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WestCoast1

Our Pets...

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Hello there~

As you can see by my Avatar, I am an animal lover. My new family member is Marley, a 5 month old Parrotlet. He thinks that he is a full size parrot, but at only 4.5 inches long, his attitude doesn't match his size! B) We are working on tricks at the moment...so far he can "give me 5" with his little foot, and he offeres his beak for a kiss or two. Our next trick will be "somersault" around his perch.

 

Here at our zoo we also have a yorkie, a bishon, a fish, a shrimp, 2 frogs and a chameleon. Fortunately I only have to take care of the bird and the dogs.

 

They give back so much love, on my bad days I really love to hear the bird chirp and snuggle with the pups!

 

I would love to hear about your little ones too...pets, kids, whatever!


*WestCoast*

 

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Marley is adorable. I had to go read about parrotlets after reading your post. I thought my cockatiel was small for a member of the parrot family, but he is huge by comparison to Marley. We have Poirot (who goes by Birdy accept when he is feeling quite posh), and two small tanks of fish (one in each of our offices). I have White Cloud Mountain minnows and Jim has a big fat fantail and 1 rosy minnow (there were three, sigh :( ).

 

I don't think I could handle more than that at the moment. I keep threatening to get another bird, but I don't think my neighbours would appreciate it - Birdy is loud enough already! Tell me about the shrimp - is it in a freshwater tank?


Warm wishes,

Jefa

 

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Hi Jefa,

Well that shrimp is a fresh water ghost shrimp. He is see through and really just hangs out with the fresh water frogs and female beta. It is funny to watch these little guys coexist together.


*WestCoast*

 

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Hi guys,

We have a cat, Jimmy, who is seven and he is huge! He's not fat or overweight, just huge. He is tall, his head is big and he weighs about 18 lbs. We got him from a shelter but he was left in the woods with the rest of his litter before he was saved. I love him but he can be a real pain. He's a hunter too. Jimmy loves to leave us presents on the front steps. At our old house we had woods behind us and he would bring us home bats. EEEWWWW! To top it off, I'm allergic to him so I can't pet him or have him in my bed. Of course my family thinks it is ok that I am the one who has to feed him and change the litter box. :)

 

Hugs,

Lisa


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Well my zoo really isn't much, but this morning it feels like a zoo!!! I have a 5 pound Pomeranian named Chaumbrie. She's pure white and is the queen of the castle here. She goes everywhere we go, travels well, and is a pure joy!

 

About 2 months ago, we had to have a 11 month old kitten put to sleep, she had cancer, her name was Isabella (Janey, she looked just like your cats, black and white) and she had been sickly from the beginning however, we didn't know what was wrong with her. Due to her illnesses she required a lot of care at the beginning (we rescued her) and so we bonded and had a very special relationship. Therefore it was heart breaking to have her put to sleep.

 

Well............2 weeks ago we took on 8 week old siblings cats, one boy "Nico" and one girl "Felicity" which we adopted from a local animal shelter (Erin can you tell I'm a animal lover too??!) They are both pure black with just a touch of white at their chests. (long hair) It's kind of hard to tell them apart, but now that I'm learning their personalities etc, it's getting easier.

 

This morning I was awaken by a heard of elephants, oh no wait, it was only two tiny little kitties tearing my house apart!!! They knocked over the laundry hamper, skidded across the kitchen table, knocking the center piece off and jumped on a dresser in one of the guest rooms and sent a picture flying to the floor where the glass shattered! Bad bad kitties.

 

Anyway, I'm a softy for any animals in distress!


Warm and gentle hugs,

 

Pamela

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I love this topic! It is so fun to hear about people's pets.

 

I have two sweet babies. Max is a 4lb black and white Chihuahua and he's 16 months old. He sleeps on my neck, gives way too many kisses and barks at himself in the mirror. What's not to love? He also likes to kick his hind legs back for not apparent reason, sometimes sending himself across the room.

 

Sadie is an 8lb, 20 months old Ratshi Terrier (Rat Terrier and Shihtzu). She is a white furball. She wakes me up every morning at 6:30 for breakfast, then accost me with the most obnoxious ball ever, to instigate play while I am still in bed.

She and Max are best friends. One minute they are dragging each other around the living room and the next they are snuggled up next to me.

 

They never leave my sight. They even get up with me in the middle of the night to go to the bathroom. Can you say velcro?

 

I have a feeling I will have another dog soon. I just started volunteering for the Chihuahua and Small Dog Rescue and have already helped place my first rescue dog into a good home.

 

Jennifer

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Today, we adopted a 1 year old kittie who currently dwells under our couch, tv stand or holiday tree (yes we still have our fake holiday tree up). She's petite and shouldn't get much bigger. She came with the name Abbie but I'm thinking of renaming her. I like the name Clementine cause she has a few small orange patches. She's very patchy in all colors. Maybe her name should be Patches. I'll let you know.

 

peanut


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Peanut!!!

Congrats on mommyhood! Oh, you have to name her Clementine. What about Tangelo? LOL!!

 

You are going to love the new companion.

Can't wait to see pictures.

Jennifer

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In my zoo I have 2 adorable boy's 11 & 12. I have a wonderful hubby of almost 13years. And then there's my fur baby's. We have 1 cat named Sebastian (10 )he's gray stripped with a little bit of brownish color. He adopted us when he fell in our yard and broke his leg. We also have 3 wonderful dogs. Kia (10) who is a med sized "Heinz 57 mix "with short hair..her coloring looks like a beagle we adopted her when a friend could no longer take care of her . Her favorite part of the day is eating and cookie time. Then we have Kaden (2) who is just he cutest boy you've ever seen. He is a Siberian Husky black and white fur with blue eyes. And last but not least our newest member is a rescued Pitbull/boxer mix. He is the BIGGEST LOVER boy around. He also has a problem with velcro, he is stuck to me like nothing else....he loves to give kisses and loves to get belly rubs.

 

Pets are so special.

 

I hope everyone has the chance and privilege of having a special friend. ;)


Take care and stay warm,

 

Michelle

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WE have an English Setter, named Pepper. We have had her since she was 6 weeks old. She is now 13. The last time we were at the vets, he asked us if we were sure about her birthdate, because she was in excellent condition for a dog of her breed and year. That was great to hear, and I think she even understood it, because she just pranced around the rest of the day like she was queen!

 

Just love 'em!


Happy people don't have the best of everything, they just make the best of everything they have!

 

Warm and Happy to you! Vee

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Last November we adopted a 2 year old Golden Retriever from our animal shelter. His name is Nanuk and he is just a big baby sweetheart who thinks he's a lap dog. He loves to snuggle!

 

We took him blackberry picking with us and he actually picks his own ripe berries right off the vine and eats them! At first it was cute the way he would find a ripe one and give the vine a snap with a little jerk of his head, but now its annoying because he roots in where you are picking and takes the good ones right away from you!

 

We love him to pieces. Pets are wonderful.


Take care,

Barefut

 

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Your dog picks and eats blackberries.... LOL! That is so adorable!

 

Well hubby and I picked a name. We are huge Entourage fans so our sneezing kittie's name is Ari. Actually I think her nose is plugged cause she keeps breathing thru her mouth like a dog. Poor thing!

 

peanut


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Aww, how is Ari this morning? If she's sneezing and you think she has a cold, you could ask your vet if she can have some baby antihistamine. I always hated dosing my dogs but at one point they were so sick that I felt better to make them groggy than see them with sniffles.

 

Did she come out and snuggle with you? I don't have much experience with cats but I love them so much and they are so fun to watch.

 

Are you going to draw Ari on some cards? Can't wait to see!

JenHead

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Peanut, did you get Ari from a shelter? Often times, it's not uncommon for a cat to get the runs, or the "sneezing" when they have a new home, but it can also be a sign of "Herpes" or "Chlamydia" in cats. It manifests itself as an upper respiratory infection. Both of these diseases are now part of the feline vaccination program, BUT if they came from a rescue situation, they could have been born with it, passed down by it's mommy.

 

I tell you all of this because it's what I just went through for the past 11 months with a kitten we got. She had herpes and then died 3 weeks ago to severe feline leukemia.

 

So again, I tell you this because there are tests the vet can do to tell you if Ari has any of this. It's catchy to other felines and I can't remember if you said you had another cat or not.

 

Also, I think if I knew Isabella had cancer earlier, I would have laid her to rest sooner.

 

I surely don't want to rain on your parade, I'm sure Ari is just fine, but having gone through this recently, I felt impelled to share with you.


Warm and gentle hugs,

 

Pamela

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We have two golden retrievers, 9 yr old "Livie" and 5 yr old "Moby" Neither think they are of the animal persuasion. But a big part of the household.

Birdman


Hugs for All,

 

Julie (Bird Lady)

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This is such an upbeat topic, I love hearing about everyones pets.

 

Sweet, I'm so sorry to hear about your wee kitten. That leukemia can be very bad and if it's the kind that I think it can spread like wildfire.

 

At our zoo we have 1 dog, a Westie name Tallulah, 1 cat named Ariel, 2 rescued Guinea Pigs named Pot Pi & Momo, 1 mouse named Duncan, 1 small gupey fish that resides in the downstairs powder room (so the cat doesn't get him), and a pond full of goldfish. On the wild side we have a baby possum that comes to the pond at night to drink and we've named her Blossom, the Awesome Possum. lol

 

Some of our animals were acquired through our daughter who's just graduated as a Registered Veterinary Technician and I'm sure we'll have more as she can't leave an animal in distress or without a home.

Hugs, Piper

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thanks for the advice sweet. I'm taking Ari to the vet tomorrow to check her status. Hopefully it's just a cold.

 

peanut


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Wow Pipes I had no idea you had that big of a zoo!!! Loved the pictures of your possum by the way.

 

You have very unique names, I love them. Especially Tallulah.

 

Peanut, report back as soon as you know something about Ari. Most likely it's just an adjustment period to your home.


Warm and gentle hugs,

 

Pamela

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We should all write a book on Pet Therapy! It looks like we are all including these wonderful animals in our lives because we know how comforting and healing they can be.

 

I have two wonderful cats and 5 turtles. Even though the turtles don't crawl in your lap, and in reality, just want to be left alone - they are still very fun to watch, feed and feel like we're taking care of them. This weekend was very exciting because I finally found the fifth turtle. I thought she had died with the cold winter, but viola - there she was crawling along the wall. Apparently she has found enough bugs to eat on her own. Of course I never know who's doing all the eating.

 

Big Hugs,

Janey


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HA Jefa

Guess what? We own a wild bird speciality shop, so we feed lots of wild life, and living at the beach we also are nest parents for sea turtles!!! There due to hatch in about 6 days!!!

Birdman


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Julie (Bird Lady)

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Gareth and I have an 11 years old Newfoundland 'pup' who weighs in at 144#'s!!! He's such a sweet heart........so old and lethargic now, though. We also have a 13 years old cat neamed Hershey.

 

Margaret

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Erin, your parrotlet is beautiful (but, please don't tell HIM that...lol)

I am a pet lover, from the word GO, so I love this topic :rolleyes:

 

My hubby and I adopted a poodle (she's now 10)... in November. Her "mama" passed away, so the grand-daughter put her in the paper for adoption. I am so thankful we are the ones who fell heir to her, as she fits perfectly in our family :rolleyes: In June, we moved in to become caregivers to my 81 yr old mother, who dearly loves "Baby-girl" as much as we do!... A true match :D

Hugs,

Susie


Special Hugs,

 

Susie Kraft

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I adore animals and if I had my way we would have even more then what we do. We have two king charles Cavalier spaniels a blenheim and a ruby, they are very affectionate and give lots of love and enjoyment when you need it, 2 cockatiels which love to chat and are very friendly, tropical fish, and an avary of finches. Thats it atm as we lost our seahorses last week so I will be looking at getting something new once I get over that.


Kindest Regards

 

Sharon

 

Diagnosis Scleroderma-crest, Scolliosis, Asthma, ILD, Plueral Fibrosis, GERD, Hiatus hernia, Anticardiolipin positive, ANA positive

 

a little bent and broken and almost beyond repair!

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