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  1. I'm soooo happy that Sam likes his new pack! And what a bonus that it seems to be easing entry into stores for you guys. I'll be looking forward to hearing how tomorrow's service goes - I'm sure he'll do stellar, though.
  2. We've been lucky enough to host Sam (and the sheep) in his role as Invasive Species Control Officer - the sheep are helping eradicate the poison ivy and briers in the backyard! Sam certainly is a busy boy and Becca does a great job with him in all his roles!
  3. *waves* Glad you decided to come out of lurk mode.
  4. I don't really have anything to add as others have said it much better than I, but just wanted to say I'll be thinking of you and Missy. I didn't know Maggie was going to leave us so soon, but because she collapsed a few weeks prior to her death I tried to make every day include at least one "good/loved" thing in case it was our last. Lots of long walks in the field across the street, a visit to my parents' and a hike with them, some fun training, etc.
  5. Any interest in reviving/updating this thread? I ran across it while discussing activity levels in BCs and realized that many of the pics are missing and we have a ton of new members. I know everyone likes to post pics of healthy dogs, so...
  6. For casual use the Outward Hound ones from Petsmart seem to do decently - we have one I used initially in Kestrel's dock diving training and am now using it with our puppy. It's starting to fray but it's gotten a lot of use lol and it was only about $25.
  7. We have a Granite Gear pack that works incredibly well on even long hikes. Kes' last hike with me was about 9 miles long and he was comfortable with the pack on the entire hike!
  8. MaggieDog

    Fergie's gone

    Biiiiig hugs to you guys! Good girl Fergie - you will be missed by many!
  9. I just am seeing this. Know that you, Fergie, and your whole family are in my thoughts and you have many virtual hugs from us.
  10. Whole Dog Journal had a GREAT series of articles on urinary tract issues - I know they said that the recommendations for diets to dissolve stones are changing. My Corgi mix had struvite crystals last summer - switching her to Honest Kitchen's dehydrated raw foods cleared them right up! She eats Keen primarily.
  11. There is a *monster* thread on IMHA on one of the other forums I frequent. Here's the link - dog.com IMHA thread - I think it will be a great resource for you.
  12. I'm just seeing this and wanted to let you know that we're thinking of you and sending lots of healing vibes your way - I know just how wonderful this board can be in times like this. (((((BIG HUGE (tho gentle) HUGS)))))
  13. A tip: freezing a Squirrel Dude like a Kong will equal up to 90 mins of work vs. the max 30 mins in a Kong - the little prongs are awesome. We have the Kong Wobbler and I find it too simple for my pups. Despite being heavy, Kes picks it up and lays it over to get all the food out in one motion lol. Toys mine like: Linkables (great for Z, but not durable enough for Kes to be used unsupervised) Canine Genius Leo and Mike (too complicated for Z when linked, but perfect alone for her and Kes enjoys them linked as long as the necks aren't exposed to gnaw on) Tug A Jug (too difficult for Z, but Maggie and Kes love(d) it, we just have to replace the rope periodically - not good for unsupervised play and can break things if used by a dog who likes to shake toys - Kes bruised his thigh badly enough to be 3 legged lame for about 30 mins at one point! ) Squirrel Dude (durable enough for Kes unsupervised, great with dry treats or frozen stuffing) Tricky Treat Ball (soft rubber so not for unsupervised play with tough chewers, but the most difficult treat ball I've run across) Treatstik (very durable, tho Kes can make marks on it, holds dry treats/kibble well, fairly difficult, requires different motions than other toys) Waggle (Very high on the difficulty scale, but Kes seems to have a knack for shredding them, though Maggie never damaged hers. Too tough for Z.) Biscuit Block (similar to the Football in the same line) (Perfect for dog biscuits, not ideal for heavy chewers since it's technically a puppy toy in the Busy Buddy line, but if you go to the largest size it'll work for a BC-size dog. Maggie loved hers!)
  14. To Maggie, my heart dog, and all the others! Four months later the tears still flow when I think about her loss and yet there are almost daily reminders that she's not really gone, just has shifted forms.
  15. I was just reading through the thread and thought I'd let you know that my agility instructor is currently dealing with an injury in one of her dogs, so she's taking him to PT, chiro, etc. If you need recommendations for practitioners, let me know and I'll be happy to see who she uses. She's in Statesville, but travels to W-S for PT/hydrotherapy, not sure where she has her chiro work done.
  16. Just seeing this - Kat's got tons of mojo headed her way from our pack!
  17. I talked to my vet about this just last week when I thought Kes had swallowed a magnet. She confirmed that the dose is 5cc/10lbs and there are no toxicity issues with it, so you dose to result. We had old H2O2 so it took waaay more than usual - Kes needed 4 doses (over an hour) before he threw up. No magnet found!
  18. I've heard good reviews on the Working Dog Forums I frequent; have contemplated buying some myself. I'm also looking at custom dog boxes, which can be created to have two doors. For home I like Midwest crates and the ones I have have two doors. I do occasionally use them in the car as well.
  19. Awesome! Congrats to you all and yay for Tessa!
  20. Just saw this - so glad things are looking up for everyone!
  21. Yay! So glad she's on the mend!
  22. Is there any way that the friend could take him when you're not home and let him stay with you when you are? Or come by to exercise him? Something that would give you the best of both worlds, really.
  23. I feed Honest Kitchen, usually Preference with beef added, but I'm giving Keen (one of the complete rations) a try now as well. I've been very happy with our results and I love that I'm feeding "real" food instead of just plain old kibble. If I get my meat on sale, then the Preference is waaaay cheaper than many top brands, especially Orijen, which is about $75/30lbs here. I just bought more dog food; 10lbs of Keen is equal to 43lbs of food and costs $49.
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