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  1. Nomad: I'm late to see this post. But please clarify: (not that it matters a lot! Fast = emergency! Got that.) Was it her mammary gland that was infected? Hope she is back to normal and doesn't scare you like that again! diane
  2. It took a Very Long Time....but I finally got to the point with my two BCs (I think first success was when one was 9 and the other was 3) - one in a down/stay while I work with the other one. At first, it was just living room conditioning exercises, but finally got to the point of being able to practice agility that way. That said....my youngest (rescue) may never get there! But we're working on it. Everyone knows they'll get their turn. I don't think the exact same amount of time is critical - one might need more than another. Good luck with the pup! And pics are necessary, here, ya
  3. I'm surprised no one has mentioned this, or maybe I just missed it. I would recommend finding some competitive herding folks, perhaps attend a trial or a clinic. You may not be interested in, or able to do any, herding. But if you seriously want a working-bred dog - go where they are! I think (and stand to be corrected if I'm wrong), that if you are upfront about what you want, what you can offer, and what you are looking for - those folks would listen. They may not have any pups at the moment; they may not have any "herding washouts" at the moment. But you can at least make a connec
  4. One of mine is going to break his teeth on the hose nozzle doing this! Except....I try to prevent that. He has "nipped" it a few times, so toothmarks are proof! But he does love his water!! Hose, stream, puddle, lake - all good! diane
  5. Been there - so sorry you are too. While I would *never* (oops....) recommend it, Hill's Canine KD (kidney diet) was a hit with my guy whenever he was off his regular homemade food. Usually just one or two meals of it set him straight, and he'd be back to liking the better stuff. At some point, it doesn't really matter what they're eating, does it, as long as they're eating? Best of luck to you both. diane
  6. I feel your pain. Try to remember the good times, eventually it will be easier; but the pain never goes away. diane
  7. I just lost my 14 yr old BC to cancer; he's had kidney disease for at least three years. He had some issues when it was first diagnosed, but essentially he was stable and had no symptoms recently. I contacted a vet nutritionist who was willing to work with me on a raw diet for him (a version of which he'd been on his entire life, with great success). He had special recipes, different from my younger healthy dogs, and thrived on it. He maintained a good weight (well, except for the last month or so...), his coat was great, and he was hiking up to five miles just a few weeks ago. I
  8. My current 14 yr old has very little grey - just a few individual hairs across his shoulders. My current nearly-8 yr old starting getting a grey muzzle at age 5! So, I don't think there's any "rule" or standard. Thank you for such a great rescue! diane
  9. Mental games. Tires 'em out easily as much as physical. Teach simple tricks. A new one every three days. You'll be amazed!! diane
  10. He may or may not outgrow it. My experience (which is considerable!) is that it can be nutritional - or it can just as easily be behavioral. 1) Don't let him outside if there's ANY chance there's poop on the ground. Or leash him when you do. 2) If it is truly a problem on hikes. you might consider the Outfox mask. (www.outfoxfordogs.com) I had one dog who wore it on every hike and it worked great. Doesn't limit vision, can still actually pick things up (in his case, it was usually sticks!), fastens to collar so very hard to get off (though it can slip....). 3) People may sug
  11. What GL said. You can't teach him to NOT do something; you can only teach him to DO something. Like sit. Down. Heel. etc. And as she said, do it BEFORE he begins to jump, when you can. Good luck! diane
  12. I agree with a day to "rest" his gut. If you said what the surgery was for, I missed it - but in any case, anesthesia can play havoc with guts. My vet recently started one of my dogs who had diarrhea (cause not identified) on Tylan powder (tylosin). It is like a miracle drug in my opinion! It is an antibiotic, and hyou only need a very small amount; it's also very inexpensive. I've had dogs for years and never had a vet recommend this before. I'm never without it now. Maybe ask about it? (while, of course, you take in the nasty sample....) Best of luck! diane
  13. Look up recipes for salmon (or tuna) fudge. I like the little pyramid-shaped mats to bake them on (sorry, don't recall the correct name for them!). They pop right out and are just the right size for my BCs. I've used tapioca flour that seems to work the best. Yummers! diane
  14. Absolutely eggs are good for dogs! Mine don't get them regularly, as I have no good source for "good" eggs. But on occasion, I'll toss them a whole raw one, and they love 'em! I've also been known to give them a scrambled or mashed up hard boiled egg. I don't know duck eggs, but suspect given their size, a whole one daily might be a bit much. Lucky dogs! diane
  15. Smalahundur: As stated, to each our own! But I'll relate a story of one purebred BC who was, overall, a very healthy dog. She had incontinence from a fairly early age, managed by low dose medications. (Side note: I adopted her when she was 3.5 yr old; she had pretty worn down teeth at that point, but nothing that looked "bad.") She was on a raw homemade diet (in her later years, as formulated by a vet nutritionist), though never ate bones due to her bad teeth. When she was about 8 yr old, her incontinence became worse. Vet adjusted the med, tried a different one, to little av
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