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What is or was your favorite pet?
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Dog's Friend    Posted 01-16-2004 at 12:33:48       [Reply]  [No Email]
By my handle you can guess that I'm partial to canine companionship. But in my time I've had dogs, cats, parrots, cockatiels, parakeets, lizards, snakes, herds of guinea pigs (spring round up was exciting), fish, frogs, hamsters, and other furred and featherd critters that slip my mind at the moment.

Anyways, my question of the day is: What was or is your favorite pet? The dog you remember from your childhood? The cat that kept your pillow warm? The hamster you taught to dance (yes, it's been done).

I'll go first. My favorite was a shetland sheep dog (miniture collie) named Gulliver. My wife and I got him right after we married and he was essentially our first child. We would take him out for walks and not need a leash. He could be left alone in the house for hours on end and not have an "accident". He was extremely smart and if you were feeling low, he understood and would come and cuddle up as if to say "It's gonna be OK". Lost him almost 25 years ago to a misdiagnosed intestinal problem. I've had four other dogs since then, but I still have a special place for "Gully" in my heart.

Sorry, didn't mean to get too maudlin.

So, what is your favorite pet?

-Dog's Friend

KellyGa    Posted 01-17-2004 at 11:07:16       [Reply]  [No Email]
I have had a LOT of cats in my lifetime. Cats are okay, but you have to love them on their terms. I had a dog named Prissy, from the time I was born, until we both turned 13. She had cancer. Had had several tumors removed, but they just kept coming. That dog was the only dog I had in my life since I got Tip three years ago. Growing up with a dog, and having a dog as an adult are very different, so they are at a tie now. I have an iguana, she is 11 years old. Good ole girl. I have 7 finches, they arejust silly little birdies. I have a cockateil, and she is a ball of fire, kinda bossy! I have had hamsters, mice, frogs, but no snakes, just don't care for them.

All in all, so far, my dogs in my lifetime. I haven't experienced horses, llamas, pigs or such yet...but I will. :)

Irv    Posted 01-17-2004 at 07:12:13       [Reply]  [Send Email]
My buddy Jake - a boxer and the smatest, best dog I have ever seen. Lost @ 12 years to the dammed cancer. I miss him. Irv

Willy-N    Posted 01-16-2004 at 22:44:33       [Reply]  [No Email]
To many to count from the past and present. Loved them all and none were the same even tho a lot of them were of the same breed. Mark H.

RusselAZ    Posted 01-16-2004 at 20:17:19       [Reply]  [Send Email]
My (our family)'s Basset Hound. She came to live with us as my Son's dog, she was a puppy, and then when he left home she wouldn't move. Caused a terrible problem till she came back "home". She would have been 14 the last of this month but went to the place where there is flowers and butterflies and warm sun before the 14 years rolled around. I've had or been around many pets and she was the nicest totally dedicated friend. What a beautiful voice!. Sure is quiet around here.

Bob/Ont    Posted 01-16-2004 at 18:48:45       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Dogs are nice but you can't beat a Pig. They can be a bit hard on the floors and furnishings but they are a nice animal to have in the house.
Later Bob

Fern(Mi)    Posted 01-16-2004 at 17:20:06       [Reply]  [No Email]
I've cared for hundreds of animals a great many of them getting under my skin.
Only one animals is foremost in my mind and memory. And, as chauvinist as it may sound my wife is and always has been my favorite Pet, an endearment she cuddlingly respounded to, making a many an evening in front of a firplace veryily very cozy.

jf    Posted 01-16-2004 at 16:04:18       [Reply]  [No Email]
border collie

TO35    Posted 01-16-2004 at 15:31:44       [Reply]  [No Email]

I've had all kinds of pets but Tikki our miniture polmerian all 5lbs of her has my heart right now...can you tell she's spoiled?

bob ny    Posted 01-16-2004 at 13:40:33       [Reply]  [No Email]
i think i kinda favor current dog but cherish all the others little sasquatch ,she weight 5 lbs and we hadher for 21 years she passed on about two years ago .sheis in a special spot in our hearts and resides in the
back yard our present dog holly is a britney spanial she has taken over the house and is loved
by us as well as any other dog we have had but we never forget any of them

Ben in KY    Posted 01-16-2004 at 13:37:59       [Reply]  [No Email]
Every dog I have ever had. Loved em all and all were different. Too bad that they don't live as long as we do, I hate losing a good friend every 15 years or so..

Joe Dirt    Posted 01-16-2004 at 12:54:20       [Reply]  [Send Email]
My dog Rocky was my favorite pet. We only had him for 2 years before he just up and disappeared. :-(
That dog was smarter than alot of people I know! He was (I'm told) a corgie, collie, heeler cross. None of the dogs we've had since then can compare to Rocky. We've got a Heinz 57 mutt now thats called Einstien, and not because he's smart! In his defense, he is getting better.Still not a brainiac though!

teresa    Posted 01-16-2004 at 13:41:23       [Reply]  [Send Email]
I have lots of animals, dogs, cats, ferrets,goats, chickens, ducks and geese.I love them all but the one which springs to mind is Matilda an ex battery hen whose friends were eaten by a fox, she used to follow me about everywhere and even used to come through the cat flap to lay an egg..bless her!I also really love Richard, one of my cats.

~Lenore    Posted 01-18-2004 at 10:58:52       [Reply]  [No Email]
My favorite dog was a big ole cross breed (part dalmation and part coon hound). He was white and had a handful of quarter size black spots scattered on him and of course I named him Spot.

He showed up at my house full grown and probably 3 or 4 years old. He looked at me with big black eyes and was limping when he walked. He laid down in my carport and was licking his front paw. So as I talked to him asking him what was wrong, I picked up that big foot and examined it. There was a piece of new wood about a inch by half inch jammed between the pads of his paw. So without even thinking I reached in there got hold of it and pulled. Spot let out a howl/ moan/scream!

That little piece of wood happened to be a two inch long pointed thing and it was embedded in his foot! I never would have been brave enough to touch it if I had known that. Specially on a strange dog I had never seen before. Well Spot really appreciated what I did and decided to live in my car port. I got a bag of big chunky dog food and started feeding him.

When my then husband came home Spot barred his big white fangs and growled at him! He was not letting this man come into "our" house. It took a bit of time and convincing to change Spot's mind about him. I still think at some time some man had beat on Spot and mistreated him.

Spot turned out to be a very family dedicated watch dog. One day when I was hanging diapers on the clothes line (before I had a dryer) I ran in to answer the phone (before cordless phones LOL). Little Hog Hunter (before he hunted hogs) was about 10 months old and he was sitting by the clothes line on a pallet and Spot was with him. As I ran in to answer the phone, I heard this horrible growl and ran back out. A neighber dog had come up to check out the baby and Spot was sitting between the dog and the baby protecting his family.

Spot brings his girl friend home. Yes one day as I put his big bowl of food out for him in the carport, he sinffed it and went under the house without eating. Unusual, he usually woofed it down. In a minute out comes this great big female balck and tan hound. Spot sat down while she ate the whole bowl of food. Then looked at me for his. So now I was feeding these two big dogs, well really more cause his girlfriend was pregnant. My husband who was a hunter had friends who were anxious to get the pups and the mom, so Spot's girl friend was found a permanent home.

I could always find my little girl in the neighborhood cause Spot went with her everywhere she went. He was so big I could aways see him even if I could not see her. He watched over her as good as anyone could.

Sadly I had to give Spot away. Two houses down from my house there was a fenced yard with a snippy, barky little terrier dog of some type. Every time my daughter went to her little friends house and Spot accompanied her, this little dog would run inside his fence and bark visciously at Spot. It was a very brave bad dog there in the safety of that fence. Spot just ignored it. One unfortunate day as that little terror/terrier ran along the fence barking at Spot he found out too late the gate was open. In his barking frenzy he ran right out and snapped at Spot. Oh Oh... Spot turned and protecting his little girl grabbed that dog and shook it like a rag doll. He turned it loose and it ran yelping into to its house. (It survived)

My little girl ran home and told me what had happened. So I knew I would hear from my neighbor and I did. They wanted Spot put down, I told them I would find him a home somewhere else.

My husband knew this old couple who lived out in the country and they wanted him. So on this beautiful sunny day we drove out there and introduced Spot to his new family and as we drove away, I looked back and Spot was standing with his front paws on the gate watching me leave. I cried.

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