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What you see online does not portray what animal ownership is really like

Pet ownership online is extremely glorified, every time you see a goofy little pet your initial instinct is to scream “I want one!” because it’s cute and doesn’t seem that difficult to care for.

What is posted on Tumblr and other networks does not accurately display what it’s like really working with these animals on a daily  basis.

Here’s a few personal examples:

Online: “All the birds online do this, it must be a common behaviour, they all must love it! I want a bird so I can do this!”

Reality: Months of refusing human contact, seldom wanting to be around people, every moment of my free time spent training and working to create a positive bond where she would then allow me to do this, not all birds like being touched, there’s never a guarantee they would learn to like it

Online: “Wow this is neat, I want a bird so I can do this, I would look really cool!”

Reality: Years of setting up a good diet, years of basic training, years of trust building, her refusing to cooperate, lack of training interest, struggling to get her back on track, months of learning the concept, making sure the right muscles develop properly, feeding a diet to help muscle development, training her so she flies correctly without harming herself, gaining her confidence so she takes off on her own,

Online: “I want a bird so I can take it out for walks and show off!”

Reality: Months of getting used to the harness, learning to put on the harness, learning to be comfortable with the harness on, getting her used to the outdoors, climate adjustments, watching her behaviours, making sure every outdoor experience is a good one, months of recall training and trust building so if something goes wrong there’s a better chance of her coming back.

Online: “Aw they’re so cute I want them!”

Reality: Introducing them properly, making every encounter positive, weeks of quarantine, making sure they get used to each-other over the course of a few months, setting up multiple food bowls, eliminating aggression that occurred, spending a lot of time trying to figure out what they’re fighting over, solving the problems, there’s no guarantee two birds will ever get along

Online: “wow what a pretty blue! I want a blue bird, it’s such a cool colour!”

Reality: Trying to set up a proper diet, refusing to eat vegetables, developing fatty liver disease, feather pigmentation faded, spent several months trying to convert her on to a fresh food diet, running out of ways to serve foods so she’ll eat it, finally converting her, struggling to convert her on to pellets, spending every single present day working to feed this picky eater, spending hours preparing meals just so she will be healthy

Online: “wow those feather sure are pretty! I want a bird to be flighted so it can fly to me on command!”

Reality: Years of proper training, setting her up on the right path, making sure to exercise certain muscles so she can control her flight, bird proofing the entire house, having loads of safety precautions put in place, doing training to exercise her brain so the reactions develop properly, putting obstacles in the way so she learns to maneuver, flight training so she has the strength to fly against winds if she ever escapes, recall training in case anything goes wrong, working to build confidence in her flight abilities, daily flight sessions so she continues to build muscle.

That doesn’t even include all the cage cleaning, expenses, socialization, stimulation and day to day care these little birds need.

Almost everything online is glorified to some extent, if you see something you think is cute or that you would like one in the future please research it! Get hands on experience and learn about them, there’s a lot more that goes on behind the scenes that you may think.

Here’s a thing: If you suspect your vet is ripping you off, they just might be ripping you off

You know the thing where people either don’t have health insurance or do but mistakenly get sent an itemized medical bill and they see hospitals charging like $80 for an aspirin and $150 for a blanket and $5000 for a paper gown*? That shit goes on in veterinary medicine both with procedures and drugs prices. Only difference is, almost nobody on the planet has pet insurance so almost all vet bills come out of pocket. And there’s an added layer of mystery because much of the time your animal can’t (or doesn’t) indicate if something is wrong. Even more so than with with human medicine, people are entirely at the mercy of what their veterinarian tells them is necessary.

I won’t go so far as to say vets deliberately mislead people to make money. I will say that I’ve seen prices for pretty standard procedures cost as much as 100% more depending on which clinic you go to. And I don’t mean ‘normal vet office in suburban neighborhood vs mobile vet bus in downtrodden area’. I mean like, down the street. Sometimes things cost what they cost though. That’s why I say the biggest problem I see with vets ripping people off is in their policy on expensive, invasive procedures. In my time I have seen vet’s offices recommend annual full dental cleanings (anesthesia, x-ray, and all, every single year), and whole hip replacements for 12 year old dogs with like the normal joint/skeletal degeneration you’d expect from a 12 year old dog–while not telling owners that said replacement will mean the animal may also need to be on blood thinners, pain killers, and anti inflammatory meds for the rest of its life. 

And I know this shit is bad practice because I’ve seen good, responsible, pragmatic veterinarians who sit down with owners and explain that having a tumor removed from their 4 year old guinea pig is probably a waste of money, and there’s a higher-than-normal chance that such a small animal could die under anesthesia. I’ve known good vets who will tell you their whole office policy is to try to not do invasive surgery on dogs over 10, because it’s super stressful and carries higher risk. I’ve known responsible vets who just straight up say yes your dog has epilepsy, but the meds to help that are expensive and will damage its kidneys, so unless it’s having a seizure a month I don’t recommend it. I’ve known pragmatic vets who straight up tell people, “Your pet is old. It’s going to slowly degenerate. When it gets to be too much you can have it put down, but burning money to make it act like it did when it was young is fighting a losing battle that will ultimately decrease its quality of life and bankrupt you.”

Those are the sorts of vets you look for, because those people know that animals are animals, and people have budgets. PLEASE don’t internalize messages that the amount of money you’re willing to spend is evidence of how much you love your pet. Sometimes shit is extremely expensive, and it’s just not responsible to spend thousands of dollars on a pet. IME I’ve noticed a difference in the kind of clientele certain offices get? Like, ‘upper-middle class people who can afford dog chemo and will shell out a mortgage payment so Fluffy can live 1 more year’ vs ‘everyone else’. You can tell quickly which kind of client your vet is used to servicing based on what kind of shit they recommend. It’s tough to draw a firm line on that, because young animals need rounds of vaccinations like young humans, and some animals do have health problems, or special concerns. But if you have a healthy 5 year old cat and they have you coming in every 6 months for blood work, and they’re trying to sell you on pet insurance**, I’d say that’s a red flag. Some vets are pretty down to earth, and will work with you, or offer alternatives to expensive procedures. Some live in a beverley hills bubble and look down on owners who won’t sell all their possessions to have their dog’s brain transplanted into a rocket-powered cyborg body.

So if you have doubts about either the cost of a procedure or a diagnosis, shop around/get a second opinion. I just had to do that for my dog. She needs her teeth cleaned and her regular vet was charging $600 for it before the x-ray. I called around one afternoon and found a great place who will do it for $240, x-ray included! So we now we have a new vet!

*for those not familiar with the widespread phenomenon of outrageous hospital markups and soaring drug prices:

**Lots of people have good things to say about pet insurance. I’m not one of them. I think it’s a scam. It maybe comes in handy in the first year of your pet’s life when they need all their shots, and to get spayed/neutered. And maybe at the end of its life, depending on how much money you’re willing to spend to delay the inevitable. But most of the time, your average mongrel dog or cat won’t need any serious medical intervention, ever (barring getting in a fight with a porcupine or car).

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Chinchilla Ownership Pros and Cons

I’ve wanted to make a post about the joys and perils of Chin ownership for a long time! 

Let’s start with the positives:

  • Chinchillas live a really long time! A lifespan of 15 or more years is common! My last chin lived to be over 13. 
  • Chinchillas are pretty low maintenance. Once you have a cage set up, all they need is refilled water, food, and hay every day, and weekly cage cleanings & new things to chew. 
  • Chinchillas can live in same-sex groups, pairs, or alone. Some chins even prefer being solitary! 
  • Chinchilla poop is hard, easy to clean, and has no discernible smell. They’re like little brown grains of rice!
  • Chinchillas are not susceptible to pests such as fleas. 
  • Chinchillas are very clean. They love to bathe and their hair is so dense it doesn’t get very messed up, provided weekly dust baths. 
  • You can give them dust baths as much as you like! It’s adorable and they love it. 
  • Chinchillas smell really good. Unlike most other rodent pets, they and their cages smell fresh and clean. Even their pee is pretty close to odorless. 
  • They are incredibly soft. 
  • They’re the best looking animal on the planet. Blending the awkwardness of a squirrel with the plump sweetness of a bunny, a chinchilla is truly the whole package. 
  • They are pretty affordable to keep, once you’re set up
  • While they enjoy playing and can form close bonds with their humans, they also are just fine chilling out in their cages for extended periods and won’t get depressed if left alone a bit. 

And now the negatives!

  • They have very specific dietary needs and delicate GI tracts. Unlike many other pets, you cannot give them bites of human food, even fruits or veggies. Pellets, Hay, and safe treats are it. 
  • Very few treats are safe for them. Most available in pet stores are loaded with sugar and fat, which their bodies can’t digest well. The only safe treats are: oats, plain shredded wheats, dried goji berries, and rosehips. 
  • They need to have plenty to chew, and will chew everything. That means no plastic or easily torn fabrics in the cage, and a regular supply of safe wood chew toys. 
  • They must be closely observed during play time to ensure they do not eat anything unsafe, destroy furniture or power cords, or climb into small spaces never to return. 
  • They can squeeze into very small spaces and hide there, despite their chubby appearance. Don’t let their fluffy butts fool you. Their ribs are collapsible so they can wriggle in passages of two inches or less. 
  • They poop a lot. Those chocolate tic tacs are gonna be everywhere. 
  • They like to throw hay, bedding, and poop outside of their cages. 
  • They waste a lot of hay. Their instinct to forage makes them very picky eaters in this regard. 
  • They can develop diabetes if you do not feed them well. Again, simple pellets, hay, and safe treats only. No foods filled with added fruits or puffs. 
  • They often fall prey to dental problems. If their teeth grow too long or at an odd angle, this can even be fatal. Tooth spurs are also a problem. 
  • They hide illness very well. Like most prey animals, they have an evolved tendency to obscure any signs of weakness. This means you may not catch illness until it’s too late. 
  • You should be prepared to cage every chinchilla separately at any time. Even if two chins got along as cagemates for 10 years, they may begin to fight seemingly out of nowhere and need to be split up. Their relationships are complex!
  • Cage set up is expensive! A chinchilla needs a place to sleep/hide, multiple safe ledges, chew toys of wood, pumice, and other safe materials, an exercise wheel or flying saucer, a food bowl, a hay rack, a safe water bottle (glass), and a place to take dust baths. Expect to spend $300 or so at first, on top of the cost of the chin itself. 
  • Chinchillas are not great with kids or other pets. 
  • Chinchillas are not cuddly lap pets. They like to roam around and hang out in their cages. If you bond really closely with one, it will let you hold it and may even sleep in a blanket on your lap…but this level of trust can take literal years to develop.

anonymous asked:

do you think arima has met take's dog? does he like the dog? does he pet the dog? does the dog like him?

Arima: …watch your dog? Take, I have no interest in such things, nor do I have the experience, knowledge, or time to make sure your “pet” is well looked after. I can’t understand such sentimentalities as pet ownership in the first place. What reason is there, Take? Why would one feel compelled to keep an animal trapped in their hou-

one week later…

Hey dogblr its me HuskyHuddle,

Its probs time we had a chat, an important one.

I know you all love your dogs. Whether you cuddle them and take them on walks or cuddle them and take them to agility trials, whether they are reactive or confident, whether they’d like to eat ur neighbors cat or kiss it.

We as a group have a wonderful opportunity for education, through just talking about the things we do and posting pics or actively posting informational posts, training logs, and how-to’s. We can be a wonderful motivation for those who are improving, a resource for those who are learning, and a support for those who are struggling.

But.. friends… followers… bloggers… we have a big problem. While we have a great deal of influence, we are using it in the wrong way. We pick the wrong situations to freak out over (training methods, dog food, adopting or breeders etc) and ignore the significant issues, ones that threaten the welfare of the animals we say we care so much about. Its dangerous and hypocritical to do this. We allow dangerous and irresponsible behaviors to not only go ignored, but be largely supported. When something showing lack of good judgment happens, I see a flood of posts in support, offers to donate money, anons saying everyone who has said something opposing the situation is judgmental and a hater. 

My dudes. You do not have REAL friends if your friends can not say to you, YOU FUCKED UP. Friends are not unconditionally supportive of all the things you do no matter what. If no one around you can be honest with you, there’s a problem. You aren’t perfect and if you can’t handle hearing about it, there’s another issue.

I am asking you, esp blogs with many followers, with lots of influence, to really think about some of the things you are supporting, the donate links you reblog, the neglect and irresponsibility YOU are enabling by being unconditionally supportive. 

And its not something I have seen once or twice. Its something I see a lot. Its something that has the potential to do great harm to this community and the wider pet ownership world. 

Call it what it is. If it doesn’t make u the nice blog who cares, because when the situation gets shittier, because it will, you did the right thing in the first place. What are you saying to literally every dog owner when you scream about not feeding beneful but support people who put their dogs in shitty af situations and then don’t take responsibility for it? 

At the very least don’t reblog in support, don’t donate to negligent owners, don’t cover vet costs, don’t reblog their gofundme links, don’t publicly pat them on the back and say “its ok we all make mistakes :)”. Because its not a mistake, it is a CHOICE, its one pet owners make daily, to either care for their animals or not. I’m not saying people can’t change, but what is the incentive to if everyone condones their shitty actions?

You reward shitty behavior, thats all ur gonna see. A concept we apply with our dogs, so lets apply it to people as well. 

u get what u reward. Reward something worth repeating.

Let's talk!

Hi dog people! I live in Montreal, Québec, Canada and I would like to open a discussion about animal welfare.

Esp. Dogs or other pets in Quebec.

My knowledge/understanding is that we have a VERY gross and poor reputation when it comes to puppy mills or just… how we care for our pets in general. I know that myself I learned A LOT in the last year about dog ownership and the likes.

So, let’s talk! What do you hear about us? How are things where you are? What mesures were/ should be taken in your area to help with issues similar?

@doberbutts @herebelife @shotinthekidney @mango-pup @boxerbeans @pawsitivelypowerful @themotherfuckingclickerkid @handsomedogs @why-animals-do-the-thing @mooseings @achoirofcritters @loki-lo @cynological @streetdogmillionaires @frecklespecklespot @doggydayjob @mysterymuttbutts tagging by memory ppl i follow and are dog/animal related and don’t live same place as me. Feel free to add to this post or reblog/tag others! I’d really love to get many different experiences from people!

An Aquarist's Oath

I solemnly swear to cycle all tanks.

To give proper nutrition and medical care.

To humbly accept the advice of those who know more than I do.

To reach out to those in the community in need.

To support aquatic education and research in whatever way I can.

To recognize the luxury of pet ownership.

To embrace gratitude over negativity.

This I solemnly swear to the best of my ability, for the sake of all aquatic creatures great and small, and those called to care for them.

Fluff of the Purring Kind

So for some reason, I have a lot of pet shop au prompts floating around in my head. This is a result of that. Thanks @gratitudejoyandsorrow for screaming about this with me. This will probably be a series.

Words: 675

Warnings: None??? Just fluff.

“Sir, please refrain from tapping on the glass, the snake doesn’t appreciate it.” The snake, seemingly sensing the need to dish out some well-deserved karma, threw itself at the glass. The man screamed and jumped away. You watched, concerned, as he awkwardly slouched down the aisle to look at some lizards.

The lights flickered as you made your way back to the cash register, tennis shoes squeaking against tile. You sighed, adjusting your apron as you settled back in at your station, waiting for the day shift to arrive. Your handy dandy phone dashed your hopes, the bold 2:57 am a giant “f-you.” You slammed your head against the desk, groaning.

“Fluffy.” You paused in your self-inflicted head bashing. Did someone just say….fluffy? The stool scraped back as you got up, and you curiously transversed the store, searching. You found your answer in the form of a tall, dark-skinned, curly haired man. On the floor. Crying. Hugging a kitten. The absurdity of it all was not lost on you as you slowly approached him as he let out another sob.

“Umm, sir, excuse me, are you alright?” He clutched the small kitten tighter, with a hand pointing to the sign outside the pen.

“It says they were abandoned. Who would abandon these tiny balls of cotton!” He held up the kitten, a soft gray thing. His voice had a hint of a French accent, but, to be honest, it could be anything since his voice was slurred. Alcohol, maybe? That would explain the crying.

“Sir, can you please put him back, he’s still young, and I’m sure you’re scaring him.” You slowly moved to lift the cat away, but he snatched his hand back against his chest.

“No, I already named him! Galileo, say hi!” The man waved the kitten’s paw at you, and ‘Galileo’ meowed in response. You smiled and tickled his nose. He nipped at your finger.

“You gonna buy him?” You wouldn’t actually allow it, seeing as he was drunk, but you would humor him. The man vigorously nodded.

“And those ones too.” He pointed at Galileo’s litter, a squirming pile of 4 kittens.

“You sure?” You sat down on the cold floor, dangling your fingers in front of the floof. He bounced up and batted at them, but missed and splayed himself across the ground. “I need your name to make a transaction.”

“Marie-Joseph Paul Yves Roch Gilbert du Motier, Marquis de Lafayette.” He said with conviction. You blinked.

“That’s….certainly something.” He nodded.

“You can call me Lafayette, or Laf.” He sloppily smiled. You gave a grin in return.

“Welp, if you put him down, I can take you to check out.” Laf hummed, and gently put Galileo back in the pen, and shakily stood up.

Oh god he was a lot taller than you thought.

He shifted around on his feet as your messed around with your register, not actually doing anything with it. You printed out a blank receipt, but he didn’t seem to notice.

“Alright, all done. Now, if I could just have your phone number to call you for a pickup time tomorrow?”

“Ah, yes. Hold on.” He patted his pockets and frowned when he found nothing. You caught sight of a sliver of black from his shirt pocket though, and took it out of the confused man’s pocket.

“Here we go, I’ll put it in the system.” You turned back to the computer, but silently shot off a text to his phone once you copied his number down. A beep sounded from the device.

Unknown: You may want to talk to me tomorrow.

You handed it back to him with a smile. “All set. See you tomorrow! Welcome to the world of pet ownership!” Laf beamed and made his way towards the exit. The doorframe stopped his journey as he slammed into it, and you winced. He quickly got up, turned back to grimace at you, before all but sprinting out of the store. You stifled a laugh.

Suddenly, a crash from the reptile aisle echoed throughout the store.


thewhaleridingvulcan  asked:

So I have an F4 Bengal. He's a great cat and I love him. He's 6 years old and will not stay out of my shower while I'm in there. He's been doing this since he was little and I wasn't worrying about it until someone told me that the soap I use might make him sick? I am now scrambling to find soaps that won't make him sick although we've never had an issue before. Right now I use Johnson's baby soap. Keeping him out of the bathroom is nigh impossible as he opens the door. (To be continued)

I’m not bathing him by a long shot but he splashes around and has the time of his life and now I’m worried about the soap thing. Do you know if Baby Soap is safe? Or does anyone know who reads the blog?

Upon a quick google (hint, hint) it appears that true bar soaps are not super toxic and will mostly cause vomiting if ingested in large amounts, but detergents and other cleaners are much more dangerous to cats. (1)(2)

Here’s a couple of other thoughts: If you’re worried about him ingesting soap, you could easily change your management to keep him out of your shower while there is soap in it. Yes, he opens doors, but you could a) lock the door b) use a doorstopper to wedge the door shut from inside c) put him in a different room he can’t get out of while you shower. Then you could let him into the bathroom after you’re out of the shower and have rinsed the shower clean so he has his enrichment. Management is an important part of pet ownership, sometimes it just requires a little bit of creativity. 

Thinking about getting a bird?

That’s great! (So you think.)

I’ve been seeing more and more posts about people getting birds or thinking about getting a bird, and their seeming lack of knowledge scares me. I fear for these birds.

In the birblr community, it may seem like living with a bird is all grins and giggles because, let’s face it, they are adorable. But what we hide behind all the photos and videos of floofiness is all the painstaking effort we put into giving them a decent life.

These are some of the things you need to seriously consider before you buy a bird:

NUMBER 1: VERY IMPORTANT. Do you want your bird to fly?
If the answer is no, you should probably rule out birds as a potential pet. Seriously, do you really want to take away a natural ability from an animal that is so beneficial for their health for the sake of your entertainment? Perhaps you should consider a rabbit, a chinchilla, snakes, I don’t know. Something you can provide the best life for. If you are not willing to alter your life to fully provide for your pet, you’re looking at the wrong pet.

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Friday Rundown 4-7-17

On the Docket for the Weekend

  • Grocery shopping is tonight. I’m going to keep my meal plan super easy this week because we’re leaving Friday night to head to my sister’s house in Indiana for Easter. I have plans to write about “having a happy and healthy road trip” and “staying on track at houses that aren’t yours,” to make up for the totally lackluster meal planning and recipes next week.
  • Start amassing cat stuff. We’re obviously waiting until returning from Easter to bring home a furry friend, but I’m a crazy cat lady underneath all these years of no pet ownership and I want to get its little spot ready NOW!

The Successes

  • I think I realized the reason I really like these “100” challenges. They help me practice form! After a week of doing my self-imposed squat challenge, I feel like I’m really starting to straighten them out and keep much better balance. Last month I had never done better pushups in my life, either.
  • I made a doctor appointment. I had procrastinated for a while, but I really need to go. My symptoms are starting to get really strange and invasive to normal life again. I think I really need a different treatment option but I have a feeling they’re probably going to do nothing.

The Not as Successful

  • My mood was heavily affected by the weather. I wouldn’t call it a horrible mood as I’ve generally still been easy on myself and easy for other people to deal with, but I just want to sleep and sit. Blaaaaah.
  • Gym. I was so fatigued all week. You know what never happens to me? Naps. I don’t take them. I kept falling asleep all week and no amount of sleep was enough. I felt like I was in a gelatin mold all week. So, I kind of fell short here but I kept my steps up. I did stretches galore, and I did my squats. I still amassed a ton of points for my workout team with my walking, but it can’t really compare to the feeling of a floppy sweat after a heavy workout.

Little Rambles

  • My ring got adjusted and it really is still too big. I’m a little less afraid of flinging it across a room or parking lot with just the flick of a wrist, but it still turns and slides down my finger. The jeweler insisted we not actually fit it close to my finger because finger size apparently changes, but no. I want that thing stuck on there. If only we could just implant it. I’m SO scared of losing it!
  • I really do understand that some prescription drugs can be and are easily abused, but it always seems to me that all of the repercussion is put on people who need them instead of those who abused them. It’s worse than “guilty until proven innocent” because no amount of compliance will get them off your back! Basically, my fiance has severe ADD and because a bunch of college kids took it upon themselves to abuse ADD drugs as study aids, we have to go through this song and dance every month with the pharmacy, the insurer, and the doctor just to get it filled. They won’t even pay for it anymore. We got this one filled, but it really is too expensive. This is why people who want help can’t get it! 
  • This is stuck in my head. I haven’t even played this one since sometime in high school.

anonymous asked:

Buying from a breeder makes you part of the problem. There are 6 million animals in shelters, adopt don't shop!

Hey there!

You’re right! There are a lot of unwanted, abused, and neglected animals out there! In fact, I foster three older cats from a local no-kill shelter. All of them have tragic backstories and significant medical problems so I try to give them a good place to call home at the end of their lives. 

If you want to help unwanted animals out there like anon and I do, here are a couple of ideas!

1. Foster for, donate to, or adopt from a shelter or rescue! I personally only send my money and efforts to no-kill shelters, but all shelters provide a safe space for animals that would otherwise be subject to abuse, neglect, abandonment, and/or painful deaths otherwise. If you foster high-needs animals, most shelters will pay for their vet care, so this is a great option for college students and people with lower incomes!

2. Reach out to elementary and middle schools in your area and lead a craft project where you make blankets and toys for animals in shelters! With $100, you can teach kids about empathy and make a scared animal feel a bit more safe in a shelter.

3. Do your research before taking home an animal! Dogs (especially puppies) are EXTREMELY expensive to take care of and take a lot of work and time. So many animals end up in shelters and get euthanized because people aren’t ready for pet-parenthood! It is okay if taking home a pet isn’t the best option for you!

4. Help your local shelter or rescue host an adoption event! This can be a great way to spend a weekend with friends and families. You can also continuously volunteer at shelters and socialize animals, help clean up facilities, take photos and write bios for animals for less than an hour a week!

5. Spay/neuter your pet(s) and get them micro-chipped! This increases the odds of a lost pet coming home safe (many animals in shelters are just lost animals) AND prevents more unintended pets from coming into the world. 

6. I’m sure there are tons of other ways to help! Please share your ideas!

Have a good day everyone! 

PS: I’ve never discussed where I got VSEPR from on Tumblr?

I was originally thrilled when it became canon that Captain Jack Harkness had a dog. But on further reflection, I can’t imagine pet ownership is practical for the leader of a top secret organization and a first responder to (frequent) alien invasions. Today, for example, Captain Jack was late to an event because SOMEONE got very sick and needed an emergency vet visit. *looks pointedly at Valenzia*

(I made it in the end, although an hour and a half late. And Valenzia is medicated and hopefully will recover soon.)

I wish more people went into pet ownership thinking about what they can do for the pet, rather than what the pet can do for them (and I’m talking specifically about pets, not working animals).

Pets are WORK, and if you think otherwise, there’s a good chance that you’re not taking the best care of them.

Pets are not people, and do not think and act like people, and if you think otherwise, there’s a good chance that you’re not taking the best care of them.

If you’re looking for companionship, that’s fine, but you still have to put actual time and effort into learning about and providing for your pet, no matter what the species.