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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
  16. I'd also be interested in a contact person from IL, as one of our pups is there and they could use some help. Thanks, SD
  17. Hi there, I have a 6 mos old male pup who's testicles felt normal at 3 mos of age - tiny and still pretty high. But yesterday I noticed that they hadn't dropped. I think I could feel at least one, about the same size it was at 3 mos, and very tight/high. I had to manipulate to feel it. Has anyone had a male pup sucessfully "drop" his testicles after 6 mos of age? skd
  18. Please forgive if this has already been covered and I missed it. Someone ask me a question I was unable to answer: Can an AKC conformation champion be registered or re-registered on merit through ABCA's ROM program? Thanks, Sheryl
  19. skd

    Breeder info

    Betsy is right, the NE rescue does a great job, and has a website where many of the dogs can be seen. They have a group of dedicated volunteers and foster families who are knowledgeable and willing to help. Several NE rescue dogs have participated successfully in herding clinics and trials. If you are set on a registered pup, there are several reputable breeders in the midwest. There are also many not-so-reputable people, so do your homework, see the parents doing the type of work you'd like to pursue, and ask lots and lots of questions. Betsy, Jill, and anyone else who'd like to make the trip: please join us Nov 18-21, for our herding clinic with Kathy Knox. Sheryl K. Day chinaday@alltel.net 402-298-7421
  20. skd

    Breeder info

    Please send an email to my home address and I'll add you to the mailing list. The clinics are conducted by Kathy Knox, and are full at this time. A waiting list is maintained to fill any spots that open up. Auditors are always welcome. Sheryl K. Day chinaday@alltel.net 402-298-7421
  21. skd

    Breeder info

    You're not that far away. You should come to the Omaha NE area to the herding seminar we hold three times per year. Next one is Nov 18-21. Four days of nicely bred working Border Collies. Very nice, friendly group. World class training. Sheryl
  22. Thanks, Denise for your explanation of the decline of working characteristics. Your notes brought to mind what three GB men have said about my dog and breeding of Border Collies in recent years. These men were in the US to judge big US trials on three separate occassions, older men with more years of experience than maybe any of us but a few. Two of these men saw my dog work, and his line was discussed by all three. All three said that "those dogs are not being bred any longer". They seemed to think that the decline of large flocks and fenceless hillsides in GB has caused a shift in the type of dog bred recently. They said that dogs are bred, in recent years, that are easier to train, easier to handle, softer, with less of some unnamed quality that they felt was essential to the Border Collie in earlier times. Two of the men told me that "those dogs (of that kind)" are nearly all gone now. It seems that they believe a change in the selection of characteristics and degrees of characteristics have changed the breed, in a relatively short time. They might very well agree that fewer red dogs are bred now, and more of the orange and yellow are bred, those that may have never bred had they lived in past years. Obviously, they think the red pool is vastly diminished, and that by herding people. They made me sad that I missed that period of time when I could have watched "those dogs" do their work. Disclaimer: I am a relative novice compared to many on the list, so forgive any faux pas I may have committed in my comments. My dog is nearly 10 yrs now, and never had a fair chance to show what he might have been, had he not spent his first five years as a 4-H star with my daughter, and the next five teaching me all he could about sheep and Border Collies. Thank God, he has a profound sense of humor. Sheryl
  23. Denise, Beautiful picture. Are you the photographer? sd
  24. skd

    skin disease

    I've been told an adaptogen calms an overly enthusiastic immune system and revs up a lazy one. Interesting. My vet says that dogs don't usually have the degree of nasty side effects that humans do to steroid use. He expects that she'll remiss in a relatively short time and will be maintained with lesser medications. He is including an omega 3 and vitamin supplement now, that matches what was suggested by holistic practice. I did hear from one person who had a dog with similar diagnosis. She offered her holistic recipe, including an adaptogen, and it all seemed to make good sense to me. It was very similar to what my dog will be on for mainenence. Thanks again for the suggestions and comments. Sheryl
  25. skd

    skin disease

    Thanks for the good suggestions. I've done about 15 hours on the internet, searching for alternatives to steroids, and had a lengthy discussion with the vet. We're planning to go ahead with the steroids and have several good options for maintenence therapy after she improves. I appreciate the help. Sheryl
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