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Old 11-25-2012, 03:22 PM   #31 
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So true when we walk away they are probably planning global domination.
They are. They give off a pheromone that infects people to buy more betta's so they can telepathically plot our downfall together
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Or when they are in the breeder place they plot are downfall.
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Old 11-25-2012, 03:59 PM   #33 
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Hal, did you never want a dog?
No, User, nor children. And I made darn sure I had neither.

I did want birds of prey, so I partnered with a couple of Kestrels and a couple of Red-tailed hawks and a Cooper hawk. "Kept" is not the right word; "owned" is even further from the mark. But they are not pets or permanent companions. Only for a season, they are never kept over the winter (not the wild-caught ones, anyway). And the falconer is not responsible for his charge until death, like it is with "pets." It's a much different relationship.

I kept a Columbian red-tail Boa constrictor. But he was more living sculpture than a true "pet" that one can rrelate to.

These fish are my first real pets and I'm at loss as to how to handle their deaths and how to relate to their lives when they don't meet my expectations. You see, only the breeders of wild-types, who specialize in threatened or endangered species, can say that they keep them "for the fish." The rest of us, if we're brutally honest, will admit the we keep them for what they can do for us, aesthetically, emotionally, ego-fulfillment or vanity.
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Old 11-25-2012, 04:16 PM   #34 
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nor children.
I can't even imagine having kids, glad I never did. We have no control over how they will turn out no matter how hard we try.

Can't imagine a life without dogs, tho!

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I did want birds of prey, so I partnered with a couple of Kestrels and a couple of Red-tailed hawks and a Cooper hawk. "Kept" is not the right word; "owned" is even further from the mark. But they are not pets or permanent companions. Only for a season, they are never kept over the winter (not the wild-caught ones, anyway). And the falconer is not responsible for his charge until death, like it is with "pets." It's a much different relationship.

I kept a Columbian red-tail Boa constrictor. But he was more living sculpture than a true "pet" that one can rrelate to.
I am so not a bird or reptile person

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These fish are my first real pets and I'm at loss as to how to handle their deaths and how to relate to their lives when they don't meet my expectations. You see, only the breeders of wild-types, who specialize in threatened or endangered species, can say that they keep them "for the fish." The rest of us, if we're brutally honest, will admit the we keep them for what they can do for us, aesthetically, emotionally, ego-fulfillment or vanity.
I think pets of any type fulfill our need to take care of something.
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Old 11-25-2012, 05:32 PM   #35 
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My Betta has more personality than my dog.
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Old 11-25-2012, 06:06 PM   #36 
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My Betta has more personality than my dog.
I feel bad for your poor dog. Do others in your family like the dog?
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Old 11-25-2012, 06:13 PM   #37 
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I love the dog and so does everyone else just Carter is more interesting.
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Old 11-25-2012, 06:15 PM   #38 
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That's good you said you would trade the dog for a betta and that made me wonder.
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Old 11-25-2012, 06:17 PM   #39 
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I would trade my dad and sister for a Betta.
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Old 11-25-2012, 06:18 PM   #40 
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I would trade my dad and sister for a Betta.
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