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  1. I feed raw diet, and I am doing my best to find it locally so I know where the food comes from. Just by chatting with people at the farmer's market, I found a wonderful farmer who sells me chicken offal and turkey feet for about $.50/lb. Several of us in rescue order together and have a local farmer come up to our 'meat ups' to sell knuckle bones, organs and other goodies - the dogs know the difference between grass fed animals and the stuff you buy in a store. The rest of the stuff (fish, tripe etc.), we do a group order from Oma's. I would recommend that you search the pet forums and craigslist in your area, chances are there are groups that order together and you can jump in. Good luck and kudos to you for caring about this stuff and doing your research at 16!!! It's very impressive.
  2. Absolutely! It is always a good idea to have your dog checked out by a vet, and even get a second opinion if the behavior is so worrisome. A couple of years ago, we accepted a dog into NEBCR because he was snapping at the toddler in the home - it turns out that he had severe hip dysplasia and was in excruciating pain every time the kid leaned on him. NEBCR covered his surgery and it turns out he likes children after all.
  3. Thanks everyone, I am sure glad we figured this out. bc4ever, for whatever it's worth, had I been attacked the way you were, I would have done the same thing - knowing about the possibility of thyroid or not... There is no way I could ever trust a dog that attacked a human this way. It will take me a very long time to trust Murphy again, and he never broke skin. Sorry I brought the bad memories back, that certainly wasn't my intention.
  4. This quirky, ball obssessed border collie landed in our lives in the fall of 2008. He wasn't without issues (who is?!) but we were smitten. When not chasing after balls or showing off his Lassie like qualities, he would climb on our laps, wrap his paws around our necks and give kisses galore. We took him to classes, played agility and laughed when a tennis ball landed in our bed at 6am sharp every morning. But then this summer, something changed. First, we noticed an extra growl here and there. Then the snarls came. And later on, we would find ourselves cornered in random places by a dog whose hard stare would make your blood freeze. We knew something was very, very wrong. A routine physical revealed nothing. Luckily, we and our vet were aware of the evidence linking sudden, unpredictable aggression to thyroid issues. We mailed Murphy's blood to dr. Dodds at a California based non-profit organization Hemopet specializing in thyroid issues (www.hemopet.org). It only took a couple of days for the results to come back, and we were astonished to find that despite no clinical signs other than the aggression, Murphy was at the end-stage of hypothyroidism (see his levels below). His values were up to ten times lower than they should be for a dog of his breed and age! Within 48 hours of simple treatment with inexpensive thyroid meds ($5-10 a month), Murphy was back to his old self. His eyes softened and we stopped seeing the freezing, growling and snarling that were a frequent occurance before the treatment. We are incredibly thankful to have our sweet, mushy border collie back, but we wonder how many dogs die needlessly because people are not aware of the link between thyroid issues and aggression. Please spread the word. P.S. This topic might fall under the Health section, but I feel it is important that more people read it, so I am posting it here. Eileen, feel free to move it if need be.
  5. Yep, we got nine this past weekend. Here are some photos and more info.
  6. Rusty is a 2 year old male available through NEBCR. You can read about Rusty here Here is a video of Rusty working http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S4QlvxhWU00&feature=player_detailpage NEBCR Blog has more videos, pictures and info about Rusty and other NEBCR dogs available for adoption . Thanks for looking, and please spread the word. All of NEBCR foster homes are full (some doubled up) and we have a waiting list, so we need the adoption fairy to stop by and do her share!
  7. Hello, and wow, I sign out for few weeks, come back and I can't even recognize the boards!!!

    Anyhow, thanks for asking about Mollie! She had a miserable summer (lots of pain and such) but she seems to be in remission and back to her naughty self!:)


  8. ... if you can help him out with his new volunteer job? http://nebcrfosters.blogspot.com/ Thank you!
  9. NEBCR has contacted the HSUS officer who was initially dealing with the case. She responded by saying they are 'working on it'. So hopefully something is happening.
  10. Olivia, to answer your question, NEBCR does not take dogs with bite history. If a bite occurs in rescue, our Board makes a decision on case to case basis. A quick 'nip' delivered by a stressed dog that got surprised by someone zooming past him or her would obviously be judged differently than if a dog punctured someone's arm with little warning. I know of a couple of dogs that nipped/bit, were allowed to be adopted by their foster home and are doing great in the right setting (and with experienced people). But liability is of course a huge concern. Sheryl, I am sorry you have had such a bad experience with local owner surrenders. Thankfully, our experience has been similar to what Courtney describes. Most of the owner surrenders we have seen fit the description provided by the owner, and most of the ones we have taken in turned out to be great pets. And btw, NEBCR has no paid PR and no employees (GHF is mostly volunteer based too, btw). How do you screen the dogs you take in from private homes? We generally won't even see the dog until we complete a long intake profile over the phone, get vet contact info and receive a picture (to make sure it is a border collie or a close mix). Then we have a volunteer evaluate the dog in its home. Of course, there are exceptions, but we do our best to be careful exactly for the reasons you mention. If you are concerned that you are getting dogs that have been rejected by other border collie rescues in your area, why not contact them to see if they would share info if they sense that a person they rejected will try to go and dump the dog onto someone else?
  11. Thanks for the good wishes everyone! And thanks to those who emailed me privately -- I got some great advice. I was travelling for the past couple of weeks, and I came home to a much happier dog. Finally! She still has one nail to lose, but she is back to her reactive self (never thought I would be happy to see that, lol) and was even fetching yesterday. So I am hoping we are heading to a remission.
  12. Thanks! We feed grain free diet, but we should probably be more careful about treats and such... good point. She has lost about two thirds of her nails by now. Its sooooo sad to watch her -- she doesnt even want to leave the couch to go potty outside. Pain meds are not doing much. It seems that the toes become a lot less painful once the nail is off and the quick hardens... so we are kinda waiting for all of the remaining nails to come off. Cross your paws for her... one pathetic doggie right now.
  13. They are now looking for dogs for their control group as well... meaning dogs that do not exhibit OCD behaviors. You will just have to fill out a questionnaire and have your vet draw some blood (Tufts pays for all expenses). My Murf is a volunteer, it's so important that this type of research is carried out!
  14. I live in the city and have two reactive dogs (one much more so than the other). It took several months of training, but they have gotten a lot better. What I did was playing the 'Look at that' game (Control Unleashed) with a clicker and yummy treats. I started off with a gentle leader, then moved to an EZ Walk and now we use regular collars unless I know I am taking them to a stressful environment. Most importantly, I realized there was no way I could train them while they were walked together. So I got into a routine of driving the dogs somewhere and running them together am and then walking them in the city separately in the evening. They definitely fed off each other -- one tenses up a little, the other one sees it and tenses up more... and it escalates quickly. Oh, and very important -- I am much more relaxed myself. Even if they react, I don't panic or feel embarrassed anymore. I just say 'let's go' in a happy voice, turn around and walk away from the situation as quickly as I can. It becomes easier. Good luck! P.S. Our dogs rarely react outside of our neighborhood as well. They are fine in the vet's office, in a dog park etc. Its very situational.
  15. One of our dogs (resident non-bc) has been diagnosed with an auto-immune disease called Symmetrical Lupoid Onychodystrophy. Her immune system is rejecting her claws -- not something you ever want to see your dog go through. While we are hanging in there and waiting for the drugs to kick in, I am trying to find some general info on what we should be doing in terms of vaccines, tick prevention, HW prevention, food etc. Anyone has any good literature I should check out? And all you vets on this list, do you have any experience with SLO? I have a great vet to guide me through this, but this is a very rare disease so I am doing all the reading I can. Thanx.
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