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(no subject) [Oct. 17th, 2006|01:12 am]
Don't Buy Every Cute Pet You See Support Group

hi, i'm new.
i currently have:
-a 13-15 year old cat named rosemary that i've had since she was born. i've had her family for generations. i just never kept track of how old she is ;x i know she was born in march, though. she is guarding me at this moment.
-a black female bunny named legion that just turned a year old sometime this month (my first bunny ever!). she is currently ripping apart a phone book.
-a female (?) albino hamster (first hamster ever!) i bought as a teeny-tiny baby back in february or march. her name is gremlin because she is satan incarnate and will maul the crap out of you. she has this one demon-claw that is long and thick and i have to cut it off for her every now and then. she is probably doing what she normally does--nothing. she sits in her wheel or sleeps in her fluffystuffs.
-two baby female (?) mice i just bought on the 15th (first mice ever!) of this month. they were the only two in the store without red eyes. the brown one is tesla and the black one is the stig (stiggy). they're probably cuddling in the toilet paper roll. stiggy is a monkey.

-my bf is planning on buying a baby tortoise when he gets paid next on the 20th. stinky.
-my roommate is planning on buying two ferrets around christmas time.
-my roommate wants a beagle.
-my bf promised me a kitten when we got our own apartment. we've been here since july!
-i want some cute goldfishies. i would've bought some last night if i didn't have to pay for my $541 traffic ticket :)
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(no subject) [Jun. 8th, 2006|09:53 pm]
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I WANT A DOG!!!!!!

I battle this feeling every freaking day. I want a dog SO badly it's not even funny. I even have a job where I could bring a dog with me EVERY day. But no, instead I have to wait an unforseen amount of time until I'm able to care for a dog properly. Damn me and being responsible :(

Just ranting. I know someone will sympathize!
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Now more pets! [Apr. 4th, 2006|10:18 am]
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Hi there. My name is Naomi and I am a pet addict.

So far I have (three of the dogs aren't mine but belong to other family members, but the rest are my animals):

Pip: Jack russel x Chihuahua 10mnths (my sister's)
Poncho: Chihuahua x Pomeranian 12mnths (my sister's)
Pokey: Shih Tzu x Jack Russel 10 years (my parents')

My pets
Snowy: Australian Terrier Cross who knows 11 years

Bella: Albino rat 1.5 years
Biscuit: Brown rat 6mnths
Winter: Fawn rat 4mnths

And then there are the hermit crabs. Two huge Perlatus (strawberries) and 6 small/medium Australian.


So how did it happen?

Well. I begged my parents for a dog. I'd had dogs before but now I was old enough to interviene when my parents wanted to give them away. So became Snowy. She was adorable. A little, floppy black bundle who grew to be a rigid, energetic spikey terrier. I love her to bits. Then my parents thought it was only fair to get my sister a dog as well. And so became Pokey.

Ten years later my sister spotted a tiny little chihuahua X runt in a pet shop and just had to have her. My parents agreed only because while my sister was away overseas her dog Pokey had grown attached to my parents and Sara wanted a dog of her 'own'. And so became Poncho.

The sad thing was that the other dogs rejected Poncho. They attacked her whenever she wanted to play with them and she was becoming increasingly lonely and broken hearted. And so became Pip. Those two are the best of friends now.

I always fancied the idea of obtaining rats and one day the opportunity arose via freecycle. I'm not sure I agree with the idea of people giving away pets on freecycle but better I have them then someone who'll use them as feeders. So became Bella and Biscuit.

I wanted to buy them a huge cage and so went to my local pet barn where they were selling a cage set up with supplies ...and a free rat. And so became Winter.

The hermit crabs were also a freecycle thing. Only it was just the cage and supplies that were being given away. Turned out to be a really small plastic cage with no lid but my mind was already set on hermit crabs.

So I got Barnacle and Urchin with a 15 gallon tank. Well. Then I read that hermit crabs are extremely social and the more the merrier. So I went out to buy one more and came home with three. Sputnik, Winkle and Apollo.

But when looking for shells in the local aquarium I came across two massive strawberries. I'd never seen such huge hermies before. I just had to have them.

And here we are. Living in a bloody zoo with thoughts of ferrets and gerbils and more dogs running through my head. Oh when will it end? My aim is to open a pet shop one day. Perhaps that will finally sate me.

Over and out.
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Oh, the torture. [Mar. 8th, 2006|09:50 am]
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[Current Mood |geekygeeky]
[Current Music |Drips - Eminem]

So, after ordering two Martin's Cages, my roomie and I went to PetSupplies Plus to get some stuff to add to the cages when they get here, and to get supplies to build a ramp for my elderly rats, so they don't have to climb and jump as much.

Of course, while we're there, I have to look at the rats. They have feeders, of course, but they also have fancy rats...there was just one.

He was a beautiful little dumbo with an all-white body, with an uneven (and so CUTE) patch of greyish black on his face. I've always wanted a rat with those kinds of markings. Needless to say, I wanted to hold him, and he looked awfully big...

I asked one of the clerks how long he'd been at the store alone, and he'd said, "A little over a month." I was floored..poor little thing. So, I opened the enclosure, and here he came, right over to me to be picked up. When I did...you know how rats go limp when you pick them up under their arms, especially for belly kisses? He did just that, and I was able to smooch his belly, then snuggle him. He didn't squirm, didn't do anything, he didn't look or sound sick...he just bruxed a little, and sniffed around. He climbed up to my shoulder/neck and decided to hang out there a while. No fear poo, no nothing, just a happy, well socialized rat. On Carefresh. With what looked like Suebees recipe for food.

My god, did I want him.

But, I did the responsible thing. Hopefully he won't become snake food. But I just can't justify getting an 8th rat.

Tell me I did the right thing! I need to hear it! LOL
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(no subject) [Feb. 16th, 2006|06:39 pm]
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I was paradoxically relieved and disappointed when, after the boyfriend tells me that the rescue called this morning and he'd update me later, he didn't utter anything resembling "so we're taking in X many rats/ferrets/mice." He was amused at my reaction.

That is all.
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To, or not to? [Feb. 7th, 2006|01:10 am]
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Six. That was to be my magic number. Six rats. And only six rats. I cannot consider getting another rat until (*shudders*) one passes.

Right now I am at five. Number six is coming on the 17th. She will appropriately be named Six. But she is it.

Or... at least, she *may* be it. Here's the situation: I got an e-mail from my breeder today saying she had a special needs rattie available. She is "special needs" because she's blind in one eye, and has a jaw injury. That injury will heal, but because of the injury, the original adopter has backed out. As of right now her condition does not require additional assistance from a vet. So, the fact that my normally $400 vet fund is down to only $40 won't be too big of a factor... except that means 7 rats with only a $40 vet fund that will only be halfway revived by the time they are ready to come home.

Now, I have more then enough room for 7 ratties, but I even one more rattie can get expensive. That may mean cage cleaning every 3 days instead of every 4 days... plus more food, more more time, more love... I don't know if I can pull it all off.

But I feel so bad! No one else wants this poor little girl, but she's been hand raised and would make a great pet... but no one can see past the "special needs" part. I can... but I don't know if I can take her in. I would just say I'd take her and not Six, but darnnit, I've already named her and fallen in love with her cute little picture. I hate that! And I always do that! But I can't help it.

What do you think I should do?
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(no subject) [Feb. 6th, 2006|10:07 pm]
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3 baby handtamed cockatiels and 2 baby and 1 adult handtamed lovebirds now available for adoption at the foster network near my mother.

Someone remind me that is would be a BAD idea - no money, and they want proof of home-ownership so I'd basically have to get my mother to adopt them for me. Not like she'd care, but that'd be dishonest and wrong. WRONG. BAD.
*sniffle* ;)
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(no subject) [Feb. 1st, 2006|12:05 am]
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Since I lost my twenty year old cat Spock last October, I've been trying to fill the empty void she left behind. Three months on I'm only just starting to realise that she won't be there to greet me home everyday in the kitchen.

My mum and I just had a bit of an arguement. I didn't say much, but I was giving her 'attitude' when asked to scrub and disinfect the bath after I gave my three rats a bath in it. I had already rinsed it down, and I know its stupid, but I felt....offended by her asking me clean it more than I had as if my rats carried rabies or something. When we gave Spock the odd bath for some reason or another, she never told me to disinfect it then....I just can't help but feel extremely defensive about them. I'm so protective and obsessed with the care of my pets now Spock is gone. Its as if all my energy from her has transferred to the rest.

Since Spock died I have aquired two new pets despite not being allowed any. Seth, my milksnake, and Metal Gary, a giant African snail. But after each one I've found it hasn't worked. My snake hasn't eaten yet, due to a three month long hibernation, so I haven't even been able to hold him properly or get to know him...and there's only so much you can do with a snail, although I love them both so so much.

And now I find myself looking out for other low-maintentence pets that don't require a vet like my snail...but I need to stop and remember they will never fill that void.

I just still feel so sad, but I have to stop with the pets and get over this somehow, although I don't know how to go about it or if this feeling will actually fade eventually....
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If wishes were horses.. or ferrets.. [Jan. 30th, 2006|10:45 pm]
Don't Buy Every Cute Pet You See Support Group

Hi, my name is evilcresyluna, and I don't need any more pets right now. But I want to know:

1. What animals would/are you planning to get in the near future? What holds you back?

2. What animals would/are you planning to get if things work in your favor over some time? Same reservations?

3. What animals would you LOVE to get but really doubt you'll ever be up to caring for? Or have the time for?

For me:
1. Small parrot. I have a long list of species that I'd get one of tomorrow if I didn't have $0 moneys and no car. Once I get a chance to volunteer at a rescue (closest is 1.5 hours away) I'll have a better idea of what species would suit me, and start planning for that.

2. Some male rats (probably a trio) and ferrets. The trio of rats because I love boy rats, don't feel that they'd be too much to care for in addition to the zoo and seriously want to help one or both of the rescues my current rat girls came from (no breeding, don't worry). The ferrets my bf really wants, and I gotta agree they're cute boogers. If we settle into a house in the next few years, I'd like to have a dog.

3. Sugar gliders, guinea pigs, one of the large parrots (particularly cockatoos or a lorie/lorikeet), a snake. Snakes I love from afar because I'm none too sure that even with frozen/thawed I'd be comfortable keeping rats/mice and a snake, but I do so admire them.

Okay, 'nough of me babbling, next! ;)
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The pattern of DOOM. [Jan. 29th, 2006|07:11 pm]
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Oooookay, so I've realised I have a pattern. There are certain animals that I know for a fact I want to have at the right time in my life. A dog (or dogs), a chinchilla, and several more cats (but no more than 3 at any one time!). I don't really spend a lot of time daydreaming about these animals. I know a LOT about them already, and about their care, and I know when the time comes, they'll be in my life. But right now, I want more pets. So I spend a lot of time... daydreaming if you will. I go through different animals: hamsters, rats, rabbits, lizards (I've only ever been drawn to a long tailed grass lizard), birds (specifically, a cockatiel or sun conure), guinea pigs, etc, etc. I research the heck out of them, learning what it takes to care for one properly, and if they could fit into my lifestyle (trying to convince myself that somehow they can). I buy books, and look into what it would take to get one. Thankfully each time I've done this, I've realised that I can NOT support any other critters, but I've come close a few times. REALLY close. I'm back on Sun Conures right now. They're such pretty birds! I've had really bad bird experiences up till now, but I think if I really dedicated myself to caring for one and bonding with one, it could be great :)

I just have to keep reminding myself that if I get any more "critters" the longer I'll have to wait to get my dog or my chinny :(
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