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    I've commented elsewhere about how having a pet is setting yourself up for grief. I understand the feelings towards dogs, cats and the like, but having to put down a loved pet every eight years is more than I care to deal with.

    A few years back, I was taken with the idea of keeping either an octopus or a cuttlefish. Both are extremely intelligent and have personalities of their own, which is pretty extraordinary for animals that share more with snails than they do with mammals. (Octopuses (the true plural) can even escape from a poorly guarded tank, walk across the corridor to an adjacent fish tank, climb in to the fish tank, eat the fish, and then crawl back into their tank and sit there, staring out at anyone who dares to suspect them.)

    Two things put me off of the idea. One is that you need a huge salt water aquarium to maintain them in good health and spirits. Salt water tanks are hard to maintain and very intolerant of any variation in water chemistry.

    The other was the clincher, however. Both cuttlefish and octopuses have a lifespan measured in months rather than years. Having one as a companion for a short time would not be worth the grief in losing them.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SOTSDO View Post
    I've commented elsewhere about how having a pet is setting yourself up for grief.
    A great philosopher once said that life = pain. No pain, no life.

    Aaaaaaannnyhow, one of life's amusing turns happened about 15 minutes after I made my post: a neighborhood dog decided to invite himself over. My wife insists she just left the door open for a minute. Yah, that's it. Well, we are trying to find the owners of said doggie. He has a collar, but no tags. My wife went to the vet to return some of Jonah's unused meds and also took the neighborhood dog in to check for a microchip. Nope. No tattoo in the ear, either. We've talked with a lot of our neighbors and no one knows who owns it. Unfortunately, I'm very allergic to the dog (who, of course, likes me a lot), so the dog will be going to the animal shelter this weekend if owner isn't found.

    Oh. It's a black & tan Dachshund. Probably about 2 years old. Has a red collar. He looks well fed, but not overfed, so I'd assume someone's been taking pretty good care of him.

    Many years ago I had an aquarium. Fresh water, because Terry's comment about salt water is very true. My cat couldn't get at said fish. However, she could get at the thermostat. She cooked the fish one day I was at school.

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    Pete, if you have to take the dog to a shelter, I hope you take it to a no kill shelter. My wife and I have been rescuing cats for as long as I can remember, and we've found two no kill shelters in our area.

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    We'll call around. http://www.dachshundsonlyrescue.com may be an option, depending on if they consider Mesa part of Phoenix Metro. There are a lot of no-kill/never kill shelters in the area.

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    I've had to say good-bye 6 times, but also felt the joy of having 6 wonderful companions.

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    A great philosopher once said that life = pain. No pain, no life
    If pain is needed for a life, then I've already got more life than I can deal with...

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    Quote Originally Posted by SOTSDO View Post
    If pain is needed for a life, then I've already got more life than I can deal with...
    Same here.

    I definitely miss my doggie, but I've got lots of other pain, too. Have I told you about my nerve damage ...?

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    Dachshund update: my wife and youngest daughter are currently taking him to his new home at a farm. IIRC, the new owner has five other dogs of varying sizes and two horses. Couple of teenager kids, too, I think.

    I'm still surprised that nobody contacted us on the "lost dog" thing. He's a beautiful and very friendly dog. You'd think the owners would have done more checking.

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    Quote Originally Posted by pete View Post
    Same here.

    I definitely miss my doggie, but I've got lots of other pain, too. Have I told you about my nerve damage ...?

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    Dachshund update: my wife and youngest daughter are currently taking him to his new home at a farm. IIRC, the new owner has five other dogs of varying sizes and two horses. Couple of teenager kids, too, I think.

    I'm still surprised that nobody contacted us on the "lost dog" thing. He's a beautiful and very friendly dog. You'd think the owners would have done more checking.
    I wished I lived closer... I have a pack of dachsies and would adopt him in a heartbeat.

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    Update on the update: so, the "dachsie" was taken to da farm. He got out of the car and immediately tried to attack one of the really, really big dogs. (I had watched the dachsie play with a couple Chihuahuas earlier in the week and they didn't have any problems.) New owner called my wife back and said that she'd have to find a new-new home. Probably without dogs. New-new home was found later in the evening.

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    Sounds like a typical dachsie; they are a big dog in a little package. My cousin lost his dachshund when he attacked a German Shepherd. They are a fearless breed, especially considering they were bred to hunt badgers. Dachs = Badger in German.

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    Good work, Pete.

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    Yesterday, my family adopted a new dog from the Arizona SPCA (Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, aka "the pound"). Already named "Ozzie," before we got him. He's a 50lb Basenji and (possibly) Weimaraner mix that was given up because the owners had to move. He's a very pretty dog with a very good personality. He was originally brought in with a German Shepherd 9mo puppy, which got adopted out. I also took him to see a friend's 120lb yellow Lab mix and they did OK together, so he's good with other dogs, but the little Chihuahua mixes on the other side of our fence scared hm. He's OK with my 9yo daughter. Dunno about cats. Active. Playful. I have had no allergy problems. Fixed, licensed, chipped. Deep, Doberman-like chesty bark, when you walk into "his" yard (sorry, neighbor boy!).

    As an aside, I had also applied to adopt two dogs and a cat as a "package deal." I filled out an application, waited three days, finally talked with someone, told I had to wait until the foster family contacted me. Waited three more days and was told that another family was probably going to adopt the trio. I had applied for two other dogs at other locations and never got a response, even after leaving voice mails. You wanna adopt the dogs out, right? You might want to respond to folks that want to adopt!

    Anyhow, we plan on getting another dog in a week or two. The AZ SPCA adoption fees are half off (so $55, for dogs under 5) if you get another within 30 days.
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    Beautiful dog. The Egyptians would have made him royalty.
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    Thanks, Groove. He's more impressive in person. I get you on the on the Egyptian, too.

    We took him in for his vet follow-up yesterday. There was a lot of speculation as to what kind of dog he is. Definitely a mix and the original owner did confirm Basenji, which I doubt. The folks at the vet's office posited blue Doberman and Belgian Shepherd. The blue Dobie looks like your classic Dobie, but kinda washed out. The Belgian Shepherd is a really long-haired dog, so I don't think so. The non-AKC grey Doberman is fairly close to Ozzie's color and can have the green/brown eyes that Ozzie has. My opinion? Doberman and German Shepherd.

    What you can't see well in the pics I posted is that Ozzie has a white stripe that goes from his chest to across his stomach. Yes, he has a racing stripe and he's very fast ... a fact that the neighborhood cats have learned this AM .
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    Just remembered this thread while talking about our hound.

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    Sweet. What great coloring.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SOTSDO View Post
    I've commented elsewhere about how having a pet is setting yourself up for grief. I understand the feelings towards dogs, cats and the like, but having to put down a loved pet every eight years is more than I care to deal with.
    Maybe that's true, but the point is also to give the dog a home for their life time. For every dog someone takes there is room for another in the shelter which means they are off the street, etc. the place I took my dog from, pretty much all the dogs there were either street dogs, rescued from dumpsters, tied to fences in army bases, etc. and were really suffering every day.

    My dog was so nervous before she came, had no idea what a home was. The people at the shelter said she's an energetic dog. After she relaxed and got used to a home her real character came out which was the most relaxed dog
    Also it's not necessarily ever X years. Just because you have/had a dog doesn't mean you will have another dog and even if you eventually do, maybe not right away.

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    Here is our shelter "rescue" Toby.


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    Quote Originally Posted by pete View Post
    Anyhow, we plan on getting another dog in a week or two. The AZ SPCA adoption fees are half off (so $55, for dogs under 5) if you get another within 30 days.
    I just realized that I didn't post about this.

    Two or three months after we got Ozzie, we were adopted by a black kitten. We have a cat food dish and a water bowl outside for the few stray cats in the area, so I had seen this kitty a couple times. One day, the kitten was bold enough to come in through our doggie door -- and intimidate the heck outta the dog. And drink out of his water dish. This continued for a few days. I finally had enough exposure to the cat to find out that I wasn't allergic, so my 10-year-old daughter got a cat. (We got him shots, chipped, fixed, etc. before he became our full-time cat.)

    Name? I call it "Kitty" and he does come when called. My daughter calls him "Shadow." One of the other un-catlike traits he has is that he'll eat any cat food.

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