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  All I want for Christmas....
Posted by: Mudpups - 12-15-2007, 09:03 PM - Forum: Off-Topic - Replies (7)

...is some peace, quiet, a bit of sleep and a healthy family!

I havn't been on the forums lately (although I have lurked a couple of times) because my hubby has been in and out of hospital. I think the last time I posted it was after he had smashed his clavicle (collarbone) needing a plate and pins, Taj had injured his eye lids and I had got a bad chemical burn in my eye from liquid pool chlorine.

We had hoped the run of bad luck would end there, but Tia (our Shar-Pei) ended up with a massive ear infection, hots spots and allergy problems, after five weeks with the plate in hubby's shoulder we found out that the first surgery was a failure, so hubby went in to have the original plate replaced with a much bigger/stronger plate, and he ended up having to have a bone graft as well (yup he *really* did a good job of shmashing the bone).

Then after being in so much pain for 8 weeks, and probably in part because of the level of painkilling drugs he had been given, he had a major flair up of an existing medical condition that can be life threatening and had to be rushed back to hospital for nearly a week. He was discharged on Wednesday and we got 3/4 way home (we live an hour away from that hospital) when we received a phone call from the hospital to say that he had to go back urgently as the blood test results they had taken that morning showed that his liver was failing and they needed to do more tests as they had no idea why.

He finally came home late Thursday, which is just as well coz the kids started summer holidays the same day.

I do not want to see another hospital this year!

Through it all my little Taj has been an absolute trooper, good as gold being left in his crate when I havn't been here and the necessity to play ball/excercise daily has probably saved my sanity. In many respects he is so mature for his age, I really cannot imagine life without him.

Wow I didn't mean to turn this post into a big whine fest, but just wanted to let everyone know why I havn't been active around here lately.

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  Going to have another BC!
Posted by: Brandon M - 12-15-2007, 03:50 AM - Forum: General Border Collie Discussion - Replies (8)

It's a boy Smile He's only 9 weeks old and about two hours from me in Lodi. I'll have him the beginning of January Smile

Im really excited about it. I cant wait to get him home /snoopy

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  Catahoula Leopard Dogs
Posted by: LJS1993 - 12-14-2007, 11:21 PM - Forum: Dog Breeds - Replies (18)

Now those are some cool dogs. If I was not a BC guy, I think a Catahoula would be cool. Anyone else have a fondness for them?

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  OMG a ChiaWeenie!
Posted by: BCMixs - 12-14-2007, 09:26 PM - Forum: Dog Breeds - Replies (8)

/shocked

My daughter and I stopped at Petsmart to get stuff this evening (cute holiday collars - pics later) and there was a woman with a tiny pup. My DD asks what kind it is (looked a bit like a puggle to me) and she says it's a ChiaWeenie (chuahaha (sp???) and dachsund mix). It was only 7 weeks old, she'd had it a week, she said it just got it's shots and she was worried about the breeder and the conditions it came from so she got it to the vet right away.

:roll: Will the madness never end? I didn't even bother to ask what she paid, I'm sure it wasn't as much as her future vet bills will be. It was a cutie, and I know you don't know what you're getting into with mixed mutts from shelters, but oy vey, the ones from the shelters are usually accidents and don't cost you hundreds of dollars up front.

/shrug

Can we get a head-banging icon??? I need to find a link!

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  Hello
Posted by: lenajo - 12-14-2007, 10:15 AM - Forum: General Border Collie Discussion - Replies (4)

Hi, I'm Wendy and I'm looking forward to participating in your Boards. Most of you I know from the other forum.

I've had herding dogs now for 16 years, and presently have an even dozen of them, plus 2 Australian Shepherds. My dogs range in age from 1 year to 16 years. The youngest is Rose, and oldest is the Aussie, Joey. We have a sheep farm, plus compete in herding and agility trials. I also teach herding, agility, and obedience. This past year we've added tracking to our list of fun things to do, and Rose is a marvel at it.

Before the herding pack,my family had Pointers, Setters, and various mixed breeds. We've always had dogs, and unlike many of the new herding trialers, we had sheep and cattle long before we knew how useful a good herding dog could be.

Now we wouldn't do without them. Smile

Looking forward to chatting with some familiar folks. W

Common sense is a lost commodity. That's scary enough, until you see how many people actually believe they can buy it back.

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  I Am Legend
Posted by: BCMixs - 12-14-2007, 09:16 AM - Forum: Off-Topic - Replies (32)

Anyone eager to see it? My daughter and I are going as soon as she gets out of school this afternoon. I love Will Smith, so I hope it's good. I read a review that there's an interesting twist in the book that they left out of the movie so now I'm interested in maybe reading the book over Christmas vacation.

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  Christmas Gift Question
Posted by: Brandon M - 12-13-2007, 08:45 AM - Forum: Off-Topic - Replies (9)

I have a photo of Lance that I made on shutterfly.com and I was going to give it to my mom as a gift for Christmas. She's a real dog lover and sees Lance as one of her dogs basically. She's over all the time and Lance loves her a ton. The picture has a recent large pic of Lance on the left, and 3 smaller pics on the right from 10 weeks, 4 months, and 6 months old.

Anyways, at the bottom it says "A dog is the only thing on earth that loves you more than he loves himself." I'm wondering if that quote was a bad choice. I dont want her to think that "I" love myself more than I love her. lol Im thinking of keeping it for myself because of that.

Question: What's a better quote and how would you feel if your son gave you something that said that.

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  Jackie!
Posted by: LadyDaniela - 12-13-2007, 12:33 AM - Forum: Dog Breeds - Replies (9)

Need airdale pic! You talk about that dog often, I'm curious what he looks like

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  Border Collies (Security Duty)
Posted by: LJS1993 - 12-12-2007, 04:50 PM - Forum: General Border Collie Discussion - Replies (7)

As Freckles and Tucker mature, I have noticed that they are both turning into pretty good security dogs. I must admit that I feel pretty safe knowing we have two BC's with us at night just in case some thug wants to get the drop on us. In fact, yesterday during our usual run a trespasser was cutting firewood from our orchard. I went out there, dogs on leash, to tell the guy to hit the road. I tell you, if that loser even made a move Frek and Tuck would be all over him in a heartbeat. Are BC's known for being decent security dogs? Do any of you feel good knowing your dog will step up if you are confronted with danger?

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  Gabby got in big trouble!! This could be a problem!!
Posted by: Gabby0507 - 12-11-2007, 04:19 PM - Forum: General Border Collie Discussion - Replies (16)

Hi everyone. I have a question. My darling little dog has a bad habit and I'm wondering if its a herding breed thing. If my husband and I get messing around and start running around the house Gabby will chase us and start nipping. And last night my poor hubby was in the back and she nipped him right in the butt. No blood or anything and no marks, but hard enough to really make him mad. She got in serious trouble. She also gets real riled up if he's tickles me or if we mess around (nothing dirty, we kinda wrestle like kids we're only 23 so we're basiclly acting like kids). She'll bark at him and kind of play but not play growl and kind of nip at him. We've yelled and told her no several times, but the problem doesn't seem to get better. She only settles down when we stop and I tell her its ok. However if I tell her to stop while we are wrestling she doesn't stop. We have to quite for her to settle down. Don't get me wrong she loves her daddy and this is the only time she gets aggressive EVER toward anyone. Any other time she just a happy love everybody dog. The only thing I can figure is that she doesn't like it when he gets physical with me because she never goes for me only him. But I don't know what else to try to make her see its ok, and teach her the difference between play and me actually getting hurt. Any suggestions????

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