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We had a raccoon when I was a kid. Found him as a kit when his mom got hit by a car. Mostly he lived in our tree house, but he did like to raid the kitchen! He wasn't a great pet, but he was highly entertaining (at least to us kids, not sure mom felt the same way). The woodchuck a friend of mine had in college was a lot nicer. He was super friendly and liked to snuggle up on the couch. Possum was worse. Always hissing and skulking about.

Aside from the fish and shrimp, I have nothing exotic anymore. Just a BIG dog:


 

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After saying goodbye to 6 dogs over the years I believe the dogs that are left behind go through the same grieving we do. I also feel just like us the longer the relationship they harder it is on them. Now I keep my dogs 4-6 years apart in age, I think that makes life easier for everyone involved on many levels.




You are correct to be honest about your family's travel /absence times in relationship to owning any dog.

I wouldn't worry about having any breed for that reason. Separation anxiety is a result of improper training/conditioning in the 1st year of the dogs life. If you can train a Dobe & Pitt to pose for a picture you can raise a self confident dog that will be at peace with itself.

As far as someone checking your house & feeding the dog in your absence, even the Fila Brasileiro will accept an "extended family member" if you're willing to put in the work at an early age.

>>>We had two Rhodesian Ridgebacks in the family, Dad and younger brother. Great dogs, energy level of a Dobe. Insane endurance, great runner's dog.

I used to show in the A.R.B.A (American Rare Breed assoc.) I saw the 1st 3 Thai Ridgebacks that came to the US at a Show on the Capital Mall in Washington D.C. . Even now 5-6 generations here in the States they still are very primitive dogs, verry high prey drive and very independent.

Sorry to get off track of your thread. Dogs are a passion for me, hence the 'Dog' of DogFish. I offer Private training for Dominate breed dogs, I show, Handle, and compete. My strongest suit is conditioning. As you can see Travis has maybe 5% body fat. :smile:
No worries! I love talking dogs :) That is awesome that you are a trainer/conditioner. That was a road I wanted to undertake. I was quite serious about it and would love to be a trainer. I used to train horses. Then, I moved here. So, dogs filled the space where horses once were. Since I couldn't work towards becoming a dog trainer, I got a dog of my own to work with, then another. I have worked with both in Obedience and done some agility with my Doberman. My Pitbull was not a dog that appreciated intense exersize ;)

It's rare for me to come across someone who knows dogs. It's quite fun to chat with you because you obviously know your stuff. What made my decision not to get a Boerboel was due to the fact my husband is not involved with the pets in the home what-so-ever. So, our pack is essentially divided from a dogs point of view. Mixing that with us traveling and dog bred to gaurd the family and territory as intensley as A.B.'s are, it a mix that would have had potential for a disaster. IMO, more so than with other guarding breeds, such as the Doberman. And naturally, the intesity is different from one dog to next, because yes, they are quite like us :)

Now I'm off track from my own thread :redface: Maybe we should have a dog breed discussion thread :biggrin:
 

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This thread is making me sooo happy :proud: Racoons, Lizards, cats, lil dogs, big dogs...lovin it! Where's the folks with the birds, amphibians and spiders? (not a fan of spiders personally...but some people love them!)
 

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Have to check the pc when i get home, he was the best cat ever...i need another

Sent from a dark corner in my happy place
 

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First is my devil kitten that I rescued. He weighed a whopping 0.3lbs at 8 weeks. - Gremlin


My SATO mutt who has been with me for 8 moves and everything :) - Goober


And my thoroughbred that was pulled out of the kill pens (the black horse) - JP
 

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@ Barbgirl
how old is your little kitten? So tiny. Nice horses! It's great the black one ended up with you. :) What an adorable dog too!


@ NWA Planted
Awe, that's so sad. How long has it been?

I have a some cats now that I love dearly...but...even after nearly 6 years since the loss of my "Lo-Kal-Kitty" I sometimes find myself with a lake in my eyes. I've never been able to make a connection with another pet like I had with him. He died at only 10 years old. I took a trip back home and after being gone for 4 weeks, found out he had laid in the windowsill day after day, night after night peering outside where he would meet me after work everyday. Then he quit eating 6 days after I left...and then he just shut down. He layed in my spot on the bed and wouldn't leave except to use the cat box. No one thought to tell me...I would have been on a flight back in a heart beat if I had only known he was suffereing seperation anxiety. He stayed in the vet hospital hooked up to feeding tubes for a bit, but succumed after 2 days to liver failure.

I miss him so badly. :icon_cry:
 

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This is Kevin. My fiances Rainbow Lorikeet. He was found by some friends when he was still a chick...too weak to even eat. He is now such a lovely affectionate bird who loves to ride around on our shoulders and come with us down to the beach :)

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And our cat Jyro. We got him from some family who didn't want the responsibility and were going to take him to a shelter :( He is a great cat. Very zanny and playful but doesn't like to be left alone.

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And of course this isn't my pet but once a week I do volunteer work at a nearby marine bird and turtle hospital. It's one of the most rewarding things I have ever done. This is a pic I took a few days ago of one of the green sea turtles :) I just wanted to share...sorry for bad phone camera image
 

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A lori if ever!
Nice expression on it's face. Unbelievable colors.
Nice birdy.
 

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Thank you :) That was my first post and I got a bit trigger happy and sent it as a test without writing about him. Shame on me. Its now edited and with more pictures :)
No worries, just happy to see a nice bird here. I used to take care of some of those and I miss the personalities. They are great pets.
The story makes it even better!

The turtle is cool, too! Good work volunteering there. Thank you.
 

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No worries, just happy to see a nice bird here. I used to take care of some of those and I miss the personalities. They are great pets.
The story makes it even better!

The turtle is cool, too! Good work volunteering there. Thank you.
They all have such unique personalities. Kevin is really cheeky and super intelligent. My fiance Rob has been able to teach him a few commands. He can't fly, his wings were too badly damaged when he was young so I used to get nervouse taking him out with us incase a dog spooked him and he leapt off our shoulders and got gobbled up or trambled on...the few commands he knows are good to make sure he will always hop (yes, they hop for those who didnt know :)) back to us.

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Heres a full body shot for you all :)

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And I know he just looks like a boring ol' shubunkin but it's this little guy, China that started me on this whole aquarium journey. From a humble little 20 liter gold fish tank to a 3 ft fresh water tropical aquarium. My fascination with watching him sparked the passion for me :)

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And finally another shot of one of the green seaturtles I work with. This is Boof...the first turtle I had the honor of caring for. When he arrived he couldn't dive because his stomach was infested with parasites. He was absolutely covered with barnacles and we had to tube feed him. Now he is a healthy weight, parasite free, able to dive and catch his own food!! He will be released soon :)
 

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OMG! Now I want to take pics of my cats like that - lol
I especially like that it's in b & w with film grain - nice pic!
 

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