Post # 1
I feel like there’s been a lot of bummer pet posts today, so thought I’d try and switch it up. Any stories of sticking with your pets through tough times?
We got my little Maude in 2008. She had been rescued with her full litter of kittens in the coldest temps that upstate NY had seen in a long time. All her kittens got picked, and no one wanted the “ugly Mom-cat” (their words, not mine)
We scooped her up and brought her home to meet our current cat, Liza. They fought, well, like cats, and Maude started hiding/being quiet. I took her to the vet a couple days later when she started sniffling. She had a double ear infection, upper respiratory infection, and a fever of 103. The vet said he was surprised she was awake.
We nursed her back to health only to find out she was quite the feral cat. If you looked away from your food for more than 1 second, she would steal it. She hoarded everything, from treats to jewelry. She tore up my couch. She cried all night long.
We stuck with her and worked to get her comfortable in the home. It took months, but now she is a well adjusted kitty with a best kitty friend in Liza. I can’t imagine ever not having her in our lives.
Post # 3
My wee Glory was a foster we brought in. She had been abandoned up in cottage country and given over to a cat rescue. She was a mess when we got her (despite what the foster agency told us about her being healthy….), skin and bones, parasites, diarrhea all over the house (and my white silk Christmas tree skirt. twice.), ugh it was terrible. I was terrified our other two cats would get sick. We stuck with it, I took her to the vet I don’t know how many times, fed her until she was healthy looking, and man, was it ever worth it! Darling Husband always reminds me how I threatened to give her back to the foster agency (after I think the 40th cleaning up of poop). She’s a great kitty, she’s been sweet as pie since day 1 (even if she was a poop monster), and we ended up adopting her when we learned one of our other cats had cancer and not much time left. She’s been an incredible addition to our family, I think she came here for a reason. Definitely worth all the poop 😉
Glory (the little one) snuggling with Smee who passed away early this year.
Post # 4
I got Mort, seen here:
in 2006. She had been dumped in someone’s front lawn in the middle of January. She was found shivering with her fur coated in ice. A friend ended up with her, but his cat was really nasty to her, so she hid in the basement 99% of the time. She was also assumed to be a “he” because my friend is really bad with that. His current cat was a male, so this one also was a male in his mind… lol
I felt bad for her and asked what he would think of me adopting and socializing her. He loved the idea because he also felt bad that she cowered in the basement all the time and barely came upstairs to eat.
I bought her a pink litterbox, pink food dish, and bejeweled pink collar to reaffirm her femininity.. haha. I kept her name because she already knew it, and it’s kind of quirky, which matches her personality.
She is STILL a very timid cat. She’s actually very affectionate, but she is still just so terrified, probably because she was mistreated by whoever dumped her in the snow, and bullied by my friend’s cat. She will come up and sit with or on you on the bed or sofa to be petted and have her ears scratched, but if you make the slightest move, or if she hears any sudden noise, she BOLTS. I have never seen an animal move so fast as she does when she’s freaking out! It’s weird and a little frustrating sometimes that she knows us and obviously loves attention, but she flips out and zips away if you walk by her, look at her, or move the wrong way. I don’t know if this is something that will ever be fixed, as she’s already about 16. It’d be nice if she was calmer and didn’t get scared so easily… I just hope she’s not stressed out, but it’s more a habit of hers. She’s had a huge improvement from when we adopted her, though. We love her to pieces, even if she is kind of crazy!
Post # 5
@bakerella: Ohhhhhh, we had those times too! When Maude stole hub’s cheeseburger and he’s like “she has to go, I can’t do it anymore!” Glad we stuck through it, and I think we’re now prepared for kids someday 😉
Post # 6
I adopted Melvin, a toy poodle, January 2010. He was found paralyzed on the side of the highway because of a stroke. He was at the vet/shelter for 6 months before I adopted him. When I got him, he was heartworm positive and had to go through treatment that left him unable to go for long walks or get his heart rate up for 3 months. He was also still in the process of learning how to walk again. He’s allergic to soooo much. BUT he’s the best thing ever. He’s such a character and is the most laid back and loveable dog ever. I can’t imagine not having him, and I spoil him rotten.
I recently got him professionally photographed (yes, I’m THAT person). Here’s a link to the sneak peak: http://www.allisonshamrellblog.com/2011/10/sneak-peek-melvin-poodle-pensacola-pet-photography-by-allison-shamrell/
The whole gallery isn’t ready yet, but once I get the pictures on DVD, I’m sure I’ll post them on here. 🙂
Post # 7
@shyviolette: Awww she’s beautiful! I’m glad you guys gave her a good home. I hope she settles in more as time goes on. I find the older my cats have gotten, the more cuddly they’ve become.
@hotchildinthecity: LOL!!! It’s the true “Icanhascheezburger” cat!!!! I really did threaten to take her back. I thought I was getting a healthy cat to foster and fatten up a bit, and her being SO sick was so much more than I had bargained for, add in being concerned for my own cats……. It was a mess. Anyways, my nurture instinct took over and it all worked out 😉 But when we’re having a good lovey snuggle Darling Husband still likes to say “And you wanted to take her back….!!!”
Post # 8
I was by all means NOT a dog person when my Fiance and I started dating. However, we now have two Pomeranians and I could not imagine life without them.
We actually got kicked out of our old apartment because of my second pup, Pandy. While the original apartment manager knew we were intending to get another dog she forgot to tell the owner and left the position, moving out of state. We had Pandy for six months before the owner said anything and told us to get rid of the dog thinking we would never move out. Getting rid of my baby girl wasn’t even an option and even though our apartment was oober cheap, we were broke at the time having just graduated from college and had no place to go I called her and said she had just lost two great tenants. When her husband found out he was furious, especially after seeing that our two dogs combined equalled less than the typical “medium” size dog in other apartments. We ended up finding a so-so place to move into and despite the step down all those years ago in living space I wouldn’t change a thing.
Pandy, my bug. 🙂
Her brother, Teddy.
Post # 9
@Boston Bee: I love those photos!! I totally want to do that too!! Your pup looks like such a sweetie!!
Post # 10
I got my puppy Fleuree when I was 16. She was two months old when I got her. About two years later, I noticed she had trouble finding a ball when I threw it for her and it was clear something was wrong with her vision. I took her to the vet and was shocked to find out my 2 year old dog had cataracts. I was pretty much heartbroken. She ended up losing the majority of her vision within a year. I was so afraid of how it would effect her, but it ended up upsetting me more than it ever bothered her! She is 8 now and still acts just like the puppy she was when I got her. She also has developed glaucoma in one eye, and I have to give her 2 different drops 3 times a day. Again, it bothers me but she barely notices. This is her the day I got her:
Post # 11
@bakerella: Aw thank you! It was so much fun! I definitely think you should do it!
Post # 12
This is my little girl, we love her, and our family would not feel complete without her.
We haven’t had her long and already, we are totally attached. To be totally honest we haven’t had anything that has felt too bad or so bad we questioned why we got her. But… when we got her she threw up everyday for a week, it was just from nerves at being in a new home. She gets terribly car sick, and thats really hard because we want to be able to take her with us when we go on trips, or take her to visit our friends and family. She’s quite expensive, puppy classes are a big commitment, financially and time wise, but of course she’s worth it. And recently she has started getting so excited when she meets new people that when she runs up to them she pees its embarassing and makes it look like shes a bad puppy, but I know she can’t help it, and we are working with her on it.
Not one of these things could make me want to give her up, she is totally like my child. When she feels sick (esspecially in the car) I feel miserable and wish I could help her. Spending money on her doesn’t bother me, because I want her to be a well behaved and very well loved dog. Oh I love my little fur baby!
Post # 13
I love this post! We’ve been going through hard times with our cat, Torti, recently so I can relate to some of the above posts. Rescue animals are rarely simple, but they are so rewarding. Torti was actually first rescued by my brother in New Jersey. He had moved into a new place and he kept seeing a cat haning around the block. Over several weeks the cat started to look worse and worse (losing weight, losing hair, puss-drool from her mouth). My brother and his girlfriend were able to get her off the streets. They got her cleaned up and on antibiotics, eating food, etc. But my brother and his Girlfriend already had 3 other cats and Torti didn’t get along with them so she had to stay in the bathroom to prevent fights (they lived in a studio apt at the time). They tried to bring her to a shelter but at that time everything except kill shelters was full, and Torti was likely candidate for euthinasia. Afterall, who wants to adopt a cat that has OCD (she pulls out her fur), stomatitis (she’s allergic to the plaque on her teeth), and super food aggressive…ME! When I heard about this super lovable but needy cat I told my brother to bring her up for Christmas and she’s been with us for three years now. Her stomatisis has reached the point where she needs to have a full dental extraction (we’ve exhausted every other option) but I’m hopeful that she will live a long and full life even without teeth. She’s an awesome and crazy cat and I’m so happy we have her.
Post # 14
@shyviolette: Great story and cute kitty!
@BostonBee: Um, not weird at all to have a pet photo shoot! Your dog is super cute!
@TreeJewel: You are a great pet owner! So many people ditch their pets when apartments tell them so. Cute puppies!
@DaniSue: SO CUTE!!
Post # 15
@belledowdy: My aunt’s cat lived for quite some time with no teeth. Smashed wet food (organic, if I do say so myself LoL) is the key. If cats can live without eyes, legs, ears, etc. they can live happily without teeth.
Post # 16
We (my parents) have 2 misfit dogs. They were both acquired while I was in high school, so I consider them my dogs as well even though they live with my parents. They are really one of the things I miss the most about living overseas. 🙁 I can’t wait to fly home in Decemeber and cuddle my babies. I honestly could never see giving them up.
Simon is a pure-bred beagle with papers longer than my arm. His parents were both field and show champions. Well, our little mister was born the runt of the litter and was deemed useless for show or field because he was born with his tail bent at a severe 90 degree angle. The had to dock his tail as a newborn puppy to fix the problem. Because his tail had grown that way in-utero, there was no way to fix it other than to cut it off. Poor baby. We got him because the breeder happened to be the cousin of a lady that my mom worked with. We had had to put down our black lab a couple months prior and I was inconsolable, so my mom wanted to buy another dog to help me get over it. He is a stubborn little shithead, he loves to pee on things, he has bad seperation anxiety and will bark and howl when left alone but he is also increibly loving and cuddly. Depsite him being stubborn and too smart for his own good, he is the best dog. Not to mention that he is adorable.
Here’s our adorable beagle-face:
Our other dog (who is really my dog, she is very attached to me) is Chloe. She’s a rescue mutt. As far as we can tell, she is a Belgian Shepherd/Collie mix. My parents decided to surprise me a couple years after be got Simon because he was meant to be my dog but he bonded to my mom. They also were hoping that another dog would help him with his seperation anxiety. When we got her, she was 6-9 months old and had been in the shelter for quite some time already. We were actually getting ready to leave the human society because we hadn’t seen any dogs that we clicked with. The lady at the counter stopped us and told us that they had a dog that had just returned from a foster home that day and wasn’t in a cage yet. They took us into one of those little visiting rooms and it was love at first sight. She was this scrawny, timid little ball of black fur. It took her a few minutes to even want to come up to us. Well, we took her home and never regretted it. We had a lot of issues for a while. You could tell that she had been badly mistreated by whoever had given her up to the shelter. She was very afraid of men and kids. When she got warmed up to us, she was an attention hog and wouldn’t leave us alone. She is also a loud-mouth and never stops talking. She is seriously the sweetest, funniest dog ever. She is so clumsy and she makes this noise that sounds exactly like Chewbacca. Hilarious! We found out later that she was scheduled to be euthanised the very next morning, so we saved her life!
This is my baby girl, making a mess while I was trying to pack to go back to college one year.
And the 2 of them together.