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Old 05-11-2016, 09:26 AM   #1341
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grasshopper - how old is he/she?
The last caretaker had the tortoise for 20 years, and it was fairly big when he got her. I understand this to be a female Western Leopard species. Son of a friend moved from Orange County to Montana and didn´t think it would do well there. So she joins an African Spurred, and a Sonoran Desert tortoise in the yard.
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Old 05-11-2016, 09:33 AM   #1342
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The last caretaker had the tortoise for 20 years, and it was fairly big when he got her. I understand this to be a female Western Leopard species. Son of a friend moved from Orange County to Montana and didn´t think it would do well there. So she joins an African Spurred, and a Sonoran Desert tortoise in the yard.
I was wondering because with so many of our animals, we expect to outlive them, but judging by the lifespans of many tortoises, a succession plan (for the owner/caretaker, that is) would seem to be a good idea!
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I was wondering because with so many of our animals, we expect to outlive them, but judging by the lifespans of many tortoises, a succession plan (for the owner/caretaker, that is) would seem to be a good idea!
We have arrangements in our wills for all our animals, the Desert tortoise reverts back to Arizona Game & Fish ownership, she´s adopted.
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Old 05-11-2016, 09:56 AM   #1344
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This is my girl Lucy. She was a 3 time shelter dog. Total sweetheart;



I've lived with dogs since I was 5 years old, don't see that changing any time soon -
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Tom, your description of your girl is a lot like my calico, May, but she looks more like my sweetest cat, Pancake (yes, found in dumpster of IHOP). May is the best bed sleeper of the bunch, but when awake, a classic cranky calico.

This is Pancake, in her much younger days.
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Old 05-11-2016, 10:29 AM   #1346
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We rescued this cat at the weekend. Found roaming the grounds at The Westin in PV and adopted by a couple in Vancouver.
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Old 05-11-2016, 10:42 AM   #1347
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Wow - all beautiful animals. Thanks for helping to revive this thread - I love seeing everyone's animal companions. That's a beautiful and attentive gal, RobbieB. Pancake was a great name for her Sarah - much love for cranky calicos! kcowan - your rescue work helps so many animals. Thank you!
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Old 05-11-2016, 11:16 AM   #1348
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My dogs, a golden and lab, sleep in the same bed with me. The golden is more affectionate than the lab. In fact, my lab is kind of stand offish and that's OK with me, that's who she is.

So, I'm sleeping and my lab gets next to me. I reach out to grab her paws and hold them while I sleep. I didn't realize it, but I had hold of her rear paws. She then took her front paws, surrounds my hand, and then put her head on top.

Oh man, I love her.
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Old 05-11-2016, 11:25 AM   #1349
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Oh yeah, Lucy sleeps with me every night. And this is how we watch TV;

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Oh yeah, Lucy sleeps with me every night. And this is how we watch TV;

My husband watches TV in his recliner like Lucy...eyes closed!

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cranky calicos!
Here's one I may have posted previously......semi-feral, we took her in in Riyadh and brought her back to Canada. Initially this involved involuntary incarceration, and since she found sharing a litter box with our other cat somewhat infra dig she taught herself to use the toilet.

But cranky.....you have no idea!

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Nemo - that picture of your cranky calico with her butt perched over the edge of the toilet bowl is hilarious!
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Nemo - that picture of your cranky calico with her butt perched over the edge of the toilet bowl is hilarious!
Just prior to us leaving Saudi they shifted some of us to apartments in another compound.....the one we were in had two bathrooms.....that one was assigned to the cats.....toilet seat left up.....she'd go in there, drink the freshly flushed water, then use the can...smart cat.
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Never doubt the ingenuity of a calico cat! I agree, that is a great photo!
I knew a girl who taught her cat to use the toilet, it was definitely weird getting used to seeing a cat on the toilet.
Mine get to go outside (during the day) so the litter box is for emergencies only.
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Here she is, outside in the back of our Saudi dwelling, prior to our imminent departure which led to her temporary incarceration.




The reason we adopted her was because she was the only one our other cat, (a neutered male who'd aggressively run off feral toms, kittens, anything), would tolerate.



Things were fine for a few years back in Canada, and then she reverted to wildness.

We'd, (my late wife, the dog, our other cat, and me), be sitting in the living room, and we'd hear the basement cat flap open....(I swear our Border Collie would roll his eyes)...and she'd come upstairs, cursing all the way....eat her food (still cursing)...and leave in the same manner......collective sigh of relief.
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My guy is having a hard time adjusting to my retirement. I think he's used to his alone time during the day.

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We'd, (my late wife, the dog, our other cat, and me), be sitting in the living room, and we'd hear the basement cat flap open....(I swear our Border Collie would roll his eyes)...and she'd come upstairs, cursing all the way....eat her food (still cursing)...and leave in the same manner......collective sigh of relief.
Sounds like a clear case of animal cruelty to me.
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Dagnabbit, where do I start? Nemo2 - the picture of your cranky calico in the back yard shows what a beautiful kitty she was (of course, we know that all animals are beautiful. I have to be honest!)

RacerX - your feller has that supremely regal "I am barely tolerating the presence of this human" look, that only a cat can pull off so perfectly

DrRoy - I think that with a friendly little dog like that in the household, I'd get very little done - and wouldn't mind in the slightest!
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