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punky
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   Posted 2/3/2006 4:19 PM (GMT -7)   
OK, we all know that pets can ease depression.  Who has a pet?  I have a 6 inch goldfish who smells and I can't pet for very long or he starts to gasp! yeah
 
I have always had cats and a dog, but am missing that now. Especially since my daughter has empty nested me(she used to snuggle me).
 
Just watching the Martha Stewart show with all her dogs....... sad  
 
Hey I work all day, and I know this would make my husband insane, but I can't help but thinking about a pet.  Especially one that is nonallergenic.
 
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   Posted 2/3/2006 5:32 PM (GMT -7)   
I have a beagle doggy named Abby.
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   Posted 2/3/2006 6:54 PM (GMT -7)   

my best friend for 14 years was my kitty Punky.  Oh, if he could've talked.  He knew more than anyone. He's been gone now for 9 years. The same time I had Rascal who was a AKC crapzu. He was supposed to be used for stud(the only way I would've spent that much for a dawg), but he never got the hang of it. So he got neutered. He died about a year after Punky.

Then after my divorce, I needed the unconditional love. So, I got two yell0w kitties who were litter mates... Forrest and Jenny.  Then an off breed hound named Bubba.    He was a nightmare and got me in lots of trouble with the neighbor from H...

Next I met a wonderful man who has allergies. I discovered not only me, but my daughter did too.  So, back they all went to the shelter.  I miss Forrest the most.  He was a character, but had a bad bladder infection, so I think they had to let him go.  Jenny was on the edge of getting obese,so I bet she made some lonely lady a nice lap cat.  Bubba went to a family who trains dogs. Last I knew, he wasn't barking or chewing or digging anymore.

I did have several pets growing up.  SugarBelle was my persian cat. She lived until age 19. Then lots of other pets that came and went.  Living on a farm,,,,,,,,life expenctancy isn't too long.

 


punky
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   Posted 2/3/2006 7:02 PM (GMT -7)   
how funny, you changed the type of dog I had. It was a ShihTzu not crapzu......

I did call him that a few times tho.

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   Posted 2/3/2006 9:39 PM (GMT -7)   
I have a Jack Russell named Marli. She is a sweetheart and can really brighten my day when the clouds are closing in.
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   Posted 2/4/2006 8:13 AM (GMT -7)   
I had a greatUncle that had a small building that he bred Chinchillas. He would never let me pet them(they do bite),but mostly because of the fur that is so valuable. He taught me to just blow gently on the fur to see if it was a good coat or not. I blew up a storm in that shed. Also was fun to watch them roll in thier dust baths.

I was at a mall one day and saw an elderly gentleman holding something interesting in the palm of his hand. I could see him from a ways away, and mostly women were standing around him. So, I stopped. Sugar Gliders. Two babies. He breeds them. How cute. We talked a while. He has to carry them in his shirt pocket because they get upset when they aren't. They are very needy and make a great pet for someone who has alot of time to invest. I asked him if this was his way of meeting ladies....he just smiled and winked at me. hahahah.

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   Posted 2/4/2006 1:04 PM (GMT -7)   
I have a menagerie . . .you ready?
I have an Australian Shepard named Nick. Very smart, very hairy, very loving (very lazy . . .).
Morgan is a 17 year old black kitty. She is spry and crabby and adorable.
Callie is a chubby little princess tabby cat.
Colby ia a HUGE black tom cat. He was a stray and I thought he would turn out to be a sweet little girl kitty. Uh, wrong! He is very much a "cat", comes in to eat and sprawl out but prefers the outdoors. Callie is terrified of him so she lives in the master bedroom. (It's huge and sunken so she has plenty of room!)
Finally when my son went into the Marine Corp he bought a gecko (he looks exactly like the GEICO gecko). He decided he was boring so we inherited him!
Sigh . . .

punky
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   Posted 2/4/2006 2:38 PM (GMT -7)   
My son just called and said in 6 weeks he and his girlfriend will be getting an AKC Golden  Retriever. Free.  I guess she knows someone who breeds them, and he always gives away the runt of the litter.  I am happy for them, except, they live in a very small apartment and both work all day.  How unfair to the dog is that!?  If they lived in a Condo, or place with a backyard would be better.  The both make less that $27,000. a year.  Imagine the food costs!  And if they split?  Who get him?
Oh well......better than having a baby right now yeah nono confused eyes

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   Posted 2/4/2006 4:41 PM (GMT -7)   
Well, its official......in just 6 weeks I will be a Grandpuppyparent. Tucker will arrive! I can't wait to see him. Even tho I know my son is making a big mistake, I will love this Grandpuppy of mine. We will have fun when he comes to visit. I live on a bike trail with a pond. We will have sooooo much fun. This will almost be a good as having my own..........................Gee being a Grandparent is FANTASTIC!!!!!

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   Posted 2/4/2006 10:05 PM (GMT -7)   
Yeahhhh Punky has a Granddogger!!!!

I have two Wesies (West Highland White Terrier). They look a lot like a Scottie dog, only they are white. Our little girl Westy had 4 puppies in December and we still have two of them. One is going to Chicago on the 20th and the other has a family coming to see her tomorrow.

Yes!!! Pets do help with depression!!

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   Posted 2/6/2006 8:49 AM (GMT -7)   

Several years ago, my then 12 yr old daughter decided to go live with her dad in CA, after living with me her whole life.  It was an on-going custody battle, and his weekend-Santa Clause-behavior won out.

That is when I got my wonderful Doberman puppy, Liesel!  I so needed a replacement for the huge hole in my heart, and Liesel helped me fill it a bit.  (Part of that hole is still there and always will be.)  Liesel is so sweet, Doberman's really are!

about a year later, I got a Pomeranian, Max, to join our family.  Max and Liesel are a real pair, they're hilarious together.  By the way, Max the Pom is the Alpha in this pair.

When my daughter who left comes to visit, she doesn't like Liesel.  I think it's because she knows Liesel helped "replace" her!

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   Posted 2/6/2006 3:57 PM (GMT -7)   
Is your name Dr. Dolittle tongue

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   Posted 2/6/2006 8:52 PM (GMT -7)   
Pets are awesome. At one time I had 6 hamsters and 3 rats. At the same time I ended up watching an additional 2 rats and 1 additional hamster. In the house there were an additional 5 hamsters and one cat. How all these little critters stayed alive for any amount of time with a cat in the house is beyound me.
 
Now.....there are three cats at home; Little Orange Kitten, Smudge and Oscar. I personally own 6 fish currently. Angel Fish Sparticus, a neon tetra Tullulah, a pleco Diablo, a black barb Pudding, a rosy barb Dot, and a albino cory Ceaser. I used to own 20 fish or so, 3 snails, 3 underwater frogs and a blue lobster.

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   Posted 2/7/2006 10:45 AM (GMT -7)   
fishkiller08 said...
I personally own 6 fish currently. Angel Fish Sparticus, a neon tetra Tullulah, a pleco Diablo, a black barb Pudding, a rosy barb Dot, and a albino cory Ceaser. I used to own 20 fish or so, 3 snails, 3 underwater frogs and a blue lobster.
I just have to ask LOL... you seem to really like fish, why the name? yeah
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   Posted 2/7/2006 10:47 AM (GMT -7)   

What a great topic guys! 

My then husband talked me into buying him a Shih-Tzu for his birthday 12 years ago.  He always love them and I fell in love with them too.  Her name was Babycakes and ended up being my dog more than his.  We had another one named Isabelle that was for him though.  When we got divorsed it was hard to try to "break up the family"  but I got Baby and he got Izzy.  Baby died last March and broke my heart.  I now have a manic cat named Normandy.  He is a pretty good companion but I am looking for my next puppy defently a Shih-Tzu.........


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   Posted 2/7/2006 2:48 PM (GMT -7)   
dbab said...
you seem to really like fish, why the name? yeah

I do love fish. However, there seems to be something about me that can't keep them alive very long. I started my fish aquarium last year in teh dorms with all my happy fish. None of them lived long to tell the tale. Between September of last year and April I had managed to go through some 35 fish. We had a paper chain with each fishes name and date bought and death.
 
I also seemed to kill the unkillable as well as kill the fish telepatchically. My RA from school gave me a huge plecostomous that we named Death. No matter what they did, they couldn't get it to die. I had it for a couple of weeks and it was dead. I also was known because I told my RA it wasn't my fault if when she got home her fish was dead....low and behold when she got home....the fish was dead.
 
I've finally managed to keep a fish alive for a year. Sparticus has lived for a year. Dot is almost there amd Pudding is pretty close. The snail, Egg would have been close but he died yesterday.

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   Posted 2/7/2006 4:28 PM (GMT -7)   
tongue   These posts on pets warmed my heart, no one was thinking about being depressed. You can feel the joy and happiness these pets bring. As all of yours my dog is also part of our family and will get an extra treat tonight just for being so special. God bless all of you and your pets.  DELTA

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   Posted 2/7/2006 5:28 PM (GMT -7)   

fishkillerguy,  I have one feeder goldfish(19 cents) that is over 6 years old.  He is over 6 inches long. He swims in a 10plus gallon octagonal tank.

I have been trying to kill this guy for 3 years devil .  I have not cleaned the tank,overfed, underfed,,,,,,,,

I finally gave up. I bought a new filter,rocks,plastic plants and a Ph kit.  I thought 'you win' I will treat you better. 

Check your filtration system. Also you can't have too many for each gallon of water. I had two goldfish for a lonnnnng time. Then I switched the food from flakes to pellets and the pretty fancy goldfish died of dropsy or something wrong with his swimbladder.

Fish are nice tranquil pets.        The filtration Whisper system I have sounds like a little waterfall.               Too bad they don't play catch tongue


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   Posted 2/7/2006 5:54 PM (GMT -7)   

I have a lilaced Crested Amazon named Tiko. He is my baby and I just adore him. He has been a great comfort since my 15 year old son died in May of last year.

The only problem with these types of birds though is that they are a one person bird. They do not like children so my 11 year old cannot go near him or he snaps at her. My husband he tolerates to a degree.

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   Posted 2/7/2006 6:02 PM (GMT -7)   

no one has mentioned horses.  I had a Shetlan pony when I was on the farm. 
Dad showed me how to trim her hooves, but she kept biting so I never did.  He let them grow to an awful length and finally got infection and had to be put to sleep.  She lived about 10 years which I think is about normal for a smaller horse.

So I had the 'pony' every kid wishes for, but did take care of it.  Sorry to all of you who wanted a pony when you were little and never got one. sad


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   Posted 2/7/2006 10:50 PM (GMT -7)   
I have a cat name JD who seems to cause more stress than he helps relieve. I also have a small fish tank filled with neon and glowlight tetras as well as a few platies. The fish can be very calming at times.  Doing water changes or just viewing them helps to relieve some of the stuff that I am feeling.  Too bad it doesnt work all the time.

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   Posted 2/8/2006 12:45 PM (GMT -7)   
I have two cats, Dupree and Lucy. They are constant sources of love and frustration. Dupree is quite the challange. He's lucky I adopted him because most peeps would have put him out after all the trouble he's caused. I wouldn't give him up for the world.

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   Posted 2/8/2006 5:36 PM (GMT -7)   
I had two different cats that would play fetch.    so neat!  a tin foil ball was the best. would fetch it and then drop it at my feet.  these were both male cats only.  is there some male sports gene that even goes in animals? the female  cat would only look and roll her eyes tongue
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