Living with Animals


Living with Animals

This is a tribe for those who would like to share inspirational or funny stories about the animals that share their lives. You could also share homemade treat recipes etc.

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Latest Activity: Nov 2, 2013

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Have Your Ever Had a Pet That Helped You Heal?

Started by Kathleen O'Keefe-Kanavos Oct 14, 2013. 0 Replies

Have you ever had a pet as a…Continue

Tags: and, Pets, Healing, surviving, Cancerland

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Comment by Kathleen O'Keefe-Kanavos on November 2, 2013 at 12:45pm

Hi Everyone, so glad to be a part of this wonderful group, where I can share "fur-baby" talk. I'd like to introduce you to Fe-Licks, my Fame-point Siamese who guarded me after ever chemo treatment for breast cancer. He is so gentle that he is afraid of mice and spiders.

Comment by Jean Kelly on January 8, 2013 at 11:57am

These are three of my four cats. Ronin is the grey and white in front of the fan, Elspeth is the brown tabby and Izaria is the black cat. I will post pictures of Trout the dog and Sapphire my other cat later.

Comment by Linda Jennings on January 6, 2013 at 5:32am

Lara, I would love to see photos of your furry tribe!  Perhaps a group photo??  Is that even possible with so many?  It sure would be fun trying!

Comment by Lara on January 6, 2013 at 3:07am

The photos below are so nice! I love animals!! I live on the mountains and I take care (feed) for lots of birds, porcupines and other wild animals, included some stray cats that I'm not able to catch to give them home (mine, of course!). Inside the house 7 cats and 5 dogs (all of them were rescued from the streets except one, whom I inherited when my grandma died some years ago) live with me and my husband! They make a nice family|

Comment by Trent Fisher on January 3, 2013 at 8:56am

This is a picture of Bengal and the handsome Rudy.  He was the first Pit Bull that I fostered. He was found walking the streets of Atlanta.  A friend of mine, a co-founder of the rescue I've fostered for, found him as she was going to a baseball game.  He had no collar and no identification and was walking the streets that were filled with cars going to the game.  He got right in the car when she called him.  He came to stay with me because she already had 4 dogs and 2 cats at her place. 

He was very loving and played well with Bengal.  My only difficulty with him was that he would jump over the chain link fence in my back yard all the time.  Luckly he would come back when I called.  He was with me for a couple of months back in 2010, including Thanksgiving that year.

My brother is a pilot and actually had an overnight here in Atlanta on Thanksgiving that year.  We had made plans for me to meet him at his hotel and we'd go out for Thanksgiving dinner.  I normally take Bengal for a walk every morning for about an hour.  When I have fosters they go with us.  That day I also decided to take them out for a nice walk in the afternoon so they'd be tired while I was away at dinner with my brother.  When we get back from our walks, Bengal usually goes straight to the back door and wants to go out in the back yard.  This happened that afternoon too.  Rudy wanted to go out also.  I was concerned about letting him out as I needed to be in the back yard to make sure he didn't jump over the fence,  I needed to shower to get ready to meet my brother and finally I decided he'd be fine in the back yard since we'd just returned from a long walk.

Boy, was I wrong. After getting ready, and it only took me 10 or 15 minutes, I went out to get the dogs in so I coule leave.  Low and behold, only one was in the back yard.  I called Rudy and went to all his usually places to see if I could find him.  I looked up and down the street.  A yard behind my neighbors is very woody and overgrown and I even climded over the fences to see if he was there (he'd gone there a couple times before), but no luck.

About 20 minutes later, I'm looking over the fence into the neighbors yard behind me, mind you that's a 6 foot privacy fence, and I see someone coming out of the house and look around.  I asked him if he'd seen a dog in his yard.  He asked me if he was tan with a purple harness.  I said yes and he told me he was in his house.  I said I'd be right around and get him.  So I quickly got the leash and ran around the block.

When I got to the house, I met the neighbors for the first time and they told me they had just returned from Thanksgiving dinner with friends.  They came home and found 2 dogs greeting them at their front door.  They said they weren't too scared because they knew their dog and she wouldn't just allow any dog on their property or into their home, but it was still a shock.  They had a doggie door on their back door so that's how Rudy got in.  Still don't know how he got into the yard or how he found the doggie door.

Another part of the story was that he was being taken to meet a possible forever home the next morning so I was really concerned that he had gone missing the night before.  Luckly he met the family and they took him in.  Now he lives on a small farm in the suburbs and goes out into the field with the owners every day.

Comment by Linda Jennings on January 3, 2013 at 6:55am

I almost forgot about Skippy!  He is my son's dog and travels with him between my son's father's and my house.  He is about 4 years old now and we adopted him from the pound.  Skippy is really fun.  He is a food thief and you cannot set food anywhere, or he'll take it.  He's only 7 pounds, but somehow, if it's on a table, he'll figure out how to get it.  I think he was raised with big dogs who didn't share.

Comment by Linda Jennings on January 3, 2013 at 6:53am

Comment by Linda Jennings on January 3, 2013 at 6:51am

Hi Jean, and these are just the domesticated pets.  We also have 2 squirrels who live on the property and have become pets.  I have my 2 gold fish Faith and Goldie who have been with me for 10 years now and really are pets (they like to be pet).  In the spring, I will be getting chickens and am really excited about it!  I would love to have goats, but I'm still waiting for city ordinance to allow it.

Comment by Jean Kelly on January 3, 2013 at 5:17am

Trent and Linda it is so great to see pictures and videos of your beautiful pets. I'm so glad to see this little tribe grow each day. I look forward to more stories and pictures in the future. I will post a few pictures of Elspeth, Izaria, Ronin, Sapphire, and Trout so you can all see what my babies look like. Elspeth is on the group profile.

Comment by Linda Jennings on January 3, 2013 at 5:02am

The below link is their homecoming.  I thought that it would actually insert the video...maybe there's a way to do that?


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Discussion Forum

Have Your Ever Had a Pet That Helped You Heal?

Started by Kathleen O'Keefe-Kanavos Oct 14, 2013. 0 Replies

Have you ever had a pet as a nurse or doctor? I had Baby Cakes as my fury nurse during my 10 year battle with breast cancer & recurrence.When he was sure I was cured, he hung up his nurses cap at ripe ol' age of  27 years, and walked cross the rainbow bridge to "the other side." And although he left me when he was positive he…Continue

Tags: and, Pets, Healing, surviving, Cancerland




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