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lieutenant busybody
written by Fth on Mar 19, 2007 11:36
I'm sure many of you are pet owners. Problem with pets is: they die and make you sad. Need sympathy? Get it here! For free! It's a once in a lifetime deal!

So... errr... here's a story that actually happened to me just this morning:

http://www.anywherebb.com/postline/cdisk.php?dnl=cd/zips/XnAfsM5eYozfbtx5hQf3Dfwe.zip

I'll miss her The world is just that tiny bit more empty now.

So... I don't need more words here, I'm pretty much all out. I don't even have a picture of her...
poptart fire!
written by Kalliope on Mar 28, 2007 20:22
I don't have a good picture on hand, but I found out recently that my dear puppy Comet was put down last month. I hadn't seen him for almost two years, and so the whole situation feels surreal.

He might have been fourteen years old, but he never quite grew up. He was a sweetie, a troublemaker, and the only dog I've met that had a sense of guilt.

Now my husband and I are talking about getting a pet dog to grow up with our son (almost one year old). I want another miniature schnauzer...though maybe not quite as hyper as Comet.

___

We have some fish, too, but it's harder to get attached to them. Though we did have the algae eater that died of starvation (death followed by subsequent algae EXPLOSION), and an aquatic snail with a terminal addiction to air. Maybe he saw funky colors, maybe he just liked floating at the top of the tank. We'll never know...
hello there
written by Duskesko on Mar 29, 2007 01:54
Kalliope said:
I want another miniature schnauzer...though maybe not quite as hyper as Comet.
for kids, i highly recommend a cocker spaniel
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/American_Cocker_Spaniel#Temperament

we had a female cocker for so long. everyone in the family developed a bond with her.
poptart fire!
written by Kalliope on Mar 29, 2007 03:38
That Wikipedia entry downplays the fact that (American) cockers tend to be a pile of health problems. My aunt had to put hers down (in fairness, he had additional problems, and I think he had been abused by a previous owner), and a friend of mine loves hers but it costs a lot to keep him marginally healthy. Unfortunately, most of what I've heard about cockers falls in line with the latter anecdote.

Temperament is the main reason why I want a mini schnauzer. They're small, smart, good with kids, and pretty robust. Well, and there was always one in the house ever since I was born, except for a period from about age 2 to 5. But that's not important, is it? *shifty glances*

Whatever happens, we're probably going to get a dog from a shelter or humane society, so there's a good chance it'll be a mixed breed (probably part terrier for a number of reasons).
hello there
written by Duskesko on Mar 29, 2007 03:46
our cocker had a healthy life.
we did have to take care of her ears, though. big floppy ears can lead to moisture and ear problems. no major problems for us, just irritation.

however, as she grew really old, she lost her hearing and may have developed joint pain. keep in mind, she was OLD when this happened.

i guess we were lucky.
poptart fire!
written by Kalliope on Mar 29, 2007 03:58
Yeah, Comet developed bladder stones in his later years (one of the issues that can come up with mini schnauzers), but treatment worked and gave him a couple of good years he wouldn't have had if he'd been put down then.

He started losing his hearing and mobility a few months before he died -- I'm guessing those are just old age issues, like you said.

In the end, though, a good dog is a good dog.
never here
written by Ozoch on Mar 30, 2007 21:55
My first dog, a nice golden retriever, died when I was 8 after breaking his neck somehow. My older brother claimed he fell down stairs yet my brother was into kickboxing at the time and would play-fight with the dog often, which always made me wonder if he snapped his neck with an accidental kick. Other than that I had a cat of mine, a russian blue, pass away when I was about 11, he was 21 years old and epileptic, yet died from kidney failure.

Our two current pets are a golden retriever and russian blue, we aren't very creative.
five tons of flax!
written by Perryrhodan on Mar 31, 2007 10:30
I had a rabbit. It was living in the garden. Then, one day, it just disappeared. Same thing happened to another rabbit. End of story
hello there
written by Duskesko on Mar 31, 2007 12:01
We've had several cats.

Midnight is the only one that i have a decent picture of.
http://www.luxcorp.org/nitsud/midnight.jpg
lost, not forgotten
written by Alex on Jun 10, 2007 02:12
The L.in.oleum compiler icon since version 1.2 portraits Martin in loving memory... to add another story. And every year on April 25th I'm bringing a flower (stolen to neighbors, typically) to the place where he lays, which is a grass field far from this house.

And if I think enough to him I can still manage to cry, over two years later...
i has a potion
written by Vib on Jun 10, 2007 02:23

Rest in peace, "Bad Kitty". (The one on the left/top)
Run over by some asshole in a car who just kept on going.


this was a while ago... but I still get upset when I think of it D:
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