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The pet thread
September 11, 2012
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Anyanka
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So what pets do you have??

I have one cat, now. He’s around 19 yrs old. I’ve had him for over 17 years and sadly he’s getting rather old now.

It's always bunnies.

September 11, 2012
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I must admit Puffy is very sweet. When I saw him/her in the pet shop he/she had a look on its face that I instantly fell in love with. I’m sure he/she knows his/her name because when I fed the fish earlier and said “Come on Puffy tea time” He/she shot out from where he/she was hiding at the other side of the tank and waited for me to put his/hers bit of sprat in to eat. Fish are very much underated as pets, generally people tend to have the odd Goldfish or Molly but they don’t really understand them at all. It’s a common misconception that people think Goldfish or any fish have 2 second memories, actually they are very intelligent, they know faces and voices and when it’s tea time.
I can quite happily mess about in their tank and they aren’t bothered by me at all, and that also goes for the Marine tank too. Foxy as you may know is very poisonous but she swims up to me and I can touch her with no problems. I had a Volatan and a fuzzy dwarf too both of whom I raised from tiny babies and they were so tame they would take food from me and Missy my Volatan used to come and sit on my hand.
Every Animal can be a sheer joy if you know how to look after them, and treat them with respect. Take the Chipmunks for instance, although they know the kids, they are very wary of them, and my eldest son they totally detest as every time he went near them they would wee on him, and run off and hide in their box until he was gone out of the room. We never did figure out why I can only hazzard a guess that there was something in his scent that the Chipmunks just didn’t like. Again they are extremely intelligent they know when it’s tea time and will tell you about it too if you haven’t got their tea ready by 6pm. They will start pushing their bowls around the cage and squeeking. They also know the nutty bag noise from every other bag, and in the morning when I come down they are all sat on the wire waiting for nutty.
I love my animals what more can I say and next to Child cruelty/Abuse, Animal cruelty is one of my biggest hates, anyone who hurts a Child or an Animal, deserves to be hung by their heels and flogged, among other things.

Semper Fidelis, quod sum quod

September 12, 2012
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Or…shudders..married to Henry!

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September 12, 2012
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Two Scottish terriers Smile Archie and Douglas (named after Lady Margaret Douglas Cool)

September 12, 2012
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I have a rescue Great Dane. He’s a harlequin with blue eyes and is deaf. We lost our other beautiful harlequin Great Dane (also a rescue and also deaf) to cancer in May. I don’t know if I’ll ever get over it as he was only 4 years old. The one I have still with me was starved when he was a puppy. Needless to say, he always lets me know when it’s mealtime, but surprisingly has no food guarding issues. I have the woman who has the rescue to thank for that. She takes in special needs (starved, deaf, blind etc) giant breeds and rehabilitates them physically and emotionally. She is an angel.

Animal abuse is at the top of my hate list. Our other Dane arrived at the rescue with broken bones in his feet and cigarette burns on his body. He was only 3 months old. What is wrong with some people!!!! The animal abuse penalties in this country are far too lenient.

I’d better stop before this rant really gets going.Yell

September 12, 2012
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Janet, I am sorry to learn about your dog’s passing in May. You are also an angel for taking care of dogs who are needlessly abused. Thank you for giving these dogs a home!

I have a 2 year old German Shepherd/Doberman mix. Her name’s Millie. I adopted her from the local humane society. It was love at first sight, and she’s has become my baby. I lost my Yorkie, Mindy almost 2 years ago. She was 17.5 years old, and it was tough to let her go. I was depressed for weeks, and only animal lovers can appreacite those feelings. But, when I found Millie, she made Mindy’s passing easier.

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September 12, 2012
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Janet, I really feel for you, I’m always a wreck when it’s time for mine to go. My current dog is a rescue greyhound called Jodie. She wasn’t in great health a short while back (Pyometra), but seems to have pulled through. I also agree with you regarding animal cruelty. These b…..ds should be given long custodial sentences, but I’m afraid it will probably never happen.Yell

September 12, 2012
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Janet said

I have a rescue Great Dane. He’s a harlequin with blue eyes and is deaf. We lost our other beautiful harlequin Great Dane (also a rescue and also deaf) to cancer in May. I don’t know if I’ll ever get over it as he was only 4 years old. The one I have still with me was starved when he was a puppy. Needless to say, he always lets me know when it’s mealtime, but surprisingly has no food guarding issues. I have the woman who has the rescue to thank for that. She takes in special needs (starved, deaf, blind etc) giant breeds and rehabilitates them physically and emotionally. She is an angel.

Animal abuse is at the top of my hate list. Our other Dane arrived at the rescue with broken bones in his feet and cigarette burns on his body. He was only 3 months old. What is wrong with some people!!!! The animal abuse penalties in this country are far too lenient.

I’d better stop before this rant really gets going.Yell

My brother rescued his 2 boxers, the one he actually rescued from the side of the road, after seeing some doughnut throw it out of his car. The poor thing was in a shocking state and becuse of it being thrown out of a moving car it had broken it’s leg as well. It cost my brother a lot of money to get it treated but it was worth every penny. The dog went from hell to heaven under my brothers care and you couldn’t have asked for a more loyal and lovable pet, even if he was a little windy….

Semper Fidelis, quod sum quod

September 12, 2012
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I think it’s great when a dog comes from a rescue or animal shelter…or rescued from the side of the road because some human thought of his pet as a piece of garbage. (Boleyn…that really makes me mad! Thank you to your brother for not only rescuing him, but giving him a loving home.) I do understand why someone would want a puppy. What I don’t understand is why they get a puppy, don’t look after it properly and then dump it at an animal shelter or abandon it somewhere. It’s truly shocking what some of these dogs have been through.

September 13, 2012
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DuchessofBrittany said

Janet, I am sorry to learn about your dog’s passing in May. You are also an angel for taking care of dogs who are needlessly abused. Thank you for giving these dogs a home!

I have a 2 year old German Shepherd/Doberman mix. Her name’s Millie. I adopted her from the local humane society. It was love at first sight, and she’s has become my baby. I lost my Yorkie, Mindy almost 2 years ago. She was 17.5 years old, and it was tough to let her go. I was depressed for weeks, and only animal lovers can appreacite those feelings. But, when I found Millie, she made Mindy’s passing easier.

Duchess and Janet, I lost my 17.5 year old Westie not long ago, I think you are right, no one can begin to understand unless they are fellow animal lovers. My little Sally was my best friend since I was 5 years old. I hate being away from my dogs at university, (to be correct they are my families dogs not just mine) and there are some people who look at me as if I am mad when I say ‘I can’t wait to see my dogs when I visit home this weekend’.

Janet it is my dream to be able to own a Great Dane, you are doing an amazing job by rescuing these beautiful creatures and giving them the love and time that they need. I can not comprehend what would drive anyone to be cruel to any animal, as said by everyone on here, the penalties for animal cruelty are far too lenient.

September 13, 2012
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I can always remember getting our first dog. I was about 6 and Mum brought a little black labador cross Collie home, Mum said it was the runt of the litter, she always had the runt of any litter as she said they deserve just as much love and care as their siblings even if they are smaller.
She put her down and she shot off behind the sofa and was whimpering and would only come out for some Minced Morsels. I was watching Scooby Doo on the tele when Mum came home so of course the dog was called Scooby. She lived for a good 17 years and passed away quite peacefully in my Mums arms.
Shortly afterwards Mum got a Labador it was as soft as butter and very protective. My son used to pull her about something terrible, but she was devoted to him and followed him everywhere. One day we couldn’t find either of them and thought that they had gone outside had a mad fit trying to find them and eventually found them together. He was curled up in the dogbox fast asleep and she had wrapped herself around him to keep him warm. That was the only time I’d known her to growl at anyone as Mum went to put a blanket over him and she wouldn’t let her. Although she was ok with me doing it..
My brother in law calls me a witch because I have an affinity with animals I always have had. He’s got a cat that he rescued and it will only ever go to him it won’t let anyone else feed it or stroke it or anything. Within 10 minutes of us being in his home, the cat was sitting on my lap and basically eating out of my hand and followed me everywhere.
Slightly off topic here but guarenteed to give you all a giggle.. Whilst we were there Dinosaur’s nephew came with his children, Dinosaur was busy doing something with his brother’s computer and the little boy came up to me sat on my lap and said “Who is that man with grandad’s puter” I said “Oh that’s your uncle Dinosaur” the kid is only 3 so looked a bit puzzled, however he jumped down off my lap strolled over to Dinosaur and said “What you doing Uncle Dinosaur?” we all fell about laughing as it was done in such a matter of fact way. Of course it stuck so the kids now call him Uncle Dinosaur.

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September 13, 2012
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Thanks for my morning smile Boleyn. Smile

September 13, 2012
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Boleyn said

Shortly afterwards Mum got a Labador it was as soft as butter and very protective. My son used to pull her about something terrible, but she was devoted to him and followed him everywhere. One day we couldn’t find either of them and thought that they had gone outside had a mad fit trying to find them and eventually found them together. He was curled up in the dogbox fast asleep and she had wrapped herself around him to keep him warm. That was the only time I’d known her to growl at anyone as Mum went to put a blanket over him and she wouldn’t let her. Although she was ok with me doing it..

What a lovely story Smile

September 14, 2012
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my 20 yr old cat died at the begining of the year..The lil’vengance demons saw me in tears over her and she wasn’t even my cat..she was D’Hoffryn’s.

It's always bunnies.

September 15, 2012
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Love and kisses to your furry friends. My poor pussy cat mowe had to be put down a little over a year ago, she was only 2 and a half and i still feel awful that she didnt have a happier and longer life. Im afraid i may have emotionally neglected her a bit after my partner died, and i will always regret that. My sister has always got her doggies from the pound, but i have to say I am not in complete agreement with the concept. Not because the dogs dont deserve love, but because in our country, any dog that is found not on somebodies propterty, whether they are registered, micro chipped, have a loving family, they are taken to the pound. If your pet is taken to the pound, you need to front up with 350 aussie dollars to have it back, you are given less than a week to find the money, if you cant, the pet is either given to another person, who has to pay that amount too mind you, or if no one wants it, the pet is put down! We all rave about animal rescue, and people not taking good enough care of their pets, but how can a family have a pet, have it escape out the gate, or run off, which they do whether they are loved or not, and then be expected to fork out a weeks rent in order to have back your own family pet! People say that if you cant afford that, you shouldnt have a pet, but i think that’s BS, there is no way i would be able to find that amount of money off the top of my head if our dog escaped. It makes me so mad, and very sad. My sisters dog bobby belonged to a young family, and she only got him after the family werent able to come up with the money, i feel sorry for that family and their kids….and just because you cant afford to get your pet back, doesnt mean the pet is neglected or unloved 🙁

September 15, 2012
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Tash…all I can say is WOW! That seems to be over the top! The price seems exorbitant and only keeping a dog for a week is ridiculous! You would think that with the amount of money they’re charging that they could give people a little more time to come up with all that money. Here, if you have to get your dog back from the shelter, it’s $45. To buy one of the shelter dogs is $250 and that includes spay/neuter and micro-chipping and tag. I think that’s a lot more reasonable! Also here (at least in my area) if the shelter knows (or is pretty sure) that it’s a specific breed, they’ll call the breed rescues to see if they can take it and there’s a pretty good success rate. That’s what happened with both of my guys. The rescues I have know are not out to make money. You might pay a little more if the dog has been there for a couple of years, but it’s still a lot cheaper than what you’ve talked about for costs there. People must live in fear of their dog escaping.

September 15, 2012
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Tash, I will add my WOW to Janet’s.
I love my animals, and when I lose one it is such a huge loss. So I feel all of your losses.
I have three cats, Rocky, Murphy, and Molly. Molly is Rocky’s Mom. She can’t stand him. MEOW! In fact she doesn’t like any of our animals. She had four babies altogether and brought them over to our house for help when they were about 5 weeks old and she never left. This happened in August of 2011. I can’t tell you what a comfort they were when 9-11 happened. I know that may sound strange, but they were. We were not cat people at that time. In fact, my dog, Cheyenne, who was aging, was baffled by it all. Cry The babies ran circles around him. We didn’t take them in right away, but then two of them were killed by cars, one right after the other. We brought them in. We lost one more to an infection. Murphy came to us 2 years ago. My Cheyenne died in 2005. He was 13. Talk about missing a pet. He was really special and thinking about him still brings tears to my eyes. Our current dog, Shelley, is a St. Bernard/Collie mix. She is 8. She was my first rescue dog and she is a beauty. An 85 pound, very loving, sit-in-your-lap sweetheart. Yep, in your lap!
Now there is a new cat hanging in the yard who, by the way, we have already named. Confused Yes, Sam has planted himself on our back porch all summer. So I’m sure, come winter there will be an additional cat in our house. We are going to be one of those houses that people point at and say, ‘That’s the house where when those old people died they found about 90 cats!” Cool

September 23, 2012
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Had a bit of upset yesterday. I am still very down about it, We lost Smudge, we think he had a stroke and simply passed away, at least it was peaceful. His boys seem ok, but Treacle is very subdued, so we are having to keep an extremely careful eye on her. Chipmunks mate for life and it’s not uncommon for it’s mate to pine and die after their mate has died. We hope that the boys may help to soften the blow a little, but last night she was calling for Smudge. It’s a case now of wait and see. Smudge will always be remembered and his boys will carry on his legacy. Obelix has already got his habit of launching into his food, had a raspberry last night for his tea and went pink. Treacle did have a nibble at a blueberry and didn’t look too pleased when Obelix went pink.

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September 23, 2012
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Boleyn…I’m so sorry for your loss. It’s always hard to lose a beloved pet, no matter how it happens. I’m glad that Smudge went peacefully and I hope that Treacle recovers.

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I’m sorry BO 🙁

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