dogs for everyone, it's my opinion that the person who loudly expressed her opinion before others to Carol about the type of dog she thought Rhona was, was way out of line, especially as an animal professional. I offered to take Rhona back, but, at the end of the day, I'm glad that Carol stuck with it and learned a lot in the process.
  6. Let me see if I understand this correctly. A pitbull owned by an abusive owner, suffering beatings at the hands of the person who owns him, and all the dog -- a pitbull --- does is cry and try to get away from her? The media, the same ones responsible for demonizing pitbulls, should be all over this one. But they are not and maybe it's just as well for your sake and the dog's sake, but say, the dog did an about face and took a well-deserved bite out of this person who abuses him, you'd better believe the story would hit the newswire about another pitbull attack, thus proving the bloodlust and untrustworthiness of this breed. Unfortunately, this isn't newsworthy. Where's the outrage? Thank goodness the dog has at least you to look out for his welfare. Thank you for your kindness and concern.
  7. Don't have all of the details, but a photo of an exhausted and tearful owner with her arms around an obviously exhausted and an "I can't believe I'm home" Rhona, says more than I ever could. When I find out the details, I'll let you all know. Rhona is one of Flick's pups and was the 3rd fastest flyball dog in her division(?)(sorry, don't know flyball terminology) and she's still kicking butt on flyball team. So thank you for all of your good thoughts and prayers and I'll post the details later when I get them.
  8. Rhona has still not been found. She had gotten a bath earlier in the day, which is why she was without a collar. Owners went to a concert later that day but came home early because the wife was sick. Idiots in the neighborhood were blowing off firecrackers and when they opened the door, Rhona darted out in a blind panic, past them, collarless. At least she's chipped. Still, I'm dreading the e-mail that her body was found by the side of a road. No sight of her, inspite of everyone imaginable being notified and posters all over the place. She is also in incredible shape for a 9 yr. old dog. She is still a force to be reckoned with in flyball competition, so the visual of an overfed old dog isn't that of Rhona. Quoting her owner "Rhona is my co-pilot". Hoping for her safe return.
  9. At what point was it made known that she had lost her mom? That puts a different spin on it, doesn't it. Was all of this berating of her going on after it was known what the family had gone through? If that's the case, then she was basically driven into more sympathetic, albeit seedy arms. Then it's just wrong on so many levels. I'm not exactly a candidate for the Mother Teresa humanitarian award, but even I would not "kick" a person that's already hurting. Sounds like an opportunity was lost here. All I can say is a wish her and her family well in their emotional growth, but not in the puppy farming business.
  10. I totally agree and have no sympathy/empathy for this brat who's technically an adult now. So she came here and got her drawers all in a twist with what was said to her on these boards. Daddy came to her rescue. So now she's chosen to play in a seedier world of adults --- puppy millers and profiteers, her guides and counselors. With the money she's probably making, I doubt that she'll ever consider either 1. the dogs or 2. that what she's doing contributes to a problem. Her world is small and centered around herself. She can't see beyond it. A lot of adults can't either, so I can't blame her youth. I hope that maybe someday, years down the road, I'll turn on Animal Cops on Animal Planet one day and see a bust of some puppy farm run by a frowsy-haired, toothless old hag dressed in a muu muu and socks and sandals, who's screaming at the camera crew and it will be her, this once was know-it-all snotty teenager who left in a huff with her drawers in a bunch because she didn't like what was said to her. Yeh. No sympathy here. Just disdain. Lot of sympathy for the animals she's exploiting for her own profit. But then, that's just me.
  11. Hopefully it's something simple that you can pin point that's causing her seizures and you can take care of it easily, but she sounds like an old dog with a few problems and seizures have been added to the list. Hopefully she won't have any more. Good luck. Not much else to say except that I know well what it's like to live with a dog who seizures --- whatever the reason for the seizures are. It ain't easy.
  12. Sorry. I thought fewer words would keep it simple enough. It would be from NYC area to western PA or NE Ohio. Since I'm in NE Ohio and a few miles from the PA border, western PA would be do-able too. Hope that clarifies. When would be determined by the transporter(s). There. Thanks.
  13. preferably a weekend, but I'm not picky. Thanks. Vicki
  14. This litte guy has prompted me to start a community group on FB --- Can you help this dog? Right now I don't have the time but can someone post him up on there as the first dog? http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=588060522#!/pages/Can-you-help-this-dog/208157152535116 I need to go dig myself out of 2 ft of snow and get my butt to work. Thanks.
  15. Anyone close to there that they can take a look at this boy? Maybe I'll put him up on my FB page and ask from there too.
  16. Any updates? I'm reading this from work and am unable to open the link. I think he looks like a smoothie too. Let's get him out of there!
  17. sea4th


    I'm so sorry for your loss. Hope was a grand old lady, wasn't she. Rest easy, Hope.
  18. I'm so sorry for what you're going through. You did absolutely the right thing, for you, for Scooter. It was already a terrible situation without the dog warden butting in. Proof of rabies might be all you need. And if that's not sufficient, I'd sure like to know what you were in violation of. It's not as though he had bitten anyone outside of your home. Maybe you're giving too much weight to this sabre-rattling dog warden letter because you are still raw emotionally. I've gone to the ER several times when bitten by a dog, and on 3 occasions had been hospitalized and on IV's. Each time, as I was waiting in the examination room, the dutiful nurse would come in with her clip board and form, to fill out a county dog bite form. Each time I'd tell them it wasn't necessary, because I knew the dog and that it was current on it's shots. One nurse got particularly pushy with me and I told her I'm walking out [rather than give her information]. She checked with the doctor who told her to put it away and I was treated. The fact that you were in the ER for not a dog bite but probably stress-related causes, after which you got a letter from the dog warden, shows that common sense doesn't always prevail --- filling out forms does. Coming up with Scooter's rabies certificate should be sufficient to satisfy these bureaucrats. If so, end of story. If not, it would be interesting to know what the consequences are of this so called "violation". I'm so sorry you've good through this horrible time. The quicker you put it behind you, the better and know that in the greater scheme of things, once emotions have subsided, once bureaucrats have had their red tape cut, that you've done the most important thing of all. You've released Scooter in a loving and kind way from a life where, in spite of all of your kindness and love, he could not possibly have been happy here on earth. And I'm sure Scooter thanks you. Hang in there. It took guts to do what you did from the time that Scooter came into your life to the hour that you released him.
  19. OK. This is a tad too over the top for me. WTH!
  20. BWA HA HA HA HA. Great visual and it's probably somewhere in the "rule book". ETA - Chapter 3, pg. 24, para.2 in rule book says --- when judge places reed in front of her/his nose, handler does a run out with dog at the sheep, throwing toys and encouraging dog's interest with praise and lots of treats and squeaky toys. Failure to do so will result in an NQ for this portion of the herding instinct test. Me -- no, really. That's what it says!
  21. This reminds me of a not exactly warm and fuzzy conversation I had with a breeder of Oz lines show border collies years ago, when she found out about my not-too-flattering opinions of trotting border collies around a ring in an effort to select the "ideal" border collie. She got up in my face and told me that her show dogs displayed their usefulness everyday at home with the few head of sheep she had and so to her they were useful, so who was I or anyone else to say that they were not. Reading between the lines, they were useful to HER as sheepdogs so who's to say she shouldn't breed them, claiming they were working dogs. So I guess at what level are dogs considered useful and at what level are they not. Her standards for her show dogs were not that high, but to her that was enough to say that they are not only show dogs, but they work too, a huge feather in her ACK cap.
  22. Oh, I don't know. Just entertaining some thoughts, hence all the questions I asked, which I might not have asked at all, had I not seen the boerboel worked by Tony McCallum doing what looked like a respectable job to me.
  23. It was Tony McCallum who was using the boerboel I referred to and I was really impressed. I know they were once farm/guard dogs in so. Africa, but now are largely used for protection work. So then this boxer, should the opportunity ever arise, can have a career as a useful farm dog. Interesting. It would probably be better than some of the other breeds I've seen with herding ancestry.
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