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  1. My heart goes out to you and your pup as well. Looks like a gorgeous little guy. All I can say right now is I hope he is properly diagnosed so that you can make an informed and humane decision. Best, Ailsa
  2. I'm sorry to hear about Zachary Kris. I have no advice for you other than to hang in, esp through this terrible weather we're having. I'm not sure where you are but here the temps are going way up so, although the roads might not be too slippery, I guess you still have a flooding issue. How far away is your vet? Maybe the house can stand you being away for a little while -- can you put a sump pump on standby? You could try giving Zachary some rescue remedy to calm him down. Could it be the heart medication that might be causing this? best, Ailsa
  3. Let me preface this by saying that I haven't read the book, nor have I seen the movie (although I haven't been spared the trailers ) and I'm really not a scrooge -- I normally LOVE dog movies -- but I think seeing this movie would drive me insane. All I can see is people who buy a puppy because he's cute, have no clue about training, house-proofing, consistency, discipline, etc. and the story basically follows the poor dog's escapades through life spilling, breaking, eating, peeing on, running after and away from, and generally disobeying and destroying everyone and everything. Is this kind of behaviour being made 'cute'? Maybe I need a cocktail Ailsa
  4. What a sweetheart. And life begins all over again. I hope you have a long and Happy life together! You go Finn! Show everybody what you're made of! Ailsa
  5. Just signed on again to see this, which I feared. I'm so very sorry. Such a young loss. I must do some research on distemper. It sounds insidious. I, as well, will be keeping all of you in my thoughts through this holiday...and hoping that Ceana keeps safe as well! Best, Ailsa
  6. Merry Christmas to you too Esox and Alex, AND EVERYONE! I hope you are all blessed with good health, happiness as well as family and/or friends over the holiday season and beyond. Ailsa & Skye-dog
  7. Oh poor boy! Mega mojo from up north! Our thoughts are with all of you, including pet sitter! Ailsa
  8. Hi Nepsa, Welcome! The subject of dog food, kibble, canned, homemade, raw or any combination has been discussed quite a bit here. If you use the search button at the top of the page you'll find oodles of previous threads. Many here are passionate about feeding raw; they will indicate that the dogs are in optimum health, weight, great teeth, breath, etc. I am not one of these people (for no other reason than convenience and my dog Skye, and my previous Riley, have always done well on best quality kibble and canned) so they can tell you more about it. I feed Skye Fromme-brand kibble, in its fish formulas, and then mix with Merrick canned for dinner. I have also used Wellness, both dry and canned. The main thing is finding a brand that your dog loves, keeps them in good weight and health, and with which you feel comfortable. I think more and more people have made sure they're feeding a food that is made in North America and is of high quality, rather than something that contains ingredients that might be compromised, i.e. wheat gluten from China from last year (and melamine contamination). I think most people will say that unless your dog is working stock and needs a very high performance diet, a border collie can be fed the same kinds of food as you would any other active breed. Good luck, Ailsa
  9. Had to comment on this Mary, though I hadn't been following all the hullabulloo earlier. Skye, when she's let out back while in intestinal distress in the middle of the night like your Buddy, will go round and round and round looking, I know, for the last place she pooped before relieving herself. It seems only that place is the right place. So I wonder too if there isn't a physiological trigger that takes place, since clearly she really wants to go and appears to be getting more and more frantic looking/sniffing. This is also what she does when we're out and about -- the same place almost every time. I wonder if the evolutionary behaviour couldn't be related, unlike peeing which definitely appears to be marking, to picking a 'safe' place, since the contents of one's poop tell a lot more about one's health and overall fitness, hence, vulnerability in the wild. The times I have seen Skye, and Riley for that matter, attempt to cover her poop was when it was particularly runny and smelly. Ailsa P.S. And I agree; your neighbourhood looks lovely -- much better than a new subdivision IMO. Is your house in the pic?
  10. I hope you guys will indulge me in this one. I met Charlie a couple of years ago at our neighourhood park. "Charlie, both feet on the ground please." That was what his owner would say to keep him from jumping up to lick your face. He was one of those mutts: big, short-haired, brown and white, with maybe some boxer, some ridgeback, some rottie -- who knows. But Charlie was a lovely, happy, enthusiastic dog. Skye would run around like mad with him, tolerate him, tell him off. He was maybe 2 or 3, but with the heart of a puppy and the body of an oaf. They moved away last winter and we didn't see him everyday anymore. But he was a dog that was hard to forget. He was hit by a car and died later that day this past summer. I don't know anymore than that. I couldn't bring myself to ask. It really shook me when I heard the news today. I only thought if something like that were to happen to my Skye, I don't know how I would recover........ To all those good dogs, of unknown origin, who were too keen for their own good. Charlie 20?-2008. May he rest in peace. Ailsa
  11. As much as I think this kind of rigid discipline might work in some situations (or not, or maybe its just the semantics ), I don't know whether it is the best solution with this particular dog. It's my understanding that he's not showing a dominant, willful disobedience, just a general cluelessness. I think a sensible, consistent, firm but reasonably gentle attitude would be a better approach with poor Charlie. I think you're following the right path but it will just take a bit of time. After all, you're no novice with fosters, right? And yes, if you don't favour the all-night cuddles, crating IS the answer . BTW, do you have a history on him? How long has he been with you? Is he interested in toys? Ailsa
  12. I agree with Ruth. Its probably maturity. My first Riley was like that. Very little to no interest in other dogs. Just her old friend Molly she would play with. I would bet though if you dog-sat a playful dog over a period of time, they would probably play when out together. But aside from that, I think its (i) perfectly normal for some dogs to become more aloof with other dogs when they get a bit older, IME around 2 years old; (ii) doesn't affect their life happiness as long as they're with their human buddies; and (iii) I've never heard of it having anything to do with a food switch. Ailsa
  13. Clearly there's no problem levitating! Good luck with the re-conditioning...I'll bet he'll be awesome in terms of obedience now that he's been so focussed on paying attention to your every command. Happy pain-free Christmas Odin Ailsa
  14. Ditto Great news! I knew you guys could do it and even better that you are noticing such a difference in his well-being and movement. All the very best from Skye-dog and me. Happy Odin photo pleez.... Ailsa
  15. I know this is not the original question, but I couldn't help but respond... No no no no no! Did I say no? The problem is not the leash, its the command Now, when Skye was a pup she would also attempt to take the lead in her mouth, so I have felt your pain. But this was non-negotiable. Two things I did to stop it. I reinforced the "leave it" command (with regular exercises using trades of tasty morsels for items of value) and also applied some hot sauce to the leash. That way, even if she actually got the lead in her mouth and didn't respond right away to the "leave it" she'd get a taste of the sauce right away and not want any part of that ! Worked like a charm really quickly. You're right, flexi-leads (and all leads for that matter) aren't cheap; but more to the point, there has got to be an immediate release when your pup is asked. This reminds me of a woman at the park the other day who was trying to get a ball from the jaws of her mature dog. She was pulling, getting increasingly madder and madder, the dog was not giving it up. Teaching a pup to release something is really, really important and pays off ten-fold when they get older and stronger. Ailsa
  16. Oh my lord -- how are you going to choose!!??? They're all really cute ... and all tri? What does the dad look like - do you know? More pics after the 27th please Ailsa
  17. Give him time, Kelly, give him time ... Skye has a few years on him Ailsa
  18. I think that's the culprit. Skye has a very long memory when it comes to 'spooky' toys and will go out of her way to (i) avoid them, (ii) hide them from me. I agree with Barb. I think if you entice her with treats, plus perhaps a piece of clothing that smells like you (that you don't need ), and make a point of showing her the offending toy and placing it somewhere far away she'll be more inclined to go back to the crate and stay there happily. Good luck! Ailsa
  19. Oh my lord, what a difference!!! She's a poster girl for what a loving home can do, even if its not her original home! My respect and admiration to all rescuers and fosters esp around Christmas time. Ailsa
  20. Hey Sally, Has this dog found its' owners for Christmas? Ailsa
  21. Well I think this is what happens when galaxies collide, so to speak. I agree with Lisa in as far as this owner has not stepped up to the plate and seems to be playing a semantics game, but yet not taking ultimate responsibility for her dog and its very frightening actions. The combination of a new person in town, a home that seems to be 'under construction' (perhaps appearing somewhat derelict to those who don't care to know this woman's situation), a pit bull-type dog (I believe this is the case), several incidents of biting requiring vet care and medication, lack of recall, escaping the house without a muzzle or a leash, multiple warnings, lack of fence (although there seems money enough to continue renovations) and an owner who does not seem to understand why this behaviour is taking place and believes agility training will help her correct it -- all of these things are going against her. Too bad for the dog Ailsa P.S. When I was a child, my family had a dog that was part dachsund part beagle who routinely ran out the front door and one day, chased two children down the street and nipped at their rain boots, puncturing the rubber. The police showed up and apart from the guy's obvious surprise at the type of beast responsible for this vile behaviour and the dog's very docile demeanor (he wasn't usually like this with strangers, so I'm sure he knew who this guy and what his business was), he left and told us to control the dog. I'm quite sure that if our dog had been large, a so-called 'bully breed' and in any way threatening, the outcome would have been different. I will be the first to say that my parents and their young children (us!) had no business owning a dog since we didn't take the time to train ourselves or him.
  22. Interesting Mary. My first bc Riley wouldn't tolerate any dogs with pushed in faces, small or large. I figured it had to do with their heavy breathing. And Skye is certainly reticent toward them as well as any dog that appears unusually different, i.e. 3-legged, lame, bandaged, gimungous (great dane, irish wolfhound) etc. But I do wonder what they think when the other dog is sputtering and gasping all over them Ooky wrote: Kelly, I think this is hilarious! He's no doubt trying to decipher the secret handshake Ailsa
  23. No you weren't off-topic, I was! What with cats and comedy skits! I don't think mine could balance either ... maybe those highly trained agility bcs would be another story ... Kristine, aka Root Beer? What's the scene in your washroom? Ailsa
  24. Sorry Sandra! I can't seem to find a link with the whole skit, but if you were to buy the CD from Amazon (can you get that there?), called Odd Jobs (The Vinyl Cafe series), its on there. But if you wanted to hear a whole routine to see if you like Stuart's sense of humour, try this: http://au.youtube.com/watch?v=U7DtefkJsw8&...feature=related I know its OT now, but anyone who gets a chance should get him for Christmas -- its a great way to spend family-time during the holidays. Ailsa
  25. Go here: http://www.zunior.com/product_info.php?products_id=634 or here: http://www.lala.com/artist/Stuart_McLean and click on Toilet training the cat. I know its not a dog, but it is one of the funniest things you'll ever hear. Esp if you like Garrison Keillor. Its Canada's version in Stuart McLean. Ailsa ETA: Great suggestion for Christmas present
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