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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 ar
  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
  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 me
  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 li
  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 li
  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
  15. Most people active here now don't know me or know of my good dog, Celt, who passed away last week, but for many years, I was a frequent contributor here and Celt was often a part of my posts. Celt was, in a single word, a gift. I mean that literally. When Skye, the youngster I had bought was deliberately run down and killed at the side of the road, his breeder insisted on giving me her stud fee pup from another litter, and Celt was the pup from that litter that she chose for me. I am eternally grateful. Christmas 2002 was a day marked by an ice storm – our family could not come to v
  16. I am so sorry to hear this.
  17. Some of you will remember Kristi Oikawa (and her dogs, Lou, Rex, Wick, and Bar) from earlier posts and some of you will not know her. She was one of only a very few Asian-American handlers on the trial field, not only running at the USBCHA Open level but also very credibly in agility with the same dogs (which is a feat). This is a great photo of Kristi from the Bluegrass. I will so miss her in the White House next year and for years to come. And so I add my thoughts of her here with shock at her passing and affection at having had known her bright and blazing personality. In the interests
  18. Sue R

    Goodbye

    Will miss you and, sadly, understand just how you feel.
  19. Linda Tesdahl would be highly recommended by many handlers.
  20. Dress for the weather. Bring water for your dogs. Plan on sitting on the provided bleachers or folding chairs (chairs under a tent) or bring a blanket. Mexican food vendor on site. Stay back at least five or six feet from fence. Keep your dogs quiet and on leash, and don't be amazed if they "turn on"! Prepare to be amazed! And many handlers are happy to answer questions if they are not engrossed. Come to the White House (my shed on wheels) for an informative free program. Enjoy supporting our vendors and out trial by finding merchandise you will enjoy.
  21. General or Obedience sections would be appropriate. This "upper end" of the forum's home page is for training dogs to work livestock and related questions.
  22. Barbara Sykes' books are good, if I remember correctly.
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