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Source: (consider it) Thread: Animal companions in our happy homes
Brenda Clough
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I had a cat bed, a rather spendy one which (as you might expect) no cat would deign to touch with the back of one paw. So I was going to give it away on Freecycle, and to this end put it out on the front porch ready for pickup. Before I could post the offer Tobey the cat discovered it. It was his favorite, his beloved, no! You cannot give it away! He has been sleeping in it in the colder weather every day. Only now, when the weather is warmer, has he resorted to a paper bag.
Little Black the mighty huntress spent one night hiding under a bureau. But then she came out and adopted her annoying ways, hopping up onto the bed at 3 am and kneading hair or weighting down covers. No word about the death and destruction that are supposed to follow in her train yet.

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If you look at my 'Room' photo blog you will see that Mollie is now taller than her 'sister' who is four years old.

Mollie has passed her conformation and temperament tests to become a Mummy for Guide Dogs. Eye tests next month. She's eight months old now and a cheeky, lively, feisty monkey!

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When the pup and I were out for our morning walk she stopped dead in her tracks not moving and staring into the field above our house. I did not see a thing. When I finally got her to walk forward there lay a baby deer no bigger then a minute and I am sure it was born in the last day or two. So cute we quickly walked away with pup looking back over her shoulder . She is use to adult deer but I do not think she has seen such a small one before. Makes me wonder what she would have done left on her own.
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An outside the happy home story: I have a mockingbird that sits at the very top of my elm tree every day and sings his little heart out. A few days ago, I was in the back yard, admiring the clouds, listening to my mockingbird, and just enjoying the morning. All of a sudden, I heard Mr. Mockingbird change his tune. He was doing a passable job of mimicking a blue jay! It was like blue jay speak with a heavy accent! I looked up, and a blue jay was flying right by Mr. M! I think he was trying to speak to him in his own language! [Big Grin]

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I saw the first lambs of the season struggling to traverse a bit of steep land yesterday. I think of lambs as a spring thing, but I'm basically a boy from the 'burbs.

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This has been a hellish week because my Great Dane, aged seven, fell ill suddenly and was in pain, restless and vomiting. We took him through to the vet on Saturday morning and she kept him in while she did tests: blood tests, x-rays, a liver biopsy, minor surgery for a benign growth. All of the tests inconclusive but she rehydrated him on a drip and the raging enteritis stopped with antibiotics. She says we can come and fetch him at 3pm this afternoon and then said in a light humorous tone that we may need to mortgage the house to pay for the treatments, lab tests, surgery etc.

I'm so happy he is coming home.

[ 21. August 2017, 08:16: Message edited by: MaryLouise ]

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My daughter and her husband own a Great Dane. Like many very large dogs, they're not an especially long-lived breed, alas. Hope yours gets better.

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We have an old Golden Retriever and an ancient female cat, but next week a springer spaniel is coming to stay for a few weeks.

We had a trial run last week and the spaniel tried to lick our cat.
Cat spat, hissed, threw herself at him and then scratched him.
SS retreated in shock but cat then removed herself until the intruder had left.

Ideas for this upcoming stay anyone?
I think we'll have to keep the cat upstairs and the SS downstairs, whatever else happens.....
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Brenda, I do know that and wouldn't go through this heartbreak again. He was a gift in unusual circumstances and six or seven years seemed a long time when he was a little puppy with saucers for feet.

But the big dog came home, very happy to see everyone, settled on his favourite sofa, wheezing a little and farting. Ignored by the small dogs he greeted with such enthusiasm.

Taking it one day at a time.

Ethne Alba, they might set boundaries by themselves. Cats are smart about getting dogs to keep a safe distance.

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MaryLouise, thank you!
Here's hoping....

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Kittyville: Sorry for your loss...our beloved cat Mollie had a similar fast decline, and we made the same decision, even though it was difficult.

Our current four-leggeds are Chica the chihuawhat, who was adopted about 7 years ago on her last day at the local pound -- dead dog walking -- and Hobo, who came to us as a bedraggled kitten that Chica discovered living in the space under our then- deck. We have no idea how she got there, although a scar on her neck else me think that she'd escaped the teeth of a predator. We had been feeding leftovers and dog kibble to a resident opossum in our yard all winter -- we suspect she'd been eating from that bowl. Anyway, for a couple of weeks Chica had been going crazy about some animal below the deck; she hates,squirrels, so we didn't pay a lot of attention. Finally one day I went outside to feed the birds and Blossom the 'Possum when I heard what sounded like a tiny me w. I tried looking between the floorboards, and there were two little eyes staring up at me.

Well, it was April and still snowy and sub- freezing outside, so we mobilized to save this poor kitty. I slid an old insulated coat under the deck and tried to make it into a little bed; we put proper cat food outside. I consistently spoke to her all day long. Then one day we saw her in the daytime, furtively eating her food. When she started playing with a piece of twine I hung between the floorboards, I knew she was tameable. Pretty soon I had her peeking out from the deck, playing with a toy mouse. She was even playing with Chica, extending her little paw. ( Chica, for her part, was smitten with this creature.) Finally, two months later, Hobo let me pet her...and the rest is history. She is a great cat -- whip- smart, self- house- trained, amazingly friendly for a feral cat.When we finally got her to the vet to be spayed, he calculated that she'd only been about 4 months old when we found her, or she found us.

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My new Guide Dog puppy arrives tomorrow. He's a yellow 3/4 Golden Retriever and 1/4 Flatcoat.

His name is Keir.

We've still got Mollie - 11 months old.

Let the mayhem begin! [Yipee]

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Thank you, LutheranChik. I love the stories of how both Chica and Hobo came to be with you.
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Boogie, I'll be watching for pictures of the whole gang.
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We are house- hunting -- long story -- and we've been living in an apartment since last October...nice, ground floor, patio. Problem was, only cats are allowed here. Our landlord, who's a very nice man, gave us dispensation to keep Chica on weekends, but that's it. (He's had issues with dog owners before.) Thank God -- thank God -- our dog-loving friend -- lives maybe three miles down the highway and offered to keep Chica during the week. She has a
Pomeranian, an only dog since her kitty died alwhile back, who is home all day, waa very lonely and starting to do neurotic things,while home alone. This arrangement has worked out well for all of us, although it was tough at first.

Meanwhile Hobo moved in with us...and promptly disappeared, slipping out the patio door a couple of days into our arriall. We figured the call of the wild, plus the trauma of moving, had been too much for her. I waa heartbroken, and afraid because our neighborhood is close to a busy commercial area, but I thought, well, she's spayed and has her shots; she's street-smart; maybe she'll wind up in someone else's yard and adopt them. But we put food outside for her every day, and after not quite a week she turned up at the patio door: "Let me in." But she is,adamantly an indoor/outdoor cat. She leaves every morning around 7 or 8 and comes home around 5 or 6. Even in the worst of the wintertime, she only stayed indoors for maybe three weeks. We really have no idea where she spends the day, although we have caught glimpses of her in a nearby wooded greenbelt area with a couple of other cats...in the shrubs that border our apartment building...at the VFE lodge on the river across from our apartment...and at the motel complex behind us, which includes the owners' house and also, I think, has resident cats. So maybe we're just boring. She loves Chica's weekends -- the two have a little lovefest every Friday night when Chica arrives -- but Hobo still heads out on her rounds every morning.We suspect she's cultivated human and canine, as well as feline, friends all through the neighborhood.

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She may be Two-Timing you, a term coined by Paul Gallico. Another home, complete with food dish and TLC. I have a cat Tiger (orange tabby) who Two-Times us with a family across the back yards. Once I spotted him crossing the yard on his way to visit his other family, and I called, "I see you, Tiger!" He was horribly embarrassed and slunk into the underbrush.

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Unfortunately, I have to have hip replacement surgery in a few days and will be out of commission for a while. When I get home, I'll have to take it easy for a few weeks--puttering around the apartment, doing simple PT, etc. No running or jumping! No sudden moves! And I have a lively cat. She has now reached middle age, so no longer spends every evening dashing around after her toys (one of her nicknames is Miss Velociraptor--clever girl!). But she will still need attention, playtime, and lap time. Does anyone have suggestions on how to keep a cat entertained during one's own convalescence? And how to keep her off one's incision? (The vet did say he didn't think this would be a problem.)

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Brenda Clough
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A laser pointer. Or one of those fishing-pole toys.

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I suspect that if you have a cold pack on your incision, no cat will want to sit there.

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quote:
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Boogie, I'll be watching for pictures of the whole gang.
[Smile]

He's here and he's enormous - 12 weeks old!

Photo on my 'room' blog [Smile]

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quote:
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He's here and he's enormous - 12 weeks old!

Photo on my 'room' blog [Smile]

That is a vast quantity of dog.

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quote:
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quote:
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Boogie, I'll be watching for pictures of the whole gang.
[Smile]

He's here and he's enormous - 12 weeks old!

Photo on my 'room' blog [Smile]

And he's beautiful! (12 weeks? By the time he's full grown he'll be a horse!)

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He's gorgeous, Boogie!!

Yeah, he's going to be a horse when he's grown. [Smile]

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That's the biggest puppy I've ever seen! Just yummy.

We had a two-timer cat while we lived in England. A beautiful orange boy who lived two doors down. He would be on his front porch when we drove home and somehow at our backdoor by the time we parked around back. His family had several other cats and were gone a lot so we got to enjoy him most of the time.

We were never sure what he loved best, us, or our big American refrigerator. We have a picture of him climbing the shelves while I took things out.

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My grandparents had a two-timing ginger cat who visited faithfully on every major holiday. My grandmother put on a great spread. He really liked those little hotdog thingies.

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Tiger is well known around the neighborhood, and whenever he doesn't show up for dinner we assume he's over at his other family, which is probably having salmon for dinner or something. Occasionally too he will spurn his own humble kibble, giving us the glare that says, "You know, the -Fergusons- have filet mignon, and they -share- with the cat."

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Have you all seen, Otis? He was spotted headed home after the Texas flood carrying the huge bag of dog food he had taken along when he evacuated himself to higher ground. If only humans made such good decisions in an emergency.

Otis

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quote:
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Have you all seen, Otis? He was spotted headed home after the Texas flood carrying the huge bag of dog food he had taken along when he evacuated himself to higher ground. If only humans made such good decisions in an emergency.

Otis

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Keir is an absolute poppet and Mollie is besotted with him.

He's the first pup I've had who doesn't mouth or bite at all. What a joy! Our four year old twins can actually play with him, which the needle crocapup teeth always prevented until the pups were six months old.

His toilet training is going well and he loves to snooze with the big girls. When we visit shops we get nowhere due to admirers.

More photos and a video of the three of them hoolying on my 'Room' blog

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We were visiting a couple of friends yesterday, and I spent the afternoon being eaten by their (utterly adorable) six-month-old Havanese puppy.

I don't think her biting was in any way vicious - I assume it was just her way of exploring - but her humans were mortified and kept calling her off.

I don't think any harm was done - well, there wasn't any blood ... [Big Grin]

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quote:
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We were visiting a couple of friends yesterday, and I spent the afternoon being eaten by their (utterly adorable) six-month-old Havanese puppy.

I don't think her biting was in any way vicious - I assume it was just her way of exploring - but her humans were mortified and kept calling her off.

I don't think any harm was done - well, there wasn't any blood ... [Big Grin]

Yes, it's all play. If you look at the video of the dogs playing you'll see a lot of mouth and teeth involved. Of course, they have to learn that human skin is neither thick nor tough nor covered in fur like a dog's coat. Labrador pups, especially, draw blood when mouthing humans and this may be the case with Havanese too, so would be the cause of your friends' worry. Teaching bite inhibition is quite a long job with some breeds. But - they already have a lot of bite inhibition, a pup can easily eat a raw chicken wing in seconds - so they would have our fingers off if they were not already holding back somewhat.

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Bad news. We have had plumbing problems over the past few months. First mysterious leak under kitchen sink that would fail to leak each time the plumber arrived. ( he made 2 trips ) Finally I was able to spot the source and new garbage disposal was installed. Trip #3. On each of these trips plumber made a bit of a fuss over our Molly. Petting her and letting her inspect what he was doing under the sink. Next came a leak around bathroom sink that required two visits. On second trip our dear dog Molly grew very excited and acted like her new best friend had come to visit. I think when you have a plumber come to your house so often that the dog welcomes them home you clearly have a problem.
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Boogie, your dogs are such beauties.

Graven Image, I can identify. The new vet, tall, blonde and sadly destined for a more ambitious clinical post elsewhere is smitten with my recovering Great Dane and pops in to see him every other day. She also checks his anal temperature, his throat, his sutures from a minor op, then plays with him and they wrestle together on the sofa while I look on primly from a distance. She wants a dog just like him and admits freely that thoughts of kidnapping him go through her head at times. She say he has the kindest, most intelligent and thoughtful eyes she has ever seen.

The dog waits for her at the front gate each morning. He is equally smitten and can tell when her car is coming down the road.

Is she going to charge me for all these house calls? She travels around doing locums for horses and cattle on local farms and small-holdings but goes out of her way to come and visit the Great Dane. I adore my dog but have always thought of him as a little stupid, so obviously I have missed out on the kindest, most intelligent, thoughtful etc.

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MaryLouise, I love Great Danes! When I was younger, and was owned by a Dalmatian, Mom and I went to visit someone who had a Harlequin Great Dane. Mom got very concerned and asked if Duchess was going to get that big! [Big Grin]

I was visiting my sister in July, and she has two Australian shepherd puppies (and a Siamese kitten who thinks he's a puppy, too...a Siamese shepherd!!) and apparently they grab sheep by the ears to herd them. They would grab my hand with just their lips in attempts to herd me! [Big Grin] I'm glad they didn't use their teeth!

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Oh dear. Neurotic cat is apparently not coping with my absence too well, after only 3 nights away. Thankfully her stand-in staff is happy to pamper her and provide a lap in exchange for some peace and quiet at my place but I confess to considering cutting this trip short and running home to her. The power such a small animal has!
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My elderly cat Bjorn (he's between 15 and 18, not sure, since he came from a rescue organization) started not eating well awhile ago. It got worse and worse, until he didn't eat at all, and had lost a lot of weight, so I brought him in to the vet.

I should explain that, due to a urinary problem about 10 years ago, Bjorn eats only prescription food, and I've always given him the dry version of it, and up until this started happening, he always chowed down on it enthusiastically.

Well, the vet checked him out, and then got him a can of wet food. Bjorn jumped at it. So, after taking some blood tests they sent me home with samples of the prescription diet wet canned version, and for two nights now he's been happily scarfing it down. Problem solved.

And the blood tests all came back normal too. [Big Grin]

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You could say he was Re-Bjorn [Big Grin]

Great news Nicole.

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We keep our kitchen slider door open a tiny bit when we're home so Hobo, our indoor/ outdoor cat, can drift in and out until her bedtime. A couple of evenings ago, an hour or after we saw her head for our bedroom, we heard crunching in the kitchen. " Huh," I murmured. " Hobo must really be hungry tonight." I happened to glance through the doorway. Hobo was not eating her food...someone else's cat was. Well, we're all about radical hospitity here, so...

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We went to a medieval village in France this week, where many of the heavy original doors have holes bored in them, low down. They are cat portals.

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I had six feline refugees staying with me during some weather we had recently. [Roll Eyes] Three went home with their human staff within two days, and I got to keep my Grandkitties while D-U and her dear hubby went to clean up the mess at their home. They were with me for a week! [Yipee]

Prince Charming is huge and decided I was his temporary person. (He was actually born in my house.) Most nights he slept with me, digging his backbone into my leg. He seemed to like having his head on my foot, and stretching his body along mine. His tail came above my waist in that position.

I was sad to see them go. However, you can't tell my allergy doc that I kept them here! I'm not allowed to have cats in my house since they are my biggest allergens. I still love kitties!

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Ahh, Prince Charming reminds me of long-gone giant cat Mal, or Big Mal for short. He was named for a very tall Prime Minister and was much loved. He was with me in the early 1990's, a rescue cat gone too soon.

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My favourite, of several cats, was the one who used to climb up my legs and body in order to wrap herself around my neck as I walked about the house doing chores and odd jobs. Sadly, she was run over at a year old and I really missed my neck warmer. <3

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Our hungry visitor turned out to be a sad case -- lost or abandoned, matted, skin and bones...and declawed. Do not get me started. But thanks to the miracle of the Internet, one of my Facebook acquaintances who lives two hours away wants to adopt her. So we're working out the logistics of getting this kitty, who is sweet and friendly but shares our cat's wanderlust, in a carrier and on her way to a charmed life up north.

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My Bjorn has stopped eating again. Tomorrow I'm calling the vet to see if there's anything he can do or if this is the end. [Frown] [Waterworks] Please pray for him.

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{{{Bjorn (and Nicole)}}} [Votive]

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The vet has given me an appetite stimulant for Bjorn. He ate tonight, a healthy amount, so I am hopeful.

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That must be such a relief, Nicolemr. I hope he rallies.

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quote:
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The vet has given me an appetite stimulant for Bjorn. He ate tonight, a healthy amount, so I am hopeful.

Go for it Bjorn!

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Glad to hear it, Nicole! [Smile]

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Bjorn has stopped eating even with the appetite stimulant. The vet is stumped. Last night I force fed him with a syringe, as per the vet's instructions. I'll keep that up as long as it takes...

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