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  1. Hi boards I have a problem with a coughing dog. My vet has examined Ghillie and assured me that it is neither kennel cough nor heartworm, and by process of elimination we figure that it is some sort of environmental allergy. Allergy to what, of course, is the pretty much unsolveable mystery...so we simply treat the symptoms with Benadryl when they become severe. Normally this is sufficient to curb the cough- and calm her down a bit, which is an added bonus. But I really do not relish the thought of feeding antihistamines to my dog 2-3 times a week for the next 10-12 years. I've read anecdotal evidence that honey and coconut oil are quite effective at curbing a cough in dogs, but wanted to post that question here where I can get opinions I trust. I know about the myriad other health benefits of coconut oil, and if it is also useful as a cough suppressant then I would be overjoyed. Has anyone had any experience with using either honey or coconut oil in this manner? Thanks in advance for your advice!
  2. Well hi there, Ghillie. I know we really don't know just when your actual birthday is, but I thought it would be so very appropriate for you to share Barra's birthday. She would have been 16 years old today. You have some very big paws to fill...and I am sure you will be doing it in your own incredibly original way. I'm really quite convinced that your elevator does not quite go all the way up to the top floor but I wouldn't have you any other way. Thank you for making me laugh on a daily basis. Happy First Birthday, my Turkeydog. ♥
  3. So Petcurean pet food's Facebook page is doing a little 'Mad Lib' style holiday story, and followers get to join in its creation. They recently held a photo contest to search for the dog they'd be showcasing in this little story, where you submit a photo and a short write-up stating why you think your dog should be chosen...and guess who won??? :lol:/> Not only is Ghillie going to be the "star," we also won three bags of her dog food. I have to admit this takes some of the pain of her injury away (figuratively, of course!) I can't wait to see how the story develops over on Facebook.
  4. Thank you for your input, everyone! I've stumbled (figuratively, not literally) upon some exercises to do at home and I'm going to try the therapeutic swimming. I'm actually quite looking forward to this turkey's first encounter with water. We shall see how it goes! :)/>
  5. Hi all, I will try and make a long story as short as I can, I promise! About four and a half weeks ago, Ghillie fractured her knee of all things (her left medial femoral condyle, to be exact.) As you can probably imagine, the injury was rather distressing for her but I think I was a lot more devastated than she was. Fortunately she had surgery within 24 hours of the injury with a local orthopaedic $pecialist. (The bill was pretty $pecial too, but not really unexpected.) She was sent home with hardware in her knee, medication, and list of instructions. I've been strict to the point of paranoia regarding her exercise restriction, but it seems to be paying off because we just had a follow up xray taken, which shows that everything is nice and stable. The surgeon says that her prognosis is very, very good and that there is no reason why she should not be able to have the agility career I'd been dreaming she'd have. To that end I decided to check out canine physiotherapy. There is a clinic not far from me that was recommended, so Ghillie and I went out for a consult two weeks ago. The experience was very positive and I left with a promise from the therapist that she would email a quote for specialized sessions that would include ROM exercises, laser, and hydrotherapy. When I got the email I was unprepared for just how expensive the endeavor would really be. Don't get me wrong- I was rather impressed with the amount of work and equipment they were going to put into Ghillie's therapy, but it's still a large chunk of money for someone who's just spent thousands of dollars on urgent surgery. In my reply I thanked her for the information and told her that if I could somehow raise the funds I would be in touch. Fast forward to today. Ghillie is walking on-leash with practically no limp at all. We are avoiding stairs but her walks are up to 20-30 minutes twice a day, and as far as she's concerned she's fully recovered (which is adding more grey to my hair than I'd like to admit!) I've had more than one person suggest that perhaps hydrotherapy combined with at-home exercises might be an option and that the efficacy of the laser therapy was largely a matter of opinion. So, while all the bells and whistles are appealing, the hard reality of finances also plays a big part in my decision making. I want to give Ghillie every advantage I can in her rehab, but I also would like to still be able to do those frivolous things like pay the bills and, you know, eat. :)/> Finally, to the point of my post! I'm curious to know if any of you have had similar experiences with similar injuries, and how you treated them and what the eventual outcomes were. I've been reading Sue R's post regarding her experiences with Celt and, while it's a remarkable journey, it's unfortunately left me no closer to a decision of my own. Any input you knowledgeable folks would like to offer would be much appreciated!
  6. Part of me cannot believe she has been here for two months already, and yet this rotten puppy of mine has fit in so well to my daily life that it's like she's always been around! She is a complete life brighter-upper, that's for sure. And she makes the BEST faces. Honestly...that last one there? I took it last weekend and I haven't stopped laughing. DIS R MAH FEWCHUR AGILITEE CHAMPYUN, YUS. SHE R SMART.
  7. Ghillie, now 8 months old, rescued via TDBCR (wave to Auntie RDM, Ghillie!)
  8. "Exercising collie powers"...I like that. It's funny- Barra used to chase the waves like you've described, when she was a puppy. And Ghillie (who is 7-ish months old) goes into full-on border collie stalker mode with the geese and crows up at the park every morning. Cats, however, are Things To Be Avoided At All Costs. I don't think it's possible to turn off a border collie's obsessions completely (someone who knows more about them correct me if I'm wrong on that.) And honestly, I wouldn't want to- after all, it's the various quirks of this breed that I find so frustratingly endearing. But with a bit of work they can be redirected into something safe.
  9. Ha!!! I love her expression! Ghillie has not been allowed on the couch so far but she's only been here for 12 days. She somehow made it up on my bed all on her own, so I think it's only a matter of time til ALL the furniture is hers...I shouldn't really fool myself...
  10. Introducing the silly Ghillie. I would have put some pictures up sooner but I've been fighting off the grand high llama of summer colds. This one was taken her second day home- still feeling the aftereffects of her spay. We'd had a good long walk and she fell asleep like this. Nearly a week later and looking much more like herself. I may have to keep her indoors during windstorms, otherwise she's apt to get a little air time with those ears. I can't believe she's been here for a whole week already. As some of you might already be aware, the first few days were quite overwhelming as I hadn't had a puppy around for nearly 15 years, but I already can't imagine this apartment without her. There will be many more pics to follow, just as soon as her stitches come out and we can start the hiking and beach trips!
  11. Coming soon! And thank you for the idea of asking my neighbors. I never see anyone around during the day so I sort of assume everyone's at work but that does seem the neighborly thing to do, you're right.
  12. Yes, THAT Ghillie. Of course a TDBCR dog would be recognized around here- that makes me laugh! I haven't hung around to see how long she cries, no- mainly because I think it would upset ME to hear it. I'm a wussy worry-wart at heart! Out of sight (or earshot,) out of mind, I suppose, but that's hardly fair to my neighbors if she really does keep it up for a long time. However, when I do come home she's lying down in her kennel and not looking particularly traumatized so perhaps it's just an adjustment period. I will experiment with that in the next day or two just to see how long she does fuss. And frisbeegirl, it's good to know that it can be done. Maybe with a bit more exercise before work she'll be sufficiently comfortable for the rest of the day and I won't have to worry about disturbing her halfway through. I'm also considering daycare for 2-3 days a week- there is a reputable one nearby and they offer half-days, which is tempting. Thanks again for your opinions!
  13. Hi boards! It has been a very long time since I've had anything to post...some of you may remember my girl Barra, who I had to finally put down in December at (almost) 15 because of a ruptured tumor on her liver. I've now gotten myself together and have adopted a 7-ish month old puppy from rescue with the intention of training her for agility. Yay me, eh? Ghillie is the sweetest little goof on four legs, but of course I may be a tad biased in that regard. Anyway, I've been back lurking around the boards for a little while now, now that I have a reason to talk 'border collie' again with people. I've read a few posts that skirt around my own particular question but haven't quite found the answer I need, so here I am! I work full time so Ghillie is crated for a good portion of the day. Fortunately I am able to go home at lunch to let her out for a few minutes. She gets about 30 minutes of exercise before work and an hour or so of walk/run/training after work, then a quick walk around the block before bed. This of course will increase as she ages and we're able to start proper agility training. She's also loose when I'm at home and can watch her. She doesn't like it much when I leave her alone but this might just be my own guilt surfacing because her crate is roomy, there's something safe for her to chew on, and I leave the radio on for noise. What I am wondering is, given the fact that she does protest the confinement in the morning- and I live in a condominium with neighbors close by- am I just providing an unnecessary disruption by coming home at lunch? She's had no accidents overnight so she's proven she can control her bladder for 8-odd hours at a time, so would I be better off letting her alone instead of dashing her out for 15 minutes of potty time then putting her back in her kennel and running away again? I didn't have to worry about this issue with Barra as she was able to come to work with me for the first 3 years of her life so this isssue is new- and a bit daunting. Needless to say I want to do right by this puppy- and also keep any potential noise complaints from my neighbors to a minimum- so any useful advice you all might have would be appreciated. Thanks in advance!
  14. What a pretty girl! Looks like you two have some serious fun together!
  15. So...the humans got to sleep on the floor, then? Lovely pics, Kristi. I LOVE the north Okanagan...if I could find a job in Vernon area I'd move there in a heartbeat.
  16. HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Oh man, that just about made me lose my mouthful of coffee, it did! I'll have to dig around to see if I have any schnoz pics of Barra. This is a thread full of much silliness.
  17. There are a lot of beautiful photographs here, it's true...but that one from DeltaBluez Tess of the dogs waiting at the gate in Scotland took my breath away. I want to be there, like, yesterday.
  18. So....let me get this straight. What's on the outside is more important than what's on the inside? I think you do a lot of people a disservice with a remark like that. You bet I'll assume absolute wrongs and rights. Breeding dogs for looks is wrong. Plain and simple. There is nothing "right" about the damage done to a German Shepherd's hips to get it to trot in that flashy fashion. There is also nothing "right" about Bulldogs not being able to whelp naturally because the pups' heads are so enormous. Nothing "right," either, about the majority of Cavalier King Charles spaniels suffering from mitral valve disease. But hey, they LOOK pretty, right? I guess that's what counts in the end, for this generation?
  19. I would have replied sooner, but I had to be revived after nearly dying of cuteness overload. That much cute in one post should be illegal! :D
  20. I may have a few... Thank you for asking! Nice blustery winter day at the beach... "pffffbfthl.." "Darned upstart Shelties, always ruining a good border collie photo..." "Much like rocks at the beach, all soccer balls belong to ME." I don't do the trails as much as I used to, but they're amazing. Plenty of places for a dog to swim- humans too, if the mood strikes them. Canoeing sounds like fun. One of the things I like best about that lake is that there are no motorized boats allowed. It's a nice peaceful place (once you get away from the dog beach, haha..)
  21. Yup, no question where she gets her good looks from! She's always looked just like her auntie Keeper to me, but put Roy next to her in that top pic and it would look like I had bookends. I was SO sorry to hear about Bear, Kristi...Barra and I both had a cookie in his honour (mine being chocolate chip, lol) on Barra's birthday.
  22. I saw the post on Facebook- wonderful pics. Dogs and mushers look like they're having a great time!
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