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  1. The local rescue I help some with has 3, 1/2 Border collie, 1/4 Kelpie, 1/4 Heeler pup for adoptions This was a known, purposely made cross out of a Border Collie who works cattle out of a Kelpie/Heeler female. The breeder sold a few of the pups and became overwhelmed/couldn't sell them so he took them to rescue. The pups are 9ish weeks old, dewormed and on there second set of shots They have not been neglected physically but could use some more socialization. The dam of the litter has been spayed and the sire has died, so adopters would not be contributing to furthering the irresp
  2. if you access I'd post a note on the local agility lists to help in your search. They almost always know of someone. It's a little far for you but I've used a great one in Memphis.
  3. Did one free token do it for you? This was pay-for-view weekend viewing on Hughes net.
  4. I would say over 6, but thats a guess. My next question is why in dogs name someone would want to keep that on the farm? Thats a self propelled bowling ball attached to a testosterone motor.
  5. So you would recommend and emergency fit in appointment then, or an ER visit at first symptoms? Curious, because my Mom dealt with Lucy first, and she called the local vet and they said "oh, its ok, bring her in tomorrow if she doesn't get over it". Then we used the homeopathic vet and didn't need even that. I would be careful with the emphasis on any. There are many vets who don't agree with how to treat this, or how to treat owners - it's the art of medicine as much of the science of it. Doesn't make them wrong, or you wrong, but it doesn't make anyone right either. I person
  6. just went through this with a 13 year old, and she recovered mostly within about a day, fully within a week, on homeopathic medications. She's very arthritic too. My friend is dealing with this in 14 year old, and dramamine is helping considerably. Thank goodness she had more sense than her vet, who apparently didn't feel trying a cheap and easy solution was worth it. Boggles the mind. I wouldn't personally do a MRI on a 14 year old dog even if I could. What would I do with what I found? Brain surgery? on the dog equivalent of an 80 year old? I see this all the time in human medi
  7. wholesale meat supplier (supplies restaurants and zoos mostly) or from Oma's Pride. Most meat counters can order them for you by the case. Speak to the manager. I don't even mention dog, it's not of their business and for some reason make them rather nervous about you until they get to know you better. Turkey necks are common in southern cooking and in gourmet cooking (for stock in particular) so a request is not that bizarre. Look for grocers that carry all parts - pigs feets, necks, turkey wings etc. They are your best bet.
  8. Ooky if the litter was *extraordinary* then certainly it would be of value to repeat. There are some crosses, though not the norm by far, that even an "average" pup of that genetic combination is going to have a significant chance to be better than normal as worker. Maybe not the same as the other pups, but still better than average in overall usefullness. However...if that were the case...would you be selling all of that second litter to sport homes? or considering doing a cross where that was the only serious interest and even you didn't want one? I think not. A good first working c
  9. I may have missed it in the length of the thread, but exactly how long are we talking about sending sport pups back to the breeder for evaluation? let me make everyone mad now.... I can't even see 90 days of daily work providing the information I would want. I've seen a lot of 90 day wonders - got all the skills under good hands- but who knows how they respond under pressure or work and/or age? That is how about at the finals of a big event, or when a lambing ewe you need to help truly wants them dead? How do they handle the heat when you _have_ to deworm or move sheep and its over
  10. Knowledge is useful, but I doubt you could argue that there have been quite a few influential dogs in this breed that nobody can remember a bit about any littermates, nor was knowledge of the littermates used in breeding on further great dogs. Now back to you Mark - if you had a chance to breed your btch to a great dog who epitomized what you wanted in proven working skill in itself and it's direct parentage, yet you knew next to nothing about the littermates of either generation, would you use that dog...or would you search out a perhaps slightly lesser dog who you had more breadth of pe
  11. In a general review of the history, many great dogs have come from litters that had many members never accounted for beyond their initial (prior to weaning) existence. Who here has seen any littermates to Wiston Cap in a pedigree? how about Mcknight's Gael? Wisp? Dryden Joe? Henderson's Sweep? Some intense pedigree followers may have, but I daresay many a good producer of working collies would have to go look and search a bit to find out. They simply wouldn't have caught these dogs on their radar because *they based their breeding on the dogs that were proven* instead of missing an
  12. My Opa spoke no English and I no German. We did well with our own form of sign language, and as key words were learned, we had about a elaborate of conversation as a kid and grandpa could have. I've noticed that many people use the same gestures and conversational non-verbal cues when communicating with family members who have had strokes. I have pretty good success with even non-family members (there is an advantage to knowing the person before they didn't speak) - probably because of my Opa. I love LizP's information about primate sound cues. I think humans have more of these than
  13. Usually start seeing signs around at 10. Ben was so good at covering it most of the time, that I considered some of his flank refusals at that age to be selective deafness. That doG I decided to baer test rather than chastise him, because I found out he was down to less than 20% in one ear, about 40% in the other. He got a big hug and we were cutting back on trialing due to life changes anyway...so retirement it was. He's now totally deaf at almost 13 and responds to hand signals. Away from home he is leashed unless it is a safe area where he has full view of me.
  14. I think your point of reference for "too cold" is far lower than mine Just the few weeks I dealt with moderate ice and snow last year has me quite convinced I've gone far enough north.
  15. I raise my lambs in the deep south (about an hour from the gulf) and now in the Western TN/hotter than the deep south regions. the majority of expense is not winter feeding but parasite control. Lambs that grow fast and leave at weaning at the premium weight for this market (70lbs, $1.40/lb) cost me the least to raise and therefore make the most profit. The longer a lamb stays here towards our peak parasite months (July/August at minimum) the more investment I have in time (Famacha must be done weekly, copper bolusing every 6), general parasite control. Also once the extreme heat heat h
  16. I'll chime in on an adult dog as well, one that obviously adores and rowdy attention of children but does not become over stimulated by it. I would not be looking in the direction of JRT or Corgi unless it met the above criteria myself. Ime they are highly reactive breeds that are programmed to use their mouths when over stimulated - the last think you need when keeping other people's children. Don't rule out a larger dog. I know space is an issue, but a calm, relaxed larger dog will take up far less actual space than a hyper, reactive, frenetic small one. And by far, smaller dogs a
  17. An unfortunate and sad incident. One of which I'm sure will be investigated throughly. Many, many dogs are flown with no issues year round. The temperature restrictions are not really there (the 85 rule) anymore as there are numerous programs to go around them. For example you can fly a suitable (non-brachycephalic) dog with air cargo year round to any airport in the climate control program. I just checked that a few minutes ago as I'm flying a LGD in - the hot legs Memphis, Atlanta...all climate controlled with a limit of how long they can be allowed to be exposed even during loading/
  18. Agree you don't need the smoke. I dehydrated treats quite a bit a few years ago - lamb liver and lung mostly. Raw bones from a reliable source are nice too.
  19. her belly is going to be all sorts of off after the deworming, the parasites coming loose, and then regular food. When they go longer than 4 hours with nothing poo wise I will give a little caro syrup on my finger to move things along. If your friend has some goat kid or lamb liver (very healthy animals or organic) I would be sure to put tiny bits of it in her food, and porr 1 tsp of the liquid liver juice (the stuff the pools in the bowl while it is stored in the fridge) over each meal. You must, must, must...I can't emphasize this enough...be sure she is dewormed again 7 days after
  20. I think its a matter of weighing odds. A puppy needs the most available, easiest to digest nutrition you can give it first and foremost. Maybe you get a little bacteria, but that's a possibilitiy in all foods. Like JP, I have minimal concern about finding quality sources of meat that far exceed anything processed. Goat milk's good for just about anything. I wish I could stand the taste myself LOL
  21. You mean contimination like they recall pet foods for? E. coli, Salmonella, stuff like that?
  22. Not Karen, but raw milk and meat have natural enzymes and more available digestable nutrition than cooked. And thats per my vet...so take it with a grain of salt. She hasn't been to school in a few years. Come to think of it, none of my vets have seen school in a long, long time. Old fogies, dog love'm I always prefer oatmeal because rice has the tendancy to make a lot of my dogs sick. And if it makes adults ill, then why would I feed it to a puppy?
  23. Liz all of my vets have a lot of experience in raising weak, sick and orphaned pups at it's raw milk, raw meat all the way. They consider giving a puppy cooked, processed food to be far more stressful that quality meat and milk. The standard "recipe" is raw lamb meat with a little bit of liver, raw goats milk and yogurt, b vitamins, and free range eggs. As for socialiation, you can't socialize a dead puppy, and if the littermates are too hard on a weak one that's where you will be. When the pup is a few days stronger the socialization will be more effective anyway. Nothing much is lear
  24. It's a living, breathing animal, so 100% is not possible. Can you reach the point that you would be surprised if your dog *didn't* come even if there were high level distractions? Yes. But 100%? Not possible. I find the closest to perfect is a dog that you've had a long and solid working career with. You know 99% of the dog's triggers and are 99% on the base commands (down and come). You pre-strike when you see a temptation and then the dog is pretty darn likely to come as requested. To carry over from the other thread, even my working dogs in their prime of life wear a leash
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