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Pretty Miss Emma

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  1. Border Collie Pics

    Pippa is adorable!!! And knowing her Daddy quite well she is going to be lovely if she is anything like him! Does she give good smooches? Her dad does! It is hard to lose the oldies, but the little kids do make it that bit easier. I was so lucky Skye was here when Nana left us as Kenzie would have been lost without another dog here with her.
  2. Border Collie Pics

    Just wanted to mention.... I'm getting my puppy in 4 weeks!!!! Can't wait!!!
  3. Best carpet with dogs

    I am looking at re-doing some flooring. I would still like the bedrooms in the house to have carpet, but I want it to be something that will work with animals. Looking for any suggestions of carpet that can cope with animals and is available in Australia!
  4. Goodbye Nana Gem

    Today we said goodbye to the crazy lady, Nana Gem. She was still happy and loved being with us, but her body just couldn't hang in any longer. For those who don't know Nana's background, she came to me 18 months ago as a 14 year old surrender. I took her on just to see out the last few weeks or months of her life. My younger dogs were so happy to have an old dog in the house again!! She also became my herding judging mascot, coming along to every trial I judged and making all the competitors happy and calm to see the old dottery girl hanging out while the younger ones worked with the sheepies! Yesterday we all spent the day together. She went for a ride in the car with Kenzie, Hamish, Skye and I. She had a wander on her familiar wandering grounds. We sat in the shade and had lots of treats. Then we came home so she could have a nap before she got to have roast chicken and chips for dinner. Kenzie gave her lots of kisses, both excited but also lots of gentle ones. She has been telling me Nana wasn't quite right for a couple of days, actually all the dogs have been. This morning she went to sleep forever while still eating her favourite, roast chicken. It was all very peaceful and surrounded with love. She is a dog that has touched the lives of so many people and other dogs. Everyone loved Nana Gem. She might not be with us now but we are all a little bit better for having had her in our lives. For a dog that was coming home for a couple of months of palliative care before her time was up, she certainly showed us over the last 18 months that a bit of love (from all of us) can work some miracles. Love you Nana Gem, so glad I could be your retirement home and with you to the last moment.
  5. Border Collie Pics

    Today we said goodbye to the crazy lady, Nana Gem. She was still happy and loved being with us, but her body just couldn't hang in any longer. Yesterday we all spent the day together. She went for a ride in the car with Kenzie, Hamish, Skye and I. She had a wander on her familiar wandering grounds. We sat in the shade and had lots of treats. Then we came home so she could have a nap before she got to have roast chicken and chips for dinner. Kenzie gave her lots of kisses, both excited but also lots of gentle ones. She has been telling me Nana wasn't quite right for a couple of days, actually all the dogs have been. This morning she went to sleep forever while still eating her favourite, roast chicken. It was all very peaceful and surrounded with love. She is a dog that has touched the lives of so many people and other dogs. Everyone loved Nana Gem. She might not be with us now but we are all a little bit better for having had her in our lives. For a dog that was coming home for a couple of months of palliative care before her time was up, she certainly showed us over the last 18 months that a bit of love (from all of us) can work some miracles. Love you Nana Gem, so glad I could be your retirement home and with you to the last moment.
  6. Border Collie Pics

    Well we have happy and sad here at the moment. I have a half sister of Hamish staying at the moment, she is 10 weeks old and gorgeous!!! Her name is Skye! I will figure out posting a photo of her at some stage soon. But sad news, Nana Gem is being put to sleep tomorrow. Her body is starting to fail her and there isn't really anything we can do that is going to make a significant difference. I don' wan her to suffer so have finally come to this decision. She is 15.5 years now, and for a dog that was only supposed to live for 3 months when she came home with me she has done well by pushing that out to 18 months. So I'm at ease with my decision, I'm just a bit sad about it. I'm hoping that Kenzie will cope ok as they are so attached. It will help having Skye here as she and Kenzie have started hanging out and playing, but soon we will be back to a 2 dog household until the bub comes along later this year.
  7. Border Collie Pics

    She will be from a breeder here in Victoria. And she will sort of be related to Hamish, Kenzie and Emma!!! I'm a bit excited!! Don't worry hopefully she should be around by June!!!
  8. Border Collie Pics

    I got busy!!! But our BC household is still going as it was for now. Exciting news is that I should have a new BC baby coming later this year!!! I can't wait!! She is going to be perfect - well of course she will be because she will be mine!!
  9. Sooo many ways you can teach recall, and it depends on what you want from your dog when they are offlead also - is it an opportunity for zoomies, do you want them to walk near by, can they go off and sniff and then come back, etc, etc, etc?! Anyway, I reward my dogs every time they come back to me when we are out and they are off lead. If I call them and they come in super fast they get a great reward, but if they come to check in they get a reward, if they come when called they get a reward. I have found with my lot that gets them in to me consistently. And when I don't have a reward they don't know that, so still come in anyway! I do recalls on their normal walking lead first, then progress to a long lead and then a 25m lead. And at the same time as this try to find fenced areas where we can practice our recalls. When I tech recalls I do a lot of what I call "bouncing" - call the dog, reward somehow for coming to you and send them off again straight away. When we do "bouncing" there is no stopping, no need to sit, etc the dog just needs to come to the person close enough that they could grab their collar and then they are released to keep walking straight away. I do this on a normal lead and while we are just doing normal walking. And I think one of the keys things is make it as fun as you can and mix it up. If it becomes predictable and boring no one will want to do it. Make it a game and keep having fun!
  10. How Far Do You Walk Your Older Dogs?

    Nana Gem is my 15.5 year old BC. When I got her about 16 months ago she was able to do about a 1.5km walk each day. I have stopped walking her now. We have outings where she can potter about and she visits people/dogs at their houses but I can't walk her any distance anymore. And to be honest she is happy as Larry. I think once they are older if they are struggling with their walks so long as they still get exercise and mental stimulation it's not a big issue to stop walking them. Go with what they can do and what they enjoy. Nana enjoys pottering so the most we will walk is to the end of my street (about 4 houses!!).
  11. Aldi Dehydrator

    Love my Aldi dehydrator!!! Make my own treats most of the time now. Plus I make treats for my mum's dogs who have to have an almost 0 fat diet - they get dried sweet potato chips and they love them!!
  12. Alizin Injection

    My rats were desexed at 350grams, so I would think they should be able to desex a small dog! But well done on being responsible and following up your suspicions, hopefully it is all easy to deal with! If you need vet resommendations just ask on here as we all know a vet somewhere that is great!
  13. Diabetes

    Chat with your vet about it. I used human syringes with my dog, the biggest difference being that the unit of measurement on the side was different so you had to know the conversion (not hard to do, particularly if they are stable and on the same dose all the time). And if you order them online (if you can) you will find that you save heaps. If he's only just ben diagnosed you might prefer to wait to make sure that he has stabilised, just so you don't have to play around with conversions all the time while stabilising. I found also that when injecting insulin you sort of need to inject in line with the crest of the pulled up skin not across it - that can help ensure that you don't go through.
  14. One of my dogs is on Carprofen. She's on 75mg per day now. Anyway, I just got 21 50mg tablets (2 weeks worth) from the vet and the cost was around $2.21 per tablet. Having done a bit of research I also got a prescription to order some more online. So that is going to cost me $27.50 script fee, $70 for 100 tablets, $6.50 postage. Which works out to... $1.04 per tablet. Such a huge difference!! And yes, I understand why. But I'm wondering if the $2.21 per tablet is pretty average when buying them from the vet or if that is a slightly inflated price. So I'm just interested to hear if that is similar to what others pay.
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