Senoirs and pets

Dad & Buster - Howling and old. HAHAHAHA! Best way to describe this shot.
@webeishere (36353)
United States
March 4, 2008 12:45pm CST
Okay I am my fathers caregiver as most here know by now. I also have a loving Beagle named Buster. He was given to me by my daughter a couple years ago. I do not have him licensed at all and keep saying I will but have yet to take him to the vet for shots in order to get him licensed. Anyhow senior citizens strive on being nea ra pet of any type for the personal aspect of closeness etc. Buster loves the attention he gets from dad as mush as dad loves exercising his hands by petting Buster. dads favorite thing to do with Buster, other than giving him half his meal, is to rub/caress, his ears. Buster being a beagle has large ears and he just loves them massaged lightly. It's the only exercise my dad gets for his bad ;eft hand. If and when I do get Buster licensed I will take him to a senior home so others can enjoy his loving comapny as well. I have a few neighbors that love Buster and when we go for a walk we will usually stop at their houses so they can exchange their hellos etc. Buster has one favoprite neighbor that gives him a small treat when we visit. My questions are as follows, does your pet love their ears massaged gently? Is your pet licensed at all? Are their shots up to date? Do you take your pet to a home for others to enjoy? Even if it's just a neighbors home. This photo was just prior to dads shave. Buster saw a friends dog being walked and went crazy with his howling. HAHAHA!! HAPPY POSTINGS FROM GRANDPA BOB !!~
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@CatsandDogs (13964)
• United States
5 Mar 08
Here they are! - Bubbles is the black cocker, Peanut in the middle and Rainbow is the buff cocker.
Hi grandpa! Usually I have all of my pets up to date on their shots but since hubby retired from the army and the VA jerking him around with his disability, our babies have been so far behind in their shots that I know I'm playing Russian roulette but what can I do? I hate it but I can't change things either so we all wait and pray for the best. I've never had any of them licenced though. I've had most microchipped in case one were to get lost or stolen which has happened but she was never found (german shepherd) When our Cocker spaniels were alive they and our Chihuahua who's still with us loves to go to grandma's and grandpa's house!! LOL When driving and getting close, he'll start whinning and going crazy!! It's funny how he knows where we are and where we're going!! The Cockers used to dance in the car by standing on one foot to the other and their tails would wag unmercifully. It was awesome to watch. We had one neighbor that they all loved to go see and they were just across from us but let me tell you, when it was time to go home, one of the cockers would let me know by pawing my leg. lol They were really smart dogs and so is our Chihuahua. They all had/have high vocabulary because we spent a lot of time with them. Right now we have two pain in the butts German shepherds lol and a chihuahua and two chihuahua mixes along with 9 cats. A minature farm!
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@webeishere (36353)
• United States
5 Mar 08
The only concern I have about Buster not having his shots if something happens along the lines of him possibly biting someone at all. Drastic consequencies could result. I can't even think about the cost of micro-chipping for Buster. How costly is that anyhow? Buster also seems to have a clock embedded in him as he knows the times we usually get home from getting Deb from work at night. he is staring out the window watching for our return. I'd say a menagirie at the least you have as far as pets go. HAPPY POSTINGS FROM GRANDPA BOB !!~
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@CatsandDogs (13964)
• United States
5 Mar 08
It cost us something around $15 per pet but that's at the military base. I would imagine it would be around $40. or higher at a regular vet. Then if you move, you'll have to pay a fee to have your address changed unless of course if you're military.
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@Grandmaof2 (7603)
• Canada
4 Mar 08
My little Maltese has had all shots up to date. Our dog is little only 4 pounds 8 oz. and has the best we can offer. I absolutely refuse to licence my dog and even though it is the law they also know at town office that until they can keep all stray animals out of my yard so my little puppy can be outside without the danger of being hurt by these big dogs then they can do what they think they need to do to change my mind. I'm a very stubborn person.
@webeishere (36353)
• United States
4 Mar 08
If I had to guess i would place Busters weight around 20 to 25 pounds I feel. I don't deal with the cash flow in my household. That's my wifes job. I keep mentioning the shots and license each year but yet has she handed over or said lets spend the money and get it done. I keep saying if Buster bites someone and he doesn't have shots he more than likely would be put down. A shame that I can't get her to do this yet. Oh well. Thanks and hope you have no problems with him not being licensed. HAPPY POSTINGS FROM GRANDPA BOB !!~
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@jennybianca (12915)
• Australia
5 Mar 08
That would be wonderful if you could take Buster to a nursing home or similar. I entirely agree that animals do wonders for many elderly people. Many, many years ago, my first husband took his beagle to visit his very aged father in the nursing home, & it was wonderful to9 see how much he enjoyed it. Both my dogs are registered. They both have had some vaccinations, but that was years ago. We are not uptodate with the vacs. They are so expensive. My cat was vaccinated recently & it cost $70 so I dread to think what a big dog would cost. It is not compulsory to have one's dog vaccinated to be registered here. However, non-vaccinated & non desexed dogs do cost double to be registered.
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@jennybianca (12915)
• Australia
5 Mar 08
I left a comment with the great photo.
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@webeishere (36353)
• United States
5 Mar 08
Buster would love all the attention too I think. But until he is licensed and has his shots he can't go there. Yeah I've heard it soes get costly. Especially since the last shot Buster had was like 5 years ago. So I know the vet would recomend a lot of various shots. HAHAHA! Anything to make a buck I think as well. Here in Minnesota to get the dog licensed we have to show that the shots are up to date. Thanks. HAPPY POSTIMNGS FROM GRANDPA BOB !!~
@lucy02 (5017)
• United States
5 Mar 08
Buster is a beautiful dog. I have 4 dogs. All you them have their shots but one is due to get them now so I will try to take her tomorrow. They all love having their ears massaged. There's also a spot at the base of Sofie's (my boxer lab mix) tail that she loves having scratched.
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@webeishere (36353)
• United States
5 Mar 08
How much do the shots cost for you per dog, per shot then? I don't think I could hamdle more than one dog at a time really. HAPPY POSTINGS FROM GRANDPA BOB !!~
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@lucy02 (5017)
• United States
5 Mar 08
I don't really remember but it is expensive if I get them all at the vet. I have been getting all the shots I can at the co op and giving them myself. Then I take them to the vet for the Rabies shot. The rabies shot by itself isn't that expensive.
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@jillbeth (2711)
• United States
4 Mar 08
I have three dogs who all love to have their ears rubbed. One likes to have her tail end scratched (she has allergies and gets itchy and if I don't scratch her butt she'll use my coffee table as a backscratcher). They are all females so they don't need licensed in this area. None have had their shots because I keep them in the house and they seldom come in contact with strange dogs.
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@jillbeth (2711)
• United States
4 Mar 08
I meant to add that I think it's great that Buster likes to visit with the senior citizens. Being around pets, even if they aren't their own, can have great health benefits for the seniors.
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@webeishere (36353)
• United States
4 Mar 08
Buister has yet to go actually. When dad was in the home I had asked but knew that they would not allow him withput shots and license. In my area all cats and dogs have to be licensed. All of them. HAPPY POSTINGS FROM GRANDPA BOB !!~
@madlees (1381)
• India
5 Mar 08
Hi Grandpa Bob, hahaha... It is very nice of you to massage your Busters ears.. All the dogs love that.. infact mine too. She is a Dalmatian, loves to have her ears massaged and also slowly she'll move closer to help you to do it correctly, according to her needs. Next thing will be to put all her four legs up waving in the air, that means she wants some tickling in the chest and the abdomen area.. She loves it.. I cannot take her out at all. All the kids and elders too shy away from her. They are scared. We take her shots every year faithfully. She is one of the family and we take serious care of her, She is nearing seven this year. We do not have to take license or anything like that in India.. The whole day she is alone at the house, when we come back from the office in the evening, the whole neighborhood will know that we have returned.. She'll start screaming and howling till we let her out.. all the best, hugs to you grandpa..
@webeishere (36353)
• United States
5 Mar 08
Buster looks silly with his paws in the air and his ears all spread out along side him. But he still gets his belly rubbed. HAPPY POSTINGS FROM GRANDPA BOB !!~
@terri0824 (4991)
• United States
5 Mar 08
My pets usually just want attention when they want attention! No I don't have my two cats and dog licensed. And it has been several years since I've been able to afford to take them to the vet to have their shots updated!
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@webeishere (36353)
• United States
5 Mar 08
I called and the shots and liscening would run around $150. A bit more than we have available as well right now. Someday soon I hope though. HAPPY POSTINGS FROM GRANDPA BOB !!~
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• United States
5 Mar 08
I believe that elderly people need a pet to keep them exersizing by useing their hand or even walking their dog if able,My dog gets all the love he can and he is spoiled too but as for the up to date shots nt yet,yes he loves his ears massaged,and yet he does have a rabbie tag but He stays in the house he is a poodle and maltese mixed so he is not a big dog
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@lynboobsy11 (11346)
• Philippines
5 Mar 08
Yeah my whoopie loves to message her ear, specially when I saw that she is scratching her ear because of itchy I intend to look at her ear and massage it gently. She has license but these year I did not bring her yet to the vet for her yearly shot. Actually whoppie is in her menstrual period right now thats why she get longing for our hugs because we do not sit her on our lap. I actually guard her when we take a walk every morning because many cute guys are along the way to be her husband hehehe...
• United States
27 Mar 08
Grandpa Bob, I take Petie to the nursing home to see the patients I have taken him to the local hospital also. He was in the program that had visiting dogs. I do not do that as much now since I do not drive anymore and I cannot take him on the bus. Petie's shots are up to date because he goes monthly to the groomer's had they demand it. I make sure his kennel cough shot is up to date because we have a problem in our area with that germ. Petie being 6lbs he sits on the peoples laps and enjoys it. When he goes to the nursing home he will walk up and stand by the wheel chair and let the people pet him.
@cortney09 (1346)
• United States
8 Mar 08
My hubby and I had to leave his dog (a toy poodle) at his parents when we moved out because the place we are at now we can't have pets. Anyhow, whenever my hubbys grandmother would come to visit from the nursing home, Tori(the dog) would just relish in the attention that she got from his grandmother. You could also see the difference in his grandmother when she is around the dog. I have a picture of the dog in my profile. She just loves attention any way that she can get it. She loves to be rubbed behind the ears and on her back. When you stop rubbing her, she nudges your hand with her head relentlessly until you pet her again.
@kids91911 (4366)
• United States
8 Mar 08
Well if you want to keep your dog healthy and safe. Then you will get him to the vet and get his shots and liciense. A dog can get lots of different illnesses.
@winterose (39918)
• Canada
5 Mar 08
my cat junior just loves to h ave his ears messaged. no he is cat so he is not licensed, and he doesn't leave the house so I haven't gotten him his shots in a few years, we really don't have the extra money anyhow.