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  1. He is a cutie. My Rebel is tri colored. Remember he is still trying to figure stuff out. just be patient
  2. He seems to be able to know the difference when he is out working the cows and then being gentle around my Mom.
  3. Rebel is long haired (12 years old) . I don't recall his fur doing that but I do have him on fish oil.
  4. Yes, you are right about how much joy a dog can bring to a senior's life. HAHAHA...Yep Mom was just piddling out in the back yard
  5. Welcome...and hello from Tennessee!...Your dogs are just beautiful.
  6. It will take some time but keep working and socializing your border collie. We have a rescue dog, Comet (She is a retriever though) and it took us a long time to work through her fears. She gets along great with our border collies. Just keep doing what you are doing and be patient.
  7. Yela is beautiful. My daughter went to spain back in December and loved it. Congrats on your puppy!
  8. Last week when we got our new 8 year old Border Collie, Jake we took him by my Mom's house. She is 77 years old. My mom has a little miniature pinscher and both Jake and her dog got along great. Well my Mom asked me over the weekend if she could babysit Jake while I was at work. At first I thought it might be too much for her but after careful consideration we decided to drop Jake off this morning while we were both at work. After about two hours of work, my Mom called and she had been throwing the ball to Jake and he had been following her around while she piddled out in the fenced in back yard. I just went to to her house for lunch to check on both of them and he was lying at her feet while she ate some lunch. The reason I am telling you this story is that my father passed away last year and Jake brought a big smile to my Mom today. She had to tell me everything they did and how she hopes I will bring him back tomorrow to play with her dog and also to pal around with her. I told her as long as she does not spoil him. As he has to work the cows when he gets home. Jake sure has made an impression.
  9. Sounds like your dog is bored. Just being stubborn like kids. I would suggest lay off the training for a few days and then next time you give her a command do not reward her. She has to understand she is not going to get a treat all the time.
  10. Wow. I am also behind in my training too...HA
  11. Hi, I went through the same thing with Rebel. We found that he is allergic to fleas. If one so much as gets on him, his skin turns red and he itches, gets scabs, etc. Course, there are other things we do for him as well. After talking to the vet, we give him one flea pill a month (Comfortis). The spray stuff and even the frontline does not work. Plus, we had to change his food. We only give him lamb and rice. We don't give him any of the dog food snacks either unless it is an organic kind. I have found that during the change of the seasons his allergies get the best of him. Here is what we did....When allergy season starts and he starts itching alot we give him benadryl every day (vet suggested). Then when his skin got really bad the vet had to give us an antibiotic. Rebel was really bad like your dog. Once we started him on the Comfortis, changed his food, and once the vet gave him the antibotics things started easing up. Now I give him a flea pill once a month, he eats only lamb/rice and we have not had a problem sense. The main thing is with the patches of skin he has chewed or itched off. He needs to be on an antibiotic. This can cause an infection. Hope this helps.
  12. Here are pictures of Jake with hubby. He is eight years old and seems to be enjoying his new life. Jake has been with the same trainer/owner. He wanted Jake to have a good home. Our two border collies, Scout and Rebel have embraced him into the family. Our rescue dog, Comet (retriever) wasn't so sure about him. She is slowly warming up to him. There have been no fights and everyone seems to be happy.
  13. We have two Border Collies, Scout (14 years of age), Rebel (13 years of age) and our rescue dog, Comet (Retriever). Monday afternoon we drove up to Mike's place in Portland TN. Mike trains Border Collies and this is where Scout and Rebel came from. We have been thinking of adding another BC to our farm for a few months. We were not looking for color or certain characteristics. Just a BC that would fit our family and what we need on the farm. Scout has slowed down alot as well as Rebel. Mike had a few dogs for sale. We knew we wanted a dog that was out of a certain blood line and so that narrowed our choices. We liked TY alot, he is 18 months old. But then Mike said, I have a BC that was born here and I have had him for 8 years. I am getting older and would prefer that Jake only go to a good home. I know you guys have had Scout and Rebel a long time and that tells me Jake would be in good hands If your interested. Well it was as if Jake picked us out. Soon as he came out, he greeted us and then we watched him work the cows. Soon as Hubby saw Jake work the cows I had a feeling we would be coming home with Jake. Taylor, our youngest daughter was hoping we would get Ty and Jake but we explained that it was a hard choice and we were not going home with two (tempting as it was). Besides one day we will get a pup from Jake. Mike wants us to keep him as a stud and would like to use him with his female BC. So today we are off to go get Jake and give him a forever home. Just so you know our youngest daughter will be leaving for college in August. On the way home, Taylor said "So I go off to college and you replace me with a Border Collie". What's wrong with this picture? We just laughed and smiled. She does have a point huh?
  14. Yes, I agree with everyone on this board. Not all Border Collie's like kids. Make sure that you include your Border Collie with the baby because like any human kid they can become jealous of the new baby. You definitely don't want the BC herding the baby when they start crawling, toddling around.
  15. Hi, I would suggest taking the blanket that the baby was wrapped in and taking it home before the baby gets there and let your BC get used to the smell and realize someone new is coming into the family. We have always done this with our babies/dogs. Also when you bring the baby home from the hospital show him/her to your BC and allow them to sniff the baby. Obviously not too close for fear of biting but this will allow your BC to welcome the baby into the family. Your BC will become protective of the baby. Our BC is 16 years old and our youngest just left for college. She layed on the back porch for two days moping, always waiting to see/hear that car come down the driveway.
  16. We took in a rescue Retriever that used to whine. Whenever I would leave for work or go anywhere I would always tell her I would be back. I started taking her whenever I would go on short trips to the store, post office etc so that she knew that we would always bring her back home and that we were NOT going to leave her. I would always reward her after the short trips and eventually she quit whining. I truly felt she whined because she did not feel secure at first and thought she was being left again. That was 10 years ago. Last time she whined was when my daughter went off to college and she laid on the back porch and whined for 3 days. Now when my daughter comes home and it is time to go back off to college --- she always tells Comet that she will be back. This seems to satisfy her and she is fine.
  17. I would advise against getting a thunder shirt. It is a waste of money. My Mom has one for her dog and it does not calm him down. Really it is like putting a sweater or something on the dog. just my opinion for what it is worth.
  18. Oh no...so sorry to hear of this. Prayers sent!
  19. She looks like my full blooded BC, Scout. Adorable! I think she is full blooded.
  20. Thanks for the insight. We rescued a miniature horse who was abused very badly. It took me 4 months to build up a trust factor with her. She is now healthy and does really well with our other horses. My border collies get along great with her as well. I have been very careful with what we add to our mix of animals because of various personalities. So far so good. I know that we will be looking to add another BC at some point to help with our cows on the farm as my two are getting much older. I am a firm believer that sometimes the animals "pick you out". So we will take it slow and not act to quick to add another BC to our mix unless "one picks us out"...LOL
  21. Like I stated we have 3 dogs. Two border collies and a retriever mix. Scout, our oldest BC is more of a senior citizen now and she doesn't move around quite like she did. I almost feel that if I bring a puppy into the mix it might perk them up a little bit. A long time ago, we had a dog pass away when Coco was a pup. She moped around for weeks. We went out and bought our first border collie, Scout. It perked Coco up right away. Anyway --- the more I look at the pictures of the puppies and adult dogs on here makes me want another one. HA! So I think that I have made my decision and that I will start looking for another Border Collie to add to the "family". I think Scout, Comet and Rebel have been in mourning over our beloved Coco for too long. She was a great dog (Lab mix). I think it is time to find them another sibling. Although I am going to take my time.
  22. Hi, this might be silly but we lost our mixed breed dog two months ago. She was 16 years old. Currently we have two border collies named Scout (15 years old). She doesn't move around very well anymore. Rebel is 12 years old. Last is Comet. She is a retriever mix that we rescued. Comet and our border collie Rebel have been moping around since Coco died. Do you guys think getting another dog is too soon? I haven't decided if I want a puppy or an adult. Actually not sure about bringing another dog into the mix. Just thinking.
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