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Posted: 10/12/2004 9:20:45 AM EST
[Last Edit: 10/12/2004 9:21:47 AM EST by Zaphod]
I'm on my own again, and soon I'll actually be living in a HOUSE rather than a hotel.

Since I'm not too keen on being entirely alone, I'm thinking of getting mysel a pet. Here are the criteria:

I'll be alone and out at the office most of the day.

I don't want to have to lock the animal up while I'm away. In other words, it must be naturally able to live in a house or be trained to do it.

I like cats because they are decidedly low-maintenance.

I like dogs because they are more loyal and fun.

I'll be either in Laredo, Texas (Hot, hot, hot) or Raleigh, NC (four real seasons).

I'm leaning toward a dog.

I prefer smaller breeds, esecially since this will be the first critter I have by myself, and because they're easier to care for.

So, what's your recommendation? Dog? Cat? Breed? Sex?

Thanks.


ETA: BTW, "Woman" doesn't count. They are expensive, impossible to train, less loyal than cats, and a PITA to maintain.
Link Posted: 10/12/2004 9:22:28 AM EST
Fish! get fish!
Link Posted: 10/12/2004 9:23:08 AM EST
Get a cat.


you can't sneak a dog into a store by weraing sunglasses and carrying a white cane, but you can a cat!



Link Posted: 10/12/2004 9:24:12 AM EST

Originally Posted By Fat_McNasty:
Fish! get fish!



If I can't pet it, I don't want it!

No wise cracks, please!
Link Posted: 10/12/2004 9:26:26 AM EST
GET A DOG!! that mans best friend stuff is highly UNDERRATED. get one that you will trip over, not step on.
Link Posted: 10/12/2004 9:29:57 AM EST
I'd say go get a reptile, lower maintenence and pretty darn cool too.

I'd say big lizard or a medium sized snake such as a corn snake, or a milk snake. King snakes are pretty cool but can be a bit neruotic and the Boa/pythons can be biters.
Link Posted: 10/12/2004 9:30:01 AM EST

Originally Posted By bigthicket:
GET A DOG!! that mans best friend stuff is highly UNDERRATED. get one that you will trip over, not step on.




Who is Man's best friend?

Overheard by a pair of guys lost in the Alps:

"Here come's Man's best friend!"

"Yeah, and look at the size of the dog carrying it!"
Link Posted: 10/12/2004 9:30:42 AM EST
If you are not to picky, we just had a big litter of pet rocks.
Link Posted: 10/12/2004 9:31:25 AM EST

Originally Posted By bigthicket:
Get one that you will trip over, not step on.





I was thinking a Yorkie. Love those things. It's like a small furry tank on four legs!
Link Posted: 10/12/2004 9:31:37 AM EST

Originally Posted By Zaphod:

Originally Posted By Fat_McNasty:
Fish! get fish!



If I can't pet it, I don't want it!

No wise cracks, please!



Ok how about a sheep.... I know that was BBBBAAAAADDDDD!
Link Posted: 10/12/2004 9:32:15 AM EST
Good one piccolo!
Link Posted: 10/12/2004 9:33:01 AM EST
Parrot.

Plus'

Entertaining.

Intelligent.

Enjoy companionship and interaction.

Can be left in cage when away from home and let out at your covienence.



Minus'


Expensive.

Can be hard finding a good avian vet when the bird has health problems.

Some species can be very demanding of your time and attention.

Messy (some more than others).

Link Posted: 10/12/2004 9:34:07 AM EST
Fish or Snake.

Dogs need a lot of exposure to people if you don't want them to act weird towards people.
Link Posted: 10/12/2004 9:41:50 AM EST
Cat
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