Lily, our skinny new collie
#11
She is very pretty and has my Ember's face as well. That expression is a common look in my house - I'm getting it right now, actually. Can't wait to hear more about her!
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Gotcha Day: November 14, 2015
Vet-Listed Birthday: May 2, 2014
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#12
Hi and welcome. Personally I think she looks a really good weight, I prefer to see a Border Collie slightly on the skinnier side than overweight, they are a very active breed.

This is my fit, 2 year old, smooth coat Border Collie, she has just started competing at agility and flyball.
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#13
(07-17-2017, 01:46 PM)Oenoke Wrote: Hi and welcome. Personally I think she looks a really good weight, I prefer to see a Border Collie slightly on the skinnier side than overweight, they are a very active breed.

Petting Lily's back is like playing a xylophone - you can count her vertebrae from 10' away. I see now that the pics I posted don't show it, but she's thinner than your dog. I'm not going to make an effort to take pics to capture the signs of her past, so you'll have to just trust me on this. You have a very pretty dog. I've always been told that seeing ribs through fur is a little underweight (depending on the fur), but vertebrae and hips that jut out are well into the red.
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#14
I also like my dogs athletically lean, but I noticed in your picture how her hips were visibly sticking out. That's a lack of conditioning as well as weight. Getting exercise as well as regular food and stress reduction will have her right as rain in no time.
Gotta love 'em.
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#15
My girl is a year an half old. She weighs 33lbs. Hasn't put on any weight since about 9 months old give or take. I'd say she's full grown. Some people we run into say she's skinny. The vet last week said she looked perfect. Also very active. 

Lily is very nice looking dog. Good luck and have fun with her.
"A tired border collie, is a good border collie"
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#16
Update:

Lily has made some GREAT progress. With window film on the windows, she can actually rest or play inside (not check and recheck windows).

She gained 2lbs! Some of her sharp edges are softening, but I am betting most of the new weight is actually just food in her gut, now that she doesn't have diarrhea.

We are still working through several issues, like jumping the fence after squirrels and telling me if she has to go out to use the lawn early in the morning. But, big progress with her generally becoming more calm and moving past stress behaviors (e.g., humping, peeing, growling at everything, and hiding).

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#17
OMG She is SO my Ember! Exact same face in day to day living. It sounds like you are doing a great job with her! Congrats!

On the "I gotta pee" alert, I've had Ember for almost 2 years now and she still doesn't alert me. She'll get just a little more active, but if I'm not looking for it, I'll miss it. I think part of it is that she is pressure sensitive - basically, if I miss the cue, she gives up and doesn't give it again. So we walk on a schedule. She knows no matter what, she is going out 3 times a day - ~20 minutes after breakfast, ~20 minutes after dinner, and right before I change for bed.

I also live in an apartment so potty time is our walk time. I don't have much of an option there.

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Gotcha Day: November 14, 2015
Vet-Listed Birthday: May 2, 2014
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#18
Great to hear an update on Lily, it sounds like you are making nice progress. Oh my goodness she is such a pretty girl and I love this beautiful white socks, so cute.
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More pics.

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Not hating the new crate
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#20
She is so adorable! She really reminds me of my rescue, Mattie.  Love the 'Bony foot warmer'. My kids will often tell me that they love our collies but the next dog needs to be soft and cuddly. Smile

When I first got Mattie I took her out every two hours and then gradually lengthened the time.  Now the schedule is:  Out as soon as I get up in the morning, after breakfast, and then about every four to five hours until they have dinner then after dinner and just before bed.  I also let them out if I am going to be away from the house for more then an hour. 

By the way, Zorro is so handsome!
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