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Is it possible to love an animal?
4/17/2010 | Krankor

Posted on 04/17/2010 9:39:19 PM PDT by Krankor

Is it possible to actually "love" an animal- like a cat or dog? Any Freepers love their pet? How about those with non-traditional pets? Anyone love their cow, horse, snake or pig?


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1 posted on 04/17/2010 9:39:19 PM PDT by Krankor
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To: Krankor

Love might be a little strong...I’m very fond of my dogs, but I wouldn’t lay my life down for them.


2 posted on 04/17/2010 9:40:29 PM PDT by LongElegantLegs ( I have nothing better to do than sit around all night watching a lunatic not turn into a werewolf.)
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To: Krankor
Sure
3 posted on 04/17/2010 9:41:42 PM PDT by thecabal (Destroy Progressivism)
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To: Krankor

I adore my pets. Of course we love our animals. Each has a personality, and while not even with humans are members of our family that are missed when they are gone.


4 posted on 04/17/2010 9:41:52 PM PDT by Blogger
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To: thecabal

That’s not love. That’s evil.


5 posted on 04/17/2010 9:42:33 PM PDT by Blogger
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To: LongElegantLegs

I absolutely love my dogs. They are willing to kill or die to protect my wife and daughter and I’ll always do the same for them. They are part of my family and I treat them accordingly.


6 posted on 04/17/2010 9:42:53 PM PDT by BCR #226 (07/02 SOT www.extremefirepower.com...The BS stops when the hammer drops.)
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To: Krankor

I feel like I love my dog sometimes, but it’s definitely not the kind of love for people or God.


7 posted on 04/17/2010 9:43:13 PM PDT by The Future 2012 (Would the good people like a reply?)
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To: Krankor

ok I confess - I have slept with 2 of my horses in the same stall.


8 posted on 04/17/2010 9:43:23 PM PDT by bunkerhill7
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To: Krankor

All of God’s creatures, large and small...


9 posted on 04/17/2010 9:43:35 PM PDT by granite (A government big enough to give you everything you want is strong enough to take everything you have)
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To: thecabal

Ohhhh noze...don’t bring us there again...


10 posted on 04/17/2010 9:44:09 PM PDT by jessduntno ( If someone calls me racist, I reply "you are just saying that because I'm white!")
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To: Krankor

It has been hard for me to deal with the death of a pet.
When I had to put them down I shed some tears.


11 posted on 04/17/2010 9:45:09 PM PDT by Big Horn (Rebuild the GOP to a conservative party)
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To: Krankor
I love my cats more than I probably would most any people. I'm not afraid to say that. My cats are cool, are my family, and won't do me wrong.
12 posted on 04/17/2010 9:46:31 PM PDT by Lockbar (March toward the sound of the guns.)
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To: granite

“All of God’s creatures”...though sometimes I question if the Chukar is one of God’s creatures or actually a demon with feathers.

My pets though no question I love them.


13 posted on 04/17/2010 9:46:43 PM PDT by Domandred (Fdisk, format, and reinstall the entire .gov system.)
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To: Krankor

yes........ and when we lose one of them, as we inevitably will, it breaks your heart and leaves a huge void in your heart.


14 posted on 04/17/2010 9:47:08 PM PDT by Arizona Carolyn
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To: Krankor

I think you better narrow it down to the three types, Eros, Philia, or Agape - and I hope your not refering to the first one.


15 posted on 04/17/2010 9:47:28 PM PDT by NavyCanDo
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To: LongElegantLegs

I’d lay my life down for my dog.


16 posted on 04/17/2010 9:48:07 PM PDT by historyrepeatz
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To: LongElegantLegs
Of course, whats not to love.
Photobucket
17 posted on 04/17/2010 9:48:34 PM PDT by politicalamity
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To: historyrepeatz

Congratulations; it will never be able to comprehend that sacrifice.


18 posted on 04/17/2010 9:48:55 PM PDT by LongElegantLegs ( I have nothing better to do than sit around all night watching a lunatic not turn into a werewolf.)
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To: Krankor
Thread from yesterday .
http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/html/localnews/2011623357_apwabestialityarrest.html?syndication=rss
19 posted on 04/17/2010 9:49:46 PM PDT by kbennkc (For those who have fought for it , freedom has a flavor the protected will never know F Trp 8th Cav)
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To: LongElegantLegs
I’m very fond of my dogs, but I wouldn’t lay my life down for them.

I don't know if I'd die for one of my dogs but I'd sure kill anyone who tried to harm either one.

L

20 posted on 04/17/2010 9:49:54 PM PDT by Lurker (The avalanche has begun. The pebbles no longer have a vote.)
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To: jessduntno

Lol! The last thread mysteriously vanished. Maybe the dog ate it :D


21 posted on 04/17/2010 9:50:23 PM PDT by Shaun_MD (Goldwater Conservative)
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To: Krankor

Have you thought about piano?

22 posted on 04/17/2010 9:50:45 PM PDT by Liberty Valance (Keep a simple manner for a happy life :o)
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To: Krankor
"στοργή", or "affection" is the type of love humans (properly) feel for our animals...certainly we ought not feel erotic or romantic love towards them, but affection born of familiarity, definitely.
23 posted on 04/17/2010 9:51:17 PM PDT by Joe 6-pack (Que me amat, amet et canem meum)
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To: Krankor
Well if you call differentiating between the ones we pet and the ones we eat..love, well I guess so.

It's more like a curious, selective infatuation. It's likely directly related to the need the animal has to be near us that draws us to them. It's rather ego driven, I suspect.

24 posted on 04/17/2010 9:52:34 PM PDT by Earthdweller (Harvard won the election again...so what's the problem.......?)
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To: Big Horn

“It has been hard for me to deal with the death of a pet.
When I had to put them down I shed some tears.”

A few years back, my Black Lab of 12 years finally couldn’t live without pain and I had to bring her to the vet for a shot...I found out why he called it “putting her to sleep”...while I held her she gave out a big contented sigh, just like she used to at the end of the day when she curled up at the foot of the bed, went limp and went to sleep for the last time. She was my last dog.

Remember Mr. Bojangles?

“He danced for those
at minstrel shows and county fairs
throughout the south
He spoke with tears of 15 years of how his dog and him
just traveled about,
His dog up and died,
he up and died,
and after 20 years he still grieves...”

I used to think it was corny. Maybe I’m getting old.


25 posted on 04/17/2010 9:52:41 PM PDT by jessduntno ( If someone calls me racist, I reply "you are just saying that because I'm white!")
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To: Domandred
Hunting Chukar makes you hope you get bit by a snake so you can go downhill to home .
26 posted on 04/17/2010 9:52:59 PM PDT by kbennkc (For those who have fought for it , freedom has a flavor the protected will never know F Trp 8th Cav)
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To: Earthdweller

Well, the one’s I eat don’t sleep on my bed every night, but the do have big brown eyes that melt your heart....


27 posted on 04/17/2010 9:53:34 PM PDT by Arizona Carolyn
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To: Krankor

You ask an obvious question unless you’re asking a perverted question, in which case I have no time for it.

If you haven’t seen people who love their animal as a member of their family you haven’t seen an elderly person all by themselves save their animal. Or countless other ways people end up with animals, taking care of them, being affectionate to them. Grieving when they die, or knowing they have to be put down. The loss is real. We mourn the loss of something that brought so much joy into your life, just by being there, now isn’t there. And we miss it greatly. Most people can’t do that. It is a real gift to be able to bring joy to people just by being there.

My animals were all abandoned, some twice. My home is their forever home. They are animal members of the family. They will be defended as family members.


28 posted on 04/17/2010 9:53:40 PM PDT by Secret Agent Man (I'd like to tell you, but then I'd have to kill you.)
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To: Shaun_MD

“Lol! The last thread mysteriously vanished. Maybe the dog ate it :D”

Reason did returneth to her throne?


29 posted on 04/17/2010 9:53:51 PM PDT by jessduntno ( If someone calls me racist, I reply "you are just saying that because I'm white!")
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To: BCR #226

Would you allow your daughter run into traffic in order grab one of your dogs?


30 posted on 04/17/2010 9:55:06 PM PDT by LongElegantLegs ( I have nothing better to do than sit around all night watching a lunatic not turn into a werewolf.)
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To: politicalamity

Aw, what a cutie!
There’s a boxer in my life, although I don’t own him...He’s the most ill-behaved, obnoxious animal I’ve ever met, but that face gets me every time; they are adorable!


31 posted on 04/17/2010 9:56:57 PM PDT by LongElegantLegs ( I have nothing better to do than sit around all night watching a lunatic not turn into a werewolf.)
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To: Lurker

THAT I can agree with.


32 posted on 04/17/2010 9:57:28 PM PDT by LongElegantLegs ( I have nothing better to do than sit around all night watching a lunatic not turn into a werewolf.)
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To: Krankor

33 posted on 04/17/2010 9:58:38 PM PDT by granite (A government big enough to give you everything you want is strong enough to take everything you have)
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To: Lurker

I love one of my dogs, the American Mastiff. The other two I like a lot. I bought the mastiff for my husband for his birthday 6 years ago, it was the dog he had wanted all his life, since he was 10 yo and first knew one in his neighborhood. He often said that dog was the best birthday gift he had ever been given.

When my husband died three years ago, the dog was at his side the entire time. I don’t think I’ll ever forget the mastiff’s devotion, and every day I hug the dog, and thank God he’s mine. But — he is a dog. I own him, now. I’m human, he’s not.

I was never the alpha in our house, my husband was; however, I freely order the dog around and as expected, he obeys. That would never work with a real man. ;-D


34 posted on 04/17/2010 9:59:14 PM PDT by Judith Anne
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To: LongElegantLegs

There are some missing ‘to’s there, I believe...


35 posted on 04/17/2010 9:59:48 PM PDT by LongElegantLegs ( I have nothing better to do than sit around all night watching a lunatic not turn into a werewolf.)
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To: granite

What a cutie patootie!


36 posted on 04/17/2010 10:00:02 PM PDT by Krankor (nO)
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To: jessduntno

Yeah that whole post was starting to getting out of hand. Surprised it lasted as long as it did.


37 posted on 04/17/2010 10:00:14 PM PDT by Shaun_MD (Goldwater Conservative)
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To: LongElegantLegs

Where the hell does that come from? First of all, my daughter has more sense than to play in traffic and my dogs stick by her and me. Some of us are responsible parents. You might let your kids play around traffic, I don’t.


38 posted on 04/17/2010 10:00:33 PM PDT by BCR #226 (07/02 SOT www.extremefirepower.com...The BS stops when the hammer drops.)
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To: LongElegantLegs

they are clowns, adorable ones at that. Ours are well behaved though. Depends on the owner of course but they are always the sweetest dogs.


39 posted on 04/17/2010 10:02:10 PM PDT by politicalamity
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To: Krankor

That would be a 'yes'. Coco, an East Village Maltese.

40 posted on 04/17/2010 10:02:31 PM PDT by warpsmith (Nauthannem i ned ol renainnen.)
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To: jessduntno
We went through the same thing. God decided that we will outlive our pets, so I think the fact that we have to love them knowing we will have to grieve for them makes us more compassionate and enhances our Humanity.

We swore up and down we would never get another dog after we had to put BigBoy down a couple of years ago. Of all the Dogs I've had throughout my life, it was the first time I had to take one in knowing we wouldn't be leaving the Vet's office together.

As I write this, our crazy little Chow Chow, the first female I have ever owned BTW, is staring at me looking for a treat.

41 posted on 04/17/2010 10:03:04 PM PDT by Kickass Conservative (Obamunism, the fatal cure for Bush Derangement Syndrome.)
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To: BCR #226

It was just a question; does your daughter come before your dogs?

Of course I’m assuming the answer is yes, she does.


42 posted on 04/17/2010 10:03:41 PM PDT by LongElegantLegs ( I have nothing better to do than sit around all night watching a lunatic not turn into a werewolf.)
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To: Krankor

Yes..his name was Butch. I still miss him. Sorry Chet99, Butch was a pit bull.


43 posted on 04/17/2010 10:04:07 PM PDT by bluecollarman (Finally..... No Microsoft! Kiss mine Mr. Gates. I finally broke free with linux !! :))
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To: Krankor

Yes ..... Until one has loved an animal, part of their soul remains unawakened .. !


44 posted on 04/17/2010 10:06:51 PM PDT by Jay Howard Smith (Retired(25yrNCO)Military)
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To: Lockbar

Oh, I know what you mean.

I am very attached to my oldest cat, she is 16-years old. It will be shattering for me when she dies.


45 posted on 04/17/2010 10:07:20 PM PDT by SatinDoll (NO Foreign Nationals as our President!!)
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To: Kickass Conservative
"God decided that we will outlive our pets.."

That's the worst thing about owning a pet. I couldn't tell you how many times I've had to go through that. Not fun.

At one time we practically had a zoo when my kids were little. Now we are down to two dogs and one is getting old already. It happens too fast.

46 posted on 04/17/2010 10:07:39 PM PDT by Earthdweller (Harvard won the election again...so what's the problem.......?)
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To: Krankor
That question has been pondered for a very long time, by greater minds than ours.

Soloman, from Ecclesiastes:

For that which befalleth the sons of men befalleth beasts; even one thing befalleth them: as the one dieth, so dieth the other; yea, they have all one breath; so that a man hath no preeminence above a beast: for all is vanity.

So, don't get so bigheaded. Of course we're capable of loving other members of Creation. Our dogs model agape love for us, and we can learn a great deal from them in that regard, imho.

47 posted on 04/17/2010 10:10:21 PM PDT by RegulatorCountry
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To: LongElegantLegs
Of course she comes first... but that doesn't mean that I won't defend ALL the members of my family. I could never not love a dog that loves my daughter like this... Photobucket
48 posted on 04/17/2010 10:16:03 PM PDT by BCR #226 (07/02 SOT www.extremefirepower.com...The BS stops when the hammer drops.)
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To: politicalamity

Yeah, he’s not a great example of the breed, but that’s not his fault; I’m trying to find a picture of him goofing around with my dog, they’re pretty cute together...


49 posted on 04/17/2010 10:16:20 PM PDT by LongElegantLegs ( I have nothing better to do than sit around all night watching a lunatic not turn into a werewolf.)
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To: kbennkc

LOL never thought of that...but yep.

Had a boot heal disintegrate on me last year when I was up on the rim rocks and first thing I thought was “well I get to go home now”. Second thing was “ah crap now I gotta walk down this mountain with a busted boot”


50 posted on 04/17/2010 10:16:25 PM PDT by Domandred (Fdisk, format, and reinstall the entire .gov system.)
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