One of mine is really sick at the moment. He's ataxic, a serious case of the wobbles but he's bright and cheerful otherwise (well as cheerful as whippets get). He's got a grade 5/6 heart murmur so I'm pretty sure his heart is failing, blood isn't getting to the muscles and that's why he's having trouble standing.
He's grand on a walk though, as the harness holds him up - he's wobbly but fast, and loves getting outside. Been to the vet a couple of times but nothing really can be done unless we do all these tests and right now... I just can't afford them
He's 11, and I rescued him when he was 3, so he's done well with a bad heart but still. My hearts breaking.
2yrs later and this is still my fave photo of my pet dork. She's really smart - learnt a lot of tricks lickety split and also doing easy human stuff (like opening/closing grill doors and applying it to her cage door so birds wouldn't get in) by purely observing us.
But when she gets tangled in low hanging clothes/bag straps, she panics bc she doesn't know how to step out of them. I love this idiot.
Gypsy has been my companion for almost 11 years now. I adopted her from the shelter when she was about 6 weeks old. She the best dog I could ever hope for and is so much more than I deserve. Right now she is recovering from a serious abdominal surgery, so she's not really herself right now. But the vets say she will make a full recovery. I'm hoping to take her on long walks again soon.
I also have two cockatiel parrots. A cinnamon female named Fable and a white-faced male named Lore. They were both rescues. I've had them for about three years now. I got them separately from each other but around the same time. They want nothing to do with each other. But they are both very sweet and I take the care very seriously. (old pic of me)
And though these guys are not my pets, I am the caretaker of 28 lorikeet parrots. That is my full time job right now. I love these guys! I'm very passionate about parrots and it's a thrill to get to work with them.
Today we went to the vet for a check up and treatment for some serious lesions that weren't healing on Thunderbutt's hind legs.
This kid kept quietly clicking and trying to get my pet dork's attention but would stop if I glanced at her. Thunderbutt ignored her and remained calm as trained but I'm keeping a close eye on my dog as it's a very crowded waiting room. Kid started to reach out thinking I wasn't noticing and I immediately told her "Please don't. She hates being touched by anyone she doesn't know and WILL bite. I'm sorry but it's for safety sake - both you and my dog." I thought I was gonna get some nasty words from her dad as usual bc she got upset and looked like she was gonna cry.
Instead he said to her, "Hey no. Always ask for permission. That dog doesn't like people touching her so she might bite you. You get angry if someone tries to hug you and you don't want a hug right?" Kid agrees and is okay.
Thunderbutt peacefully contemplated escape and the prospect of a nap when we get home. All is well. This rarely happens so it kinda made my day. Good job parenting kids dad!
I have most of my dogs on a different thread, so I thought I'd put Nermal my cat in this one I loved Garfield growing up so when this baby showed up on my doorstep all gray and fluffy, I knew I had a Nermal!