A Tough Week For WL Pets

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A Tough Week For WL Pets

Post by conjurer » August 30th 2019, 10:08am

After reading Mr. Bloke's heartbreaking thread about his poor pooch, I hesitated to post this, but here goes.

Mrs. C and I are taking our cat O'Brian to the vet this afternoon. He appears to have been bitten on his hind leg, and is limping pretty bad. Also, he's lost a lot of weight over the last few months, so I'm pretty scared to hear if he has other issues. He's getting on in years, so there's probably something going on.

We don't know his exact age; he had been owned previously by a white trash family across the street from us, who also owned dogs, and screamed at each other at all times of day and night. O'Brian decided to take it on the lam, and ended up nearly feral, spending most nights under a neighbor's house. He was fully grown by then, this being about ten years or so ago. He was then very skinny, and we started putting out food for him. He would eat (and still does) anything put in front of him, and spent plenty of time begging for more. He started coming into our house.

A year or so previously, we had two other cats who had lived to ripe old ages, but finally had to be put down because of various fatal illnesses; Mrs. C stated flatly that she didn't want another cat because of the pain she suffered over our previous pets. However, O'Brian, as he came in to eat and catch a few Z's, immediately bonded with her, and started jumping on her lap for naps.

Thankfully, not too long later, our white trash neighbors moved, leaving behind O'Brian's brothers, Murphy and Smokey Joe (we suspect that Murphy was actually O'Brian's son--and they certainly had a Great Santini relationship most of the time.) Anyway, all three of these Irish hooligans adopted us. We took them to the vet, and had them all fixed, and O'Brian was also cured of a nasty case of worms.

Anyway, we'll take O'Brian in for a visit to the same vet. Any good thoughts, prayers and Sew fourth would be appreciated.

Thanks for taking the time to read my tale of woe.

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Post by koimaster » August 30th 2019, 10:34am

Hopefully O'Brian has the luck of the Irish going for him. He could just have an infection and I hope that is all that is going on. Good luck to Mr. O'Brian
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Post by MKTheVintageBloke » August 30th 2019, 11:46am

I hope O'Brian gets well. Keeping my fingers crossed for his recovery.

By the way, to what does Smokey Joe owe his name? Smokey Joe Baugh? Smokey Joe's Cafe by The Coasters?
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Post by conjurer » August 30th 2019, 12:19pm

MKTheVintageBloke wrote:
August 30th 2019, 11:46am
I hope O'Brian gets well. Keeping my fingers crossed for his recovery.

By the way, to what does Smokey Joe owe his name? Smokey Joe Baugh? Smokey Joe's Cafe by The Coasters?
Smokin' Joe Frazier, the boxer, Mr. Bloke.

Interestingly, we changed O'Brian's and Murphy's names from the previous white trash owners. Being orange tabbies, with a penchant for sighing all the time, we decided to give them Irish names. Smokey Joe had been named simply "Smokey" by the white trash, which seemed appropriate, as he's a dark gray tabby. Usually, he just goes by "Joe."

With cats, it doesn't really matter what you name them; they won't come when you call, anyway.
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Post by TemerityB » August 30th 2019, 2:51pm

conjurer wrote:
August 30th 2019, 2:34pm
So, just got back from the vets. Good news, not a bite after all, but a cyst that had become infected. We left OB there to get it taken care of, and will pick him up in a couple hours.

Thanks to all the well wishes and prayers and Sew Fourth!

I'm just getting to this thread for the first time - wow, looks like things are good. Whew.

Let's hear it for our best friends, one and all. Awesome.
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Post by MKTheVintageBloke » August 30th 2019, 3:39pm

conjurer wrote:
August 30th 2019, 2:34pm
So, just got back from the vets. Good news, not a bite after all, but a cyst that had become infected. We left OB there to get it taken care of, and will pick him up in a couple hours.

Thanks to all the well wishes and prayers and Sew Fourth!
So glad everything's alright with O'Brian!
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August 30th 2019, 12:19pm
With cats, it doesn't really matter what you name them; they won't come when you call, anyway.
That's sometimes true. Was true with my great-grandparents' cat, which I only know from grandparents' and father's stories. A big, ginger beast - if anything could have won in a mano a mano with this thing, that'd be a wolf, nothing smaller. The name they called him translates as "Jim." Jim was only remembered for being big, and for not giving a fuck about anything or anyone, except when he wanted any attention.

Meanwhile, my cousin and her mother have adopted two cats from a shelter. These two always come when called by the name. And they only respond to the two of them. My uncle and my cousin's brother, however, are hissed at by the two furry beasts. Same with me - when I visit that part of the family, the cats are like "yeah, you're good to stay, as long as you don't piss us off."
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Post by Thunder1 » August 30th 2019, 3:50pm

conjurer wrote:
August 30th 2019, 2:34pm
So, just got back from the vets. Good news, not a bite after all, but a cyst that had become infected. We left OB there to get it taken care of, and will pick him up in a couple hours.

Thanks to all the well wishes and prayers and Sew Fourth!
Damn, if that isn't just the kind of news that the Watch Gods thrive upon!!..the sounds of kegs of ale being drained echo through the universe.. :Thumbsup:
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Post by svaglic » August 30th 2019, 5:04pm

Damn Conj. I am hoping for the best for you, Mrs. C and of course O’Brian.
This past week Homie has been fighting an ear infection. It hit him hard, weight loss, lethargic, loss of balance etc... He goes back on Tuesday, I’m expecting another large bill because he is only slightly better.
As for getting your cats to come to you... get a dog and call for him, they will all come running for attention like their lives depend on it. Not one of my @“#)&(+; cats come when called, call for Homie though and my god, there they are.
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Post by biglove » August 30th 2019, 5:58pm

Dang, hope O'Brian is ok. And hope Homie's ear gets better.
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Post by Nuvolari » August 30th 2019, 7:01pm

Sorry man... that sucks.

It’s amazing how much a little love will go a long way... these two, Belle The Dog, and Sophie The Cat lived to be 16 and 19 years old, respectively. And Sophie was a Prom Night Dumpster Baby that a friend had rescued but could not keep, so she came into our lives right before her eyes opened, and we bottle feed her, had her fixed, and had an amazing companion.

Don’t believe the lie that cats can’t be trained... Sophie would rise up onto a stool or counter with 2 snaps and “up”, same with “down”, “sit”, “come”... as long as there was at least a chance she might get some cheese. It’s actually how we taught the dog - by going through commands with the cat!

And, Belle The Dog, learned to clean her paws and face just like you would expect a cat to do.

Sophie would also ride around perched on my shoulder as I walked around the house. She really enjoyed that - and would sometimes shock the hell out of me by jumping from a high place and onto my shoulder... without shredding it.

I kind of thought that really cool... until, one night in the garage I was hunched over a workbench rebuilding an old leaky Weber carburetor and, Sophie - who was on top of a tall car-covered car - decided to go for a jump that, by any measure, should have been considered having a very low-probably of success... primarily because, instead of jumping from the edge of the passengers side of the roof top, she made a tremendous but flawed jump from about the **middle** of the car roof... and that change in her arch put her NOT square on my shoulder like she had done a thousand times before...

No, she made her move waaay too soon and came down in such a dramatic way that I’m sure she was proud of herself for not crashing onto the cold hard garage floor.

Instead she manage to land right smack in the middle of my lower back and dropped anchor. It seemed she was startled because she dug those gawddamn claws WAY in and free-climbed the living shit out of my back until she pulled herself onto the top of my shoulder... purring. She nudged my neck and ear and seemed genuinely glad to see me... so, whadya supposed to do? Sure my back was bleeding. Sometimes your back bleeds, okay... it’s called LOVE - look it up.

But yeah. That was basically her one error in distance assessment. She was such a very cool cat that we absolutely can never have another...

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Post by TemerityB » August 30th 2019, 9:42pm

Damn.

Both my pets were at the vet this week, but...gosh guys.

I want every pet to be healthy, and right now. The way you all are writing in this thread just emphasizes how good people can be.

You Lords rule. Fingers crossed.
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Post by MKTheVintageBloke » August 31st 2019, 4:24pm

It's back to keeping my fingers crossed, then - hope everything will be alright with O'Brian.

If this week would see any other WL pet in trouble, it'd mean that the world, as fucking unfair as it is, has not only depleted the annual reserve of shit to hit the fan, it also took a loan of next year's shit to toss into the fan.
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