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does anyone else feel badly about leaving their pets when they travel...

does anyone else feel badly about leaving their pets when they travel...

Jan 20th, 2005, 07:02 AM
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adoptionisfab: my dog's name was Rufus and I knew I shouldn't read that link. #39;( He was one of a kind and I referred to him as the "dog from hell". Smart and funny. Adopted from a no-kill shelter, he was a puppy with the cats and I swear meowed when we got him. So many stories. As far as traveling and leaving your pet, I left him at a kennel once, worried all the time. When I got back 4 days later he was so happy he didn't want to leave!
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Jan 20th, 2005, 07:53 AM
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We have a different kind of pet, but still worry about him- not because we think he won't get good care, but because of his age.

Sidney, our cockatiel is 23 going on 24 years old. The "experts" say they "may" live to be 20. He is as perky as ever. We actually travel with Sidney quite a lot, as we do many drive vacations and also to my Michigan house about 15 to 20 times a year. He has flown (in an airplane HA-HA)via a special cage under the seat on ATA between Arizona and Chicago several times also.

Now when he goes to be boarded (about once a year only) I and the boarder both feel "stress" in some ways. AND is that boarder glad to see us show up!Not because Sidney is difficult but because he's worried it will happen on his watch. Sidney is easy to care for, smart, entertaining, talks, and they love him so much in the bird shop that they want to board him for $1.00 a day. Yes, $1.00 a day.

It happens next month, and I know he will be fine. Boarder is more apprehensive than I am now, as another year passes. But you can't go by everything they "know" about birds. He outlived three owners and he may continue to do so.

Thanks for letting me tell you about Sidney, my little orange-cheeked wonder.
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Jan 20th, 2005, 08:36 AM
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Hi JJ5, what do you feed Sidney? I have a pet baby cockatiel and it would be nice if i could keep him that long.

(i know this is a bit OT for this forum so here is my email [email protected])
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Jan 22nd, 2005, 04:33 PM
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Daph, I remember your post from May. I'm so sorry for your loss, I know exactly how it feels.

I have just returned from Paris in the last hour or so and had a joyous reunion with my baby dog. I was there w/my dad and stepmom and I kept talking about how much I miss my dog. Dad kept kidding me that I miss my dog more than DH. But the fact is DH knows exactly where I am and when I'm coming back, but the dog has no clue and wonders when or if I will come back. The non-pet-lovers of the world just don't get it.
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Jan 22nd, 2005, 04:50 PM
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Some of us never had children, so our paws are very precious to us. When my last dog and cat died of olds age, I donated money to where I adopted them with this quote, I once read:
"To care so much for one who gave but small answers to love,
Yet gave them, after his kind, Completely."
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Jan 22nd, 2005, 05:00 PM
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cigalechanta how lovely! When you don't have kids your animals have an extremely important place in your life.
Jan 22nd, 2005, 07:01 PM
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Even when you have children dear pets will be part of your heart forever. Even ones that are not yours. I was so chocked up when I went to my daughters in Santa Barbara area a few months after who dear cat died.

He didn't like guest in the house, would make himself scarce. But he loved me. And not having in there was really difficult
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Jan 22nd, 2005, 07:03 PM
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Sorry, somehow in middle of typing the post posted, grrr!

Anway, not having him there really choked me up. And I still miss our dog as I have mentioned.

In fact I miss the dog my next door neighbor had when I was a little girl. He followed me everywhere.
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Feb 21st, 2005, 12:53 PM
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Do I feel bad? Nope, not in the least!
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