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Old 08-20-2006, 06:14 PM
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How funny... my sister's sheltie Kota has a nice deep big dog bark. Anybody who doesn't know it's a little sheltie barking in there is freaked out - he sounds like he's HUGE!

Happy and Auggie both have "tough guy" barks that are a little lower pitched, but they're definitely not the same as Kota's big dog bark. I wonder why it's only Ko...

I've never met anyone else who named their dog Kota.
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Old 08-21-2006, 04:35 PM
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I've never met anyone else who named their dog Kota.

Haha, I guess you still haven't... we didn't name him. ;> He came from sheltie rescue with that name (actually, it's "Dakota" - but that takes too long to say!)
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Old 08-21-2006, 08:18 PM
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Haha, I guess you still haven't... we didn't name him. ;> He came from sheltie rescue with that name (actually, it's "Dakota" - but that takes too long to say!)

lol. Hubby named Kota "LaKota". But I shortened it to Kota because I wasn't happy with LaKota. So her registered name is Kota Blue Storm.
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I just ran across this video of my pups at 2 wks old. Turn the sound up and listen. Besides the pups noises (which are SOOO cute by the way), you will hear Malcolm and Smidgen's barks. Not high pitched at all.

http://s54.photobucket.com/albums/g1...gAnch=imgAnch4
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Sorry for the randomness but seeing that Collies are such a vocal breed, is it expensive to debark? Is it a complicated procedure?
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Old 08-25-2006, 09:32 PM
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My family debarked a few when I was a kid due to neighbor issues. It was about $75, but that was in the late 70s-early 80s. I have no idea what it would cost these days. But basically, the cost is probably more for anesthesia than the actual debarking - it's a very quick procedure.

If done, it would HAVE to be done by a vet that is experienced (ie, one who works with show breeders and does it frequently). It requires special "technique" and there is much more chance for complications if the vet just feels like trying to do it because they saw the procedure once in vet school. (You'd be surprised how often this happens. ).

Here's a pretty informative Q & A written by a Sheltie breeder. http://www.naiatrust.org/Debark_Q_and_A.htm

I do not debark any of my dogs. The last dog that was debarked was when I was a teen, lived at home and my evil stepfather said it was debark or get rid of the dog. (The man had issues). Of course, I chose debarking so I could keep my dog. But a few years later, I moved out and wished he had his full voice. I like the sound of my Collies' barks - it makes me happy.
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