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  • Birthday 01/14/1990

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  1. I don't have an epileptic dog or one with pancreatic issues, but I've been feeding my healthy dogs mostly prey model raw for about 7 years. I feed kibble sometimes - I certainly don't think kibble is bad. I also don't think raw is bad, but it's not necessarily a cure for all ailments. I'm sure some dogs do poorly on raw, but I've fed prey model raw to dozens of dogs of various breeds and sizes, and haven't had any issue with prolonged poor digestion or deteriorating condition. It's a good source of energy for my house dog, who tends to bounce off the walls if given a carb-loaded food or extremely calorie-dense kibble and no outlet to burn off the energy. The mouths of dogs who chew raw bones are undeniably healthier than the mouths of dogs who eat kibble and chew things like rawhides. My own pair of dogs illustrates it well for me - my border collie is five years old, has eaten raw most of her life, and has zero buildup of any sort on her teeth, no smelly breath, and perfect dentition with no loose teeth. My boyfriend's dog, who is the same age and was fed kibble and hide chews, has a disgusting brown/green mouth, the beginnings of gingivitis, and needs two extractions. I feel that even kibble fed dogs can benefit a great deal by being given raw recreational bones.
  2. My dog is a garbage disposal. Prey-model raw, taste of the wild and various treats and food scraps that I give her throughout the day. She'll eat grains, she'll eat vegetables, she'll eat cooked or raw meat, bones, fruit... Iron stomach.
  3. I do wish I lived closer, she looks like a lovely dog. I have a female who hates other dogs already, so management and rotation is a must and is easy for me...
  4. Jumping on the side of "there's a kernel of truth to it" - as a young handler, after my first dog washed out for health reasons, I wanted a border collie to do dog sports with. I wasn't really thinking that I wanted the "easiest" dog out there - I merely liked the way the border collies interacted with their handlers. I liked that the people who put time into training their border collies didn't have to constantly play mind games and pull rabbits out of their bum to keep their dog focused. Easier? You betcha. And for me, a young kid who was new to the sport, it seemed more fun to have a dog that naturally enjoyed working as a team. I can't understand why there are "ABC" classes for relatively casual handlers. What's the point? What does having a border collie in the class have to do with anything? I also don't understand why people say they get so much more out of running non-BC breeds in agility. Perhaps if I had earned every agility title out there, gone to championships, and been so involved in every facet of the sport that I was bored with just running agility with a "plain old BC" (or sheltie, or aussie, or any nimble herding breed) and wanted the extra challenge such as running an English Mastiff through advanced courses, then I'd see what the ABC people are getting at. Most of these people are like me and have barely titled their dogs, so why do they need to hop up on their high horse and say they're better handlers because they don't run with border collies? Most of these people's runs would be riddled with handler mistakes even if they ran with one of those "easy" border collies. Cracks me up how many people lose sight of the fact that agility is a GAME.
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