Pets Open Thread

Just getting some work done for my family tonight:

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This is my godson’s dog, Tulip, who returned from obedience school and appears to not have been properly inflated:

This is my sister Devon with her current foster pup, Milton, who is approximately 62% ears:

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He’s very sweet, and his coat is like Boghan’s (my brothers wire haired pointing griffon), but softer and jet black. He is available for adoption if any of you are interested.

I think I speak for everyone when I say we could use some more pictures of Pearl.

Senior Cat Rescue Bleg – Rhode Island

From commentor KSinMA:

My brother is moving from Rhode Island to the West Coast, and sadly he can’t take his cat with him.

Lily is a black and white female. She is ten, spayed, and is up to date on all her shots.

She is very friendly and a great companion around the house. Loves her belly scratched and is very gentle. Great with kids, but not with other animals.

If you’re interested, or know someone who might be, leave a comment below. Or email me at annelaurie (dot) bj (at) gmail, and I’ll forward your message to KS.

Evening Open Thread – Cats and Dinosaurs

The New York Times asks, Does Fluffy Really Want To Be An Adventure Cat?

It tells the story of Copurrnicus, who lived through the initial paralysis of suffering a harness (Ric fell over on his side, too, the first time) to become an adventure cat, even going camping. Also hints about how to accustom a cat to a harness and leash. It takes a run at figuring out how to tell if a cat is stressed, but gives up easily.

All told, this means that cat owners should be attuned to signs of stress. But cats, can be difficult to read.

And that comma! Heavens to copy editors!

Another good read is New Clues Point to When Dinosaurs Began Reproducing Like Modern Birds. The key is when they started brooding their eggs, rather than just leaving them in the sand.


Tuesday Afternoon Open Thread

Think I need a bigger dog bed:

What An Absolute Unit

Look at this boy:

Fucking magnificent.