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Feb 13, 2020 - 8:40:34 AM
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rinemb

USA

11989 posts since 5/24/2005

When I was a kid, I had a dog named Jackie. It was a sheepdog-likely with a mix. Jackie ran free in the neighborhood. Everyone like her and she liked everyone...unless she detected danger. Jackie watched over our pigeon coupe from my bedroom window every night perched on my bed. She protected our cat, and she was always by my side.
Then one day she was gone. She was always waiting for me to get home from school. I lost her trail a week or so later at about six blocks away. My summer was miserable. I can't remember a day going by where I did not think about her when I fed the pigeons, walked to the store, and went to bed.
My mother did her best to console and comfort me, with her rural upbringing and all the dogs came and went and her childhood.
Then about a year or more later, one evening, I heard a familiar scratching on the front door. There on the porch was Jackie! She acted like it was just another day, not anymore excited than usual. I let her in and after some playing around she headed for that spot by the stove for her evening pair of Gains burgers.

Do you have similar stories with any creatures?
Brad

Feb 13, 2020 - 9:01:10 AM

ChunoTheDog

Canada

93 posts since 8/9/2019

If I let my dog roam free he'd be shot or run over in a matter of minutes. And I'd get a heck of a fine from the municipality.

Feb 13, 2020 - 9:09:13 AM
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rinemb

USA

11989 posts since 5/24/2005

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Originally posted by ChunoTheDog

If I let my dog roam free he'd be shot or run over in a matter of minutes. And I'd get a heck of a fine from the municipality.


Different times in 1960.  Many dogs ran free, and most cats were outdoor kitties..  I grew up in  a fairly big city, a block down from the 2-lane highway that ran across town.  We had to cross that to go to school, and the park, and many other reasons.  we did have a crossing light.  My dog crossed that highway on occasion to seek me out at school or playing in the park.  Yep, It was not out of the ordinary to scoop up someones cat or dog to be buried.  Brad

Feb 13, 2020 - 9:56 AM

ChunoTheDog

Canada

93 posts since 8/9/2019

quote:
Originally posted by rinemb
quote:
Originally posted by ChunoTheDog

If I let my dog roam free he'd be shot or run over in a matter of minutes. And I'd get a heck of a fine from the municipality.


Different times in 1960.  Many dogs ran free, and most cats were outdoor kitties..  I grew up in  a fairly big city, a block down from the 2-lane highway that ran across town.  We had to cross that to go to school, and the park, and many other reasons.  we did have a crossing light.  My dog crossed that highway on occasion to seek me out at school or playing in the park.  Yep, It was not out of the ordinary to scoop up someones cat or dog to be buried.  Brad


Losing a pet in this manner is so sad!

 

There is something beautiful about a dog being free to roam, tho! Wish I lived somewhere where my dog could be off my property off leash without danger. 

Feb 13, 2020 - 11:07:08 AM
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rinemb

USA

11989 posts since 5/24/2005

My mother grew up partly on a poor man's farm. A muddy banked river wound along the property. When a dog went missing, they would go to the river, stand on the RR bridge on look along the muddy banks for the dog. Sometimes finding it there sleeping deep into a carved out divot in the mud. Her explanation: when a dog got snake bit it would go lie in the mud, their warm body would dry the mud, and suck the poison out over a few days time. So, they never disturbed the dog. Brad

Feb 13, 2020 - 11:28:33 AM
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figmo59

USA

30407 posts since 3/5/2008

MAN....DID YOU SCAIR THE CRAP..OUTTA..ME...!



Thought you ment....Kids...!.. :0o

Feb 13, 2020 - 11:51:52 AM
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Mooooo

USA

7608 posts since 8/20/2016

I had this cat - Basty who was an indoor/outdoor cat and could get in and out as he pleased through a window. Usually he would come home around 3 am and stay in for the night. One morning I noticed he was gone and looked a few hours for him and found nothing....called and searched for him many times a day until finally, two weeks later I saw him down the road a bit walking by, so I tried to catch up and he finally ended up in the Miami Subs dumpster for dinner. I walked near and told him to come home, he followed me and never a night passed without him coming home until he died.
 

Edited by - Mooooo on 02/13/2020 11:53:56

Feb 14, 2020 - 2:46:46 AM

Paul R

Canada

12433 posts since 1/28/2010

I was apartment sitting for a friend in '71. I went to put the garbage down the chute, opened the door, and the cat walked in. The apartment was on the fourth floor. I figured the cat jumped out the window and his fall was broken by the tree. He had a scrape on his snout.

One morning several years ago my wife opened the front door one morning and Shelby (a.k.a. Schlubby) the cat came in. We never let her out. It seems she pushed out a screen and escaped sometime during the night.

The other day the Mrs. opened the door and Schlubby raced outside, chasing a squirrel. She stopped short as soon as she hit the snow, then she turned back and came inside.

She would be a small snack for some of the critters around here - fox, coyotes, fishers.

Feb 15, 2020 - 7:51:07 AM
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bubbalouie

Canada

13422 posts since 9/27/2007

I was seeing a girl that just got a seal point Siamese kitten. It cost a lot of money back then but it was really wrangey.

 Clawing her nice furniture & climbing the curtains. She gave it to me because my place was nothing like that!

Shoved that little Tasmanian devil in my jacket & had a painful ride home on my Harley.

We called him Sid Vicious & he would turn your arms to hamburger if you wanted to play fight with him, He could jump across the kitchen to the top of the fridge in the blink of an eye! A great cat for the Animal House.

He was really big & regal looking & came & went as he pleased.

He didn't come home one night & was gone for about a week until he sauntered back in wearing a rhinestone collar! He was living the high life for while I guess.

Feb 15, 2020 - 8:35:22 AM
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3905 posts since 10/18/2007

My wife, Evie, had a great job as a wildlife biologist for the US Forest Service. She lived in a small cabin much of the time in an experimental forest and rode horseback doing her research. Her husky, Tonya, would accompany her on her excursions. One time out in the woods but having to drive to town, Evie called for Tanya, but the dog refused to go with her. She finally gave up, figuring the dog would return to the cabin. The next morning, she discovered Tonya on the front porch of her house in town--30 miles from where she left the dog. We've always wondered how Tonya had the geographical sense to make that journey over the mountains and roads and know where Evie's town house was located.

Feb 15, 2020 - 3:36:23 PM

1605 posts since 2/10/2013

Dogs seem to be getting more neurotic. Must be resulting from their association with humans.

Feb 16, 2020 - 7:13:14 AM
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rinemb

USA

11989 posts since 5/24/2005

So we hear about uncanny ability for animals to find their way "home". Raising homing pigeons as a kid, I get what they do and how they learn.
But, dogs (even cats). Anybody know the science of that.
Those my age...can remember the Movie "The Incredible Journey", for sure.

Brad

Feb 17, 2020 - 5:38:42 AM
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tmercks

USA

762 posts since 3/7/2006

We had a beautiful female Collie when I was growing up back in the late 60's. We called her Sandy. We first got her as a pup. She lived with us several years, and then started livingwith an elderly couple about a half mile up the road. We don't know why, but figured they needed her for some reason. Since she stopped coming home, we left things as it was, and eventually moved about 15-20 miles away. After about four-five years, we learned the elderly couple had moved or something happened for some unkmown reason. Then one day, we walked out our back door and there she sat. We took her back in and vowed to never leave her again. She lived with us and moved with us one more time, and we took care of her until she died of old age. She was an outstanding pet. You could hardly find a more loving or caring dog.

Feb 17, 2020 - 6:17:01 AM
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rinemb

USA

11989 posts since 5/24/2005

quote:
Originally posted by tmercks

We had a beautiful female Collie when I was growing up back in the late 60's. We called her Sandy. We first got her as a pup. She lived with us several years, and then started livingwith an elderly couple about a half mile up the road. We don't know why, but figured they needed her for some reason. Since she stopped coming home, we left things as it was, and eventually moved about 15-20 miles away. After about four-five years, we learned the elderly couple had moved or something happened for some unkmown reason. Then one day, we walked out our back door and there she sat. We took her back in and vowed to never leave her again. She lived with us and moved with us one more time, and we took care of her until she died of old age. She was an outstanding pet. You could hardly find a more loving or caring dog.


Incredible story, for sure!  brad

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