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#4331530 - 02/16/17 10:03 PM Taking care of animals....
AirgunSavant Offline


Registered: 07/22/15
Posts: 3588
Loc: MD
I have been taking care of my mothers animals now going on 7 weeks. ( she is in a nursing home)
It is a bummer because they don't understand what's going on. I would have taken
the Australian Shepherd home with me but she is house bound because of leg injuries and
can no longer get in a car. I'm taking great care of them but it bothers me....

They have never been left before as my folks really never traveled.
Anybody else dealing with this?

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#4331538 - 02/16/17 10:10 PM Re: Taking care of animals.... [Re: AirgunSavant]
gregk24 Offline


Registered: 04/13/13
Posts: 5452
Loc: FL, USA
Yes, that is a sad situation. Will your mother be in the nursing home permanently? If so, I would try to re-home the animals whether it be with you or someone you trust.
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#4331540 - 02/16/17 10:13 PM Re: Taking care of animals.... [Re: gregk24]
AirgunSavant Offline


Registered: 07/22/15
Posts: 3588
Loc: MD
No there isn't. I go see them early in the AM and then in the afternoon and at 5PM I stay with them for several hours.
The Aussie requires many medications and special care. I was told she looks better than ever. Funny thing is my mother isn't really freaking out like I thought. I guess she is in survival mode herself. Thanks!
BTW- my mother will be there maybe another month or so I'm hoping- hoping......

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#4331543 - 02/16/17 10:17 PM Re: Taking care of animals.... [Re: AirgunSavant]
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Registered: 09/14/10
Posts: 7274
Loc: S California
Try to do a good job with lots of contact. Australian Shepherds are very smart. In fact they'll help you learn how to play with them but they really do need someone and something to do. Teaching them tricks is a lot of fun and they will be patient with you.

A neighbor has one and he comes over to visit my 5 dogs and my almost dog and of course the new kitty we rescued. The kitty is teaching us how to address and pet a kitty. The neighbor's AS Rocky is a real character. He not only opens the latch on our backyard gate but he closes it and the latch before coming over to the house. Rocky likes to go for a car ride and he'll get the keys to the 4Runner and bring them to me, hint, hint.

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#4331548 - 02/16/17 10:23 PM Re: Taking care of animals.... [Re: AirgunSavant]
Merkava_4 Offline


Registered: 01/30/07
Posts: 17501
Loc: Clovis, CA
What other animals other than the Australian Shepherd does your Mom have ?

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#4331552 - 02/16/17 10:29 PM Re: Taking care of animals.... [Re: Merkava_4]
AirgunSavant Offline


Registered: 07/22/15
Posts: 3588
Loc: MD
Birds, cats x3, horses-now boarded, chickens and that kind of stuff......( small farm)
and a Corgi

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#4331558 - 02/16/17 10:36 PM Re: Taking care of animals.... [Re: OneEyeJack]
AirgunSavant Offline


Registered: 07/22/15
Posts: 3588
Loc: MD
Your absolutely spot on. The Aussies are brilliant animals and that is what bothers me.
I bought the dog ( Georgia) for my folks and she was a rescue and became my dads number one buddy. Dad passed last November and the dog was just starting to adjust and then this. She is so smart that she looks at me and wonders what's going on. No it's not me- its the truth. Even at 8 years old you are right- she picks up anything you teach her in days. I guess all I can do is take care of them and hopefully things will get back on track.

Originally Posted By: OneEyeJack
Try to do a good job with lots of contact. Australian Shepherds are very smart. In fact they'll help you learn how to play with them but they really do need someone and something to do. Teaching them tricks is a lot of fun and they will be patient with you.

A neighbor has one and he comes over to visit my 5 dogs and my almost dog and of course the new kitty we rescued. The kitty is teaching us how to address and pet a kitty. The neighbor's AS Rocky is a real character. He not only opens the latch on our backyard gate but he closes it and the latch before coming over to the house. Rocky likes to go for a car ride and he'll get the keys to the 4Runner and bring them to me, hint, hint.

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#4331562 - 02/16/17 10:40 PM Re: Taking care of animals.... [Re: AirgunSavant]
Rock_Hudstone Offline


Registered: 11/13/07
Posts: 1449
Loc: New Jersey

Sounds like her animals are being well taken care of. They could be in far worse situations believe me..

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#4331568 - 02/16/17 10:46 PM Re: Taking care of animals.... [Re: Rock_Hudstone]
AirgunSavant Offline


Registered: 07/22/15
Posts: 3588
Loc: MD
Thanks Rock- love the member name......

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#4331570 - 02/16/17 10:48 PM Re: Taking care of animals.... [Re: AirgunSavant]
AirgunSavant Offline


Registered: 07/22/15
Posts: 3588
Loc: MD
This is the Aussie. Pictures- 1'st day I got her and from a few years ago. She was supposed to me 45 pounds or so. Ended up being far more than double that.



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#4331571 - 02/16/17 10:49 PM Re: Taking care of animals.... [Re: AirgunSavant]
Merkava_4 Offline


Registered: 01/30/07
Posts: 17501
Loc: Clovis, CA
It sounds like you're doing a great job by visiting them twice a day. The 3 cats would be my main concern.

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#4331595 - 02/16/17 11:30 PM Re: Taking care of animals.... [Re: AirgunSavant]
mclasser Offline


Registered: 04/13/13
Posts: 2103
Loc: The Northeast
What an adorable pup. Give her a pat on the head for me smile
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#4331635 - 02/17/17 02:34 AM Re: Taking care of animals.... [Re: AirgunSavant]
FZ1 Offline


Registered: 02/07/08
Posts: 4727
Loc: Texas
You are performing a great service for your Mom and her pets. I hope all be well.

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#4331638 - 02/17/17 02:54 AM Re: Taking care of animals.... [Re: AirgunSavant]
AirgunSavant Offline


Registered: 07/22/15
Posts: 3588
Loc: MD
Thank you guys. You make me feel better already...
I really appreciate it...

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#4331673 - 02/17/17 06:07 AM Re: Taking care of animals.... [Re: AirgunSavant]
Rolla07 Offline


Registered: 11/05/11
Posts: 4499
Loc: MTL, CANADA
Beautiful dog. While on vacation in virginia, stopped by a pet store and fell for an australian shepherd..wish i could have taken him home...but I have 2 cats now and they are contained to my basement..pets are work no matter what and with an almost newborn im debating getting rid of the cats, no time or energy for them..but i feel bad..and I think thats how its happening for you. I think the best bet is to find a good home for those pets. I know some will disagree..but humans over pets and yourself over your pets. If you had to bring this up it means you need to find them all a new home and keep living your life.


Edited by Rolla07 (02/17/17 06:08 AM)
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