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  1. It's so good to hear your guys progress with your dogs. With the 20 total we had only 2 that are failing to connect. The ones that are in homes are doing great. The 7 that are still with us 1 needs a high energy home with lots of directions. She was wild from the start and she was way too much for an a pet adopter. 2 poss 4 are ready for special needs type adoptions they are needing understanding homes who will encourage them. They prefer to still be somewhat invisible if they can. The other 2 are different not willing to accept humans. 1 will tolerate it if you can catch him. The other takes 2 people to try to get him if get away in the large yard which is often and really doesnt care to be part of the dog pack. Routine is not for him.

     

    Does your guy stick his tounge out between his teeth? almost all our dogs do that. It's pretty endearing in a way. Originally I thought they had undershot jaws but, they dont.

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    I did see that Actual working dogs are exempt but, I wonder how you prove they are real working dogs? It talks about a 3rd party hired inspector. From what I read it leaves alot open to intrepretation.

     

    When Pas laws went into effect there were some who killed or sold off their dogs in other states but, plenty are still operating there is one I have been reading about regularly who has untill oct of 2012 to comply with state regs but, they cant enter the facilty without gas masks it's not heated or air conditioned. It almost seems like they made it more messy since they cant immediately close bad mills.

     

    They got lucky that the only guy they ever agressively prosecuted in this area was also a drug addict and he assaulted a prision guard and a nurse over his meds. Otherwise he may have been paroled in a month. despite thumbing his nose at the state over and over.

  3. This morning, as we entered the house after our morning walk, Taff ran into the front room and *played* with a stuffed toy. Up to now, he has show no interest in "dog" toys, preferring bathroom waste baskets, empty water bottles and the like. Little by little, he's becoming a normal dog. Oh and I wish I had a video of his performance at the door waiting to go out. He squeals and whoops and does a happy dance. And one the door is open, he announces to the world (well, neighborhood) that Taff half ear is out for his morning walk. So far, I haven't received any complaints, but I'll bet there are a few folks who mutter a quiet curse on his excited barking at four thirty in the morning.

     

    He is also becoming bolder at the park and will -- cautiously -- go up to women, sniff them and even allow them to pet him if they reach out to him slowly. Alas, my wife is still regarded as a puppy eating ogress who shall be avoided at all costs. More work needed on that front, I'm afraid.

     

     

    Tell your wife not to feel bad, with the scared ones here they will run up all excited with the rest of the group to see me and then I'm not allowed to touch them. The super scared guy (on the previous page) loves to stare directly at me. He is studying me closely at all times but, the closest he gets to me is 10 feet away.

  4. I'm curious what everyone is doing with their dogs who are nearing 10 or over 10 in reguards to booster vaccines. My state requires me to rerabies every 3 but, I wonder if they have had all their shots in their life if it makes sense to do them in old age. I dont have time to finish the whole series now but, I'd rather hear what people do or have done.

  5. Burdock when susquehanna county humane was super rescue friendly we had alot dogs test neg for hw and pos on the lymes. It depended on the vet but, some did the 2 weeks of doxi and some did nothing unless symptoms showed of lymes infection. (Genie did the doxi) She will always test pos so I'm told even if you do the doxi.

  6. Their sister was adopted yesterday at the best friends adoptathon. All we have left now is boys aside from Meg who is a bounce back for being way too hyper a girl and Lousie who's pups are almost weaned.

     

    The other girls are all doing great in their new homes. We have adopted out our one young boy and one is ready to be adopted.

     

    I'm unsure How the last 4 will fare. The brother a twin to the one pictured is submissive he shows you his belly all the time. 2 more very prety ones are ghosts you would never know they were even in the yard. We are working on them but, it will be a process.

     

     

    I enjoy hearing about others process with them. I hope to post puppy pics tomorrow. They are way too much.

  7. That pic is from the day they arrived in April. I really have to wonder though what happened to this man last year that so many pups survived but, werent sold or placed.

     

    Alot of the most scared are more like Kelso in that when they think you cant see them they play happily but, when they see you they hide.

     

    This guy is just learning to be a peripheral of the dogs. He cant take treats or join the group to come when someone arrives he only stands and watches from a distance.

  8. The consenus is that Taff is about 6 years, but as you know, that's the difficult age range to judge. His coat is a bit of a mess, after all his matts were cut out, but he is blowing his coat now and when the new coat is fully grown, he's going to look stunning. It's not showing well in the photos, but the lighter markings -- around his face, for example -- are not uniform, but have a clear gradient from slightly lighter to slightly darker.

     

    [Maybe you could post some photos ofthe boys?]

     

     

    This is one of the boys I'm talking about they also have a black and white sister but, their mom was a black tri. They were born some time last summerish. This guy is our toughest he wont get with the program after 7 weeks. The closest he comes to me is 8 feet away and it takes at least 2 people to catch him if he gets away in the big yard. Their coat has an unusual wave to it in the shaft. Like it will never lay perfectly straight and smooth.

     

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  9. How old did the vet think Taff was? I'm curious as I'm wondering if he is the dad to the boys we have here with the large female(who I thought was a male) who went home. They have similar hair and are Red tri. Physicially they are big like the mom and more aussie red but, the coat style seems like them.

  10. I would think you'ld have no trouble in tx getting a border collie. Our puppies are 5 weeks and many of the dogs from the texas seizure were more pregant in the beginning of April. We have found alot to like in all 14 of the dogs we recieved. Many are already adopted into good loving homes. Plus Tx is a place for pure breds in rescue. We are still getting requests to take dogs from there. Watch your petfinder look at the border collie rescue boards frequetly and check craigs list. I'm sure you can find the perfect border collie with a bit of looking

     

    BTW I probably have your perfect dog from the texas seizure but, she is now in Pa. She was adopted but, too much dog for the couple. She needs an agility home.

  11. We got a call from the tx non BC breeder that we and other shelters in the NE are helping and they dont feel that being AKC status is going to help them.

     

    The license is going to be 1300 dollars to be able to sell 20 puppies and keep 11 breeding stock dogs. You will also have to pay the state of tx to evaluate your dogs and kennel approx 2 times a year. The price goes up form there.

     

    I feel that it will make alot of border collie places in Tx begin to dump their dogs too.

     

    The non BC breeder still has way more than than the 1st level even after putting about 1/3 her breeding stock and unsold puppies into rescue.

     

    These dogs are all in great shape unlike a Pa puppy mill surrenders.

     

    I worry that like in Pa people in Tx who find themselves desperate will auction their dogs into the places that milling is unregulated. Most of the Pa dogs went into Oh to be sold at auction. The Penn Pspca chased them there but, they had to drop the (cruelty) case against the millers of Pa due to violations in their case.

  12. I have a multi female household and aside from occasional grumbling between Genie and maddie all is well. If appears Dal holds the highest status in my home. He is first everywhere and he is allowed to move anyone out of their food bowl when the goodies are gone.

     

    My moms is at equal status in boys and girls right now and Penny is the boss of the crew but, she gets issues where they will try to change positions esp with the boys Frodo her split face is the current top male. Oddly the loss of Dave has had no effect with them as though he wanst really part of the pack.

     

    The most interesting part is they are all ruled by a 1 eyed 4lb male shitzu. It's like he's a rotti in disguise.

  13. We are feeding 4 week olds who still nurse off their mom when she lets them. Bad mom. But, we give them a very flat style dish to eat and drink off. I wonder if trying something of your kitchen dishes would be best at first since he's so little. I'm sure weaning him off the bottle isnt easy either. Currently I use divided kids trays I bought at Target (think old school lunch trays. Giving him a large quanitity of water at first is just going to encourage a mess for you. I'd do the swirl method too but, I guarantee he will walk through it.

  14. I am willing to bet in those pics it's more the angle and the shape of the iris. We have had a bunch of merle merle babies in the last 2 years and their eyes dont drift like a lazy eye. Some did have red/pink eyes, small eyes, 2 had 3rd membrane problems with it covering a small eye.

     

    The one we have now (partial site in 1 eye) is a terrific herder without any training. I know he was in a sense herding a dog but, he was able to push that frightened loose Tx dog directly into a corner and try to hold him there over and over for me.

     

     

    Since he is also deaf I'm unsure how anyone could ever use him but, it was nice to see pure raw talent at work. He was from a good Pet home from La. So he may very well be a well bred accident.

  15. I'm more apt to think there is a defect in red dog's yellow eyes. Dal has Premature pupular membranes and one of the texas dogs I called Mr Googly eyes but, you can distinctly see that his eyes arent right. He's very submissive but, I hate to corner him to force a look into them. Im going to guess it's his iris shape that makes them look funny but, his sight is fine.

     

    In Blue I do notice the changes in Iris shape too. Like color spots or odd shapes. I've only seen a true lazy eye that when examined by the Dr in Cornell it was decided that he had suffered a head injury.

  16. A sedative might be a good idea................or then again, might frighten him because he will feel weird. I don't think I want to chance that.

     

    I have thought about waiting until he is more stable before neutering him. but on the other hand maybe it is better to get the trauma (if it is one) out of the way early on, and not risk a big setback after he has made a whole lot of progress.

     

    There could be an argument made for either option.....it's impossible to know for sure what is the right thing to do, I suppose.

    D'Elle

     

    2 thirds of ours are done already without an specific trauma. The red merle who is so frightened and is probably the dog in the crate in the new video I found was scared but, was greatful to come home. He recognized it as a safe place.

     

    I'm also interested in you saying kelso drinks normally to less. Our drink like they may never see water again. It's improving but, for the first few days it was incredible.

  17. Do you know how exactly did the dog keep the teen away from the door and stove? Blocking? I would assume he also alerted a responsible person who would then come and intervene with the teen. Because otherwise, as others have said, what is the dog supposed to do-- snarl, snap, bite to stop the unwanted behavior? I do think a trained dog can be very helpful in working with an adult to keep an autistic child safe but not on his own.

     

     

    Yes the dog is trained to block and bark if needed. He is a huge aussie and she is a very petite teenager.

     

    I understand he does very well at his job. I also think he was trained more professionally by a certified trainer. I never said they were natural jobs but, the people had a service dog who died of old age and finances didn't allow a few thousand for another trained dog. Not to mention that the wait for a dog trained specifically for the childs needs would be long.

     

    I also want to stress that these dogs werent chosen for hearding instinct but, their temperment. None of the teenagers are left unsupervised but, the dogs adjuncted their parents ability to make things safe plus the dogs enriched the childs life.

  18. We have adopted out adult dogs that have been trained as service dogs. One adult aussie has been trained not to let the autistic teenager out of the house, near the stove, and various other dangerous activities. I'm unsure of the scope at this point of his training but, he as an adult learned this stuff in about a month or 2.

     

    We have another adult that alerts the dad to low blood sugars on the teenage daughter but, he exhibited this on his own. I'm unsure how they have worked this into furthering his training but, he broke down a screen door to alert the dad working next door of it and 2 other times.

     

    Our last adopted adult just passed away (hemangiosarcoma) but, for 4 years he lead the son with Cerebal palsy(blind gait disturbance)around safely and kept him from danger.

     

    We have others that do minor tasks some who have even come from bad situations first but, with the right owner and good training are wonderful service dogs. (border collies)

     

    You may want to contact the rescues in your area for a safe adult to consider.

     

    I came back to edit this and add that these dogs are also not pure bred border collies. The first is an Aussie possibly a mix. The second is a sheep dog and the third was a border collie mixed with Mal Husky?? as he was too huge to be a pure bred border collie in our opinion.

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