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  1. Bill, that is absolutlely inspiring, what amazing dogs. The cleverist thing I've seen with our BC's was our now departed Rani (BC Kelpie cross) she had a special snake bark. She didn't learn it she just knew and by God if heard that bark you'd go running because everytime she's have a snake in her sights, and furthermore she'd guard it until someone turned up to deal with it, many times at what we thought was a big risk. Plus she knew a bath was coming two hours before we thought of it. I miss her. Sally
  2. Outside in the day and inside at night, though as Tia's getting older she likes to spend longer times outside before coming in. If it's really hot she's in under the fans, same with the cat. I'm glad this subject was brought up. Apart from fencing issues why are so many inside? Sally
  3. Powder Puff, I'm in Qld to, where are you? I clip, I have weighed up the for and against but the three I've had all seemed happier shorn in summer. My little Tia is very shy and sensitive so I was apprehensive about clipping her but she loves it. They bound around like puppies for a couple of days. If you want to go to a groomer they can just take a little off at a time. I also wet Tia's head in the really hot weather. We are trying to coax her into the pool, it'll work once she realises she has a place to stand. If I had my way I'd re design the whole thing so it had a little walk in beach!
  4. Toffeesdad, what behaviours are you refering to exactly? This post has been most interesting, and generally I can find something in most of the replies, and your posts, to agree with, but I am a little lost on the snobbishness link with the alpha and learned behaviour you keep quoting. BTW I am an alpha theory supporter but also a breed snob, the former goes down the leash the latter doesn't. And if you don't think they know their own come on over and we'll show you different! Tia even braves a regular flogging (not serious) from her 'your the same as me' boy at the park. And he's a short hai
  5. Oookay, I daresay you'll get replies. My opinion, he's too young to really tell but I'd put money that the floppy ear won't perk again. There are a number of methods those that conformation show use to achieve that supposedly 'perfect' ear, ie perky but just flipping over. In fact my pup was subjected to several to, no avail, prior to my adopting her and for that reason I will absolutely not pass on what they were. It does not work, at least for any substantial period of time. On the other hand if you want perfect pointed ears you can have them surgically inserted with wire around the edges,
  6. Sara, I have little to add to the great advice you are being given here but would like to congratulate you on your interest and commitment to these dogs. I have an eleven year old daughter and a BC, Tia. Tia is my dog predominantly but is also quite close to my daughter. I noticed that Tia is sometimes quite disobedient with Jasmine (my daughter) and I started to look at the way Jas was interacting with Tia. The main problem was that Jas complicated everything, it was difficult for Tia to understand what was making Jas unhappy and what she was required to do. The commands were to fast and Jas
  7. Sally


    Olivia, thanks, it is something to think about. The ones I am more worried about though have been dug up by Tia and belonged to a dearly departed friend who buried them over two years ago. I've swept the yard clean of them now but I have no idea how many more there could be. Luckily we're home most of the time but I do note that Tia will bury fresh bones on occasion. I'm starting to think I need surveillance here! Sally
  8. Sally


    Smoked equals cooked as far as I'm concerned. We feed softer bones like lamb breast in chunks, they're gone pretty quickly. I never knew there was a risk to cats with raw bones, can you guys shed some light there for me? I also wonder about bones that have been dug up after a long time, they look to me like they equal a cooked state. Sally
  9. AK Dog Doc, sorry to all of you from all of us, as D'elle mentioned, remember the rainbow bridge. Tia sends a mournful look and gentle ear sniffs. You were very strong and devoted to help Buddy the way you did. Sally
  10. slinky sneaker Princess !!!!
  11. I also wouldn't allow him on the furniture, not for a long while and even then only as a treat, we do Sunday morning romps on the bed but that's it. Have you had hassles when male friends have been over? I ask because of your comment about crating him when these friends come. The biggest thing is to be able to build confidence and trust so unless he's a real risk when men are around it won't teach him anything in the long run and he may also build a negative association with male visitors. Could you maybe try leashing and tethering him and asking that your visitors just ignore him for the tim
  12. Crikey I'd hate to see what these skinny advocates (no offence)would have said about my Tass, she even looked obese. She was 13 when she went for the last big walk and she'd had weight problems all her life, not desexed, multiple litters (for the breeder) and pyometra. Tia on the other hand is small and weighs 15.6 kilos last weigh in. Vets happy, breeder says she should be just a little leaner. Apparently a longer life span has a greater correlation with really lean dogs, of all breeds. That said, if I fed Tia the 'recommended' amount of food per day I'm sure she'd double her weight inside a
  13. Oh, you make us feel inadequate, please share some training tips!!! Sally
  14. I missed the details too but couldn't resist such a lovely. Well, yes, that is the bluest BC I have ever seen. Do you think he might like a little lady like kissy, like a little side on smoochy? If so pass two on, one from me and one from little Miss Tia. xx Sally
  15. Sally


    I imagine it must not be easy Army Doc, I know with my vet they made it very clear that if my girl was saved it would only be a palliative measure, I already knew that. When they told me they had given her this and that I asked that she be given a specific drug and they complied, (we all knew it wouldn't work but I had to try) when that failed we all knew even the vet nurse said 'i don't know why she's fighting the oxygen' it was then that I knew the fight was gone, Tassy knew the oxygen wouldn't help and that's why she didn't want it. These people helped and abided by my every wish, down to n
  16. Sally


    Deanna, this is lovely. Kali, remember the romp and play? When it is time you will send your lovely to romp and play, and I don't think you'll need to be pushed, those eyes will tell you. This post has given us a chance to share not only our opinions but our grief, perhaps the moderators should consider a discusion group devoted to this? We all have loved friends that have passed and I think it is so healing to be able to tell our stories. We haven't just lost our dog, we have lost our best mate, our beloved, our anchor, grief needs to bleed, and from some posts I have read we all have a ne
  17. Sally


    This is so heartbreaking. With my old girl Tassy (departed us for the big walk on 26th Jan this year)I had no choice, she couldn't breath. She had been suffering breathing problems for several months and I knew I wouldn't have her much longer, I was always fearful that I wouldn't know when enough was enough but in the end of course I knew. To be able to calmly take her to the vet and hold her and look at her for her final moments was the best I could do for her, I'm so glad I didn't wake up one morning or come home to find her gone, I know this sits better for some but I wanted her to pass wit
  18. They like it or they don't, or they like the beach but not still water, or they like the pool but not a bath,.......etc etc. Our Rani, BC Kelpie (yes she was like two sticks of dynamite waiting to go off, lol!) HATED bath. I got totally annoyed one day and thought 'I'll leash you and put you in the bath spot', she let me drag her all the way, nearly choking mind you and then quite contentedly got her bath. The look on her face said 'I'll do it if you make me but I WON'T go Willingly', this same dog used to run down and chase waves at the beach. Rani is now deceased and I have since had two BC'
  19. Gibber, my 16 month old bitch had her first heat at about 12 months. According to her breeder we won't have an idea of her cycle until her third heat (which hopefully she will never have the need to reach), she comes from a line that is notorious for 8 to 10 month cycles but I have to agree with the majority of the board here, if she gets around another bitch in heat she may come on, this happened with my dearly departed Tassy. You'll probably get no notice beforehand but I know with Tass she used to get extremely dominant toward other bitches before she came in, no aggression but would just t
  20. Second obedience today and I must say I behaved myself beautifully. I was, of course, terrified, but posed as a good fearless leader and even allowed some social but sniffing and a couple of kissies. You'll never guess what happened, though I doubt many of you will be surprised, halfway through class a dog walker with a bad mannered little terrier decided to eavesdrop on the class and of course stood right behind me. I decided to loosen the leash and allow Tia to investigate this little nuisance who was trying to jump all over her, that actually went well but then this woman's two small (maybe
  21. Diane, this is so true, I am aware that it is me that has more fear of approaching dogs than Tia and have been trying to do what you have described, with varied success.This morning while out on our walk a stray dog off leash approached us, now I must admit I did cross the road but I didn't tighten the leash, panic, or race off, little Tia couldn't have cared less, babysteps I know but at least I wasn't in a cold sweat and transferring my fear to her. As I have never been bitten or had any serious incident with dogs I have racked my brain to try and understand where this fear comes from. Dog o
  22. This thread has been very informative for me. I recently adopted a 16 month old female Border Collie after losing her grandmother earlier this year. Tia was an only child and has been socialised only with other BC's. She has been fine with friends dogs and other BC's but we have had several episode's similar to those posted here in off leash areas, which I now mostly avoid. Tia does seem to acknowledge when a dog is not happy about being approached and retreats quickly, the problem has been more with dogs that are dominant or aggressive and who's owners have little or no recall or care factor.
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