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ARE YO R PETS A PART OF YOUR FAMILY OR MERELY POSESSIONS???????????????????
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Many of us share our homes & lives w/ animals. Are they part of your family or merely posessions or pesky pests??????????  some of us think of our animals as family members,trying to provide
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Re: ARE YO R PETS A PART OF YOUR FAMILY OR MERELY POSESSIONS???????????????????

posted at 2/2/2011 8:00 AM EST
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When I went to the local humane society to adopt my cats, the Cat Lady there tried hard to persuade me to take black kittens.  All of them were healthy, happy, strong little things and I wanted kittens no one else would take.  The Cat Lady REALLY wanted me to take black ones and I finally asked her why.  She said it was very common, very usual for "certain" people to come to the society and try to take the black cats for evil things and treat them in ways that defied description.  They had to be very careful about who was allowed to adopt a black cat !!! Heart breaking - but I got my Peaches and Badcat from the back room, where there wasn't much hope for them. Some time I'll tell VBB how/why I was at that place adopting kittens.
Posted by Nancy G


Nancy, I am surprised by the Cat Lady's response.  At my shelter, we have been told many times that the idea of the black cats being tormented or worse, especially around halloween time, is more or less urban legend...we have found, however, that black animals in general are the hardest to adopt.  The beautiful black dog will sit there in his kennel for months while many far less attractive dogs on either side of him will get their forever homes quickly - often within days.  It's as though the black ones are invisible...

Re: ARE YO R PETS A PART OF YOUR FAMILY OR MERELY POSESSIONS???????????????????

posted at 2/2/2011 11:49 AM EST
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In Response to Re: ARE YO R PETS A PART OF YOUR FAMILY OR MERELY POSESSIONS??????????????????? : Nancy, I am surprised by the Cat Lady's response.  At my shelter, we have been told many times that the idea of the black cats being tormented or worse, especially around halloween time, is more or less urban legend...we have found, however, that black animals in general are the hardest to adopt.  The beautiful black dog will sit there in his kennel for months while many far less attractive dogs on either side of him will get their forever homes quickly - often within days.  It's as though the black ones are invisible...
Posted by Erica D


Hi Erica,When we went to the pound looking for a new dog, I could not believe how many Black Labs were there, Why? It broke my heart to see that such wonderful dogs were sitting there looking so lost and sad.I could have brought them all home.We have almost always had black animals.Now I don't both are brown,I lost my dog Kelly last winter and she was black.When I was growing up we always had Gordon Setters and that is all my brother owns now.I know that I will be looking for another dog after my sweet little Rocky isn't here anymore.I will look for a black dog now that you told us this.

Re: ARE YO R PETS A PART OF YOUR FAMILY OR MERELY POSESSIONS???????????????????

posted at 2/3/2011 8:15 AM EST
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In Response to Re: ARE YO R PETS A PART OF YOUR FAMILY OR MERELY POSESSIONS??????????????????? : Hi Erica,When we went to the pound looking for a new dog, I could not believe how many Black Labs were there, Why? It broke my heart to see that such wonderful dogs were sitting there looking so lost and sad.I could have brought them all home.We have almost always had black animals.Now I don't both are brown,I lost my dog Kelly last winter and she was black.When I was growing up we always had Gordon Setters and that is all my brother owns now.I know that I will be looking for another dog after my sweet little Rocky isn't here anymore.I will look for a black dog now that you told us this.
Posted by gale g


Gale, I honestly don't know why.  It's as though they were invisible.  I've spoken to people at other local shelters, and they say the same thing...the black dogs and cats stay the longest.  At one point we had 24 black cats, and we watched the tabbies and tigers and calicos etc. all say goodbye before one of the black left.  Too sad!  I have had many black cats (never a black dog, for some reason - basset hounds and Irish setters tend not to be black!) and they have been wonderful friends!

Re: ARE YO R PETS A PART OF YOUR FAMILY OR MERELY POSESSIONS???????????????????

posted at 2/3/2011 9:38 AM EST
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Thanks Erica.

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posted at 2/4/2011 7:26 AM EST
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Here's a great little 'movie' of a cat and a crow ....
http://www.slide.com/r/hD6DvyAOxD9ClUhvUpVcUMABW9QzpGnQ

Re: ARE YO R PETS A PART OF YOUR FAMILY OR MERELY POSESSIONS???????????????????

posted at 2/4/2011 8:42 AM EST
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`That was a wonderful way to start my day.  THANK YOU!!!

Re: ARE YO R PETS A PART OF YOUR FAMILY OR MERELY POSESSIONS???????????????????

posted at 2/7/2011 9:37 PM EST
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Remember our pets in this nasty weather!  Watch there pads on the cement and especially be careful with little dogs or cats that they don't get stuck in the snow piles.

We have been having a lot of ice and we must watch Jinx on our pavers with his pads and he has a heck of a time doing his duty...poor thing slides on the ice, can't get his footing!  Also being so white, we are afraid we will loose him in the snow piles...he is a little fellow!!

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posted at 2/7/2011 10:22 PM EST
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hee hee - I have trouble doing my duty ...... Peaches sees that as a great opportunity to curl up on my lap

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Remember our pets in this nasty weather!  Watch there pads on the cement and especially be careful with little dogs or cats that they don't get stuck in the snow piles. We have been having a lot of ice and we must watch Jinx on our pavers with his pads and he has a heck of a time doing his duty...poor thing slides on the ice, can't get his footing!  Also being so white, we are afraid we will loose him in the snow piles...he is a little fellow!!
Posted by Susan K


Hi Susan, this might sound strange but I saw an article that said to spray cooking spray on their feet to keep the snow from getting between their pads.But then would probably leave little greasy paw prints everywhere.lol

Re: ARE YO R PETS A PART OF YOUR FAMILY OR MERELY POSESSIONS???????????????????

posted at 2/8/2011 8:02 AM EST
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I already have paw prints on my wood floors ..... Why on earth do they leave prints?
(this is the first time I've ever had wood floors - not my first cats - lol lol)

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I have a dog thats part of my family and she good with the kids.

Re: ARE YO R PETS A PART OF YOUR FAMILY OR MERELY POSESSIONS???????????????????

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In Response to Re: ARE YO R PETS A PART OF YOUR FAMILY OR MERELY POSESSIONS??????????????????? : Hi Susan, this might sound strange but I saw an article that said to spray cooking spray on their feet to keep the snow from getting between their pads.But then would probably leave little greasy paw prints everywhere.lol
Posted by gale g


Gale...

Good idea!  I rather clean up paw prints than having his little paw paws get stuck on the icy cement!  That would be horrible!

Knowing Jinx, he probably will try licking it off!  I do put on a sweater or his winter coat when he goes outside!  I should look for boots!  Wouldn't that look cute!  AAAHHHHHHH!!!!

Re: ARE YO R PETS A PART OF YOUR FAMILY OR MERELY POSESSIONS???????????????????

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In Response to Re: ARE YO R PETS A PART OF YOUR FAMILY OR MERELY POSESSIONS??????????????????? : Gale... Good idea!  I rather clean up paw prints than having his little paw paws get stuck on the icy cement!  That would be horrible! Knowing Jinx, he probably will try licking it off!  I do put on a sweater or his winter coat when he goes outside!  I should look for boots!  Wouldn't that look cute!  AAAHHHHHHH!!!!
Posted by Susan K


Hi Susan, boots would be cute.I saw some dogs wearing them on a show and there was one that put it's hind legs up and was walking only on it's front paws.I think I'll put butter,unsalted of course on Romeo's paws before he  goes for his walk.He seems to have a taste for that,he ran off with half a stick last night.Smile I have him paper trained so he doesn't have to go out.It's just easier for me being in a wheelchair,then my son takes him for walks.He will not do his business outside he waits and then comes in to go.We take him with us sometimes on rides and he still waits until we  come home. Susan put a long leash on Jinx and he won't get lost and then you can reel him in like a fish.Smile

Re: ARE YO R PETS A PART OF YOUR FAMILY OR MERELY POSESSIONS???????????????????

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In Response to Re: ARE YO R PETS A PART OF YOUR FAMILY OR MERELY POSESSIONS??????????????????? : Hi Susan, boots would be cute.I saw some dogs wearing them on a show and there was one that put it's hind legs up and was walking only on it's front paws.I think I'll put butter,unsalted of course on Romeo's paws before he  goes for his walk.He seems to have a taste for that,he ran off with half a stick last night.  I have him paper trained so he doesn't have to go out.It's just easier for me being in a wheelchair,then my son takes him for walks.He will not do his business outside he waits and then comes in to go.We take him with us sometimes on rides and he still waits until we  come home. Susan put a long leash on Jinx and he won't get lost and then you can reel him in like a fish.
Posted by gale g


Gale...

Oh no...did Romeo have bathroom problems after eating the butter?!!  If you know what I mean!! 

We have one of those leashes that reel out!  We have 6 acres of land and we use to let him have run of the property until one night he met....MR SKUNK!!!  After that, he was on a leash!  That was bad...real bad!!!!  :')

Re: ARE YO R PETS A PART OF YOUR FAMILY OR MERELY POSESSIONS???????????????????

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In Response to Re: ARE YO R PETS A PART OF YOUR FAMILY OR MERELY POSESSIONS??????????????????? : Gale... Oh no...did Romeo have bathroom problems after eating the butter?!!  If you know what I mean!!  We have one of those leashes that reel out!  We have 6 acres of land and we use to let him have run of the property until one night he met.... MR SKUNK!!!   After that, he was on a leash!  That was bad...real bad!!!!  :')
Posted by Susan K


No the only problem he had was me, because  tried it again today and I stopped him then he got real mouthy with me.SmileI 'm telling you he is a character,he makes all these weird sounds.lol We live on the smallest piece of land and in the city.We have a huge problem with skunks here,we trap them and release them else where.This is what we do down here  the whole street is involved with this. LOL my cat got trapped a few times,they used  tuna as bait and he could not resist LOL My cat was friends with the skunks.My dog Kelly was notFrownI know what you mean about bad.

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I've posted these before but I can't resist doing it again.


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 Hi CAROL;
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In Response to ARE YO R PETS A PART OF YOUR FAMILY OR MERELY POSESSIONS??????????????????? : That's neat, Ann, that the majority of the votes say pets are definitely part of the family!! Our cat sure is and he's taken over the house since he moved in earlier this year after we lost our beloved cat of 14 years. I still miss him because he was so much a part of our family. I really think it is sad when people have pets and they don't really care one way or another about them. They are more like a possession to them. Why would a person want a pet if not to love and make a part of their family? And I have a question for you, Ann. Yours is the second post I've seen added with a survey attached. How are you attaching a survey???
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Re: ARE YO R PETS A PART OF YOUR FAMILY OR MERELY POSESSIONS???????????????????

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Well I got adopted by a small black cat that was abandoned at our complex. Neighbor had made box with blankets outside his door and food and water. I brought her in on cold days. They just had free spray/neuter offerings in our area and I took her in. She is now named Mauchu and the other two seem to tolerate her, lol. She used to zoom out the door but now she seems content here.No pictures yet of her.

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Well I got adopted by a small black cat that was abandoned at our complex. Neighbor had made box with blankets outside his door and food and water. I brought her in on cold days. They just had free spray/neuter offerings in our area and I took her in. She is now named Mauchu and the other two seem to tolerate her, lol. She used to zoom out the door but now she seems content here.No pictures yet of her.
Posted by Sharon T


Hi Sharon,you are a great person for doing this for this lucky kitty.People who abandon an animal are so cruel.The cat in the picture looks a lot like Ditto who we lost last year he was 15 years old and he was an indoor /outdoor cat not because I wanted him to be but because he loved to go out hunting,but he always came in for the night.I miss him.Is your cat in the picture a Maine Coon?

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Our pets think they are people. We have 2 dogs & 4 cats.
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