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post #1 of 7 Old 08-30-2008, 01:42 AM Thread Starter
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Pet Parent Rant

I hate the term pet parent, I have owned cattle, dogs, horses, and countless other. I had very little to nothing to do with being their parent in reguards to bring them in to this world. I unstand, this term may refer to teach and caring for them like a parent/ child relationship. I view this more akin to training and paying of an employee than a parent/child relationship. In other word any animal, I own must earn its kept. Old retired animals have aready pay this bill. This is mainly about dogs and horses Thank you

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post #2 of 7 Old 08-30-2008, 01:52 AM
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A lot of people see pets as their kids. Especially if they are childless. It's a term of endearment I think, not really meant as something negative.

Unless it weighs a ton... it's just a horse. Draft horse motto.
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post #3 of 7 Old 08-30-2008, 06:33 AM
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[iI have never heard the term.... but my dogs are important to me. Lemme me say that if a kid and my dog were in the street with a speeding car coming and I could only save one, there would be NO hesitation on my part.
Somewhere some parent would be heartbroken.

I guess there are pets < indoor and outdoor>, stock, working stock, etc.

Many people do not like "pet" animals the way I don't like nick knacks - they take up space and in MHO do nothing. < shrugs>[/i]

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Re: Pet Parent Rant

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I hate the term pet parent, I have owned cattle, dogs, horses, and countless other. I had very little to nothing to do with being their parent in reguards to bring them in to this world. I unstand, this term may refer to teach and caring for them like a parent/ child relationship. I view this more akin to training and paying of an employee than a parent/child relationship. In other word any animal, I own must earn its kept. Old retired animals have aready pay this bill. This is mainly about dogs and horses Thank you
I call my dogs my kids...and my horse my brother (mainly because I've owned him since I was 12...and we fight like siblings). My "family" does anything but earn their keep...sure they have to be somewhat disciplined (or atleast try) but my horse would have to win a Grand Prix to earn his keep
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I meant by "earn their kept" if their don't do their job, their leave eithier one way or another, what ever that job is. We had a pack of dogs that lived at my house and stayed back from me at all times. This ain't bad by itself, but the big male barked a warning type of bark, when I brought the dog food out. He and the rest of the pack are labeled strays that live at my house. This pack a dog, bitch and 8 pups don't have a job or do anything useful. A beagle, I owned, was gun sky and would try to crawl under the house at the start of deer season or any time he saw a gun. But he started killing rats, when he got to old to chase rabbits, with the help of a larger dog. Even those it wasn't the job I wanted him to do , he found ways to be useful and that was his job plus he was loyal to us [/b]

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post #6 of 7 Old 08-31-2008, 06:09 AM
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Well, in that case my beagles earn their keep by running the deer and the coons out of the corn. Even if Herbiedude never did learn not to mess with skunks! I wouldn't care if they spent all day on the lawn snoozing ( as they will in a few more years.) Running the corn brings them great pleasure and keeps them fit - so that makes me happy.They comfort me, and snuggle under the blankets at night they keep me warm. I can sleep deeply because they warn me of any shenanigans - inside the house or out. And Marty beagle is a weather barometer. She warns me waaay ahead of time when a thunderstorm is approaching. My dogs have always been companion animals rather than workers. But that's ok, that's my choice.

Plus, they chase the cats off.

My mare is nuthin' but a pasture pet. I would love top see her gone, but I had promised her when I got her that she had found her forever care taker. ( drat!) Well, she did present me with a fabulous colt, so I guess she has earned her keep.

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My dogs have a job...
..................To keep me amused.

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