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ProssPross Posts: 25,508
As the trivially annoying thread has got dominated by dog talk today I thought it might be useful to have a thread to discuss the pets we have, have had or would like to have or where people can get or give advice. I was going to make it a dog thread but in the times of inclusivity thought I'd better open it up.

I'll start by asking if anyone has had a Mali or Dutch Herder and their experiences with them in a home environment. I'm aware they need plenty of exercise and mental stimulation which is one of the reasons I want one. Open to suggestions of similar sized intelligent / easily trainable dogs too.
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  • First.AspectFirst.Aspect Posts: 5,453
    It is only a viable thread if we immediately flag the dog hating cat people and the cat hating dog people.

    We also must accept that goldfish aren't propper pets.
  • MattFalleMattFalle Posts: 2,071
    edited 18 January
    MF is a cat man but TDV is a dog lady so we have a long nose called Goose and no cats because why would MF have a say in anything in his own bloody house?
  • First.AspectFirst.Aspect Posts: 5,453

    Flag me. I hate cats.

    Sorry, I couldn't resist.
  • Harry182Harry182 Posts: 1,114
    Pross said:

    As the trivially annoying thread has got dominated by dog talk today I thought it might be useful to have a thread to discuss the pets we have, have had or would like to have or where people can get or give advice. I was going to make it a dog thread but in the times of inclusivity thought I'd better open it up.


    I'm hoping for more photos.
  • First.AspectFirst.Aspect Posts: 5,453
    I love them both, but lifestyle not fair to a dog.

    We have bengals and two moggies. The bengals are half dog half cat.

    And before you ask they are outdoor cats and they do sh!t outside. In our garden and the surrounding fields and hedgerows.
  • elbowlohelbowloh Posts: 4,147
    I am very much not a cat person, i'd take a dog any day given the choice, but up until about 18 months ago we had 4 of the little buggers.

    We're now down to 2. One got a brain tumour (well it had 1, that got removed and then it got another) and the other a stomach tumour.

    Of the two left, one is diabetic, has pancreatitis and a chronic bowel condition leading to lots of diarrhea. We also think he now has a stomach tumour - going to a scan tomorrow morning.

    We're not getting a dog until all the cats have gone and i've had a bit of rest from having to look after extras. We're gonna have our hands full with the baby in March.
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  • elbowlohelbowloh Posts: 4,147
    MattFalle said:

    MF is a cat man but TDV is a dog lady so we have a long nose called Goose and no cats because why would MF have a say in anything in his own bloody house?

    You compromised on an aardvark?
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  • First.AspectFirst.Aspect Posts: 5,453
    elbowloh said:

    MattFalle said:

    MF is a cat man but TDV is a dog lady so we have a long nose called Goose and no cats because why would MF have a say in anything in his own bloody house?

    You compromised on an aardvark?
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  • pangolinpangolin Posts: 3,158
    Got a cat from the local rescue place. Like dogs too but like FA don't have the lifestyle/space currently.

    Last cat was a street cat we adopted while living in Istanbul and bought back to the UK. He died in 2019 from heart issues.
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  • briantrumpetbriantrumpet Posts: 6,038

    Flag me. I hate cats.

    Sorry, I couldn't resist.

    You might get banned. I'll pop your obit in the irony thread if you do.
  • ProssPross Posts: 25,508
    Harry182 said:

    Pross said:

    As the trivially annoying thread has got dominated by dog talk today I thought it might be useful to have a thread to discuss the pets we have, have had or would like to have or where people can get or give advice. I was going to make it a dog thread but in the times of inclusivity thought I'd better open it up.


    I'm hoping for more photos.




    Our current pair. My daughter's rescue Staffie and our Cockerpoo. Slightly deceptive as the Cockerpoo is very small for the breed (runt of the litter and dad was a toy poodle) and Staffie is actually a big example (possibly got something else in the mix).

    In close to half a century I think I've only had a few months without dogs. When I lived with my parents we had up to four at a time along with a cat, various furry rodents and a load of terrapins my mum got from somewhere (the smelled worse than any other creature I've owned). I've also had a few horses at the high end of the maintenance scale - if any of you have kids that want to go that route bribe them with expensive toys instead!
  • Stevo_666Stevo_666 Posts: 44,068
    Harry182 said:

    Pross said:

    As the trivially annoying thread has got dominated by dog talk today I thought it might be useful to have a thread to discuss the pets we have, have had or would like to have or where people can get or give advice. I was going to make it a dog thread but in the times of inclusivity thought I'd better open it up.


    I'm hoping for more photos.
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  • MattFalleMattFalle Posts: 2,071
    elbowloh said:

    MattFalle said:

    MF is a cat man but TDV is a dog lady so we have a long nose called Goose and no cats because why would MF have a say in anything in his own bloody house?

    You compromised on an aardvark?
    Compromise suggests reasoned discussion with both parties presenting their arguments and a fair conclusion being reached with which both parties are satisfied.

    MF was just told what was happening, to sign the cheque and shut up and pretend he’s happy so he doesn’t upset the children again.

  • elbowlohelbowloh Posts: 4,147
    This is the sick one:
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  • elbowlohelbowloh Posts: 4,147
    This is the one who had the brain tumour post and pre-op


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  • elbowlohelbowloh Posts: 4,147
    This is the one that went before Xmas with the stomach tumour
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  • First.AspectFirst.Aspect Posts: 5,453
    MattFalle said:

    elbowloh said:

    MattFalle said:

    MF is a cat man but TDV is a dog lady so we have a long nose called Goose and no cats because why would MF have a say in anything in his own bloody house?

    You compromised on an aardvark?
    Compromise suggests reasoned discussion with both parties presenting their arguments and a fair conclusion being reached with which both parties are satisfied.

    MF was just told what was happening, to sign the cheque and shut up and pretend he’s happy so he doesn’t upset the children again.

    Children? They are animals.
  • elbowlohelbowloh Posts: 4,147
    This is the screamer, who will possibly be the only one left. She's the oldest and the mother of the sick one (she was preggers when she came home with my wife
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  • WheelspinnerWheelspinner Posts: 5,014
    @Pross Aren’t the Malinois the ones that jump very high fences? Hassle to keep if so. I have a friend who’s a full time dog trainer, and she’s not that keen on the “shepherd/herder” type dogs as pets either as they are too much work and can be nippy.

    Around here, there’s lots of Border Collies, and Westie terriers, and they’re all barking (literally).

    If you want a dog to go walking/running, get a greyhound. 😀


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  • rjsterryrjsterry Posts: 18,975
    edited 19 January




    This is Storm and Jupiter adopted from a local family moving away. At the moment they are mostly getting hair on the beds or hogging the sofa.
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  • DeVlaeminckDeVlaeminck Posts: 6,338
    Pross said:

    As the trivially annoying thread has got dominated by dog talk today I thought it might be useful to have a thread to discuss the pets we have, have had or would like to have or where people can get or give advice. I was going to make it a dog thread but in the times of inclusivity thought I'd better open it up.

    I'll start by asking if anyone has had a Mali or Dutch Herder and their experiences with them in a home environment. I'm aware they need plenty of exercise and mental stimulation which is one of the reasons I want one. Open to suggestions of similar sized intelligent / easily trainable dogs too.

    I've got a Belgian shepherd but not a Mali. If you want a Mal do not go for a high drive working line one unless you really do intend to work it.



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  • ballysmateballysmate Posts: 14,790


    Like our previous cats, George adopted us.
    He always eats what he catches, maybe just leaving an odd feather.
  • lincolndavelincolndave Posts: 8,938
    edited 19 January


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  • bompingtonbompington Posts: 7,639

    So he was actually the runt of the litter, but definitely the cutest, when we got him nearly 12 years ago. People still assume he's a puppy for his small, soft appearance and playful manner. Is pretty smart and could probably have been trained to do all those clever collie things that ABCs can't do, but we're not that smart, or at least couldn't be bothered, so we're content with things like opening and closing the back door for himself when he goes in or out.
  • mercia_manmercia_man Posts: 1,388


    This is my bull lurcher Dora, a Staffie/sight hound mix. We rescued her at the age of about six months. So fast and strong and rippling with muscles, like a greyhound on steroids with a big jaw. The tabloids carried stories a few years ago about bull lurchers being a new fad among criminals and poachers wanting a “designer super dog”. Dora adored people more than any dog I’ve known and was a great companion for running, long walks and camper van trips. She was so easy going and really popular with friends who normally disliked dogs. But she had no recall and we had to be careful around other dogs. She died a few weeks ago at the age of 11 due to a tumour in her chest. We now have a Welsh border collie/working cocker spaniel lockdown puppy. We’d forgotten how hard it was to bring up a pup.

  • lincolndavelincolndave Posts: 8,938

    Here’s the pup ...


    So adorable, like all puppies
  • seanoconnseanoconn Posts: 6,798

    Here’s the pup ...


    “I didn’t mean to eat your shoes daddy.” Seriously cute, like a cartoon puppy.
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  • seanoconnseanoconn Posts: 6,798



    Like our previous cats, George adopted us.
    He always eats what he catches, maybe just leaving an odd feather.

    What’s he got there Bally? Can’t quite make it out.
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