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  2. D'Elle

    Winter Swim

    I would definitely take great care with a border collie and that kind of cold water. They are not built for it as, say, a Newfoundland is. They don't have the protective fat and heavy coat. Especially as the dog gets older, I would keep him away from water that is that cold. JMO
  3. Have you considered getting a dog from a rescue organization? I know this is not what you asked for, but I cannot help but want to throw this out there. Rather than buying a puppy, even from a good breeder, would you consider going through a good rescue organization and getting a dog that is already here and needs a home? There are many advantages to getting a dog that way, most especially as this is your first border collie. If you get a young adult dog from a rescue you will be getting a dog who has lived in a foster home for two weeks or more (usually more) and the foster person can tell you a great deal about the dog: personality, energy level, favored activities, issues that may need to be trained. If you get a puppy the puppy is adorable but that stage doesn't last long and you don't know what kind of dog the pup will turn into; if it may be a hard dog or a fearful one, etc. and that might be very hard for you to deal with. some people are a lot better with or would really prefer a certain kind of dog. If you go the rescue path, you can get a young dog who suits your own personality, the things you want to do with the dog, and your activity level. Rescues get puppies in, as well. Please consider this. (spoken from someone who fostered border collies for 8 years and believes it is the very best way for a newcomer to the breed to get the right dog)
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  5. Brins123

    Winter Swim

    Thanks, as I haven't been taking him in as I am not sure. He just loves it so much that I didn't want to take it away if others said they have their dog in that cold water with no issues. Like your Samantha, Ted loves any kind of water unless it is a bath. I have been taking Ted for long walks and hit the tennis ball in lieu of the beach until spring. Just thought I'd get some input as to what others think.
  6. urge to herd

    Winter Swim

    I am by no means an expert on dogs and hypothermia, but I think that water that close to freezing is too cold for a BC. Hopefully others will chime in, it just doesn't seem safe to me. BTW, my first BC was part trout, part border collie. Samantha LOVED any kind of water at all, except the bath tub kind. Miss her still. Ruth & Gibbs
  7. My bc, Ted, loves to herd the waves of Lake Michigan at our home in northern Michigan. Currently, there is no ice blocking his access to the water, but there is snow on the ground. I have not let Ted go in the water since the weather got a lot colder. Should I allow him to chase the waves as long as there isn't ice? He doesn't get soaked, but he will get hit in the chest area with waves. I don't want to take anything from him as he loves herding the waves, but I don't want him sick or harmed by allowing him to do it. Looking for input. The picture waa taken this summer so you can see how much he loves it. Thanks!
  8. Jack is 5 months old, weighs 15k. He gets raw beef or tripe chunks, some 'human grade' mixed beef and/beef & tripe (with lots of lovely blood), and a chicken thigh (thanks for info on this GL). Sometimes tin of sardines in olive oil for a snack if he's peckish, or small tub of plain bio yoghurt. Tonight for evening meal, frozen cheapo white fish and mackerel from supermarket, boiled in a little water. Mixed with Bonio or Shape biscuits, slack handful of puppy mixer (that he would leave if he could push it aside!). Once in awhile if I've run out of raw, he'll have a tin of Butchers (we're in UK,) but I find with canned meat, for every tin that goes in, about 6 seem to come out. All sloppy and a nightmare to scoop into a doggy bag, especially if we have to 'comb' it through long grass. Ugh! I think it's high in water content, and sweepings from the factory floor. But he loves it. If he's bored in the evening, he'll be given a lamb bone to keep him busy and to ease the teething gums. These I stand on in bare feet on dark mornings when I open the garden door to let him out. So to cut it short, Jack and The Old Dog have a little bit of everything. I never weigh it, perhaps I should. I know how much a small tummy will hold. He could probably eat for England but dish is usually cleared except for a biscuit or two. He is tall for a collie, all legs, could run a good race at Aintree. Slim with good waist, glossy coat, plenty of spare skin to fill yet, but ribs are just showing on the surface. Another month or so, I shall reduce his midday meal gradually until it's just a memory.
  9. Try Karen Thompson, TBC border collies, in New Kent Va. Always has pups and all are ABCA registered. Most have complete DNA panel on sire/dam.
  10. The Ask an Expert forum is for questions about working stockdogs, so I'm moving this thread to the General Border Collie Discussion forum.
  11. Hooper2

    Centenary of Armistice - we will remember them.

    I know nothing of what any of my ancestors may have done in WW I. I'm the descendant of Irish potato famine refugees from the 1840's and German woodworkers and dairy farmers who migrated to N America in the late 1800's. Although there were stories from WW II, no one ever talked about the first great war. But I wanted to tell you how moved I was by your post. The debt we owe to those who fought in those wars is immeasurable.
  12. CptJack

    Donald McCaig

    This makes me deeply sad. He will be missed.
  13. Oh man you guys are tough, lol. That’s good though this is exactly what I need and was hoping to get. Thank you very much first for responding to me and secondly for taking the time to look at their website. Believe it or not I really am trying to make an informed and educated decision/purchase here. Unfortunately my knowledge and experience with BC’s and breeders for that matter starts and stops with the internet. Criteria that I thought was good that I was looking for and had seen on their website. Were things like, - (AKC threw up a flag I know) but I also see ABCA which I thought was a good thing - all their sires and dams have extensive DNA testing stats listed and hip dysphasia testing from OFA - according to their website they don’t produce many litters in a given year which I thought was also something to be looking for I didn’t see anything that made me think they were breeding for color, for future reference what was it on their site that makes you say that? Lastly I definitely did read the, “Read This First” post and totally agree with the preservation of the breed as it was intended to be and I want to avoid supporting breeders that do what they do for any other reason. I don’t care what color the dog I get is, what color their eyes are or how many championship ccompetitors and metals are in their blood line. I’m just trying to make sure I get a healthy dog from a reputable breeder that is doing the right thing by the puppies themselves and the breed as a whole. Any suggestions you may have for reputable breeders that you would use would be greatly appreciated.
  14. He loves to swim and ride in his bicycle sidecar. Trail running and making friends along the way are close seconds. Video
  15. I'm not seeing a whole lot of detail about their breeding program but what I do see on their FB page and website, much of it not front and center, throws up so many red flags all I can see is a field of scarlet. emphasis on breeding for candy colors ACK registration no indication of any dogs working livestock (so what are their criteria for breeding?), just perhaps some other dog sports I'm not sure what your definition of a reputable border collie breeder is, but few here would consider these folks to make that list. These Boards are a continuation of the late United States Border Collie Club, whose reason for existence was to preserve border collies as a working breed with the primary goal of breeding first and foremost for working ability to the exclusion of any other purpose. I'm not sure if you've read the Read this First post, but if you haven't, please do.
  16. Luana

    Donald McCaig

    this is a very sad news. I did not meet him in person, but I treasured all the suggestions, knowledgeable advice he has given on this board. Rip Donald.
  17. JohnLloydJones

    Donald McCaig

    Donald's spirit will be with us, long after his passing. Everyone associated with border collies owes a debt to him. RIP.
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  19. I'm not sure what boxes you are checking off with regards to them? The boxes they check off for me is puppy mill and color breeder. You can do far far better...
  20. Tommy Coyote

    Donald McCaig

    Aw shoot. I was worried because he wasn't posting nearly as much as he used too. He was just such a great guy. I read Nop's Trials many years ago. Great writer, too. Miss you Geezer. God speed.
  21. Hi, was hoping to get some feedback with any info anyone may have on this breeder I am looking at called Buck Branch Border Collies. This is my first BC and I'm really doing my homework here but my reach into the community pretty much stops at the internet. I was wondering if anyone has ever heard of them before or if one of you seasoned pro's could take a look at their website and let me know what you think. They sound great to me, and I'm able to check off all the boxes of what to be looking for from a reputable breeder. Just figured it couldn't hurt to ask for some guidance or info. Thanks
  22. Lawgirl

    Donald McCaig

    Vale Donald, a true gentleman and tireless advocate for the working Border Collie. You will be missed, even by those who knew you only through your words.
  23. D'Elle

    Donald McCaig

    I am deeply sad to read this news. I never met him, but always eagerly read what he had to say on this forum, and respected his opinion whether it was the same as mine or not. The Dog Wars is a book I have recommended to many people over the years, and it has changed many minds about dogs and border collies. I always looked up to him for his knowledge, his grace and his politeness. He was a good dog man and a gentleman. I will miss reading his words very much. Godspeed, Mr. McCaig. (I am ordering An American Homeplace today)
  24. NCStarkey

    Donald McCaig

    I think that to honor Donald and the decades that he was an advocate for the Working Border Collie, every Border Collie owner should read "The Dog Wars".
  25. Mike Neary

    Donald McCaig

    His contributions to the working Border Collie breed have been immeasurable. Plus, he was a delightful human being! I'll miss him.
  26. urge to herd

    Donald McCaig

    Patrick Burns, aka Terrierman, is also a friend of Mr. McCaig's. You can read Patrick's post about this wonderful man at terriermandotcom.blogspot.com There's also a column that Mr. McCaig wrote himself. Ruth & Gibbs
  27. urge to herd

    Donald McCaig

    Patrick Burns, aka Terrieman, has good things to say about Mr. McCaig. They were friends and thought alike. You can find today's post and an article by Mr. McCaig, written some years ago, at terriermandotcom.blogspot.com It's a good read. Ruth & Gibbs
  28. Root Beer

    Collie Breeding

    I am late to this party, but, honestly, that is the impression that I got, as well.
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