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  1. OK, not even taking this to imagining that this boxer can compete in a legitimate trial. I've seen a lot of border collies obedience trained through novice levels of herding competition that didn't show as much enthusiasm as this boxer. My question is, can a non-herding dog develop enough stock sense to be useful as a farm dog --- not a trial dog, but as a dog working with livestock on a farm? An intelligent dog, a non herding dog, a dog smart enough to be observant enough to know what to do when his owner wants livestock from point A to Point B without going through the petunia beds or the too close to the road, but this route specifically to get to Point B and into another pasture. The owner of the boxer might have been telling the dog where to be at each and every point, but the dog looked a tad beyond obedience training to me. Border collies aside, this boxer appeared to do much better than some herding breeds I've seen --- and a lot keener about it too than some of those breeds. I just have a feeling that this particular boxer might be able to pick up on some simple practical livestock work with enough exposure and make a useful farm dog --- or am I way off base here. I watched a you tube video with a boerboel bitch wearing cattle, bringing back one who bolted off and tucking it back into the herd and brought the herd into the pasture where the owner was waiting with the gate open.
  2. Obedience herding or not, in the second video, that boxer did a respectable job. in my opinion. I actually was impressed that a boxer actually had an outrun. Can a non-herding breed develop some stock sense? I believe so, to a limited extent, maybe enough to be a useful farm dog, certainly not to the extent of a working border collie, but maybe enough to be actually be of some use. Maybe it would surprise us all.
  3. Thanks Sue. My fear is that the bitch might be too far gone in her pregnancy to not be safe to spay her. In that case, I'd need to hand her and her pups over to someone who could do right by them. I can't. I need someone to go over there and see for themselves what we're dealing with here. I'll ask my friend if she can go over there and take a look. Thanks.
  4. Thanks Cindy for your offer. I'm in NE OHio by the PA border, and that makes us kind of far from each other. We need some of you up here in the cold and frigid north.
  5. Not too far from me are 3 border collies that need to go ASAP. They are not in danger. They are there because they were removed from danger, but the guy that did so wants them gone ASAP. One is a 2-3 yr. old pregnant bitch -- (within the first month pregnant). I'd take them myself today but now is not a good time since I'm back and forth between NYC and here --- family stuff and I have to find sitters for my own adult dogs. If I could take them the bitch would be spayed immediately -- uterus with pups removed --- depending on her health and how far along she is. I can't properly care for pups with my schedule. I know this from a friend in the area who works in the local feedmill and has border collies herself, so local news, especially border collies often comes to me through her. IOW, it's not first hand information, but it's reliable. He's willing to hold on to them for a couple of weeks until I can at least bring them here, but then the bitch is farther along in her pregnancy and they are out in the cold in the meantime and we've been having some pretty frigid weather. If anyone in rescue is interested in helping, let me know. Another reason for an spay right now is --- and this is complete speculation --- that the pups she's carrying might have been sired by closely related dog to her. Thanks
  6. Aw, I'm so sorry. Rest easy and sleep well, old girl. At least she went quickly.
  7. Bet the poodle-thing's owner wouldn't have been laughing if you had slugged his dog. Clueless and pea-brained people have changed the dynamics of a lot of dog parks. Sorry you and your dog had to go through that.
  8. EGADS! I'm battling mice in the old farm house I live in and I am frightened to death to put out rodent bait of any kind. Who was it on these boards who went through the horrendous experience of losing 3 of her dogs to rodent poison. Her sharing that terrible experience here has burned itself into my brain. And that Kipp. He probably took a few years off your life with that experience. Glad that it wasn't worse, that he's OK and you'll be prepared if there is ever another time. Still, makes you want to choke the little bugger. What he did to you in that short time is probably the equivalent of smoking 3 packs a cigarettes a day from the age of 8 yrs. old.
  9. Paula, Why should you get jumped on for suggesting a perfectly nice dog. And if you do, not your problem, 'cause you didn't do anything wrong by suggesting a nice pup in need of a home, right?
  10. I highly recommend Buckeye Border Collie Rescue in Ohio, if you're going to go the rescue route. Being in southern Ohio, you also have a lot of good resources in KY, IN, actually quite a few options south of Ohio's border. Good luck in whatever you decide. Beware of scams. There are a lot of them out there!
  11. A vet with no ties to the show dog world would have to be used, I would think. And the show dog world is the bread and butter of a lot of vets out there. I'm skeptical of this process as well. It's a start --- but more of a move to throw some crumbs to appease the skeptics. But being a start, is a vet going to say that a Cav King Charles spaniel should not be eligible for BOB because his skull is too small for it's brain --- going up against the breed standard, or say that a bulldog, just by way of the breed standard itself, is having a hard time breathing. This is a matter of healthy dogs vs. breed standards and which one will prevail.
  12. I don't know about the KC, but I'm assuming it hasn't been that much different than the AKC, but I thought all along judges were supposed to excuse dogs who were apparently unhealthy --- I've seen it done for lame dogs, and sometimes not even then, but other than that, the process is pretty arbitrary and subject to ring politics. I don't see where that's going to change no matter how many times they rewrite something. So this was done to repair the bad image they've gotten over the past few years?
  13. There is nothing you have to do. If he walks on a sidewalk that's been salted or treated with some sort of melter/deicer, then I suggest you wipe off his paws, but other than the blankets suggested, there's nothing you have to do. I never even considered what questions someone who is not used to snow might have. LOLOL. --- not after living in a snowbound environment -- and not only as we speak, but for most of my life. My dogs love the snow. They come alive in it and it wears them out. I can't imagine a lifestyle where snow is optional.
  14. I believe each country has their turn in a rotation, so this year the International is in Scotland, so next country in the rotation is Wales. I'd love to go to both. ETA, if I do make it back to Scotland for the International this year, I plan to take some time and drive down to Wales. Lord willin' and the creek don't rise.
  15. Owd Bob died in May. When I first saw him two years ago, I wondered what I had gotten myself into. It wasn't so much that Bob was not a purebred border collie, but it was more that he was old. Really old, which meant his chances of being adopted were slim to none. Still, I'm a sucker for old dogs and so Bob, and his younger companion, Chuck came home with me that April day. On the ride home, I thought --- a lot, what I was going to do with this old dog --- another mouth to feed. Before we arrived home, I knew that if there was not another sucker out there who actually wanted this old dog, Bob would have a home with me for the rest of his days. His coat was sparse, dull and felt like straw. He had difficulty with mobility. I put him on a good diet and in time, his coat started coming in, became soft and actually shone. And Bob, while he never ran, eventually began to move better and his stamina increased. And as time went on, I realized what a kind dog Bob was, what a great heart beat within this old dog. Bob became my buddy, my companion and accompanied me as I did chores. Bob became my self-appointed sidekick and he took this job very seriously. His place was with me. Bob was there as I raked leaves, mowed grass, shoveled snow --- any outdoor chores, Bob was there keeping me in his view. When I'd head down the long drive to the mail box, he'd walk with me then too, but he couldn't walk as fast and by the time I got the mail and made my way back up the drive, I'd meet Bob coming down. He'd greet me with his snaggle toothed grin and I'd greet him back with a crumple to his ear and kiss him on top of that old noble head. He helped unruly dogs with an ugly face at the offenders. He quickly learned what was acceptable behavior and what was not in what was now his new home. At the end of a busy day, Bob slept the sleep that all old dogs do, resting for the next day. Then one day this past May, Bob didn't rise to greet me when I came home from work. Deep in my gut, I knew this was the end and when I brought him into the house, he went into a seizure. It was late in the day and I made him comfortable. During the night he must have had some more, because I awoke to find Bob unable to get up. Seizures had exhausted him and he lay in one spot I bundled him up and on the way to work, I stopped at a vet I had used before. They had to carry him in on a guerney. He had no strength left in him. While they prepared him, I stayed with him and as his soul left this world, the last thing he heard was that I loved him and that he can now run free --- actually run, like he did when he was young, long before we met. I love you Owd Bob. You'll always be my good boy. When I first got him: A couple of months before he died:
  16. I'd like to offer one last tribute, one last good bye to those, four-legged and two, who we lost in 2010. They've touched our lives, made us better people, and although we'll never forget them, I thought it would be nice to remember them one last time in 2010. Kleenex time.
  17. Where these kennels were is right down the road from me. In reading some of the responses, apparently this low life, who got away with a slap on the wrist, IMO, is training dogs (whether solo or on his own, I don't know) in another nearby township. He needs to be kept under a microscope. I don't want to even imagine the suffering these dogs went thru. Steve Croley's punishment is nowhere near enough to be considered "enough". And Ohio's cruelty laws suck, have sucked for years.
  18. Glad you hit on something that seems to be working. Let's hope it keeps working. In case it doesn't, I second the suggestion of a vet dermatologist. Also, for a case like yours, I also agree with a raw diet. If I were to go the raw route, the ONLY premade raw I'd go with is Morigins and supplement with bones. Morigins is pricey, therefore I can't afford to feed it to my crew, but if I had a special case, I'd certainly give it a try. If you look on their website, the link to "Pete's Story" is mine. But if you found something that's working, I'd stick with it unless things go haywire again. Good luck to you and glad you found this girl. She's lucky to have found you too!
  19. What good news. Keep that good news coming!
  20. I think it's a matter of holding your dog to some expectations, relax a bit and incorporate your dog into your life. It's more than doing "dog stuff" with your dog, it's your dog truly becoming a member of your family, or, as Mr. McCaig said --- and I like the sound of this --- "a citizen of the world". We need a more encompassing view of them, if we're going to share our lives with dogs. It's not or should not be an adversarial relationship -- us vs. them, traveling through life in our own orbits, and every so often we collide. Maybe a better term than "train" would be "teach" which is how I've come to define my own relationships with my dogs. Oh, and BTW, I love traveling with my dogs and at one time, I had some dogs who were quite motel savvy and it was a pleasure to travel with them. I plan on doing that again someday.
  21. Smooths are nice on so many levels. (We just came in from shoveling snow and feeding horses. The rough coats have snow balls hanging from every where and the smoothies are clean as a whistle).
  22. All the mojo, good thoughts and prayers I can muster for Ollie, who, by the way, I am in love with.
  23. Then there are those of us on these boards who have been on the "other side" and know that for many, it's a darned serious business to campaign and finish a dog, no matter what the cost. Your own example of someone showing for the sheer enjoyment, a hobby, a way to spend time with your dog, is the warm and fuzzy side of dog showing, and I would say is the majority of those who show in conformation, the ones who carry the dog show barracudas on your backs. The ugly side, the "out for blood" side where the dog is actually secondary to ego and $$$. A disproportionate amount of these dog show people don't know much of the workings of a dog beyond a breed standard. Merely my own observation after having spent years in that venue myself. Making a dog a champion is a huge business built by people who have lost sight why they're in it in the first place. In the overall scheme of things, it's a meaningless pursuit if you take it beyond getting out and having a good time with your dog. I'm glad you're enjoying your dog. That's all it had ever been to me. And once I got my first border collie, I really started to "see" and I couldn't in good conscience stay and support an organization (ACK) with my time or money any longer.
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