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  1. Loki's surgery consult was brief and to the point. Speciality surgeon recommends a neurology appointment and MRI. Concerned that he may have another congenitial neurological issue besides the obvious severe spondylosis. Sadly, ISU just lost their neurologist and its nearly a thousand more for an MRI in kansas. I'm a veterinary technician, which is a fancy way of saying I am poor and can't afford the care my own pets deserve despite working in vet med. 😕 So keeping Loki at reduced activity, keeping him supplied with pain meds, and monitoring him closely. Today Loki is happy because he got to the petstore to buy dog food. I'm sure it had nothing to do with all the treats he talked the checkout gal out of. 😉
  2. Wow, interesting posts in the past few days. I can vouch that Loki's issues are not caused by lack ofchiropractic adjustments. 😁 Loki has been under chiropractic care for his shoulder most of his life. Besides, if we developed spondylosis and disc disease from lack of chiropractic adjustments there must be a lot of painful people around here. 🤔 Loki had a physical therapy consult today with the specialist that did his shoulder pt. She recommended a surgery consult (valuable info could be gained even if no surgery is done), gave us some exercises, said to keep Loki active but not to do things that make him a lot worse, and sent home some new pain meds to try. He also had a laser treatment and will have them at my day clinic (aka the vet clinic I work at during the week) for the next few weeks. His consult is in 2 weeks at the ER/specialty hospital I work at on weekends. Yup, Loki is making the rounds.
  3. Love it! Soon the dogs will argue with their handler's via text. "Really? I'm pretty sure the sheep dont5go in that pasture, we put them in the other field last week." and, "go bye? Don't you mean away you stupid human? "
  4. Loki's been relaxing around the house and got to run errands with me last weekend. He was quite pleased with himself and was sure the bank drive thru was all about him-- I mean, treats come out of a tube? Wow! Loki is hanging in there and on some new supplements along with pain meds. At the vets office he couldn't stand/walk without help as the floor was too smooth to provide good traction. Very sad to see as he didn't used to have issues with it. I guess we all get old, some sooner than others. I didn't think it'd be at age 6 though.
  5. Interesting but not suprising. The reason I won't get pups from heavy inbreeding. Turned down a free one last year for that reason and glad I did. My new puppy Fate has all the traits I want and isn't horrendously inbred.
  6. Wow! I wonder which foods were tested? This study raises so many questions and I hope they do more studies.
  7. Well, Loki certainly knows how to pose for treats. I'm hoping a bit of rest will have him feeling better and able to do more?
  8. I work in veterinary medicine as a registered vet tech and would call Loki's issues far from euthanasia. With rest he may still be able to return to some exercise. . Maybe once the inflammation decreases? He is happily playing bitey face with the puppy right now and will play a rousing round of roll the ball tonight. Still on nsaids but if drugs keep him comfortable and he can walk on his own power I see no reason for euthanasia. Of course I'm sure he finds roll the ball a stupid game compared to fetch.
  9. Last year when Loki was 5 yrs old they had an incidental finding of grade 3 lumbosacral spondylosis and varying degrees of spondylosis throughout his lumbar vertebrae. The specialist said he had a spine of a 12 year old dog, was amazed he was ambulatory, and went on and on about genetics. He was asymptomatic and we were hopeful he would remain that way. It didn't. Since February Loki has become intermittently ataxic on his hind limbs, CP deficits that resolve with a few days rest, painful after/during activity, reluctance to jump, and occassional fecal incontinence. Rads show narrowed disc space in several areas and his spinal degeneration is progressing. Loki's been on rest for a couple weeks now since his latest problem. He spends his time looking longingly at the ducks (gotta help with the duck chores right? Time to sort'em? Pen them?) and gets quite upset when he is left behind while the other dogs go hiking in the woods. So how do you tell a 6 yr old dog that his body is failing him? That soon the 6 mo old puppy will begin training on stock-- his stock? Loki may be mentally in his prime but his body didn't get the message.
  10. Looks like Juniper is feeling better. And Tweed looks great too! I hope you guys are having fun trialing and training. Now where are the Holly and Ivy photos?
  11. Thanks! He is cute when he's not be a naughty howler monkey. 4 am has been a popular tantrum time lately for no apparent reason. Fate is quite the change for me. I haven't brought home a puppy in 6 years. My older dogs rotate between thinking he's fun to play with and hating the obnoxious puppy who clearly doesn't know the house rules. Within the next year he will know all the house rules and hopefully NOT be a horrible adolescent. Keeping my fingers crossed. . . Loki is thrilled to have a puppy that will play his games and horrified that the puppy has joined Rose in taking toys right out of his mouth. All toys belong to Loki and all toys should be returned to human for another toss. Why, oh why, has the puppy joined Rose in taking his toys and NOT bringing them to the human?
  12. Fate is an amazing 19 weeks old today and weighed in at 23 lbs last week. He worked sheep a few weeks ago for the first time and certainly thought a lot of the opportunity. He'll get to work sheep again at 6 months of age, right now he's focusing on being a puppy. You can see Fate on sheep at: https://flic.kr/p/HZSz8t Fate will be my second dog I'll train in stock work- I'm still training my older boy Loki up so it's be interesting to see how fast Fate will catch up to Loki. Fate's latest photos are at: https://flic.kr/s/aHskxKqk2D Sadly, my photos are too large to upload to BC Boards. Bethany
  13. Wow, well I suspect Fate will decide to join his halfsibs in size. He weighed in at 12.44 lbs today, 9 wks old He's got the demon spawn zoomies right now. Letting out his inner imp. Tomorrow he gets to watch dogs work sheep. It'll be fun to see the wheels turning.
  14. Fate says hi to his big brothers. How big are Bandit and Keifer? Fate is 12 lb at 9 weeks and he is growing like a weed. I can't say enough good things about him. He is confident, outgoing, smart, and part imp. My older dogs Rose and Lokis aren't completely sold on him yet. They find him entertaining though and don't mind him following them, running under them, and generally acting like a little heathen. Loki is starting to look at him as if he might be someone he could recruit to his cause of stealing Rose's toys. We'll see. .
  15. Well, after 6 years I finally did it. I brought home a howler monkey. Well, his ABCA paperwork says he's a Border Colllie. . So without further ado. . Meet Fate. Fate is an outgoing, happy 9 week old boy. One day he hopes to be a great sheep/duck dog but right now he's enjoying puppyhood and figuring out his new housemates (Rose and Loki).
  16. Here's my white girl Rose. She retired from agility at age 5 when the opthamologist said she was going blind. She wans't very good at it, but hey we enjoyed it. Guess who turns 9 next month? https://flic.kr/p/DGNM6K
  17. In reply to Pam Wolf: You're joking right? That's like combining a sled dog with a herding dog? Sorry, the darned quote button won't work.
  18. Enjoy it, one day you'll have a dog too serious to be goofy. Then you'll be sad. So, no cure is necessary, but may need to add more goofy as time goes on.
  19. Ha haa!! I can't stop laughing. You've made my day! I would love to see similar studies done in ABCA border collies, it'd be nice to see data collected and revisited every decade or so. Not for any particular reason except to catch trends and it'd be interesting.
  20. I put pups in a crate at eye level beside my bed (I put them in a crate on top of another crate). When they wake up they are reassured in their new home by my presence. If they need to potty they'll let me know. I've done that for the first couple weeks with each new pup I've brought home over the years and it works well. I get lots of sleep and pup gets pottied.
  21. Amazing how fast they grow. And to think their adventures are just beginning.
  22. I'm so excited about this litter and looking forward to seeing who goes where, what their personalities are, and how training comes along for each pup. I'm already spending time on lupinepet.com shopping for the perfect puppy collar.
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