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The Brag thread. Cute stuff our pets do and things to be proud of.

ancientgirl
August 27th, 2009, 11:51 AM
Thanks to Frenchy for reminding me to do this with her post about Nelly.

I thought it might be nice to start a little thread, a sort of a brag thread.

What has your pet done that is cute and you want to share? Or have they done something to overcome a fear or just something all around neat to make you proud?


Yesterday morning, I was finishing up washing some things in the sink after I fed the gang. As I put the plates down, Kiska was in the litter box in the kitchen, so everyone was eating already. When she came out, she meowed and looked up at me, like saying, "Hey, where's the food?"

So I looked down at her and said, "What's wrong mimi? Go eat." and I pointed in the direction of her plate, outside the kitchen. :laughing: She did this little hop/skip thing then ran to her food. It was so cute!

pbpatti
August 27th, 2009, 12:46 PM
I was moving some wood outside the gate this morning, Sasha is watching from a few feet away she STAYED yippee, quite often when the gate is open she takes herself for a walk down the alley. Good Girl Sasha for staying. Made me very pround that some of the training that we have done works.

hazelrunpack
August 27th, 2009, 01:02 PM
Good Girl Sasha!!

Cole became the Sheriff for good reason. When we expanded from 3 to 6, there were the inevitable spats. When something started getting too rough or tempers flared, Cole was right there, wandering in between the spatters and calming things down. :flirt: What a guy! :D He still watches over everyone to this day! I've learned a lot about how to handle dogs by watching what Cole does. :thumbs up

Bailey_
August 27th, 2009, 01:06 PM
Awesome Hazel! What a sweetheart Cole sounds like! So true though, the best teachers are dogs! :thumbs up

Bailey has recently started to sleep underneath my daughters crib. She'll alway comes into our bedroom and start to whine & pace if Kiley wakes up, regardless of whether or not Kiley is even crying.

Bailey isn't even a year yet, and she's already watching over Kiley. :lovestruck: Dogs are the best.

ancientgirl
August 27th, 2009, 01:55 PM
Those are some smart pups!:thumbs up

Marcha
August 27th, 2009, 02:47 PM
These are so cute! Thanks for such a lovely topic. :D

I just laughed at Bo this morning, who was trying to bury a small bone in one of the planters on my deck.

t.pettet
August 27th, 2009, 08:18 PM
Ruby my 1 yr. old foster pom retrieves the ball and then drops it at my feet as compared to the old habit of taking off and burying it. She's also 100% house trained now which is a real achievement since she was raised in a cage and did her poo/pee in there. Way to go Ruby!

Love4himies
August 27th, 2009, 08:31 PM
Jasper has been mentor to many foster kittens and one feral momma :lovestruck:. He has helped change the lives of so many cats who may have not have become so well adjusted to being house cats. :lovestruck:

Rose adores him and he has taught her so much about being a house kitty of leisure.

babymomma
August 27th, 2009, 09:28 PM
Keely is now people friendly :D No barking, lunging or growling at them :D

She is great with children! Kacees owner had two children, one of which is a 9 month old boy and he sometimes pulls on keelys fur , and he is obsessed with her, crawls after her etc, and she lets him do it all. She is friendly to him and loves to give him kisses..

And we have done the impossible.. She has a *ALMOST* Perfect recall.. Which is awesome because it was non existant for quite a while! :D

TacoGrl
August 27th, 2009, 09:28 PM
Last night Seth was actually letting me rub his tummy and he began grabbing my hand with his paws while I was rubbing...he bit me, then started licking where he had bit all the while looking up at me never taking his eyes off me!

This morning, Messina was trying to wake me up, so she layed on my chest staring at me hitting me with her paw until I rolled over, then she climbed onto my back and started grabbing at the back of my head with her paw.

Just a couple...my two are soooooo sweet I could go on and on! :cloud9:

Great topic btw :)

Frenchy
August 27th, 2009, 09:56 PM
Cute thread !

I could brag for hours about all of mine :D.... Bailey :angel: my angel. So nice with everyone , people , dogs , cats .... he just lets you do what's needs to be done. Vets love him. He is much better than when I got him 5 years ago , when he sometimes acted real scared .... maybe he was abuse , I will never know. :shrug:

Of course Nelly .... has come a long way from the skinny puppy mill dog she was 2 1/2 years ago.

Daisy , Sam and Chloe , all :rip: , all adopted as seniors , all great dogs. Being dumped like that at an old age , and still trust people , amazing ! I miss all of them so much. :sad:

The cats .... omg , nobody has cooler cats than mine :D Monsieur le chat and Paddy welcome all the foster dogs , and puts them back in the ir place when needed :p never using their claws. Coco , is a bit more independant but still , I never thought she wouldn't mind the dogs like she does !!! :cat:

Cathy1
August 27th, 2009, 09:59 PM
This happened a couple months ago but still makes me laugh. Patches had a problem with runny poo and while I was cleaning her she started screaming so Zoey came running and stood on her back legs slapping me with her front paws and when I went to walk away she grabbed me around the leg and bit me. (not hard) her slaps were harder. She was just protecting her friend Patches.

Chaser
August 27th, 2009, 10:15 PM
Ohhh.....I am so proud of my sweet Kailey girl. She was so scared of everything and now will crawl right into someone's lap to be pet. And I have never, ever seen a cat and dog get along like her and Rupert do.....wrestling, cuddling....they don't just get along, but outright adore each other!

And sweet Chaser.....frantically high-fiving anyone who even accidentally shows their palm to him :lovestruck: He's just so proud of himself and I swear he knows he's cute when he does it!

One of the cutest things that happens in my house though is whenever Rupert gets into something he shouldn't (which is often). We'll yell "Rupert!" in that "you are in SO much trouble" voice. Kailey will sigh, get up, give us her "It's okay guys, I've got it" look, and trots off to push him off the counter/desk/curtains/screen door etc. with her paw or nose :flirt: This happens at least once a day around here! It's unbelievable.

ancientgirl
August 28th, 2009, 08:00 AM
This is so much fun to read. I love all the stories.

hazelrunpack
August 28th, 2009, 08:38 AM
Oh, these are great stories!! :laughing: What a great way to start the day! :highfive: Wonderful thread, AG!

14+kitties
August 28th, 2009, 11:05 PM
Wonderful stories everyone!! Thanks AG for coming up with the thread!! :thumbs up

Magicwildwolf69
August 28th, 2009, 11:17 PM
hmmm just pick a few hmm i could go on forever.

i love how serena just is always around us. wither its taking over our keyboard or mouse or just laying between me and my husband. she has become super people friendly and loves to be petted. she's just so darn sweet.

eclipse i'm proud that he's come a long way with his aggression trouble. we still have a few set backs with him and serena. he goes after her a lot. he went after me a few days ago when i let my guard down so i just keep working on keep the upper hand on him so he knows i'm the top cat/person? other then that he is the sweetest cat. he loves to be petted on his terms.

Stormy is a strange cat. she's very very skittish. the slightlest noise sends her into a panic. she has started coming out when people are here she remembers hearing. sometimes it can take 5 visits or more. or if i have company for more then a day or two she'll start to wonder around them. she doesn't go near them runs to me but i'm just so glad she's starting to come out. i have people telling me i should force her to come out force her to socialize with people. i tell them i don't force my cats to do anything they don't want to do. she's not a real child and i don't want to scare her more then she already is.

Sylvie
August 29th, 2009, 09:08 AM
Love all the stories

The other day Shadow:angel:, my husky cross, was up on her chair. I had left a towel on the chair. That will never do. She lies down, picks up the towel with her mouth and throws it to the floor. I have seen her do this type of thing a few times, but for DH this was the first time, he was laughing so hard that I started laughing. She looked at us like we were crazy. :laughing:

14+kitties
August 29th, 2009, 11:14 AM
Aww Sylvie, I love it when our babies start doing our housework for us!! :thumbs up :cloud9:

So this morning I was feeding the kitties in the garage. I decided to put Snoopy, the kitten, in Orbit's crate for a few minutes to see what they would do. Snoopy, to say the least, is a little frenetic. Wants to be on the move constantly. Orbit has so far been a very laid back kitty. What's the first thing Snoopy does? Heads right for Orbit's head and starts attacking!! :eek: And sweetie Orbit... just laid there and let him. Then he starts playing with Snoopy making these cute little squeak noises. They had a little paw batting contest, Snoopy attacked Orbit's head again and then went on to play with some of Orbit's toys. Orbit just laid back and watched the action. What a doll Orbit is. I don't know how anyone could have gotten rid of him. :frustrated:
Their loss, my gain. :cloud9:

ancientgirl
August 29th, 2009, 12:21 PM
Aww, Orbit is such a sweetheart.

It's so wonderful how they do things to surprise us.

Melei'sMom
August 29th, 2009, 02:03 PM
Last night DH was sitting on his chair with Melei and Melei rolled onto her back like a baby over his arm and had her head hanging back. I thought that was really cute until she fell asleep and started to snore! I was laughing cause it sounded so funny, she has never snored before.:crazy:
I got up to get a pic, but she woke up and followed me so I lost the shot :(

lUvMyLaB<3
August 29th, 2009, 02:13 PM
*aww* Cute!!!

Tickles our very beloved tortie girl, she belongs to my daughter, whenever my daughter is sad tickles will always go to her and cuddle her and rub her face, she calms my daughter, and she knows. If anyone is sick she will go and lay on them, she always knows. She will accept any animal into our home, she teaches so many cats and kittens about life, she starts by staying in the room they are in, she watches them, blinking, laying on her stomach and gradually interacts with them, sometimes a swat or a growl, but they learn. she is the most affectionate calm cat I have ever seen, especially for a female, she wants to sleep in bed with you, and cuddle you, rub and purrrr..

Lady our lab is amazing, she takes good care of my son, you can count on her. She LOVES to go to Dairy Queen for a puppy cone, our DQ is one where you stamd outside and order at the window, and only open in the summer, and only sells ice cream. When it is our turn in line she starts to bark, and she puts her front feet up on the shelf at the window and puts her face inside to make her order, it is so funny.

Gucci, little dog the other day was digging in the yard of our new house, he doesn't usually dig so we were wondering what was up, he got about 8 inches down and found something! My DH was watching him with interest... and dug up what he found, it was a very old toy truck.. very old, my son loves it! It was in surprisingly great shape.

Cannot forget Taz, my oldest daughters hamster. She is 3 1/2 years old!!!! She lives in the living room, whenever we have pizza and a movie, or whenever there is food in the living room on a movie night or something, ( pretty rare..but..) she climes the side of the cage and begs for some. Her favorite food is mc donalds french fries.

animals are amazing, i actually feel bad for people that don't let them into their lives like we do, my life would have such an empty feeling without them.

friend2animals
August 29th, 2009, 05:27 PM
Good Idea, the brag thread! :angel:

My baby girl has always been afraid of loud noises...:cry: Within the past decade however, she has improved! BTW, she is 14 1/2 yrs. old. She doesn't wimper anymore and literally hide behind me, or try to climb on top of me when there is thunder. She also doesn't freak out if, by accident, I drop something on the kitchen floor(ceramic tile).
I have been rewarding her with yummy holistic treats and lots of hugs and kisses for her good behavior...:lovestruck: It's working!:thumbs up

I have always been told that the older a dog gets, the worse their reaction becomes when there is a loud noise. I have experienced something else all together...:goodvibes: Her reactions have been more of curiosity than fear...:cool:

I am soooo grateful to have this dog in my life:party:

Etown_Chick
August 29th, 2009, 06:08 PM
We were on our last week of our 6-week Introduction to Agility class. Scruffy is the young goof who won't stay, is always on leash, tries to play with everyone in the class.
Well they set up a full course on the last day and he breezed through it, off leash. He was absolutely perfect! I couldn't have been more proud of the little devil.
I mean angel, ya that's it. :angel:

ancientgirl
August 29th, 2009, 06:28 PM
Keep the stories coming guys. So many cute stories.

TeriM
August 30th, 2009, 02:13 AM
Lucy is my grand old girl and we love her to the ends of the earth. Her aging has taught us to stop and treasure the moments we have together. My heart breaks a bit when the problems of aging creep into our lives but she is living in the moment and is still a happy girl so we accept our lessons and just love her back.

Riley constantly cracks me up. His joy at working, playing and living is contagious and makes our family better.

Desi is our crazy rescued tortie girl. When she first came home seven years ago she was sooooo terrified of Lucy we thought we would have to take her back. She has always been a moody girl as well wanting attention on her terms but still always following us around and sticking close. Slowly but surely she has devoloped into a social, loving kitty (okay still has her tortie moments but they are very rare) who even is great with the dogs.

Fred is kinda our Riley version of the cats :laughing: and is a big goof that is more dog than cat. He is also a rescue and was terrified of any strangers. He has come a long way, he still runs and hides for a few minutes when strangers come but now is very brave and comes to investigate and sometimes even socialize.

ancientgirl
August 30th, 2009, 11:50 AM
You know, Maks has his moments too when people come over. He and Czari often run upstairs. But sometimes Czari will stay at the top of the stairs. And a couple of times when my dad has been over Maks has even made an appearance downstairs.:D

I think if I had people coming over more often he'd come out more.

Rottielover
August 30th, 2009, 12:08 PM
What an amazing thread...
Harley...well lets just say I could not believe it. I took Kayla and him too the park one day when many people were not there, Kayla decided to be adventurous, climbed up the slide, needless to say she lost her balance and fell off from nearly the top. I panicked, people were around, dogs were around, but my daughter needed me. I put him in a down stay, ran to Kayla took care of her for about 5 mins. Honestly I forgot about him. Then a woman yelled loudly, what an amazing dog, he has not moved. At that time I released him, he came straight to Kayla and licked away her tears. I honestly could not believe he stayed while I was going nuts.

Roxy, well everyday she makes me proud by the way she is spirited, even through everything she is going through, her spirit still soars.
Missy is a great cat, even with a rough patch with Harley, she still trusts him and will try to play.
And for Sunset, anyone want a black cat... LOL Joking, he is a full size kitten, he plays with the dogs everyday, and when Roxy could barely get up, he slept right next to her....

ancientgirl
August 30th, 2009, 12:28 PM
Rottielover, you have an amazing bunch.

Marcha
September 1st, 2009, 12:12 PM
Bodhi has started to bring herself to bed. Or to let us know she needs to call it a night.

She's still sleeping in her crate in our bedroom, and during the day her freedom is still limited to the kitchen and deck. At about 11pm, she'll come sit next to me, look up at me with her 'pleeeeease??' puppydog eyes and gently mouth (not bite) the cushion of the chair. When we open the gate for her, she'll make a beeline for her crate in the bedroom, plonk down and conk out. :cloud9: :lovestruck:

Melinda
September 1st, 2009, 12:21 PM
My Brina finds me "friends", she catches mice outside and carries them in her closed mouth and lets them loose in front of us, the one day she cried to go out in the pouring rain, staring intently at a spot on the deck, I opened the door, she jumped over the steps, dropped down and started crying, I thought she'd injured her leg and rushed out, there between her paws was a baby mouse , no longer than an inch and a half, I picked it up, dried it off and forced warm rice water through its mouth, it stayed with us 4 days approx. till it was well enough to release. *L* I know, it will probably move in this winter. Brina calms down most of the wild critters we bring in to rehab, she lays quietly beside the cage "snuffling" with her nose, this for some reason calms them. The only way we could get an injured gosseling to stay calm or to take his twice daily swims (to help its injured leg) was to let Brina either get in the tub with him or let Brina lead him around the yard. sorry the pics are so big!

http://i111.photobucket.com/albums/n132/Shelleyb15/100_3662.jpg
http://i111.photobucket.com/albums/n132/Shelleyb15/100_3650.jpg

http://i111.photobucket.com/albums/n132/Shelleyb15/100_3586.jpg

she shares her cookies too *L*
http://i111.photobucket.com/albums/n132/Shelleyb15/100_3585.jpg

Marcha
September 1st, 2009, 01:00 PM
Wow Melinda, that is sooo cute! What a darling, caring dog Brina is!

ancientgirl
September 1st, 2009, 01:27 PM
Marcha, that's too cute.

ancientgirl
September 1st, 2009, 01:38 PM
My Brina finds me "friends", she catches mice outside and carries them in her closed mouth and lets them loose in front of us, the one day she cried to go out in the pouring rain, staring intently at a spot on the deck, I opened the door, she jumped over the steps, dropped down and started crying, I thought she'd injured her leg and rushed out, there between her paws was a baby mouse , no longer than an inch and a half, I picked it up, dried it off and forced warm rice water through its mouth, it stayed with us 4 days approx. till it was well enough to release. *L* I know, it will probably move in this winter. Brina calms down most of the wild critters we bring in to rehab, she lays quietly beside the cage "snuffling" with her nose, this for some reason calms them. The only way we could get an injured gosseling to stay calm or to take his twice daily swims (to help its injured leg) was to let Brina either get in the tub with him or let Brina lead him around the yard. sorry the pics are so big!

http://i111.photobucket.com/albums/n132/Shelleyb15/100_3662.jpg
http://i111.photobucket.com/albums/n132/Shelleyb15/100_3650.jpg

http://i111.photobucket.com/albums/n132/Shelleyb15/100_3586.jpg

she shares her cookies too *L*
http://i111.photobucket.com/albums/n132/Shelleyb15/100_3585.jpg

OMG, what a sweetie!

Dog Dancer
September 1st, 2009, 04:21 PM
Brina is too cute! All the stories are lovely aren't they.

My two of course make my life complete. Shadow is aging gracefully but still full of puppy fun when the mood strikes her. She is my protector and keeps an eye out on all strangers who approach when we're walking. She always senses if I need to be cautious and I can tell immediately by her body language. She doesn't eat her cookies as a rule, but will take them and put them onto Halo's bed for Halo to have, or if she wants to keep them she'll hide them in our bed knowing we won't eat them on her.

Halo is all silly lab. We adopted her from the SPCA after my late husband passed away, hoping she would help Shadow with her separation anxiety. Instead she has helped me to say the least. She's the cuddler of the two, Shadow I think loves deeper, but Halo is the cuddler.

Our pets give us so much more than we can give them don't they.:angel:

ancientgirl
September 2nd, 2009, 01:11 PM
I don't know about you guys, but I've got two, Vlad and Kiska, that love jumping in the fridge. Now, for the last two weeks or so, they have both shown an interest in the freezer. If I open the freezer to get ice, they jump on the counter and try to stick their head in.

Last night, when I went to get ice, Vlad came running at full speed, jumped through the kitchen pass through and galloped :laughing: over to the fridge. He put one paw on the door, looked at me, put a paw on my shoulder and used me as leverage to get inside. :laughing:

I was just like, "Hey!" I have no idea what his deal is with the freezer. There really isn't much in there, but he seems to be very interested in the ice maker. :rolleyes: Once he was done inspecting and making sure it was cold enough, he used me as leverage again and jumped on the counter, his tail whacking me in the face to boot. Oy!

ownedbycats
September 3rd, 2009, 12:53 PM
I'm so proud of our Sunshine. I've started training her using a clicker and the first thing I'm teaching her is to hand target. In 4 short lessons she has gone from touching my hand only an inch away from her face, to following my moving hand away from the treats, to following my hand when my back is turned and I am not looking at her(only a few steps now, but a start). She isn't consistent yet, but that takes time, the amazing thing is how quickly she learns! we were practicing on the porch and another dog went by. Sunshine rushed to the edge fo the porch to look, then came back to touch my hand, raced back to the railing, then stopped halfway and barked because she couldn't watch Peanut AND touch my hand for a treat :laughing:

ancientgirl
September 3rd, 2009, 01:13 PM
That's great. I've often thought of clicker training my gang. But, I don't think they'd go for it.:rolleyes:

14+kitties
September 3rd, 2009, 03:04 PM
Wonderful stories folks!! :cloud9:

That's great. I've often thought of clicker training my gang. But, I don't think they'd go for it.:rolleyes:

AG - Just use a bag of treats. Works every time for me. :thumbs up

ancientgirl
September 3rd, 2009, 03:25 PM
AG - Just use a bag of treats. Works every time for me. :thumbs up

I tried that once. I'm lucky to have all my digits.

BenMax
September 3rd, 2009, 03:45 PM
My old GSD 'Max' saved me from a peeping tom. One night, while doing dishes, Max saw something I missed. He darted across the kitchen onto the table and barked viciously out the window. To my surprise a dude was peering through the window. I let Max out as the guy ran for his life.:D. Max was able to grab his jean pocket and responded to recall. His gift to me was a jean pocket clearly indicating that he wore levis!:laughing:. Police notified that the guy's underwear will clearly be seen.:D

Thanks Max. I love you so.:rip: (2001)

ancientgirl
September 3rd, 2009, 03:59 PM
My old GSD 'Max' saved me from a peeping tom. One night, while doing dishes, Max saw something I missed. He darted across the kitchen onto the table and barked viciously out the window. To my surprise a dude was peering through the window. I let Max out as the guy ran for his life.:D. Max was able to grab his jean pocket and responded to recall. His gift to me was a jean pocket clearly indicating that he wore levis!:laughing:. Police notified that the guy's underwear will clearly be seen.:D

Thanks Max. I love you so.:rip: (2001)

What an amazing story! And what an extraordinary boy you had with you.:lovestruck:

ancientgirl
September 8th, 2009, 09:44 AM
My little guy has such a caring heart. Last night we were in bed. I'd just turned off the lights, and it was just Czari and Maks in bed with me at the moment. Kiska had gone downstairs and not come up, and as she will sometimes do, she started meowing. It was kind of one of those nearly distressing meows, like she's lost or she thinks she's been left alone. I usually call to her and she comes up, but sometimes she doesn't.

Well big brother to the rescue. Maks got out of bed and went downstairs. A few moments later Maks got back in bed, along with Kiska. He does this often. He's such a good boy. I love him to pieces.

friend2animals
September 14th, 2009, 12:59 PM
Yep...more to brag about!:D

My senior girl has always been a roamer and explorer...After all, she is a Husky. Recently however, she has demonstrated some awesome behavior.

When I take her out for walks and exercise, I have her on an extend -a- leash, which is approximately 6ft. in length. Just the other day, I took her off leash, in a safe, quiet, and traffic free location. She heeled just like a pro, and was perfectly responsive to my presence and voice:angel: WOW! I was so impressed.

She has always been a very good walker - on leash, regardless of length, but had occasional tendencies to zigzag - wherever a scent and movement took her...:laughing: She didn't do this off leash! It was the exact opposite!
Walking her at times was like flying a kite - :laughing:
She ambled, rather than bolted. She also maintained eye contact with me on a frequent basis.

I thought this was both cute and amazing, especially considering her innate stubborn temperament;)

I guess old dogs can learn new things....:lovestruck:

ancientgirl
September 14th, 2009, 01:09 PM
Isn't it great how they are always surprising us?

Macomom
September 14th, 2009, 01:39 PM
My Dogue De Bordeaux is a rescue who was neglected of human contact. He is the sweetest, most gentle giant.
Every morning he comes into the bathroom with me and waits for me to shower. If my clothes are left on the floor, he arranges them and lies on them.
He just lies and waits, and when I get out, he leaves to go play with the other dogs.