Jump to content
BC Boards

rushdoggie

Registered Users
  • Content Count

    2,628
  • Joined

  • Last visited

About rushdoggie

  • Rank
    Senior Member
  • Birthday 05/13/1970

Contact Methods

  • Website URL
    http://
  • ICQ
    0

Profile Information

  • Location
    Vancouver, WA
  1. rushdoggie

    Quirky dogs

    My old Papillon also hates flies. If one gets in the house she disappears and hides. Being old and losing her hearing has reduced her fear quite a bit because even if she heard a buzz she would hide. In the garage, in a stored crate. Took me 20 minutes or so to find her.
  2. rushdoggie

    Donald McCaig

    I heard about his passing on NPR today. I am sad...Nop's Trials is part of what led me to these amazing dogs and I have tremendous respect for his influence on the breed. Godspeed.
  3. rushdoggie

    Dog Parks

    Just fyi, any place dogs congregate you increase risk of illness, be it a dog park, a training building or a trial. And no you can't tell if the dogs you see are healthy. My fully vaccinated dogs all recently were exposed to and contracted a nasty nasty strain of kennel cough from a (fully vaccinated) dog who apparently had the disease but was asymptomatic. The dogs interacted nose to nose as they were friends and friendly with each other prior to a romp. So don't assume that a dog who is vaccinated and looks ok couldn't be sick. Also, don't assume that you have to go to a dog park to get sick. Dog parks vary wildly in how people act, how crowded they are and the general culture. When I lived in CA I used one all the time, usually off hours but had no problem walking the perimeter and letting my dogs run off lead with me. If another dog came up I'd cal mine along and the other dogs person usually got the hint and we all were peaceable. When I moved here and lived in rental housing for a few months, I tried to use a park (which was actually bigger than the one I used in CA) and all I got was rude dogs whose owners assured me their dogs "just want to play" where food and toys have to be prohibited because there are so many fights over them, and where I got yelled at for saying my dogs were just there to run off lead a bit vs. joining in (what looked like scary and horrible) group dog play because "dog parks are so dogs can play and if yours don't want to wrestle with other dogs then you don't belong here." There have been several dogs seriously hurt and a couple killed after fights here. So, nope. We stay far away here.
  4. I hate dog parks. For far too many people "off leash = no reason to control your dog." Not every dog wants to wrestle with every dog and if your dog is that way then you are not allowed to advocate for him. Its far too many dogs crammed into a small area with too few eyes supervising, so when and if something goes wrong its too late. A dog park used to be an area where you were allowed to run your dog off leash, and you would walk with them or play with them and if your dog found a dog they liked they could play. Nowadays its more about dogs playing which not every dog wants to do. Many parks say no toys and no food rewards to prevent fights. Too many clueless people, too many opportunities to be exposed to disease (sheer volume of park x dogs using it). The only exception to my "I hate dog parks" rule is if you have a very large area (like acres) where dogs generally stay with their owners hiking like a big dog beach or a giant park like 1,000 Acres in Portland. YMMV (as Rushfan's does) but I have had so many students whose dogs were attacked, traumatized and bullied at dog parks I am not a fan. Use a long line and a harness and stick to less populated places to socialize and hang out.
  5. rushdoggie

    Opinions on tying a dog outside of a business?

    Ditto. Its partly a culture thing, I live in the PNW and I constantly have people peering in my car because they can see my crates. They are tied down and always there and so often empty but people seeing them get all worked up. I had one lady yell at me for leaving dogs in a car (and it was like 65 degrees out and the car was mostly in shade), then when I pointed out the crates were empty (and they are pretty easy to see into) she yelled at me because leaving crates in my car is misleading and causes people like her to have to worry. Srsly. I'm getting my windows tinted. FWIW: when I got my new crates (Rough Tuff Kennels) I drove around with thermometers in the crates and sitting on my front seat while I was working (I do home health visits all days so I drive from place to place, parking for about an hour at a time). I found here in a low humidity environment, it wasn't hard to keep the car cool with partial to full shade and partly open windows. Using aluminet, pop up sun blockers for the windows and windshield, paying attention to the direction of the sun and making sure something reflective is blcoking it and using open windows with grates and ventlocks to keep my tailgate partly open my car stayed 10-15 degrees cooler than outside, even on a 90 degree day.
  6. rushdoggie

    Sudden Death Pining

    I'm very sorry, its so hard.
  7. rushdoggie

    Old dog, dirty ear

    awesome!
  8. rushdoggie

    Adolescence Recall

    I use thick ribbon or paracord as a drag line, its super light and I can make it really long. Its lightness keeps him from being aware of it as much and its less likely to tangle on stuff (it just slips through). Also, with a long line I walk casually in the dogs direction and put my foot on it BEFORE I call. Then I call and if I don't get a quick recall I walk up the line and get the dog. I dislike grabbing the line with my hands because of rope burn and the line is kind of usually gross. Its less likely to get you a dog who runs off when you call and just lets the dog not practice the ignoring of a recall cue. I will let 20' drag behind on a off lead field walk, works awesome.
  9. rushdoggie

    Old dog, dirty ear

    If shes got any kind of skin break (open rash, scratches etc) vinegar is gonna sting. I tried the diluted vinegar and witch hazel and my dogs all told me that they hurt. Even when used on a dog without an infection he winces when I used that. No reaction with the Zymox. Its partly why I went to it.
  10. rushdoggie

    Old dog, dirty ear

    I use Zymox enzymatic ear cleaner, its a liquid. Make it room temp or warmer and let some dribble in, massage it around then let her shake. Its non stinging, anti microbial, anti fungal and seems to be better than a lot of other types I have tried. They also sell a liquid drop with hydro cortisone in it which can relieve itching and soreness. This is of course a band aid and not a solution to the cause, but it can be nice to provide some relief. Argos has allergies that cause swollen itchy ears and he will shake his head and claw at the ears in an attempt to relive the itch. The drops appear to help the irritation considerably.
  11. rushdoggie

    Old dogs

    OK, thank you! I get so confused by everyone's screen names! Yes, I think we keep missing each other there!
  12. rushdoggie

    Old dogs

    Wait, who are you? LOL! Honestly, I think the secret to really old dogs is my ex husband, because every dog we owned together and the dog in question have all lived a very long time.
  13. rushdoggie

    Clipping/grooming

    I'm not sure how much benefit it will be on a smoothie, but it helps tremendously on my coated boy. The hair on his haunches and leg feathers is like 6-8" long, and its tough to get out the woolly stuff without really pulling. As I mainly comb my own (wavy thick) hair in the shower when its full of conditioner, I thought hmmmm. So I tried it and it worked. It also really helps to get the water to the skin on him....his undercoat is pretty dense over his haunches and above his tail, on several occasions I have been pretty sure I got shampoo to the skin and then discovered his coat kind of repelled it in spots back there.
  14. rushdoggie

    Clipping/grooming

    Shaving bellies and armpits can help cool, especially if the dog has access to cool grass, cool floors or a pool. I shaved a BC who grew a very, very wooly coat as an elderly dog...she was hard to keep brushed and then she started leaking pee when she slept and needed washed off every day so I clipped her to 1/2" everywhere. She looked ridiculous but we didn't care. One thing I find helps me deal with a thick thick undercoat is to wet the dog down, then use a lot of cheap cream rinse diluted down and worked into the coat to the skin (think Suave or White Rain 99 cents a bottle kind). While the conditioner is in, work through the woolly areas with a pin brush then a comb, going as fine toothed as you can. The slip of the conditioner helps pull out dead coat with minimal pulling. I then rinse it out, wash the dog with mild shampoo and use a silicone based spray like Ice on Ice or The Stuff on a damp dog (helps coat the guard hairs so the dead coat slides out easier...just use outside because these types of sprays can make a floor slippery if overspray gets on it). I follow with a blow from a 4hp dog blower and a final brush. I can remove 80% of the coat this way and then daily brush/comb for a few more days will remove the rest. Then he is good for 6 months or so till it grows in again. Without that woolly stuff he dries quickly after a swim, sheds less, is easy to keep brushed seems cooler.
  15. rushdoggie

    Border Collies or Holsteins?!?

    I think it just tastes good. Its clear my dogs enjoy some kinds a lot and ignore others. If it was because they were sick they would probably not be so picky. There's a big woody grass that grows on the banks of the creek in the park we run in that must be especially amazing when its first sprouting, I think they can smell it. As soon as we get close they run to it and chow down. Then it gets bigger and they lose interest.
×