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  1. The reason that he suggested the Omega 3 was because he said if it is an allergy to something that it would help with that. Like I said, I orginally thought that maybe it was cheese but come to find out my DH had been giving it to him behind my back so now I know that it wasn't cheese. Whatever it was, I am just going to stick with the omega 3 has helped, it's good for him anyway.
  2. Yes, actually my vet told me that blowing in there face helps because it makes them have to take a breath. as far as the Omega 3 goes, as soon as I put him on it it was like they were 98% gone. Sorry I just watched the video and it is exaclty what Blaze does.
  3. Well he has been sleeping outside of his crate for about 3 months now and only recently did this start. and he doesn't really roam, it's that he can't get comfortable. my DH and I have stayed in bed and listened to his moving around. And there are times that we will wake up and he will put himself in his crate. We leave it open for him.
  4. Blaze was diagnosed with a reverse sneeze not too long ago and I was wondering if anyone else had this issue. We were VERY concerned about it when he first started presenting because I thought that he was precenting with kennel cough over and over. So we took a video of it and took it in to the vet and he told me right away what it was. Of course we tried to do a process of elimination and I thought that maybe it was cheese but it turned out that my DH has been giving him a piece everyday at lunch, so... the ONLY thing that I can say has helped him is the Fish oil. He hasn't had a BAD case in close to a month now but he still has the occasional small one that will last for 15 to 20 seconds, but only like once every week and a half or so. Any suggestions.
  5. I am with Buster, we go to the most expensive vet in town. But honestly I don't even think about it. Anytime I have a concern I can call them and say this is Blaze's mom and they say "oh, hello Mrs. Putnam". I like that. It means and stands for something. Only one time have I gone against what they said to me and that was when they wanted to put him on Prednisone for his foot when he hurt it. The only other thing is that he likes to see all of his animals every 6 months, we do not do this, we only go once a year. But they have a web site and once a month send out a news letter, and I actually use it a lot, there is a lot of good information on it. He diagnosed Blaze with a reverse sneeze and I had never even heard of, told me to put him on a fish oil supplement and we haven't looked back. If I ever see any of the vet-tech's or front staff out, they always say hello and ask about both my babies. I couldn't imagine NOT having that relationship.
  6. I just wanted to add that I am enjoying ya'lls board so much! It is things like this that really make it great!!!!
  7. Okay, Blaze has decided that his bed is now too lumpy to sleep on and he now moves from our bed, to the floor, to the living room and back to each, all night long. A lot of the time he doesn't wake me but the times that he does I of course am frustrated, and don't want to be. I want to get him a good bed and wouldn't mind one that will not hold the hair as much. (if one truely does exist) Any ideas...
  8. Oh my goodness, I love cowinkeydinks.
  9. Aren't the big parks wonderful, we have a huge one here in Jax that also holds a lot of the competitions, we would like to go more often but it takes us a good 30 minutes to get there, and that 30 minutes is on a good day with light traffic. Your Gypsy is beautiful!!
  10. Given that Radar is rather famous I am sure that many of you have heard of him, but this article was in our paper here in Jax yesterday and in the Naples paper on New Years Eve so I thought I would share it. http://www.naplesnews.com/news/2007/dec/31...-wildlife-coll/
  11. Thanks, all of the advise that has been given will not be taken lightly and I will be sure to keep you all updated as to what changes come about as we strive to fulfill a calmer lifestyle in the home.
  12. We have the the twist n treat and fill it with cherrios but as soon as he gets them all out he's ready to go again, on to the next thing. We also play the which treat is the cup under with him. I will have to look into the stuff a ball, I'm not sure that I have seen that. Normally we just fill the kong with peanut butter and stick it the freezer for a little while.
  13. We actually do have a TON of toys for him to play with and every once in a while he will go and get a bone, but that normally is only good for him for about 10 to 15 minutes at a time and then he is over it. and that is the same with a Kong, or any other toy. And we do take his ball away from him and put it up, our spot is on the refrigerator. That is whe he goes into his wimper, and when we tell him "that'll do" he just wimper's softer. I spoke with my Husband about it last night and you know, it's not the first time that we have discussed it, we really do for his sake more than ours want to learn ways to deal with this because we are worried that he may be too attached to it. Not that he goes crazy for it at all times, but he does get a little sad when he can't find it when he does want to play with it. If he has had a long day and is physically exhausted he has a tendancy to get rather ornery with us and when he does finally lay down it is normally only for a short period of 10 to 20 minutes. Please don't get me wrong, the ball is the only major issue with him that we have. He is so sweet and loving and fun. We love him to pieces adn just want the best for him. And this ball thing isn't healthy behavior.
  14. Outside is fine we have no problems with him, we choose to do all of those activities with him because we enjoy watching him enjoy having fun. But in the house the only thing that he wants to do is play ball. If we are eating, he is fine, he will leave us alone. But as soon as we are done he is ready to play ball and g*d forbid if one of us is trying to read or do something, well that is the only person that he wants throwing the ball for him. Just let me add that as soon as we say that it is time to go to sleep, he comes into the bedroom and calms right down. Also we start our next set of obedience classes this weekend and are signed up for the next agility class as soon as they tell us that they are ready to start. I will be gone for the rest of the night but am looking forward to reading what I hope is a lot of advise in the morning.
  15. We are working on I PROMISE! We have started putting it away early trying to teach him that he cannot always play in the house and yes we do sometimes give in rather than listen to the whine. I am open to any and all advise on this one! Please I am ALL ears and will have a note pad for notes.
  16. We just in the last 2 months started letting Blaze on the bed. We used to crate him at night and slowly transitioned him to not locking the crate and letting him sleep in a bed that we bought for him that stayed at the foot of our bed. Well that only lasted for a couple of weeks and now we let him up whenever he wants, he is a really light sleeper though so the slightest movement from us and he is down and sleeping on his own bed, and there are times when we get up in the morning to find him sleeping in his crate still which of course we just think is great. It's funny because for the first time ever 2 mornings ago it presented it's first problem, when I get sick or have worn myself out I have a habit of dreaming out loud and I guess I scared Blaze because at 4 in the morning I found him literally on top of me whining with his chin on my chest. It was so sweet.
  17. So would I, Blaze has a couple of people that he really likes and when they come over I silently say my happy prayers for the 20 minute break that I get. I say all of this stuff and should also include that you may get lucky and get a border collie that is lazy, or maybe not as high strung, I know that they are only one in a million, but they are out there. I wish you nothing but luck on your new endeavors and pray that you get as much happiness from your baby as I do mine.
  18. Being a fairly new BC owner myself (but I have been around them for years) and with my baby only being not quite 2 now, I can tell you it is VERY hard work. Even if you think that you have the property, the patience and the time, it's never enough, and I don't mean that to be mean, it's just the truth. I have learned that no matter what I do it will never be enough, we go on at least 2, 3 mile walks a day, we play Frisbee for 15 to 20 minutes at least 3 times a day. We take him to a crate free facility doggie day care twice a week so that he can run and play with other dogs, and we are signed up for agility and obedience. BC's need to work their brains in order to feel complete. It is not enough to just let them play together and that be it. If my Husband and I were older we would also have him in herding but we are still young enough to have not had children yet and are extremely concerned about instilling that instinct in him anymore than it already is, and believe me when I tell you, it is naturally there, I am confident that he would excel at it. And when we aren't outside walking, playing Frisbee, practing obedience, practicing agility or it is too cold, we are inside and it is NON-STOP ball. If I thought that I could get away with throwing it away and never owning another one, oh Lord would I, but the whining would drive me to hang myself, and I love my baby too much for that. I urge you to take the time to really think about the commitment that it will be, especially given that you already have 2 other dogs and a couple of cats. You will be in my prayers!
  19. Thank you all so much for the warm welcome, I am excited to be here.
  20. Hello all! First let me just say that I am so glad to be here!!! My name is Amy and I live in Jacksonville FL and the only person that I have to talk with about BC's is the breeder of my baby (which thank goodness for me just happens to be my Aunt). So I suppose I will tell you a little about my story. My Husband and I had been arguing for a couple of years on what type of new canine family member we wanted and just never could come to an agreement, so, we decided one day that we would agree to quit pushing the issue and when the time and dog came... we would know. I'm sure you know how this goes but I will tell it anyway... within two weeks my Aunt called me to tell me that her female was pregnant and asked if we would like a pup. So, we did our research, we prayed that we would have the time and patience required for such a breed and when the day came for us to pick out our pup we prayed some more. It was a rough first year trying to figure out what he needed, what we needed, and the realization that we really didn't know what we had gotten into. But now... well... he is almost two and I couldn't love him more, what he has brought into our lives, into our home, into our hearts... It can't be replaced. We now are getting ready to start our second set of obedience classes and are signed up to start the next set of agility classes. I wish that we could find someone that was more active on the Frisbee side here that we could pratice with but so far no luck. I know that the years to come will be wonderful and I am looking forward to them with an open mind, arms and heart. Thank you for letting me share a little of us with you and I am looking forward to getting a chance to know you all and share a love of BC's. Here's a little picture of my Blaze.
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