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  1. Kate somehow broke a lower canine tooth about 10 years ago. It's not as straight across as Charlie's, more of a slant with a minor chip later on but it looked to me as if the pulp was exposed. I did take her to the vet in a panic after it happened but he wasn't concerned and didn't recommend we do anything for it as I expected and was prepared for. Nothing was ever done to it and she's never had a problem. We may have been more lucky than not. However, a girl we had that's gone on ahead now had three of her four canines broken off just above gum level when we got her through a rescue s
  2. That's a wonderful story Sam's Dad, I'd definatly say all BC too. Sam looks smart and ready to get to work with you. And look at that first picture! He's already getting acquainted with the vacuum, I like that in a man ;-)
  3. I agree, the right one is out there but not ready for you yet. When the time is right...
  4. From your examples of your mother's 'need' for a puppy it hasn't been going on all that long, just over a year. Would that be correct? I do hate to say this but it could be the start of some form of dementia. My m-i-l is well into dementia now but this is how it started, with an unstoppable determination for something completely inappropriate as well as being impossible to reason with. I doubt if it would be easy to get her to have a doctor do a check-up but it might help to handle the situation. On another note, I used to have an neighbor with a daughter-in-law who would get a puppy a
  5. Mary, check Craig's List for your area, I saw one of those listed on there here in Sarasota last week. A feed store/farm supply might be a good place to look for a decent price too. I can sympathize with your problem, we had a girl that couldn't be confined, it could be a real problem. Suzanne
  6. I read years ago that "this animal was abused" is a way to manipulate people into taking in that animal, people like to feel they've 'saved' a poor little one. My mother in law told the story every day of how she saved her cat from abuse, but it was only that the first owner had three small boys and no time for the long-haired, sort of shy cat. Our first true rescue was Maggie, she was probably 7 or 8 when we got her and I knew people who were friends of her first owner. I was told stories of how the woman was coarse and rough with her dogs (and herself too) and I could tell from the way
  7. Diane, it's so nice to read about you and Rush, that you want to learn more and do what is right for her, and by extension you, and to know that you will listen, do the work, and end up with one very lucky and very cute girl. We all have at least one episode in our past that we would have handled better if we'd known then what we know now, it's part of the experience. She doesn't have to associate with other dogs to participate in agility, if you keep your dog under control and her attention on you then you might find that other people will be standing near you because your dog isn't acti
  8. Nick is tall (22"), lanky, narrow in the body (aerodynamic, he's aerodynamic!), with a long fluffy tail but he's also a pretty classically marked black tri. I was asked if he's a Russian wolfhound. We've always said he looks like Wiley Coyote. Then Kelpie who is small, black tri, almost no white and none on her narrow little face was immediately identified by someone else as a BC, that really surprised me since she has less of the 'classic' look. When we had three black and whites we were always asked if the old one was the mother, when we said no to that then we were asked if they w
  9. We need to take a moment to give some thought to the woman he's moving in with. He's already shown that he will ignore advice, act on impulse, and when the going gets the slightest bit tough he'll bail at the first opportunity. Then after all this if the error of his ways is pointed out to him he will attempt to slough off the responsibility and pass the blame to someone who has only been trying to help him grow up. EEK!! Run girl, run as fast as you can and take your doggies with you! How soon after he moves in will her dogs become inconvenient?? Suzanne
  10. I'm so very sorry that Missy has had to leave you to go on ahead. Suzanne "We who choose to surround ourselves with lives even more temporary than our own live within a fragile circle, easily and often breached. Unable to accept its awful gaps, we still would live no other way. We cherish memory as the only certain immortality, never fully understanding the necessary plan." "The Once Again Prince" by Irving Townsend
  11. This sure caught my attention Dixie Girl! Our first boy border collie was TJ named for Thomas Jackson. I'd read a biography of his wife but needed a name for a boy at the time so TJ it was. Kate - named for her mother Katie who was a really nice girl and it fits my requirements for dog name, short, sharp and can be screeched at the top of my voice without too much embarrassment. She's Katie Scarlett O'Hara but I call her Doodlebug for a, by now, forgotten reason. Her attitude has always been "I'm Kate and you're not." She holds me to a high standard expecting me to always do my best a
  12. "and that the dog's different when they work with you (or Jack Knox, or any other person who has "presence")." This, to me, is the equivalent of the vet or some other confident person - who is not the familiar owner - can more easily do something/perform a procedure with your dog that you have a more difficult time with because you are a known quantity to your dog. It isn't necessarily that the stranger is a better handler than you, it's that the dog doesn't know them and what the limits are with that person. That person has confidence from experience that you don't have and they're not
  13. that's nothing, just wait til you get excited about the end product.... Suzanne
  14. I doubt if your training is inadequate, or least I hope not, because my goals are exactly the same as yours. I think that most or all of us have that same goal, we just all have different circumstances that may influence how to get there. Some people do want to tell their dogs what to do for the rest of their life. I knew a woman like that and it wasn't any fun to be around her for me or her dogs. To me that says her training was inadequate but I also knew a man who actually used his dogs to make his living and he was as compulsively controlling as she was. They stand out because they a
  15. Melanie, you said what I've been thinking as I read this thread. Like it or not living in a highly urbanized environment is a fact of life for an awful lot of us. The attitude and opinions of other people, idiotic or not, are a fact of life for a lot of us. Our dogs have to conform to a different model in many instances than some dogs do. In the beginning of their training some dogs do need more guidance than others to learn how to make decisions, then they can be allowed to take more initiative in how to behave. It's like the mother I saw at the supermarket one time, her little boy
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