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  1. I have a dog that has had exactly the same symptoms, where she would get up after a long rest on a comfortable bed and then lift her back leg completely off the floor (but not very high) and not put it down for 8-10 steps. However we were not sure at the beginning whether the legs were swapping. We have no known cause at this stage for holding up the back leg, despite multiple episodes, vet visits and exams/xrays etc. She does have a suspected a spinal problem from when she was a pup but it remains undiagnosed. Here is some information that may help: The first time she held up the
  2. It is good to hear of other dogs snoring. When Zoe, our thin and fit 3 year old started doing it this year I was surprised as I had never come across it before in dogs. Luckily for us it was quiet and gentle - unlike her regular other sleep noises which can range from subued barking, growling and groaning to even howling. Those noises are enough to wake us and the other dog up. Carson Crazies that description of Bree is hysterical.
  3. I second all the approaches suggested above but will also add you may need some patience. One of my girls has taken over 2 years of periodic training/encouraging to be tugging with us using her soft toys and a couple of soft tugs. This is despite our other dog having been a manic tugger from the very begining.
  4. I too feed Eagle Pack Holistic (chicken) very successfully. We have one girl who has ongoing problems with a sensitive stomach and had an apparent lack of interest in any food til she was 18 months old when we switched her food over to Eagle Pack. Now she actually asks for her dinner! Here in Australia it is one of the only high quality kibble foods they sell, but for us it has worked really well. We have found she needs 2 cups a day to maintain her weight and she is still very lean.
  5. ChrisB, how far off the ground does she hold her leg when she limps? Apparently this can be an indication of where the pain is originating. My girl most likely has genetic spinal problem and every now and again she limps after sleep which follows exercise. When she does this the foot of the back leg is just lifted off the floor. Out of the blue last year she started random limping after a sleep which followed exercise, where she lifted the back leg so far off the ground it looked like a chicken wing. I could feel her flinch every so slightly if I manipulated her foot (she doesn't mind
  6. For us, I believe pet insurance is really good. I agree you need to read the fine print and I acknowlege that I, like herdcentral am in Australia so it might be different for us. I took out pet insurance on our two young bc's when they 8 weeks old, primarily for large ticket accident type costs based on my family experience in the past with a kelpie/bc cross who injured her back jumping after a ball. I was worried about HD in one of my girls but it was specifically excluded in our policy. We took the xray's anyway to check but did not claim them ( the xray's at 6 months look ok). Howe
  7. This may or may not help. One of our girls (2.5 years) had a similar situation with on/off limping. It seems to come on after ball play with us or rough play with the other dog. It would display when she got up from rest, then she would hold up one leg up for 10-15 steps. In her case it was a rear leg. Our vet believes the limping, which has occured since she was 9 months old is caused by an issue with her spine. In the first 2 years it seemed to alternate which leg was affected and sometimes we wouldn't see it for months. However in the last 3 months the fequency of her limping, the h
  8. So sorry to hear of the sudden loss of your Fergus. Our thoughts are with you.
  9. Living in Sydney, a city of around 5 million people, it is amazing the amount and variety of birdlife we have. In our garden there are the brightly coloured parakeets, noisy cockatoos, Australian and Indian minor birds, Australian Magpies, and at night there has even been a white owl. Well I should say there “used” to be these birds in our garden. Our BCs Jess and Zoe seem to enjoy keeping the birds off the grass (the birds still come to the trees). Jess particularly likes to send them up the tree and then she will sit and watch them patiently for what seems like hours at a time. Well
  10. One of my heart stopping moments was when Zoe was about 6 months old. One morning we were out in the back garden and the dogs were running around really fast. At one stage Zoe raced around from the side of the house at maximum speed and ran head first into the metal pole of the washing line. We heard the metal reverberate from the force of the impact. When we spun around to look at her she was sitting there like a cartoon character with her eyes spinning around. I really thought she was going to be in some real trouble but like all the other border collies after 2 minutes she was was
  11. Yesterday, Jess who is 28 months old ran up the driveway (about 50m) while I walked up to picked up the mail. When we got back she asked to play ball. Whilst she was standing staring at the ball there I noticed her left rear leg, with the foot on the ground, was tremoring / shaking (like a person would do if they were freezing cold). The rest of her body looked relaxed. I felt her body and her left leg. The top part of her leg felt really tense, and I believe I could feel a tense tendon. After a massage leg and spine, a few minutes later it went away. Prior to going up the drive way she had b
  12. Our dogs have a couple of different beds, from flat thick blankets for the hardwood floors, to fleecy type mattresses for their crates and some really cheap round traditional beds we bought from a hardware store when they were puppies. These cheap beds are definitely their favourites out of all their beds, which drives me crazy as there is no removable cover. Our dogs used their beds all the time until we let them have their special couch which is in another room of the house, which quickly became a firm favourite. If they come and join us to watch TV they chose normally chose their beds
  13. Hi Jaderbug, there is some great advice in the previous posts. I'll just add that time may also be your friend. I have one girl like your Jade that seemed to be unable to do anything other than 'sit' or 'down' when a toy was in sight (and our girl LOVES her toys). Well only this morning, on command she performed about 8 different tricks correctly, one after each other for her toy. This is the first time she has done more than 'sit' or 'down'. She is now 2 years and 4 months old. We have not be actively trying to train this with her, but every now and again we would test how she was go
  14. My girl Jess does this too, holding the position for what seems like ages. She seems to do it while trying to get a better view of planes or birds.
  15. I recommend it, but we found it does depend on the dog's hair. It works really well on Jess (silky hair) removing more hair than any other brush we have tried. An added bonus for us - she used to hate being brushed but with the Furminator she will just stay laying down and keep asking for more brushing. Zoe has rougher hair, everything gets caught in it and the Furminator is no different. It feels like it is ripping the hair and she hates being brushed with it, whereas she doesn't mind other brushes. I think Jess is the major shedder in our house so overall I am very happy with t
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