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About CoRayBee

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    Out of my mind...be back soon

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  1. Hi boards I have a problem with a coughing dog. My vet has examined Ghillie and assured me that it is neither kennel cough nor heartworm, and by process of elimination we figure that it is some sort of environmental allergy. Allergy to what, of course, is the pretty much unsolveable mystery...so we simply treat the symptoms with Benadryl when they become severe. Normally this is sufficient to curb the cough- and calm her down a bit, which is an added bonus. But I really do not relish the thought of feeding antihistamines to my dog 2-3 times a week for the next 10-12 years. I've read
  2. Thank you for your input, everyone! I've stumbled (figuratively, not literally) upon some exercises to do at home and I'm going to try the therapeutic swimming. I'm actually quite looking forward to this turkey's first encounter with water. We shall see how it goes! :)/>
  3. Hi all, I will try and make a long story as short as I can, I promise! About four and a half weeks ago, Ghillie fractured her knee of all things (her left medial femoral condyle, to be exact.) As you can probably imagine, the injury was rather distressing for her but I think I was a lot more devastated than she was. Fortunately she had surgery within 24 hours of the injury with a local orthopaedic $pecialist. (The bill was pretty $pecial too, but not really unexpected.) She was sent home with hardware in her knee, medication, and list of instructions. I've been strict to the point of
  4. Ghillie, now 8 months old, rescued via TDBCR (wave to Auntie RDM, Ghillie!)
  5. "Exercising collie powers"...I like that. It's funny- Barra used to chase the waves like you've described, when she was a puppy. And Ghillie (who is 7-ish months old) goes into full-on border collie stalker mode with the geese and crows up at the park every morning. Cats, however, are Things To Be Avoided At All Costs. I don't think it's possible to turn off a border collie's obsessions completely (someone who knows more about them correct me if I'm wrong on that.) And honestly, I wouldn't want to- after all, it's the various quirks of this breed that I find so frustratingly endearing
  6. Coming soon! And thank you for the idea of asking my neighbors. I never see anyone around during the day so I sort of assume everyone's at work but that does seem the neighborly thing to do, you're right.
  7. Yes, THAT Ghillie. Of course a TDBCR dog would be recognized around here- that makes me laugh! I haven't hung around to see how long she cries, no- mainly because I think it would upset ME to hear it. I'm a wussy worry-wart at heart! Out of sight (or earshot,) out of mind, I suppose, but that's hardly fair to my neighbors if she really does keep it up for a long time. However, when I do come home she's lying down in her kennel and not looking particularly traumatized so perhaps it's just an adjustment period. I will experiment with that in the next day or two just to see how long she d
  8. Hi boards! It has been a very long time since I've had anything to post...some of you may remember my girl Barra, who I had to finally put down in December at (almost) 15 because of a ruptured tumor on her liver. I've now gotten myself together and have adopted a 7-ish month old puppy from rescue with the intention of training her for agility. Yay me, eh? Ghillie is the sweetest little goof on four legs, but of course I may be a tad biased in that regard. Anyway, I've been back lurking around the boards for a little while now, now that I have a reason to talk 'border collie' again wit
  9. So....let me get this straight. What's on the outside is more important than what's on the inside? I think you do a lot of people a disservice with a remark like that. You bet I'll assume absolute wrongs and rights. Breeding dogs for looks is wrong. Plain and simple. There is nothing "right" about the damage done to a German Shepherd's hips to get it to trot in that flashy fashion. There is also nothing "right" about Bulldogs not being able to whelp naturally because the pups' heads are so enormous. Nothing "right," either, about the majority of Cavalier King Charles spaniels suf
  10. I remember a fellow who brought his Shih-Tzu x Bichon Frise in for a checkup a few years ago...called the puppy a purebred "Shi**Y Fries." I wonder if that name could be added to the list... edited to add: Egads. I went back to look at the website and it states the organization has been in business since 1969! So I guess maybe the pedigrees on some of those purebred SirMixALots could be quite extensive, hahaha...
  11. I saw the title of this thread and thought, "huh. A little early for April Fool's jokes..."
  12. Ain't that the truth...in Canada all Belgian Shepherds are painted with the same CKC brush, and I have seen some structurally magnificent Malinois go all but unnoticed when put side by side with a nice fluffy Tervuren.
  13. I agree with Journey and MaggieDog. Contrary to popular opinion, a prong collar is NOT some sort of medieval torture device. They're described as 'doggy power steering' for a reason- namely that quick self-correction when they are properly worn. Try placing one around your arm and give a good tug..it isn't the least bit painful but it will certainly get your attention. Education is a must when first trying them out, though, because there is definitely a right and a wrong way to wear them. Good luck!
  14. I live in a 700-ish square foot box. I'm dyin' here. DYING.
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