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  • Birthday 04/06/1953

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  1. My deepest sympathies to all of Hillary's family, two legged and four legged. She helped me find information for the treatment of my Sara when diagnosed with liver cancer in 2007 and I have never forgotten her kindness in doing so. And of course, I followed her postings here with interest. From all apparent appearances, a life well-lived.
  2. You might want to check out this site too. http://www.gis.net/~shepdog/BC_Museum/Permanent/BCColors_Ears/BC_ColorEars.html Look under "Looks - Diversity" and the section on ear sets.
  3. If anyone has any interest in adopting him, he is with All Border Collie Rescue.
  4. My deepest sympathy for your loss. Thank you for sharing Tess with us; she reminded each of us in one way or another of our own heart dog and we too will miss her. Enjoy Heaven's sheep, Tess!
  5. Maybe I'm misunderstanding but I'm reading your initial post to say that Lady is a hyper 18 month old who being is crated most of the day and only briefly let out to potty/walk. Perhaps some of her behavior is being caused by her lack of exercise and being overly exuberant on the occasions she is let out to play.
  6. I'm sorry for your loss. Thanks to your finding Tippy for your parents, their love and your's sister's kindness in making her part of her family, it sounds like Tippy had a wonderful life!
  7. My two personal dogs have run of the house at virtually all times. The foster dogs (usually have 3 or 4) are crated when I am at work and it depends on the dog's behavior whether it is crated or loose overnight.
  8. I have to admit this "new topic" caught me offguard! Years ago, my username was Sarasmom! My precious Sara now resides at the Rainbow Bridge after a long and quality life. I wish you as much happiness and pleasure with your girl as my Sara brought me.
  9. Diane, your bond w/Tess has always been wonderful to read about. I, like so many others, on the Board am so very sorry to hear of her cancer but it seems like she is continuing to face life head on just like she always has.
  10. You might want to check out some of the dogs at Atlantic Region Cemtral BC Rescue, especially this girl: http://www.petfinder.com/petdetail/23451355 (Shayla) I'm not affiliated w/this rescue but have heard good things about it.
  11. For all of you in the storm's path - hoping everyone stays safe and that property damage is minimal.
  12. While it is not common, dogs do get kidney stones. One of our rescue dogs (@ 3 yrs old) just had surgery to remove a large one.
  13. I would have her checked for kidney stones. Even puppies can get them from a poor quality diet.
  14. The rescue I volunteer with does occasionally get purebreds with papers. (This year, we've had at least 6 w/ABCA registration) They have ranged in age from an 8 week old puppy sold to a man in his 80's whose family convinced him to surrender the puppy to a 5 yr old whose owner died. While we may tell the prospective adopter that the dog is a purebred and the circumstances of its surrender to us, we do not disclose the name of the breeder nor do we provide the dog's registration papers. Just as there are many responsible breeders who carefully place their pups, there are equally many rescues that carefully place their dogs w/o lying or misleading applicants about the dog's histories or pedigrees. From reading this thread over the days, it appears there is a long way to go for breeders and rescues to truly respect each other and the work each performs.
  15. As an individual very active in bc rescue, I don't "hate" breeders. There are some so-called breeders with irresponsible practices(breeding just pretty dogs w/o regard to health, working traits, etc. and selling the pups to anyone willing to pay their price) that I would love to see go out business. There are also breeders I would buy a pup from in a heartbeat! I have owned both bc's obtained from a specific breeder and dogs through rescue. If I wanted a working, herding dog, I would likely buy from a breeder whose dogs had the traits I wanted. If I wanted an active companion dog, I would go through rescue. I would also look at rescue first for a sports dog, a S&R dog, some types of service dog, or therapy dog. However, many rescuers, including me, fully recognize that we got into breed specific rescue because we love the specific traits of border collies. Without responsible breeders who breed for working dog traits, we would lose the things we love most about our dogs. They might still look like a bc but would they have the same heart, intelligence, bidability, etc.? I think not. So just as people deplore the practices of some so-called rescues but appreciate the effors of rescues which vet, socialize and use reasonable criteria in adopting dogs, I deplore the irresponsible so-called breeders and applaud the breeders who work to maintain the intregrity of our breed and improve the genetics.
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