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  1. I flew with a dog from Canada to the US. He'd gone from the US to Canada by car. Aside from the fact that he was in Canada *just* long enough for his health papers to expire, it wasn't a big deal. He was up there for training, and so I took him to the trainer's vet & got new papers. Flying with a dog gets you through customs REALLY quickly :)


    US-Canada isn't usually a problem. I found a customs or import/export website & got all the proper health papers & vaccinations. I'm not sure about shipping a dog unattended, but I can't imagine it's that much more trouble.


    Alaska Airlines, if they are an option, was absolutely awesome. I've also flown a dog attended, and shipped one unattended on Delta with no trouble. All three dogs flew in the fall/winter. There can be summer weather restrictions.


    You might make sure you wouldn't have trouble shipping a dog from Canada, if you're not a Canadian citizen. It was definitely easier flying across the boarder than driving... but we were crossing between WA & BC, where the road crossings are always freakin' busy no matter what time of day or year.

  2. I've read that often the bile regurg is due to diet. Water content of the food triggers pepsin production and pepsin triggers the release of hydrochloric acid. Stomach acid at the right level encourages the valve at the top of the stomach to close completely. I don't know how true it is, but there you go.


    Slightly backwards. Gastric secretion is stimulated by the thought, taste, smell, etc of food. Cells produce pepsinogen, which is activated BY the low pH (and by active pepsin) into pepsin, which digests protein. Secretion is mostly under hormonal regulation. Water content of food shouldn't have much to do with that, except that more water could equal more volume which would stimulate stretch receptors in the stomach wall. Food entering the stomach causes the pH to rise, which triggers the release of more HCl & pepsinogen... It's all one giant loop cycle.


    The pyloric sphincter is mostly controlled from the top- it's opened by a bolus of food from the esophagus pressing on it. Otherwise, it's generally closed. When it goes wrong is when you get acid reflux... or barf, although the vomit reflex is more complicated.


    The stomach secretions have a low pH, period- mostly to help kill off bacteria & other protein-based bugs. The stomach does very little in terms of actual digestion & absorption- it's a storage compartment to hold food & mix it with gastric juices. Most digestion occurs in the small intestine.


    This has been your physiology nerd PSA for the day.


    I feed my dogs twice a day, although Hoot has gone through periods when he only eats every third meal or only half his meals or... for his entire life. Nick is the only Border Collie I know who could out-eat a Lab & and a Beagle, and then eat them, too.

  3. Alprazolam (Xanax) has worked wonders for Hoot. Combined with behavior modification, he's gone from complete, unthinking panic to going & hiding in one of his "spots" when it thunders. As an added bonus, both dogs now associate bad weather with the peanut butter jar :)


    I like that I don't have to give Hoot alprazolam every day, plus it's cheap. Neither L-theanine or melatonin did anything for him. The lowest dose of alprazolam did the trick, though.

  4. I have a soft crate for travel. Both my boys would kennel up in a paper bag. However... Hoot (5 yrs) knows how to undo the zipper on the soft crate, and Nick (10 yrs) makes it roll by pushing on the sides. I found Hoot curled up in the crate with the zipper undone, and Nick stuck against a wall with the crate at an odd angle :) If I were you, I'd get an appropriately sized solid or foldable metal crate for now. I'd worry about your pup chewing its way out of the soft crate, and subsequently learning that it CAN do that. A solid crate for an 11 Lb dog is pretty manageable (the crate for the boyfriend's 23 Lb dog is tiny compared to my 45-50 Lb dogs' crates). Buy a soft crate later when your dog is an adult, and has an attention span longer than the average gnat's :)


    I have the same crate as the post above mine linked to. It's light & foldable, but still kind of large. I might have the size larger- Hoot only weighs 50 Lbs, but 90% of that is legs.

  5. My Hoot, who is quirky even for a Border Collie, makes connections, rational or not, between things that happen simultaneously. I would not put it beyond him to make this connection. He'll hold on to things for weeks sometimes. He currently has to run down, then back up, the stairs at meal times. I have NO IDEA why. I mostly ignore his weird behavior & carry on as normal (although his normal is always a bit off...). Eventually, he quits. If you can rule out some other cause/sound/event, it may just be a waiting game & making no big deal of this until Seana "un"connects the events.


    The suggestion of taking her to the vet for treats, etc is a great one. If that's too much, drive through the parking lot & continue on your way. Then stop for a potty break. Then go in. I promise, if you explain things to the staff, they'll understand. They've probably seen weirder :) My boys think the vet is a box full of snack dispensers & belly rubs...

  6. Unlike a DQ or RT, STD was treated like a Time- the handler still got their points "on the board" at the BG. It didn't count much for placings, but it could help with points toward qualifying for finals, if the Open classes were run as separate trials (I'm not sure they were- Sue?). A couple people only ran in one Open class, and at least once handler who DQ'ed in round I did quite nicely in round II.

  7. Oh, my old Lu, a mutt of uncertain origin, was most certainly both willful and stubborn. She was as smart & quick to learn as my Border Collies, and she knew plenty of stuff. She just... chose to ignore it most of the time. She would torment a dog-trainer friend of mine, completely ignoring (not even blowing off, just downright ignoring) his attempts at correction or behavior modification. Half the time, if you asked her to do something, she'd give you this look like, "I know what you want, I just don't feel like it." And walk away. She'd persist in attempting something she wanted so hard, she wore you down until she got it. She put BC persistence to shame.


    Lu was a sweet, sweet dog, rarely caused trouble, and was pretty much always within 5 feet of me. She'd been feral/stray and then in a hoarding situation, and I have no doubt that she would have survived just fine on her own. I dearly loved that dog, and I put up with a lot from her that I wouldn't have if she'd been truly "badly" behaved. Sure, she almost never did what I wanted, but it wasn't such a big deal when what she wanted was pretty much harmless. I miss that damn dog! :)

  8. Here's the one piece of advice I can give you on trialling, since I am not anywhere close to being a dog trainer or even a very good handler. A judge at one of my first novice trials told the handlers this: Do not be afraid to retire. You gain more respect by knowing when to call it quits than to keep yelling at a dog in a run going to hell.


    Good luck, have fun. Make mistakes & learn from them. My very first trial ever, I ran the sheep over the judge. Literally.... Talk about embarrassing! Thank goodness the judge was understanding & laughed it off.

  9. You're over-reacting. I'll just say it.


    During routine bloodwork, my good working dog was found to be HW+. He wasn't on HW preventatives because I lived in an area where it wasn't recommended because of an incredibly low incidence of HW. He survived the months of crate rest and the injections just fine, aside from gaining some weight. Many, MANY dogs are treated for HW. My dog is now 10, sound & healthy as can be. He never missed a beat, went on to work nearly every day, run in trials, and is now enjoying a more-or-less retired lifestyle- my life changes being the cause, not his. He'd rather we were still raising sheep.


    No known purebred Border Collie has been shown to have the mdr1-1delta mutation (the mutation that leads to the adverse reactive to ivermectin), at least from what I've read. Liz is correct in that the slow kill method is basically doing nothing.


    Get to a vet, get the current best treatment, follow their protocols. The longer you wait to treat, the more likely the HW will cause problems.

  10. Emily, a good number of the stockdog folks in western WA call both me and my dog Nick. He came with the name, but I doubt I'll ever give a dog a human name again! Our names have even been reversed on a score sheet- I apparently have a great outrun but a mediocre cross-drive :) No one has called me Hoot yet...


    And yes, there really is a trial almost every weekend in WA/OR/ID, especially western WA. It's VERY hard to start a new trial because every weekend is taken. Most trials are small, local affairs, but there are the big ones, too. Even in the winter, a couple people hold training trial series- you're likely to run in a downpour, but the entry fees are cheap & you get all your time even after you retire.

  11. Here's the thing that doesn't get mentioned often enough, and is becoming an issue in our modern, internet-connected, must-have-it-now world:


    A lot of great stockdog breeders and trainers don't have websites, don't update websites, or don't list potential breedings and available puppies. There often AREN'T available puppies, because a lot of folks don't breed until they want a pup from the cross AND enough other people have expressed interest in the cross. Most pups are pre-sold, and unless a litter is unexpectedly large (I know a bitch who can't count less than 10, apparently. Once was a surprise, twice was a fluke!) or a buyer backs out, pups are often not available.


    You're in the PNW. There's a sheepdog trial every weekend in the summer and fall, often more than one. Some are small, some are huge events. Every one of them is filled with people who will answer your questions, talk to you, and help you on your way. The WA Assoc of Stockdog Handlers and the OR Sheepdog Society page both list trials, as does the USBCHA website. Word of mouth and personal connection goes a long way in the stockdog community. Many people are happy to talk about their dog's flaws as well as its good points. You might even come across someone who has a stockdog prospect who just isn't working out or doesn't have the working instinct (You never know, though. I know someone who was practically given a young dog who "wouldn't work sheep" as a pet/agility dog. At 3 yrs old, that dog turned on to sheep and was doing pretty nicely in local trials.) A lot of those folks are involved in rescue, too, and a good recommendation from one of them can rocket your application to the top of the list for a dog in rescue.

  12. My nearly 10-yr old MALE dog who is on PPA for incontinence attracts all sorts of attention from other male dogs who are typically surprised to find that 1) he is not, in fact, an in-season female, and 2) he has teeth and is not afraid to use them (despite the fact that he's about the most tolerant dog alive.)

  13. Maine Organic Farmer's and Gardner's Association, http://mofga.org/


    Consider they're apprentice program, if you can afford a summer off. I think it's still running.


    I lived in Maine for a number of years. Get to know the MOFGA folks. They're a great crowd & a big help. If you've never been to the Common Ground Country Fair, go this year. It's in Unity in late September.

  14. Merle is dominant, correct? So if your dog isn't a merle (cryptic or not), it doesn't carry the merle gene.


    ETA: Oh, duh. Of course merle is dominant. Otherwise, every merle would be a "double merle." Answered my own question.


    Unlike red, which is recessive, and can "hide" for generations.

  15. My Nick was castrated at 4. He spent the next year acting like an average dog, then all the behaviors came back. He's nearly perfect anyway, so it was nothing of concern, but he has caused some commotion at trials when he goes sniffing around a bitch. He gained something of a reputation as a "heat detector" because bitches coming in to or in standing heat LOVE him. They'd seek him out. Looking back, I would have left him intact, but it's not a huge deal, and I'm much more confident in my ability to handle an intact dog now than I was then.


    Hoot came to me castrated. He's such an incredible jerk now, I can't imagine what he'd be like intact. I have a feeling I might have had him done because of behaviour issues, but then again, if he'd been with me from the start, maybe he'd be different dog. Or not. He seems pretty hard-wired to be a total ass.

  16. My barely-there tri has about six tan hairs total. Some of his littermates look like the classic tri, but the other's barely show it.


    You can see the tan on his hind leg, and the barest hint of eyebrows. The person at the licensing place didn't believe me when I wrote "black/white/tan" on the sheet.


    Here's Hoot, in front of what he thinks is the biggest pile of toys, ever.




    You should name your puppy Mine. I have a bad case of puppy fever :)

  17. Who's Zac's sire? Nick is by Debbie Bailey's Ben. Nick is the happiest dog alive. He puts most Labs to shame. If he had a thought bubble, it would pretty much always say, "Yay!" He's insanely sweet, incredibly tolerant, and has far more talent on stock than I could ever bring out. He was my first "real" stockdog & I couldn't ask for a better one. He'll be 10 in June, and is more or less retired, mostly because I don't have sheep any more. Nick just kinda rolls with whatever comes along.

  18. We have various rugs made of Flor tiles. They're absolutely awesome. You can pull them up individually and hose/scrub the dirty one off. Really handy with an old dog with an old injury that's left her semi-incontinent. They're heavy enough that my boys don't move the rugs when they get to rough housing- and they can really tear around this house (Like they did this morning. At 4 am. Really?!)



  19. My friend's dog recently had an eye removed after being hit by a car. Her dog isn't quite as old as yours, but she's not young, either. Her dog was mopey for about a day, and was back to as normal as could be in a week. Only difference now is that the poor dog tends to get conked on the head with the ball- she doesn't seem to have figured out that she can't see out of one side of her head. Hopefully your old gal's recovery is just as speedy & uneventful.

  20. From my years of watching many, many horses move, here's what I think:


    1) That white leg is throwing things off. It attracts the eye & makes it look like he's moving it differently.


    2) In the beginning, when he's supposed to be walking, he gets very pacey (lateral pairs moving together instead of diagonal pairs). If it's a not a gait you're used to seeing, it makes them (horses or dogs) look lame because it moves their bodies oddly. In horses prone to it, you often see it when they're being held back.


    3) He does start off looking stiff, both behind and in the right front. The right front looks like it's coming from higher up- like the shoulder- but that can be very deceiving.


    4) He moves quite even at the trot. Nearly all dogs track off to one side at the trot (hind feet land either inside or outside of the front feet instead of directly in line), so a little sideways from behind isn't necessarily abnormal


    5) While the eagerness to take off running is not exactly uncommon in Border Collies, he seems quite comfortable doing those rapid stops & turns, which would indicate relatively good levels of soundness. Grain of salt: Both of my dogs have come up from working stock limping & bloody at various times from minor injuries. I didn't even know a thing was wrong because they just. don't. quit.


    5) Have the rads done, even if just for your peace of mind. You'll also have a baseline to go off of if he ends up with an injury in the future.


    If your man there ever needs a job, he should hire himself out for horse inspections. He's got the trot-turn-trot-turn-animal on the judges side thing down :)

  21. If the lamb died during the birthing, and it wasn't overly traumatic for the ewes, she should be fine. Make sure she has access to water & decent feed without a lot of competition. I've had to cut lambs up inside a ewe to get them out, an the ewe recovered with no additional help.


    If the ewe is eating & drinking, able to stand and lie down sternal, then she'll likely be fine with some rest. If the birth was traumatic or dirty, then I'd keep a close eye out for infections.

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