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    Eugene, OR
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    working sheepdogs, agility, behavior and training, rescue

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  1. Melanie,

    I want to thank you for sharing your journey with Solo. I have been working with my vet on medicating Cocoa. We are currently trying the combo therapy of Prozac and Elavil that you mention you used for Solo. I am hopeful that it will be successful. The anxiety meds were very frustrating. Age has made Cocoa worse and I want to help her as much as possible. So thank you. Happy Thank...

  2. Nick is definitely blue, and he is gorgeous!
  3. Congratulations! You are all gorgeous! My dogs were not in our ceremony -- we were married on the east coast, so they stayed with our awesome sitter during the wedding and honeymoon festivities. We would have had to drive cross-country had we included the dogs, and on top of that being part of a wedding ceremony sounds pretty close to Solo's idea of hell. Jett wouldn't have enjoyed it either. Fly would probably have loved it, because it would have given her the opportunity to topple and eat the entire wedding cake (which was DELICIOUS). We didn't do an engagement session or save the dates, but we were engaged in February and married in September so there wasn't that much lead time anyway. By the time I managed save the dates it would have been time to send invites. P.S. -- My husband and I don't have the same last name either (I hate the expression "kept my last name," as though I should have changed it) but our friends have not come up with a clever way to refer to the two of us at the same time. Unfortunately, what this often means is that I get referred to as "Mrs. His Last Name," which not only robs me of my name, but also robs me of my title, which would not bother me in and of itself except that (1) I HATE "Mrs." (I wouldn't except that men get to be "Mr." before and after marriage; the ownership business that goes along with the name and title changes makes me ill) and (2) the same friends NEVER get his title wrong on occasions that require titles. The best part is that the people who do this, over and over again, KNOW that I didn't change my name after we got married.
  4. Poor Nell! That's a bummer of a tooth to lose, too, as a dog's mandible is relatively delicate and the lower canine forms a lot of the structural support of that "corner" of the jaw. I am curious what they have planned. Will they extract it and then pack the hole with some sort of bone replacement?
  5. This may be another one of those cultural markers (maybe not in the case of your elderly neighbor) as the only people I've heard using the term "chocolate" to refer to red Border Collies are show dog folks, to whom "red" means "yellow" or Golden Retriever color. The other term often used for yellow in Border Collies is "Australian red," betraying the origins of most conformation dogs.
  6. Mine only wear collars when we go out -- I leave the collars (which are all the plastic spring-buckle type, Solo's is hemp, the others are nylon) attached to their leashes. They've gone naked in the house ever since I've had multiple dogs for the reasons described in the first post, and because jingling tags bother me. It's a holdover from apartment living, during which they would have had to negotiate at least three sets of doors to escape the building (thereby making escapes highly unlikely) and I feel safe about it now because none of them are door darters. Actually, if any of them did dart out the door they'd be most likely to just stand there on the front porch and stare at me waiting for me to come out too. I know, never say never, but I feel the risks of being at large without ID are pretty low compared to the risks of possible collar accidents in the house. All three are microchipped.
  7. Denise, I think these are great photos. He looks like a million bucks and your love for him is obvious. Happy birthday Mick!
  8. The idea behind using medication is that it ameliorates the problem enough so that training has a chance to take hold (gets a foot in the door, as it were). My Solo had severe separation anxiety, with vocalization being his main reaction; he was neither destructive nor did he soil the house. He is an anxious dog in general, and it was clear that he was panicked at being left alone (drooling, dilated pupils, other frantic behaviors) and not just enjoying the sound of his own voice. He has been on a combination of amitryptyline (generic Elavil) and fluoxetine (generic Prozac) for years now. Some dogs can be weaned off meds, others can't, Solo is one of the latter. His quality of life is excellent and he is behaviorally normal in most situations -- he is unremarkable to most people who see him. We practiced extensive behavior modification exercises as well as the stuff you've probably been doing (leaving/returning over and over again, ignoring upon your return, etc.). His separation anxiety has been basically cured for years. He'll counter surf if left alone for long enough, but it's more of a boredom thing now than a panicky thing, and back when he had SA he was too petrified when alone to do anything like that. In my experience, "natural" remedies are often useless because their mechanism of action is either unknown or the dosages are not controlled. In addition, if "natural" remedies work, the fact of the matter is that they are drugs. They are simply chemicals, just like something that came out of a lab, except that they have all sorts of other unknown or uncontrolled crap in them. I would personally rather know exactly what is going into my dog than waste time dicking around with "natural" remedies which yes, I did try and yes, were largely useless. (The exception was DAP, which is not "natural" in the sense that it is a synthetic version of a natural pheromone, but it is not something that you administer to the dog but rather use in his environment). I also believe in cases of SA that it makes more sense to medicate sooner than later -- why let the condition progress to the point that it is going to be very difficult to treat before treating it? That makes about as much sense as letting the tumor grow before removing it. Dogs with SA are usually under quite a bit of distress and to me the more humane thing is to nip the condition in the bud, especially since it almost always gets worse over time, not better. If SA is your dog's only problem then it is quite likely he will be on the meds for a short time, be weaned off, and be OK thereafter. If he is generally anxious, like Solo is, then he may benefit from being on meds for life, but only a veterinary behaviorist will be able to help you determine this.
  9. What good news. Fingers still crossed for Dally's safe return.
  10. These are gorgeous, Denise! Beautiful light. Lemme guess, 4:30-5 PM?
  11. http://www.facebook.com/pages/Dog-Show-Fas...57611619?ref=nf
  12. I don't know if you ever feed any grain-free kibble, but Solo and Fly are eating EVO reduced fat right now (I switch around between kibbles and also feed some raw) and it's made a noticeable difference. Fly's thick old lady middle is going away and Solo is positively svelte.
  13. Oh, for Chrissakes, Julie -- it wasn't a value judgment and I certainly didn't expect anyone to comment on it. The point was that dog names are personal, and that my dogs are named for ME, according to my own interests and sense of humor (such as it is), and certainly not the dog fancy. Unless you consider yourself a member of the dog fancy, which know you are not, there is no reason to be offended. This is one seriously counterproductive conversation if it can make people who actually KNOW each other (like you and me) get this pissed off about something this pointless. I don't know about you, but I'm done.
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