Common Ground: TEA and Pets :)

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Kiaharii said

I’ve seen these at Nature’s Emporium (local pet store), don’t know if anyone here as tried them. Tea for pets, they have a joint one, a calming one, and a urinary health one.
http://www.thehonestkitchen.com/products/lithe-tea/

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I’ve got two little yorkies, Mr. Snuggles and Sr. Caliente. You can see them in my profile pic. Snuggles loves to cuddle so I’ve got a little buddy on my lap while I sip my tea. :) They don’t seem too interested in my tea but will lick my fingers if I offer them a drop.

There’s nothing like a cuddly pup and a cup a tea to take your worries away!

Ninavampi said

Agreed! I think I would go crazy without Sencha at my side and a cup of tea in my hand! :)

Raritea said

I absolutely love those names! Very cute… and fun to say :D

Yes, I am quite proud of myself for their names as well. :) In some ways, the names were well selected even though I named them before I knew their personalities.

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ssajami said

I’ve got two cats, one a shiny black cat called Layla (which means “night” in Hebrew), and one called Moria. They are mother and daughter. When Layla gave birth to the kittens, my daughter insisted that one of the kittens had to be called Moria. Named after my sister, who is one of my daughters favorite people. Although I was a bit uncertain about this idea, my sister is also a cat lover and she took it as the compliment it was meant to be. Since then our family conversations are funny because we always have to specify which Moria we are talking about. So it’s “Moria the cat did this..” or “Moria, not the cat, did that…”
Moria, the cat, actually likes tea. Mostly she likes oolong that has gotten cold. She drinks it from my glass, really jamming her face deep into the glass.

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Chef8489 said

We have cats currently, but I also love samoyeds. I would not consider myself a dog nor a cat person, but a lover of both.

Rellybob said

I grew up with a Samoyed, they are cool in the extreme! :)

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We currently have three cats:

Clone, the youngest (currently depicted lazily defending the theft of my chair):

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v359/Telepathboy/Misc/Clonebeingornery.jpg

Kismet, which due to the magical effects of the way-back machine, is being displayed in 1/3rd regular size:

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v359/Telepathboy/Misc/Kismetinabox.jpg

Calypso, our oldest, the red menace:

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v359/Telepathboy/Misc/CalypsosHead.jpg

Rellybob said

Pretty kitties!

Lovely kitties! Also, nice photography! I wish I had cats. My husband keeps telling me, “You’re allergic…” as if that were a good reason.

Missy said

What is really interesting is, Clone is almost an exact replica of Karma. Karma has passed now but I’m given to understand he showed up on the porch much like Clone did. I’ll have to get Dylan to peruse the picture archives so you can see how alike they look.

Here’s probably the best picture I have where you can see Karma’s markings pretty decently.

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v359/Telepathboy/Misc/KarmaInLap.jpg

Yes, he only has one eye. He actually got an infection and lost the eye, which is how we found out he was diabetic. We then gave him insulin shots twice a day with food for 3-4 years :)

They do look similar. She looks sweet.

They are beautiful!

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Rellybob said

We have two cats, Charlie and Angie, both shelter rescues. We get constant comments from people on how beautiful Charlie is; he’s a black and gray tabby. Angie is our feisty tortie. They are both lap kitties and love when I’m sitting down for a cuppa.
We also have a puppy, a border collie mix named Fezzik. ( Princess Bride anyone? :)) he is a little snuggle bug! He’s only 9 weeks, we will see how big he gets!
If it was up to me, I’d have my own rescue; I love all animals! Well..except spiders. :P

Uniquity said

Fezzik is the best!!

ssajami said

Fezzik! Brilliant! Princess Bride is one of my favorite movies.

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Kally Tea said

We’ve always been cat people until 4 or 5 years ago.
A very abused Shi Tzu wandered up on our property in 100+ degree heat and she’s been wonderful! Then we got her a friend.. a Jack Russel mix (very mixed!) and they couldn’t be different from each other.
But the Jack, loves the lap, especially when drinking tea.

Helena said

If you sit on the floor in my house be prepared for my dog to think she can lay in your lap. She’ll lay all over you if you let her :D

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Helena said

I have an English Mastiff. My profile picture is a picture of her when she was a lot smaller :D she’s 140lbs of muscle so I pity the person that tries anything with her around. Of course this means that she lets smaller dogs like beagles and such win when they play fight in the off the leash puppy park. My dog is like “well you tried so I’ll just lay down and pretend you got me” it’s sooo adorable, especially when the dog is the size of her paw… For those allergic to cats but want one may I suggest a Ragdoll or Siberian Cat most people with allergies seem to be able to handle and breed them :D

I saw a guy on the local city bus with that breed of dog! I couldn’t help commenting on his size, and he said, “I bet he weighs more than you!” He (the dog) was also about 140lbs, so he did indeed weigh slightly more than me (I’m a pretty small guy). The owner told me he wasn’t even fully grown yet!

It’s a good thing the dog looked very serene and docile. Can’t imagine owning a breed of dog that large if it was at all aggressive or hyper.

Helena said

140lbs is the minimum for the breed. Most are over 200lbs. They are completely loveable and good with children & smaller pets :D At the park I’ve seen a kid accidently poke her in the eye and all that got the kid was an eyeroll. Same goes if they give her tail a pull. She’s 6 years old now and still going strong :D

Missy said

Beautiful puppy there. Now if I can just talk Dylan into one some time soon. ;)

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I’m totally a cat person. I own two boys from the same litter, Mustang and Kaleb, both street rescues. Mustang is half white and half brown tabby colored, and Kaleb is half white and half grey with a bit of a Siamese look to him…but their markings are all in exactly the same places, it’s hilarious. They look like book-ends. They have totally different personalities (Mustang is friendly and dumb, Kaleb is terrified of everything including dust and his shadow), but if they sit side-by-side, they turn their heads to look around together like they’re psychically connected. It’s a bit creepy.

Then we have two girls. The first one is Pigwidgeon, who we got as a such a tiny kitten that she fit in the palm of your hand. Old enough to leave her mother, mind, just tiny. (She was originally a ball of grey fluff, hence the name, but now she’s a brown tabby. Go figure.) My mother knows two women who each brought a female cat with them when they married. Turns out the cats were not lesbians…they both escaped and came back pregnant with a litter of 5 each! All of the willing friends of this couple got one. Widgie is from…one from those litters or the other (which got all mixed up, of course!) so she’s never been on the street or abused and has no idea what a princess she is.

Satsuma, our ginger tabby, is also a street rescue with a sad story of having been starved, poor thing. She’s sleek and fed solid meals now! And she’s a HUGE handful. Not-so-secretly my fave though. She’s very expressive, quite a talker.

All of my cats THINK they want my tea, but when I let them sniff it, they’re always repulsed. Except one time Mustang got into a latte I had. I had to haul him out of the cup by the scruff of the neck! DAVIDsTEA has a tea with catnip in it, Le Digestif, but they don’t even like the smell of that one. There must be other ingredients in it that puts them off.

Missy said

They may be poison sniffing cats. Clone likes to check out every thing we eat or drink. He just wants a sniff for approval. So he has become the poison sniffing cat. :D

They’d be terrible at that, though! They look horrified by nearly everything we eat that isn’t meat. :P

Missy said

lol I hear you. Clone is pretty bad at it. He does give it a good go though. Nosy little busy bodies aren’t they. Life wouldn’t be the same with out my little furry buddies, so I’ll hold out my plate/bowl for my goofball cat.

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Uniquity said

I love how many of us have rescued pets. I don’t think I mentioned it, but my Emma was also a rescue. Someone dumped a pregnant cat in our area years ago and she became our “barn cat.” We fed her and put out things for her to snuggle in though she was never brought inside with our others in case she had feline leukemia which was prevalent in our area. I ‘rescued’ Emma from one of Mama’s litters on Thanksgiving 4 years ago. She was only about 6 weeks old but when we put out the giblets from the turkey she came bolting out to get some and I fell in love and took her home. She was a weird looking kitten, her ears were enormous and she reminded me of a gremlin. My brother named her Emma Frost (for the X-Man. :D)

In one of the great cosmic jokes, her dad was this bug bully Tom in our neighbourhood who beat up and possibly killed Cosmo (our lazy orange housecat) when he made a break for it one afternoon. While I never forgave the Tom for what he did to Cosmo, he did give me my princess.

Two of our three are rescues, Kismet was just one of a friend’s litter. Karma (who Clone looks like a clone of) was a rescue too.

Haha, the littlest ones always seem to have huge ears! My Widgie has slightly large ears for her head because she’s so small. And I used to own an all-black cat named Manhattan (sadly passed away from liver disease now) who had ENORMOUS ears when she was a runty kitten, with the scrawniest tail, too. She looked like a little rat!

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