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We have two dogs and one cat. Keith
is our geriatric chocolate lab. We got him through petfinder 2 1/2 years ago, and at the time he was a real mess. He acts years younger now, though. We just found out that he has hypothyroidism and got him on thyroid pills, and they've made a world of difference! We're still trying to treat the chronic recurrent diarrhea both of our dogs are plagued with, though. Anyway, Keithie is kind of a mess, with growths all over and arthritis and some other stuff, but he's an old sweetie who wants nothing more than to be with us... although he sometimes gets grumpy if too many dogs want to sniff his butt at the dog park.Nana
is my sweet border collie. She was a stary who wandered up to the home of an unschooling family in Texas, right about the same time that I was posting about how I wanted a dog, especially a herding breed. Within a week she was on a plane to California... that was almost 3 years ago. Nana was almost feral when she arrived, and terrified of everything - she spent a month just quietly lying in her crate, not even voluntarily leaving it to pee, and hardly moving. It's been a long road with her, and she's still pretty nervous and timid, but she has bonded to me and is my girl, and she does interact with other people and dogs at the dog park (although she runs off from most adults if they reach out to pet her).
We have one cat, Cozy
. We used to have another cat
, but he passed away unexpectedly in April. Cozy came from the animal shelter in 1991, so I've had her for a long time. She's a very independent cat, and always has been. She snuggles when she wants to, walks away when she doesn't. She's fed on her schedule, or else she meows incessantly. She slept with me before our other cat died, but now she mostly lives in Rain's room (I sleep with the dogs, she sleeps with the cat). She had a cancerous tumor removed in 2002 and seems fine now - very tough cat. She also escaped once when we lived on the farm and we couldn't find her for two days, until late one evening we hard the neighbor's three big dogs - known cat and rabbit killers - barking at something. We rushed out and Cozy was surrounded, but she was hissing and scratching and biting at them, and they weren't sure what to do and were keeping a respectful distance. I think if she'd run they'd have caught and killed her, but they didn't know what to do with a cat who fought back, as best she could. I scooped her up - I still have a scar on my hand from her biting me - and my neighbor called his dogs off, and it all worked out...
Usually, I have more pets than this. In my life, I've also had rats, mice, hamsters, gerbils, chinchillas, ferrets, turtles, geckos, lizards, tarantulas, axolotls, piranhas (and other fish), parakeets, cockatiels, lovebirds, madagascar hissing cockroaches, guinea pigs, gila monsters (shhh! That was illegal) and probably more...