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  1. Due to a late cancellation, there are two spots available in Kathy’s clinic, Nov 13-14-15, near Omaha, Nebraska. All levels are welcome. Kathy has made an amazing difference in the training and handling of our dogs. We laugh a lot, the company’s good, the sheep are good, the fields are good, and so far the long range forecast looks good : ) Come join us! For more information, I can be reached by email or phone. Sheryl K. Day 402-298-7421 402-990-6708 chinaday@windstream.net
  2. There are three openings in Kathy's clinic, June 21 and 22, near Omaha Nebraska. All levels welcome. Please give me a call or email me if interested. Sheryl Day 402-298-7421 402-990-6708 chinaday@windstream.net
  3. We will be hosting Jack Knox for a working clinic March 21-22, in the Omaha, Nebraska area. We have a couple of unexpected openings. And there may be an opportunity for private lessons. For more information, please call or email. Sheryl K. Day 402-298-7421 402-990-6708 chinaday@windstream.net
  4. I lost a female Border Collie to lymphangiectasia. The diagnosis was made by intestinal biopsy, after intermittent episodes of diarrhea/ temp/lethargy over a period of 3-4 months. She was treated for giardia, coccidia, IB, etc, etc,etc. No cause was ever identified. She was too far along to save by the time the diagnosis was made. Sheryl
  5. Jack Knox will be coming again to the Omaha Nebraska area, June 27-28-29, 2008, and there are still openings. All levels are welcome. Round Pen and field are available. Please contact me for further details. Sheryl K. Day 402-298-7421 402-990-6708 chinaday@windstream.net
  6. We will be hosting Kathy Knox for a working clinic March 14-15-16, and again in June and November. Entries are limited. 3 spots remain. For more information, please call or email. Sheryl K. Day 402-298-7421 chinaday@windstream.net
  7. Kathy Knox will be coming again to the Omaha NE area, November 16-17-18, 2007. There are a couple of unexpected openings. All levels welcome. If interested, please contact me by phone or email. Thanks, Sheryl K. Day 402-298-7421 chinaday@windstream.net
  8. I have a 10.5 yr old female who had surgery for a very large HSA 4 months ago. We were not aware of her tumor, prior to her collapse. She has a rather complex health hx and we very well might have made the decision to let her go, had we had more time to think about it. Her quality of life since the surgery has certainly validated our quick decision. She is feeling 5 yrs younger and we're thrilled to see her enjoying herself so much. We're so grateful that she now has such a great quality of life. Sheryl
  9. I host clinics with Kathy in the Omaha NE area. The next one is June 22-24. Sheryl
  10. Intestinal lymphangiectasia is rare, and involves inflammation of the small bowel causing swelling and rupture of the lymph ducts. The bowel is unable to absorb nutrients,especially fats, so she has lost a lot of weight very rapidly. She also had intractable vomiting and diarrhea for several days. She is now on prednisone and antibiotic, and we're doing our best to entice her to eat. She needs nutrients, primarily carbs, now or she will starve to death.
  11. Does anyone have any experience with intestinal lymphangiectasia? My 12.5 yr old has just been diagnosed by biopsy. She is now on prednisone and metronidazole. She has frequent bouts of nausea and vomiting/dry heaving. I'd appreciate any insight or experience anyone has had with this disease. Thanks, Sheryl
  12. I, too, have had a fractured leg, from Border Collies racing each other. Double spiral fracture with dislocation. Doctors said they usually see that type of fracture in football players, not middle age women : ) A friend had one dog that died after a collision with a playmate. Torn aorta. And I've heard of at least 2 with fractured shoulders from hitting trees while looking at a playmate instead of where they were headed at 100 mph. My dogs are now corrected whenever they attempt to start race, both for my safety and theirs. sd
  13. Hi there, First, let me say right off the bat, that I was a public school teacher for a number of year, and then became a reluctant home schooler who then, over time,became a soapbox radical about it. I do have the utmost respect and sympathy for most public school teachers. My respect for the institution wavers, at best. Not only is your daughter's acadamic progress at risk, but her approach to life is being molded by experiences and attitudes she is exposed to at school. I don't usually give unsolicited advice, but if she were mine, I'd remove her from the public school system. I was a public school teacher for years, and was alarmed that parents did not have a clue what was happening to their children in school...or did not want to know. Kids are being sent off to a war zone every day by their parents. I could share endless stories of failing, belligerent, or clinically depressed children who've been removed from public schools and very shortly become happy well adjusted kids who've excelled academically and socially. Parents often notice a de-escalation of tension in their child within 2-4 days of removal from school. Some home schooling parents believe that the general public has been brainwashed into believing that children must be raised under the influence of many peers in an institutional setting. Sounds radical, but: Do you trust the government to mold the values and intellect of your child for 7-8 hours or more per day? How many eight year olds would you trust to raise your daughter properly? That is exactly what is happening. She needs to be removed from the environment that nurtures her negative behaviors and ensures lack of academic progress. Could keeping her home be any worse? Sheryl
  14. The book by Sheila Grew is out of print, and if you find one, it often is priced at $125 and up. Sheryl
  15. I spoke years ago with the only vet around at that time who did PennHip evaluations. His take on it (the way I remember it) was that there is a secondary factor affecting the expression of hip dysplasia : that of laxity. If a dog has dysplasia, AND has a high degree of laxity, it is more likely that the dog will exhibit symptoms related to deterioration of the joint. Essentially, the laxity allows a less than perfect joint to knock around, wobble, sustain uneven pressure , etc., increasing the wear and tear. If a dysplasic dog has a low degree of laxity, the joint is so tight that there is minimal wear and tear inside the joint, and so the dog may never show signs of the disease. Also, a dog with non-dysplastic hips can develop early symptoms of arthritis, if the degree of laxity is high. Lots of wear and tear. He showed me a set of x rays and subsequent Penn evaluations on a golden with perfect hips at 2 yrs, but requiring hip replacements at 5 yrs, due to laxity. The dog had been bred umpteen times in that 3 yr period, since he was an outstanding conformation dog and had a great OFA eval. I've heard many stories of high caliber working dogs being removed from the gene pool because of an xray, and yet working until in their teens with no symptoms whatsoever. It was this vet's suggestion that Border Collies often xray as dysplastic, and yet never become symptomatic, because the working collie tends to have nice, tight joints. I'm in the human medical field, and I believe there is a correlation in humans, between joint laxity and injuries, as well as deterioration and subsequest arthritis due to wear and tear. Sheryl
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