I also have a cockatiel that I've had now for about 16 years also. I started with one and ended up with many when I lived in Sydney and I brought them all back her with me. Over the years they've all died or got out and now I just have Jack so I keep him in a cage inside the house and he gets to come out once or more a day to fly around and spend time with us. I don't want to keep caged birds again but Jack is special because I've had him so long. We also have four chickens but they're still young and not laying yet but I've been with them from one day old and brought them home when they were three weeks so they're really tame. I love them, they are so relaxing to watch scratching around and one of them, who is my favourite, she sits on my knee and talks to me, in chicken speak of course! For their safety they're kept in a run/coop but essentially they're free range.
Well I hope that Molly is 100% well now and that you are also both over your colds and sniffles. Spring is in the air but we've had some wet weather last month which has been good for the gardens and plants.
We have three dogs now, used to have four but the oldest one was put down about five years ago. We didn't intend having more than two dogs but I got Molly from the pound and little did we or anyone know that she had just mated. Strangely enough when I took her for desexing she had thrown up a little bit when we got to the vet's so he decided to postpone it in case she'd got hold of something we didnt' know about. But by the time we took her back for the next attempt it was quite clear that she was pregnant, and it was too late! She had four pups, and she made a beautiful little mother for one so young. My sister took two of the pups and we only kept the other two because I was against giving them away unless I knew where they were going and that I was sure they were going to good homes. I'm against animals being sold in pet shops and I did want to keep them both but never actually thought it would turn out that way! That was seven years ago and we have three girls who have a love/hate relationship! Molly is a Papillon x terrier and her two daughters definately have blue heeler/cattle dog in them, so I'm guessing that that came from dad! tbc...
It sounds like it's been all systems go with you and your family. Hopefully you and Gabe are well again and also Molly is over all her problems - she has really been throught the wars hasn't she? Poor little thing. Have you decided on getting a male friend for her? I'm sure she would like the company when you go away, at least it will be another creature in the house.
My cat/s don't go outside, they were always indoor cats but when I lived in Sydney I used to walk Indiah on a lead around the block. It would take ages but she liked to walk on walls and go up trees. Kossi, who I sitll have, has never been really at ease about being outside, except when I'd leave them with my dad whenever we went away, she was happy out the back yard and never roamed further than the side gates. Indiah used to be adventurous which always worried me! Kossi isn't keen to go outside in this place, she knows the dogs are usually not far away so she prefers to stay inside anyway, which i'm happy about. Molly must have really given you a big scare when she was in the drain, I would have been frantic about it if it were me!! tbc....
The good news is that Molly has settled in well and has made her self at home which is great. She did sneak outside once when Gabe left the door open and was happy to wander around the garden before going back inside. Since then I've let her outside twice more when I've been out in the garden with her, but last time she decided to sneak down the drain out the front of my house. Gabe me a heart attack! Thankfully she did reappear and come back inside but I was so worried we would get a downpour and she'd be washed away to the ocean!!!
I'm still unsure about whether to keep her solely as an indoor cat or just let her outside when I'm out with her, at least i can keep an eye on her that way, and she gets the chance to enjoy some outdoor time. Do you keep your cats inside or out?
Hope your dog is doing okay. How many pets do you have? I'm still considering getting a male kitten as company for both Gabe and Molly. I like to go away for weekends and i think it would be good for Molly to have company when we are away, even though my family will come around daily to feed her. I think we need to make sure Molly is 100% before we get a new addition though.
Hope you have a great week. We've got more wet weather unfortunately but at least it's not as cold as it has been!
Hi Wendy, thanks for your message. Things have been a bit crazy here too. Three weeks of treatment and medication for Molly and her cat flu, and then we've had more fun as she seems to have had a reaction to the Revolution I gave her - she ended up with a sore on her neck and the runs! So now she has had medication for the wound and also more tablets for the runs! Poor girl has had SO many tablets in the last month, thank goodness she hasn't been too bad to give them to!
On top of that my son Gabe has had an ear infection, had antibiotics for the first time and we discovered he is allergic to penicillin after he came out in Hives and now we are both getting over siffles and cough! Hopefully we will all be healthy soon!!!
Sorry I haven't been in touch recently - I have been wondering how you are going but the last few weeks have been hectic and I've been run off my feet at work and home. Now it's the school holidays so i have a little time off to catch up on everything.
How have things been? Has Molly recovered from her flu and settled in now? Did you end up getting the other little one that you talked about? I hope things turned out well for you all.
Not much has changed here with us, my other cat Kossi sleeps with me in my bed which is nice but it sometimes disturbs me during the night. Once the weather warms up she will be out though, so for now I just enjoy her being with me.
I had one of my dogs at the vet's this morning, she has an ulcer on her eye which she got somehow yesterday, but she should be ok. With so many animals here at home there is never a dull moment, but it's all part of it!!
Hope you are enjoying the weekend, it's not looking good for the Dockers right now, not that I follow the footy but it would have been nice for one of our teams to win!! Never mind.
when you get a chance do give me an update, i'm keen to hear how things are going with you and your little family.
I hope my last message made sense, i went over the word limit and had to cut out lots of it! I still haven't made sense of how this website works, it might just be easier if I give you my email address instead.
I've requested 'friendship' in case that makes a difference with being able to send a message to you direct. I've also tried sending you messages but they've never gone through either, that's why i just add to this wall thing. If you accept the 'friendship' request then maybe we can send each other direct messages? Not really sure how this thing works!!!
You're like me -hate to say 'no' to a cat or animal in need. I too want to save them all and give them homes but it's impossible i know. Usually gut feelings are right but because your emotions are still a bit raw it would be hard to gauge what are gut feelings and what is guilt or grief related. I totally understand how you must have felt about being in an empty house, the void would be so hard to bear. I've always thought that no animal shelter would allow on the spot adoption like that, although in saying that my parents went to an animal shelter to get one kitten and came home with two!! It's a hard choice I know, what to do?! And the longer you wait the more settled the first cat becomes.
Maybe the first little munchkin needs some more time, it's only been a few days and not much time for bonding or getting to know each other. How does she act with you and your little boy (your son?)? I wish I could help more - you're in a bit of a pickle. Are you only able to have one cat or is it your preference?
I honestly don't know what to suggest, but sometime these things work themselves out and the decision is taken away from you. I wish I could be more help but I honestly don't know what you should do. Keep me posted though, and good luck with working things out. Maybe Daicos will give you a sign as to what to do? Meanwhile enjoy having another little creature in your house. Take care, xo
I've been thinking about you and wondering how you are going. I've found from past experiences that most people start to forget about our losses after a couple of weeks or so, and they sort of expect us to be 'over it' by a few weeks. I know only too well that it just doesn't work that way so I thought I would say hello and let you know that I know the hurt and sense of loss is still very real and hasn't really left you. But that's life I suppose, people move on and unless something effects them then they stop giving others a thought. I understand that, but I just wanted to let you know that I also understand that you are no doubt still grieving over your Princess Daicos, and still missing her dreadfully. She will never be replaced, she was special and so will always hold that special place in your heart.
If it's any consolation I still cry over Indiah, but I can now look at pictures of my girl and not break down, instead I admire her beauty and talk to her. I still sleep with her blanket at the foot of my bed though and say goodnight to her every night. Only a few people would understand the reasons I do things like that, I can't help it. I know that in time I will slowly start to change things and out of necessity I will eventually put Indiah's things away and change things in her room where she spent most of her time in her later years. I still have another cat who is just a year younger than Indiah, and I love her dearly too. But Indiah was my first cat, and similar to you she was my first major pet as an adult that I had all to myself. I don't have my own children, so all my animals fill a void, and Indiah was like my first 'child'.
Feel free to send me a message if you feel the need to 'cry' to someone who understands and who will 'listen'. I hope you are keeping well in yourself though. Take care, hugs to you, Wendy. xx
Thank you for your beautiful words Wendy. I also think our little soul mates watch over us after they've gone and that our much loved pets are waiting to reunite with us as we cross over the Rainbow Bridge. I know she will be the first little face I will be looking for!
What amazing unconditional love our pets give us, I think that's why it just so hard to let them go.