Quote: Originally Posted by Twila
I dislike the word Pet. I prefer animal friend or furbies, or four legged pals. Pets leaves me feeling that ownership is what its about. I don't own my animals.
k, jumping off the soap box and on to the topic.
I have 3 cats -
2 formerly feral cats - tabby named Tyris, and a tuxedo named Bana
1 foster cat- Silver tipped persian named Muppet (pronounced Moo pay)
1 Goldfish - who's orange and named Shadow
2 Anole lizards who have no names
And you? Who resides with you that is furry, feathery, or scaley? four leggs, no legs, or 2 legs 2 wings?
Am very ashamed to admit, none
My family had several goldfish and several small colourful fish that the boys in the neighbourhood at that time liked to have "duel" between the male fish cause from the look of it this fish can be quite nasty it seems.
We would have the female one too to keep him company but he didn't seem to treat her that well, so I especially didn't like this fish, let alone developed a bond towards them.
Not to the goldfish either
Well it's difficult for me to have a bond with fish I reckon since they don't react to what I do.
But am rather scared of dogs and cats and other types of animals are just unthinkable since even I'm afraid of the common ones.
Was traumatised when I was little to see my younger sister got scratched by a cat and my brother got bitten by a neighbour's dog.
Both resulted in them bleeding, well not like the blood was pouring like water coming out of the tap, but still the wounds were not small either.
My brother had a long scar that laster for while on his calf, but no marks after the scar healed completely. Can't remember what caused that dog to bite him. It was a small dog actually and not a nasty one as far as I can remember. I don't reckon my brother would do anything to provoke him. Plus my brother came to that neighbour's house several times already since he and the neighbour's daughter are of same age and went to the same school, so he went to borrow some notes sometimes.
I was chased by a wild dog also once and I ran like I was in a sprint competition. Thank goodness he gave up after a while or maybe somebody stopped him, well I didn't look back and by the time I reached the house, the dog was not behind me anymore. But that dog really made me run as if I saw a ghost in the middle of daylight! Again this was when I was small, still in elementary school age.
As for the cat, it was a cat that often came to our front yard. Since it became a habit, my sister who somehow got to be fond of cats actually often fed her and played with her. So far that cat acted quite nicely until one time, I still have no idea why, she just stood on her back legs and scratched my sister's cheek. I then shooshed the cat and well sadly we never welcomed that cat whenever she came to our yard anymore till she stopped coming.
My mum did suspect that probably my sister accidentally touched a spot where the cat was wounded or something like that, so it provoked the cat to do that.
I never like seeing blood even on TV and do know it's fake especially the one that looks obviously fake, but yeah still don't like the idea of the pain related to it either probably.
So looking at the wounds on my brother and my sister caused by a dog and a cat respectively really affected me to act rather cautiously with animals
When I visited a friend in Edmonton, his dog barked quite loudly and to me barking like that doesn't sound like a welcome and it's rather a small dog too. So I was quite distant during my stay in my friend's house. On the contrary, my other friend who did have a dog before, could play with the dog and I must admit I wished I could have, but didn't know how and still don't.
Once I had a thought to have a puppy. I thought if the dog and I get to know each other since it's a puppy, then the bond would be strong and I would learn over time what s/he likes or dislikes and I would know how to act with him/her too. But then I realise I have to be very attentive which I probably can't be at the moment cause of work commitments so I gave up the idea
Do you think you're different if you didn't have your animal friend(s)?