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About DeltaCharlie

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    Border Collie lover and dog sport nut
  • Birthday 21/04/84

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    Port Stephens, NSW

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  1. I'm a big fan of TOTW and have been feeding it for years now as a supplement to a predominantly raw diet. My 3yo Shock is epileptic and TOTW is one of the only premium foods that is safe for dogs with seizures. All the other dogs have done really well on it too.
  2. I feed both frozen and defrosted, depending on what time I remember to get it out of the freezer :) I actually prefer frozen as it slows them down a lot and none of mine have an issue eating it like that. I always feed frozen to puppies as it teaches them to eat slower and also helps sooth gums during teething, so as adults it doesn't bother them as they have grown up with it.
  3. When we travelled to Perth for the agility nationals in 2010 the quarantine station checked over some of the dogs to make sure they didn't have grass seeds etc but weren't overly thorough and avoided the dogs that weren't comfortable with someone approaching the car. I have heard it is much more thorough for horses and livestock as they are more likely to have plant matter attached to them. I had a friend who travelled over many years ago as a pony act in a circus and they had an interesting experience getting the lion trailer through We took copies of vaccination paperwork, worming treatments etc but none of that was required.
  4. Hoping to really get back into agility this year, we have been part time triallers the last few years due to injuries and also money. We had our first trial back last Sat, pretty low key one with just games and opens. At the the moment I am only running 2 older girls, both at masters level and both with reduced runs so I didn't have to do very much. Tailwag has run Whip for me for the last year or so and my novice girl, Shock, has had to take a break from agility indefinitely. The medications she is on for her seizures are starting to affect her balance too much to safely run her. I have a young up and coming dog, Boost, who I hope to debut in jumping next month. She has been really slow to mature so I haven't done a lot with her yet and have only started weaves and contacts this week. She is doing some nice stuff now though and is growing in confidence so I'm excited for her future :)
  5. We use pvc and its not fixed to the box in any way, it's just a square with feet. The puppies can push their way out if need be.
  6. The only reason I freeze anything is because I buy in bulk. With 13 dogs even the frozen stuff is lucky to stay in the freezer for a week, certainly no more than 2, we go through it quickly. The day I buy it they eat it fresh. Our dogs eat lamb brisket, roo tails, chicken frames, turkey wings, fish heads and roo mince. All fresh. ETA: We only feed human quality meat with the exception of the roo. The roo tails are already frozen when we buy them and the roo mince is very high quality with no smell so we feel pretty safe feeding it.
  7. I remember when I got Cody (a border collie x cattle dog) I looked into life expectancy of both breeds, hoped that he would take after the ACD side as they generally live longer, and worried myself silly about the chances of different diseases later in life. A week after his 2nd birthday he got out of the yard and was killed by a car. Life is unpredictable. If we spend our time worrying about the what ifs, we forget to enjoy the time we do have. This dog appears 4 times in the past 4 generations. There are 30 dogs in total across 4 generations so that means 26 other dogs influencing the genes of your pup. That could be 26 perfectly healthy, long lived dogs verse 1 who died of a disease with potentially environmental causes (it's not always genetic and you won't know for sure).
  8. We had considered it, we have 3 MR dogs, but all our best dogs are SR so can't compete. Not to mention it is way too close to the agility nationals. It was one or the other unfortunately, can take that much time off work.
  9. 4/52 A more candid portrait for this week. This is Ace, a friend's 10month old BC who came to visit us today and have a swim in our dam :)
  10. I must say I am loving the photos in this thread so far! Those panning shots just look divine :) I also love seeing everyone's furbabies. I don't venture into many threads on here so this gives me a chance to meet everyone's non-border collies :laugh:
  11. 3/52 This week is Sweep :) He is nearly 12 now and has had a really bad heart murmur for about 12 months. We are off to the cardiologist in Sydney this week as it has suddenly become much worse
  12. Typically speaking, a good yard dog will be hard headed, full on and not necessarily a "soft" dog. A fearful dog would not be much use in the yards, they need to get in there and get the stock moving any way that they can. A good paddock dog will be more independent, may be softer (but not always), and probably not as full on. They have more opportunity to work at their own preferred distance and need to be able to make decisions on their own. These traits are not exclusive of course, there are plenty of dogs who are very good at both styles of work. As far as traits for a pet, it really depends on the family and also the individual dog. Either style could make a good pet. If it was a soft person a little lax on boundaries a yard bred dog could take advantage of them and be too much to handle. On the other hand, some paddock dogs may be too independent for a family who want a dog that wants to be with them.
  13. Whip and the hose
  14. With our boy who had ongoing digestion issues it was recommended we use the Bornhoffen brand with him by a few different holistic vets and naturopaths. He did really well on it and any night that we missed he would get a gut ache so it was obviously effective. He no longer needs it (he had had giardia which stays in the system for 5 or so years) but we wouldn't hesitate to use it again if needed.
  15. Instead of putting hessian bags over the tramp beds, we cable tie shade cloth to it. Just buy it by the roll and put it on, double thickness. Can be easily hosed off etc too. It seems to be much more resilient to digging. For chewing, you can cut pvc lengthways and put it over the edges so that they can't get hold of the bed. I'll try to find a picture for you.