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Ace of Spades Pet Thread, April 30

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

Thanks for stopping by. Kick back and enjoy the world of animals.

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

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From Legally SUfficient

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Have you ever had a judgmental cat?

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How about a non-judgmental dog?


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Meet The PetMorons

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Love the pet thread. Thanks for picking up the weekly post.

I never adopted a cat, but I got to appreciate them when circumstances brought them to my home. These three have moved on, but they enriched my families lives.

The first is Sunny. He was adopted by my eldest daughter and lived with me for several years after I divorced and moved to a remote area of New Hampshire. He always sported an angry look, but was a pussy-cat. Very easy going, except when he was on the prowl.

When I remarried, my new wife brought Peeve and Tubby. Peeve was a classic Blue Russian, which means he acted like a dog. Laid back and loved to have his belly rubbed.

He got his name from my wife's son, who decided that the cat would be literally his "pet Peeve." Tubby was a rescue and almost died after being mauled by a dog, my wife and her daughter nursed her to health. She was tiny but a sweetheart.

Levin

Well, those three cats are distinctive! That angry look does not fit with the name Sunny, but I guess his personality did!

Great stories with the other two kitties, too. Sounds like they were blessed to live with you and your family. Beautiful cats.

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Over the years you graciously posted pictures of my four legged canine companions.

The mix has changed as some are waiting for us on the other side of the rainbow bridge. What has been constant is the joy they bring to our lives.

The single dog is Gizmo, who came to our family 11/01/21 as a stray. One look at her face tells you why. Sometimes she is sweet like Gizmo from the movie. The very next moment, she is all gremlin.

The other two are Lily Bear (Great Pyrenees) and Dakota Belle (All American mutt). They love to wrestle and make us laugh.

Laughter and love given are important to me as I am diagnosed with Stage 4 Prostate Cancer. I fight hard everyday to spend time with my loving wife, family, friends, and of course, these three blessings.

Brian

Great dogs. Sorry to hear about your health challenges, Brian. We're pulling for you. The time you spend with your wife, family, friends and pets is precious. We appreciate your update and photos.


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What great PetMorons, past and present, today. Thank you for sharing your pets with us.

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

petmorons at protonmail dot com

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

Until next Saturday, have a great week!


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


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1 Venn diagram of Pet Thread and Prayers Request.

Posted by: Commissar of Plenty and Lysenko Solutions at April 30, 2022 03:06 PM (qK5iF)

2 Happy Caturday everyone

Posted by: Skip at April 30, 2022 03:07 PM (2JoB8)

3 Just announced Putin going in for abdominal cancer surgery.
I blame Biden

UK bookies will be posting odds soon

Posted by: Steve Bannon at April 30, 2022 03:08 PM (G0Jop)

4 Brian a prayer sent your way and take care

Posted by: Skip at April 30, 2022 03:09 PM (2JoB8)

5 All the cat pictures suggest some kind of Catiline conspiracy. Catastrophe might still be avoided but only if awareness becomes a catalyst for change.

Posted by: Cicero (@cicero43) at April 30, 2022 03:13 PM (XG2Fi)

6 Happy National Adopt a Shelter Pet Day!

https://tinyurl.com/yc8s6wyz

Posted by: redridinghood at April 30, 2022 03:18 PM (NpAcC)

7 What a great looking group of moronimals. Thanks for the Pet Thread, KT.

Posted by: olddog in mo at April 30, 2022 03:19 PM (ju2Fy)

8 All the cat pictures suggest some kind of Catiline conspiracy. Catastrophe might still be avoided ...
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Hold it, not so fast. Look, can we leverage this to our advantage? Reparations? No, no, wait, I got it..we might be entitled to compensation, subatantial compensation.

Posted by: Mike Hammer, etc., etc. at April 30, 2022 03:19 PM (ac89p)

9 Beautiful pet morons, past and present.
Sending prayers for Brian.

Posted by: redridinghood at April 30, 2022 03:19 PM (NpAcC)

10 Thank you for maintaining this lovely tradition K.T.

Posted by: N.L. Urker, oops, I commented again. Sorry, eh. at April 30, 2022 03:21 PM (VdGjU)

11 'substantial'

Posted by: Mike Hammer, etc.,, etc. at April 30, 2022 03:22 PM (ac89p)

12 A bunch of horses have pulled into the pub. One of the blessings of small, country pubs.

Posted by: N.L. Urker, oops, I commented again. Sorry, eh. at April 30, 2022 03:23 PM (VdGjU)

13 Nice Pets Y'all!...

Posted by: Hairyback Guy at April 30, 2022 03:24 PM (R/m4+)

14 That photo of Sunny might as well be a photo of Hobbes. Hobbes was given to us by a friend who was moving to Sweden and couldn't take him. Hobbes was an inveterate hunter, killing birds and rodents in equal numbers. Eventually the neighbors got upset about that so we had to send him off to live on our buddy's farm, where he could prowl and kill with immunity.

He was also a filler of laps, a snuggler with unending purr, and one heck of a good sport. Kinda miss the old boy.

Posted by: tcn in AK, Hail to the Thief at April 30, 2022 03:24 PM (LOVUx)

15 12 A bunch of horses have pulled into the pub. One of the blessings of small, country pubs.
Posted by: N.L. Urker, oops, I commented again. Sorry, eh. at April 30, 2022 03:23 PM (VdGjU)

"Beer for my horses?"

Posted by: tcn in AK, Hail to the Thief at April 30, 2022 03:25 PM (LOVUx)

16 A bunch of horses have pulled into the pub.
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Sniff the ale before quaffing.

Posted by: Mike Hammer, etc.,, etc. at April 30, 2022 03:28 PM (ug8TC)

17 Always love the Pet Moron pictures but especially love Peeve. I reall want another Russian Blue.

Posted by: Notsothoreau - look forward at April 30, 2022 03:28 PM (YynYJ)

18 What a great face on Sunny. Peeve looks kind of too dark to be a blue russian, but I'm not very familiar with the breed. Tubby looks a tad like our Bella.

Posted by: olddog in mo at April 30, 2022 03:29 PM (ju2Fy)

19 I love looking at horses. They're beautiful.

Posted by: N.L. Urker, oops, I commented again. Sorry, eh. at April 30, 2022 03:30 PM (VdGjU)

20 That's totally Marc Antony and Pussyfoot.

Posted by: All Hail Eris, Iron Fist in Velvet Glove in Iron Gauntlet Clutching an Iron Mace at April 30, 2022 03:30 PM (Dc2NZ)

21 Anyone know why most orange/yellow cats are male?...and calicos female?

Posted by: BignJames at April 30, 2022 03:35 PM (AwYPR)

22 I took the old dog, Loretta, to the vet for evaluation this week. I wanted to know if he thought she could handle a cross country move. His opinion is no. He said she is just hanging on. A move would be too stressful and disorienting. It's pretty much what I thought, as she goes downhill after every seizure. So I will take care of her until I wrap things up here and then it will be time to do the right thing.

Posted by: Notsothoreau - look forward at April 30, 2022 03:36 PM (YynYJ)

23 (((HUGS))) Notsothoreau.

Posted by: PaleRider, Simple Irredeemable at April 30, 2022 03:39 PM (3cGpq)

24 Afternoon, all,

Chekov's breeder has yet to post newer pics of the latest kittens, who are all perpetually frozen at 3 weeks of age on her FB page. I hope they are all healthy and growing!

Posted by: Wolfus Aurelius at April 30, 2022 03:39 PM (c6xtn)

25 Critters!

Posted by: Duke Lowell at April 30, 2022 03:41 PM (u73oe)

26 Anyone know why most orange/yellow cats are male?...and calicos female?
Posted by: BignJames at April 30, 2022


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My first thought is that each color is sex-linked; but if that were true we would *always* have male red cats and female calicos, and we don't. I guess it's that the color is dominant depending on the sex of the cat?

Don't go by me. I always dozed off during genetics discussions in biology class.

Posted by: Wolfus Aurelius at April 30, 2022 03:43 PM (c6xtn)

27 A wheezing Putin killed my chicken. His last word was "bock".

Posted by: klaftern at April 30, 2022 03:45 PM (taPSh)

28 Is Gizmo a Red Panda?

Posted by: Eromero at April 30, 2022 03:54 PM (gktX6)

29 As for cat expressions: Both of my black cats had fierce, fussy expressions; but both were easygoing and adaptable. Marie-Antoinette the smart black cat in particular was, I suspect, the happiest cat i've ever known.

Chekov had a sweet face; it had been bred into him. Part of the breed standard for Siberians is a sweet expression. Arizona the big red tabby had a sweet look too -- very deceptive. Oreo the elderly tuxedo cat often looked as if something worried her. And Tatiana, Chekov's aunt, had a rather fierce look like a cheetah, but was very good-natured too.

Posted by: Wolfus Aurelius at April 30, 2022 03:56 PM (c6xtn)

30 What a GREAT lead-off picture ... ! Good on ya, KT ...

Posted by: Dr_No at April 30, 2022 03:58 PM (mu5GU)

31 GOD Bless you, Brian.

Posted by: Eromero at April 30, 2022 03:59 PM (gktX6)

32 NLLurker really wish could see that and join in

Posted by: Skip's phone at April 30, 2022 04:01 PM (2JoB8)

33 NLLurker--Some horses were "parked" across the fence in a pasture next to our nearby brewery. Started talking to their owners and found out that the wife and I were distantly related. Is there nothing horses and beer can't do?

Posted by: Art Rondelet of Malmsey at April 30, 2022 04:11 PM (fTtFy)

34 Calico coloration in cats is sex-linked to female cats. A male calico can be very valuable.

Don't know about red cats.

Posted by: KT at April 30, 2022 04:13 PM (rrtZS)

35 there nothing horses and beer can't do?

Corona beer was sent to a lab.
Report came back "your horse has diabetes".

Posted by: Commissar of Plenty and Lysenko Solutions at April 30, 2022 04:19 PM (qK5iF)

36 We have orange female cat that looks much like Sunny. Miss Kitty.

Posted by: fd at April 30, 2022 04:20 PM (vrz2I)

37 i'm betting that that cat Wendy doesn't have to worry about dogs (or other cats) messing with her when she's with George.

Dog be like: I'm going to chase that cat.. That's sitting on a 135lb mastiff.. Hmmm, now that i think about it; i'll find a Different cat to chase

Posted by: gilbar at April 30, 2022 04:27 PM (+E79A)

38 Great first picture!

Posted by: Sidney at April 30, 2022 04:32 PM (itAo5)

39 Bartender, this beer tastes like horse p!ss!

Posted by: Commissar Hrothgar (hOUT3) ~every book has been totally rewritten ~ at April 30, 2022 04:40 PM (hOUT3)

40 The pet morons are exceptional!

Bogle is next to me munching liver snaps, granddog off at a national Keeshond event in the midwest, somewhere with his breeder.

Posted by: CN at April 30, 2022 04:41 PM (ONvIw)

41 We have a female cat, named Sophie, who is a perfect double of Peeve, pictured above. Rather petite sized, though.

Posted by: Tom Servo at April 30, 2022 04:41 PM (r46W7)

42 Before I saw the hands I thought the top picture was a new color of afghan hound!

Posted by: CN at April 30, 2022 04:42 PM (ONvIw)

43 22
Posted by: Notsothoreau - look forward

You are doing the right thing, and your course of action is an investment in your own future peace of mind!

Posted by: Commissar Hrothgar (hOUT3) ~every book has been totally rewritten ~ at April 30, 2022 04:42 PM (hOUT3)

44 Went to an auction Thursday and bought some a couple huge pillow for Bogie beds. Now that he's given up fabric chewing, I can get more luxe.

Posted by: CN at April 30, 2022 04:45 PM (ONvIw)

45 22
Posted by: Notsothoreau - look forward

I'm so sorry. It's never easy to make that decision.

Posted by: CN at April 30, 2022 04:46 PM (ONvIw)

46 Never feed Gizmo after midnight! Isn't that what they said with gremlins?

Posted by: CN at April 30, 2022 04:47 PM (ONvIw)

47 I told the vet that I never want to put a dog down because it is inconvenient to me. The truth is that changes are stressful for her at the house now and this is familiar ground. I really don't think she could deal with it but it's hard because she can still muddle around a bit. Will probably be a few more months before this wraps up. It may be an easier decision then.

Posted by: Notsothoreau - look forward at April 30, 2022 04:57 PM (YynYJ)

48 Bartender, this beer tastes like horse p!ss!
Posted by: Commissar Hrothgar

That wasn't beer, it was Bud Light! Those poor Clydesdale's - hauling that stuff around.

Posted by: Tonypete at April 30, 2022 04:58 PM (Msys3)

49
Ya know those flea & tick bracelets people wear for hiking and camping? My dad told me how ticks are attracted to the groin area, because of the warmth/humidity.

So I had the bright idea when I was maybe twelve or thirteen, to put one of those things around my junk.

That was poorly conceived and executed plan. On bare crotch-skin, they will give you a rash you won't forget soon.

Posted by: Yudhishthira's Dice at April 30, 2022 04:58 PM (UGDPW)

50 Bless the beasts and Morons.

Posted by: G'rump928(c) at April 30, 2022 04:58 PM (G0bXQ)

51 Nood. Hobby.

Posted by: Aetius451AD at April 30, 2022 05:03 PM (dNqv+)

52 HOBBY NOOD

Posted by: Skip advising you of your Nood threads at April 30, 2022 05:03 PM (2JoB8)

53 Greetings, pet thread enthusiasts!
Caught me in a cat nap...

Posted by: gourmand du jour at April 30, 2022 05:52 PM (jTmQV)

54 Thank you, K.T., for all your time, effort and thought. This thread, as well as the gardening thread, are such treats.
All of AoS is terrific, but these are such a pleasant change of pace, and a more relaxing content.
I appreciate what you do.

Posted by: Appycay at April 30, 2022 06:21 PM (zGcp1)

55 Lily Bear is a twin to my wife's daughters dog, Blake.

Great Pyrenees, very laid back, and loves the winter. In early spring he will find an area which is still snow covered and lay down.

Posted by: Levin at April 30, 2022 06:36 PM (kk8TL)

56 KT,
Wonderful Pet morons today, thank you.

Brian, God bless you and strengthen you. How wonderful to have some canine nurses.

The "judgmental cat" video is absolutely hilarious. Highly recommend to the rest of the Horde if you haven't watched it.

Posted by: groovy girl at April 30, 2022 06:44 PM (ybC9u)

57 TY KT for taking up the pet thread, it's too much fun to lose. and many thanks to MisHum for his diligent work in posting this thread for how long?
Our beasts, Bailey and Kahlua had a treat last weekend as we took them up to see Grandpa (my Dad) in WI. They love the trip and him. BTW, if you are going north on 39 there is a restaurant w/ a great bakery at the Dane/Deforest exit just north of Madison.

Posted by: Farmer at April 30, 2022 06:54 PM (55Qr6)

58 A polydactyl kitter just showed up at the back porch a couple days ago. Well-fed, friendly, nuetered. Gonna have to knock on some doors and find his hoomans. Wierdo has 7 or 8 toes on his front paws.

Posted by: Cicero kaboom kid at April 30, 2022 07:00 PM (n/szn)

59 Anyone know why most orange/yellow cats are male?...and calicos female?
Posted by: BignJames at April 30, 2022 03:35 PM (AwYPR)

Yes. The gene that makes a cat orange is on the X gene which determines the cat's sex. So a female is XX and a male is XY. Because males only have one X, mammals at least have evolved a thing called X inactivation, which turns off one of the Xes. If a female has one Orange X and a Black X, part of the body will have orange fur, other parts black.

So to be Orange, a female needs to be Orange on both genes. A male only has one, so it only needs one to be orange. If a female has one of each, it is either a tortie or calico, depending on other genes. Since normal males have only one color gene, they can't be Calico. Rarely a XXY cat, or a chimera, can make a male with both colors.

Posted by: Oldcat at April 30, 2022 08:23 PM (eoQWY)

60 A polydactyl kitter just showed up at the back porch a couple days ago. Well-fed, friendly, nuetered. Gonna have to knock on some doors and find his hoomans. Wierdo has 7 or 8 toes on his front paws.
Posted by: Cicero kaboom kid at April 30, 2022 07:00 PM (n/szn)

somewhat sadly people seem to be encouraging this more than they should. I don't think there is an official breed yet, at least.

Posted by: Oldcat at April 30, 2022 08:24 PM (eoQWY)

61 That was poorly conceived and executed plan. On bare crotch-skin, they will give you a rash you won't forget soon.
Posted by: Yudhishthira's Dice at April 30, 2022 04:58 PM (UGDPW)

I had a kitten that had a similar bad reaction to an old flea collar. Bloody scabs around the whole neck from itching. I cut the top off a white sock and put it around her neck while she healed up.

Posted by: Oldcat at April 30, 2022 08:26 PM (eoQWY)

62 Calico coloration in cats is sex-linked to female cats. A male calico can be very valuable.

Don't know about red cats.
Posted by: KT at April 30, 2022 04:13 PM (rrtZS)

red is another cat fancy term for the 'orange' color in cats. Sometimes (especially in the past) called yellow or lemon.

Posted by: Oldcat at April 30, 2022 08:28 PM (eoQWY)

63 A saloon that has horses must be great. I am jealous.
Beautiful pets, as ever.
Brian, more prayer from here.

Posted by: LadyS at April 30, 2022 08:45 PM (ikBBB)

64 somewhat sadly people seem to be encouraging this more than they should. I don't think there is an official breed yet, at least.
Posted by: Oldcat at April 30, 2022 08:24 PM (eoQWY)

I have met several polydactyl cats in my life, and they have all been exceptionally sweet and affectionate.

Posted by: Alberta Oil Peon at April 30, 2022 09:12 PM (aK+My)

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