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  1. Thanks for the advice all. I agree that Indy (he) has already been exposed to it. Indy is getting older and I'm just very cautious about his health. He is my first dog and my first BC so he means everything to me. Do you guys know how long the virus can be active/live for from a contaminated surface (ie spit up on a rug)?
  2. Our 3 year has a minor case of kennel cough. She got it from her off leash playgroup with the dog walkers. We took her to the vet and she is on the appropriate meds. She’ll be fine but I’m just really worried about my 11 year old. Our 3 year was with our 11 year for the first 12 hrs. We didn’t know it was kennel cough till we got an email from the dog walker saying there was an outbreak. Both dogs are now separated at different ends of the house. Is there anything else I can do for my older dog? Should I do any disinfecting for areas that’s already contaminated? And when can they interact again? Its kind of pain in the butt right now when we are not home. My wife is taking my 11 yr to work her while the 3 year is at home by herself.
  3. I went back and re-read my post above. I had a typo which probably is causing some conflict here. I don't agree with his decision. I was shocked and heart broken when I read the chapter about putting Orson down and the Dog Star chapter which was totally contradictory to me. BTW I'm not a troll
  4. I apologize for bring up a sore subject for some of you. As I have said in my second post, I tried searching before I posted this thread. But I think some of you are making false assumptions.
  5. Maybe you should read my second post and move on.
  6. What exactly are you trying to say?
  7. I think people are making an assumption just because I want to talk about his book.I don't agree with his decision. I just wanted to have an open dicussion about his book...and I explained in my second post that due to the poor quality of the search function I didn't successful locate the discussion thread right away. Yeah I've been here for over year. So what? I dont check this board every day and read every single post.
  8. Do you think Orson would've been a good candidate for alprazolam?
  9. Why is this a wrong place to talk about him?
  10. Assuming he made the right choice...why would you go on book tours and interviews and relive this awful experience? Its almost like he is flaunting Orson's death. And to have the eyes/face of dog he put down on the front cover of the book is just cruel.
  11. I guess I'm few months late...there many threads on Jon Katz. I search for Jon Katz before posting this thread but search have to ahve more than 3 characters. All the Jon Katz related threads finally came up when I searched for bedlam. But if you any thoughts about this book, I'd love to hear your thoughts.
  12. Has anyone read this book? The book is about the Author's experience with a border collie that has a "broken soul". I was traveling in the pacific nw this past week and I could not put this book down. I'm dying to discuss this book with fellow border collie owners. I read this book cover to cover in a few hrs. It kind of reminded me of Melanie's experience with Solo.
  13. the bones of whatever meat you are using?
  14. I'm copying a pasting a section from the local news paper for a reciepe on homemade dog food. It sounds pretty good. Its basically meat broth, meat, rice and certain veggies. We been feed our dogs California Natural for years but its pretty costly. Is this just as nutrious as a good dog food. What do you guys think? Feed Your New Pet For Less Lori says, "What I do is boil a chicken, add enough water to make 18 cups of broth, mix it with four cups white and five cups brown rice and throw in whatever veggie I have lots of (no onion or garlic - bad for doggies). Don't want to debone? Use chicken thighs or ground beef - the rest of the recipe is the same. "I boil the chicken for one and a half to two hours. I like the legs to be falling off, so that it is really easy to debone. Once the chicken is cooked, I take it out of the broth break it apart slightly, then place it under a fan to cool. Next I bring the broth to a boil and add the brown rice and carrot. When the brown rice has cooked for 25 minutes, I add the white rice. While the white rice is cooking, I debone the chicken and cut it into small, bitesize pieces. "I like to time it so that the rice still has 5 minutes to go when I add the meat. That makes it easier to stir in. White rice takes about 15 minutes, so that means I add the chicken 30-35 minutes after the brown rice and 10 minutes after the white. Feel free to add a little water at the end, if the rice looks undercooked at all. Dogs can't digest undercooked rice, so better to overcook then undercook (sorry raw foodies, but dogs started hanging out with us by the fire for a reason). Once you turn off the heat, put on a lid and let it sit for at least five minutes. Then put 2 cups on a plate, let it cool about 10 minutes and serve." Lori says the above recipe feeds one 50-pound dog for a week -- and costs about $8.50 per week. As to why you'd go to all the trouble: "We started doing this because all the fancy diets the vet recommended cost a fortune (and didn't work). You might be able to find food that will cost less, but will you know what is in it?" Lori keeps her dog food stored in a big soup pot in the fridge. Other food tips straight from Lori: * Control your dogs' weight by adjusting the white rice. "Because it is more easily digested, the weight gain is directly proportional to the percentage of white rice. More white, more weight." * If your dogs are active, add bacon grease to the pot. * If you want an added, added bonus, reboil the bones. The broth you'll get is much better than any store bought broth. "All this cooking has made me the alpha dog, hands down," Lori concluded Read more: http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/blogs/dollar...3#ixzz0O17FDMD5
  15. We just moved into a much bigger, new house. Our BCs ( 9 yr old Indy and 1.5 year old Abby) are loving it. Both my fiancee and I work during the day and our biggest worry right now is Abby. She super keen, high energy and eats everthing. She has already dug up the the drip irrigation while I was doing chores around the house. At our old house she ate half way through a 4X6 post. We never leave her unattended for more 30 mins at a time. We have a doggie door for Indy to go in and out but so far we have been crating Abby. She has always been crated because its the safest thing to do for her. We use have a dog walk for Abby but with the new house we want to cut back on our expenses. I like to build a dog run just for Abby. I feel a little guilty because I want them to hang out together but I dont want Indy to be in the dog run because he is well behaved and deserved the freedom to roam around. What do you folks think? Also it would be great if you folks could post up some pictures fo your dog run. I'd like to get some ideas. Thanks. Jim
  16. This is a semi working dog related topic. I'm using treats to aid in recalling using a shepherds whistle for a super keen 1.5 yr old pup. She's got the idea. My question when do I stop giving her the treats?I know ultimately, I'm going to have to stop with the treats. Should I just increase the verbal praise and decrease the treats? I had the same question in puppy school. They never address when/how people should transition from away from treats and clickers. I've felt like training with treats more of a bribe than training. I never used treats with our other BC but I got him when he was 3. Thanks. Jim
  17. I don't believe the OP say anything about puting her dog on horse. She just said her horse were territorial.
  18. We have a 1 yr and a 9 yr. The benefit for us is that the puppy (Abby) keeps Indy more active. I dont care what anyone else say but its more work. At first we felt really guilty because Indy didn't really like Abby but both adjusted with time. But you get 2 times the following: the hair in in the house the amount of poop in the backyard amount of expense (food,microchip, vet, shampoo,etc) You'll also need a bigger vehicle. Luckily we already have a truck with a campershell. Also when you go on vacation, its more of a burden on the people thats taking care of your dogs. I don't regret the decision because both of our dogs are rescues and we love them to death. We were prepard to take the additional responsiblity but I was sort of shock of how much extra work was involved. Probably would've been less if our second dog was more mature.
  19. What an unique location. How did you get your dogs to Korea? I'm assuming he was born some where else. Activies are great but all these dogs want beside sheep is to spend time with their owners. Nothing wrong with long hikes with your dog. Good luck.
  20. We had similar problem with go our puppy and our 8 year old. We even hired a trainer and partice a number positive condition techniques. But utimately, every thing just got better wtih time.
  21. Congrats! We got this for our puppy when we got her for sleeping the crate. I dont know if it really works but it sounds good. http://www.petsmart.com/product/index.jsp?productId=3207139
  22. There more important things concerning this nation and the world than dogs and milkbones
  23. Thanks. The stenciling is acutally a clear plastic sheet we got from home depot. It makes clean up easier and protects the wood floor from the pen.
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