Our perfect companions never have fewer than four feet. ~Colette
The lovely and gracious Sayre is our Fun Monday hostess today and she has asked us to share a photo(s) of our furbabies. Or scalebabies. Or finbabies. Or whatever form our pet takes and tell the story of how it/they came to be a part of our family.
Allow me to introduce you to our 3 year-old kitty, Kiki. We adopted Kiki from the neighbor's cat who had a litter of kittens on Mother's Day, 2006. She is mostly an outdoor cat, but my oldest daughter coaxes her inside at night so that she can sleep on her bed. Kiki is a long-hair cat and she does not like to groom herself. We have to constantly brush her because she gets burrs and knots in her hair from being outside all the time. She does not mind being brushed at all. One time we had to have her completely shaved because of all the mats in her hair. We had her professionally groomed with the "Lion's Cut". I posted photos of "Kiki's New Hair Cut" back in February here. The mats were causing so much pain and after we had her shaved she was much happier.
Our second furry family member is our 2 year old yellow English Labrador Retriever named, Cooper (pictured below). We purchased Cooper from an AKC breeder after our old yellow lab of 12 years died from Cancer. We loved our old lab, Buddy so much. We rescued Buddy back in 1994 from a violent owner who beat him. Buddy was the most loyal, good-natured, and affectionate dog and it was he who made us fall in love with the labrador breed.
From the start, Cooper was very high-spirited and we knew it would be a long training period with him. He is now 2 1/2 years old and weighs about 100 pounds. I would say he is just now calming down a bit where he does not jump on everyone and does not tear into everything.
Cooper is a quick learner and is easily trained. We have trained him to ring a special bell which hangs on the door when he needs to go outside. He is crate trained too. His crate is his safe haven. He is not made to stay in his crate and we do not close the crate door, but he chooses to sleep and rest there most of the time.
Poor Cooper. Right now, he is battling hot spots. His hot spots are caused by allergies. Hot spots are reddish circular lesions that appear underneath the fur and they can be painful and itchy. Somtimes the lesions grow if you don't treat them right away. We have to shave the fur around his hot spots and put a vet-prescribed solution on them so that they dry up and heal. He is not a happy camper right now. So, with that, I will end my FM post so I can go give my poor boy some relief and a special treat.
Be sure to click on over to Sayre Smiles to see all the other FM participant's furry, scaly and slimy family members! Thanks for stepping up to the plate to host Fun Monday, Sayre. I continue to enjoy reading each and everyone's Fun Monday posts and hope this tradition will continue to add more and more players every week. Come one, come all, play Fun Monday this Fall!!! Do we have a host for next Monday?