Pets

gambitgambit Members Posts: 4,183 ✭✭
Just wondering what you guys have as pets. I'll go out on a limb and assume most have dogs/cats. Currently I have two pit bulls (both 13) and my girl/best friend probably won't make it more than a couple of more months with her cancer. I also have a 4 month old bearded dragon (who knew they can be so pricey) and a 5 month old golden greek tortoise. Looking to get another bearded dragon this year. In the past I had 4 pits and a rottie at the same time. I've also had snakes, monitor lizards, frogs, fish, hamsters, etc. I was the kid that brought home everything. I brought home a baby duckling from biology class when I was in 7th grade. Mom said no because we wouldn't be able to eat duck anymore after that lol. She said the same when I took the duckling back and brought home a baby chick.
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  • goondawg goondawg RIP my buddy Members Posts: 1,947 ✭✭
    Sorry to hear of your pups cancer. Lost mine to cancer last year. Currently have a 3 month old Newfoundland puppy.
  • aloha b.aloha b. Members Posts: 586 ✭✭
    Sorry to hear that you're dog has cancer. It's really hard when a pet crosses over to rainbow bridge because they're family. My wife and I adopted two kitten sisters in Dec. of 2016 and they are a big part of our family and they're really spoiled. We didn't have any pets for approximately 10 years after our 17 year old cat passed away and her sister two years earlier. We're both animal lovers and I can see that you are to.
  • golfandfishinggolfandfishing Members Posts: 3,434 ✭✭
    Sorry to hear about your pup’s cancer, that’s a tough time. There was a tear jerking thread here that went on for a year or so about dogs. While it was active we had to put our dog down. We have some pretty advanced plans on getting another soon.



    I love critters of all kinds and have visited the zoo and/or aquarium in just about any city I’ve visited. We got a Leopard Gecko named Gilligan in 2010 and he’s still in the tank next to me as I type this and looking very spry still. Our son (2) loves watching him eat. I’d love a nice saltwater tank, and my wife wants seahorses. These would need to be separate tanks so space quickly becomes an issue.
  • ShilgyShilgy Members Posts: 11,386 ✭✭
    What can you do when wife volunteers at the Humane Society? image/smile.png' class='bbc_emoticon' alt=':)' />
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  • gambitgambit Members Posts: 4,183 ✭✭
    Thanks for the support fellas. Yea, it's super hard. I had her mama and bred her one time and kept 2 of the pups so I've had her literally since she first entered the world. I remember when I was going through chemo she would wait at the door for me to come home every time I went for treatment. If I had to go to the bathroom she would be outside the door waiting for me no matter what time of day or night. She never left me. Not sure when I should put her down. Vet says her cancer will be painful because it's where the stomach goes into the small intestine. Her hips are bad, but she's still aware of everything going on. It's killing my back because since she has such trouble walking I carry her everywhere. She didn't leave me so how can I leave her? Ugh...
  • aloha b.aloha b. Members Posts: 586 ✭✭
    gambit,



    Your story is really heartbreaking to me. Dogs are usually very loyal but she seems to be extremely loyal to you and I can understand that it would be very hard to put her down but on the other hand I don't think that you want her to be in pain and suffer. You wouldn't be leaving her as you would be doing what's best for her at this point in time. Remember that she'll always be a wonderful part of your life.
  • golfandfishinggolfandfishing Members Posts: 3,434 ✭✭
    You are going to know when it is time, she will tell you. It’s going to be obvious. If she still has some joy and eats, drinks and poops on her own it’s probably not time yet. It’s a big deal to end a friend’s life, but one day you will go from helping her get around while she still has joy to her telling you to help her. It’s the ultimate way to pay her the respect she earned, let her pass on with her pride and dignity.
  • goondawg goondawg RIP my buddy Members Posts: 1,947 ✭✭
    gambit wrote:


    Thanks for the support fellas. Yea, it's super hard. I had her mama and bred her one time and kept 2 of the pups so I've had her literally since she first entered the world. I remember when I was going through chemo she would wait at the door for me to come home every time I went for treatment. If I had to go to the bathroom she would be outside the door waiting for me no matter what time of day or night. She never left me. Not sure when I should put her down. Vet says her cancer will be painful because it's where the stomach goes into the small intestine. Her hips are bad, but she's still aware of everything going on. It's killing my back because since she has such trouble walking I carry her everywhere. She didn't leave me so how can I leave her? Ugh...




    So sorry. You will know when it is time to let go. Mine had lymphoma and we tried to fight it with chemo. He had a wonderful oncologist. We certainly don’t get to keep them anywhere near long enough.
  • aloha b.aloha b. Members Posts: 586 ✭✭
    For those that don't know I thought that I'd share the Rainbow Bridge Poem about our loved pets. For some reason I wasn't able to post a copy of the poem so I'm going to type it.





    Just this side of heaven is a place called Rainbow Bridge.



    When an animal dies - one that has been especially close to someone

    here - that pet goes to Rainbow Bridge. There are meadows and hills

    for our special friends so they can run and play together. There is plenty

    of food and water, sunshine and cozy beds, and our friends are warm

    and comfortable.



    All the animals who have been ill and old are restored to health and

    vigor, those who were hurt or maimed are made whole and strong

    again, just as we remember them in our dreams of days and times gone

    by. The animals are happy and content, except for one small thing;

    they each miss someone very special, someone who had to be left behind.



    They all run and play together, but the day comes when one suddenly

    stops and looks into the distance. His bright eyes are intent; his eager

    body quivers. Suddenly he breaks from the group,flying over the green

    grass - his legs carrying him faster and faster.



    You have been spotted, and when you and your special friend finally

    meet, you cling together in joyous reunion, never to be parted again.

    The happy kisses rain on your face; your hands again caress the beloved

    head, and you look once more onto the trusting eyes of your pet - so long

    gone but never absent from your heart.



    Then you cross the Rainbow Bridge together.
  • gambitgambit Members Posts: 4,183 ✭✭
    goondawg wrote:

    gambit wrote:


    Thanks for the support fellas. Yea, it's super hard. I had her mama and bred her one time and kept 2 of the pups so I've had her literally since she first entered the world. I remember when I was going through chemo she would wait at the door for me to come home every time I went for treatment. If I had to go to the bathroom she would be outside the door waiting for me no matter what time of day or night. She never left me. Not sure when I should put her down. Vet says her cancer will be painful because it's where the stomach goes into the small intestine. Her hips are bad, but she's still aware of everything going on. It's killing my back because since she has such trouble walking I carry her everywhere. She didn't leave me so how can I leave her? Ugh...




    So sorry. You will know when it is time to let go. Mine had lymphoma and we tried to fight it with chemo. He had a wonderful oncologist. We certainly don't get to keep them anywhere near long enough.




    If she was young maybe I'd think about chemo. Hard for me to consider given how hard it was for me to go through. She's lost over 20 pounds. I'm even giving her medical grade CBD oil from my personal prescription (lower dose) so she's at least comfortable. It does bring the munchies out.
  • goondawg goondawg RIP my buddy Members Posts: 1,947 ✭✭
    Given her age I would not do it either. It’s not as hard on dogs as people but it does beat them down some. Sorry you had to go through it and, again, sorry for your pup. It’s never easy
  • aloha b.aloha b. Members Posts: 586 ✭✭
    Shilgy wrote:


    What can you do when wife volunteers at the Humane Society? image/smile.png' class='bbc_emoticon' alt=':)' />




    4 beautiful cats that you have and are you getting anymore?
  • aloha b.aloha b. Members Posts: 586 ✭✭
    Here's pictures of our two girls that we adopted in December of 2016.
  • gambitgambit Members Posts: 4,183 ✭✭
    Not a cat person (selfies and my dogs like to eat their ****...so gross) but the ones here are cute I must admit. My wife’s cousin rescued a bunch of cats years ago. A few of them were feral and down right nuts so she had a room just for them. 2 others lived in the cushion of her couch. Thank the lord that’s not the case anymore. She was turning into crazy cat lady at a young age. I think she had 12+ cats.
  • altess27altess27 Northern MN Southpaw Members Posts: 808 ✭✭
    gambit, sorry to hear that you are going through a tough time. I went through something very similar when I put my dachshund down that I had for 15 years last November. I recently decided to get another dog and even though he'll never replace my dachshund he's definitely bringing me a lot of joy (even though he's an absolute nut job haha). He's a beagle, very affectionate and always keeping me on my toes.
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    You are going to know when it is time, she will tell you. It’s going to be obvious. If she still has some joy and eats, drinks and poops on her own it’s probably not time yet. It’s a big deal to end a friend’s life, but one day you will go from helping her get around while she still has joy to her telling you to help her. It’s the ultimate way to pay her the respect she earned, let her pass on with her pride and dignity.




    I couldn’t agree more with this. My family had to make the decision 3 years ago...day after Christmas for our 12 yr old Golden. It was the hardest decision the family had to make. Our vet, helped us out by telling us that she lived a life for us and this was the only thing we could do for her.
  • gambitgambit Members Posts: 4,183 ✭✭
    altess27 wrote:


    gambit, sorry to hear that you are going through a tough time. I went through something very similar when I put my dachshund down that I had for 15 years last November. I recently decided to get another dog and even though he'll never replace my dachshund he's definitely bringing me a lot of joy (even though he's an absolute nut job haha). He's a beagle, very affectionate and always keeping me on my toes.




    Good for you! Beagles are such cool dogs. You don't hear about them as much nowadays with all the "designer" dogs out there. Super active and from what I remember love to dig. I know our next dog, whenever that will be, will be a rescue. Probably a pit since they get put down so quickly and flood the shelters. Probably a dog with special needs and even possibly a senior. I know it will be hard, but I want to give a dog a better life that it's ever known.
  • altess27altess27 Northern MN Southpaw Members Posts: 808 ✭✭
    gambit wrote:

    altess27 wrote:


    gambit, sorry to hear that you are going through a tough time. I went through something very similar when I put my dachshund down that I had for 15 years last November. I recently decided to get another dog and even though he'll never replace my dachshund he's definitely bringing me a lot of joy (even though he's an absolute nut job haha). He's a beagle, very affectionate and always keeping me on my toes.




    Good for you! Beagles are such cool dogs. You don't hear about them as much nowadays with all the "designer" dogs out there. Super active and from what I remember love to dig. I know our next dog, whenever that will be, will be a rescue. Probably a pit since they get put down so quickly and flood the shelters. Probably a dog with special needs and even possibly a senior. I know it will be hard, but I want to give a dog a better life that it's ever known.




    That's great that you want to do that, for me I've always gotten puppies so that's what I went with again this time but I know plenty of people who adopt. He is really a ton of fun and yes very active which was a main reason why I got him. I like to hike/walk around all the various trails that we have here in Northern MN and I needed a dog that would do that with me.
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    aloha b. wrote:

    Shilgy wrote:


    What can you do when wife volunteers at the Humane Society? image/smile.png' class='bbc_emoticon' alt=':)' />




    4 beautiful cats that you have and are you getting anymore?
    Sorry I was out traveling a few days on business. I told my better half(well really I strongly suggested lol) that four is enough. As much time as she spends volunteering at the humane society it's tough for her sometimes I think to not bring home more but having four under the age of 8 is enough.
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  • aloha b.aloha b. Members Posts: 586 ✭✭
    Shilgy wrote:

    aloha b. wrote:

    Shilgy wrote:


    What can you do when wife volunteers at the Humane Society? image/smile.png' class='bbc_emoticon' alt=':)' />




    4 beautiful cats that you have and are you getting anymore?
    Sorry I was out traveling a few days on business. I told my better half(well really I strongly suggested lol) that four is enough. As much time as she spends volunteering at the humane society it's tough for her sometimes I think to not bring home more but having four under the age of 8 is enough.




    I donate cat food to the Humane Society near my work and of course I always end up looking at the kittens and cats and want to take some home but I can't as our two is enough.
  • Jwink1586Jwink1586 Members Posts: 14 ✭✭
    I have a silver Labrador that is a service dog. We have had many different dog breeds and several labs but this one is unbelievable. Guess they are like humans and some are better than others. image/taunt.gif' class='bbc_emoticon' alt=':taunt:' />
  • aloha b.aloha b. Members Posts: 586 ✭✭
    edited Feb 24, 2019 4:52pm #24
    Nice looking dog!
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  • Jacob37Jacob37 Members Posts: 95 ClubWRX
    2 year old black lab, duck dog. Family pet. My buddy. “JINKS”
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    I love all animals. I'm a cat person but I love dogs too. We have 4 Ragdolls. We've always had pets and the one thing that I've learned over the last 50 years is that I will never have a pet put to sleep without me being with them. It's hard but I know it's the best thing to do. So sorry to hear about your friends cancer gambit.
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    1 3/4 year old Cane Corso - that was the runt of the litter - he only weighs about 85 lbs. Beautiful dog, but the level of clingy is off the charts - apparently this is their thing maximum protection - that said (and we are family that has had multiple Golden Retrievers) this dog is disturbingly smart (for most things) and then will do a stupid thing - I guess just to see if we are paying attention.
  • MychMych Members Posts: 1,806 ✭✭
    edited Feb 20, 2019 1:27pm #28
    Sorry to hear about the cancer. We've spent the last few months in and out of the vet's office, so I understand how emotionally drained you probably are.



    We lost 2 of our 3 dogs in the past month, so it has been a tough year so far in my house. The first was my dog, 15+ year old shepherd mix whose hips and back had failed. He had been part of our family since both of our daughters (11 & 13) were born, so it was hard for them to come home from school every day without him being there. Then about 2 weeks ago, we found out that my wife's 12+ year old dachshund had a tumor in her chest that was causing her lungs to fill with fluid. The vet said at her age and health, it was unlikely that she would survive the surgery and would continue to essentially suffocate over time, so she was put down last Friday. My wife is really having a difficult time with losing her cuddle-pup and our 3rd dog (18 month old bulldog/pitt mix) looks super bored with the lack of activity/movement in the house, so we've started looking for a new cuddler who can also keep our other dog occupied a little. We also have a 21 year old cat, so this year may have another loss planned for us.



    I'll post an update when we find the new member of our fur-family.
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  • aloha b.aloha b. Members Posts: 586 ✭✭
    Jacob37 wrote:


    2 year old black lab, duck dog. Family pet. My buddy. “JINKS”




    Sweet looking dog
  • aloha b.aloha b. Members Posts: 586 ✭✭
    Mych wrote:


    Sorry to hear about the cancer. We've spent the last few months in and out of the vet's office, so I understand how emotionally drained you probably are.



    We lost 2 of our 3 dogs in the past month, so it has been a tough year so far in my house. The first was my dog, 15+ year old shepherd mix whose hips and back had failed. He had been part of our family since both of our daughters (11 & 13) were born, so it was hard for them to come home from school every day without him being there. Then about 2 weeks ago, we found out that my wife's 12+ year old dachshund had a tumor in her chest that was causing her lungs to fill with fluid. The vet said at her age and health, it was unlikely that she would survive the surgery and would continue to essentially suffocate over time, so she was put down last Friday. My wife is really having a difficult time with losing her cuddle-pup and our 3rd dog (18 month old bulldog/pitt mix) looks super bored w

    ith the lack of activity/movement in the house, so we've started looking for a new cuddler who can also keep our other dog occupied a little. We also have a 21 year old cat, so this year may have another loss planned for us.



    I'll post an update when we find the new member of our fur-family.




    Sorry about the loss of your dogs and it's always hard when we lose family members.
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    edited Feb 24, 2019 7:55pm #31
    <--- This is Goose. 9 month old golden. Blind in one eye and has hip dysplasia. Best boy ever.
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