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Bedford Ramblings
Steve Mills

Gee, look what PITA brought in! Such a nice gift for bedtime.

Posted Monday, January 18, 2010, at 7:54 AM
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  • Oh so funny. that reminds me of the bird the cats brought in from the sanctary quite alive and ******, and the snake too.

    I love our pets but gee they can be work.

    -- Posted by 4fabfelines on Mon, Jan 18, 2010, at 8:27 AM
  • Oh my son calls Possums Satan's Pet cause they are so ugly and have those nasty wicked looking teeth.

    -- Posted by 4fabfelines on Mon, Jan 18, 2010, at 8:28 AM
  • It is hard to fall in live with even a baby possum.

    -- Posted by stevemills on Mon, Jan 18, 2010, at 8:40 AM
  • It is hard to fall in love with even a baby possum.

    -- Posted by stevemills on Mon, Jan 18, 2010, at 8:40 AM
  • This is what happens when the finger clicks before engaging mind. Normal for me.

    -- Posted by stevemills on Mon, Jan 18, 2010, at 8:42 AM
  • We had a blind possum that moved in with our cats in the pet taxis.

    The cats didn't seem to mind-especially after I put out "non-feline" treats so their new roommate ate more apples and such than cat food.

    Our vet gave us the go-ahead and we never attempted to domesticate it.

    It would pick out its own places and come and go as it pleased.

    (It just chose our pets' crates and our back yard as its headquarters.)

    Its lack of sight made it very defensive but it never seemed to harm our dogs or cats.

    They had gotten so used to it that it was a while before we knew it was there.

    ("Er...all the cats are out here. Who's in the pet taxi growling?"

    It had a very colorful vocabulary but seemed grateful when blankets were put over the sleeping boxes,fresh water and straw were put out or hot food appeared in the dishes.

    There was no question of it bonding with us as our pets had but,as a guest and would-be tenant,it seemed to share the cats' appreciation for good "staff".

    -- Posted by quantumcat on Mon, Jan 18, 2010, at 3:27 PM
  • The dogs did not freak out?

    -- Posted by stevemills on Mon, Jan 18, 2010, at 5:54 PM
  • Oh,at first they did,but then it became just another member of their turf so we humans didn't even notice it until after it was settled in and we saw it in person.

    The dogs would bark and the cats would hiss at times but they'd do that with one another or any distraction.

    Dogs:

    (That man's stealing our garbage again! That lady took something out of the box-on-a-stick. Who told that cloud it could float over OUR garage??!!)

    Cats:

    (That is MY patch of sunlight. If I'd wanted Junebugs in my water,I'd put them there myself.

    We need another of those fuzzy cylinders. Daddy keeps taking ours and dipping them into paint cans.)

    My husband and I speculated that it MIGHT have been the adult version of the baby oppossum that showed up in our feline matriarch's house years earlier.

    We were surprised to see her peep out from her doghouse with this little furball as snow piled up around the threshhold.

    It was obviously a surrogate kitten rather than a meal and stayed under her watchful eye long past the time spring got fully underway and it was bigger than its foster mother.

    If it was the same critter,it knew our old mama cat and how to live on cat food.

    If not,perhaps another beast just read the signs (or smelled the scents) of a sanctuary for all species of critters wild and tame in need of a "Peaceable Kingdom".

    -- Posted by quantumcat on Mon, Jan 18, 2010, at 10:59 PM
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