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  1. It's not true that once your dog tests positive for Lyme (or other TBDs) that they will always test positive. I've never had a dog stay positive on the SNAP4DX test after treatment. For me, the Preventic collar (on 2 dogs) and the Seresto collar (on one dog) worked great this year - everyone is negative so far.
  2. He looks like a really sweet guy and he was well loved. I'm glad that your wife made it home and was with him.
  3. I had a dog that I put on Prozac for about a year. We had moved from a fairly rural house to a tightly packed suburban house and he was scared of certain noises - he'd get a panicked look, shake, sometimes try to hide. Sometimes the noises were things I couldn't even hear and there was no real pattern to it. He also started breaking out of crates which resulted in some broken teeth. The vet and I hoped that the Prozac would help him deal with the sounds and stop the destructive behavior. It took about 6-8 weeks but he did stop being so sound sensitive and he was able to be crated again. As for side effects, he definitely lost some of his spark (that's the best way I can describe it). He was always great at catching a frisbee but on the Prozac he'd still try to catch it but would miss more than usual and sometimes when he'd land after jumping for it he'd lose his footing. After about a year I decided to wean him off the Prozac to see if he would be ok without it and he was. I didn't like the dog he was while on it but it definitely broke the cycle of the behavior.
  4. I have a Creekside dog, Abe. He's been a successful sheepdog for me (and we dabbled in a little bit of agility - he was brilliant). Great temperament, lots of drive, very talented. He's a littermate to the dam of her most recent litter. I've got nothing but good things to say about Fiona, her dogs, her breeding plans. Definitely contact her and get on her list and be prepared for her to be very thorough in her puppy-buyer vetting process. She doesn't breed very often but if you are willing to wait, you'll end up with a really nice puppy.
  5. I have two males who do not get along - 6 years old and 11 years old. The younger male, Abe, was a typical young jerk and the older male, Dash, put up with it until Abe was about 1.5 years old and since then they need to be separated much of the time. Abe was neutered at 2.5 and Dash when he was young so not an example of two intact males. Abe's behavior with Dash was about 50% of why he got neutered. Since Abe I've had 3 other dogs - 1 male and 2 females. Abe and the male got along fine but I sold him when he was about a year and a half so I'm not sure if that might have changed as he got older (I think it wouldn't have) and he's gotten along fine with the females. Abe, like Nick, will get his hackes up with intact, dominant acting males. I love males and prefer them to females but have been hesitant to have an intact male while Abe's still around.
  6. Donald- The trial was wonderful and I really enjoyed the musicians. We were the last sheepdog handlers there (except for Alice playing her drum), though Tom Wilson nearly stayed until the end too. They ended at 10:30 (or at least they packed up their instruments then) but perhaps they took them out again later. It was a real treat to sit in on what was basically a jam session by some very talented musicians. I wish more of the sheepdoggers would have stayed to listen! The hospitality is top notch, thank you so much. Looking forward to next year...or the next time you host the trial. Carolyn
  7. I have one who at 5 months looked like he'd have hardly any coat at all. He ended up with a huge amount of coat by the time he was 2!
  8. I have a dog I use one on. He's scared of thunder, fireworks, etc. It definitely seems to make him less anxious and worried. I've been using it for about 4 years now.
  9. Or her liver enzymes are high because there's something else going on. Just a thought. Did the vets do any other blood work? At 39 lbs I'd treat with 400mg doxy a day (200 am and pm) for 8 weeks. As Julie mentioned the tick-l list is a great resource. Join and post there and you will get good advice.
  10. What test did you do? A SNAP4 or did you send blood out for antibody testing? What antibiotic is she on and what dosage?
  11. Go to www.cleanrun.com and go to events. There's a tab there to search for a trainer or club. Also you can google agiledogs which is an l-soft list. Join it and post looking for a recommendation near you. Clean Run also has a yahoo group and you might be able to ask there for a training recommendation.
  12. It is a great opportunity. I've been twice and learned a lot. The only bummer is if no lambs are both the day you're there. The first time I went only one ewe lambed and the second time no ewes lambed. That said, it was still very, very informative with some great speakers and great topics. You get to be very hands on with the lambs already born.
  13. Are you on Facebook? You could join the NEBCA handlers tent and ask for recommendations. I think the closest people to you might be in Quebec. Check the breeders directory for NEBCA and just email or call. If they can't help you they will point you to someone who can.
  14. I understand how you feel. If I were you, rather than risk injury to dog/sheep/human, I'd go about making memories that are less dangerous to all concerned. My 12 year old isn't a couch potato either. He was a successful agility dog and had more than a few turns on sheep when he was young and I was starting out in herding but now he's so precious to me I'd never risk injuring him by putting him on sheep. Your original question was "Is it too late?". My opinion is yes.
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