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Postby khouji » Tue Feb 13, 2018 11:45 pm

Okay, now it's the time for talking about animals, which can be really close to your heart (pets), but some of you can really afraid of them. Are there animals which you really are afraid of? Or is there something that you love? Do you have any pets? Want to tell us about it/them?
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Re: Pet and Animal Thread

Postby lhb412 » Wed Feb 14, 2018 12:44 am

I just want to ask everyone: how do you read when you have a cat? As far as I can tell it senses when I'm reading and then parks between the book and my face.
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Postby klen7 » Wed Feb 14, 2018 12:42 pm

i have two cats and a dog. i also have a kid. i used to be a dog person, but now that i am a kid person i am not a dog person anymore. my wife is still a cat person, so we will likely always have cats, but i am done wanting to take care of a dog in the future. the dog we have now is good, but he is getting older. we have one cat that is good and the other cat is not very smart. i did not want two cats, but my wife did. she tried to endear the newest cat to me by naming it Minya. Minya is the good cat. the not very smart cat is Fizzgig. he is a handsome cat, but he is sometimes destructive. i like the cats best when they are sleeping.
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Postby O.Supreme » Wed Feb 14, 2018 12:59 pm

I've always been a cat person. I enjoy dogs, other peoples dogs, but I recognize they are a huge responsibility, and rather than be selfish and own a dog that could potentially be miserable, and turn disruptive/destructive, I'd rather just not own one, and enjoy other peoples dogs. :wink:

As for cats, even then I've only ever wanted one at a time. Occasionally as a child, and now as a married adult there have been 2 in the house, but when I was single I had zero pets because, again, I did not want to be a bad pet owner. Currently we have one cat. A large fluffy Orange Maine Coon named Snarf. He does exactly what others are describing. My wife reads her tablet in bed (I don't read in bed), but he always *nudges* her to want to be petted at that time. The kids are responsible for feeding, cleaning, and grooming him. Its a nice distraction and teaches them to be responsible and care for other living things. We are currently also steward of another cat. A Siamese named Mushu. He is indoor/outdoor, while Snarf is strictly indoor. Mushu is surprisingly nice for a Siamese (Id always heard they were antisocial). But I'll still be glad in December when our friends who are currently out of the country return and take him home. I don't need/want to get attached to another cat. One is enough.
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Re: Pet and Animal Thread

Postby DannyBeane » Wed Feb 14, 2018 3:30 pm

I have my dog Charlie who I've had for 5 years. I have my corn snake Frankie, who I've had for about 1 year. I have a cat, Sherlock who I've had for about a month. And then I just got a betta fish, MURDERFACE, who I got several days ago. I've had animals all my life and couldn't live without them
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Re: Pet and Animal Thread

Postby klen7 » Wed Feb 14, 2018 3:56 pm

^ i don't trust your fish
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Re: Pet and Animal Thread

Postby jellydonut25 » Wed Feb 14, 2018 4:07 pm

I've had dogs my entire life growing up and I currently have a boxer/lab mix named (Poison) Ivy.

My wife always had cats, and we had a cat, Attila up until about 4 years ago when we started to bring baby stuff into the house and he started spraying on it and pooping in the crib and stuff...couldn't have that, so the cat had to go. The good news at least was he was in the shelter for less than a day before getting adopted because he really was a pretty cat.

After Ivy goes (she's 9 right now, but only 45 pounds, so she will probably make it a few more years) we're probably gonna take a break for a little bit. It's tough having a dog and not having family around to watch her if you want to go on a trip or something. Might enjoy a couple years of being able to not have to worry about that before getting another dog.
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Re: Pet and Animal Thread

Postby O.Supreme » Wed Feb 14, 2018 7:13 pm

Yeah my wife came with a cat (Brooklyn) we had until I had to put her down at 15 because of kidney failure (I had to take her to the vet because my wife couldn't). We wanted to be pet free for a while, a couple years would have been nice, but in early 2013 (after only being without a pet for about 5 months), some REALLY REALLY stupid family member made a joke about my daughter, who was 8 at the time, which started a chain of events which cold have been a really bad disorder. Fortunately we acted immediately to correct the situation ,and part of that was to give my daughter some additional responsibility through pet ownership, and also act as a distraction. Its funny to think that was almost 5 years ago now. My daughter doesn't even understand why she was so upset, but thankfully its all in the past. We have a good loyal pet, and he should live a good long life as long as the kids continue to care for him.

Also, I know this could cause this thread to tumble out of control, but what your opinions on *comfort* animals? Not to be confused with service animals. I mean if an animal is performing an actual service, that is amazing and wonderful, more power to you. It's just that I see so many people walking around in stores with comfort animals, and I don't really understand the reason for it. I mean unless you are at PetSmart or another store that has a posted policy for allowing pets, they should not be permitted IMHO. I mean when I see dogs in purses at Target or Wal Mart its a little upsetting. But I've seen pets in restaurants recently, and I'll turn right around and walk out. I've done it probably 3 times in the past 6 months. I read a ton of articles about stupid things like

"Woman kicked off flight because her comfort Pig was now allowed on".....and I just wonder, what peoples thought process is on this. If anyone here has a comfort animal, I mean no offense, its just I was always taught, you cant always have everything the way you want it. I've missed films at times, because I could not get a babysitter when our kids were little, I'm not going to take my screaming baby to the movies and ruin it for everyone else. same with the flights. If I knew I could not fly without my Dog, Cat, Goldfish, Hamster...whatever...then guess what? I would not be flying on an airplane. Id want to get myself well enough so I would not need such things.
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Re: Pet and Animal Thread

Postby khouji » Wed Feb 14, 2018 10:57 pm

I have a cute chihuahua which I bring everywhere I go. She's with me if I got to a mall, parlor and anywhere else. But lately some establishments won't allow pets inside their building if they have no carriers. Can anyone recommend me a good carrier for my chihuahua?
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Re: Pet and Animal Thread

Postby klen7 » Thu Feb 15, 2018 12:24 am

how did we get this far into a thread about pets and cute animals without anyone posting a picture?
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Postby Tom R VanSlambrouck » Thu Feb 15, 2018 3:02 am

My mom has a shih Tzu dog named Maddison who sleeps with me every night for some reason she's getting on the older side, almost 14 now and we don't think her health is the greatest she's been losing weight and potentially has cancer. For my moms birthday we're getting her another dog a miniature yorkie which she'll have to wait to get until the end of March or early April since it was just born.

When I lived with my cousin we had a boston terrier named Roxy and we had a basset hound/cocker spaniel mix named Copper after the hound dog from the Fox and the Hound.

When I get my own place with in the next few years I plan on having a dog and a cat and wouldn't mind either a bearded dragon or a corn snake.
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Re: Pet and Animal Thread

Postby DannyBeane » Thu Feb 15, 2018 2:25 pm

klen7 wrote:how did we get this far into a thread about pets and cute animals without anyone posting a picture?

Well here is Charlie.
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And here is MURDERFACE.
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Re: Pet and Animal Thread

Postby O.Supreme » Thu Feb 15, 2018 4:39 pm

khouji wrote:I have a cute Chihuahua which I bring everywhere I go. She's with me if I got to a mall, parlor and anywhere else. But lately some establishments won't allow pets inside their building if they have no carriers. Can anyone recommend me a good carrier for my Chihuahua?


I'm glad to have this opportunity to discuss this civilly. So please don't think me a jerk, or being disingenuous. I'm asking very honestly-, why do you feel the need to and/or enjoy taking your pet everywhere with you?
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Postby klen7 » Fri Feb 16, 2018 3:17 pm

^^ Charlie is a handsome dog. I still don't trust the fish.

Here's Fizzgig
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Postby jellydonut25 » Fri Feb 16, 2018 3:58 pm

My Ivy girl:
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Re: Pet and Animal Thread

Postby DannyBeane » Fri Feb 16, 2018 7:59 pm

klen7 wrote:^^ Charlie is a handsome dog. I still don't trust the fish.

Here's Fizzgig
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MURDERFACE will cut you! And your cat looks like people
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Re: Pet and Animal Thread

Postby lhb412 » Fri Feb 16, 2018 10:02 pm

klen7 wrote:^^ Charlie is a handsome dog. I still don't trust the fish.

Here's Fizzgig
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Ah, a Dark Crystal reference (had to look it up: thought it might be a Terry Pratchett reference).
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Re: Pet and Animal Thread

Postby klen7 » Sat Feb 17, 2018 12:22 pm

^ Yep. The Mrs vetoed "Hoggle" because "that's a terrible name for a cat" - we already had a Ludo years prior, so Fizzgig won out.
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Postby O.Supreme » Sat Feb 17, 2018 1:03 pm

Snarf (down in front) Mushu (Up top)
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Re: Pet and Animal Thread

Postby khouji » Sun Feb 18, 2018 7:50 pm

I just want to share this to everyone who has small dogs, as I was searching for a carrier for my chihuahua I stumbled a pet carrier which I think is a perfect fit for my chihuahua, aside from that it also different sizes for every size of a dog. It will be my first time using a pet carrier, what do you think about this product? I'm open for more suggestions though.
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Re: Pet and Animal Thread

Postby Benjamin Haines » Sun Mar 04, 2018 12:45 pm

DannyBeane wrote:And here is MURDERFACE.
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I can see the resemblance.

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This is Mercury:

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My girlfriend adopted her in December 2012 when she was an orphaned kitten with an injured paw from a dog attack. She’s 5 years old now, she barely weighs 10 pounds and she’s still a bundle of endless energy. She absolutely loves exploring the world outdoors. Her hunter instincts drive her to stalk birds and small mammals when she spots them but without a role model to teach her how to hunt she still can’t catch anything other than bugs. We don’t let our cats outside unsupervised because there are snakes, foxes and wild dogs around here, and Mercury is small enough to be vulnerable to hawks too. Since she’s so little she likes to jump up onto our shoulders and sit there.


This is Hershey:

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He belonged to one of our mutual friends. He got moved around a lot due to a bunch of drama until eventually no one was able to keep him, so we took him in. He just turned 10 and he has lived with us for the past four years. Hershey is very playful but also easily frightened by loud noises or strangers. He loves to camouflage himself by lying on or in front of things that are black. He is graceless when he jumps up onto things and he tends to just hurl his body upwards and knock stuff over.


This is KC:

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My family got him in December 2003 when he was just six weeks old. They kept him indoors for the first few years of his life but eventually kept him outside as they got more dogs. He’s a very social cat and he spent his time roaming their neighborhood for attention since he wasn’t getting much of it at home, so I brought him to live with me in January 2011 when he was 7 years old and I was in college. He has lived with me for the past seven years and he just turned 14 back in November. He’s the most cheerful and mellow cat you’ll ever meet and he purrs loudly.

KC weighs 16 pounds now but for much of his earlier adult life he was a 30-pound cat. He was never as active as other cats and once he reached adulthood he just let himself go. After he had been living with me for two years he developed diabetes. That was a wake-up call that made me realize I needed to get serious about his health. Between the onset of diabetes and the diet foods I gave him, he lost a lot of weight over the course of 2013, eventually getting down to 17 pounds. I gave him insulin injections 12 hours apart for six months, then his diabetes went into remission for a few months until it returned in early 2014. He resumed getting insulin twice daily for another two years until his diabetes once again went into remission. He hasn’t needed an insulin injection since May 2016.


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Unfortunately the past few weeks have brought terrible news. KC has cancer, specifically diffuse gastrointestinal lymphoma. Fortunately we caught it relatively early. I’ve already obtained his steroid medication and his oral chemotherapy agent is on the way. KC is a tough, resilient feline. He beat diabetes and he will beat cancer too.

If anyone ever tells you that your friends aren’t worth helping just because they’re not human or because the process is too difficult or too expensive or whatever, don’t listen to them. They lack the conviction to handle that kind of responsibility. We bring that responsibility on ourselves when we choose to bring living, breathing animals into our homes. They aren’t accessories or furniture. They are alive and they depend on the humans who adopt them. There’s no one who will twist your arm or pick up your slack or punish you for utterly failing your pet. It’s all on you.
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Re: Pet and Animal Thread

Postby klen7 » Sun Mar 04, 2018 5:55 pm

Good luck with KC. We went through that with our cat Ashitaka years back, it was pretty tough at times, but he got a comfortable extra year out of it before the cancer won out, in the end you know your cat better than anyone and will know when to say when, fingers crossed.
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Postby Benjamin Haines » Tue Mar 06, 2018 10:14 pm

Thanks. His chlorambucil arrived and I started his treatment yesterday. He always handles taking medicine well because he knows it corresponds with meal time. I'm glad you were able to give Ashitaka another year of life after his diagnosis.
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Re: Pet and Animal Thread

Postby DannyBeane » Sat Mar 24, 2018 6:49 pm

And now introducing Lucy the Hognose snake!Image

And here is one of Frankie, have to give him some love. Image

And Frankie ate his first full size mouse today! Image

And here is MURDERFACE'S fully planted tank. All though you probably can't see them, he has two african dwarf frog room mates as well as a giant mystery snail that keeps the place clean! MURDERFACE still isn't trustworthy btw. Image
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Re: Pet and Animal Thread

Postby mbozzo » Sat Mar 24, 2018 9:15 pm

I has a pet dog named Memphis. He's over 2 years old and is a rescue. He can be loving, but is afraid of traveling, because of what happen to him when he was a very young puppy. :D
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