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ANIMAL COMPANIONS: Furry, Feathery, Finny, Scaly & More
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PostPosted: Wed Mar 09, 2011 1:33 pm    Post subject: ANIMAL COMPANIONS: Furry, Feathery, Finny, Scaly & More  Reply with quote

AMM got herself a Golden Retriever puppy!  Understand the part about no pix, but please stop in and tell us about the new addition!  Smile
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PostPosted: Mon Mar 14, 2011 8:55 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Guess no one's gonna post here.   Crying or Very sad

So, I'll regale y'all with some stories about my beloved Truman (after Capote).  He was a handsome (in a Harold MacMillan way) Border Collie-Black Lab mix.  The sweetest temperament, but the sneakiest canine you'd ever imagine.  Never was there a dog like my Truman.  I would constantly admonish him:  "Truman!  Use your brain for good not evil!"  

This spring weather reminds me of him, because among his many talents Truman loved to garden.

We had a promising loquat in the backyard.  It was growing tall and straight, just a sapling a bit more than 1 inche in diameter and over 6 feet tall.  

Truman and Gracie (also now gone) were in the back, doing whatever they did to amuse themselves.  I called them in for chow-chow and Truman came bounding in, wearing a very pleased expression.  He was very proud of something significant.

So, I went into the backyard and found the loquat sapling chewed off at ground level, the length of the tree chewed into perfect 6-inch-long pieces.  I swear.  The sticks were in a pile.  He came running out and nosed me, wanting me to pick up the sticks and play "toss."  I did.  Who knows what possessed him to do such a thing.  After we got over the shock, Carl and I had a good laugh.  Thank goodness the fig tree was much larger!
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PostPosted: Mon Mar 14, 2011 10:05 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

i'll post a couple of pix of carole...but i have to take them first.

i have a bunch, taken when she was a wee one, but nothing from the past couple of months...she's as big as a full size cat now...and just barely 6 months.

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PostPosted: Mon Mar 14, 2011 11:44 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Carol???  Similar personalities???
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PostPosted: Mon Mar 14, 2011 11:48 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

c-a-r-o-l-e.
she was a rescue, already toting a name.


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Similar personalities?

smart as a whip but she can't read as well.
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PostPosted: Tue Mar 15, 2011 1:21 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Great! Can't wait to see Carole Lombard in fur!  Smile

If I can locate the digi-cam, I will post pix of Rupert and Henry VIII--the current rulers of the household.

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Coebul, howzabout some pix of all your critters?
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PostPosted: Tue Mar 15, 2011 2:21 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yeah one of these days.  


I am afraid I will have to put one down pretty soon.  He is not aging well.  He has forgotten there is stuff you do outside and stuff you do inside.
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PostPosted: Tue Mar 15, 2011 1:52 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

My furry friends have almost always been domestic hand-me-downs from friends or mutual acquaintances, or feral, or wild - they've arrived in my home or at my doors on their, or someone elses volition, not mine.

Candy was an elderly small white poodle who a co-worker rescued from the Humane Societ after the previous owner was transferred out of town, and abandoned her there.  
Candy was the epitome of a lapdog and always had to be close to one of the family (one-year old daughter, wife, me). Candy was terrified if left alone; when she would awake from a nap and find herself alone she frantically cried as she scrambled to find one of us.  I would carry her to/from our Biera Mar cottage to the beach after she got too old to climb the dunes.

Then another hand-me-down appeared in our lives after we moved to Summer Haven - Krishna, a set in his ways aloof and eccentric Siamese with a bent tail (momma cat had nibbled some LSD at FSU), left with us when his "owners" moved on.  Krishna lived  and was fed outside by our dock on the Summer Haven River and was rarely seen by us.

A couple of years passed, and Candy - as was her wont when my daughter and I would be out fishing from the dock - curled up by the bathtub as my wife bathed.  And silently passed on.  
Hearing my wife scream when she realized Candy had died, my daughter and I ran to the house, surprisingly intercepting Krishna who also was hightailing it and meeting us at the door and entering with us - the first time he'd ever been inside the house.

I removed Candy to prepare her for the burial services, and Krishna - to our utter amazement - immediately began assuming the postures, positions and behavours which Candy had perfected over the years.  My daughter, then 3 or 4, had never even touched/petted Krishna prior to that evening!  

Through the following years, at Summer Haven, and after our move to Zorayda Ave., Krishna remained a Candy clone, never out of sight of a family member, imitating her behaviour in every way.
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PostPosted: Tue Mar 15, 2011 4:00 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

My current furry friends are Abert's squirrels, a/k/a long, silky eared squirrels
http://www.google.com/images?hl=e...;tab=wi&q=abert%27s+squirrel+
and rock squirrels
http://www.google.com/images?q=ro...amp;source=og&sa=N&tab=wi .

I am visited by four Abert's and a mom/pop pair of rock squirrels daily when weather permits.  

Each of the six adults has its own unique personality and behaviour and "personal space" demands - later in the year the moms will bring their new pups, and each pup will also develop  unique traits.  

Much like feral cats, where each kitten in each generation establishes unique voice, vocabuleray and interactions with other animals, including with human ones.

My favorite Abert's was born last summer, and immediately became my "pet," running to greet me when (s)he sees me out on a walk, and napping on my shoulder when I sit in the sun and read.  And wants breakfast (a roasted in the shell peanut) each morning.  If I don't see it arriving on my porch rail (I view the bird feeders and porch from my recliner while watching TV/internet screen), it will skitter back and forth a couple of times, attempting for eye contact through the window.  
Karmically, as I type, it just arrived - and I'm getting the big stare!

If I don't go out an give him a peanut, (s)he will tightrope walk my iron gate to be able to lean over and rap the window ---- as right now.

If I still don't go out it will leap on the window, and then slide down the glass top half until it can grasp the screen on the bottom half and hang there ---- as at this moment.

Time to go and hand out breakfast
(it daintily takes the peanut from my fingers).

I'm back inside now, and the Abert's is swinging in a feeder eating corn, the rock daddy is on the table stuffing its cheeks, and towhees, bluejays, and finches are pickin' and peckin.'
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PostPosted: Tue Mar 15, 2011 6:21 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

When I moved in with the kids a few years back the cats, 6 at that time, put up with me but they were a little aloof, except for Missy.
She moved into my room and took over. Now she doesn't want anyone entering the room but me, she bristles up at everyone else, cat or human. The big tomcat Loki could come in for a while but he is persona non grata now. I don't know what he did to get checked off on her list.
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