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  1. My sister's ancient rescue BC does this. Glad to know it's not just the Old Lady! Brandy is at least 13, possibly closer to 15. She seems to do better for the few days after her Adequan shots. We've all learned to be really vigilant and direct her to the door when she gets the "poop waddle." Luckily, with a fenced yard, Brandy can have free access to outside all day which seems to help a lot.

  2. My GSD mix is banned from all yard games involving people & balls because she also goes for ankles & butts. GSD is the only breed I'm sure is in there, but BC is one of many I'm sure is NOT. The ankle/butt biting thing doesn't mean much about being a BC. From the way she acts, I'd guess my mutt is part heeler, but who knows.

     

    I like Kalooa's funny white & brown face! She looks like she's wearing an ear bonnet :rolleyes:

  3. My two go to bed when I do, which is usually around 9.30, right after their last trip outside.

     

    They get up when my alarm goes off. They are so conditioned to the sound! Depending on the day, it goes off anywhere from 2.30 to 4.30 in the morning (early morning baking shifts). On my one day off a week, if I don't set the alarm, they'll start fussing around 5, but will go back to sleep for 30 min or so if I holler at them.

  4. Despite the fact that he was acting normal, Nick showed some pain in his right hip when the vet did a flexion test. We did an x-ray- they didn't even have to sedate Nick :rolleyes: He just laid there and let them manipulate him. It helps that he LOVES the vet tech more than he loves me... She threatens to keep him every time I take him in.

     

    The x-ray was totally normal. Hips look great, knees look great. The vet figures Nick just badly bruised his leg and hip. He is on reduced activity and no working sheep for a week.

     

    It was a nice relief to know that nothing major is going on :D

  5. This morning, Nick is much better, although he's still favoring one leg. He's definitely on rest until I can get him to the vet. Poor dog- sitting still is not his favourite activity!

     

    I think heat did play a part in this. It's been a cool spring, and then suddenly it got hotter. Nick hasn't had his summer shave yet, either. It doesn't normally get very hot here- extended temps in the 80's are a rarity- but I'll be watching more closely for signs of heat exhaustion and taking breaks more often.

     

    It's a cool, grey day here today, and I have tons of greenhouse work to do, so the dogs can take it easy. It won't hurt the lambs to have another week or so before they get weaned.

     

    Thanks for the thoughts & advice! I'll update again atfer we see the vet,

  6. Nick & I had a long, hard session loading ewes & lambs in the trailer today. It's been "hot" here- in the upper 80's, which is really hot for this area. Nick did his usual climb in the water trough when we were done, then when he got going again, he was all wobbly in the hind end. At one point when we were working, he took a turn super fast, and bounced off a fence that was hidden by tall grass- we were in a field he's never worked before. No yelp, no slowing down, but I'm thinking he hurt himself. (This is the same dog who ripped his nail off in the field and didn't miss a beat moving sheep.)

     

    Nick doesn't seem to be in pain, I can poke him all over. He took off after my landlady's BC before I could stop him when we got home. He seems to feel fine, but he moves like he's been drinking!

     

    A few hours later, there's only a mild hitch in his gait.

     

    I talked to our local vet, who is AWFUL, and he recommended rest for a few days & watching to see if it gets worse. I called my good vet, but they can't get Nick in until next Tuesday. I live on an island, it's the 4th of July week, and the ferry schedule is atrocious for locals to get off to the mainland... If Nick gets worse, I can take him off to the e-vet. The good vet said rest & med for the pain management. I have some meds on hand that I asked the vet about. Even if he seems fine, I'm still going to have Nick x-rayed next week, just to be sure.

     

    I'm worried about my little brown dog!

  7. Everyone guesses that Nick is a BC, but they always want to know why he's so dusty. He's blue, which really looks like mud-brown or a washed out black. I've had people ask if his coat faded.

     

    Now Lu, the mutt... that's another story. She's obviously got a lot of GSD in her, but anything else is a guess. She does not look pure GSD, by a long shot, but I've had people lament that her ears would be up if I'd taped them when she was a pup. Er, never mind the short coat, short nose, flat head... She's a Maine Country Hound. At least that's what I tell people. Lots of people assume Lu works sheep as well if they've seen Nick work. HA! The sheep would work her! She's firmly convinced the sheep have the power to make the hotwire get her :rolleyes:

  8. We have 20 chickens, and the eggs are good money. We eat the busted ones. Plus the mutt dog is horribly allergic to eggs. Seriously, when she was allergy tested, the list of things that caused a reaction was two pages long! It's easier to just keep any food that causes problems off the floor around here.

     

    I'll try the seaweed. I can't imagine Nick won't eat it- he's the kind of dog who eats pills if you toss them into his food bowl.

  9. There is absolutley no fish going into Nick. Unless someone else wants to come wash bedding & a stinky BC everyday :rolleyes: It's that bad.

     

    My other dog is allergic to soy, but she's allergic to EVERYTHING... except fish! Why does someone hate me so? :D I don't know how Nick tolerates soy. I imagine just fine- it's only fish, and sometimes too many kidneys, that seem to bother his stomach. I've seen both dogs eat kelp on the beach- makes a great toy. I imagine other sea weed would be fine.

     

    Becca, is the dried sea weed okay to feed? I have a bag of dulse around- it's great on popcorn.

     

    Hrm. I was just by the vet's office today. I should have stopped to ask. Mostly, it'd be an excuse to see my vet, who is one incredibly good looking man! :D

  10. Are there any good alternatives to fish oil for dogs? I know my horses get the same Omega benefits from flax, but I've read that dogs don't digest the flax the same way and do not get the benefits.

     

    My mutt, Lu, would quite happily live off nothing but fish, but any fish product of any sort gives Nick diarrhea almost immediatley. Doesn't stop him from eating dead fish on the beach, and the results are foul.

     

    I'd like to give Nick something for the Omega benefits, but it can't be fish based. I myself take Omega oils for the heart benefits (I have a slight heart problem) and the results have been noticeable.

     

    Thanks!

  11. My mutt dog does this. I think it's probably because she was a starvation case, and will eat nearly anything that doesn't get out of her way.

     

    The product is called For-Bid. You sprinkle it on their food. You DO have to do it for ALL dogs in your house (it works for cat poop, too!). It worked for my Lu. I used it for a week, and no more poop eating.

     

    Well, dog poop. Horse, goat, sheep, chicken turds are still fair game...

  12. Living with a man who has spent the last 20 years cheating death changes your outlook on life. I no longer fear death, I no longer see it as an end. Death should not be endless mourning for a soul you will never see again, but a celebration of the time you enjoyed with that soul. Certain beliefs I hold about reincarnation certainly help with this; I firmly believe that we do not end when we die, only change, to reappear to those we love in a different form. This is not to say that I do not mourn when someone I love dies- I certainly do. It is a mourning not for the absolute end, but for the end of one cycle of life. That soul will come back to mine- sometimes almost right away, sometimes years later- but it will come back.

     

    I do raise livestock for meat- lamb, chickens, ducks, turkeys. The lambs are butchered through our mobile slaughter unit, we do the rest ourselves. I am right there to see the exact, undeniable moment of death for every animal I raise. I still dread buthcer days, although I've seen hundreds of individual deaths. The day I no longer have trouble with killing an animal I brought into this world is the day I need to stop raising livestock. It makes it a little easier knowing that most of my animals are raised with a very definite end, but there is the occasional one that is exceptionally hard. After my favourite ewe tried to die during lambing for the second year in a row, I sent her to the freezer. There is a very practical side to raising livestock, and even though my flock is relatively small, they are not pets. That ewe's skin will grace my living room chair.

     

    This last group of lambs and cull ewes I buthcered caused me more grief than any other animals I've butchered. They were mostly from a flock I absorbed from a farm that sold, and the sheep drove me nuts everyday I had them. I was angry with all of them, I couldn't wait to send them to the freezer. Only after they were dead did I realise I'd never made peace with the sheep. It may sound touchy-feely, but if I am going to raise an animal for slaughter I believe I must have great respect for it and honour its soul. They may have short lives, but I want that life to be the best possible. For these last lambs I did, I spent a lot of time projecting a very negative energy upon them. Perhaps that is why, on the same feed, very similar breeding, my home-bred lambs were twice their size.

     

    There can not be birth without death, for every death there is a new life. Every beginning has an end, and every end has a beginning. Do not fear death; enjoy life.

  13. They actually do make a "High Tensile" woven wire in the US. Its like a regular high tensile strand fence with the uprights buitl it. They're wrapped in such a way that the horizontals can stretch and slide a bit, but not so loose that a crafty goat could shove all the strands to one end and get loose. It has worked wonders for my friend who pastures her hogs. We watched two sows get into it once- nearly 2000Lbs of hog slammed into that fence, and it bounced right back!

  14. Julie-

     

    If you ever want any Cotwold fleece- raw, roving, yarn- coloured (dark grey or a lovely pearly white/grey) or white, just ask. I have MOUNTAINS of the stuff... My yarn is processed by a wind-powered wool mill in Maine. I know the folks who started it & visited when I lived there.

     

    Yeah, I have many times when I look at my friend's Shetlands with envy. You can practically kick the things over! Nevermind that Shetlands don't flock worth beans... My largest ewe weighed about 230 Lbs on a scale when she wasn't pregnant. The adult ram I just sold topped 300 Lbs skinny! They're such mellow, easy, thrifty, eat-anything, great-mother sheep, I can deal with the size.

  15. I assumed the "extra" 50 head were replacement ewes & rams. My head count would show less than one lamb per ewe because I alwayd have unbred replacement ewes around. I had some serious shit luck breeding ewe lambs their first fall, so I don't breed them until they're a year old.

     

    Any of my ewes that produce less than one lamb have a one-way ticket to the freezer (excpet one ancient ewe who my lives with the goats).

  16. Hey, if y'all get the chance, check out any Cotswold breeders who might be at the MD wool show. I know we've got some folks who usually go... No real reason, I just think everyone should spend some time oohing and ahhing over the Cots. They are the best breed, you know :rolleyes:

     

    ((Except for days like today when the yearling ewes find a hole in the fence... of course, the old, dead-dog-broke crossbred ewes were too fat to fit through...))

  17. Nick came with the name. I don't love it, I don't hate it, and it fits him. My BIL calls him Lick or Licky Boy, because this dog's tongue is constantly moving! He'll lick you to death if you're not careful. I call him Mr Fuzz Butt because he has a serious butt-fro. He's also Little Brown Dog becaue he's smaller than Lu and very, very brown.

     

    Lu was Sheba at the shelter- blech! She looked like a Lili when I first saw her, and so it was. My sister took to calling her Lili Lu, it got shortened to just Lu. I started calling her Lu Lu Be, which led to singing "I love LuLu Be, LuLu Be tuna..." (Bumblebee Tuna), so now she's the Tuna Dog :rolleyes:

  18. Thanks, Becca. I glanced through their website, and noticed that the formulas were all 70-80+% meat.

     

    We have this added problem of living on an island, so unless a company distributes with someone who has a cold truck, or can get stuff to one of our already-in-use pick up spots on the mainland, we can't carry certain frozen/chill things... I'm pretty sure we looked into the Nature's Variety, but getting it here was nearly impossible. The joys of living here!

  19. Were thinking of picking this product up in the store where I currently work (for another two weeks). It's a USDA-certified orgainc frozen raw food for dogs. I was wondering if anyone had tried it or heard of it before. We have a lot of people here who buy the brand of frozen, raw food we currently carry (Primal Pet).

     

    Would anyone who feeds raw be willing to look at the website and let me know what they think? I only sort-of feed partially raw (ie, my dogs eat mostly kibble garnished with lamb bits), and wouldn't pretend to know what I was doing.

     

    www.PawNaturaw.com

     

    Thanks!

  20. Well, I got sheep THEN the dog, so I think I'm even loonier... but what the hey! What's 100 sheep to mow the lawn?!

     

    You know it's only called the "dark side" because whatever you're wearing get's "dark"er when you fall in sheep poop while trying to maintain balance running backwards trying to stay in front of the sheep your over-exuberant pushy dog is trying to run over the top of you, right?

     

    Oh, wait. Is that just me? :rolleyes:

     

    Have fun. Sheep are addictive.

  21. My bro-in-law once made the mistake of leaving Lu alone, loose in their old apartment. Lu has (had?) some wierd seperation anxiety issues, but has always been fine alone in a crate (I say had? because I'm too afraid to test it!). She opened their pantry and cleaned out the bottom shelf... She didn't eat a thing. Instead, she hid bags of granola, nuts, chocolate, etc all over the place. In the wood pile (wood heat), under desks, behind furniture. Sis months later, they were still finding things.

     

    Lu has done things like that a couple times. Not so much naughty, but a wacky story. I have no idea what she is- maybe she's part squirrel? :rolleyes:

  22. Most folks assume I have a stronger relationship with Nick since he's my working dog, but it's the mutt Lu who I have the real bond with.

     

    If Nick had to go away right now, I'd be sad, but I know I'd get over it. If Lu had to go, I'd be a wreck. She's been "my dog" from the moment I saw her picture, six months before I adopted her. We understand each other. She's just "my Lu." I have no idea really what drew us together. It just is. She's not the sweetest dog around, half the time she ignores what I'm telling her, she's farily snarky to other dogs, and she's pushy.... but she's my Lu.

     

    Poor Scott (the human male in my life)... when it became apparant he was sticking around, he and Lu had to come to an agreement. Lu lets him have his time with me, so long as he remembers I was her's first!

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