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What pets do you have? Why? How did you choose them?

Foggy

Member
I have a horse, a rabbit, a dog, and 3 cats. My family who I live with have an additional 2 dogs, 1 horse, 3 cats, 1 bird, and 8 chickens. I love them all! I would like to rescue a betta fish again. I had 4 previously (in a divided tank).
 
I have one indoor cat and about five or six ferals we feed outside. Love my kitty so much :)
 

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Jeff T

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I live by myself, and have had some amazing animals/friends throughout my life:

Upper left- myself and Tucky, an appaloosa/TWH mare in 1978. A wise, bombproof and intensely loyal cowpony, she lived to be 33. Oddly, as an alpha-horse, she would follow me wherever without a halter.

Upper right- In the barn aisle, the 17hh horse is Orchid the TWH. She's 'cheeky' and pushy, terrified of tweetybirds. But she has a gait like floating on a carpet above the rack and ruin. The equid behind her is 'BB', an appaloosa mini-mule. He was mistreated by kids while owned by the previous owner, and is pretty tense.
In front is Cajun II, a happy, bouncy black english labrador that has no fear.

Lower left- At a typical camp spot by mountain lake is L to R: Bayou, a female chow/lab/shepherd with ADHD- nothing else liked her. Cajun II as a pup. And Tawny, a female lab/beagle mix, an always happy hound that would bring up rocks and other stuff from the lake bottom. These three were my 'family' sadly the two older pooches had cancer when this photo was taken- I didn't find out until two months later.

Lower right- a very young Bayou on the left, and Cajun I on the right. This Cajun and Tucky the horse were fast friends, and both were my "soulmates". Both were very sharp and wise; I didn't have to train them as they both grokked how to behave from the start. I called Cajun my 'military cadet/diplomat', the more commands I gave, the happier he got. With other dogs, he would emerge Alpha by friendliness- always taking the other cheek and trying again and again- the other dogs would eventually give up. He never fought, but he was ferocious towards raccoons.

Not included are the 6 cats that owned me over the years*; and Luna, an abandoned female dog who may be Whippet/ Jack Russell? She was very fearful at first but has improved a good deal.

* Notable was Spatz, a female rescued kitty. She sent two german shepherds packing when they went for Cajun-I as a pup. She would jump off the roof and onto my shoulder when I'd come home from work. My ex ran over her with her F250, she completely healed and lived another 5 years until 19.
 

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Luca

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I will update, since it's been a while...

I currently have 7 dogs:
Kodi, Chesca, and Hex (Dogo Argentinos, all female, all purchased from reputable breeders)
Enzo (English Pointer, male, a rescue)
Odin (Newfoundland, male, given to me by a reputable breeder)
Malos (Doberman, male, a rescue)
Linda (Podengo Portugueso Pequeno [mix?], female, a rescue)

See my signature for reference photo :)
 

maycontainthunder

May also contain missing cakes.
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Hi. I'm Dog V4. Would anyone like a hug? I can do extra's like stealing your chair, running off with the card centre out of a toilet roll or leave a slobbery tennis ball on your pillow. Also, I would like a biscuit.
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Luca

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A random assortment of pics of my current dogs:
(No, I was not the one who gave my Newfoundland that haircut, and I was not happy about it.)

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Arsinoe

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I love ALL animals and if I could I'd own one of everything lol

But with my teeny budget and even tinier apartment my choices are limited. But I don't mind really. I got myself a hamster (planning on getting one more) and I also would love to have at least one lil birdie like a canary or a couple of finches.

I liked hamsters before getting my own but now that I also own one myself, I can say they've earned my love! Not to mention how similar our idiosyncrasies are!

My hamster is solitary, loves to have her own territory/home and to make it up however she wants without being bothered much about it, is 100% asocial with the only exception being me (she likes me for the obvious reasons and I can say that she felt pretty safe with me and in my home since the very first day!). She lets me pet her and soon enough I do intend to let her out on the playpen I got her so we can further bond and so I can also pet her a little bit more (I can't get over her adorable round bite sized fluffyness) and she also shares very similar tastes with me especially when it comes to vegetables xp

I had spent pretty much 5 months doing research for my future pet and especially for hamsters. I got her a 80*50 terrarium, she has all the appropriate stuff and every day I think of ways to enrich her life even more. In fact I get hamster 'boxes' pretty often and I'm currently in the process of finding sprays for the enclosure (hard to find those where I am and etsy is awfully expensive )
 

DaisyRose

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I have a black Turkish angora and she will be 12 years old this year. As a kid, I always wanted a black cat. My kitty came in as a surprise. My aunt works at apartment complex’s and happened to found her in a dumpster. She came over to our house and gave her to us. I was happy she found her because i don’t know what would happen to her.
 

Judge

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That's an interesting point in itself. In my cousin's case, she is devoted to animal rescues. Leaving her often to surmise that it was the dog in question who chose her at a shelter or rescue operation.

She does have a tendency to be attracted to pets who may not be so attractive to most people at first glance.
 

Arsinoe

Member
That's an interesting point in itself. In my cousin's case, she is devoted to animal rescues. Leaving her often to surmise that it was the dog in question who chose her at a shelter or rescue operation.

She does have a tendency to be attracted to pets who may not be so attractive to most people at first glance.
Similarly I have a soft spot for animals that are more underestimated or not very cared for, at least not as much as the usual pet choices (dogs, cats, parrots, bunnies)
 

kriss72

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I love ALL animals and if I could I'd own one of everything lol

But with my teeny budget and even tinier apartment my choices are limited. But I don't mind really. I got myself a hamster (planning on getting one more) and I also would love to have at least one lil birdie like a canary or a couple of finches.

I liked hamsters before getting my own but now that I also own one myself, I can say they've earned my love! Not to mention how similar our idiosyncrasies are!

My hamster is solitary, loves to have her own territory/home and to make it up however she wants without being bothered much about it, is 100% asocial with the only exception being me (she likes me for the obvious reasons and I can say that she felt pretty safe with me and in my home since the very first day!). She lets me pet her and soon enough I do intend to let her out on the playpen I got her so we can further bond and so I can also pet her a little bit more (I can't get over her adorable round bite sized fluffyness) and she also shares very similar tastes with me especially when it comes to vegetables xp

I had spent pretty much 5 months doing research for my future pet and especially for hamsters. I got her a 80*50 terrarium, she has all the appropriate stuff and every day I think of ways to enrich her life even more. In fact I get hamster 'boxes' pretty often and I'm currently in the process of finding sprays for the enclosure (hard to find those where I am and etsy is awfully expensive )
When I read this I got very happy, your hamster is lucky to have someone caring like you do :)
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So we currently have two cats and an unknown number of fish both indoor and in the garden pond.

Our cats are rescue cats from a shelter, they are brother and sister - I have had 5 other cats previously, but I never had a cat that liked to cuddle as much as this one we have now (the brother):
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It brings back memories from when my daughter was a baby and I carried her around in the kitchen - one handed cooking is still in my skill set :)
 

Arsinoe

Member
When I read this I got very happy, your hamster is lucky to have someone caring like you do :)
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So we currently have two cats and an unknown number of fish both indoor and in the garden pond.

Our cats are rescue cats from a shelter, they are brother and sister - I have had 5 other cats previously, but I never had a cat that liked to cuddle as much as this one we have now (the brother):
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It brings back memories from when my daughter was a baby and I carried her around in the kitchen - one handed cooking is still in my skill set :)
Thank you! :)

Your cat is adorable! You guys have a fish pond? That sounds freaking awesome, I always thought that if I had a house with a garden or big yard I'd also like it ot be near a lake so I can have ducks too lol
 

kriss72

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Your cat is adorable! You guys have a fish pond? That sounds freaking awesome, I always thought that if I had a house with a garden or big yard I'd also like it ot be near a lake so I can have ducks too lol
I would love to have some ducks come visit my garden :)
 

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