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  1. A lie creates a reality gap. In the original example, I scream that I'm hurt, when in fact I'm not hurt. The consequence of a lie is the corruption of trust. What you have told me was fact, is false. A lie causes damage. When the mutual reliance of trust is lost, so is the basis of positive relationship. But there are lies and there are *lies.* There's storytelling, polite conventions, fables; there's gossip, advertising; there's propaganda, fraud. Not every gap between the tale and the empirical is pathologic. All fictions can be construed as lies if you choose to play cat's cradle with rhetoric; all the same, some can be educational and entertaining. I'm not convinced that acting emo when your dog's teeth make inappropriate contact falls into the category of the black lie. I see the reality gap, but not the damage. If it's a lie (a willful distortion of reality) at all; you may not be hurt in the immediate literal sense, but there is hurt in potentia for sure if the biting doesn't get modified.
  2. Two of my dogs come from Denice, and I'll vouch for her integrity and care in both business and personal transactions. Both my dogs from Denice are closely related to the youngster who just made the very short round trip to Massachusetts. One (an aunt) is running successfully in Ranch at three years of age despite my inexperience as a trainer. The other (a littermate of the too-well-traveled bitch) turned on to sheep work by the time he was 7 months old, and is showing good promise now. In addition to a positive attitude toward stock work, both have nice, adaptable personalities, and have been healthy and easy to live with. I think it's likely this guy just turned down *exactly* the dog he asked for in his NEBCA classified advertisement. Given the way he's behaved, it's probably just as well for the dog. But I hate to see a decent breeder treated so poorly. Liz Sharpe currently near Annapolis, MD (USA)
  3. Deleted for excessive pomposity. Too tired to have been on the net. Apologies.
  4. Mojo en route. Be strong for each other.
  5. I hope conditions cooperate and the trial will happen. Good luck in every way. Liz S, temporarily sheepless in Maryland
  6. My blind dog seemed happier riding in the car when I used a solid-sided type crate rather than wire. He also seemed to settle better if the crate was just a tad more snug for him than I usually prefer for my dogs. I think he felt more secure in the smaller size and could brace himself more easily, with less room to bounce around when we were moving. In the house he would often find himself a corner or something solid to lie next to, protecting at least one side. (Or he'd go in an open crate once he learned where they were.) But he was my dog from puppyhood, and he was already used to crates and car rides when he lost his sight. Good on you for helping out. Liz S Nomad of the Middle Atlantic USA
  7. I had a 48-inch high ex-pen, but it was very heavy and awkward. Eventually I traded it for a shorter, 36-inch high version. But I kept the 48-inch high extension panel, which is two hinged 24-inch wide pieces. The extra panel folds out flat to make a 48x48-inch square -- exactly the right size to use as a top (clipped or tied on), if I set up the ex-pen as a square. I seldom need to use the top, but it has been invaluable occasionally. (Keeping climbers in, and sometimes keeping uninvited visitors out.) One time I actually used the extension panel as a bottom, when I'd set it up on grass/soft dirt, and Some Pup was determined to dig under. That time I clipped a tarp on the top. Tarps are lighter and easier, and they make better shade, but they're not as secure as wire. The 36-inch high ex-pen is still pretty heavy, but I lay it across the top of two dog crates in the back of my van and lash it down with a couple of hefty bungees. It travels most places with me. The last time I used it was at a dog trial, but not for a dog. We set it up in a corner of the exhaust pen to keep a stressed lamb in. (Just till the end of the day when the lamb got a ride back to its home farm.) I've also used it as a blind (draped with a tarp), and also to in various configurations to protect my stuff from being marked by off leash dogs. I will say that if a dog is truly determined to get out, under or over, they'll probably be able to find a way. But that goes for most forms of containment. :-) Just my several cents. Good luck with whatever you decide -- and with your new pup! Liz S in central New York
  8. They both look kind of like dogs. Yup.
  9. You might try the Edgefield sheep forum for detailed sheep care advice. It's just a simple 'bulletin board' format and it's usually quick to load. You can read the information there without joining, but you can't put in your own information without becoming a member. There was recently an excellent, in-depth discussion of methods of saving lambs in the condition you describe, but you may have to search a little. I think it would be in the section labeled "Breeding and Lambing." The host site is: http://edgefieldsheep.com Perhaps this link to the Breeding and Lambing section will work: http://edgefieldsheep.com/bb/viewforum.php?f=4 Here's the best way to search the Edgefield site: You can search for any string on this site using Google by simply starting your search string with "site:edgefieldsheep.com" Good luck. Liz S in foul fetid fuming humid hot central New York State USA
  10. And if we're talking about K*tz-style training, management and handling, a better dog would help too. (With apologies to the dog/s.) LizS in upstate NY
  11. Years ago, I had a blue heeler who had to be hospitalized for mushroom/toadstool toxicity. In most ways she made what appeared to be a complete recovery. But her coat was never the same as it had been. (She'd had gorgeous thick rich red hair, which afterwards became lighter, thinner, duller and less even.) She also became permanently borderline low-thyroid. (Thyroid supplements improved her coat, but not to its original glory.) Since dogs express a lot of internal issues through their skin, that's a pretty good indicator something important had been thrown off kilter. My vet said that the sudden hypo-thyroidism was likely a side effect of the poison. I'm not a vet, merely a veteran dog owner. But from that experience, I'd think that solanine (a nasty neurotoxin, which appears to strike hard at the central nervous system and the digestive tract) could well have permament effects, particularly in a still-developing puppy. As a separate issue, is it possible there are still live potato plants accessible to your pup? Any growing parts at all? Because puppies do love to chew on everything, and the toxin is concentrated in *all* the green parts of a potato plant -- stems and leaves are also quite poisonous, not just the green skin and sprouting eyes on a bad spud. I hope your pup's tummy issues clear up all the way, and if you find you do have to stick to a bland diet, that's all it takes. Best regards, LizS in upstate New York USA
  12. Nope, not weird. That's just farming. LizS in Central NY
  13. Another reason to keep switching among different protein sources, so as not to accumulate too much potential bad stuff from any single product. Wish I currently had the resources to raise my own dog food. Alas, additional quick searches show that Ractopamine is also a legal feed additive for beef and turkey feed. (Not in the EU or China, however.)
  14. Blue Seal (New England manufacturer) makes a pork and barley (no corn, wheat, soy) kibble that's good value. It's the only pork-based kibble I know. But I think it's mostly stocked at feed stores, not in pet stores. I've been using it (alternated with other types of kibble) for a couple of years now. (With various raw meats and other goodies added.) Recently I saw a pop science news article which suggested that there's a relatively high residual presence of antibiotics in human-grade pork (as available packaged at grocery stores), which concerns me. I don't think I've ever seen common pork as the protein source in canned food. (I think I've seen "boar" listed in an exotic "game meats" line of products, selling at a novelty price to go with the contents.)
  15. I've had dogs from the public shelter, from private rescues, from known but accidental breedings (both crossbred and purebred), and dogs from litters planned for years. Every single one has been a unique individual with special strengths and weaknesses, and I've garnered many experiences (both treasured and exasperating -- and some quite costly) along the way. I've loved every dog. But I admit, I've gradually found myself going over to the planned parenthood division. Some of that is driven by the fact that these days, I do have a need for practical stock-working partners with at least moderate skills. I also happen to like starting my dogs from pups. And I do believe that your chance of getting a reliable working partner for the farm is significantly better if you pick a pup from decent working parents with basic temperaments you find agreeable. But even before I truly needed a working partner, I found myself inclined toward dogs of documented parentage. (Including pups from known but accidental breedings.) Not because they would be better dogs on a stand-alone basis. But because it gave me a human network to tap into, and also access to valuable wider information about the dog's specific background. A good breeder can be a valuable resource in her/his own right. An interested ear to brag to when things are going well; a shoulder to cry on when things are going to hell; a reservoir of relevant experience to draw on; and a fellow traveler to swap stories with. I've gained several great friends this way, along with some very nice dogs. I've also become friends with the owners of littermates. It's fun and often educational to occasionally hear what the brothers and sisters and other relations are getting up to, across the years. In addition, the more data you have about your dog's extended family, the better. If there's a particular working style you favor, best to look for that style among close relatives. Having family documentation can also be useful when health and temperament questions arise. A few weeks ago I lost a dog (of another breed) to hemangiosarcoma. Even before the test results came back, that was the disease I suspected, because I was aware of a strong family history and how it had presented. Sadly, a friend then lost a littermate of my dog exactly one week later to the same disease. I don't know if she was any better prepared because of what had just happened to my boy; but certainly we were able to commiserate with each other, and with yet another friend who had lost an uncle of our dogs to the same cancer several years earlier. Another of my dogs is an exceptionally good-looking boy with a very fine pedigree on paper. He'll never make an Open trial dog, but he's completely honest, and quite useful around the farm and behind the scenes at trials. He slows down dramatically when it's hot. He was wonderful with children and strangers until he was about two years old, when suddenly he began to judge both by a rigorous private system which I have yet to decode. And yet, considered individually, I'm very pleased with his working ability, because as it's turned out, his littermates are barely interested in stock at all. I keep a special eye on him in the summer, but I don't mind that he slows down, because he has littermates with actual heat collapse issues. And although he may be mildly wary of random adults and quite spooked by most children, compared to some other family members he's a model of sociability. I see his shortcomings clearly and yet I appreciate him all the more because he seems to have risen above his genetic heritage. And finally, knowing what I do about the rest of his family, I would never, ever breed him -- even though he's a gorgeous dog with a great heart, useful chore skills and an excellent pedigree. There's no guarantee that having a dog with a pedigree will bring you any special advantages. There's no guarantee that all breeders will turn out to be clear communicators or reliable resources, much less good friends. But there are some potential advantages to having access to the network behind the documented family tree, which have nothing to do with the merits of any individual dog. Just another angle. Liz Sharpe in arctic central NY (USA)
  16. Doxycycline is the drug of choice for treating tick-borne diseases, but not every dog can tolerate it. Side effects include nausea, diarrhea, lack of appetite, and multiple types of elevated liver enzymes. It's possible your dog is one of those that has trouble handling this particular drug. Here's a link to an abstract from a study on side effects in dogs: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/21791480 And part of the abstract: Suspected side effects of doxycycline use in dogs - a retrospective study of 386 cases. Schulz BS, Hupfauer S, Ammer H, Sauter-Louis C, Hartmann K. Source Clinic of Small Animal Medicine, Ludwig Maximilian University Munich, Veterinaerstrasse 13, 80539 Munich, Germany. b.schulz@medizinische-kleintierklinik.de Abstract This study investigated doxycycline-related side effects in a large population of dogs. Data from 386 dogs that had received doxycycline for the treatment of various infectious diseases were analysed retrospectively. Potential side effects that developed during treatment were documented, and correlations with signalment, dose, duration of treatment, frequency of application, doxycycline preparation and use of additional drugs were investigated. Vomiting was reported in 18.3 per cent of dogs, 7.0 per cent developed diarrhoea and 2.5 per cent developed anorexia. While being treated with doxycycline, 39.4 per cent of dogs showed an increase in alanine aminotransferase (ALT) activity and 36.4 per cent showed an increase in alkaline phosphatase (ALP) activity. There was a dose-related risk of an increase in ALP activity (P=0.011, odds ratio [OR]=1.27, 95 per cent confidence interval [CI] 1.06 to 1.53), and older dogs treated with doxycycline were more likely to develop an increase in ALT activity (P=0.038, OR=1.23, 95 per cent CI 1.01 to 1.50) and vomiting (P=0.017, OR=1.11, 95 per cent CI 1.02 to 1.21).
  17. Might have been a "red" tricolor as well. Brown, with tan and white points. A Google image search for "red tricolor Border Collie" should turn up some pictures. Liz S in central NY USA
  18. Dogs are brilliant at reading body language. But they read your whole body, and with more than one sense. Visually, they consider your entire body (including posture and type of movement), not just your face, hand, foot (etc.) in a freeze frame. Their hearing is more sensitive and covers a wider range than ours, so they can detect undertones which may or may not agree with superficial words, no matter how cheerful the phrasing. And compared to humans, they have an incredibly powerful sense of smell -- which almost certainly gives them an extremely accurate direct perception of our true chemical/emotional condition. In addition to cues given by a human walking on-stage, dogs are not oblivious to situational context. Being found near an "accident" site has caused negative results in the past; it's probably not a good place to be found again. To me, that adds up to dogs being pretty good at detecting incongruities between the messages we want to send, and the underlying emotional reactions we're intellectually overruling. It amazes me that dogs have the sapient capacity to recognize human message conflicts, realize which message the human would like them to accept, and then respond accordingly. The dog found near the accidental potty mess who is anxious at first will often accept reassurance swiftly and happily. At least, most of the time. When the human is sufficiently clear about which signal ought to take priority, and follows through, and the conflict with past experience/context is surmountable. Liz S in Central NY
  19. The site is rejecting my credit card. (Which is fine, I've checked.) I don't do PayPal. Sorry. Liz S in central NY
  20. I dunno about the Giant Elk, but I try to keep an open mind. As has been said about the possible existence of the Universal Cosmic Engineer (possible partial paraphrase from R.A. Heinlein), "I don't care who's cranking as long as s/he doesn't stop." I'll take the heat if it's my fate but if my dogs aren't there I'll definitely be d*mned. LizS in central NY
  21. Thanks for sharing this amazing news. Shepherds tend to joke sarcastically that 'sheep are born looking for a place to die.' It's great to hear about the stubborn exception. That is one tough lamb. I hope they name her 'Lucky,' and that she continues to survive against the odds to a fat and fabulous old age. Liz S in Central New York State
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