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Started 5/6/20 by Musivore; 45977 views.
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xvaper

From: xvaper

Aug-21

here is a Friday photo op

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TinyBadger

From: TinyBadger

Aug-21

I love the paw curl! Eyes barely open, just chilling. I wish I was that relaxed... although I admit that watching animals sleep does tend to make me sleepy. You have cats, right? I had 2 hampsters (I like it with a p in it) when I was a kid. Chip and Dale. They fought a lot and one morning we woke to find Dale dead. And chip was chewing on him. Anyhoo, chip stopped eating so I started to give him human food to plump him up. Then he got too fat do I put him in one of those hampster balls for exercise. Too bad he was too fat too get out. Needless to say I couldn't starve him so every day I'd shake the poop out of his ball and give him some food. He was buried in that ball. I'll never forgive myself for that one. In my defense I was very young and my mom is an idiot when it comes to animals. I never got another rodent and I vowed I would always take my dogs to the vet right away, even if something seemed small. I would give good food and toys and walks. I can't make up for my elementary school mistakes, but I can be better in the future. I am not the perfect dog owner, but I'll do my best to be a good dog mom. 

xvaper

From: xvaper

Aug-21

Poor hamster. But you did not know better. I'm actually more of a dog person, I grew up with dogs, but then I started feeding and rescuing all these poor strays and feral cats, and next thing you know three of them were living in my house. I should have stopped at 2 really but its too late now..I love them, and yes I wish I had my cats' lives. Life is sweet for them, though you wouldn't know it sometimes when they constantly complain. This one in the picture is the stupidest, mushiest and most ridiculous cat I ever met. His name is Mischa.
TinyBadger

From: TinyBadger

Aug-21

Like mee-sha? Is that Russian? I do love cats but the only thing that freaks me out is the litter box. I know someone with their box underneath their kitchen sink and I'm not sure how I feel about that. It's that poop in a box and then traipse across the counters thing that gets me. Then again, I have counter surfing dogs. 

xvaper

From: xvaper

Aug-21

Yes, it is exactly how you pronounce it, and its Russian. I have two giant litter boxes and the opening is from the top. I use corn litter only, I clean the boxes all the time,  and my cats eat frozen raw food, which means they don't poop all that much, their bodies use most of their nutrition. I have a big house so that can make a difference. I am a super clean freak and if you walk into my house you would not know or smell cats here unless you saw them. except maybe some fur. which is hard to completely get rid of even though I vacuum every day.

TinyBadger

From: TinyBadger

Aug-21

That sounds great! The fur thing is a battle sometimes not worth fighting. My dogs shed and I have hardwood floors so I'm sweeping quite a bit. It sounds like you are quite tidy, and that's a good thing. Also, you feed your animals well and keep them clean so that's even better. I'm impressed! Many people clean the litter box rarely and do it smells terrible! One of our friends had a dog with an eye disease. They had to remove his eyes and he does fine, he's lived in the same house for years. She has cats too but she's not so hot at either one of them. I guess it takes all kinds but my animals mean the world to me. Im pretty stable now, but in the deep throes of my depression, it was all I could do to get up and feed them. I'd put on my PJs and walk them around the block late at night when no one could see me. They would lay in bed with me, tucked between my legs and head on my chest, as if understanding my heartache. I'm doing better now, so I feel more able to walk them for a long time and far away, and play with toys out in the yard. They saved me, and do save me. I think that we all need healing when we are most vulnerable. During my quit I have been more active and getting out and about more and so have my dogs. Quitting has helped me to find ways to find my inner calm and peace. I'm more present and my husband says that I'm really changing in a good way. He says I'm proud of myself for quitting and it's given me confidence in myself. I admit I do feel more powerful than before, I am CHOOSING to quit and I'm CHOOSING to make healthier decisions in my life. I am eating better, in a better mood, and exercise more and my dogs and husband are appreciating it. Quitting has been so cathartic. I don't ever want to go back to being a smoker.

Loreficent

From: Loreficent

Aug-21

Yeah...walks are good for dogs and us! And together is sooo good. 
So...My daughter and I went to volunteer at the shelter, daughter was 8 at the time. I said as we went in the first time “we are not bringing anybody home with us. “ We were renting at the time, and a lot of stuff going on that was pretty stressful and I didn’t think taking on more responsibility at that time was good. But...there she was. The mom and 2 brothers got adopted out right away as soon as the pups were old enough and this poor little thing had been by herself for 2 weeks. Not sure why. She had real short hair then and weighed 2 pounds at 10 weeks old. So...here she is, will be 9 in October. She was raised by my 2 big Maine Coon boys, Calvin and Sweetums. They were like 16pounds and close to 20 pounds. Every now and then I’d come home and Whoopi would have a big scratch on her head and I knew she’d gone too far. They loved her though and were generally very tolerant. She still tries to play with Calvin who is very feeble and over 18 now. He still likes her but she gets too rough with him at times. She also, when I used to smoke, loved it. She was always trying to get the butts. Yuck. So I started using an empty half and half carton with water in it to put them in and had to keep it up high on the deck rail. So glad that is a thing of the past!! So, at 8 pounds...when she ate Georgie’s weed a few years ago, it was really scary! She is just a hoot all the time. My first ever small dog. It is very different. She acts more like a cat really. Gets on the table, chases a laser light, chases flies. And chases the kitties till they’ve had enough. And steals their food. She is poorly behaved really. But...she doesn’t have to grow up and make it in the world so I don’t care! And yes...even though she is small, she is also a very good judge of character and I trust her instincts and reactions. Same with my cats. They have a good sense of people. My mom used to tell guys I dated “Love Lore, love her animals, cause you will be the first to go not them!”. She was right. 

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