Ace of Spades Pet Thread

Merry Christmas Edition


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Merry Christmas from the almost world famous Ace of Spades Pet Thread


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A Little of This. A Little of That.

A win-win for man and pooch.

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Now that "winter" is officially here, time to stay warm. For example here on Christmas Day they are talking a high of -4. How to winterize your dog.

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The one thing about dogs, is that you can dress them up. They are so cute at Christmas time.

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Meet The PetMorons


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There’s something on the roof! Some-Thing, on the roof!

The Yellow Labrador of the giant Labrabeast variety is Falco. He came home when he was 7 weeks and already 14 pounds. By the time he was 2 years old he was 110 pounds of solid muscle and teeth…and paws

The cat is Loki and is a Bengal. He belongs to my oldest and they now live in Chicago. He was almost dispatched as a kitten by Falco, who was reluctantly convinced that Loki was not vermin. -Michael

Thanks for the photo Michael. Cute pets!


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I call this pair of pics, "Tranquility amidst chaos." I took it just a few minutes ago as we were decorating for Christmas and I noticed Izumi, the rescue khet who was found jumping from car to car in the parking lot at work, asleep in the middle of everything. We tried to locate an owner for her without success, and now we're sort of stuck with her.

- Victor Tango Kilo (ex V-the-K)

Quite the story. Stuck? Yeah, if that's what you call it.


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That Deplorable SOB Van Owen here.
Shortly before this Halloween Layla, Mrs. SOB, and I watched a movie about a War Dog returning to live with the family of his late handler.
Layla, always a thoughtful pup, decided then and there that she wanted to go trick or treating as a Belgian Malinois Force Reconnaissance Marine.
She got the warlike expression down, but she wouldn't wear the boonie hat or ballistic goggles.

We appreciate your patience when submitting photos. This goes to show you sooner or later your pet will be in The Pet Thread.

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Find attached a picture of Sophie, taken a couple of years ago. Waiting patiently for Christmas. She's been through a rough patch lately, but is looking pretty much like the picture. I may have sent this before, but do not recall. Anyhow, it's Christmas. See you on the blog.-Mike Hammer

Merry Christmas to you and yours Mr. Hammer.

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Hello Misanthropic Humanitarian,
Here is aphoto of my niece's mutt -- sorry, I've forgotten the breeds making up the mix.

Dexter is very friendly although hyper but always does as his mistress commands using the shortened version of his name so that my niece's young daughter's first word was "Dex"! -Andy Canuck

Quite the pup there Andy. Thanks for the submission. Who knew that there were swimming pools in Canada, Eh?

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Hello MH!

This is Mrs. Cannibal Bob with our boys, Ernest and Julio. They have both passed on but they were epic kitties. Ernest is in the front. He had a big empty head and a heavy paw with any lizard he caught. Julio had the brains and the finesse. They stayed with my mom for a bit while we traveled (although they were great travelers and walked with leashes). She couldn't tell them apart so after Ernest got himself locked in a cabinet overnight, she put a red dot on his forehead saying that he didn't mind it. It lead to his first nic, Mahatma Ernie. Julio was constantly letting us know when Ernest had gotten himself locked somewhere he shouldn't be. Despite the huge quantity of fur, they were the best!

It seems all the good pets shed like there is no tomorrow. Thanks for sharing.

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From: Long-time Ace reader… Not a poster, though. But for ID purposes, just call me… Arctic Fox.

Huuuge fan of Pet Morons thread. Last week, I was perusing the PeMo-photos when Pluto jumped up on my desk to block my view and take a peek. Pluto is a former shelter-cat, about 11 yrs old and beginning to show some wear from his mis-spent youth. Still, never too old to be entirely happy with himself, he took a look at the kitty on the screen, turned to me and inquired who is better-looking. “You are, champ.” I replied. “Besides, that other kitty is just a painting. You’re the real, furry thing.” Pluto was satisfied with the answer, and allowed me to pass through security and board my flight.

Thank you for jumping into the thread. Also happy to hear that Pluto overcame his insecurity.

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That's a wrap for another week. You folks never disappoint.

If you would like to submit a photo or two to us, please use jpeg form and send in a short little description of your pet, breed, name, etc. You can reach us at petmorons at gmail dot com

h/t: anonymous-9 X-mas Pug
h/t: ALH X-mas tree cat

The Staff here at the Ace of Spades Thread wish you and your family a Merry Christmas.

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1 Mewory Christmas.

Posted by: Steve and Cold Bear at December 23, 2017 02:58 PM (/qEW2)

2 Meowry.

Posted by: Steve and Cold Bear at December 23, 2017 02:59 PM (/qEW2)

3 Love that top pic.

Posted by: HH at December 23, 2017 03:00 PM (mIJBI)

4 Happy Caturday everyone

Posted by: Skip at December 23, 2017 03:00 PM (aC6Sd)

5 WOOF!

Posted by: logprof at December 23, 2017 03:01 PM (GsAUU)

6 Very first year we had our then kittens and a tree they were constantly inside it, was the last Christmas tree and that was 16 years ago. Sad actually

Posted by: Skip at December 23, 2017 03:02 PM (aC6Sd)

7 Kitteh defeats Sonobi!!!!

Posted by: logprof at December 23, 2017 03:02 PM (GsAUU)

8 Food thread! MMM MMM MMM!

Posted by: Barack Hussein Obama at December 23, 2017 03:03 PM (NWiLs)

9 There's something on the roof! Some-Thing, on the roof!

The ceiling is the roof!


https://youtu.be/hl6dA3bVILM

Posted by: Michael Jordan at December 23, 2017 03:05 PM (GsAUU)

10 V the K (sorry, it'll take getting used to the new handle),

Super cute Izumi!!!

Posted by: Michael Jordan at December 23, 2017 03:06 PM (GsAUU)

11
Near Bethlehem some time ago,
A flock of sheep was dwelling.
To shepherds, sheep, and sheep dog, too,
Angel choirs came telling.

Good news, not fear, to all the world,
A baby in a manger.
"We'd leave to see," the shepherds said,
"But our sheep would be in danger."

"To watch the flock, we'll leave the dog,
While seeking mankind's Savior.
The dog will guard and keep the sheep
From wandering behavior."

Though disappointed not to go
To Bethlehem's blest stable,
The dog felt duty-bound to work
As well as it was able.

The shepherds came at last and praised
God for Christ revealing,
Too wonder-struck to praise the dog
That gave them time for kneeling.

But God Himself spoke to the dog
In tones for canine hearing.
His words inspired all dogs to serve
For ages persevering:

"Good and faithful servant, well done."

-- Kent Dannen

Posted by: Hadrian the Seventh at December 23, 2017 03:06 PM (2tkWR)

12 Merry Christmas Edition

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A link to gmail?

Posted by: Anon Y. Mous at December 23, 2017 03:07 PM (FUu/Z)

13 Happy Christmas and Merry New Year to all the AOS wonderful furry friends!

Hahahahaha!

Posted by: Hairyback Guy at December 23, 2017 03:07 PM (EoRCO)

14 Not pet related by animal related and charming:

https://tinyurl.com/ybhjjabg

Posted by: shibumi at December 23, 2017 03:08 PM (aT+Bx)

15 All beautiful pets.

Well done, Morons!

Posted by: logprof at December 23, 2017 03:08 PM (GsAUU)

16 The picture of Santa dog and cat is cute.

Posted by: rickl at December 23, 2017 03:08 PM (sdi6R)

17 Pluto is so precious! But really, all the PetMorons are winners. No surprise there.

"Tranquility amidst chaos" def. struck a chord here. My Pippin (elderly, diabetic, incredibly stupid but lovable Maine Coon) has an ongoing feud with my artificial Christmas tree, which has been known to produce similar messes! Said feud is now in its sixth year and manifests in the form of gnawing on the branches, bumping into the trunk, and increasing numbers of hairballs with little flecks of green in them. The vet says it's not going to poison or choke him, so my choices are to either move the tree into a cat-free zone or put up with it and just make sure all the good ornaments aren't on the bottom branches.

I ended up just moving the ornaments. Who am I to deny my kitteh his seasonal treat of inanimate-object-murder?

Merry Christmas to all our morons, furry and otherwise!

Posted by: Rosa Erik at December 23, 2017 03:09 PM (+Zfui)

18 Lovely, lovely Christmas pets.

That's quite a shot, Arctic Fox.

Posted by: washrivergal at December 23, 2017 03:09 PM (tcwn1)

19 Babysitting the grandpup over the Christmas weekend. He doesn't have the energy he once had and doesn't demand someone play with him as much as in the past.
Makes me a little sad to watch him age.

Posted by: Northernlurker, am I lurking or am I skulking at December 23, 2017 03:13 PM (nBr1j)

20

That "Dogloo" cracks me up!

Posted by: O Little Town of Soothsayer at December 23, 2017 03:13 PM (PwIqH)

21 That's not a swimming pool, it's just a melted hockey rink, eh?

Posted by: Hands at December 23, 2017 03:14 PM (EzdLW)

22 Well, I'm off to the lake to walk the Anonodogs.

Posted by: Anonosaurus Wrecks, The Persistence! at December 23, 2017 03:14 PM (+y/Ru)

23 The one thing about dogs, is that you can dress them up. They are so cute at Christmas time.

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Someday, when our canine friends rule the world, they will get their revenge.

Posted by: Anon Y. Mous at December 23, 2017 03:14 PM (FUu/Z)

24 Need to tell the story of my dad:

When we were little, he said Santa didn't need more cookies but the reindeer needed some carrots. In our family, we put out carrots for the reindeer. He also told us that God gave pets the chance to talk to Santa once a year and let Santa know how well they were treated. Believe you me, we treated those pets like gold all of Advent (although we were a joke family because we had our pets inside). We never understood other families and their milk and cookies -- we just worried about the reindeer.

Posted by: mustbequantum at December 23, 2017 03:14 PM (MIKMs)

25 Must.have.Sophie!

Posted by: Infidel at December 23, 2017 03:14 PM (EGFUD)

26 I love the bengal, is Loki a marble Bengal? No spots?

Posted by: CaliGirl at December 23, 2017 03:18 PM (Ri/rl)

27 First Christmas in 17 years without a dog in the house.

Damn bird is still chirping away.

Posted by: Blanco Basura - It's OK, I'm with the banned at December 23, 2017 03:18 PM (IcT7t)

28 Had to make a last minutr trip to the pet store. We were sitting around thinking our holiday shopping and decorating was done when we remembered this is our first Christmas with Prince the Poodle. A situation not to be tolerated. He now has a Christmas stocking to hang up with a variety of treats and chew sticks (American made) to put in it.

He may not know about the holiday but it makes us feel better.

Posted by: JTB at December 23, 2017 03:19 PM (V+03K)

29 VTK -- Of course, your home is beautiful. Glad to see that you are allowed by the local 'powers that be' to make it a home. Can't imagine that much space, but animals make it all better. I love tabbies because my old cat was a tiny tabby who ruled the neighborhood.

Posted by: mustbequantum at December 23, 2017 03:20 PM (MIKMs)

30 Classic Christmas Kitteh:

https://tinyurl.com/y8659r97

Posted by: logprof at December 23, 2017 03:20 PM (GsAUU)

31 Ernest and Julio were gorgeous.

Posted by: rickl at December 23, 2017 03:21 PM (sdi6R)

32 24 ... mustbequantum, I thought we were the only ones who did that. My little brother, sister and I put out milk and cookies for Santa and carrots for the reindeer. The carrots had to have the green leafy tops. Those were easy to find in the 1950s.

Posted by: JTB at December 23, 2017 03:24 PM (V+03K)

33 Dress ur cat in gay apparel
Fa la la la la la la la la

Put urself in mortal peril
Fa la la la la la la la la

Posted by: logprof at December 23, 2017 03:24 PM (GsAUU)

34 Whatever happened to the chess thread?

Posted by: Matt in WY at December 23, 2017 03:24 PM (OKpM8)

35
Chess thread was a plot by the Russians to infiltrate AoS.

Posted by: O Little Town of Soothsayer at December 23, 2017 03:25 PM (PwIqH)

36 34 Whatever happened to the chess thread?
Posted by: Matt in WY at December 23, 2017 03:24 PM (OKpM

--I'm not sure if OM is 100% back.

Chess Thread would come after Pet Thread though.

Posted by: logprof at December 23, 2017 03:25 PM (GsAUU)

37 >>>This is Mrs. Cannibal Bob with our boys, Ernest and Julio.


Ok, I give up. Are those Birmans? They don't have blue eyes, but they sure as heck look very Birman-y.

Posted by: Steve and Cold Bear at December 23, 2017 03:26 PM (/qEW2)

38 Someday, when our canine friends rule the world, they will get their revenge.
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Actually, we've got this. Trust us.

Posted by: Cats in Clothes at December 23, 2017 03:26 PM (aT+Bx)

39
Whatever happened to the chess thread?

Posted by: Matt in WY at December 23, 2017 03:24 PM


OregonMuse, the proprietor, has been laid up after shoulder surgery and only posts intermittently at the moment.

Posted by: Hadrian the Seventh at December 23, 2017 03:26 PM (2tkWR)

40 Nice TD by USF.

Posted by: logprof at December 23, 2017 03:27 PM (GsAUU)

41 33 Dress ur cat in gay apparel
Fa la la la la la la la la

Put urself in mortal peril
Fa la la la la la la la la
Posted by: logprof at December 23, 2017 03:24 PM (GsAUU)


The original illustration:

https://___ur.com/FOOWmLp

Posted by: rickl at December 23, 2017 03:27 PM (sdi6R)

42 Classic Christmas Kitteh:

Very funny, thank you for posting!

Posted by: shibumi at December 23, 2017 03:27 PM (aT+Bx)

43 OM is on the mend, has commented fairly often and hopefully will return to the chess thread soon

Posted by: Skip at December 23, 2017 03:27 PM (aC6Sd)

44 Chess thread is on Sunday I believe.

Posted by: ALH at December 23, 2017 03:28 PM (AdeUn)

45 39
Whatever happened to the chess thread?

Posted by: Matt in WY at December 23, 2017 03:24 PM

OregonMuse, the proprietor, has been laid up after shoulder surgery and only posts intermittently at the moment.
Posted by: Hadrian the Seventh at December 23, 2017 03:26 PM (2tkWR)


I told him he should start with a tic-tac-toe thread and ease his way back into it gradually.

Posted by: rickl at December 23, 2017 03:28 PM (sdi6R)

46
Chess thread is on Sunday I believe.



You're thinking of the Food Thread.

Posted by: O Little Town of Soothsayer at December 23, 2017 03:29 PM (PwIqH)

47 The original illustration:

https://___ur.com/FOOWmLp
Posted by: rickl at December 23, 2017 03:27 PM (sdi6R)

--Thanks!

I thought the link I put above was just for that pic, but it was a blog post with several.

That one's my all-time favorite.

Posted by: logprof at December 23, 2017 03:29 PM (GsAUU)

48 The pet photos are great, as always. But be sure to click on the link to dressing up your pets for the holidays. Definitely a hoot.

Posted by: JTB at December 23, 2017 03:30 PM (V+03K)

49 Posted by: logprof at December 23, 2017 03:20 PM (GsAUU)

That is hilarious, thank you.

Posted by: CaliGirl at December 23, 2017 03:31 PM (Ri/rl)

50 I thought we were the only ones who did that. My
little brother, sister and I put out milk and cookies for Santa and
carrots for the reindeer. The carrots had to have the green leafy tops.
Those were easy to find in the 1950s. Posted by: JTB at December 23, 2017 03:24 PM (V+03K)
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We did carrots for the reindeer and when dad would take us to Brookfield Zoo once or twice a year, we would stop at the grocery store and load up on produce. Amazing to watch the elephants and the heads of lettuce and celery. Can't do that now, but back in the day all they got were peanuts from visitors and their joy at getting green stuff was amazing to watch. Yeah, your family was not the only reindeer family.

Posted by: mustbequantum at December 23, 2017 03:34 PM (MIKMs)

51 TD Texas Tech

We have a shootout.

Posted by: logprof at December 23, 2017 03:34 PM (GsAUU)

52 Great pics and stories, as usual.
I went to my local gas station and the proprietor had 3 little chihuahua dogs dressed as tiny reindeer. Maybe elves.
They tolerated it well.
Fast little buggers.

Posted by: navybrat at December 23, 2017 03:35 PM (w7KSn)

53 Wow, TD USF!

Posted by: logprof at December 23, 2017 03:42 PM (GsAUU)

54 Better hope that celebration penalty doesn't cost you, USF.

Posted by: logprof at December 23, 2017 03:43 PM (GsAUU)

55

We did carrots for the reindeer and when dad would take us to Brookfield Zoo once or twice a year, we would stop at the grocery store and load up on produce. Amazing to watch the elephants and the heads of lettuce and celery. Can't do that now, but back in the day all they got were peanuts from visitors and their joy at getting green stuff was amazing to watch. Yeah, your family was not the only reindeer family.

Posted by: mustbequantum at December 23, 2017 03:34 PM (MIKMs)


Hippos eating watermelons:

https://youtu.be/EQVElHsL2c4

Posted by: Hadrian the Seventh at December 23, 2017 03:43 PM (DW4SF)

56 #3 kidlet has his doggeh here for the weekend. She does very well. The baby goes with other grandparents and I have the dog. Learned that two of my neighbors lost pets over the past few weeks. Both got dogs right away -- as one of the guys told my kid, before I forget how to do it. Bless them and bless the ones who were lost.

Posted by: mustbequantum at December 23, 2017 03:45 PM (MIKMs)

57 Not pet related by animal related and charming:

https://tinyurl.com/ybhjjabg

Posted by: shibumi at December 23, 2017 03:08 PM (aT+Bx)


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That's adorable when animals do it. It's less adorable when people do it. Still less adorable when Democrats do it with your peanut butter bars.

Posted by: Steve and Cold Bear at December 23, 2017 03:45 PM (/qEW2)

58 Just got a bit of a surprise. One of Prince's gifts is several larger (for him) rawhide chew sticks. When he gets smaller ones he gnaws them right away. This one he took into his kennel, buried it under the sleeping pad and pushed his blanket on top of that. We have never seen him do anything like that in the months we've had him. It is adorable. Always a chance of surprise with older rescue pets.

Posted by: JTB at December 23, 2017 03:46 PM (V+03K)

59 Ah cats and Christmas trees. I remember the year our Siamese cat (Mother kitty was her name) had 3 kittens. They would all take a running start down our long hallway and fly up the Christmas tree. Hearing it go crash was a nightly experience. We kids thought it was hysterical, my parents not so much!

We always laughed about calling the cat "Mother" and wondered what the neighbors thought if they heard us yelling "Mother! Get off the table!" "Mother, come down from there!"

Posted by: Heidi (Canibal Bob's Girl) at December 23, 2017 03:49 PM (dq5u8)

60 USF hangs on.

I doubt SDSU-Army will be this crazy.

Posted by: logprof at December 23, 2017 03:50 PM (GsAUU)

61 59 Ah cats and Christmas trees. I remember the year our Siamese cat (Mother kitty was her name) had 3 kittens. They would all take a running start down our long hallway and fly up the Christmas tree. Hearing it go crash was a nightly experience. We kids thought it was hysterical, my parents not so much!

We always laughed about calling the cat "Mother" and wondered what the neighbors thought if they heard us yelling "Mother! Get off the table!" "Mother, come down from there!"
Posted by: Heidi (Canibal Bob's Girl) at December 23, 2017 03:49 PM (dq5u

--Only one of our cats liked to jump up the tree, but boy was she a terror.

Posted by: logprof at December 23, 2017 03:52 PM (GsAUU)

62 One summer I volunteered as a zoo camp docent. On elephant day, the keeper would give a little talk while feeding the elephants whole watermelons.

Then we docents would get on the elephants with the kids and take a ride around the enclosure.
A few years later one of the elephants we used to ride got pissed off and killed a keeper. Oops, so much for that. No more rides, and the entire exhibit was redone so they could go to "protected contact" only.
I think that's the way all zoos do it now. Looking back it's kind of hard to believe that taking a spin on the elephants was so routine.

Posted by: stace at December 23, 2017 03:53 PM (6HFDU)

63 The ultimate cat costumery was the japanese company catprin "a tailor of cat". Unfortunately, the website seems to be gone. Doing an image search still shows some of the costume images that people saved. There's also the site http://www.spatch.net/cattown/ which is a weird comic strip type parody that uses catprin costumes in lieu of illustrations.

Posted by: Steve and Cold Bear at December 23, 2017 03:57 PM (/qEW2)

64 Posted by: stace at December 23, 2017 03:53 PM (6HFDU)

I took an elephant ride in Thailand. I thought, when the heck will I ever do this again?

That was probably different: There was a mahoot who probably knew the elephant well, and the elephants there are probably more used to people in general.

I have read that elephants, like horses, can be great therapy for children with autism: https://www.autismspeaks.org/site-wide/elephant-therapy

Posted by: logprof at December 23, 2017 03:57 PM (GsAUU)

65 Yes!

TD Army!

Posted by: logprof at December 23, 2017 03:57 PM (GsAUU)

66 So granddog usually comes with 'toys'. My own take is that rawhide chews, axehandles, stuffed animals, etc are too close to forbidden things. They are only allowed their own toys. It really saves confusion and stress for the pets as well as the owners. Granddog can slide under the bed at her house and get right to where you can't pull her out (she has cats). Son pulled up the bed and scared that dog into kingdom come.

None of us has figured out how to 'boredor'-proof the day crate. I was lucky with mine in that he allowed his crating -- the granddog works very hard to get out. Challenge time for her.

Posted by: mustbequantum at December 23, 2017 03:58 PM (MIKMs)

67 43 OM is on the mend, has commented fairly often and hopefully will return to the chess thread soon
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Not sure what happened but all the pointy elbows have been shadow banned or something....oh, CHESS not CHEST... never mind.

Posted by: lin-duh at December 23, 2017 03:59 PM (kufk0)

68 Any recommendations for a super absorbent cat litter that also smells good and is also close to dust-free? Tried Arm and Hammer Scoop Away, but it wasn't absorbent enough. Current stuff we have is corn based but it doesn't control smells very well.

Posted by: Barb the Evil Genius at December 23, 2017 04:00 PM (FQKBL)

69 I have a pair of I-didn't-dogs. They don't need winterizing. One has perfected the art of lifting all four feet off the ground while peeing. With the doggie door, they can both do their business and be inside in 30 seconds flat.

Posted by: tcn in AK at December 23, 2017 04:02 PM (NXsWM)

70 Posted by: stace at December 23, 2017 03:53 PM (6HFDU)

My friend's husband is afraid of elephants. He doesn't like his daughter getting near one at the zoo or at the circus.

He's a big hunter guy too. We make fun of him.

I think he's afraid the elephant may get out of its enclosure and hurt his daughter.

Posted by: CaliGirl at December 23, 2017 04:03 PM (Ri/rl)

71 Posted by: Barb the Evil Genius at December 23, 2017 04:00 PM (FQKBL)

Dr elseys cat attract. It doesn't have as much dust.

Posted by: CaliGirl at December 23, 2017 04:06 PM (Ri/rl)

72 My friend's husband is afraid of elephants. He doesn't like his daughter getting near one at the zoo or at the circus.

He's a big hunter guy too. We make fun of him.

I think he's afraid the elephant may get out of its enclosure and hurt his daughter.

Posted by: CaliGirl at December 23, 2017 04:03 PM (Ri/rl)


Harrumph!

Posted by: Ghost of Harambe at December 23, 2017 04:07 PM (GsAUU)

73 Just got a bit of a surprise. One of Prince's gifts is several larger (for him) rawhide chew sticks. When he gets smaller ones he gnaws them right away.

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Ah jus' want yo extra time and your
*munch* *munch* *munch* *munch*
sticks!

Posted by: Prince at December 23, 2017 04:08 PM (/qEW2)

74 In my extended experience, Tuxedo cats are most famous for knocking off the christmas tree angel, then posing.

"This is My Place"

Posted by: pogomip at December 23, 2017 04:09 PM (PwdHe)

75 Barb, I use Tidy Cat. No dust and a pleasant odor, but I live in a barn so MMVs.

Posted by: Ben Had at December 23, 2017 04:10 PM (Dujxu)

76 He's afraid of the selfie she might take with my 'trunk'!

Posted by: The Elephant at December 23, 2017 04:10 PM (clYld)

77 My friend's husband is afraid of elephants. He doesn't like his daughter getting near one at the zoo or at the circus.
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I love them. When I was young, the old guys in town told dad about a small circus coming to town. We went a few days before and watched the elephants do the heavy lifting setting up tents. It was amazing. Probably why I love the big horses as well. Practical and beautiful.

Posted by: mustbequantum at December 23, 2017 04:11 PM (MIKMs)

78 My friend's husband is afraid of elephants.
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He's met wild ones.

Posted by: pogomip at December 23, 2017 04:13 PM (PwdHe)

79 That was probably different: There was a mahoot who probably knew the elephant well, and the elephants there are probably more used to people in general.

I have read that elephants, like horses, can be great therapy for children with autism: https://www.autismspeaks.org/site-wide/elephant-therapy
Posted by: logprof at December 23, 2017 03:57 PM (GsAUU)

That's interesting. Yeah, just a guess, but I imagine in Asia the people and elephants pretty much grow up together, whereas in a zoo there's a some turnover. Our zoo had a longtime elephant keeper, and he wasn't the one who was killed; the victim was a relatively new guy.

CaliGirl, I'm kind of scared of elephants too after that one I trusted picked that keeper up and slammed him down on his head. This was decades ago, btw, and that old girl is still around, even though her two longtime buddies from back then have passed on.

Posted by: stace at December 23, 2017 04:16 PM (6HFDU)

80 78 My friend's husband is afraid of elephants.
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He's met wild ones.
Posted by: pogomip at December 23, 2017 04:13 PM (PwdHe)

--When I went to Tanzania our group went on a day safari in Mikumi National Park (not one of the big famous parks tourists flock to). While we were driving the path, we came up to a small group of elephants blocking the road. The shade from the nearby tree happened to be right where the path was. The driver just kept blasting the horn and revving the engine, and eventually the pachyderms arose and walked away.

We gringos were kind of scared of a charge, but all we got was a trumpet from a bull as we drove on.

Posted by: logprof at December 23, 2017 04:19 PM (GsAUU)

81 If you have cats, or puppies, there are hooks and eyes to ensure the cat or puppy doesn't take down the tree. Haven't used mine in a while, but those bits of hardware are still there. One of those little eye hooks and some fishing line makes sure that the cat won't get the triumph of taking something big down. 'Bless your heart kitty' you know they would do it and then run along the top of any shelves and 'accidentally' knock down anything breakable. Avoid the whole drama scene and tie up the tree.

Posted by: mustbequantum at December 23, 2017 04:20 PM (MIKMs)

82 I want to wish all of you and your pets a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

Looking forward to another year of great pet pictures.

Posted by: Ben Had at December 23, 2017 04:22 PM (Dujxu)

83 Thank you for the suggestions. Never heard of that brand, CaliGirl.

Posted by: Barb the Evil Genius at December 23, 2017 04:23 PM (FQKBL)

84 Markings on the Bengal cat are lovely.

Posted by: FenelonSpoke at December 23, 2017 04:23 PM (8+Ozj)

85 he wasn't the one who was killed; the victim was a relatively new guy.

There's the clue.

Posted by: t-bird at December 23, 2017 04:24 PM (clYld)

86 So my next door neighbor had a "company" bring 2 horses over to give the kids rides for their daughters birthday party. It's was sweet and wrong on several levels. It was actually a white pony dressed as a unicorn and a big draft type horse. Both horses were very gentle and sweet. They did look a bit rough to my untrained eyes though. The big draft horse looked a bit boney/skinny. So it was these two older, kinda rough looking dudes. One guided the horses around with the kids giving rides around the front yard and the other did "face painting". Now, this dude was the worlds worst face painter. I mean, the stuff he painted kinda, sorta looked like what it was supposed to be. He was also using "craft paint" not face paint paint. It was like two homeless guys got ahold of some horses and paint and went into business. It was ....odd.

Posted by: lin-duh at December 23, 2017 04:24 PM (kufk0)

87 Oh, my. What an assortment of pets! From the comical to the beautiful.

Our crew is extra-loving in the recent cold weather. Poodly puppy is getting better about having pieces of rose bush removed from his fur, at least when he has a leash on.

Posted by: KTbarthedoor at December 23, 2017 04:25 PM (BVQ+1)

88 79
I'm kind of scared of elephants too after that one I trusted picked that keeper up and slammed him down on his head.
Posted by: stace at December 23, 2017 04:16 PM (6HFDU)


:O

Posted by: rickl at December 23, 2017 04:25 PM (sdi6R)

89 I meant

Posted by: rickl at December 23, 2017 04:27 PM (sdi6R)

90 TD Army!

Posted by: logprof at December 23, 2017 04:27 PM (GsAUU)

91 It was like two homeless guys got ahold of some horses and paint and went into business. It was ....odd.
Posted by: lin-duh at December 23, 2017 04:24 PM (kufk0)

--Were they like the Arabbers in Baltimore?

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Arabber

Posted by: logprof at December 23, 2017 04:28 PM (GsAUU)

92 --Were they like the Arabbers in Baltimore?
---
Not really, they came in a really old truck and rusty horse trailer. No signs or advertising.

Posted by: lin-duh at December 23, 2017 04:30 PM (kufk0)

93 92 --Were they like the Arabbers in Baltimore?
---
Not really, they came in a really old truck and rusty horse trailer. No signs or advertising.
Posted by: lin-duh at December 23, 2017 04:30 PM (kufk0)

--Sounds like whoever booked the entertainment was chintzy.

Posted by: logprof at December 23, 2017 04:31 PM (GsAUU)

94 More like they were taken....

Posted by: lin-duh at December 23, 2017 04:32 PM (kufk0)

95
CaliGirl, I'm kind of scared of elephants too after that one I
trusted picked that keeper up and slammed him down on his head. This was
decades ago, btw, and that old girl is still around, even though her
two longtime buddies from back then have passed on.
=====

Animals have been domesticated for millenia, but there is a basic lack of respect for animals. So these huuuuuuge beasts are going to act like nannies? Feh.

Posted by: mustbequantum at December 23, 2017 04:37 PM (MIKMs)

96 HI!

What, exactly, will it take to remove the "almost" from the "world famous Ace of Spades Pet Thread"? Because, I'm sure it's famous from Germany to Australia, if not Tehachapi to Tonkawa.

Posted by: mindful webworker's cats' chief of litterbox cleaning at December 23, 2017 04:43 PM (dLr9j)

97 Oh, cat and I prefer plain old TidyCat with the little blue sprinkles. The newer stuff is clumpy and dusty. Probably a reason that the old stuff is so respected.

Posted by: mustbequantum at December 23, 2017 04:43 PM (MIKMs)

98 94 More like they were taken....
Posted by: lin-duh at December 23, 2017 04:32 PM (kufk0)

You're right.

I would not pay anything for that kind of "talent".

Posted by: logprof at December 23, 2017 04:44 PM (GsAUU)

99 That's weird, Lin-duh.

===
Not that it matters, but looking it up, I was wrong about the "killer" elephant still being alive. It's her old buddy Lucky who's still alive.

To be fair to the elephant who did the deed, I never saw her get upset at any of us visitors to her enclosure. I think she may have had a personal issue with that keeper, which is not to say he was a bad guy and deserved it. She didn't like him telling her what to do for some reason.

Posted by: stace at December 23, 2017 04:44 PM (6HFDU)

100 I wonder if Army will throw a pass in this game?

Posted by: logprof at December 23, 2017 04:47 PM (GsAUU)

101 Army takes the lead at last,

21-14

Posted by: logprof at December 23, 2017 04:50 PM (GsAUU)

102 Oh shit.

Posted by: logprof at December 23, 2017 04:52 PM (GsAUU)

103 stace, if your still here. Did an elephant ever hug you with it's trunk?

Posted by: Ben Had at December 23, 2017 05:05 PM (Dujxu)

104 Nature's miracle is good stuff.
I use their litter and disposable boxes.
Of course, there is no substitute for regular maintenance...

Posted by: navybrat at December 23, 2017 05:08 PM (w7KSn)

105 I liked clumpNseal but bought a bag of the lightweight a couple years ago and the scent was way too much, I tossed it unused. I was skeered they had added extra scent to the regular weight as well so never bought it again. I have had a hard time finding unscented (would be ok wiht very lightly scented) clumping cat litter. I was buying a lightweight formula but it was dusty so I've been buying Safeway store brand. Not dusty but it doesn't clump super well.

Posted by: PaleRider, simply irredeemable at December 23, 2017 05:17 PM (84F5k)

106 I've used the regular multi-cat Clump 'n Seal for years and I don't find it overly perfumey. I'd prefer unscented, but the C&S has low dust and clumps very well so I stick with it.

Posted by: antisocial justice beatnik's on vacation at December 23, 2017 05:29 PM (a3mAP)

107 thanks beatnik, That was my experience with it, but when the box of lightweight clumpNseal smelled like someone spilled cheap perfume in it, I shied away from buying anymore of the regular to test if it was same lighter scent it had been originally or was going to also be over scented.

Posted by: PaleRider, simply irredeemable at December 23, 2017 05:51 PM (84F5k)

108 Hey, this place is addictive.

Posted by: Anonymous-9 at December 23, 2017 10:42 PM (omz2g)

109 Late to the thread oddly enough. And apparently my niece's Dexter is mainly Boston terrier with some Labrador and beagle.

BTW, we had the pool filled in a couple of years ago because we'd had two major liner tears over 3 years and weren't going to get it replaced again; as well all of the grandkids/nieces/nephews are all grown now and not over to use it like they once were, or when I and my brothers were kids.

And in winter with the water level drained about 18" from the top, my friends and I would play broom-ball on the ice that formed in the covering tarpaulin. One year one of the guys put one leg through the ice and the tarpaulin (in the shallow end) up to his crotch so we figured we were too heavy to play there any more.

Posted by: andycanuck at December 24, 2017 01:15 AM (QCX64)

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