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  1. Not the best lighting, but you can clearly see how lovely Scout is: http://i262.photobucket.com/albums/ii102/S...ireplace112.jpg
  2. Scout was an absolute terror her first year with us (she's still not totally trustworthy, but has improved). She loves the bathroom garbage and all the gross stuff that bathroom garbage entails. She also adores toilet paper. I think the crowning glory, though, was when we left her out while we ran a short errand and came back to find that she had taken baked beans and ketchup out of the cupboard and mixed them together on the area rug.
  3. I think it's all based on the dogs' personalities and the hierarchy they enter into/how it changes. For example, My four dogs (three labs, one BC) all got along well until we lost our alpha boy in August. Even in his old age he disciplined the younger girl dogs and kept them in their "proper" roles. Post-alpha loss I have three girls. The two labs had a lot of awful fights right after Cooper died. The fights are fewer between now, but there's still some tension about who the queen dog is. Scout the BC could care less -- she runs and hides when the growling and posturing start.
  4. I found Scout at the town dump (where she'd been dumped, naturally) when she was about four-five months old. She seemed the most docile, gentle, laid-back BC I'd ever met . . . until two weeks later, when her leg injury healed and she had some good food and good sleep under her belt: BOIIIIING! Wild Gremlin Puppy! This being said, some BCs are just calm dogs. My mom has a BC who has been Mr. Laid-Back since he was a baby.
  5. Location: Trenton, NJ/Philadelphia, PA Distance willing to travel: 4 hour radius Vehicle: Suzuki SUV Extra Crate: yes, one will fit in my car Pull from shelter: No, I'm too soft-hearted Hold overnight: Yes Times Available: Weekends and a weekday here and there [transferred to database]
  6. Hi Jedi's Mom: do try to stick around. I'm just a casual poster and reader, but have gleaned a lot about BCs! My Scout is quite hyperactive, but doesn't care for sheep herding. She's gone a few times and was much more interested in chasing the BCs that were working the herd and picking up sticks for me to throw. We play fetch several times a day and go for at least one long walk. Scout also likes "mind games": hide the toy, hide 'n seek, obedience for treats, etc. It helps that she has two sisters, though they are much older. I think that she really enjoys a vigorous game of fetch and then a good scratch-down.
  7. Oooooooh, they are such beautiful dogs! And, it looks like they live in BC heaven . . . lots of green grass and space. My Scout, who is a full BC, is small and skinny. She's two years-old and weighs about 22 pounds. She eats when she's hungry and is very healthy (no bones sticking out!)
  8. Disclaimer: I love my labs dearly and just as much as Scout. I think I love Scout so much because she can be so, so, so BAD! Her round little eyes are always flickering around, looking for the next cat to "love," the next tennis ball to catch, the next person's lap to jump on. I found Scout at a really difficult time of my life and tried to find a permanent home for her for months . . . yup, she sure did find her permanent home! Not to overstate, but Scout made me feel hopeful and happy.
  9. This picture kind of sums up Scout's "gotta be everywhere and in everything" ethos. She can't just let Madison enjoy having her own photo! http://s262.photobucket.com/albums/ii102/S...-Feb2008084.jpg
  10. I have a recall problem with Scout in the backyard. I thought I was being incorrect in walking after her, but maybe I'm not. I've been concerned that it's teaching her another fun hide 'n chase game in the big backyard. She escaped last year and I chased her for a mile in my pajamas and slippers. The maintenance guys in the park were highly amused.
  11. When my poor old boy was slowly leaving us, the two younger dogs (labs) started doing alpha dog-esque things. Coop died in September and the girls are still duking it out for pack leadership; the youngest (Scout the BC) could care less. She'll always be the baby sister who gets pushed around. Do be sure to have your old doggie checked out for UTI/kidney problems. However, I think the younger dogs starting to vie for alpha position is not unusual.
  12. My three dogs sleep with me: it's cheap heating! Until a month ago Scout (BC) was too wild to stay out of her kennel at night. Now Scout sleeps right against me with all four paws in the air. Amazingly, she sleeps all night and hardly stirs. I think she's caught "Lazy Labitis" from the other girls.
  13. Scout has some dreadlocks behind her ears that I can't comb out. We've tried bathing and vegetable oil, but I'm about to pull her poor fur out. Would it be a bad thing to just cut the dreads off and start over with shorter-back-of-ear-fur?
  14. Hi all: I've posted a few times about my border collie addition, Scout, who came to us in April as a dumped stray. It is with great sadness and a heavy heart that I've come to a decision that she needs a new home. I have to relocate to a major urban city for my job and I think she would be very unhappy in this environment. I've posted a detailed message on the Adoption Board and appreciate any assistance.
  15. Four dogs: ancient (15 years) black lab who mostly sleeps; orange shepherd-y girl and black lab, both very good doggies; and Scout, the latest and unintended BC addition in March (abandoned puppy). Three active dogs is a bit much, the addition of Scout has made a big difference b/c she's a demanding, barky girl. Thank goodness for our backyard and the nearby park and lake. Six kitties, five of them acquired as stray rescues in the past year. The cats work out pretty well, as we have a 2800sqft house and a bedroom called the "cat room." Dogs and cats get along most of the time and even have moments of pure inter-species love, so that has worked out.
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