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    Deb Meier

    I saw the sad news that Deb Meier (Leaning Tree BCs) lost her battle to cancer early this morning. I never met her, and didn't know her personally, but always loved her insight on this forum and others. She did an amazing job with her dogs, even while fighting cancer and overwhelming pain. I'll greatly miss seeing her posts, and getting her opinions on these boards.
  2. https://www.nbcdfw.com/news/national-international/Service-Dog-Gives-Birth-to-8-Puppies-at-Tampa-Airport-Gate-483735581.html
  3. Was it just not clarified that the dog was "in training" and not a "real service dog" yet? SDIT aren't wholly granted access in some/most states, but most businesses allow them anyway, at least in my experience. I also saw in the article that "Frontier say service animals are permitted on all flights, as long as they are certified and properly harnessed." When will the education spread far enough that business will stop saying "certified?" All it does is feed the online fake "certification" companies!
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    I now trim belly hair and shave the inside of the thighs.
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    I have done it. His coat grew back fine, but he was so ugly in the meantime that I'd never do it again. I didn't notice that it kept him any cooler either...
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    MDR1 - can we eradicate?

    Not directly related to the original post, but does anyone have any thoughts on this? http://www.mdr1-defekt.de/texte/Angela.pdf
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    Musher's Worst Day

    I made the painful decision to sell one of my two dogs a couple months ago, because she was having issues with other household dogs. She wasn’t absolutely terrible, but I feared the day when, just like in this article, everything would be too much for her and she’d snap and seriously hurt someone. I’ve had doubts since she left, but reading this article has shown me that I probably did the right thing...
  8. Carry some pepper spray or a big stick and get those dogs when they come at you.
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    Food Intolerances or Allergies?

    You can do a saliva swab and send it to Paw Print Genetics-IGS is a genetic trait that can be screened for in breeding dogs.
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    Food Intolerances or Allergies?

    I bet I was the one you read about on these boards. If so, I think all the symptoms and such were laid out in that thread. I had another pup last year who was having problems-this is going to be kind of long, but I am going to copy and paste what I had posted elsewhere when looking for advice, so that you can know what I was dealing with. "I have an almost 7 month old pup who has had intermittent diarrhea ever since I got her, at 8 weeks. So when I first brought her home, she pooped and puked in her crate just miles from the breeder's house. She appeared to be carsick because she drooled loads and loads the whole way home. Both the poop and puke looked like dog food that had been moistened for pups, the only difference being that the poop smelled more like, well, poop. She always laid cow pies after getting her home, with occasional diarrhea, and had been dewormed at the breeder's, but a fecal showed a lot of coccidia, so she got Albon for 5 days. Stool was firm for a few days, but then went back to runny, and after a week, a fecal showing a rise in worms, she got Safegard for 5 days, and to address giardia as well. Again, stool was firm for two days, and then diarrhea became more frequent. I then switched her to raw, and since then it's been all over the place. I treated again for giardia with a natural product that has worked wonders with our other pups before, but nothing changed. I found out that she gets incredibly sick if she eats eggs, and at the end of October chicken started bothering her too, but not as bad as eggs. I took her off of chicken, and the stools were firm for 2 weeks, and two weeks ago, she started losing weight and having a normal poop in the morning, and then a cow pie a little later. Last Friday, she had explosive, watery, greenish-black diarrhea all day, which contained undigested food. Since then, she has alternated between normal, firm stools, but she's been having accidents in her crate of the, what used to be occasional and is now daily, black smears-not water, but extremely loose. She has always been ravenous, and I've never seen her stop eating-not normal in my experience with this breed. She is now eating 2 pounds of meat a day, and still pretty skinny at 24 pounds. Her stool has never been a normal brown, but ranges from greenish-gray(mostly), greenish-black(once) and black(becoming more frequent). They range from odorless, to smelling like spit, to so nasty stinky that they stink up the entire car when we mailed one sample. I sent a sample to WADDL back in September, and they found no parasites or bacterial infections of any sort. Maybe I'm missing something obvious, but I'm almost going out of my head with this dog. Help!" After ruling out EPI, IGS, Addisons, and more, we found out that she was allergic to the goat's milk that I give all my dogs. I've given goat's milk for so long to so many dogs that I never even considered that as being the problem, until the goats dried up last winter, and this pup's problem dried up along with it. She is still on grain free dog food, but I don't know that she was ever reacting to grain at all, or if it was just the dairy. Since taking out goat's milk, she no longer eats everything, that she can get her mouth on, whether edible or inedible, and doesn't inhale her food like she always did, and stools are normal. She has always acted normal with tons of energy etc. never turned down a meal, sometimes had mucus or blood, but not normally.
  11. I tried again and again to find out my error, and to no avail. It wasn't until I took a screen shot of both pages, and went down to compare them, that I realized that I was looking at the same page, which was listed twice, once in a different format than the first. Whoops! Thanks for pointing out my mistake.
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    whistle materials and spit

    I dunno. I have a metal one, and it gets full of slobber and wants to fly out, or it drips out, or it makes the sound bubbly. I figured it was just because I'm just trying to figure out how to use it, and that it'll stop once I get the hang of it.
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    Thank You, BC Boards

    When I first joined this forum in 2013, I had never heard of the ABCA, "The Dog Wars"(this book, wow! If you haven't read it, do so ASAP.) "Barbie Collies," and had no clue that a divide between working/ABCA and show/AKC existed. I thought a BC was a BC and they herded sheep. Honestly, I also knew zilch about what the AKC has done to hundreds of breeds, and also never heard of genetic testing dogs. I had a half BC at the time, and was making future plans for adding a purebred, registered, BC from a well known(and greatly disliked by members here) AKC breeder. Lurking on this forum, and reading old threads, I quickly found out that there is a huge difference between working and show dogs, and the two are not interchangeable in the tasks they are bred to do. Though I sometimes haven't liked the atmosphere of this forum, the heated debates and personal attacks(which I got sometimes) the cold welcomes and critiques to clueless members who dared to have any connection to the AKC or say anything positive about it, I now understand how it is, especially since I read The Dog Wars. Some of you here spent tons of money, countless hours, stress, sweat and tears, fighting against the AKC and I can now understand why your feelings are as strong as they are against them. I now have two working Border Collies, one ABCA, one not, and I wouldn't trade them for anything that the AKC produces. If it hadn't been for this forum, I would probably be very disappointed in my Barbie Collies that are beautiful but can't move cattle three feet. My current 8 month old, with no herding training whatsoever but operating on instinct alone, just helped me catch a goat this morning, by bringing it right to me(from 5 feet away, but the stupid thing kept running every time I reached for it!) and holding it there until I could get ahold of it. I want to thank you for changing my mind and making me much happier now than I imagine I would have been had I gone the other route. I know some of you despair of every teaching us newbies anything, and feel like just giving up, but don't! Just remember me, one of your "converts!" Again, thanks so much!
  14. She wasn't the only one that sold for $30,000. The buyer of Gurdy also bought a male for a little over $3,000-a thought that runs through my head is, "Are you gonna breed that female to a male that is "worth" 10xs less than your female?" The person who bought the other female, Rose, for $30,000, also bought two geldings for $30,000 a piece. I think someone just came to the sale with a lot of money to spend...
  15. Teach him to wink, with left eye/right eye commands. Teach him to flick his ears, wrinkle his nose in a snarl, etc. It'll be time consuming but it sounds like you have plenty of that!