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

July 31, 2020 12:30 pm · 38 comments

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….

Exit 12A July 31, 2020 at 12:38 PM

Great topic!

Dog: “Radar”, a VERY intelligent border collie.

Cat: “Mau-mau”, a ginger tabby. He behaved like a small dog.

Simonpure July 31, 2020 at 12:44 PM

Harley. Just lost him a year ago after 19 long years. He was a long haired Chihuahua full of love and not a yapper. I miss him so much 🙁 We now have a Chocolate Lab named Quentin who will be 8 months tomorrow.

Dawg July 31, 2020 at 12:57 PM

Lefty, was a left pawed cat. I figured out that she was left pawed because she would play and eat with her left paw. She would scoop up her dry cat food with her left paw and drop it on the floor to eat it. I’ve loved all my pets, but Lefty was more loving and affectionate. She would always lay next to me while I was watching TV, or come and sit by me when I was doing something else. She was an exceptionally well behaved cat, I even taught her to use the toilet to go potty. She was ok with doing #1 in the toilet, but when it came to #2, she didn’t like the water splashing up on her butt when the poop hit the water. so we gave up on it and she went back to using her litter box.

nytemuvr July 31, 2020 at 3:11 PM

@Dawg….Doesn’t everybody hate that “turd splash back”?

Roz July 31, 2020 at 1:01 PM

Keiko Chan,…which means ‘Joy Dear’, was our Japanese Akita,….Dewa bloodline, so she was quite tall, 27″ at shoulder and 100 lbs. Tan in color with black nose and white tipped tail. She didn’t bark much, but would greet with Whoo’s. Happy when Daddy was home, and did wake-up calls when I asked her to get our Daughter up for school. She liked to chew gum, and would stop chewing it so we wouldn’t take it from her,…LOL! Took a classes and trained her, with voice & hand commands. Loved car rides and being out with us to visit others. Lost her September 1997, due to her stomach had flipped,…she was only 9 1/2 years old. First and only dog we had, but plan on getting another dog after our daughter takes her 2 cats back, later this year,….fingers crossed.

Silva July 31, 2020 at 1:06 PM

I’ve had a very large number of a great variety of species pets, but that’s like asking which of my children I loved the most. I suppose some folks wouldn’t have a problem with the question, but that’s too tough for me!

Hanne Jeppesen July 31, 2020 at 4:11 PM

Silva, I agree with you, although I only have one daughter. I feel the same about comparing nature, who can say what is most beautiful, Tahoe, Yosemite, Grand Canyon, impossible.
When I lived in Benicia I had 2 cats, one an orange tiger striped female, the other a black and orange calico, which had been my daughters cat.
They were very different, the orange was a little stand offish until you got to know her, but I bonded with her. The other one would come right up to anybody that came in the house, throw herself on her back, like she was saying here I am, could you pet me. The orange cat lived to be 19, the other one 15. I miss them both. Due to several circumstances I don’t have any pets right now.

TOB July 31, 2020 at 1:41 PM

Miss my Great Dane Max.

Mary Fouts July 31, 2020 at 1:48 PM

Our late dog Titus. We didn’t necessarily love him more than other pets (dogs), but Titus was simply Extra Special. We adopted him from the Martinez County Animal Shelter when he was not quite 5 years old, he was an owner surrender for “no time”. A 66 lb Chow-Chow mix, probably Samoyed; an alpha of the alpha dogs. We were so lucky to have Titus as our Faithful Canine Companion until he peacefully passed away at Concord SAGE on an early Sunday morning at almost 14 1/2 years of age. The look Titus gave us with his eyes told us it was time.

True story: With tears in our eyes and at times inconsolable, Jim and I went for a walk on Titus’ favorite Briones Regional Park trail immediately after he passed. It was very cloudy. All of a sudden, ahead of us the clouds parted, and a magnificent brilliant ray of sunshine came through in a singular location. We knew that was Titus telling us he had safely arrived in Doggie Heaven, and was fine.

MikeT July 31, 2020 at 3:32 PM

That is a great story Mary, thank you!

Wheel July 31, 2020 at 1:51 PM


Reality says... July 31, 2020 at 2:03 PM

Your pets are like your kids – of course you have a favorite, but you never say which one in public.

“I love them all the same!”

Ricardoh July 31, 2020 at 2:18 PM

Every pet I have had or my family has had was special. No way to pick a favorite. They were all loving and trusting and hard to lose.

HONDA BILL July 31, 2020 at 2:29 PM

mine would be my current dog. jack Russell purebred named Kiley. I call her Kiley o’reilly, the irish dog. have had her since a pup, 17 years now. she is the ultimate reliable best friend. gets into some mischief, but she is a pretty awesome dog.

Anonymous2 July 31, 2020 at 2:37 PM

What a wonderful topic and what heartfelt responses! So many special creatures but among them a small black and white cat named LC (for “Little Cat”). She had the elegance of a feline and the sweet cuddly nature of a puppy. Would drape herself around my neck and shoulders, purring madly – such a darling.

Lamont July 31, 2020 at 2:44 PM

All of my animals, small to large dogs, cats of all kinds of dispositions, even a canary….great companions and were very positive to have around. Loved them all.

Future Catlady July 31, 2020 at 2:45 PM

Like others here have said – there have been many 🙂 The one that was particularly special to me was a “cow cat” named Pinto. When I was about 5 years old he jumped out of the bushes and grabbed me (gently) around my ankle and then followed me home. My family did not mind taking him in and Pinto blended in well with the other pets. He was a sweet & kind kitty despite growing to be the largest cat I’ve ever had. He even could do some tricks. Sadly, a few years later somebody in my neighborhood was poisoning cats and my dear Pinto was among of them. Pinto holds a special place in my heart =^^=

April July 31, 2020 at 3:24 PM

Chiyoko, my sweet pug passed away while I was in labor with my daughter. I miss her sweet face.

Hanne Jeppesen July 31, 2020 at 4:13 PM

I’m mostly a cat person, but I love pugs, they have so an endearing personality.

Couch Tomato July 31, 2020 at 3:27 PM

Moni Mow – Exceptional Siamese cat that lived 22.5 years. First pet ever so I was devastated when he passed (to say the least). Vowed to never have another to avoid that pain. Here I am 5 cats later (2 still alive). All I can say is enjoy them while they’re with you. Better the pain of their passing than to have never known them.

Mary Fouts August 1, 2020 at 4:28 PM

@Couch Tomato – You said “All I can say is enjoy them while they’re with you. Better the pain of their passing than to have never known them.”
Yep! 👍👍👍👍👍👍👍👍👍👍👍👍👍

The Mamba July 31, 2020 at 3:50 PM

My pug, Lucy, was such a great little dog, so much personality and she was always there when I needed her. I remember a couple of nights feeling anxious and she could sense it and would just nuzzle in. I miss her every day.

lovelace July 31, 2020 at 4:27 PM

Never made a mess.
Always loyal.
Great around other animals.
No matter how rough the kids got, he never bit one.
The best pet ever.

Dam I miss that Rock!

Aunt Barbara July 31, 2020 at 4:30 PM

Belgian Shepard Ex Police Dog named “Nani”. Would never have another dog after her, none could compare.
She protected me and my family and was my faithful friend as a child.
Still miss her to this day.

ChuckStir July 31, 2020 at 5:04 PM

For my 14th birthday I got a Golden Mantle Squirrel. Back in the 60’s you could buy one from the pet store here in Concord. It took three years and quite a few bites before he tamed down, once tamed he would run around the yard, sit in my hand and eat and quite biting. Lived 9 years.

The Wizard July 31, 2020 at 5:24 PM

I had a pet rattlesnake named Hillary, quite a temper.

Gititogether July 31, 2020 at 5:37 PM

Was actually my friend’s Boxer “Nacoma”. She and I hiked hundreds of miles together. She was very sweet, very playful, and very courageous – once went nose to nose with a coyote to keep it from getting near me. I’ve had many pets, and known many other cats & dogs over the years, and she was truly special.

Sandy G July 31, 2020 at 8:11 PM

I’ve had practically all species of pets from farm animals to rats. The ones that affected the most upon their deaths were my first ferret Pocket. He was the most special ferret. He was box trained, if he was out running around he’d run up into his cage to use the potty box. He was the only one. Ever. And there were many more. He took a part of my heart that can never be filled
I lost my Sadie cat last year. A fast growing cancer. She was only sick for three day. I took to the vet, brought her home and she died the next day. She was a very opinionated cat, and shared her opinion often and loudly.

Cindy July 31, 2020 at 8:22 PM

Each of my dogs has been special in the differnt seasons of my life. But my Sandypants and I had a very special bond. She was my precious little angel. She taught me patience. And was with me when I lost my dad, lost 2 jobs, lost my condo, moved back in with my mom, And went back to college @50.
Yea She was the best……….

Aunt Barbara July 31, 2020 at 11:26 PM

sweet story. Hope all is well now

ZZ July 31, 2020 at 8:34 PM

So many heart warming memories shared here. Animals play an important part of many people’s lives.

Antler July 31, 2020 at 8:58 PM

I captured a “Tuxedo… black-and-white short-haired feral male cat and raised him as an “indoor-only”. Before his coat mostly covered the effect, the white pattern on each of his sides looked like doughnuts, so I named him “Cheerio”. He loved all our Brittanys and everyone who came into our home. His favorite time of the year was Christmas. He liked to curl up on the breakfast room table and watch me when I was addressing cards, or making wreaths, or putting little drop cookies on cookie sheets, or wrapping gifts.

And from the time he was maybe 6 months old, he would weave through the full wall-to-wall length of the living room fireplace hearth where we displayed a complicated Dickens Village ….. gently touching the tip of his nose to the houses, the fences, the human figures…. and never once tipping over anything. He would lie on the floor under the tree and look up through the boughs at the ornaments and lights…. again without touching anything. From the second of his sixteen Christmases onward, he would go back and forth with me watching as I placed the extended family’s stacks of gifts underneath the tree. And then ….. and to this day the memory makes me cry… he would go get his favorite toy…. a little green floppy stuffed lizard….. would bring it to the tree, sit down at my feet, place the lizard on the carpet there, and just look up at me while giving a mighty purr.

ON DA July 31, 2020 at 9:46 PM

I am sure noah’s ark was full of blessed creatures

Gittyup July 31, 2020 at 9:52 PM

I really couldn’t say I loved one any more than the others. They were and still are all very precious to me. I loved them each as much as it’s possible to love anyone or anything, and each for their special and unique qualities, Some were more affectionate than others, some more independent and solitary. Each one brought wonderful memories and generous amounts of love into my life. I had some much longer than others, but losing one was always devastating. I miss each and every one of them equally and wish they could all be here with me right now and forever..

John Morey August 1, 2020 at 2:34 PM
WhoDat Gurl August 1, 2020 at 4:00 PM

My favorite pet is my neighbors dog, an Aussie mini, who wiggles into a frenzy when he sees me. He’s a kook, just like me, and I love his sweet ways. Best of all, the neighbors pay the vet bills and have to clean up after him. My son loves him too.

Pattyb August 1, 2020 at 10:41 PM

Not real found of pets in my house but I did break down and let my son get a cat about 11 year ago. We went to ARF in Walnut Creek and my son went into one of rooms where some kitten where. This little ball of black fluff walked over to my son, climbed up his legs then all the way to his chest and settled under his chin. It was a match that has yet to be broken and he named him Diablo. When Diablo was around 3 years old he suddenly went blind but that has yet to stop him from being a sweet, goofy, adorable pet. He is 12 yrs old now but healthy, happy, and very loved…even by me.

American Citizen August 3, 2020 at 7:31 PM

47 lb English Bull terrier named Darcy. Best dog you could ever own. Loaded with personality and loved everybody. I will probably never own another dog. Too hard when they go. Besides, Bull terriers are so expensive now I can’t afford one.

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