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#1352863 - 03/05/10 12:40 AM Life without a dog or cat...
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If I Didn't Have a Dog... or Cat......

I could walk around the yard barefoot in safety.

My house could be carpeted instead of tiled and laminated.

All flat surfaces, clothing, furniture, and cars would be
free of hair.

When the doorbell rings, it wouldn't sound like a kennel.

When the doorbell rings, I could get to the door without wading through fuzzy bodies who beat me there.

I could sit on the couch and my bed the way I wanted, with out taking into consideration how much space several fur bodies would need to get comfortable.

I would have money, and no guilt to go on a real vacation.

I would not be on a first-name basis with 6 veterinarians,
as I put their yet unborn grandkids through college.

The most used words in my vocabulary would not be:
out, sit, down, come, no, stay, and leave it ALONE.

My house would not be cordoned off into zones with baby gates or barriers.

I would not talk 'baby talk'. 'Eat your din din'.
'Yummy yummy for the tummy'..

My house would not look like a day care center, toys everywhere.

My pockets would not contain things like poop bags, treats and an extra leash.

I would no longer have to spell the words B-A-L-L, W-A-L-K, T-R-E-A-T, O-U-T, G-O, R-I-D-E, C-O-O-K-I-E

I would not have as many leaves INSIDE my house as outside.

I would not look strangely at people who think having
ONE dog/cat ties them down too much.

I'd look forward to spring and the rainy season instead of dreading 'mud' season.

I would not have to answer the question 'Why do you have
so many animals?' from people who will never have the joy
in their lives of knowing they are loved unconditionally by
someone as close to an angel as they will ever get.

How EMPTY my life would be!!!
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#1352890 - 03/05/10 05:30 AM Re: Life without a dog or cat... Dip
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LOL! I can relate (especially the part about the poop bags). I'd also add that my house wouldn't look like a snow storm from all the stuffing yanked out of stuffed toys.
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#1352895 - 03/05/10 11:53 AM Re: Life without a dog or cat... 'Lil Freak!
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All of that is exactly how it is in our house! Well, maybe its "their" house - laugh
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#1352900 - 03/05/10 12:39 PM Re: Life without a dog or cat... Tigg
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That is my house to a T!! I don't have stuffing all over, though. In my house it is shredded toilet paper! LOL The extra leashes are in my car, my purse, & Grandma's house. I love every crazy minute of it. grin
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#1352902 - 03/05/10 12:40 PM Re: Life without a dog or cat... The Minion
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#1352904 - 03/05/10 12:49 PM Re: Life without a dog or cat... DeeQ
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We have a Westie and a Cairn.
Every jacket I own (including 1 dinner jacket and 1 tuxedo jacket) has a poop bag in the pocket, just in case.

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#1352908 - 03/05/10 01:07 PM Re: Life without a dog or cat... Hrothgar Geiger
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When things like jackets (zipper), chapstick, and pens end up in the floor they wouldn't get chewed.

Used tissues wouldn't end up all over the house.

My MIL wouldn't come over unannounced as often.

My hubby wouldn't end up on the couch a lot of nights.

No one in the house would have "panic attacks." If Windy gets too excited, drinks too much water, or gets scared badly enough, she can't breathe causing what we have coined "puppy panic attacks."

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#1352912 - 03/05/10 01:20 PM Re: Life without a dog or cat... Ops
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Just having been to the emergency vet this morning at 1:00, this one stuck out...


I would not be on a first-name basis with 6 veterinarians,
as I put their yet unborn grandkids through college.

They are all spot on.
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#1352915 - 03/05/10 01:22 PM Re: Life without a dog or cat... Ops
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I can certainly relate to the "dog hair on every surface." It amazes me how much hair two little pugs (who have short hair to begin with) can shed, and they shed 365 days a year. Anyone with pet allergies is doomed at my house! We have one of those Shed Ender combs and we can get a softball sized wad of fur off of each dog every single day. How are these dogs not bald?????
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#1352919 - 03/05/10 01:29 PM Re: Life without a dog or cat... TB 12
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Originally Posted By: Sox in 07
Just having been to the emergency vet this morning at 1:00, this one stuck out...


Everyone OK now?

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#1352923 - 03/05/10 01:35 PM Re: Life without a dog or cat... Hrothgar Geiger
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out of the frying pan...
Whoever wrote this has been to my house!
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#1352925 - 03/05/10 01:43 PM Re: Life without a dog or cat... RR Becca
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Dip - have you been to my house? This is EXACTLY what it's like and I can't imagine any other way. We just love our babies to death. Yes, we get aggrevated, but I wouldn't have it any other way.
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#1352940 - 03/05/10 02:12 PM Re: Life without a dog or cat... Skittles
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My little Shadow loves to grab our shoes (if we are foolish enough to leave them on the floor when we take them off) and run thru the house to put them under my bed! I was searching for a shoe the other day, looked under my bed and oh my goodness! Young Shadow has quite a collection of shoes, toys, socks, anything else he has piled under my bed. I know what my project is this weekend!
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#1352975 - 03/05/10 02:32 PM Re: Life without a dog or cat... waldensouth
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Mastiff Puppy = 4
Houseshoes for me = 0

Mastiff Puppy = 4
Black Dress shoes for me = 2 (don't look too closely - it's really 1 1/2)

Mastiff Puppy = 3
Garden Hoses for me = 67 (pieces)

One Bull Mastiff 1 year old +
One Jack Russell 14 yo +
Mom and Daughter Rotts +
One Australian Shepherd=

Never boring at our house.
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#1352995 - 03/05/10 02:44 PM Re: Life without a dog or cat... HRH Okie Banker
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OH HOW I CAN RELATE! Add...

I wouldn't have gigantic holes and trenches all by my flowerbed and in my neighbors yard, too.

Laminate and tile? Oh! I thought that was carpet!
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#1352996 - 03/05/10 02:45 PM Re: Life without a dog or cat... HRH Okie Banker
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...would mean the Longhorns could rest in peace occasionally.
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#1353015 - 03/05/10 03:02 PM Re: Life without a dog or cat... Pale Rider
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...would mean the Longhorns could rest in peace occasionally.


LOL! They aren't cattle. They are my Friends. I HAVE to go see them. They like it when we round them up. They need the exercise!

I have tried to 'splain to them that stocker cattle shouldn't be running from one end of the farm to the other everyday but the girls just go deaf!
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#1353034 - 03/05/10 03:26 PM Re: Life without a dog or cat... HRH Okie Banker
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My house would not look like a day care center, toys everywhere.


Oh this is so my house and we only have one little 12 pound dog grin Toys in every room and yes occasionally it looks like it snowed in the house when a toy gets "old" and she pulls it apart. Ya know, you can only re-sew them so many times laugh And would not trade her for anything.
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#1353035 - 03/05/10 03:26 PM Re: Life without a dog or cat... Hoosierland
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Originally Posted By: Hoosierland
I can certainly relate to the "dog hair on every surface." It amazes me how much hair two little pugs (who have short hair to begin with) can shed, and they shed 365 days a year. Anyone with pet allergies is doomed at my house! We have one of those Shed Ender combs and we can get a softball sized wad of fur off of each dog every single day. How are these dogs not bald?????


I feel ya. One of our three dogs is a pug and I think she sheds the most, even though they're all shedding breeds. smile
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#1353051 - 03/05/10 03:37 PM Re: Life without a dog or cat... MadisonCali
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out of the frying pan...
One of my dogs is a Corgi mix, and she sheds so badly that you can pluck her like a chicken and she'll never go bald. Big handfuls of loose fur come off everytime I pet or brush her but she's still a fuzzball!
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#1353057 - 03/05/10 03:40 PM Re: Life without a dog or cat... RR Becca
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My Border mix looses clumps of hair by the handful. You could make furniture stuffing with her hair!
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#1353065 - 03/05/10 03:48 PM Re: Life without a dog or cat... RR Joker
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In addition to all of the above, we've had to learn to keep food off the counters, table, etc unless it's closely guarded! I'll never forget the time I went out for a few minutes and a whole bag of halloween candy was gone... wrappers and all. Or the Thanksgiving centerpiece (floral arrangement in a bread bowl) that disappeared overnight!

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#1353068 - 03/05/10 03:56 PM Re: Life without a dog or cat... hmdagal
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As a 'grandma' to a husky, lab, doberman and mini-dacshund(sp?), I can say that all of the above are true at "Grandma & Grandpa's" place when they come to visit also!

They do keep life interesting...
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#1353177 - 03/05/10 05:37 PM Re: Life without a dog or cat... 'Lil Freak!
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Originally Posted By: ‘Lil Freak!
I'd also add that my house wouldn't look like a snow storm from all the stuffing yanked out of stuffed toys.

I have the same thing at my house. As soon as we pick up all the toys and vacuum, it all begins again. laugh

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#1353198 - 03/05/10 05:54 PM Re: Life without a dog or cat... Island Dreaming
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Oh my, how true! Our black and tan coon hound always keeps things interesting, like...

- The countersurfing which led to a frozen roast being licked, sucked, and gnawed upon in a very gruesome fashion all over the carpet (hardwood floor replacement came soon after)

- The discovery that with one push of her thick skull on the lazy susan, a delectable smorgasboard magically appeared (you don't want to know what a bag of coconut does to a dog)

- The discovery on our part of one bloated, several-day-old deceased gopher waaaay down in the corner cushions of our Lazy Boy loveseat. (Yep, it left a greasy grimey gopher stain -- RIP comfy sofa)

- The doe-eyed "What did I do" look after each incident.

Non pet owners just don't know what they're missing! grin crazy laugh sick grin
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