Wednesday, August 7, 2019

Members of the Family

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Over the decades, we have had one dog, some cats, a hamster, and two tarantulas. The tarantulas were named Sergio Bustamante and Martha Rose. The hamster was Max. The cats were Midnight and Scuba. The dog was Buddy. Time passes and so do pets.

Bloggers tend to share their passions, which is just about anything. My passion is that of a story teller, but I promised Sandra I show some photos.




This is a video of a Mexican Red Knee tarantula, like Sergio Bustamante. My
son is an entomologist and he had this and then a Mexican Red Rump, like Martha Rose.
Sergio grew to be huge, bigger than the one you see here. We
had him for 5 years, during that time he grew quite large and his
legs became creepy--long and black, like something out of
a Sci-Fi movie.
We donated him to a pet store where employees clustered around him.

 

This is Martha Rose. She was with us for about a year. Martha Rose
was one quick spider. We did not form a bond with her. What can I say? 
Eh, it is what it is.


Sorry this photo didn't work out.  Dang, technology.

This is my gr-daughters' dog, Lucy. She now weighs 65 lbs, strong pitbull and chihuahua mix, with dabs of black lab. She has the big eyes when begging. When we are at the table, Lucy noses through the crook of my husband's arm and gets within inches of the food, yet she does not take any. She just gives us those big eyes.
Lucy, lying in an old bed. She still loves it. She looks small here,
but she is strong, 65 lbs. 




(Buddy)
This is Buddy, a black/chocolate lab, we had in Ireland. When he came
bounding toward me, I always braced and turned to the side. On cold rainy nights, Buddy lay 
on my feet, basically the only way they would not be ice cold.
He seemed to go a-wandering, getting off his chain, but we thought he was being used for

stud at a farm nearby. 

When we
moved back to California, he had gone a-wandering again. 
No one had seen him
 running around the property.



This is Midnight and his companion (who was there one day, gone the next). Midnight was a big tomcat who headed out for a day or so, and then return.  One time he was gone for several days, and when he returned, it was clear he had been caught in a rat trap. His back skin was almost torn off. The vet said he was a strong cat to be able to survive such an injury. Dr. stitched the injury and we put him into a cage for 6 weeks. Each day I took him out of the cage, cleaned it as Midnight walked around as best he could. Once he was back in the cage, I cleansed the wound and fed him.

Then I sat by the cage and caressed the fur that came through the cage. I told him that soon he would run through the grass, catch mice, and enjoy a cat life. He purred.

When Midnight was freed, he remembered me. He brought me field mice and voles,
laying them at my door.

Lucy is licking off green icing off my nose. She was only 50 lbs. here.
Dang it, again. Damn technology. Photo doesn't show.
Our pets were not outsiders that we possessed: they were part of our family.

P.S. I have no photos of Max-the-hamster. Max was the inspiration for Squeaky's big send-off.


54 comments:

  1. We've had a huge array of pets over the years, but I must say, we've never had tarantulas. My hubby didn't have pets when he was growing up, so after we were married and got our first dog, the silly man thought it was going to stay outside. HA! Like you say, our pets are family, and our home is their home. I wouldn't want it to be any other way.

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    1. I grew up on a farm and none of our pets were inside. We had a beagle that I call my own, but that wasn't really true.

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  2. Scuba is an awesome cat name.

    Tarantulas - can't say I ever had that pet inspiration. And you had two! Interesting.

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    1. Scuba was my son's cat and he went off to grad. school with my son. He lived a long life, was well loved.

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  3. Sadly I could only see the photograph of Lucy-Goosy.
    And the videos.
    Over the years, starting as a child, we have had lots of animals share our lives. Dogs, cats, birds, turtles, fish, guinea pigs...
    And yes, they are members of the family.

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    1. I just wrestled with my photo files and hopefully they are up now.

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  4. They are part of the family. Sadly, most of the photos didn't appear.

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  5. Very slow internet tonight. I type then wait a minute.LOL There it is. You guys sure had a variety., for sure. Just not too sure of a six legged pet. LOL I enjoyed the pics ans read. Love from NC
    Sherry & jack

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    1. Well, that was my son for you. My computer has been slow too.

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  6. Even when I try to stay unattached the pets become part of the family.

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    1. They have a way of crawling into one's heart. Not the spiders, but all the mammals.

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    1. I would have said the same, until our son brought one home.

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  8. In my college dorm, Anne Bustamante lived across the hall from me. I don't think she was related to your Bustamante!

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  9. I don't know anyone who has "outsiders" as pets, they are all part of their family. We've never kept spiders, but one of my children had a hermit crab which got out of his home and vanished somewhere in her room. for all we know, he may still be living there, but I doubt it. It was several years ago that he vanished. We've had dogs, cats, birds and fish, both tropical and goldfish.

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    1. Hermit crabs need moist environment and outgrow their shells. Chances are "Shelly" has gone to crab heaven.

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  10. petting spider sounds interesting ,stories of your wonderful pets warmed my heart ,i felt for midnight ,buddy slept near your feet ,our first cat did same with mom :)

    this is sweet that you still can see her at your children's house

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    1. My gr-daughters were making cupcakes and Lucky got a lick or two of icing. They put some on my face and Lucy liked that.

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  11. Hmmm... still wondering how you bond with a tarantula, Susan, and although I lived in Africa, I’ve obviously led a sheltered life... 🤗

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    1. It has to be a mental thing. Martha was too busy to crawl onto one's hand. Sergio was willing.

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  12. Having a son usually means that there will either be creepy crawlers or amphibians in your home. We got the latter, but he fed them the creepy crawlers. When my son left home, he took them with him. The girls had fluffy, furry cute pets. They left those with me when they left.

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    1. Boys. Yes, creepy is a word I have used here and it is so true about boys.
      Our gr-daughters say boys are two things: Boys are stupid, Boys break things.

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  13. Some people might consider our love for our dogs 'over the top' -- but I could care less. 'Not sure I could love them any less than a flesh-and-blood child. Sorry, but I couldn't bring myself to watch the tarantula videos.

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    1. Dogs give so much affection. They need it returned.

      You didn't watch the videos?

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  14. We don't HAVE pets, they have us and they never let go...ever.

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    1. Pets (and gr-kids) own us. We have talked about getting a small dog, but shot that idea down.

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  15. Some of the photos aren't appearing, but Lucy looks comfortable in her tiny bed. Midnight was indeed one tough cat. As for the spiders - no thanks. I do catch and release the giant wolf spiders that get in our house though.
    And yes, pets are family members.

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    1. Dang! I just checked my other computer and all was well! I'll see if all is okay.

      Midnight was a tough cat, had to be. Wolf spiders are tenacious.

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  16. I've had two dogs in my life and they were both stolen from me. One was a grand champion German Shepard, and one was a prize winning Chesapeake Bay Retriever. I think a friend stole Bear, my retriever, but the police think the shepard was stolen so he could be used overseas. Bear and my first cat, which I named Dog, got along like they had no idea they weren't from the same family. They both protected each other, Dog while Bear was growing up, and Bear after he reached full size. They loved each other and you could just tell. They traveled well together, too. Dog sat in the front with me (he was in the passenger seat), while Bear had the back seat. They both had leashes and we went lots of places together, including to CA and the east coast. Dog's sandbox sat behind my seat and their individual food bowls and water (which they shared) sat behind the passenger seat.

    Family is always important and I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE this post, dear Susan. Just so you know, I did my part and rescued Squiggles from the Humane Society. This is his forever home, even if he and Bleubeard still are standoffish with each other after three years.

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    1. Sounds like you had and still have some great family members.

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  17. I've had fish, mice, hamsters, gerbils, rabbits, rats and now a dog. My mom's sister in law had a tarantula and I thought he was kinda cool.

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    1. We never had the rodents. It was something I said No. Required more care than my off-spring were willing to give.

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  18. We had dogs, cats, hamsters, fish and birds through the years. They were all fun and part of our family. We don't have any now but we'll see.
    You are missing some of your photos on this post.
    Have a wondeful day!

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    1. Some of my photos didn't show up, despite my best inept effort. Sorry.
      Having all those animals gives a view of the best things can be.

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  19. Couldn't see all the photos but most came through. Never had any desire to have a spider but glad you enjoyed yours.
    Lucy filling up her bed was cute. All my pets have been family members.

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    1. Lucy loves us to see us. She runs to get her ball, bring it back and lay it at my feet. Big eyes.

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  20. I used to keep dwarf hamsters. I haven't in a while, because I learned you really need to take the time to bond with them and I just haven't had that anymore. They all got "official" names, then got called something else. For example, the first one's real name I forgot, but he was known as Butthead. His replacement was Butthead the 2nd, which eventually became "Tuber Boober, boobless goober". The only one that kept a semblance of a real name was the last one, Cassiopia, called Cassie.

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  21. Creative names! you could be part of our family, as we are creative when when it comes to names.

    "Boobless goober"?

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  22. Although we like animals, we've only had a few as pets …
    Don't think I would want a spider though!

    All the best Jan

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    1. After our son left, we took care of them. Took it to school to show. Then took it to a pet store.

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  23. We had dogs, cats, canaries and parakeets. The birds hung from hooks in the ceiling. The cats spent their lives sitting under and waiting for a bird to fall. One old cat spent his final days under the kitchen table. My daughter's parakeet escaped while she cleaned his cage, and strutted straight into the cat's mouth. And our story is, his dying day his dream came true.

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    1. You did, old cat! You achieved a long term goal.

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  24. From childhood on up, there have been more pets than i care to count, including birds and snakes and hamsters and gerbils and turtles, even fish, dogs, and cats. While i would love to have a tarantula, i think my Sweetie would have a stroke!

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    1. Tarantulas are fascinating in their elegance, how they move. Since they cannot see, they do not consider us to be the same.

      I always wanted a turtle.

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  25. We've had dogs and cats, gerbils and rabbits, horses, mules and cows...but never a tarantula. I did, however, live in the Panama Canal Zome in my childhood, where tarantulas were big and hairy and scary. I used to have nightmares about them.

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  26. Cows! We had cows on the farm; their calves were pets to my younger siblings. They grew up and went to "heaven" (the freezer).

    Sounds like you were a farm girl, too.

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  27. Dear Susan, I grew up on a farm, too. I loved the 2 retired horses and the milking cow--a Guernsey--and the pigs and chickens--but all of them were the "farm" animals. The member of the family was "Kentucky," the dog who was my brother's fast buddy for many years. We had a barn cat, but she seldom left the confines of that place of hay and shadow and mice.

    Then came Dulcy in 1972 and she changed my life. She and then Bartleby became my family. And cats have been family ever since. Thank you for sharing your photographs and memories. What a blessing animals are in our life. For me, cats are as Mary Sarton said, "fur persons." Peace.

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    1. Fur persons---what a lovely choice of words. I remember reading about Dulcy. Good book!

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  28. Sure a part of the family indeed. Many know how to bum well and they always remember the kindness, even if we don't really need dead mice presents.

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  29. Now, the mice were a big surprise. That didn't last too long, but it was touching.

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  30. You have had a menagerie. I think I might have given the tarantula a pass! But they're all family, aren't they?

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Go ahead...it won' t hurt...I'd love to hear what you think!