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  1. Dog breath smell is in my opinion a very important indicator that something is off. Every dog has their own typical healthy smell (none too pleasing) or a "I just ate something gross (you don't wanna know what)" smell, but there is also a smell of illness, be it gums or something else. Very interesting discussion, and my conclusion is - if the dog needs it - brush their teeth, if the dog does not - don't.
  2. I have 3 BCs: 13 yo, 10 yo, and 6 yo. I had a berner who lived almost 10 y and and mutt that lived about 12y. I never brushed their teeth and they all have/had very good teeth. the seniors 13 and 10 yo, have much better teeth than vets expect. Perhaps some dogs need brushing, I don't know.
  3. Ruth, I am no expert in stock work, but I gave a lot of thought to the topic, and so far nobody has pointed out any serious flaws so, I guess it's not too bad . In my mind, the stuff I wrote on e-collars relates to my observations on Bonnie who has lost her hearing at the age of 4-5. And how long it took me to realize it and to see how much she had been reading from me without being able to hear the commands. And how people (who never had a dog going deaf) assumed without a doubt that she was blowing me off. It opened my eyes to how little we know sometimes on what is going on. I mean, they were sure she giving me the middle finger, while all this time she was desperately trying to figure out what I wanted. How much more wrong can you get? And the thing that scares me in people who want to use an e-collar for border collies is their brash confidence about being right.
  4. That's really good news that it has been made illegal in Iceland.
  5. I wanted to share the link to my article on the above topic, since the question keeps popping up. The questions on e-collars are usually met with a great deal of negative emotions, which I perfectly understand and share, but I wanted to try and actually answer the question "why not" in an organised manner. I hope that maybe some people will find it useful. https://owceimanowce.blogspot.com/2019/01/why-we-shouldnt-use-e-collar-in-sheep.html
  6. Very, very sad news. I have three of Donald McCaig's books and always enjoyed the discussions and thoughts he shared here. He will be greatly missed.
  7. Here is Bonnie taking the flock out a couple of days ago. There is no original sound because , well nothing was said obviously, and you don't need to hear me being out of breath :). I'm sorry about the shaking but I can't find the stabilizing function on youtube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RHRj3SECwCw&t=2s As a comparison, here is Bonnie's teeny-lamb intelligence: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Tjmegvog0-c Bonnie's gosling intelligence: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FNGYKne7AHI And her Bonnie's ewe&lams smarts, and then she is searching for chickens and finds them, and then her penning smarts (older style with out the handler at the pen): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZtJ2926VZ84 This last video she could still hear (at 4 yo), except when I went to a clinic Iater that year realized that I was really shouting in comparison with all other handlers.
  8. I guess I will never know the mystery of ram horns.
  9. My logic is just fine :). Skudde females have no horns. Surgically castrated skudde males have no horns. Intact skudde males have beautiful horns. Shashlik the skudde has horns. So either Shashlik is not a wether, or there is something odd about burdizzo ´╗┐castration.
  10. But it doesn't make sense. So you have horned burdizzo castrated rams, and I have (had) hornless surgically castrated rams. Being hornless after surgical castration is not dependent on a breed. Obviously in burdizzo castration something different is going on than in surgical castration. And I would like to know what it is.
  11. The burdizzo is supposed to crush the cords and the blood vessels and thus cause the testicles to atrophy which makes it a castration, since if there are testicles it is not a castration, but sterilization ( I had to read up on this to clarify it in me wee brain). So, yes I think it is possible that Shashlik's castration ended up being a 'vasectomy', but that does not explain Smalahundur's wethers' growing horns (@Smalahundur, from what I understood, your burdizzo wethers always grow horns, right?) - they can't all be mistakes. (I am not going to have any castrated rams; I'm just asking out of curiosity.)
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