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  1. I find this response to be extremely odd. No one asks for references with the expectation that they'll be given a list of people that you've had problems with. If a breeder (or employee, or anyone else who may be asked for references) can't come up with one or two names of people who might have something positive to say about them, then that's not someone I'd feel comfortable dealing with.
  2. Just looking through Seamus's records, here's what I found 6 Weeks: 7 pounds 8 Weeks: 11 pounds 12 Weeks: 17 pounds 16 Weeks: a whopping 29 pounds (To be fair, this was directly after he got back from spending 10 days in boarding, where they seriously overfed him - he was incredibly round when I picked him up). 20 Weeks: a nicely proportioned 28 pounds. I haven't weighed him since then, but I would venture to guess that he's currently somewhere in the 40-45 pound range at 11 months, but still skinny as a rail. He's insanely tall.
  3. Wow...that's like the guy who told me that he really liked the last two seasons of Buffy the Vampire Slayer. My flabbergasted response - NO ONE likes the last two seasons of Buffy!
  4. My housemate's dog does this kind of thing all the time. Daisy is definitely top dog in the household and will generally try to steal any bone that another dog shows interest in, even if it was previously sitting completely untouched. There is also a hierarchy of bones, some being generally more desirable than others. My housemate's dog, who really shows remarkable survival skills in general, will regularly pick up a less desirable bone and parade it in front of Daisy. As soon as she goes for that bone, he'll drop it and then casually (so as not to draw attention to himself) walks over to where he has the "good" bone hidden so he can enjoy it in peace.
  5. I dunno. That pup looks like trouble. You should probably box her up and ship her out to me before things get too out of control.
  6. Thanks for all the suggestions. What makes it doubly difficult is that I have a part-time housemate who stays over 3-4 nights a week, so I think I'm going to have to wait until I know she'll be out of the house for a few days and then just cut them off cold turkey. And I will DEFINITELY invest in some ear plugs. And just to be clear, I always cave into their whining not because I feel bad for them, but because it is the most annoying sound in the world!!
  7. For the past several months Seamus has been waking up between 5:00 and 5:30 every morning, and it's really starting to take a toll on me. I've been assuming that he will grow out of it eventually, but now I'm beginning to worry. He is so much more a creature of strict habit than Daisy, that I think he might happily keep up this routine for the rest of his life. So, I'm thinking it's time to kick the dogs out of the bedroom. Ideally, I guess I should try crating them at night, but I know that neither of them are going to take it well. Daisy's generally fine in her crate, andthe few times I've crated her at night she has gone right to sleep. Unfortunately, she would eventually wake up around 4ish and start whining, so I would get up and let her come back to bed with me. When I got Seamus, I swore up and down that I would crate train him properly, but he potty-trained so quickly and has been so trustworthy around the house that I ended up letting it slide and now he can't stand being left alone. He's fine when I go to work because Daisy is there with him, but if I try to leave him downstairs in the crate while I go upstairs to bed, it's not going to be pretty. I know I'm in for some rough times ahead, and I honestly doubt my ability to stand firm when they're keeping me awake with their most whines, but if anyone has any advice that might help ease the transition, I would be extremely grateful.
  8. Cute cute cute! Kind of reminds me of this popular fellow. http://365puppy.blogspot.com/
  9. Just wanted to add that sometimes other dog owners will take such a request as a criticism of their own training methods, which can make them defensive and less willing to listen. Because the OP is concerned about maintaining a good relationship with the landlord, I would suggest adding something like "Gee, Tug is a really sensitive puppy (he's one of those crazy border collies, you know) and he's not as mentally tough as your Pom, so I have to be really careful about being too hard on him." Then use PSmitty's suggestion about consistency and how you teach him.
  10. Oh doG...another smooth-coated, prick-eared, right-and-white (sort of) split-face border collie? I am green with envy. Why must the BC gods taunt me? He is so so so pretty.
  11. Oh my goodness - I want to nom that belly. Nomnomnomnom.
  12. I don't know about fear of new things, but Seamus has spent the past month or so being afraid of EVERYTHING. He's 9 months now and has become a leash reactive monster. We've been working really hard on it the past few weeks and he's improved a great deal - to the point where we can pass most adults on the street without incident. But we still have to maintain a distance of at least 50 yards from children and keep other dogs out of sight altogether. He is also intermittently afraid of the stairs, and just this morning he decided that the rear driver's side door of my car is haunted. He would only climb in from the passenger side. I've had plenty of fearful fosters before, but their fears always made sense to me. This naturally sensitive puppy stuff is completely baffling to me, since Daisy is hard headed and fearless verging on insane.
  13. HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA! That is awesome. As for guesses, I'm gonna go with (slightly overweight) bcXaussie.
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