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  1. Not a pleasant outcome for the coyote, but a great example of dogs doing their jobs. What sort of LGD's do you have, Pam?
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    Flyboy

    And eventually, after the intial grief, that's what it comes down to. I have 2, 14 yr. old border collies at my feet as I type this --- and I dread having to go through the grieving process again. You were lucky to have had him in your life, Liz.
  3. I am posting this here with permission from the person who contacted me. The contact info is in the message. Hopefully someone with the time and patience to work with her will read this and consider taking her on. Poor thing.: ____________________________________- Subject: need help with a border collie Hi, I work at the Portage Animal Protective League in Ravenna, Ohio. We have a 3 year old female BC named Molly that we need to get into a rescue. She spent most of her life living in a crate in a basement. She is perfectly comfortable in her kennel. If we try to get her to spend time out of her kennel other than to potty, she panics. If left outside for more than a few minutes, she will paw at the fence until her feet bleed. If we take her into our dog playroom, she panics. She prefers the closed in feeling of her kennel. That is where she seems to feel secure. She is very quiet, gentle & well-mannered. She would need to be here long term to work with her on her issues & we do not have the staff to dedicate the time she needs & deserves. Can you help us out or suggest a rescue group who might be able to help. Many thanks for responding ASAP. Thank you, Kathy Dog Associate PAPL 330-296-4022 ext 105
  4. I figure if a well-bred pup is available, go for it, although I'd feel more comfortable if a rescue pup might have been given consideration first. Either one might wind up being the best choice OP could make. I'd just hate to see them driven into the waiting arms of a barbie collie breeder -- you know, the types who start their sentences with "those working lines..." --- or the "we breed for a good pet" -- you know, those types. So, to the OP, I hope you get the dog of your dreams from a good and reputable breeder or even a great little dog from a rescue. Whatever, I'm sure you'll give him/her a great life!
  5. You'll receive many responses, I'm sure. Couple of things that jump out at me. First, Christmas is not the best time to bring in a dog into the household as a member of the family. Secondly, "room to roam". That phrase sends up red flags. "Room to roam" implies that the dog will have plenty of time to roam and explore on it's own without supervision. A dog left to its own devices can spell disaster and failure. All dogs, especially border collies, thrive on human interaction --- if you don't have the time to provide that stimulus, then keep looking. A border collie isn't for you. Thirdly --- have you considered a rescue dog. With a border collie from a reputable rescue, you know exactly what you get. You eliminate a lot of work and surprises, many of which can be unpleasant. Above all, have you done your research?
  6. What's with the ABCA registered? I'm sure they mean the dam, but very misleading to John Q who might run across this ad. But then misleading claims are what sells these poo's and doodles or pretty much pups from any substandard breeding practices.
  7. Only border collie people would appreciate and understand. I love it, music and all. How can you not!
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    Parker

    We humans stand to learn a lot from dogs like Parker. Dogs like Parker don't come into our lives by accident. There's a reason why they're here and maybe it's for us to find what that reason is, and once we do, we're the better for it. They are perfect souls inside a less than perfect body and we're lucky to hae known them for as long or as short as their time here might be. I guess Parker's job here on earth was done and we can say "thank you" for the gift of Parker. I have no doubt that he now rests, a job well done, his body restored. That'll do, Parker. You've earned your rest.
  9. Anyone who knew me & Pete way back when, knew Pete's story. It's almost ten years ago that Pete (the dog in my avatar) entered an 8 month period that was a roller coaster ride, a period where at the start I was losing my dog and at the end I came away with a different way of looking at what we feed our dogs, what we feed ourselves. It involved me taking him off a prescription diet on my own, without any input from my vet. In March of that particular year, I was gone for two weeks on business. Pete and I had never been apart for that long. He was 11 yrs. old. I left what appeared to be a healthy, never-a-sick-day-in-my-life Pete and came back to a dog who just didn't feel good and went downhill from there. So this is part of what I wrote for the Morigins website. If I could afford to, I'd still feed that food. Pete's story was nothing short of miraculous --- because I knew my dog and made the decision to pull him off vet prescribed diet. It was the end of March when I came home and found that Pete, while ecstatic to see me, was not feeling well. Watching him I noticed he was urinating blood, and much to his embarrassment, had accidents in the house. I immediately called my vet and took him in. His prostate was enlarged, but because the swelling was even bilaterally, my vet told me that chances were it was not cancerous. His urine was so bacteria laden and cloudy, the staff at the vet's office thought I had used a contaminated container. The examination revealed he had pneumonia and a blood panel revealed kidney function was slightly off. The urinalysis showed the urine glucose to be 1000+. Since he didn't show symptoms of diabetes, we just put him on 2 weeks of antibiotics which cleared up the bacterial infection and he soon felt better. Four weeks later, he crashed again. Once again his urine was bloody and cloudy with bacteria. Urine glucose was still over 1000 and kidney function was still off slightly. The beginning of May he was neutered and his prostate problems and blood in his urine were no longer an issue. But Pete still had recurrent UTI's. The end of May, lab results showed that the origin of the bacteria in his urine was e-coli somewhere in his urinary system, more than likely in the bladder. Antibiotics were unable to eradicate the e-coli and only took care of the problem symptomatically. He would bounce back after a round of antibiotics only to have symptoms reoccur a short time afterwards. The urine glucose remained high. Normally that would have indicated diabetes, but since he displayed no other symptoms of diabetes, we did not treat him for it. At another vet visit the end of May, we also discussed his kidney function. My vet said the numbers were still low enough that there was no need to be overly concerned. However, kidney failure has to start somewhere. We discussed putting him on an "early kidney diet" by Hills. I readily agreed and began feeding him this vet-recommended diet. Throughout June, I noticed that in spite of rounds of antibiotics whenever the UTI's reoccurred, Pete just did not bounce back like he once did. He was losing weight and overall appeared to be a dog that did just not feel well. He would give an obligatory thump of his tail when fussed over, but was mostly content just to lie in his spot, and come down to eat and go outside----not the Pete that everyone knew. The weight continued to melt off him. He would stumble going upstairs to his favorite spot to sleep the day away. I'd have to prop up his rear and occasionally had to help him upstairs. In mid-July, he fell going upstairs. My regular vet was out of town and I called another of my vets to get him in. Getting out of the car, Pete stumbled and fell. I picked him up to carry him in. He appeared to be too weak to walk on his own. When we weighed him, Pete was down to 39 pounds. No wonder he felt so light. He should have weighed 48 lbs. I explained to the examining vet what we had been through the last few months. A blood panel, urinalysis and x-rays were taken. X-rays showed some arthritis of the spine. The muscles in the rear legs were atrophying. Blood work-up showed, once again, kidney function was slightly off, blood glucose was normal. Urinalysis once again showed a high bacteria count and high glucose count. The vet was stumped. Referring to the urine and blood glucose, what Pete was showing was symptomatic of Fanconi's syndrome, a disorder unheard of in border collies, and was actually more common in a couple of other breeds, such as the Basenji and Norwegian Elkhound. High urine glucose and normal blood glucose are the classic symptoms of this disease. The constant irritation of the sugar in the urinary tract opens the way for bacterial infestation, which is what we'd been seeing and treating. According to the vet, there is no cure for Fanconi's, that it could be hereditary, congenital or acquired. I got on the internet to find as much information as I could on this disease. I found a site, sponsored by the national Norwegian Elkhound club of America for Fanconi's syndrome. It referred to studies being done by a vet at the University of Pennsylvania, a Dr. Urs Giger. When my regular vet got back into town, I showed her what I had found out. She got in touch with Dr. Giger and we collected a urine sample from Pete and overnighted it to Dr. Giger. The results came back that Pete was only 30 % symptomatic of Fanconi's, that while he would certainly die with the disease, he wouldn't die from it. According to my vet, Pete would have to be treated with antibiotics every time the UTI's occurred, for the rest of his life. To me, as long as I had my dog, I would do whatever it took. One day, the beginning of August, Pete for the first time refused his food. In my house, that's when you hit the panic button. He now had a sunken-in look and his eyes looked tired. I made up my mind that for whatever time Pete had left on this earth, I would at least, allow him to enjoy his food. I was preparing myself to lose him. It's at that time, I quite accidentally came upon Morigins. I read the literature and thought, what have we got to lose, and I began Pete on this diet. In the meantime, I had e-mailed Dr. Giger back asking about treating Fanconi's, if it could possibly be treated with diet. He said no, but did refer to a study done that indicated that some border collies tend to have B-12 deficiencies and that B-12 injections might help. This was mid-September and Pete hadn't been on antibiotics since August. He was now eating nothing but Morigins. He was also beginning to look and feel better and I had thrown out the rest of the "early kidney" diet. Once again, he was looking forward to meal time. And then, the beginning of October, I knew I was doing something right. One morning, coming down for breakfast, Pete let out a big whoop and chased the cat down the stairs. In mid-October, I had him working sheep again. His outruns were just a little slower (but then he was going on 12 yrs. old and had arthritis of the spine), but he had the heart, the stamina to get the job done and it was one tired but happy and well-satisfied dog that walked off the field with me that day, almost as happy as his owner. Before the end of the year, I had another urinalysis done on him. Urine glucose was within normal limits. According to everything we had been told, this would be a problem that would plague him to the end of his days. According to the lab work, it wasn't there anymore. In May of the following year, after nine months of feeding only Morigins, we had another blood panel and urinalysis done. Kidney function was now within normal limits and urinalysis still showed normal glucose level. Fanconi's Syndrome, the disease he was supposed to die with, symptomatically no longer existed. On November 1, 2003, Pete will be 14 years old. His hearing is going, his muzzle is almost all white, his voice is changing, he sleeps the long deep sleep of old dogs but he still bounces down the stairs for breakfast, herds sheep and puts pesky pups in their place. Just as Pete and I had a lifetime of discoveries, apparently it continues. Because of Pete, I found Morigins. Because of Pete and Morigins, I now think in terms of "good" instead of "good enough", when it comes to feeding my dogs. Because of "Morigins", Pete, my timeless dog is a healthy, happy senior citizen, still my best buddy, my once-in-a-lifetime dog. ETA - I also believe prescription diets have their place.....
  10. I have known many ACK breeders over the years who are just as disgusted by the situations you describe. The ACK breeders I've known throughout the years become angered and would like to see these mills shut down for good because they really do care about not only their dogs but dogs in general. They are not bad people. Many of them don't agree with their registry's raking in money from millers, but I honestly think that they are not sure what can be done. Maybe it's easier to ignore that the registry that has molded a way of life for them (breeding to improve one's breed, dog shows and dog activities), is the same registry which is supported by registration fees from mills, their cash cow. Dog shows, registrations from reputable breeders, entry fees are only a drop in the bucket in ACK's revenue. ACK would never survive if it did the right thing (refuse to register mass bred puppies)and to appease any doubts that their reputable breeders might have about ACK's not doing anything about puppy mills, every month in their minutes you read about someone being suspended, having their ACK privileges revoked, etc. ACK is really talking out the both sides of it's mouth. The reputable dog people within their system help maintain their stellar image. The puppy mills are their real cash cow and they're not going to kill that cow. So you keep endorsing dog shows, pretty dogs and give out ribbons and trophies. Keeps the reputable minority appeased. The frump with the 100 dogs is in bed with ACK. ACK's got a lotta ho's, but ACK also has people within it's ranks who genuinely love dogs more than $$$, believe it or not.
  11. Oh rats. My next guess was going to be Terminator II.
  12. ummm. Lemme see. Dr. Zhivago. ????
  13. I got kicked out of the "Meet the Breeds" venue at a big show cluster here because I guess my dogs and I offended the barbie collies. One of the handlers --- long time ACD breeder with her first OZ barbie collie, called my dogs "crippled pieces of crap". My "crippled pieces of crap" would and could wipe their feet on the feeble attempts to "work" that her dog attempted. Nothing against the dog --- ever, but some of these breed dog handlers need a sock shoved in their mouths. PS. My "crippled pieces of crap" and I got our revenge at a clinic with a mini trial at which she showed up with her Ch. Oz collie, saw what the raggle taggle group of border collies there could actually do, and gracefully exited. Hope she learned a lesson of some sort there.
  14. Congratulations. Lovely and lucky dog. May you have many long and happy years together. And I look forwards to photos and stories.
  15. You go, Frankie! Never underestimate a border collie. I'd love to see some pics too.
  16. I'm so sorry for your loss, DR. She really does sound like she was the perfect dog --- all the harder. Sleep gently, Abby - the perfect dog. You've earned it.
  17. Flick's daughter, Rhona will be there with her human, Carol. They are on the SWAT team.
  18. Don't know. I ain't got no friends anyway.
  19. Neutering usually takes care of these problems. Jackass!
  20. I'm feeling your sense of loss all too well. Your signature on those papers sort of releases you into a whole new life, doesn't it, ending a chapter in your life that obviously meant a lot to you. Every now and then, take a peek into that chapter of your life and take from it something into your future. It's always going to be a part of you. Treasure its memories but go on and make new ones. See what memories will be in your future to make. This quote really speaks to me: “What you need to know about the past is that no matter what has happened, it has all worked together to bring you to this very moment. And this is the moment you can choose to make everything new. Right now." Go and write this new chapter in your life. All the best to you.
  21. Thanks for all your effort and work you put into this, Eileen. It's going to be interesting learning my way around, so far, the new look gets a thumbs up from me.
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    Tulsa

    I'm so sorry to hear about Tulsa. I can only imagine how much his loss hurts. One thing I no longer have to imagine though is how a horse grabs onto your heart. I know now. I'm living it now and others, like you and Tulsa are an inspiration to what the human/horse bond can be like. Thank you for sharing Tulsa with us. RIP old boy.
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