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   Ole buzzard  .
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   MeiDei  Something to bring a smile today - cat jumps
http://youtu.be/5VBriRtl_aM
   December 12 at 14:06 EST .

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   Gram77  No wonder I like cats. They are so goofy!
December 14 at 15:38 EST .

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   BirdsNest  Yesterday was an awful start to any day. Going out to feed the chickens/ducks I found a dead duck, looked over to the left and her mate was dead,too. Owl attack. Heading to fill the water bucket, I found 2 dead cats in 2 different places. Just one mark on them, a hole right between the eyes. The ducks were missing their heads. Now I realize we had an owl attack, maybe even two of them. I have never seen 2 animals savaged at one time and never have I seen where they kill just to kill. The cats were perfectly fine except for the hole between the eyes. The ducks we have had for about 6 years, maybe longer. They were a sweet pair. The other ducks in an unsheltered area were fine. We have a nice enclosure but the roof has holes in it from pine boughs dropping down and busting the wire, so I spent 2 hours repairing that mess so I could catch the other ducks and make that their new home. It is smaller than what they had, but it is bullet proof from aerial attack. The guineas are impossible to catch so I guess they will be the next target. I hate finding dead animals. That was just the beginning of a very long and busy day.
December 11 at 07:46 EST .

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   Escaped commieny  That is heartbreaking, so, so sorry for your loss. I don't know what owls do in an attack, but what explains the cats? My first thought was someone with a 22. I am afraid I would be on the porch with a shotgun as I agree, animals don't kill for the sake of killing. WATCH your 6 !!
December 11 at 13:00 EST .

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   BirdsNest  As I said, the cats looked fine, the smallest one was spread eagled on the ground with a deep hole between the eyes on the nose area. As if the owl just dropped right on top of her(she was SO sweet ). And the other cat was a big young male, just on his side, dead and not another mark on him. The ducks of course were headless and bloody. Owls love to eat the head of an animal, choosing the brain tissue and other areas for the protein. Nasty. They rarely ever take the animal away, they eat and leave the carcass. But I have never lost 2 animals in one night much less seen them kill an animal and not harvest the head. My morning was spent getting the enclosure ready for the 4 other ducks. All guineas were accounted for this morning. They roost in the trees but the owl can still get to them. Has happened before. Many times they knock the animal out of the tree and then get them on the ground. Owls will even fly to the ground and walk into a chicken house if there is an opening. So the chickens all get put into their houses at night. And locked up. The new hens have FINALLY started laying. Hooray!! If I could get away with shooting them that would be another thing, I think it is a federal offense, so not this cookie!!
December 11 at 15:08 EST .

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   Escaped commieny  I didn't know owls were protected. I did a hooked rug and two embroidery pictures of owls in my guest room, if I didn't have to replace the wall board, I would take bird shot to them in sympathy. Dern..........
December 11 at 15:38 EST .

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   MeiDei  I hope you have a better day tomorrow Bird. Hagar too.
December 11 at 20:10 EST .

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   Hollyhock  Oh my, as if you don't have enough on your plate. So sorry you have to deal with this. You are an amazing strong woman and an example to me. We are all praying and believing for Hagar's healing.
December 12 at 10:32 EST .

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   BirdsNest  Thank you so much Hollyhock. Today was another day of doctor visits. The PICC line may be causing an issue, looks like he will need to have an ultrasound done. Thank you for the prayers for Hagar, he needs them. He had a couple of good days this week where he felt decent.
December 12 at 18:32 EST .

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   MeiDei  Restore your faith in humanity in under 4 mins. flat
http://youtu.be/btiDHCuWyBA
December 10 at 18:34 EST .

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   Ole buzzard  Our little Mabel had been acting out of sorts for a couple of days, so we took her to the vet. He had seen her a month ago for her routine wellness exam, and while her blood sugar was a little elevated, he didn't think it enough to be concerned. Well, we did a more comprehensive blood workup, and this time her blood sugar was way out whack, and it turns out our little darling is diabetic. Today is her third day on insulin, and she is back to her mischievous self!
   December 8 at 15:04 EST .

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   BirdsNest  Poor baby, it is miserable being a human diabetic. I hope she does well on the insulin, give her a big hug from Bird and Hagar. Good call to take her to the vet and get to the root of her problem.
December 9 at 07:40 EST .

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   Ole buzzard  I think sometimes we drive our vets crazy. Yotty and I are so attuned to the pups that we are at the vet's at the first sign of any trouble.
December 9 at 12:51 EST .

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   Italiano  Hang in there, Mabel. You're in good hands.
December 9 at 21:07 EST .

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   Balogreene  Mabel, it's not so bad being diabetic. Just those shots, and hopefully, your own special food, and lots of love.
We too drive our vets crazy Buzz, but, they are glad we do, we catch things early, while they are treatable, usually. But, it is hard to go in and say, "She just isn't herself, nothing too specific".
December 10 at 10:16 EST .

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   MeiDei  She looks so sad in this picture, touching.
December 11 at 20:12 EST .

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   Balogreene  Squished nose dogs always look sad, in my mind. They have big round eyes, and their mouths naturally go down. When they are playing or whatever, they do smile. But our Shih Tzu often looks really sad right after breakfast when she comes for love. While I scritch her, she looks concerned. It' just something I've gotten used to.
December 11 at 22:10 EST .

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   Gerty  I once had a little dog(Bogart-an Australian Terrier ). Little Boggie was a diabetic---and what a trooper. Never a whimper from his insulin shots. Lived a long and happy life.
Wishing the same for adorable Mabel!
December 13 at 18:08 EST .

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   Ole buzzard  .
   December 5 at 17:08 EST .

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   Balogreene  Christmas 1976, my first apartment (and tree ), and my first cat (black, named Loki ). I had a 4 foot, table top tree. Every night when I came home, Loki had knocked the tree down. So, I began putting it in the bathtub and closing the bathroom door every day, then putting it on the table, so I could enjoy it in the evening. When I finally rented a house, and wanted a "real" tree, my dad wrapped a loop around the top, and fastened it to the wall so Loki couldn't knock it down.
December 5 at 20:20 EST .

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   Escaped commieny  Our first Beaglie and Amberglo a Chesapeake retriever played tag and took down our tree, I had forgotten about that until your post. That is the same look on their faces, Who Me? Not Me! Not sure if I can put up a tree this year, I usually put it the front window of the guest room, but have the DH in there.
December 6 at 09:10 EST .

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   Italiano  Vinny. 2002-2014. We miss him.
   December 4 at 16:19 EST .

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   Escaped commieny  What a friendly, sweet face. I know about the loss, so sorry.
December 4 at 17:52 EST .

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   MeiDei  What a sweetie, we understand your loss.
December 4 at 20:56 EST .

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   Ole buzzard  I know how you feel, Italiano. Yotty and I just lost our Wilhelmina three weeks ago.
December 4 at 22:12 EST .

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   Balogreene  So sorry, a beautiful dog. I know, it's been a year since we lost our last greyhound, and I am not yet ready to get rid of greyhound collars and leashes. Hard to say goodbye.
December 4 at 23:53 EST .

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   MeiDei  A feel good story...
http://youtu.be/Y7VO-CLfPdk
December 3 at 12:43 EST .

   16 people like this.



   Gram77  I don't have pets, but believe me if I did it would have a chip!!
December 3 at 16:08 EST .

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   Escaped commieny  I am on my 8 th rescue, they have chips, and Dr. Joe always checks to see they are active. Can't lose my babies.
December 4 at 09:25 EST .

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   Balogreene  Yep, ours has a chip. The cats don't, but none of them want to go outside, so we are safe. Greyhounds are tattooed in their ears shortly after birth, that is registered, and most vets know to check for the tattoos (birth date, litter, and order of birth ). It has helped many a lost dog.
December 4 at 23:55 EST .

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   RoseOfTexas  scrunchies for puppy ears!
   November 30 at 00:41 EST .

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   Escaped commieny  Now why didn't think of that when TeriAnn washed her ears in the water bowl?
November 30 at 09:35 EST .

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   Flaming Sword  Google dog snood. There are gazillions available for sale at any dog show. And they're terribly overpriced. $7-10 bucks each, and that was many years ago when I whipped up 2 dozen for a friend who had Cocker Spaniel show dogs. I honestly made about 2 dozen at my sewing machine in 2 hrs. Or less. I was rooting through my sewing stuff not long ago and found about 7 more I never sent her. I had a Doberman. Droopy ears dragging in the food/water were never a problem.
November 30 at 16:24 EST .

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   Flaming Sword  Hey EC, iffin you still gots a droopy eared beagle and iffin I didn't toss those snoods,you want them? As I made them as a gift, they were all made of really cute doggy print fabrics. I can see if I tossed them back into the sewing closet.Honestly I can't remember if I trashed or kept them.
December 2 at 15:38 EST .

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   Escaped commieny  Well, Miss Teri went to the Rainbow bridge after a snake got her, but the beaglie and lab are still here with droopy ears. Even the DH has droopy ears, sort of runs in the family a long with a big nose.
December 2 at 17:11 EST .

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   Ole buzzard  No, this is not one of our Pugs, but it very well could be Mabel. We have to childproof our house because of her.
   November 29 at 19:24 EST .

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   BirdsNest  Love Pugs. At the flea market one of the regular sellers has a black pug, Sophie. He brings her and I get lots of cuddle time with her. Yesterday morning was cold, his wife had bought Sophie a new coat which he put on her. While he was setting up she wiggled out of the coat and was shivering while sitting in her seat. He put it back on her but she would have nothing of it and got out of it. He took her home before we got there.
November 30 at 09:26 EST .

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   MeiDei  I don't think it's possible to look at a pug and not smile!
November 30 at 09:34 EST .

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   Escaped commieny  I don't know about Pugs and clothes, but can tell you, Beagles love to be dressed up. On our travels, Shiloh, has a denim jacket, a sweater, and a camo snow jacket with ammo pockets and hood. He tells me an hour before a storm and have to get his Thundershirt. JayWilliam was the same for 'dress up'. All dogs make me smile !
November 30 at 09:40 EST .

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