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Another Tell Us About Your Pets Thread

Sun Jul 31, 2005 4:23 am

Oh hell..why not? I'm tired of repeating myself over and over in the so-called arguments about President Bush, Iraq, and Illegal immigration. No ones minds ever get changed, I get tired of typing and reading the same old shoutfests....maybe I should just keep them as templates and post those over and over....

So let's take a moment and get away from all of that. Let's have another animal/pets topic. We haven't done one of those in awhile.

As some of you may recall, about a year ago, I adopted a stray cat. Later on, on March 3rd of this year, she had a litter of 5 kittens, and I kept all of you updated on them regularly.

So this is where things stand now. 3 of the kittens have long since been given away to new homes. And about a month ago, someone adopted the mother/stray cat that I adopted. So Jen and I kept two of the kittens. Other than occasionally letting them hang out on our enclosed patio/balcony, both of these cats are strictly indoor.


So here's one of them. This is Bean.
http://x-2000r.angelcities.com/images/family/BeanSayingHi.JPG

She is a female. She has been spayed and has had all of her shots. I took her into the vet last Wednesday for a checkup. She weighs in at 6 1/2 pounds. She has been classified as a "domestic longhair", even though to me, she's just a mutt alley cat. Poor Bean has already had more than her share of accidents. About a month ago, she had her tail caught in my sliding glass door. I was closing it, and at the last second, she backed into it and I accidentally took off about a quarter inch of the tip of her tail. I immediately called the vet/animal emergency hotline. In following their instructions, I checked for bleeding (none that I could see) and her gums to see if she was in shock (surpisingly, she wasn't). The next morning, I took her to the vet anyway to have her looked over. They did make her stay overnight, and they examined the tail and put in a couple of sutures. The tip of her tail was bandaged for two weeks while I had to give her a dose of antibiotics every day. Then, when she went in for her check up, they gave her a clean bill of health. It cost me well over $200. Now whether or not this procedure was necessary or not, I don't know. In all probablity, the wound would've most likely healed on its own. But I felt guilty and just wanted to make sure.

Anyway, Bean has a talent for getting in the way while I'm walking. I've learned that when I'm walking at night (such as to the bathroom or the kitchen) and the lights are off, to tiptoe. She's been kicked a few times, and has tripped me. One time, I took a dive and landed on my ass. It was either that, or step right on her back, which probably would've killed her. And the other day, she ran towards me, and plowed headfirst right into my leg. She was a little stunned, and ran off under the bed. I was again concerned about her, thinking she may have gotten hurt again. She hit pretty hard. It hurt ME! I now have a small bruise on my leg where she ran into it. But she came out, and is now fine. Of course now, when she sees me or Jen coming, she gets out of the way.

Not surprisingly, Bean is a little shy. But even before her mishaps, she was never one to be all that open to being held or petted. Whenever you pick her up, she immediately starts squirming and meowing to be put back down. Most of the time, if you go pet her when she's laying on the floor, she'll get up, take a few steps, and lay down a few feet away.

Whenever I go out onto the balcony to have a smoke, I always close the glass door behind me. Sometimes, I'll sit in my little lawn chair. I'll look at the door, and Bean will be standing right there. She'll stand up on her hind legs just like a squirrel, and run her front paws up and down the door over and over, like she's digging. Either that, or she's part Mime. One day, I'll take some video of that. It's comical to see that. But she only does that when I'm out there.

But occasionally, usually late at night or early in the morning, she gets into her "lovable" mood. She'll jump in mine or Jens lap, curl up, and start purring. She'll circle around you, rub her cheeks on you, arch her back up, and head-butt your hand to pet her. So sometimes she's super lovable and friendly. And other times, she just wants to be left alone. Her mood swings quite a bit. So there's no question that she's a female.

Despite sometimes being a bit aloof, Bean is still a kitten at heart and very playful. Jen and I have bought several toys for them, ranging from catnip filled balls to stuffed mice, to a ceiling high scratching post with different shelves on it. Whenever Jen or I stand next to it, or throw one of the toys, or dangle one in front of them, they go nuts and will play and run and jump and climb as long as you keep going.

And this is Turbo. He is a male. Hard to believe, but was the runt of the litter. he now weighs 10 pounds. This picture is about a month old.
http://x-2000r.angelcities.com/images/family/TurboChair1.JPG

Pretty big for a 5 month old cat. He's been classified as a "domestic shorthair/gray tabby", even though he's from the same litter as Bean (they are brother and sister).

Turbo, unlike Bean, is a lovable cat 100% of the time. He'll let you pet him and hold him as long as you'd like. Unlike most cats, he loves belly rubs. If he's laying down and you are petting him, he'll roll over onto his side or back and let you rub and rub his belly. He'll close his eyes and start purring. And as the pictures show, when he sleeps, he sleeps like he doesn't have a care in the world. And every night right after we go to bed, he always jumps in and sleeps right next to one of our heads on a pillow. He is also very playful, just like Bean. He gets a little carried away sometimes and hasn't fully learned to control his teeth and claws yet. So he tends to get a lot more discipline than Bean. Whenever I'm working on the computer, he always jumps in my lap, curls up, and goes to sleep, of course with his engine running.

Turbo also thinks he's a watch dog. Anytime he hears someone outside, or whenever someone knocks at the door, he immediately arches up, grits his teeth and starts growling, just like a dog! So when I have to work late nights, I take great comfort in knowing that Jen is being protected by Turbo, our vicious attack/watch cat.

Turbo is also a moocher, if not a pig. Everytime Jen and I sit down for dinner, he is always there looking at us with that "Well?!" look. If we don't give him something, he will jump up on the table and help himself to whatever he likes on our plate. It doesn't matter how many times you push him off, yell at him, or what have you, he demands something. So far, in addition to the kibble I feed him, he also likes pizza, steak, chicken, ham, eggs, bacon, Taco Bell, strawberry toaster strudels, Cheerios, Cookie Crisp, green beans, and iceberg lettuce.

Speaking of the pizza, I found this out the hard way. One time, when Jen was away for the weekend, I made for dinner, a Red Baron brand Deluxe pizza. I ate about half of it, and left the other half on the counter, thinking I would eat it the next morning for breakfast. I got up the next morning and there, on the counter was: a half-circle of baked pizza crust, where not 12 hours earlier, half a deluxe pizza stood. The cheese, the sauce, the pepperoni, the sausage, the onions, the bell peppers, the olives......EVERYTHING. He ate the whole thing except the crust.

Every night before I go to bed, I drink a glass of milk. As soon as I have it, Turbo is right there in my lap demanding some. He'll stick his paw out, push his paw against my arm, whatever it takes to make sure he gets his milk. That cat sure loves milk. I'll let him have some. And he doesn't just sip it, you can hear him "gulp-gulp-gulp". Bean also likes milk, but not like he does. She'll take a few slurps, and she's done. I've heard several people advise me against giving cats milk, but they seem to love it-especially Turbo. And it's had no effect-that I can see on their health or litterbox habits (both of them were trained by the time they were just 8 weeks old).

And yes, I had him neutered. And of course, he's had all of his shots as well. He was growing so fast that I had him snipped when he was just 3 months old. But it worked. He's still growing, and has not sprayed anything nor has he exhibited any desire to go roaming. He's a peace-loving housecat.

http://x-2000r.angelcities.com/images/family/TurbosNap.JPG

http://x-2000r.angelcities.com/images/family/TurboBeanChilling.JPG
 
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RE: Another Tell Us About Your Pets Thread

Sun Jul 31, 2005 4:43 am

2 cats, one male (Ringo born in 1989) and one female (Abbey born in 1995). Both fixed and declawed.

Ringo is my little Teddy Bear, loves to be held and hauled around all day long like a stuffed animal. He's also a true PUSSYcat, scared of his own shadow. He's a silver domestic longhair and can't meow. The noise that comes out of his mouth sounds like a pigeon with asthma. Has been known to sleep 27 hours a day. Yes, it's possible. Full name: Ringo Aloisius Griffin

Abbey is my vicious little bitch, a notorious bug killer and food bowl/water bowl hog. F*ck with her and she will have her Texas Chainsaw Revenge on your butt at the earliest opportunity. She hates to be held but can spend hours on my lap getting petted and scratched provided she is the one the jumps up there. Pick her up and she bitches for hours. She's a silver domestic shorthair and has a scream so loud it can shatter glass. Full name: Abigail Leigh Griffin.

I like the cats more than I like about 98% of humanity...but that's MY problem.
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RE: Another Tell Us About Your Pets Thread

Sun Jul 31, 2005 4:53 am

OK...here's a topic close to my heart.

Here's a photo of my cat, Morgan. I inherited this animal from my ex-wife who decided that her new husband's desire to not have to deal with the cat should supercede her obligations to her pet. I took the cat in, and since then my new and permanent wife, who is allergic to cats, has become Morgans mom. Or primary servant depending upon whether you have the cats point of view or Debbie's.

Here' Morgan taking a nap on her Dad/lesser human servant.


Here's Morgan passing out some sugar in return for some canned treat.



I got Roxy, the Boston Terrier from the farm when she was 6 months old, and she has the personality of a precocious 3 year old. She's now 12 and rather decrepit, but she's the greatest single dog one could imagine having. She's still two at heart, and crafty as ever. She used to get my old Boxer to knock stuff she wanted off the counter...she'd look, whine and wait while the Boxer trotted over and climbed up then knocked what was being called for off the counter.
http://i3.photobucket.com/albums/y92/ewobjr/114-1413_IMG.jpg

Here's Ally, who, being an American Eskimo, hates everyone except her mother...my wife. I met Ally after being warned for several hours that she was fierce and made alot of noise and "probably won't bite you" and was expecting a cross between a Husky and a wolf. When I got there this little cotton ball twaddled over (she was fat at the time, being overloved in the treats department...which we fixed soon thereafter) and yapped once. I looked down and said Hi while reaching down to scratch. She jumped up on the couch next to me and sat with her paw in my lap. I guess she knew I was permanent before we did. She now calls me "Daddy" and she's still unpleasant to pretty much everyone else. She's cute though, even if she is definitely a girls dog.


Here's all my girls napping.....they actually get along when no-one is watching.
http://i3.photobucket.com/albums/y92/ewobjr/114-1405_IMG.jpg
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RE: Another Tell Us About Your Pets Thread

Sun Jul 31, 2005 5:13 am

This is proof positive that animals, just like humans, are individuals as well.

How else would you explain Turbo and Bean, two cats from the same litter, raised in the same environment, having two such different personalities?
 
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RE: Another Tell Us About Your Pets Thread

Sun Jul 31, 2005 5:25 am

Oh, Hell yes. Animals are absolutely individuals with personalities and egos. They become jealous, needy, funny, and all those things you expect from any human....just on a 2 year old intellectual level.

Roxy is fun and outgoing, always ready to play. She's a great watchdog, because she'll let you know when someone comes in, but a terrible guard dog because she'd trot up the thief and tell him "Play with me and I'll show you where the good stuff is!"

Ally is a great guard dog because she acts so damned vicious. She wouldn't bite anyone, having had plenty of opportunity, but they don't know that. When it's just us, or some people she's used to, she is actually a cool little dog who has zero problem asking for attention.

Morgan is a regal little cat who knows for a fact that she's in charge and reminds the dogs every so often. She likes to play, and she's persistent as hell. Does not take no for a answer when she wants. In this all the animals have my wife trained....and they still try with me even though I'm not the "treat person" in this family.

Put them all together in the room when no one is watching and they tend to cluster up and sleep. When someone enters the room they all jump up looking a little guilty and proceed to act their roles.

Y'know, I keep thinking this way I'm gonna have a hard time cooking those burgers on the grill tonight.

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RE: Another Tell Us About Your Pets Thread

Sun Jul 31, 2005 5:34 am

Don't feel bad about the burgers.

Cats and dogs are animals and pets.

Cows and chickens are food.

Grill away. Jen and I are having steaks tonight.
 
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RE: Another Tell Us About Your Pets Thread

Sun Jul 31, 2005 5:35 am

Well, I can only say the best about my little dog. She has been such a great dog. I have only had her for 2 years and it has been wonderful. I adopted her from a shelter and have hopefully given her a better life than she had before. When I adopted her, I didn't care that she was an older dog. I just aw her and made eye contact and KNEW I had to walk out of that place with her. I had gone to see another dog but destiny was that I would end up with her. Unfortunately, she is currently on her death bed so to speak due to age and heart failure. It is heartbreaking because I have never been so attached to a dog and I am going to greatly miss her. She is a part of my family and losing her is like loosing a loved one. She is being kept alive with meds but the quality of her life has greatly diminished. Looks like we will be putting her to sleep on Monday....  crying 
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RE: Another Tell Us About Your Pets Thread

Sun Jul 31, 2005 5:36 am

Posted before - but one of my favorite pics:

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v131/concord977/Animals/7ab53921.jpg
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RE: Another Tell Us About Your Pets Thread

Sun Jul 31, 2005 5:38 am

A couple of others of my little 'zoo':

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v131/concord977/Animals/195b1b99.jpg

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v131/concord977/Animals/4_dogs_small.jpg
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RE: Another Tell Us About Your Pets Thread

Sun Jul 31, 2005 5:39 am

Quoting Concord977 (Reply 7):

Aww! You know that's been my computer wallpaper ever since you first posted it?

And I still say Buster is my favourite - I love the way his ears go in different directions in that picture!
 
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RE: Another Tell Us About Your Pets Thread

Sun Jul 31, 2005 5:39 am

My next pet will be coming from a shelter....we've already decided that.

The wife would be perfectly happy running a dog shelter.

Sorry about your dog, CORulez....that's difficult. Remember that the dog will be in a better place when it's no longer having to live in pain. It would be dead by now in nature. Transfer those feelings to another animal that you rescue from a pound or shelter. Giving the older dogs a home brings some pain, but you're doing a good thing.
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RE: Another Tell Us About Your Pets Thread

Sun Jul 31, 2005 5:49 am

Perhaps that's why I feel a certain attachment and fondness for Turbo and Bean. They were born in my home here. I have raised them since birth (well except for the first 3 or four weeks when they stayed under the bed and momma was nursing them). Given the time they were born, when it was still cold and raining outside, I'm pretty sure they wouldn't have made it had they been born outside.

Although pets can be very rewarding and emotionally satisfying, it's important not to anthropomorphize them as substitutes or replacements for people and/or children. They are still pets. But there are many parallels between raising pets and having children nonetheless:

They need food, water, vaccinations, shelter and protection from the elements, grooming, a clean bathroom, and a place to sleep comfortably and safely. And yes, sometimes discipline.

In short, a pet, just like a child, is completely and utterly dependent on you to provide the necessities of life.

And I can't fathom the thought of anything horrible happening to them (such as kids with sticks, hit by a car, abandoned in the desert, etc.).

If this is even 5% of what it's like to be a parent, then it just horrifies me that much more that some parents treat their children in the appalling manner that they do.

[Edited 2005-07-30 22:53:15]
 
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RE: Another Tell Us About Your Pets Thread

Sun Jul 31, 2005 5:55 am

I've got two Weimaraners (think photographer William Wegman's dogs -- in Seasame Street, TV ads, books).

Stormy often sleeps on the couch with on her back.  Smile I've just woken her up for a photoshoot:



Lexie pondering her raison d'être and allowing me to capture her.

 
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RE: Another Tell Us About Your Pets Thread

Sun Jul 31, 2005 6:00 am

Quoting CORULEZ05 (Reply 6):
Looks like we will be putting her to sleep on Monday....

I'm really sorry to hear that. All the best.
 
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RE: Another Tell Us About Your Pets Thread

Sun Jul 31, 2005 6:18 am

Quoting CORULEZ05 (Reply 6):
Well, I can only say the best about my little dog. She has been such a great dog. I have only had her for 2 years and it has been wonderful. I adopted her from a shelter and have hopefully given her a better life than she had before. When I adopted her, I didn't care that she was an older dog. I just aw her and made eye contact and KNEW I had to walk out of that place with her. I had gone to see another dog but destiny was that I would end up with her. Unfortunately, she is currently on her death bed so to speak due to age and heart failure. It is heartbreaking because I have never been so attached to a dog and I am going to greatly miss her. She is a part of my family and losing her is like loosing a loved one. She is being kept alive with meds but the quality of her life has greatly diminished. Looks like we will be putting her to sleep on Monday....

Hang in there. You've both given each other two wonderful years. There is no smiley for 'arm around your shoulder', but if there were......

Regards, Robert
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RE: Another Tell Us About Your Pets Thread

Sun Jul 31, 2005 6:28 am

Quoting Jasepl (Reply 9):
I love the way his ears go in different directions in that picture!

Unfortunately, he is unable to ever point them in the same direction at once. Both ears move well - just never in a coordinated manner.  Smile
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RE: Another Tell Us About Your Pets Thread

Sun Jul 31, 2005 6:49 am

Her name was Lola...
http://i20.photobucket.com/albums/b249/avro_vulcan/lola08.jpg
she was a showgirl...and the best dog in the world!
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RE: Another Tell Us About Your Pets Thread

Sun Jul 31, 2005 8:13 am

Quoting Drgreen757 (Reply 16):
and the best dog in the world!

aaaawwww... another weim! she's beautiful
 
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RE: Another Tell Us About Your Pets Thread

Sun Jul 31, 2005 9:06 am

Quoting Drgreen757 (Reply 16):
Her name was Lola...

With a collar cut down to there!

Great looking shot...she looks kinda scared with the eyes.

My wife took me to Manilow in Vegas and it was a hell of a show! I say that and I'm still straight!  Wink
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RE: Another Tell Us About Your Pets Thread

Sun Jul 31, 2005 9:47 am

Here is my greatest cat in the world. My cat name is Zachery. Here is it:


http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v133/Big777jet/PB180130.jpg

and..

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v133/Big777jet/Zak100.jpg


He's an 11 years old now very good healthy cat. He always laying down on my bed by my side every night. He's so cool cat that I have ever had it.


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RE: Another Tell Us About Your Pets Thread

Sun Jul 31, 2005 10:02 am

A dogman for half of my life, we have to content ourselves now with only a (white) mouse and a fish.

Recently a 3-3.5 months old black puppy appeared in our small garden. My daughter (6) gave him water, milk, butter and honey biscuits, freshly cut beef, her dolls' basket... a 5-star treatment. Obviously the dog thought he had won the lottery and decided he had found his paradise.
The puppy was in a very bad condition and obviously a stray.
For several sound reasons we cannot keep the dog so I decided to keep him in the garden for a while and look for a suitable refuge.
Two local vets didn't give a damn so I did what I could to remove insects from his skin.
No neighbour could give me indications and it was very clear they did not want to have a dog in the neighbourhood. (2 rows of 4 houses)
On an afternoon, Pongo (my daughter's delight) did what everybody does about daily, but in the neighbour's garden.
That delicate person took the puppy, went to the end of the common parking place and threw him over the fence right in the middle of a very large mulberry bush. Fortunately my daughter had seen it happen and in panic came to tell me...and there we go in a 2.5 meter high mulberry.

After some more asking I finally found a refuge not far from home, held by a guy which is known by probably everyone above 40 in the region.
Jimmy Samaras did a fortune in Hollywood in the 50-60's as a physiotherapist of most of the starts of the period. In the 70's he came back and opened a very large gym in the center of town, a novelty at that time.
He became involved with animals and sold his business(es) to run a refuge.

What I saw there is hard to describe. There were 400 free roaming dogs, the majority with ailments and handicaps I prefer not to tell.
Jimmy has no cent left and roams the supermarkets' garbage at night to find food. AFAIK he has 0 help from municipality or any other institution.

I learned that there had been a tv document (national channel) incriminating Jimmy's refuge and concluding to animal cruelty (on his part).
I gave him the puppy, which was treated on the spot and placed in a "kindergarten" with what seems to be his mother and a brother.
I have been again several times (with bones from a big and friendly tavern) and the puppy is well, despite the adverse publicity the guy is doing his best with the very little he has. Truly pathetic at his age (75 now).

This is in Europe in 2005...
 
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RE: Another Tell Us About Your Pets Thread

Sun Jul 31, 2005 11:03 am

Quoting SRQCrosscheck (Reply 17):
aaaawwww... another weim! she's beautiful

Why thank you very much...she is 5 months old now...do you have any more pics of yours?

Quoting DL021 (Reply 18):
Great looking shot...she looks kinda scared with the eyes.

It was the first time I really tried to seriously photograph her...I guess she was kinda of wonderin whats goin on...she'll get used to it...I have some really great ones on my digital camera, but haven't been able to dump them to the computer.

Cheers!
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RE: Another Tell Us About Your Pets Thread

Sun Jul 31, 2005 11:09 am

Quoting Iakobos (Reply 20):
What I saw there is hard to describe. There were 400 free roaming dogs, the majority with ailments and handicaps I prefer not to tell.
Jimmy has no cent left and roams the supermarkets' garbage at night to find food. AFAIK he has 0 help from municipality or any other institution.

I learned that there had been a tv document (national channel) incriminating Jimmy's refuge and concluding to animal cruelty (on his part).
I gave him the puppy, which was treated on the spot and placed in a "kindergarten" with what seems to be his mother and a brother.
I have been again several times (with bones from a big and friendly tavern) and the puppy is well, despite the adverse publicity the guy is doing his best with the very little he has. Truly pathetic at his age (75 now).

This is in Europe in 2005...

Iakobos,

Can you provide specific address and contact iinformation for Jimmy? Some friends and I would like to send some crates of food for his animals. If so, please respond via email instead of posting his contact information in this public forum. Thanks.

Curt
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RE: Another Tell Us About Your Pets Thread

Sun Jul 31, 2005 11:15 am

Just wanted to post another quick pic of Lola, she is 2 months here, takin a nap under Daddy's engine.
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RE: Another Tell Us About Your Pets Thread

Sun Jul 31, 2005 11:20 am

Quoting Drgreen757 (Reply 23):
Just wanted to post another quick pic of Lola, she is 2 months here, takin a nap under Daddy's engine

Are you nut? It's dangerous to place under the engine! What if jack slip or broken it falls on them. I wouldn't like to put my cat under heavy item like that! I'm scared to see that photo. Please don't let your puppy under the engine. OK?


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RE: Another Tell Us About Your Pets Thread

Sun Jul 31, 2005 11:26 am

The engine is hard mounted in a shipping crate and is in no danger of "falling" on my little girl. She was at home when it was installed in my helicopter. I am a responsible pet owner. I appreciate your concern.

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RE: Another Tell Us About Your Pets Thread

Sun Jul 31, 2005 11:53 am


This is my little guy - in his favorite perch

I'm a big dog person historically. I started with a german sheppard when I was two and had a dog pretty much up until my last one, a wolf hybrid, died a few years ago. Since then I've lived in locations that haven't lent themselves to big dogs, so I've held off. I had no intention of getting another animal, especially a cat! Then one day we were driving around Maui and a tiny little kitten came wandering out of the bush and adopted us. He climbed up my shorts and shirt and perched on my head like he'd known us all his little life. I put him down and he just started following us around, including back to the car. Since there was no one around, and he was obviously thin, we made the decision to keep him. I still consider myself a dog person, but I'm completely wrapped around this one little exceptions paws.

The tree outside the condo - his other fav perch


He's discovered that this is a great place sit and wait for geckos to come into the house


He likes to keep an eye on what I'm posting about on a.net
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RE: Another Tell Us About Your Pets Thread

Sun Jul 31, 2005 12:04 pm

Hello!
I'm back, well, sort of.
All the summer chaos left me no time for the internet, but I seem
to have found a break.  bigthumbsup 
But then, I'm off again.  cry 

I have a little kitty named Jetsa. (Jet+CATSA)
She is nine months old, and she is a little wreaking ball with feet!
She is all black. She doesn't meow, she makes this weird BRHUURRRRRR
sound. The vet said it was not a thing to worry about.
Her face isn't shaped like a cat's. It is the shape of a panther's face,
and she resembles a weasel more than a cat.
Jetsa sleeps in my bed at night, and has a horrible habit of pulling
out my earrings at around 4:00 AM!  tired 
We got her spayed a few months ago, in the hopes that she would settle down just a little bit even. Not a chance!
We play organized games of tag.
I chase her, and catch her, then she comes after me, and gives me a little pat on my shoulder. (Yes, she can jump that high!)

I wish I had a pic to show you. But I am still trying to
figure out this photobucket thingy.

Devon  Wink
Flying high on the Wings of the Great Northwest!
 
Big777jet
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RE: Another Tell Us About Your Pets Thread

Sun Jul 31, 2005 12:12 pm

Quoting Drgreen757 (Reply 25):
The engine is hard mounted in a shipping crate and is in no danger of "falling" on my little girl. She was at home when it was installed in my helicopter. I am a responsible pet owner. I appreciate your concern.

Scott

OK, Scott. Thanks for your explaination. It looks like danger to me on that photo. Thanks for your safety concern.

Stuart
 
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RE: Another Tell Us About Your Pets Thread

Mon Aug 01, 2005 12:01 am

Quoting Concord977 (Reply 15):
Unfortunately, he is unable to ever point them in the same direction at once. Both ears move well - just never in a coordinated manner.

That makes me like him even better! I'm all for little quirks like that (in people and in animals).
 
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RE: Another Tell Us About Your Pets Thread

Mon Aug 01, 2005 1:19 am

I have two kitties as well. A big fat orange ball of fur named Golden Meow and a petite little gray tabby named Bissa.
Both of them came from the Humane Society. They are total opposites as far as personality goes. I have never ever met a cat quite like Golden! They simply don't come any more laid back than him. You can do anything to him without him having a care in the world! If it's bath time you simply scoop him up, get an instant hairball transfer LOL, and put him in the shower. So long as the water is warm he just calmly stands there while you soap and spray him clean. He even closes his eyes and purrs if you scratch his chin during the process. He loves EVERYONE! Nothing scares him. Just a basic big sweet lug of a cat.
Bissa on the other hand is a little ball of fire. I would not even TRY to bathe her. Anywhere. Ever. You will come out of that situation with nubs for hand and feet! The doorbell rings and she runs under the bed and hides until the invader has left. Golden runs TO the door to greet the person on the other hand. You would not even know there were two cats in the house if you came over. You would only think I had one. Bissa is however a little love if you let her come to you. She loves to be loved up on the sofa and to hop into bed with you. My son never seems to learn not to mess with her when she wants to rest. He is always getting scratched trying to pet her! I always warn him, "Alex leave her alone! Her ears are laid back! Your going to get scratched!!". Two seconds later I hear "WAAAAAAAAAAHHHH!!!!! BISSA SCRATCHED ME!! I'm BLEEDING!!! MOMMY!!!!" Uh huh. I told ya kid!
She is also determined to pull up all the carpet around the edge of the wall in the house! Uses the sofa arms as scratching posts no matter what I get her. I finally resorted to placing ugly clear packing tape all over the ends of the sofa. It works but it sure is ugly! Little rat. I still love her though!  Smile
Unfortunately for me my husband is NOT an animal lover. He only tolerates (if you could call it that) them because of me. He has nothing to do with them what so ever. He wont even let them in the room with us at night  Sad
Poor babies sleep up against the bedroom door on the other side!
I didn't even ask if I could get them. They just suddenly appeared one day when he came home from work.
I dared broach the subject of getting a dog the other night. He threatened to move out the house if I got one. He got upset at me for even LOOKING at the doggie needs a home ads in the paper! Sheesh!
If anything ever happens to him, god forbid, I will make certain the next man is an animal lover!!!!!

MattD -
You got rid of mama cat!? I am surprised to hear that! Glad you are enjoying your kittens though! They sound wonderful  Smile
Sounds like you are taking wonderful care of your little fur babies!

Best Wishes,
SWA TPA
Golden has never ever scratched
I believe I can fly.....
 
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RE: Another Tell Us About Your Pets Thread

Mon Aug 01, 2005 8:40 am

Curt,
I will send you the coordinates by IM.

To be perfectly honest, I have been disturbed by some articles I read about Jim and his shelter. I feel I have to inform about it.

http://www.garcanada.bizland.com/id7.html (around mid of page, titled "Greece's Auschwitz" by Western Daily Press Apr 2004)
http://www.greekanimalrescue.com/ath...ews/thessalonikis_pet_cemetary.htm

I have no interest in the case and I am no party.
I have been there many times, I saw sheer animal misery, but I saw also that Jimmy cares and does what he can with what he has (about nothing) and more than what even very caring people would do.
It is Greece and it is about money...the money that authorities do not want to disburse to help, and the money that "friendly" associations and "volunteer" vets would like to share.

Yes, that shelter is a disgrace, not because of Jimmy but because we live here in a so-called society of humans with zero respect for animal life and little for life in general.
Bestiality has two legs and drive cars.

Jim (Dimitris actually) is vocal and speaks a language people do not like to hear, like telling them they are the worst when they have been nurtured within the "we are the best" attitude.
 
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RE: Another Tell Us About Your Pets Thread

Mon Aug 01, 2005 10:08 am

So here are my furry family:

First we have the matriarch, Misty. Misty's a traditional Siamese that we got from a woman who used to work with my mother who breeds. She's about 9 years old. When she was younger she was hell on paws, attacking your legs from under the safety of a sewing basket, going from sweet to evil in a second. Now that she's older she's much sweeter. She likes to go outside sparingly to sun herself, often laying flat on her back and spreading her legs out (or as I tend to call it, her "kitty porn" pose). She's also deathly afraid of geese - the sounds of them migrating in the winter over our home will cause her to run in faster than anything - and vacuum cleaners.





The next oldest is Peaches. We got her from a breeder about a year after Misty upon my late-father's insistence that he wanted a dog. Peaches is part beagle and part bluetick hound. She'll eat anything not nailed down and, if it is nailed down, will eat the nails. Her bark is worse than her bite although she dislikes garbage collectors, plumbers, electricians, and meter readers. She also excels in getting bossed around by the cats.



Next we have Baby. Baby came to us as a stray and we took her in. Definitely the most adventuresome of the cats, she'll slip outside for days at a time sometimes (much to my chagrin), never failing to show up on our doorstep again. She doesn't tend to like men though and is very reluctant to let me touch her. My guess is that her previous owner, who might have been male, abused her. She's about 5 years old.



- Doing a "cat on a hot tin roof" routine on the roof of our storage shed.

The last of them all is India. India was a stray kitten who showed up on our doorstep shortly before my dad died, so he's about 3. Like Baby he likes going outdoors, but has a shorter tolerance (he's usually back in a few hours and doesn't stray outside our yard, unlike Baby who'll go back into some woods behind our house). He's the sweetest of the cats and will fall asleep in your arms. Like Matt's Turbo, he likes to crawl into my lap when I'm working on the computer, especially when I'm going through the corrections queue for some reason. He also likes to eat cooked chicken and serves as my "alarm clock" on the weekends, never failing to wake me up around 8:00 AM by putting his paw on my face.

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