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No Pets for this Pet Lover
Created on November 28th, 2010

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Ian McKenzie
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Nov 28th 2010 at 22:02 PM
Until a couple of years ago I have always had pets. My latest were a pair of Maremmas (Italian Sheep dogs). Maremmas are beautiful and very intelligent animals. I bred a few litters with my pair, and one of my daughters still has the pick of one of the litters "Bacci". Bacci is now thirteen years old and is much loved (13 is not a bad age for a large breed of dog).
Bacci's parents were Dante and Italia. Both were fantastic dogs who worked really well as a team. At the time I kept ostriches. I would introduce the ostrich chicks to Dante and Italia as soon as they came out of the hatcher. The Maremmas would bond with the chicks and look after them as their own family.
I remember one day hearing Italia backing. A chick had escaped from its yard and had got into one of the breeder pens. (Cock bird during breeding season are very aggressive). Italia was in the pen straddling the chick and barking at the cock to stop it from killing the chick. I looked around for Dante and saw him lying down with the other chicks keeping them all together.
I have had reared Cockatiels, kept other birds, had pet goats, dogs, cats and various farm animals.
Currently I don't have any pets, because I m not home often enough to give them the care and attention they all need.
But, I do enjoy the pets that belong to my family and friends. Each Friday I speak on Skype to my daughter in the UK. As well as seeing my daughter I also see her Old English sheep dog "Freddie" on the cam.


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KATHLEEN INMAN
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Nov 29th 2010 at 6:57 AM
I am smitten with pets too, I now have 2 puppies, 1 Lovebird and a Cockatiel, All of them with such unique personalities, never a dull moment. lol Kathy


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Diane Cooke
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Mar 27th 2011 at 14:27 PM
It was lovely to read your tale Ian. I too am a pet lover with no pets at the moment. Our children grew and passed through the pet stage and then our cocker spaniel died. The freedom is nice but it is not the same.


GT Bulmer
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Mar 28th 2011 at 11:45 AM

We are in the category of being animal lovers, but with no domestic pets any more. I grew up with cats all of the time and the occasional dog. When raising our own children, I always felt it was beneficial to have house pets for our kids' benefit, for the experience of it. Now, it's nice to be free from the responsibility.

Of course, we have many species of wild birds outside our kitchen window, plus a variety of other wild animals passing through the yard, so these have become our "pets" now ... and the best thing is, they take care of themselves. ;-)

GT :-)


Brenda Crofoot
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Mar 29th 2011 at 7:18 AM
I have tried the no more dogs thing and in this house it just doesn't work. We always have one older dog that gets lonely when we're gone and they've lost the buddy they were raised with. This time I ended up with 2 puppies to go along with my 4 1/2 year old black lab. My house is never dull with 3 livelies and I have to admit, puppies suck my heart out of my chest... so we now have Maja, Badger and Chet and the house is never to quiet! Don't ask about my sanity, it left the building quite some time ago...lol


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GT Bulmer
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Mar 29th 2011 at 11:17 AM

Hi, Brenda: I hear you! I guess, to be honest, that is one more reason why we don't have indoor domestic pets: I become so attached to them that my heart breaks when we lose them (illness or age). So, once our beloved Muffins (the Cat) died of age related causes (and the kids left home around the same time), that was it for indoor pets (and the risk of more sadness). Our outdoor wild creatures provide us with great company and entertainment, plus they look after themselves.

Now, if we had TWO indoor pets and one died, that would be a different story, just like your situation. we would feel bad for the partner who was left behind and would want to provide company for them.

GT :-)


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