No problem. I actually have one of my dogs on the Rimadyl as well. He has bad hip dysplesia, plus had an injury a few years ago that made the situation even worse. It does actually seem to work well though.
My name is Patti and I live in Michigan. I have two rescue dogs, a standard size Dachschund, named Rudy, and a mini-Schnauzer boy, Maxi. These dogs are actually miracle dogs to me because two weeks before I adopted them, I had to have my 14 year old mini-Schnauzer--Hansel put to sleep. Any way, to make a long story short, Rudy and Maxi were originally owned by a lady who had known for almost 30 years. She passed away in May 2007 and both Rudy and Maxi were adopted out twice with both adoptees bringing both guys back to the shelter, stating that they were just not working out. Before my friend passed away, she approached me in the fall of 2004, and asked me to make sure that her beloved Rudy and Maxi would not be separated if something should happen to her. She also stated that she really wanted me to take them. Any way, I saw their pictures on the shelter's web site last year (2007) and I couldn't believe my eyes! I went to see them and both Rudy and Maxi came right up to me...and I had never seen them up close before. It was Divine Intervention that we're all together and I know that my friend, Linda, is definitely happy too to know that her boys are with me.
Rudy is my velcro dog ... my "lap tick" for sure! They love their new surroundings and have made it quite clear that they are comfortable with me too. I love them and they do bring joy to my life; especially when I come home from work. They are there to show that unconditional love!
What a great story! I have one kind of like that. Within a week of my Great Aunt Madeline dying a dog came into the shelter that I work at named Maddie. She had heartworm and was dirty and flea ridden, but very sweet. She was well behaved and had a great temperment. Long story short, I think it was a sign that she came in with that name. I ended up fostering her back to health, and at the end of her foster care time, I ended up keeping her. I had fostered 20 or so dogs before and never kept one, but she broke my streak.
Technically, I'd have to say we are a "pet-friendly" family. We've allowed our 3 sons to bring home just about every kind of pet imaginable. We started out with Guinea pigs, and graduated to hamsters, gerbils, lizards, snakes, turtles, an amazingly clean (!) and smart Japanese hooded rat, a couple of beagles, a Humane Society mutt, several cats, and a bunch of birds of various sizes, shapes and colors, from a parakeet, to a cockatiel, a Mexican red-headed parrot, Peking robins, a covey of finches and our biggest pet commitment - in 1980 we bought 2 Macaws - a Blue and Gold baby and a 2-1/2 yr old Hyacinthe. We are dedicated "Bird People". You don't buy any big bird (much less two of them) unless you're willing to put up with them for decades.
We had the Hyacinthe for about 15 years. He was named "B.G." (stands for "Big Guy") because Hyacinthes are the biggest of the Macaws, weighing about 4-1/2 lbs, 39" from head to tail. "B.G." was a totally awesome bird and an extremely smart animal. But Hyacinthe Macaws are an endangered species, which makes them very valuable. That's why we put him in a breeding program and he and his mate were stolen! It was devastating, but amazingly, we got them back!!! That's another story all by itself.
Now that our boys are grown men, and have left the nest, the only
remaining pet we have is "Buster", our Blue and Gold Macaw. We've had
him since he was 6 months old and he's 28-years old now... going on 2.
He's a real "hoot" and a genuine member of the family. He may out live us all.
I do not have any pets of my own per say but my girlfriend has a golden retriever (Holly) and two cats (Mischief and Lulu). My favorite pet of all time is the late robbie though, he spent some time at college with me too back in the day.<br/>
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