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Dec 19, 2007

Here are some pictures of the pets I have and have had. "Foster" is an old male Doberman Pinscher we rescued a few days ago from a shelter in the city of Merced. "Scout" is a female Doberman Pinscher we absolutely adored, and who just passed away in late October of this year =(. We miss her terribly, but Foster is sort of filling the void Scout's death left, and us taking him on is also a kindness to him- he spent eight days in a shelter in thirty-degree or lower Farenheit weather after being picked up as a stray. Despite the fact that he was out on the street for heaven knows how long, he's a real sweetheart, and very, very smart (he'd already learned to sit, stay, come, and lay down by the end of the first day we had him). "Narcissus" is a male dove we've had since my grandfather died five years ago- originally, Narcissus was released at my grandfather's funeral. Because he was captive-bred and my cousin couldn't get in touch with the person who was supposed to pick him up after he was released, my mom said we would keep him. We also made that decision because my grandfather always loved birds, so we thought it would be a good way to honor him. "Calico Mama" and her two remaining little ones (someone adopted the other two) came to us in an unusual manner. My parents' house is located in an area that is inhabited by a rather large colony of feral cats. Because we've fed them for the last year and a half or so, they've stuck around. "Jasmine" (that's the name I gave calico mama) showed up one day heavily pregnant with a litter, and was more or less allowed to remain with the colony. We took her in because as the days went by, her behavior (allowing us to pet her, unlike the other cats) caused us to realize that she had once been someone's pet, and had either been dropped off nearby or had run away from her owner. After she left us one of her kittens (whether on purpose or not, I don't know) during an extremely rainy, cold day, we all agreed that we'd take care of her (she was very skinny when she first arrived, despite being pregnant) and her kittens until they were old enough to be adopted out. As it happened, we decided to keep her and one of her kittens, and then changed our minds again (we'd keep two instead of just one) after she endured a very stressful attempt to take her and her kittens to the vet. So, we've had the three of them ever since.
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