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jedijudy

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I don't think we've had a pet thread for a while. Hosts, if I've missed an existing one, please feel free to close this!

Most of my friends have or have had furry friends in their homes. I think our lives have been made better because of their presence...barring the occasional whiny puppy at 2:00 AM, or the cat using the good chair as a scratching post.

Today, I am missing the last of three cats who have owned me over the past twenty-three years. Mama Cat died Wednesday, and as I held her and petted her in her last hours, I told her what a good and special companion she has been to me. I think her purrs told me that she felt comfort in her last day, and that she was glad to be at home.

So, are there others here who feel the same? Do you have fond memories of a furry friend, or has one of your pets made you laugh today? Let's share our stories.

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LOL, my animal companion is in my garden and is not allowed to enter my happy home [Smile]

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I take Klingon War Dog* out in the morning just after 6. The routine in winter is I ask her "do you want to see if there are any bunnies?", and then we run** a little 20 minute route together. The rabbits are huge and snowy white, and very fast. When we come home the cat comes over to see her and ask about the bunnies, in a rather bossy way, and also reminds her not to even think of sniffing around the cat food.

*Klingon War Dog: breed indeterminate, some herding behaviour, she was a traumatised rescue dog, left in a box at -35°C. So we thought she needed a very brave name. She is not very brave and neither am I, but we're braver together, which is what we tell her every day.

**run: this is an optimistic description

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quote:
Originally posted by no prophet's flag is set so...:

*Klingon War Dog: breed indeterminate, some herding behaviour, she was a traumatised rescue dog, left in a box at -35°C. So we thought she needed a very brave name. She is not very brave and neither am I, but we're braver together, which is what we tell her every day.

I love this. Thank you for rescuing this dear dog.

My own sweet dog was technically a shelter dog, but never suffered any abuse -- she was born at the shelter, to a mother who'd been abused. She's the love of my life and my very best friend.
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Kelly Alves

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Judy, I am so sorry. I still miss my kitty.

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So sorry to hear this Judy [Votive]

I wouldn't be without my pooches. They are big and strong and energetic and hard work, but I love them to pieces.

When I get too old to hold a lead with a strong Lab on the other end I will get a little dachshund. But I hope that's a long, long time off.

I'd love to have a cat too but Mr Boogs doesn't like them at all - humph!

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Graven Image
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I have had Molly ( named after the Unsinkable Molly Brown) our rescue for almost a year. From shy quiet girl she is now defender of the home. She alarms us when delivery men comes to kill us and steal all of our wealth. She gets me out for a 40 minute walk each morning rain or shine, and for this I am most thankful. Although Mr Image said he "had no interest in a dog, but he was fine if I wanted one and it was to be my dog and not his at all"-----------Guess whose lap she naps on and who sneaks her treats. We are guessing that Molly's mom was a fox terrier and her dad was a traveling man.
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Brenda Clough
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My cat Tobermorey was adopted from the Scottish Fold Rescue organization. I decided that a Fold needed to be named after a single malt. He has all the catly instincts but is effete, and now slowed by arthritis. I have to pick him up to lift him to join me in bed.

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I don't have pets. Abhor cats. Love all my neigbours' dogs. Just a few: Danny, an aging, but still adorable toy poodle, Magnus and Molly, pugs who live across the hall from me. Cindy, an ancient basset hound. My very favourite is Annie, a rescue dog, abandoned because she had cancer, but who now flourishes. And a dozen more who, given a chance, will come over to greet me.

If I visit people with cats, I swallow antihistamines and do my best to ignore them, hoping they will return the favour. I see Oreo once a year at a Christmas party. He loves attention, steals any unattended drink or food, and mews until you acknowledge him. Last year, he was well behaved, but I heard he scoffed the left-over paté when his servants' backs were turned.

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Our cats Sparrow and Koi are now both about 4.

I'm just getting used to them slowly changing over the vast list of what they hold near and dear in their routines. Its like time lapse photography - you only notice the routines have changed if you examine what was the routines 2 weeks ago.

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We are considering adding a 3 year old cat to our household of 2 eight year old cats....any advice as to how to do it would be very much appreciated.
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Brenda Clough
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Traditionally you begin by keeping the two sets of felines in separate rooms for a few days. They can exchange sniffs under the door. If there are cat beds or cushions, swap them around halfway along, so that smells can become familiar. If you have such a thing as a pet or child gate, it is worth then setting it up, so that the parties can look at each other but not interact. After another day or so, remove the barrier. You may wish to keep the parties separated at night, or when you are not on hand to supervise.
It helps to liberally dispense treats, so that the general feeling "good things occur in the presence of this other cat" can arise. Do not feed them from the same bowl, or possibly even the same area, so that food rivalries are kept at bay, but feed them at the same time, again so that good things occur all together. Also, be sure that everybody has their own cat box/tray.

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Niteowl

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I have both a feathered pet and a furry one. I have a parrot who I've had for 23 years and a small Terrier who was an abused rescue. Very sweet, but it's been an "adventure" teaching her things most dogs learn as pups, like potty training as she was 3 when I got her. The parrot is a very cuddly guy, but does bite when he feels aggrieved. My life is much richer for both.

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I have 3 rescue cats - an eighteen year old, who wakes only to eat and practice her antisocial habits; and two 8 year olds, one of whom has various ailments associated with herpes (which I'm told 3/4 of cats in Sydney have) and the other of whom has just been diagnosed FIV+. If my vets had a frequent flyer scheme, I'd be platinum level, year in, year out, without even trying. I wouldn't part with any of them (or the vets, who are without exception entirely brilliant).

Jedijudy - I'm very sorry for your loss of Mama Cat.

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jedijudy

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Thank you all for your kind words.

It feels strange to not have anyone to feed or water or pet every day. (It's not quite the same giving the orchids their light feeding every day.)

I do feel very special, though, as several family members and friends have called to my attention that Mama Cat chose me for her person. She was abandoned as a young and very pregnant kitty, and suddenly showed up at my doorstep. Daughter-Unit sat on that very doorstep and Mama Cat immediately climbed into her lap and declared us her people.

I don't anticipate adopting another pet, and think I'll just pet on my parents' cats and D-U's cats and bunny. But one never knows when one will be adopted by a furry friend, does one?

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I've never been a pet-owner; my dad was a keen gardener in his day, so pets weren't really an option. Our neighbours always had dogs, plus a succession of sundry other animals (cats, rabbits, guinea-pigs) and I was very fond of them, but didn't have the responsibility of looking after them (or the same heart-ache when they died).

Sorry to hear of your loss, JJ - RIP Mama Cat.

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So sorry to hear of your loss, Judy.

Our doggy Kudzu, a Goldendoodle, is 10 years old. He is a retired service dog and a very sweet and lovable companion in our home.

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The goat which used to go for a daily walk with his owner and dog has died. Now the dog won't walk without his companion.

Report here

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We had a cat called Mama Puss. It is very hard to lose a companion. I lost my therapy dog 4 years ago. We visited hospitals mostly. Cancer, after surgery he was 3 legged for 18 months. I cannot imagine life without animals. We also have a fishpond. Goldies, mollies and koi learn to come and be petted just like air breathing friends. In winter they are in an aquarium with mega filtration.

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I have three cats and a turtle. The cats are Bjorn, Spyder, and Sibyl. Sibyl was my mother's cat, that i had to take in when she died, and she's never gotten along with the other two, which makes things difficult. Even after a few years there's still hissing and growling and chasing amongst the three of them. The two boys gt along very well, though.

The turtle is Christie. She was bought twenty years ago when my then five year old daughter insisted on getting one of those cute little baby turtles that were being (illegally) sold on street corners at the time. I didn't want to get one because I thought it would just die in a few weeks. ha! She is very big now, and rather soothing to watch swimming back and forth...

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Huia
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quote:
Originally posted by Boogie:
I'd love to have a cat too but Mr Boogs doesn't like them at all - humph!

I suppose divorce would be a bit drastic

[Two face]

Huia

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Poor Molly was sick today. She is prone to eat strange things, once grabbing a tooth out of the grass and chewing for all she was worth until I forced her mouth open. Our house has wood floors and a tile entry. She managed to throw up on each of the three rugs we have scatted throughout the house in turn and hit the bare flooring not one time.

This evening she is I am happy to say back to her old self, meanwhile I spent the day cleaning the carpets.

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Usually our retriever spend inordinate amounts of time outside in the front garden, receiving grateful attention from passersby.

The wind has just started up though and our lovely dog has just high-tailed it onto the couch and is sitting shivering as the wind howls and roars up and down the street.

Never seen him scared of wind before.

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My daughter horrified me, when she was 11, by bringing home an anole lizard from school. I hoped for years that Jesus would call the reptile home to His bosom, but it hung on for five years.

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Huia
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I came home last night to find somebody had thrown up bright orange puke on the new mat I bought for just inside the back door. I suspect Cloud, the demanding wee cat that comes in to raid Georgie-Porgy's food dish. Fortunately I bought it for utilitarian, rather than decorative reasons and it's some kind of easy wash fabric backed with rubber, so all I had to do was throw a few buckets of soapy water over it, rinse it and leave it outside draped over some railings. [Smile] .

Cloud (named by a Shipmate because he's grey and leaks) is becoming a bit of a problem. I need to circulate the neighbourhood with a description as he seems to be trying to move in. If no one claims him I'll contact the SPCA, because Georgie wants to be an only cat. Besides that, if he only eats at my place he will starve when I go away and G-P goes to the cattery.

I said exactly the same thing when Georgie-Porgy moved in [Hot and Hormonal] and I'm afraid that Cloud is just as determined. [Help]

Huia

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Lucia

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Ideally we need to find a new home for our cat as we are moving countries in the summer. The family I hoped might take her have said no. I know someone else who has expressed interest in having her but they live in a flat so cat would not be easily able to go outside as she is used to and also this friend is regularly away outside of school term term and our poor cat doesn't really like being left on her own, even if there is someone coming in to feed her.

If we can't find anyone the other option would be to take her back to the UK with us. I think she would hate the weather there though! She does not like rain or wind! The stress is that time is running out if we want to leave the option open of taking her. She would have to be micro chipped and vaccinated against rabies. Then tested after 30 days. Then you have to wait three months before she can travel. That is getting very close to when we expect to be moving. And also there is the expense involved in the whole process, and the nightmare of trying to get the appropriate paperwork correctly completed and translated...

All along we have said that we would try to re-home her here in Tunisia. I'm not sure that having a cat when we are trying to set up home again and possibly needing to do a fair bit of visiting /traveling is going to be very practical! Husband is not that keen to take her (she pesters him a lot! He is her favourite person in the family it seems, even though he is the least keen on her!) I and the children will miss her... she has been part of our household for over six years, she has lots of personality and is a friendly presence around the house.

Oh what to do??

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jedijudy

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Cats are so contrary, aren't they? They seem to pick the cat dislikers to cozy up to.

My Belle would lie on the back of the couch behind the head of one of my friends who hates and is terrified of cats. Even though I'd carry Belle to a different place, she would sneak her way to the spot behind my friend every time.

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I used to keep and breed cockatiels. My friend is scared of birds and she always wanted me to put them in their cages when she came round (they were very tame and flew free - even often joining me in the shower!)

She said she was afraid of them getting tangled in her hair. I said that would never happen.

The very next day one of them got tangled in my hair - what a flapping commotion that was!!

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A friend of mine had one. The family kept a special collection of brightly coloured chiffon headscarves handy because the bird would land on your head unless you were wearing one of these. There was no way to avoid looking like a wally when visiting as everybody had either a headscarf or a bird on their head.
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jedijudy

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Ariel, that must go to the quotes file! Love it!

Today, I was at my Sunday School class's monthly pot luck. There is usually a program to enjoy after eating. The program today was a K9 officer with the Sheriff's Department. It was very good!

Toward the end of the program, another officer brought his canine officer co-worker into the building so we could see him. Samson is a big boy, two years old, and weighs one hundred and five pounds. He is not one of the K9 officers that you can pet, even though some of the dogs in the Unit are very social.

We learned a lot about how they are trained, and how much they love to go to work. The dogs actually think they are playing, as that's how they are trained!

They had just brought down a bad guy who, even though the deputy told him to stop, started running away. Bad and dumb move. Samson loves to catch bad guys! And so he did!

[ETA this is obviously not my pet, but I enjoyed seeing the beautiful dog and thought y'all might like to hear about him!]

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quote:
Originally posted by Boogie:
I used to keep and breed cockatiels. My friend is scared of birds and she always wanted me to put them in their cages when she came round (they were very tame and flew free - even often joining me in the shower!)

She said she was afraid of them getting tangled in her hair. I said that would never happen.

The very next day one of them got tangled in my hair - what a flapping commotion that was!!

Boogie, my grandmother used to let her budgerigar fly free in the house. I would open her front door and call down the very long hall asking her to put it back in cage before I went closer. I love looking at birds in the wild, can sort of cope with looking at a caged bird, although I feel sorry for it. But a bird flapping around in the same room as I am in? The thought even makes me shudder.

There is a new advertisement on TV which I cannot watch. A woman opens a bill or something at her letterbox and starts to laugh. As she reads more the laughter turns to a cackle and gets louder and louder. Lorikeets or similar descend from the tres in their dozens to land on her. The ad details are sketchy, I can't watch it to see if I am accurate.

A bird sanctuary on Gold Coast, Currumbin, has birds flying down to visitors for feeding. As a child when I visited there with an aunt and uncle, I could not get out of the car in case a stray bird thought I might have had something for it.

Irrational? Possibly but it is there. As it is not something which would happen often, I have never done anything about my feelings. Irrational, but very real to me.

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quote:
Originally posted by jedijudy:
We learned a lot about how they are trained, and how much they love to go to work. The dogs actually think they are playing, as that's how they are trained!

You reminded me of a comic in this morning's paper (if it's no longer Saturday, click back to January 30).

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jedijudy

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That was funny, Pigwidgeon!

The Sunday School class was going into great detail about the dog and information we had for the benefit of those who weren't there. You can tell there are a lot of animal lovers around.

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I currently have three mainly inside cats and one mainly porch cat. Squeak is 5 and HUGE and likes to stand on my chest about 20 seconds before my alarm goes off in the morning. Ransom is 4 and a dainty little girl who will run to the back door the second she hears hubby's truck because he is her person and most definately not mine. And Other Quat is a year and half old male who is the most talkative feline I've ever known. The porch cat is Lemmie, and she comes in a couple of times a day for food but then promptly scratches at the door to be let back outside. She has taught the other three to do this as well so when I'm home, I'm mostly playing doorkeeper for a bunch of fuzz balls who think its a great game to go in and out and in and out and....

Hubby keeps mumbling about going down to just two but he secretly likes Lemmie quite a bit. I have discovered them snoozing quite comfortably together in his chair multiple times so he's not fooling me [Smile]

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jacobsen

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This week I succumbed to pity and allowed my two cats to stay in the house while I was at work. Usually they are banished to the utility room where they have food, water, sheepskin lined beds, litter trays and a cat flap to the outer air.

What a pity that, after a week, the house smells faintly zoo-like. I wouldn't say there had been any accidents, but we will have to revert to the no cats in the house scenario when I'm not there.

I could also try opening the occasional window - it doesn't always happen in the worst of the wintry weather... [Eek!]

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St Everild
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Delighted to announce that we have another cat to add to our current 2.

She is the same breed (Korat), is rising 3 years old (the current 2 will be 9 this year) and is very sweet and very strong-willed!

She also has a very small sweet squeaky voice - the current 2 (being distantly related to the Siamese) have voices to match...so it is quite surprising that she does not.

We have had her for just over a week, and everyone is getting on quite well now. The growling and hissing have stopped, and everyone ate something together in the same room this afternoon - yay!

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Huia
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I have a fluffy cat who lives with me and numerous feline visitors. One of these, Cloud, so named because he's grey and leaks, I accidently shut I the garage overnight. The next day I decided to ride my bike. I opened the garage door and Cloud shot out. Most cats would have then run away, but not Cloud. He ran up the path a couple of metres, turned around a swore loud and long at me, then he stuck his tail in the air and stalked off.

Actually he was really lucky as sometimes I don't ride my bike for days on end, so have no need to open the garage. From now on the garage door will be shut unless I'm actually wheeling my bike out.

Now that my computer is working again I'll have to leaflet letterboxes to see if he does have a home because he's awfully thin.

Huia

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jacobsen

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In the cul de sac where I live, apparently every house has 1-2 dogs or cats - sometimes up to 6 or 8, where they haven't caught the female in time.

My two, full siblings of Birman/alley cat parentage, enjoy their territory, so I wouldn't bring in another resident to disturb their peace, but it's hard when a local long-haired black and white kitten decides it loves me and wants a cuddle, and to follow me home.

Most of the local cats would cheerfully adopt a further kitchen to help feed their constant appetites. To this end, they are all suspiciously friendly, and a granite heart is required in order for me to avoid becoming the cat lady of the area. Indoors, I have all the cat I can handle with the existing couple.

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Boogie

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I'd love a cat to follow me home - it would be my chance to adopt a cat!

(No chance with two big dogs here!)

Twiglet - guide dog puppy - is ten months old now. So I could hear any time the date that she's off to Big School. They usually go between 12 and 14 months. The time has passed too quickly :'(

I won't be getting my next pup until October as I'm going away for lots of long weekends in the summer - Majorca, then Malaga City, then Heidelberg then Heidelberg again!

The house will be toooo quiet!!

[Smile]

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I recently received 4 catnip mice through the post from a Blog Swap. It is great fun watching the Very Bad Cats going "I love yooooooooooo" as they roll around with the mice clutched to their boozums!

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When I was living in Africa, at one point I had 19 cats in my garden.

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Facebook told me yesterday that it was exactly three years since O-Puss 2 came home to us. He's an absolute delight, ever so cuddly and friendly, and remarkably talkative with a wonderful range of noises. And if only the pups were less chase-y it would be wonderful - but nowadays the cats live upstairs (or O-Puss 1 in DD2's room), and the dogs are downstairs. I wouldn't be without any of them though, despite the horrifying amount of fur all around the house!

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What you need is a Furminator. It is a grooming tool with a blade in it, and you can get them in all sizes from kitten to horse. I use one on my three cats at this time of the year. I can get enough fur off of them to upholster an entirely separate feline. I usually just let the fuzz blow away across the yard (I always Furminate them outdoors to save on cleaning) and the local birds have a good time lining nests with it.

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LeRoc

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My solution is that none of my pets enter my house [Smile]

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quote:
Originally posted by Boogie:
I'd love a cat to follow me home - it would be my chance to adopt a cat!

(No chance with two big dogs here!)

Twiglet - guide dog puppy - is ten months old now. So I could hear any time the date that she's off to Big School. They usually go between 12 and 14 months. The time has passed too quickly :'(

I won't be getting my next pup until October as I'm going away for lots of long weekends in the summer - Majorca, then Malaga City, then Heidelberg then Heidelberg again!

The house will be toooo quiet!!

[Smile]

But Tatze will be good company.

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Boogie

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quote:
Originally posted by Pigwidgeon:
But Tatze will be good company.

Oh yes, she will be. I have also offered to board guide dogs and pups any time too [Smile]

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rolyn
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We've have a ginger, neutered tom called Thomas. He is a wonderfully intelligent and knowing animal, -- and this observation comes from someone raised on a farm where cats were mainly just there for a purpose.

It often welcomes me home from work and seems to know when someone is in need of affection. Consequently he now spends a good deal of time with my partner's elderly father whose health has been failing somewhat since Christmas.

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Boogie

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At long last the puppy has grown out of pinching and playing with shoes and socks (after many, many "leave it" lessons!

She fell asleep next to them [Smile]

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Awww! [Axe murder]

I am missing having a cat or two, but need to not adopt one at this time. My heart still hurts, and I still look for Mama Cat in all her usual places.

There is comfort, though! I will sit with an elderly friend while her daughter goes out tonight and two Havanese dogs who consider me their aunt will love on me! Pet therapy!

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Tonight my beloved ginger ninja trotted over the rainbow bridge. He had an aggressive tumour, which started in his sinus and spread rapidly. It is a terrible cliché about the green dream being the last kind thing you can do for them, but it really was in this case.

I will miss him horribly. He was a truly special cat.

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