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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 3/30/2013 12:26 PM EDT
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I'm so proud of my two dogs we've taken them to the new place and they are going on their pads.I was so worried being paper trained them having a hard time but these two are so smart they figured out their new spot.Since we have a huge balcony I want to try and get them to go on their pads out there.This will be a little different having to ask to go out,especially outdoors.That's Romeo and Juliet doing a time out on the chair for bad behavior,tearing up paper towels when mom wasn't looking.I think Juliet is whispering in Romeo's ear that we really did it this time she's really mad at us.lol ! Click on the picture to enlarge
Posted by gale g


I've been trying to find a friendly forum for discussing baking since I esp. love it. I love to cook too but  baking is my fun. Anyway, I read your post and loved it. I'm glad your family members acclimated easily to your new place. I just got a little Chihuahua from the shelter and was truly worried she wouldn't figure it out but she pp's on the pads all the time. I always praise her--she is a smart one. 
I do not feel like she is a possession at all, in fact, I feel lucky to have the pleasure of taking care of he

r and, in turn, she keeps me laughing.Laughing

I like the names of your doggies too. Pretty cool.

Here is a pic of the Bella Donna... She's tiny but she thinks she is tough, until something scares her and it doesn't really take much. LOL 
Oh, and my name is Cheri and I look forward to sharing.

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??????????????????? : I've been trying to find a friendly forum for discussing baking since I esp. love it. I love to cook too but  baking is my fun. Anyway, I read your post and loved it. I'm glad your family members acclimated easily to your new place. I just got a little Chihuahua from the shelter and was truly worried she wouldn't figure it out but she pp's on the pads all the time. I always praise her--she is a smart one.  I do not feel like she is a possession at all, in fact, I feel lucky to have the pleasure of taking care of he r and, in turn, she keeps me laughing. I like the names of your doggies too. Pretty cool. Here is a pic of the Bella Donna... She's tiny but she thinks she is tough, until something scares her and it doesn't really take much. LOL  Oh, and my name is Cheri and I look forward to sharing.
Posted by Bella D


 Welcome to the group Bella! There's a bunch of nice ladies here and we all like cooking, baking and animals. Cute doggy you've got!

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??????????????????? :   Welcome to the group Bella! There's a bunch of nice ladies here and we all like cooking, baking and animals. Cute doggy you've got!
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Thank you vicki...I do look forward to meeting and exchanging ideas with everyone.

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??????????????????? : I've been trying to find a friendly forum for discussing baking since I esp. love it. I love to cook too but  baking is my fun. Anyway, I read your post and loved it. I'm glad your family members acclimated easily to your new place. I just got a little Chihuahua from the shelter and was truly worried she wouldn't figure it out but she pp's on the pads all the time. I always praise her--she is a smart one.  I do not feel like she is a possession at all, in fact, I feel lucky to have the pleasure of taking care of he r and, in turn, she keeps me laughing. I like the names of your doggies too. Pretty cool. Here is a pic of the Bella Donna... She's tiny but she thinks she is tough, until something scares her and it doesn't really take much. LOL  Oh, and my name is Cheri and I look forward to sharing.
Posted by Bella D


Hi Bella so nice of you to join in! WELCOME !!!!  I love your little dog she is a cutie.I wanted a Chihuahua but could never find one.My little Black and white one is Juliet she is a Min Pin/chihuahua mix,she weighs 9# Romeo is a Basenji /dashound mix strange mix but I think he is the best tdog I have ever had.Hope you come back..

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posted at 3/31/2013 2:06 AM EDT
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Gale, Your Romeo and Juliet are so cute. So happy that they are such wonderful
company for you.

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

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Hi Gale, My mom had a Chihuahua named Flea and he knew I loved him so that's when I fell in love with Chi's. It's funny how things come about. I never paid much attention to the little yappers but that Flea was special, in my eyes anyway. He had heart problems and as he aged I had to watch him carefully. I came home one day and found him close to death, rushed him to the vet and she brought him back to life. He lived an additonal year.

I told myself I could do without a dog and the heartache but I'd catch myself looking in the paper for a Chi. Finally found one, named her Abbey and had the best time with her for years.

Again, I told myself not to go searching but my sister called one day just a sobbing, and in the background I could hear my niece crying too-they had just lost their beloved cat. So, they asked me to take them to the shelter. I figured the least I'd do was get a kitten. I had just lost my cat to the bobcat that roams around here so...

Well, I looked at the kittens and decided to just go visit the dog kennel and did not expect to see a tiny little 9 mo. old Chi amongst all those big barking dogs. She was so scared. There was a note on the front of her cage stating she was adopted out. I couldn't help but ask why she was there. They let me hold her and the next thing I knew I has carrying her outa there.

Little Bell was a 5#er though she has gained some weight and is a happpy, carefree little critter now. Out of all the dogs I've cared for, little Abbey was the most fun-I still miss that dog.

I'm glad you have your special friends, they do help us stay grounded and happy. I'm curious why your Romeo is your favorite? I've always thought the Besenji was an extra smart breed.
 


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What a sweet little girl! Romeo was born on Valentines day and this is why we named him Romeo and of course the little girl had to be Juliet.Romeo just learns everything very easily.His first visit to the vet and she said you know what I see in those eye"Smart" that he is .I spend most of my day in my wheelchair.I really didn't think I could do this.It wasn't too difficult with my Romeo.Every time we go to the vet he has to be taken around by the girls to see everyone.They just love him, he is the happiest little dog.Juliet is a sweet little girl but very cautious around strangers The morning after I had her fixed my phone rang and they asked at the Vet if we could come in earlier because she wouldn't take anything from them for pain they tried everything and she would not take anything.My son had to get her from the cage she wouldn't let anyone near her. It's hard trying to socialize a dog when you are inside all the time.If you have any suggestions I'm all ears.My son walks Romeo all the time but she is so small he is affaid that he will step on her.

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What a sweet little girl! Romeo was born on Valentines day and this is why we named him Romeo and of course the little girl had to be Juliet.Romeo just learns everything very easily.His first visit to the vet and she said you know what I see in those eye"Smart" that he is .I spend most of my day in my wheelchair.I really didn't think I could do this.It wasn't too difficult with my Romeo.Every time we go to the vet he has to be taken around by the girls to see everyone.They just love him, he is the happiest little dog.Juliet is a sweet little girl but very cautious around strangers The morning after I had her fixed my phone rang and they asked at the Vet if we could come in earlier because she wouldn't take anything from them for pain they tried everything and she would not take anything.My son had to get her from the cage she wouldn't let anyone near her. It's hard trying to socialize a dog when you are inside all the time.If you have any suggestions I'm all ears.My son walks Romeo all the time but she is so small he is affaid that he will step on her.
Posted by gale g


I think they are so afraid of getting stepped on and that is why they are so watchful.
 
When Bella is not worried, she acts normal. She has the same problem but I think it is part of being a chi. I wonder if socializing would even change that behavior-I suppose it would somewhat, but if bella doesn't recognize someone, she 'takes off' like a little tornado.

Sometimes she seems so wild, like a little fox. They are difficult at times. I read somewhere about a dog trainer that said the only dog you cannot train to be quiet is a Chi. I had to laugh. For being so tiny, she sure can roar. But she is the sweetest dog and so loving.She lays her head on my shoulder and just looks at me with the most loving eyes. I still have to be very careful though cuz if I accidentally scare her she freaks. I haven't taken her to the vet since I got her but that day is coming and I know it will be 'one to write home about'. Wink

 

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Cheri and Bella, let me also welcome you both  to VBB. 
I am not sure how much Bella will be reading and posting on her own but I am sure Cheri will relay any important info.
I know how it is to lose a dog, I had a German Shepard for 16 years and when I had to put her down that was the hardest day.  I said I would never get another dog, that held true for about 10 years and I caved and got my Mini Doxie.  Then about a year and a half later I saw another on line and my heart melted.  So I now have two mini's and you are right, I do not think the little ones know they are little. 

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Thank you for the welcome, Nikki-We appreciate it! Bella hasn't learned to type yet, but maybe somedaySmile

When I took Abbey to have her put to sleep, I had to bury my head in the towel. It didn't help enough because when I walked back into the office area, all the women were crying too. They had adored Abbey since she was a 7 week old cutie pie.
 
I do love the German Sheperd breed-they are too cool and so intelligient. I'm glad you have your two Mini Doxies and I bet they are fun little dogs. Do they get along?
 
My dad found a cute little dog, named Rex, on Craigs's list, thinking I would need another dog, but I had no interest. I kind of felt guilty for not warming up to him, but all turned out well because Rex and my dad are happily inseparable. Rex and Bella have a good time together, playing non-stop, stealing each other's bones and vying for attention, from the humans, more than ever. 




     






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Cheri and Bella, let me also welcome you both  to VBB.  I am not sure how much Bella will be reading and posting on her own but I am sure Cheri will relay any important info. I know how it is to lose a dog, I had a German Shepard for 16 years and when I had to put her down that was the hardest day.  I said I would never get another dog, that held true for about 10 years and I caved and got my Mini Doxie.  Then about a year and a half later I saw another on line and my heart melted.  So I now have two mini's and you are right, I do not think the little ones know they are little. 
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GRANA  here; 
Hi BELLA D
WELCOMETO VBB
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 what AN ADORABLE SWETHEART; I WISH YOU BOTH MANY  GOOD YEARS TOGETHERKiss

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GRANA   here;  Hi BELLA D WELCOMETO VBB ;   what AN ADORABLE SWETHEART; I WISH YOU BOTH MANY  GOOD YEARS TOGETHER
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Thanks! I hope so-she's a good dog.  

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 Ann, you almost had me with this picture! It took a minute to "get it!"

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this is my jenny   I know I haven't talked about her here before        because when this conversation started I had lost my cat that I had raised from a 5oz  abandoned bundle that I knew was several weeks old, in an especially horrible way  that is hard to talk about still
jenny is a mini-doxie     long-haired piebald     recently groomed    and 7 yrs old    I've had her since 5 1/2 wks old


this is my jenny, 7yrs old

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Nellie, So sorry about your cat. Your dog sure is cute. Hope you are doing ok now.
It take a long time to get over losing any of your pets because they are your family.

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this is my jenny   I know I haven't talked about her here before        because when this conversation started I had lost my cat that I had raised from a 5oz  abandoned bundle that I knew was several weeks old, in an especially horrible way  that is hard to talk about still jenny is a mini-doxie     long-haired piebald     recently groomed    and 7 yrs old    I've had her since 5 1/2 wks old
Posted by nellie v


 Nellie! Does this doggie sit in your lap??  Laughing It reminds me of the mental picture that Gale gave me when she said she sleeps in a chair with her two dogs on her! She's big and the perfect size for hugging! Give her some huggs from me. I'm glad you have her and she made me smile!

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this is my jenny   I know I haven't talked about her here before        because when this conversation started I had lost my cat that I had raised from a 5oz  abandoned bundle that I knew was several weeks old, in an especially horrible way  that is hard to talk about still jenny is a mini-doxie     long-haired piebald     recently groomed    and 7 yrs old    I've had her since 5 1/2 wks old
Posted by nellie v


Oh Nellie, your little Jenny looks like a sweetheart-so pretty with her new hairdoSmile. Losing our little friends is so painful. I teared up just writing about Abbey in my previous post. I guess it's because we will always love and miss them. I'm glad you posted a picture of your Jenny. 

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GRANA here;
 "beasty girl" CALI  is becoming more family as time goes by; even though the" CAT BEHAVIOR SPECIALIST  we took her to said she would never be a LAP CAT! and would  only  become more aggressive after the age of 2 yrs;  SHE now NEARLY 4yo O SITS ON PAWPAW'S LAP; WRAPS around my  FEET or HEAD ON COLD NIGHTS    and sits on my  hip or shoulder on cooler nights  .She spends days on a chair in the hall, allowing us to stop & pet  her/ make nice w/o any signs of fear or defensive aggressisiveness.Maestro is still  my sweet  lovey boy & and they get along as if they always have been friends. That "expert" vet sure had her wrong, the poor  thing was  from probably in fear from poor treatment  in the past; I'm so glad we  ignored his advice allowed her the  chance to love  & trust  and  be content in her life w/ us.
Our lives are very much enriched  by her becoming a happy &   gentle family member. She loves to  keep the squirrels  &   other vermin away from the patio door by twitching  her ears &  tail when they come too close.the old loveseat cushion is in front of the sliders; giving both kitties ample room to spread out daily in the sunshine.SmileCali had an absessed tooth & jaw that caused pain whenever we tried to pet her; a different & better vet  discovered the painful spot and surgery/ antibiotics healed it and once again allowed touching w/o pan, she seemsto actually  desire neck rubbing at  2 AM and purrs contentedly as I rub both sides of her neck vigorously



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