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About Kitch

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  • Birthday 04/01/1975

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  1. Dublin is allergic to grains, which is why I ended up switching to raw. I was feeding him Canidae, which is a good food. I wasn't careful of what treats I was giving him, though. They were pretty crappy and had corn and other grains. Now that his main food is grain-free, I can give him treats that have some grains in them (though I give better quality treats now, as well) and he doesn't have much, if any reaction. If he has been given a bunch of grains in his diet (like the time I was traveling and had to feed kibble for a few days) then even a treat with some grains will s
  2. Congrats! Nothing like having access to sheep to make a BC and her person happy! Dublin and I got to work sheep for the first time in about 8 months (he was on restricted activity for much of the summer and only got to do anything "sheepy" 2 times over the summer - neither lasted very long). I think the conclusion after the lesson last week was that Dublin didn't forget anything - in fact he actually improved a *little* bit in that he wasn't as prone to diving in when things weren't going his way. Me, on the other hand - well, I couldn't remember which way was what on the flanks
  3. That's such great news! (And good info about the posters.)
  4. I hope you find him soon. I'll keep you in my thoughts.
  5. Can a rescue work against itself? Sure. My favorite example is the rescue that states 1) a fenced in yard is required and 2) the dog can't be left alone for more than 4 hours unless they are with another dog. Those are 2 examples of policies that, in my opinion, are counter-productive. No one will ever be able to convince me that whether or not someone has a fence has any bearing on their ability as an owner. Same with the four hour rule. This rescue misses out on many potentially wonderful home for their dogs, IMO. *But* rescues are run by people and people are opinionated.
  6. So how many people spent some time on the rug with their dogs tonight? I did and Dublin was thrilled. Then I had to spend equal time with my cats - who weren't nearly as interested...
  7. I AM YOUR DOG Author Unknown I am your dog, and I have a little something I'd like to whisper in your ear. I know that you humans lead busy lives. Some have to work, some have children to raise. It always seems like you are running here and there, often much too fast, often never noticing the truly grand things in life. Look down at me now, while you sit there at your computer. See the way my dark brown eyes look at yours? They are slightly cloudy now. That comes with age. The gray hairs are beginning to ring my soft muzzle. You smile at me; I see love in your eyes. What do yo
  8. You've gotten a lot of good advice here. As you may have realized by now, people don't tend to sugar coat things here - but stick around and you'll see that the board really is a great group of people that are passionate about this wonderful breed. I assume from your post that you are in the Northeast somewhere (we were at a heat index of ~115F in NY). If you are in this area, there are a few rescues: Glen Highland Farms - covers NY, NJ and PA. (there are a few volunteers on the Board) They don't adopt out to families with small children generally (I can't remember the age o
  9. Dublin is smart enough to realize that he no longer fits on my lap (he is ~45 pounds) but he loves to lounge on me when I am on the couch. He sprawls his upper half across me and is happy. Mick hasn't quite figured out yet that he is too big to be a lap dog, so he still tries...
  10. It is amazing, isn't it? How they change you life just by being there? I look back on the last two years and realize how much I have learned, how many more experiences I have had (and will have) and how many people I have met, simply because Dublin is in my life.
  11. Ah, I remember the feather toy well...it worked great until Dublin got a hold of it... Yes, definitely play with the kitten - "cat fishing" is fun and relaxing and will keep your kitty in shape - mentally and physically. It is important for cats to get at least 20 mintues of exercise a day (not a problem for a frisky kitten, but as cats get older they don't play as much unless they were introduced to it as a kitten...)
  12. LOL - that is too funny. Yep, I pour a gallon of gasoline down their throats every morning - get good mileage out of 'em too! INU - I would check the laws. She probably has you on the leash law, but if there is no rule against dogs in the park, I would tell her to stuff it.
  13. I vote for the blue. If you wanted the natural look, I would go for the light tan. Personally, I tend to go with bright colors for Dublin (red, blue, green) as I need help finding the collar under all his fur!
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