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Darcy
02-05-2007, 01:33 PM
Post any and all cute pictures of your companion animals here. And if you'd like for your companion animal to be added to the Friends of Riley (http://www.tombihn.com/page/001/CTGY/_DOG) page, PM me.

Below are pictures of the kittens I fostered two years ago. They were so much fun. All of them went to loving homes. I still miss them - have you ever seen a tiny kitten hop in the air? So cute. Speaking of kittens, here's a little piece of Riley (http://www.tombihn.com/page/001/CTGY/_DOG) trivia: Riley's best friend at the shelter where Tom adopted him was a tabby kitten.

Ari:
http://www.tombihn.com/pets/ariforum.jpg

Naco:
http://www.tombihn.com/pets/nacoforum.jpg

Goldie:
http://www.tombihn.com/pets/goldieforum.jpg

Althea:
http://www.tombihn.com/pets/altheaforum.jpg

Franklin:
http://www.tombihn.com/pets/franklinforum.jpg

The mom of the kittens, Moose:
http://www.tombihn.com/pets/mooseforum.jpg

grumpy3b
02-05-2007, 10:55 PM
hey Darcy,

Wonderful idea...gotta love the fur-babies. Here is my last buddy Rufus:

http://www.grumpysgoodies.com/images/rufus.jpg

He was a total character and the sweetest gentle pet I ever had...lost him about 5 years ago now. But he was a rescue from a family who was moving to Australia which requires something like a 6-month quarentine for pets. Rufus was not the sort to take well to change or at first even loud noises. He really was definately the omega-dawg and a one person puppy dawg but loved everyone.

I had him just 5-1/2 yrs. until he was almost 8yrs old. Goldens suffer from cancer due to the poor breeding of most backyard breeders.

On my walks, I have been wandering by our shelter a couple times/week and think I might be getting ready to find a new pal...

Darcy
02-06-2007, 11:42 AM
Aw! Rufus looks like such a sweetie. I'm glad he found his home with you.

It does seem that, when it's ready to find a new pal, you kind of just know that it's the right time. Or, your new pal finds their way to you.

miri
03-19-2007, 09:06 PM
I posted a picture of my cat, Mishka (a.k.a. - the spawn of satan) in the Flickr group. He's checking out my Medium Cafe Bag. When I'm not using it, he loves to nap on it.
http://farm1.static.flickr.com/168/420793634_77b187636a_m.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/mirsasha/420793634/)

helder_jb
02-16-2008, 06:28 PM
Hi guys!

Since there was already a thread started about animals, I didn't want to create another one.

This is Mimi. She seems to like my new Aeronaut as much as me! Although I don't demonstrate that by sleeping on top of the bag! :D

http://img139.imageshack.us/img139/921/mimiattombihnaeronaut48gb2.jpg


When she's not on top of it, she's by my window, watching the streets outside. She loves doing this.

http://img527.imageshack.us/img527/7127/mimiwatchingstreet480er2.jpg

jehingr
02-16-2008, 08:09 PM
Here's our sweetie Sue. She's a 5-year old Irish Setter rescue. She was born with only one eye, but it doesn't slow her down a bit. Now, if we could just teach her that at 50 pounds she isn't really a lap dog.

http://www.mac.com/WebObjects/Content.woa/wa/authenticatedResource?url=/groups.marqueewrestling/Web/Sites/GroupSlideshow/Sweet%20Sue.jpg&tranform=large

Sorry for the large image, apparently I'm an html loser and can't figure out how to resize it.

brantroz
02-18-2008, 09:27 AM
This is Karma. She is our 2 & 1/2 year-old Italian Greyhound.

The is the smartest, most rewarding animal I've ever known. Sorry for so many pics, I like to gush. (She's a daddy's girl.) :)

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v516/brantroz/IMG_2307.jpg

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v516/brantroz/Karmajumps_bw.jpg

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v516/brantroz/IMG_1380.jpg

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v516/brantroz/IMG_1381.jpg

pretzelb
02-19-2008, 08:20 AM
Like I need an reason to show off pictures of Georgia. OK, here are some that I don't think have been shown yet.

This is a classic. It's out of focus but it's so funny we keep it. It's right after she finished a yawn. Georgia is very very vocal when she yawns. It's very cartoon like. Until I took this picture I had no idea she made this funny face also.
http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2318/2276766887_8768e64f9d.jpg

This one is just funny. I impressed myself that it came out.
http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2210/2277558046_498a63fc2f.jpg

This is one of the best shots I took. She's holding a tree root she dug up and has a guilty look on her face. I think if you blew up the image you could see me in the reflection of her eyes.
http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2030/2276765845_9ef0d9cdfc.jpg

This isn't such a good shot but it shows how she can be a happy dog when you get home.
http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2364/2277557908_bb940d76bb.jpg

Finally this one shows her body shape which is classic mutt. It would be better if she were standing but I don't have one like that yet. She is a crazy mix for sure. We hope to get a DNA test to find out exactly what she is. You can see her lucky paw in this one.
http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2024/2276765733_348f463693.jpg

brantroz
02-19-2008, 12:02 PM
BTW, this thread ROCKS!

Oh, and pretzelb: I love that Georgia is sporting the "one-sock" look. She's a beauty!

-B

pretzelb
02-20-2008, 09:56 AM
BTW brantrox, I think that black and white picture is just great. It should be a postcard or something.

Thanks for the comments on Georgia. She does seem to get a lot of remarks from strangers on her features, especially the one white lucky foot. It's a shame she doesn't really like to be petted for long periods of time because I think she'd be a great therapy dog based on the response we get. Wish we could take credit - all we do is feed and walk her.

AVService
02-20-2008, 06:07 PM
Abbey and Sophie are the big black girls on each side.
Gwin in the middle is......well,not really a pet.

I have tried to get a picture of my favorite pose they do,the "Inverted Newf" but they just look like big throw rugs thanks to my camera skills.

They can be a handful!

Meryddian
03-20-2008, 05:18 PM
Awwww all these wonderful pictures!! Here's me, adding mine --

http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2045/2256364356_3786e1b0ba_o.png

This is Rogue. She'll be 15 next month - I got her just a year after college, when I moved to Raleigh, NC - and since then, she has been with me to live in CT, IL and CA, as well as the occasional visit to FL and MI. :)

Zephyrnoid
03-20-2008, 05:36 PM
Amazing pics! We just got a new puppy. No cool shots yet..but soon. Here's what we've got for now..
http://i246.photobucket.com/albums/gg86/VivieYen/th_Photo-0007.jpg (http://s246.photobucket.com/albums/gg86/VivieYen/?action=view&current=bce7aa39.pbw)

Alicia
03-21-2008, 07:09 AM
This is Rogue. She'll be 15 next month - I got her just a year after college, when I moved to Raleigh, NC - and since then, she has been with me to live in CT, IL and CA, as well as the occasional visit to FL and MI. :)

Aww, how sweet. :) How do you travel with your cat? We are going to be moving 11K miles and I am not sure how we should transport our kitties.

Darcy
03-21-2008, 10:34 AM
Aww. Remember: you are encouraged to bring your dogs with you when you visit our store in Seattle. Riley and Lily may or may not be there, but whether they are or not, the store is a dog (and kid) friendly place.

And for those who enjoy amazing pictures of animals, I highly recommend: The Daily Coyote (http://dailycoyote.blogspot.com/).

grumpy3b
03-23-2008, 03:20 PM
Abbey and Sophie are the big black girls on each side.
Gwin in the middle is......well,not really a pet.

I have tried to get a picture of my favorite pose they do,the "Inverted Newf" but they just look like big throw rugs thanks to my camera skills.

They can be a handful!

Ya almost have a "push-me-newf-you" sorta thing going there. ;)

AVService
03-24-2008, 06:09 AM
Ya almost have a "push-me-newf-you" sorta thing going there. ;)

There is no almost to it!
They are big leaners.
They like to lean against you near an unlocked door so you will go tumbleing out and down stairs and then they look up as if saying"What?"

Newf's are like a cross between a Clown and a Bear.They are just downright silly but in a loving,hairy,slobber filled way.

They also love to sit in your lap while driving,not so practical.

Meryddian
03-24-2008, 09:02 AM
Aww, how sweet. :) How do you travel with your cat? We are going to be moving 11K miles and I am not sure how we should transport our kitties.

Wow, that's quite a journey. :)

I guess the first question would be where are you traveling to/from? Many countries have quarantine restrictions, which means your pet may end up in a kennel for anywhere from 30 days to six months (yes, six months), even with fully documented health records, including a full history of rabies shots. For a traveler, that seems extreme, but countries do what they must to protect themselves from new diseases/infections that can be carried by animals. This can be incredibly stressful for an older animal, of course, so you'll want to research that and take it into consideration.

No matter where/how you're traveling, make sure you have documentation that shows your cat/dog is up to date on vaccinations and your current rabies tag. With a major move like you're doing, it would be a good idea for your vet to type up a lifetime history of vaccinations/etc, not only so you can show it to any potential quarantine officer, but also so you can present it to your new vet at your new home.

Beyond that: if you're moving 11K miles, then I'm going to assume it's a move that requires flights. Most airlines charge an extra pet fee for allowing the pet in the cabin; I think American (who I usually fly with my cat with) is up to $85 each way. (That being said, my cat carrier looks like a piece of luggage, not a carrier, and most people don't even realize I have a cat with me except when I get to security and I have to carry her through the metal detector.) Also, most airlines permit a maximum of 2 pets in-cabin per flight, which probably has to do with allergies more than anything.

The longest I've ever dealt with my cat on a flight is about 10 hours. Cats are easy to travel with because the smallest-sized animal carriers easily fit under an airline seat. Some airlines, such as Southwest, do not allow animals in-cabin; and some do not allow them on flights at all. Generally, most airlines require you to keep your pet in-carrier for the duration of the flight; I usually take my cat into the bathroom at least once or twice during the flight so see how she is doing and allow her to stretch and to calm her down a bit. (My cat becomes a prolific drooler when she is scared; during flights, the amount of drool she produces rivals that of Hooch of the "Turner & Hooch" movie.)

Also, cats, unlike dogs, cannot be easily taken for a short walk or understand if you take them out of their carrier that you want them to have a potty break, so be prepared with a blanket backup (or two) if they have an "accident". (There are absorbent square/rectangular liners available that make good carrier liners as well.)

If you're traveling with your pet in the car, make sure you take regular breaks for dogs, or with cats, that you have a small litter box available (you can buy a "disposable" litter box for about $3-5). My cat never can be tempted to eat or drink while traveling, but it is a good idea to keep water/food/treats handy.

How does your pet travel when you're taking them to the vet? If they yowl and cry in the car for the whole trip to the vet, imagine being accompanied by that for hours. :) Vets can prescribe a mild tranquilizer which may or may not be helpful for your pet.

* * *

A negative story about my cat while traveling: I was traveling home from a month's work assignment in California, and of course I had my cat with me. I had been seated in the airport at the gate area, across the aisle from an older woman and her husband for at least half an hour, when my cat let out a single meow. The woman suddenly recoiled in her seat and demanded of me, "Is there a cat in there?" I said yes. She then went on, her voice rising considerably in pitch in volume, about how "deathly allergic" she was to cats and how "that beast" better not be on her flight. (Now, I'm not doubting her allergies, but she had sat within five feet of my cat for at least half an hour already with zero signs of a problem.) Her husband gave me a sympathetic look and we compared tickets; fortunately, I'd picked a seat in the rear of the cabin, and they were far in the front. I removed myself (and my cat) from her immediate proximity and never heard another peep about it.

A positive story about my cat while traveling: when my Christmas breaks are particularly lengthy, I take my cat with me to my parents' home. On more than one occasion, I have seen children crying or throwing tantrums in the airport. In those cases, I ask the parent if the child is allergic to animals (very important) and if they are not, I offer to show the child my cat (in carrier only). I can guarantee you that the sight of a cat or a dog will immediate placate even the wildest of howling, crying children, and you will have some very grateful parents (and fellow passengers). :)

Alicia
03-24-2008, 10:57 AM
Oh, man, do I feel silly. You typed up a huge thing for me about traveling so far and I should have been 1k miles. :oops: (Michigan to Florida) Thanks for all you did, though. Wow, I really feel badly....

timarelay
03-27-2008, 04:09 PM
I have a new cat and I figured I'd show a few pictures of him that show his approval of my Imago as a plaything. :) He's a silly little boy.

Darcy
03-28-2008, 10:24 AM
Aww! Congrats on the new kitty!

erinsabs
04-01-2008, 10:22 PM
Quinn the blue-eyed wonder, he is such a boy! He's constantly running into things and he snores like you wouldn't believe. :)
http://lh6.google.com/erinsabs/RreqNbYhlqI/AAAAAAAAAC8/C1zgB4AGVxA/Quinn_0003.JPG.jpg?imgmax=720

I don't know why he sleeps like this.

http://lh3.google.com/erinsabs/RreqUrYhl4I/AAAAAAAAAEs/UhAZkdPkee4/Quinn_0023.JPG.jpg?imgmax=720

http://lh5.google.com/erinsabs/R2ClIbJT_2I/AAAAAAAAASM/vwZLrk-OIDg/Quinn%2011.28.07%20034.jpg?imgmax=912

Dopey Boy!

http://lh5.google.com/erinsabs/R2Cc0bJT_dI/AAAAAAAAAOw/VWKXYZa-yk0/Quinn%2011.28.07%20010.jpg?imgmax=720

Darcy
04-02-2008, 11:13 AM
ahh! I love the way he sleeps! So funny. Thanks for sharing those pictures!!

Meryddian
05-11-2008, 08:31 PM
Alicia, no worries... 1k or 10k, dealing with a pet while traveling takes special considerations either way. :) Good luck on your move!

Zephyrnoid
05-18-2008, 07:44 PM
Ok. Here's Pebbles!
http://i246.photobucket.com/albums/gg86/VivieYen/Peb4608.jpg

grumpy3b
06-04-2008, 01:41 PM
this is SUCH a fun thread...one day I might get another buddy but for now I enjoy reading about and seeing such great stories and pics about your pals!!

pretzelb
06-12-2008, 08:08 AM
Well, I may have another picture to add to this thread. We are going to "try" another dog tomorrow to go along with our pride and joy Georgia. Her name is Hope and she's a rescue. We are totally unsure if we can handle it but we think it will benefit Georgia. The foster group will take her back if it doesn't work but it's still nerve wrecking.

And this change is related to TB in a way. We use the Imago now to carry all of Georgia's stuff as I've posted in a few shots as she curls up on the ground when we eat on the patio of a resturant. I doubt we could dine out with two but if we do go out with both I'm not sure the Imago is big enough! Sometimes I roll a blanket and use the Imago to hold it and I don't think I could do that with two blankets! Oh no!! Meh - who am I kidding. Two blankets?? No place is going to stand for that!

So very nervous right now. Maybe I need to shop for a new laptop bag to settle me down ...

Meryddian
08-22-2008, 12:19 PM
I have another note to add to my "traveling with pets" essay above: when you're traveling with your cat or dog in a carrier or in the car, and your transportation time is likely to be half an hour or more, or if your cat/dog gets nervous and has accidents in the car, it is worth buying a package of puppy training pads (http://www.petsmart.com/product/index.jsp?productId=2751988). They're like big, flat diapers but they're designed for pets, which makes them perfect for lining a carrier with - and that way if your pet has an accident, all you need to do is replace the liner.

I had to bid farewell to Rogue in June. :( Here is the new little kitty in my life, Kaylee, who - despite her calm demeanor in this picture - is a powerhouse of energy and enthusiasm. :) If you look in front of her she has a mouse... that is her favorite toy in the world, and she plays fetch with it with me!

http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3091/2612940029_7989ca5bf1.jpg

pretzelb
08-25-2008, 06:42 AM
Here is our latest dog. Her name is Hope and she was picked up off the streets after being attacked by some roaming dogs. No owner came forward to claim her so a local rescue group took her in. We saw her at Petsmart and decided to give her a try. We tend to regret the decision nearly every day - she's a handful for many reasons. Our biggest issue now is she barks at strangers on walks. We have to walk our dogs separately because Hope upsets Georgia when she barks and causes a fight which makes it worse. We're working on conditioning her to not bark at strangers with some chicken and training on walks.

We aren't sure what she is yet but we may get a DNA test. We think part pit or great dane and maybe weimeraner. She's 48 pounds at 9 months and we really hope no more growing will happen but her paws are huge.
http://mrmatt.smugmug.com/photos/328603216_CiAUn-M.jpg

This is our favorite picture of Hope because it shows how she appears to have nothing but rocks in her head. She seems to always be saying "what?" all the time.
http://mrmatt.smugmug.com/photos/336188993_M5NGv-S.jpg

backpack
08-25-2008, 06:56 PM
Congrats about the new pup!

You are spot on about the training.

Victoria Stillwell from "It's me or the Dog" is casting episodes in the U.S.

If you live there, you could, if you wished, submit an application on her website.
I hope I have not stepped out of acceptable boundaries by suggesting that.

I admire you and your family for taking on a new pup, especially one with history of violence around him.

I have not had the guts to take on the responsibility of a dog yet.

reina
08-25-2008, 07:35 PM
Gonzo & Twinkie....

Gonzo's a smart kitty with tons of attitude. :) He's on top of the basket. Twinkie is under the basket (you can just see a lil of her face)...she has a bit of a weight problem and isn't as bright as Gonzo, but a very sweet kitty :) They both love boxes, sitting on newspapers, tuna & salmon, and watching birds through the windows :) Gonzo likes to be as dirty as possible, while Twinkie is constantly grooming lol.

Darcy
08-27-2008, 01:19 PM
Gonzo & Twinkie....


I love that picture!

pretzelb -- Congrats on the new adoption. I'm glad that Hope found a home as patient and interested as yours!

Darcy
08-27-2008, 01:24 PM
I had to bid farewell to Rogue in June. :( Here is the new little kitty in my life, Kaylee, who - despite her calm demeanor in this picture - is a powerhouse of energy and enthusiasm. :)

My condolences. :(

Kaylee is gorgeous!

I'll try to take pictures of Lily and Riley (dogs) and Willy (cat) interacting with the new members of the animal menagerie Rachel and Natalie (guinea pigs) who were adopted from the Humane Society as they were "strays" found in a garden.

Darcy
09-09-2008, 01:19 PM
Thought you guys would like this blog post.... (http://www.tombihn.com/blog/node/646)

rodrigues
09-09-2008, 09:24 PM
Well, I sadly had to euthanize my beloved 16 year old beagle in September 2007. We both grew up at the same time, bumbling our way through our teen years together, and I still miss her terribly.

Apparently it takes two cats and two birds to fill the void Lewis left. I recently adopted one cat, then another, from the humane society where I volunteer every Saturday. Here are some pictures of Gizmo loving my Medium Cafe Bag, up at our shack in the woods, and some shots of her and the more recent addition - Calliope. Giz is about 5.5 months, Calli is around 2.5.

It's been really hard to capture Calli on camera. She barely ever stops moving. Gizmo came to me with a spinal injury that really slowed her down when she was Calli's age, so I had much better luck photographing her.

pretzelb
09-10-2008, 05:51 AM
Thought you guys would like this blog post.... (http://www.tombihn.com/blog/node/646)

That's the first time I've been happy to not live in the Seattle area. I would have adopted Patches had I been in the area and I can barely handle the two mutts I have now!!!

I do feel a bit of shame for not doing more for a cause myself. I do own a pretty nice camera and I've learned a bit about photography (though I'm still not that good).

Darcy
09-18-2008, 09:05 PM
Apparently it takes two cats and two birds to fill the void Lewis left. I recently adopted one cat, then another, from the humane society where I volunteer every Saturday.

I'm sorry about Lewis's passing! But it sounds like you two had a great life together.

The pictures of Gizmo with the Cafe bag are priceless: we'll post them on our blog this week or next. Thanks for sharing! They actually don't mind being on a harness? Wow!