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Hey guys. We have two new additions to the household. An 8-9 year old Border Collie, Babe, and a 1 year old male cat, Kit. My Grandmother passed away on Saturday and my family and I took in her two pets.

Babe was rescued by my Grandmother as a puppy. My Grandmother was already unable to move very efficiently so there was no socialization and no training. She knows her name and is easily called off of everything - even chasing our chicken. Because of her lack of socialization she is extremely nervous around other dogs. If a dog she doesn't know tries to sniff her butt but she will snarl and snap. She hates all contact from other dogs. If another dog even thought about coming towards her to sniff her face or engage in play she will try to bite to scare them off. She throws out whale eyes and tongue flicks constantly. However, she loves playing ball and will fetch a ball for hours. And try to kill things that dare to squeak. She's a complete people dog.

But I am happy to report that there have been no fights. We have been taking it really slow. There have been lip curls and growls and that's the extent of it. Babe has gone through a rough time being uprooted at the age of 9 and losing her owner and now living in a new house with another dog so I understand it may go slow. Shasta has gone above and beyond as far as listening to me and I couldn't be more proud of the work I put into her. The cat has not been attacked or chased at all. Babe is also becoming way more comfortable with Shasta. Shasta will bump into her (she is like a bull in a china shop, no grace), they will both lie close to one another and touch while they sleep, they run together in the mornings side by side, they keep out of each other’s ways, and they both listen to me and are easily redirected.

Babe is now running 2-3 miles/day. Eating about 2.5 cups of Acana a day (she was free fed), has lost weight, and is beginning to learn the basics of 'sit', 'down', and 'all done'.

Her canines were cut as a puppy. I asked my Grandmother and she said they “have their canines cut to prevent harm to whatever they’re herding”. I have never heard of this before and have never seen it. Is it just some obscure wive's tale? Anybody ever hear of this? Might this affect the way she eats? She is incredibly dainty when it comes to solid kibble. I have been wetting her kibble cause she is just so gentle trying to eat it regular and she would never finish. At first I thought she was being stubborn but since I wet it she eats it all, no breaks. So I don't know...I included a picture of it.




The three of them.


Touching! And no lip curls!


Our pond, aka "Doggy fountain and cool off tank"


She needs some brushing, I am planning on working with her on that. But do you think the cut canines affect her ability to eat? Is it not painful? All four canines are cut.





Pretty girl!






And one of Kit.
 

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Sorry for your loss :( babe and kit and both very pretty. I would think the tooth would be painful but I am not a vet. When my aunts pit bull started getting older his teeth would easily crack. So the vet recommended soft food mixed in with canned food for him. So, if I was you I would ask the vet and make sure it is not causing her pain.
 

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Sorry for your loss. Your new additions are both very cute. And Babe is 9? And still running 2-3 miles a day? What the heck have I gotten myself into?! >.< LOL

[email protected] picture of her and Shasta lying togeter. IME Borders can be very sensitive to other dogs and have a very low tolerance for silliness (remember: they think life is WORK!). Especially since she's not ever really been socialized she probably doesn't know how to behave around dogs. Colby is the same way and she's only 19 months. She only wrestles with dogs she knows very well (her 1/2 brother and Ace) and does not tolerate any mounting, chasing or rough-playing.

BTW--I totally love the picture of her in your pond! XD

I've heard of the canine cutting thing, but I've never actually seen it. Have you ever chipped a tooth? Aside from the potential shock of doing it, the actual tooth doesn't hurt. It probably doesn't bother her or affect her eating.

ETA: Ace was also free-fed when we got him and it would take him what seemed like FOREVER to eat a meal (upwards of 30-45 minutes) with constant supervision since he wouldn't eat if we left him. Ugh, so glad that's over! Anyway, she's probably just not used to having to eat all her food in one sitting, since she never had to in the last however many years. It might take her a few weeks to get used to being portion fed. Just give her the food for 15-20 minutes. Take up whatever she doesn't eat. If it's possible it might be a good idea to split up the food into smaller meals and feed her more frequently until she gets used to the idea of not having food out all the time.
 

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I'm sorry about your Grandmother. Babe and Kit are both just beautiful, though! I can't believe Babe is 9 - she looks like she's doing well. I don't know anything about the cut canines; just wanted to say how pretty she is!
 

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I am very sorry for the loss of your Grandmother.

Babe and Kit are adorable .... and they almost match in color and markings! :) I think it is great that you took them in as your own. Not every pet is that lucky when they find themselves in that situation. Bless you.
 

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Thank you for all your kind words. It was hard losing my Grandmother and Babe is taking it kind of hard still. It's been weird having such a velcro dog as Shasta could care less where I go in the house. When I go upstairs Babe will follow, then Shasta has to follow because Babe is going, then Kit comes up too cause he's a cat and needs to be in my business. So a trip upstairs to get a phone turns into a huge adventure with a menagerie following me!

Yea Babe is older but is definitely doing well. She lost a bunch of weight the last couple weeks as we have been visiting my Grandma in Oregon and taking Babe out exercising and running around. I think the loss of her excess weight has lent her more energy. Both dogs are on glucosamine/chondroitin and I watch them closely. Babe has almost no muscle mass whatsoever so with the boundless amounts of energy she has now I am trying to work her up to prevent any 'later in life' issues that can be exacerbated by low muscle mass.

IME Borders can be very sensitive to other dogs and have a very low tolerance for silliness (remember: they think life is WORK!). Especially since she's not ever really been socialized she probably doesn't know how to behave around dogs. Colby is the same way and she's only 19 months. She only wrestles with dogs she knows very well (her 1/2 brother and Ace) and does not tolerate any mounting, chasing or rough-playing.

I've heard of the canine cutting thing, but I've never actually seen it. Have you ever chipped a tooth? Aside from the potential shock of doing it, the actual tooth doesn't hurt. It probably doesn't bother her or affect her eating.
Never chipped a tooth (knock on wood) but I suppose you are right. I might try slowly easing off wetting the kibble. She is definitely still getting used to eating only twice a day but she has gone from eating 3 pieces in 15 minutes to now not leaving her bowl until it's empty, so we are getting there!

And I think you are right. I'm glad to hear that Colby is kinda alike. You have described it almost to a T. Babe hates noise from dogs too. Shasta tried play bowing and barking at Babe and Babe did not appreciate that one single bit. I think she just doesn’t know how to read dogs well. Border Collies are kind of quirky dogs from what I have experienced with Babe. Babe definitely seems way more uptight about things, like fetching and following me. Shasta is much more chill and independent and “oh look, a ball. Cool.”.


I am very sorry for the loss of your Grandmother.

Babe and Kit are adorable .... and they almost match in color and markings! :) I think it is great that you took them in as your own. Not every pet is that lucky when they find themselves in that situation. Bless you.
Thank you. And you have no idea how funny it is with the three of them all nearly the same color. I see their differences bright as day and I think a lot of people here would, but for strangers on the street they look like twin sisters, ha.

I'm sorry about your Grandmother. Babe and Kit are both just beautiful, though! I can't believe Babe is 9 - she looks like she's doing well. I don't know anything about the cut canines; just wanted to say how pretty she is!
Babe is doing amazing at 9. I am lucky she is so tenacious because it would be a lot harder trying to get her up to par if she was worse off. Apparently the litter was from a farmer who needed a next generation of herders and she didn’t make the cut. Who knows though.


Sorry for your loss :( babe and kit and both very pretty. I would think the tooth would be painful but I am not a vet. When my aunts pit bull started getting older his teeth would easily crack. So the vet recommended soft food mixed in with canned food for him. So, if I was you I would ask the vet and make sure it is not causing her pain.
Yea I’ll do that. I’m thinking of trying to give her a raw bone to see if she will try to eat it to get those teeth clean too. I’m not sure if she can with her teeth like that but it’s been like that her whole life so I don’t know entirely. She’s eating well now so I guess it’s no biggie. Just bizarre to see, for me at least.

This is her at my Grandmother's house when we first took her to the river. She was chunky.
 

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I don't think the cutting of the canines would affect her eating if you're feeding kibble. The purpose of the canines is to tear into flesh. Kibble doesn't have to be torn into. The idea of cut canines gives me the willies for some reason. Sorry for your loss and Babe & Kit are beautiful.
 

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I think it is wonderful that your Grandmother has been able to count on you to take on her pets. So sorry for your loss.

Babe is gorgeous, and I'm glad it is going well so far. The photo of Kit made me laugh . . . looks very intense.

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I'm Very sorry for the loss of your grandmother.<3
Babe & kit, are beautiful! It's so wonderful that you took them in.<3
Good Luck & Best wishes.

~Erica~
 
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