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  Rescue puppy
Posted by: Zeerescuebc - 11-27-2017, 06:59 PM - Forum: General Border Collie Discussion - Replies (7)

[attachment=11219][attachment=11219]This is my first post Smile
I adopted a gorgeous little collie cross puppy 3 months ago from my local rescue centre. Zee is 5 and a half months old now and already lives to work and train. She is a cross breed, her mother was a small collie cross and her dad is unknown. Any guesses what she could be crossed with? She seems smaller then your average 5 month old weighing 8.5kg and standing at about 16 inches tall. At what age should I expect her to reach her adult height?




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  "Reward" for good behavior....
Posted by: Ember - 11-27-2017, 12:30 PM - Forum: Working Dogs, Sports, & Training - Replies (3)

I failed the concept over the weekend.

Ember needed a bath. Desperately. It's been over 6 months, and she is finally on the tail end of shedding. She didn't stink, per se, but still - she needed a bath.

I found a local Pet Supply that has $10 self-service groomer style bathing stations. I cannot change the heads on my showers at home to add a long hose, and rinsing Ember any other way doesn't work for us in the tight bathroom space. So I bit the bullet and took her to get "groomed" - at least it would be by Me and not a stranger. And I had set myself up to make it up to her big time, including canned food and a spa session at home afterwards. I also planned to power march her in to the store and get in and out as fast as possible so she wouldn't have as much time to think about it.

Get her through the door. She LEADS me in. Doesn't shy away from the sliding doors. Nose to the ground - then to the shelves, the bins, the register (had to pay first). In the first 5 minutes no less than 3 dogs walk past. She greats them all with a tail wag, gives space where requested, and greets one on that one dog's terms. While in line, she greets 2 humans who line up with us - neither of whom try to touch her.

She DID try to get me out the door once, which is her normal behavior in these cases. However, the difference was once taken down an isle, she went from lagging behind to plowing forward, nose to everything. Greeted another 2 dogs on the way to the back of the store.

I should have bailed. I should have left on a good note. I even thought to do it. But I didn't. And she got a very not-wanted bath.

I'm going to be going back several times this week to rebuild her confidence, and to assess just how much she will be affected by getting a bath there (will she hesitate before entering? try harder to leave?). I'm taking liver (highest of high values), chicken, and our new Play Way in our arsenal. I WILL make it up to Ember, this sweet little girl who is suddenly trying so hard to be normal.

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  Loyal Border, Liam Boyce
Posted by: only-borders - 11-26-2017, 06:42 AM - Forum: Off-Topic - Replies (5)

It is with a very sad and heavy heart I share with you this information. 


Loyal Border passed away Nov 4th, 2017. I urge you to look at the photos and watch the short video linked in the obituary. 
Liam was a great guy. He played a vital part in getting the new site up and running. He was always willing to do anything and everything he could to help. 
Liam always had a kind word and encouragement for anyone needing it. He offered help to many and was always there to listen. 
He loved his dog Kep. RIP in peace Liam.............

Anyone wanting to send a card to the family this is the address.
105 Ashford Rd.
Ashford, CT. 06278

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  Should I have Ember's legs/spine checked?
Posted by: Ember - 11-24-2017, 07:37 PM - Forum: Health and Nutrition - Replies (32)

I have noticed recently that Ember is incredibly clumsy when it comes to stairs especially. She will miss a step almost daily (not every time we climb them, but often). I thought it was because she vaults herself up them like she HAS to have momentum to make it. Maybe like her feet aren't quite working in conjunction with her brain.

Tonight, I noticed that when she jumped for the couch, her back half didn't quite make it.

She's showing no signs of soreness, stiffness, or impeded movement, at all. I'm tempted to just brush it off. She's been like this for a while, in fact as we've been learning to play I've noticed she'll miss the couch and sort of bounce off of it with this puppy "meant to do that" air about her. But it doesn't stop whatever game she's playing and she shows no discomfort as far as I can tell.

It's just really weird that I'm noticing it now. Maybe it's more often - the missing the steps definitely is so. At least those are almost always on the way up - we don't fall "down" them at all. She just face plants the next step up when her feet don't catch her heading up.

And she's showing no aversion to anything related to jumping or climbing. She still takes the steps at the same pace and doesn't hesitate at the couch at all.

Is it possible she's just clumsy or should I get her checked over?

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  Happy Thanksgiving
Posted by: only-borders - 11-23-2017, 05:49 AM - Forum: Off-Topic - Replies (6)

I want to wish everyone in the US a very Happy Thanksgiving. I hope you enjoy your day with family and friends and eat to your hearts content. 


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  Proofing Challenge
Posted by: Ember - 11-21-2017, 02:13 PM - Forum: Working Dogs, Sports, & Training - Replies (1)

Saw this on FDSA. New class and the sample lesson is absolutely adorable! If you want to test out the strength of your commands, complete the sample lecture.


Here's the challenge: Upload a 5 minute video of you attempting the game. I'm going to try it over Thanksgiving, but I think anyone who wants to give this a try should do so by the new year!

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  Site-Wide Maintenance: Updating Wednesday Nov 22, 2018
Posted by: Ember - 11-21-2017, 09:50 AM - Forum: Off-Topic - Replies (8)

I'm attempting that upgrade a second time. It is scheduled for this Wednesday, November 22, after 9pm. Please note that the board will be shut down during the upgrade.

I already have a better game plan this time around, so here's hoping nothing goes screwy this time!

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  Board Maintenance: Tapatalk Update
Posted by: Ember - 11-20-2017, 08:46 AM - Forum: Off-Topic - Replies (1)

If you came here because you are having Tapatalk issues, read:

Our Tapatalk plugin is out of date, so it may have quit working. I am updating it now. Once updated, I will post here. I need Tapatalk users ready to test it out once complete - you can post below if you find any issues after the update. Thank you!

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  Having to rehome Dash :(
Posted by: LrdDashington - 11-18-2017, 07:02 AM - Forum: BC Rescue/Shelter - Available Dogs - Replies (8)

Hi, I don't know if anyone remembers but I posted on here a few times last year when we were having problems.

Our boy Dash was having dietary problems but we finally found a food combination after blood tests etc that works well for him. Unfortunately, by time we found out what the issues were Dash had shown aggression when I fed him one day and although he is ok with his food now the relationship between him and myself was ruined. We have been to 1 on 1 training sessions and started right at the beginning trying to correct Dash's overall behaviour because we 'over loved' him and he thinks he is in charge and shows no confidence in us to lead when we are out and about.

Because of all this, I am not able to give him the strict, working-dog, life style he needs to be at his best and so we are looking to rehome him. I have created an advert online but I will not let him go to anyone who isn't experienced and doesn't have the kind of life he requires.. which is why I was hoping there might be someone on here with a space in their heart for my boy?

We are from Lancashire in the UK, the ad below. Please don't think that this is an easy decision for me, it is heart breaking and I only want the best for him. Thanks.


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  That darned aversion to change....
Posted by: Ember - 11-17-2017, 07:02 PM - Forum: General Border Collie Discussion - Replies (4)

We've been using "snack" as a cue to "come get a cookie with me" from any room of the house. It has worked amazing in capturing random behaviors without having food in every room or on my person 24/7. To date, we'd been using Milkbones in that container.

Well, yesterday I ran out, so I stuffed it with her favorite "just because" treat - freeze dried liver pieces (store bought, probably half my problem). She loves these things.

However, for whatever reason, when I gave the snack cue tonight and she came happily, she promptly turned her nose up at the treats and tried to get me to give her something else. "That can't possibly be what's in that jar!!!" Ug. So now I have her favorite treats on the floor and I will probably just throw them away, all because I used them out of context.

Have you guys seen similar in your dogs?

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