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Old 08-13-2012, 02:56 AM   #41
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I grew up on a "mini-farm." We had chickens, pigs, rabbits, guineas & a pony. We also had outside ( & inside dogs after we got rid of all the farm critters) hamsters, & outside cats with house privileges when parents were in a good mood. When I moved into an apartment I wasn't supposed to have pets. A parent brought a cute black kitten to school to tempt me. That's how I got my contraband cat, Cinder. I had her for 17 years (8 years in the apartment without complaint.) Then I got Simon, the most loving cat I've ever had. He loves to snuggle, plays fetch, sits up & begs for treats, catches treats that are tossed to him in his mouth or with his paws. He keeps me entertained.
I like dogs too, but they take more time & energy than I have right now. Maybe when I retire, if Simon can deal with it, I'd like to raise a support dog puppy. We'll see when the time comes.
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Old 08-13-2012, 03:07 AM   #42
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thanks for the advice on dogs, cws and dawg.

i would never own a dog of any size if i still lived in tje city. even my suburban neighborhood isn't condusive to happy doggy life. that's why i mentioned i'll get a dog when i get a bigger house (and yard), preferrably near open fields and wooded areas. i'm not into scooping up hot poop!

also, a large part of the reason that i said that that i wanted a mutt was to avoid those aggressive instincts found in pure or near purebreds. and of course, i would check with the shelter to see which dogs were family and other pet friendly first.
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Old 08-13-2012, 04:30 AM   #43
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Monday 13th August

Buon Giorno, Good Morning,

Thanks for the additional contributions and feedback Ladies & Gentlemen.

Lots of wise insight, advice and suggestions.

T.U.

Have a lovely August.
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Old 08-13-2012, 04:36 AM   #44
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Buon Giorno, Good Morning,

One of the main reasons, we have never had a dog (as married couple), is the walking 2 or 3 times a day business, as we are skyscraper pavement dwellers, centre of large cosmopolitan city ...

It is an enormous responsibility to have a pet, no matter how large or tiny. You have to decide, Is this for me ? What if I have to travel or what if I get a temporary illness ?

One of the reasons, so many animals are put in shelters is that the people thought, wow, cute puppy or kitten, and 9 months later --- they are an adult animal with special needs ...

It is a true commitment ... and I believe one must honestly ask themselves, can I take on this responsibility for 16 to 20 years approximately ?

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Old 08-13-2012, 07:21 PM   #45
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thanks for the advice on dogs, cws and dawg.

i would never own a dog of any size if i still lived in tje city. even my suburban neighborhood isn't condusive to happy doggy life. that's why i mentioned i'll get a dog when i get a bigger house (and yard), preferrably near open fields and wooded areas. i'm not into scooping up hot poop!

also, a large part of the reason that i said that that i wanted a mutt was to avoid those aggressive instincts found in pure or near purebreds. and of course, i would check with the shelter to see which dogs were family and other pet friendly first.
If you live on a large enough bit of land, you can teach the dogs to poop far away from the house and hardly ever have to scoop it.
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Old 08-13-2012, 07:25 PM   #46
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Buon Giorno, Good Morning,

One of the main reasons, we have never had a dog (as married couple), is the walking 2 or 3 times a day business, as we are skyscraper pavement dwellers, centre of large cosmopolitan city ...

It is an enormous responsibility to have a pet, no matter how large or tiny. You have to decide, Is this for me ? What if I have to travel or what if I get a temporary illness ?

One of the reasons, so many animals are put in shelters is that the people thought, wow, cute puppy or kitten, and 9 months later --- they are an adult animal with special needs ...

It is a true commitment ... and I believe one must honestly ask themselves, can I take on this responsibility for 16 to 20 years approximately ?

Best regards, Ciao,
Margi.
You are right. It is a commitment. I don't understand how someone can get a dog and then get rid of it. Just doesn't seem right. I know sometimes it is necessary if they bite and there are children, but only in an extreme case is it ok to ditch a doggie. Even then I could find someone else that wouldn't have children around.
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Old 08-13-2012, 07:27 PM   #47
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Old 08-14-2012, 04:23 AM   #48
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I knew you were a dog person for sure Dave
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Chopper: The World´s Shelters Are Loaded

Buon Giorno Chopper, Good Morning,

Thank you for your feedback and contribution ...

Yes, it is a real profound commitment ... There are uncountable cats and dogs in the world´s shelters, and it is a non fiction horror film ...

I have noticed in Madrid particularly, numerous elderly people have mixed crossed breeds and have had these canines for numerous years. It is a dog city ...

Cats on the otherhand, are a true cultural change for Spaniards.

On farms, Cats kill the rodents ... However, as a resident in one´s home, they had not been as popular with Spaniards ... This is all changing ...

Have a lovely August.
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Dave: Thanks for your contribution & feedback

Buon Giorno, Good Morning Dave,

Pleased to find your post this morning.

Appreciate your input.

Have a lovely August.
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