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April 13, 2024

Ace of Spades Pet Thread, April 13

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Good afternoon and welcome to the almost world famous Ace of Spades Pet Thread. Thanks for stopping by. Kick back and enjoy the world of animals.

Would you like a treat?

Let's relax a little with the animals and leave the world of politics and current events outside today.


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Thinking of getting some chicks?

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Animal Photography

Courtesy By-Tor

A daschund in a purse is not the worst thing I saw today. Also saw a poodle in a papoose.

Dogs have legs. Let them walk!

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When is it a good idea to carry a dog, and when isn't it a good idea?

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Happy dog of the day pic, a 9 week old Border Collie enjoying an outing with his new family.

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Awwww . . . By-Tor seems to run into a lot of fun dogs.


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I recommend eye protection. And maybe a towel to hold the bird in. I used a dish towel to move a fairly large bird out of the house once. It had fallen down the chimney.

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Meet The PetMorons

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MadisonTheCat says feed me!

Oh yeah, from Eromero.

Madison looks very hungry.

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From Jewells:

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This is Ricky a 11 year old chihuahua yorkie mix. He had a lot of health issues and went straight to a foster volunteer from Shep's. Sadly his issues were more than he could overcome and he crossed the rainbow bridge April 8. But he was still a Shep's dog.

Awww, Ricky!

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Malakai watching the perimeter for undesirables:

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Strider in a rare serious moment:

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The daily competition to see who did it better:

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Zoey, respectfully reminding me it is her dinner time:

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My wife and I have had 11 dogs throughout our 44 year marriage... some came from breeders and some were rescues. Seven of those dogs have been Great Danes. A year and a half ago, our blue Dane named Malakai, was getting on about 6 1/2 years old. That is geriatric for a Dane, so we resolved to get one more Dane puppy to be our last Dane. Enter Strider, a fawn.

Malakai was sweet natured, as Danes are. He enjoyed big, manly play like tug of war, and chasing me around the kitchen island. But he was always a stolid sort... a little stoic. He was the protector of the house who warned us of every one who violated the perimeter. He weighed 160 lbs and loved to sit in my wife's lap.

Strider was a goofy playful clown. Sweeter than sugar. He actually enjoyed full, arms-around-the-neck hugs and nose-to-nose soul gazes. In our experience, that is rare in a dog. Often, in the night he would come to my side of the bed and nuzzle me for a few moments just to say hello before going back to his bed.

Near the start of last February, at the age of a year and a half, Strider came down with a mystery illness. After trips to two different vets we still never identified what was making him sick. By the first of March, he had fought long enough. We didn't have the heart to ask him to fight any longer so we let him go.

A month later, Malakai developed a severe limp and a swollen ankle. He was barely able to stand. The trip to the vet confirmed that he had bone cancer. We let him go to rest 33 days after Strider.

The grief over losing two such sweet souls back to back has been hard. But we still have Zoey, a lab mix. She is an infectiously happy dog who goes loves to go camping with us. I walk her every day. She has stepped up to let us know that we are still loved and adored. She is my constant shadow... laying by my feet even as I write this.

We want Zoey to have a companion and we have a hole we need to fill in our hearts. So we have begun looking into options for bringing another dog into our family. The joy of having dogs in our lives more than pays for the pain of losing them.

-Clay

"The sun is riz, the sun is set...
And here I is in Texas yet."

Sweet dogs. Sorry for your losses. Glad you still have Zoey.

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Thank you for sharing your pets with us.

If you would like to send pet and/or animal stories, links, etc. for the Ace of Spades Pet Thread, the address is:

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Remember to include the nic or name by which you wish to be known when you comment at AoSHQ, or let us know if you want to remain a lurker.

Until next Saturday, have a great week!

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If you start feeling nostalgic, here a link to last week's Pet Thread, the Ace of Spades Pet Thread, April 6. Some special PetMoron stories and photos there.

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