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Everything posted by sandyleew

  1. Food Grade Diatomaceous Earth around the perimeter will keep them out and is perfectly safe to use around the dogs.
  2. I feed Barking at the Moon which is Solid Gold's grain-free food. Taz was on Benedryl before I started feeding it and now she doesn't have to take it anymore. I fed raw for a while, but recently went back to kibble because my dogs' coats looked terrible and they were vomiting a lot and just didn't seem to be doing well with it. So, I went back to feeding kibble and they are already looking better.
  3. I use Revolution on my cats. I use Frontline PLus on the dogs. What are you worried about with the topicals?
  4. Brewster's neuter was $134.00 and that included the bloodwork and the pain meds.
  5. I have heard that, too about the mask, but so far have not had a problem with it. It is actually a pretty heavy powder and I sprinkle it very closely to the ground so not much dust is stirred up. The last bag I ordered came broke open, so as soon as I opened the box the dust hit me. My sinuses bothered me a bit that night, but I am fine otherwise. I also add DE to both my dogs' and my cats' food and I use it all around the yard and house for various pest control issues.
  6. If you do get DE, make sure it is food-grade.
  7. Diatomaceous Earth. Just sprinkle it on the ant hill and the ones that don't die will leave. They avoid that stuff like the plague. I had ants in the house last year and I tried everything. I used the Bounce sheets, cinnamon, mint, cloves, cucumber skins and I am sure there was more, but I just can't think of it all right now. They didn't leave until I sprinkled DE in every place I could see them coming in.
  8. Taz had to have one cauterized once because the bleeding just wouldn't stop.
  9. Do you feed a grain-free diet? If not, you may want to try that. Taz takes Benedryl for seasonal allergies without a problem. I also take Benedryl almost every day. It really does look like an allergy to me. Does she lay somewhere where she could be allergic to what she is laying on?
  10. A very long time ago when I was first out on my own and very young, I got a puppy from a family member. I had an appointment to have her spayed for as soon as the vet said it was okay, which was 6 months. She came into heat before her appointment and my brother-in-law brought his male over and the did get tied. I immediately called the vet and asked what I should do. She said we would just go ahead and do the spay, so that is what I did. I was not about to bring a bunch of unwanted puppies into the world. That is how my dog came into the world in the first place.
  11. I have been mixing DE in my dogs' and my cats' food for years without ever having a problem. I also know people that mix it in ther horse feed. You have to be sure it is food-grade. It is safe.
  12. I also rescued an under-socialized, severely abused dog and it took more than a year for him to even start to come around. It has been 2 years now and only recently have I seen him really relax. Until just a few weeks ago, he would not sleep soundly. He always had his eyes open just a bit so that he could be aware of what was happening around him. It does take a very long time and a whole lot of patience. I don't know if he would have ever been to this point if my husband had not been on board with the way I wanted him handled. If you want this dog to overcome any of this, you absolutely must stop your bf from doing this. If he isn't on board, then tell him not to interact at all. My husband and I never even raise our voices to Brew. It isn't necessary and it sets him back still, 2 years later. He will never be a super confident, social dog like Taz, but I love him for who he is. He may get better as the years go by or he may not. It doesn't matter to me. He is my heart dog. I have a once in a lifetime bond with him that I don't think I will ever find again with another dog. He is definitely a work in progress and probably always will be. As far as dog parks and PetsMart, I still would not attempt to take Brew to either of those places. He just gets too stressed.
  13. Do you have access to Diatomaceous Earth? If so, I would give it to her on a regular basis. This will keep her from getting worms. Also, is it possible that she is just expelling the worms that have been killed with the wormer?
  14. Actually, they are not all that rare in Indiana. The English Shepherd Club webpage lists 3 breeders with available litters in Indiana.
  15. Is it possible that you are feeding too much? If you fed smaller meals, would he eat twice? Just a thought. Mine both gobble their food down like they are starving, no matter when I give it to them.
  16. My prayers are with you and Lily that you will have many more wonderful years together.
  17. My dogs do very well on Barking at the Moon. I am very happy with it. I use to feed just that, but now they also get RAW. It is a good quality grain free food and also, they don't import from outside the US, except for the lamb, which they get in New Zealand. I felt confident feeding Solid Gold even throughout the recent recalls. I also feed it because it was sold close by and EVO was not.
  18. I use pure natural shea butter as a sunscreen and I am sure it would work for the sunburn also. I don't know if aloe is okay for dogs or not.
  19. Brew is also extremely fussy about taking supplements of any kind. I use the Liquid Health Level 5000, which is labeled equine/canine. I buy it from my local natural health store, but I have seen it sold at higher-end pet stores, also. Here is the link so that you can check it out http://www.liquidhealthinc.com/prodInterior.php?prodID=12 I just add it to his food and it is the only thing I haven't had a problem with him taking. I also add a powdered ester-c to his food.
  20. These are the favorites here and I have yet to find another dog that doesn't like them. I don't use a cookie cutter, I just roll them out and cut into sqaures with a pizza cutter. Peanut Butter Cookies 4 1/2 cups flour 1 1/3 cups cornmeal 6 Tablespoons peanut butter 1 cup applesauce (with one batch, I just pureed a regular raw apple) 2 eggs 1/2 cup milk Mix all dry ingredients. Add peanut butter, milk, eggs and applesauce. Mix well until dough is firm. Let stand for 15-20 minutes. While waiting, set oven at 350 degrees. Roll out dough on floured surface to a 1/4" thickness. Cut into shapes with cookie cutter. Bake 30 to 40 minutes. Cool on wire racks. Makes approximately 4 dozen biscuits, depending on the size you cut them.
  21. My suggestion would be to have treats with you and ask her to sit and then ask the child to stand back and toss her the treats. Don't let them get within the distance that sets her off. After doing this for a while, you might find that they can begin to get closer and closer. This is what we had to do with strangers with Brew, since he is terrified of them. He still reacts if I am not around, like if he is in the yard and I am on the other side of the house, but he has come a very long way.
  22. After my dog's neuter, my vet did give him one dose of pain medicine while he was at the vet, but she said she didn't want to give him anymore, since the pain would keep him stiller. She said that when they give pain meds, the dogs usually overdo because they feel good.
  23. Mary said it beautifully, it really doesn't matter if she actually plans to breed or not. The fact that she has intact dogs living in the same home where I am sure they are not supervised every minute means there will be pups. And let us not forget that she is still actively seeking more border collies. Larka lived with her while in heat and from what I could tell from pictures, she was not kept seperate from Jake, who is intact. For all we know, Larka will be having pups in her new home. It doesn't matter what age she is, this is extremely irresponsible behavior and the fact that she continues to pose as a rescue is just scary to me. As recent as yesterday, she had a posting on craigslist asking for a border collie. Also, her father was a breeder of dogs a while back, so I don't think it is unreasonable to believe that she will actually breed and sell dogs and I believe Jake is still listed as a stud dog on a website. I just wish there was more we could do.
  24. The link has been posted on the BC Rescue site as well. And, yes, any time I questioned her motives on the rescue site there were a few people that would get upset and call me a bully, but there are a lot of people over there that have been disgusted as well.
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