• Welcome to Homesteading & Country Living.
    We are glad you came to visit.
    Ads in your way? Register/login and read with less ads, or ask how to get rid of them.

What Pet Do You Have?

Help Support Homesteading Forum:

Patchouli

Patriot
Neighbor
Joined
Dec 20, 2017
Messages
6,110
Try not to judge me. Our mixed black lab as a puppy ruined 5 wooden chairs, the bottoms of 2 kitchen cabinets, the moulding in the kitchen, a corner wall and the pantry door. She worked fast.
She couldn't help she had untrained humans. Loved that dog. (No photos of her here).
She had a vicious bark.
 

Terri9630

Internet Princess
Staff member
Moderator
Neighbor
HCL Supporter
Joined
Dec 3, 2017
Messages
7,227
Location
Central NM.
Try not to judge me. Our mixed black lab as a puppy ruined 5 wooden chairs, the bottoms of 2 kitchen cabinets, the moulding in the kitchen, a corner wall and the pantry door. She worked fast.
She couldn't help she had untrained humans. Loved that dog. (No photos of her here).
She had a vicious bark.
Judge, judge, judge... Just kidding.:D. Our mastiffs ate all the moulding in the house, the back door and had a ball un stacking and eating 2 cords of firewood before they were 6 months old.
 

Patchouli

Patriot
Neighbor
Joined
Dec 20, 2017
Messages
6,110
She never complained about anything. We got rid of her once. We missed her so bad and were very glad when the new owners called and decided she wasn't the right dog for them. She had gotten so used to our weird family where there was always someone home that she couldn't handle a working/school family. We got her back.
 

Sewingcreations15

Awesome Friend
Neighbor
HCL Supporter
Joined
Dec 6, 2017
Messages
4,233
Location
Australia.
Tabatha the stray cat we have has a magenetic attraction to my lounge chair and has scratched my recliner in one spot almost bare and recently she has taken to doing the same with the bed mattress too. She is getting better now that I have scolded her about the lounge chair and only does it sometimes now and we have sorted the mattress scratching out now as she is no longer allowed in the bedroom at night and sleeps on DH's lounge chair instead. We still love her anyway @Patchouli and usually you cannot change their behaviour and just modify it anyway I have found.
 
Last edited:

Patchouli

Patriot
Neighbor
Joined
Dec 20, 2017
Messages
6,110
When the cat wants her girls to open the bedroom door to let her in, she scratches at the wall outside their door, her way of knocking I suppose. The dog runs to kitty and barks to get her to stop because she knows we yell at kitty for scratching the wall and she wants kitty to get in trouble.
Cat likes to sniff the dog's feet when the dog is sleeping. Dog hates that. I think she's just trying to get some action going.
 

Patchouli

Patriot
Neighbor
Joined
Dec 20, 2017
Messages
6,110
When our black lab first started realizing there were rabbits to chase, she was taught not to chase them for the kill and she would chase just a little or not at all, for fun.
I know you were not happy about the dogs killing the chickens, @Amish Heart .
Our dog was just barking at us from the kitchen, waiting for her nightly treat, which she didn't deserve since there is still food in her bowl.
 

Amish Heart

Awesome Friend
Neighbor
HCL Supporter
Joined
Dec 3, 2017
Messages
7,279
Thanks. One of them was a pet, kind of. I know better than to have a farm animal as a pet. Yesterday I walked them both through a new way of taking care of the animals. I work late on Tuesdays and Thursdays, so they do them then. One has to be the "doer" and one the "watcher and inspector". They switch off days. This last month they have left the turkey run door open twice, and once didn't change any of the runs water. Excuses I get: "I Forgot", "It was an accident", "I didn't know". They know that I am dead serious. They are almost 14 yrs old and very capable.
 

Patchouli

Patriot
Neighbor
Joined
Dec 20, 2017
Messages
6,110
When I was 10 I started helping my aunt with her 20-30 dogs. They each had a crate. I was in charge of them, mixing up the food, making sure there was always water, in and out of the crates all day and evening, getting them outside, scooping poo, taking care of puppies too. I did that every summer for years. It paid good, but I always forgot that at the end she'd pay me. Lol I thought it was fun, except the scooping part.
Maybe if you dock their allowance every time they make a mistake. Take away a privilege, it would be more valuable. Like a trade off. This is a reward if you do your chores right. 14 is well past the age of responsible and accountable but if they act like they can't handle it ya go back to baby steps. When my family plays dumb I start making lists and posting them everywhere in huge letters.
I know you know how to do this, probably already did it, sometimes others' ideas help. ;):cool:
 

Amish Heart

Awesome Friend
Neighbor
HCL Supporter
Joined
Dec 3, 2017
Messages
7,279
Well I told grandson no video games or anything fun for 3 months since he killed three birds. If his attitude changes, maybe less. Granddaughter just came off a two week grounding till we had our honesty talk that she needed to participate in. They get five bucks a week for allowance, but I'm charging him for three birds, so he's in the hole. He picks up dog poop weekly, and last week he didn't get allowance because instead of putting the bag in the dumpster, he hung it on the fence and forgot about it. I like the posting of lists idea. They have a list of daily chores in their room. That way I don't have to bug them to do their chores. I tell them to do their list and then it's free time.
 

Grimm

Awesome Friend
Neighbor
HCL Supporter
Joined
Dec 5, 2017
Messages
571
Thanks. One of them was a pet, kind of. I know better than to have a farm animal as a pet. Yesterday I walked them both through a new way of taking care of the animals. I work late on Tuesdays and Thursdays, so they do them then. One has to be the "doer" and one the "watcher and inspector". They switch off days. This last month they have left the turkey run door open twice, and once didn't change any of the runs water. Excuses I get: "I Forgot", "It was an accident", "I didn't know". They know that I am dead serious. They are almost 14 yrs old and very capable.
Growing up we had meat rabbits. We got them when I was 7 (Roo's age) and the last one died/got cooked when I was 18+. For as long as I lived under my folks' roof I had to feed and water the tasty hoppers. Didn't matter if the yard between the house and the hutches was flooded and under a foot of water/mud. I still had to go feed and water nightly. I didn't eat till they were fed.

At 10 I got a hamster as a pet. Again I had to do everything to care for it- including washing the tank and toys. We got Roo a hamster back in the fall and she is afraid of it! So I am the one cleaning after it can playing with it. And that is why the cage is not in Roo's room. My husband teases that I didn't get it for her but for myself. She is my little buddy. I hang out after the family goes to bed with the cute rodent in a sugar glider pouch around my neck. She loves it... unless Roo is wearing it then she tries to escape.
 

Caribou

Time traveler
Neighbor
HCL Supporter
Joined
Dec 3, 2017
Messages
4,261
Hi Lily, welcome from Alaska.
 

Sewingcreations15

Awesome Friend
Neighbor
HCL Supporter
Joined
Dec 6, 2017
Messages
4,233
Location
Australia.
@lily816 our cat Tabatha turned up in our yard around 18 months ago and she adopted us. We didn't feed her but gave her water and said to each other if she is still there in the morning we will feed her and yes she was there in the morning. We thought she may have belonged to someone.
 

lily816

Super Friend
Neighbor
Joined
Feb 20, 2019
Messages
35
Location
new york
@lily816 our cat Tabatha turned up in our yard around 18 months ago and she adopted us. We didn't feed her but gave her water and said to each other if she is still there in the morning we will feed her and yes she was there in the morning. We thought she may have belonged to someone.
If you can, please keep her in your yard.
 

Grimm

Awesome Friend
Neighbor
HCL Supporter
Joined
Dec 5, 2017
Messages
571
If you can, please keep her in your yard.
Our cats are inside only as well. They are farm cats but they live inside right now. They take turns on our bed or in bed with the girls at night. It is tough to keep five farm cats happy in a house with no mice to chase in the middle of the desert.
 

viking

I know a lot of things, but master very few
Neighbor
HCL Supporter
Joined
Jan 8, 2018
Messages
645
Location
S.W. Oregon
DSC00020.JPG This is our cat that adopted us, DW and I were out on the deck in a warm evening when we heard her sad meowing, I meowed back and she came up on the deck, we didn't really want a cat but she made sure we had one. She's an indoor, outdoor cat that spent most of the first year outside, even when it got really cold, now she spends most nights inside. Don't know what she tangled with but she came in with a limp and a couple of tufts of fur missing from just above one eye, I hope she did some damage to the other creature as she has razor sharp claws and teeth. Wife named her Sweetlips and she really is sweet and gets along with our two dogs and occasionally plays with them, which is fun to watch as the dogs avoid her claws and teeth. I don't know why she climbed up on the china hutch shelf but it made a good picture. That teapot is our nightlight given to us by a friend we met at a grocery store parking lot, she has since disappeared and has not contacted us nor have we been able to get ahold of her, sad as we loved her dearly.
 
Last edited:

bkt

Awesome Friend
Neighbor
HCL Supporter
Joined
Dec 8, 2017
Messages
542
This is Princess Fluffy-Bottom, Destroyer of Worlds when she lived outside. She's now an indoor cat.

Our other two cats, Simon and Jake:


Our dear Siberian Husky, Lucy who passed away recently:

Our most recent acquisition, Madelynne (very sweet, kinda nuts because she's still a puppy). She's a Lab/Golden mix:

And last, but not least, the smart one in the family. My Senegal parrot, Kanoni:
 

Morgan101

Awesome Friend
Neighbor
Joined
Nov 22, 2019
Messages
1,242
Location
Missouri
We have always been dog people, and I guess more specifically, rescue dog people. We have had about 20 dogs over the years, and every one has been rescued. Some I really loved. Some were strictly my wife's dogs. I have had more carpeting and furniture ruined than I care to admit.

Now we are down to one; a miniature poodle. He is a good dog, and friendly with everyone, but he follows my wife around like a shadow.
There will always be s soft spot in my heart for dogs, but we are hoping this will be the last one. I would much prefer other peoples' dogs.

Reminds me of a joke (everything does). I need to rehome a dog. Small, terrier, barks a lot. If you are interested let me know, and I will jump over my neighbor's fence and get it for you.
 

MoBookworm1957

MoBookworm1957
Neighbor
HCL Supporter
Joined
Jan 6, 2018
Messages
3,387
Location
Missouri
We have always been dog people, and I guess more specifically, rescue dog people. We have had about 20 dogs over the years, and every one has been rescued. Some I really loved. Some were strictly my wife's dogs. I have had more carpeting and furniture ruined than I care to admit.

Now we are down to one; a miniature poodle. He is a good dog, and friendly with everyone, but he follows my wife around like a shadow.
There will always be s soft spot in my heart for dogs, but we are hoping this will be the last one. I would much prefer other peoples' dogs.

Reminds me of a joke (everything does). I need to rehome a dog. Small, terrier, barks a lot. If you are interested let me know, and I will jump over my neighbor's fence and get it for you.
You want Strawberry.
Miss bark a lot.
But lately she is calming down some.
Could be those nerve pills the vet prescribes.
Strawberry is my seizure service dog, until she started knocking me down in her excitement.
She's still my seizure service dog.
She a Beagle/Jack Russell dog.
Interested?
I would miss her terribly, but my sons are afraid one of these days she going to hurt me badly.
I'm kinda afraid of that too actually.
 

Latest posts

Top