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  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 could never find a dog as perfect and special as Milo. Enjoy every minute with your special, speckled girl.
  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's not. It's a pretty standard, first step question to ask. Most shelters are rescue-friendly. A few are not. The ones that are not are usually not because they'd been burned by rescues (usually out-of-state ones) in the past, or they don't need rescue's help because they have good success placing the animals on their own. Who, exactly, are these rescues that are importing dogs from other countries "by the thousands"?
  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 having a flawed program. It's the community that chooses not to place value (and $$) on animal welfare programs. I live in the south and I work with a lot of shelters down here, and the overwhelming majority of them are very rescue friendly. So, again, I think that is placing false blame. You are lucky. Other areas of the country are not so lucky. I am aware that dogs are exported from southern states to the northeast. That's a good thing. But, that's because there is an overpopulation of unwanted dogs in the south. That's just a fact. There are a lot of factors that play into why that is the case. When I take dogs (as a rescue) from shelters around here, very few of them come with much vetting. I would say about half of the shelters will provide at least some vetting. But, when sending a dog to a rescue, they usually assume the rescue will do the vetting. They also don't charge the rescue any sort of fees for pulling the dog. Again, it all goes back to the shelter and it's abilities. I agree that there are many irresponsible pet owners. But, I disagree that there isn't an overpopulation of pets, though it would sure be nice if it were true.
  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 website, it says, "Once a qualifying score is earned in Excellent A, the team may no longer enter the Open class." So, again, maybe that is what happened to your friend. Maybe, if she didn't keep track of what class she was supposed to be in, she had entered her dog in Open when she should have entered in Excellent.
  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 lose their freedom, period, end of story. The only exception to this is a dog with fear issues. I've had a few foster dogs with fear issues, and in that case, I just need to build the dog's trust. Again, if they have the opportunity to practice this behavior, they will just keep doing it, and it will be very tough to break them of it. If the dogs have to drag a leash in the house until you teach them that running from you will not be tolerated, then so be it. Your dogs need to learn that privileges are earned. That includes something as simple as being loose in the house. I don't mean to sound harsh, but as long as they are able to get away with these behaviors, they will continue them. If they aren't allowed to get away with these unwanted behaviors, they will be extinguished because they are no longer working.
  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, her husband will bring back a bunch of antlers that he finds around the property. He cuts them into smaller pieces and she gives me a bag of the cut antlers. They would have to be pretty fresh (from this season's shed) because they don't last long in the environment. All kinds of little critters like to chew on them. We don't do anything to the antlers prior to giving them to the dogs.
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