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Old 04-04-2009, 10:15 AM   #21
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We have five cats...or as some one once told me we are lovingly owned by five cats. The three older ones go out to terrorize what ever small creatures they can find and run off other cats. The two younger ones content themselves by reeking havoc inside. They are all a bunch of odd balls much like the humans who care for them.
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Karly lives outdoors. She likes to keep an eye on things, especially Jack, the neighbor's mule.
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2 dogs, with a fully fenced in back yard. Never outside alone except for "business" trips. If I am outside, always within view or "helping" me with yardwork.
Double garage for anytime we're gone, even short periods. I use an oversized dog crate for the one who chews on stuff when left alone. The other dog is fine.
Music, gas stove on low for colder weather, used bathroom rugs for laying on for both.
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Old 04-04-2009, 01:00 PM   #24
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Lakedog - Beautiful picture of your Coal! Brought back memories.

My first dog as an adult was a chocolate lab and then we added a pug. It was hard to keep the lab out of the water (and we lived on a boat for some years). The pug would try to follow but couldn't keep his muzzle up far enough, long enough. Here's a pic of the lab on me in my survival suit. And to pretend to make this post relevant, both dogs were leashed in the harbor but were free to roam the boat when we were tied to the dock or on anchor.
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My 3 dogs are usually inside when no-one is home, but if the weather is nice I might leave them outside (suburbia, cinder-block fence).
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Presenting Harry, the world's bussiest dogger...



He stays indoors except for "necessity." We have a fenced yard but he's too much of a mama's boy to stay out there by himself.
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My lab (Coal) usually stays inside if I leave him at home but whenever possible I take him with me. If I run short errands, he rides along and hangs out in the car (except on very hot days). My neighbor will sometimes let him out during the day if I am gone more than a few hours.

Coal loves the water but I only give him access to the lake when I can supervise.
Wow! Nice pic of the diving dog.
We used to have labs (actually slabs - shepard lab mix).
Now we have 2 cattle dogs. They stay with us. Indoors or out. So that we are there to cater to their every need.

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My lab (Coal) usually stays inside if I leave him at home but whenever possible I take him with me. If I run short errands, he rides along and hangs out in the car (except on very hot days). My neighbor will sometimes let him out during the day if I am gone more than a few hours.

Coal loves the water but I only give him access to the lake when I can supervise.
Nice pics. Got to love water dogs.

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Presenting Harry, the world's bussiest dogger...



He stays indoors except for "necessity." We have a fenced yard but he's too much of a mama's boy to stay out there by himself.
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Harry is sooo cute!

my pooch is indoors and leashed outside, or else he'll run around like a balloon deflating around the neighborhood...he's still a puppy and learning...
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Thanks! Harry rules the roost, lol. He's quite bratty but adorable.
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slightly OT =

Today while walking my dog saw her first horse. It was great man it came clip-clopping behind us on this path, dog was sniffing tree, looked back... first time I've ever seen that dog speechless. Her eyes got big as quarters, with 5 full seconds of dog face going "what the fuuuuuuuuuuu?" then started barking with hair on back up and tail down.

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what if your neighbors is a jerk and taunts and antagonize the dog? Then he blames it on you for not properly training your dog. Would you still leave it outside?
Is this a rhetorical question? Is there any advantage to leaving your dog outside in this type of situation?

To answer the original question: Two cats, indoor-only (for safety reasons and for the wildlife -- domestic cats are major killers of migratory songbirds, who are already struggling in populations in some areas). One big dog, indoor-outdoor during the day, but if we leave she's inside in her crate. No worries, that way, and no chance she'll accidentally get out of the yard (fully fenced and gated).
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My cat stays inside all the time......unless when he sits in my lap on the patio watching the world go by.
I would never leave my pets outside.....
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2 pugs, always inside unless we are home and supervising outside play. When your dog sleeps 8 hours straight, its pretty easy to leave them indoors for that time period.
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2 cats, outside. That is, until one got hit by a car apparently, and now the other one ran away.
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We have a terrible time here with the results of everyone around us letting their pets roam free. We have several cats using our flower beds as litterboxes, dogs that crap and leave their scent willy nilly all over our property, dead mice and squirrels in the yard, and that sort of thing.

Often they roam just outside our house and send our dog into a barking tizzy.

A couple of times we've seen sharp bone shards left in places where we could have easily backed over them with our tires had we not seen looked ahead of time.

So I think you can kind of see what I think about pets being allowed to roam outdoors.
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We have a terrible time here with the results of everyone around us letting their pets roam free. We have several cats using our flower beds as litterboxes, dogs that crap and leave their scent willy nilly all over our property, dead mice and squirrels in the yard, and that sort of thing.

Often they roam just outside our house and send our dog into a barking tizzy.

A couple of times we've seen sharp bone shards left in places where we could have easily backed over them with our tires had we not seen looked ahead of time.

So I think you can kind of see what I think about pets being allowed to roam outdoors.
Good fences make good neighbors.
I used to have to deal with all that. My dogs got worms several times by eating small critter carcasses left by a previous neighbor's 3 cats. There was an agressive dog 3 doors away that used to come investigate my yard.
I am fully fenced in now. Worth every penny!
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Good fences make good neighbors.
I used to have to deal with all that. My dogs got worms several times by eating small critter carcasses left by a previous neighbor's 3 cats. There was an agressive dog 3 doors away that used to come investigate my yard.
I am full fenced in now. Worth every penny!
Fencing the perimeter is on my "stuff to do when my wife finds a job and I'm more willing to tap into savings" list.

Still won't help too much with cats, though.
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Fencing the perimeter is on my "stuff to do when my wife finds a job and I'm more willing to tap into savings" list.

Still won't help too much with cats, though.
Ziggy, for help with the cats you might try a motion-sensor impact sprinkler (the type that shoots a jet of water out about 20 feet). Aim it at the flower beds, turn that baby on and let 'em get hit. Our local organic feed & seed rents them to help with raccoon control, but they're only about $60.

Live-trapping is a much less neighborly option, but might also send an effective message.

Oh, and if you do get that fence built there's cat fencing that can go on top of it -- basically netting that hangs at a 90-degree angle and keeps the cats from scaling the fence.

Can you tell we have marauding cats, too? Our lab has cut down on that problem a lot, though.
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We have a few neighborhood kitties that enjoy stalking our hummingbird feeder. I keep a spray bottle with water at the door
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