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Java Talk: Our Pets' Personalities



I thought we'd talk today about the personalities of our four-legged children. 

Abi has always been a handful. She has odd little quirks and needs that only I understand. She talks. You know how a baby will talk gibberish. Abi does that. She raises the tone up and down. People can hear her jabbering on the phone. Other dogs can't figure her out. Abi is the quacked duck we talked about. 

She's very territorial about food, but then that's not really odd at all. But at night, she's particularly needy. I will give them their food. We all eat at the same time. They think when I eat, they're supposed to eat. 

When she finishes that, I am to give them a tablespoon of cottage cheese, which the vet told me is good for their tender little bellies. 

I often like to have a bowl of Braum's ice cream after my meal, which is typically a potato, just as theirs is. I will give them their cottage cheese and sit down with my ice cream. 

But Abi isn't happy with that. She snarfs the food down and then starts unh-ing at me to come to her. I will keep saying let me eat my ice cream first, but Abi is not patient.

I can take care of all of these tasks and sit down with my ice cream.  But that isn't good enough. 

Usually what she wants is for me to add more food to their dry dog food. If I put it in and she does not witness it, it does not count. Then she wants me to change their water. 

When Abi has an audience, like when a friend comes over, or sometimes when I'm on the phone, she gets on the couch and does what I call her side stroke. She lays on her side and pushes her feet up and down, up and down, as if she's doing the side stroke in a swimming pool. All the while talking her gibberish. 

Yesterday Charlie was a mess. There was a fly in here and I couldn't get it out. If I swat at it, it makes him even more afraid. Charlie ran from that fly the whole day. I could see him, down close to the floor running, from one spot to another to hide. 

My Charlie is the vulnerable child on the playground who everyone knows is vulnerable, and so they're taunted and made fun of. Everyone in this case is any insect with wings: gnats, flies, mosquitoes. 

I tried to kill the fly, but then he'd hear the swat and run again. Finally at the end of the day poor Charlie just threw up under the bed. Guess he was afraid to do it out in the open because the fly might find him.

So that's a bit about the pupsters. Get your coffee or tea or whatever beverage you enjoy in the morning, and tell me about the quirks and personality of your pets.

Cozy Little House
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  1. There are only my DH and myself in our home. Our routine rarely changes day to day except Sat. and Sun.. We drive to work together everyday except Wed. and our dog goes with me to work. We decided when we adopted her through a rescue that we'd treat her like a child at bedtime which meant we take her out for the last time at 8 and put her to bed. If we have company and the routine changes, she peeps around the corner and starts barking beside the bed to let us know that it's after 8 and she's ready for bed.
    She's also OCD about many things, partly because of it being the 2 of us and no real routine changes in her day to day life. We leave for work at the same time every morning 6 days a week, we eat about the same time every night, she knows everyone that we know and her life revolves around me completely since she spends 24 hours a day with me, with a very healthy dose of my DH thrown in. One example of her OCD is that we have to give her treats from the pantry 3 times every night. She will stand next to the pantry door and harumph until we do it, even if it's for 30 minutes or more (if we have guests I forget). I could go on and on.
    We LOVE our furbabies, don't we??!!!

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    1. Oh yes we do! They do have their little quirks.

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  2. Our Abbie Lou is an 18 year old Border Collie. She is very nearly blind, but can still hear and smell. Sometimes she will lose track of me and I can see her tracking me with her nose on the ground. If I stand still, she won't be able to see me. However, she can still bite a cow. We have chased cows all summer, and if she can hear them she will go after them, and still bite on them on the heel. It is amazing that she can still do her job. We have never had a dog live this long, and be in such good shape. She doesn't seem to have any pain and is eating well. she loves little kids and until just a couple of years ago would play catch by the hours, but I won't let the kids play catch anymore, I am afraid she will have a heart attack. But, she doesn't like adults and will bite them if I don't watch her. She especially doesn't like hunters who come to the yard to ask permission to hunt. Sometimes she is quite paranoid, other times she is merely neurotic. But we love her, she is a great dog.

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    1. Sounds like an amazing dog! The dogs I've had have all died around age 13, so kudos to Abbie Lou! And to her parents for taking such wonderful care of her.

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  3. My Rosie is a rescue. She is not a handful, but oh she is stubborn. I think it is her breed, Dachshund. She wakes up in the very best mood; she lets me sleep in on the weekends. She is a cuddle bug. She is so happy when I come home from work she does a little dance and grabs onto me with her two front legs and literally wrap them around one of my legs. It is the cutest thing. Rosie is not allowed to have any more stuffies in the bed. She is very possessive and acts horrible when trying to "protect" her stuffies.

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    1. Ah, that little dance and grabbing onto you with her two front legs just melted my heart, Laura!

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  4. Hi Brenda...I wanted to comment on your previous post, but was unable to.
    As you know we are living in two different places while trying to sell our home. This can be frustrating due to our age and the amount of time we have to spend running back and forth to the doctor. We tried to see if Molly liked staying at the apartment while we are away...no way!! So now we call our agent or rather email and tell her Miss Molly is in the house just in case someone wants to see the house while we are away. We will do anything to keep our sweet girl happy and relaxed. I think we will give up our apartment at the end of the lease in December, because the main reason we had it was to get away. As it is, as much as we like the little apartment, we still have to bring Molly home when we have apartments...and these are many. So instead of wasting our money any more than we have, we will give up the cute little apartment.
    As for the burnout thing. I'm not a monitized blog as you know. Because of that many times I am not respected as a "real" blogger. Kind of ticks me off! Another thing, the NYT intimated the age thing with the 20-30 something mention. I am a 71 year old viable human being who has lots to share and it it isn't just tablescapes.:-) I moved to Typepad from Blogger 4 years ago. That gets me little respect either.LOL It is difficult to comment there. I have stood on my head trying to figure that out. However, my "numbers" continue to grow, which amazes the heck out of me. I get amazing support from my readers through email and comments. I do Facebook and have a good following there. Many on my list are local folks who know us personally. So it is fun hearing from them. I don't do the media dance though.
    I have loyal supporters who have been with Back Porch Musings through thick and thin since March 2007. There is a place in the land of blog for people over 30! :-)
    My decision to not monetize BPM had everything to do with my age and the complications that come with that, as far as income etc. goes. We already have a CPA to keep us straight, I know if I were to make money blogging I would be a total mess. I do understand when people do make money from the blogs, though.
    I continue to blog for fun...just not as often these days. I hope to continue for a long time. BPM has kept me active and given me something to do...and that's definitely a good thing.
    Sorry for adding this here, but I couldn't get the comment box to pop up on the correct post.

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    1. oops! apartments should be appointments...but then you knew that.:-)

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    2. That's okay, Pat! Good to hear from you! I was very annoyed with the NY Times with the age thing. Wonder if they got much flack for it?

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  5. Let's see...Kanga the cat is currently playing with a tiny piece of paper as if it were a live mouse...tearing round and round the dining room like a nut. Lily and Jugsy are the dogs....Lily adopted from a neighbor when they had to move, though they've been back to visit, and both Jugsy and Kanga are rescues from the Humane Society. Kanga's so pretty...some blogger friends though she was a breed when they first saw pictures of her as she looks a bit Himalayan. She's still tearing around as I type and has now left a huge ball of shedding fur on the floor :)

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    1. What on earth would we do for entertainment if it wasn't for our beloved pets?

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  6. We have two dogs, Laci and Dudley, both were rescued. Laci is an American Staffordshire Terrier mix, otherwise known as pit bull. We had her genetics tested (she looks like part whippet) and she is a mix of about 8 dogs, including pointer, beagle and chihuahua! She is 60 pounds and a great runner. Her bark is deep and quite scary if you did not know her, but she is really a mush. Dudley is a 22 pound Boston Terrier. He bosses Laci around. When there is thunder they both go nuts, but big Laci hides under the desk, and little Dudley runs outside and barks at the sky! Nothing scares him! They both love people and children and immediately roll over on their backs to get a tummy rub when anyone comes over. I don't need a clock to tell time because they seem to know exactly when it is time for breakfast and dinner. If I am a bit late remembering, they come and "talk" to me and reprimand me. I don't allow dogs in or on my bed so Laci sleeps on a big Costco dog bed in a corner of our bedroom, and Dudley makes himself comfortable on the family room love seat that I have covered with a blanket just for him. Recentlly Dudley had a Mast cell tumor removed from his trunk and has quite a big incision that is healing but he took it all in stride, although it was funny watching him be "stoned" when he came home from the Vets. Laci did not even miss him one bit when he was gone. Sometimes they growl at one another and other times they play together like best of friends. Life is never boring with these two around.

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    1. I would be totally bored without the pupsters!

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  7. My fur baby is Charlie the Cat. He is 16 years old and such a sweet old guy. I found him at a PetSmart rescue adoption and fell in love at first sight. He has been with me through many ups and downs. Had endured other 'cats' in the home on and off but is now happy to be an 'only' cat at his ripe old age. Charlie has always been skittish and it can sometimes be so entertaining to watch him enter a room only after he has pawed the floor, looked everywhere and then jump into the room. As he has gotten older he sleeps a lot (as all cats do) but he also has a bit of dementia I think. At night especially if I'm in bed and he has wandered out into the living room, he howls and I call him so he knows where I am and he comes to me and is OK!! I dread the day he leaves me but until then he is my favorite kitty of all time.

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    1. And you are both his mama and his best friend.

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  8. I came back to tell you about Amos. My son and DIL adopted him from a rescue shelter...he's about 2 / a pit mix / had been locked in a cellar, starved, almost all his hair gone from bugs or a skin infection. He was so ugly he was cute. Now it is about 2 months later and he looks normal. The amount of weight gain that poor dog needed to be normal was amazing. When they got him he was 41 pounds, every skinny rib sticking out from his body. And clumsy....hard to get up the stairs, etc. Now he goes beserk running around and is 70 lbs. :) SUPER lovable, great with the kids, and can make slobber fly half way across their kitchen, lol!! :)

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    1. I am so filled with goodness when I hear someone has rescued a pet. I once rescued a seven year old dog. No one wanted him because he was older. I was volunteering there. I ended up with him of course, and he had six more fantastic years. I have his ashes. He will go wherever I do. From house to apartment to wherever I land, he will be with me.

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  10. My Pom Girls are my constant companions. They each have their own personalities but I'll just add a 1 word description for their overall essence..
    Buffy St. Marie --Regal
    Greta Jezell--- Brilliant
    Nadia Rochelle- Comical
    they are all very loving and extremely well behaved. No chewing or messing with things ever and I have had them all since early puppyhood. Its as if once I trained Buffy, they other 2 learned from her. I do believe animals communicate with her each and she must have told them in no uncertain terms what was required if they wanted to live a happy life in this household:-) I'm a firm but loving Mom of both human and animal children and I think getting off to the proper start is mandatory in order for life to run as smoothly as possible.
    Buffy is 12- Greta and Nadia are 9 1/2.. Their sister Sassy died in 2012 of a heart attack and they still miss her.
    Sassy was my Playful girl and all the toys were her's.. I buried them all with her and I can visualize her romping through the clouds playing with them.. I often think I see her coming around the corner but its just her spirit visiting.

    God is Dog and Dog is God and I hope to one day to love as unconditionally as they do.

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    1. I sure wish the Pom girls would come visit me and train my two pupsters! I was thinking about you last night, and in my head, I could hear you say: "Girls!" And they would be silent.

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  11. I don't have a little four legged friend at the moment, but love to read about everyone else's. I do miss my dogs. They all have such unique personalities. xo Laua

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    1. It's the best love any person can experience.

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  12. We lost our beloved Bo 1 1 /2 years ago, Jan. 2013. He was the best dog ever. He was quite, gentle and kind. He had been given up by 3 other homeowners before we got him for Animal Welfare. He was a asset to our family. the lost has been so great we have not been able to replace him yet. Our cat, The Little One, personality is like the Terminator. Flying in and out of a room, running up the stairs like someone scared the crap out of her? Right now she's laying right next to me, rubbing her head against the computer screen. She's a typical cat, loves you went she wants and leaves when she wants. I do miss having the love and companionship of a dog.

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  13. You will one day meet your beloved Bo at the Rainbow Bridge.

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  14. I love hearing stories about people's pets who are much more like our children. Our fur baby is a kitty, Abby. She's actually about ten years old but still has the kitten face she did when we got her from the Humane Society. She is all mine in the mornings as I have my coffee and blog, all curled up in my lap. At night, she is Daddy's girl. Hubby has a recliner and takes full advantage of it, so Abby climbs right up on his chest, practically chin-to-chin. She has a special place and bed, so at 9:15 e.v.e.r.y night, she hops down from hubby's chest, walks to the side of his chair and puts her little paw on his arm -- that's the signal that it's nite-nite time. Yep, she has trained us well!

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  15. Our cats, Licky Lou and Pookie Bear, just turned 13 years old. Licky Lou is a black cat with one white whisker. She is a VERY picky eater and I shamefully indulge her whims most of the time. In her later years, she has developed a love of butter--I swear she thinks she is Paula Deen's cat! If we throw butter wrappers away, we have to take the trash out immediately because she will risk life and limb to get to them. Another of her quirks is that she cannot stand to have any of the bedroom doors open. If one is accidently left open, she will run up and down the hall meowing her head off until someone closes the darn door. She would make a great prison guard...

    Pookie is a Siamese and a bit temperamental. She prefers to nap on the top of the couch for most of the day, but in the evenings, she wants constant attention! She has always loved to sit with the kids and watch them study--something about an open book just attracts that cat. The computer is also a huge draw for her--much to the annoyance of the human trying to type!

    I know exactly what you mean about Abi's side stroke! Years ago when we had Yorkies, our Charlie used to do that. Thanks for reminding me of that sweet memory.

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  16. What indeed would we do without our pets Brenda..All of my cats are special to me and they all have their own personalities..I think our pets give us so much more than we could ever give them..Hugs to Abi & Charlie..

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  17. Animals are a Godsend for many different reasons. Although I grew up always having an animal in the house, I saw a very important reason why we needed them over the last 10 years. My daughter is bi-polar and her dogs have often been her lifeline.

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