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Thank You For Being A Friend
Created on October 8th, 2010

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Dee Westcott
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Oct 8th 2010 at 19:26 PM
Dedicated to our Furry Friends:
Thank You For Being A Friend

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DQj6pgsBvw0

Enjoy


GT Bulmer
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Oct 8th 2010 at 21:35 PM
Hello, Dee: Thank you for being a friend to our furry friends! And thanks for the link to the YouTube vid: entertaining and heartwarming!

I am an animal lover, although now that our kids are grown and gone, we have also banned indoor pets! lol. We just don't want the responsibility of caring for them in the house anymore.

... However, we have PLENTY of outdoor pets who happily take care of themselves: birds, deer, the occasional moose, bear, porcupine, and assorted other wild animals. We enjoy them all!

We've even seen stray pigs and a herd of runaway horses pass through our property! lol

We enjoy animals of all sorts and it breaks my heart when I see any mistreated. Again, thank YOU for being their friend! :-)


Dee Westcott
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Oct 8th 2010 at 22:58 PM
Wow that sounds so nice to be able to see all those types of animals in your yard.

Runaway horses LOL too funny.. how beautiful that must have been to see that.. as long as no one was in the way..
As they don't stop for anything ..

I understand about once your kids grow up .. a lot of people do that.. but with us, our kids are all grown up and now we have these kids to love and take care of. I really do not know what I would do if I did not have a dog at least.. I have always had a dog by my side.. I would be lost with out one.


Currently My husband and I do not live in the country ..
we moved from the country about 6 months ago ..
We would see Deer quite a bit and hear wolves, and coyotes howling

We would eventually like to move out to the country again.
But if I was able to I would have some animals outside of my own ...Like Goats and maybe a pig or two LOL

I love Goats.. One day I will write about my Goat I used to have.
have a good night and thanks for commenting.
I always enjoy hearing from you
Best Wishes
Dee


GT Bulmer
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Oct 9th 2010 at 10:02 AM
Hello, Dee: Goats! That's one animal we haven't seen around here, although we have known people on farms in the area who have goats.

We live on an acreage within the limits of our small northern town. There are a few other acreages in the area, plus, right beside our property, they have stripped away all the trees and are presently building a new residential subdivision! That's progress for you. About 80 news homes planned for an area that used to be beautiful forest.

On the other side of that new subdivision, there are several acreages, one large one where I believe the herd of horses must have come from. There were about 20 or more in all shapes and sizes. From large work horses, to small Shetlands. They all seemed to be following a leader. I suspect a gate was left open and the leader decided it was time to see the world. lol

They passed through, and by, our place and were heading towards the main highway, less than a mile away. All of a sudden the leader seemed to have gotten spooked and he turned and made a beeline back in the direction they came from, and the whole gang turned and followed, the Shetlands bringing up the rear, trying to keep up with their little legs, lol.

GT :-)


Dee Westcott
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Oct 9th 2010 at 16:08 PM
LOLOL yes that is how that goes.. with horses.
Wow that is something to see such a good variety of different horses

Sounds like it was nice and peaceful where you live .. and now you will not have the quiet once those houses get built.
Sad to see that happen.. but yes, I guess that is progress..
There must be some type of industry that supplies a lot of good jobs around your area to be able to have such a good sized development to be put in. That is good at least.
Where I live now.. I don't think we will see that happen as new people do not move into our area and there is a lot of houses on the market that are not selling.

Thanks for the story ..
Dee


GT Bulmer
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Oct 11th 2010 at 9:09 AM
Hello, Dee:

Yes, it used to be more peaceful in our neighbourhood. But the upside is that more wildlife pass through or spend time in our yard because (I think) they know we are friendly to our furry and feathered friends.

The neighbour's dog (sometimes dogs) come over and we chase them away. I yell and act aggressively, but I would never hurt them. Just don't want them leaving little gifts around here. lol

The neighbour's cats come over too. We don't give them any attention or encourage them ... but we appreciate the mouse hunting they do, since our own professional (and beloved) mouser died a few years ago.

For jobs, we do have some major industry in the area and a couple of big employers. Our economy has definitely been depressed the past year or two, but not as bad as some areas. The land developer started this project beside us a couple of years ago when the economy was high, so it's taking a little longer than expected, but houses ARE going up slowly and people are moving in. There are pros and cons to it.

Hey, keep promoting the Pet Lovers Group! I know other people have some great stories, too! :-)


Louise Venison
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Oct 11th 2010 at 11:48 AM
I couldn't watch the video because it wouldn't load on my connection (nothing new there!) but I wanted to contribute to the conversation.

We've just moved from the countryside (know as "campo" here in Spain) to a more built up area, on the edge of a medium sized town. It's actually really nice here, because we're at the foot of some mountains, overlooking a wide, green valley, and the mountains behind are covered in pine woods where you can go walking and mountain biking. There aren't many animals around, other than people's pet dogs and cats, but there are loads of birds of all shapes and sizes - some of them I don't recognise - and they wake us up every day with their "dawn chorus".

We lived higher in the mountains before. It was very barren, and nothing much grew except olive and almond trees. We had a lot of really cute lizards in our garden - slim, brown ones with tails 2 or 3 times as long as their bodies - and saw the occasional fox, which must have fed on rabbits that we never saw.

We went walking in the woods yesterday, and saw a man moving some goats, with a few babies that we fell in love with. I pointed out that our landlord said we weren't allowed to keep chickens, but didn't say anything about goats!

We are owned by 2 beautiful house cats. I wanted to write the story of how I found Sam, but this post is getting a bit long. He was abandoned as a kitten, and Milly was rescued from an overgrown stable cat population by a charity. I took them both in just over 11 years ago. They sleep more now than they used to, but can still race around like kittens sometimes. Sam's curled up next to me on one of his many blankets as I write this, and Milly is in "her" chair.

Well, that's enough about me. I totally relate to sometimes needing to chase animals off without hurting them. I had to do that at our old house, when neighbours' dogs came into our garden, but it still upset me to chase them away. I couldn't hurt any living creature, unless it threatened my family in some way, and there was no other choice. I'm forever catching spiders and putting them outside before the cats get them!

I love the runaway horses story, by the way.


GT Bulmer
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Oct 11th 2010 at 21:07 PM
Hi, Louise: That is a very nice story about where you live and about your animals.

Where we live, the only thing we don't have is mountains! (There are some beautiful ranges in southern Alberta, but not here in northern Alberta.)

I really smiled when you mentioned putting the spiders outside! My wife gets annoyed with me because I won't kill spiders. I tell her they are good because they catch and eat other bugs (well, SOME spiders do, lol). However, if they are large spiders, then I do put them outside.

A few days ago, during unseasonably warm weather here, a whole herd of ladybugs appeared in our house. Very unusual! We usually see two or three in the house over the summer months, but this time, there were about two dozen in total, over two days, mostly in our bedroom, around the window.

One day, I collected about a dozen at one time (and put them outside). And the next day, I collected about another dozen throughout the day. They might have been creeping in between the window frame and the frame of the screen in the window, but I had never seen that before with ladybugs!

I am not so friendly towards flies or mosquitos, but most other bugs, I will carefully put outside, including bees, wasps and hornets.

GT :-)



Brenda Crofoot
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Oct 12th 2010 at 18:19 PM
I love animals! I learned along time ago to give animals their space and let them decide to come to me. Dogs are amazing. We'll go to a friend's house and there will be a dog that I've had no experience with. I ignore the dog and an hour later... the dog is all but in my lap (Big Dog)... In my lap (little dog)...lol and my face is full of slobbers... Ick, but I love it!

Animals are amazing and I trust our dogs (Cochise & Maja) to let us know what's going on around the house... danger or fun. I can always depend on my kids!

They always seem to really know what's going on. When we may not have a clue.



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Dee Westcott
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Oct 12th 2010 at 18:36 PM
LOLOL I hear you Brenda

Here is a little story:
Hubby and I went to a friends house in Indiana
He had a Great Dane. I had never seen such a huge dog before
and was just checking him out a bit talking to him saying hello
pet him on top of the head a few times and we went over and sat on the couch visiting... .. Pretty soon he just came over to the couch
and Sat Down right on Byron's lap (Hubby)
I just giggled .. I looked at Byron and he looked at me and said:
Hey If he wants to sit there I am not going to argue with him!
Believe me If it was my lap I wouldn't have argued with him about it either.... LOL

Thanks for joining the group Brenda



have a great night
Dee


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