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I was just reading through the thread entitled "Why do pianists like cats so much?" and it got me to thinking... wouldn't it be fun for everyone who has a pet of any kind, (cat, dog, bird, reptile, whatever have you!) to share pics of your critters? (or has this been done on here before?)

Here is our gigantic purebred German Shepherd, Sheba, who recently celebrated her second birthday. She is without a doubt, the biggest, best-behaved, ridiculously-intelligent, most huggy-kissey, oversized lapdog in the universe! When she's not snuggled up tightly with us on the sofa, Sheba loves to sit right beside me at the piano and she watches me play. I swear she's listening to every single note!

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That is one attractive healthy looking dog. It must get a lot of love.

No prizes for guess about my pet... I might post a better pic later if I remember.

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That is one attractive healthy looking dog. It must get a lot of love. No prizes for guess about my pet... I might post a better pic later if I remember.


Thanks, AndrewJCW! Yes, Sheba certainly does get lots of love, and she gives back every bit as much in return! And here's Chrissy, a purebred Shih Tzu who's been with us for 12 years and is still going strong. Despite a size difference of about 90 lbs, Chrissy and Sheba get along famously; are the very best of friends. Inseparable! Also a quick snap of our two girls together.

Looking forward to seeing some pics of your kitty!

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These are our two furballs. They are a pair of Siberian cats - a magpie and a tabby. They were rescued in Moscow and flown on Aeroflot to join us in Amsterdam, and as littermates, they are never found far from each other.

My wife babies them in Russian so unfortunately they don't understand me at all in either English or Chinese, and they just give me these head-tilted quizzical looks like, "what are you jabbering on about?" and "should I poop in your slippers now?"

Here they are lounging on the terrace and also relaxing in their beloved cat-tree.

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Beauty!!

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It's all about the inflection!


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The cats are cute. We have a black one that showed up in our backyard one day years ago. Somehow she heard my wife will feed any animal that shows up!

The German Shepard though is gorgeous! Is he so lovable to everyone, camper?


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... The German Shepard though is gorgeous! Is he so lovable to everyone, camper?


Thanks, TomLC! Yes, Sheba sure is a beauty! She's very loveable to everyone she knows. Mind you, if someone were actually foolish enough to try to break into our home, or worse, attempt to harm me or the Missus... well all bets would be off! That's just the nature of a German Shepherd... they will protect you at any cost. As my wife says, "a burglar might get in, but they won't get out!"

Sheba is getting prepared to entertain the trick-or-treaters who'll be showing up at our door in droves within the next couple hours. It's interesting that all the little kids absolutely adore her, while all of the Moms and Dads prefer to stay well back from the door! Although she's just a big baby at heart, her immense proportions can be a bit intimidating... you see, Sheba is positively huge, standing a ridiculously-tall 30 inches at the shoulders, sporting a massive 38-inch chest circumference, a 19-inch neck, and weighing in at 100 lbs. And she is far stronger than any human. But she's extremely well-behaved at all times, and never needs to be corrected or scolded. Ever. Sheba has never once taken or chewed anything that didn't belong to her, and she was completely house-trained when we brought her home at just 8 weeks. And you can even leave a plate of food sitting out and she will never touch it. One-of-a-kind, this girl!

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Originally Posted by Tyrone Slothrop
These are our two furballs. They are a pair of Siberian cats - a magpie and a tabby. They were rescued in Moscow and flown on Aeroflot to join us in Amsterdam, and as littermates, they are never found far from each other.

My wife babies them in Russian so unfortunately they don't understand me at all in either English or Chinese, and they just give me these head-tilted quizzical looks like, "what are you jabbering on about?" and "should I poop in your slippers now?"

Here they are lounging on the terrace and also relaxing in their beloved cat-tree.

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Tyrone, both of your cats are really beautiful!! We once had a gigantic, long-haired tortoise-shell named Dana, who was an integral part of our family for many years. We still miss her to this day.


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Wonderful pictures. Have fun tonight! Halloween here takes place mostly at city parks. It’s a shame, but if your child received candy at a strangers house, even in nice neighborhood like we live in, you wouldn’t let them eat it. 😞 Also, many of our neighbors are Asian, who see Halloween as an evil holiday.

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Also, many of our neighbors are Asian, who see Halloween as an evil holiday.

It is an evil holiday.... Oops! That must be my inner-Chinese talking! 🤭


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It's all about the inflection!

They hear my inflection and think, "definitely slipper pooping time!"


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here is a picture of my kitty croissant. her name is Princess Bo Bo. She plays piano with me just about every day.

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Originally Posted by HarmonySmurf
here is a picture of my kitty croissant. her name is Princess Bo Bo. She plays piano with me just about every day.

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Can you upload to the forum photo gallery over here, and then you can link to it from your post here?


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We use to do cat fostering, but we ended up with what is called a foster fail. We adopted our foster cat Freya. She had been dumped and was very needy, always wanting attention. That suited my partner who has a chronic illness and spends a lot of her time in bed.

I'm currently on the other side of the planet from home and talk via Skype with my partner. This morning Sydney time I Skyped with her while she was lying in bed with her tablet, halfway through the call the cat jumped on the bed and curled up in the frame of the Skype view. I loved it, being able to see our cat even though she totally ignored me.

She has become extra insecure while I have been away needing even more attention.

A couple of months back our cat was concerned that I was working too hard and that she wasn't getting enough attention and this was the result.

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Your German Shepherd is totally gorgeous camperbc. There is a lovely warmth in her eyes.

And your cats Tyrone, I can totally understand why your wife pampers them, they are beautiful and know it. Perhaps you need to do more pampering yourself to get them onside. Lots of Chinese whispers about how special they are.

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A couple of months back our cat was concerned that I was working too hard and that she wasn't getting enough attention and this was the result.

https://1drv.ms/u/s!AoVQ2CmMrkuqwAN2tkJ87QMMLbKU

Oh, what a thoughtful cat! decided to gift you with her presence!


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Three standard poodles and my son's cat. The cat loves to scare me when I am practicing on the Piano - he sneaks under the bench and rubs my leg.
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Seems Princess Bo Bo is a bit camera-shy!


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Three standard poodles and my son's cat. The cat loves to scare me when I am practicing on the Piano - he sneaks under the bench and rubs my leg.


Suzysue, your three poodles are stunning! And big! Growing up, we always had toy poodles. I have always wanted to get a standard, but it seems there are none here in Newfoundland. We keep looking though, with the hope that one day some puppies will become available.


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Here's a few shots of Chrissy, our purebred Shih Tzu who has faithfully remained right by my side every single day for the past twelve years! She's slowing down now and has some health issues, but she's still enjoying life to the fullest!

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Our dear Sheba on her 2nd birthday. Our gentle giant loves to watch me when I am playing. (seems to prefer Chopin and Mozart... and a little Beatles and Billy Joel too!) She normally sits right beside me at the piano, but occasionally will watch/listen from the sidelines, from the comfort of her sofas.

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Glen, I noticed you are showing off your “grand” Yamaha! smile.


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Glen, I noticed you are showing off your “grand” Yamaha! smile.

Yes TomLC, and there's a "grand" Honda there also, but it's not too visible in that shot. So you're maybe wondering... how does a disabled guy ride motorcycles? Well, if I keep to short excursions of no more than about 45-60 minutes near our island home, and then come back home and straight to bed, it works out well some days. Naturally, I wish that I could spend a lot more time riding, but it is what it is; I try to make the very most of it.

I returned to riding in 2015 for the first time since 1980, and I've been having an absolute blast. My two current rides are a 2014 Yamaha V-Star Custom (cruiser) and a 2014 Honda CB500FA. (naked roadster) Here are some pics of the bikes and a couple more of my toys:


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My cat was previously concerned that I was working too hard. Now she would prefer that I pay attention to her rather press these white and black keys. I kept playing as long as I could but her paws eventually got in the way of the notes.

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That's a very sweet cat Kevin. What's her name?

Our two Siberian cats (further up in this thread) spent the early hours of New Year in the closet hiding from the firecrackers outside.


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She is called Freya. She has a lot of love to give but also quite needy.

We did cat fostering for over a year. Freya is known as a foster fail where we got sucked in by her charms and decided to keep her. The cat protection society will only let you foster if you don’t have your own cat.

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They both look very well looked after. Your wife I guess is completely sucked in by their charms.

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They both look very well looked after. Your wife I guess is completely sucked in by their charms.

Yep, they fit the definition of pampered pets. Not me so much. When I'm there in Amsterdam, they look at me from afar to decide if I am safe to approach. LOL


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Our dogs, Sheba (2-year-old German Shepherd) and Chrissy (12-year-old Shih Tzu) are soon going to have a new canine companion! We're on the wait-list for a purebred Golden Retriever puppy; the litter is expected on Feb 14th.

Two other females are already spoken for, so as long as there will be at least three females in a litter of approx nine pups, we should be all set! She's going to be a big girl too, we believe, as both parents are substantially larger than the average Golden Retriever. (Mom is 75 lbs, and Dad weighs in at 85 lbs... though both are quite slender) We should be making the epic 20+ hour journey (including two ferry crossings) clear across the province to bring our new puppy home sometime around April 10, 2020.

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That's an impressive journey Glen. Is that 20+ hours total or 40+ hours total? But how will your health be on such a trip? Do you have any way to lay down in the car enroute?


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That's an impressive journey Glen. Is that 20+ hours total or 40+ hours total? But how will your health be on such a trip? Do you have any way to lay down in the car enroute?

Tyrone, I have been making some calculations, and it appears that the trip can't be made in under 24 hours total, and that's if everything were to go according to plan. But from November through May, its just a given that something is bound to throw a monkey wrench into the best-laid plans. We must be ever-mindful of dangerous sea conditions... thick pack ice, ice pressure, poor road conditions/visibility, drifting snow, long ferry lineups, ferry breakdowns, strong winds, etc. We have learned that a day trip from our island can easily turn into a 3 or 4 day ordeal. (or longer!)

With my spinal issues I would not be able to tolerate the trip to pick up our puppy, so it will likely be my wife and daughter making the journey. Better yet, would be if we can convince the breeder to meet us halfway with our puppy, to best avoid an overnight stay.


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Well, we're supposed to be bringing little Abby, our new purebred Golden Retriever puppy, home in 12 more days, but it's looking like our plans are now on hold indefinitely. We have no idea how, or when, we are ever going to be able to get off this island to go pick her up, and we are really stressing out about this. All of the provincial ferries are now only to be used for commercial trucks, and for those needing to get to work, as well as for medical emergencies.

As things currently stand, our breeder is unable to even take the puppies to the vet to begin their series of vaccinations, as vet offices are now closed-up, except to perform emergency procedures. Pretty much everything in this province is completely shut down now; about the only people who remain working are medical personnel/first responders, pharmacists, and Canada Post. Frightening times we are living in these days, that's for sure.

Here's hoping that my fellow PW forum members are staying healthy, and riding out this storm in relative comfort. Please stay safe, everyone!

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Sheba has just celebrated her third birthday... where does the time go?!? She has indeed blossomed into a truly stunningly example of the breed. Sheba is positively huge, (weighing in at 110 lbs, standing a very statuesque 30" at the shoulders, and sporting a massive 37" chest circumference) although a kinder, gentler, snuggly/cuddly, spoiled, oversized lap dog/couch potato does not exist anywhere in this universe! Here's a few pics from Sheba's special day.

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Our German Shepherd Lexie. Now 2.5 years.

Hm... Somehow I don't seem able to post a pic.

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Lexie is beautiful!! Sheba says "Howdy!"


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