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  1. Nicky Noodle says he's the dog for you. I'll keep my ears open for you. Are you specifically in the market for a pup? ps - I've missed a lot - so so sorry to hear about Kipp.
  2. I use an aluminum A1. I also like the stainless steel Montana Lite. I find that the half moons blow out of my mouth, and the brass whistles taste bad to me. It's all a matter of finding what you like. You have to kiss a few frogs...
  3. One other thing (and I know you're putting the decision on hold but wanted to mention this) - a heads up about ages. I can't remember exactly how old Xena is, but usually somewhere around 8 to 12 months dogs often go through their teenager phase and tend to... regress for lack of a better term. Usually somewhere in there I'd like scream, and at that stage I couldn't imagine having another new dog to deal with.
  4. She's adorable. Oh, and she may already have a potty command... it just might not be what you think. When I adopted June I had a heck of a time the first few days convincing her to potty in the back yard - but I KNEW that she had a potty command. I tried a lot of them.. "go potty", "go pee", "do your business"... finally I called to find out what it was. It was "hurry up". I have one who quite prefers to poop on things (like Julie's ex-housemate's collard plants). He'll go out of his way to find the tallest available grasses.
  5. Though I've only met Hil in person once, I counted her as a friend. I'm still in such shock. Tranq, my heart is with you all. This world definitely feels sadder to me since I heard this news.
  6. I'm so sorry. Tomorrow will be the one year anniversary of the day that I made the same decision for my old guy - and in similar circumstances. It's so hard, and my thoughts and prayers for comfort are with you.
  7. Most often my dogs will grind their faces in something nasty, and if we're not near a hose I just dump a bucket of water over their heads. Otherwise, they might get bathed with actual shampoo once, maybe twice per year. Pia is 21 months and she's been bathed exactly once. The only exception is Ginger (who is not a border collie). She smells different than the border collies, and gets bathed monthly or every other. She also gets shaved down about every other month. She goes to the groomer if I'm having issues with my clippers, but otherwise I've been doing her myself for about 3 years now.
  8. When I bought and moved into my new house, the ex-husband thought he was going to institute furniture laws(he wasn't even a husband at that time). No dogs on furniture or on the bed. I only had one dog at the time, and anyone who knows Ginger, well, you can imagine how well that worked. I personally didn't care, and it was my house, but I let him try. Hah. We did have a no dogs when humans are on the bed rule, and that usually worked until about 3am when Ginger and Bree would sneak up. Now they're welcome wherever they want to be, though when we're watching TV they all most often choose the dog beds on the floor.
  9. My dogs let me sit in my chair. That is all.
  10. I come from a culture of "you're irresponsible if you don't vax your dogs yearly". It was a very hard transition for me, but I've transitioned over to a 3 year vax schedule for the core vaccines. 3 years on Rabies too, as required by law here. My previous vet (and this is WHY she is my previous vet) was hard core 1 year. I started exploring, and for the first time I tried titers. Then I read some more and concluded I was comfortable with 3 years, and so I finally found a vet that supported and encouraged a 3 year schedule. I would love to get to a place where I only gave puppy vax and then stopped, but I'm not comfortable there. So for me it's a 3 year schedule (and truly, I think that 3 year thing is an arbitrary number). It's a tough call, but good on you for thinking about it!
  11. Diane, I'm so so sorry. It's never long enough with them. Hugs to you and Getty.
  12. Some interesting reading on how working breeds are lost: Click Here
  13. To address this one concept, no, I don't think it is worth it. In fact, I think it's detrimental to the breed as a whole. I think that once you take even a little bit of the focus away from the working package you start losing crucial elements of what makes the border collie what it is (and I mean the generic you, not you specifically Christina). Once you start considering anything beyond the working package you are both narrowing your gene pool and potentially decreasing the quality of what you're breeding, whether you realize it or not. This has the opportunity to affect the border collie breed as a whole, and that's where the rubber meets the road. One can quite easily lose working ability in very short order, as the working traits are very complex. Could it work for a while? In theory, yes. But what I'm hoping is that you'll consider the big picture, and that is the health of the breed as a whole. How did the conformation dogs get to where they are? Selecting for something other than working ability. It's a slippery slope with dire consequences for the dogs, and for those of us who love and need them. I don't know that I would say "ohhh, you should never breed your red bitch to another red dog" but what I would say would be, "breed your outstanding red bitch to an outstanding dog that is going to give you the desired combination of working traits that you're breeding for." So once you know what kind of dog you need, and what kind of dog you like, you will begin to know what traits you're looking for. I would encourage you to continue to do what you're doing - asking questions. Had you said to any of us, straight up, "Hey, I want to learn about working dogs", we would have said, "Pull up a chair and warm your feet by the fire." I am hoping that you can see the difference there.
  14. I've heard my youngest female bark maybe once or twice. She doesn't even bark when the others bark. She has her own set of noises she makes when I come home from work though, that could best be described as a shriek. She does groan and moan, and she grunts when I rub her. My oldest female BC has become the barkiest dog as her hearing has started to go. She was always barky, but now it's about to drive me to drink. She makes few other noises. My other female, a mutt, rarely barks but has a high pitched squeak, and groans. My males, on the other hand, bark, yodel, roo, warble, groan, moan, and make all kinds of noises. I'd say the boys win at my house for depth and type, but June wins for flat out quantity and volume.
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