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Title: Pets
Post by: eclipt1c on May 24, 2007, 06:44:29 PM
I'm assuming people have pets.  What animal/kind do you have?  Also, what would be your ideal pet?  [Pictures Ideal]

I have a Shiba Inu, 2 years old.  This isn't her but it looks like her minus the stockiness [and penis]:

(http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/2/20/Shiba_Inu.jpg/250px-Shiba_Inu.jpg)
Title: Re: Pets
Post by: Minnesota on May 24, 2007, 07:09:51 PM
a cat named Gibson ... he reminds me a lot of Garfield, will eat most anything I feed him
Title: Re: Pets
Post by: AmandaGal on May 24, 2007, 07:29:06 PM
Here's my pets:
http://goldblum.com/pets/

That page is lame, but pictures abound.

I just noticed that one of my pets is missing.  Here is a photo of him, it's not the best but you get the idea.  I must have made that page before he came around.

(http://www.cybervixen.net/tobi.jpg)
Title: Re: Pets
Post by: Junkyard on May 24, 2007, 07:39:47 PM
We have a psychotic whippet/terrior mix named Edison.
He seemed pretty bright when we adopted him.
Title: Re: Pets
Post by: Sharktopus on May 24, 2007, 07:51:09 PM
(http://i18.tinypic.com/6by3jn4.jpg)
This is my kitty Zoe when she was about 2 months old, emerging from a box of styrofoam packing peanuts. She's licking her nose, by the way, not chewing bubblegum. More pictures to follow. There's also Jonesy, a half Siamese who just showed up on our porch one day and adopted us.
Title: Re: Pets
Post by: RobtheBarbarian on May 24, 2007, 07:58:53 PM
(http://i41.photobucket.com/albums/e276/diamondback88/jack.jpg)

This is Jack, a Tibetan Pigbeardog.

We also have another dog, a Tibetan weasel hound. She's afraid of flies and visibly loses her sanity during the summer months when there are 5 or so flies on the ground floor. She hides in the upstairs closet.
Title: Re: Pets
Post by: SmilinJackRoss on May 24, 2007, 08:23:38 PM
OK, here's the crew.  First the dogs:

This is Eli
(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v187/cooleyre/HPIM0047.jpg)

And this is O'Meara (we call him the "Old Man")
(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v187/cooleyre/HPIM0212.jpg)

And the cats:

This is Nina, she's really skittish, and mostly hides:
(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v187/cooleyre/HPIM0215.jpg)

This is Peter, he only has three legs:
(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v187/cooleyre/HPIM0213.jpg)

And this is Bobby-Girl:
(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v187/cooleyre/HPIM0221.jpg)

And lastly, the reptiles:

Our Bearded Dragon Muldoon:
(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v187/cooleyre/HPIM0402-1.jpg)

and our box turtle Francis:
(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v187/cooleyre/100_5473.jpg)

And to answer your question...yes, I am constantly cleaning up poop of one kind or another.
Title: Re: Pets
Post by: Bob on May 25, 2007, 06:19:47 AM
Shadow, a 13 year old mostly doberman, with a bit of lab mix.

(yes, the shovel is used to toss dog poop on the golf course that my back yard faces.   I figure they are gettng free fertilizer. 
(http://pslowner.smugmug.com/photos/131585215-L.jpg)


(http://pslowner.smugmug.com/photos/131585351-L.jpg)

(http://pslowner.smugmug.com/photos/131585797-L.jpg)

And the "where is my dinner" stare
(http://pslowner.smugmug.com/photos/131587351-L.jpg)

Title: Re: Pets
Post by: Sideswipe on May 25, 2007, 09:46:44 AM
(http://i41.photobucket.com/albums/e276/diamondback88/jack.jpg)

This is Jack, a Tibetan Pigbeardog.

We also have another dog, a Tibetan weasel hound. She's afraid of flies and visibly loses her sanity during the summer months when there are 5 or so flies on the ground floor. She hides in the upstairs closet.

Hahaha, he looks awesome.  I want one.
Title: Re: Pets
Post by: Variety of Cells on May 25, 2007, 09:51:01 AM
My dog Rocky.

(http://photos-262.ak.facebook.com/ip002/v67/114/14/1279320094/n1279320094_30015262_7549.jpg)


He's an America Eskimo. 
Title: Re: Pets
Post by: Bob on May 25, 2007, 10:04:01 AM
Looks like a new excercise craze, dog leg lifts.
Title: Re: Pets
Post by: Ciberntico II on May 26, 2007, 09:19:00 PM
(http://i13.photobucket.com/albums/a272/epmeeks/dontstop.jpg)

my cat, Space Ghost Tetsuo Von KItty Bite'ums




(http://i13.photobucket.com/albums/a272/epmeeks/IMG_1464.jpg)

my mom's minature Scnauzer, whom she calls "Baby Boy", but I call him Stinky
Title: Pet Thread
Post by: Bob on November 19, 2008, 08:16:28 PM
I know we have done something like this before, but....... post your pet pictures here!

Come one, this will be the bestest thread ever!

Who could not like pets?

I start off with a Smugmug photo album of my dog.   From age 8 weeks to 14.5 years.    Top THAT!

http://pslowner.smugmug.com/gallery/6497691_FdvUK#412672812_SJ8Yp (http://pslowner.smugmug.com/gallery/6497691_FdvUK#412672812_SJ8Yp)
Title: Re: Pet Thread
Post by: jewishcarpenter on November 19, 2008, 08:22:37 PM
My girlfriend's cat Kiki,  16 years old.
(http://i51.photobucket.com/albums/f356/jewishcarpenter/b670a052.jpg)


Our dog Scout a little over a year old. This is a picture of him when he was a puppy with his bomber jacket on.

(http://i51.photobucket.com/albums/f356/jewishcarpenter/c7250d09.jpg)
Title: Re: Pet Thread
Post by: Bob on November 19, 2008, 08:24:45 PM
The cat looks VERY smug.

The pup looks like he owns the place.

You must come in third in the pecking order.
Title: Re: Pet Thread
Post by: RVR II on November 19, 2008, 08:31:14 PM
Cool Pics, PSL!! :'(

My Huskies..

Daddy Thor
(http://i66.photobucket.com/albums/h275/rvr2/Thor44.jpg)
Mama Chika
(http://i66.photobucket.com/albums/h275/rvr2/Chikahead.jpg)

And 'Snow Puppayes'
(http://i66.photobucket.com/albums/h275/rvr2/Dec2974.jpg)
Title: Re: Pet Thread
Post by: Reductio_ad_absurdum on November 19, 2008, 08:42:00 PM
Sorry, but my mother always told me not to pet strange threads.

I'll upload some picks of my Sadi sooner or later.
Title: Re: Pet Thread
Post by: RobtheBarbarian on November 19, 2008, 08:44:20 PM
Remington J. Nugent, my pointer mix. Here looking all dignified and well-bred:

(http://i41.photobucket.com/albums/e276/diamondback88/remmysnow4.jpg)

And here in his natural state.

(http://i41.photobucket.com/albums/e276/diamondback88/remmysheet2.jpg)
Title: Re: Pet Thread
Post by: Chaos on November 20, 2008, 04:59:47 AM
And when he was first with me, trying to get me to do something with his puppydog eyes:
(http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2108/1807420530_a28e555d95.jpg?v=0)

Precious!

I'll post some pictures of our cats as soon as I have a chance to upload them.
Title: Re: Pet Thread
Post by: darkchashy on November 20, 2008, 05:13:09 AM
great, now I have to get a dog.
Title: Re: Pet Thread
Post by: anais.jude on November 20, 2008, 05:13:56 AM
Here's my little kitten, Bender, the day I brought her home:
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She was about a pound and 3 months old! But thanks to her wonderful mama (moi) she's grown into a healthy albeit small Kitten
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Title: Re: Pet Thread
Post by: Tripe on November 20, 2008, 05:30:41 AM
Well you know I have pics

Dolly and Ann
Spoiler (click to show/hide)

Jemmy so happy to be dressed as Santa
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Title: Re: Pet Thread
Post by: Tripe on November 20, 2008, 06:00:33 AM
Oh he hates it, and all costumes, dogs hate them. Well Dolly sort of likes her mermaid outfit but that's it.

Jemmy doesn't even like the things that are supposed to keep him warm, he deliberately pees on them to ensure they'll be gone in the laundry for a while.

Still that pic did allow me to make this:

(http://i204.photobucket.com/albums/bb319/TripeHoundRedux/128382304084306250IKnowsIfyouz.jpg)
Title: Re: Pet Thread
Post by: Chaos on November 20, 2008, 06:42:05 AM
Teddy, looking majestic (he's a priss).
Spoiler (click to show/hide)

Teddy found a hiding spot on moving day.
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Teddy, hiding again.
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Cricket does his impression of the sphinx (his normal sitting pose).
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Cricket hanging out with me.
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Cricket, from too close.
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Cricket, being... well, Cricket.
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Here's a shot of both of them by the window.
Spoiler (click to show/hide)

And here's a video of me messing around with Cricket. I do this a lot. ;)
http://s183.photobucket.com/albums/x197/ChaosFromOrder/?action=view&current=CricketinHouse.flv

...I can't figure out how to get PhotoBucket's video player to embed with flash. The obvious addresses don't work.

p.s. - anais, you and I are now best friends, as you have a "cricket cat" too (a speckled black and white tabby).
Title: Re: Pet Thread
Post by: anais.jude on November 20, 2008, 08:08:15 AM
WooHoo. Tabby Cats and a love of Milton!?!

Chaos and Anais: Friends and Pals  :highfive:
Title: Re: Pets
Post by: a pretty girl is like on November 20, 2008, 11:18:49 AM
This is Kitty.  She likes to sit on her tail.
Spoiler (click to show/hide)

This is Todd aka Big Fat Todd aka Fat Thunder aka Pretty Princess aka Lunchbox
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Kitty sitting on her tail again getting ready to do some arts and crafts.
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Todd guarding last year's Christmas tree. 
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Kitty pouting after Todd stole her spot in the sunlight. 
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Kitty gets faced again!!  This time she's trapped behind a door.
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Todd doing his Nick Nolte impressionation.
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Kitty giving a raspberry and telling us to jog on because there's nothing more to see here.
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Title: Re: Pets
Post by: Kzinistzerg on November 20, 2008, 11:56:04 AM
Oooooh, kitty! kittykittykitty! I have a kitty.

This is Max. My brother decided he's named Don "snoogums" Francis,  but we call him Max.
http://i9.photobucket.com/albums/a77/KzinistZerg/IMG_4473.jpg
http://i9.photobucket.com/albums/a77/KzinistZerg/IMG_4689.jpg
http://i9.photobucket.com/albums/a77/KzinistZerg/IMG_4689.jpg
Title: Re: Pets
Post by: a pretty girl is like on November 20, 2008, 12:03:26 PM
Teddy, looking majestic (he's a priss).
Spoiler (click to show/hide)


What a gorgeous cat. He must marry my Kitty.  Together they will rule the world!
Title: Re: Pets
Post by: Tripe on November 20, 2008, 12:07:00 PM
Oh I don't think Jemmy will like the sound of that threat to his global hegemony

Spoiler (click to show/hide)
Title: Re: Pets
Post by: a pretty girl is like on November 20, 2008, 12:16:20 PM
Oh no you didn't.  Todd says he's the only one allowed to threaten Kitty.

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh173/onil_1/100_8961.jpg)
Title: Re: Pets
Post by: Tripe on November 20, 2008, 12:18:26 PM
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Title: Re: Pets
Post by: Sideswipe on November 20, 2008, 12:20:24 PM
Poor dog looks like its being mounted by a giant lizzard.
Title: Re: Pets
Post by: Tripe on November 20, 2008, 12:21:05 PM
That's not the wost one for that either.

Title: Re: Pets
Post by: Chaos on November 20, 2008, 12:43:43 PM
Spoiler (click to show/hide)

Ahh! It's Gozirra!!
Title: Re: Pets
Post by: anais.jude on November 20, 2008, 03:21:37 PM
Spoiler (click to show/hide)

Ahh! It's Gozirra!!

I was just about to say that (well soemthing similair. Look, it's Gojirra dog!)
Title: Re: Pets
Post by: LucasM on January 18, 2009, 05:45:21 PM
Thanks to Anais.Jude for the heads-up on this thread (it might've otherwise taken me a long time to find it... if I ever did).

So... my cat, "Lucas", is a beautiful full-black cat (something I'd wanted pretty much as far back as I can remember).  [By the way, my screen name is for him, not him named for me (it was his name for three years before I got him).]  He was a stray rescued by my vets' office, who I got just a few months after my previous cat (of 17 years) died.  He was VERY well socialized before he'd been abandoned (thankfully), so he is VERY affectionate.  And most every night he'll sleep against my lower leg with at least one paw draped over it as if it were a body pillow, as in his eyes I am clearly one of his littermates.   ;D

I have, for a few years now, produced 'small quantity' homemade notecards with first, my previous cat, and now with Lucas.  Most of these are pics that have ended up on notecards.

First, a portrait, to get the overall feel...
(http://i432.photobucket.com/albums/qq49/LucasM06/L0021-070208dscf1215-ED-cProfileWit.jpg)


Then an 'action shot' with his catnip-saturated faux mouse...
(http://i432.photobucket.com/albums/qq49/LucasM06/L0036080506dscf1905-ed2-card-ed2b.jpg)


1940s-era film 'sneaking'...
(http://i432.photobucket.com/albums/qq49/LucasM06/L0037080531DSCF1922-card-ed2.jpg)


"Bodyguards"
(http://i432.photobucket.com/albums/qq49/LucasM06/L0042080814DSCF1974-card-ed3.jpg)


Last month I brought a ramiken of snow in for him, here is some of his tentative examination of it...
  [irrelevant detail: not turned into a card because of the background clutter]
(http://i432.photobucket.com/albums/qq49/LucasM06/081219dscf2054-ed.jpg)


Get ready to "Awwww....", this is "Rabbit Paws"...
(http://i432.photobucket.com/albums/qq49/LucasM06/L0031080421DSCF1843-card-ed2.jpg)


and... him not QUITE comfy enough yet...
(http://i432.photobucket.com/albums/qq49/LucasM06/L0029080421DSCF1821-card-ed2.jpg)


...and finally (for this post, certainly) the last pic of him, so let's have a big...
HIGH FIVE!!
(http://i432.photobucket.com/albums/qq49/LucasM06/L0039080531DSCF1930-card-ed2.jpg)
Title: Re: Pets
Post by: anais.jude on January 18, 2009, 06:09:38 PM
awwwww, he's a cutie!
Title: Re: Pets
Post by: MrTorso on January 18, 2009, 07:26:02 PM
Here is my cat Trouble:

(http://i122.photobucket.com/albums/o255/MrTorso/Forum%20Posts/troubleBoston.jpg)

Here he is when were getting ready to move and he was completely stressed out and not cleaning himself. I think of it as Trouble doing his Bill the Cat impression. The pic is big so I spoiler tagged it:

Spoiler (click to show/hide)
Title: Re: Pets
Post by: Invader_quirk on January 18, 2009, 07:46:35 PM
Little Bill
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Misty

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Scooter

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Sam
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Tawny
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Beabith
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Porko
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Zoey
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Title: Re: Pets
Post by: Invader_quirk on January 18, 2009, 07:52:17 PM
Quirk, are you a lonely dowager?

Quite the opposite, actually. I'm a 17-year old boy living with my family. It was a good guess though, given the information available to you.  ;D
Title: Re: Pets
Post by: Chaos on January 18, 2009, 07:54:23 PM
That is seriously the largest number of problem cats (at least percentage-wise) I have seen in one location in my entire life, and I've volunteered for four separate rural shelters. Cheers to you guys for being so open about caring for them regardless of their condition.
Title: Re: Pets
Post by: a pretty girl is like on January 18, 2009, 07:55:34 PM
You're living in a Mutter Museum for cats.
Title: Re: Pets
Post by: Invader_quirk on January 18, 2009, 08:00:28 PM
I'm getting quite a lot of cheers.
Title: Re: Pets
Post by: Chaos on January 18, 2009, 08:36:11 PM
Just don't go thinking you can open up a bar or anything.
Title: Re: Pets
Post by: Sideswipe on January 18, 2009, 09:11:24 PM
and so help you god if you name it Cocktails and Dreams!
Title: Re: Pets
Post by: SmilinJackRoss on January 20, 2009, 01:48:21 PM
We have a new addition to our family (http://forum.rifftrax.com/index.php/topic,3699.msg98568.html#msg98568)!  Meet Bruce, a mixed breed Australian Cattle Dog.  He was surrendered to the humaine society around thanksgiving by a family who kept him exclusively outside, tied to a tiny dog house, and didn't even feed him everyday.  They said he's about a year and a half old.  When he arrived at the humaine society, all he did was hide in the corner.  They have been working with him really hard for the past 6 weeks to make him a bit more sociable, and only just recently decided he was rehabilitated enough to go up for adoption.

(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v187/cooleyre/rupert2.jpg)

He's really quite shy still, but he warms up to you pretty quickly if you're mellow.  He still needs a lot of work as far as potty training and positive re-enforcement, but he's a sweetheart.
Title: Re: Pets
Post by: Tripe on January 20, 2009, 01:51:31 PM
OK this won't be for a while since a)we're still missing our miss Dolly so very much and b)there's a waiting list but we thing the next member of the family will be one of these little fellas:

(http://www.breedersonline.co.uk/Dogs/Photos/Swedish-Vallhund.jpg)
Title: Re: Pets
Post by: The Lady Rommel on January 20, 2009, 02:28:35 PM
Everybody's got such pretty pets, loved looking at them all.  Here are mine (hope the links work, couldn't copy to page)

Mr. Kitty, he'll be 16 in March and Juno, my Kitten
(http://i74.photobucket.com/albums/i268/aprilmayi/009_9.jpg)

More current pic of Juno, at about a year
(http://i74.photobucket.com/albums/i268/aprilmayi/049_49.jpg)

Lucy at her favorite place, the fish tank
(http://i74.photobucket.com/albums/i268/aprilmayi/056_56.jpg)







Title: Re: Pets
Post by: Tyrant on January 20, 2009, 04:58:15 PM

Man, all this cuteness. Here's someone not as cute (at least not in typical company. -I- think he's adorable):

(http://i239.photobucket.com/albums/ff131/stannenba/misc/pj.jpg)

My 9-year old corn snake, Prowl Jr.. I have several other pets, but he's the only one that will sit still long enough for me to actually get a semi-decent shot. He likes to sit in my lap and watch TV with me sometimes, and attempts to go up my shirt the rest of the time (often succeeding). He also loves going to the bathroom on Pak. All my snakes do, actually.
Title: Re: Pets
Post by: a pretty girl is like on January 20, 2009, 05:03:24 PM
GAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAH!  :gouge:
Title: Re: Pets
Post by: Tyrant on January 20, 2009, 05:14:06 PM
Oh please.  ::)  You're looking at the wussiest snake that ever lived.
Title: Re: Pets
Post by: RobtheBarbarian on January 20, 2009, 05:36:51 PM
(http://i239.photobucket.com/albums/ff131/stannenba/misc/pj.jpg)

Cutie pie!
Title: Re: Pets
Post by: Dim of the Yard on January 20, 2009, 05:51:29 PM
He likes to sit in my lap and watch TV with me sometimes, and attempts to go up my shirt the rest of the time (often succeeding). He also loves going to the bathroom on Pak. All my snakes do, actually.

That would be adorable if it were small, fuzzy, and four-legged, like a guinea pig or a puppy.

But it's a snake, which makes it pretty freakin' sweet.  And adorable, but... really freakin' sweet.
Title: Re: Pets
Post by: Tyrant on January 20, 2009, 06:13:13 PM
Thanks, Dim.  :)

He really is my best (animal) friend. Every bit a friend to me that a dog would be to someone else. So many people have prejudice and fear against snakes that it's hard to make them understand that, but I swear it's the truth.
Title: Re: Pets
Post by: Invader_quirk on January 20, 2009, 06:59:14 PM
I like snakes. The thing with snakes that makes people uneasy is that they don't show emotion through facial expressions (Ok, that's not the ONLY thing, but you get the point). The have, however, been proven to have them. When they strike, they're much more frightened than the person they're striking. This has been Quirk's Quirky Little Science Corner! Now back to the thread!
Title: Re: Pets
Post by: Chaos on January 20, 2009, 07:47:06 PM
Corn Snakes have nice markings. I've always liked them. I don't own a snake myself, but my aunt used to have a Garter Snake she named Gasket, because of his habit of wrapping himself around the underside of the roof of his cage, as though he were trying to form a seal around the inside of the lid. Most of the times he was out of the cage, he spent with his bottom half wrapped around her neck and his top half sticking out over the top of her head, amongst her hair, like he was trying to help her do an impression of medusa. He was awesome.
Title: Re: Pets
Post by: anais.jude on January 20, 2009, 08:08:48 PM
i think snakes are cool
Title: Re: Pets
Post by: Tyrant on January 20, 2009, 10:06:48 PM
I like snakes. The thing with snakes that makes people uneasy is that they don't show emotion through facial expressions (Ok, that's not the ONLY thing, but you get the point). The have, however, been proven to have them. When they strike, they're much more frightened than the person they're striking. This has been Quirk's Quirky Little Science Corner! Now back to the thread!

  Oh yeah. They're all about the body language and pheromones (can read the former, obviously not the latter). I can tell when any of my snakes are in bad moods and want to be left alone, and when they want attention. They can be surprisingly affectionate too. I won't pretend they think complex thoughts any more than cats or dogs do, but you can see the gears turning behind those beady eyes if you look close enough. Especially when they're trying to figure out how to escape their tanks (which is nearly all the time).
Title: Re: Pets
Post by: darkchashy on January 21, 2009, 04:53:09 AM
I like snakes. The thing with snakes that makes people uneasy is that they don't show emotion through facial expressions (Ok, that's not the ONLY thing, but you get the point). The have, however, been proven to have them. When they strike, they're much more frightened than the person they're striking. This has been Quirk's Quirky Little Science Corner! Now back to the thread!
Actually, I think It would be rather pants crappingly frightening indeed if a snake started showing emotion.
Title: Re: Pets
Post by: a pretty girl is like on January 21, 2009, 09:08:27 AM
I have nothing against snakes.  I know it's all me.  I'm just a big scaredy baby.

Chameleons and frogs, however, are evil incarnate and must be eradicated from the face of the earth and all memory of them erased in the annals of history.
Title: Re: Pets
Post by: The Lady Rommel on January 22, 2009, 04:32:52 PM
Hey, I like snakes...of the non poisonous variety.

And they make awesome pets too.  Wouldn't mind having one myself.
Title: Re: Pets
Post by: Tripe on January 22, 2009, 04:36:01 PM
Never really wanted to keep reptiles, I like them but I just don't know if I'd have much fun with them.

As far as slightly scary pets got, I'd not mind a flying fox, that would be ace.
Title: Re: Pets
Post by: Tyrant on January 22, 2009, 05:39:56 PM
I've yearned for a tarantula for years, but I somehow keep sharing houses with people who are afraid of them.  :'(
Title: Re: Pets
Post by: Tripe on January 22, 2009, 07:48:38 PM
Aww Spiders, like Bats, are really our friends; they take out a bunch of insects that would otherwise make things quite quite nasty.

Mind you I also have a soft spot for leeches (fascinating wee buggers).
Title: Re: Pets
Post by: Tripe on January 22, 2009, 07:51:15 PM
You'll be wanting some of this then:

(http://carmichael.lib.virginia.edu/images/quinine.jpg)

 ;)
Title: Re: Pets
Post by: Tyrant on January 22, 2009, 09:06:12 PM
Mind you I also have a soft spot for leeches (fascinating wee buggers).


  Me too. But I don't fancy I can keep those as pets.  ;D
Title: Re: Pets
Post by: Piobman on February 12, 2009, 01:05:46 AM
Need a name for my new fish!!

Okay I need a suggestion for a name for my new fish I just got. He's a Watchmen Goby. He's fearless, tiny and always ready for a fight. You can literally
see him huff at you when you get close to him. Later this week we'll be adding a pistol shrimp so they can be buddies (fish geeks will understand).

(http://riffage.nwbagpiper.com/misc/watchgoby.jpg)
Title: Re: Pets
Post by: AmandaGal on February 12, 2009, 01:11:20 AM
Sweet!  He's cute! I love those little guys.

You have a saltwater tank? I am a reefer too.  Though, right now I just have crabs because I had a tank crash a year or so ago and never have wanted to invested more money into it.  I had seahorses forever.  I keep thinking about getting some more, but I'll be spending a few weeks in central America in September and it was "pet sitting" that cause the reef crash in the first place, so I'll probably wait.  Plus I may move soon (I have a lot of excuses) so it's not really worth it.  My tank literally had thousands invested into it. I can wait.

Wait...I think I just inadvertently admitted I do drugs and have a STD. Hmm.
Title: Re: Pets
Post by: Piobman on February 12, 2009, 01:25:33 AM
Our rental won't allow us to have a bigger tank... but as soon as we move (in a couple of years), we plan on doing some major upgrading. I blame my wife for getting me into this fish obsession thing. I also have a mated pair of clowns and a pajama cardinal. I'm fairly new to this saltwater adventure!

Sounds like you had a pretty nice set up. It's an expensive hobby!
Title: Re: Pets
Post by: Tyrant on February 12, 2009, 09:34:07 AM
(http://riffage.nwbagpiper.com/misc/watchgoby.jpg)

   He looks like a 'Herbert' to me.
Title: Re: Pets
Post by: Trumpysgirl on February 12, 2009, 10:05:34 AM
This is almost exactly what my dog looks like, only she has a white snout, no spots and a docked tail.

(http://www.justusdogs.com.au/upload/flex_img/31052008101724_01.jpg)

We named her Emma after Emma Thompson, my favorite English actress.
Title: Re: Pets
Post by: Tripe on February 12, 2009, 10:06:09 AM
A springer?
Title: Re: Pets
Post by: The Lady Rommel on February 12, 2009, 11:41:23 AM
Need a name for my new fish!!

Okay I need a suggestion for a name for my new fish I just got. He's a Watchmen Goby. He's fearless, tiny and always ready for a fight. You can literally
see him huff at you when you get close to him. Later this week we'll be adding a pistol shrimp so they can be buddies (fish geeks will understand).

(http://riffage.nwbagpiper.com/misc/watchgoby.jpg)


How cute!  I love fishkeeping, started in December.  It's a lot of work, but enjoyable.

BTW, I think he looks like a Fred.
Title: Re: Pets
Post by: Sideswipe on February 12, 2009, 11:43:44 AM
I can see him as a Fred
Title: Re: Pets
Post by: RVR II on February 12, 2009, 11:59:10 AM
I think.. Mo ;D
Title: Re: Pets
Post by: a pretty girl is like on February 12, 2009, 01:53:37 PM
How about Candy Cane? 

Candy Cane, come on.
Title: Re: Pets
Post by: wurwolf on February 12, 2009, 02:02:04 PM
Candy Cane....








Hello?
Title: Re: Pets
Post by: Tripe on February 12, 2009, 02:05:08 PM
How about Ozzy
Title: Re: Pets
Post by: SmilinJackRoss on February 12, 2009, 02:05:33 PM
What about Waldo?

Too obvious?
Title: Re: Pets
Post by: Piobman on February 12, 2009, 03:53:13 PM
My friends had a lizard who always hid under things. They called him "Cheney" since he was usually in an undisclosed location.

Very creative!

Of the names I'm kind of liking ozzy for some unknown reason. On a similar note. We have a blacklace angelfish named God. Reason? He's a black angel... which immediately Morgan Freeman comes to mind. And we all know Morgan freeman is god.
Title: Re: Pets
Post by: LucasM on February 12, 2009, 05:08:25 PM
Need a name for my new fish!!

Okay I need a suggestion for a name for my new fish I just got. He's a Watchmen Goby. He's fearless, tiny and always ready for a fight. You can literally
see him huff at you when you get close to him. Later this week we'll be adding a pistol shrimp so they can be buddies (fish geeks will understand).

(http://riffage.nwbagpiper.com/misc/watchgoby.jpg)


I tend to like Ozy too (but with only ONE 'z', otherwise it brings to mind 'Osborne' instead of The Watchmen's Ozymandias, which - I presume - was the in-joke idea of TripeHoundRedux, given that he's a Watchmen Goby).

If not - and given the fact that its temperament might justify it - you could go with 'The Comedian' (even tho he's not a clown fish  ;) ).
Title: Re: Pets
Post by: Tyrant on February 12, 2009, 05:44:32 PM
If he were my fish, I'd probably name him Killface. In fact, if I ever get a fish like that, that's what I'll name him. Unless I decide on my earlier name suggestion.
Title: Re: Pets
Post by: Tripe on February 12, 2009, 06:15:31 PM
I tend to like Ozy too (but with only ONE 'z', otherwise it brings to mind 'Osborne' instead of The Watchmen's Ozymandias, which - I presume - was the in-joke idea of TripeHoundRedux, given that he's a Watchmen Goby).

Bingo, though I thought the extra z would make it less obvious :)
Title: Re: Pets
Post by: Piobman on February 12, 2009, 07:44:53 PM
Need a name for my new fish!!

Okay I need a suggestion for a name for my new fish I just got. He's a Watchmen Goby. He's fearless, tiny and always ready for a fight. You can literally
see him huff at you when you get close to him. Later this week we'll be adding a pistol shrimp so they can be buddies (fish geeks will understand).



I tend to like Ozy too (but with only ONE 'z', otherwise it brings to mind 'Osborne' instead of The Watchmen's Ozymandias, which - I presume - was the in-joke idea of TripeHoundRedux, given that he's a Watchmen Goby).

If not - and given the fact that its temperament might justify it - you could go with 'The Comedian' (even tho he's not a clown fish  ;) ).


I see.... I never read the watchmen books... but I think that's a great idea. The nature of this fish is that he is sort of a bodyguard and not really a bully. He keeps hidden and when paired up with a shrimp will protect it from other critters & even feed it. Since I have a clown... I think we might just have to do a watchmen themed tank! I think we have a winner.
Title: Re: Pets
Post by: Tripe on February 12, 2009, 07:46:59 PM
Ooh cool, what do I win?  :)
Title: Re: Pets
Post by: Dankbuds on February 12, 2009, 07:52:26 PM
Ooh cool, what do I win?  :)

http://www.youtube.com/v/OXc5ltzKq3Y&hl=en&fs=1
Title: Re: Pets
Post by: Piobman on February 12, 2009, 07:58:57 PM
That was friggin' awesome.
Title: Re: Pets
Post by: Tripe on February 12, 2009, 08:03:10 PM
Ah, remember when Micheal Richards was just weird? Good Times!*  :D


* not a show M. Richards is fond of.
Title: Re: Pets
Post by: Bob on February 12, 2009, 08:06:23 PM
Ah, remember when Micheal Richards was just weird? Good Times!*  :D


* not a show M. Richards is fond of.

Thank goodness it was not a black kid.
Title: Re: Pets
Post by: Trumpysgirl on February 12, 2009, 09:15:35 PM
A springer?

Si.
Title: Re: Pets
Post by: Sideswipe on February 12, 2009, 11:27:39 PM
que?
Title: Re: Pets
Post by: Trumpysgirl on February 13, 2009, 09:12:06 AM
que?

El pregunt si mi perro fue un English Springer Spaniel.
Title: Re: Pets
Post by: Sideswipe on February 13, 2009, 09:56:50 AM
your pregnant with an English Springer Spaniel?
Title: Re: Pets
Post by: Trumpysgirl on February 13, 2009, 10:30:20 AM
your pregnant with an English Springer Spaniel?

Shhhhh! The government could be monitoring this!
Title: Re: Pets
Post by: Tripe on February 13, 2009, 11:43:04 AM
que?

El pregunt si mi perro fue un English Springer Spaniel.

I like Spaniels, I used to have a Britney and I'd like a Clumber one day.
Title: Re: Pets
Post by: RVR II on February 13, 2009, 12:28:31 PM
que?

El pregunt si mi perro fue un English Springer Spaniel.
I don't think you should be doing that to your dog.. :P
Title: Re: Pets
Post by: Trumpysgirl on February 13, 2009, 08:50:00 PM
que?

El pregunt si mi perro fue un English Springer Spaniel.
I don't think you should be doing that to your dog.. :P

I figured that you would be impressed, considering both my dog and I are female.
Title: Re: Pets
Post by: Sideswipe on February 13, 2009, 09:14:21 PM
holy shit
Title: Re: Pets
Post by: RVR II on February 14, 2009, 04:20:09 AM
que?

El pregunt si mi perro fue un English Springer Spaniel.
I don't think you should be doing that to your dog.. :P

I figured that you would be impressed, considering both my dog and I are female.
HI-OOH!! :o
Title: Re: Pet Thread
Post by: RVR II on March 05, 2009, 09:16:26 AM
It's a sad day all of a sudden  as my pack leader passed away last night..


Thor 1995 - March 5, 2009

(http://i66.photobucket.com/albums/h275/rvr2/Thor44.jpg)


What's Very Ironic; My Shepard/Husky mix (Jake) passed away on March 5, 2006

Now I have the difficult task of burying him next to Jake under a couple of large white Azalia bushes.. :(
Title: Re: Pets
Post by: RVR II on March 05, 2009, 09:27:52 AM
I'm very sorry to hear that, RVR.  It's nice that you can lay him to rest at his home.

Was it just in his sleep?
It looks like it..

The other 2 dogs kinda lead me to him. Kinda wierd how the family 'pack' works sometimes..
Title: Re: Pets
Post by: Bob on March 05, 2009, 09:48:03 AM
Yeah, 14 years is a good run, but never long enough is it?   

Like Imrahil wrote, you were lucky that you had that long together and passing in your sleep is a good way to go.   Having your other two dogs around is a blessing of course.     Nothing will really take away the pain, but you can be happy that you provided 14 great years to Thor.
Title: Re: Pets
Post by: RVR II on March 05, 2009, 09:51:34 AM
*sigh* True.. True..

It sux right now as I'm trying to maintain my composure with customers coming and going currently..

Just trying to prepare myself with the difficult task of burying him in a little bit..
Title: Re: Pets
Post by: Plastic Self-Cleaning Duck on March 05, 2009, 09:54:59 AM
I'm so sorry, Dude.

At least it was peaceful and among loved ones.
Title: Re: Pets
Post by: Tripe on March 05, 2009, 10:45:28 AM
I'm very sorry RVR, 14 years is still too short a time.  :'(
Title: Re: Pets
Post by: SmilinJackRoss on March 05, 2009, 10:59:55 AM
you have my sympathies RVR.
Title: Re: Pets
Post by: RVR II on March 05, 2009, 11:13:58 AM
Thanks guys.

Just got done burying him.. *sigh* ...
Title: Re: Pets
Post by: Tyrant on March 05, 2009, 11:41:42 AM
I'm sorry, RVR. He was a beautiful animal. I know you'll miss him, but it sounds like he had a good, long life with you.
Title: Re: Pets
Post by: RVR II on March 05, 2009, 11:58:00 AM
Thanks T..

Realizing now how long they were a part of my life is sinking in a bit..
Both 'veterens' were around long before my wife came into my life, The last remnants of my 'single days' has now passed; not meaing this in a bad way, but just the realization of how much time has actually passed by.. :-\
Title: Show off your pets
Post by: THE QUEEN!!! on March 13, 2009, 08:08:50 PM
Come on, show them off. You know you want to. For instance, meet Harpo and Chihiro.
(http://photos-f.ak.fbcdn.net/photos-ak-sf2p/v215/75/67/512987687/n512987687_500045_5563.jpg)
(http://photos-c.ak.fbcdn.net/photos-ak-sf2p/v215/75/67/512987687/n512987687_500050_7697.jpg)
(http://photos-h.ak.fbcdn.net/photos-ak-snc1/v1962/75/67/512987687/n512987687_1296327_8330.jpg)

Title: Re: Show off your pets
Post by: RobtheBarbarian on March 14, 2009, 12:08:36 AM
(http://i41.photobucket.com/albums/e276/diamondback88/remmy3.jpg)

(http://i41.photobucket.com/albums/e276/diamondback88/remmysheet.jpg)

Remington J. Nugent in various states of crazy.

And graduating obedience class.
(http://i41.photobucket.com/albums/e276/diamondback88/remmy5-2-1.jpg)
Title: Re: Show off your pets
Post by: TeamRAD on March 15, 2009, 05:41:50 PM

I never had the heart to adopt another cat since Taboo's kitty harness broke free while playing outside in the wood chips behind my apartment. That was awful (still haven't gotten over that completely), and this is the closest I'm getting to being a pet owner for the time being...

(http://i167.photobucket.com/albums/u154/craigcrusade/Gang.jpg)

They rule.  :)

Title: Re: Show off your pets
Post by: SaucyRossy on March 16, 2009, 09:29:37 AM
TeamRAD those aren't pets those are just stupid dong gone stuffed animals. Though if they could talk they would rule.
Title: Re: Show off your pets
Post by: a pretty girl is like on March 16, 2009, 03:20:37 PM
I'll take any excuse to post pictures of our cats.  :)

Kitty is the favorite.
Spoiler (click to show/hide)

Todd is our comic relief.
Spoiler (click to show/hide)

Spoiler (click to show/hide)

And sorry, RAD, but your pets can't come over to play with our pets.  Kitty likes to stomp on the heads of her stuffed toys.  Marchy marchy march, Kitty loves to march.
Title: Re: Show off your pets
Post by: mrbasehart on March 16, 2009, 08:56:58 PM
aPGiL, should I find it weird that all of your cat pictures show them either licking themselves, or spread-eagled in some way?  :)
Title: Re: Show off your pets
Post by: a pretty girl is like on March 16, 2009, 09:01:47 PM
aPGiL, should I find it weird that all of your cat pictures show them either licking themselves, or spread-eagled in some way?  :)

It's okay with me if you do because we think it's strange too.  But we can't resist the siren call of the cats licking themselves.  Our first reaction is always Where's the camera?!.  :o
Title: Re: Show off your pets
Post by: mrbasehart on March 16, 2009, 09:04:02 PM
aPGiL, should I find it weird that all of your cat pictures show them either licking themselves, or spread-eagled in some way?  :)

It's okay with me if you do because we think it's strange too.  But we can't resist the siren call of the cats licking themselves.  Our first reaction is always Where's the camera?!.  :o

*rises above the obvious pussy-licking fetish jokes*

...

d'oh!
Title: Re: Show off your pets
Post by: wurwolf on March 17, 2009, 08:18:00 AM
Yeah, Lord knows there's not enough of that around here.
Title: Re: Show off your pets
Post by: RVR II on March 17, 2009, 08:24:17 AM
Um...

We already have a Pets thread.. ???
http://forum.rifftrax.com/index.php/topic,3699.0.html
Title: Re: Pets
Post by: THE QUEEN!!! on March 17, 2009, 12:12:03 PM
Oh, thanks. Couldn't find it before, that's why I started one.
Title: Re: Pets
Post by: amityisland on April 06, 2009, 11:17:03 AM
Homer:
(http://i57.photobucket.com/albums/g224/amity1976/homercurtain.jpg)
Title: Re: Show off your pets
Post by: Plastic Self-Cleaning Duck on April 06, 2009, 12:14:26 PM
aPGiL, should I find it weird that all of your cat pictures show them either licking themselves, or spread-eagled in some way?  :)

It's okay with me if you do because we think it's strange too.  But we can't resist the siren call of the cats licking themselves.  Our first reaction is always Where's the camera?!.  :o

An avatar for you next time you feel the need for a change...

(http://i16.photobucket.com/albums/b4/robotrix/83704786747bcabe0ca9c5.jpg)
Title: Re: Pets
Post by: THE QUEEN!!! on April 06, 2009, 02:28:55 PM
Homer:
(http://i57.photobucket.com/albums/g224/amity1976/homercurtain.jpg)
"I'm ready for my close up, Mr DeMille"
Title: Re: Pets
Post by: mike5150 on April 06, 2009, 06:29:56 PM
This is my buddy Jack on his first Christmas

(http://i305.photobucket.com/albums/nn204/jack5150_2008/chanceandjack024-1.jpg)


and just seconds before he ate this couch

(http://i305.photobucket.com/albums/nn204/jack5150_2008/101_0590.jpg)

and if he could talk....here he is saying..."WHAT THE HELL KIND OF PERSON THROWS SOMEONE IN THE POOL LIKE THAT? I MEAN, C'MON MAN!"

(http://i305.photobucket.com/albums/nn204/jack5150_2008/PoolwithJack025.jpg)

Title: Re: Pets
Post by: Bob on April 06, 2009, 06:45:52 PM
Jack looks like a handful..... a wonderful handful!
Title: Re: Pets
Post by: mike5150 on April 06, 2009, 06:52:10 PM
Jack looks like a handful..... a wonderful handful!
heh...I wouldn't know, I cant seem to catch him. But if I do.......... :angry: You have to sleep sometime Jack!

 :) Naw, he's a good dog...he just seems to find my furniture and electronics (2 sets of brand new skype mics and a remote) delicious >:(




edited before the ASPCA was called ;)
Title: Re: Pets
Post by: Tripe on April 06, 2009, 06:56:01 PM
Boo is like that at times, though since she's a puppy she does go dormant every now and then, but then it's back to bite bite bite :)
Title: Re: Pets
Post by: mike5150 on April 06, 2009, 06:59:14 PM
I feel your pain tripe.
Title: Re: Pets
Post by: Tripe on April 06, 2009, 07:02:14 PM
Ah she's mostly doing it because she's really happy and it's the way she earths all the happy energy.
Title: Re: Pets
Post by: Bob on April 06, 2009, 07:10:58 PM
Jack looks like a handful..... a wonderful handful!
heh...I wouldn't know, I cant seem to catch him. But if I do.......... :angry: You have to sleep sometime Jack!

 :) Naw, he's a good dog...he just seems to find my furniture and electronics (2 sets of brand new skype mics and a remote) delicious >:(




edited before the ASPCA was called ;)

Ha-ha, big dogs like big chews!

Shadow during her lifetime ate:

1.   Several pairs of shoes.
2.   A couch..... honest to god, ate the entire BACK of the couch.
3.   Wood window framing.
4.   A screen door.
5.   A bag of flour (she was a BIT thirsty rest of day)
6.   etc, etc. etc.
7.   Several pieces of grass sod.

By age 4, they will grow out of it.
Title: Re: Pets
Post by: mike5150 on April 06, 2009, 07:12:48 PM
If he makes it.  SHHHH...I think he's sleeping! ;)
Title: Re: Pets
Post by: Tripe on April 06, 2009, 07:18:54 PM
Dolly, when she was a puppy, ate a chunk of dry wall, and was none the worst for it. So far nothing so extreme from Boo.
Title: Re: Pets
Post by: Courtney on April 29, 2009, 09:08:16 PM
RIP Punky, 1991-2009

(http://i23.photobucket.com/albums/b388/courtlynne/3005_573045315917_48600003_33627967.jpg)
(circa 1996)

(http://i23.photobucket.com/albums/b388/courtlynne/3005_573045320907_48600003_33627968.jpg)

I'm having a bit of a rough month.  But she lived a good life.  And a long one.  She was OLD, bless her.
Title: Re: Pets
Post by: Relaxing Dragon on April 29, 2009, 09:21:16 PM
Aww, sorry to hear that, she looks like a sweet little pooch. And I feel where you're coming from, I also lost a pet this month :'(

Coyote - 2005-2009: http://i184.photobucket.com/albums/x207/RelaxingDragon1/2552fe16.jpg
Miss you dude :'( :'(
Title: Re: Pets
Post by: mike5150 on April 30, 2009, 12:34:30 AM
RIP Punky, 1991-2009

(http://i23.photobucket.com/albums/b388/courtlynne/3005_573045315917_48600003_33627967.jpg)
(circa 1996)

(http://i23.photobucket.com/albums/b388/courtlynne/3005_573045320907_48600003_33627968.jpg)

I'm having a bit of a rough month.  But she lived a good life.  And a long one.  She was OLD, bless her.
I'm so sorry. That was one of the hardest things I had to go through...just hold on to the memories:)
Title: Re: Pets
Post by: Tripe on April 30, 2009, 04:17:38 AM
Oh I'm sorry Court and Dragon, it's terrible to lose a pet. :(

Why so young for Coyote?
Title: Re: Pets
Post by: RVR II on April 30, 2009, 05:54:37 AM
I'm having a bit of a rough month.  But she lived a good life.  And a long one.  She was OLD, bless her.
Wow, you're not kidding!

I'm still getting over losing my eldest Husky almost 2 months ago :(

Keep hanging in there!!
Title: Re: Pets
Post by: THE QUEEN!!! on April 30, 2009, 12:58:34 PM
Sorry about your dog, Courtney. I lost my cat a couple years ago with whom I spent more than half my life and, let me tell you, I didn't go to bed without crying until two months later. Now I have two other cats who brighten my life, but I still miss the one I grew up with.
Title: Re: Pets
Post by: Relaxing Dragon on April 30, 2009, 01:04:42 PM
Oh I'm sorry Court and Dragon, it's terrible to lose a pet. :(

Why so young for Coyote?

We're not sure. The family got back from being away from a few days, and he was almost gone. Apparently some kind of traumatic internal injury (might've been some kind of animal attack, we do live in the mountains), and when he got to the vet there wasn't anything that could be done. Had to put him down :(
Title: Re: Pets
Post by: darkchashy on October 05, 2009, 07:48:48 PM
Folks, meet Sammie, suppose to be part border collie and my Grandpa thinks part Corgi to. But your guess is as good as mine. Just a pup.
(http://i461.photobucket.com/albums/qq339/darkchashy/205.jpg)
(http://i461.photobucket.com/albums/qq339/darkchashy/206.jpg)
Title: Re: Pets
Post by: RVR II on October 05, 2009, 07:54:31 PM
You sure there's no Chow mixed in?

Cool Pup! :o
Title: Re: Pets
Post by: darkchashy on October 05, 2009, 07:57:15 PM
Maybe, we'll just have to see how she grows, she's got an upturned tail. Always moving to, hard to get a picture

(http://i461.photobucket.com/albums/qq339/darkchashy/190.jpg)
Title: Re: Pets
Post by: darkchashy on October 05, 2009, 08:01:31 PM
nahhh, I just started calling her Sammie
Title: Re: Pets
Post by: Plastic Self-Cleaning Duck on October 05, 2009, 08:06:45 PM
Congrats on the new puppy.  Looks like he might be several "parts".  Those are usually the best dogs.

Anyone mind if I mention that it's going to be two years (Oct 6th) since I lost my baby, Shorty.  Miss him every day.

(http://i16.photobucket.com/albums/b4/robotrix/Shorty1.jpg)
Title: Re: Pets
Post by: LBeria on October 06, 2009, 09:42:27 AM
I've had TONS of pets (starting with Hernia the Siamese that my parents bought before I was born) up to the three that think they own the house now.

This is Cat.  Her name was to be Fuzz along with her sister Psycho Kitty (tragically killed by someone who didn't like black cats).  But "Cat" is all she responded to since we had to yell it constantly to get her to quit doing things.
Spoiler (click to show/hide)
She's now 10 and LOVES plastic bags.  And always looks at us as if she's trying to figure out where her staff is so we can tend to her every need.

This is Cody, our Sheltie.  He's a Service Animal and Therapy Dog.
Spoiler (click to show/hide)
Oh...and he's not thrilled about being wet from rain or baths.....
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Cody has been diagnosed with Congestive Heart Failure and we have no idea how old he is since he was a puppy mill rescue.  So, it's time for him to begin training a replacement so he can retire and relax.

Now we have Harleen Quinzell (Harley Quinn) and, yes, she's just as psychotic as her namesake.  She's a Schnoodle (Schnauzer/Poodle mix).
Spoiler (click to show/hide)
She's a Service Animal In Training....and a hoot!  Cody constantly looks at her like, "What ARE you doing??" when she chews on her feet or chases her tail.

And, yes, the cat is still annoyed..... ;D

P.S.  All of our pets (except Cat who was abandoned by her mother) are adopted from shelters.  These animals are looking for a Forever Home just like those from breeders but you can't usually get a much better and more loving animal (and often a pure-bred or "designer dog") at the Humane Society.
Title: Re: Pets
Post by: Thrifty on October 06, 2009, 10:18:08 AM
As a kid, I had a golden retriever named Jay until he was put to sleep sometime around when I was 8.
I then had a dalmation named, creatively, Spot, until she got hit by a train 3 years later.
Then we got a mixed breed dog named Pepper.  A friend of my sister found it abandoned on the side of the road, and we took the dog in.  Pepper was with us for 9 years until she acquired some sort of degenerative spinal disease and we had her put to sleep.  That was a very sad day.
Then a few days after that (this was in 2002), we got Moby, another mixed breed we found at the pound.  He's a huge white dog with some brown patches on his eye and one of his ears.  Moby is still around today.  Since mom and dad were getting up in age, they gave him away to my brother who now takes care of him.  So Moby was the last family dog.

I had a cat named Fluffy around the same time Jay died.  Fluffy stayed around for a few years, then just kind of disappeared.  He was an outdoor cat.  I think one day he just got hit by a car.

Several years later, around 1998, we got a grey tabby named Catbert and a white cat named Buster from my aunt just before she moved to Texas.  Buster didn't stick around long; he just sort of vanished.  Catbert was around until about 2005.  I don't remember what happened to him.  I brought Catbert with me when I moved to North Carolina in 2004, where he peed all over the carpet and clawed up the rug, costing me my pet deposit and stunk up the place.

In late 2001, a black and white cat we named Frank came around.  He just arrived at the house.  There was a hole in the basement that led to outside, and Frank just came inside for shelter from the cold.  He started just hanging in the basement, but then got bolder and bolder.  By the time he was sleeping on the couch in the middle of the day, we just decided to adopt him.

Not a great idea.  Frank actually turned out to be a bit of a bully.  In the summer of 2002, he started bullying Catbert around and taking all his food.  Catbert lost some weight, and by then we noticed and started keeping a very close eye on Frank.

Frank eventually crawled under the porch and died for some reason.

Nowadays I don't have any pets.  The landlord won't allow them.  But I really do want a cat.
Title: Re: Pets
Post by: Thrifty on October 06, 2009, 11:19:52 AM
Quote
Frank eventually crawled under the porch and died for some reason.

I know this isn't inherently funny, but for some reason the way you phrased it really cracked me up.  As if he's doing it to be obstinate or spiteful.

Yeah it cracks me up too, because that's the kind of cat Frank was.   I'm pretty sure he was an abandoned or possibly runaway animal like Pepper; he was declawed and chubby.
Title: Re: Pets
Post by: Tyrant on October 06, 2009, 02:46:55 PM
Since the only pet pictures I've put on here so far have been snakes, here's someone universally cute for a change: My hamster Jaqueline.

Here she is trying to figure out what the camera noise is:

Spoiler (click to show/hide)

Here she is just being cute:

Spoiler (click to show/hide)

And here she is in mid-bath:

Spoiler (click to show/hide)

Title: Re: Pets
Post by: Desert Roggie on October 06, 2009, 05:32:22 PM
animals are so innocent

such beautiful creations

my little black cat, Newton, turns 10 on Friday October 9

she is a good girl

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FdRRzA86KIk

http://www.rogerblakely.com/apps/photos/
Title: Re: Pets
Post by: Desert Roggie on October 06, 2009, 06:26:39 PM
here's a VIDEO of my sweety taken tonight

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FkvO9n03pcA

http://www.rogerblakely.com
Title: Re: Pets
Post by: NRRork on October 06, 2009, 08:09:51 PM
I'm looking to move in about a month, and I plan on getting myself a kitten after I'm settled in.

I had a cat growing up, a little tuxedo cat named Little Black Cat. She was such a cute little cat. She was the runt of the litter, so she never got all that big.
Title: Re: Pets
Post by: Desert Roggie on October 07, 2009, 05:06:19 PM
I'm looking to move in about a month, and I plan on getting myself a kitten after I'm settled in.

I had a cat growing up, a little tuxedo cat named Little Black Cat. She was such a cute little cat. She was the runt of the litter, so she never got all that big.

GREAT name for a cat!  I call my cat "LBC" sometimes (for Little Black Cat)

my LBC turns 10 on Friday

her name is Newton and she is a sweety spoiled funny girl

http://www.rogerblakely.com/apps/photos/photo?photoid=54389319
Title: Re: Pets
Post by: jewishcarpenter on December 01, 2009, 05:20:57 PM
So apparently the backstory with my new (17 months old) dog is the he was rescued from a commercial breeding facility. I guess the breeders just let the dogs go at it with each other then they'd collect the pregnant females. They couldn't take care of all the puppies at the same time so our dog was feral for almost a year. He's spent the past few months being accustomed to being in the presence of humans. He's still pretty skittish and has been at our house for a little over 24 hours now. He's taken to our other dog Scout pretty well. We named him Louis (but pronounced like "Louie").

He looks like he was pulled directly out of a Disney cartoon,
(http://i51.photobucket.com/albums/f356/jewishcarpenter/6a999370.jpg)
(http://i51.photobucket.com/albums/f356/jewishcarpenter/5eee3be1.jpg)
Title: Re: Pets
Post by: Bob on December 01, 2009, 06:29:03 PM
Sir, those are two happy pups, well done!
Title: Re: Pets
Post by: jewishcarpenter on December 01, 2009, 06:37:18 PM
Man, your dogs are color-coordinated.

Excellent news though.  Obviously they're terriers of some kind, but I don't know the breed.
They are pretty color-coordinated, I think my wife did that subconsciously. Their breed is Cairn terrier.
Title: Re: Pets
Post by: lassieface on December 01, 2009, 07:57:41 PM
(http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2569/4152214484_b95d57600a_o.jpg)

My Fox Terrier Scout...she's almost 9 years old.
Title: Re: Pets
Post by: Edward J Grug III on December 01, 2009, 10:04:56 PM
These photos are kind of old now, but this is my rabbit, Muffin:

(http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3019/2917153573_3282f43a4c.jpg)
(http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3199/3020310077_65fe55b4c2.jpg)
Spoiler (click to show/hide)

And a few comics about him:

(http://www.webcomicsnation.com/memberimages/081004muffin.gif)
Spoiler (click to show/hide)
Title: Re: Pets
Post by: Bob on December 02, 2009, 12:14:05 AM
UBER-cute!
Title: Re: Pets
Post by: RVR II on December 02, 2009, 03:55:33 AM
Bunnys Rock!

We have a wild bunny (Jack rabbit actually) that visits us in our back yard every couple of days er so for the last few months..

(http://i66.photobucket.com/albums/h275/rvr2/02/Bunny-001.jpg)

(http://i66.photobucket.com/albums/h275/rvr2/02/Bunny-002.jpg)
Title: Re: Pets
Post by: wurwolf on December 02, 2009, 06:31:18 AM
How do you know it's the same rabbit, RVR?

And Muffin is adorable. I love bunnies! We just have two stupid cats.
Title: Re: Pets
Post by: RVR II on December 02, 2009, 07:06:44 AM
How do you know it's the same rabbit, RVR?

Well I live in the city and rabbits are a rare sight around here and I've never seen more than the 1 rabbit every single time..
Plus It's been coming around since it was tiny (since August I believe) ;D
Title: Re: Pets
Post by: Plastic Self-Cleaning Duck on December 02, 2009, 07:23:07 AM
How do you know it's the same rabbit, RVR?

Well I live in the city and rabbits are a rare sight around here and I've never seen more than the 1 rabbit every single time..
Plus It's been coming around since it was tiny (since August I believe) ;D
Sounds like a lost (or abandoned) pet to me, then.    :(
Title: Re: Pets
Post by: RVR II on December 02, 2009, 07:37:31 AM
How do you know it's the same rabbit, RVR?

Well I live in the city and rabbits are a rare sight around here and I've never seen more than the 1 rabbit every single time..
Plus It's been coming around since it was tiny (since August I believe) ;D
Sounds like a lost (or abandoned) pet to me, then.    :(
I'm not so sure.. It definitly acts like a normal 'wild' rabbit and seems to be getting plenty of food where ever it goes.. :-\

We leave it lettuce, carrots, and theirs plenty of acorns and pecans around from the trees and no real predators around here either..
Title: Re: Pets
Post by: Thrifty on December 02, 2009, 07:43:52 AM
I want a kitty cat but my landlord won't allow it :(
Title: Re: Pets
Post by: Plastic Self-Cleaning Duck on December 02, 2009, 09:24:23 AM
How do you know it's the same rabbit, RVR?

Well I live in the city and rabbits are a rare sight around here and I've never seen more than the 1 rabbit every single time..
Plus It's been coming around since it was tiny (since August I believe) ;D
Sounds like a lost (or abandoned) pet to me, then.    :(
I'm not so sure.. It definitly acts like a normal 'wild' rabbit and seems to be getting plenty of food where ever it goes.. :-\

We leave it lettuce, carrots, and theirs plenty of acorns and pecans around from the trees and no real predators around here either..
Hope it's okay during the winter then....
Title: Re: Pets
Post by: wurwolf on December 02, 2009, 09:46:48 AM
It's in South Carolina, it should be alright.
Title: Re: Pets
Post by: RVR II on December 02, 2009, 09:48:17 AM
It's in South Carolina, it should be alright.
Yeah, you don't see too many rabbit 'speed bumps' dead in the road round here :P
Title: Re: Pets
Post by: wurwolf on December 02, 2009, 09:51:58 AM
Not like in Pennsylvania. Holy shit, there are so many dead animals on the side of the road it's not even funny. Also, it's deer mating season and apparently the turnpike is like a nightclub to them. Every week I see at least one spot on the road that is covered in blood, guts and torn limbs from some deer that was standing in the middle of the road all, "Helloooooo, ladies!"
Title: Re: Pets
Post by: Plastic Self-Cleaning Duck on December 02, 2009, 10:58:25 AM
It's in South Carolina, it should be alright.
Yeah, you don't see too many rabbit 'speed bumps' dead in the road round here :P
Was thinking of the cold.

If it's not a "native" rabbit, it might not have enough coat to keep it warm.  Not sure it adapts.
Title: Re: Pets
Post by: RVR II on December 02, 2009, 11:13:53 AM
It's in South Carolina, it should be alright.
Yeah, you don't see too many rabbit 'speed bumps' dead in the road round here :P
Was thinking of the cold.

If it's not a "native" rabbit, it might not have enough coat to keep it warm.  Not sure it adapts.
It's a native rabbit.. That's what I meant when I said 'wild'. It likes to hang out under my shed off and on so he seems to be doing fine :)
Title: Re: Pets
Post by: Tyrant on December 02, 2009, 11:45:37 AM
Here are photos of my new babies (both having just eaten, hence the swelling):

Ben (hatch date 10/15/09):

Spoiler (click to show/hide)

Blurr (hatch date 9/28/09):

Spoiler (click to show/hide)

I'm probably totally alone in this, but aaaaaaaaaaaaaaawwwwww.......
Title: Re: Pets
Post by: RVR II on December 02, 2009, 11:48:31 AM
It's in South Carolina, it should be alright.
Yeah, you don't see too many rabbit 'speed bumps' dead in the road round here :P
Was thinking of the cold.

If it's not a "native" rabbit, it might not have enough coat to keep it warm.  Not sure it adapts.
It's a native rabbit.. That's what I meant when I said 'wild'. It likes to hang out under my shed off and on so he seems to be doing fine :)

Whew! For a minute I thought you were harboring an illegal immigrant.
Heh! Those Waskly Illegal Wabbits! 8)
Title: Re: Pets
Post by: RVR II on December 02, 2009, 12:03:30 PM
Be vewy quiet; Wou Dobbs is hunting wabbits...
Somebody was huntin Him not too long ago.. :o
Title: Re: Pets
Post by: LBeria on December 02, 2009, 12:33:55 PM
We have to remind kids in this area of the country that baby opossum and armadillos are not born dead on the side of the road.....
Title: Re: Pets
Post by: RVR II on December 02, 2009, 02:23:14 PM
I ran over a possum the other night. Felt guilty about it for hours.
Well probably nothing you could've done about it cause they aren't the brightest animals on Earth.. :-\
Title: Re: Pets
Post by: RobtheBarbarian on December 02, 2009, 02:58:05 PM
It probably got swarmed by a mob of crows and picked apart before too long. I doubt it lingered much.
Title: Re: Pets
Post by: jewishcarpenter on December 02, 2009, 03:08:20 PM
It probably got swarmed by a mob of crows and picked apart before too long. I doubt it lingered much.
Ever consider working for a suicide hotline? I think you've got the subtlety to talk people down.
Title: Re: Pets
Post by: Bob on December 02, 2009, 03:11:26 PM
It probably got swarmed by a mob of crows and picked apart before too long. I doubt it lingered much.
Ever consider working for a suicide hotline? I think you've got the subtlety to talk people down.

 :D
Title: Re: Pets
Post by: wurwolf on December 02, 2009, 03:13:08 PM
From pictures of our pets to discussion of bloody smears on the side of the road! Yay!  :clap:
Title: Re: Pets
Post by: Bob on December 02, 2009, 03:13:18 PM
How do you know it's the same rabbit, RVR?

Well I live in the city and rabbits are a rare sight around here and I've never seen more than the 1 rabbit every single time..
Plus It's been coming around since it was tiny (since August I believe) ;D
Sounds like a lost (or abandoned) pet to me, then.    :(
I'm not so sure.. It definitly acts like a normal 'wild' rabbit and seems to be getting plenty of food where ever it goes.. :-\

We leave it lettuce, carrots, and theirs plenty of acorns and pecans around from the trees and no real predators around here either..

I get lots of bunnies visiting my house as well.   Sure are cute.
Title: Re: Pets
Post by: Edward J Grug III on December 02, 2009, 05:15:31 PM
UBER-cute!

Hehe, he sure is!

Bunnys Rock!

We have a wild bunny (Jack rabbit actually) that visits us in our back yard every couple of days er so for the last few months..

(http://i66.photobucket.com/albums/h275/rvr2/02/Bunny-001.jpg)

Lucky! A few days ago we thought we looked out our window and saw a rabbit in the yard and for a split second thought it was weird to have a wild rabbit in the yard (we're fairly central in our city) and then realised Muffin had escaped!

Did you guys read the Bunnicula books when you were a kid?

YES!

And Muffin is adorable. I love bunnies! We just have two stupid cats.

Thanks! I am not a cat guy - and I have to admit, I love the convenience of a pet that lives in a hutch.
Title: Re: Pets
Post by: Tripe on December 02, 2009, 05:38:25 PM
Love that Bunny Edward, used to have a Flemish Giant, he was a grewat little (well massive) rabbit.

We actually have a possum that lives in our condo complex, I see him every few mornings just pootling about. :)
Title: Re: Pets
Post by: RobtheBarbarian on December 02, 2009, 05:41:23 PM
There was a little rabbit that lived in my garden one spring, and as far as I know never even ate anything from it. I would come out at about 6 in the morning to let the dog out and it'd be huddled up under the peppers.
Title: Re: Pets
Post by: Snapscape on December 02, 2009, 07:01:59 PM
I have 2 really great cats at the ages of 6 & 7. I did have 3 but one was put to sleep last week. They are all so very unique and give me comfort everyday that I'm alone. With the loss of one of the cats and my brother in the same week, I'm struggling to grasp. I love my cats.
Title: Re: Pets
Post by: lassieface on December 02, 2009, 07:06:46 PM
I'm hoping to move into an apartment off campus in a year or two...maybe I'll get a cat.
Title: Re: Pets
Post by: Dim of the Yard on December 02, 2009, 07:09:10 PM
With the loss of one of the cats and my brother in the same week, I'm struggling to grasp. I love my cats.

Hug 'em tight.  They can be some of your best friends during these times.
Title: Re: Pets
Post by: Bob on December 02, 2009, 07:59:28 PM
Hmmmmm, this is probably not the time to mention the time my doberman found a rabbit nest in the back yard and laid waste to it......
Title: Re: Pets
Post by: RVR II on December 02, 2009, 08:01:03 PM
Hmmmmm, this is probably not the time to mention the time my doberman found a rabbit nest in the back yard and laid waste to it......
uh... no, not really.. :speechless:
Title: Re: Pets
Post by: Sharktopus on December 29, 2009, 05:12:01 PM
This is Phantom. He's two, likes plastic bags, and dislikes closed doors
(http://i47.tinypic.com/15hiiba.jpg)

This is Zoe. She's four, likes bottle caps, and dislikes Phantom.
(http://i46.tinypic.com/28kmtj6.jpg)
I can't believe I got a picture this good with my cameraphone. The stars aligned.
Title: Re: Pets
Post by: Plastic Self-Cleaning Duck on December 29, 2009, 05:27:24 PM
All together now....

Aaaaaaaaawwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwww!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!    :D

Phantom has the sweetest face!   And you're right...your camera is great.  That top picture is amazing.
Title: Re: Pets
Post by: Edward J Grug III on December 29, 2009, 05:42:07 PM
Naaaaw!
Title: Re: Pets
Post by: Tripe on December 29, 2009, 07:27:47 PM
I especially like the pic of Zoe, she looks adorably put upon. :)
Title: Re: Pets
Post by: D.B. Barnes on December 29, 2009, 10:05:43 PM
Phantom has a real 'two-face' thing going on. That cat is up to something!
Title: Re: Pets
Post by: Sharktopus on December 30, 2009, 04:28:06 AM
I especially like the pic of Zoe, she looks adorably put upon. :)

(http://i47.tinypic.com/348iph2.jpg)

Phantom has a real 'two-face' thing going on. That cat is up to something!

Oh, he is. He's lucky he's so adorable.

Phantom has the sweetest face!   And you're right...your camera is great.  That top picture is amazing.

Actual, that one's from a real camera, cropped down. I was super lucky to catch him with his eyes open yet not bouncing off the walls.
Title: Re: Pets
Post by: wurwolf on December 30, 2009, 05:55:32 AM
Gorgeous cats. They have fantastic markings and beautiful faces. I especially like Phantom's blue eyes.

Our two cats, Todd and Kitty, have the same sort of relationship. Todd loves Kitty and would happily spend all of his days snuggled up with her in the sunshine and licking her head, but she harbors a hate of epic proportions for him. She won't let him anywhere near her -- she hisses and growls every time he comes by. So like every socially awkward teenage boy whose love for the cheerleader who hates him cannot properly be expressed, Todd spends his time tormenting Kitty by sneaking up and scaring the shit out of her. And then they get into a slap fight. It's quite entertaining.
Title: Re: Pets
Post by: k1 on December 30, 2009, 06:34:00 AM
Zoe looks identical to my wife's cat Fatty (aka Kitty).  And Todd could be my cat Fat Max's twin.

Sadly they're living with a new family now because of the economy I lost my job and the wife is still only a temp after losing her job.  Their hatred of the new baby in the house kinda sealed the deal.  It was weird, they were fine with our first kid, but went bonkers when the 2nd arrived.  My cat started destroying furniture and anything that belonged to the baby (like the tops off her bottles), and the wife's cat started ripping apart furniture and pissing all over the floor NEXT to the cat box even when it was clean.

Fat Max is missed.  Kitty not so much.  She was a witch.
Title: Re: Pets
Post by: Sharktopus on December 30, 2009, 06:57:00 AM
Gorgeous cats. They have fantastic markings and beautiful faces. I especially like Phantom's blue eyes.

Our two cats, Todd and Kitty, have the same sort of relationship. Todd loves Kitty and would happily spend all of his days snuggled up with her in the sunshine and licking her head, but she harbors a hate of epic proportions for him. She won't let him anywhere near her -- she hisses and growls every time he comes by. So like every socially awkward teenage boy whose love for the cheerleader who hates him cannot properly be expressed, Todd spends his time tormenting Kitty by sneaking up and scaring the shit out of her. And then they get into a slap fight. It's quite entertaining.

Sounds familiar. It's taken over a year for Zoe to warm up to Phantom, but I think she understands that he just plays rough and isn't trying to hurt her. He used to chase her around until she hid, but since we've moved into a new apartment a few months ago she chases him back and generally seems more playful. She's also lost about a pound in the last year thanks to Phantom getting her off her butt.
Title: Re: Pets
Post by: CrowTeeRobot on December 30, 2009, 07:25:53 AM
There was a little rabbit that lived in my garden one spring, and as far as I know never even ate anything from it. I would come out at about 6 in the morning to let the dog out and it'd be huddled up under the peppers.

I'm waiting for the other shoe to drop, but apparently Rob does have a soft side.  The little dickens.
Title: Re: Pets
Post by: wurwolf on December 30, 2009, 07:31:05 AM
He may be a barbarian, but inside he's as cuddly as a teddy bear.
Title: Re: Pets
Post by: Desert Roggie on December 30, 2009, 07:35:07 AM
This is Phantom. He's two, likes plastic bags, and dislikes closed doors
(http://i47.tinypic.com/15hiiba.jpg)

This is Zoe. She's four, likes bottle caps, and dislikes Phantom.
(http://i46.tinypic.com/28kmtj6.jpg)
I can't believe I got a picture this good with my cameraphone. The stars aligned.

VERY nice picture

does your cat try to EAT the HANDLES on plastic bags?

my 10 year old all black cat Newton loves to try to eat them.  have to watch her all the time

http://www.rogerblakely.com/apps/photos/photo?photoid=29887765
Title: Re: Pets
Post by: Sharktopus on December 30, 2009, 07:40:18 AM
does your cat try to EAT the HANDLES on plastic bags?

my 10 year old all black cat Newton loves to try to eat them.  have to watch her all the time

If we don't take the bag away he'll shred it to pieces, but he rarely eats it. Paper bags, on the other hand...

There was a little rabbit that lived in my garden one spring, and as far as I know never even ate anything from it. I would come out at about 6 in the morning to let the dog out and it'd be huddled up under the peppers.

I'm waiting for the other shoe to drop, but apparently Rob does have a soft side.  The little dickens.

He's just waiting for the bunny to fatten itself up before he bludgeons it.
Title: Re: Pets
Post by: CrowTeeRobot on December 30, 2009, 08:24:35 AM
I have way too much free time on my hands.  :P

(http://images.cheezburger.com/completestore/2009/12/30/129066635164698126.jpg)

(http://images.cheezburger.com/completestore/2009/12/30/129066634199204660.jpg)
Title: Re: Pets
Post by: mike5150 on December 30, 2009, 10:22:44 AM
These photos are kind of old now, but this is my rabbit, Muffin:

(http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3019/2917153573_3282f43a4c.jpg)

(http://i305.photobucket.com/albums/nn204/jack5150_2008/101_0590-1.jpg)

WAIT WAIT WAIT....Whats this about rabbit muffins?
Title: Re: Pets
Post by: Plastic Self-Cleaning Duck on January 07, 2010, 01:45:07 PM
Some Pet Insurance company released a list of Most Popular and Most Unusual pet names they've received on the paperwork:

Most unusual dog names
1. Doogie Schnauzer MD
2. Sargent Sausage
3. I Am Sparticus
4. Lunchbox
5. Angus Sir Loin
6. Bam-Bam Noodle Butt
7. Mouse Meat
8. Fluffernutter
9. Kanye East
10. Inspector Foo Foo

Most unusual cat names
1. Snag L. Tooth
2. Clawed Monet
3. Velvet Elvis
4. Eartha Kitty
5. Blue Man Chew
6. Catzilla
7. Thurston Picklesworth III
8. Yardsale
9. Dishwasher
10. Polly Prissypants
Title: Re: Pets
Post by: a pretty girl is like on January 07, 2010, 02:50:45 PM
Some Pet Insurance company released a list of Most Popular and Most Unusual pet names they've received on the paperwork:

Most unusual cat names
1. Snag L. Tooth
2. Clawed Monet
3. Velvet Elvis
4. Eartha Kitty
5. Blue Man Chew
6. Catzilla
7. Thurston Picklesworth III
8. Yardsale
9. Dishwasher
10. Polly Prissypants

Todd Hillier Musgi is the best name ever for a cat.  Of course, I'm a little biased.
Title: Re: Pets
Post by: RobtheBarbarian on January 07, 2010, 02:53:12 PM
All of them lack the dignity of Remington J. Nugent-Moyer.
Title: Re: Pets
Post by: Plastic Self-Cleaning Duck on January 07, 2010, 02:53:54 PM
I used to call my cousin's cat "Catzilla" but that was just a nickname...and because he was bigger than a Jack Russell terrier....

Not fat big but BIG big....
Title: Re: Pets
Post by: Rude on January 07, 2010, 03:14:58 PM
...

Our old roommate used to simply call her cat Kitty. We used to joke that it was short for Kittyford VonMeowsalot The Third. It was stupid, but still kinda' funny until the cat became ours by default and we had to fill out the paperwork at the veterinarian.

Kiityford was too ridiculous, and Kitty sounded like we just couldn't be bothered to name him... so now they think his name is Fritz. Still totally generic, but whatever. Anyway, we still get confused whenever they send an appointment reminder addressed to Fritz.

-Rude
Title: Re: Pets
Post by: wurwolf on January 07, 2010, 06:00:33 PM
That kind of happens with us. Kitty was a kitten when we got her but the people who found her and took her in named her Amber. So we called her that for a little while until we realized what a stupid name Amber was and just defaulted to Kitty. Every once in a while the vet refers to her as Amber, though, and we're always like, What the hell?

And I agree with my husband, Todd is the best name for a cat ever.
Title: Re: Pets
Post by: Tripe on January 07, 2010, 06:28:01 PM
You can't go wrong naming a dog Jemmy, unless by "wrong" you meant having a tiny little dog who seems to be a devout acolyte of Satan and occasionally sounds like he's possessed by Barry Gibb, then I suppose you could say you have gone very wrong indeed.
Title: Re: Pets
Post by: wurwolf on January 07, 2010, 06:33:07 PM
I think God went wrong there, Tripe. Or evolution or Pan, or whatever. :)
Title: Re: Pets
Post by: Tyrant on January 08, 2010, 07:43:51 AM
We had a hamster named Zim a few years ago. His real name was Zimmington P. Humplebottom. I'm still not sure what the P stood for.
Title: Re: Pets
Post by: Plastic Self-Cleaning Duck on January 08, 2010, 11:39:50 AM
http://www.youtube.com/v/DpA2tMrQ4RU&color1
Title: Re: Pets
Post by: NRRork on January 08, 2010, 02:11:39 PM
My adoption just got approved today, so tomorrow I'm gonna go pick up my little calico kitten! ^_^

I will DEFINITELY have pics. I'm just in a really good mood over this because I've been depressed as all hell this week. The holidays really had me down, and this week kinda sucked too. But now I'm just really excited!

Such is the power of kittens.
Title: Re: Pets
Post by: Plastic Self-Cleaning Duck on January 08, 2010, 02:19:43 PM
My adoption just got approved today, so tomorrow I'm gonna go pick up my little calico kitten! ^_^

I will DEFINITELY have pics. I'm just in a really good mood over this because I've been depressed as all hell this week. The holidays really had me down, and this week kinda sucked too. But now I'm just really excited!

Such is the power of kittens.

(http://ak.imgag.com/imgag/product/full/ap/3078781/graphic1.gif)
Title: Re: Pets
Post by: NRRork on January 08, 2010, 02:29:07 PM
Thanks ^_^.

Looks like I'm gonna go pick her up tomorrow. I'll post a picture as soon as I can. Judging by her size and her eyes still having a little blue in them, I'd say she's around 12 weeks. And the adoption person said the same thing.
Title: Re: Pets
Post by: Bob on January 08, 2010, 02:46:42 PM
Thanks ^_^.

Looks like I'm gonna go pick her up tomorrow. I'll post a picture as soon as I can. Judging by her size and her eyes still having a little blue in them, I'd say she's around 12 weeks. And the adoption person said the same thing.

Congrats!
Title: Re: Pets
Post by: NRRork on January 09, 2010, 04:37:25 AM
Since I have cats on the brain at the moment, I'll show a couple pictures of my first cat, though. She was actually my brother's cat, but she pretty much just became the family cat after he left for college. The photos are a little grainy, though, because they're older. Sadly, she was hit by a car when she was 11. One more reason I intend to keep my new kitty indoor-only (that and I don't live in the country anymore).

She had several names. First my brother named her Spock because we it was a boy cat. Then after a few months we realized the... boy parts.. should've descended by then, and we realized it was a girl cat. So he changed it to Valaris (Since then, I've become very familiar with those Star Trek movies. One of these days I'll have to ask him why he named her after the BAD female Vulcan, and not Saavik. Wrath of Kahn was a better movie anyway. ^_^). And all the while, my dad seemed to think that as the house patriarch or some shit that HE had the right to name all pets, and tried naming her Duane.

So, she eventually just became Little Black Cat. We all were constantly just calling her "Little Cat" as a nickname anyway. She was the runt of the litter, so never got all that big. It's a shame we never got pictures of her as a kitten, she was SO damn tiny when we brought her home. My brother actually first brought her into the house in his coat pocket. We'd find her nestled up and sleeping in the spaces between our couch cushions. It was a few months of carefully watching where we sat until she got bigger.

(http://photos-g.ak.fbcdn.net/photos-ak-snc1/v3888/100/34/525821466/n525821466_2311459_3913091.jpg)

This was her around 2000 I think.

(http://photos-a.ak.fbcdn.net/photos-ak-snc1/v3888/100/34/525821466/n525821466_2311458_2628316.jpg)

And that was her in '04, probably not too long before we lost her. ;_; That brown eye is still a real mystery to us. When she was young they were both yellow, and later on it started as one spot and then covered the whole thing.

I would've had more pictures, but taking photos was really a bitch in the pre-digital days. Had to take the photo, use a whole roll, and really stay on my mom to make sure she'd go have the damn things developed. And only then would we know how well they came out. In a lot of ways, we really live in a great time! ^_^
Title: Re: Pets
Post by: NRRork on January 09, 2010, 02:43:13 PM
Well, I got my new little kitten cat home.

Penny Lane, but I think I'll go with "Laney" for short. I know it's not the obvious nickname, but that's the point.

She spent about the first hour or so here just walking around exploring her new home, checking out every little nook and cranny. It didn't take long for her to start being affectionate. And I was able to get some pictures, although it took some doing because she tended to move RIGHT as the picture was being taken. >.<

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The third one I think is especially cute because I thought she'd disappeared on me. I looked all over the house trying to find her, and then I saw her little head poking out of the blanket there.
Title: Re: Pets
Post by: Plastic Self-Cleaning Duck on January 09, 2010, 02:48:28 PM
(http://hphotos-snc3.fbcdn.net/hs193.snc3/20047_247334366466_525821466_3795429_6158861_n.jpg)

AAAAWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWW!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

 :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D
Title: Re: Pets
Post by: Bob on January 09, 2010, 02:55:02 PM
(http://hphotos-snc3.fbcdn.net/hs193.snc3/20047_247334366466_525821466_3795429_6158861_n.jpg)

AAAAWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWW!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

 :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D

To steal a line from MST3K, she is "agressively cute".
Title: Re: Pets
Post by: NRRork on January 09, 2010, 02:59:52 PM
Well, thank you.

"Aggressively cute." I remember one of them saying that, but I forget which episode it was.

It's also rather fitting that she'd choose to curl up in my Lions blanket. Also a little ironic, since I'm pretty sure she could play FOOTBALL better than the Lions. ^;_;^ (That's supposed to be a teary, bittersweet smiley.)
Title: Re: Pets
Post by: Plastic Self-Cleaning Duck on January 09, 2010, 03:07:29 PM
"Aggressively cute." I remember one of them saying that, but I forget which episode it was.

Santa Claus about Lupita.
Title: Re: Pets
Post by: anais.jude on January 09, 2010, 08:10:26 PM
Well, I got my new little kitten cat home.

Penny Lane, but I think I'll go with "Laney" for short. I know it's not the obvious nickname, but that's the point.

She spent about the first hour or so here just walking around exploring her new home, checking out every little nook and cranny. It didn't take long for her to start being affectionate. And I was able to get some pictures, although it took some doing because she tended to move RIGHT as the picture was being taken. >.<

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The third one I think is especially cute because I thought she'd disappeared on me. I looked all over the house trying to find her, and then I saw her little head poking out of the blanket there.

OMG, my kitten's name is Abbey Road! They should become BFFs.  :D
Title: Re: Pets
Post by: Sharktopus on January 12, 2010, 04:35:34 AM
Glad I'm not the only person to nickname their cat. It took about a month for me to finally settle on Zoe, which stuck pretty quickly, but when she grew into her "I'm a mighty warrior jungle cat" phase of attacking anything that moved (or didn't  move, sometimes) I started jokingly calling her Puma, scary Puma, silly Puma, terrifying Puma, et cetera. (And I only recently saw Ring Of Terror for the first time, so that had nothing to do with it, although now I sometimes call her Pyooma instead.)

So we often call her by her full name, Zoe Puma... Except once, when she doing something bad, I don't remember what, and I yelled "Zoe Elizabeth Puma stop that right now!" I have no idea why I said Elizabeth. I think I was making a Producers reference to the cat. She didn't get it.
Title: Re: Pets
Post by: spaceforarent on March 06, 2010, 08:22:37 PM
(http://i6.photobucket.com/albums/y212/mattrick51/0224001335.jpg?t=1267935592) 

A few weeks ago I adopted this little guy. I'm typically a dog person, but how could I pass up a cat that was already named Batman (as seen on the box behind him)?
Title: Re: Pets
Post by: Plastic Self-Cleaning Duck on March 06, 2010, 09:21:48 PM
How adorable!!!

Congrats on your new family member!!!!

 ;D

Title: Re: Pets
Post by: spaceforarent on March 07, 2010, 04:47:49 AM
How adorable!!!

Congrats on your new family member!!!!

 ;D


He is pretty awesome. The people at the SPCA literally cheered when I decided to get him.
Title: Re: Pets
Post by: RVR II on July 20, 2010, 04:02:02 PM
So I was out working on installing a couple fog lights on my Durango about 20 minutes ago and check out what slithered on by.. :o

(http://i66.photobucket.com/albums/h275/rvr2/02/Snake0011.jpg)

(http://i66.photobucket.com/albums/h275/rvr2/02/Snake0022.jpg)

(http://i66.photobucket.com/albums/h275/rvr2/02/Snake0033.jpg)

(http://i66.photobucket.com/albums/h275/rvr2/02/Snake0044.jpg)

(http://i66.photobucket.com/albums/h275/rvr2/02/Snake0055.jpg)
Title: Re: Pets
Post by: Bob on July 20, 2010, 04:06:33 PM
Oh hai Satan.....
Title: Re: Pets
Post by: RVR II on July 20, 2010, 04:07:50 PM
Oh hai Satan.....
I named it Slim Jim :P
Title: Re: Pets
Post by: Tripe on July 20, 2010, 04:14:43 PM
Aww I love Garter Snakes.
Title: Re: Pets
Post by: RVR II on July 20, 2010, 04:18:55 PM
Aww I love Garter Snakes.
That's what I thought it was (that, or a black snake)..
It's under my house now so hopefully it'll stick around and feast on those Cave Crickets (or hunchback crickets) http://www.google.com/images?hl=en&q=cave+crickets&um=1&ie=UTF-8&source=univ&ei=wy5GTO2XLMT68AapsunqCA&sa=X&oi=image_result_group&ct=title&resnum=1&ved=0CCcQsAQwAA
that are all over the place under my house :P
Title: Re: Pets
Post by: Tripe on July 20, 2010, 04:22:20 PM
Those are some scary looking crickets.

Don't Black Snakes have reddish markings on their bellies?

EDIT: Hmm so apparently both "Garter Snake" and "Black Snake" can refer to a whole host of different small innocuous serpents.

So we're probably right whatever we call it. :)
Title: Re: Pets
Post by: RVR II on July 20, 2010, 04:29:48 PM
Those are some scary looking crickets.

Don't Black Snakes have reddish markings on their bellies?

EDIT: Hmm so apparently both "Garter Snake" and "Black Snake" can refer to a whole host of different small innocuous serpents.

So we're probably right whatever we call it. :)
All I know is that it ain't no Copper head or else It would getting prepped to become a belt 8)
Title: Re: Pets
Post by: Bob on July 20, 2010, 05:28:33 PM
So, does this mean we've seen RVR II's snake?    :gouge:
Title: Re: Pets
Post by: RVR II on July 20, 2010, 05:30:45 PM
So, does this mean we've seen RVR II's snake?    :gouge:
Mine's Much Bigger :rimshot:

GET OFF MY PLANE!!!
Title: Re: Pets
Post by: TTYT on July 21, 2010, 09:12:13 PM
My brother had to put down his older beagle on Monday.  She had metastasized cancer, lots of tumors, and...was just not having a good time of it.  She was really sweet, and really beagle-y (lots of paying, lots of sniffing). He still her has her pup, who's 6, and she's buried in his backyard under an apple tree.

Pretty sad for all of us though. I hate it when dogs die.

Yeah, our dogs are on the way out, too. Hopefully not soon, but the vet's said if they have another major health issue and they have to come in for more than a general checkup, she's putting them down. But they've lived a very long 16 years, so it's not all bad.
Title: Re: Pets
Post by: Tripe on July 22, 2010, 06:24:00 AM
My brother had to put down his older beagle on Monday.  She had metastasized cancer, lots of tumors, and...was just not having a good time of it.  She was really sweet, and really beagle-y (lots of paying, lots of sniffing). He still her has her pup, who's 6, and she's buried in his backyard under an apple tree.

Pretty sad for all of us though. I hate it when dogs die.

Condolences. :(
Title: Re: Pets
Post by: MartyS (Gromit) on July 23, 2010, 05:21:28 PM
This thread needs more:
(http://www.science.widener.edu/~schultz/waco/Pa140189.jpg)

(http://www.science.widener.edu/~schultz/waco/Pa140178.jpg)

My horse Waco a few years ago, not sure he's going to make it through this summer, this spring the pollen was pretty bad for his respiratory problems, now this heat isn't helping.  Really bad catch 22 with his breathing problems, when he's breathing hard he doesn't like to eat so it's had to get him to eat his medicine so he can breath easier...  Hope he can gain some weight back in August, he usually gets some of the weight he loses in the spring back in July and August, really need that since September is usually another hard month for him.
Title: Re: Pets
Post by: Bob on July 23, 2010, 06:11:58 PM
That is a very handsome horse....
Title: Re: Pets
Post by: NRRork on July 24, 2010, 10:54:39 AM
^ I'll reply to that with the same thing I say every time I pass by a horse in a real life:

"Hey, horse, how's it goin'?"

My cat's coming up on a year old. The papers that the rescue gave me lists her date of birth as 8/10/2009. I imagine that's a guess, since the records also say she was first dropped off there exactly one month later. They probably just made an educated guess at her age then. But I'll take it.

My little Laney is growing up. She never really got that big, though. I like that, the cat I had growing up stayed pretty small, too.

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Title: Re: Pets
Post by: RVR II on July 26, 2010, 06:35:23 PM
So I was out working on installing a couple fog lights on my Durango about 20 minutes ago and check out what slithered on by.. :o

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Just got confirmation about my snake from my exterminator friend (He's also a Zoology expert)..

Quote
This is a Black Racer, it is not poisonous. It is a constrictor, It will eat mice, insects, small birds, but is not harmful to humans. If there is no food source around it will move on very quickly.
But like I said, I have a cave cricket infestation under my house so it should be quite happy there ;D
Title: Re: Pets
Post by: Courtney on September 14, 2010, 11:31:09 AM
(http://i23.photobucket.com/albums/b388/courtlynne/20849_637450841727_48600003_3559511.jpg)

See that little chunk of precious? My tiny baby? My favorite pet I've ever even heard of?

Yeah, she did this.

(http://i23.photobucket.com/albums/b388/courtlynne/photo-3.jpg)

Puppies*, man. We started keeping the garbage in the bathroom while we're at work because she was knocking it over in the kitchen (she likes coffee grounds), and apparently the door didn't shut all the way. That was fun to come home to.

*Also, yes, she's a puppy. We were told when we got her that she was 2, then when we took her to the vet, the vet said "Yeeeeeahh, she's maybe 9 months to a year." Which I love, but wasn't really prepared for. But I love her, she's awesome. Shmurpy.
Title: Re: Pets
Post by: Tripe on September 14, 2010, 11:33:30 AM
Aww adorable destruction. I still have a folder of the wanton rampages Boudica went on when she was tiny.

She really hated Foreign Affairs Journal.
Title: Re: Pets
Post by: RVR II on September 14, 2010, 12:09:17 PM
Dat's a goood puppaye.. :D
Title: Re: Pets
Post by: Courtney on September 14, 2010, 12:11:28 PM
You eat a lot of food in the bathroom.

I get hungry in the shower.

(also, as I said, we keep the garbage can in there when we're at work   :P )

By the by, don't judge the bathroom tiles. It's a rental. I didn't do that.
Title: Re: Pets
Post by: RVR II on September 14, 2010, 12:12:48 PM

I get hungry in the shower.

Uh huh.. yeah ... :speechless:
Title: Re: Pets
Post by: wurwolf on September 14, 2010, 12:22:10 PM
There's nothing more refreshing than a glass of powdered Country Time Lemonade while you're in the shower.
Title: Re: Pets
Post by: Courtney on September 14, 2010, 12:46:41 PM
There's nothing more refreshing than a glass of powdered Country Time Lemonade while you're in the shower.

And cat food. And a whole raspberry pie.

Fun fact: the first thing I noticed when I walked in was a big puddle of raspberry pie filling on the couch. I thought it was blood, then saw the seeds. Then my head slow-motion turned to the left and saw the wake of garbage terror.
Title: Re: Pets
Post by: wurwolf on September 14, 2010, 12:54:34 PM
There's nothing more refreshing than a glass of powdered Country Time Lemonade while you're in the shower.
a big puddle of raspberry pie filling on the couch

Good god. Please don't tell me you have a nice light-colored sectional.
Title: Re: Pets
Post by: Courtney on September 14, 2010, 01:01:21 PM
There's nothing more refreshing than a glass of powdered Country Time Lemonade while you're in the shower.
a big puddle of raspberry pie filling on the couch

Good god. Please don't tell me you have a nice light-colored sectional.

Light gray. *hangs head sadly* Suede.
Title: Re: Pets
Post by: RVR II on September 14, 2010, 01:03:24 PM
There's nothing more refreshing than a glass of powdered Country Time Lemonade while you're in the shower.
a big puddle of raspberry pie filling on the couch

Good god. Please don't tell me you have a nice light-colored sectional.

Light gray. *hangs head sadly* Suede.
Hippie ::)
Title: Re: Pets
Post by: wurwolf on September 14, 2010, 01:07:48 PM
There's nothing more refreshing than a glass of powdered Country Time Lemonade while you're in the shower.
a big puddle of raspberry pie filling on the couch

Good god. Please don't tell me you have a nice light-colored sectional.

Light gray. *hangs head sadly* Suede.
Hippie ::)

Oh god. I am so sorry. My deepest condolences.
Title: Re: Pets
Post by: Courtney on September 14, 2010, 01:36:45 PM
She's awesome. She's sweet, super protective and just a good dog. I was sick last week and she would NOT leave my side, and then when fiance's parents' dog stayed with us last night (a very old golden retriever) Annie kept trying to help her move around. She's the best. She's just, ya know, a puppy.

I miss garbage not on my floor, though. And the shoes she ate.
Title: Re: Pets
Post by: Bob on September 14, 2010, 04:15:04 PM
Are you sure that your dog did this and not Robert Downey Jr breaking in your house on a bender?
Title: Re: Pets
Post by: spaceforarent on September 14, 2010, 04:34:36 PM
When my older dog was a puppy, he ate a couple of hundred dollars' worth of DVDs, CDs, and Books.  Like every day I'd come home and find more torn off the shelves and destroyed.  Beating him did no good either, so eventually I gave up, bought some plywood, and stacked it over the shelves when I left for the day.
Are you against crating?
Title: Re: Pets
Post by: Bob on September 14, 2010, 04:43:17 PM
When my doberman was about 9 months old, she ate my couch....... honestly, a couch.   She probably was playing with a tennis ball, got it behind the coach cushions, then decided to get it from the back.   She peeled the back fabric off like an orange.   I then learned that you can buy a semi circle shaped needle to sew it back up. 
Title: Re: Pets
Post by: Tripe on September 14, 2010, 05:07:48 PM
Sounds like Jemmy, I had one of those devices that's supposed to react to the dog barking by making a short high pitched burst.

I came home to find the battery drained and Jemmy hoarse
Title: Re: Pets
Post by: spaceforarent on September 14, 2010, 05:13:43 PM
When my older dog was a puppy, he ate a couple of hundred dollars' worth of DVDs, CDs, and Books.  Like every day I'd come home and find more torn off the shelves and destroyed.  Beating him did no good either, so eventually I gave up, bought some plywood, and stacked it over the shelves when I left for the day.
Are you against crating?

Tried it. He barked the ENTIRE time he was in the crate. I was fine with it; my upstairs neighbor left me a nasty note in my mailbox one day.  I tried an anti-bark collar (the kind that uses citronella).  I put him in his crate, left, he started barking, then barked like crazy as the collar sprayed him, and didn't stop.  I came in to find the collar empty and his face soaked with citronella.


Yikes. I guess my family was lucky with the dog we had. He actually seemed to prefer laying in his, even over the couches (for the most part). There was even a long stretch of time where we could leave him out and he wouldn't even get into the trash.
Title: Re: Pets
Post by: Courtney on September 14, 2010, 08:34:36 PM
Annie's at that point in between puppy and young adult dog where she doesn't bark, doesn't really run around like crazy (unless one of us, particularly me, has just gotten home, then she goes nuts) and really doesn't chew things that often. But when she does, it's not fun. So far: a hazelnut scented candle, one pair of flip flops, a pair of high heels, my friend Kelly's lipgloss, and John's cord for his X-Box.

And the garbage. Always the garbage.
Title: Re: Pets
Post by: spaceforarent on September 14, 2010, 08:45:52 PM
Annie's at that point in between puppy and young adult dog where she doesn't bark, doesn't really run around like crazy (unless one of us, particularly me, has just gotten home, then she goes nuts) and really doesn't chew things that often. But when she does, it's not fun. So far: a hazelnut scented candle, one pair of flip flops, a pair of high heels, my friend Kelly's lipgloss, and John's cord for his X-Box.

And the garbage. Always the garbage.
Well, just hope she doesn't learn how to open the refrigerator like mine ended up doing.
Man I miss having a dog...
Title: Re: Pets
Post by: FLOCK of RABID SHEEP?!?! on October 25, 2010, 10:22:56 AM
there was a cat on my lap a moment ago...she was purring...it was nice :P
Title: Re: Pets
Post by: RVR II on October 25, 2010, 10:24:18 AM
there was a cat on my lap a moment ago...she was purring...it was nice :P
You F-F-FREAK!! :gouge:
Title: Re: Pets
Post by: wurwolf on October 25, 2010, 10:43:31 AM
there was a cat on my lap a moment ago...she was purring...it was nice :P

Aw, that's what my buddy likes to do, too.
Title: Re: Pets
Post by: LucasM on October 25, 2010, 10:59:49 AM
there was a cat on my lap a moment ago...she was purring...it was nice :P

Aw, that's what my buddy likes to do, too.

What's his name, and what does he do for a living?   :rimshot:
Title: Re: Pets
Post by: FLOCK of RABID SHEEP?!?! on October 25, 2010, 07:52:30 PM
The cat is on my lap again...yes I have indeed stolen anais' cat's love. :D
Title: Re: Pets
Post by: spaceforarent on November 16, 2010, 10:17:12 AM
(http://i6.photobucket.com/albums/y212/mattrick51/CIMG0050.jpg?t=1289930988)

We got a kitty the other day. Here she is doing one of her favorite activities, sleeping on my laptop while I try to use it.
Title: Re: Pets
Post by: RVR II on November 16, 2010, 10:22:27 AM
So long as she doesn't spray on it I guess you'll be safe but I dunno.. Hair Balls! :scared:
Title: Re: Pets
Post by: Darth Geek on November 16, 2010, 10:24:35 AM
(http://i6.photobucket.com/albums/y212/mattrick51/CIMG0050.jpg?t=1289930988)

We got a kitty the other day. Here she is doing one of her favorite activities, sleeping on my laptop while I try to use it.
I am so familiar with that!  :D :D Chester and Rosie love to walk all over laptops when we are trying to use them.
Title: Re: Pets
Post by: spaceforarent on November 16, 2010, 11:15:38 AM
So long as she doesn't spray on it I guess you'll be safe but I dunno.. Hair Balls! :scared:
The biggest issue is all the settings that she keeps changing!
Title: Re: Pets
Post by: RVR II on November 16, 2010, 12:02:24 PM
So long as she doesn't spray on it I guess you'll be safe but I dunno.. Hair Balls! :scared:
The biggest issue is all the settings that she keeps changing!
Well kitties ain't too internet savvy but practice makes perfect YEAH! 8)
Title: Re: Pets
Post by: spaceforarent on November 16, 2010, 12:03:22 PM
So long as she doesn't spray on it I guess you'll be safe but I dunno.. Hair Balls! :scared:
The biggest issue is all the settings that she keeps changing!
Well kitties ain't too internet savvy but practice makes perfect YEAH! 8)
I think you mean PURRfect  :P
Title: Re: Pets
Post by: RVR II on November 16, 2010, 12:05:14 PM
So long as she doesn't spray on it I guess you'll be safe but I dunno.. Hair Balls! :scared:
The biggest issue is all the settings that she keeps changing!
Well kitties ain't too internet savvy but practice makes perfect YEAH! 8)
I think you mean PURRfect  :P
Ew that's naughty :gouge:
Title: Re: Pets
Post by: RVR II on November 16, 2010, 01:00:00 PM
So long as she doesn't spray on it I guess you'll be safe but I dunno.. Hair Balls! :scared:
The biggest issue is all the settings that she keeps changing!
Well kitties ain't too internet savvy but practice makes perfect YEAH! 8)
I think you mean PURRfect  :P
Ew that's naughty :gouge:

...no it isn't.
It sounded like it.. :scared:
Title: Re: Pets
Post by: MartyS (Gromit) on November 16, 2010, 01:40:51 PM
The horse I'm leasing now, a Tennessee Walker named Max:

(http://www.science.widener.edu/~schultz/max/max2.jpg)
Title: Re: Pets
Post by: Bob on November 16, 2010, 04:40:10 PM
Ah yes, the old trick of the pet sleeping on something that you want so you have to pay attention to them and pet them..... well played.

And you can lease a horse?   I am pretty ignorant on horses..... do you lease them for something work related or to pal around with or?     Regardless, sharp looking horse.
Title: Re: Pets
Post by: MartyS (Gromit) on November 16, 2010, 05:42:59 PM
And you can lease a horse?   I am pretty ignorant on horses..... do you lease them for something work related or to pal around with or?     Regardless, sharp looking horse.

Basically I'm paying for his feed and board and minor vet stuff like de-wormer and trimming his feet.  In exchange I get to ride him when ever I want.   I'm not ready to buy another horse after Waco died, this horse wasn't being used by anyone at the ranch and I didn't want to be horseless for very long.

He is a handful when you're riding him, always wants to go fast and will not stand still, that's why he wasn't being used.  Too hyper to be rented out to beginners and the few people that were good enough to ride him no longer had time for him.  Funny thing is when out on the trails if you get off him he will stand still forever, get back on and he will start dancing and spinning if you try to make him stand still.  I'm going to try and work on that, we'll see if he can learn to relax and take a breather when out of the trails.

He has the walker gate, that is very cool, you are moving along at a good speed but it's as smooth as if you were walking slow.
Title: Re: Pets
Post by: Bob on November 16, 2010, 05:45:04 PM
And you can lease a horse?   I am pretty ignorant on horses..... do you lease them for something work related or to pal around with or?     Regardless, sharp looking horse.

Basically I'm paying for his feed and board and minor vet stuff like de-wormer and trimming his feet.  In exchange I get to ride him when ever I want.   I'm not ready to buy another horse after Waco died, this horse wasn't being used by anyone at the ranch and I didn't want to be horseless for very long.

He is a handful when you're riding him, always wants to go fast and will not stand still, that's why he wasn't being used.  Too hyper to be rented out to beginners and the few people that were good enough to ride him no longer had time for him.  Funny thing is when out on the trails if you get off him he will stand still forever, get back on and he will start dancing and spinning if you try to make him stand still.  I'm going to try and work on that, we'll see if he can learn to relax and take a breather when out of the trails.

He has the walker gate, that is very cool, you are moving along at a good speed but it's as smooth as if you were walking slow.
Cool!
Title: Re: Pets
Post by: wurwolf on November 16, 2010, 07:10:56 PM
And you can lease a horse?   I am pretty ignorant on horses..... do you lease them for something work related or to pal around with or?     Regardless, sharp looking horse.

Basically I'm paying for his feed and board and minor vet stuff like de-wormer and trimming his feet.  In exchange I get to ride him when ever I want.   I'm not ready to buy another horse after Waco died, this horse wasn't being used by anyone at the ranch and I didn't want to be horseless for very long.

He is a handful when you're riding him, always wants to go fast and will not stand still, that's why he wasn't being used.  Too hyper to be rented out to beginners and the few people that were good enough to ride him no longer had time for him.  Funny thing is when out on the trails if you get off him he will stand still forever, get back on and he will start dancing and spinning if you try to make him stand still.  I'm going to try and work on that, we'll see if he can learn to relax and take a breather when out of the trails.

He has the walker gate, that is very cool, you are moving along at a good speed but it's as smooth as if you were walking slow.
Cool!

That is very cool. I never had the pleasure of riding a Tennessee Walker but I hear they're a great horse to ride.
Title: Re: Pets
Post by: Tripe on November 16, 2010, 07:13:09 PM
It does make me want to find a stable where I can ride. All those near me seem geared towards little girls (i.e. they have height and weight restrictions that mean a grown man or even a teenage boy, are sort of excluded).
Title: Re: Pets
Post by: FLOCK of RABID SHEEP?!?! on November 17, 2010, 07:35:24 AM
I rode a horse a few times when I was nine or so and was kind of nervous about it. Glad the horse just followed the others when we were on the trail.
Title: Re: Pets
Post by: wurwolf on November 17, 2010, 08:35:19 AM
I think my cats are a little retarded. Kitty is over ten and Todd is around four and they're both completely bamboozled by the wind rattling the windows. They're all jumping around like, OMFG HOLY SHIT!!! WHAT WAS THAT!!!

Dopes.
Title: Re: Pets
Post by: FLOCK of RABID SHEEP?!?! on November 17, 2010, 10:05:59 AM
Yeah ours (by that I mean anais') like to watch the squirrels outside the window :P.
Title: Re: Pets
Post by: MartyS (Gromit) on November 17, 2010, 10:05:27 PM
I live currently in Tennessee Walking-Horse country, and watching them do their little goose-step thing is seeing one of the stupidest things I've ever seen animal do.  I admit I have no idea the history/context, but I live 20 miles away from the biggest "Walking horse celebration" festival in the country, and you'd have to pay me over $100 to get me to go to it.

That high stepping with the front legs is not a natural thing, people put weighted rings on their front legs to irritate them so they learn to step like that.  There are a few breeds that people do that with, I forget the name of the Spanish horses that they also do that to.   They used to permanently attach the metal rings, now they use removable ones, but big deal, you are still basically hurting the horse just to make him do that stupid step. 

The running walk gate is not that high step thing, it's a natural way certain breeds move their feet while running that makes them smoother to ride than other breeds.  Instead of rocking forward and back you hardly move at all in the saddle.  The Peruvian Paso Fino horse has a similar running gate. 

Strangest ride is the horses they use for harness racing, there's a few of them at the ranch that have come from the track, they are trained to move in a way that when you start running you are bouncing side to side, very hard to untrain them from that and get them doing a normal lope that has you rocking forward and back.
Title: Re: Pets
Post by: Tripe on November 18, 2010, 04:35:08 AM
There are a few breeds that people do that with, I forget the name of the Spanish horses that they also do that to. 
Lipizzaners

They're more Austrian these days but they originated in Spain. EDIT: Hmm maybe they always were Austrian, they started out as a mix of Spanish and Moorish horses but then the Hapsburgs really developed the breed and they were all Austrian so I don't know. They're mostly associated with the Spanish Riding school in Vienna though.
Title: Re: Pets
Post by: Bob on November 18, 2010, 07:17:35 AM
There are a few breeds that people do that with, I forget the name of the Spanish horses that they also do that to. 
Lipizzaners

They're more Austrian these days but they originated in Spain. EDIT: Hmm maybe they always were Austrian, they started out as a mix of Spanish and Moorish horses but then the Hapsburgs really developed the breed and they were all Austrian so I don't know. They're mostly associated with the Spanish Riding school in Vienna though.


Whoa, just had a "Crimson Tide" flashback.
Title: Re: Pets
Post by: Tripe on November 18, 2010, 09:04:33 AM
Right, but the breed was mostly developed in Austria.

That goes for horses as well. ;)

I mean technically the Hapsburgs were Swiss but that's going waaaaaay back.
Title: Re: Pets
Post by: Variety of Cells on November 18, 2010, 07:17:31 PM
I called my mother on the phone the other day, and she was annoyed because one of her neighbors that she doesn't really know was over at her house at 9pm looking for her lost cat.  But the reason she was looking at my parents house was because apparently a pet psychic talked to the cat, and the cat told the psychic that she was trapped in a sort of bin with plastic in a dark shed that was a sort of beige color that had a wire running out of the shed.  It was also three houses away and there was a man who was slightly overweight and wore a had with a stiff brim.

So our other garage kinda fit the description.  The cat was not found.  There are only three reasons I feel why a pet psychic would do this.  1 being that she actually believes the bullshit she says.  2 would be that she would want to help comfort people.  And 3 would be money.

If the reason is 2, then I think she's wrong and is just making the problem worse.  She's giving the woman false hope of finding her cat, instead of letting her accept that fact that she's gone.  And by being super specific... I duno.  On one hand I found it hilarious.  But on the other hand it just made me mad that there are people who prey off other people's trauma to make a buck.
Title: Re: Pets
Post by: Darth Geek on November 18, 2010, 07:26:14 PM
If pet psychics really could read the mind of an owner's animal (and were honest about it), the readings would all go like this; "Your pet feels deep shame to be owned by a person who would go to a pet psychic."
Title: Re: Pets
Post by: Plastic Self-Cleaning Duck on November 19, 2010, 01:55:08 PM
If pet psychics really could read the mind of an owner's animal (and were honest about it), the readings would all go like this; "Your pet feels deep shame to be owned by a person who would go to a pet psychic."

Or very likely, it would go like this:

"What kind of like is this?  In this 'cave' with these animals on two legs....nice animals who like to stroke me in a way that feels good but still...I should be out there in the wild with my own kind!  Running! Stalking!  Bringing down food with my own teeth, feeling the prey struggle against the unforgiving strength of my jaws and.....

CAN OPENER!!!!"

 :)
Title: Re: Pets
Post by: Darth Geek on November 19, 2010, 02:42:19 PM
"What kind of like is this?  In this 'cave' with these animals on two legs....nice animals who like to stroke me in a way that feels good but still...I should be out there in the wild with my own kind!  Running! Stalking!  Bringing down food with my own teeth, feeling the prey struggle against the unforgiving strength of my jaws and.....

CAN OPENER!!!!"

 :)
:clap: :clap:
Title: Re: Pets
Post by: Dim of the Yard on November 23, 2010, 07:57:23 AM
My family just rescued a 10 year old Yorkie named Roxie.  She was a puppy mill dog from Missouri, and spent most of her life making more puppies for the mill.  Because of her age, she was almost half as much as the other Yorkies the rescue shelter had, but she's got just about as much energy as the Pugs do, so she's fitting in just fine.

(http://img222.imageshack.us/img222/984/15418255739337756252103.jpg)

I still have no idea why Willie's sticking his tongue out at her, but... hey.  Dogs.
Title: Re: Pets
Post by: spaceforarent on June 16, 2011, 04:22:12 PM
(http://i6.photobucket.com/albums/y212/mattrick51/th_get-attachmentaspx-1.jpg)

We recently got two kittens. This is mine. Now if only she would do this at the same time as me.
Title: Re: Pets
Post by: D.B. Barnes on June 16, 2011, 05:29:16 PM
(http://i6.photobucket.com/albums/y212/mattrick51/th_get-attachmentaspx-1.jpg)

We recently got two kittens. This is mine. Now if only she would do this at the same time as me.

Whoa! Easy on the photo resolution there, Space. You're testing the limits of my video card!

Am I looking at a kitten or a mitten? Is this meant to fit on a stamp? It's sub-wallet size.  ;)
Title: Re: Pets
Post by: spaceforarent on June 16, 2011, 05:35:03 PM
Hah, this is the only good picture so far, taken on my brother's phone. I can't seem to find my camera right now. Too bad too, I'd like to get a picture of both of them soon.
Title: Re: Pets
Post by: Tripe on June 16, 2011, 05:40:43 PM
So is she smoke grey? There's a bluish tint to the pic so I'm not sure. :)

Boo also has sleep patterns that aren't exactly in sync with ours, though when she was a puppy they were. Hopefully your experience is the reverse of ours :)
Title: Re: Pets
Post by: CrowTeeRobot on June 16, 2011, 09:22:02 PM
Awwww, wook at da widdle kitty!
Title: Re: Pets
Post by: spaceforarent on June 16, 2011, 09:59:58 PM
So is she smoke grey? There's a bluish tint to the pic so I'm not sure. :)

Boo also has sleep patterns that aren't exactly in sync with ours, though when she was a puppy they were. Hopefully your experience is the reverse of ours :)
She is, just a terrible quality photo.
The sleep thing won't be an issue once the other cat we have accepts the new kittens.
Title: Re: Pet Thread
Post by: RVR II on July 16, 2011, 10:37:10 AM
Mama Chika
(http://i66.photobucket.com/albums/h275/rvr2/Chikahead.jpg)

Welp, now she's gone.. Found her body on my vacant lot this morning ..
She must've passed away sometime yesterday.. Just finished burying her.. She was 11 or 12 :'( :'(
Title: Re: Pets
Post by: Tripe on July 16, 2011, 10:42:36 AM
Oh I'm terribly sorry, what a thing to come home to. :(
Title: Re: Pets
Post by: Bob on July 16, 2011, 10:46:53 AM
Oh I'm terribly sorry, what a thing to come home to. :(

 :-[
Title: Re: Pets
Post by: RVR II on July 16, 2011, 10:58:06 AM
Oh I'm terribly sorry, what a thing to come home to. :(

 :-[
She must've hung in there till we got back cause she wasn't moving around a whole lot when we got home cause she was trying to keep cool, digging holes in the ground but I guess age finally caught up with her..
This just sux :(
Title: Re: Pets
Post by: D.B. Barnes on July 16, 2011, 01:03:17 PM
(http://forum.rifftrax.com/Smileys/default/sad.gif)

Sorry to hear that, RVR. She was a good looking dog.

My condolences.
Title: Re: Pets
Post by: RVR II on July 16, 2011, 01:09:25 PM
Really sorry, RVR.  Are you now dogless completely?
Got 1 left named 'Solito' ironically..
Title: Re: Pets
Post by: RVR II on July 16, 2011, 01:09:45 PM
(http://forum.rifftrax.com/Smileys/default/sad.gif)

Sorry to hear that, RVR. She was a good looking dog.

My condolences.
Thanks DB
Title: Re: Pet Thread
Post by: LucasM on July 16, 2011, 02:26:42 PM
Mama Chika

Welp, now she's gone.. Found her body on my vacant lot this morning ..
She must've passed away sometime yesterday.. Just finished burying her.. She was 11 or 12 :'( :'(

I'm very sorry about your loss.  I had a close 'fur-friend' die just five years ago so I know how difficult a loss it can be.  I'm very sorry Mama Chika has moved on.  I hope you have a lot of great memories to keep you smiling, even though she isn't with you any more.
Title: Re: Pet Thread
Post by: RVR II on July 16, 2011, 03:11:27 PM
Mama Chika

Welp, now she's gone.. Found her body on my vacant lot this morning ..
She must've passed away sometime yesterday.. Just finished burying her.. She was 11 or 12 :'( :'(

I'm very sorry about your loss.  I had a close 'fur-friend' die just five years ago so I know how difficult a loss it can be.  I'm very sorry Mama Chika has moved on.  I hope you have a lot of great memories to keep you smiling, even though she isn't with you any more.
Thanks Lucas.
This is the third dog I've lost; the first was my shepard/husky mix back in 2006, then 3 years later, 'Daddy Thor' (my male husky) passed away and now the mother husky.
The wife asked If I wanted another one to keep the remaining husky company but I don't think that's a good option now; especially as often as we go to Mexico now, it's difficult to get someone to house sit and take care of the dogs while we're gone..
:(
Title: Re: Pets
Post by: CrowTeeRobot on July 17, 2011, 07:07:46 AM
Sorry to hear about your dog, RVR. I just lost a dog last year, so that feeling is still fresh. You'll be in my thoughts, sir.  :-[
Title: Re: Pets
Post by: RVR II on July 17, 2011, 07:40:50 AM
Sorry to hear about your dog, RVR. I just lost a dog last year, so that feeling is still fresh. You'll be in my thoughts, sir.  :-[
Thanks! Trying to keep busy so I don't dwell on the loss too much..
Title: Re: Pets
Post by: Tyrant on July 17, 2011, 01:22:10 PM
I'm so sorry, RVR. You're in my thoughts and prayers.
Title: Re: Pets
Post by: RVR II on July 17, 2011, 02:30:35 PM
I'm so sorry, RVR. You're in my thoughts and prayers.
Thanks T
Title: Re: Pets
Post by: Bob on August 24, 2011, 02:37:48 PM
A friend of mine has a son that has an expanding family and would like to find a good home for his 4 year old male boxer.    Soooooooo tempted, but I am afraid that my 4 foot high decrative fencing would mean leaping boxer running on golf course.
Title: Re: Pets
Post by: k1 on November 11, 2011, 06:35:54 AM
Sent out an email inquiring about a cat looking for a home that we saw online.  Looks to be another Ocicat.  This time less tabby/tiger looking than Fat Max was (or Todd if you're more familiar with wurwolf & APGiL's cat).  Hard to tell exactly since the picture online wasn't that great.

We probably shouldn't adopt a new cat at this point since we're still pretty broke & our porch where the cat box would go is filled with furniture and stuff from s1's moms house.  But we'll see...
Title: Re: Pets
Post by: D.B. Barnes on November 11, 2011, 08:51:35 AM
Sent out an email inquiring about a cat looking for a home that we saw online.  Looks to be another Ocicat.  This time less tabby/tiger looking than Fat Max was (or Todd if you're more familiar with wurwolf & APGiL's cat).  Hard to tell exactly since the picture online wasn't that great.

We probably shouldn't adopt a new cat at this point since we're still pretty broke & our porch where the cat box would go is filled with furniture and stuff from s1's moms house.  But we'll see...

(http://img411.imageshack.us/img411/774/35a1t4.jpg)
Title: Re: Pets
Post by: k1 on November 11, 2011, 12:57:33 PM
Nuts. The cat I wan has a brother (black and white) that looks like it has a Batman mask on.
Spoiler (click to show/hide)
ADOPT ALL THE CATS!

We are a little worried about the adoption application since we had to surrender both our cats before due to them going bonkers and causing insane amounts of damage to our house and belongings after our daughter was born. (they were fine with our son)
Title: Re: Pets
Post by: D.B. Barnes on November 11, 2011, 01:03:45 PM
Nuts. The cat I wan has a brother (black and white) that looks like it has a Batman mask on. ADOPT ALL THE CATS!

We are a little worried about the adoption application since we had to surrender both our cats before due to them going bonkers and causing insane amounts of damage to our house and belongings after our daughter was born. (they were fine with our son)

That's weird. I wonder why they all of sudden had a problem. And both of them. Very strange.
Title: Re: Pets
Post by: k1 on November 11, 2011, 01:05:34 PM
It was really weird.  My wife's cat hated everyone, so that wasn't a surprise.  It was mine going nuts that was really odd since he was such a laid back cat.
Title: Re: Pets
Post by: D.B. Barnes on November 11, 2011, 01:51:40 PM
Nuts. The cat I wan has a brother (black and white) that looks like it has a Batman mask on.
Spoiler (click to show/hide)

"I'm Catman."
Title: Re: Pets
Post by: k1 on November 12, 2011, 07:39:26 AM
Here's Catman's brother that we're hopefully going to go check out soon:
(http://img2.classistatic.com/cps/po/110528/294r6/86813ch_27.jpeg)
Not the greatest picture but it's the only one they had. 

The shelter said he's fostered with an older couple right now and hasn't really had to deal with kids, so they aren't sure how he'd react to our little terrors chasing him as it's already standoffish at first when it comes to strangers.
Title: Re: Pets
Post by: shodan on November 12, 2011, 05:18:05 PM
Here's Catman's brother that we're hopefully going to go check out soon:
(http://img2.classistatic.com/cps/po/110528/294r6/86813ch_27.jpeg)
Not the greatest picture but it's the only one they had. 

The shelter said he's fostered with an older couple right now and hasn't really had to deal with kids, so they aren't sure how he'd react to our little terrors chasing him as it's already standoffish at first when it comes to strangers.
plus those eye lazers could be a problem.
Title: Re: Pets
Post by: shodan on November 12, 2011, 05:56:58 PM
i actually have a really old one of those, pulled it out of a 30 yr old camera.
Title: Re: Pets
Post by: shodan on November 12, 2011, 07:22:51 PM
heh with those safe cardboard ends?
Title: Re: Pets
Post by: Darth Geek on November 12, 2011, 07:40:29 PM
(http://img2.classistatic.com/cps/po/110528/294r6/86813ch_27.jpeg)
Zuul, motherfucker! Zuul!
Title: Re: Pets
Post by: Bob on November 13, 2011, 04:36:30 AM
i actually have a really old one of those, pulled it out of a 30 yr old camera.

Yeah, I was selling some old star wars toys last christmas and found some.  Yikes. :)


Hell, I'm old enough that I remember that logo......
Title: Re: Pets
Post by: k1 on November 13, 2011, 04:42:31 AM
Lasercat and Catman are being adopted by their foster home. The other one who looked like and was described like Fat Max/Todd was adopted before our application was approved. So we missed him by a few hours.  So no kitteh for now.
Title: Re: Pets
Post by: shodan on November 13, 2011, 07:02:31 AM
my dog Fresca, every morning, goes to the bottom of the deck steps in our backyard and stares intently at the far corner of the yard for a few seconds. then, when she spost the squirrels she's looking for, she takes off at breakneck speed to try and grab one. she goes fast enough she has to hit the fence wit the side of her body to slow down. but she hasn't got one yet. eventually though either the squirrels are gonna  slow down, or get distracted, or fresca is gonna speed up, or get lucky. either way she's gonna get a squirrel one day. because this is a dog that grabs birds out of midair that fly above her. well used to fly above her.
Title: Re: Pets
Post by: k1 on November 13, 2011, 07:54:08 AM
Yep! And the mom of a girl I went to High School with handles the applications so we are pre-approved if we find one we like.
Title: Re: Pets
Post by: Bob on November 14, 2011, 05:50:06 AM
Hey, Annabelle found Penny Wise the Clown's hideout.   Who wants to help me finish him off?

(http://pslowner.smugmug.com/Pets/Annabelle/i-5dwGKrP/0/S/smugshot5290005-S.jpg)
Title: Re: Pets
Post by: Darth Geek on November 14, 2011, 06:53:57 AM
Hey, Annabelle found Penny Wise the Clown's hideout.   Who wants to help me finish him off?

(http://pslowner.smugmug.com/Pets/Annabelle/i-5dwGKrP/0/S/smugshot5290005-S.jpg)
Roo rey roat?
Title: Re: Pets
Post by: Bob on November 14, 2011, 07:23:20 AM
Hey, Annabelle found Penny Wise the Clown's hideout.   Who wants to help me finish him off?

(http://pslowner.smugmug.com/Pets/Annabelle/i-5dwGKrP/0/S/smugshot5290005-S.jpg)
Roo rey roat?

Rey roo?  Ruh row.
Title: Re: Pets
Post by: Bob on November 19, 2011, 05:43:16 PM
Took her for a walk after dinner and I see a couple ten year olds playing soccer in the street.   Annabelle and I walk on by on the sidewalk and suddenly she move about two feet to my right and chomps on something and swallows it.   I then notice that she ate a McDonald's hamburger that was laying on the ground right by the sidewalk.   One of the kids goes "hey, your dog ate my burger!!" in a real whiney voice.   I just laugh and move on.

Of course, I told her "good girl".

She got a snack and made a punk sad.   But really, who the hell leaves their hamburger on the grass by the sidewalk?
Title: Re: Pets
Post by: D.B. Barnes on November 19, 2011, 05:47:29 PM
Took her for a walk after dinner and I see a couple ten year olds playing soccer in the street.   Annabelle and I walk on by on the sidewalk and suddenly she move about two feet to my right and chomps on something and swallows it.   I then notice that she ate a McDonald's hamburger that was laying on the ground right by the sidewalk.   One of the kids goes "hey, your dog ate my burger!!" in a real whiney voice.   I just laugh and move on.

Of course, I told her "good girl".

She got a snack and made a punk sad.   But really, who the hell leaves their hamburger on the grass by the sidewalk?

 :D

Fourth meal! Go Annabelle!
Title: Re: Pets
Post by: RVR II on November 19, 2011, 06:14:44 PM
Took her for a walk after dinner and I see a couple ten year olds playing soccer in the street.   Annabelle and I walk on by on the sidewalk and suddenly she move about two feet to my right and chomps on something and swallows it.   I then notice that she ate a McDonald's hamburger that was laying on the ground right by the sidewalk.   One of the kids goes "hey, your dog ate my burger!!" in a real whiney voice.   I just laugh and move on.

Of course, I told her "good girl".

She got a snack and made a punk sad.   But really, who the hell leaves their hamburger on the grass by the sidewalk?
That would make a great McD's commercial  :D :D
Title: Re: Pets
Post by: Bob on December 02, 2011, 07:58:43 AM
Smug Dog is Smug

(http://pslowner.smugmug.com/Other/SmugShots/i-Ls94Zqx/0/M/smugshot1502517-M.jpg)
Title: Re: Pets
Post by: Relaxing Dragon on December 02, 2011, 10:53:42 AM
Huh, never posted my pet in here. Weird.

Well, no time like the present. Everyone say hello to Rocko:

(http://i184.photobucket.com/albums/x207/RelaxingDragon1/P1000837.jpg)
Title: Re: Pets
Post by: Tripe on December 02, 2011, 11:00:01 AM
Very cute, how long is he?
Title: Re: Pets
Post by: Bob on December 02, 2011, 11:03:02 AM
Hello Rocko!

Does he eat live mice or some other modern "snake chow"?
Title: Re: Pets
Post by: Relaxing Dragon on December 02, 2011, 12:38:13 PM
I believe he is somewhere in the neighborhood of two and a half to three feet long (about as long as he's going to get, basically). He had a really clean shed recently, so I'll measure the skin to ballpark it better. And he eats mice; two adult feeders every two weeks or so.

Had him for more than 5 years now and love him :D
Title: Re: Pets
Post by: Tyrant on December 02, 2011, 12:46:14 PM
And all this time I thought I was the only snake owner. Awesome. He's beautiful.  :)
Title: Re: Pets
Post by: Relaxing Dragon on December 02, 2011, 12:57:36 PM
High five, fellow snake owner!

*no arms*

Awww...

Anyway, two more pics. These are older and not indicative of his current size:

(http://i184.photobucket.com/albums/x207/RelaxingDragon1/P2120321.jpg)

(http://i184.photobucket.com/albums/x207/RelaxingDragon1/P7110568.jpg)
Title: Re: Pets
Post by: RVR II on December 02, 2011, 01:04:14 PM
How about a Mexican bunny eating a tortilla.. :o

http://www.youtube.com/v/cU7LoM5jIsE&feature=watch_response

http://www.youtube.com/v/4Mks2SN0ljk

http://www.youtube.com/v/58y0Kb1pCp0

And now (as of last night) Snowball is missing :'(
Title: Re: Pets
Post by: k1 on December 02, 2011, 01:08:55 PM
Called another local shelter about their kittehs.  They seem to be better about updating PetFinder with new cats that are up for adoption than the 2 we are pre-approved to adopt from already, but they don't list their address on their craptastic angelfire/geocities looking website. They say to call and get the address which is weird. Even the email I sent last week was immediately replied to with an auto reply saying to call.  I have a feeling it's out of some crazy cat lady's home.

But they have a few kittens that look like my old cat (and wurwolf & APGiL's cat Todd) so I'm hoping they call back at some point.
Title: Re: Pets
Post by: Bob on December 02, 2011, 02:14:58 PM
High five, fellow snake owner!

*no arms*

Awww...



How long do pet snakes live, about 20-30 years?   Do they have any personality?
Title: Re: Pets
Post by: LucasM on December 02, 2011, 02:34:58 PM
Huh, never posted my pet in here. Weird.

Well, no time like the present. Everyone say hello to Rocko:

(http://i184.photobucket.com/albums/x207/RelaxingDragon1/P1000837.jpg)

HAssiitthhhssssshhhhhhnnnAAassshhhh, Rocko!*


He's gorgeous!  [And I rarely use that word, so he must be. ;) ]

[* That's "Hey, dude! How's it goin'?" in Parseltongue.]
Title: Re: Pets
Post by: Relaxing Dragon on December 02, 2011, 02:44:22 PM
Thank ya kindly for the compliments, folks. And the translation, Lucas; I'm quite rusty when it comes to that Slythern tongue.

High five, fellow snake owner!

*no arms*

Awww...



How long do pet snakes live, about 20-30 years?   Do they have any personality?

Assuming he stays well taken care of and was captive-bred, my dude could be anywhere from 15-25 years. And yes, I'd say snakes (and all reptiles/animals) do have a personality. It just takes a bit longer to identify and recognize, since they definitely aren't as outwardly expressive like a cat or dog.
Title: Re: Pets
Post by: Tyrant on December 02, 2011, 03:07:57 PM
I'll back up Relaxing Dragon here by saying that I've currently got ten snakes and I couldn't have ten individuals more different from each other than these guys. No two are alike and even the few I have with similar temperaments have their own unique takes on such. I know it's hard to believe when you look into the face of a snake, but there are some definite gears turning behind those eyes and not all of them are saying,"I'ma gonna bite you!" or "Feed me!".
Title: Re: Pets
Post by: k1 on December 02, 2011, 03:12:52 PM
I got bit by a snake a few weeks ago at work.  It was in the grass along the corner of a house I was measuring.
Title: Re: Pets
Post by: Bob on December 02, 2011, 03:14:34 PM
I got bit by a snake a few weeks ago at work.  It was in the grass along the corner of a house I was measuring.

They say snakes are good judge of character.



* Eyes K1 Suspiciously *
Title: Re: Pets
Post by: Relaxing Dragon on December 02, 2011, 04:58:45 PM
One of our friends recently complained that a snake attached itself to her pants. I of course took the opportunity to warn her about trouser snakes.

You're a credit to the community.
Title: Re: Pets
Post by: LucasM on December 02, 2011, 05:38:20 PM
One of our friends recently complained that a snake attached itself to her pants. I of course took the opportunity to warn her about trouser snakes.

LOL!

But truthfully, she didn't need to be really worried as long as it still had both of its eyes.
Title: Re: Pets
Post by: Darth Geek on December 02, 2011, 05:40:53 PM
One of our friends recently complained that a snake attached itself to her pants. I of course took the opportunity to warn her about trouser snakes.
Did it spit at her?
Title: Re: Pets
Post by: RVR II on December 02, 2011, 05:42:08 PM
:rimshot: :D :D
Title: Re: Pets
Post by: shodan on December 02, 2011, 05:48:27 PM
(http://i1122.photobucket.com/albums/l530/mst3ktomservo/IMG_4357.jpg)
my dogs.
Title: Re: Pets
Post by: D.B. Barnes on December 02, 2011, 05:54:35 PM
(http://i1122.photobucket.com/albums/l530/mst3ktomservo/IMG_4357.jpg)
my dogs.

NOPE! Chuck Testa. You can totally see the string!
Title: Re: Pets
Post by: LucasM on December 02, 2011, 08:16:58 PM
(http://i1122.photobucket.com/albums/l530/mst3ktomservo/IMG_4357.jpg)
my dogs.

Do you usually Velcro them to the wall to sleep?
Title: Re: Pets
Post by: shodan on December 02, 2011, 08:23:13 PM
(http://i1122.photobucket.com/albums/l530/mst3ktomservo/IMG_4357.jpg)
my dogs.

Do you usually Velcro them to the wall to sleep?
usually yeah, its how they slept as puppies.
Title: Re: Pets
Post by: wurwolf on December 03, 2011, 05:34:13 AM
Called another local shelter about their kittehs.  They seem to be better about updating PetFinder with new cats that are up for adoption than the 2 we are pre-approved to adopt from already, but they don't list their address on their craptastic angelfire/geocities looking website. They say to call and get the address which is weird. Even the email I sent last week was immediately replied to with an auto reply saying to call.  I have a feeling it's out of some crazy cat lady's home.

But they have a few kittens that look like my old cat (and wurwolf & APGiL's cat Todd) so I'm hoping they call back at some point.

If I may ask, what made you guys decide to get another cat? (P.S. Todd is snoring in excitement.)
Title: Re: Pets
Post by: k1 on December 03, 2011, 05:45:03 AM
Called another local shelter about their kittehs.  They seem to be better about updating PetFinder with new cats that are up for adoption than the 2 we are pre-approved to adopt from already, but they don't list their address on their craptastic angelfire/geocities looking website. They say to call and get the address which is weird. Even the email I sent last week was immediately replied to with an auto reply saying to call.  I have a feeling it's out of some crazy cat lady's home.

But they have a few kittens that look like my old cat (and wurwolf & APGiL's cat Todd) so I'm hoping they call back at some point.

If I may ask, what made you guys decide to get another cat? (P.S. Todd is snoring in excitement.)

I miss having one around.  Plus the boy has been BEGGING to have one.  He still talks about the old ones we had.

We're not desperate to get a cat, but if we find one we really like we'll go for it.
Title: Re: Pets
Post by: Darth Geek on December 03, 2011, 02:17:51 PM
I really wish I could get a cat in my apartment complex. Sadly, every time I look around, it's only the more expensive places that allows pets of any kind around here. That's not even including the extra tacked on fee, and the fact you get part or none of your security deposit back.
Title: Re: Pets
Post by: wurwolf on December 03, 2011, 02:58:39 PM
Called another local shelter about their kittehs.  They seem to be better about updating PetFinder with new cats that are up for adoption than the 2 we are pre-approved to adopt from already, but they don't list their address on their craptastic angelfire/geocities looking website. They say to call and get the address which is weird. Even the email I sent last week was immediately replied to with an auto reply saying to call.  I have a feeling it's out of some crazy cat lady's home.

But they have a few kittens that look like my old cat (and wurwolf & APGiL's cat Todd) so I'm hoping they call back at some point.

If I may ask, what made you guys decide to get another cat? (P.S. Todd is snoring in excitement.)

I miss having one around.  Plus the boy has been BEGGING to have one.  He still talks about the old ones we had.

We're not desperate to get a cat, but if we find one we really like we'll go for it.

That's awesome. Good luck, and I hope you find the buddy of your dreams!  :highfive:
Title: Re: Pets
Post by: k1 on December 03, 2011, 04:11:36 PM
Aiming for a Fat Max/Todd looking and acting one.  They're lovable loads.
Title: Re: Pets
Post by: wurwolf on March 06, 2012, 12:07:19 PM
Aiming for a Fat Max/Todd looking and acting one.  They're lovable loads.

Whatever happened with this?

Also:

(http://28.media.tumblr.com/tumblr_m0h5hi3mD51r5arwfo1_500.jpg)

Me, too, kid. I would puppies, too.
Title: Re: Pets
Post by: k1 on March 06, 2012, 01:33:26 PM
Aiming for a Fat Max/Todd looking and acting one.  They're lovable loads.

Whatever happened with this?


Stupid real life crap & home improvements. 
Title: Re: Pets
Post by: ayoung on March 06, 2012, 11:44:13 PM
I recently got 2 hedgehogs from a friend who is a breeder and it is great! Though it is a challenge to pet them at first because every time they are put in a sort of uncomfortable spot, they readily spike up every time making way for the need to use thicker gloves just to hold them.  They are really nice though and a step up from my great love for rodents.

Title: Re: Pets
Post by: Bob on March 07, 2012, 04:43:32 AM
I went to the Houston Doberman adaption place (www.hadr.og) and picked up a perfect 4 year old doberman that has PERFECT brains and personality and acts great.   She is the perfect dog.


(http://pslowner.smugmug.com/Pets/Annabelle/i-K7SCN2M/0/M/Annabelle-M.jpg)
Title: Re: Pets
Post by: wurwolf on March 07, 2012, 04:49:57 AM
Aiming for a Fat Max/Todd looking and acting one.  They're lovable loads.

Whatever happened with this?


Stupid real life crap & home improvements.

That's a drag. I was hoping we could trade stories about our retarded Ocicats.
Title: Re: Pets
Post by: k1 on March 07, 2012, 04:53:15 AM
Aiming for a Fat Max/Todd looking and acting one.  They're lovable loads.

Whatever happened with this?


Stupid real life crap & home improvements.

That's a drag. I was hoping we could trade stories about our retarded Ocicats.

Hopefully some day...   :-\
Title: Re: Pets
Post by: wurwolf on March 07, 2012, 06:23:32 AM
I recently got 2 hedgehogs from a friend who is a breeder and it is great! Though it is a challenge to pet them at first because every time they are put in a sort of uncomfortable spot, they readily spike up every time making way for the need to use thicker gloves just to hold them.  They are really nice though and a step up from my great love for rodents.

I think hedgehogs are adorable and I would love to have one. Sadly, they're illegal in Pennsylvania. They are just the cutest things, though.

I love rodents, too. The only rodent I really dislike is the rat, and that's mostly because during the week I live in a shitty basement apartment in Brooklyn with rats. I have an uneasy truce with pet rats. But mice, hamsters, chipmunks, squirrels, gerbils, guinea pigs, etc.... I think they're just the cutest.
Title: Re: Pets
Post by: Bob on March 07, 2012, 07:05:40 AM
How does one house hedgehogs?
(wow, say that 5 times fast)

In thick biscuits?   Yum!
Title: Re: Pets
Post by: Tripe on March 07, 2012, 07:48:25 AM
Didn't know you had a touch of Roma to you Bob.
Title: Re: Pets
Post by: D.B. Barnes on March 07, 2012, 11:12:37 AM
I recently got 2 hedgehogs from a friend who is a breeder and it is great! Though it is a challenge to pet them at first because every time they are put in a sort of uncomfortable spot, they readily spike up every time making way for the need to use thicker gloves just to hold them.  They are really nice though and a step up from my great love for rodents.

I dig hedgehogs. Add hedgehogs to water and it's instant adorable, even if (or likely because)  they're trying to reach the sweet freedom of the counter top.

http://www.youtube.com/v/P7LRZkIjtl8?version=3&amp;hl=en_US
Title: Re: Pets
Post by: Mrs. Dick Courier on April 06, 2012, 01:38:19 PM

(http://i1060.photobucket.com/albums/t458/agallimore77/kitty.jpg)

The big red one is my beloved Mr. Kitty, he was my first cat, a 16th birthday present.  He lived almost 17 years, I still miss him so much.

The little one is my precious Juno, and no, she's not named after the movie, she's named after the queen of the Gods.  Juno is about a year old here, so it gives you some idea how big Mr. Kitty was.
Title: Re: Pets
Post by: Tripe on April 06, 2012, 04:25:15 PM
The little one is my precious Juno, and no, she's not named after the movie, she's named after the queen of the Gods.
So, like the character in the movie then? ;)

Took the dogs to the open air mall today, Boo almost had a heart attack from joy.
Title: Re: Pets
Post by: Mrs. Dick Courier on April 09, 2012, 12:24:07 PM
Cat number 2 from the the crazy cat lady

(http://i1060.photobucket.com/albums/t458/agallimore77/34754_409727007226_512642226_4715607_4831802_n.jpg)

This is Mika, named after the British pop superstar Mika.  I also call him Mini-Magnum, which he also answers to

I got Mika after Mr. Kitty died.  I wanted a black cat, but didn't find one at the shelter I connected with.  Finally found Mika, who was called Socks.  Socks?  Boring!  He was over a year old and there was just something special about him.  He had also been there for months.  He needed a home.

He's spoiled rotten.  Sweet and mean at the same time.  My little buddy.
Title: Re: Pets
Post by: D.B. Barnes on April 09, 2012, 12:37:32 PM
Cat number 2 from the the crazy cat lady

(http://i1060.photobucket.com/albums/t458/agallimore77/34754_409727007226_512642226_4715607_4831802_n.jpg)

This is Mika, named after the British pop superstar Mika.  I also call him Mini-Magnum, which he also answers to

I got Mika after Mr. Kitty died.  I wanted a black cat, but didn't find one at the shelter I connected with.  Finally found Mika, who was called Socks.  Socks?  Boring!  He was over a year old and there was just something special about him.  He had also been there for months.  He needed a home.

He's spoiled rotten.  Sweet and mean at the same time.  My little buddy.

There's a very good reason he was named Socks.

(http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/7/73/Socks_cat_1.JPG)

(http://www.tumblr.com/photo/1280/cianisadickhead/19827111793/1/tumblr_m1chrsSHyO1qz9rw0)

(http://img2.timeinc.net/people/i/2009/news/090302/hilary_clinton.jpg)

Socks Clinton-Currie 1989 - 2009
Title: Re: Pets
Post by: Dim of the Yard on April 09, 2012, 07:01:01 PM
(http://sphotos.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-snc6/154359_557393123072_52103147_32492407_1565360_n.jpg)

You shat on the floor, barked at everything that moved outside, made a mad dash outside every time somebody came through the door, jumped on everybody who came into the house when you weren't too busy trying to escape, cried for hours when the company left, were too stupid to realize you were scared of car rides, fought with my cat, fought with the other two dogs, attacked the television every time you saw another dog or horse on it, got jealous of anybody who got even a fraction more attention than you, ate my Legos, ate cat puke whenever the opportunity arose, and hogged the recliner.

I'm going to miss you, Wesley. You little doofus.

(He's the doofus on the left.)
Title: Re: Pets
Post by: Tripe on April 09, 2012, 08:05:20 PM
Yeah I'm sorry Dim, it's never easy to lose a pet.
Title: Re: Pets
Post by: Bob on April 11, 2012, 08:57:44 AM
My sleepy doberman laying on couch and looking at me while I'm watching TV

(http://pslowner.smugmug.com/Other/SmugShots/i-6Qgshw2/0/M/smugshot7313633-M.jpg)
Title: Re: Pets
Post by: RVR II on April 13, 2012, 09:36:43 AM
Discovered a black bunny this morning outside my house and I can't catch him..
He apparently hitched a ride in a customer's car yesterday afternoon while I was at work and is just hanging around the bushes..

Even if I do catch him, I have no idea what I would do with it except making a rabbit stew >:D
Title: Re: Pets
Post by: Bob on April 13, 2012, 09:48:13 AM
Maybe the bunny is a Lepus baby?
Title: Re: Pets
Post by: RVR II on April 15, 2012, 07:00:57 AM
He's back..

http://www.youtube.com/v/AUJ3p1TYy4A
Title: Re: Pets
Post by: Tripe on April 15, 2012, 07:06:52 AM
Cardboard box and a stick and some string with some hay and a bit of food and you should be able to catch him.

But don't eat him, for one thing he's a domestic pet but for another (and likely the more compelling argument) he's not a meat breed so the butchery wouldn't be worth it for the small amount of food derived.
Title: Re: Pets
Post by: RVR II on April 15, 2012, 07:10:27 AM
Cardboard box and a stick and some string with some hay and a bit of food and you should be able to catch him.
Yeah but even if I did catch him, I'm still not sure what I would do with it.. :-\
Title: Re: Pets
Post by: Tripe on April 15, 2012, 07:11:29 AM
Pet him and hug him and call him George of course.
Title: Re: Pets
Post by: jasimon1 on April 15, 2012, 09:57:53 AM
Please send good thoughts my sister's way. Her neighbors sprinkled rat poison around their property line and her dog ate some. He's in the middle of a blood transfusion right now and after that it's just wait and see. (https://fbcdn-sphotos-a.akamaihd.net/hphotos-ak-snc7/402585_10150483535978473_505228472_8970883_757304643_n.jpg)
Title: Re: Pets
Post by: jasimon1 on April 15, 2012, 10:11:54 AM
Please send good thoughts my sister's way. Her neighbors sprinkled rat poison around their property line and her dog ate some. He's in the middle of a blood transfusion right now and after that it's just wait and see. (https://fbcdn-sphotos-a.akamaihd.net/hphotos-ak-snc7/402585_10150483535978473_505228472_8970883_757304643_n.jpg)

DISLIKE.  My dog ate rat poison once and I had to make him puke it up.

Fingers crossed, I hope he'll be ok.

Unfortunately it was too little, too late. We just heard that he died during the blood transfusion.

RIP Augustus 2010-2012
Title: Re: Pets
Post by: jewishcarpenter on April 15, 2012, 10:13:07 AM
 :'(

Here's some pictures of my dog Louis being lazy to lighten the mood.

(http://i.imgur.com/bkHKjl.jpg)
(http://i.imgur.com/N8L7Kl.jpg)
Title: Re: Pets
Post by: RVR II on April 15, 2012, 10:14:43 AM
Friggin Idiot People!!  :angry: That really sux! :(
Title: Re: Pets
Post by: Tripe on April 15, 2012, 10:17:29 AM
She needs to talk to a lawyer.

Poor little mite. :(
Title: Re: Pets
Post by: RVR II on April 15, 2012, 10:19:39 AM
She needs to talk to a lawyer.
The Humane Society maybe could do something and could bring up animal cruelty charges..
Title: Re: Pets
Post by: Bob on April 15, 2012, 10:45:03 AM
Unfortunately it was too little, too late. We just heard that he died during the blood transfusion.

RIP Augustus 2010-2012

Oh my god that's awful. :( I'm so sorry.

That is terrible.....sorry.

I know I'd be angry with neighbors
Title: Re: Pets
Post by: jasimon1 on April 15, 2012, 10:52:49 AM
She needs to talk to a lawyer.
The Humane Society maybe could do something and could bring up animal cruelty charges..

It's really not the neighbor's fault. He must have really wanted it because they had it a good 6 inches from the fence on their side. Gus had already had one huge surgery from eating the entire underside of a couch, staples and all. If my sister and her bf had had any indication of them putting the poison out, they wouldn't have let him near the fence. He was just that type of dog. The only thing we knew of that he wouldn't eat was cigarettes. Those he would just carry hanging out of his mouth :)
Title: Re: Pets
Post by: Bob on April 15, 2012, 11:17:47 AM
She needs to talk to a lawyer.
The Humane Society maybe could do something and could bring up animal cruelty charges..

It's really not the neighbor's fault. He must have really wanted it because they had it a good 6 inches from the fence on their side. Gus had already had one huge surgery from eating the entire underside of a couch, staples and all. If my sister and her bf had had any indication of them putting the poison out, they wouldn't have let him near the fence. He was just that type of dog. The only thing we knew of that he wouldn't eat was cigarettes. Those he would just carry hanging out of his mouth :)

I'm glad the neighbor really was not to blame....still a sad situation, but it won't grow into something worse.
Title: Re: Pets
Post by: Coragale on April 15, 2012, 11:22:09 AM
My dog's got an upset stomach, I think. He's been eating grass when I take him out. Last year when I was still in Kansas, he had scabs all over his nose from digging for gophers.  >:(

Anyways, the second picture is a little old, but I loves it. I wrapped him up, and he fell asleep. simple as that.
Spoiler (click to show/hide)

Title: Re: Pets
Post by: MartyS (Gromit) on April 15, 2012, 07:36:15 PM
He's back..
Spoiler (click to show/hide)

He must have been someone's pet, a wild one would never come toward you like that.

It's really not the neighbor's fault. He must have really wanted it because they had it a good 6 inches from the fence on their side.

I'd still call the cops on the neighbors.

It's really stupid (and probably against the law) to put rat poison around like that, so it is their fault.  I suppose it never rains on their land?  Or is it some magical poison that can't be washed away?
Title: Re: Pets
Post by: wurwolf on April 15, 2012, 07:41:11 PM
It's really not the neighbor's fault. He must have really wanted it because they had it a good 6 inches from the fence on their side.

I'd still call the cops on the neighbors.

It's really stupid (and probably against the law) to put rat poison around like that, so it is their fault.  I suppose it never rains on their land?  Or is it some magical poison that can't be washed away?

This is exactly what I thought. I can't say whether or not that's an illegal act, but seriously, who scatters rat poison around their property? There are twelve kinds of laws about disposing of paint, motor oil and batteries, how is it possible that rat poison wouldn't fall under that sort of law?
Title: Re: Pets
Post by: Tripe on April 15, 2012, 07:45:32 PM
Yeah not sure of the criminal legality or of cruelty but it sure as hell is negligent.
Title: Re: Pets
Post by: Bob on April 15, 2012, 07:54:00 PM
Yeah not sure of the criminal legality or of cruelty but it sure as hell is negligent.

It is illegal in most states.
Title: Re: Pets
Post by: Tripe on April 15, 2012, 07:58:05 PM
Then a lawyer should definitely be consulted, at the very least.
Title: Re: Pets
Post by: Bob on April 15, 2012, 08:01:04 PM
Then a lawyer should definitely be consulted, at the very least.

Would be smart to stop any future problems.
Title: Re: Pets
Post by: Invader_quirk on April 15, 2012, 09:10:25 PM
I agree. Think of the other animals in the neighborhood.
Title: Re: Pets
Post by: LucasM on April 15, 2012, 09:23:52 PM
Yeah not sure of the criminal legality or of cruelty but it sure as hell is negligent.

It is illegal in most states.

Bob's right, anything toxic that can find its way into ground water I believe is illegal to dispose of even in regular garbage.  That's been made clear in notices on curbside garbage and recycling here, where they have 'hazardous waste' days where toxic materials can be taken to a particular drop-off point.  (I heard years ago that in some places it is illegal to even wash your car in your driveway because of the danger of soap/grime runoff entering the ground water.)
Title: Re: Pets
Post by: RVR II on April 15, 2012, 10:26:21 PM
Yeah not sure of the criminal legality or of cruelty but it sure as hell is negligent.

It is illegal in most states.

Bob's right, anything toxic that can find its way into ground water I believe is illegal to dispose of even in regular garbage.  That's been made clear in notices on curbside garbage and recycling here, where they have 'hazardous waste' days where toxic materials can be taken to a particular drop-off point.  (I heard years ago that in some places it is illegal to even wash your car in your driveway because of the danger of soap/grime runoff entering the ground water.)
It is. People wash cars or who pressure wash driveways are supposed to 'collect' the runoff waste water to keep it from going into storm drains though I don't see or hear about this being enforced very often.. :-\
Title: Re: Pets
Post by: wurwolf on April 16, 2012, 06:22:33 AM
Also, six inches from the fence (which I assume is either near or on the property line) is no defense. It's not like he sprinkled it around on his patio and the dog was barging into his house. That is way too close to the property line to be pulling that sort of shit.

Turn the bastard in.
Title: Re: Pets
Post by: jewishcarpenter on April 21, 2012, 10:41:50 AM
The wife had to put her 19 20 year old cat down today. She stopped eating earlier this week and was quickly wasting away. She was a good cat and I'm surprisingly pretty overwhelmed with sadness about two hours after the fact. I didn't think she was going to last long so I took a few pictures of her the past few days so we'd have something nice to remember her by.

RIP, Kiki.

(http://i.imgur.com/Bk9rul.jpg)
Title: Re: Pets
Post by: Mrs. Dick Courier on April 21, 2012, 10:47:41 AM
Poor kitty, looks just like my cat the week he died, pretty much the same way.

I'm so sorry for your loss
Title: Re: Pets
Post by: wurwolf on April 21, 2012, 10:51:22 AM
Your wife's status update made me literally cry. Rest in peace, sweet kitty.

Did your wife have her all of her life?
Title: Re: Pets
Post by: jewishcarpenter on April 21, 2012, 11:01:55 AM
Yep, when she was 9 she picked Kiki out of the litter. Apparently she was the orange little cat out of a litter of black kittens. She looked like Puff from the Dick & Jane stories. Her deceased father got the cat for her after many years of persisting for a pet.

(http://www.alt4animals.com/puff/images/puff_dick_jane_cat_food.jpg)
Title: Re: Pets
Post by: LucasM on April 21, 2012, 11:34:41 AM
I'm sorry for your, and your wife's, loss.  Even knowing cat's lifespans when we get them, the end always seems to come too soon.
Title: Re: Pets
Post by: Bob on April 21, 2012, 11:50:38 AM
That's sad, sorry
Title: Re: Pets
Post by: mattwnelson on April 21, 2012, 03:36:05 PM
Sorry to hear, JC. 20 is a long time, but it's never long enough.
Title: Re: Pets
Post by: Tripe on April 21, 2012, 05:39:38 PM
Condolences JewCarp and Danielle. 
Title: Re: Pets
Post by: Gandalf Lundgren on April 21, 2012, 06:26:12 PM
We also have a Shiba Inu, her name is Fumi.

(http://i270.photobucket.com/albums/jj93/DonnieYen_2008/ShibaInu.jpg)
Title: Re: Pets
Post by: wurwolf on April 21, 2012, 07:25:54 PM
Nice looking dog. :)
Title: Re: Pets
Post by: Tripe on April 21, 2012, 07:29:46 PM
Yeah looks nice is probably secretly controlling a nightmarish world of survival horror though.
Title: Re: Pets
Post by: Henry88 on April 21, 2012, 07:36:58 PM
we lost one of our cats (her name was zoe) last week to old age,thankfully she went in her sleep. 
Title: Re: Pets
Post by: LucasM on April 21, 2012, 07:42:15 PM
I'm so sorry.  It seems a lot of pets are moving on this Spring.  :(
Title: Re: Pets
Post by: Tripe on April 21, 2012, 07:43:17 PM
Yeah sorry Henry, it's always hard to lose a pet, no matter the circumstances of their passing.
Title: Re: Pets
Post by: Mrs. Dick Courier on April 23, 2012, 12:22:56 PM
Cat # 3 from the crazy cat lady

(http://i1060.photobucket.com/albums/t458/agallimore77/4327_87443847226_512642226_1983503_1147083_n.jpg)

This is Lucy, she found me in 2005.  I was outside when I heard her meowing.  She was under my neighbor's storage shed and she was so loud I thought there was a litter, but it was just her.  She was so little, and scared to death.  Over a two week period I fed her and moved the dishes closer to my house until she pretty much staying on my porch.  It took over two weeks before she would let me pet her. 

I hate to think about what she went through.  She scared of all humans, but me, and cats too.  She did get along with my cats, the late Bella and Mr. Kitty, and she tolerates Juno and Archie.
Title: Re: Pets
Post by: MerryWanna on April 23, 2012, 12:53:09 PM
(http://bin3.cuteness.com/11519_4cc67fee3dc6a_lg.jpg)

This is Urrow.  She's about four years old.  I got her on 09/09/09, which I think is really nifty, and I pretty much saved her from euthanasia as I got her from the city shelter and not from the SPCA. Whoever had her before me must have really loved her as she was very healthy and not skittish at all.  I like to say we saved each other's lives as it was the third year after the messy, harrowing end of a LTR and having her was the first thing to lift me from the shock, apathy and self-destructive crap following that.

I always name cats after the first sound they make when they introduce themselves to me. Makes sense that a cat should have a name she can pronounce.  ;D

Every cliche' you ever heard about crazy cat ladies applies to me. (Except for cat hoarding! I am a firm believer cats need individual attention; one or two at the most is all I would ever consider having, and only one if I am living in a tiny studio apartment like this.)
Title: Re: Pets
Post by: wurwolf on April 23, 2012, 01:48:39 PM
She's beautiful. I can't tell if she's grey or brown, but she's still a nice-looking cat.

Hooray for shelter cats.  :highfive:
Title: Re: Pets
Post by: MerryWanna on April 23, 2012, 07:10:30 PM
She's beautiful. I can't tell if she's grey or brown, but she's still a nice-looking cat.

Hooray for shelter cats.  :highfive:

What she is, and the photo unfortunately doesn't show it at all because of the bad lighting and worse camera I took it with, is a dappled orange over grey tabby, and her face is a "dawn and dusk" face, with the left side being almost wholly orange and the right side being grey and black.  When the sun shines on her the orange in her stripings shows off and in the shade one might think she was just another grey tabby.  This amazing affect showed to me immediately and it was love at first sight.  She was just old enough to pronounce a catname when I got her too: when it's a kitten they pretty much are all saying "meeoooo! meeeoooo!" and develop their adult voices when they grow tails that can curl instead of those tiny little exclamation point kitten tails.

Urrow was just past kitten stage when I got her and her markings were a bit lighter shaded than they are now.  But the dapple effect is incredibly unique - I wish I had a better picture of her online that shows it, as I'd never seen anything like it in a cat before.
Title: Re: Pets
Post by: Tripe on April 23, 2012, 07:12:21 PM
Do you have a smart phone by chance?
Title: Re: Pets
Post by: wurwolf on April 23, 2012, 07:27:03 PM
She's beautiful. I can't tell if she's grey or brown, but she's still a nice-looking cat.

Hooray for shelter cats.  :highfive:

What she is, and the photo unfortunately doesn't show it at all because of the bad lighting and worse camera I took it with, is a dappled orange over grey tabby, and her face is a "dawn and dusk" face, with the left side being almost wholly orange and the right side being grey and black.  When the sun shines on her the orange in her stripings shows off and in the shade one might think she was just another grey tabby.  This amazing affect showed to me immediately and it was love at first sight.  She was just old enough to pronounce a catname when I got her too: when it's a kitten they pretty much are all saying "meeoooo! meeeoooo!" and develop their adult voices when they grow tails that can curl instead of those tiny little exclamation point kitten tails.

Urrow was just past kitten stage when I got her and her markings were a bit lighter shaded than they are now.  But the dapple effect is incredibly unique - I wish I had a better picture of her online that shows it, as I'd never seen anything like it in a cat before.

You and I are lucky in that we each have cats with such striking markings. My Kitty is the same or at least similar (but with more white on her than Urrow):

(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v156/wurwolf/KittyintheSun02.jpg)

There is a stray around here in Brooklyn that has those markings, but other than Kitty and now Urrow I have never seen another cat like it.
Title: Re: Pets
Post by: LucasM on April 23, 2012, 07:36:21 PM
Beautiful cat and portrait there, ww!
Title: Re: Pets
Post by: MerryWanna on April 23, 2012, 07:38:29 PM
You and I are lucky in that we each have cats with such striking markings. My Kitty is the same or at least similar (but with more white on her than Urrow):

Holy Toledo! She looks like she could be Urrow's cat-momma!

"What a lovely Kitty.  I'm sure she'll win first prize in the Pet Show..." ;)   
Title: Re: Pets
Post by: MerryWanna on April 23, 2012, 07:46:30 PM
Do you have a smart phone by chance?

Yep, I have a nifty 'Droid slab but my wifi is flaky and I can't find the USB cable that directly connects it to my bigbox.  I have six zillion Urrow pictures on it and can't do a thing with 'em until I find it.  Danged apartment currently renovating old SRO hotel and all the shunting around we have to do caused me to lose track of this important little cable and break the antenna on my wifi router too.  I'll probably just end up buying a new one from LG, they can't be THAT costly.

I am also without a desk, my webserver needs to be paid before I can FTP to them again, etc. etc. ad nauseum.  But soon these small issues will be taken care of. Then the photo fun begins for me and not just cat pictures.
Title: Re: Pets
Post by: Tripe on April 23, 2012, 08:13:31 PM
Okay cool, you're going to want to download a camera app that does HDR. There are a number of them, I use the one with the rainbow rosette icon. It will help show off her markings. :)
Title: Re: Pets
Post by: Space version 2.0 on April 23, 2012, 08:21:50 PM
(https://fbcdn-sphotos-a.akamaihd.net/hphotos-ak-snc6/223340_207985442565173_100000611577849_644393_5484841_n.jpg)

I've always liked the line right down her nose.
Title: Re: Pets
Post by: MerryWanna on April 23, 2012, 09:11:46 PM
I've always liked the line right down her nose.

Wow...and she takes to the leash...something very few cats will do! You got a winner there. What is her name?
Title: Re: Pets
Post by: Coragale on April 23, 2012, 10:15:08 PM
"Man, you walk yo cat on a leash? DAMN!" -Some rad dude outside of Quirk's building.
Title: Re: Pets
Post by: Space version 2.0 on April 24, 2012, 06:09:11 AM
I've always liked the line right down her nose.

Wow...and she takes to the leash...something very few cats will do! You got a winner there. What is her name?
That would be Whammy (my sister in law* was going for a game show theme with the cats, which is why one of the other 2 we have is named Plinko). We've actually been having a bit of a problem with her lately; after a trip to the vet she came back and started hissing/growling at the other cats. She's getting better now though.

*Yes, I live with my brother and his wife.
Title: Re: Pets
Post by: Space version 2.0 on April 24, 2012, 06:27:57 AM
Fixed. Exciting, I know.
Title: Re: Pets
Post by: wurwolf on April 24, 2012, 06:28:35 AM
Plinko is almost as good a name for a cat as Todd.  :)
Title: Re: Pets
Post by: Space version 2.0 on April 24, 2012, 06:33:03 AM
Fixed. Exiting, I know.

Exiting to where?
Stage Left.
Title: Re: Pets
Post by: MerryWanna on April 24, 2012, 06:48:34 AM
Okay cool, you're going to want to download a camera app that does HDR. There are a number of them, I use the one with the rainbow rosette icon. It will help show off her markings. :)

Thanks for the advice.  I'll fiddle with it next time I'm near a hotspot and look for one. Knowing the name of the app will tell me more about what to look for than the icon, tho' :)  (The descriptions on the Google Market will tell me what I need to know, probably.)
Title: Re: Pets
Post by: Tripe on April 24, 2012, 06:59:21 AM
The name is HDR Camera, like I said there are a bunch with that name (and functionality). :)
Title: Re: Pets
Post by: Darth Geek on April 24, 2012, 07:42:25 AM
The name is HDR Camera, like I said there are a bunch with that name (and functionality). :)
Sounds interesting. What does it do differently than the normal operation of my camera in my phone? Does it take care of motion blur or anything?
Title: Re: Pets
Post by: Tripe on April 24, 2012, 07:49:39 AM
Well HDR is a photographic technique (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/High_dynamic_range_imaging) which can be acheved with a few different camera apps. It takes multiple picture of the same subject with different concentration/filters* and then combines them to increase the amout of visible detail in the eventual picture.

Given the description of the orange tabby over grey, it seems like she'd be a good subject for HDR. :)

* not really accurately described there just trying to go for a basic idea, the article I linked to describeds it in much more detail.
Title: Re: Pets
Post by: RVR II on April 30, 2012, 09:18:23 PM
Finally caught our stray bunny! :highfive:
The wife named it Bonyx (I came up with onyx and the wife added a B in front..) since we don't know it's gender..

http://www.youtube.com/v/Ec88O1OsPAQ

Now to construct some sort of cage for it.. :o
Title: Re: Pets
Post by: Coragale on April 30, 2012, 09:40:38 PM
When I moved to Colorado, I had to leave my cat at my parents, since my dog is much more sensitive as to being away from me. She had lived there most of her life, but when I lived in Manhattan for a couple of years, she moved with me. She got chubby and goofy, which was adorable. Anyway,  my parents have a problem with raccoons getting into the garage and eating the outdoor cat's food at night. My dad, being the Kansan he is, already had one of those traps you bought, so he set it in the garage with some food in it. A couple of weeks ago, as my Mom was leaving for work, she heard a loud meow and looked down to find my cat trapped in the cage. She had apparently decided that she wanted THAT food, not the stuff that's left out.

The next night, apparently she was on my mom's heels all night. Seems she didn't want to take chances of getting trapped again. :P

Grats on the bunny, btw.
Title: Re: Pets
Post by: LucasM on May 01, 2012, 12:29:20 AM
Finally caught our stray bunny! :highfive:
The wife named it Bonyx (I came up with onyx and the wife added a B in front..) since we don't know it's gender..

Not "Bunnyx"?  :)

Beautiful bunny.  All black?

Curious why trap it instead of leaving it free?
Title: Re: Pets
Post by: RVR II on May 01, 2012, 04:53:11 AM
It's been free for over a month now and we have stray cats in the area not to mention a busy street so it was just a matter of time that it would be taken out..

Plan is to build a 3 x 5 cage elevated about 5 feet off the ground. I'll be working on that this week sometime..
Title: Re: Pets
Post by: Tripe on May 01, 2012, 07:09:12 AM
Finally caught our stray bunny! :highfive:
The wife named it Bonyx (I came up with onyx and the wife added a B in front..) since we don't know it's gender..

Not "Bunnyx"?  :)
I've never heard Mrs. RVR speak but I suspect that either spelling sounds pretty much like the one you're suggesting. :)
Title: Re: Pets
Post by: Bob on May 01, 2012, 08:10:55 AM
When is the fried bunny all served to us?

I figured you saved the bunny to stop shitty cats from chomping on it......very nice thing to do.
Title: Re: Pets
Post by: RVR II on May 01, 2012, 08:14:51 AM
When is the fried bunny all served to us?
:speechless:
Quote
I figured you saved the bunny to stop shitty cats from chomping on it......very nice thing to do.
;D Yeah there are several around here fighting each other, especially at night so once it was discovered, it would have no chance :(
Title: Re: Pets
Post by: Mrs. Dick Courier on May 01, 2012, 01:42:48 PM
what a beautiful bunny, never seen a wild black bunny before
Title: Re: Pets
Post by: RVR II on May 01, 2012, 02:48:37 PM
Don't think it was a real wild bunny but yeah it's gonna get a nice home soon 8)
Title: Re: Pets
Post by: MartyS (Gromit) on May 01, 2012, 02:50:48 PM
Don't think it was a real wild bunny but yeah it's gonna get a nice home soon 8)

Not freaking out in the trap and the way it let you get within a few feet are certainly signs that it was someone's pet that was abandoned or escaped.
Title: Re: Pets
Post by: Bob on May 01, 2012, 03:45:56 PM
what a beautiful bunny, never seen a wild black bunny before

Never saw Ebony Ayes?

Nor this black bunny either.

(http://www.onlygoodmovies.com/images/content/rabbit-donnie-darko.jpg)
Title: Re: Pets
Post by: LucasM on May 01, 2012, 06:36:33 PM
It's been free for over a month now and we have stray cats in the area not to mention a busy street so it was just a matter of time that it would be taken out..

Plan is to build a 3 x 5 cage elevated about 5 feet off the ground. I'll be working on that this week sometime..

I thought maybe it was from what sounded like major (house?) construction going on in the video... thought maybe what had been a largely tree-filled area was getting plowed under for another structure to go up, so it no longer had easy concealment.  But, yeah, I did notice the rather active street in front, which would be enough to endanger it on its own.  The cage size sounds spacious.

Luckily my sub is 'self-contained' (no through streets in it), so VERY little traffic, particularly since I'm in the back of it.  And the house just behind mine has a large back yard that they don't even prune, so it's a quite thick block of assorted trees, shrubs, and tall weeds about 50' square, so the assorted wildlife around me is pretty safe.  Helps that there are very few outdoor cats around here, too.  What does all of that add up to?  LOTS of entertainment for my cat out the patio door! :)
Title: Re: Pets
Post by: RVR II on May 01, 2012, 07:38:50 PM
Oh if my neighborhood was like that, I'd leave roam but yeah the road is busy constantly so it's for its own protection. :)
Title: Re: Pets
Post by: Bob on May 04, 2012, 04:36:32 PM
Just finished taking my Doberman for a walk and we started to go in the backyard when she quietly went tearing off the back porch.  Turns out she saw a rabbit in the yard and made a lighting fast move after it and it barely got out of the yard in time.

Almost chompfest.
Title: Re: Pets
Post by: RVR II on May 04, 2012, 04:39:34 PM
About to start building a pen for my bunny and last night the owls were close by.. :o
Might need to add some wire mesh for a roof.. :scared:
Title: Re: Pets
Post by: MartyS (Gromit) on May 04, 2012, 05:18:27 PM
About to start building a pen for my bunny and last night the owls were close by.. :o
Might need to add some wire mesh for a roof.. :scared:

I'd do it more for hawks than owls, unless it's a really big one like the great horned.  And also for climbing predators like cats and foxes and such...
Title: Re: Pets
Post by: RVR II on May 04, 2012, 07:56:05 PM
About to start building a pen for my bunny and last night the owls were close by.. :o
Might need to add some wire mesh for a roof.. :scared:

I'd do it more for hawks than owls, unless it's a really big one like the great horned.  And also for climbing predators like cats and foxes and such...
Not sure the type of owl but they've swooped down snagging squirrels in my backyard before..
Cats are around but with my dogs nearby, they steer clear, and never seen a fox in the downtown where I'm at.. :o
Title: Re: Pets
Post by: MartyS (Gromit) on May 04, 2012, 09:42:30 PM
About to start building a pen for my bunny and last night the owls were close by.. :o
Might need to add some wire mesh for a roof.. :scared:

I'd do it more for hawks than owls, unless it's a really big one like the great horned.  And also for climbing predators like cats and foxes and such...
Not sure the type of owl but they've swooped down snagging squirrels in my backyard before..
Cats are around but with my dogs nearby, they steer clear, and never seen a fox in the downtown where I'm at.. :o

Wow, that must be a good sized owl to go after squirrels.  And that bunny isn't much bigger than a big squirrel.
Title: Re: Pets
Post by: Coragale on May 04, 2012, 09:47:20 PM
It doesn't have to be a big owl. It just... has to have a big heart.
Title: Re: Pets
Post by: RVR II on May 05, 2012, 05:18:54 AM
Yeah we've got some large owls here with wing spans around 2 1/2 feet according to local reports..
Freaked out my Shepard/Husky mix when he was alive on a few occasions :o
Title: Re: Pets
Post by: Bob on May 05, 2012, 05:34:16 AM
My dog would just love a giant owl.....
Title: Re: Pets
Post by: Tripe on May 05, 2012, 05:34:42 AM
They look like this yeah?

(http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/e/eb/Bubo_virginianus_-Canada-6.jpg)

Based on wingspan and where you live Marty's probably dead on and we're talkng about Bubo virginianus. :)
Title: Re: Pets
Post by: RVR II on May 05, 2012, 06:40:54 AM
That's them exactly!!

Cool looking but a major threat to small pets & animals :scared:
Title: Re: Pets
Post by: jasimon1 on May 17, 2012, 04:52:13 PM
Came home today to find out my Mom had to put our dog to sleep. I knew when I left this morning that was what I was probably going to come home to but it's still really hard. And tomorrow I have to work from home because they shut our building down due to NATO being in town. So now I get to sit around an empty house all day missing her. (https://fbcdn-sphotos-a.akamaihd.net/hphotos-ak-snc7/412287_10151073811955635_601485634_21881544_673769235_o.jpg)
Title: Re: Pets
Post by: mattwnelson on May 17, 2012, 04:59:54 PM
Sorry to hear, Sicgirl. :(
Title: Re: Pets
Post by: LucasM on May 17, 2012, 05:06:54 PM
I'm sorry for your loss, Sicgirl.  She looks like a real sweetie.
Title: Re: Pets
Post by: D.B. Barnes on May 17, 2012, 05:13:18 PM
My condolences.  :(
Title: Re: Pets
Post by: Tripe on May 17, 2012, 05:32:43 PM
I'm sorry J. :(
Title: Re: Pets
Post by: Bob on May 17, 2012, 05:51:15 PM
Sorry about that
Title: Re: Pets
Post by: MerryWanna on May 25, 2012, 03:50:14 PM
Came home today to find out my Mom had to put our dog to sleep.

The worst.

Sorry to hear it.  Have been there (with cats, but the shittiness is the same.)
Title: Re: Pets
Post by: Tripe on May 26, 2012, 07:22:34 PM
So Jemmy was going on a barking jag and had to be banished to his crate to calm down. After doing that I went to make a cup of tea, walking out of the kitchen I discovered that Boo had pulled all her favourite toys from the various spots she'd hidden them and arranged them in front of the crate, presumably so they could keep Jem company for the few minutes of incarceration he had to go through.
Title: Re: Pets
Post by: Tripe on May 26, 2012, 08:16:00 PM
Not Jem,  Boo adores him (he tolerates her), it was akin to a woman in some 19th century melodrama taking the children to the prison walls to see their convict father before he's shipped off to Australia. :)
Title: Re: Pets
Post by: Tripe on June 03, 2012, 07:38:05 AM
So Boo is currently sitting on the arm of the sofa in the Red Sitting Room with a small doggy smile on her face as she listens to Zadok The Priest, that's my girl. :)
Title: Re: Pets
Post by: RVR II on June 03, 2012, 08:31:51 AM
Just did an update on our bunny.. ;D

http://www.youtube.com/v/OOdSTyGxCgY

And we have a Gecko (not sure if it's a real Gecko but a simple bright green lizard) hanging around the house as well  :o

http://www.youtube.com/v/Eej3E-qqpj8
Title: Re: Pets
Post by: wurwolf on June 03, 2012, 08:39:11 AM
Our cats are currently battling fleas, and it's a miserable experience for everyone in the house. We put the flea medicine (I think Frontline) on them yesterday, but I really hate using that since it makes them so sick.
Title: Re: Pets
Post by: Bob on June 03, 2012, 08:39:19 AM
That is one nice bunny hotel you built....... he is not lacking space at all.  My dog would love to........"play" ....... with your bunny.   Dobermans and bunnies are always the best of pals.

I bet the killer cats and birds are plotting revenge on you for protecting the bunny.
Title: Re: Pets
Post by: RVR II on June 03, 2012, 08:41:21 AM
That is one nice bunny hotel you built....... he is not lacking space at all.  My dog would love to........"play" ....... with your bunny.   Dobermans and bunnies are always the best of pals.
Let me get back to you on that..
(http://i66.photobucket.com/albums/h275/rvr2/02/smiley-theyareontome.gif)
Title: Re: Pets
Post by: Smith Dr John Smith on June 03, 2012, 08:43:02 AM
My sister just got a Rabbit.  I give it two weeks before one of the cats gets into the house and kill the thing.
Title: Re: Pets
Post by: Bob on June 03, 2012, 08:43:14 AM
My dog did glare and stand at attention when she saw two rabbits on our neighborhood walk this morning.   I think she was praying the leash would disappear.
Title: Re: Pets
Post by: Coragale on June 03, 2012, 10:35:32 AM
Corgis are fantastic for that. There are squirrels all over where I live, and so when I'm out walking Ein, he'll start to chase. Even with the extend-o leash, he doesn't get enough force to knock me off balance.  ;D
Title: Re: Pets
Post by: MartyS (Gromit) on June 03, 2012, 10:40:12 AM
And we have a Gecko (not sure if it's a real Gecko but a simple bright green lizard) hanging around the house as well  :o

It looks like a green anole (Anolis carolinensis).  We often get them for students to do projects with.  Pretty easy to keep, a few crickets every few days.
Title: Re: Pets
Post by: LucasM on June 03, 2012, 10:49:50 AM
Just did an update on our bunny.. ;D
http://www.youtube.com/v/OOdSTyGxCgY

Superb pen you built!  From the video, it definitely looks like you're 'Hooked on Bonyx'.


Maybe add the cedar chips to the dog box now, so that he's not so used to using it as a bathroom by then that when Winter comes he can't make the conceptual change.
Title: Re: Pets
Post by: LucasM on June 03, 2012, 11:12:35 AM
Our cats are currently battling fleas, and it's a miserable experience for everyone in the house. We put the flea medicine (I think Frontline) on them yesterday, but I really hate using that since it makes them so sick.

Following idea originated in a book called "Save Our Planet: 750 Everyday Ways You Can Help Clean Up the Earth".

If you are REALLY careful with it (i.e. don't 'poof' it in the air, and don't put on so much that, by scratching, your cats can) the best flea-killer is all natural.  Go to a pet shop FISH department, and get "Diatom Filter Powder" (aka 'diatomaceous earth').  It is basically powdered, fossilized diatoms.  But, on a very small scale (that of insects) it is like razor wire.  It scratches the protective waxy coating on their carapaces, and they simply dehydrate and die.  To you, and the cat, it will feel basically like slightly-gritty talc.  It does nothing at all if swallowed, but is not good to get into one's lungs.

To use it for fleas on a pet: put a very small amount on the tips of the fingers on one hand, lift the fur around the back of the neck and shoulders of the cat so that skin shows, and gently rub it onto the skin, making sure not to get puffs of it into the air, and minimal amounts on the fur itself.  You don't need to apply it all over the cat (or dog, if someone else is trying this) it appears applying it just around the neck is adequate, as the fleas move around enough to get to it.

The ONE time that Omaha had fleas, I used that ONCE, and the next morning I looked in one of the areas she would sleep during the day (countertop by a bathroom sink) and there was a bunch of dead fleas there, and she no longer scratched at herself.

WARNING: since this stuff is basically 'sharp rock', you do NOT want it getting in either your - or your pets' - lungs.  That is the reason for the 'don't use so much your pet can poof it in the air if scratching'.

CAUTION: while it may also be used for indoor insects (ants in kitchens, for instance) don't keep it out where it can get blown into the air.  Put it behind the kickboard of floor cabinets, for instance.  But NEVER use it outdoors, as it will kill beneficial bugs that are essential to proper workings of dirt and gardens.

[[Edited to remove irrelevant comment.]]
Title: Re: Pets
Post by: RVR II on June 03, 2012, 11:13:22 AM
And we have a Gecko (not sure if it's a real Gecko but a simple bright green lizard) hanging around the house as well  :o

It looks like a green anole (Anolis carolinensis).  We often get them for students to do projects with.  Pretty easy to keep, a few crickets every few days.
:o That may be it!

Just did an update on our bunny.. ;D
Spoiler (click to show/hide)

Superb pen you built!  From the video, it definitely looks like you're 'Hooked on Bonyx'.


Maybe add the cedar chips to the dog box now, so that he's not so used to using it as a bathroom by then that when Winter comes he can't make the conceptual change.
Thanks! 8)
Ah ok, might do that then..

Just made this one.. :D :D

http://www.youtube.com/v/y-tSy84NcWY
Title: Re: Pets
Post by: Bob on June 03, 2012, 11:25:38 AM
Those pancakes looked like little Gameras......
Title: Re: Pets
Post by: RVR II on June 03, 2012, 11:28:13 AM
Those pancakes looked like little Gameras......
That's Friggin Hilarious Bob!! :clap: :clap:
Title: Re: Pets
Post by: wurwolf on June 03, 2012, 11:47:06 AM
Our cats are currently battling fleas, and it's a miserable experience for everyone in the house. We put the flea medicine (I think Frontline) on them yesterday, but I really hate using that since it makes them so sick.

Following idea originated in a book called "Save Our Planet: 750 Everyday Ways You Can Help Clean Up the Earth".

If you are REALLY careful with it (i.e. don't 'poof' it in the air, and don't put on so much that, by scratching, your cats can) the best flea-killer is all natural.  Go to a pet shop FISH department, and get "Diatom Filter Powder" (aka 'diatomaceous earth').  It is basically powdered, fossilized diatoms.  But, on a very small scale (that of insects) it is like razor wire.  It scratches the protective waxy coating on their carapaces, and they simply dehydrate and die.  To you, and the cat, it will feel basically like slightly-gritty talc.  It does nothing at all if swallowed, but is not good to get into one's lungs.

To use it for fleas on a pet: put a very small amount on the tips of the fingers on one hand, lift the fur around the back of the neck and shoulders of the cat so that skin shows, and gently rub it onto the skin, making sure not to get puffs of it into the air, and minimal amounts on the fur itself.  You don't need to apply it all over the cat (or dog, if someone else is trying this) it appears applying it just around the neck is adequate, as the fleas move around enough to get to it.

The ONE time that Omaha had fleas, I used that ONCE, and the next morning I looked in one of the areas she would sleep during the day (countertop by a bathroom sink) and there was a bunch of dead fleas there, and she no longer scratched at herself.

WARNING: since this stuff is basically 'sharp rock', you do NOT want it getting in either your - or your pets' - lungs.  That is the reason for the 'don't use so much your pet can poof it in the air if scratching'.

CAUTION: while it may also be used for indoor insects (ants in kitchens, for instance) don't keep it out where it can get blown into the air.  Put it behind the kickboard of floor cabinets, for instance.  But NEVER use it outdoors, as it will kill beneficial bugs that are essential to proper workings of dirt and gardens.


[crap... slept about 12 hours last night as I was so exhausted, but focusing to write this has already resulted in fuzzy thinking again, even though I've written it for multiple people over the years, so no 'new' thinking involved.  :(  (back to my self-imposed 'silence' to try to recover some more, I guess)]


This is amazing information. I don't worry so much about using Frontline and the like on Todd because he is younger and a lot more hardy than Kitty -- I mostly worry about using it on her because she's twelve years old and I don't want to use toxic materials on her unless absolutely necessary.

The diatomaceous earth is something Imrahil and I talked about before for use in gardens as a pest control. I never thought about using it for fleas. My biggest fear is accidentally overusing it and then finding it's just as toxic to Kitty as the flea and tick prevention oils are.

Still, those oils make both of the cats sick. When we put it on them they are low key and acting sick for several hours and that really bothers me (as well as them).

I googled diatomaceous earth as a flea prevention and everything I've seen suggests getting food grade. I'll see what we can find and let you know how it goes.
Title: Re: Pets
Post by: mattwnelson on June 03, 2012, 12:15:54 PM
Will this stuff work on spiders? I get spiders like you wouldn't believe.
Title: Re: Pets
Post by: mattwnelson on June 03, 2012, 12:21:20 PM
Yeah, I know they're not insects, but arachnids and insects aren't built too dissimilarly. Still, you have a point about not using it inside unless absolutely necessary... but dang if sometimes it doesn't FEEL necessary with my own personal Giant Spider Invasion.
Title: Re: Pets
Post by: Darth Geek on June 03, 2012, 12:24:25 PM
Based on the description LucasM gave on how it works, I would guess the spiders would not be small enough for it to work the same way on them.
Title: Re: Pets
Post by: wurwolf on June 03, 2012, 12:58:32 PM
Well, not so sure about that. It can be an irritant to humans and animals if inhaled, so I imagine it's most likely fatal to spiders as well.
Title: Re: Pets
Post by: Bob on June 03, 2012, 01:15:39 PM
So, the rest of this year I will be working about 8 days a month in Chicago, so I need the best way to watch for my dog.   I have a 65 pound doberman who has a LOT of energy and doberman mental.

Last week, I used the really nice Kennel (the client will pay for it!) about a quarter mile from my house that has a nice seperate room with a dog door that leads into her own yard.   They feed them and play with them three times a day.  Rest of the time, they probably just sleep.   The people up there are young and like dogs.

Since I am single, my only other option would be get a dog sitter that comes over twice a day and feeds my dog.  I think this is just leaving a 5 year old doberman in a BAD situation.   I can see her smashing through the front window or what if she gets sick?

Any thoughts if Kennel is the right call?

Thanks.
Title: Re: Pets
Post by: Tripe on June 03, 2012, 01:45:56 PM
Last week, I used the really nice Kennel (the client will pay for it!) about a quarter mile from my house that has a nice seperate room with a dog door that leads into her own yard.   They feed them and play with them three times a day.  Rest of the time, they probably just sleep.   The people up there are young and like dogs.
So, she's been there before and liked it? We thought about kenneling ours for a trip once. The place was actually part of the vets they go to and it was just like you describe. So I took them along to see how they would do. Jemmy didn't seem to mind, Boo on the other hand seemed to visibly crumple and seemed traumatised to even be walking through the place, so back to Ann's parents they went when it was time to travel.
Title: Re: Pets
Post by: Bob on June 03, 2012, 02:08:24 PM
Yeah, as a doberman, she does not really want to be around other dogs, so I made sure the kennel place had "exectutive rooms" that did not have them touch face with other dogs.   The place really is so close to me and has been around for a year.   If need be, their is an unrelated Vet just across the street.   The room she gets is in a quieter larger room.

Below is the website of the place and you can see it reads well.......and they are good so far.

http://mydogsdayinn.com/ (http://mydogsdayinn.com/)
Title: Re: Pets
Post by: LucasM on June 03, 2012, 05:56:26 PM
[diatomaceous earth]
This is amazing information. I don't worry so much about using Frontline and the like on Todd because he is younger and a lot more hardy than Kitty -- I mostly worry about using it on her because she's twelve years old and I don't want to use toxic materials on her unless absolutely necessary.

The diatomaceous earth is something Imrahil and I talked about before for use in gardens as a pest control. I never thought about using it for fleas. My biggest fear is accidentally overusing it and then finding it's just as toxic to Kitty as the flea and tick prevention oils are.

Still, those oils make both of the cats sick. When we put it on them they are low key and acting sick for several hours and that really bothers me (as well as them).

I googled diatomaceous earth as a flea prevention and everything I've seen suggests getting food grade. I'll see what we can find and let you know how it goes.

[Three hours awake during which I wrote a couple posts here, then three more sleeping... I'd best try to keep this very short.  EDIT: HAH!  Yeah, that worked well....]

Depending on the younger cats' age, standard oil-suspension flea control could potentially be more damaging to the younger cat (as neuronal/brain formation can be disrupted).  Last time I looked into them (the last time I needed to: about 20 years ago [they may be different now, but I kinda' doubt it]) I believe the liquid flea treatments' active ingredient was neurotoxins.  And neurotoxins will kill neurons, no matter what species they occur in.  So not good for cats (who, obviously, ingest the stuff in pretty large quantities as they clean themselves) or the humans who have contact with them (who also will likely ingest some, either post-petting a cat, or from touching a place the cat has been sitting).  [Prior to finding the stuff, Omaha would foam at the mouth after getting treated with the oil-based ones.  That's the same immediate result as ingesting rat poison.]

Given my neuropsych training I am very much against any neurotoxins being in my house, much less directly applied onto living creatures I care about.

My understanding has been that the potential side effects of the diatomaceous earth might be local skin irritation (which would end when the stuff falls/washes off).  More serious ones should only only occur if it is used in large quantities so that a LOT gets into the lungs.  Those might be lung irritation (that might not be able to be relieved since what is basically stone wouldn't break down), or the albino equivalent of 'black lung' ('albino', since diatomaceous earth is white, while coal is obviously black).  But you'd have to cake the stuff on to get to that point.  [The reason it's applied to the back of the neck and between the shoulders is cats have a harder time reaching these areas and get enough leverage to potentially poof it into the air much.  So if one only uses what sticks to the end of your fingers to begin with, that's unlikely.]

It is probably slightly worse than talcum powder (which should not be used on infants, and certainly not 'poofed' in the air), as the diatomaceous earth likely has sharper edges, but both have the same result in the lungs: they never break down.  [Some time ago I read that it was suspected that use of talc on babies was one of the reasons contributing to the increase in asthma over the last 50 years.  (Because no one said, "hey: don't poof this up in a cloud around your kid when you're changing it".]

I'd never heard of 'food grade' diatomaceous earth before.  Only food grade stones I'm familiar with are things like NaCl, KCl, and the occasional med (e.g. LiCl).

[Yup, gotta stop writing.  [And so much for the idea of 'short' once I started.]  Took more concentration than anticipated to write this, had to edit the crap out of it to get it coherent.]


EDIT:  (For the spider discussion.)  It may not work on them since their legs are long enough where their bodies can't touch and scrape against it (unless you know of a place the spiders have to squeeze into, like, between a floorboard and the wall).

As long as it isn't out in the open, or not able to be stirred by wind (e.g. near a windowframe or air duct) it is unlikely to come into contact with anyone's lungs, so pretty much inert.


I bought some food grade diatomaceous earth on Amazon recently.  Avoid contact not just with lungs but any mucous membranes is what the packaging said.

Damn!  And here I was thinking about adding it to KY jelly and marketing that for 'crabs' protection!  ;)


But I suppose it is necessary these days to say, "don't stick small jagged rocks in your eyes," and, "don't snort tiny stone razor wire - you won't get high off of it."  :P
Title: Re: Pets
Post by: goflyblind on June 03, 2012, 06:09:36 PM
would plants grown in dirt high in LiCl be really calm? ???
Title: Re: Pets
Post by: LucasM on June 03, 2012, 06:11:03 PM
would plants grown in dirt high in LiCl be really calm? ???

Well... they'd certainly be less likely to be manic.  :)
Title: Re: Pets
Post by: Lembach on June 03, 2012, 10:32:15 PM
My kitty, Bali. Answers to Baby....aw..fuck it...let's be honest. She doesn't give a shit what I call her.

(http://i.imgur.com/k6kRf.png)
Title: Re: Pets
Post by: MerryWanna on June 04, 2012, 04:16:43 AM
My kitty, Bali. Answers to Baby....aw..fuck it...let's be honest. She doesn't give a shit what I call her.

Beautiful green eyes!
Title: Re: Pets
Post by: wurwolf on June 04, 2012, 06:13:14 AM
What a cute cat. I had an all black cat once and I named her Snowflake for a little spot of white she had on her chest (just like your kitty).
Title: Re: Pets
Post by: Mrs. Dick Courier on June 04, 2012, 11:42:22 AM
Our cats are currently battling fleas, and it's a miserable experience for everyone in the house. We put the flea medicine (I think Frontline) on them yesterday, but I really hate using that since it makes them so sick.

Found a flea the other day, and you know if you see one there's like a million lurking about.  So, I have declared in my house.  Starting with Advantage for cats.

I put up with a lot of things, but not fleas.  When we got our dog many years ago she came with sand fleas.  Those things were a bitch to get rid of.  Never again.
Title: Re: Pets
Post by: D.B. Barnes on June 04, 2012, 12:14:54 PM
My kitty, Bali. Answers to Baby....aw..fuck it...let's be honest. She doesn't give a shit what I call her.

(http://i.imgur.com/k6kRf.png)

She's awesome, and deserves some better photos (damn hoomins and their devices!) Feel free to post more.
Title: Re: Pets
Post by: k1 on June 04, 2012, 05:13:38 PM
I forget which we used with Fat Max & Kitty. It was either the Advantage or Frontline.  Basically just put the gel on the back of their neck so they can't lick it and let it absorb.  They never had any problems with it thankfully.
Title: Re: Pets
Post by: MerryWanna on June 04, 2012, 08:54:25 PM
I forget which we used with Fat Max & Kitty. It was either the Advantage or Frontline.  Basically just put the gel on the back of their neck so they can't lick it and let it absorb.  They never had any problems with it thankfully.

Advantage is better than Frontline in my experience; they're both equally effective at flea extermination but the taste of Advantage only bums out the cat for a day - I think it's the taste, since they're bound to get some of it licked since cats clean their neck fur by using their front leg fur to rub their saliva there.

The stuff works though, and those two brands, expensive as they are, are the only thing worth buying for flea eradication.
Title: Re: Pets
Post by: Coragale on June 04, 2012, 09:26:54 PM
I've been told that there's no fleas in CO, or at least the Springs. Regardless, I put something on Ein. Vectra3D. I'm upset that the name is misleading; the glasses didn't make the protection pop.
Title: Re: Pets
Post by: Lembach on June 04, 2012, 11:30:20 PM
My kitty, Bali. Answers to Baby....aw..fuck it...let's be honest. She doesn't give a shit what I call her.

(http://i.imgur.com/k6kRf.png)

She's awesome, and deserves some better photos (damn hoomins and their devices!) Feel free to post more.

Thank you, guys.   :)
When I adopted her, I had lost my cat of 19 years about six months prior. When you have a pet by your side for that long, it tears a huge piece out of your soul when they pass. That little kitten brought me out of a severe depression. It's really amazing the impact these little furballs have on our mental well-being (life saving, really). And the really weird thing is, she is the spitting image of the cat I'd lost. Right down to the white puff on the chest and back toe.
Title: Re: Pets
Post by: D.B. Barnes on June 05, 2012, 12:18:12 AM
I really need to move to a place where I'm allowed to have a kitty.  :(
Title: Re: Pets
Post by: wurwolf on June 05, 2012, 06:36:19 AM
You really do!
Title: Re: Pets
Post by: Mrs. Dick Courier on June 06, 2012, 10:53:26 AM
My mom and I were told by a vet in 1993 to use 7 Dust.  To sprinkle it on the animals.  Also to sprinkle it around the house and vacuum it up.  Didn't really think bad of it at the time, we did it several times.  He's a doctor and you trust doctors, right?

Looking back I see how wrong this is.  7 dust is full of chemicals, didn't realize it at the time.  But it makes me wonder if that was the reason why those two pets died of cancer.  Makes me sad, just think of all the people he told this.  And yes, he is still in practice.

Dr. Jesse of Wytheville, VA, avoid him at all costs.
Title: Re: Pets
Post by: MartyS (Gromit) on June 06, 2012, 11:23:16 AM
Can you still buy Sevin dust over the counter?  I thought it was only used in agriculture now.  My dad used to use it outside around the house back in the 70s.  It's pretty scary how many pesticides that were used around the house are now banned.

How long ago did the guy suggest this?

It's still only a suspected carcinogen for humans, but is a known toxin to humans (and pets), so telling someone to put it on the carpet and vacuum it up (putting the dust into the air) was a horrible suggestion even back when we didn't know how bad cumulative exposure was for cancer risk.
Title: Re: Pets
Post by: LucasM on June 06, 2012, 06:12:56 PM
This 7 Dust discussion - demonstrating the 'what we know now' vs. 'what we knew then' - is part of why I suggested diatomaceous earth [in this interaction with Wurwulf:
http://forum.rifftrax.com/index.php?topic=3699.msg726251#msg726251 (http://forum.rifftrax.com/index.php?topic=3699.msg726251#msg726251)
http://forum.rifftrax.com/index.php?topic=3699.msg726258#msg726258 (http://forum.rifftrax.com/index.php?topic=3699.msg726258#msg726258)
http://forum.rifftrax.com/index.php?topic=3699.msg726337#msg726337 (http://forum.rifftrax.com/index.php?topic=3699.msg726337#msg726337)]

Diatomaceous earth is not a chemical.  It is stone powder.  So as long as one doesn't inhale it directly, it is basically inert.  That cannot be said for the multitude of neurotoxic chemicals that are sold for flea treatments, all of which are damaging to living tissues.  If they weren't damaging to living tissues, they wouldn't kill the fleas.

Look up online all the ingredients listed on any flea treatment you plan to use.  See if you want that applied to a critter you love, or when you pet it, have rub off their backs, necks, heads, bellies onto your skin where you can ingest it [as the animal cleans itself, it spreads the oil suspension around so that it is all over].  Plus, your pet will lie down on a large number of pieces of furniture that your family will then sit or lie on.  They may lie on the floor where children might play, do you want those chemicals being ingested by a child [presuming you have one or more]?

Those chemicals don't 'evaporate' and become inert after a couple days.  Only the most reactive of chemicals break down in a short period of time.  [Last I read (about a decade or so ago) there was still measurable DDT in the dirt and food chain in this country.  It's use was discontinued in the early 70s.]  The couple day waiting period after using a flea treatment is just when they are intensely concentrated on the pet.  After that, they are inside your pet, and on your skin (in your body, if you ate food by hand after petting your pet without washing your hands first), and on your furniture.

The Environmental Working Group (http://www.ewg.org/) [name is link] is a good place to find out about the toxins that are in items you use around the house all the time (e.g. cleaning products contain a multitude of chemicals that are toxic to humans and animals, including, for instance, chemicals known to cause severe respiratory problems in products in spray containers, so they are inhaled any time they are used).
Title: Re: Pets
Post by: MartyS (Gromit) on June 06, 2012, 06:41:55 PM
Diatomaceous earth is not a chemical.  It is stone powder. 

That's the boring description, the stone it comes from is made of fossilized remains of diatoms.  That gives the particles their tiny size and odd shapes.  It's great for filtering, our swimming pool filter when I was a kid used it.
Title: Re: Pets
Post by: LucasM on June 06, 2012, 06:44:18 PM
Diatomaceous earth is not a chemical.  It is stone powder.

That's the boring description, the stone it comes from is made of fossilized remains of diatoms.  That gives the particles their tiny size and odd shapes.  It's great for filtering, our swimming pool filter when I was a kid used it.

 :) Yeah, I had all that in the first post of mine I linked to, but I was trying to make a point by simplifying it: that it is no more chemically active than your average stone.
Title: Re: Pets
Post by: Mrs. Dick Courier on June 07, 2012, 11:19:29 AM
Can you still buy Sevin dust over the counter?  I thought it was only used in agriculture now.  My dad used to use it outside around the house back in the 70s.  It's pretty scary how many pesticides that were used around the house are now banned.

How long ago did the guy suggest this?

It's still only a suspected carcinogen for humans, but is a known toxin to humans (and pets), so telling someone to put it on the carpet and vacuum it up (putting the dust into the air) was a horrible suggestion even back when we didn't know how bad cumulative exposure was for cancer risk.

It was 1993, when we got our dog Stormey, she came with those damned sand fleas.

I don't know if you can still find it over the counter, we found it at Southern States.

It could have been coincidence, but Stormey was riddled with tumors when we had to put her to sleep.  And Mr. Kitty had pancreatic cancer.  He was 16 at the time though, Stormey was only ten.  1993 is also about the same time my mom's medical problems started to get worse, she was the one that rubbed it on the animals (with gloves of course), she wouldn't let me near it.  She also vacuumed it up, so I didn't have too much exposure to it.

Still, I'm not blaming the 7 dust, it could be a coincidence.  Her doctor also had her take Avandia, and that has been known to cause heart problems.
Title: Re: Pets
Post by: CJones on June 14, 2012, 07:51:04 PM
Semi-interesting story:

We had some animal stealing fish from our backyard fish pond, and generally wrecking the place in the process. So we called in animal control. They thought it was a raccoon, and set a trap for it. We never caught a raccoon, but yesterday, we caught a kitten. Probably only a few weeks old. We have it in a cat carrier now, but it's clearly scarred to death of us.

But that's not the "best" part. The very next day (which would be today), we found another kitten in the trap. Almost certainly a sibling of the first. There's no sign of the mother though.

I really want to adopt them, but the animal handlers say they're feral. Plus I've already got a cat who hates other cats and a very rambunctious dog, so that could be a problem. I don't know what to do with them. Every single cat I've taken in has been a stray. In fact, the one I have now was a kitten left by the side of the road that my mom happened to find. I'd hate to take them to the shelter.

 
Title: Re: Pets
Post by: Mrs. Dick Courier on June 16, 2012, 10:49:16 AM
My Lucy was feral, and I got her young.  It took a while but she trusts me though.

Only me.  She hates everbody else, even my other cats.
Title: Re: Pets
Post by: MartyS (Gromit) on June 29, 2012, 05:39:35 PM

Looking through picts for the "photoriff me" thread has me really missing my horse Waco, he was so awesome.
Here he is lugging my camera stuff around, cushy job for him since I wasn't on his back, and he got to eat grass while I was taking pictures.

(http://www.science.widener.edu/~schultz/waco/wacoashelper.jpg)
Title: Re: Pets
Post by: wurwolf on August 22, 2012, 12:09:53 PM
I cannot in good conscience put this in the adorable pictures thread, since neither my cat nor his behavior are adorable, but here's Todd being shamed for opening up the bread box and stealing APGIL's bagel that he had set aside for dinner.

(http://25.media.tumblr.com/tumblr_m94rthQedI1r114v7o1_500.jpg)
Title: Re: Pets
Post by: k1 on August 22, 2012, 12:18:53 PM
The look of disgust on his face really ties the whole thing together nicely.
Title: Re: Pets
Post by: wurwolf on August 22, 2012, 12:20:57 PM
Todd feels no remorse.
Title: Re: Pets
Post by: goflyblind on August 22, 2012, 12:26:16 PM
Todd feels no remorse.

i've never met a cat who does.
Title: Re: Pets
Post by: k1 on August 22, 2012, 12:41:52 PM
Ocicats are a weird breed. Rules do not apply in their minds.
Title: Re: Pets
Post by: anais.butterfly on August 22, 2012, 12:43:56 PM
Does Todd need to join a 12 step program because he has no self control?
Title: Re: Pets
Post by: wurwolf on August 22, 2012, 12:48:02 PM
Todd feels no remorse.

i've never met a cat who does.

I didn't think cats could eat non-meat?

k1 is right, ocicats are a weird breed, but actually both of our cats love non-meat things. Todd goes crazy for bread and the like -- anything with flour in it. He once bit into a bag of flour, I guess because he liked the smell. Kitty loses her mind for plants. Her favorites are corn husks and lettuce, but she also eats the skins when I peel pears and green olives.
Title: Re: Pets
Post by: anais.butterfly on August 22, 2012, 12:53:33 PM
Huh. Well, I learned something I guess.

The more you know.....the more Bar Trivia contests you can win
Title: Re: Pets
Post by: wurwolf on August 22, 2012, 12:58:12 PM
Yeah, if there was ever a bar trivia contest about Todd.
Title: Re: Pets
Post by: Mrs. Dick Courier on August 22, 2012, 02:51:53 PM
My sweet Mr. Kitty loved doughnuts and bread.

And Mika loves veggies, especially cooked carrots and broccoli

By the way, love the pic of Todd
Title: Re: Pets
Post by: mattwnelson on August 22, 2012, 04:45:40 PM
Yeah, my cat, Tiger, loved (and I mean LOVED) french fries, saltines, and (weirdly discovered late in her life) red and green bell peppers. On the other hand, my cat Jiji does not like anything but his cat-kibble and the occasional canned cat food. He has a much less broad palate than did Tiger. Pets are weird sometimes.
Title: Re: Pets
Post by: Space version 2.0 on August 22, 2012, 05:02:08 PM
Our cats have fleas again. I've been considering using diatomaceous earth, as was suggested in this thread, but it sounds a bit dangerous to use. Lucas mentioned that it shouldn't be breathed in, but with three cats I can see one of them sniffing another and accidentally breathing it in. Am I worrying about nothing or is this a serious concern?
Title: Re: Pets
Post by: LucasM on August 22, 2012, 06:39:19 PM
Our cats have fleas again. I've been considering using diatomaceous earth, as was suggested in this thread, but it sounds a bit dangerous to use. Lucas mentioned that it shouldn't be breathed in, but with three cats I can see one of them sniffing another and accidentally breathing it in. Am I worrying about nothing or is this a serious concern?

Dunno how serious it is; I think the warning is mostly for when it's in the air in a big poof of powder, but you probably shouldn't be snorting lines of it either.

 ;D  Yeah, snorting lines of it would be bad.

Im's right: just don't cake it on so thick that it is able to poof into the air.  Basically try to get JUST enough on the skin where normal skin oils and moisture hold it in place.  It doesn't take much at all to work: a patch of an inch or two square which is just a layer of one-powder-grain thick diatomaceous earth is plenty.  After all, to the fleas, that little bit is like crawling across a field of nothing but barbed wire.  [It also kills all eggs and larvae it comes in contact with, which I believe isn't the case with some chemical killers which have to be re-applied as any already-laid eggs hatch.]

And to keep things safest, just like with toxic chemical flea killers, the back of the neck, between/above the shoulder blades, seems best for this, as it is one of the 'least accessible' areas in cleaning, and isn't as often accessed by other cats as other areas might be.

Hope that helps.
Title: Re: Pets
Post by: Coragale on August 22, 2012, 08:35:29 PM
We got fleas because of outdoor pets when I was living with my parents. Borax works wonders, and so does lavender oil. If you put a few drops in the corners of each room, and then on the pets, it generally deals with things.

I have a picture of Ein on my lap that I'm trying to upload, but my phone doesn't want to cooperate with me. >:(

He's been a bit upset that I've been using the recliner HE usually sits in while I'm on my computer. He does his best to disrupt whatever I'm doing by jumping into my lap at the most inopportune times.

Spoiler'd for size.
Spoiler (click to show/hide)
Title: Re: Pets
Post by: MerryWanna on August 29, 2012, 04:08:40 PM
Dunno how serious it is; I think the warning is mostly for when it's in the air in a big poof of powder, but you probably shouldn't be snorting lines of it either.

 ;D  Yeah, snorting lines of it would be bad.


And rather pointless.
Title: Re: Pets
Post by: MerryWanna on August 29, 2012, 04:11:25 PM
Yeah, my cat, Tiger, loved (and I mean LOVED) french fries, saltines, and (weirdly discovered late in her life) red and green bell peppers. On the other hand, my cat Jiji does not like anything but his cat-kibble and the occasional canned cat food. He has a much less broad palate than did Tiger. Pets are weird sometimes.

Urrow has a bread trip I've never seen in a cat before.  I bring home a bread loaf and she's jumping up my knees with her forepaws as if it were Fancy Feast.  Some time when there's a third party in the room I want a picture taken of the way I will sometimes share a piece of bread with her, eating one corner with her going to town on the other side of it...then I just drop it and let her have the rest.
Title: Re: Pets
Post by: mattwnelson on August 29, 2012, 04:29:37 PM
Yeah, I couldn't give Tiger bread (aside from saltines). She'd get it stuck to the roof of her mouth.
Title: Re: Pets
Post by: Mrs. Dick Courier on September 04, 2012, 08:17:15 AM
I'm thinking of getting a rodent.  I love them.  I got my first hamster at five, and kept them until I was 17.  I don't know why I never got another one.

But I'm not sure what to get.  My local Petsmart has cages of rats and gerbils for adoption pretty cheap.  I hear rats are good pets in same sex pairs.  They have several of the white ones with red eyes.  I held one of them and it climbed my shirt and sat on my shoulder, it was so sweet.

Has anyone ever owned a rat?

Also thinking of a Guinea Pig.  Not sure what to get yet.
Title: Re: Pets
Post by: k1 on September 04, 2012, 08:32:05 AM
I've had a bunch of guinea pigs. They're nice.
Title: Re: Pets
Post by: Coragale on September 04, 2012, 09:16:52 AM
I've actually wanted an iguana for a long time, and if any of these job prospects work out, I'll probably look into it further. We used to have two when I was a kid, and my uncle had two that ended up about 3 feet long, I think, when all was said and done. I actually have 3 stuffed iguanas. Probably my favorite lizard.
Title: Re: Pets
Post by: MartyS (Gromit) on September 04, 2012, 09:48:29 AM
Just a quick warning about rats, even people without any allergies can develop them if they are around rats a lot.  Rats seem to have that problem that more than other rodents.

Oh, and iguanas are cool, but you need the space as they get big.  And cleaning up their poop is disgusting (like cleaning up broken eggs).  Surprisingly they can be trained, sort of, a student donated one to work and I took care of it, managed to get it to poop when I took it out of it's cage and put it on top of a small aquarium tank.  So as long as I did that every day it hardly ever pooped in it's cage.
Title: Re: Pets
Post by: MartyS (Gromit) on September 04, 2012, 10:45:20 AM
We had an awesome little white mouse named Gandalf when I was little. One word of warning though, you have to give them plenty of room (and places to hide) or they kind of turn into dicks. When Gandalf had lots of space he was sweet and if you took him out he'd crawl on you and play with you.  When my brother got a smaller cage for him he turned into a dick and would bite.  Maybe unrelated, but that's what we figured it was.

Did the mouse still have hiding places in the smaller cage?  Good hiding places where you couldn't see him?  I would guess it was the lack of places for him to hide that turned him nasty.   They used to use corncob bedding at work and the mice would always be nasty, when they switched to the shredded cardboard bedding that they can burrow into and hide they stopped being like that. 
Title: Re: Pets
Post by: Mrs. Dick Courier on September 05, 2012, 06:56:22 AM
Oh, a mouse would be cute too...

There's also a chameleon there I like, but it's over $30.  And I really want to adopt.  I can't see buying a pet for over $10 when you can adopt one for $2 (the price of each rat)
Title: Re: Pets
Post by: wurwolf on September 12, 2012, 08:22:19 PM
APGIL and I have wanted a dog for years but we've rented since we've been married, and most rentals don't allow dogs. Now that we own a house we want to get a dog, so I've been looking online for a suitable pooch. APGIL has been saying for a while that he wanted an Australian cattle dog but I have not been thrilled because they're kind of high energy and have the potential to be stand-offish to strangers.

So I found this guy (http://www.petfinder.com/petdetail/23102596?fb_action_ids=359125000837223&fb_action_types=og.likes&fb_source=aggregation&fb_aggregation_id=246965925417366) the other day, and I have to say that from the ad he looks like the perfect dog for us. Neither of us wanted a dog under the age of five, and while ten is a little old it's not a bad thing. We like to hike and camp and wanted a dog we could take with us, and we have two cats and occasional children in the house, so we wanted a dog who was mellow and friendly. The person I spoke with says that he's older but he still has plenty of pep. He seems perfect -- like a nice, low-key dog.

I've called and he's still available, so the first step is for us to visit him at his foster home. If we like him and our references check out they'll bring him to our house. If that goes well (mostly it's Todd we're worried about) then he's ours.

I'm really hoping it happens. I think he'd be an awesome new friend!
Title: Re: Pets
Post by: MartyS (Gromit) on September 12, 2012, 08:30:48 PM
Awww, he looks like a fun dog.  Hope you get him.

"plenty of pep", code for he runs around like crazy....  ;D

High energy dogs don't seem to slow down with age like other dogs, they just seem to keep running until they can't anymore.
Title: Re: Pets
Post by: Lembach on September 12, 2012, 08:36:15 PM
I kept two Jerboas as a child that I retain fond memories of.

(http://www.longearedjerboa.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/04/Greater-Egyptian-Jerboa.jpg)



Title: Re: Pets
Post by: wurwolf on September 12, 2012, 08:41:30 PM
Actually "plenty of pep" is my phrase, she just said he's active enough where he still likes to play but he's not as wild as a younger dog might be. I told her we like to hike and she was like, he'd be perfect, you probably wouldn't even need a leash for him because he doesn't go running off.

But if he is more of a runner than we anticipate, that's okay. We have a fenced in yard. :)

And that throwing thing looks great! I will look for it if we do wind up getting Chance.
Title: Re: Pets
Post by: wurwolf on September 12, 2012, 08:47:05 PM
Fingers crossed that you get him though, he looks awesome and foster dogs always need homes.

Honestly, I don't see why more people don't get foster dogs or dogs from the pound. They screen those dogs really well so you know pretty much exactly what you're getting -- whether they can handle kids, or cats, or any other odd quirks of their personalities that might affect your overall enjoyment of them as a pet. If you want a specific breed, you can go online and find it. If you want a puppy, shelters have plenty of them, too.

Not to mention the fact that you're doing something good. Every dog deserves a human who loves it. I truly do not see a downside to adopting a dog from a shelter.
Title: Re: Pets
Post by: mattwnelson on September 12, 2012, 09:50:07 PM
wurwolf, I feel the same way about cats - in fact, every single one I've ever owned has been a "previously owned" or stray pet. It's always driven me nuts when I hear my friends talk about buying some designer animal for hundreds of dollars when there are perfectly good dogs, cats, and etceteras waiting (some literally on death's door, at the typical shelter).
Title: Re: Pets
Post by: Coragale on September 12, 2012, 10:27:53 PM
When I get into a more suitable home, I'd like a Pyrenees to go with Ein. If I couldn't find one, I'd adopt from a foster home, probably. I've suddenly become a fan of Border Collies, too...
Title: Re: Pets
Post by: Tripe on September 13, 2012, 05:26:38 AM
Better have a large yard for either a Great Pyrenees or a Border, since they're hearding dogs they like to have a range to patrol. My in-laws have a GP, her name is Sadie:

(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7241/7391226162_e0e9a8dbde_o.jpg)
Title: Re: Pets
Post by: Tripe on September 13, 2012, 07:08:23 AM
Yes, but only when I can't think of something else to do with them, hang on...

Best I can do when it comes to a pic without jiggery-pokery done to it:
(http://farm5.staticflickr.com/4124/5051352004_d031150647_o.jpg)

From the collection of photos taken for Ann's sister's wedding, which also contains my favourite pic of her father ever. (http://www.flickr.com/photos/tripehoundredux/5051395062/in/set-72157625093657468)
Title: Re: Pets
Post by: Mrs. Dick Courier on September 13, 2012, 08:40:35 AM
My cousin has always been one of those people that had to have the pure bred dogs from a breeder.  For twenty years that's how she got her dogs.

Then four years ago she took in a mix breed schnauzer.  She loves that dog like a kid.  I actually dogsat Riley Jones once, I loved her too.  She's actually a lot like a cat.  Would love a mix of my own, but they're hard to find.

Since Riley my cousin has adopted two other dogs and cats.  She told me once they're the best that she didn't understand why she kept buying dogs for $200-$400 a pop.
Title: Re: Pets
Post by: wurwolf on September 13, 2012, 09:25:16 AM
When I get into a more suitable home, I'd like a Pyrenees to go with Ein. If I couldn't find one, I'd adopt from a foster home, probably. I've suddenly become a fan of Border Collies, too...

Pet Finder (http://www.petfinder.com/index.html) is a pretty good site. It's linked up to shelters, not breeders, and (as far as I know) not private pet owners. You can search for a particular breed in your area and they use handy little symbols to tell you if a dog should go to a home without kids, cats or other dogs. And you can really find a dog that will make the best fit in your lifestyle because they screen them at shelters. Talk about your designer dogs.

I did a really broad search because we are in rural Pennsylvania. I was okay with a three hour drive, and that's about how far it will be to look at our dog.

Also border collies are beautiful and incredibly clever dogs, but Tripe is right, they need a lot of range area or they get bored and create havoc. They're best left to folks with an acreage.
Title: Re: Pets
Post by: Coragale on September 13, 2012, 11:15:34 AM
It definitely wouldn't be for a few years, anyway. Need to get money to invest in a home, which will take a while. :)
Title: Re: Pets
Post by: Bob on September 13, 2012, 04:16:13 PM
I got very lucky with the Houston Doberman adoption group and I picked up the perfect 4.5 year old.
Title: Re: Pets
Post by: Coragale on September 13, 2012, 06:20:39 PM
(http://i.imgur.com/9B0PV.png)

Love this dog.
Title: Re: Pets
Post by: wurwolf on September 28, 2012, 08:34:58 AM
We have a doge! We have a dogie dogie doge!!!

Just heard from the woman at the shelter, our references checked out and Chance is ours! We just have to arrange for a day to have him brought to our house. Wooo!

I have really missed having a dog in my life. There will be hair everywhere but it will be nice to have a doggie again.
Title: Re: Pets
Post by: Bob on September 28, 2012, 08:56:10 AM
Pictures!

And uber congrats.
Title: Re: Pets
Post by: wurwolf on September 28, 2012, 09:33:08 AM
Yeah, we will definitely take pictures of introducing Chance to Todd. It will be interesting.

And thanks!
Title: Re: Pets
Post by: anais.butterfly on September 28, 2012, 10:24:44 AM
You named your dog after the Agent from H.A.R.M.?


Awesome!
Title: Re: Pets
Post by: wurwolf on September 28, 2012, 10:44:24 AM
Actually, no, he was pre-named. He's 10 so we didn't want to rename him at this point in his life.
Title: Re: Pets
Post by: k1 on September 28, 2012, 04:07:02 PM
Actually, no, he was pre-named. He's 10 so we didn't want to rename him at this point in his life.

How do you know the previous owners weren't MSTies?

Title: Re: Pets
Post by: wurwolf on September 28, 2012, 05:44:01 PM
Actually, no, he was pre-named. He's 10 so we didn't want to rename him at this point in his life.

How do you know the previous owners weren't MSTies?

Oh shit, I didn't even think of that. I was thinking old west because we have Kitty, too. (Not sure where Todd fits into the theme, though.)
Title: Re: Pets
Post by: Mrs. Dick Courier on September 29, 2012, 11:21:06 AM
I've had my youngest cat Mika almost two years ago, as a kitten from the shelter after Mr. Kitty died.  And I hate to play favorites, but he's my favorite.

Anyway, he loves to smell me when I come home.  I mean all over, he won't let me touch him until he's done.  He'll even grab my hand with his paws or knock it away until he's done if I try to pet him, it's quite funny.  Sometimes if I've been around other animals he'll hiss as he does it.  It scared me at first, but now I know he'll never hurt me.  After he's done he's all love and affection.  Never had a cat like him. 

A few months ago I started saying "smelly boy" whenever he does it.  Now, whenever I say "smelly boy".  I mean whenever, he'll come to me and start sniffing away.  I have trained my cat to sniff me.

Hey, it's something to do...
Title: Re: Pets
Post by: Space version 2.0 on September 29, 2012, 04:10:49 PM
We just discovered these two rather large lumps near the "armpits" or our youngest (a little over a year old) female cat. She'll be going to the vet soon but of course I did a stupid thing and looked up what it could be on the internet. Now I'm convinced she has cancer.
Title: Re: Pets
Post by: Bob on September 29, 2012, 04:21:46 PM
Those could really be anything.....

Best luck
Title: Re: Pets
Post by: Space version 2.0 on September 29, 2012, 04:26:59 PM
Yea, it's probably just some kind of infection that can be taken care of. Stupid internet.
Title: Re: Pets
Post by: CJones on September 29, 2012, 07:39:39 PM
I love cats. Never understood why so many people hate them. I've had at least one cat living with me for the last 30 years. Every single one has been a stray or from a shelter. I can understand the appeal of dogs, but with cats, when they accept you as a friend, it just feels more meaningful. It's not like the unconditional love you get from dogs. It's more like you've earned their trust.

Currently I have a cat named Gracie. My mom found her and her sister, Molly, on the side of the road as kittens. Molly was unfortunately hit by a car a few years later. Gracie has an odd allergy to mosquitoes. Every summer her ears and face become covered with scabs from what we can best figure are mosquito bites. She's a bit of a 'fraidy cat, but to be honest, that's something I can relate to.

I still mourn the loss of Teddy, who died a few months ago of a heart attack. Seven years ago he was a stray who would stand on his hind feet and look through our screen door.  He ended up being the most loving cat I've ever lived with.

Title: Re: Pets
Post by: wurwolf on October 01, 2012, 07:17:41 AM
We just discovered these two rather large lumps near the "armpits" or our youngest (a little over a year old) female cat. She'll be going to the vet soon but of course I did a stupid thing and looked up what it could be on the internet. Now I'm convinced she has cancer.

Our Kitty had a lump on her back a couple of years ago and I was worried that it was the same. It was benign, though, and she's doing well now.
Title: Re: Pets
Post by: wurwolf on October 01, 2012, 02:00:32 PM
(http://24.media.tumblr.com/tumblr_mb0mr7fJBY1r0ykpto1_500.jpg)
Title: Re: Pets
Post by: anais.butterfly on October 01, 2012, 02:11:52 PM
What happens if his owner tied a white hankerchief to the leash and then the dog peed on it?
Title: Re: Pets
Post by: Bob on October 01, 2012, 02:27:29 PM
What happens if his owner tied a white hankerchief to the leash and then the dog peed on it?

The dog would get a round of claps for his large penis.
Title: Re: Pets
Post by: wurwolf on October 02, 2012, 11:35:50 AM
Actually, no, he was pre-named. He's 10 so we didn't want to rename him at this point in his life.

How do you know the previous owners weren't MSTies?

Oh shit, I didn't even think of that. I was thinking old west because we have Kitty, too. (Not sure where Todd fits into the theme, though.)

Presumably he's named for Mrs. Lincoln.

No, he's named for this guy (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fez_Whatley).
Title: Re: Pets
Post by: Tripe on October 04, 2012, 09:23:09 AM
Bummer. :(

On a happier note, behold an unfiltered pic (and taken using an actual film camera (http://forum.rifftrax.com/index.php?topic=8578.msg755900#msg755900) no less):

(http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8456/8051954464_03ac7df8fb_o.jpg)
Title: Re: Pets
Post by: Tripe on October 04, 2012, 09:49:31 AM
Have I mentioned how much I loathe those shitty filters?
It may have been mentioned in passing. :)
Title: Re: Pets
Post by: wurwolf on October 04, 2012, 09:51:07 AM
Well we got the call to go see our foster-ee today (to take our dogs and see if they get along). Problem is our fucking car is broken again (goddamn ignition switch or something keeps reading our keys as "stolen" and so it won't start) so we have to get it towed this afternoon, so if we did get the dog she'd have to be here alone in a kennel, which is not an awesome way to welcome a dog to a new environment right off the bat.

Aw, that's too bad. Sorry to hear that.
Title: Re: Pets
Post by: Bob on October 04, 2012, 10:08:09 AM
Was taking my dog out for a walk last night and some guy had two small white dogs out roaming his front yard and they decided to come running across the street to bark and growl up close to my doberman.   I've trained her to just ignore other dogs so she just pretty much stood there (with her hair up a BIT down her back) and ignored them waiting for the guy to hurry up across the street and get his dogs.

One of them kept snarling and getting closer, so I kind and wagged on left foot a bit and said "please set back" to get it to back up some.   Then that dumb dog looked at me and snarled and snapped.   I looked at my dog and since the dog was bothering her human, she squated down low, snarled her snout and barked loudly at the dog.   The little dog just froze there and did not move until the guy picked it up.  He said "sorry, and tell your dog thanks" as he picked up the two dogs and went home.
Title: Re: Pets
Post by: Darth Geek on October 04, 2012, 10:15:18 AM
Was taking my dog out for a walk last night and some guy had two small white dogs out roaming his front yard and they decided to come running across the street to bark and growl up close to my doberman.   I've trained her to just ignore other dogs so she just pretty much stood there (with her hair up a BIT down her back) and ignored them waiting for the guy to hurry up across the street and get his dogs.

One of them kept snarling and getting closer, so I kind and wagged on left foot a bit and said "please set back" to get it to back up some.   Then that dumb dog looked at me and snarled and snapped.   I looked at my dog and since the dog was bothering her human, she squated down low, snarled her snout and barked loudly at the dog.   The little dog just froze there and did not move until the guy picked it up.  He said "sorry, and tell your dog thanks" as he picked up the two dogs and went home.
Glad to see the other guy was nice about it and not an asshole.
Title: Re: Pets
Post by: Bob on October 04, 2012, 11:05:43 AM
Yeah, he looked kind of embarassed and was talking loudly to his dogs.   They were probably his wife's!

Considering they were snack sized, probably best not to come up to big dogs and hope they don't chomp.
Title: Re: Pets
Post by: Coragale on October 04, 2012, 11:23:57 AM
Yeah, he looked kind of embarassed and was talking loudly to his dogs.   They were probably his wife's!

Considering they were snack sized, probably best not to come up to big dogs and hope they don't chomp.

The little dogs can actually forget how small they are most of the time. Occasionally, I'll take Ein to an awesome dog park, and people will tell me how they normally discourage their bigger dogs from playing with smaller ones, but Ein's holding his own. I take that as a badge of pride, because it's through my intense training regimen of rough-housing and wrestling that he's learned to take much bigger opponents. It's like the freakin' Karate Kid up in this bitch.
Title: Re: Pets
Post by: wurwolf on October 04, 2012, 01:47:34 PM
Cappy is a Schipperke and a small dog who has zero sense of his size, too. It's one of the things I love about Schips -- a big dog attitude in a little dog body.
Title: Re: Pets
Post by: Tripe on October 04, 2012, 01:49:43 PM
And yet every Rottweiler I've ever know has thought it was a tiny dog, including trying to sit on laps.
Title: Re: Pets
Post by: LucasM on October 08, 2012, 10:53:07 AM
We brought home the foster. She'll be here til a week from Monday.  She's beautiful; a lovely caramel brown thing. Probably rat terrier, but I'm not a breeder. She's incredibly timid and clearly not used to being on a leash--she completely balks every time I try to lead her anywhere, goes spread-eagle immediately.

Her name is Gracie (which I also find adorable).

Will post pics soon.

To train her to be OK with the leash, for a while at least, give her doggie treats (the 'quick-eating' kind, not a bone or something) just before... then during putting the leash on.  Wait a bit before you try to move with her on the leash, and give her a treat just before you say something like a questioning, "walk?"  Then, if she goes spread-eagled, put a treat on the floor just a TINY bit out of her reach, wait for her to get it, then put another one down a tiny bit FURTHER out of her reach, etc., until you can get her almost to walking speed.

Obviously you know pets well enough to be talking to her very calmly while you attach the leash and ask if she wants to walk, but the treats may go that extra bit to getting her to associate walks with good things.  [Possibly she was abused by a prior owner while on a leash.]

I hope that helps.


I actually used a slightly similar process to get Lucas to sit still for his nails getting clipped.  I gave him treats right after clipping his nails, so he associates sitting still for that with getting treats.  Now, most of the time, he'll sit upright on his butt on my lap (tail down between my legs), almost like I'm cradling an infant in one arm.  He usually doesn't struggle, he just looks up at my face almost constantly during the procedure (though as soon as I finish the VERY last nail, he squirms a lot to get down).  As soon as I set him down he gets almost a meal's worth of assorted kitty treats (about six to eight each of five different flavors of treat = one very happy cat :)).  I also talk calmly to him while I'm doing the clipping.  Held so close to my chest, the vibrations from my low voice probably feels like I'm purring to him.


[EDIT: Heck, my degree in Psychology should be of SOME use to me, even unable to work. ;)]
Title: Re: Pets
Post by: LucasM on October 08, 2012, 11:52:58 AM
Glad to hear she's doing better.  Developing a crush on someone close can be a great distractor from stress. :)  Sounds like she's got some pretty good coping skills.

I really hope changing families in a week or so won't disrupt/stress her too much, yet again.
Title: Re: Pets
Post by: LucasM on October 08, 2012, 01:37:56 PM
Glad to hear she's doing better.  Developing a crush on someone close can be a great distractor from stress. :)  Sounds like she's got some pretty good coping skills.

I really hope changing families in a week or so won't disrupt/stress her too much, yet again.

Yeah. :(  I'm sad we can't keep her ourselves, but we really can't have 3 dogs right now.  Ideally I'd love to see her get adopted by someone on campus so I can see her as she grows up.

As you might have noticed before [ ::) ] sometimes my focus is so intense on one thing I miss others right beside them.  I was so focused on the little pup that I didn't say how sorry I was for you and your wife to have the time to get attached and then have to give the new houseguest up again.  At least as adult humans you can cognitively understand the 'why' involved... but that doesn't cut down on the feelings of loss.  I'm sorry that you have gotten so attached and have to give her to another family.  I also hope she lives close so you can see her again.
Title: Re: Pets
Post by: Bob on October 08, 2012, 07:51:18 PM
That's where I picked up my Doberman from last fall......a temp house that had her for a few months.   The 4.5 year old dog had a nice temp house before ending up here. 

A very important place she had.
Title: Re: Pets
Post by: LucasM on October 10, 2012, 09:58:09 AM
Glad to hear she's doing better.  Developing a crush on someone close can be a great distractor from stress. :)  Sounds like she's got some pretty good coping skills.

I really hope changing families in a week or so won't disrupt/stress her too much, yet again.

Yeah. :(  I'm sad we can't keep her ourselves, but we really can't have 3 dogs right now.  Ideally I'd love to see her get adopted by someone on campus so I can see her as she grows up.

Well, sounds like one of the other residential faculty is going to take her. So it'll be nice that she'll be on campus. I'll miss her little ears perking up on the couch whenever we walk in, and I'm sad that she won't be able to play with our dogs, but I'm glad she'll have a forever-home.

That's great that she'll have a permanent home, and in still-familiar terrier-tory.  Maybe you can arrange 'play dates' with your dogs and her since she'll be close by.

And it was wonderful that she had the experience with you all to help her come out of her shell.  I'm sure she'll treasure that time you spent with her, as much as you will.
Title: Re: Pets
Post by: wurwolf on October 10, 2012, 11:12:13 AM
So we have Chance, the 10 year old Australian cattle dog. The woman from the shelter brought him by on Saturday morning and except for a little skirmish with Todd and some sad gazes out the window at the spot where the woman's truck was parked, he is settling into our family and things are going pretty well.

Except for one thing. He doesn't like it when my husband and I show affection to each other. I mean he REALLY doesn't like it.

Everything was going fine with Chance until Monday, when APGIL and I were standing in the kitchen. Chance was eating (he's not food aggressive so there was no issue with that) and I went over to APGIL and hugged him. Chance left his food, came right over to us and started to bark and wedge his head between the two of us. Then he looked up at me and barked again. THEN he started humping my leg.  :gouge:

Ever since then he's been pretty dead set on showing his dominance over me. I went outside to the garden and when I came back he tried to mount my leg again, then my daughter and I took him out to the yard to play and he did it a couple of times again and at one point grabbed the sleeve of my sweater and pulled on it. I told him no in a loud voice and he'd back down for a minute and then get all riled up again and it would start again.

This was Monday afternoon; Monday evening was pretty quiet, he just slept on his bed by the fireplace and then Tuesday morning I left for work. He seems to do it mostly when he's all charged up about something. If I understand dog psychology correctly I'm guessing he thinks that he needs a bitch and since I'm evidently the top female in the house he set his sights on me. The problem is, I don't want to be his bitch! So it's going to be a process, I think, of setting him straight and establishing my dominance over him. I will continue to tell him no and I'll start pinching him, too. Hopefully that will work. Otherwise he's super well-behaved and a wonderful dog.
Title: Re: Pets
Post by: Bob on October 10, 2012, 11:42:47 AM
Hmmmm, never had a dog that did that.
Title: Re: Pets
Post by: wurwolf on October 10, 2012, 11:44:32 AM
Hmmmm, never had a dog that did that.

Translation: no lady friends for Bob.  :D
Title: Re: Pets
Post by: Bob on October 10, 2012, 11:51:30 AM
Hmmmm, never had a dog that did that.

Translation: no lady friends for Bob.  :D

* Goes in bedroom to start crying *
Title: Re: Pets
Post by: Tripe on October 10, 2012, 12:13:15 PM
I NEED MY LIKE BUTTON!!!!
(http://i204.photobucket.com/albums/bb319/TripeHoundRedux/TPhoto_00001.jpg)
Title: Re: Pets
Post by: Mrs. Dick Courier on October 10, 2012, 12:52:43 PM
I was petting my cat Mika the other night and he got so excited his penis came out.  Never even seen a cat penis.

TMI here?  Maybe so. 

Nothing to see here.....just move along.
Title: Re: Pets
Post by: k1 on October 10, 2012, 01:24:05 PM
I was petting my cat Mika the other night and he got so excited his penis came out.  Never even seen a cat penis.

TMI here?  Maybe so. 

Nothing to see here.....just move along.

You must give awesome hand.

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Title: Re: Pets
Post by: LucasM on October 11, 2012, 01:59:26 PM
So we have Chance, the 10 year old Australian cattle dog. The woman from the shelter brought him by on Saturday morning and except for a little skirmish with Todd and some sad gazes out the window at the spot where the woman's truck was parked, he is settling into our family and things are going pretty well.

Except for one thing. He doesn't like it when my husband and I show affection to each other. I mean he REALLY doesn't like it.

Everything was going fine with Chance until Monday, when APGIL and I were standing in the kitchen. Chance was eating (he's not food aggressive so there was no issue with that) and I went over to APGIL and hugged him. Chance left his food, came right over to us and started to bark and wedge his head between the two of us. Then he looked up at me and barked again. THEN he started humping my leg.  :gouge:

Ever since then he's been pretty dead set on showing his dominance over me. I went outside to the garden and when I came back he tried to mount my leg again, then my daughter and I took him out to the yard to play and he did it a couple of times again and at one point grabbed the sleeve of my sweater and pulled on it. I told him no in a loud voice and he'd back down for a minute and then get all riled up again and it would start again.

This was Monday afternoon; Monday evening was pretty quiet, he just slept on his bed by the fireplace and then Tuesday morning I left for work. He seems to do it mostly when he's all charged up about something. If I understand dog psychology correctly I'm guessing he thinks that he needs a bitch and since I'm evidently the top female in the house he set his sights on me. The problem is, I don't want to be his bitch! So it's going to be a process, I think, of setting him straight and establishing my dominance over him. I will continue to tell him no and I'll start pinching him, too. Hopefully that will work. Otherwise he's super well-behaved and a wonderful dog.

A couple things from a combination of psychology and animal behavior (a separate course I took when getting undergrad biology degree).

First, pain is never a good method for shaping behavior (either in animals or children).  There are FAR too many associations that can be made by the recipient that are not wanted (e.g. the most likely: he may develop fear of you reaching to touch him AT ALL out of fear of the pain).  Find a way to reward appropriate behavior, rather than punishing unwanted behavior.

Second, it is not YOU that needs to assert dominance.  He's a dog.  He's a MALE dog.  He is trying to claim to be the ALPHA male dog.  The person who needs to assert dominance in your 'pack' is APGIL, not you.  He won't bother YOU if APGIL demonstrates that he is the alpha male of the pack.  [Seems sexist, but they're dogs: that's how they work.]

I hope those help.
Title: Re: Pets
Post by: wurwolf on October 11, 2012, 02:07:16 PM
I don't really care about causing pain. He's getting a pinch anyway.

I will pass along the rest to APGIL, though. Thanks. :)
Title: Re: Pets
Post by: Bob on October 11, 2012, 02:11:57 PM
I am guy and all dogs love me.



* Sits back like Il Duce and studies earth *
Title: Re: Pets
Post by: MartyS (Gromit) on October 11, 2012, 02:15:28 PM
The tricky thing about stopping bad behavior is sometimes they will see any kind of attention (even a pinch) as a reward.

My mom always had good luck with a few coins in a tin can, shake the can when they are doing something wrong.  But don't be pointing or otherwise paying attention to the dog when you make the noise, they don't like the noise and if you do it right they don't see it as getting attention from you.
Title: Re: Pets
Post by: CJones on October 11, 2012, 02:25:57 PM
I was petting my cat Mika the other night and he got so excited his penis came out.  Never even seen a cat penis.

TMI here?  Maybe so. 

Nothing to see here.....just move along.

Ugh.. I've had that happen with my Mom's dog Luke while scratching his belly. And he was "fixed". I was like, Dude, I think you're into this way more than I want to think about.

Never seen it with a cat though. Usually they just drool when I scratch them.
Title: Re: Pets
Post by: Bob on October 11, 2012, 03:33:39 PM
I am guy and all dogs love me.

Sometimes several times a day...

Il Duce does not care about your comment.
Title: Re: Pets
Post by: LucasM on October 11, 2012, 05:34:31 PM
I don't really care about causing pain. He's getting a pinch anyway.

I will pass along the rest to APGIL, though. Thanks. :)

You're welcome.

But on the pain thing: another possibility is it could make him become vicious (e.g. biting at ANY hand when it comes near).  Depends on the breed and temperament of the animal (just as it does with children) as to whether they become fearful and timid or violent in response to being hurt by 'parents'.  It is, of course, up to you if you want to be responsible for a potential lifetime change in your dog's mental state, with either outcome... it is you, and anyone who visits you, who will live with the result.

Pushing him down abruptly and saying "No!" in a very commanding voice (not yelling) can be both more effective and have far fewer potential negative emotional/behavioral effects, however.


The tricky thing about stopping bad behavior is sometimes they will see any kind of attention (even a pinch) as a reward.

My mom always had good luck with a few coins in a tin can, shake the can when they are doing something wrong.  But don't be pointing or otherwise paying attention to the dog when you make the noise, they don't like the noise and if you do it right they don't see it as getting attention from you.

MartyS (Gromit) is right, of course: both with children and with pets 'negative attention' is STILL attention.  I'd never heard the coins in a can trick.  Sounds reasonable to me ('irritating' but not 'painful', so less likely to provoke anxiety or viciousness in the dog and therefore less likely to result in different behavioral issues).
Title: Re: Pets
Post by: wurwolf on October 24, 2012, 02:05:32 PM
Gracie got adopted today, which is great.  It was kind of a surprise thing; I've been subbing at my wife's school this week and she brought her over in the middle of a class to say goodbye. Now I'm at home and the place seems really empty without her, which I guess just means we kept her too long.  So I'm sad, but glad.

I think that's normal, though, and not necessarily that you kept her too long. Chance's foster mom (she had him for two months) misses him. I'm in contact with the woman who runs the shelter and she told me that she asks about him all the time. I would tell her to add me as a Facebook friend so she could see pictures of him but she doesn't do the internet.
Title: Re: Pets
Post by: wurwolf on October 24, 2012, 02:15:42 PM
Speaking of Chance, things have been getting better. We followed everyone's advice and got a crate for him, but after he injured his foot and rubbed his nose bloody and raw on the bars, then somehow busted down the front of the crate, we figured it just wasn't going to work for us.

So we cleared out the guest room. There wasn't much in there anyway, but we took out everything he could potentially destroy or hurt himself on -- the mattress, box spring and bedding, and the television -- and raised the blinds so he can't reach them and so he can look out the windows. We put his bed and some toys in there, and we gave him a few things that smelled like us so he could rip them apart. He still has separation anxiety and he barks when we leave and he's kind of slobbery when we get home, but it feels like a better solution for him than putting him in a crate. We just don't have a guest room for a while, I guess, until he gets used to the idea that we're not abandoning him.

Also he's stopped the mounting thing, I think. He hasn't done it in a while, anyway. I got tough on him once, pushed him down and told him no really loudly, and I think he got the message.

We all went camping the other weekend and he was the perfect dog. He behaved himself well in the campsite and on the trails; we didn't even have to have him on the leash because he stayed with us the whole time (he spent the time on the trails constantly checking to make sure we were all there and no one had fallen behind). He's a great outdoor dog.
Title: Re: Pets
Post by: wurwolf on October 24, 2012, 03:55:50 PM
I agree. It was one of the things that appealed to me the most about Chance when I first read his online profile. I also wonder if it has something to do with the breed -- maybe herding dogs herd their humans or like to stick close to hear the next command? Not sure but I also think Chance has had some training in that regard.
Title: Re: Pets
Post by: Tripe on October 25, 2012, 05:34:31 AM
 :(

Is it because she's having difficulty adjusting to the new home at night?

As for herding dogs: Sadie (my in-laws' Great Pyrenees) likes to herd and keep a watchful eye on pretty much every living thing within her household, if if those living things are just visiting. I can't imagine a more secure arrangement than having a GP around the place. :)
Title: Re: Pets
Post by: LucasM on November 09, 2012, 09:59:09 PM
For people with large dogs, you may want one of these if you drive with your dog a lot.

(https://www.thatdailydeal.com/tmb.php?action-auto_shrink&width=400&height=400&file=images/products/orvis.jpg) (http://www.thatdailydeal.com/)
[Picture is link.]$44.95 + $3.95 shipping today only (don't know regular price).  It says almost sold out and it's only been on sale for less than an hour!

For some reason it won't let me hotlink the larger picture. >:(
Title: Re: Pets
Post by: Bob on November 10, 2012, 03:23:32 AM
Ohhhhh, that is nice.

I just have several large beach towels spread out when the dog is going for a ride with me.   They are easy to put out, and fold up when humans need the space.
Title: Re: Pets
Post by: LucasM on November 10, 2012, 09:52:19 AM
Yeah, the reason I thought the thing I posted was so exceptional is that it does a lot to protect a dog in case of a brisk braking: there's significantly reduced chance of them losing footing and getting partially tossed down into the human 'leg room' area where injuries (from being 1/2-on and 1/2-off the seat) could occur.  [I was thinking potentially injured or even broken legs or neck, but internal bruising and such would also seem a possibility if they were tossed into that area quickly.]

I think for me, who was always an exceptionally cautious driver but was still hit and injured by three people who weren't, I may think more about such possibilities.  The rate of such injuries are probably quite low, I think I'm just ultra-sensitive to them so thought I'd share it.
Title: Re: Pets
Post by: Bob on November 10, 2012, 09:58:24 AM
Oh yeah, those are GREAT and so are those dog seat belts.

I just don't drive my dog much, and when I do, it is places just a couple miles from me.
Title: Re: Pets
Post by: goflyblind on November 17, 2012, 06:29:00 AM
stupid pets (and pets of siblings). why do you have to insinuate yourselves into our hearts so that we spend all day worrying about whether or not you're freaking out on your flight? :-\
Title: Re: Pets
Post by: Bob on November 17, 2012, 08:29:33 AM
My goal in life is never put a pet on a plane in those horrid pet zones.   She stays at home with dog sitters or a kennel when I get out of town.

I am sure they are normally very safe (the have less problem than humans on the pane), but I say NO
Title: Re: Pets
Post by: goflyblind on November 17, 2012, 10:52:31 AM
hrm. it seems he filled one of my shoes with pee while i was getting dressed and i didn't find out until just now when i got home from the airport. lovely.
Title: Re: Pets
Post by: MerryWanna on November 19, 2012, 12:51:06 PM
Question for Cat People here -


Has anyone tried either of these two relatively new cat products with any success? I have to run in a sec but I'll try to add links for them later--


- the 'clicker' training device

- the Omega 'pull and roll' litter box? It has a lot of good Amazon reviews but people can game those systems, which is why I don't trust them completely


Am thinking of getting one or both items for Urrow next month.
Title: Re: Pets
Post by: k1 on November 19, 2012, 04:40:11 PM
We've had the Litter Maid Plus self cleaning litter box. Actually two of them once our cats got pissy and needed a his and hers litter box. It worked well as long as you remembered to empty the trays and occasionally swap out the litter.
Title: Re: Pets
Post by: Bob on November 19, 2012, 05:17:01 PM
That's the advantage of having a backyard facing the golf course...

POOP TOSS
Title: Re: Pets
Post by: mattwnelson on November 19, 2012, 05:34:34 PM
This is the problem with using non-scoop litter.. These neat inventions don't do anything for me. :/ Oh well. At least the kind I do use cuts down on the odor.
Title: Re: Pets
Post by: MerryWanna on November 19, 2012, 08:45:35 PM
This is the problem with using non-scoop litter.. These neat inventions don't do anything for me. :/ Oh well. At least the kind I do use cuts down on the odor.

If these things require I use anything other than Feline Pine, I'm going to just fuggetaboutit...That stuff is absolutely amazing. Not only is there no clay dust which is really icky and bad for cats, but I  live in a room the size of a U-Stor-It.  Because it does something that utterly removes all the ammonia-ey piss scent, I still only have to change the litter about 3 times a month - with daily removal of the poops, of course.  I know, I get to sounding like a commercial when I speak of this stuff.  But it really is that great.
Title: Re: Pets
Post by: Lembach on November 19, 2012, 09:37:40 PM
This is the problem with using non-scoop litter.. These neat inventions don't do anything for me. :/ Oh well. At least the kind I do use cuts down on the odor.

If these things require I use anything other than Feline Pine, I'm going to just fuggetaboutit...That stuff is absolutely amazing. Not only is there no clay dust which is really icky and bad for cats, but I  live in a room the size of a U-Stor-It.  Because it does something that utterly removes all the ammonia-ey piss scent, I still only have to change the litter about 3 times a month - with daily removal of the poops, of course.  I know, I get to sounding like a commercial when I speak of this stuff.  But it really is that great.

Thanks for the tip! I thought it was just hippy bullshit. But I think I'm going to try this stuff.  :)
Title: Re: Pets
Post by: mattwnelson on November 20, 2012, 03:54:21 AM
It's pretty good, though I also scoop out the 'wet' litter at the bottom - YOU may not be able to smell it, but your cat can, believe me, and mine is the picky type. If he smells that the litter needs changing, sometimes he just pees all over the floor in front of the box.
Title: Re: Pets
Post by: Mrs. Dick Courier on November 20, 2012, 03:22:50 PM
I'm gonna have to try that Feline pine, I'm so sick of the clumping stuff.

I tried one of those auto boxes and my cats were afraid of it.  Waste of money there.
Title: Re: Pets
Post by: LucasM on November 20, 2012, 03:43:31 PM
I use Feline Pine clumping... almost the best of both worlds, except that it is so sticky normally that the LitterMate auto litter box will scoop the entire contents into the receptacle every time it would sweep, even when the contents were brand new.  So I had to simply unplug it.  [And, unfortunately, with the head injuries, it is VERY hard to remember to scoop regularly. :( (That was the reason I got the automatic one in the first place.)]  It is absolutely amazing how smell-free the entire house is; it was astonishing just how much of the clay dust got spread around the house simply from it being tracked around between the cat's toes and in its fur!

I had tried the corn-based litter, (which worked in the auto-clean box) but ultimately figured out I was allergic to corn when I developed a massive rash on the arm I'd rub Lucas' belly with (despite washing my arm shortly after doing so each time).  Because I'd wash so quickly afterwards, and because other things had been changed around the same time, it took nearly two years to figure out what was causing the skin irritation (for instance, I thought it was the new hand soap).
Title: Re: Pets
Post by: Mrs. Dick Courier on November 28, 2012, 12:10:29 PM
I've decided not to get a Guinea pig, too expensive with all the cage and all.  Plus I'd much rather not buy an animal from a pet store.

I'm leaning toward adopting a dog.  There's so many.  My friend volunteers at the local do shelter and they've saved so many, but they also put down an average of 20 a month.  Some of them former pets.

I've had dogs before, so I know at least two of my cats will get along with one.  Not sure if the youngest two have ever been around any dogs.  My oldest cat Lucy loved my late dog Stormey, but she doesn't like cats.  She just tolerates her cat siblings.

I want a small(ish) dog, I love the big ones, but space is a factor.  I would buy a cage for crate training, did that for Stormey and it worked wonderfully.  And one that will get along with my cats.  I love Collies, but I knows Collies are bred to be active outdoor dogs.  Don't want an active outdoor dog, think it would be cruel to keep one of those indoors all day while I'm at work.  There's a cute beagle, but I think they originally bred for hunting and outdoor stuff. 

Any suggestions?
Title: Re: Pets
Post by: Tripe on November 28, 2012, 12:18:25 PM
The choice is clear:

(http://farm4.staticflickr.com/3496/4561718168_2c0495241c_o.jpg)

Jemmy loves cats (Paps sort of are cats in canine form)

Virginia right? (http://www.pap911rescue.org/animals/list)
Title: Re: Pets
Post by: Mrs. Dick Courier on November 28, 2012, 12:31:04 PM
Oh my, too cute.

Title: Re: Pets
Post by: Tripe on November 28, 2012, 12:39:54 PM
Thanks, now, what do you think of the dogs?
Title: Re: Pets
Post by: Tripe on November 28, 2012, 12:57:16 PM
Dachshunds are sweet, from what I can recall of my friend's growing up. 
Interesting because Doxies are usually on the top of aggressiveness tables despite their size, most of the ones I know are irascible little buggers.

It really is down to the individual more than the breed certainly. :)
Title: Re: Pets
Post by: k1 on November 28, 2012, 01:12:29 PM
I've decided not to get a Guinea pig, too expensive with all the cage and all.  Plus I'd much rather not buy an animal from a pet store.

I'm a bit confused by the logic of expense.  Guinea pigs are fairly cheap after you get the cage.  I haven't had a dog since I was super young, but I assume it's more expensive overall with trips to the vet, license, etc.?

Granted you can interact with a dog more than a guinea pig...
Title: Re: Pets
Post by: Mrs. Dick Courier on November 28, 2012, 01:14:21 PM
My friend told me she would let me "try" the dog before I decided to adopt to see if doggy gets along with my cats.  Which is nice.

There is a Dachshund for adoption too, 5 months old, adorable.  But puppies can be a lot of work.  But then again, adopting an adult dog can be dicey.  You never know how it's been raised.

And I won't be getting a Jack Russell.  Those things are little terrors.
Title: Re: Pets
Post by: Bob on November 28, 2012, 01:17:36 PM
Dachs are great dogs, but their back is so oddly built, the odds of them having MAJOR back problems is very great, so I would avoid.

I am a big dog guy (Dobermans are the BEST), but I understand your space issues so the smaller dog is the way to go.

This site may help.

http://www.justdogbreeds.com/small-dog-breeds.html (http://www.justdogbreeds.com/small-dog-breeds.html)
Title: Re: Pets
Post by: MartyS (Gromit) on November 28, 2012, 01:21:30 PM
I've decided not to get a Guinea pig, too expensive with all the cage and all.  Plus I'd much rather not buy an animal from a pet store.
I'm a bit confused by the logic of expense.  Guinea pigs are fairly cheap after you get the cage.  I haven't had a dog since I was super young, but I assume it's more expensive overall with trips to the vet, license, etc.?

If you go nuts with the Habitrail stuff it can get pretty expensive (ever look at the prices of that, every little section seems to cost $40), but yeah, long term care of a Guinea pig is way less than a dog.
Title: Re: Pets
Post by: Tripe on November 28, 2012, 01:23:26 PM
I'll advise against a Cav. Too much potential for hearbreak as the breed currently stands.

Malteses are great little dogs as long as they're socialised and have a puppy cut, shelties are fantastic as are rat terriers though you run the risk there that people can't seem to tell the difference between them and Jacks so you have to be careful when reading a listing if you want to avoid getting a  Jack.

I really like little dogs though, but especially the Paps (and Valhunds)
Title: Re: Pets
Post by: Mrs. Dick Courier on November 28, 2012, 01:25:31 PM
I've decided not to get a Guinea pig, too expensive with all the cage and all.  Plus I'd much rather not buy an animal from a pet store.

I'm a bit confused by the logic of expense.  Guinea pigs are fairly cheap after you get the cage.  I haven't had a dog since I was super young, but I assume it's more expensive overall with trips to the vet, license, etc.?

Granted you can interact with a dog more than a guinea pig...

It's not the price so much I guess, it's more the pet store thing.  There are no guinea pigs for adoption within 50 miles of me.  I've checked.  There were some rats at the local shelter once.

I would be willing to pay the same for an adopted guinea pig as a store bought one.  If I could find one not too far from me for adoption.  There's a bunch at the Roanoke VA SPCA, 77 miles, I asked if they could meet me halfway.  No. 
Title: Re: Pets
Post by: Tripe on November 28, 2012, 01:29:57 PM
Oh and Poms, if you can find a larger one are wonderful dogs, my beloved Dolly was half pap and half pom and she's the best dog I ever knew.
Title: Re: Pets
Post by: Mrs. Dick Courier on November 28, 2012, 01:35:10 PM
There is a pom available nearby, as of Nov. 25.  Just sent a message to the foster parent on facebook.  Not too far to travel, 30 miles.  But I'm sure they're popular, there's been a lot of likes.  Probably too late.

Title: Re: Pets
Post by: Tripe on November 28, 2012, 01:43:11 PM
My sister-in-law's dog Nixon is a Rat Terrier and he's just like that.

Boo also prefers to be squeezed between Ann and me when we're all sleeping, Jemmy on the other hand, likes to sleep facing the window, lest brigands invade the house and he not be in the front line of defence (paps really do make great watchdogs, they love to monitor everything going on).
Title: Re: Pets
Post by: lassieface on November 28, 2012, 02:01:03 PM
I think I'm going to adopt a dog before I graduate and (probably) move. I live in a small town now, much easier to adopt than in a big city. The paper work is like you're adopting a kid. Trying to figure out what mixes will be the most relaxed and friendly.
Title: Re: Pets
Post by: wurwolf on November 28, 2012, 02:23:01 PM
The paper work is like you're adopting a kid.

Very true. We just had to fill out a bunch of paperwork for our dog. One of the lines was, If you and your spouse are unable to care for the dog or if you pass on, please give a name and number of the person who would take him.
Title: Re: Pets
Post by: The Lurker on November 28, 2012, 03:42:21 PM
I can vouch for papillions.  Ours was a better alarm dog than watchdog, though.  She loved everyone that came to the house.  There was one incident where she managed to squeeze under the fence, but shortly after, she ended up at the front porch waiting to be led back in, as if nothing happened.
Title: Re: Pets
Post by: Tripe on November 28, 2012, 04:39:03 PM
Oh yes they wouldn't be a guard dog but they'll certainly let you know something is happening. Also, pics please. :)
Title: Re: Pets
Post by: lassieface on November 28, 2012, 04:50:13 PM
Had to Google Papillon. Adorable!

Our previous dog was a wire-haired Fox Terrier. There's a picture somewhere in this thread. She was very friendly to everyone except kids about her size. She didn't like them for some reason. She also attacked doors. I haven't had a closet door for years because she shredded the bottom of it so much.
Title: Re: Pets
Post by: Tripe on November 28, 2012, 04:52:10 PM
One of if not the earliest pic of Ann is of her parents' Fox Terrier trying to pick her up by the diaper.
Title: Re: Pets
Post by: MartyS (Gromit) on December 09, 2012, 05:58:59 PM
 Max is doing so much better than when I first started riding him.  Had about 8 deer run by right in front of us while in the woods today, he just looked at them.  2 years ago he would have jumped and I would have had fun not falling off, heck, 3 years ago a butterfly going in front of us would make him jump.  It's been slow but calm walking and lots of bags of carrots and apples are working.
Title: Re: Pets
Post by: Mrs. Dick Courier on December 10, 2012, 02:56:00 PM
Went to Petco last night for an adoption event.

There was a lady there who had put a male and female guinea pig together by accident, she thought they were two females, and had a litter.  Serendipity perhaps?  I've been wanting to adopt one for a long time.  Petco had already sexed them so I took two girls.  Had to fill out an application and provide proof of income for the shelter though.  I could tell she was upset about adopting them out, but I swore I would be an excellent pig mom.

Anyway, got the pigs, cage and everything.  Got a fish tank with a secure steel netted cover.  They're only a few weeks old, so I'm sure I'll have to upgrade soon.  Haven't decided on names yet, right now I'm leaning toward Tawny and Ginger.

They are so cute, they started coming out, and the cats just sit and watch them.  They love oranges.  Have some pics I'll post later.
Title: Re: Pets
Post by: wurwolf on December 10, 2012, 03:36:15 PM
Cute! Not sure if the same applies, but my rabbits loved bananas (sans peel). Not sure if guinea pigs would be okay with bananas so you might want to research it.

Can't wait to see the pictures!
Title: Re: Pets
Post by: Tripe on December 11, 2012, 10:01:55 AM
Awwww, poor elimination control aside.
Title: Re: Pets
Post by: Bob on December 11, 2012, 10:16:57 AM
AAAAAAAAWWWWWWWWWWWW, so cute!
Title: Re: Pets
Post by: LucasM on December 11, 2012, 11:11:46 AM
New puppy is in the house, sleeping in the kennel.  He's pretty cute--looks all Labrador to me. They named him "Hydro," which is appropriate since it's a) bucketing rain outside, and b) he's pissed on me, his bed, and all over the house already!

So far: Gracie 1, Hydro 0.

Well, he's now shat in his kennel.
Gracie 2, Hydro 0.

Is it that he's so young he's not yet 'outdoor trained', or is he nervous/scared, or . . .?
Title: Re: Pets
Post by: lassieface on December 15, 2012, 08:56:02 PM
Adopted today.

(http://dl.dropbox.com/u/10982849/Photo%20Dec%2015%2C%2010%2046%2018%20PM%20(HDR).jpg)

Two year old male. He's from the SPCA, and we don't know his name. I was thinking about calling him Ghost (a la Game of Thrones). Rory was also a recommended name. He's super calm, and extremely friendly.
Title: Re: Pets
Post by: lassieface on December 15, 2012, 09:36:14 PM
LOVE. He's beautiful.  Did they say a breed? Some kind of terrier?

He's part West Highland. I'm not sure what else...he's bigger than most westies.
Title: Re: Pets
Post by: wurwolf on December 16, 2012, 06:39:19 AM
Maybe a Westeros Highland. :)
Title: Re: Pets
Post by: Smoky on December 16, 2012, 07:53:15 PM
Good work to everyone who adopted a pet. The first name that came into my mind when I saw that Westie (?) was Samuel.

These are my 5 sibling cats, whose mom couldn't be found when they were babies: (http://i898.photobucket.com/albums/ac186/petpicswestville/PC230061.jpg)

Two other sweet cats I have:

(http://i898.photobucket.com/albums/ac186/petpicswestville/indfe-1_zpsd96f7f01.jpg)

And my latest, a  young former stray cat, who really needs a new home (any takers? We're in New Jersey):

(http://i898.photobucket.com/albums/ac186/petpicswestville/edgar1.jpg)
Title: Re: Pets
Post by: wurwolf on December 17, 2012, 03:32:56 AM
I love that first picture. CAT PILE!!!

It looks like all of them look alike except for one. Is that right?
Title: Re: Pets
Post by: LucasM on December 17, 2012, 03:44:15 AM
I love that first picture. CAT PILE!!!

EXACTLY what I was thought when I saw it!  ;D
Title: Re: Pets
Post by: Mrs. Dick Courier on December 17, 2012, 03:20:20 PM
What sweet kitties.

Still need to upload the pics of my Guineas.  Can't find my camera connect cable!  May have to buy a new one.

Decided on the names Tawny and Ginger, based on their coloring.  Ginger is a lot more outgoing and will come out of her house to investigate whenever I'm spot cleaning.  Tawny is more cautious, but will take treats from my hand now.

Cleaned their cage yesterday, they weren't happy.  Ginger ran but let me hold her a bit before I put them in their carrier.  Tawney squeled like a pig when I picked her up.  But after they were back they played.  They're super cute to watch, sneaking up on each other and jumping around.
Title: Re: Pets
Post by: Space version 2.0 on December 17, 2012, 03:42:56 PM
When I was young I could make the same noises that guinea pigs make. Then that whole puberty thing happened.
Title: Re: Pets
Post by: Mrs. Dick Courier on December 17, 2012, 03:48:23 PM
I can make a good monkey noise

But that's about it
Title: Re: Pets
Post by: Tripe on December 17, 2012, 06:39:07 PM
I can make a good monkey noise
(http://i204.photobucket.com/albums/bb319/TripeHoundRedux/eric-stoltz-picture.jpg)

I can't really impersonate any animals except my dogs when they running about the house and making little huffing noises, which, when I mimic them, actually seem to be directional coordinates as they shift direction when they're running about  hear me impersonating them.
Title: Re: Pets
Post by: Darth Geek on December 17, 2012, 07:03:18 PM
Tracy (Invader Quirk) of Quiptracks is really good at animal noises. I once listened to him perfectly impersonate a badger after only having watched one youtube video. It was kinda creepy.
Title: Re: Pets
Post by: Smoky on December 17, 2012, 08:41:36 PM
I told my critters that everybody likes them.  ;D

It looks like all of them look alike except for one. Is that right?

Pretty much, 4 of the 5 have similar tabby markings and then one little guy has black and white fur. Maybe he had a different father (which apparently can happen with the same litter).
Title: Re: Pets
Post by: wurwolf on December 18, 2012, 12:42:18 PM
I do not know what to do with this fucking dog. When we're there, he's great, the best dog ever. But when we go to work or out, he fucking tears our house apart. He's ruined the guest room, a nearly empty room where we had him. He scratched up the door and window sills, torn and destroyed the blinds, shit on the floor, knocked the sliding closet doors off their tracks and ripped the back off of a wooden dresser, in addition to taking a corner out of one of the drawers. So in an effort to save our guest room, we moved him to the laundry room. It's got cement floors and three doors, all of which we reinforced last night with wood panels. We angled the washer and dryer so he couldn't get to the hoses. We took everything out of there that he could possibly get to. And today when APGIL got home, Chance had ripped one of the panels off of the door and is nearly all the way through. If we put him in there tomorrow, he will get through. Now that door is ruined and we have to replace it.

We can't put him in a crate. He rubbed his nose raw on the bars and hurt his foot, and on his second day in the crate he busted down the front of the crate and got out. We thought about tying him outside but it's getting cold and he'll just stand out there and bark all day. This afternoon APGIL is taking him to the vet because he coughed up blood on Sunday morning, and we think it's from a plastic CD case that he got hold of and chewed. This is not a puppy. This dog is fucking ten years old.

I am at the point now where I want to send him back to the rescue, and I have never done that before in my life. He's fucking destroying my house and there's nothing we can do about it. I thought about some sort of doggy day care but I can't find any in our area. We could board him at the vet but that's going to get expensive. I just don't know what else to do.
Title: Re: Pets
Post by: Bob on December 18, 2012, 01:06:26 PM
Yeah, I cannot really think what to do to change a ten year old dog..........other than working at home, and that does not work for most people.

Sorry.
Title: Re: Pets
Post by: MartyS (Gromit) on December 18, 2012, 01:40:28 PM
That sucks, if you do send him back make sure to tell them he has that problem and it's severe.  So he will need to be with someone that is home all the time.
Title: Re: Pets
Post by: wurwolf on December 18, 2012, 01:44:07 PM
Yeah, I definitely will. He was in a foster home for about two months before we got him and he did great, but I found out later that the woman who fostered him never really went anywhere. She just stayed at home all the time, and so this probably never came up before. So if they adopt him out again they will definitely need to put him in a home where someone is home all the time.
Title: Re: Pets
Post by: k1 on December 18, 2012, 02:15:36 PM
I had a bad case of thunder shirt after some mexican food once.  Wait. I read that wrong.  Nevermind.
Title: Re: Pets
Post by: LucasM on December 18, 2012, 02:16:06 PM
I am sorry to hear that. :(  It is a shame that he can't remain calm without someone home (and valium long-term is not an option).

If you do have to take him back to the shelter, take pictures (or e-mail them) so they can see JUST how bad it gets.


[Hopefully this won't imply a lightness to my feelings about this, because I know how difficult it would have been to take Lucas back after I'd lived with him for a while, but maybe this might take the edge off for you...

  If you submit the house damages to your insurance company, be careful your adjuster isn't dyslexic... they may simply dismiss the claim seeing as how it is "An Act of Dog".]
Title: Re: Pets
Post by: wurwolf on December 18, 2012, 02:23:46 PM
That's awful. :( Really bad separation anxiety it sounds like. If you can't crate him...I have no idea what to do.

Have you tried the "thunder shirt" thing? That's supposed to help with anxiety. Perhaps that would help.

We are at our wit's end as well.

I've heard of the thunder shirt but we haven't tried it. It sounds like quackery to me, and even if it does work I don't think it would help a dog this mental.

I am sorry to hear that. :(  It is a shame that he can't remain calm without someone home (and valium long-term is not an option).

If you do have to take him back to the shelter, take pictures (or e-mail them) so they can see JUST how bad it gets.


[Hopefully this won't imply a lightness to my feelings about this, because I know how difficult it would have been to take Lucas back after I'd lived with him for a while, but maybe this might take the edge off for you...

  If you submit the house damages to your insurance company, be careful your adjuster isn't dyslexic... they may simply dismiss the claim seeing as how it is "An Act of Dog".]

That's a good idea, I will probably take some pictures this weekend and send them to my contact at the shelter. The woman who was fostering Chance just loved him and he did well at her house, and she expressed an interest in keeping him but, as Imrahil probably already knows, that's not how fostering is supposed to work.

APGIL took him to the vet this afternoon and I'm waiting to hear back before we make any sort of decision.
Title: Re: Pets
Post by: Smoky on December 18, 2012, 02:44:42 PM
Wurwolf, can you afford to invest in some dog training (or even just get a book about it - Victoria Stillwell is really good, she has a tv show too called It's Me or The Dog) and a pet sitter/dog walker to stop by so he won't be alone too long?

It sounds like both of those things would REALLY help. Good luck!
Title: Re: Pets
Post by: wurwolf on December 18, 2012, 02:48:46 PM
I'm not sure how much a dog trainer would be, and I'm not sure if I'm willing to spend the money. Still, it might be worth checking out. Not sure what kind of dog trainers we have in Lancaster county, or how well training would work on a ten year old dog.

Also he needs someone with him constantly. We can't even run out for fifteen minutes before the mayhem starts.
Title: Re: Pets
Post by: Smoky on December 18, 2012, 03:08:21 PM
Don't give up, you can teach an old dog new tricks. I'm sure things have been hard for him too so I hope everything works out. It's certainly worth looking into resources in your area. If you check care.com and sittercity.com there are a lot of profiles of petsitters in different areas and some of them have dog training experience. They also do some training at PetSmarts if there's one of those around you.

Here's an article by Victoria Stilwell on the subject of seperation anxiety: http://positively.com/positive-reinforcement/victoria-stilwell-articles/separation-distress-syndrome/

One excerpt reads: "Putting on a coat and exiting followed immediately by a return, allows a dog to see the trigger in a different light – the coat doesn’t always mean the owner is going to leave for a long period of time. Constant repetition over a number of days helps to desensitize the dog and departures no longer trigger a response. Time spent away is gradually increased until the dog is confident that the owner will always return."
Title: Re: Pets
Post by: Mrs. Dick Courier on December 18, 2012, 03:17:43 PM
Our dog Stormey was a very nervous, destructive dog.  We did the crate training.  We started putting her in just an hour at a time, with us home.  Then for longer periods.  After she calmed down and accepted it we started leaving her for half days, one of us would go home and check on her at lunch time.  We eventually made it to full days.

After a while she seemed to enjoy it.  Whenever you asked her if she was ready to go in her house she'd go in and lay down.
Title: Re: Pets
Post by: wurwolf on December 19, 2012, 06:42:06 AM
Wow. Okay, so this is blowing up.

APGIL took Chance to the vet yesterday because he's had a cough for about a month or so and it's getting worse, and on Sunday morning he coughed up some blood. Plus his nails needed to be trimmed, plus I wanted him to ask the vet about his behavioral issues and what we could do about it. And I'm just going to copy and paste the PM he sent me last night, because it pretty much tells the story.

Quote
The bottom line is he has something in his lungs. They took x-rays of him and there are several areas in his lungs that look like abnormal. Her first reaction is there's some sort of cancer there. But the x-rays and the blood tests they did here aren't enough to give us a definite answer. Here's the problem, the vet wants him to see a specialist within 7 days but the closest specialist can't see him until Jan 2.

It could also be some type of infection. Bacterial or fungal. If it is that, as a precaution, she's put him on antibiotics. Best case scenario is it's not cancer and the antibiotics will actually make him better. She also gave him something to help with the coughing.

They also did a heartworm test. He's negative. He does, however, have or has had lyme disease. That's why she's given him antibiotics.

She also said that she could give him something with steroids if we can't or won't see the specialist. But that weakens his immunity. If it's cancer, that could make whatever type of cancer ii is worse. If it's an infection, it might have a better chance of helping. But again, at this point we can't see the specialist within the time frame she's given us so we have to decide if we want him on the stronger medicine.

Some other things: He is slightly anemic. The tremors and twitching could be pain indicators so he could have been sick this entire time we've had him. She gave us the 7 day time frame because of the progression of the cough from just coughing to actually coughing up blood. He did get his nails trimmed. He might only be 8 years old. And any medications for his anxiety would take 4 to 8 weeks to take effect. (And right now, hon, the behavior is the least of my worries.)

I asked them to email us the actual report and they said they would. She also said that if you can call tomorrow after 12.

So... yeah. I mean, we just never expected this. And of course I'm not going to send him back now, it would be a death sentence for him.

I'm going to talk to the vet today, and then APGIL a little later on, so we can decide how we're going to proceed.
Title: Re: Pets
Post by: goflyblind on December 19, 2012, 06:43:59 AM
:(
Title: Re: Pets
Post by: Tripe on December 19, 2012, 06:46:02 AM
:(
Title: Re: Pets
Post by: Bob on December 19, 2012, 07:04:31 AM
Ugh, wish I had some good advice or thoughts, but not everything in life has good news.

Like others, sorry about this.
Title: Re: Pets
Post by: Tripe on December 19, 2012, 07:23:06 AM
Yes that's really horrible, hoping for the best there.
Title: Re: Pets
Post by: wurwolf on December 19, 2012, 07:27:12 AM
Yeah, it's just way way more than we expected. I am really not sure what to do. My initial thinking is to keep him on antibiotics for now and see where he is in another week. If he's doing much better, it's likely that it's an infection. If he's doing much worse or the same, then it's likely cancer. And if it's cancer, I just really don't know what to do. Do we spend thousands of dollars we don't have on a dog we've had a few months, and even then there's no guarantee that he'll actually live a long and healthy life after that? So APGIL and I need to talk about this, and talk to the vet, and try to figure out what the hell we're going to do now.
Title: Re: Pets
Post by: LucasM on December 19, 2012, 10:03:49 AM
My God, I am so sorry for the three of you.  That sounds horrific, and such an emotional blow to have so much going on, with such painful and stressful feelings on top of it.  To have emotions run from the frustration (and probably anger) at what he's been doing to your new house to the anguish of having a potentially lethally-sick four-footed family member in such a short time, with all of them now active at once.

I wish there was something I could do to help. :(
Title: Re: Pets
Post by: wurwolf on December 19, 2012, 10:09:53 AM
I think you're right re: antibiotics first.  If it is cancer and it accelerates, that just quickens an inevitable process. I can't advise you about spending money to prolong his life, because that's got to be the decision you guys and your vet make.  I kept my dog alive a long time when she was kind of sick because I didn't want to let go.  I finally had to when her kidneys started failing and she couldn't keep down water anymore.  It's an issue of the pet's comfort and quality of life, and I think that's really where the owner's responsibility lies, in trying to make that decision.

There's a little plaque in my vet's office that is the "Dog's prayer," and it basically goes through the dog's life cycle; there's a bit at the end that always makes me cry, so I try not to read it, but it goes basically that "I trust my master will protect me and keep me safe when I'm old and can't do it for myself, and will ease my pain when it's too great."

Dammit.



Oh goddamn you.
Title: Re: Pets
Post by: Tripe on December 19, 2012, 10:16:08 AM
And back to :(
Title: Re: Pets
Post by: Mrs. Dick Courier on December 19, 2012, 10:44:50 AM
Poor doggie!  Hopefully the antibiotics will work.

Title: Re: Pets
Post by: wurwolf on December 19, 2012, 10:52:44 AM
I'm sorry. :(  I had to go have a time-out.  I just meant that to be about balancing your needs financially with the pet's quality of life, and that's not a decision anyone can make but you.  I got side-tracked I guess.

No, I understand. But it was touching all the same, and thank you for sharing it. :)

I'm waiting to hear back from the vet. I'm hoping the antibiotics will do the trick and he'll be fine, but if it turns out to be cancer we will have to make that hard choice.

I am wondering if I should let the shelter know about this. I guess they should know, but if he's got inoperable cancer and we have to make the choice to put him down, will they give us a hard time about it because we've only had him three months? Will they think that maybe we made the decision rashly and didn't do our best to keep him alive, especially given his destructive tendencies?
Title: Re: Pets
Post by: Tripe on December 19, 2012, 10:56:31 AM
I got side-tracked I guess.
That's understandable, those of us who regularly post in this thread at the very least, all understand the emotions of owning a dog and how that can be all consuming at times. Just ask Byron (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Epitaph_to_a_Dog) :)

I would let the shelter know about the situation, it's probably best they know what's been happening.
Title: Re: Pets
Post by: Smoky on December 19, 2012, 01:05:44 PM
I'm really sorry to hear your doggie's sick, Wurwulf. It's really hard when a pet falls ill. My two cents that I reccomend to everyone is to get a second opinion and if possible to see an "alternative" practitioner.  If you can find a more "holistic" vet in your area, you could get some good alternate advice. Sometimes changing food to a more natural brand can make a big difference for some animals. I just wanted to throw that out there, I'm not saying I know of any miracle cures.

Good luck with this very trying situation. I agree that you should let the rescue you got him from know...  Perhaps if financial situations get too bad the former foster would even want to help out or something.
Title: Re: Pets
Post by: wurwolf on December 24, 2012, 08:59:27 AM
Chance is really not doing much better. I boiled up some chicken thighs the other night and we mix it with his food, and I have to stand over him to get him to eat. He's skin and bones and lethargic. His cough isn't as frequent and I haven't seen any blood, but it still sounds pretty awful. We're taking him to the vet for some additional blood work on Thursday but we won't know what the problem is until he can see the internal specialist, and that's not until January 7. To make matters worse we have house guests coming tomorrow.

So yeah.
Title: Re: Pets
Post by: Tripe on December 24, 2012, 11:27:20 AM
:( I'm really sorry Faith.
Title: Re: Pets
Post by: LucasM on December 24, 2012, 12:43:32 PM
I'm sorry that Chance, and you, are having such a difficult time now, Wurwolf.  :(
Title: Re: Pets
Post by: wurwolf on December 30, 2012, 08:13:15 PM
Chance is gone. At about 7:15 tonight he took his last breath. We were with him as he passed.

He'd been declining for a few weeks but today he was in really bad shape and I knew he wouldn't be with us much longer. About a half hour before APGIL was due home from work, Chance (who had been lying in one spot all morning) got up and waited for him in the kitchen. When he didn't come home at the expected time, he went into our bedroom and laid on the floor by APGIL's side of the bed.

We were going to wait to take him to the vet tomorrow, but he'd been struggling all day and when he tried to stand and collapsed we knew he was in a lot of pain. We took him to the emergency care clinic and there we made the decision to end his suffering. And as we sat around him, our hands in his fur and telling him what a good boy he was and how much we loved him, he passed on.

I'm glad we had him for the short amount of time we did. Even when he was being a bad dog by acting out when we had to leave him alone, he was still being a good dog. He did it because he missed his humans. I don't know if we will ever find a dog who was so great to take camping and out on hikes. He was friendly and liked by everyone who met him.
Title: Re: Pets
Post by: Lemming Howard on December 30, 2012, 08:34:00 PM
I'm so sorry.  They seem to ask so little of us and in the end we can't give enough.
Title: Re: Pets
Post by: MartyS (Gromit) on December 30, 2012, 08:36:39 PM
 :'(
Title: Re: Pets
Post by: LucasM on December 30, 2012, 08:55:54 PM
I am so sorry for your and APGIL's loss, Wurwolf.  :'(

It is so sad to let go of a friend you've enjoyed such wonderful times with.
Title: Re: Pets
Post by: Lembach on December 30, 2012, 09:57:15 PM
oh god, I didn't want to cry today...
Title: Re: Pets
Post by: Bob on December 31, 2012, 05:28:51 AM
Sorry to read that, but the dog will always remain in your brain for your entire life and you have photos that you will enjoy forever.
Title: Re: Pets
Post by: Tripe on December 31, 2012, 06:06:03 AM
It's really too bad, I'm very sorry for your loss.
Title: Re: Pets
Post by: mattwnelson on December 31, 2012, 09:09:13 AM
Sorry to hear.
Title: Re: Pets
Post by: lassieface on December 31, 2012, 03:09:34 PM
 :'(
Title: Re: Pets
Post by: Mrs. Dick Courier on January 02, 2013, 11:27:09 AM
I'm so sorry to hear that

That's the worst thing about having a pet, you grow attached.
Title: Re: Pets
Post by: Zombie Monty on January 02, 2013, 01:29:57 PM
Such sad news during the holidays.  I am so sorry for your loss.

It has been almost two years since we had to put our little Pekingese to sleep, and I still find myself glancing around and expecting to see her every now and then.

So, to change the subject a bit...

I am seriously thinking about adopting a kitten from the local animal shelter.  Found a couple on their website that seem so adorable and will probably be going down there tomorrow to see them in person.

Any tips or suggestions for a potential first time cat owner?

Title: Re: Pets
Post by: Mrs. Dick Courier on January 02, 2013, 01:50:42 PM
Oooh, first time kitty owner!   

I love cats, I've had many cats go in and out of my life. 

It's a good idea to keep them indoors if all possible.  I've had many go missing.  Sometimes I would find them killed, sometimes not.  When I was a little girl I watched some neighbors beat one of my cats to death with a plastic baseball bat.  People can be cruel, that's why I never let mine out unless they're on a leash or in a carrier.

Cats are very clean.  You have to clean that litter box every day.  Sometimes a cat won't use the litter box.  It's probably because of a dirty box or location.  Sometimes they don't like the litter.  One of my cats, Juno, was actually saved from a kill shelter because her owner said she wouldn't use a litter box.  I've never had a problem with her.  And since none of mine go outside they don't need a bath.  They keep themselves clean.

Please don't declaw a cat.  It's cruel and they need those claws if they ever need to defend themselves.  I clip my cat's nails.  It's pretty easy, you just gotta start when they're young.  I'm sure you can find instructions how to online.

Some people still think its a good idea to give your cats milk.  It's not.  I learned this the hard way.

If you feed them dry food you should also include some wet food, and feline diabetes is pretty commom.  I had a diabetic cat who I had to shoot with insulin.  Some say it's because of the gluten meal in dry food, and it's probably true.  I personally think an raw meat diet is healthier.  But I can't afford it.

And spay or neuter that kitty.  My vet says they can be fixed as young as 10 weeks.  A male will start spraying pretty young.  And when females go into heat males start showing up around your house.  And the yowling can keep you up.  Had a female get loose once and have a litter.  Thank God I found good homes for the babies.  But it could have been avoided and I felt super guilty about it.

Lastly, have fun and enjoy the kitty.  Maybe even get two so she'll have a playmate for when you're gone.  Play with them often.  It's great to keep them fit and healthy, and in my experience...it makes me feel good. 
Title: Re: Pets
Post by: Zombie Monty on January 02, 2013, 02:04:36 PM
I actually thought about getting two, just so they could be playmates.  The shelter I plan on visiting spays and neuters all adoptions, so that will not be a problem.

I am concerned about the diet.  Wet food versus dry food.  Is a combination of the two viable?

And I would never declaw a cat.  Just like chopping their fingers off.  Hell no.

Title: Re: Pets
Post by: Zombie Monty on January 02, 2013, 03:03:29 PM
Unfortunately, the two I had my eye on have already had folks apply to adopt them.   :(

I am still going to go by there tomorrow and check out the kittens to try and find one that I can connect with.  Wish me luck!
Title: Re: Pets
Post by: k1 on January 02, 2013, 03:13:24 PM
Anyone in southwestern VA interested in fostering two dogs? Guardian Angels for Soldier's Pets is looking. (My friend was asking so I figured I'd pass it along here.)

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Guardian Angels for Soldier’s Pet is currently looking for a foster home in the state of Virginia.
Start of Foster Term: January 2013
Length of Foster Term: 10 months
Two (2) Pitties in Southern Virginia from the same family need a temporary loving home while their owner is deployed.
Friendly with dogs and kids. Not good with cats. Very bonded, up to date on shots and healthy.
Male, 2 yr old,  55 lbs., Neutered
Female, 2.5 yr old, 40 lbs., Spayed

http://tailsfromthefrontline.wordpress.com/2013/01/02/looking-for-a-foster-home-in-virginia-or-neighboring-state/
Title: Re: Pets
Post by: Zombie Monty on January 02, 2013, 03:40:12 PM
If I get one, I will be sure to post pics here.  Will keep everyone posted!   ;D
Title: Re: Pets
Post by: Bob on January 02, 2013, 04:26:00 PM
Sister and brother in law got a new dog from an adoption place yesterday.  Her name is Oshie and she’s a 15-month old Akita-Border Collie-other mix.   Supposed to be black and white, big and strong and loves people.
Title: Re: Pets
Post by: Smoky on January 02, 2013, 08:51:52 PM
I'm so sorry Wurwolf. At least he had good people in his life who loved him and were there through the end.
Title: Re: Pets
Post by: wurwolf on January 03, 2013, 07:19:47 AM
Thanks, everyone, for the condolences.
Title: Re: Pets
Post by: wurwolf on January 04, 2013, 12:04:57 PM
Awww, that's sad.
Title: Re: Pets
Post by: Tripe on January 04, 2013, 12:10:13 PM
I know this was brought up before but why don't you just keep her?
Title: Re: Pets
Post by: Bob on January 04, 2013, 02:37:26 PM
Sweet looking dog
Title: Re: Pets
Post by: Tripe on January 11, 2013, 05:37:56 AM
So it's Boudica's 4th birthday today, which means it's also the fourth anniversary of the day we lost Dolly. Boo was born 12 hours (almost to the minute) of Dolly dying and that's always been an odd coincidence. Even odder, Boo is good at sleeping through the night, Dolly never was, but last night (really this morning) Boo woke us both up, whining to go out, a look at the clock told me it was the actual anniversary point of Dolly passing. Just strange ina melancholy way.

So, Happy Birthday Boo:

(http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8306/7877268256_531be24f7a_b.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/tripehoundredux/7877268256/)
Convinced of the Inevitability of Treats. (http://www.flickr.com/photos/tripehoundredux/7877268256/)

And we still miss you greatly Dolly:

(http://farm4.staticflickr.com/3426/4562580603_8330e6cdbd.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/tripehoundredux/4562580603/)
Title: Re: Pets
Post by: Bob on January 11, 2013, 05:44:06 AM
Happy birthday pup!
Title: Re: Pets
Post by: wurwolf on January 11, 2013, 05:57:25 AM
Hard to believe it's been four years already.  :-\
Title: Re: Pets
Post by: Tripe on January 11, 2013, 05:59:22 AM
I know. :(

I sometimes wonder how they'd have gotten along (assuming they aren't the same girl in different iterations of course).
Title: Re: Pets
Post by: Bob on January 11, 2013, 06:55:28 AM
I know. :(

I sometimes wonder how they'd have gotten along (assuming they aren't the same girl in different iterations of course).

I think the movie "Looper" can address that.
Title: Re: Pets
Post by: Tripe on January 11, 2013, 06:59:33 AM
I think 1 - 2 on Doctor Who is a better analogy in this situation, thoguh Dolly was much more a 4. :)
Title: Re: Pets
Post by: Tripe on January 11, 2013, 09:59:54 AM
It's a puppy thing that most grow out of, look you can see it here from when Boo was a puppy:

(http://farm4.staticflickr.com/3182/4563116668_28540b30b0_b.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/tripehoundredux/4563116668/)

She's opening her mouth to latch onto Jem's muzzle which he doesn't want in the slightest, and they're playing in that pic. It's sort of like "got yer nose!" but most of them learn to stop doing it as they get old enough to be able to do damage or to play with older dogs.
Title: Re: Pets
Post by: Bob on January 11, 2013, 10:10:01 AM
And things like that is why I will only own one dog at a time.   Don't want The Doberman Gang.
Title: Re: Pets
Post by: Tripe on January 11, 2013, 10:14:07 AM
Well they're pack animals though, and one day, when Jem's dark master calls him to the home office, Boo will probably need a new companion fairly quickly, she's very needy and adores Jemmy, this is extreme but not unusual for dogs.
Title: Re: Pets
Post by: lassieface on January 11, 2013, 04:33:37 PM
So that dog I adopted (ended up naming him Rory
Spoiler (click to show/hide)
by the way), just ate a whole roll of bubble tape. I checked and it doesn't have Xylitol in it, but I have no idea. He might be sick. Of course he would do this at the start of the weekend, when the vet is closed.
Title: Re: Pets
Post by: wurwolf on January 12, 2013, 07:01:45 AM
It's amazing the stuff dogs will eat. I had a dog once who ate a glass Christmas ornament. He was fine, though. By some miracle he managed to pass the shards without incident.
Title: Re: Pets
Post by: Bob on January 12, 2013, 07:36:27 AM
I am lucky with my doberman.....she only eats food that is given to her.  She does not even go sniffing around the trashcan.  I could leave a roast sitting on the kitchen counter and she would ignore it.   I guess I must be determined to be the "food giving human".

Of course, while taking her for walks she will eat ANY food she finds on the walk.
Title: Re: Pets
Post by: Lemming Howard on January 12, 2013, 08:50:48 AM
Had a pit bull puppy try to eat a tape cassette I had lost under the front passenger seats of my car.  I ended up pulling a stretch of tape out of her mouth.  Icky,   but no harm done.  She also had a taste for cat crap and pretty much any excrement she found in the woods.  Never outgrew that.
Title: Re: Pets
Post by: wurwolf on January 12, 2013, 09:00:49 AM
A lot of dogs really do love cat shit. It's like a delicacy or something. Chance was really good about not eating food that was not his, but he liked to sneak a turd or two out of the box when we weren't looking.
Title: Re: Pets
Post by: MartyS (Gromit) on January 12, 2013, 10:11:01 AM
It's amazing the stuff dogs will eat. I had a dog once who ate a glass Christmas ornament. He was fine, though. By some miracle he managed to pass the shards without incident.

I've seen a little jack russell eat an entire pigeon and thought the same thing, how can the bones not tear up her intestines?
Title: Re: Pets
Post by: Bob on January 12, 2013, 10:48:12 AM
My dog finds a lot of slobs with bones near their trash and chomps them up with zero problems.

Greyhounds are also fed nothing but frozen chicken necks as their only food.

Dogs are tuff.
Title: Re: Pets
Post by: Zombie Monty on January 12, 2013, 07:34:08 PM
 ;D

Finally took the plunge and adopted a shelter kitten yesterday!

(http://img707.imageshack.us/img707/2917/imag0107sa.jpg)

I named her Boo.  She was pretty skittish when I first brought her home, hiding under my bed and up inside the springs of my box spring.  Took a while to coax her out, but now my box spring is on the ground so she can't do that again.

But after playing with her a bit this evening, she has gotten over her fear and shyness and is coming up to me and jumping up on my bed and desk.

Still need to get her used to the litter box (luckily she decided that my bath tub would be a good place to do her business, better there then on the carpet), so now I have the litter box in the tub hoping that the next time she goes she will use the box.

So anyway, I have a kitty!  And she is awesome!   ;D
Title: Re: Pets
Post by: wurwolf on January 12, 2013, 09:19:35 PM
She looks a lot like my cat, Kitty. A sort of patchwork of orange and grey tabby with some white thrown in. I guess that's a calico.
Title: Re: Pets
Post by: D.B. Barnes on January 13, 2013, 12:02:50 PM
;D

Finally took the plunge and adopted a shelter kitten yesterday!

(http://img707.imageshack.us/img707/2917/imag0107sa.jpg)

(http://i.imgur.com/bDgTa.gif)
Title: Re: Pets
Post by: Mrs. Dick Courier on January 14, 2013, 03:14:48 PM
Pretty girl!

And its great that she's warming up to you only after one day.  Some kitties aren't like that.
Title: Re: Pets
Post by: jasimon1 on January 16, 2013, 06:38:45 AM
Look who is coming home with me this weekend!!!!

(http://www.critterconnection.cc/images/hedgehogs/Vitus1.jpg)
Title: Re: Pets
Post by: wurwolf on January 16, 2013, 06:42:08 AM
LUCKY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I am so jealous!!! How sweet! Male or female, and what is his/her name?
Title: Re: Pets
Post by: jasimon1 on January 16, 2013, 06:44:51 AM
LUCKY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I am so jealous!!! How sweet! Male or female, and what is his/her name?

His name will be Flower. I let my boss's kids pick the name out and they decided it should be Flower since my chinchilla's name is Bambi. Not sure how I'm going to stand waiting till Saturday but it's about a 3 hour drive so no other option really.
Title: Re: Pets
Post by: wurwolf on January 16, 2013, 06:46:46 AM
Just the most adorable thing. All of the other hedgehogs will make fun of him for having a name like Flower but he can just tell them to STFU! Does your new condo have any restrictions regarding pets?
Title: Re: Pets
Post by: jasimon1 on January 16, 2013, 06:51:31 AM
The only restrictions are no pit/pit mixes and nothing over 50 lbs. It's kinda mean but I like the no pit rule since it specifically says not even as visitors which makes it so my sister can't bring her pit over that I can't stand. "Sorry, condo rules!" He isn't a horrible dog, he just doesn't realize he's not the size of a dachshund. And he put a huge scratch in the piano at my parents house that will one day be mine which put me over the edge from general dislike to hate.
Title: Re: Pets
Post by: wurwolf on January 16, 2013, 07:12:05 AM
Yeah, the no pit rule does sound kind of mean (and dare I say a bit classist?) but I can see the reasons behind it. I swear they are the most rambunctious dogs. They really don't belong in an apartment unless they're well trained, and let's be honest, training a dog is a lot of work.

On another note, shortly after Chance passed I sent an email to the woman who was my contact at his shelter. I thought she should know that he was no longer alive and what had happened. She checks her email sporadically and I knew it would be a while until I heard from her, and last night I received this email from her. It helped put things into perspective for me, and I thought I would share it here.

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So Sorry to hear about Chance.  He was such an awesome boy!

 We had almost the exact same thing happen to us with a 13 yr old Chow mix we took in from a couple who had a “free dog” sign in front of their yard because they had to move and they couldn’t take "Chowie" with them.  She was an awesome dog too.  We had her less than 4 months.  She always breathed heavy like most Chows do, but as the fall weather started to turn damp she would wheeze and struggle a bit for breath like someone who had asthma.  It kept getting worse and for longer periods of time as the weather got colder/damper.  At first, it only lasted a min or two, but after a few weeks, it was lasting a bit longer.  I made a Thurs appointment for her, but the Sunday before it she had a bad episode.  This time it lasted over 5 min and it was more like hyperventilating than asthma, then she threw up blood.   I knew it was not just asthma then.  I rushed her to the ER vet.  She gasped for breath for 40 min by the time I got her there.  She struggled so much she peed and pooped herself as she laid on her doggie bed on my passenger seat.  As she gasped, she would look up at me while lying there as if she was asking me to help her breathe!   After the 20 min drive, the ER vet did a quick ultra sound and said 2 of her organs looked like swiss cheese.  I was so beside myself I don’t even know which 2 organs he said.  There was nothing that could really be done so I held her and cried like a baby while she was put to sleep.

It is hard going through times like that with seniors, but I am glad I could be there for her in her time of need.  I am glad I could give her joy, love, and compassion her last couple of months.  I am glad I could be with her when she needed me most.  I just wish I had her to the vet earlier so that she didn’t have to struggle for breathe the last 40 min of her life.  Again, on the positive side, she may have struggled longer and died all alone had I not taken her in.

You and Onil gave Chance something he probably never had before, love and true friendship.  To his previous owners, he was probably "just a dog" - there when you want him to be, but ignored or passed to someone else when you don’t.  With you guys, he was part of your family.  That is what he will remember.  Life with you was icing on his cake!  It put the “golden” in his “golden years”.    What you did for him was what I wish everyone’s intention was when getting a dog- to get a dog for what you can do for the dog, not what it can do for you, even though they DO add so much to our lives.  When you take in a senior dog, you know that you will not have him long but you will pack that little bit of time left with what the dog should have had all its life – compassion and loyalty.  You are both strong, selfless people, or you wouldn’t have considered taking in a senior buddy.  I am grateful to you, Onil, and your daughter for giving Chance such a high quality of life especially when he needed it the most.  I hope the satisfaction and joy you received from Chance and gave to Chance is not overshadowed by the pain of losing him.  I know that is all Chance or any of us want from our loved ones…

Gratefully,

Mary
Title: Re: Pets
Post by: Bob on January 16, 2013, 08:29:18 AM
Yeah, I am such a fan of big dogs (like dobermans!) that I really do not like any kind of rules like that.

Of course, if I owened an apartment buiding, I would want to limit damages, expenses, lawsuits, etc, so I kind of understand why some people have them. 
Title: Re: Pets
Post by: jasimon1 on January 16, 2013, 08:40:40 AM
Yeah, I am such a fan of big dogs (like dobermans!) that I really do not like any kind of rules like that.

Of course, if I owened an apartment buiding, I would want to limit damages, expenses, lawsuits, etc, so I kind of understand why some people have them. 

I truely believe you can't judge a breed as a whole. My sister's dog is just annoying as hell. Her other one is the sweetest thing in the world other than the fact that she has to be as close as possible to you and would prefer if she could actually get inside your skin. I once held her on the way back from a trip and she ended up wedging herself between my back and the seat at one point because it was the best way to be as close as possible.
Title: Re: Pets
Post by: wurwolf on January 16, 2013, 09:10:39 AM
I do think that breeds have "types" though.  Every pit/staffordshire or mix I've ever met has been so incredibly rambunctious and high-energy that I just wouldn't ever want one.  Even when they're submissive (one on campus sprints towards you at .5 mach and then rolls over and shows you her belly, slamming into your legs as she does), they're still just big cows.

Yeah, I agree with this a lot. Sweet as hell but so full of wild energy that I don't think they're the right dog for me. Plus I'm like five feet tall and a dog like that would constantly be knocking me on my ass.
Title: Re: Pets
Post by: Bob on January 16, 2013, 10:22:03 AM
That is why we 6 foot people rule the world........and dogs look up to us more.
Title: Re: Pets
Post by: wurwolf on January 16, 2013, 06:15:12 PM
My brother-in-law was here and we were talking about Chance. He was talking about what a big impression Chance made on him, that his experience with dogs had been limited and not especially positive, but our dog changed that. He had no idea that dogs like him existed, and that at some point down the road when they get a dog for their family, he wants it to be like Chance -- his friendliness, his love for his family, his devotion and loyalty. He thinks that they might get a cattle dog, too.

It made me feel good to hear him say these great things about Chance, and to know that Chance was a good ambassador for his breed.
Title: Re: Pets
Post by: LucasM on January 21, 2013, 03:13:02 AM
Yeah, the no pit rule does sound kind of mean (and dare I say a bit classist?) but I can see the reasons behind it. I swear they are the most rambunctious dogs. They really don't belong in an apartment unless they're well trained, and let's be honest, training a dog is a lot of work.

On another note, shortly after Chance passed I sent an email to the woman who was my contact at his shelter. I thought she should know that he was no longer alive and what had happened. She checks her email sporadically and I knew it would be a while until I heard from her, and last night I received this email from her. It helped put things into perspective for me, and I thought I would share it here.

Spoiler (click to show/hide)

Good lord... what a beautiful note!
Title: Re: Pets
Post by: Bob on January 21, 2013, 03:32:59 AM
Sigh. Gracie's scratch looked like it was getting better, and then it started suppurating today. :( I'll have to try to get her in to our vet tomorrow, the poor thing. I hope she doesn't need stitches and an antibiotic will handle it.

Updates?
Title: Re: Pets
Post by: Bob on January 21, 2013, 07:31:33 AM
Good luck with the talks.

You could always claim she was a medically needed assistant dog.  Now, assisting you with WHAT is an open question.
Title: Re: Pets
Post by: wurwolf on January 22, 2013, 08:04:24 AM
Can anyone tell me a little about heartworm in dogs? I kind of already know what it is and what the treatment is, I guess what I want to know is:

- How effective the treatment is
- After receiving treatment and being cured, how it will affect the dog's subsequent life
Title: Re: Pets
Post by: Tripe on January 22, 2013, 08:10:09 AM
The treatment lasts a few weeks of intra-muscle injections, generally the treatment in dogs leads to a fairly full return to normalcy.
Title: Re: Pets
Post by: wurwolf on January 22, 2013, 08:32:34 AM
Thanks. I ask because there is a cattle dog for adoption that we kind of like, but she has recently tested positive for heartworm and they said she would have to undergo treatment before being adopted. I guess first, I wanted to make sure we weren't possibly getting into another situation like our last, and second to have an idea of how long the treatments last. I don't mind waiting a month or even a few months. We're in no rush to get another dog, but we do miss having one in the house.
Title: Re: Pets
Post by: Tripe on January 22, 2013, 08:40:21 AM
You'll want to ask how bad the infection is and if there is a possibility of caval syndrome.

But she'll be in the care of the shelter presumably so it'll be like she's hospitalised for treatment (which is the best way to administer it) so it's most likely she'll be on the road to recovery pretty quickly and then it's just a matter of maintaining the monthly preventative treatment. :)
Title: Re: Pets
Post by: Tripe on January 22, 2013, 08:47:26 AM
The other name for the breed was also the title of an Australian police show in I think the 90s.

(http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/8/8d/Bh_logo2004.jpg)
Title: Re: Pets
Post by: wurwolf on January 22, 2013, 08:58:49 AM
You'll want to ask how bad the infection is and if there is a possibility of caval syndrome.

But she'll be in the care of the shelter presumably so it'll be like she's hospitalised for treatment (which is the best way to administer it) so it's most likely she'll be on the road to recovery pretty quickly and then it's just a matter of maintaining the monthly preventative treatment. :)

Actually she's in foster care right now which means she's in someone's home, but regardless of that, she's still receiving treatment for it. I believe they caught it in the early stages and that's she's pretty healthy otherwise. I just looked up caval syndrome and will ask about it; according to the brief google search I just did it seems to predominately affect male dogs.

I had to look this breed up and found this picture on Wiki, of an Australian Cattle Dog as a mascot for an Aussie division in WWII:
(http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/9/98/Australian_Cattle_Dog_puppy_mascot.jpg/800px-Australian_Cattle_Dog_puppy_mascot.jpg)

That's the dog. It's a puppy so its ears are not standing up yet, something that naturally occurs in cattle dogs. I love that about them, those giant ears that just stick straight up. Here is a picture of the dog we're thinking about. She's four years old and her name is Meka.

(http://pet-uploads.adoptapet.com/3/9/0/98859335.jpg?336w)
Title: Re: Pets
Post by: wurwolf on January 22, 2013, 09:10:34 AM
You can find a lot of them in rescues online. They have a reputation for kind of being stubborn assholes. Everything I see says something like, "This dog has a nice temperament for a cattle dog."

The thing is, Chance was one of the nicest dogs I ever knew. Everyone liked him, except for our cat Todd, and no one likes Todd. There's a lot about the cattle dog breed that's endearing, but they have to be socialized and trained. They're not a dog you can just ignore and hope it turns out well. A lot of people don't realize that and so a lot of these dogs wind up in shelters.
Title: Re: Pets
Post by: jasimon1 on January 22, 2013, 09:22:49 AM
Yep.  And if there's one thing Tennesseans like to do, it's to ignore dogs and then abandon them.  Should probably be on the state flag somewhere, but it's kind of busy trying not to look confederate.

Wait, they are trying? I figured with every souvenir shop having a confederate section and the giant KKK statue near Nashville, it was pretty much just a look the other way type mentality.
Title: Re: Pets
Post by: Tripe on January 22, 2013, 09:26:32 AM
The flag looks like a bowling ball for people with really misshapen fingers.
Title: Re: Pets
Post by: jasimon1 on January 22, 2013, 10:54:38 AM
Yep.  And if there's one thing Tennesseans like to do, it's to ignore dogs and then abandon them.  Should probably be on the state flag somewhere, but it's kind of busy trying not to look confederate.

Thinking about it, this statement is kind of dickish. Most of the people involved in the dog rescue and spay and neuter clinic are local Tennesseeans. So it's not like everyone in the state just hates dogs and only transplants from elsewhere pick up the slack. 

The real problem is that there's a culture of "ah ain't payin no TAXES" here which means that there's no money for any kind of local services and it all has to be volunteer/charity.  I don't know if local residents don't care about dogs more than someone in, say, Milwaukee does, but Milwaukee actually has animal services, and middle TN doesn't.  That's the real problem: the south.

There does seem to be more of a 'let them run free' mentality there though than other places I've lived where if a pet was unwanted, they went to a shelter or pet store to be resold. All of my sister's dogs have been found dogs running free and I constantly see dogs roaming around when I'm down there. She had a friend who would rescue sick/old dogs and let them live on her farm. She used to get the police called on her all the time because it looked like she was neglecting the animals because they all had something wrong with them (not to mention the very old horse on the property). She kept telling them that she was trying to help the dogs that would be otherwise killed and people just looked at her like she was insane.
Title: Re: Pets
Post by: Bob on January 22, 2013, 11:16:41 AM
The Houston Doberman Adaption group (where I got my dog) makes their temp homes be inspected and really inside livings.   Then to adapt them from the temp people, I had to have someone examine my house and have a couple interviews.......to make sure I am not a nut.
Title: Re: Pets
Post by: Mrs. Dick Courier on January 30, 2013, 10:30:33 AM
Well, I had to put my Guinea Pig Ginger to sleep last night.

Last week she stopped coming to me for treats and stopped playing.  And she was breathing very hard. She would just lie in her cage, in the corner.  I took her to the vet and she said Ginger had an upper respiratory (spelling?) disease.  I wiped the cage out with diluted clorox, threw everything else away and bought new stuff.  And seperated her from Tawny.  But she got worse.  She would eat some if I put the food right under her nose, and I would hold the bottle to her to drink.

Then last night she started gasping, vet closed at 7 so I rushed her over.  They put her on oxygen but her breathing didn't improve.  After some discussion I made the decision.  She wasn't getting any better and she was suffering.  Vet said I was doing everything right.  That maybe it was genetic.

I know I've only had her for a few weeks, but its amazing how attached you can become to the the little critters.  It was really hard.  Tawny seems fine, but the vet said to give it two weeks before getting her a new friend, just in case.  I'm sure Tawny's lonely, but I've been trying to give her extra attention.
Title: Re: Pets
Post by: Tripe on January 30, 2013, 10:32:24 AM
I'm sorry, it's hard to lose a pet, even if you've known them for a short while.
Title: Re: Pets
Post by: lassieface on January 30, 2013, 10:48:56 AM
:(
Title: Re: Pets
Post by: wurwolf on January 30, 2013, 11:35:35 AM
I'm sorry, it's hard to lose a pet, even if you've known them for a short while.

I agree. That optimism you are still riding is just crushed.

I'm very sorry for your loss. I also think it's nice, though, that your vet was so accommodating. I have been to vet offices where they will only treat dogs and cats.
Title: Re: Pets
Post by: Mrs. Dick Courier on January 30, 2013, 12:23:59 PM
Yes, not many vet offices accept pets other than cats and dogs.  But this practice excepts all pets.  She's called an exotic pets vet and is trained in guineas, lizards, birds, fish, etc.  She's super nice.  But she only works there two days a week, she travels.  I got lucky that she was on duty last night.

Title: Re: Pets
Post by: Tripe on January 30, 2013, 12:40:56 PM
Yes we take ours to an exotics practise, it's the only one in the tri-county area so it's always super busy, but the head vet owns Papillons so she's always extra doting on Jem and Boo.

I hope your other Guinea Pig is okay and will have a new friend when it's safe to do that and you feel ready. :)
Title: Re: Pets
Post by: goflyblind on January 30, 2013, 01:46:58 PM
maybe i can get a dog after all... (https://i.chzbgr.com/maxW500/7019433984/hAF3301BB/)
Title: Re: Pets
Post by: Bob on January 30, 2013, 01:48:16 PM
Mine basically does that with me just walking.

My right arm has gotten much larger this way.
Title: Re: Pets
Post by: LucasM on January 30, 2013, 06:04:30 PM
I'm very sorry for your loss, Mrs.DC. :(  It is so easy to get attached to our furry friends, and often so difficult to let go.  Congratulations on the ability to do so.  I am also pleased you had a knowledgeable person to take her to, so she didn't suffer long.
Title: Re: Pets
Post by: Mrs. Dick Courier on February 02, 2013, 10:56:56 AM
Thanks everyone.

I got a baby critter last Friday night, named her Brownie.  Thought maybe if Tawny saw and heard her she would perk up, it was so sad watching her.  Just lying there.

It's working so far, I set Brownie up in a new fish tank with a lid next to Tawny's cage.  Tawny can see and hear her but can't spread anything if God forbid, she gets sick.    Last night Tawny took some treats and was even jumping around a bit.  If she shows no symptoms after two weeks I'll put them together.
Title: Re: Pets
Post by: wurwolf on February 05, 2013, 11:01:37 AM
So APGIL and I are in the process of adopting another dog, and after a few false starts it looks like we found a new buddy for us. His name is Mackey (this might change) and he's an 8 year old cattle dog. Pretty handsome fella, too.

(http://www.acdra.org/picture/mackey_3.jpg?pictureId=17400826)

(http://www.acdra.org/picture/mackey_1.jpg?pictureId=17400824)

He was found as a stray in Virginia and brought up to Pennsylvania to be fostered and rehabilitated, and his foster family has had him since November. He was treated for heartworm (hard to find a dog in the shelter system without it, it seems) but should be ready to roll by the end of February. Otherwise he's in good shape (we hope). He's well mannered and quiet, gets along well with people/kids/dogs/cats, housebroken, and he's crate-trained (hallelujah). His biggest issue is that he doesn't seem to like being roughly handled around the collar. His foster mom got a little too rough with him once and he snapped (although didn't actually bite her). She said since then she's had him in a harness and he seems to like that better. This is what his page on the ACD rescue site said about him:

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Mackey is an approximately 8 year old, 40 pound ACD with sweet manners. He loves car rides and hanging out with his person. He’s friendly toward everyone but particularly seems to attach easily to men. He gets along well with other dogs and cats. Mackey has shown an interest in kids and would be fine with older children (8+).

Mackey is polite, crate trained, walks nicely on a leash, knows basic obedience, housebroken, quiet and low energy. He enjoys lying at your feet or snoozing on the couch next to you . He likes going on walks to different places and smelling everything. He is very affectionate and insistent about getting his daily quota of belly rubs and ear scratches. With his friendly demeanor he would easily make a good traveling companion or “hang out at work” dog.

He is current on all his vaccinations and neutered. Mackey is currently undergoing treatment for heartworm and needs to be kept calm and quiet until mid February. If you are looking for a companion to just hang out with you please consider this wonderful boy.

Mackey is being fostered in Bethlehem, PA.

I am the tiniest bit unsure about this, in that I hope we're not getting into another situation where we adopt an older dog and he dies three months later, but I'm hoping that was an anomaly. I have to admit that I have a real soft spot for these older guys -- they've been through a lot and they're so happy to have a home and so sweet and awesome that I can't help but want to take a chance. Again. :)

I just heard back from the foster mom and she said that the vet and one of our references gave us glowing reviews, so unless our other reference gives us a bad review (which I really doubt, our other reference is the woman who was our contact at the shelter where we adopted Chance) it looks like we'll have a new buddy by the end of the month.
Title: Re: Pets
Post by: wurwolf on February 05, 2013, 11:23:39 AM
I think it's really sweet that you try to take care of older dogs. I hope this works out for all of you.  Our Ajax will be 11 in April and he's still a lot of fun, even if he does sleep a bit more and hear a bit less than he used to.

Puppies are adorable and a lot of fun, but they are also a lot of work. I like the idea of getting a dog that's already housebroken and crate trained, one that already knows how to behave around cats and other dogs and kids. Plus a lot of people want to adopt a puppy or a younger dog, and these seniors often have a harder time finding a home. I don't think I could ever foster a dog (I'd get too attached) but if I can give a home to an older dog, then I feel like I've done my part.
Title: Re: Pets
Post by: wurwolf on February 05, 2013, 11:29:24 AM
Is she any particular breed that you know of? The dogs on the ACD rescue site seem to go really quickly; if she's a certain breed of dog then maybe you could list Gracie with them. There's also Petfinder.
Title: Re: Pets
Post by: MerryWanna on February 06, 2013, 08:20:55 PM
Been watching a lot of those Animal Planet pet shows since I got my TV in November, and dogs seem fairly good at coming through these sorts of things.  Best to both of you.
Title: Re: Pets
Post by: Mrs. Dick Courier on February 07, 2013, 09:54:30 AM
My vet did an autopsy on my poor Guinea pig Ginger and her lungs were full of fluid.  There was nothing they could have done

Horrible, but glad to hear it in a way.  I have been second guessing my decision for over a week, thinking maybe I should have put it off and tried something else.  I made the right decision.

Tawny is still showing no symptoms, eating and drinking good.  Running and jumping around her cage.  Even jumping on top her house when she wants attention.  Every night I get her out of the cage for some bonding time and she walks around exploring, so far she's only explored the couch.  Eventually I'll lock my cats up and let her roam around the house.  I bought two baby gates.  I figured we could start in the hallway, maybe set her up a little playground.

Little Brownie will take treats and is coming out of her hidey house some, but still won't let me pet her.  Tawny started out the same way.  It takes time to earn their trust.
Title: Re: Pets
Post by: RVR II on February 07, 2013, 10:02:58 AM
Sorry to hear this Mrs DC :(

For those that may or may not know, we have a black bunny that hitched a ride in a client's engine compartment about a year ago now and had it in a 10 x 10 cage I constructed in our back yard for about 6 months till it dug out.. We named it Bonyx.
Well Bonyx is still hanging around our back yard and follows my wife and I when we walk around..

Here's some video footage I shot the other day..

http://www.youtube.com/v/xFj0SKRyOJ8
Title: Re: Pets
Post by: Bob on February 08, 2013, 05:11:31 AM
Well, Annabelle would just love to play with your bunny.

I think she would call it play.
Title: Re: Pets
Post by: RVR II on February 09, 2013, 05:40:33 AM
Bonyx would not approve :speechless:
Title: Re: Pets
Post by: Mrs. Dick Courier on February 09, 2013, 11:22:17 AM
Last night I intoduced Tawny the Guinea pig to Archie the cat face to face.  He's the one I figured could handle it better.  He's a HUGE tom cat, but he's just a giant pussy, scared of everything.  He won't even go mousing with the other cats.  One time Mika was chasing a mouse toward Archie, and Archie ran the other way.  He's scared of mice.

She loved him, and he did great, very patient.  I would never leave them alone together, but she crawled all over him, and he just laid there.  Even grooming her a bit, which is an affection thing with cats.  And this morning we was sitting by her cage and they were sniffing each other.

Now the other three cats are a different story.  We'll wait a bit longer for that.
Title: Re: Pets
Post by: wurwolf on February 09, 2013, 12:49:34 PM
I once had a border collie mix and a rabbit who got along enormously well. Best buds. The impossible happens sometimes, I guess.
Title: Re: Pets
Post by: wurwolf on February 09, 2013, 04:26:47 PM
We got to meet Mack today, the dog that we're interested in adopting, when his foster mom brought him for a visit (and also to check our house and the compatibility with the cats). It all went really well, and she said she'd be emailing the adoption papers over to me tonight. So it looks like in a couple of weeks we'll have a new dog. He's a real sweetie, loves to get pets and gave APGIL and I kisses while we were petting him. He seems a lot like Chance in that he's mellow and friendly, but very unlike Chance in that his foster mom says he's fine being in a crate and she has no problem even leaving him loose in the house when she's not home.

We were also talking about his name (we are fine with Mack); the foster mom said that when she got him the shelter had named him Merle. APGIL and I looked at each other like !!!!!!, because at one time we talked about naming a dog Merle after Doc Watson's son. I don't know if we'll change it back to Merle, but, as APGIL said, it was kind of like kismet.

I'm mad at myself that I forgot to take pictures.
Title: Re: Pets
Post by: Mrs. Dick Courier on February 13, 2013, 08:52:14 AM
Well, my sweet piggy Tawny died too.  She was autopsied and her entire right lung had collapsed.  Vet said it was a form of strep pneumonia that they had.  I contacted the Humane Society to let them know that they both had died of the same thing.  That they might want to contact and warn the original owner, just in case.

Vet said it could have been genetic.  Or they could have been introduced to the strep very young.  She said they usaully don't show any symptoms until its too late.  A defence thing.  She said she raises bearded dragons and she once had three die of the same thing.  She said she thought her daughter had passed the germ

Well, baby Brownie has had no contact with Tawny and they were in seperate cages.  I was very careful.   But I took her to the vet to get her some antibiotics.  Even though I always handled and cleaned Brownie's things first and always made sure my hands were cleaned or sanitized I thought it would be a good idea as a preventive measure.  My vet agreed.  She said Brownie's lungs sounded clear, and her heartbeat was strong.  Tawny and Ginger didn't do too good with those tests.

I don't know if I can go through this again so soon.  I adore the little critters. 
Title: Re: Pets
Post by: wurwolf on February 13, 2013, 08:55:54 AM
Oh my god! I am so sorry to hear that. My condolences.

Good wishes for little Brownie, too.
Title: Re: Pets
Post by: Tripe on February 13, 2013, 08:58:32 AM
I'm so very sorry to hear that Mrs. Dick. :(

I hope Brownie has a good long life.
Title: Re: Pets
Post by: LucasM on February 13, 2013, 10:37:07 AM
I'm so sorry that Tawny died too, Mrs. D.C. :(

It is so heartbreaking to have two furry friends die in such a short time.  I am glad you took Brownie in for antibiotics to help assure that Brownie will stay healthy.
Title: Re: Pets
Post by: LucasM on February 26, 2013, 07:22:28 PM
 :(  I hope you can break her of the habit.  That must be quite distressing.
Title: Re: Pets
Post by: wurwolf on February 27, 2013, 06:30:27 AM
I wish I had advice. I would not know at all what to do in that situation.
Title: Re: Pets
Post by: Space version 2.0 on February 27, 2013, 06:40:37 AM
Have you tried using a chain in the yard? Or, if the yard is big enough and has some kind of supports for it, a trolley?
Title: Re: Pets
Post by: wurwolf on February 27, 2013, 07:21:10 AM
Have you tried using a chain in the yard? Or, if the yard is big enough and has some kind of supports for it, a trolley?

We have a stake with a lead that I might try if she keeps up. She pooped outside this morning just fine, and then when I was in the shower went again in my office. But she's not eating it now, which really improves the "consistency" (turns out that eating your own shit kind of gives you runny stool), and makes it MUCH easier to clean up.  Still stinks in my office though. I have a little portable air filter working on getting the stink out now.

I found a mix of white vinegar and water does wonders for getting rid of animal smells. Our cats are really good about having not having accidents in the house, but I used to have one that pissed on the dining room rug. Every time she did I blotted up the pee with paper towels, then sprayed it with an equal mix of white vinegar and water and then blotted that up.
Title: Re: Pets
Post by: Bob on February 27, 2013, 08:23:19 AM
Oh, that looks great for a lot of reasons, thanks.
Title: Re: Pets
Post by: Mrs. Dick Courier on February 27, 2013, 04:33:39 PM
I think I finally found a home for Archibald T. Kittenmewler III.

Its so hard to foster, keeping that distance.  You really grow attached to them.  And he's a real sweetheart.  Just gotta get him neutered first.

After I get him re-homed I've committed to taking in another.  Only one at a time, don't want to get overwhelmed.

BTW, my guinea Brownie seems OK.  But I'm still keeping my fingers crossed.  She's very active, will come to me for petting and enjoys play time on me.  After play time she likes to sit on my shoulder.  She once bit a mole on my neck, hurt like hell, and I have to take off my glasses so she won't chew them.

If she continues to do well I will get her a friend in late March.  Found a local pet store that gets their guineas from a breeder in North Carolina.  I've done my research.  My local Humane Society suggested her.
Title: Re: Pets
Post by: wurwolf on March 03, 2013, 11:42:14 AM
So we just got home today with our new dog, Mack. He's an 8 year old Australian cattle dog who's nice and mellow and affectionate. We love him already.

Todd doesn't, though.

(https://sphotos-a.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-snc7/574804_433736826709373_1666686451_n.jpg)
Title: Re: Pets
Post by: Tripe on March 03, 2013, 11:47:33 AM
See, that's almost the last page of a book for children about pet loss and acceptance. :)
Title: Re: Pets
Post by: wurwolf on March 03, 2013, 06:02:57 PM
So we just got home today with our new dog, Mack. He's an 8 year old Australian cattle dog who's nice and mellow and affectionate. We love him already.

Todd doesn't, though.

I'm really glad you got another dog. You both needed each other, it sounds like.  It's also nice to see that your dog's foster-mom gets to see updates from him. 

Interesting situation came up with Gracie today.  We were more or less getting to the point where we felt like we were going to keep her permanently; there's some problems with that which will eventually become apparent, but basically we just can't have 3 dogs. 2 are already a handful.  But we love Gracie, she's very sweet, and she's made a TON of progress just this past week, from eating her shit in the house to not going at all in the house.  Last night she crapped right before bed outside, and then came in and ran into her kennel all by herself. 

Today we got an email from our contact at the shelter saying that someone in town wanted to look at her; it turns out it's another family who lives on campus.  The catch? Their dog DIED last week because they were on a walk with him and didn't have him on a leash, and he got hit by a car.  We live in a pretty rural area, but they were "downtown", and it worries us that Gracie will have the same treatment; she's not a dog that can really be off a leash, because she's pathologically interested in squirrels, who love sprinting across the road.

So on the one hand it might be nice to have her adopted by a family who clearly loves dogs and would give her a home nearby (we'd even offer to watch her if they needed to go out of town or whatever)--but on the other we don't want her to come to harm.  The other issue is that she really loves dogs and she'd be the only one in that family, who has a small baby (~7 months old I think).

We're both really conflicted. On the one hand, she's a part of our family and we love her; on the other hand, if something changes and we can't keep her down the line, we would have passed up this opportunity to get her adopted nearby.  We're probably going to go ahead with it, but I'm still really nervous about the no-dog-on-leash thing. It's kind of endemic down here.    I take ours out off a leash when we're in the yard, but never on walks around in the residential or downtown area.

But anyway, it's really nice to see that someone can have had a dog for FOUR months (we've had Gracie since just after Christmas for this visit) and still be able to give him up. It's breaking our hearts to think about it.

We really did need each other. Mack needed a home but I think we needed another dog more. I can't get over how right our house feels again, dog farts and all. I am covered with dog hair and it's wonderful.

Mack was found as a stray in Virginia and was in a shelter there before the ACDRA pulled him and placed him in a foster home. His foster mom was great from the start -- we were her first contact for Mack and she was WONDERFUL about being in contact with me and giving me updates and answering all of my emails. A couple of weeks ago I suggested to her that we friend each other on Facebook, because we always take lots of pictures and post them, and that way she'd get to see Mack in his new life. She happily accepted, and it was a real help for the humans involved in the transition from her house to ours. The dog didn't seem to care that he was plastered all over Facebook today. :)

So anyway, she got him in November. He was in bad shape and looked it, and he had heartworm problems. The ACDRA paid for his treatment and she kept him until the treatment was done. He had a check last week and he's in good health. He didn't want to leave her house and scratched at the car door a little on our way home, but we have been petting him and loving him and giving him food and treats, and he seems a little less depressed than when we first left.

It was hard for her to give him up and there is no doubt she's cried and is missing him right now, but she says she's happy knowing he's going to a good home. She hasn't said to me, but there are probably misgivings on her part, just as there are for you and your wife regarding Gracie. She must have told us ten times to get a grain free dog food, and I am just like okay whatever because that shit is EXPENSIVE. And we have an unstable gate in our yard that Mack could get out and run away if he really wanted, and I'm sure that was a big question mark for her, too. But no new home is going to be 100% perfect and every dog owner is different. Besides, the folks who are interested in Gracie just lost a dog due to leaving him off the leash, so maybe they'll be more careful about it in the future.
Title: Re: Pets
Post by: LucasM on March 03, 2013, 06:22:51 PM
[wurwolf post 'Like'd mostly because of her/(your) talk about her/(your) own experience, and a little for her/(your) response to Im.  This is directed at Im, however.]


The catch? Their dog DIED last week because they were on a walk with him and didn't have him on a leash, and he got hit by a car.  We live in a pretty rural area, but they were "downtown"....

So on the one hand it might be nice to have her adopted by a family who clearly loves dogs....

I honestly have a hard time reconciling these two statements.

[The massive number of cars just two blocks from my home, far more than disease or other-animal-fight injuries, are the reason I refuse to let my cat out of the house and freaked last Halloween when he was out for nearly four hours.]


...[T]he folks who are interested in Gracie just lost a dog due to leaving him off the leash, so maybe they'll be more careful about it in the future.

Let's hope wurwolf is right: if you make it very clear that Gracie loves to chase squirrels and can't be in an area with cars off of a leash "or you'll have the same experience with her you just had with your previous dog", then possibly the potential new owners might 'behave'.
Title: Re: Pets
Post by: LucasM on March 03, 2013, 07:13:09 PM
I don't think it's necessarily a contradiction that they loved their dog and that they had him off a leash--it's incredibly common down here, for one thing, and for another they probably thought they were doing him a favor by letting him be "free" rather than that they weren't protecting him.  Good intentions or a weak streak of discipline don't mean that they don't love their dog.  The husband was supposed to be on duty that night and had to ask someone else to do it because he was apparently too broken up to be around people.  Clearly they weren't blase or nonchalant about it.

True.  I think it was a knee-jerk response thinking back to how terrified I was when I discovered that Lucas had slipped outside when I was overwhelmed with trick-or-treaters.  Had their dog always run wild (across traffic) and they did nothing it would've been a different story, but we don't know that [actually, we kinda' know the opposite, or the dog would not have lived as long as it did].


I had another thought: print out all of your posts on Gracie (and any appropriate ones in response that you feel might help) and give them a dossier on her before you and they make a final decision.  You've been very open in how much you care about her and the issues she's displayed and how you've dealt with them.  That way, it's both 'full disclosure' and it shows how much effect various things have had on her (such as her getting bounced back and forth between caregivers).
Title: Re: Pets
Post by: wurwolf on March 03, 2013, 07:30:19 PM
Thanks, wurwolf.  I knew you'd have something to say that gave a bit of perspective.

Thanks also Lucas for your advice; we'll definitely warn them about her tendencies, but ultimately people will do what they do. I don't know how often they actually change their behavior, and she'll be their dog, not ours.  That's what would be hard about having her close I guess.  I don't think it's necessarily a contradiction that they loved their dog and that they had him off a leash--it's incredibly common down here, for one thing, and for another they probably thought they were doing him a favor by letting him be "free" rather than that they weren't protecting him.  Good intentions or a weak streak of discipline don't mean that they don't love their dog.  The husband was supposed to be on duty that night and had to ask someone else to do it because he was apparently too broken up to be around people.  Clearly they weren't blase or nonchalant about it.

We're going to be very frank with them about all her faults--she's incredibly timid, and has bathroom issues; she'll probably regress from stress/confusion when she goes to a new home again (it took her a month to get comfortable with us this time); she doesn't respond well to physical correction (like hides for a day if you spank her at all), and if they don't put pumpkin in her food she'll probably go back to eating her shit.  Oh, and the chewing.  We've worked through most of her bad stuff, and have ways to curb it; they will probably have to deal with it all over again.  Her virtues are manifold, but they also take a bit of time to appear. She really is the best snuggler I've ever seen--our other dogs are practically standoffish in comparison.

I dunno. I guess really what's best for Gracie is the crux, and I don't really know the answer to that because I can't see the future. I'm going to miss her terribly if she goes, and I think I might feel sort of selfish if we just keep her.

When we picked up Mack today we were just talking about how it seems that southerners have a different attitude regarding their dogs. I am generalizing here, but it seems like with most of the country the dog is a part of their family, whereas with those in the deep south, they're just... a dog. They tend to do things like let them run loose and a more lax about heartworm treatment, etc. A lot of the dogs that the ACDRA handles are from the south, and they have problems like the heartworm. Mack has some buckshot in one of his hind legs; it was discovered when the vet did an x-ray on him.

Personally, I think foster families are absolute angels. Dogs don't do well in the shelter system -- they need to be with people and they get depressed. And then for those of us who are adopting, we see this sad and bedraggled dog in a cage that no one wants, and it's hard to see the good qualities, and that dog that might have fit so well into a family just gets put to sleep. So it's hard for you to have to let a dog that you've cared for let go, but you've done everyone a remarkable service -- the people who are looking for a dog in their lives, and the dog for finding them a family. You know Gracie's good and bad qualities, and you can give the new people helpful advice. I wouldn't have known that you can give a dog pumpkin to keep it from eating its own shit.
Title: Re: Pets
Post by: LucasM on March 03, 2013, 08:05:14 PM
Personally, I think foster families are absolute angels. Dogs don't do well in the shelter system -- they need to be with people and they get depressed. And then for those of us who are adopting, we see this sad and bedraggled dog in a cage that no one wants, and it's hard to see the good qualities, and that dog that might have fit so well into a family just gets put to sleep. So it's hard for you to have to let a dog that you've cared for let go, but you've done everyone a remarkable service -- the people who are looking for a dog in their lives, and the dog for finding them a family. You know Gracie's good and bad qualities, and you can give the new people helpful advice. I wouldn't have known that you can give a dog pumpkin to keep it from eating its own shit.

I was nodding my head and thinking, "how beautiful!" and "how beautifully put!" throughout this, then I got to the last sentence. ;D  Kind of a mood-killer. :D
Title: Re: Pets
Post by: wurwolf on March 04, 2013, 08:45:32 AM
You know, I left out another part of the equation, and it's probably the most important. I think the focus of this whole thing should not be you, the new family, or even Gracie -- it should be on the next dog you might help. Because, really, that's what this is all about. Gracie being placed in a home frees up space so you and your wife (if this is what you want) can save another dog from being lost in the shelter system. That dog, I think, is really the one that counts the most. Mack's foster mom is already making arrangements for her next rescue.
Title: Re: Pets
Post by: wurwolf on March 04, 2013, 04:28:44 PM
Well, we won't be fostering for awhile in any case. There's a lot going on, and this one hurts too much to dip back into it for awhile.

I would imagine it's pretty hard to foster. I think it's a noble cause, but I don't know if I could do it.
Title: Re: Pets
Post by: Tripe on March 04, 2013, 05:00:21 PM
So Boo went to the groomer on Saturday and they put a bow in her hair. Boo gets very protective of her bows; not wanting us to remove them and trying to hoard them when they eventually fall out. This is what happened tonight and the bow was dragged beneath our bed too far to reach and with a growling spaniel in front of it.

So, in order to retrieve it we needed some sort of stick. Luckily I have a wooden tai chi sword that's just long enough and still blunt and safe to pass by the guardian of ribbon but not before she launched herself at it and tried to take a bite out of the blade. Never was a dog better named than Boudica.
Title: Re: Pets
Post by: Tripe on March 05, 2013, 04:02:00 AM
We named our dogs after warriors; we were basically asking for it. :)
Title: Re: Pets
Post by: wurwolf on March 11, 2013, 02:14:41 PM
Today was Mack's first day in the house by himself all day, since it was my first time returning to NYC since we got him last Sunday. He did just fine -- when APGIL got home from work he found him sacked out on the couch. :)
Title: Re: Pets
Post by: BiteMe316 on March 11, 2013, 02:31:55 PM
My Collie Lance's (yes, that's his name, my family and I had NOTHING to do with that one  :P ) nails need to be trimmed tomorrow.  Apparently the local groomer is closed on Mondays but tomorrow we're going to make an appointment to get them clipped.  They're starting to make a lot of noise whenever he walks around the house.

FYI, I think I have the most laid back, mellow, and sometimes boarding on boring dog in the world.  He doesn't chew up stuff (he can't have regular chews like rawhides since he has bad allergies), piss all over the house, or otherwise make a ruckus.  Most of the day he lounges in his crate or in the living room. Also, is it possible for dogs to have OCD and ADD?  I think my dog has them.  Or he's just weird.   :P
Title: Re: Pets
Post by: Zombie Monty on March 15, 2013, 07:34:56 PM
An update on my kitty Boo...

She has basically become the boss of my apartment, but in a good way.  She has adapted to her new home just fine.  I have bought her several cat condos for her to use and she does every day.

She is an awesome cat.  I am her human much more than she is my cat, and that is cool.

She is getting big too.  I will try to post some pictures tomorrow.   :)
Title: Re: Pets
Post by: Mrs. Dick Courier on March 16, 2013, 11:14:49 AM
That's great.

I too am owned by cats, four of them.

They grow on you don't they?
Title: Re: Pets
Post by: wurwolf on April 06, 2013, 06:32:41 AM
My cat has to wear a collar/cone sort of thing and he looks so hilariously dumb.
Title: Re: Pets
Post by: k1 on April 06, 2013, 11:30:38 AM
Now say Tard in a Boston accent.

:)
Title: Re: Pets
Post by: goflyblind on April 06, 2013, 01:02:37 PM
Now say Tard in a Boston accent.

:)

(http://cdn.grumpycats.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/04/IMG_2692-1-625x677.jpg)

whatchyoo talkin' 'bout?
Title: Re: Pets
Post by: Mrs. Dick Courier on April 06, 2013, 08:31:58 PM
Had my Guinea Pig Brownie about four months now with no sign of illness.  So I got her a friend today from a professional breeder, met the Guinea parents and everything.  The one I chose came right up to my hand which shows shes comfortable with humans.  Shes the cutest baby.  Gonna keep her seperate from Brownie a while before I introduce them.  Hopefully Brownie will accept her and I can eventually put them together.
Title: Re: Pets
Post by: wurwolf on April 07, 2013, 07:21:14 AM
I love that you keep guinea pigs and love them so much. So many people think they're just disposable pets. You're a good piggy mommy. :)
Title: Re: Pets
Post by: Bob on April 07, 2013, 08:33:10 AM
A Piggy Mommy.........I see the SyFy channel taking him to Romania to make a movie.
Title: Re: Pets
Post by: k1 on April 07, 2013, 09:48:29 AM
A friend of mine in college moved to South Africa for awhile when he was a kid before they moved back to the US.  He said they raised them when he was over there. And that they were actually pretty tasty.
Title: Re: Pets
Post by: wurwolf on April 07, 2013, 09:56:45 AM
I would imagine it wouldn't be much different than eating a small rabbit. I don't want to eat those, either.
Title: Re: Pets
Post by: Mrs. Dick Courier on April 07, 2013, 10:08:52 AM
Guess its the same thing ass Chinese eating dogs.  Hard to imagine a beloved pet being someone's meal in another country.

Named my new piggy Goldie.  She's dark gray with golden spots.  Her daddy was black and her momma gold so she's the perfect mix.  And she's already taking carrots from my hand. 
Title: Re: Pets
Post by: Tripe on April 07, 2013, 10:31:57 AM
Are there enough people into Peruvian cuisine to justify a Guinea Pig meat industry in the US.

Second on the rabbit not being worth it, though all my pet rabbits have been meat breeds so I got some nice big pals out the fact people eat bunnies.
Title: Re: Pets
Post by: Mrs. Dick Courier on April 11, 2013, 09:09:29 AM
My foster cat Archie went to his forever home yesterday.

It was so hard the house so quiet even with my other cats and piggies.  Will probably pick up new foster Monday.
Title: Re: Pets
Post by: Mrs. Dick Courier on April 16, 2013, 10:26:57 PM
It's hard not to grow attached, I miss all mine.  I know my cat Mika misses Archie.  He walks around the house just looking around and mumbling to himself.  He's never acted like this before.  The way Mika mumbles, sometimes right in my face, its like he's trying his best to talk.
Title: Re: Pets
Post by: Mrs. Dick Courier on April 18, 2013, 05:06:13 PM
Got my first picture of Archie cuddled up to his new friend in his home.  He fit right in and made himself at home

These stories is what makes the fostering worth it.  When I got him he was a skinny cat scared of his own shadow.  When he left he was a fat cat.  Still nervous, but a lot more outgoing.  I hate to think about what he went through.
Title: Re: Pets
Post by: jasimon1 on April 29, 2013, 06:41:35 AM
The universe is trying to make me get a dog. Lately, everywhere I looks it's cute little dogs frolicking. On my walk to the train this morning, there were two at two different houses that just had to jump all over me and be all cute. I really missing having one around but know that I couldn't afford anything more than food and normal vet bills. If anything happened to it were it got sick, I couldn't afford it and that worry is what keeps me from having one.
Title: Re: Pets
Post by: Tripe on April 29, 2013, 07:25:19 AM
Maybe you could start putting aside a little each month for a future dog--$25 or something--and then after a year you'd have  "dog savings account" in case of a larger bill.
Actually, that's about the premium you might have to pay for a dog here (http://www.gopetplan.com/dog-insurance), we have it for ours (and pay around 30 per month) and it's useful.
Title: Re: Pets
Post by: jasimon1 on April 29, 2013, 08:01:57 AM
Maybe you could start putting aside a little each month for a future dog--$25 or something--and then after a year you'd have  "dog savings account" in case of a larger bill.
Actually, that's about the premium you might have to pay for a dog here (http://www.gopetplan.com/dog-insurance), we have it for ours (and pay around 30 per month) and it's useful.

But don't you have to pay up front and have them reimburse you? That's how my sister's dog insurance is.
Title: Re: Pets
Post by: Tripe on April 29, 2013, 08:03:56 AM
Well, yes but it's a fast reimbursement and the premiums provide coverage for much more than they themselves cost.
Title: Re: Pets
Post by: jasimon1 on April 29, 2013, 08:12:39 AM
Well, yes but it's a fast reimbursement and the premiums provide coverage for much more than they themselves cost.

I'll have to look into that one then. My sister's isn't that fast to reimburse.
Title: Re: Pets
Post by: Bob on April 29, 2013, 08:14:50 AM
"Consumer Reports" did a review of them and said it was usually better to pass on it and just save up money in a different fund for their medical.  But, it is pretty much up to you what you do as money aside is for a good thing. 

http://www.consumerreports.org/cro/magazine-archive/2011/august/money/pet-costs/pet-insurance-rarely-worth-the-price-in-our-analysis/index.htm (http://www.consumerreports.org/cro/magazine-archive/2011/august/money/pet-costs/pet-insurance-rarely-worth-the-price-in-our-analysis/index.htm)
Title: Re: Pets
Post by: Tripe on April 29, 2013, 08:32:20 AM
We also have this (http://www.carecredit.com/).
Title: Re: Pets
Post by: mattwnelson on April 29, 2013, 12:34:24 PM
We also have this (http://www.carecredit.com/).

I use that too.  Very helpful.
Title: Re: Pets
Post by: Mrs. Dick Courier on April 29, 2013, 04:16:10 PM
My oldest Guinea Brownie has gotten so big!  But I know she's not done growing.  She knows her name and will come to me when I say it.  She also makes a rumbling noise when I pet her.  Read where Guineas purr, maybe she's purring?

Goldie is warming up to me.  I've discovered carrots are a great way to buy their trust and affection.  And cantaloupe.  And they love honey/popcorn treats.  I have a giant dog cage I keep Brownie in for what I call "floor time" she enjoys it.  If its nice weather I put it outside.  Gonna wait at least two more weeks and put Goldie in there with her, see how they interact.

Their cages are currently a few feet away from each other.  Guineas don't have good sight but I read that they have excellent smell and hearing.  They talk to each other a lot.  Think they're curious.
Title: Re: Pets
Post by: Space version 2.0 on May 06, 2013, 02:10:05 PM
Good to hear she found a nice home  :)
Title: Re: Pets
Post by: Mrs. Dick Courier on May 08, 2013, 01:59:28 PM
My cat Mika is terrified of rain, and its been raining off and on for three days now.  Its not the sound of thunder really, its the rain.  At a couple of points I couldn't hear any rain and there was a crash of thunder...he didn't even flinch.

He's such a brave boy, can even be considered a bully sometimes, but I love him to death.  He's always so full of energy.  But now he's just hiding under the bed.  Been able to get him out a few times and then he just slinks around low to the floor and stays under my feet.  Sometimes he'll just fall over on the floor and show me his belly, right in my path.  And I have to do a little jig to keep from either tripping or stepping on him. 

Makes me wonder what happened to him before I had him.
Title: Re: Pets
Post by: Bob on May 08, 2013, 02:07:35 PM
Pets, like humans, sure can act differently to storms.  Some hate it all, some ignore it all.

My dog and I ignore everything, even loud thunder.  And I know there are people and their pets do the opposite.
Title: Re: Pets
Post by: Tripe on May 09, 2013, 05:45:35 AM
My dogs love storms,, they run to the windows tails wagging and full of happy excited yaps and barks.

I basically have two tiny hell hounds.
Title: Re: Pets
Post by: jasimon1 on May 09, 2013, 06:12:24 AM
The only time my Mom's dog would ever come near my room was when it was storming. She would sit in my doorway the entire time it was storming. I think she knew I didn't like storms either and she wanted to be near the only other person in the house as freaked out as she was but she knew if she actually came in my room, it would show that she liked the other people in the house and she couldn't soil her reputation as a momma's girl.
Title: Re: Pets
Post by: Mrs. Dick Courier on August 17, 2013, 03:58:33 PM
Well, I got a new kitten. 

Not a foster.  She's a beautiful tortoiseshell.  There were 6 kittens at the event and she just stood out.  And she's so tiny, smaller than my Guinea pigs.  Been a long time since I've had a kitten this young.

Decided to call her Layla.  She's by herself in my spare bedroom right now.  Feel bad about her being all alone.  But its for the best.  Not good to just throw her in the mix right away.  Gotta make slow introductions.

Title: Re: Pets
Post by: mattwnelson on August 17, 2013, 04:09:22 PM
KITTEN PICS
Title: Re: Pets
Post by: Kete on August 20, 2013, 09:56:32 AM
My wife and I are thinking about getting a new dog.  Our current dog is a 12 year old pug, and could really use some companionship during the day.  My wife is thinking about a Goldendoodle.

(http://sachinsf.files.wordpress.com/2008/11/goldendoodle.jpg)

I never imagined I would own a dog that was part poodle, but I have to say I'm intrigued.  They are supposed to be similar in nature to a golden, but with very little shedding.
Title: Re: Pets
Post by: Tripe on August 26, 2013, 11:43:54 AM
:(

Dolly was 4. With her it was leukaemia. I hope you don;t have to go through similar to what we did. :(
Title: Re: Pets
Post by: LucasM on August 26, 2013, 12:54:55 PM
 :( I'm sorry to hear about Wallace, Im.  I hope it turns out to be something far less serious than bone cancer.
Title: Re: Pets
Post by: Bob on August 26, 2013, 01:43:55 PM
Best luck
Title: Re: Pets
Post by: modelmeg on August 26, 2013, 02:24:46 PM
I'm so sorry to hear that, Imrahil.  :( I truly hope it works out for the best.
Just last week my 17 year old kitty was diagnosed with kidney failure. I cried a lot. Still, we can give her an IV twice a month and that's supposed to help maintain it. She might have a few years in her left. It's been hard to grasp because we got her when I was 9 and I've never had any other pets. I've had numerous health problems over the last decade and thus have stayed in my house a lot and she's been an incredible comfort. She's the softest, most adorable cat I've ever seen and she's an amazing, annoying, wonderful little shit. I love that damn cat so much. She better stick around for a while yet. It's easy to forget how old she is because she's got the face of a kitten. This is her at 15:

(http://i135.photobucket.com/albums/q128/meg1448/037shopped.jpg)
(http://i135.photobucket.com/albums/q128/meg1448/033shopped.jpg)
Title: Re: Pets
Post by: Mrs. Dick Courier on August 26, 2013, 08:14:20 PM
I'm so sorry to hear that, Imrahil.  :( I truly hope it works out for the best.
Just last week my 17 year old kitty was diagnosed with kidney failure. I cried a lot. Still, we can give her an IV twice a month and that's supposed to help maintain it. She might have a few years in her left. It's been hard to grasp because we got her when I was 9 and I've never had any other pets. I've had numerous health problems over the last decade and thus have stayed in my house a lot and she's been an incredible comfort. She's the softest, most adorable cat I've ever seen and she's an amazing, annoying, wonderful little shit. I love that damn cat so much. She better stick around for a while yet. It's easy to forget how old she is because she's got the face of a kitten. This is her at 15:

(http://i135.photobucket.com/albums/q128/meg1448/037shopped.jpg)
(http://i135.photobucket.com/albums/q128/meg1448/033shopped.jpg)

Pretty kitty!

My cat Mr Kitty lived 3 years after being diagnosed with kidney failure.

It was prostate cancer that got him.  Damn cancer.  He was 16.

Im, I hope you dog doesn't have cancer.  I agree it seems a bit premature.
Title: Re: Pets
Post by: mattwnelson on August 27, 2013, 04:40:13 PM
My cat Tiger lived for another year after kidney failure. It was rough. I'd had her for something like 15 years, and she was about 18 when she died. It's hard. Hope yours has a way to go yet.

Keep us informed about Wallace, Imrahil. We need more Wallaces in the world. It's a cool name.
Title: Re: Pets
Post by: Mrs. Dick Courier on August 29, 2013, 08:13:13 AM
My baby kitten Layla is taken with my Mika.  Mika's about 3 and can be quite the bully sometimes.  But he's been great with her.

This surprises me, Juno is the loving, laid back one.  Layla will rub against Mika and try to get him to play.  He normally just swats her away with his paw.  Gently.  Its like he knows to be gentle with her.  He reminds of an old man swatting at a pesky kid.
Title: Re: Pets
Post by: Mrs. Dick Courier on August 29, 2013, 10:39:05 AM
So, my friend Angie runs a pet rescue.  A friend asked her to take in a Yorkie, it was his mom's dog and he's more of a cat person.

She goes to pick it up and its a purbred Yorkie, no papers, but he's gorgeous.  This is great for her.  She's asking a $300 adoption fee and has had over 2 dozen people message.  One person even offered her $400. 

I don't normally approve of selling animals because there's so many that need homes from shelters.  But she has such a kind heart and does so much to help dogs and cats.  This money will really help her.
Title: Re: Pets
Post by: modelmeg on August 29, 2013, 03:10:31 PM
Good news all around! Awesome!

My kitty has rallied pretty well. She's all perky and eating her food again. We'll start giving her fluids soon but not right away. So for now, things are the best they can be.  :)
Title: Re: Pets
Post by: Mrs. Dick Courier on September 10, 2013, 09:58:00 PM
Layla was spayed Tuesday.  Will pick her up today.  Poor baby, but at least she'll never have babies.

My Mika's eye has been bothering him, gonna try to get him to the vet tomorrow.  Hopefully they can work him in.  His eye seems swollen and its watery.  I noticed yesterday he was squinting.  He usually stays with me in the living room but I think the light is bothering him.  Poor guy has been in my dark bedroom all night.
Title: Re: Pets
Post by: Lembach on September 11, 2013, 03:01:28 AM
Oh man. I remember when I brought Baby home from being spayed.

My roommate made this joke about how I payed the money just so she could get a little reverse landing strip.  ;D

She's sitting next to me pretending to sleep but her ears are perked at me listening to me chuckle. I so adore this sweet little cat.
Title: Re: Pets
Post by: Mrs. Dick Courier on September 11, 2013, 08:24:02 AM
Mika has an eye infection.  His left ear was very dirty.  The vet says he could have got some of that on his face and then in his eye.  His right ear was fine, and his right eye too.  He has been scratching his ears a lot lately.  And (horrible of me I know) its been about two years since he went to the vet, doc cleans them out every annual.
Gonna go pick up Layla now and make Juno's annual, don't want the same thing to happen to her.
Title: Re: Pets
Post by: Darth Geek on September 20, 2013, 11:55:05 AM
Aren't moles pests? I would think it would be best for you to let her kill them.
Title: Re: Pets
Post by: Tripe on September 20, 2013, 12:20:20 PM
They're weird looking things.
Yes they sound it (and unlike any mole I'd expect to see anywhere in the US).
Title: Re: Pets
Post by: Tripe on September 20, 2013, 12:47:51 PM
Yes moles are only pest for people who want to maintain the worst resource hog any householder can have, a lawn, otherwise they're good to have.

Oh and they might eat roots occasionally but it's not really a big part of their diet.

Very cool, would like to see those pics. :)

Like this?

(http://www.fotothing.com/photos/c67/c67b1959720276bd3d787cfe241294f9.jpg)
Title: Re: Pets
Post by: Mrs. Dick Courier on September 20, 2013, 02:28:20 PM
I've never seen a mole in person.  Now, around my place I have tons of skunks and groundhogs.  And the skunks love to grub.

But I'm like Imrahil, really don't give a crap what my lawn looks like.  It's just grass.
Title: Re: Pets
Post by: MartyS (Gromit) on September 20, 2013, 02:44:58 PM
Used to dig up moles once and a while when I was a kid, there were always a few making tunnels in the yard.  If you push down the tunnels sometimes you'll see one being remade, and know exactly where the mole is.

They were not welcome in the corner of the yard where my parent's garden was, so any tunnels that went into the garden got those nasty looking spring loaded traps on them.  Of course with the rocky New England soil half the time the traps would get stopped before killing the moles.
Title: Re: Pets
Post by: LucasM on September 20, 2013, 06:35:08 PM
Yes moles are only pest for people who want to maintain the worst resource hog any householder can have, a lawn, otherwise they're good to have.

Oh and they might eat roots occasionally but it's not really a big part of their diet.

Very cool, would like to see those pics. :)

Like this?

(http://www.fotothing.com/photos/c67/c67b1959720276bd3d787cfe241294f9.jpg)

Or are they more like this?

(http://3.bp.blogspot.com/_xFg-Y8Ow2sU/S-ia-OyUGXI/AAAAAAAAC0M/fsywzBEaRns/s1600/mole+people+1.jpg)
Title: Re: Pets
Post by: Mrs. Dick Courier on September 20, 2013, 07:47:00 PM
did you also see a dark haired girl in a blue skirt?
Title: Re: Pets
Post by: The Lurker on September 25, 2013, 09:18:03 PM
(http://i.imgur.com/pSIdiCy.jpg)
Title: Re: Pets
Post by: mattwnelson on September 25, 2013, 09:26:25 PM
aw. (heart melts)
Title: Re: Pets
Post by: Darth Geek on September 25, 2013, 09:27:32 PM
(http://i.imgur.com/pSIdiCy.jpg)
It's actually an ad for a Youtube app.
Title: Re: Pets
Post by: Mrs. Dick Courier on September 26, 2013, 05:27:39 PM
Mika's bad eye got better.  Then worse, then his right eye started running and he was so lethargic, not being his usual self.  Hiding under the bed.  So back to the vet.

He had a pretty high fever, vet says it is an upper resp. infection.  He's been on antibiotics for two days and is showing some improvement.  Got on me last night, and was walking around the house some.  He also enjoyed some salmon and peas for supper.  That cat loves peas.

I love him so much...why do we have to become so attached to our pets?  It always just ends in pain.  I know this, but can't help myself.
Title: Re: Pets
Post by: mattwnelson on September 26, 2013, 10:08:25 PM
Nothin' wrong with getting attached. If you didn't, it wouldn't be a pet - it'd just be livestock, or worse, decoration. Pets are family... just family that doesn't stick around as long.
Title: Re: Pets
Post by: Lembach on September 27, 2013, 12:22:54 AM
I would give up years of my life, gladly and eagerly, if I could give them to Baby (my cat).
Title: Re: Pets
Post by: Lembach on September 27, 2013, 11:23:33 PM
Who is the lucky species, though? They get 15-20 years of innocence and play, while we get 60-70 overshadowed by the knowledge of our own mortality.

(http://i.minus.com/ibss3Q8Fgtofv2.jpg)

I know man, I just like, blew your mind, right?
Title: Re: Pets
Post by: k1 on September 28, 2013, 08:32:17 AM
It's Caturday. Tons of friends on facebook posting pictures of their cats.  Now I miss those fat loads I use to have as pets.  :-\
Title: Re: Pets
Post by: Kete on September 28, 2013, 08:39:05 AM
I'm going today to pick up my new dog :)
Title: Re: Pets
Post by: Mrs. Dick Courier on September 28, 2013, 11:55:14 AM
Mika's feeling a lot better, been sleeping with me again.  And walking around, acting more like his usual self.  Lucy's been hacking though and I'm praying she's not getting sick too.

He hates that antibiotic though and can be a bitch to get hold of.  And man, is he strong.  But thats OK, cause at least I know he still has fight in him.
Title: Re: Pets
Post by: Lembach on September 28, 2013, 03:13:26 PM
I doubt I'll get another dog.  But who knows how I'll feel in a year.

Funny thing, I never could train my pup to do anything, but she sure trained me. I'm feeling like a servant with no one to serve these days.

When Baby II died, I was heartbroken. We'd been together for 17 years. Months later, I'd be driving on the freeway, and have to pull over just to have a crying jag. It really felt like there was this big gaping hole in my heart. I have never felt as low as I felt when I was in mourning for this cat. We had always been together.

I still had my other cat. A male tom going on 18 years. I had stopped by PetSmart to get him some soft geriatric food. I think he had like one fang left in his whole head, poor guy. They had a local shelter adoption annex in the store. And that's when I saw her. I was stunned. She was identical to Baby. Right down to the exact same white toe on her back left paw and white puff on her chest. She looked at me, and I swear she knew me!

It was 8:00pm but I dragged the shelter representative down to the store and filled out all the papers. She put this little kitten in my arms and I just started bawling. I said I didn't know why I was crying when I was so happy and the lady said something I've never forgotten: "It's because you're in love!".
Title: Re: Pets
Post by: Tripe on September 28, 2013, 03:37:23 PM
I doubt I'll get another dog.  But who knows how I'll feel in a year.

Funny thing, I never could train my pup to do anything, but she sure trained me. I'm feeling like a servant with no one to serve these days.
I still miss Dolly and we thought Jemmy would be an only dog until we found out Boudica had been born 12 hours after Doll passed.

She's a very different girl but I love her a great deal.
Title: Re: Pets
Post by: Lembach on September 28, 2013, 04:22:18 PM
I doubt I'll get another dog.  But who knows how I'll feel in a year.

Funny thing, I never could train my pup to do anything, but she sure trained me. I'm feeling like a servant with no one to serve these days.
I still miss Dolly and we thought Jemmy would be an only dog until we found out Boudica had been born 12 hours after Doll passed.

She's a very different girl but I love her a great deal.

Baby III, despite looking like the clone of my previous cat, is also a very different personality. A lot louder. More demanding of my attention. Has her own strange quirks. I'm in no way fooled it's the same cat. But she is still my girl.
Title: Re: Pets
Post by: Mrs. Dick Courier on September 28, 2013, 07:00:04 PM
Mr Kitty died in March 2010.  I loved him so much.

Was at the vet with Juno for a checkup 4 months later.  And they had Mika, or Socks as he was known then for adoption.  Mr Kitty was red and Mika is a tuxedo but I felt an immediate connection with him.  He was born the day after Mr Kitty died.

He is nothing like Mr Kitty.  He's my mean boy.  But I adore him so much and I know I was meant to find him
Title: Re: Pets
Post by: Lembach on September 29, 2013, 01:02:19 AM
(http://i.minus.com/ib0xd7VmWjdPN4.jpg)
Title: Re: Pets
Post by: Kete on September 29, 2013, 07:47:48 AM
I'm going today to pick up my new dog :)

(http://imageshack.us/a/img713/3186/y050.jpg)
(http://imageshack.us/a/img401/4844/risl.jpg)
(http://imageshack.us/a/img826/910/4cwi.jpg)
Title: Re: Pets
Post by: mattwnelson on September 29, 2013, 08:57:55 AM
(http://i.minus.com/ib0xd7VmWjdPN4.jpg)

That's actually a super cool idea.
Title: Re: Pets
Post by: mattwnelson on September 29, 2013, 09:05:10 AM
(http://i191.photobucket.com/albums/z302/MattWNelson/jiji.jpg)

Felt the need to share my cat Jiji looking sweet and demure with his chubby paws crossed. He's difficult to get a decent picture of, since he's solid black, but this one came out pretty good.
Title: Re: Pets
Post by: Bob on September 29, 2013, 09:14:45 AM
And we approve of all the photos being posted.

(http://pslowner.smugmug.com/Pets/Annabelle/i-K9Z7pSL/0/M/smugshot_8949861-M.jpg)
Title: Re: Pets
Post by: RoninFox on October 04, 2013, 01:53:24 AM
I'm going today to pick up my new dog :)

(http://imageshack.us/a/img713/3186/y050.jpg)
(http://imageshack.us/a/img401/4844/risl.jpg)
(http://imageshack.us/a/img826/910/4cwi.jpg)

That is a dog that will make every single person who meets it talk like an absolute moron without shame.
Title: Re: Pets
Post by: k1 on October 29, 2013, 01:55:07 PM
Didn't know where to put this post since it's "news" related, but it's "pets" related...  I just saw the pic of the d-bag who was torturing the dog in the city I work in.  I met the guy a few months ago while I was at work.   :speechless:

http://www.boston.com/yourtown/news/quincy/2013/10/crowd_awaits_arraignment_of_accused_dog_torturer_in_quincy.html
Title: Re: Pets
Post by: mattwnelson on October 29, 2013, 05:26:28 PM
What an absolute monster.
Title: Re: Pets
Post by: Tripe on November 06, 2013, 07:58:44 PM
I'm completely at a loss; Boudica has apparently gone round the bend; she'll sit by me but if I even motion as if I'm going to pet her she snarls and growls and she's not gone out all day because she refuses to be leashed or come anywhere near the door. This behavior is becoming increasingly common and, while I wish it wasn't the case I'm thinking it might be best if she found a new home. Trouble is I don't know if she can do that either.  :(

Title: Re: Pets
Post by: Tripe on November 06, 2013, 08:53:34 PM
Nope and while she does technically have a kennel she never goes in it.
Title: Re: Pets
Post by: LucasM on November 06, 2013, 09:13:12 PM
I'm sorry that's happening.

The thing that came to mind for me is possibly she is sick or internally injured.  That, since pets get very touchy about being handled when they don't feel good.  Possibly developing cataracts, so when your hand comes over it surprises/startles her when it gets into range where she can see it (because by that time it might be seen as appearing quickly/as if about to hit).

The other thing, she hasn't been traumatized by another animal inside, or outside (or an accidental jerk on the leash if she ran after something outside) recently, has she (like: just before this behavior started)?  Even unexpected surprise/'play' by another pup inside might even do it, if it came at the wrong time.  It is possible for pets to develop PTSD as well as humans and be over-reactive to any unexpected movement.  (My Omaha did back in the '90s, just from a little kitten that wanted to 'play', but it's idea of play was much rougher and terrorizing than what Omaha liked, so it took a few YEARS after leaving that kitten behind [with my ex] before she calmed down to something closer to what her normal had been.)

I hope she settles down, but you might call the vet to see if s/he thinks that it is worth bringing Boudica in for a look-see.
Title: Re: Pets
Post by: Tripe on November 07, 2013, 03:33:21 AM
It probably stems from the fact she hass a harness now. She pulls a lot on her leash so we swapped her collar for a harness, excep she hates the harness. But of course she won't now let us remove the harness and replace the collar.

It would help me if Ann wasn't of the opinion that doing anything practical with the dogs was solely my responsibility. :(
Title: Re: Pets
Post by: Tripe on November 07, 2013, 05:24:36 AM
Well it took some rearranging of the sofas and wrestling Boo to the ground while wearing glazing gauntlets but I managed to attach the leash. And there, per our trainer/behaviorist's advice (and the fact there's nothing she can knock over) it'll stay for a while.Boo meanwhile is happy as a clam; trotting about with a big smile on her face and coming up to us to be petted. Apparently the leash is like the headband Tripitaka makes Monkey wear in ~Journey to the West~.Still at least that situation is semi-sorted. :)
Title: Re: Pets
Post by: Kete on November 07, 2013, 03:19:32 PM
Glad she's happier now.  Have you tried any traditional leash training?  What we did to start out was anytime she pulls, we stop and wait for her to turn around and look at us.  When she does, give her a treat.  It gets more advanced after that, but at least it's a place to start.
Title: Re: Pets
Post by: The Lurker on December 06, 2013, 07:48:15 AM
(http://i.imgur.com/I8nlxba.jpg)
Title: Re: Pets
Post by: goflyblind on December 06, 2013, 08:12:58 AM
needs some woof-racha.
Title: Re: Pets
Post by: Kete on February 13, 2014, 09:11:40 AM
My dog all grows up

(http://imageshack.com/a/img854/1733/tc67.jpg)
Title: Re: Pets
Post by: Henry88 on February 24, 2014, 12:42:34 PM
one of our dog's got killed on the side of the rode today , mom is in tears.
Title: Re: Pets
Post by: LucasM on February 24, 2014, 04:59:25 PM
I'm really sorry that happened.  It is so hard when a pet furry family member dies.
Title: Re: Pets
Post by: mattwnelson on February 24, 2014, 07:40:04 PM
Ah geez, I'm sorry to hear that Henry. That happened to one of our cats right in front of our house once. It's rough. Hope it gets better soon for you.
Title: Re: Pets
Post by: Henry88 on February 25, 2014, 11:44:00 AM
Ah geez, I'm sorry to hear that Henry. That happened to one of our cats right in front of our house once. It's rough. Hope it gets better soon for you.

he was buried today with a small rose bush on top.
Title: Re: Pets
Post by: RVR II on March 13, 2014, 06:35:30 AM
A repost from the Adorable Pictures thread..

Got a new bunny for 'Bonyx' yesterday and named it 'Blanca'
(http://i66.photobucket.com/albums/h275/rvr2/03/100_0957_zps0ea94e4f.jpg) (http://s66.photobucket.com/user/rvr2/media/03/100_0957_zps0ea94e4f.jpg.html)
(http://i66.photobucket.com/albums/h275/rvr2/03/100_0958_zpsbcfe54e4.jpg) (http://s66.photobucket.com/user/rvr2/media/03/100_0958_zpsbcfe54e4.jpg.html)
Title: Re: Pets
Post by: Space version 2.0 on June 05, 2014, 08:55:21 AM
(https://scontent-b-iad.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-xpf1/t1.0-9/10341650_10204375733012404_2271060468683935840_n.jpg)

Dat face
Title: Re: Pets
Post by: Gandalf Lundgren on June 05, 2014, 09:02:34 PM
(http://i59.tinypic.com/b5pbw3.jpg)
Title: Re: Pets
Post by: RVR II on August 27, 2014, 10:08:38 AM
A repost from the Adorable Pictures thread..

Got a new bunny for 'Bonyx' yesterday and named it 'Blanca'
(http://i66.photobucket.com/albums/h275/rvr2/03/100_0957_zps0ea94e4f.jpg) (http://s66.photobucket.com/user/rvr2/media/03/100_0957_zps0ea94e4f.jpg.html)
(http://i66.photobucket.com/albums/h275/rvr2/03/100_0958_zpsbcfe54e4.jpg) (http://s66.photobucket.com/user/rvr2/media/03/100_0958_zpsbcfe54e4.jpg.html)
Well that was a quick 5 1/2 months..
Blanca (the white bunny) disappeared 4 days ago without a trace. There was no signs she dug a hole under the fence and got out and could only think that maybe one of the giant owls we have around here had got her..
Then this morning, I hadn't seen Bonyx (the black bunny) all morning and started getting concerned about her.. She came out later and is fine.
As I searched the backyard, I got a whiff of the stench of death and after narrowing it down to the unused 10' x 10' rabbit cage where I had a small dog house that was used for the bunny's home, and underneath it was the remains of Blanca :(
Originally Bonyx dug a den under it a couple years ago and Blanca discovered it but apparently got trapped and nobody knew.
At least this adds closure to the mystery of her disappearance :-\
Title: Re: Pets
Post by: mattwnelson on August 27, 2014, 01:03:37 PM
Aw, RVR. That sucks. Sorry to hear.  :'(
Title: Re: Pets
Post by: Miku Fan on August 27, 2014, 01:56:49 PM
I'm sorry to hear that, RVR.  :-X
Title: Re: Pets
Post by: LucasM on August 27, 2014, 05:58:14 PM
I am so sorry RVR.  What a horrible way for her to go, and a horrible thing to find (despite it relieving the not knowing).  :(
Title: Re: Pets
Post by: Kete on February 07, 2015, 10:46:02 AM
(https://fbcdn-photos-h-a.akamaihd.net/hphotos-ak-xpf1/v/t1.0-0/10388637_10206265155854296_6118896281725045392_n.jpg?efg=eyJpIjoidCJ9&oh=fa10007f609e14383a72aa7bc164962b&oe=5560ACC6&__gda__=1431269305_fa700efc2d104daba18e108401544ef5)

We got a new puppy.
Title: Re: Pets
Post by: RVR II on February 07, 2015, 11:10:22 AM
(https://fbcdn-photos-h-a.akamaihd.net/hphotos-ak-xpf1/v/t1.0-0/10388637_10206265155854296_6118896281725045392_n.jpg?efg=eyJpIjoidCJ9&oh=fa10007f609e14383a72aa7bc164962b&oe=5560ACC6&__gda__=1431269305_fa700efc2d104daba18e108401544ef5)

We got a new puppy.
PINK! :P
Title: Re: Pets
Post by: Miku Fan on February 07, 2015, 09:02:46 PM
Cutie!  8)
Title: Re: Pets
Post by: RVR II on April 24, 2015, 05:21:18 PM
Meet Peter Pancake!
(http://i66.photobucket.com/albums/h275/rvr2/03/Peter%20Pancake_zpszbsrdl9p.jpg) (http://s66.photobucket.com/user/rvr2/media/03/Peter%20Pancake_zpszbsrdl9p.jpg.html)(http://i66.photobucket.com/albums/h275/rvr2/03/Bonyx%20and%20Peter_zpsyooym84r.jpg) (http://s66.photobucket.com/user/rvr2/media/03/Bonyx%20and%20Peter_zpsyooym84r.jpg.html)
Spaded male (so no babies). My brother and sister in law's bunny that they had to move out of there house.. Could be a temporary or permanent resettlement :o
Bonyx didn't seem to like him too much but they seem to be getting along better as time goes on..
https://www.youtube.com/v/98e5Ue9hdJE
Title: Re: Pets
Post by: Miku Fan on April 24, 2015, 05:23:30 PM
I've never seen a rabbit with that type of coloring before. Cool!  :)
Title: Re: Pets
Post by: RVR II on April 24, 2015, 05:32:53 PM
I've never seen a rabbit with that type of coloring before. Cool!  :)
Looks like a mask but yeah, pretty bunny  :)
Title: Re: Pets
Post by: anais.butterfly on April 24, 2015, 05:51:21 PM
GIVE ME BABY BUNNIES!


Anyway, my kitty has anxiety. I have to give her anxiety medicine everyday. My mom asked if she needs to see a shrink too. I can just imagine the conversation:


Bender (the Cat): I hate the dog and I hate the child (Anais' 2 year old nephew).
Title: Re: Pets
Post by: LucasM on April 24, 2015, 06:14:27 PM
I've never seen a rabbit with that type of coloring before. Cool!  :)
Looks like a mask but yeah, pretty bunny  :)

As he eyes his surroundings, he doesn't thoughtfully make a *hurm* noise, does he? ;)
Title: Re: Pets
Post by: RVR II on April 24, 2015, 06:35:44 PM
I've never seen a rabbit with that type of coloring before. Cool!  :)
Looks like a mask but yeah, pretty bunny  :)

As he eyes his surroundings, he doesn't thoughtfully make a *hurm* noise, does he? ;)
Not that I'm aware of :o
Title: Re: Pets
Post by: LucasM on April 24, 2015, 09:42:04 PM
I've never seen a rabbit with that type of coloring before. Cool!  :)
Looks like a mask but yeah, pretty bunny  :)
As he eyes his surroundings, he doesn't thoughtfully make a *hurm* noise, does he? ;)
Not that I'm aware of :o

(http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh175/Graza1973/ScotchCorner/Rorschach_GNREID.jpg~original)
Title: Re: Pets
Post by: RVR II on May 15, 2015, 10:16:01 AM
So along with my 2 bunnies, we now seem to have a baby Jack Rabbit that has appeared in my yard this week :o

https://www.youtube.com/v/YFvHbxjh14s

https://www.youtube.com/v/Urbxa2ffUEc
Title: Re: Pets
Post by: Sideswipe on May 15, 2015, 01:05:53 PM
Sweet, jack rabbit sandwich is now on the menu.
Title: Re: Pets
Post by: MartyS (Gromit) on May 15, 2015, 01:07:06 PM
Hm, if the yard is rabbit proof enough so the 2 resident bunnies don't escape, how did a new bunny get in?
Title: Re: Pets
Post by: RVR II on May 15, 2015, 01:19:02 PM
Hm, if the yard is rabbit proof enough so the 2 resident bunnies don't escape, how did a new bunny get in?
I have chain link around most of my yard with privacy fence attached to it but I have all the privacy fence panels elevated some 6 inches above the ground with blocks so a rabbit that small can easily fit through the chain link..
If it sticks around and keeps eating all that fattening bread, it won't be able to fit back through the chain link and may eventually start hanging out with the other bunnies :o
Title: Re: Pets
Post by: RVR II on May 15, 2015, 01:20:24 PM
Sweet, jack rabbit sandwich is now on the menu.
NO! Bad Swipe, BAD!  :speechless:
Title: Re: Pets
Post by: Miku Fan on May 15, 2015, 01:28:04 PM
He's cute, RVR!  Obviously, I mean the new Rabbit, not Sideswipe.  8)
Title: Re: Pets
Post by: RVR II on May 15, 2015, 01:38:07 PM
He's cute, RVR!  Obviously, I mean the new Rabbit, not Sideswipe.  8)
It's really neat the wildlife we have around here, and right in the heart of the city limits so yeah I hope it sticks around.. The rabbit that is :o
Title: Re: Pets
Post by: Sideswipe on May 15, 2015, 02:43:52 PM
Yeah, the longer its around the bigger it will get.  Which means a bigger sandwich, or maybe a bunny burger?
Title: Re: Pets
Post by: RVR II on May 15, 2015, 02:50:01 PM
Yeah, the longer its around the bigger it will get.  Which means a bigger sandwich, or maybe a bunny burger?
yyeess... Wait, What ???
Title: Re: Pets
Post by: LucasM on May 15, 2015, 06:47:03 PM
Yeah, the longer its around the bigger it will get.  Which means a bigger sandwich, or maybe a bunny burger?

Bunny Burger?  I think I dated her in high school....
Title: Re: Pets
Post by: Miku Fan on May 15, 2015, 07:18:28 PM
 :rimshot:
Title: Re: Pets
Post by: RVR II on May 16, 2015, 10:33:32 AM
Almost the whole group came out for breakfast this morning..

https://www.youtube.com/v/QqLXAIPQBU0
Title: Re: Pets
Post by: The Lurker on June 10, 2015, 06:02:26 PM
(http://i.imgur.com/0V8FN4O.png)
Title: Re: Pets
Post by: RVR II on September 06, 2015, 07:50:57 AM
Accidentally trapped one of my bunnies this morning.. :D :D

https://www.youtube.com/v/ThIOb9rUUKI
Title: Re: Pets
Post by: MightyBombJack on September 06, 2015, 11:59:19 AM
I used to have a Golden Retriever who loved bananas (and Kool Whip, oddly enough).
Title: Re: Pets
Post by: Darth Geek on September 06, 2015, 12:19:00 PM
I used to have a Golden Retriever who loved bananas (and Kool Whip, oddly enough).
Our cat Barney (who recently passed away) used to love Kool Whip.
Title: Re: Pets
Post by: Kete on September 06, 2015, 01:45:28 PM
https://www.youtube.com/v/l99Ek4YtTuw
Title: Re: Pets
Post by: k1 on October 15, 2015, 05:49:05 PM
Adopted a 2 yr old cat named Bear today. Unfortunately he freaked the heck out when they went to do his blood test and chip him to the point that they couldn't get near him to do it. So we have to wait til tomorrow for them to try again.
Title: Re: Pets
Post by: Miku Fan on October 15, 2015, 06:26:19 PM
Hey, thanks for helping a "used" kitty!  :highfive:

I hope your vet is better prepared next time.


Two weeks ago, they took blood from my cat...and put the needle somewhere on his chest.  They also put a catheter in his penis.  He handled all that.  But, when they try to trim his toenails, the fight was on!! ;D
Title: Re: Pets
Post by: RVR II on October 16, 2015, 08:21:22 AM
Looks like one of our bunnies, Peter died while we were gone to Mexico.. The body is stuck under our back deck and I can't reach it so the stench will be around for a while..
Bonyx is still in the yard and I can tell she's sad :(
Left plenty of food and the water hose trickling so something else must've killed him. He was mostly an indoor bunny till my brother brought him to us earlier this year so my guess is his immune system may not have been strong enough for living outdoors..
I dunno but it's gonna suck having to tell my brother and sister in law their bunny died while we were on vacation :-[
Title: Re: Pets
Post by: k1 on October 16, 2015, 05:56:34 PM
Bear had another freak out this morning when they tried to chip him. They had to put him in "time out" again to cool down. He will be transferred to an animal hospital so they can sedate him and get the chip & shots taken care of.

He calmed down later in the day so they said we could come in and hang out with him for a bit. We drove over and when they tried to get him from time out he went ballistic again so we ended up just playing with some other cats for a few.

Earliest he could get an appointment is Monday so it'll be a few more days before he comes home with us.
Title: Re: Pets
Post by: RVR II on October 17, 2015, 05:38:50 AM
Looks like one of our bunnies, Peter died while we were gone to Mexico.. The body is stuck under our back deck and I can't reach it so the stench will be around for a while..
Bonyx is still in the yard and I can tell she's sad :(
Left plenty of food and the water hose trickling so something else must've killed him. He was mostly an indoor bunny till my brother brought him to us earlier this year so my guess is his immune system may not have been strong enough for living outdoors..
I dunno but it's gonna suck having to tell my brother and sister in law their bunny died while we were on vacation :-[
And now Bonyx passed away last night.. This hurts more than the others because she was with us the longest and considered part of our family. :'(
I want to say it was old age but both Bonyx and Peter were between 3 1/2 to 4 years old and I thought they lived longer than that :-\
Guess there will be no more pet bunnies in our yard anymore...
Title: Re: Pets
Post by: Miku Fan on October 17, 2015, 06:09:47 AM
I'm sorry to hear this RVR, I know you really liked your bunnies. :'(
Title: Re: Pets
Post by: RVR II on October 17, 2015, 06:21:41 AM
I'm sorry to hear this RVR, I know you really liked your bunnies. :'(
Peter we were still getting to know. Bonyx came to us by accident.. One of our Latino customers came to us for taxes and out of nowhere this little black fur ball appeared in our front yard. She apparently hitched a ride in the truck's engine compartment..
I started to feed it tortillas because that's what a nephew fed his two bunnies in Mexico and after about a week or so I set a trap with tortillas for bait and caught her in a matter of hours.
I moved her to the back yard where she had lived ever since and grew on us over time.
Thanks. Yeah this really sux but she lived a good life here :(
Title: Re: Pets
Post by: RVR II on October 17, 2015, 06:34:09 AM
I'm gonna miss going outside and seeing them in the yard..
They just brightened my days
Title: Re: Pets
Post by: MartyS (Gromit) on October 17, 2015, 10:24:18 AM
Sorry to hear about the bunnies, strange that they went so close together. 
Did the mosquitoes really go way up after the floods, those nasty bugs can spread disease like crazy.

It's usually not hard to find people giving them away if you want to get another one.
Title: Re: Pets
Post by: RVR II on October 17, 2015, 10:41:46 AM
Sorry to hear about the bunnies, strange that they went so close together. 
Did the mosquitoes really go way up after the floods, those nasty bugs can spread disease like crazy.

It's usually not hard to find people giving them away if you want to get another one.
Thanks. I've noticed the mosquitoes have increased since getting home and that's a definite possibility..  :-\
The guy we got Bonyx from breeds them but I don't think I want to get another bunny right now.. Bonyx lasted a few years and the others only several months so I don't think it would be a good idea  :-[
Title: Re: Pets
Post by: MartyS (Gromit) on October 17, 2015, 11:04:50 AM
Sorry to hear about the bunnies, strange that they went so close together. 
Did the mosquitoes really go way up after the floods, those nasty bugs can spread disease like crazy.

It's usually not hard to find people giving them away if you want to get another one.
Thanks. I've noticed the mosquitoes have increased since getting home and that's a definite possibility..  :-\
The guy we got Bonyx from breeds them but I don't think I want to get another bunny right now.. Bonyx lasted a few years and the others only several months so I don't think it would be a good idea  :-[

The lasting a few years part means you were taking care of them just fine, something must have changed in the last week.

Something else to check for:

If your neighbors have put out any of that pelleted mouse/rat poison it may have found it's way into your yard.  When they use it at the horse ranch I find those pellets sometimes far from where they were placed, the mice will carry it back to their nests and hiding places to stash it for eating later, and they can do this for a while before the poison gets them.  So look around for any green pellets about the diameter of a BB, same green color pressure treated wood used to have all over it.
Title: Re: Pets
Post by: RVR II on October 17, 2015, 11:28:02 AM
The only neighbor issue I'm having is with my ex-friend that's living in the Mega Shed but he was camping in the mountains from Oct. 3-11 cause he didn't pay me his portion of the utility bill till just yesterday but my last surviving Siberian Husky lives on his side of the fence and he's fine..
I think Peter died before he got home from camping but again I don't know, and Bonyx seemed sad when I saw her on Thursday but was still grazing in the yard..
I'll look around the yard just to make sure though
Title: Re: Pets
Post by: LucasM on October 17, 2015, 11:40:20 AM
I'm sorry about your bunnies.  I remember when you first posted about Bonyx here, and have enjoyed your happy posts on them all.  I'm sorry for your loss.
Title: Re: Pets
Post by: RVR II on October 17, 2015, 11:52:44 AM
I'm sorry about your bunnies.  I remember when you first posted about Bonyx here, and have enjoyed your happy posts on them all.  I'm sorry for your loss.
Thanks Lucas.
The yard won't be the same without her roaming around it anymore :(
Title: Re: Pets
Post by: Miku Fan on October 17, 2015, 01:51:02 PM
Someday, when it's time, you'll have some good video of him to watch.  :)    I thought he was adorable.
Title: Re: Pets
Post by: mattwnelson on October 17, 2015, 02:22:29 PM
Sorry to hear about your rabbits, RVR. I know how hard it is to lose pets.
Title: Re: Pets
Post by: RVR II on October 17, 2015, 03:00:20 PM
Someday, when it's time, you'll have some good video of him to watch.  :)    I thought he was adorable.
Yeah I cant even watch those videos now.. To depressing.
Thanks
Title: Re: Pets
Post by: RVR II on October 17, 2015, 03:01:59 PM
Sorry to hear about your rabbits, RVR. I know how hard it is to lose pets.
Thanks Matt. I have lost other pets in the past but you never get used to the initial loss :(
Title: Re: Pets
Post by: k1 on October 17, 2015, 06:42:27 PM
Bear had another freak out this morning when they tried to chip him. They had to put him in "time out" again to cool down. He will be transferred to an animal hospital so they can sedate him and get the chip & shots taken care of.

He calmed down later in the day so they said we could come in and hang out with him for a bit. We drove over and when they tried to get him from time out he went ballistic again so we ended up just playing with some other cats for a few.

Earliest he could get an appointment is Monday so it'll be a few more days before he comes home with us.

Bear had another meltdown today when we stopped in to visit, so we decided it was best to look at other cats.

We ended up with a cat who someone dropped off on the front steps of the shelter overnight.  He's great & basically as soon as we got home he was like "yep. this is my place. I live here" and made himself right at home.  (He's actually been banging on my office door for the past 2 hours while we're recording a podcast with Hebs because he wants to come in to see what's going on.)
Title: Re: Pets
Post by: mattwnelson on October 17, 2015, 10:44:49 PM
Bear had another freak out this morning when they tried to chip him. They had to put him in "time out" again to cool down. He will be transferred to an animal hospital so they can sedate him and get the chip & shots taken care of.

He calmed down later in the day so they said we could come in and hang out with him for a bit. We drove over and when they tried to get him from time out he went ballistic again so we ended up just playing with some other cats for a few.

Earliest he could get an appointment is Monday so it'll be a few more days before he comes home with us.

Bear had another meltdown today when we stopped in to visit, so we decided it was best to look at other cats.

We ended up with a cat who someone dropped off on the front steps of the shelter overnight.  He's great & basically as soon as we got home he was like "yep. this is my place. I live here" and made himself right at home.  (He's actually been banging on my office door for the past 2 hours while we're recording a podcast with Hebs because he wants to come in to see what's going on.)
Awww, poor Bear. Sounds like he needs way more socialization. Hope he can get himself straightened out and adopted someday. What's the new kitty's name?
Title: Re: Pets
Post by: soguru on October 17, 2015, 11:12:10 PM
I'm very sorry too RVR. :( I watched your video earlier and thought that was so sad.
Title: Re: Pets
Post by: RVR II on October 18, 2015, 04:31:49 AM
I'm very sorry too RVR. :( I watched your video earlier and thought that was so sad.
Just walked outside and paused.. Looked around and came back inside. Thanks I will miss making thise videos  :'(
Title: Re: Pets
Post by: k1 on October 18, 2015, 03:32:24 PM
Bear had another freak out this morning when they tried to chip him. They had to put him in "time out" again to cool down. He will be transferred to an animal hospital so they can sedate him and get the chip & shots taken care of.

He calmed down later in the day so they said we could come in and hang out with him for a bit. We drove over and when they tried to get him from time out he went ballistic again so we ended up just playing with some other cats for a few.

Earliest he could get an appointment is Monday so it'll be a few more days before he comes home with us.

Bear had another meltdown today when we stopped in to visit, so we decided it was best to look at other cats.

We ended up with a cat who someone dropped off on the front steps of the shelter overnight.  He's great & basically as soon as we got home he was like "yep. this is my place. I live here" and made himself right at home.  (He's actually been banging on my office door for the past 2 hours while we're recording a podcast with Hebs because he wants to come in to see what's going on.)
Awww, poor Bear. Sounds like he needs way more socialization. Hope he can get himself straightened out and adopted someday. What's the new kitty's name?

Yeah. He was fine for the hour and a half we hung out with him beforehand.  It seemed to be the "vet" type stuff that triggered something and sent him over the edge.

But we are super glad we made the change & got the other cat.  He's super cuddly & gives some really hard head butts.  Whoever had him before took REALLY good care of him. (They think he may have even had his teeth brushed regularly because they are pristine.)  No clue why anyone would abandon him on the front steps of the shelter overnight. He's super awesome & the friendliest cat I've come across in a LONG time. Super chill with the kids too.
Title: Re: Pets
Post by: The Lurker on December 04, 2015, 07:02:51 AM
(http://i.imgur.com/kNyimWB.jpg)
(http://i.imgur.com/BGAheMC.png)
(http://i.imgur.com/LUCk2OP.png)
(http://i.imgur.com/vPtKH2A.jpg)
Title: Re: Pets
Post by: LucasM on December 04, 2015, 10:44:37 AM
Thank you for those, The Lurker!  I'm printing them out so they remain handy, right next to my people-care info.


Today I have to take my beloved cat to the vet for a problem (he's my avatar).  Unfortunately, it happened Tuesday night/Wed morning, but the vet's office is closed Wednesday, and closes before I wake up on Thursday so I couldn't get him in then, today being the first day since that I could.  What happened was he had been sneezing a bit more than usual, and once he had his front paws on my leg and sneezed real hard.  When I went into the bathroom to wash my arms, I saw that the parts of his sneeze that ended up on my shirt had blood in it.  That's not a good thing.  Luckily the vet can get him in later today.
Title: Re: Pets
Post by: The Lurker on December 08, 2015, 03:08:04 PM
(http://i.imgur.com/t7wLk92.jpg)
Title: Re: Pets
Post by: LucasM on December 08, 2015, 05:53:34 PM
Sorry, meant to get back on here after the vet visit referred to a couple posts up from here.

My cat got an antibiotic shot and the vet discussed possible things to do if that didn't work (all expensive).

The last couple days, he's sneezed MAYBE once a day, and usually pretty light, so, since I was noticing at least 5-6/day severe ones before (assuming there were even more when he was out of earshot), I'm going to presume that the antibiotic took care of the problem unless something else shows up.

I do have to start him on meds to reduce his hyperthyroidism (found when taken to the vet the previous time).  Luckily there are less drastic means to deal with that than when my previous cat had it (she had to have radioactive iodine to burn out her thyroid, keeping her away from me for days).  Meds will be a lot easier, since the one I will be using is transdermal and just gets smeared on the inside of an earlobe.
Title: Re: Pets
Post by: soguru on December 08, 2015, 06:22:15 PM
We had to put one of our cats through surgery(this was about 12-13 years ago), and when we brought her home... she just kept pulling the staples in her tummy out. It was obvious she just could not deal with things, and neither could we. We just had to put the poor kitty to sleep. :( . I just keep reminding myself there will always be lots of potential kittens, puppies, whatever that need a good home to be taken care of and take solace in that.
Title: Re: Pets
Post by: SJP on December 08, 2015, 07:19:27 PM
Speaking of rescues, though I still love cats, I currently don't have any...instead, my wife and I decided to pick up a dog after our honeymoon.  We loved him so much, we got another one.

The first was a rescue pup we named Jack, who came from an adoption event at our local zoo.  He was a feral, found with two other puppies in an abandoned house in Detroit.  His two sisters got adopted together a few weeks after we took him home, and he's been fantastic.  He's fun-loving, energetic, loves people and other dogs, which we were concerned about since he was feral as well as being part Akita (the other part is either Belgian Shepherd or Basenji, or he's Basenji and not Akita, we're not sure), but other than typical puppy stuff, he's been an absolute joy.

Annie came about a month later.  She's two months younger than Jack, and she's definitely part Lab, possibly part Viszla (she's got the wide-eyes and coloring of the Viszla, but again, it's a guess).  She was part of a litter of four that had to be taken away from someone who couldn't take care of herself, let alone the four puppies and two parents.  She's been a little harder to train than Jack and she's a lot more skittish (and she's a little stinky at times), but she's a real cuddler.

The two of them are practically inseparable.  They get along famously and whine and complain when the other has to go somewhere.  The worst was this week as Jack went in for his neutering and she howled at being left alone.  Still, it may be tough getting started, but they've both been such a joy that even the tough stuff (household accidents, not listening, stuff getting chewed) is easy to get over.

I wanted a Border Collie.  My wife wanted a Goldendoodle.  Neither of them are those breeds.  But it just goes to show when they melt your heart, it doesn't matter what they are.
Title: Re: Pets
Post by: Tripe on December 09, 2015, 07:27:57 AM
I love those events at the Detroit Zoo! My sister in law has found two dogs there over the years. :)
Title: Re: Pets
Post by: Imrahil on February 26, 2016, 02:48:20 PM
My almost-14-year-old dog Ajax died today.

He ate a bunch of homemade play-doh my wife made; took it off the counter sometime mid-morning. The nanny had my kids at the park and came home to find the house full of puke, and he was seizing in the hallway.  I took him straight to the emergency vet once she called, and they got an IV in him and treated him, but he unexpectedly died this afternoon. They said he just kind of slipped away, they were very puzzled.

I'm in shock. He was fine this morning.

I'll miss you, old man. Godspeed. :(

Title: Re: Pets
Post by: LucasM on February 26, 2016, 07:52:34 PM
I am very sorry, Imrahil.  To have such a long-term friend die so suddenly is a brutal shock.  My heart goes out to you.
Title: Re: Pets
Post by: Imrahil on February 26, 2016, 11:51:17 PM
Thank you, Lucas.  In all of this I can't help but feel how much I failed him. Failed him by not being home when he needed me, by leaving the stuff out where he could pull it off the counter, by not acting fast enough or loving him hard enough or well enough over the years.  I'd like to say "I did the best I could," but I can think of lots of times I was short with him, or yelled at him because I was having a bad day, or got mad at him for ruining something, or hit him, or didn't take him out to play when he wanted to. 

The trail of vomit led into all the rooms of the house that were open; it was there at both doors. He was looking for us when he was sick, and we weren't there for him. :( That's what really hurts.  When I found him it was probably already too late.

I'm sorry, Ajax. I'm so sorry. I love you boy.

Title: Re: Pets
Post by: LucasM on February 27, 2016, 01:10:26 AM
Something it took me a long time to accept when Omaha died was that she understood my bad moods, and my deflection of anger and frustration at other things onto her.

I'm sure Ajax knew that you didn't mean to hurt him, and understood that you could not be there for him all day, every day.  I am sure, from what you've written, that he loved you, and forgave you any slight you feel you caused him.

In time I hope you can forgive yourself for what he's already forgiven you for.
Title: Re: Pets
Post by: CJones on February 28, 2016, 01:41:26 PM
Thank you, Lucas.  In all of this I can't help but feel how much I failed him. Failed him by not being home when he needed me, by leaving the stuff out where he could pull it off the counter, by not acting fast enough or loving him hard enough or well enough over the years.  I'd like to say "I did the best I could," but I can think of lots of times I was short with him, or yelled at him because I was having a bad day, or got mad at him for ruining something, or hit him, or didn't take him out to play when he wanted to. 

The trail of vomit led into all the rooms of the house that were open; it was there at both doors. He was looking for us when he was sick, and we weren't there for him. :( That's what really hurts.  When I found him it was probably already too late.

I'm sorry, Ajax. I'm so sorry. I love you boy.



I know your pain. A couple years ago I had a cat named Teddy. He was the friendliest, smartest, most loving cat I've ever know. I loved that cat, and I am not ashamed to admit that he was the best friend I've ever had.

Then one day I had to be admitted to Norfolk General Hospital. I was there for 5 days, and I couldn't wait to get home and see him. But on the third day, my Mom visited me to tell me Teddy had had a heart attack. He just dropped dead in the middle of the living room. I couldn't believe that the last time I saw him would be the last time I'd ever see him. I was furious with myself for not being there for him at his death. Maybe if I had rushed him to the vet he could have been resuscitated, but I'll never know.
Title: Re: Pets
Post by: The Lurker on September 20, 2016, 11:39:37 AM
Another  food chart with stuff not covered by the other.
(http://i.imgur.com/wQ9Ltdx.jpg)
Title: Re: Pets
Post by: Darth Geek on September 20, 2016, 02:21:33 PM
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Title: Re: Pets
Post by: LucasM on January 30, 2017, 06:53:39 PM
This is not an emergency, though it felt like it earlier today.

For those who are unaware, my Avatar, and my online name, are actually those of my cat (and no, he isn't named after me).  His health has been one of the issues taking my mental energy in this last year (along with the crisis/crap that led to me stopping communication with my brother).

I took Lucas to the vet today, for the prep stuff prior to his going for the radioactive iodine to take care of his hyperthyroid difficulties, with that radioactive iodine treatment scheduled for next week.  The three things to be done today: blood work, urinalysis, and a chest x-ray.  When scheduling for those, I’d said to the person making the appointment (one of the vet’s techs) about the x-ray, “I presume that is so that if the animal is riddled with tumors, they don’t proceed,” and the vet tech said, “yeah, probably.”

When I went in, the vet herself wasn’t there.  The techs took Lucas back to do the various things, and came and said, “the vet is on the way in, you can come and sit in the room with Lucas until she gets here.”  I thought maybe she had intended to see me and Lucas to begin with and was running a bit late, but there was also a part of me that thought it might be bad news.  I tried not to let that last thought get the better of me.

When she got there, she came in and said some things, most of which I don’t remember, but I did remember that she said that he’d lost two pounds since he was last in, which was the beginning of December, and that was a very bad sign.  I don’t remember how she broached the subject, but she said, “let me show you the x-ray.”  It was with these things that I started to become more concerned, because if it were normal, there’d be nothing to show me.  She first showed me the x-ray of a ‘healthy cat’ or ‘normal cat’ (I forget which term she used, but when she used whichever term it was, I knew things with Lucas were pretty bad).  She pointed out where air was supposed to be: large dark areas for lungs, esophagus, etc., with a clear and distinct border around them.  Then she put up Lucas’s x-rays.

Lucas’s lungs were about 3/4 invisible because they were white, with ragged borders.  His lungs were 3/4 filled with fluid.

I think I asked questions then, but don’t remember (other than my estimate of his lung capacity, which she agreed with).  We went back into the room with Lucas.  She said that of the two most likely explanations for him being in this conditon, they were both ‘not good’.  She said that in some cats with hyperthyroidism, if untreated, the benign tumor(s) turn malignant.  At some point last year (when I do not know) the medication I was giving him (Methimazole) had stopped working (we found that out in Nov, confirmed in early Dec).  [My conjecture: when it stopped working was likely the turning point.]  The other possibility was that his heart was the cause.  If that was the case, then the heart problem could be treated with medication and it “could buy him a little more time,” but that it was not a cure.

She said that there was a possibility he may only live comfortably for between a week and a month.


We talked more, and she was very helpful and comforting, and was clearly near tears herself.  She said that under the circumstances, and in the condition that Lucas was in, she would not have objected if I’d said to put him to sleep today.  But she also said that it was clear, from Lucas nuzzling me while we talked, that “he still has some life in him”.  But that was how serious his condition was/is: that she would not have reservations about him being laid to rest today.

We talked about his food, because I’d tried changing his food back in Nov/Dec, and thought that was why he might have lost the weight, and she said that it wasn’t anything I’d done.  I then realized and said out loud that in the last 3-4 weeks he’s also been very slow to eat his favorite, canned food, too.  And I said for food from now on – and she basically finished my sentence, saying, “if he wants steak, he can have steak.”  [She was still near tears at this point, and even though I was partially staring at the floor trying to grasp what I was being told, I saw her wipe at least one tear away as we talked.  Clearly she cares for Lucas.  After all, I got him from her office after they'd taken him in as a stray, and they'd had him as a 'mascot' for possibly a year.]

I tried to process as much of what she was saying as she was saying it (not easy with the three head injuries, particularly when combined cognitive and emotional material puts exponential drains on my cognitive capacity).  The thing that stood out to me was the fluid in his lungs.  I asked how much it would cost to have it drained (not knowing how involved it was).  When she said, “$80,” I said, “do it.”  She said there was no guarantee with that, and that it could be back within a day, or give him a week break.  And I said, “ANY relief for him is worth it, even if just a short time.”  She also said there was a possibility they could hit a blood vessel and him die on the table.  I trusted her and the universe to not do that, and said I understood, feeling the possibility for relief was worth the risk, particularly if he didn’t have long to live regardless.  So she took him and went to do that, explaining that they’d have to shave his sides to get a sterile environment.  [It was only during the drive home that I thought it would have been nice if I’d thought to have them take a picture of me holding Lucas, fully-furred, together, in case he doesn’t last long enough for it to grow back and get a picture later.  I only have one picture of the two of us together, and I'm wearing black, so he's hard to see, and the picture is very grainy.]

When she left the room, that was when I couldn’t keep composed (as all essential/immediate ‘action’ was now taken) and started crying.

When she came back, with what I think was a 500cc syringe (about 1” in diameter and 7-8” long) filled with pinkish liquid.  She said that it was actually only 1/3 of what was in his chest, but that was all he’d stay still for, so all they could get without making it a major procedure with sedation.  She also said it could be sent for testing.  Depending on what they found, it would say whether it was malignant thyroid, or heart.  If it is heart, treatment could, “buy him some more time.”  But by this, I knew she meant a couple or a few months at most, not years.  She also said that she was going to personally look at it, in addition to sending it to the lab, because she wanted to be completely sure of the findings.

So I gathered Lucas, and came home with him.  I rubbed his belly (his choice, even over getting fed, though it was late), then I fed him, then he wanted to have his belly rubbed again, so I did so. 

I called and talked with my folks about it.  And then I came upstairs to my evening crash.

So that is where Lucas’s condition stands at present.  I’ll let you know when I get the results back on the fluid taken from his lungs.
Title: Re: Pets
Post by: MartyS (Gromit) on January 30, 2017, 08:26:10 PM
Sorry to hear that, hope that it turns out to be something that can be treated.
Title: Re: Pets
Post by: LucasM on January 30, 2017, 08:53:03 PM
Thank you.  Even if it is his heart, the impression was that the treatment for that might just buy a couple or a few months.  So me being without him around is an idea I need to start getting used to.  But a few months definitely would be preferable to a few weeks.  As long as he can remain comfortable, that is.
Title: Re: Pets
Post by: MartyS (Gromit) on January 31, 2017, 06:36:04 AM
As long as he can remain comfortable, that is.

That's the really hard decision for you, it's so easy to be blinded by wanting more time and not see what is really happening. 
Title: Re: Pets
Post by: LucasM on February 03, 2017, 04:52:27 PM
Lucas (my cat) will likely have to be put to sleep next week. This, from my vet, on the lab results:

"Although these tests are not definitive, they are very suggestive of lymphoid cancer. The fluid doesn't appear to be caused by his heart issue. The only "good" thing that he could have would be a blocked lymphatic duct which ruptured (causing the chylous effusion), but diagnosis and treatment would entail opening his chest surgically and looking for the leak. This would not be an easy thing on a cat who does not have other issues, and, in Lucas' case, it is not even an option. If the fluid removal the other day seemed to help, we could continue to try to remove more fluid when it becomes more difficult for him to breathe, but, wouldn't want to wait until he is in dire straights. I think that these lab results, along with his thyroid and heart disease, along with his deterioration, are telling us that you need to set some limits. We don't want him to suffer, obviously."

I responded (with some additional information skipped here), "I’ve noticed a reduction in his condition just in the last week. He allows himself to have his belly rubbed for shorter periods, and is spending less time around me. ... I sincerely doubt that his enjoyment of his life is outweighing the discomfort he feels. ... I was hoping that he could remain comfortable longer, but I can’t put him through living conditions that I couldn’t tolerate for myself."
Title: Re: Pets
Post by: goflyblind on February 03, 2017, 04:57:07 PM
aww, shit. that sucks. :(
Title: Re: Pets
Post by: MartyS (Gromit) on February 03, 2017, 06:43:39 PM
Sorry both of you have to deal with all that.
Title: Re: Pets
Post by: LucasM on February 03, 2017, 07:13:35 PM
Thank you goflyblind and MartyS.

Not surprisingly I'm having a rougher time than usual.  As you well know, Lucas is my main interactions with any other living being (most frequent others: massage therapist up to two hours a week, but usually approximates about three hours every two weeks; chiropractor once every two weeks, though that is less 'social' talk, so far more draining than rewarding).  Because of my lack of much in the way of real-time interactions I am very emotionally invested in him, to the point where this is intermittently overwhelming (when I can distract myself for a bit it ceases to be, but briefly).

[I'm sorry, I had to modify the hell out of that paragraph multiple times.  Hopefully it makes some sense and says what I meant.  I can't really tell.]
Title: Re: Pets
Post by: Imrahil on February 03, 2017, 08:16:24 PM
I'm so sorry Lucas. :(
Title: Re: Pets
Post by: LucasM on February 03, 2017, 11:48:54 PM
Thanks, Im.  I know you have all-too-recent experience with also losing a close 4-footed friend.  Not even a year ago yet.  I suspect that the loss of Ajax is still painful for you.

I am not sure yet when it will happen with Lucas, but given that he's having difficulty even lying down long enough to get his belly rubbed (apparently it is more pressure on his open lung when lying on his side, or else it starts to fill if he's not upright), I don't imagine it will be long before he communicates he's ready to go.

Luckily I asked the vet something that a friend had mentioned was done for her cat.  And I was very happy to find that the vet is willing to make a house call to put Lucas to sleep, so that his last moments are not spent stressed in a car and unfamiliar place, but are as comfortable as they can be in the home he's lived in for over 10 years now.  It felt much better knowing that I wouldn't have to subject him to that stress, given how much he dislikes car rides and the carrier.  [Not that many cats like either.  I think I'm kind of rambling I'm so far past capacity here.]

Thank you again, Imrahil, goflyblind and MartyS, for the kind thoughts.
Title: Re: Pets
Post by: Imrahil on February 04, 2017, 07:53:50 AM
It's nice that you can have him at home.  All I can say is that I'm sorry. It's definitely losing a member of the family.
Title: Re: Pets
Post by: LucasM on February 05, 2017, 02:49:08 AM
Thank you.  Indeed it is.

Late tonight (Saturday), I sent an e-mail with this to the vet:
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I’m writing this now because Lucas just refused petting.  It became clear today that he is struggling hard for every breath, and when he briefly lay on his side a little earlier it became far worse.  From the swallowing he did afterwards, I can only imagine that it felt like he was drowning when lying on his side.  I just looked downstairs and today he didn’t eat ANY of his canned food.  I presume the liquid in his lungs is pushing on the stomach, so either makes him feel ‘full’, or else makes it feel like he will vomit if he ate.
 
So, presuming you can’t come out tomorrow (Sunday), can you come Monday afternoon, preferably after about 2:30?  I want to be awake and alert when he goes.  I hate to wait that long, when he is so clearly this stressed simply breathing, and wish it had been clear yesterday (Friday) so that possibly he could have been released from this discomfort then.  I am so sad seeing him like this.  Far more sad seeing him suffer than I know I will be to have him gone.
Title: Re: Pets
Post by: LucasM on February 05, 2017, 10:53:30 AM
Well, that previous message to the vet gives an idea how messed up my thinking is/was last night.  Here is what I wrote her just a minute ago:
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Lucas feels so uncomfortable that he doesn’t even want me around.  When I tried to lie down near him on the floor, he got up and left.  If I gently follow him, he just walks away again.
 
I feel bad that I missed his signals that he was probably ready to go Friday, and that he has been in this condition for about a day now.  I feel responsible for this suffering.  My heart aches as I watch him forcibly contract his ribcage to try to get air in and out of it.  And I am concerned that he will die before you could make it here, with him struggling for breath, and alone.
 
Me being ‘alert’ when he goes is FAR less important than stopping his suffering.  So please let me know the absolute soonest that you could come to help him move on.  I will make sure I am awake at whatever time that would be.
Title: Re: Pets
Post by: LucasM on February 05, 2017, 07:02:32 PM
Lucas is doing a little better today.  Spent some time with me, basically saying 'good-bye'.

The vet will most likely be out tomorrow before noon.
Title: Re: Pets
Post by: LucasM on February 06, 2017, 01:20:22 PM
Lucas died at about 11:45 today.

The process is usually two-fold: one shot is a muscle relaxer, the next - done about 5-15 minutes later - stops the heart.

Lucas was so ready to move on, that within maybe three minutes of the first shot, he'd already moved on.  So the second shot wasn't needed.

I've scheduled cremation for tomorrow morning.  It will be easier on me to leave my house shortly after I'd normally go to sleep, than to try to wake up after only a couple hours.  They said it would take about three hours, so I'll take something to keep me busy (maybe just music, as I won't be functional enough to read, and my laptop died, so I can't take that and watch a movie or something).

I'm sad that he won't be around any longer.  But I am so relieved that he isn't struggling just to breathe like he has been the last couple days.  [This morning when I saw him, he looked exhausted, and was clearly ready to let go.]
Title: Re: Pets
Post by: Imrahil on February 06, 2017, 09:19:34 PM
I was with Chewie when they put her down (kidney failure, then being put to sleep). It was so hard, but I was glad to be there with her at the end. I'm don't know, but I feel like it probably helps to have someone there at the end, a presence, someone touching them so they know they're not alone.  It's what I tell myself anyway.

I'm sorry again, Lucas. Just know that you gave him a good life, and he was better for having known you.
Title: Re: Pets
Post by: LucasM on February 06, 2017, 09:57:08 PM
Thank you, Imrahil, for the condolences and the kind words.

Yes, I think that it helps to have someone there at the end as well.  And while Lucas was moving on, I held him and sang to him the little song I made up for him shortly after I brought him home, and which I have sung to him every day during our petting time, with the petting/belly rubbing going on as long as he kept purring.  So the song was associated with love and peace, and that was what he was hearing as he slipped away.  So I do think it made a difference to him that I was there at the end, just as I'm sure Chewie was pleased that you were there as well.

Thank you again for your kind words.
Title: Re: Pets
Post by: LucasM on July 04, 2017, 04:39:56 PM
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Title: Re: Pets
Post by: k1 on July 05, 2017, 10:28:32 AM
Jeff the cat has been waking us up at 4am for the past week since we have been at my parents house. Hoping this pattern can correct itself sooner than later.
Title: Re: Pets
Post by: wihogfan on July 05, 2017, 10:42:58 AM
My current pack (4 dogs) didn't seem to mind the fireworks. Used to have a lab that would go and lay in the bathtub whenever he was upset or frightened and he would spend a lot of tub time on the nights leading up to the 4th.
Title: Re: Pets
Post by: BathTub on July 05, 2017, 02:36:51 PM
Jeff the cat has been waking us up at 4am for the past week since we have been at my parents house. Hoping this pattern can correct itself sooner than later.

Yeah he'll have you trained to get up on your on at 4am eventually!
Title: Re: Pets
Post by: wihogfan on July 06, 2017, 08:25:24 AM
We have a vet that comes to our house on a regular basis and the 3 dogs we've had to put down were all done at our home (one after a year long battle with Kidney disease, 1 with bone cancer, and 1 just last year after a year long battle with lymphoma). None were easy, but I took the last one the hardest in large part I think to him only being 7 at the time and the ups and downs over a year long series of chemotherapy where he would go into remission for a few weeks and everything would appear optimistic only for the cancer to come back even worse. Seriously swore I'd never get another dog again after our 2 remaining ones (at that point). Then the wife got me a border collie puppy to try and cheer me up and about 3 months later my wife had a beagle puppy who had escaped from the Humane Society jump into her car when she was visiting her mother. 4 dogs is a lot and our oldest was diagnosed with diabetes about a year ago and quickly went blind, but I'm past the point of thinking I'll ever go without a dog again (but never more than 2 or 3 at a time again).
Title: Re: Pets
Post by: Darth Geek on July 11, 2017, 11:49:39 AM
Has anybody here used a PetCube? It's an online video camera that you can use to check in with your pets via your phone. My brother just got me one. I like the idea. And this one is the PetCube Play, so it has a controllable laser that you can use to play with them. But the video is just glichy as hell. It will turn on and I can see it clearly for about a second and then most or all of the picture will get so much digital static I can't see anything.
It's literally a few inches away from my Wifi router, so it shouldn't be that. Plus my home Wifi is plenty good enough for my computer usage, so it should be fine.
Title: Re: Pets
Post by: CJones on July 12, 2017, 05:32:02 AM
We have a vet that comes to our house on a regular basis and the 3 dogs we've had to put down were all done at our home (one after a year long battle with Kidney disease, 1 with bone cancer, and 1 just last year after a year long battle with lymphoma). None were easy, but I took the last one the hardest in large part I think to him only being 7 at the time and the ups and downs over a year long series of chemotherapy where he would go into remission for a few weeks and everything would appear optimistic only for the cancer to come back even worse. Seriously swore I'd never get another dog again after our 2 remaining ones (at that point). Then the wife got me a border collie puppy to try and cheer me up and about 3 months later my wife had a beagle puppy who had escaped from the Humane Society jump into her car when she was visiting her mother. 4 dogs is a lot and our oldest was diagnosed with diabetes about a year ago and quickly went blind, but I'm past the point of thinking I'll ever go without a dog again (but never more than 2 or 3 at a time again).

I know exactly how you feel. And it's great that you changed your mind about adopting more.

I've always been cat person. The house just seems empty without them. My previous two cats had kidney disease and FIV, both of which killed them. It's heart breaking to see your best friends die  :(
Title: Re: Pets
Post by: LucasM on July 20, 2017, 02:51:33 PM
Here are two very useful questionnaires that my vet posted to her Facebook page today.  Though I've shrunk them to fit easily here, they are much larger (right-click and 'View Image' them for larger versions of each).  I wish I'd had the feline one during Lucas's last few months, I might have been able to get him more comfortable (or euthanised) sooner.

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(https://scontent-ort2-1.xx.fbcdn.net/v/t1.0-9/20228321_10155592665462360_3413206048865724216_n.jpg?oh=a3a34a43fd6bc4e2ae07cafed4786f9e&oe=5A03C758)  (https://scontent-ort2-1.xx.fbcdn.net/v/t1.0-9/20228726_10155592665572360_4365163771832568537_n.jpg?oh=46a3af667dc7aabea44ab3bb73429274&oe=5A118F75)

(https://scontent-ort2-1.xx.fbcdn.net/v/t1.0-9/20245582_10155592662307360_5596065047663030457_n.jpg?oh=d9586ca7bd93bd66acb31c58fc0f319c&oe=5A00A28C)  (https://scontent-ort2-1.xx.fbcdn.net/v/t1.0-9/20108351_10155592662577360_1968632468431983692_n.jpg?oh=2061d7080a3b84b0f70e76c7ab9d3930&oe=5A0F2B2E)
Title: Re: Pets
Post by: wihogfan on August 14, 2017, 01:49:09 PM
Won't get the final results until later this week, but it's looking like my 12 year old lab now has cancer. Spots on his lungs usually indicate lung cancer and most lung cancer in dogs is cancer that spread from somewhere else. He doesn't appear to be in pain but just recently started wheezing at times. His 5 years with us have been great (we're really not sure of his age because he was a stray when we got him), but the next few weeks or months are going to be tough.
Title: Re: Pets
Post by: wihogfan on August 15, 2017, 06:15:13 PM
This is the part about pet ownership I hate the most. Yesterday he behaved like he was on deaths door, breathing hard and not moving. Today he's totally fine (other than being blind, but he's been blind for a year). Get the the cancer screening results tomorrow. Off of work and taking him to the dog park in the morning. Vet said he needed to be home bound, but been down this road before and am going to do whatever I can to make his last days enjoyable. No troubles with him eating yet, but going to strart feeding him the people food he always wants soon. Kept a previous lab who had kidney failure alive for a year longer than she was given by feeding her a steak every day (admittedly steak was cheaper then). Heartbroken...but trying to keep a positive attitude. Wife regrets not taking another one who had cancer anywhere after he was diagnosed, but his situation was different as it wasn't internal..bone cancer in that one where an easily broken leg would have resulted in a lot more pain and an immediate need to put him down...rambling, but trying to keep it together as he sits here on to couch with me with his head in my lap.
Title: Re: Pets
Post by: LucasM on August 15, 2017, 06:45:49 PM
wihogfan, I'm sorry you are having this difficult time.  The kind of love one experiences with a furry friend often is deeper than that with other humans, and so the loss can ultimately be more intense.  I am glad that you are still able to have happy days with your friend, where he is clearly still enjoying his life.
Title: Re: Pets
Post by: wihogfan on August 15, 2017, 08:02:03 PM
Thanks Lucas. Always think the next one will be easier, but it never is. Just gotta focus on enjoying the next day, week, month, you never know year as long as I and he can and then make the final decision when I know it's right.
Title: Re: Pets
Post by: wihogfan on August 16, 2017, 02:51:33 PM
Got good but not great news. The radiologist does not think the spots on his lungs are cancer. He does however have an enlarged heart and the radiologist expressed some concern over an abnormality around his liver. So have to get pills for the heart condition and having a blood test tomorrow to see how well his liver is functioning.
Title: Re: Pets
Post by: wihogfan on August 17, 2017, 02:25:05 PM
More good news (sort of). Younger 3 dogs all have kennel cough (despite all of em being vacinated for it), so while the old guy isn't coughing like the other 3, that may be what is causing his wheezing. Get the results of his bloodwork for more potential serious problems tomorrow.
Apparently kennel cough is going around here and dogs who have been vacinated can still get it, it just usually doesn't end up as being as severe as it is for dogs who have not been vacinated. A week of antibiotics should get them all well (other than maybe the old guy-I tend to be pessimitic regarding these situations but I'm holding out hope that his liver and kidneys are still functioning as well as you can hope for a 12 year old lab).
Title: Re: Pets
Post by: LucasM on August 17, 2017, 08:46:13 PM
wihogfan, I'm glad that some of it may be less serious than anticipated.

I just ran into this (posted by my Vet's office on Facebook).  It is relevant to every pet owner, but seemed particularly relevant now, for you wihogfan.

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Title: Re: Pets
Post by: wihogfan on August 18, 2017, 01:30:46 PM
Fortunately with this current pack, they'll all eat anything with peanut butter on it and my biggest problem there is making sure they don't each other's pills.

Got the bloodwork back and the results were better that I had even hoped. Only thing out of whack was his blood sugar, but we kind of knew that as he was diagnosed as diabetic over a year ago. So enlarged heart, still has diabetes, and likely has kennel cough is the diagnoses at this time.
Title: Re: Pets
Post by: wihogfan on August 23, 2017, 05:29:51 PM
Well, it must have been kennel cough because after almost a week of antibiotics the old guy's breathing, behavior, and energy level has been back to normal for the last couple of days and I was able to take him for the longest walk we've been on in months tonight (still not as long as the younger guys get and was aided by tonight's cooler than normal for this time of year temps, but long for a 12 year old). Now just working with the vet on ways to get his blood sugar under better control.
Title: Re: Pets
Post by: Pastor of Muppets on September 17, 2017, 05:25:18 PM
I have two adorable kitties.  Naja Salaheem is an orange tabby.  I'm not sure how old he is.  I got him in January from some girl on Craigslist.  He was still a kitten at that point.  Based on his size I would estimate he was 6 months old at the time so I am guessing he was born July 2016, and is 1 year 2 months old by now.  He's full grown size but still pretty spunky.

My other kitty is Shikaree Z.  I bought her from a pet store so I have her exact birth date written down somewhere.  Early April of this year, so she is just a 5 month old kitten.  She is a black and white cat, aka a tuxedo cat.

I have a lot of pictures, but I'll just pare it down to three.

(https://image.ibb.co/fuMKOk/naja_031.jpg)
(https://image.ibb.co/f8FeOk/shikaree010.jpg)
(https://image.ibb.co/nOeTG5/both_cats_014.jpg)
Title: Re: Pets
Post by: wihogfan on November 25, 2017, 03:27:13 PM
Damn 1 year old beagel mix puppy got stuck underneath the deck tonight. Didn't make a sound and I couldn't find him when I noticed our border collie trying to dig through the top of the deck and figured it out. Pulled one of the panels off the side of the deck off and had to dig some to get him out. Fortunately no real damage to the deck or dog and place where he got underneath has been blocked.
Title: Re: Pets
Post by: Lesbunny on November 25, 2017, 04:03:03 PM
I really wish the people in my life would let me get rats, they're so cute. Fiancee has said no to it, but I think it's only because I've talked her into 3 dogs and a couple of rabbits... but rats are small!
Title: Re: Pets
Post by: Pastor of Muppets on November 27, 2017, 06:17:54 AM
Shikaree, the 7 1/2 month old female kitten, went into her first heat on Saturday.  She was yowling a lot, very affectionate, and from time to time would thrust her backside into the air, presenting herself for mating.  I didn't understand what was happening until I got a hunch that it was heat and Googled it.

If you're thinking I need to get her spayed, you are right.  I haven't had time.  I thought that younger than 6 months was too young, and I was traveling a lot in November so I couldn't do anything then.    I have an appointment for her spaying, but it's a busy clinic and you have to book pretty far in advance.  Spaying is scheduled for January 11th.

I have a male cat too, Naja.  Fortunately, Naja was already neutered so he won't be creating any unwanted kittens.  They both stay inside and I am very careful about that.  I guess she'll probably go into heat again before the surgery, but I think we can ride it out.  I do like the extra affection.
Title: Re: Pets
Post by: LucasM on December 15, 2017, 03:09:12 AM
(https://68.media.tumblr.com/1b3303a815b95872e8145dda87e9a0a6/tumblr_p0yheh2YHs1qh66wqo1_1280.jpg)

This didn't go in the 'Particularly Amusing Cartoon' thread, because honestly, it's not particularly amusing... it just happens to be reasonable. :)
Title: Re: Pets
Post by: LucasM on January 12, 2018, 06:35:10 PM
I was just reading comments on a Facebook page, and multiple people commented on their distress at shocking their pets with static with the extreme cold and consequent low house humidity. So I thought I'd share this.

In some electronics stores (and online), one can find 'static discharge pads' that are self-adhesive. These are generally used for electronics safety, but I'm expanding their usefulness here. Some of them are as small as 2x2", but regardless of size, they should have a wire coming out of them that one connects to a grounding post somewhere (the screw on an electrical outlet is adequate if there is conduit in the walls instead of just insulated wires). I'd suggest attaching these near common areas where one pets one's pets ;) , and get in the habit of discharging oneself into it when one sees the pet approaching.

If possible, you may want to also have a large enough one on the floor that the pet would step on it on its way to you, because you may not be the source of the static: if you have carpet, your friend walking around is rubbing fur on plastic, which is pretty much guaranteed to cause static. Since cats naturally stand in squares on the ground, if one has a static discharge pad that is maybe 10x10", utilizing it shouldn't be an issue for feline family members (once they are used to it being present), and I suspect many dogs will ignore such things on their way for a good head-skritching. :)

I hope this helps prevent a few disrupted relationships this Winter (and beyond) ['next Winter' for those Forum members below the equator :) ].

[Also shared in Completely Random Thoughts thread.]
Title: Re: Pets
Post by: CJones on January 13, 2018, 03:15:58 PM
I took one of my black cats to the vet recently, and the vet's assistant said "Aww, I want a black cat." I told her, come to my neighborhood. There are plenty that need a home.

The people across the street have been leaving food out for stray cats for a couple years now. I know they mean well, but the population of black and black & white cats has gotten out of control. They've clearly been interbreeding. I took in three of them about a year ago, when they were kittens, and had them neutered. However, my cats are starting to get pissed off at the number of other cats hanging around my front yard.

What's sad is that these other cats are very friendly. They would make great pets, but I simply can't afford to take care of them all.
Title: Re: Pets
Post by: Lesbunny on February 20, 2018, 04:56:53 PM
Taken the steps necessary to bring a pair of rats into my life. I think that at this point in my life, rats are a good pet for me to have, since their lifespan is about 2-3 years, and I'm planning on moving to England in that time frame. I'm super excited, but I'm worried about making sure I don't mistreat them. Part of me is saying that being worried about mistreating them is a good thing, though, because as long as I am worried about them being happy, they probably will have stuff they need to BE happy. Hopefully I'll get my pair of girls on Monday, or maybe Tuesday, it depends on when the rescue and I can get together to do the deal. I was actually blown away by the fact that rodent rescues were a thing, too, but I suppose it makes sense; every animal can be mistreated and in need of rescue.
Title: Re: Pets
Post by: Lesbunny on February 27, 2018, 07:01:18 PM
I'm getting my rats Saturday, and right now I need to come up with a playpen for them to hang out outside of the cage. I'm looking at getting a bunch of those trifold posterboard things at Walmart for like a buck a piece and kinda making a fold away pen so I can climb in and play with them and such. I thought about using the boxes that most of the amazon stuff came in, but they're too inconsistently sized. Once I come up with a pen, I need to find toys I can put in there. Seems like another trip to the dollar store is in order :D
Title: Re: Pets
Post by: wihogfan on February 27, 2018, 08:11:44 PM
There's such a thing as a rat rescue?

My old lab mix that I really thought was on his last legs about 6 months ago (blind for the last 2 years, around 13 or 14 years old-not sure as he was a stray before spending 6 months at 2 different Humane Societies before we got him) is still with us, but we're likely really in our last days/weeks with him now. I took him to the park a week ago (quick trip-maybe 15 minutes) and he couldn't walk for about 12 hours afterwards and I was up most of the night with him last night as he was vomiting and vomiting. Better day today as he kept boiled chicken and rice down and took him for a very, very short walk (to the end of the street and back). He's sleeping 18 hours a day, but mostly happy (although weak) when awake. Still kind of hoping he goes to sleep and just doesn't wake up sometime soon, but know we won't get that lucky and am more at peace knowing that I'm likely going to have to euthanize him than I was with I first 3 we had due to knowing we provided him the best life we could for the last 6 years (and the other 3 were unfortunately all younger than him).
 
Title: Re: Pets
Post by: Lesbunny on February 27, 2018, 08:33:25 PM
There's such a thing as a rat rescue?

My old lab mix that I really thought was on his last legs about 6 months ago (blind for the last 2 years, around 13 or 14 years old-not sure as he was a stray before spending 6 months at 2 different Humane Societies before we got him) is still with us, but we're likely really in our last days/weeks with him now. I took him to the park a week ago (quick trip-maybe 15 minutes) and he couldn't walk for about 12 hours afterwards and I was up most of the night with him last night as he was vomiting and vomiting. Better day today as he kept boiled chicken and rice down and took him for a very, very short walk (to the end of the street and back). He's sleeping 18 hours a day, but mostly happy (although weak) when awake. Still kind of hoping he goes to sleep and just doesn't wake up sometime soon, but know we won't get that lucky and am more at peace knowing that I'm likely going to have to euthanize him than I was with I first 3 we had due to knowing we provided him the best life we could for the last 6 years (and the other 3 were unfortunately all younger than him).

You can pick any type of pet animal and there's basically rescues for them.

I'm really sorry to hear about your dog, though. I can't imagine the pain I'll go through in several hundred years when Ein passes. One thing I've heard multiple times, though, is that if you do have to euthanise them, stay with them, because they look for you after you leave, which is just heartbreaking.
Title: Re: Pets
Post by: wihogfan on February 27, 2018, 08:48:25 PM
We have a house calls vet (comes to our home) who will euthanize him here if/when the time comes. It was devastating when we had to put our first 3 dogs down, and will be very emotional this time as well, but not being with them at the end was not something I ever considered and while I'm not sure being with them made it any easier for me, I wouldn't have felt right doing it any other way.
Title: Re: Pets
Post by: LucasM on February 28, 2018, 03:07:33 AM
I'm very sorry, wihogfan.  Having just had to have Lucas euthanised a year ago this month, I feel for you.  I, too, am very glad that my vet was willing to make a house call for Lucas.

It may be incredibly difficult, but if you can, try to ask yourself, as emotionally painful as it is, with your dog in such bad shape, is it fair to your dog to wait and hope he dies in his sleep?  When I saw Lucas struggling a fair amount of the time, regardless of whether he was happy for brief bursts with me each day, for me, I ultimately decided that forcing him to stay around because of the pain of the loss was unfair to him.  It sounds like you gave him a wonderful life.  As yourself if you can let him have a comfortable death, where he isn't struggling to function most all the time, or in pain that he isn't telling you about.  I regret being unable to see that Lucas was struggling much of the time before that near-final vet visit when they told me his thyroid was no longer treatable.  Because of the difficulties he was having, within a week I had to let him go.

I do hope that you can make the most of your remaining time together.  Take care of yourself.
Title: Re: Pets
Post by: Russoguru on February 28, 2018, 07:04:35 PM
I have a really good friend who has to take her dog in for Chemo on a regular basis. Now, this is just me, but from all my experiences with pets having surgery, I honestly feel its wisest if your pet has a cancerous malignant tumor to just put them down. I know that may be met with not the most positive feelings but honestly, do you really want to put your pet through multiple rounds of chemotherapy? It's obviously not so much a matter of money but it's also pure misery on the part of your pet IMHO. Sigh, such is the burden of owning and taking care of pets always entails a risk of something.
Title: Re: Pets
Post by: Lesbunny on February 28, 2018, 08:58:43 PM
I have a really good friend who has to take her dog in for Chemo on a regular basis. Now, this is just me, but from all my experiences with pets having surgery, I honestly feel its wisest if your pet has a cancerous malignant tumor to just put them down. I know that may be met with not the most positive feelings but honestly, do you really want to put your pet through multiple rounds of chemotherapy? It's obviously not so much a matter of money but it's also pure misery on the part of your pet IMHO. Sigh, such is the burden of owning and taking care of pets always entails a risk of something.

If your child had a cancerous malignant tumor, would you suggest euthanasia as well? Chemo is miserable for anyone, and pets are basically furry children. At least in my opinion. I wouldn't want to write off the possibility of saving my pet unless I get told it's a waste of time by a physician.
Title: Re: Pets
Post by: Russoguru on March 01, 2018, 07:17:15 PM
See for me there's a WORLD of difference between a pet and your own child. Yes, I understand there's an unbreakable emotional bond and yes I understand they are family. However, there are certain barriers that hamper the whole level of being able to cooperate with medical treatment, the biggest one being communication. I can tell a child "Don't worry, you're going to be okay, I know this sucks but it's the best and only thing we can do". See I can't communicate with a dog, cat, gerbil, opossum, dolphin or what have you. If an animal has no concept of what's going on to them, then that's a big problem for me. An incision can be made to remove a cyst, a tumor or whatever, but at least you can tell a child "Don't mess with the stitches/staples". I can't tell an animal to not pull all the staples out of their stomach after they've gotten major surgery the previous day! I certainly also can't be expected to be monitoring them 24/7 to make sure they aren't undoing all the surgical work that's just been done!

Don't get me wrong LB I am sympathetic to your position but I have had experiences that strongly influence my opinion.
Title: Re: Pets
Post by: LucasM on March 01, 2018, 08:36:13 PM
There is another practical difference: life expectancy.  To subject an animal to a lengthy amount of treatment for a very short period of additional life of questionable quality is - to me - cruel.  With, for instance, a 'dog year' being about seven human years (more if larger dog, less if smaller), the animal's perception of the LENGTH of treatment would also be altered (relative to it's life length).  So it becomes a quality of life issue, when such a short period of additional life is possible even with treatment.  For a child with a potential for a far longer life than what they have already experienced left to them following treatment, it is different.  [I don't wish to go into the ethical issues involved in a child who would not survive either way, though I will say that I believe that should be, to a large degree, the child's decision (depending on the child's age and ability to comprehend what is or would be happening to it).]
Title: Re: Pets
Post by: Lesbunny on March 02, 2018, 08:55:10 PM
Maybe a child isn't a good example in this case. It entirely depends on the age of the dog in question. If it's a puppy, then a child works perfectly, but, if we're talking a 10 year old golden, then I suppose grandpa is a better analogy. If we have an elderly person, someone who isn't capable of making the decisions for themselves(so that the scenarios are relatively similar), who is suffering from cancer, and we have the means to save them, wouldn't we be morally obligated to do so, provided, of course, that there was no undue harm placed on others that they did not accept? The only difference here is that grandpa is a human, and the dog is not. To treat either of them would be to lengthen their lives to a relatively minor degree. Allowing the death of another is wrong, and so the question isn't whether or not it's humane to treat either patient, but rather whether or not a human life is more valuable than a non human life.
Title: Re: Pets
Post by: LucasM on March 02, 2018, 09:29:16 PM
Not really.  I have a 91 year old father.  He was diagnosed with cancer last fall.  If he hadn't automatically done as the doctors told him (something common to people of that generation) I would have had a discussion with him about the relatively small amount of additional time he is likely to gain, and the massive loss of quality of living from the treatment itself, asking him to think if he wanted extra life at the expense of suffering from the treatment itself during it.

I did not have to do much end-of-life counseling while working, but I did some.  There is a level of 'just existing for the sake of existing' that does not make sense (the conclusion of those I worked with before I entered the hospital room, and to me, after seeing and working with them).

And I'll state it clearly here: I have prepared a living will (or the closest approximation of one that one can have in this state) that says that if I am injured and expected to function less than I do now, I wish NO medical treatment that would keep me alive.  The same for anything life-threatening that comes up.  There is significant merit to evaluating Quality of Life when discussing end-of-life issues with anyone.

So no, not an issue of 'animal v. human'.  At least not to me.
Title: Re: Pets
Post by: Russoguru on March 02, 2018, 10:34:48 PM
I think decades of seeing various cats and dogs come and go has, how can I put this? It's... desensitized me. We've had to put down two cats because they had diabetes because the standard treatment wasn't working. We had to put down my best kitty cat, my special boy cat Jakey because he just couldn't function anymore. We've had a cat go through surgery for her cancerous growths but all that did was make things worse. We've had to put down a dog that was having serious and non-treatable neurological issues, we've had to put down an old dog who couldn't even stand up on his own to go outside anymore, and I had to help my poor Grandma put down her dog who was having horrible seizures that again, couldn't be treated.

Just know that I've looked into the eyes of so many poor kitty cats and dogs over my life time and when they get to the point where things for them are so awful the only look I got back was one that was saying "Please stop the pain.".

Never, ever suggest that I lack humanity, because I don't. Such a thing I find to be a very personal, very profound insult to my nature. Especially with my Bipolar and my overthinking things more than ever, because in all honesty, I am more emotionally attached than ever to all my cats. We take good care of our kitty cats here.
Title: Re: Pets
Post by: Lesbunny on March 03, 2018, 05:34:55 PM
(https://i.imgur.com/wqtUx7B.jpg)

Jadzia and Janeway are home and I'm madly in love~

Jadzia is on the left, Janeway is on the right
Title: Re: Pets
Post by: Russoguru on March 04, 2018, 06:45:39 PM
As long as you tell me you don't have a pet named Jonathan Archer.
Title: Re: Pets
Post by: Lesbunny on March 04, 2018, 07:30:36 PM
As long as you tell me you don't have a pet named Jonathan Archer.

Dunno. I've not watched Enterprise. I might like it. Voyager is considered pretty lousy by most people and it's my favourite Trek.

Also they are very cuddly with each other, it's amazing. Makes me really sad that none of my family likes them or even wants to see them. Don't understand the hatred of rats at all. They're basically little dogs.

(https://i.imgur.com/vaDEUei.jpg)
Title: Re: Pets
Post by: wihogfan on March 05, 2018, 07:00:33 PM
@ LucasM
When the time is right and he's not enjoying life or is in obvious pain, we'll definitely put our old lab down. I thought we were close to being there last week (and it's still likely really near), but a call to the vet and $11 in prescriptions-an antibiotic and an anti-inflammatory- (no vet bill, just a call) and he's doing a lot better. He's walking a lot more normal (still a bit stiff legged, but not struggling to stand or lay down) and is back to playing with our beagle puppy each morning. Yes, he still sleeps a whole hell of a lot, but doesn't appear to be in pain at any time and moves around when he's awake (still gets confused and lost a time or two every day, but that's pretty normal since he went blind).

@ Russoguru
We had a 5 year lab mix that got lymphoma and was given a month to live but lived for almost 2 more years after putting him through chemo. But until his last day (when he got much, much worse very, very quickly) he never acted sick or slowed down at all. Only reason we knew something was wrong in the first place was because he developed some lumps on his neck. Those lumps disappeared and never returned after we started chemo and he never acted sick until the end. Would I do it again? Not sure. It was very expensive, but the reason I'd lean towards not doing it again was not the cost, but the ups and downs of him going into remission several times and that remission always being very short lived. He was by far my favorite dog that we've had (tried like hell to teach my first 2 dogs to fetch but they never learned and he picked it up with very, very little training and I used to spend an hour or more each day and every day throwing a tennis ball to him) and my biggest regret is not enjoying those last 2 years more. 
Title: Re: Pets
Post by: MartyS (Gromit) on March 06, 2018, 10:01:59 AM
With rats when you clean their litter wear a mask, people that work with rats often develop allergies to them.  Rat dander is notorious for that problem.  A few people here that worked with rats in the past can no longer go in the room where they are.

Females will stay cute as they get older, males lose their cuteness once they hit 4 or 5 months old.  Males also get more aggressive and will bite even if handled a lot.
Title: Re: Pets
Post by: Lesbunny on March 06, 2018, 12:02:01 PM
Don't know where your getting that info, but all of the research I've done has been the opposite. A friend of mine has had males for years, and her boys have always been affectionate. YouTube channels that I've watched also characterise them as friendly, lazy cuddle Uttarakhand.
Title: Re: Pets
Post by: MartyS (Gromit) on March 06, 2018, 02:40:06 PM
Don't know where your getting that info, but all of the research I've done has been the opposite. A friend of mine has had males for years, and her boys have always been affectionate. YouTube channels that I've watched also characterise them as friendly, lazy cuddle Uttarakhand.

Years of occasionally having to handle them in the lab when other people are out.  But maybe it's only true for the white rats they breed specially for lab use, those have been inbred so much that they are all genetically identical, great for controlled experiments but probably not great for other traits.  The males always get twice as big, fur gets scraggly, tails get scaly looking, and they bite more.  Females keep the soft fur they all have when young and don't usually bite when picked up.

Title: Re: Pets
Post by: Lesbunny on March 06, 2018, 02:47:58 PM
Don't know where your getting that info, but all of the research I've done has been the opposite. A friend of mine has had males for years, and her boys have always been affectionate. YouTube channels that I've watched also characterise them as friendly, lazy cuddle Uttarakhand.

Years of occasionally having to handle them in the lab when other people are out.  But maybe it's only true for the white rats they breed specially for lab use, those have been inbred so much that they are all genetically identical, great for controlled experiments but probably not great for other traits.  The males always get twice as big, fur gets scraggly, tails get scaly looking, and they bite more.  Females keep the soft fur they all have when young and don't usually bite when picked up.

Yeah, lab rats are much different than fancy rats.
Title: Re: Pets
Post by: Lesbunny on March 06, 2018, 08:57:31 PM
I know I keep posting pictures of my girls, but no one in my family is interested in them, and I enjoy showing them off. Janeway quite enjoys her Folgers. Especially when she gets yogurt puffs.

(https://i.imgur.com/3n2cpHV.jpg)
Title: Re: Pets
Post by: Lesbunny on March 14, 2018, 04:41:29 PM
Captain's log, stardate -304800.6. The giant that keeps me, and my compatriot Jadzia, has opened the shuttle bay doors and allowed me to explore the surrounding environment, with minimal supervision. While her attention was focused on trying to coax Jadzia out of the Jeffries Tube, I discovered what appeared to be a wormhole to the Alpha Quadrant. I soon realised that it was nothing more than a treadmill, meant for the giant to exercise. When the giant realised where I was, she immediately started trying to convince me to come out with food. Eventually, I grew bored, and accepted her proposal of a yogurt puff in exchange for my cooperation.
Title: Re: Pets
Post by: Lesbunny on March 23, 2018, 07:41:47 PM
(https://i.imgur.com/Ae7pmXv.jpg)

The girls had an extra long play time today because I was in the process of deep cleaning the cage for a change to fleece bedding. She gave me a heart attack for a second, but she's fine. If you look carefully, you can see Jadzia poking out, because Janeway took a nap on top of her.
Title: Re: Pets
Post by: The Lurker on March 31, 2018, 04:46:43 PM
RIP Kevin Murphy's dog, Boomer
(https://pbs.twimg.com/media/DZpsPmbVMAAk5yQ.jpg)

https://twitter.com/kwmurphy/status/980215446099152896 (https://twitter.com/kwmurphy/status/980215446099152896)
Title: Re: Pets
Post by: Russoguru on March 31, 2018, 10:12:40 PM
Awww... sad. So sorry for your loss Kevin.  :'(
Title: Re: Pets
Post by: Lesbunny on April 13, 2018, 10:02:53 AM
(https://i.imgur.com/ef59cAJ.jpg)

I will fight anyone who says this adorable little lady is vermin
Title: Re: Pets
Post by: LucasM on April 13, 2018, 02:31:50 PM
Well, I have filled out the paperwork for a cat adoption, and will have a home visit/evaluation tomorrow by the shelter representative I've been interacting with online, and will likely have the new feline friend tomorrow as well. It has been over 14 months since Lucas moved out of his body. I think I am ready.
Title: Re: Pets
Post by: CJones on April 13, 2018, 06:34:11 PM
Well, I have filled out the paperwork for a cat adoption, and will have a home visit/evaluation tomorrow by the shelter representative I've been interacting with online, and will likely have the new feline friend tomorrow as well. It has been over 14 months since Lucas moved out of his body. I think I am ready.

I think you are ready as well. I have no doubt that you gave Lucas the best home you possibly could have, and he was grateful for it. Now it's time to give another lucky cat her forever home :D
Title: Re: Pets
Post by: LucasM on April 14, 2018, 05:46:38 PM
Heidi is with me. :)  Arrived just about five hours ago, the shelter person left four hours ago (and I've slept the last two hours).  Despite her original owner (who died of cancer) having her for years, she has been adjusting quickly to the new surroundings, sitting by me on the couch as I watch TV, occasionally 'bonk'ing me for petting.

For those interested, this is her picture from the Shelter's page:
(https://pet-uploads.adoptapet.com/1/4/0/311861295.jpg)
Title: Re: Pets
Post by: Lesbunny on April 14, 2018, 07:36:06 PM
What an adorable little lady.
Title: Re: Pets
Post by: Pastor of Muppets on April 17, 2018, 06:28:27 PM
I took this particularly cute picture of my cat Naja today.  He looks like a little prairie dog sitting up on his back legs like that.

(https://preview.ibb.co/fvaBRn/naja_039.jpg) (https://ibb.co/i0mJ6n)
Title: Re: Pets
Post by: LucasM on April 17, 2018, 08:56:15 PM
With the right paw up to his chin, it looks like he's thinking, "now... can I make it up to the top in two bounds, or will it take three today?" :)
Title: Re: Pets
Post by: Pastor of Muppets on April 18, 2018, 03:32:33 AM
With the right paw up to his chin, it looks like he's thinking, "now... can I make it up to the top in two bounds, or will it take three today?" :)

Hee hee.  I didn't think of it that way.  He usually doesn't take those side steps.  Usually he gets a running start and jumps straight to the 2nd level from the top (on top of that cube).  It's too high to make it, but he grasps on to the side and climbs from there.  It's pretty amazing and cute.

You can't see it in this picture, but there's a toy hanging from the underside.  It's a thin wire frame mouse.  It's actually a Christmas ornament.  He's pulling it toward his mouth with one paw.
Title: Re: Pets
Post by: Lesbunny on May 10, 2018, 10:03:30 AM
(https://i.imgur.com/hnpKokh.jpg)

I gave the girls a dish of water with some peas in it to play with during play time. The idea is that they can fish for the peas in the water and get a snack when they succeed. They've bee LOVING it.
Title: Re: Pets
Post by: Russoguru on May 10, 2018, 12:50:13 PM
My good friend's dog has been having to go through several rounds of chemo. For those of you who believe in praying for animals, please pray for Smokey. All of you who don't believe in a higher power or anything, best wishes should suffice. Thanks guys.
Title: Re: Pets
Post by: wihogfan on May 16, 2018, 04:58:05 PM
My good friend's dog has been having to go through several rounds of chemo. For those of you who believe in praying for animals, please pray for Smokey. All of you who don't believe in a higher power or anything, best wishes should suffice. Thanks guys.
Been there done that. My thoughts are with your friend and their dog.
Title: Re: Pets
Post by: Pastor of Muppets on May 26, 2018, 06:37:55 AM
Well, I have filled out the paperwork for a cat adoption, and will have a home visit/evaluation tomorrow by the shelter representative I've been interacting with online, and will likely have the new feline friend tomorrow as well. It has been over 14 months since Lucas moved out of his body. I think I am ready.

This is why I bought Shikaree at a pet store.  I already have a job; I don't need to be to be treated like a job applicant applying to do them the favor of rescuing an animal.  I did not get Naja at a pet store though; I bought him for $15 off a girl on Craigslist.

It has been warm, so I let the cats play on the patio.  Naja has longer fur than Shikaree, and he keeps getting some sort of seeds or something stuck in his fur.  They look like tiny peas.
Title: Re: Pets
Post by: CJones on May 26, 2018, 09:59:10 AM
I have three black cats, all from the same litter. Victoria, Albert and Urchin. Found them as strays across the street last year. Last summer they were kittens. This summer, black cat hair all over the place. I've had long haired cats that produced less hair than these guys. As I'm sitting here at my computer, I see globs of hair on the floor from where they'll come up to me and beg to be scratched. I love cats, but man, these guys can sure make a mess  :o
Title: Re: Pets
Post by: Henry88 on May 26, 2018, 11:24:56 AM
just buried the last of my red-eared sliders turtles (they were all around 20 years old).
Title: Re: Pets
Post by: LucasM on May 26, 2018, 05:29:30 PM
Sorry to hear that, Henry88.
Title: Re: Pets
Post by: Russoguru on May 26, 2018, 06:10:24 PM
We've had a stray cat for almost 2 years now and man has he grown up fast. Seems like just yesterday he was a teeny little kitten. I'm talking about Rory(I forgot if I mentioned him in earlier comments). One quality I really look for in a cat is that they like being held. Rory doesn't mind being picked up at all(Unlike most of my other cats) and I'll pet him and he'll let me hold him at least a minute or two before he wants to be put back on the ground. The way I see it, holding a cat is a great way of bonding with them. My... old cat Jake loved to be held and he would purr every moment I held him in my arms... rest his poor little soul.   
Title: Re: Pets
Post by: wihogfan on June 02, 2018, 06:43:40 PM
Had an appointment to have the vet come and put my 13+ year old blind diabetic black lab down on Tuesday- was struggled to stand- and the SOB had yet another miraculous recovery Tuesday morning. Vet was amazed he was doing as well as he is at his age. He's still old, blind, and gets confused as to where he's going a couple of times a day, but he's up and walking around a lot more, humping his big stuffed bear, and playing with the beagle puppy a couple of times a day ever since Tuesday.
Title: Re: Pets
Post by: CJones on June 09, 2018, 05:54:14 PM
We've had a stray cat for almost 2 years now and man has he grown up fast. Seems like just yesterday he was a teeny little kitten. I'm talking about Rory(I forgot if I mentioned him in earlier comments). One quality I really look for in a cat is that they like being held. Rory doesn't mind being picked up at all(Unlike most of my other cats) and I'll pet him and he'll let me hold him at least a minute or two before he wants to be put back on the ground. The way I see it, holding a cat is a great way of bonding with them. My... old cat Jake loved to be held and he would purr every moment I held him in my arms... rest his poor little soul.   

Rory, as in the Gilmore Girls character? My sister has an English Setter named Rory. My mom got a miniature Poodle and I suggested naming him Luke.

I agree with you, cuddly cats are the best. None of my current cats really want to nap with me. But my previous cat, Teddy, loved to sleep on my chest. We would nap for hours on end, with him purring away. I was devastated when he dropped dead of a heart attack :'(
Title: Re: Pets
Post by: Pastor of Muppets on June 10, 2018, 05:51:39 AM
I have three black cats, all from the same litter. Victoria, Albert and Urchin. Found them as strays across the street last year. Last summer they were kittens. This summer, black cat hair all over the place. I've had long haired cats that produced less hair than these guys. As I'm sitting here at my computer, I see globs of hair on the floor from where they'll come up to me and beg to be scratched. I love cats, but man, these guys can sure make a mess  :o

Stray cat fur keeps getting caught in the back of my fan so that it gradually becomes less effective.  Once a month, I have to take it apart submerge parts of the housing in water to clean it out.
Title: Re: Pets
Post by: wihogfan on June 30, 2018, 10:21:21 AM
Our 1 year old beagle has started to "bury" his food in different places. He'll take a couple of pieces of dry food and hide it underneath the water dish mat, underneath dog beds, and in the couch. I had a towel on the floor in the kitchen to wipe up some water, and he dropped food onto the towlel and nudged/folded the towel on top of it. Had beagles growing up and I remember them burying food and treats in the backyard, so maybe it's a beagle thing because labs definitely don't do that (they do however quickly find the food wherever the beagle leaves it).
Title: Re: Pets
Post by: BathTub on July 02, 2018, 10:36:35 PM
Our terrier mix did it, all good with dry food, not quite so pleasant with softer food!
Title: Re: Pets
Post by: Pastor of Muppets on July 04, 2018, 03:52:23 AM
My orange tabby cat boy Naja has recently developed an affinity for rubber bands.  I got some wide rubber bands (about 1/4 inch wide) to bind together some papers.  Well I had a few dozen left over.  Naja loves these things.  If I dangle one over his head he jumps and paws at it.  If I shoot one over his head toward the wall he chases it.  If I leave the bag on top of the 5 foot tall chest of drawers he leaps to the top of it, starts extracting rubber bands, and makes a big mess.  He'll roll over onto his back and play with one.  He'll push one under some furniture and try to get it back.  Very adorable, and very cheap.  I just wish my tuxedo girl Shikaree was as easily amused.
Title: Re: Pets
Post by: LucasM on July 04, 2018, 06:31:59 PM
My orange tabby cat boy Naja has recently developed an affinity for rubber bands.  I got some wide rubber bands (about 1/4 inch wide) to bind together some papers.  Well I had a few dozen left over.  Naja loves these things.  If I dangle one over his head he jumps and paws at it.  If I shoot one over his head toward the wall he chases it.  If I leave the bag on top of the 5 foot tall chest of drawers he leaps to the top of it, starts extracting rubber bands, and makes a big mess.  He'll roll over onto his back and play with one.  He'll push one under some furniture and try to get it back.  Very adorable, and very cheap.  I just wish my tuxedo girl Shikaree was as easily amused.

Just one thing: make sure you account for EVERY rubber band before leaving his presence, and have them out of his reach before leaving the room where he is.  Swallowed rubber bands can not only be toxic if they are digested, but can bind up the gut and require surgery to remove (if the intestine isn't ruptured first).  Any elastic string is very dangerous to a pet to swallow, as they can stretch internally, and bind up, and cut into the intestinal wall.  If the back part gets 'stuck' and the front part is pushed onwards by food, it can tie the gut up into almost a knot.  This cuts off blood supply to the area, causing necrotic tissue which may not be discovered until it is too toxic to do anything about.

So, be VERY careful about using rubber bands as playthings.  I choose to never do so unless I am at the other end of it, just to be on the safe side.

A much better option is the ring that keeps a plastic jug of milk (or OJ) sealed: those milk-rings are stiff so they cannot be easily swallowed, and cannot compress easily into a form that can be swallowed, plus they can make a great 'hockey' game on hard floors.  They should be immediately disposed of if a cat chews through a part of one though, as they can become dangerous at that point.
Title: Re: Pets
Post by: Pastor of Muppets on July 05, 2018, 06:14:41 PM

Just one thing: make sure you account for EVERY rubber band before leaving his presence, and have them out of his reach before leaving the room where he is.  Swallowed rubber bands can not only be toxic if they are digested, but can bind up the gut and require surgery to remove (if the intestine isn't ruptured first).  Any elastic string is very dangerous to a pet to swallow, as they can stretch internally, and bind up, and cut into the intestinal wall.  If the back part gets 'stuck' and the front part is pushed onwards by food, it can tie the gut up into almost a knot.  This cuts off blood supply to the area, causing necrotic tissue which may not be discovered until it is too toxic to do anything about.

So, be VERY careful about using rubber bands as playthings.  I choose to never do so unless I am at the other end of it, just to be on the safe side.

Ooh a bit late for that.  I have no clue how many rubber bands have been removed from the package.  But I guess I can clean them up and be more careful going forward.

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A much better option is the ring that keeps a plastic jug of milk (or OJ) sealed: those milk-rings are stiff so they cannot be easily swallowed, and cannot compress easily into a form that can be swallowed, plus they can make a great 'hockey' game on hard floors.  They should be immediately disposed of if a cat chews through a part of one though, as they can become dangerous at that point.

He was really into those for a while too, but he kind of lost interest.  Naja is a fickle boy.
Title: Re: Pets
Post by: wihogfan on July 06, 2018, 09:13:54 AM
Had to put my 14 year old lab down yesterday (estimated age as he was picked up as stray and spent 6 months at 2 different Humane Societies before we got him 7 years ago-was due to be put down at the first Humane Society when the Humane Society in our town took him in because despite being an older dog that is harder to get adopted, he very friendly with people and other dogs and was very well trained).
The wife is pretty devastated. I had been been trying to convince her it was time for the last couple of weeks, but the final straw was when he stopped eating a couple of days ago (up until then he was a typical lab who would eat everything that you'd give him no matter what it was).
Personally, I'm handling it better than any of the others we've had to put down over the years because it was definitely time and he had led a good long life (at least the last 7 years were good). 
Title: Re: Pets
Post by: LucasM on July 06, 2018, 10:47:21 AM
I'm very sorry wihogfan.  Regardless of it being time and him having a good, long life, it is still difficult to let a family member go.  I am pleased that he had someone who cared enough to let him go when he showed you by not eating that he was done with his life.  I suspect he appreciated that from you, as he appreciated all the care and love you and your wife gave him over the years.
Title: Re: Pets
Post by: Henry88 on July 11, 2018, 05:09:58 AM
our great  Pyrenees ivory has died early this morning when i went to see her she was as stiff as a board, so a friend of the family named bill is going to use
my dads back ho to dig a grave for her,and the great irony is that my mom died today around the same time two years ago.
Title: Re: Pets
Post by: LucasM on July 11, 2018, 08:18:35 PM
I am so sorry, Henry88.  To lose a family member is so difficult.  I have not seen anything here on difficulties, was this expected to some degree?  That doesn't make it any easier, but it might be considerably more difficult emotionally if this was unexpected.  Either way, I am sorry.  And to have it occur on the same day as the anniversary of another recent major loss sounds especially painful.
Title: Re: Pets
Post by: Pastor of Muppets on July 16, 2018, 04:34:27 PM
I was lying on the couch watching a movie.  I got up to go to the bathroom and saw this.  It was a one in a million shot.  I had to take it.

(https://preview.ibb.co/jSBK4J/naja_050.jpg) (https://ibb.co/m0nsPJ)
Title: Re: Pets
Post by: Russoguru on July 16, 2018, 06:00:24 PM
My condolences to you as well Henry.  :(
Title: Re: Pets
Post by: wihogfan on July 16, 2018, 07:26:39 PM
Sorry for your loss Henry.
After every one we've lost up to this point, we soon thereafter went out and adopted another one. But we can't legally have more than 3 and we still have 3 (yes, we had more than we should have legally had for awhile, but 3 is a lot to handle and 4 is really too many).
Title: Re: Pets
Post by: Lesbunny on August 02, 2018, 11:18:50 PM
My poor ratties have mites. I'm trying to deal with them, but giving a struggling rat a bath isn't easy to do. The other option is a flea thing for kittens, but it's pricier. Ivermectin is really cheap, just requires more work to get results.

I also decided to make them a mix this time, instead of just buying Oxbow blocks. Its got Cheerios, dried bananas, blueberries, sunflower seeds, peas, pasta, and rice. So far, they really seem to enjoy it. I may give them a boiled egg once a week, since they might want a bit more protein, but otherwise I think they're pretty happy with the food, and it cost about the same as Oxbow rat food, so I'm pleased.
Title: Re: Pets
Post by: wihogfan on August 21, 2018, 05:35:32 PM
Our beagle mix has bright red skin and has been scrathing like crazy. According to our vet, it's been a terrible year for pets with allergies (and I know my own hayfever has been worse this year then it's been for a number of years). Have him on an antibiotic and an anti-inflammitory for his skin infection and ear drops for his ear infection.
Title: Re: Pets
Post by: Lesbunny on August 21, 2018, 09:21:48 PM
Our beagle mix has bright red skin and has been scrathing like crazy. According to our vet, it's been a terrible year for pets with allergies (and I know my own hayfever has been worse this year then it's been for a number of years). Have him on an antibiotic and an anti-inflammitory for his skin infection and ear drops for his ear infection.

That would explain why my corgi always has red spots and scratches and chews nonstop, even though I make sure to keep his flea stuff sorted.
Title: Re: Pets
Post by: CJones on August 24, 2018, 04:07:55 PM
So animal control was here, clearing out the house and surrounding area across the street. Of cats. The same house my cats came from. I knew this day was coming, and my cats have collars for exactly this reason.

Gone are Pretty Boy, Rolly Polly, One-Legged Orange Cat, White Face and Siamese Cat. I would have been happy to keep feeding them, but I can't afford to take care of them properly. Still, I'm going to miss them. Rolly Polly especially. He was so happy go lucky. It mortifies me, thinking of him in a cage  :'(

One of my own cats is in my lap, being uncharacteristically insistent, as if to say "Not me too?" No Albert, this is your forever home. You never need worry.
Title: Re: Pets
Post by: Lesbunny on October 17, 2018, 05:21:33 PM
(https://i.imgur.com/ZPuXFUq.jpg)

To boldy go where no rat has gone before!
Title: Re: Pets
Post by: Russoguru on October 17, 2018, 07:04:07 PM
That was Janeway I presume?
Title: Re: Pets
Post by: Lesbunny on October 17, 2018, 10:07:48 PM
Yup, that's Janeway.
Title: Re: Pets
Post by: Russoguru on October 23, 2018, 07:37:19 PM
Today, we had to put down my cat Mcgee. Her labs showed signs of kidney failure, she wasn't active or moving at all and we all suspected because of her muscle wasting that she had cancer. Poor thing was doing so bad, I hated to have to be there when she was put down but I felt a duty to stay with her as she passed away. She was such a good kitty and I'll always miss her.
Title: Re: Pets
Post by: CJones on October 23, 2018, 09:14:02 PM
I am so sorry Russoguru :'( It's a terrible thing seeing your feline friend wasting away. Believe me, I know. The best thing you can do for them is be there with them at the end.
Title: Re: Pets
Post by: Russoguru on October 24, 2018, 07:29:52 AM
I am so sorry Russoguru :'( It's a terrible thing seeing your feline friend wasting away. Believe me, I know. The best thing you can do for them is be there with them at the end.
Thank you Cjones. I appreciate that.
Title: Re: Pets
Post by: LucasM on November 05, 2018, 03:03:04 AM
Today, we had to put down my cat Mcgee. Her labs showed signs of kidney failure, she wasn't active or moving at all and we all suspected because of her muscle wasting that she had cancer. Poor thing was doing so bad, I hated to have to be there when she was put down but I felt a duty to stay with her as she passed away. She was such a good kitty and I'll always miss her.

I am so sorry.  I've been isolated for a while, so only just saw this.

It is so hard when a beloved family member dies.  I know the transition was easier for her because you were there with her, and I give you credit for being there regardless how difficult it was for you.
Title: Re: Pets
Post by: Russoguru on November 05, 2018, 11:20:19 AM
I am so sorry.  I've been isolated for a while, so only just saw this.
It is so hard when a beloved family member dies.  I know the transition was easier for her because you were there with her, and I give you credit for being there regardless how difficult it was for you.
Thank you Lucas. I feel like I have... I know it might sound silly to others but I felt like I had a moral duty to stay with her as she slipped away. For her to be surrounded by strangers in that moment just... it just doesn't feel right.
Title: Re: Pets
Post by: Lesbunny on November 10, 2018, 01:10:41 PM
Our dog, Tater, got attacked by the neighbor's dog. The only emergency vet clinics are in KC, and I've got work in a few hours, so I can't take him. My dad doesn't want to drive in KC because he's easily confused, and my mom is on bedrest post-op. Thankfully my cousin is home, but I still think my dad is pretty heartless with debating to take a dog who has walked half a mile with a chunk the size of my fist torn out of his leg to an animal hospital. He's lost a ton of blood, and he's going to at least need stitches and probably a transfusion. I'm really worried that he's going to get an infection.

And once again, I proved that I am fully capable of handling human blood and all that, but seeing an animal like that makes me seriously sick.
Title: Re: Pets
Post by: LucasM on November 10, 2018, 06:25:20 PM
I hope your cousin can get Tater to the vet quickly, and that everything works out OK.
Title: Re: Pets
Post by: wihogfan on November 10, 2018, 06:41:39 PM
Shit...that's terrible. I hope Tater ends up OK.
We're fortunate to have a really good emergency clinic here. I got to spend a lot of time there when we had a dog with cancer and it's amazing seeing what all they can treat.
Title: Re: Pets
Post by: Lesbunny on November 10, 2018, 09:17:55 PM
He's back home, with a catheter and pain meds. He has to go back in the morning.
Title: Re: Pets
Post by: wihogfan on November 11, 2018, 03:33:08 PM
Sorry to hear he has to go back, but glad to hear he's home.
Title: Re: Pets
Post by: Lesbunny on November 11, 2018, 05:13:41 PM
Dad decided that he was doing alright, so we're going to wait until tomorrow and take him to our usual vet. Dad was concerned that the vets at the animal hospital were trying to gouge him, which is probably true, and since he's not bleeding out and high on pain killers, it's probably going to be fine. I'm never one for doing things AMA, but it's not my dog, it's my dad's.
Title: Re: Pets
Post by: Variety of Cells on November 12, 2018, 07:21:38 AM
(http://i246.photobucket.com/albums/gg98/jesseskogh/72A87CF2-7718-47DE-84F8-F435F0FE320A_zps3rftvjml.jpg)

I appreciate my dungeon master’s adherence to the rule that as long as an animal is being cute it can not be moved from where it chooses to be, regardless of how unconfortable it makes you.
Title: Re: Pets
Post by: wihogfan on December 15, 2018, 09:09:17 PM
Found out this week that my new job allows you to bring your dogs to work. Which is awesome. But the caveats are that they have to be well behave and quiet. Which unfortunately (though understandably) leaves me from being able to take my 3 in with me.
My guys tend to bark at people they don't know and a new place (like an office) would result in them running in up and down the unfamiliar halls and wrestling in new unfamiliar rooms.
Title: Re: Pets
Post by: wihogfan on January 05, 2019, 08:02:35 PM
Our beagle is sick. Threw up a few times this morning and been sleeping most of the day and hasn't eaten anything all day. Tried the usual guaranteed food for sick dogs-boiled chicken and white rice cooked in the chicken water- and he wouldn't touch that either. Will see how he is tomorrow, but may be taking a trip the the emergency vet.

Only had 2 other dogs that wouldn't eat chicken and rice when they were ill. 1 with kidney failure who I could only get to eat steak- fortunately that was back when steak was much cheaper- fed her a cheap $2 chuck steak just about every day for her last year. And 1 with cancer who would rarely eat the same thing two days in a row for his last year.
Title: Re: Pets
Post by: wihogfan on January 06, 2019, 10:17:42 AM
Clark the beagle is eating again and acting more normal today. Did throw up a little early this morning, but seems to be keeping food down now.
Title: Re: Pets
Post by: CJones on February 13, 2019, 11:53:54 AM
I've got a mouse in my house. I haven't seen it, but I've found its droppings. And my 3 cats seem really interested in the space behind my oven, so I assume that's where it's hiding. And yet they haven't caught him. C'mon guys, you have one job.
Title: Re: Pets
Post by: Russoguru on February 13, 2019, 10:34:03 PM
I don't mean to brag, but if there's a mouse in our house, anywhere in our house, it is dead effing meat. Our cats are... how shall i say... brutally efficient with their hunting skills?
Title: Re: Pets
Post by: Lesbunny on February 14, 2019, 06:16:04 AM
I don't mean to brag, but if there's a mouse in our house, anywhere in our house, it is dead effing meat. Our cats are... how shall i say... brutally efficient with their hunting skills?

Poor mice :( they're just surviving
Title: Re: Pets
Post by: CJones on February 14, 2019, 02:06:16 PM
I don't mean to brag, but if there's a mouse in our house, anywhere in our house, it is dead effing meat. Our cats are... how shall i say... brutally efficient with their hunting skills?

Poor mice :( they're just surviving

I have no problem with mice, as long as they stay out of my house. I've set non-lethal mousetraps, but so far to no avail.
Title: Re: Pets
Post by: Russoguru on February 14, 2019, 08:35:25 PM
I don't mean to brag, but if there's a mouse in our house, anywhere in our house, it is dead effing meat. Our cats are... how shall i say... brutally efficient with their hunting skills?
Poor mice :( they're just surviving
Hey I sympathize. I like Mice too but unfortunately a cats hunting instincts are so deeply embedded that if they see one of those little critters wandering around they're going to enter attack mode. Believe me, I hate seeing dead critters right outside our door.
Title: Re: Pets
Post by: wihogfan on February 16, 2019, 09:43:07 AM
Yeah, dogs and cats hunt.
I had a woman scream at me at the dog park last year because one of my dogs was "traumatized the poor ducks" by swimming after them in the pond in the park. She's just lucky she didn't see him kill one that day because he has before.
We had a Cheasapeak Bay Retriever who used to catch and kill all sorts of rodents-field mice, rabbits, squirrels, even muscrats. Wasn't ever better happy about it, especially whenever she tried to bring her fresh kill into the house, but it's what animals do.
Title: Re: Pets
Post by: The Lurker on February 18, 2019, 09:04:56 PM
https://www.youtube.com/v/AZS5cgybKcI
Title: Re: Pets
Post by: Lesbunny on February 19, 2019, 06:43:12 AM
All I'm missing to increase my mischief is the new rats! I've got the stuff for the second cage, just need another pair of ratties to stick in it so we can begin the quarantine and introduction process!
Title: Re: Pets
Post by: Russoguru on February 19, 2019, 08:34:52 PM
Four of my cats are almost 12 years old now. One of them, Ziv is a sweet boy. I'll talk to him and he... "talks" back by letting out some variation of "mwwrrrr". Anyway earlier I picked him up and took him to my room. The thing is that in order for him to stay he wants me to constantly pet him, skritch his tummy or pat him on the head. As long as I'm giving him all the affection he craves he will purr and purr and stay. Ziv is such a good boy but just like the other cats he is a total attention hog.

Abby and Rory regularly come into my room, mostly to just lay on my chair or look out my big window. I've been teaching them that they can reach up and open the door on their own, and I always get a kick out of watching them lift up their front paw then use it to open the door. I aid them a little bit of course. My cats are pretty great.
Title: Re: Pets
Post by: CJones on February 20, 2019, 12:33:41 AM
Rory? She wouldn't happen to be named after the Gilmore Girls character would she? My sister has an English Springer Spaniel named Rory. And my Mom has a Poodle named Luke.

I'm more of a cat person. About 5 years ago I had a cat named Teddy. He would reach up and touch the doorknob when he wanted to go out. He was the smartest, most affectionate cat I've ever had. Sadly, he had FIV and dropped dead of a heart attack. My current three cats are siblings that I rescued as kittens from what can only be called a "crazy cat lady". She was recently evicted, and the owner of the house told me that Animal Control found 15 cats in or around her house.
Title: Re: Pets
Post by: The Lurker on March 08, 2019, 08:22:50 PM
https://www.youtube.com/v/fNMEFbKCxfM
Title: Re: Pets
Post by: CJones on March 09, 2019, 07:25:16 AM
It took me about a minute to realize the singing was all "meow".

Fun Fact: In Japan, cats go "Nyaa".