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  1. That is beautiful....thanks for sharing.
  2. Linda, I am so sorry to hear about Jackson. Run free at the Bridge, Jackson
  3. I'm so sorry to hear about Nik. It is also a year since I let my Zachary go. Nik was lucky to have you and knew you loved him right up to the end - it is our love that allows us to make the decision to let them go. He will forever live in your heart.
  4. Good luck! I'm sure it will be very exciting
  5. Well....maybe she will - however, my Brandy was skunked no less than 6 times!! Mind you, each time was a little less stinky I really think she thought they were stuffies to play with! I keep a 4 litre container of hydrogen peroxide at home just in case. It's the best skunk treatment I've ever used.
  6. Good girl Fly...I hope she continues to progress as the literary dog in training
  7. I'm still looking for a companion for Flint since his energy levels far outstrip Cricket & Dusty. This pup is listed as a collie/lab cross - about 8 months old and weighing 25 lbs. I think she's likely a BC/jack russell given the size. I'm not sure Cricket will accept another female in the household so I'm not sure if this would work.
  8. KrisK

    Boo

    I am so sorry to hear about Boo. He was so fortunate to have had you in his life and it sounds like he gave you his heart and soul. He will never leave you since he lives on in your heart. Run free at the Bridge Boo.
  9. He is absolutely adorable! Since I have a terrierx and the border collies, I think they actually make a great mix ... for the most part, the terriers can hold their own with the border collies and at least mine have been the most loyal companions. I can't really imagine not having at least one in the household! Welcome to the world of terriers
  10. We made our first trip down to the village today. My friend came with me - she carried the liverwurst Flint was really good! He ignored the trucks, transports, cars..loved the people and generally acted reasonably given the new surroundings. I am very happy with our first trip out. Here we are at the traffic lights and he's not even looking at the transport - YAY Flint
  11. thanks Mara..it helps to know I'm not out in left field! There are 9 other dogs in this class, 2 GSDs, a Bernese mountain dog pup and a clone of my Dusty! so, it makes for a very stimulating situation for Flint. I'm hoping by class 4 - he'll be better too
  12. I am so sorry to hear about Tess. She was sounded like a wonderful dog who fought her health battles to stay with you as long as she could. It doesn't matter how long they are with us - it is never long enough. She lives on in your heart and in her offspring. Keep the sheep in line at the Bridge, Tess.
  13. A few years ago, I took Jazz and Cricket to a trainer about 2 1/2 hours from home. It was a great experience and I knew that when the time came to have a young dog, I would love to have him as a trainer. GREAT NEWS...he is still 'in the business'. I contacted him yesterday and he said he'd be delighted to help out with Flint's training. Flint will be a year old in April so sometime in the spring...maybe before his lambing season which is early May, Flint will be exposed to sheep for the first time since he left the farm where he was born! I am SO looking forward to this journey
  14. Thanks for the input. I've decided to take Flint into the village on Saturday mornings. My neighbour has agreed to come with me so he will get used to other people around. The village has a library, hardware store, and a LCBO (liquor store for those non-Ontarians), as well as the main highway. I'm hoping with a handful of good food and my neigbour, Flint will enjoy the experience and I'll get him to be a bit more attentive to me. As for the class, I know the instructor very well and while she wasn't overly pleased with my decision, she did not make a big issue of it. I think so long as Flint isn't overly disruptive to the other attendees, there won't be much of a problem. For the time being, I'll continue to work Flint by moving him away from the group if he gets over excited.
  15. I have Flint enrolled in an 8 week obedience class mostly for the socialization. We live on a farm, there is little to no traffic, he sees very few people except my DH and hangs out with the other 2 dogs. Right now, I have a flock of Muscovy ducks and the plans are to get sheep. My plans for Flint - to train with him to work sheep and possibly do some tracking. I have no desire to do any dog sports with him. He is, and as far as I'm concerned, will always be a farm dog. I really just want him to be comfortable on a leash around other dogs since I do hope to trial him in the future. Flint has a lot of drive and at home is very observant. Getting him to focus on me in the class (this was our 2nd class) is problematic even with food. He is extremely focused on the other dogs, and would love the people to interact with him. The instructor wants to put him in a head halter. At this time, I'm opposed - I don't think the head halter will make him focus more on me..perhaps I'm totally wrong. She believes I'm damaging him psychologically ... not exactly sure what she meant by that - but Flint was stressed for sure at the beginning. Flint spent most of the time, observing..did some barking which I redirected by removing him to an area away from the other dogs. By the end of the class, he was content to watch all the other dogs moving through their paces without him reacting to the movement..I was happy with that. I would like some input - am I being unreasonable about not putting him in a head halter? Thank you.
  16. thanks for the heads up on your experience with the antlers. Flint loves his, but he's not a continual chewer. I'll keep a careful eye on him.
  17. Tippy, was my mom & dad's dog. She was a black bundle of furry pomeranian with a touch of poodle. When my dad's dog died in January 1999, he vowed no more dogs but my mom, didn't want to be without one. So, under her instructions, I set out to find a dog and Tippy joined their family in March 1999. My dad pretended to be furious...(that in itself was funny!) but within hours, Tippy had him wrapped around her white tipped paws. While Shadow had been my dad's dog, Tippy devoted her life to both my parents equally. When my dad died in 2004, Tippy was almost inconsolable. She decided not to let my mom out of her sight. When my mom died in 2008, we were certain Tippy would die too. But she went to live with my sister and started a whole new life..she was the co-pilot in their plane, rode shotgun in the boat when they went fishing and ensured that any boaters who came too close to their dock were put in place She was the most adorable furball that you could imagine. On Thursday, my sister was telling me how much energy Tippy had,...she had chased the neighbour's labs away from the porch...but that evening, Tippy began coughing and her little heart gave out. She is running free at the Bridge now, entertaining Jazz and Zachary and resting at the feet of her beloved humans again... You will be missed little one..
  18. Flint is now 9 months old and over the last couple of days, has decided to mark indoors. I have not neutered him yet. I was trying to hold off until he was older. Dusty BA, my terrierX is a notorious marker who wears a belly band AND is neutered, so I think Flint may have picked up on residual scent and is just 'doing his thing'. I have caught him in the act both times and directed him firmly outdoors..but it's really not possible to keep my eyes on him continually when he's in the house (much as I'd like to!) What is your experience on neutering and marking?
  19. They are never with us long enough - thankfully, we have our memories.
  20. Flint, the dynamo, is just about 9 months old. Cricket and Dusty are approaching 10-11 years old. They can play for a while but it is evident that they are not up to Flint's energy level. So, with the DH's blessing, I'm in the hunt for another young dog. Personally, I was hoping for another minature schnauzer like Zachary, who had the energy to keep up with Jazz but DH wants a dog that is bigger so he can train him to pull the kicksled with Flint next winter. I'm in no rush, not looking for a puppy but probably a 1-2 year old male and likely a BC cross. I suspect there will be a rash of young dogs available around April/May when all the 'Christmas' puppies are no longer cute. so, for now, I'm just casually looking. I know the right dog will come along - they always have!
  21. I'm so sorry to hear about Ellie. It sounds like she enjoyed a wonderful life with you. Run free and swiftly at the Bridge Ellie. Remember Me! (author unknown) Remember me always, but do not grieve for me too long. I have tried always to comfort you in times of sorrow, and have made every effort to add joy to your life. I never wanted to cause you pain. Peace for me is certain now, and I suspect I will have eternal sleep in the earth I have loved so well. Please, after your period of grieving for me, make room in your heart for another. You are the kind of human being that should always have a friend like me to love. Your kind and gentle heart should not be wasted on my memory for too long. Give your love to another. I know your new friend will never take my place, because we had something very special. It may not be quite the same, but a new devoted and loving companion will in time, become special in their own way. You loved me very much and I loved you. My spirit will always be with you, and no matter how deep my sleep, my grateful heart will always remember you.
  22. My little ironman, Zachary. He had the heart of a lion. Keep them in line at the Bridge little one
  23. Cricket had femoral head surgery for hip dysplasia on one hip at 6 months old. Her other hip was also affected but we didn't do surgery. She will be 10 in April. We keep her weight down and she gets regular exercise however, I've been noticing she is less agile and some limping. Her last vet visit was fine. I did a search in the forum about supplements and would like to get some additional information. She was on glucosamine, but it didn't seem to help. So today, I bought MSM and also some tumeric. Can she get these at the same time and also what would be the correct dosage for the MSM? I gave her one pill tonight along with a cod liver oil pill. I haven't given the turmeric yet. She weighs about 41 lbs. Thank you for any suggestions and input.
  24. Nice to hear that Faye's progressing well. I'm sure it hasn't been the easiest thing to keep a dynamo BC quiet!
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