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Thursday, July 27, 2006

Thursday 13 - Pets I have owned

Week # 51, my #6 TT

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1. Laddie 1 - a blue budgie, the most tame budgie my family owned. He died of old age.
2. Laddie 2 - a not so tame blue budgie that flew out the back door once while my Mum was cleaning his cage and we never got him back
3. Laddie 3 - our third blue budgie who lived to be very old so that he couldn't even fly anymore but used to walk around on the carpet (the red carpet I have referred to before) and sadly got killed / eaten by a neighbour's dachshund when she came in for coffee and didn't realize her dog was following her. Those were the days when dogs ran outside loose all the time.
4. Tiger - our first dog as a family when I was a child. I was about 11 years old. She was a Doberman / German Shepherd mix. She had the colours of a doberman but the hair and body more like a shepherd. She was a good dog but also a bit of a nervous Nelly. She would bark at the motor on the boat whenever we went water skiing and was a real nuisance for that.
5. Kerry - She came into my parent's household when my youngest sister brought her home. She was a great dog and very nice looking. Sadly, she and Tiger got into a big dominance fight once when she was about 2 years old. It was a nasty fight and Tiger was badly injured as a result. She had to be nursed back to health and from thereon in Kerry was the top dog. I always felt sorry for Tiger after this. When Tiger was about 13 my Dad had her put down when my Mom was in Ireland because she wasn't able to walk or hold her bladder or bowels. He waited until she went away because he knew she didn't have the heart to do it. Kerry got sick suddenly and died when she was about 10 years old. Very sad. She was such a great dog. My parents had two more dogs after those two, but this was after I was no longer at home. One was Carla - a Belgian Tervuren mix. Sadly she got hit by a schoolbus when she ran out the front door on my parents street. The last one was Mr Black, a Belgian Shepherd Dog. He outlived my Mum but he was getting old and Dad had him put down last fall. Here's a picture of my Mum with the sweatshirt I got her that she loved so much. I still have the sweatshirt. Couldn't bear to part with it.
6. Cliff & Norm - my first pets when I moved into my own apartment. Two budgies. Cliff was blue and Norm was green. Very pretty. I learned afterwards that having two budgies is not a good idea if you want them to be more sociable with you. If they have each other, they tend to bond with each other. If you just have one, then they tend to interact with you more and talk with you. (more pictures of people's budgies)
7. Clancy - my cat. I adopted him from someone at work. He was my first ginger tabby and he was a domestic short hair. He was a great cat. Orange cats tend to be very friendly. Did you know that? He got sick and died suddenly when he was only about 8 years old. I was devastated and it took me months before I was ready to replace him because I thought he was such a perfect cat.
8. Daisy - another budgie. Sadly, Cliff died from fright after a trip to the vet's office. He had something wrong with his eye and I took him to a special bird vet who put on ointment and prescribed it for me to put on him. Anyways the whole vet trip and ointment applications became were too much for him and he died from stress the next day. I replaced him with Daisy, another budgie but a yellow green one. She got along with Norm fine. He was an olive green colour. Sadly Daisy died after being attacked in the cage by Clancy (the cat). After that I didn't want to risk it anymore and Norm went to live with my best friend where he lived to be a ripe old age.
9. Magoo - This was Pool Boy's dog. When we met and got married we had a blended family. His dog and 3 kids and my cat. Magoo was a poodle maltese mix, sometimes referred to as a malti-poo. He was chocolate brown and a good dog. He was pretty old. He and Clancy got along with each other very well after the first getting used to each other time period. He died at home one day when the kids were at school / daycare and we were at work. DQ Girl found him when they came home. It was quite a shock to the kids, though they knew he was getting old. We went out for supper as a family that night to get over our grief.
Click here for pics of the following pets.
10. Phoebe - Phoebe was the replacement cat for Clancy after he died. As I mentioned before, although Pool Boy suggested that we get another one, I was not ready for a while. Clancy is buried in our backyard and I would go out to visit him often in those days. When I was finally ready, I did not want to get another ginger cat because I didn't want to seem like I was trying to replace Clancy, so instead we got a Calico one, some orange, white and black. Seemed like a good compromise and very pretty combination. True but she is cranky! She has permanent PMS Pool Boy declares.
11. Jasper - After a year with Phoebe, we decided to add to our family and go with the tried and true ginger tom again. This time we went with a long hair. We adopted him from the paper as a kitten from a low rent part of town. We joked that he was getting a better life with us. He is a good cat. True to the ginger cat disposition. I was not disappointed, even if he was long haired and I wasn't sure if I liked that, but it made him different from Clancy so life was good. Enter
12. Winston - Nurse-a-baby's cat. Nurse-a-baby's friend's cat had kittens. This was the last one left. It didn't take Nurse-a-baby long to get me won over, now we had to work on Pool Boy. Once he saw the kitten the deed was done. Winston is also a ginger and white male. So we went from no cats to 3 cats in 3 years and they're all still at home!! Winston has an eating disorder. He eats too freakin' much. He's fat and big and jolly and lazy. He does not care. He's really laid back. He's actually quite a sweetheart! People can't believe how big he is. He's a back sleeper too so when you catch him in his sleeping position he looks huge and funny.
13. Fergus - my baby. I've already blogged enough about him!
14. Daisy - my granddog. I've already blogged about her too much too. I know it's number 14 but how could I leave her off?

Have a great Thursday!


Jane said...

You have really had a LOT of pets. We have a dog and a cat and love 'em to death. They are like family.
My 13 is up.

Gracie said...

That Belgian Shepherd Dog is beautiful! Way too much hair to survive down here--it'd suffocate.

Thanks for the guided tour of your animals. :) I really enjoyed it.

Gracie said...

Oh, and "down here", to answer your question from yesterday, is S. Louisiana. :) Be sure and read the follow-up to the "dark" comment.

Carmen said...

you're a regular Dr. Doolittle. :) A cat with permanant PMS? Shocker! :)

[Mat] said...

Hey, I'd probably end up with... 3. Including one for which I am the cause of death. An accident. I was a kid and threw a baseball bat in the house while I was alone. - dumb, I know - I simply flung it in the air, I was wondering what sound it made on the floor.

Turns out I misjudged the distance between me and the wall. I hit the wall and the birdcage next to it.

The cage went down and so did the bird.... :-S

Raggedy said...

Great list!
I never owned a bird..
Have a wonderful Thursday!
My TT is up

Anonymous said...

Thaat's so cute!!! I never would have thought of doing a 13 on my pets. I may have to borrow that idea. :)

Cheeky said...

Wow - I haven't had 13 or even 14 pets but I could tell you a thing or two about the ones I have had.....I will have to keep that in mind for future 13 posts...

I played too...

mist1 said...

What is it with ginger kitties? Lately, I've been wanting a new pet. But the current pet runs the house.

Karen said...

too many birds for me- much more of a dog person. have a great weekend!! my TT is up.

Amanda said...

You've had a lot of pets. We had parrots when we were young. Maybe when the kids are older and looking after themselves, I will consider a pet but right now three kids are enough!

Knitting Maniac said...

WOW! THAT is a lot of pets!

Happy TT! Mine is up.

Southern Girl said...

I LOVE reading about other people's pets so this was a great TT! I've been the human to three orange cats so far, one of them long-haired, and you're absolutely right about what sweet temperments they have. My blog pic is my current sweetie, Pumpkin. :)

My TT is up, too!

MysteriousLady said...

Oh aren't pets wonderful! I miss all the ones that have come and gone.

My little puppy sheltie we've only had since May, she is just one of the family now.

Happy Thursday!

Socks, Abby and Blackie said...

I too have had pets most of my life. They have ranged from Dogs and cats to my daughters Leopard Gecko. Wonderful list, I really think that people who own pets are just awsome.

My list is up

YellowRose said...

You have had alot of pets!!! They are wonderful! I have a cat...that's all, just one spoiled diva cat! lol

Happy Thursday, mine is up!

Christina said...

Awwww, pets are so wonderful. I had no idea that ginger cats were known for being friendly. I have a dark grey one and he is the sweetest thing ever. My husband and I are thinking about getting a 2nd cat one day, hopefully one as sweet as the one we have. It will be interesting to see what kind we end up with.

Crayonsetc said...

Oh, Pets!! I so missed having a cat... that is why I was so excited to get the girls for Christmas!

Happy TT!!

Susan said...

I'm not sure I had thirteen pets...but I love them and truly miss the two I lost this year! Now we have a frog and a bunny...interesting!!

My TT is up here.

Alyx said...

Hi, I'm new to TT. I like this post, not only because you've had such interesting pets, but because I have 12 cats (10 new babies) and it would make my next TT so easy. LoL

My TT is here.