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  1. Grizzly Salmon Oil uses rosemary extract as a preservative. There is concern that rosemary lowers the seizure threshold in some epileptic dogs. Just an FYI.
  2. To OP. I have an epi dog, Blue. I, like you, want to do what is best in terms of the seizures. Diet is a big part, and for your dog kibble may be just fine. Keep track of the seizures to see if you can determine patterns and maybe eliminate things that lower the seizure threshold. Just quick notes to maybe help you in this journey. I noticed a pattern of kibble and seizures. For example, after he got into the neighbors garage and ate a bag of catfood. Several seizures followed within the day. Switched from one brand kibble to another and seizures after each meal.... I had food allergy test done to keep those items out of his diet (pork, eggs, wheat etc.) Started raw diet and after a few mistakes (feeding too many fatty chicken backs resulted in pancreatitis) he has remained on raw for the last 4 years and has a beautiful coat, teeth and weight. Chicken, mackeral, veggies, fruit. Oatmeal almost every day - it is a "cooling" food. Honey and oatmeal after a seizure seems to cut down the post-ictal phase. Bottom line is you will have to be very aware of what works and doesn't work for your dog. No one path is going to be laid out for you. Sadly, my boy has been having more episodes the last year. A couple I can point to specifics and say...maybe it was the Cipro (known to lower threshold and vet should have known better!), or the Rosemary in the Salmon oil, or the Rabies shot he got last year. BTW - my other 6 border collies eat mostly kibble and do fine on it. We add in raw goodies and raw meaty bones for their teeth.
  3. Hi-Neighbor is a nice little country restaurant in Strasburg. A Tom Forrester hang-out Good, simple food.
  4. debp

    ram lamb

    That was a purebred Border Leicester.
  5. debp

    ram lamb

    I only had 3 lambs from the 2 cheviot ewes this year and they were all ram lambs! Another cross I have is the BL x Suffolk. Fast growing lambs from that cross. But I don't like the Suffolk in them for working the dogs. THey can be real a-holes I'm down to a few BLs for their wool and some hair and hair/wool crosses for working. Ram is gone for the time being and not breeding this year.
  6. debp

    ram lamb

    He's going to a friend She'll be glad to know he's all fancy!
  7. debp

    ram lamb

    In the past we have taken our sheep to a buyer in Bloomery, WV. A month ago, he was paying $1.25/lb for lambs (<year) and $1.00/lb for yearlings. Cull/older ewes and wethers were $.45/lb. We took a variety of 9 sheep and the check was about $700. We had to cut back. I sold some nice wool (BL) lambs to a spinner flock and this ram lamb will go to a friend in NC. I now have a nice size flock of 19 which is manageable. Some for my wool hobby and some for working. We've been feeding hay all summer! If you are interested in the buyer, email me privately.
  8. I have a nice fat ram lamb that somehow missed banding day. We're taking some sheep to market - soon - because we're already having to feed hay (very dry here in VA). I thought someone might be interested in a nice ram so offering for sale here - $40. He's Border LeicesterX Border Cheviot and is already looking very handsome and ummmm...manly at 4 months!
  9. that's funny. You are right - about 10 years ago i would have loaned them out.....for a few years Now they are both very nice and I too have a grandson out of one. 1 year old next month! Now our only kids are dogs and cats and lambs
  10. everyone should go to a Jack Knox clinic or two before they have kids. Then apply the same concepts to raising their children.... After attending a clinic I realized the same reasons I have problems with my dogs (lack of respect!) are pretty similar to why I had problems (most minor, some not!) with my kids!
  11. Come and get em. I have an assortment to choose from - I really needed to downsize and then we had 15 additional lambs this year!!! I'm selling for $50 each, but we could work a deal if you take more than a couple. Just let me know. deb
  12. I like the VBCA rules....mostly. I think all clubs try to come up with the best way to encourage Novice handlers/teams while at the same time trying to have incentives or rules to get people to move up as they progress. We don't want teams to linger in a lower class and keep gathering up all the ribbons and year end awards. On the other hand, there are teams that never progress to OPEN because of lack of talent on the part of the dog and/or handler, but they are out there enjoying the best they can do. I think we all might have a few too many rules. VBCA has a rule that you have to move up the year after 3 wins in a class. Also another rule that if you get Champion or Reserve Champion for the year in a class, you have to move up the next year. There may be some other rules about moving up also in there. I think you could add rules for every scenario that you could think up and you'd still have issues. Why not throw out most of those rules about moving up, and just say that you can stay in a class as long as you want, but after the first year in each class until you reach OPEN, you are not eligible for placement (your run would be treated as a non-compete) nor year end awards.
  13. update - went to the planning commission meeting this morning. The meeting room was packed, mostly with dog breeders concerned with proposed changes such as combining the definition of commercial breeding kennels and commercial boarding kennels, the number of dogs in a kennel changing from 30 to 5 as a definition of being commercial (I think) and also lots of concern about the setback regulations. Most of those who signed up to speak, live in the county, are hobby breeders for showing their dogs (AKC) and seemed to be responsible owners. One woman made a good point - she had 15 dogs but she abided by the noise ordinances already in place and said that a neighbor had only one dog but it yapped all night and was much more a nuisance than all hers combined. The planning board and planners were very open to all the points made and said that the proposed changes were made to address concerns/complaints about noise, worries about puppy mills moving into our county because of regulations becoming stricter in surrounding counties, etc. They understood the concern abuot some of the wording or lack of wording (nothing about neutered dogs not being counted so if I had 6 neutered dogs I would still have to have a commercial breeding kennel?). One commissioner said that they must realize that the devil is in the details and recommended that this be tabled and that an advisory committee be formed to discuss the issues further and asked for volunteers to be on that committee. I signed up only because everyone else seemed to be breeders (well, one huntmaster). I might have a different view of things and may be able to offer my insight. What I got from all this - I don't want zoning law changes that are ambiguous/open for interpretation. thanks again for all the feedback. Turned out to not be a contentious meeting after all.
  14. Thanks Eileen. I shall call tomorrow and ask for the actual text changes. My dad was a lawyer, but I obviously didn't inherit the gene needed to interpret legalese.
  15. Thanks for the link Debbie - it was interesting to read their (NRA) take on this change. I guess it could potentially affect more than just those in my little world.
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