Ace of Spades Pet Thread

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Good afternoon and welcome to the almost world famous Ace of Spades Pet Thread. Kick back and enjoy the world of animals.

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A Little of This. A Little of That.


Good stuff. Thanks JT [link broken...maybe next week!]


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Who is that good looking kitteh in the mirror? H/T Hrothgar


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A less positive email. A couple of weeks ago we had to put down one of our cats (Ghost). He had been diabetic and got insulin and stabilized and then started losing a ton of weight, more than half.

He was a rescue from the streets but not very bright. But he was a good boy for 12 years. He could not see straight and so he would bat at water to get it to move so he could drink. But he had a good life. - Rich

What a stunning kitteh, a gorgeous creature. Ghost was fortunate to be saved by a big hearted Moron like you Rich. Condolences on your loss.


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Fox, who graced your pages a while back, developed congestive heart failure and had to be put down. His absence has been very difficult for my wife and I. - Donald

What a little cutie Fox was. I bet that little dog has left an extra large void in your hearts. So sorry to hear of his demise.


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If Oscar Madison had a canine doppelganger he'd be Jango, my daughter's dog. The shaved part on his chest is where the vets shaved him to give blood for another dog's surgery. My daughter is a Veterinary Technician (basically a PA), and Jango has a brother German Shorthaired Pointer named Finn (but he should be called Felix).

Love the column! - Coregis

We all know Morons have big hearts. Even PetMorons are compassionate. What a nice feel good story. Do tell us if Felix made it. Thanks for your contribution today.


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Hi,

A few years ago you featured Sidnee (below) in a story about her getting lost in NC at Christmas in extreme cold and being found/rescued by a soldier on his way home. Thanks to him, we had another 2.5 years with her. She passed last month at 17 (Kek!). We’ve had many dogs. Her intelligence and loyalty was uncommon. If you ever have a chance to have a half mini schnauzer, half Lhasa Apso, don’t pass it up!

Thanks, G

What a sad ending to a wonderful feel good story. 17 is a ripe age for a pooch. We are so happy you got to spend some more time with her. Thank you for sharing today.


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I’m a lurker but felt it was time to tell you about Ernie.

I included some pictures for you to pick from. Choose the ones you like, and since this is long, you can pick whatever stories you want to put up.

I just wanted to relate to you the story of my dog Ernie(AKA Spaz). He’s a pit/hound mix and 11 and a half years old, and I adopted him at 4 months of age weighing about 34 pounds, and he grew up to a big boy of 67 pounds. The first thing about him that I noticed was that even as a puppy, he absolutely, positively refused to put his teeth on human skin, even at play. He just isn’t mouthy or human aggressive at all, and he’s been that way his whole life. Some of Ernie’s notable milestones:

1)When I first got Ernie, our morning routine would be that I would let him out into the yard to potty while I went into the shower to get ready for work. Then he’d wait by the bathroom door until I was done. This was the routine until one day, I opened the door, and no Ernie. I walk into the living room, and in the middle of our brand new carpet is Ernie—and a freshly caught squirrel. The part that was hilarious though, was his reaction to me seeing him with said squirrel. You know when you catch your dog chewing on something he’s not supposed to, and he takes off ? Ernie starts to flee, then he stops, looks at the squirrel, then looks at me as if to ask, “Was this wrong? I know I’m not supposed to chew on the shoes, or the TV remotes, or the cell phones, but is bringing dead squirrels onto the carpet wrong? I really need some guidance on this matter.”

2)During Hurricane Irene, he set a record for not going to potty. Every time I opened the door for him to go out, he’d look and say “nope” and run back into the living room. After 46 hours, I finally had enough and shoved him out the door. OK Mr. McDaintyButt, I’ve seen what you roll around in. A little rain ain’t gonna kill ya.

3)I’ve never made him wear a costume for Halloween, but I did make him wear makeup. He was Pete the pup for one Halloween, and the following Halloween I gave him an eyepatch and made him his own evil twin. Next Halloween I’m getting him a goatee and he can be Star Trek parallel universe Ernie.

3)He blew out his back two years ago. From the CT scan, before the vet said he had cancer, and we were prepared for the worst. Turns out he was such a tough old pup that he had injured the back multiple times before he showed symptoms. He mostly recovered, and he can run and jump and do everything he used to, but now he corners like a 1971 Cadillac Fleetwood with bad shocks.

4)He made me have to swim across the Housatonic. It’s starting to rain, and I’m walking Ernie out of the park. I have to climb over a fallen tree and let go of the leash for a moment while I pass it under the tree as I climb over. Ernie looks at me, looks at the river and uses that moment to take off. He starts running downstream and I have to run after him, clambering over boulders as he runs downstream. He finally gets his leash stuck on a pair of rocks on the other shore and I’m able to catch him, and then have to swim with Ernie back to the other side of the river, where I then have to walk a half mile back to where I left my wallet, phone and cooler. Mind you, this is after his surgery, at 10 years of age.

5)He ran off a cliff and had to be rescued by the fire department. I’m walking him in the park, and he sees a squirrel and bolts. And the leash just lets go (never get a lobster claw clasp leash), and he starts sprinting back and forth, because it is 7pm, and that is Zoomies Hour for him. Anyway, he starts sprinting back and forth, and gets a little too close to the edge and over he goes, sliding down and landing on a ledge about 50 feet below me, and twenty feet above the river. I call 911, and I’m going nuts, he’s on the ledge, and the only thing I want him to do is lie down. He’s on the ledge, looking around, happy as clam about his new perch, while I’m on the top of the cliff, with the police and the firemen, and the Fireman looks at me and says “We’re going to have to get the boat.” So they have to call another station that has the boat. And, just like a bad scene that show that was narrated by the guy from Cops, they had to get a boat to go under him, hook him on a leash, and put him on the boat. I drive to the ramp to pick Ernie up, and he’s up in the bow with the biggest grin, having a grand old time with his new boatmates.

And that is why I call him Spaz. - John

OK, I'll be honest with you, I really liked the entire collection of Spaz stories. They were so well written I just couldn't edit any out. Great stories for a dog that is greatly loved. Thank you for sharing today.


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Dearest MH,

Here is our two year old Iggy, Brady (named after Tom Brady at the wife's insistence) protecting our back yard from the evil and persistent Order of the Fence Squirrels.

The world has lost its collective mind so the pet thread is more important now than ever!

Keep up the great work here at Ace! - John in TX

A wise Moron, the naming rights of a dog is not the hill to die on. Good choice. Your pooch looks quite athletic. And thank you for your kind words, greatly appreciated.


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I mostly lurk but wrote about a year ago with a picture of our dog Sully, a miniature schnauzer. This is Finn our new wire haired pointer. He is about 10 weeks now. He enjoys chewing paper and thinks door stops are a threat. It has been good having a dog back in the house. Thanks for the pet thread. - Will in Va

Finn will keep you folks safe, I can tell. Any plans for bird hunting or just a family member? Thanks for sharing.


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Great people. Great pets. Great stories. Thank you to our contributors today. And thanks for all those that stop by the thread.

Do you have a pet story you wish to share? Is there any interesting pet news you would like to submit? Contact us here at petmorons at gmail dot com.

Have a great week!!!

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1 Happy Caturday everyone

Posted by: Skip at August 01, 2020 03:02 PM (6f16T)

2 Hi.

Posted by: eastofsuez at August 01, 2020 03:04 PM (U2zca)

3 Conor says "Woof!" while I say "Hell-
o Horde!"

Posted by: Commissar Hrothgar Freud-Your Rulers Have, and Deserve, Different Rules! - at August 01, 2020 03:05 PM (eTZoJ)

4 We've got ground squirrels on the hillside behind our back fence, and my 30 pound black rescue dog tears around the pool top speed barking at the squirrels whenever she sees them. Her "protection brief" extends to the deer and occasional coyote she sees on the hillside. Not too fond of hawks or crows flying overhead either. As for lizards and birds that drink out of the pool--doesn't like those either. Occasionally a ground squirrel will venture across the fence into the yard. Big mistake--she's nailed a ground squirrel and a Merriam's Chipmunk so far and is looking to run up the score. A guard dog's job is never done.

Posted by: Comanche Voter at August 01, 2020 03:08 PM (NVDjf)

5 Was thinking about Dottie (pics of ridgeback dog chasing leftover under dishwasher door) the other day.

So Dottie was okay with most people. She loved sitting on tailgate and watching me do yardwork.

So one day the neighbor approached me about a dead pine (lightning) that she wanted to Karen me about.

She was standing on street pointing to tree and then stepped on the yard.

Dottie was there in about 2 seconds, fur and teeth. I told her to step out of yard and that I would take care of tree.

Posted by: rhennigantx at August 01, 2020 03:08 PM (JFO2v)

6 No sooner do I click onto the Caturday link and my grey tabby Toby jumps up and sits next to the monitor. At times he seems more of a Familiar, than a buddy.

Posted by: Old Dude at August 01, 2020 03:12 PM (LGXGf)

7 Great pet pics, as usual.

Posted by: blake - semi lurker in marginal standing
at August 01, 2020 03:13 PM (WEBkv)

8 Gad, Kurt, do you ever tire of being a tedious jackass?

This is the pet thread.

Posted by: blake - semi lurker in marginal standing
at August 01, 2020 03:14 PM (WEBkv)

9 Anybody have a dog that looks like Terry Moran? Never liked that guy.

Posted by: klaftern at August 01, 2020 03:14 PM (RuIsu)

10 Ah, the Karen. An indigenous species that used to be kept in check by a civilized society that mocked them mercilessly. Sadly, the Karen is now left largely unchecked, and thus runs amok, as it has no ability to self regulate.

Posted by: eastofsuez at August 01, 2020 03:14 PM (U2zca)

11 Fruh troll.

Posted by: Cosmic Charlie at August 01, 2020 03:15 PM (fU1ci)

12 The kitty in the mirror, OMGosh funny!

Beautiful pets, all. Love the Ernie tales

Posted by: My life is insanity at August 01, 2020 03:16 PM (Z/jzm)

13 Off Freudian sock and begone Krud aka BVUWO

Posted by: Commissar Hrothgar -Your Rulers Have, and Deserve, Different Rules! - at August 01, 2020 03:16 PM (eTZoJ)

14 Thanks for the pet thread, MisHum!

Posted by: m at August 01, 2020 03:18 PM (awAkQ)

15 Posted by: My life is insanity at August 01, 2020 03:16 PM (Z/jzm)


The cat in the mirror was so obviously becoming self-aware it made me stop and wonder, yet again, how much do these pets really know and why are they hiding it from us?

Posted by: Commissar Hrothgar -Your Rulers Have, and Deserve, Different Rules! - at August 01, 2020 03:19 PM (eTZoJ)

16 We got a dog yesterday from a rescue. This is our third dog, but our first rescue dog. I think it will be a steep learning curve for us and him.

He is the sweetest boy with a fantastic disposition. He walks very well on a leash.

He does not recognize his name. The rescue gave him his current name. They had him for six weeks, but it is a large rescue so I doubt they gave him much individual attention.

He was picked up on the streets in Virginia, and the photos show a dog that was a total mess (his hair was feet-long dreadlocks - on a 15 lb dog!) The rescue assumes he was a puppy mill stud and has been on the street for a time. They have no idea how long.

He does know how to mooch, appears to be omega, and his is very ingratiating, so his charm probably kept him fed. They have little information as he was sent up from Virginia to this NYS rescue with 29 other dogs.

He is not housebroken and knows no commands. I do have a friend coming over with her dogs to mark the backyard and hope that helps him want to mark his territory (he did that to a tree in the yard of the rescue when we were there, so I have some hope).

The saddest thing is he does not know how to play. He has no idea what a toy is, what a ball is for, etc. We are hopeful that after he is settled and secure here we will be able to teach him how to have fun.

Any tips on adult rescue dogs? Any tips on housebreaking an adult dog (no medical issues, he simply was never trained to go outside)?

Posted by: Ann at August 01, 2020 03:21 PM (NDO5Q)

17 ^17. No advice but good luck with the rescue..

Posted by: dacama at August 01, 2020 03:23 PM (CT2ag)

18 Thanks, dacama. I think we will need it.

Posted by: Ann at August 01, 2020 03:24 PM (NDO5Q)

19 Kurt is a shit. Don't be a Kurt.

Posted by: eastofsuez at August 01, 2020 03:25 PM (U2zca)

20 11 Ah, the Karen. An indigenous species that used to be kept in check by a civilized society that mocked them mercilessly. Sadly, the Karen is now left largely unchecked, and thus runs amok, as it has no ability to self regulate.

Posted by: eastofsuez at August 01, 2020 03:14 PM (U2zca)

One day people will sit in a den drinking whiskey with Karen head mounts and talk of their many hunts.

Posted by: rhennigantx at August 01, 2020 03:25 PM (JFO2v)

21 20 Kurt is a shit. Don't be a Kurt.
Posted by: eastofsuez at August 01, 2020 03:25 PM (U2zca)

A Kurt is a Karen with or without a cervix, but definitely no balls.

Posted by: rhennigantx at August 01, 2020 03:26 PM (JFO2v)

22 As always beautiful pet morons.

Posted by: Northernlurker at August 01, 2020 03:27 PM (lgiXo)

23 Cat discovering its ears video s adorable!

Posted by: FenelonSpoke at August 01, 2020 03:27 PM (oDRcK)

24 Nikki Haley had a cute photo of her puppy on twitter today (don't wade into the comments!):

https://preview.tinyurl.com/y2pmclp5

Posted by: m at August 01, 2020 03:30 PM (awAkQ)

25 @realDonaldTrump
Obama worked harder for Hillary Clinton and the losing Clinton Campaign than she worked for herself! Now he's working with Sleepy Joe - will be same result. MAGA is energized like never before!

Do you see what he did here? Because it's fantastic.

Posted by: BourbonChicken at August 01, 2020 03:30 PM (LxTcq)

26 Thanks for the pet thread.

Gah, I have stuff to do on my day off.

Posted by: Aetius451AD at August 01, 2020 03:30 PM (A5zUN)

27 "Here is our two year old, Iggy,Brady."

What kind of dog is an Iggy? Handsome dog.

Posted by: FenelonSpoke at August 01, 2020 03:32 PM (oDRcK)

28 This one has spirit!

Posted by: Cosmic Charlie at August 01, 2020 03:32 PM (fU1ci)

29 The last of "my" pets died some years back. She was a tabby who went with my ex after the divorce...

I just never wanted that type of loss again (she was the fifth cat I lost). I remarried; but I still hold the Cat Who Left in a special place in my heart.

Now, after going through cancer treatments, I really miss the cat. But after reading Sarah Hoyt's blog posts about her cats, I think it was for the best. I never met a Greebo; but I'm not strong enough to lose one, either.

Posted by: setnaffa at August 01, 2020 03:36 PM (eaJqd)

30 Just wanted to share a cute photo of puppies from the "Sunny Skyz" site:

https://tinyurl.com/y5tby5wt

Posted by: FenelonSpoke at August 01, 2020 03:37 PM (oDRcK)

31 Cats becoming sentient?

Posted by: Javems at August 01, 2020 03:37 PM (MIkft)

32 Beautiful Pet Morons! My condolences on Fox and Sidnee, what lovely puppehs.

My 17yo+ granddog survived another surgery and is the RBG of canines.

My new Keeshond granddog is adjusting well and taking the grandsons in stride. He is quite a tattle tail and barks when one of them opens the bedroom door after lights out! Good doggo!

My own Rusty hates the heat and is doing better indoors these days. He's between 12 and 14, so he deserves a cool vent.

Posted by: CN at August 01, 2020 03:37 PM (ONvIw)

33 OT: After mailing in my fed tax return during the Ides of March, I finally received my tiny refund today. Even had 21 cents in interest added!!!!

Posted by: Old Dude at August 01, 2020 03:37 PM (LGXGf)

34 Nice Pets Y'all!.....

Posted by: Hairyback Guy at August 01, 2020 03:38 PM (Z+IKu)

35 Ann, when I adopted Brody I had the same problem about not knowing his name. I would give him a treat every time I said his name, Two things it did, taught him his name and to come when he heard it. I used chicken or hamburger for the treats so they were irresistible.

Posted by: Ben Had at August 01, 2020 03:38 PM (xjYds)

36 JT link not working

Wonderful pet morons!

Posted by: IrishEi at August 01, 2020 03:39 PM (sGotD)

37 Any tips on adult rescue dogs? Any tips on housebreaking an adult dog (no medical issues, he simply was never trained to go outside)?

Posted by: Ann at August 01,

Be firm yet gentle. Do the same as for a puppy. They wake up, out to pee ( or whatever), they eat, outside again. Any time they get excited, outside again. Lavish praise when they go outside, mild scolding for inside.

I would usually recommend crate, but his dad former life was probably lived in a crate so nix on crate for him. Love, patience, and maybe treats. Good luck and God bless you for saving this dog.

Posted by: idlan at August 01, 2020 03:40 PM (8qXjk)

38 I never saw a cat do anything like that in front of a mirror, and I've had house cats all my life. Amazing. I thought only chimps were that self aware.

Posted by: skywch at August 01, 2020 03:41 PM (Y/Ps0)

39 The entire set of Tales of Spaz were all worthy of the per thread, thanks for sharing them with us.

As usual fantastic pics and stories about some common topic, don't tell, I'll get in a minute, you know, the thing!

Posted by: Commissar Hrothgar at August 01, 2020 03:41 PM (eTZoJ)

40 Sad not dad

Posted by: idlan at August 01, 2020 03:42 PM (8qXjk)

41 Posted by: setnaffa at August 01, 2020 03:36 PM (eaJqd)

In consideration of divorces other people may not think of how hard it is when pets are split between a couple; I imagine it's hard on the pets too, who think "What happened to _______?" and don't understand and go through mourning and I don't suppose it's common to have shared pet parented as in shared parenting.


How are feeling after your cancer treatments?

Posted by: FenelonSpoke at August 01, 2020 03:42 PM (oDRcK)

42 Enthusiastic belly rubs for Conor.

Posted by: Ben Had at August 01, 2020 03:43 PM (xjYds)

43 Thank you for the pet thread and for leaving in all of Spaz's stories. They are heart-warming and sweet.
My condolences to all who have bid farewell to your fur friends. It's difficult to say goodbye, but I think it's worth it. Their love brings such joy and you made their lives complete. <3

Posted by: California Girl (not Caligirl) at August 01, 2020 03:44 PM (L9+g/)

44 Any tips on adult rescue dogs? Any tips on housebreaking an adult dog (no medical issues, he simply was never trained to go outside)?

Posted by: Ann at August 01, 2020 03:21 PM (NDO5Q)

My two rescues were pretty well housebroken on arrival. I changed both of their names. Picasso (!) became Topsy and Ernest became Rusty. Both survived this transition. They were delighted by the improved menu and sleeping quarters so were pretty happy to please.

It was hard not knowing their true ages, and when Topsy became severely ill it took me by surprise and I took his death to liver cancer very hard. I did get Rusty less than a week later. I just missed all the doggie routines that days became hard.

All of my dogs have had very different personalities and we all adapted well to each other. I will be sticking with rescues. First, I'm older now and pups are tough work. Second, I love knowing precisely the personality of the adult dog. It's just easier to get a doggo I can get along with without too much work.

Posted by: CN at August 01, 2020 03:45 PM (ONvIw)

45 38 Any tips on adult rescue dogs? Any tips on housebreaking an adult dog (no medical issues, he simply was never trained to go outside)?


My dog was one when I got her--maybe not quite an adult. The shelter had always trained their dogs to go in a particular place, which helped. But for the first two weeks or so she pooped inside but I started to not let her go downstairs without me (that's where she was pooping). One day we had a clash of wills about her wanting to go downstairs. I won. And no, I wasn't mean.
Anyhow now she will not go downstairs without me. She won't even chase a toy that she throws downstairs. And the problem is solved.

Posted by: Northernlurker at August 01, 2020 03:46 PM (lgiXo)

46 Gad, Kurt, do you ever tire of being a tedious jackass?

This is the pet thread.
Posted by: blake -

Tediuos jackasses rarely tire off showing their true personalities.

Posted by: idlan at August 01, 2020 03:47 PM (8qXjk)

47 The blood donor was unknown....like humans, some dogs need blood during or after surgery. Felix (Finn) is just fine and his normal self!

Ask your vet hospital if it needs blood donors....it makes a difference!

Posted by: Robert J Sabatini at August 01, 2020 03:47 PM (eA8yd)

48 Ernie sounds like quite a character!! Never a dull moment lol!

Posted by: Jewells45 at August 01, 2020 03:48 PM (dUJdY)

49 Thanks, Ben Had. We have started that and will continue with the treat-positive- reinforcement. What is funny is he is being picky about his treats. You'd think a mooch would be less fussy, but nooooo. The boiled chicken has gone over well, however.

Posted by: Ann at August 01, 2020 03:50 PM (NDO5Q)

50 My Paisley has a habit if getting all barky when I'm on the phone. And she has a loud bark. I can't imagine she does it deliberately but it sure happens a lot.
Any suggestions on breaking that habit?

Posted by: Northernlurker at August 01, 2020 03:51 PM (lgiXo)

51 I had my 11 til 1:00 shift at Sheps today. I haven't been in a week and oh I missed my sweet babies!! Sadly we had to put Gotti the pit bull down. So now it's just 4 ladies Callie, Suzie, Little Lady and Lucy. New artificial turf should start going in next week.

Posted by: Jewells45 at August 01, 2020 03:52 PM (dUJdY)

52 Maybe Kurt's master scratches his ears, calls him a good boy and gives him a treat every time he acts like a jackass.

Posted by: Northernlurker at August 01, 2020 03:53 PM (lgiXo)

53 Don't worry about the troll.

Posted by: CharlieBrown'sDildo at August 01, 2020 03:53 PM (dLLD6)

54 51 My Paisley has a habit if getting all barky when I'm on the phone. And she has a loud bark. I can't imagine she does it deliberately but it sure happens a lot.
Any suggestions on breaking that habit?
Posted by: Northernlurker at August 01, 2020 03:51 PM (lgiXo)

Ajax does the same thing. I am guessing it is a socialization thing.

Posted by: Aetius451AD at August 01, 2020 03:53 PM (A5zUN)

55 The saddest thing is he does not know how to play. He has no idea what a toy is, what a ball is for, etc. We are hopeful that after he is settled and secure here we will be able to teach him how to have fun.

Any tips on adult rescue dogs? Any tips on housebreaking an adult dog (no medical issues, he simply was never trained to go outside)?

Posted by: Ann at August 01, 2020 03:21 PM (NDO5Q)

Congratulations on your new dog! Puppy mill rescues are certainly a challenge.

We had 5 Yorkie puppy mill breeders a few years ago. Here some things we learned..

It will take a while for your dog to grasp that he is safe and not going anywhere. Keep him close to you and include him with some of the things you do. Once he realizes he has a home do some dog socialization at a dog park or with neighborhood dogs.

If he is truly a puppy mill dog he may never play with toys. That was lost in the mill. Ours never did learn to play but they did enjoy racing around the yard. One became the alpha male. A female, named Sasha, even contested our female Malinois Breccia for alpha female.If

Best of luck to you and your new dog.

Posted by: Beartooth at August 01, 2020 03:53 PM (IYZ+m)

56 idlan we put him in a crate last night (we are not about to let a dog who is not housebroken wander while we are sleeping). He was not thrilled with the idea, but got used to it. He slept like the dead for 9 hours. I figure that was probably the first good night rest the poor little guy has gotten in years.

So, I do think you are correct, he is not going to be a crate dog. Which is fine with us. Neither of our other dogs were. Too bad he cannot talk... we could have a chat about the sooner he gets housebroken, the sooner he loses the crate at night.

Thank you for the advice. Much appreciated.

Posted by: Ann at August 01, 2020 03:54 PM (NDO5Q)

57 I like the pics as much as the pets.

I hope a pit bull rips off your balls, Kurt. Douche.

Posted by: Mr Aspirin Factory at August 01, 2020 03:56 PM (GertU)

58
Don't worry about the troll.

Posted by: CharlieBrown'sDildo at August 01, 2020 03:53 PM


a barely perceptible hum & a whiff of ozone

who says we can't have nice things?

Posted by: AltonJackson at August 01, 2020 03:56 PM (DUIap)

59 Ann, sounds like this little guy just found his own slice of heaven. Bless you for taking him.

Posted by: Ben Had at August 01, 2020 03:58 PM (xjYds)

60 Wow, 17 is fantastic!

The saddest thing is he does not know how to play. He has no idea what a toy is, what a ball is for, etc. We are hopeful that after he is settled and secure here we will be able to teach him how to have fun.

Any tips on adult rescue dogs? Any tips on housebreaking an adult dog (no medical issues, he simply was never trained to go outside)?

Posted by: Ann at August 01, 2020 03:21 PM (NDO5Q)


First, congrats on your new family member. A rescue dog is not always a light undertaking, so bless you for saving him!

Strangely, not all dogs play with toys. My 2 girls were very playful, but with each other or with us (tug o' war, etc.) but as far as toys? Meh. They had lots, they'd pick one out of their box but it was rarely a "by yourself" sort of thing.

My guess would be he'll clue in if he can socialize with other playful dogs and see how it's done.

Here's a video on first steps with a rescue pooch - YT still has some value as far as self-help instruction. There are some more videos specific to house-breaking.

https://youtu.be/PI5W2Stv0Ik

Good luck, let us know the progress!

Posted by: clutch cargo at August 01, 2020 03:58 PM (8B6Ng)

61 Cats will drink more water if they have a source that imitates running water. If they have water in a bowl, they don't like that so much. If you like your cats, get them a water fountain for cats that makes a trickling effect. They will drink more and you will avoid common problems with UTI and kidneys, ailments which take a lot of cats before their time.

As you were!

Posted by: navybrat at large at August 01, 2020 03:59 PM (w7KSn)

62 Strangely, not all dogs play with toys. My 2 girls were very playful, but with each other or with us (tug o' war, etc.) but as far as toys? Meh. They had lots, they'd pick one out of their box but it was rarely a "by yourself" sort of thing.


If my girl isn't playing tug of war with me, her concept of playing with a toy is searching for a weak spot she can snag and then demolish said toy.

Posted by: Northernlurker at August 01, 2020 04:00 PM (lgiXo)

63 who says we can't have nice things?

Posted by: AltonJackson at August 01, 2020 03:56 PM (DUIap)

Like that German shorthaired Pointer! We had one when I was a kid. Incredible dogs.

Posted by: CharlieBrown'sDildo at August 01, 2020 04:01 PM (dLLD6)

64 Amanda the cat certainly is a cutie, but these guys are the masters in mirror routines.
https://tinyurl.com/h9gn2aa

Posted by: Old Dude at August 01, 2020 04:01 PM (LGXGf)

65 My Paisley has a habit if getting all barky when I'm on the phone. And she has a loud bark. I can't imagine she does it deliberately but it sure happens a lot.
Any suggestions on breaking that habit?
Posted by: Northernlurker at August 01, 2020 03:51 PM (lgiXo)

I think this kind of like the "bark when the doorbell rings" thing. To fix our little barker of that problem, we had lots of practice rings and knocks. We would make him sit down away from the door but within sight of it, and not answer the door until he stopped. He has to stay there until I let him "say hi." Perhaps something similar would help Paisley. Have fun and good luck!

Posted by: California Girl (not Caligirl) at August 01, 2020 04:02 PM (L9+g/)

66 Oversized dog pillows were on sale the other day so I picked up a couple. The cats haven't let the dogs sleep on them yet.

Posted by: Ben Had at August 01, 2020 04:02 PM (xjYds)

67 Sorry about Ghost that's rough I had to do that the insulin and then the weight loss and then the 'right thing to do' was let her go : It's not easy . Sorry about Ghost

Posted by: jaytrain at August 01, 2020 04:03 PM (qcaVM)

68 He slept like the dead for 9 hours. I figure that was probably the first good night rest the poor little guy has gotten in years.

So, I do think you are correct, he is not going to be a crate dog. Which is fine with us. Neither of our other dogs were. Too bad he cannot talk... we could have a chat about the sooner he gets housebroken, the sooner he loses the crate at night.

Thank you for the advice. Much appreciated.
Posted by: Ann at

Good luck, crate training is a good thing while you g or learning. Saves houses and tempers. I just wasn't sure what his reaction might be. Treats for doing their "jobs" outside work well on some dogs. Best of luck.

We got a puppy last year to replace a loved dog who had passed away a few years before. House was to quiet, and lonely, but it took awhile to be ready to get another dog.

Puppies are exhausting, and especially so as you pass the age of "29".

Posted by: idlan at August 01, 2020 04:03 PM (8qXjk)

69 I think some dogs gravitate only to toys that have some form of interaction.

Squeak toys are a mainstay. The dog does something, the toy responds. If'n the toy does not squeak or give a treat, it is furniture to Ajax.

They do make toys which are essentially brain puzzles. Usually a treat or treats that there is some way to get them out of the toy and the dog has to figure them out. These can be hit or miss, depending on how smart the dog is. With Ajax, I learned to just give him treats, it is less work for me than putting them in the toy and them him getting them out in half a second. Or gorging himself on treats because he is smarter than the people who designed the toy.

Posted by: Aetius451AD at August 01, 2020 04:04 PM (A5zUN)

70 Link labeled "Good stuff. Thanks JT" goes to a specific thing inside someone's google mail account and is inaccessible to everyone else.


Posted by: Crochety old techy at August 01, 2020 04:05 PM (kgQDj)

71 Thanks for another great pet thread!

Posted by: navybrat at large at August 01, 2020 04:07 PM (w7KSn)

72 I give my guys beef neck bones at least twice a week and that keeps them happy and they never chew up anything.

Brody would play ball when I got him but now he prefers to play with Jager.

Posted by: Ben Had at August 01, 2020 04:08 PM (xjYds)

73 Great Pet Thread, and what a great submission by John, that was really well done!

Posted by: SSBN 656 (G) at August 01, 2020 04:10 PM (jjaLl)

74 CN, I am sorry to hear about your Rusty.

Like you, we will never be getting another puppy. This will be an adjustment, but I am certain it will be worth the effort.

Posted by: Ann at August 01, 2020 04:11 PM (NDO5Q)

75 Ann: Good luck with your rescue. Bless you for taking him in! We got our current rescue (who could be the daughter of Ernie above) when she was around 2 years old it took over a year for her to learn to play. We started her off with knotted ropes that she enjoyed chewing and used those to progress to tug-of-war games. She eventually learned to chase tennis balls, though her retrieval skills leave a lot to be desired.

Posted by: Hoplite Housewife at August 01, 2020 04:12 PM (R1NI2)

76 Is anyone else seeing JT's link going to a Google signup page?

Posted by: creeper at August 01, 2020 04:12 PM (XxJt1)

77 >>>Good stuff. Thanks JT
LINK BROKEN

Posted by: m at August 01, 2020 04:12 PM (awAkQ)

78 76 Is anyone else seeing JT's link going to a Google signup page?


Posted by: creeper at August 01, 2020 04:12 PM (XxJt1)

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That's what I'm getting.

Posted by: Hoplite Housewife at August 01, 2020 04:14 PM (R1NI2)

79 creeper, hugs Dear. Message received and will do.

Posted by: Ben Had at August 01, 2020 04:15 PM (xjYds)

80 Brady is after it! Like that in a dog.

Posted by: Gilded Age II, now with comprehensive surveillance and fake science at August 01, 2020 04:16 PM (BRkq2)

81 Rich: "But he had a good life."

In the end, what better way to remember a pet? Or a person, for that matter.

Posted by: creeper at August 01, 2020 04:18 PM (XxJt1)

82 Beartooth, thank you for the advice. He is definitely dog socialized coming from such a large rescue.

That is sad about never learning to play. He seems sorta lost when we go outside after he is finished with his perimeter sniff.

Posted by: Ann at August 01, 2020 04:18 PM (NDO5Q)

83 If my girl isn't playing tug of war with me, her concept of playing with a toy is searching for a weak spot she can snag and then demolish said toy.

Posted by: Northernlurker at August 01, 2020 04:00 PM (lgiXo)


That pretty much describes it. Once they were through the puppy phase, I never once had a problem with them chewing on anything they shouldn't. They were whip smart and got it. But if it was a "toy" it was fair game.

How they can distinguish an actual toy from a shoe or something else chewable I have no idea. Heck, they could even tell a kids toy from a dog toy, and wouldn't touch something for humans.

My ex would take her old panty hose and braid them for a tug toy. That was a fantastic use, with the added bonus of being soft on their teeth and gums, and stretchy to boot.

Posted by: clutch cargo at August 01, 2020 04:18 PM (8B6Ng)

84 clutch cargo thank you so much for the video, and the advice.

Posted by: Ann at August 01, 2020 04:19 PM (NDO5Q)

85 A great collection of pets today.

I have to admit, the silver cat spying its own reflection and then *checking it out* -- even if at first he thought it was another cat -- is remarkable. I have never had a cat who paid any attention to his reflection. Not even Marie-Antoinette the highly intelligent.

She broke a mirror once, and I guess if a black cat breaks a mirror that means 14 years of bad luck? (For you, not the cat.)

Posted by: Wolfus Aurelius at August 01, 2020 04:21 PM (rpbg1)

86 oh my, the Spaz stories are great!

Posted by: vmom 2020 cancel all pronouns at August 01, 2020 04:22 PM (TOyHQ)

87 Hoplite Housewife, thank you for the suggestion! He is missing a few teeth, so we will see what the vet says about chewing and tug.

Posted by: Ann at August 01, 2020 04:22 PM (NDO5Q)

88 "never get a lobster claw leash"

so what is the safest leash clip type?

Posted by: vmom 2020 cancel all pronouns at August 01, 2020 04:23 PM (TOyHQ)

89 We got a puppy this week! She has us running everyday and yesterday made her lake debut. The German shepherd workout plan! Where do I send a photo?

Posted by: Gilded Age II, now with comprehensive surveillance and fake science at August 01, 2020 04:23 PM (BRkq2)

90 Speaking of toys, Moose seems to have lost interest in his huge basket of toys. We used to play every evening for a few minutes. Now he just sits next to me or on the arm of the loveseat looking out the window. I wonder if it's just because he's getting older? he'll be 7 in November.

Posted by: Jewells45 at August 01, 2020 04:23 PM (dUJdY)

91 Rich, I've been through the insulin injections routine with one cat, the big Maine Coon mix Arizona. He was 14 years old when it started, and had always been a little touchy about some things. I thought, "He'll never let me give him shots!" But I worked it so that, when he was eating, I'd step up, pinch up the loose skin between his shoulder blades, and slide the needle quickly in. He never flinched.

Posted by: Wolfus Aurelius at August 01, 2020 04:24 PM (rpbg1)

92 89 Where do I send a photo?
Posted by: Gilded Age II, now with comprehensive surveillance and fake science at August 01, 2020 04:23 PM (BRkq2)

>>>Do you have a pet story you wish to share? Is there any interesting pet news you would like to submit? Contact us here at petmorons at gmail dot com.

Posted by: m at August 01, 2020 04:24 PM (awAkQ)

93 OMG, MisHum thank you for not writing John's stories of Ernie. I haven't laughed that much in ages.

"He ran off a cliff." LMAO!

Posted by: creeper at August 01, 2020 04:25 PM (XxJt1)

94 Wolfus, our Maine Coon made it to 21. Friendliest cat in the world. Loved to headbutt.

Posted by: Gilded Age II, now with comprehensive surveillance and fake science at August 01, 2020 04:26 PM (BRkq2)

95 I love all the petmorons this week and every week.

My condolences to those of you who have lost the love and companionship of your pets.

Thank you for posting all these wonderful stories and photos.

Posted by: Flyover at August 01, 2020 04:26 PM (Rbu5d)

96 Thanks, m. I don't know how I missed it. smh

Posted by: Gilded Age II, now with comprehensive surveillance and fake science at August 01, 2020 04:27 PM (BRkq2)

97 Ann: If your new pup is very food-motivated, try hiding treats under small boxes or plastic cups for him to find. That's another game that our girl enjoys - until she runs off with the cups to chew them up.

Posted by: Hoplite Housewife at August 01, 2020 04:28 PM (R1NI2)

98 Damn! "...not editing"

Posted by: creeper at August 01, 2020 04:28 PM (XxJt1)

99 96 Thanks, m. I don't know how I missed it. smh
Posted by: Gilded Age II, now with comprehensive surveillance and fake science at August 01, 2020 04:27 PM (BRkq2)

Distracted by the beautiful Pet Morons!

Posted by: m at August 01, 2020 04:28 PM (awAkQ)

100 About the first picture --- our dog Cooley does NOT like it when I put on a mask. Gets agitated.
When he was a pup he had a hard time getting used to me wearing sunglasses too.

Funny thing is that he doesn't seem to mind when Mr. DeV. wears face-covering.

Weird.

Posted by: Margarita DeVille at August 01, 2020 04:28 PM (M/9m0)

101 Yes.

Posted by: Gilded Age II, now with comprehensive surveillance and fake science at August 01, 2020 04:28 PM (BRkq2)

102 My neighbor gave me me some raw goat patties because their dog refused to eat them.
My dog did a lot of sniffing when I put one in her bowl, picked up it up and dropped on the floor, did a little more sniffing but finally ate it.
Dogs are funny.

Posted by: Northernlurker at August 01, 2020 04:30 PM (lgiXo)

103 I think some dogs gravitate only to toys that have some form of interaction.

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Posted by: Aetius451AD at August 01, 2020


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I keep seeing ads on TV for this battery-powered interactive cat toy called Flippety Fish. It looks like a trout and is motion-activated, so when the cat walks by (or you do, I guess) or starts to play with it, it begins to at like a just-landed fish, squirming and flopping. Plus you can stuff kitty weed into it. Twenty bucks. Anybody try it?

Posted by: Wolfus Aurelius at August 01, 2020 04:32 PM (rpbg1)

104 "Who is that good looking kitteh in the mirror?"

I will say this the next time wifey is primping.

Posted by: Gilded Age II, now with comprehensive surveillance and fake science at August 01, 2020 04:33 PM (BRkq2)

105 I loved all the stories about Ernie. Another great thing pets can do in addition to sharing love and our sharing love with them is to make us laugh. Clearly John has had some good laughs from Ernie-after he gets through having had to rescue him.

Posted by: FenelonSpoke at August 01, 2020 04:34 PM (oDRcK)

106 Wolfus, when I had all the outdoor barn kitties I would get a small wading pool and throw a bunch of minnows in it for the cats. They would fish in that thing for hours.

Posted by: Ben Had at August 01, 2020 04:35 PM (xjYds)

107 Great critters, all. The cat in front of the mirror is hilarious.

Posted by: Insomniac - Ex Cineribus Resurgo at August 01, 2020 04:35 PM (NWiLs)

108 Have any morons tried the Hunger For Words buttons?
https://www.hungerforwords.com/

There's loads of videos on YT, and it looks like it could be an interesting experiment - especially with the super-smart breeds. Now, I think "feed me" would be a stupid button, but other options could be fun if not potentially life saving.

One of the things we did with our pups was hang bells by the back door. Every time we'd take them out to do their business, we'd ring the bells a few times. I don't think it was 3 weeks before they figured it out. And it wasn't another 3 weeks before they figured out if they smacked the bells, we'd come running.

Jeeves! [jingle-jingle-jingle]

Mixed blessing that.

Posted by: clutch cargo at August 01, 2020 04:36 PM (8B6Ng)

109 Good stuff. Thanks JT

This is a dead link.

Posted by: Insomniac - Ex Cineribus Resurgo at August 01, 2020 04:36 PM (NWiLs)

110 I love the pet thread, sometimes sad but always inspirational.

Condolences to all who have lost beloved pets, and congratulations to all who have opened their hearts to another pet. Life can be good, and is made better by the love and devotion of a good dog or cat.

Posted by: idlan at August 01, 2020 04:36 PM (8qXjk)

111 Thank you, CBD.

Posted by: creeper at August 01, 2020 04:38 PM (XxJt1)

112 Wolfus, our Maine Coon made it to 21. Friendliest cat in the world. Loved to headbutt.
Posted by: Gilded Age II, now with comprehensive surveillance and fake science at August 01, 2020


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Arizona was an SPCA bargain: in 1983, $30 covered adoption and spaying too. He *looked* like a Coon cat, but I'd say it was unlikely that a full-blooded Maine Coon kitten, age 6-8 weeks, would have been wandering the city streets. Maine Coons were not well known down here that long ago. There was one local breeder, but she was way the hell across the lake.

He'd bump my shin with his head as he passed me, then continue wherever he was going.

That's an amazing life, 21 years. AZ made it to 16.5.

Posted by: Wolfus Aurelius at August 01, 2020 04:38 PM (rpbg1)

113 Hi creeper! Thanks for the grape.

Posted by: Insomniac - Ex Cineribus Resurgo at August 01, 2020 04:38 PM (NWiLs)

114
Saturday is Bone Day here. All the dogs get a basted kneecap to chew on. Vets marvel that the teeth on out guys are so clean.

I don't think the rescues knew what a bone was when they came here. Now after a month they dig in with gusto. Poor things didn't know anything about toys either.

Doppel, who was the worst off mentally when he came, continues to improve. He bounces up and down happily when I come into the kennel. If I sit down in his pen, he comes up to me for ear noogies.

Posted by: Hadrian the Seventh at August 01, 2020 04:39 PM (mht8P)

115 Wolfus, when I had all the outdoor barn kitties I would get a small wading pool and throw a bunch of minnows in it for the cats. They would fish in that thing for hours.
Posted by: Ben Had at August 01, 2020


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Great idea, if I ever have a yard!

Posted by: Wolfus Aurelius at August 01, 2020 04:39 PM (rpbg1)

116 Mis Hum and all the other Morons/Moronettes:

Thanks for the Pet Thread.

Posted by: jakee308 at August 01, 2020 04:41 PM (/P0gj)

117 If I sit down in his pen, he comes up to me for ear noogies.
Posted by: Hadrian the Seventh at August 01, 2020 04:39 PM (mht8P)

awww

Posted by: vmom 2020 cancel all pronouns at August 01, 2020 04:41 PM (TOyHQ)

118 Doppel, who was the worst off mentally when he came, continues to improve. He bounces up and down happily when I come into the kennel. If I sit down in his pen, he comes up to me for ear noogies.
Posted by: Hadrian the Seventh at August 01, 2020 04:39 PM (mht8P)

Is his last name Ganger?

Posted by: Northernlurker at August 01, 2020 04:41 PM (lgiXo)

119 Ben, glad you got the email. Will stand by for head count later.

Posted by: creeper at August 01, 2020 04:42 PM (XxJt1)

120 One of the things we did with our pups was hang bells by the back door. Every time we'd take them out to do their business, we'd ring the bells a few times. I don't think it was 3 weeks before they figured it out. And it wasn't another 3 weeks before they figured out if they smacked the bells, we'd come running.

Jeeves! [jingle-jingle-jingle]

Mixed blessing that.
Posted by: clutch cargo

I tried the bells with a few of our Rottweilers. They figured it out but all of them decided it was much better to yank them off and chew the dangling bells. Then come and "ruff" at us to let us know they needed to go out.

Dogs are hilarious and imaginative.

Posted by: idlan at August 01, 2020 04:42 PM (8qXjk)

121 Today, my & mother's poodle alerted me to my full shopping cart which was careening out of control - 50+ feet from where I left it behind the car. I had to literally run to catch it, it was moving so fast.

Posted by: Baldy at August 01, 2020 04:42 PM (OLCH5)

122 Speaking of toys, Moose seems to have lost interest in his huge basket of toys. We used to play every evening for a few minutes. Now he just sits next to me or on the arm of the loveseat looking out the window. I wonder if it's just because he's getting older? he'll be 7 in November.
Posted by: Jewells45 at August 01, 2020


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He wants something new. Bring him a cat in the morning!

My two feline thugs seem pretty calm now too at 12 and 10 yo respectively. But then I dig out a toy they haven't seen in a while, and they light up.

Posted by: Wolfus Aurelius at August 01, 2020 04:42 PM (rpbg1)

123
Is his last name Ganger?
Posted by: Northernlurker at August 01, 2020 04:41 PM (lgiXo)

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Actually, yes it is.

Posted by: Hadrian the Seventh at August 01, 2020 04:43 PM (mht8P)

124 Hadrian, those bones are wonderful for the dogs. I have never had a dentition problem with any of my dogs and I credit the bones with that.

Posted by: Ben Had at August 01, 2020 04:43 PM (xjYds)

125 Hey, buddy- Post 114-this IS the real world. We all either have or have had pets which we greatly love. I guess you haven't had that joy or else you could share in the actual topic of this thread.

Posted by: FenelonSpoke at August 01, 2020 04:43 PM (oDRcK)

126 Hidey, Insom. Where is your pet?

Posted by: creeper at August 01, 2020 04:43 PM (XxJt1)

127 Speaking of toys, Moose seems to have lost interest in his huge basket of toys. We used to play every evening for a few minutes. Now he just sits next to me or on the arm of the loveseat looking out the window. I wonder if it's just because he's getting older? he'll be 7 in November.
Posted by: Jewells45 at August 01, 2020 04:23 PM (dUJdY)


Dogs do "grow up", sadly. My girls lost interest in chew toys fairly early. They loved tug o' war all the way up until about that age.

One of the "she's all growed up" sad things was one of my girls Dolly simply LOVED pushing down pop-up sprinklers.

You know how sometimes the sprinkler doesn't retract? She'd smack it so it would pop back down, and always gave a little "squirt" doing so. She would spot that black cylinder on the other side of the park, and literally drag me over to it (or I'd turn her loose if nobody around) so she could smack it. So funny!

Then one day she just didn't care anymore. Been there, done that I guess. I miss that little gremlin.

Posted by: clutch cargo at August 01, 2020 04:43 PM (8B6Ng)

128
I have never had a dentition problem with any of my dogs and I credit the bones with that.
Posted by: Ben Had at August 01, 2020 04:43 PM (xjYds)

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A bone a week keeps the teeth at their peak.

Posted by: Hadrian the Seventh at August 01, 2020 04:44 PM (mht8P)

129 He wants something new. Bring him a cat in the morning!

Hubby is allergic to cats.

Posted by: Jewells45 at August 01, 2020 04:46 PM (dUJdY)

130 127 Hidey, Insom. Where is your pet?
Posted by: creeper at August 01, 2020 04:43 PM (XxJt1)

I have no pets.

Posted by: Insomniac - Ex Cineribus Resurgo at August 01, 2020 04:46 PM (NWiLs)

131 CBD? Are you still aboard?

Posted by: creeper at August 01, 2020 04:46 PM (XxJt1)

132 Dogs are hilarious and imaginative.
Posted by: idlan at August 01, 2020 04:42 PM (8qXjk)


They also understand ownership. Once you showed them those were there's to use as they liked, that's exactly what they did. Every rottie I've known is a cold, calculating clown.

Posted by: clutch cargo at August 01, 2020 04:47 PM (8B6Ng)

133 Last night my 19+ year old cat Cinnamon ran her new found mouse toy to death, it was slobbered all over not sure if tried to revive it or was carrying it around.

Posted by: Skip at August 01, 2020 04:47 PM (6f16T)

134 Plus you can stuff kitty weed into it. Twenty bucks. Anybody try it?
Posted by: Wolfus Aurelius at August 01, 2020 04:32 PM (rpbg1


My kitty hated fancy toys. We got a battery-operated mouse. No go. We tried catnip bubbles, since he loved catnip. He would hiss at them.

His favorite toys were bits of trash, which looked crummy lying around. He loved packing straps and wadded up pieces of paper.

Posted by: Emmie at August 01, 2020 04:47 PM (+ljgK)

135 Theirs, not there's (WTF?!?).

Thanks apple - my Grandmother would beat you.

Posted by: clutch cargo at August 01, 2020 04:48 PM (8B6Ng)

136 He wants something new. Bring him a cat in the morning!

Hubby is allergic to cats.
Posted by: Jewells45 at August 01, 2020


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I was riffing on the old "Bickersons" comedy routine.

Blanche: "It's easy to make friends with a cat. Bring him something to play with."

John (growling): "I'll bring him a dog in the morning."

Sorry to hear about your husband's allergy, though.

Posted by: Wolfus Aurelius at August 01, 2020 04:48 PM (rpbg1)

137 I also think maybe he might be a little depressed. Since putting in the privacy fence he doesn't seem to want out as much. Can't see any of the other dogs anymore. But if he sees a squirrel he goes nuts!

Posted by: Jewells45 at August 01, 2020 04:49 PM (dUJdY)

138 ....He'd bump my shin with his head as he passed me, then continue wherever he was going....
Posted by: Wolfus Aurelius at August 01, 2020 04:38 PM (rpbg1)
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There ya go!

Posted by: Gilded Age II, now with comprehensive surveillance and fake science at August 01, 2020 04:49 PM (BRkq2)

139 Ah, wait all week for the Pet Thread, just love all the pics and especially the stories and help/advice.

Gotta say, little Sidnee grabbed my heart, 17 years is such a gift.

Posted by: Pony Tail at August 01, 2020 04:49 PM (jWCHK)

140 I have no pets.

But you're a Moron, Insom. I thought pets were mandatory. Here...have a cat. I have plenty.

Posted by: creeper at August 01, 2020 04:50 PM (XxJt1)

141 Blanche: "It's easy to make friends with a cat. Bring him something to play with."

Oh, well it went right over my head! lol!

Posted by: Jewells45 at August 01, 2020 04:50 PM (dUJdY)

142 My kitty hated fancy toys. We got a battery-operated mouse. No go. We tried catnip bubbles, since he loved catnip. He would hiss at them.

His favorite toys were bits of trash, which looked crummy lying around. He loved packing straps and wadded up pieces of paper.
Posted by: Emmie at August 01, 2020


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Typewriter paper (yeah, that's old) was Arizona's favorite. I'd crumple a sheet and toss it up the stairs in the townhouse we lived in when he was about 2-3. He'd trot part way down, bat it to me, then return to the top of the stairs for me to toss it back up. If it landed above halfway, it was his (and if he didn't move, I'd say, "You can do better than that." He'd trot down and swat the paper to me). If it landed halfway or below, I had to climb up to retrieve it.

We never lived anywhere with stairs after that place.

Posted by: Wolfus Aurelius at August 01, 2020 04:52 PM (rpbg1)

143 OT, but I was just flipping through youtube and there was one of those 'X breaks down his most iconic roles' bits and it was Russell Crowe. At first, I thought: whose this heavy set guy they have talking about Russell Crowe movies? Wait a minute, that IS Russell Crowe!

I can't cast stones on anyone's weight, but...

Posted by: Aetius451AD at August 01, 2020 04:53 PM (A5zUN)

144 115 Saturday is Bone Day here....
Posted by: Hadrian the Seventh at August 01, 2020 04:39 PM (mht8P)

See 104.

Posted by: Gilded Age II, now with comprehensive surveillance and fake science at August 01, 2020 04:53 PM (BRkq2)

145 We never lived anywhere with stairs after that place.
Posted by: Wolfus Aurelius at August 01, 2020 04:52 PM (rpbg1)


Wolfus, cool! That's exactly one of the games we'd play with our kitty! He loved it

Posted by: Emmie at August 01, 2020 04:54 PM (+ljgK)

146 Blanche: "It's easy to make friends with a cat. Bring him something to play with."

Oh, well it went right over my head! lol!
Posted by: Jewells45 at August 01, 2020


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It's old radio comedy that I heard on records as a teen; nobody else seems to have heard of the Bickersons. (Don Ameche was a comic genius.) But the suggestion would be serious, if your husband weren't allergic. Cats and dogs are not natural enemies and often become friends.

Posted by: Wolfus Aurelius at August 01, 2020 04:54 PM (rpbg1)

147 Bless the beasts and Morons.

Posted by: Grump928(C) at August 01, 2020 04:56 PM (yQpMk)

148 Wolfus I actually think Moose would love a cat buddy. He's a sweet boy and I think they could get along fine. Another dog is out of the question for now as well.

Posted by: Jewells45 at August 01, 2020 04:59 PM (dUJdY)

149 Cats have gathered to let me know it's four o'clock. Dinner time. I'm being summoned.

Thank you for all the pets, MisHum. Happy Caturday.

creep out

Posted by: creeper at August 01, 2020 05:02 PM (XxJt1)

150 The pet thread - always good for a laugh, a smile, and a tear - because they bring us so much joy. Thanks MisHum.

Posted by: Buck Throckmorton at August 01, 2020 05:03 PM (d9Cw3)

151 Easily the most depressing days of my life: the days I (and family) lost Doodles, Peaches, Spike, Pepper, Oreo, and Basil.

To all y'all who lost a dog or cat (or whatever else) that you invested a great deal of time and attention into: I feel your pain and you always have my sympathies.

Posted by: Catch Thirty-Thr33 at August 01, 2020 05:03 PM (ejsiI)

152 141 I have no pets.

But you're a Moron, Insom. I thought pets were mandatory. Here...have a cat. I have plenty.
Posted by: creeper at August 01, 2020 04:50 PM (XxJt1)

Domestic animals do seem to love me, dogs especially. I can't keep a cat - allergies. However, there's a semi-feral outdoor cat in my neighborhood that seems to have adopted me. Very people-friendly, but I have to limit exposure to 10-15 minutes max before my skin starts itching and my sinuses start flowing.

Posted by: Insomniac - Ex Cineribus Resurgo at August 01, 2020 05:04 PM (NWiLs)

153 Wolfus I actually think Moose would love a cat buddy. He's a sweet boy and I think they could get along fine. Another dog is out of the question for now as well.
Posted by: Jewells45 at August 01, 2020


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Siberian cats are considered to be hypoallergenic. There's no guarantee on that, though, and they're purebreds and not inexpensive. And in my limited experience, they're often sickly, or are touchy and odd. Good-natured for the most part, but odd.

Posted by: Wolfus Aurelius at August 01, 2020 05:05 PM (rpbg1)

154 Cats and dogs are not natural enemies and often become friends.
Posted by: Wolfus Aurelius at August 01, 2020 04:54 PM (rpbg1)

When the old feral cat finally passed recently, I swear that Conor kept looking for him to show up at the back door so they could rub noses and commiserate about the quality of the food here.

Posted by: Commissar Hrothgar at August 01, 2020 05:08 PM (eTZoJ)

155 My sister said G-d put us here to give dogs and cats homes. It is better than most ideas I have heard for the reason of our existence.

Posted by: dacama at August 01, 2020 05:09 PM (CT2ag)

156 Posted by: Wolfus Aurelius at August 01, 2020 04:52 PM (rpbg1)

That's hilarious, I bet that cat knew he had ears from the git-go!

Posted by: Commissar Hrothgar at August 01, 2020 05:11 PM (eTZoJ)

157 I seriously wonder how many pets died or are on the way to dying because of vet shutdowns and/or owners being terrified to take them during the COVID panic.

Posted by: Charles Darwin - CDC says COVID takes 15 min for exposure - More realistic is it spreads through poo at August 01, 2020 05:11 PM (7NCzG)

158 When the old feral cat finally passed recently, I swear that Conor kept looking for him to show up at the back door so they could rub noses and commiserate about the quality of the food here.

Awww.. I need to meet Conor someday!

Posted by: Jewells45 at August 01, 2020 05:11 PM (dUJdY)

159 Are fish technically pets ?

Posted by: runner at August 01, 2020 05:12 PM (zr5Kq)

160 They are ? Excellent !

Posted by: runner at August 01, 2020 05:13 PM (zr5Kq)

161 Are fish technically pets ?

Of course!

Posted by: Jewells45 at August 01, 2020 05:13 PM (dUJdY)

162 I seriously wonder how many pets died or are on the way to dying because of vet shutdowns and/or owners being terrified to take them during the COVID panic.
Posted by: Charles Darwin - CDC says COVID takes 15 min for exposure - More realistic is it spreads through poo at August 01, 2020


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Yeah. I had the older cat Chekov into the shop twice since March, first to check his blood work and second for his spa day, and the big black cat went in once. In the early stages of this hysteria you couldn't come inside with your animal.

Now I guess you can if you wear *your* muzzle.

Posted by: Wolfus Aurelius at August 01, 2020 05:14 PM (rpbg1)

163 Posted by: Insomniac - Ex Cineribus Resurgo at August 01, 2020 05:04 PM (NWiLs)

I have much the same level of allergic reaction to cats. I went to the bathroom and grabbed the allergy stuff I use. Loratadine 10mg. Generic from Walmart. This stuff works great.

Now I still have to wash my clothes and take a shower after any exposure, but it does help when you have a gotta situation to be around cats.

Posted by: Aetius451AD at August 01, 2020 05:16 PM (A5zUN)

164 160 Are fish technically pets ?
Posted by: runner at August 01, 2020 05:12 PM (zr5Kq)
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Only if you PET them.

Posted by: Margarita DeVille at August 01, 2020 05:16 PM (M/9m0)

165 Thanks Jewells ! I don't own any, but ...if we include donkeys and horses, birds, we can include fish. I think. I know at least one individual here (not me!) owns salt water. Or used to. Those aquariums are very nice.

Posted by: runner at August 01, 2020 05:17 PM (zr5Kq)

166 Posted by: Insomniac - Ex Cineribus Resurgo at August 01, 2020 05:04 PM (NWiLs)

I bet you have a lot of pet peeves.

( that would be a great pet name- Peeves)

Posted by: Can't resist temptation at August 01, 2020 05:17 PM (2DOZq)

167 Only if you PET them.
Posted by: Margarita DeVille at August 01, 2020 05:16 PM (M/9m0)

hmmm...technicality ?

Posted by: runner at August 01, 2020 05:18 PM (zr5Kq)

168 Are fish technically pets ?
Posted by: runner at August 01, 2020 05:12 PM (zr5Kq)
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Only if you PET them.
Posted by: Margarita DeVille at August 01, 2020 05:16 PM (M/9m0)


Oscars are the only fish you can consider a pet.

Posted by: Can't resist temptation at August 01, 2020 05:19 PM (2DOZq)

169 Oscars are the only fish you can consider a pet.
Posted by: Can't resist temptation at August 01, 2020 05:19 PM (2DOZq)



AcademyAwards ??

Posted by: runner at August 01, 2020 05:19 PM (zr5Kq)

170 Can you PET a porcupine ?

Posted by: runner at August 01, 2020 05:20 PM (zr5Kq)

171 Oscars are the only fish you can consider a pet.
Posted by: Can't resist temptation at August 01, 2020 05:19 PM

I beg to differ. Many other cichlids are worthy of the "pet" status.

Posted by: idlan at August 01, 2020 05:22 PM (8qXjk)

172 171 Can you PET a porcupine ?
Posted by: runner at August 01, 2020 05:20 PM (zr5Kq)
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Hmmmm.

Conclusion: not pets!

Posted by: Margarita DeVille at August 01, 2020 05:24 PM (M/9m0)

173 Sully looks more like a lab than a miniature schnauzer!

Posted by: Chi-Town Jerry at August 01, 2020 05:24 PM (CjFDo)

174 Can you PET a porcupine ?
Posted by: runner at August 01, 2020 05:20 PM (zr5Kq)
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Hmmmm.

Conclusion: not pets!
Posted by: Margarita DeVille at August 01, 2020 05:24 PM (M/9m0)

You can pet but not against the grain.

Posted by: Can't resist temptation at August 01, 2020 05:25 PM (2DOZq)

175 GAME TIME NOOD

Posted by: Skip, the guy who says NOOD at August 01, 2020 05:25 PM (6f16T)

176 Loratadine 10mg. Generic from Walmart. This stuff works great.

Yes! Me and hubby use it a lot.

Posted by: Jewells45 at August 01, 2020 05:26 PM (dUJdY)

177 Fox is adorable! We had a miniature Pom for 12 years before he passed. He was 5 lbs of tough guy! I cried for 3 straight days and swore to never get another. I now have 2 dogs. I'll have to work on figuring out how to get their mugs on this thread.

Posted by: Molly k. at August 01, 2020 05:26 PM (KJiUc)

178 Hmmmm.

Conclusion: not pets!
Posted by: Margarita DeVille at August 01, 2020 05:24 PM (M/9m0)

Hedgehog ??

Posted by: runner at August 01, 2020 05:27 PM (zr5Kq)

179 Great looking group of moronimals.

Rich, sorry for your loss. Ghost was a good looking kitteh. Very nice pic.

Posted by: olddog in mo, uckfay ancercay at August 01, 2020 05:31 PM (VnpL7)

180 Love the pet thread.
All three of our dogs are rescues.
I found a lab/mastiff mix on a ranch I worked on in Wills Point TX. He had very little hair and you could see every bone in his scrawny body. HUGE feet that were bloody from traveling. He got to eat my lunch that day and a TV dinner that was in the cabin frig. He drank water till he puked. I locked him in the barn to keep him safe so I could get permission from my wife to bring him home. I took him to a good ole country vet ASAP. I expected them to put him down since he was in very bad shape. Doctor Dennis said all he needed was love and care and that's what he got. "The Scoob" grew to be a 140 lb beast. Loyal companion and fierce watchdog for my wife.
One week after my mother died in hospice care " The Scoob" was diagnosed with a large tumor in his abdomen. Vet wanted to put him down due to his age. Twelve years old. I selfishly said no. Asked if they would do it here at home where he was more comfortable. He never once showed any sign of pain or discomfort despite his diagnosis.
We put him on a high protein diet and we give him CBD oil with each meal. He eats better than I do. He still had lots of life in those big brown eyes and I simply wanted to give him a chance to survive. Again. His hind legs are weak but he has no problem trotting out to the fence line to bark at the neighbors cows. Today he helped my wife work in the garden. Actually he sat underneath the shade tree and supervised. Good boy.
Sorry for the long post and lack of proper grammar but if anyone bothered to read this I assume you love animals as much as we do.
Heaven goes by favor. If it went by merit, you would stay out and your dog would go in. Mark Twain.

Posted by: TwentytwoLR at August 01, 2020 05:33 PM (Sq8ud)

181 They also understand ownership. Once you showed them those were there's to use as they liked, that's exactly what they did. Every rottie I've known is a cold, calculating clown.
Posted by: clutch cargo at August 01, 2020 04:47 PM (8B6Ng)

Absolutely, mine also have always loved destroying boxes, but all of the pieces of the boxes were theirs.

And clowns is right, it seems like they go out of their way to be goody, around family.

Posted by: idlan at August 01, 2020 05:34 PM (8qXjk)

182 Goofy, not goody

Posted by: idlan at August 01, 2020 05:36 PM (8qXjk)

183 Heaven goes by favor. If it went by merit, you would stay out and your dog would go in. Mark Twain.
Posted by: TwentytwoLR at August 01, 2020 05:33 PM (Sq8ud)

Thanks for that. You did right by Scoob. That is all anyone can ask.

Posted by: Aetius451AD at August 01, 2020 05:37 PM (A5zUN)

184 They also understand ownership. Once you showed them those were there's to use as they liked, that's exactly what they did. Every rottie I've known is a cold, calculating clown.
Posted by: clutch cargo at August 01, 2020 04:47 PM (8B6Ng)

They also seem to understand sadness and grief of their "people". Upset and crying,over something and they would either come lay with you, heads on your lap, or try to cheer you up by acting foolish. They get you to chuckle or laugh, lick your hand or face and stay with you. Seemed to always be watching you to makeke sure you were ok.

Posted by: idlan at August 01, 2020 05:44 PM (8qXjk)

185 Rottweilers and German shorthairs, to me they are the absolute geniuses of dogs. They understand people, try to get you to laugh when sad, and seem to understand when you need help, companionship, or goofy antics.

Dogs are not just mans best friend but a gift from God. Not to leave out cats, because I have had cats behave the same way

Companion pets of all kinds, are a gift.

Posted by: idlan at August 01, 2020 05:56 PM (8qXjk)

186 I saw the neatest looking dog at a dog park last night. My Airedale, Teddy, as a weekly half hour play date with Django, a half Australian Shepherd and half Samoyed who is orange and white. Last night I saw a dog that looked like Django, in that he didn't have a tail and his back end looked like an AMC Gremlin, but he was much bigger around the shoulders, had a wide face instead of a pointed snout and was a dark blonde color with dark brown highlights. He was half Aussi and half Great Pyrenees and weighed about 115. He and Teddy growled at each other and we both told 'em to cut the crap and they played a bit. Very appropriately named Brutus.

Posted by: Captain Hate at August 01, 2020 07:35 PM (y7DUB)

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