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  1. We are a Rescue in Texas (Houston,Dallas/San Antonio) and have dogs that have been tested on sheep.... allbordercollierescue.com
  2. Hi! I'm with All Border Collie Rescue in Texas....Heartworm Central. We rescue 250+ dogs per year . Over 30% we treat for Heartworm. We use the slow kill method on dogs that are old or in poor health and are high HW positive. Ones that are young, healthy and low HW positive we treat normally. We have good results with both methods. Your rescue should have a vet that provides a substantial discount for the treatments. If not....shop around. On a side note: It's shameful that the rescue would treat you that way. Our dogs are always fully vetted and we treat dogs (not euthanize them) that are Heartworm positive. We supply Heartworm preventative to all our fosters year round. Our Vet bills last year were over $125,000 and we are proud that we adopt out healthy dogs. We solicit donations and work fundraisers to pay these vet bills. It's what we do as a responsible rescue.
  3. I just want to apologize for posting about the Aspirin. I really have no excuse other than I was trying to be helpful and since everybody was throwing out names of prescription medications, I thought that I would recommend an OTC (Over the Counter) pain reliever that I had used very effectively. Disclaimer: I am not a Veterinarian or in a medical profession of any kind. Aspirin was recommended to me in multiple visits by at least two different Vets. Both Vets were graduates from Texas A&M University and well respected in the community. I have no financial ties to any Aspirin company (Bayer or the like). I am sorry if I somewhat mis-spoke about enteric coated Aspirin accumulating in the intestines. This is probably more my interpretation of what I thought my Vet told me. With all the other pain relieving drugs being bantered about, I thought I would relate my experience…. That’s all. I’m not sure now whether I am right or wrong to use the aspirin. I don’t want to be giving out incorrect information; I just wish I had not posted, period.
  4. Have you tried Baby Aspirin? It is always the first pain medication we try because it is safe and effective. We had a 14 year old that we had on Baby Aspirin for about 2 years. He couldn't take other NASIDs (like Rimadyl) because he had a compromised liver. We would start by giving one 83 mg tablet per day and increase the dosage as necessary. When he had particularly bad days we might have given him as many as 5 or 6 spread throughout the day. There are charts on the internet that detail maximum recommended daily dosage by body weight. DON'T use enteric coated aspirin because it doesn't dissolve in their stomach and can build up in their intestines and can cause overdosing problems,
  5. All Border Collie Rescue has a great Calender this year. 100% of the proceeds go to saving Border Collies in need. http://www.allbordercollierescue.com/index.php/component/content/article?id=225
  6. I have enjoyed reading of your exploits with Tess both here on these boards and in your blog. I have never met you but I feel that I know you and Tess and your special relationship. Thanks so much for sharing her with us. I know everyone here will miss her deeply. Godspeed Tess!
  7. I agree with Tommy. You knew that Riley had issues, and yet, you let him roam freely in that situation. As the saying goes, you set him up for failure. What did you thinks would happen? It could have been much, much worse.
  8. I think about this often. We lost our first Border Collie, Ralph, 32 years ago. He was a great dog, the best dog we have ever had. We didn’t know how good he was because he was our first Border Collie. We were young and ignorant… if we only knew then what we know now. I still second guess whether we should have put him to sleep. It’s the hardest single decision you will ever make. We brought his body home and buried him in the back yard next to the house by our bedroom wall. We were both crying over his grave that day and agreed that this was just too hard to go through again and it might be a year or more before we could even think about getting another dog. The next night at diner it was quiet, too quiet. Our resolve eased and we discussed getting another dog in a few months when we were finished grieving. I came home from work the next evening to find my wife crying, she was lonely there was a big hole in our hearts and lives. She needed a dog, WE needed a dog. The only way to fill the void was with another dog. And thus began the search for our second Border Collie. I must tell you that I love this breed of dogs. I am a volunteer with All Border Collie Rescue in Texas. Working with the people in our Rescue has been one of the most rewarding experiences in my life. We are in our fourth year as a rescue. We have no building, no kennels, we have approximately 30 volunteers, every one of our dogs is individually fostered. Already this year we have taken almost 300 dogs into our rescue and adopted out over 230. When you are ready and considering your next dog, think about adopting a rescue (Border Collie, of course). There are reputable Border Collie Rescues all over the United States. It’s true what they say, these dogs have a sixth sense, they know when they have been saved and they respond in kind. It is something you will never regret.
  9. Jovi's note made me remember this: A Dog's Last Will and Testament (Author unknown) Before humans die, they write their last Will & Testament, and give their home and all they have to those they leave behind. If, with my paws, I could do the same, this is what I'd ask.... To a poor and lonely stray I'd give: - My happy home. - My bowl, cozy bed, soft pillows and all my toys. - The lap which I loved so much. - The hand that stroked my fur and the sweet voice which spoke my name. - I'd will to the sad scared shelter dog the place I had in my human's loving heart, of which there seemed no bounds. So when I die please do not say, "I will never have a pet again, for the loss and pain is more than I can stand." Instead go find an unloved dog; one whose life has held no joy or hope and give MY place to HIM. This is the only thing I can give... the love I left behind.
  10. I am old (hence my board name). I have been through this same thing all too many times before. It is a heartbreaking and gut-wrenching decision. It fills you with remorse, but when the grief eases you will know that you did the right thing for Angel. In comparison to ours, a dogs life is so fleeting, just a spark and then it's gone. I never have the perfect words at times like these. So I offer this instead: "Grieve not, nor speak of me with tears, but laugh and talk of me as if I were beside you. I loved you so – ‘twas Heaven here with you." ~ Isla Paschal Richardson Godspeed Angel! Good Girl!
  11. If I knew about it and could see it every day, it would weigh heavy on my heart. If I thought there was no other way (which I think you already know that). I would do what needed to be done for the dog. It sounds like the people have no knowledge of you or your intent. They obviously don’t care about the dog. Like you say, the rope could look like it was chewed by the dog and it escaped. It might end up in a Border Collie Rescue. I know this is legally wrong, admonishing me for this will do no good. On some things there is a higher authority than the court system... to which we all must answer.
  12. For Gosh sakes, don’t be so naïve. These Border Collies that end up in shelters come from someplace. Our rescue has pulled almost 300 Border Collies from shelters this year! That’s just one rescue. I don’t even want to think about the Border Collies that we cannot take because we are full or the dogs are too damaged. Surely you don’t think Old Hemp jumped the fence some 200 times last year and that ALL Border Collies that end in shelters are his progeny. I don’t think rescues as a whole hate all breeders, but certainly irresponsible breeding is a large part of the problem.
  13. Just for the record (apologies in advance, but this really strikes a nerve). And as a matter of full disclosure, I am a volunteer with All Border Collie Rescue in Texas. Our rescue is a 501c3 organization, NOT for profit! We have no paid employees. I would love for our 50+ volunteers to get reimbursed for their out of pocket expenses for such things as gas (transporting dogs), dog food, dog toys, etc. It will probably never happen. Our group has rescued over 250 dogs so far this year and adopted out almost 200. We do it for the love of the dogs and the breed. I would really like to know what fees the Border Collie rescues in your area charge? We currently ask for a donations of $250 for a dog. Our Vetting cost per dog averages around $400. Most all dogs we have to spay/neuter and give the standard shots (Rabies, Bortadella, DHLP, Parvo, etc.). About 35% of or dogs need Heartworm treatment ($250-$700). Some pups come down with Parvo days or weeks after we pull them from the shelter ($500-$2000). Currently we have 70+ dogs available for adoption and we are giving them monthly doses of Heartworm and Flea protection ($1000+). We work over 50 events a year to raise funds, attract potential adopters and educate folks. We scramble to raise money and find foster homes so we can rescue dogs. It is our passion, NOT our profession. We do it for the love of the dogs and the breed!
  14. I know I am getting into this conversation late, but I think your frame of reference is way off. Sure 3% is very small number when you talk about percentages. But apply that to the whole population of 165,000,000 dogs and cats and we are talking about 5,000,000 animals euthanized every year. I hate to see anybody state that the euthanasia of 5,000,000 dogs and cats is acceptable as a percentage of the overall population. And it’s a completely different story if you are talking about euthanasia rate as compared to shelter intake. These are some euthanasia rate statistics for 2011 in Texas: Harris County VPH 82.6% Dallas Animal Service & Adoption Center 74.80% San Antonio Animal Care Services 67.50% Houston (BARC) 53.40% Fort Worth Animal Care & Control 50.18% Austin Animal Center 7.50% Montgomery County, Texas Animal Control 12%
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