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The One and Only HTF Pet Owner and Animal Lover Thread!

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#1 of 39 OFFLINE   Jin E

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Posted August 29 2001 - 05:57 AM

From the sound of it we have quite a few pet owners on HTF... I though I would share my pets with the group… they give nothing but love… and expect only treats… petting… attention… food… and water in return!

Timber : The Hyperactive Attention Deficit Disorder Dog. Timber Loves to swim. Timber loves to run. Timber loves to eat treats. Timber loves to run, swim, and eat treats all at the same time (or at least he tries). Friends of ours moved to Florida where they were afraid for Timber's life (because of the Gators in the lake behind their house). We took timber in to spare him a life of staying inside 24-7! He'll run fetch even past the point of exhaustion.

Nikki : The Grumpy old Man. Nikki is my girlfriend’s dog who now resides at my house. He is a 9 year old Husky… and is quite ornery at times. Nikki and Timber are partners in Crime. Nikki is the brains while Timber is the brawn. Timber will follow Nikki around everywhere (unless there is a ball or treats to be had).

Stinky Pete ™: The world’s Laziest dog. Pete doesn’t like it when you mess up his schedule. 5:45 wake up and go use the bathroom. 6:15am-5:00pm Sleep on the couch under the AC vent. 5:00-10:00pm Follow Jin trying to get as much attention and petting as possible with the hopes of some treats. 10:00pm-5:45am Sleep. I’ll come home early from work sometimes and Pete will be on the couch snoring away, totally oblivious to my presence. Sometime he’ll even look up to make sure I’m not going to put him outside, or to see if I went near the treat jar. We found Pete as a Stray. He has definitely taken to the good life… I don’t see how this dog could survive in the wild.

Emmit : The Elongated Tube Rat (Ferret). In the past Emmit was a ball of energy getting into trouble left and right (He loves to destroy rolls of Toilet Paper!). His favorite treats and suckers. He’s about 150 years old in Ferret years. He just hit is 10th Birthday… and most ferrets don’t live past 7 years. He spends most of his days curled up in a ball sleeping the day away. He is well preserved! He was given to me by someone who could not keep him in their appartment any more (as you can tell most of my animals are hand-me-downs).

I won't mention the Snake and Phish my girlfriend owns... we have a regular wild kingdome at my house!

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#2 of 39 OFFLINE   AdrianJ


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Posted August 29 2001 - 06:53 AM

Sam is the oldest of my cats. I've had him since I've lived in Virginia. He's made it through 4 moves, 2 hurricanes, and who knows what else. He's a rather large cat, stretching almost 3 feet in length. He's the only cat I've ever seen that can stand on the ground and grab things off the counter. He, of course, uses this ability to steal food when you aren't looking!

Mouse , or as my sister calls her, Chunky Cat. Poor Mouse is the only female left in my household. She spends her time eating and is truly the laziest cat I've ever seen. (She's even lazy for a cat!!) She's also seven and I took her in when a friend of mine took a job that would keep him on the road all the time. I actually got her on Christmas day!

Cy was a feral kitten when I first got him. The first time I came close to him, he bit me!! But with lots of love (and lots of treats!), he finally decided that being a house cat wasn't so bad. He is the sweetest and gentlest cat you will ever meet, he just doesn't like strangers! He's the best cat I've ever had. All he wants is for someone to pet on him. Anyone that says cats are aloof, hasn't met Cy!

Annie , was a Pembroke Welsh Corgi. My ex-girlfriend and I adopted her from the pound, of all places. She was overweight, at 35 pounds when she should have been 25 pounds, and 8 years old. But we took her home, and put her on a diet, and she became like a puppy again. I miss this dog. Unfortunately, 6 months later, my ex moved on and shortly after Annie passed away. I can't wait until I an have another Corgi to smile in my life!
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Posted August 29 2001 - 06:55 AM

We have two dogs:

Mojo is our 9-year-old German Shepard/Lab cross. He is a very large, smart, and protective dog - particularly of my wife and daughter. Many sales people have been turned back by his presence over the years. Generally, he has a very laid-back personality unless (as I said) strangers are around.

Brandy is our one-year-old Yorkshire Terrier. He is extremely high-strung and a source of much amusement. Very loving and in need of constant attention. He is often seen trying to get Mojo (or anyone) to play with him.

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Posted August 29 2001 - 07:08 AM

I miss having a dog,the last was my Rotty samantha,who croaked of old age. My brother and I were going over names "Killer","Slayer" ,"Nixon","Grunt" and all sorts of stuff, my mother comes home with the dog and says "Her names Samantha". We looked at each other "Samantha???What the hell kind of name is that for a Rottweiler???" But I miss having a animal in the house, gotta get a dog or a turtle or fish or something. ------------------ Visit My Pathetic WebPage "....With that in mind,I humbly add my own prophecy of what the dawn of the new millennium shall bring forth- one thousand more years of the same old crap" Jose Chung

#5 of 39 OFFLINE   Bill Buklis

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Posted August 29 2001 - 07:13 AM

As a tremendous cat lover, I've had many cats in my life, but my current two residents are two of the sweetest I've known. Zoe is a typical seal bi-color feline. She has a black tail, black body, black head, white face, white belly, and white legs. Towards me, she is the sweetest cat on the planet. She follows me around everywhere and is always demanding my lap. Towards others, she is somewhat aloof and only on occasion graciously allows someone else to pet her. Nyssa is a predominantly gray tabby. This cat is far from aloof. She greets everyone who comes in with open arms (and tail?). And if petting is to be had, she is never far. But, unlike Zoe and most cats, she is not into treats. She'd rather be petted. Now that both of these cats are little older (middle aged?) they've become fat and lazy. They want to play with strings and balls as long as you bring it to them. ------------------
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Posted August 29 2001 - 07:27 AM

Kady is a 12 year old Boxer that I've known since birth and had since she was 8 weeks old. I knew her mother and father. She has a catarack (sp) in one eye and is nearly deaf. She sleeps 20 hours a day only waking to be fed and pet. Like most dogs, she cracks some nasty, protein-based, farts and runs me outside to get away from the fumes.

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Posted August 29 2001 - 07:33 AM

My best friend and closest confidant is my cat, Attila. He's closer to me than my girlfriend. And I do not "own" him, nor is he a "pet" (cats are free citizens). I am but his human guardian, responsible for quarters and rations. Attila is in charge of everything else. It's a simple system that works well for both of us.

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Posted August 29 2001 - 07:40 AM

Katie is a feisty little Beagle/Terrier mix who barks at everything that moves. She gets her two walks a day come hell or highwater. And she sleeps next to me on a pillow - this is one spoiled mutt!

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Posted August 29 2001 - 07:47 AM

Alight, I'll join in. I have 2 cats:

Velcro: Flame-point Siamese. The kindest, gentlest creature I have ever had the joy of knowing. From the very first moment we met and I held him, we were bonded. In fact, I couldn't get him unhooked from my shirt, hence his name. Velcro is the type of cat who loves everyone. If someone he has never met comes over, theirs will be the first lap he visits. Rest assured, though, he will get to everyone in time. Velcro is so relaxed and good natured that you can pick him up and hold him in any position (even upside down) and he is perfectly relaxed. He also loves Cheerios (Jack knows what I mean) Posted Image.

Eddie: Orange tabby. The cat with attitude. I named him after Eddie Vedder of Pearl Jam. Eddie is a bit of a thug and likes to play the tough guy. Don't pick him up, cuz he don't like that. Only I can get away with that once in a while...for about 10 seconds. If he were a human, I'm quite sure he would ride a Harley. He's not mean, though, in fact he does have a soft side which he shows on occasion when there aren't very many people around. Eddie loves to eat and I will often catch him grazing on the carpet if I haven't vacuumed in a while. If I don't feed him at the crack of dawn, he'll wake me up by sticking his cold, wet nose right into my eye socket. That's such a pleasant way to start the day Posted Image.

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Posted August 29 2001 - 07:50 AM


Zoe and Nyssa? I smell a Doctor Who fan... Posted Image

I'll update later with a writeup & photo of my "little girl", Ariel (a 5-year-old Jack Russell Terrier)...

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Posted August 29 2001 - 08:01 AM

Great idea, Jin. I have two cats. They're brother and sister. Had them since they were kittens. The Anti-Kats, as my friends so lovingly call them Posted Image ...

Nicademous- The male, and the bad boy. From day one, I knew this one was going to be trouble. My girlfriend (at the time) and I were looking for kittens to go with our new apartment. Her friend had a stray that dropped a HUGE litter, so we went by to take a look. My girlfriend picked up Nikki, and he hissed at her. So naturally, I wanted that one Posted Image. He's been a mess ever since. He's an ex-con. He's escaped from me twice, the second time he ended up in the animal shelter, where I had to spring him. He now has a microchip in the scruff of his neck. He also has a bit of an identity crises. He's too furry to be considered short-haired, but the fur isn't quite long enough to be a true long-hair. His tail looks kind of racoon-ish. And did I mention that he likes to play fetch? And he's discovered how to open the fridge. He's a beautiful cat, though. As friendly as any cat I've come across. He'll roll over on his back for anyone to give his tummy a rub. He's infamous for jumping in my friends lap for a nap, as long as it's a girl. He's never far from me, and insists on sleeping beside me every night with his paws under my cheek ...

Nemesis- This is the girl, and Nikki's partner in crime. Nikki's the muscle, Nem's the brains. She's very thin. And surprisingly fast. Nikki has a problem keeping up with her when they chase. Nem's a true short-hair, and isn't as social as Nikki. While Nikki will lay on the couch with me and watch tv (and yes, he does watch tv), Nem will sit on the other couch, or in the bed, or in the closet. She does occasionally allow someone to pet her. But not for long. She has her moments, though ...


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#12 of 39 OFFLINE   Patrick Sun

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Posted August 29 2001 - 08:02 AM

Here's a link on my cats : Fred and Pooh. I haven't updated the page with more current photos though. Perhaps I will in the near future.

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#13 of 39 OFFLINE   Ryan Wright

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Posted August 29 2001 - 10:27 AM

Mocha, a Welsh Corgi/Jack Russell mix. Looks just like a Corgi with the terrier's attitude. Mocha is a pain in the butt and a really cool dog at the same time. We adopted her at 5 months from POPP and she is now a little over a year old. Her first owners bought her from some kid selling puppies in front of a grocery store. They said she was a bad dog and couldn't handle her. Bad? She's perfect! She was fully potty trained when we brought her home at 5 months and learned to use a doggy door quickly. She sleeps at the foot of our bed, but when my wife gets up in the middle of the night, she climbs up onto her pillow and goes to sleep. This happens 3 to 4 times a night. Then my wife comes back and says "Get out of my spot!", and Mocha growls a little and heads back down to the foot of the bed. It's hilarious.

Other pets, we have a couple of parakeets (well, my wife has a couple of parakeets. I don't really like them.) and a bunch of fish.

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Posted August 29 2001 - 10:47 AM

This will probably be the most unbelievable but here goes:

Danni: Our 6 year old Samoyed. Adopted through a local rescue organization.

Sassy: 10 year old Chihuahua mix. Adopted through an animal shelter

Bailey: 6 year old seal-point siamese cat

Nadia: 2 year old siamese mix

Cougar: 12 year old siamese with diabetes. Requires 2 shots of insulin per day.

Osiris: 1 year old siamese, brother to Cleo.

Cleo: 1 year old siamese, sister to Osiris

Heffy: 2 year old siamese, rescued from some crazy woman.

Dana: 4 year old black domestic rabbit

Auggie: 4 year old brown rabbit.

Angel: ?? we found him sitting in our neighborhood in a snowstorm. Lop earred domestic. Someone must have let him loose thinking a house rabbit can survive.

Chloe: 3 year old, very mouthy guinea pig.

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Posted August 29 2001 - 11:10 AM

I have a 2 year old cat, I found him abandoned outside my house, just a kitten and I took him in (aaaaah!), anyway he didn't have a name until I heard the little old lady next door calling his name for a few weeks, no just kidding, well until Sandra started calling him boy, so now we call him erm ...'boy' (there's a lot of imagination in this relationship, eh what?).

We previously had 2 goldfish, which we named 'gold' & erm 'fish', they would still be here today until we run out of foodstuff, and it was snowing outside. Posted Image

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Posted August 29 2001 - 01:33 PM

Anyone else disappointed by the lack of pictures?? Posted Image Ryan, do you happen to have any of your corgi mix online? You say it's a Welch Corgi mix, but is it a Cardigan Welsh Corgi or a Pembroke Welsh Corgi? I find it so odd that two dog breeds have such similiar names, but don't really share a heritage at all.

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Posted August 29 2001 - 01:42 PM

Barney: A 5 year old Senegal parrot with the most personality per gram of any critter I've ever seen. He doesn't talk much, but he often uses his small vocabulary appropriately ("Hiya buddy!" "Good morning" "Nite-nite")
A regular party animal who loves attention from anybody who offers.

Johnnie: A 3 year old Congo African Grey parrot who's afraid of his own shadow, but he's pretty good with people, even strangers. He talks and talks like a 3 year old playing by himself, usually when I'm out of sight. ("Hiya buddy!" "Hello Barney" "Heeeeeere's Johnnie!" "Hey ya' knucklehead" "Good boy, what a good boy!" "You talkin' to me?" and the Billy Bob Thornton in Sling Blade "Awright den" just to note a few.) When I'm listening to a delicate passage of beautiful music seems to be his favorite time to belt out a deafening, blood curdling scream, perhaps just to remind me that he's the most important creature in the room.

Both of these guys love all kinds of food, including cheeseburgers and pizza. They also love to lay on their backs on my arm or my hand while I scratch their heads. They're crazy about me and the feeling is usually mutual.

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#18 of 39 OFFLINE   Jin E

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Posted August 29 2001 - 01:43 PM

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#19 of 39 OFFLINE   Chad Isaacs

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Posted August 29 2001 - 03:03 PM

Steve,I am so ashamed of you...ran out of food...sheesh Posted Image

I have several fish

In my 55 gallon(soon getting a 120) I have 2 8" oscars named cliff and randy and a pleco named chris(after chris farley,because like chris..it eats everything)

I also have a 30 gallon.I have 1 plain won at the state fair gold fish.My daughter won it about a year ago and it was tiny,now it is about 8" long..his name is shamu.I also have a black moore gold fish named morgan(after morgan freeman) and a calico gold fish named ugly.

3 small catfish,1 will get larg enough to go in with the oscars one day,the other 2 will stay fairly tiny.


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Posted August 29 2001 - 03:34 PM

Wow, Chad, a lot of tasty fish there, how about you invite Sandy and me over for dinner one day? Posted Image

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