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Malvie

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  • Birthday 02/01/1957

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  1. Son: "Dad, the shelter called, they're about to put down this cute little puppy, if I rescue her, will you help me out with the rescue?" Me: "SURE, son, be glad to!" (3 hours later) Son: "Dad! Got her! But, um, er..." Me: "Spit it out..." Son: "I forgot to ask my wife if it's ok!" (they haven't been married that long, but they do have 5 dogs...) Me: "And..." Son: "Could I stash her at your house, just for a few days?" Me: (I'm a complete marshmallow and have no sales resistance) "Sure, bring her over!" 6 months later, she's "my" rescue....
  2. D'Elle, you're doing a GREAT job. I just finished reading this thread. YOU SHOULD TOO! Go back and read the whole thing over again, where you were with Kelso when you got him, and look where you are now. You've made tremendous progress! Don't get discouraged. It took me 3 weeks to coax Bessie up to the back door (she and her sister were cowering in the back yard, in the rain, and wouldn't even get under the breezeway because it was too close to the house). Bonnie, her sister, still wouldn't (Bessie is the more adventurous) for another couple of weeks. Now, this was to get the
  3. I'd take them myself if I didn't already have 3 + another rescue (my son's bringing her over today; she's got -some- BC in there, I think maybe some pit as well? Who knows? High-kill shelter, girls who work there have tried desperately to save her but time's up; he's got to be there before 5 today or she's gone, so he's taking off work and going over there.) I need to go live on the farm (my brother-in-law has a farm). What would I do for money? I'm unable to do heavy physical labor... Anyway, maybe we can help these two find homes. I think there's a lot of Australian Cattle Do
  4. These dogs have been rescued from "the ghetto" (rescue group: BarrioDogs of Houston) They're not on the website yet. I quote from email received from a friend: Buddy – Male weighing in at 44 pounds· Babe – Female weighing in at 34.2 pounds· More than likely siblings and would like to keep them together, but understand if separating them will help find good homes· Approx. 9 months old· Well behaved and very sweet, they also rode well in the car, and behaved well during the vet visit· Received a clean bill of health – Heartwor
  5. So, the girls and I headed out for the family's place tonight (San Antonio); van loaded full of clothes and Christmas presents and dog crates and dogs etc etc. We got about 45 miles and the front (the one that's been deviling California) hit. As traffic slowed to 30 mph, except for idiots trying to drive normal speeds--and going into the ditch), my NEW wiper blades started to disintegrate. I made an executive decision to turn around and go home; try again tomorrow. When we got back here, it was POURING. Everybody (including me) got soaked to the skin getting from the car to the do
  6. Congratulations to all of you, that's a great story about a beautiful girl.
  7. I can relate to all of these. When i was unemployed, the dogs were my only source of comfort and friendship (and fun). When Mother died, they did the bit where they very quietly sat all around me and pressed up against me. Didn't bark, didn't try for petting, snax, anything---just sat quietly with me. It's so funny when I holler, "Get in the van!" and they race to my van and hop into their "house" (crates) to trustingly go wherever I take them... Interesting, this week I went to Dallas for business and stayed at a friend's. The girls hadn't been there in over a year, and have on
  8. This exactly. My little girls may shed, but they generally don't stink. One of the biggest problems I have as a Dad to BC's is that, having had BC's, I can now never have a stupid dog again. It would drive me crazy. I am now accustomed to talking to the dogs like humans and having them understand. I give them treats every day; Bessie at first was lunging and nipping at them to get them. Took me exactly two (2) treats to teach her "Gentle!" Two. Literally. She now very, very softly takes the treat from my fingers. It's amazing how fast they learn. I, too, fail to understa
  9. …is that the mere fact that the refrigerator door is opened is not necessarily an indicator that treats for them are forthcoming.... …is that a queen-sized bed will only hold so many large creatures… …is that armrests on chairs are for resting arms upon; when an arm is thusly placed, it is not necessarily there because it needs a border collie nose on it… …is that leather recliners are for people, not border collies… …is that the dogs in the next yard will be there tomorrow, too… …is that vacuum cleaners, in and of themselves, are not fatal to border collies… …is that a
  10. Disgusting indeed. The coolio thing to do around here (I live in the city) is to prowl the neighborhood looking for homes that have a Border Collie, Aussie, Springer, Pointer, Lab, etc (nice dogs), steal them from the back yards while the owners are away or inattentive---and use the dogs as "bait" to teach their pit bulls how to kill another dog. If I ever catch someone messing with my dogs---I have a .357 and they will not see another sunrise. There are SOME advantages to living in Texas; I'd never be convicted.
  11. Ditto. The very first one I had (for a very small dog) was the cord type; I had it about a month and bought a tape type. I don't have any problems with them. The problems I have are, as in another thread, the stupid dog owners who have their dogs off-leash in public---and have no control over them.
  12. Damn, wish I had written that! As it is, I'll just have to say, "Bravo, Mary!"
  13. If dogs were meant to fly they'd have wings.... (sorry, it was just lying there....couldn't help myself). Seriously, my dogs will never fly. If I go somewhere and take them, it's in the car. If I'm flying, they will stay at home with a sitter. I don't like subjecting MYSELF to the airlines, much less my poor innocent girls. Flying these days is awful.
  14. I'll add my $0.02; he's a handsome (and lucky) fellow! Welcome!
  15. I've been using Comfortis for 4 years now and have noticed no ill effects whatsoever in the dogs. They feel much better because they have no fleas; I feel much better because *I* have no fleas in the house or on me; the vet feels much better because he has my ca$h. Everybody wins something.
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