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Mon Feb 27, 2012, 07:33 PM

Some say that pet ownership is slavery.

After having 3 dogs in the past 34 years, I can definitely say, yes, I am a slave to my pets.

"Put me out"

"Feed me, I'm hungry -- but remember, I'm not eating that, so you better come up with something I like more."

"What, you want to put me out the back door on the tie out? I don't think so, I want a real walk. There's the leash ... are your legs broken?"

"Oh, you're going in the car. I'm coming. I'm riding in the front seat. That other human can ride in the back seat."

"That pill tastes just as bad the third time you tried to get it down my throat as it did the first time. Good luck getting me to take it, fool."

"I don't want tap water ... I want the bottle water from the fridge .. what's wrong with you?"

And yet we love them more than life itself. Go figure.






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Reply Some say that pet ownership is slavery. (Original post)
Denninmi Feb 2012 OP
hlthe2b Feb 2012 #1
Denninmi Feb 2012 #2
arcane1 Feb 2012 #6
frogmarch Feb 2012 #3
undeterred Feb 2012 #4
The Velveteen Ocelot Feb 2012 #5
csziggy Feb 2012 #7
GermanDem Feb 2012 #11
csziggy Feb 2012 #12
angstlessk Feb 2012 #8
davsand Feb 2012 #9
HopeHoops Feb 2012 #10

Response to Denninmi (Original post)

Mon Feb 27, 2012, 07:39 PM

1. Wait until they get older, end up on meds that make them drink/pee LOTs....

and then let's talk personal slave to one's pets. I've had to adjust my entire sleep schedule, knowing she's going to have to go out between midnight and 1 AM, again, no later than 5 AM... and of course throughout the day. And, of course there was the big UPS fiasco Christmas Eve, when I had to drive 60 miles in snow to find her way-laid shipment of special dietary dog food. And, I can assure you, that I did.

(but, don't think I'd trade a good night's sleep for all these last days with my fury sweetheart, because, while I might complain a bit, I surely wouldn't. )

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Response to hlthe2b (Reply #1)

Mon Feb 27, 2012, 07:43 PM

2. Oh yeah, been there, done that.

Dog # 2 got bladder stones when he was 7. Did the surgery, including the first night home when the vet said "and, make sure he doesn't bleed excessively when he pees" -- so, here I am out in the dark every 10 minutes shining a flashlight on the dog's urine stream, neighbors must have thought "what a perv!". About 2 years later, they came back, did another surgery. Then he got cancer and we did 3 years of chemo at a cost of about $14,000.

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Response to hlthe2b (Reply #1)

Mon Feb 27, 2012, 08:26 PM

6. Indeed! My indoor cat turns 19 this year...

And oh am I a slave!!! Her authority goes beyond telling me what time to wake up, to dictating which sleeping positions are acceptable, and when!

I let her wake me, I let her make her little catnip piles, I will go months without recycling an old shipping box because she wants to play in it, etc. My apartment is only about 10% my own. The way I see it: I will have years and years to vacuum up that catnip, or to throw out that unused box, or sleep however and whenever I want. My days to appreciate my servitude will only grow fewer, so I appreciate instead of complain

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Response to Denninmi (Original post)

Mon Feb 27, 2012, 08:20 PM

3. Oh, yes.

Morning routine: Let both Ty and Abby out to do their business, usually one at a time because Ty sleeps later than Abby does. Stay with each dog to guard against mountain lions. Bring each dog in, pick up their poop and dispose of it. Put Tys eye and ear drops in and give him his allergy med. Give Abby her thyroid and her arthritis meds. Carefully measure their special diet dog foods and feed them. Let them outside again again, usually one at a time, while I stand guard against mtn. lions. Bring Ty and Abby in.

Play fetch with them on and off all day. Put them out, bring them in, put them out, bring them in...etc. till around 10 p.m. When it snows, I shovel their yard so they don't get high-centered. Sometimes I have to do this a few times a day and during the night.

Both Ty and Abby go to the groomer's (about 100 miles round trip) every 5-6 weeks, whereas I cut my own hair and trim my own nails.

They are my masters, and I love them both.

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Response to Denninmi (Original post)

Mon Feb 27, 2012, 08:21 PM

4. I work hard all day so he can have

9 hours of supervised outdoor play with raw duck for his lunch break.

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Response to Denninmi (Original post)

Mon Feb 27, 2012, 08:24 PM

5. I am in servitude to three cats.

"Move over. I want to sleep in the middle of the bed and you're using up too much of it, big fat human."

"You need to pet me now. NOW. Move your stupid computer and pet me."

"Wake up. It's time for you to feed me.... Oh, what's that? Eww, that's not the food I want. Where's the food I want? You're supposed to know what that is and give me some."

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Response to Denninmi (Original post)

Mon Feb 27, 2012, 10:11 PM

7. My cat has decided to take over my physical therapy

He makes sure I don't spend too much time sitting. He wants out, so I get up and let him out. Ten minutes later he wants back in. Ten minutes after I let him back in he wants out.

If the weather is good, he tries to entice me outside to play with him. If it's bad, he blames me for the bad weather and gets his revenge by wanting in or out even more frequently. It's rained for the last two days, so I've gotten lots of exercise.

He needs a revolving door!

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Response to csziggy (Reply #7)

Tue Feb 28, 2012, 01:59 PM

11. Exactly like my mom's cat!

Get's her lots of exercise. Cat in, cat out, cat in, cat out... maybe 10-20 times a day? But my mom loves it. I myself am a cavy-slave, I have three guinea pigs. Their cage is lined with washable fleece, for extra comfort, which needs to be washed every couple of days, and and the poop needs to be scooped up twice a day. They are super-picky with their hay, so I have the best available hay shipped to my house, for a premium price of course. They get fresh veggies every day. My husband thinks I am crazy! But I love them dearly. They are so entertaining to watch, much better than any reality-tv could ever be.

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Response to GermanDem (Reply #11)

Tue Feb 28, 2012, 06:10 PM

12. I think we are all slaves to our pets

I've never owned a guinea pig - I didn't know they needed that much attention!

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Response to Denninmi (Original post)

Mon Feb 27, 2012, 11:51 PM

8. I have always said when the people from outter space come to visit our planet

they will decide that domestic pets rule the earth..not presidents or kings or prime minsters..but pets...

we work in order to purchase their food and feed them...exercise them, pick up their poop...the list is endless...we do not do that for our President, King or Prime Minister!

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Response to angstlessk (Reply #8)

Tue Feb 28, 2012, 12:08 AM

9. If you gotta follow a President around picking up the poop that's a bit too much like dubya.

Next thing you know it'll be two land wars and a trashed economy...


Laura

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Response to Denninmi (Original post)

Tue Feb 28, 2012, 11:14 AM

10. That's basically how I view it. They treat us well though.

 

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