Ace of Spades Pet Thread

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Welcome to the almost world famous AoS Pet Thread. Take a break from your weekend activities and enjoy the world of pets.

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A Little of This. A Little of That.

As a boy who lived in a rural setting I was use to being chased by dogs on my bike. Never chased by one of these. Horses on the loose.

While we are on the biking kick. Any of you cyclists have an issue with a moose?

Animal rights? Well explain that to the rabbit.


Is life better with a dog? You decide. Be nice.


A cute little Plumber's Helper. h/t redc1c4


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Meet The PetMorons


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You have posted pictures of my Belgian Malinois, Keeper, and my German Shepherd, Flynn, before. We lost Keeper last year at a little over 13 years old. It was and has been devastating for me. What I didn't realize was how it would affect Flynn. After he was gone, Flynn would not go into the spare bedroom where Keeper slept every night. I tried taking her the dog park where we spent so much time. She would make it through the gate and then just shut down. I could not get her to go any further into the park and she completely ignored any dogs that tried to interact with her. She just sat there facing the gate and wanting to leave. It was heartbreaking. On the anniversary of Keeper's death, I tried again. I took the day off of work and when we got to the park she actually walked in and down to the lake. I got the biggest stick I could find and threw it over and over into the lake for her to chase. We now go every week and she's very excited to get there. The last year has been a difficult transition but Flynn and I are adjusting. Keeper was the very heart of me. He was my protector, my running buddy, and the love of my life. Rest in peace, Baby Boy. The first picture is both of the dogs in better times. The second picture is Keeper's last trip to the beach. The third is a recent pic of Flynn at the dog park.

If this is too long or there are too many pics I understand if it can't make the pet thread.

Thanks, Susie

Your welcome Susie. So, will a new puppeh help? Just an idea.

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Hello! Long time lurker, never poster, SK here. These are my two beauties, Fleury (the small grey one) and Beam. They are polar opposites! Fleury is a sweet, tiny kitty, weighing around 5.5 lbs. We got her in Canada, and named her for the hockey goalie, Marc Andre Fleury. Beam is a brute who loves only his mom! He weighs in at around 14.5 lbs. He hails from Kentucky and is named for Jim Beam, Kentucky whiskey! They are my pride and joy. Thanks for the Pet thread - I look forward to it all week!

Sarah

Good thing you didn't name that little one Gump Worsley. A nice pair of pets who look like they have the world by the tail. Thanks for thinking of us and sending in this photo.

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This is my old cat Jack, back when he was young. I'm having him put down tomorrow. He started losing the use of his back legs and now he's losing use of the front ones. He's had a good fifteen years but now it's time. Out of the many cats I've owned, he is the best.

“Throw out the radio and take the fiddle down from the wall.”
— Andrew Nelson Lytle, Tennessee, 1930

Teri

So sorry to hear about your loss Teri. The time flies by with a pet.

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Ol' Busted Leg, Audrey Claire, part German Shepherd, part pit bull, and I had been working on staying the hell out of the road for nigh on two months, but it obviously hadn't taken yet. As I was doing things in the back of the house, she slipped off unnoticed. I heard the screech of tires then a yelp and I instantly knew what happened. When I'd gotten around to the front of the house, the gal who hit her had stopped and was frantically searching around and under car for my pup. I saw Audrey in the drainage ditch sitting up in the tall grass as though nothing had happened. I was relieved - until I saw her leg, mangled and bloody. I fully expected amputation. And I was pissed, both at her for running into the street and myself for not keeping better watch. The gal asked if the dog was okay.

"No. You broke her leg."

"I didn't do it!"

I was stunned, "Well, it sure as hell didn't break spontaneously!" My anger turned from myself and the dog toward the woman. I let her have it with both barrels, calling her the most awful names you can imagine.

I immediately put Audrey in the Jeep and took her to the Vet emergency room. X-rays showed the break was at the growth plate in her ankle, a pretty good place if you simply must have a broken leg. I calmed down and upon reflection, I realized the woman meant it wasn't her fault, not that she didn't do it - simply a poor choice of words at the wrong time. Haven't seen her since.

I've had problems keeping her out of the stream and from rough-housing with Eleanor, her 'sister'. I've had to take her in to have the split changed twice. The first time she dove headlong into the stream and got the splint completely saturated with water. The second time she ran/jumped right the hell out of it! What a true 'Ron!

Anyway, Ol' Busted Leg is doing fine. -Howard

Quite the adventure there. On a serious note did you have pet insurance or did you take a 2nd mortgage out? Thanks for the submission.

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So, here's the latest on our feral cat Assner - who, by the way, was not named for actor Ed Asner. The origin of the cat's name is a silly little story.

Anyway, Assner went in this past Tuesday for her spay procedure and is now recovering before we release her back outside. Sadly, that first litter she had didn't survive. My husband and I searched around the property (with a few tick travelers....rural livin'!) and never found anything, not even remains. There are coyotes around here and relatively close to the house, so they may have fallen victim to a pack, we just don't know.

The neighbor's male barn cat kept calling on Assner, and funnily enough was prowling our yard they day Assner was up at the clinic. I remarked that he (I named him Gomer) was going to be disappointed when Assner recuperated.

As of now, though, I'm keeping Assner comfortable, warm, and fed while she heals up, and in a few days we'll set her free. The picture is pre-surgery, when she was on our deck "talking" to Boots and Smokey. - Victoria


Good luck on her recovery. And good luck keeping the coyotes away. Thanks for the submission.

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What a group of loved and pampered PetMorons. Thank you for sharing!

Do you have a pet photo you would like to share? Or do you have a tip, story or video related to pets/animals? You can reach us here at: petmorons at gmail dot com

You folks and critters have a great week!!!

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1 Some gave all

Posted by: BigZesty at May 26, 2018 02:52 PM (IyKLO)

2 st?

Posted by: Norman at May 26, 2018 02:52 PM (gLp8g)

3 https://tinyurl.com/y76z729z

Canine officer's son. Try not to tear up a bit. I dare ya.

Posted by: tcn in AK at May 26, 2018 02:56 PM (NXsWM)

4 The moose thing is fairly common here this time of year. Lots of mama moose protecting their little ones. Lots of hungry bears wandering around looking to eat one, so everyone is a bit on edge.

This idiot came too close, that's all. It's not like some of the bike paths here--he could see her if he looked. The bike path out by Pt. Woronzof is woods all the way, and I've come a bit close to a moose out there without seeing her right away. Some ladies got stomped out there last spring. Maybe a good place to wait until summer to bike.

That is a cool stretch of road where it passes a huge flag on a flagpole that marks the edge of JBER (Joint Base Elmendorf Ft. Richardson). The Fish and Game guys monitored her and she finally took her baby through the moose fence gates onto base, and now the bike path is open again.

Posted by: tcn in AK at May 26, 2018 03:00 PM (NXsWM)

5 I'd like to ask you all for prayers. My son's lab Gunner ate rat poison this morning. It took us 2.5 hours to find a vet who would treat an emergency on this holiday weekend. They did everything they could do but things aren't looking good right now. He is the best dog ever. Thank you in advance.

Posted by: Muad'dib at May 26, 2018 03:00 PM (iXmy8)

6 Teri - hugs. It is such a difficult thing to say goodbye.

Posted by: IC at May 26, 2018 03:01 PM (PEJUg)

7 >>>Animal rights? Well explain that to the rabbit.

Huh huh huh huh. I need to get a twained eagle.

Posted by: Elmer Fudd at May 26, 2018 03:01 PM (/qEW2)

8 @5, Muad'dib! That is awful. I will pray for a miracle..

Posted by: IC at May 26, 2018 03:02 PM (PEJUg)

9 I did have Jack put down on Thursday, a week later than when I sent out the picture. I gave him another week because it seemed like he felt better. Then he couldn't raise his head and seemed to be having some problems breathing. We had the vet check him out and he agreed it was time. He went quickly. I've never seen anything progress like this. In a month's time, he went from having some problems with his back legs to being unable to get up or turn over.

Posted by: Notsothoreau at May 26, 2018 03:03 PM (Lqy/e)

10 What is it about a bike that makes some people believe they are invincible?

Note: the three quarter ton animal has right of way.

Posted by: Aetius451AD at May 26, 2018 03:04 PM (ycWCI)

11 And the SJW's haven't torn it down yet over the dog named "Nig"?

They will.

Posted by: The Wolf at May 26, 2018 03:05 PM (pxOl8)

12 The boy and I biked to the Campbell Creek Estuary Park yesterday--about 3.5 miles. So begins the year of evil bike butt. We watched sandhill cranes, a whole mess of ducks, a couple of eagles, and a really big hawk who thought we might be lunch, although he figured it out eventually. Anchorage is a different sort of city (in more than one way) in that you can be in the city but you might as well be in the boonies in some places.

Today we take the I-didn't-dogs to University Lake to chase ducks and run around in the woods and get nice and filthy. A dirty dog is a happy dog.

Posted by: tcn in AK at May 26, 2018 03:05 PM (NXsWM)

13 Rat poison is awful stuff Prayers for Gunnar. I have a friend that lost her husband. A week later, both her dogs got into rat poison. She lost one over it. There are poisons that are less toxic to dogs and cats, but most folks use the cheap stuff.

Posted by: Notsothoreau at May 26, 2018 03:06 PM (Lqy/e)

14 In a month's time, he went from having some problems with his back legs to being unable to get up or turn over.
Posted by: Notsothoreau at May 26, 2018 03:03 PM (Lqy/e)

I am beginning to believe that God makes dogs' lives short so that we learn how to grieve. It's a very hard thing, indeed.

{{{hugs}}}

Posted by: tcn in AK at May 26, 2018 03:07 PM (NXsWM)

15 Note: the three quarter ton animal has right of way.
Posted by: Aetius451AD at May 26, 2018 03:04 PM (ycWCI)

It's not legal to shoot a moose in Anchorage. More's the pity. Every time that one young bull wanders in to my yard, all I can think is "Get in my freezer!!!"

Posted by: tcn in AK at May 26, 2018 03:08 PM (NXsWM)

16 Great picture at the top. Very fitting.

Never been chased by a moose, but, I was riding through Edina, MN and startled a deer that was in the front yard of a house, Poor thing took off and that's when I found out deer hooves don't do well on concrete.

Another time, I was out riding a country road on my bicycle, came around a corner and a real live bull, horns and all, was standing along side the road. (there are a few cattle ranchers in the area where I currently live) Being as the bull was keeping an eye on me, I found it prudent to put the pedals down and get a move on.

Anyway, great pet pics! Thank you for posting.

Posted by: Blake - used bridge salesman at May 26, 2018 03:09 PM (WEBkv)

17 Nice pets Ya'll!

Posted by: Hairyback Guy at May 26, 2018 03:10 PM (EoRCO)

18 So sad to lose such close friends. Joyful memories to all of you.

Posted by: mustbequantum at May 26, 2018 03:12 PM (MIKMs)

19 This is the only place I can tell this story as you all will surely understand.

When I was dating my now wife, her pooch of many, many years passed away. As my dear lived in a condo and I owned my own home, we decided to bury Ginger in the backyard at my house.

We soon married and now Mrs. TP and her kids moved in with me and my kids. It turned out that my house was too small for us and all of our children so, we bought a bigger house about a mile down the road after about 9 months together in my original home.
My wife was troubled by leaving G in the old house's back yard but I prevailed upon her there was nothing to be done about it. I told her, *honestly, have you ever tried to get the smell of a dead body out of the trunk?* On the day the new owners of my old house were to take possession, I was out of town on business.

Shortly before the new owners took possession, my wife and her daughter dug up Ginger and placed her remains in a red wagon and walked the wagon and dog to the new house along with a few scoopfuls of dirt from where I had scattered Mrs TP #1's ashes.

They both now rest comfortably in our back yard.

There are many reasons I do not mess with my wife, but this is the biggest one.

She really loved that dog.


Posted by: Tonypete at May 26, 2018 03:12 PM (9rIkM)

20 Tom Cat brought us a small possum last night.

He likes to share his kills.

Good kitty.

Posted by: ALH at May 26, 2018 03:12 PM (cAj82)

21 >>>The Fish and Game guys monitored her and she finally took her baby through the moose fence gates onto base, and now the bike path is open again.

State/local governments are too deferential towards dangerous animals. Fortunately, that seems to be reversing. Wyoming says it's ok to hunt grizzlies. When these things start to become a hazard, let people hunt them until the populations come down sufficiently to remove the threat.

Posted by: Steve and Cold Bear at May 26, 2018 03:12 PM (/qEW2)

22 Four weeks ago yesterday I had to put our sweet kitty Sandy down. She would have been 17 in August.

It's been really, really hard. Haven't been without a kitty during our 32+ years of marriage.

Don't know if I can work up the courage to adopt another. They die too soon.Anyhow, RIP sweet, sweet tiny little girl.

Posted by: Jane D'oh at May 26, 2018 03:12 PM (ptqGC)

23 newish neighbor's formerly indoor cat now working on being feral outdoor cat, but has taken to sleeping in a kitty nest pile of leaves by my door. has begun to allow brief petting.

Posted by: Adobe Juan Calhoon Kenobe at May 26, 2018 03:15 PM (VuR6/)

24 Shortly before the new owners took possession, my wife and her daughter
dug up Ginger and placed her remains in a red wagon and walked the wagon
and dog to the new house along with a few scoopfuls of dirt from where I
had scattered Mrs TP #1's ashes. They both now rest comfortably in our back yard. There are many reasons I do not mess with my wife, but this is the biggest one.
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Brains and heart. A great woman. I hope you know how very, very fortunate you are.

Posted by: mustbequantum at May 26, 2018 03:17 PM (MIKMs)

25 has begun to allow brief petting. Posted by: Adobe Juan Calhoon Kenobe at May 26, 2018 03:15 PM (VuR6/)
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When it brings you mice or other vermin, you have arrived and been blessed.

Posted by: mustbequantum at May 26, 2018 03:19 PM (MIKMs)

26 The fox should've hung on longer. The eagle might have gotten fatigued carrying around the extra weight.

Posted by: Steve and Cold Bear at May 26, 2018 03:22 PM (/qEW2)

27 One of my Siamese cats is resting in the kitchen with one eye open for any "food" action. The other one is sleeping between my wife's legs...Typical day

Posted by: Nevergiveup at May 26, 2018 03:23 PM (SjImc)

28 ... and on the seventh day the Lord rested, except for creating dogs, so Marines could have someone to look up to.

Posted by: Sendarius at May 26, 2018 03:23 PM (iIDgc)

29 Bears are bad here this year with the drought. I think it was last weekend, a 4 or 5 yo little girl was attacked in her yard. Thankfully, she survived.

Posted by: Infidel at May 26, 2018 03:25 PM (LBSeG)

30 Why does Trump hate dogs ?

Posted by: Harry at May 26, 2018 03:26 PM (eOYN0)

31 I brought four cats with me when I moved here in 2009. (Actually six because I took in two that had belonged to a man at church who'd passed on). I buried three of those in the backyard myself plus two of my husband's cats. One of the rescues disappeared and the other died of kidney failure. The vet dealt with Louie's remains. I had Jack cremated and will bury them in the backyard near his buddies. I'm down to four cats. Maybe I'll be ready for a kitten after the move. I knew I couldn't move a paralyzed cat cross country and this had been his home for a long time.

When the two old dogs died, not long after my husband, I scattered their ashes off the High Bridge. I'd scattered my husband's ashes there.

Posted by: Notsothoreau at May 26, 2018 03:26 PM (Lqy/e)

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Posted by: tcn in AK at May 26, 2018 03:00 PM (NXsWM)






One of my fondest memories of being stationed at Richardson back in the 80s was seeing a brand new 2LT (West Pointer) being chased through the woods by an angry momma moose.

Posted by: IllTemperedCur at May 26, 2018 03:28 PM (XWkhW)

33 Went to our local FFL yesterday to pick up my husband's new toy. Guy has 2 cats, one is a bold 3 legged guy. The other one is super skittish, doesn't like strangers. So ...I had both cats all over me the whole time???? The guy and his wife couldn't believe the shy cat took to me like that. They said you never see her when a stranger is over. I've never had a cat before but they sure seem to like me for some reason....

Posted by: lin-duh at May 26, 2018 03:28 PM (kufk0)

34 I know I have talked about this before, but 3yo grandson has decided he is now a cat. He has played dog for quite a while, but now he is hissing and scratching. Cat is a growler, and has terrified him for about a year, does this mean he is getting over his fear? I don't know what to do. 1yo pets cat and brings him toys until he walks away.

Posted by: mustbequantum at May 26, 2018 03:28 PM (MIKMs)

35 I like to tell people that old dogs die to give room in our lives for puppies. I guess, if you want a longer lived pet, you get a parrot. The damn things live forever.

Posted by: Notsothoreau at May 26, 2018 03:28 PM (Lqy/e)

36 Live camera of osprey nest on the island where I live:

https://tinyurl.com/y872d8xt

The chick is yuge now, exercising its wings, and learning to feed itself. The little bastard murdered its one sibling when they were small (they hatched a few days apart, and the older one wouldn't let the younger one eat and pecked it viciously) while the parents watched. The one unfertilized egg is still in the nest.

Posted by: Jane D'oh at May 26, 2018 03:30 PM (ptqGC)

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I told her, *honestly, have you ever tried to get the smell of a dead body out of the trunk?*






*blink*

*blink*

Posted by: IllTemperedCur at May 26, 2018 03:32 PM (XWkhW)

38 Why does Trump hate dogs ?
Posted by: Harry at May 26, 2018 03:26 PM (eOYN0)

You shouldn't have pissed on his leg, harry.

Posted by: Alberta Oil Peon at May 26, 2018 03:33 PM (WFV7d)

39 They said you never see her when a stranger is over. I've never had a
cat before but they sure seem to like me for some reason....
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You don't know about the invisible cat signs, glowing in neon, with 'sucker' all over your face.

Cat people tell me that cats like people who don't like cats because nothing is expected of the cat.

Posted by: mustbequantum at May 26, 2018 03:34 PM (MIKMs)

40 39, that must be why my friend's cats always twist between my legs and jump on my lap.

I had a horrible experience with a cat as a child.

Posted by: Infidel at May 26, 2018 03:37 PM (LBSeG)

41 Another great pet thread.

Kevin Costner has a new series coming out about a horse ranch in Montana. Yellowstone.

Posted by: Ben Had at May 26, 2018 03:37 PM (PW2Rp)

42 State/local governments are too deferential towards dangerous animals. Fortunately, that seems to be reversing. Wyoming says it's ok to hunt grizzlies. When these things start to become a hazard, let people hunt them until the populations come down sufficiently to remove the threat.
Posted by: Steve and Cold Bear at May 26, 2018 03:12 PM (/qEW2)

Um, that's not the point, not up here. Mama moose are allowed to defend their babies. I have no issue with that, the stupidity of the humans in this story notwithstanding.

If you are proposing that we have folks shooting moose in the Anchorage bowl, then apparently you think we don't already have enough Samoan gang-bangers, tweakers and other assorted asshats shooting guns here.

We live in the Last Frontier. We don't shoot moose in the city. We don't shoot the bears, either.

Posted by: tcn in AK at May 26, 2018 03:38 PM (NXsWM)

43 Much as I love my kittehs, I doubt they would be much use in a firefight.

Doggehs are truly a gift from God.

Posted by: Pug Mahon, Wild Turkey Enthusiast at May 26, 2018 03:41 PM (Mkuv2)

44 This weekend we should thank the to us name less army work dogs who also give their lives

Posted by: Skip at May 26, 2018 03:42 PM (aC6Sd)

45 Doggehs are truly a gift from God.
Posted by: Pug Mahon, Wild Turkey Enthusiast


I am convinced that when we Fell, God had the plan for our redemption, but knew we'd need help making it that long.

So God took some of the wolves and helped us make friends of them.

You'll never convince me otherwise.

Posted by: Brother Cavil, Penitent Cylon at May 26, 2018 03:43 PM (lLeln)

46 Cat people tell me that cats like people who don't like cats because nothing is expected of the cat.
Posted by: mustbequantum at May 26, 2018 03:34 PM (MIKMs)


I've heard it was body language/demeanor. Many humans tend to be gregarious, touchy feely, making vocal noises and eye contact. They think this is somehow inviting and appealing, but it makes cats skittish. Someone who doesn't like cats is more likely to avoid eye contact, or any sudden movements and behave demurely in general. Cats find this appealing, which is why they seek such people out.

Posted by: Steve and Cold Bear at May 26, 2018 03:43 PM (/qEW2)

47 Right on, Brother Cavil.

Posted by: Pug Mahon, Wild Turkey Enthusiast at May 26, 2018 03:44 PM (Mkuv2)

48 Muad'dib at May 26, 2018 03:00 PM
A pray for the dog and let us know please.

Posted by: Skip at May 26, 2018 03:44 PM (aC6Sd)

49 I notice Poncho's name on the monument, but not Lefty.

He probably split for O-HI-O

Posted by: Muldoon at May 26, 2018 03:52 PM (mvenn)

50 I've found Scottish Folds to be very skittish. Took a long time for Simon Sampson to come over for pets and I raised him from a kitten.

Posted by: Notsothoreau at May 26, 2018 03:53 PM (Lqy/e)

51 Back in 2003 I needed to buy my mom a new dog to keep her company. She'd had cockers, and I settled on a small version - cavalier king charles spaniel. Back then they were quite hard to find, and I found a breeder, and got on the wait list - hoping for something for my Mom's birthday.
He called and said he had 2 siblings, girls (don't use the "b" word) and he didn't want to separate them. They were spoken for, but if one went to my mom, and we kept one, he'd let them go. My wife was adamant that we wouldn't have a dog in our new home. But, I talked her into it. When I brought the pups to her in the office, after an hour or so I said, ok, which one goes to mom? She said, "you know - I don't see hers here".
I did get her another from the same breeder a few weeks later.
The girls were inseparable, complete opposites but yin and yang. One a clown, the other serious. The clown was the alpha, but let the other one think she was top pooch.
Sadly, Dolly got stomach cancer at 9. I drover her from the south bay area of SF to sacramento twice a week for treatment. This was an all day thing, at least 8 hours. For a while she was in remission, but it came back and we lost her. I was devastated, she was my girl (they each picked their humans). Everybody said Daisy would get over it, dogs only remember for a couple of weeks.
Not true. She was miserable for months. She was perky, enjoyed company and eating, but her playmate was gone. One day, a year and a half later, I was getting ready to walk her. Daisy was all excited, she loved her walks. It was really cold outside, so I went and grabbed a jacket in the downstairs closet - an Alfred E. Neuman denim jacket. I threw it on the sofa while fishing out the leash and pooty bags.
I turned around, and Daisy had buried herself in the jacket, and was asleep. I couldn't figure out what was going on and then it hit me. I used to carry Dolly around wearing that jacket when she was so very sick. Every night (several times) I'd carry her outside so she could relieve herself, or be sick.
I hadn't worn the jacket since. It still smelled of Dolly. I'm tearing up right now. I lost Daisy last August just short of 14. She started to have some serious health issues, and I did everything I could to keep her happy and comfortable. She passed on her own terms. It'll be hard to get another dog, especially the same breed.

Posted by: clutch cargo at May 26, 2018 03:57 PM (RHEDC)

52 Dogs really do grieve. I've always felt that Wallace came down with pnuemonia because he couldn't deal with losing my husband and his Rott buddy, Tessie.

Posted by: Notsothoreau at May 26, 2018 04:00 PM (Lqy/e)

53 Beautiful non-human household unit assets! I'm sitting here letting Pepperdog clean up my plate which had a slice of coconut creme pie on it before I ate it. Mrs. E is on a trip. Heh.

Posted by: Eromero at May 26, 2018 04:00 PM (zLDYs)

54 Marines are Marines, two legs or four. I teared up at that photo. Rest in peace, my canine fellows!

Posted by: empire1 at May 26, 2018 04:04 PM (m0x6k)

55 Wow, clutch. What a touching memory.

Posted by: Ben Had at May 26, 2018 04:07 PM (PW2Rp)

56 Let's watch as Jim tries to outrun this bear.

Posted by: Marlin Perkins at May 26, 2018 04:10 PM (5OO3x)

57 Kitties grieve, too. Our Sandy was sad for months after Spanky died. She walked around the house, and would howl with her normally tiny, quiet voice. Both girls loved to be on the screened porch, watching the birds and deer. Sandy simply refused to go back on the porch.

A week before we discovered her "chronic pancreatitis" was actually cancer, my husband and I sat on the porch watching the sunset, and enjoying a cocktail. She came out and sat on her favorite chair facing us. She even dozed off for a little while. A week later I had to put her down.


She was so sweet and affectionate. She would curl up on my husband's chest every night for a bit, then curl up in my arms. She had the sweetest habit of lying on her back, looking up at me, and placing a tiny paw gently on my check.


Now it's getting dusty in here again.

Posted by: Jane D'oh at May 26, 2018 04:11 PM (ptqGC)

58 I notice Poncho's name on the monument, but not Lefty.

He probably split for O-HI-O
Posted by: Muldoon
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Nonetheless, we ought to save a few prayers for him.

Posted by: Marlin Perkins at May 26, 2018 04:12 PM (5OO3x)

59
between clutch and Jane I'm sitting here bawling.

Posted by: Infidel at May 26, 2018 04:13 PM (LBSeG)

60 between clutch and Jane I'm sitting here bawling.

Posted by: Infidel at May 26, 2018 04:13 PM (LBSeG)


*shoves one of my tissues thru USB port*

Posted by: Jane D'oh at May 26, 2018 04:15 PM (ptqGC)

61 So much good in such small packages...no wonder it hurts to lose them.

Posted by: Brother Cavil, Penitent Cylon at May 26, 2018 04:16 PM (lLeln)

62 Posted by: Tonypete at May 26, 2018 03:12 PM (9rIkM)

You definitely have a keeper there (and you seem wise enough to know it)!

Posted by: Hrothgar at May 26, 2018 04:16 PM (n9EOP)

63 I notice Poncho's name on the monument, but not Lefty.

He probably split for O-HI-O
Posted by: Muldoon
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Nonetheless, we ought to save a few prayers for him.

Posted by: Marlin Perkins at May 26, 2018 04:12 PM (5OO3x)

I just wonder where he got the dough to go?

Posted by: Hrothgar at May 26, 2018 04:17 PM (n9EOP)

64 That white cat reminds my of Scruffy, one of our departed cats. Scruffy showed up in 2001 at our old house so skinny and covered in ticks and fleas. We were leaving to go somewhere so I promised Mrs. E when we got back I would take her to the vet which I did. She moved to this house with us and died here about 8 years ago. I have before and after pictures somewhere and will send them in sometime.

Posted by: Eromero at May 26, 2018 04:17 PM (zLDYs)

65 Thanks Jane. So sorry about your kittehs.

Posted by: Infidel at May 26, 2018 04:19 PM (LBSeG)

66 Lefty is in my prayers, along with the rest of the canine (and human) Marine deceased.

And those still serving, of course, but today is for the deceased.

Posted by: empire1 at May 26, 2018 04:19 PM (m0x6k)

67 Pet Thread!!! Great group this week.

Came home from three days at the farm, and WeaselDog, WeaselCats v1 & v2, WeaselFish and WeaselWoman all seemed happy to see me.

Posted by: Weasel at May 26, 2018 04:21 PM (MVjcR)

68 Thanks Jane. So sorry about your kittehs.

Posted by: Infidel at May 26, 2018 04:19 PM (LBSeG)


Thanks. They both got me through son's leaving for boot camp at Parris Island, and my mother's sudden, unexpected death a week later. Spanky used to sleep in our son's room with him, and after he'd been gone for over a month, she stopped going up to his room and even began just picking at her food. When he returned from PI, little Sandy didn't recognize him and freaked out, but Spanky saw "her boy" and ran to him. He scooped her up and she was so happy she drooled on his shoulder! They both were my constant companions during his deployment to Shitcanistan. I called them my little angels in little cat suits.

Posted by: Jane D'oh at May 26, 2018 04:23 PM (ptqGC)

69 Weasel, did you get all the ticks off? WeaselFamily doesn't want to share.

Posted by: Ben Had at May 26, 2018 04:23 PM (PW2Rp)

70 I have a treasured picture of my paternal grandfather who I never knew, astride his war horse in France in WWI.

He fought in the battle of Argonne and was awarded the Croix de Guerre, which I also have.

My late dad said his father dearly loved animals of all kinds. They even had a little pet goat!

Posted by: Jane D'oh at May 26, 2018 04:25 PM (ptqGC)

71 69 Weasel, did you get all the ticks off? WeaselFamily doesn't want to share.
Posted by: Ben Had at May 26, 2018 04:23 PM (PW2Rp)
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Actually brought one home. I threw my overalls in the back of the truck yesterday to wash when I got home and when I took them out today immediately found a tick on my arm. I'm looking at sprayers now. War.

Posted by: Weasel at May 26, 2018 04:26 PM (MVjcR)

72 The Navy SEAL Memorial, on Virginia Beach, has a tribute to combat dogs lost in action, as well as SEALs. They display gold stars to denote the service members KIA, and gold paw prints for the canines. Very classy and touching.

Posted by: goatexchange at May 26, 2018 04:28 PM (YFnq5)

73 Stormy died a couple of weeks ago; just about two weeks shy of her 18th birthday.

She was a Kerry Blue Terrier and the kids named her Stormy cuz she looked like a little storm cloud when a puppy.

Though she was probably the least intelligent dog I've owned, she was by far the sweetest. Just a delightful companion. And being a Kerry Blue was always up to romp and play and explore with the kiddos.

Her Greatest Day Evah were she able to talk was the day she trapped a YUUUUGE opossum in the back yard.

Her terrier instincts kicked into high drive and she stood toe to toe with the possum barking it's its face. When the possum would lunge at her with its big triangular mouth full of nightmare needle teeth, Stormy would dodge and grab the possum by the throat.

But, she had no idea what to do after that! She'd let go and start the whole process over again.

Stormy was so happy. Her tail was wagging a million miles an hour and she wore a great doggy smile.

Finally, I got around them and opened the gate so the possum could run away.

My Goodness, what a proud dog she was! She literally pranced around the house far the rest of the day. Sweet Mystery of Life, at last she'd found you.

In the last year, Stomy started showing signs of Dog Alzheimers. She lost her hearing for the most part and had arthritis.

About a week before she died, Stormy stopped eating and rarely drank water. She began hiding as dogs who are sick or dying will.

She was always scared of the vet, so we decided to let her die at home and long as she seemed okay.

Stormy got weaker and weaker, but one morning when I took her out...Suddenly, the puppy came out.

She gave clumsy play-bow and fell over but immediately righted herself and wanted to play chase.

It was the most rickety, slow, and hobbling version of Chase that you've ever seen in your life. I laughed as I chased (slow walk) her, cause it was so ridiculous, yet so sweet. And so like Stormy.

Two days later, I had to carry her from bed outside in the morning. She stood on her own and squatted to pee.

I got her to eat a little bit of cream cheese and chew a couple of ice chips. She walked out into the yard and lay on the grass in the sun.

I went to work and when I returned, she was dead.

I'm rather proud of Stormy and her last day. She always tried to be a good dog.

And when it was her time to go, she didn't hide but lay out under blue sky beneath God's good sun and on cool green grass. She gave up life in the midst of Life.

I'll miss Stormy.

She was a good dog.

Posted by: naturalfake at May 26, 2018 04:31 PM (9q7Dl)

74
We three - Mrs K, our PWD and me - are back at our summer place in Sussex County for five days. Moura, the 7 y/o PWD, has had opportunities to play with her brown Labrador pal from next door and hasbeen having a blast. Absence does make the hert grow fonder because two years ago Moura was pretty much a stick in the mud when it came to playing with this other dog.

Posted by: Krebs v Carnot: Epic Battle of the Cycling Stars (TM) at May 26, 2018 04:32 PM (NoLse)

75 puppehs and kittehs and horsies oh my!

Posted by: votermom pimping NEW Moron-authored books! at May 26, 2018 04:32 PM (hMwEB)

76 How do we know for sure that one of the dogs (listed on the memorial) was named "Yonnie"? Maybe its name was Laurel.

Posted by: Emmie at May 26, 2018 04:32 PM (/A+Cl)

77 I'll miss Stormy.



She was a good dog.



Posted by: naturalfake at May 26, 2018 04:31 PM (9q7Dl)


And now I'm bawling all over again.

Posted by: Jane D'oh at May 26, 2018 04:33 PM (ptqGC)

78 Posted by: naturalfake at May 26, 2018 04:31 PM (9q7Dl)
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You were lucky to have had each other. Condolences.

Posted by: Weasel at May 26, 2018 04:34 PM (MVjcR)

79 I'm at something of a loss as to why humans become so emotionally engaged with their pets.

It seems worth pointing out that it is not universal across cultures. That kind of suggests that there is something sociological about it, though I'm not sure what. It may be that in contemporary society we simply have the resources to indulge in those affections.

At any rate, I am certainly not immune, as I have two aging and pampered pets at my feet.

This morning I got up from the Weird News, and when I came back : https://preview.tinyurl.com/ydehcqwh

Posted by: Mike Hammer, etc., etc. at May 26, 2018 04:34 PM (y3sT9)

80 I love dogs. One thing I learned over the years was common sense and that fences/invisible fences/rope/chain can keep a dog from getting a broken leg or even eating rat poison.

Posted by: Noovuss at May 26, 2018 04:35 PM (LSOWG)

81 Mr Doggerel has a new job - baby bunny eviction officer.

Last week he proudly snuffled 3 baby bunnies from their nest.
They hopped away, but he was just interested in their hidey hole.

Posted by: votermom pimping NEW Moron-authored books! at May 26, 2018 04:35 PM (hMwEB)

82

Posted by: naturalfake at May 26, 2018 04:31 PM (9q7Dl)

And now I'm bawling all over again.



Posted by: Jane D'oh at May 26, 2018 04:33 PM (ptqGC)


This.

Posted by: Infidel at May 26, 2018 04:36 PM (LBSeG)

83 I called them my little angels in little cat suits.

Jane, as much as it hurts when a kitteh leaves us, it just may be there is a kitteh out there for whom you may be an angel in a human suit. I've lost four kittehs down the years, and I'm no longer young, but I know the two I have now are very grateful to have a home with me.

As for the military meaning of Memorial Day, my dad died suddenly on Memorial Day weekend (heart attack) when I was a teenager. I still can't see an 82nd Airborne insignia without my eyes getting dusty, as you say. I like to think of my dad sitting on the steps of the Pearly Gates with St. Peter, and welcoming my kittehs as they make their way to the cat flap just behind St. Pete (who of course has some freshly caught fish just for them).

Posted by: Basement Cat at May 26, 2018 04:38 PM (3C9q2)

84
Posted by: naturalfake at May 26, 2018 04:31 PM (9q7Dl)


That's a beautiful story, NF. Our prior PWD, Buoy, overlapped our current one in the household by about four months; cancer would eventually claim her here in Sussex County. She LOVED to run. Before we brought them both down here together for the last time, I took them for a walk to our neighborhood park. There, Buoy gave Moura a life lesson on how one dog chases another - I could not recall ever having seen her either so energized or so fast. Four days later and down here, we had to put Boo down. We had her cremated and buried her ashes in the garden bed outside the porch corner where she would sit and wait for the neighbors' brown Lab to appear so they could play.

Posted by: Krebs v Carnot: Epic Battle of the Cycling Stars (TM) at May 26, 2018 04:41 PM (NoLse)

85 Posted by: naturalfake at May 26, 2018 04:31 PM

Got kind of dusty in here ... thank you for sharing Stormy's story.

Posted by: Paolo at May 26, 2018 04:49 PM (DMUuz)

86 It has to do with their personalities. There are a lot of dogs and cats that aren't memorable. The ones that are characters are the ones that become family and that we share stories about.

Posted by: Notsothoreau at May 26, 2018 04:52 PM (Lqy/e)

87 Many years ago I talked some friends into giving me their German Shepard. They didn't abuse her but she never had anything more than food put down for her. I had her for several years and I knew her time was getting close. Kim had a real sinking spell about the time I had to be gone for a week to a horse sale. When I got home she walked over to me and I sat down so she could get in my lap where she peacefully passed.

Posted by: Ben Had at May 26, 2018 04:54 PM (PW2Rp)

88 I'm at something of a loss as to why humans become so emotionally engaged with their pets.

It seems worth pointing out that it is not universal across cultures. That kind of suggests that there is something sociological about it, though I'm not sure what. It may be that in contemporary society we simply have the resources to indulge in those affections.


It may not be completely universal, but there is a longer history of human/pet bonding than you might think. There is a recent book by Jilly Cooper about animals in war, not just as beasts of burden but as companions for soldiers; plenty of anecdotes about Civil War soldiers on both sides keeping pets. I also read about the recent excavation of a Roman camp in northern England up near Hadrian's Wall where the archaeologists came across the grave of the centurion's pet cat. He had buried it with a few toys that he had made for it, so the cat was obviously more than just a mouser to keep the camp rat-free. So it isn't just a matter of contemporary people having more resources for pets, although that's obviously part of the picture.

Posted by: Basement Cat at May 26, 2018 04:58 PM (3C9q2)

89 Seeing that Marine memorial brings to mind nothing as much as "Who's A Good Dog?".

Posted by: m at May 26, 2018 05:02 PM (0bRDi)

90 And also "Semper Fido."

Posted by: m at May 26, 2018 05:03 PM (0bRDi)

91 I feel incomplete if I miss the pet thread, but dayum does it ever seem to get dusty in here every Saturday afternoon!

Posted by: Basement Cat at May 26, 2018 04:58 PM (3C9q2)
FWIW, I think only civilized cultures have personal relationships with animal pets.

Posted by: Hrothgar at May 26, 2018 05:05 PM (n9EOP)

92 And also "Semper Fido."
Posted by: m at May 26, 2018 05:03 PM (0bRDi)

I love that.

Posted by: Pug Mahon, Wild Turkey Enthusiast at May 26, 2018 05:12 PM (Mkuv2)

93 Check out my URL for my recent blog post on antioxidant supplements for your pooch or kitty.

Posted by: scrood at May 26, 2018 05:12 PM (JHywS)

94 FWIW, I think only civilized cultures have personal relationships with animal pets.

Oh, I certainly agree-- but I still find it interesting how many different civilized cultures have cultivated those relationships, and how many types of evidence of that keep turning up.

Posted by: Basement Cat at May 26, 2018 05:13 PM (3C9q2)

95 Petey waited for me before he died too. He was a polydactyl and a real character. He had a stroke and started to go downhill. He was still getting around well, so I just made him comfortable. He liked to sit on a foot stool in the kitchen and talk to me.

Christmas morning, one year, I went into the kitchen and he was lying on the floor hy the fridge. I touched him and he let out that last breath and was gone. I will miss that memory when we leave here.

Posted by: Notsothoreau at May 26, 2018 05:14 PM (Lqy/e)

96 I feel incomplete if I miss the pet thread, but dayum does it ever seem to get dusty in here every Saturday afternoon!

Posted by: Basement Cat at May 26, 2018 04:58 PM (3C9q2)
FWIW, I think only civilized cultures have personal relationships with animal pets.
Posted by: Hrothgar at May 26, 2018 05:05 PM (n9EOP)

I agree. the plains Indians kept dogs, but only as early warning devices, and carcass cleanup duty. They would become food without remorse, should the need arise.

Posted by: Pug Mahon, Wild Turkey Enthusiast at May 26, 2018 05:15 PM (Mkuv2)

97 3 https://tinyurl.com/y76z729z

Canine officer's son. Try not to tear up a bit. I dare ya.
Posted by: tcn in AK at May 26, 2018 02:56 PM (NXsWM)

Unpossible not to tear up.

Posted by: m at May 26, 2018 05:18 PM (0bRDi)

98 Posted by: Muad'dib at May 26, 2018 03:00 PM (iXmy

Fervent prayers for Gunner and your son and you.

Posted by: m at May 26, 2018 05:20 PM (0bRDi)

99 Unpossible not to tear up.

Yes-- lots of dust in here today.

Posted by: Basement Cat at May 26, 2018 05:22 PM (3C9q2)

100 I'm surprised nobody has mentioned the cartoon in last night's ONT.

Posted by: rickl at May 26, 2018 05:23 PM (sdi6R)

101 79 I'm at something of a loss as to why humans become so emotionally engaged with their pets.

It seems worth pointing out that it is not universal across cultures. That kind of suggests that there is something sociological about it, though I'm not sure what. It may be that in contemporary society we simply have the resources to indulge in those affections.

At any rate, I am certainly not immune, as I have two aging and pampered pets at my feet.

This morning I got up from the Weird News, and when I came back : https://preview.tinyurl.com/ydehcqwh

Posted by: Mike Hammer, etc., etc. at May 26, 2018 04:34 PM (y3sT9)

I very much believe that a society that does not treasure its dogs is not a society worth retaining.

Dogs have been humans natural companions for millennia. To dismiss that as something not worth having is to dismiss what it means to be human, to love, to live, to appreciates God's benevolent bounty.


I'm looking at you, Islam. You suck.

Posted by: tcn in AK at May 26, 2018 05:24 PM (NXsWM)

102 I'm not crazy about calling yourself a "fur mom" or "fur dad". I don't have "fur kids". I have dogs and cats, different species. (I don't claim the parrots). I expect them to behave differently from people. I think we find it interesting when they interact with us. Jake, my springer, was not well socialized. I think he spent a lot of time by himself in the back yard. He's come a long way in three years. He's learning how to read faces and what words mean. Before, he wouldn't pick up any cues until you were really angry. The only problem now is that he wants to talk to us, all the time. If I can get him to stop barking on command, we'll be happy.

Posted by: Notsothoreau at May 26, 2018 05:26 PM (Lqy/e)

103 I saw the cartoon last night and had problems even reading the thread.

Posted by: Notsothoreau at May 26, 2018 05:28 PM (Lqy/e)

104 I saw the cartoon last night and had problems even reading the thread.

Posted by: Notsothoreau at May 26, 2018 05:28 PM (Lqy/e)


Thanks for the tip, I didn't get to the ONT, but that was worth going back for, but it was not an easy cartoon to view!

Posted by: Hrothgar at May 26, 2018 05:36 PM (n9EOP)

105
I'm not sure why I come here every week. It mostly is so sad.

Two of the boys were born the year of Katrina and have health issues.

My Dad passed four years ago next month, as well as my precious Gretchen. Dad was expected, Gretchen wasn't...

Posted by: Spun and Murky at May 26, 2018 05:44 PM (4DCSq)

106
I very much believe that a society that does not treasure its dogs is not a society worth retaining.

Dogs have been humans natural companions for millennia. To dismiss that as something not worth having is to dismiss what it means to be human, to love, to live, to appreciates God's benevolent bounty.


I'm looking at you, Islam. You suck.
Posted by: tcn in AK at May 26, 2018 05:24 PM (NXsWM)



We lived with dogs in Muslim countries for over ten years. Varying degrees of acceptance, but it was in Jordan where our first chocolate lab was fed poisoned bread by locals. She survived, and by God's grace we had another 18 months with her. But it's hard to forgive someone who intrinsically believes dogs are evil. I think there is something fundamentally wrong with them.

Prayers up for you Muad'ib. I hope your pup makes it through.

Posted by: moki at May 26, 2018 05:44 PM (V+V48)

107 Susie, your Keeper was a keeper; what a great name.

Posted by: m at May 26, 2018 05:46 PM (0bRDi)

108 That picture at the head of the post shows the memorial to the US Marine war dogs who served and died in the battle for Guam in WWII. The is a very good book about that bit of history: "Always Faithful: a memoir of the Marine war dogs of WWII" by William W. Putney, 2001.

Putney was a veterinarian before he was called up to active duty. US Marine brass decided, logically enough, that being a vet he would be a good pick to take charge of a war dog unit. He wound up becoming the commander of the 3rd War Dog Platoon.

He gives a great account of how the dogs were trained (and how their handlers won large sums on bets with their Marine buddies who could not believe what these dogs could do). The story of how these dogs served in combat is amazing and fully justifies the title of the book.

Posted by: John F. MacMichael at May 26, 2018 05:49 PM (iuRR5)

109 Semper Fido: I just looked up "Fido," and it is from Latin "fido," "I trust"; as fidelis is the Latin noun "trust." Latin pet thread lore!

Posted by: m at May 26, 2018 05:51 PM (0bRDi)

110 I admit to some minor dog annoyance. Went in the kitchen and fixed Pepper's supper, stuck it in the microwave, and came back in here to catch 1 minute of FLA/Tex A n' M softball, smooth forgot to feed her. I realized she should be here jumping up and down to get on my lap. She was still in the kitchen doing her supper dance. What a good girl.

Posted by: Eromero at May 26, 2018 05:55 PM (zLDYs)

111 ahem, fixing 109

fidelis (adjective): faithful, loyal, true, trustworthy
fidelitas (noun): faithfulness etc.
fido (verb): be faithful etc.

Posted by: m at May 26, 2018 05:56 PM (0bRDi)

112 Latin pet thread lore!

Semper felis, too!

Posted by: Basement Cat at May 26, 2018 06:00 PM (3C9q2)

113 112 Latin pet thread lore!

Semper felis, too!
Posted by: Basement Cat at May 26, 2018 06:00 PM (3C9q2)

Score!

Posted by: m at May 26, 2018 06:11 PM (0bRDi)

114 Top picture of war doggies. Room. Room 'shun!

Posted by: NZFrank with a M2 at May 26, 2018 06:23 PM (5h9Yn)

115 Yes, it is sad to tell tales about our deceased pets. It's how we keep their memories alive.

I could tell you about our trip to visit the stepson last weekend. It's over two hours and we took all three dogs. It's an extended cab but it's hard for all three to get comfortable. They were good on the trip down and waited while we visited. (His girlfriend is pregnant and we didn't want to risk one of them jumping on her. She did visit with them a bit the one time we let them out for some water. )

We started home and Gary decided he had to ride home in my lap. He is a big springer, probably 80 pounds. We got him four months ago. He is seven and lived a spoiled life until they had a baby. He was jealous of the baby and they almost put him down. So we took him. It's been hard to get him worked into the pack and he barks at too many things when riding in the truck. He slept all the way home with his head in my lap and his body on the floor. I'm surprised that his legs weren't all cramped up. Most dogs just want to belong to somebody and they will try to make you happy if you are that person.

Posted by: Notsothoreau at May 26, 2018 06:29 PM (Lqy/e)

116 Kindest regards to everyone on the Pet Thread.
So sorry about the doggie that got in to rat poison. We are presently dog sitting, and the dog (being a dog) will sniff everything which is OK, but if he tries to eat anything, no dice, I pull him back on his leash. My wife does not do this and I scold her for that. She let the dog eat a used condom and thankfully, it passed right through, but dogs should not be allowed to eat anything they want to. Certain demons have even been known to poison meat for dogs to eat and leave it around.
Cats will be attracted to those who are aloof to them. They like aloof.
Loved the doggie memorial. Laters.

Posted by: navybrat at May 26, 2018 06:32 PM (w7KSn)

117 Spank me and call me a pet friend. Neighbors just left. Over the past few hours we actually talked about neighborhood pets as well as neighborhood kids. Lovely visit. We remember our pets with joy and gratitude.

Posted by: mustbequantum at May 26, 2018 06:33 PM (MIKMs)

118 Just a reminder. if you suspect poisoning get as much milk down your pet as possible.

Posted by: Ben Had at May 26, 2018 06:43 PM (SOMFK)

119 108 "Always Faithful: a memoir of the Marine war dogs of WWII" by William W. Putney, 2001.

Posted by: John F. MacMichael at May 26, 2018 05:49 PM (iuRR5)

That sounds wonderful. Thank you.

Posted by: m at May 26, 2018 06:56 PM (0bRDi)

120 Susi and Teri, my total sympathies to you. When I lost my beloved kitty two years ago....man, it was tough. Still is. That little guy (he's the one who moved in with me and wouldn't leave) was almost like a dog he was so devoted. Love is always worth the loss, I guess, but it's so tough.

And congrats to all of you for your beautiful doggehs and kittehs. Makes me think there's room in my heart for one more.

Posted by: PJ at May 26, 2018 07:44 PM (qlTN9)

121 I gotta say, Howard, be reasonable. She stopped, she got out, she showed concern for the dog, and then tried to engage you. It's your dog, not hers, and you knew the risk. But you were "working on it" for weeks or months? I'd say she comes out looking better than you did.

Posted by: Born Free at May 26, 2018 09:32 PM (ooJUc)

122 Depart a remark sharing your thoughts down below.

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