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  • Birthday 05/01/1986

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    Columbus, OH
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    reading, writing, photography, entertaining my pup and kittay, going to class, spending copious amounts on books and shoes and purses, riding, embroidery, watching tons of movies, telling people where the bathroom is located in your local Barnes & Noble
  1. I bought a FURminator and tried to use it on my girl but she hates that more than regular brushing. The closest thing to what it does (i think) is a rake. Gets out the undercoat and any tangles or snarls as well. Maybe try training her to not be scared of the brush, like clicker training. Just shape the behavior you want and treat a lot? That's kinda what I do. I'll hold onto a treat and she'll try to get at it and I can brush away.
  2. I've had everyone from little kids to shelter workers say that my girl is a HUSKY!!! A husky! Maybe its the gay tail.... But seriously, does she look like a husky?
  3. Skipper 5 yr old BC: - alarm clock ( 7AM on the nose, she sticks hers in my face and does her little growly song) - couch indenter - floor dirtier - guardian of all 20 sq ft of grass in the backyard - lawn mower (i swear she eats as much grass as a horse) - bed warmer - best friend I wuv my doggie
  4. Ok, I'm not sure if it's just a video distortion or maybe just my failure to accurately judge size in videos, but do these dogs look smaller than yours? I feel like if I put my Skip in the ring she'd be a couple of inches taller and maybe longer... and leaner
  5. I don't know if anyone has mentioned this but does she get really active right before she goes? Like is she running up and down the stairs, playing, doing anything that might stimulate her? I can predict rather accurately when my dog will poo based on her activity level (like she'll go after a run around the neighborhood, or she'll take less time to do it before bed if she's been running up and down the stairs chasing toys). That in combo with the food might be escalating things and making them seem worse. Again, this is just based on my experience with my dog and her habits and
  6. I actually don't really like the traditional b&w unless its an unusual pattern. I love tri's (mainly b/c my pup is tri and she's just so gorgeous!). I really love all the colors, they're all unique and purdy. All else being equal, i think i'd avoid the traditional b&w and go for something unusual.
  7. She's around five years old now. The string and ball is a really good idea. I'm gunna go try that.
  8. So the only toys Skip has ever taken too and played with have been a tug-of-war rope, and a silky soft stuffed toy. Wanting her to be more active I went to PetSmart and bought a Bad Cuz and a Chuck-It Flying Squirrel. So far, I'm the only one having fun. The Cuz she only notices because it makes noise, but she has no idea what to do with it (doesn't even seem interested in finding out, either). The Squirrel is slightly different. First couple of times I threw it she ran after it and then stared at it. Then she'd only go after it if I ran towards it and acted all excited. But tha
  9. I want to thank everyone as well. While I've had my bc for nearly 5 years now I've only just learned how incredibly special her breed is and that is due entirely to this board and all of the people that share their experiences and questions. You can read as many books as are published, but it is an entirely different matter to hear first hand accounts and discussions. The knowledge, devotion, humor and support from everyone is overwhelming. It's one of the reasons why I make this one of my daily morning visits before I go to work . Thanks again to everyone who selflessly shares their
  10. Just trying to gauge my bc's temperment against others. She used to want to play tug of war and "find the baby" for about an hour every day, but now that we're doing twice daily walks to the neighborhood park she ignores her toys. She's not very active either. She'll run and jump and skip on her walks/romps, but she comes home and goes to sleep. How active are your's outside/inside?
  11. Just got back from the vets. The first thing he suggested was a blood test (which made me very pleased). He also gave us some pills to ease her upset stomach. Those have always worked in the past. He also gave us some "nutritional supplements" (Flori... something or other). He had commented that he didn't like her weightloss so I think these are to make up for whatever she's not eating. Thank you all for posting. It's really a comfort to know that I can come here with questions and get such knowlegdeable and reliable answers.
  12. Interesting fact I learned the other day about Dalmations (Animal Planet show... Barking Mad?) they were originally bred to run alongside carriages, like the post or some such thing. Not sure why... maybe just having a big dog to scare off theives or something. Anywho, most barns have a very strict no dog or dog on leash at all times policy. The last barn I was at had mad numbers of pups running around (some horse broke, some not). The horses were interested/curious/scared of all of them, but it always seemed to me that the horses knew which ones weren't used to them and they would re
  13. Janie ate her normal amount last night and this morning, however I did come home to a very stinky pile o' diarrhea (sp?) at the spot where she normally sits to let us know she needs to go out. I didn't witness any other occurances today, but just in case I fixed a half cup of rice mixed with a half can of cooked chicken. She ate less than half. In addition to this, she seems to be getting weaker. Last night she tripped/fell trying to go up the stairs and kocked over a nearby baby gate. We carried her around for the rest of the evening. She did have a stroke late last year and,
  14. That's some scary stuff. Fortunately her check up is soon and if the behavior continues it'll be the first thing I say. I hope its nothing serious, just her settling into a normal routine.
  15. My 14 yr old collie mix has stopped eating in the mornings. When I switched to a new, healthier canned food she'd eat an entire can at each feeding, which was what I wanted b/c she'd started looking like Skeletor. She gained about five pounds, so she now looks the way she did when we first adopted her. Recently, however, she's eating way less than normal. In the evenings she'll eat a little bit less than half a can and then in the mornings she won't eat anything. I don't think it's because she doesn't like the food, because she's been eating it for nearly two months now. Before I sw
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