Posted on Apr 24, 2014
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I haven't deployed yet but i would like to hear from soldiers who have. If you have animals, do you have family to take care of them or do you have to leave them behind ? Do you give them to the animal shelter or a family member ? If you could have a place that took care of them while you were deployed would you let them ? Did you want to leave them behind and did you get them back after your deployment was over ?
I'm starting a blog about this so your answers will be very beneficial.
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CPT Brandon Christensen
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I had my parents take care of my cat that I have had since 1991. (deployed 2005-2007; 22 month; OIF). I did want my cat back and parents would gladly give him back to me. But on the day prior to my return back home, my parents informed me that he was in the corner gasping for air and foaming from his mouth (not rabies; he was an indoor cat) and they were taking him to the vet. I was hearbroken. And a couple hours later, my parents called me back informing me he passed away. A little over a day away from being with my cat again.

Still miss my cat
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SGT William B.
SGT William B.
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That sucks sir. I had something similar happen to me. My parents took care of my sheltie that I had since 1996. Poor guy was deaf, almost blind, and was having a lot of arthritis-related issues. I told my dad if the dog dies, do not, under any circumstances, tell me until I get back.

Well, I get back, and my sister picked me up. She waited to tell me before we got to my parent's house that my dog had to be put down just before Christmas (I got back in May). I swear, the only time I've ever cried so hard was when my mother passed away. People who don't have pets don't understand the bond that you can have with a dog or cat.
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CPT Brandon Christensen
CPT Brandon Christensen
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Totally agree with you. It was a very strong bond I had with my cat. Tried getting "replacements" but wasn't the same. Wish I could have a cat again, but my son is allergic to them, so gave them up. Maybe when he moves out in 15 years I will get a cat again :)
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Sometimes it's difficult to combine work and caring for animals. But there are more pluses than minuses, so I can't imagine my life without animals. The main thing is to properly organize their care and then everything will be fine. This source has become simply irreplaceable for me in this matter https://mypetguru.com/cat-collars/ I can find everything my pets need to keep them comfortable and healthy.
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SGT Sarah Maxwell
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We love our cats like family, so we have a "family care plan" just for them.
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