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Old 11-12-2011, 02:30 PM   #521
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I hadn't looked at this thread in a while and it seems to be mostly about pewking felines and dead flies

However, I couldn't help but read on

We had 2 cats (sisters) for 15 years and had forgotten all the yukky side of it.

As for dead flies on ceilings....
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Bummer.

Zak appeared to be getting along OK, (no apparent symptoms); we went for a walk and he got into the truck one morning......I drove on to Lake Havasu and when we arrived his back legs weren't functioning......it was a holiday weekend and I had to wait to see a vet.......vet ran tests and said the cancer was right through him.

They gave him the injection....I waited with him until he was gone....then sat in the truck bawling my eyes out.

It is tough.
Nemo. Been there. So sorry. But know it was still worth it for the time you had together. Damn.
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And zac looks like a border collie. I do rescue of these pups. Truly they are wonder dogs. Love to you for taking on the challenge. I've had enough of them for sure!
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And zac looks like a border collie. I do rescue of these pups. Truly they are wonder dogs. Love to you for taking on the challenge. I've had enough of them for sure!
Yes he was a Border Collie......I still have his papers around somewhere.....he had a number of International Champions as ancestors, most noticably Wiston Cap, ( and here) often referred to as the 'cornerstone of the modern Border Collie'...(WC had a LOT of pups).

Smart. We told people he could do our Tax returns.

Energy......about halfway through his life I was out playing with him and a stranger came up and asked "Does he ever get tired?".........I said "I don't know, I've only had him for 6 1/2 years".
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Awww Nemo, my Grace also shared those lines. And I still have her papers too. There is something special about borders. Will you get another? I love your line about him getting tired-will use that in my future home visits with potential adopters!
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Awww Nemo, my Grace also shared those lines. And I still have her papers too. There is something special about borders. Will you get another? I love your line about him getting tired-will use that in my future home visits with potential adopters!
Here's another Border Collie story for you:

When my late wife and I lived in B.C. we were on a hill where the driveway sloped down to the house - one time we were both in the front garden working, and Zak, as Borders are wont to do, was frantically looking for a 'toy'......offhandedly, (and without pointing), I said to him "I saw a ball behind the big rock at the top of the drive".

He immediately turned around, walked up the drive, went behind the rock and retrieved the ball - we were agape.

Will I get another? Doubtful. I turned 69 in September, my lady & I live in a small condo townhouse and just about the only place in town where dogs can run is the fenced dog park.......society is becoming more and more paranoid, and I swear it won't be long before 'they' demand that kids wear helmets while watching TV.

There's also another factor, I hope I wouldn't do it but I've seen it happen.......people have had "That ONE dog" and subsequent animals don't live up to expectations and the next dog just doesn't get the attention it deserves.
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I said to him "I saw a ball behind the big rock at the top of the drive".

He immediately turned around, walked up the drive, went behind the rock and retrieved the ball - we were agape.
Our sheppard/husky runt knew about 300 words. We were always amazed when she would pick up on our conversation, not even directed at her, like having mentioned drive or car or walk and there she was up on her feet in front of me wagging. Spooky!
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Our sheppard/husky runt knew about 300 words. We were always amazed when she would pick up on our conversation, not even directed at her, like having mentioned drive or car or walk and there she was up on her feet in front of me wagging. Spooky!
LOL....we couldn't even make the 'G' sound in 'Going' before Zak was at the door.
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As a kid, I had a dog that could spell. If I said "I'm going to Gary's" he would show up at Gary's later (2 miles away), even if we locked him in the house until long after I'd gone.

So I'd say "I'm going to G.A.R.Y.S."

I know, he didn't really know how to spell, but it is what we would tell people.
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One of the CDs I listen to while working out on the elliptical features this track.......every time I hear it I think of my dog and it brings the proverbial lump to my throat:

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.......... the only place in town where dogs can run is the fenced dog park.......society is becoming more and more paranoid, and I swear it won't be long before 'they' demand that kids wear helmets while watching TV..............
I walk my dog 2 to 3 miles everyday (on leash) and by far the biggest hassle I have is with people that let their dogs run loose. I will grant you that some, if not most, of the loose dogs are very obedient and sweet, but there are enough idiots to screw it up for everyone. Not surprisingly, the aggressive dogs seem to be owned by aggressive people. So, I'm an advocate for enforced leash laws.
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I walk my dog 2 to 3 miles everyday (on leash) and by far the biggest hassle I have is with people that let their dogs run loose. I will grant you that some, if not most, of the loose dogs are very obedient and sweet, but there are enough idiots to screw it up for everyone. Not surprisingly, the aggressive dogs seem to be owned by aggressive people. So, I'm an advocate for enforced leash laws.
I know what you mean, but my Border Collie was trained to walk to heel unleashed...........on a trail I once encountered a woman with an obnoxious dog, so I put mine in a Down Stay - the woman's dog meanwhile was up on its back legs and she's pulling with all her strength to hold it...all the while yelling at me "Put your dog on a leash, put your dog on a leash".

I said "Lady, MY dog is under control....YOUR dog has to be forcibly restrained".
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I know what you mean, but my Border Collie was trained to walk to heel unleashed...........on a trail I once encountered a woman with an obnoxious dog, so I put mine in a Down Stay - the woman's dog meanwhile was up on its back legs and she's pulling with all her strength to hold it...all the while yelling at me "Put your dog on a leash, put your dog on a leash".

I said "Lady, MY dog is under control....YOUR dog has to be forcibly restrained".
It is fortunate that this aggressive dog was on a leash. Think about what it would have been like if the dog was off leash.
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It is fortunate that this aggressive dog was on a leash. Think about what it would have been like if the dog was off leash.
My Border was a 70lb, (no fat), un-neutered male, who, while being very placid, didn't take kindly to rudeness.

But, yeah...I also encountered, (a couple times before I avoided her), a younger woman with a Pit Bull......."Oh, look", she said the first couple times, "He wants to play with your dog".......I had to inform her that her dog was exhibiting aggression, not 'playing'.
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My Border was a 70lb, (no fat), un-neutered male, who, while being very placid, didn't take kindly to rudeness.

But, yeah...I also encountered, (a couple times before I avoided her), a younger woman with a Pit Bull......."Oh, look", she said the first couple times, "He wants to play with your dog".......I had to inform her that her dog was exhibiting aggression, not 'playing'.
Unfortunately, when some people see dogs running off leash, they jump to the conclusion that the law is conditional and of course, they consider their dog an exception, too. So, like other laws, it has to apply to everyone, not just those that need to comply for others' safety and comfort. Unless I'm at the dog park, my dog stays on a leash.
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This was my wild-child kitty... she didn't mind a leash.

The other kitties in my life....fuhgeddaboudit....
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I walk my dog off leash all the time. He does a great service for the community by finding all the cat poop and eating it. He also chases all loose cats that are running around and makes sure they go up trees or into fenced yards where they belong.

I always get about 5 "Your dog is so well-behaved!" comments daily.

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OK, here's the sort of thing people with Border Collies love, because our dogs are geniuses in charge and the rest of the dog world are their subjects! As are we, their "owners". My BCs knew a pretty decent vocabulary, and when they learned "beach" as in we are going there and not taking you, we had to start spelling it out b-e-a-c-h. Yep, they learned that, too.

Here is one of many stories of Chaser, a Border Collie owned by a SC psych professor who may well have a limitless capacity for words. I love that in some of the videos you can tell she isn't particularly obedient, like when she won't bring the ball back after the games.

World Smartest Dog? A New NOVA Special Shows a Border Collie That Can Identify More Than 1,000 Items - ABC News

Nemo, you are probably right to hold off on getting another BC, but you could always consider fostering if there is an active group in your area. That way you get the fun part but not the lifetime commitment! And I do agree about that "one dog" thing--we've done many a home visit where there is a shrine to the perfect dog and I fear that there is no way another dog will ever measure up. The best attitude is that every dog is different, and even littermates don't turn out the same.
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This was my wild-child kitty... she didn't mind a leash.

The other kitties in my life....fuhgeddaboudit....
we tried leashes. We even have one that takes his collar off when at home. He is belled here in Mexico and accepts that.
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One of the CDs I listen to while working out on the elliptical features this track.......every time I hear it I think of my dog and it brings the proverbial lump to my throat:
This was the one that comes to my mind:

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Or as Andy Rooney is reported to have said: "if dogs don't go to heaven, then I want to go where they go!"
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