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susie09
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Our pets are part of our family, and, they love us unconditionally. Want to tell us about yours?

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teresa41
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I have 2 dogs grant is a six year old malti poo thats his baby picture on my avatar he has been with me through 2 breast cancers and the death of my fiance and i have a lhasa apso lucy she is 5 months old. I never had kids so they are my babies.

Teresa

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jendrey
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Somehow, I ended up with 5 outside cats! We never had any pets of any kind for like the last 20+ years. Then about 2 years ago a cat started stalking the gophers in my yard, which were really getting to be the bane of my existence so to speak.

Ah, I thought this cat has redeeming qualities..so I started feeding it. Then it had kittens. OMG, she nursed those kittens until they were about 5 months old. Then she got pregnant again. (i tried to capture her to take her in to get her fixed but she'd only barely let me pet her) Anyhoo, she apparently abandoned the new kittens and continued to nurse her first litter of 4.

I had the very mistaken idea that if the first litter was out of the picture then she would go back to her newborn babies. So, I gathered up her 4 kittens and took them to the local animal shelter with the full intention of adopting them back one at a time. My bad.

That turned out to be just about the worst thing I could ever have done. I might even go so far as to say that was in fact one of the worst things I have ever done. You see, I thought I was saving the abandoned newborns and could get the kittens back after paying their adoption fees. The shelter didn't even wait the required 3 days before putting them down. All except one who had scratched me. He was put into quarantine for 10 days.

Meanwhile, mom-cat was beside herself and literally walked around the perimeter of the house endlessly crying for her kittens. I cannot begin to describe just how horrible it felt knowing I had caused this poor animal such incredible grief.

After a few days of this I went back to the animal shelter, met with the director and quite bluntly told him that as soon as that cat was out of quarantine it was coming home with me. One way or another. I don't think I realized it at the time but the animal control officers actually carry guns in my area! Not that it would've mattered.

Finally, after some ransom money for getting him fixed I took him home. I never thought that a cat could be so relieved and happy as mom-cat was when she saw Baby-cat! Mom-cat died a few months later and not long after another kitten made her appearance.

Sqeakers showed up on Halloween which if fitting as she is all black! I actually had an appointment made for her to be fixed a week before she gave birth. I didn't realize she was even pregnant. She also had 4 kittens. Found a home for 1 but not the other 3.

They are all fixed. Baby-cat is the only one who knows his name and actually comes when I call him! Last Thursday I took Skeakers in to the vet and she had her teeth cleaned as she had stomatitis and an abcsess. There's a lot of money to be made in cat teeth cleaning..cost over $200!

If anyone would've have told me 3 years ago that I'd be spending hundreds of dollars on getting a cats teeth cleaned, (before my own even!) I would've said you must be nuts!

And that is how I ended up with 5 cats!!! LOL =)
Thanks for reading my super long story!

(((Hugs)))

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ksf56
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I have one beautiful (as you can see) Mini-Schnauzer, Abby (note letters re-mix to baby). She is 9 yrs. old and has been our god-sent gift to each other! Abby was diagnosed with acute pancreatitis when she was 3. To our horror, this is our 2nd schnauzer to have this disease, she has almost died 3 times. In return, she has been at my side through all of my illness and helps me tremendously. We call her my nurse. When I was so sick with chemo related side-effects she was there to comfort me and go get "daddy" when she thought he was needed or I asked her to. May I say, she's smart! She is currently living with chronic pancreatitis with lots of up and downs, she has started down the road of liver failure and has cataracts but she's got us to take care of her. She still plays alot by dragging her purple snake around the house and throwing balls at us. Life is good! We are blessed!

Karen

Mittensandmedwick
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I have a 2 year old cat and his name is Raider. I got him a week after I had to put my other cat to sleep, he was 14. I also have 2 birds that are 5 years old. Since I as diagnosed on May 18th of this year Raider has been by my side, he sleeps with me in between me and my husband, and he follows me around wherever I go. It is amazing the instincts that animals have. They love us unconditionally. I would feel lost without my animals

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I have two babies who I love very much....first there is Roger, we recused him a couple of years ago, I think he's about 5. He's a shitzu cross, we think with a poodle. He's black and white and totally rules the house, we adore him.

Then there is Barrie...he's my 4 yr old Stimsons python. Stimsons pythons are the second smallest species of python in the world. I've had him 3 yrs and he's fully grown at a metre long. He's very placid and doesn't mind being handled. I live in Australia and he's an Australian native snake. I have a special license to keep him, and most of the time he is kept locked in a special enclosure with special heating. Australia has very strict laws about what type of reptiles you can keep. Hopefully he'll live about 20 yrs.

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jnl
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bumping up

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Gabe N Abby Mom
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This is a touchy subject in our house right now.

About a year ago, we had to put our 19 year old cat down. She had numerous medical issues. My daughter and I both really want another cat. My husband is adamantly opposed. So we've been trying to convince him...I think we are sloooowly making progress.

We do have an outdoor cat that was abandoned. It's just not the same as snuggling on the couch...

Hugs,

Linda

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AnnieTherese
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I understand how you feel Linda. A few years ago we had two wonderful big dogs. Then we decided to sell the house and move into a retirement village, but they wouldn't accept large dogs. So we found new homes for the dogs, which broke our hearts, then, the house wouldn't sell. We decided not to have another dog because they tie you down, and we thought we might do a bit of local travelling instead. We lasted 4 months without a dog, and then we visited friends who had 2 little dogs, and I just had to have another one, so we rescued a little one. I can't imagine life without something cuddly inside the house and very cuddly. I hope you convince your husband soon to allow another pet in the house.

Cheers, Annie

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DebbyM
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I hope you can convince your husband Linda to get another cat. I swear, my hubby and I treat ours better than some people treat their children. And, my husband was not a cat lover. Now he is! LOL

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EveningStar2
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states that the cats are mine. Uh huh. The grey one in the picture sleeps on him, gets on the back of his chair when he is on the computer. And DH calls her and she comes. Sometimes. She IS a cat.

These 3 are all rescues, the seal point is almost 18 years old and very much a momma's boy, the white one is a flame point and was adopted from siameserescue.org He was found in Texas and shipped to me when I adopted him. He thinks that he is a Golden Retriever. Kinda shocks people when a cat greets them at the door. The little grey one is a blue point and was 5.2 pounds and supposedly over a year old when we adopted her in Las Vegas. I named her Tiny Cat because she was but she is now approaching 10 pounds and I'm thinking of renaming her Portly Cat. But most of the the time she is "wee *****" so it doesn't really matter.

But we love them all. 2 humans, 3 cats in a 33' fifth wheel!

Maureen

RozHopkins
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Maggie my 12 year old Datschund miniature. Cute, cuddly and loving. Kind of nice having them around while healing. My second one was the same type and recently passed with cancer,he was a gem we loved him very much.

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Pinky68
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Amanda is 15yrs --cat
Buzz is 7 yrs --cat.
Raider is 3 yrs--cat.
Kobe Bryant is 3yr--dog-Shih tuz(spelling?)

They constantly chase each other around, and want in and out all day long...I'm their doorman..LOL

Mittensandmedwick
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Hi pinky what color is your raider? Mine is black with white paws and a little spot of white right by his nose

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Pinky68
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My Raider is white with black parts on head and belly..He had a urine blockage 2 weeks ago and the vet bill was 1,450!!! Thank goodness for credit cards!!

My husband wanted to name him either Gannon (quarterback) or Raider...He's a huge cat, he's bigger than our dog!

Mittensandmedwick
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Hi pinky I had a male cat years ago and he had a blocked urinary track twice. I was told to buy him food that had less than 3.5 ash content. It is posted on all cans of cat food once I gave him that food I never had a problem with that again. I hope this helps you

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Pinky68
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Mittensandmedwick, my vet told me similar things....except he said no corn..
Unfortunately, Raider hates it!! and it's much more expensive....LOL..So now I'm mixing the 2 to ease him into it..Pets, what would we do without them!

Almost forgot, my kids have 2 fish.

Mittensandmedwick
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Pinky I hope raider adjusts to the food. They can such a pain some times, but as you said what would we do without them. My Boy has been staying so close to me since I was diagnosed. In fact he will be 2 next month, so he is still a youngster. Hope all is well with you

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Pinky68
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Raider does seem to be doing better with his new food the last couple of days!!!
My other cat Buzz really stayed close to me too..It's like they sense your not well..
Hope you are doing well!!!
Joyce

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Alexis F
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Our cat rules our house! Seriously, he is so spoiled, but, we wouldn't have it any other way. He is so loving and so sweet! I don't know what we'd do without him.

Love this post Susie!

Lex

survivorbc09
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Joyce, I hope that Raider is doing much better now.

Jan

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pinkkari09
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I've had several over the years, currently two dogs:)
Doc - is my 7 year old black lab (bred and breeds, from a very prominent bloodline)
Eros - is my 3 year old Itailan Greyhound (rescued from my local shelter)

Doc and Eros are my world right now and always of course.. They are the only ones that have never quit me. I happened upon Eros just ten days before I was diagnosed. I'm a big fan of dogs, but I love ALL animals:)

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jnl
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We have Dillon, our cat, who like a lot of you, gives us so much love and asks nothing in return. Well, except for food and to be loved all of the time. LOL

disneyfan2008
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3 dogs, 1 Chinchilla, 2 cats (2 rabbits recently killed by neighbors dog..very sad)

Denise

trsmith0104
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I have a dog and a cat. My dog is a german wire-hair pointer named Bailey. She is very smart and still acts like a puppy. We have trained her to ring a bell when she has to go potty. Our cat's name is Molly. She is 14 years young and acts like she owns the place. Got to love pets!! They are the best and keep me in check :)

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DebbyM
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Is everyone else's cat still shedding? It seems our cat never stops! LOL I have to sweep every day :(

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smalldoggroomer
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WE have had many dogs over the years. Right now I have a Toy Poodle, he is all black he weights 6 lbs 9 oz but thinks he is 100 lbs. He has always been with me 24/7, Even when I was working He went with me every day. My first poodle was 2 months short of 17 when he died. He was with me the first time I went through this battle. And this time it is my new baby. Both there names are BJ. I named the puppy after the first one because he meant so much to us. The old BJ, was 9 when I Got him he was being boarded in a kennel where I was grooming. Know one would take him out or touch him because he was so mean. HA!! I thought he was beautiful. They was going to put him down so I started taking him with me to the grooming shop every day and working with him grooming him and put him on a diet. He was a 10 lb dog in a 18 lb body. Well the weight came off. And one day I told my husband I was bringing him home for the weekend. He of course said NO! He had heard about this little devil dog. Well when I got home with him my husband was sitting in his chair. BJ, came in jumped up in his lap and stared straight at him and them laid down on his chest. That was it he had my husband wrapped around his paw from then on and he never went back to the kennel except to go to work with me. My new baby is the sweetest little guy. I love him. And he too has hubby wrapped around his paw. I love to watch him play. When I am better I will continue training him. He already knows Sit, Down, and play dead when ya finger shoot him. He comes when called. And when he thinks he should be getting more attention he barks at you. He is my joy and is always by my side. When I was in the hospital my husband told me BJ, wouldn't play at all. He just mopped around. He missed me that much.

rallendorfer
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Why in the world would you want to have a dog, or cat? They cost so much money, and aggravation. When you are sick they just won't get away from you and leave you alone. When you are eating they want to share what you have. When you are sleeping they want to be close and get their stupid dog breath all over you when they kiss you. When you come home they can't settle down from showing you how much they missed you. When you leave they can't stop the damned pouting because they love you so much they want to be with you. People don't aggravate you so much as a pet does! PEOPLE are nice and non committal and couldn't feel a thing if you were alone, or sad or sick. And PEOPLE would gladly suck up that money you throw away on your pet on things to make them happy, while turning their back with it in their hands and forgetting you. Dog? HAH! Nope, I wouldn't own one.

I'd own as many as I could fit in my bed. And that is the frickin truth!

lizzie17
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in addition to my poodle and three cats!! my puppy---Molly---is a lab mix and I love her so much. I love my other babies, too. But Molly is so energetic that she keeps me a bit more active and she loves me unconditionally----as my others do too.

They each bring me something each day that I am grateful for.

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GrandmaJ
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I have a Lhasa Apso named Crystal (picture). She is 12 years old and is the best dog we ever had. I love her dearly and would be lost without her. They love unconditionally.

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lynn1950
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We have Thumbelina, our little 6-toed 16 year old cat; Bruiser and his son Ben, yellow and black labs respectively; and SeeSaw our 20+ year old and still beautiful horse.

debsweb18
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The mutt came with the marriage. She gets leftovers all the time. She snores and grunts like a pig in her sleep. She rolls around in the neighbors horse manure and brings it in the house. She comes and goes as she pleases. She chases the coyotes away at night. She's definitely my husband's dog, but guess whose feet she comes to sit by when it storms?

What a character!

Deb

NewOne39
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Now we have six!

Three were my Moms and they live with us now since she passed.

Two are from puppy mills and are now 10 years old. These two are the sweet calm ones.

One from private puppy mill and now a wonderful, smart guy and in charge of everyone. He loves to sit with me.

One was left alone most of the time in a dark house and she was very frighten of the dark and shadows but now three years later has just started wagging her tail. She is a delightful and wonderful girl.

Thought this one was little when we got her she weighed 2 pounds and abused by younger children but now weighs 4 pounds. She is still recovering from the abuse but is a loving, sweet girl.

The last one was rescued from a dumpster and was so dehydrated that he couldn't bark. When rescued his weight was 1 1/2 pounds. He is 2 or 3 years old and now weighs 2.2 pounds. We have had him only a couple of months. He is a playful and happy boy now and loves to be held. Everyone falls in love with him and we all wonder who could throw a little one into the trash. He is a sweetheart.

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CyndiJW
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Our baby is Midis, a nearly 6 yr old Maltese. He is spoiled rotten, but we love him to death! He stays right beside me on the couch whenever I am reading or on my IPad. I rarely use my desktop computer in our home office because Midis can't sit beside me in my computer chair. I also work from home three days a week, and have my work-office set up in our guestroom with my desk "chair" being a futon so that Midis can lay beside me while I am working. Of course, it goes without saying, he also sleeps with me at night and goes on vacations to Destin, FL with us every year. My husband is just as nutty about Midis as I am. He works from home all the time. Unlike me, he hasn't relocated his home office to accommodate Midis but Midis does have a catbed in our joint home office and when I am not at home he lies in that under Greg's feet all day long.

Before Midis we had Casper who was also a Maltese. He lived to be 14 1/2 yrs old. He was a very healthy and happy (and spoiled) little dog right up until the end. We were so heartbroken when we lost him that I insisted on finding another within the week of his passing. Midis was not ready to leave his momma until a week or so later. Casper passed away on 2/20 and I picked up Midis on 2/25. As much as my husand felt we should have a little breathing room without the responsibility of a little fur baby for a while, my grief overruled that decision (and I'm sure his grief also played a big part in him giving in so easily).

Years before Casper I had a Yorkshire Terrier. In fact, I had the Yorkie, Chipper, before I started having babies. After I had two little skin babies and bought and finished a new house with my first husband, then started working I turned my demanding little Yorkie over to my then Mother-in-Law who had just lost her mini Schnauzer of 19 years. She was lonesome and in love with Chipper, and he was destroying my new home! Hard to keep tabs on two little ones, an unruly little dog and a new job all at the same time in a new home!

So, I learned a lot along the way: Spoil the little fur babies all you want, and love them to death, but do not let them get away with murder or they can destroy your home and your peace of mind. Personally, I can't see myself ever without a furry little body next to me whether I be reading, typing on my IPad, working from home, on vacation or sleeping at night. They are just a part of who I am.

You know what broke my heart the most when I found out I had cancer? "What will Midis do? What will he think? He'll have to think I just abandoned him because there is no way anyone can explain to him that I left him unwillingly!" I knew the humans that care for me in my life would understand, but Midis? Never. I thank God I do not have this to worry about, at least not this time around. I will be fine and recover from this particular scare.

*Hugs to all Pet Lovers*
Cyndi

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hope4thebest
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I have a cat and he has been the most solid support for me in the past year. It is amazing. Also, a kitten came into my life right before diagnosis-- he was the best medicine. Smiles everytime I get to see him, highly recommended, probably because they are so independent and not so needy. For awhile, I could not get near them, too dangerous after surgery, but as soon as I healed up, it was full, fluffy love!

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susie09
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You are so right that our pets can be the best medicine ever! I've really enjoyed reading about everyone's furry family members! Thanks so much!

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