Thinking About Getting A Pet?  

rm_Shyness61 56F
434 posts
8/8/2006 11:54 pm

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8/10/2006 9:23 am

Thinking About Getting A Pet?

If you are thinking about getting a pet, think long and hard. Depending on the pet you are responcible for it for 2-50+ years. Some breeds of parrots live 50 to 100 years, and tortoises...well...we have heard they live 100 or more.
I personally have had dogs, cats, snakes, rats, hamsters and ferrets.
Each breed has its own quirks. Take my Terror.....errrr....Terrier...her breed (West Highland Terrier) are prone to sensitive skin.
Blue eyed cats are prone to deafness.
I strongly urge anyone thinking about getting a pet to get a book (or 2 or 3 .....i got 5 books on ferrets before I got my 1st one) and read up on it...make sure you CAN take care of it. And make sure the pet you choose is right for your life style.
Also consider going to your local animal shelter and adopting. Yes it may be a mutt, mongrel...but these animals have come from a bad start in life and when given the chance to be in a loving home are more loyal than you can ask for.
In 1980 I went with my boyfriend at the time to get a dog. I have to tell you that going to these places breaks my heart and I wanted to take everyone home...but settled on a Collie/Sheperd mix. He sat perfectly still, looking at me as if to say....well...when are are we going? When I passed on by to look at others he barked up a ruckus. I went back to look at him and he sat down and was quiet again. I moved away again and the performance was repeated. Conan came home with me. I had him for all of 4 days and he was the best dog I ever had. He instinctively knew when a friend was at the door and was quiet. If it was a stranger, he stood infront of me. On day 4 I noticed bloody mucus coming from his nose, which was dry and warm. I checked his ears and they were burning up. I rushed in tears to the vet where I was told distemper had hit his brain. DISTEMPER!!!! and there was only a 10% chance of survival. In the 4 days he was with me he exhibited no signs of illness, was active, playful and ate like a horse. I couldn't believe it! Distemper! After much soul searching and a gallon of tears I had him put to sleep...holding him and thanking him for being such a good dog. I spent 1/2 an hour with him afterwards...hoping for a miracle I guess. I called the shelter and told them what happened and they offered a replacement dog.
Even 26 years later I cry when I tell this story.
But I hope it inspires you.
I have always said how we treat our animals is a direct reflection on how we treat our fellow human beings. If you can not muster compassion for an animal how can you muster compassion for your neighbor? on my soap box....sorry...
Think carefully when getting a pet, and if at some point you find you can not care for it or sadly just do not want it anymore...DO NOT just toss it out to fend for itself. Make every effort to find a new home, a shelter or rescue group to take it.
And in the cases where your pet will outlive you, make arrangements in your will for it care and guardianship.
And READ people READ...there are books on nearly every conceivable pet and how to care to care for them. These books will tell you what diet requirements, habitat requirements (iguanas and such need heat lamps/stones)and potentional health problems.
On a side note....for ferrets the best book I found is Ferrets For Dummies.
Also, as cute as some wild critters are they are wild and that is where they belong.

Don't you know who he thinks he is?

haversack_smith 41M
6192 posts
8/9/2006 9:42 am

Your dog story really touched me.

I'd love to have another dog; you really miss them when they're gone, the way they rely on you totally and trust you completely to do what's best for them. My dog was an antisocial critter (whatever room I was in, he'd usually get up and lay in another one) but I do miss him so.

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