Can You Top This Animal Story?

By imsuzie2 Latest Reply 2010-11-21 20:05:03 -0600
Started 2010-02-03 06:42:45 -0600

We all need more humor in our lives, so let's share stories of our 4 legged (or 3, or 2) furry family members…

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donna13 2010-02-04 18:41:54 -0600 Report

Since these posts seem to be mainly about dogs and cats I thought I'd pep it up a little. My son had an iguana, after he had had a chameleon, and I got tired of buying little bugs for the critter. He assured me the iguana was a vegetarian. So we adopted Floyd. And Floyd grew and grew to over 5 ft. long. Jim took him to college with him, said he was a great chick magnet, he put a harness and leash on him and walked him around the quad. He came home at Christmas, hitched a ride with a friend. When he went to go back, his ride had made other plans. So he had to go back on the train. He had a trench coat that he had bought at an army surplus store which came down to almost his ankles, and Jim is probably about 6'2. So he buttoned his coat around Floyd, I'm afraid I made a few inappropriate comments because Floyd's tail was sticking down below his coat and looked obscene. He took the train into Chicago, and caught a train for Champagne. He was sitting next to a girl on the train and Floyd got restless. He unbuttoned his coat a little and out popped Floyd's head. The girl next to him let out a gasp, and he begged her not to say anything because he was afraid he would be thrown off the train. She was a good sport and just laughed about it. Being a college student he couldn't afford lizard food so fed him just lettuce. Floyd got sick and couldn't walk, and Jim did take him to a vet who said the lettuce didn't provide enough calcium. So he had to put Floyd down.

imsuzie2 2010-02-04 19:16:55 -0600 Report

Oh, how sad. Sounded like a special relationship.

My late sister had a really eccentric friend in her 20's. Dai (changed her name from Harriet) had an odd assortment of pets. 2 stand out in my mind. One was a chimp (diaper and all…oh, this was the 60's) and one time they were over visiting. My sister took the chimp in the bathroom to show our mom (who was taking a bath). Something about the fingers on the chimp, I was told, caused mommy to shriek. Well, that scared the chimp and the chimp began to make whatever noise they do. My sister had to comfort mommy while Dai had to calm down the chimp. And, then there was her beautiful Blue and Gold Macaw, Sampson. Sampson had a vocabulary on him like no other bird I ever saw. When Sampson saw me he would giggle, cause I always giggled when I saw him…he would bark at our dog, Sugar. Dai told us he would "shout" at her dad "Shut up, Alfred" cause her mom was always yelling at her dad…but, once Sampson got out, and was under the car. He began to call "help" and the police were called cause someone thought there was a child stuck under it. When she got married she had to sell him cause Sampson did not like her husband, Eddie. Sampson knew best as Dai later divorced him. She said she should have listened to Sampson…animals know. Dai is an artist…oils, photography and I think statuary too. I have an oil of Sampson she did and I always told her she could have it back if she replaced it. I think I might try to find her on the internet and see if she would like the picture…and have her promise to leave it to me in her will. These stories have touched me!

dietcherry 2010-02-04 19:34:20 -0600 Report

Dai sounds like someone I would be best friends with-a real free-spirited animal lover! Please give her my love! Renee :)

imsuzie2 2010-02-05 01:35:18 -0600 Report

I couldn't find her on the internet. She would be around 68 now. Last time I heard from her, she was in Ojai, CA. I might try harder…

Pat Roth
Pat Roth 2010-02-04 23:10:02 -0600 Report

Sorry too—-but really, I was waitinig for him to start eating someone's popcorn!! PR

imsuzie2 2010-02-06 02:25:44 -0600 Report

He might for all I know!

Monalisa 2010-02-06 22:06:08 -0600 Report

All my pets have had identity conflicts…I had a blue and gold mackaw his name was bebe (baby in spanish)
well he too used to think he was a dog!
He used to get on my bed and lay down and spread his wings so I could scratch his belly and then he would laugh really hard and say, bark bebe, how how!! He was the clown of the house.

Pat Roth
Pat Roth 2010-02-06 23:07:46 -0600 Report

Oh, THAT is so FUNNY!! (about the parrot thinking it is a dog!!) I just love these animal stories and how they try to immitate us weird humans!! hahaPR

imsuzie2 2010-02-07 03:22:46 -0600 Report

How long did you have Bebe? I sometimes wonder if Sampson is still with us, and how adjusted after Dai had to get rid of him.

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Pat Roth 2010-02-07 13:57:40 -0600 Report

One of our church ladies has a parrot that her son brought back from Africa, he is now 35 years old and a real character!!! PR

Monalisa 2010-02-07 17:35:02 -0600 Report

I had him since he was 8 months old till he was 5 yrs old, gave him to my neighbor when my mom became bedridden because i couldn't leave him uncaged in the house anymore fearing that he might hurt my mom unwillingly if he ever got on to her bed. Since I didn't want him to feel prisoner in a cage, I gave him to my nextdoor neighbors, there he is free and I go visit him every time I can…he still is a clown, when I tell him "kiss me" he sticks out his tongue and licks my lips, they always burn because he eats jalapenos.

imsuzie2 2010-02-07 17:49:31 -0600 Report

Oh, that is funny. I'm glad you are able to visit your Bebe when you can, so at least you know how he is. Maybe if the neighbor goes on vacation, you can "birdy" sit… hugs

Kira_xo 2010-02-08 05:41:13 -0600 Report

While I am sorry he had to be put down, I did get a giggle out of the 5 foo long iguana. I am also keeping my fingers crossed my son doesn't come up to me in a few years and say "Mommy I wan't an iguana!" I do not quite know what I would do with a 5 foot long lizard! I am glad you were a good sport, I am also glad the girl on the tran was a good sport too!

donna13 2010-02-04 08:14:37 -0600 Report

We got our Spritz when someone I worked found she couldn't keep her. She was a very funny looking mutt, but as smart a dog as I ever had. My youngest son was about 7 when Spritz came to us, and he proceded to tease her like he would tease a younger sister. (No, he didn't abuse her.) They grew up together with a sibling relationship. She would growl every time Jim came near her. He would pick her up and they would be face to face, growling at each other, Spritz would even curl her lips. Then in the midst of this he'd say give me a kiss and she would lick his nose. I kept telling him that she was going to bite his nose off, but he would just laugh. Well, he grew up and went off to college. My older daughter was married and lived in a different state. She came home for a visit, stayed a week. When she first came home, Spritz jumped around and cried and licked her. But after a week, she didn't greet her quite as much when she came and went. Jim was coming home for the week-end and Cindy went to the Station to pick him up. When they walked in, Spritz went crazy, crying and jumping all over Cindy and licking her. It took us a while to figure out Spritz was happy to see Jim, but no way was she going to let him know, so she jumped all over Cindy. When Spritz got sick and I had to put her to sleep, I called Jim, who was now married. He could hardly talk, he was so broken up. They were really "brother" and "sister."

Monalisa 2010-02-04 09:27:32 -0600 Report

This one has me crying…:( At least she left you lots of precious memories…

Pat Roth
Pat Roth 2010-02-04 11:03:16 -0600 Report

Amen!! Proves that there are all types of "love" relationships!! Sigh—-PR

imsuzie2 2010-02-04 19:02:02 -0600 Report

Having to put a pet to sleep is so very difficult. Brought me to tears too…hugs to you and the wonderful life your family and Spritz shared.

imsuzie2 2010-02-04 06:05:32 -0600 Report

We rescued all 3. Onyx was from a rescue program from a Pet Smart. He was the cutest bundle of wrinkled fur, part black Lab, Sheltie, Sharp-ea. I have taught him to yawn on command, the usual sit and down and stay (which doesn't always work) and several years ago to say "I love you", "mama", "Lucy", "Ethel", "I love you mama", and he learned "last one" on his own. If hungry, he comes to us and will either yawn or say "I love you" cause he gets a reward to do so.

The twins were from a shelter, a 2 for 1 deal at $15 which included spaying! Ethel picked Mike…climbed right up his pants leg and into his arms, and they begged us to take Lucy as well. Ethel loves to jump on my back and wrap herself around my neck…kitty stole…and purrs. I always have to keep 1 eye on her at all times! Lucy climbs up the box under my desk and "climbs" up my leg and across my lap to the desk. And, when I head to the "john", she RUNS ahead of me, so she can jump into my lap before I get "settled" in.

JulieC 2010-02-03 20:22:46 -0600 Report

My dog Charlotte…was kind of a resscued dog..she was dumped on my living room floor and its owner said I dont want this @#%$*&^ dog anymore. She was beaten and kicked and thrown against walls. I have had her 5 yrs now…the BEST dog I have ever had…I dont need an alarm clock..she wakes me at 4:30 am every day..fetches my paper..helps me carry in the mail and if Im not in bed by 9:30 she cries and goes to bed without me. All I have to do is feed her and love her and walk her and she gives me the most unconditional love anyone could ever have..My best friend. And she purrs like a cat when you hug her…but it sounds like growels LOL

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Pat Roth 2010-02-03 23:20:50 -0600 Report

Now THAT is what I call unconditional love!! How many humans can be kind and loving to others after being beaten, thrown and kicked around!! My first thought is REVENGE, then I might purr some day, but it would be LONG in coming!! Bless that doggy and you too, Julie!! Pat R

JulieC 2010-02-04 07:34:14 -0600 Report

She is my angel…and she forces me to go walking every day..she brings me her collar at 7:30 on the dot…and wont leave me alone till we go..if it werent for her…I probubly wouldnt go. I say some times…she was a human in an other life LOL

Monalisa 2010-02-03 19:44:16 -0600 Report

Hi, I have a cat named Bayron…He is a rescue too..found him in an abandoned car when he was just a baby, his mother apparently was killed by a car…
The thing is he thinks he is a dog! He never ate his cat food unless my dogs didnt' leave him his share (they ate out of the same plate!) he likes water!! If I'm taking a shower he gets in with me and likes to be shampooed!
One day we were bathing our syberian husky and the cat just jumped on top of him so that we could bathe him too! my husband says that one of these days he'll start barking!!!

donna13 2010-02-03 16:05:33 -0600 Report

I am really enjoying this thread! Such fun. And it wouldn't be complete if I didn't tell about my daughter's dog. Ernie (actually a female) was rescued from a shelter. They think she was abused before she came to them and was just afraid of everything. The rest of us thought the dog was dumb as a pile of rocks. They had a side door that opened onto the driveway and for a couple of months they had a car sitting in the driveway as they debated about selling or junking it. Every time they let Ernie out she would go around the car and go into the backyard to do her business. They finally got rid of the car. The first time they let Ernie out, she stood there all confused. She couldn't find the backyard. I should say that despite all this she was the sweetest and gentlest dog you could ever hope for.

Pat Roth
Pat Roth 2010-02-03 19:07:55 -0600 Report

See what abuse can do to the mind, even an animal's mind! Poor thing—-Bless her. Our puppy was rescued too, had 2 broken legs that she had lain over in the neighbor's yard for 2 weeks. I started paying more attention to her, then ended up taking her to the vet and had them fixed. It had been so long that calcium had already started filling in, but the vet did the best she could, one bone was projecting thru her hide!! We gave her antibiotics, dressed her limbs, but it took 2 months before she could bark! We used to laugh as we wondered if she thot she was a cat, as they always surrounded her, "baby setting"—but one day she barked, looked so surprised!!! Then barked again—to our delight!! I think the poor puppy had been in shock from being kicked and screamed at!!
A year later she RUNS on all 4's, isn't stiff now when she gets up, runs races around our buildings, and seldom barks, but now she knows that she CAN, and just SMILES!! Happy Puppy!! Happy moma too!!! Pat R

Kira_xo 2010-02-03 14:28:31 -0600 Report

I have two cats. They are brothers, Marley, and Milo. Marley is grey and black and weighs 11 pounds…Milo is an orange tabby and weighs in at a whopping 20 pounds and is not fat! he is just a HUGE cat! And they are both 1 year old! Anywho, they don't know they are cats. Marley plays fetch with hair ties, fake mice, anything you can toss he will chase. Milo runs up to the door when he hears our key or if the door bell rings.

I seriously do not think they know the are cats. lol But anywho we recently moved and our house has hardwood floors. Watching your cat play fetch and slide all over the hardwood floors after a hair scrunch is probably one of the funniest things I have ever witnessed.

Pat Roth
Pat Roth 2010-02-03 14:31:37 -0600 Report

Sounds funny to me too, Kira! One good reason to have pets, a sweet, loving distration of unconditional love, which we all need!! PR

dietcherry 2010-02-03 14:15:11 -0600 Report

I am so glad you started this because I saw something hilarious this morning! My cats Rufus and Blu love to lay on my car; it dumped 8-11 inches of snow a couple of days ago here in NC and Rufus (who weighs in at 25 pounds) jumped on top of the car, not knowing there was still ice and snow on it! He tried to save a** but went flying off the other side of the car! Of course, when he hit the ground he acted as if it had all been planned that way! LOL He waddled off with his head held high! :)

Pat Roth
Pat Roth 2010-02-03 14:24:14 -0600 Report

Oh, I can jUst SEE that site, Cherry— Have you ever tried to act nonchalant after making a 'boo-boo-?? But cat?? Twice as funny!!

We were at our daughter's for Christmas, everyone was taking pics, including me, of course! They have a yellow cat named < Nala, that has Taken to me! as I was snapping away, Nala approached me, stood up on her hind legs and gently tapped my hand with her soft foot, looking straight at me! "I want my picture taken too!" She posed, and I shot, then she went quietly on her way, in and out of folk's feet, yet not in the way, as she looked for other ways to FEEL INCLUDED!!! She is such a precious Kitty!! She also would lay on the backs of the divans, just glancing from one to another as we yakked, like she was right at home and ONE OF US!! Love that CAT!! Pat R

dietcherry 2010-02-03 14:41:57 -0600 Report

One of my best friends called this morning and told me she fell on her tailbone this morning walking on ice in boots! She said everyone just watched and laughed and one guy yelled that he had never seen a pretty girl bust a** before! The nerve! LOL Renee :) BTW, she is OK!

Pat Roth
Pat Roth 2010-02-03 14:47:06 -0600 Report

Cherrie—we ARE talking about ANIMALS, RIGHT??!! But real animals aren't crude!! I don't think—-Did any man offer to help her???!! PR

dietcherry 2010-02-03 14:53:09 -0600 Report

Actually, she didn't say if anyone offered a helping hand and I didn't think to ask. I was laughing pretty hard because I did the same thing some years ago and it is a lesson in pain! But she is OK and is sitting on a heating pad as we speak! Renee :)

sweething 2010-02-03 07:18:12 -0600 Report

I got 3 kittens, one at a time, that turned out to be about a year apart from the previous one. Missy, the oldest, was a tuxedo cat and beautiful. She climbed up on the tv one evening as usual, loving the warmth. She fell soundly asleep. First one paw slid over the side , then another. Soon, the balance of weight shifted and she slid over the side of the tv! She didn't wake up until she hit the floor. It was so funny to see.

Her youngest "sister" was mischievous. We have a cabinet below our tv. It has clear smoky doors. We were watching tv one night, when she got inside the bottom cabinet and was sitting on top of the VCR. She tried to get out but finally gave up and we opened the doors to let her out. She was so funny walking around in there, looking out at us!

imsuzie2 2010-02-03 06:52:56 -0600 Report

I'll start. I have twin short haired domestic cats, Lucy and Ethel. Lucy's nickname is Little Ms Velcro, for her ability to lay on me while I am trying to sleep, and no turning or bucking dislodges her. Ethel's nickname is Little Ms Vomit, for obvious reasons. Onyx, the black Lab has become the alarm. As Little Ms Vomit "performs", he sets the alarm, barking and getting excited until…breaking the tranquility of quiet, one of us come to investigate. Your turn.

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