Animal companions in our happy homes

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  • BoogieBoogie Shipmate
    How lovely @jedijudy, have fun!
  • HuiaHuia Shipmate
    That's just a bit younger than Aroha, JJ.

    Aroha did something really weird this morning. I has sitting doing some stitching and she jumped up and bit my ear. Not a hard bite, but I did feel her teeth, I had just washed my hair in some new shampoo and conditioner and I wondered if that had anything to do with it. I suggested she might go outside to play for a while. 😼
  • BoogieBoogie Shipmate
    Sounds like an invitation to play @Huia 🙂
  • Jane RJane R Shipmate
    If you have a dog that likes to roll in fox poo, you do need shampoo. I have escaped this experience so far, but I know someone whose dog does it regularly and it is a revolting smell. Worse than the perfume the dog-groomer uses.

    We don't wash Minnie very often, and when we're not in lockdown we take her swimming at a doggy swimming pool once a week. She has a shower (just in water) after getting out of that and that's usually enough to keep her clean. We only use shampoo when she's rolled in something smelly. She likes baths, because she associates them with getting lots of treats.
  • BoogieBoogie Shipmate
    Jane R wrote: »
    If you have a dog that likes to roll in fox poo, you do need shampoo. I have escaped this experience so far, but I know someone whose dog does it regularly and it is a revolting smell. Worse than the perfume the dog-groomer uses.

    We don't wash Minnie very often, and when we're not in lockdown we take her swimming at a doggy swimming pool once a week. She has a shower (just in water) after getting out of that and that's usually enough to keep her clean. We only use shampoo when she's rolled in something smelly. She likes baths, because she associates them with getting lots of treats.

    Cowboy Magic is the best thing by far - and I have plenty of experience!

    https://tinyurl.com/uj4n8a9t

    It’s good for anything stinky - dead deer, rotting fish, fox poo etc.

    Yes - Tatze has rolled in all of the above. :holdsnose:



  • Jane RJane R Shipmate
    Dogs, eh. My mum's (late lamented) dog had to be shampooed very thoroughly after rolling in cowpats and turning himself into a West Highland Green Terrier.

    One of the many reasons why I'm glad we have a black dog.
  • Worst mine rolled in was rotting dead rat. The vet reckoned I'd saved the dog from a nasty case of mange or worse by my rapid and thorough shampooing. That was a much worse smell than fox poo.
  • MooMoo Kerygmania Host
    When there was a thunderstorm and we weren't at home, our dog used to immerse herself in a nearby swamp. The dog belonging to a friend used to do the same thing. Apparently the dogs believed a swamp was a safe place.

    The stench was bad.
  • HuiaHuia Shipmate
    Boogie wrote: »
    Sounds like an invitation to play @Huia 🙂

    Thanks Boogie, I've seen dogs do something similar, but not cats, then I realized that we hadn't played as much recently as I haven't been well. I tossed her tiny tennis ball around her while she was sitting up her climbing tree. She watched it, but didn't move until I came closer, when she snagged it and played furiously for a while, but when I the the back mouse she really came alive. This is black mouse number 8 or so as she rips their tails, ears then covers off them and is not all all interested in the plastic underneath.

    On Monday I am going to buy more black mice as she hides them when she has finished.
  • BoogieBoogie Shipmate
    We are car-less until the end of July when the new one arrives. So we are walking everywhere. Luckily the nearest woods are only 20 minutes walk away. My hands and arms are still very poor, so I attach her lead to a belt round my waist, this works really well. Once we get to the woods she’s off lead and can have a good run around and explore.

    Tatze had a nice romp around with a Newfoundland puppy when we got there. The pup was really well trained - only 11 months old.

    On the way home Tatze was on lead when she suddenly stopped stock still and then pulled me back in the direction we had come from - very strange behaviour for her. I had dropped my glove and she was taking me back to it. Clever girl - all our scent training has paid off - and saved me from losing a good, new leather glove!

    https://photos.app.goo.gl/nwpw33wbUaXGcBoH7
  • Graven ImageGraven Image Shipmate
    Clever girl indeed.
  • PigletPiglet All Saints Host, Circus Host
    Clever Tatze! :)
  • A consequence of the sad death of Griffon The Cat was that we had to try out the humane mouse traps and were (sort of) happy that every morning for four days we caught one, who was carefully taken well away from the house. Then my wife asked if it might possibly be the same one... Well; it was beginning to look familiar, so upon the fifth day we drove the beastie several miles and let him/her (pronouns uncertain) loose in the woods and haven't seen another one since. I wouldn't say I was becoming attached to it, but it seemed quite friendly, and knew where to get a meal, safe from large predators.
  • Graven ImageGraven Image Shipmate
    I watched Molly, nose to the ground sniffing, circling, very excited looking for a lizard, while the lizard calming sat on the water faucet just above her head watching. It was very amazing as all Molly needed to have done was raise her head and they would have been eye to eye. Molly finally gave up and trotted off and the lizard came down and went about its lizard business. Meantime I had been planning a lizard rescue if need be.
  • Graven ImageGraven Image Shipmate
    I just received a notice telling me Molly's dog tags were overdue, and pay up adding a late fee or if we have moved out of the county notify them we have moved, ( which I had already done) The overdue notice was mailed to our new address out of the county. ????
  • Bees are sort of pets. This is a short video about a rescue. The narration is something else
    "Luckily I had an extra queen (bee) on me". https://twitter.com/hasunohanas/status/1399575026542821380?s=20
  • Graven ImageGraven Image Shipmate
    Amazing. "Lucky I had an extra queen bee with me," boggles the mind.
  • PigletPiglet All Saints Host, Circus Host
    Much as I approve of bees, and think they should be protected, I really couldn't watch much of that video; the thought of being in such close proximity to so many bees would scare me rigid.
  • jedijudyjedijudy Heaven Host, 8th Day Host
    I loved that video @NOprophet_NØprofit ! Honeybees are some of my very favorite creatures! Piglet, many of my friends would completely agree with you, so I'm really glad to know there are bee rescuers!

    When my laurel oak blooms in December or January, the tree is full of honeybees. I love standing there just liste
  • BoogieBoogie Shipmate
    jedijudy wrote: »
    I loved that video @NOprophet_NØprofit ! Honeybees are some of my very favorite creatures! Piglet, many of my friends would completely agree with you, so I'm really glad to know there are bee rescuers!

    When my laurel oak blooms in December or January, the tree is full of honeybees. I love standing there just listen

    Lovely!

    We get lots of honey bees in our garden as the local comp has hives. 🐝

  • PigletPiglet All Saints Host, Circus Host
    I'm in awe of people who can rescue bees; there were videos circulating on FB last week of people doing just that, but the sheer numbers in NP's video were terrifying.
  • FredegundFredegund Shipmate
    We're hosting a beehive for a clerical friend. It's fascinating - I go and talk to them most days, from a respectful distance. Since Spring has finally arrived they are madly circling the alliums. Will be interesting to see/taste the honey - if L1 doesn't turn it all into mead.
    PS Sorry for silence - life, the universe, and agnosticism.
  • AravisAravis Shipmate
    Lyra, our younger cat, went missing yesterday evening. The teenage boys next door were having a party in the garage and the noise probably scared her. She hadn’t returned by this morning so we started asking various neighbours to check their garages; we didn’t check our own, as we knew it had been shut and locked since lunchtime.

    That, of course, was where she was. The contents of a shelf had all fallen off (and smashed a jar of turpentine). As far as we could work out, she’d climbed up the clematis and wriggled through a mouse-sized gap under the corner of the roof, fallen against the shelf and knocked it over, and then had no means of climbing back up to access the gap. We’ve now blocked it up with an old sponge while we look for a more permanent solution.
  • jedijudyjedijudy Heaven Host, 8th Day Host
    I'm so glad Lyra is safely home, Aravis!
  • AravisAravis Shipmate
    Thank you! It doesn’t seem to have worried her too much, so I hope she doesn’t try similar tricks with other garages in the neighbourhood…
  • I just purchased and put up a new hanging trash can for the bathroom, In my excitement of all things new I did not put the floor, trash can into the sink as is my usual routine. All of this relates to the fact that Molly goes rummaging at night through the can. So this morning from the bathroom to the living room were half-chewed tissues and such. I can always tell because she looks so guilty when I get up. Oh well one last adventure Molly, I have outsmarted you this time.
  • CathscatsCathscats Shipmate
    Today we moved house. Domino the cat has had three days of packing and removal men (she doesn’t know there is still the day of delivery to come). For days 1 and 2 she decamped to hide in the neighbour’s garden. Today I incarcerated her in the bathroom where she went to ground behind the toilet. Then I made her get in her carrier, which was a struggle and she had to drive for almost 2 hours. She only cried for the first one. Once here she would not get out of the carrier and though I got her out for some intense stoking, she is safely back in there now, but purring. Tomorrow will be another day in a different bathroom before she can really begin to get the hang of this being a home.
  • Poor Domino, they like routine. I hope she adjusts quickly to her new home.
  • PigletPiglet All Saints Host, Circus Host
    Won't she have a field day once you unpack all the boxes?

    When we were packing up the house in Belfast, our neighbours' cat thought all his Christmases had come at once (it was a very warm day, and we had the back door open, so he got in).

    In the end we had to ask them to lock him in their house, as we were worried he'd get trapped in one of the boxes and turn up six weeks later in Newfoundland.
  • BoogieBoogie Shipmate
    Today I spent the afternoon with Keir and his owner. Keir is four years old now and still working beautifully as a dual trained guide/hearing dog.

    An afternoon to treasure.

    🐾💕

    https://photos.app.goo.gl/AnvS1k8eVD8ZEG4X6
  • St EverildSt Everild Shipmate
    A warning to UK cat-owners.
    If you feed your cat/s on Applaws dry cat food, Sainsbury's Hypoallergenic dry cat food or any version of AVA dry cat food, please stop immediately and check the Royal Vetinerary College website for up to date advice.

    Cats have been coming down with an illness called Panleucopenia, which is usually fatal, and the only thing which seems to be linking the affected cats is what they were being fed on from one particular factory in the UK.
  • PigletPiglet All Saints Host, Circus Host
    Boogie wrote: »
    Today I spent the afternoon with Keir and his owner. Keir is four years old now and still working beautifully as a dual trained guide/hearing dog.

    An afternoon to treasure.

    🐾💕

    https://photos.app.goo.gl/AnvS1k8eVD8ZEG4X6

    What a gorgeous boy! :heart:
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