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0 posted 07-29-2002 10:41 PM       View Profile for devina   Email devina   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for devina

I knew I'd get around to askin sooner or later..but? Wondering if anyone out there is a total petsy freak lover as I am...

I'm sure I've owned AT LEAST one of I dare ya'll to surprise me...

we'll start my list with the LIVING ones...rofl

an attack cat- black and crazy! (Sammie)
2 rats, Amous & Jezzy (one happens to be the sexy hairless kind...

and our newest addition this month?
Twin black mexican kingsnakes...and they ARE runners!!! *imagine* one greeting you by the coffeepot at six in the morning!!???

Open arms can be the most fragile in the world...

[This message has been edited by devina (07-29-2002 10:42 PM).]

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1 posted 07-30-2002 09:59 AM       View Profile for Anvrill   Email Anvrill   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Anvrill's Home Page   View IP for Anvrill

I am so an animal person. Which is why fate has to have a twisted sense of humor and make me allergic. I ignore the fact that I am allergic, of course. Can't keep me away!

When I was a li'l, li'l kid, I had a turtle. It was a she that we thought was a he, and we named 'him' after Oscar the Grouch. Wow, that is young. I think we'd had 'him' a year before we figured out Henrietta would've been a better name.

Of course, we let poor ol' sex-identity-crisis Oscar run (maybe that needs quotes too?) in our backyard after we'd set up a toilet paper roll maze so 'he' couldn't escape. Well, one day, my brother wasn't watching (and I was inside having a nap; I do believe I was 5 at the time), and we never saw Oscar again. Though we never found any splats on the very nearby highway, so somehow he must've escaped to the little park that was four blocks down. For a turtle, that's impressive!

When I was 7, we got Misty. She was beautiful. A husky/German shepard/collie/other with awesome black and bone-yellow fur (and that's even how I thought of it then; it's not just my new weird nature). She was dense as all hell and couldn't learn any tricks except the ones that benefited her, like sit up, but she was so adorable. We got her from the pound, and the family she had lived with before had beaten her, so it took her a year to not be completely freaked out about everything in general. In ditzy doggy fashion, she had completely forgotten by the time we moved to Calgary, of course.

*sigh* She ended up getting a tumor in her brain that made her more aggresive. She never so much as growled at my brother and I, but she almost attacked this guy who was treating her a bit roughly because he thought she was this certain breed of dog that he trained and she wasn't responding properly to all his commands. So he cornered my brother and I, just kids, and demanded to get our home phone number so he could rant about how terrible our dog was to our parents. Being only 11 then, what else was I gonna do?

I sobbed all the way home. And poor Misty was put down only about a month later.

*sigh* Still have a model of her I made when I was a kid.

After Misty, we got a hamster. Teddy bear hamster, with this amazing tannish-brown fur. We named her Marit. She lasted a year and a half. Got an infection in her lungs. I held her as she died... Which just isn't good for a kid.

Now we have Fidget. A ferret! Yes, that is, in fact, a weasel-type creature. So adorable. We've had her for five years! My poor baby is currently ill... And can't get better. *sniffsniff* It's really starting to show now. Her entire underside is bald and sometimes she'll sway on her feet, and even fall over. She'll twitch and bob. Like little seizures.

We know she's not feeling any pain (she's very vocal when hurt; a ferret can scream like a toddler), so that's good. And whenever she's not having her fits, she's acting exactly like her old self; standing on your feet, chewing on your feet, licking any bare skin she can find, schizzing out and tearing her squeaky mouse into bits and pieces. Stuff like that.

Here's for another few years of ferrety love.

In the five years with my Fidge-babes, I've also had two other animals.

One was the weekend weasel.

An actual weasel, not a ferret. That rich brown fur with a shockingly yellow bellow and shining liquid black eyes. Not even as long as my palm.

My brother and his friend were walking in Carburn Park and they found two baby weasels (SHE thought they were ferrets, and that she had to rescue them) standing in the middle of the bike path, screaming at them. They were both severely malnourished. Their mother must have died. My brother's friend managed to catch one of them, and bring it back to our house.

Upon finding out that it was a weasel, not a ferret, she basically said "ew, gross!" and lost interest. This is where I took over.

My brother and I took the weasel back to Carburn Park, in this little carboard box with one of the ferret's towels in it, and tried to set it free. It stepped out of the box, then just didn't move. I couldn't just leave it there, so I coaxed it back into the box and we went back home.

It was relocated to a big blue plastic storage box (so it couldn't jump out), with ferret blankets, a jar-lid full of wet kitten food (Fidget eats dry kitten food), a glass of water duct-taped to the side, and a little pile of litter (wishful thinking).

Every time anyone reached a hand down, to clean up its mess, or rearrange the food in hopes that it would eat, the little thing would scream its head off. It thus garnered the name of Squeak, since it had such a tiny little scream.

I ended up figuring out it was too young for even semi-solid food and started feeding it condensed milk out of those water-squirty syringes you get when your wisdom teeth are pulled. It would let me hold it, even pet it, and it trusted me.

It was so amazing to have a baby wild animal trust me. I mean, wow.

It was four days later that the animal services came to take care of the weasel, but in those four days, the li'l baby had gone from bone-thin and emaciated to actually having a tummy and looking much much more healthy. Now here's hoping they didn't set it back out into the wild before it was too young to fend for itself...

My other animal is a co-owned medium-haired black kitten that lives at my best friend's place named Halloween. Black fur, yellow eyes; sounds like a Halloween cat, don't it?


yet deign i embrace you with meek adoration?
your fragile humanity rised with contrition.


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2 posted 07-30-2002 10:25 AM       View Profile for likitysplit   Email likitysplit   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for likitysplit

Our house was always a zoo. When we were young my father, his brother and a friend had a small animal import business supplying small zoos. We had small chimps, young Cheetah cubs before they were put onto endangered lists, every kind of snake you see Jeff Corwin on animal planet touch, fish from all over the world, cichlids, pirahna, wolves, ocelots and weird, some very large lizards/dragons. It was very entertaining, and wild sometimes to say the least. My dad's been bit by more snakes then by mosquitos. We kept a large supply of several varieties of antivenom and also supplied several of the hospitals with some just in case. Still have some fish and a dog now, but the other stuff is mostly illegal now or endangered and takes an awful lot of work.
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3 posted 07-30-2002 12:02 PM       View Profile for bsquirrel   Email bsquirrel   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for bsquirrel

Rather than expound at length about the dogs, cats, rats, gerbils, fish and spiders in my life, I will instead say Lori, the combination of that Mrowr and Monica Richards quote was patently unfair -- something I'm sure you're verrrrry aware of. *ka-thurmp*

Said if I only could ...

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4 posted 07-30-2002 05:14 PM       View Profile for catalinamoon   Email catalinamoon   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit catalinamoon's Home Page   View IP for catalinamoon

Haha, snakes with coffee, I don't think so..not for me.
I have 3 cats, A sweet but snippy girl, Sabrina, a wild man, Leo, and a scared big sweet boy, Sebastian.
But my true love, Mia, passd away in 98.
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5 posted 07-30-2002 05:33 PM       View Profile for the_loner_23   Email the_loner_23   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for the_loner_23

I have 4 cats. Casey, Hobbes, Shelby and Sammy. Casey is 11. Hobbes is 10. Shelby is 7. Sammy is 1. I love them all.

Cold hands means a warm heart

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6 posted 07-31-2002 06:25 PM       View Profile for Irie   Email Irie   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Irie

At the moment I have the following:

An AmStaff (American Staffordshire Terrier).

A maniac cat. He's a Flame Point

And just rescued a poor little lop eared bunny for my son. His name is bugsy!

OK, you asked for surprise, I will see if I can! LOL

These are what I have had in the past, starting with the most recent!
And I wont count all the cats!

A Rottweiler
Two Red Tail Boa's
A piranah
Salt & Fresh Water Fish
Prarie Dog (the coolest)
An Aligator Gar
A Catilina Maccaw (though he stayed at the store, really wasn't mine,
but no one else would handle him, I called him mine)
An Arowana (He jumped to his death, dam fish)
A Ferret
Several types of skinks & Gecko's
An Iguana
A Cockatiel
A Huskey/Malamute mix
Map Turtle (water)
Had horses, though not really a pet for the most part.

I know there is more, but I can't think of them right now!  
My mom had a skunk when she was young....Could you imagine?

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7 posted 08-01-2002 12:05 AM       View Profile for wranx   Email wranx   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for wranx

Ya know about the Damndogs (ancient yellow Labs). But... When I was a kid, My father brought home a Spider Monkey one night. He'd won it in a poker game. We lived above the family's General Store, so he decided to keep the beast in an overturned grocery cart for the evening. Said beast escaped and DEE-STROYED the store. I mean, it looked like Keith Moons' hotel room.

The shortest distance between two points...
is sometimes, intolerable.      


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8 posted 08-01-2002 02:17 AM       View Profile for brian sites   Email brian sites   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for brian sites

and we all know wranx WAS partyin
with keith moon
does my id count?
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9 posted 08-01-2002 11:07 AM       View Profile for Nan   Email Nan   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Nan's Home Page   View IP for Nan

Insanely Reigning Cats & Dogs - a true story
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10 posted 08-01-2002 11:12 AM       View Profile for Sudhir Iyer   Email Sudhir Iyer   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Sudhir Iyer


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11 posted 08-01-2002 02:13 PM       View Profile for devina   Email devina   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for devina

Um Lori?? you are just as *bad* as I am at rescuin sis actually brought me a bat last month and we found a home for it!! lol

and Sheri- piranah...nice!! never would have guessed with you!! (sha right)

Nan- I've done my mother in with animals as well...I moved out at seventeen because it was the CAT...or us both...ROFL...

Alot of cat lovers here I see...and? they are SO eady to love...I know...I'm a fuzzy animal freak...soo...

Enjoying you all with this...keep it goin!!!!

Open arms can be the most fragile in the world...

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12 posted 08-09-2002 04:12 AM       View Profile for PhaerieChild   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for PhaerieChild

Pets? Well we've had quite a few. The ones that really stand out are in no particular order:

Lightning...the slowest and biggest turtle I've ever seen. He was my son's turtle that he rescued from the highway. white cat with a black chevron on the top of her head. She had one blue eye and one green eye.

Drago and Kiwi...a pair of iguanas that were an absolute joy to be around.

Sneakers...a capricious tabby that was killed in 2000.

Bully...a bull snake that hubby brought home from work one day. He wasn't happy in the makeshift cage. I set him free but for a wild snake he was quite gentle.

Cecil...a seasnake that scared me to death... he was very aggressive and very poisonous. I sold him to an aquarium.

Stormy.. a tiretrack eel that liked to be petted. He was odd.

3 seahorses...winken blinken and nod....2 females and one male. Males really do give birth!!

A bassett hound....very cute, very stupid. Gave him to some people on a farm. He was not suited to apartment living.

Wizard....a wolf/shep mix. Someone stole him as well as Lobo a wolf/malamute mix. He was taken from our backyard.

A cockatiel...Merlin...loved to tease the cats.

Kitty Boo Kat...a black and white tuxedo cat that was my best friend for all of his life. He only lived to see 8 months old but he was a great joy to me.

2 rats....Pepper and Paisley...they liked to give kisses and loved to take baths.

Now I have Doc, a mini schnauzer, he has been with me for almost 8 years and Heffner an orange and white cat that somehow survived spring. He has many battle scars but still a wonderful animal. He just turned a year old.

There's the man I chose. There's my territory.....Shakira

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13 posted 08-09-2002 05:03 PM       View Profile for Kellie_Cantrell   Email Kellie_Cantrell   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Kellie_Cantrell

I don't have any pets because most have died or given to homes. All the animals I have had are going to be put down in the list below.






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14 posted 08-09-2002 08:46 PM       View Profile for devina   Email devina   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for devina

My rats LOVE the sink for bath time!! They each have their own terry-cloth towels...(haven't convinced hubby to sew them a robe...yet)

AND??? my newest hairless rat is preggie!! I'm so excited..this will be the first time I've let any on them mate for fear of losing them!! I'll keep everyone posted!!!

Thank the baby jesus for animal lovers!!!!

Open arms can be the most fragile in the world...

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