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Old 01-20-2013, 03:59 AM
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I am a retired woman living in the south of spain and have acquired 2 dogs. Scraps turned up outside my house. He is, we think, an alsation husky cross and is now about 22 months old. (He is off to the vets for castration on monday but I haven't told him). He is a lovey dog but very strong. He is very protective if the little cross terrier, Molly, I got off a neighbour. He doesn't like other dogs coming near her, it is one of the few times he shows any aggression.
Last autumn I found an abandoned kitten, about 2 weeks old. I bottle fed him but the 2 dogs looked after the other end for me. Scraps still picks him up by the scruff and gives him a good wash. I am also fostering 2 other abandoned kittens though one is off to Switzerland in February.
The kittens all use Molly as a dummy (do you call them comforters in the us?). She lies there shameleesly legs akimbo while they suckle on her. Decidedly weird.
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I am a retired woman living in the south of spain and have acquired 2 dogs. Scraps turned up outside my house. He is, we think, an alsation husky cross and is now about 22 months old. (He is off to the vets for castration on monday but I haven't told him). He is a lovey dog but very strong. He is very protective if the little cross terrier, Molly, I got off a neighbour. He doesn't like other dogs coming near her, it is one of the few times he shows any aggression.
Last autumn I found an abandoned kitten, about 2 weeks old. I bottle fed him but the 2 dogs looked after the other end for me. Scraps still picks him up by the scruff and gives him a good wash. I am also fostering 2 other abandoned kittens though one is off to Switzerland in February.
The kittens all use Molly as a dummy (do you call them comforters in the us?). She lies there shameleesly legs akimbo while they suckle on her. Decidedly weird.
Hi welcome,you must be strong willed,if I lived abroad,I would be adopting all the strays, or feeding them.Anyway welcome to the forum,theyare all great fullof good advice and friendly with it.gemini
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Hi gemini, not strong willed, I only live in a small house with a small patio so have no room for more animals. It would not be fair. Some people here sho have large fincas do adopt loads of animals though,
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Welcome and I think you're wonderful for rescuing! My daughter studied in Madrid and never wanted to come home she loved it SO much! Love your story about the kittens, how adorable! You have given them a "job" to do!
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Hi, Update re my lovely Scraps. He is very strong and despite being generally good he does pull on the lead when he is excited. I have been pulled over three times and a male friend has been pulled over once. Then, what I thought was sciatica from a chronic back problem (I was knocked of a bicycle years ago) turned out to be a torn back ligament, caused, finally, by Scraps´s pulling. Short story i had to admit he was too much for me and put him up for adoption. he now lives in Belgium where he has a large garden and a family to play with. But I had started fostering for a local animal charity and had 2 puppies and a pregnant Bodeguero. 10 mins after dropping him off and feeling very very guilty and sad I notice that the bodeguero had disappeared. 1st time for ages I had not shut my bedroom door!!! 7 puppies (6 girls and 1 boy) later I stripped my bed and started washing! She was a lovely mum and I left her in my bedroom for about a week with her puppies on an old duvet on the floor before moving the family into the basket downstairs. My little terrier, Molly, was eventually allowed near them and proved to be a loving "aunty". Mum, though did not like the cats getting close and really doesn´t like my tom cat at all. Now I have only one puppy left and she is off to Holland next week. Mum is off to the vet for sterilisation next week and we are waiting for someone to adopt her. Bodequeros are an Andalucian breed, crossed between a local dog and an English fox terrier for rat and mouse catching on a bodega properly known as "ratonero bodequero andaluz". There are lots of them around in the campo but they also make lovely pets. I can strongly recommend fostering for people who can look after an animal, especially a puppy, for the short term but perhaps (like me) do not have the room for the long term. You just have to be able to keep a little emotional distance from foster animals, it is difficult as naturally one loves them all.
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