Respite Open Thread: Chance Encounters

This is definitely squeee worthy and I could find no information on the circumstances behind this. I will use this as a reminder – mamas leave their fawns alone all day. They are not abandoned. Leave them alone. We get more horror stories here of “good folk” rescuing “orphaned” fawns that are most definitely NOT orphaned. Colorado Dept of Wildlife goes on a PR campaign every spring on every platform to remind people of this.

Now an encounter we know was appreciated by all, including the graduate.

a bulldog named Tarzán

This little guy, a bulldog named Tarzán, stole the show by trying to steal a graduates diploma. He would. not. let. go. Click here for the video (it won’t embed).

dog chewed diploma

And finally, just some happy reunions.

Respite open thread

77 replies
  1. 1
    HeleninEire says:

    That babbie and the doe??? Best Twit ever.

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    Baud says:

    Bernie on Rachel.

    I’ll stick to fawns.

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    Steve in the ATL says:

    Life at Chez Steve just merged those two: was outside with our English bulldog, where she chased away a herd of deer who were grazing in our yard.

    Bad dog—no venison for you!

  4. 4
    raven says:

    Strip club gold off.

  5. 5
    Baud says:


    Rachel hasn’t gotten the news. She’s talking about it.

  6. 6
    Keith P. says:

    One of my cats is always doing that with my cell phone. We both want to kill that phone.

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    Raven says:

    @Baud: Nope, she had the cancellation.

  8. 8
    Baud says:


    I stepped away. Good.

  9. 9
    HeleninEire says:

    @Baud: Not for a million dollars would I watch Bernie. Nope. No way.

  10. 10
    Gin & Tonic says:

    @raven: Damn, there goes my weekend.

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    Omnes Omnibus says:

    @HeleninEire: I would. Is there an actual offer on the table?

  12. 12
    laura says:

    Babbies love babbies. Prove me wrong, I dares ya!

  13. 13
    Baud says:


    He’s not on yet, so the TV is still on.

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    HeleninEire says:

    @Omnes Omnibus: Sure. Give me a million + 1 dollars. I’ll watch Bernie.

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    Msilaneous says:

    My cat died of renal failure in January just a couple of months shy of his 17th birthday. I didn’t think I’d ever want another, but a just a few days ago I woke up and somehow knew I was ready to share my life – or maybe give it over is more like it – to begin again. Sometime tomorrow (they’re calling my vet in the morning to, er, vet me) I’ll be going to the local shelter. I passed the application part this afternoon. Elizabeth at the shelter texted me a picture of a bonded pair of kittens, adorable, of course. Can anyone tell me the pros and cons of one cat vs two?

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    Omnes Omnibus says:

    @HeleninEire: You aren’t helping. But then you weren’t trying to, were you?

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    Can anyone tell me the pros and cons of one cat vs two?

    Cons: twice as much litter box cleaning. Twice the food and vet bills.

    Pros: what part of two cats don’t you understand?

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    HeleninEire says:

    @Omnes Omnibus: Nope ❤

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    trollhattan says:

    Err mah guuurd, that video….

  20. 20
    Msilaneous says:

    @Roger Moore: Enter reality. In my mind I see two small cats frolicking together, while in reality it’s more likely they’re climbing the curtains and knocking things over. Thanks for the reminder.

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    Thanks, I had stuff to do and instead I watched the video of the pups and their people and now I’m sitting here crying like a lost child.

    Nicely done.

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    Steeplejack says:

    If you click through to the original post (longer, with sound), many of the comments talk about how fawns have no scent to attract predators and their mothers stay away from them for long periods so as not to attract predators. Don’t touch them or “rescue” them!

    I have a very important and adorable update: @God_Son80's daughter has met a fawn and they are now best friends

    — Jordan Zirm (@clevezirm) June 3, 2019

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    @Msilaneous: Two will keep each other company and keep each other busy when you are preoccupied or are at work.

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    @Msilaneous: Well, two now have a home. :-) In all seriousness, two is so much easier. They keep each other company when you are tired of kitty play. LOL. And not much more work than one (I have had four at my peak and other than quick litterbox duty each morning and dishing out a bit of canned food to go with their dry, no more work than 1,2 or 3).

    ETA: Of course, send me photos so I can introduce the newest BJ family member(s). And congratulations. Will never take the place of your beloved cat, but sure does open the heart up again.

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    Alternative Fax, a hip hop artist from Idaho says:

    @Steve in the ATL: Harry only barks at unauthorized deer. The usual crew wander by without a peep from him. And fawns get a pass. But an adult that’s new? Full guard mode; 2-3 days later they are authorized of course.

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    Jim, Foolish Literalist says:

    that looks like an unusual spot for a doe to leave a fawn– maybe the mother couldn’t get back and/or the baby wandered into what looks like suburbia?

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    Sandia Blanca says:

    @Msilaneous: Here’s a hearty “YES” vote for the bonded pair! We adopted a pair together several years ago, and they were a joy. Sadly, one died right before the inauguration in 2017–a bad sign if there ever was one. Her buddy was lost without her for a while, but since then he’s had fun trying to make our other, very solitary, girl cat like him. Let’s just say progress has been slow.

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    Spanky says:

    @Msilaneous: There are no cons to two cats, other than doubling the costs of nearly everything. They are more than twice the fun, and entertain themselves when you’re not up for it.

    Note: The only time we’ve had two cats is a brief period after we lost one of our sweetest back in ’06. Right now we’re at 5, which is far superior to two. But you’ll get there!

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    Jim, Foolish Literalist says:

    got Bernie muted, but I see he’s bragging about how all his ideas have been “mainstreamed” — except that his signature single-payer program is toxic outside of twitter, just for starters

  30. 30

    Speaking of kitties, I should do an update with Gabe because in the last month, he has just blossomed and it really feels like he’s happy and content here. Eight months, not too bad.

  31. 31
    Catherine D. says:

    @Msilaneous: if you’re out working, they keep each other company. Plus they clean each others ears!

  32. 32
    J R in WV says:


    Not for a million dollars would I watch Bernie. Nope. No way.

    Well… for an hour? for a million bucks? I’d do it, and contribute most of the money to the DNC on the condition that Bernie never sees a single dollar of that money.

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    J R in WV says:


    Two is better as they work together to piss you off. They sometimes fight each other, and sometimes just play hard. I highly recommend the duo!

  35. 35
    Jay says:

    in our house, the rule is 2 cats, two dogs, 4 hands.

  36. 36
    seefleur says:

    @Msilaneous: Pros: there are two of them. Cons: there are two of them. Seriously, having two just doubles the fun and the luvin’s. Best wishes to you and your life improvement!

  37. 37
    Jay says:

    @Jim, Foolish Literalist:

    Deer love suburbia, lots of tasty shrubbery, lots of variation, no hunting and few predators, plus sprinkers running during droughts.

    I see more deer in town, than up here.

  38. 38
    Jackie says:

    Those puppy and human reunions… onions are making my eyes stream…

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    HeleninEire says:

    @J R in WV: I am bored to death with Bernie. I scroll by every time every time he is mentioned.

    That being said. Tell me who would pay me a million dollars to listen to his lame ass self.

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    Spanky says:

    I’m reading Cole’s tweets about the Bethany town council meeting. He’s reported on most of the agenda items, but I really wanted to know what the Tourism and Beautification committees reported, which he has neglected to mention.

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    Msilaneous says:

    @TaMara (HFG): I should probably mention that I live in a condo, so space is limited, but four! And thank you for the lovely sentiment. It is exactly like opening the heart again.

  43. 43
    Spanky says:

    @HeleninEire: I doubt you’d get any money from Bernie, but you might ask Tom Steyer. At least he really has the resources to make it happen.

  44. 44
    Spanky says:

    @Msilaneous: Cats take up no space. To prove this, put a box that is obviously too small to fit a cat down on the floor in front of a cat.

  45. 45
    Msilaneous says:

    @Sandia Blanca: So sorry for your loss – and the timing! How long has your guy been trying to impress her? Is it his technique, do you think?

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    Msilaneous says:

    @Spanky: FIVE? I can’t even imagine!

  47. 47
    Msilaneous says:

    @Catherine D.: I’m retired, but the ear thing sounds good!

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    PsiFighter37 says:

    So…kind of thinking that AOC really needs to learn how to pick her battles. Taking on Pelosi is not what she should be spending her time on.

    Glad to say that I, for one, was never / have never been enamored of her since she burst onto the scene.

  49. 49
    Msilaneous says:

    @J R in WV: This is amazing. Not a single person has come out for just one. It sounds fun. But condo?

  50. 50
    Msilaneous says:

    @Jay: Hmm, so far for me it’s been one rescued feral cat for 16 years.

  51. 51
    Msilaneous says:

    @seefleur: Thank you! I’m so looking forward to it.

  52. 52
    Msilaneous says:

    @Spanky: LOL I’ve seen videos!

  53. 53
    Steve in the ATL says:

    @Alternative Fax, a hip hop artist from Idaho: makes sense. Can’t let them into the yard until they’ve gone through new deer orientation.

  54. 54
    Jay says:


    Lucky you. 16 years.

    All ours have left us way too soon, it’s always way too soon.

    Eternity is too soon.

  55. 55
    Msilaneous says:

    @Jay: Eternity is too soon. You’re right. It is.

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    Jim, Foolish Literalist says:

    @Jay: nope, long-time commenter

  58. 58
    Jay says:


    I see them in my dreams, all of them.

  59. 59
    Jay says:

    @Jim, Foolish Literalist:

    Long time “commentor” reposting Delfection Becky talking points.

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    Percysowner says:

    @Msilaneous: I’ll add to the get two chorus. Cats really aren’t much trouble and other than expense, two are no more trouble than one. If you work out of the house, they keep each other company, so you don’t have to worry so much. I had two that were best buddies. The oldest died last year at age 17. The one that is left misses his buddy. However he doesn’t like new cats in his house (my daughter brought hers in when she lived with me and he was NOT happy) so he’ll be an only for a while. When he finally goes, I’ll mourn, then look for an older bonded pair. I’m no spring chicken and I don’t want kittens that might well outlive me.

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    @Spanky: works with baskets, too.

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    Msilaneous says:

    @Jay: I hope they provide some comfort, Jay.

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    @Jay: PsiFighter lives in NYC, is a long time commentor and has a right to his opinion(I think he’s right). You must be new here.

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    Luciamia says:

    May all our encounters be as sweet.

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    Msilaneous says:

    @Percysowner: So many years together! I hope your cat enjoys being an only – it does have its advantages. My daughter and I were discussing that very subject when she asked me who would take care of the cat/cats if I become incapacitated or dead? My grandson, who is an animal lover, has already volunteered.

  66. 66
    Mo MacArbie says:

    Definitely get a bonded pair, name them Nancy and Alexandria, and spam any threads that veer back into this stale argument with pictures of the two frolicking together.

  67. 67
    Msilaneous says:

    @Mo MacArbie: LOL Nancy and Alexandria?

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    Lyrebird says:


    Might be too late to the thread, but re:

    But condo?

    ..does your place have space for one of those cat tree things,
    like with a couple carpeted platforms?

    Plus, there are always cardboard boxes.
    If you run out, we can send you some!

    FWIW I have heard that it’s harder to place a bonded pair,
    so if you could provide a home for them, it would be a doubly good thing. But go with what feels right to you of course!

  69. 69
    Aleta says:

    That’s so wonderful. About 2 kittens vs 1… my 2 cents, from a single experience I had out of many.

    I used to think the recommended pair of kittens was recommended for the kittens’ sake. (Though for us, it is much more fun to watch two.) It’s true for them–helps them go through more natural development stages, and less frustration. But later I learned (the hard way) that 2 kittens can also be much better for the person.

    Depending on the kitten (esp if s/he came from an unsettled past) s/he can be confused about how to treat humans. If there’s another kitten that she’s bonded with, the rougher cat play that’s natural for them (biting, scratching, learning to modulate it, and hunting each other) is done on each other. That gives them a better chance to understand that play with humans is different, not so aggressive.

    It all depends on the kitten, her past, and on everyone’s personalities. But if she does try to communicate with her human as though it were feline, or prey, the relationship can become confusing and difficult for her instead of secure.

    The shelter people probably have ideas about whether the kitten would be fine as an only cat. And at the end, your sense of what’s best for you, and of who she is, is the right thing to trust.

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    Msilaneous says:

    I do have space for two cat trees, which could be placed in front of two large windows at either end of the main room. The condo is located on the 2nd floor, so they will almost literally have a birds’ eye view of nothing but tree branches. Geeze, now you guys have got me thinking “they,” too. We’ll see what happens tomorrow!

    Thank you all for your suggestions and encouragement! You are wonderful. A little FYI – I’ve been lurking about since John switched sides and feel blessed to be a (mostly silent) part of the jackal community. It helps keep me sane.

  71. 71
    Msilaneous says:

    @Aleta: Thank you, Aleta. I’m kind of hoping she or he will find me. : )

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    Kattails says:

    @Msilaneous: No worries, he/she/they will. Just stay open. I’ve had max 4, only 2 for the moment. Go check out the Wayofcats blog by our own Werebear who always recommends multiple cats, and has lots of advice on cat personalities and so on.

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    Aleta says:

    @Msilaneous: I know what you mean. It’s like the two of you are already on a mission to meet.

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    Omnes Omnibus says:

    @🐾BillinGlendaleCA: I don’t think PsyFighter is right on this issue, but Jay is way the fuck offside on this one.

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    Kathleen says:

    @Baud: I’m sure there was a lot of fawning on Rachel’s part.

  76. 76
    Sergio Lopez-Luna says:

    That’s my Alma Mater (Class of 1980!) It only the Diploma Holder, you get the real thing in the mail a couple of weeks later,

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    Sergio Lopez-Luna says:

    Also, Tarzan is the School Mascot and the nickname for male sports teams. Women teams are, of course, the Janes…

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