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  1. There's something amazing peaceful about this video. Thanks for sharing!
  2. Adorable pups, thanks for the pic! Sounds like you are right on track with them! Keep us posted! Amy
  3. You mentioned that you have more than one pup - one downside of giving them too much free time together is that they will bond to each other, and not to you. Depending on your ultimate goals for them as adult dogs, this may not be an issue, but one to consider if you are contemplating giving them a lot of free time, unsupervised by humans. I personally like to have more face time with my dogs - they get their own play time in our securely fenced ~ 1 acre sideyard, but it's limited to about four short sessions per day. How about some puppy pictures?? Amy
  4. Sue, I love every word of this beautiful tribute to your fine and loving companion. Godspeed, Celt - I hope you're having a great romp in the eternal pasture with Skye, Megan and all the other good dogs that are waiting for us on the other side.
  5. Wonderful news! Pesky darn foxtails! So glad you were able to get it out and Gibbs is once again 'good to go'!!
  6. What a doll - that third pic does show a bit of the devil in him, though - you are going to have FUN with Buddy!! Congratulations and I hope he starts to fill the void left by your dear Oscar. Keep us posted!! Amy
  7. I'm sorry you've got such a challenging pup. I'm glad you're choosing to look for help and advice and are willing to try things to help him. #1 I am concerned about the poo. Did the vet do a faecal test to see if he has an infection, or did he just prescribe antibiotics as a matter of course? You may want to have him DNA tested for IGS, an inherited disease that causes Vitamin B12 deficiency and can manifest as digestive problems early on. It's easy to treat if you know it's there, but untreated it eventually kills the dog. Although uncommon, the mutation IS present in working border collies. I think your pup needs more structure. I don't think he should be allowed free in the house until he's earned it. Crate him unless you're taking him out to walk, toilet or play. You could also set up a secure x-pen if you want him to have a little more room. Take away the hundreds of toys and just give him one or two. Practice NILIF (Nothing In Life Is Free) - google it. Make him work for every thing he gets, his meals included. Be completely consistent and fair. He is now at the adolescent stage where he's testing his boundaries, and it sounds like he's used to very few boundaries. You will tire him out much more quickly by exercising his brain. If his attention span is short, help him learn to focus and keep your sessions short. Pop him happily back in the crate or pen after 3 minutes or whatever you can get. Even in a garden, if you can't reliably recall him, have him drag a long line so you can reel him in. Good luck and please keep us posted. Amy
  8. Kristi was truly one-of-a-kind and I'm so glad I got to meet her on a few occasions. We would all do well to honor her memory by emulating her ability to find joy in the most mundane things, to spread humor and goodwill, and to love unabashedly. RIP, Kristi. Amy
  9. Keep us posted on your progress - there are so many folk on this forum who can offer sound, reliable advice (as you've already seen above). Good luck!
  10. He's searchable on Facebook, listed as Fernando Loiola, Self-Employed. You'll find him :-) Amy
  11. What a doll! Thanks for sharing! Amy
  12. Have you tried http://herduneededahome.com/, border collie and mixed breed rescue in Bend, Oregon? They do great work. Good luck, and so sorry for your prior tragic loss, Amy
  13. Yes, the dog sale would have been for working Kelpies. They mention the top selling bitch went because of her long cast (outrun) and temperament whilst working in the yards, which is what Australians call paddocks or pastures or corrals. The Muster sounds like a marvelous event! Amy
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