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post #31 of 43
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Originally Posted by Rosiemac View Post
Well were not that silly that we don't know there not real children, and it's not like we plan on sending them to day care in the near future
Er, um... our dogs go to daycare...
post #32 of 43
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Originally Posted by KitEKats4Eva! View Post
Er, um... our dogs go to daycare...
Really! Explain it more to me
post #33 of 43
animals are animals, once we take them into are homes. It becomes are job to take care of them. Are they kids? nope of course not. But they are still something we love and care for. They depend on us to meet there needs.
post #34 of 43
Lol! Doggy Daycare - there's only one in Perth at the moment, but there are lots in the US and the UK, and quite a few on the east coast of Australia, too.

Ours is called K9 to 5 (love it) and is run by two fabulous hippy women with purple dreadlocks who loooooove dogs big and small, everywhere. The daycare's motto is, `We love dogs, dogs love daycare'. It's a huge warehouse and they have 25 to 30 dogs per day there.

Basically, we drop them off once per week on a Wednesday at about 7.30am, and pick them up just after 5. It costs $27.50 each, and for their whole time they belt around with all the other dogs, they have hoops and tunnels and a big dirt patch for digging, toys, jumps, ramps, music, a grassy area outside with a big wading pool for them to frolick in, and a lounge area with a tv for them to lie down when they're tuckered out. Needless to say, that doesn't get used much!

They also get taken out for two multi-lead walks per day. They run a spa and grooming service, and are soon expanding to a kennel as well. They are very professional and there are some pretty strict requirements before your dog is allowed to go (the most obvious one of course being a history/tendency to aggression)

It's heaven for the dogs - breaks up their monotonous week as we both work full time, and provides them will all the socialisation and other-dog contact they need to be fully happy. We think it's worth every penny - and when they come home they are so tired they literally sleep until lunch time the next day! No dinner, no going outside for a pee - nothing. Unconscious, deep, contented, happy sleep. It's wonderful.

Here is a link to their website.

But...lol...can you just imagine a cat daycare?? No one would get out alive!!
post #35 of 43
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Originally Posted by KitEKats4Eva! View Post
Doggy Daycare
Well i never!! How great is that though I have to show my sister this because she'll think it's brilliant as well.

I'll forget what i said in my first post and change it to sending them to univeristy, well that's unless their able to get a degree at day care in going through the hoops and tunnels without touching the sides

That's really good though Sarah
post #36 of 43
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Originally Posted by SalemWitchChild View Post
I would rather see an animal treated like a human than treated like garbage.


Very well said!
post #37 of 43
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Originally Posted by ChrissyR View Post
But, I do agree that treating them like humans kids is wrong in many ways. After all, they really don't understand things like kids do. I can tell Jake until I'm blue in the face "That toy is your brothers, leave it alone" and he doesn't listen. If I tell my niece "that toy is your brothers, leave it alone", she'll leave it alone.

Furless children may understand what you say, but they don't always do what you say. At least the furry ones have an excuse. And they don't talk back.
post #38 of 43
Owning a parrot brings a whole new level of understanding to people who think of their pets as children.
Parrots in general (some more than others) are mentally and emotionally on the same level as a 3-4 year old child.
Add to that that they do have the ability to communicate their wants and feelings (some in our own language).

I will never have human kids, therefore, my pets are my kids and I will devote myself to them just as any mother would devote herself to her human children.
post #39 of 43
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Originally Posted by Rockcat View Post
How?
I'm just curious. As I said earlier, as long as the cat is treated well (and I know Zissou is), it doesn't matter to me how one percieves their relationship. I just wonder how it would be doing a disservice?
In essence, I love her as I would a child but I have no right to act like her mother. She is not my child, and I guess my problem with that idea is more of a "replacement child" sort of thing rather than a mothering sort of thing. Zissou's never going to grow up and strike out into the world, she doesn't need a babysitter when I go to work, etc. It's just an unfair comparison, IMO. Nothing to do with how much I love her, it's just a different relationship than I feel I would have with a child.
post #40 of 43
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Originally Posted by Arlyn View Post
Owning a parrot brings a whole new level of understanding to people who think of their pets as children.
Parrots in general (some more than others) are mentally and emotionally on the same level as a 3-4 year old child.
Add to that that they do have the ability to communicate their wants and feelings (some in our own language).

I totally agree with the above.

Since we lost our African Grey, Fred, Monday the world has seemed to stop. It certainly feels like we have lost a child. He was a huge part of our family. He was very good at communicating his needs and was very much like a five year old. I love him just as much as I will love my "real" children.

I think of all of my fur-babies as my kids. Yes I know that they are not human, but they do have needs, and wants and mine, at least, know how to communicate them quite well! My pets are my babies, and I'm not ashamed to tell you so. They are more spoiled and pampered than a lot of kids that I know.
post #41 of 43
I do not wish to have children, but I do not see my cats as such.

I see them more as tiny roommates who steal my bed, mooch my food, party loudly in the wee hours of the morning, and need to be cleaned up after.

Occasionally, they party too hard, get into brawls, eat something stupid on a dare, or try a fad fasting diet, or puke questionable things onto your carpet and need to be rushed to the hospital (but of course, gives a ridiculous fake name like "Sir Fluffington the Third, esq" when they regain conciousness, forcing you to pay the bill like the real-name-giving sap you are).




But being masters of the Time-Honored Art of Manipulation-by-Cuteness, I let it all slide, whether it's time#3 or time#30.




Why are people allowing me near the internet while bored?
post #42 of 43
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Originally Posted by CommonOddity042 View Post
I do not wish to have children, but I do not see my cats as such.

I see them more as tiny roommates who steal my bed, mooch my food, party loudly in the wee hours of the morning, and need to be cleaned up after.

Occasionally, they party too hard, get into brawls, eat something stupid on a dare, or try a fad fasting diet, or puke questionable things onto your carpet and need to be rushed to the hospital (but of course, gives a ridiculous fake name like "Sir Fluffington the Third, esq" when they regain conciousness, forcing you to pay the bill like the real-name-giving sap you are).


OMG, you're too much!
post #43 of 43
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Originally Posted by CommonOddity042 View Post
I do not wish to have children, but I do not see my cats as such.

I see them more as tiny roommates who steal my bed, mooch my food, party loudly in the wee hours of the morning, and need to be cleaned up after.

Occasionally, they party too hard, get into brawls, eat something stupid on a dare, or try a fad fasting diet, or puke questionable things onto your carpet and need to be rushed to the hospital (but of course, gives a ridiculous fake name like "Sir Fluffington the Third, esq" when they regain conciousness, forcing you to pay the bill like the real-name-giving sap you are).




But being masters of the Time-Honored Art of Manipulation-by-Cuteness, I let it all slide, whether it's time#3 or time#30.




Why are people allowing me near the internet while bored?
Sorry, but that just cracks me up. Who are the true "masters of the universe"?
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