Ace of Spades Pet Thread

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Good afternoon Horde. Welcome to the almost world famous Ace of Spades Pet Thread. Let's take some time off from politics and current events and enjoy the world of pets.

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A Little of This. A Little of That.


10 things your dog would tell you if he could...

1. My life is likely to last 10 to 15 years. Any separation from you will be painful: remember that before you get me.

2. Give me time to understand what you want of me.

3. Place your trust in me - it is crucial to my well being.

4. Do not be angry at me for long, and do not lock me up as punishment.

5. You have your work, your entertainment,and your friends. I only have you.

6. Talk to me sometimes. Even if I don't understands your words, I understand your voice when it is speaking to me.

7. Be aware that how ever you treat me, I will never forget.

8. Remember before you hit me that I have teeth that could easily hurt you, but I choose not to bite you because I love you.

9. Before you scold me for being uncooperative, obstinate, or lazy, ask yourself if something might be bothering me. Perhaps I might not be getting the right food, or I have been out too long, or my heart is getting too old and weak.

10. Take care of me when I get old; you too will grow old. Go with me on difficult journeys. Never say: "I cannot bear to watch" or "Let it happen in my absence." Everything is easier for me if you are there, even my death.

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A sweet story from a lurker.

.. really more of a story about someone's future pets, I hope!

I was out visiting my big sister as she started her first round of chemotherapy. Since the first several hours of the first round was paperwork and lab tests, I decided to get some work done that morning and head to the chemo facility for her drip in the afternoon. But not even an hour into the paperwork I got an urgent text from her directing me to deliver to a friend of hers in the neighborhood several pieces of kitty apparatus: a crate, a blanket, a food bowl, a litter box ... and a medium-sized animal trap. Turns out that I was about to be introduced to this local band of below-the-radar cat rescuers and foster-ers that Sis and her buds had been running for years and that was now a well-oiled machine.

Apparently, a feral cat had had kittens in an abandoned minivan right across the street from one of the rescuers, and the plan was to trap the mama, extricate the kittens, and then re-unite them in a safe place where the kittens could eventually grow up in a good home and mama could eventually be spayed. So I delivered the hardware, and then was introduced - behind a minivan window - to the mama and the litter of kittens, who were a few days old at the time, now about two weeks old.

The kittens are thriving under the care of an experienced cat foster-er, but so far mama cat has not wanted anything to do with the kittens. The foster mom is trying to re-introduce mama to kitties gradually and safely.
The kittens are absolutely adorable. (The mama is a tabby, so the kittens have all kinds of colors in their fur.) Sadly, my other half informs me - emphatically - that no, we can't take on an additional six kittens. So any Pet Morons in western PA/eastern OH/panhandle WV who can adopt - I think they'll soon be available.

The whole thing got written up by one of the rescuers in her cat-rescuer blog,
here:

My real-life name is **** and I've lurked at Ace for years under the screen name crisis du jour

Dunno if any of this is helpful for the blog, but it was very cool to be introduced to this sub-culture of dedicated pet rescuers.

Best


With so much information provided, I deleted our lurker's real name. First of all, best wishes for your sister in her fight against cancer. F*ck cancer!

Thanks for sharing a neat story here on the Pet Thread.


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Meet The PetMorons

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This is Bryce one year after we adopted him from a family who was fostering his whole family. That family was us. We're suckers. Not sure if he feels quite at home here yet. You decide. -Rihar

Bryce appears to be a terribly mistreated dog. The Pet Thread is going to send out the local authorities. J/K, he looks at home and appears to be spoiled. Good job!!

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Long time lurker! This is a photo of Babs reading Ace of Spades with me a few years ago. She was abandoned by her mother at 5 weeks old on the roof of a 2 story building I used to work at. Our Rottweilers accepted and raised her, and now she's the queen bee. Lol! They have passed, and since then she's raised 2 Dobermans. She struts around the house with no worries of big dogs because she's large and in charge (all 12 lbs of her). Haha!

If you want to use this for the pet morons post, then I'm Dixie. ����

Hi Dixie. Any kitteh who reads The ONT has to be featured here at the AoS. Thanks for sharing Babs' story with us.


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Hello, I've been a lurker for several years now and love AoS HQ and the variety of topics it covers. So when I'm sitting on my back porch relaxing on the weekends one of my first go-to reads is the AoS Pet Thread. I hope these two pics are good enough to make it in your "Meet the Pet Morons" section. The first is of Chicabella Wormtail. She was my first dog ever as I've always had cats. She came to me at 6 years old as a rescue and it was love at first sight. Unfortunately, Chica started going blind at 8 from an autoimmune disease, and then developed heart problems later on. I lost her at 16 years old last August, and it about killed me. After a couple of months I couldn't stand it any more, and began searching for another rescue. After "interviewing" several dogs (I had no idea they were so picky), I came upon these two at a shelter in the North Georgia mountains, and it was love again at first sight. I really hit the jackpot with Flynn (the larger male) and Sadie Mae (smaller female) - they run and play and greet me every night with overflowing happiness and joy. Thanks, Bird from Lilburn


Thanks for coming out of the lurker shadows and sharing with us today. First dogs can be awfully special. Not that the next 2 or 15 aren't. But there is something about the 1st one. It looks like you have a nice pair of pals at the moment.

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Our 2 puppies, Charlie (red collar) and Bailey (blue collar) are getting big fast. Food-centric training works great, even with our big girl, Geddy. We've researched raising litter mates and see lots of work ahead. Separate sleeping quarters, separate training, feeding and lots of one-on-one time. Allowing then to play but not fight. I'd not do it again but spouse loves small things so why not take TWO! WHEW! -S.Lynn, Idaho

You folks are definitely braver than your humble Cob. Been there, done that and I would never do it again. However, it sounds as if you are raising them correctly. Gorgeous dogs.


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This is our schnauzer Sully. He was always with us from 2005 until 2017. Every time we painted a room he ended up with paint on him because he had to see what was going on and he slept under the crib of all three of our kids. We were never afraid to leave our kids in the yard alone because no one could show up unannounced. We are thinking of getting a new dog but we are having trouble thinking of replacing him. Thanks to all the people posting pictures itís been great.-No Name Provided


Don't be afraid to get another dog. You never replace them. You're just adding a new wonderful family member. Schnauzers are great dogs with kids, just ask my 3 of my nephews.

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Good morning. I am a long time lurker, Aceof SpadesHQ is my first read of the day, over my morning coffee. The doggie is Seamus, a golden retriever who we got as a pup. He will be seven in November. He loves to nap on the couch or the bed or the floor, or anywhere. He is our third golden, I couldnít recommend a better breed. The horse is Skipped the Gold, better known as Linus. He is a 24 year old quarter horse. In his younger days he was quite a star in the local hunter/jumperworld. Mrs has a bag full of his ribbons. He now spends his days at a local barn and flirts with the girls that are boarded there also. He is no pasture pet, he gets ridden on a regular basis and is a very well trained horse. Love the Sunday pet thread. Dougfir25


The staff of AoSHQ thank you for your daily patronage. Once again another fan of the Golden Retriever. I've never met a person who had a negative thing to say about the breed. Quite the horse you have there, we don't see many here at the Pet Thread. Thanks for submitting both of them today.


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Our youngest daughter Sparky with our Irish Setter Charlie. Time has flown. Charlie is no longer with us. And this little girl is all grown up. - Mis. Hum.


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A great group of stories today about our pet friends. Thank you all for sharing their stories and photos with us.

If you have something pet related you wish to share, please submit to petmorons at gmail dot com.

Have a great week!!!!

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1 Nice.

Posted by: HH at August 24, 2019 03:11 PM (mIJBI)

2 Happy Caturday!

Posted by: Basement Cat at August 24, 2019 03:12 PM (pPNCa)

3 Caturday!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VPA778_lcOo

Posted by: navybrat remembers wax pistols at August 24, 2019 03:14 PM (w7KSn)

4 What a great kitty rescue story!

Coincidentally, my name in meat world is also *****.

Posted by: shibumi, future Ohio dental floss tycoon at August 24, 2019 03:14 PM (AkkRZ)

5 Happy Caturday

Posted by: Skip at August 24, 2019 03:15 PM (BbGew)

6 Hilarious gun store ad mocking Facebook rules.

https://youtu.be/z3TIxWZd6Zc

Posted by: Sharrukin2 at August 24, 2019 03:17 PM (ltuaO)

7 I appreciate the Lurkers photos and stories.

Posted by: Skip at August 24, 2019 03:20 PM (BbGew)

8 That Valu-Rite milk is a sinister cat whistle of white supremacy.

Posted by: Basement Cat at August 24, 2019 03:24 PM (pPNCa)

9 Wonderful pics and stories, thank you. Someday I will get a dog, but that day has not yet come. (I'm not home enough to be fair to the dog.)

Posted by: Dr Alice at August 24, 2019 03:25 PM (36nhv)

10 Wonderful pets today and great pictures of them. I chuckled at 90 proof vodka flavored milk.

Posted by: PaleRider is simply irredeemable at August 24, 2019 03:26 PM (vrfMC)

11 heh about the dog interviewing.

We wound up with our pooch, Shadow, because he choose us, well, me.

Really couldn't ask for a better dog when it comes to companionship and looking after us.



Posted by: blake - used pronoun salesman at August 24, 2019 03:29 PM (WEBkv)

12 This was an excellent post. So many great takeways.

I have been living down here in Arlington for a year. We have a Yorkie and of all the family members, I miss Gracie the most.

Everything in the gray box above is true.

Posted by: Adirondack Patriot at August 24, 2019 03:30 PM (gAXBD)

13 woof

Posted by: firefirefire at August 24, 2019 03:31 PM (LVVMh)

14 Wonderful pics and stories, thank you. Someday I will get a dog, but that day has not yet come. (I'm not home enough to be fair to the dog.)
Posted by: Dr Alice at August

My dilemma as well. *sigh* Imma thinking 2024.

Posted by: Infidel at August 24, 2019 03:33 PM (BLFnH)

15 Beautiful pet thread!!!


Lurkers, please come on out and join the Horde more often! These are good people, just a bit salty sometimes. Salt means flavor, you know!!

Posted by: Moki at August 24, 2019 03:37 PM (mFoNl)

16 hiya

Posted by: JT at August 24, 2019 03:42 PM (arJlL)

17 I think Pixy's hamsters went on strike for a few minutes; couldn't refresh the page.

Come to think of it, why aren't Pixy's hamsters ever featured on a Pet Thread?

Posted by: Basement Cat at August 24, 2019 03:42 PM (pPNCa)

18 Prince the Poodle was at the vet yesterday for his regular check up. He has Cushings disease and a less than stellar liver but the medicines are letting him hold his own and even improve a bit. He's been livlier and more comfortable the last few months. Wonderful news. He's 15 years old as best we can figure (senior rescue) so good reports are always a relief.

Posted by: JTB at August 24, 2019 03:43 PM (bmdz3)

19 Mmm mmm mmm, food thread!

Posted by: Barack Hussein Obama at August 24, 2019 03:43 PM (NWiLs)

20 Thanks for the Pet Thread.

Posted by: Aetius451AD at August 24, 2019 03:45 PM (ycWCI)

21 Lurkers, please come on out and join the Horde more often! These are good people, just a bit salty sometimes. Salt means flavor, you know!!

Posted by: Moki at August 24, 2019 03:37 PM (mFoNl)

We have Umami!

Posted by: Aetius451AD at August 24, 2019 03:46 PM (ycWCI)

22 We have Umami!

Give her back !

Posted by: JT at August 24, 2019 03:49 PM (arJlL)

23 I thought you were father of the bride today, MisHum. I hope that is the bride back in the day when she used to rock and roll. j/k

Our local shelter has a designation called 'working cats'. They are mostly feral (although the pet strays are put up for regular adoption) and are checked and neutered/spayed.

If you have a warehouse or barn, or an office in a more remote spot, there is nothing better than a working cat to keep the local rodent population under control.

Posted by: mustbequantum at August 24, 2019 03:50 PM (MIKMs)

24 Since some of the morons suggested that the HQ offer matchmaking services for humans, it's only fair to do the same for pets. Here's an online dating service for cats:

https://tinyurl.com/y42gyqe6

Posted by: Basement Cat at August 24, 2019 03:53 PM (pPNCa)

25 We have Umami!

Give her back !



NO! she is Ourmami now !

Posted by: runner at August 24, 2019 04:02 PM (hCbo0)

26 15 Moki

You rang?

Posted by: NaCly Dog at August 24, 2019 04:04 PM (u82oZ)

27 My Ghost is semi-feral. Barn-born to a domesticated mother who brought him to her human after weaning to be fed.

He's an excellent hunter, so he hates the lack of mice here -- goes after water-bugs instead. But I can't hold him, and the only time he gets on the bed is to wake me to get him food or water.

I like him, but darn -- I wish he were friendlier.

Posted by: Empire1 at August 24, 2019 04:04 PM (/BxRJ)

28 Beautiful, funny, adorable pet morons.

That thing about dogs and their people touched me. Sometimes I do get frustrated with my Paisley but then I remember that all she wants is to tell me she loves me and wants my time and attention.

Posted by: N.L. Urker. I will urk until I can't urk anymore. at August 24, 2019 04:06 PM (aCNZ6)

29 We took our 12 year old Cocker Spaniel (named Frank) on his first big road trip this past week. A round trip from WI to Arkansas. Because he loves to ride he could not stand to lay down and not see what was going on. Needless to say, he's exhausted. Two 14 hour rides in two days.

However, this morning he was back at the car door, raring to go again.

The 10 Things sure brought a tear to my eye. Damn allergies

Posted by: Pete Seria at August 24, 2019 04:07 PM (7ZQe3)

30 Mrs. Darklighter is trying to talk me into a Bernese mountain dog. Anybody have any advice/experience with this breed?

Posted by: Biggs Darklighter at August 24, 2019 04:07 PM (wkI02)

31 That first pic reminds me of our Bailey. She's a 9.5 yo lab. As she's gotten older she's taken to going to the bottom of the stairs if she thinks it's bedtime and we are cooperating. Sometimes she barks and we just tell her to go on up and she does. Other times she just goes up on her own.

Posted by: Farmer at August 24, 2019 04:07 PM (T5tjg)

32 I figured out a while ago the best thing you can do for a dog is another (compatible) dog.

So we have an elder pair, and a younger pair. Never let my wife surf dog-rescue sites.

They all have differing personalities, but they all get along well enough, and various combinations of two or three will play together.

And when one thinks he or she hears something in the yard and sprints for the dog-door, they're all in full flight.

Posted by: JEM at August 24, 2019 04:08 PM (8erNz)

33 Sparky the cat tore off his dew claw somehow. He seemed to be doing fine until last night. He went outside and I haven't seem him since. I think he went outside to die. I'm going to miss him.

Posted by: Ronster at August 24, 2019 04:08 PM (NOanj)

34 I always enjoy the petmoron photos and stories, which leads to a suggestion. Take photos of your pets whenever possible, especially in humorous or cute poses. And make sure you have physical copies, not some 'stored in the cloud' crap.

We can look at photos from 35 years ago that bring back the joys of their company. Yeah, we miss them but we always smile at the pictures and memories and tell the old stories.

Posted by: JTB at August 24, 2019 04:08 PM (bmdz3)

35 Re: that poster on top. One word Paisley knows is bedtime.

Posted by: N.L. Urker. I will urk until I can't urk anymore. at August 24, 2019 04:09 PM (aCNZ6)

36 Paisley likes to lie down near or on my feet, but her bony knees hurt when she presses them down on my feet.

Posted by: N.L. Urker. I will urk until I can't urk anymore. at August 24, 2019 04:12 PM (aCNZ6)

37 Happy Pet Thread Day

Posted by: Ben Had at August 24, 2019 04:13 PM (hGDfM)

38 I was recovering some files off an ild hard drive and found pictures of pets! I didn't know about some of these. Some were of my German Shepherd, Bjarne, who looked a lot like the GSD in the top picture.

Posted by: Notsothoreau at August 24, 2019 04:13 PM (Lqy/e)

39 My Ghost is semi-feral. Barn-born to a domesticated mother who brought him to her human after weaning to be fed.



He's an excellent hunter, so he hates the lack of mice here -- goes
after water-bugs instead. But I can't hold him, and the only time he
gets on the bed is to wake me to get him food or water.



I like him, but darn -- I wish he were friendlier.



Posted by: Empire1 at August 24, 2019 04:04 PM

Our son found a cat like that once in the woods. He was a blue tabby. Tiny little thing he brought home and we fed took care of him and got him fixed. Never really gave him a name other than "Cat" until he started disappearing for days at a time after he grew up then we called him AWOL.


As time went by his absences extended into weeks and then months. We never really knew when he would come home but he always eventually did so we left cat food on the table for him.


One day after a two month vacation he came strolling up the driveway carrying a dead squirrel that he killed, sat down next to me while I was working on the brakes for my Jeep and commenced to eat the squirrel leaving part for me and he wandered off again for a few days.

The next time he was gone for 6 months and we really thought he was dead but he came home for a few days ate some cat food then he left for good. Not sure what happened but we never saw him again.

Posted by: The Great White Scotsman at August 24, 2019 04:14 PM (JUOKG)

40 Walgreens does nice photo albums. I'm go___ to do a couple for pet pictures, so I have some physical copies.

Posted by: Notsothoreau at August 24, 2019 04:14 PM (Lqy/e)

41 Our local shelter has a designation called 'working cats'. They are mostly feral (although the pet strays are put up for regular adoption) and are checked and neutered/spayed.

If you have a warehouse or barn, or an office in a more remote spot, there is nothing better than a working cat to keep the local rodent population under control.


The rescue group that I volunteer with places feral cats as barn and stable cats. Here's a short news item from Las Vegas about working cats controlling the local Rat Pack:
https://tinyurl.com/y4stztst

The Vegas cats also work in breweries, so maybe MisHum needs to find a picture of kittehs enjoying a brewski.

Posted by: Basement Cat at August 24, 2019 04:15 PM (pPNCa)

42 Paisley likes to lie down near or on my feet, but her bony knees hurt when she presses them down on my feet.


Posted by: N.L. Urker. I will urk until I can't urk anymore. at August 24, 2019 04:12 PM

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The wife's dog sleeps on her feet to start but as the night progresses she will get between us. I don't mind except when she dreams and starts kicking me in the back when she thinks she is running.

Posted by: The Great White Scotsman at August 24, 2019 04:15 PM (JUOKG)

43 So we have an elder pair, and a younger pair. Never let my wife surf dog-rescue sites.

The eldest of the bunch is a boy, and the first male we've ever had. For whatever reason, we'd always avoided them, but this dude is perfect. In some respects the best dog we've ever had. He's mellow, a little jealous, protective of people but not too much of a house watchdog.

Ah, but he was sprayed as a puppy so he kills skunks without a second thought no matter the consequences. I think the Skunk Map has gone out with one of those crosshatched prohibited-airspace markings like the aeronautical charts, we haven't had any in a long time.

Seriously, don't be afraid of male dogs. Just because when they're young they might hike their leg on a friend's foot, and two weeks later on your brother-in-law's. Contain your laughter. They'll get over it.

Posted by: JEM at August 24, 2019 04:19 PM (8erNz)

44 Animal rescue workers do God's work, straight up. Several years ago I developed a fondness for videos from some organizations (mainly LA-based Hope for Paws and Romanian outfit Howl of a dog, there are many more out there). Something about seeing critters brought from awful circumstances to healing and learning to love again.

Posted by: Brother Cavil says at August 24, 2019 04:21 PM (D5yyd)

45 The photo of Mis Hum's dog and little girl is just what I meant. That is the kind of thing he and the Mrs. will treasure, his daughter will think back on and, hopefully, show to her own kids.

I'm sure Mis Hum is too busy as Father of the Bride to see the thread today but I expect he will see it soon enough.

Posted by: JTB at August 24, 2019 04:24 PM (bmdz3)

46 44 Animal rescue workers do God's work, straight up.

All of ours are rescues from the (California) Central Valley. The latest, a little rat terrier, was a nasty cuss when he got here, didn't want to be touched, we were told he'd been thrown out of a car somewhere out in the Valley and no one's quite sure how long he'd lived out there, but over the past year he's mellowed hugely, has no problem with my playing with his paws or tumbling him around.

We'd take another dozen if we could, but we have a hard enough time finding someone to check in on and feed them when we travel (yeah, they get the house when we go away).

Posted by: JEM at August 24, 2019 04:26 PM (8erNz)

47 Love them all! What personalities on display! Babs (reading Ace of Spades) and Chica (doing ballet on the couch?) she are cracking me up.

Posted by: m at August 24, 2019 04:26 PM (aLBwb)

48 Oh since I posted a couple weeks ago asking for votes for Arlo. HE WON! Lost Fantasy will put that 5K to great use; posted a pic today of another dog they took in that had to be shaved down. That one will be off to another rescue in a couple days with a bigger adoption base.

Posted by: PaleRider is simply irredeemable at August 24, 2019 04:31 PM (vrfMC)

49 The Two Dog theory. Brody delights in running as fast as he can around the barn, through the arena, out through the pasture and back again. When Jagar became available it was a perfect match. Both young dogs of equal size and weight and boundless energy to play. Brody was content for about the first three days. After three days Brody was taking Jagar out the gate and out by the road. Brody would look at me and I could see him saying, OK, that was fun but he can go home now.

Posted by: Ben Had at August 24, 2019 04:32 PM (hGDfM)

50 17 Come to think of it, why aren't Pixy's hamsters ever featured on a Pet Thread?
Posted by: Basement Cat at August 24, 2019 03:42 PM (pPNCa)

heh

Posted by: m at August 24, 2019 04:33 PM (aLBwb)

51 Love the Pet Thread today. And hi to Crisis du Jour.

I am hoping that the little chihuahua we got when our friend passed away has not now decided he won't eat unless he has an audience.

Posted by: KTbarthedoor at August 24, 2019 04:34 PM (BVQ+1)

52 As i recall, Arlo had some stiff competition.

Kudos Arlo!

Am sure the pet morons helped out...

Posted by: Lone Ranger at August 24, 2019 04:35 PM (PMJAR)

53 Something about seeing critters brought from awful circumstances to healing and learning to love again.

Yes-- which reminds me to post a video from Nowzad, an animal rescue group in Afghanistan started by a British Royal Marine that rescues dogs and cats found (or adopted) by soldiers and helps them get home with the soldiers or find homes in the UK and the United States. This video is about some puppies found by a soldier that were rescued by Nowzad, given vet care, and sent to the States to be reunited with the soldier who found them.

https://tinyurl.com/y2e7va7u

Helping our troops to bring home pets saved from a war zone is another way to support the troops!

Posted by: Basement Cat at August 24, 2019 04:36 PM (pPNCa)

54 Our neighbors got a mini? (not very) australian shepherd dog. Toby thinks this is marvelous as Macy matches his energy level and they will run around. But I think they do both like going to their own houses after play time.

Posted by: PaleRider is simply irredeemable at August 24, 2019 04:36 PM (vrfMC)

55 Good afternoon, y'all. Dog is snoozing on the office floor and I'm waiting for the Gators/Canes game to kickoff D1 football.

Posted by: Bert G at August 24, 2019 04:38 PM (OMsf+)

56 Hmm.

Ms mouse calls me **** as well. Usually daily...

The shih tzus are spending the afternoon in their usual spot - the living room sectional.

Comfy, they are.

Posted by: Anon a mouse at August 24, 2019 04:38 PM (6qErC)

57 B. cat. Very cool.

Posted by: PaleRider is simply irredeemable at August 24, 2019 04:39 PM (vrfMC)

58 I am hoping that the little chihuahua we got when our friend passed away has not now decided he won't eat unless he has an audience.

We have four, feed them twice a day together. Kibble.

The largest and eldest of the four basically cleans his bowl in about two gulps.

The second-smallest and youngest of the bunch (about 1.5yr at this point) hoovers her bowl about as fast then starts trying to get her nose into everyone else's bowl.

The third to finish (second-eldest, second-largest) plods along and get the job done.

The smallest but not youngest walks up to his bowl then starts looking around. I'm not sure if he's expecting someone else to try to take his food away (see above, she would if I let her) or if he just is wondering whether someone else got something better, but sometimes he won't start eating until most of the others are done. And sometimes I'll just take his food away if he doesn't eat, he doesn't seem to care that much, but at 530AM I'm not in a mood to brook much disagreement.

I think he wants wet dog food. Sorry, dude, can't do that here, think your life is good enough that you can put up with a little inconvenience.

Posted by: JEM at August 24, 2019 04:40 PM (8erNz)

59 Mis Hum, I just returned from letting the vizslas walk me on this beautiful day and, hurrah!, I get to open up the pet thread. One of my favorite reads of the week.

Wonderful pictures and stories in this edition, especially your own. We too had Irish setters living with us for a time (we were caring for them when my in-laws, their people, were unable to take care of them). Our girls were young in those days and, like you, everyone has now moved on. Except us, we are still 29 and still dog people.

Posted by: Huck Follywood at August 24, 2019 04:42 PM (NVYyb)

60 29 ... Pete Seria (I love that nic),

Prince also lives for car rides and loves to look out the window and stick his nose into the breeze if possible. He is too short (toy poodle) to see over the window sill so we got an elevated doggy seat/bed that puts him level with the view. It's designed to be used in a car and can be connected to the seat belts for stability and has a short leash to keep him from being tossed around if I have to hit the brakes hard. It has worked very well and is comfy enough for him to fall asleep.

We got it on Amazon. Look under 'Snoozer Lookout Car Seat'.

Posted by: JTB at August 24, 2019 04:44 PM (bmdz3)

61 Having cats and dogs and both fed free choice dry kibble I used to feed the cat(s) on the chest freezer. Dad's lap cat is not that much of a jumper and started out living in the basement when we got him so he gets fed in a storeroom and the door is tied so it won't open wide enough for Toby the dog to get in.

Posted by: PaleRider is simply irredeemable at August 24, 2019 04:45 PM (vrfMC)

62 My sister is a pet rescuer.

She now has 5 beagles, all older, and most with health problems. She fosters them if they are being transported across AZ, drives long distances to get one from a rescuer to another foster sight, and takes those from the Beagle Rescue that can't be placed due to health and age.

She runs a hospice, ...for beagles.

When they die (usually planned, when heath conditions become unassailable), I pick them up and from her and bury on my property. There are now four here.

She is a saint.

I'm just a brother with a shovel, and a quiet piece of soft ground under the canyon ash trees.

Posted by: retropox at August 24, 2019 04:45 PM (VO+Id)

63 With regard to the "10 Things Your Dog Would Tell You If He Could..."

Except for #1 and #8, these could also be "What Your Child Would Tell You If He Dared." #10 doesn't count, I suppose, since we get old before our kids, but it reminds me of that gag about "Be good to your kids; they're going to pick out your nursing home."
Don't have a house animal at the moment, but it's always a pleasure to see the PetMorons here.

Posted by: Annalucia at August 24, 2019 04:46 PM (S6ArX)

64 Ghost has been a strictly indoor cat since I got him (too much nasty wildlife in the area to leave him outside -- bobcats & coyotes last place, coyotes now). Still has his claws, just in case he gets out, to give him a chance.

Not that he seems interested in going outside, but still. The semi-feral part appears to keep him from getting emotionally close to humans.

Posted by: Empire1 at August 24, 2019 04:46 PM (/BxRJ)

65 54 Our neighbors got a mini? (not very) australian shepherd dog. Toby thinks this is marvelous as Macy matches his energy level and they will run around. But I think they do both like going to their own houses after play time.

Our little pair sleep in crates, the big ones with us or our daughter. But during the day the big ones hide out in the little ones' crates.

Posted by: JEM at August 24, 2019 04:47 PM (8erNz)

66 retropox, Bless you and your sister.

Posted by: Ben Had at August 24, 2019 04:49 PM (hGDfM)

67 They do enjoy having the option of a quiet den at times don't they?

Posted by: PaleRider is simply irredeemable at August 24, 2019 04:49 PM (vrfMC)

68 I'm just a brother with a shovel, and a quiet piece of soft ground under the canyon ash trees.

Our last dog, before the current four (she was a solo), had a stroke and died under our apple tree in the yard at age 13. I picked her up when I found her, put her in the car, and drove her to the vet.

I almost wish I'd buried her where she died.

Posted by: JEM at August 24, 2019 04:49 PM (8erNz)

69 thanks, Ben Had.

Posted by: retropox at August 24, 2019 04:50 PM (VO+Id)

70 Crisis du jour,
Wonderful about the cat fosters. Your story made me very happy. It is such a relief to learn that there are other families besides ourselves with six pet cats. Also, after working with cat fosters and rescuers I have come to the conclusion that there are angels on earth. They may be cranky at times but angels nevertheless.

Posted by: Floridachick at August 24, 2019 04:51 PM (wTl5J)

71 I'm just a brother with a shovel, and a quiet piece of soft ground under the canyon ash trees.

Posted by: retropox at August 24, 2019 04:45 PM (VO+Id)


Don't sell yourself short. He who shovels and buries also serves. There's good karma in what you do for the rescues who crossed that Rainbow Bridge. Their lives mattered and they were not treated as pieces of trash before and after they left.

Posted by: RickZ at August 24, 2019 04:52 PM (Y8PSl)

72 Posted by: Huck Follywood at August 24, 2019 04:42 PM (NVYyb)

Very envious, we had a Viszla when we were 28, but he is long gone. What remarkable, intelligent, athletic, and deviously clever dogs!

Posted by: Commissar Hrothgar at August 24, 2019 04:53 PM (BiNEL)

73 I'm just a brother with a shovel, and a quiet piece of soft ground under the canyon ash trees.

Our last dog, before the current four (she was a solo), had a stroke and died under our apple tree in the yard at age 13. I picked her up when I found her, put her in the car, and drove her to the vet.

I almost wish I'd buried her where she died.
Posted by: JEM at August 24, 2019 04:49 PM (8erNz)

I hate these allergies.

Posted by: N.L. Urker. I will urk until I can't urk anymore. at August 24, 2019 04:53 PM (aCNZ6)

74 I'm just a brother with a shovel, and a quiet piece of soft ground under the canyon ash trees.

Posted by: retropox at August 24, 2019 04:45 PM (VO+Id)


They also serve who stand and dig!

Two at my daughter's place and three dogs and three cats at mine!

Posted by: Commissar Hrothgar at August 24, 2019 04:55 PM (BiNEL)

75 They also serve who stand and dig!

So true-- I treasure the friends who helped me dig graves for my four cats (one cat died in December, so the ground was very hard) as well as the dearly loved cats themselves. It helped to have human companions there for those last good-byes.

Posted by: Basement Cat at August 24, 2019 04:59 PM (pPNCa)

76 I have an odd quirk about burying some.

Two of the mini doxies I buried because they loved to be covered up under blankets, but my darling Murphy hated to be covered. I laid her body to rest outside where she loved to be, Her spirit still lives with me everyday.

I am fortunate to have the room to make those choices.

Posted by: Ben Had at August 24, 2019 05:01 PM (hGDfM)

77
I'm just a brother with a shovel, and a quiet piece of soft ground under the canyon ash trees.


Thank you for your great kindness.

Posted by: Floridachick at August 24, 2019 05:01 PM (wTl5J)

78 #11.... Sometimes (whatever) I eat cat shit that's on my neighbours' lawn.

#12 You have to pull grassy shit out my arse when I eat meadow grass 'cos I think it helps me and I am bunged up.

#13 When you are in a deep sleep I nuzzle you 30 times till you let me out for a pee.

#14 Despite many doggie classes I refuse to pick up
my shit.

Posted by: saf at August 24, 2019 05:08 PM (5IHGB)

79 No Chess and Dress thread today?

Posted by: Tuna at August 24, 2019 05:14 PM (jm1YL)

80 Thank you for your kindness to your saintly sister with the beagle hospice Retro. For me it is comforting to bury the pets, even though I want to be cremated when I die.

Posted by: PaleRider is simply irredeemable at August 24, 2019 05:14 PM (vrfMC)

81 Miss Hum you didn't call your your youngest kid SPARKY
seriously say NOT.
I had a Irish setter as a kid and it was my baby SITTER watched over me as the folks walked along the prom whilst i was in my pram having a bottle of guinness,tough area.

Posted by: saf at August 24, 2019 05:18 PM (5IHGB)

82 Hrothgar, this is our second set and we love them. I have never had any issues with the breed, so long as they get plenty of outdoor exercise and plenty of people time. I know they are popular with the urban sophisticates but I cannot imagine keeping pointers in an apartment. They absolutely need to be outdoors and running every day!

Posted by: Huck Follywood at August 24, 2019 05:18 PM (NVYyb)

83 Game thread up.

Posted by: HH at August 24, 2019 05:19 PM (mIJBI)

84 10 things your dog would tell you if he could...

I really wasn't expecting things to get that serious! A nice piece, though.

Posted by: t-bird at August 24, 2019 05:20 PM (Ee+Sn)

85 Thanks, Pale Rider.

BTW: I teach infectious disease biology,
and a pale horse/pale rider quote always makes it
into the bubonic plague or Spanish influenza lecture.

...to scare the med students.

Posted by: retropox at August 24, 2019 05:23 PM (VO+Id)

86 We'd take another dozen if we could, but we have a hard enough time finding someone to check in on and feed them when we travel (yeah, they get the house when we go away).
Posted by: JEM at August 24, 2019 04:26 PM (8erNz)
-----------

That right there puts a limit on how much Mrs. Blake and I can travel. Our pooch, Shadow, cannot abide strangers in the house if we're not about and the local pet boarding leaves a lot to be desired.

Posted by: blake - used pronoun salesman at August 24, 2019 05:24 PM (WEBkv)

87 My German Shepherd, a little over a year old now, gets along well with our other two doggies. He minds us well, so I had the big idea to take him to a behavior class to learn new things and to get him out more in public and he promptly got thrown out the first night for barking at the instructor when he approached him with a treat. Glad we had him on a tight leash. He had never acted aggressively like that before to our visitors but he does like to bark at people who walk by our property from behind his fence. Maybe the other strange dogs at class stressed him out.
Long-time lurker and a big fan of the articles and especially the pet thread.

Posted by: CJHMHCH at August 24, 2019 05:26 PM (eSgwh)

88 CJH, Not impressed with the instructor if they didn't tell you how to manage the situation but simply asked you to leave. I'm not at all a dog trainer, but good ones have tips for folks on how to keep the dog focused on them, give it something to do to divert from barking,pulling etc.

Posted by: PaleRider is simply irredeemable at August 24, 2019 05:40 PM (vrfMC)

89
he promptly got thrown out the first night for barking at the instructor when he approached him with a treat.

Columbo's Basset Hound got thrown of obedience school for demoralizing the other dogs.

Posted by: Bertram Cabot, Jr. at August 24, 2019 06:00 PM (aKsyK)

90 Good grief... the first meme is my GSD to a "T".

Shut off the TV or close my laptop at the end of the evening, and he takes off for upstairs, only stopping to look around the corner to see if I'm following.
They are such slaves to routine...
(Which reminds... I should submit a pic of the knucklehead, one of these days.)

Posted by: Shepherd Lover at August 24, 2019 08:20 PM (4knX6)

91 87. Posted by: CJHMHCH at August 24, 2019 05:26 PM (eSgwh)

Your GSD was simply exhibiting good behavior by protecting his master from a potential threat offering a distraction.
He's too good for that instructor/class.

Posted by: Shepherd Lover at August 24, 2019 08:29 PM (4knX6)

92 CJH -- Our GSD passed her puppy manners class with high honors. Afterwards, nobody, but nobody, could come near our fence without her barking and threatening. I finally realized what "raising your hackles" means. I'd always taken it as a rather mild metaphor. Nope. It means that dog wants to kill you right then and there.

A new neighbor moved in when Murph was about a year old. For twelve years, the lady's male friend did his damndest to make friends with her. She would accept any treat he gave her, including big chunks of meat, gulp it down, and immediately go back to attack mode.

Posted by: Captain Josepha Sabin at August 24, 2019 08:48 PM (eP3XU)

93 Love the meme at the top. My cat used to walk towards the bedroom and then look back...Mom?
Always enjoy the pics here. Such love is given and shared between a human and a pet! The good Lord must have planned it that way.

Posted by: PJ at August 24, 2019 09:03 PM (qlTN9)

94 Aw, thanks MisHum...that's the bride? How sweet to post that today. Lovely pets as always. Love all the stories.

Posted by: Gem at August 24, 2019 09:47 PM (XoAz8)

95 Love the dog rules. Love the pics. Love your pet thread.

Posted by: S.Lynn at August 24, 2019 10:33 PM (2lAaS)

96 We used have small dog who sat in the cat the cat would lick the dogs belly

Posted by: Tamaa the Drongo Bird at August 25, 2019 01:39 AM (FLiOE)

97 Thanks for your input everyone. I think he was trying to protect us (plus was stressed by the unfamiliar situation) and if she had given us some more time, I think he would have calmed down enough to learn. Oh well.

Posted by: cjhmhch at August 25, 2019 10:14 PM (eSgwh)

98
Golden Retrievers are wonderful animals.

But they have been known to have a few screws loose...
A buddy of mine in college had a beautiful retriever in a house in Charlottesville. Biggest problem he had was the retriever somehow escaping the house to chase after him as he drove off to classes at UVa.
He had closed all the doors and the downstairs windows. But somehow the dog would somehow escape and end up chasing the car down.
Frustrated, one morning my buddy drove off just out of site, and then stopped the car to see how his dog got out.
The dog was leaping out of the second story window. Super-Dog!

My buddy saw him hit the ground like a sack of potatoes, and unbelievable shake it off, and run up the road.

Big on loyalty, but brains? Not so much.



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