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  1. Yeh, but this is to the gum line. Ouch. No talk of removing the rest of the tooth below the gumline? Yeesh. Give me the creeps just thinking about it. Poor Nell.
  2. Just speaking from my own experience, the term "chocolate" when describing a border collie was something that had it's roots in the conformation sector, and I just figured that since colors carry a lot more weight for show folks, that it wouldn't do to use an all-encompasing term like "red". There, you'd need to differentiate between all the shades and hues that "red" might encompass, hence, "chocolate", "lemon", and whatever else. "Chocolate" used for labs, I'm used to, but can't get used to using other these other "colorful" terms for border collies. Maybe that's where the old gent was coming from -- chocolate lab and the same color bc is chocolate too.
  3. Some years ago, I was contacted by a family for a rescue pup. This is exactly how they lost their previous border collie when a family member was watching their dog for them. My dogs wear their collars all of the time, but none of my dogs have the habit of latching on to another dog's collar, thank goodness and they are crated when unsupervised. This post is s good reminder and that accidents like this are not just freak accidents. It's happens more than you think.
  4. I'm sniveling as I read this. Hoping for Dally's safe return.
  5. Here you go: http://today.msnbc.msn.com/id/35696541/ns/...mals/?gt1=43001
  6. Aw right. Laugh if you must, but this IS the creme de la creme at the Garden and the Garden is the culmination of a year of weeding out the "less thans". If it wasn't for this process of weeding out, we might be forced to witness the following, and be honest --- which would you rather see --- the caucasoid middle aged women in white suits or this: which lends a whole new meaning to "crack kills". ETA -- Dammit! Now I have this annoying tune running through my head that I can't get rid of. "When the Moon Comes over the Mountain". It's probably going to stick with me all day.
  7. No matter what, hang on to hope. The only way I would have no more hope for their return is if I saw proof that I should stop hoping. There are an infinite amount of possibilities, good and bad, of what could have happened to them, and so we can't help but speculate, especially when we're frantic with worry. And yes, your hopes going to wane, but don't write Dally and Genie off yet. Hang onto to even a last thread of hope.
  8. LOL. I never did like the name Flick and wondered why I couldn't have picked a better name for this little dog who was to become such a huge part of my life. I wondered even more when I realized that filling out a form of some sort, by printing her name, I had to carefully space the letters, especially the L & I. If I didn't, it would look the the F word in the space for "dog's name". As time went on, I couldn't imagine her being anything but Flick, and because she was who she was, maybe that name isn't too bad afterall. I named Tam after a character in Scottish folklore --- very masculine, fearless. He turned out to be all of that and more. However, in this country, people tended not to get it. They wondered why I would name such a masculine looking dog a girly name (Tammie). People from Scotland though, got it.
  9. That caught my attention too -- but only because it validates what I saw once years ago, a dog with tears in it's eyes (different from tearing eyes) at an all too appropriate time. I've never forgotten that and have often wondered if someone else might have been witness to something similar. Flick is the dog with whom I had an unspoken relationship with. She read me, she read my mind. I too can't describe it, but it's been a year and a half since she died and there is still a huge gap in my life that, although I have 13 other dogs here, is impossible to fill. What Flick and I had, I didn't ask for, I didn't really look for, but it slowly became apparent and I never took it for granted. I always thought how lucky I was. With her death, this "thing" Flick and I had -- it's absence, has left a huge gap. I don't know if I'll ever be so lucky again, but I love reading about that human/dog relationship that most don't understand. It's nice to be in the company of those that do.
  10. You almost sound apologetic. Don't be! I think you're focusing on exactly what someone watching those performances should be focusing on. It's entertainment value, plus you have the added knowledge of the steps it takes to bring a dog to that level of performance.
  11. Uh, yeh. I realized what I wrote after I posted. Still, it's true. The obscene amount of money it takes to pull off a show like Westminster -- not only egos and dogs are intertwined, money really spices up that combination.
  12. Westminster isn't all it's cracked up to be, even within the "dog fancy". It's. a conformation only show. There are none of the other activities that might seem interesting to the average person. Even then over the years it's become even more exclusive in that only finished dogs, i.e., dogs who are already champions are allowed to enter. It used to be that dogs needed at least one championship point to enter, but not any more. That probably explains why all of the entrants within a breed look like they were produced in an assembly line, cookie cutter process -- all the same. Crufts has a lot of things going on at least. And from what I understand, some pretty neat booths with all sort of dog related stuff. When it comes to the dogs, tomato, tomahto -- and it's a trip listening to a judge describe how they came to their decision on their pick. -- I spent a lot of years in that venue and what I've come away with is that most of these folks take themselves far too seriously.
  13. I agree with this. TV reaches a lot of people and even if a person watching might not actually have them, they might notice that a neighbor has a couple of new dogs or that they have seen these dogs somewhere. And it's something that will catch a lot of viewers' attention.
  14. Same here. It's a sickening feeling. I too am hoping that while all of us are worried sick, they are somewhere warm and well-fed, thanks to some stranger's kindness.
  15. I've been thinking about this since you first posted. I hope they're home safe and sound very soon. Hopefully, they have been taken in by some Good Samaritan and don't have a care in the world.
  16. Although B&W appears to be the preferred color for conformation dogs, the breed standard accepts any color, but you have to factor in the judge's personal preference. No matter what they say, the whole thing is pretty arbitrary. There are bench champions in border collies who are other colors as well. There HAS to be. Breeding for color is a big money maker and if someone would rattle off the different colors in conformation border collies, you'd swear you were listening to a commercial for Lifesavers.
  17. I too think of Border Terriers, Nancy. I tried BC's, but people have thought bearded collies. Border collies, sheepdogs, collies (and I don't care what the Lassie people say), I think I'm sticking with those. And the term herding --- once you've been exposed to working sheepdogs, it just no longer feels right.
  18. My sentiments exactly. That's what I do. That's what I say. It's sort of like that "wrestling with pics" saying.
  19. If it's the dog I'm thinking of, I often wondered that he'd been mislabeled. I do believe that dog would have and did work his heart out for his last owner. Though the hands he passed through might have had a lot of experience, I think they missed something in this dog and "hard headed" is as good as any label to stick on a dog. I've called my Tam dog hard headed -- keep in mind that I only have a fraction of experience that many on this board do, and that could be part of it. In hindsight, I'm wondering if Tam might have had some deafness. But I also think that Tam would have done anything for me had I known how to handle a dog like him. I guess what I'm trying to say is the term "hard headed" might be OK for a person like me to use, but for people with years of experience, I think it sometimes might be a cop out. OK. Back to your regularly scheduled programming.
  20. ROFLMAO!!!! Great story! I would do something similar on a walk in the woods. I'd let the dog off lead and if they ran too far ahead, I would either hide behind a tree or turn around and walk the other way. In either case, they really got worried, but the minute they'd start to come to me, I'd really praise them. Eventually they learned that they should keep their eye on me. It's a bad feeling to know you've been abandoned.
  21. Don't know about labs, but I never tried to get my crew acquainted with "the walk" in a place that wasn't enclosed. And it just doesn't work at all with my mt. dogs. They don't get embarrassed about anything.
  22. I've never used a clicker and only occasionally treats with my dogs. I have nothing against them. In fact, using treats or a clicker sure beats the methods, many of them abusive, which were considered standard years ago -- but that's another topic. In all of the years of having dogs, only 4 didn't not have good recalls. 2 were my mountain dogs --- LGD's, and I never did expect snappy recalls from them anyway, a rescue dog who was nuts and I could never take a chance of letting him off lead (see the "does he live or does he die" thread) and one of my current rescue border collies, Fletcher, who is living with me now and we're working on that issue. Whatever pups I was fortunate enough to have raised, learned from day one that the most important thing was a recall and I always made sure for the little guys that it was always pleasant and fun to come back to me. The result was/is adult dogs who can't wait to get back to me when I call them. With older dogs, my own or rescues, long lines were involved and eventually, in most cases they became pretty trustworthy. Old Bob is an example. The dog is ancient and would try to move as fast as he could away from me when I first got him. Off lead was never a problem because he never moved so fast that I couldn't catch him. Off lead is not a problem with him these days either because his recall is great but it's just at a slow pace. I use 3 levels of recalls (kinda like the 3 levels of terror alerts. LOL) First goes something like: "dog's name, come here". That means you can finish what you're doing but find your way over to me when you're done. I want you where I can see you (or some other reason). The second level has a little more urgency to it. If the first didn't work, I'll say "dog's name. get over here". Sometimes I go up to the dog and tap them on the head and say "Hey, I'm talking to you!". Usually the response is something like "oh yeh. sorry. I forgot." Third level is to stop them dead in their tracks, and my current pack does stop dead in their tracks. If, when working on these recalls with them, they didn't get the "I mean it. I really mean it, 3rd level", I never yelled at them. Instead, I would walk very purposefully toward the dog who is blowing me off and grab them by the collar. I look directly at them and read them the riot act and drag them back to house either by the collar or on lead. I'm not one to anthropomorphize, but for an adult dog, to be dragged back like some disobeying pup, is very embarrassing. Also, "THE walk", once they know what it is and if it's meant for them, they know they are in some deep sh-t. You can see that "Wile E coyote" look in their body language, with their ears to the side and their lips sort of stretched in an odd way. The others also know and they scatter. It might take once, twice, no more than three times and the result is dogs who will turn on a dime when I call them. I've never hit my dogs for disobeying. I work with their desire to please and live peacefully. I agree with that you have to get the dog's attention first by calling his name before you ask a recall of them. Also, ABC (after border collies), I stopped using the word "come" (from my old obedience competition days) and have substituted "here" or any variance there of.
  23. If they're indoor dogs, maybe it's a matter of living inside in airforced heat. It's been a long winter, and some of my dogs are doing it ---not biting, just scratching --- not a lot, but more than usual. It sort of happens with certain dogs every year. Skin dries out during the winter when you spend a lot more time indoors -- humans and dogs. Maybe that's the case with your dogs? Just a thought. ETA -- add fish oil or salmon oil if you think that might be the case.
  24. While I'm skeptical of MV's sincerity (read that as "I'll do anything they ask me to. Just don't take away the big bucks NFL pays me), I feel he deserves a second chance and who knows. He might have had a sincere change of heart, but I don't know, so I'll just remain skeptical.
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