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    I have nothing better to do than take photos all day. zzzzzz

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  1. I don't really visit these boards much anymore (perhaps some old timers will remember me) but this thread is driving me crazy. I raised and lived with border collies in apartments and condos, including highrises, in dense urban areas, for most of my adult life. Fostered countless rescue border collies. Raised several rescue litters in said apartments. All of them were fine, well adjusted dogs. I live on a farm *now* but my border collies I've raised on the farm are no better and no less well adjusted dogs than the ones that were raised downtown in apartments. I've still got one of the
  2. The border collie rescue in her area doesn't have any dogs for adoption. We rarely get dogs in rescue nowadays. We refer people to the CBCA website to make contact with breeders who might have puppies available.
  3. She could be a BC. She could also be a German Koolie. She looks more like a Koolie than a BC, to me.
  4. I've worked in the shelter system/animal control for years. The green ink and the black ink both fade and blur, as do the stamp type of tattoos. RDM
  5. Here in BC, it is extremely common for dogs and cats to be tattooed when they are neutered. The tattoo is in the ear, and is a combination of clinic code, year and animal number. It can be easily traced back to the clinic by looking on the CVBC website and contacting the clinic to get the owner's contact information. The problem with tattoos is that they fade and become difficult to read - depending on the skill of the tattooist and the chemistry of the animal. And the problem with any ID (tattoo or microchip) is the owner keeping their contact information up to date, which so many fail to
  6. After 6 years in Animal Control, 4 of them in a city with a considerable problem with loose DANGEROUS dogs, I will echo the sentiment to call Animal Control and have them come and deal with the problem, and not depend on your boot. Your boot will only solve your problem immediately (if in fact it does that) but Animal Control can solve it in the long term/permanently, as well as making sure it's not a problem for other people too, like the elderly who can't take a boot to the dog, or a child, whose face is closer to the dog than its boot is. The other thing to consider is that a boot to t
  7. Our kill list includes: rabbits (multiple oh so many rabbits), squirrels, rats, voles, birds (especially apparently delicious baby birds), fish, crabs and moles (although we do not eat moles, as they are allegedly disgusting, so we spit them out) and two chicken-killing weasels. Oh and once Wootie consumed a dead snake. Surprisingly, most of the kills are the Aussies, not the terriers, though the terriers did kill the weasels. They receive Drontal on a regular basis. I usually let them eat whatever they find, though the rats in particular gross me out.
  8. I'm glad to hear you caught it early. This is the cancer I lost my beloved Tweed to shortly after he turned 15 years old. Unfortunately, we did not catch it early as it did not expand outward, but inward, and by the time it was detectable, he could no longer defecate easily, and given his advanced age surgery was not an option. Even more unfortunately, it had been identified by an ultrasound a year earlier, but was misdiagnosed as a "fatty mass." None of my dogs acted strangely about his rear end, but then again, nodog in my house would have dared to snuffle Mr. Tweedles behind as it was a
  9. My bestest dog Tweed was a border collie / Aussie mix. He died in June at the age of 15 and I miss him terribly. He drove me crazy when he was younger because he was more independent and I had to work harder to get his respect than I did my border collies, but I would have another him again in a heartbeat. Less. he had all the border collie intuitiveness, but none of the weirdness/obsessive stuff that you sometimes see in the breed. He was a very level headed dog, if a bit of a goof when he felt in the mood. Having said that, I have met many of that mix that I *don't* like - in genera
  10. My blue and white italian greyhound is not quite three years old, and her face is very grey (her teeth are also already shot to shit). My orange and white Aussie X is not *greying* so much as he is turning whiter and whiter. I imagine in a darker dog it would appear as greying, but in him it looks like his orange is both fading and shrinking at the same time. His tri coloured biological brother is not greying at all. They are just about 10 years old. Tweed, a red and white, who died a month after he turned 15, never greyed or faded at all. He still looked like a 5 year old dog. Piper
  11. Huh, I thought you were talking about my foster for a minute. He's 18 weeks and was 30 lbs when I picked him up last Thursday, but I am feeding him more appropriately and he has lost about 5 lbs of puppy chub. But he's gonna be a big 'un - huge head, giant feet RDM
  12. As someone who has been renting for 25 years in the Vancouver area, I would argue that if you look hard enough, you can find places to rent with a dog. I rent and I have 8 of them. My landlord lives on the same property and is cool with it. Previously I lived in downtown Vancouver with 4 of them. I moved many times with my dogs and always found something. Before you rent any home, and no matter with whom, you should have a written agreement stipulating the allowance of your pet and the residential tenancy board will uphold that agreement in the event of an arbitration. RDM
  13. I have endless coyote problems. I had one local coyote who was no trouble for several years - she'd snatch the odd chicken if if wandered out of the coop, but was otherwise harmless. She was killed by a car. In moved a larger, and much more assertive coyote, who not only cleaned out my entire coop over several weeks (broke the door and the perches getting them out) but also tried to steal my Italian Greyhound. He only got a mouthful of coat (it was winter time, and my little dogs wear clothes, so sue me) and I was not 20 feet away. One my Aussies pile-drived him like a wrestler, knocking
  14. There's a group on facebook called Dog Sport Vehicle ideas & set-ups that has some useful information about all these crates. I'm waiting until I win the lottery, because 6-8 of ANY of these crates is way out of my budget. Mine travel in Varikennels because that's what I have. RDM
  15. waug15 (1 of 1)-14 by The Food Lady, on Flickr wsept15 (1 of 1)-4 by The Food Lady, on Flickr wsept15 (1 of 1)-17 by The Food Lady, on Flickr FERGUS, 9 months old, herding blend (border collie, australian shepherd and australian cattle dog), neutered male. FERGUS is a high energy adolescent who is looking for a human companion who can keep up with him and engage his body and his brain. He is a busy guy who likes new challenges and learns quickly. He lacks the intensity of many border collies and has a little more "bounce" in him, but he is still drivey and energetic. He would appe
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