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Ace of Spades Pet Thread, January 28

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

Would you like a treat?

Let's enjoy the animals and leave the world of politics and current events outside.

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Do dogs really miss us when they are left alone? Science-y

h/t Neo

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Hello,

This is a photo of a mummified cat. I took it at the Ramses II exhibit. There were several of these. Didn't see any dogs. There were also lots of Egyptian art featuring cats, even a cat seated under the throne of queen Nefertiti.
You don't have to post it if you think it is macabre. I think it shows a certain reverence for cats.

Thanks for the pet thread!

gourmand du jour

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Here's an interesting theory:

Egyptians esteemed cats from at least 5,000 years ago, says Jstor. Felines, believed to be domesticated first in Egypt, were held in such high regard that anyone who killed a cat, even by accident, was in turn sentenced to death, according to National Geographic. In a time long before scientifically-based agricultural techniques, anything that could be done to preserve the food supply was very important indeed. Cats, of course, are natural hunters who would have been protecting grain stores by eliminating rodents. There is further evidence, however, that the Egyptians recognized cats' value as protectors of households -- against rodents, yes, but also against venomous snakes. .

Theologically, the goddess Bast (sometimes called Bastet) was depicted as a cat, but Antonietta Catanzariti, curatorial fellow of the Smithsonian's Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, says it's incorrect to say the Egyptians worshiped cats. "What they were [actually] doing was associating cats to specific deities because of their attitude, how they were behaving in the natural world," . .

Though trying to convince a modern cat that it isn't actually divine might be daunting.

Cats have quick reflexes:

There is a snake encounter with an ordinary kitty in the thread. Plus, kitties take on sweet potatoes and printers, etc.!

Meet The PetMorons

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From Jewells:

This is Rita a 10 year old beagle mix. She's an owner surrender. We don't know the circumstances. She looks like a real sweetheart. I will meet her next week.

She certainly does look like a sweetie.

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This is one of our dear, departed pups, Lucky. We found him hiding on the streets and lured him home with treats. His front gums overgrew his teeth when he was young, but the vet cut them back and they stayed put.

We are still attached to some towels, sheets and pajamas that he chewed up.

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Kindltot sent in a magnificent cat calendar from the Portland District U.S. Army Corps of Engineers!

They really love cats!

Update: Here's an article about it which might have an easier link for downloading.


Thanks for sending in such interesting content for today's Pet Thread!

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 by which you wish to be known when you comment 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 Ace of Spades Pet Thread, January 21 Some special PetMoron stories and photos there.

I closed the comments on this post so you wouldn't get banned for commenting on a week-old post, but don't try it anyway.

Posted by: K.T. at 03:22 PM




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1 Hello everyone! I am happy to report that my foster dog went home today. I could tell she was impatient to get out the door and her new family absolutely adores her.

Posted by: NR Pax at January 28, 2023 03:23 PM (q+IM3)

2 We had to put down an old cat yesterday, and will be burying him today. Prayers for Publius' old mama, who misses him. He's been a fixture for 12 years or more, since he showed up with a too-tight collar around 2010. Publius had to work his cat-whisperer charm to win his trust and remove that collar.

RIP Sandy.

Posted by: Miley, okravangelist at January 28, 2023 03:25 PM (Mzdiz)

3 Happy Caturday everyone

Posted by: Skip at January 28, 2023 03:28 PM (xhxe8)

4 fetched the gardeners.

Posted by: AZ deplorable moron at January 28, 2023 03:28 PM (ywZXi)

5 Thanks for another wonderful pet thread.

Posted by: That Northern skulker at January 28, 2023 03:29 PM (VdGjU)

6 Rita’s face is pure sunshine! A smile I very much needed. And super excited NR Pax’s foster dog went to her forever home.

I commit to submitting pictures of the esteemed Savannah boys for next week. It’s not like I don’t have 3 bazillion pictures of them on my phone!

Posted by: Piper at January 28, 2023 03:29 PM (ZdaMQ)

7 Kitty get snek snack!

Posted by: Commissar of Plenty and Lysenko Solutions at January 28, 2023 03:30 PM (7gV/K)

8 Hey horde,

Any suggestions on how to train a new to us 9 month old puppy to go in to a crate without a fight? The crate is appropriate in size.

Posted by: Pete Bog at January 28, 2023 03:31 PM (/yVB8)

9 I couldn't get that cat calendar to open.

Posted by: Miley, okravangelist at January 28, 2023 03:31 PM (Mzdiz)

10 Good Saturday afternoon, horde!

Condolences for those whose pets have passed. May you hold their memories dear.

Rita looks as sweet as she can be.

Posted by: Dash my lace wigs! at January 28, 2023 03:32 PM (OX9vb)

11 2 Miley, I am so sorry. That is so hard.

Posted by: Piper at January 28, 2023 03:32 PM (ZdaMQ)

12 Yay pet thread!

Posted by: jewells45 fuck cancer at January 28, 2023 03:34 PM (nxdel)

13 8 Hey horde,

Any suggestions on how to train a new to us 9 month old puppy to go in to a crate without a fight?


Treats, praise and a lot of patience.

Posted by: NR Pax at January 28, 2023 03:34 PM (q+IM3)

14
So sorry for you, Miley, on the loss of your dear Sandy.

Posted by: Hadrian the Seventh at January 28, 2023 03:34 PM (MoZTd)

15 Rita is a cutie.

Posted by: That Northern skulker at January 28, 2023 03:35 PM (VdGjU)

16
Any suggestions on how to train a new to us 9 month old puppy to go in to a crate without a fight? The crate is appropriate in size.
Posted by: Pete Bog at January 28, 2023 03:31 PM (/yVB

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Have a small treat ready as he's at the crate door, say "Crate!" and toss the treat in. Usually they'll follow the treat into the crate. Do this every time he has to go in.

Posted by: Hadrian the Seventh at January 28, 2023 03:37 PM (MoZTd)

17 Do dogs really miss us when they are left alone?

Naww, they play poker.

Posted by: Commissar of Plenty and Lysenko Solutions at January 28, 2023 03:40 PM (7gV/K)

18 Thank you Piper and Hadrian. Every time I have to lose a cat, I end up in a place where I recall the pain of all my losses, cats, dogs and birds - and humans. For awhile yesterday I was thinking what it would be like if I lost Publius. It just has to be tamped down.

Posted by: Miley, okravangelist at January 28, 2023 03:40 PM (Mzdiz)

19 I got a package of squeakers from Amazon this week, and set about to replacing squeakers in some of the dogs' toys.

Sarge has an old leather glove that he likes to play with. I put a squeaker in it and tied it up good with some waxed string, and he didn't let go of it for two days, even after that squeaker stopped working.

But now, since he sat beside me watching me sew them into things, he knows Where The Squeakers Come From, and keeps going to the sewing room and barking at the closet where they are stored.

I'll replace it again this evening. They're so funny.

Posted by: Dash my lace wigs! at January 28, 2023 03:40 PM (OX9vb)

20 8 not sure what you have tried thus far, but obviously making it inviting with toys, chewy treats etc. lots or praise when the puppy explores it, even if it’s just a head popping in. Don’t close the door right away during the explore phase. Treat, and even feed in the crate to start. When you start to close the door, only open when the puppy is calm and not in response to howling, etc. Don’t put the crate away from everyone in a dark corner of the house, even though we are inclined to want it out of our way. It will make it more stressful for the puppy to be banished to the hinterlands and be in Jalil.

The other thing to work on is the dog going where you want them to, a cot, a corner, wherever. Once that starts to be a thing, you can use the command to get them in the crate. Ultimately you will be able to tell the puppy to crate up (our command was go to jail for the crate). Hope that helps.

Posted by: Piper at January 28, 2023 03:41 PM (ZdaMQ)

21 I'm still trying to figure out my crazy pup. She doesn't dance around waiting for food like a normal dog, even if she's starving. Nope, she waits elsewhere knowing I'm putting food in her bowl. Then, she comes over after a few minutes to give me some thanks, then goes off to eat. She won't eat if I'm in the same room, and if I walk into the kitchen when she's eating she'll usually stop until I leave.

Any suggestions on how to train a new to us 9 month old puppy to go in to a crate without a fight?

Treats, praise and a lot of patience.
Posted by: NR Pax at January 28, 2023 03:34 PM (q+IM3)


9 months is still plenty young. Has the pup had a bad experience with crates boxes that you know of?

My take would be to just leave it with the door open, and put treats in. Sit with the pup and put treats in, leaving the door open and just being company, allowing them to come and go as they please. It's natural for them to have a "den", so as long as they learn it's a safe place - a no scold zone - they'll learn to love it. All I have to say is "back in the box" and she knows a treat is forthcoming and she'll get a nap for a bit, with another treat when the door opens.

Posted by: clutch cargo - Now fortified with CPM-S90V at January 28, 2023 03:42 PM (zB/T/)

22 Crate training tip (maybe you're already doing it).
Make the crate part of their daily environment, that way the sight of it doesn't cause anxiety. Leave it around on the floor, open, put some treats inside, maybe a hot water bottle.

Posted by: gourmand du jour at January 28, 2023 03:42 PM (jTmQV)

23 Do dogs really miss us when they are left alone?

I think they do but I don't think they worry about the passage. They don't have watches on their little wrists.

Posted by: That Northern skulker at January 28, 2023 03:42 PM (VdGjU)

24
Best of Breed for Miss Delilah at today's Alexandria KC show, good for 3 grand champion points. We're not really campaigning her. Instead we're trying to get her to Platinum-level Grand Champion. She needs 800 points and right now is at about 670. What we really want to do is make her the top Grand Champion bitch, which will take 834.

Posted by: Hadrian the Seventh at January 28, 2023 03:44 PM (MoZTd)

25 Don’t close the door right away during the explore phase. Treat, and even feed in the crate to start. When you start to close the door, only open when the puppy is calm and not in response to howling, etc...
Posted by: Piper at January 28, 2023 03:41 PM (ZdaMQ)


My breeder suggested feeding in the crate, I never found that necessary but the more used to it they get the better. The door closing should come much later in the process. You're right, it should be out and in the middle of the family activity.

Posted by: clutch cargo - Now fortified with CPM-S90V at January 28, 2023 03:44 PM (zB/T/)

26 Our wooly coon cat Mickel got snakebit twice. First on the paw, second time on the face. Swelled up something awful, no apparent pain, next couple days just fine

Posted by: Eromero at January 28, 2023 03:44 PM (1vBNQ)

27 Cats when left alone plot world takeover

Posted by: Skip at January 28, 2023 03:44 PM (xhxe8)

28 Best of Breed for Miss Delilah at today's Alexandria KC show, good for 3 grand champion points. We're not really campaigning her. Instead we're trying to get her to Platinum-level Grand Champion. She needs 800 points and right now is at about 670. What we really want to do is make her the top Grand Champion bitch, which will take 834.
Posted by: Hadrian the Seventh at January 28, 2023 03:44 PM (MoZTd)

Good for her and you.

Posted by: That Northern skulker at January 28, 2023 03:45 PM (VdGjU)

29 Miley, okravangelist at January 28, 2023 03:31 PM

I added an article about the cat calendar that has a better link.

Posted by: KT at January 28, 2023 03:46 PM (rrtZS)

30 18 Miley - I think it’s normal to have those fleeting thoughts of finality, and even though we know the grief is for those of us here, not those that die, it’s still hard. If it wasn’t, that would mean we weren’t capable of loving. And I say this as someone who is currently very, very mad at the world. Huge hugs, because we all need them.

Posted by: Piper at January 28, 2023 03:46 PM (ZdaMQ)

31 Here's link to the cat calendar. Click on view and pop-up window displays it. Takes several seconds to load.

https://is.gd/XwEYbg

Posted by: olddog in mo at January 28, 2023 03:47 PM (ju2Fy)

32 (our command was go to jail for the crate). Hope that helps.
Posted by: Piper at January 28, 2023 03:41 PM (ZdaMQ)

Lol. That's what my sister's family tells their dogs. They yell "jail" and there's a mad scramble as four dogs sort themselves into two (large) crates.

Posted by: Polliwog the 'Ette at January 28, 2023 03:47 PM (nC+QA)

33 Do dogs really miss us when they are left alone?

I think they do but I don't think they worry about the passage. They don't have watches on their little wrists.
Posted by: That Northern skulker at January 28, 2023 03:42 PM (VdGjU)


I've been told by many that dogs really don't have a concept of time passage. Meaning they don't really know if you've been gone 10 minutes or 2 hours. But I do think they start to become bored after they've napped enough. With the advent of these awesome bluetooth cameras, you can keep an eye on your pooch and even give them snacks remotely. It's fun to watch them when they're on their own. I watch my dog in the backyard, and if it looks like she's about to get into something, I'll say "cookie" over the intercom and she stops instantly and comes running!

Posted by: clutch cargo - Now fortified with CPM-S90V at January 28, 2023 03:48 PM (zB/T/)

34 I don't know if the Ramses II tour is done, but if you want to go, go early. It gets crowded toward the end of the run. Know that there are no artifacts from the tomb of Ramses II there, they've all been stolen thousands of years ago. The artifacts are from the period of Ramses I and II reign. Lots of hieroglyphic art, mummies, gold, jewels, sarcophagi, etc.
Nice pets today! Love the bobcat video. Sorry for the losses of pets, as usual. Love is a 2 sided coin, one side is love, the other, loss.

Posted by: gourmand du jour at January 28, 2023 03:49 PM (jTmQV)

35 Rowr

Posted by: Dr. Varno at January 28, 2023 03:49 PM (xKo2z)

36 Hi, Jewells!

Posted by: KT at January 28, 2023 03:49 PM (rrtZS)

37 The bobcat was definitely locked in on eating the rattlesnake. Impressive fight

Posted by: Smell the Glove at January 28, 2023 03:49 PM (bbnWS)

38 Aww, I like Lucky’s photo. He had Grinch feet!

Posted by: Best Thief in Lankhmar at January 28, 2023 03:50 PM (64rer)

39 And I say this as someone who is currently very, very mad at the world. Huge hugs, because we all need them.

Posted by: Piper at January 28, 2023 03:46 PM (ZdaMQ)

{{{Piper}}}

Posted by: Miley, okravangelist at January 28, 2023 03:53 PM (Mzdiz)

40 The bobcat/snake video is quite intense. Had me on the edge of my seat.

Posted by: olddog in mo at January 28, 2023 03:54 PM (ju2Fy)

41 We call our dog's crate "Cratesville" (population: 1). All we have to say is "Cratesville," and he hops right in. If we're being uncivilized and eating in front of the TV, I don't even need to say anything; he knows where he's going (otherwise he'd be snatching bites off the coffee table).

Posted by: PabloD at January 28, 2023 03:54 PM (zP5wv)

42 Thanks for the link to the cat calendar! I love it!

Posted by: Miley, okravangelist at January 28, 2023 03:56 PM (Mzdiz)

43 Our 3 year old corgi, we believe a little small for the breed, weighed close to 27 pounds six weeks ago when we put her on half rations.

Half being only one cup dry kibble per day, plus maybe two small treats.

So now she is in fighting trim and about 23.5 pounds.

We're hesitant to put her back on the two cup per day diet.

Posted by: Mr Gaga at January 28, 2023 03:57 PM (KiBMU)

44 Hiya KT!

Posted by: jewells45 fuck cancer at January 28, 2023 03:58 PM (nxdel)

45 Eromero, I missed the end of the garden thread. No, I did not get any pickled quail eggs at the MoMe. I do not recall seeing any. I did, however, snag a brownie from Helena.

Posted by: Emmie at January 28, 2023 03:58 PM (Emce2)

46 Very interesting science-y dog video. I didn't know they can only see shades of blue and yellow. Also, the bobcat...wow, incredible. I gasped though when it crunched down on that rattler's head. Eww!

Posted by: Lady in Black at January 28, 2023 04:00 PM (sVtYq)

47 Our friends had a dog named Chloe, and when it was time to go to the crate they would say, "Chloe, go to your condo." And she would.

Posted by: bluebell at January 28, 2023 04:00 PM (pTb/Z)

48 About the dog who won't eat if you're in the room, our Luna is somewhat the same way, although not as extreme. She just doesn't want you to watch her eat. After I put her food out for her, she waits until I go to where she can't see me any more and THEN starts eating.

Posted by: Art Rondelet of Malmsey at January 28, 2023 04:05 PM (fTtFy)

49 Great crate tips. Thanks to all of you. Now where to park the crate for a soon to be 50 pound dog in a busy kitchen?

Do we have the remodel thread?

Posted by: Pete Bog at January 28, 2023 04:08 PM (/yVB8)

50 29 years ago at a bird show my bird's breeder saw me having trouble getting his kid, now recently mine, into his travel crate. "Cmere hemeroid, get in there!"

Posted by: Commissar of Plenty and Lysenko Solutions at January 28, 2023 04:09 PM (7gV/K)

51 Had an indoor/outdoor cat that used to get an abscess on a paw every couple years. I couldn't figure out how he was getting in a fight and only getting a bite on a paw. Then one day I caught him playing with a bull snake.

So as I watched that bob cat vs rattlesnake video I couldn't help but wonder how many bob cats meet their demise hunting snakes.

Posted by: PaleRider at January 28, 2023 04:10 PM (3cGpq)

52 The NOVA on dogs showed the dogs knowing when their owner would return based on dissipating scent experiments too; and alot longer than 2-4 hours.

Posted by: andycanuck (Vwz3I) at January 28, 2023 04:11 PM (Vwz3I)

53 This October I'll put pickled quail eggs on the booze table.

Posted by: Eromero at January 28, 2023 04:12 PM (1vBNQ)

54 The bobcat video is a nail biter. I was worried about the little cat. Good kitty.

Posted by: CaliGirl at January 28, 2023 04:15 PM (Jddqr)

55 Yay Pet Thread!
🐕
Amazing Daisy was up at 6:59am, standing by my bed. Sometimes, I get up, she goes back to her bed. Lately I've been getting up at 6:45 as a defensive measure — she actually stays in her bed while I get up, dressed, and start food & coffee. Never had a pet quite like that.

Anybody have any experience with shock-collar training? We have been given one, but haven't been using it. Only really need to train her not to jump the wall and go out in the cattle pasture, because otherwise she stays around the living acreage. She gets that wild notion, and won't come back until she's got her ya-yas out, as we say.
😸
Ony the cat sends her hellos to the pet thread, too.

That's my report. Now to read the post & comments!

Posted by: mindful webworker - cats & dogs, living together, mass hysteria at January 28, 2023 04:15 PM (P+TmF)

56 Critters!

Posted by: Duke Lowell at January 28, 2023 04:17 PM (u73oe)

57 Watched the dog video, wish I had one

Posted by: Skip at January 28, 2023 04:19 PM (xhxe8)

58 Some of the shock collars have a vibrate option. You use that first as a warning. I tried one for Jake, to try and stop the barking. But I think the previous owners used one as he freaked out when I put it on.

Posted by: Notsothoreau at January 28, 2023 04:20 PM (4IUUf)

59 I have a new dog, Chica. Someone dumped another dog out on the ranch. She's a little 15lb terrier mix. She's very friendly, dog and people socialized, potty trained but won't listen to anything. Huge prey drive, takes off through the mud after squirrels.
Poor thing was from the pound. They microchipped her. The vet gave me the owners name and I called the lady and her reply when I asked if she was missing a dog was, which dog? People disgust me. Long story short the microchip is in my name now.
I've been watching a lot of training videos.
The best thing I've heard so far is dogs understand two things, they can do something always or never.
That's really helpful, I haven't given in to some things, even though I really want to.

Posted by: CaliGirl at January 28, 2023 04:21 PM (XV/hy)

60 I am laughing at the dogs who won’t eat in front of people. My Doberman, who was / is the smartest dog ever, felt like she should eat with us. She would pick up her bowl, carry it to wherever we were and eat there. She just picked up on things so fast, she was incredibly well trained, plus had all kinds of tricks. She was the poster child for obedience training. The only bad thing she did was if she was in a down stay and it was not close to us, she would Army crawl over. Still down, just not the best stay. She was dog napped by my ex, I assume she is still with him. Jerk.

Posted by: Piper at January 28, 2023 04:22 PM (ZdaMQ)

61 Saw a bobkittuh in the wild once. Well, along the Blue Ridge Parkway. Was on a hunt and was in kittuh crouch and move mode, crossing the road. I had stopped. It must have lost track and stopped. It looked around, saw me in my car and, well, didn't give a shit. Just started sniffing and looking, finally caught the scent of whatever it was hunting and slowly off it went. Didn't even care about the red Honda stopped in the road. I was taking pictures on my camera. They didn't come out as nice as I'd like. I was maybe 10-15 feet away. I may send them here someday.

Posted by: Puddleglum at January 28, 2023 04:23 PM (sAmhv)

62 Hello Horde. I have happy pet news today. Today I was reunited with my kitteh, Bingley, who has been in the care of a very kind friend for the past month. I was afraid he would forget me but he didn't. Sometime next week - I hope - Bing and I will be East Bound and Down in my newly re-transmissioned Jeep.

Then he will have to adjust to our new home in Greenville. My new place has a little balcony. I'm looking for some kind of enclosure so he can sit on the balcony and watch cat tv without becoming an escapee.

It's been a rough month or so, but Bingley hugs make everything better.

Posted by: screaming in digital at January 28, 2023 04:24 PM (ELYbr)

63 Nice Pets Y'all!...

Posted by: Hairyback Guy at January 28, 2023 04:26 PM (R/m4+)

64 Afternoon, folken,

I haven't watched the snake vs. bobcat video yet; I'll get to it a little later. It sounds fascinating.

My two feline thugs are doing well. Dagny the brown torbie Siberian is galloping around playing with everything that she can move. She's bright enough, very alert, and is not deaf; but she does not respond to her name despite my using it gently (when I yell at her, I call her "Cat," "You," or "Dammit") and while she's eating or I'm petting her. I don't expect her to come to me, but I'd think she'd at least look at me. All my cats, even the none-too-bright Oreo, knew the sound of their names.

Stirling the great black kitten may already be 10 lbs. at 10.5 months. He does know the sound of his name and will often come trotting from the living room to join me on the bed so he can nuzzle and knead. He plays with Dagny and with toys, but is settling down a little, thank God.

Posted by: Wolfus Aurelius, Dreaming of Elsewhere at January 28, 2023 04:30 PM (omVj0)

65 CaliGirl that's kind of you to take her in.

Posted by: jewells45 fuck cancer at January 28, 2023 04:31 PM (nxdel)

66 Shock collars are kinder than choke chains, but learn how to use them. It’s warning buzz, then zap. Not zap zap zap zap zap, turn it up, zap zap zap, etc. Otherwise you will get a dog that is neurotic.

Soon you only need a warning buzz, and after that, you only need to put the collar on. Sometimes you just need to pick up the remote. 😀. They don’t hurt the dog if you have the right size and it’s fitted correctly (tight). You don’t leave it on, just for training sessions. If you haven’t ever trained a dog with one, I strongly suggest working with a reputable trainer who will show you how to use them appropriately.

Posted by: Piper at January 28, 2023 04:31 PM (ZdaMQ)

67 When I lived in a rural area, a juvenile cat used our pet door to move in with us and our two cats and two dogs. Sadly, she had the FIV and only lived a year or so, but during the summer months she would bring home a snake and deposit in our basement every month.

Posted by: Big Fat Meanie at January 28, 2023 04:32 PM (1Ti3L)

68 So happy Bingley is back with you! I recommend Feliway spray in the home and Vetriscience Composure to help him settle.

Posted by: Notsothoreau at January 28, 2023 04:32 PM (4IUUf)

69 Miley, I'm sorry to hear about your loss. I've lost more than a few cats, but it never gets easier. You're prepared ahead of time (you think), as I was with the late Chekov last year, but then there is this sudden hole in your world.

I make it a point to speak of my late cats exactly the way I did when they were alive. No whitewashing of their memory -- no "He was the best cat ever" when said cat was a holy terror, for example. It's a way to honor them and keep their memory green, I guess.

Posted by: Wolfus Aurelius, Dreaming of Elsewhere at January 28, 2023 04:35 PM (omVj0)

70 Mentioned earlier, my female cat died this week. It was peaceful enough, I think. I wasn't sure she'd make it to our latest move, but she did, and last week was more or less her usual self. Demanding attention, getting right in my face, plopping down in the crook of my arm, purring loudly as she slept.

She crawled under my bed Monday evening, and died quietly.

I have her remains back already, a nice solid urn, next to my boy, who we had to put down about a year ago. I have two others in boxes, with their ashes inside. I think I'll get them urns too, create my own little cat mausoleum here. Second greatest kitty of all time is buried at our house, three houses ago.

And I'm here, getting not much done today, listening to music.....

Posted by: BurtTC at January 28, 2023 04:35 PM (M2qSa)

71 We have a stray cat that's been coming around... mostly to get something to eat. Our cats are all fixed, so I doubt it's looking for some action. One of our males tho' is royally pissed off at this development. He's normally a big baby but the last couple days he's been untouchable and hardly around the house anymore.

I think he's on guard patrol.

Posted by: Martini Farmer at January 28, 2023 04:37 PM (Q4IgG)

72 Oh, and Stirling is no longer quite the brave black knight of old. On New Year's Eve he was freaked out by the sound of fireworks. And the other night Miss Linda ran the garbage disposal, and he hid under the bed.

At the same time he's not frightened of the sound of the vacuum cleaner. Weird.

Posted by: Wolfus Aurelius, Dreaming of Elsewhere at January 28, 2023 04:37 PM (omVj0)

73 Hey horde,

Any suggestions on how to train a new to us 9 month old puppy to go in to a crate without a fight? The crate is appropriate in size.
Posted by: Pete Bog at January 28, 2023 03:31 PM (/yVB

I'd try bribery.. a treat he gets only in the crate.

Posted by: Oldcat at January 28, 2023 04:38 PM (eoQWY)

74 Does anyone have any tips for walking on a leash without pulling?

I've been just stopping or changing direction if there isn't slack on the leash.

She also will want to go smell something and she puts her brakes on and refuses to go. I end up picking her up.

Posted by: CaliGirl at January 28, 2023 04:39 PM (XV/hy)

75 Some of the shock collars have a vibrate option. You use that first as a warning. I tried one for Jake, to try and stop the barking.
Notsothoreau


We did have the collar on her and tried the "beep" function. Amazing how alert she suddenly became.

Barking — Daisy missed the coyote howl at about 5am. Too distant, and she was sleeping too deeply. Many's the night we wake up to the machine-gun blast of her furious barking at coyotes. Can't really blame her - she is our defender. We have learned to just endure until she quits. Good (yaaawwwnnnn) doggie.

Posted by: mindful webworker - snakes have no home here at January 28, 2023 04:39 PM (P+TmF)

76 So sorry BurtTC.

Posted by: jewells45 fuck cancer at January 28, 2023 04:39 PM (nxdel)

77 Miley,

I'm so sorry the loss of your kitty.

Posted by: CaliGirl at January 28, 2023 04:40 PM (XV/hy)

78 What an epic battle between Conan the bobcat and Evil Joe Biden, the rattlesnake. The right side won!

Posted by: Huck Follywood at January 28, 2023 04:40 PM (7oI32)

79 A fantastic pet thread today

Posted by: Huck Follywood at January 28, 2023 04:41 PM (7oI32)

80 BurtTC

I'm sorry for your loss as well.

Posted by: CaliGirl at January 28, 2023 04:41 PM (XV/hy)

81 Had a bobcat in my fenced backyard once. I was standing at my kitchen sink and saw it out the window. Thought it was giant kitteh until it suddenly jumped several feet and caught a squirrel. It then jumped over the fence and off to the woods with its catch.

Posted by: olddog in mo at January 28, 2023 04:44 PM (ju2Fy)

82 Does anyone have any tips for walking on a leash without pulling?

I've been just stopping or changing direction if there isn't slack on the leash.

She also will want to go smell something and she puts her brakes on and refuses to go. I end up picking her up.
Posted by: CaliGirl at January 28, 2023 04:39 PM (XV/hy)

Choke collar. Light tugs usually do the trick, and they learn quickly who decides which direction to go.

Posted by: BurtTC at January 28, 2023 04:45 PM (M2qSa)

83 I 100% second every bit of Piper's advice about e-collars (AKA shock collars). I was very hesitant about using one but our trainer reassured us. It's been a game changer in our training of Luna.

The one we have has a tone, vibrate, and "stim," as most trainers prefer to call it. Luna gets No then a vibrate and if that doesn't work, a stim. After a few weeks of training, I haven't had to use the stim in months and only use the vibrate a few times a month.

Best part is she is a much calmer dog in addition to being more obedient. I think she likes knowing precisely what we don't want her to do.

Posted by: Art Rondelet of Malmsey at January 28, 2023 04:46 PM (fTtFy)

84 BurtTC

I'm sorry for your loss as well.
Posted by: CaliGirl at January 28, 2023 04:41 PM (XV/hy)

Thank you, I know people who decide to never get another pet, because this is too hard. I get it, but don't understand it. If that makes sense.

Meanwhile, my big boy is laying down at my feet now, belly exposed, without a care in the world. Extra love for him and his little brother this week...

Posted by: BurtTC at January 28, 2023 04:47 PM (M2qSa)

85 Snake vid: Depends on the temp. Depending where it was, April might have been chilly, and that will definitely affect the speed of the snake. That said, cats have excellent reflexes (most of the time).

One Exception: There was a car parked by a trailer. I was coming up one side (between car and trailer) and my brother was coming up the other side. The cat saw me first, started to go away from the trailer, then saw my brother and SMACK!, right into the trailer.

Posted by: jim (in Kalifornia) at January 28, 2023 04:47 PM (ynpvh)

86 Over the past 25 plus years Mrs. E and i have had probably a dozen cats. They were all good kittys. I remember them all. Funny, I can't remember how many trucks I've owned.

Posted by: Eromero at January 28, 2023 04:47 PM (1vBNQ)

87 Oh gosh I missed your post Miley. Sorry about about your kitty.

Posted by: jewells45 fuck cancer at January 28, 2023 04:48 PM (nxdel)

88 Vid october 2020...

Posted by: jim (in Kalifornia) at January 28, 2023 04:48 PM (ynpvh)

89 Best part is she is a much calmer dog in addition to being more obedient. I think she likes knowing precisely what we don't want her to do.
Posted by: Art Rondelet of Malmsey at January 28, 2023 04:46 PM (fTtFy)

That's an important point. The dog who knows the boundaries, and who enforces them is much happier. They don't have to think for themselves.

Posted by: BurtTC at January 28, 2023 04:49 PM (M2qSa)

90 If you haven’t ever trained a dog with one [shock collar], I strongly suggest working with a reputable trainer who will show you how to use them appropriately.
Posted by: Piper


Thanks, Piper. Good advices. We have a lead on a good local trainer, but we have been too lazy busy to get to it. I should look on YooToob.

Meanwhile, Daisy has been learning well about most things. The best thing I've heard so far is dogs understand two things, they can do something always or never. Posted by: CaliGirl So true. "Sometimes" qualifier is a hard one. Like, don't race around the house squeaking the squeaky ball when MiladyJo is still sleeping. Daisy started squeaking this morning and I managed to get her to work on a non-squeaky instead.

set about to replacing squeakers in some of the dogs' toys.… Dash my lace wigs!
Never thought about putting new squeakers in old toys. Of course, most of the toys are shredded and un-stuffed, so it wouldn't work.

Posted by: mindful webworker - squeak squeak squeak SQUEAK! at January 28, 2023 04:50 PM (P+TmF)

91 Egyptians never let the cat out of the bag.

Posted by: Bertram Cabot, Jr. at January 28, 2023 04:52 PM (63Dwl)

92 As usual, the pet memes rule.

Posted by: exdem13 at January 28, 2023 04:55 PM (W+kMI)

93 I've seen the Bobcat versus snake video before. The cat shows some familiarity on handling snakes, which explains how it can handle with the very fast strike of a rattler.

Posted by: exdem13 at January 28, 2023 04:57 PM (W+kMI)

94 Safe travels Screamie !

Posted by: JT at January 28, 2023 04:57 PM (T4tVD)

95 Jake just misses visitors. We had people over all the time when my husband was alive. And there was a lot of activity during the move. But now, there's just the mailman and UPS guy to look forward to. He's been to the lake today and then to the store. I took him outside for awhile (and it's cold put there) but he's still bored. I've thought about another dog but he gets jealous when I pet the cat.

Posted by: Notsothoreau at January 28, 2023 04:57 PM (4IUUf)

96 I miss my Lizzie immensely. The bond went strong both ways.

Probably won't be another pup, wife cannot bring herself to put up with one, she plain doesn't want another dog and has no issue saying so.

I'll grudgingly honor her wish, I suppose, she's much too important to me to mess up our relationship.

But it hurts.

Posted by: irongrampa at January 28, 2023 05:01 PM (KATBx)

97 Dogs do really miss us when we're gone. My family's Airedale Lady really didn't like being left alone at home when the humans of the family went to work or school. She would always be sad and/or resentful. But she would always greet us when we got home. For me it was an abbreviated greeting sometimes as letting her out of the house meant a much-needed bio break.

Posted by: exdem13 at January 28, 2023 05:01 PM (W+kMI)

98 Although bobcats are common around here - a neighbor got a great pic of a momcat & kit - haven't actually seen one on the ranch.

Couple of years ago, down by the burn pile, we saw a big cat. Black, long tail. Something more puma or mountain lion ish. Just glad it moved on, not to be seen again!

Posted by: mindful webworker - heeerre, kitty kitty kitty kitty at January 28, 2023 05:03 PM (P+TmF)

99 Why, oh why, would anybody leave the Pet Thread for, um, "bodging"? Can't imagine.

Nood JJ though
https://acecomments.mu.nu/?post=402935

Posted by: mindful webworker - no biting! at January 28, 2023 05:06 PM (P+TmF)

100 98 Although bobcats are common around here - a neighbor got a great pic of a momcat & kit - haven't actually seen one on the ranch.

Couple of years ago, down by the burn pile, we saw a big cat. Black, long tail. Something more puma or mountain lion ish. Just glad it moved on, not to be seen again!
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Congrats, you have seen one of the most common cryptid creatures in the Main 48 USA, a black colored mountain lion. They have been reported in actual and historical ranges of the Mountan Lion (mostly in the eastern states), although reports are discounted by authorities and academians alike since NO such color creature has ever been described by scientists.

Posted by: exdem13 at January 28, 2023 05:08 PM (W+kMI)

101 although reports are discounted by authorities and academians alike since NO such color creature has ever been described by scientists.

Posted by: exdem13 at January 28, 2023 05:08 PM (W+kMI)

Aren't they just. When I called CO Wildlife to let them know there was a *big* (head came to second rail of three rail fence when sitting, 2/3 the length of a fence post when laying) dark cat that had sauntered through the neighborhood 20 minutes after a herd of elk, they tried to tell me we (6 of us) had seen a *bear* because there was no way anyone could have released a semi-pet exotic since that would be illegal.

Posted by: Polliwog the 'Ette at January 28, 2023 05:22 PM (nC+QA)

102 Mindful webworker @ 100-
I saw a longtailed black cat between Carthage and Milam Texas about 20 years ago. Convinced it was a cougar type, they range all the way down into Florida.

Posted by: Eromero at January 28, 2023 05:25 PM (1vBNQ)

103 excurs me, ex-dem @ 100.

Posted by: Eromero at January 28, 2023 05:27 PM (1vBNQ)

104 It's been a rough month or so, but Bingley hugs make everything better.

Posted by: screaming in digital at January 28, 2023 04:24 PM (ELYbr)

Looking forward to meeting you after you've moved!

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Posted by: waller at January 28, 2023 05:36 PM (N8ox9)

106 It's a way to honor them and keep their memory green, I guess.

Posted by: Wolfus Aurelius, Dreaming of Elsewhere at January 28, 2023 04:35 PM (omVj0)

Yes indeed! Remembering them as the individuals they were is the best way.

We laid Sandy to rest about 30 minutes ago. Digging in the woods is a bitch, and digging a grave is a somber experience.

Posted by: Miley, okravangelist at January 28, 2023 05:45 PM (Mzdiz)

107 70 BurtTC, it sounds like she went out on her own terms. I'm sorry for the loss of your beloved kitty.

Posted by: Miley, okravangelist at January 28, 2023 05:47 PM (Mzdiz)

108 I think he's on guard patrol.

Posted by: Martini Farmer at January 28, 2023 04:37 PM (Q4IgG)

Jake has been doing the same. A gray tabby showed up last week up at the folks' place. He not having it.

Posted by: Miley, okravangelist at January 28, 2023 05:48 PM (Mzdiz)

109 Noodus hobbyana

Posted by: Wolfus Aurelius, Dreaming of Elsewhere at January 28, 2023 05:51 PM (omVj0)

110 Thank you for your condolences. Publius, like many men, doesn't like to get emotional and therefore talking about pets that have passed on is something that takes a long time. He's been remembering kitties from way back, but he may not talk about Sandy for awhile.

Posted by: Miley, okravangelist at January 28, 2023 05:53 PM (Mzdiz)

111 I frequently see posts from Jewells about senior dogs. My wife isn't wild about seniors, they don't stay long enough. But, when I have a few rare, spare bucks it would be nice to be able to support her efforts. Altho that senior beagle is tempting, our beagle boy seems to react better to other beagles than to most other dogs.

Of course I would be strangled (by daughter not wife) for adopting!

Posted by: Dale Sigler at January 28, 2023 06:12 PM (P8upX)

112 That bobcat sure had the funnest time.

Posted by: SFGoth at January 28, 2023 07:58 PM (KAi1n)

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