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My darling 9 year old Aussie, who we got 2 1/2 years ago, who was bred at some point in her life but never with us, looooooves baby kittens more than anything. When our cat had her first litter, Lily stayed by the box and STARED for hours....days. She only left them to eat or pee.

When the mama cat died suddenly (we live in the country, we think mountain lion  :'( ), we fed the babies formula, but it was Lily who knew to lick them to help them eliminate, thus saving their lives.

And now the two rescue kittens we've adopted had apparently been adopted by Lily. They nuzzled in to her soft fur to try to nurse. She let them. She licked them and nuzzled them back. Then we noticed the kittens started staying longer and longer. Yesterday I noticed each of the kittens, at different times, nursing for a LOOONG time on Lily. I tried to express a little milk from her teat and SURPRISE! she has relactated!

What an amazing girl! We are so proud of her! Maybe she could actually foster another kitty or puppy someday. Here are some pictures of Lily and Booger.

Collars, crates, & other cool things / Making a dog bed ~ advice?
« on: May 01, 2008, 08:38:44 am »
I am making a dog bed from a reclaimed fabric couch cushion cover. I have a newf/lab mix. He's 13 weeks and about 25#. I am wondering how big I should make the bed. I can get foam pieces cut to size locally for very cheap in all densities. Would a sturdy foam work? Or shoudl I get a shredded foam and put cedar shavings in with it?
Thanks for any advice you have!

Hi all!
I am an experienced dog owner but recently got a darling little pup from an oops litter that was posted on Craigs List. His mama is a black lab and his papa is a Newfie. He's absolutely darling, so smart and sweet. I am so in love with him!

My son named him Shadow. His coat is curly and so handsome. His personality seems to be all newf. Not sure how big he'll get or how his head will turn out. I love both those breed, though so whatever is good.

Shadow is definitely the quickest learning pup I've ever had. He was pottying outside pretty reliably (as long as I do my part) from the first week. I got him at 6 weeks. Would have preferred him to be 8 wks w/ his mama but if I didn't take him then he would have gone to the pound.  :-[ Of course, I couldn't allow that!

We have a 9 yr old female Aussie as well, and 4 cats (and two guinea hens, a chicken, two rabbits, a goat, and about 50 baby bird that will be released this summer!). The Aussie, Lily, was not amused at first. He tried to be dominant but she took that spot right back, thank-you-very-much. Now she plays with him some and is doing better.

The cats also had to show him his place, and now he respects them but also is still affectionate towards them. The cats think Lily is their mama so as long as Shadow isn't too rough, they like him just fine.

But seriously, I am so love struck with this little boy, it's incredible! He can sit, and "go crate", and he walks pretty well on lead (most of the time). He's so smart and w if we can just get through the mouthing. I am looking forward to many years with this big lovey.

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