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2005-12-16 6:59 PM

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Subject: Quirky Pet Habit

Hey ALL!  Anybody out there have pets with wierd habits?  Mine has a couple.  He circles once before running up any set of stairs and he always runs up the left side.   He also runs into his kennel when I turn the kitchen facet on.  And, he will not eat his kibble if I am in the kitchen or his biscuit until I sit down.



2005-12-16 7:06 PM
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Yep, we have 2 greyhounds.  When we fix the food for them (mixing canned, kibble, and mix-ins together) one of our greys has to get a toy and "kill" it.  She'll kill the toy while her food is getting prepared and then eat when we put the bowls down.  I guess she feels she needs to work for her food.

The other one sucks her thumb.  She'll sit there and pacify by licking a particular spot by her paw over and over again for several minutes.  As a joke we've tried pulling her head away while she's licking, but she won't let us.  She just gets in the zone.

2005-12-16 7:22 PM
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My cat (the one in my avatar) likes to shove the shower curtain in the toilet.

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One of my Ridgebacks moans when my DH and I are in bed either reading with the light on or talking.  We always joke that she's saying enough it's time for bed. 

2005-12-16 8:56 PM
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PirateGirl - 2005-12-16 6:06 PM

The other one sucks her thumb.  She'll sit there and pacify by licking a particular spot by her paw over and over again for several minutes.  As a joke we've tried pulling her head away while she's licking, but she won't let us.  She just gets in the zone.

itri2 - 2005-12-16 6:42 PM

One of my Ridgebacks moans when my DH and I are in bed either reading with the light on or talking.  We always joke that she's saying enough it's time for bed. 

I know mine has some issues when I read these two.  Hes does them both.  He let's me know he's ready to go to bed by walking to the bedroom door until I finally go.  I think I should seek counseling for him.

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2005-12-17 11:51 AM
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My dogs cry till I get back from a run.  Drives whoever is in the house nuts.
2005-12-17 12:17 PM
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betsybromley - 2005-12-17 8:18 AM my golden licks a spot on her foot til it bleeds

I wonder why dogs do this.  One of my greys chews her nails.  She tugs and pulls on the nail like she's trying to rip it out of her toe.  That has to not feel good.  When she's done the nails are sharpened into little hooks.  We keep trimming them to try to keep her from doing it, but it hasn't worked.  The crunching noise she makes when she does it drives me nuts!

2005-12-17 1:40 PM
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betsybromley - 2005-12-17 10:18 AM

my golden licks a spot on her foot til it bleeds


Could be anxiety related. Might mention it to your vet next time you're in.




My mom has a sheltie that is infatuated with toys and boarderline OCD. He even has ranked them in order of how much he likes them. He'll pull all the toys out of this toy basket and lay them around him, then he lays there and loks at them until he picks the one he wants. He then puts the rest back and brings you his "chosen one". It's hilarious to watch. When he's outside playing, he has to carry his toy back in the house. so you throw it one last time and open the door so he can run straight into the house. If he ever forgets a toy outside, he usually remembers a few hours after coming in and starts to panic. You let him out, he runs around until he finds it. Then he brings it in, puts it in his basket and is content for the rest of the night.


Then I have a bird (indian ring neck) that has a cat ball she named Tony Bird. She has to have Tony Bird next to her while she eats, so she can talk to him and play peek-a-boo. She also likes to drown him in her water bowl and fling him around, making a HUGE mess. She has other balls too, but this particular one is the only one she calls by name and it's definatly her favorite.

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2005-12-17 8:42 PM
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Murphy (see avatar) HAD a habit of figuring out how to get out of his kennel.  He beat the spring that came on the kennel (took a year from when we adopted him for him to have the desire to do that).  He beat a clasp, a spring from the hardware store (I thought it was a stout spring).  He's only beat the cable tie (zip strip) once and that we figure was because he pawed at the cage so hard he popped one of the clamps on the frame.....then if he had enought to get a head through the body will follow.  After a lunchtime walk (and only a spring on the cage) after going out the front door I looked through a window and saw him lubing up the cage by licking it...the biting at the door hooks till he popped one...then the head was out and the body followed.   Otherwise, cable ties are the only thing so far that works.

With the biting at the cage door I just noticed today that he broke one of his long pointed teeth. 

So....he's an escape artist.

Oh yeah, he always thinks he's going to get some of our food.  Coming up on two years of having him and it hasn't happened yet.  Gotta love persistance. 

Oh yeah, take two:  When he hears the garage door, he gets excited and runs to the laundry room door...stares at the door for a few seconds...BOLTS to the front window to look out for a few seconds....BOLTS back to the laundry room door...REPEATS till he hears my wife come in the house and he stands at the closed laundry room door and stares at the light coming through the bottom.  I assume he does the same for me. 



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Our lab Scout might be the most neurotic yet!

  1. He plays "ball" on the treadmill when I run.  He stands beside me and drops his tennis ball on the 'mill and watches it fly off the back, into the wall, then he retrieves and repeats!
  2. He goes under the covers with his nose to lick Christian's feet so that he will get up and take him out. 
  3. He lays on the bed at night until Christian brushes his teeth.  Once he turns off the water, Scout bolts off the bed, out of the room, and into the guest room.
  4. If we are having movie night, he curls up around my neck by climbing up the back of the couch.  He sits, all 70 lbs of him, on my neck and shoulders, with his tail on one side and his head on the other.
  5. He loves popsicles and suckers and assumes the aforementioned neck curl in order to get primo billing next to my mouth.
  6. If the ceiling fan is on, he immediately goes comatose on his back with his legs spread wide (typical man).  We call the fan the "private cooling device" or PCD in his honor.
  7. When I blow-dry my hair in the morning, he runs into the dressing room, lays upside-down and begs for a good blow-dry too!

There are numerous other eccentricities   But we love him to pieces!

2005-12-18 2:45 PM
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Nice to see my pointer mix isn’t the only dog with neurotic tendencies. There are too many to list but the one that cracks me up is…

He will not eat alone. If no one is in the kitchen he will cry and whine till someone comes to watch him eat. Our other dog (no neurotic tendencies) has learned to go and stand by her food bowl even when she is not hungry just so the crazy dog will shut up and eat.
2005-12-18 3:04 PM
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 I had a dog so well potty trained, he ramboed out of my 2 1/2 story condo to do so.  He opened a window (nudging up a cracked window until he could squeaze out of it), jumped out onto the outside ledge of the porch (where he left the evidence of the potty break), then jumped into a cherry tree, breaking branches as he fell to the courtyard below.  He was about 10 years old at the time, and was sore but not broken! Also, he used to play ball while I vacuumed by taking it in his mouth and throwing it at the machine, running after it where it bounced.

My cat will only drink water from a glass, not a dish.  And she likes wine. She also likes to climb up and sit on the highest surface she can reach, watching her domain.



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2005-12-19 6:39 AM
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Oh let me count the ways.

Tippy taught herself how to ring the bell to go out. We had a decorative bell on the door handle of the front door at Christmas time when she was a pup. She figured out that ring= open door. So any time she had to go to the bathroom, she went to the door, nudge the bell, and then peaked aruond the corner to the living room and looked at us like, "OK my humble servants, it's time." But that's not all. She started doing it for the other dog! She and copper would go to the door together, Tip would ring the bell, and then leave, while Copper sat there and waited. So strange, yet funny.

Tippy also "swims" on the carpet to rub her back.

She also learned how to throw the ball for herself by putting it in her mouth and then throwing her head back.It's hillarious to watch.

Tip also "defends" me against my mom. If mom is coming to wake me up, Tippy will BOLT to my room, jump on my bed, and growl (and wag?) at my mom to leave me alone. She does this for my brother too, and my dad. BUt she wont defend my mom against wakers.

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My cat lets himself into our bedroom whenever he wants. We have a lever door knob, so he figured out that he can just pull down on it while pushing on the door and it will open.

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Opus - 2005-12-19 10:52 AM My cat lets himself into our bedroom whenever he wants. We have a lever door knob, so he figured out that he can just pull down on it while pushing on the door and it will open.

<<<thinking either you have a damn big cat or you live in the Shire>>>

2005-12-19 3:44 PM
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My male cat can be so weird sometimes.  Every now and then he'll inhlae his food and throw it up.  Whenever he does that, he puts one of his stuffed toys next to his reguratation.  It's weird because I'll come home and see his toy laying next to the present he left me.  I don't know why he does this- mayeb so I see it and don't step in it??  If there's any pet psychologists out there let me know why- I'm very curious.
2005-12-19 9:21 PM
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Chance has a stuffed bear he carries from room to room and takes to bed at night.  Some days, he and bear kinda ... get it on.  You can't touch him ... he squeeks and growls at you.  I went a bought a few more bears, just in case this one gets lost.

Chance is also unavailable for comment between 10 am and 2 pm when he siestas under the couch.  To date, he's dragged a fluffy (12"x12" - multi day event) purr pad, a ball, a jogging top and half a pair of tanning glasses into his 'nest'.  Last week I heard a strange thumping sound.  He was dragging a Bloomingdale's catalogue under there.  He'd better be doing some Christmas shopping for me and not reading it while on the can! 

 



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