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  1. It just struck me, I have this picture in my head of one day coming for a visit with you CptJack, walking to the door, seeing Kiran and running to give him the biggest hug because I feel like I know and love him, and we are best friends through your posts, and Kiran going who the hell is this person, and running for the hills...
  2. Saydrin44, your pup is definitely going to be a red tri merle. Her nose leather is brown, with the pink non-pigmented section, so she cannot be a blue merle. Her base coat colour is brown. If she was a lilac merle, she would have silver and lilac patches, but no dark brown/chocolate coloured patches, because the lilac dilution gene would dilute all the brown colour from her coat. She is tri-colour because of the tan patches, especially the tan eyebrows. Here is a picture of Bailey's nose, which is similar to your puppy's nose.
  3. I don't really have much to add to this but I just wanted to say thank you Ned'sMum for rescuing your dog, thank you for doing so responsibly and thank you for being so open to the advice you have been given. Others may not have reacted so maturely to what we have said here, even though it has been said with the best interests of your children and Ned at heart. So thank you again. And boo to that rescue organisation. (I could use much stronger language to be honest)
  4. This is what my boy Bailey looked like as a puppy. This is what he looks like now. He has really gotten a lot darker as he grew up. He was also in his vaccination paperwork as a puppy as a lilac merle but is a red merle. I would say you have a red tri merle there. Enjoy your gorgeous new puppy!
  5. I would not question her as a full BC. She may or may not meet the "breed standard" for a barbie collie, but true BCs can have great variation. She may be a mix, but she looks like a BC to me (not that I am an expert!)
  6. There are a few of us Aussies, but not too many. This is an American forum after all. I lived in Gawler all through my high school years, and my brother and sister went to high school in Tanunda, so I know the north of Adelaide fairly well, or at least I did lo these many years ago...
  7. GentleLake, I am very sorry to hear about your father. My dad passed from complications of biliary duct cancer over ten years ago, and it still hurts, although it is slowly getting less. My deepest condolences.
  8. Welcome to the Boards, and to your new addiction! I see you are from South Australia. I am not sure, but we may be the only South Aussies on here! Whereabouts are you in SA? I live in Mount Gambier, so am in the south east corner of the state.
  9. Your girl is gorgeous, and looks like a very happy pup!
  10. You have somewhat innocently provided an outlet for one of the more complicated topics on this forum - the conflict between working border collies and their owners, and the Kennel Club/Fashion Show breeders, aka those who breed BCs for working ability and those who breed for looks. This forum is solidly on the side of the working ability of this wonderful breed. We ended up stealing your thread. Sorry! So the TL;DR version is that merle is a coat pattern that dilutes sections of a dog's coat giving a mottled effect, but which can apply to any of the coat colours (black, tricolour, red/chocolate, ee red, etc). It can be "cryptic" or in very small patches. Some coat colours can make it very difficult to see the merle pattern, usually because the coat colour is very pale. So great care should be taken in breeding a merle dog to be ensure the other dog is not a cryptic merle, and dilute colours like lilac and blue, and pale colours like ee red and sable, should probably be avoided. And of course, never breed two merles! PS if you have not already done so, we love photos of your dogs here!
  11. Just some suggestions to try for really high value treats - have you tried something like liverwurst, or blood pudding? Smelly and messy but that may be attractive to her. Otherwise roasted chicken, crispy bacon, pieces of tuna or sardines (ideally baked into treats so less messy - there are several recipes on here and on the internet). My dogs go nuts for cinnamon donuts and homemade Anzac biscuits (Chewy oatmeal and coconut biscuits - an Australian and New Zealand tradition). Obviously sugary things are very much in moderation, and require tooth brushing! Maybe try several things until you find whatever is the highest value treat for your dog; they will all have their own tastes. And maybe she will not be terribly food motivated, but at least you can say you tried lots of things.
  12. Erect ears were definitely a fault, and I think blue eyes were too, although blue eyes are allowed in merles now. Technically floppy ears still are, and heterochromia is too. But that is the problem with a breed standard - when you have to decide what "looks right" you also have to decide what looks wrong, which is everything else...
  13. In Australia we have Bravecto and Nexgard. Bravecto is for three months, Nexgard is for one month. We also have issues with ticks, not for Lyme disease but we have paralysis ticks which can and do kill dogs within a day or two. My choice is to use Nexgard, which is a lower dose, when necessary. My boys cope with it well - it is actually the only medication they eat and come back looking for another, as if it was a treat. One of my dogs has a sensitive gut after suffering green potato poisoning as a puppy, and he may get some diarrhoea a day later, but it is minor and short in duration, and then is fine. I have never had any of mine suffer any neurologic symptoms. Obviously some dogs are sensitive to the drug, but that is the case with any medication - same as for humans. My mother will throw up for 48 hours straight after being under general anaesthetic. Most people have no such reaction. There will always be someone who is more sensitive or who will suffer a different side effect, but if it was common, it would have been obvious before now. Chances are your dog will be okay, but it is up to you as to whether you want to take that chance.
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