Fur Kids and Assorted Critters

  1. I have noticed in lots of threads that nurses seem to love their pets. I am one of those folks!

    So is a coworker! She has goats, geese, miniature horses, a brand new miniature donkey, rabbits, 8 dogs, 6 cats and I don't recall what else.

    I have Bipley (thus, the screen name) the mentally retarded Shih Tzu. (Her real name is Alex but I seem to call her everything but Alex) She had brain damage before birth and today she is a 7 year old perfect little girl.

    Then there is Mr. Benson, the 3 pound Teacup Poodle who was severely abused and is currently on Clomipramine however... doing quite well! He's three years old and my little shadow. I've had him about a year.

    Pickles the bunny. She's a cutey! She has a toy hanging in her condo with a bell. When I'm not paying attention and she wants something she will beat the toy/bell against the side of her condo until she gets my attention. She and the Shih Tzu are best buds. They cuddle and sleep together.

    Finally, I have Abner the Betta. He's a new addition but lots of fun.

    So here are the rules. Post the type and name of your fur kid/critter and at least one personality trait or something unique about each one.
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  2. 10 Comments

  3. by   CanopyCindy
    Hi! I have 3 critters. 2 dogs, and 1 cat.

    Daisy and Duke I adopted first. They're litter mates, abandoned in the driveway of a rescue group (private). They were about 5 months old when we got them. They're Dobe/Shepherd/hound mixes, now about 50-55 pounds each and a lot of fun! Duke looks like he's got a lot of shepherd in him, while Daisy has more hound. Daisy's got a narrow snout, where Dukes's is more boxy. Duke has the tall shepher body build, where Daisy is a bit shorter and thicker. They have the typical Dobe markings, tho, and are almost identical in that respect.

    Duke is a talker. He grunts and growls and makes all kinds of noise! He loves to play, and will pounce on his toys and make a racket all by himself! LOL he's also just discovered the joys of playing tug of war with my son. Duke aims to please. He's learned to give his paw, sit for petting, etc. He also just loves jumping for his treats!

    Daisy is the quiet one. She's my little lady! LOL She's a mom type. She watches Duke, makes sure he behaves....and gets all upset when Duke plays tug of war with my son! I guess she doesn't think it's acceptable behavior. She doesn't learn bahavior....well not right away....not if she can teach you what she wants her way! LOL

    Daisy is also the warrior! :chuckle If there's any sign of danger, she's right out front, growling, baring her teeth, etc. Duke usually stays behind her! Poor Duke.....he knows he's supposed to be doing this, but he'd gladly stay behind and be protected! LOL

    Cali is my cat. Poor Cali. She was found as a kitten pretty close to death, and at 6 yrs of age, she's not quite gotten over it. Physically, she's tiny and very frail. Emotionally, she's very shy....in fact it's taken almost 2 yrs for her to get to the point of allowing us to touch her! I've been told she's semi-feral. Probably wouldn't survive on her own, but so distrusting of people it's a shame.

    A quick mention of my rainbow and past pets: Toby was my first. Black lab, best dog in the world. Protected my daughter as a baby, until she contracted heartworm and had to be put to sleep....it was too advanced for treatment back then. Pup (aka Pup Toby) was my second, adopted a few months after Toby passed. Pup was pretty much an out-door dog, at her choice and never really became a part of the family. I guess she was just a loner. And Addie.....Addie was a poor pup I adopted from the county shelter and then found out she had spinal damage, likely from a beating. She had to be returned as she had no bowel control, and was readopted by a farmer who wanted an outdoor dog. Two cats too....Prince was my man.....black/grey tabby who knew he was "all that" and Tiger, a little wimpy tabby who was afraid of her own shadow, but loved to be scritched. Pup was put up for adoption and Prince and Tiger were to be given away when I moved in with my mom (who had a dog and hated cats) during her illness.

    Great idea for a topic! You should get some interesting responses.

    Cindy
  4. by   nurse4theplanet
    I have a little 5 lbs yorkshire terrier which I named Harley because when I rescued him from the puppy farm (I hate those places!:angryfire ) we were stuck in traffic behind a motorcycle posse for an hour!

    He was a gift to myself while hubby was deployed overseas. We have no kids and I was living alone. He turned out to be my best buddy!

    Follows me everywhere, loves to cuddle, loves to go places with me, just bought him a sweater for winter, and wouldn't trade him for the world. He loves to wrestle (and bite unfortunately...oh and chew...but only on the stuff I care about most!) I still love him though and I would die if anything happened to him! Had to rush him to the critter ER one night and I thought I was going to pass out waiting to know if he was okay.

    I love animals and I would get ten more if hubby would let me. We just bought an aquarium and when he is home for good we are getting freshwater fish. But a fish just isn't the same as a little fur ball that can love you back
  5. by   palesarah
    I dressed my two furbabies up for my Christmas cards again this year and am using one of the pictures as my avatar Twinkie, the black dog with the antlers, is my 3 year old, 13 pound chihuahua (he's huge!) and Bacon (my little white Santa) is my wee tiny 5 pounder, also a chihuahua; he'll be three in March. Bacon was only 1.6 pounds when we got him, and he came down with a respiratory infection two days after we brought him home at 9 weeks old- he was so sick and so little that he got hypoglycemic even though I had been giving him suagr water and puppy formula bottles, and one morning he just couldn't wake up. He was in the hospital for 2 or 3 nights before we brought him home. He's a scrappy little man now though, absolutely fearless (which scares the you-know-what out of us!). We call him our little billygoat, because he climbs all over the furniture. He also seems to like the internet; he'll crawl up onto the computer desk and walk all over the keyboard when we're not home! I think he's actually looking for candy, since my husband used to keep candy next to his computer a lot.
    Twinkie is a fraidy dog, totally submissive, likes to have his belly rubbed. Seems to really like to wedge himself between my back and the couch, my back and my chairback, or me & my body pillow! I never imagined I could love a dog as much as I love these guys! I called to chat with a friend from my last workplace a couple nights ago and started babbling about the dogs, then stopped myself and joked "I bet you guys don't miss this!" (I was always saying "my dogs did the cutest thing..." ) She said they really did miss my dog stories!
    I havea couple other critters, a 5+ year old goldfish (she's about 7-8" long) that I bought as a 10 cent feeder fish many years ago, and a little snake named Freddie that I adopted from a reptile rescue I volunteered for several years ago. We had all kinds of critters early on; burmese pythons, a 4 foot long water monitor lizard (Komodo dragon's first cousin), other large snakes, and this amazing tortoise named Huey. He was fabulous, but we found a really good place for him to live where he could be outside all year round and it just didn't fair to keep him here when there was such a good home for him elsewhere. When we bought him, he fit in my hand (size 6 sterile gloves! small hands) and when he left 2 or 3 years later, he was the size of a dinner plate. He must be 18-24" by now. I'm glad I don't have to clean up THAT poo! (His was stinky! He was a vegetarian, and his poos smelled like elephant poo!)

    My parents have a cool old dog Riley, an elderly, 60 pound beagle! (actually a beagle mix, so he's not THAT overweight). He was a shelter dog, my dad was actually at the shelter when his people brought him in to tearfully give him up (they were moving someplace that didn't allow dogs) (I could NEVER do that!) My dad saw him come in and told the shelter ladies "I want that one!" they just bonded immediately. They had some kind of mandatory waitin gperiod before a dog could be adopted, and wanted to make him a "dog of the week", but they owed my dad a favor (the last dog they adopted from that shelter attacked my niece unprovoked, bit her unfer the eye). So RIley the Beagle has been with my folks for about 10 years, I was in college at the time but when I came home for winter break he fell in love with me, but fell even more in love with my niece Amanda, who would go to my parents' house after school. When I came home for a weekend, Riley would sleep in my bed, and in that first year, I guess he didn't really trust us, because he would steal food from the trash and hide it in his speical places- the couch, and my bed! I went to bed one night and found a porkchop in my bed! Lucky it had been a leftover that my mom had put in a ziplloc bag, then threw away in the bag when no one ate it

    Dogs are great =)
  6. by   nurse4theplanet
    sarah, your babies are soooooo cute! I too want to have my pup's pic taken for Christmas. there is a pet place that is doing Santa shots...bet those PETA guys will have a fit LOL! But I think its sweet.

    My parents have a really awesome dog too! Her name is Angel and she is a shetland sheepdog...like a miniture collie. She is sooooo intelligent and affectionate and I recommend that breed to any family with kids and a big yard to romp in! They are a joy!
  7. by   Jerico
    We have "Hobbes" a 16 lb beautiful light grey and white Egyptian "somethingorother" who is my 19 yo son's cat. Adopted from pound. Whenever my son is upset Hobbes follows him around, looking at my son as if to say: "What's wrong brother? Hold me, I'll make you feel better!". Hobbes sleeps in bed with my son. Both with heads on the pillow, covers up to the chin. My son is 6'3" - 195 and he is more of a pussycat than the pussycat Hobbes.

    We have "Miss Kitty" a black and white tuxedo. We adopted her from pound - she was "abused". She is my 17 yo dd's cat. Miss Kitty is soooo undemanding. She kind of acts depressed, but is so sweet and quiet. Likes to perch on your shoulder.

    Then there is "Baby Kitty". Baby Kitty is my "baby" ds age 11's cat. This baby is NOTHING close to a baby. Picture Morris the cat with a female look to him...and weighing 22 pounds! This POOR cat....if ANYONE or ANYTHING comes within 15 feet of the feed dish she DASHES over and starts eating.

    Hence Baby Kitty is a huge, fat, yellow tabby with an eating disorder of gargantuan proportions! EVERY person that sees this cat asks us if she is "expecting" anytime soon! She is a sight.
  8. by   weetziebat
    Ahhh...ask about my furbabies and I may never shut up!

    Billah the cat was first. He adopted us about 6 years ago. He is huge and all black. My daughter says he has 'licorice lips' and it actually looks like it. My dh named him - real imaginatively, I might add. Billah means male cat in his language of Urdu. Due to my allergies, Billah lives in a doghouse, on the porch, complete with special heating pad for kitties. He runs to our cars when we come home and then walks to the mailbox with us, 'chattering' all the way. Very sweet and loves to be petted.

    Bronte is our 2 1/2 year old black lab/ blue heeler mix. We got her when she was 10 weeks old, after seeing a sign for 'free puppies'. I named her after the character in the movie 'Green Card'. She is all black, except for the spotty white on her chest. Now weighs ~90 lbs. She is such a good girl and so nervous about pleasing you. She was potty trained from the day we got her, and is very nervous. Things like the vacuum, hairdryer, plastic bags being opened, and the sight of me going to the washing machine, where she knows I will shake out the clothes all send her running under the bed. She is also very smart - knows all of her toys by name, and does quite a few tricks. Has always refused to eat dog food and is a treat-a-holic. She loves to 'talk' to me and then stares at me with her 'Hershey brown' eyes waiting for me to catch on to what she wants. She prefers to be outside more than the other doggie, which drives them both crazy.

    Fowjee is our 1 year old black lab/German shepherd mix. Hubby named him too. Fowjee means 'soldier' in Urdu and he lives up to the name. We got him from a pet store when he was 7 weeks old. He is a beautiful shade of dark brown with matching eyes and just a bit of the shepherd coloring around his neck and butt. He is very smart but for some reason known only to him it took us 6 months to get him to understand the carpet wasn't a toilet. He is positively fearless except afraid to go too close to the fireplace. The best word to describe him is sassy. He adores eating all our plants in the backyard, including roses with vines, and the bamboo. Also eats the handles of anything left within his reach. He doesn't seem to realize he is no longer the tiny pup that used to fit in my hand, and now (at ~100 Lbs.) he actually leaps over furniture. He knows quite a few tricks but is only gonna do them when he want to, thank you very much. He loves to drink out of the toilet and then slobbers over to whoever is closest to wipe his mouth. Great when you've got company! He can spend hours playing by himself, taking a ball, throwing it with his mouth and then running to pounce on it. He also refuses to sleep on anything hard - has to be a chair, cushion or preferably the bed, which horrifies dh as if he is bringing the plague.

    Their love and friendship are priceless.
  9. by   fluffwad
    i have 3 siamese:

    the grimm eeeper- who is now 17 yrs old, was a terrifying hunter in her day.

    binky- who is 17 lbs. and has a chronic 'duh' expression on his face

    gizmo- who is hyperactive and has beautiful blue eyes.

    you can see their pictures at
    http://community.webshots.com/user/dungaman
    in the album called the siamese delegation.
  10. by   lunakat
    I don't have my own furkids, but I do have fursiblings. I luv these little guys! I currently moved back home while I finshed school and my parents bought these guys last may. I am thier big sissie!

    The wiener dog is Fritz, the white bichon is Sweet Pea!
  11. by   tencat
    I've got a Bronte, too, but she's a cat. She's a pretty grey and white kitty that was a Wal-Mart Special meaning she came out of a cardboard box in front of Wal-Mart. She's getting old, 13. She has a love/hate relationship with my husband. Once she was mad at him after he yelled at her to stop chewing on something, and she deliberately walked over to my husband's shoe that was sitting in the middle of the floor, gave him a dirty look, and puked in his shoe! I laughed so hard I about peed myself. Of course my husband was saying over and over "it's not funny," which made me laugh more.

    I've got a ginger kitty named Taco that was born in my backyard and abandoned by her mommy the day she was born. I've got a calico kitty named Tuna who is totally like Garfield. She loves pasta and sleeps on her face like Garfield does. Then we have a HUGE siamese we call 'Cartcat" after Cartman on South Park because he just looks like he's telling you "You guys suck, I'm going home!" This cat has to weigh at least 25 pounds, poor thing. If it isn't nailed down, he eats it. Then there's a long-haired Chihuahua named Lupita who thinks it is her duty in life to make sure the kitties behave like good pack members.

    We have a bazillion more animals outside the house, and the funny thing is that none of them are ours, but they live in our yard. Two domestic bunnies, two horses, a goat, a passel of chickens, and six kittens that someone abandoned at our house and we feed and provide shelter for. Phew!
  12. by   Jessy_RN
    Quote from Bipley
    I have noticed in lots of threads that nurses seem to love their pets. I am one of those folks!

    So is a coworker! She has goats, geese, miniature horses, a brand new miniature donkey, rabbits, 8 dogs, 6 cats and I don't recall what else.

    I have Bipley (thus, the screen name) the mentally retarded Shih Tzu. (Her real name is Alex but I seem to call her everything but Alex) She had brain damage before birth and today she is a 7 year old perfect little girl.

    Then there is Mr. Benson, the 3 pound Teacup Poodle who was severely abused and is currently on Clomipramine however... doing quite well! He's three years old and my little shadow. I've had him about a year.

    Pickles the bunny. She's a cutey! She has a toy hanging in her condo with a bell. When I'm not paying attention and she wants something she will beat the toy/bell against the side of her condo until she gets my attention. She and the Shih Tzu are best buds. They cuddle and sleep together.

    Finally, I have Abner the Betta. He's a new addition but lots of fun.

    So here are the rules. Post the type and name of your fur kid/critter and at least one personality trait or something unique about each one.

    You have such adorable animals.....they are so lucky to have you as a mom.

    I am the proud mommy of "Melody", my loyal Toy Poodle. She was a birthday present 3 years ago, and travels with me everywhere. I adopted "kiro" 1.5 yrs ago from the local humane society when he was 8 weeks old. I love him to death as well. I have "chuy" a hermit crab, lots of Molly fish (lost count due to finding babies almost every month), and lastly, "Lily", a dwart Russian white hamster.

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