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  1. I didn't see any interior shots on the website Kristen - that's why I wondered. But your description makes it sound lovely. Maybe you won't need to adjust it anyway, with these people tonight! I really should have known it was Arkansas with all the green, as opposed to cacti Really really good luck with these new prospects. I know that we will have to sell our house in 3 or 4 years when DH retires, but with the economy the way it is, even up here in Canada, we don't know what the numbers will be. And good luck everyone else selling too. After selling my mazda truck a few years ago and swearing I'd never sell anything again (vultures ), I can only imagine how tough it must be. best, Ailsa
  2. Kristen, Is AR Arizona or Arkansas? Looks like a lovely place with over 30 acres??!! Seems like a steal at that price. Are there any interior pictures available to show on the website? Esp of the fireplace? Good luck tonight; mojo from Canada! Ailsa
  3. Scooter is very lucky to have you! Congratulations on his 4th year gotcha day Hope you all enjoy many, many more. Ailsa
  4. Zoomies + 'the eye' + belly rub = bc puppy Enjoy! But in regards to the body-slamming of your older and all-suffering King Charles spaniel, I would try to discourage this since Baxley is probably not going to discipline him for you I might let Bandit outside just with you and leave Baxley indoors while the pup gets the zoomies out of his system and is allowed one-on-one time to play with you. I would start teaching Bandit the command 'leave it' so that you can apply it when he begins to bother Baxley, as well as using a gentle 'Tst tst' if he gets that look in his eye that he's about to slam. At that point you can also distract him with either a toy or a short training session with specific commands. Good luck! Ailsa
  5. We're in a cold spell here too in eastern Ontario with the temps being around -30 celsius (-22 fahrenheit), with wind chills colder than that. I've actually been really cutting Skye's time outside drastically, much to her dismay. I've been either taking the frisbee or ball with us to make sure she has a vigorous play for about 10-15 minutes, so that she gets warmed up and doesn't feel the cold, esp on her feet. This afternoon she played with a rambunctious Portuguese Water dog for about 25-30 minutes and then wanted to keep going with the frisbee but I had reached my limit . It means, as Erin says, that we incorporate more playing inside the house to keep her active and stimulated; hence the dreaded air-blowing rubber baseball that actually makes her Ailsa
  6. Skye-dog votes for 'Skye'. After the Isle of. Check out this article from the NY times; esp the last couple of paragraphs. http://query.nytimes.com/gst/fullpage.html...;pagewanted=all Ailsa
  7. She's gorgeous! I love that bit of brown in her face. I like the names Scout and Billie, after Billie Holliday. Good luck choosing Ailsa
  8. How 'bout pumpkin to fill in the stomach gaps? Ailsa
  9. Is the vet going to do a biopsy Jo or is the plan to just wait and watch for the time being? I was reading that there are different kinds of lymphomas and many can be lived with, even without removal. Anyway, its good that the vet says if it's lymphoma it's atypical. We are now also sending diet mojo for Tex After all, diets suck. Ailsa
  10. Kelly, I agree with Jedismom that leashing him was the right thing at that time, for all the reasons you listed, i.e. shooting past you several times first, running kids, running dog, vigilant mothers, etc. Did you have treats in your pocket that you could have rewarded him with? I probably would have asked him to sit when he came to me, given him a treat, and then leashed him and walked for a while. Then I would have let him off lead again shortly afterward when the 'madness' had past to ensure him that his off-leash fun was not over. But I think that with so many distractions and fun stuff going on all around to which he was being increasingly stimulated, you were right to leash him up in order to facilitate a time-out, if only to just get his attention back. I, also, am impressed that he listened to you at all Good job. Ailsa BTW, sometimes it comes in handy to have a DH that has very little input in training
  11. My first border collie was Riley, who I adopted from the Humane Society 16 1/2 years ago when she was estimated to be between 10 mos to 1 year old. She was a stray and had no history. She was also my first dog after a lifetime (33 years) of having only scaley or very small furry pets (allergic family, small university apts, a marriage, brief move out of the country, divorce, finally a house and reasonably stable relationship ). I researched breeds and determined that I wanted a low-key, friendly dog and fully intended to get a golden or lab. Eeek. Made an immediate connection with Riley (named 'Flash' by the shelter staff), including having my picture taken with her leaning against my shoulder for the shelter calendar , and after admitting on the application form that I was 'mildly' allergic to dogs and having to peel over to my GP to get a note, and then being told that she was a border collie "you know what that means" by the interviewer (of course I did, I said, lying through my teeth), came home with her in the back seat of the car. So, as you can see, I am the poster child for what NOT to do Nevertheless, buoyed by sheer panic and a new sense of responsibility, I read books, subscribed to an early version of this very Board, socialized and walked her every day, took obedience classes, made all the requisite first-dog mistakes (put her on her side and pinned her to 'dominate' -- she was a very soft dog and I needn't have done this -- I did it only once and regretted it immediately -- I think the New Skete monks might have advocated this -- and allowed her to be possessive about sticks and pushy with other females, not to mention a shameless hussy with males), taught her how to heel off-leash, to wait and sit at every intersection before crossing (these two things were critical to me since I had seen a dog hit and killed by a car), she learned to scan the landscape for groundhogs when I said, "Look! a groundhog", and would sit at attention in the passenger seat with me in my truck and put her paw on mine when I shifted gears. She learnt very quickly and was known through the neighbourhood as a very well-trained dog (and I, an excellent dog trainer -- she deserved this compliment WAY more than I since she was keen to do whatever I asked -- limited only by my inexperience and ignorance of her potential). She barked ferociously if anyone came to the door and I'm convinced kept us from being burgled when every last one of our immediate neighbours was broken into one summer. Needless to say, I loved her more than anyone and anything, and luckily my partner knew this. She was everything and more of what I thought having a dog would be. So connected, responsive, adaptable and just a part of my soul. When she died, both my partner and I believed it may be our end as well. It took lots of counselling, friends, and the love of a new puppy, Skye, my second border collie, for us to recover from our loss and regain some joy and our own spirits back. Ailsa
  12. I was going to agree with this. Did he walk at first, bump into things and then stop walking altogether? This is the routine for my Skye, when she needed one after surgery in November. She is a very sensitive girl and refused to walk while wearing it -- to the point where we replaced it with a t-shirt so she would move around again. If you're in the States, you could try replacing the E-collar with that other thing ... Mary can remind me what it is ... a collar that's inflated and is much more benign around their necks I think they sell them at the pet store. Nevertheless, be vigilant like DTrain says, advocate for him at the vet's, and if you don't get satisfaction, go to another one. Good luck, Ailsa
  13. Good luck at 10 this morning Jo. Coming late to this so wishing you and Tex both all the very best. My friend's dog (12+ yrs bc x) has had several masses on her body for many years now, but they are all fatty deposits and she has remained mobile and healthy with them. Ailsa
  14. Karen is right. A crate must be used as a sanctuary for your pup (both in terms of sleeping and chilling) so that they usually consider it sacred; sacred enough to keep it clean (pee and poop free!) Give this link a read: http://www.pets.ca/articles/article-cratetrain.htm ETA: It gives the right strategy for allowing you and your pup to use the crate properly. BTW, I have found that a rug is similar enough to grass for a young puppy that one is often substituted for the other. To discourage this from continuing, use some Nature's Miracle on the areas where he has peed so he won't be inclined to go there again. Ailsa
  15. premature click Sorry - see next post.
  16. Ian Dunbar's puppy books, esp. Before and After Getting your Puppy: http://www.amazon.com/Before-After-Getting...pd_bxgy_b_img_c Ailsa
  17. Monicah, I think you shouldn't be distracted by this one episode. You say earlier that you are beginning to have great success with both of them, distracting them with treats and focussing on you instead of the other dogs. This is really good. I think a LARGE dog, esp an exhuberant puppy, coming upon you off-leash suddenly is exactly the kind of trigger that would set off many dogs and you handled it as well as you could, considering how unpredictable the episode was. But if you're having a problem with being discouraged then is there a trainer in your area that you can contact to help you work with Keira? I know that Mary (with Buddy) would tell you that reactivity while on leash is a long-term committment in terms of getting it under control and then managing it over time. But it is also very hard to counsel over the internet. Maybe others have some concrete advice and direction for you. Ailsa
  18. Really good news. Congrats! Keep it up. And let us know how she progresses, esp. with walks through town. It will take a while and you may not notice the change right away, but everytime you expose her to different (which will no longer be different after a while) and wonderful things -- remember to bring treats and get other people to give them to her -- a more positive response toward people and other dogs will take hold over time. Ailsa
  19. AACK! Sarah, I feel your pain. I don't know how you get through to them. Esp. when they keep doing the same thing over and over and over again. What is her motivation? Does she feel the need to rescue, like you do? Then does she get turned off because of the $ and effort involved? If so, can you suggest to her that she offer her time helping an established rescue, like physically helping to purchase supplies, volunteering with transport, or walking dogs at a shelter? Maybe this would help to keep her involved but keep the dogs safe from her well-intentioned adoption. My parents are getting older and they refuse to listen to me about many things; i.e. anything from getting the oil changed on their car to getting a referral from their doctor for increasing memory loss . Good luck with that pup. I actually give her 24 hours. Ailsa
  20. That's funny Mary. Be careful. He may be training you to be his butler Ailsa
  21. Welcome to the Boards Cowhorse lady! I think most people here (both city and country folk) will tell you that they live with their dogs inside the house at night. There have been numerous photos of various and sundry border collies on assorted pieces of furniture sleeping the night away - I hope Silhouettestable won't mind me using this here Is there any reason why he can't be in the house with you at night? As you already know, border collies are never happier than working and playing in tandem with their people, and this includes being with them as much as possible, even if they're resting or sleeping. In terms of Jack rejecting the doghouse, I don't know if there's anything specific about it that your Jack doesn't like, or if he is just intent on being at the ready should he be needed for a job (being able to see everything from a good vantage point), and therefore doesn't like to be confined this way. It sounds like he knows how to settle, so that necessarily isn't the problem, just his choice of location. Have you tried putting a nice bone in there for him to work on to make the spot more enticing? I'm sure others will have more to say on this though since I'm a city girl. I'll leave the question about commands to keep him from the horses to the working dog people since they will know much better than I how to direct you. Ailsa
  22. Apart from what others said about wandering Salukis , I can totally see all of those, except the Weimaraner (granted that's less than 10%). I always thought her face looked very fine and delicate, like a Saluki, and the shape of the head and ears a spaniel. Ailsa
  23. Really good to hear you and the dogs are doing much better! And good for you for allowing the dogs (and yourself) to de-stress by pulling back from your working commitments. Amazing how changes in environment and lives really can manifest physically -- both for our dogs and for us too. Don't be a stranger Ailsa
  24. I thought the same thing - smooth colllie and GSD. Seems small though, so maybe something else smaller mixed in. But he clearly loves your mum Ailsa
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