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Kitty Cats vs Puppy Dogs?! Who's side are you on?!
Lonnehart at 3:13PM, March 2, 2010
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It's too bad we can't have one of THESE as pets… :(
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usedbooks at 4:32PM, March 2, 2010
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It's too bad we can't have one of THESE as pets… :(
If they are anything like wild rabbits (and they are their closest relatives) they would die of stress after a short time in captivity anyway.

I'd never keep a wild animal as a pet. It's wrong. It's one thing to keep them in a suitable enclosure/habitat with minimal human exposure (like a zoo or preserve), but to try to force them into a domestic setting is asking for trouble.

Along the same lines, it is cruel to force a domestic animal to try to survive in the wild. Both for the animal's sake and the impact they can have on the ecosystem. (Animals that can survive really cause problems as introduced species. That's why some places have a LOT of laws regarding what animals can be kept as pets.)
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Scribe_Drizz at 5:13PM, March 2, 2010
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It's too bad we can't have one of THESE as pets… :(
feh.

do not want.
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Lonnehart at 12:44PM, March 4, 2010
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I couldn't have them as pets where I live anyway. The heat would kill them. And since they're in danger of dying out thanks to our current climate, well… :(
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Mettaur at 3:59AM, March 8, 2010
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I have both a cat, a kitten, and a dog that still retains that puppy cuteness, so I don't know why anyone would argue about it. They all are very lovable!
Been years since I was here. I've been at rehab since. So uh. Yknow, things got interesting.
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Amelius at 11:49AM, March 8, 2010
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This:
I've always been a cat person, and I love dogs too, but ferrets are at the top of my list with the 7 wonderful years I had with this dear creature pictured here. I miss her so much!
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Red Slayer at 1:00PM, March 8, 2010
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Y' know, I could never get that ferret i talked to you about once.

I did got a cat. I call him Catasaurus rex.
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gigatwo at 12:49AM, March 12, 2010
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I just wanted to break the whole “me not posting for almost a year and a half” cycle just to post this image. ( I can't get a hedgehog though.)


Also, my dog is odd , but the one that we had for a while before him could beat any cat in a cuddliness contest paws down. For real, I loved that dog.
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ozoneocean at 3:45AM, March 12, 2010
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They're cute in bunches too…



And speaking of spikes… These dear pig things look evil:



And these are about as massive as you can get for head ornaments…



-That cow is a pet believe it or not and those horns are 100% real.
 
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Mettaur at 9:28AM, March 12, 2010
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I'm going to post some pics of my cat and dog later on, but for now I would like to show a funny show, in which a london guy makes cartoons about his cat. Very good, i think it describes a cat well, and in a funny (not mean type of funny, but just funny) way. Enjoy.
Now this isn't my bulldog, but it just looks real cute, so I am posting the pic here:
Been years since I was here. I've been at rehab since. So uh. Yknow, things got interesting.
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Cheesecake for Every at 9:34AM, March 12, 2010
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Have both and love them both. :)

Me too, I love both. (But I only have dogs, my cat died a while back.) They both are cute and cool for different reasons.
Why aren't there more “I love cats AND dogs” people in the world? When will this horrible war end?! =(
Even though i've never had a dog i still like them a lot
i prefer small dogs but big dogs don't phase me

I have two kittens,one is hyperactive constantly and the other is a fat lazy and always wants your attention (and will not think twice about sitting on your face if you ignore her)

where are all the other gerbil lovers?
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usedbooks at 8:51PM, March 12, 2010
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We had a hedgehog (African Pygmy Hedgehog) when I was a kid. She was interesting and cute, but not much fun to pet and completely boring. She was like a pet rock you had to feed and clean up after.
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ozoneocean at 9:20PM, March 12, 2010
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Yeah, some pets don't make good pets.

I've had a few bunnies and they're not that demonstrative. They don't really take on human attributes the way cats and dogs do. They can take on the attributes of cats and dogs and things though if that's who they hang out with a lot… To a minor extent.
They close their eyes sometimes when they like being stroked and they'll even sometimes lick you… but that seemed to be the limit as far as I can remember. Mostly rabbits are wholly just rabbits, and not really a domestic animals at all.

They like to thump their big feet loudly on the ground, grunt a lot, charge and head-butt things with their little bullet heads. At least that's the way my little territorial Peter Rabbit liked to rule over the backyard, attacking cats. -Who regarded him as a dangerous natural feature (not a fellow creature), like an angry rock or something.
Female bunnies seem more placid but no more communicative.
 
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HippieVan at 10:56AM, March 13, 2010
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I really wanted a hedgehog for a while when I was a kid. They had some when I was at camp one year and I thought they were just adorable. Never got one, but I ended up with my awesome dog and two cats so I guess I can't complain. :)
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Faliat at 8:44PM, March 16, 2010
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My family had a crapload of pets in the past two decades. Note that the majority we've ever had at one time were either fish or rabbits. But we've had mice, clown loaches, gold loaches hamsters, goldfish, guppies, platys, plecos, koi, rabbits, neon tetras, gourami, angelfish, frogs, toads, newts, caterpillars, dogs, a cat, guinnea pigs and that isn't even ALL of them!

At the moment we just have five goldfish, the cat and two dogs. My parents wouldn't let me have another cat anyway so when my 20th rolled around I was allowed to get a Jack Russell pup. He's a year old now and still not 100% toilet trained… He can open doors, understand commands like “paw”, “sit” and “lie down” through hand signals alone and emotionally blackmail, though.
My mum and sister think he's stupid but my dad and I know better.



Despite the menageries I've had over the years I have always wanted a snake. And if my sister leaves the house for more than a month to live somewhere else I'm gonna nab myself a corn snake. Just wait and see. Lol.

Call that jumped up metal rod a knife?
Watch mine go straight through a kevlar table, and if it dunt do the same to a certain gaixan's skull in my immediate vicinity after, I GET A F*****G REFUND! BUKKO, AH?!

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ozoneocean at 9:00PM, March 16, 2010
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Jack Russels are bad widdle doggies -_-

I read a while ago that more injuries are reported by them than any other dog in Australia, and we have some pretty vicious dogs here. So be careful to train your little doggy well, they're nasty little mites. At a stable I used to go to they had one, he used to attack the horses so they had to keep him locked up until they could find another home for him.
 
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Faliat at 4:22AM, March 17, 2010
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My dad went to school with our old vet up in Scotland and he has a scar on his hand that was put there by a jack russell. He gave us the helpful advice that they are either “Nice wee doggies or canine psychopaths.”

Luckily both of ours are the former.

And you wouldn't believe how many people like them in the UK. There have been multiple times in which random people have just come up to us to praise our choice of dog and fuss over them.

The new guy gets less now, though. He's too damn loving that he scares everyone away with his jumping up and clawing at their legs for attention.

Call that jumped up metal rod a knife?
Watch mine go straight through a kevlar table, and if it dunt do the same to a certain gaixan's skull in my immediate vicinity after, I GET A F*****G REFUND! BUKKO, AH?!

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Mettaur at 5:09PM, March 17, 2010
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Still not taking sides, but I just thought I'd show that both are lovable. I will show my dog first, seeing as he is my first pet. His name is Winston, here he is:
Been years since I was here. I've been at rehab since. So uh. Yknow, things got interesting.
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HippieVan at 8:00PM, March 18, 2010
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That is a super cute puppy, Mettaur! :)
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Kroatz at 5:47AM, March 19, 2010
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He looks just like a real dog, only liquified.
I like german shepherds.

The dog I currently have is called a heidewachtel.
It looks a bit like this, only smaller.
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Scribe_Drizz at 4:00PM, March 19, 2010
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Fie to cats! And a pox on puppies!

The only real housepet is the piglet!


Or maybe a bunny. If I ever change my mind on housepets, it'd have to earn its keep. Like this buster.
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Mettaur at 10:14PM, March 19, 2010
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Once again, not mine, buut looked real cute…hamsters will rule the world!
Been years since I was here. I've been at rehab since. So uh. Yknow, things got interesting.
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Air Raid Robertson at 4:33PM, March 21, 2010
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To paraphrase the wise ones…

I like pigs. Dogs look up to us. Cats look down on us. Pigs look us straight in the eye.
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Scribe_Drizz at 1:46PM, March 22, 2010
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Once again, not mine, buut looked real cute…hamsters will rule the world!

ewww…

If I ever had a handful of rodent, I'd make a fist.
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Lonnehart at 9:30PM, March 22, 2010
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And speaking of spikes… These dear pig things look evil:




Isn't that the one pig whose body literally commits suicide? By having those spikes in the middle of its head literally grow into its braincase?!?
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usedbooks at 9:50PM, March 22, 2010
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Isn't that the one pig whose body literally commits suicide? By having those spikes in the middle of its head literally grow into its braincase?!?
That's true, though in more subtle ways, of many species. It's the price of courtship. In peacocks, for example, bigger tail feathers attract the female – but they inhibit flight, so the really “attractive” ones become easy prey. Other species choose mates by bright colors – which are bullseyes for predators. It is my understanding that long tusks like these also attract mates.

The courtship game does seem to be illogical in terms of survival. Interestingly, the bright colors and ample plumage/features often correlate to stronger immune systems and healthier nutrition, so it isn't *completely* senseless.
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Byth1 at 10:49PM, March 22, 2010
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Eh, I'm more of a kangaroo guy myself. I'd buy one but they live in Australia and I'm live in good ol' US.
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