Pet Jellyfish

Fish make quiet pets. Fake fish, or jellyfish, make even better pets. A friend posted this to Facebook today. No one guessed they were fake until she said so. How often does anyone see jellyfish to know better. But, she said they do move. A great fake pet. All you have to do is keep the tank and water clean, but without pet food and poo that won’t be such a big job.

Take a look at Aquaficial for more ideas in fake pets for fish tanks.

Pets for Adults Only?

Should pets be for (responsible) adults only? I know pets from animal shelters are particular about who takes home a pet. Pet stores are not. People giving away puppies, kittens and other young animals are not always concerned about where they wind up either. If people really are animal lovers how can they risk giving away that animal without some hope it will be taken care of and not end up feral, neglected or dead?

Source: Flickr – Allison Giguere

How to Live With a Pet Allergy Without Getting Rid of Your Pet

The Huffington Post says you can have a pet even if you’re allergic to them. It’s just a matter of:

  • Cleaning more often.
  • Using pet-free zones.
  • Taking more drugs.

None of these are great options. Likely a list developed by someone who does not have much, or any, allergies. A pet-free zone in your house does not help when you usually share the house and facilities like laundry. Clean more often… pretty much the same issue. Pet hair has little fine, pin hairs which get into everything. As for taking more drugs… NO! Thank you.

Allergies are the sixth leading cause of chronic disease in the U.S. and approximately half of all Americans test positive for at least one of the 10 most common allergens, including cat allergies, according to a profile from the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID). The Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA) reports that about 15-30 percent of people with allergies have allergic reactions to cats and dogs. With more than 100 million pets in the United States this leads to high allergy morbidity as people are exposed to animal allergens when visiting friends and family or even in public spaces like schools and offices.

Source: How to Live With a Pet Allergy Without Getting Rid of Your Pet

There is another option which the people at the Huffington Post missed. Maybe they’ve been taking too many allergy pills.

Try a pet which does not cause allergies.

There are even fluffy pet options.

If even the hypoallergenic pets give you allergies consider an unusual pet, less fluffy. Snakes, lizards, turtles and fish are not for everyone so consider a pet which won’t cause allergies and needs very little care, like a pet rock. Just a little dusting or a run through the dishwasher… what other pet can you do that with?

In the end, how do you live with a pet allergy without getting rid of your pet? …

  • Give it to someone else and visit now and then.
  • Buy a second home for your pet to live in.
  • Or the even less popular option, taxidermy.
  • Or, you could just take all those drugs and hope your pet doesn’t out live you.


Companion Pets for the Eldery

Probably a good idea. If you look at it from the perspective of the cat, a living cat I mean, this is better. A stuffed cat just needs to go through the washing machine now and then. It has no other needs and can give people all the time they want.

Expensive to buy the companion pet but… consider all the expenses of owning a real animal. The companion pet is far less expensive over time. Consider just the first week of supplies for a new pet. Another great thing is never having to worry about finding pet friendly places when moving or travelling. 

Source: Hasbro – Companion Pets

Pet- Free Zones

Designating “Pet- Free Zones” Which areas at work should be pet-free zones? We recommend making fitness centers, daycares, meeting spaces, food preparation spaces, dining areas, data centers, medical departments, mother’s lounges, and restrooms pet-free. Employees can also use leashes and child gates to keep pets constrained in smaller areas.

Source: Purina » Designating “Pet- Free Zones”

Even the pet food company believes in pet free zones. It is just a respect for other people. Pet owners who want to bring their animals everywhere are unfair to their animals and the other people around them. Do you really think the animals can’t tell when people are upset or angry? Why bring the pet you claim to love into a situation where they are going to feel that way? Even if you can’t respect other people – how about thinking of your pet instead of yourself?

Myself, I do not think any workplace is a place for pets. As I have written before, I have allergies to animals which causes me to have asthma attacks. For those who don’t know what asthma is – an attack is like drowning in the open air. So I would rather not have pets in any public, indoor area. Workplace, shopping centres, doctor’s offices and all other places people should be able to go and not need to have health issues due to someone bringing their pet.

The only place I can understand bringing a pet to is a veterinarian office or pet food store. A place which does not cater to pets should be a people place and pet free.  This is not against animals or pet owners – it’s just common sense.

For all those who want to bring their pets everywhere… why? Are they your security blanket? Do you really think the animal can’t do without you for any amount of time? I wonder how many pet owners are smothering their pets instead of giving them some space?

Even Purina believes in pet free zones where people don’t cart around pets or hide or smuggle them in. Seriously, why do some people seem so unable to leave their pet some freedom?

Pets with Stockholm Syndrome?

The more you think about it the more you do wonder… Is this the real reason the family dog snaps and fights back – surprising everyone? This is one thing that has always bothered me about keeping animals as pets. There should be a standard about how pets are kept and treated while being kept. Beyond violent abuse there is the “too much of a good thing” abuse which leaves pets obese, babied and never allowed outdoors. Don’t assume pets love being treated like your personal zoo baby.

Source: 25 Things That Keep Getting Weirder The More You Think About Them

Dogs Without Collars

Three-quarters of the billion dogs on the planet are not pets. A new book argues that they are more than strays and may tell us much about the nature of dogs.

Source: The World Is Full of Dogs Without Collars – The New York Times

If you don’t want pets you must not like animals. That’s what people assume when I talk about pet free. I must either not like them or actually hate them.

Far from the truth.

I do like animals and that is why I don’t like animals as pets. Animals as pets risk becoming strays, unwanted pets.

I don’t know what the statistics are for each place or area of the world but, I would not be surprised if for every pet there is also a stray animal somewhere. I don’t think that is proof of love of animals or pets. I think that is cruel.

So I don’t keep pets. I did have pets as a child. We lived not far from the highway in a suburban area. There were lots of strays, abandoned along the highway. Some would come to the house(s) and others would not make it that far. The highway is not a good place for newborn, pregnant or old cats and dogs.

If I did keep animals it would be cats, barn cats living mostly wild in a rural area. I love cats you see. But, I hate seeing them trapped indoors by their “loving owners”.  Allergies and asthma are a factor for not having indoor pets for me. But, I’d still rather have a wild, feral cat over a housecat.

Anyway, I wish people who love animals could be less selfish. If you really don’t want the full time care of an animal for the next 20+ years don’t make them your pet. Stuffed animals will give you unconditional love and they don’t suffer when you want to dispose of them. Virtual pets can be unplugged. Real animals die.

Vintage, not Original, Pet Rock Manual

Found this (link below). I’m not changing anything, typos and spelling included. History makes mistakes. People shouldn’t always come along and fix them.

There is this one pet that doesn’t cost a lot of money or your time….. that’s right. A Rock!A pet rock.

It’s Great because it requires no work. You don’t need your parent’s permission to get one. Makes a nice paperweight. They don’t drop fur or feathers all over the place and, of course, don’t eat, bite or poop. and doesn’t complain at all.

It’s not so good because it just sits there and don’t want to talk.

The best part, they don’t have any requirements and come free of cost. All we have to do is look by the side of the road.

Pet Rocks are ideal for both the inexperienced pet owner and for those who are too busy to spend a lot of time on pet care.

When you have learned a little on training and maintaining them you could easily add to your pocket money by selling them to friends and relatives or your local shops.

How to select your Pet Rock

As with the selection of any pet, you will need to know exactly what you want from your pet Rock. you might want to carry around with you to keep you company and show off or, you may want a Rock to guard your house when you are not home.

So, in this case, the Guard Rock needs to be quite large and fierce looking and will need quite a large space to live in. Guard Rocks also like to sit out in the front garden watching the world go by while smaller Pet Rocks love to live on or near the computer.

After you work out the size that you want finding your new companion is not a problem anymore.

Don’t make the mistake of taking the first rock that you see because each will have a different personality. Take your your time and choose the best.

Making your Pet look good

The look of your chosen pet rock would depend on the size, shape and texture to give it the best style and finish..

It will need a mouth, eyes of course, and you may also want to give it ears, a tail and legs to make it look like the pet you want to keep for a long long time.

Let your imagination flow while you decorate your Pet Rock with paint, fur, feathers or almost any other available stuff. Make it look nice.

A Guard Rock, should be of waterproof materials and glue, incase you would like to sit out in the front garden and soak in the sun together.

Once you are finished with decorating your pet, make sure you have a name for it ready at hand.

Make your pet rock listen to you.

All you need to do is……………..ask them to “Sit” and that’s about it.

Make it firm but deliver in a caring tone.

You should take your pet for a long walk at least once a week Unless you have a very large Guard Rock .

Avoid giving your pet rocks (as with any other animals) chocolate or sweets and cakes as it will make them sick.

Share your family of Pet rocks with others…….for a price of course!

Once you have mastered the decoration and training of Pet Rocks you may wish to make a little business of them.

Pet Rocks can be sold to friends and relatives or you can even get them sold by some of your local shops.

you can talk to pet shops, novelty shops and newsagents. if you want them in the shops.

You will find it easier to get shops to take them if you offer the Pet Rocks on a consignment basis. That is, where the shop displays them and pays you as each is sold.

via Pet rock.