Ace of Spades Pet Thread, June 18

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What would Father's Day Weekend be without a gift from Kitty?

(Photos Courtesy Misanthropic Humanitarian)


Good afternoon and welcome to this weekly respite from most of the outside "civilized" world -- the Ace of Spades Pet Thread.

Thanks for stopping by. Ask someone for a treat, kick back and enjoy the world of animals.

Reminder: For current events and politics, the Thread before the Gardening Thread (a couple of threads below) is almost always an Open Thread.

We also love our dogs, even on holidays:

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Pet Introductions

Yesterday, I met our neighbor's new dog. Not the neighbor with the pit bull who had 11 puppies and comes over for peanut butter sandwiches. This is a different neighbor. Their 6 month old pup, black and white, looks a lot like a pit bull, but she was afraid of me when I approached. She was on leash.

As I talked to the neighbor and he reassured her, she calmed down. Then she wanted to jump on me. I don't think she knows many commands yet. So I have been thinking about pet introductions, both to people and to other animals.

What has worked for you and what hasn't? Do you agree with the recommendations in this video about introducing a cocker spaniel to a cat?


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Meet The PetMorons

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Long time lurker. Thought I'd send these pics of our two cats. The shorthair is Tiger. Fluffy kitteh is her boy, Ghost.

My wife started feeding a family of 5 a couple years ago. After awhile momma cat disappeared and she kept feeding the kittens. Knew I was in trouble when she named them. LOL! The other 4 didn't make it to adulthood for...reasons. We figured Tiger got pregnant around 4-5 months old. I was gone for work and wife was gone for a couple months visiting family in Panama when Tiger gave birth. Don't know if she had more kittens. Ghost is the only one. I got home a couple weeks after she did and was introduced. This was the beginning of August, 2021. End of August after seeing 4 cats dead in the road we decided to TNR both of them. As you can see they're family now. We still can't pet them, but that's OK. They've come a loooooong way since we caught them.

Tiger was a true feral. She's missing the very tip of her nose and has a broken/crooked tail. She's still a fighter and that won't change, but she is a sweety. Ghost is a boy. Always hungry. Always looking into things. And getting in trouble.

Disclaimer. We're both dog people. Did not want cats. Ever.

Wouldn't let them go for anything.


Ray

They don't look very feral.

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A sad update from May 21 from Our Country is Screwed:

K.T.

I submitted an entry a couple of weeks ago that our beloved Flat-coated Retriever Fenway was diagnosed with terminal cancer. We lost her two weeks ago. This picture was from her last trip to the beach - on one of her "best days ever" we shared. I know a lot of pet submissions are when a Horde member loses a pet. So for all us who have lost a pet and now have an emptier home, Mrs. OCiS found this poem by Millicent Bobleter in the "Chicken Soup for the Dog lover's Soul" book:

Here's part of the poem. Dog lovers may want to get the book:

Judgement Day

On Judgement Day Saint Peter stands,

A list of virtues in his hands.

As all the souls in silence wait

To see who'll pass through heaven's gate.

"You'll enter first," he says, "if you

Can swear your heart was always true.

And you were constant to the end,

A steadfast, loyal, devoted friend.

Never spiteful, never mean,

Unchanging through good times and lean.

With no desire but this: to be

Allowed to love eternally. . . .

Theology aside, it wouldn't hurt to evaluate whether we could more closely follow the examples set by our beloved dogs.

How you must miss Fenway something terrible.

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Hi, I've been lurking on Ace of Spades since the 2000's and never post. Have always enjoyed your pet threads. My Golden Retriever passed away suddenly this week. He was 11 years old. His name was Jake. He had to have been one of the sweetest creatures God ever made. He died at the vet's office. When I took him to the vet, he didn't seem too ill. The next day, the vet called me and told me to hurry over because he was crashing. I left right away but didn't get there in time. So he died surrounded by strangers and I didn't get to say goodbye to him. My heart is broken and I can't stop crying. When I got him, I knew he would go before me, but I didn't know it would feel like a family member died. You can post his picture if you like. This picture is from one of our trips to the park. He aways had a smile. Sorry to dump on you.

Solex

So sorry to hear about the loss of your wonderful dog. A lot of us have an idea what it is like.

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From Rolf, the above photo of a future wool hat.

Not mine, just a neighbor's lamb, and future provider of wool hats. Name of Sherman. Southdown Babydoll sheep.

Take a break from cats and dogs (not that there is anything wrong with them).

Cheers!

We appreciate this cute animal!


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Love those PetMorons! Thank you for sharing your pets with us. We have a few couple left for next week.

If you would like to send pet and/or animal stories, links, etc. for the Ace of Spades Pet Thread, the address is:

petmorons at protonmail dot com


Remember to include the nic or name by which you wish to be known at AoSHQ, or let us know if you want to remain a lurker.

Until next Saturday, have a great week!

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If you start feeling nostalgic, here a link to last week's Pet Thread, June 11. Intellectual pets and great pet photos and stories. The comments are closed now so you won't accidentally ban yourself by trying to comment on a week-old thread, but don't try it anyway.

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1 Happy Caturday everyone

Posted by: Skip's phone at June 18, 2022 03:32 PM (2JoB8)

2 Don't often see lambs

Posted by: Skip's phone at June 18, 2022 03:34 PM (2JoB8)

3 Sorry for those that have lost beloved pets. Me and Jake are still adjusting.

Posted by: Notsothoreau at June 18, 2022 03:35 PM (YynYJ)

4 PETZZZ!!!

Posted by: vmom stabby stabby stabby stabby stabamillion at June 18, 2022 03:35 PM (kf6Ak)

5 Nice Pets Y'all!...

Posted by: Hairyback Guy at June 18, 2022 03:35 PM (R/m4+)

6 I have a philosophy about introducing a new animal. It's better to go slowly than to try and recover from going too fast. If it takes months or years, it's okay.

Posted by: Notsothoreau at June 18, 2022 03:36 PM (YynYJ)

7 Afternoon, everybody! A grand set of animals today. Ghost in particular is impressive. I've never had a silver tabby, longhaired or short.

Stirling the crazy black kitten is here on my lap as I type. (Of course all baby cats and baby humans are crazy by adult human standards, but kittens have that extra Tasmanian devil in them. Stirling certainly does.) I took a couple of good pics of him this week, but for some reason my phone did not send them to my email. I guess I need to log in to my email account on the phone first? Anyway, I hope to submit some pics this week.

Posted by: Wolfus Aurelius at June 18, 2022 03:36 PM (c6xtn)

8 I'm so sorry about Jake, Solex. I can't imagine.

Posted by: N.L. Urker, my trench is full of chickens at June 18, 2022 03:37 PM (VdGjU)

9 Our Country is Screwed, I am so sorry about Fenway

Posted by: vmom stabby stabby stabby stabby stabamillion at June 18, 2022 03:37 PM (kf6Ak)

10 Good afternoon, horde.

Great looking pets, as always.

Solex, so sorry for your loss, and the circumstances.

Posted by: April--dash my lace wigs! at June 18, 2022 03:38 PM (OX9vb)

11 My Paisley's father's day gift has been multiple nose pokes on exposed skin.
Her nose is cold and wet.

Posted by: N.L. Urker, my trench is full of chickens at June 18, 2022 03:38 PM (VdGjU)

12 Forgot to send pics of our new dog Moose. Hes a nice doggeh.

Posted by: Mr Aspirin Factory at June 18, 2022 03:39 PM (89T5c)

13 Solex, I an so sorry for your loss. Hugs

Posted by: vmom stabby stabby stabby stabby stabamillion at June 18, 2022 03:39 PM (kf6Ak)

14 Jake is a good name for a golden. They're all Jakes.

Posted by: N.L. Urker, my trench is full of chickens at June 18, 2022 03:40 PM (VdGjU)

15 As far as introducing cats to each other: I've never had a situation where anybody got hurt. Arizona the big red tabby, even when he was young, preferred to be the only cat and would ignore any other cats who passed through or came to stay. Oreo the elderly tuxedo was fine with Tatiana the Wonder Siberian, but clearly wished the kitten wouldn't bother her to play.

The classic meeting, though, was Wolf and Chekov, both young adults when I brought big Wolf in. They walked warily around each other, the circles getting smaller, but there was no hissing and no growling. In an *hour* they were sitting in the window together watching birds. With them it was more like, "Hey, bruh." "Hey yourself." "What's shakin'?" "Not much. Some squirrels outside; want to have a look?"

Posted by: Wolfus Aurelius at June 18, 2022 03:41 PM (c6xtn)

16 Now that the weather is nice, my bulldog Tank's favorite place is his chaise lounge on the front porch. It came with the house, and it is his. No one else's.

If I so much as make a move toward the front door, he is there in a flash to get to his chaise.

Posted by: April--dash my lace wigs! at June 18, 2022 03:41 PM (OX9vb)

17 That "I'll wait right here" meme is my German Shepherd, Karu. He's better than any alarm clock. I never have to worry about sleeping too late.

Posted by: Biergood at June 18, 2022 03:42 PM (FQWHA)

18 Always sad to here one's furry friend passing, they leave a hole in our hearts that's certain

Posted by: Skip's phone at June 18, 2022 03:42 PM (2JoB8)

19 I took Paisley for a ride up the mountain today. She got to bark at a horse, a deer, a convertible and a bunch of people standing in a ditch.
She had fun.

Posted by: N.L. Urker, my trench is full of chickens at June 18, 2022 03:43 PM (VdGjU)

20 I try not to think of when vdoggeh will pass away. He's 5yo. I want him to live forever.

Posted by: vmom stabby stabby stabby stabby stabamillion at June 18, 2022 03:43 PM (kf6Ak)

21 Solex and OCIS, my condolences to you. Your furry friends may have successors, and you will love them. But they will never be replaced.

Posted by: Wolfus Aurelius at June 18, 2022 03:44 PM (c6xtn)

22 Neighbor said that his new puppy came from a canal bank. Someone had abandoned puppies there.

Not that the nieghbor behind him could not have spared a puppy from that litter of 11.

Posted by: KT at June 18, 2022 03:44 PM (rrtZS)

23 Neat lamb! Lovely natural brown wool, and lambswool (especially freshly shorn, but with tags removed, is absolutely fantastic to spin. Not familiar with the breed, but if I had room, I'd love to have a couple.

Posted by: Ann Wilson, aka Empire 1 at June 18, 2022 03:44 PM (y0zVi)

24 N.L. Urker, my trench is full of chickens at June 18, 2022 03:43 PM

Our dogs love to bark at horses.

Posted by: KT at June 18, 2022 03:45 PM (rrtZS)

25 Fluffy kitteh Ghost looks a lot like our Eromero cat Mickel.

Posted by: Eromero at June 18, 2022 03:46 PM (gktX6)

26 I try not to think of when vdoggeh will pass away. He's 5yo. I want him to live forever.
Posted by: vmom stabby stabby stabby stabby stabamillion at June 18, 2022 03:43 PM (kf6Ak)

Paisley is 4. She gets rude from time to time but darn I love her.

Posted by: N.L. Urker, my trench is full of chickens at June 18, 2022 03:46 PM (VdGjU)

27 Forgot to send pics of our new dog Moose. Hes a nice doggeh.

You have a dog named Moose?? lol.. so do I.

Posted by: jewells45 at June 18, 2022 03:48 PM (nxdel)

28 vdoggeh loves to bark at :
cars, other doggehs walking (if they are in their yard he will wait for them to bark first - some kind of dog etiquette?), squirrels, bikers, runners

Posted by: vmom stabby stabby stabby stabby stabamillion at June 18, 2022 03:49 PM (kf6Ak)

29 What a great day for Paisley!

Posted by: April--dash my lace wigs! at June 18, 2022 03:49 PM (OX9vb)

30 Solex,
Peace be with you.

What a beautiful friend you had. Condolences.

Posted by: nurse ratched at June 18, 2022 03:49 PM (U2p+3)

31 Someone had abandoned puppies there.

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Ugh
Why couldn't the ahole who abandoned them bring them to.a shelter instead? People suck

Posted by: vmom stabby stabby stabby stabby stabamillion at June 18, 2022 03:50 PM (kf6Ak)

32 Wolfus, my cat Scotty's formal name, from his color and hyperactivity as a kitten, is Butterscotch Tornado. And honestly earned, I assure you!

Posted by: Ann Wilson, aka Empire 1 at June 18, 2022 03:51 PM (y0zVi)

33 When we brought the 5 Yorkies home we had them meet Breccia at a local park. Neutral ground. When we pulled into the driveway we transferred the Yorkies to my wife's car and she went to the park first. I then loaded Breccia into my SUV which had the Yorkies scent so she would already be familiar with them. It worked great as Breccia was a very, very territorial dog.

Posted by: Beartooth at June 18, 2022 03:51 PM (AaLFn)

34 Our Country and Solex so sorry for your loss of your babies. It's so damn hard to lose them.

Posted by: jewells45 at June 18, 2022 03:51 PM (nxdel)

35 At Shep's we always keep small treats in our pockets to train the dogs not to jump or do other stuff we don't like. Gently push them off you with a firm NO! Give treat. Repeat. Amazing how fast they learn.

Posted by: jewells45 at June 18, 2022 03:54 PM (nxdel)

36 OCiS,
Sweet friends are the best.

Lucy the Twatfink is snoring in her tower above me. Perhaps I will ask her if she wants to go for a walk in her backpack.

Posted by: nurse ratched at June 18, 2022 03:54 PM (U2p+3)

37 Wolfus, my cat Scotty's formal name, from his color and hyperactivity as a kitten, is Butterscotch Tornado. And honestly earned, I assure you!
Posted by: Ann Wilson, aka Empire 1 at June 18, 2022


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The then-Mrs. Wolfus No. 2 and I almost called Arizona "Ruffian." Fortunately we knew a dachshund named that belonging to friends of ours, and decided such a moniker would be a terrible one for a cat.

"Stirling" I chose because it sounded elegant. Someone here pointed out the device called the Stirling engine, which is often used as a heat pump. Which is pretty much what my kitten is, a heat pump with fur.

Posted by: Wolfus Aurelius at June 18, 2022 03:55 PM (c6xtn)

38 Posted by: Beartooth at June 18, 2022 03:51 PM (AaLFn)

You adopted 5 Yorkies at the same time?
Wow

Posted by: vmom stabby stabby stabby stabby stabamillion at June 18, 2022 03:56 PM (kf6Ak)

39 Speaking of babies a very small momma raccoon brought her 3 babies onto the back deck last night. They splashed around in the cat water bowl and would peek at us through the glass backdoor.

Posted by: Beartooth at June 18, 2022 03:56 PM (AaLFn)

40 KTY has been binge watching Secrets of the Zoo
vdoggeh loves it

Posted by: vmom stabby stabby stabby stabby stabamillion at June 18, 2022 03:57 PM (kf6Ak)

41 Wolfus!
I'm so please you have a new kitteh! Stirling sounds like a little ball of fur and claws and fangs and fun!!!
Has anything been broken yet?

Posted by: nurse ratched at June 18, 2022 03:57 PM (U2p+3)

42 Posted by: Beartooth at June 18, 2022 03:51 PM (AaLFn)

You adopted 5 Yorkies at the same time?
Wow
Posted by: vmom stabby stabby stabby stabby

Yes, long story but rescued puppy mill breeders from Kansas. Epic journey to Western Oregon with them.

Posted by: Beartooth at June 18, 2022 03:58 PM (AaLFn)

43 Speaking of babies a very small momma raccoon brought her 3 babies onto the back deck last night. They splashed around in the cat water bowl and would peek at us through the glass backdoor.
Posted by: Beartooth at June 18, 2022


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A couple of years ago Miss Linda and I encountered a raccoon in the branches of a tree by the pool behind my apartment. The raccoon looked at us calmly from his high perch; we didn't try to approach him. Eventually we went our separate ways.

Posted by: Wolfus Aurelius at June 18, 2022 03:59 PM (c6xtn)

44 Gracious Hosts are out of town so I am dogsitting this weekend. A true pleasure. Too bad Spectrum can't keep its f***ing internet working in the area, but hey, can't have it all, where would you put it...

Posted by: Brother Tim sez at June 18, 2022 03:59 PM (Mooke)

45 I have had Goldens die os SAS as young as 7

they seem fine and you look away

when you look back, they are gone

Posted by: REDACTED at June 18, 2022 03:59 PM (us2H3)

46 Hi Beartooth!

What a pleasure it was to meet you! Thank you for coming to our meetup. Morons are the best.

Posted by: nurse ratched at June 18, 2022 03:59 PM (U2p+3)

47 45 I have had Goldens die os SAS as young as 7

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What is SAS?

Posted by: vmom stabby stabby stabby stabby stabamillion at June 18, 2022 04:00 PM (kf6Ak)

48 For standard poodles the big worry of possible sudden death is from bloat

Posted by: vmom stabby stabby stabby stabby stabamillion at June 18, 2022 04:01 PM (kf6Ak)

49 Sudden Aortic Syndrome

Posted by: REDACTED at June 18, 2022 04:02 PM (us2H3)

50 49 Sudden Aortic Syndrome
Posted by: REDACTED

oh. Congenital heart defect I guess?

Posted by: vmom stabby stabby stabby stabby stabamillion at June 18, 2022 04:03 PM (kf6Ak)

51 Hi Beartooth!

What a pleasure it was to meet you! Thank you for coming to our meetup. Morons are the best.
Posted by: nurse ratched at June

Hey Nurse,

Pleasure was all mine. Already looking forward to next year plus hoping to make Alaska too. Morons are the best.

Oh, the recital is starting. Bye everyone

Posted by: Beartooth at June 18, 2022 04:04 PM (AaLFn)

52 Wolfus!
I'm so please you have a new kitteh! Stirling sounds like a little ball of fur and claws and fangs and fun!!!
Has anything been broken yet?
Posted by: nurse ratched at June 18, 2022


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Amazingly, no. I've been chasing him away from one thing after another, though, and this morning he got closed into the refrigerator for about 10 seconds until I realized he'd jumped in, and fished him out. As I mentioned, I moved my pipe rack into the kitchen closet to keep it safe from him. I have lots of toys from the Wolf and Chekov days, plus a welcome mat and a roped post for scratching. So far so good!

Posted by: Wolfus Aurelius at June 18, 2022 04:04 PM (c6xtn)

53 and this morning he got closed into the refrigerator for about 10 seconds until I realized he'd jumped in,

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lol
Kittens and puppies, can't take your eyes off em

Posted by: vmom stabby stabby stabby stabby stabamillion at June 18, 2022 04:05 PM (kf6Ak)

54 So Wolfus would you say your kitty is one cool cat?

Posted by: jewells45 at June 18, 2022 04:06 PM (nxdel)

55 lol
Kittens and puppies, can't take your eyes off em
Posted by: vmom stabby stabby stabby stabby stabamillion at June 18, 2022


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He keeps wanting to investigate the interior of the dishwasher too. Fortunately that can't be turned on until the door is locked, and I usually do that only on Saturday mornings. Today I double-checked that he was on the right side of the door before I locked it and turned it on.

Posted by: Wolfus Aurelius at June 18, 2022 04:07 PM (c6xtn)

56 50 49 Sudden Aortic Syndrome
Posted by: REDACTED

oh. Congenital heart defect I guess?
Posted by: vmom stabby stabby stabby stabby stabamillion at June 18, 2022 04:03 PM (kf6Ak)

yeah, I guess

some have it worse than others

Posted by: REDACTED at June 18, 2022 04:07 PM (us2H3)

57 So Wolfus would you say your kitty is one cool cat?
Posted by: jewells45 at June 18, 2022


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Hard to tell so far, but yes. Though someone here, I think Miklos, commented that he sounded like a cat of "sterling" character.

Posted by: Wolfus Aurelius at June 18, 2022 04:08 PM (c6xtn)

58 What's your dog's favorite toy? My GSD's is a big thick rope tied in a loop and a knot. Anything else he destroys.

Posted by: fd at June 18, 2022 04:12 PM (vrz2I)

59 What's your dog's favorite toy? My GSD's is a big thick rope tied in a loop and a knot. Anything else he destroys.
Posted by: fd at June 18, 2022 04:12 PM (vrz2I)

My girl likes the stuffed duck she's ripped the stuffing out of.

Posted by: N.L. Urker, my trench is full of chickens at June 18, 2022 04:14 PM (VdGjU)

60 NOT a pet, but while outside, I really hate picking up those floating webs with spiders attached.
Eeeiiiuuu!!!

Posted by: Diogenes at June 18, 2022 04:14 PM (anj39)

61 "My girl likes the stuffed duck she's ripped the stuffing out of.
Posted by: N.L. Urker"

Stick a treat in there sometime and give her a surprise.

Posted by: fd at June 18, 2022 04:15 PM (vrz2I)

62 We had a hollow bone that I would stuff treats into but he finally split that thing lengthwise and chewed up the halfs.

Posted by: fd at June 18, 2022 04:17 PM (vrz2I)

63 Sarge's favorite toy is a Maglite. Yes, a giant, heavy, metal flashlight. Started with him liking to chase the light around the house.

Then, once, I wrapped it in a blanket and he loves to dig it out. Then he would chew on it, so I had to encase it in a rubber cylindrical toy that it just happened to fit into.

That flashlight is destroyed, but he must play with it morning and night.

Posted by: April--dash my lace wigs! at June 18, 2022 04:17 PM (OX9vb)

64 Rasputin just walked into the pub.

Posted by: N.L. Urker, my trench is full of chickens at June 18, 2022 04:17 PM (VdGjU)

65 Funny story, Wolfus! It's been so long since I've had a kitten.

A sad report about Leo the cat. Yesterday morning he died. This is the cat that had an enlarged heart and we were told he could go suddenly at any time.
He was on meds for it for just over a year and a half and was doing very well convalescing at mom's under son #1s care. Leo took a turn on Wednesday, and on Friday morning died. Son of mine is taking it hard, he was Leo's human. Leo is gonna be hard to replace.

Posted by: My Life is Insanity at June 18, 2022 04:20 PM (VNRub)

66 Then, once, I wrapped it in a blanket and he loves to dig it out. Then he would chew on it, so I had to encase it in a rubber cylindrical toy that it just happened to fit into.

That flashlight is destroyed, but he must play with it morning and night.
Posted by: April--dash my lace wigs! at June 18, 2022


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As a young cat Arizona discovered Mrs. Wolfus No. 2's little stuffed Pegasus and seized on it. He'd wrestle with it, never damaging it though, and carry it around in his mouth as though it were a dead rat. When he was older I often caught him out in the living room, thinking himself unobserved, still playing with it. None of the other cats have ever liked it, but I still have it.

Maybe Stirling will appreciate it.

Posted by: Wolfus Aurelius at June 18, 2022 04:20 PM (c6xtn)

67 'Rasputin just walked into the pub."

* waits for punchline *

Posted by: fd at June 18, 2022 04:21 PM (vrz2I)

68 When it comes to introducing dogs to people, I am a HUGE believer in "Be a Tree" which I found on the late Sophia Yin's website. I absolutely INSIST on this when introducing a dog to children. And I never introduce a big dog to tiny children as I don't want the child to be knocked down and be afraid of my dog forever after.

So, tell the child to pretend to be a tree with his feet firmly planted on the earth and his legs spread a little and his arms out from his side and his fingers spread out. Then I tell him not to move and that my dog is going to sniff EVERYWHERE and it's only because she wants to know if he is a boy or a girl. I also explain that the dog is treating the child like a dog because that's the only way dogs know. Once the dog has sniffed to her heart's content and is calm about the child, I will give the child a few instructions about petting a dog and they can become friends.

My main instruction is, do not pat the dog on top of the head. You can rub her cheeks and you can scritch under her chin but if you pat her head, she's going to want to know where that hand is going and why.

Posted by: Tonestaple at June 18, 2022 04:21 PM (3qAOE)

69 Rasputin just walked into the pub."

* waits for punchline *
Posted by: fd at June 18, 2022 04:21 PM (vrz2I)
Looking for Queen Alexandra

Posted by: N.L. Urker, my trench is full of chickens at June 18, 2022 04:22 PM (VdGjU)

70 Leo took a turn on Wednesday, and on Friday morning died. Son of mine is taking it hard, he was Leo's human. Leo is gonna be hard to replace.
Posted by: My Life is Insanity at June 18, 2022


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Leo will clearly be a hard act to follow.

Posted by: Wolfus Aurelius at June 18, 2022 04:22 PM (c6xtn)

71 64 Rasputin just walked into the pub.
Posted by: N.L. Urker

Bartender says...


*I'm not clever enough to create a joke out of that

Posted by: April--dash my lace wigs! at June 18, 2022 04:22 PM (OX9vb)

72 His eyes were mesmerizing.

Posted by: N.L. Urker, my trench is full of chickens at June 18, 2022 04:22 PM (VdGjU)

73 So sorry Solex and Our Country I'd screwed, about your beloved dogs. They were beautiful.

A prayer when your dearest furry family member has died:

Sovereign Lord, how much more difficult this life would be were it not for our pets. Their companionship and love are sometimes all we have. When I had no place to turn, my pet was there with unconditional love. Lord, I am struggling with his/her death. I do not see how I can go on without him/her. I must place my trust into Your hands, God, for You uphold all things. Amen.

Posted by: FenelonSpoke at June 18, 2022 04:24 PM (FZ2cV)

74 Rasputin just walked into the pub.
Posted by: N.L. Urker, my trench is full of chickens at June 18, 2022 04:17 PM (VdGjU)

You should tell him what Buster Scrugs said.
Sir, it seems that you're are a no better a judge of human beings than you are a specimen of one. Just on a brief inventory I'd say you could use yourself a shave and a better disposition. And lastly, if you don't my mind me aspersing your friends... a better class of drinking buddies.

Posted by: Hairyback Guy at June 18, 2022 04:25 PM (R/m4+)

75 And I teach children how to give treats without losing fingers, i.e., set the treat on a flat hand and put your hand out for the dog to take the treat.

Yes, I'm kind of maniacal about introducing children to dogs but that's because I want to make sure the child will not be afraid of my dog.

Adults are just monitored to make sure they're not doing anything unkind or stupid. Fortunately, my dog met adults on our little street when she was a puppy and those she met then, she loved forever more.

Posted by: Tonestaple at June 18, 2022 04:25 PM (3qAOE)

76 Ha, Wolfus, they're so cute when they think they are unobserved.

Posted by: April--dash my lace wigs! at June 18, 2022 04:25 PM (OX9vb)

77 That's a nice prayer Fenelon. Thanks for sharing.

Posted by: jewells45 at June 18, 2022 04:25 PM (nxdel)

78 Ha, Wolfus, they're so cute when they think they are unobserved.
Posted by: April--dash my lace wigs! at June 18, 2022


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I'd hear faint squeaks coming from the living room and creep out to see Arizona wrestling with the Pegasus as he did in his kittenhood. Then he'd see me, and I swear "Busted!" would have gone through his mind if he'd been human. He'd drop the stuffed animal and stalk away, ignoring the toy -- until the next time.

Posted by: Wolfus Aurelius at June 18, 2022 04:28 PM (c6xtn)

79 #73 Prayer was from the 'net. I I was going to put that but then my phone rang.

Posted by: FenelonSpoke at June 18, 2022 04:34 PM (/Y48i)

80 Very nice, Fen. Thanks.

Posted by: My Life is Insanity at June 18, 2022 04:35 PM (VNRub)

81 ZOD IMPERIAL.

Posted by: ZOD at June 18, 2022 04:36 PM (Q/6pY)

82 >>a better class of drinking buddies.
Posted by: Hairyback Guy at June 18, 2022 04:25 PM (R/m4+)

...and the slug passes right through the guy, and through the saloon wall, and you can see the beam of light through wall and body.

Nicely done, Coen Bros. Great movie.

Posted by: ZOD at June 18, 2022 04:38 PM (Q/6pY)

83 Fenway looks like a doggeh who led a very good life! To be a hunting dog is to be happiest off-leash, and that is increasingly rare.

Beautiful dog. She will greet you at the bridge I'm sure someday, and she will be ready to go for a romp.

Posted by: Huck Follywood, Break The Teachers Unions at June 18, 2022 04:38 PM (FFQwN)

84 On topic for a change!

@nypost 21h

Drug gang's pet monkey found dead after bloody cartel shootout https://trib.al/upl3PXf

Posted by: weft cut-loop at June 18, 2022 04:38 PM (IEa8U)

85 ZOD IMPERIAL.
Posted by: ZOD


DOG LOYAL.

Posted by: DOG at June 18, 2022 04:40 PM (P1f+c)

86 I appreciate the posts about losing our dog companions. My best buddy died 2 years ago. I don't know if I will ever have another dog. Really a painful experience.

Posted by: kraken at June 18, 2022 04:40 PM (pt6Qm)

87 Condolences to those who've lost pets.

Great pictures and thanks for sharing.

Posted by: blake - semi lurker in marginal standing (5pTK/) at June 18, 2022 04:41 PM (5pTK/)

88 A (former) vet: "Have you considered neutering Canis Zod Jr.? Males can suffer from testicular cancer"

ZOD: "No. I also have not considered neutering myself. Have you neutered your husband? You could be saving him from testicular cancer. Neuter your husband. Do this. Do this now."

Posted by: ZOD at June 18, 2022 04:42 PM (Q/6pY)

89 Great looking group of moronimals.

Condolences, OCiS and Solex.

Posted by: olddog in mo at June 18, 2022 04:42 PM (ju2Fy)

90 Kitty up top may think she's a cheetah, but is only a cheater

Posted by: CN at June 18, 2022 04:43 PM (ONvIw)

91 Disclaimer. We're both dog people. Did not want cats. Ever.

Wouldn't let them go for anything.

Ray
------------------

Heh. Same here.

Posted by: olddog in mo at June 18, 2022 04:44 PM (ju2Fy)

92 When a man takes his male dog to a clinic to let people cut his dog's balls off, he has done three things.

He has lost a dog, he has lost a friend, and he has lost himself.

Posted by: ZOD at June 18, 2022 04:44 PM (Q/6pY)

93 ZOD and an effeminate 1970's-era game show host do not see eye to eye.

Posted by: ZOD at June 18, 2022 04:45 PM (Q/6pY)

94 Bogle and I enjoyed the cool weather and did a lot of walking and weeding. A lovely afternoon.

Kid1's Keeshond got his champion title on the 6th. Breeder is thrilled.

Posted by: CN at June 18, 2022 04:46 PM (ONvIw)

95 I've never heard of a Keeshond, so I looked it up. Beautiful dog, but that's a lot of hair!

Posted by: April--dash my lace wigs! at June 18, 2022 04:49 PM (OX9vb)

96 >>My main instruction is, do not pat the dog on top of the head. You can rub her cheeks and you can scritch under her chin but if you pat her head, she's going to want to know where that hand is going and why.Posted by: Tonestaple at June 18, 2022 04:21 PM (3qAOE)

Sage advice.

Posted by: ZOD at June 18, 2022 04:50 PM (Q/6pY)

97 The experts say to keep the new cat separate for a week or so. Unfortunately, we could not do that with Hersh and the Wicked Witch. We brought the Wicked Witch home from the Humane Society, and let her sit in the carrier on the floor for about an hour, letting them sniff at each other. When I opened the carrier, the Witch immediately attacked poor Hersh. Evidently, she had decided this was her home and poor Hersh was the invader. For two months, she attacked him on sight, which is how she earned the name "The Little Wicked Witch of the West". I was getting desperate, and actually thought a couple times that we should return WW to the Humane Society. But she finally learned to live with him. Now they chase each other around the house, having a fine old time. I'm so glad we kept her.

Posted by: Captain Josepha Sabin -- I wasn't particularly fond of the '70s the first time around at June 18, 2022 04:51 PM (H31K8)

98 One of my dogs got testicular cancer so off came his nuts! At twelve years old it probably wasn't a huge loss but, still, he was not happy and immediately gained five pounds.

He looks at me still, as if to say "why?!..."

Posted by: Huck Follywood, Break The Teachers Unions at June 18, 2022 04:54 PM (X/sOO)

99 Lucy the Twatfink is in her backpack at the beach. She's not currently yeowling and is looking around sniffing the salt air. So far so
Good.

Posted by: nurse ratched at June 18, 2022 04:54 PM (qMklK)

100 95 Indeed it is! Bogie is my first non Spitz dog, so kid1 is very capable at grooming him. He was only in the show ring as the neutering part of the contract was ignored, and he turned into the largest of his family and projects an alpha male air. His brothers are significantly smaller, so granddog is being genetically tested for creating a dynasty, should he get his Grand ( he's defeated several grand champions already). Sadly despite his size, he's a total coward who runs whining away when my 15lb Russell Terrier approaches. Gives off a tough, macho vibe in the ring though

Posted by: CN at June 18, 2022 04:55 PM (ONvIw)

101
Tacocat spelled backwards is tacocat.





Yeah, I got nuthin'...

Posted by: naturalfake at June 18, 2022 04:56 PM (5NkmN)

102 86 I appreciate the posts about losing our dog companions. My best buddy died 2 years ago. I don't know if I will ever have another dog. Really a painful experience.
Posted by: kraken at June 18, 2022 04:40 PM (pt6Qm)
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I felt the same way after my last dog, Luke, died. It was about three years before I could think about getting another dog. Then I got Willy, a flat-coated retreiver rescue. I've had him for two years now, and I can't imagine living without him. I think you'll just know when it's time to consider another dog.

Posted by: Meade Lux Lewis, Domestic Terrorist at June 18, 2022 04:58 PM (sWM8x)

103 100 95 Indeed it is! Bogie is my first non Spitz dog, so kid1 is very capable at grooming him. He was only in the show ring as the neutering part of the contract was ignored, and he turned into the largest of his family and projects an alpha male air. His brothers are significantly smaller, so granddog is being genetically tested for creating a dynasty, should he get his Grand ( he's defeated several grand champions already). Sadly despite his size, he's a total coward who runs whining away when my 15lb Russell Terrier approaches. Gives off a tough, macho vibe in the ring though
Posted by: CN


*types*
*snorts*
*deletes*

Posted by: nurse ratched at June 18, 2022 04:59 PM (lytXf)

104 99 Lucy the Twatfink is in her backpack at the beach. She's not currently yeowling and is looking around sniffing the salt air. So far so
Good.
Posted by: nurse ratched at June 18, 2022 04:54 PM (qMklK)

Hey nurse!! Enjoying your family time??

Posted by: kraken at June 18, 2022 05:00 PM (pt6Qm)

105 102. For me, that time is about two weeks. My only dogless time was in the dormitory, and I hated it. There are too many doggy tasks that missing really hurts. This time I honored by husband's long term Fala envy, and we have a terrier.

Posted by: CN at June 18, 2022 05:06 PM (ONvIw)

106 Posted by: CN at June 18, 2022 05:06 PM (ONvIw)
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I think replacing a dog immediately is probably what most people do. It just didn't work that way for me, though.

Posted by: Meade Lux Lewis, Domestic Terrorist at June 18, 2022 05:08 PM (sWM8x)

107 When introducing my dogs to strangers they don't trust, I say, "Where's (first name of stranger)?" a couple of times.

I don't know why it works on them but, their alert signals go right down and tails wag!

Posted by: OldDominionMom at June 18, 2022 05:08 PM (CQKGY)

108 Heya kraken!
Boys are back doing their own thing, Marine is back in CA and oldest popped a positive coof test on Thursday. He's been pretty sick, but turned the corner this morning. The rest of us have not gotten sick so far.

Fingers, toes and eyes crossed.

Posted by: nurse ratched at June 18, 2022 05:08 PM (RtbvM)

109 Visiting son brought his GSP with him. Dog loves the fenced backyard. The pool not so much.

Cat#2 is hiding out in our bedroom. Dog tried to introduce herself but Cat#2 wasn't having it. Chased dog out the bedroom.

Posted by: olddog in mo at June 18, 2022 05:09 PM (ju2Fy)

110 Noodus hobbius

Posted by: Wolfus Aurelius at June 18, 2022 05:13 PM (c6xtn)

111 Very sorry to hear of your buddy Fenway's passing.

I'm curious to know if the Flat-Coated Retrievers are unusually susceptible to cancer. We had one, our dog Ninja, and she died when she was about 7, my brother and his family have had at least two that went the same way, and I met a woman who lived across the street from who had one but it was already beset with large growths on its back. Its a small sample set but sadly uniform in experience. They are a wonderful, puppylike breed but very ephemeral. Their candles burn bright.

Posted by: Kyle Kiernan at June 18, 2022 06:07 PM (bzks8)

112 111 apparently yes

https://petkeen.com/
cancer-in-flat-coated-retrievers-is-it-common/

Posted by: vmom stabby stabby stabby stabby stabamillion at June 18, 2022 06:37 PM (kf6Ak)

113 Very sorry to hear of your buddy Fenway's passing.

I'm curious to know if the Flat-Coated Retrievers are unusually susceptible to cancer. We had one, our dog Ninja, and she died when she was about 7, my brother and his family have had at least two that went the same way, and I met a woman who lived across the street from who had one but it was already beset with large growths on its back. Its a small sample set but sadly uniform in experience. They are a wonderful, puppylike breed but very ephemeral. Their candles burn bright.
Posted by: Kyle Kiernan at June 18, 2022 06:07 PM (bzks

Don't know any particular details but the sort of breeding you do to get an animal to always have the same characteristics gives a small gene pool, which could lead to a bad gene being in the entire population and an unwillingness to introduce new crosses that might let it be weeded out.

Posted by: OldCat at June 18, 2022 06:40 PM (eoQWY)

114 Visiting son brought his GSP with him. Dog loves the fenced backyard. The pool not so much.

Cat#2 is hiding out in our bedroom. Dog tried to introduce herself but Cat#2 wasn't having it. Chased dog out the bedroom.
Posted by: olddog in mo at June 18, 2022 05:09 PM (ju2Fy)

That's why you separate cats on introductions. Each needs to have the confidence of a safe place from trouble and time to relax long enough to find out that the new intruder isn't so bad.

When introducing a new Persian to my male cats, first she chased them from her room, then I opened up the door and she chased them out of the upstairs, then a few days later she came downstairs halfway, sat on a high shelf she could reach from a landing but didn't chase, then a few days after that she got down to floor level and kept to one half of the living room, then a little later she was fine with them and would swipe their beds if they got up.

Posted by: OldCat at June 18, 2022 06:44 PM (eoQWY)

115 Rasputin just walked into the pub. The bartender says...

"What'll ya have, Mr. Bannon?"

Posted by: Brewingfrog at June 18, 2022 07:21 PM (e9hdJ)

116 I'm so sorry about Jake, Solex. I can't imagine.
Posted by: N.L. Urker, my trench is full of chickens at June 18, 2022 03:37

^ Seconded, but just remember, you gave him love and a good home. When he passed he probably was not aware of his surroundings.

Posted by: Farmer at June 18, 2022 07:39 PM (55Qr6)

117 I forgot my story for the pet thread. I'm late but I'll tell it anyway.

A couple of days ago I was making a sandwich and cut out 2 starting to mold spots out of the cheese and left them on the floor for the dogs. They wen unnoticed for a bit.

Then Bailey, 12 yo yellow lab, walked in my room. I said...why don't you check out the kitchen, and gestured in that direction. Well, she walked out of the room, through the dining room and went right into the kitchen.

She found the cheese! I've heard labs can learn up to 200 words. Heck when they learned the word park we started spelling it. Then they learned the spelling of it!

LOL, amongst many other words my dog knows kitchen, heck that's where most of the food is.

Posted by: Farmer at June 18, 2022 07:56 PM (55Qr6)

118 I have said a prayer for each of your who lost their beloved pets. It’s so hard, they are family, and it isn’t fair we can’t keep them longer.

Posted by: Piper at June 18, 2022 09:04 PM (FXYsU)

119 Dear Solex:

I'm so sorry about Jake. But he wasn't surrounded by strangers when he left this earth. The vets, the vet techs, and all those people love those animals that come through. They would never have let him feel like he had some or with strangers. It's tough to lose our furry family

Posted by: Lee Also at June 18, 2022 09:14 PM (YPgjG)

120 I love the pet thread but it usually ends up with me with tears in my eyes because another good boy or good girl is gone. Most of us know how you feel and we're sorry for your loss.

Posted by: cjhmhch at June 20, 2022 04:09 PM (PoYG7)

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