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  1. I found this site: https://www.facebook.com/bellaclanbordercollies which may point to the correct authorities?
  2. Kyna

    Isla

    Well it has been two years. When Isla died I was happy for the life she had. I still am, but I miss her. It becomes more apparent to me as time goes by that she was an incredibly special dog. In the meantime we did get another dog and it hasn't work, after a 3 week trial she is going back to the breeder, ironically today. It didn't work with us, our other dog, or our son. So we are going to give it another year and get a puppy.
  3. Kyna

    Isla

    A very sad day a year ago. But what wonderful and happy memories. Thank you for sharing your life with me. I am blessed.
  4. Kyna

    Isla

    Thank you everyone for your kind words. I am very happy with Isla's life and, even at peace with her death. But I do miss her. We have been talking a lot about how she was when she was younger. She just never wanted to stop. She was a beautiful old dog but I do think Border Collies, of all dogs, age gracefully - they still really want you to tell them what to do and then they do it, then there is a brief look of 'don't tell me what to do because I'll do it and it hurts' then 'tell me what to do". Whereas some other breeds will just lie there happily wagging their tails. I think it is a 'dogs mind' chapter 13 on aging that talks about the set neuropathways of an old dog. It was really interesting to see it in reality. Our 5 year old dog has changed over the last week - he stays closer, comes into our sons room during story time, even lets our son hug him. As my husband said it is the end of an era. Not yet though - there were four of us who got Border Collies around the same time (within 3 years - 5 dogs altogether) - Isla's sister is the last one living. Thanks again everyone. It really is wonderful to get such kind and warm support from all of you. I too wish you happiness in life and in memory with your respective dogs.
  5. Kyna

    Isla

    Isla died just 11 days ago. It was the most difficult decision I have ever made but in my heart I know it was the right decision and that she deserved that from me. It was tragic and beautiful. She was a once in a lifetime dog. We worked in the bush together. We attended the church of agility together. We trained other dogs together. We went to Europe twice together. We rode in cars, power boats, canoes, helicopters, float planes, and trucks together. We walked together. We camped together. We hiked together. We swam together. We laughed together. We cried together. We ate together. We moved cities together. We changed jobs together. We visited the elderly together. We dumped boyfriends together. We got married together. We cared for our baby together. When she died, we were together. Almost anything I have done in the last 14 years she was with me. Right beside me. There is a void in my life that used to be filled with the softest fur. She was a huge presence. She made me be a better person. I loved her greatly.
  6. In May (it is now August) our girl Isla (she'll be 14 in October) had what our local vet called Geriatric Vestibular Disease. We force fed Isla with soft food and syringed water into her mouth. We carried her out to pee and held her up. The vet felt sure she would get better. We saw the vet every two days or so but after a week we thought perhaps we were being unfair. We had an appointment with a vet neurologist in 5 days. Our vet still felt strongly it wasn't cruel to keep Isla alive until the specialist appointment. The neurologist diagnosed Isla with a stroke and said it was time to start her rehab. Ironically we had a two week holiday planned at our family cabin - 45 minutes from the neurologist (and a 10 hour drive from our home). The neurologist said it was time to start physio and loaned us a full body harness - he said that 10 to 11 days after onset was ideal to start physio. We were also in the ideal place for rehab. A cabin she has been going to for 12 of her almost 14 years. 5 or 6 short walks/day. By 3 days we only needed the chest harness. Today Isla has a head tilt. She has trouble with the stairs in the house but can do the porch stairs. She lists a little to the side. And she can't hear where sounds are coming from. It was determined that the stroke was due to high blood pressure - there has to be a joke in there somewhere about a Border Collie with high blood pressure - she is on medication for that (about $80CND/mo). She has changed her eating pattern - she tends to leave her breakfast for 3PM and then have a bit of dinner at 6PM. But. She can catch the ball coming towards her like nothing, she loves her walks, loves lying on the deck and puts herself down for her nap in the house every afternoon. And she can still swivvle through our legs. She loves her walks around the block and loves being with us. She can't run the fields like she used to but we still take her - now we drive there instead of walk. I post this because, during the first week of her illness I read up on GVD on-line. I came across several dogs who had been put down whose owns think, in retrospect, had GVD "if only I'd known". It was an exhausting 11 days until we got to the vet and the cabin, a toddler and a dog that needs a good run everyday and our Isla. That said we are so pleased for our diligence as our Isla is here today - a little different but still our girl. Every day with her is a gift. Hope this helps someone
  7. Wow. Thanks for the info. The vet graphed her episodes and they don't seem to follow a seasonal allergy pattern. My brilliant husband deduced that her ear infections actually started 4.5 years ago (a year before we moved) but right when she changed from Adult food to Senior (Lamb to Chicken). Here ears actually looked clear this time. So we are going to: 1. Change her slowly back to Lamb, and 2. Culture her ears the next time an ear bothers her. Of course an elimination diet may be in the future. Thanks for helping us work through this. Kyna
  8. Hi. Since moving from Alberta to BC, our girl Isla has recurring ear infections. We live in a relatively dry area. She got spear grass in her ear right when we moved here (3.5 years ago). The removal and subsequent infection seems to have caused permanent deafness in her left ear. The infections are usually in her left (deaf) ear but are often also in her right ear. We see the vet, on average, every 3 months. The vet prescribes Surolan and I clean her ears regularly with Oti-cleanse and/or Derma Pet Malacetic HC Otic. Isla is doing great for her age but the ear infections and then the week of treatment really take a toll on her. If she has an infection in her good ear, the liquid Surolan causes her to be deaf for the week of the treatment. She is also a stoic dog but when her ears are bad she yelps at getting an ear scratch. What else can we do??? Thanks, Kyna
  9. MTDogs, That is a good way to look at it - it is ~$11/mo and we can administer it at home so we are going to go ahead with long-term treatment. It is difficult watching these beautiful creatures experience pain but my favourite dogs are old dogs. Thanks to everyone who replied. K
  10. "Cartrophen is a pale yellow, sterile liquid solution. Contained in each mL of Cartrophen are 100 mg of Pentosan Polysulphate Sodium, .01 mL of Benzyl Alcohol used as a preservative, 2.2 mg of Sodium Phosphate and 6.8 mg of Sodium Acid Phosphate both acting as buffers. " http://www.ehow.com/about_5538312_side-effects-cartrophen.html
  11. Hi all, Isla will be 14 in October and is showing discomfort in her back and her front left 'wrist' - she has spondylosis in her back and reduced mobility in her front left wrist. We have reduced the duration of her walks - she has been on glucosomine for years - and when the pain is acute we give her Metacam. She also has a joint complex food mixed in with her senior food. We started subdermal Cartrophen injections 4 wks ago and - this week will be her 4th and then we are to start monthly injections. My concern is that I don't really see an impact. She is a stoic dog so I don't know... Any thoughts to pro's or con's for continuing the shots? Thanks, Kyna
  12. I only renew this old post because, when I was told someone dear to me was going to buy a puppy from the breeder for which this thread was started, I searched it here and found this post. I forwarded it to her prior to her purchase and she bought the puppy last year. The puppy had an undescended testicle and now has hip displasia.
  13. Hi John, Welcome to the boards and the world of Border Collies!! You have received some terrific advice on playing. You mentioned Jack 'always seems to want something'. I grew up with Black Labs and my first dog as an adult was a beagle cross. I find with our Border Collie's they always have an eye on you or know what you are up to. Our older dog (now 12) has just recently (last 2 years) stopped 'watching' me - she still follows me from room to room but I think she sleeps more deeply - our younger dog (3.5), no matter where he is in the house seems to have an 'eye' on me (I can feel it from another room . When I met my husband years ago (a Golden Retriever man) he asked if you ever got used to the 'watching'. I think it is just something Border Collies do and can be perceived as wanting something. Now though, when they seem to want something, they do, a bathroom break, water, or their clocks are telling them it is dinner time or time for a walk (they are usually right). But it has taken years to get to know these signs. I agree that Jack needs time to settle in and that you may need to teach him to play, but I have also found Border Collies to be.... well.... a little bit different All the best of luck and Have fun with him!!
  14. The Truth??? Everyone's truth is different and is based on their own beliefs and experiences. My 'truth' is I don't believe in feeding my dogs cooked or raw bones. And I could get a handful of vets to agree with me and a handful to challenge me. My thoughts? Everyone needs to do their own research and come to a decision that they can live with and then argue it out on these Boards
  15. Our dental vet insists on pre-screen within 3 months prior to a procedure. We really don't like putting the dogs under and with Isla (12 yrs old), we left her with some folks who gave her big boiled bones (for 2 weeks 8 years ago). We have been paying for it ever since - literally - she fractured ALL her molars in that two week period and as each one decays we have it removed. She also broke a canine and has knocked out some her bottom lower teeth. With Rock it was a really difficult decision to get his teeth cleaned because of the risk of anaesthetic. We got him at a year old and his teeth were stained black - we tried for a year to get them cleaner and then decided to get his teeth cleaned so we could differentiate rot from discoloration - fortunately he had not rot. For us, if their gums look good and there aren't any black spots receding into the tooth and if the root isn't exposed we don't get their teeth cleaned. Teeth cleaning is usually something we do if they are going under for something else. We don't feed raw so we clean their teeth (brushing and topical treatments - though not as often as we should)..... It is tragic when a dog (or a person) goes under for something minor and never comes out.
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