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    "Border Collie/Terrier Mix" Don't judge me.

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  1. Nah... just working on the process and skills. I love making patterns.
  2. I've been teaching myself some pattern design (digital art), and decided to make some border collies in memory of my old boy Buddy and the folks on this forum who taught me so much.
  3. This girl will probably be adopted quickly, but she is so beautiful. https://www.facebook.com/GreatDogRescueNewEngland/posts/10155620238918451
  4. This girl will probably be adopted quickly, but she is so beautiful. https://www.facebook.com/GreatDogRescueNewEngland/posts/10155620238918451
  5. I got my BC Buddy sort of by accident... NOT looking for a BC. Loved him, love the breed. This latest dog of mine was supposedly a BC mix. I picker her up from transport/rescue despite the fact that she so clearly is NOT a BC. So, by accident I have a terrier mix. She is incredibly athletic and beautiful when she runs in the woods. A real delight. I wouldn't trade her.
  6. This little terrier mix I have now was pretty much kennel-bound and shaking for two days after I brought her home. At one point, I just picked her up and held her on my lap for five minutes or more, hugging her and assuring her she was safe, as she trembled. I honestly thought maybe she had Parkinson's. She is so ridiculously spoiled and feisty now; I can't believe she was every that scared dog. Go get that little man.
  7. My brother has a specimen at his house he calls the "$3,000 acorn." His old springer spaniel got very ill, and a lot of expensive tests followed by surgery revealed an intestinal block caused by the very large acorn, swallowed whole. It's a really odd event; we have millions of acorns every year and this is the only time I've ever heard of this happening. Just be aware!
  8. I wanted to respond to this line. I don't discount your experience with this one dog, but as someone who previously owned a fearful and reactive border collie, I've gotta say that this line of advice is not at all helpful. I brought my old dog Buddy home at 2-3 years of age, knowing nothing about his issues or about reactivity in general. He was terrified at the shelter, and beautiful, and I felt bad for him, so I adopted him. And BAM! What a surprise. I walked into our first few weeks with blithe confidence: I'd owned many dogs, and none of them had had issues. I treated Buddy like a "normal" dog - and watched as he attacked other dogs I let approach, and lunged and growled at other people we passed. I didn't enter into our relationship with fear and trepidation - I had total confidence. And after a couple weeks, I GAINED fear and trepidation, based on the very real scenes I had witnessed. Of course I was nervous when strangers insisted, "My dog is friendly!" I knew my dog was going to attack theirs, and that I was going to be in the middle of a dog fight (3 stitches and 3 hours in the ER for me thanks to a "friendly" dog, 2 paid emergency vet visits for other dogs who ended up with punctures). The most comforting thing anyone ever said to me came from my trainer, who had also owned a reactive dog: "Until you've owned a dog like this, you have no idea what it's like." With years of work, Buddy led a relatively "normal" life. I could never let him loose with strange dogs; he could never relax and play with more than one dog at a time. He eventually stopped lunging and growling at strangers and would even let them approach. And during all the time he acted "normal," I still had my internal fear and trepidation running; I never stopped being on guard and watchful with him. But, oh, the countless people who 'knew better" than I did about how to work with my dog. The guy with the pit bull, who couldn't control him on leash, and who insisted that we had to just "let the dogs work it out; my guy's a lovebug!" as the two dogs postured to do death battle. That annoying woman I would meet in the woods, who would literally bend down and put her face in Buddy's face, to try to "teach me" that you just have to "push through" the dog's fear. (Honestly, if anyone was going to end Buddy's life, it was going to be her, after her bit her face off!) Now I have a new dog. Ten years of background with Buddy influenced the way I entered interactions between Cricket and the world. I walked her with fear and trepidation early on, not knowing how she was going to react, and wired to expect behaviors from her that I saw from Buddy. And guess what? SHE ACTED LIKE A NORMAL, HAPPYISH DOG. She's simply not wired like Buddy, and things don't ruffle her. Fear and trepidation are normal responses to dogs who display extreme behavior - often the result of the extreme behavior, and not the cause of it. I wish people in the world would be more cautious about finger-pointing at owners who are trying their very best to deal with the cards they were dealt when they took on a challenging dog.
  9. Oh, dear... good luck. My old dog was very reactive, and what worked for some of his triggers (dogs passing us, for example) was giving him an alternative command and then rewarding. When we saw a big dog coming, I would walk him off the path and have him lie down, then treat after the dogs passed. Within a few months, he started taking himself off the path when we saw other dogs, and lying down without being told to... it seemed like he believed that was a protective behavior that made dogs passing safe. Can you get her in a position to listen to you in a command before the elevator door opens? Is there some noise that indicates to you that it's about to happen? Maybe that will give you the lead time to set her up for success.
  10. Oh, my... I love her. She looks so much like my old boy.
  11. Wow, that is a beautiful girl. Stunning. Good luck with her! And I'll tag on with everyone else: my biggest mistake with my old reactive boy Buddy was trying to go too fast in the beginning. In a couple weeks, I realized that my pushing was just another thing that was making him scared. When I stepped back and gave him space and time (literal space and time, not metaphorical!), is when we started becoming a partnership.
  12. I was running around to yard sales and doing errands this morning. I brought Cricket with me because she likes to be a ride-along dog. I ran into Home Depot and when I came out, noticed that Cricket was trying hard to squeeze out the open half of the passenger window in front. (She's just 20 lbs and could probably fit, but she's usually quite content to stay in the car.) I guessed maybe she had seen a squirrel. When I started to drive away, I noticed she was panting really hard and acting strangely. Even though it's coolish outside, I panicked and thought maybe she had overheated or gotten really thirsty while I ran into the store, So, I pulled into McDonald's at a busy intersection, took my water bottle in and filled it with water and headed back to bring it to the dog. Only... Cricket wasn't in the car! I thought she had hopped into the front seat, but when I called her name, I heard her tags jingling OUTSIDE the car. I hadn't noticed that the side window was rolled down about 2/3 of the way - she had jumped out. She came right to me, and I tried to get her back in the car, but she was really reluctant to get in. Only then did I realize that she might be sick. So, I leashed her and walked her, and sure enough, she had a bad bout of the runs on the little grass strip of McDonald's. Such a good dog - broke all the rules because she didn't want to poop in my car. So scary, though: if I had gone into McDonald's for a burger, anything could have happened to her!
  13. I don't think the problem with these bully breeds is "clueless" owners; I think it's owners who are very clued in to a wrong set of dog-choosing values. I live in a small city near bigger cities with big gang and drug problems. It is super-common to see bully breeds owed by adult males who (apparently) want a big, scary dog they can use as a sign of their power and dominance. I frankly don't trust the judgment of certain men who are all about machismo and dominance and and being "the man;" they make decisions based on shoring up their fragile egos, not on what is good or right. I think a lot of them want a dog that is, essentially, an external projection of the reproductive equipment they wish they had. There's a guy who walks a HUGE dog - likely a cane corso or dogo argentino - at the local park, off-leash. He has a small child with him. The dog is well-behaved and well-trained. He is under voice command. This is all good. And yet... If you are choosing a pet dog, why in any universe would you choose a cane corso over a smaller breed that wasn't custom-made for battle with large animals? What in your decision-making process makes you think, "The gianter and scarier the dog, the better for me and my family?" THAT is the fundamental problem, I think: the judgment of humans who are actively seeking out dogs that scare people. If you go out seeking an intimidating breed, you are also seeking out the combative personality that makes it intimidating. So, I understand the ridiculousness of banning breeds, especially since a lab mix can look so much like a bully mix, and vice-versa. But we don't live in a boar-hunting, cattle-managing world anymore. There really isn't any need to breed large dogs with giant jaws that can hunt wildebeests. I've said it numerous times in here: the only real quality most people should be breeding for at this point in history is suitability as a pet. Our desire to have a dog with a specific "look" is purely human ego.
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