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quizdogz
Quizdogz  (Level: 62.3 - Posts: 27)
Sun, 29th Jun '08 2:40 AM

WOW, AM I REALLY THE FIRST ONE HERE?

Hi all,

Right now, I am happily cohabiting with two dogs -- Spike (muttsky) and Morgan Delaney (Brussels Griffon), a Yellow-Collar Macaw and various fish tanks, fresh and salt water. I look forward to meeting other animal nuts here

-- Dana

slowpokecat
Slowpokecat  (Level: 67.1 - Posts: 17)
Sun, 29th Jun '08 6:10 AM

I live with four cats Kobe, Nikki, Misha and Kitten. We call her Kitten short for Kit n Play. While she is 19 years old she is the size of a 6 month old kitten. We rescued her from a doberman who was about to have her for a snack. Misha and Nikki are also 19 while Kobe a young 8. No other animals/pets except for one husband

rowlanda
Rowlanda  (Level: 70.0 - Posts: 2856)
Sun, 29th Jun '08 11:15 PM

Hi there....
I am the happy owner of two dogs --
Honey, who is a 16 year old Brittany Spaniel
and Amber, a two year old Lab.Retriever.
Just got Amber about 6 weeks ago - and also
just moved house - so plan to get some kittens
when Life has settled down again....
Looking forward to getting used to this new
site, and having some good discussions etc
here.
There are LOTS of Pet Owners on the Island.

rowlanda
Rowlanda  (Level: 70.0 - Posts: 2856)
Tue, 1st Jul '08 4:16 AM

WoW Quizdogz....
You sound like a friend of mine....he has 3 dogs, 2 cats, 4 doves,
5 Turtles, a HUGE tank full of fish, and a moray eel
Don't know how anyone has the time or patience to look after the
needs of so many pets????
And play on Sploofus as well ????
And if there's also a husband and kids in the picture as well....
That would drive me NUTS....
How do you do it????

quizdogz
Quizdogz  (Level: 62.3 - Posts: 27)
Thu, 3rd Jul '08 9:16 PM

Hi, Rowlanda,

Your friend and I do have a lot in common! At one time, I had six dogs, three parrots and a big fish tank, as well as a husband but no kids. Over the years I have pared down -- I now have two dogs, one parrot, two fish tanks, an outdoor pond and no husband in the picture. Hmm, I've been told I have an obession with pets...

-- Dana

glyders
Glyders  (Level: 160.3 - Posts: 168)
Sat, 19th Jul '08 10:44 AM

Hi all! We have 2 dogs, 2 cats, 2 sugar gliders, a bunch of fish and 26 two week old chicks, who will be providing us (and probably everyone we know), with fresh brown eggs in a few months. What can I say, I'm an animal lover! I would probably have more but then I would have to quit my job just to take care of them! Marilyn

chender
Chender  (Level: 193.4 - Posts: 160)
Mon, 18th Aug '08 4:06 PM

I feel very restrained, being owned by only one small dog (predominantly long haired Jack Russell but other breeds may have crept in). Rosie got me from a Rescue Centre two years ago, an immediate attachment being formed by the fact that her age was uncertain (but thought to be young) while mine has always been whatever I think I can get away with!

I still mourn the passing, about 3 years ago, of Baldrick my budgerigar at 15 years of age. His cage served only as a bedroom and he spent most of his life on my husband's shoulder, swearing like a trooper.

quizdogz
Quizdogz  (Level: 62.3 - Posts: 27)
Tue, 19th Aug '08 10:59 PM

Chender, I am so sorry to hear of Baldrick’s passing – no matter how long ago it was, the loss always leaves a big hole. I lost Moose, my African Grey, a couple of years ago. He was quite a talker and I’d say the house is much quieter without him, except for the presence of Jean Luc, my Yellow Collar Macaw. Jean Luc, aka Phang, has quite a set of lungs on him and makes good use of them all day long. And whenever I have Jean Luc out of his cage, my little dog barks at him almost non-stop. As you can imagine, my household is not a very peaceful one LOL!

-- Dana



f5laur
F5laur  (Level: 31.1 - Posts: 823)
Fri, 12th Sep '08 9:35 PM

HELLO MY DEAR FRIENDS THAT LOVE ANIMALS, I AM LAURIE ANN FOX A 45 YEAR OLD NUT. YES A HAPPY NUT. I AM HIGH ON LIFE AND JUST LOVE ANIMALS TO THE POINT THAT MOST WILD ANIMALS TRUST ME. I HAVE HAD BUNNIES IN MY HALLWAY WAITING FOR MY YUMMY FOOD FOR THEM. I TELL THESE WILD CREATURES NOT TO BE SO TRUSTING OR THEY WILL GET SHOT FROM BAD PEOPLE THAT HUNT. I ALSO SAW A DEER CROSSING THE ROAD YESTERDAY. WHEN THERE IS ONE, THERE R MORE. WELL I STOPPED MY CAR AND SURE ENOUGH THERE WAS ONE MORE. I SAID GO AHEAD.. I WON'T HURT YOU. THAT DEER TRUSTED ME AND CROSSED THE ROAD IN NO FEAR. I TRULY BELIEVE THAT ANIMALS HAVE A SENSE FOR THE ONES THAT MEAN NO HARM TO THEM. JUST THOUGHT I WOULD TELL HAPPY STORIES. LAURIE

pepsilau
Pepsilau  (Level: 60.4 - Posts: 2)
Fri, 12th Sep '08 10:45 PM

Greetings, All!

I am owned by one dog (an 18-month-old Sheltie-Jack Russell-Labrador mix) named Ally, three cats (BC, who is 13; Abby, who is 9; and Lucy, who is 4). I lost my wonderful Golden Retriever, Rex, in May and I believe I will mourn him forever. We also have three of the largest goldfish I've ever seen in an small indoor tank. They were won at a carnival 4 years ago and seem to come from very hardy stock; I have no doubt they will outlive me. Ha

There certainly is a wide variety of pets in this group...I feel almost boring with my dog and cats! I look forward to learning about all your furry (and feathery and scaly) friends!

Karen



rowlanda
Rowlanda  (Level: 70.0 - Posts: 2856)
Thu, 6th Nov '08 2:16 AM

Quizdogz....
I hear you about the pet versus the husband thing....
I do notice....no-one has started a thread about
Husbands....they just aren't cute enough ! ! ! !



loosewheel
Loosewheel  (Level: 121.9 - Posts: 40)
Mon, 24th Nov '08 9:07 AM

Hello
I am new to this forum and thought I would see if anyone has a diabetic cat. I just found out that mine is diabetic. I an giving him liquid medication right now to see if it will work instead of insulin. I don't like the idea of insulin as it will be costly. Its not as if insurance (except animal, which I don't have) will pay for all the needles etc that they will need. Do you have to watch what they eat, just like a human? He eats like a horse but so far the vet hasn't said no to any of his food. Interested to hear from any of you that has some information.
Lucille

salzypat
Salzypat  (Level: 156.5 - Posts: 5316)
Sat, 10th Jan '09 4:01 PM

We need to get some consistent posting to this group. I see there are some of you who have only posted a few times, so this is obviously a site of interest and one you would consider posting to regularly if we had enough things going on.

any ideas??

I have 3 dogs and 2 cats. I have a German shepherd, Sami Jo, who is probably 5 or 6 now; Cheyenne, a pit bull/choc. Lab cross, about 2; and Chance, an Australian shepherd (border collie?), etc., who is probably about 2. All 3 are rescues. All 3 have been abused, with Cheyenne having the worst physical scars of her abuse (someone burned her in several places on her body and then left her without proper medical care), but Chance (who looks like a little Lassie) has the worst emotional scars. He has presented the most challenge in trying to help him overcome his fears. I've had him 18 months or so, and he still shakes when I go to put the leash on him and runs away when I want him to come to me. I have to move into a corner so I can get at him. He's had tons and tons of love and care and we are just thankful for little success. For instance, in the house he will come up to me when I call (although he is hesitant and looks around in a frightened manner) when I'm sitting in my recliner. The day I took him from the shelter, he was to be euthanized the next morning.

The two cats belong to my granddaughter but she has allergies to them now, so she begged me to take them (just until I can find a good home for them Grandma, PUHLEEZE!). So several years later, here I am with them still.

So what would some of you like to see on this site?

nelly
Nelly  (Level: 172.0 - Posts: 1167)
Sun, 11th Jan '09 6:13 AM

Hi Lucie (re Diabetic cat)

Sorry I've only just noticed your post, so I maybe too late to be of any help. My 19.5 yr old, Charlie Girl, became diabetic around 2 years ago. I gave her once daily injections (I'm sure it bothered me more than her!) for around 4 months. She was still at the stage of regular testing while adjusting insulin doses - it can be quite difficult to regulate cats, when suddenly her glucose level was Ok and she no longer needed injections. Apparently it is quite common for cats to become non-diabetic again. The bottle of insulin although expensive tends to last quite a while because the doses are generally fairly small. My vet told me that although the syringes were for once only use, I could use them a couple of times - so what I did was to replace the cap and put the syringe in a sealed plastic bag in the fridge - I found I could generally use it 3 times if I were careful. With regard to diet, it should ideally be low carbohydrate - however, the vet agreed, with Charlie it was more important to keep her eating so I'm afraid she pretty well had what she would eat (which wasn't the diet food)! It's always a case with animals of keeping that balance between treatment and quality of life - are you treating the pet for your sake or theirs. I would certainly recommend treating a diabetic cat - the results are amazing and well worth the effort and cost if you can manage it (alternatively I'm sure many animal charities would be willing to help out).

Charlie was given about 2 weeks to live around 8 years ago (with liver failure according to blood tests) - I still tease my vet every so often - she is an amazing cat. She had stopped eating and the vet prescribed steroids just to help her eat. She was on Prednisolone from then until the diabetes (otherwise she barely ate) - this was most likely the cause of her diabetes. Bit by bit I weaned her off the steroids and she will eat little and often. She is very thin and still drinks lots of water but is not diabetic. She lost her best buddy, Bob Sox, in March this year - they always curled up together. She missed him so and we thought she would follow soon after, but the old girl happily lives on! She is quite arthritic now in one back leg but can still bound up the stairs and blat the younger cats or big dogs to put them in their places. She loves lying full length on her stool by the radiator and puts her paws on our knees to be lifted up for frequent cuddles and purrs!

Karen

loosewheel
Loosewheel  (Level: 121.9 - Posts: 40)
Sun, 11th Jan '09 9:21 AM

Hi Nellie
Thanks for your information on (Diabetic cat). I am giving shadow a liquid meds to see if that will help, if not he will have to go on insulin. He seems to be coming up the stairs better than he was.He made so much noise you thought it was someone with hard shoes as there are no carpets on the stairs.He eats like a pig and likes to drink my tea. he seems to be very friendly. even when I am on sploofus he is right beside my computer. in fact he has screwed up some of my answers and even made me lose the site. . I hope he doesnt have to be on insulin, although I could give it to him as Ii gave it to my late husband. Thanks for getting in touch. Maybe we will talk again.
Lucille

amyt
Amyt  (Level: 134.8 - Posts: 240)
Wed, 14th Jan '09 4:52 PM

Hello! I'm just joining you. What a great site!! It seems like a great place to ask for some information or to share a personal story about pets. I currently have four indoor cats, three from shelters and one who adopted me when he came into my yard. I'm on the Board of St. Croix Animal Friends, a group devoted to getting a shelter built in our county.
I love dogs too...actually all animals.
I'm currently feeding give stray/feral cats. It's supposed to get very cold tonight. Unfortunately, none will come to me. I do have outdoor cathouses.
Anyone else out there trying to help homeless animals?

gorillagirl
Gorillagirl  (Level: 4.0 - Posts: 3)
Wed, 21st Jan '09 5:41 PM

Hi everyone!
I have two dogs and two cats.
My dogs are Maya (Bernese Mountain Dog) and Oakley (Golden Retriever).
My cats are Elvis and Marley.
My dog Oakley has very bad allergies in his ears!
I have been to the vet many times and I do not know what to do with him!
The vet doesn't either!
If anyone here has a dog with allergies, will you please help me!
One time his head swelled up in just ONE night and it looked like he had a tumor!
It just turned out it was the allergies acting up again!
I have some liquid stuff I put in his ears for allergies, but he absolutely hates it!
So, if there is an easier way to do this will you tell me what it is?
THANKS!


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