By beckysdad on Aug 29, 2012 at 1:59 PM
I wasn't expecting that from Jeannie either but it sure was effective. It was very unlike her. She's such a gentle soul. She'll swallow you up with her eyes and let you stroke her head and ears for as long as you're willing. She has an amazing on/off switch. As soon as I load her into the back seat at my friend's place she goes to sleep. She's out by the time I get around to the driver's seat. When you roll up on your destination she's good to go again. I'm glad you wandered through the pictures and the videos. I love taking photos and want other people to enjoy them. I love it when the mods put one of Becky's pics in the LOL builder as I'm always interested to see what kind of LOLs folks make with them. The team video came out of an event we had over 4th of July in 2011. It was a huge Waterblol fight. Basically, half a dozen teams formed to create water themed LOLs. Ultimately it devolved into teams good naturedly attacking the other teams. It lasted about five days and tons of creative LOLs were made. I wanted to honor all the teams that competed so I took a sampling of each team's LOLs and put some theme music that matched the team and created a video for everyone to enjoy. Are you friends with 1teamkso yet? It's a site that Pusskitty, Sylviag and Betskand run. They organize many of the fun themed events around here. Kamp Kuppycakes and Kuppycakes Prep School being the most prolific. Here's the link if you want to go through the favorites from the Waterblol event. http://profile.cheezburger.com/1TeamKSO/collection/2920464/waterblol-fite-2011 I'm glad that Miss Jeannie was able to put a smile on your face. She's very good at that.
By MessiahMews on Aug 29, 2012 at 1:25 PM
We pretty much have the same rule as landlords go. He let us have this one, but he said if this cat goes, we can't have another. He said he's allergic, and I was like ... "what's that got to do with it?" as it will be US in here, not him. I also think that's partially why so many nice animals end up in shelters, because of mean landlords not allowing pets in their rentals. Cats are not that bad, because they don't leave a smell behind. Our landlord would have allowed dogs, but not cats. I said, if there had been a dog in here, that I couldn't stay because of the 'dog smell' they often leave behind. We turned down a nice place because it stunk. Dogs HAVE to have their anal glands drained to get that smell off of them. But cats can always have SOFT PAWS put on them to prevent scratching up stuff, and can also be bathed, and just vacuum up the hair. I want to help pay for rescues and towards adoption fees to save animals too. I won't be able to foster cats because of the landlord. He lives above us, so he's too close to us. I wish we could afford a home of our own, so we can do what we want. There are some other cats there, I want to save, plus there is a beautiful Himalayan female at the Manhattan Center in NYC that I want to save, but dunno if she has enough time or not. There is NOTHING wrong with her, and I would take her for myself, if I was there. I live in ID, so all these places are too far for me.
By beckysdad on Aug 29, 2012 at 12:40 PM
Yeah, there are times when you see how people treat their pets and you just shake your head and walk away because you disagree with how they treat them. Then there are other times when their actions are so egregious that you have to step in like you did with Millie just to protect her. Her life is so much better since you made that choice. It would be tough to think what life would have been like for her otherwise. That's so funny that you checked out my videos. Given our conversations I thought you would enjoy seeing the Becky and Daisy video and had gone so far as to copy the link so I could include it in my next note. I was kind of embarrassed to be one of those who plays "hey, look how wonderful my dog is" but you had already watched it and saved me from myself. I'm glad you enjoyed it. If a person can't smile after watching two sweet dogs playing like that then they really have a lot going on in their lives. I chuckled when you mentioned how smart you thought Becky was for puzzling out those treats. I mention in my profile that I take a friend's service dog for an afternoon once a week so she just gets some time to be a dog. Her name is Jeannie. Before I mounted that puzzle on a board I tried it out with the girls. Jeannie watched Becky go through her gyrations to free those treats and patiently waited for her turn. I couldn't wait to see how she worked through it because she's amazingly smart. After Becky was done I set it up again with fresh treats, had Jeannie sit and then released her to work her magic. She reached down and grabbed the edge of the puzzle in her mouth and casually tossed it a few feet and watched the treats come tumbling out. Then she walked over and ate them off the floor. I'm telling you the girl has skills.
By beckysdad on Aug 29, 2012 at 11:23 AM
Twelve, fourteen, eighteen years...what a gift. I'm only five years into my first one so I can only imagine. Still, people are surprised these days when they see me without her...and that doesn't happen too often. I'm pretty fortunate to be able to arrange my life that way. Did you get Millie as a kitten?
By beckysdad on Aug 29, 2012 at 9:58 AM
Now THAT is an excellent question. And one that, quite frankly, I'm very grateful that my imagination doesn't have a good answer for. I'm pretty sure it was a rhetorical question anyway... ;^) You make a very valid point. I can only assume that after forty years of pet ownership the squeamish gland has pretty much been replaced by scar tissue.
By beckysdad on Aug 29, 2012 at 8:52 AM
Dreams can come true and it's important to visualize what that would look like. I have a favorite daydream of buying some property up in Oregon with lots of trees and water for Becky to play in. It would be nice to carve out a path to meander with her off leash and just enjoy the beauty of nature. It's a very pleasant little daydream and the reality would be very nice for about fifteen or twenty years and then it would become horribly inappropriate. Being the planner that I am I don't take it beyond day-dreaming but I do enjoy that. What a classic story about Domino. Instinct is a powerful thing! That really would have made a cute video if you'd been able to catch Millie loading herself up for a trip. It's amazing how they pick up on all our cues and know what's going on. I'm always amazed that when I look towards Becky, the vast majority of the time she is watching me. I'm just not that interesting and yet we really are the whole world for our little companions. We control their access to food and fun and truly define their quality of life. It's rather humbling when I think about it. I always wanted a dog but knew I couldn't do it the way I wanted to until I retired. 95% of days, Becky gets two walks and in the nearly five years she's been with me we've only missed six dawn walks. You were correct in your assumption of just what a butt scritch entails. I wouldn't have committed you to anything that would make a human squeamish. Bonks & Wags indeed!
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