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  1. I adopted Scotch Dec 4, so it’s been just 6 weeks that I’ve had him. He is sweet, smart, funny, obedient (usually), a great snuggler, agile, a little stubborn at times, and sensitive. He has really helped fill the void left by Lewie’s passing in September. Scotch seemed to bond with me right away and it didn’t take long before he wiggled his way into my heart. He and I are really enjoying getting to know each other. We already have a bit of a routine for play time, snuggle time, and life in general. He is very good in the house, no chewing inappropriate things, no potty-ing, etc. I’m a big
  2. Every time I reread this thread I think, "This would make a great window cling!"
  3. Thank you all for your responses. It is one of the reasons I value this forum so much...kind and knowledgeable BC peeps. I went to a meet and greet with the boy in question. My sister and BIL went with me. My sister because she is my take-care-of-the-dog back-up person, and my BIL because he drove for us since neither sis nor I have great night vision and we didn't know where we were going. Anyway, Scotch, as he is currently called, was quite charming with just the right amount of ham. The three of us sat on the couch and Scotch went right down the line greeting us, then came back aro
  4. I lost my beloved Lewie in September to cancer (cancer sucks in any species!). Some folks may remember I posted about him in the “In Memoriam” section. I miss him every day and the special relationship we had. I’ve been looking for another BC, stalking Petfinder.com, Petango.com and Allpaws.com daily. I’ve filled out numerous applications to rescue groups (not all rescue groups are created equal, I’ve learned), visited many of the local shelters multiple times in the last 12 weeks. I’ve been approved by two local rescue groups after passing the reference checks and home visits. Yippee!
  5. D'elle, yes, I have put in adoption apps with both Border Collie Rescue of Texas and also Border Collie Rescue and Rehab of Texas. I did that shortly after I lost Lewie so the paperwork and legwork should already be done. I do follow BCRT on FB and check both their sites pretty regularly. And, as the wonderful folks here have said, the right dog is out there, somewhere, maybe waiting just as much for me as I am for him. Again, I can't tell you how much your words and shoulders are appreciated. *tears*
  6. Apologies for the radio silence. I'm currently suffering from some kind of gastrointestinal bug and have been down for a week. I did go back to the shelter intending to adopt the Little Shelter Dog, but he had already been adopted. Good for him, not so much for me. So, my search continues. I scour petfinder.com daily, sometimes multiple times a day, and have search parameters set for email alerts. I may be too hung up on finding another BCx like Lewie. I know that's a long shot but I also know I'm still grieving for him. This too, shall pass, but damn, I miss my right-hand man.
  7. Thank you all for your wisdom and input! I am very encouraged to hear your experiences. I have a feeling that I will be going back to the shelter to take another look at this petite shelter boy at the beginning of next week. I work weekend nights so Monday is the soonest I will be able to get back there. I have a feeling that if he is still available, he won't be after I get back there! Thank you again all so much! I can't tell you how much I appreciate hearing your experiences!
  8. I hope this doesn't come across as offensive 'cuz I sure don't mean it to be. How can a person tell if a BC is a "real" BC who is maybe depressed from shelter life or a not-so-smart Barbie Collie? It's been a hard month since I lost Lewie. But, I'm ready to start looking for another BC. I've filled out apps with two BC rescues in the state just to get the paperwork out of the way, but neither has anybody whose picture speaks to me. The closest rescue is having a Meet and Greet on Oct 21 but the waiting is starting to make me feel like a victim (dumb, I know). I've been stalking Petfind
  9. Oh, my heart is in my throat and my eyes are tearing! I know EXACTLY what that is like. When I was younger, I had a lab mix. Sweet dog, but loved to chase anything that moved; Birds, squirrels, leaves...it didn't matter. I had nearly the same experience at Tea (Tea, I'm sooo sorry!). Buddy was SOLID on basic obedience commands which saved his life. Chasing a squirrel, he was going to follow the stupid squirrel into the road. Car coming, my heart in my throat, screamed, BUDDY DOWN!! Danged if that dog didn't drop in his tracks. Squirrel kept going, car went past, me bawling and poor Buddy looki
  10. It’s been, golly, three years since I’ve posted in the BC Forums. I hate that I’ve come back to post in this particular topic. Lewie wasn’t a working dog, heck, he wasn’t a purebred. But, he was by far the best dog I’ve ever had. His death is proving harder for me than any other of my past dogs and writing about him is cathartic. The following is the post I made on FB about Lewie the day I let him go. *********************************************************************************** Today turned out to be the day every pet owner knows is coming but dreads to think about, the day w
  11. Julie, yes, while Lewie was in the throes of the Pancreatitis last week, there was much discussion (hope) that the Diabetes was going to be transient. I guess it's much more common in cats than in dogs, but here's hoping Lewie is one of the lucky(?) dogs.
  12. I think we may have turned a corner yesterday. Lewie started acting more like himself, watching the neighborhood out the window, watching me more. We popped into the vet's office this morning for his glucose level check (happily my vet is very near). An hour after his insulin injection his glucose number was at 131. I thought that was good but Doc kept him for monitoring. She seemed concerned that it may have dropped too fast, and that maybe he is trying to regulate himself. Here's hoping that the Diabetes does end up being transient due to the Pancreatitis. ps the cats like Lew
  13. We seem to be finding our groove. Lewie is still not eating as well as I'd like but we're moving in the right direction. Last night, however, supper time proved to be less meal time and more a comedic skit, starring Lewie as the straight man and mom as the punch line. He wouldn't touch the kibble I put in his bowl. I'm pretty sure it's not a taste issue, it's just that he really doesn't want to eat yet. So, I offered canned dog food...nope. Some canned chicken which would normally pique his interest...nope. I ran to the local Walgreen's for some Ensure (they used it at the vet's to
  14. Aaah, a boy and his dog...or maybe it's a dog and his boy. What a heart warming video. How lucky your son is to have such a wonderful companion. I loves me a fluffy butt!
  15. I'm looking for input from anyone who has or does live with a diabetic dog. Lewie has been diagnosed with Diabetes after being hospitalized with Pancreatitis this week. He is home now and we've started Insulin injections working to regulate his glucose. Currently my biggest concern is getting him to eat. He's always been a good eater, but right now he's not eating well. I've found that if I hand feed him (spoiled in the hospital, maybe ) he'll take food okay, but not as much as I would like. Typically, I've always said when a dog is hungry he'll eat, but I can't afford that philosop
  16. mmmmmmm, tongue! I agree. We had tongue often when I was a kid. Haven't had it in years, though. And, I loved cold tongue sandwiches with the leftovers. It was a real treat.
  17. I'd probably use some bag balm or Neosporine and a clean sock at night.
  18. I agree that some rescues seem to be too particular about to whom they adopt. That being said, I understand, and agree with, that a rescue's primary goal is to do what's best for the animals. But, being too strict about who can adopt eliminates many good, caring people who are able and willing to give a homeless animal a loving, supportive home. I worked as a volunteer at a successful rescue group for only a short time (less than a year). I had to stop due to some health issues at the time, so my experience is limited. I'm sure there are folks here that dedicate themselves to rescue and h
  19. When I say "how safe", I mean in terms of germs, parasites, thingies that could cause upset/illness. I'd like to try giving Lewie something effective and safe to help clean his teeth. Because of his autoimmune disease (Evan's Syndrome) I'm hesitant to run out and get one although I've eyeballed them in the pet store several times. I understand antlers are generally safe for a normally healthy dog, but I'm hypersensitive to anything that might kick his immune system into overdrive, putting him in jeopardy. We're battling summertime allergies right now. My poor boy had such a sneezing fi
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