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Everything posted by sea4th

  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
  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
  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 proba
  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 dog
  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
  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
  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 i
  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 pe
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