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I am both a cat & dog & fish person!
I have 2 cats- Cleo & Tink
2 dogs- Mae & Kiedas
some silly fish



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Hello All!

When I got unsubbed to many boards for whatever reason I lost this board too. It was terrific to return and read all the posts about your fur babies.

Also made me realize there are a lot of cat people on the team. *chuckle* Ali better get on it and recruit more dog people.

I have a betta who is wacked. He took to sleeping updside-down and sideways. I figured it was his time, he is 3yrs old and bettas have short lives. My friend and I figured his air bladder blew out. He wouldn't die though and I thought it would be cruel to make him suffocate. I cleaned his tank, he righted himself and that was that. I figured ok, he's old, he is more sensitive to dirty water (as I cannot find a 1-2 gal tank with filter anywhere, so just air and no cleaning filter) and went on my way. I woke up in the morning, he's upside-down and sleeping. I wake him up, he rights himself and is fine all day. Then he goes to sleep and flips over. It's really quite bizzare. He's fine though, swims lots and eats well. I guess I won't end his little weird life. (name: Charlie)

I ask you all, what good is a cat that sleeps in and won't wake her person up in the morning? I mean, I don't ask much of her. All I ask is if my alarm doesn't go off that she jumps on me for breakfast and wakes me. Nope. There she is in her favourite spot on the back of the couch in the living room sleeping away. I tell her "breakfast is on" and she wakes, yawns and goes back to sleep. Lazy, that's what she is, down right lazy!

I suppose being senior (18) means she thinks that she can sleep all day now. And I guess she's right since I'm not there to wake her up. *laughing*

Still for a senior she is as wacked as Charlie - she pulled out her toys the other day and had quite the go at it. I found toys she hasn't played with for years scattered around the apt. I guess she decided it was time to do a bit of a workout. Not that she needs it, she's way underweight but it'll keep her mind sharp.

I wish I was her right now as I sure could do with going back to bed. Ah well, off to do some more paperwork while she sleeps soundly at home.

Or is she really fooling me and at this moment her and Charlie are throwing one wild party? Hmm.....

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Hi I'm new. I have 3 babies my cat Honey, sheperd mix Dakota who is 4yr I rescued him from A.R.V.S.S i Wisconsin and Mia (pronounced Mya) who will be 4yr tomorrow I rescued her from the Great Dane Rescue of Wisconsin 2years ago. She is my big baby girl. Mia unfortunately has to be kept separate from my cat as they still aren't use to each other, but in time I'm hoping they can run the house together and sleep together.

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I have two babies, Agassi just turned 8 last month and Kira will turn for in July. They are both Shiba Inus. Agassi is a redish color and looks like a fox, and Kira is black and tan. Kira is such a cuddly dog, Agassi would just prefer to lay around and be to himself, unless of course it is raining then he wants to be near mom.

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My "baby" is Kayli. She's around 7yrs old and medium grey hair. She's gorgeous. I rescued her from the spca around 6 yrs ago. Right now she is living with a friend, as I had to move in with my parents for a bit, but I miss her soooooo much!!!
I try to go and see her every chance I get. She's soo loveable and the sweetest thing!

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I grew up surrounded by cats, in particular our family cat of 19 years. He died in December 2006, and even though it was a group decision with the vet, it was hard on all of us.

For awhile, I wasn't ready to adopt, then my sister pointed me to a member of one of my LiveJournal cat lover groups who needed a home for three kittens. I drove a few hours and came home with Raqi, Bagel, and Bastis and turned my humble apartment into Chez Fluffy, House of Cats. Raqi is the image of her late uncle - a fluffy tuxedo cat, although I see his shadow in all three of the kitties. His memory has become a pleasure now, and makes me cherish my time with my fluffies that much more.

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Dublin, a neutered male, is very affectionate. Sometimes it's just a matter of stopping by as he's crossing my lap for a quick hello, but at other times, he's in full cuddle & head butt mode.

No, I wouldn't trade him for anything, either. The times he's saved my sanity & kept me from going over the edge, I can't begin to tell you. He joined my home at a critical time, & I can't begin to tell you how much of a blessing he is! Then again, I don't have to, do I? You each already know this from your own pets. :D

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My "children" consist of 1 fish (Beavis), 1 rescue female kitten (Shox), 1 older male cat (Patches), and an older beagle/brittany mix dog (T-Bone). T-Bone and Patches are both on medications now as they are both over 10 years old and starting to show the age issues. Shox is the wild child not even a year old yet and terrorizes my poor Patches. Beavis, too, is also older-almost 6 years old now and also a single fish since death of Dory a few years ago. She is a Celestial Eye Goldfish and is also now showing age by not moving around much anymore. My pets are all that have kept me sane during this transition into single womanhood. If not for them, I would not be here on this planet I don't believe. T-Bone has been my Gaurdian Angel I am sure because of some of the road trips the two of us have been on that should have had far different outcomes. I wouldn't trade my pets for ANYTHING in the world.!

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I had so much to learn about cats because I grew up with dogs. I have a cat who my roomie and I call Max, one neighbor calls him BT, and the other neighbor calls him Shakespeare. He's the neighborhood's cat and he's super friendly. He's friendlier than my own cats, lol.

My female is so much more affectionate than my male. My male cat (Xander) will run from me from time to time, and he makes the weirdest sounds. The female can be an attention hog.

Both cats make me feel special. I do want to get a dog one day.

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Sorry! Long post here. :S

I can relate to being crazy about cats, JocelynCS. :) But it's only a recent development for me. I like how you said that you seemed to've been adopted by Tariq - so cool, eh? Cats certainly choose the ones they love, eh? Not the other way around. :D & that's one of the things I love about them - I feel extremely privileged to've been chosen by Dublin.

You know, there's something amazingly special about cats, isn't there? All my life, I've loved animals, horses in particular. I feel drawn to them like no other animal. Giraffes used to be my favourite, & I still like them, along with elephants (who're super intelligent) & some other beasties. I used to picture myself as having a dog, like a German Shepherd or Collie or something like that (not a smaller one - I'm more of a medium to large dog girl myself).

Then Dublin chose me & joined me here in my home, & it's been so different since then. I've realised what a wonderful creature the cat is, & I'm thankful to share my home with one. It's amazing what having an animal of a certain species will do to change your mind about them. I always liked cats, but as a general animal & not as a personal choice. However, well, Dub changed that for me.

My sis-in-law's absolutely critter crazy! She became a vegetarian for that reason. She & my brother have 2 cats (Mungo & Mabel, both boys - yes, Mabel, too, but then think how hard it is to sex a cat 'til males start developing, & they got both as kittens), a dog (Oogie Boogie (named after some creature in a movie), & now a miniature bunny named Bijou. I can't remember if Bijou's a male or female. In the past they've had other creatures, too. My brother likes animals, too, & we got that love from our parents. Growing up, 'til about 11 or 12, we always had pets. After that, we didn't. I'm not sure why, but I think it was because Mom went back to work full-time, & it just wouldn't have been fair, with Dad working shift work & all, to the dog, which is what we would've had.

My sis-in-law usually works at home during the day, & she & my brother have a feline visitor during the day they've named Marshmallow. I saw him, & he's lovely & sweet.

At one time, I had a hamster named Marshmallow & some fish. So weird! I looked after Marshmallow really well, & he seemed fine. Then one day I returned home, & he was dead! That was a shock! He was just over a year old, but then I found out that hamsters never live long & that one year is the low end of their average life span. I was moving back in with my parents to return to full-time school soon, & Mom didn't want him there. My fish'd died, too, but I think I'd overfed them. Same mistake Mom did with Oscar our goldfish when I was a little girl. Kill with kindness - & I DON'T mean that facetiously.

Anyway, that's sort of my animal history.

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I'm a self-proclaimed crazy cat lady. I have three fluffy kitties that I love to pieces - and recently, I seem to have been adopted by a neighborhood Siamese mix, who I named Tariq (Arabic for "nocturnal visitor") because he always showed up at night. My friends laugh because I refer to my home as "Chez Fluffy: House of Cats."

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Oh how fun with the lightening bug!



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& I'm sure you were having fun watching them. :)

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The new place has lots of windows which my furbabies love! Last night a lightening bug (along with a few moths) flew in and Xander and Mystique were having so much fun trying to catch them all.

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Big dogs are much more preferable to me than smaller dogs, although there have been small dogs in my past that I've loved.

As someone said, the way a dog is, for the most part, is how it's trained & raised. I can't stand Dobermans, but my grade 6 teacher raised Rotties, & his were such sweeties. A friend of mine had Rotties, & they weren't nice to anyone except for her & her husband. He'd trained them to be nasty to all but the two of them, which was bad for any company, such as myself. That was one of the reasons I stopped going to her house.

Mutts are great, though - usually the best of the breeds mixed into them. :)

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I love mutt mixes. I love seeing all the different breeds, like you are with Ginger. It's hard when they grow senior, to know you have to say goodbye at some point. All one can do is love the moments eh. Ginger sounds like a beautiful mix.

My Friendly, he was my most mixed dog ever. He was German Shepherd, St Bernard, Husky, Collie. You could see all 4 breeds in him, especially Husky, German Shepherd and St Bernard. The Collie was more hidden. He was exactly as his name implied - friendly. Everyone loved him. He really loved children. He was a great protector of our home and of my ex's daughter. We couldn't lock our doors and I never worried, as he slept at the door and the person who dared walked in unannounced better run for his life! He never bit, he was intimating just by his growl.

Rotties, they can be the most loveable baby dogs or they can be the most mean dogs on the planet. It sure depends on how they are trained and raised. My friends who had Rotties, their dogs were big freakin' babies except if their people were being threatened, then get out of the way. Literally. They'd tear you from limb to limb if they thought you were harming their people. My kid sister's Rottie (sister of heart, not blood) hated men. Men learned to knock then wait until she put the dog in the basement. The odd thing was he was actually her boyfriend's dog originally and was very well treated. No one was sure why he turned when Jenn came into the picture. He'd only behave towards boyfriend, never took to any other man. She also had a pitbull and it was the sweetest little thing . Real loving dog.



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I grew up with dogs and my family's dog, Ginger, is so sweet and just too funny. She's getting up there in age, and I know I'll be so upset when her time comes. She's a mutt: looks like a lab with German Shepherd fur (including the moles) and has stances and gestures like a pit.

I hope to get a dog one day and it will probably be a larger breed. They are so lovable and you can wrestle with them.

I have met some Great Danes, Rotweilers, Pits, and other "scary" breed dogs that are such babies. They are sweet and loyal. I love my cats, but miss being around a dog.

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I love the blinking, never realized that. Hopefully that Himalyn will allow you one day to approach and pat. The Siamese that you mentioned sounded really nasty. I wouldn't want to be around one like that either.

Depends on the type of Siamese cat, as its the seal-points that tend to yowl and be high-strung. I don't like Seal-points. I had a Flame-point Siamese and she was very quiet, unassuming. She simply loved and expected nothing in return except love. She was another SPCA cat and even had a tattoo in her ear. The SPCA where she came from did the best they could do but nothing was in the system - such as it was back then. She moved in with a lady who gave her up when the boyfriend said "me or the cat." I told her point-blank "the cat." She was shocked. Tough. To me if there is no give on that subject, chances are there won't be give in other areas either (compromise, give).

I was thrilled though. Brandy was soft cream with soft red/orange "poured" down her with her ear tips coloured soft red/orange.

Sadly a rouge male came on my parent's farm where I "summer'd" Max and Brandy every year. We figure he tore a strip off Brandy (as she was spayed, so we figure he was angry at her lack of attention to him) as she disappeared when he disappeared. Our barn cat Black Cat, tough neutered male, he also disappeared. When he finally came back, he was all torn up - so that had to be some rouge male because Black Cat was tough. Well we got revenge when he returned. My brother made mince meat of that cat. We suspect he didn't come from the neighbouring farms as no one missed a cat and often people dropped their cats out at the farms thinking us farmers have nothing better to do than care for their cats. But that's a whole other story.

Dogs, I prefer the larger dogs and prefer mixed breeds over purebreds. Although I do admit that our Great Dane (purebreed) was a gem. He lived to be 11yrs old, which is very old for a Dane. My brother rescued Tiny as the mother went crazy, was killing the pups. He had to hand-feed the puppy. Called Tiny because he was such a tiny little puppy, about 3 or 4 weeks old. Sadly a couple of the pups also had to be put down later in life due to be crazy like the mother - the owners weren't sure why it happened as they got the mother from someone. Figured there had to be a genetic issue that they weren't told about. Tiny though, he was a gem. He loved everyone. He was super great with kids. It was funny, my brother would lay on the couch with Tiny on his chest - he was so small that he didn't even put weight on my brother. Then one day Tiny went up on the couch and pushed my big brute of a brother flat out on the floor, stretched out and went to sleep! LMHO!! My brother burst out laughing, as did my parents. That was the last time Tiny slept on the couch. After that when he came in, he was allowed to sleep on the floor in the living room. Danes are real people dogs, they really stress out if they are left alone.

One last story on Danes. My ex's sister loved Danes and started off with one - now over a couple decades she's a breeder. Well, she came up for a visit and we lived in an apt. People would scatter when her dog came up with her to stay over. It was hilarous. The only thing they had to worry on was being licked to death. LOL! Well we were talking in the living room and her Dane was off exploring the apt. Then I heard whining, she realized it was her dog. We jumped up wondering what she had gotten into, when we saw....she was standing outside the bedroom door whining at MY CAT!! LMHO!! My silly Honey was standing there with her fur up, telling the Dane in no uncertain terms exactly what she could do with wanting to be friends. We died laughing. Her poor dog looked at us like "hey, hello, need a little help here, mean cat going to eat me." It was so so funny. By the end of the visit that cat had the Dane under her paw, all she had to do was lift and the Dane went "yes ma'am, what do you need ma'am." Ohmygoodness, the dog's paw could have crushed my cat. That's a Dane for you though, softies to the end.

I'm heading off to bed too. 'Night all!



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There's a Himmy that roams my neighbourhood, & she's a beauty. I haven't yet been close enough to pet her, but we've blinked, & so she knows I'm a friend. I learnt that if you blink at a cat, you're letting her know that you're a friend & mean no harm. It's a sort of greeting for cats.

Anyway, each breed has something to offer, even Siamese, which are so vocal & certainly not my favourite breed. This has a lot to do with one that roamed one of my childhood neighbourhoods & always went on top of the woodpile outside our kitchen window (in our carport; we lived in a townhouse complex at the time) & sprayed the window. He was nasty, too! I know that Siamese owners say they're something special, but I don't like 'em.

There are dog breeds I don't like, either, of course. But I won't go into that now. I'm really sleepy & need to go to bed. Another time. :)

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Manx are definitely large cats. That's another thing I love about them. You are so right, they show the world that one can be born without a tail and do just fine.

I have to mention Precious, my Himalyan - even though its off-track from Manx. Himalyan are another unique breed, much like dogs in mannerisms. Precious loved to fetch bottle caps. He'd run and get a bottle cap, throw it at my feet, step back and shake with anticipation. I'd throw, he'd run and get the cap. It was a hoot! He was also like Max in that he would come to whistle calls and his name. He'd walk me to work, then at the busy main road, he'd turn and walk home again. He tended to wander, so I tried to keep him indoors and it didn't work. He was a year old when picked up by the SPCA and they figured he was a very "old" street cat. He would literally rip down the screen door and throw himself against the door, if I didn't open it up. Children would come and play on my front lawn with him, as he really loved the kids. He visited my neighbours and they all fed him. Yeah he wasn't skinny, that's for sure. Then one day he disappeared. My neighbours saw him on the lawn with the children, then he was gone. The children never returned either. We figure they took him home. While I really missed him - he had attitude with a capital A (typical Himalyan) and uniqueness of character - I was happy that he found a home with children. Well, that's what we all wanted to believe, so I hope it really was the truth.



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I find cats fascinating in general, but one thing about Manx cats that I find particularly cool is that they have naturally good balance even without a tail or a very short one. Cats can learn to adjust to a life without tails, but it takes a while. The Manx, though, shows that it is possible for cats to be born without tails & still do really well.

They're big guys, too! Mungo - Allen & Danielle's Manx - is large, as is Mabel, their other cat. Mabel's a boy, but, well, when kittens are quite young, it can be quite hard to sex them. Anyway, Mabel's large, too. He's a mixed breed.

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I really love the look and personality of a Manx. Max had the biggest green eyes I've ever seen on a cat. He'd literally walk up the chest of a person and stare straight in their eyes. Especially if you didn't like cats, it was like he was daring you not to like him. I was so worried though when he wouldn't come out under the bed. I put water and food under there, the litter box was under there and my other cat - flame-point siamese - she went under there to keep him company. It was her that got him out from under the bed and back into the world. If it had just been me, I would have had to put him down. I doubt he would have recovered. But yeah, after that, he was most definitely my boy and stayed right at my side. It was terrible to move, as we had to drive 6/7 hours and he howled the whole way. I tell ya, he was so relieved when he realized that I was still there, Brandy was still there, only the location changed.

That's cool how your brother's Manx has loyalty to his people and still allows others to provide affection too. They are truly big loveable goofs.





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My brother & sis-in-law have a Manx - what a handsome boy! He used to be really stand-off-ish when he was younger, but now he's a lot friendlier. You can tell that he's definitely my bro & sis-in-law's cat, but he will go to others for attention now.

Max was probably freaked out by the changes & decided he didn't want to go in the harness anymore. Most cats don't like upheavals - like a new home - as you know, & that probably set him back a lot from some things, like the harness. At least he settled in & accepted you as his human after a while! :)

I'm laughing thinking of him following you around like a puppy. :)

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You'll deserve to crawl into bed after doing hard housekeeping. So its grey there too eh. I chuckled on how Dub is ready for the night, just in case. Typical cat. :)

Harness. I had a cat, Max, who was a Manx. He was harness trained. I recieved him when he was 5yrs old because his owners decided they didn't want him anymore. Manx are very much one owner cats and don't tolerate change well. He also loved car rides. When he saw I was taking him to my car, he was thrilled. He jumped in and was like "okay nice lady, where we heading?" What a change when he woke up the next morning in my home, many long miles away from his home. Took almost 3 weeks before he would come out from under the bed or eat. He lost a ton of weight. I almost put him down, he was grieving so hard. Well, he never did go willingly into another car and as for the harness. Forget it. He wigged out. I figure either they lied about the harness and he really wasn't trained OR like the car, he decided that if someone else has control he'll lose everything/everybody that he knows. So refused to ever go that route again. Needless to say he never did go back into a harness as I just didn't have it in me to fight. He did come though when I called for him. People often thought I had a dog because I'd go out and whistle, then call his name. He'd come running. Wasn't the best alternative but he was pretty street smart.



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I am SO happy Sassi's better! :D

Dub's having a lazy, sleepy day, too. I assume, anyway - I'm not home. I think once I get home - I'm helping my friend with some heavy duty housekeeping - I'll just crawl into bed, & I know he'll join me there. :) It's a grey day here, too, & he almost always sleeps these days away so that he's ready for the night time. Not that he gets to go anywhere. Still, he's ready just in case he can. :)

If he goes out, it's just on his harness.

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Thanks! She's having a sleepy day today but then, it is grey outside and miserable. I'd have a sleepy day too, if I didn't have to work!



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I'm glad to hear that Sassi is doing better. I hope she continues to get better. emoticon

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It is sad when animals have to be put down because the damage is too great to their psyche. Like the dog you described, its sad.

Sassi is doing much better now. Her fur is soft, she's gaining weight and even though she's still not eating lots, she's eating regularly. I finally snaffled her and did the front claws yesterday. I can tell she's had enough of everything, she flips as soon as I pick her up. She had her last pill yesterday too. Thank goodness. I don't think I'll get anymore days of doing that!



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That's so sweet about Honey's reaction when Ninja returned! :) What characters cats are! They show their ire very easily, but most cats, I've found, are quite willing to forgive all but the worst offences towards them. :)

If you ever get another chance to go up to Tuk, even just for the day, do it! It's so cool up there, being right at the edge of the land. You can see islands in the distant north, but they're not super visible, & it feels like there's nothing else beyond the point on which you stand. They have certificates for either dipping your toe in the water or for swimming up there, &, in the middle of the summer, the water's surprisingly warm! It's because the mouth of the MacKenzie river flows into the bay & warms the normally frigid Arctic Ocean.

Yeah, vicious dogs. A friend of mine has a cousin who visited a country in the South Pacific - I can't remember which one - & there were a lot of feral dogs roaming the place. Most of those dogs were really sweet & used to people, but one dog - man alivin'! It took a lot of effort for that beast to be caught, but he'd been terrorising people in that little village because he just wouldn't let people be. Apparently he'd been let loose, like a lot of the dogs are there, but he'd been treated horribly by the people with whom he'd lived before that. When he was caught, he was put down because he was so dangerous. What a shame, eh? Apparently he was a beautiful looking dog, & there was probably some potential there before his abuse, but in the end, he just wasn't allowed to live because of the monster he'd literally turned into.

Anyway! I'm really tired after a long bike ride today, & I have to stop looking at Dub right now because he's sleeping. Looking at him is making me sleepy, but it's FAR too early to sleep yet - only just before 6:30 PM. So I'm going to pour myself some Bailey's into a glass of milk & enjoy a movie or two.

I'll probably catch you & anyone else who might show up here tomorrow. Have a good night! :D

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You were a whole heck farther north than me! I always wanted to go further north and maybe one day I'll get up to Inuvik. I'd love to do the Dempster Highway one summer. I had an opportunity to go to Tuk when my friend transferred there from Ft Simpson - where I was living at the time - but she said "gee, you have only one trip, either south or north, chose south woman or I'll kick your behind!" LOL!!! It was 10months since I had been out of the hamlet, so yeah, I needed to get to civilization. Still...LOL!!

Dogs in the north, that's a whole other kettle of fish. My ex was the dog catcher at one point. He hated it. Too many he had to put down - no owners as the dogs were just let loose to roam. Many times he was up way before the school kids with the RCMP, going dog hunting, as those dogs were mean and tended to hang out on the school ground. They often attacked the children. I helped him a few times round up dogs and told him I couldn't do it anymore. People were whacked, they'd freak out on him, come to our home and flip, then if you gave a 2nd chance, off the dog went loose to do whatever. There was one wee dog that kept escaping his yard. At first we had sympathy and no charges. After time though realized they were taking advantage and not fixing the holes in the fence. So my ex held that dog and they never came to get him...sadly he had to be put down. We couldn't create a no-kill shelter, there were too many.

Honey and Ninja did live a good life. It was something, they passed away together. Just like in life, in death they refused to be separated.

Funny story. So we moved out of town and had a trailer. The cats loved roaming in the summer as we didn't worry on them going outside - no traffic. Well, one day Ninja didn't come home. We looked and looked, nothing. After 2 weeks we decided that a coyote must have got her. Meantime Honey took up vigilance at the window. She'd go out in the day and you could tell she was stalking for Ninja. At night she sat at the window and looked out.

Then towards end of week 3 my ex is driving home on the side road and out runs a cat! He brakes fast, cannot believe his eyes, jumps out of the truck and viola, its Ninja! Very skinny Ninja!

He brings her home and she comes in all purring. She goes up to Honey like "oh I'm so sorry I love you, I'm home now" and what does Honey do?

Honey takes her paw back and with strength, wallops Ninja as hard as she can!! Ninja rolls back quite the distance! Honey stares at Ninja, then turns her butt to Ninja, flips up her tail and walks away. Ninja sits there all tangled staring like 'oh oh I'm in soooo much trouble!!!!"

I've never seen anything like it. Honey was so angry and took all evening to calm down. When she finally accepted Ninja, she curled up and gave her a hard bath. Just like a mama would do if her child had been gone, smack her across the head, tell her never to do that again and then bath. LOL!!!!!!





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If you go onto the Animal Planet website, you should be able to see some videos from those episodes. For "Cats 101," they have bits about the breeds they featured on the show. I also liked watching "Dogs 101" when I had it. "Cats 101" didn't seem to last very long.

I haven't seen "Hiccups" because I only have CBC. Anyway! Won't go there! :P

Oh, poor Ninja & Honey! BUT amazingly happy endings for both! People who harm other people or animals....man alivin'! I can't say what I really think because I'd be kicked off of here. That's one of the few things that causes me to even think of swearing. ANYWAY! They both have great endings & lives now, & that's the important thing. :)

Yes, the Arctic is a bitter place in the winter. I've lived up there twice - once when I was a little girl in Coppermine, NT, which is now Kugluktuk, NU, & once a few years ago in Inuvik. I loved it, but Inuvik was too isolated for me to stay more than 2 1/2 years. Still, I certainly wouldn't give up that time for anything. I knew one person in Inuvik who had two cats, although I'm sure more did. There were certainly a lot of dogs, though, & roaming dogs were a huge problem, as they usually are up North. The one dog guy we had was either not on the ball that much or he'd be too firm for first time offenders. He eventually got kicked out of that job & the by-law officer ended up doing it. He did a much better job & was much more compassionate & understanding. Still, even he had a limit, though, for those who were regular offenders. Some people just couldn't seem to understand how important it is to fix their animals if they weren't intending to breed them. Anyway! :)

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I watch Animal Planet at my parent's place as I don't have that in my satellite package, just have basic. I didn't see Cats 101 or Housecat Housecalls, those sound interesting.

I've never watched Heartland myself, however, I have many girls (clients) who watch the show. I caught one episode to see what they are watching and thought it was well done. I also love the scenery. Apparently the books are also well done, according to a few 12yr old girls. It's good there are shows like that out there and that they have had episodes about animal welfare.

I love the new show on CTV, Hiccups with Brent Butt and Nancy Robertson. Its really funny.

Another happy story was Ninja and Honey. They were adopted sisters, from different circumstances. Ninja was a tortise-shell siamese cat that was given up due to "way too high energy." Whatever. We got her and as soon as my ex moved, she ran so hard she hit the wall, ran up the wall, did a flip and tore off. He joked with the guy who gave us the cat "what did you do, beat that cat?" The guy said "yeah, so." No fooling. Found out he'd throw Ninja down the stairs and lock the door, keep her down there in the dark for hours. While she was afraid of me, she was terrified of Dave - since he was a man and it was a man that harmed her. Dave was so patient with her, had treats that he gave when she would come close and spoke/moved quiet. She eventually learned to trust him and turned into an amazing cat.

Honey arrived shortly after. It was December in the Arctic, so very cold. I was at the hotel my friends worked at and they opened my parka, then before I could protest, put in this little ball of fur. I went on to a house party, showed Dave and he shrugged, wasn't surprised that they gave me this kitty. Honey was found by them wandering into the hotel for food and warmth. We figured she was only a few months old, later when she was spayed, we discovered she was much older. She had frostbite on her nose and ears, her pads were so frostbitten that she couldn't walk and she had pneumonia. Her ear tips broke off so we nicknamed her Weasel - she looked like a Weasel. LOL! Honey was a loving cat, she loved everyone with passion. Took a year to clear up her lungs fully. She couldn't go out in the winter as her pads never fully grew back and the snow burned her paws. She and Ninja loved one another. Never found out where she came from, there were many feral cats in the hamlet. Glad they tricked me though, as she was a great cat. And a great friend, sister to Ninja.



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I no longer have any channel except for CBC, & so I can't watch Animal Planet. Great channel! I did watch every bit of "Cats 101" when it was on that I could, & I watched it on the website, too, as well as "Housecat Housecalls."

I don't know if you've ever seen "Heartland," a show on CBC that takes place on a ranch. They've had episodes about animal welfare, including quite recently. I'm glad that the animals they feature on that show have happy endings at least. It's a fictional drama that takes place in Alberta, & it's one of only 2 shows I watch at all on CBC. Well, occasionally, some other ones, but I mention this specifically because of all the horses. I love horses! :)

Thanks for sharing the happy story! :) It's too bad about Tye-Bear, but I'm thrilled about Friendly! :)

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I watch the shows about the Humane Society on Animal Planet too. It breaks my heart and so grateful for people who do that job. My dad freaks when the stories on neglected horses comes up. We'd never let our horses get so down. Just like a recent story here. Dad went to the auction and was so angry. Thin underweight scrawny year old calves were being sold and it was obvious they hadn't been fed properly over the winter. Like Dad said, its a farming community, if you run out of hay or can't afford hay, speak out. People will rally until you can sell them. No one will let an animal starve. I was reading on the site for Alberta and there are cases (as every spring) of grossly underfed cattle and horses. The excuse - it was a rough summer, too hot and not enough hay produced, can't afford to ship hay in and feed. Get over it. Ship the animals out and sell them. Tell your neighbours and work together to feed them. Contact SPCA and inform that you cannot feed the animals. Don't starve them!

Very sad about the dashshound. Sadly emotional trauma can really take the toll and it was wonderful that you all really tried to help her through that.

Great story on Dublin and how he now has a good home, love and is doing well. It's so great to hear happy stories. :)

I have many but I'll share a happy one. My ex and I got a puppy for his daughter, who was 6yrs old at the time. Tye-Bear, a mix of collie, husky, German Shepherd and St Bernard. She loved him. Then one day about 2 weeks after recieving Tye-Bear home we drove into our driveway and noticed movement in the weeds, stopped and realized it was a puppy. Turned out to be the runt of the litter, Tye's brother, with a broken leg.

Took him to the hospital, got him xrayed and splinted the leg. We asked around, its a small hamlet we lived in and got the story. He had been passed around various homes, then ended up in one home where he was supposed to be forever. Only they decided they didn't want him and literally threw him out the window of the truck, as they passed by our home. They were going a good clip, so it was fortunate he only broke a leg.

Sadly Tye-Bear had to be put down - he had issues and we couldn't untrain those issues out of him. Friendly, the runt, ended up being a huge dog and the most loyal dog ever. He was ... well ... friendly. Everyone loved him. He was such a great dog. And Brandi loved him to pieces, he loved her and really protected her too.



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It was a story I saw on Animal Planet. The show had something about animal control officers.

When I was about 13 or so, my family had a dachshund. She was a beautiful dog in appearance. However, she'd been horribly neglected by the two women who had her before. They kept her only for breeding, & they'd often go away for days at a time, leaving poor Sheen outside. Most of the time they didn't leave any water or food out for her. The neighbours finally called SPCA, & somehow we ended up with her. Poor thing!

She was afraid of my brother & dad, both of whom love dogs, but she hadn't ever been around male humans. She tolerated me because I was female, but, really, she only let my mom into her heart at all, & even that wasn't much. My parents finally had her put down because she was just too emotionally damaged. Even now my heart breaks just thinking about her & what life must've been like for her.

Then I think of Dublin & how grateful he must be to have a warm, safe, loving home. My sis-in-law found him outside & took him in. He chose me. No one has any idea of his life before she found him, but he'd obviously been around people at the right ages. He's an endearing little beastie. A bit shy, but once he warms up, he's an absolute doll. :) There's a happy ending there, & I'm glad that I could give him one. :)

I just wish that there were many, many more!

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That infuriates me too with the dogs and the condition they were in, to read your story gave me chills. People should have to suffer the same fate, then maybe they'd get it. Maybe not though. That stuff really gets under my craw. I remember up north in the hospital, we were also "the vet clinic." Unofficial of course. And the nursing practioner, she was "the vet." As tough as she was, there were times she cried because we'd have no choice but to put down an animal that was so badly neglected and abused there was no life left. And the claws to grow into the dog's pad, that would have been so painful.



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"Sassi" is definitely the right name for her! :)

Oh, those poor kitties with their too-long claws! :( It doesn't cost much to get the nails clipped at the vet if a person doesn't want to do it themselves. Dub goes outside on his harness & his don't get super long - they do break off by themselves, & I have seen bits of them around the suite from time-to-time. Still, it's something that has to be kept on top of.

The worst thing as far as claws go, though, were these poor neglected dogs I saw. Man alivin'! They'd been left outside by their owners & were so starved, for attention & love as well as for food, that when the animal rescue people came, they would've wolfed down a tonne of food if they'd been allowed. Of course they weren't, & they were so thirsty, too. Their claws were growing down & towards the pads. One of the pooch's paw pad had actually been pierced by some of the claws on that foot! She could hardly walk, & it took her a long time to heal. Those poor beasts did eventually heal & get adopted out, & apparently they're the best dogs - they're probably so grateful for good, loving homes, eh? Things like that - cruelty, abuse of any kind, whether towards people or animals, etc. - always infuriates me.

Still, I'm glad that you were able to help your friend with clipping her cats' claws.

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I agree, I think the very nature of ravens and squirrels is to annoy humans and I think they chuckle on how upset we get, back at their homes. LOL!!

Poor Dublin with his claws, at least you are doing it. My bff didn't do her cats claws so one of my trips down there to visit, I bought a declawer scissor and did the cats claws. Ohmygoodness. Her cats were sweeties compared to Sassi. I showed her how to hold them, then snip snip. The poor dears, their claws were turned under into their pads! They are indoor only, so the claws never have a chance to break off naturally. She was still hesitant at first, then realized how important it is. Now she does it all the time.

Usually with Sassi I just headlock her and do it. Because she's been ill I'll give her a break but come the weekend, she's getting them done.

Yup, that's true, no sense animals being all upset when there is no need.

When I lived in the above ground basement suite in a house, my dad built a cat cage that attached to the kitchen window. I left the window open all spring, summer and fall. Sassi would go out and sleep in the cage, she loved it. It was off the ground, so no fear a dog would break through the chicken wire to get her. Well, the first time out she put her paws to each side and pushed. Like she was testing the strength. Then she meowed. Next thing I knew there were the neighbour dogs going crazy underneath. That Sassi cat of mine, she strolled up and down with her tail high like "nah nah nah nah you can't get me, hah!!" Even my neighbours laughed their heads off at how sassy she was with the dogs. It was too funny!



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Yes, I'm always amazed by the intelligence of animals, like ravens & squirrels - they know how to annoy people, even though all they're doing is being themselves. I do think, though, that they like to torment us & the other creatures in our lives. :)

Like Dublin & the dogs in the run on my yard. He'll go to the window to see what's happening, & then, seeing them, he'll hiss & start a fight through the glass! I remove him right away, though, even though there's glass in between. No sense having the animals stay upset if there's no need.

When Dub needs his claws clipped, I take him to the vet. Next time I won't watch. He was so scared my heart was breaking! I knew it needed to be done, & they need doing now, but I just wanted to snatch him up & say it wasn't worth it. Still, it is, but those looking after those who need it sometimes need to do the hard things, even if they're scared & don't understand.

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Last night it was a wrestle match to give the med. It's so tiny, thank goodness, so I literally threw it down her throat. Her claws need trimming but I gave up, enough stress as it was - for both of us. She did something weird though. She pooped on the floor. That is not her, she gets all bent out of shape if she doesn't have a clean litterbox and is very conscious on using it. I've cleaned it daily, topping up with clean litter so that's not the issue. It wasn't diarrhea. I'll have to keep an eye on this. It could be a tantrum, as she's done it on occasion if she's angry at me.

Yup spiders should be ate LOL!

Ravens, up north they are huge, so they do all sorts of damage. I am always amazed at their intelligence. I agree they are juvenile dlinquents. LOL!! I remember one winter, sitting at the table and looking out. I just put out the garbage can. I was still new up there and while I grew up around ravens, I had never seen such huge ones before and loved watching their antics.

Well, I didn't realize how smart they were until I watched them take down the garbage can. I had the lid on tight so they couldn't dive in. I saw them circling, then walking around looking at the can. Then 2 dogs came strolling over. And yes, I'm not making this up, this is what happened....

The ravens flew up, together they pulled and pulled on the lid until it came off the can. The 2 dogs pushed over the can and then they all ate together!!

I was in shocked. Who knew????

Finally I went out and cleaned up the mess before it got out of hand. After that I put a heavy rock on top of the lid. But wow, was that ever smart!

Ravens also love to suck out the stuffing from machines. We'd cover the quads and snowmobiles but sometimes they'd still get the seats. It wasn't year round, when nesting was happening. So frustrating though to come out and discover holes in the seat, all the stuffing gone.

I think ravens are so cool even though they are annoying. They live in one nest for generations. Nests are huge because they accomodate many birds. They are very family orientated. They are really smart. Up north they are a protected bird as the myths state the elders who pass away under the Raven clan, will return as ravens. Some days I tell ya, we sure didn't want them protected though, like all teens *chuckle* could be real pain!!

My ex and I had a company that did landscaping and it was always a battle with the ravens. We'd hydroseed the lawns, only to return and find the ravens there pulling out the worms. Argh! They'd grab plugs of soil, not content to just pull out the worm - no - they had to pull out the plug of new grass to make a hole! All we could do was just keep fighting them and we always won. Just was much work.







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I'm so glad that Miss Sassi decided to grace you with her presence! :) If she knew what was going on, she'd thank you for being such a good mom to her & giving her her meds, as nasty as they can be.

True, about some critters needing to be caught. Here in my place it's spiders. Blech! Oh, those ravens! They're really feathered juvenile delinquents, really! Have you ever noticed that a group of them looks like a group of bad kids, with their hunched over selves & obviously being up to no good? :P

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LMAO!!!! Ali, she is definitely all grown up now. I bet she was smiling with pride. Them their geese ain't going get her no more!! That's too priceless.

Cool that Dub loves being brushed and looks so happy. It is nice to make our babies happy eh.

And umm....sometimes the critter deserves to be caught. Up north our German Shepherd hated ravens and up north, those ravens are huge! They'd stay just on the outside of his lead, then taunt him, tease him and generally drive him bonkers. We'd take him down to the river and let him go. Ravens scattering everywhere, only, they continue to taunt and tease, thinking they can come close without harm but he'd fool them and do the high jump, often ripping off tail feathers in the process. Occasionally bring one down...then the rest would scatter knowing he wasn't on his lead anymore. ;)

Well Miss Sassi came out for the first time in 2 weeks at noon and said "hello." Then sniffed her favourite toy - a crinkle bag bee - and played a little, then to my surprise, put her paws on top of the toy, put her head down on the toy and fell asleep!! LOL!!! It was too darling, like a baby falling asleep with favourite teddy. Now I'm off to catch her and make her take her pill. She's eluded me all day but its time. Only 2 more doses after this and I'll leave her alone.



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I, too, like you Sassi, just like animal stories. :)

Dub loves to get brushed, too, but only to a point. He'll writhe all over the place in ecstasy & I can tell by his face that he's a very happy kitty. I just love doing stuff that puts that ecstatic look on his face! :)

Ali, that's funny about Emma! There's something so cool about watching an animal chase after other creatures, although I can't bear to watch when they catch them. Unless it's spiders - Dub catches spiders, although he doesn't eat them. I'll scoop them up once he's done with them & flush them, but, still, those're the only things I don't mind him chasing. Not that he gets much of a chance, being on a harness when he's outside.

Maybe I just love watching animals run & be themselves. :D

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I am so proud, my little girl is all grown up.

I think I shared when this happen. But let me give you a bit of a back ground. When my Shephard mix Emma was still a puppy we went for a walk along a corn field where I let the girls run off lead. Well Emma had never seen Canada geese before and she took off into the field after some. Well the geese saw her coming started to honk, and flap their wings before taking flight. Emma came to a very sudden stop. Them there geese are big and make a lot of noise she thought. Turn and run like the devil was after to her straight for her mom. Well she forgot that the field was about 2 feet lower than the room mom, me was standing on. She run right into the side of the road, when ass over tea kettle across road and fell into the ditch on the other side. Then picked her self up and came over to me. staying very very close, cause them there geese scared her.

Well today she proved she is all grown up. We were walking down the same field and tonight off ahe ran and sent about 100 canada geese into the air. Standing in the middle of field watching them fly off she looked so proud. Big enough now at 2 years to take on them dangerous geese without mom. I was so proud. LOL

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LMAO!!! You'd almost think he was the prima donna even though he's male. That's just too funny, wants the food in the bag, not the container.



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My female cat loves to get brushed, but my male cat does not like it. I'm not sure why, but this supports the whole she's a typical female and he's a typical male, lol.

I have a big bag of cat food and will put some in a container so that the big bag doesn't get open too often. I fed both of them this morning with the food from the container. The female went right to the bowl and started eating. The male sniffed it, walked to the closet where I keep the larger bag and started meowing. I don't get it, it's the same food. emoticon emoticon

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3/23/10 10:37 A

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Makes sense, I had a cat that also loved being brushed and he'd move under the brush to get it done. My Sassi kat, she hates being brushed, always has. I think there was a short time when she was a kitten that she was okay with it. It changed. It doesn't matter what brush I get, she freaks out. I think some are sensitive like children who find it painful to brush their hair. So I admit, I don't brush her often. And now with the weight loss from being ill, I won't be putting a brush to her for some time. Too much bone!



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My cat doesn't shed much thankfully, but he loves to be brushed the those brushes that collect a ton of hair. I just have to start brushing him and he will just move around so I can brush him completely. I hope that made sense... 6 am, 4 hrs sleep, and typing don't go well lol

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Ali, I never grow tired of dog stories or horse stories or cow stories or stories on pigs (as yes, I had a pet pig named Wilbur and he was the runt of the litter) and on it goes. I just love stories on critters. :)

I miss not having a dog around, its strange as I've always had a dog in my life even if I couldn't have a dog. If my brother and his family can find a home on a piece of property, they might get a dog.

Michelle I chuckled on how Dublin sheds. Sassi is forever shedding and I just learned to live with it. I was wondering how Horsey and Picachu were doing on the farm, now that my parents sold it. Horsey wasn't so bad (tuxedo cat, long hair) but Picachu, he was a long thick hair orange tabby. His hair tangles so badly that my dad and I would give him "haircuts". I would brush him out as would my Dad when we had the chance - they are barn cats. Still he always tangled up. Well, no worries. The guy who bought the place, not only does he dout on them so Pica is always finely brushed out, he even built them a heated cat house! My parents went out to visit a few months ago and said Horsey was standing outside the house looking at them like "go away you, he gave us a heated home, all you gave us was a heated tractor." LOL!!! The true test will come this spring when they start to shed, then Keith will find out exactly what he took on. LOL!!



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3/23/10 12:57 A

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Dog stories can be good. :) My landlord & landlady have dogs on the property that're kept in a run. Right now there's a mama dog (chocolate lab named Lulu) with her latest litter of puppies. So adorable are those wee lil' uns! :)

In my house, it's pretty balanced - I'm a woman & my cat's a male. The hair in my home that's not from me is orange, but Dublin doesn't really shed a whole lot. Still, sometimes I wake up & it's like he's shed a whole other cat in the living room! So bizarre! :D

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