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    • #24508
      Ally
      Keymaster

      I’m a big animal lover and have had cats and dogs all my life. 

      Do you have any pets? If you do, I’d love to know more about them. Has caring for them become harder due to your disease progression? Does your furry friend help you deal with your hard days?

    • #24530
      Krukar
      Participant

      Hi Ally,

      One of the great things about returning home from Alaska was the greetings we received from our cats Tom and Jeri. Jeri our 3 year old kitten shows her love by biting. Tom the 11 year old Male licks to show his affection.

      Both add a dimension to our lives.
      When I was first diagnosed Jeri insisted I pick up my feet by lying in front of me. What does not kill you makes you stronger.  Blessings, Mike

       

       

       

       

      • #24546
        Ally
        Keymaster

        Hi Mike, I remember meeting one of your cats when we chatted a few months ago! He was so cute! I love cats and I have a big orange fluff ball of my own called Alesso. 🙂 He also likes to keep life interesting!

    • #24535
      Jeffery Hill
      Participant

      Finding ourselves with time on our hands, and missing our last dog, we got a new one just as the March 2020 lockdown descended (coincidence).  Our new Australian Shepherd, Poppy, has lots of energy, and we walk 10,000+ steps every day.  She also loves frisbee, soccer and tug-of-war.  This has helped me keep stiffness at bay.

      • #24547
        Ally
        Keymaster

        Hi Jeffery, Australian shepherds are such fun dogs! They have a lot of energy. Sounds like yours adds a lot of that to your daily life! 🙂

    • #24536
      Barbara Ford
      Participant

      My daughter and I share ownership of a highly intelligent Siamese named CoKitty.  CoMom, CoBoo and CoBob are the names of his staff.  He expects to be fed anytime some one is in the kitchen, demands a clean cat box, and will sneak out the back door if he catches it open.

      He loves it when I stay in bed later than usual or take an afternoon nap.  A pillow cave is his favorite place to sleep. We love our CoKitty.

      • #24548
        Ally
        Keymaster

        Hi Barbara, thanks for writing! Is it true that Siamese cats are very talkative?

    • #24537
      Bud
      Participant

      Hi everyone I have an 8 year old yellow lab. His name is Frank. He keeps me active he loves walking to the lake and swimming. Believe it or not when I get twisted up in a knot and can’t move. My wife brings Frank to me so I can touch him I instantly can move. I know this sounds crazy but it works every time. I have had PD going on 17 years. In the last year is when this getting stuck thing started . Frank my best friend. Hope your pet can do the same for you.

      • #24549
        Ally
        Keymaster

        Bud, this story warmed my heart. Thank you so much for sharing about your boy Frank. He sounds absolutely wonderful and I am so happy you have such an strong and healing bond with each other. 🙂

    • #24542
      Rick Tabakin
      Participant

      I feel that having a four-legged, fuzzy pet (particularly a dog) is very advantageous to people with PD – PROVIDED THAT YOU ARE NOT ALLERGIC TO THEM.  It forces you to care for another live being.  It forces you to get up and walk it periodically.  It’s also something to love and it returns loving and emotional support many-fold.

       

      • #24550
        Ally
        Keymaster

        Hi Rick, I couldn’t agree more! Pets have so much to give in terms of love, companionship and even practical support with things like walking and caretaking — and yet they expect so little in return. They are little blessings. 🙂

        • This reply was modified 2 weeks, 6 days ago by Ally.
    • #24563
      Marlene Donnelly
      Participant

      My husband and I have a 16 year old tuxedo cat named Zach who rules this house.   We have had cats during most of our 53 years of marriage and have always felt we get so much more from our cats than we give them.  We love Zach to pieces, and I have no doubt that being Zach’s maid only helps with my PD.  If I’m feeling fine, Zach makes sure I do all of the things that need to be done for him.  However, if I am having a rough day, he is there for me, giving love and attention like a caring nurse.

      I have also volunteered one evening a week at my local (no kill) animal shelter for their kitties since 1994.  Going there each week is the best!  We usually have anywhere from 8 to 20 kitties, and my job is to feed moist food, make sure there is enough dry food out, refill the water bowls, clean the litter boxes, straighten up, and give love to the kitties.  A friend of mine usually comes with me, and the shelter managers know I have PD and on very rare occasions I may need someone to fill in for me if I’m having a really rough day.  Sometimes I come home exhausted, but it is worth it because I always come home happy!

      • #24632
        Ally
        Keymaster

        Hi Marlene, Zach sounds like a character! What a wonderful little guy. I also love that you’re a shelter volunteer. That must be so rewarding and fun. When I have more time, I would also like to volunteer at a local shelter. Does Zach mind when you come home smelling like other cats? (Asking because I have a kitty, too.)

    • #24567
      Tim Brindley
      Participant

      I sure do wE have 7 rescue dogs and 2 rescue cats.

      Deach has her (8) or his (1) unique mannerisms

      WE love and cherish them all.

       

      We donate $250.00 a month to our local no kill shelter AARP Mayer AZ.

      • This reply was modified 2 weeks, 2 days ago by Tim Brindley.
      • This reply was modified 2 weeks, 2 days ago by Tim Brindley.
      • #24588
        Mary Beth Skylis
        Moderator

        7 rescue dogs!!! I have two, and they give me the run around. But I bet you’re never lonely.

        • #24601
          Tim Brindley
          Participant

          Never.

          I won’t have it any other way either. There love keeps me in a good frame of mind for sure.

    • #24578
      Cynthia Johnson
      Participant

      I have cats and totally ADORE them. They are great company and comfort, especially if I’m not having a great day.

      • #24633
        Ally
        Keymaster

        I agree, Cynthia. My kitty is the best little companion on good days and bad. I’m so grateful for his unconditional love.

    • #24600
      Marie
      Participant

      We rescued a beagle on June 4, after our beagle of almost 12 years succumbed to kidney disease.  The house was so quiet without Lucy.  She was so sweet, she never ever went upstairs, so when her water dish was empty she would bark from the kitchen. My husband and I would always say, it was her way of saying “hey, I’m thirsty over here.”  Or sit next to the water dish waiting for someone to pass by. So after getting through the holidays, and winter, we really began missing a dogs presence in the home. It took more than four years between the beagle I brought with me  into this my current marriage, and Lucy.  So as my husband is the PWP, we would look for a new dog when he felt he was ready.  And we would rescue this time. So one morning he showed me a picture, and said what do you think about this guy? I said he was cute. And then he told me he applied.  After a long couple of weeks, we were approved.  Now Marley’s bio said he was chill just like Bob Marley, and 2 1/2.. all wrong. He is just over one, and very active. But he is so cute and funny, and a love. And my shadow.  He loves to zoom around the yard, treats, and his fence friend Petey. And while he has gotten my husband moving more, he takes the morning shifts so I sleep later. My husband has night terrors so I fall asleep after him to make sure his night meds have kicked in. And once this pea soup weather is over, I cannot wait to walk him again.. although this is the first beagle we have had that loves being out in the high humidity.. I hope he loves the snow, our previous beagles loved it!! I wish I knew how to attach a pic here to show a pic of our Marley..

      • #24602
        Tim Brindley
        Participant

        Marie

         

        one of our rescued dogs is a beagle and she’ll be 19 yrs old in October. She’s only barked 3 times in the 8 years we’ve had her. She love the rain and snow.

        yes Arizona does get snow each winter as I live in Prescott and it’s 5484ft high where my house is.

    • #24610
      Ken Aidekman
      Participant

      We have Mooka, our seven year old Whippet. She has black and white spots much like a cow. Mooka helps me with my Parkinson’s by taking me out for daily 2 mile walks. I don’t know who enjoys the Walk more. Mooka gets all excited at the beginning pulling on her leash and sniffing everywhere. By the second mile she tires enough to walk along side me. Then on the homestretch she starts to drag due to all the hot weather.

      Mooka is also a championship napping dog. I appreciate that because with PD I do a fair bit of napping and she keeps me company.

      Ken

    • #24618
      Bill
      Participant

      I share a house with my wife and two cats (Mac and Apple.) The cats have been with us about 2 years and are very affectionate and entertaining. Just like their humans, the cats have the particular set of behaviors, many of which, put a smile on my face or a chuckle in my throat. Each night as I get ready for bed and get my current book ready to read, Mac jumps on my chest and starts kneading my stomach and does anything he can to distract me and keep me from reading. If I push him further away from my face and start reading, in a few moments, his little tuxedo face/nose appears under my book as he reclaims his position on my chest/stomach. During this ordeal there is only one thing to do, laugh and tell him how much you love him and what a good boy he is. So, yes, I have two cats and cannot imagine life with a cat or cats. My wife loves them as much as I do and were I alone the care of the cats would be more challenging. The cat we had prior to these two lived for 20+ years and was also a delight.

    • #24619
      Bill
      Participant

      I share a house with my wife and two cats (Mac and Apple.) The cats have been with us about 2 years and are very affectionate and entertaining. Just like their humans, the cats have the particular set of behaviors, many of which, put a smile on my face or a chuckle in my throat. Each night as I get ready for bed and get my current book ready to read, Mac jumps on my chest and starts kneading my stomach and does anything he can to distract me and keep me from reading. If I push him further away from my face and start reading, in a few moments, his little tuxedo face/nose appears under my book as he reclaims his position on my chest/stomach. During this ordeal there is only one thing to do, laugh and tell him how much you love him and what a good boy he is. So, yes, I have two cats and cannot imagine life without a cat or cats. My wife loves them as much as I do and were I alone the care of the cats would be more challenging. The cat we had prior to these two lived for 20+ years and was also a delight.

    • #24646
      Marla Klein
      Participant

      My husband and I never had any pets growing up once Herb was diagnosed with Parkinson’s and it began to get worse he kept saying he would like to have an animal I contacted a woman who helps place dogs that she can’t show with people with medical or emotional issues. We were not able to pick Oscar our Shitzu  but after meeting snd interviewing us and  knowing we were first time dog owners she decided to help us. She picked  the right dog for us Oscar kept him for 4.5 months after he was born and made sure right temperament for Herbs needs.  he has been a joy, living never barks or jumps trains easily and when Herb fell over a  year ago he stayed  by his side  till help arrived. Kind loving knows when he needs to be close sbd I was very hesitant but I must confess I have gone to live our 14 pound 2 plus year old Shitzu Oscar and feel lucky to have him as our kids f sad o far away. My husband loves him so and it has helped him to have Oscar by his side.

    • #24647
      Marla Klein
      Participant

      Sorry  about typos but I’m sure u get the idea of what I had to say

      • #24649
        Tim Brindley
        Participant

        I make mistakes every post.

        So do most others.

        Don’t even fret one I -oh-da.

         

    • #24650
      Alan M
      Participant

      Hey Ally:

      My three sons have three cats — in order of age —- Lucy (13), Nermal (11) and Mittens (6)
      Their parents feed them daily, let then sleep on their bed, take them to the Vet when necessary, and ensure they are safe and well cared for.

      Wish I were a cat in our family.

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