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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. Thanks for all the replies and encouraging words! We are savouring each moment!
  13. Hi, I thought an update was in order! 9 months in to our Baby Boy's life (2 legged) and we have never been happier!! Isla (13) is taking it all in stride as we knew she would. Rock (4) however, isn't so sure. So we have had to make a few changes. It is challenging because by 'containing' the baby we remove the dogs 'escape terrain'. We had our trainer by to make sure we are on the right track. He is now crated at night to keep him and the baby safe, especially when he starts walking. We moved Rocks crate from the kitchen to the office so he is safe from a roving child. And we are doing the 'snot' option as we call it. We run the snot out of Rock every day and his world is good. We got a little lazy (or preoccupied) but are now back to big walks. If I can't get on a good walk I drive to the park and run Rock and play ball with Isla. Both dogs are much happier. I also make sure to include Rock in diaper changes and moves about the house. Isla sleeps but Rock and the baby and I do laundry together, change diapers together, and hang out (except not so much when we are on the floor). We are having fun - growing teeth, banging pots, finding the toilet paper roll, each day is an adventure! K
  14. Hi Ruth, I would suggest an industrial respirator with filters. They get sweaty when you are working hard but for me it is worth it. http://solutions.3m.com/wps/portal/3M/en_US/Health/Safety/Products/Catalog/?PC_7_RJH9U5230GE3E02LES9MG812H2_nid=8G2B3GV59PbeF3RH7CD92Ngl From the info you provided your biggest risk is respiration - pulling up a carpet can release all sorts of molds that you don't want to breath in. Coveralls and then a shower when you walk in the door (drop your clothes in the laundry room on the way). And try to remember not to touch your face, eat or drink until you have washed your hands. Kyna
  15. 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.
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