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Drazgal
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Icon 1 posted August 24, 2003 04:21      Profile for Drazgal   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post 
Lets face it, there are alot of messages here and most of them involve people being lonely and wanting love.

Why not get a pet?

As long as you treat he/she correctly a pet will give you unconditional love, granted its not quite the same thing (well for some people it is but as it isnt a XXX website (well maybe Zoro) lets not go into that [Smile] ).

It wont get in a huff for seemingly silly things, you in turn won't get into a silly huff either. Hell it's nigh on impossible to have an argument with a pet!

Maybe we are just looking for love in the wrong places. Or better put looking for the wrong kind of love when there is affection to be found all around us.

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because it's hard to have sex with a fish?

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Icon 1 posted August 24, 2003 11:15      Profile for Lex   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post 
You're buying the wrong fish [Wink]

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Icon 12 posted August 24, 2003 11:34      Profile for Twinkle Toes   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post 
Well, I'm technically not lonely, I but happen to think it's a very good idea for anyone who is. Pick one up at the humane society! Those animals have had experience with life and been through some tragedies, so it's better for singles than a new puppy, kitty, or any 'little one.' You don't want to traumatize them with your depression. Leave the newborns to the couples [Wink] .

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Icon 1 posted August 24, 2003 14:29      Profile for sconzey     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post 
You have a point...

The thing is that there are many kinds of love. There is the sort of mutual affection you can have with an animal.

Theres the religious love. (Agape I believe in greek... correct me)

Sex love... (eros)

And then the kinda soulmate, let me pour out my problems to you platonic friend love...

It depends on what you want.

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Icon 1 posted August 24, 2003 14:31      Profile for Lex   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post 
I believe your third example also falls under agape. IIRC.

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Icon 1 posted August 24, 2003 20:26      Profile for addiew   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post 
Pets are good companions; they love you no matter what and do not judge you-- they make great friends and companions for those of us that spend waaaay to much time in front of the computer [Smile]

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Sadly, neither our cat nor the goldfish offer the sort of intelligent companionship that you would hope to find in a human being...

Moths make curious companions, though - I've had a number flying around my light all night, bouncing off the ceiling as they go - sounded like I'd got electrical shorts in my room (I kept looking to see what it was). zzzt! zzzt!

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Icon 1 posted August 25, 2003 00:45      Profile for Slurpy     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post 
quote:
Originally posted by Twinkle Toes:
Well, I'm technically not lonely, I but happen to think it's a very good idea for anyone who is. Pick one up at the humane society! Those animals have had experience with life and been through some tragedies, so it's better for singles than a new puppy, kitty, or any 'little one.' You don't want to traumatize them with your depression. Leave the newborns to the couples [Wink] .

Before you get a pet that's going to last for many years, try getting a caged animal, and make sure you're able to take care of that first. If, after two months, you can't feed your fish every day, and have trouble cleaning the tank every two weeks, adopting a cat that you will have for the next fifteen years and will require feeding twice a day, litter box cleaned once a day, and two hours of love a day is probably a bad idea.

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Cats are very low maintenance animals. They clean themselves, and when they want something, they tell you. Of course, our cat is an outside/inside cat, so it doesnt need a litterbox, and I can see how cleaning the litterbox could be a bit of a chore.... But if you can let the cat go outside to do it's thing, then I would say that a cat is one of the easiest pets to take care of.

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I recommend guinea pigs. Like cats they purr. Unlike cats, they are perfcectly happy to stay in a cage, so your landlord will never have to know. And if you feed your pig romaine lettuce, it will love you forever.
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Cats stink

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I am inclined to differ....

I think cats are pretty good. Less maintainance than dogs and longer lifespan than guinea pigs...

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Icon 1 posted August 25, 2003 11:52      Profile for dragonman97   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post 
quote:
Originally posted by Xanthine:
I recommend guinea pigs. Like cats they purr. Unlike cats, they are perfcectly happy to stay in a cage, so your landlord will never have to know. And if you feed your pig romaine lettuce, it will love you forever.

And if you feed it romaine lettuce on a stool at the dinner table, they make very pleasant dining companions [Smile] . (So sayeth an observer, not an actual holder of guinea pigs [Wink] .)

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Icon 1 posted August 25, 2003 14:23      Profile for Xanthine     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post 
quote:
Originally posted by Cap'n Vic:
Cats stink

So does any pet if you don't take proper care of it.

And yes, dman, guinea pigs can be very pleasant company. We consider the one of which you speak to be a full fledged member of the family. [Smile]

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When they aren't trying to take chunks out of my hand, I'd have to agree that guinea pigs and cats would be my two top picks.

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heck, I've been looking for a pet the whole time, problem is it's awfully hard to license your human legally.........Z
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for any of you looking check out petfinder.org - they have all kinds of pets available for adoption with pictures and info about them

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i love cats, but dorms aren't big enough for them...domestic rats are great, though, because they're very bright, clean, and low-maintenance. small enough to keep in a cage, and large enough to play with and cuddle without too much worry of losing them. mine used to ride around on my shoulders. [Big Grin]

tarantulas are a close second; they've each got their own personality, and you can totally freak people out by holding them. the only thing that sucks is keeping them warm enough, and keeping their food-crickets alive. (if the crickets get out, they'll move into your home and chirp all night long. it's actually a nice sound to sleep to, though.)

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quote:
Originally posted by Demosthenes:
domestic rats are great, though, because they're very bright, clean, and low-maintenance.


you're joking right? like all rodents, rats leave a small quantity of urine wherever they go.

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Slurpy: An even better suggestion. [Smile]

My least favourite pets are birds, guinea pigs, and rabbits; birds stink and make noise, guineas are mean to me, and rabbits damage your wood.

I think tarantulas and hamsters are terrific pets. I've had four hamsters and was planning on getting a tarantula when I've got my own place (my mom's scared of spiders). Snakes are defintely cool, but I don't think it would be oki with me taking it out of the cage that often [ohwell] . Cats are pretty neat, I want one of those too... and a Husky. I think I might have to have to narrow the list down [Roll Eyes] .

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quote:
Originally posted by Twinkle Toes:


My least favourite pets are birds, guinea pigs, and rabbits; birds stink and make noise, guineas are mean to me, and rabbits damage your wood.

Twink, you have wood?? [Eek!]

Sorry. We all knew that was coming, and I just decided to end the suspense.

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quote:
Originally posted by Xanthine:
Twink, you have wood?? [Eek!]

Hee hee... I've seen some footage related to this topic... [Wink]

But seriously - one thing I've always wondered - can hermaphrodites shag themselves? And, if so - who gets to sleep on the wet patch?

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quote:
Originally posted by Xanthine:
Twink, you have wood?? [Eek!]

Sorry. We all knew that was coming, and I just decided to end the suspense.

Thanks, I held my tongue, but I'm glad you were didn't [Big Grin] .

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Thanks, I held my tongue...

Yeah, so did I... good thing I'm well-practised at one-handed typing. [Wink]

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