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Hey /an/, how many of us work in pet stores or something similar? Can we have a story thread? Stories, thoughts, general annoyances etc. welcome.
>work at a small, locally-owned pet shop
>woman comes in with a young boy carrying a cricket keeper
>opens it up and dumps a dead red eared slider on the counter
>her son starts crying
>starts yelling at me
>she says she bought it last week and it died already so we must have sold her a sick or defective turtle
>i'm flustered, say that all our animals are well taken care of and healthy when they leave the store
>she demands to know why it died
>i ask her to describe her setup
>ask her what size tank she kept the turtle in
>she points to the cricket keeper
>say yes, but what did you keep it in at home?
>she points to the cricket keeper again
>kept a turtle in a tiny plastic box with no light, warmth, and insufficient food and doesn't understand why it died
>being this fucking retarded
This job has seriously made me question the population's ability to use common sense
What's wrong with my bird?
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We adopted a 2 year old male cockatiel a few weeks ago, and weren't able to get much history on the bird. We've discovered the bird may have been cage bound and not fed a proper diet it's whole life. He won't eat anything but seeds and millet and he won't leave his cage voluntarily at all. We've tried coaxing him out with treats but he doesn't move. He's also terrified of hands, but ok with faces up close. We've brought him out of his cage into a different room a few times, and he's still a bit moody when we do that, but he's very cooperative and likes climbing on our heads and shoulders and absolutely LOVES being scratched on his neck and cheeks. As soon as we're in the same room as the cage he goes right back to the cage and won't let us scratch his neck and cheeks even though he absolutely loved it moments before. He'll scream and bite at us instead. He also hasn't touched his cuttle bone at all, and almost acts like it's his friend. We see him looking at it and talking to it. He also makes these frightened sounds and movements and almost always faces the wall in his cage.
How do we make him feel more comfortable around us and more comfortable coming out of the cage? How do we convince him to eat other foods besides seed and millet?
Pic related: It's our bird Toothless. We called him Toothless because the previous owner cut off half his tail.
Beating the heat without giving the meat.
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Okay /an/, here's the situation I'm in. I work around horses and have been for a few years now, It's a great place to be and I have a deep rapport with them: The problem I'm having is that one of the mare's wants it to go a little more deep then I am ready to go. She seems to go into heat quite frequently, there are only geldings around her and she's been focused on me for almost 2 years now. No one else seems to have a problem with her this way but even when she's out of season, she is definitely trying to get me intimately involved to the point of obsession: No matter how many times I ignore or rebuke her advances. Recently, she tried pinning me and I was more firm and assertive yet she hasn't really cooled down towards me. What bothers me is that I know she's frustrated and I do love her, I've even had the unfortunate realization that that is part of the problem. I've always enjoyed hugging and massaging her and in turn, she can be downright adorable with how she likes to greet me by nuzzling my face. However, her attacking my belt and trying to shove her muzzle down the front of my pants moments later is always an awkward mix between feeling flattered and displaced, I know:
>>"LOL! Wat? >>Why must you see me as a potential mate horse? >>I am not of your species.
I've come to the unfortunate conclusion that my demonstrations of physical affection towards her are just working her up. So I'm leaning towards being more distant towards her and less hands on but that doesn't feel right either.
To state the dilemma: Is there any way I can maintain the warm and wonderful bond I do have with this woman of another species and express the affection I do have for her without her wanting to jump the fence and my bones?
Feline Shock Collars?
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Hey /an/, let me start off by apologizing for writing a damn essay, I just want you to know have a good understanding of the situation at hand. I have a bit of a dilemma I'm hoping you can help me with. You see, I've had my cat for about a year and a half. She was a stray that I found as a kitten, she was extremely malnourished and had open wounds on her side. I took her in and, with the help of a vet, brought her back to good health. I never bothered to have her declawed because it seems harsh to me and she was never a destructive scratcher, she was always very good about scratching on her posts and nothing else. About 5 weeks ago I moved from my single bedroom apartment and bought a 3 bedroom house. It just so happened that a friend was looking for a new place and we worked out a deal for him to rent a bedroom from me. Because of that, I feel the need to keep my cat shut in the bedroom with me a portion of the time, as I do not want her getting outside and my friend seems to have been born in a barn, leaving doors hanging wide open while he takes the trash out and things like that.
Teaching a really fucking dumb dog.
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Okay so I just took on a dog from a distant relative who died and the dog had nobody else to go to.
It's a beagle cross of some sort, seems alert and likes to sniff everything.
He just about knows his name, but I'm having a really tough time training him to do anything.
He can't even do 'sit'.
I get a treat for him, if I slowly lift it over his head he just backs up or gets onto his back legs, if I put my hand behind to push his bum down he freaks out or follows my hand.
I use treats that he usually finds really delicious but sometimes he just doesn't want to eat them, like when we're on a walk and do recall training he'll come back than I'll give him a treat and he just spits it back out again.
I've clicker trained my dogs before and found it to be great but this dog just seems so retarded.
Anybody have any tips on training for a stupid dog?
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ITT: The one that got away...
You know it's happened to you. That perfect pet, in a shelter or rescue, or at a breeder... that absolutely glorious animal that, had things worked out, would have been the coolest pet you ever had-- and yet, the fates arbitrarily decreed that your paths were not meant to cross, and so for some bull shit reason or other you had to move on.
I'll go first.
>>Be me, second semester, senior year of college.
>>Enough student loan overage to pay for an apartment, plus living expenses
>>Already found post-college job
>>Found an apartment, pet friendly, just need to hand over the deposit.
>>Already planning on getting a dog, decide on a whim to go to shelter
>>There he is. Absolute perfection.
>>Puerto-Rican street dog. Medium size. Docile, easy going personality.
>>Scar across face
>>Instantly adores me.
>>Fill out adoption form, promise to come in after the weekend after I finalize things with my landlord.
>>School calls. They misfiled my student loans.
MFW I lost the apartment and had to live on campus and the dog got adopted by some losers who probably feed him Beneful and leave him tied up in the yard.