Dear Rex,
Ask Rex: How do I attract the ladies without spraying? 021313 AE 1 Capital City Weekly Dear Rex,

Snickers (Left) And Kenny

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Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Story last updated at 2/13/2013 - 2:48 pm

Ask Rex: How do I attract the ladies without spraying?

Dear Rex,

Valentine's Day is coming up and I know the ladies are out there waiting for me. I am afraid, however, I am going to have a bit of a problem this year. A few months ago my humans had me neutered! Now I don't spray anymore and I am not sure how I will stake out my territory. And, I guess I can't father any more kittens. I know the ladies are expecting that, too. What will happen when they discover they aren't pregnant and how do I keep other Tom's out of my area? I need help!

Sprays no more

Dear Sprays no more,

I am not sure exactly what your problem is, but I take it that since you were neutered you are sterile and don't spray. Look at it this way: your life expectancy is going to be longer. And frankly, the older you get the less time you have. Younger and bigger males than you will move into your territory (whether you like it or not). Fights with those males will either seriously injure or kill you. Or, on some dark and dreary night you will be running across the street to make acquaintances with some new honey and - splat. The only mark you will leave is the one left on the road. And as for thinking the "ladies" want more kittens. Let me put it this way - no they don't. So enjoy your life. Enjoy your health. Be grateful you have a home and family to care for you. Unfortunately many, many others do not. This Valentine's Day remember you got the best gift you could have gotten from people who truly love you. You got neutered.

Rex is a Border Collie who is employed by the Gastineau Humane Society. He works part time as an advice columnist and pet detective.

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