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  1. amc

    New Puppy Older Female BC

    OMG what a doll! Congrats on your new pup, and so sorry for the loss of your oldster. The cycle of life and death....but I digress. Lots of adult dogs will not tolerate a pup's brashness and will put some force behind their corrections. We've had that happen over and over. Taffy is clearly not going to put up with puppy nonsense, which usually involves face-play, mouth-licking, tail-tugging and general mischief. If she taught your pup by her first hard correction that a curled lip and bared teeth mean "stay back!" then you have a smart pup. He needs to learn to speak Dog. Having said that, it is your job to protect him from getting seriously hurt, so you must supervise their interactions REALLY closely - observe the pup's reactions to Taffy. If he starts to pester her and doesn't back off when she warns him, take him out of the action. I predict that this will be a non-issue in a few weeks, but you need to be very vigilant early on. Besides, you want to establish your relationship with the pup apart from Taffy so 'alone time' with just you and him will be beneficial. Of course, don't forget to give Taffy plenty of your love and attention too - she won't want to feel displaced. Some dogs just don't like puppies period. I've had a few like that, and I just kept them separated until the pup got older and stopped with the silliness that the adults couldn't stand. Many of us name our dogs 'people' names - our current pack is Jill, Roy, Clio, Nan and Davy. Our rescue terrier x is Wally. I'm sure you'll choose the perfect name for your cutie! Good luck, and enjoy the wealth of knowledge offered here on these Boards! Amy
  2. Crates are a great thing once the dog is accustomed. It becomes their den, their safe place, and if there's ever an emergency your dog won't freak out if he needs to be crated. We crate-train all our dogs from puppyhood, and they voluntarily use their crates long after there's a 'need' for them. Good luck! Amy
  3. D'Elle has years of experience with rescue dogs and has generously shared her knowledge and wisdom with us freely. I am certain she didn't mean to offend - she just has the welfare of the dog at heart, as I'm sure you do. Amy
  4. Working-bred Border Collies come in lots of sizes, as I'm sure you already know. A male in the 20s would be a tad unusual but not unheard of. He's got a great, kind face. Let us know if you get him! Best wishes, Amy
  5. It all depends on your setup. On the rare occasions that we have to leave our dogs for that long, we have secure outside chain-link kennels to which they are all accustomed. If they HAVE to relieve themselves, there is room for them to do so. I'd be a little more reluctant to crate a dog for that long, although I must say, all ours sleep in their crates for at least that long...but during the night one of us is home to hear if they should need to be let out. The primary considerations should be the dog's safety and comfort, and the safety of your home - if you can provide those it should be fine. Dogs sleep most of the time when they're not with their people anyway. Good luck and keep us posted! Amy
  6. amc

    Fly's Away!

    Sorry for your loss of Fly, Donald. I know you two shared a lot, which I hope you'll write more about. Treasure your memories. Amy
  7. amc

    Got a wish fulfilled

    How goes your recovery, Ruth? Sounds like the dog therapy has you well on your way! Best wishes! Amy
  8. Congratulations, Dom, on transforming the life of this beautiful Border Collie. She sure got lucky with you! Amy
  9. amc

    Food Intolerances or Allergies?

    You might also inquire about testing him for IGS, a genetic deficiency in vitamin B12 absorption that can present with symptoms such as you describe. Untreated it will eventually kill him but it's easy and inexpensive to treat once diagnosed. Reliable DNA tests for it exist. Also, I've found that dogs who have had giardia infestations will have relapsing bouts of milder diarrhea and anorexia for some months past the initial diagnosis. Good luck getting to the bottom of this with Dallas! Amy
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    So sorry, Tea. What a heartbreaking loss. I hope your happy memories ease the pain somewhat. Amy
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    I think we should be wary of bigger exposure. How PETA is trying to kill the Iditarod is just one example of the danger. Amy
  12. amc

    Samantha Erin

    What a goofy little sweetheart. Sincere condolences on your loss of Samantha Erin. Amy
  13. It's not necessarily a sexual behavior. I can't find a good reference right now, but I'm sure a Google search on 'canine pelvic thrusting' or 'obsessive licking' will turn up good research. My offhand guess is that Aed is either excited or stressed by these certain dogs, and the licking is stimulatory, which then triggers the humping. There are other medical causes that could be at play as well. Neutering may or not be the answer. See what you come up with, and good luck! Amy
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    New pup :)

    Wonderful updates and pictures! Thanks for sharing! Amy
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    Thank You, BC Boards

    Thanks for hanging in there, Riika, and congratulations on your two beautiful, working Border Collies! Amy