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  1. Congrats on your new addition. A bit of warning regarding black dogs with freckles on their socks. They will steal your heart. Living through it as we speak. Your new girl is beautiful.
  2. When we got Dave at about 3 1/2 months old, he and his tail were pretty sparse. He too is a mix of Border collie mom and unknown male. He will be three in January and as you can see, he fluffed out quite nicely... Mike
  3. I don't know if the heat has anything to do with it? Good question though, I'll ask her when she gets home if that has even been brought up. My wife says that the spike that they've seen personally at the clinic is due directly to vaccinations not UTD or just plain no vaccination at all. Many of the clients there are from lower class neighborhoods where puppies are born to unspayed mothers and just passed around to any family that will take them. Alot of the parvo cases are walk-ins these days. When a person just comes in with a parvo case without calling first, it's really dangerous for the people with pets in the lobby who are there to do the right thing and get the preventative vaccines. She also mentioned that for some reason, it has seemed like it's harder to pull a black or black with brown( Rotti type) parvo case out of it. It may be just coincidence that those were the worst cases and brought in later. What ever it is, I hope the numbers of cases go down soon.
  4. ...and the most gawd awful diarrhea smell you can imagine. And also, living in Indiana and having my wife and son that both work at a vet clinic, yes, the numbers of cases are staggering right now.
  5. Another vote for "pick the dog that speaks to you". Having one of each, I can say that our female is definately NOT the more laid back one. She has to always be on the move, checking windows, making sure nothing is out of place in her yard. Always, been that way. Now, she does have a great off switch and will settle down when told to. Our male, on the other hand, can only be described as GOOFY. He is intense too, when it comes to his ball and a game of fetch, but he has a way about him that will bring a smile out of you on your worst day. They were both rescue dogs and neither were exactly what we were looking for at the time that we found them (or the other way around) at the shelters. If I was dead set on Male/Female, we would never have gotten Maggie. And had we gotten a male first, then we probably wouldn't have gotten Dave as our second dog. I can't imagine not having either of them now. So sometimes it's better to let the dog pick you. Mike
  6. HoosierMike


    I'm so sorry, Laura. Boy, you guys have had a rough couple months. Give Zoe and the rest of the crew an extra squeeze and tell Rissa I'm sorry too. Good boy, Bear, rest easy now.
  7. I had a Springer Spaniel years ago who did the same things you are describing. She started peeing alot, and didn't act "birdy" on scent either. She did end up being diagnosed with Lyme disease and needed two rounds of antibiotics to clear it up. TBD's, especially in areas where they're not that common, are often what Vets look for last. Good luck with your girl.
  8. Wow, that black pup reminds me of someone I know... He grew up to look like this Shelter pups rock... Mike
  9. Someone mentioned Warsaw in Ohio. I'll save you the trouble of looking at a "breeder" in Warsaw, Indiana too. Bad news, stay away. Mike
  10. IMHO, I would have introduced them somewhere on "no man's land". When we bring a new dog into the picture, be it introducing a new dog to ours, or introducing ours to someone else's dog, I try to do it on a walk or a park or somewhere that isn't any particular dog's home territory. I know if a strange dog came into our house, even the friendliest dog on earth, Maggie would have no part of it. On neutral ground, it takes a few minutes, sometimes longer, but normally things play out much better. Compare it to someone you know nothing about, just showing up and saying "Hey, I'm here, deal with it." Mike
  11. I wouldn't waste your money. We had our dogs done as Guinea pigs at our vet clinic where my wife works. No cost to us, just as a test. The brand was Wisdom Panel and it was the blood draw type, which is supposed to have better results and less errors. Our youngest dog came back with a "major" of Border Collie, an "intermediate" of Collie and a "minor" of Samoyed. Our older dog came back with no major, no intermediate and a minor as Chow Chow. Here's my Chow... The testing company said that a Purebred dog had to be in the lineage no farther back than Grandparent to get a "major" ID. Save your money, buy your pups some toys instead, you'll get more use from them. Mike
  12. We use Frontline Plus because it works on Deer Ticks, which we have many here. It works well and we have had no ill effects using it. On the flip side, I tell anyone who will listen or asks, I would NEVER use Vectra 3d ever again. Don't let your Vet talk you into trying it. We did when it first came out, because it is supposed to control mosquitoes too. Our youngest dog had such a bad reaction to it that we had to bath him 3 times in the middle of night to get most of it off of him. He's fine now, but I would never want to see another dog go through that. Mike
  13. ...that sitting in the direct line of sight, between me and the TV, and "scoot-sitting", for lack of a better term, when I shift on the couch, to get back into direct line of sight, will not get the ball thrown any quicker. Mike
  14. I would venture a guess that Mr. McCaig is trying very hard to use this thread, in some way, in an upcoming book. Chapter 4... From Barbies to Noodles
  15. Congrats on the step forward. After seeing a group of Swafford dogs first hand, and agonizing over the decision that I couldn't bring one particular dog home, I know the kind of baby steps that are indeed big steps forward. I still think of that dog often. Thank you for rescuing and putting in the enormous amount of time that is involved to make a home for these dogs. Mike
  16. Mine too, and I thought they were weird for other reasons...
  17. When we got Dave, he was about the same age, 3 months, and had the same problems. Biting, nipping, whatever you want call it at this stage, needs to stopped as soon as possible. You obviously already know this. As far as the teething part goes, we gave him a Kong bone with the holes in the end of it to stuff with favorite treats. It kept him busy for long periods of time. He never liked Nylabones either, and I'm not a big fan of them anyway, because after they work them for awhile, the sharp edges tend to lead to bleeding gums. As far as biting goes, tough love has been my approach, and it seems to work. Any teeth on any part of me got a loud "owww" and all attention to the pup stops immediately. Shout and turn your back to him, if he comes around to your front, turn around again. I usually ignore them for at least a couple minutes, it seems like forever. This ignoring method worked to break Maggie of jumping up to greet people too. Dave will sometimes get "grouchy", for lack of a better term, at bedtime too. He would not so much try to bite directly, but rather snap at the air when we would touch him at that point of the evening. I actually ended up grabbing(LIGHTLY) his muzzle and making him look directly at me, while saying a firm NO. His ears drop as if he knew he was wrong. Most times he'll readjust himself, closer to me, and settle in for the night. I suppose there are times when I get comfy for the evening and I don't want anyone messing with me either. He hasn't done this nighttime thing for quite awhile now. I think it may have been something he picked up in his foster home before he came to us. He had a lot of quirks when it came to being around small children, and we're still working on some of them, almost a year and a half later. What you have to remember is, they are puppies, they are cute, you don't "want" to discipline them. You want them to love you, unconditionally. Believe me, they will. Treat a dog well, even during a scolding, and they will respect you and still love you. They need to be in a structured environment and once they figure out that they aren't the boss, YOU ARE, they will settle into a great life, for both of you. Mike
  18. On a slightly different note, but same thought pattern, this is the arguement that I get into with my neighbors who have an "invisible fence". Least amount of time spent with their dogs and easiest "fix". I know that they've adjusted power range and had to change the power level of collar device on their dog. I see the behavior hasn't changed and has probably gotten worse over the years. Barking, lunging at anyone passing by, but at least they don't have that unsightly chain link.... Mike
  19. A couple of friends at work are getting a puppy soon. They have been asking me tons of questions, which I don't mind, because I was able to talk them out of two siblings and they've settled on just one pup. The question I raise here is, the pups are 6 weeks old as of today. I told them to wait at least until they are 8 weeks old. That will make it the 22nd, Friday ,weekend, good time to get the little one settled in. It's been a long time since I've raised a "just weaned pup" and I come here asking is just turning 8 weeks old enough to have gone through the puppy socialization period or is it better to let them get through their 8th week? I don't know if I'm splitting hairs here, but I don't want to give them bad info. Thanks, Mike
  20. Both of my dogs were horrible car chasers when we adopted each of them. Some of that behavior, I'm sure, is because of the herding instinct, somewhere way down deep, but I believe that most of it came about because the foster homes were fenced on busy streets and they weren't properly supervised. It was very difficult to break Maggie and it took probably a year before I felt confident that she wouldn't feel the urge any longer. During our walks, she was, and still is, made to sit-stay if a car, bike, motorcycle or even another dog walks past in any direction. Sit... eye contact... treat...move when I move, not before. When we got Dave, he was probably worse, but I think he learned the routine from Maggie, and it just became automatic for him. He caught on to the system within 4 months and now he sees or hears a car coming and automatically steers us (me and Maggie) to the side of the road and sit-stays before I tell him to. He's a pretty bright little guy. As far as the leg nipping goes, Maggie just turned four, we train everyday, we walk everyday, all and all she is a well behaved dog.... Except for the leg nipping, I've tried just about everything I can think of to break her of it, she just can't seem to control it. Maybe it's the Heeler blood in her, I don't know. When she does it, play time is over. She seems to know it's something I don't want her to do, at the time, but next time it's the same thing all over again. I'll be watching this thread closely for any ideas and help. Mike
  21. Here in South Bend IN, there is a celtic festival going on this Sunday and there is a border collie herding demonstration scheduled. I'm told there will be ducks, as well as sheep. It will be the first time that I have be able to see this first hand. I was wondering if anyone here had heard of Jim McEwen, the man who is putting on the demonstrations? The flyers say he's out of Dunkirk, IN. I have absolutely no idea of who's who in the herding world. I looked at his website and there seems to be no affiliation with AKC, so I'm hoping that the dogs he brings, show the variation of what working border collies look like, instead of what everyone assumes they're supposed to look like. I will be taking alot of pictures and hopefully some will turn out well enough to post here. Mike
  22. First of all, this question is not BC related, but more directed to those folks with LGD's or GSD's. I am not a member of other boards and people here seem very knowledgable, so I'll post a question here. If it doesn't apply, feel free to remove it. With that being said, I have friends who have a Newfoundland female, about 2 1/2 - 3 years old, that started showing signs recently and was diagnosed with HD. She gets around fine, but if she romps a bit, she's done. She will find a spot a just camp out. Healthy dog in all other ways. Now, these people also have a King Shepherd, female, and she's only maybe 2 years old, and has been diagnosed with "mild" HD. I know both dogs have been through x-rays and whatever other processes go into the diagnosis. I haven't really gotten into any details with the owners of these dogs to ask which direction the vet wants to proceed. I guess my question relates to the ages of these dogs, doesn't this seem a little early in their short lives for this to be showing up? Or does HD show up earlier in large breed dogs? I know they don't generally live as long as smaller breeds, but 2 years old and this type of problem already? I realize that bad breeding could be a large part of the equation and I honestly don't know anything about the breeders of these dogs, other than they travelled to PA for one and I think WV for the other, but don't quote me on either of those. I just know they drove a long way from MI to get these pups, and they did get both as pups, 8 weeks on each of them. They are pets, they live in the house, both are crate trained, HUGE CRATES, but don't stay in them much anymore. They are both very well behaved and the Shephard, who was gotten as a potential watch dog, has turned out to be the biggest sweetheart to everyone she meets. I think she would point out the silverware in the house if a burgler gave her a treat. So both dogs will be nothing more than basically "trip hazards" in the house now, not that there's a problem with that. So, again, at such a young age, is there anything that may have prevented this, or are some breeds or sizes of dogs just more predisposed to HD? I've never had large dogs and our smaller ones have never had this type of issue even in their senior years. Just wondering if anyone had any input on the subject. Thanks, Mike
  23. I personally have no experience with JRT's , although our local shelters are loaded with them right now, for what that's worth. On the issue of adding a male or female, we had a female first, added a younger, more submissive male, have had generally no problems with that combination. Both are spay/neutered. My brother added another male, sheltie mix, neutered, to a household with an older male lab mix, and they get along great. I have heard horror stories about mixing females, but I think it just depends on the dogs and their personalities. Just my 2 cents. Mike
  24. This is a very interesting thread. I had no idea that a "fear stage" could be attributed with ages. When we got Dave, he had a huge fear of mailboxes when we walked past. He got over it fairly quickly and didn't have any any issues until recently, which just happens to coincide with him being 18 months old. He went completely nuts the other day, barking, growling, hackles up and would not enter my son's bedroom. He always goes in there. We found out that an empty cardboard box, that hadn't been in there before, was the culprit. We just removed the box and he slowly crept in to make sure it wasn't still there, but was completely fine afterward. I never would have thought that something like that would set him off.
  25. I have a few comments on both dens and new dogs added to the pack. As far as adding dogs for a limited time, I only have the experience of watching my parents dog, a bc/aussie mix, for a 3 day stint. They live 45 minutes away, so it was easier to bring her to our place. She fit in just fine, even though I thought my female might have been the problem, as she can be a bit snarky with other females, I guess since she knows this particular dog it wasn't a problem. Our young male, who is very submissive to our female, got to be "middle dog" in the pack, as he has always been dominant over my parents dog. When she went back home, he tried to act the part with our female, and needless to say, he's back on bottom of rankings in our house again. When my parents dog went back home, she seemed a bit depressed for a few days, being an only dog, but it didn't take long before she was right back to being the center of attention, not to mention, center of the couch, again. All is well. As far as dens go, my old Springer Spaniel lived for her sky kennel, it was definately her "safe haven". When we brought Maggie,our first BC, home, our old Springer took one look at her, backed into her kennel and actually pulled the door closed behind her with her paw, I almost died laughing. It was like, "This is my spot, you are not welcome here." She never varied from that thought pattern for 2 more years til she passed. The dogs got along fine, just don't come near my kennel. Both of our BC's have their own crates now, and use them everyday, but they don't hang out in them. On a little different note to this topic, we went on vacation, years ago, when our Springer was about 8 y.o. ,I had no option at the time but to board her at a kennel. The place we used came highly recommended and was a great facility, but our "middleaged" dog didn't do well at all in that situation. She was wreck when we picked her up after a week. She calmed right back down,when we got her home, but I never put her in that type of a situation again. Not saying that boarding kennels are a bad thing, they're not, but I will try to find other options if we ever vacation without the dogs in the future. That probably won't happen, because now the dogs pretty much go where we do.
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