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  • Birthday 01/14/1990

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  1. I don't have an epileptic dog or one with pancreatic issues, but I've been feeding my healthy dogs mostly prey model raw for about 7 years. I feed kibble sometimes - I certainly don't think kibble is bad. I also don't think raw is bad, but it's not necessarily a cure for all ailments. I'm sure some dogs do poorly on raw, but I've fed prey model raw to dozens of dogs of various breeds and sizes, and haven't had any issue with prolonged poor digestion or deteriorating condition. It's a good source of energy for my house dog, who tends to bounce off the walls if given a carb-loaded food or extremely calorie-dense kibble and no outlet to burn off the energy. The mouths of dogs who chew raw bones are undeniably healthier than the mouths of dogs who eat kibble and chew things like rawhides. My own pair of dogs illustrates it well for me - my border collie is five years old, has eaten raw most of her life, and has zero buildup of any sort on her teeth, no smelly breath, and perfect dentition with no loose teeth. My boyfriend's dog, who is the same age and was fed kibble and hide chews, has a disgusting brown/green mouth, the beginnings of gingivitis, and needs two extractions. I feel that even kibble fed dogs can benefit a great deal by being given raw recreational bones.
  2. Denise!!! I have missed talking to you. So excited to hear that Eve is an aunt - Jade is lovely, and something about her looks reminds me of your Mick.
  3. My dog is a garbage disposal. Prey-model raw, taste of the wild and various treats and food scraps that I give her throughout the day. She'll eat grains, she'll eat vegetables, she'll eat cooked or raw meat, bones, fruit... Iron stomach.
  4. I do wish I lived closer, she looks like a lovely dog. I have a female who hates other dogs already, so management and rotation is a must and is easy for me...
  5. He does look like them! Chesney's such a nice looking dog. I'm not sure what old dogs mine resembles, she's just a little midget of a dog! She resembles the wiston cap type at a glance, but she's teensy.
  6. There was a decent population in the winter months of people from the US, Canada, Europe, and Australia who had a need for a dog trainer. I did dog grooming and sitting on the side as well, but I was always barely scraping by for lack of work, especially in the summer when all of my clients fled the heat. For a while I worked with a group of people who started a dog refuge, and they would sometimes take puppies to Arizona where rescuers would continue to transport them north for adoption. When the refuge failed due to lack of funding and volunteers, I took it down a notch and would take in individual dogs/puppies in need of help and place them privately through people I knew.
  7. I moved to Mexico with my family, and wound up finding work as a pet dog trainer. I originally didn't move there for work, and I stayed a lot longer than I expected to. The culture was more relaxed about dogs, but not dog friendly. Most of the locals were just confused as to why I went everywhere with my dog, and my Spanish was not good enough for me to explain properly what service dog is. They don't have the access laws for service dogs like there are in the US, Canada and Europe. There is no public awareness regarding animals, animal welfare is nearly nonexistant. There are very few animal shelters in Mexico, and virtually none of them are government funded, so all unwanted dogs are just left on the streets, and all rescue is done by citizens and visitors. I did a lot of rescue projects while I was there, and raised a lot of puppies that were collected from their feral mothers at an early age. Often times it was challenging to trap and spay a feral bitch that was roaming the deserts, but much easier to collect her pups and ensure that they were raised to be tame, sane and spayed/neutered.
  8. Jumping on the side of "there's a kernel of truth to it" - as a young handler, after my first dog washed out for health reasons, I wanted a border collie to do dog sports with. I wasn't really thinking that I wanted the "easiest" dog out there - I merely liked the way the border collies interacted with their handlers. I liked that the people who put time into training their border collies didn't have to constantly play mind games and pull rabbits out of their bum to keep their dog focused. Easier? You betcha. And for me, a young kid who was new to the sport, it seemed more fun to have a dog that naturally enjoyed working as a team. I can't understand why there are "ABC" classes for relatively casual handlers. What's the point? What does having a border collie in the class have to do with anything? I also don't understand why people say they get so much more out of running non-BC breeds in agility. Perhaps if I had earned every agility title out there, gone to championships, and been so involved in every facet of the sport that I was bored with just running agility with a "plain old BC" (or sheltie, or aussie, or any nimble herding breed) and wanted the extra challenge such as running an English Mastiff through advanced courses, then I'd see what the ABC people are getting at. Most of these people are like me and have barely titled their dogs, so why do they need to hop up on their high horse and say they're better handlers because they don't run with border collies? Most of these people's runs would be riddled with handler mistakes even if they ran with one of those "easy" border collies. Cracks me up how many people lose sight of the fact that agility is a GAME.
  9. Oh Anda it's great to see you! How are you and Ouzo? Dakota is terrific, he's EIGHT years old now and has lived with my parents for the past 4 years. He is my dad's constant companion, and he's turned into a TV junkie. Still, as a TV junkie, he's in better shape than I could ever hope to be. My mom's little BC, Dash, is doing well too.
  10. I haven't posted here in ages, but after 4 years I've come back to the US from Mexico and I'm hoping to get back into stockdog training with Eve! Eve enjoyed the exhausting trip from Mexico to Eastern Ohio. She travels far better than I do, and enjoys the airport experience far more. I had dozens of photos of us on our trip, but I'm a moron and managed to lose my cell phone in the Phoenix airport. And she freaking LOVES Ohio. There's grass. And farm animals. And farm animals eating grass. And beaches, just like home. Actual decent pictures, while we were still in Mexico and had access to a real camera: Hope to be around here more as we start getting back into stock work!
  11. She's wonderful, still the best dog ever. She's my constant companion here, we explore this place together. She never ventures far from my side.
  12. I got the collar from a friend on another board. I'm actually not sure where she got it or if she had it made, but it's my favorite collar for Eve (and I was stoopid and didn't realize she was wearing it in the salt water until I was resizing these pics.) We're in San Carlos in Mexico, now. Definitely not central AZ. And that's actually a fish she caught herself, Jan! There are lots of schools of small fish in the shallow water near my place, and she spends hours diving for a snack.
  13. Denise, hi! It's fantastic to see your crew, too. It's eerie how much Eve is growing up to look like her mama. Mick looks fantastic and MOSS... be still, my heart. Anda, Dakota's great, if a bit of a couch potato these days. I've been so busy. Eve missed you all too. I've got more recent photos of her that I'll upload today. She's still the best dog ever, and I feel guilty for not sharing her with the world more!
  14. Taken a few days after her second birthday. Visible dog breath in Arizona is a rare thing, indeed.
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