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  1. Re-posting for a TX friend https://www.facebook.com/cindy.rybak.1/posts/2804993416489337
  2. Thank you, all! Yeah, was looking at it again today, and the claw is growing fast, and in a little semicircle. I think we'll ask the vet to remove it when he's neutered
  3. Hello, Our dear, departed Kip came to us as an adult of about 2-3yrs of age, from the dog warden/pound, so we did not know him as a pup---and he did not have anything like this. Kip crossed over back in April at 15ish years old and we've welcomed Walt to the household. Walt is ~14 weeks old now. Walt has normal dewclaws on the front (collie thumbs). They're well-developed and he uses them very much to his advantage when cornering, etc. Walt also has a single vestigial dewclaw on one hind foot. It is just fleshy, but with a fully developed claw. It does not seems to hav
  4. The pets at our place tend to have literary/historical figure names, yes. Our dear, departed Orlando was named for the Virginia Woolf story (a stray parvo+ pup who walked in front of our car when we were on our way home from the movie, who was our dog before Kip and Sollers joined us)... The best cat ever was our last cat, Bloomberg (after the cat in the Salinger stories). Current cat is Bruce (Robert the Bruce...he is tall and ginger).
  5. Hi! Our old man, Kip, passed away in April at ~15 yrs old. The previous summer, he blew out a knee and became non-weightbearing for a bit. (He recovered, but not to the point he could ever do steps again.) We live in an old house with slick hardwood floors...and very steep narrow steps to the cellar (where Kip liked to hang out when there was thunder, or when hubby was down there in his office/workshop space) and very steep/narrow tread steps to the 2nd floor where the bedrooms are. We bought some of those interlocking black foam rubber floor mats that you can configure into different sha
  6. Our old man BC, Kip, arrived into a household that already had a cat. He and cat were fast friends, because cat was bombproof. That cat passed on, and new hire cat never became confident enough to hang out with Kip. (Cat would look like he was TRYING not to look nervous around Kip but always failed, then Kip would start staring, and the cat would look MORE nervous....)
  7. Kip (our dear old man BC, who crossed over in April) came with the name when we got him from the dog warden. Of course, he had not been at the pound long, so did not really know it, but we saw no reason to change it. Our other pets all have literary names, so we playfully made his "full" name Rudyard Kipling Dog. (All the dogs have the same surname...Dog.) Husband started calling him Kippersnacks as a pet name. Daughter ramped that up to Snack-aroni and Cheese. They were always spoken in love and I don't think he held it against us ever. The new pup is Walt...and that is what will go on
  8. Wow, Sue, I had not been here regularly in that time period and missed that! And, thank you, Eileen and Heather, for maintaining. These boards are a tremendous resource.
  9. Thank you for the kind words. Lord willing and the creek don't rise, our new friend will be here tomorrow.
  10. It's been a long time since I've posted, though I still check in to read from time to time. Our Kip crossed over at the beginning of April, with all his people around him. Thank you to everyone here on these boards who helped me figure out these amazing dogs. Kip came to us from the dog warden in Lucas Co., Ohio/Toledo in February, 2008, where he'd been an unclaimed stray. He brought more than a dozen years of happiness to us. Our other old man, Sol (nonBC), is still puttering around happily. We hope he'll be pleased with the new BC recruit who is to join us next week. B
  11. Sue, I haven't stopped by in a long time, so am just now reading this, but I do remember Celt... I'm so sorry for your loss. Our Kip crossed over early April at age ~16ish (we think, as we did not have a firm age on him when we got him from the dog warden all those years ago). All my sympathy to your house.
  12. In case the Facebook post does not show for others: "Sweet dog came to visit me tonight. Well groomed with collar but no identification. PM me if you know to whom he belongs. Will take him to a vet tomorrow to see if he has a chip. He is safe for tonight. One distinguishing thing about this beauty. The owner will know."
  13. Posting here in case this sweetheart is known to anyone here. A friend here in Cincinnati gave this doggo a safe place for the night. She's planning to visit a vet tomorrow morning to check for a chip. https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10213850475400299&set=a.10203935893381945.1073741826.1360340200&type=3&theater
  14. Thanks all. It is a blessing to have dog folks with good minds to bounce questions like this one off of! Today, the toe looks good---the exposed quick already seems to be hardening, though he's still looking a little ginger with it. Nothing looks infected. I'll keep a close watch on it.
  15. Thanks! Last night, I isolated the toe from the others with a gauze, put the dangly bit back in roughly anatomical position and dressed the foot pretty firmly. I did not want to leave the pressure dressing on all night (it was hard to tell with all the canine drama if I really had it wrapped too tight or if he was just otherwise in discomfort), so I crated him at bedtime, then took the pressure dressing off. The bleeding had stopped, and the, er, dangly bit came off in the dressing when it was unwrapped. Not to be too graphic, but it looks like the cone-shaped dangly bit actually has a
  16. Heavens, what a Monday, Part II today has been. This my non-BC big goofball... Large dog, long toenails, excitement, ripped nail injury that has essentially de-gloved the quick and is hanging. Bleeding, bleeding, bleeding. (Yes, gonna try to be better about pedicures. Yes, dry sterile dressing with compression for the moment.) Other ideas/previous experiences welcome. Assuming he ever settles enough to let me trim the hanging part, I will...but, do I need to keep it dressed for a while? The quick is thoroughly exposed. He wears his other nails down okay, but some of his front
  17. PEM----that is the thiamine deficiency that ruminants can get, yes? The vet had proposed that, so the ewe was treated with thimine injections over several days early on in the course of things; John is now giving her some manner of, IDK, general sheep multivitamin preparation by mouth. John reports today that the ewe will no longer stay in the sling that was concocted---she has regained enough strength in her legs to propel herself out of it and land reasonably upright, though not standing. Previously, her head was all she seemed to have control over. Thank you everyone for the help!
  18. Ah. Thank you. Perhaps treating the ewe for deer-worm is a reasonable course, and if she does not improve with that treatment, perhaps she is not meant to improve. I passed this along to John, who expresses his thanks.
  19. Thank you! Evidently, the vet suggested listeriosis too... this vet, as I said, does see some large animals, but John said she clearly prefers pets/dogs/cats, and the tech in the office even offered on the side to John that sheep were not her strong suit. But, the ewe was given the appropriate antibiotic course for Listeria early in her presentation. She is so....well....except for not being able to get up and stand. She is eating, not only well, but with gusto. Quite literally, as John carried her down to fresh clover closer to the house last night (part of the way, going down
  20. Posting this for a friend, who lives in beautiful place on a beautiful farm, with nice sheep and lousy internet. This post will demonstrate how little I know about sheep. Please bear with me. Our good friends live on a farm in SE Indiana, about 40 acres. They farm their own food, raise chickens, and a small flock of sheep, maybe 20. The sheep are hair sheep, some sort of a brown hair sheep (have forgotten the name) and Dorper crosses. They raise them for meat. John is a meticulous guy. If I am reincarnated as either a chicken or a sheep, I hope I end up on his farm. His creat
  21. Kip (BC) and Sol (not BC) used to be crated while I was at work Sol countersurfs. For three, wait, four years now, I have telecommuted fulltime, so now dogs must stay behind the gate in the kitchen, basement, or be on the deck, otherwise they are pesky when I am on the phone with a patient. And that is the cat's job.
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