I am definitely going to pull out the 'scope and do some deeper investigations today! There are too many variables in play here. Miss Collie could have had a reaction to the shampoo I used on her when she first came to visit, or her hair loss could have been from stress and boredom or..God knows! Happily, she is in her new home with a great and experienced handler. Capricious went to the vet yesterday because she is the most tormented. She is the one with sores. The vet thinks it is a reaction to fleas and treated her accordingly but did not examine any scraping under a microscope. Capricious is itching away today despite the Cheristin the vet sold to us. Yes, I have broken and embraced the pesticides. This plague must be ended! Sentry hasn't done a flipping thing for Izzy's bald butt line, and the jury is out on whether or not the Fipronyl is helping Mack, but he seems to be fine. He of all the animals is the most unaffected. He is fat and fluffy, ruling the yard with his tufted paws. At this point, I am praying for winter! So far, the rabbits remain safe and unaffected from the whatevers that are tormenting Capricious and Izzy.
This beautiful, super energetic, and very much untrained 6 month old Border Collie spent about a month with us and is now with a better owner. She was way too much for me to handle in the ways that she needed to be handled! Unlike my laid back Izzy, Skye needed so much more than potty outings, the occasional walk, and Netflix binges. Skye is very energetic and easily bored, so she is definitely not the right sort of companion for an old woman with a bad back and arthritis! I am so happy to say that now she has a home with a young lady that has the energy, fitness and knowledge to give Skye everything she needs! This young lady also has the acreage! Occasionally, dogs and cats visit us for a while until a new and better home is found, or until their original owners can take them back home. Occasionally, certain animals stay, but only if they are comfortable and can handle our lifestyle. It is important to know what you can do and what you cannot do with an animal, and to respect the animal's instincts and needs. Skye would have been perpetually miserable living in a house in a subdivision with a tiny yard. Border collies have been bred to herd. This means they have incredible stamina and a natural drive. If they cannot let this out in the right environment, they develop all sorts of weird and undesirable habits! Many collies take to cars as replacements for livestock, and others apply the urge to children. This can result in nips and bites. This type of dog will not be content snoozing at your feet until you take your evening stroll, especially when the dog is young. Skye has a great deal of intelligence, and needs expert handling and training with lots of exercise and mental stimulation. Now she is where she gets everything she needs! Sometimes the best thing you can do for a dog is to find the right person for the dog.