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Good Shepherd Farm <[log in to unmask]>
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Farm Collie Breed Conservancy and Restoration <[log in to unmask]>
Thu, 21 Jul 2005 09:20:41 -0500
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Its so hard to know a dogs background.  You wish they could speak to you ;-)
I've had my BC Ellie all her life.   She's always been treated with
gentleness (in fact is a dog that just doesn't need much at all in the way
of physical corrections).  But you should see her skitter away at snapping
sounds like when you shake out a pair of jeans before folding them or open a
plastic garbage bag or clap your hands loudly.    If someone were to find
her they might think she had been hit with something to create that kind of
reaction, but she's just a more sound sensitive dog.  I chalk it up to the
fact that perhaps her breed has developed sharper reactions both to sight
and sound to be successful herding dogs.  She hates the front seat of the
car where she can see things coming at her at a high speed and will actually
try to duck to avoid them.  Its this same reaction that keeps her from
getting kicked by the horses though ;-)

BTW, at 7 years old she has lost the points to both fangs.  She is an avid
fetcher/chewer and will destroy most any toy or stick she's given.  I figure
its that propensity that wore down her her  teeth.

Good Shepherd Farm
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----- Original Message -----
From: "Diane Peter" <[log in to unmask]>
To: <[log in to unmask]>
Sent: Wednesday, July 20, 2005 11:41 PM
Subject: Re: [FARMCOLLIE] Flat fangs ?

> Hmm, she's not really a tennis ball lover, she'll chase & fetch (somewhat)
> but she's not really obsessive about it.  We think her previous owner shut
> her up in a hallway or something since she kind of has an aversion to
> smallish, enclosed places like the outside basement steps & even the porch
> which we keep closed up during the day & that's the way the dogs go to get
> to the backyard.  So we were wondering about vet alteration or her chewing
> at something where she was kept.  Boy I wish I had a more detailed history
> on her beyond her owner went into a nursing home & the clues she gives us
> that she was abused all the way around, she doesn't like it when someone
> claps their hands loudly (working on getting her used to it, she cringes)
> &
> that someone probably whacked her with a newspaper.
> Diane Peter
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> ----- Original Message -----
> From: "Mary O'Connell" <[log in to unmask]>
> To: <[log in to unmask]>
> Sent: Wednesday, July 20, 2005 9:20 PM
> Subject: Re: [FARMCOLLIE] Flat fangs ?
>> In a message dated 7/18/2005 9:12:17 PM Eastern Standard Time,
>> [log in to unmask] writes:
>>> I just noticed today that Shannon has flat topped fangs &we were
>>> wondering
>>> if her previous owner had this done to her (maybe by a vet), if she
>>> tried
>>> to
>>> chew out of a crate or something &messed up her fangs that way or if
>>> this
>>> was something natural to Collies, so anyone have any ideas/theories?
>> Most of the time this type of wear is the result of  a dog chewing on an
>> abrasive material over several years. One of the main culprits is a
>> tennis
>> ball.
>> The material that covers the ball is extremely abrasive.  If Shannon is a
>> big
>> tennis ball lover, that may be your answer.  One of my border collies
>> that
>> I
>> adopted when he was five years old had completely flattened the tips of
>> his
>> canines pursuing his favorite ball fetching and chewing.
>> My
>> friend's BC also has flattened his canines in the same way.
>> MaryO
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