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The Water Cooler – The Pet You Loved More Than The Rest


The “Water Cooler” is a feature on where we ask you a question or provide a topic, and you talk about it.

The “Water Cooler” will be up Monday-Friday at noon.

Today’s question:


QUESTION: We’ve all had pets throughout our life at one point in time or another. What is the one pet you’ve loved more than any other? What was his/her name and what kind of pet was it?

Talk about it….


Old Timer February 2, 2023 - 12:49 PM - 12:49 PM

My little Havanese Lexi.

Hanne Jeppesen February 2, 2023 - 12:54 PM - 12:54 PM

I always had cats growing up. Then when I got married I got a kitten, he lived to be 16. When I lived in my townhouse in Foster City, a neighbor orange cat would come by, and often when my daughter walked to shcool over the lawn the cat would follow her. Then one day the neighbor’s came over and said they were moving back to England, and couldn’t take the cat, would my daugther and I give her a home. We agreed, we thought she would go through an adjustment period, but when we let her in the house she jumped up on the cough next to me, like she knew it was her new home. She was very pretty, orange stipes and beige around her nose. She lived to be 19. A few years after we got her, my exhusband asked me to take in my daughters cat she had at his house, he was getting married again, and his wife was allergic to cat. So I took in that cat as well, very cute tortoise, problem was Ginger (the orange cat) did not take kindly to a second cat in the house, she refused to come in and I had to feed her outside. Then in fall when it was raining she came in the house and gave me a dirty look, like if this is way it’s going to be, I guess I’ll put up with it. She died more than 10 years ago, but I still miss her.

Exit 12A February 2, 2023 - 1:17 PM - 1:17 PM

Sonar, my first dog.
a merle Australian Shepherd.
He was extremely intelligent. I swear I had conversations with him.

Dawg February 2, 2023 - 1:19 PM - 1:19 PM

Just as parents love all their children, most parents love all of them equally. For me, it’s the same with pets. I’ve had dogs and cats, and they each had their own uniqueness that made them special. The cat I have now is a Savannah cat, and she is extremely loving, playful, and energetic They are really big beautiful cats, when standing on her hind legs, she comes up just a nose above my waist. When playing with her, I have to be use caution, she insists on giving me little love bites, they don’t hurt, but sometimes she will get carried away and scratch at me too. I’ve had her for a little over 10 years, and she’s a sweet, well-behaved cat.
What’s not to love about her?

Hanne Jeppesen February 2, 2023 - 2:13 PM - 2:13 PM

Dawg l tend to agree with you, l only have one child. I do think people that have more than one love them all, but in different ways. Both my grandmothers had many children one 7 the other 8, both seem to favor the youngest. Which seemed okay with their siblings

Ape February 2, 2023 - 1:36 PM - 1:36 PM

Button aka ButtButt, such a sweet little longhair black cat. I miss her guitar twang meow

American Citizen February 2, 2023 - 1:46 PM - 1:46 PM

Darci. A 47 pound English bull terrier. Coolest animal I’ve ever seen. It was like a clown in a dog suit. Sadly, my mom had a stroke and I had to rehome her when I went to college. I think about that dog every day. That was 1986.

Jeff (the other one) February 2, 2023 - 2:01 PM - 2:01 PM

We had a Rottie, best dog imaginable. Super friendly, unless he was in protective stance, where he was an intimidating force. Very protective of my wife and (infant at the time) daughter. Sad day when we lost him. But would also be hard to say he is better than the old polar opposite pup we have now, even though I kind of did in the first sentence.

Dr. Jellyfinger February 2, 2023 - 2:20 PM - 2:20 PM

The Black Lab I grew up with. He was big for a Labrador, but a gentle, well behaved dog… always by my side.

nytemuvr February 2, 2023 - 2:38 PM - 2:38 PM

My pet rock was great, no vet bills, no cleanup, no feeding and really quite.

Hanne Jeppesen February 2, 2023 - 3:19 PM - 3:19 PM

Yeah, but it keep your feet warm at night.

Dawg February 2, 2023 - 10:49 PM - 10:49 PM

Your pet must be a rock star!

Dorothy February 2, 2023 - 3:38 PM - 3:38 PM

A mutt named Tippy. The most child friendly dog I ever knew.

Sara February 2, 2023 - 3:47 PM - 3:47 PM

My little fluffy orange tabby, Me-mow, the most loving little kitty I ever had, or my white german shephard Asia (Cha-cha) who lived to be 16 years old and I had my entire childhood. I have had and loved sooooo many more, but those two were extra special to me.

The Fearless Spectator February 2, 2023 - 8:19 PM - 8:19 PM

I’ve loved every one equally, however over time you remember the special personalities and qualities of each.
My second German Shepherd possessed such a quiet confidence; she didn’t have anything to prove. Once while on a walk with my four year old niece we were charged by a Rhodesian Ridgeback. I dropped her lead and picked up my niece. My dog glanced at me as if to say, “I’ve got this handled”. She flipped the Ridgeback on his back and he decided it best to run home. Fortunately that was the only altercation in her twelve years. She was a great friend.

Jeff (the other one) February 3, 2023 - 12:51 PM - 12:51 PM

My dog glanced at me as if to say, “I’ve got this handled.” Love this!

Bella February 2, 2023 - 10:26 PM - 10:26 PM

I like the way this question is posed first and foremost. Nala. Twelve years old. She was chosen by the kids because of Lion King back in the day and she lived up to it. Stood by her mate. I never think of pets as children. Just sayin. Each their own. I watched this cat, observed her with our family. She found the family tuxedo who just couldn’t find his way and brought him back home, walked the kids in the crosswalk, nk to school back in the day and parents too when we walked, but she found her mate brought him to us and never left his side.

nytemuvr February 3, 2023 - 1:37 AM - 1:37 AM

@THE FEARLESS SPECTATOR…. My second German Shepherd I got in Martinez in the late 70s from a guy that bred police dogs. She was an accident so I got her cheap (only pet I paid cash for). She guarded my house at night while I worked the graveyard shift for many years. At 80 lbs and mostly black she looked and sounded like a badass police dog but didn’t have that training. She was the sweetest dog I ever had and raised 3 or 4 kittens that turned out to be the best cats I ever had. She was, hands down, my most favorite dog. I’d love to have another GS but they demand a lot of upkeep and I simply don’t have the energy to keep one trained and active any more.

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