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  • Birthday 07/17/1981

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  1. All of my dogs have Home Again chips. One, Kodah, also has an Avid chip, because that's what his breeder used. I put in a HA as well, since then I can update all of the dogs' information at once. I didn't think about it until immediately after about, "Well, what if they scan the Avid?" HOWEVER there is a big flaw with Avid chips. They might have corrected it by now, but at least as of 3 years ago it still happened regularly. Their chips tend to migrate. And it's not just a few inches to the side. Kodah's Avid chip is literally dead center on his chest. It's not doing a lot of good there. Personally, I highly recommend having chipped dogs scanned every year at their annual exam, regardless of what brand you're using. That way you know it's in the right place (HA can move too, it's just not nearly as common), that the chip # is correct, and that it's just plain working. I can't imagine it would be easy, but I have to assume that a chip could be broken or cracked in some freak accident/collision. There's nothing worse than trusting something that's not actually working.
  2. One problem I've had with plastic kennels is when dogs are determined to get out and manage to bend the metal door either in or out. Anyone know if the doors are stronger than the typical plastic kennel's?
  3. Like Angie said, it's just great that Danny landed somewhere safe, both with MABCR and you. I just still wonder how the group that went to Indiana did, since that was the only batch that didn't go to a BC rescue so there wasn't a lot of information about them.
  4. Do you know what rescue Danny originally went to? I don't remember seeing pictures of him, so I'm wondering if he's one of the dogs from the first seizure that went to the all-breed in Indiana. Tim, it's great to see and hear that Zoey's doing so well. She was a doll. We only have one Swafford dog left here at GHF, but Willow won't likely be leaving since she has severe epilepsy and an OCD spinning behavior. She's a special girl, but there's nothing like seeing her break out of her little world and start to follow around one of the other dogs (it's one of her "games") or her randomly picking up a jolly ball to play with.
  5. That too, but I actually meant it more in the sense that they've been breeding exclusively for sports without looking at the all around dog. I DO know of cases where dogs from "good" sport breeders end up in rescue. It happens directly or it happens after the dog's been handed around a few times to friends/family/other agility people.
  6. If the working breeders can't voice their opposition to this, though I think they have more of a right than anybody, then how about those doing border collie rescue? Rarely do you see a well bred working border collie end up in rescue, at least around here. It happens occasionally, but it's not the norm. What you do see ALL THE TIME are border collies that have been so overbred for "sports" that they're screwed up. All they've been bred for is running fast, and, yes, that even goes for some of the really well known sport breeders. You put them next to a working bred BC, and you wouldn't think they were related if they didn't at least look a little bit alike. And while you may think that "to each thier own" and people can do what they want to do, rescue is just seeing more dogs bred like this that most people can't handle (responsible pet purchasing is a whole 'nother discussion), and the problem is only getting worse. So I'll make the argument for breeding only for working ability till I'm out of breath. But a large accomplishment for you means nothing when it comes to deciding to breed your dogs. It's great for YOU, and I'm sure you were thrilled, but it says little about your dog's actual abilities.
  7. I could be remembering wrong, but I could have sworn that the four dogs he was allowed to keep WERE spayed/neutered before being released. Regardless, there were five adults this time, so he's added at least one. The one good piece of this is that he got busted quickly this time, so hopefully the adults and puppies aren't in nearly as bad of physical and mental condition all of the others were in.
  8. I'm in the Northeast as well, and we take dogs from PA all the time, including owner surrenders. So I'm also speaking from experience.
  9. I just want to chime in on this piece. Maybe I'm misreading it, but it sounds as if you're saying owner surrenders can never be trusted, and they're all dogs that are going to eat somebody. Maybe I'm being silly, but I find that statement ridiculous and a dangerous one to put out for people to read, because someone is going to believe you. Can owner surrenders be aggressive? Sure. But so could a dog coming from a shelter. Where do you think at least half of the dogs in a shelter come from? People surrender them there instead of to a rescue. There's no difference there. Being surrendered directly a rescue is no more a sign of aggression than anything else. This is where doing a temperament test on a dog and getting as much information as possible is key. Otherwise you have no idea what you're getting, and it's Russian roulette by dog. I've known MANY owner surrenders that were nice, happy, non-aggressive dogs. People are trying to do the right thing and find their dog a safe place to go and find a new home. There will always be the owners that don't want to take responsibility for their biting dog and try to pass it off to someone else, but those people dump dogs at shelters frequently too. Those dogs just generally never make it up for adoption. On the issue as a whole, I'll admit that I have a soft spot for the damaged ones. My oldest and first BC is fear aggressive, and #'s 5-7 were "unadoptable", though they're not the kind that will just run out and bit someone if given half a chance. As much as I hate euthanizing a dog, there are some that just can't be placed. I'm more of the opinion that you have to look at each dog on a case by case basis. Who did the dog bite (owners, kids, strangers, men/women), severity of the bite, situation they were in, how many times have they bitten, etc. I think most people, especially dog-savvy rescue people, know when a dog's bite history is problematic or a one-off. That's why I'm not a fan of blanket policies.
  10. I'm going to try it. I'm kind of bummed though, because I only have a touch not an i-phone, so I won't be able to use the whistling part (touches don't have microphones).
  11. I've seen a number of non-Flexi brands that jam and break without a whole lot of use. The money's worth it to go with the Flexi brand. I think the only time I've seen them needing to be replaced is if the dog's been allowed to chew on the line, and that's the handler's fault not the leash. Personally I don't see much need for the really long ones (26 feet) unless you're walking in a fairly open area that's not a neighborhood. If you're walking on trails, 26 feet means you're going to be getting hooked around trees or brush a lot. If you're walking in a neighborhood, I think it's too long considering there's always at least a little traffic and you can never reel the dog back in fast enough from that distance if you REALLY need to. There are also the belted vs cord versions. With the corded ones you have to be careful with the line, because it can and WILL give you a friction burn or even cut you if you get caught up when the dog's moving fast and hard for something. The belted versions are great, but they're a definite no-no if your dog EVER chews on the leash. It's much harder for dogs to chew on the cords since they're so skinny (doable but harder). And strength-wise...I guess I'm overly cautious. I stick with the weight recommendations from the company. I'd never use less than a "medium" with a BC or equal-size breed. Smaller might work fine, but why tempt fate?
  12. Strange as it is, I'm pretty sure there's a picture of an Aussie that I adopted out as well. In the Full Gallery, the "Breeding My Dogs", I'm almost certain the first picture of a red tri Aussie is Otter. Funny, since I know for sure he's not with this guy, and I saw him loose his testicles so he's not breeding for anybody. The three red tri Aussies are also not the same dog. He also has a picture of JJ as a puppy that he also lists as a female puppy in the "puppies for sale" gallery.
  13. The reality is that debarking doesn't even really "fix" the problem in the sense that people think it will. If you live in a neighborhood and the problem is your dog barking inside, then maybe it will make the bark quiet enough so your neighbors don't hear it. But if you live in an apartment complex and your dog is constantly barking, your neighbors will still hear it even if the dog is debarked. I've seen enough debarked dogs to know you can hear them through a wall, and most apartment complexes don't have thick enough walls to make a difference. I think it's probably the most pointless, lazy, selfish surgery you can put your dog through.
  14. I'm glad to see a lot of people like it. Kodah's been on the Orijen since probably mid-spring (Wellness Core Ocean before that), and he's been doing great. But even though he's outside almost all day most days since he comes up to the barn with me, he's getting a little thick in the middle the last month. It could just be a weight fluctuation or even that he's slowing down a little - he IS 6 now, it has to happen sometime - but I can only imagine that it'll get worse over the winter when they're not out as much. So I'll try the Acana for the older guys, Kodah, Pith, and Reece, and probably keep Duma and Tweed on the EVO for now. Things are good. The dogs are all happy and healthy. This is the time of year when they're out on the trails a lot more since camp season has completely ended, so they're all thrilled. Who cares if the water's getting a little cold? Not them. We're still getting some warmer (60's, even a low 70's last week) days popping up, but once it stays cold they finally get it in their heads that the creek's just a little too cold for swimming. Before long it'll be snowshoe weather, so that's something to look forward to. And I'll be shocked if I ever see you say you've switched Chesney off of raw! Never going to happen. Even though I haven't been posting anywhere much, I pop on and read a good bit. He looks like he's doing great. You still eventually looking for #3? Ahh...my favorite blue boy! Of course, he was my only blue boy, but the title will stick regardless of any others that come along. Congratulations on the baby! I'm glad he's enjoying the baby. What does Zoey think of her? I love hearing about dog owners with new babies where it's working well. It makes me want to just smack the people that get rid of their dogs just because they're having kids.
  15. I'll offer one last suggestion that's actually contrary to what Journey said. Maybe she can offer her reasoning, and then you can decide for yourself. When it comes to picking a prong collar, I would actually recommend picking the kind WITH the clip on the chain part. The ones with the continuous chain require you to seperate the collar at the prongs in order to put it on, while the snap/clip kind allows you to put it on more like a regular collar. With the continuous chain type, the regular seperating of the prongs tends to weaken and loosen the prongs so they don't fit as tightly. I've seen dogs wearing them on walks and suddenly the collar just pops open where the prongs have loosened, and the dog is free as a bird then. The main problem is that they're not always so loose that you will notice before you're on a walk and suddenly your dog is loose. I would worry that my dog would get loose at the worst possible time (near lots of traffic with just the right distraction to pull him towards it).
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