HOW IMPORTANT ARE YOUR CANINE (OR FELINE) COMPANIONS?

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    Dec 29, 2007 8:03 PM GMT
    We have two cats and they are as different as night and day. Our male cat named dog (no, I'm just kidding, his name is Cato, pronounced Kaytoe) thinks that he is a dog. Soon after we adopted him from a Catwoman in Mexico, we were sitting around the living room and I threw a paper ball towards the trash that I missed (never was any good in basketball). Cato retrieved the ball and dropped it at my feet and from then on it was a great game around the house. Millie is our female cat and she is more typically a cat with an attitude except she is always begging for attention. Sometimes, I can have Cato on my lap and Millie on the arm of the chair. They are our children.

    As far as the main question, yeah, they do rank higher than some friends or certain family members. Anyone who has ever had a pet knows that animals have emotions, feel pain and can think quite well for themselves. We would not consider treating them any differently and we also have left money in our wills for their protection.

    Did anyone see that story on BBC recently where they showed this chimp that could memorize the placement of numbers on a screen that were placed randomly and within a flash they were gone. Then the chimp would touch the screen where the numbers were and touched them in numerical order. No human that they tested could do this. I could not even see where all the numbers were; they appeared and disappeared so quickly, let alone be able to touch the screen where they were and in numerical order. Hmmmicon_question.gif
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    Dec 31, 2007 3:40 AM GMT
    When I come home from College to visit, I come home to see my dog. Family just happens to be there too.

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    Dec 31, 2007 4:18 AM GMT
    Cleo has been my bitch for over 12 years; thru thick and thin. She's low maintenance and very independent, just like me. Don't let that fluffy exterior fool you; she's tough as nails! She has a bad habit of killing anything smaller than her (rabbits & birds beware). I suspect she would kill & eat me in my sleep if she were my size, but I love her anyhow.

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    Dec 31, 2007 4:40 AM GMT
    I've had cats in my life many times and I've always enjoyed their company icon_biggrin.gif I don't have experience with dogs, although the larger iconically handsome breeds are very appealing me. Most animals that I meet get along with me and I with them, but house plants are an other matter entirely, I am a biologist and yet plants suffer under my thumb icon_redface.gif.

    The only challenge I have with pets is as a pet owner one is really limited regarding travel unless one finds someone to care for your pets while one is away.

    Btw: cats figure prominently in my horoscope too... hmm...

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    Dec 31, 2007 7:00 AM GMT
    My cat of 18+ years died in my arms in March of this year. He was my oldest friend and we were to the point where I didn't need to tell him what to do, he just knew me and knew what I needed.
    My aunt and two of my friends (one of whom drove two hours to be with me) attended his "funeral". He was as much a part of me as any famlily member. He not only touched my life, but anyone who knew me.
    What he was to me transends mere pet/owner relationships and I miss him dearly.
    I truly believe that pets are family members for us.
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    Dec 31, 2007 10:17 AM GMT
    One cat and two dogs here... actually, the cat is mine and the dogs are my sister's but they've adopted me. icon_lol.gif

    I know my cat is my little boy... as in, he's the closest I'm going to get to having a child... and he and the dogs are top priority in this house. My sister wants a tarantula, but I kinda drew the line there... icon_eek.gif
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    Jan 04, 2008 4:22 PM GMT
    Dogs will forever be your companions. No matter what.

    They will love you unconditionally before all else. That is why they are so important to me. They'll sleep with you even if you scold them. Their forgiveness ability is far beyond our own.

    My dogs are my best friends.
    They give you a companionship you can't deny.
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    Jan 04, 2008 4:57 PM GMT
    My cat, Little White Bastard, has been there through everything I've gone through the last 10 years no matter how great or horrible it's been. He always greets me at the door, plays fetch with rolled up tape from the lint roller and has tried to kill every labrador he's ever met.

    I'm more of cat person, but I really love dogs too. I prefer someone else cleaning up after them tough. Litter boxes are kinda gross, but you don't have to touch the stuff. I love babysitting my friend's beagle (sweetest dog in the world) and I'm thinking of kidnapping my cousin's Weimereimers.
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    Jan 06, 2008 10:22 AM GMT
    My dog, caesar, was given to me by two lesbians who were splitting up. On first sight, I fell for him. He was 13 months old - and still very much a pup with lots to learn. He's now 27 months old.

    I grew up in the country and we always had working sheep and cattle dogs around us. When I moved away from my folks place, I really wanted a dog - but went to college and then lived in apartments - and I'm not a fan of small dogs.

    caesar is an Australian Cattle Dog (blue heeler) crossed with a Border Collie. He's very smart and watches my every move and can pick up when I'm happy or sad. He's also very energetic and he keeps me fit - we run three times a week - and when I go swimming, I take him to the harbour or beach so that he can have a swim too. His favourite sport is catching frisbees in the mid-air!

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    Jan 06, 2008 12:16 PM GMT
    RBY71 saidMy cat, Little White Bastard, has been there through everything I've gone through the last 10 years no matter how great or horrible it's been. He always greets me at the door, plays fetch with rolled up tape from the lint roller and has tried to kill every labrador he's ever met.
    Obviously an agent of Satan. Kill labradors, indeed.
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    Jan 10, 2008 4:09 PM GMT
    When I started dating my BF 9 years ago he came with a little toy fox terrier, Chloe. Its amazing how quickly I became attached to her. She was a house dog and my bf worked evenings, so she became my little roomate. We even created our own names for what she would call us, Damo and Moda. sickening sweet, I know.

    When we moved to SF 5 years ago, we were unsure how Chloe would like the city. It was a far cry from our homes in Miami and Durham. My bf's grandmother had lost her husband and her 17 year old dog withing three months. We decided that Chloe would be a great companion for her and vice versa.

    I spent the following 3 years wishing for a dog. I missed that part of my life. For my 30th birthday I demanded a puppy and a party. I got both and then some. The puppy came early. Disko is my baby. She is the sweetest dog in the world. Smart, silly, clumsy and gorgeous. She just fits our life. Plus, she has made us more active. We used to sit around and watch TV after the gym. Now we hike, bike, swim, run with her about everyday.

    Recently she injured herself on a hike, cutting herself pretty deeply. As we got her back into health I felt a love for her I could only describe as unconditional. The responsibility and adoration you feel when you have a pet fufills a part of me I may never get. Its priceless.
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    Jan 18, 2008 1:29 PM GMT
    My dog Rocky is like my kid. I look forward to coming home and seeing his face and feel bad when I leave for work. He is always their! He always is willing to listen and make me feel better as long as I rub his belly.
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    Jan 18, 2008 1:33 PM GMT
    i love reading this immediately after hippie4life's latest attempt to make us all feel guilty for eating meat.

    I loved my pets, a lot, but if push came to shove I'd eat them too...a lot faster than I'd eat friends or family!
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    Jan 18, 2008 1:55 PM GMT
    After my partner, they are the most important men in my life.
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    Mar 08, 2008 7:36 PM GMT
    Oh buddy, do they ever rate way on up there. I am haveing trouble even looking at realjocks because my cat likes to lay on my left arm while I type. The boxer (my pride and joy) is sitting in the floor talking to my wanting something. I don't know what, I think just for me to get up and walk around the house and give her some more lovin.
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    Mar 08, 2008 7:44 PM GMT
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    i want one sooooooo bad! great danes are my dream pets, but i can't afford one right now icon_sad.gif

    guys, my birthday was last saturday you know... ;)
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    Mar 08, 2008 7:46 PM GMT
    briarhawk saidi love reading this immediately after hippie4life's latest attempt to make us all feel guilty for eating meat.

    I loved my pets, a lot, but if push came to shove I'd eat them too...a lot faster than I'd eat friends or family!


    LOL. what a bizarre thing to say. you made ur point tho
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    Mar 08, 2008 7:49 PM GMT
    i'd rather eat my family than my cat
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    Mar 08, 2008 8:11 PM GMT
    I like very much dogs and cats, but I dont think that pets cannot replace people anyway. Sometimes thepets can bring you compant but... they can talk!!!
    think about it, the very best company for people is the same people
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    Mar 08, 2008 8:33 PM GMT
    I turned a piece of video of one of my dogs into this animated gif.
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    Mar 08, 2008 8:56 PM GMT
    I love my Golden Retriever more than most of my family and friends (lol).

    I am definitely biased when discussing love for one's pets.

    I worked for a veterinarian for 2.5 years and even applied to veterinarian school (got accepted but decided to switch career paths).

    Some of my best friends were dogs, (some) cats, birds, rodents, etc.

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    Mar 08, 2008 8:57 PM GMT
    McGay saidI turned a piece of video of one of my dogs into this animated gif.
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    that's cute
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    Mar 09, 2008 12:14 AM GMT
    we got our Zsa-Zsa from a dog´s refuge. no breed, just a dog. she´s our centre of attention... and she knows it. ever so joyful and running around like mad when we arrive home and kind of quiet and sad when we leave.

    She´s small compared to most dogs and one day a huge dog kind of got a bit aggressive with her. I was carrying a plastic bag with some grape fruits and just started beating about like mad -i´m normally not like that- guess i had to defend her.
    (big dog got scared and pissed off and i was glad it did)

    pets a great
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    Mar 09, 2008 12:38 AM GMT
    I'd say extremely important. I love our dog. He's a yorkie with way too much energy and doesn't act like a typical yorkie, which is what makes him awesome. He's my mom's dog and we've had him for 11 years now. He's more like my dog since I was always with him. I miss seeing himsince he lives with my folks in NC. I don't know what I'd do if something bad happened to him.

    Instead of a dog I have two hermit crabs and they are cute too. I will, however, be getting a dog sometime this year but I just don't know what kind yet. I think I might go for a medium/large because I love wrestling them and they make great jogging buddies
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    Mar 09, 2008 3:01 AM GMT
    Dear Dogs and Cats:


    The dishes with the paw prints are yours and contain your food. The other dishes are mine and contain my food. Please note, placing a paw print in the middle of my plate and food does not stake a claim for it becoming your food and dish, nor do I find that aesthetically pleasing in the slightest.
    The stairway was not designed by NASCAR and is not a racetrack. Beating me to the bottom is not the object. Tripping me doesn't help because I fall faster than you can run.
    I cannot buy anything bigger than a king sized bed. I am very sorry about this. Do not think I will continue sleeping on the couch to ensure your comfort. Dogs and cats can actually curl up in a ball when they sleep. It is not necessary to sleep perpendicular to each other stretched out to the fullest extent possible. I also know that sticking tails straight out and having tongues hanging out the other end to maximize space is nothing but sarcasm.
    For the last time, there is no secret exit from the bathroom. If by some miracle I beat you there and manage to get the door shut, it is not necessary to claw, whine, meow, try to turn the knob or get your paw under the edge and try to pull the door open. I must exit through the same door I entered. Also, I have been using the bathroom for years --canine or feline attendance is not required.
    The proper order is kiss me, then go smell the other dog or cat's butt. I cannot stress this enough!

    To pacify you, my dear pets , I have posted the following message on our front door:
    To All Non-Pet Owners Who Visit & Like to Complain About Our Pets:
    1. They live here. You don't.
    2. If you don't want their hair on your clothes, stay off the furniture. That's why they call it "fur"niture.
    3. I like my pets a lot better than I like most people.
    4. To you, they are an animal. To me, he/she is an adopted son/daughter who is short, hairy, walks on all fours and doesn't speak clearly.

    Remember: Dogs and cats are better than kids because they:
    1. Eat less
    2. Don't ask for money all the time
    3. Are easier to train
    4. Normally come when called
    5. Never ask to drive the car
    6. Don't hang out with drug-using friends
    7. Don't smoke or drink
    8. Don't have to buy the latest fashions
    9. Don't want to wear your clothes
    10. Don't need a gazillion dollars for college, and...
    11. If they get pregnant, you can sell their children!!!!