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  1. As the new owner of a GSD puppy, other factors also play into it. My breeder insists (per contract) that we give our puppy Vitamin C as he is growing along with MSM and Glucosamine. But most importantly keeping the puppy thin and on a RAW diet. His parents are working dogs with clear OFA ratings, but that alone is not enough. I am also a member of a couple working dog forums and that seems to be the consenses from everyone, including people who have older and still working GSDs. They also say that not over exercising or under exercising the puppy while its growing factors in. Once you
  2. Dremel!! Only way to go... gets the nails much shorter and smoother without the quick getting hit. As for noise I use a named brand, plug in type from home depot for my vaccume terrified border collie and he doesn't mind in the least. This is a dog that will bite groomers who clip his nails. Just takes some time to get them use to it... chicken or steak helps this processes move quicker...
  3. No its Bravo! frozen tripe, its nasty and not for humans!! lol I was thinking of adding it to every few meals. He eats once a day and right now is at 1.5 lbs per days plus 3 chicken wings, but seems to be loosing weight. He is a big dog, 24 in and around 47 lbs, and is very active. So because tripe has a lot of cals. I was thinking just add a half cup every two-three days would help him out. Thanks everyone!
  4. So I feed my cat and dog Bravo! raw food plus some other meats, etc. Its not too expensive and I am lazy, plus I can get really cool meats. Anyhow, I bought some green tripe and have no clue how to feed it, as a meal?? small amounts in a few meals?? Does anybody feed it and can help me out?
  5. First dog as a child: A border collie Missy First dog as an adult: I was 17 when I got MacIntosh, so I will say my beloved Jack.... both Border collies Why a BC?: I grew up with them and I like a working dog Did you do research? Yes I have reserched the breed since we got missy when I was 5 years old First BC: Missy. MT pound puppy was supposed to be a little lap dog, turned out to be 4 week old border collie. Great dog and great teacher. What made you want to get another? While I love many different breeds and will always own some different breeds, I enjoy border collies
  6. Eileen and Julie, I want to thank you for the effort in your responses. I hope my online posts were not viewed in a hostile manner, I meant them as more of a questioning tone. I also tried to make it clear I did understand a number of working bred dogs could be used for SAR with great success. I understand and thank you for expanding on my short prey drive answer for why dogs work in both aspects. I do think I took the word "bond" to be the main issue with reguards to the dogs work. I think relationship is a much better word, and leaves me in agreement with what everyone is saying. Your
  7. First I want to say that I in no way support breeding border collies for anything other than stock work. I have a rescue that I do take lessons with and would love to someday be able to compete. Then I have my working bred border that I do SAR with. I do train both my dogs in dog sports and they are pets. I have no issue with understanding that border collies were bred to herd, but what is herding if not the hunt without the kill. I just see search and rescue as the first part of the hunt and herding as the second. It stems from prey drive, and it is that drive that both things tap into
  8. So I wonder how different a sport dog person, or therapy dog, etc relationship is from someone who does not in fact make their living from livestock, as a growing number of sheepdog people don't. What makes their relationship that much different from an agility handler? Part time herding, the dog can win or loose and still be a loved pet. Is the difference solely in the fact that one is herding while the other is not. I mean the reliance on the dog is the same isn't it? No one will lose the house or food on the table if the dog fails on any venture. And as stated a dog can't miss what it
  9. Maybe its just me, but is anyone looking at it from the dogs point of view? I traveled back from the UK with my dog and maybe it is just that he is a tall border collie, but I wouldn't want to make him cram in some tiny space to save a buck or to "know" he was alright... I let him ride in the specail pet baggage hold, talked to the airline about the area he would be riding in, pestered flight attendants to make sure he was on the plane,etc. He got to ride in his large crate (which he is use to and loves to be in when he is stressed) with plenty of room, bones to chew, water, and a nice sof
  10. I would only own a working bred dog. Border collies (of course) Working German shepherds (NOT german or american show lines) Malinois (I lOVE them) Dutch shepherd I would love another sheltie one day (token little dog) or maybe a papillion or JRT. I would own a pit if the right rescue came about. Other than that I wouldn't really own any other breed....
  11. Just a guess from watching my dogs play with each other, but when they play fight, they bow and then one will go up and bite the scruff/face/neck area of the other and then either run off to be chased or just stay and wrestle. Could that be what she is doing?? Cause if I understand you right it isn't a case of outward aggression.
  12. Donna, here you go! The Voices in Blood He's only your pet collie, romping on a sunlit lawn, Or sleeping on a run before the fire. Though his role in life is just to be a friend beyond compare, He's a servant more than worthy of his hire. For if his fate should call him to a dozen different tasks, He could do each one incomparably well; Adapting to each changed demand, intelligent and keen, In all things he is destined to excel. You might see him in Obedience and watch him winning Crufts, Or in the Working Trails, achieving T.D.ex, Or racing through Agility, (and he could
  13. Eileen , maybe I am wrong, but on another Border collie board Brildwn has posted pictures of herself with all those dogs and puppies she says she has bred. I am not sure this is a made up kennel, but rather a poorly planned and run breeding program. I don't think she posts here because too many people will call her out on it, where as the other board people tend to be nicer and not start fights or point to the errors in her ways as much.
  14. My Jack is big for a border at 23 1/2 inches and we have to work to keep him at 40 lbs. He is a smooth coat and you can see his ribs a bit, but also his muscles. I have had the RSPCA called on me after my well intentioned neighbors called thinking I didn't feed him. They came and agreed with my vet he is a nice example of a fit and healthy border collie. He runs five-ten miles a day with me, does SAR training for about 30 min at least a day, along with at least an hour of ball,agility and basic training. If he was straving I would think his legs would fail him and he would lay down and qui
  15. Miztiki, thanks for the suggestion! I will give it a try this weekend and report back. I will do more looking on the cod liver oil, although if I can get fish into his diet I would more than likely scrape the whole extra oil thing altogether. I hope you have a wondeerful time in NC, sounds like you all will have a blast! My opinion on the veggies is that Jack hasn't had anything except meat, organs, and bones for four months. He has been to the vet twice both times getting two paws up (he has had his blood work done in that time as well). I haven't seen him eating my backyard plants f
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