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Embarrassing Secrets of Pet Parents

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Embarrassing Secrets of Pet Parents

Dr. Vivian Cardoso-Carroll, PetMD

The other day I was in an exam room with a client and she sheepishly admitted that her dog sleeps with his head on her pillow. My tech looked over at me and said, “That would be a good blog topic: Whatís the most embarrassing thing you do with, for, or about your pet?”

I thought it was a great idea. You guys have the benefit of being relatively anonymous. I, on the other hand,† have to stand tall in front of you faceless masses to admit my doggie dirty-laundry. But thatís okay — I donít think Iíve got anything too scandalous going on!

So after some thought, I’ve come up with my most embarrassing dog confession. You can start thinking of your embarrassing moments now, too.

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9:41PM PST on Jan 10, 2014

my pet secret..I brought up 4 unwanted puppies in a suitcase on top of a bed until they outgrew it. It was mid winter and too cold to toilet train them to go outside. So I placed heaps of newspapers down my narrow hallway for them to do their business on. There were a lot of misses, down on my knee's carpet cleaning and the occasional accidental human shoe or foot landing on a poop. Three years on, and the puppies are spoilt and loved by me. They still use newspaper but only at one end of the hallway. It is difficult to "want" to bring visitors to my home, but being reclusive, its not my problem, my puppies needs come first. I already had 4 other dogs before the puppies. Eight or nine is my limit:)

5:14AM PDT on Jul 8, 2013

But that's why our pets are lovable

12:43PM PDT on Sep 27, 2012

daww. my confession? I love animals. All of them. I can't say no. So I have to avoid places where animals for sale or for free might be. Because I will end up with another animal if I see one. I stop for any stray, and if an animal is injured or hit, I stop too. We have two outdoor dogs and one indoor cat (the kitten is a new addition.. a product of going to the mall and swearing i wouldnt get anything from the pet store if my bf let me look). (In my defense, she was free to a good home and absolutely precious. 3 days in and we are inseparable). Anyways, I have a sof spot for strays, abandoned dogs, hurt or sick animals ect

8:34AM PDT on Aug 1, 2012

thanks

8:25AM PDT on Jul 31, 2012

One Siamese had a taste for corn so he went next door to our neighbour's garden which had far more corn than we did and would help himself daily to a cob of corn. He would trek home to enjoy it and ripped the leaves off dining with pleasure. Our neighbour's were not annoyed as they knew about it but had tons of corn. Another Siamese would leap onto the counter when smelling a cantaloupe and if we forgot to hide it he would eat through the rind and have a treat.

My brother brought home a crow whose mother had died back in the 1960s and the crow became part of the family. At that time the bird rescue centre did not exist where skilled staff now care for and the release birds either injured or young ones suddenly without a mother. One Siamese had a chronic cough and the crow would wait, grab the cat's tail with his beak and pull as hard as he could. Then he would fly onto the roof of the shed when the cat turned around. They got along fine, the cats never harmed the crow.

Another dear Siamese was a jewel thief, he would stash watches and jewellery underneath a thick shag rug.

Presently the 16 year old blind cat that owns me does not meow for meal time. She Bellows loudly. Her vet says simply that "she is spoiled." Recently she has extended the Bellow to demand her back rubs or if she goes into another room and wants me there. Needless to say, I am well trained to her specifications.

12:17PM PDT on Jul 29, 2012

It warms and gladdens my heart to see such increasing numbers of true animal advocates. You are all awesome. Animal Whisperer Rosi Caswell

11:45AM PDT on Jul 27, 2012

when people ask me what i do, i say i work at a daycare. the record was 5 minutes of the conversation continuing before i realize they think i meant HUMAN kids. i work at a doggy daycare.

i'm also guilty of telling people i have 3 kids thinking they would automatically know i meant the 4-legged kind. i mean, they're not my BIOLOGICAL kids, but hey, there are some people out there that adopt humans, too...

i also have a bad habit of saying "i'm sorry to hear that" when someone says they prefer cats to dogs, that they are 'cat people', or that they have cats. oops.

11:31AM PDT on Jul 27, 2012

This article is great and all the comments are awesome too!
My confession is that we adopted a kitten from a meth-house that was in our over wise suburban neighborhood. We socialized from his first days, with cat lovers coming by and seeing him daily. He was my husband's and my first pet together, his first pet period. So we doted on him endlessly... but he turned out crazy. For the first two years of his life, I never saw him sleep! Ever! He was always on alert to run away or bite...He hates everyone except us, especially the vets! (one of whom had the nerve to suggest we euthanize him). Now he occassionaly bites and scratches but then lays down on your chest and falls asleep purring! One day we were at the grocery store and saw a box of kittens, one of them clearly cast a spell on my husband. The first month was rough, our first-born Cucumber lived upstairs for the full month with only ocassionally coming down to hiss. Now he loves Cauliflower and they're the best friends cats could be, from cuddling and cleaning each other to rampaging through the house in a spastic game of tag. In fact, Cucumber now has even been choosing a few guests to not hiss and bite at!

6:02AM PDT on Jul 26, 2012

when we adopted our 2nd cat, he was very afraid. for some reason he decided our shower stall was the safest place in the house. so every night i took my pillow and slept in the stall with him. on top of that, i'd have to get up from my "bed" very early because my husband had to shower before work. thankfully i now get to sleep on a mattress.

7:18PM PDT on Jul 25, 2012

I'd have to say my most embarassing pet parent moment happened in the Rally Obedience show ring. The judge asked if we were ready to start and as I was about to reply, my then 3 year old Rottie let out a very audible, very smelly fart. The poor judge had to back off about 10 feet while waving her clipboard in front of her face. I had a very difficult time trying to keep a straight face, but we did score well on our run.

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