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  1. Yeah, well, I'm pretty worthless at this point. The dogs love the child and that is all that matters...their fluffiness, or lack thereof, no longer matters to me. I'm sure I'll get my brain back at some point but for now it's blissfully gone. Good seeing you!
  2. As an (cough cough) "older mom", it's been wonderful. I never wanted kids and realized how wrong I was. She's a gift. How are you?
  3. Well...it's good to see that some things never change....the yearly Westminster thread! Mommyhood to a 2 legged puppy has taken over my life and I'm too sleep deprived to even jump into the mix. Ciaoooo Maria
  4. Hi Don,

    Where did you get your Sam from?



  5. Hi Kyrasmom your collie is a dead ringer for my SAM


  6. No...but a $10000.00 plus vet bill for one bite might be an incentive to think about it. Maria
  7. I have a dog who actively hunts rattlesnakes and has cost me a small fortune in treatment. My vet recommended the vaccine and I went ahead and had all my dogs vaccinated...simply because if one dog shows an interest in something, prey drive could kick in and others might go and see what she's up to. In all honesty, so far the border collies have stayed far far away from the rattlesnakes every time, but Mom Dog, the pit bull, is intent of ridding the world of them. Anyway, the way it was explained to me is that it's not a foolproof vaccine in that your dog will not need care but chances are that he/she may not need the costly anti-venom AND at the very least, it seems to buy you some time to get to the vet. Living rurally...that was enough to convince me. The last time she was bit she did not need anti-venom and came home after a day. Was it the vaccination or was it a dry bite? Or is she just builidng her own immunity after countless doses of anti-venom?? LOL...hard to tell...but if at the least it does no harm...and if at best it helps...it's worth it as we DO have rattlesnakes sharing our property. It's been out for a few years and time will tell if it's really effective or not. Maria
  8. And just to give you a bit of hope, when one of my "adopted out" dogs was returned, a pit bull, because she went after a goat I had serious bitch on bitch aggression between her and Gracie, my 38 lbs BC. The aggression started quite a few months after MomDog was returned. It was all Gracie's fault as she clearly was giving MomDog hard stares and trying to bully her but obviously when a fight broke out, Gracie was on the losing end of it. It took a few months of careful management and letting them both know that those behaviors were not to be tolerated. It was extremely important for us to learn to not "anticipate" any kind of violence as all it took was the hair on the back of my neck to stand up as they looked at each other and Gracie would go for it. So, lots of deep breaths on our part and distracting both of them right away. Miraculously (at least that's how it seemed to us) after a few months of this, they came to a mutual understanding and now very happily cohabitate and even sleep together. I'll give big props to MomDog who is very very soft when it comes to our instructions and wants to please us more than anything. She knows she is not allowed to engage. Jett coming up on that magic age and being in heat is probably not herself but it doesn't mean she can get away with it regardless. One question I do have though, as you've said Fly does not engage at all, does Jett actually go for blood or is it a lot of show? Maria
  9. I think it comes down to how you feel about the relationship you have with your dog. Are you happy that they steal your covers and hog the bed? Does it bother you if they put a paw on your knee to ask for a snuggle? I suppose respect can be many things, to me it has nothing to do with pack structure and/or dominant traits. It is and will continue to be about trust. Should our dogs be well behaved? Of course...this makes them feel safer also. As with children, and really all people and/or animals, consistency in what we ask for and expect is very beneficial in happy co-existing. But I've seen well behaved dog who do not trust their owners and I've seen rowdy pups who would willingly die for them. Which is respectful? It's up to you and what you want. My dogs are all obedient, they're allowed on the furniture if I ask them to come up. There's 8 of them so of course they can't all pile up one on top of each other! They give me hugs and lick my chin and I love that part of our relationship. They don't do it to others. They have a pack structure, which as with all packs, is fluid and ever changing, and I try not to interfere. If I have a problem, it's only with the dog who has a physical issue which impacts his emotional actions and that we manage. But they all trust me and I've never taken their being "dogs" as a sign of disrespect. maria
  10. I'm going to chime in and add that I also think respect from a dog comes in the form of trust. The kind of trust that makes them put thier lives in your hand without a wimper. All of my dogs are obedient but I don't necessarily think that sitting on command is respect...it's a learned behavior and especialy with working dogs, they aim to please. It's how they're wired. Respect, for me at least, is being in uncomfortable situations, or difficult situations, and trusting their person enough to not get upset. Or being hurt and allowing the owner to fix or treat even though it hurts. That they trust me and know that I would never do them harm. At the end of the day, for my dogs, I would rather they let me give them shots and treat any injuries then sit on command....that I can always teach them. Respect I can't teach...it's something that I have to earn as much as they do. Maria
  11. I agree that kids are way overmedicated these days but you've also got to wonder how many kids were given a good "whoopin" in days gone by who really did have a physiological disorder that was not identified or diagnosed and who grew up misunderstood or worse. I'd be upset also if a random kid came up and kicked my dog, in fact, years ago, one such child did and he had no excuse beyond being a spoiled brat and it angered me to no end and spoiled my dog, then a one year old, on kids for a long time. What angered me even more was his mom making excuses for him...and she was my "friend". He has since grown up to be a spoiled and arrogant young man...who could have used a good 'whoopin". Maria
  12. Regardless of whether you think Melanie's response was harsh or not, consider that only an owner who sees the total dispair in their dogs' eyes when there should be a twinkle can truly understand the benefit of meds such as prozac or other. Then decide if it's really worth it to inject humor into a very serious subject. Had the post been about parvo or cancer, I seriously doubt anyone would have thought to crack a joke. That's why it upsets people who do have dogs on prozac....and heck...even husbands. Maria
  13. I think everyone has brought up some good points and I personally would not truly opt to offer any equine boarding for whatever exchange unless it's something you felt REALLY comfortable with considering all of the good points already made. I've found in my many years of experience with horses that the opinions surrounding their care, feeding, grooming, housing etc etc are so many that even with the best of intentions, you can lose in a very big way. And alot of people are quick to say that "oh they can be out all of the time" but then get pissy if they're out in the rain or the snow or the heat even. There are just many many variables that don't even touch on the actual well being of the horse but simply the mentality of the horses' owenrs. Up until a few months ago I always boarded and even though I consider myself pretty easy to get along with, I always found that there was something lacking. The key was whether or not the pros made up for the cons when I considered making a fuss...but I was truly very rarely happy. Now they're at home and I'm thrilled with the care I can provide but they are not easy pets all of the time. Fortunately I like all the messy stuff that surrounds them but at minimum every day they need to be checked for scrapes and cuts, fed at least twice, preferably three times and have stalls mucked out if they're housed in the barn. And while they are herd animals and do well out at pasture...they also, like all domestic animals, enjoy human company and thrive on one on one time spent grooming and telling them that they are the best! As for offering boarding to offset costs...in your shoes I would only offer that if I truly, without doubt, loved horses and knew what they needed in addition to having a healthy amount of patience in dealing with owners! Good luck! maria
  14. Is there a place that Solo is comfortable greeting strangers? A compassionate vet will meet you somewhere private that your dog may feel comfortable at. I was lucky, my dogs always enjoyed the car and they enjoyed the vet....and so a last car ride was always a treat for them even if I cried for the whole drive. One thing to think about is also what you want done with the remains, if you're interested in a buriel or a cremation. It's hard to think about but I really believe it's what we need to plan for the most because the end should be as dignified as the life. Hopefully you have plenty of time to plan. Maria
  15. Dear Ruth, I'm so sorry to hear about Buzz. My thoughts are with you, I know how hard you tried and I'm sure Buzz was happier because of it. A big hug Maria
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