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10/17/12 11:15 P

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I met Sadie my bluetick coonhound by accident. My 2 roommates and I decided that we wanted a dog. One wanted a beagle(that was a resounding no from the other two of us). The other one wanted either a basset hound or a dalmatian. I was okay with those choices. We contacted a dalmatian rescue in a nearby. They told us about a 6 month old dalmatian that they called crazy girl. To say I was nervous was an understatement, 3 college kids living in an apartment was not exactly good for a crazy dog, although, we lived across from Denver's largest dog park. So we kept on the hunt. I was dead set on getting a medium sized dog around the age of two. One Saturday we decided to check out Denver Dumb Friends League (hate the name). We walked around looking at 100plus dogs for hours. The one roommate left with the instruction to pick something out. I didn't really see anything that caught my eye. my other roommate decided to test drive two labs and that meant we had one more dog we could meet. Mind you on a Saturday... which apparently, is an extremely busy day we waited 4 hours to meet the dogs. we were waiting by the lobby which was right next to the sick dog ward. I kept looking at this blueish looking dog that was skin and bones and had kennel cough. I wasn't sure she was "the one" however I wanted to meet her. So we went through the labs and they were crazy energy... too much for an apartment. I then asked to see the blue dog. the lady brought her in and I swear if there ever were angels they were singing in my ears. Sadie walked in (a skeleton would have been calling her fat) and put her head in my lap and they say the rest is history.

My ideal medium sized dog around the age of 2 ended up being a 7 month old soon to be 75 lb coonhound. The good news is 30 minute walk and she sleeps the rest of the day. She is one of the lights of my life. She is hilarious and the smartest dog I have ever met. She would have been my agility champion if it wasn't for a bad back. However, obedience titles are still an option!

Huck: Huck was not a planned dog... I was working my way through college at home in Michigan this time and I was a dog trainer at Petsmart. I would work with the hard to train dogs that came in through a particular rescue that I was fond of. One particular Saturday (seeing a pattern with Saturdays?) I saw they had this new dog. Apparently they had him for a couple months but was at a different store, he was wild. He would drag anyone when walked could barely sit and was just a big 45lb puppy. So I started working with him and he blossomed, but still no one wanted this cute yellow dog. I looked up a mountain cur since i never heard of one and found them to be a decent type of dog and once again I found myself in love. Huck is a great dog.. he is a love bug and he is always up for something.

These two dogs are my everything. They came into my life under different circumstances and we have had issues but we fight through them every time. I don't know where I would be without them. Probably bored with no dog hair in my house!

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9/18/12 11:47 P

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Today I am going to switch it up and talk about the birds. Not our outdoor poultry, but the parrots in our lives now.

Lulu (green-wing macaw) & Sunny (red-lored amazon) - Lulu alone could probably lead to days worth of comments about the things she has done and how parrots can run your lives, but they came to us together and that is what this is about. We were at the lawyers getting our wills done (we are not old no, but the farm is in trust and needs protected), and my sister asked about paper work for what she would like done with our parrots. The lawyer got this sly look on his face and asked "So you have parrots?," you could just see the cogs turning in his head. A client had died and left his parrots behind with no directions as to what was to be done with them. My sister had him give the family our number if they were interested in finding them a home, we kind of figured by parrots they meant something small, like a cockitiel or parakeet. My sister went to meet with the family and pick up the birds and their cages within a few weeks afterward. Turned out the deceased had also sold his house before his death and they need a home ASAP.
When my sister brought them home it was more than a little bit of a surprise: a macaw and an amazon! Not that they were beyond our ability to take care of, we had had a amazon that was hybrid of two amazon species and a military macaw. Lulu was two years old at the time, his ferrets had killed his older bird (he got rid of said ferrets), and had only had Lulu a year, but she had great habits. He had then gotten Sunny whom he really didn't know to well as they hadn't been together long (all this according to a family member).
Lulu is a funny character, she talks a lot, although some parts of it are not easy to understand. She loves to take trips outside with us during the summer when it is warm enough and will scream at our chickens from inside the house and outside the house. The only problem is that she and Sunny to not seem to get along all that well, in other words they are jealous of each other.
One of the more interesting habits that Lulu has is when she gets a feather up her butt and decides to go into someones room in the morning to wake them up. There is nothing like waking up to a macaw on top of your chest, with that lovely beak to kill! Or getting up to go to the bathroom and having a macaw sitting at your feet while you are still trying to wake up and figure out what is going on! (Will add a picture of at least Lulu to my page)

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9/17/12 11:38 P

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Coco sounds awesome! Sorry you had problems with a vet, but sometimes it can take some looking to find a good one, have had to leave vets before too, it is sad but they have to be able to understand people to.

Donks? You have donkeys? Have always wanted one! They are so cute, and great protectors for goats I am told. There are some Giant Jacks down the road from us a ways, and some mini donkeys near one of the places I drive for work.


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9/13/12 9:41 A

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I have really enjoyed reading about your great pets. I'll be back to add some stories when I can. Right now, I'm headed up to the barn to feed my donks. They get very loud when I'm late.

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Thanks, Jules.
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Thanks, Mary Anne!


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9/12/12 10:22 P

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Well, Hubby and I currently have our miss Coco who was suppose to be a full blood poodle, but has some other mix which we believe to be some type of terrier, so we call her a toodle. The vet has her listed as a toodle. She is now 4 and a half. She almost died from confortis that the vet swore was the best thing on the market. She could not take it She was laying in the floor and could hardly move. I started giving her some greek yogart a little at a time and then went to the store and got those little bottles of liquid yogart and after two of these she starte d rallying...... This same vet gave her a clean bill of health as a puppy, but now she has a problem with her hip. I keep this vet until he told me she needed her teeth cleaned at the age of 1 year and gave me an estimate of $565.

Miss Coco goes to the spa every week. Our groomer is wonderful. She massages her little hips and she also cleans her teeth regularly. When I pick her up from the spa she is so relaxed she is like a rag doll. This same groomer is also our boarder so when we have to go out of town she stays there. No crates, etc. She has house privleges and sleeps in their bed just like she does at home. Groomer's hubby will take her with him in the mornings and get her breakfast at some fast food place. (This is something that is off limits to all of us in this house, but it is her treat). We are so fortunate to have this wonderful person in Miss Coco's life. I just do not think I could leave her at a boarding facility that crates her all the time.

Before her we had a bichon that lived to be 18 years and 4 months before she passed. With her this is when I found our wonderful groomer. She took care of and boarded the bichon all her life. I have even called her late at night when we had a family emergency and she was right there to take our babe and take care of her. We have over the years become freinds with this couple. We always make and effort to take them out to dinner around the holidays. He has done personal work for us at our home etc. He has worked on our shop at the market for us, etc.

At this moment Miss Coco is resting by her daddy as he is bed so he can get up early and go to work. I am sure that when the news comes on TV she will be in my lap as that is her routine. She is all of 10 pounds and absolutely a little love. This babe had never met a stranger and I have to watch her closely. She loves to get in a car and she will jump in one if the door is open. All she wants to do is ride. When we go outside and she sees a neighbot she is not happy until she can get to them and let them pat her......

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9/12/12 8:49 P

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I was just thinking the other day that I won't have that much more time with a couple of the dogs in my life (there are 10, but 3 are starting to really show signs of their age). I was just thinking of how I came to know these great dogs, that are slowing down with age and reminding me that time is limited.

Lily: Lily is actually my sisters dog, but she has been a part of my life since my sister adopted her. She was supposedly attacking her previous owners kids, but we found out during a fight between my brother and father (my brother was like 7 at the time). That she was likely attacking the parents when they were doing something (yelling or worse) to their kids. We figured that out since Lily truly liked my brother. She is 13+ years old since we are not sure how old she was when we got her and can only account for the years we have had her. Lily has cataracts in both eyes, but due to her unknown age the vet says it is best if we accept it as Lily has already accepted her limited sight, the surgery is both expensive and risky due to her age. We also spend some extra time with her grooming as she now has skin problems.

Scrappy: When my wolf-dog Joey died suddenly in December of 2005 I had decided I did not want another dog for a while as we had had a very close bond. But I have always loved the Arctic breeds and my sister found an ad for a $50 husky and I figured that it wouldn't hurt to at least go meet him, and that I would probably not want him anyway. Boy, was I wrong. We went and met a cowering 1 1/2 year old husky with one blue eye. We were told the neighbor kids were always being mean to him from the alley, which I immediately saw as a crock since he was hiding IN the alley. I cannot say the kids were not mean to him, but the problems started in his own house. We brought him home, they gave me him and his papers for free, and within a couple days noticed his pronounced limp, so to the vet we went. The x-rays showed that he had had a hip surgery and his unwillingness to go through any door spoke for itself. For months I was the only one who dealt with Scrappy and our relationship has led him to good relationships with all of my family and most of the people he meets. My old man is 8 1/2 years old now, and I wouldn't call him really old, but his hip problems are always going to be there and I don't want to think about where that will lead, but enjoy the time we have left.

Tanga: Ta-ta was 4 years old when I adopted her a year after Scrappy. We were not sure we would bring her home. but after meeting this short orange akita mix I knew she had a place with us. We were told she was fixed, a deal breaker as Scrappy was yet to be. As you can guess from the 'we were told', she would eventually give us 9 puppies (after which point I will probably alter a dog even if I am told they are, better safe than sorry). Tanga's problems became evident every time she met a man, since the woman we adopted her from had REMOVED her from her brother due to abuse. But it becomes even more of a problem for males of any minority, as it was a male from a minority who beat her for 4 years before his sister found out. Due to her racism and sexism we decided quickly that Tanga, now 10 would live with us furever, and I am very glad she is a mix as it will hopefully give us many more great years together. I have to admit she is the first racist or sexist dog I have ever known, but I have since meant other racist dogs and sexist dogs too.

How did you meet your favorite pampered pooch, cat, or other pet? I will probably talk about our Macaw another day and how she came to join our household.

Edited by: GILESDA1 at: 9/12/2012 (20:55)
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