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My life's not complicated like the humans she adores.
I don't complain of migraine or go through the dog-o-pause. . .
And my wagging, and my panting, and my 'dying-for-the-Queen'
Are the nearest thing to true love Mrs Jones has ever seen.

~ from Mrs. Jones' Dog by Richard Stilgoe


Humans and animals have always shared their living spaces and their lives. Way back in the 9th century, in a world so remote from our own that it's hard to imagine what daily life must have been like, an Irish monk wrote a poem in a corner of the manuscript he was working on. The poem was about his cat, and although we'll never know the monk's name or anything else about him, we know that his cat was white and its name was Pangur, and that it made him happy to watch its antics while he worked. And in that image he and Pangur spring vividly to life.

Do you have a pet - cat, dog, terrapin or tarantula, hamster or horse (or any other creature)? How long have you had it? What does it mean to you, and have you always had a pet of some kind? Maybe there's a pet you long for and can't have right now - or maybe you've never felt the need for one. This month we're going to talk about pets. So come in, make yourselves comfortable and tell us what pets mean to you :

~Do you have any favourite anecdotes about your pets?
~Any favourite books, stories, poems, movies or songs about pets and their people?
~Why do you think people have pets - and if you don't, why do you prefer not to?

If it yaps, barks, purrs, miaows or whinnies, if it has four legs, a tail or wings, if it's fluffy or scaly, spotted or striped, cuddly, feathered or spiny, we'd like to know all about it!


Until one has loved an animal, a part of one's soul remains unawakened.
~ Anatole France



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~Do you have any favourite anecdotes about your pets?

I do not know if these count as anecdotes, but I have had some pets with weird tastes. I had a dog who loved spaghetti, a cat who loved lettuce and a horse that loved watermelon. I am so glad none of them wanted my mushroom pizza lol.

~Any favourite books, stories, poems, movies or songs about pets and their people?

There was a series of books that was put out a while ago about Carl a Rottweiler. I really liked those. I am also a fan of Black Beauty, The Black Stallion, and The Maltese Cat: all stories about horses. But there are too many to name here, lol.

~Why do you think people have pets - and if you don't, why do you prefer not to?

I think it boils down to unconditional love. animals do not care what you look like, or what job you have. Just that you love them. It is how the world should be. In fact, most animals are better 'people' than we are!

 

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I have had goldfish growing up a few times, but it wasn't until about 3 1/2 years ago that I finally got a dog. She isn't really my dog, she's my mom's, and since we moved out of there, we don't see her as much anymore. She is the most precious thing and she's a nutjob and I love her. Otherwise, I haven't had much experience with pets other than friends' pets. I love animals in general, though.
 

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Do you have any favourite anecdotes about your pets?
One of my horses, Comanche, stayed by my side when I got hurt. He stood there for hours waiting for me to move. I grabbed onto his tail and pulled myself up. He nudged my arm up over his neck and walked me back to the barn. I sat down on a bail of hay and he stood there next to me. He could have wandered off anytime during those 3 hours.....but he chose to say with me.
My cat Cochise tried to take care of me when I was sick. I was running a temperature of 103 degrees. He kept running to his water bowl and putting his paws in and coming back to me and put his damp paws on my forehead.

~Any favourite books, stories, poems, movies or songs about pets and their people?
James Bowen has written several books about Bob the cat. He tells how he found Bob and how Bob helped him through his drug addiction. At the time James was homeless and having a really hard time.
Dewey the library cat( by Vicki Myron, Bret Witter) is also wonderful. Someone put the cat into the library drop box. The librarians adopted him. It tells how the cat brought such joy into people's lives and how he helped them through hard times.

~Why do you think people have pets - and if you don't, why do you prefer not to?
They are wonderful companions. They are there for you when you need comfort, or a laugh. As Kestrel Winter said...they love you unconditionally. That is something you rarely find among humans.
 

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Do you have any favourite anecdotes about your pets?

I don't have any pets at the moment simply because I go away a lot and it would unfair to keep palming pets off onto others to look after when I am away. I used at one time to keep hamsters I had several Hamster houses set up in my spare room. One of the funniest anecdotes has to be about one of the female hamsters Troi. My husband had just finished fitting a new kitchen in the house which looked stunning. It was a few minutes after he finished that I noticed the door of Troi's cage was open with no sign of her anywhere, we searched high and low and after an hour or so came to the conclusion she must have gone under the kitchen cabinets. The very same cabinets that my husband had just fitted the new base boards to. Poor Hubby after all his hard work ended up having to remove the base boards and sure enough when we shone a torch under there we could see a certain hamster looking back at us. It took a few minutes to coax her out but the temptation of her favourite fruit a large strawberry proved too much for her. She came scurrying out to grab the strawberry no doubt with the intent of pushing it into her cheek pouch and scurrying back into her new hidey hole. Fortunately I was quick enough to scoop her up and after a bit of fuss she returned to her cage the door of which was firmly secured with a large bulldog clip to ensure she couldn't push it open again.

~Any favourite books, stories, poems, movies or songs about pets and their people?
I hadn't really thought about it before and nothing immediately springs to mind for me on this one.

~Why do you think people have pets - and if you don't, why do you prefer not to?

I think a large part of it is companionship, certainly for those who live alone. Having another presence in the house can alleviate the feelings of loneliness and in some instances keeps the pet owner active for example by walking the dog everyday.

Personally I choose not to have a pet at this time as I have such a busy lifestyle it would not be fair on the pet and I would not have the time to devote to it. This doesn't mean that I wouldn't consider it in the future.



 

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I have no pets currently, but when I was young I had 3 dogs, 7 cats, a rabbit,and some goldfish. My dogs in order of when I had them were called: Chance, Goldie, and Nimbus. Chance was a male cocker spaniel mix I had while growing up, he was mostly loyal to my dad and yet he still tried to keep up with me cause he was old by the time I came around. Goldie was a female golden retriever and my second dog while growing up, but I lost her before she became a teenager in dog years cause she ran out on a road with a big truck plus trailer coming up very fast. When Nimbus came along, he was still a puppy from a friend of my uncle's who then gave him to me to raise. Nimbus was husky mix with a total white fur coat and a nose that was so red it looked like he could be injured without the pain. When my family moved after losing my dad, Nimbus tried to follow us only to end up lost and forgotten somewheres about 22 years ago. Now then I said that I had 7 cats, at first I had a family of tiger tabbies. You see my half-sister gave me her pet cat named Fuzzball before moving away and then Fuzzball had 5 kittens The kittens that I remember the most were Mazie, a female that looked just like her mom and Socks, who had white paws on each foot that made him look like he was wearing socks, then there was a female black kitten I found in our barn abandoned in a box with a blanket and food. My pet rabbit was all white with ruby red eyes, and her name was Snowflake. I had her while my dad was still alive and we had a farm set-up with some chickens, turkeys, and at one point two pigs to raise. Once the pigs started making it too easy for the chickens and turkeys to escape their pens, we sold the pigs and Snowflake to pay for the repairs needed. Now to finish off this list, my goldfish were a set of three I won at a fair when I was 7/8 years old and I kept them well enough until they died of old age. There are times I wish to have another pet, but I can't with how expensive it costs, plus the pain of losing said pet to old age.
 

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Oh, I can't remember a time when I was without a pet, and I can't imagine ever not having one. That doesn't mean they're all replaceable, pets are just so special. They're a companion. There are times when I'm alright with never having human friends because my dog is enough. They don't know how to betray you, they're down with anything. You want to go for a walk? He's wagging his tail to come along; you want to take a nap? He's right there napping too.
It makes me feel like I'm never alone, and it just cheers me up inside to talk and talk and talk while he just tags along listening. It's nice to know I can be depended on to take care of someone, like when we get caught in the rain and I get a towel for the both of us. I wouldn't feel safe enough to sleep without knowing he's around and ready to bark at even the smallest thing I might miss. If I go for a ride, he's always excited to go somewhere and stick his head out the window. It really softens my heart to come home after a horrible day of work and realize that he's just so happy to see me, that I've been so missed.
And you know what they say, about how animals have such a keen sense, that when they don't trust someone, it's usually for a reason? I feel the same way about people who don't like animals, there's just something strange about that; I would do anything for my dog. I wouldn't cry at a crisis, but just imagining someone being mean to an animal, or kicking him or something, it makes my blood boil. I literally can't comprehend it when someone says they've never had a pet.
As for media, and movies? I can't wait to see "Call of the Wild," but those movies like "Marley and Me," oh no. No, I'll cry.
I've had all kinds of pets though. I had two lovebirds, Romeo and Juliet when I was a kid. The window was open, and Romeo got out, flew away and left Juliet behind. She later died of heartbreak; wouldn't eat or play, or anything, it was terrible, snd I never bought another bird after that. My dad used to have a snake.. but it just roamed around the house on it's own. He woke up one night with it tangled up around him, and he said it was just trying to sleep with him. But after it tried going down the toilet, he traded it in for a dog. We had another snake at some point, a large, yellow anaconda. It just hung out in the glass under a warm lamp, and ate mice. I really want a large snail.
But for now, I think I'll stick with my schnauzer. He is my baby.
 

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I have 9 horses, 5 dogs, a cat. My horses are weird and eat hot dogs,chips, ext. My dogs eat everything and anything. I have had let (aka furry family members) my whole life.

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~Any favourite books, stories, poems, movies or songs about pets and their people?
James Bowen has written several books about Bob the cat. He tells how he found Bob and how Bob helped him through his drug addiction. At the time James was homeless and having a really hard time.


I love those books. I went to one of James and Bob's book signings in London and it was so funny - like being ushered in to see royalty. First we stood in a queue outside the shop - fortunately we arrived early and weren't too far back. The shop door was locked (ordinary customers were having to use another entrance) and when it was time one of the assistants came out and allowed about 20 people in, then guarded the door until they'd moved through and she could let in a few more. The queue was very lively but once we went in - silence. Absolute silence.
We moved forward slowly and on reaching the table, James signed the book and did a pawprint for Bob - he had a special stamp - and Bob sat on a comfy chair beside looking very relaxed and happy (he did have a harness on, in case). While I was there one of the assistants looked over and asked James if he wanted coffee and Bob's head shot up, as if to say, "where's mine?" I've never known a cat who would be so much at ease in that setting, but Bob is an unusual cat. We were allowed to take photos and so on - he wasn't bothered.
 

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I have a cat named Echo. She's so named because she answers when you talk to her. She often initiates conversations with unique sounds, meows, squeaks, grunts and more. She also says yeah, yeah, yeah. LOL! She's part Siamese so it's not surprising that she's very vocal.

Echo was found when she was just about out of kittenhood. It was a dark and stormy night (yes it really was). She was all alone, soaking wet, and hiding under a car parked in the driveway. It was just by luck I spotted her. I had a terribly time trying to get her to come out and by offering a variety of foods I finally found one that made her come close enough to catch her.

She didin't like it much and spat at me. I took her in, dried her and checked her for fleas. She had a few but they were easily gotten rid of and then I fed her. It took a week of hand feeding to get her to trust me. She kept finding new hiding places so it was a game of hide and seek every day and I finally gave up the game and only put food out when she would appear. When she finished eating I'd pick her up, hold and pet her until she got used to it.

I finally discovered that she did love to be brushed, so I brushed her frequently. It's been 8 years now, Ehco is still a bit wild. She only accepts me and my husband. She hides if anyone comes to visit and won't come out till they leave. It's so funny, when company leaves I call to her and say "Echo, you can come out now, they're gone." and she comes right out.

It think people have pets for many reasons. Some have pets for protection, some to have a reason to get out and get some exercise. I have pets because I enjoy holding and petting them.

 

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My favourite pet growing up was a particular black and white cat. We bonded immediately and she trained me well. I still remember how she taught me to just stretch my upper body when I woke up in the morning. She often slept at my feet. If I, in my half-asleep stupor, stretched my feet or wiggled my toes ... POUNCE ... playtime! I prefer to wake up gradually, so I learned to keep my legs and feet still until I was ready to be awake. Technically speaking, she was the family's cat, but I was her person, not the other way around.

She was a tiny little fuzzball when we first got her. I was in a wheelchair after having corrective surgery on my legs. She liked to sit on my lap, but she was too small to climb up. I wasn't able to bend over far enough to pick her up from the floor. She reached up as far as she could, and I reached down as far as I could. Somehow, we succeeded and she curled up with me, purring contently. We had two cats before her, but this little imp was the most affectionate.

Unfortunately for my mother, the cat also wanted to please the alpha female of the house. She would go down to the basement of the house we were renting, get all dirty chasing mice, then catch one. The present would be dropped at my mother's feet. The grey dustpile would then look up at my mother expecting praise, cuddles, and possibly a snack. My mother was not pleased. Killing mice ... good, giving them no my mother ... not so much.

I cannot have any cats now in case a certain niece with allergies ever decides to visit. I have a small apartment, but cat hair and dander is next to impossible to completely clean, even if I was to board the cat in s kennel for a week before the potential visit. That niece may never come here, but one never knows.
 

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Last year I had two tiny dairy feeder calves. They were called Chip and Dale. Chip was like a big puppy, always ready to play. Dale was small and sweet. He love me reading to him and when I laid with him, he put his head on my lap in a kind way. I feel sad because I had to sell them. I have not seen them since. People tease me and say they are dead. I think my relationship shows friends can come in all forms, and not always they way you think.
~Do you have any favourite anecdotes about your pets?
All I can say that is that they had big souls that called them to be free.
~Any favourite books, stories, poems, movies or songs about pets and their people?
Try I, Cosmo it is brand new and it will break you heart.
~Why do you think people have pets - and if you don't, why do you prefer not to?
I think people have pets to have a sense of securtity, so that someone will listen carefully.
 

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I have had pets for as long as I can remember. Seriously, one of my first memories is begging my father at the age of three to take home a pregnant dog that my family member had. Over the years my family had multiple dogs and cats, but one truly touched my heart and is the one dog who was mine, her name was Nala.

I also had, at one point or another: Hamsters, Rabbits, Hermit Crabs, More fish than I can count, and a red tree frog.

As an adult I have two dogs, an eight year old Pomeranian named Bear and a ten year old mixed breed named Big Puppy.

~Do you have any favourite anecdotes about your pets?

Every year for Easter I set up an Easter egg hunt for my two dogs. Pretty much I fill plastic eggs with treats and "hide" them around my yard. It is hilariously amusing to watch Bear and Big Puppy find the eggs. The first year I did this I cried from laughing so hard as they attempted to open the plastic eggs to get to the yummy treats inside. Now they can get those suckers opened in ten seconds flat. 🤣

~Any favourite books, stories, poems, movies or songs about pets and their people?

Quote:
"Just this side of Rainbow Bridge there is a land of meadows, hills,
and valleys with lush, green grass.
When beloved pets die, they go to this place. "

-The Rainbow Bridge




~Why do you think people have pets - and if you don't, why do you prefer not to?

I think people have pets for a variety of reasons. Companionship, unconditional love, service and support. Pets can mean so much to somebody, in different ways. For some their pet is their child or their constant companion. For others their pet plays a big role in keeping them alive, or working with them to keep other people alive.
 

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I have three cats. Keeda, Guen, Art3mis. Keeda and Guen are twins that I adopted from a barn and who are turning six years in April. It is odd that they are twins because Keeda is long haired and Guen is short haired, but both are all black, except Guen has a white heart shape on her chest. Art3mis is a black and white spotted short hair who is turning two this year in August. I was driving down a highway when I spotted her lying in the middle of the road! So I pulled over and rescued the poor dear. I've had all three of my cats since their were a month old, and they are my entire world and my familiars!
 

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I'm not sure if we're discussing the real world or the Harry Potter/Hex world so I'm going to give you both. 😄



In real life I have a cat named Jessie that I found as a stray a few years back. She's really sweet and cuddly and loves to play as well. I can't really think of anything else to say about her right now though.




As a witch I have three pets but I typically talk about my cat CJ the most.( I forgot what his personality traits said he was so I'm going to make it up. CJ is typically a lazy cat but he's a very good listener and he's always there whenever I need him and he LOVES sleeping in my bed with me and getting all kinds of attention. 😄




Although he does his job by keeping me company he also loves getting into trouble and causing mischief. Then again he wouldn't be much of a cat if he didn't. After all, he was named after the one and only legendary Captain Jack Sparrow so he was sort of born to be a troublemaker. Whether it involves eating cake that I baked or chasing after leprechauns. 😆




Then there's Shelby my pet turtle which I got because I've always loved turtles ever since I was a little girl back before I even knew that I was a witch. Although I was never a huge reptile fan to begin with as I can't even stand snakes and they terrify me. I not only named her Shelby because of her shell but I just thought that it was a pretty name. There isn't really anything too interesting about her, but she does manage to make me smile. 😀




Finally there's Charlotte which is the first pet that I got on here. In case you haven't figured it out by now, yep! She's a tarantula! I also thought the name was really pretty as well. I'm not a huge fan of spiders but I sort of like tarantulas even though I don't like them as much as cats and dogs and yeah,.. not too much that you can say about a spider so,..





Anyways, I love the movie Shiloh which is also based on a book about a boy and his dog. I also like Hachi A Dog's Tale, and I guess Lilo and Stitch sort of counts because Stitch is sort of like a dog. I also think people have pets because well,.. they're sort of like children with (typically speaking) four legs. You show them love and they'll give it right back to you.😀




 

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~Do you have any favorite anecdotes about your pets?
Cosmo (my dog ) doesn't actually know he is a dog , he thinks he is a person, he sits at a kids table (in the little chair) to eat his dinner which he will not eat unless he sees me cut it or stir it up like I am cooking the way I do for the grand kids. He makes a weird sound when he is talking to, almost a chirping sound and he cries if I leave the house even if everyone else is home.
~Any favorite books, stories, poems, movies or songs about pets and their people?
Not really
~Why do you think people have pets - and if you don't, why do you prefer not to?
I think animals are great companions , they love you with out question and are not judgemental, they can keep you company and help you live longer
 

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@Sandie556 You should read I, Cosmo It's really good!
 

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Humans and animals have always shared their living spaces and their lives. Way back in the 9th century, in a world so remote from our own that it's hard to imagine what daily life must have been like, an Irish monk wrote a poem in a corner of the manuscript he was working on. The poem was about his cat, and although we'll never know the monk's name or anything else about him, we know that his cat was white and its name was Pangur, and that it made him happy to watch its antics while he worked. And in that image he and Pangur spring vividly to life.

Do you have a pet - cat, dog, terrapin or tarantula, hamster or horse (or any other creature)? How long have you had it? What does it mean to you, and have you always had a pet of some kind? Maybe there's a pet you long for and can't have right now - or maybe you've never felt the need for one. This month we're going to talk about pets. So come in, make yourselves comfortable and tell us what pets mean to you :

~Do you have any favourite anecdotes about your pets?

If it yaps, barks, purrs, miaows or whinnies, if it has four legs, a tail or wings, if it's fluffy or scaly, spotted or striped, cuddly, feathered or spiny, we'd like to know all about it!





I have a sweet, gorgeous furbaby named Kuzco! He's a sealpoint Siamese-Maincoon mix with beautiful blue eyes. I have had him for 7 years next month. He's a wonderful emotional support animal, and always knows when my anxiety is growing out of control, right there to bump up against me and help me calm down with pets and cuddles. I got him in Louisiana in 2011, and he moved with us when my ex and I PSD'd to Illinois the following year.

He went missing for a few months in the middle of another big move in 2015 - I cried myself to sleep every single night. On Christmas Eve, I got a phone call from the old vet's office - Someone had found him! Even though they were in another state now, we were able to coordinate to get him to my mother, who got him back on his feet (he had nearly starved to death, as it was winter and he is a purely inside kitty with no hunting instincts whatsoever). After about a month with my mom, she found a trucker who was willing to bring him all the way to my new home in Washington! We both cried when we were finally reunited.

In 2018, we made another large move back to the Midwest, so Kuzco is a very well-traveled kitty!



 

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@FoxieEyre That is a wonderful passage about a beautiful kitty. I wish you both well! Thank you for posting a photo. He looks amazing!
 

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@FoxieEyre That is a wonderful passage about a beautiful kitty. I wish you both well! Thank you for posting a photo. He looks amazing!








I agree. I had another kitty named Jasmine who went missing a few years ago but unfortunately she never did come back. :'(
 

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