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  1. My Belle (now 5 years old) started peeing in her sleep, every day, a year ago. Vet tests showed she had a lot of crystals in her urine. She's now eating that vet prescribed Science diet for kidney problems and is on Proin-----haven't had a single problem since.
  2. Oh my goodness, this is so sad. You did everything you could do. (((((Hugs)))) to you and yours. Deb
  3. Oh my goodness, my eyes are burning with all that cuteness overload!!! What a sweetie pup.
  4. Found the trial photos and apparently I only took one of the Rottie---it is hard to take photos when your jaw is hanging open in suprise!
  5. A few years ago, my boyfriend Bob and I attended a small herding trial held at an Amherst Junction, WI dog kennel/training facility. Besides the usual border collies entered, was one Rottie. I remember Bob asking "What gives with the Rottie?" and me telling him that obviously the owner and dog must have had prior training to be allowed to enter. While the dog was very obedient outside the arena, and waited for the signal to go when inside, everything went downhill from there. Looked like the beginning of a decent run, but then you could almost see something click in the dog and it turned into a chasing and lunging at the sheep mess. Owner couldn't get the dog to even acknowledge her. Whistle blew when the Rott grabbed for a sheep's neck, and I remember a bunch of folks jumping in to separate the dog from the sheep. What really suprised me was the reaction of the other (Border Collie) contestants in the trial. No disparaging remarks (at least in public), and a lot of "Oh well, better luck NEXT TIME?" Apparently this dog has been in quite a few other trials and did OK for it's training level. There were a few horrified looks and plenty of comments coming from the general public spectators though. I have some photos of this dog and the beginning of it's run lost somewhere in the thousands of pics I have on my computer. I'll try to find and post them.
  6. Oh my, what sad news. (((((Hugs))))) to you and your family.
  7. Oh my goodness. My heartfelt condolences to you and yours.
  8. Hi! I don't post much here, but wanted to say "Welcome" to the boards. Enoch has it's own shelter now? When I lived in Cedar City during the '80s, I remember Enoch being somewhat of a residential subdivision, out in the valley north of town, with a few little businesses. Sounds like it's grown. Jude is a very handsome dog.
  9. Wow, that was fun to watch. Not only the dogs, but looking at the interesting things in the background. There's still quite a fews homes in my town that still have the grass strip running down the middle of the driveway. The old architecture, the cars. Now I'm missing my old '49 Ford pickup I owned in the late 70's. Thanks for posting that link! I'm gonna have to check out more on that website!
  10. The new board upgrade looks very nice----checking to see if my avatar photo is working.
  11. Dogbone, I wish you well with your pups and hope they bring you much happiness and lifelong companionship. My merle (that's another topic for debate) BC Belle was a product of a BYB (a coworker who has since spayed and neutured the sire and bitch) and my BCx Watson was a humane society refugee. Bob and I absoulety love those two---they bring us so much fun and joy. Yes, I feel somewhat guilty about where Belle came from, but she's mine now, and being spayed she won't be contributing to the BC and dogs in general overpopulation. Who knows about Watson's story, we feel very lucky to have come across him. They're both great dogs. Like it or not, there is always going to be someone who falls for a cute puppy with their hearts instead of their brains. Maybe the answer to the problem is strict governmental regulation, with required knowledge training and licensing as to who breeds dogs, cats, horses or any species of animal for resale. Inspections, testing, conformation and breed specific performance guidelines. Stiff monetary penalties for those who don't have the required licenses. Laws with some backing behind them. Nah, not gonna happen. Most governmental agencies (at least in my county) can't even force folks to get dog tags for their dogs, even with laws for it on the books.
  12. Hello and welcome to you! Kevin sounds like a great dog and he's very handsome!
  13. One thing for sure, he's absolutely gorgeous!!!
  14. (((Hugs to you))) Valerie. Poor little pup.
  15. Oh my, (((((Hugs to you and yours))))))
  16. While my folks kept a German Shepard and a Poodle, then a faithful old Heinz 57 mutt mix, I never had my own dog until I came upon Ruth, my BC/Aussie mix. I grew up working in various horse farm and stable environments, lived in rural farming areas, was stationed in Texas while in the Army ( hung out with rodeo and ranching folks) and was aware of "farm" and "livestock" dogs (but didn't pay much attention to them at the time). Then I moved to Southern Utah, met some sheep ranchers and was awe struck by the beauty and intelligence of their working Border Collies! After moving back to Wisconsin, I decided I wanted to get a dog and after studying up on Border Collies and Australian Shepards, decided I would keep my eyes open for one. I have been told I have a Type A+++++++++++++++ personality, I have an acute attention to detail and notice EVERYTHING most people wouldn't even notice if they fell over it. That's good or bad depending on what coworkers and bosses like in an employee!!! I annoy the hell out of family members. I knew I wanted a smart, thinking dog---fluffy, tiny lap dogs weren't for me. Well, since I appear to have the human equivilant of a Border Collie personality, am healthy, and extremely active, I figured I could handle the activity level and daily excercise requirements to keep a Border Collie happy. Their intelligence and beauty intrigued me. Back in 1995, I saw an advertisement (which I cut out of the paper and still have to this day), to sell a Border Collie/Australian 5 year old female mix. I met Ruth and her current owner, who asked me numerous questions, wanted to visit my home to see where Ruth would live, wanted a reference from my then landlord to verify it was OK for me to have a dog. After that, she said I could have Ruth, waived the purchase price that was listed in the ad (she only wanted serious inquiries) and I loved that dog dearly for the next 9 years. After Ruth passed, and by that time having met my Bob, we decided we'd "look into" adopting a Border Collie. Well, it turned out a coworker had a litter of pups, let me have "pick of the litter" and we chose Belle. Bob has since turned into a Border Collie man, he's just as awe struck with them as I was. Belle was about 1 1/2 old when we actually started getting the idea it might be even more fun to have two. I wanted to go either rescue or shelter adoption. One day I happen to notice the tail end of a channel 9 "Pet Profiles" segment and who do I see-----Watson! The rest is history. Belle and Watson get daily walks/hikes, go camping with us, go swimming, traveling, play Frisbee or Ball everyday, go to the dog park 2 or 3 times a week, meet new people and experience new things when we walk them downtown or in the parks. They seem well adjusted and happy. Belle can be left alone in either my or Bob's home without fear of her tearing up anything (other than her toys). Watson, well, we've only had him just shy of 2 months and he's still adjusting to his new environment. We crate him at night for bedtime as he still occasionally has a "pee" lapse and hasn't quite figured out how to alert us he wants out (Belle noses the bell by the back door). We're working on his recall as he can have selective hearing at times. He's improving by leaps and bounds though. Bob and I absolutely adore these two dogs!
  17. I got both Belle and Watson microchipped at the vet's office, while they were there for their spay and neuter. Avid is the company my vet uses. The chip and prepaid registration was $40 for Watson. Don't remember whether it was the same or less for Belle. Doctor fills out the form with his information, you fill out your part of it, send it in and Avid will send you a verification letter that they received it. You've got a certain length of time to request they fix any typographical errors (vets don't write any better than people doctors!) and it's done. I know for a fact that one of the first things my local animal shelter does when finding a stray animal is scan them for a microchip.
  18. Hooray, thank goodness for good news!!!
  19. RuthBelle


    (((Hugs to you and yours)))
  20. Oh my no!!! Sending "come home soon" mojo to you.
  21. I've been just broke up about this, and while it's a very sad thing to have happened to the folks involved, I don't know why I can't get it out of my mind. Anyway, last Thursday I happened to notice an ad in the local Craigslist about a lost Border Collie. Apparently the new owners had brought the dog home (from across state) and somehow while getting out of the vehicle the dog bolted, took off (wearing leash, tags and collar) and the new owners were frantic to find it. This is in an area of the state that's very rural, somewhat forested, but also bisected by some major busy highways. I sent best wishes with fingers crossed and good luck mojo on Friday to these folks and went on a weekend trip with Bob, hoping to hear good news when I got back. Oh geez, I checked my email after returning and the first email received Sunday said he was spotted by folks, but still wouldn't be caught. The prior owners apparently were driving out to see if they could do something. I could sense the hope they had that all would turn out well. The second email received late that day brought the sad news----he was found dead along a major highway, hit by a car. Of course I sent my heartfelt condolences and received an email back from the new (and unfortunately last) owner. She's dealing with so much guilt over what happened and doesn't think she'll ever try adopting someone else's dog again. Of course the prior owner is having a hard time over this too. I may be wrong, but I may have seen this dog's photo and ad in that area's Craigslist offerings awhile back, the dog's name seems familiar. I feel so bad for everyone involved.
  22. My eyes are welling up as I'm typing this, as I know how I felt when I finally made the decision to let Ruth go. My heart aches for you and Nikita. Ruth declined rapidly towards the end of her life, and while we could have possibly prolonged what time she had left (with no guarantee of success) considering different veterinary options, my worst fear was that she would die, alone while Bob and I were at work. The final day we took her to the vet, I got down on the floor with her in my lap, dear Bob (who I only knew a few months at that time) sat with me and we both hugged her while she slipped away. I still miss my Ruthie. I'll be thinking of you.
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