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  1. Hi Murphy's Mom, First of all, congrats on quitting smoking! My Polly has always done this, and is now three and can still be snarky like this when on leash. She does it when she wants to be off leash to continue playing, or when, like in your case, she sees kids playing and wants to join in. She lo--ve--s children. It is almost exactly like you have described, she is fine on the way there, but bites at the leash and play growls to let me know she has her own agenda on the way back. Sometimes its just when we pop out the back door for her to pee and she sees some kids in the
  2. Bustopher, I too am impressed with your regimen. I don't have a regular treatment for Polly's years or eyes unless needed, but I do inspect/groom her weekly. I also do not brush her daily, I'm lazy. I brush with the fingertip brush and I think it helps to remember that with these brushes, a gentle massage starting with the gums--Polly likes this--then sneaking down to get the base of the tooth helps keep fingers out of harms way. Polly hardly opens her mouth out all, I tuck my finger in the pocket of her jaw and kind of rub, more than brush. Hard to explain over the internet. I like usi
  3. I remember reading on this board a while back that a small towel placed in front of you for her to place the ball sometimes helps to "target" the area for the dog. This did help with Polly. I also do the walking backwards thing sometimes to encourage her to bring it all the way back. The funniest thing I taught her for this is "closer"--she knows that this means to bring the toy, or herself, closer to me. Funny because this is sometimes subjective to her, so that when she brings it back closer to me, this may equal two inches--and to the left OR, she will place it in front of me, run a
  4. Hi all, Such good info and I hope this becomes a sticky for newbies or for those who read information on border collies and are too thick to get it--like ME! I have read this board for a couple years. I carefully read the threads about overheating dogs, and still had to learn the hard way. We couldn't figure out why our dog was having the symptoms you all have described after just a few minutes of play. Vet said maybe EIC or myasthenia gravis. Nope. Poor management of her play on our part. Before we put our dog through a bunch of tests, we decided to carefully observe her and t
  5. You are not boring at all!! We use a wireless electric fence by PetSafe and are very happy with it--no wires and I think you can train the cats with a collar if they are over 8lbs. We are considering this for our cat when he is older. I take him out on a harness for the time being. I have trained my dog that "yard collar" means just that, when she has it on, she knows it. I never let her outside by herself. When she has on her street collar and is leashed, we have a specific area that we walk out of the "boundary" and she knows the difference. confession: there has been a time or
  6. I'm so sorry--you must be sick with worry. Is there a coat or clothing that smells like you that can be put out by the food? Does she have a favorite squeaky toy that might lure her? It sounds like that you are covering all bases...and I would for sure knock on all neighbor doors and let them know to be on the lookout for her and give them contact info in case they spot her. Sending good thoughts your way. Charlene
  7. I sniff Polly so much that my husband threatens a restraining order She smells like nature to me I have never noticed a bad odor. I use a bucket bath for Polly sometimes--we've had so much rain that the mud has been endless. This might be helpful for those pups who fight the hose: I put a hot bucket of water in the garage before we leave--gives a good temp as we are only gone for about 40 minutes for her play. I swoop the water from the bucket with a cloth to just the muddy areas. I stand and start her in front of me to do her front, then I move her between my legs to get the bac
  8. OffTopic, Please do post pictures, we had a kees for 13 years and I think of her often. I saw where you lost Max and I'm so sorry about that. Alexandra was hands-down, the most gorgeous dog. And she knew it. When she was groomed that double coat would fluff out and I would call her Marilyn Monroe because she "worked it" all the time for attention, but pretended to be dumb, (she was not), when she needed to be manipulative. Many people aren't familiar with keeshonds. I got weary of people asking if she was a chow, or whatever, so when we would be out walking and people would ye
  9. I'm so glad this came up again, and I think how it highlights how valuable the veteran posters are to new folks. When I first joined the board I read Rebecca's description of this and as a new border collie owner, I took the lesson to heart. When I'm playing and walking with Polly and I stop to ask her to come, she does, happily, because after all we're playing. But. If I'm standing on the porch in my jammies and slippers and it's snowing, she will sometimes blow me off. This is where I have to have the discipline to do what's right for my dog. It's so tempting to dart back in and gr
  10. I second the buster cube and interactive toys along with kongs. I have given my dog rinsed milk jugs or water bottles and that buys me time and wears her out. My dog loves to chew and shred the plastic--BUT--not a good idea if your dog would EAT the plastic. She bats them around and seems to enjoy the noise they make. My dog likes to destroy things like this, but not eat the bits. I, of course, supervise this. The recycling guys probably wonder what the heck is going on with the gnarled up milk jugs in the bin Charlene
  11. I read it earlier too. The pictures are so touching and endearing. Thoughts and prayers, Charlene
  12. Does the wire crate have a wire bottom? Mine does not, the plastic tray slides in on bare floor. We use a Kuranda bed that sits on top of the plastic tray. This makes it impossible for her to reach three sides of the tray, and she would have to contort herself to reach down to the door side of the tray. But she's always been more of a digger/scratcher than a chewer, and only at night. These are pricey and worth every penny, Polly dug and chewed everything else, but this has proven to give her the comfort we want her to have and discourage this behavior. She still digs a bit at night s
  13. DH: Two play sessions per day with the dog, early morning and late evening--he does this in the basement--say "basement ball" and watch Polly's ears perk up We've recently added a kitten to the mix and Deegan goes downstairs with them and climbs all over stuff and generally has a blast. The animals are also dishwasher-loading assistants to him every evening--the kitten climbs in and smells like tomato sauce the rest of the evening, Polly is the "Head Plate Licker" Me: Everything else vet, maintenance meds, major outside play during the week, um, feeding. I'm not kiddin
  14. Liz, How sweet of you to offer support and understanding. One of my problems is having time to give Polly what she needs, I stand on my head to juggle things to get her to the park once a day. Every dog is so unique and I do know her well enough to know that the park jaunt is the highlight of the day for her. I have posted before that--and maybe this is just where I live--but it is hard to find "playdates" for my dog. Folks that I know and interact with love their dogs dearly, but would NEVER put the activity time that we do with our dog. And as I said before, Polly likes her pla
  15. I keep my dog on a leash only when walking around traffic. I am discouraged about this for the following reasons: *we have no dog parks, and my dog isn't really interested in playing with other dogs anyway. *if I take her to an open space to play with her for exercise, she soon tires of fetch and obviously needs more thoughtful interaction. *she hates walking just for the sake of walking, so I don't bother. *we live in suburbia. So, I take her to our local park, break the leash law, and walk the path with her off-leash. I throw the toy, she runs ahead and catches it, bring
  16. The new kitten, Deegan, always coaxes Polly out of the crate when she's trying to nap: then steals it Polly uses a Karanda bed inside the crate because she chews at night. We use a soft-side in my jeep, a vari-kennel in our motor home, and a seatbelt in the truck. Polly LOVES her crate and often sleeps there during the day. Charlene
  17. Polly carries her frisbees like your dog, Eileen, for the same reason because as a pup it was easier than dragging it. It's funny to watch her do this with her kong frisbee, it looks like she's carrying a big red taco shell in her mouth. Polly has a rope toy that has a rubber tube on one end. She doesn't like to drag it, so after I throw it, she carefully nudges it into a perfect overlapped circle and carries it like a lasso She also seems to sense that she can have fun with this "weighted" toy since the rubber tube stays at one end, so it's the only toy that she ever holds in her mo
  18. We use the Kuranda bed because Polly chews everything else. This is before I put it together, I was checking for the fit. It works well for us and Polly still has plenty of room: It is frustrating to spend the bucks on bedding and have them "remodel" their sleeping areas while you're gone! I feel your pain Charlene
  19. I think you have some great suggestions here. If your dog knows to bring it back, then I think you're on the right track. Every time I thought that Polly had just settled down to a "normal" game of fetch, she would up the ante. Like you, I tried the two -ball method, and like your dog, she would take one and play keep away, or wander off and look bored. I realized that there were times when I needed to exercise her without these antics because I was short on time, and didn't want to deal with The Knucklehead Who Messed With Me Until My Blood Pressure Went Up. I would look on with envy as m
  20. Oh, that wee, blue-eyed darling is in my thoughts and prayers. Best wishes to you and your family. Charlene
  21. I use Vet Solutions Aloe and Oatmeal shampoo and conditioner--I have yet to go through a whole bottle in 18 months. I put a towel in the floor of the tub and over the side of the tub to keep her comfortable and to save from scratches. The one over the side makes it easier on MY arms too. I'm too lazy to fool with anything else in the tub--like a mat--that I would have to clean--I like to swipe and go... I just ring them out and throw them in the wash with the towels that I dry her with. Charlene
  22. I think this is a bad idea. One lady in the article said that she was worried that the dog would pee? Well, missy, yes, dogs pee, and *gasp* Sometimes they do it RIGHT ON THE RUG! Smacks of exploitation. I worry that the dogs would become anxious from the constant disruption in their lives. Tell you what, instead of renting a dog, go to a pound, play with, bathe, and cuddle a dog or cat. Then drop your money on the way out the door. Continue to send the $49.95 that you would pay for the monthly rental fee at your local shelter. Charlene
  23. Thanks Sue. We had to miss the Highland Festival due to a family thing. There's a missing BC in your area. I didn't know if you had seen that in the Rescue and Adoption Section. Ugh. I'm a mess today. This dog is my baby. Thanks everyone. Charlene
  24. It's so good to know that Wick is doing so well. She is gorgeous--and she has stylish flair going over the jump! Polly is just so young. I'm floored by this news. The vet office called a little while ago and said that there is no news--it's gonna be a long weekend... Thanks so much. Charlene
  25. Gail, Thank you so much for your response. Polly is 18 months old. I've discussed this with my husband and we both agreed that we will seek out a cardiologist. The nearest one to us is in Pittsburgh, PA. We live in Bridgeport, West Virginia. It was so helpful to hear that the animals can have normal lives with this problem. I've dealt with chronic illness with other pets before, but thinking about keeping a border collie happy and well-adjusted with limited exercise seems daunting I so appreciate your help and support. Charlene
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