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lesmore49

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Posted: 12/26/06 05:56pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Over the years I've had lots of pets. Dogs, cats, snakes (Garter, which I caught when very young and my parents insisted I let go), Turtles (some wild-when I was young, see snakes),some domestic born turtles, birds, etc.

I like animals and taking care of them. I believe they enhance our lives.

However, except for our current pet, a Western Ornate Box turtle (who I suspect will out live me) most of our pets have short life spans, compared to humans.

One of my dogs, made it to 15 1/2 years, for example. As other pet owners know it's not easy to lose a pet.

But my question here, is what is the longest (# of years) you have ever had a particular pet?


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I've got a minpin, Rusty, who will be 18 in April. He's blind and deaf and sleeps most the time. He's pictured in my signature below.


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Interesting question...here's a lifespan chart. I've always heard parrots live long time. Several years ago DW had a Blue Front Amazon but at 6yrs age it died of cancer. American Box Turtle lifespan is 123 yrs.


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We had a siamese cat that lived to be 19 we think. We adopted her from the animal shelter and she had already had a litter of kittens but we started her birth date at the time we got her. Our Lhaso Apso lived to be 17 and our Boston Terrier will be 15 next May. She's pretty much blind and can't hear a thing but she doesn't seem to mind and goes all over the house and is still fiesty. My dear husband said that if there is such a thing as reincarnation he wants to come back as my dog, ha. God Bless our little animals.

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We lost a cat last year at 19 1/2 years. This year, we lost our 17 year old.

Had a horse who lived to 33, and a Bernese mountain dog who lived to 16, which is truly ancient for that breed.


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Interesting thread. We have been very lucky with the longevity of our animals.

I learned to ride on a horse that my father rode in his teens and then I rode him in my early teens. Brownie lived to be almost 40!

A Siamese cat that we had when I was growing up lived for many years after I moved out of my parents home... dad kept him and he was almost 23 when his kidneys failed.

I had a mixed breed dog - Jangles (as in Mr Bo Jangles) that I rescued off the street, we spent almost 18 years together. According to my vet he was somewhere between one and two when I found him. He was a dachshund/terrier mix and he was one of the smartest dogs I ever had the pleasure to know. I still miss that dog...... and he's been gone 8 years now.

More recently another mixed breed dog, Gabby lived to be somewhere between 16 and 17... in turn, her son Samson went to the Rainbow Bridge in September and he would have had his 16th birthday on December 20th. That mix of shepherd, collie, bird dog kind of dog must be a sturdy mix. Two very special dogs.

We have a cat that will be 15 soon. She has been diagnosed with kidney disease since she was less then a year old and wasn't supposed to have much hope for a long life. Sandy sure didn't listen to that diagnosis!

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A buddy of mine has a cockatiel that just turned 24 last week. Another buddy of mine had to put down his 15 1/2 year old Dalmation recently. My wife is only 69 and I think I'll keep her.


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We have an Amazon Parrot that is about 50. I am the third owner. First owner give him to my father, and my father left him to me when he passed in 2000. We lost our oldest cat in November, he was almost 19.


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Posted: 12/26/06 07:31pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I guess the longest would be Homer, one of our cats. She is almost 15 now. Our dog Tater was probably the oldest dog at 14 when we had to send her to the Rainbow Bridge.


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Here's a story of a 36 year old cat that's still going strong.

My buddy Harry here is only 8 (we think) and I hope he out lives me. Funny I was never a cat person until he came along, now I can't imagine this house without him.



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