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  1. YoungTeacherGuy

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    I am an animal lover.

    I’ve had my pug for over 4 years. I love him to death. He sleeps with us every night (actually, we joke that he sleeps with us since he’s a bed hog).

    Do you have a fur baby?
     
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    I have a 13 year old cat who is the Queen of the house and 2 guinea pigs who are also my classroom pets. I would like to get a corgi in the near future but as of right now... the cat despises dogs.
     
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    We have five shih tzus. I had always had big dogs (German Shepherd, Akita, Lab/Pit Mix, Husky), but DH had the shih tzus. They're winning me over to small dogs. They have such different personalities. Four of the five sleep with us every night. One prefers to sleep on the sofa most nights.

    We also have fish. Outside we have goldfish. Inside we have a convict ciclid. He would have a tankmate, but he eats them all.

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    Photo, left to right: Jasmine Lee, Lexie Valentine, Amazing Grace (Gracie), Princess Lacey, and Lilypad (Lily)
     
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    My friends call me a crazy cat lady. I'm in my early 30s and I have more cats than I care to admit to having!
     
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    I'm not exactly sure how old they all are. Lily and Lexie are from the same litter, and they are the oldest. I'd say they're around 10-11. Gracie is next oldest, then Lacey, and then Jasmine, who is around 5-6. Lacey & Jasmine have the same parents, but are from different litters. All five have the same dad.

    There is a breeder in the family of DH's late wife. He calls her his dealer. :p
     
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    My daughter (now 24) wanted a dog from the time she could talk. Her father always said no, even though he is a dog lover. Last August, with him out of the picture, I relented and she brought Max home from a local animal rescue/sanctuary. It's been a big learning curve, but he's family now and we love him to death. I've never seen my girl so happy.
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    Two cats and a dog here! The cats are both domestic short-hair - one a tortie, the other a tuxedo. The dog is a black lab. All like to be near us most of the time, especially the dog. Both cats usually sleep in the bed, and the dog is usually right next to the bed on the floor.
     
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    We have three fur babies. We've had our dog, Melody, two years next month. She is a redbone coon hound mix. She's excitable and very loving, and drives me insane! We've had the kitty in my avatar pic for a year and a half. Her name is Rowena, and she's my first cat. I've always wanted a cat, and it took me 20 years to convince my husband! She's a temperamental brat who has given me many new scars, but I love her. My husband calls her a nasty beast and says she puts the 'tude in tortitude. LOL We also have another cat that we got for one of my sons as a kitten. Her name is Luna, and we've had her a year and two days. She's the most adorable ball of fluff that makes us all either laugh or say awww. We often call her Grumblebutt because when you hold her and try to cuddle, she growls and complains the whole time. It's the most hilarious thing!

    They are all shelter pets and less than 5 years old. Prior to adopting our dog, we'd had a beautiful catahoula leopard dog named Noelle for nearly 12 years. We adopted her from a shelter at Christmas time, hence her name. She died two years ago, and we adopted Melody two months later.
     
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    We are on a wait list for Bernese Mountain dog pups; we have had four in the past and they are the best!

    When my youngest was six, the two dogs we had weren’t enough, so we got her a frog and it is still alive. Our daughter is now 28.
     
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    Most of our fur babies are getting on in years. We have a poodle/terrier almost 15 years old. Two of our cats were born on March 6, 2004. One more cat is about 13 years old. My daughter lives with us and she has 2 cats, one 12 years old and one about 7 years old. Our youngest fur baby is about 2 years old.
    We are beginning the conversation about whether we want to get more babies as these go to pet heaven.
     
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    I have had a shih tzu for almost 2 years! He will be turning 2 soon. I love him with all my heart! Pets can be expensive but they are worth it for me!
     
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    I love hearing about everyone’s fur babies!
     
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    Must be a gut wrenching conversation to have. They are our family!
     
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    I love cats. I only have one; I purposely chose one at the shelter that wanted to be an only pet because I knew that would keep me from being the crazy cat lady and ending up with tons of them! That strategy is short lived though; I was just telling my friend today that next time I'll probably get two because I feel so guilty when I go out of town and leave my cat by himself (I travel 4-5 weeks per year). I have a great pet sitter, but she only comes in for 30 minutes per day. My cat loves being around people and is very affectionate. He is by my side 100% of the time when I'm at home, and always sleeps with me.
     
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    Only one of my cats sleeps with me: it's my Burmese. My others wake up at odd hours throughout the night, so I won't let them sleep with me.
     
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    We have two dogs. Our poodle mix, Raisin, is three and our pit, Olive, is probably maybe two?! Raisin came from a litter that my husband’s aunt’s dog had. We saw the litter the day they were born and I just had to have him! He was the only all black pup, hence the name Raisin! Olive is a rescue from our local shelter. She was found with her two sisters and no one was interested in her. She was the biggest of the three and is now 50ish pounds (but a big ol baby). She has green eyes and I wanted to stick to the food theme, so Olive it was!
     
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    I have two cats. My 16-year-old female kitty sleeps around my neck - cozy during the winter, but not quite as nice on a hot summer night. My male cat (AKA the golden boy because of his perineal urethrostomy means he shoud be made of gold) sleeps near my feet. To get him to purr, you just need to say his name.
     
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    I have 2 German Shepherds, both rescued from shelters (the younger one from a kill shelter). Oso, the big one I've had for 5 years, and my estimation is that he's about 7-8 years old, the younger one, Zima we've had for 2.5 years and she's a little more than 3 years old.
    Oso is my camping buddy, I camp in remote places, in the mountains far away from everyone and people think I'm either cray or very brave to do that. I don't think I'm, either, this dog makes e feel extremely safe and he looks out for me every minute.
    Through various channels we concluded that he probably had some law enforcement training, he might have even flunked out of K9 academy lol (afraid of gunshots).
    Once I was sighting in my rifle, laying on the ground, this dog jumped through the tiny crack of the window car (have no idea how he squeezed through), ran to me, circled around me twice then curled up next to me, protecting me. He probably thought I got shot.

    It's interesting hat we don't know anything about the dogs we rescue. They don't come with a history, we barely know their age. Who knows, this dog could have been a bomb sniffing dog, or one that does search and rescue. Or a simple farm dog. But he was very well trained with very good manners and extremely protective but still friendly.

    Zima has obviously been abused prior to us adopting her :( She still flinches (after almost 3 years), has very bad separation anxiety and is very jealous for attention, and territorial. She kinda overpowers the big dog (not physically), who just lets her have her way lol.

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    I have more cats than my husband wants (4) and one dog. They are all adopted from shelters or when they showed up at my home. My dog adores my hubs and goes to him for pets, but barks at him when he kisses me goodbye in the morning. If I kiss the hubs, he doesn’t bark. Three of my cats think they’re dogs and follow me around the house. One definitely has a cat personality!
     
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    We just got a yellow lab puppy back in November! Her name is Daisy, she's A LOT of dog, but she makes up for it in cuteness :)
     
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    We have a puppy! He too is a lot of dog! We got him back in February, he's approximately 8 months old. His lineage is pitbull/german shepherd/husky/yellow lab.

    Love this dog.
     
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    Question for pet owners--what do you pets do when you are at school during the day? I am planning on hiring a dog walker and sending my dog to daycare one day a week. He hates being alone...but even dog walking is expensive here!
     
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    I think ours nap most of the day. DH leaves about 6:40, and I leave about 7:15. We both get home about 4:00. We have a fenced yard and a doggie door, but we don’t leave the door open when we are gone all day.
     
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    We leave ours alone and free to roam the house all day. They usually manage fine on a typical work day. We both leave around 6:30 most days, and at least one of us is usually home by 3:30. If we have evening plans and will be gone for 12+ hours, either my boyfriend comes home during his lunch break or we ask a family member to stop by to let the dog out and feed them all. We have enough family nearby that someone can usually help us out if need be. It's pretty rare that we have to ask for that favor though.
     
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    When my dog was younger, he stayed outside in the fenced yard with the covered porch, dog house, and running water fountain.

    Now, he stays inside with a piddle pad that he very rarely uses. He sneaks naps on the couch even though he knows he’s not supposed to be up there. I pretend I don’t see him when I come in. :) I started letting him stay in when there were lots of dogs getting bit by rattlesnakes in town. He stays inside most of the time now.
     
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    I have a pug too!! He's our baby and is so generous to let us sleep in HIS King size bed with him :rofl:
    He has no idea he's a dog. I have no idea why :whistle:
     
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    We have a doggie door, so the dogs can come and go from inside to outside. I have a pretty big backyard, so they can run around. We've even left them a lone for full weekends, many times.
     
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    Aw, I love pugs. They’re such great dogs! I have a Golden Retriever! (See my profile)
     
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    If your guy fawn or black? Mine is fawn.

    He is a crazy sleeper! He’s also my alarm clock.
     
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    I have a very spoiled 3 year old golden retriever! Not sure how that happened:tonguewink: ! She's a sweet girl who loves to play frisbee and loves to hog the bed!
     
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    I have three fur babies. Cocker Spaniel - Jameson(11), Cocker Spaniel - Bailey(3), Cockapoo - Baxter Ale(2).My husband is from Ireland so he named them.
     
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    I've been dying to get a cat but can't afford one right now. I did get to pick out two kittens for my mom this weekend though, so we're picking them up tomorrow and I will be spending lots of time at my parents' house over the next few weeks so I can snuggle with them. :)
     
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    UPDATE: Daisy ate a battery today. The vet told me to wait a bit to see if she passes it. I have literally been outside for an hour waiting for her to poop o_O
     
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    He's more apricot with a double coat. Sheds a LOT. He's actually only 3/4 pug and 1/4 BT but really looks mostly pug. He's 12 years old now so he doesn't wake me up in the morning anymore but will get up when I get up then go back to sleep! He sleeps a lot during the day but when he's awake he is like the Tasmanian devil!
     
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    My 3-year old German Shepherd, sitting in his favorite spot under the A/C. Since he's all-black, he gets pretty hot!
     
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    Not now, but used to have a Boston Terrier. He was the best, but died earlier than expected. I'd love to have another dog again now but would prefer to get another when I have a home and not this apt.
     
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    This cracks me up. Is she ok? Did the battery come out? XD
     
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    I have 9 dogs!
    2 pyrenees/shepherd mixes
    1 english shepherd mix
    1 shaggy terrier mix
    1 heinz 57
    4 doxies

    and a guinea pig.
     
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    My dog ate a tack a few weeks ago! Even though it was sharp vet said the same thing.. wait for it to pass. I checked her poop for 4 days and still nothing! She ended up throwing it up on the 4th day! Hope your dog is okay!
     

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