Ace of Spades Pet Thread

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Good afternoon everybody. Welcome to the almost world famous Ace of Spades Pet Thread. Take a break from whatever you were doing and enjoy the world of animals.

Let's escape politics and current events for the next couple of hours.

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I received the following email from a regular here at the AoSHQ Pet Thread. I'll be honest, I've never adopted a dog from a shelter. Are the problems with adoption of shelter animals this tough all over?

Hi,
Just read the Pet Thread and wanted to share my experience in trying to adopt a dog. After my old girly died, I spent over a year, searching and emailing many breed-specific rescues. Living in western South Dakota, there aren't many Dachshund rescues, so I looked at several surrounding states (heck, I drove to KY for one of mine, at a puppy mill). I was told, in no uncertain terms, that they required a home visit, a fenced in yard, a letter from my veterinarian and 3 personal references. To adopt a PET? I was so fed up with it, I went to a breeder in WY and bought an awesome 5 month puppy who didn't work out as a breeding prospect; he carried an eye disorder, so would either be sold as a pet (and neutered right away) or euthanized. Luckily, I was able to buy him and meet the terms of purchase within 6 weeks of getting him. You've met Eli and Bingo in previous pet threads.

So, even though the "rescues" claim they want pets to go to good homes, they sure make it difficult, with all the hoops through which one is expected to jump. I will never attempt to adopt another dog, since my experience sucked..and I tried over a half-dozen breed-specific rescues. I am glad so many of your readers have had better results than I did. All critters deserve love. Thank you for what you do. I always look forward to Saturday afternoons!
Name withheld.
Somewhere in SD


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A Little of This. A Little of That.

Historians consider it one of the greatest speeches ever written about a dog. US Senator George Graham Vest (1830-1904) was one of the leading debaters of his time, and offered this observation on dog greatness when he was still practicing law in a small Missouri town. He represented a man who sued another for the killing of his dog, and after offering the following summation to the jury, he won the case.
H/T Anonosaurus Wrecks, Tyrannosaur Wrangler & Hrothgar

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I've owned dogs since 19........ I've never had this happen to me. What say you dog owners?


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The next story isn't about pets, but a wild animal who was inquisitive.


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Who says we can't have a Feel Good Story here at the Pet Thread?


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Quite the house cat, here kitteh, here kitteh. H/T Shibumi


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Our state dept. at work. Assholes. Regards, -Blake

In total agreement with you Blake!


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Meet The PetMorons!


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Miss Magnolia, aka Maggie, enjoying the cold bricks in her final months. She loved to lay on ice to cool off, cold bricks after snow melted. Gone for years, still haven't gotten over her. - Jarrod

Amazing how long it takes to get over the loss of a pet. I know the feeling. Maggie was a beautiful dog. Thanks for sharing.


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Hello Again,

My heart was broken in November when Frankie took ill. The Vets discovered an undiagnosed heart defect that resulted in him failing rapidly. In the beginning of December, I had to put Frankie down. Probably the worst thing I've had to do. Below is a picture on his last trip to the park, a couple of hours before we had to see the vet for the last time. He hadn't eaten in a week and instead of running and playing, he settled for sitting in the shade. He was a great boy that was taken from us too soon.

Our house was so empty and quiet without Frankie that we decided around Christmas to look for another dog. Frankie turned me into a huge fan of Aussies and so we found one here locally. Please meet Cosmo. He's a bundle of energy and loves nothing more than to play a little fetch and snuggle up next to us on the sofa. Time and puppies are probably the only things that come close to putting the pieces of a broken heart back together again.

Been lurking since the early days... occasional poster... I'm Sapguy from Dallas

Dang Sapguy, so sorry to hear of Frankie's passing. He looks so regal in that last pose. Condolences again. Now Cosmo looks like he can push a button or two. Cute puppeh. Good to hear from you again, it's been awhile.

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Dear MisHum,
I have wanted to send in some pics for forever and every weekend I find I've failed. These are of our rescues, Tasha passed last year at 17. She was a lab/bc mix as far as I can tell, fastest dog I've ever seen!

The handsome brown eyed lad is Skipper. He completely ignored me at the shelter when he met Tasha, he was very smitten. Anyway, thanks for all you do at HQ.

Kazi

Sorry to hear of Tasha's passing. Hope Skipper is doing well without his pal. Great looking dogs. We appreciate your sharing with us today.


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This is Fat Cat.

Fat Cat was a rescue from the animal shelter, adopted with two others to patrol my barn. Fat Cat weighs 22 pounds and waddles at a very slow Michael Moore-like pace. Fat Cat, to the best of my knowledge, has never caught a mouse at the barn. I did see Fat Cat catch a bird once, which makes me question the survival instinct of birds.

Certain women I know will tell a human bartender that they need to get and shape and start watching what they eat, but will look at Fat Cat and say "How adorable!", which makes me question the survival instincts of women. - Bitter Clinger

Now that's a big cat. Fat? Naw, just horizontally challenged. Perhaps the bird that Fat Cat caught had a death wish. We're happy you took some time out of your schedule to tell us about Fat Cat. Thanks.


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Daphne, our second Berner, Christmas morning 2019 turned 2 yrs a a couple days before. -Michael

A belated Happy Birthday and Merry Christmas to you and Daphne. She is a gorgeous looking pooch. Thank you for her photo and story.


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Here is a photo of our kitten, Esther. I got her from an animal rescue as a Christmas present for my wife; Mrs. Cop felt ready for another cat after our previous one had died two years ago. Esther was about 13 weeks old and under-weight when I got her. She had an upper respiratory infection but two rounds of antibiotics did the trick and now she is a healthy little girl. When she isn't planning on committing mischief and attacking toes, she loves to cuddle and will sleep on my lap when I'm reading. Sincerely, Retired Buckeye Cop

A cute kitteh and a pretty name for this character. We can see the mischief in her eyes. Congrats on your new addition.

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The love for your pets shines brightly on this cold winter day. Awesome pets and stories. Great links today as well. You Morons make this thread work, week after week.

If you have something to share, include your nic, your pet's name and photo to petmorons at gmail dot com.

Hope you all have a great week!!!

Posted by: Misanthropic Humanitarian at 03:00 PM




Comments

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1 Happy Caturday!

Posted by: Basement Cat at January 25, 2020 03:00 PM (pPNCa)

2 I nooded the others.

Posted by: olddog in mo, uckfay ancercay at January 25, 2020 03:04 PM (Dhht7)

3 Ok, read the content. Really CB?

Posted by: Xannibal Bob at January 25, 2020 03:06 PM (hmgiv)

4 Pet Thread!! WeaselDog says hola!

Posted by: Weasel at January 25, 2020 03:06 PM (MVjcR)

5 I had this same problem when I wanted to adopt a Sheltie to replace our late lamented Charlie. The nearest Sheltie rescue, which had wanted a fenced yard (I lived in a condo) when I adopted Charlie, waived the yard requirement because I accepted an older dog. The second time, it was a yard *and* a companion dog because no dog should be left alone. Condo rules restricted owners to one dog.

I called my vet and asked if he knew of a condo-sized dog. The next day I had Jude, a poodle who had been surrendered by his owners. He's happy; we're happy, but a Sheltie missed out on a good life with us.

Posted by: wcgreen at January 25, 2020 03:07 PM (MXWSe)

6 Beautiful pets as always

Posted by: Northernlurker at January 25, 2020 03:10 PM (aCNZ6)

7 Posted by: wcgreen at January 25, 2020 03:07 PM (MXWSe)

Thank you for responding.

Sounds like you're a loving "parent" and the Sheltie people F'd up.

I always wanted a certain breed. I don't know what happens when the day comes I'm not able to do that.

Posted by: Misanthropic Humanitarian at January 25, 2020 03:10 PM (aA3+G)

8 WeaselDog came from the shelter. She was such a mess they just gave her to us, figuring they'd never find another sucker to adopt her. Best dog ever!!

Posted by: Weasel at January 25, 2020 03:11 PM (MVjcR)

9 Great pets. Cosmo is adorable.

Posted by: JackStraw at January 25, 2020 03:12 PM (ZLI7S)

10 So today we have kittiesPatch and Fluff in the backyard with us. We have them in harnesses so we can drag their furry asses off the wall should they decide to explore. It happens occasionally when we are lulled into a false sense security.

Patch says OK to the harness to go outside but Fluff likes to play the harness game. She likes to see how many times it takes the big dumb clumsy lumbering kitty (me) to catch her to harness her. Today it was 4. I hope the harness shined my back which she has become savvy to and she waist till I make a move and lets me almost grab her, scoots away and looks back for me to try again. Someday the kitty taser is coming out and shes going to wake up in the yard harnessed.

Posted by: Xannibal Bob at January 25, 2020 03:12 PM (hmgiv)

11 Great top photo and caption; I laughed.

And here's a cute photo of kitties:

https://tinyurl.com/qwqc9gl

Posted by: FenelonSpoke at January 25, 2020 03:13 PM (WI7YS)

12 What the hell did I write?


"I hide the harness behind my back" geees.

Posted by: Xannibal Bob at January 25, 2020 03:14 PM (hmgiv)

13 Conor says please don't bring home a cat like that puma, but added it should be the perfect pet for "our" Anna P.

Posted by: Political Commissar Hrothgar at January 25, 2020 03:15 PM (BiNEL)

14 Such great pictures of all the pets!

Posted by: FenelonSpoke at January 25, 2020 03:15 PM (WI7YS)

15 8 WeaselDog came from the shelter. She was such a mess they just gave her to us, figuring they'd never find another sucker to adopt her. Best dog ever!!
Posted by: Weasel at January 25, 2020 03:11 PM (MVjcR)

They knew you were good people. Or a Moron. Or both.

Posted by: Misanthropic Humanitarian at January 25, 2020 03:16 PM (aA3+G)

16 13 Conor says please don't bring home a cat like that puma, but added it should be the perfect pet for "our" Anna P.
Posted by: Political Commissar Hrothgar at January 25, 2020 03:15 PM (BiNEL

Conor wants a Setter.

Posted by: Misanthropic Humanitarian at January 25, 2020 03:16 PM (aA3+G)

17 15 8 WeaselDog came from the shelter. She was such a mess they just gave her to us, figuring they'd never find another sucker to adopt her. Best dog ever!!
Posted by: Weasel at January 25, 2020 03:11 PM (MVjcR)

They knew you were good people. Or a Moron. Or both.
Posted by: Misanthropic Humanitarian at January 25, 2020 03:16 PM (aA3+G)
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Ha! Thanks. It's one case where I'm glad not to have picked up on their not so subtle clues!!

Posted by: Weasel at January 25, 2020 03:17 PM (MVjcR)

18 Hey, I shoveled a path to you usual spot. No indoors, no treats, until you act like a San Franciscan and poop right there.

Posted by: henry at January 25, 2020 03:18 PM (J3Rfi)

19 For the Pet Thread.

In 1929 the position of Chief Mouser at 10 Downing Street was created. This is a history of all the cats who have resided there since then including Sir Winston Churchill with an all black cat named Nelson during World War II.

https://youtu.be/oXkY8rBiPPo

Posted by: Anna Puma at January 25, 2020 03:19 PM (iPsjM)

20 Purebred rescues act like they are the holders of sacred relics. I got my Sophie at a huge local shelter and they were just, "Go look at the dogs, let us know if you want to get one out of its cage." I did that and picked Sophie and then it was, "$100 adoption fee, come back in two days after she's been spayed and you can take her home." I don't need snobbish humans; I need a dog. (Not right now, as Sophie would eat it, but when I was looking.)

To be fair to the rescues, the dogs they have generally have probably been surrendered by people who didn't have the faintest idea of what they were getting into. But that doesn't explain the requirement for the home visit and personal references. If they are concerned about breeds, they should have a lengthy interview about the breed characteristics. I'm going to stick with my original "snob" theory.

Posted by: Tonestaple at January 25, 2020 03:20 PM (s8zyl)

21 I'm not sure if Gioia (in the Gardening and Puttering Thread) is going to grow up to be a Berner like Daphne, but I think she may be related somehow.

Posted by: KT at January 25, 2020 03:20 PM (BVQ+1)

22 One weird trick I use for WD when snow is forecast is to put an old shower curtain on the ground in her favorite spot. When the snow stops, I just pick it up and presto! Instant clear and dry spot.

Posted by: Weasel at January 25, 2020 03:20 PM (MVjcR)

23 Apropos of Fat Cat, Gerard Van der Leun posted a humorous essay about a heavyweight kitteh that he tolerated in his life until a "hippy girl" arrived and gifted Fatso with a handmade beaded collar that changed his status in the [San Fran] 'hood. He became "famous for being famous." "All he needed was what we all need . . . a little name recognition."

https://tinyurl.com/rw44osn

Gerard notes as a postscript that "in contradiction to all I held sacred about cats," he adopted a little black cat named Olive in late 2018-- just before the Camp Fire that destroyed his home in Paradise (CA). She's still his editor.

Posted by: Basement Cat at January 25, 2020 03:21 PM (pPNCa)

24 Good doggehs and kittehs.

Posted by: Insomniac - Ex Cineribus Resurgo at January 25, 2020 03:21 PM (NWiLs)

25 I thought that I heard that SPCA sites are not as persnickety as the rescue sites about specific owner requirements?

Posted by: Political Commissar Hrothgar at January 25, 2020 03:21 PM (BiNEL)

26 Beautiful pets.

(Beware of cats....just saying....)

Posted by: runner at January 25, 2020 03:22 PM (zr5Kq)

27 That pic on top speaks truth. That's exactly what my Paisley said when it was nasty cold.

Posted by: Northernlurker at January 25, 2020 03:25 PM (aCNZ6)

28 Conor wants a Setter.
Posted by: Misanthropic Humanitarian at January 25, 2020 03:16 PM (aA3+G)

Conor said "Bring it on! I've retrained a standard poodle and a bull mastiff as to who is boss."

Posted by: Political Commissar Hrothgar at January 25, 2020 03:26 PM (BiNEL)

29 Rescue dogs is very virtue signaling

Posted by: Cosmic Charlie at January 25, 2020 03:26 PM (PUmDY)

30

The Pumaman!

Posted by: Bertram Cabot, Jr. at January 25, 2020 03:27 PM (aKsyK)

31 Weasel, I tried the shower curtain (tarp) trick because DaughterH suggested. Great in theory, but the first time I tried it we get about 18" of snow and I had to dig a path to the tarp location and then shovel off the tarp because the weight of the snow made it immovable.

Posted by: Political Commissar Hrothgar at January 25, 2020 03:30 PM (BiNEL)

32 Loved the puma story.
Same cat snuggles, same cat purr, only louder.
I love all the pet stories.

Posted by: navybrat, mostly lurking at January 25, 2020 03:30 PM (w7KSn)

33 Great bubble captions on Tasha's picture!

Posted by: m at January 25, 2020 03:31 PM (ghFVE)

34 Enjoyed the Chief Mouser documentary. Nice to see a sense of humor.

Posted by: t-bird at January 25, 2020 03:32 PM (NpvYf)

35 *MEWWWowww-YOww*

[Translated: webworker still can't get pix of us to you. Slacker]

*Purrr purrr purrrrrr*
[Translated: ...however, nice post, nice critters. Yay pet thread.]

Posted by: mindful webworker's cat Charlie and friends at January 25, 2020 03:33 PM (0mP7b)

36 I got Ajax from a lady who ran a shelter out of her home and barn in Ohio. She had a lot of working breed puppies (Ajax is a pure bred, And is a pretty perfect example of the breed, but I did not care.)

She had a questionnaire I filled out by email. She had me come out and spend some time with him. Seemed satisfied, asked me some questions (I was afraid being in an apartment would be a deal breaker), seemed satisfied, I paid the fee, took him home. She followed up with a couple emails and I thanked her again and told her how he was doing.

The picture was hilarious. I wish I still had it. I am standing there grinning like a big goof ball and Ajax has a look on his face I have never seen since. He was pissed. Ears laid back. Just looked miserable while I looked like I had won the lottery.

Don't know what I would do without him. Thank you, shelter lady.

Posted by: Aetius451AD personal phone at January 25, 2020 03:33 PM (oXJmp)

37
*polite cough*

Her Majesty and I have fostered rescue Borzoi in the past and would be happy to do so again if asked. I cannot speak for every rescue organization, but a very important concern, if not the most important, is that the home these unfortunates go to is truly a "forever" home, where they can live out their lives in the comfort and love they deserve.

Considering the often horrible physical and mental state they're in when we take them in and the time, money and effort it takes to rehabilitate them, I think this attitude can be understood.

Posted by: Hadrian the Seventh at January 25, 2020 03:36 PM (7rVsF)

38 Sir Winston Churchill with an all black cat named Nelson during World War II.

More about Nelson and the other cats in Churchill's long life:

https://tinyurl.com/w5ugqlc

It's a fairly long read, but worth it on a cold winter afternoon.

Posted by: Basement Cat at January 25, 2020 03:36 PM (pPNCa)

39 10 Someday the kitty taser is coming out and shes going to wake up in the yard harnessed.
Posted by: Xannibal Bob at January 25, 2020 03:12 PM (hmgiv)

kitty taser
heh

Posted by: m at January 25, 2020 03:37 PM (ghFVE)

40 31 Weasel, I tried the shower curtain (tarp) trick because DaughterH suggested. Great in theory, but the first time I tried it we get about 18" of snow and I had to dig a path to the tarp location and then shovel off the tarp because the weight of the snow made it immovable.
Posted by: Political Commissar Hrothgar at January 25, 2020 03:30 PM (BiNEL)
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Yeah, big snowfalls are a problem with the technique.

Posted by: Weasel at January 25, 2020 03:40 PM (MVjcR)

41 Happy Caturday everyone

Posted by: Skip at January 25, 2020 03:41 PM (ZCEU2)

42
My first doggy was named Skipper!
I was about 4, and we had some grand adventures. Just a mutt, but he took good care of me.

Posted by: Gooshy at January 25, 2020 03:42 PM (MTdMv)

43 I don't like the self-appointed gatekeepers. You're telling me he'd be better off living in a box next to other boxes?! How does that assessment qualify you to be the judge?

Posted by: t-bird at January 25, 2020 03:42 PM (CE5C/)

44 *hack hack hack cough*

[Translated: Last comment had webworker's old stale nic link.]

*meewww meewwww*

Translated: Fixed: nic now links to a short vid of our old friend, good ol' Jack the cat, d.2015]

*yowwwwl yowwwwl"

[Translated: Feed me!]

Posted by: mindful webworker's cat Charlie and friends at January 25, 2020 03:43 PM (0mP7b)

45
Sir Winston Churchill with an all black cat named Nelson during World War II.

Churchill was once lying abed talking on the phone with Sir Alan Brooke, the Chief of the Imperial General Staff. At the end of the bed, Churchill's cat suddenly pounced on the Prime Minister's toes, grabbing them with its claws. "Get off, you fool!" Churchill bellowed at the cat. Brooke, thinking he was being yelled at, hung up abruptly. Churchill had to call and apologize.

Posted by: Hadrian the Seventh at January 25, 2020 03:43 PM (7rVsF)

46 The most obvious reason for pet welfare applications is because too lax shelters were giving away pets and certain parties were taking them home.
And eating them.

Posted by: atilla the thrilla at January 25, 2020 03:44 PM (w7KSn)

47 Jules took our youngest lab, Kahlua, to the pet store for her birthday a few days ago to let her pick out a toy.
She saw a stuffed dog sitting on the floor and just stared at it transfixed. The employee who had seen this before turned the dog around so she could sniff its butt. She did and realized it wasn't live, lost all interest and walked away.

Posted by: Farmer at January 25, 2020 03:45 PM (605Ma)

48
Some before-and-after photos of the rescues we've fostered:

http://soyaraborzoi.com/OtherActivities.htm

Posted by: Hadrian the Seventh at January 25, 2020 03:48 PM (7rVsF)

49 Fenelon will like these photos of kittehs doing what they do best-- from Bluebird of Bitterness, "There's a Nap for That!"

https://tinyurl.com/rwgxrzm

Posted by: Basement Cat at January 25, 2020 03:49 PM (pPNCa)

50 47 Jules took our youngest lab, Kahlua, to the pet store for her birthday a few days ago to let her pick out a toy.
She saw a stuffed dog sitting on the floor and just stared at it transfixed. The employee who had seen this before turned the dog around so she could sniff its butt. She did and realized it wasn't live, lost all interest and walked away.
Posted by: Farmer at January 25, 2020 03:45 PM (605Ma)

Good one!

Posted by: m at January 25, 2020 03:50 PM (ghFVE)

51 Now I want a rooskie puma!

Posted by: Weasel at January 25, 2020 03:50 PM (MVjcR)

52 37, Hadrian, you make a fair point. But picking a new human for one of these dogs should involve more seeing human interact with the dog than acting like you are applying for a job involving several different kinds of security clearance. I would say, interview, interview, interview, ask you to teach the dog to do a simple thing like sit or lay down. Stuff like that.

Posted by: Tonestaple at January 25, 2020 03:50 PM (s8zyl)

53 Best dog ever! Love hearing that - we tell our rescue that all the time, cuz he is.
We rescued, but not a breed specific rescue. They had the same requirements; fenced yard, home visit, questionnaire. But we didn't mind too much, this rescue spends a lot of love, time and money on each pup, sometimes thousands, the pup we adopted is The Best Dog Ever.

Posted by: PonyTail at January 25, 2020 03:51 PM (tzZq2)

54
Best of Breed for the lovely Miss Delilah at today's Alexandria KC show in Loozyana. Waiting on the Hound Group.

Posted by: Hadrian the Seventh at January 25, 2020 03:52 PM (7rVsF)

55
The Neuter Your Pets movement seems to be one of the educational success stories of modern times. I grew up in a little town where there was always a dog (no leash) tagging along with a gang of kids, and someone with a box of puppies or kittens in front of a grocery store any Saturday. Now it's all breeders and shelters. Probably a good thing overall.

Posted by: Blonde Morticia at January 25, 2020 03:53 PM (13CQC)

56 I can relate to South Dakota moron's issues with rescues. Had a similar situation in which I filled out a ridiculously long application, underwent a two hour long phone interview and they called my vet for reference. But they wouldn't schedule the required home visit until two of the boys who were away at school out of state came home. Everyone who lived in the house had to be there. They made things extremely difficult so I finally said to hell with them and went back to the breeder

Posted by: IrishEi on tablet at January 25, 2020 03:53 PM (lqPQH)

57 Hooray for Miss Delilah! And congrats to you.

Posted by: PonyTail at January 25, 2020 03:54 PM (tzZq2)

58 I was at my desk yesterday evening and a FaceTime from my sister started ringing in (I hadn't been expecting a call), so I answered it. It turned out my (almost) two year old nephew was playing with her phone and somehow placed a FaceTime call to me, immediately noticed Oscar winding his way around the back of the chair over my shoulder, and started saying "caaat" in an awed little voice.

Basically, my nephew video called so he could talk to my cat. It was pretty surreal.

Posted by: hogmartin at January 25, 2020 03:55 PM (t+qrx)

59
Is it true that a mutt is a better animal than a purebred?

Posted by: Blonde Morticia at January 25, 2020 03:56 PM (13CQC)

60
Is it true that a mutt is a better animal than a purebred?
Posted by: Blonde Morticia


No.

Posted by: Hadrian the Seventh at January 25, 2020 03:56 PM (7rVsF)

61 Now I want a rooskie puma!

I bet Putin has one as his Chief Mouser.

Posted by: Basement Cat at January 25, 2020 03:57 PM (pPNCa)

62 > Now I want a rooskie puma!

I bet Putin has one as his Chief Mouser.
Posted by: Basement Cat at January 25, 2020 03:57 PM (pPNCa)


You would not believe how hard it is to keep away from the miniature giraffes.

Posted by: hogmartin at January 25, 2020 03:58 PM (t+qrx)

63 Bitter Clinger,

Fat Cat is fluffy. With short legs. And a cutie!

Posted by: Nurse ratched at January 25, 2020 03:58 PM (PkVlr)

64 Best of Breed for the lovely Miss Delilah at today's Alexandria KC show in Loozyana. Waiting on the Hound Group.
Posted by: Hadrian the Seventh at January 25, 2020 03:52 PM (7rVsF)
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Congratulations! Miss Delilah gets an extra t-r-e-a-t today!

Great Pet Thread as always, Mis Hum! Thanks. Love all the Pet Morons, present and past.

Posted by: Legally Sufficient at January 25, 2020 04:01 PM (fNFgo)

65 Hadrian--those before/after pics are wonderful. God bless you!

Posted by: IrishEi on tablet at January 25, 2020 04:02 PM (lqPQH)

66 I do agree with the rescue experience. When I was looking for a second dog I looked at a rescue place. And the application was ridiculous. The questions were bullshit. I get it. You want the dog to go to a good home. But I feel like the pet adoption agency are their own worst enemies and the best allies for puppy mills.

Posted by: Buzzion at January 25, 2020 04:03 PM (3m71U)

67 On pure bred vs mongrel: I do not have much opinion one way or another. I have seen some stupid pure needs. I have seen some incredibly intelligent obedient purebreds. Smart mongrels.

I think people like purebreds because you know more of what you are going to get whereas with mixed, anything can be in the mix.

Posted by: Aetius451AD personal phone at January 25, 2020 04:03 PM (oXJmp)

68 And Lucy says hello to the Horde. She is currently sitting in a box and glaring at me.

Posted by: Nurse ratched at January 25, 2020 04:04 PM (PkVlr)

69 We went through the same thing when we adopted our greyhound. You'd think we were adopting a child!

Posted by: Jewells45 at January 25, 2020 04:05 PM (dUJdY)

70 All my dogs have been rescue dogs from the local shelters. Got them as pups, trained them and spoil them. Theyre the best.

Posted by: CrotchetyOldJarhead at January 25, 2020 04:05 PM (aIRv9)

71
We had a similar experience... after a couple of mourning years, we looked for a rescue to fill the void left by Lucy The Lab. Same deal from a Lab rescue- references, multiple visits (during the day- you know we work, right?) and other ridiculous requirements, considering the alternative was, of course, euthanasia. A hefty fee, too, if I recall. I figured that it was another unintended consequence / power play by the perpetually libtardy MD. No idea it extended to the more Moron-friendly parts of town.

We eventually didn't follow through for life-change reasons, but I remember at the time being *pissed* that I would wind up having to go to a breeder- not just to give the finger to the State's meddling, but simply because it was more cost effective. I make a decent clip, and if I had to devote more than about 3 hours to the process, it made financial sense to go the breeder route. Sadly.

Posted by: JimBo at January 25, 2020 04:06 PM (0fnJr)

72 I've owned dogs since I was 8 yrs. old and have never had one that enjoyed taking a bath.
That dog was either bathed every week since it was 6 weeks old or is on doggie Valium.

Posted by: redridinghood at January 25, 2020 04:07 PM (wiXsO)

73 Yep. Had dogs all of my 78 years and have never lost one to anything but old age. After our Newfie passed at 11 of cancer, tried to get one from Newfie Rescue. Nope because no fence. Mind you I lived on a island of 250 on a 3 acre lot with no neighbors on either side and 500' on a shallow NC sound. No traffic. Vet letters etc. Nope.

I lost my shit that they'd rather let a dog suffer in a shelter than have an amazing place to live.

Posted by: dingbat at January 25, 2020 04:07 PM (DZINL)

74 Is it true that a mutt is a better animal than a purebred?

Posted by: Blonde Morticia at January 25, 2020 03:56

Not sure if better than purebreds, but my 2 mutts were the bestest dogs ever, IMHO. I miss them. Now I are a cat owner.

Posted by: olddog in mo, uckfay ancercay at January 25, 2020 04:09 PM (Dhht7)

75 She is currently sitting in a box and glaring at me.

Rx for glaring kitteh: A lovin' spoonful of Nepeta cataria (aka Kitty Prozac), stat!

Posted by: Basement Cat at January 25, 2020 04:09 PM (pPNCa)

76 The adoption process has to have the animal's welfare as the top priority, but the process described above sounds obsessive to me. All of our dogs and cats have been shelter pets. Now we have a 17 year old tabby and a 10 year old mutt. The tabby is never far from my side and in the winter she is my furry, purring space heater.

Posted by: parker at January 25, 2020 04:09 PM (mmH7U)

77 That dog was either bathed every week since it was 6 weeks old or is on doggie Valium.
Posted by: redridinghood at January 25, 2020 04:07 PM (wiXsO)
~~~~~

Some dogs are water dogs. My older guy falls asleep in the tub.

Posted by: IrishEi on tablet at January 25, 2020 04:10 PM (lqPQH)

78 That top pic is so my Yorkie.

Thankfully, it's NOT my pitbull.

Posted by: Tami at January 25, 2020 04:10 PM (cF8AT)

79 A friend fosters animals and the requirements are insane, and you get the feeling the animal will never actually really belong to you. I'll just get a dog from a breeder when I'm ready.

Posted by: Gem at January 25, 2020 04:10 PM (65i3Q)

80
My older guy falls asleep in the tub.
Posted by: IrishEi


Dutch used to faint in the tub. Nothing like trying to pick up 100 pounds of wet, inert dog.

Posted by: Hadrian the Seventh at January 25, 2020 04:11 PM (7rVsF)

81 >>I think people like purebreds because you know more of what you are going to get whereas with mixed, anything can be in the mix.

Kind of like people.

Elvis is my first rescue after many Goldens. The only questions breeders asked me was if the check would clear. The rescue shelter sent a woman to my house to see the area and interview after I filled out their application which was many pages. They even called my vet to see if I was on the up and up.

Worth it.

Posted by: JackStraw at January 25, 2020 04:11 PM (ZLI7S)

82 Glad everyone is enjoying the documentary on England's Chief Mouser.

Posted by: Anna Puma at January 25, 2020 04:11 PM (iPsjM)

83 On Hadrian, God's work you're doing healing those dogs. The before and after pics are a testament.

Posted by: PonyTail at January 25, 2020 04:12 PM (tzZq2)

84 We adopted pets from the public shelters in Texas and in Colorado. Had to fill out some paperwork and pay some fees. Never had a house inspection or had to provide references.

Posted by: CrotchetyOldJarhead at January 25, 2020 04:12 PM (aIRv9)

85 Churchill was once lying abed talking on the phone with Sir Alan Brooke, the Chief of the Imperial General Staff. At the end of the bed, Churchill's cat suddenly pounced on the Prime Minister's toes, grabbing them with its claws. ...
Posted by: Hadrian the Seventh at January 25, 2020 03:43 PM (7rVsF)


I have heard of it before, but Esther is our first kitteh that likes to attack toes. She will lie in ambush peeking around the corner waiting for me and then *pounce* when I get close. She usually is very gentle but sometimes gets a bit excited and then my reaction is similar to Churchill's!

Posted by: Retired Buckeye Cop is now an engineer at January 25, 2020 04:14 PM (00fXp)

86 Dutch used to faint in the tub. Nothing like trying to pick up 100 pounds of wet, inert dog.
Posted by: Hadrian the Seventh at January 25, 2020 04:11 PM (7rVsF)
~~~~~

You sure he's not part fainting goat? Lol.

And congrats on Delilah's win!

Posted by: IrishEi on tablet at January 25, 2020 04:14 PM (lqPQH)

87 The thing is, aside from energy level, in my experience most dogs mold themselves to their owners personality wise. Furry mood rings, I call them.

Posted by: Aetius451AD personal phone at January 25, 2020 04:15 PM (oXJmp)

88 Posted by: CrotchetyOldJarhead at January 25, 2020 04:12 PM (aIRv9)

But if you looking to rescue a certain breed you go thru many many different sites looking for your particular doggie. You pick one, you meet it and then the headaches begin. Getting one from a shelter is different and yes much easier.

Posted by: Jewells45 at January 25, 2020 04:15 PM (dUJdY)

89
And Her Majesty reports a Hound Group 1 for No, No Delilah. On to Best in Show competition.

Posted by: Hadrian the Seventh at January 25, 2020 04:16 PM (7rVsF)

90 Nice Pets Y'all!........

Posted by: Hairyback Guy at January 25, 2020 04:17 PM (Z+IKu)

91 I wouldn't mind having a cat. I've had several in my life but hubby suddenly became allergic.

Posted by: Jewells45 at January 25, 2020 04:19 PM (dUJdY)

92 >>> Getting one from a shelter is different and yes much easier.
~~~~~

I agree. The problem is that the rescues have agreements with the shelters and are notified as soon as one of their breed shows up. So getting a specific breed is nigh impossible.

Posted by: IrishEi on tablet at January 25, 2020 04:21 PM (lqPQH)

93 Glad everyone is enjoying the documentary on England's Chief Mouser.

I bet the Chief Mouser approves of Brexit. On the other side of the Channel (La Manche to the Frogs), Macron has a dog named Nemo who pees on fireplaces in the Elysee Palace:

https://tinyurl.com/vn9tcas

Posted by: Basement Cat at January 25, 2020 04:21 PM (pPNCa)

94 Caracal cats are wild, and are really beautiful.
Occasionally someone rears a kitten found in the wild turns it in to a domestic.
YT has a bunch of videos of them.
Crazy looking cats, long faces, tufted ears, tan and black.

Posted by: atilla the thrilla at January 25, 2020 04:22 PM (w7KSn)

95

Some dogs are water dogs. My older guy falls asleep in the tub.
Posted by: IrishEi on tablet at January 25, 2020 04:10 PM (lqPQH)
************
I have mostly owned cocker spaniels and they don't even like swimming in the pool, but take them by a muddy pond and they can't resist jumping in and coming out looking like they were dipped in chocolate.

Posted by: redridinghood at January 25, 2020 04:22 PM (wiXsO)

96 That Freakazoid guy with Bitey the Chihuahua has a video about his adoption travails. They went to the shelter thinking they would adopt this young white lab, but over a hundred people wanted her, so there was a lottery that he didn't win. Hours later he lost out on his second choice. Determined to come home with a dog he ended up with an older, overweight black mutt named Marge, who is adorable and really sweet. They are going to document her "weight loss journey" lol.

Posted by: Gem at January 25, 2020 04:23 PM (65i3Q)

97 Pees on fireplaces...

England at least had the sense to shuffle off to a minor posting Peta for not using the litter box.

Posted by: Anna Puma at January 25, 2020 04:23 PM (iPsjM)

98 A mutt is better than an inbred. Same with dogs and cats.

Posted by: klaftern at January 25, 2020 04:25 PM (RuIsu)

99 I bet the Chief Mouser approves of Brexit. On the other side of the Channel (La Manche to the Frogs), Macron has a dog named Nemo who pees on fireplaces in the Elysee Palace:

Yeah, but any truly British dog wants to pee on France too.

Posted by: JEM at January 25, 2020 04:25 PM (8erNz)

100 Some pure breed dogs have well known health problems like hip dysplasia, etc.
If you want a smart dog, border collies are great, but they require a lot of exercise.

Posted by: atilla the thrilla at January 25, 2020 04:26 PM (w7KSn)

101 I had the same experience as Somewhere in South Dakota. So I ended up going to a breeder and obtaining a puppy. There's being careful and then there's nuts.

Posted by: Locke Common at January 25, 2020 04:27 PM (0rJX+)

102
By the way, if I say that there's no proof that mutts are better, healthier, etc. than purebreds, it's no disparagement of mixed-breeds. The full explanation, unfortunately, is TL;DR.

Posted by: Hadrian the Seventh at January 25, 2020 04:28 PM (7rVsF)

103 Don't talk to me about dogs right now. I was a nice guy and let the little ones out of the crates before bed around 11. How did they reward me? They lit off a great big barkfest (remember, we have four) at 2AM about something they spotted in the yard.

Anything deserving a four-alarm barkfest is likely to be a raccoon, so no way they're going outside first. Lights, flashlights, nothing evident. This repeats at two hour intervals eventually dragging in the girl who sleeps in daughter's room.

Around 630 I GTFO to take a shower at the gym.

Posted by: JEM at January 25, 2020 04:29 PM (8erNz)

104 Paul Rugg! That's the Freakazoid guy's name.

https://binged.it/3aNqb6T

Here's Marge. :-) and Lucky the Biter.

Posted by: Gem at January 25, 2020 04:30 PM (65i3Q)

105 Yeah, but any truly British dog wants to pee on France too.

Yep. OTOH, Napoleon preferred dogs to cats because he liked their slavish devotion to their owners. Cats were too independent for his taste, and as a workaholic, the thought cats were lazy-- although he apparently didn't mind that Josephine kept cats and loved them.

Posted by: Basement Cat at January 25, 2020 04:31 PM (pPNCa)

106 Happy Pet Thread Day everyone.

Posted by: Ben Had at January 25, 2020 04:31 PM (7QGOK)

107 When the squirrel-spider lays its eggs in your throat, you will be sorry you did not heed the bark fest.

Posted by: Aetius451AD personal phone at January 25, 2020 04:33 PM (oXJmp)

108 106

Ben Had! How are the horses?

Posted by: Basement Cat at January 25, 2020 04:33 PM (pPNCa)

109 {{Ben}}

Posted by: Jewells45 at January 25, 2020 04:36 PM (dUJdY)

110 Thanks everybody! What a day brightener to see so many beautiful and lucky pets --present and now gone--who found love and contentment and spread joy in the homes and barn of Ace morons.

Posted by: corn and beans at January 25, 2020 04:37 PM (tkNkP)

111 Recall on ground beef. Possible plastic contamination. 95-5.

I did not know they made ground beef that far lean. 90-10 is already bland and tasteless enough.

Posted by: Aetius451AD personal phone at January 25, 2020 04:39 PM (oXJmp)

112 Basement Cat, I'm still looking for a picture.

Jewells, I got my Greyhound by flagging down a guy with a load of them coming from the track In LA. He pulled over and showed me the dogs. I gave him $20 for the one I wanted and we both went away happy.

Posted by: Ben Had at January 25, 2020 04:40 PM (7QGOK)

113 112

All the Pet Morons are looking forward to seeing your horses.

Posted by: Basement Cat at January 25, 2020 04:41 PM (pPNCa)

114 Afternoon, Ben Had.

Bitter Clinger's Fat Cat looks like my Huck. Except Huck has longer legs. Unless it's camera angle making Fat Cat's legs look shortish. Huck weighs just under 20 lbs.

Posted by: olddog in mo, uckfay ancercay at January 25, 2020 04:42 PM (Dhht7)

115 The animal house impeachment:
https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=zo_oiObCf5M

Posted by: Concerned People's Front at January 25, 2020 04:42 PM (vGJY7)

116 Damn Ben!! The racetrack in KC had closed and we knew many would be up for adoption. lol.. I should have just parked my ass by the track!

Posted by: Jewells45 at January 25, 2020 04:43 PM (dUJdY)

117 Ben Had got her dog off the back of a truck. That is fricking hilarious.

*psst* wanna buy a dog?

*mumble* who's a good boy?

Posted by: Aetius451AD personal phone at January 25, 2020 04:43 PM (oXJmp)

118 Any of you guys read the top sidebar article about cats feasting at a body farm?

Posted by: Xannibal Bob at January 25, 2020 04:43 PM (hmgiv)

119 My SIL and her daughter went to adopt a cat about 25 years ago. They were turned down because since she worked, and her daughter was in school, there would not be anyone home with the cat during the day.

Ummmm, yeah, cats don't care

Posted by: Bruce at January 25, 2020 04:46 PM (vd8XM)

120 I read the blurb. Enough for me.

Not a huge fan of cats anyway because of allergies.

Posted by: Aetius451AD personal phone at January 25, 2020 04:47 PM (oXJmp)

121 olddog, my foundling boy kitty is weighing in at about 22lbs but having the run of the barn at night keeps him in good shape. His sister is about half his size.

Posted by: Ben Had at January 25, 2020 04:48 PM (7QGOK)

122 My cats would be sad if i died. And then they'd eat me.

Posted by: Xannibal Bob at January 25, 2020 04:48 PM (hmgiv)

123 Ben Had got her dog off the back of a truck. That is fricking hilarious.

lol, I know right?? That's our Ben!!

Posted by: Jewells45 at January 25, 2020 04:48 PM (dUJdY)

124 When the MOMO and where? Heidi told me but blah blah blah...wife talking... blah blah blah.

Posted by: Xannibal Bob at January 25, 2020 04:50 PM (hmgiv)

125 Some people have ice cream trucks.

Posted by: Aetius451AD personal phone at January 25, 2020 04:51 PM (oXJmp)

126 MOME, not MOMO.

Posted by: Xannibal Bob at January 25, 2020 04:51 PM (hmgiv)

127 Twelve years ago, I attempted to get a Golden through a breed rescue in Ohio. After hours of paperwork and a home visit, we were rejected. According to them, my kids were too young (8 and 6), both adults worked so no one would be home with the dog all day (even though I was home by 3 with the kids) and we didn't have a fenced yard. Oh, and they also wanted my financial information, which I found unbelievably intrusive. We went to the local animal shelter, picked out the friendliest mutt and took him home. Cody is still with us to this day and is an excellent doggo. I would NEVER go to a breed rescue again. All shelter pups for me. No fuss, no muss and a life is saved.

Posted by: Syracuse1989 at January 25, 2020 04:52 PM (yYc0Y)

128 Our weimaraner Smokey was a rescue and we had the same thing. They came to our home and our other weimaraner met them at the door. They laughed and said ok, you pass.

I have a question for the morons though. Smokey was diagnosed with Laryngeal Paralysis yesterday. He started wheezing on Wednesday night and every time he went out he wheezed terribly. Scared me to death. Took him in on Friday morning and the vet said he was in great shape but the wheezing was this laryngeal paralysis. Nothing to do but try not to stress him. She gave us trazadone to keep him calm when we travel. He's not having surgery but a lot of people on the large dog forums say supplements seem to help. I was wondering if anyone here has heard of this. It happened so fast we're still investigating.

Posted by: Abby at January 25, 2020 04:53 PM (dgY3m)

129 Any of you guys read the top sidebar article about cats feasting at a body farm?

Yeah, I read it because I've always been interested in forensic science as well as in cats. FWIW, there are cases of dogs eating parts of their humans' faces after death. It isn't just a kitteh behavior.

Posted by: Basement Cat at January 25, 2020 04:53 PM (pPNCa)

130 Jewells, Maggie would catch a rabbit about once a week and bring it to me. I would cook it up and split it with her. Best 20 bucks I ever spent.

Except for the horse I bought for $35.

Posted by: Ben Had at January 25, 2020 04:53 PM (7QGOK)

131 Goldens are supposed to be awesome with kids though, right?

Just weird.

Posted by: Aetius451AD personal phone at January 25, 2020 04:54 PM (oXJmp)

132
Except for the horse I bought for $35.
Posted by: Ben Had at January 25, 2020 04:53 PM (7QGOK)
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I should've asked you to do my tractor deal!

Posted by: Weasel at January 25, 2020 04:55 PM (MVjcR)

133 Except for the horse I bought for $35.

Wow! What's the story behind that?

Posted by: Basement Cat at January 25, 2020 04:55 PM (pPNCa)

134 *psst* wanna buy a tractor?

Posted by: Aetius451AD personal phone at January 25, 2020 04:56 PM (oXJmp)

135 Xannibal Bob, The MoMe is Oct 23/24 in Corsicana, TX.

Posted by: Ben Had at January 25, 2020 04:56 PM (7QGOK)

136 Ben our little lady was named Snow and yes she caught at least a rabbit a week.

Posted by: Jewells45 at January 25, 2020 04:57 PM (dUJdY)

137 The thing is, aside from energy level, in my experience most dogs mold themselves to their owners personality wise. Furry mood rings, I call them.
Posted by: Aetius451AD personal phone at January 25, 2020 04:15 PM (oXJmp)

Just looked at Conor and thought I wish I enjoyed life with as much delight as he does !

Posted by: Political Commissar Hrothgar at January 25, 2020 04:59 PM (BiNEL)

138 >>Goldens are supposed to be awesome with kids though, right?

That they are.

Posted by: JackStraw at January 25, 2020 04:59 PM (ZLI7S)

139 It's official...I have crossed over...I have bought jackets for my dogs.

They match.

Cracks me up walking them, that I have done this.

Posted by: nip at January 25, 2020 04:59 PM (cpS4u)

140 I love them all... including the moose.

Thank you, MisHum. The Pet Thread is always a breath of fresh air.

Posted by: creeper at January 25, 2020 04:59 PM (XxJt1)

141 The guy was right to be afraid of the moose.
Moose kill more people than bears kill people.

Posted by: navybrat, at large at January 25, 2020 05:01 PM (w7KSn)

142 Oh, nip... that's funny. Thanks for the out-loud laugh.

Posted by: creeper at January 25, 2020 05:02 PM (XxJt1)

143 What kind of dogs do you have nip?

Posted by: Jewells45 at January 25, 2020 05:02 PM (dUJdY)

144 That they are.

Goldens are also wonderful as therapy dogs for cancer patients. My vet has two Goldens that he has trained to meet the local cancer hospital's requirements for pet visitors. He says that the patients love the dogs, particularly those who have pets they have had to leave at home.

Posted by: Basement Cat at January 25, 2020 05:05 PM (pPNCa)

145 My $35 horse story. I was boarding my horse at a stable and a young couple bought two really scrawny yearling colts and were keeping them there. Turned out they neither could afford the feed or the rent so I bought both of the colts. Thinking I had probably just lost my money, I started feeding them up and someone came along and bought the filly for $150 after a couple of months. I'm thinking I'm doing ok. I kept the colt and trained him . I sold him for $3,000 as a two year old and this was in the late 60's when horses were still pretty cheap.



Posted by: Ben Had at January 25, 2020 05:07 PM (7QGOK)

146 >>Goldens are also wonderful as therapy dogs for cancer patients. My vet has two Goldens that he has trained to meet the local cancer hospital's requirements for pet visitors. He says that the patients love the dogs, particularly those who have pets they have had to leave at home.

I brought my Golden to visit my dad when he was in a nursing home. Being a Golden, he wanted to visit everyone.

It was nice to see the faces of lonely people light up. Even those with dementia or other cognitive issues were happy to see him and he was beyond happy to see them.

Posted by: JackStraw at January 25, 2020 05:09 PM (ZLI7S)

147 Thanks MisHum!

I can die in peace now.

Posted by: Kazi , part Circassian at January 25, 2020 05:10 PM (0x00j)

148 My vet has two Goldens that he has trained to meet the local cancer hospital's requirements for pet visitors.

Wife loves when the therapy dogs visit when she's getting chemo.

Although, last time lady came through with her "Invisible Dog." Had a stiff leash with a dog collar but no dog. Ask wife if she wanted to pet it. Wife was not amused and told her to come back when she had a real doggeh.

Posted by: olddog in mo, uckfay ancercay at January 25, 2020 05:11 PM (Dhht7)

149 89 ... "And Her Majesty reports a Hound Group 1 for No, No Delilah. On to Best in Show competition."

Hadrian, Mucho congrats on Delilah's fine showing and Her Majesty's skill. Fingers crossed for Best in Show.

Posted by: JTB at January 25, 2020 05:12 PM (7EjX1)

150 Posted by: nip at January 25, 2020 04:59 PM (cpS4u)

Conor is a short haired dog and doesn't like to wear a jacket/coat so it is a trick to get him into in one even in the cold. Worse, being a bulldog almost none of the commercial ones fit, so I have spent a bundle getting them retailored to fit.

Posted by: Political Commissar Hrothgar at January 25, 2020 05:12 PM (BiNEL)

151 Great pet thread!!


We adopted out bullmastiff/newfoundland from a rescue, and I don't think we will go with a rescue again. We did the yard check, references and vet check, and yes it was a pain, but I also understand that they are trying to make sure the dog goes to a safe home, especially if it was abused before. There are plenty of evil people who adopt dogs for horrible reasons (think dog fighters).

But if you are getting a purebred from a respectable breeder, you KNOW what you are getting, because you can study breed traits and know whether a particular breed is a good fit for you and your famiy.

The cross we have is a wonderful dog, but the hybridization of the two dog breeds has created a nightmare for us. A much higher energy dog that is bigger, stronger, and dumber than either of the parents. He loves big, but has managed to dislocate two vertabrae in my back just saying hi in the morning.

I truly hope most people have good experienced adopting dogs from a shelter or rescue, but as much as I love this big lug, I really doubt I will do it again.


Also, we lived in Jordan and some asshat there poisoned our chocolate lab because dogs are haram. They should have all the dogs we gave them taken away, and never get another animal from us.

Posted by: Moki at January 25, 2020 05:12 PM (mFoNl)

152
Many years ago, Her Majesty visited an old-time Borzoi breeder at a nursing home. His wife was dead and he was just waiting to die himself. She brought Johnny along and when he saw Gentleman John, he burst into tears and couldn't stop hugging him. He took Johnny around to all the other residents to show what he had once done.

Posted by: Hadrian the Seventh at January 25, 2020 05:12 PM (7rVsF)

153 145

Interesting story. I wonder what the prices for the horses would be in 2020 dollars. In any case, your horses were lucky you bought them, fed them, and trained them.

Posted by: Basement Cat at January 25, 2020 05:12 PM (pPNCa)

154 For those of you having difficulty adopting a dog...
Switch to cats. They find you.

Posted by: creeper at January 25, 2020 05:14 PM (XxJt1)

155 Posted by: Ben Had at January 25, 2020 05:07 PM (7QGOK)

Great story!

Posted by: Political Commissar Hrothgar at January 25, 2020 05:17 PM (BiNEL)

156 I love Goldens. They are always so happy and I've never met a mean one.

Posted by: Abby at January 25, 2020 05:17 PM (yy2wU)

157 My sister has a new silver lab.

He is beyond cute.

Posted by: jsg at January 25, 2020 05:18 PM (S9ODh)

158 Wife loves when the therapy dogs visit when she's getting chemo.

Prayers up for your wife's recovery.

Posted by: Basement Cat at January 25, 2020 05:18 PM (pPNCa)

159 Dogs are wonderful. The best friend you will ever have.

Posted by: Case at January 25, 2020 05:21 PM (xxhPY)

160 nood chess

Posted by: olddog in mo, uckfay ancercay at January 25, 2020 05:21 PM (Dhht7)

161 The people that are willing to take their dogs to give comfort are angels. It is beyond a kindness.

Posted by: Ben Had at January 25, 2020 05:22 PM (7QGOK)

162 Squatter!
https://twitter.com/41Strange/status/
1219849602788016129

Posted by: andycanuck at January 25, 2020 05:22 PM (TQ/zJ)

163 The HQ's tech support:
https://twitter.com/41Strange/status/
1220470454885834753

Posted by: andycanuck at January 25, 2020 05:24 PM (TQ/zJ)

164 They should have all the dogs we gave them taken away, and never get another animal from us.
Posted by: Moki at January 25, 2020 05:12 PM (mFoNl)

I'm still steaming over that story about the dogs. I will not post my thoughts in the family pet thread.

Personally, I believe that you might get a truly wonderful mutt, but having had purebreds that really do track the breed characteristics, convinced me that a reputable breeder is the way to go!

And yes even there I would be very careful about breed specific genetic problems!

Posted by: Political Commissar Hrothgar at January 25, 2020 05:24 PM (BiNEL)

165 We have never needed to go searching for a pet - although there was a charming Chihuahua-pit cross (Geeze-louise! How did THAT happen) named Piglet, for how her ears stuck out, whom we met when I was doing a local story on the local no-kill shelter. And a dachshund we met at the Running of the Wiener Dogs in Buda, Texas, who got his snout through the temporary fence at the Dachshund Shelter booth, laid it on my shoe and looked up at me adoringly. If I had the money for the adoption fees at the time, one or both would have come home with us.
But never mind - my daughter and I don't need to go looking for cats or dogs. They come to us. "Be my chosen Human," they seem to plead - although Augie-Doggie (the white and ginger cat) was altogether too traumatized from being thrown out of a car and abandoned to demand anything. And Nemo the Daddy Dog, who was also abandoned in the neighborhood (or left behind when a renter moved out) took a bit to acclimate himself to us.
We took Nemo with us, to go in line in the wee hours this morning - for a free fruit tree, being given away through a city endeavor who want to see San Antonio planted thick with fruit and nut-bearing trees. Standing in the dark, for two hours - and Nemo was a perfect gentledog, and made friends with everyone in line around us and the half a dozen who had also brought dogs with them. And he only peed and pooped when I took him out of the line for a brief walk around the Old Pearl Stable building. (He was a very good dog!)
I'll send pics of them both for an upcoming pet thread

Posted by: Sgt. Mom at January 25, 2020 05:44 PM (xnmPy)

166 Abby, Our older pup has a collapsed trachea. Generally does okay except for bouts of coughs. Harnesses are better than collars. Less stress on throat.

Posted by: Mrs. JTB at January 25, 2020 05:50 PM (7EjX1)

167 @158. Thanks, Basement Cat.
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The people that are willing to take their dogs to give comfort are angels. It is beyond a kindness.

Posted by: Ben Had
----------------------

Yes, they are angels. And their little dogs, too.

Posted by: olddog in mo, uckfay ancercay at January 25, 2020 06:01 PM (Dhht7)

168 Great looking set of pets as usual yall. Black dog on the way to the vet looks like our Scout. He's too dumb to spell though, not that he needs to.

Posted by: freaked at January 25, 2020 06:05 PM (Tnijr)

169 Well, I have good news in the pet department. My Pogo seems to be on the mend. She has been much more active today than any day for the past week. She just ate some supper, standing at the bowl. She went outside and inside freely several times today, and both peed and pooped. She is walking more normally, too. Her back is still sore and tender, I think, but she has mobility again.

Posted by: Alberta Oil Peon at January 25, 2020 06:32 PM (LxWV7)

170 I know, everyone's gone but my husband talked me into getting my two springer boys. They are a bit crazy at times but a Godsend now.

Posted by: Notsothoreau at January 25, 2020 06:34 PM (Lqy/e)

171 Glad that you have your Springers to be with you and keep you loving company at this extraordinarily difficult time, notsothoreau.

Prayers continue.

Posted by: FenelonSpoke at January 25, 2020 06:44 PM (WI7YS)

172 Notsothoreau, Prayers sent for you. Give those special pups extra hugs.

Posted by: Mrs. JTB at January 25, 2020 06:46 PM (7EjX1)

173 {{{{{Notsothoreau}}}}}

Posted by: Vendette at January 25, 2020 06:50 PM (SL4lK)

174 I know, everyone's gone but my husband talked me into getting my two springer boys. They are a bit crazy at times but a Godsend now.

Posted by: Notsothoreau at January 25, 2020 06:34 PM (Lqy/e)


Sometimes, over in the corners of life, things work.

I bought Conor for MrsH. I simply cannot imagine life without him now.

Posted by: Commissar Hrothgar knows that EDKH at January 25, 2020 06:57 PM (BiNEL)

175 One springer always sat on the recliner with my husband. His first owner was a man but he loves everyone. He had a special love for my husband. And he is grieving for him like the rest of us. Sometimes I sit in the recliner for him. He's up there by himself right now. And he keeps looking out the window for him.

Posted by: Notsothoreau at January 25, 2020 07:39 PM (Lqy/e)

176 Posted by: Notsothoreau at January 25, 2020 07:39 PM (Lqy/e)

So sorry.

Posted by: Enquiring Minds Want to Know at January 25, 2020 07:57 PM (XzVUd)

177 Love the pet thread. "Screw this, I'm pooping in the house today." You know our oldest Chihuahua?

Posted by: Thomas LaBelle at January 25, 2020 08:38 PM (XHdLb)

178 I'd love to walk that Puma around the neighborhood...


Posted by: Larro at January 25, 2020 08:57 PM (10GNe)

179 ♥ Notsothoreau and dear doggiesssothoreau ♥

Posted by: mindful webworker at January 25, 2020 09:04 PM (0mP7b)

180 Sapguy, I feel for you. Each of our loves is so different and you think that special one cannot be replaced. They can't but your new love helps heal the hurt. God bless your new little love.

Posted by: S.Lynn at January 25, 2020 09:17 PM (z74tu)

181 To the lady who wrote the letter complaining about how hard it was to adopt a dachshund.

Yeah...that's how it goes. Private adopters of pure-bred animals are like that a lot. They do tend to demand a lot of the prospective pet owners. Sometimes they get obnoxious.

But...they are adopting out animals that ordinarily sell for a very pretty penny. They are fussy (or royal pains in the ass, depending on your perspective) because they can be.

Do you want to know where it is very easy to adopt a pet from?

The city animal shelter. I've done it twice, at two different cities.

Got two different pit bulls. One looked pretty pure, the other was probably a pitt/rott mix.

It was very easy.

Now...I did buy two pure bred Maine Coon kittens as well, from a breeder. I didn't have to get a home inspection. But I had to sign a purchase contract that stated I would NEVER let the cats go outside. They had to be indoor cats only. Failure to comply would mean that they would be subject to confiscation and forfeiting ownership of them. They also had to be spayed and neutered at about 6 months of age, and then she would send me their official paperwork/lineage.

I agreed to everything and signed the paperwork, paid for the kittens, and took them home.

They are now indoor/outdoor cats with in and out privileges. But the breeder doesn't know that, so it doesn't really matter at all.

I also never bothered to send her any spay/neuter paperwork...so I never got their lineage paperwork, but I'm not really interested in that.

Anyway, I'm glad you got a good Dachshund puppy of your own. My parents had two when I was a kid, and they got another after I moved out.

Those were good dogs.

Posted by: Taco Shack at January 25, 2020 09:50 PM (C+qQ0)

182 When my animal hoarder father got too sick to live at home, we were stuck with finding homes for 12 dogs, 23 birds, and a turtle. We found homes for all but three of the dogs. A mixed breed, a terrier mix, and this hateful mix breed half whippet, half coyote(we think).I hated this dog. I threatened to shoot him numerous times. We called him "jumpy dog", cause he would always jump up on you. After several beers, bought, oddly enough, by my daughter, I reluctantly agreed to take "JD" home. The best-befuddled decision I ever made.JD turned out to be a great watchdog and protects Mrs.JasonJ with a mouth full of teeth and a bad attitude. I know, that when I am at work, NO ONE, BUT NO ONE, will mess with Mrs. JasonJ. He is getting older now. I have put too many good doggies to sleep. I don't know if I can stand to do another......

Posted by: jasonj at January 25, 2020 09:50 PM (qSQLQ)

183 Posted by: Notsothoreau at January 25, 2020 07:39
Love to you and the pups.

Posted by: KT at January 25, 2020 10:01 PM (BVQ+1)

184 JD, and another rescue, my Maddy, are curled up at my feet, waiting for me to go to bed. I love my dogs, flawed, cranky, bad breath and all. Don't pull my"man card", I am as nasty, armed, and ready as anyone. Just do not fuck with me, mine, or my dogs. Jasonj, Tucson, dog lover, veteran, and patriot.

Posted by: jasonj at January 25, 2020 10:25 PM (qSQLQ)

185 KT (back way up at #21) I think Gioia is a Greater Swiss Mountain Dog. Origin is similar to the Bernese (Bern, Switzerland region) but they are bigger and the coat is a little different.
Thanks for the kind words about Daphne.

Posted by: mer at January 26, 2020 05:13 AM (or4l7)

186 Pitbull and Havanese. "Little Mama" and "Humpty".

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