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  R.I.P Heath Ledger
Posted by: smileyzookie - 01-23-2008, 12:19 PM - Forum: Off-Topic - Replies (6)

One of my favorite actors was found dead in his apartment yesterday. Im so sad about it. Its just tragic that he left a 2 year old daughter, and his film career was skyrocketing. Rest in peace, Hollywood wont be the same without you.

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  Hip Dysplasia.... Indie's Results
Posted by: BCMixs - 01-22-2008, 09:51 PM - Forum: General Border Collie Discussion - Replies (3)

are good! Yay! He has a very very mild deformity in his left hip but more than 70% of the ball sits in the socket which is good, no radiographic evidence of arthritis and the tiniest bit of a rough edge on one part of the femoral head which could just be an anomaly. They attempted to draw fluid from his joints to test for the possibility of an immune related arthritis but couldn't get enough fluid from the joints which was a good sign that he doesn't have that. He's sore in all his joints (hips and elbows) and the general consensus is that he still hasn't fully recovered from his stint in "rescue" :evil: having become so severely emaciated (39 lbs.) that he metabolized a good percentage of his muscle mass. At 26+" and 53.5 lbs. he still hasn't recovered enough muscle to support his frame. He on strict rest for 2 weeks and Rimadyl for 3 weeks and then very short walks very slowly building up distance and very slowly increasing his weight to 60 lbs. minimum. The trick will be finding the balance between exercise and weight to keep the muscle building in line with the exercise. He had been doing 2 mile walks 4-5 times a week but it appears that's too much or it's too cold, he handled it well until the cold snap. If it's cold, he gets to wear a sweatsuit to keep his joints warm! :lol: I'm thinking I'll get him a nice flashy one ala Pauley on The Sopranos so the neighborhood will really think I'm koo koo. I'm trying hard to find a place that I can do hydrotherapy with him around here (Richmond, VA) but it's tough going. Nearest ones are Appomattox or Vienna, not really convenient.

I can't say enough about the staff at Virginia Tech's vet school. Great bunch. He got thorough exams from 4 different doctors, they spent tons of time talking to me and explaining everything, taking a very thorough history, etc. I'll be scheduling a consult with their nutritionists to go over his diet to maximize the muscle gain to "PUMP HIM UP!" like Aaahhnold! All in all, I'm a happy Mom. Thrilled he doesn't need surgery at this point (recheck in 2-3 mos.) and pizzed that I'm still dealing with the aftermath of rescue gone wrong and he's still suffering from it.

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  Border Collie Signs
Posted by: LJS1993 - 01-19-2008, 11:02 PM - Forum: General Border Collie Discussion - Replies (11)

Check this one out on the bottom left. Hahahahahaha!!!!!

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  SEPARATED NAIL! OUCH! Woobie got a Boo Boo!
Posted by: BCMixs - 01-18-2008, 05:37 PM - Forum: General Border Collie Discussion - Replies (3)

Cry Woobie came in from outside and started licking at his front paw. I checked it out and the nail on his outside toe was pointing up and underneath was this white and bloody stump! Holy cow did it look painful! I took him to the vet and they trimmed up the nail, said it would probably fall off and cleaned it out, gave him an injection for the pain and gave us Rimadyl and Simplicef to give at home for the next 8 days. He has to keep it bandaged up for a while as the quick heals over and forms a protective covering. When he's standing, the poor thing just holds the paw up in the air, it must just be throbbing, it looked so raw and exposed.

Keeping him quiet should be fun once he's feeling better. :roll: And Indie is determined to chew off the soft cast for him! The best thing about the visit is that I found out that the vet I met at the dog park and really liked is actually a new vet at my old vet's practice! So now I get the best of a new vet fresh with new ideas from school (she turned me on to arabinogalactan powder for Woobie's anal glands) and the old vet who's been with m for years that I love!

I'd have taken gory pictures but my daughter's run off to NYC and took her digital camera with her. You're lucky, it was gross!

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Posted by: LJS1993 - 01-15-2008, 10:30 PM - Forum: Off-Topic - Replies (2)

I've been really busy training and working, thus my board time has been alot less for awhile. Hope all is well and you guys had a great new year.

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Posted by: BCMixs - 01-13-2008, 04:30 PM - Forum: Working Dogs, Sports, & Training - No Replies

Disc Dogs on ABC! Super Cool and BCs making a splash as usual!

Haha! Wallace the pit bull takes the Disc Dog title!

You can see clips and results here:

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  New user...and I have a question!
Posted by: Luke - 01-13-2008, 12:53 PM - Forum: General Border Collie Discussion - Replies (21)

Hi all

I'm new to these forums so I thought I'd introduce myself Big Grin
My name is Luke and I'm South African, also the proud owner of a seven week old female pup called Shiloh. So far she's been excellent and really well-behaved. She will be starting her puppy classes in a month's time after her next vaccinations.

I've got one issue with Shiloh right now though--we have neighbours who own cats and they pooped in our garden, problem is Shiloh digs it up and is trying to eat the poop! I don't think it's because she isn't getting the right nutrients from her food; we use Hill's which I believe is one of the top brands. Could anyone please give me any tips for this problem?

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  Belated Xmas Pics
Posted by: BCMixs - 01-10-2008, 08:51 PM - Forum: Photo & Video Gallery - Replies (1)

I couldn't get the durn dogs to look towards the camera!

Hey Santa, can I have more chewy Kongs for Christmas? Please???
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Yum! Candy canes!!!
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Milo said, "You will NOT photograph me in this ridiculous thing!"
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I don't care about this jingly thing on my neck, just keep shoveling treats in my face!
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Thanks for the Xmas toy Santa, now LET'S DESTROY IT!!! (Literally 5 minutes later, Indie had the tennis ball in pieces and was trying to eat it!)
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I didn't really feed them candy canes :wink:

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  Well, now I know.....
Posted by: BCMixs - 01-09-2008, 10:35 AM - Forum: General Border Collie Discussion - Replies (4)

where Indie's height comes from. I talked to his breeder today. His dad is ginormous as well. He was surprised to hear that Indie is relatively (for BCs) low energy and calm because his parents are working dogs on a farm with lots of energy. Apparently, they bred a couple of litters, sold them, and then quit. I think the shelter he came from had it wrong and the person who relinquished him was just a pet owner, his vet said he was neutered at 4 mos. so I don't think they got him w/the intent of breeding him. Kinda glad to hear the breeder isn't breeding anymore, but I did inform him of Indie's arthritis and suspected HD. They're checking to see if they have litter pics, that'd be cute, to see my guy as a little fluff. Smile But now I can register him w/CKC *cough*gag* so we can do some obedience work. Once I think Woobie is ready for actual competitions, I'll have to check into that mixed breed registry that will enable us to ILP w/AKC for their events.

It's nice in a wierd way to know his whole story from Point A to Me. Smile

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  argh!! I'm being bordercollied
Posted by: LadyDaniela - 01-06-2008, 07:59 PM - Forum: General Border Collie Discussion - Replies (4)

Freck doesnt do the staring thing. Tucker does and it's driving me NUTS! LMAO

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