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I forgot my pet's name ...

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Irene B Member Since: Feb 17, 2015
11 of 23

A zoo....lol. Only have 5 dogs, 3 cats, the parrot, and two lovebirds...the 6th dog (baby dachshund) is the daughter's...and I get to babysit her while my daughter's at work. The two bassets have sort of taken to 'mothering' her.

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Luce N Member Since: Oct 9, 2016
12 of 23

How do you deal with so many pets at the same time? I love pets, but except for the couple of hamsters and their 5 kits, I always had a pet at a time.

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Kim F Member Since: Aug 26, 2015
13 of 23

We had too many pets over the years for me to remember all their names. But then I have a problem remembering names in general.

 

However, this discussion reminded me of the crow that lived with us for a while.  We'd taken it in because it had a badly broken wing so it slept in a rabbit hutch at night and followed us about during the day. This is less irrelevant than it might sound because my son taught it to talk by refusing to feed it raisins soaked in water - which it would have died for - unless it said "thank you".  And after that, it rapidly learned some more words and phrases.

 

So although I can't remember its name, it's probably flying around South London introducing itself to this day. 

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Mary W Member Since: Nov 10, 2014
14 of 23

When I was a child - millennia ago - there was a tame crow in my town.  It talked.  It also flew to the grade school every afternoon and followed its "boy" home.

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Preston H Member Since: Nov 24, 2014
15 of 23

re: "When I was a child - millennia ago - there was a tame crow in my town. It talked. It also flew to the grade school every afternoon and followed its 'boy' home."

 

Apparently Mary grew up in either an Aesop's fable or a Grimm's fairy tale.

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Martina P Member Since: Jul 11, 2018
16 of 23

Preston H wrote:

re: "When I was a child - millennia ago - there was a tame crow in my town. It talked. It also flew to the grade school every afternoon and followed its 'boy' home."

 

Apparently Mary grew up in either an Aesop's fable or a Grimm's fairy tale.


Exactly! I bet the boy's walk home went through a forest ... a dark, scary forest...

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Mary W Member Since: Nov 10, 2014
17 of 23

Nope.  Just a suburb of Chicago (Hinsdale).

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Irene B Member Since: Feb 17, 2015
18 of 23

Luce,

"How do you deal with so many pets at the same time? I love pets, but except for the couple of hamsters and their 5 kits, I always had a pet at a time."

 

Well, they all arrived at different times. The two girls tend to be outside most of the time. This is not because they have to, but because they prefer it. Also, we have a very large yard and a swimming pool. They love swimming and tend to spend hours lazing in the water on the top step during the hot summers we have here. They tend to gravitate inside during the evening and lay on the floor in front of the tv...with each coming for her own bit of love and attention. These two are independent ladies and best friends. The two bassets tend to sleep most of the time, except when giving attention to the daughter's baby dachshund when she is here...they are quite strict in her upbringing and do not allow her to get into trouble...they know the ropes. Of course, they tend to tell me when they wat attention as well...which they do get. They also sleep on the couch next to me when I watch the telly...one on each side of me...and get their ears and backs massaged. Killer....well. He is not really a dog. He is my little boy, constant companion, shadow, and generally sits on my lap no matter where I am...and he sleeps in his own little bed right next to me. Walks are alternated...either the two girls or the two bassets. Killer tags along without a leash...he keeps close to my ankles because he is old and going blind and kinda uses me as his 'walking stick' the way a blind person uses their cane...and he listens. If I say stop...he stops. If I say walk, he walks. On busier streets, I pick him up and put him over my shoulder where he sits, happy as a lark. The cats...well...cats are amazing creatures. They are not pets. YOU are their hooman. They tell YOU what they want... Being older, my cats tend to be couch potatoes in general...they nudge me when THEY want attention. Of course, being cats, they also let you know ENOUGH! Slave! The lovebirds tend to keep to themselves...although they are quite tame...and then the parrot. What can I say about him? Besides the fact he swears like a trooper? Well...he has a humungous cage that JUST fits through the double doors to the outside. Although we bring him in at night, he spends most of his days outdoors. He loves it out there. His time for attention is also usually in the evenings when he gets out of his cage and scares the flaming *&^% out of the other pets who tend to walk wide circles around him. But then, we also keep a wary eye on him, just in case. We make sure the doors to the room he is in is closed ... in case of cats...not that said cats would lift a paw in his general direction because...well...once bitten twice shy...but you never know. Rather safe than sorry. All in all, you MAKE the time to give each one their own slice of attention. The dogs are one pack, a family, with a pecking order in place. Each one knows their place, and each one knows there is much love going around. They also all adore each other, and none are ever lonely. They have company 24/7.

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Virginia F Member Since: Feb 15, 2016
19 of 23

Mary W wrote:

When I was a child - millennia ago - there was a tame crow in my town.  It talked.  It also flew to the grade school every afternoon and followed its "boy" home.


 

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Jennifer M Member Since: May 17, 2015
20 of 23

someone clear my security question I can't remember my address!

 

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