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    Posted: 01 December 2012 at 12:57
Buonasera, Good Evening,
 
Animals, in general that are brought and / or bought or rescued from shelters, or given to us by family or friends, or found are an enormous commitment and responsibility.
 
Numerous animals are in shelters, because people have not had the proper training, and coaching to care for the animal, and thus, the animal has become destructive or a behavior problem.
 
For many years, when the Vet and I resided in the USA, we had two British Shorthair male cats. Since I had grown up with two British Shorthair males who lived to be 22 yrs. of age, I am have always been very fond of this breed, its personality, its intelligence, sensitivity and their naturally in born natures. There was a tremendous amount of commitment and responsibility since we have all lived quite a distance from my parents and the Vet´s. My parents resided between Manhattan and Miami Beach, and my in laws in Milano, Italia.
 
The gals, my two daughters could not of asked for two better friends, and both my dear long gone friends, had lived to 22 yrs of age too. We were pretty lucky that my parents were cat lovers, and would arrange their stay with their Grandparents. They were never destructive nor feisty toward anyone in the family.
 
However, numerous people, throughout the world, take on a pet, then to claim, I cannot deal, and throw the poor animal in a shelter !  This is a crime, anyway you wish to view it.
 
Please do not adopt pets or purchase, unless you have long term staying power, and a Surrogate Mom or Dad who can watch your mascot, while you have to travel, or vacation.
 
Pet Hotels are costly and thus, Vet´s Medical Offices, are over crowded and the pet shall be kept caged, which is a truly emotionally devastating situation for our 4 legged friends.
 
Even, turtles, birds and other enclosed pets, can suffer terribly during such an ordeal.
 
Commitment and responsibility are 2 factors quintessential for pet ownership.
 
I would enjoy hearing your views on this subject and how you have handled travel arrangements, commitment and responsibility towards our friends with paws, and claws, and wings.
 
All my best.
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I suppose for me pets are just extensions of the family. Honorary "Fur People" 

I have also lived with working dogs purpose bred and trained for herding sheep, cattle and pig hunting. I do not regard them as pets. The working dogs had proper kennels and runs and did not come into the garden or house at all. They were housed with the farm equipment in the barns, and were great as security, barking at any vehicle they did not recognise, very reassuring if I was in the house alone at night (there were no neighbours for quite some distance). 

The relationship farmers have with their dogs here is wonderful, in fact there was a long running T V show called 'A Dog's Show’ which was sheep dogs competing to herd sheep through a series of obstacles and gates within a set time guided only by the whistles and shouts of their masters. I have included a link to the last ever episode.

My old dog is long dead; I had her for 16 years. 

When my son was 18 months old I got him a kitten (well the kitten chose him at the day-care he was at) so we now have a 16 year old cat.

I also have an 8 year old one; I like the idea that the older animal teaches the new young one appropriate behaviour. I rescued her from a flood and hand reared her from about two weeks of age, she is completely socialised and house trained, but there is still a tiny hint of the feral in her which makes her a very intriguing pet.

She carries that toy around with her everywhere. From the house to my studio and back every day for eight years.

In fact when I think about it all but one of my pet cats have died of old age. I can sort of measure the phases of my life in cat life-spans 

When my step kids were little they would tell me about how their mother had got them a new kitten or puppy. She had no space for pets, wouldn't and couldn't afford to have them vaccinated or de-sexed, inevitably the animals ran away or died young, I suppose losing the pets taught the children something about loss, but they look set to follow the habit of acquiring the 'cute' little bundle and then abandoning it like a forgotten toy when it starts to cost money and not be so cute.

I don't know how you get through to people like that. 

On the flip side are the complete nutters that 'humanise' their animals expecting the poor dog or cat to behave as a human being. Makes for good TV if you like that sort of thing I suppose. 

I prefer my dogs doggy.

And my cats to catch mice.

I also love them to bits.

They are a commitment, usually we employ a house sitter if we are to be away any length of time, otherwise our nearest neighbours will feed them and we do the same for them.

Everyone loved my old dog, so there was never any shortage of people ready to take her for a night or two, but usually she and I were inseparable, if she couldn't go to a venue, I wouldn't attend. She usually went everywhere with me. She was a shepherd ridgeback cross with a bit of greyhound, pure mutt and beautiful, in looks and temperament.

Oh and we have a Budgie, called Zaphod Beeblebeak. He is old too, when my son was six he asked for a real live Dinosaur for his birthday - what was I supposed to do?

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Originally posted by Margi Cintrano Margi Cintrano wrote:

Buonasera, Good Evening,
 
Animals, in general that are brought and / or bought or rescued from shelters, or given to us by family or friends, or found are an enormous commitment and responsibility.
 
Numerous animals are in shelters, because people have not had the proper training, and coaching to care for the animal, and thus, the animal has become destructive or a behavior problem.
 
For many years, when the Vet and I resided in the USA, we had two British Shorthair male cats. Since I had grown up with two British Shorthair males who lived to be 22 yrs. of age, I am have always been very fond of this breed, its personality, its intelligence, sensitivity and their naturally in born natures. There was a tremendous amount of commitment and responsibility since we have all lived quite a distance from my parents and the Vet´s. My parents resided between Manhattan and Miami Beach, and my in laws in Milano, Italia.
 
The gals, my two daughters could not of asked for two better friends, and both my dear long gone friends, had lived to 22 yrs of age too. We were pretty lucky that my parents were cat lovers, and would arrange their stay with their Grandparents. They were never destructive nor feisty toward anyone in the family.
 
However, numerous people, throughout the world, take on a pet, then to claim, I cannot deal, and throw the poor animal in a shelter !  This is a crime, anyway you wish to view it.
 
Please do not adopt pets or purchase, unless you have long term staying power, and a Surrogate Mom or Dad who can watch your mascot, while you have to travel, or vacation.
 
Pet Hotels are costly and thus, Vet´s Medical Offices, are over crowded and the pet shall be kept caged, which is a truly emotionally devastating situation for our 4 legged friends.
 
Even, turtles, birds and other enclosed pets, can suffer terribly during such an ordeal.
 
Commitment and responsibility are 2 factors quintessential for pet ownership.
 
I would enjoy hearing your views on this subject and how you have handled travel arrangements, commitment and responsibility towards our friends with paws, and claws, and wings.
 
All my best.
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Ahron,

The feeling is mutual my friend.

Thank you for the compliment.

Margi.


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Anne,

What a wonderfully told story ... Your felines are beautiful ...

It took our whole family a very long time, to heal when our dear ones passed on.

I miss having 2 felines about, however, we both travel alot, and have decided against it at this time in our lives.

Phil adopted 2 donkies which live at the Lab / Farm and have their own barn ...

PROFI is a Catalonian breed, sepia with White blaze, and quite tall, like a mule / horse, however, he is a pure bred donkey; and is extraordinarily intelligent, that is why he was named PROFESSOR; PROFI for short.

RUBI: An Andalusian Silver breed, is an old gal, who was left on the highway; and my dear, lucky Phil was driving slowly to the rurals where he Works at the lab when here, and called his buddies and they rescued her. She is 13 years old now ... and loves Phil and the gents.

They tried numerous names, and it was the only one she answered to, so RUBI ...

She and Profi get on very well, her " son " and follows him everywhere.

Profi will be 3 years old and was raised by farmer friends, and asked Phil if he could take him ... Miguel, the doctor and farmer has a small farm and is close to retirement age, and he already has 2 donkies ...

So, we have 2 donkies. They love me, and know I always come with carrots and fruit ...

The point is the man who owned Rubi, prior to her rescue was very cruel to leave her on the highway ... She had a tremendous amount of medical care ...

Loves Phil ... follows him everywhere.

They are like guard dogs !!! Then, there is REX, a pure bred German Shepherd, who is owned by the Collective of Vets who own the Lab.

He is a wonderful canine and watches his " hoofed " friends ... They are happy group of campers ...

Due to crisis, here in Iberia, and Mediterranean particularly, many people leave animals on Street, because they cannot afford to feed them; instead of bringing them to the shelters or in tiny villages,the City Hall would advise where ---

Very sad ... Phil is one of these héroes of our 4 legged friends, his missión ..


That´s all for now.
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He sounds like a nice guy
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Rod,

Thank you. Phil is quite brilliant in the field of veternarian bovine medicine and research investigation, a supportive friend & husband, father, and grand-dad, however, apart from this, he is a cool dude !


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I would adopt a donkey if I found it wandering. Yours sound adorable, I did a bit of a Google to see what the two breeds look like - the dark breed is very striking.

Here we have quite strict animal protection laws so the penalties for abandoning animals or abusing them are quite steep. Animal abuse was something of a rarity in the past but seems to be on the increase nowadays. Education (more the lack of it) seems to be at the heart of the issue.
Brings to mind these famous words...

'The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the ways its animals are treated.'
Mahatma Gandhi' 
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Anne.

Firstly, thank you for your post.

Profi is a truly handsome fellow ... I had posted photos, some time ago; do not know where they have disappeared to, however, I shall ask the Vet to send them to me via email tomorrow.

He flew to Argentina early this morning.

CRISIS: We all know that Spain has quite a history of animal abuse ...
However, under our previous Prime Minister José Luis Rodríguez Zapatero; he had created laws against animal abuse, with jail sentences IF CAUGHT !

With Catalonia ( Catalá ) and its 4 autonomous communities; Tarragona, Barcelona, Girona & Lérida; banning bull fighting; this has been a step in the right direction.

The problem here is the crisis ... people abandon due to lack of money; and they are depressed ... They are distraught; HOWEVER, THIS IS NO EXCUSE FOR ABANDONMENT ...

ABUSE: THIS IS A CRIMINAL ACT ! PERIOD AND SHOULD BE MORE STRONGLY ENFORCED ...

Phil has had incidents with farmers ( dairy predominantely ) and has reported them to the Media ..

There was a whole newsbroadcast dedicated to subject. He has numerous contacts in the press ... as I do ...

EDUCATION: In all honesty, in this country, ( Spain where I live ) it is pathetic !


So, based on my last comment; unless the parents teach their own children; not only NEVER TO ABUSE, but the simple PLEASE, THANK YOU AND PROTOCOL ...

The world is not changing !

NO excuse for parents who both work ! Then do not have kids, if you cannot raise them properly.

ABUSE / BULLYING OF CHILDREN: another matter ... This is because the of the parents !!! CHILDREN FOLLOW IN PARENTS FOOTSTEPS .. IF A FATHER BULLIES A MOTHER; THE KIDS WILL DO SAME !!

So, here it is ...

Very sad ... very ignorant ...

Let me look for those photos ...

Kind regards.
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