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  1. Thank you MeMeow for relaying your experience and positive suggestions for change. I appreciate it.
  2. Thanks everyone for your input and 'tough love'. I appreciate it and it is good to be reminded of the other side as well as possible repercussions. And thank you for your compassion Gloria.
  3. Hi border collie folks, I was here years ago with my two previous border collies, including my Skye-dog who lived 5 1/2 years after a diagnosis of lymphoma. With chemo and care, she lived to 14 and we said goodbye last summer. I miss her terribly. Her pic is the black and white one below. Anyway, I am familiar with the bc crouch and eye, but not to the charging and growling. My new dog is primarily bc, with lab, Rottie, GSD, Staffie and whippet thrown in! She is very exuberant, which likely comes from being kept in a crate for most of her first two years. We adopted her from our lo
  4. C Crocker, Thanks a bunch for this suggestion. We're nearing the end of our Flagyl course (and Skye's diarrhea seems to be resolved, but it is good to have this in case it rears its ugly head again) so I have just ordered some of this product - looks like it has some great testimonials! Thanks again! Much appreciated. Ailsa, with Skye-dog
  5. Hi Julie, You're awesome. Thank you so much for your thoughtful comment and very kind offer of Kat, Jill and Willow's harness. I'm really touched. It's hard to say all that is the case when you're operating on little sleep, lol, but here's trying. Yes, I think the medication you're talking about is Cerenia for nausea, and Skye did get a 4-day course of that beginning the day after, so it's finished now. But she is on Flagyl (metronidazole) for her diarrhea, and I'm giving small meals to help bring her gi system back under control. I'm hesitating stopping the Metacam right away a
  6. Hi Julie, Thank you for your thoughts. Yes, the four days is just the amount of time to see some significant improvements (which to me means no more wonky eye movements, less head tilt and nausea). In terms of serious improvement (i.e. walking without support and not falling over while doing so) is definitely more than that. She walked tonight around the ground floor for the first time, with me holding her back end, so we all cheered! I'm hoping she will walk again without support and some sense of balance for Christmas -- that would be my best present. And in terms of meds causing di
  7. Denice, Thanks for your reply and concern. Yes, our vet for the last almost five years has been primarily holistic and did not favour using pharmaceuticals at all. For Skye's immune support during chemo we added high omega-3 fish oil, l-glutamine, probiotics -- I also home-cooked with all human grade ingredients, adding a high quality vitamin and mineral supplement. We also did customized homeopathic protocols, added other supplements like Flexadin (glucosamine etc.), Wobenzyme, several other joint supplements and something for her 'soft' heart. He upped the ante to include laser t
  8. Thank you Maralynn. Yes, she is a miracle girl and very, very special. Yeah, I feared that her multicentric lymphoma had either slid sideways or at some point metastisized but x-rays, ultrasounds, etc. sees no cancer. But of course i live in fear. And yes, pumpkin has been part of her daily diet, as diarrhea is one of those things that any lymphoma/chemo survivor knows lots about. She is very sensitive and I know that this whole thing has made her acutely upset; not least of which because she can't yet manage going outdoors to toilet Denice, yes, that's what I thought too but she is
  9. HI All, I've been a lapsed member for years now but thoroughly enjoyed participating when Skye was younger. She is now 13 1/3 and besides being an almost 5 year lymphoma survivor, is also struggling with spondylosis. She had her first episode of what we quickly realized was vestibular disease on Wednesday evening (the 25th Nov). She has been on daily cerenia (a 4-day course) to prevent nausea, has been drinking well, eating moderately well, but her soft poops that we have been struggling with before this episode have now turned into full-blown diarrhea. For the last four nights we h
  10. Apologies. Let me re-phrase. What I meant to say was that they would likely feel ashamed if they realized they had made a mistake in buying from a pet store and, as a result, would be reluctant to share any resulting health/behavioural etc. problems. I believe there is little intention here to shame anyone and I'm sorry if you felt I was shutting your idea down. I didn't mean to do that, only wondered how to approach it effectively so that (i) people would answer, and (ii) people would consider the bigger question and start asking pet stores where their puppies came from. Obviousl
  11. Hi Blake's Dad, I seemed to remember another thread on this same subject a while back: http://www.bordercollie.org/boards/index.p...l=daily+routine Two things: sounds like Blake is very bonded to you especially and really enjoys your time together. So in that regard, he's got it made I would change "cage" to "crate" -- just a little thing, I dunno, sounds a big more humane And could you take him out for a short spin before you go to work for 4 p.m.? Esp if the rest of the family is unlikely to have him out during the time you're away? I also think having him uncrated when in the h
  12. I think those who purchase a puppy from a pet store aren't motivated to ask about papers, breeder, sir, dam or origin. The only question might be, "Do I get a guarantee?" and "What's his/her name?" But you have made your point just by asking. I think asking about issues so far will only act to expose the owners' level of experience with pets -- i.e. novice -- and therefore act only to shame them. Honestly, I think there are a lot of really good, honourable, well-meaning people who buy a pet from a pet store, even today. Understanding the perils of this kind of commerce is something
  13. Welcome to the Boards as well! If you are new to puppies, it can be a road full of frustration, joy, excitement and stress -- especially when the puppy grows into a teenager! I strongly recommend that you do some reading about how to raise a happy, healthy dog. A very good series of books is by Ian Dunbar, called Before You Get Your Puppy and After You Get Your Puppy (no, I don't get a commission ). You can buy them online or order from your local bookstore. Online: http://www.dogwise.com/search.cfm There is a wealth of information and really sensible training tips in these books
  14. Doggie ice cream AND a new frisbee = Doggie heaven Happy B-day Alex and many, many more. Good dog. Ailsa
  15. Get Ian Dunbar's book called After You Get Your Puppy and read the chapter on Socializing on Walks; see http://www.dogwise.com/itemdetails.cfm?ID=DTB721 Essentially, your pup should be encouraged to sit and wait patiently to meet strangers. Dunbar encourages you to take treats with you on your walks/outings and pass them along to strangers to offer your dog; this will build upon the training exercises you do at home and help your dog become polite with everyone. What I also thought was particularly interesting was teaching your young dog restraint/calmness when on walks. Usually we
  16. Sorry to hear about Chuck and his escapades. Poor kitty. But good to hear about happy Bob However, m.u.s.t. s.e.e. p.i.c.s. Ailsa
  17. That really sucks. I'm so sorry that Jazzy and you have to go through this. My Riley went through TPLO surgery when she was about 7-8 yrs. and it was tough. So big-time positive mojo vibes coming your way from us. And yes, I'm sure after this round there will be no turning back! Get it all over with now and it'll be smooth sailing ahead... Ailsa
  18. Wow! I'm jealous. Whereabouts in Ont are you? Don't have working experience, but many on here do and will give you much more solid advice than I. But I would bet dollars to donuts that they'll say exactly what you said, ie.: Whether you'd even need two dogs with 30 sheep, others will be able to tell you. Maybe not. Ailsa
  19. Melanie, Is there a lip curl, a growl or a snarl that Jett exhibits before she flies off the handle? I find that when Skye reacts to another (almost exclusively over guarding issues, and 99% of the time with another female), there is a subtle sign. At this point I can usually defuse the situation. Then again, this might not be as easy with an adolescent It also occurs to me that Jett is picking on Fly because she can. Of course, that doesn't help you unless you can convince her to defend herself. Has she ever been put in her place by another dog, esp in Fly's presence? I found
  20. I see things are getting back to normal at the Ranger household. I certainly agree with much of what Amelia says as well in terms of hierarchy and respect. But in our household furniture and bed privileges are regularly awarded Ailsa
  21. BCS, Your pup is very cute and seems super-responsive and smart. My experience with raising Skye has taught me the importance of positive reinforcement. Here in Canada, 'clicker training' is very popular but although I have never used the clicker, I have used a word to 'mark' and reinforce good behaviour. It is 'yes'. I noticed that when you stopped your Sam came to you and sat, which made you chuckle (it made me chuckle too ). I would 'mark' that really good behaviour as soon as it happens to make sure that Sam knows he's 'done good'. This kind of positive reinforcement, IMO, is the
  22. It sounds like he warned you when you first met him! How wonderful that he`s with you now! He looks like an absolute sweetheart. I second what Sue says about taking it easy. But I truly believe he KNOWS he`s been rescued and won`t do anything to undermine your opinion of him (except for the peeing ) Good luck with him and the little guys and keep us posted, Ailsa
  23. Boy, put me on the list too of people addicted to both this Board and to Jin, the Marvellous Stoic Hero Puppy (he reminds me of my first bc, Riley, the way he sits up in the front seat of the car, looking all around). I am overjoyed that he`s back with you Ranger Steve and will require that we get regular updates on his exploits Ailsa P.S. All the best to you too Mary and hope your recovery is speedy and relatively pain-free.
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