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  1. Thank you I will try to keep it something around that. We've been working a lot on training, and on being calm and relaxed in stimulating situations. I can't imagine no exercise for 4 weeks though! That sounds very difficult.
  2. Thank you both for the replies. Unfortunately there really aren't many other border collies in our area. I think I've only seen two in the last two years I've lived here. There are more Australian shepherds, but she hasn't had the chance to play with any yet. I will try to evaluate the sort of play she's engaging in and try to redirect her if she's getting into rough play with larger dogs. Hopefully we'll meet some good same-weight playmates for her. It seems hit and miss with who she really likes. And I'll see if I can discourage her from running on the concrete. It does seem like she's too reckless for her own good after all. Hopefully the small amount of play she's done up there hasn't compromised anything. Thanks! Emily
  3. Hello! I posted a while back about searching for a dog, and I'm happy to report that I have found one. Fern is nearly 8 months old, and she is a wonderful lovable dog who is mostly great with only a few behavioral issues that we're working on. I got her from a previous owner that was rehoming her, and I have all her history. She's from working parents who were health and hip tested. I'll probably ask more specific questions as we go, but there's one issue that really has me stuck. I know you're supposed to be careful about too much exercise on joints of young dogs. I intend to wait to spay her until her growth plates have closed to give her the best chances of having a physically sound life. I don't want to exert her to the point that she will damage her joints, so I won't do any repetitive exercise like jogging or biking until she's ready. But she does need exercise and she clearly wants to be very active (though, thankfully, she is not at all hyper). She loves to play with other dogs, but she especially loves playing with other dogs that play very rough. And she is a very lean-bodied dog, so they often weigh more than she does. But with the chasing games they look pretty brutal, especially if they roll or body-block each other. And Fern isn't the best at limiting herself based on safety. We don't have a yard that's big enough for her to really get her zoom on, so is it safe for her to play in these ways? I know there's always a risk, and I don't want to be over protective and prevent her from being a dog. I just want to know the appropriate balance. Also, I know concrete is bad for them to run on because it's a very hard surface. The place I work has a big wide concrete balcony on the 2nd floor that encircles the building, and she loves to go zooming around on it and play with her ball. She's free to take a break whenever she wants, but I don't know if I should try to keep her from running too much up there, especially since she'll sometimes skid when she runs to grab a toy with too much enthusiasm. Is it okay to let her play up there once a week or so? Or maybe leave the toys at home? Sorry this is so long. My friends would say I'm overthinking things. I know the general rule of thumb is to let them exercise at their own pace, so they can choose when they need breaks. But I don't know if I trust her to do that. Last week she did something while playing that made her limp briefly, though there was no sign of it by the next day. I don't even know what occurred. I don't want to screw up her future abilities. We go on a longish walk if I can't take her somewhere to run, but I know she prefers getting to run, so I'm conflicted.
  4. I'm so excited. I think I might have found the dog! Found an ad on facebook that a woman in Louisiana (near the Texas border not that far from my mother) posted trying to find a home for a dog. He is a young dog, supposedly pure bred bc originally from a breeder(?) whose owner was leaving for a job with an oil rig. This woman's boyfriend took the dog in rather than have him go to the shelter, but they can't keep him as they have a young intact female dog and he isn't neutered. But he sounds like an amazing dog. He seems very small though. She said she would guess he is around 20 lbs, but I'm guessing he must be a little bigger. She sent me a video of him and he is 100% border collie shaped, not at all like sheltie or mini aussie. He is longer and leaner, not boxy. He is only 9 months, so maybe he still has some growing to do. I definitely want a smaller border collie, so the size doesn't really deter me, but he does look like he's really on the small end of the range. She said he's great on and off leash, loves balls and frisbees, is good with small animals. He could be the one! The photo of him isn't great because it's taken with flash, but he appears to be a brindle point tri?
  5. Thank you! Yes I have looked into Ewenity and I've sent them an email asking if I should go ahead and submit an application before I move into my new place, but haven't heard back. If I do not hear back I will just wait until I move into my new place and then submit an application. They look great, although they seem to work mostly with ACDs these days. And I absolutely love that dog Clover, but unfortunately I have a house rabbit and it seems that she wouldn't be able to handle that without really intense fixation. The rabbit stays in a cage unless supervised, and he is very used to dogs and cats, but it sounds like it would not be good for the dog. The rabbit has only encountered one dog that tried to herd him, a friend's sheltie, and it did annoy him but he made it clear he would box the dog in the face if she kept at it. He's not afraid to look out for himself. But we probably will at least need a dog that isn't into the intense fixation and that doesn't have a strong prey drive.
  6. Thank you so much! I will definitely send her a message right now. I'd be happy to give a home to a dog that isn't working out as a herding dog.
  7. I don't think she did. She was a very good dog in terms of putting up with just about any animal. She didn't seem to have much prey drive. She was around rabbits, snakes, and lizards quite often as well. She and the cat had a lifelong mutual dislike, but she always knew the cat was in charge and never challenged her with more than a staring contest.
  8. Thanks GentleLake. That's true it does seem to be the case. I guess I'd say my expectations of border collies would be generally energetic, biddable, and owner focused. I don't think I would describe our dog Wit that way, but she was certainly intelligent with a mind of her own. But the individuality makes every dog unique.
  9. Thanks Ruth! I will definitely be updating!
  10. Hello, my name is Emily. I've been a lurker on these forums and have read just about everything I can find, but have never introduced myself. I am a 26 year old PhD student, and I've been a border collie person since I first watched a program about sheep herding dogs when I was little. I think the draw is in the personality match between me and a border collie. When I was in 7th grade I finally convinced my mother to let us adopt a dog named Wit from a rescue in Louisiana. She was a much-loved dog throughout her life. She did have many qualities in opposition to stereotypical border collies, which always perplexed us. She passed away last fall to kidney failure after a long and terrible fight with dementia. I have many very fond memories of beach adventures and taking her hiking. She lived with my mother after I left for college, so it has been quite a while since I actually lived with a dog. In January this year, I decided that my feeble reasons for not having a dog right now don't really hold water, and I set out to change that. It's true I'm often busy as a student, but my schedule right now is actually more flexible than it will ever be in the future. I can bring a dog to work with me, and I am also allowed to work from home when it suits me. In the middle of June I'll be moving from my current apartment to a cottage with a small yard that is only just over a mile from the university where I work. I won't have a big yard, but I have plenty of other avenues for getting a dog out and about. So I think, with the right dog, it could be an appropriate home. I am looking for a young adult dog to adopt, preferably through a rescue, but I'm currently living in south Florida which seems to make this a very difficult avenue. Otherwise I will probably wait until I can find a dog that needs to be rehomed by owner, or a dog in a shelter that I can do a trial period with. I'm not really looking for a young puppy because I would rather go with a young adult dog whose qualities are known. Most of my family is in Texas, so I'm also willing to adopt a dog from Texas and transport it back to Florida. So, before I make this post too long, I'll go ahead and wrap it up. I'm going to keep reading and learning from all the wonderful info available on this forum. If I find the right dog before long, I'm sure I'll have plenty of my own questions to ask. Though many have already been answered I'm sure. Here is a photo of our dog Wit with my little sister and our parrot. I remember the parrot would actually wait at the bottom of her cage for the dog to walk by, and would climb on the dog's back.
  11. Sorry, for some reason this double posted. Admin can delete, as I don't seem to be able to.