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Love my dog!!
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My family and I have 3 cats, all of them rescues. The would have been put down if we hadn't adopted them, our third and youngest being only one week old and abandoned by its mother. I can understand the the idea of it being weird to "train" animals to your way of life, though we teach and "train" our children the same way. (potty training, what to wear and how to wear it, what is right and wrong whether it is scratching the couch or drawing on the walls. Cats have scratching posts as much as children have paper to color on.) I believe our cats sort of rule our lives as apposed to us telling them how to behave. They get picky about food and if they don't like a certain fancy feast can they will go on little hunger strikes until they get the food the want (which we always end up giving them and make sure not the buy the "yucky" can again). They even throw little fits if we are away on a vacation for more than a few days because they miss us and sometimes wait by the door for us to return home from work. We let them wander outside when they choose, unless it's at night for fear of coyotes in the area, though they are mainly inside cats and even with an open door often prefer to stay inside and watch the world from the doorway. I have always laughed at the similarities between our cats and young children. I wouldn't say I would think of them as my own kids, but they definitely act like it and seem very happy with their life here. Also, my cats don't stink. One of them I think just might be the cleanest cat in the world considering we find him cleaning himself every 30 mins to an hour. The litter box however, is a different story and we just try to clean it as often as we can (which by the way, you also change a baby's diaper and they tend to stink and you have to wash them yourself). Having our cats has been one of the greatest things in the passed 10-14 years of having them.
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I could not live without pets. My family has three full-time resident dogs, a consistent weekend visitor and playmate to our youngest dog, a cat and I personally have a betta fish to keep me company at school.

I have to address the comment about it being cruel/wrong to keep pets, in particular in reference to dogs. Dogs are extrodinarly unique in their relationship with humans. They coexist with humans in a way that no other animal does. Dogs, while related to wolves, are not wolves and should not have their nature compared to their wild counterparts. Even when raised by humans since birth wolves eventually diverge from dogs personality-wise quite drastically. They become impossible to control, they steal food even when trained not to, are much more aloof and do not respond to training and affection with the receptive eagerness that a dog does. Dogs are completely and utterly intertwined with humans on a deep level.
Something truly fascinating that dogs do that other domesticated animals or other canines do not do is that dogs have seperate sets of communication tools, one for communicating with other dogs and another for communicating with humans. That's right, dogs have been living with humans for such a long time (think millions of years, or more!) that they have learned a whole new way of communicating that is not how they naturally communicate with their own species. Examples of this are that dogs use vocal cues with humas that they don't use with other dogs, they track the human face the same way a human tracks another humans face, they have developed a unique receptiveness and understanding of humans' body language and vocal cues. Emerging evidence also suggest that they are able to pick a much larger vocabulary than previously thought. Another interesting thing that has recently been researched is the release of dopamine from positive interactions. We've known for a time that humans recieve a release of dopamine (the feel-good hormone) and lessening of cortisol (the stress hormone) when petting or cuddling dogs but we are now finding out that the same reaction can be seen in dogs as well.
Dogs are very much dependant on humans, both for shelter and nourishment and companionship. They know how to live and communicate in an effective manner with humans and they take full advantage of that. They are able to build completely trusting relationships, and they do. A dog that attacks a person is considered unusual, where any other animal is just being an animal, and I think this says a lot. Sure, there are bad breeding practices and they should definitely be stopped, but for the most part people get dogs that they like, get along with and want to be a happy and healthy companion for a long time. Cats and horses are, from my own experience, are some of the few animals that even come close to this relationship, but a horse is too big to live 24/7 with humans so we don't know how they would change and cats.. well, they're cats. Dogs don't need to be "free" to be happy (although everyone should make sure to give their dog lots of walks and play time). As for training, dogs seem to really like it, when done properly. If you train with positive reinforcement and proper session length a dog should be happy to learn and performe "tricks", my golden retrieve seem to really enjoy doing tricks, especially shake. She knows that she is going to get treats and petted and played with if she rolls over and she gladly does it, same for my other dogs. However, we don't push our dogs to do things that are stressful for them. The golden retiever is very smart, she learns tricks in just one or two short session so we really are not forcing her to do something she is unwilling or not suited to learn. They have adapted their behavior over centuries to coexist with humans to a point where living with humans does come naturally to them (symbiosis, anyone??) and it's working out great for the majority of them.

Also, you get used to the smell, trust me on that one. I don't even register dog smell at all unless they are especially smelly or at a kennel. And dog hair becomes just another inevitable part of life when you have lived with them for a while... it just require a bit more vacuuming and lint rolling....

sorry for the long post...
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And thus, no one even bothered to read it
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Btw, I think pets taste good
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kaptainkooleio wrote:

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I read it. And even smell/hair is easily manageable. I give my cat a brushing daily. In fact, she enjoys it and asks to be brushed. no hair around the house, and she keeps herself groomed/smell free. Vacuum and dust once a week, wouldn't even know there was a cat in the house if you didn't see the toys and strategic scratching posts.
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kaptainkooleio wrote:

And thus, no one even bothered to read it


I read it. And even smell/hair is easily manageable. I give my cat a brushing daily. In fact, she enjoys it and asks to be brushed. no hair around the house, and she keeps herself groomed/smell free. Vacuum and dust once a week, wouldn't even know there was a cat in the house if you didn't see the toys and strategic scratching posts.


congratulations on reading the Novella above us
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kaptainkooleio wrote:



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And thus, no one even bothered to care that you did not read it.
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mrya21 wrote:


kaptainkooleio wrote:



And thus, no one even bothered to read it


And thus, no one even bothered to care that you did not read it.


I do, and you don't speak for me.

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saksiss wrote:


mrya21 wrote:


kaptainkooleio wrote:



And thus, no one even bothered to read it


And thus, no one even bothered to care that you did not read it.


I do and you don't speak for me.



I apologize and amend my statement to "And thus, I did not even bother to care that you did not read it".
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My partner is my pet.
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They make great company if you're lonely. :'D
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Well You reminded me about my cat that we had to put down a couple weeks ago

But they are awesome when their with you
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mrya21 wrote:


saksiss wrote:


mrya21 wrote:


kaptainkooleio wrote:



And thus, no one even bothered to read it


And thus, no one even bothered to care that you did not read it.


I do and you don't speak for me.



I apologize and amend my statement to "And thus, I did not even bother to care that you did not read it".


And Thus the cycle continues until one of us could care less(which is me, gtfo)
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