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  1. dumbbird7

    New battle at mealtimes

    Have been having trouble with the site, just confused. Trying to post about a different problem but anything added was tacked onto the frightening intelligence post. Not very au fait with computer stuff as am now in my dotage and have no grandchildren to put me right. I'll go away now and be quiet...
  2. dumbbird7

    New battle at mealtimes

    terrecar, can't understand your reply. Is it someting I've said? What's charitable got to do with the above thread?
  3. Jack is 21 weeks old. Picture the scene - 6.30am, first coffee of the day, I'm sitting quietly in dim light, dressing gown, slippers, contemplating the day ahead. Jack, ventures up onto the settee. Not allowed, he knows this. But he's rummaging through the detritus on my side table; pens and rubbers, post-its, scraps of newspaper and other stuff. I say nothing, and don't correct him as he is obviously looking for something in particular. Interesting! Seconds later, he noses papers out of his way and picks up his collar and presents it to me. 'Time to get dressed Boss, outs time..' I am stunned. He has already done first duties in the garden, but a walk is now expected. Am I up to dealing with this kind of intelligence, I ask myself, can I cope with being controlled by a mere dog? Hmmm... And thanks for replies to the feeding quantities - I've got it sussed. Perhaps I should ask the dog himself, he seems to have all the answers ha ha.
  4. Jack is 21 weeks old. Picture the scene - 6.30am, first coffee of the day, I'm sitting quietly in dim light, dressing gown, slippers, contemplating the day ahead. Jack, ventures up onto the settee. Not allowed, he knows this. But he's rummaging through the detritus on my side table; pens and rubbers, post-its, scraps of newspaper and other stuff. I say nothing, and don't correct him as he is obviously looking for something in particular. Interesting! Seconds later, he noses papers out of his way and picks up his collar and presents it to me. 'Time to get dressed Boss, outs time..' I am stunned. He has already done first duties in the garden, but a walk is now expected. Am I up to dealing with this kind of intelligence, I ask myself, can I cope with being controlled by a mere dog? Hmmm... And thanks for replies to the feeding quantities - I've got it sussed. Perhaps I should ask the dog himself, he seems to have all the answers ha ha.
  5. Jack is 21 weeks old. Picture the scene - 6.30am, first coffee of the day, I'm sitting quietly in dim light, dressing gown, slippers, contemplating the day ahead. Jack, ventures up onto the settee. Not allowed, he knows this. But he's rummaging through the detritus on my side table; pens and rubbers, post-its, scraps of newspaper and other stuff. I say nothing, and don't correct him as he is obviously looking for something in particular. Interesting! Seconds later, he noses papers out of his way and picks up his collar and presents it to me. 'Time to get dressed Boss, outs time..' I am stunned. He has already done first duties in the garden, but a walk is now expected. Am I up to dealing with this kind of intelligence, I ask myself, can I cope with being controlled by a mere dog? Hmmm... And thanks for replies to the feeding quantities - I've got it sussed. Perhaps I should ask the dog himself, he seems to have all the answers ha ha.
  6. Jack is 5 months old, weighs 15k. He gets raw beef or tripe chunks, some 'human grade' mixed beef and/beef & tripe (with lots of lovely blood), and a chicken thigh (thanks for info on this GL). Sometimes tin of sardines in olive oil for a snack if he's peckish, or small tub of plain bio yoghurt. Tonight for evening meal, frozen cheapo white fish and mackerel from supermarket, boiled in a little water. Mixed with Bonio or Shape biscuits, slack handful of puppy mixer (that he would leave if he could push it aside!). Once in awhile if I've run out of raw, he'll have a tin of Butchers (we're in UK,) but I find with canned meat, for every tin that goes in, about 6 seem to come out. All sloppy and a nightmare to scoop into a doggy bag, especially if we have to 'comb' it through long grass. Ugh! I think it's high in water content, and sweepings from the factory floor. But he loves it. If he's bored in the evening, he'll be given a lamb bone to keep him busy and to ease the teething gums. These I stand on in bare feet on dark mornings when I open the garden door to let him out. So to cut it short, Jack and The Old Dog have a little bit of everything. I never weigh it, perhaps I should. I know how much a small tummy will hold. He could probably eat for England but dish is usually cleared except for a biscuit or two. He is tall for a collie, all legs, could run a good race at Aintree. Slim with good waist, glossy coat, plenty of spare skin to fill yet, but ribs are just showing on the surface. Another month or so, I shall reduce his midday meal gradually until it's just a memory.
  7. dumbbird7

    Frightening intelligence

    Good to know there are other collie folk out there who understand some of the gibberish we all throw out from time to time. Thanks for being there...
  8. dumbbird7

    Frightening intelligence

    Yes Smalahundur it seems so. I have always had BCs, and understand them well, at least I thought I did. This Jack is a different kettle of fish altogether. Sometimes he's quite still. Thinking. Deliberating. Then without turning his head, his eyes are looking straight at me for an instant, then back again to straight ahead. A deep thinker. A bit creepy to be honest. . But still a little monkey when he can get away with things... About this morning - he knew exactly what he was looking for, no hopes of a stray treat or something decent to try the new teeth on. He was quite focused, and still not quite 5 months old.
  9. Jack is 21 weeks old. Picture the scene - 6.30am, first coffee of the day, I'm sitting quietly in dim light, dressing gown, slippers, contemplating the day ahead. Jack, ventures up onto the settee. Not allowed, he knows this. But he's rummaging through the detritus on my side table; pens and rubbers, post-its, scraps of newspaper and other stuff. I say nothing, and don't correct him as he is obviously looking for something in particular. Interesting! Seconds later, he noses papers out of his way and picks up his collar and presents it to me. 'Time to get dressed Boss, outs time..' I am stunned. He has already done first duties in the garden, but a walk is now expected. Am I up to dealing with this kind of intelligence, I ask myself, can I cope with being controlled by a mere dog? Hmmm... And thanks for replies to the feeding quantities - I've got it sussed. Perhaps I should ask the dog himself, he seems to have all the answers ha ha.
  10. dumbbird7

    Raw feeding, how much for pups per day

    Gentle Lake, this is so helpful, thank you. His mother is bearded collie, father long lean BC 24"+ at the shoulder, certainly taller than the average. Have calculated median weights, and based his adult weight at 26-27k. As you suggest, I shall return him to 3 meals a day. Keep forgetting just how young he is. Another month or so will be better for him I think.
  11. Jack is 14k (30lbs ish) and 22 weeks old. Tall and leggy, full of beans. I dropped his meals down to 2 a day last week, but he always asks for more. Can anyone suggest what percentage of his current body weight he should be taking in? He's on mixed raw with chunks, some bone, plus small amount of mixer and a Bonio biscuit, twice daily. Our butcher minces his offcuts of everything he has left at the end of the week (a bit bloody) so that will include muscle, offal and the rest. He is slim (dog not butcher) and just covered, ribs can be felt but not obvious to the eye. Looks glossy and in lovely condition. I am wondering whether 2 meals are fulfilling his growth requirements - coat and legs grow by the day! He's having playtime and training outdoors for an hour twice a day, occasionally more, with some lead and road training extra. Time at home is spent playing with toys or timing his laps between two patio doors at each end of the bungalow at high speed. Practising for his racing debut at Le Mans. Sometimes I wonder whether this intense hyperactivity that can last 2 hours, is a sign he is hungry. I worry about his leg joints at this age; it's too cold in UK in November to encourage swimming in our local rivers. Any thoughts would be greatly appreciated.
  12. Gentle Lake, not sure what CBD is, or Hemp oil. Am in UK sp perhaps we've got it here and I've never needed to find out about it. Devils Claw is chopped herb for joints. I shall do as you suggest and have a quiet conversation with my old feller. We have always conversed with looks and eye contact rather than voice or body language. Silent understanding. I've already told him it's ok if he's had enough and wants to go, but will talk again just to make sure we're clear. We've been 'Next of Kin', just we two for so long, our time draws to a close.
  13. Ahhh, what a sweetheart, he's herding Bekki, the only way he knows how. Get everything into the centre so he can patrol the borders. Love 'im
  14. Hello Lenie, Yes, I have an oldster like yours, 14 years old, deaf, not too good in the eyes, and very occasionally a bit daft (forgets where he left the ball). Also 60lbs. He's on Metacam from the vet and a diruetic, and a chewable tablet beef flavoured twice a day to keep blood vessels open I think. Very creaky and knobbly in the joints, plods around but perks up when there's a tennis ball on the move. Never had to worry about nails thank heavens. Young pup just moved in. Pain in the butt. Old boy spends most of his time asleep in the bedroom. Utter peace. Friends have recommended Devils Claw - herb, often used for creaky horses. Sprinkle over food. They reckon it's brilliant, I intend to buy some next time I'm in town. Often though, he looks up at me with those lovely brown eyes and says, I'm ready to go, Mum. It's heartbreaking, cannot decide when for him, enough will be enough.
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    BARF thighs or wings best?

    Yes terrecar, to me it's always been bones and raw food. It seems in other places around the world, Aus and US, it's boned...Different interpretations methinks. Ask a butcher here for boned joint, and you'll most likely get a joint without bone in it.
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