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Do we own our pets or do our pets own us?
« on: 08/03/2009 21:56:29 »
i was just replying to an other topic and it got me thinking if our pets beg us for something enough they get it.  so do our pets own us in a way... or do i just spoil my pets.


 

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« Reply #1 on: 08/03/2009 22:43:59 »
Some psychologists seem to think pets (dogs in particular) have evolved to manipulate our human emotions to their benefit:  http://www.slate.com/id/2158654?nav=tap3

It makes a bit of sense from an evolutionary perspective.  What do modern humans really gain in terms of survival from dogs compared to what they gain from us?  Having said that, I still love dogs.
 

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« Reply #2 on: 08/03/2009 23:06:26 »
I can vouch for all cat owners that it is in fact Cats who own their owners !...and we love being owned by them too !!
 

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« Reply #3 on: 08/03/2009 23:53:24 »
As Seinfeld said "If aliens are watching this through telescopes, they're gonna think
the dogs are the leaders. If you see two life forms, one of them's making a
poop, the other one's carrying it for him, who would you assume was in charge?"
 

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« Reply #4 on: 09/03/2009 07:48:50 »
It should be a 50/50 affair, but the truth of the matter is that many pet owners find themselves ruled by their pets.

It is my opinion that unless you are prepared to accommodate an animal's needs you should not keep pets. But in the case of some (dogs especially) you must ensure that the dog knows it's place within the household heirachy.
 

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« Reply #5 on: 09/03/2009 15:20:16 »
And WHO owns 'your' garden?
A robin comes outside my back door and he is convinced it's his space!
So do the toads who sit outside and get insects which gather in the light from the kitchen window.
 

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« Reply #6 on: 09/03/2009 16:06:37 »
yep im owned by my pet if she trys to bite me i walk away if she has to go outside (trust me i let her out) she tells me when shes hungry and i have to feed her u get the idea
 

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« Reply #7 on: 09/03/2009 18:15:31 »
my pets certainly DO own me.  I probably shouldn't but they get anything if they beg enough(it's especially my dad that spoils the dog and me that spoils the cats.) :D
 

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« Reply #8 on: 12/03/2009 14:59:47 »
Dedicated bunny people generally refer to themselves as 'bunny slaves'.  I'm sure that tells you who owns who in that scenario!
 

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« Reply #9 on: 08/08/2010 17:12:57 »
Wow! i replied to this thread ADGES ago. I only have 1 cat (one died), i have two dogs now, a budgie, a tarantula and a snake.

why am i making this reply? this thread is so old no one is gonna read it... oh well, it passed some time :)
 

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« Reply #10 on: 09/08/2010 07:51:13 »
my pets certainly DO own me.  I probably shouldn't but they get anything if they beg enough(it's especially my dad that spoils the dog and me that spoils the cats.) :D
well it.s good to see that YOUR training is coming along very well Tango ! ! ;)
 

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« Reply #11 on: 14/10/2010 00:26:29 »
:)
 

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