HOW IMPORTANT ARE YOUR CANINE (OR FELINE) COMPANIONS?

  • HndsmKansan

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    Dec 28, 2007 6:20 PM GMT
    Just curious... my bf once said that they (the beagles) rank higher than some friends or certain family members.

    What about your dogs or cats? How do you view them?



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    Dec 28, 2007 6:50 PM GMT
    they are your children who don't' talk back at you. always loyal, innocent and lovable. God put them around us to show how undeserving we are for his love.
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    Dec 28, 2007 7:35 PM GMT
    I am our kitties' devoted servant.
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    Dec 28, 2007 8:04 PM GMT
    They're immediate family. Our cats have been with us every day for 10 years, our dog just over two. I see my brothers and sisters maybe once or twice a year. If one of them came to visit and had deathly allergies, I'd suggest they find a hotel.
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    Dec 28, 2007 8:32 PM GMT
    The way a guy treats my cat does a lot to determine if he's gonna make a return appearance in my house. And if he can actually handle my parrot...well, that earns him extra challenge points.
  • Timbales

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    Dec 28, 2007 9:15 PM GMT
    I love my dog. She's been a part of my life for 11 years and my lifestyle is adjusted to cater to her needs.

    If my dog and another person were both drowning, chances are I'd rescue my dog first.
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    Dec 28, 2007 9:17 PM GMT
    Even my mother admits that she comes after my cats.
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    Dec 28, 2007 9:23 PM GMT
    My black lab is like my child. Hell he IS my child. 5.5 years old but still acts like a child. icon_lol.gif Anyway, I made it clear in my online personal (when I had one) that I was a dog owner and anyone had to be a pet lover. Not liking pets would be a deal breaker.

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  • buffedrick

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    Dec 28, 2007 9:56 PM GMT
    I have a cat, she's adorable and makes me smile when I watch her do her cute things .. seeing her nap is the most calming thing I can imagine - it's pure zen. That said, she is a cat, MY family and friends come first - in fact ALL humans come first - as much as I love my animal and all animals and am mystified how they can comfort, when I see humans put animals before other humans, I am saddened. I cannot imagine it. The love and company of other (HUMANS) is a gift that I cherish, animal "love" is merely a means to their ends of food - cut out the food and they'll be gone in minutes - that is not love - only humans can give mature self actualized humans real love.
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    Dec 28, 2007 10:00 PM GMT
    I'd rather have a real dog than a man.
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    Dec 28, 2007 10:13 PM GMT
    Dog are awesome all around, and kitties and damn playful and cute, sure sometimes they might scratch you up, but common their purring is worth it
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    Dec 28, 2007 10:35 PM GMT
    As long as you don't turn into Paris and desire to be laid to rest with your beloved pet. Seriously does she plan on slab freezing her pets for a few decades or dying young? And damn me for still remembering that useless titbit of knowledge.

    I'm at my labs mercy. Every revolves around when she wants to eat or go out. I think my next pet will be something less demanding, or something I can eat if I get hungry.
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    Dec 29, 2007 12:20 AM GMT
    Buffedrick--

    I don't think you're right. They might run off to find food, but having found it, they'd be back. My two dogs are less important to me than my own kids, but they definitely beat everyone else. Every day they make me laugh, they give me hugs (doggy hugs are nearly as good as man hugs---depending on the man, often better), they cheer me up when I need it, they sneer at the same TV shows I hate, they warn me of approaching annoyances (like my neighbor, an amiable drunk who invents reasons to drop over at 2 a.m.), and my beagle used to bring me dead possums that she killed especially for me! Not that I encouraged that or anything.

    Zach--

    My friend Elaine has a parrot, and whenever I go to her place she lets it out of the cage and for the rest of the day it stays perched on my shoulder, with its little claws digging in for dear life. I feel like a pirate.
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    Dec 29, 2007 12:28 AM GMT
    Pirate Jeff, ahoy! Parrots are one of those pets that are just uncommon enough that some people are really uncomfortable around them, and how they react in that situation tells me something about their character. I used to have a big Eclectus parrot that scared the crap out of people, even though he was a sweetie. The little conure I have now is a bit of a brat, so I suppose watching people interact with her is a way to measure how patient they can be!

    I hope you have a little rag to cover your shoulder with when you play pirate! icon_razz.gif
  • thisguy023

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    Dec 29, 2007 12:43 AM GMT

    We got a cat about three years ago and at first I was against it. It is amazing how quickly you get attached to a pet. His name translates to "little monkey" and he sleeps on my feet every night.
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    Dec 29, 2007 1:40 AM GMT
    My dogs are loyal friends who give me affection with no conditions. Heck, I took my lab mix to the Middle East with me when I deployed - the Navy allowed it! She is the kindest and most gentle creature but she was my brave protector over there - her instinct really kicked in! Now that's love!
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    Dec 29, 2007 1:47 AM GMT
    Polls are consistent over the last decade...

    (approximately 2/3 of American households have a pet, and approximately 70% of those families consider their pet a member of the family)...

    The Harris Poll® #120, December 4, 2007

    Pets Are "Members of the Family" and Two-Thirds of Pet Owners Buy Their Pets Holiday Presents
    Almost Two-thirds of Americans Currently Have a Pet

    Whether it’s a Persian or a Papillion, Fido or Fluffy, pet owners believe their pets are members of their family. Almost nine in ten (88%) pet owners say their pet is a member of their family with just seven percent saying no. Women are more likely than men to believe this (93% versus 84%). Dog owners are slightly more likely (93%) than cat owners (89%) to consider their pets members of their family.

    These are some of the results of a Harris Poll of 2,455 adults surveyed online between November 7 and 13, 2007 by Harris Interactive®.


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    Dec 29, 2007 2:25 AM GMT
    One reason for my loyalty to my cats is that they cant fend for themselves. Having taken them into my house, I have made a commitment to them for life. I am their guardian and I have committed to taking care of them. I would never let them go for two other reasons: 1) they wouldnt understand what happened to daddy, 2) I could never be sure if they would be taken care of properly.

    I have made arrangements that if my cancer takes me, my brother will take the cats (they already have another cat) and I will leave $5000 for their care.
  • Artesin

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    Dec 29, 2007 4:37 AM GMT
    My dog > everyone else

    Shes my longstanding friend of 10 years, that obviously means something : P.
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    Dec 29, 2007 5:29 AM GMT
    Dogs are like permanent 2 year olds -- smart and loving but never growing up. I foster dogs for a rescue group and my bf adopted one of them, which has ultimately brought us closer together. they are a powerful force -- not like people, but maybe better!icon_biggrin.gif
  • zakariahzol

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    Dec 29, 2007 5:56 AM GMT
    Living alone , my cat Charlie give me some sort of companionship. I treat her like a dog though. She not allow to enter the house, roam outside to feed for herself, and she sleep in the garage. When she was a kitten, I use to feed her. But one day after she broke too many rule I taught of abandoning her. So I stop feeding her and expected she just leave on her own. Strangely she remain in my house and greet me in the morning . I am probably a cruel cat owner in Western society but most cat owner in my country treat his pet the same way.
  • waltex

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    Dec 29, 2007 1:53 PM GMT
    THEY ARE PART OF MY FAMILY . . .

    I LOVE MY TWO CATS AND CONSIDER MYSELF THEIR CARETAKERS.

    I ALSO AM IN LOVE WITH MY FRIENDS SYLKIE TERRIER (A BIGGER YORKIE) WHO HAS TAKEN MY HEART . . .
  • Gaymer

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    Dec 29, 2007 4:29 PM GMT
    My cats are a huge part of my family. I mean, sure, humans are really important to me, but nothing can beat a nice lil kitty purring at your feet ... so long as you don't have to move. It's only a shame they aren't allowed in the dorms, but it makes coming home for breaks that much more fun!
  • Alan95823

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    Dec 29, 2007 5:33 PM GMT
    I've had my two since they were 4 months old, they're my kids. They come begging for attention (one is on my shoulder purring now), they greet me with affection when I walk in the door from work, they sleep on the bed with me, etc.

    One time, I took a week off to do projects around the house and rarely left... when I had to go back to work the following Monday, as I was heading for the door they stood in the way. One of them stood up on his hind feet, and planted his paws on my thighs and tried to push me away from the door.

    I have a responsibility to keep them clean, fed, healthy and happy. Humans are more independent than that (hopefully!), so the relationship is completely different. A boyfriend who tries to "kidnap" me and take me away for a long weekend without making sure the cats are taken care of while we're away is going to have a fight on his hands.
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    Dec 29, 2007 6:53 PM GMT
    I set up a trust and my two chow mixes are provided for in the trust in case anything happens to me. Much of my estate will benefit animals - that is an area of major concern to me. My two dogs were shelter adoptees, and I find that a dog or cat adopted from a shelter seems to have a very high degree of gratitude.