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Thread: Our animals

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    I've noticed how many of these posts are about our animals

    The joy of having them and the sadness when they are sick and/or die

    I think for many of us our pets matter to us more than most of the humans we know. (After all, how many people sleep with us and "help" with our quilting?)

    This is where I came when I had to put my cat down - the human family I live with were not "available" that night and the board members were.

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    I know what you mean. My babies are the most important thing to me. Years ago, when I was a newlywed, my hubby and I had an argument over something, don't remember what. He glared at me and said "You love that damned cat more than you love me". I looked him dead in the eye and replied very calmly and very seriously "Honey, when I've had you twelve years we'll discuss it". Had the cat another seven years. Can't say the same for the guy.

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    Where else can you get unconditional love? :lol:

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    Quote Originally Posted by Shemjo
    Where else can you get unconditional love? :lol:
    That and they're (at least dogs) so THRILLED to see you, even if you just stepped out the door and came back. They let me put my cold feet on their warm bellies, (the girls), and want to just be with you. They don't care if you haven't done the dishes, stayed in your jammies all day...

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    How true is that i wasnt a pet person of any kind then i got a kitten for my ex. ive had my cat for 9 years now and shes the best. always around and always glad to see me. i think keeping the cat was a good trade off. :)

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    Heck, they PREFER it if you stay in your jammies all day. That means more snuggles for them!

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    I agree with everything said. Most of our animals are outside--the dogs come in when it's storming--one is scared of lightning--or when it's cold. But for me--they balance my life. They provide physical work--to help stay in shape; they provide a routine that's comforting when scary issues happen outside the home, whether community or world; and they provide another place for me to take my love out on something.

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    My cats have always been my stress relievers. When I've had a bad day, they are there with a loving purr. They listen attentively...most of the time, even if they don't understand what I'm saying.
    I think it's great to stay in jammies all day at times. Our animals don't change their coats. lol

    When we were in GA getting ready to move to HI, we were debating on what to do about the cats. I was having a fit that I couldn't take them with me and resigned myself to the fact that we would have to take them to my mom and dads. Well, one day hubby came home from work and said we needed a family meeting. We sat down and talked about what to do with the cats. Since it was going to cost about $2000 total, money we didn't really have, hubby said he would take advance pay to pay for them to move with us. He said that since he was going to be at sea most of the time, I NEEDED the cats for my sanity. What a good guy huh? Plus, he also knew that if we REALLY did have to take the cats to my parents, he probably would be adopting a couple more the minute we landed in HI.

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    many times i get ignored when i'm sick, but not my boys. i have mini drs 24-7..... they never tell me they love me , but they show it in so many ways... :D

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    I go to bed about 11 every night, dog at my feet, cat at my head. I don't have to call them they just come. They are my favorite company and best behaved, not always the best smelling lol :wink: I love them :D

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    We call Big Boy "healer cat". When ever anyone isn't feeling well, he will curl up with them. Sure makes me feel better! Just something about curling up with our furry kids that does the trick!

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    I spend more time with my kitty than I do with my hubby -- is that weird? :lol: :lol:

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    My pets have always been here for me.

    They listen better than just about anyone.

    Our children have grown up and flown the coop but my
    dog babies will always be here.

    They are family members (and probably better treated
    than a lot of kids in the world).

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    Animals have always been really important in my life. I grew up in a dysfunctional home and my dogs and my birds were my comfort. I will never be without an animal no matter how much it hurts when they get sick and die. The cruelest thing you can ever do to me is take away my critters.

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    In the last week, Mr. Bean has supplemented our dinner by schlepping home a rabbit and a duck. This morning he brought me a fat rat - it was still alive, and I had to put it back in the field. Not too fond of touching them.

    Then the great hunter stands in the kitchen and YOWLS for his canned food.

    I can't imagine life without fur kids. (2 dogs and 2 cats at the moment)

    We've had to put quite a few down including a donkey and a mule. The heart ache is strong and it is nice to have companionship of people who understand. I'm on another forum where someone actually wrote once that it's not as if a person had died. Needless to say, I'm not active with that group.

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    I don't like people who think like that. I understand that there are, but those are the ones I just want to smack!

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    Growing up, it seemed like my family were the odd ones. I'd talk about my dog and how she was great and I'd get that look from people that frankly said you're weird. Until I worked for my Dad full time at his hospital I didn't know there were others. I've been so happy to find those on the quilting board that feel the same.

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    And if your cat doesn't like someone, get them the hell out of your life!

    (Are dogs the same way???)

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    Don't necessarily judge the group for the thoughts of one person. I know I grieved as much if not more for my dog that died then I did for some people. I think it is because of the unconditional love. I was thinking about my animals today. Everyday I grab each of their heads in my hands and kiss their faces. It is kind of amazing that they have all gotten used to it and just accept that I will be capturing their heads and kissing them. I can't think of another person who's animals would not go nuts if I did that. Do any of you do that too?

    Yes Sewjoyce they are.

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    My kitty HATES to be held and his little face kissey, kissey -- but I do it anyway. When I first got him from the Humane Society, he would not let me hold him for a long time -- I had to stretch to pet him. And then the day that he came and got in bed with me and turned over to show me his belly while purring like crazy -- well, then I knew he loved me too :wink:

    But I still kiss his little face and he still doesn't like it (or pretends he doesn't) :wink:


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    Well as the owner of Mortimer, I must tell you that he loves to give kisses, and when you get kissed by that large a tongue, you definitely need a towel To go with it! :D


    I never feel alone with him, and he is the best guard dog to take anywhere, don't even have to lock the car. He truly understands everything I say, or at least I like to think so. He is our 3rd Dane, and owns us completely. I have friends who can't understand having a dog live in the house, I feel sorry for those people! :D


    Ninnie

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    Another cultural difference - maybe right up there with a difference in religion - I grew up with a dog on the bed and a cat on the pillow. My husband grew up with the dog on the porch and the cats in the barn.

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    We were sitting on the floor in my new sewing room tonight after spending the day putting in the ceiling and I called my Yorkie down to check it out. I said "look Kelli a new room to play in" She immediately went upstairs and I heard the ball bounce down the steps. She followed it and brought it right to me to play in the new room. I knew she understands but I didn't know she understood that well.

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    Do most people love their animals as much as quilters do? What makes quilters so caring? And I totally agree that this board is more than just jabber - you guys are friends!

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    Whenever anyone would try to tell my mom she had too many pets she would look them in the eye and tell them she liked her cats and dog better than many people she knew. They love us unconditionally.

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