On Friday, March 15, 2002 at 11:10:14 AM UTC-4, Dave McKay wrote:
> Our tale of sadness of being a Bearded Collie owner
> Hello.
> Our names are Suzanne and David McKay. We live in West Chester, Pa, and
> have 4 children and a Shetland Sheepdog and 3 cats. In the spring of 2000,
> we purchased a Beardie pup from Kiltie Kennels, also in Pa. . We paid $800.

Re: Gagging after drinking water

On Friday, January 28, 2000 at 3:00:00 AM UTC-5, CCDOX wrote:
> My dog sometimes gags after drinking water. Does anyone else’s dog do this?
> Does anyone know why this would happen? I am not assuming that it is a major
> problem or indication of sickness (one of the few times I have not run to the
> vet when my baby does something out of the ordinary!) – I hope I am correct in
> this assumption!
> Thank you for your responses/insights.
> Dorothy and C.C., a very spoiled dachshund


Re: Took my dog to be spayed and she died

Tuesday March 28 2018, I just got home from telling Sasha, my 2 year old baby girl [yellow lab/ border collie] good bye for the last time, took her in to get spayed and she never woke up. Vet said she died of heart attack, she was so scared when I was leaving her, and now my guilt is breaking my heart, I have spent every day for 2 years with her because of my med conditions and she was my best friend, I will never forget her companionship she gave me and will also never forget the look of sadness as I was leaving her there, I know some will disagree with me but I will never leave another friend alone like that, I will just deal with the heat cycle as they, cannot take another broken heart from losing family again, Thank you for listening, it is just so hard to except the lose.


Re: Stud service for Poodle in Tacoma Washington area

On Monday, August 16, 1999 at 12:00:00 AM UTC-7, Manadero wrote:
> Norman felt like saying:

> >I would like to find a stud for our toy poodle and do not know where
> >to start. She is regestered and will be going into her second heat
> >soon. Any information would be of help. Thank you.
> >Replay to me at <a

> It is *obvious* from your message that you are new to this "dog breeding
> thing", so I will offer some suggestions to help ensure that you produce
> healthy, happy puppies and owners.
> 1. You say that this is her second heat, is she two years old? A bitch is not
> considered fully mature until the age of two and should not be bred before that
> time.
> 2. What titles has she earned? Conformation, obedience, agility? Poodles
> excel in many arenas. Why title your dog? Because the people that buy your
> puppies deserve to have a dog that looks like a poodle and acts like a poodle.
> Titles show that your dog is competitive against other members of her breed and
> that she has been deemed to be of breeding quality by someone other than
> yourself.
> 3. Poodles have many health problems Dentition, Lux Patella, eye problems, etc.
> Have you obtained the necessary health certifications to show that she does
> not have these genetic defects? If not, you need to, all responsible breeders
> do.
> 4. How many homes do you have lined up for your puppies? Good breeders always
> have a waiting list. They also guarantee their dogs for life against genetic
> defects and consider themselves responsible for the dog throughout it’s
> lifetime. (i.e. what are you going to do in three years when they call and say
> they don’t want the dog any more?)
> 5. Do you have a large amount of disposable cash lying around? Once you add
> the costs of the genetic tests ($200.00), the stud fee for a good quality stud
> ($500.00++) a premium diet and vet prenatal care for your bitch ($250+) the
> docking of the tails and removal of the dewclaws ($25.00+ per puppy), not to
> mention age appropriate vaccines and worming ($30.00+ per puppy per visit) –
> You will need to have their 6 and 9 week old vaccines done before they go. You
> *do* know that toy breeds are not usually weaned and ready for new homes before
> 9-10 weeks, right? Oh and don’t forget there may also be a $600.00+ emergency
> C-section at 3 in the morning, your bitch may die in whelp or not be able to
> nurse, and then you will need to be on standby to nurse the litter yourself
> every 2 hours for weeks.
> This is just an overview of *some* of the responsibilities of a good breeder.
> Others include socialization, screening puppy buyers, clean-up and
> sterilization of the area at *least* three times a day and on and on.
> I would also like to mention that good breeders study their pedigrees and the
> pedigrees of potential studs for months, if not years ahead of schedule in
> order to pick the best possible match for their dog (reads – not the dog down
> the street with papers) They don’t say "Oh, she’s in season, I have 10 days
> (more or less) to find a stud"
> Now that you have done all that, let me mention that taking all of the above
> precautions can *not* guarantee a successful breeding. You may lose your
> bitch, you may lose your puppies, you might lose them all.
> In short, unless your bitch is such an exceptional representative of her breed
> that you feel that you are genuinely making improvements to the breed as a
> whole by breeding her…… then spay your pet and enjoy her. If you are
> looking for a companion for her, try Poodle rescue, they always have *plenty*
> of unwanted poodles bred by people just like yourself…….
> Robin