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  1. My old boy died in February, and by April I realized I was ready for another dog. But my work year (teacher) didn't end until June, so I had two full months of searching and thinking before I could bring a dog home. I fell in love with probably two or three dogs over those two months, and watched them get adopted before I was ready. The day before my school year ended, this ridiculous little dog - not at all what I had been looking for! - popped up on the website of a rescue that had approved me. But they described her as quiet, housebroken, shy, and loving. I wrote the coordinator, t
  2. Good luck! I've just adopted my little girl, and I understand how hard it can be with applying to various rescues, finding that the dog you wanted was adopted, etc.. I hope this one is exactly what you're looking for!
  3. I'm relieved it was the nurse/tech and not the vet also. I expect more from a vet - with all the training - than I would from a tech. Congrats on your better-behaved dog!
  4. I don't have a lot of advice, but am so familiar with the "New = Bad" experience. I would have a familiar friend visit, one my old dog loved, and if she went to the bathroom and then reappeared, it was like a serial killer had entered my home! Ditto on people appearing "suddenly" at the park (from around a bend in the path). If Buddy wasn't expecting something, if it happened without preparation, it was MUCH worse. It also seems to be context. If someone my dog knew appeared in the wrong context, it bothered him A LOT. For example, we walked every morning with the same woman and dog.
  5. So sad to read of Luke's passing. He was obviously dearly loved. Thanks for giving him such a good life.
  6. So sorry. It's devastating. Good luck with your research.
  7. I think it's very important to see the difference between the goal and the path we take to get there. My old dog was fabulous for his last five years: he'd let the vet poke and prod him, take treats from strangers, happily walk in crowded parks, joyfully move through the loud, crowded, busy flea market. He lay calmly on the floor while I removed the stitches from his chest after surgery. But in his first year with me? He was muzzled at the vet. He freaked out when close to other dogs. Men looking him in the eye terrified him. Fast movements. Bicycles. Noises. Crowds. He was in
  8. Very scary! My sister's little dog came up not wanting to eat one Sunday morning. VERY strange for that dog. We talked about it on the phone. By Sunday afternoon, the dog was lethargic and couldn't swallow. We took her to the e-vet, and they thought it was probably some kind of sore throat/cold thing. Gave her Rimadyl and sent her home. The next morning, the dog had a LARGE lump on the outside of her neck. My brother-in-law pressed on it, and it burst, releasing a bunch of fluid and puss. They took the dog back to the vet, and the vet found a finger-sized stick lodged way in t
  9. I'm on the "leash the dogs" side. For the sake of my old dog, who would overreact and snark when any other dog got too close, and for the sake of my new dog, who is just shy and scared of everything, and doesn't need off-leash dogs added to the list of scary things at the vet. I always muzzled my old boy at the vet when I first got him -and for several years after it was no longer necessary. There was no shame in it at all - it stayed in his notes and new techs would ask about it every time they took his temperature until our last visit. Seemed very reasonable to me! I recently met
  10. My old dog always had a medium undercoat, but I do remember a change in his coat when he hit full maturity - maybe at around 5? He got weird tufts of undercoat-like hair where he'd never had them, along the bony parts of his front and back legs. Kind of like hairiness that develops on older humans, whiskers where they'd neve been before?
  11. I wonder how the vet would react if she were unwillingly brought, in pain and after a fairly traumatic surgical procedure she didn't understand, to an intensely smelly building where a complete stranger tried to shove something up her butt.
  12. OMG. Some local kid lost a hand playing with fireworks today. And the local news stations are all saying things like, "Now, authorities want to know WHERE the boy got the explosives!" Um. He got them from his dumbass parents, who drove over the New Hampshire border 10 minutes away and stocked up on a summer's worth of explosives, then put them in the shed where the kids could get at 'em.
  13. Thanks for all the replies. I will go with your advice and my instinct and not push Cricket outside her safe place. And I will start "loading a clicker" today, though I'm going to use mouth clicks, because when I'm walking the dog I often have a full poop bag in one hand and a leash in the other - I've always thought it'd be really hard to time clicks correctly while managing so much paraphernalia! She really is learning quickly: started responding to her new name after 3 days, seems to fully understand "wait" and "kennel up" (maybe was taught at her foster home?), and is happy to stop d
  14. I know I remember reading a book about treating difficult dogs (maybe by Nicholas Dodman?) where they specifically discussed the sudden increase in thunder and fireworks phobia at the average age of 7.
  15. My vet told me the other day that I should watch for mammary tumors, since my new dog had at least one litter before being spayed. He said that the risk of mammary tumors in dogs who've had at least 2 heats goes up 25%. (I commented that that seems evolutionarily counterproductive. Seems as though evolution should, over millennia, favor dogs who are fertile - only dogs who reproduce leave their genes behind. But I suppose historically most dogs would likely have repoduced and died before tumors became their cause of death.) That SkeptVet article was helpful. Not all the evidence in th
  16. VERY loud this year! And all of Friday and Saturday evenings and nights. ::Sigh:: I had brief hopes for a rainy July 4th... but the rain came through and passed with plenty of time for people to explode things. The new dog Cricket doesn't seem overly stressed, thank the universe. I tried to leave her loose in the house for her first night, though (she doesn't like being upstairs), but with the noise she was pacing and whining. When I brought her up to her bedroom crate, she ran in happily, as if relieved.
  17. OK! My new dog has been home for a week now, and I'd like some general advice about early training. She's a shy girl, and quite submissive as far as I can tell. It took her 2 days (of longing looks and invitations) before she would sit next to me on the couch. She won't go near her food until I'm explicit that it is HER food, not mine, and that she is welcome to eat it. She won't take chicken from my hands if she is at all spooked by anything (quick movements, a loud noise, a stranger on the road). She will leave me to explore the yard, but quickly runs back to me for reassurance when
  18. To be fair to the stereotypers, before I got Buddy I only knew what I'd read about BCs from reading literature put out by BC enthusiasts! And I was distinctly avoiding the breed, because of the stereotypes: will herd and nip children, incredibly intense energy needs, needs a job, will drive a normal working person crazy. I understand the desire to not have BCs placed in unsuitable homes, especially after "Babe" and the sudden popularity of the breed, and the inevitable glut of ignorant people getting in over their heads. And I think those stereotypes are largely true when comparing BCs t
  19. This might belong more in the thread of "when did you know your dog was YOUR dog?"... I brought my new rescue dog Cricket home this past Saturday. She's skittish and shy - when I walk her on leash, she is constantly looking at me, as if to make sure I'm still there. If another person or dog approaches, she hides behind my legs. Everything is potentially dangerous to her - her Kong, the little flat squeaky toy I bought for her, the kitchen sink. She moves slowly and cautiously around everything. I introduced her to my sister's dogs (two small American Eskimos) with a walk the other
  20. D'Elle, I got tears in my eyes remembering Kelso and how great it was to follow his story!
  21. I agree that reading up a lot before even considering a shock collar is a great idea! I was one of those "weird" dog walkers with my "weird" old boy, who was fear-reactive and didn't like being approached by strange dogs. My dog had a very solid recall, and was 100% reliable to stay calm as long as I could keep a little distance between him and strangers. But when other owners let their dogs charge at my dog, they put me in the middle of a dog fight, attached to it by a leash. It's my job to monitor MY dog - no one else's. So, you are absolutely correct to not want your dog approaching
  22. I had to drive my dog to my father's condo in the over-62 complex last year, and stay till midnight. (That was during the official town fireworks - all the "smaller" neighborhood festivals were just tiny meltdowns.) I am OK with folks around here breaking the state law forbidding fireworks. Whatever. I just wish they would do it in the week before and after the 4th... and from sunset till 10, say. What is the POINT of fireworks at 10 a.m. anyway? ::Sigh::
  23. It sucks to learn that! But I agree that sometimes overknowledge isn't helpful, especially when there's no guarantee of symptoms. Good luck!
  24. Another great foster bio that clearly illustrates the personality of the dog! I'm happy that these are getting posted here on the BC forums. I like all the breed rescues on Facebook, but this is a good all-purpose place for anyone who's interested in a BC, a nice source for sharing! Good luck.
  25. Chan: that is a FANTASTIC video! It clearly highlights the dog's personality very well. As someone who's been looking on rescue sites for 2 months, I can tell you that you did a most excellent job there. Good work. Mary
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