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Cat vanity: I think mine is possessed by at least one demon
my weird cat

Posted on 04/29/2012 7:41:08 PM PDT by West Texas Chuck

I'm sitting in the den Friday night watching Samurai movies. My weird psycho cat Rocket jumps into my chair and gets all cuddly and lovey. I am patting him and he gets this look in his eyes and I know what is next. He bites the tar out of me.


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To: West Texas Chuck

Here’s how to exorcise a cat - done this many times.

When you sense animosity and it jumps on your lap, have an asparagus blue rubber band handy and loop it over its ears at the base so it can’t come off. Then sit back and do a few Hail Marys.

While you laugh yourself into a clean set of boxers.


51 posted on 04/29/2012 8:16:27 PM PDT by txhurl (Thank you, Andrew Breitbart. In your untimely passing, you have exposed these people one last time.)
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To: garjog

Lol!


52 posted on 04/29/2012 8:16:36 PM PDT by Beowulf9
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To: West Texas Chuck
"There is no reasoning with cats. And, there is no crying in being on the house cat’s staff."

Think I'm gonna need that last sentence back.

53 posted on 04/29/2012 8:17:37 PM PDT by West Texas Chuck (Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms. That should be a convenience store, not a Government Agency.)
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To: West Texas Chuck

Cats don’t get possessed by demons. Demons get possessed by cats.


54 posted on 04/29/2012 8:18:08 PM PDT by Joe 6-pack (Que me amat, amet et canem meum)
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To: West Texas Chuck

You need to watch the cat while petting him. Cats will give clues that they are becoming overagitated from the petting. When you start to recognize those clues, you will know when to stop petting.

Some cats, especially the younger ones, get quite excited at being petted and are almost untouchable. With a cat like that, you need to back off as soon as it starts to show excitement. I think I also growled at my cat, when I had one like that. He did learn to calm down if he wanted affection.


55 posted on 04/29/2012 8:19:59 PM PDT by exDemMom (Now that I've finally accepted that I'm living a bad hair life, I'm more at peace with the world.)
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To: West Texas Chuck

If you have a yard and a spade; you can solve this issue very quickly.


56 posted on 04/29/2012 8:21:00 PM PDT by HereInTheHeartland (We are the 53%. 47% of Americans pay no taxes; end the free ride...)
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To: Outlaw Woman

Flick him on the nose. When he gets that look or bares his teeth, flick him. It works.”

KC (Krazy Kat) loves to take her nap atop the papers on my desk or on the keyboard or sometimes she just sits in front of the monitor and stares at me. I know an attack is coming, I just don’t know when. Spray bottles don’t work nor does the flicking. Have also tried the “I’m in charge lecture” with no success. She wants to be very near me but doesn’t like to be petted. It is comforting to know that others out there also have an attack cat.


57 posted on 04/29/2012 8:21:59 PM PDT by Grams A (The Sun will rise in the East in the morning and God is still on his throne.)
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To: West Texas Chuck

Swatting a naughty cat doesn’t teach them anything. It only teaches them to be even more p!ssed off at you! If he is being aggressive (with a side helping of “hey, let’s play!”), you can chastise him like a mother cat. Grab him (not too hard) by the scruff of his neck and hold him motionless for a count of three, and give him a firm (but not crazed) “No!” Then let him go, and ignore him. Don’t look him in the eye until he calms down. Don’t reengage with him until he seems like he really does want to be gentle. Repeat as necessary. The scruffing returns them temporarily to kittenhood, and shows him that you are his “mommy” and in charge. (Cats don’t have alpha cats . . . they relate to their humans as their mommy.)

Make very sure you don’t “scruff” him too hard, and don’t lift an adult cat by the scruff. Kittens can be lifted and carried around by the scruff safely, but an adult cat has nerves there that can be permanently damaged by being manhandled or being carried around, because of their greater weight. In short, you have to be careful when scruffing an adult cat, but it is a useful technique to immobilize an aggressive cat, and put a naughty one in his place.

We used to have a black half-Siamese, Ursus by name, who was crazed and aggressive when he was younger, but then mellowed to being merely a character (after some remedial scruffing!). He passed away two years ago, nearly twenty years old. I can’t tell you how much I miss that crazy old coot!!!! He was like having another human around. So much personality. So don’t give up on your “lovey demon” cat!


58 posted on 04/29/2012 8:22:18 PM PDT by Hetty_Fauxvert (If you back Newt . . . then SEND HIM MONEY!! "Be Breitbart, Baby!")
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To: West Texas Chuck

59 posted on 04/29/2012 8:22:18 PM PDT by Dallas59 (President Robert Gibbs 2009-2011)
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To: Slings and Arrows

Filing away for future reference.

I found that ‘flicking’ them on the nose generally cures them in one episode but I’m all for less if it works (grabbing muzzles...hmmm).

lol poor flying baby... :)


60 posted on 04/29/2012 8:22:26 PM PDT by Outlaw Woman (I would rather die on my feet than live on my knees)
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To: West Texas Chuck

Do you “rough house” with him?


61 posted on 04/29/2012 8:22:26 PM PDT by RushIsMyTeddyBear (A MUST WATCH: http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=KeOLurcQaqI)
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To: HereInTheHeartland

Yard is all concrete. Thankfully.

Meanie!


62 posted on 04/29/2012 8:22:51 PM PDT by West Texas Chuck (Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms. That should be a convenience store, not a Government Agency.)
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To: West Texas Chuck

Having owned more than my share of cats (for whom I have a grudging respect), all I can say is that if I had a cat like yours.....

...it would immediately become an ex-cat.


63 posted on 04/29/2012 8:23:39 PM PDT by RightOnline (I am Andrew Breitbart!)
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To: West Texas Chuck
“Yard is all concrete. Thankfully.

Meanie!”

What about the area between the sidewalk and the street, any diggable soil there?
Or maybe a nearby park?

64 posted on 04/29/2012 8:25:52 PM PDT by HereInTheHeartland (We are the 53%. 47% of Americans pay no taxes; end the free ride...)
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To: pankot; West Texas Chuck

“The nips are love-bites.”

Tis truth. Tomorrow April 30th is our 34th wedding anniversary, and in those 34 years we’ve had well over 30 cats, and more than 30 dogs. Today we have 15 cats, and 4 dogs.

We love them all. Cats do have this tendency to either touch with their teeth, or hold with their teeth, or in some cases bite the hand of those they love. It is a sign of affection that can be quite irritating at times. I prefer the cats that simply hold my finger in the teeth a few seconds to those such as “Niver” that chomp down to the bone, making a colorful moment requiring some repair.

I sympathize with you Chuck as we’ve had a few “Rockets” in our past as well. Good luck.


65 posted on 04/29/2012 8:27:13 PM PDT by rockinqsranch (Dems, Libs, Socialists, call 'em what you will, they ALL have fairies livin' in their trees.)
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To: RushIsMyTeddyBear

Not too bad. I scratch his back pretty hard sometimes, but not like other cats I’ve lived with that would go paw to palm with me on occasion.

Hey, I like this guy. We found him under an old dishwasher when Susan and I moved into this house. I’m not sure if we adopted him or he us. Just have to keep an eye on him when he is in a mood.


66 posted on 04/29/2012 8:27:28 PM PDT by West Texas Chuck (Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms. That should be a convenience store, not a Government Agency.)
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To: West Texas Chuck

67 posted on 04/29/2012 8:28:11 PM PDT by RightOnline (I am Andrew Breitbart!)
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To: garjog
JFC on a raft!

I've woken up to that, more than once.

/johnny

68 posted on 04/29/2012 8:29:38 PM PDT by JRandomFreeper (Gone Galt)
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To: HereInTheHeartland

Yer about as mean as my damn cat!


69 posted on 04/29/2012 8:29:46 PM PDT by West Texas Chuck (Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms. That should be a convenience store, not a Government Agency.)
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To: West Texas Chuck

I’ve had two cats that did that regularly. They want to sleep in your lap but don’t want to be disturbed.


70 posted on 04/29/2012 8:30:55 PM PDT by Poser (Cogito ergo Spam - I think, therefore I ham)
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To: scripter

When a cat doesn’t get enough of its mother and her milk when they are very young, they grow up a little bit crazy. My wife got hers from a pet store and it was taken too early. The cat is crazy and schizo. Period. Sometimes really loving and then literally the next second she is 3/4 of the way to pissed off and you just have to shoo her away.


71 posted on 04/29/2012 8:30:54 PM PDT by BADROTOFINGER (Life sucks. Get a helmet.)
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To: cloudmountain; West Texas Chuck
Bite’im back!

I don't think Chuck is running for President.

/johnny

72 posted on 04/29/2012 8:31:14 PM PDT by JRandomFreeper (Gone Galt)
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To: West Texas Chuck

Two words: cattle prod


73 posted on 04/29/2012 8:31:45 PM PDT by TonyInOhio (Arm yourselves, and be ye men of valour)
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To: TonyInOhio

Don’t give my wife any ideas. I’ll be on the hot end of one of those things.

While I am asleep, prolly.


74 posted on 04/29/2012 8:33:16 PM PDT by West Texas Chuck (Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms. That should be a convenience store, not a Government Agency.)
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To: West Texas Chuck

You could also get a dog and try this:

http://www.google.com/imgres?imgurl=http://farm1.staticflickr.com/24/58683008_2dc4c01d94_z.jpg%3Fzz%3D1&imgrefurl=http://www.flickr.com/photos/mountain_ear/58683008/&h=515&w=640&sz=156&tbnid=AowWTl5CFCxfrM:&tbnh=90&tbnw=112&prev=/search%3Fq%3Dcat%2Bfud%2Bfar%2Bside%26tbm%3Disch%26tbo%3Du&zoom=1&q=cat+fud+far+side&docid=UPADfhItOnJ60M&hl=en&sa=X&ei=zQeeT-WhBoquiQKrqbBI&ved=0CDsQ9QEwAg


75 posted on 04/29/2012 8:33:38 PM PDT by HereInTheHeartland (We are the 53%. 47% of Americans pay no taxes; end the free ride...)
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To: Joe 6-pack
Cats don’t get possessed by demons. Demons get possessed by cats.

Argh! Then what are russian catz like? And how fast can you have a picture of it up, my AI friend? ;)

/johnny

76 posted on 04/29/2012 8:33:44 PM PDT by JRandomFreeper (Gone Galt)
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To: West Texas Chuck

May have been the case that his previous owners were rough and take certain social cues (and you’re unaware). Not your fault at all.

I find it strange that he wouldn’t take a bop on the nose. That’s usually a good indicator to them who’s boss and they take heed. Have you tried a spray bottle of water? It sounds to me that he may have been previously abused. We’ve had a couple of those at our home.


77 posted on 04/29/2012 8:34:05 PM PDT by RushIsMyTeddyBear (A MUST WATCH: http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=KeOLurcQaqI)
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To: Joe 6-pack; JoeProBono
Oops, wrong Joe. JPB is the AI that posts photos.

/johnny

78 posted on 04/29/2012 8:35:05 PM PDT by JRandomFreeper (Gone Galt)
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To: BADROTOFINGER

Well, that could explain some stuff about my Rocket. His momma left him under that old dishwasher on my porch.

You know, she might have been prescient or something.


79 posted on 04/29/2012 8:35:05 PM PDT by West Texas Chuck (Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms. That should be a convenience store, not a Government Agency.)
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To: HereInTheHeartland

Bwahahahahaha.

That is so NOT funny.


80 posted on 04/29/2012 8:36:59 PM PDT by West Texas Chuck (Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms. That should be a convenience store, not a Government Agency.)
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To: West Texas Chuck

Gary Larson is a genius; one of my favorites by him!


81 posted on 04/29/2012 8:39:08 PM PDT by HereInTheHeartland (We are the 53%. 47% of Americans pay no taxes; end the free ride...)
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To: West Texas Chuck

You should see the title of my new book; “Composting Cats For Fun and Profit”


82 posted on 04/29/2012 8:40:48 PM PDT by HereInTheHeartland (We are the 53%. 47% of Americans pay no taxes; end the free ride...)
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To: HereInTheHeartland

I’m am forwarding your posts to my wife.

Prepare to die.


83 posted on 04/29/2012 8:42:40 PM PDT by West Texas Chuck (Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms. That should be a convenience store, not a Government Agency.)
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To: West Texas Chuck

Good thing Heartland is a continent away from West Texas.


84 posted on 04/29/2012 8:44:44 PM PDT by Revolting cat! (Let us prey!)
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To: RightOnline
In my professional experience all I can say is, I am thankful domestic house cats don't grow to weigh 80# or more!! Cats can be a challenge to treat.
85 posted on 04/29/2012 8:45:03 PM PDT by vetvetdoug
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To: scripter

‘Cooper runs thru the house like a bat out of hell. Stops, stairs, runs back again.’

All cats do this once in a while. It’s called
‘the crazies”


86 posted on 04/29/2012 8:45:24 PM PDT by patriot08 (TEXAS GAL- born and bred and proud of it!)
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To: Grams A
LOL! KC owns you doesn't she? Well ok, anyone who owns a cat knows they are 'owned'.. lol
87 posted on 04/29/2012 8:46:56 PM PDT by Outlaw Woman (I would rather die on my feet than live on my knees)
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To: Revolting cat!

It’s all good. I think that FReeper has a purty good sense of humor.

But when She Who Must Be Obeyed sees those posts ... POW!

To the moon.


88 posted on 04/29/2012 8:49:36 PM PDT by West Texas Chuck (Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms. That should be a convenience store, not a Government Agency.)
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To: West Texas Chuck
Our youngest cat, Beaux, had the same kind of habit. I do not think it is malice, but either love bites or not knowing the boundaries. Beaux was a little too young (10 weeks) when we got him so I don't think he got the full effect of socialization he needed to get from his mom and siblings. Kittens DO bite and play hard and, whenever one is too rough, the "injured" party lets out a yelp and stops play. If the mom is the party, she pops them on the nose and it gets their attention.

What we did with Beaux is every time he bit, we popped him on the nose and put him down on the floor (if on our lap). It seems to have worked as he seldom, if ever, bites anymore. Our other cat, an older female, hisses at him if he gets too rowdy and bops him in the face. He IS learning acceptable behavior.

Your kitty just needs to learn boundaries. If he is being sweet and cuddly, and you are petting him, notice if his tail starts to twitch. If it does, it means he is getting irritated and you need to stop the petting and get your hands out of his reach. If he comes after them even when you stopped the petting, pop him lightly on the nose, say "NO" and put him down on the floor. It may take a few times for him to learn, but he has to learn what we like and don't like - it is NOT intuitive. Good luck!

One more thing...keep his claws clipped. Get him used to you doing this every month or so. It will help to limit injuries if he does catch you off guard. He's not being mean, just playing and learning right from wrong so hitting him, unlike how dogs may be trained, does NOT work on cats. It causes resentment and fear of you, neither of which makes a happy cat nor loving relationship.

89 posted on 04/29/2012 8:55:47 PM PDT by boatbums (God is ready to assume full responsibility for the life wholly yielded to Him.)
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To: vetvetdoug
LOL! I rescued a male kitten approx 5 weeks from a drain. Mom and the rest of the kittens had been killed by a coyote, from the sign. And I could read the sign without glasses.

I took Sky to the local vet who knew me, and had boarded my catz for a brief TDY.

They gave him his shots and did all the magic and called me to pick him up.

When I got there, they comped the whole thing, and threw in 3 lbs of kitten food.

And wished me luck.

/johnny

90 posted on 04/29/2012 8:56:36 PM PDT by JRandomFreeper (Gone Galt)
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To: 2111USMC
Just about every cat we owned in the past displayed the same behavior.

Weird. Our two Maine Coons have never bitten or scratched anyone - the most gentle, friendly cats I've ever met. Just big, happy and goofy - they're busy chasing a little RC helicopter my son is flying around as I type this. Maybe it's the breed.
91 posted on 04/29/2012 8:57:24 PM PDT by AnotherUnixGeek
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To: boatbums

Good advice, very reasonable.

When we trim Rocket’s claws he whimpers like we are cutting his toes off. Missy, the gray tabby ... well you need them leather gauntlets for her. I’ve bled many times trying to cut her toes off.


92 posted on 04/29/2012 8:58:45 PM PDT by West Texas Chuck (Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms. That should be a convenience store, not a Government Agency.)
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To: Grams A

The canned air spray that people use to clean computer keyboards works VERY well to get a cat off wherever you don’t want them to be. It also is good because you aren’t spraying water or anything else on valuable things. A few sprays in their direction is all it takes. Eventually, just the sight of you reaching for the can is all it takes.


93 posted on 04/29/2012 9:05:35 PM PDT by boatbums (God is ready to assume full responsibility for the life wholly yielded to Him.)
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To: pankot

cats are solitary predators, and as such they do not have many behavioral similarities to humans. Cats relate to humans as a kitten to the mother cat. The kitten stage is the only time a cat is cared for at all.

I found that understanding a cat was easier if I treated the cat in its own “language”.

Picked up the offending cat by the scruff of its neck, because that is how the female carries the kitten. Cats have a built in limp/submissive mode triggered by that hold.

If the cat knows you will either injure or kill it if it offends you - then kitty is a nice kitty.

With cats, if it learns you are the Mother Cat of the Universe, it will not risk your ire.

Regardless of what a Cat Lady tells you, love, (in human terms) is not part of the feline world - dominance is.

‘Nuff said.


94 posted on 04/29/2012 9:10:25 PM PDT by GladesGuru (In a society predicated upon freedom, it is necessary to examine principles."...the public interest)
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To: GladesGuru
The kitten stage is the only time a cat is cared for at all.

Explain then my adult catz grooming each other.

love, (in human terms) is not part of the feline world - dominance is.

That seems to be spot on with my 45+ years of coping with catz.

/johnny

95 posted on 04/29/2012 9:14:23 PM PDT by JRandomFreeper (Gone Galt)
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To: West Texas Chuck
I hope you aren't cutting his claws too closely. Look for a tiny black line on the underside of the nail (inside of hook) and make sure you only clip off the nail ABOVE the top of the line. Too close and it IS painful, can bleed and may get infected. If they cannot tolerate it, try to do only one paw at a time and then come back later for the others. With Beaux, I had to do two or three claws at a time and then let him down. Now he's okay with getting them all done at the same time especially since I give him a treat after wards. Boy loves his treats!
96 posted on 04/29/2012 9:19:17 PM PDT by boatbums (God is ready to assume full responsibility for the life wholly yielded to Him.)
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To: West Texas Chuck
I hope you aren't cutting his claws too closely. Look for a tiny black line on the underside of the nail (inside of hook) and make sure you only clip off the nail ABOVE the top of the line. Too close and it IS painful, can bleed and may get infected. If they cannot tolerate it, try to do only one paw at a time and then come back later for the others. With Beaux, I had to do two or three claws at a time and then let him down. Now he's okay with getting them all done at the same time especially since I give him a treat after wards. Boy loves his treats!

Let me also add, you cut off the tip of the nail of the claw above the end of the black line ONLY - not cutting into that line which is a tiny vein. I just wanted to make sure you didn't think I was saying to lop off the whole nail above the line where it starts. I hope I was clear enough.

97 posted on 04/29/2012 9:28:18 PM PDT by boatbums (God is ready to assume full responsibility for the life wholly yielded to Him.)
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To: West Texas Chuck
Put him in a pillow case, tie it closed and put him on your lap and pet him through the pillow case. Be gentle.
See if he catches on that you want to be gentle.

Or, If that does not work, get some welding gloves and play rough,let him bite and scratch the gloves, put him on his back show him your dominate power. Show him who's boss. Don't harm him just show him your strength. He needs to see the results of his attacks as a losing prospect.

He's just playing, but your being wimpy. You're a big rat he wants to kick your butt, and chomp on your head, when he's and when done, eat your brains. He's dominating you.

98 posted on 04/29/2012 9:31:33 PM PDT by right way right (What's it gonna take?)
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To: scripter
Plus, Cooper runs thru the house like a bat out of hell. Stops, stairs, runs back again.

Just getting exercise. Maybe it needs a playmate.

99 posted on 04/29/2012 9:36:13 PM PDT by Mike Darancette (The longer you hold tiger by the tail, the hungrier he gets.)
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To: West Texas Chuck
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100 posted on 04/29/2012 9:39:23 PM PDT by Delta 21 (Oh Crap !! Did I say that out loud ??!??)
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