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  • How many pets do you have?

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    28 posts, 22 voices, 1178 views, started Aug 9, 2011

    Posted on Tuesday, August 9, 2011




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      How many pets do you have?

      Do you think pets do better with another "one of their own" in the house?  Do they miss that kind of companionship if they don’t have it (and even if they don’t show it)?  

      The reason I am asking is...on my new post today. Read it here if you missed it: Good Samaritan 

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          Angelcart wrote Aug 9, 2011
        • Currently I don’t have any pets.  I really miss having a dog but right now I feel working full time and travelling like we do that it would not be fair to the dog to be left alone so much.  I get my “dog fix” through our neighbors dogs right now.happy



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          Mztracy wrote Aug 9, 2011
        • 4 dogs [2 big, 2 small]
          1 cat
          1 bearded dragon



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          Mzd3 wrote Aug 9, 2011
        • I have one dog. And thats enough :)



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          Denise Richardson wrote Aug 9, 2011
        • I have one dog, a soon to be 7 yr.old spoiled Shih-Tzu.



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          Kmarie wrote Aug 9, 2011
        • I have three dogs, two are two years old one is nine years old



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          Jc2222 wrote Aug 9, 2011
        • We have two dogs which were my husbands when I met him. Chelsea is an Akita, she and my husband have been together since puppyhood and she is now 11. Bono is a Boston Pit mix and he is 6 years old. Next summer I am planning on getting a Keeshond puppy that will be my dog. Chelsea and Bono are great company for each other. I think it really helps for them to have the company of another dog. We both work during the day.



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          Tuliplady wrote Aug 9, 2011
        • At the moment I don’t really have any pets unless you count the feral cat that I feed.  After two years of feeding it, it will finally come within two feet of me when I put food down for it.  But if we‘re two close it will take a swipe at me with claws.  It tore a nice chunk out of my finger one day.

          I’ve always had dogs.  Always one or two big dogs, but at the moment I only have a part time dog.  My daughter’s Lab spends a lot of time with me because I work less hours than she does.

          Tulip



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          Diane17 wrote Aug 9, 2011
        • Currently we have 1 dog and many many fish downstairs.  We had a cat which died back in March.  A long time ago, before we had kids, we had a boa constrictor.



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          Cc-u wrote Aug 9, 2011
        • Depends on how sociable your pet is.  My dog is very territorial & would probably try to eat the new guy!



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          Joanmarie wrote Aug 10, 2011
        • Right now we have three dogs in our home.  We have a red doberman and a 10 pound schipperke/poodle mix.  My daughter is here for the summer and she has a yorky/pom mix that weighs in at 7 pounds.
          The two small dogs are besties!
          It’s going to be sad when Em goes back to school in a few weeks. I think both dogs will have quite an adjustment period to go through.



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          Mary Clark wrote Aug 10, 2011
        • We have (2) dogs.  Winston & Jack.
          We got Winston (full blooded black lab) first.  He has a “I cant’ be by myself disorder” so we got Jack (half Weimariner/half chocolate Lab).  We got Jack to be a companion to Winston and so far it has worked out great.  They do not like to be without the other.  They play together and hang out together.  IT’s great.  I think dogs should have a companion.



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          Butterflyrose wrote Aug 10, 2011
        • 1-my grandpuppyheart owns our backyard. She is living with us until my daughter  gets a fence built at her house.



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          Vikki Hall wrote Aug 10, 2011
        • I have 2 kittie loves and they are indoors only. I also unofficially have the kitty neighbor love who hangs out on my deck or porch all day every day. And yes I do feed him too.



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          Mztracy wrote Aug 10, 2011
        • this is Stewie our bearded dragon


          he is so calm and cool and they do not bite. The only scaly pet I’d ever own.



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          Cathie Beck wrote Aug 10, 2011
        • I have a dog and a wolf dog. The dogs and wolf dog that Winter grew up with died and I was happy with just him, but he wasn’t.... so I got Tyke for him. They are best of buds.  

          Mz Tracy, Stewie is not small! What do the dogs and cat think of him?  

          Cathie



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          Tuliplady wrote Aug 10, 2011
        • My grandpup would not do well with a companion.  He can’t stand it when I give another dog attention.  He is IT! He gets along ok with the other dogs here in town and my other kids’ dogs, but he doesn’t want to BE with them.

          Tulip



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          Mamapan wrote Aug 10, 2011
        • We just have one pet right now, and that’s our Jack-A-Bee (Jack Russell-Beagle mix), Maisy.

          Mowgli, our huge fat fluffy kitty had to be put down this past April. It was hard to see him go but harder to watch him suffer every day.

          We miss him but Maisy keeps us so busy now!!heart



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          Mztracy wrote Aug 10, 2011
        • Cathie he is around 18 inches long. He is sitting on my knee. The dogs and cat could care less about him. I think he scares them! lol



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          Cathie Beck wrote Aug 10, 2011
        • LOL, Mz Tracy, that’s your knee, thigh And calf he’s clinging to! Yeah.... I could the dogs and cat possibly being scared of Stewie. LOL  

          Cathie



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          Cynthia Schmidt wrote Aug 10, 2011
        • Stewie! I love that, Tracy!estatic

          We just have Mr. Murphy. A very large gray cat who is the boss of us. I’d love to have more pets but he just would not hear of it.



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          Katzenwoofers wrote Aug 10, 2011
        • I have two dogs and two cats.  That’s my story, and I’m sticking to it.

          I don't think I could ever have just one dog or one cat again.  Though I have known dogs and cats who preferred to be the only pet, in my experience as a multiple-pet owner, cat and dog behavior consultant, and the director of a small cat and all-breed dog rescue, both cats and dogs are happier when they have another animal companion.  Usually that's a cat with another cat or a dog with another dog, but I have also seen very strong bonds between animal companions of different species.  I have several cats who've "nannied" litters of rescue puppies - one 9-year old female who had kittens before I got her, one very large 4-year old male (himself nannied by a small dog) who did everything but nurse a litter of Shih Tzu puppies, and a one year-old male who was the companion to a singleton Pom mix pup.  I also recently had a 3-year old puppymill rescue Bichon/Yorkie girl who was a little intimidated by the other dogs but who adored the cats.  

          The conventional wisdom is that companion pets with an age difference of 3 years or less are the most congenial matches, but I’ve seen many, many strong bonds develop between animal pairs with 10+ years’ difference in age, too.  My little scruffy guy, now three, velcroed himself to my then-10-year old setter when he arrived here as a 7-week old pup and is still her constant and faithful shadow.  The ancient Mastiff/Boxer boy, rheumy-eyed and deaf as a post when I rescued him, who was every puppy’s best friend during his year and a half with me, and who was gently comforted by them lying quietly against him in his final days.  The crabby old lady cat whose favorite snuggle partner is 8 years her junior.

          The greatest tribute one can pay to a beloved pet who has moved on is to share the love and joy they gave you with another who needs you.  I truly believe that’s what they’d tell us to do, if they could.  And maybe, just maybe, Duke had a paw in sending you to the shelter.

          No, a new dog cannot restore what is gone.  And little no-name could never replace Duke, not for you and not for Bella.  But she could be a balm to both your hearts, and perhaps patch the hole in the fabric of your lives left by Duke’s absence.



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          Connie Wray wrote Aug 15, 2011
        • Hey KW ! I have 2 indoor only cats, both rescues one is 18 and one is 3,a dog age 6 and an african grey parrot age 8. Yes she talks. Right now her favorites are smoochie kiss sound, wolf whistle,squeekie door sound,hellooo gggiiiirrrrrlll,Ilove you gggiiirrrlll. If I pick up the phone she makes the noise of me pushing the buttons,and much more. This will be the last pets that will ever own me. I’m 60 and I think it would be cruel of me to get any more animals and then (hopefully) come to the end of my natural life and leave them in their old age wondering where I went and why I left them. Also I worry no one will want them cuz their old. My parrot will out live me so I need to find a rescue that I can will her to. And so that’s where I stand. Connie



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          Connie Wray wrote Aug 16, 2011
        • mosher, I don’t understand why the cats had to become outdoor cats. I wander if you realize the dangers not only of cars and other critters but increased exposure to disease.



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          Marybeth Pitner wrote Aug 16, 2011
        • We have 3 dogs & a rabbit.  2 mini daschunds & a corgi.  The rabbit just adores the corgi but they do all hang out together on the deck with us.  As far as the dogs go..they cannot do anything with out each other.  I guess you could say we are one big happy family.  Oh & all are spoiled rotten to the core.



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