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My girls would probably love that! Maybe for their adoptiversary in October if I have a job by then that pays more. Please god.

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Happy Fat Tuesday to all my furry and feathered friends. 

(Sorry I couldn’t turn the picture around. I have the tech skills of a guppy) 

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Fun facts about the purring deadbeats:

  • Catsby has the most gigantic claws I've ever seen on a cat. No wonder he's not really afraid of anything.
  • Calypso's black & white coat pattern continues into her mouth, where it's black & pink.

They've finally decided that it's ok to share a chair. Only took 10 months.

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Catsby has appointed himself the official guard cat for our property. Here he's telling another cat to go away.

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6 minutes ago, bosawks said:

Spring is coming, Alli can feel it!

We should all share Alli's bliss.

Her doggie toes look like people fingers 😊

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My cat that I grew up with was euthanized today. She was such a sweet cat and loving towards everyone. She was almost 15 so that's pretty long for a cat. We also had a second cat who was her littermate and we got them both as kittens, but she died a few years ago. They both died of the same thing -- they had some kind of autoimmune disease that appeared later in life and eventually went into kidney failure. I don't talk to my mom anymore so I hadn't seen the cat in about 3 1/2 years either so I didn't get to say goodbye or anything.

Anyway this is one reason why I will never own a pet again (except my MIL's conure who will probably live forever but it's not my choice to have her). It's all well and good when you're having fun times with them, but then they die.

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So sorry about your childhood cat, Buymoreandsave....its hard to hear right now but in my opinion the great joy and privilege of having an animal companion far outweighs the inevitable sorrow as their lives are so much shorter than ours. When my tom, Mister Oh, had to be euthanized a couple of years ago (he was 20! and we found him on our mountain property at age 6 months), I was devastated as he saw me through a lot of things including major surgery and the recovery from that with love and purrs and snuggling that was irreplaceable. Nonetheless after 6 months I realized I could not imagine living without a cat in my home so we were able to be adopted by a shelter cat who is currently snoring on my office couch and is already an older guy so I certainly won't have 20 years with this one.

I'm old so I have had a number of cats now (and grew up with a lovely doggie) and its never easy to give them the gift of a peaceful passing but taking on that responsibility is also part of a life with pets and can be experienced with gratitude as well as sadness.

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5 hours ago, isalicat said:

So sorry about your childhood cat, Buymoreandsave....its hard to hear right now but in my opinion the great joy and privilege of having an animal companion far outweighs the inevitable sorrow as their lives are so much shorter than ours. When my tom, Mister Oh, had to be euthanized a couple of years ago (he was 20! and we found him on our mountain property at age 6 months), I was devastated as he saw me through a lot of things including major surgery and the recovery from that with love and purrs and snuggling that was irreplaceable. Nonetheless after 6 months I realized I could not imagine living without a cat in my home so we were able to be adopted by a shelter cat who is currently snoring on my office couch and is already an older guy so I certainly won't have 20 years with this one.

I'm old so I have had a number of cats now (and grew up with a lovely doggie) and its never easy to give them the gift of a peaceful passing but taking on that responsibility is also part of a life with pets and can be experienced with gratitude as well as sadness.

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@BuyMoreAndSave 

My condolences and purrs from the Mindthinkr kitties. 

Thanks guys ❤️

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I'm so sorry, @BuyMoreAndSave.  I know how hard it is to lose a furry friend.

Some good news on the pet front - GF knows a number of local Aussie breeders, and several have told her when she's ready, they'll have a puppy for her.  One friend has just offered a 1-year-old Aussie - he came from a litter her dog sired, and the owner is looking to return him, as they are having some difficulties (I think they just didn't realize the energy Aussies have.)  He's housebroken and crate trained, and she's heard from a few people that he has an amazingly friendly personality.  We should be able to meet him in about two weeks, so we'll see how it goes.

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The cat-cat was sneezing a lot yesterday. I know cats don't normally sneeze so this is mildly concerning and I'll be calling the vet tomorrow if it continues. They did determine my sweet CA boy is allergic to GA so I figure that's what it is.

I was looking at switching their cat food from Purina Cat-Naturals to something else to help with their weight management and the kitten-cats skin allergies (the vet wants to put him on Royal Canin $$$$$ food that I can't afford) I started reading the reviews for Blue Buffalo. Holy shit! So many kitties got sick and died within a week of eating their food. How is this not all over the news??

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5 minutes ago, theredhead77 said:

I was looking at Crave. Is it made in the USA or Canada? That's one of my big things 

It is owned by Mars Pet Care, with a US based PO Box, but there is a also a Canadian address listed on the bag as well. So I'm not sure. 

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2 hours ago, AgentRXS said:

It is owned by Mars Pet Care, with a US based PO Box, but there is a also a Canadian address listed on the bag as well. So I'm not sure. 

Thanks! I was trying to find it on the bag at Target, and on their website. I only buy cat food / treats from companies that manufacturer in the US or Canada. I was on my phone when I responded first. Now that I'm at a computer it looks like it is made in the US. They also make Royal Canin 

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3 hours ago, AgentRXS said:

I use Crave. My picky girls love it! : https://www.cravepetfoods.com/pet-food/dry-cat/chicken

My Babalu is on a prescription diet, but I feed Purina Cat Naturals to my semi-ferals.  Nighttime cat bowls get regular cat chow or whatever's cheap, 'cause the possum and raccoons hoover that shit up!).  They also get "treats" of the good stuff when it's on sale at Grocery outlet.  They loved the EVO, and are now working their way through a couple of bags of Crave.  Some prefer the cheaper stuff, and some go straight for the high end food.

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On 3/14/2019 at 9:33 AM, theredhead77 said:

The cat-cat was sneezing a lot yesterday. I know cats don't normally sneeze so this is mildly concerning and I'll be calling the vet tomorrow if it continues. They did determine my sweet CA boy is allergic to GA so I figure that's what it is.

Official diagnosis: allergic to Georgia! (Vet said he's healthy)

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Say hello to Jake!  He's a year-old Australian Shepherd - his birthday was this past Saturday - and we brought him home last night.  GF has a good friend who breeds Aussies, and had promised her a puppy from her next litter, in about 3 months.  Jake was from an earlier litter and went to an owner about an hour away. They ended up returning him, I think they just didn't realize how much energy a young (or even older) Aussie has - they have a couple of older Labs, so they're experienced pet parents, but Aussies can be a handful, always a ball of energy.

He's a big lovable mush, a snugglebug, something Denali wasn't.  We're working on getting used to each other, he's been through a bunch in the past few weeks going from home to home.  He does know some basic commands, and we're having to break him of climbing on furniture and the bed.  He's also a "counter surfer" which we knew since his grandfather (owned by our breeder friend) is also one, and apparently it's genetic.

He's a good size and structure for a show dog, but the asymmetrical markings on his head would keep him out of confirmation trials - that's what you would see if you were watching the Westminster Dog Show, where dogs are judges on how they conform to the breed standards.  He can still compete in agility and obedience trials, which we will probably do once he is a little older.

We're really looking forward to how things go with him.  So far, we haven't seen or heard of any negatives that might arise.  Right now, he's sleeping on the floor next to me. He really is a sweetheart!

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Oh Moose, Jake is handsome. Perfect confirmation or not. I hope that he gives years of joy to you and your Lady friend. Agility? Lol...who’s going to train who. With all that energy? A counter surfer? I’ve never heard of a dog who does that, but I know people who let their cats up on the kitchen counter and table. That’s  a peeve of mine. Best wishes to your new extended family. Purrs from the Mindthinkr kitties. 

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Just now, Mindthinkr said:

A counter surfer? I’ve never heard of a dog who does that but I know people who let their cats up on the kitchen counter and table and that’s a peeve of mine.

He doesn't actually climb on the counter, but will stick his nose up to see what's there, and if there's any food near the edge, he'll try to grab it.

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7 minutes ago, Mindthinkr said:

I know people who let their cats up on the kitchen counter and table.

Cat is gonna cat so I wipe down the counters before I cook. I remove the kitten-cat when he jumps up but I turn around and he's back up there.

@Moose135 Jake is a floofy floof who just needs all the snuggles (and the bed!!!). I wanna boop his widdle node and give him all the cuddles!

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It was a beautiful day today, about 75 degrees, sunny, with a nice breeze.  We took Jake up to a nearby business park that has a lake and walking trail to give him a chance to walk a bit and for a few photos.

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We've gotten through the first week (well, 6 days) pretty well.  He is a big, lovable mush, very affectionate, and loves to be with us.  We're learning about him, what he does and knows, and he's learning about us. He is fairly well behaved when we're walking him on a leash, he pulls a little and gets interested in squirrels and bunnies, but settles down when corrected.  His previous owners allowed him on the furniture, and breaking him of that is a work in progress.  This morning, he went into the bathroom and came out with GF's toothbrush hanging out of his mouth.  On the other hand, he didn't mind when she spent a couple of minutes brushing his teeth, and when she sat on the floor with him to brush him out, he all but fell asleep.  He is reluctant to get in the car when we want to take him for a ride.  We don't know what sort of experiences he had in the past, so it may be something we need to get him acclimated to.

We discovered that he recognizes other animals, especially dogs, on television. There is some current commercials with a group of dogs sitting around a campfire talking about whatever it is they are talking about, and he will sit and watch it all the way through.  If he hears a bark, he will turn and look at the TV to see where it come from.  GF ran a couple of videos she had of Denali from several years back, where she was working with a trainer doing some sheep herding.  Jake sat and watched the videos, and at one time, when Denali got close to the camera then disappeared out the bottom of the screen, Jake got up and ran to the TV, looking under it trying to see where she went.

We still have some work with him, but he seems like a wonderful, friendly, happy dog, and we seem to have fallen in love with one another.

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@Moose135: What a gorgeous, snuggly, lovable dog!!! I'm so happy for you and for Jake (who has finally found a safe, loving, forever home) 😊

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I am really starting to fall in love with Aussies! One of my friends has a Miniature American Shepherd (Mini Aussie) and her stories about raising and training him are pure gold! Such smart, charismatic mischief makers!

I have resigned myself to the fact that I will never have another dog (I have even bid adieu to my fantasy retirement dog), but I enjoy living vicariously through others!

Now I'm off to look for my cat. She has been concerning quiet for the last little while... 🙂 

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Sunday morning we went to a local dog show and watched the Aussies in the ring. We came across Lucas - he is Jake's brother, from the same litter.  GF posted a picture of Jake on a local Aussie owners' FB page, and someone replied with a photo of her dog Harley who had almost identical markings as Jake - Harley is Jake and Lucas' sister...

Here's Lucas:

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45 minutes ago, Moose135 said:

Sunday morning we went to a local dog show and watched the Aussies in the ring. We came across Lucas - he is Jake's brother, from the same litter.  GF posted a picture of Jake on a local Aussie owners' FB page, and someone replied with a photo of her dog Harley who had almost identical markings as Jake - Harley is Jake and Lucas' sister...

Here's Lucas:

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Lucas' markings might be more "correct", but I like Jake's face better.  🙂 

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This distinguished gentleman was in a car beside mine at Rite Aid today. His expression and demeanor cracked me up. He didn't make a sound; he just sat there and looked at me. I like to think his owner was inside the store getting him a newspaper. I bid him a good day and went on my way.

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Burmese Mountain Dog!  Such a good looking breed and very sweet for such a big working dog. And see if this description from the AKC sounds about right @bilgistic:

”Berners are imposing but not threatening, and they maintain an aloof dignity with strangers.”

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Ha! That's a very apt description! He had an "aloof dignity" perfected.

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8 hours ago, JTMacc99 said:

Burmese Mountain Dog!

Bernese Mountain Dog.  Burmese Python.  🙂

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36 minutes ago, Browncoat said:

Bernese Mountain Dog.  Burmese Python.  🙂

Heh. If autocorrect doesn’t put a red line under it, I assume it’s right. 

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But a possibly part Burmese cat!

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Speaking of my cats...today is Little Girl's third birthday! She and her mother are both three years old for three months because Little Mama was a teenage mom. Here's a collage of Little Girl's pictures.

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2 hours ago, bilgistic said:

But a possibly part Burmese cat!

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Speaking of my cats...today is Little Girl's third birthday! She and her mother are both three years old for three months because Little Mama was a teenage mom. Here's a collage of Little Girl's pictures.

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Happy Birthday to your girl. They look so shiny and sleek. Purrs from the Mindthinkr kitties. 

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Kitty Gunderson the Younger will be very disappointed to hear that not every day is National Pet Day. However, she will be comforted by her knowledge that every day is wake mommy at 4:30 to feed me day. 

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Little Girl has developed a very annoying new habit to try to get me to wake up to feed her. She jumps up on the dresser, which is a no-no in the first place, and then paws at the mirror that hangs over it. It has hooks on it, and I have things hanging from the hooks—a mini wind chime, a necklace and some ornaments. So there's the sound of the mirror scraping back and forth across the wall as it swings and the tinkling of the things hanging from the hooks. It's HIGHLY annoying.

Hoping it would change her habit, I put some tape upside down (sticky side up) along the length of the dresser and across the width at one part. The next morning, I heard her walking on it (schloop, schloop, schloop) and eventually jumping back down because she obviously didn't like the feeling of tape on her feet...until the next morning when she did it again. And then she found the one spot on the dresser that was not taped and just big enough for her to fit and paw at the mirror.

Cats. They will outsmart you no matter what.

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9 minutes ago, bilgistic said:

Cats. They will outsmart you no matter what.

You're not kidding. Luna, who had started the unfortunate habit of hiding under my bed and then jumping up and getting in my face at 3:45 AM has for the most part given up on trying to do that to me once I started closing my bedroom door earlier in the evening to keep her out. A couple days ago, she decided that she was just going to start pawing at my door at 3:54 AM and meowing. That escalated to jumping up and hitting the door handle. I am relatively certain she was attempting to open the door. 

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22 minutes ago, JTMacc99 said:

I am relatively certain she was attempting to open the door. 

She's part raptor

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I'm not sure why all you cat-owned people are surprised when your cats want feeding at 4:30 AM or thereabouts - that is prime cat hunting time (just before dawn my big hunter tom always exited the house to get the literal jump on the local prey - ground squirrels and jackrabbits about to poke their heads out). Its entirely instinctual for cats to want to be up at that hour and looking for food. So, no there is not much you are going to be able to do to "train" them out of it. My current Louis, not having anything to hunt here, just attacks my feet from outside the covers and the more I squirm away the more he pounces. Its inconvenient and adorable all at the same time. He usually settles back down for a further snooze until his actual breakfast time of 8 AM.

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1 hour ago, bilgistic said:

Little Girl has developed a very annoying new habit to try to get me to wake up to feed her. She jumps up on the dresser, which is a no-no in the first place, and then paws at the mirror that hangs over it. It has hooks on it, and I have things hanging from the hooks—a mini wind chime, a necklace and some ornaments. So there's the sound of the mirror scraping back and forth across the wall as it swings and the tinkling of the things hanging from the hooks. It's HIGHLY annoying.

Hoping it would change her habit, I put some tape upside down (sticky side up) along the length of the dresser and across the width at one part. The next morning, I heard her walking on it (schloop, schloop, schloop) and eventually jumping back down because she obviously didn't like the feeling of tape on her feet...until the next morning when she did it again. And then she found the one spot on the dresser that was not taped and just big enough for her to fit and paw at the mirror.

Cats. They will outsmart you no matter what.

I had a beautiful piece of overlay glass with crystals hanging from it on my dresser. It was a gift from my mother. I used the past tense because little girl got mad at me for not hopping to it to feed her one morning. She got up there and slid it off with her paw. I’m glad my mother (who hated pets) wasn’t alive to see it and harp on me about how destructive etc my kitties are. Otherwise I’m very sad to have lost my Mom and guess who helped me through the grieving process? Of course it was my cats. 

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