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Dogs as Pets

Post 41

Eccentrica Gallumbits (I'm out of my mind right now, but feel free to leave a message.)

Well, with most of ours it's been to save them from death row.


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Post 42

Wargamer (The Wanderer)

For company? I think that's why the cats own me... smiley - erm


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Post 43

Gwennie

Someone, somewhere or other has researched and provided proof that stroking a smiley - cat or smiley - dog lowers stress levels. (Don't ask me where or when I heard this!) smiley - bigeyes

Many old/lonely people have pets as companions. They're also used as visitors to old age residential homes/centres where the residents can enjoy their company. smiley - ok

My whole family enjoys the company of our household pets whilst caring for and living with them has taught both my children, to appreciate and respect animals. This in turn has carried over in to how they treat their peers. (No! They don't go around scratching their friends behind their ears or anything like that. smiley - weird) Sharing his home with pets has been especially beneficial for my son, who has autism and he is amazingly gentle and confident with animals. smiley - biggrin


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Post 44

Wargamer (The Wanderer)

Where do you all get your pets from? All of our cats are either from the RSPCA, or one of our cats got pregnant (we don't know who the father is...).


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Post 45

Gwennie

All the pets in our home have sort of found their own way here by chance or word of mouth...As I've already said, there's a neon sign that's only visible to animals above my house and head and it probably says "Get it here!" or "Game for a tin!" smiley - cool


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Post 46

Tefkat

Well it's taken me over an hour to write this - hope it's not too far out of context - it's a reply to Wargamer's
"Where do you all get your pets from? All of our cats are either from the RSPCA, or one of our cats got pregnant (we don't know who the father is...). "

smiley - catsmiley - blackcatsmiley - catsmiley - blackcatsmiley - catsmiley - blackcatsmiley - catsmiley - blackcatsmiley - catsmiley - blackcatsmiley - catsmiley - blackcat

No-one TOLD me they could get pregnant at only six months old! smiley - wah

Most of the dogs have been RSPCA long-termers (the sort that can't find a new home because they've been so badly tortured they have behavioural problems), as have around half the cats and two of the budgies. We inherited the first two cats when we bought our first house up here (The previous owners just abandoned themsmiley - grr) and the next three were all in imminent danger of being drowned (by three different farmers). Then a kitten had kittens smiley - yikes

(The first two smiley - bunnysmiley - bunny were given to my daughter by a friend. The other 387 were a direct result smiley - erm)

The hens were rescued from a battery farm and the ducks were due for the chop too...

The smiley - bat, the otter, the wild smiley - bunnys and most of the birds arrived injured (is there a flashing neon sign above our house or summat?)

(The peacocks were just a temporary mental aberration)

The last two animals were obtained for a selfish reason - the sole purpose of saving our sanity. The littl'un has had incessant nightmares since birth - several times a night. It was such a relief when we discovered a tabby asleep across the throat cures them. Then he disappeared (dodgy gamekeeper) and the terrors started again, only to be cured once more by the application of another warm smiley - blackcat - and when that one was poisoned the only solution was a smiley - dog.


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Post 47

Tefkat

You've got a neon sign too Gwennie? smiley - laugh


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Post 48

Wargamer (The Wanderer)

Our latest miracle of birth occured when the mother was seven months. That was last month, so we've got four kittens running around here.


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Post 49

Frankie Roberto

I know someone who drowned a kitten - the cat was ill and she was worried it might affect her unborn child...

Sorry to add a morbid twist to this thread, that memory just came into my head.


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Post 50

Tefkat

smiley - cryWhy don't people just give them to the RSPCA? Our local branch has been struggling for years to try to get farmers to give the 'useless' collies for rehoming instead of shooting them.


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Post 51

Frankie Roberto

I dunno. Pregnant women do strange things sometimes...


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Post 52

Tefkat

Can I take the fifth on that?


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Post 53

Frankie Roberto

Didn't really get that referance.

Fifth amendment I'm guessing? What does that mean?


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Post 54

Tefkat

As a woman I declined to make the comment that first came to mind smiley - winkeye


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Post 55

Gwennie

Never mind using the pregnancy excuse, PMT has a lot to answer for too! smiley - devilsmiley - angelsmiley - monstersmiley - magic

Oh yes Tefkat! smiley - laugh Neon signs seem to follow me around, even on the occasions that I travel the London Underground when my nutter lover sign kicks in! smiley - erm


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Post 56

Big Bad Werewolf

Sorry I didn't get back sooner - I was away yesterday.

So, from my reading of your posts, the reasons for owning a pet are mostly for companionship. And, in emergencies, to save their lives. But, when you consciously go out to acquire a pet, it is, generally, for companionship - a creature to love and be loved by.

So, then, given that you are seeking something to love and be loved by, would you choose a creature that:

a) Is arrogant, aloof, selfish, pays you attention only when it is seeking some personal gain (like dinner, a warm place to sleep), or,

b) a creature that lives to please you, is always genuinely happy to see you and shows it enthusiastically, pays attention to you always, loves to play with you and would save your life if the situation ever arose where it was in the position to do so.

I'm sure you know instantly from those descriptions which is describing a dog and which is describing a cat.


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Post 57

Frankie Roberto

SLightly biased I think. Can I rewrite?

a) Someone who will want to have your attention constantly, is probably stronger than you, requires you take it for a walk every day, treats your friends with complete disrespect and thinks of all everyone else as a potential enemy.

b) Someone who can look after themselves, shows affection, likes all humans, is cute to look at, is clever enough to work things out and is good with children.

smiley - nahnah


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Post 58

Tefkat

BBW asks "would you choose a creature that:

a) Is arrogant, aloof, selfish, pays you attention only when it is seeking some personal gain (like dinner, a warm place to sleep)...?"

All I can say is - I've never had any complaints. smiley - catsmiley - biggrin

(Sounds like the perfect companion.)


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Post 59

Sergeant Mushroom

smiley - blackcat

Sounds just like my brothersmiley - erm


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Post 60

Emmily ~ Roses are red, Peas are green, My face is a laugh, But yours is a scream

years ago i reported someone for drowning 5 eight week old puppies..(labrador crosses)nothing was done about her..no evidence..

smiley - rose


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