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  1. So, I don't have sheep (yet!) nor are my ducks the kind that take kindly to herding (Heavy Muscovies). There are a few people close by (within 60 km) that do CKC herding (yes, I know it's not the real thing!) but if it's an opportunity for Flint to see sheep and perhaps give him some direction...is it worth holding my nose, just for a bit of time? Bearing in mind that Flint is only 14 weeks old. Or should I just drop in with Cricket who at 9+ is not likely to be at tuned in as Flint?
  2. go ahead...sneak away! Stephen won't mind doing all the chores
  3. I've printed off the running order (thanks for pointing me in the right direction Cynthia P!) and noted all the names I recognize from the Boards. I'll be picking up pointers from all of you .... and snapping lots of photos too Kristi...I'll definitely be there in time to see your run with El Magnifico
  4. I can't get there earlier than Friday morning...so I'm going to miss the first runs However, 3 full days of watching what I hope to do some day will be great! Can't wait to meet you and the fab Lou!
  5. Breeze is a purebred border collie - and yes, books...that's exactly what Jo means
  6. Flint seems to really like the elk antler I got him...I also give him icecubes.
  7. I am thrilled to see so many of the board members running in these trials! Hopefully, I'll get to meet some of you in person! It will be great to put a face to the name Safe journeys to all!
  8. No, it's not jumping up on people. He is required to sit before he gets any attention. It's still a learning issue for him but he's getting better - as are the people who 'don't mind him jumping up.. ..sigh.... The 'vaulting' behaviour is when he is outside in the fenced yard. I call him, he comes but around 3 feet out launches himself into the air...with great delight.. That's the behaviour I'm trying to deal with. He doesn't do it all the time and does sit as soon as he gets to me.
  9. Flint is doing really well and is a delight. However, there is one issue that I can't figure out how to correct. Flint doesn't tend to jump up on me or DH...He VAULTS from 3 feet out! I suppose I could train him to do this on command..but I'm not really sure I want an adult BC launching at me ...it could have dire consequences on my well being...not to mention his, if I missed the catch! So, any ideas how I can correct this? Is this just puppy exuberance?
  10. Congratulations! I'm sure the pup, formerly known as Henry will give you his name...In the meantime, I like Fire...or Pilot Looking forward to watching him grow up
  11. Thanks for asking the question.....now I can use that when Flint becomes challenging As for the number of 'puppy' threads, quite frankly, coming to these boards and asking the people who have first hand knowledge, is a great way to get information Very likely, you aren't the only person on the boards who is having a similar 'puppy' issue
  12. WHOOHOOO...never thought I'd see it...but CRICKET, was play bowing and Flint was so thrilled...a great game of chase happened! I am so delighted! Flint is coming to work with me on Tuesdays & Thursdays...maybe she missed him today..don't know for sure, but do know that all is well in the pack He can still be an 'over the top' puppy...but both Cricket and Dusty are happy to have him around! YAY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
  13. Thanks for the information.. I'll be sure to pick those things up this week. Since I didn't have anything at home, I reverted to an old folk remedy...cool steeped tea. I remember my mom using this if we had a 'sty' on our eyes. It worked beautifully for Dusty and his eyes were cleared up last night. As for Cricket, she still has some gunk, but I couldn't get near her with the tea! Maybe it was just a coincidence, but it seemed to work.
  14. I have some allergy type eye drops, but will definitely pick up some antibiotic eye ointment on Monday. I wish I could get some tonight or tomorrow, but all the stores will be closed tomorrow due to a planned power outage. Hopefully, it won't get any worse since the closest vet is 150 km away. thanks Sue
  15. Both Cricket & Dusty have a greenish discharge from their eyes - Cricket in one eye, and Dusty in both eyes. So far, no signs of it in Flint. They don't appear to have red eyes, nor do they seem particularly bothered by it. We have been taking the dogs swimming to one of the nearby lakes. Is it possible that they have picked up some sort of bacterial infection? So far, I've just washed their eyes with warm water. I'll have to see if I have any saline solution available. any thoughts?
  16. I'm so sorry to hear about Cindy. I know what it's like to lose a beloved dog unexpectedly. Run Free Cindy. Where To Bury A Dog There are various places within which a dog may be buried. We are thinking now of a setter, whose coat was flame in the sunshine, and who, so far as we are aware, never entertained a mean or an unworthy thought. This setter is buried beneath a cherry tree, under four feet of garden loam, and at its proper season the cherry strews petals on the green lawn of his grave. Beneath a cherry tree, or an apple, or any flowering shrub of the garden, is an excellent place to bury a good dog. Beneath such trees, such shrubs, he slept in the drowsy summer, or gnawed at a flavorous bone, or lifted head to challenge some strange intruder. These are good places, in life or in death. Yet it is a small matter, and it touches sentiment more than anything else. For if the dog be well remembered, if sometimes he leaps through your dreams actual as in life, eyes kindling, questing, asking, laughing, begging, it matters not at all where that dog sleeps at long and at last. On a hill where the wind is unrebuked and the trees are roaring, or beside a stream he knew in puppyhood, or somewhere in the flatness of a pasture land, where most exhilarating cattle graze. It is all one to the dog, and all one to you, and nothing is gained, and nothing lost -- if memory lives. But there is one best place to bury a dog. One place that is best of all. If you bury him in this spot, the secret of which you must already have, he will come to you when you call -- come to you over the grim, dim frontiers of death, and down the well-remembered path, and to your side again. And though you call a dozen living dogs to heel they should not growl at him, nor resent his coming, for he is yours and he belongs there. People may scoff at you, who see no lightest blade of grass bent by his footfall, who hear no whimper pitched too fine for mere audition, people who may never really have had a dog. Smile at them then, for you shall know something that is hidden from them, and which is well worth the knowing. The one best place to bury a good dog is in the heart of his master.
  17. Timely thread!...I'm copying all these suggestions..Mr. Flint chewed through the keyboard cord today while DH was 'watching' him.... time for a cordless keyboard and mouse!
  18. I also feed once a day about 2 hours before bedtime...they seem fine with it. The puppy is getting fed 3 times daily. I think it's more a matter of what works for you rather than a breed issue.
  19. What a beautiful pup...I love the split face! I'm sharing the adventures of puppyhood as well. I'm sure we will be learning a great deal from the boards
  20. In just two weeks, we went from no tolerance to this...... I've never introduced a puppy to the pack - it's always been an adult to adult or with Jazz, he was the puppy and I introduced Zach..who was 6.. I am so impressed.....
  21. Progress....he found the pool on his own and with help from a ball, he hopped right in. Anytime he goes near the pool, I say 'go to water'....and hopefully, he will associate those words to the action. Thanks Julie & Kristine..your ideas worked wonderfully! Next step...to the watering hole
  22. I have used frozen water bottles to keep cool when travelling. The bonus is they have nice cold water when they do melt. I have heard of the cooling pads but never tried one.
  23. He showed some interest in the pool so I put a ball in it...without getting in, he fished around so I'm sure that it will be an easy transition to getting into the pool. The only close access water is 7 km from home but it's deep on shore so introducing him to that may be a bit difficult. However, Cricket and Dusty dive right in so he may just follow...
  24. Julie, he doesn't really play fetch yet, but it's certainly worth trying Cricket, who is totally ball crazy, will NOT jump into a baby pool to save her soul...but will swim at the lake..go figure!
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