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  1. I know this is an older thread but hoping for some feedback on longevity. My BC is 13 1/2, was diagnosed as in kidney failure a year ago, and has been on a diet to address that ever since (mostly homemade food). According to the vet, she shouldn't have lasted past August (2 months ago), yet seems to me to be going strong, maybe peeing a little more frequently, some mild arthritis and is mostly deaf. When she was diagnosed, the vet gave her a year (which would have been August). Her labwork improved a few months after going on the low-protein diet; again the vet said 'about a year' (which would've been this month). Indeed, from whatever moment or health condition my dog finds herself in, she apparently has a year to live. I'm not sure what I'm asking here except perhaps for anecdotal evidence about old BCs, longevity, and kidney failure. When I got the diagnosis the first time, I put into motion some significant life-change plans, including moving in a year and a half or so (and out of the country). Now I'm wondering if I (we) should plan to stay put for a few more years.
  2. My dog is from East Tennessee BCR. They are great folks to work with.
  3. Edit: Of course, as soon as I reached my nth degree of frustration and posted this, someone I spoke with said, 'Oh you should call X.' I did and am reassured. Happy to talk anyone else through this process though, should the need arise (or virtual handholding if you need it while in transit). Hello All: Last summer some of you gave me great advice about shipping my collie with me to the UK for the year. Now we plan to return to the US this summer & I find myself running into the same confusing & contradictory information from the airlines and from the 2 shipping services with whom I've spoken. My understanding is that the issue re: summer heat is not with the airplane itself, which has a pressure and temp-controlled compartment for animals, but with the vehicle used to transport animals from cargo across the tarmac to the plane to load and unload them. 1. I'm told by someone at the Delta cargo office in Atlanta that they ALWAYS have these vehicles and that there is never an embargo. 2. I'm told, further, by the same person that Delta may have these vehicles at other airports but that they won't decide that until May 1. 3. I'm told by the pet shipping people that there could be embargoes at any or all airports and there's no telling what might happen and and and (they also told me that because Detroit is near a lake it gets really hot there in the summer so go figure) If anyone has any insight into transatlantic summer shipping, please get in touch. This is making me crazy with worry.
  4. What about a social networking campaign to spread the word about this kennel? I'm always amazed how fast word can be spread via facebook or twitter. I wonder if it might also be a good idea to send a copy of your letter to area vets. They may know about this kennel, but it just seems that given there's no regulatory agency with any power (or interest) in dealing with them, getting them to show up on the radar as a problem in as many venues as possible. And area media. And remember, too, that even if nothing happens in the short term as a result of all this, another complaint in the future will be taken more seriously.
  5. I take issue with many of the ways PETA goes about its business, but this doesn't make any sense. It's contrary to PETA's modus operandi and philosophy. It seems to me it's more in keeping with the way bureaucracies work. Err on the side of caution. Over err, if the only likely victims are the powerless, in this case, dogs.
  6. Good luck with both these beautiful puppies, Olivia. My own dog came from East Tennesee BC Rescue--y'all do great work.
  7. Thanks, Mum24 & Samantha -- I'll check both of these out.
  8. My dog came from the East Tennessee BC rescue (mentioned above). She's a great dog, and they're a great rescue.
  9. Hello All, My BC & I have just moved to the UK (southwest) for a year. Could anyone help me sort out dog food? I usually feed mostly kibble, with a little wet (canned) mixed in in the evening. Durga is a rescue dog, and I try to feed her very high quality food. She was getting a salmon sweet potato food in the US but I haven't found anything like that here. Any recommendations for food would be appreciated. Also, in the US I buy these little treats made of turkey or duck, shaped like a little cup into which you can put a pill or capsule. I can't find anything like that here. If you are in the UK and have ever seen these, could you let me know what they're called?
  10. Tellington Touch had an extraordinary effect on my dog, when I first rescued her. She was very fearful, sat rigidly (when she wasn't hiding under something), never relaxed. On day 4 or 5 I was browsing the library for dog books & saw the TT video. I brought it home, watched it (D & I were sitting on the floor in front of the TV) and began doing it. She uncoiled. I think that's the best way to describe it. By the time I was finished she was on her back. The next morning when I came downstairs to get her out of her crate, she wagged her tail at me for the first time. I can't recommend it enough. And it isn't 'just a massage.' The movements are specific and (to me, anyway) counter-intuitive.
  11. "It sounds now like people are arguing that the dogs are really happier when they are in pet homes. So it probably would be better for them not to work at all." I don't hear anybody saying that, either. It sounds to me as if you want to hear that people are arguing for this, because it's an easier argument to have. In fact, I think people seem to be saying to you that this is way too complicated a question to reduce to any easy yes/no argument. Strange, too, that your starting point seems to be that dogs on farms never have problems. Really?
  12. I adopted a border collie because I had met a few when I lived in England & liked them (these were house dogs). When I returned to the states & was ready to adopt a dog, I heard that border collies ended up in rescues, shelters, etc., in very high numbers. So 'rescuing' one seemed an appropriate (& responsible) thing to do. You are strangely nostalgic, Tommy Coyote, for a past that likely didn't really exist the way you've imagined it. As others have mentioned, environments & the animals who are part of those environments (human and non-human) change according to the circumstances. My dog's problems seem to come largely not from her breed, but from her past. Because some idiot on a farm-- who also thought a border collie would be a good 'watch dog' -- bought her from a breeder & then chained her up when she began to herd the goats.
  13. My guess is that Katz's advance on his latest book was (at least) in the mid tens of 1000s, so why he couldn't spend some of that figuring out what might have been a curable medical issue baffles me.
  14. Yes, I've seen this, too. Recently with a pup (perhaps 4 months) who was besieged by other dogs, not unfriendly, just very aggressive play. The pup had its tail tucked and was yelping! One of the owners of the other dogs went to leash them, apologized and THE OWNER SAID: Oh, that's okay. He does that to the cats, so it's good for him. And another instance in which a young dog/ pup was being run over by a group of larger, play-aggressive dogs and kept coming to the owner and trying to hide between his legs and the owner said: It's good for him. He needs to be socialized.
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