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Anybody have a pet that they really don't like?
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BOSS    Posted 04-04-2004 at 07:38:03       [Reply]  [No Email]
jeez, I feel awful. I really don't like one of our dogs. I'll tolerate her but its tough sometimes. She is very high maintanance. She has seisures about 1 every 6-8 months. they last about 2-3 hours. she is very needy in that she always has to be petted. she is afraid of every move I make, the newest thing she does is run outside very fast and gobble up all the rabbit poop and deer poop in the yard. then she waits until she comes inside and then she pukes it all up on the carpet.
She does obey very well and is a great watchdog. but I can't seem to really have strong feelings for her. I am always good to her and I don't hit or beat her. she just drives me crazy.
I dunno.

DD    Posted 04-04-2004 at 13:47:53       [Reply]  [No Email]
I used to have a black cocker spaniel who was the runt of her litter and she had those seizures too. If you're there when they do it don't pick them up. I would just get down on my knees and lay my arms along each side of her to keep her from bumping into anything. It's just like a person having a seizure, don't try to pin them down or it can break their bones. I would just talk to her in a very calm and soothing voice and reassure her she was gonna be alright. You could tell by her eyes that she was just terrified and didn't understand what was happening. If I was here when she did that she'd come and want up in my lap. There was never a pattern to her seizures and the vet said once you start them on anti-seizure meds they'll have to stay on it forever and it's quite expensive. She was just the size of my fist when I got her and my first "child" after I moved away from home. She lived to be about 14 though and went blind the last few years but loved to go for walks so I'd jingle my keys so she'd know where to go. Sorry, can't say I didn't like her. I still miss her and she's been gone for about 5 years or so.

Michele in VA    Posted 04-05-2004 at 20:18:51       [Reply]  [No Email]
I have a border collie, Joey. A sheep farmer told me not to buy a B/C unless I planned on working him. Well, I don't work him, and that farmer was right. He has torn the he*l out of my 200 year old house. I tell him, Joey, this place went through the civil war in one piece, so quit chewing up the windows and scraping the floors and doors for God's sake! He agrees with me 100%, he says. He just can't help himself.

hay    Posted 04-04-2004 at 10:47:39       [Reply]  [No Email]
none of mine as i don't have pets, but my neighbor's dogs i really don't like. does that count?

microwave dog    Posted 04-04-2004 at 10:46:08       [Reply]  [No Email]
Well we "had" a pomerainian, his name was Yogi. My idea....thought it would be the right size for my daughter. She was 2 at the time. He was so much fun at first. No major problems except that when he would get up on our bed at night he would sleep in between us and one time my husband rolled over and pulled the covers tight and the dog flew off the bed and into the closet. $200 dollars later he was as good as new. Then it all began. I was getting ready in the bathroom and my husband was messing around outside. I heard the microwave turn on. Which was not such a big deal since my daughter had learned to push the popcorn button and walk away. It was on one of those microwave carts so she could reach it easily. I could hear the dog barking and it just didn't sound right. Like he was far away. So I looked outside. Looked under the bed. Couldn't find him. His barking was becoming urgent. Then it struck me. I made it to the microwave about the same time as my husband. There he was spinning around in the microwave. We took him out and he was very hot. His hair smelled horrible and felt crispy....I guess that is how you would describe it. Anyway $450 later and he was fine. Until my daughter poured her sippy cup full of milk in his bowl. He was allergic. $185 dollars later, all was well. UNTIL my husband ran over him by accident. $300 later he was back in action.

Well time went on and we were cutting down a dead cottonwood tree and out of no where comes our little dog. The tree landed about 3 feet from him and he was pinned under a limb. $372 later he was still kicking. We decided that it was time for Yogi to find a new home. The main reason we opted to get rid of him is because he loved the cows across the road. He would go over and would not come back until the wee hours of the morning and he would always be covered in cow poop. We found an older lady who loved this breed and was happy to take him. She lived about 35 miles from here. About a month later I was headed south of our place and about five miles down the road I notice what looked like a baby fox dead in the road. I get up closer to it and it was that damn dog. Dead! He was on his way back home. He really was a tough little guy. He never minded anybody. Yapped constantly. Killed the neighbors chickens when they came in our yard. At first I didn't believe it was true. He was only about 4 pounds. However the next time their chickens came over I witnessed the horror for myself. I don't miss him. Never will.

Cost of Dog $330
Emergency Vet bills $1507
Grooming $232
Shots & meds $585

$2654.00 and nothing left but a few pictures and a couple of stories.

Fern(Mi)    Posted 04-04-2004 at 10:32:59       [Reply]  [No Email]
My Adoptive MIL.
She didn't want me marrying her adopted daughter.
I guess I showed her.
I got that girl taking care of me instead that
yup! I showed her?

Yeh...    Posted 04-04-2004 at 10:15:38       [Reply]  [No Email]
... my ex-wife! She's the dumbest Jack-@ss I ever had!


Harley    Posted 04-04-2004 at 09:48:37       [Reply]  [No Email]
Not getting enough LEAD in there diet...LOL just kidding

Ayuh    Posted 04-04-2004 at 08:49:14       [Reply]  [No Email]
I have a 'hand me down out of pity' chocolate lab/aikida (sp?) mix that I hate...

Wife won't let me plant it...Kid loves it...I hate that dog and have for nearly 15 YEARS!!

Damn energizer bunny of a dog...


KellyGa    Posted 04-04-2004 at 08:33:41       [Reply]  [No Email]
I have 2 cats Ihave had for 14 years. One is fine, he is a good cat. He dosen't scab himslef up by scratching and licking all the time, the other does. He doesn't use the furniture as his scratching post, as they have one available to use, the other does. I do get tired of stepping in the puked up hairballs in the middle of the night when I get up to use the restroom. Seems they are always strategically placed for my enjoyment. I tell ya, I will never have another animal that I have to scoop a box of poop. The first cat is very sweet and tolerable, the second, she is very annoying.

Let me see, I will put myself in your shoes and tell you what I would do. The seizures are a fact of life, she can't help that. The other behavior can be corrected, with work. My dog was very needy for me at first also. She wanted to be in every room I went in, followed me all over the house. Made it very hard to do housework. So, I would tell her "Mama is working right now". I would say it consistantly, and tell her to go lay down in the bedroom. She caught on. She knows unless I call her, I don't want her under me. Border Collies can be really obsessive (thats what she is) so I had to break her of behaviors like that. She has turned out to be a really good dog, very obedient, never begs when others are eating their supper.

Now as far as the eating poop, that would be on the top of my list to correct. If you can't take the time to put her on a leash and take her to potty every time, which most people don't, this is what I would do. I would get me some hog wire, some of those steel posts that you attach hog wire to, and make a run, off from the door you let her out of. That will be her poop and pee area. I wouldn't let her run free to eat the deer and rabbit poop. Put her on a leash and walk her, if you pass poop, and she tries to eat it, tell her NO! and make her keep walking. Do that over and over every day. She will catch on that that is not acceptable behavior. I know it is time consuming, but I would do it not only for the dog, but for yourself, so you don't have to clean up an awful mess on the carpet. Good Luck, let us know how its coming, k?

SusieQ    Posted 04-04-2004 at 08:20:17       [Reply]  [No Email]
You never mentioned how old this dog is, if it is over 8-10 I would consider talking to my vet about having it put to sleep, the seizures it is experiencing is not good, could have really caused it some major brain damage. No dogs, here, I have a cat....ever think about getting a cat, they also do well outdoors, but make sure your pets are spayed, neutered. That makes for a very responsible pet owner. Good luck on whatever you decide.

SusieQ    Posted 04-04-2004 at 13:18:06       [Reply]  [No Email]
Let me clarify, some pets, beloved as they may be, well bad things, have happened, a stroke, losing their sight, and pets get heart problems, diabetes, and slowly they can't funtion. Only in severe health reasons would I even consider putting a beloved pet to sleep.

But like the rest say, with training, your pet might just do fine.

BOSS    Posted 04-04-2004 at 08:31:31       [Reply]  [No Email]
Shes 3, I wouldn't put her down. The doctors have said that the siesures are to infrequent to put her on Meds. and she is our responsibility, so we will keep her and give her a great life. I think when the brush grows high, she will stop eating the poop, so that is a plus.
We have 2 cats, they are great...and little work.

KellyGa    Posted 04-04-2004 at 08:37:32       [Reply]  [No Email]
BOSS, I commend you on what you said. When somebody tells me, well, if you don't like the animal, why don't you just get rid of them, or throw them outside, I tell them exactly what you said. I tell them I made the decision to take them in, and they are my responsibility now, for good and bad. THAT is being responsible in my eyes. Bless your pea-pickin' heart! :)

Newgen    Posted 04-04-2004 at 10:27:58       [Reply]  [No Email]
I was about to ask you that when I saw what Boss said--good thing I read that or I would have had to admit I was wrong!! But here's another twist: Maybe you could try to find the animal a good home where he might fit in better. That would be a good way to get rid of it responsibly-right? But of course if you can't find a new owner, revert to your original plan. Just my 2 cents.

Newgen, who for some reason is more talkative than usual these past couple of days!

Dieselrider    Posted 04-04-2004 at 08:04:14       [Reply]  [No Email]
You could have To and I come over and kill off all those deer if that would help solve the problem.Lol Just trying to help. :^)

I'll trade    Posted 04-04-2004 at 08:00:49       [Reply]  [No Email]
ya that pooch fer my MIL....course she eats deer poop too but I don't think she barfs in the house......

Clipper: of course!

Big Mike    Posted 04-04-2004 at 07:41:19       [Reply]  [No Email]
The Deer Poop habit would get old.....

sdg    Posted 04-04-2004 at 08:54:53       [Reply]  [No Email]
I have animals and thought some times they do things that I could just easily scream and holler at, I stop and realize, that I chose to have each and every one of them. No one forced me to buy/ take them, I chose that my self. I also think how totaly empty my life would be if I didn't have even one of them. Any animals with health problems is hard but, you wouldn't throw a person away if something was wrong with them. If an animal is of any inconvenace(sp) then maybe you should think long and hard about your next puchase of any animal. This is not a jab at anyone, it's just my opinion. I have had animals my whole life and God willing I always will.

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