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  1. No advice on paying off CCs or get dog and taking longer to pay off CCs, but when you DO get a dog, one piece of advice: health insurance. Either self-finance -- put some money into a separate account every month for emergencies, not so much for routine care which you may want to budget/pay for with regular household account or look into pet insurance. I am doing that right now, but haven't decided which company. Depending on how far you are willing to look/drive for a new dog (and depending on the policies of the rescue), you may also want to keep an eye on Arizona BC rescue. I have seen some nice ones posted on their site. I am involved with Blue Ridge Border Collie Rescue in VA, and we have adopted dogs out of state (a couple of times, several states away), but the adopter did have to drive to meet and pick up the dog. Home visits can be done by a local reputable rescue or other (vet, vet tech, dog-savvy friend of friend). I really like D'Elle's suggestion of forming relationships with a rescue (i.e going to a fun day or maybe help by volunteering with transport or staffing their booth at public events).
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    Sudden Death Pining

    I am so sorry for your loss. You gave Mags a great life. Paws on your heart.
  3. Adorable puppy. She looks like a smoothie. Love the smooth coats. At this young age, I will echo the advice to take her out immediately upon awaking, 10-20 minutes after she has eaten, right after she has played hard inside, right after you let her out of her crate if she has been in there for more than an hour, and at other times during the day. I have an almost 5 month old puppy, and she had been doing great for the last 2 weeks --- then 2 days ago, she and my other dog had a good, long wrestling match inside, and I forgot to get her outside. Yep, she pooped inside. Bad mommy. Don't forget to take a treat or two outside with you and treat/praise her right after she eliminates. If you think she is still peeing way too much/too often, I would have her checked for a UTI (urinary tract infection). These can just happen through no one's fault. Your comment about her going outside, and then coming inside and peeing again made me think about a possible UTI. It can be hard to distinguish between small puppy bladder, housebreaking training and UTI, but at least a urine culture can rule out a UTI and you can then cross it off your list of possible causes.
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    Starting training

    What a cutie. Yep, short and sweet and very fun training at this age. Specifically, I might ask for 2-3 sits, reward each one and then release to play. It is much, much better to train in very short periods several times per day, than to try to train for one 10 minute session (or longer) per day. If you have to, set a timer for 30 seconds because the time passes so fast that it is easy to lose track.
  5. I agree with Gentle Lake and D'Elle. Please consider a rescue border collie - for all the reasons mentioned above. I would definitely urge you to try and adopt through a BC specific rescue since they are more familiar with the breed and can help you find a good match.
  6. I am with D'Elle. I don't think a name with a negative connotation is fair to any dog. Words are powerful. And sometimes names can be self-fulfilling. ;-) for example, you many not want to name a pup Taz (for Tasmanian Devil). I also 'test' out names by yelling them out to get a feel for what they sound like. Is this a name you want others to hear you screaming to call your dog from far away? For that reason, I stay away from a name such as Tucker. She won't be a pup, or a Dum Dum, for much longer. Think of a name for her future. I also like to search a list such as the one that D'Elle mentioned. Or if you are into heritage names, look into Scottish/Irish names to represent the BC heritage. Good luck with your new pup.
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    Frog sniffer dogs

    Maralynn - I just tried to send a message through this group. The site says that you can not receive messages. ??? Try to send me a message.
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    Frog sniffer dogs

    The bee-sniffing dogs are an awesome example of how dogs are so valuable. Maralynn - I sent a message so we don't divert this topic.
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    Introduction and question :)

    Love the freckles!
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    Introduction and question :)

    Congrats on your new puppy. Where are the pics? As stated above, age-appropriate mental exercises can be very tiring for a pup. I work very hard NOT to over-exercise a puppy to prevent injury to growing joints and bones. That might be hard with 4 kids, but try your best. As you probably know, BCs will go, go, go to their detriment - and because they can be so agile, one thinks they are more mature and forgets that exercises like fetch, frisbee and jogging can actually be harmful in the long run. Mostly, for the first couple of months, I let a puppy be a puppy and let them sniff, and run and stop and sniff again. No fetch, no jogging, no frisbee. I don't ask for extended exercise periods, in fact, I try to keep it toned down. Gradually, gradually, you can increase the physical exercise but I wouldn't be doing jogging, or frisbee (unless they are rollers) or excessive fetch (a few throws are OK) until they are closer to a year old. In the past decade, the knowledge base of how excessive exercise in a young puppy can negatively impact growing joints and bones has expanded rapidly. I do agility, and more people are waiting until a year old until they start jumping their dog or practicing weaving. Some wait a few more months. Having said that, there is a lot of foundation handling training that you can do on the flat before you ask them to jump or weave. Yes, some people do both agility and herding. I do a little herding too. From what I have heard and witnessed in my own dog, agility training can make the dog a bit more dependent on you when you ask them to herd. Agility is very handler-focused, whereas herding is more independent (but still with connection to the handler). I think your dog will enjoy both, but expect that you may see the effects of one activity in the other. Good Luck.
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    Cerenia and car sickness - other suggestions?

    Journey, Thanks for the suggestion. I would be happy to try plain ginger. Do the dogs eat powdered ginger or fresh ginger by itself? Or do you disguise it in food? I am trying to diet - so ginger snaps would be too much of a temptation. :-)
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    Agility or Flyball in Southwest VA?

    Welcome to the Boards. The only flyball clubs that I know about in SW VA are in Blacksburg and Roanoke. Like you say, quite a drive. In fact, I haven't heard much about the Roanoke flyball club recently. Not that that means much since I am not a flyball participant, but I do try and keep track of local dog activities. Another member of these Boards, Cap Jack (sorry if I misspelled that) lives closer to Bburg and may know more.
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    Looks can be deceiving

    So pretty. I am glad she is training up well.
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    new pack member

    The kissy spot can be the distinguishing mark of your breeding program. :-) Gilly is adorable.
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    Cerenia and car sickness - other suggestions?

    Thanks Liz. My understanding is that use will be limited to only when she will be going in the car - and I don't think she travels more than once or twice a week. Vet says to give it 2 hours before transport. We didn't talk about dose though.
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