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Everything posted by MaryP

  1. I would stay veryfar away from Indian Summer, speaking from personal experience. ive heard good things about Buckeye.
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    I just saw this, too I'm very sorry for your loss, Kristine.
  3. I am very sorry for your loss, Linda. That must have been such a shock.
  4. Agreed with what others have said. But, I also wanted to say that you might want to invest in a simple mesh muzzle for times when your dog needs to be examined and might bite. It's more secure and probably less scary than you trying to hold your dog's mouth shut. http://www.petstore.com/coastal-pet-best-fit-adjustable-mesh-dog-muzzle-black-size-5?1=1&utm_source=adwordsfroogle&utm_medium=pscse&utm_campaign=adwordsfroogle&utm_content=CI07608&gclid=COnJw4DDjrYCFQZV4AodvVMAVw
  5. Maybe we could just start listing every Q they've ever earned after their name.
  6. I'm a little confused by this question. Do you mean she only needs one more leg to earn her Agility Dog (AD) title? Are you saying that she already has moved up by earning legs in Standard, but is needing legs in the games for her AD, AAD, and MAD titles?
  7. LOL, Kristi. Something else we think alike on. Yep. Especially when I have to go Google them to figure out what they mean!
  8. I adopted Milo from an animal shelter in TN, so there's no way of knowing. But, based on his behavior, I think he was likely a bc mix. He exhibited a lot of bc-like traits, but was not quite as intense and "all business" like my pb border collie. As he got older, he became more and more furry. I'm not sure why. (Perhaps because I am terrible about grooming my dogs). Here are a couple of pictures of him when he was about 2 years old and not so furry. I think he looked even more like your girl when he was younger. The one thing that I can say is that if I were to live 1,000 years, I coul
  9. Yeah, just sounds like your dog has his "working head" on and the petting just adds stress. My bc is not particularly fond of petting/snuggling for more than brief periods. But, at an agility trial, he's even less interested. And, can I just say that your dog could be the twin of my beautiful boy, Milo. My heart skipped a beat when I enlarged your thumbnail.
  10. This is a very good video about vaccinations. It's long, but very interesting and very informative.
  11. Yes, some shelter are better than others. No argument. But, shelters are not the sole reason for high euthanasia rates. As Mark pointed out, there are regional trends, and in some areas, there are simply more unwanted animals than homes can be found for, despite the efforts of shelter personnel, volunteers, and rescues. I get several emails a week from shelters in AL and some areas of FL asking me if I have room for some of their dogs. Most of the time, I have to tell them that I don't have room. And it is the same with many other rescues. We are full all. the. time. No, it
  12. What makes you so sure that the ACO that I referred to was not doing his/her job (or, beyond and above his/her job)? In fact, the reason I found out about this particular community with no shelter was because I was contacted by the ACO and asked if I had room in my rescue for the dog. But, this particular community HAS NO FACILITY FOR HOLDING DOGS. So, you're going to blame that ACO if many of the dogs that get picked up and not reclaimed are euthanized? You can only avoid euthanizing your surplus animals, if they have a place to live and someone to care for them.
  13. If that were true, there wouldn't be a need for shelters or rescues. There are flawed shelters and no shortage of irresponsible dog owners. No argument. But, remember that shelters have operating budgets. If the local community doesn't value animal welfare, or doesn't have the tax base to support stellar animal welfare programs, then it's not going to have them. There are communities that I know of that have only an animal control officer - no shelter facility, no adoption hours, no adoptions, period. You can't exactly blame the shelter (or, in this case, the AC officer) for hav
  14. Well, if that's the case, then the trial secretary had no right to make your friend feel like she was being unfair by keeping her dog in Open. That is the handler's decision.
  15. The only thing I can think is that she maybe had prviously moved her dog to Excellent and didn't realize it. I don't think (I'm no expert, though) that you can move your dog back down, once you've moved them up. The trial secretary may have seen that she had entered Excellent classes in the past, so she should have entered her dog in Excellent for that trial. I don't know if that is something that would be caught at the time of the entry, or not. But, I'm thinking probably not, as it is really the exhibitor's responsibility to make sure their trial entry is correct. ETA: From the AKC
  16. My dogs have done this. Dr. Becker just did a video about this the other day. Here's a link to the video. It might be helpful.
  17. When they start with the barking, you have to move them away from each other. Put one outside and the other in a room that is the farthest away from the other, if you have to. You have to break the behavior with whatever means you need to. This is s self-rewarding behavior for both of these dogs, and the longer you let them practice it, the more ingrained it will become, and the harder it will be to stop it. A dog that runs from me when it knows I am coming to get it is something that I absolutely won't tolerate. If a dog does not come when called, or even worse, runs from me, they l
  18. How long they last depends on the mood of my dog(s) at that moment. I've had some last weeks or months, and I've had others be gone in a few days (we take them away when they get too small). Usually, one dog starts to chew on one, and that gets the other two interested in chewing on them. The last few days, my dogs were in the mood to chew, and they have mostly chewed as much as I'm going to let them. The left over pieces are getting pretty small. I've bought them before, but they are so dang expensive. I'm lucky, though, that I have a friend with some property in CO. Every year, he
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