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[#] Sun Jan 23 2005 16:44:58 EST from Thom @ The Cocoon

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My cats somehow decided that the legs to the cheap kitchen chairs are good scratching posts. I'm glad that's what they use as you can't see the scratches and they're cheap chairs. I'm lucky, I guess.

[#] Mon Jan 24 2005 02:42:18 EST from harry @ God-Empresses Domain

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My fiance bought the cats a laminated cardboard scratching "pad" that they love, but we need to invest in a "post" for good measure.

The pad was like $10 at Petsmart in the Southcenter mall area.

[#] Mon Jan 24 2005 11:06:24 EST from Thom @ The Cocoon

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It's the days that I'm cleaning the house that I really wish I didn't
have any pets at all.

[#] Mon Jan 24 2005 14:08:08 EST from harry @ God-Empresses Domain

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Yup. Here it's cat fur everywhere. I especially dislike it in my computers.
It clogs the cooling vents.

[#] Mon Mar 21 2005 21:10:17 EST from PowerStar @ Haven BBS

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OK.  I'm seriously considering getting a hypoallergenic dog (yes.. they actually exist).  I can try one out for a week to make certain that it wont affect me.  I'm still debating the issue though, getting a pet is a big responsibility.  Any ideas of what I can expect?   This would be a small-medium sized dog.  Anyone got an idea on about how much food/doctor vists/pet supplies cost on average per year?

[#] Tue Mar 22 2005 01:20:28 EST from harry @ God-Empresses Domain

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Never had a dog, so can't help you there, but vet bills for my cats can easily go over the $100 mark. Dogs also require either daily walks if they are indoor only, or a well-fenced yard if they are outdoor. And one should be prepared to clean up their feces after they relieve themselves. My cats do it in their box, and then I get to scoop and flush.

Oh yeah, my cats are indoors only.

[#] Tue Mar 22 2005 09:07:22 EST from Mystee @ Dog Pound BBS II

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Actually, we have shih tzus in my family. We've also had bichons. Both are breeds said to be good for people with allergies, reason being they have hair rather than fur, so there is a lot less dander which is why most people wind up being allergic. And neither of them requires a lot of walking. We take them outside on leashes and walk around in the yard for a few minutes but they don't require long walks. They love to be outside though, so we tend to take them out on the leash every couple of hours. They probably would like walks but they don't have to have them all the time. They're happy going outside a little more often than normal.
We tend to buy the really big bags of dog food (25 pounds) because there are four of them. It takes about 3-4 months probably to go through one of them. We also give them canned food mixed in with the dry food from time to time just for something different. Food and treats probably about $100/year or so. The shots they require in the first year or so can really add up but after that it shouldn't be too bad as long as you don't have a dog that develops a health issue. One of ours got pretty sick when she got older and the cost of meds for her was around $70/month but when it got to that point she really didn't last all that long even with the meds. Poor thing.

[#] Tue Mar 22 2005 18:21:37 EST from curly surmudgeon @ Dog Pound BBS II

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Hairless Chuhuahua? Maybe shave teh dog every week?

[#] Thu Mar 24 2005 12:34:00 EST from papa smurf @ Haven BBS

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Dogs are good company.

[#] Fri Apr 22 2005 22:24:29 EDT from curly surmudgeon @ Dog Pound BBS II

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Last week our dog turned 11.

Today we learned she has tumors.

[#] Sun Apr 24 2005 15:49:10 EDT from Freakdog @ Dog Pound BBS II

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Oh, wow...I'm sorry to hear that, Curly...

[#] Sun Apr 24 2005 17:42:32 EDT from curly surmudgeon @ Dog Pound BBS II

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Thanks, freaky. She doesn't seem to be in pain, just a loss of energy. Nothing imminent but not much of a future.

[#] Sun Apr 24 2005 17:51:06 EDT from Freakdog @ Dog Pound BBS II

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By the time we'd found out that previous dogs had tumors, they had taken pretty sudden turns for the worst.

My dog, Shadow (the dog that graces the web login for the BBS), has a grade 4-out-of-6 heart murmur, which is now, at age 11+, causing us to medicate her to fight congestive heart failure. She's on Enacard to help the heart pump strongly, and Furosemide (Lasix), a diuretic, to help pull the fluid from her lungs.

She's happy, mobile, somewhat we'll keep pressing on. But, we're now up to 75mg of the Furosemide per 23 1/2 pounds, the doctor says that that's about her maximum dosage. If we keep needing to increase her dosage, I might have to face "the inevitable".

[#] Sun Apr 24 2005 18:11:24 EDT from curly surmudgeon @ Dog Pound BBS II

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I don't take heroic measures with animals. We love the dog but artifical life support isn't in the cards. After all, I'm a farm boy. Nor do I hire out a hit to the vet. She's my dog and I'll do the dirty work when she's in obvious pain.

[#] Mon Apr 25 2005 00:34:46 EDT from Freakdog @ Dog Pound BBS II

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I couldn't do that...never been a farm boy. If it comes time, I'll take her to the vet, I'll hold her while the doc administers whatever, and I'll hold her, bawling like a baby, until the end, but I'll be there.

[#] Mon Apr 25 2005 00:39:14 EDT from curly surmudgeon @ Dog Pound BBS II

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Yes, I'll be there too. But somehow hiring someone to kill her just seems wrong to me. I'm not judging you, just that I can't do that. We'll carry her to the place we have picked out for burial, the farm she grew up on with my daughter, dig the hole and bury her.

That's how we've taken care of all our pets.

[#] Mon Apr 25 2005 00:54:04 EDT from Freakdog @ Dog Pound BBS II

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I buried my last pet in my back that got himself out and hit by a car just before I moved from PA to IN.

[#] Mon Apr 25 2005 02:24:23 EDT from harry @ God-Empresses Domain

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I would take him to a vet and ask for the syringe, but I would prefer to inject him myself. I would want the vet to show me where, but I would prefer it to be my own hand that takes his life. I do not want my vet to be a hired hit man.

Currently, I am in an apartment, but hoping to soon move into a house that my partner is in the process of inheriting. She lost her mom. Kinda a shitty trade - a mom for a house. *sigh*

[#] Mon Apr 25 2005 10:19:53 EDT from silver bat @ Haven BBS

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Condolances, Curly.

[#] Sat Apr 30 2005 19:45:39 EDT from mightbme @ Haven BBS

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One of the reaons I really don't want to have any more pets. I'm sorry to hear it as well. She's one of the great ones.

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