Skip to comments.Is it possible to love an animal?
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?
Love might be a little strong...I’m very fond of my dogs, but I wouldn’t lay my life down for them.
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.
That’s not love. That’s evil.
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.
I feel like I love my dog sometimes, but it’s definitely not the kind of love for people or God.
ok I confess - I have slept with 2 of my horses in the same stall.
All of God’s creatures, large and small...
Ohhhh noze...don’t bring us there again...
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.
“All of Gods 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.
yes........ and when we lose one of them, as we inevitably will, it breaks your heart and leaves a huge void in your heart.
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.
I’d lay my life down for my dog.
Congratulations; it will never be able to comprehend that sacrifice.
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.
Lol! The last thread mysteriously vanished. Maybe the dog ate it :D
Have you thought about piano?
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.
“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.
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....
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.
“Lol! The last thread mysteriously vanished. Maybe the dog ate it :D”
Reason did returneth to her throne?
Would you allow your daughter run into traffic in order grab one of your dogs?
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!
THAT I can agree with.
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
There are some missing ‘to’s there, I believe...
What a cutie patootie!
Yeah that whole post was starting to getting out of hand. Surprised it lasted as long as it did.
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.
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.
That would be a 'yes'. Coco, an East Village Maltese.
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.
It was just a question; does your daughter come before your dogs?
Of course I’m assuming the answer is yes, she does.
Yes..his name was Butch. I still miss him. Sorry Chet99, Butch was a pit bull.
Yes ..... Until one has loved an animal, part of their soul remains unawakened .. !
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.
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.
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.
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...
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”