On the Fourth Day of Christmas, My True Love Gave to Me.....

By GabbyPA Latest Reply 2011-12-17 09:40:56 -0600
Started 2011-12-15 13:52:19 -0600

…four colley birds. (yep, not calling, but colley)

Not only common but, in the Middle Ages the terms collie(colley) and blackbird were frequently applied to any type of bird that was black including, starlings.

During the Middle Ages and Tudor times, starlings were among various types of wild local birds that were kept in cages as pets. Various types of blackbirds were also eaten as food along with other game birds. So the lover’s gift in this case was one of food or a pet.

So let's take a break from the feasting of wild game hens and discuss a pet. Pets are wonderful gifts for just about anyone. Is there a pet you have received or given that really changed your life?

I know here there are service dogs that have saved lives and those who just love us no matter what our day is like.

11 replies

Young1s 2011-12-15 15:23:06 -0600 Report

Funny that you should post this. When I came home from an appointment today, there was a pit bull puppy tethered to the fence in our front yard. After determining that it was abandoned, I had to call the authorities to have it removed. The poor little guy had such a foul odor. He was all skin and bones and you could see his ribs through his skin. While we waited, my husband got him some water. My husband slid the water over with a shovel (the puppy growl if we got too close to it) and saw that it had a tag. He's name is Gucci. He lapped up three bowls of water like he hadn't had any in days. Well we couldn't keep Gucci for a number of reasons and felt bad that we had to call animal control, but at least he's out of the cold and out of danger. We're hoping that Gucci will be better off and will find a home soon.

GabbyPA 2011-12-16 08:07:31 -0600 Report

We rescued two pits one year and they converted my husband. He used to hate pits, just based on the bad press they got. The two little girls that we rescued changed his mind. He misses them so much. We already had two dogs at the time and getting them we fostered until they were adopted out. One was Jill (we found her with a companion Jack Russell) and the other was Peanut. They were so cute and touched his heart in a deep way.

Anonymous 2011-12-17 09:40:56 -0600 Report

Animals have a way of getting to you no matter how you feel about them. My boss trys to act like he doesn't care, but who feeds them, makes sure they are ok?, yep you got it, MR Soffty!

Young1s 2011-12-16 11:26:07 -0600 Report

I have never been a dog person (especially dislike pit bulls) but if I could have held Gucci in my arms until they came for him, I would have. In just a couple of short hours, his sad, longing eyes melted my heart. I wanted so much to pet him and try to make him feel safe and warm. But his fear was greater than his need for comfort, so he wouldn't allow us to get but so close to him.

pixsidust 2011-12-15 15:39:47 -0600 Report

Sad. They usually put pit bulls to sleep. Thats why I have Lucy. She is a rescue. She sleeps with me and my cat peanut. Elizabeth my recent rescue sleeps at a distance but in the same room. Some times I have 4 sleeping cats and two dogs all in the same room…with the Mama of course.

Young1s 2011-12-15 15:45:50 -0600 Report

That's too bad. I was hoping Gucci was still young enough (animal control said he looks about 6 months) to possibly be retrained.

Your room sounds like how mine used to be. Every time we had a cat, or every time I brought one home, it always slept in my room. Had 2 different cats, at two different times, give birth in my dresser drawers. Had a cat that would wake me by nibbling on my ear. Had one that like to sleep in my pink barbie RV. Oh the stories I could continue with. I really miss them all.

Caroltoo 2011-12-15 14:07:23 -0600 Report

My cat is a source of entertainment, peace, positive reinforcement, acceptance, love, and calms me when he snuggles up and purrs. My BP and BG both go down.

Now when he brings me a live tailess gecko in the middle of the night so I can appreciate and rave about his hunting skills, my opinion does change somewhat and I just rave!

As with much of life, there is some bad with the good, but the good far outweighs it.

GabbyPA 2011-12-15 14:11:22 -0600 Report

LOL that is so funny. Our dog used to bring us moles. He would play with them first until they were dizzy, but he rarely killed them. I have always had animals as part of my family and to not have any would feel so strange. They are a source of great comfort when nothing else will do.

Young1s 2011-12-15 15:35:55 -0600 Report

I grew up with cats throughout my childhood. At one point we had 13 at once. Snowball had kittens. Unfortunaly, and maybe wisely, my mom waited until I went to a sleepover and then had Snowball fixed and gave all of the kittens away. Later in my young adulthood, I took in two stray kittens. Named them Leo and Lea. Had them for maybe 6 months but had to find them new homes because I was pregnant with my twins. I basically let my family and OB convince me that the fumes from the kitty litter was too dangerous for me to be around. I wish I would've been stronger back then because I/we have never had another family pet since.

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