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(Date Posted:08/07/2011 9:55 AM)
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Thought it might be worth starting a pet thread as we seem to have rather a lot of them. So do add your photos and anecdotes here...
I'll start with my latest addition, who joined me and my greyhound boy yesterday, straight out of rescue. She's called Valentina Vieri and is six years old. She raced 98 times and won 6 races. Her sire was so successful at racing and stud duties that she has over 8000 half siblings!


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RE:Faithful friend thread
(Date Posted:08/07/2011 9:57 AM)

Hi Darrowsgirl nice photo :)
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RE:Faithful friend thread
(Date Posted:08/07/2011 11:54 AM)

She is lovely, Darrowsgirl - hope she has a lovely retirement with yousmiley40
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Re:Faithful friend thread
(Date Posted:08/07/2011 1:35 PM)

Lovely.........wish I could still look after a dog............I miss my two so much.
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RE:Faithful friend thread
(Date Posted:08/07/2011 2:23 PM)

She looks like she's grinning!

My faithful friend is a 'rescue cat', Cindy, around seven years old now.  When she came to me first, she was a terrified little puss, hiding behind the cooker...jumping on top of the boiler...this was a legacy from her previous 'owners', whose two teenage boys used to chase her out into the road to see if she could dodge the traffic smiley45

However, patience and gentle coaxing has paid off, because now I can do just about anything with her, including tickling and rubbing her tummy - she loves that and rolls over for it!  She has never raised a paw to me in anger; the most disapproval I got from her was a bit of hissing when I Frontlined her, but she soon got over that.  She will still hide away behind the sofa when I get the Hoover going - though that isn't very often smiley59
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RE:Faithful friend thread
(Date Posted:08/07/2011 7:01 PM)

Darrowsgirl,
Your new girl is very photogenic.  How have the others reacted to her?  Is she settling in OK?  This may seem a silly question, but do greyhounds need a lot of exercise?

I'll post some pictures of my bad boy basset when I've worked out how to resize photos
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In the meantime, here's a link to a youtube clip in praise of the basset hound:


Come on everyone, sing along........


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RE:Faithful friend thread
(Date Posted:09/07/2011 1:29 AM)


Black and white short hair border collie

This is Iris, she's a short hair Border Collie.  She was an abuse case I took home for rehabilitation (I work for the RSPCA) because she was so scared of everything.  I wound up falling in love with her and she never left! She's been with us for nearly a year now and doing so well!


Grey long haired cat

This is Smokey, she's a long haired russian blue cross.  Another shelter girl, Smokey was at the shelter for adoption for nearly six months before I took her home, she didn't like the kittens, so unless you took the time to find her and get to know her she seemed like a very unfriendly cat to most of the customers, plus she was already four years old (at least) and everyone wanted a kitten.  Once she got used to our house she became so affectionate and cuddly, it was like a completely different cat!  She's getting old now, and mostly likes to curl up and sleep, but she's still my baby girl, and she keeps me company at night, sleeping on the end of the bed, or on me when it's cold!  She is also the disciplanarian when we have foster kittens, she is not afraid to smack a naughty kitten across the nose!

We also have my housemates Border Collie, Jinx, who is like a big sister to Iris, and her cat, Henrietta, a Tabby and white short hair, who likes to help mother the foster kittens.

And of course the almost constant foster kittens coming and going!  We tried fostering puppies too once, but decided kittens are much more suited to our house!

(that turned into a bit of an essay lol! smiley35)
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Re:Faithful friend thread
(Date Posted:09/07/2011 8:08 AM)

 Hi Ditchdwellers

Valentina's doing really well with Beren Boy. In fact she's doing really well period. She's a very happy and relaxed sort of dog, friendly and outgoing and confident. She's already established herself as the boss, of course, but only when it comes to her bed and her food-bowl. 

Contrary to popular belief (understandably so), greyhounds will happily manage on 20 minutes walk a day (though equally they'll take a lot more). They are the laziest dogs in the universe and duvets are their favourite things! But give them a safe space to sprint and they come in just behind cheetahs as the fastest land animals on earth. They love people and are very easy to please.

Val's never been in a house before, so she is very excited by the fridge and all my 'stuff'. 
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(Date Posted:09/07/2011 8:15 AM)



 Crazykim, your two look gorgeous. Rescues need that extra bit of tlc, don't they. Beren was found roaming the city streets on a freezing cold Christmas Eve, skin and bone. He was terrified of men, vacuum cleaners and bangs when I got him. He's still terrified of bangs, but otherwise he's now, 9 years on, a very happy and gentle wuss. 
Part of the reason I chose Val was that she had been in rescue for ages, though I don't think she's been badly treated.

Here's Beren:




All my cats bar one were 'rescues' (or turned up of their own accord and moved in). Can't keep them with the greyhounds, sadly,or I'd have two or three now.
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Faithful friend thread
(Date Posted:09/07/2011 8:44 AM)

My pets have all been rescues.  And yes, they are hard work.  But once they know that you are not going to boot them out of your home their character changes and they become the most loving little personalities.

I love every pussycat that has ever been born, pretty much all bunnies, and now that I have a doggie I find that I love all (well most) doggies too.  Strange that as I did not like dogs before I got my own.
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RE:Faithful friend thread
(Date Posted:10/07/2011 9:51 AM)

hiya,

my faithful friend is my kitty cat, Tiger. she was a rescue cat i got in 1995 when she was a teeny kitten. she was found under the bonnet of a friend's car after he'd driven about 10 miles and only noticed the kitty meowing when he parked up at his house and got out of the car. luckily she was sat on a part of the car that didn't get hot so she had no injuries! the rspca were called but as i'd taken in a rescue dog just a few months earlier (and i'd grown up with cats, and had had a cat up until my old one died a few months earlier) they let me take the cat straight away so she didnt need to go to an rspca centre. poor thing was scared out of her wits but soon calmed down and after much spoiling and love she's turned out to be a lovely, happy, friendly cat. smiley41 

she's 17 now (turns 18  later this year) and is still full of life. still chases after pigeons and magpies and goes crazy about rolled up balls of paper. she's certainly not acting her age! smiley38 even the vet cant quite believe she's this old as she looks and acts like a cat much younger (he was the one who aged her as a kitten using her tooth development), so obviously i've given her a good life. she certainly gets all the attention and affection she could ever want and her every whim attended too- she may not have many years left so i'm spoiling her rotten! and i'm always surprised how patient she is- will sit still while toddlers poke and pull her hair and will sit through whatever i do to her, even when i made her a monocle! smiley38  


my pals call her my assistance cat as she always knows when i dont feel well and will come and give me a cuddle and 'kitty kisses' on my nose. when i'm knackered and so overtired i'm almost manic and have to do everything NOW she forces me to either sit down or lay on my bed. she'll whinge in the hallway and gradually make her way to the bedroom with me folllowing and trying to shut her up as its just so annoying! and best of all- when i faint she wakes me up by yelling at me and licking my eyelids! smiley38


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Re:Faithful friend thread
(Date Posted:10/07/2011 11:35 AM)

 She looks a real character, FionaJane. :)
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RE:Faithful friend thread
(Date Posted:10/07/2011 2:53 PM)

Lovely thread for hearing about other people's pets.

My fella and I both had had dogs and cats before we met and after a couple of years together we decided to get a dog together. We wanted to get a rescue puppy but the rescue places said no because we worked (me part time) and I was disabled. They did say we could have a couple of old collies which would have worked but I guess we wanted to have a pup to bring him up from scratch. He is a husky collie cross called Luka. Megs came along about four months later kind of a unplanned purchase because we happened to hear Luka's breeder had a litter containing too merle blue collies with blue eyes. Luke is neutered and Megs spayed so no more puppies.

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RE:Faithful friend thread
(Date Posted:10/07/2011 4:26 PM)

Sunshine,
What a lovely picture.  It made me smile!


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RE:Faithful friend thread
(Date Posted:10/07/2011 5:17 PM)

They are lovely dogs Sunshinemeadows:) love the eyessmiley63
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Re:Faithful friend thread
(Date Posted:10/07/2011 6:03 PM)

I don't have any pets (I wouldn't be able to walk a dog which is what I love) but I'm loving hearing about all of yours- just a teeny bit jealous now :)
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Re:Faithful friend thread
(Date Posted:11/07/2011 10:09 AM)

Does anyone here find taking photos of their pets difficult? Megs has a habit of barking just as I am going in for a close up. 
I find it really hard to get a decent photo of the cats stood up and looking active.

Ditchdweller,

If you want to post a photo I will resize it for you. 
:-)
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(Date Posted:11/07/2011 10:30 AM)

Reply to Noisyworld (11/07/2011 12:03 AM)

I don't have any pets (I wouldn't be able to walk a dog which is what I love) but I'm loving hearing about all of yours- just a teeny bit jealous now :)


Hi Noiseyworld:) did you know if you have a dog and cant take it for walks there is a charity that walks your dog for you if you cant because of disabilities. so you could get a pet and the charity have dog walkers. I forgot what they are called but OAP(Frances) in here will be able to tell you about it.Or if you really want a dog you can get a assistance dog to help with things.you get asistant dogs not only for blind and deaf but for other disabilities i read that before on another forum.:)
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Re:Faithful friend thread
(Date Posted:11/07/2011 10:40 AM)

 The charity is called the Cinnamon Trust, though they seem to focus on elderly and terminally ill people:

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(Date Posted:11/07/2011 10:44 AM)

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Does anyone here find taking photos of their pets difficult? Megs has a habit of barking just as I am going in for a close up. 
I find it really hard to get a decent photo of the cats stood up and looking active.



My dogs have a habit of smooching up to the camera just as I am zooming in close to their heads, so all I get is a picture of a wet nose.
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RE:Faithful friend thread
(Date Posted:11/07/2011 1:27 PM)

Animals are often tricky to photograph even pets. I haven't had a pet for years but occasionally take pics for other people.

I find that it is useful to have someone else with you to attract the animals attention when required. It is important not to let the animal get too excited, unless you are looking for action otherwise they won't remain still enough to be able to pose a reasonable shot. If the animal is timid then I advise only having people the animal is comfortable with present.

I also find that rather like people some animals seem to love the camera others run a mile. smiley19

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Re:Faithful friend thread
(Date Posted:11/07/2011 2:48 PM)

You should try taking some photos of rats.  They will not sit still and move when you dont want them to.  Ive regularly got photos of their backsides and tails
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Re:Faithful friend thread
(Date Posted:11/07/2011 10:50 PM)

 "Does anyone here find taking photos of their pets difficult? Megs has a habit of barking just as I am going in for a close up. 
I find it really hard to get a decent photo of the cats stood up and looking active."

Oh yes! lol, I swear Smokey has camera ESP, as soon as the camera comes out she stops whatever cute thing she was doing and usually walks away! (The photo in my post above to me looks like she was going, 'Mum do you have to?' lol).  Iris likes to be up close to my legs, which means getting a decent shot of her is nearly impossible!

I also have to take photo's of the animals at work so they can go onto the adoptions website.  Well, try getting an over-excited puppy which hasn't had a walk today to sit still in front of a bush whilst all the other dogs bark and carry on and the other staff members are walking past, half the time with another animal in tow.  It's a nightmare!!  And getting the cats to sit still and look natural...
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Re:Faithful friend thread
(Date Posted:12/07/2011 8:27 AM)

"Does anyone here find taking photos of their pets difficult? Megs has a habit of barking just as I am going in for a close up. 
I find it really hard to get a decent photo of the cats stood up and looking active"

my cat Tiger poses whenever i bring out my camera! she must be used to all the thousands of photos i take! my old dog, Trixie (who's dead now) used to pose too, and find a way to sneak into any photo i was taking.... usually when i least expect it.. get the zoom right, correct angle and go to take the photo to discover a large dog's head looking at me. was actually very funny now when i think about it!


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Re:Faithful friend thread
(Date Posted:12/07/2011 5:25 PM)

 My cockatiel Smudge was a real poser, got some great shots of him. My niece's Patterdale and Springer are a complete nightmare to photograph, although the Patterdale is a real schmoozer, so I've snapped him a couple of times, chatting people up. Well, women actually, he is one for the laydeez. I would love a rescue greyhound, but my balance is so carp, and the distance I can walk varies so much day to day. I sponsor two dogs for The Dogs' Trust. One is a Staffy cross and the other was a present for my grand-daiughter. They have a Springer and I thought she would appreciate getting all the doggy bits and pieces that the Dogs' Trust send in the post. Originally I sponsored a Springer with the Dogs' Trust - he had to be pts this year and I confess I shed a tear when I got the letter telling me.  

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Re:Faithful friend thread
(Date Posted:13/07/2011 1:27 AM)

 Hi AndMac,

The thing I find with greyhounds is that they are waist height (at least on me they are) and therefore very easy to communicate with and guide by touch, compared say with smaller terriers or spaniels. When they get a little older they are very calm as a rule, at least provided they are on the lead (they don't pull) or at home. And they are happy with twenty minute walkies. All they really want to do is bask on your sofa and have cuddles. They're well known amongst aficionados as the laziest dogs in the known universe. 

I am sure that there could be an older rescue (say over 6) out there that would be perfect for you, particularly if you go through one of the Greyhound charities and take your time, so they can help match you up together. 
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RE:Faithful friend thread
(Date Posted:13/07/2011 1:28 AM)

Hello - wonder if someone could help me?  I'm not very good on the laptop (!) and when I tried inserting a photo of my daft dog (loveable nickname) I was asked to insert my URL number??? I don't have a clue what this is, never mind inserting it???
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Reply to deebeeb (13/07/2011 8:28 AM)

Hello - wonder if someone could help me?  I'm not very good on the laptop (!) and when I tried inserting a photo of my daft dog (loveable nickname) I was asked to insert my URL number??? I don't have a clue what this is, never mind inserting it???

So you've clicked on the add image button, and the dialogue box has come up inviting you to enter a url?
Just ignore that bit and look further down the same box and you'll see a large blue clickable option saying 'Choose File' (next to it, it says 'no file chosen').

Click on 'Choose File' and it will take you to the picture folder on your laptop. click on the picture you want to highlight it and then click 'open' in the box at the bottom. This selects the picture you want. Then go back to the dialogue box and click on 'upload'. When you get a 'upload successful' message, click on 'Insert' in the dialogue box and your picture will appear in the message. 

Ta da. 
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RE:Faithful friend thread
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Re:Faithful friend thread
(Date Posted:13/07/2011 3:52 AM)

 thats my cat, using my macro lens. Her names angel andshe is one:)
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Re:Faithful friend thread
(Date Posted:13/07/2011 4:18 AM)

 
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