The Lounge: rescuing nonhumans

by: Miep

Wed Jan 09, 2013 at 02:59:46 AM EST

I have always loved non- human animals and plants. I feel a great affinity for life forms different from me, those people I don't understand but try to know and sometimes protect. I believe that they all speak to us in some manner, if we are willing to at least try to listen. What do you think?
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I know my two pups talk to me. (2.00 / 11)
After you've been with an animal for a while you develop ways of communicating.  

I was adopted (2.00 / 11)
by a cat a couple of years ago and she's been teaching me feline ever since. It's been fun learning the difference between feline and canine even if I get it mixed up some times.

There's nothing like eavesdropping to show you that the world outside your head is different from the world inside your head.--Thornton Wilder

Our cat can speak English (2.00 / 12)
He can saw "Out now, please"--naturally.  And it's not just us who has heard him.  He said it to the vet during an examination, and the vet jumped about a foot and said, "Did he just say . . .?"  Our cat has a reputation as a very polite kitty at the vets.

And my old cat, who I raised from a too-young kitten, once startled me by saying "mama."

Of course, we deserve the disbelieving looks we get from our cats when we stare at them and say "Did you just say something?"  I'm waiting for the disgusted reply of "Yes, of course I did, are you deaf?"

As a vet I normally only get the grouchy (2.00 / 10)
Side of cats.  When a friendly cat comes we are sure to be extra sweet.  I would take a grouchy dog over a grouchy cat any day of the week.  I love all animals except those that have taken a chunk out of me :)

Ooooooh, you're a vet? (2.00 / 2)
Much admiration here! I wanted to be a vet but knew I'd be too much of a wimp to ever give an animal a shot or anything like that.

But the animals who take a chunk are good babies tooooooo! My Gitsie is the sweetest cat in the whole wide world, a freakin' angel... She's my lap kitty and my bestest friend in the whooooooooooooooooooooole wide world... evah!

But at the vet she channels Satan on a crack binge. They have to sedate her to do ANYTHING. My vet can't even pill her with a pill gun, but I can do it at home with zero problem. The vet went so far as to say he'd come to my house to treat her because she was so psychotic at the clinic. I think the mild sedation when she goes may be the easier path, if not the cheaper one.

A million props to you for doing what you do. Sricki <3's the folks who keep her babies healthy.

Come to me in my dreams, and then
By day I shall be well again!
For so the night will more than pay
The hopeless longing of the day.

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Somehow (2.00 / 5)
after earning a BS in Biology with an emphasis in Botany, spending almost all of my life gardening, and coming from a family of amateur horticulturalists, I still manage to be Ebola on two legs to every houseplant I have tried to raise. I love them from a distance, for their own safety.

As far as other animals go, horses have my number and rabbits, ferrets, and chinchilla cause a life threatening allergic reaction, but everything else seems to bond well with me. Every fur or feather friend we have ever taken in has eventually become "mine."

Of course they speak to me-how else to make me do their bidding?

We're looking into the possibility of a seizure alert dog for my husband, and thought about training our wicked smart, hyper alert Rat Terrier, who already seems to know when something is off with my spouse. Problem, according to a trainer, is he is too bonded with ME. So we may wind up getting a pup and going through the training. Fresno, the Rat Terrier of Doom, will not be best pleased at the prospect, I can tell you. He's already registered disapproval at the conversation.


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