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Since this is the General BS forum, lets talk about our pets. Not all of us can have dogs so cats, hamsters, snakes etc are okay. Hey, this is a Saturday afternoon.

My Dad and I share two Dobermans - a male and a female. Pinch, the male, is typical doggie macho and extremely aristocratic, proud. He carries himself like royalty. Jazz, the female, is equal parts aristocrat and clown. Both love to play - with each other and with their people. They are attack trained and perfectly obedience trained. As long as we say "its okay" they are perfectly docile among strangers. Beautiful intelligent, good-natured animals.

Boo is my female Labrador Retriever. Like all Labs, a friendly playdog in every way. She is also an excellent watchdog and totally fearless when it comes to raising an alarm. Although somewhat smaller, she plays with the Dobes and sometimes wins the 'tug-o-war' matches with them by use of guile.

Our pets are members of the family and heaven help the one who harmed one of them without extremely good reason.

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Okay, perhaps my post is inappropriate or of interest to women only but I have a tender spot in my heart for pets and like to talk about them. I even had a pet garden snake for a couple of days when I was small but let it go because I didn't know what to feed it.

Sorry for dumb post

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I have two shop kitties, one is my old cat MO ( for "mostly orange") my new "shop cat in training" is named Che, he's grey and black striped. My wife got him in town somewhere, she felt bad running my other shop cat over with the Jeep. The cat she ran over was named Opra, on account she was fat and black and apparently a bit slow and hard hearing as well, otherwise she wouldn't have let herself get ran over in the yard.

We have several dogs, blue heelers cow dogs, my boys Plott hound pack and several Airdale Terriers including two breeding pairs. The Airdales are original ranch stock and came from Scottland in the late 1800's, they are some of the most pure and original "Western Airdales" in the country. The heelers are good dogs, but pure working dog and not what you would consider pets. We don't raise or train heelers a friend of ours does and we trade or buy them as they get "worn out".

We have many horses, both the original Morgan-cross "grade" ranch horses and well bred hunter/jumper, eventing horses that are being campaigned hard right now for a national ranking so next years foal crop will be worth a premium.

We treat all our animals first class, but my shop kitties are the only ones I really consider pets, the rest are working animals. The wifes horses come close, but she will jerk her tack off in a heartbeat when the right offer comes her way.

The hounds took a beating this winter cat hunting and my boys learned some hard life lessons concerning such things. I even lost one of my Airdales this winter, we must have saber-tooth tigers coming back or something. Part of the hound issue was young hounds and hunters, they will do better this winter, they are all more experiened now. The wife was really pissed over the Airedale though, he was valued breeding stock. I cut her off when she started to get on the boys about it, they had a real train wreck out there and that wasn't going to help. The stream of blood running out of the back of the jeep and the pile of dead dogs pretty well told the tale and it was really too late for chewing @ss.

I enjoy raising animals and kids, it's what makes life worthwhile.

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I have a scorpion name Fluffy, it doesn't really do much of anything. One of my Vietnamese friends actually told me how to eat it. :erm:
 

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I've got a Beagle/Black Lab bitch, she's about 14 years old, still raisin' hell. Don't know how beagles do it, they stuff a lot of dog in a little package, great hunting dogs.

The other dog is a German Shepherd/Mastiff, small % wolf dog. He's hell on wheels. Great guard dog, you just need to be wary of what he considers his, he never will be fully domesticated, but we have a sort of agreement to get along.

There's a wolf spider around here I guess you could call a pet, as he likes to hang on the wall and stare at me while I'm typing. We had one little misunderstanding where he climbed in my towel while I was in the shower. Ended up snapping him across the room, and it hasn't bothered me since. No bugs in the house either.

Would you consider the large number of tree frogs that live in our yard pets? Maybe the rabbits that live in the back property? 'Course they get thinned out every now and then. . .
 

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14 pythons,1 boa,1 garter snake,more than a few turtles,& 3 dogs.
The eldest is a chow,she's older by about 4 years than the twin retriever mixes.She's the smallest but,damn,she rules the roost.Very aloof.Having an older dog around makes training pups manners alot easier.Now the pythons on the other hand.Those I'm just a keeper too.As long as the rats keep coming they(usually)don't sink their 100 teeth (ea.) into my arm.The turtles are about the same.My biggest,a snapper,swallows lg rats whole.The way he stares at me I know that someday I'll be on the menu.:)ramble ramble ramble ramble
 

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Mike in NC, Petey is a darling. :)

41 Mag, what do you feed your garter snake, please. I had one when I was a small child but had to het him go because I didn't know what to feed it.

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RIKA.Garter snakes eat nightcrawlers,minnows,& some pink/fuzzy mice.You can feed them goldfish of a size comparable to their diameter but,for a myriad of reasons,they are not the best food for a regular maintenence diet.
 

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I knew (like in the "biblical" sence) a stripper in NC that danced with her snake, I think about it now and I probually need a shot or something. She fed her performing arts partner little white rats, which was pretty cool to watch. A little sad though I liked the rats more than her snake.

I fixed her up with a big dead branch in the corner of her apartment, above the stair well, her snake would "hang" around up there. He was a big bastard, at least 9-10 foot. I kind of wish this snake thing wouldn't have came up, some things should just stay in the past LOL.

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Sorry Teufelhund but this sites owner probably has as many snakes as there are blue haired old ladies in Florida.:)
 

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Snakes are cool and people are strange. One of the kids at deer camp came visiting with a snake that he caught. I asked if he would let me hold it (it wasn't poisonous). The snake wrapped around my wrist and stuck its tongue out at me when I stroked it and cooed at it. A couple of the men who were visiting looked nervous and twitchy and stared at me like I had horns or something. They wouldn't touch it when I offered to let them pet it. I greatly enjoyed it.

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To each thier own 41mag

41mag said:
Sorry Teufelhund but this sites owner probably has as many snakes as there are blue haired old ladies in Florida.:)
I have to ask, Is the sites owner a dancer too? :nyah:

Thanks, now I can't get this chick out of my head, she was about 1" taller than my 6' 2", dyed blonde, all legs, deep tan and a true master of the "bikini wax". For the record, I didn't actually meet her in a strip club, she was taking scuba classes and I have a PADI (Profesional Association of Dive Instructers) Master rating and was helping out an instructor friend. I took one look at her in a bikini and asked her out on the spot, she actually turned out to be a nice gal and we were "on and off" (bad choice of words maybe?) for quite awhile.

Her snake was a Cuban "Rosey Boa" though, I remember that too LOL, it was kind of pinkish and albino looking.

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Serious snake question:

I was backpacking in the Bighorn mountains of WY a few years ago with my brother and we ran across a snake of a type we had never seen before.

We stopped into a Ranger imformation center and asked the resident bioligist and she said it was a rare type of boa found in certain parts of the Rocky Mountain. I said thanks and left, but to this day don't know if she was telling the truth, I called in a "bigfoot" sighting to her once (she believed it hook, line and sinker for a couple days) and it had her pretty pissed at me for awhile.

Are there such things as boa's in the mountains?

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Teufelhund.Yes,there are both boas in the mountains.The rosey boa is probably what you saw.If it was 3ft or less,had longitudal stripes of either a red or black color on a cream to (more likely)grey background then thats what it was.
The other boa species is IIRC found from northern kalifornia north to ?.It is called the rubber boa.The coloration is like a dk brownish black.The juveniles look exactly like a nightcrawler.Very shy.The rosey's can be nippy but the rubber's are very shy.They will both eat mice.The rosies are far & away a better choice for a pet,if your so inclined.
 

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Thats intresting, the snake we saw was about 18" long and sounds like it was a "rosie" we both grew up in WY and had never seen one before or since. We were about 7800' and on our way out of the high country and were very surprised to see it sunning in some rocks that were interspaced with yucca plants. There were lots of ground squirrels (or some little rodents) in the yucca's, so it probually had it pretty good.

We really have had bigfoot sightings in th Bighorn Mountains all the way up the Greybull River drainage to the North fork of the Shoshone as it flows out of the east gate of Yellowstone park into Cody,WY. The young Foresty bioligist was assigned to me concerning my mountain grazing permits and was just fun to mess with. She was also very intrested in some "petroglyphs" that we found, that told a very intresting story, if not slightly lewd. LOL

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