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Wonderment
02-10-2010, 08:04 PM
Tikal, our new Chihuahua-Pug from the Humane Society. Age 12 wks. 64

Ocean
02-10-2010, 08:49 PM
Adorable!

Here are my companions, but well past kittens for many years!

Whatfur
02-10-2010, 10:31 PM
A chance to show off a few of my best friends.

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look
02-11-2010, 01:04 PM
Tikal, our new Chihuahua-Pug from the Humane Society. Age 12 wks. 64Mucho adorable.

look
02-11-2010, 01:04 PM
Adorable!

Here are my companions, but well past kittens for many years!Awwww.

look
02-11-2010, 01:05 PM
A chance to show off a few of my best friends.

66Santa, what happened to my iTouch this year?

Whatfur
02-11-2010, 03:21 PM
Would you believe...my dog ate it?

nikkibong
02-11-2010, 03:37 PM
would you believe my mother just emailed me a photo of my best friend from 3,000 miles away?

i don't like dog(s), but i love dog. this dog - waiting for someone to throw her a tennis ball:

look
02-11-2010, 07:15 PM
would you believe my mother just emailed me a photo of my best friend from 3,000 miles away?

i don't like dog(s), but i love dog. this dog - waiting for someone to throw her a tennis ball:Awwww, sweet old thing. If my PC wasn't on the fritz, I'd blast you all with some pictures.

look
02-11-2010, 07:20 PM
Would you believe...my dog ate it?I'd be a fool not to. They're gorgeous!

Wonderment
02-11-2010, 07:44 PM
These are the remains of a doorframe that Wonderment used to have in his house, but I ate it.

And that was when my wing feathers were clipped. Now that I can fly I'll probably eat the rest of the house too. Good way to solve the California termite problem, I figure. -- Shanti.

look
02-12-2010, 01:18 AM
These are the remains of a doorframe that Wonderment used to have in his house, but I ate it.

And that was when my wing feathers were clipped. Now that I can fly I'll probably eat the rest of the house too. Good way to solve the California termite problem, I figure. -- Shanti.Pretty Shanti. Where does that name come from?

Wonderment
02-12-2010, 02:59 AM
Where does that name come from?

Hewwwwo, Look. My name means "peace" in Sanskrit.

I know what you'll say: World peace is too heavy a burden for me to carry on my little avian shoulders.

I barely weigh one pound, and Wonderment expects me to defend myself nonviolently against super-predators like those despicable humans who traffic in exotic birds and are driving me and my fellow parrots to the brink of extinction.

Have you seen Avatar? That's my favorite movie! We plants and animals all rise up as one glorious ecosystem against the rapacious humans. Hurrah!

look
02-12-2010, 09:07 PM
Hewwwwo, Look. My name means "peace" in Sanskrit.

I know what you'll say: World peace is too heavy a burden for me to carry on my little avian shoulders.

I barely weigh one pound, and Wonderment expects me to defend myself nonviolently against super-predators like those despicable humans who traffic in exotic birds and are driving me and my fellow parrots to the brink of extinction.

Have you seen Avatar? That's my favorite movie! We plants and animals all rise up as one glorious ecosystem against the rapacious humans. Hurrah! Love you, Wondie.

JonIrenicus
02-13-2010, 07:50 PM
I wish I had some pet to post, but I could never even keep my goldfish alive so I figured I better not try and care for a larger animal.


I think I must have went through about 5 goldfish as a kid though. Apparently you need to oxygenate the water for them to live. Or clean out the bowl. And even then, one time I took special care to purify the water by boiling it, and the goldfish still died.

(goldfish added after water boiled and cooled)


Maybe the water got too cold and it went into shock. Does this mean I shouldn't have kids?

Wonderment
02-13-2010, 07:52 PM
Does this mean I shouldn't have kids?

Naw, have the kids. I had a hundred perfect excuses for never having kids before I had them. Then, when I became a parent, all the excuses immediately evaporated. Best thing that ever happened to me!

Ocean
02-13-2010, 08:08 PM
Does this mean I shouldn't have kids?

As long as you don't put them in a fish bowl...

look
02-13-2010, 08:14 PM
I wish I had some pet to post, but I could never even keep my goldfish alive so I figured I better not try and care for a larger animal.


I think I must have went through about 5 goldfish as a kid though. Apparently you need to oxygenate the water for them to live. Or clean out the bowl. And even then, one time I took special care to purify the water by boiling it, and the goldfish still died.

(goldfish added after water boiled and cooled)


Maybe the water got too cold and it went into shock. Does this mean I shouldn't have kids?IIRC, in an aquarium, you shouldn't remove more than one-fourth of the water at a time because it removes too much nitrogen from the system and has a negative effect on the fish.

Also, I will get together a picture of the perfect set-up for a very hardy and beautiful fish, the male betta. If I am correct, water oxygen level is not a big deal for them, as they can breathe from the surface. I haven't found them to be particular about temperature either. So it makes a pretty tank, without wires and tubes.

Of course, you'd make and excellent dad, Jon. But kids are the most exquisite anguish you will ever encounter.

look
02-13-2010, 08:15 PM
As long as you don't put them in a fish bowl...Ba-dum-cha!

osmium
02-13-2010, 08:48 PM
I like seeing everyone's pets. I don't have any, but I like yours. :)

Ocean
02-13-2010, 08:55 PM
I like seeing everyone's pets. I don't have any, but I like yours. :)

Here is yours.

http://t2.gstatic.com/images?q=tbn:N92uxhkBvIk9kM:http://www.petwebsite.com/guinea_pigs/images/guinea_pig_000001077584Small.jpg

osmium
02-13-2010, 09:23 PM
Here is yours.

http://t2.gstatic.com/images?q=tbn:N92uxhkBvIk9kM:http://www.petwebsite.com/guinea_pigs/images/guinea_pig_000001077584Small.jpg

She's a cutie. I used to have a hamster those colors when I was a kid. Now animals make me sneeze, but I look forward to getting to hang out with them when I can.

http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4005/4225694885_797d31aaaa.jpg

A couple times a year I get to spend a few days with Otis (http://www.flickr.com/photos/osmium/tags/otis/). I have been known to sit on the couch with Otis, watching bloggingheads on my laptop. VH1 Classic is probably on, too. And those, ladies and gentlemen, are the best days evar.

Ocean
02-13-2010, 09:30 PM
You look very happy with Otis!

I used to have a Guinea Pig, his name was Stanley. He looked very much like the picture I posted. When you said you didn't have a pet, my first thought was that you would like Stanley. Guinea Pigs are very affectionate and social. I am very allergic to them. Sadly, I discovered that about three months after I got Stanley.

look
02-13-2010, 09:49 PM
She's a cutie. I used to have a hamster those colors when I was a kid. Now animals make me sneeze, but I look forward to getting to hang out with them when I can.

http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4005/4225694885_797d31aaaa.jpg

A couple times a year I get to spend a few days with Otis (http://www.flickr.com/photos/osmium/tags/otis/). I have been known to sit on the couch with Otis, watching bloggingheads on my laptop. VH1 Classic is probably on, too. And those, ladies and gentlemen, are the best days evar.Oh my goodness, what a cutie! The dog's sweet, too.

TwinSwords
02-14-2010, 06:27 AM
This is Bunny:

http://img171.imageshack.us/img171/5239/bunnyu.png

So named because when she was a kitten, she had big white legs and giant ears. She looked just enough like a bunny that my girlfriend and I thought it made a good name.

We got her in 1992. Just a few weeks ago we were talking about how she was as healthy as a kitten and would live several more years. But just before Christmas she got sick and passed away. Things just aren't the same around here without my friend of almost 20 years.

Ocean
02-14-2010, 08:42 AM
I'm sorry to hear that, Twin.

My oldest cat was also born in 1992. She is still alive but not doing so well.

Perhaps it's time to get a new kitten...

look
02-14-2010, 09:00 AM
I'm sorry to hear that, Twin.

My oldest cat was also born in 1992. She is still alive but not doing so well.

Perhaps it's time to get a new kitten...Yes, TS, I'm very sorry to hear that, too.

osmium
02-14-2010, 04:00 PM
Aw, I'm sorry to hear about Bunny. She looks like a sweet kitty.

uncle ebeneezer
02-14-2010, 06:22 PM
Me too. I lost my cat after 13 years in October. The infamous Jasmine:
http://i58.photobucket.com/albums/g256/junglecity73/IMG_0098.jpg
http://i58.photobucket.com/albums/g256/junglecity73/IMG_0282.jpg

Ocean
02-14-2010, 06:31 PM
I'm sorry about Jasmine too.

I noticed the cat design on the blanket. How thoughtful!

TwinSwords
02-14-2010, 06:54 PM
Me too. I lost my cat after 13 years in October. The infamous Jasmine:
http://i58.photobucket.com/albums/g256/junglecity73/IMG_0098.jpg
http://i58.photobucket.com/albums/g256/junglecity73/IMG_0282.jpg

Awww, she's beautiful. Nice pictures. Sorry to hear you lost her. These animals give us such joy.

uncle ebeneezer
02-14-2010, 08:42 PM
Thanks guys. Yeah the last days and decision to put her down was excruciating. I still get choked up about it. It is really amazing how attached we become to these little creatures.

But it was a great run. 3,000 miles, 9 bands, 11 homes, countless friends and girlfriends...ONE cat.

Cool thread. It's fun to see all your cuddly little critters :-)

uncle ebeneezer
02-14-2010, 08:43 PM
Very cool dogs 'fur!!

look
02-15-2010, 01:35 PM
Thanks guys. Yeah the last days and decision to put her down was excruciating. I still get choked up about it. It is really amazing how attached we become to these little creatures.

But it was a great run. 3,000 miles, 9 bands, 11 homes, countless friends and girlfriends...ONE cat.

Cool thread. It's fun to see all your cuddly little critters :-)Sorry to hear about your kitty. She is so cute. And, though I forgot to menton it, so is TS's Bunny!

uncle ebeneezer
02-15-2010, 04:06 PM
Thanks Look. All the critters in this thread are pretty adorable.

So am I the only person here who actually gets stronger emotional reaction (not sure if that's the best phrase) for animals than humans? To clarify: my family/friends/lovers are the world to me, but my emotional response to animals that I don't know is FAR stronger than for humans. In addition: I'm not one of those PETA people who views animals as more impoprtant than people from a policy perspective. I'm just talking about my emotional instincts. For example I can handle portrayals of cruelty to humans in movies, much more than anything that depicts cruelty to an animal. (in real life I find them equally repugnant.)

look
02-16-2010, 12:58 PM
Thanks Look. All the critters in this thread are pretty adorable.

So am I the only person here who actually gets stronger emotional reaction (not sure if that's the best phrase) for animals than humans? To clarify: my family/friends/lovers are the world to me, but my emotional response to animals that I don't know is FAR stronger than for humans. In addition: I'm not one of those PETA people who views animals as more impoprtant than people from a policy perspective. I'm just talking about my emotional instincts. For example I can handle portrayals of cruelty to humans in movies, much more than anything that depicts cruelty to an animal. (in real life I find them equally repugnant.)No, you're not. This may not be the way you mean it, but for example, I don't watch unfolding events like the Katrina aftermath, largely because of the way the media milk them. But about 2 weeks into Katrina I decided to click through an online photos essay. My reaction was 'people walking waist-deep in water.' Check. 'People walking waist-deep in water.' Check. 'Dog stranded in garage on top of car.' Tears.

On the other hand, I did watch some to the 9/11 coverage, and I saw the second tower fall, remaining dry-eyed through it all. Luckily, I've never seen footage or pictures of the people who had to jump. But that Friday(?) when the European cities came out for a memorial, all at the same time, and the cameras went from London to Paris to Berlin, showing those thousands of people, I wept and thought, 'they don't hate us.'

I'm not quite a PETA person, but I do think slaughter should be as humane as possible, and pig farms as they are currently run should be out-lawed.

And I have to leave the room during humane society commercials.

look
02-16-2010, 01:03 PM
PS, just to be clear, I was terribly upset about 9/11. All I could imagine was how it must have felt to be in one of those planes heading for a tower.

And things like the 9-1-1 call where the young woman is desperately sobbing to the 9-1-1 operator, and all the operator could do to help was to say, 'Ma'am, please say your prayers.'

Wonderment
02-16-2010, 02:36 PM
So am I the only person here who actually gets stronger emotional reaction (not sure if that's the best phrase) for animals than humans?

You'd have to pass the Fire Rescue Test: You rush into a burning building and you can only save the puppy or the human baby. Which do you pick? I'm betting you "flunk."

Much as I love PETA and support them, I think the fallacy they often fall into (in their ads at least) is one of value equivalence. It is just not part of our emotional universe to equate a horse's or a monkey's life with that of a person. We, like every other species, are wired to value our own kind over other animals.

Since we have this bias, it's all the more reason to protect animals from ourselves through enforceable laws against cruelty, abuse and exploitation; as well as by granting wider rights to the more intelligent species, probably starting with our fellow apes (chimps, bonobos, orangutans and gorillas).

Plus, there's this. (http://www.earthsave.org/globalwarming.htm)

Ocean
04-12-2010, 03:10 PM
This is not my companion animal, but it is so adorable (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ljmjmvMTWyY&feature=related) and funny that I couldn't resist posting it.

listener
04-12-2010, 04:11 PM
This is not my companion animal, but it is so adorable (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ljmjmvMTWyY&feature=related) and funny that I couldn't resist posting it.

I can see why. That is one talented pussycat. In the words of the old sports cliche, "Sign that kid up!"

Wonderment
04-12-2010, 06:06 PM
Tikal again. I'll have a YouTube of Shanti talking soon. I accidentally erased the last one I did :(

Ocean
04-12-2010, 06:14 PM
Tikal again. I'll have a YouTube of Shanti talking soon. I accidentally erased the last one I did :(

Tikal has grown so much! I can't wait until we see Shanti talking. What does she say?

Wonderment
04-12-2010, 09:22 PM
Tikal has grown so much! I can't wait until we see Shanti talking. What does she say?

"He," por favor.

Ok, here's the raw video (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UZdGTbneke0)I took today. I knew you couldn't wait :). He usually can't stop saying "te quiero" or messing with Tikal's mind by calling his name and "barking" at him, but he got a little camera shy. You'll hear a few words though. He's got about a 30-word vocab so far (he's not 2 yrs. old yet), plus lots of buzzing, beeping, sneezing, sounds of other animals and so on.

bjkeefe
04-12-2010, 09:40 PM
"He," por favor.

Ok, here's the raw video (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UZdGTbneke0)I took today. I knew you couldn't wait :). He usually can't stop saying "te quiero" or messing with Tikal's mind by calling his name and "barking" at him, but he got a little camera shy. You'll hear a few words though. He's got about a 30-word vocab so far (he's not 2 yrs. old yet), plus lots of buzzing, beeping, sneezing, sounds of other animals and so on.

I think he was doing those peeps (http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/discussion/2010/03/22/DI2010032203096.html) for Easter.

I liked the upside-down back-bends, too.

Ocean
04-12-2010, 09:56 PM
"He," por favor.

I always thought Shanti was a girl's name.

Pídele que me disculpe el error. De cualquier manera no creo que sea muy prejuiciado en cuanto a ese tipo de cosas.

Ok, here's the raw video (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UZdGTbneke0)I took today. I knew you couldn't wait :). He usually can't stop saying "te quiero" or messing with Tikal's mind by calling his name and "barking" at him, but he got a little camera shy. You'll hear a few words though. He's got about a 30-word vocab so far (he's not 2 yrs. old yet), plus lots of buzzing, beeping, sneezing, sounds of other animals and so on.

No sé cuál de los dos es más loro... es un chiste!

He's great! You have to post more like this to see if we can get more of his vocabulary. I've never had such animal friends. I'm trying to teach one of my cats how to talk. She seems to like the idea and is pretty good at it. But I'm terrible at making out her words...

Thank you for the video!

osmium
04-12-2010, 10:11 PM
"He," por favor.

Ok, here's the raw video (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UZdGTbneke0)I took today. I knew you couldn't wait :). He usually can't stop saying "te quiero" or messing with Tikal's mind by calling his name and "barking" at him, but he got a little camera shy. You'll hear a few words though. He's got about a 30-word vocab so far (he's not 2 yrs. old yet), plus lots of buzzing, beeping, sneezing, sounds of other animals and so on.

Pretty birdie. I like your bookshelves, full of books. I like getting to see bookshelves.

Wonderment
04-12-2010, 10:55 PM
I always thought Shanti was a girl's name.

African Greys are gender subtle (not sexually dimorphous). There's no way we humans can distinguish without DNA testing them (or waiting to see if they lay any eggs a few years down the road).

I'm glad you all liked the video. It will inspire me to shoot some more.

I'm living with 4 animals species now, not counting Homo Sapiens: cat, dog, fish and parrot. Here's a pic of our cat's friend whom we feed (along with his racoon buddies).

Ocean
04-12-2010, 11:00 PM
African Greys are gender subtle (not sexually dimorphous). There's no way we humans can distinguish without DNA testing them (or waiting to see if they lay any eggs a few years down the road).

I'm glad you all liked the video. It will inspire me to shoot some more.

I'm living with 4 animals species now, not counting Homo Sapiens: cat, dog, fish and parrot. Here's a pic of our cat's friend whom we feed (along with his racoon buddies).

That's a beautiful cat. I wouldn't bet that it's friendly though.

Wonderment
04-12-2010, 11:04 PM
I like your bookshelves, full of books.

Shanti is quite the scholar. He also has lots of newspapers on the floor and often expresses extremely scatological displeasure with the state of world affairs.

The only problem is that left to his own devices he would devour the bookcases. He thinks they are trees. Wait, are they?

Wonderment
04-12-2010, 11:06 PM
I wouldn't bet that it's friendly though.

Bingo! You are an excellent animal psychiatrist! He just comes around for the food. Does not allow petting.

Ocean
04-12-2010, 11:08 PM
Bingo! You are an excellent animal psychiatrist!

And plants too!

Wonderment
04-13-2010, 08:21 PM
This is Mazal a.k.a. Lucky. My daughter rescued him from an abusive early life. He spent a year or so in a dark closet. Traumatized pretty badly, he was terrified of people and light. After a few months he became normal, affectionate and plump. Now he terrorizes the sparrows in my back yard.

Wonderment
04-13-2010, 08:26 PM
Yesterday, I was taking a nap in the back seat of my car and this guy -- a California Towhee -- started tapping on the window.

Ocean
04-13-2010, 08:28 PM
This is Mazal a.k.a. Lucky. My daughter rescued him from an abusive early life. He spent a year or so in a dark closet. Traumatized pretty badly, he was terrified of people and light. After a few months he became normal, affectionate and plump. Now he terrorizes the sparrows in my back yard.

You can tell there's a leftover sadness from the early abuse... ;)

Ocean
04-13-2010, 08:42 PM
Here is a pic of a party on my deck:

Wonderment
04-13-2010, 09:05 PM
¡Muy lindos!

Wonderment
04-13-2010, 09:07 PM
You can tell there's a leftover sadness from the early abuse...

10 mg of Zoloft in his Purina and he should be fine.

Ocean
04-13-2010, 09:14 PM
10 mg of Zoloft in his Purina and he should be fine.

Very well, Dr. Wonders, make it so.

look
04-14-2010, 03:05 PM
"He," por favor.

Ok, here's the raw video (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UZdGTbneke0)I took today. I knew you couldn't wait :). He usually can't stop saying "te quiero" or messing with Tikal's mind by calling his name and "barking" at him, but he got a little camera shy. You'll hear a few words though. He's got about a 30-word vocab so far (he's not 2 yrs. old yet), plus lots of buzzing, beeping, sneezing, sounds of other animals and so on.Pretty boy!

It was nice to hear your voice, Wonderment. And I agree with Osmium, it's fun to see the other people's bookshelves.