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Everything posted by MaryP

  1. I am so sorry for your loss. She was a beautiful dog inside and out. It's so hard to let them go, even when it's the right thing.
  2. I'm also in the camp of not being too concerned about a mouthy puppy. To them, that is perfectly normal puppy play behavior. When my dog, Charlie, was a puppy, he was like a crazed alligator - all teeth. I tried to provide other things for him to chew on besides us, but he always preferred us to toys. I'm sure it was just because he wanted to play with us and that was how he, as a dog, knew how to play. He grew out of it and never lays teeth on human skin as an adult dog. Though, he does still attempt to play tug with my pant legs sometimes when he is really amped up and excited and in a goofy mood. I know some people would be appalled that I allow that type of behavior. But, I find it kind of funny and he will stop if I tell him to. So, it doesn't bother me. *shrug*
  3. I am so very sorry for your loss. My thoughts are with you and your husband.
  4. Oh geez, I was so busy this weekend that I didn't get on the boards at all and am just seeing this now. I apologize for the delay in sending mojo, but you are getting lots of it from me and my gang now for Tess's continued recovery.
  5. This is the best news ever!! So happy for you and Lacee!
  6. I am sooo happy for you and Lacee. it's so nice to hear of such a happy ending.
  7. Still keeping the good thoughts coming your way. . .
  8. The only dog that I specifically meant to add was my second dog. It wasn't so tough for me because my dog had already dropped me like a hot potato in favor of my then boyfriend (it's still that way), LOL! My third dog, Skittles, had become great buddies with my second dog, so it wasn't tough to decide to keep him. BUT, after 3, I said that I just couldn't add another because I was sure that my border collie, Charlie, would be heartbroken and I would feel so bad. Then, along came Ollie. I know that there is some jealousy on Charlie's part with respect to Ollie, but it's not as bad as I thought it would be. I think that has a lot to do with Ollie's personality, though. Ollie doesn't try to compete for my attention from Charlie and doesn't get miffed when Charlie barges in and pushes Ollie out of the way to get to me. As far as trading up? I don't see it. They are all special and if you love them, who cares what their pedigree says. My Ollie is most certainly a mutt, but he's all that and more!! I don't need papers to tell me that he's special.
  9. Oh gosh, I'm just seeing this now. What an emotional roller coaster you've been on. I'm holding out for that miracle. Sending as much mojo as I can muster your way!
  10. I've seen very sweet females and very sweet males. They are all individuals. One thing that I have seen with female border collies is that they can tend to be snarky to other females. But again, nothing is absolute. FWIW, all my personal dogs are males. My youngest is the sweetest and cuddliest and has the bestest personality ever. But, I would be open to a female in the future, if it was the right dog for me and fit with my other dogs. ETA: And as others have said, I've seen females that mark more than males. My oldest is the one that marks the most (outside only, though). My other dogs rarely, if ever, mark and it was not something that I taught them. Also ETA: Though I know what you meant, I want to pick on your topic title a little. Boys and girls are children. Dogs are either male or female, or bitches or dogs. It just always sounds weird to me when folks refer to dogs as boys and girls.
  11. I tend to agree with Mark on the nature/nurture thing. I think a dog with a questionable temperament or rocky start can certainly be ruined by a "bad" trainer or bad environment. I also believe that that same dog could be OK with a good trainer or environment. But, IMO and IME, ISTM that much of a dog's temperament is what it is. I have two dogs with rock solid temperaments. I think they would have turned out that way with even the worst trainer and the worst upbringing. I have another dog with a lot of issues (fear-based) and he does OK, but he could most certainly have turned out much worse given the wrong situation. I've also seen a lot of rescues come from horrible situations and they have wonderful temperaments. Others came from homes that tried to raise them right and love them, but eventually surrendered them to rescue because of behavioral issues that they couldn't live with anymore. I used to believe that a dog was mostly the product of its handler's ability and its early socialization. Though I still think those two things are still very important, I no longer think that they can trump genetics.
  12. MagRam, Jazz/Flints is not the OP, Peterblue is. Jazz/Flints does already have two pups and was asking for some suggestions on how to work with them.
  13. Thanks for posting that. I don't live in Iowa, but it did prompt me to look and see if my local PBS affiliate was going to be airing it. Unfortunately, it aired last night. Fortunately, it'll air again on July 10th. I'll be setting my DVR to record it. Here's the link for any other S. FL people. http://www.wpbt2.org/guide/program_schedule.html ETA: Type in "Sweetgrass" in the search field.
  14. Well, I enjoyed the joke, Paula. I haz it, too.
  15. If you would really like to have two dogs, but want to avoid the pitfalls of having two puppies, or two littermates, at the same time, why not consider adopting one older, adult, and one puppy? If you work with a good rescue, you could probably find an adult bc that has already received basic training (house manners, basic obedience, etc.). A well adjusted adult dog can be a really great roll model for a young pup, too. And I do think that most dogs enjoy the company of other dogs. Also, your kids would be able to begin training (you mentioned one was interested in agility) with an adult dog right away. With a young puppy, they wouldn't really be able to do serious training until it was closer to a year and a half old. You can still do basic training and foundation work, but you can't really do much beyond that because the puppy's body will not be mature enough. I would still suggest getting one dog (I'd start with the adult), give it some time for you and your family to build a nice bond, and then add the puppy. Just my $0.02. Oh, and please read this thread (if you haven't already) about getting a border collie: http://www.bordercollie.org/boards/index.php?showtopic=15117
  16. Oh, I'm sooo happy to read this. When I checked the thread again this morning and there had still not been any word on her, I felt sick. I lost a dog once, so I know just how sickening it can feel to not know where they are and if they are OK. The not knowing is to hardest part. I'm sooo glad your story had a happy ending.
  17. Yes, Pearse has said what I had tried to say several pages back.
  18. I don't worry about injury during play. If there is an accidental injury during play, then I'm probably looking at a bigger problem - it's about to escalate to a fight. Skittles and Charlie can play very rough. They broke my mirrored closet door in my bedroom by crashing into it during play. Skittles loves to play rough, but his problem is that play can escalate to fight, not so much with Charlie, but with dogs that came after him (after Skittles, that is). So, I do tell them to calm down, if it gets too rough. As far as adult dogs playing, mine do it all the time and it's not something that's either encouraged or discouraged by me. Just today, I was home for lunch (we have a puppy in the house that needs to go out) and Charlie and one of my foster dogs, Maddox, enganged in play; no encouragement from me. Charlie is 5 years old, almost 6, and Maddox is probably around 7 years old now. Very much adult dogs.
  19. Yep, I'd say so. Top scoring dog in his height category!
  20. That would be nice, but I don't see it ever happening because you would need to change the thinking of an entire culture. That's no small feat.
  21. I don't know from personal experience, since I'm not involved in the stockdog world directly, but I wouldn't think so. If they were to become more and more interested in training their dog on stock, they are likely to become more and more imersed in that world and it's culture. If the culture tells them about the importance of breeding for work and they see it over and over again, they are probably going to "get it" and embrace it. Similarly, most folks that are immersed in the sport world and really have no connection to the stockdog world are most likely going to parrot the views and beliefs of that culture. That's just human nature.
  22. I do. I do it all the time and I'm usually looked at as if I have a third eye. If I were to ever purchase a pup (for whatever purpose), I would want a working-bred one. But, I don't plan to purchase because I'm happy with using my rescue dogs for sports and companionship.
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