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  1. It is now 40+ years since I was parted from my first-ever dog, a BC called Glen. I thought he would never have an equal, until I loved and lost my Snorri-dog, back in October '08. Snorri has a successor now, a little blue merle BC called Thorgeir. I am head-over-heels in love with Thorgeir, but he has never displaced my wonderful Snorri, and I doubt that he ever will, just like no dogs have ever displaced Glen. Do not fear to grieve over your Lost One, that would be to dishonour her, nor should you fail to love your new friend, that would not be fair. Snorri
  2. If you've been misunderstood, that may be because you didn't make yourself sufficiently clear. Personally, I don't think it's worth the time. Snorri (UK)
  3. Some may remember that my wonderful collie boy Snorri was epileptic, and we managed to control his siezures very well, with phenobarbitone (although different dogs may do differently on different drugs). We managed to keep him free for nearly 7 years, during which he was a normal, happy little boy - so, you see, it CAN be done! The siezures were, indeed, dreadful to witness, but we did know that, despite that, Snorri was feeling nothing. A human sufferer I know confirms this - the only pain he ever has is from awkward attempts at first aid, and moving him away from furniture. Snorri used to get confused afterwards (but this is normal) - we overcame this by speaking to him softly and reassuringly, and stroking him gently. Evidently, he knew something had happened, but not what. Fear not, this is not the end of the world! It's a pain in the butt and needs attention, but you can cope..........! Snorri
  4. Despite the advent of Thorgeir, I miss my Snorri more than I can say - he was an amazingly special wee lad. Whatever it was that took him was very swift - from start to death, about 4 minutes We suspect that it was a stroke, or similar. At 10, we thought he was still too young to take vivitonin (a medicine that improves blood circulation in the brain). A shame, it might have saved him Vivitonin was recommended to me by a vet friend, who never saw a Border Collie suffer a stroke if it was getting vivitonin. It seems that older BCs can be prone to strokes, so I recommend that you consult your veterinarians about it as your dog advances in years. It is not cheap (especially if you get it from your vet), but you can buy it online for a lot less: http://www.inhousepharmacy.com/pet-care/vi...868c3909400c42e OR http://www.inhousedrugstore.co.uk/pet-care/vivitonin.html The top one works in US $, the second works in GB £. Thorgeir is a typical BC terrorist, all vocal cords and teeth, but he's at least contemplating civilisation, from a safe distance! Snorri
  5. This wrecker is Thorgeir the Lawsayer, successor to the late, great Snorri the Priest, who died last October, aged 10. A stroke, we think Like Snorri, Thorgeir was born on a farm, here in the islands (a poultry farm, NOT a puppy farm). He is lively and noisy. Snorri
  6. "Hmmmmm, you're doing that thing with the clicky-box again" Snorri
  7. He was back at the vet today, for a post-op check, and she's delighted with his progress so far. The stitches come out on Saturday. The worst bit is still to come..... the bill (check??) Snorri
  8. My Kali is a 14-year-old farm-born Border Collie who conned his way into a life of pet-hood. The other night, when we were feeding him, and he had his tail up, we noticed that his ass didn't look quite right (not that we make a huge habit of inspecting it, you realize ! Anyway, off he went to the vet, who diagnosed two cysts, one atop the other, in the small area between his anus and the base of his tail, so he was booked in for a small op. The vet did some extra reading-up before tackling the problem, and found that these cysts are testosterone-driven, and that a second removal op would not be possible if they came back. So, the poor lad has been castrated, as well. I really get the feeling that he is staring at me from his bed, as if saying "You &%$$£@&%! Why did you do THAT to me?" ("To help you live longer, pal!" doesn't seem to cut it ) Mind you, at 14, he should really be past all that nonsense, and besides, when he did get "an offer" from a willing bitch, he didn't know what to do! I'm sorry, my old friend, it was done for the best of reasons............... Snorri
  9. This has been posted on other forums because the author wanted the info widely distributed. This message came to us from Ali Taylor, Head of Welfare, Battersea DH. Quote: Yesterday one of our dog agility friends experienced a tragedy and wanted me to pass a special message along to all of my dog loving friends and family. Please tell every dog owner you know. Over the weekend the doting owner of two young lab mixes purchased Cocoa Mulch from Target to use in their garden. They loved the way it smelled and it was advertised to keep cats away from their garden. Their dog Calypso decided that the mulch smelled good enough to eat and devoured a large helping. She vomited a few times which was typical when she eats something new but wasn't acting lethargic in any way. The next day, Mum woke up and took Calypso out for her morning walk. Half way through the walk, she had a seizure and died instantly. Although the mulch had NO warnings printed on the label, upon further investigation on the company's website, this product is HIGHLY toxic to dogs and cats. Cocoa Mulch is manufactured by Hershey's, and they claim that "It is true that studies have shown that 50% of the dogs that eat Cocoa Mulch can suffer physical harm to a variety of degrees (depending on each individual dog). However, 98% of all dogs won't eat it." Also included was the following information - Quote: Cocoa Mulch, which is sold by Home Depot, Foreman's Garden Supply and other Garden supply stores, contains a lethal ingredient called "Theobromine". It is lethal to dogs and cats. It smells like chocolate and it really attracts dogs. They will ingest this stuff and die. Several deaths already occurred in the last 2-3 weeks. Just a word of caution, check what you are using in your gardens and be aware of what your gardeners are using in your gardens. Cocoa bean shells contain potentially toxic quantities of theobromine, a xanthine compound similar in effects to caffeine and theophylline. A dog that ingested a lethal quantity of garden mulch made from cacao bean shells developed severe convulsions and died 17 hours later. Analysis of the stomach contents and the ingested cacao bean shells revealed the presence of lethal amounts of theobromine. PLEASE GIVE THIS THE WIDEST DISTRIBUTION!!! Snorri
  10. Funny you should say that, Kelpiegirl - I do have a portrait of Glen, painted from that photo! It hangs over my bed so that he looks down at me every night. He looked after me when I was a kid, I'd like to think he's still doing it, all these years later. Snorri
  11. This is Glen, 18 when the photo was taken a few months before his death. He was my constant companion when I was a kid, a splendid dog to be around children - protective (fiercely!) and fun. He was no relation to my current pair, but I think of him as their "spiritual daddy" - had he not paved the way, they wouldn't be here. Snorri
  12. I have always had male BCs (but female Cocker Spaniels ) and have always found them affectionate. In fact, my 10y.o. boy Snorri stays about like a bit of stepped-on gum ( ). There's no way he's going anywhere without his people. I did find that the female Spaniels could be a bit stand-offish, but then, they weren't Border Collies! Snorri
  13. This is my Boy Kali (Rognvaldr Kali Kolsson Orkneyjar Jarl), who will be 14 on 24 April this year. I think he is looking in pretty good shape for an oldie (although he will always be "my puppy dog"), and the vet seems to agree. I am hoping he will - at least - equal my first ever Border Collie, who reached 19 - and maybe even beat him? Snorri P.S. edited to add a bit of sad news - his litter-sister "Spotty" has recently died of cancer
  14. Hi there! I've been away a while: I have been in hospital - they chopped my left leg off (diabetes). Although I'm home now, I'm still in a wheelchair, and this is why Kali and Snorri have to learn "peep-peep!" (Think Roadrunner ). So far, I haven't run over any paws or tails, but for such an intelligent breed, they are being remarkably slow on the uptake this time! In fact, Snorri is still trying to get into the wheelchair with me. Kali sits down in front of the wheels and has a scratch whenever he's told to move! ****** dogs! Snorri
  15. My two may be of working farm stock, but they are now very accustomed to the warmth and dryness of the house. When offered the chance to go out for "business", they do check out the weather before they go! If they're forced to go out in the rain (eg before bedtime), thay come back very quickly! It doesn't help that, where I live, the rain is more often horizontal than vertical! One day, when I was walking Kali, it started to hail. Very carefully, he positioned himself so that I was creating a "hail-shadow" for him to walk in! Snorri
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