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Tell me about your pets

FranstrahanFranstrahan Posts: 896Member Pioneering
I looked thru coffee lounge posts and couldn't see anything about animals/pets and I felt sure there would be something here. Maybe I missed it. I'll tell you the pets I have and maybe elaborate later. I am animal mad by the way :-)
I have dogs - one in the picture - various fish, and a bird. So not a lot currently, but I've had an assortment down the years.
Over to you.

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  • Chloe_ScopeChloe_Scope Posts: 7,189Administrator Scope community team
    I have one dog who is a very old Labrador who is going blind and deaf, he's called Dylan.
    We have four cats called Betty, Oscar, Mr Miyagi and Ethel.
    Last but not least, a tortoise called Terrence and a rabbit called Miffy! 
    Chloe
    Online Community Officer
  • April2018momApril2018mom Posts: 2,633Member - under moderation Disability Gamechanger
    I currently have a cat named Christmas. I used to have pet fish at one point. 
  • FranstrahanFranstrahan Posts: 896Member Pioneering
    Nice little menagerie you have there Chloe! One of my dogs is blind and deaf. Shes 14yo. I have 5 altogether.

    April2018mom, which fish? I've had loads but I bred killifish back in the 80's. Had 18 tanks in all at that point. Not all killifish, but 18 altogether.
  • Chloe_ScopeChloe_Scope Posts: 7,189Administrator Scope community team
    Haha I know! My mum is a vet nurse and loves animals! Our dog is 14 too. :)
    Chloe
    Online Community Officer
  • chiariedschiarieds Posts: 1,487Member Disability Gamechanger
    I have a mischievious kitten called Shadow. I also get to borrow my son's Bedlington terrier called Stan. He's on my knee right now, & all is peaceful....at the moment!!
  • FranstrahanFranstrahan Posts: 896Member Pioneering
    Lol chiarieds! 4 of my dogs probably ok with cats. Not the other one! Hes a rescue, doesnt like other dogs (except his family) either. Doesnt like people much either, especially men. Tells his own story really, I assume he was regularly hit by a man. 
  • FranstrahanFranstrahan Posts: 896Member Pioneering
    Post some photos of your pets here if that's possible. I'm not really into computers, so dont know if it is.
  • Chloe_ScopeChloe_Scope Posts: 7,189Administrator Scope community team
    If you click the photo icon (looks like a rectangle with a mountain and a sun) then this allows you to add photos @Franstrahan, I hope this helps :)
    Chloe
    Online Community Officer
  • FranstrahanFranstrahan Posts: 896Member Pioneering
    Ok thanks. I dont have too many on this phone but will give it a try. Hoping some more people will post photos of their pets.
  • pollyanna1052pollyanna1052 Posts: 1,634Member Disability Gamechanger
    I am a huge poodle fan. My Sophie is a white toy girl. She`s 4 and she rules the roost!
    Before Soph we had Lucy, who lived to 16 and we had Poochi, who lived to 14. he was quite protective of me.

    Before these 3 , we had Snowy and before her we had Pepi.

    Sindy was a black female when I was 10.

    So yeh, I`m a true poodle fan. Here`s a picky of our Soph. xx

    Soph is with Willow, our daughter`s dog.
  • WhileIBreathIHopeWhileIBreathIHope Posts: 216Member - under moderation Pioneering
    I had an elderly Greyhound that had to be put to sleep with cancer- he was my rock while I was trapped housebound- having him put down was worse than loss of family member almost.
    I have a 3 year old staffie cross now that I forced myself to walk as far as I could manage, I manage a mile with strategic toilet stops- we don’t manage a fast pace, so park for a run around.
    Dogs needs are simple and they are great company on a bad day.

    mine sleeps on end of my bed, something I’m sure some will cringe at
  • WhileIBreathIHopeWhileIBreathIHope Posts: 216Member - under moderation Pioneering
    Ails said:
    I have a cat called Christy.  Previously have had 2 Dalmatian dogs, William and Oscar.  Here is Christy.  
    Not a cat person, but a cute and attentive cat you have there 
  • AilsAils Posts: 1,518Community champion Disability Gamechanger
    Thank you @WhileIBreathIHope for your nice comments.  I didn't used to be a cat person until we got her.  She has her moments of being a diva, lol!  :smile:
  • FranstrahanFranstrahan Posts: 896Member Pioneering
    I am a huge poodle fan. My Sophie is a white toy girl. She`s 4 and she rules the roost!
    Before Soph we had Lucy, who lived to 16 and we had Poochi, who lived to 14. he was quite protective of me.

    Before these 3 , we had Snowy and before her we had Pepi.

    Sindy was a black female when I was 10.

    So yeh, I`m a true poodle fan. Here`s a picky of our Soph. xx

    Soph is with Willow, our daughter`s dog.
    pollyanna1052, thanks for posting the photo. Always have a problem getting mine to look at the camera like that! I'm a Tibetan Terrier fan and have owned TTs for over 20 years now. Currently have 4 and a Pomeranian cross. Have been around dogs all my life and never been without at least on.
  • FranstrahanFranstrahan Posts: 896Member Pioneering
    Whileibreathihope:
    All mine sleep on the bed. I know too that some people will not like that idea, but at least I know what they are up to and that they're ok. Amy comes under the duvet on cold nights...
  • mrbuttonsmrbuttons Posts: 179Member Pioneering
    the picture i use as an avatar is of my old cat suki she died last year at 19 yrs old.  she was so naughty and willful i just adored her. i had her from 6 wks old and i was distraught when she passed on. then in may, i adopted Mr buttons he was rescued after months on the street, hes 15 yrs old and was abandoned by his family who didn't want to pay his medical bills. i can't imagine how scared he was all alone outside during winter, cold and hungry. he must've suffered because he gets really anxious if his food bowl is empty.

    he seems happy enough now. I hope he is, I hope im a good cat guardian for his twilight years. i dont know who hurt him but he's scared of men and hides under the sofa if the postman calls or a workman comes round. hes an adorable, gentle kitty. i will try to post a picture if i can get him to sit up and say "cheese"
  • FranstrahanFranstrahan Posts: 896Member Pioneering
    Hes lovely. He has landed on his feet finding you.mrbuttons said:
    here he is looking very serious and sad he has the most mournful eyes. But I just love him to bits

  • FranstrahanFranstrahan Posts: 896Member Pioneering
    I got a rescue shih-tzu in 2006, he was 2yo at the time. He was a very gentle, sweet dog who just liked to sit on your lap, anyones lap, and be cuddled and fussed. I got him registered as a Pets As Therapy dog and he went to 3 care homes. He was great, if someone was bed ridden sometimes he was allowed to lay on the bed next to them so they could stroke him. He had a lot of friends. He died 2 years ago today, of dementia. In Heaven xx
  • WhileIBreathIHopeWhileIBreathIHope Posts: 216Member - under moderation Pioneering
    Whileibreathihope:
    All mine sleep on the bed. I know too that some people will not like that idea, but at least I know what they are up to and that they're ok. Amy comes under the duvet on cold nights...
    Bedding changed regularly and we don’t allow wet feet.
    ours likes 15mins of cuddle time and then sleeps in his bed or on end of the bed.

    A pet gives structure as needs feeding, grooming and toilet breaks etc- ours has a playful sense of humour and shows a fang like a smile when in playful mood.
    Can be very vocal and bite inhibition very good, sounds like it is eating someone, while not leaving slightest mark on a fingers.

    Think if someone broke in they would get in, not sure they would leave though.

    however would never trust any animal 100% with children to be sure, but my he is very gentle supervised with my toddler niece.

    Daughter not very well today, so he sat in lounge bed on floor with her on sofa all day.
  • FranstrahanFranstrahan Posts: 896Member Pioneering
    Whileibreathihope:
    Yours sounds a lovely guy xx. I used to have a TT who seemed to sense when I wasnt feeling well and use to curl up with me. She was a rescue, 6yo when I got her. Gentle dog, but she didn't like visitors. Used to walk up and down in front of them, barking constantly. She was very good at getting rid of people!
  • poppy123456poppy123456 Posts: 17,455Community champion Disability Gamechanger
    I have a 6 year old indoor pure white cat (blue eyes) called Alfie. Well, i think he's a cat but possibly part human too lol. Love him to bits and couldn't imagine being without him. He rules the house, for sure.
    Community champion and proud winner of the 2019 empowering others award. This award was given for supporting disabled people and their families for the benefit advice i have given to members here on the community.
  • mrbuttonsmrbuttons Posts: 179Member Pioneering
    Whileibreathihope:
    All mine sleep on the bed. I know too that some people will not like that idea, but at least I know what they are up to and that they're ok. Amy comes under the duvet on cold nights...
    my leccky blanket and fleece bedding are cat magnets I have no chance of budging him off the bed. we just snuggle up together and listen to the radio or audiobooks. two old codgers happy together :)


  • FranstrahanFranstrahan Posts: 896Member Pioneering
    Lol. Glad to hear it. I have a sneaking suspicion more people allow their pets on the bed then are letting on...mrbuttons said:
    Whileibreathihope:
    All mine sleep on the bed. I know too that some people will not like that idea, but at least I know what they are up to and that they're ok. Amy comes under the duvet on cold nights...
    my leccky blanket and fleece bedding are cat magnets I have no chance of budging him off the bed. we just snuggle up together and listen to the radio or audiobooks. two old codgers happy together :)



  • April2018momApril2018mom Posts: 2,633Member - under moderation Disability Gamechanger
    Nice little menagerie you have there Chloe! One of my dogs is blind and deaf. Shes 14yo. I have 5 altogether.

    April2018mom, which fish? I've had loads but I bred killifish back in the 80's. Had 18 tanks in all at that point. Not all killifish, but 18 altogether.
    Goldfish. Right now Christmas is snoozing. 
  • FranstrahanFranstrahan Posts: 896Member Pioneering
    Teddy.
    I'll try and get pics of the others and post. 
  • mrbuttonsmrbuttons Posts: 179Member Pioneering
    Mr buttons has been driving me nuts hes been humping my furry blanket which covers the botttom of my bed. I know its only natural and reduces his anxiety. I just wish he didnt do whilst i am trying to sleep.
  • FranstrahanFranstrahan Posts: 896Member Pioneering
    MrButtons:
    My dogs are the same, although they are all neutered, its blankets and each other mainly, but not often, just occassionally. Suppose it is some kind of natural 'animal' impulse. Doesnt really bother me  but suppose it might upset some people.
  • daniellelinleyxdaniellelinleyx Posts: 10Member Connected
    I have 3 guinea pigs, all males. Handsome, Bruno & Roy. 
  • FranstrahanFranstrahan Posts: 896Member Pioneering
    Daniellelinleyx:
    Hi, what variety? I had 2 Peruvians and a short haired one. They make lovely gentle pets dont they. Dont think schools do this now, but when I was a kid we had school pets, newts and Guinea pigs etc. Taught us how to care for and respect living things. Anybody know a school that still has pets?
  • CressidaCressida Posts: 344Member Pioneering
    mrbuttons said:
    here he is looking very serious and sad he has the most mournful eyes. But I just love him to bits
    He's beautiful. Those markings x
  • Chloe_ScopeChloe_Scope Posts: 7,189Administrator Scope community team
    So cute @mrbuttons!
    Chloe
    Online Community Officer
  • AilsAils Posts: 1,518Community champion Disability Gamechanger
    He is gorgeous @mrbuttons!  My wee Christy is ginger and white too!  :smile:
  • LouiseHLouiseH Posts: 18Member Connected

    I thought I'd revive this post with a picture of Smidge my calico beasty. She'll be 11 this year. She loves dreamies and the sound of my bedroom draw opening (as this signals dreamies). She hates being told off and will shout back at you. This is a rare photo where she didn't turn away as soon as she sees the camera. 😁
  • FranstrahanFranstrahan Posts: 896Member Pioneering
    @LouiseH
    Shes gorgeous! I do love calico cats. Such interesting patterns. She looks a sweetie too.
  • AilsAils Posts: 1,518Community champion Disability Gamechanger
    Smidge is a beauty @LouiseH!  I love her markings!  :smile:
  • LouiseHLouiseH Posts: 18Member Connected
    @Ails thank you :smile: I keep calling her beautiful, she's probably got such a big head really 😂

    @Franstrahan I love calicos too, they're so unique and her fur is lovely, it's soft like kitten fur. 
  • Chloe_ScopeChloe_Scope Posts: 7,189Administrator Scope community team
    She's so cute @LouiseH
    Chloe
    Online Community Officer
  • FranstrahanFranstrahan Posts: 896Member Pioneering

    No shes not mine, but I can wish...
    This is Ebony, at Sunset Farm
  • susan48susan48 Posts: 2,226Member Disability Gamechanger
    I have a border collie who is adorable. He has kept me alive and gave me a purpose. He’s my everything. Unfortunately pip don’t think that, lost points because I have a dog. Cheers for that 😡😡
  • Rifi7Rifi7 Posts: 141Member Pioneering
    I have a little dog. She’s a cross pug chihuahua and she’s my bestie. We have been through so much and she’s been my rock. I originally got her for my mum who has dementia but my mum rejected her. I have to admit I was not a dog lover before my dog came along, but I didn’t know how much a dog can bring to your life. I bonded with this ball of fluff and I love her more than I could have ever imagined. She wormed her way into to my heart and I had no choice but to concede.  I was struggling to losing my mum to dementia and my heart was aching. Although my mum is physically here I am watching what was once my mum, fade away before my eyes. I often think that 8 years on, that my mum sent my dog to me to mend my broken heart. I truly believe that.
  • FranstrahanFranstrahan Posts: 896Member Pioneering
    @susan48
    How did you lose pip points by having a beautiful, intelligent border collie?
    Do you have a photo of him you could post here?
  • FranstrahanFranstrahan Posts: 896Member Pioneering
    @Rifi7
    That's such a sad, but beautiful tale of you and your little dog.
    Do you have a photo of her you could post on the thread here? x
  • susan48susan48 Posts: 2,226Member Disability Gamechanger
    @Franstrahan , minds not working so can seem to upload a pic.
    i lost points because I struggle to mix with others because of social anxiety etc etc but assessment says I can walk the dog so zero point.
    sorry for the rant

  • Rifi7Rifi7 Posts: 141Member Pioneering
    Hi Franstrahan,
    Thank you. Sad but my dog brings so much comfort to my world. 
    My dogs camera shy. Lol! 
  • FranstrahanFranstrahan Posts: 896Member Pioneering
    susan48 said:
    @Franstrahan , minds not working so can seem to upload a pic.
    i lost points because I struggle to mix with others because of social anxiety etc etc but assessment says I can walk the dog so zero point.
    sorry for the rant

    Ok that's interesting. My PIP form is ready to be posted. I have ASD, sad, depression and anxiety. I get ill basically mixing with others. People I cant do. Animals I can. I walk my dogs (not currently because of this nationwide vomiting disease) and I can manage on a superficial level with one or two people, still mask, but if theres animals around it's easier. I go to EAL which is horses helping people with autism and other conditions. Obviously there are supervisors there. We talk about horses. I cant work a proper job or go to church (not without getting ill) and do not socialise coz of people.
    Doesnt make a lot of sense, but cant believe you lost points for being able to walk your collie.
    If it comes to that for me, I will contest it.
    Have ranted right back at you, apologies  :)
  • FranstrahanFranstrahan Posts: 896Member Pioneering
    @Rifi7
    I can never get the pics I want of my dogs. Or very rarely. They move, or look petrified coz I'm pointing a camera at them. Just occassionally, I get a nice photo x
  • Rifi7Rifi7 Posts: 141Member Pioneering
    Don’t know how my dog knows but always turns her head away when I point the camera at her. 
  • FranstrahanFranstrahan Posts: 896Member Pioneering
    @Rifi7
    If I can catch mine off guard, and say 'biscuits', I can sometimes get a nice photo.
    They also know when I'm going to groom them, and try to disappear!
  • FranstrahanFranstrahan Posts: 896Member Pioneering
    @Rifi7

    Got these two with the magic word, 'biscuits'. Not quite as simple as that, you should see the 20 odd photos I scrapped to get these! 
    This is Teddy.
  • Rifi7Rifi7 Posts: 141Member Pioneering
    Teddy is a very handsome dog. Our dogs are such special little beings. I know I would be lost without my dog.
  • Chloe_ScopeChloe_Scope Posts: 7,189Administrator Scope community team
    Great photos @Franstrahan
    Chloe
    Online Community Officer
  • FranstrahanFranstrahan Posts: 896Member Pioneering
    @Chloe_Scope
    Thank you. They took some getting!
  • deb74deb74 Posts: 500Member Pioneering
    I have a lovely border collie called Bella. I would put a picture on here on here but I am not very good with technology and haven't got a clue how to do it! Bella is my baby and I can't imagine life without a dog in it.
  • FranstrahanFranstrahan Posts: 896Member Pioneering
    @deb74
    Hi, I'm no good with computers etc and couldnt post photos when I first joined here. I cant explain how you do it, but I'll tag @Chloe_Scope, and she will be able to post something here.
    Agree with you on dogs. There was a dog in the house the day I was born in it, and I have never had a day of my life when I havent had a dog or dogs.
  • Chloe_ScopeChloe_Scope Posts: 7,189Administrator Scope community team
    edited February 14
    Hi @deb74

    Are you using a tablet/phone or a laptop when using the community? If you have a picture of Bella on the device that you are using then here's how you can upload it.

    1. Find the photo icon.

    The icon bar before the text box, the add a photo option is circled.

    2. Click it and select 'choose files'.

    A drop down menu with the option to choose files.

    3. Select the photo you would like to use and press 'open'.

    A box of files stored on the laptop, one has been selected and the open option is circled.

    4. The photo should appear in the post!

    Chloe
    Online Community Officer
  • FranstrahanFranstrahan Posts: 896Member Pioneering
  • JenCoJenCo Posts: 49Member Courageous
    We have a rescue cat called Matilda. She came from a home with kids who might have been very unkind to her, she was terrified of kids when we got her. Now she's much more chilled out and has even met, played and been petted by our lovely neighbour's little ones. We have no kids of our own so Matilda is in her element. 
  • deb74deb74 Posts: 500Member Pioneering
    Hi Chloe_Scope. Thanks. I can't find any of those icons on my phone. and I don't have any photos of Bella on my laptop. I could have done it no problem on my old android phone but I have got an iPhone now and I can't send photos on emails or put pictures on the internet.
  • deb74deb74 Posts: 500Member Pioneering
    Hi Chloe_Scope. I have taken a couple of photos on my laptop but I can't find them. I think I will leave it for now. It is starting to stress me out!




  • Chloe_ScopeChloe_Scope Posts: 7,189Administrator Scope community team
    Hi @deb74, I’m sorry it’s stressing you out. Here is a screenshot from my iPhone if that helps at all! It’s the one under ‘B’.
    Chloe
    Online Community Officer
  • FranstrahanFranstrahan Posts: 896Member Pioneering
    Any pics of Matilda @JenCo, you can post here?
  • deb74deb74 Posts: 500Member Pioneering
    Thanks Chloe. I still can't work out how to
    do this on my laptop and I hate using the internet on my phone but I am sure I can work it out.
  • FranstrahanFranstrahan Posts: 896Member Pioneering
    @deb74
    Lovely Bella. Paw over her eyes, "no more photos!"
    Thanks for posting
  • Rifi7Rifi7 Posts: 141Member Pioneering
    What lovely pictures of our furry friends. I’m thinking of getting another pet but not sure what to get. I already have a dog but I wouldn’t be able to manage another dog so I’m thinking of a cat but not sure I will be able to manage a cat either as if they have an accident in my home I wouldn’t be able to clean it up. I was looking at a ferret but my carer said she won’t come to me if I get one lol! I need to pet that’s low maintenance. Any ideas anyone?
  • FranstrahanFranstrahan Posts: 896Member Pioneering
    @Rifi7
    How about Guinea pigs. The short haired ones. They are very easy little pets to keep. They are recommended as ideal first pets for children for this reason. They can be kept indoors or outdoors. I have had them in the past, short haired and long haired, short haired will be low maintenance. I'm going to tag @Ami2301 because I think she is quite expert on them. Mine were handled regularly, and were very sweet and cuddly little things.
  • deb74deb74 Posts: 500Member Pioneering
    [email protected] Rifi7. Have you thought about a rabbit. You can train a rabbit to use a litter tray!
  • Rifi7Rifi7 Posts: 141Member Pioneering
    Franstraahan I’m not sure about Guinea Pigs lol. Don’t know why!
    deb74 I was thinking of a rabbit but everyone I have said that to has put me off because they say that they make your place smell bad.
    my goodness I’m a fussy one. I was thinking about a bird. They are not cuddly but they are intelligent I suppose.
  • Firefly123Firefly123 Posts: 366Member Pioneering
  • Firefly123Firefly123 Posts: 366Member Pioneering
    edited February 16
  • Firefly123Firefly123 Posts: 366Member Pioneering
    First pic is gizmo he's 13 and a fantastic dog.. Second is farren he's is my kids therapy dog keeps her calm when stressed x
  • Rifi7Rifi7 Posts: 141Member Pioneering
    What lovely dogs. My dog isn’t a trained a therapy dog but she is very in tune with me and my condition and she’s such a ray of sunshine in the old people’s home my mums in. The residents there absolutely love her and look forward to her visits. 
  • Firefly123Firefly123 Posts: 366Member Pioneering
    They soon become part of the family x
  • Rifi7Rifi7 Posts: 141Member Pioneering
    She certainly is like family. She’s fantastic. 
  • Chloe_ScopeChloe_Scope Posts: 7,189Administrator Scope community team
    Loving these photos, they are all so cute!
    Chloe
    Online Community Officer
  • Rifi7Rifi7 Posts: 141Member Pioneering
    Firefly123
    Could you tell me what breed is the dog in the second photo. She or he has similarities of my dog. I think it’s the eyes. They are cheeky looking.
  • Firefly123Firefly123 Posts: 366Member Pioneering
    @Rifi7 he is a cross between a chowawa and a lakeland terrier x
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