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  1. Thanks y'all. Unfortunately, I didn't even think of a necropsy. I was so devastated. DH dug the grave the next morning. He is out with Sammy and Cheyenne and Holly.
  2. Hey all! I know it has been a long while since I was on here. So much going on but I did stop in now and again. I am on here now with a heavy heart and seeking some info. Friday after my husband had put the chickens up, he threw the ball for Jackson and Skip a few times. They came in the house and left the ball outside. Jackson got on the couch waiting for DH to throw the ball. He told them it was outside and sent Skip out to get it. Jackson jumped off the couch and went under the bench at the table which is what he always does. I was cooking and heard what sounded like quick scratching on the table. I looked under to see what he was doing. I said, Jackson, what are you doing? And he was gone. Just like that my boy was gone. No symptoms of anything prior. He literally went from an active, alert dog to dead in a matter of seconds. We are devastated beyond words. I have lost dogs in my lifetime, but this.................... It wasn't a matter of him being sick, and now he's not suffering. It wasn't an accident, that you can accept. I am still crying over him. I think he had a seizure. Maybe a heart attack? I just never had this happen. He has never been sick. Never showed any signs of any problems. If anyone has any experience with this happening or ideas, I would appreciate it. Thank you all.
  3. I remember back when Jackson first started training. He was still in the round pen and was a bit enthusiastic, to say the least. The trainer used a long pole to hit the ground in front of him, to slow him down and help him learn his boundries. One time, the timing sucked and she hit his nose instead. I thought well, knowing the sensitive nature of my dog, that's going to be it for his training. Instead, he backed off a bit, kept his focus on the sheep, and now two feet is the closest he comes to stock. I don't think getting physical should ever be a "go to" solution, I think it has it's place in certain circumstances. But, I am talking about a "rap" on the but or snout. Beating the crap out of a dog is a whole nuther thing.
  4. Sue, you know you can count on me. Just let me know.
  5. Mojo and prayers for Tess's continued improvement. She's an awesome little girl!
  6. I'm so sorry. It is so hard, it is beyond words really. Run free Lacee.
  7. I guess y'all have way better insulated houses than me! I have no trees close enough to the house for shade. I tried to get some planted, but DH was against it for fear of one of them falling. Right now the A/C is running and my house is still at 89! Between 4-8pm it is just plain hot! The back of our house faces west. DH is going to be building a covered porch on the back so hopefully next year it will help. Seems like I was worrying for nothing. I was just going by my house. Actually, the time when the A/C went out, it was cooler outside! My butter literally melted to liquid!
  8. Hey y'all, with all the eastern US baking and roasting, and the news warning against pets left in cars almost nightly, it got me wondering. For those of you who leave your dogs crated during the day when you are gone, what precautions do you take in case of a power outage? I have a doggy door, so my guys can find some place to get cool if the power was to go out, another plus for doggy doors! And in this heat, it wouldn't take long for most houses to heat up quite a bit.
  9. Claudia, I must take exception to what you wrote. The trainer I used with Jackson was over an hour drive away. But her daddy is a well known handler, at least in these parts, and she is very good. I don't go to her any more because she has been seduced by the money she can get from ACK. And there are not any other trainers close by. Any way, Jackson did NOT have years of training, all said, probly about 40 hrs worth. He was never professionally trained to work chickens, we did that together. I have as much training as he does. But, right now, I could use him to help in a pinch on a ranch. He knows the difference between working baby chicks in a close invironment compared to the wild things that free range. Why? Because he was left with his natural instincts and abilities. Say what you will, but all the training in the world will not make a good worker if you "train" the instinct out of them. Sometimes no training is better than bad training. But of course this is JMHO, from someone who ain't even got a little hat!
  10. It looks like these dogs will soon be able to walk any field with sheep in them and completely ignore them. The dogs are so confused as to what is being asked of them. Their instincts are being shut down constantly. How will they ever bring out the dogs natural instincts with stock if they are constantly pulled back. It seems to me that the trainer, which I don't know, doesn't give a hoot as to whether these dogs will ever be useful on a ranch or able to run a trial. Let's just go play sheep herding, so you can tell all your friends your border collie is a real stock dog!
  11. Great news! Hang in there Lacee, and catch all this Mojo coming your way! Good grief! Well, here's some extra Mojo!
  12. Great news! Hang in there Lacee, and catch all this Mojo coming your way!
  13. I am so sorry. It is the very hardest thing we have to do with our pets. All your memories of Lacee will keep her alive in your heart and she will always have a special space there. Hugs to you and God speed to Lacee.
  14. The only time my dogs get treats for training is when they are pups and it is to teach them to "here" when I call them. Jackson was trained on stock and was never given anything but a "good boy" when he did good. He got some "come to Jesus" lectures when he ignored me or plucked wool. I have found that lectures, on, at least mine, work pretty well. Treats are given because I am cleaning out the fridge or just because. I was reading once about all these folks on here that had dogs that did all sorts of tricks. I tried to teach Jackson some and he acted like me teaching him the trick was some sort of punishment! Skip, well, he will do anything Jackson does, except work sheep, or chickens. But, we all know Skip is a weird little guy. I also taught them to heel using the method described of the leash pop. And a rake!
  15. Cheyenne was my trucker dog, and believe me, no dog has ever been talked to as much as she was! And that little dogs was as obedient as the day was long. The difference between talking a lot to your dogs and not, is that, IMHO, they learn English better. I can say things to my dogs as if they were a person and they "get it". If it's late at night and DH has gone to bed, and I go to the bathroom(an automatic signal that means I will throw the ball) Jackson will come in with a ball in his mouth, and I will say something like, "Don't even think about it, or No way, I ain't throwing it, or It's too late". Any of these he understands to mean, I ain't throwing the ball, and he will walk away. Just an example. In other words, to me, talking to your dogs enables them to know what your talking about without a "one word" command. Also, when Jackson is working, his mind goes to a whole nuther place and the stock commands are readily adhered to. Most of the time.
  16. I won't even pretend to know one whit about breeding, but I would think that if her nipping was due to enviroment, experiences if you will, then breeding her would not be a prob. I would think the "sensitivity" of her would be more of a prob. Unless she was bred to a "sturdy" dog, and they hoped that would even out in the pups. Or,,,,,,,,,,,,oh, heck, like I said, I don't know diddly about breeding! ETA: Oops, looks like I posted right as Julie did!
  17. Ya Tommy! I love it when prayers are answered positively! When Jackson was lost in about 500 acres of woods, I was frantic with worry. Then the next morning, my vet calls and says someone about a mile down from me had him. I drove there and Jackson was gone again! She didn't tie or lock him up! I was so wanting to throttle her! But then, that afternoon, the same lady called me (I had left my number, just in case!)to say Jackson had returned! I told her to sit on him if she had to but to not let go of him! I was crying and trying to hug him, and he was all, so did you bring a ball? Glad it's over for you!
  18. Prayers for her safe return. Please keep us informed.
  19. Dixie_Girl


    So sorry for your loss. Jaxx was indeed a special dog. RIP Jaxx
  20. I have always kept a night light on through out my house due to DH having night blindness. I never thought about how this affected the dogs untill one night about 3am and I woke to a dog, Skip, laying on my face shaking like a leaf. When I got him off of me I realized the electricity had gone off. He was upset till I got up and got the hurricane lamp lit, then he was fine. Jackson didn't react one way or the other, but Skip is terrified. I don't know if it is actually the dark or just that something is different.
  21. I got my Cheyenne at 10 days old. I know what you went through to keep Gizmo alive. And I know the bond that developed. I had every intention of rehoming her as soon as she was old enough, mainly because I had just lost a beloved dog quite suddenly when he was only 7. But I kept her. She was never around other dogs as I only had my cat. I did not know, at the time, the importance of socializing. At 4 mos. she went on the truck with me (18wheeler) and we had many adventures. She was, as a result, very friendly to other adults, but couldn't stand children. Had no use for other dogs, in fact was down right rude to them. I loved that dog ridiculously. And while she had a good life, I could see the mistakes I made with her in her reactions to certain things. Her one saving grace was the fact that I had taught her bite inhibition very, very young. She NEVER had an opportunity with other litter mates to know a bite could stop an annoyance. Had this not been the case, she would have had several bite occurrences. What Gizmo desperately needs right now is dog and people(of all ages) socialization. Cheyenne was a little dog and I managed her life so she was not put in situations that made her nervous. Gizmo will be much larger and the situations more dire. Please, look beyond his cuteness, and his puppiness. In 8 mos., he will be 95% of his adult height and weight. He will go through the "teen phase" that even with the best of early training, will drive a person nuts. As others have said, his best chance right now is with a reputable rescue that will put him in a foster home to recieve the training and socialization he needs. If not, you will end up with a dog like my Holly. Unadoptable. Luckily, she landed at my house and with LOTS of work, was able to live out her days here. But, landing in such a place is very low odds. The odds are more that he will simply be PTS, because he will become a dog that knows no boundries, manners, or what it's like to be "normal". PLEASE, let your family members read all of these posts. And let them read with the understanding that a lot of us have seen the results of the situation you are putting Gizmo in. We must be good stewards of the animals we have domesticated. And that means doing what is best for them, not what will make us "feel better". I know you think that this cute and playful puppy will not become the monster I have described, and that he is just too sweet to ever become mean. But he will. And you will learn a very valuable lesson. But it will most likely be at the loss of Gizmo's life. I am so sorry you are in this position at such a young age. God be with you all.
  22. Right now Gizmo has the potential to be ANY kind of dog. He can become a well trained, well liked dog. A dog that is a pleasure to be around. He can also become an ill mannered, destructive dog. A dog no one wants to be around. Right now he is completely re home-able. Soon, you will find it hard to even get a rescue to take him. He will have several bite histories, he will be out of control and he will have a view of the world that is both unfair and chaotic. If you love this pup, even a little, please, please, contact a reputable rescue and let them have him. They will find a home that is suitable for him. They will put him in a foster home that will give him the structure and discipline necessary for him to grow into a well balanced dog. Yes, at this stage Gizmo can become anything. A happy, healthy, well adjusted dog, or he can become a dog waiting his turn on death row. I know this sounds harsh. But it's not really. It is reality. Please, if there is any compassion in you for this pup, do what's best for him. Not your brother, not for you, but for the pup. Look in his eyes and tell me what you will see in a year when he is taken to be pts for something you could have prevented by acting now. This is not a "project" or a practice for when you get to have lots of dogs when you grow up. This is a pups LIFE.
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