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5 October 2011 - 3:43am

Tell us about your......PETS!

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Hi Friends!

The other day I was thinking how nice it would be to share a little bit about our pets. You know. For those animal lovers out there, and you know you are out there.

I am a HUGE animal lover, and I always have been, since I was a child. I love all kinds of animals, and especially cats and dogs, but especially dogs. I also have a fondness for the dachshund breed that goes above and beyond all other love for animals. I have also rescued many animals and found them shelters, through the years.

I don't want this thread to end up being competitive, like convincing someone that cats are better than dogs or dogs better than cats, nor do I want any derogatory words aimed toward animals, so if you do not like a certain kind of pet or animal, breed of dog, etc., please simply do not comment. In other words, let's keep this thread POSITIVE, okay? 🙂

I have a beautiful little, short haired, black and tan dachshund, named Otis. He is the joy of our lives. He is 11 and 1/2 years old now. I tell him he has to live until he is at least 21 years old. I have many stories to tell you about Otis, which I will save for later.

I grew up with two dachsies, and I never thought I would have one, or want one, as an adult. I had a couple of other breeds in mind. I then saw dachsie puppies in a pet shop one day (they are the cutest puppies, ever! lol) and I fell in love all over again, and I was on a quest to find a good breeder, which I soon did. I brought Otis home, in 2000, close to Mother's Day that year, and he weighed 3.5 pounds. My sons fell in love with him, as did I, instantly.

Dachsies have great personalities. They are like little clowns, always trying to make "their hoomans" laugh. They are very protective of their families, very loyal. They are very sensitive and pick up on all moods so easily, so very perceptive. Dachshunds are very smart, but they can be very stubborn, too. They are natural hunters, having been bred in Germany to hunt the ferocious Badger. They are largely ruled by treats...and food. More so than many breeds. In the hound dog class, their noses are always to the ground, trying to find that next scent to track.

Otis was named after the Otis on Mayberry (the Andy Griffith show) with a bit of Otis Redding thrown in. I named him in honor and memory of my dad, who loved dachshunds and had a heart of gold when it came to all animals. His full name is Otis McFee, the last name coming from my brother (don't ask, lol).

I have been posting such long threads tonight, and I have to stop now, so I will post about my son's cat, tomorrow. I have temporary custody of Olivia, and she has added much to our family. Most likely, there will be more about Otis, too. 😉

After we get our pets introduced to everyone, I thought it would be a good idea, in order to keep this thread going, to come back and tell little stories about cute and funny things our pets do or have done, either in the past or as they happen. That way, we can keep sharing about the some very important members of our families.

Also, I think it would be great to share some photos of our pets. After all, who doesn't love to show off those precious furbabies? 🙂 🙂 🙂

I look forward to reading about your pet(s)!

Hope 🙂

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13 November 2011 - 11:04pm
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I hear Jack Russells are VERY high energy.

I so LOVE dogs and all animals. I cannot tell you the number of dogs (and other various species, lol) that I have rescued. I even brought a paralyzed bunny to a shelter before. Poor thing was so sweet but would have died at the edge of a road if I hadn't rescued it that night.

Dogs are SO awesome, as they each have their own individual personalities and they really are "the new people," lol!

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15 November 2011 - 7:28am
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Jack Rusells are so cute! I observed myself for the latest period and I think there is no dog that I do not like! I wish I had one so much! but I am sure I will not be able to bear the pain caused by the death of pet once again..😢

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10 December 2011 - 6:23am
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Jack Rusells are so cute! I observed myself for the latest period and I think there is no dog that I do not like! I wish I had one so much! but I am sure I will not be able to bear the pain caused by the death of pet once again..😢

GM, we are much alike in our love for animals. And, I don't know how I will ever bear the loss of my dear, sweet Otis. I always say, "why do we set ourselves up for such heartache?" I can't imagine ever wanting another dog, although I love them so much like you do, when I lose my Otis, someday.

I firmly believe that those who love animals have a good heart, that a love of pets says a lot about a person. They are so sweet and innocent and depend on us, completely, to love them and spoil them and treat them as they deserve to be treated.

Maybe you will rescue a dog, someday, who will need you as much as you may end up needing him or her. 🙂

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10 December 2011 - 7:32am
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I have one dog now. He is Max and is a black lab. He is the sweetest dog. He has some odd behaviors but they are funny too. He smacks his lips after he eats. He always comes to see me when he is done eating. He smacks his lips, then I smack mine, because it is funny to do, then he smacks his. He always greets me with a toy or my shoe when I've been gone. He is always happy to see me. He was recently diagnosed with Lyme disease. I will enjoy him as long as he is here. 🙂

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10 December 2011 - 6:43pm
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I have one dog now. He is Max and is a black lab. He is the sweetest dog. He has some odd behaviors but they are funny too. He smacks his lips after he eats. He always comes to see me when he is done eating. He smacks his lips, then I smack mine, because it is funny to do, then he smacks his. He always greets me with a toy or my shoe when I've been gone. He is always happy to see me. He was recently diagnosed with Lyme disease. I will enjoy him as long as he is here. 🙂

Oh my goodness, LuckyMe! That is too funny...the lip-smacking thing. I can just picture you two doing that back and forth, lol! I love how our pets all have their own, distinct personalities. That is so cute that he greets you with a toy or shoe. Bringing you a present to tell you he has missed you. I love the "senior citizen" dogs, so very much and the dignity that comes along with them and their greying hair, etc. Yet, even the most "senior" pet has so much puppy in him, still, that I call Otis my "eternal two-year old," lol.

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24 December 2011 - 4:30am
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I have a black lab named Max. He is my companion when I am sick. He stays by my side when he knows I'm not feeling well. We had to put down our other lab this year. She was unable to walk and in pain. She is still in my dreams. 🙂

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26 December 2011 - 8:12am
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I would like to have pet dog, but I'm sooooo afraid of dogs 😕

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26 December 2011 - 12:31pm
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GM, we are much alike in our love for animals. And, I don't know how I will ever bear the loss of my dear, sweet Otis. I always say, "why do we set ourselves up for such heartache?" I can't imagine ever wanting another dog, although I love them so much like you do, when I lose my Otis, someday.

I firmly believe that those who love animals have a good heart, that a love of pets says a lot about a person. They are so sweet and innocent and depend on us, completely, to love them and spoil them and treat them as they deserve to be treated.

Maybe you will rescue a dog, someday, who will need you as much as you may end up needing him or her. 🙂

hi Hope, thanks for your support. It is actually so hard to face loosing your dear pet, I think I'll never ever do that tp myself to get another pet... Just because I may not have enough time to spend it with my pet, and can not guarantee it to be happy with me.. and I only think about it once I've lost it.... that's almost unbearable.

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I would like to have pet dog, but I'm sooooo afraid of dogs 😕

Did you have an incident when you were a child that scared you of dogs? Are you afraid of all dogs or just big ones? I can remember when I was around nine being chased by a huge German Shepherd. That dog chased me a few times.

I have received so much love from my dogs. I can't imagine being without dogs. When our last dog dies though, I am going to take a break from being a pet owner. It is so costly, especially when they get ill.

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As a story of my pet is quite sad, I'll just regret telling it to you. All I can say is that take care of your pets and never be lazy to take a walk or play with them!

Hi GambleMaster,

I'm sorry about your sadness. When I got my first dog, I was very sick. She was the one who got me off the couch and more active. She required a good half hour of vigorous play each morning. Eventually I got better and was able to take her on walks. We got another lab about a year later. They both wore each other out playing. One of their favorite things to do was chew bark off the tree. They would sit for hours (seriously) and chew the bark that they stripped from the trees. Of course they broke that time up with running with a stick in their mouth or rolling on the grass rubbing their backs.

As they got older, my female lab developed hip problems and wasn't able to walk as much. I became more ill and wasn't able to walk her as much, which I feel guilty about. They both developed diabetes. I felt if I was able to walk them more then maybe they would not have developed it. I also looked at their dog food ingredients. One of the main ingredients is corn or grain..can't remember exactly. Corn has so much sugar in it. I'm thinking now that maybe the dog food caused their diabetes. I thought I was giving them good food.

I have also leaned that we have to forgive ourselves for what we didn't or were not able to do. I hope you can forgive yourself and remember the good things that you did for your pet.

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hi Hope, thanks for your support. It is actually so hard to face loosing your dear pet, I think I'll never ever do that tp myself to get another pet... Just because I may not have enough time to spend it with my pet, and can not guarantee it to be happy with me.. and I only think about it once I've lost it.... that's almost unbearable.

You are so welcome, GM. Lucky Me is another big animal lover, here, so we all have that in common. I wish everyone would really think things through before getting a pet: the cost, the time they have to spend with them, and so on. I see so many "bad" pet owners. I made a commitment to Otis, and I will do anything for him, and he still gives us more than we could ever give to him.

I hope you can remember lots of happy memories. 🙂

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Hi GambleMaster,

I'm sorry about your sadness. When I got my first dog, I was very sick. She was the one who got me off the couch and more active. She required a good half hour of vigorous play each morning. Eventually I got better and was able to take her on walks. We got another lab about a year later. They both wore each other out playing. One of their favorite things to do was chew bark off the tree. They would sit for hours (seriously) and chew the bark that they stripped from the trees. Of course they broke that time up with running with a stick in their mouth or rolling on the grass rubbing their backs.

As they got older, my female lab developed hip problems and wasn't able to walk as much. I became more ill and wasn't able to walk her as much, which I feel guilty about. They both developed diabetes. I felt if I was able to walk them more then maybe they would not have developed it. I also looked at their dog food ingredients. One of the main ingredients is corn or grain..can't remember exactly. Corn has so much sugar in it. I'm thinking now that maybe the dog food caused their diabetes. I thought I was giving them good food.

I have also leaned that we have to forgive ourselves for what we didn't or were not able to do. I hope you can forgive yourself and remember the good things that you did for your pet.

LuckyMe, thank you so much for your support and encouragement, you're right, we can never give our pets as much as they are able to give us! So all we have left to do is to always look at the bright side of life!

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You are so welcome, GM. Lucky Me is another big animal lover, here, so we all have that in common. I wish everyone would really think things through before getting a pet: the cost, the time they have to spend with them, and so on. I see so many "bad" pet owners. I made a commitment to Otis, and I will do anything for him, and he still gives us more than we could ever give to him.
I hope you can remember lots of happy memories. 🙂

Thanks hope, with you being next to me, I'll never ever lose hope ! 🙂 thank you so much guys and girls!

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LuckyMe, thank you so much for your support and encouragement, you're right, we can never give our pets as much as they are able to give us! So all we have left to do is to always look at the bright side of life!

You are welcome. I believe we are all here to help each other. 🙂