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  Honor Animal Rescue
Posted by: tammie - 08-09-2017, 09:59 AM - Forum: BC Rescue/Shelter - Available Dogs - Replies (5)

There was a Facebook post with a beautiful Border Collie at Honor Animal Rescue in Bradenton, Fl. Just thought I'd post in case anyone was interested. On my phone so hard to post the link.

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  Hey Gideon's mom
Posted by: only-borders - 08-07-2017, 04:15 PM - Forum: General Border Collie Discussion - Replies (5)

Do you have an update on how Lily is doing?

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  Solar Eclipse
Posted by: Loyal Border - 08-07-2017, 10:33 AM - Forum: Off-Topic - Replies (26)

For everyone in the US you've probably all heard that there's going to be a total solar eclipse in two weeks. The path of totality will be from Oregon to South Carolina ("cough cough* Ember *cough*) and will be 70 miles wide (I think I got the right.) So a path 2500+ miles long and 70 miles wide. Of course if you're outside the path of totality you'll still be able to see it but just not the full thing. When a total solar eclipse happens the moon covers the entire visible sun exposing the sun's corona (the outer most layer of the sun) which can only be seen during a total solar eclipse. I'll probably be watching some live stream of it somewhere. I've never seen a solar eclipse before so I for one am excited about it (maybe a little too much so...) To bad I won't be able to see the whole thing in person though although the next full solar eclipse in be in 2024 and will go through New York and Maine. Here to hoping nothing gets in the way. Tongue Only time can tell though.

After this solar eclipse and the one in 2024 the next total solar eclipse to come into the US will be in 2033 but only in Alaska. After that the next one will 2044 but it will only go into Montana and North Dakota with the rest being in Canada. And finally the next total Solar eclipse to fully go through the continental US will be in 2045 with a similar path to the one in a few weeks but only further south.

And for those of you in Europe and Australia you'll have to wait for the late 2020's for a full solar eclipse to come near your area. For Europe there will be a total solar eclipse in 2026 but only fully visible in Spain. And in Australia there will be a total eclipse in 2028 going through the Northern Territory, Queensland and New South Wales (I think I got all that right...) 

Anyways, total solar eclipse here in the US in two weeks and I'm rather excited (maybe a little too much so Tongue) Oh and if you're interested here's a video on why total solar eclipses are so rare.

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  Paddle boarding collie !
Posted by: scott1908 - 08-07-2017, 04:28 AM - Forum: Photo & Video Gallery - Replies (8)

My wife got a new stand up paddle board for her birthday. Spent the day on the lake yesterday. Didn't take more than 5 minutes to have Raya enjoying a nice paddle with her.

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  Border Collie Coat Care
Posted by: Ember - 08-03-2017, 11:02 AM - Forum: Health and Nutrition - Replies (8)

I'm looking for more information on how to care for Ember's smooth coat. I bathed her last night and spent almost 45 minutes brushing her out, and today she is dropping fur like she is a snow cloud. I can't seem to get it under control, so I'm wondering if I'm just not caring for it properly (for instance, could it simply be that this fur was loose LOOOONG ago and it is just now falling out because I don't brush often enough or correctly?). Thankfully washing it restored it to a super soft feel and glossy shine, but I can't seem to get the shedding under any form of control. No matter how much I brush I get the same amount off of her, and I don't want to brush her raw. I'm using both a Sleekez and a regular horse-hair brush - she seems to like both, but can get a little tender with Sleekez overuse.

I also figure this post, with the information provided, could serve as a central point for other people looking for the same.

I'm looking for information on external care for all types (but I'm specifically asking about my smooth coat girl too). Do they require different care? Different types of brushes? Bathing rituals? Length and time of brushing? Those kinds of things.


The pictures below were taken in about a 2 minute span. She came up, and I noticed the loose fur on her, took the first photo, rubbed her chest, and she walked off. And that interaction resulted in the second picture.

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  Hey guys :D
Posted by: Cunnetta - 08-02-2017, 12:19 AM - Forum: Introduce Yourself - Replies (7)

Just dropping by to say hi with my dog Carter.

I don't have any pictures of him, but we love going to the beach. Which also makes me wonder how I don't take any pictures of him when we're at the beach. But yeah, I slap on a dog tracker when we go swimming and practice surfing.

And yes, I know I'm all over the place, sorry about that haha

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  Vet Frustration - am I wrong?
Posted by: Ember - 07-31-2017, 02:18 PM - Forum: Health and Nutrition - Replies (13)

Obviously, vet things are not my forte. I don't pretend to know much about dog health - I can barely hold down a raw diet, and that's with someone holding my hand. So I have no clue if this little rant is even on target, but I gotta get it out, and see if any other dog owners would be equally as turned off (or if I'm being one of "those" dog owners where nothing is ever good enough Tongue).

I took Ember in to her appointment today. This appointment was set up over the phone, and at the time of setup, I had specified all of the concerns I would like to discuss today. They scheduled me for a "wellness check".

Voiced concerns:
Pooping issues - several day poop strike + diarrhea rotation
Diet - the very clear correlation that poop issues started within a week of trying to "force" kibble
Nutrition/Allergies - Shedding + Dandruff + itching + nose + eyes really ramping up in the past 6 months
1 of 2 vets requested - first was incredibly hard to schedule, so I requested the second, who is hollistic/behavior oriented

Actual visit:
Vet only showed for about 5 minutes, had at least 2 if not 3 helpers that I primarily dealt with
Wasn't either vet I had requested
Shrugged off every concern:
- shedding is natural, she's not balding
- seasonal allergies are a thing (and no talk as to what to do about it, not even a suggestion of Benadryl - and no offer to find out WHAT she might be allergic to)
- she hasn't been around any puppies or water to have contracted any diseases, so there's that (didn't run any tests)
- B12 levels are only low in dogs with chronic diarrhea (it was mentioned to me to get her checked there since she is so low energy naturally) - wouldn't even try to check them

On the maybe plus side, but concerning for me (probably needlessly) - Ember is actually up to 40 lbs now - she has gained 3 pounds in 2 months since moving. And that's after this food strike. That doesn't seem natural, and I couldn't get any sort of talks going as to why that might be happening. Basically - I got the "I don't believe in raw, because most common people can't do the ratios right - so I'm going to suggest you not try it unless it's pre-made" talk, after trying twice to explain what Darwins was and getting waved off and interrupted about how she wouldn't feed a dog raw but people do and their dogs are fine so if I must.

According to this vet, the constant itching, shedding, and dandruff isn't enough to combat "how good her coat looks". Which to me it doesn't even look that great, I've seen it better, when she was actually shedding only twice a year and not consistently for 6 months straight.

I left with...
This impression that the vet "had more important things to do" attitude and she kept waving her hand at me whenever I spoke (perhaps ampliflied because I was a bit "hangry" having skipped lunch - but I noticed it, and I don't notice things like that often - and they almost never bother me).
An antibiotic for the poop stuff
Told to go buy some probiotic from the local pet shop if I absolutely wanted to (not even prescribed or suggested - just mentioned in passing)
A reminder that "most dogs live well on regular dog food".

I just feel like I'm failing my dog, and I can't get the help I need to not do so. Something isn't right, I know it isn't, but I don't feel like anyone is taking me seriously. My nature is to always question myself first. I could be wrong. It's been a weird summer, we moved, she's had a rough year. She "could" be "just that picky". I would like to believe that it had just been a long day for the vet, that she didn't have any concerns for good reason, that she didn't want to put my dog through a rigorous first visit even though I was willing.

But all I want are answers. Why is my dog so "un BC" like? Why is she a couch potato? Why does she itch so bad and how can I alleviate it? Why is she so picky - does she know something I don't about her insides?

My vet in Myrtle Beach wasn't very knowledgable in a lot of areas I needed them to be - but they listened, they tried, they talked through things WITH me, and I always left feeling like I at least understood a little better - or at the extreme least, that someone else was trying so I could.

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  Still working on play - what do you see?
Posted by: Ember - 07-28-2017, 06:25 PM - Forum: Working Dogs, Sports, & Training - Replies (11)

This is today's play session. And this is where I am concerned. There are a ton of mixed signals here. When engaging, she is all in, bouncy, happy, committed. The moment movement stops, she goes still, whale eyed, lip licking, and looks ready to give up. But then can be enticed into it again and engages once more with a lose body, wagging tail, big smile.

Is this aversive for her to keep playing in this way? Is she trying but unsure? Can this be counter conditioned? Does it need to be? Does it indicate something wrong? Or is she just not used to the feeling? I kind of want to equate it to self moderation - where she seems to be worried about the feeling running around creates in her. She does this in my parent's back yard too - she'll play tag with me, then randomly stop and roll like she's just completely given up and is scared to continue (has even yelped at me before), but then five minutes later comes buzzing by again. Or if I take off running she's right on me trying to hip check me.

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  Pleased to meet you. Are you intelligent?
Posted by: UKPete - 07-28-2017, 01:23 AM - Forum: General Border Collie Discussion - Replies (9)

This is a semi-serious question:  when you meet a dog for the first time, how can you tell if he or she is 'intelligent'?


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Wink Strange spots / rash on nose
Posted by: UK-Tony - 07-27-2017, 11:32 AM - Forum: Health and Nutrition - Replies (5)

Hi guys / girls

Poppy (4yr old female) has a weird rash on her nose - it's been there about a week now and comes and goes, sometimes it's quite bad (as seen in the pic below) and is on her nose and under her chin and sometimes you can hardly see it at all.
At first I thought allergy but we haven't changed her diet (she's RAW fed) and hasn't been anywhere different or in contact with anything I would consider strange?

I'm going to book her into the vets and take the pics with me but I was just wondering if anyone has seen anything like it before?

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