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  1. I took Cricket back to that park yesterday, very early in the morning (in hope it would be more solitary). We stepped far off the path a couple times, which usually cues other owners into the fact that we don't want to meet their dogs. One big dog came trotting up, and the owner (too far to do anything) called, "He's friendly!" I picked Cricket up and said, "She doesn't know that!" The owner apologized. I ran into the big black pyrenees/flat coat mixes, too, and picked her up. That one dog is VERY big! The owner was all, "He just wants to play!" I said, "Well, she's very frightene
  2. Grrrr. I have written SO MANY posts about my old reactive BC Buddy, and the stupidity of owners calling, "My dog is friendly" as their big, idiot lab charged at Buddy. Setting me up to be leashed in the middle of a dog fight, or their own dog to get a punctured ear. Last weekend I was walking my new dog Cricket in a local wooded park. The rules of the park are posted at every entrance: dogs are to be under control of owners at all time, and should be leashed when approaching others. Because even if your dog is friendly, OTHER PEOPLE MIGHT NOT WANT TO BE APPROACHED BY THEM. So, I'm
  3. I'm not a huge fan of having a dog in my bed. I like my bed clean, smelling like summer breezes. I let Buddy in, because thunder terrified him, and the only way I could get any rest was to ease his barking panic by resting my hand on him. With this new dog Cricket, I have been strong. She hasn't been invited up. She sleeps on the couch or in her crate. (Crate if there's a critter outside and she's scared. She will "kennel up" herself for reassurance.) But last night! At 1:30, something spooked her bad. She jumped off the couch and ran into my bedroom and jumped right into th
  4. So sorry to hear this! She was dearly loved, and as shown by the photos, loving.
  5. Sorry... just saw your request to know how to save a search on eBay. I just did a search for that book, which did not show up as available. But right at the top of the results page, there's a link to click for "follow this search." I think if you sign in to eBay with your account, it will let you keep that search in records, so when a book comes available, it will notify you. (It used to be called "saved searches" but I think it works the same way.) Good luck!
  6. So sorry to hear this! You haven't been with him nearly long enough. Good wishes for a stable future.
  7. She's good, thanks for asking. The original age estimate was 5 years, but based on her interactions with my sister's dogs, zoomie speed and occasional bouts of frustrated yapping when she doesn't get her way, I'm guessing she's more like 1 or 2. She was definitely a teenage mother. She's starting to be willing to meet other dogs face-to-face, as long as they're not tugging to get at her. As far as I can tell, she never reacts aggressively to dogs - she just backs away as much as she can. It's a whole nother world, having a dog who can be bumped into and touched by dogs and people wit
  8. I have had my new dog just about two months now. She came out of a hoarding case in the south; the owner had 50 dogs on the property when he was evicted and animal control took them. So, i don't think she had a background particularly rich in human interaction or language and commands. She was with a good foster home for several weeks before I got her, but even in that home she was among many foster dogs. In the 8 weeks I've had her, I'm AMAZED at how much she has come to understand - especially the normal daily language (verbal and body) interactions humans have with their dogs. I wan
  9. Buddy got sprayed once, top of his head, not near his eyes, and I used the skunk remedy above. It completely removed the odor - five hours after the spraying, I had him at the flea market and no one could smell skunk on him. The other time he got sprayed, it was all over his face, so I couldn't really drench the fur where it needed drenching and YES, we still got a whiff of odor every time he got wet... right up until his next shed. I think a lot of the success has to do with whether the oil from the skunk has time to absorb into the dog's fur. The Dawn does a good job of emusifying
  10. I was sitting in my yard when I heard a high, loud scream from the yard two houses away. Then I heard absolutely panicked screaming from my neighbor and her son-in-law, who live in the house. They were shouting the name of their large dog, Lola. Shouting it in absolute panic: LOLA! Get away! Lola NO! LOLA OFF! Screaming like you don't hear coming from adults except in footage of terrible news events. I pictured Lola attacking a small child who was visiting. The screaming continued. I ran over to see if there was anything I could do: watch the other dog, watch the children if necessary.
  11. I agree about trust, and also about the other dog thing. I looked at a lot of rescue websites and a lot of dogs this year, and many rescues will only rehome fearful or timid dogs into homes with another "balanced" dog, because the second dog is so good at building the confidence of the shy one. Play also seems to help. My new girl was "perfect" for about five weeks. She wouldn't touch anything in the house, wouldn't play with the toys, would only walk with me and lie on the couch or in her crate. Five weeks in, she had gotten over her timidity enough to play with a squeaky toy, and tha
  12. OK, let me add this: What are the best books I should read? I'm guessing "Control Unleashed" is going to be #1, and I'll order it tomorrow. What else, to train a solid, well-mannered dog? Thanks!
  13. OK, y'all! You were such a huge help in my working with my old boy, Buddy. I know Cricket (the new girl) technically doesn't have much to recommend her as a border collie, but she is most definitely a DOG, so I'm seeking your help now. I've had the girl 2 months. She was so incredibly soft the first few weeks that she was scared to sit in front of me, scared to get on the couch when invited, scared to touch the toys I'd bought her. She is definitely still tentative in the world, but she's getting much better. She'll meet new smallish dogs happily with only a little nudging, she's lear
  14. Another thought... Contact those Amazon book sellers, too. They have a copy of a book that might sell in 4 years for the price they're asking. Or it might not. If you make a reasonable offer well under their asking price, they might just be happy to get what they can right now. Bird in the hand and all that. Prices on old things really, really depend on the storage capacity and brokeness of the seller as much as the empirical worth of the thing.
  15. Yeah... Those prices are crazy. I used to sell antique books on eBay. People on Amazon can list a book for whatever outlandish price they want, but if the book doesn't sell, then it isn't worth that price. One suggestion... go on eBay and make this an item you're looking for (saved search). Then, if a copy pops up, you'll get an e-mail notice. SOMETIMES people pop a valuable book like this up for $20 because they just don't know why anyone would want a not-really-old border collie book.
  16. It seems strange how our journey through life continues like a story, but the supporting characters change in the middle. I keep looking up as I do something, and thinking, "Last year at this time, Buddy was here." Glad to hear you're on your way to recovery, and that you have a new companion for this section of your story.
  17. OMG yes, energy level is through the roof. My father had a husky mix. I was super-healthy back in the day and would do these 8-mile walks once or twice a week, and the dog came with me. A good chunk of the time she'd be off-leash, making GIGANTIC circles around me the whole time. I do not doubt that she would run 30 miles to my 8. And not be particularly tired when we got home. In fact... now that I think of it... that husky/shepherd mix had MUCH MORE energy when she was young than my border collie had. Something to consider.
  18. I think the video idea is FABULOUS! If you can catch a variety of situations where the dog reacts, you can look for commonalities and patterns. It's a great (and scary) world where we all have video capabilities at our fingertips, all the time. It'd also be cool if someone else could video the situations occurring, so you can watch your own and family members' behaviors - also look for the dog's body language immediately prior to the "snap."
  19. I've been watching "Dog Reunion" videos on YouTube. It seems like there are an infinite number of dogs who go missing during fireworks or lightning storms and are found hundreds of miles away. Some of them, thanks to a microchip, are reunited with owners they haven't seen in months or even years. So, given that dogs can get lost and roam very far, I think it's fair to at least have him scanned for a microchip, in case there's some heartbroken owner somewhere who's been looking for the dog. If he's been on his own for a while, it would explain the notches in the ears and the bad condit
  20. I was out walking Cricket the other night. Was walking with an old dog-walking friend - we've both lost our old dogs and gotten new dogs in the last year. She saw another guy up the street with a pit bull, and said what a sweet, 14-year-old pit bull it was. I vaguely recognized the man from walking Buddy many years ago. I didn't have any solid memories of him - only remembered thinking he was a self-centered, ignorant guy whose dog drove my fear-reactive dog crazy. So, whatever. The dog is 14 now. It's been ten years. I happily walked up to the guy with my friend. His pit bull char
  21. My instinct is also "pain." I wonder if he hid his pain at the vet - my old dog could be entirely stoic at the vet and show no reaction to pain at all, but be the biggest wimp in the world at home. (I think he felt he was under attack at the vet, so couldn't let his guard down.) I also wonder if something didn't happen when he stayed with your relatives - some weird coincidence that he remembers and no one else does. (Shock upon being pet? Stepped on accidentally while being pet?) Keep paying attention to when the snapping happens, too! I've heard so many people say that their
  22. Someone recommended that book before I brought my rescue dog home. I bought a copy cheap off the Internet, read it, and would be happy to pass it along if you'd like. Message me your address and I will put it in the mail. I agree with the "not understanding commands" piece. My dog Cricket had been in a hoarding house in the south before being brought north to rescue. I suspect she had litle human interaction before getting into her foster home. (Though... she loves the couch and the car, so it's also possible she had some good human interaction during her life.) Anyway, she didn't know
  23. I love the name Maple for a dog. My neighbor's son recently brought home a new pup named Maple. Excellent name! (I don't make shapes from fur... but have seen companies that will actually take your dog's shed fur and spin it to yarn and then make you a hat or something out of it!)
  24. So sorry to hear about Cash! That little girl in my avatar is my new dog, whose name is also Cricket. Lost my old Buddy in February, and the space for him in my house is still empty. But the new dogs always create their own space, don't they?
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