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  1. Lawgirl

    Raising a calm city pup

    Awesome work to both of you, congratulations! They really are such smart dogs, I love to see their brains working behind their eyes. I also second the notion that we like puppy photos!
  2. Lawgirl

    My Sweet Kit

    Once I started reading, I could not stop. I am so terribly sorry for your loss, but also happy that you had 11 wonderful years with such a very special dog. The two of you were clearly meant to be. I hope in time the great memories of your time together help the pain.
  3. Lawgirl

    Ticks on a snake

    I am very far from being a fan of 'nope ropes', especially living in Australia, where we have more than our fair share of the most dangerous ones, but even I felt sorry for this one. https://www.abc.net.au/news/2019-01-14/nike-the-carpet-python-riddled-with-ticks-recovering/10711112 He was apparently named Nike after the tick shape in the Nike brand (what Americans call a check sign).
  4. Lawgirl

    High Value Treats

    Liver gave our boys terrible gas. I learned this at an agility trial, when we were camping in a tent. It was very effectively fumigated by my boy.
  5. I am very fortunate to live in a country where rabies is essentially unknown, so no rabies vaccination (yay Australia for once! - we make up for it with snakes and spiders). We do have parvo in my area, so vaccinations are necessary for that. I am also fortunate to live in a country where Lyme disease does not exist (although some people beg to differ, it is not officially recognised). We do however, have paralysis ticks, which can be and are frequently and rapidly fatal. https://www.ava.com.au/sites/default/files/Envenomation_Tick Paralysis_MCannon.pdf One of my brother's dogs died from a paralysis tick. Again, I am fortunate not to live in an area where these ticks are endemic, but I would do anything, literally anything, necessary to protect my dog from a bite from one of these ticks.
  6. Lawgirl

    High Value Treats

    For my dog training treats, I used to use cheap block cheese, chopped into itty bitty pieces and either deli chicken loaf (pressed chicken loaf - not sure what you call it) or fritz/devon - kinda like baloney, also chopped into itty bitty pieces and stored in a zip lock bag. That way they did not know exactly which yummy treat was going to come out next. It got to the point where just rustling the zip lock bag got my dogs attention. I have a friend whose dog goes nuts for black pudding. For the absolute best treat ever though, where sustained attention was required, I used homemade anzac biscuits. Full of sugar and not really good for them, but my god were they crack cocaine for dogs. Google for a million recipes but basically they are oatmeal, golden syrup, coconut biscuits which originated in WWI because they could be shipped to the front and not go mouldy. I made mine chewy, and held them so just a little could be accessed at a time, and my dogs went nuts for them. The dogs could be the other end of the house, all fast asleep, open the biscuit container, turn around to four drooling dogs.
  7. Lawgirl

    Merry Christmas!

    Merry Christmas to you and yours, and a new year that is everything you wish it to be! What a wonderful photo!
  8. I have four BCs, and the youngest one has been diagnosed with bilateral HD. He came to us when he was around 11 months old. Both the ball and cup of the joint is badly deformed on both sides. He gets sardines with every meal, and was placed on a regimen of injections (cartrophen) to supplement synovial fluid around his joints which made an immediate and amazing improvement. We aim to control his weight but otherwise allow him to be a dog with his fellow dogs. He still runs around with the other dogs (which is only 4 or 5 times a week) but at his own pace, and he stops when he wants to. Bilateral hip replacement is the only other option, but we are not convinced it is the best option for him. We are managing his condition conservatively (as if he had arthritis) and he has a good quality of life. As he gets older, we can and will be more aggressive with supplements such as golden paste/fish oil etc and increased frequency of injections but he is doing well as is for now. I hope things go well for you with your dog.
  9. Lawgirl

    Clever dog

    I have a smile on my face reading this, thanks for sharing Ruth! They never fail to find new ways to entertain us, and the way their brains put things together is endlessly amazing.
  10. No story to share, but thank you for sharing your and Scout's story. Welcome to the Boards. Congratulations on your progress, and I hope you keep us updated on how things go for you in the future. And photos, lots of photos, because Scout is a cutie pie.
  11. Lawgirl

    Did I adopt a border collie?

    Also not an expert, but if you came towards me on a path I would assume I was meeting a smooth coat Border Collie, or maybe a Collie x Kelpie, or a koolie (I am from Australia). I would treat your dog like you have a working dog (BC, kelpie, koolie, whatever). Smart, driven, active and energetic, human focussed and one of the best and most loving dogs you will ever meet and you cannot go wrong. Don't get too fixated on the exact breed, maybe just say working dog mix or herding dog mix and perfect for you! BTW I love the photos, she looks like a real sweetheart and congratulations for rescuing Freya (love the name!). I hope you have many happy years together.
  12. Lawgirl


    OMG that face! That expression! How can you do this to me! Never a dull moment with Wheeler, I am sure. Thank you for sharing.
  13. I can't believe I missed the pink tail tip! I actually really like the look - who says guys can't wear pink!
  14. Lawgirl

    Healthy and Safe Chews

    I know, but they actually really enjoy them. I just figure my dogs eat a lot of things I would not touch with a ten foot barge pole, so, well...