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Linda Schrock - 2013-07-21
I bought two diamond doves six weeks ago. One has a large dark eye ring and the other one a smaller light ring. I thought they were male and female. They both do the bow coo and coo a lot. Could they both be males?

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  • Jasmine Brough Hinesley - 2013-07-25
    How old are they? You can't tell for sure which are males/females until they are at least 6 months old. It's possible you could have two males, but if one definitely has a larger ring than the other, I would bet that one is a male and the other one female.
  • Linda - 2013-07-31
    I do not know their age but they look full grown. They started fighting leaving one with no breast feathers. I read that Females do not bow coo.( both bow coo.) I have separated them to see if the breast feathers will grow back, as I am not sure if fighting was the cause of it. Both birds seem to be healthy. Thank you for your comment. I am new at having Diamond Doves.
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Jonathan - 2011-03-15
I have had my rose hair for 8 months now and she is the most awesome pet ever! Before I got her, I was severely arachnophobic, terrified of any spider that I saw. But she changed all that, I have never been bitten nor has she displayed any signs of aggressive behavior. This website has been extremely helpful in teaching me about how to care for her and how to read her body language. They are like people in that they all have their own unique personality. Her name is Morticia and she loves to cuddle with me. I get her out and as soon as I take the lid off her enclosure she practically kills herself trying to get out and into my hand. Once in my hand she'll crawl up my arm and eventually nestle somewhere on my neck like she's snuggling and won't move at all, even if I move myself. I even took a 2 hour nap one afternoon and she stayed on my neck the entire time (probably not a good idea in hindsight since I could've rolled over and squashed her to death) but she was perfectly behaved as always. I DEFINITELY recommend this species for first time spider enthusiasts like myself. Just treat them right, follow the directions on this site and they'll be a friend for life. I look forward to many more years with my spider!!!

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  • emma williams - 2011-11-30
    I know exactly what ya mean. My rose sakura is so gentle and patient with me. She's my angel she loves me to tickle under her abdomen,and lets me groom her, gently of course. We have such a close bond she is so gentle and friendly . I dont know what I would do if I lost her. Roses are wicked tarantulas arent they?.
  • Marygrandma Moodymare Thirsk - 2013-07-29
    Aw that's so sweet. I got my rose on saturday the 27th. I have handled her on the 1st day but wanted her to settle into her new tank etc. She has eaten 2 crickets since then so today I touched her with a paintbrush so she didn't think I was. She stood and she stuck her abdomen up at me then reared. I think maybe Tom lil just put my hand in to see if she comes to my palm.
charlie - 2013-07-29
My rose hair has not eaten for two years now and still not eating. Just wondering if there's something I'm doing wrong or if this is natural?

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  • Jasmine Brough Hinesley - 2013-07-29
    Two years? I am not sure a tarantula can live for 2 years without ANY food. It seems like she must have eaten something at some point by now. Are you sure she hasn't eat a cricket and you just missed it?
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Tahsha Franklin - 2013-07-29
In 2006 I acquired 6 Diamond Doves and 2 White Ring necks. Now I have 30 Diamonds and 20 White Ring necks, I love and know them all but I have become overwhelmed. I'm not well enough to care for them as before. The Diamonds are very scary birds with fragile bodies. It's hard to find homes for them - loving knowledgeable owners. I must start planning for their future. I need help! I'm in Orlando, Fl. Any suggestions, questions, offers, info.???? Most of what is on line refers to birds that have homing skills or live outdoors. Mine have been raised inside in flight cages, 2 per cage. Thanks even for prayers.

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Tony Dai - 2009-11-11
I had a red eared slider for 5 years. We've been through alot. First I purchased him he was 2 inches and he was placed in a tiny plastic container with no heating source, I only put him by the window for natural sunlight. The tank only had 1 cm of water and one small rock. It was a very poor habitat and I kept him there for a few months and he survived. Then I put him in a 9 gallon aquarium with 1 cm of water and the same rock. Still no heat source. He was fed pellets and shrimp. After a few years I went on the Internet and searched information on how to take care of them, and I found out they need a very large tank, a basking area, UVB basking bulbs, very clean water and a very strong filter, and lots more. Then I realized the mistake. I quickly told my parents how to take proper care of them. I always try to tell them how to take proper care of red eared sliders but they think its unnessecary. So I still had him in a poor habitat. But the past few months I tried my hardest to give him a proper habitat by myself. Right now he's still in a 9 gallon, but he has a turtle dock, a water depth of 4 inches, and a desk lamp for basking (I put him under the window on warm days for UVB). He is currently 5 inches and although he was in a terrible habitat for such a long time, he survived and for some weird reason shows no sign of illness. Now I'm going to give him a very large tank with a large basking area, a UBV basking light, a filter and water changes. I just wish my parents could be more considerate and put more effort into taking care of pets as they are a huge commitment. I'm only 11.

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  • Allyson - 2010-07-20
    WAY TO BE Tony! I hope your slider is doing well. I too, had a poorly cared for pet as a child. It was a collie named Mikey. I felt so sad. I loved that dog so much, but I was too young to do anything about it. Unfortunately, he died before I was old enough to take care of him. I now make up for his loss by taking the best possible care of the pets that I love now. I hope he forgives me.
  • A. N RAO - 2010-08-17
    I also have 3 red eared but I am confusing about how to design a comfortable tank for them. If you have any idea on it give me details I arrange it asap "A N RAO"
  • Diana - 2010-11-22
    I think, you are trying to do the right thing, but you should try to tell your parents that you will work around the house to pay for a better tank, tell them that even that it's not important for them, it is important for you that your turtle is happy. I have one for three years now, and I just upgraded her tank, to a 75 gallon one and she is very happy. Try to buy a used one on craig list with a good filter, and you can clean it every month. Good luck
  • murray brown - 2011-03-15
    Sounds like your turtle is very lucky to have you as his/her human--good job!
  • MS.Donna - 2013-07-26
    Tony I am sure that your parents probably have a lot of bills to pay and may not be able to keep you and your turtle fed or in a house or have lights and gas. SO since I am reading this a few days before my own birthday, I will send you a Petland gift card IF YOU EMAIL ME WITH YOUR PARENTS PERMISSION. I DO not WANT TO HAVE ANY PROBLEMS with the law for trying to do a nice thing. EMAIL SUBJECT: MR TURTLE's friend okay.
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Joyce - 2013-07-18
My Grandson's Teddy Bear Hamster got loose last Friday night. I have put food and water out for it. Anyone know how to catch it?

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  • Jasmine Brough Hinesley - 2013-07-24
    Well, hamsters are very active at night, so that is the best time to look for them. However, they like to hide behind and under things. So I would start by searching behind dressers, under beds, etc. Good luck finding him! I know when ours would get out he would always climb up into our bed, waking us up!
  • donna - 2013-07-27
    Try making steps up to a bucket with books or something then put something soft on the bottom of the bucket. Put food on each step and in the bucket. Hopefully he will climb the books and fall into the bucket and you will find him in the morning.
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michelle - 2009-12-31
Oooh, he is so cute...... But my maltese is cuter then all malteses in the world!

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  • Desmari - 2011-02-19
    Pom Pom is the best.
  • Sapphire - 2011-06-09
    Yours may be cute,but my Aunts has got to be the bomb!
  • luis - 2013-07-28
    Hahahaha, you must be kidding me, my toy maltese is the most beautiful in the milky way. haha
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Kim Wood - 2012-09-03
We adopted an approx. 5 year-old chihuahua-long haired mix from the shelter about 1-1/2 years ago. His name is Reese and we love him to death. We visited the shelter, adopted him and came back to pick him up a few days later after mandatory neutering. He has adapted well to our loving home and new environment. We suspect he was abused at some point by men as he is a little leary of men until he meets them. He is a mama's boy. Loves Daddy for the walks and playing, but sleeps with Mommy all of the time. He has some kind of allergy and we have spent $1,000.00's trying to get a grip on that problem. We feed him Nutro Natural Choice Grain Free Limited Ingredient Diet (Natural Venison Meal & Potato Formula) after many tries with other vet-recommended dry foods. We no longer use dryer sheets or fabric softener in our laundry and have tried all the expensive flee medications (now using Advantage) although we have not seen any flees on him. We now use oatmeal shampoo and have him bathed regularly. We are hoping this works. Next, if the constant itching problem persists we will try Natural Balance as recommended all over this site. He does, however, have one other problem that I have not seen addressed here and it is really an addiction for him because he never stops!!!!!! He suckles, or wubs (as we call it) on blankets and does this for hours on end! It doesn't bother us, but I am wondering if anyone out there knows why he does it??????????????

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  • Clarice Brough - 2012-09-17
    Wow, that's very curious. You are very dedicated to the little fellow, and that is really great, but you do have to wonder what's up with the suckles. As you've mentioned, he was in another home before yours... and maybe not all was as great as it is now for him. Also there's no way to know when he was pulled from his mother. So there could be a combination of things going on, learned coping behaviors for early traumas perhaps? Sounds like he's going to be fine with you though even if he does still have his quirks:)
  • Amanda - 2013-01-19
    Sounds like my chi. GiGi sucks on her thigh for hours at a time.... Strange but kind of cute :) If we try to stop her it is very upsetting to her. So we let her do it and clean her leg so it isn't moist. I think it comforts her and the habit developed as a lack of socialization in her previous home. She had fleas when we got her and has been on a nitro diet for 3 weeks. She is recovering from bad fleas and has missing patches of fur and scabs that I wish would just heal so she looks as cute as her personality. She is also learning to be house trained and have human interaction... Her first two years were not in a loving home, but we love her to death.
  • calvin - 2013-07-28
    My long hair chi itched constantly as a said dry skin partially because I had to bathe him every two weeks because of my house dust allergies....I was told about epi-soothe made by virbac by the vets's for dogs,cats, and strangely enough horses (although you'd have to be rich to buy enough for a horse or even a lab)., lather it up and leave it on 5 to 10 minutes then rinse well...a friend who'd had to shave his yorky mix cause of hot spots found washing with this every week for a month then every 2-3 weeks has cured and controlled the hot spots...they also make a conditioner which I haven't had reason to try since this has worked so well.
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angel - 2010-02-17
What do u feed them?

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  • Editor's Note - 2010-02-17
    All kinds of meaty foods including crustaceans, molluscs, and fish.
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Jacki - 2013-07-18
I found a white dove on the side of the road about 3 years ago and I am trying to find out some information about doves (hense the interest in this site). He has some behavioral problems such as biting and I think this may be why he was abandoned. I am working on this, but I believe he was abused by former owners. He does want to be near me and play with me, but he just seems to peck me for no apparent reason. He'll be playing, then for some reason (?) he just starts to attack. He is aggressive with other people, but I believe, like I said, this may have to do with trust issues from a prior owner. I need to learn more about him, to find out what sort of 'goodies' I caan reward him with to help with this problem. He is very smart and likes to say good morning, and growls at the door with the dogs when someone comes. I guess he wants to protect me! With a little more information, I'm sure I can help him with his trust issues. If anyone has any ideas, please reply to thiss post. I will check back periodically. Thank you, Jacki.

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  • Clarice Brough - 2013-07-26

    These types of doves are known to have a rather aggressive and territorial nature, known to defend their mate. They will contest other doves, but will also engage in hetero-preening (preening another) or nibbling a partner. From your description I'm guessing it is some sort of control behavior. It doesn't sound like aggression, as aggressive behavior includes an attack posture (head low and drawn close to the body), a rush, and often a challenging note. It may simply be looking at you as its mate!

    These birds can begin to have behavioral changes when they are kept singly. Some pecking behaviors are learned and very hard to change. One suggestion that I've heard can sometimes help is to provide a mirror. This has been known to help with perceived companionship and they will often love it, though they may then tend to stay by the mirror a lot.

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