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Topic: PETS - gotta love them! Share funny, loving stories about pets and animals.

  1. ecomama
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    3 September 2020 in reply to Ggrand

    Hi Grandy and everyone

    We had an impromptu family dinner tonight with almost all the kids home, which is rare lol.
    Then when eldest daughter went to leave with the grandchildren and her dog, our pet poodle was waiting. Youngest daughter "he wants you to say goodbye to him too" so eldest daughter bent down to give him a goodbye pat and he nearly jumped into her arms!

    For the first time. He cuddled into her like the koala baby he is lol. She was so happy he seemed to finally be less anxious around her.

    We rescued him a few years ago and his anxiety was off the Richter scale. This year with so many of us being home alot, he has settled down so much.

    Youngest D virtually carries him around like a baby almost the entire time she's at home lol.
    He sleeps on her bed at night and because BOTH D and poodle got so big, I had to buy "them" a bigger bed this year.

    I took him to the Vet last weekend for a few issues and she gave me a natural spray for wherever he is to relax him. OMG THIS STUFF IS MAGIC. The Vet only sprayed it once where he was sitting at the surgery and yet he's been pretty chilled all week! He seems to have lost 95% of his anxiety! Barking less. Chewing on things less. Happy to sleep on the floor wherever we are.

    I have lots of pet stories but my heart was warmed about the big cuddle for eldest D tonight.

    We may be dogsitting eldest Ds dog all weekend, another rescue puppy, she's lots of fun.

    I'll just say now that ALL our pets are always rescues lol.

    Love EM

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    17 January 2021 in reply to ecomama

    Hello everyone...

    That’s so cute your daughter carrying around fur baby like a real baby...Your daughter must have a lot of love for puppy...

    This afternoon I was sitting in my lounge room..both my dogs were asleep on my other lounge...I was sitting down and playing an Internet game..

    All of a sudden both my furs leaped off the lounge and started barking and running outside...Okay..one runs out the back door..that’s okay..the other run into my front steel screen door...it was closed..and went tumbling sideways...She got up still barking and tried it again...then looked at me as if to say....oh it’s closed...then she took off out the back door....and joined her mumma out front...by now the noise they heard must have gone...

    I couldn’t stop laughing at my poor fur baby...The look on her face was priceless....

    Just had to share this...

    She is okay and both of them are having a yummy dinner of chicken necks...there favourite food ever...besides schmakos ....

    Grandy..

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    17 January 2021 in reply to Ggrand
    Gorgeous furs loven it Grandy ☺
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    16 February 2021 in reply to demonblaster

    Hi everyone....

    I was enjoying a good sleep last night..then around 1:30am..my 2 little fur girls decided they wanted to play chase with each other...I bought them a toy a few days ago and have been playing tug-of-war with it and chasing...I let them go...they are tiny dogs but when they run..jump.. play..they sound like baby elephants 🐘 ..after around 20 they came back to bed puffing and panting...back to sleep all of us...for a few hours then they were at it again...

    Okay it’s 4:30am now I may as well make a cuppa tea..until they finish playing, instead of laying in bed, trying to sleep....

    I got up...walked into the lounge room...and it looked liked it had snowed in their...and in the kitchen, and the dining room, and the bathroom...even I’m my bedroom and on the bed as well.....It wasn’t their new toy they were playing with...it was a box of tissues...they continued to play while I just stood their in disbelief of all the mess I had to clean up....they were having the time of their lives..trying to eat the tissues and spitting them out..holding them with one foot and breaking them into miniature pieces...even the box was shredded into a million pieces....

    I didn’t know whether to laugh or cry....I think I done a bit of both.😁😂...Not wanting to come home from work to a house that was full of tissue snow...I cleaned the bulk of it before I went to work,,,A few times throughout my day at work...I had some giggles thinking about how much fun they must have had 😂😂...

    Didnt take long to vacuum it all up...from no one the box of tissues will be placed out of their reach....

    Grandy..

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    23 March 2021 in reply to Ggrand

    Hello everyone....

    A couple of days ago, I thought I would try my hand at knitting a nice warm blanket for when I sit on the lounge...
    I casted on a lot of stitches and over a couple of days continued to knit my warm blanket...it was growing in length, now over 30cm long..I was feeling very proud of me....

    I packed it back into my knitting box and left it I it on the coffee table in the lounge room while I went to bed....easier to get motivated and start if I can see it...
    Well when I woke the next morning, my beautiful masterpiece was spread all over the lounge room...along with the the ball of wool that I was using...

    My lounge room looked like a mini cyclone went through it...Well 2 mini little fur cyclones did😁...I didn’t realise just how much wool was in a ball...

    Wool on top of behind, on and behind my 2 lounges as well as over the top of both the coffee tables..and my floor..was a mess of scrunched up matted up, knotted up wool...This all happened when I was asleep...really!....I must be loosing my hearing not to have them.....

    When I started cleaning up the mess...my little fur babies took off and started hiding behind the lounge...not to be seen again until I finished cleaning...then out they come...one still tangled up in some wool...😂..

    I untangled her then gave them a treat....because I love them so much..

    My furs love nothing more then making a mess for their mumma....

    Grandy....


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    23 March 2021 in reply to Ggrand

    Awww you spoil your fur babies Grandy and they had lots of fun by the sounds of it!

    My grandmother had the same thing happen when she brought home a puppy.
    Nana didn't know what to call her, this tiny little thing.
    The first night she was there, she pulled apart all Nana's knitting and THEN my Nana knew what to call her.

    The puppy had part of one leg missing but that didn't stop her lol, Nana called her "Muscles".

    Sweet story Grandy.

    EMxxxx

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  7. randomx
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    24 March 2021

    lt still amazes me to this day of how birds are just little people with wings.

    lf you can muster up something that sounds something like a magpie , they'll talk back to you and listen to you, they'll even follow you round the yard . l can call them from way over in the paddock cross the road with my really bad magpie sound, and they come.

    Yesterday l had one of the beautiful little finches in the kitcjen , flying round scared trying to find a way out. l said it's ok mate don't worry one minute and we'll have you outa here. then l gestured with my hand you just go up to that end of the bench for a sec and relax l'll open the window. He went up to that end, l kid you not. l opened it he watched then l stood back and gestured with my hand there ya go little mate. He gently flew back over to the window and to out.

    l swear he knew.

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  8. randomx
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    24 March 2021 in reply to randomx

    And l'm not sure if l mentioned the eagle .

    One day l was coming back from my cabin normal speed round a bend and something on the side- corner of my eye looked like a tree stump or something , it was a huge eagle eating a rabbit. Buy then my car was only meters away he scared and tried to take off. Well they can't take off so fast from the ground and straight up to doge a car- he few into the car instead of away. l'm trying to brake and his massive talons bigger than my hands we're basically on the screen and l could feel and see the huge wings forcing trying to get himself above the car as fast as he could to miss it. The wings were right across the car and out each side he looked like a feathered jumbo. Well between my braking and his incredible effort we missed each other but he was exhausted and relanded on a fence post 40 mtrs over. l backed up to parallel across from him from the road and we both sat there for about a minute just looking at each other. Dunno if you know but no way an eagle would normally just sit there so close.

    l said to him out the window l'm so sorry my friend l didn't see you , thk god you could get away . And he just stood there , looking at my face , maybe even my words. And then l said ok , well l'll let you rest , and l drove away. lt was the most incredible encounter .

    rx . ps , l actually took his picture on the post too , if we could do it here l could put it in. Showing my brother he said my God he's as big as the damn fence pot no wonder you thought it was a tree stump.

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  9. Ggrand
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    25 March 2021 in reply to randomx

    Hello EM, RX and everyone...

    RX...I have a few times had birds fly in my home...I love feeding them and the little sparrows have made their home close by...they seem in live in a big group...or I should say flock....I keep my dogs kibble near the back door and have seen the magpies pop inside grab a few peace’s of the kibble and fly out again....

    My friend Betty has been using mouse traps with this horrible mouse plague out here...When she catches 1 or 2 or 3 she throws out the back yard...(we are not allowed to put them in our garbages)....The magpies are sitting in the gun tree near hers and as soon as she throws them in the backyard..then a big kaffoffle starts between the magpies to grab one...The roads I’m told are full of birds early morning collecting the passed away mice from the cars driving over them at night....It’s unbelievable just how many mice are here....I have spent many hours sealing up any tiny hole in my home...I am mouse free atm...but that won’t last long...

    I love eagles as many people do....There are a few here that I have seen on occasions...even had one on my electricity box....They really are huge...If I remember properly Australian eagles are one of the largest in the world...

    Im wondering if you could put the picture of the eagle onto your avatar photo...only temporarily if you want to...so we can see the beautiful creature.....only a thought RX....up to you...

    EM...Maybe all little dogs are mischievous..but very cute of course....My dogs love tissue, wool, cotton buds, cotton wool, toilet paper and pillow filling....I have to be very careful not to leave these things out...and keep my bathroom door closed when I’m not home😂...Like RX..I have always said that dogs and puppies are little children with fur....because they are always happy and have beautiful souls...

    Live and hugs everyone..,

    Grandy..

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    25 March 2021 in reply to Ggrand

    Hit Grandy

    mouse plaque hey on man they're a pest when they're that bad aren't they we had one here a few yrs back.

    Could well see the maggies waiting for mice , they're such characters.That's a great idea about the eagle pic l'll give that a go. He was 30 or 40 mtrs away though so not sure if we can zoom an avator but l'll find it and try that. Shame l didn't mess around zooming or anything but l knew he'd take off if l stayed too long.

    Hope the plaque ends soon , our was completely normal again the next yr don't think l've see a mouse since.

    rx

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    7 April 2021 in reply to randomx

    I'm all a buzz still...

    I had a lark fly inside into the lounge window then about the room... as I put Woofa in my room, it flew into the kitchen window... then sat on the kitchen window sill... I opened the front door (which gave it a straight line of sight outside) nope it didn't move... I gave it some time then I slowly moved into the kitchen... it was watching me but didn't fly off... I slid the kitchen window open behind it... it just sat there looking at me... I slowly moved nearer to it... I put my hand out to shoo it out... it jumped onto my hand...

    I was blown away... a wild bird happily sitting in my hand... it even stayed there as I carried it outside... I tried to put it on the edge of the bird bath... it kept climbing from one finger to the other... finally I got it to step off... when I checked a few minutes later it had flown away...

    I've never held a wild bird before... it was lovely

    Paws

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    7 April 2021 in reply to Paw Prints

    Awww that lark KNEW you're a great cook! lol it wasn't gonna go anywhere.

    That's a sweet story Paws. 🦜 couldn't find a lark emoji so you got a Lorikeet!

    Love EM

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    7 April 2021 in reply to Paw Prints

    Hello Everyone...

    Awe Paws, That was a beautiful story and added some sunshine in my day...Isn’t it a wonderful feeling when some wild birds put their trust in you....I am so happy that you had the honour to be able to do that.....Mother nature soothing your soul....with another little soul...

    Kind thoughts lovely Paws, and thank you again....I needed a lift today....

    Grandy..

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    7 April 2021 in reply to Paw Prints

    Hey Paws, I told my aboriginal family members about your story tonight and they said "the female energy of all your ancestors before you are comforting and supporting you right now"...

    they see birds as a SIGN that things are going to be okay.

    I needed to pop in to tell you this.

    Hugs!
    Love EM

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  15. meforcats
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    29 May 2021 in reply to Paw Prints

    Hi everyone

    I haven't posted for a while. I'm in Melbourne in the 4th lockdown. I feel a bit stuck in front of the tv. Perhaps an exciting thing I could do later......clean up my cats hairballs in the bedroom.

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    My pet Dog is the cutest ever! He loves digging hole and playing in water 💧 he makes me feel positive and happy and I like to take him for walks. He loves that entirely. I miss him I’m going to go and Pat him right now
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    7 July 2021 in reply to Hotchips

    Hello Everyone....

    I just washed my two little fur babies..which was long overdue...After I bribe them into the laundry with a treat..and I get them into the tub one at a time...Soap them all up, they really do enjoy the massages they get..

    When I dry them off and put them onto the floor, they run around all over my house, slipping and sliding everywhere...barking and play fighting together for about half hour then they go to their beds to sleep....

    They give me a huge reason to be here...they are my family, my friends, my cuddly teddy bears when I need some hugs..They make me laugh with their antics, but most of all they love me unconditionally as I do them....

    What do your pets mean to you?..

    Kindest thoughts and fur hugs to everyone...

    Grandy..🐕🐄🦘🕊🐇🐢🐣🐯...

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    16 September 2021 in reply to Ggrand

    Hello everyone...

    I hope you, your pets and animal friends are all okay..

    I have some Magpies nesting in a huge tree on the property of an abandoned house behind me...

    Each afternoon they come to my yard and call me, because I have been growing out my 2 fur babies uneaten food, for months now...If I have no leftovers I will through out some kibble which they like as well...

    A couple of months ago I saw them entering my house through the day from my back door...my screen is broken so I have a curtain hanging there until I can afford a new screen door....They would come in sneak a few pieces of kibble then fly back out...

    One afternoon I was laying down watching tipping point...I must have fallen asleep because I woke up to some very loud Magpie wabbling and singing....I slowly got up and walked into the dining room, to find 2 Magpies sitting on my curtain rods..chattering to each other...

    When they seen me or heard me..one or the other, I had 2 scared Magpies, flying in which ever direction they could...I was a bit afraid of being swooped apron by them...I slowly went to the curtain door and opened it so they could fly out..I mean they have been using the curtain for a while now...but no..they flew into my lounge room....my dogs are by now barking at them...making them “talk even louder”...I opened my front screen door and was trying to shoo them outside...They flew around everywhere but no where near the open doors...my dogs going from dining room to lounge room following them and letting them know , that they were not welcome by them with barks and growls...from them and the Magpies yelling their displeasure of my dogs barking....It was very noisy...Okay time for a bit extra prodding to get them outside...I grabbed a blanket and moved towards them...after a while they flew outside..leaving behind plenty of feathers and bird poop over my curtains, walls, floors...

    At the time I was stressing out trying to get them outside...now when I think of it....It makes me smile..

    Grandy...

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    Hi everyone,

    I just found this Thread v late last night. I think I spent another hour reading and so kept myself up even longer than I ought. Worth it, I say. Lovely stories, memories to treasure, eh? I hope people are getting lots of photos, videos, and you know, I wish I had thought to try to get some sound recordings? Why don't we do that?

    Grandy, those two little ones of yours sound so adorable! & then you are observing the behaviour of cattle...like Bellamy/Attenborough in the bushes, just observing. Your description had me seeing it from your eyes, just like that.

    Now I know this is here, I would like to add some memories of Mekitty, for this space.

    From the first day when I brought her home, I realised, after her hiding and sleeping and me not finding where, how important it was for me to know where she was, and how, when she was making noise, her presence in my flat felt more real. I decided to encourage her to be a vocal cat. I meowed every time she meowed. I wonder if I really did make a vocal cat even more vocal by doing this. Not to worry, I enjoyed our 'conversations'.

    Living alone, I don't bother with closing the bathroom door. Mekitty took to sitting outside, at the back door near the bathroom, when I went in to use the toilet.

    She would make little 'mep, mep,' noises.

    I responded, "mep, mep."

    She said, "mep, mep."

    Another kind of conversation?

    We chatted until I was done. Then, while washing my hands, she would come in and maybe use her litter tray. Sometimes I had the distinct impression she wanted some privacy, so I would leave her to it.

    While water went down the drains, in the sink and shower, & ran through the pipes, we could hear it trickle. She was fascinated by the sound, would go into the shower cubical and paw around the drain.

    If I had just had a shower, she would get her paws wet. She didn't like that, and would shake them, and go back for more! I got a cup and trickled water down the drain, just for fun. The way she peered down the drain, I wondered if she thought there was something more than water in there. That wouldn't have surprised me at all.

    "Meh, meh", mmMekitty

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    Hello Grandy,

    I adore Magpies. It was a day or two after our family arrived in Aus. in early May 1970. We were at the Migrant Hostel near Ipswich Q, when I first saw some birds like I had not seen before.

    Being social birds, the Magpies were flapping, warbling amongst themselves while scavenging in the grass near the trees outside the window.

    I sat watching them, listening too, in the probably 7°C early morning, with being here feeling so fresh and new.

    After. when we moved to our house in Ipswich, there was a kangaroo and an emu on the property. The previous owners had not taken them when they left.

    It was sad,terrible in fact, what had happened to the kangaroo when they came back to take him away. Fortunately I did not see that. I heard he had suffered rope burn and had died.

    My dad insisted we keep the Emu. He called him Mu.

    He was an observant bird, watching all the time, with a curious, enquiring look on his face.

    Maybe my best memories while living there was, sometimes, when I arrived home from school and Honey, the Cocker Spaniel, would run up eager to greet us. I would kneel down to cuddle and rough up her beautiful dark honey-red hair. That dog always smelled good to me, like summer.

    One day, while doing that, Mu silently walked over and as I began to get to my feet, his head came into view. He was eyeing me, in his own special way - I got such a fright! I wasn't mad at him, just so startled, I think I jumped.

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    I used to lie quiet, in bed, trying to be as still as I could, trying to be flat, and eventually not feel my body. If it happened Honey had come into the room, and had gone to sleep under my bed that night, I seemed to always know because I could smell that warm earthy smell she had. It was like a hug from under my bed.

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    More soon, mmMekitty

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    23 September 2021 in reply to mmMekitty

    Hello everyone...

    Thank you Mekitty,

    I love the sound of your little kitty....

    I talk to my little fur babies constantly as living alone, sometimes we need to release our thoughts onto someone...I’m sure they understand English a bit...they are so cute and I gets lots of cuddles and wet kisses....They are my companions, friends and saviours....I love them to bits..

    Like you living alone I leave my bathroom door open...When I decide to have a bubble bath, my furs stand on their back legs and play with the bubbles in the bathtub, putting their front paws in and eating the bubbles...I put some on their noses...not so the bubbles can go in their noses..just on top..well when I do that, they take off chasing each other and with their wet front paws, go slipping and sliding on my vinyl tile floors...the sound like little elephants...when the bubbles are all gone, they come back for more 😁..

    I love listening to the Magpies when the let loose and sing with their harmonies...such a beautiful sound...I feed them left over food that my dogs didn’t eat..they are always at my back door each evening for the scraps...Through the day, they come into my dining room...,and steal the dogs kibble and run back out...They live in the tree behind my house..in an abandoned home..

    When they have their babies and the babies are old enough, they bring them to mine for food and I watch them feed the baby birds..but I will admit the babies crying for feeding does get annoying..,all I hear for a few months is baby bird arking constantly..haha ear plug time😁...

    My eldest dog....Kya is the mummy of my other dog Ebony...They have such a caring nature towards each other...me and my neighbours dogs....They can’t be separated or they cry for each other...Once I accidentally shut my bedroom door with Ebony inside my room and Kay in the lounge room, I didn’t realise I did that until I got home...Ebony destroyed the carpet in my room near the closed door and Kyla destroyed the other side of my bedroom door trying to get to each other...I couldn’t get upset with them...it was my fault...now I’m more careful before I go out and make sure they are both in the lounge room together before I go out to town...

    Pets touch our hearts and souls daily...

    Love to all reading/posting here..

    Grandy,,,

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    24 September 2021 in reply to Ggrand

    Hi Grandy,

    These fur babies become more and more adorable as you tell me more and more!

    Except while living in the Migrant Hostel, where we could have none, our family always had animals, never just one, I'm sure. Even animals more usually thought of farm animals, though we did not live on a farm. We had most of them while I lived in Ipswich. We had a whole acre (I'm not converting to metric) and had more room. Over the years, for shorter or longer times, we had the Mu & the kangaroo, several dogs. assorted, a handful of cats, a small aviary of birds, finches?I think, four varieties of fish, three generations of goats, one sheep, one black pig, one horse, one cow, one frog, one hawk, who was found by a sib and my father took care of it. It had some substance all over it, making its wings useless. Oh, the chooks, and the geese, which are excellent guard dogs.

    I have some good memories associated with them. I expect I will get around to writing about most of them here.

    *

    The little Green Tree Frog simply came to stay, beside the aviary. My father coaxed it out onto his hand for us to get a closer look at it. In my memory, the little frog was there for weeks. I could be wrong. Or Dennis got hold of it one day....oh, that cat!

    You will hear about him later.

    The sheep, McArthur, was with us for some months. He even got sheared once.

    One evening, just as my (ex-)step-mother returned home from work, walking in from the front door, McArthur comes in through the back door, pooping little marbles all the way. She was beside herself with disgust and rage. My father laughed, as if it was hilarious. I admit, I thought it was funny, too, not the dirty and appalling disgrace she thought. Not difficult to clean either. The timing of it was so beautiful, just like something written for a comedy sketch, perfectly well-timed. That was what made it so good for me.

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  23. randomx
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    l discovered a funny bird one this morning .

    There's a table in the middle of my workshop l use mainly just for cutting stuff at work but atm it's also got cans of paint and other stuff on it. Well , it's had just a bit of dried straws of grass on it this last wk or so just in one spot and l've thought wth where's all this grassy stuff coming from , and it seemed to be growing.

    This morning l go into work and there was a def' difference , it was bunched up in one spot and there was double of yesterday. Then l remembered some black birds have been flying in and out of my workshop a lot lately and this morning l realized they've decided to build a nest on my work table.

    Pretty funny but sorry guys , l'm gonna be needing that table and l won't be able to work around the wife and kids in the corner of it for the next 3 or 4mths. Had to throw it out. Hope they don't restart it again over night.

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    30 September 2021 in reply to randomx

    Oh, Randomx, do you have to throw it out? Could you find a box which the nest would fit into and move it, ever so gently, into the box and let them stay near by?

    When I was little, in USA, we lived where it snowed in Winter, and many birds migrated south. One year, a robin did nt go with them. We kept it safe and warm for a while. I only recall it flying around the room, and one day, it decided to leave. It stayed for a bit longer outside in the tree, then, we suppose, it flew off down south. Better late than never, I suppose.

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  25. randomx
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    30 September 2021 in reply to mmMekitty

    Ahhh, l'm afraid so mm.

    l've bent over backwards for them 5yrs at the place now , they nest in other spots too and also in the house roof all over the place.

    lt doesn't get me far sorry to say , just more mess and fire hazards all over the place, or like in this particular instance just a pain in the backside. Anyway back to work today and they haven't started rebuilding haha , yet. They're still building nests so they still have time to start a new one somewhere else.

    rx

  26. randomx
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    1 October 2021 in reply to randomx

    Stray cat ?

    What do you with a stray cat that doesn't go away is there somewhere you can take them?

    they all take a shine to my place don't know why but they usually move on in a wk , this one's sticking round and has taken a shine to my porch. Nice little cat but l don't want one atm.

    rx

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    1 October 2021 in reply to randomx

    Hi Rx,

    Talk to your council about the nuisance cat... most councils can provide cat traps & remove the cat to the local pound... they usually then follow up with the cat's owner.

    Paws

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    I phoned a local vet when an adorable kitten turned up at my door. I would have loved to keep her, but I know I could not care for her as she or any pet who depends entirely upon us deserves. It broke my heart though.

    At first I thought I must've been mistaken, when I thought I heard a kitten mewing outside. Of-course, I couldn't see any kitten. Closed the door, and a minute later, heard the sound again. Opened to try to hear better. As I was closing the door, she walked in, stepping on my foot. I bent and picked up this tiny black kitten. I could just about fit her in one hand.

    Even as I held her, I was falling in love with her. I felt her little body was warm from the sun, and hot with life from inside, she fairly quivered with it. Really, I don't think she was sick or frightened, just alive, more alive than anything I had felt before. I called her Ember.

    I didn't know what to do.

    I took her into my lounge room and I got out some kangaroo mince, and cut offsmall portion )from frozen) and got it heated. I also placed a little dish of water on the floor for her too.

    She was playful and curious and purring, but didn't mew anymore. I wondered if I did keep her, if I would ever know where she was in my flat, unless she made physical contact with me often. And I would want her to wear a fluorescent collar with a bell, (& she can't learn how to move so it didn't ring). I thought how difficult it had become looking after Mekitty.

    For a while, I sat, holding her in my hands, & she was so content, I think she was falling asleep.

    I was crying, thinking I can't keep her, and phoning the local vet. I first phoned the Vet near, where I used to take Mekitty, and they said they could not come out to me. I found another Vet, and they said they could send someone soon.

    So, I tried to take a few photos of her, and we played, and an hour or so later someone came to take her. She commented on how healthy the kitten was, & pretty too.

    I phoned them later to ask how the kitten was, if her owner had been found,, and he woman who arrived to take her had decided to take her home, and named her Mary Jane.

    I wrote this haiku:

    --Ember

    My heart burns to ash
    Holding this dark, hot purring
    Ember in my hands

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    Now, about Dennis:
    Used to be when there was a man, who rounded up stray cats & dogs. An old lady asked him to obtain a white kitten for her. By the time he did , he had forgotten who she was. He brought a young white cat to us to care for until he remembered.
    My father named him Dennis, so we knew he was a temporary guest.
    ‘Dennis, the Dog Pound Man’, never remembered who the old lady was.
    Dennis was his own cat. He roamed, stirred up the chickens and the birds in the aviary. He got out onto the roof late at night. I could hear him go onto the top of the aviary, just to stir the birds up.
    He tried to scoop fish from the fish tank. & when his paw got wet, he shook it vigorously, & try again.
    He got up on the kitchen bench, trying to steal food scraps for chickens, time & time again. I got angry & said I would throw him in the pool, and unlike others, he would not scratch me. & he didn’t either. He twisted in the air, sprinted across the water! He hid for 3 days, sulking.
    He still went after the scraps, but avoided trying when I was near.
    One sib sucked his tail with the vacuum cleaner. He just sat there.
    He would sit placidly as puppies & kittens roughed him up. He tolerated little kids, too.
    He moved for no one.
    My father installed a Styrofoam tiled ceiling in the main living room. During a party, during a game of snooker, Dennis fell through the tiles onto the centre of the pool table. Dennis was the most surprised.
    He brought us birds, with no physical injuries, but dead all the same, as if he’d played with them, scaring them to death. Awful for us, but he was being a cat.
    My father was the only one he responded to. He could call Dennis to come from across the road, & he’d come.
    He lived 15+ years, became a big, solid old cat.

    mmMekitty

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    I would like to share this poem I wrote in 2018.

    ___ Keeping Mekitty

    __It’s not as if she is just sleeping.
    __Her paw is swollen
    and will not yield to finger pressures.
    __This cannot be my MeKitty;
    She does not feel the same.
    __All her limbs are stiff and extended,
    As if snap-frozen while standing
    And the Vet just laid her on her side,
    And covered her with a towel.

    Reason insists -
    it cannot warm her,
    so there can be no denial.
    Crying, I beg, “Relax, MeKitty, just relax.”
    _She cannot hear me,
    _cannot respond to me,
    _Cannot pull her own paw from my gentle grip.
    No, she is not frozen underneath the towel,
    Only cool in this air-conditioned room.
    She has a tube in her mouth;
    She drooled down her chin.
    “Here”, I whisper, “let me get that.”
    And wipe the wetness from her jaw,
    With no resistance from her.
    I leave her crate behind.

    _And No more purring.
    _No twitching ears,
    _No tail flicks,
    _No wide open yawns,
    _No stretches, reaching up or back,
    _No arching spine,
    _No big girl meows,
    _No little kitish mewling
    Quietly between us,
    While I’m on the loo,
    _No more playing fetch with her food,
    _No more finding lizards she caught,
    _No more soaking up the winter sun,
    _No more lying on my feet or between them,
    _No more pouncing on them either.
    _No more looking for her when she is hiding;
    She will be nowhere found,
    Until I have her ashes in a sealed bowl,
    Which I will keep on the high shelf.

    _I Keep photos of her on my computer,
    _I Keep her purple collar and bell,
    _Keep her cushion as well,
    _Keep the water bowl, which she always spilled,
    _Keep the toy mouse with the missing tail,
    _Keep the scratch post she never used
    _And keep the reusable shopping bags,
    Which she liked better,
    I am keeping accessories I bought for her,
    As if I am keeping hold of her,
    So I don’t have to let her go.

    Oh, and did I feel her in my dream,
    Soft, warm and purring at my side?
    Another chance to pet her ginger swirls,
    Until she has relaxed into sleep.

    *

    __ Jamie Fleck / (mmMekitty

    I trust everyone to respect this is an original poem, and to not ‘rip it off’. I’d like to put my own name at the bottom, but I am not allowed. So ‘Jamie Fleck’ is a pseudonym I will use.

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