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  1. I really believe the parting's only for a little while, but it's so hard to say goodbye. You're in my prayers.


    I agree; we'll all be together someday. In the meantime, we understand the pain of your loss, and you're in our thoughts.


    Mary and "Raleigh Wood" Huber

  2. Robin has Ladybug to show him what to do - she does doesn't let him touch the ball when she's around....:rolleyes:




    Wow, good job on the fetch. We're still trying to interest Raleigh in balls, toys, anything. It's like he has no clue. However, we're not giving up on turning this boy's brain on to fun.


    Learning a lot about this topic, so keep posting your successes on teaching how to play, please!


    Mary and "Raleigh Wood"

  3. Sugarfoot appears to be very Border Collieish from that photo. I always like to see a profile when I'm guessing, though. :rolleyes: Very pretty dog!


    MaryNH, congrats on your new addition! He's very cute.



    Thanks, Paula,


    Raleigh is very fearful and shy. Came from a terrible background. Has no clue about how to play. Making progress, though. He's a very sweet dog.


    Mary and "Raleigh Wood"

  4. I did Collie rescue for twelve years and I once had an 85lb smooth, white-factored sable-merle (w/ defiantly prick ears) that no one would believe was a Collie. I even knew who the breeder was...


    Now I have Sugarfoot. I don't see anything in her, physically or behaviorally that says anything but BC. (If it looks like a BC and acts like a BC - isn't it likely to be a BC?) Would love to hear anyone's opinion.



    Love Sugarfoot's name (and the wee tiny white foot!). I had a horse once with one white foot. His name? "Sugarfoot."


    Your Sugarfoot sure looks and appears to move like a BC. I had heard -- perhaps it's only an old legend -- that all BCs have a white tail tip. Our late Travis, who was registered (and we knew Travis's parents and his breeder), had -- get this -- only about 10 white hairs on his tail, all disguised in the luxuriant black hair. He was also a tri, but you sure had to look for it; we called him "BT" sometimes, for "barely tri." Had a few tan hairs over his eyes, and a wee bit of tan tracing down his legs and butt. When people go only by color, they have locked their minds up (well, not a surprise when we know some think our dogs are coyotes, foxes, huskies, or Dalmations!).


    We're waiting for someone to call our new rescue boy, Raleigh, a bear cub (we live in an area with a gazillion bears and a gazillion "sophisticated" city people who come out here to their vacation homes to see the "wildlife" -- personally, I think some of them (the people) are pretty wild, themselves!


    Welcome to this wonderful group of caring people!


    Mary NH and "Raleigh Wood" waiting for someone to call him a bear.


    P.S. If the photo shows up (I'm still learning how to do this), it shows Raleigh and his therapy Rottweiler pal taking a break. Now the Rottie has been called a bear, more than once, but I can almost understand that!


  5. That's really funny!! And, welcome back. :rolleyes:



    Thanks, BC4Ever! I'm very happy to be here again. We cried a river over Travis, but we know he's in a better place after more than 15 years of making us happy. Now it's time for us to return his gift to us and help another BC enjoy life. Raleigh is making slow progress with his shyness and fear, but it's progress that we celebrate, nevertheless. I could do you-know-what to the evil person who brutalized this sweet dog and caused him to withdraw from life.


    Mary and "Raleigh Wood"

  6. Um, a lady asked me if Vala was a fox just the other day... She was in sniff mode, we were walking, and I was standing there going "no stalking, sit Vala" after she got a whiff of what was probably a squirrel trail. And then this lady appears in her yard and asks if that was a fox I was walking. Seriously. (And of course at that moment Vala switched immediately from stalk- to pet-me mode and went into her routine, making it fairly easy to convince the lady that I was in fact not walking a fox but a BC.)


    Also we introduced her to my husband's family the other weekend and my sister-in-law kept remarking about how much she looked like a fox and started calling her "Foxy lady." I think it's the lithe build and the way when she moves at faster-than-walk speed she kind of floats.


    For reference purposes... :rolleyes:





    Hi, Mary,


    When I showed my husband your photo of Vala, he did a double-take. She looks SO much like our late Travis -- same build, same coat, and same face -- Travis had a smaller stripe between his eyes, but he had the same white by the nose, and the same ears. He also was what we used to call "BT" as in "Barely Tri." If you didn't look closely, you wouldn't see the wee bit of tan eyebrows and wee bit of tan sideburns, and the wee bit of tan tracing down his legs.


    We also used to call him "Foxy-face" -- I love that look, but I also love the looks of all BCs.


    I wish you all the best with your new dog. Pan (as Travis did), left so you could give your home and love to a deserving dog who was waiting, and waiting, and waiting...


    Mary and "Raleigh Wood"

  7. I quite often get asked if my working bred aussie is part border collie. Sometimes I get told that she's part border collie. She's not, but there are many many similarities. She doesn't have much hair and her bone structure is very fine.


    Here are a couple of pics of my working bred aussie, Gypsy.



    Here she is lying next to Chase.



    My favorite of all time is when I used to own 2 shepherds and walk them, I had one lady tell me she loves German Shepherds and told me she's going to get a miniature one of those some day :rolleyes:




    & Gypsy

    & Chase


    Beautiful dogs, Michele! I especially love the shot of the two on the bed; they look so cozy, heh, heh.


    Mary and Raleigh

  8. From John: ...Some dogs never enjoy playing with other dogs; others, like my female, are very selective and will play only with a the few that she chooses. Help him build up his confidence and he may show an interest in playing.



    Thank you, John, for your very encouraging post. We just came back from the dog run -- of course, it is raining buckets, so we were the only ones there -- but we're trying to expose Raleigh to as much "enrichment" as possible. He spent about 15 minutes running all over sniffing (this is his third time there; the first two times there were other dogs he enjoyed playing with).


    We'll keep trying to interest him in a tennis ball -- sooner or later, it will probably "click." We just want his guy to be happy and realize that games can be fun.


    Your dog is a beauty, for sure, and we love his name!


    Mary and Raleigh Wood Huber

  9. In mid-August, we adopted six-year-old Raleigh Wood Huber (his middle name, "Wood," is in honor of the wonderful, compassionate woman who fostered him for almost a year under the auspices of Glen Highland Farm). She convinced Raleigh that life can be worth living.


    He's come a long way in a short time with us, but is still noise-phobic and extremely shy and fearful of people, especially men. His background is sketchy; it appears that he was pulled from a puppy mill and was bounced around to several, um, less-than-desirable situations, to put it mildly. More than a year ago, almost in extremis, and still intact, he finally ended up at Glen Highland Farm, where they restored him to health (a long process), had him altered, and fostered him to Linda Wood to give him a loving "home" experience.


    Raleigh doesn't have a clue about playing, has no desire to chase or control anything (surprising in a BC), and is shy and fearful, particularly of my husband, who is the gentlest man in the world. He LOVES other dogs (has play dates with our friends' therapy Rottweilers), and is beginning to bond tightly with me. Our goal for this sweet boy is to give him some zest for living, teach him how to play, help him overcome his fear of noise and men, and expand his human-connection horizons beyond just me.


    We're using T-Touch on him (which he loves), and I am a Reiki Master, so he is exposed to Reiki on a regular basis, which seems to be helping him. The eight weeks of Al relating to Raleigh is paying off -- he is the one who is the purveyor of all good things (even though I am the chief cook and bottle-washer, ha, ha!) -- breakfast, dinner, Swiss cheese bits, the liver cookies I make (they stink up the house during baking, but dogs love 'em, and they are very useful to serve as dreadful hors d'oeurves when you want to get rid of unwelcome guests).


    On the recommendation of his foster mom, Linda Wood, Raleigh will be starting a basic obedience class in October with an instructor who is sensitive to the needs of shy/fearful dogs. Eventually we'd like to enroll him in some fun "agility-light" classes to give him a "job." First, of course, we'll see how he does in the obedience class -- since he loves being around other dogs, we think he'll be OK with it -- however, we don't want to push him into something that causes him more than a tiny bit of discomfort. The idea is to encourage him to move slowly outside his comfort zone so he can have more fun. Right now, his "comfort zone" is under the coffee table, watching us, although he does brighten up outside and is finally giving some "happy-butt" wiggles when he runs to me.


    Any tips about helping this dog learn to play would be most welcome!


    Mary NH and Raleigh Wood Huber

  10. Hi, all,


    I haven't posted in some time -- not since our beloved Travis the Trickless WonderDog crossed over to a better place in July. My last post was a big "Thank you" to all the caring folks who posted condolences to us.


    I'm really glad to be back and will be posting more on our new BC from Glen Highland Farm (the wonderful BC rescue in New York State), but right now want to comment on the breed names people call our dogs. We've got a new one to report:


    A few years ago, I was with Travis, waiting outside a hardware store while Al was cruising the aisles (it was a long wait).


    An elderly gentleman came up to me and asked, "Is that a cheap dog?"


    Somewhat miffed (I considered that question in the same category as asking someone what is your annual salary?), I replied carefully, "Well, he wasn't exactly cheap; he cost a few dollars."


    The old fellow nodded knowingly, and replied, "Yep, he's a cheap dog, alright; on TV, I seen them dogs herding cheap."


    I felt pretty stupid standing there with my newly christened "Cheap-dog" breed.


    ~~ Mary NH

  11. Cheyenne sounds like a truly amazing dog. So sorry that she cannot be next to you physically- sounds like she will always be next to you spiritually.



    Oh, Linda, I am so sorry for your loss -- I know how you feel, really,


    Gentle breezes to you,


    Mary NH

  12. Never talked about Oliver much. He was just one little kitty who held his own among dogs who came into his life and left. Such a tiny kitty, but great in heart, larger than life.


    He died sometime in the early hours of the morning. When he didn't come down to greet me this morning, I knew, I just knew.


    I'll bury him in the back this weekend where the afternoon sun warms his grave. And I'll miss him.



    I'm sorry to hear about Oliver, Vicki. We never really get over it totally, do we? Sometimes, the smaller they are, the more it hurts.



  13. 15 years and 7 months.....isn't it amazing how fast the time went. Travis, the trickless wonderdog, will always be a special part of you. He will prod your memory to give you the wisdom and the patience to help your new dog reach his full potential. So sorry for your loss, I know how painfull it is.


    Thank you, Cody and Duchess, for your kind words. I feel better being back here among all these good BC people like you.


    We are coming to the point where we remember Travis more with joy than with sadness, but I'm still crying as I type this (go figure!)



  14. At the end of July, our wonderful Border Collie, Travis the Trickless WonderDog, died at home of a stroke. He was 15 years and 7 months old.


    My husband and I both cried a river (as I'm sure you all can imagine). We were so sad that I didn’t go on the Internet much; every time I checked into the BC Boards, I would see “shadows” of Travis, and I simply couldn’t handle it until now.


    Several weeks ago, we adopted another Border Collie, a male who is almost six years old. He came from a terribly rough background and is painfully shy and fearful. I’ll be writing more about him elsewhere on these Boards, but I just wanted to post a memorial about Travis here.


    Romp in peace, our beautiful Travis, until we see you again; and thank you for sending us a fellow Border Collie who needs our help. We honor you as we reach out to another.


    Mary NH

  15. Shanty,


    Glad you are here! There is so much to learn from others.


    I have a 15 1/2 year old Border Collie (had him from puppy-hood), and we are still learning good stuff about the breed!


    I had five Golden Retrievers in my life -- not all at once, ha, ha! -- so had a LOT to learn about Borders! They are culture shock after the laid-back Goldens...in a good way, that is.


    These boards are a treasure trove of fabulous information.


    Got any pix of your new dog? You can post them in the photo area. Would love to see him.


    Mary and Travis the Trickless WonderDog

  16. "Boring is good!" I love it!


    Re staring at a BC; I am finding lately (more and more) that Travis is staring at me! -- especially since I've been giving him Reiki each evening (but I'm not staring at him as I do it).


    Since I've been giving him the Reiki, he now walks up to me each evening and stares until I start sending the Reiki (sometimes I can't get down on the floor with him, as I'm a bit of an old dog myself). So he'll just sigh and relax on the carpet in front of the fire as I send Reiki across the room from my comfy position on the sofa.


    Also, I've always been able to sort of read his mind (predictability comes into play here, I'm sure). He will drink with relish from a mud puddle outside, but if his water dish in the kitchen has water in it that's more than a few hours old, even if it's perfectly clean, he will stare at me in an offhand sort of way, then turn away, then cut those BC eyes back to me. I know immediately that he wants FRESH water, not that old stuff.


    (Just who is training whom here?)


    By now you all think I'm nutso, especially with the Reiki comments.


    Oh, well, just know that Reiki is practiced by many holistic vets, so I guess I'm in good company!


    Loving the comments from everyone on this thread. Printing them as a reference in case we need this knowledge for our next Border (who will be a rescue, probably with some baggage).


    Mary and Travis the Trickless Wonderdog

  17. This is an absolutely fascinating conversation; I've learned a great deal from each of you, and a special "thank you" goes to you, Rebecca, for your comprehensive explanation of Border Collie mentality.


    I now recognize in Travis much of what you -- all of you -- have detailed, and our appreciation of our marvelous dog is now greatly enhanced!


    Mary Huber and Travis the Trickless WonderDog

  18. My BC is a retrieving fool, and there's no chance of lab in him! LOVE the name Dave.




    Travis is also a retrieving fool, at least as good as our Golden Retrievers from years past. He's also a thinker.


    He would fly after a thrown item, rush back with the ball, stick, Frisbee, or whatever, jam on the brakes about five feet from us, literally toss the item toward us with a flick of his head, then rush back out, anticipating another throw.


    Sometimes, the item would land between our feet, however, it would frequently roll away from the force of his "toss" -- so we would stand without moving a muscle, glance at the item, then glance at the dog.


    He would then rush back (always in a big hurry), grab up the item and make sure he deposited it right at our feet, then rush back out. I swear I could hear him sigh in exasperation at the humans' inability to step a few feet away and pick up the carelessly tossed item.


    Funniest game we ever played!


    Mary and Travis the Trickless WonderDog

  19. Well I got quite a bit of hair out of him but it cut a lot of top coat and I was a bit too vigorous over his hipbone area so he looks a bit funny. Way better than the Furminator though!I think I should probably stick to cleaning the hair out of it on every pass. The end result is a bit patchy looking and much less lustrous than his normal coat. Still better than clipping. If I can't find some way to control the ticks on him I might end up clipping anyhow. Missouri ticks are entirely different than Pennsylvania ticks :rolleyes:


    I think I have another use for it though! It should be perfect for thinning out horse manes without pulling!!





    Hmmm, you're right about removing the hair from the tool on every pass (good thing it takes only a second); I had to do that, then the tool was operating on the lower level of "felt" (which describes Travis's undercoat).


    The good thing? It always grows back!


    Mary and Travis the Trickless Wonderdog

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