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  • raybans2 raybans2 Dec 3, 2012 12:29 PM Flag

    Crazy right wingers that want to tax the poorest

    In reality, I spend less than $2k a year for my dog and that includes yearly visits to the vet. In my opinion, if you cannot love a pet enough to do what you can to offer them a reasonably good life, then you have no business owning a pet. Probably the biggest effort that a dog owner must make is the daily walk that each dog needs to remain fit and healthy. That is not a cost to the owner but it is an indication of their commitment to their pet. And the owner gets the benefit of getting exercise at the same time.

    They say that people who own pets lead less stressful lives. I can believe this as the interaction that we have with our dog brings about many positive feelings. This is why pet owners will shell out several thousand dollars for surgery for their dog because they care about them like a child. Otherwise they would simply say to the vet to put it to sleep and go out and get another but they feel a need to return to the dog a degree of loyalty equal to what the dog has given to them and not just have them dumped in a land fill somewhere. It is similar to the feeling of loyalty that comrades in arms feel, or the feeling of loyalty that you feel for a spouse or your children. The pet becomes an integral member of the family as they should be and in most cases it is well deserved.

    And the dog also cares about their owners well being. When we go on a hike our dog looks after us. She won’t let us out of her sight. When she gets too far ahead on the path she stops and waits until we catch up. As far as she is concerned, we are part of a pack that cannot be broken up. And if one of us tries to veer off she tries to herd us together so we are in a tight nit and safe group where she can see that no one will get separated. If one of us stops while others keep walking she will go to the straggler and encourage them to keep up with the pack. She stands in front of you, barks once, runs around in a tight circle to indicate that she wants you to pay attention and then runs in the direction she wants you to go and then stops to look at you to see if you got her message. And if you ignore this she will get behind you and push her nose into your leg into the direction she wants you to walk. I always say that people who think that dogs don’t reason obviously have never owned a dog. Their reasoning may be on a much lower level but they obviously make decisions, that I know is true.

    When my wife and I leave to go on an errand or to go out to eat our dog goes to the bay window in the front of our house and sits on the self and she waits for us looking for our car to return. If you drive by the house you see will her waiting there. She will sit there for hours and wait until we come back. And then when we get home she is jubilant. The only time she does not do this is when we leave to work because she knows we will be gone for a long time. But when I call my wife from my cell to let her know that I’ll be home in about 15 minutes she goes straight to the bay window and waits and every time I come home I see her sitting there and when she sees my car she jumps down and gets in front of the door. The problem with developing such a strong bond with a dog is knowing that some day that they will pass and that it will be a very sad day. I have already told my wife that I plan to save her ashes. I really love that dog.

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