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  1. Congratulations! Kiran is really developing. I find it interesting that you have a tunnel under an obstacle in novice. Here in Australia, they usually say that that is too difficult for a novice dog, and they don't do it until excellent level courses. I don't think I have had a competition course with a tunnel under an obstacle.
  2. 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!
  3. 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.
  4. 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).
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. Merry Christmas to you and yours, and a new year that is everything you wish it to be! What a wonderful photo!
  9. 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.
  10. 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.
  11. 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.
  12. 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.
  13. 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.
  14. I can't believe I missed the pink tail tip! I actually really like the look - who says guys can't wear pink!
  15. 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...
  16. Yay more Kiran pictures! Kiran is really filling out and looking like a handsome DOG more than a leggy teenager. And I see the collar collection continues. It must be nice to have a dog who can show off the collar collection. My boys all have fur that hides a collar, so there is no point. Sigh.
  17. I give my boys deer antlers because at least one of them loves to chew, and he has infected the others, but I only buy whole pieces, not split. I have been doing this for over a year and so far so good. I have read somewhere about soaking the antler so it softens and is less likely to splinter. Edited to add: Deer antlers are inside treats only here, so they are not outside getting brittle. They do not last more than a few weeks, they wear down bit by bit and get thrown out when they start getting small. Bully sticks, pig's or cow's ears etc, chicken frames etc are loved but last a very short time only, so are really only a treat. Chicken necks are swallowed whole by two of my boys so are a no go, turkey necks are chewed but again last less than a minute, even if frozen, so are an occasional treat only.
  18. Congratulations on your beautiful boy! And hello from my Oscar! As for your questions, I do not recommend allowing any biting, even in play, although I have found that that may lead to a dog that licks a lot more! As for exercise, I second being sure about vaccinations being completed before going out and about. Once you are then out and about, if you are letting your puppy wander at his own pace for a good sniff and walk (and the sniffing will probably be dominant,) the five minutes per month of age rule works well. Sniffing around works his mind, which will actually tire him out more than strict stay by my side loose lead walking. So maybe do a mix of long lead sniffing around walks in the woods and loose lead training walks closer to home. Runs should wait until he is older and has finished growing, to avoid joint problems in his older years. To my mind, he probably already knows his name. Teaching him to come to his name is a matter of always ALWAYS making it a good experience, never NEVER letting him get away with not coming and being prepared that at adolescence his brains will fall out and he will decide that he has forgotten everything he previously knew. Consistency is everything, and a long lead until he has a bomb proof recall. Also a long distance stop or drop can be a life saver, literally.
  19. Welcome to the Boards! Wheeler is absolutely gorgeous, and yes, he seems to be fitting into your pack so well. Feel free to keep updating this thread with photos as he grows...
  20. We all love our Border Collies, but they are each and every one of them unique and have their own special quirks. So I thought I would ask - what is your dog's most amusing quirk? This is my George. He is an old soul, easily the most intelligent dog I have met. Loving, calm, dignified and completely freaked out by flies. Picture this very dignified dog fleeing, ears flat to skull, tail between his legs, into the farthest room in the house to hide. Buzzing along behind him, bobbing up and down at waist height, is a tiny fly. Fly was chasing dog. We live in a country town in Australia, land of blow flies. Summer is a trying time for poor George. We always have a can of fly spray on hand.
  21. Living in Australia, we don't really have to worry about freezing water so much at the beach, but one of my boys loves to chase the waves and bite at them so that he tends to swallow too much sea water and invariably ends up vomiting it all up in the car on the way home. Now we have to watch his behaviour carefully and put him on the lead when he has been chasing for too long, or else go to the beach only when there is little to no surf. I agree some BCs have little self preservation when they are really enjoying themselves. OTOH, the first time I went snorkelling on a tropical reef, I completely lost track of time because I was so caught up in what I was seeing and got the worst case of sunburn in my life, which semi-ruined the first half of my holidays (and gastro ruined the second half) so I must accept the trait is not unique to BCs. I can't even claim to have been young and dumb because I was nearly 30...
  22. Good luck with your elimination diet, I hope that is the answer. While I know it is not simple, I hope it is nothing more serious than a food allergy. Is it hard getting kangaroo in the States?
  23. I live in Australia, so I can tell you that BCs can survive the warmer weather, so long as they have a cooler place, access to plenty of water to drink and perhaps a water bath if needed. We have ours inside in summer, with access to AC on very hot days, and tile floors to spread out on at will. Our hot days get up to 40C/104F (although only one or two days a year, but can be 30C /86F to 35C/95F for weeks at a time). If your days are regularly that hot, your dog will acclimate. You probably would only want to exercise your dog in the early morning and later at night in those sort of temperatures, because of the dangers of overheated asphalt etc hurting paws. I second what has been said above about puppies not needing so much exercise when young if you want to avoid damage to joints etc. I will also add that the amount of exercise you give them when young will be the amount of exercise they will expect for the rest of their life. Do not automatically assume a young puppy is misbehaving therefore it needs more exercise. It may be overtired and need a nap, like a tired toddler, so may need to be put in a crate or x pen to settle itself and sleep. This will build an off switch, and also mean that it's crate becomes it's safe place, which will be invaluable when you have toddlers of your own. How much exercise your dog will need will depend on the dog. We have four BCs and they get a free run as a pack four to five times a week at a local baseball diamond for about twenty minutes to half an hour, along with zoomies in the back yard a couple of times a day. We do NOT have a large back yard. My OH is home all day everyday, and the rest of the time they chill out with him, sleep and have cuddles. None of them are particularly OCD, destructive, anxious or aggressive. They do have quirks, such as one of them being scared of flies. Obviously other BCs will require MUCH more exercise than our dogs do. Exercise your dog's mind, not just it's body. A BC in an apartment can work, especially if it is not left alone all day, but you will be putting a lot of work onto your mother. I would also second getting a rescue, possibly aiming at a younger dog, perhaps around 12 months old to 2 years. Temperament is known, energy level is known and you would be saving a dog, so wins all around!
  24. Vale Donald, a true gentleman and tireless advocate for the working Border Collie. You will be missed, even by those who knew you only through your words.
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