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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 1/20/2011 3:53 PM EST
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Ann -- Your post about Cali is a sweet one.  How nice.

I came here to post about Peaches' most recent "activity" ...... She wanted to curl up on my arms on this table in front of this little portable computer - her usual spot.
I knew I would have to be up in just a minute so I was fighting her.  Both of us were jerking about and ...  Wow ..... this whole screen changed ... everything larger.  I left this site and went to another - everything larger there too.
Good grief, it took me a bit but I discovered that on the lower right of this screen is something I could hqave used long ago to make the print on this page larger .... It makes the print on every page larger.   Somehow, by accident I (or Peaches) had changed it from ?? percent to 125%.

I can read this page with no trouble.  Wow..... everything I've looked at today has been good.
 

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

posted at 1/20/2011 4:04 PM EST
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Hi NANCY ; I'm gladyou seeit BAD CAT'S  way( no real choice, there)WinkAfterworkingsohard; Badcat earned the righto curl up & sleep "you made your bed, nowsleep in it" Cool
I'd rather give in than yell at our sweet babies; The only firm rule is no table sitting! 
YellBeds; chairs sofas; loveseat;most especially laps are all  fair gameKiss... kitchen counters count as tables & are off limitsYell.
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As I type .... Badcat has managed to get my coat down to the floor, drag it  around a bit  and  he's curled up on it sound asleep. Hey - if he wants my coat - it's his.
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Re: ARE YO R PETS A PART OF YOUR FAMILY OR MERELY POSESSIONS???????????????????

posted at 1/20/2011 4:53 PM EST
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Ann - Badcat and Peaches are two different cats -- sister and brother but very different.  Right now my avatar is big Badcat.

Tuesday I was sitting at the table eating my usual turkey sandwich  with glass of milk.  The cats were playing super-speed
tag from one end of the condo to the other.  Before I even knew it was happening Badcat was on the table with his face in my glass of milk, slurping.  In a blink,  before I could do anything he was gone --- back into the chase.

It was so fast and so funny all I could do was laugh.  Then the rest of the milk went into a dish and I had a fresh glass.

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

posted at 1/25/2011 7:31 AM EST
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Little Romeo watches TV, we were watching the Dog Whisperer and there were dogs barking,Romeo walked up to the TV and put in his two cents in barking back,Then he went behind the TV to look for the barking dogs.LOL He looks at himself in the mirror also,he's so cute.Smile

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

posted at 1/26/2011 1:54 AM EST
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Sarah:
Sorry about your dog.  I had a "Bailey" I lost in Sept. 21, 2009. He was a Jack Russell Terrior. I still miss him.  Before Bailey I, always, had Maltese and love the breed.  In Nov of 2009, I purchased an adorable Maltese/Yorkie from Our local Pet Refuge.  These dogs were from a puppy mill in Brazil, IN.  Cooper is adorable and so grateful to have a home, food that he doesn't have to fight for and a loving and spoiling MaMa, ME!
It has helped to heal from my "Bailey" because "Cooper" was only a year old and still has those playful puppy ways.  He finally, is potty trained and not the usual way, but like a kitty, in a box.  It is what worked!  I believe you should go and look at places to see just the need there is for animals to have someone adopt them and give them loving homes.  To answer the question.  Yes my dog, Cooper, is part of the family.

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posted at 1/26/2011 6:23 AM EST
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In Response to Re: ARE YO R PETS A PART OF YOUR FAMILY OR MERELY POSESSIONS??????????????????? : Well Cookie did not make it to her 14th birthday.  On the 2nd we had to put her down.  We are devistated but her body was shutting down.  Every minute of the day there is something that reminds us of her.  We miss her dearly.
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Today would have been Cookies 14th birthday.  May she rest in peace.

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Sorry for your loss.  The experience and the unconditional love I remember about my "Bailey" is what I try "only"  to remember.  It still is sad but your "Cookie" & my "Bailey" are in a better place and knowing you gave Cookie a great life and loving home should be consoling.
I really needed to get another pet because I was so devastated without Bailey.  I went down to our pet refuge and adopted a Maltese/Yorkie they found at a puppy mill.  Cooper has help me heal, but I will always have a special place, in my heart, for "Bailey"
I know just how you feel.  I will pray for your recovery.

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posted at 1/26/2011 5:18 PM EST
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I finally remembered to charge my camera.  I want to take pictures of my feathered family to share with all you pet lovers.  I have 2 Parakeets, 2 Australian Finches and a beautiful signing Canary.  He sings that loud, when I am on the phone, people can hear him! 

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Thanks for reminding me about my camera.  I want to post a picture of my "Cooper Baby" for all of you pet lovers!  He is a DARLING!!! 

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posted at 1/26/2011 6:51 PM EST
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I finally remembered to charge my camera.  I want to take pictures of my feathered family to share with all you pet lovers.  I have 2 Parakeets, 2 Australian Finches and a beautiful signing Canary.  He sings that loud, when I am on the phone, people can hear him! 
Posted by Susan K


Oh Susan,birds are so nice to have,I've had parakeets,cockatiels and a severe McCaw,my niece has our McCaw he needed a lot of attention that I was unable to give him,they are very demanding.My sister had a singing canary,she named him Eskimo he looked like he had a parka hood on and I was little and I couldn't say Eskimo,I called him Moco,so she left his name Moco.Am I right that only males sing?Iv'e been thinking about another bird but I don't know with Prince Romeo Here LOL 

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posted at 1/26/2011 11:27 PM EST
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Ten pages of people talking about their pets.........  and I bet we keep talking

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In Response to Re: ARE YO R PETS A PART OF YOUR FAMILY OR MERELY POSESSIONS??????????????????? : Oh Susan,birds are so nice to have,I've had parakeets,cockatiels and a severe McCaw,my niece has our McCaw he needed a lot of attention that I was unable to give him,they are very demanding.My sister had a singing canary,she named him Eskimo he looked like he had a parka hood on and I was little and I couldn't say Eskimo,I called him Moco,so she left his name Moco.Am I right that only males sing?Iv'e been thinking about another bird but I don't know with Prince Romeo Here LOL 
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Gale...

I got my canary in memory of my Mom...she loved canaries!  You are right, only males sing.  My canary's name is Hawkeye and he is yellow with a black mask over the eyes like a bandit.  He just sings his little heart out!   Jinx doesn't bother with the birds at all, in fact, the parakeet food has tiny crackers that they do not eat, but guess who loves to eat them.  He is such a nut!

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posted at 1/27/2011 11:28 AM EST
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Hi  NANCY ; Can you think of  a better way to spend time while the cookies are baking??? ?Undecided I cannot & I so very much enjoy reading about other pet lovers & their fortunate housematesInnocentSmile

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Ten pages of people talking about their pets.........  and I bet we keep talking
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Re: ARE YO R PETS A PART OF YOUR FAMILY OR MERELY POSESSIONS???????????????????

posted at 1/27/2011 11:38 AM EST
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HiNANCY ; I kind of figured that badcat & peaches are two different ktties; their personalities are  so differentWink Badcat got his[ previously yours] milk; I still think he should be named smart cat!!!!!!!!!!!Tongue outHe's sure"gotyour #!!!!!!!!!!!!!"how long has he been studying  you????????????? Tongue out
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Ann - Badcat and Peaches are two different cats -- sister and brother but very different.  Right now my avatar is big Badcat. Tuesday I was sitting at the table eating my usual turkey sandwich  with glass of milk.  The cats were playing super-speed tag from one end of the condo to the other.  Before I even knew it was happening Badcat was on the table with his face in my glass of milk, slurping .  In a blink,  before I could do anything he was gone --- back into the chase. It was so fast and so funny all I could do was laugh.  Then the rest of the milk went into a dish and I had a fresh glass.
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Hi CONNIE ; Birthdays of lost loved ones are always" bittersweet"Undecided How/what do you do to get through those days? 
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In Response to Re: ARE YO R PETS A PART OF YOUR FAMILY OR MERELY POSESSIONS??????????????????? : Today would have been Cookies 14th birthday.  May she rest in peace.
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posted at 1/28/2011 8:06 AM EST
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Ann - lol lol ..... right this minute, as I try to type  Badcat is sound asleep over my left arm.   I lean over so I can rest my left elbow on the table where my little laptop is pushed back far enough so he has room to be comfortable.  
Ohhhhhhh it's difficult to type and it's even more difficult to deal with a left arm that goes sound to sleep. lol lol lol

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posted at 1/29/2011 2:42 AM EST
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In Response to Re: ARE YO R PETS A PART OF YOUR FAMILY OR MERELY POSESSIONS??????????????????? : Gale... I got my canary in memory of my Mom...she loved canaries!  You are right, only males sing.  My canary's name is Hawkeye and he is yellow with a black mask over the eyes like a bandit.  He just sings his little heart out!   Jinx doesn't bother with the birds at all, in fact, the parakeet food has tiny crackers that they do not eat, but guess who loves to eat them.  He is such a nut!
Posted by Susan K


Hi Susan,My cat Ditto used to lay on the cockateils cage and sleep,he never bothered them,but I don't know how many he caught outside.I used to chase him down to take chipmunks and birds from him outside.That's nice that you did that in your Mom's memory,my mom loved birds also.We bought Bandit and Segan for her,those were the cockateils.I don't know if I could trust Romeo with anything too small He is half Basenji and they are known for hunting small game and in Africa they are also used for hunting Lions.Everyone of his toys he shakes violenly like he is killing it.He goes crazy when he sees a squirrel.These dogs were bred for sight and smell.Nothing gets passed him,the other day he found a spider on the floor and I walked right by it.Jinx is cute,he looks like he likes to have fun too!

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In this house Bailey possesses me.  LOL Bailey is a border collie/lab with psychic powers.  He is so smart and a big goof.  When I adopted him from the SPCA he was about 12 wks old and they said he had a problem chewing on hands.  Can't be adopted by a family with children, etc.  He didn't bite, just liked to play rough.  He's never been one to tear up anything (with the exception of a crocheted duck door stop, which was ugly anyway) One morning I woke up to find him standing on my bed, staring at me.  I thought he had to go winky tink so I got out of bed, opened up the side door and said hurry up.  Instead of going out the door, he went into the front room and looked at my desk.  Then he looked at me, and back at my desk.  Kinda like he does when I give him a cracker or chip that doesn't have any dip on it.  Finally I looked at my desk and the msg light was blinking on my ans mach.  It was 5:13 am, I had gone to bed at 1 am and there wasn't a msg on the machine when I went to bed.  The msg was from my Mom.  She had called me at 5:08 am to tell me that she needed me to go with her to the Senior Gleaners at 6 am (we volunteered at a food closet).  I called her and said you are not going to believe this Mom, but Bailey woke me up out of a dead sleep to return your call.  She said that she'd just leave msgs for him in the future.  A couple weeks later she called and left a msg for Bailey, telling him to wake me up and have me call her.  My Mom passed away on Feb 26, 2008.  Thirteen mons after she started leaving msgs for my dog, instead of me.  I saved the longest msg that she left for him and its the only recording of her voice that I have.  So you see, he's not a possession, he's not a pet, he's my answering service too! 

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Mary K - what a nice story.  Thank you

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Posted by Ann N


I said a little happy birthday when I got up.  Luckily I had work to keep my mind busy all day. 
This whole last year we kept in our minds that the day would come when we would have to make that decision.  I was hoping that it would help when the time came.  It kind of did at first, but after we were devastated.  It was hard to even talk about her without out crying (even my husband) for a month.  And to add to the hurt, our daughter lashed out at us and said that we lied and put her down just to get rid of her.  Everyone was right though it gets easier as time goes by.  We can talk about her without hurting.  I have a 'In memory' picture of her in our living room.  We both agree that we will not get another pet.  There is no replacing her.
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