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HandsomeRyan
January 25th, 2014, 08:57 AM
Tell me about your pets. Dogs, cats, birds, other animals. Pictures welcome too!

We don't really have any pets right now. We keep chickens but I think they are considered livestock.

Growing up we had the usual stuff: Goldfish, Hermit crabs, a rabbit which was super mean and couldn't be handled, and a couple dogs (Brittney Spaniel then a Golden Retriever).

After my (now) wife and I moved in together we had guinea pig and dogs (a mutt which died as a puppy of distemper, and a doberman pinscher). For a while I was really interested in bugs so I got some Madagascar hissing cockroaches (The big, slow moving ones you see in horror movies) and some African giant millipedes which looked like the regular millipeded you probably find under a rotten log except they were 10" long and the diameter of my thumb. To say my wife was not pleased that I was keeping all these creepy-crawleys in tanks in the basement would be an understatement so they were not kept for long.

As fatherhood approaches I have been talking to my wife about our policy on pets as it related to little man. I think when he gets old enough it would be good for him to have a dog but I don't have the false idea that a child will be "responsible for" any animals so anything he gets will be my animal that he just gets to play with to ensure it is properly cared for. I figure he will probably do 4H and if he wants some sort of livestock I'd do whatever I could to accommodate. I really like pigs. My wife did her master thesis work with pigs and you have not seen cute until you've seen piglets that are only a couple seconds old! A goat could be neat too. We can't legally own cows because it is a conflict of interest with my wife's job (the work she does effects the value of cows so it would be sort of like insider trading because she has access to privileged information)

Currently, we live out in the country but our backyard is only about 1/2 and acre once you subtract the house, garden, workshop, and driveway. I'm not sure how much space we have for pigs or goats or other larger farm animals. The kid can have as many chickens as he wants because although I have no use for "inside" birds like parrots, I like birds that can live in the backyard and make me breakfast!

So, tell me about your pets, past and present or even future plans to get pets...

Monique
January 25th, 2014, 09:07 AM
I don't own any pets and have never really had any. We had a dog when I was younger but he was an outside dog. I was bit when I was little and have been petrified of dogs since. Both my sons have dogs now and I am getting used to them but still scared shirtless of other dogs.

dwil23
January 25th, 2014, 09:19 AM
Oh Ryan, I wouldn't know where to start. I would have to sit and count how many dogs and cats we have had in our lives. We had a few turtles/tortoises, a rabbit or two when we were kids, a hamster when my kids were little and several birds over the years. Currently, I have a little white w/tan Chihuahua and a dachshund/Jack Russell terrier mix and two cats. My cat Roo is my best quilting buddy. He won't let me near the machine unless he is sitting on my shoulder or the table between me and the machine. Needless to say, I have to sneak behind his back (aka lock him in the bedroom) to get anything done. Oldest DD (who is moving with me to the new house) has a pit bull (sweetest dog on earth, I love her dearly), a boxer mix (beautiful, but goofy) and three precious dachshunds. My youngest DD has two Australian Cattle Dogs mixes and my sister has five dogs - a 100 lb Greater Swiss Mountain Dog, a pit bull, a bull dog, a three legged Cur dog (coolest dog in the world) and a big fat beagle. Currently, my youngest son's dog from his dad's house is here while they are in transition - she is supposed to be a golden retriever, I think she has some Visla in her. We also have six outdoor cats - three of which I consider feral and we feed them. So, I guess you could say I live in a zoo - literally and figuratively! My youngest DD would be mortified that I am telling you we have all these animals. She is so afraid of being labeled a hoarder, and probably most of you are already thinking that. But, no, we have ended up with some of these doing rescue work and for one reason or another they were not adopted. We have totally lost count, but over the last four to five years we have worked in rescue (primarily my youngest DD) we have fostered and adopted out about three hundred dogs. When I say fostered, we have had some here for just a couple of days before they were placed and some for several months. One we had for a year and a half due to the fact she was heartworm positive and had to be on total crate rest for several months.

Future plans? I don't really have plans to get other pets. When these are gone, I will probably just stick to fostering for others to adopt. It is very rewarding knowing that you saved a wonderful dog or cat that would have been euthanized and helped to get it into a loving forever home.

Forgot to add - I think all kids should have a pet. And I agree about birds, I just hate to see them caged.

yeeehawterri
January 25th, 2014, 10:08 AM
I've had a long list of pets, from ponies, horses, ducks, chickens, and raccoons to cats and dogs. Each has been well loved and sorely missed when they have gone on to the rainbow bridge. Currently, I have a 10 year old Great Dane, named Vado who, although is starting to show his age, still has the personality of a sweet and cute 5 year old little boy. And then there's my elder-cat, Little Kitty, who is 19 and senile as all get out. They both are nearing the end of their life spans and I will cry rivers when they are gone. Not sure if I will have any more pets after they are gone, right now I say no, but .....

catmama635
January 25th, 2014, 10:37 AM
I've always been a cat person. George, Spud, Ranger, The Blue Max, Roxie, and now Peaches and Opie! Here's a picture of crazy Opie with Peaches about to bite him in the butt. A closeup of Peaches is my avatar.
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RFREE
January 25th, 2014, 10:39 AM
I can't think of a better place to raise kids. Out in the country. I have had so many pets it is staggering to think about. If you do decide to get little man a dog,please consider a rescue. I have had both and for obvious reasons the rescue dogs are far more loyal and just exude an ongoing show of appreciation. We have a rescued border collie now and I tell ya she is an absolute joy. We lost a rescued Border a couple years ago to cancer and she was my absolute favorite. She had been severely abused when we got her and it took every bit of the 8-9 years we had to get her to relax around us but she would look at us with that big blue and brown eye and just melt your heart. There is a picture of her somewhere in my posts about my dear Shelby. Look it up. It will get you right in the heart. We have 3 dogs,a cat,3 ducks,and a rabbit. Love love love chickens but coyotes and neighboring dogs are just not a good mix:) You should get you a pair of Silkie chickens as well. Very dosal little birds. I had several at one time and just love them. Pictures in my posts somewhere as well.
Whatever you decide to get your family you will have fun watching the baby grow up loving it. PETS MAKE PEOPLE BETTER PEOPLE!!!
Hugs from KY
Rhonda

Mpyles
January 25th, 2014, 11:09 AM
Interesting topic Ryan! Well I will start with my baby boy Jake...he is a yellow lab...and the best dog we have ever loved! He literally is like our 3rd child. Both our kids are in college, and frankly...jake keeps us moving. We have had him for almost 2 years. When he was born he had a sickness called...well I can't remember what they called it but basically it affected his glands in his throat and they were swollen...untreated it would strangle him....that's what it was called stranglers disease. Anyway he got treated and is fine now but had to stay with mom and pop longer..,so when we got him...cheaper and it was a steal...he was already potty trained. He potties one time I our house and has never done it since. He likes to chew..but uses his toys...has never chewed shoes or furniture like some pups. He loves to play ball and will play with my great nieces and nephew...he literally throws the ball back to you. He's a wonder...wants to be loved and loyal as the day is long.....but he is a bit of a scaredy dog....if he is out in the yard and someone comes up....he turns tail and runs straight for mom or dad! When he entered our home we had a calico that we had had for years...not much of a socialist. Unfortunately Callie got run over in front of our house. Not long after we got our grays little tabby Sheldon. The two are best buds and fight and carry on like two kids....often you can hear me scolding both to settle down. Anytime jake has a new toy he takes it to Sheldon and shoves it in his face....lol.

Prior to having jake we had a min pin whom we loved to death, but as she aged...developed diabetes and lost and eye..she was our beloved baby girl..but she became incontinent and eventually it became very stressful...trying it give a dog insulin shots, and keep mats down everywhere. She lived a long life but often wonder if her last years were too miserable. I had sworn off dogs at her passing. We also had a lab chow mix for 15 years... He was a good pup too.

I think animals are wonderful...if you make the commitment to them. I often remind kids at work when they tell me they are getting an animal...are they ready to commit to at least the next 10 years to the animal and maybe longer and all the dr bills that might come along. To spending time with them and loving them. I'm a firm believer that if you commit to owning a pet then you should be prepared for anything.

MRoy
January 25th, 2014, 11:11 AM
We have (actually DH has) a miniature Australian Shepherd named Jake. He is DH's faithful companion and goes everywhere with him (he even went to a funeral once but stayed with the truck, can you say Redneck!) Jake was supposed to become a cattle dog but he's a big pet instead. He's very smart and is well known in the community. LOL! Once upon a time we had two goats, one for each grand child, but we don't have any now. The only other critters around are a community cat and our beef cattle. We've had a newborn Angus calf in the farm shop since Thursday. She needed a little extra care, but she's much better now and getting ready to go back to her mama.

CrazyMtnLady
January 25th, 2014, 11:12 AM
Great thread Ryan.

I never had a pet of my own growing up. We had lots of dogs around though..My dad was a big Coon hunter so there were always a few coon hounds. Mom had a parakeet. We also had a pet fox for a while. There is a pic of me with Rosie when I was 5 in my album "Life on Crazy Woman Mtn".

After growing up and getting married I have had the pleasure of having my own pets. When I lived in New York I had a Chow named Bear, He was a sweetheart. But he passed away 2 months after my husband died. I think because he missed him as much as I did. He just quit eating.
Now I have my sweet pug Gator Blue Ridge. And the Blue Heeler, TarButt. I have had a slew of cats, with 4 litters being born in my lap. What an amazing experience. I am now down to 4 cats. Verlow, Evinrude, MonkeyButt and Little Miss Peanut.
We still have the horses Pete and Jack and the mule Katie but they are now grazing on a pasture at our friend's farm, and not here with us.
When I first married my current husband he had a beautiful dog named Tucker, who quickly became "my" dog. He had such an amazing personality. He lived to be 17 years old and losing him was hard on both of us. We buried him in my rock garden and I made a sign with my wood burning tools that says "Tucker's Garden" since then I have added the names of our cats we have lost, Georgie, Ava, Hondo and Chester. I had Chester for 10 years and we nicknamed him "The Planet" because he was so big. In fact he was a bit bigger then the pug.

shermur
January 25th, 2014, 11:13 AM
Well, being raised on a dairy farm, there was always ONE dog that worked , but was a pet/companion, too! My two sisters and I were always allowed to have a cat each. And horses, chickens, a few of the dairy cattle were approachable in the pasture to pet and love on.

So, now it's one cat, Oscar. This sweet kitty was found of the local animal shelter; he was neutered, declawed, and microchipped. It was safe to say, that his family abandoned him. For three weeks the shelter tried to contact in chip information with no response. My family was on the waiting list to adopt him...so glad we did.
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And our American Staffordshire, Dottie. Dottie was in a shelter in the boot heel area of Missouri for the first 9 months of her life. Living in a caged area and needing human contact. Someone from the shelter contacted my rescue group I belonged to, to save Dottie life. She was on the list to be euthanized. So, a rescue member went to Sikeston, MO to bring this wonderful dog to the KC Metro area. Dottie was in foster care for the next 6 months and progressed. I found Dottie at an adoption event and fell instantly in love and Dottie is a wonderful member of our family. Dottie's breed is a bully breed, so she is labeled before anyone gets to know her. Fair warning, once she knows you....you'll get more kisses than you want!
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Both of these animals were rescued and being a part of a rescue group, gives me a sense of being there for something that cannot help themselves. It is very gratifying. And the last thing to leave you with...DO not breed, do not buy...adopt and rescue!

SandyWhite
January 25th, 2014, 11:45 AM
Here's my current family. Dogs and cats have always been a part of my life. Webster, Augie, Dudley, an GG Marie.

madampolo
January 25th, 2014, 12:11 PM
We live on 20 acres and have seven little goats. You haven't seen cute until you see a baby goat jumping around. I had chickens at one time, but something got them. I want to get some more chickens when it warms up. We have people that put cows on the place in a rotation with other pastures. I love it when the cows are here, except when they get inside the yard and eat my plants. We are electrifying our front gate so I won't need to get in and out to open it when the cows are here. We have a lot of deer, and sometimes have 15 of them eating corn we leave for them. We have three cats, and I want to get a small adult dog soon.

Divine Daisy
January 25th, 2014, 01:57 PM
I have one word for you..........

Seamus

http://forum.missouriquiltco.com/general-chit-chat/26028-brief-peep-into-daisy-world.html
just one example!

Pandabear
January 25th, 2014, 01:59 PM
Pets are AWESOME. I have had cats all my life and just love them to bits. But dogs... Oh boy those guys are the bees knees.

My husband and I were together for a few years before we married and had our boy. We had a cat since we weren't ready for a dog. When the boy came along our cat was 10 and had zero use for a baby. Unless he was sleeping on the couch and then she wanted to sleep at his feet. She passed when my boy was 3 and we got a another cat. They pass each other by but she hates males of all species so there isn't a connection.

When Boy was we bought a house and adopted a dog. He was a black lab mix and LOVED my son. My son wasn't I charge of taking care of him in any way. Just play with him and love him. I have pictures someplace of my son using the lab as a pillow while he read. My black lab was the sweetest guy in the world. We were all devastated when he passed.

Currently our pet numbers have been growing. 2 cats and 3 dogs. With the exception of The Queen of Evil all animals in my house adore my son. At 15 he does have to feed them but that's all the chores he has concerning the dogs. They play in the back yard, we attempt to take walks (drags. We don't take walks we get dragged).

I can say with all honesty that everyone on my household could not live would a pet. So much love on all sides.

As for goats.....I have to say this. My husband's family had a goat and a sheep when he was younger. He tells horror stories about this goat. How he was a Houdini. It taught the sheep to be a goat. So, no goats for us.

Pics of my doggie boys Max, Phineas, Tiberius

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toggpine
January 25th, 2014, 02:05 PM
Hmmm. I've had a long list of pets over the years. I haven't had much luck with the fish, gold or any other color. The dogs, cats, chickens, rabbits, sheep, and goats (both milk & fiber) have faired much better. The cows, pigs, and some of the goats & sheep have been tasty additions to the freezer.
We are down to an outside dog & cat, less than a dozen chickens and about 20 goats.
The dog is an Anatolian Shepherd, he is a livestock guardian dog (LGD) and lives with the goats. He has done a fine job of keeping the coyotes and the neighborhood bears away from our animals. We also have a rescue barn cat. She thinks she owns the farm and functions as a guard cat.
The chickens are old (5 years) and we are slowly loosing numbers. We started with 26 and have less than a dozen now. They have been good layers, but are nearing the end of that portion of their lives. I think there will be new chicks arriving this summer.
We have about 20 goats. This includes 2 retirees, the pack wether, and the buck. The rest range in age from 6 months to 8 years. I use them for milk. (No, it doesn't have to have that, musky/pungent flavor to either the milk or the cheese!) I breed them to kid throughout the year so we can have milk most of the year round. We do limited shows, although my daughter is becoming more interested in showing, so 4-H may become a part of our life before too much longer.
We are also talking about getting a "house dog". Hubby is thinking about a shepherd of some sort. He'd like to train it to run Shutzen. He's explained it to me, and I'd like to see a few runs before I agree. I'm all in favor of a shepherd though. I had one as a kid and loved him very much.

QuiltingRN
January 25th, 2014, 02:17 PM
I always had dogs growing up...Poodles. When my husband and I married, we had cats, Misty and Tigger. We moved and for a while did not have any pets. About 8 yrs ago looked into finding a dog that was "just right".

We decided on a Havanese, and we love them!

We got our girl, Violet and then a year later got our boy, Spencer. We thought that would be it, but our breeder told us about a puppy that another person had to return. We said we would look at him......he stayed the night with us to see if he fit it, and of course we kept him, Frederick.

They are soooo cute, it is hard to stop, but we only have three!

Very people oriented dogs, and smart. They do not shed, but they do need groomed, we take the once a month.

A pic of my 4-legged children, Spencer is brown, Violet is white and Frederick is black.

Rhonda D. Matzker
January 25th, 2014, 02:42 PM
I have a zoo-at least my family thinks so. Current pets include, Gizmo (Llahsa Apso), Trey (Chihuahua), Casper (American Eskimo), Diva, Angel, Bella, Missy, Simon, Lucy (Cats), Truffles (Hamster), and a 55 gallon aquarium. Past pets include CJ (dog-passed October 13, 2013) Rocky & Adrianne (Cockatiels-passed Jan 9, 2014), Midnight (cat), Shadow (cat) Coon (cat) Calamity (dog) Sammie (Cockatiel), Pirincess (cat) Cocoa (guinea pig).

I love my animals, can you tell. LOL

bonniebella
January 25th, 2014, 06:01 PM
I used to think of myself as a "cat person" indeed I have had 13 cats over 40 years. That was until I adopted my 2 Jack Russell cross dogs Bonnie and Bella (hence my user name) from 2 different shelters 7 years ago. Now I am a dog and cat person :))
In a short space of time I lost 2 of my elderly cats who were both 17. No more cats! but what is life without a cat's purr so I adopted my 2 boys Dexter and Gibbs, the kittens we call them except they are almost 2 now and must be insulted by the term lol.
All of them like to "help" me with my sewing.

bhaggerty
January 25th, 2014, 06:23 PM
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This is Cocoa (along with my 3 kiddos), our miniature chocolate poodle! He is 3 years old. He weighs in at about 18-19 lbs and is a great dog! He is not too big, but big enough to play fetch and run around with the kids. He is not a barker, rings a bell to go outside and does not shed! He is very smart too! If he needs water or more food, he paws at the door jam in the laundry room (makes a "sproooiiinnngg" sound. At night he often gets up and walks around the house - goes into every bedroom and checks on the kids to make sure all is ok! His is very well behaved except for his one vice...pizza! Boy does he love pizza! (not that we give it to him, he just snatches it) It is the only time we have ever seen him get on a chair or the table or the counter. If someone every walks away from their plate of pizza (or even turns their back to it) he seizes the moment! We cannot leave any pizza unattended for even one moment, otherwise Cocoa will have it quicker than anything!

We also have a beta fish (Artie Aqua) and 2 hermit crabs (Spike and Oreo)
our other beta fish died, his name was Speedo Barnacle Jeff Gordon (because he could swim very fast!)

Vita
January 25th, 2014, 09:50 PM
I have a 30 acre farm and I run a horse boarding, training and lesson facility.

I have anywhere between 6-10 customers horses here at any given time…

And we have:

7 horses - PJ, Toby, Holly, Casey, Ginny, Maggie, Joe
1 donkey - Wilson
2 dogs - Buster and Izzy
2 cats - McLovin and Raxis
2 bunnies - Bowie and Elvis
20ish? Chickens - Caroline, Anne, Amelia, Elouise, Marilyn, Rose, Roxy, Jolie, Madeline, Olivia, Silver, Copper, Goldie, Bronzey, Buffy, Hazel, Matilda, Etta and Captain…. I think thats everyone… hmm.
And we have 14 ducks… and yes, they all have names too… but dinner is ready now ;)

SallyO'Sews
January 25th, 2014, 10:54 PM
We only had one pet when I was growing up, a cat that my sister (who received it from her teacher, whose pet was the kitten's mother) promised my mother was a male, so we named "him" Henry. That is, until we went on vacation and left Henry at the vet's, who promptly informed my mother that not only was Henry female, but also that she was going to be giving birth soon. We continued to call her Henry, as the name seemed to suit her. Only problem (once my mom wised up and had her spayed after about the fifth litter) was that there were four of us kids: Kathy, Terry, Sally, and Andy. Like most mothers of more than one child, my mother frequently called us by each other's names, and when she added Henry into the mix, we really gave her a hard time.

Ahamblin
January 25th, 2014, 11:19 PM
Great topic Ryan. I see you had a Doberman. My favorite breed.
Growing up we always had a dog of some breed or another. I grew up in Dallas but we had property north of us and I had a couple of quarter horses and Daddy had a small herd of beef cattle. I rode cutting and reining and did a little barrel racing. After I was married I wanted a dog and my husband agreed but he wanted a Dobe. I didn't want one because they are mean and eat children for breakfast but he convinced me. I have owned one ever since. I currently have a 6 year old red Dobe named Jake (Kye's Jacob Windwalker Ascendant) that I trained in Schutzhund (German sport - protection, obedience and tracking). He was injured a couple of years ago so we had to stop training but he is my love. My current husband grew up with both Irish and English Setters. A few years ago he wanted a puppy but was not happy with the trend in setters. Around that time the Irish Red and White Setter was recognized by AKC and after researching he decided that was the breed for him. We drove to RI to pick up a 9 week old female name Moonstone's Eilidh Evenstar. Eilidh (Ay-lee) is a sweetheart. Very true to her breed with an enormous amount of bird sense. They make wonderful hunters and most breeders encourage hunting titles. Neither one of us hunt but Eilidh does set on the birds and frogs in our back yard. That is until Jake notices and chases them. They make a good team.
I intend to always have a Dobe with me but will probably adopt the next one. There is something wonderful about having a dog lay at your feet when you are sewing, reading or whatever. It is really rather cute that this big 90 lb dog with a huge bark can get inches from my nose when I am asleep and woof very quietly to let me know that he needs to go outside in the morning if I sleep too late.

Sheena
January 26th, 2014, 11:58 AM
"We keep chickens but I think they are considered livestock. " Oh Ryan, go and wash your mouth out! My poor little henny girls are crying. There, there, girls, the nasty man doesn't mean it, DO YOU RYAN?

Sheena
January 26th, 2014, 12:00 PM
http://forum.missouriquiltco.com/attachments/general-chit-chat/66342d1383562758t-pets-thread-tell-me-about-your-pets-past-present-imag0348.jpgYou're not about to quilt the cat are you?

Bubby
January 26th, 2014, 12:08 PM
I've always had dogs, mostly terriers. I've had Scottish Terriers for more than 40 years and they are my canine breed of choice. They are extremely intelligent, always loyal and often comical and full of mischief. As a child I had a pony. I was never allowed to have a cat so I don't know how I would have done with one and my Scotties won't abide cats. I've also had more than my share of tropical fish and aquarium friends.

Our house feels dead without a dog, so I guess I'll have Scotties forever.

shermur
January 26th, 2014, 12:17 PM
http://forum.missouriquiltco.com/attachments/general-chit-chat/66342d1383562758t-pets-thread-tell-me-about-your-pets-past-present-imag0348.jpgYou're not about to quilt the cat are you?

No, Sheena...but Oscar does enjoy the heat from my sewing lamp. And since is one of his favorite places to nap while I attempt to sew, it can make the task difficult!

pcbatiks
January 26th, 2014, 01:52 PM
I would highly recommend getting a dog....a puppy that will grow along with your son. We have always had a dog.......they are so much fun, loyal, silly and always happy to see you.

My DH & I had a dog named Barney when our son was born. Barney was curious about the baby when he came home but was always very gentle around him. If we laid our son on a blanket on the floor to play or nap.......Barney would go lay down right at the edge of the blanket to be close to him.

One of my favorite memories of the 2 of them together was watching them play with a sock. Barney loved playing with socks he found on the floor. One night our son crawled over and pulled the sock away from Barney & so the dog got up and gently took it back & walked away. Our son started giggling & went to get the sock again. This went on for a long time.......with Barney wagging his tail our son giggling more each time. I was lucky enough to get it on video tape.

So yes, I think your little boy would enjoy having a dog to grow up with. I would suggest a pound puppy or dog.....so many need a good home. :)

Sharyn J
January 26th, 2014, 02:58 PM
Well, let's see.......we had a German Shepard, good dog. A black lab, good dog but liked to eat my furniture, chewed the corner off my picknic table, the woodwork off my back door and pissed all over my garden of green peppers! We've had Pirana Fish (yes, that was the college kid who just couldn't just go with goldfish....much better to have finger eating fish than nice little goldfish). That same college kid brought his lab rat home from college pre-med classes because he didn't want him put to sleep! He named him Spock. Imagine my condo neighbors delight, when he walked that pet rat on a leash. The seniors were terrorized and my son was amused.

Then we had Pukey, the parakeet who drank beer and loved spaghetti. Then, anothet parakeet, Gerri, who ate the sponge off the stereo speakers and died. Then, the Cockotiels, first a female who sang beautiful whistles and tunes, then nasty Charlie, who would bite anything moving. He was rescued from a family with 3 little kids who terrorized him and the poor bird never got over it! He was mean and nasty til the day he died.

A few lizards in tanks. Yikes, I hated those nasty critters. Then, another fish tank for 13 yr old nephew's amusement. We had a lot of fun with that and I enjoyed. Now, there's my wonderful dog, Max, who is such a sweetheart and so well behaved. He's the kind of dog that everyone should have, but I'm not sure if he's really a dog. He doesn't seem to think so!

Wwena
January 26th, 2014, 03:05 PM
I hear goats make for excellent "pets" (well, more like interesting animals to have). :) I sort of like the idea to keep live stock in theory but I'm not sure I could bring myself to actually treat them as meat after getting to know them. Turning vegetarian sure isn't part of my plan but my sister has lately done just that and she was a huge carnivore! Oh well. :)

I've always been a cat person and we actuall had a cat at one point, but DH got allergic (asthma) and so we had to give him up (the cat, that is). We found him a good home but I sure do miss having a cat. I grew up with cat(s) and while piglets are cute, nothing beats a kitten!

I'm sure you didn't miss the hugely popular instagram sensation of Theo and Beau. They sure are a great advertisement for having a puppy for your kid. :)
Theo & Beau Instagram Pics Go Viral: Boy & His Puppy?s Sweet Napping Pics - Hollywood Life (http://hollywoodlife.com/2013/11/19/theo-beau-instagram-pics-sleeping-baby-puppy-cute/)
I follow them and look forward to the daily pic!

lawork1211
January 26th, 2014, 04:39 PM
I have a Pomeranian named Zoey (see my profile photo). She rules the house with an iron paw. What Zoey wants Zoey gets. She is a major cuddler. My Mom and I live together. When we brought Zoey home she was only 1/2 pound. Mom said she couldn't sleep on her bed because her older Pom, Mandy (17 years old) couldn't get up there. One morning about a week after we got her, my Mom woke up to a tiny furball on her pillow with a "What are you looking at me for?" expression on her face. Mom thought I put her up there, and yelled at me for doing it. She managed to jump up on a pillow top bed. I swear the dog has a spring in her rear end. Sneaky little thing doesn't get up there until my Mom is asleep. She goes to bed alone and wakes up with Zoey every morning since.
As you can see from the photos, she thinks every quilt I make is hers.
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RoseMA
January 26th, 2014, 05:35 PM
Pets, lets see . . .
When I was young we had all manner of pets, and non-pet animals. Neighbors weren't exactly thrilled that we had chickens and rabbits in the backyard, as it wasn't exactly farm country in our nice neighborhood in central Florida. You know the kind that has a neighborhood association (before they became a big thing) that set guidelines for things like yard maintenance and organized the driveway candle lights around Christmas. As I recall, at one time we had 4 dogs (German shepherd, Australian shepherd, Golden Lab and a mut) 2 cats (Siamese), 12 chickens, and 8 rabbits. I think that was when Dad was out of work and the chickens & rabbits augmented our pantry. With 7 kids we had to do everything we could.
Anyway, I don't recall what happened to most of them. Other than the chickens & rabbits that became meals. But Sam, the Australian Shepherd I'll never forget. She was my favorite dog. Sadly, she was hit by a car one night about a week before her puppies were due. We found her the next morning when we headed out to the bus stop for school. I skipped school that day.
I didn't have another pet until I was much older. Since moving out on my own I've had 2 different cats, 2 Burmese pythons, a plethora of tropical fish of which my angle fish were my favorite. Two dogs on different occasions that I lost in the divorce. Now I have my Sara, a Siberian Husky that is too spoiled for her own good. Also, I am seriously considering getting a Mastiff. I know, that a lot of dog, but I think a Mastiff would fit right in with my family now. A fawn colored female Mastiff, yep, that would just make this family complete. :)

Iris Girl
January 26th, 2014, 06:08 PM
We are cat people now. They are so stuff and cuddly and have such personalities. As a kid growing up I had all kinds of pets. We had dogs, cats, fish, hamsters,parakeets, rabbits. I lived next door to my Aunt and Uncle and they had horses, chickens, ducks and dogs. When I got married we tried dogs but they were bad and chewed the furniture while we were at work. we had hermit crabs and a cockatiel and a small parrot. But always a cat. Hubby grew up with dogs , cats and his lizards Dizzy and Lizzy, but his mom put them outside in the tank one day and fried them.. :( At the moment we are down to one kitty Our special Bugger. We took her mom in not knowing she was expecting. she was tiny and had a difficult time so I had to help her with the birthing. I actually cut the cord on this one. Thats one of the things that makes her special.6651566516

IBake
January 27th, 2014, 12:43 AM
Right now we just have Gustavus Adolphus, a 100 lb. Giant Schnauzer rescue, and Glanders, an 88 lb. Giant Schnauzer/Irish Wolfhound rescue.

Gustavus Adolphus, Gus, is pitch black and has a scar on his right eye, thyroid issues, and has diabetes insipidus (water diabetes). We warn people to be slow approaching him from the right as he startles and will growl at you. He loves beings brushed, being under my blow dryer when I do my hair...weird I know. He does NOT like small children however. Not good when our oldest GS is 6. The kids say that Gus is "broken" and they leave him alone. When they come over, Gus trots upstairs and puts himself in his crate as a warning to leave him alone. He was abused before we got him, he has scars to prove and calluses from having been chained to cement. He was one of the "West Virginia 18." There was a woman who said that she was a rescuer, but in reality she was a hoarder. The dogs were filthy, uncut, wormy, bruised, traumatized. Gus was 18 months when we got him, he now just turned 9 and thinks that he is still 2. He loves going to the cabin and dancing in the waves, going in the boat to "eat" the water on the side of the boat. HE also at 10 left shoes of mine. My good work shoes and only the left, even when the right was available. We decided that he was "left mouthed." When he ate the left shoe of the ones that I wore to #2DS wedding, we had a serious talk!

Glanders is also 9. He was a present to my hubby from our youngest son and DIL. He was a rescue also and we got him at a no-kill shelter. My DIL says that sometimes she feels bad about giving Glanders to Dad, but it doesn't last long...LOL. He is a very sensitive pup...all dogs are puppies in our house until they die. He is a B I G pup who has decided that he can talk to us. HOW FUNNY. He comes and yammers at us when he wants to go out. We have no tops to our picket fence because he has bitten the tops off of them. When he sees other dogs and he can't go play with them he just bends his head and chomps off the top. Hubby has 278 pickets to replace....sigh...

We lost our minny schnauzer, Greta Garbo three years ago. She was the brains of the bunch. She would tell the boys what to do and they would follow her around. When she passed, they looked for her for six months.

In addition to those, we have had five other rescues come through our lives and bless us with their lives. You can't have a better pet enter your life than a rescue...they are so thankful that you have given them a new life and repay that with devotion.

auntiemern
January 27th, 2014, 01:06 AM
I have actually only had 2 pets that were my own. When I was and married to my first husband I had a little black toy poodle named Susie. My current hubby had to take her to have her put down because neither my ex nor my self could do it. Then when my DD was 14. my step DD found a wounded Husky laying out by her shed covered in blood. She took him in, cleaned him up, took him to the vet, and called us to see if we knew anyone that would want him. I was napping at the time, so DD and her BF decided to go get the dog. It was there when I woke up. I fell in love. But DH was gonna have none of it. He made it perfectly clear that the kids were not keeping that dog. So the BF took it to his house, where his dad would not allow it in the house. This was December and he had a broken leg. Well for the next 3 days I spoke very little to DH. After day 3 when he called me me from work and I was giving him monosyllabic answers. He asked me if I was mad about the dog. I proceeded to inform him that he never asked me what I thought about the dog, he just made a blanket statement as if that was how it was gonna be. After that conversation I went and picked up the dog. The vet estimated his age at about 7 mo. and I had him with me for 15 yrs. Losing him broke my heart, and I have not had a pet since. That was 5 yrs ago. I don't think I will ever have another one. My Max is buried out in the back yard. Even my oldest GD still misses him.

phoots
January 27th, 2014, 02:13 AM
My BF and I have 7 cats in a 900 sq ft apartment. They've all come from the street, two we got as 2-3 week old kittens. Our oldest cat is 8-9 yrs old and our youngest is 3 months old. I consider them all to be my BF's cats because honestly they prefer him to me. Their names are Shadow, Rebel, Coal, Missy, Sassy, Mango, and Whiskers. Last year we lost two cats, one to cancer, Daphne, and the other was a tragic accident, Rascal, when he was just 2 months old.

Pam in Vegas

Genny
January 27th, 2014, 02:20 AM
We live on 20 acres and have seven little goats. You haven't seen cute until you see a baby goat jumping around. I had chickens at one time, but something got them. I want to get some more chickens when it warms up. We have people that put cows on the place in a rotation with other pastures. I love it when the cows are here, except when they get inside the yard and eat my plants. We are electrifying our front gate so I won't need to get in and out to open it when the cows are here. We have a lot of deer, and sometimes have 15 of them eating corn we leave for them. We have three cats, and I want to get a small adult dog soon.

Our neighbors own 22 acres behind our house and one year they had miniature goats in the pasture and I've never seen anything so entertaining in my life. The neighbors had put up stalls for the mommies when they were getting ready to give birth to the baby goats and had covered the stalls with tarps to keep them warm and dry. Well after a while, because of the wind, the tarps just hung off the stalls. The baby goats would climb up to the top of the tarps and slide back down them just like children on slides...so funny!

Genny
January 27th, 2014, 02:43 AM
My BF and I have 7 cats in a 900 sq ft apartment. They've all come from the street, two we got as 2-3 week old kittens. Our oldest cat is 8-9 yrs old and our youngest is 3 months old. I consider them all to be my BF's cats because honestly they prefer him to me. Their names are Shadow, Rebel, Coal, Missy, Sassy, Mango, and Whiskers. Last year we lost two cats, one to cancer, Daphne, and the other was a tragic accident, Rascal, when he was just 2 months old.

Pam in Vegas

Hey Pam...Glad to see you back on the forum again, missed you! Genny