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  1. MaryP


    What a special dog. What a lovely tribute. Peace to you, Jo. Tear it up at the Rainbow Bridge, Tex.
  2. Yay, so happy for you and Kris. I look forward to hearing about their adventures.
  3. Oh my goodness. I almost feel guilty for chuckling. Good thing you have a bouncy face.
  4. Awesome, Kristi. I guess that just supports the belief that sport people are all about the Q! I had already lost my Q because my dog had to come back off the dog walk to check on me. I guess my dog walk criteria need some work.
  5. I've never really thought about footing or heard anyone complain about the footing. I do remember the surface at the trial that Paula mentioned being a bit more bumpy than I typically see at trials, but I don't remember it bothering me. Our agility club has a field that is on an old baseball diamond. It isn't the smoothest, flattest surface in the world (bald spots, dips, and just for fun, the occasional fire ant mound). So, I guess I've never been spoiled by beautiful, flat, perfectly manicured fields. ETA: I don't need a bumpy surface to do a face-plant. I can pull out a face-plant on a flat surface just as easily. Nothing like losing your run to a face-plant. At least my dog was kind enough to come over and console me.
  6. I'm not sure if it was just a typo in your post, but I, too, have a border Ollie. Your new pup is adorable. Congratulations and enjoy your future adventures!
  7. Exactly. And it just perpetuates and builds as more and more excellent handlers get their dogs from the same "top" breeders because they assume that that is the ticket (or, at least a big part of the ticket). And the myth continues. I don't doubt that some very nice dogs come from sport breeders. I've seen some very nice sport-bred dogs that I would love to run around an agility ring. Doesn't mean I think that I need a sport-bred, or even purpose-bred dog to excel at agility. I've also seen some sport-bred dogs that were so over-the-top that the handler spends the whole run just trying to manage the chaos. No thanks. I'll stick with my rescue border collie and mixed breed rescue border Ollie.
  8. I didn't say anything about a neurotic or unhealthy dog. Of course you aren't going to take a dog with serious behavioral or health issues and put it into a situation that it can't handle mentally or physically and expect it to do well. I said that a dog does not have to be "well-bred" with a good temperament and a love of all people to do dog sports (and I wasn't thinking obedience; I don't do obedience and know next to nothing about it. I was thinking more about the physical sports. My bad.). I don't consider my dog to be well-bred. I suspect that he is byb. He doesn't like unknown dogs in his personal space (which he has defined) and will react if they don't heed his warning. He is also often shy with unknown people and will submissively urinate - usually all over their feet. I know plenty of reactive dogs and dogs with fear issues that compete successfully in sports. There are two (one fearful and one reactive) in my small agility club alone. Both compete and are very successful. My point was simply that you don't need a "well-bred" dog with stellar temperament to earn impressive titles. I know plenty of mutts and dogs from unknown or non-working breedings that pocket lots of ribbons and titles. My own poorly bred dog has lots of talent (and lots of ribbons and titles), but will likely never earn a championship title. We just don't do enough trials every year and he's getting older now. Also, he was my first agility dog, so I was a very green handler. If he had had a different, more experienced handler with the goal of winning a championship title, I'm sure he could have taken them there. That just wasn't my goal. I didn't say anyting about a well bred working border collie's potential to do, or not do, sports. Also, the OP wasn't claiming that her dog was a "well-bred working border collie," and most people would agree that the breeder has not shown proof of having or breeding well-bred working border collies. The OP was just claiming that the breeder breeds healthy dogs with stable temperaments. There was nothing about working ability in her post. So, I'm not sure what point you are trying to counterpoint here.
  9. That's not the point. Your border collie may be wonderful and may excel at sports, but "well bred" by this board's philosophy means the dog was bred for working ability (on stock) and, if talented enough, contributes to and improves the gene pool of working (on stock) dogs. Also, you don't need to have a "well bred" dog with good temperament and loves everyone, etc., to excel at sports. You just need a willing dog, a good trainer, and time (and $$) to train and trial with your dog.
  10. But, this is true of any generalization that paints an entire group with one broad brush. This particular generalization sticks in your mind because it hits close to your heart. Just as the generalizations that "sport people only care about titles and will jeopardize the safety of their dogs to get them" or "rescues have ridiculous adoption criteria and the people who run them don't care about placing the dogs with good people like me" or "pet (or sport) border collies are neurotic messes . . . they are unfulfilled because they are spoiled with fancy treats, toys, and leashes" hits close to my heart. Anytime you make a generalization, it's going to piss the majority of people off who just don't fit the assumptions. And for what it's worth, I hang with mostly pet/sport people and I've never heard anyone say a disparaging word about a working dog person, unless it was warranted (as in the example that Paula gave). But, they would speak poorly of ANY breeder that would hold a dog's head under water to "teach it a lesson".
  11. I agree completely with Liz. Border collies are smart. If they learn that they have an option of not paying attention to you as a puppy, it'll only get worse as they get older. They learn bad habits just as quickly and easily as they learn desirable behaviors.
  12. I think the BROAD generalizations she made have some truth to them regarding the breed. BUT, anytime you make broad generalizations about anything, you're going to pull in a lot of dogs (or people, or groups, or whatever) in that just don't fit the assumptions of the generalization. Also, I think border collies are a lot more adaptable then she gives them credit for. They'd have to be, or they wouldn't be able to excel at the many, many different activities that they do. Plus, I would say that most (including working dogs) are also pets and adjust just fine, and in fact, enjoy, being pets.
  13. If you don't know the breeder, then I'd suggest contacting Carolina Border Collie Rescue. http://cbcr.org/ They are an excellent rescue and would make sure your pup is placed in a good home.
  14. The flipping out on the leash is frustration. I have a dog like this. If he is off-leash, he is fine (with dogs; he's situationally fear-aggressive with people). The growling at the vet could be fear aggression, but the fact that he changes his attitude once he's at the person's feet, leads me to believe that this is also just frustration. My border collie with "growl" at people, but it's not really growling (as in aggression), its more like a displacement behavior. He "growls" at me daily. The growling at other dogs over food and water is resource guarding. We have a rule at my house. If you guard a resource, you loose the resource. With that said, some resources are of such high value that I wouldn't expect my dog to be willing to share. I certainly wouldn't expect my food-crazy dog to be OK with another dog coming up to investigate the raw meaty bone he is chewing on, or trying to share his dinner with him. But, things like toys, treats, water, people, couches, etc., are not to be guarded.
  15. I'm so sorry for your loss. I couldn't have said it better than Laura. I'm glad Tex went peacefully, without pain, and surrounded with love.
  16. I'm sorry about Dexter's injures toe, but I'm glad to hear that it wasn't a torn ACL. Hope he heals quickly.
  17. No personal experience, but a good friend of mine has a lab that tore her ACL before she was even a year old. Her vet did a lateral suture technique as opposed to TPLO or TTA. I don't remember what the cost was. Her dog is now 5 years old and competes in agility. She hasn't had any further issues with her knees and the suture has held up so far. Hopefully, that's not what you are facing with Dexter, though. Edited because I called it the wrong thing. Also, I thought this was interesting regarding TPLO.
  18. I know it's been said by almost everyone else here, but I'm saying it again. Get her to the vet and have her thoroughly checked out. Whenever I have a "mellow" puppy, I immediately worry about his/her health and get him/her to the vet. It's not normal and is usually a sign that the puppy is sick. Also, PLEASE do some research on feeding raw. If all you are feeding your puppy is chicken thighs, she is not gettting proper nutrition. I can't stress that enough. If you can't feed a proper, nutritionally-balanced raw diet, then you are much better off feeding her a high quality kibble.
  19. Yay! Congrats to you! I can't wait to see puppy pictures.
  20. Love USDAA, too! Glad you had a good experience. My favorites are the tournaments and Snooker. But, why do they always have to run the thinking games first thing in the morning?! I know that USDAA is doing a study on jump heights right now. I hope they will revise their jump heights after that. It won't really affect me, but I know a lot of people who avoid competing in USDAA because of the jump heights. I would love to see a little more even distribution of the heights.
  21. One reason that I would tend to think that she's a mix is that, at least around here, it would be pretty rare for an entire litter of purebred border collie puppies to be dropped off at a shelter. Not that this doesn't or hasn't happened. But, it's pretty rare [here]. But, until she grows a bit more, it's going to be tough to know what she'll look like as an adult. I give you Exhibit A. This is a puppy from a litter of puppies dumped at a shelter at about 4 weeks old. He's doing his very best, "I'm a border collie puppy" imitation here. Here's the same puppy all grown up. Clearly, some sort of short-legged dog is in his ancestry.
  22. I'll also add that my border collie, Charlie, is 6 years old now and I think he is the perfect age. He is old enough and mature enough to be a real pleasure to be around; yet, young enough and healthy enough to be up for any activity I want to do with him.
  23. You could always add this one AND get a younger one.
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