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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 2/9/2011 8:26 AM EST
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This may be duplicated, as I already wrote this, but it hasn't shown up - if so, I apologize!  Anyway, please try to use pet-friendly de-icers on your sidewalks and driveways - dogs will lick off the salt, and the chemicals can make them sick.  Thank you!

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

posted at 2/9/2011 10:12 AM EST
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I've posted these before but I can't resist doing it again.
Posted by Nancy G


Nancy...

Awsome pictures...now is that you feeding them?

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

posted at 2/9/2011 10:15 AM EST
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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


Sharon...

What a cutie!  What you did was so very nice and we appreciate you sharing your pictures and story!

Thank you!

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posted at 2/9/2011 10:16 AM EST
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This may be duplicated, as I already wrote this, but it hasn't shown up - if so, I apologize!  Anyway, please try to use pet-friendly de-icers on your sidewalks and driveways - dogs will lick off the salt, and the chemicals can make them sick.  Thank you!
Posted by Erica D


Thanks Erica...good advice!!

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

posted at 2/9/2011 11:55 AM EST
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Hi Susan -- well - that's me maybe 6 or so years ago..... long, long years.
I fed many critters and loved every one.

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

posted at 2/9/2011 12:37 PM 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)
Posted by Nancy G


It's probably dust from their kitty litter and you can see it on the wood floors.

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posted at 2/9/2011 12:43 PM EST
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Hi Susan -- well - that's me maybe 6 or so years ago..... long, long years. I fed many critters and loved every one.
Posted by Nancy G


Nancy out of the dozens of skunks that were trapped on this street none of them sprayed us.One of my friends saw one walking along the bushes and he got a head of the skunk,with the trap and it walk right in.They are sweet little animals,that's why we started trapping them our selves that way we knew they would not be harmed.

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

posted at 2/9/2011 1:35 PM EST
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Well Gale -- I did get "poofed" once.  LOL LOL.  I was out in the back yard feeding everybody and a 'possum came in.  I will not feed possums and I tried to drive him away .... no luck so I set down my tray of food and was running at that possum, waving my arms and stomping.
I tried to return to the food tray but Hillary was eating.  Eating from the tray!!  Not allowed!!
I told Harriet to get away - no results.  She kept gobbling.
I screamed at her - no results.
I stomped - no results.
I kept moving toward her making all kinds or noise and waving my arms.
She turned around to show me her bottom - first warning.
I kept screaming.
She stomped her little feet - second warning.
I kept getting closer and screaming so she hit me will a small puff and kept eating.
I went inside, took off my clothes and threw them in the washer.  Then I got in the shower.
All was well .... one long, good, soapy shower removed all the smell.
Hillary removed all the food.

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

posted at 2/9/2011 1:57 PM EST
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Well Gale -- I did get "poofed" once.  LOL LOL.  I was out in the back yard feeding everybody and a 'possum came in.  I will not feed possums and I tried to drive him away .... no luck so I set down my tray of food and was running at that possum, waving my arms and stomping. I tried to return to the food tray but Hillary was eating.  Eating from the tray!!  Not allowed!! I told Harriet to get away - no results.  She kept gobbling. I screamed at her - no results. I stomped - no results. I kept moving toward her making all kinds or noise and waving my arms. She turned around to show me her bottom - first warning. I kept screaming. She stomped her little feet - second warning. I kept getting closer and screaming so she hit me will a small puff and kept eating. I went inside, took off my clothes and threw them in the washer.  Then I got in the shower. All was well .... one long, good, soapy shower removed all the smell. Hillary removed all the food.
Posted by Nancy G


Hi Nancy,you have to admit that she was pretty tolerant and did warn you.My friend called me the one day and said for me to look out the front door there was my cat Ditto playing ring around the rosy with a couple of baby skunks he never was sprayed,the adult skunks were OK with him also.But my Border Collie Kelly was a different story,she was sprayed at least five times.The one time I had no tomato juice in the house so I used Ragu spaghetti sauce,it worked but everyone I told this to just laughed.I feel that my neighbors should leave the skunks alone and just monitor their pets better when outside.We really never noticed the skunks until everyone was leaving their dogs out after dark.I learned my lesson and took them out earlier and stayed out there with them.It is surprising to see all the animals that come out at night.We live in the city and we have skunks,opossum,raccoons and even deer.The poor things have no where to go,we are crowding them out of their homes.

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

posted at 2/9/2011 3:04 PM EST
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When I was visiting the owner of a gallery in very urban Evanston, the skunk smell was quite bad at her apartment building.  She said it was common - the place was filled with skunks.

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posted at 2/9/2011 3:48 PM EST
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my 2 mini dachshunds "Odie and Sheba" have stepped into the shoes of my kids. My husband andI have just recently become empty nesters. now when the kids come home to visit from college, they say that they have been replaced and that the dogs are spoiled. Odie and Sheba have moved their clothes into the kids closet. there are more pictures of the dogs then there are my kids dispayed in the house. i dont know what i would do without them..

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

posted at 2/9/2011 6:51 PM EST
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Hi Susan -- well - that's me maybe 6 or so years ago..... long, long years. I fed many critters and loved every one.
Posted by Nancy G


Wow Nancy!!!  You got guts doing that...didn't they spay you....Boy, you are one brave lady??!!  That is very nice that you fed your little critters, I hand fed chipmunks...soo cool!!!!!

Thanks for sharing!!

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posted at 2/9/2011 6:56 PM EST
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my 2 mini dachshunds "Odie and Sheba" have stepped into the shoes of my kids. My husband andI have just recently become empty nesters. now when the kids come home to visit from college, they say that they have been replaced and that the dogs are spoiled. Odie and Sheba have moved their clothes into the kids closet. there are more pictures of the dogs then there are my kids dispayed in the house. i dont know what i would do without them..
Posted by Cassandra T


Welcome Cassandra to VBB!  You sure sound like one of us...a true pet lover!  Thanks for sharing!

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

posted at 2/9/2011 7:05 PM EST
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Nancy and Gale...

When Jinx was sprayed, now keep in mind he is white.  I didn't have tomato sauce so I got out the bottle of ketchup, added vinegar and washed Jinx down from head to toe and when I was done...OMG he was pink!  LOL  Yep, pink!!!!  I freaked out and got my shampoo and scrubbed and scrubbed, thank God it came out!  What a mess!!  My poor baby was scared because he had no idea what was going on and why I was upset! 

The next night...guess what happened!  Now he has a harness and is on his leash!  ;')

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

posted at 2/9/2011 7:21 PM EST
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Well Susan Jinx probably thought you were making a salad,You're as bad as me using Ragu.Kelly was black so it didn't show too much on her.I put down blankets for her to lay on while she dried and tie her to the door knob so she could'nt run through the house,rubbing up against everything in her way.It really took a couple of days for the smell to be gone all the way.When she first came in she ran and went under the boys bunk beds and would not come out We had to reassemble them to get her out oh what mess! I laugh about it now but when it was happening I wanted to scream.

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

posted at 2/10/2011 5:56 AM EST
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 I broke a plate last night ,a corning ware plate.After you have used them awhile and they have been used in the microwave they lose the nonbreakable quality.When you drop them they not only break they scatter into a hundred pieces.Well anyways I swept the floor and had my son go over it several times with the vaccum,we thought we got all the glass picked up.Romeo still found a piece,where I don't know. He was chewing on something so I check to see what it was, I pulled a big piece out of his mouth and how he doesn't get cut is beyond me.This dog sees everything and smells everything.LOL

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Well Gale -- I did get "poofed" once.  LOL LOL.  I was out in the back yard feeding everybody and a 'possum came in.  I will not feed possums and I tried to drive him away .... no luck so I set down my tray of food and was running at that possum, waving my arms and stomping. I tried to return to the food tray but Hillary was eating.  Eating from the tray!!  Not allowed!! I told Harriet to get away - no results.  She kept gobbling. I screamed at her - no results. I stomped - no results. I kept moving toward her making all kinds or noise and waving my arms. She turned around to show me her bottom - first warning. I kept screaming. She stomped her little feet - second warning. I kept getting closer and screaming so she hit me will a small puff and kept eating. I went inside, took off my clothes and threw them in the washer.  Then I got in the shower. All was well .... one long, good, soapy shower removed all the smell. Hillary removed all the food.
Posted by Nancy G


Haha, Nancy!!! Quite a story!! You can't say though that she didn't warn you with her first move!!! Oh my, you were brave to continue on after that!! haha!!! I so enjoy your animal stories and pictures. Sounds like you have more pictures on a previous page here, so I'd better check them out!! Your stories and pictures are something I've really missed with my not being here the past month! Thanks for sharing!!!

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

posted at 2/11/2011 6:22 AM EST
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Laughing
Here are backyard turkeys -lol

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

posted at 2/11/2011 7:56 AM EST
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my dog and cats are part of my family .

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

posted at 2/14/2011 2:24 PM EST
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Today is my puppy Romeo's first birthday,born on Valentine's day last year.Happy Birthday Romeo !
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