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#329044 - Sun Oct 29 2006 02:16 PM Your Pets!
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We haven't had a thread about pets for a while so tell us about your furry, feathered or scaled friends!

I have three dogs. Dusty, Frankie and Rolfie. They're all Kelpies so meant to work sheep but really they're more pets than working dogs. Frankie will work sheep for other people quite well but if I am around he just stays by my feet. Rolfie is still a big pup and a very gentle dog. A friend bought him for my son and he's a perfect kids pup. Dusty has a death wish and tries to get under any tyre that is moving so he has to be tied up a lot of the time but when there's no vehicles around he's off running around like a madman.

We also have a goat called Hindu who is the matriach of the farmyard. She will bunt any new animal until they know she's the boss and then she ignores them for the rest of their stay. She's a funny thing but to be avoided if she's in a bad mood.

Then there's some chooks (chickens) that we use for eggs and a duck as well. Plus anything else that comes along that needs a Mum.

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#329045 - Sun Oct 29 2006 06:25 PM Re: Your Pets!
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Our head of house, is a Collie. Quite often is he found digging up the dirt in the backyard, and eating birds!

We also have a considerably large amount of fish. They're my step-dads pride and joy.

We also have a variety of birds thanks to Fauna rescue.

So all in all, my pets are pretty boring

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#329046 - Sun Oct 29 2006 06:30 PM Re: Your Pets!
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I have a terrier named Winston (that's him discovering snow in my avatar) and a cat named Katt. I have just brought them home from the kennels where they had to stay this weekend whilst I was in Toronto. Winston is being hyper-active, and Katt is standing here yowing at me (even though I have already fed them!)

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#329047 - Sun Oct 29 2006 06:32 PM Re: Your Pets!
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My family owns the most beautiful German Shepherd. We used to have a Border Collie, but he died earlier this year, so we bought our German Shepherd, who is treated like royalty He's half my sister's, half my dad's, and they both dote on him terribly We used to own half a dozen chooks and a rooster (a mighty vicious rooster, at that!)...until the foxes got to them. Never saw them again!
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#329048 - Sun Oct 29 2006 06:34 PM Re: Your Pets!
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Plus anything else that comes along that needs a Mum.



Plus how many thousand sheep???
I now have only one dog and two cats.
There is Gnawra, who was found in the village rubbish bin, and Rosie a cat from the SPCA who is a bit neurotic to say the least, and Kami who was also in a bin and is now 18. I always have to have animals around me. They keep me sane and active.
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#329049 - Sun Oct 29 2006 07:25 PM Re: Your Pets!
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I'm like ren - I have one dog, two cats, a galah and a tank full of fish - and I too can't imagine living without pets.

With the exception of the fish, all our animals are waifs and strays that have somehow managed to find us and recognised a cushy set-up when they saw it.

Our pink and grey galah is named Joseph or Josephine, Joe for short. We are not sure of its gender and neither is the vet, who is a bird specialist, as Joe manages to have both male and female characteristics. Joe adores Maynooth and tolerates everyone else. He (we'll refer to Joe as "he" for convenience) doesn't like females because his previous owner's daughter teased him. If you are a BLONDE female, there's a really good chance you'll get bitten if you try to touch him because she was blonde.

Crookshanks is a long haired ginger and white stomach - oops, sorry, I mean cat. Coolcat90 named him after the cat in Harry Potter. He was abandoned at out vet's. He's a good cat but any affection we get from him is cupboard love.

Misty is a grey tabby. She's half the size of Crookshanks but she rules the roost and doesn't take any nonsense from him. We got Misty when her previous owners had to move and oculdn't take her with them. She is a very affectionate cat and if I am home, she's always with me. If I sit down, she's straight into my lap.

Lucky the dog is a dalamatian/greyhound cross. We got him from a dog sanctuary for our daughter. She wanted a dog and she adamant that she wanted to rescue one from a shelter instead of getting a puppy from a petshop. In her words, "I want to give a dog a second chance". Lucky was featured in our local paper as the "Woofer of the Week". He was 11 months old when we got him and he is just adorable. Apart from digging up our backyard and making it look like downtown Beirut, he's a really good dog.

Lucky and Misty were already named when we got them because we wouldn't have given them such mundane names.

The animals get along reasonably well together. Lucky and Misty just adore each other. Crookshanks and Misty get along well. They appear to fight a lot but it's basically just rough play. Crookshanks starts it and Misty finishes it when she's had enough! Crookshanks tolerates the dog.
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#329050 - Sun Oct 29 2006 09:46 PM Re: Your Pets!
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. . . I have one dog, two cats, a galah and a tank full of fish - and I too can't imagine living without pets.




I have a dog who has not been living with me for the past nearly 8 months now and I soooooooo miss her . . . she is with my soon-to-be-ex and I think this week I'll go and collect her . . . I finally have a set up where she can be comfortable and I can look after her properly (she's 10 with a bung 'knee')

I have visited her during this time, when I first returned from OS she ignored me!

My cat too is living away from home, but my second son won't give him up! He was 'minding' him for me, but he said if I get the dog he wants the cat!

Over the years tho' I think we've owned just about every 'pet' you can think of . . . from Blue Tongue Lizards, Hermit Crabs, Mice, Rats, Budgies, Cockatiels, a Cockatoo, a Galah, a Peacock, a Spotted Python, innumerable tropical Fish, including several very large 'Oscars', Goldfish etc, (not to mention the 'farm' ones . . . horses, chooks, ducks, sheep, goats etc etc)
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#329051 - Mon Oct 30 2006 12:38 AM Re: Your Pets!
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We have a budgie called Charlie. I haven't tamed him too much because I don't want him settling on me all the time. The last bird we had was a cockatiel. He was so tame he just wouldn't get off me ...and was always at my food. I didn't want Charlie to be like that. He is what might be described as semi-tame. He will get on my finger if I persist a bit.

Since I'm not Charlie's best pal (he prefers to snuggle up to a big green ball that hangs from the roof of the cage), I'm thinking about getting a hen bird for him. Budgies are very social creatures and it seems a bit sad that he should spend life alone. Two birds would mean twice the mess though, so still thinking about that...
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#329052 - Mon Oct 30 2006 12:57 AM Re: Your Pets!
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We have a bearded dragon called George. He grows on you, but, I don't pick him up...he weighs about a pound now!

My son got him and fixes him salad and fruit some days and others we get him a package of crickets. He also has little crunchy treats that look like peas and carrots!

He has to be given a shower from time to time and what I like about him is that he's responsive...he watches you come in and out of the room.

My son takes him out on his shoulder...and he's happy as a lark out there.
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#329053 - Mon Oct 30 2006 05:22 AM Re: Your Pets!
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I share my household with two Scottie dogs, Meg & Fidget. Meg is 11 and beginning to slow down. Fidget (aged 2) should have been a cat. We had a beautiful three-legged tabby cat (called Cassidy, of course, what else?), but turned out hubby was allergic to cats. Cassidy lived for another 5 years after I asked Hubby which of them was leaving! Daughter, saintly_frog, missed Cass terribly after he died, and turned the pleading for a cat into requests for another dog. Although we had always been a one-dog (or one-cat, or one-dog/one-cat household)we gave in, and are now discovering the delights of multiple-dog living (twice the dog-poo, double the number of balls to be thrown, double the cost of boarding, food, etc)and of course, we now have 2 dogs who hate baths and love carrots.

Our dogs are very much a part of our family, although hubby says two dogs is at least one dog too many! Canberra has a very strong social group for Scotties and their humans (of which I, for my sins, am convenor)so there are always plenty of dog-related things to do.

Even though Meg is old and losing her sight, she is still the boss. Fidget, being rather, well, fidgety, is more aggressive with other dogs, but will never snap at Meg. Neither of them wishes to share their backyard with the possums, lizards or magpies.


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#329054 - Mon Oct 30 2006 05:38 AM Re: Your Pets!
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We too have a bearded dragon. I was surprised to learn that this Australian native outsells cats and dogs in the USA, yet we need a permit here. He loves to chase the live crickets we buy him, and he loves being held on the kids chests, going to sleep.

We also have 3 cats, a chatty Siamese & 2 Birmans (pretty but aloof)and a Pomeranian.

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#329055 - Mon Oct 30 2006 05:40 AM Re: Your Pets!
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I have a cat, an old cat. He is eighteen and when he was a small kitten he fell from a great height and landed with a splat on a wooden floor, aaaw I hear you say. Now I am not suggesting for one moment that he is stupid, far be it, but this morning I took delivery of one of those cat bag/beds, they crawl in and it rustles like a paper bag - you know the ones? Here is Sparky and his new bed

Poor old soul. He is riddled with arthritis. The other week I spotted him walking along the top of a 7 foot 6 inch (more than two metres) high wall, then he disappeared over into the neighbours garden.

This is typical, dump a pile of rubbish then turn your back and he is there.


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#329056 - Mon Oct 30 2006 06:54 AM Re: Your Pets!
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"Cassidy lived for another 5 years after I asked Hubby which of them was leaving!"


Sounds like our household! Maynooth went to the doctor's for severe hayfever. They tested him and informed him that he had allergies to a number of things including cats. Maynooth then told the doctor that if it was a choice between him and the cats, I'd choose the cats and he wasn't about to leave. So the doctor was asked to arrange a referral to a specialist for a desensitisation programme.

Maynooth is constantly lamenting that the animals run our household. But he is just as bad as the rest of us when it comes to fussing over them.
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#329057 - Mon Oct 30 2006 07:01 AM Re: Your Pets!
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TW, why is Charlie out in the garden? Do you let him fly loose?
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#329058 - Mon Oct 30 2006 07:38 AM Re: Your Pets!
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TW, why is Charlie out in the garden? Do you let him fly loose?

He's indoors but up against a window. He's enjoying the challenge of walking along the Venetian blind cord in that shot.
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#329059 - Mon Oct 30 2006 07:41 AM Re: Your Pets!
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My daughter was helping out at the SPCA for a few weeks and came home with a Rhodesian Ridgeback puppy. He was about 8 weeks old, had been picked up in the road and taken to the SPCA. Covered with ringworm, mange and very malnourished, it was heartbreaking to look at him.
Although we had said "No more animals" there was no way we could let her take him back.
We found out later that the SPCA staff did not think he would live.
Today about 2 years later (and many vet bills later) Busta is the size of a small horse, has the most gentle nature and realy intelligent.
We also have 2 Jack Russells, Patch and Dot, a cat named Rascall, 2 finches and a pond of Koi Fish.
One more animal and I'm leaving home! They have been warned!
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#329060 - Mon Oct 30 2006 11:16 AM Re: Your Pets!
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I love Ridgebacks! They're so cool. Of course, it probably helps that the first one I ever met belonged to Patrick Swayze. *swoon* And of course I love Scotties too. My best childhood doggy friend was Lady Meaghan McTavish, the best darn Scottie dog the world ever saw.

I have one ferret and one dog. I used to have a bunch of ferrets, and I loved them, but my hubby is really more of a dog person (even though one of the ferrets was really his girl), and our lifestyle changed so much when we had our daughter... Can't really let a small child play with the ferrets, more for their safety than hers. Most of them have died from old age by now, and our last boy, Samurai, is almost six and has adrenal disease, and I'm not sure he'll be around much longer. No more ferrets after that. Too much grief too soon, and they're a lot of work that I don't have time for anymore.

So we got my hubby and daughter a dog last summer. She's a Rottie / Shepherd mix, a mutt that was the result of her momma getting loose with the neighbor dog. They didn't tell us what KIND of shepherd the neighbor dog was, but judging by Mina's looks, we think Aussie Shepherd. She's a beauty of a dog, though. Colored and built like a Rottie, but with a long coat, sharp muzzle, long, swept-up tail and pointy ears. We call her Mina, but her full name is Wilhelmina, which is a good German name that means protector. She's the perfect dog for our family, and she is maybe even TOO protective of Kit. She goes crazy and tells hubby and me off when Kit throws a temper tantrum... I had forgotten how good it was to have a dog. It's so wonderful.
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#329061 - Mon Oct 30 2006 11:46 AM Re: Your Pets!
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I forgot to mention that there are many websites out there for Beardies and that, several of them actually have photos of the months with them surfing (doctored up of course) and how to gauge their moods!

I was thinking that the Bearded dragon is the cat of the 2000s for some women. I mean, the woman write about the Beardies' moods more often than the men!

I have to note that we've never seen his beard except, when my son put a leash on him for a walk....'Mom, I think he's unhappy with his leash.'

I also forgot to mention that our courtyard has lots of bird visitors, including a hummingbird that makes its rounds of the trees then the feeders, and a squirrel who seems to like digging up my flower pots. We have finches and a few other birds who drink from the hose of the fountain.

We'd love to have a cat, but my girl is sharing the care of a cat amongst her roommates...as they've got a kitten named Simba who's had a naming ceremony already etc...and it may appear on youtube soon! Now that's going to be one spoiled kitten.
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#329062 - Mon Oct 30 2006 12:23 PM Re: Your Pets!
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I'm suprised bearded dragons are allowed to be exported. Perhaps they're ones that are already out of the country that are being bred. Either way, can't imagine having one as a pet

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#329063 - Mon Oct 30 2006 12:28 PM Re: Your Pets!
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We have two cats and a dog. The cats are domestic short hairs, one 3 years old and all black, and one 8 months old and black and white. The youngster has quite a personality and brings me great joy.
Our dog is a 7 1/2 year old white German Shepherd. We've only had her for 1 1/2 years and got her from a rescue organization. She did not have a very nice life, and has gained 22 pounds in the frist year we had her.
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#329064 - Mon Oct 30 2006 01:38 PM Re: Your Pets!
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I'm suprised bearded dragons are allowed to be exported.

Perhaps they had their beards shaved off and got out in disguise .
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#329065 - Tue Oct 31 2006 02:41 AM Re: Your Pets!
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My very first dog was a Newfie named Floh. He was a gift from my uncle. Then when we moved to Malaysia, we got 2 German Shepherds, named Prince & Princess (courtesy of my sister) and a yellow Lab, Bruno (also considered the most un-trained).

When I moved back to US, I got a Persian cat, Puddles. She was sort of a farewell gift from my cousin (I was moving to Cincy). And also me and my housemates decided to adopt the stray German Shepherd we found roaming around the neighborhood.

In Cincy, Puddles got pregnant and gave us 5 extra troubles. They are Little Owen, Little Ruud, Little Southgate, Little Schuey and Little Trulli. We wanted to give them up for adoption but later decided against it. Then finally 2 years later we bought another German Shepherd puppy from LA and named him Hunter.

That's a lot I know, and I still haven't added up my sisters' pet rabbits and hamsters they got for the science club.
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#329066 - Tue Oct 31 2006 09:26 AM Re: Your Pets!
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You are all going to have to hide those razors from the bearded dragons!

I love German shepherds. My friend had one (Cleo) that would play the 'seek' part of hide and seek with the kids.
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#329067 - Tue Oct 31 2006 09:33 AM Re: Your Pets!
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The Beardies in the USA were bred from the same strain many years ago. Keep your eyes open for a quiz soon near here.

Kids love them though Jill, they're really like having a baby dinosaur in many ways as they're the most responsive reptiles.

I knew George wasn't Aussie because I put a little tiny Foster's in there and he just sniffed at it.
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#329068 - Wed Nov 01 2006 01:49 AM Re: Your Pets!
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LOL LOL

I looked up and they aren't allowed to be exported ... for that matter no native animals are. We have them wild where I live, one is hanging out in my tomato patch this year - we;ve never handled it or anything but it just sits there now instead of scurrying away.

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