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  1. I'm wondering if she's asking "after" the fact because of something she might be seeing in the pup.
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    Time and every now and then someone to listen and blubber with --- like here. Thanks everyone.
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    I know you never really "get over" them. The loss of her daddy, Pete, who is in my avatar was another stunner. With Flick, it's as though she died yesterday, that sometimes she still feels so close that I can touch her. Each dog takes with it something unique, but they also leave something behind that's uniquely themselves. It's just harder with some than others, isn't it. So, life goes on and you go on doing what life demands and you never forget them. Thank you.
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    "There are others, this much is true, but they are they. They aren't you" I go to the door to let the dogs out - or in. When they are, I still stand there holding the door open for the one who isn't there, the one I wish like h-ll would be, should be. Today, I said "C'mon Flick" and gave myself a mental dope slap. 2 yrs ago today, Flick died. That spot on the bed that was hers --- it's empty, but damn, it feels like she's still there. Every now and then, when I'm sitting at the computer, like now, or in the recliner, watching TV, I'll start, thinking there is a dog, namely Flick, at my feet, when in fact there is no dog there. And then I wonder if I'm losing it, that the death of a dog should affect me this way. And then I think, I don't really care. If I were to lose it, my mind takes the memory of this little dog with it. And then I think something needs to grow out of the pain of her loss. And my thoughts then gravitate to wanting to see other dogs, especially the throw-aways, whether they are border collies or not, be given a chance to be what Flick was to me and that there are those out there who deserve, who need a Flick in their lives. Everyone should have a Flicka in their lives, if only once. I miss her so. http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=588...mp;id=588060522
  5. WHAT? SILENCE? WAS IT SOMETHING I SAID??? I'll say it again if you want me to! WINDBAG! BLOWHARD! HOT AIR! There's more where that came from too! ;0))) (just found it funny that dialogue came to an end after my post, that's all.) ETA: make that 3 litters to date. His business must be slow. A budding BYB?
  6. Giving this fool as little bandwidth as possible --- a couple of years ago there was a troll who came on here by the name of "Destructo". He is the author of that article and has a blog. He was even quoted as some sort of border collie expert in a Dog World Magazine (?) article last year, where some members of this board were given a lot of space (and then you see this windbag's name). To prove us all wrong he bred a litter of pups (one that I know of) --- one parent was from conformation lines, one from working lines. This he did to prove us all wrong. I'm sure he took great care in placing those pups in good homes, but I have yet to see that he accomplished his goal --- of proving the argument that conformation dogs can work as well as working-bred dogs, wrong. So, the stir he created on these boards, launched him into some sort of cyber border collie expert career, and, because he's educated, he sounds convincing to the novice when he writes. To anyone who knows anything, it doesn't take long to realize, this guy's a windbag.
  7. I feel for you. That's the hardest thing --- to put down an otherwise healthy dog, but you did right by Nymh. It takes guts although I know your heart is breaking. I felt the same way with Sam. He died in loving arms, and at least with that, you can live.
  8. I agree that 1. this is well written and should be read by every clueless person who owns a dog, 2. that it should be posted in dog parks where many clueless people gather. What you wrote packs a punch. Well done. Now if only it works.
  9. Oh no. I'm so sorry. Rest in Peace, Maggie.
  10. I think you're giving Breve the greatest kindness of all, by releasing her from a life where she will never be happy, through no fault of her own or yours. Reading through your post, you've done all you could and now are about to fulfill your final responsibility to her. She's lucky to have had you. Not everyone would help a tortured soul pass from this life into the next with dignity and love. My thoughts are with you and Breve.
  11. This sounds like my Tam. He will be 14 in October and for the last year - 1 1/2 yrs., he's been nearly entirely deaf. In his younger days, when he was worked a lot on sheep, he got the reputation of being a hard-headed dog, a label given to him by clinicians, and he indeed was a tough dog for me, still a novice at the time. Since he's been almost entirely deaf for the last couple of years, as an old dog, I did begin to think about whether or not he might have been erroneously labled "hard headed", that maybe in fact, he had some hearing loss. I heard his sire was considered a hard head, which is why I probably never really questioned what I was being told, and later I heard his sire had been deaf as well. Tam now goes out either in the run or out on a long line if I can't keep my eye on him, and I've got a bell to put on his collar. In hindsight, I wish I hadn't taken what others told me as gospel, that I'd have known enough to consider that he might have been deaf even as a younger dog.
  12. I looked for it at TS yesterday and couldn't find it. :0(((
  13. P&G --- not a good sign of their assurances of quality for their latest buyout of Evo and other decent food. http://www.iams.com/iams/en_US/data_root/h...ll_message.html
  14. In the Archived Thread section is a thread "does he live or does he die". This thread is about Sam, a rescue dog I had who, for a minute, I considered adopting out, but never did and thank goodness. I don't know what was wrong with Sam. He was an incredibly smart dog. The post script to his story is that it's been 2 yrs. that I had him euthanized --- that, after 2 years of working with him. I would have kept him had he continued to be predictable, but two years ago, a routine interaction with him put me in the hospital and as I type this, I'm reminded of the plate and 3 screws I have in my hand because of that encounter. Even so, I'm not always quick on the uptake, when sitting at my vet's office with Sam, who was on his best behavior at the moment, I started to have second thoughts about ending the life of this otherwise healthy dog. I said to my vet and her staff --- who thought I was doing the right thing --- to do some quick talking because I was beginning to have second thoughts. And talk they did and everything they said made sense -- and so that day, Sam died, muzzled on the examination table, and I told him as his life slipped away, that I was sorry that it didn't work out, sorry for what he might have gone through to make him the way he was. I had a lot of regrets that day, but releasing him from the pain I never could see, I don't regret. I know I did the right thing for Sam and saved him from possibly a much worse episode in his life, had he bitten a stranger. I think I saved him from that and in that, I have to take comfort.
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    I'm so sorry Jodi. Don't fight the pain. It's at it's worst now and time and memories will ease it, but right now feel it, because it's for your heart dog. It's a pain none of us want to have to go through, but when you love a dog so much, it's part of the package. Thinking of you.
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    Skip had heart. I'm so sorry for your loss, but it was destiny that your paths crossed. Good farm dog but his job here was done. You were so lucky to have had a dog like him in your life, and he to have had you in his life. Rest gently, Skip.
  17. Ah, it was worth a try, wasn't it. Geographic sense. Only a state of mind. :0))))))
  18. I've got the perfect boy for you here, in Hooterville. Fletcher is about 4 yrs. old, knows that females rule. :0)))
  19. Years ago, I considered myself part of the "fancy". It was in my pre-border collie days and h-ll, that's all I knew. All I knew changed with Pete though, my first border collie and a whole new world opened up before me. Because of Pete, I began the separation from the "fancy" and, not only border collies, but all dogs, I began to see in a whole new light. Remember that scene in the Wizard of Oz, when Dorothy lands in Oz, opens the door and the world before her is in color. Pete opened that door for me. I'm sure Pete's & my story isn't unique. That world in color makes a whole lot more sense than the black & white and sepia tones of the world according to the "fancy". I went on to get other border collies. One of these was my Tam dog, now going on 14 yrs. old. In his prime, he was a lot of dog, probably too much dog for me and so I sent him off for a few months of training with his breeder. Before I moved to Hooterville --- where I'll soon have my own sheep -- I worked my dogs by renting sheep at a place and a wide variety of people with a variety of breeds, went, the "fancy" folks. One of these had collies --- Lassie collies and she and I began to talk. Her idea of "herding" was telling the dogs what to do. She admired Tam when he worked and so one day, I asked if she'd like to try to work him, just to get a feel for working a different type of dog than what she was used to. She said OK. So we walked out to the pasture. "Tam, COME!" she said. Tam looked up at me and we made eye contact. I told him that it was ok, so, still unsure, he walked over to her. "Tam, SIT", she said and Tam looked at me again, and s l o w l y, lowered his butt to the ground, glaring at her the entire time, probably wondering what was next. Then she took her hand, her palm in Tam's face -- "STAY!" I could read the look on his face --- "WTF?". Then she told him in her praise voice: "Gooood Boy!", reached in her pocket and stuffed a doggie treat as a reward into his mouth. Tam promptly spit it out and looked at her like she was from another planet and got up and walked back to me. I had to go out on the field with this woman by my side, and then worked Tam. Thing is, she probably missed the entire point of this interaction with Tam. I didn't and I never subjected him to anything remotely like this experience again. She went on to ruin a promising border collie.
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