The Inaugural Ace of Spades Pet Thread
[L, Elle & Misanthropic Humanitarian]

Good day to owners and lovers of pets. Well, you are really not owners you are the ownees. Long time pet owners know of which I speak.

Protecting your pet against heartworm The calendar says it is mid February. At the current time temps are hovering around zero, the ground white and more white stuff predicted. However other parts of the country are warming up and heading into spring. With spring comes the damn mosquito and the possibility of your pet acquiring heartworm. If your pet spends anytime outdoors please consider taking it to the vet for annual blood tests and the preventive meds that are on the market for heart worm.

The meds have come a long way since I first became a pet owner in the early '80s. It is now a monthly chore instead of daily. Price wise the drugs are reasonable. Some vets even sell individual doses in case you can not afford all 6 months at one time. Prevention is cheaper than treating heartworm. Our dogs love the taste of the medicine. They think the medicine is a treat. Unfortunately, these prevention medications are not over the counter. So you will need to take your little buddy to see the vet first.

Lyme's Disease and pets Also making a spring appearance with mosquitoes are the numerous varieties of ticks. Often these guys show up before mosquitoes. Tick diseases are not as prevalent as heartworm. In the upper Mid-West we see wood ticks and deer ticks regularly. Ticks can carry several diseases. Lyme Disease being the most common. Again, regular check ups with the vet and preventive medication on the market will help keep your pet healthy. Most of the tick prevention medications can be purchased over the counter.

Dogs Making a Political Statement.

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Too Many Dogs, Too Few Trees

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The Danger of Street Drugs

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Moron Pets

Fellow moron Beckoningchasm submitted this photo. A beautiful cat named Leela and some nice work with the camera as well.

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Moron DaveA submitted this photo of his hunting cat Holly. She was known to go hunting for snowshoe hares in northern MN.

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Moron Misanthropic's Irish Setter Derry with Irish Red & White Setter Dreamer.

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This wraps up the premier of the Pet Thread. Hopefully, there will be more to come. If you have subject matter or a photo of your pet you would like to share, please do. Contact us at petmorons at gmail dot com

Posted by: Open Blogger at 12:20 PM




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1 And, at this moment, wife is out with middle son looking at a possible second dog.

Posted by: Pappy O'Daniel at February 13, 2016 12:24 PM (oVJmc)

2 Woof.

Posted by: Elizabeth at February 13, 2016 12:25 PM (sl+zA)

3 we have a pair of Bostons and a Killer Calico Cat, has caught bats out of the air,

Posted by: mbruce at February 13, 2016 12:26 PM (YtWJn)

4 Yay pet thread !

Unfortunately I am locked in combat with the washing machine (making distressing thumping and squeaking noises), so I must proceed directly to the online parts warehouses, but back later.

Thanks, L, Elle and Mis Hum !

Posted by: sock_rat_eez at February 13, 2016 12:27 PM (Z8DIA)

5
Trump WILL MAKE PETS GREAT AGAIN!

Posted by: Ed Anger at February 13, 2016 12:28 PM (RcpcZ)

6 Arf!

Posted by: freaked at February 13, 2016 12:28 PM (BO/km)

7 My newest cat has learned to cut the Light switch on and off. He can do it as long as it only takes the pull down, he has not learned to push up part of the switch.

Posted by: Picric at February 13, 2016 12:29 PM (+0z2y)

8 We have 2 dogs and 3 or 4 cats. The dogs have a cat too.

Posted by: freaked at February 13, 2016 12:30 PM (BO/km)

9 Wife just called. New dog.

Posted by: Pappy O'Daniel at February 13, 2016 12:30 PM (oVJmc)

10 The neighbor's siamese wants to move in. I tell him there is a queue and he is third.

Posted by: Kindltot at February 13, 2016 12:30 PM (q2o38)

11 Our pup tends toward the meth lab. Haha.

He's a super mutt though.

It works with his name. Waylon. Our outlaw puppy.

Posted by: Lauren at February 13, 2016 12:30 PM (f3Iw2)

12
Wonder how long it took the ownees to get those dogs all lined up like that....

Posted by: Some Guy in Wisconsin at February 13, 2016 12:31 PM (Qj6zv)

13 Yay!! Woo Hoo!! Doggehs!!

Also, MisHum wrote this whole thing. He gets all the credit. All I did was ask Ace for permission to have a pet thread. Nice work, MisHum!

Posted by: L, Elle at February 13, 2016 12:31 PM (2x3L+)

14 Awwww. The pet thread is so soothing. Just the thing for these tumultuous times.

Thanks to L,Elle and MisHum!

Posted by: Emmie at February 13, 2016 12:31 PM (ezXrF)

15 Oh and as for heartworm prevention, we get ours through the petsmart med plan that also covers vet visits/vaccines/neutering ect.They send the flea prevention in the mail, but you have to physically go pick up the heart worm prevention which is a little annoying. I'm not sure we come out with savings or not, but oh well.

Mr. Pup is actually due for his next dose on Monday.

Posted by: Lauren at February 13, 2016 12:32 PM (f3Iw2)

16 Yay for pets! The only creatures with intelligence that have never voted for Democrats.

Posted by: BeckoningChasm at February 13, 2016 12:33 PM (B8JRQ)

17 PappyO, what kind of doggeh? And that's great!

Posted by: L, Elle at February 13, 2016 12:33 PM (2x3L+)

18 PappyO, what kind of doggeh? And that's great!

We already had a corgi, and wife got fixated with a basset/corgi rescue puppy. We'll see how first dog (and two cats) take to another when they get home in a half hour or so.

Posted by: Pappy O'Daniel at February 13, 2016 12:35 PM (oVJmc)

19 My middle child wants a dog so bad, the wife has said no. I keep waiting for a stray to show up to adopt. That is how I got all of my pets when I was growing up. Heck it is how I have all my cats now.

Posted by: Picric at February 13, 2016 12:37 PM (+0z2y)

20 Wow, Pappy, I only have one puppy. I could never manage cats and dogs especially more than one of each. Do the cats actually get along with the first dog?

And you have send us a pic of the new rescue puppster

Posted by: L, Elle at February 13, 2016 12:38 PM (2x3L+)

21 16 Yay for pets! The only creatures with intelligence that have never voted for Democrats.


Posted by: BeckoningChasm at February 13, 2016 12:33 PM (B8JRQ)



That's because I had the dead ones vote for the Republican

Posted by: Sideshow Bob at February 13, 2016 12:39 PM (zt+N6)

22
It's about damned time.

Arf.

Posted by: Evelyn, a modified dog at February 13, 2016 12:39 PM (LUgeY)

23 Our dog Kasper is a big white German Shepherd. Our other dog Scout is a little black mutt that keeps Kasper on his toes. They are best buddies but they will scrap at times, usually initiated by Scout. He don't take no crap off the big dog.

Posted by: freaked at February 13, 2016 12:39 PM (BO/km)

24 My wife and 3 daughters and I have 4 cats. We're pushing into crazy cat
lady territory here! We're also breaking the law, since the village
ordinance says 3 cats or dogs maximum. We don't let them outside, but luckily we have a big house for
them all to claim some territory. I like to give them catnip and watch them go berserk.

Posted by: Chris M at February 13, 2016 12:40 PM (6RZos)

25 Do the cats actually get along with the first dog?


Overall, yes. Except when the dog wants to wrestle a cat, fortunately the big yellow male is very mellow and the dog doesn' faze him much. The other cat just gets up far enough to be out of reach.

Posted by: Pappy O'Daniel at February 13, 2016 12:40 PM (oVJmc)

26 9 Wife just called. New dog.
Posted by: Pappy O'Daniel at February 13, 2016 12:30 PM (oVJmc)

Awesome Pappy.
Congrats on the new addition

Posted by: Misanthropic Humanitarian at February 13, 2016 12:40 PM (voOPb)

27 If you get a dog from the pound, and call it a "rescue" that doesn't seem to speak well of the pound to me.

Posted by: Christopher Taylor at February 13, 2016 12:41 PM (39g3+)

28 So happy for this thread!

We have two kittehs, one 14 and the other 15 y.o.

The 14 y.o. had skin issues, and we found a great vet who makes house calls in a state-of-the-art van.

Anyhow, kitteh ended getting a steroid shot and both are on (expensive!) prescription food (which they hate).

Thursday the vet came back to remove a cracked tooth from the kitty and did blood work. The poor cat has diabetes. Vet said we could begin giving her injections when we return from our trip end of March (son will be housesitting, and because of school, running back and forth to his place to tend to his and his roommate's dog, I didn't want to pile twice-daily insulin injections for the cat on his schedule).

Anyone here have experience with diabetes in a pet?

Posted by: Jane D'oh at February 13, 2016 12:41 PM (FsuaD)

29
Been owned by a strict but loving black lab for 6 years now. She lives for hunting duck and playing with kids of all ages.

I just provide food and lodging.

Posted by: irongrampa at February 13, 2016 12:42 PM (P/8aq)

30 Pappy that's fantastic, how timely.

I had a pooch, but he's my ex's. He's gone now. I still haven't thrown away his bed, toys, bowl, and food bag. I should probably do that.

Posted by: Ghost of kari - WAR at February 13, 2016 12:42 PM (ubByS)

31 I worry a bit about ticks. Deer have moved in to our neighborhood in a big way the last couple of years (almost like a migrant invasion). I am assuming their poop is good fertilizer -- I have piles of it all over the back yard.

Maybe it's time to get a tick collar for the cat. He's old and grouchy -- I wonder if he'd tolerate it.

Posted by: Emmie at February 13, 2016 12:42 PM (ezXrF)

32 Our mid-kid has a corgi. Hairy dogs worse than the setters. Corgis are herders. She still does it on occasion even in her old age

Posted by: Misanthropic Humanitarian at February 13, 2016 12:42 PM (voOPb)

33 (No Bark!) says not Yogi the wundermutt crew dog Basenji.

Miss you Yogi

Posted by: Fewenuff at February 13, 2016 12:43 PM (T/sbU)

34 I think heartworms are a thing made up by the Veterinary Industrial Complex...

No, but seriously, it gets cumbersome, and I forget, and it does sorta seem to me like the multi-vitamin I take. Do I really need it? What benefit is it really doing me? I know what benefit the multi-vitamin maker gets from it, but I'm not sure I'm not just one big sucker here.

I haven't seen any pet ever get heartworm. Maybe it's awful when they do, but my critters spend most of their time indoors, so.....

Posted by: BurtTC at February 13, 2016 12:43 PM (TOk1P)

35 And you morons should thank L, Elle for getting the ewok to give us some time on Saturday afternoons to talk pets

If you have pet pictures or pet ideas please submit to the email address above.

Posted by: Misanthropic Humanitarian at February 13, 2016 12:44 PM (voOPb)

36 31 I worry a bit about ticks. Deer have moved in to our neighborhood in a big way the last couple of years (almost like a migrant invasion). I am assuming their poop is good fertilizer -- I have piles of it all over the back yard.

Maybe it's time to get a tick collar for the cat. He's old and grouchy -- I wonder if he'd tolerate it.

Posted by: Emmie at February 13, 2016 12:42 PM (ezXrF)



I use Revolution for my dog. Its the stuff you squirt on their back between their shoulders. Supposed to protect against fleas heartworm ear mites and ticks.

Posted by: buzzion at February 13, 2016 12:45 PM (zt+N6)

37 If you get a dog from the pound, and call it a "rescue" that doesn't seem to speak well of the pound to me.
Posted by: Christopher Taylor at February 13, 2016 12:41 PM (39g3+)


'Cause we all know the pound is just a staging area before the dogs are moved to a big farm upstate where they can roll in the grass and chase bunnies all day.

Posted by: jwpaine, otherized for your protection at February 13, 2016 12:45 PM (wKcQA)

38 What beautiful pets the Horde has!
*Sigh* I love my building - the neighborhood, location, price are all right. But I can't have a dog or cat. That's a big drawback. I love the puppehs.

Posted by: Donna&&&&V (a white) (whitely brandishing ampersand privilege ) at February 13, 2016 12:45 PM (P8951)

39 I grew up with outdoor cats, every year a new generation was born. Because of a lot of inbreeding, the cats got smaller and smaller and more feral but they always would stick around and permit us to get close. Some of them would let us pet them, still. Generation after generation of cats spreading out from our house onto the surrounding acres of open land, I bet there's still descendants of those pets out in that area.

But our latest cat never goes outside. I feel bad for Dexter because he stares out the window and pines for it, he begs to be let out. But this one stays in. too many dogs, cars, fleas, worms, and other stuff outside. Cats live such a short life, I'm tired of watching yet another die so soon. Maybe this one can last a bit longer with some pampering.

Although my brothers overfeed the thing. I can't get them to stop so now he has a gut.

Posted by: Christopher Taylor at February 13, 2016 12:46 PM (39g3+)

40 >>> I had a pooch, but he's my ex's. He's gone now. I still haven't thrown away his bed, toys, bowl, and food bag. I should probably do that.
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No, Ghost! Just get another doggeh.

Posted by: L, Elle at February 13, 2016 12:46 PM (2x3L+)

41
Our best dogs and cats have been adopted. There's no need to buy one. Pet stores are for birds, fish and tarantulas.

Posted by: Ed Anger at February 13, 2016 12:47 PM (RcpcZ)

42 Maybe it's time to get a tick collar for the cat. He's old and grouchy -- I wonder if he'd tolerate it.

Posted by: Emmie at February 13, 2016 12:42 PM (ezXrF)


Cats, unlike dogs Of COURSE don't easily tolerate being shackled.. The question is, which is worse, his grouchiness or the risk?

Posted by: BurtTC at February 13, 2016 12:47 PM (TOk1P)

43 Awwwwwwww!

We actually liked the old once-a-day "worm cookies" best.
It's easier to get in the habit of doing something daily at a specific time, developing a routine, than to do it monthly.

Posted by: Margarita DeVille at February 13, 2016 12:48 PM (T/5A0)

44 Yay pet thread!

If it was up to me I'd have 40 dogs and cats.....but also no husband. So I settle for 2 dogs.

Posted by: Tami at February 13, 2016 12:48 PM (v0/PR)

45 The thing I don't like about those preventatives that you put on their backs is it leaves a greasy spot.

Posted by: freaked at February 13, 2016 12:48 PM (BO/km)

46 I use Revolution for my dog. Its the stuff you squirt on their back between their shoulders.

Yeah we had fleas in the house because of a stray kitty and it was awful getting rid of the dang things. to save our little panther kitty from them, we got some of that stuff, used it carefully by the instructions, and somehow she still managed to twist around and get at it. She died like 2 weeks later, an awful death.

Posted by: Christopher Taylor at February 13, 2016 12:49 PM (39g3+)

47 45 The thing I don't like about those preventatives that you put on their backs is it leaves a greasy spot.

Posted by: freaked at February 13, 2016 12:48 PM (BO/km)



Yeah but only for 2 or three days.

Posted by: buzzion at February 13, 2016 12:49 PM (zt+N6)

48 If heartworm is transmitted by mosquitos, can humans get it?

Posted by: Alberta Oil Peon at February 13, 2016 12:49 PM (Z8fuk)

49 When I was a little girl we had the world's mellowest cat. He just laid around and didn't do anything. He was great. So one day I got the idea that I was going to take him on a walk, and somehow I convinced my mom to get a leash for him.

Holy shit. That fat, 8 year old cat did acrobatics to escape from that thing.

Posted by: Lauren at February 13, 2016 12:50 PM (3DIzJ)

50 Our #3 cat is a big black boy, with the highest pitch meow. Last year he got a lump at the base of his tail. The vet said it was cancerous, so we spent $2000 having his tail amputated. It must have been hurting him, because he's much happier now.

Posted by: Chris M at February 13, 2016 12:50 PM (6RZos)

51 I think I've got something in my eye. Yeah, that's it. It must be all the dander.

Posted by: andycanuck at February 13, 2016 12:50 PM (WOyz5)

52 If you have pet pictures or pet ideas please submit to the email address above.

Posted by: Misanthropic Humanitarian at February 13, 2016 12:44 PM (voOPb)


I could send you pet pictures, but it would kill your servers.


Well, mostly cat pictures. I have some of the dog, but good grief it's hardly worth pointing the thing and pressing the button for her. She's just a stupid dog.

Posted by: BurtTC at February 13, 2016 12:50 PM (TOk1P)

53 Killer Calico Cat, has caught bats out of the air,
Posted by: mbruce


Flying cat!

Posted by: Bertram Cabot Jr. at February 13, 2016 12:50 PM (FkBIv)

54 Watch out for that MisHum guy - Thunder Stealer!
Seriously, thanks for putting this together. I'm sure it will quickly become a favorite weekend diversion for the entire group.

Dreamer looks so content. Glad she (?) has settled in so well.
LOVE the pic of the line of pups waiting for the "bathroom."

Not only is heartworm, lyme, etc a concern in warmer months, but the latest thing is leptospirosis. Anywhere mosquitos abound, or sitting water may be an issue, your pets should be vaccinated.
Grammie winger will be a welcome addition here, for sure.

Posted by: Chi at February 13, 2016 12:51 PM (OUpHg)

55 " The thing I don't like about those preventatives that you put on their backs is it leaves a greasy spot. "

Yeah my dog hates the stuff. You put it on him and he acts like you've poured on burning acid. He rolls around on the floor to desperately get it off.

I'm honestly not sure how much actually makes it into his skin after all the theatrics, but he's mostly an inside dog so we're not too worried.

Posted by: Lauren at February 13, 2016 12:51 PM (3DIzJ)

56 Ruff!

Posted by: Hrothgar at February 13, 2016 12:52 PM (wYnyS)

57 I've got a pet I'd like to share. I have pictures and everything.

Posted by: Anthony Weiner at February 13, 2016 12:52 PM (R+30W)

58 Yeah but only for 2 or three days

It will be there over a week later on our white dog. It's not a big deal though he's usually dirty anyway.

Posted by: freaked at February 13, 2016 12:52 PM (BO/km)

59 "can humans get it?"

No we're not the right hosts.

Posted by: Lauren at February 13, 2016 12:52 PM (3DIzJ)

60 48 If heartworm is transmitted by mosquitos, can humans get it?

Posted by: Alberta Oil Peon at February 13, 2016 12:49 PM (Z8fuk)



Apparently "yes" but it doesn't survive in a human for long so very low risk of any sort of symptoms.

Posted by: buzzion at February 13, 2016 12:52 PM (zt+N6)

61 >>> She's just a stupid dog.
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Sometimes they are the best.

Posted by: Misanthropic Humanitarian at February 13, 2016 12:53 PM (voOPb)

62 Anyone here have experience with diabetes in a pet?

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I have, one of my rescues developed diabetes it's very easy to give the shots, once you're on a schedule it's not a problem. Unfortunately he only lived about six months after as the vet realized it wasn't diabetes but a tumor on his pancreas, but the insulin bought those extra six months.

Posted by: flmomof4 at February 13, 2016 12:53 PM (bEXWJ)

63 >>If heartworm is transmitted by mosquitos, can humans get it?
Posted by: Alberta Oil Peon

Very unusual and even if it happens doesn't amount to much because the worms don't end up in the heart since humans are not the part of that worm's life cycle.

Posted by: Aviator at February 13, 2016 12:53 PM (c7vUv)

64 That fat, 8 year old cat did acrobatics to escape from that thing.

Posted by: Lauren at February 13, 2016 12:50 PM (3DIzJ)

Years ago Mrs H had two leash trained Siamese that loved to go walking with her.

Posted by: Hrothgar at February 13, 2016 12:54 PM (wYnyS)

65 Squirrel!!

Posted by: eman at February 13, 2016 12:54 PM (MQEz6)

66 Yeah, you guys, get Mis Hum your pet pics.
petmorons at the gee mail

Posted by: L, Elle at February 13, 2016 12:54 PM (2x3L+)

67 Our best dogs and cats have been adopted. There's no need to buy one. Pet stores are for birds, fish and tarantulas.

Posted by: Ed Anger at February 13, 2016 12:47 PM (RcpcZ)


There's a local org here that operates essentially a warehouse for kittehs. Nice place, they have large enclosures, with multiple cats. Upwards of 200 or so cats altogether. Very well cared-for.


I can't imagine going anywhere else ever again. Adoption fee/payment, it's all the same to me. Except, they're an outfit that is on my regular donations list every year as well, so I'm happy to pay for others' kittehs as well.

Posted by: BurtTC at February 13, 2016 12:54 PM (TOk1P)

68 Lost my toy collie Corky at age 8 to heart worms.

Didn't find out until too late.

God Bless her.

Posted by: Bitter Clinger 1.0 and All That at February 13, 2016 12:55 PM (Xo1Rt)

69 Okay, I'm going to e-mail a pic of our fur babies, Sandy and Spanky (and Spanky is a girl, too. Son named her when he was in middle school).

Ours are strictly indoor cats. Our last two kitties both lived to be 18. As I said up-thread, our girls are 14 and 15. Both rescues.

Posted by: Jane D'oh at February 13, 2016 12:55 PM (FsuaD)

70 I've got a pet I'd like to share. I have pictures and everything.



Posted by: Anthony Weiner at February 13, 2016 12:52 PM (R+30W)

Types.
DELETES!

*Moves on to next comment*

Posted by: Hrothgar at February 13, 2016 12:55 PM (wYnyS)

71 We've had dogs pick up deer ticks when there is still snow on the damn ground up here in April.

Finding ticks on a long hair dog is a PIA. So we always use the preventative stuff

Posted by: Misanthropic Humanitarian at February 13, 2016 12:56 PM (voOPb)

72 Jane, my cat had started losing weight and peeing a lot, so I suspected diabetes. I put him on low-carb cat food (CORE Wellness Grain Free was the best we could find in our small town), and he's doing much better. He has gotten sleeker and livelier. We also share low carb table scraps with him to further reduce the carb ratio.

If you think about it, since cats are carnivores, traditional cat food probably puts quite a load on the cat's system with all the fillers. Once cats get older, their carb-processing system is worn out.

Unfortunately, we have not had the resources for a vet visit, so I'm trying to be his doctor. Also, this means I don't have expert professional insight to share!

Posted by: Emmie at February 13, 2016 12:56 PM (ezXrF)

73 So is heartworm prevalent in Arizona? Should I be giving my dog the preventive medicine? Never heard much about it in Canada.

Posted by: Alberta Oil Peon at February 13, 2016 12:56 PM (Z8fuk)

74 I've got a pet I'd like to share. I have pictures and everything.



Posted by: Anthony Weiner at February 13, 2016 12:52 PM (R+30W)


Kind of a runt there, Tony.

Posted by: Pappy O'Daniel at February 13, 2016 12:56 PM (oVJmc)

75
I consider all the vaccinations and preventatives to be well spent money. Along with yearly tuneups.

The animal is entrusting his/her LIFE to you.

Posted by: irongrampa at February 13, 2016 12:56 PM (P/8aq)

76 The dog and I have a morning ritual where I make coffee and give a bowl of milk. Then she pees on a pad, gives me the finger, and goes back to bed.

Posted by: eman at February 13, 2016 12:57 PM (MQEz6)

77 39

All my cats have been indoor cats last one had to be euthanized, but she was 20 years old she had a good life.

Posted by: flmomof4 at February 13, 2016 12:57 PM (bEXWJ)

78 2 Tortoiseshell Sister Cats; 3 1/2 years old. Both with white chests and 4 white feet. One of them has the triangular face, cylindrical body and puppy-like personality of a Siamese, so I call her the Drama Queen of Siam. (She always wants to talk about our relationship.)

The other more resembles an typical American shorthair, but she has some cerebral palsy and maybe some mild retardation. Certainly an eating disorder, so I call her the Plus Size Model. (Her life is eating and looking beautiful.)

(I know, tortoiseshell cats shouldn't have any white, but they're not calico, either, because the brown and black isn't in spots, but mixed through the coat. They're closer to tortoiseshell.)

Posted by: Oschisms at February 13, 2016 12:57 PM (ZsN9X)

79 We do the twice yearly heartworm injections at the vet and the monthly chewable Nexgard for fleas and ticks. We were doing Trifexis for everything once monthly but it made our dog have hallucinations. All good now.

Posted by: NCKate at February 13, 2016 12:57 PM (KPhjz)

80 Posted by: Pappy O'Daniel at February 13, 2016 12:56 PM (oVJmc)

So, that's what a one pixel image looks like!

Posted by: Hrothgar at February 13, 2016 12:58 PM (wYnyS)

81
>>> She's just a stupid dog.

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Sometimes they are the best.

Posted by: Misanthropic Humanitarian at February 13, 2016 12:53 PM (voOPb)


Yeah, I often call her "stupid dog" to her face, and she just stands there and wags her tail at me. Because she's stupid.


Which is fine, I get to do my Eustace from "Courage the Cowardly Dog" show impression, and she gets attention. Win/win.

Posted by: BurtTC at February 13, 2016 12:58 PM (TOk1P)

82 >>>get Mis Hum your pet pics.
petmorons at the gee mail

Please include your nic to so we can acknowledge you & your pet.

Posted by: Misanthropic Humanitarian at February 13, 2016 12:58 PM (voOPb)

83 BtW, do any of you have hunting dogs that you actually use for hunting? I ask that because I've known hunters who have bought labs and pointers and golden retrievers and spaniels with the intent to train them to hunt, but it seems like they never do - so I'm wondering if the process is onerous. It seems that it should be hard wired into the breed.

Although my brother's golden retriever loved to jump into the lake to chase thrown plastic bottles or balls, he would never bring them right back to you. He'd get on the shore and then drop the ball right there and then run over to us, which I think would have been pretty annoying if he had been hauling a duck in.

Posted by: Donna&&&&V (a white) (whitely brandishing ampersand privilege ) at February 13, 2016 12:58 PM (P8951)

84 >>> I've got a pet I'd like to share. I have pictures and everything.
Posted by: Anthony Weiner at February 13, 2016 12:52 PM
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No one wants to see a pic of your worm

Posted by: L, Elle at February 13, 2016 12:58 PM (2x3L+)

85 When I first saw what Heart worms look like and what they do is when I probably started to realize that GOD doesn't have complete control here on Earth.

No All Powerful and kind being would allow such a thing so it must have been inspired by the Devil.

Posted by: Bitter Clinger 1.0 and All That at February 13, 2016 12:59 PM (Xo1Rt)

86 So anyone want to play guess the breed?

This is my puppy's mom.

http://tinyurl.com/zsm6ayx

Posted by: Lauren at February 13, 2016 01:00 PM (3DIzJ)

87 34---I haven't seen any pet ever get heartworm.

Posted by: BurtTC at February 13, 2016 12:43 PM (TOk1P)
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I have.
We had neighbors who decided to scrimp on the expense for their two beautiful Australian Shepherds ---(for which they paid a small fortune,BTW.)
Just awful. TERRIBLE way to die.

I agree that a house dog is far less likely to contract it and it may be more prevalent in some regions than others, but still......



Posted by: Margarita DeVille at February 13, 2016 01:00 PM (T/5A0)

88 81
>>> She's just a stupid dog.

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Sometimes they are the best.

Posted by: Misanthropic Humanitarian at February 13, 2016 12:53 PM (voOPb)


Yeah, I often call her "stupid dog" to her face, and she just stands there and wags her tail at me. Because she's stupid.


Which is fine, I get to do my Eustace from "Courage the Cowardly Dog" show impression, and she gets attention. Win/win.
Posted by: BurtTC at February 13, 2016 12:58 PM (TOk1P)


Murial!!!!

Posted by: eman at February 13, 2016 01:00 PM (MQEz6)

89 So, did chemjeff adopt a kitteh yet?

Posted by: antisocial justice beatnik at February 13, 2016 01:01 PM (jV8Mq)

90 Hey Chi! Btw, you guys, the pet thread was Chi's brilliant idea. Did you write something up for next weekends post?

I love hearing about all your cats and dogs!

Posted by: L, Elle at February 13, 2016 01:01 PM (2x3L+)

91 Posted by: Lauren at February 13, 2016 01:00 PM (3DIzJ)


502 Bad Gateway
nginx/1.6.2

Posted by: Hrothgar at February 13, 2016 01:01 PM (wYnyS)

92 "502 Bad Gateway
nginx/1.6.2"

Weird...it works from my computer.

Posted by: Lauren at February 13, 2016 01:03 PM (0C2f1)

93 Neighbors have a Mastiff. Fully grown but still puppyish in behavior. Big, big, sweet, sweet dog. Name? Frank The Tank.

Posted by: Mike Hammer, etc., etc. at February 13, 2016 01:03 PM (n22zQ)

94 Holly cat is a totes genetic copy of my little pal Whiskers!

Posted by: MikeD at February 13, 2016 01:04 PM (uKJIC)

95 Lauren, that's a brindle. Almost looks like a Dane

Posted by: L, Elle at February 13, 2016 01:04 PM (2x3L+)

96 Try this. http://goo.gl/yje9av

Posted by: Lauren at February 13, 2016 01:04 PM (0C2f1)

97 #2 son has a Bearded Dragon. It's about 15" long. One of the cats will get in the tank with it and they will just stare at each other. I think the cat likes it because it's warm and the lizard likes the company.

Posted by: freaked at February 13, 2016 01:04 PM (BO/km)

98 Yeah, I often call her "stupid dog" to her face, and she just stands there and wags her tail at me. Because she's stupid.

Which is fine, I get to do my Eustace from "Courage the Cowardly Dog" show impression, and she gets attention. Win/win.
Posted by: BurtTC
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Heh.
Tucker has multiple nicknames, most of which are of the Poopyhead, Stinkbutt, Doodoobreath variety. He gladly answers to each and every one.
And you don't even want to see his response if I start singing the theme to "Courtship Of Eddie's Father..."
*people let me tell you 'bout my best friend*

Posted by: Chi at February 13, 2016 01:05 PM (OUpHg)

99 92 "502 Bad Gateway
nginx/1.6.2"

Weird...it works from my computer.

Posted by: Lauren at February 13, 2016 01:03 PM (0C2f1)


I think tinyurl was having issues. It took it a little while for it to load. I have no clue what that mix is of.

Posted by: buzzion at February 13, 2016 01:05 PM (zt+N6)

100 I just sent in a picture of my Dog Noah. I sent it from my phone and it seems to have worked.

Posted by: Timon at February 13, 2016 01:05 PM (KSonr)

101 Frank the Tank is an awesome name. My Great Dane's mom is named Tiny. Funny name.

Posted by: L, Elle at February 13, 2016 01:06 PM (2x3L+)

102 @ 83

Yes, Donna. I use Spastic Lab hard during hunting season for ducks, geese, grouse and even squirrels.

She brings to hand with no problem. Unless we're just playing, then it becomes a game of keep away.

But when she works, there's no nonsense.

Posted by: irongrampa at February 13, 2016 01:06 PM (P/8aq)

103 Weird...it works from my computer.

Posted by: Lauren at February 13, 2016 01:03 PM (0C2f1)

May have been server overload due to your link it worked this time for me, what a beauty!

Posted by: Hrothgar at February 13, 2016 01:06 PM (wYnyS)

104 "Almost looks like a Dane"

Yeah I can't place the face. The rescue guessed cattle dog (don't see it really) retriever (see that) and maybe Plott hound for the brindle.

I've just never seen a dog like her before. Our pup doesn't look like her. He's just your standard black lab mix with some white markings and sort of brownish tones on the side.

Posted by: Lauren at February 13, 2016 01:07 PM (0C2f1)

105 Emmie, vet put both kitties on prescription Hill's Skin/Food Sensitivities formula. Within a few days their skin issues were totally cleared up.

She told me to go to Walmart to fill the insulin prescription when we return from S. Africa. I'm pretty sure giving Spanky the twice daily injections won't be a big deal. At least, I hope not.

Posted by: Jane D'oh at February 13, 2016 01:07 PM (FsuaD)

106 Heh.

Tucker has multiple nicknames, most of which are of the Poopyhead,
Stinkbutt, Doodoobreath variety. He gladly answers to each and every
one.

And you don't even want to see his response if I start singing the theme to "Courtship Of Eddie's Father..."

*people let me tell you 'bout my best friend*

Posted by: Chi at February 13, 2016 01:05 PM (OUpHg)


Isn't it great? It's like those movies that are supposed to be for kids, and yet there's some sly parts that are clearly meant for the adults at the theater, so they're not bored.

Your dog gets to enjoy the show, and you get to entertain yourself with your own warped humor, without the dog knowing the "inside" joke.

Posted by: BurtTC at February 13, 2016 01:09 PM (TOk1P)

107 We do Orijen dog food. We order from chewy.com which was the cheapest place I found.

I don't know how much of a difference it makes, but our crazy pup's coat is ridiculously shiny and he never has digestive issues.

Posted by: Lauren at February 13, 2016 01:10 PM (0C2f1)

108 An suggestions for a giant dog that pulls on the leash. I bought this gentle leader thing and the dog ate through it within one day.

Posted by: L, Elle at February 13, 2016 01:10 PM (2x3L+)

109 Yeah for pet thread!
I have something I've wondered about since I've had my 2 furry monsters. My cats who are sisters have always liked plastic bags and don't know why but do know at least some other cats do it so well.
The bags have no food leftovers.

Posted by: Skip at February 13, 2016 01:11 PM (BkhW6)

110 I just sent in a picture of my Dog Noah. I sent it from my phone and it seems to have worked.

Posted by: Timon at February 13, 2016 01:05 PM (KSonr)


Wait a sec... your dog's name ISN'T Pumbaa???

Posted by: BurtTC at February 13, 2016 01:12 PM (TOk1P)

111 I had been going to Petsmart for Blue Buffalo grain-free cat food. It wasn't helping. The Hill's presc. formula is hydrolyzed protein.

Anyhow, they don't care for it, but that's too bad. It's working.

Posted by: Jane D'oh at February 13, 2016 01:12 PM (FsuaD)

112 >>>> We do Orijen dog food.
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Yeah, Lauren. That is seriously great quality food. I tried to switch my puppy onto that, but it was too rich for her and she apparently has a sensitive stomach. It gave her terrible diarrhea which was a joy to clean up. I want to try to switch her back to that when she gets older.

Posted by: L, Elle at February 13, 2016 01:13 PM (2x3L+)

113 >>>75
I consider all the vaccinations and preventatives to be well spent money. Along with yearly tuneups.

The animal is entrusting his/her LIFE to you.
Posted by: irongrampa at February 13, 2016 12:56 PM (P/8aq)
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I understand that. I've wondered if we should find a home for him, but I don't know who would want an old cat. We acquired him when times were better.

With our situation we have to prioritize. People first; then we worry about about the cat.

Posted by: Emmie at February 13, 2016 01:13 PM (ezXrF)

114 Afternoon all,

We have had labs for years, until daughter found a german shepherd puppy for sale in the back of a car behind a medium priced hotel in Warsaw, near Embassy row. Stank like fish, since the Poles apparently feed fish meal to their dogs. She is neurotic, but has a heart of gold. And smart.

When daughter was horribly sick, and no one could figure out why, we got her a newfoundland. BEST. DOG. EVER. He has watched her like a hawk since he was a pup. Won't let her do stupid things, and lets us know when he thinks she is being stupid. And loves kids, babies, and small creatures. I am now a fan of the breed, and don't really want any other breed of dog.

Posted by: Moki at February 13, 2016 01:13 PM (7q2ch)

115 Fried chickens make wonderful pets.

Posted by: Colonel Bernie Sanders at February 13, 2016 01:14 PM (Dwehj)

116 Great job MisHum.

We've got a Tortoiseshell cat, don't recall how old she is, maybe 7-8. She gets along fine w/ the 5.5 yo yellow lab, Bailey, and the 1 yo chocolate lab, Kahlua.
The cat showed up in the neighborhood and proceeded to have a litter in the neighbor's woodpile. We brought her and the kittens in to save them, she's still here. Funny thing, Jules googled tortys and it turns out in Scottish lore if a torty adopts you it's good luck. Jules is over half Scottish BTW. I'm still waiting for the good luck.

Posted by: Farmer at February 13, 2016 01:14 PM (3hlFs)

117 L. have you looked at a Halti?

Posted by: freaked at February 13, 2016 01:14 PM (BO/km)

118 Holly's mostly indoors room-mate Shirley is talking to Mom downstairs.

The big Red Tailed hawk stooped on one of the local ferals three yards down this AM. Swerved off, cat spun around like WTF, stood there for 2 minutes, continued his walk to the woods.

Posted by: DaveA at February 13, 2016 01:15 PM (DL2i+)

119 I have something I've wondered about since I've had
my 2 furry monsters. My cats who are sisters have always liked plastic
bags and don't know why but do know at least some other cats do it so
well.

The bags have no food leftovers.

Posted by: Skip at February 13, 2016 01:11 PM (BkhW6)


One of our cats loves to lie on a paper bag. Anything with a "crunchy" texture.

Posted by: Jane D'oh at February 13, 2016 01:15 PM (FsuaD)

120 100 or so posts and no jokes about Obama's menu? It's like I don't know you people.

Posted by: Duke Lowell at February 13, 2016 01:16 PM (kTF2Z)

121 83--- BtW, do any of you have hunting dogs that you actually use for hunting?...... I'm wondering if the process is onerous. It seems that it should be hard wired into the breed. ...

Posted by: Donna&&&&V (a white) (whitely brandishing ampersand privilege ) at February 13, 2016 12:58 PM (P8951)
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All of our Goldens have been hunters.
The TALENT for retrieving is inbred but the SKILL has to be developed. (There are lots of books, etc., that show various methods for training puppies.)

If you want a dog that hunts well, you'd do well to check out his lineage and see if he has hunting ancestors. For example, Goldens with show-trial ancestors will usually have less talent than those with field-trial competitors. Buy your pups from someone who has actually hunted with sire or dam.

As to whether the training is "onerous," it IS if you yourself don't enjoy it. It's kind of like practicing baseball with your kid. If all you want is the end result, it could get tedious. But if you LIKE the practice itself, if you take joy in the comraderie and the obvious progress of the "pupil," it's a barrel of fun.


Posted by: Margarita DeVille at February 13, 2016 01:16 PM (T/5A0)

122 An suggestions for a giant dog that pulls on the
leash. I bought this gentle leader thing and the dog ate through it
within one day.

Posted by: L, Elle at February 13, 2016 01:10 PM (2x3L+)


Cesar Milan talks about this sometimes, and the answer tends to be: "It's not the leash, it's the behavior."


In other words, you will benefit from training the dog that being on the leash is NOT supposed to be the time when they get to play tug of war with you. The key is lowering the excitement before you go. And then doing simple behavior training when the "excitement" level rises during the walk.

Posted by: BurtTC at February 13, 2016 01:16 PM (TOk1P)

123 @ 108

Do you have a command word you use to get instant obeyance?

If so,use it when you first start and the dog wants to pull. This means stopping short and beginning again, so it'll take a few tries, but he/she will catch on.

One thing I'm curious about--who is the Alpha in your relationship?

Posted by: irongrampa at February 13, 2016 01:16 PM (P/8aq)

124 "I tried to switch my puppy onto that, but it was too rich for her and she apparently has a sensitive stomach"

Yeah I've heard of some doggies having trouble with that. We do the large breed puppy 80/20 grain free. I'm hoping that when we go to the adult he won't have any issues with the transition.

Posted by: Lauren at February 13, 2016 01:16 PM (0C2f1)

125 Posted by: DonnaV (a white) (whitely brandishing ampersand privilege ) at February 13, 2016 12:58 PM (P8951)

For retrievers I've found it much easier to train dogs from a field trial bloodline.

Posted by: BignJames at February 13, 2016 01:17 PM (HtUkt)

126 I think heartworms are a thing made up by the Veterinary Industrial Complex...

No,
but seriously, it gets cumbersome, and I forget, and it does sorta seem
to me like the multi-vitamin I take. Do I really need it? What benefit
is it really doing me? I know what benefit the multi-vitamin maker gets
from it, but I'm not sure I'm not just one big sucker here.

I
haven't seen any pet ever get heartworm. Maybe it's awful when they do,
but my critters spend most of their time indoors, so.....


Posted by: BurtTC at February 13, 2016 12:43 PM (TOk1P)
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I haven't read the whole thread, but I had to jump in here. Heartworm disease is very real, expensive to treat, hard on the dog, who will die without treatment. It's maybe 8 bucks a month depending on the size of the dog. Do it.

Posted by: grammie winger, sign of The Time at February 13, 2016 01:17 PM (dFi94)

127 Your dog gets to enjoy the show, and you get to entertain yourself with your own warped humor, without the dog knowing the "inside" joke.
Posted by: BurtTC
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Ha!
Every once in a while, if he is a very playful mood, and I'm not, I call him George.
Then I do the old Bugs Bunny routine - "and I will love him and hug him and pet him and squeeze him. And I will call him George. George is my friend!"

Ever have a dumb dog look at you like you're the retarded one?

Posted by: Chi at February 13, 2016 01:17 PM (OUpHg)

128 I want to wish Presdent Oblama and Micheal Obama a Happy Valentinens Day. We love and keep up the goad worm.

Posted by: Mary Clogginstein from Brattleboro, VT at February 13, 2016 01:17 PM (c717c)

129 # 116
Torties are the only cat that Edgar Allen Poe would own.

Posted by: Velvet Ambition at February 13, 2016 01:17 PM (QPdNE)

130 Vet showed me pics of a c-section she performed on a dachshund that got knocked up by a pit bull.

I can only imagine what the puppies will grow up to look like.

Posted by: Jane D'oh at February 13, 2016 01:18 PM (FsuaD)

131 Thanks to my tablet which thinks it knows what I type should be changed to whatever it likes.
My cats lick plastic bags as if it was rolled in tasty treats but has nothing on them.

Posted by: Skip at February 13, 2016 01:18 PM (BkhW6)

132 >>If you want a dog that hunts well, you'd do well to check out his lineage and see if he has hunting ancestors. For example, Goldens with show-trial ancestors will usually have less talent than those with field-trial competitors. Buy your pups from someone who has actually hunted with sire or dam.

Our first Golden when I was a kid was a retired field trial champion, simulated hunting. A friend of my dad's trained them but they were like athletes to him not pets. My sister and I adored the dog and he loved us because he wasn't getting the love he needed.

The dog was amazing, he would sit at the end of a dock and the owner would stand next to him and shoot a shotgun and then someone would throw a dummy into the water. The dog wouldn't move, wouldn't even flinch, until he was released. Then he would tear ass through the water, grab the dummy and bring it back and sit by the owners side with the dummy in his mouth. He wouldn't give it up until he was told to. He took a lot of work to train him this way.

We went to visit them at their camp on a lake in the Adirondacks. Really cool lake with no roads, telephones, electricity, etc. Everyone had their own generator and the only way to get to the camps was by boat. The day we were leaving the dog, Zeus, ran and jumped into our boat and wouldn't get out. The owner just said, take him.

Been many Goldens since then.

Posted by: JackStraw at February 13, 2016 01:18 PM (/tuJf)

133 Holly cat is a totes genetic copy

The skinny thin coated one loved the outside. The fat thick hair stays in unless it's 50+.

Posted by: DaveA at February 13, 2016 01:18 PM (DL2i+)

134 I guess I'm the crazy cat lady. I have 5 cats. I used to always just have two, but once people find out you like cats, it's uncanny how they find ways to give them to you.

So this morning, two of my cats were just hanging right outside of the laundry room. I thought, that's odd. And then I heard it. Behind the dryer I heard a scratching and possibly flapping sound. Well, after devising my plan of attack, I managed to get a little sparrow out of the flexible vent tube. It must have gotten in from the venting on the roof (which I'll have to get repaired next week). It flew away and was fine.

Without my trusty companions though, I might not have noticed it. I was just getting ready to throw in a load of laundry too - poor little bird would have died in there!

Posted by: Obamaisacommunist at February 13, 2016 01:19 PM (AnkaJ)

135 No, freaked. Thanks! I will read up on that. Today.
I've been letting her off the leash instead of trying to walk her lately. I have a lot of land and she loves running. It uses up all her hyper puppy energy and then she comes in and collapses and is calm for the rest of the day. So far she has always come back but I worry that she will chase one of the wabbits and get lost.

Posted by: L, Elle at February 13, 2016 01:19 PM (2x3L+)

136 108 An suggestions for a giant dog that pulls on the leash. I bought this gentle leader thing and the dog ate through it within one day.
Posted by: L, Elle at February

I recommend a pinch collar

I stay away from those retractable leashes for dogs over #15
Too many bad things can happen

Posted by: Misanthropic Humanitarian at February 13, 2016 01:19 PM (voOPb)

137 It was here that I spilled my guts, two and one half years ago, as I sat up all night with my dying dog. Total strangers, at 3:00AM, sent me sympathy and condolences, and I have always remembered it. Then, on September 20 of 2015 (at 5:25AM, but who's counting...) I said goodbye to the finest animal I've ever known, and whom I miss to this very day.

So here, among pet lovers, I ask for names - for the great ones. Not just the good dogs, but the great ones.

In your life, which dog do you still pine for?

One name per post, please, out of respect for the dog - but feel free to post every name you want. I've had three great dogs in my life, and they will be posted here.

Posted by: RobM1981 at February 13, 2016 01:21 PM (zurJC)

138 Casey

Golden Retriever

Posted by: RobM1981 at February 13, 2016 01:21 PM (zurJC)

139 Grant

Golden Retriever

Posted by: RobM1981 at February 13, 2016 01:21 PM (zurJC)

140 100 or so posts and no jokes about Obama's menu? It's like I don't know you people.

It's unpossible we've beaten a topic to death.

Posted by: DaveA at February 13, 2016 01:21 PM (DL2i+)

141 Buford

Newfoundland. The finest animal I have ever known.

Posted by: RobM1981 at February 13, 2016 01:21 PM (zurJC)

142 dinovite

Posted by: Ronster at February 13, 2016 01:22 PM (mUa7N)

143 Been many Goldens since then.

Posted by: JackStraw at February 13, 2016 01:18 PM (/tuJf)
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My 15 year old Golden passed away last summer. A year before that my Goldendoodle died of a brain tumor. The year before that, my beloved Greyhound died of bone cancer. That's it for me. I'm done.

Posted by: grammie winger, sign of The Time at February 13, 2016 01:22 PM (dFi94)

144 Since someone up-thread mentioned the Obama's, guess what the romantic duo is doing for Valentine's Day? Spending it apart (shocker). Barry's going golfing with buddies in CA.

I wonder if they'll get rid of the photo-op dogs when they leave the WH?

Posted by: Jane D'oh at February 13, 2016 01:22 PM (FsuaD)

145 We have 5 dogs, a puppy (looking for a home - we are over our legal limit) and garden kitties. The puppy is a black poodle, mostly, with his Bichon mix mom's curly tail. Cute. His parents live in the neighborhood, but they suffer from lack of grooming. Think I am going to have to clip him. He is on his way to being a punk-look dog.

Bounces instead of walking. Loves to play, sometimes a little too energetically for the older dogs.

Hates to be alone.

Posted by: KT at February 13, 2016 01:23 PM (qahv/)

146 BurtTC

We use Heart Guard. Once a month. Dogs love it. It's easy to remember. 1st of the month plus the packaging has stickers you can out on the calendar.

All it takes is 1 bite. Heartworm found in all 50 states

Posted by: Misanthropic Humanitarian at February 13, 2016 01:23 PM (voOPb)

147 137 RobM1981

Skivvies. Lab & mutt mix.

Posted by: NaCly Dog at February 13, 2016 01:23 PM (u82oZ)

148 The Halti will slow your dog down but you still have to train it. It kind of pulls the dogs nose down when he pulls but it doesn't hurt them. After they get the idea you don't need it anymore.

If our Shepherd forgets and starts pulling too hard I will try to get the lease between his two front legs and keep it there. He doesn't like it and will try to get it out but it will slow him down and remind him to quit pulling.

Also the "EH!" command is imperative. It is useful in many cases when you want them to stop whatever it is they are doing. One "EH!" from me they stop and I get the sheepish glance from them.

Posted by: freaked at February 13, 2016 01:24 PM (BO/km)

149 Hollie

Chocolate Lab

Posted by: flmomof4 at February 13, 2016 01:24 PM (bEXWJ)

150 Guide to Housecat Coat Colors and Patterns (possibly linked here years ago?):

http://preview.tinyurl.com/7lnp9qv

Beautiful artwork and well-researched.

Posted by: JQ Flyover at February 13, 2016 01:24 PM (044Fx)

151 >>My 15 year old Golden passed away last summer. A year before that my Goldendoodle died of a brain tumor. The year before that, my beloved Greyhound died of bone cancer. That's it for me. I'm done.

My current Golden just turned 10. I swear you would never know it, he still acts like a willful puppy although he is just beginning to get a little white face.

I've been thinking lately that this might be it for me. I am a huge dog lover but losing them kills me. Not sure I can do it again.

Posted by: JackStraw at February 13, 2016 01:24 PM (/tuJf)

152 I do the old Bugs Bunny routine -

Pepe Le Pew the cat, get the same scramble away.
Hold on too long and I get Heston.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Cdmqn9JIuzc

Posted by: DaveA at February 13, 2016 01:25 PM (DL2i+)

153 Skipper, a beagle.

Posted by: Jane D'oh at February 13, 2016 01:25 PM (FsuaD)

154 In your life, which dog do you still pine for?

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It's a toss-up. My Golden was arguably the smartest dog on the planet. She had full run at my daughter's hospital's 3rd and 4th floors. She knew how to operate the elevators herself (therapy dog) - Annie


But I still have dreams about my gorgeous fawn Greyhound, Emma. Dumber than a bag of hair. I always told her "you don't have to be smart when you're pretty".




Posted by: grammie winger, sign of The Time at February 13, 2016 01:25 PM (dFi94)

155 To RobM1981, your post reminds me of the movie Dean Spanley. Sweet, sweet film. Peter O'Toole's character had one of the worlds greatest dogs. (There are only 7 at any given time).

Posted by: Obamaisacommunist at February 13, 2016 01:25 PM (AnkaJ)

156 >>>> One thing I'm curious about--who is the Alpha in your relationship?
Posted by: irongrampa at February 13, 2016 01:16 PM
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Yeah, it's really been an ongoing battle with her. I like to think I am, but, man, is she stubborn. She is constantly testing me. I can get her to do most everything except stop pulling on the leash. I make her sit before I let her outside every time. She loves going outside, but sometimes she just stares at me and then looks away and purposely ignores me. It's maddening!

Posted by: L, Elle at February 13, 2016 01:26 PM (2x3L+)

157 Ever have a dumb dog look at you like you're the retarded one?

Posted by: Chi at February 13, 2016 01:17 PM (OUpHg)


I get that all the time. She'll be sound asleep, then I'll come in the room, and she pops up like I don't belong there. So I'll stick my tongue out at her, give her a raspberry, and she just looks at me, like "when are you EVER going to grow up?"

Posted by: BurtTC at February 13, 2016 01:26 PM (TOk1P)

158 Boris the doggy got me thru the worst part of my life. He was the best.

Posted by: freaked at February 13, 2016 01:27 PM (BO/km)

159 Has anybody here got experience using Pfizer Revolution (selamectin) anti-flea medicine?

I was specifically wondering about
1. Side effects
2. Possibility of counterfeit product when ordered from overseas, specifically Australia.

Posted by: Semi-Literate Thug at February 13, 2016 01:27 PM (HclkT)

160 Posted by: JackStraw at February 13, 2016 01:24 PM (/tuJf)
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Jack, my Annie was white for several years before she died. I thought maybe she'd make it till 12. She made it to 15. May you have several years of joy ahead of you.

Posted by: grammie winger, sign of The Time at February 13, 2016 01:27 PM (dFi94)

161 >>>>lately that this might be it for me. I am a huge dog lover but losing them kills me. Not sure I can do it again.

The worst part about a pet is that they leave us too soon. 3 years ago today we lost Derrys mom Rhoda to cancer. She was only 9.5 years old

Posted by: Misanthropic Humanitarian at February 13, 2016 01:28 PM (voOPb)

162 Posted by: Semi-Literate Thug at February 13, 2016 01:27 PM (HclkT)
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I never cared for Revolution but for the life of me I can't remember why, although I think it had to do with efficacy.

Posted by: grammie winger, sign of The Time at February 13, 2016 01:28 PM (dFi94)

163 BurtTC



We use Heart Guard. Once a month. Dogs love it. It's easy to
remember. 1st of the month plus the packaging has stickers you can out
on the calendar.



All it takes is 1 bite. Heartworm found in all 50 states

Posted by: Misanthropic Humanitarian at February 13, 2016 01:23 PM (voOPb)


Yeah, I've got it. I just don't always remember when it's time to give it, then I get the reminder from the vet saying it's time to get more, and I find I have a month or two left in my supply, so.....

Posted by: BurtTC at February 13, 2016 01:29 PM (TOk1P)

164
We have a cat in addition to Elizabeth the lab that my wife fell in love with. Younger daughter did a rescue on him and Kathleen pestered until we took him. I didn't want him, the dog said sure, why not.

He's gone from a basement scared animal to an insufferable keyboard commando--always on MY keyboard. Now we're his family, and I have to say that the guy is a very very affectionate animal.

Posted by: irongrampa at February 13, 2016 01:29 PM (P/8aq)

165 Buff, English Mastiff...such a gentle soul.

Posted by: BignJames at February 13, 2016 01:30 PM (HtUkt)

166 >>Jack, my Annie was white for several years before she died. I thought maybe she'd make it till 12. She made it to 15. May you have several years of joy ahead of you.

Thanks grammie. My last one, Boomer, also lasted to 15. He was a water dog extraordinaire. Not only did he love to go sailing, he would spend hours just swimming on his own and digging up clams.

My current one, well let's just say he's like your Greyhound. Pretty boy but not firing on all cylinders. But I love him anyway.

Posted by: JackStraw at February 13, 2016 01:31 PM (/tuJf)

167 Also my two cats (around 15yrs) have to be the coldest creatures on the planet, they never been outside and spend all day figuring the warmest place to be, on top heater, dryer when running, on to heater baseboard with only 2 paws at a time, or my lap.

Posted by: Skip at February 13, 2016 01:31 PM (BkhW6)

168 Regarding my question about Revolution, I had used it occasionally on our cats for years, and last Oct they both died within a month of similar symptoms.

Posted by: Semi-Literate Thug at February 13, 2016 01:32 PM (HclkT)

169 162 Posted by: Semi-Literate Thug at February 13, 2016 01:27 PM (HclkT)
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I never cared for Revolution but for the life of me I can't remember why, although I think it had to do with efficacy.


Posted by: grammie winger, sign of The Time at February 13, 2016 01:28 PM (dFi94)



I use it on my dog. It works for him. He doesn't have side effects from it but you never know.

Posted by: buzzion at February 13, 2016 01:32 PM (zt+N6)

170 Some Hrothgar dog pics another day. But my dad got an interesting dog for my family when I was a kid.

Some friends of his boss were fishermen and out in the middle of the Chesapeake Bay somewhere when they saw something in the water. They went over, found, and hauled aboard a male Chesapeake Bay Retriever that had decided to leave Maryland and swim to Virginia. The boss man bought that dog which went on to sire several litters of beautiful pups, and my dad was able to bring one home to us.

We lived right on the water, a minor tributary to the Bay and that dog loved the water. Swimmingest dog I have ever seen. If you went out on a boat without him, he'd jump in the water and try to swim after you and we'd have to recreate the hauling a wet dog aboard scenario again.

Posted by: Hrothgar at February 13, 2016 01:32 PM (wYnyS)

171 >>>> I am a huge dog lover but losing them kills me. Not sure I can do it again.
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Yeah, I am bracing myself for this already. I love my puppy so much. I can't bear the thought of losing her. On top of that, Great Danes don't have long life spans. She will probably be my only dog. I don't think I could replace her. Once she is gone, I'm done.

Posted by: L, Elle at February 13, 2016 01:33 PM (2x3L+)

172 My first setter was Scoundrel

Commonly called Scound Hound

Posted by: Misanthropic Humanitarian at February 13, 2016 01:33 PM (voOPb)

173 Want to test your vet's integrity? Ask him/her how often your pet truly needs to be vaccinated.

The annual thing is mostly to ensure your pet gets a physical every year.

Posted by: Emmie at February 13, 2016 01:33 PM (ezXrF)

174 Pic of new puppy with 2-year-old corgi

http://tinypic.com/r/wvx2c5/9

He's about half of Einstein's size and he's only 11 weeks.

Posted by: Pappy O'Daniel at February 13, 2016 01:34 PM (oVJmc)

175 Both our cats are extremely affectionate.

The youngest slept with our son. When he left for boot camp, she quit eating for a couple of days, and didn't to back up to his room again.

When he came home after graduation, she nearly jumped in his arms, she was so overjoyed. When he comes over, he holds her and she gets so happy she drools.

Posted by: Jane D'oh at February 13, 2016 01:35 PM (FsuaD)

176
I haven't read the whole thread, but I had to jump in here. Heartworm disease is very real, expensive to treat, hard on the dog, who will die without treatment. It's maybe 8 bucks a month depending on the size of the dog. Do it.
Posted by: grammie winger
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Cheapest I could get is $15 monthly, and that's for a min-pin.
Last week, vet refused to give me the heartgard pill until I bring him in for a few hundred dollars worth of a 5 minute "annual checkup" & poop test.

So, next week or so, I'll be taking him to a new vet - the one right here in the neighborhood. If I have to pay for an annual visit, it'll be convenient for us & not to the condescending B at the old vet.

Posted by: Chi at February 13, 2016 01:35 PM (OUpHg)

177 I wonder if they'll get rid of the photo-op dogs when they leave the WH?


Posted by: Jane D'oh at February 13, 2016 01:22 PM (FsuaD)

Throw one on the barbie, mate!

Posted by: Hrothgar at February 13, 2016 01:35 PM (wYnyS)

178 >>probably be my only dog. I don't think I could replace her. Once she is gone, I'm done.
----

L, live for today. Don't think about the end. When that day comes and you grieve time heals.

As bad as it hurts, I just can imagine life without a dog

Posted by: Misanthropic Humanitarian at February 13, 2016 01:36 PM (voOPb)

179 Speaking of dogs who love to swim, my Golden was the same way. We'd go up north to our cabin and she'd make a beeline down to the lake and swim 4-5 hours straight. We'd have to physically haul her out. If we'd go out fishing, she'd follow our boat clear across the lake.


We knew she was going downhill when we'd get to the cabin and just sit onshore.

Posted by: grammie winger, sign of The Time at February 13, 2016 01:36 PM (dFi94)

180
@ 156

L.elle, she IS testing you. When she does this, stop, make her sit, and get in FRONT of her.

Raise your voice, get in her face and discipline her verbally, she'll acknowledge the fact.

Then start the process over again. At some point, she'll do as asked--at that time praise her extravagantly and give her a treat.

I carry small puppy treats for this, broken in half.

It'll take some patience but she'll learn, they ALL will sooner or later.

Posted by: irongrampa at February 13, 2016 01:37 PM (P/8aq)

181 Harley.

My late, beloved shipmate, and best cat ever

http://tinyurl.com/jha6jfv

Link is safe, it goes to my moribund corpse of a blog.

I love the two cats here in the house now, but they're not Harley....he was entirely unique.

He's buried right outside of my gun-room window, and so, I'll now go sit outside and visit him a while.

Dusty in here.



Jim
Sunk New Dawn
Galveston, TX

Posted by: Jim at February 13, 2016 01:38 PM (McRlu)

182 Pappy

That is one sweet puppy, I love the smell of puppies they have such a sweet smell.

Posted by: flmomof4 at February 13, 2016 01:38 PM (bEXWJ)

183 Pappy, puppy is so cute!! I love that their coloring matches. How is the corgi responding to the new addition?

Posted by: L, Elle at February 13, 2016 01:38 PM (2x3L+)

184 174
Pic of new puppy with 2-year-old corgi



http://tinypic.com/r/wvx2c5/9



He's about half of Einstein's size and he's only 11 weeks.

Posted by: Pappy O'Daniel at February 13, 2016 01:34 PM (oVJmc)


Awwww...love the look in the Corgi's eyes, like, "Srsly??"

Posted by: Jane D'oh at February 13, 2016 01:38 PM (FsuaD)

185 "Pic of new puppy with 2-year-old corgi "

Awwwww

Posted by: Lauren at February 13, 2016 01:39 PM (0C2f1)

186 137-- RobM1981
---------------
Riggins
Golden Retriever

His son and grandsons live in our hearts too --- but he's the One.

We are down to his great-grandson Cooley now.
Cooley is Cooley and I love him as he is.
But sometimes when the sun is setting and we're out in the meadow and he cocks his head a certain way, I see Riggins and I cry.



Posted by: Margarita DeVille at February 13, 2016 01:39 PM (T/5A0)

187 Chi - that $15/ month - are you using Sentinel? That's heartworm plus flea prevention. Straight heartworm is a little less expensive, but then you have to do flea prevention separately. So - yeah.

Posted by: grammie winger, sign of The Time at February 13, 2016 01:40 PM (dFi94)

188 Anyone here have experience with diabetes in a pet?

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My late, great (in heart and in girth) tomcat developed diabetes and I had to give him shots twice a day. I just waited until he was eating and then gently grabbed the loose skin on his neck betwixt his shoulders and gave him the injection. There aren't many nerve endings in that area, which is why mama cats can carry their kittens in their mouths by gently picking them up by the scruff.

Posted by: All Hail Eris, Literate Savage at February 13, 2016 01:40 PM (jR7Wy)

189 Pappy, puppy is so cute!! I love that their coloring matches. How is the corgi responding to the new addition?

He's a little rough, a little territorial, and more than a bit bossy.

Pretty standard for the breed, really. He'll adapt okay.

Posted by: Pappy O'Daniel at February 13, 2016 01:41 PM (oVJmc)

190 Over vaccination is/can be a health problem

Good vets will send out cards/emails etc for check up.

Chi just looking online for meds check this out.

http://www.1800petmeds.com/Heartgard+Plus+Chewables-prod10002.html

Posted by: Misanthropic Humanitarian at February 13, 2016 01:41 PM (voOPb)

191 Jim

Sunk New Dawn

Galveston, TX



Harley is the name of our son's adopted dog. Sweetest thing in the world. She's a mixed breed, wasn't trained at all when son and roommate took her in, and son house broke her and trained her to voice and hand commands.


Until I have an actual human grandchild, I call her my "granddog."

Posted by: Jane D'oh at February 13, 2016 01:42 PM (FsuaD)

192 Our big dumb boy cat used to lick plastic bags.

Posted by: Beth M at February 13, 2016 01:43 PM (kiy9d)

193 My cat also licks plastic. I hide the plastic now.

Posted by: Whoopie Goldberg at February 13, 2016 01:43 PM (AkOaV)

194 Better pic of the puppy:

http://tinypic.com/r/30lov2a/9

Posted by: Pappy O'Daniel at February 13, 2016 01:43 PM (oVJmc)

195 When he comes over, he holds her and she gets so happy she drools.
Posted by: Jane D'oh at February 13, 2016 01:35 PM (FsuaD)
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My tomcat was a drooler too! He was very affectionate and loved to drape his immensity over my shoulder and be petted into a fat puddle of goo. (((happiness shedding))) My tee shirt would look like an angora sweater.

Posted by: All Hail Eris, Literate Savage at February 13, 2016 01:44 PM (jR7Wy)

196 /sock

Posted by: Harry paratestes at February 13, 2016 01:44 PM (AkOaV)

197 As bad as it hurts, I just can imagine life without a dog
Posted by: Misanthropic Humanitarian
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Yep. I went years without a dog, and only came by this one kind of accidentally. But I have to wonder why I waited so long...
Worth every frustrating moment and sacrifice I have made. Sometimes those may be financial - but still worth it.

I once tried to convince a dear friend of ours that getting a puppy would help him get out of his depressed funk, because Tucker sure helped me when I was at my lowest, but he didn't take my advice.
I know when this guy is finally gone, I won't wait long for a new friend.

Posted by: Chi at February 13, 2016 01:44 PM (OUpHg)

198 >>Better pic of the puppy:

Very cute puppy.

Posted by: JackStraw at February 13, 2016 01:44 PM (/tuJf)

199 194 Better pic of the puppy:

http://tinypic.com/r/30lov2a/9

Posted by: Pappy O'Daniel at February 13, 2016 01:43 PM (oVJmc)



Oh yeah, there's trouble.

Posted by: buzzion at February 13, 2016 01:45 PM (zt+N6)

200 9 Wife just called. New dog.
Posted by: Pappy O'Daniel at February 13, 2016 12:30 PM (oVJmc)

Awww seconded! Woof!

Posted by: anon a mouse - now with more puppy! at February 13, 2016 01:45 PM (C9pBZ)

201 Harley.



My late, beloved shipmate, and best cat ever



http://tinyurl.com/jha6jfv



Link is safe, it goes to my moribund corpse of a blog.



I love the two cats here in the house now, but they're not Harley....he was entirely unique.



He's buried right outside of my gun-room window, and so, I'll now go sit outside and visit him a while.



Dusty in here.



Jim

Sunk New Dawn

Galveston, TX

Posted by: Jim at February 13, 2016 01:38 PM (McRlu)


Very good looking guy. Looks similar to my oldest male. But my "favorite" kitteh died suddenly, without any advanced warning a little over a year ago. Good grief was that awful. I just thought of her the other day when I was driving and couldn't believe I almost came to tears.

She's buried outside, next to the deck. Rocks on her grave are in the shape of a cross... more or less. I don't care if anyone else thinks it's sacrilegious.

Posted by: BurtTC at February 13, 2016 01:45 PM (TOk1P)

202 Also Chi - one reason the vet wants to check out your dog (bloodwork) is to make sure that your dog has not developed heartworm in the last 12 months, as no pill is 100% effective all the time in every situation. The poop test is to check for worms and other parasites.

Posted by: grammie winger, sign of The Time at February 13, 2016 01:45 PM (dFi94)

203 ZOMG!!! Pappy, those little tiny legs and paws! Absolutely Adorable!! I want one!

Posted by: L, Elle at February 13, 2016 01:46 PM (2x3L+)

204 " Better pic of the puppy: "

Puppy paws!

Posted by: Lauren at February 13, 2016 01:46 PM (3DIzJ)

205 -------------------

My late, great (in heart and in girth) tomcat developed diabetes and
I had to give him shots twice a day. I just waited until he was eating
and then gently grabbed the loose skin on his neck betwixt his
shoulders and gave him the injection. There aren't many nerve endings
in that area, which is why mama cats can carry their kittens in their
mouths by gently picking them up by the scruff.

Posted by: All Hail Eris, Literate Savage at February 13, 2016 01:40 PM (jR7Wy)


Spanky wasn't overweight, but had been losing weight, and drinking a lot of water. Thanks for the advice about the injections. Vet told me to inject her behind her neck. I'll try doing it while she's eating.

Posted by: Jane D'oh at February 13, 2016 01:46 PM (FsuaD)

206 Our big dumb boy cat used to lick plastic bags.



Posted by: Beth M at February 13, 2016 01:43 PM (kiy9d)
==========================================

Oh my gosh, my last cat did that too. Drove me nuts. Especially while unloading groceries.

Posted by: grammie winger, sign of The Time at February 13, 2016 01:47 PM (dFi94)

207 >>Also Chi - one reason the vet wants to check out your dog (bloodwork) is to make sure that your dog has not developed heartworm in the last 12 months, as no pill is 100% effective all the time in every situation. The poop test is to check for worms and other parasites.

My understanding is that heart worm meds are strictly preventative. If a dog is already infected the monthly meds won't do anything and the dog will just get sicker.

Posted by: JackStraw at February 13, 2016 01:47 PM (/tuJf)

208 123
One thing I'm curious about--who is the Alpha in your relationship?
Posted by: irongrampa at February 13, 2016 01:16 PM (P/8aq)


That's not a consideration for cat staff.

Posted by: rickl at February 13, 2016 01:48 PM (sdi6R)

209 Great idea for a thread. Thanks for taking the time Love the pictures. The top one made me laugh. Such a relief when we talk about other things than politics. It's nice to have weekend breaks for those things.

Posted by: FenelonSpoke at February 13, 2016 01:48 PM (w4NZ8)

210 My Dog Skip. Saddest movie ever.

Posted by: Beth M at February 13, 2016 01:48 PM (kiy9d)

211 190
Yep.

Posted by: Emmie at February 13, 2016 01:48 PM (ezXrF)

212 I don't cry at movies but I sobbing at the end of Marley and Me

Posted by: L, Elle at February 13, 2016 01:50 PM (2x3L+)

213 Chi just looking online for meds check this out.

http://www.1800petmeds.com/Heartgard+Plus+Chewables-prod10002.html

Posted by: Misanthropic Humanitarian at February 13, 2016 01:41 PM (voOPb)


Scrolling down on that link, I find that certain herding breeds, like border collies, and Australian shepherds are susceptible to adverse reactions to Ivermectin due to a gene they carry. My dog is Basset cross Border Collie. So there may be a risk there.

Posted by: Alberta Oil Peon at February 13, 2016 01:50 PM (Z8fuk)

214 My cat also licks plastic. I hide the plastic now.

My puppycat is a retriever. He likes plastic items and will pull them out of drawers.

Puppycat: Genetically feline with noticeable canine traits.

Posted by: fluffy at February 13, 2016 01:51 PM (AfsKp)

215 Grammie @ 187
Nope. I had him on Sentinel for a year (quite affordable), but then they tried to more than double the price on me. So I switched to straight-up Heartgard at $15, and do my own flea treatments.
I think my vet, while decent docs, are just looking to make money.

And mention to them "look, I can't afford $30 a month for a flea/heartworm pill. On top of everything else? This guy is 16lbs, and has 10x better health care than I do!"
To them, I'm white trash, and i'm betting they will not miss my business one bit.

Posted by: Chi at February 13, 2016 01:52 PM (OUpHg)

216 Jane D'Oh..... Harley was names for the rhythm and loudness of his purr. Sounded just like one.

And as far as feline diabetes. Harley got insulin, twice a day, for the last two and a half years of his life. Which meant he made cross country road trips with me, too. Was only me to take care of him, you see.

Now, as far as steroids for a skin condition? Avoid those at all costs.

They bring on feline diabetes. I'm not kidding on this.... research after Harley died, has proven this to me.

Instead, go with Dinovite (it works) or the various grain-free cat foods.

Never make a sudden switch over of any pet food, by the way. Always make it a gradual mix-in with the existing food. Should take about two weeks to switch from one to the other.

You most likely won't get the violent digestive upsets that a sudden change over often brings.

Like the old saying goes. I hope to be but half the man my cat thought I was.



Jim
Sunk New Dawn
Galveston, TX

Posted by: Jim at February 13, 2016 01:52 PM (McRlu)

217 Lucy, my golden-springer cross that taught herself how to fish.

Posted by: Notsothoreau at February 13, 2016 01:52 PM (Lqy/e)

218 Puppycat: Genetically feline with noticeable canine traits.

Posted by: fluffy at February 13, 2016 01:51 PM (AfsKp)
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I had one of those. Liked to play fetch and go for walks on a leash.

Posted by: grammie winger, sign of The Time at February 13, 2016 01:53 PM (dFi94)

219 210
My Dog Skip. Saddest movie ever.

Posted by: Beth M at February 13, 2016 01:48 PM (kiy9d)


Yes.

Posted by: Jane D'oh at February 13, 2016 01:53 PM (FsuaD)

220 What is the best way to find a good breeder? Even if they have a great website it's hard to know.

Posted by: Beth M at February 13, 2016 01:53 PM (kiy9d)

221 What is the best way to find a good breeder? Even if they have a great website it's hard to know.

Posted by: Beth M at February 13, 2016 01:53 PM (kiy9d)


There are no good breeders. Icky, icky, icky!

Posted by: NARAL at February 13, 2016 01:54 PM (Z8fuk)

222 PET THREAD! I wondered if I'd enjoy this. I do. Thanks!

And Meth Lab is hilarious.

After twenty-two years living in the country, oh! the tails I could tell of our cats and dogs. And pix...! I'll try to constrain myself.

Here's a pic of our boy Gimli at a birthday party last month.
http://bit.ly/bdy-dog

Many years ago, I saw this young dog out by the shed. Assuming it was some neighbor's critter trespassing, I said to my son, Son, go chase that dog off. Son ran out there, yelling and waving his arms. The dog laid down and rolled over, tail wagging. I knew he was ours from that moment. And he was. Son got to name him. That name's not my fault!

He's apparently got some German Shepherd, but with a short snout, and a broad torso and skinny hind end that give him a unique appearance - vet said probably some pit bull, with some chow. I like mutts, and he's the best mutt ever!

Being a "teenager" and apparently abused, besides being abandoned, he was a bit hard to train, but he was and is eager to please, and loyal as can be, so after a long time on leashes and tethers, he finally learned to stay in our territory and is never on a tether at home, long since. Gun-, thunder-, and loud-noises-shy, probably from his upbringing. If I swat a bug, he runs for the door.

He's gentle as can be with our kitties, but a killer of possums and squirrels. I remember walking him one day early-on, and as we passed by some high grass, he turned and nailed a possum like lightning. Little beady eyes staring up at me, broken but breathing. Had to put him out of his misery. A couple of times they would wander into his tethered territory and get killed, too.

But when it comes to chasing off neighbors' dogs, he keeps his distance and barks commandingly. Smart guy. Looks fierce enough to strangers that they don't just get out of their cars, but the meter reader and others have learned, he's just happy to see you. (Of course, the meter reader brings him doggie treats!)

Scariest moment: when he was still on a tether, one day, we found him sitting up in the old oak in front of the house - climbed straight up ten feet to get there! If he'd tried to come down the wrong side, he would've hanged himself. Moved him away from the tree after that. Got older and heaver and he never climbed a tree again, but that was as impressive as it was terrifying.

He's smarter than we are. We were neglectful one year and he got the heartworms, so he's on the monthly treatment for the rest of his life. We were using the Iverhart, but the vet had supply troubles so they switched us to Interceptor.

He looks his very best when he's running. Also, when out-of-town son brings his two dogs by, and walks them around the property (on a leash), Gimli is as happy as can be to walk with them - loves company, even though those city girl-dogs are weird.

Getting on in years, sometimes seems a little stiff getting up in the morning or when it's cold - so am I - but once he gets going he's like a puppy. When we feed him, he waits to eat until I pet his head and say, "Good dog." Loves riding in the pick-em-up more than the van because he can see out more easily.

I wish I'd known when my kids were younger what this dog has taught us, about patience and positive reinforcement vs punishment. He's a good teacher.

Posted by: mindful webworker - owned by the animals we keep at February 13, 2016 01:55 PM (Q1QrS)

223 Elliott
Chocolate Lab
My first ever dog...the life of the party

Posted by: Timon at February 13, 2016 01:55 PM (KSonr)

224 I mentioned yesterday that I had dogs when I was a kid, but my dad hated cats so I never had them.

When I was 42 I fell head over heels in love with my neighbor's cat, and when she had a litter I adopted two of the kittens. I'm 58 now and I can't imagine life without cats.

Posted by: rickl at February 13, 2016 01:55 PM (sdi6R)

225 We are at seven cats, two dogs and five parrots.

It has been interesting with the new dog. He's a springer and we got him at 10 months. My springer cross is 8 and she hates his guts. He is getting along okay with the cats that go outside. My inside cats don't like him. We've had him for eight months so I am hoping it will all be resolved as he gets older. He is a funny, funny dog.

Posted by: Notsothoreau at February 13, 2016 01:56 PM (Lqy/e)

226 Jim, did you have to do anything to help your cat travel? I would love to take my cat with me sometimes, but he's miserable in the car. Can't even take him on a short trip to the vet without having to clean up drool/vomit.

Posted by: Emmie at February 13, 2016 01:57 PM (ezXrF)

227 I think my vet, while decent docs, are just looking to make money.

===============================================


Those kind of vets are certainly out there. Believe me, I know. The very frugal and very honest vet I worked for, for years, retired. The guy who bought the practice came in and the very next day doubled most of the prices. He would scare people into running unnecessary tests and procedures. After two weeks of that, I quit. I wasn't going to work for a sleaze bucket.


But there are good and honest ones out there too. I would say most of them. Maybe shop around - get recommendations from people you know. Ask the animal shelter who they use.

Posted by: grammie winger, sign of The Time at February 13, 2016 01:58 PM (dFi94)

228 Jim, also, thanks for the Dinovite testimonial. I've wondered if that stuff works.

Posted by: Emmie at February 13, 2016 01:59 PM (ezXrF)

229 Jim, did you have to do anything to help your cat travel? I would love to take my cat with me sometimes, but he's miserable in the car. Can't even take him on a short trip to the vet without having to clean up drool/vomit.
Posted by: Emmie at February 13, 2016 01:57 PM (ezXrF)

Well it's probably to late for you now, but we took our cats in the car from the very beginning just of joy rides so they got used to it and did not associate it only with trips to the Vet.

Posted by: Nevergiveup at February 13, 2016 02:00 PM (DUoqb)

230 Our big dumb boy cat used to lick plastic bags.



Posted by: Beth M at February 13, 2016 01:43 PM (kiy9d)
==========================================
Oh my gosh, my last cat did that too. Drove me nuts. Especially while unloading groceries.


Posted by: grammie winger, sign of The Time at February 13, 2016 01:47 PM (dFi94)


We make a game of it. I bring the groceries in, start putting everything away, and the big boy sits there while I float the empty bags on top of him. He swats at them, pounces on them, has a grand ol' time!


Then I put them away. We don't want any remote-but-possible accidents happening.

Posted by: BurtTC at February 13, 2016 02:00 PM (TOk1P)

231 What is the best way to find a good breeder? Even if they have a great website it's hard to know.

Posted by: Beth M at February 13, 2016 01:53 PM (kiy9d)

Word of mouth. What are you looking for?

Posted by: Timon at February 13, 2016 02:00 PM (KSonr)

232 Hollie, my choc lab was all about food and found many creative ways to get at people food. One day after we'd lost power from a hurricane, everyone's doors and windows were open, saw her running away from neighbors house with a bag of bread in her mouth with the neighbor chasing after her. She was a pip.

Posted by: flmomof4 at February 13, 2016 02:00 PM (bEXWJ)

233 Now, as far as steroids for a skin condition? Avoid those at all costs.



They bring on feline diabetes. I'm not kidding on this.... research after Harley died, has proven this to me.



Instead, go with Dinovite (it works) or the various grain-free cat foods.



Never make a sudden switch over of any pet food, by the way. Always
make it a gradual mix-in with the existing food. Should take about two
weeks to switch from one to the other.



You most likely won't get the violent digestive upsets that a sudden change over often brings.



Jim, I had heard about the steroids, and we used Dinovite for months, to no avail. Spanky literally had sores around her neck and scratched constantly. Our vet and her husband have six cats, and she suggested we try an injection. Within an hour the cat had quit scratching, and in a couple of days the sores were gone. That was two weeks ago. The diabetes in her blood work showed up on Thursday. Her liver and kidneys are good.


We'll start her on insulin end of March after our two-week trip is over. Vet said that would be fine.


Anyhow, we were desperate to get relief for the poor girl. She's been running around the house on a tear like a kitten!


Also, she's a "puppy cat" who loves belly rubs and isn't shy around strangers. At 14, I hope she has several more years. It's going to kill us when she's gone.

Posted by: Jane D'oh at February 13, 2016 02:01 PM (FsuaD)

234 We're not in any hurry to get a dog, we've got two cats. But we're in Virginia and I'd like to look at some spaniels.

Posted by: Beth M at February 13, 2016 02:01 PM (kiy9d)

235 My kitteh adoptees:

http://preview.tinyurl.com/htdgtwd

http://preview.tinyurl.com/hnvqemg

http://preview.tinyurl.com/hn7yfyl

Posted by: antisocial justice beatnik at February 13, 2016 02:02 PM (jV8Mq)

236 Emmie....

Nope, Harley was a born Co-Pilot. Sat on my lap and looked out the window while I drove. Or curled up on the passenger seat, or on the backseat.

Kept a covered littebox in the front passenger floorboard, and food on the rear floorboard (Crown Vic, back then).

Here's the important part for a diabetic cat.

I had a battery-powered decorative water fountain, the kind they sell at Walgreens, etc.

Velcroed the bottom to mount to the transmission tunnel, just in front of the seats.

When he'd get thirsty, as diabetic cats will, I'd switch it on, so he'd get his running water.

He always insisted on drinking only running water.

If you go to that link I'd posted about him, it links back to a more descriptive post from when he was in his prime. Hope you'll find it, and enjoy.


Jim
Sunk New Dawn
Galveston, TX

Posted by: Jim at February 13, 2016 02:02 PM (McRlu)

237 Posted by: freaked at February 13, 2016 01:27 PM (BO/km)

Hey, freaked! Have you seen this?

A Point in Time: The CORONA Story

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k3bzHk_6yHM

It's a film about the history of the program made by the CIA after it ended in 1972. The film itself remained classified until 1995, and now it's freely available on YouTube. Gotta love the internet.

Posted by: rickl at February 13, 2016 02:03 PM (sdi6R)

238 Grew up in the semi-boondocks. We had dogs, cats, parakeets, a parrot, a small boa constrictor (which got loose for three months), horned toads, fish, frogs, gerbils, hamsters, a half-wolf/half-German shepherd, rabbits, and, briefly, two alligators.

My mom is enjoying a pet-free life.

Posted by: All Hail Eris, Literate Savage at February 13, 2016 02:03 PM (jR7Wy)

239 NGU, I tried that when my guy was a kitten. I think it's the actual car ride that bothers him. As I understand it, a cat's inner ear is extremely sensitive and the movement not matching up to what the cat is seeing can cause issues. I've tried placing his carrier so he can see out the window, but no luck.

Posted by: Emmie at February 13, 2016 02:04 PM (ezXrF)

240 Afternoon pet lovers. Currently dealing with raising a now 9 month old beagle puppy. She's our third in a row.
Been having issues with eating, vet believes it's a food allergy. Been a trying week with the pup.
Anyone have issues with their dogs eating snow and ice? This has gotten so bad that we no longer let her out in the fenced yard to roam free. We have been leash walking her for a couple of days.
Our main concern is upsetting an already upset stomach and lowering of her core temperature. It's currently 13 degrees.
She's obsessed with this habit.
Any experience with this?

Posted by: never enough caffeine at February 13, 2016 02:05 PM (vbkW0)

241 GU, I tried that when my guy was a kitten. I think it's the actual car ride that bothers him. As I understand it, a cat's inner ear is extremely sensitive and the movement not matching up to what the cat is seeing can cause issues. I've tried placing his carrier so he can see out the window, but no luck.
Posted by: Emmie at February 13, 2016 02:04 PM (ezXrF)


We kept a small litter in the cargo bay area and let the cats run free in the car. But yeah even with our 3 one likes the care more than the others. One begs to go in the care very time we go out. Loves to curl up an sleep in an empty seat or on a lap.

Posted by: Nevergiveup at February 13, 2016 02:05 PM (DUoqb)

242 I mentioned yesterday that I had dogs when I was a kid, but my dad hated cats so I never had them.



When I was 42 I fell head over heels in love with my neighbor's cat,
and when she had a litter I adopted two of the kittens. I'm 58 now and
I can't imagine life without cats.

Posted by: rickl at February 13, 2016 01:55 PM (sdi6R)


Similarly, I grew up with a dog who died when I was in Basic Training. I had to man-up in that setting...

Never thought I was a "cat person," but I had a relative who insisted I take a cat that needed a home. She's very persuasive. Anyhoo, that guy is still with us. We've had four others come into the home since (two are now gone to the great ball of yarn beyond). I'm planning on getting another female soon. We have room. I know she's out there, and she needs a place to live, where she will be at home. So we'll bring her in.


Not right now though, life is too busy at the moment.

Posted by: BurtTC at February 13, 2016 02:05 PM (TOk1P)

243 Beth - the only time I've bought from a breeder was a woman who I knew was a legitimate dog breeder, and not some backyard hobbyist. For instance, she had dogs that had competed in some conformation trials and had done well. She lived within a hundred miles so it was easy to make a trip to her farm and meet with her. She wanted references from us, and gave us a one-year replacement guarantee. I would not buy from a website that ships dogs air freight.

Posted by: grammie winger, sign of The Time at February 13, 2016 02:07 PM (dFi94)

244 I knew this thread would be a big hit.
I can't keep up with it!

While I go back to read up, let me remind those of you submitting pics to add a little description, maybe a funny story about you pets...

Posted by: Chi at February 13, 2016 02:09 PM (OUpHg)

245 What a adorable picture of your dog, Gimli, MWW. Looks like he's thinking, "What did I do to deserve this hat on my head?" ;^)

Posted by: FenelonSpoke at February 13, 2016 02:09 PM (w4NZ8)

246 Afternoon pet lovers. Currently dealing with raising a now 9 month old beagle puppy. She's our third in a row.

Been having issues with eating, vet believes it's a food allergy. Been a trying week with the pup.

Anyone have issues with their dogs eating snow and ice? This has
gotten so bad that we no longer let her out in the fenced yard to roam
free. We have been leash walking her for a couple of days.

Our main concern is upsetting an already upset stomach and lowering of her core temperature. It's currently 13 degrees.

She's obsessed with this habit.

Any experience with this?

Posted by: never enough caffeine at February 13, 2016 02:05 PM (vbkW0)


No, my beagle is almost 13. She eats what she eats. She'll pay for it occasionally (and then I pay for it), but I can't imagine trying to stop her from going outside and sticking her nose and mouth into whatever she thinks is good. Snow hasn't really been an issue, but she loves various droppings. She's too old for me to concern myself with trying to stop her from doing what she does anyway, but even as a puppy, I never thought it was my role to police her doggie desires.

Posted by: BurtTC at February 13, 2016 02:10 PM (TOk1P)

247 Any experience with this?
Posted by: never enough caffeine at February 13, 2016 02:05 PM (vbkW0)

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No, but it sounds anxiety related. Just stop her from doing it and I would think she will grow out of it.

Posted by: Bruce With a Wang! at February 13, 2016 02:11 PM (iQIUe)

248 Awww, Jim, Harley looks like a gem!

My cat has gotten lovier as he's gotten older. He's quite the lap-hound these days. I love to hear him purrrrr.

Posted by: Emmie at February 13, 2016 02:11 PM (ezXrF)

249 We had a cat years ago who loved riding in cars, even going to the vet. The other cat? Not so much.

I cannot recommend Vet to Pets enough. Having the vet pull up to your front door is worth every penny.

Fingers crossed we never have to do a hurricane evacuation with our two kittehs. Ugh.

Posted by: Jane D'oh at February 13, 2016 02:11 PM (FsuaD)

250 Tomcat loved rosemary olives, like you can get at salad/ olive bars. When I got home I'd toss one at him and he'd get that crazed catnip look and begin batting it around the kitchen floor. I found plenty of dessicated olives under the oven and fridge.

Posted by: All Hail Eris, Literate Savage at February 13, 2016 02:12 PM (jR7Wy)

251 It's a little warmer here today so my kittehs aren't hogging the bed as much but the fat tortie just hopped up to use me as a space heater.

She'll be asleep soon, and snores as loudly as a human

Posted by: kbdabear at February 13, 2016 02:13 PM (GHeql)

252 Genghis
180 lb Rottie. Not fat. Very tall

Posted by: fish...the lowercase one at February 13, 2016 02:14 PM (4E9eO)

253 Had a pair of Shelties for 13 years till we put the last one down in September. Swore I'd never own another breed but with 1 kid in college and another headed this fall we were priced out of the market. We found a pair of Australian Shepherd pups we could afford in December..... Just thought my Shelties were smart.

Posted by: RustyG at February 13, 2016 02:14 PM (F96T6)

254 ". Having the vet pull up to your front door is worth every penny. "

That would be great for us because Mr. Waylon gets carsick.

Posted by: Lauren at February 13, 2016 02:14 PM (0C2f1)

255 I'll have to e-mail the pic I took of Spanky in a shoe box yesterday. She's way to big for it, but squeezed her ample self into it.

What is it with cats and boxes? Or paper bags?

Posted by: Jane D'oh at February 13, 2016 02:15 PM (FsuaD)

256 Rotties are such pretty dogs. Not the best breed for us since we have little kids, but I just love the way they look.

Posted by: Lauren at February 13, 2016 02:15 PM (0C2f1)

257 Grammie - this one is also close enough to check out, and also has a one year bring them back deal. It all looked legit. We mostly want to go through a breeder and get a puppy with the right temperament. Our first dog was from a shelter and was a well behaved dog, but was too much of a herder for my taste. Now we have a five year old son and can't take chances. He's just starting to really like the cats and to pet them and let them hang out with him. So, not in a hurry for a dog, but thinking ahead a bit.

Posted by: Beth M at February 13, 2016 02:15 PM (kiy9d)

258 Awesome thread, L'Elle and MH. Congrats on this thing.


I sit here with three dogs as I type this.

Posted by: Ricardo Kill at February 13, 2016 02:15 PM (9ym/8)

259 Is it safe to call rickl a cat lady then?

Posted by: Chi at February 13, 2016 02:15 PM (OUpHg)

260 In case it hasn't been mentioned yet, the Westminster Dog Show is this coming Monday and Tuesday night. We never miss it.

Posted by: JTB at February 13, 2016 02:16 PM (FvdPb)

261 I know a vet that does home visits. Only for euthanasias though.

Posted by: grammie winger, sign of The Time at February 13, 2016 02:16 PM (dFi94)

262 >>My mom is enjoying a pet-free life.

My mom is down to one cat. At one time she had 3 Goldens, 2 Jack Russels, 2 indoor cats, 2 feral cats, 2 sheep, 2 goats, 1 pig and 15 or so horses. Some of the horses were hers or my sisters and some were borders.

We were on a first name basis with the feed store not to mention an army of vets and a couple blacksmiths.

Posted by: JackStraw at February 13, 2016 02:16 PM (/tuJf)

263 Bruce, thanks. Discussed anxiety with the vet just yesterday. Thought it might have added to her stomach issues. He's thinking not anxiety.
We discourage the habit while walking her. Hope that helps.

Posted by: never enough caffeine at February 13, 2016 02:16 PM (vbkW0)

264 Just sent a photo that I used an app to turn it into a painting of my two Mastiffs

Posted by: fish...the lowercase one at February 13, 2016 02:17 PM (4E9eO)

265 We have 2 Weimaraners. Smartest dogs we've ever had. Had to get a new stove and refrigerator because they figured out how to open them. They are great big babies and are my Velcro dogs. When I had to go out of town, husband sent me a video of the dogs howling at the front door...for seven days.

Posted by: Peggy Coffey at February 13, 2016 02:17 PM (P+A3Q)

266 My mom is down to one cat. At one time she had 3
Goldens, 2 Jack Russels, 2 indoor cats, 2 feral cats, 2 sheep, 2 goats, 1
pig and 15 or so horses....


Posted by: JackStraw at February 13, 2016 02:16 PM (/tuJf)


FIVE GOLDEN RIIIIIIINNNNGS!!

Posted by: BurtTC at February 13, 2016 02:18 PM (TOk1P)

267 Lauren...Genghis was a love. Brought him home when the kids were 5,6 and 8. Had to teach them to ba alpha. Was the perfect balance of gentle and guard dog. He was so big, people would cross the street when I walked him.

Posted by: fish...the lowercase one at February 13, 2016 02:20 PM (4E9eO)

268 Beth - we also wanted a dog bred for temperament. This breeder had two classifications of dogs that she bred: One for show dogs, and one for family pets. We got to play with the whole lot of them in her farm field, and that made it easier to see which dog would suit our family, as we also had young children at the time. (It also helped that the dog we ultimately went home with practically glued himself to our side the whole time.)


I'm convinced that dogs pick you, instead of you picking the dog. We've had similar experiences with all our dogs. They know.

Posted by: grammie winger, sign of The Time at February 13, 2016 02:21 PM (dFi94)

269 Thanks for a wonderful thread. Beats the hell out of more politics. Mrs. JTB is terribly allergic to most breeds and cats are deadly, so we've always had poodles.

Posted by: JTB at February 13, 2016 02:21 PM (FvdPb)

270 Here's the link for Vet to Pets. They have a full lab on board, and surgical suite as well. And the van was spotlessly clean.

http://vettopets.org/

Posted by: Jane D'oh at February 13, 2016 02:21 PM (FsuaD)

271 259 Is it safe to call rickl a cat lady then?
Posted by: Chi at February 13, 2016 02:15 PM (OUpHg)


Pretty much, except I ain't no lady.

Posted by: rickl at February 13, 2016 02:22 PM (sdi6R)

272 Beth - the only time I've bought from a breeder was a woman who I knew was a legitimate dog breeder, and not some backyard hobbyist. For instance, she had dogs that had competed in some conformation trials and had done well. She lived within a hundred miles so it was easy to make a trip to her farm and meet with her. She wanted references from us, and gave us a one-year replacement guarantee. I would not buy from a website that ships dogs air freight.


Posted by: grammie winger, sign of The Time at February 13, 2016 02:07 PM (dFi94)

I've gotten 3 labs from my breeder. He was recommended to me and I've probably sold 6 or 7 dogs for him by simply walking my dogs around at soccer games, etc. The thing that I like about him best is that he has both parents of all of his dogs on site. I'm in Maryland, where he used to be but he got sick of the cold and moved to Bandera Texas. I flew out there in December of 2014 to pick up my new pup Noah. He was great in the plane at 7 weeks.

Posted by: Timon at February 13, 2016 02:22 PM (KSonr)

273 I currently have two cats, Isabelle, our elderly lady cat and Seth, our ornery, orange, stubborn, you-better-pet-me-only-when-I-feel-like-it cat. Isabelle has been with us for 17 years which makes her 18. We adopted her and her brother, Claudio, when they were 1 year old. We lost Claudio to cancer when he was 12. He was the greatest, sweetest, dumbest, most loving cat ever.
Seth likes to eat. Not just his food. He likes cloth. He's eaten a sleeve off my pajamas. He's put holes in fleece blankest. The hem is gone from my son's favorite t-shirt. Fingers off gloves. Shoelaces. It's terrible! But I love him dearly ever since he was a little tyke fresh from the pound.
I also have an adorable 10-month old terrier (?) mix, Buster, also from the pound. He is quite the little, long-haired lover. We've had him since Hallowe'en.
In the backyard hibernating is my Russian tortoise, Boris. I've had him for 5 years this March. God sent him to me for my birthday. :> He just showed up and no one claimed him, so he's mine. Yay! I don't know how old he is but he looks like a very serious old man. So I say he's 50. Who knows?

Posted by: California Girl at February 13, 2016 02:24 PM (l+qoZ)

274 243 Beth - the only time I've bought from a breeder was a woman who I knew was a legitimate dog breeder, and not some backyard hobbyist. For instance, she had dogs that had competed in some conformation trials and had done well. She lived within a hundred miles so it was easy to make a trip to her farm and meet with her. She wanted references from us, and gave us a one-year replacement guarantee. I would not buy from a website that ships dogs air freight.
Posted by: grammie winger, sign of The Time at February 13, 2016 02:07 PM (dFi94)


I did the same, and ended up with the "ideal" dog.
I drove almost 600 miles to pick her up, and by the time I got back, I had a pup totally attached to me, fairly "socialized" and learned to love kids (we stopped at a ranch wedding on the return trip) -- which was the point.
Pics will be submitted.

Posted by: jwb7605 at February 13, 2016 02:25 PM (DofIg)

275 Seth likes to eat. Not just his food. He likes cloth. He's eaten a
sleeve off my pajamas. He's put holes in fleece blankest. The hem is
gone from my son's favorite t-shirt. Fingers off gloves. Shoelaces. It's
terrible!
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Ha! Oh - sorry, I suppose I shouldn't laugh but that's too funny!

Posted by: grammie winger, sign of The Time at February 13, 2016 02:25 PM (dFi94)

276 Dogs were on of the good lord's best ideas.

Our 15 year old Pomeranian has a heart murmur, 17 months ago his Vet gave him 3 months to live. We got him to a doggie Cardiologist. The doctor put him on several heart medications. One of which is a specially formulated Pomeranian sized dose of Viagra.

After being on the the meds, It's almost he's like a puppy. we're hoping to celebrate his 16th birthday in a couple of months.

Posted by: jrg at February 13, 2016 02:26 PM (IyWct)

277 That's awesome, jrg.

Posted by: grammie winger, sign of The Time at February 13, 2016 02:27 PM (dFi94)

278 Grammie and Timon - thanks! With our first dog, at the shelter, he was the only dog not barking and running around like crazy, and that's how he was at home. So, you're right, we'll know the right dog when we see it.

Posted by: Beth M at February 13, 2016 02:27 PM (kiy9d)

279 Anyone have a cat you can only look at but never touch?

My in-laws have a gorgeous, absolutely stunning, orange cat with fluffy fur.

But he is so mean. He'll scratch your face off. He has to be quarantined when my kids visit.

Posted by: Lauren at February 13, 2016 02:28 PM (3DIzJ)

280 Argyle - a white standard poodle, he went blind at 4 years which can be a problem for white poodles. He did just fine as long as we didn't rearrange the furniture. He used his brother as a guide when we walked them outside.

Posted by: JTB at February 13, 2016 02:28 PM (FvdPb)

281 What is it with cats and boxes? Or paper bags?
Posted by: Jane D'oh at February 13, 2016 02:15 PM (FsuaD)
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My tiny female kitty used to like to squeeze into one of my high heels.

Posted by: All Hail Eris, Literate Savage at February 13, 2016 02:28 PM (jR7Wy)

282 Our 15 year old Pomeranian has a heart murmur, 17 months ago his Vet gave him 3 months to live. We got him to a doggie Cardiologist. The doctor put him on several heart medications. One of which is a specially formulated Pomeranian sized dose of Viagra.

After being on the the meds, It's almost he's like a puppy. we're hoping to celebrate his 16th birthday in a couple of months.


Posted by: jrg at February 13, 2016 02:26 PM (IyWct)


If your Pomeranian humps your legs for 4 hours, please call your vet.

Posted by: buzzion at February 13, 2016 02:28 PM (zt+N6)

283 Oops. That link goes to my vet (she's a tiny little thing!).

There are Vet to Pets all over the country, I believe.

Posted by: Jane D'oh at February 13, 2016 02:28 PM (FsuaD)

284 269 Thanks for a wonderful thread. Beats the hell out of more politics. Mrs. JTB is terribly allergic to most breeds and cats are deadly, so we've always had poodles.
Posted by: JTB at February 13, 2016 02:21 PM (FvdPb)


F1b Doodle is hypoallergenic, as are Portugese Water Dogs ("portupoo" if you cross breed with a Poodle for no apparent reason)

Posted by: jwb7605 at February 13, 2016 02:29 PM (DofIg)

285 Timon, Noah is our son's name :-) and I'm from Texas, been in VA for about 8 years now, love the weather here, hated the Texas heat. But we sure miss the Texas food!

Posted by: Beth M at February 13, 2016 02:29 PM (kiy9d)

286 Seth likes to eat. Not just his food. He likes cloth. He's eaten a
sleeve off my pajamas.

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My Lucky, tomcat loverboy, used to chew all my shoes, quickly learned to hide them, he then decided the straps on my purse were delicious too.

Posted by: flmomof4 at February 13, 2016 02:30 PM (bEXWJ)

287 JTB - We had a cocker spaniel that went blind around the same age. Cataracts. We didn't have the money to take him up to the Vet school in Madison for eye surgery. But same thing - as long as we didn't swap the couch out for the chair, he was fine.

Posted by: grammie winger, sign of The Time at February 13, 2016 02:31 PM (dFi94)

288 We had/have to redesign our house and it's furnishings because of our cats and we would not have it any other way

Posted by: Nevergiveup at February 13, 2016 02:31 PM (DUoqb)

289 What part of Va, Beth? Just curious...

Posted by: Chi at February 13, 2016 02:31 PM (OUpHg)

290 " Dogs were on of the good lord's best ideas."


Yes, yes they were. I hope your little Pom' does okay. Got one myself and he thinks he's a cowdog.

Posted by: Ricardo Kill at February 13, 2016 02:31 PM (9ym/8)

291 283 Oops. That link goes to my vet (she's a tiny little thing!).

There are Vet to Pets all over the country, I believe.


Posted by: Jane D'oh at February 13, 2016 02:28 PM (FsuaD)



Maybe other groups that do the same thing. But your link of vetstopets.org is only for part of Georgia and South Carolina.

Posted by: buzzion at February 13, 2016 02:31 PM (zt+N6)

292 Duncan - a brown standard poodle. He was a guide and playmate to his blind brother.

Posted by: JTB at February 13, 2016 02:31 PM (FvdPb)

293 My dog breeder told me that poodles have human hair. Is that true? Poodles are supposed to be super smart doggies.

Posted by: L, Elle at February 13, 2016 02:31 PM (2x3L+)

294 Nice new blog thread topic. I predict success and a real demand for it. It is a stroke of genius really, to take our minds off of politics now and then. It's really very fun to see the pictures of the pets of commenters.

Posted by: goon at February 13, 2016 02:32 PM (gy5kE)

295 OK, those "lab" photos were pretty funny.

Posted by: plum at February 13, 2016 02:32 PM (h+OMg)

296 Grammie and Timon - thanks! With our first dog, at the shelter, he was the only dog not barking and running around like crazy, and that's how he was at home. So, you're right, we'll know the right dog when we see it.


Posted by: Beth M at February 13, 2016 02:27 PM (kiy9d)

Since I knew the breeder so well I got first pick of the Chocolate males. Of the 3, one ran straight to me and stuck his head through the fence. That's my Noah.

Posted by: Timon at February 13, 2016 02:32 PM (KSonr)

297 293 My dog breeder told me that poodles have human hair. Is that true? Poodles are supposed to be super smart doggies.

Posted by: L, Elle at February 13, 2016 02:31 PM (2x3L+)



They don't shed, and you could call it more hair than fur I guess.

Posted by: buzzion at February 13, 2016 02:34 PM (zt+N6)

298 Maybe other groups that do the same thing. But your link of vetstopets.org is only for part of Georgia and South Carolina.

Posted by: buzzion at February 13, 2016 02:31 PM (zt+N6)


Yeah, I Binged Vet to Pets and there's no main web address. But they are all over the country.

Posted by: Jane D'oh at February 13, 2016 02:34 PM (FsuaD)

299 One cat-loving couple in California has adapted their house and life to their army of pampered pussehs:

http://tinyurl.com/znemjmv

Posted by: All Hail Eris, Literate Savage at February 13, 2016 02:34 PM (jR7Wy)

300 "OK, those "lab" photos were pretty funny."


Yes the were.


And, blacks "do matter." Heh.

Posted by: Ricardo Kill at February 13, 2016 02:35 PM (9ym/8)

301 http://tinyurl.com/znemjmv

Oh, and use the tiny arrows at the top to see kitteh and house pics.

Posted by: All Hail Eris, Literate Savage at February 13, 2016 02:35 PM (jR7Wy)

302 Posted by: Lauren at February 13, 2016 02:28 PM (3DIzJ)

I've got one that's not mean but he's very aloof.....he'll only let you touch him on his terms.

Posted by: BignJames at February 13, 2016 02:36 PM (HtUkt)

303 Dogs were on of the good lord's best ideas.
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They show us what unconditional love looks like.

Posted by: grammie winger, sign of The Time at February 13, 2016 02:36 PM (dFi94)

304 "Black Labs"


Shit.

Posted by: Ricardo Kill at February 13, 2016 02:37 PM (9ym/8)

305 Posted by: Lauren at February 13, 2016 02:28 PM (3DIzJ)

I've got one that's not mean but he's very aloof.....he'll only let you touch him on his terms.


Posted by: BignJames at February 13, 2016 02:36 PM (HtUkt)


Some kittehs are very unfriendly to visitors, and then as soon as you leave, they're up in the faces of their human housemates, telling them all about the horrible experience they just had with a stranger in the house. All the while purring and rubbing against, and being their usual sweet selves.

Posted by: BurtTC at February 13, 2016 02:38 PM (TOk1P)

306 I have three black labs scattered around the living room at the moment.

Posted by: Aviator at February 13, 2016 02:38 PM (c7vUv)

307 where do we send our photos?

Posted by: redc1c4 at February 13, 2016 02:39 PM (9DXr1)

308 224
When I was 42 I fell head over heels in love with my neighbor's cat, and when she had a litter I adopted two of the kittens.

Posted by: rickl at February 13, 2016 01:55 PM (sdi6R)


I forgot to mention that the kittens were literally born in my bedroom closet. It was no surprise, either. I would cat-sit on weekends when my neighbor was away, and the cat was very obviously pregnant. She looked like a black furry bowling ball.

I had noticed her spending time in the closet, so I cleared out a space and put down towels. One afternoon she jumped up on the couch where I was sitting, then seemed like she was tossing and turning and couldn't get comfortable. I said, "Chloe, do you think it's time to go in the closet?" She immediately hopped off the couch and went into the closet.

Posted by: rickl at February 13, 2016 02:39 PM (sdi6R)

309 I think the mean cat sort of likes my father in law, although he's scratched him a few times too.

I found a fun picture of our pup. He's a pirate.

http://___ur.com/EBRgHIK

Posted by: Lauren at February 13, 2016 02:40 PM (3DIzJ)

310 where do we send our photos?


Posted by: redc1c4 at February 13, 2016 02:39 PM (9DXr1)

I sent one in a while ago but no one has updated the ones in the post. It's a pretty funny pic too.

Posted by: Timon at February 13, 2016 02:41 PM (KSonr)

311 I agree that this thread is the Best. Idea. Ever.

So sick and tired of politics.

Thanks, L' Elle and Mis Hum!

Posted by: Jane D'oh at February 13, 2016 02:41 PM (FsuaD)

312 I forgot to mention that the kittens were literally
born in my bedroom closet. It was no surprise, either. I would cat-sit
on weekends when my neighbor was away, and the cat was very obviously
pregnant. She looked like a black furry bowling ball.



I had noticed her spending time in the closet, so I cleared out a
space and put down towels. One afternoon she jumped up on the couch
where I was sitting, then seemed like she was tossing and turning and
couldn't get comfortable. I said, "Chloe, do you think it's time to go
in the closet?" She immediately hopped off the couch and went into the
closet.

Posted by: rickl at February 13, 2016 02:39 PM (sdi6R)


I would hope you named one of the cats Tom Cruise, and one of them John Travolta.


Come out of the closet, kittehs. No one will judge you.

Posted by: BurtTC at February 13, 2016 02:41 PM (TOk1P)

313 309 I think the mean cat sort of likes my father in law, although he's scratched him a few times too.

I found a fun picture of our pup. He's a pirate.

http://___ur.com/EBRgHIK

Posted by: Lauren at February 13, 2016 02:40 PM (3DIzJ)



Remember the blog does not like I, m, and g together in a row.

Posted by: buzzion at February 13, 2016 02:41 PM (zt+N6)

314 275
Seth likes to eat. Not just his food. He likes cloth. He's eaten a

sleeve off my pajamas. He's put holes in fleece blankest. The hem is

gone from my son's favorite t-shirt. Fingers off gloves. Shoelaces. It's

terrible!
======================================



Ha! Oh - sorry, I suppose I shouldn't laugh but that's too funny!

Go ahead and laugh! He kinda freaked me out at first because I thought he might get sick, but no, he's fine. Now I just hope he doesn't eat my stuff. Dumb cat.

Posted by: California Girl at February 13, 2016 02:41 PM (l+qoZ)

315 Chi - Woodbridge, just south of DC.

Posted by: Beth M at February 13, 2016 02:42 PM (kiy9d)

316 "I have three black labs scattered around the living room at the moment."


Names?

Posted by: Ricardo Kill at February 13, 2016 02:42 PM (9ym/8)

317 Oh right. I forgot you can't do the i m g thing here.

Oh well I'll send the pic in!

Posted by: Lauren at February 13, 2016 02:42 PM (0C2f1)

318 Posted by: BurtTC at February 13, 2016 02:38 PM (TOk1P)

He hides from visitors....doesn't like to be held.....might sit in your lap if he feels like it. I call him Mr. Touch me not.

Posted by: BignJames at February 13, 2016 02:42 PM (HtUkt)

319 They show us what unconditional love looks like.
Posted by: grammie winger
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Right up until they become turncoat on you.
This morning, I walked through the house to get a cup of coffee, and there was Tucker lying on the couch at the feet of the hobo I've been letting stay here.

I looked at him, mumbled "Traitor" and kept shuffling. He just looked at me like he knew he was guilty & then turned away...

Posted by: Chi at February 13, 2016 02:43 PM (OUpHg)

320 rickl - my Dad always said he didn't like cats... uh huh... sure. Of course, the mom cat had kittens in the closet on Father's Day.

Posted by: Beth M at February 13, 2016 02:43 PM (kiy9d)

321 I agree that this thread is the Best. Idea. Ever.

So sick and tired of politics.

Thanks, L' Elle and Mis Hum!


Posted by: Jane D'oh at February 13, 2016 02:41 PM (FsuaD)


DON TRUMP HATES CATZ!!!

MARCO GIVES HIS DOG CHOCOLATE!!!!

CRUZ HAS A CANADIAN CHIHUAHUA!!!!!!

Posted by: BurtTC at February 13, 2016 02:43 PM (TOk1P)

322 Wow! Pet thread almost as good as a gun thread. Now have three dogs. All started as grand dogs. The Boykin (Miller) and the red setter (Ms Kay) are mine now. Newest is General, a nine week old chocolate lab. Cute as a button. I hope he sticks with the grand kid. In the south, if you don't have a dog on heart worm preventative it will have heart worms. Terrible death for the dog. The heart muscle becomes totally clogged from the worms. Mine get the monthly chewables and they think they are treat.

Posted by: Agitator at February 13, 2016 02:44 PM (AwkHy)

323 redcic4, petmorons @ the g mail

Posted by: L, Elle at February 13, 2016 02:44 PM (2x3L+)

324 321
I agree that this thread is the Best. Idea. Ever.

So sick and tired of politics.

Thanks, L' Elle and Mis Hum!




Posted by: Jane D'oh at February 13, 2016 02:41 PM (FsuaD)


DON TRUMP HATES CATZ!!!

MARCO GIVES HIS DOG CHOCOLATE!!!!

CRUZ HAS A CANADIAN CHIHUAHUA!!!!!!


Thanks for the laugh!

Posted by: California Girl at February 13, 2016 02:45 PM (l+qoZ)

325 So, you know those people (usually women) who end up single with lots of cats (or dogs) who go on and on about how the love of an animal is superior to the love of a human?

Well, I had a revelation about that the other day.

It's NOT that the love of an animal is better; it's not.

It's that in general, people suck so much more than animals. So given the choice of the love of an animal or the love of a human, some people simply choose the easy route and pick an animal. Because people can be the worst.

Posted by: shibumi who is awaiting SMOD at February 13, 2016 02:45 PM (7FH+T)

326 307 where do we send our photos?
Posted by: redc1c4
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Well, if you read the content...

Last line of the main post.
Please include a little description / story.

Posted by: Chi at February 13, 2016 02:45 PM (OUpHg)

327 No no, Cruz obviously has a Newfoundland.

Posted by: buzzion at February 13, 2016 02:46 PM (zt+N6)

328 Tippy

German shepherd/collie mix

Posted by: Gem at February 13, 2016 02:46 PM (c+gwp)

329 A newfoundland/chihuahua mix.

I denounce myself.

Posted by: Lauren at February 13, 2016 02:48 PM (0C2f1)

330 301 All Hail Eris, Literate Savage

Wow! Simply wow.

Posted by: NaCly Dog at February 13, 2016 02:48 PM (u82oZ)

331 He hides from visitors....doesn't like to be held.....might sit in your lap if he feels like it. I call him Mr. Touch me not.


Posted by: BignJames at February 13, 2016 02:42 PM (HtUkt)


I like the name. We've had cats with various levels of aloofness. It's probably the one rule I have, I don't care how anti-social you are, at some point I'm going to pick you up and cradle you like a baby. I don't care if you give me that "I want to slice your nose off right now" look. I'll hold you until I decide to put you down.

Maybe not very smart on my part, because really, I think I would look funny without a nose.

Posted by: BurtTC at February 13, 2016 02:49 PM (TOk1P)

332 >>>> I sent one in a while ago but no one has updated the ones in the post. It's a pretty funny pic too.
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I'll ask MisHum, but I think the plan is to showcase a few Moron pets on each post. I promise we will make sure all the pics we get will show up on a post at one point or another. Be patient. We're already getting a ton of pics. We have the ones for next weekend lined up already.

Posted by: L, Elle at February 13, 2016 02:49 PM (2x3L+)

333 Tippy



German shepherd/collie mix

Posted by: Gem at February 13, 2016 02:46 PM (c+gwp)
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The first dog I ever knew was named Tippy. My grandma and grandpa got him when I was a baby. I loved that dog. Rat terrier.

Posted by: grammie winger, sign of The Time at February 13, 2016 02:49 PM (dFi94)

334 312
I would hope you named one of the cats Tom Cruise, and one of them John Travolta.

Posted by: BurtTC at February 13, 2016 02:41 PM (TOk1P)


Actually, I had just read Ayn Rand's "We The Living", so I named them Kira and Leo.

Leo died at age 7 of an apparent heart attack, but Kira will turn 16 next Saturday.

Posted by: rickl at February 13, 2016 02:50 PM (sdi6R)

335 Boop.

Calico, neurotic.

Loved tomato sauce.

Posted by: JQ Flyover at February 13, 2016 02:51 PM (044Fx)

336 I think it's a requirement of calicos to be neurotic.

Posted by: grammie winger, sign of The Time at February 13, 2016 02:51 PM (dFi94)

337 A newfoundland/chihuahua mix.



I denounce myself.

Posted by: Lauren at February 13, 2016 02:48 PM (0C2f1)


Oh great. I totally missed on that.


Now Amy Shumer is going to add it to her act.

Posted by: BurtTC at February 13, 2016 02:51 PM (TOk1P)

338 I was scrolling through things so fast I didn't see the "Meth Lab" photo, LOL.

Posted by: FenelonSpoke at February 13, 2016 02:51 PM (w4NZ8)

339 Grammie winger-- I think you're right!

The next one was also both calico and neurotic.

Posted by: JQ Flyover at February 13, 2016 02:53 PM (044Fx)

340 When our 15 y.o. was a kitten, she had a thing about leather goods and cashmere.

She ate the straps off a favorite pair of dress sandals as I was getting dressed one day, and sucked a hole in a favorite sweater I had laid on the bed.

I found her the day after 9/11 darting into traffic while I was on my way to carpool. I pulled over on the side of the road to make sure I hadn't hit her, and she was up under my car. I happened to have a paper grocery bag in the car, picked the tiny thing up, put her in the bag, and drove her to the vet (after calling husband and telling him to do carpool). I could tell the tiny thing was sick, and wanted to get her well enough to find her a good home.

Well, it turned out she was only about five weeks old, and some asshole had either thrown her or stomped on her. She didn't have a mark on her, but when the vet x-rayed her to check on her lungs, her diaphragm was ripped and her intestines had collapsed one of her lungs.

Vet said she wouldn't have lived through the night if I hadn't found her. Couldn't guarantee she'd live through the surgery. I stood there and cried and told him to do whatever it took to save her.


And here we are 15 years later with a beautiful, healthy, loving kitteh (who to this day is terrified of men, except for husband and son, who she's crazy about).

Posted by: Jane D'oh at February 13, 2016 02:53 PM (FsuaD)

341 Posted by: L, Elle at February 13, 2016 02:49 PM (2x3L+)

BUT MINE IS THE BESTEST!!

Just kidding, I wasn't sure how you guys were planning to post the pics. Thanks :-)

Posted by: Timon at February 13, 2016 02:53 PM (KSonr)

342 Doggie thread,
Great job!

Posted by: CaliGirl at February 13, 2016 02:54 PM (egOGm)

343 253--- Had a pair of Shelties for 13 years till we put the last one down in September. Swore I'd never own another breed but with 1 kid in college and another headed this fall we were priced out of the market. We found a pair of Australian Shepherd pups we could afford in December..... Just thought my Shelties were smart.
Posted by: RustyG at February 13, 2016 02:14 PM (F96T6)
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One of my sons used to train and show a Golden in obedience trials. (All local dog shows have them --- great fun to watch.)

At the lowest level, you'd see all kinds of breeds.
At the second level, not so many.
Get to the third (UD) level and just about all you have that qualify are Goldens, German Shepherds, Border Collies, and Shelties.
And those are the breeds that nearly always win the ribbons at all levels.

As Golden people, our experience with the shows led us to resent those damn too-smart Shelties! They're like the Yankees of the obedience ring. But really, you can't help but fall in love with the breed.







Posted by: Margarita DeVille at February 13, 2016 02:54 PM (T/5A0)

344 Leo died at age 7 of an apparent heart attack, but Kira will turn 16 next Saturday.

Posted by: rickl at February 13, 2016 02:50 PM (sdi6R)


Ugh... the apparent heart attack...

Remember, your cat didn't know he had a heart condition, and if you had taken him for treatment, it probably wouldn't have done him any good, and it would have made his life miserable, not being able to do cat things.

He lived as long as he had. 7 years seems way too short, but only short for you, because you miss him. It was the best 7 he could have had, and that's not a bad thing. Not bad at all.

Posted by: BurtTC at February 13, 2016 02:55 PM (TOk1P)

345
My puppycat is a retriever.

Heh. We had one once, too. It dropped a piece of cat food at my dad's feet one night and he threw it down the hall. The cay brought it back and the game began. It lasted for years.

My last late cat sniffed everything like a dog. He also taught our present cat to lick her humans. She now licks me like a dog every time I show her affection.

Posted by: Ed Anger at February 13, 2016 02:55 PM (RcpcZ)

346 Our first pups were brothers. Our next pups were triplets. They were never apart from birth and as a result, played together like puppies their whole lives.

Posted by: JTB at February 13, 2016 02:55 PM (FvdPb)

347 My 14 month old Chocolate lab loves to eat my wife and daughters hair ties. I find them the day after on our walk. Haven't brought one home yet to see if they want to clean up and re-use.

Posted by: Timon at February 13, 2016 02:55 PM (KSonr)

348 I think it's a requirement of calicos to be neurotic.


Posted by: grammie winger, sign of The Time at February 13, 2016 02:51 PM (dFi94)
And they are sane compared to Torties, but great hunters.My Tortie would bring in rats, rabbits, flying squirrels and an occasional snake.

Posted by: Velvet Ambition at February 13, 2016 02:55 PM (QPdNE)

349 No, Timon.
Correction: MINE IS THE BESTEST!!!

Posted by: L, Elle at February 13, 2016 02:56 PM (2x3L+)

350 Had to have our 16 yr. old Yorkie put down 11 mos. ago due to advanced kidney disease, and still not over it. Never will be. She was one of those once in a lifetime dogs. I get my fix by dog sitting for family and friends. But will enjoy a pet thread and hearing about others' furry companions.

Posted by: debzeppelin at February 13, 2016 02:56 PM (ttFRc)

351 Strudel the Poodle - a red toy poodle. He was the ultimate puppy and never outgrew that puppy playfulness. He hated to go out in the rain but loved to splash in any puddle he could find, preferably muddy.

Posted by: JTB at February 13, 2016 03:00 PM (FvdPb)

352 >>I have three black labs scattered around the living room at the moment."
Names?
Posted by: Ricardo Kill

Sierra, Rocky, Summit

Posted by: Aviator at February 13, 2016 03:01 PM (c7vUv)

353 I have a feral cat who dropped a couple of litters around my fortress of solitude and I kept a female kitty and found homes for the other 5.
Both momma and daughter come and go thru the doggie door which my Brittany doesn't seem to mind as she actually likes the cats although the momma is still a bit wild but gets along with us and is actually almost tame now. Both momma and her offspring have no tails so they look like bobcats. I figure when times get rough I can fit both of them into a recipe along the way to make up for all the food I feed them.

Posted by: Hairyback Guy at February 13, 2016 03:01 PM (ej1L0)

354 349 No, Timon.
Correction: MINE IS THE BESTEST!!!
Posted by: L, Elle
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Well, I disagree.
But, this was the last thing in the thread I had prepped:

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=5E9H_DvwOVc

Posted by: Chi at February 13, 2016 03:01 PM (OUpHg)

355 344
Ugh... the apparent heart attack...

Remember, your cat didn't know he had a heart condition, and if you had taken him for treatment, it probably wouldn't have done him any good, and it would have made his life miserable, not being able to do cat things.

He lived as long as he had. 7 years seems way too short, but only short for you, because you miss him. It was the best 7 he could have had, and that's not a bad thing. Not bad at all.
Posted by: BurtTC at February 13, 2016 02:55 PM (TOk1P)


The really bad part is that it happened when I took him in for a routine checkup. He seemed like he was in perfect health, but he died in the waiting room.

My previous vet had retired, and this was the first visit to a new one. We didn't do an autopsy, but she said it was possible that he had a congenital heart condition that hadn't been detected.

Sometimes you hear about high school or college athletes who suddenly drop dead like that.

Posted by: rickl at February 13, 2016 03:02 PM (sdi6R)

356 My puppy will eat anything. She loves to eat butter. If I leave out the butter dish accidentally, it's gone in 10 seconds. When I eat anything, she parks herself in front of me waiting for me to share with her. I rarely do that bc I don't want to turn her into a beggar dog

Posted by: L, Elle at February 13, 2016 03:03 PM (2x3L+)

357 Liesel - a toy red poodle. She never got more than 4 pounds and was so small when we brought her and her brothers home she could walk through the opening in a chain link fence. She couldn't keep up with her brothers when they wrestled, so she would hide until they ran past and then jump out to nip at their tails. Even though she was too light to dent whipped cream, she had to have as many blankets and pillows as possible to fall asleep on.

Posted by: JTB at February 13, 2016 03:05 PM (FvdPb)

358 Dang it! I was supposed to remind husband that we were going to see Dana Perino at the Savannah Book Festival.

This thread was totally worth missing her.

However, I've got a million things to do, and have spent most of the afternoon here.

Off to do stuff.

Posted by: Jane D'oh at February 13, 2016 03:05 PM (FsuaD)

359 Grammie, my Tippy was my Grandma's dog, also, but we shared a two-flat with her so he was our dog as well.

Smartest dog I ever knew, and my grandmother did a great job training him. It was pretty much like he understood English. You would tell him to do something and he would do it. "Go get your leash from the basement." No confusion. He would go down, get the blue leash that always hung by the basement door (not the leash that hung by the front door), would come back and give it to you and sit down, waiting for the next command. He was a stray who followed my grandmother home from the bus stop and just sat on the front porch until she let him in. Just a great dog.

Posted by: Gem at February 13, 2016 03:06 PM (c+gwp)

360 Chi, aww, those kids and dogs are so cute! Love it!
Btw, you're brilliant! This was a stupendous idea. MisHum is really enjoying it.

Posted by: L, Elle at February 13, 2016 03:08 PM (2x3L+)

361 Oh, our doggehs. Mukluk, the most intelligent dog I have ever encountered, was a sled dog mutt, runt of the litter of nine. We called him Muk, much to the consternation of our neighbors. He could pick the tennis ball out of the box of various balls if you asked him specifically. He got bored in obedience class, because he didn't really need the practice. But he was terrified of hot air balloons, and nobody knows why. Really terrified, like, climb UNDER the doghouse terrified. Hilarous.

Sophie the sheltie mix, who got a rash on her rear end and had to be shaved, and then wouldn't go outside to do her business. She was modest, I suppose. I'd let her out, and she would just sit down to cover her nakedness. She also perfected the routine of peeing with all four feet off the ground when it got below zero outside. She hated bicycles and would bark. Also, the statue of the Virgin Mary in front of the convent around the block set her off something terrible. We changed our walks after that incident.

And our current pair, Rosie and Ray, who are ostensibly beagles, but Ray probably is not so much. Hard to tell. He was from the shelter in Milwaukee, and he is made up of leftover parts. His butt is set kinda low, his front legs bow in and his back splay out, and he is black and white except for his ears, which are brown. Very sweet, and dumb as a post. His fear is thunderstorms, so he is very glad we moved back to AK where we don't get those. He is a 50 lb snuggler. Rosie is just a chow hound, like all beagles. Sweet, but likes to get stinky if she can.

They run our lives, don't they?

Posted by: tcn in AK at February 13, 2016 03:08 PM (+YMhA)

362 Schnitzel - a red toy poodle. He was the biggest of the litter, topping out at ten pounds. His nickname was Megapuppy. We lost him a year ago but had his love for 18 years.

Posted by: JTB at February 13, 2016 03:09 PM (FvdPb)

363 The really bad part is that it happened when I took
him in for a routine checkup. He seemed like he was in perfect health,
but he died in the waiting room.



My previous vet had retired, and this was the first visit to a new
one. We didn't do an autopsy, but she said it was possible that he had a
congenital heart condition that hadn't been detected.



Sometimes you hear about high school or college athletes who suddenly drop dead like that.

Posted by: rickl at February 13, 2016 03:02 PM (sdi6R)


Right. No need for an autopsy. It's pretty obvious, and really, not all that uncommon.

I'm not going to go into detail about my experience with this, because I have no desire to win the "Saddest Thing On The Internet Today" award.

Posted by: BurtTC at February 13, 2016 03:09 PM (TOk1P)

364 Delurking:
We adopted a sweet coon hound mix from the local shelter almost a year ago. He loves to be outside! We have him on flea and tick preventative, but he still picks up the occasional tick. My mom gave me this little tool called a tick twister and it works like a charm to remove those little buggers with the head still attached.
Relurking.

Posted by: UDM at February 13, 2016 03:11 PM (sxb4U)

365 Just a PSA. Gardening thread up.

Posted by: HH at February 13, 2016 03:12 PM (DrCtv)

366 I'm not going to go into detail about my experience with this, because I
have no desire to win the "Saddest Thing On The Internet Today" award.
---

Thank you.

And....((hugs))

Posted by: shibumi who is awaiting SMOD at February 13, 2016 03:13 PM (7FH+T)

367 BurtTC, I'm sorry and to all of you that have lost your beloved pets. That is saddest part about reading the comments.

Posted by: L, Elle at February 13, 2016 03:14 PM (2x3L+)

368 NOOD.

Posted by: Y-not (@moxiemom) at February 13, 2016 03:16 PM (t5zYU)

369 Mitzi.
Lab/mix. First dog as an adult and with my wife, and I still lose sleep over putting her down. She had hip problems, and had days she couldn't walk. But, she jumped into the truck for the trip to the vet. Vet tried to tell me he had to keep and incinerate the body according to state law. She went home with me and is buried on the Trap and Skeet Range at West Point. Waited five years to get another dog, and that wait was one of the worst mistakes of my life. There will be a new puppy before Hank goes to doggie paradise.

Posted by: AnthonyB at February 13, 2016 03:17 PM (5VEXA)

370 351 Strudel the Poodle -
Posted by: JTB at February 13, 2016 03:00 PM (FvdPb)
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Best name evah!

Posted by: Margarita DeVille at February 13, 2016 03:18 PM (T/5A0)

371 very cute puppehs and kittehs, thanks

Posted by: chemjeff - PuppyMonkeyBaby '16 at February 13, 2016 03:29 PM (uZNvH)

372 What about those of us with house rabbits?

Posted by: paleopookie at February 13, 2016 03:30 PM (I4Z4v)

373 Posted by: AnthonyB at February 13, 2016 03:17 PM (5VEXA)

My second lab Darla couldn't feel her back legs, she was incontinent and couldn't stand up on her own anymore. Once she was up though, she looked great. On the day we decided to wuthanize her, she ate her favorite meal, bacon and eggs. When I took her to the car she was walking fine and my kids were pleading with me to wait. Hardest thing to do...What a great dog. She was 15...dusty in here.

Posted by: Timon at February 13, 2016 03:30 PM (KSonr)

374 372 What about those of us with house rabbits?
Posted by: paleopookie
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A) bring on the pics.
B) personal experience tells me that your TV remote no longer has any buttons on it...

Posted by: Chi at February 13, 2016 03:34 PM (OUpHg)

375 326: read the content?

LOLOLOLOLOLOL...

Posted by: redc1c4 at February 13, 2016 03:35 PM (9DXr1)

376 "Yeah we had fleas in the house because of a stray kitty and it was awful
getting rid of the dang things. to save our little panther kitty from
them, we got some of that stuff, used it carefully by the instructions,
and somehow she still managed to twist around and get at it. She died
like 2 weeks later, an awful death."
Posted by: Christopher Taylor at February 13, 2016 12:49 PM (39g3+)

Topical flea treatments like Revolution, Frontline and Advantage can also be applied under the chin--impossible for the animal to get at it there....

Posted by: Jenk at February 13, 2016 03:37 PM (OtryE)

377 Thanks everyone for the comments on our 1st pet thread.

We will load it up with more photos next week. Just remember it's a pet thread, rabbits are pets for some folks.

Posted by: Misanthropic Humanitarian at February 13, 2016 03:38 PM (voOPb)

378
I'm not going to go into detail about my experience with this, because I have no desire to win the "Saddest Thing On The Internet Today" award.

I'll bite. My 19 year old cat and my dad died in my arms three days apart.

Posted by: Ed Anger at February 13, 2016 03:42 PM (RcpcZ)

379 Ha! A new "Simon's Cat" Valentine's Day special:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4nd01DwuHwE

Posted by: rickl at February 13, 2016 03:42 PM (sdi6R)

380 I can see this thread are going to be very popular and run for hours as does the book thread.

A very nice idea! Many thinks L, l and MH

Posted by: Hrothgar at February 13, 2016 03:47 PM (wYnyS)

381 Timon; thanks for the comment, and I am so sorry I am not the only one with that experience.

Posted by: AnthonyB at February 13, 2016 03:49 PM (5VEXA)

382 Great thread idea!

Posted by: Valiant at February 13, 2016 03:53 PM (2bqlb)

383 I'm not a sentimental person, but some of your stories are getting to me. This thread wasn't supposed to be so dusty.

Posted by: L, Elle at February 13, 2016 03:56 PM (2x3L+)

384 Alright now for a funny post. We took the family, kids 3 and 4, wife and me and my mother, to the outer banks for vacation. Rented a house with a pool. Second day, we're settled in, we've been to the beach and are now hanging around at the pool. The wife is in the water on an inflatable float. The kids let the two labs out, Elliott and Darla. Darla makes a beeline right to the pool looking for something to retrieve. The only thing in the pool is my wife so the dog paddles to her raft, grabs it and starts dragging my wife to the stairs. Popped the raft but it was hilarious.

Posted by: Timon at February 13, 2016 03:57 PM (KSonr)

385 >>>> Great thread idea!
Posted by: Valiant at February 13, 2016 03:53 P
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Chi's great idea. MisHum's work. I was the asker of Ace. I think Ace would like this post and the comments. I've really enjoyed hearing about all your pets. Even the cats.

Posted by: L, Elle at February 13, 2016 03:59 PM (2x3L+)

386 Sorta kinda animal-related:

I got my Laika the Space Dog t-shirts from The People's Cube yesterday.

https://tinyurl.com/hh6y2td

https://tinyurl.com/j5qsomp

Posted by: rickl at February 13, 2016 04:02 PM (sdi6R)

387 My late, great (in heart and in girth) tomcat developed diabetes and

I had to give him shots twice a day. I just waited until he was eating

and then gently grabbed the loose skin on his neck betwixt his

shoulders and gave him the injection. There aren't many nerve endings

in that area, which is why mama cats can carry their kittens in their

mouths by gently picking them up by the scruff.



Posted by: All Hail Eris, Literate Savage at February 13, 2016 01:40 PM (jR7Wy)

Spanky
wasn't overweight, but had been losing weight, and drinking a lot of
water. Thanks for the advice about the injections. Vet told me to inject
her behind her neck. I'll try doing it while she's eating.




Posted by: Jane D'oh at February 13, 2016 01:46 PM (FsuaD)
Cats have loose skin, so giving subcutaneous injections is relatively easy--pinch some skin and insert the needle into the fold. Usually the cat doesn't mind too much, but it helps if someone holds it during the injection.Giving cats pills is "another breed of cat" altogether. Kevlar, bandages and antibiotic ointment are called for there....

Posted by: Jenk at February 13, 2016 04:03 PM (OtryE)

388 I have a cheweenie.. well he's my daughters but she is living with us so... he's mine too at least for now. I love that little guy so much. He's adorable! We named him Moose. Greets me every day when I come home with lots of kisses and a wagging tail. Makes my day complete.

Posted by: Jewells45 at February 13, 2016 04:05 PM (CNHr1)

389 Where do I send kittah and doggah pictures?

Posted by: redbanzai at February 13, 2016 04:08 PM (NPofj)

390
I sincerely don't know if I'll be able to read, much less partipate in this thread, after today.

I have a much revered pet cemetery up in the most tranquil grove on the farm. I go up there to reminisce sometimes.

The kids are grown and gone. The dogs and cats are our 'kids' now...

Posted by: Spun and Murky at February 13, 2016 04:09 PM (cdw0X)

391 redbanzai, petmorons @ the gee mail

Posted by: L, Elle at February 13, 2016 04:09 PM (2x3L+)

392 Posted by: AnthonyB at February 13, 2016 03:17 PM (5VEXA)

I'm glad that there was a happy ending

Posted by: Misanthropic Humanitarian at February 13, 2016 04:10 PM (voOPb)

393 Can my pets get Zika?

Posted by: Valiant at February 13, 2016 04:10 PM (2bqlb)

394 I also had a German Shepard that would curl up and nap under the coffee table. When he woke up he would stand straight up. He never did figured it out.

We learned real quick to empty the coffee table whenever he was in the house.

Posted by: Ed Anger at February 13, 2016 04:12 PM (RcpcZ)

395 >>>> Posted by: Spun and Murky at February 13, 2016 04:09 PM (cdw0X)
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Yeah, I didnt anticipate all the sad stories of our Morons losing their beloved pets, but it was nice that people could share their stories nonetheless. Our pets become such a huge part of our lives. I am shocked to see how attached Inhave become to my puppy so fast. The thought of anything happening to her or losing her terrifies me.

Posted by: L, Elle at February 13, 2016 04:13 PM (2x3L+)

396 http://www.wormsandgermsblog.com/2016/02/articles/animals/other-animals/zika-virus-and-animals/

Sounds like dogs, cats are pretty safe

Posted by: Misanthropic Humanitarian at February 13, 2016 04:14 PM (voOPb)

397 This looks to be a particularly tasty food thread.

Eat them before they eat yuge

Posted by: derit at February 13, 2016 04:15 PM (OC+TJ)

398 redbanzai, petmorons @ the gee mail

Posted by: L, Elle at February 13, 2016 04:09 PM (2x3L+)



Thanks, L, Elle:-)

Posted by: redbanzai at February 13, 2016 04:15 PM (NPofj)

399 I emailed a picture so hope you will put it up next weekend

Posted by: Jewells45 at February 13, 2016 04:15 PM (CNHr1)

400 Ha! Ed Anger, my Great Dane does that too. When I first got her she could manage the dining room table but now she keeps trying to stand up under there and keeps banging her head on the underside.

I love German Shepherds. Bloodhounds and Labs too.

Posted by: L, Elle at February 13, 2016 04:16 PM (2x3L+)

401 Ya'll know.. I raise kittehs for a livin' right? check out the page:

http://tinyurl.com/lj4u82

I also have some Labradoodle puppehs to sell on teh facechimp page for Kittentanz...

Remember cats can get heartworms and lyme disease too but, it is much more uncommon.

Posted by: catman at February 13, 2016 04:16 PM (b/YYs)

402 Before I run to the grocery store, what the hell is a cheweenie?
A cross between Chewbacca & a daschound sound unlikely...

Posted by: Chi at February 13, 2016 04:16 PM (OUpHg)

403 Lots of pics submitted by you morons. Stayed for the upcoming weekly pet thread

Posted by: Misanthropic Humanitarian at February 13, 2016 04:19 PM (voOPb)

404 Chi, cheweenie is a chihuahua and daschund mix, I believe. But Jewell may correct me if I'm wrong

Posted by: L, Elle at February 13, 2016 04:19 PM (2x3L+)

405 At the moment I have a 58#, R&W Setter on my lap

Posted by: Misanthropic Humanitarian at February 13, 2016 04:21 PM (voOPb)

406 That's correct L,elle. He's more daschund but you can see the chihuahua in him. Just the sweetest little guy. He was a rescue.

Posted by: Jewells45 at February 13, 2016 04:22 PM (CNHr1)

407 Thanks catman. I saved your link and we will put it up on the main post on one of our weekend pet threads in case any of the Morons or Ettes in your area are looking for a kitteh

Posted by: L, Elle at February 13, 2016 04:25 PM (2x3L+)

408 I love big dogs but I am also a persnickity housekeeper so after two big dogs I am enjoying my little 10 pound chiweenie. Back in the day we owned a part Springer part Brit spaniel. Also a rescue. We had her for 12 years. The best dog ever. her name was Freckles. Then we owned a greyhound. God I loved that dog, but she developed some bad habits after we moved and I ended having to take her back to the rescue place. Broke my heart.

Posted by: Jewells45 at February 13, 2016 04:25 PM (CNHr1)

409 About a year after we moved I was driving home one day and I'll be damned if I didn't see someone in our new neighborhood walking my greyhound!!! She seemed like a very nice lady and actually ended up getting another one. I think Snow (that was name) finally passed last year because I never see her out walking anymore. It was tough seeing her but also I was glad she was adopted again into a loving home.

Posted by: Jewells45 at February 13, 2016 04:28 PM (CNHr1)

410 He's more daschund but you can see the chihuahua in him.

Sounds like a strange mix. I love dachshunds but dislike chihuahuas.

Me and a buddy left a bar at a street corner just as a dog ran around the corner chased by a chihuahua. The chihuahua paused, did a double take at my friend's ass, jumped up and bit his ass and then took back off after the dog he was chasing.

It was funny as hell.

Posted by: Ed Anger at February 13, 2016 04:29 PM (RcpcZ)

411 Pets view owners as emotional black holes, but when you're locked in solitary confinement 18 hours a day, you dance to the warden's tune and wear the "support animal" prison-bitch uniform to survive in general pop

Posted by: derit at February 13, 2016 04:30 PM (OC+TJ)

412 What bad habits did Snow develop, Jewell? And wow that's weird about the neighbor lady walking your old dog. That must have felt weird

Posted by: L, Elle at February 13, 2016 04:33 PM (2x3L+)

413
Pets view owners as emotional black holes...

My cat views me as a never ending supply of food and affection.

Posted by: Ed Anger at February 13, 2016 04:35 PM (RcpcZ)

414 I fully expect to have dogs again but there is a concern. A pet that lives 16 to 18 years, like our last ones did, puts me well into my 80's. That is a consideration.

Posted by: JTB at February 13, 2016 04:35 PM (FvdPb)

415 Ed, LOL!! That's hilarious. One of my best gf's has a cheweenie. It's annoying as all hell. It's hyper and barks all the time. To be fair, it's my friends fault. The dog is very poorly trained. So are my friends actual kids. All spoiled, badly behaved brats.

Posted by: L, Elle at February 13, 2016 04:38 PM (2x3L+)

416 Posted by: JTB at February 13, 2016 04:35 PM (FvdP

Long live JTB & his next pet

Posted by: Misanthropic Humanitarian at February 13, 2016 04:40 PM (voOPb)

417 Speaking of Brittany Spaniel. I had one. Never. Again.

And she lived to a ripe age of 15 1/2

Posted by: Misanthropic Humanitarian at February 13, 2016 04:41 PM (voOPb)

418 379
Ha! A new "Simon's Cat" Valentine's Day special

Thanks for that. I love Simon's Cat!!!

Posted by: California Girl at February 13, 2016 04:51 PM (l+qoZ)

419 You realize it's only a matter of time before Barky sees this and thinks it's the Food Thread....

Posted by: Jenk at February 13, 2016 05:00 PM (OtryE)

420
Over the last several years, I've
had a simple goal: To be the guy my dog thinks I am.

Have had dogs, mostly Labs or
variants thereof, since I was 16, 41 years ago. Best dog was probably Jack, my
Ex-Lab, a 100# black Lab. He was a duck-fetching monster who left the deer in
the yard alone as they ate apples and pears, barked about once a month, and
liked almost everybody. I lost him in the divorce but didn't argue, as my kids
got to grow up with the best dog imaginable. You will see more of Jack soon,
right here, as he gets his 15 minutes of fame.

Adopted another black
Lab, Jake, in 2005, after five years without my own dog. He was a good dog but I
was grossly misled by the rescue outfit in WI. He was no retriever; he ate the
first two doves I shot over him, so I never took him after ducks or geese. Had
to put him down at 14, two winters ago; it sucked, as it did the previous 6
times I had to put a dog down... Was able to adopt a beautiful 3-1/2 y/omale
black Lab, Duke, about a month later. The family who gave him to me decided they
didn't have the time Duke deserved and wanted to find him a home where he would
get the attention he merited. He was 90# of joy, enthusiasm, and love, and
pretty enough to stop me in my tracks.

Last August, I'd been working in
my shop and due to the 90* heat, left both sets of doors open, one to the
driveway and one to the fenced backyard. It got dark and I went into the house,
forgetting the open doors, to speak with my darling, who soon headed off to bed.
I let Duke outside to pee, then went to my office to check in at AoS. Within a
few minutes I heard a car go by (I live on a busy state highway that's fairly
quiet at night) followed by an odd scrubbing sound and a heavy wet thud. It
didn't sound right, but a glance out the door offered nothing out-of-order. I
walked to the back door and whistled for Duke... nothing. As I whistled again, I
realized what the bad sound was. I grabbed a flashlight and ran to the front
yard, and saw his reflective collar on the grass about 50 yards down the yard.
Walking over, I found him dead at roadside; thank God he wasn't blown up, and it
was likely he was dead before he hit the grass, but he was still
dead.

I looked up and said, "What now? It
wasn't enough yet to take my hand and my legs and my guitars? You had to take
him too? What's next?" and then thought, "...and the sonofabitch didn't even
stop..." Within ten minutes I was standing next to Duke's body with two strong
young men in thewash of our trucks' headlights when a little car pulled up. A
not-very-big guy got out and walked over as Tyler and Austin picked Duke up and
carried him to the other end of my truck. The guy asked if that was a dog they
were carrying, and I replied that yes, that was my Lab, and somebody hit him and
didn't stop. He replied, "I think I hit him," and said he'd been driving back
and forth for 15 minutes, trying to find what he'd hit, as he'd swerved to try
to avoid hitting something that appeared out of the dark but couldn't. Stunned
by his admission, all I could do was stick out my hand and say, "Thank you for
coming back. I heard you swerve. It's dark as hell out here, and a black dog on
a dark road didn't stand a chance and neither did you. I know you didn't set out
tonight to hit my dog.You did the right thing by coming back, and I'm sorry it
happened and I'm reallysorry it happened to you. Thank you..." It took some
courage for him to walk up to three 200# guys next to two F350s and one dead Lab
(all the fixin's for a really bad scene), far more than it took me, and it was
almost an out-of-body thing as I heard myself graciously accept his apologies,
thank him for returning, and tell him to
go home and hug his cat... It was an awfully steep price to pay for a test of
"Will I do the right thing in the heat of the moment, or will I revert to bad
old behaviors and let my temper rule me, or worse yet go drink over it?" God has
his own schedule for these sorts of lessons, and what He deems pop-quizzes come
to us as life-altering occurrences. He won't give us what we can't handle, but
it's sure hard to remember that in the moment.

All that said, I still miss the shit
out of Duke, and all my other dogs too. The upside is all dogs do to heaven,
where milk-bones grow on bushes, the water bowl is always in the shade and full,
it's ok to get up on the furniture, there's never ice in the marsh and the ducks
always float out in the open...

Posted by: Cowboyneal at February 13, 2016 05:00 PM (cA3on)

421 414 I fully expect to have dogs again but there is a concern. A pet that lives 16 to 18 years, like our last ones did, puts me well into my 80's. That is a consideration.
Posted by: JTB
------------------
A pet will more than likely extend your life, JTB.
I know my Mom (just turned 7 said she would never have another pet after all us kids scattered, but she absolutely loves Tucker.

When I went on a week trip, she jumped at the chance to watch him for me, and even took him on walks. Bragged to the neighbor about him, too.

Posted by: Chi at February 13, 2016 05:02 PM (OUpHg)

422 I'm sorry if that was a bit windy, and doubly-so for the bizarre formatting of the text. The former is my doing; the latter, pixies, right?

Posted by: Cowboyneal at February 13, 2016 05:03 PM (cA3on)

423 Cowboy,
Heartwrenching, but thanks for sharing.
Maybe one day, I'll be able to get through telling the story of how I ran over my own black lab, Mojo.
Died in my arms. I cried for hours as I dug the hole, then for days on end afterward...

Posted by: Chi at February 13, 2016 05:10 PM (OUpHg)

424 416 ... MH, Thanks. I am working on the age thing.

Posted by: JTB at February 13, 2016 05:11 PM (FvdPb)

425 293 ... L'Elle, I don't know if it's human hair but the hypoallergenic breeds like poodles, bichons, Portugese water dogs and others that don't shed have a different dander and saliva. That makes the difference.

Posted by: JTB at February 13, 2016 05:22 PM (FvdPb)

426 Chi, I can scarcely imagine how awful that must have been. Try writing the story down on paper, or typing as an email to yourself. It helps. You'll also have the story all set to share when you're ready.

We have blue clay here, hard as concrete in August, and they'd have had to bury me next to Duke had I tried to dig a hole big enough for him. A farmer friend with a backhoe has been kind enough to let me bury two dogs on his farm.

I am to blame for leaving my shop's thru-and-thru doors open, and Duke was only doing what dogs do - following his nose (toward a roadkill which the odd east wind that evening made too enticing for him to resist), and while I own it readily, it doesn't bring him back.

Posted by: Cowboyneal at February 13, 2016 05:34 PM (cA3on)

427 Aw, shucks, Cowboyneal, you made me cry. I'm weeping over my keyboard.

I had a dog named Duke, too. Best dog I had as a kid. Faithful, friendly, and bit the babysitter when she spanked my little brother. Loved that dog!

Posted by: California Girl at February 13, 2016 05:35 PM (l+qoZ)

428 Posted by: Cowboyneal at February 13, 2016 05:03 PM (cA3on)

We're used to the formatting. Thank you for sharing that!


There does seem to be a lot of dust in the room now though!

Posted by: Hrothgar at February 13, 2016 05:36 PM (wYnyS)

429 Thanks all! I had to go help move most of the work office today, so was late to the party. Great idea, I enjoyed all the stories.

Posted by: Infidel at February 13, 2016 05:57 PM (jiDCu)

430 {{Cowboyneal}}

Posted by: Infidel at February 13, 2016 06:09 PM (jiDCu)

431 Chi, you have me crying over the keyboard as well.
I ran over Tubby when I was fourteen and working in the garden. He was my dog when I was a baby. He had gone to sleep under the GMC and didn't wake up when I moved it down the row. The regrets I have over Mitzi are nothing compared to him.

Posted by: AnthonyB at February 13, 2016 06:09 PM (5VEXA)

432 OK, I have to follow up with happy stories. Tubby had a feud going on with beavers over in Charley Creek next to our house. He would come back home chewed to pieces and lay up for a few weeks while he healed, then go back again. I don't know if he ever won a fight with the beavers, but he sure gave a great effort.

Posted by: AnthonyB at February 13, 2016 06:13 PM (5VEXA)

433 Tubby would not allow a cat to live on our place. My Dad tried several times, but no amount of discipline would change his mind. We finally adopted terriers as rat killers because tubby would allow them.

Posted by: AnthonyB at February 13, 2016 06:15 PM (5VEXA)

434 Great comments Horde.,thank you for your contributions

Posted by: Misanthropic Humanitarian at February 13, 2016 08:36 PM (voOPb)

435 MH and L, Elle, thank you both for seeing this new thread thru to fruition. I hope your efforts are rewarded in kind by ours.

Apparently today was destined to be a dog day. My darling showed up this evening with "Marley" on DVD, unaware I'd spent hours here reading. Watching Jennifer Aniston was nice, but Owen Wilson as her beta hubby tested my patience; all I could think of was "no bad dogs, only bad owners". I'll admit to sobbing at the end, what with my resistance sanded a little thin by Chi's story, the others too, and rewriting mine prior to posting (though one sure couldn't tell I'd done so by looking at it).

Watch for a new development in the #blacklabsmatter arena...

Posted by: Cowboyneal at February 13, 2016 10:51 PM (cA3on)

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