Since we have this great new forum, I think it begs the question... What other pets do we all have?
In addition to our 5 horses, we also have 2 dogs and 3 cats. The dogs are a red male Doberman Pinscher puppy and a tri-color Treeing Walker Coonhound. Our two house cats are littermates. They are half-Siamese, though they look like domestic shorthairs. Once is a flame point and the other a tuxedo. We also have a black shorthair barn cat...
These are just the critters we technically own. There are a couple of other stray / feral cats that hang out in our barn. One, an organge male, is getting friendlier. We're hoping to trap and neuter him soon.
Now I'm dying to know what other pets everyone else has!
In addition to my 3 horses and one donkey I have a border collie, an australian shepherd, 2 yorkies, a pot bellied pig, and umpteen chickens. My daughter recently moved back home and brought her little pomeranian, a 40 pound mutt and 2 cats. Sigh....it really does resemble a menagerie around here. Thank God my horse vet is also my small animal vet so for the annual farm visit he brings vaccinations for everyone. I would have to make lots of trips into town to take everyone to the vet. It's well worth the $50 farm service fee to have him come to me!
"My biggest fear is that when I die my husband is going to try to sell all my horses and tack for what I told him they cost."
Cats were declawed house cats that got dumped at a barn I used to board at. They had no idea how to fend for themselves and nearly starved to death, so they had to come home with me.
Tessa, our dog, was a humane society mutt. I went in and told the shelter I wanted a dog that would be good with kids, not eat my cats, and not be too high energy, and I didn't care how ugly it was. They said "Oh, you want Tessa!" She is a WONDERFUL dog, but she is a little homely We've had her for three years now, and we couldn't be happier with her.
1 horse, 4 cats at home, 1 cat at a barn I used to board at.
Of the 5 cats, 2 were literally picked up off the city streets of Baltimore as kittens, 2 were inherited from a deceased boyfriend, and the other we got from a vet, who patched her back together after she got chewed up by something.
My name is: Sucker. It's a good thing there aren't very many stray horses. :-)
And yay for this forum.
I tolerate all kinds of animal idiosyncrasies.
I've found that I don't tolerate people idiosyncrasies as well. - Casey09
Two horses, two mini-donks, whose job is to provide "heard size"; three dogs, an aged FORD, an 8-y.o. Corgi and a almost 10 month lab/boxer/chow/??? mix, plus a 14 y.o. cat. So, I'm down; it used to be a struggle to keep the animal count in single digits. I'm getting older, so looking to home animals-in-need rather than taking on youngsters; the puppy will probably be my last young one. And, economy being what it is, I'm about at my comfortable limit.
"One person's cowboy is another person's blooming idiot" -- katarine
Almost all of mine were rescues of one sort or another. I have:
Jacob - 13 year old brown tabby, was adopted from a local vet hospital's adoption program when he was 4 months old (and already 7 pounds!!! )
Bailey - 11 year old Siamese mix, found outside our house when he was about 6 weeks old and so covered with fleas his gums were white...not sure how anemic he actually was, but he was pretty lethargic. We also found his brother and sister, who became barn cats at the barn where I was currently boarding.
Ivan - 10 year old orange tabby with white. He was the only one that wasn't a "real" rescue...I got him from a girl I used to work with. They had a stray cat (I think it really belonged to a neighbor who let her roam wherever) who had kittens. I fell in love with him and took him home. He later turned out to have renal lymphoma (diagnosed at 10 months of age) and has been on chemo most of his life, so I still consider him a rescue because most people wouldn't have done all we've done for him.
Tyler - 7 year old giant black cat. He was brought in to the clinic where I worked at the time with a gastric foreign body. His owners couldn't afford surgery, so they were going to euthanize. He was only 4 months old. I got them to sign him over to me.
G-Cat - 7 year old black and white cat. I found him starving (literally) on the side of the road a few years ago. He was covered in burrs, smelled terrible, and had one of the worst upper respiratory infections I've seen. For the first 2 weeks I had him, every time he ate he vomited because he hadn't had food in so long. He's a pretty good sized cat now, but when I found him he weighed 4 pounds. He got his name because he lived in the garage for the first year I had him.
Dexter - 2 year old orange tabby who I brought home during my shelter rotation. Hey, I got through all of vet school and only adopted one animal...I think I'm doing pretty good