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Sue R

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    Bruceton Mills WV
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    Stockdogs, horses, chocolate

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  1. My boy started grizzling on his face when he was two years old and our girl never grayed at all. It's in the genetics.
  2. Bad breath was one of the symptoms we noticed in Megan. As a marker, too, I didn't notice any increase in urination. And she lost some weight without a decline in appetite or increase in activity. Best wishes for you both - as long as she is happy and you can manage her, it sounds like you will have some sweet times together.
  3. Sue R

    Juniper

    I am sorry for your loss, Liz. She could not have had better care than yours.
  4. Thanks for posting, Mark - long time, no see!
  5. Sorry to hear about Kip and very grateful to hear about Walt!
  6. Sorry to hear this, D'Elle, but oftentimes a minor heart murmur never turns out to be significant. Megan was diagnosed with one when she was in to the vet to have a dental and so she could not be anesthetized. However, you would have never known it and she lived an active and very long (16 1/2 years) life without any ill effects. DH was found to have one decades ago and it has never held him back one bit. Hopefully, Digger's will be of little consequence, as well.
  7. I am sorry to hear this about Cressa. To answer one of your questions, our Megan was diagnosed with Stage 2 kidney failure when she was 12 1/2 years old. She lived a very active and happy life for four more years and was not euthanized until she was 16 1/2, after barely two days of a steady physical decline and loss of her normal good appetite. When she was diagnosed, I did some research on the internet and with the help of a Yahoo group dedicated to diets for kidney failure dogs, I devised a partly raw diet for her that worked very well for her (her vet said that, "Whatever you are feeding her, keep doing it!). It consisted of raw ground beef (or poached chicken in the few short instances I did not have home-grown beef in the freezer), sticky rice (very low phosphorus), cooked egg whites, pumpkin, green beans, water, and supplements. She did lose some weight over the four years but just a few pounds, maintained a glossy coat, and led a very active life for a senior, logging up to four miles of walking each day. We never did use sub-q fluids at all, deciding in the beginning that if it came to that, that would be her time to go. I have never regretted the choices we made for her and she seemed happy and content for those four years, with just an occasional and temporary digestive upset. She experienced both a heat-related incident and also (in her last six months) a few smaller seizures (she'd never had a seizure in her life) but other than these few problems, she did extremely well. I hope that things go as well as possible for you and Cressa at this difficult time, and that you can both enjoy your time together. I am also sorry to hear about your loss, beachdogz. It is never easy.
  8. From this website's home page, All About Border Collies was originally established by the United States Border Collie Club, Inc. (USBCC) in January of 1999. The USBCC was dedicated to preserving the Border Collie as a working stock dog; opposing the showing, judging and breeding of Border Collies based on their appearance; promoting only careful breeding for the preservation of working ability and the avoidance of genetic defects; and helping Border Collie owners and the public generally to better understand and appreciate the traditional Border Collie, bred for work. This site was intended as a service to the public with these aims in mind. In the spring of 2016, the USBCC decided that the recently formed ABCA Health & Education Foundation, Inc. (HEF), was a better vehicle to accomplish these aims, and dissolved its corporate existence, transferring its assets to the HEF. The dog in the USBCC logo was adopted into the HEF logo, signifying the continuity of the two organizations' mission. Since then, this site has been privately maintained by Eileen Stein and Heather Nadelman.
  9. Thank you. I miss him each and every day but find the wonderful memories bring smiles as often as they bring tears, and I feel more and more grateful each day that he graced my life by sharing his with me. I have been blessed with a number of absolutely wonderful dogs but Celt is the one who looms largest in my heart. Maybe it's partly because he was my "empty nest" dog...
  10. Thank you, Amy! Send a check for $25 (or a multiple of $25) made out to KBCA to Tresa Laferty, KBCA, 25707 Minnetonka Dr., Kansasville WI 53139 with a note that it is for Kristi's memorial class. I've been in touch with Tresa and she will keep a record of what is raised for this memorial so we know which class (or classes) will be sponsored in her name. Again, thanks, and feel free to spread the word. It's a tough time for fund-raising as both the 2020 National Sheepdog Finals and the 2020 World Trial Team USA (and Canadian teams) are all fundraising now but I am hoping we get a nice memorial to remember this young woman who loved the dogs so much and brightened so many people's lives with her exuberant and friendly nature.
  11. Would anyone like to be part of a Bluegrass Classic SDT memorial class sponsorship (will include an ad in this year's program) in memory of Kristi Oikawa? I would be happy to coordinate this. The website is up with information about the trial (www.bluegrassclassicsdt.org) and the class to be sponsored would depend on the response we get. Answer here or email me at susan dot rayburn at gmail dot com if you'd rather. Kristi contributed a lot to the Bluegrass, mostly behind the scenes, with website design and maintenance as well as volunteering during the trial and being a bright, shining light in our days. (photo by Greg Jones)
  12. Would anyone like to be part of a Bluegrass Classic SDT memorial class sponsorship (will include an ad in this year's program) in memory of Kristi Oikawa? I would be happy to coordinate this. The website is up with information about the trial (www.bluegrassclassicsdt.org) and the class to be sponsored would depend on the response we get. Answer here or email me at susan dot rayburn at gmail dot com if you'd rather. Kristi contributed a lot to the Bluegrass, mostly behind the scenes, with website design and maintenance as well as volunteering during the trial and being a bright, shining light in our days. (photo by Greg Jones)
  13. Thank you, all. I am happy to say that while Celt's passing has left a huge empty place in my heart and my life, the wonderful memories have allowed me to smile through the tears, and keep reminding me how very fortunate I was to have had him in my life and for so long. He's with Megan now, no longer in the pains and discomforts of old age, and will always be loved as long as I have those memories to look back on.
  14. Thank you all so much. Mark, I especially miss seeing you and Renee. I almost stopped by a few weeks back and I wish I had. The old boy would have enjoyed the excitement of thinking he might be working sheep once again. And Amy, if there is a ball up there, they will all be well occupied! Celt, Megan, and Bute were ball fanatics (second only to wanting their livestock first) and, had Skye lived long enough, he would have been part of the Fetch Brigade, too. I find myself watching when I move to avoid stepping on the dog who is no longer asleep at my feet; hurrying to let him out to go potty so he doesn't have to wait; doing a double-take at every leaf on the floor or porch in case it's a little "gift" he dropped for me; making sure I have enough treats in my pouch for him; calling him to lick out the yogurt container - all those little things that have been second nature for so long. But after these few days, I can manage to smile more and cry less, and feel the gratitude and love more than the loss and sorrow. I am so glad he was such a big part of my life and brought me so much joy and such a partnership.
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