pet owner relationship

Raph’s Growth as Shown by his Pets

I was thinking about Spike and Chompy, and how different they are, and it dawned on me… they really highlight different character traits of Raph in his growing up, or different phases of maturity.

Spike was Raph’s sounding board. Raph was younger and more childish at the start of the series. All of them were. But Raph needed Spike more than Spike needed him, I think. Raph is the most sensitive of his brothers, and he needed a good listener he could say anything to without getting judgement. Spike took care of Raph, in that sense.

By season 4, Raph had grown up a lot. He’d learned to manage without relying on Spike. He learned to control his temper a little better and self-soothe. He started realizing more and more what putting his brothers first really means. He even got to experience romance for the first time.

Then this little guy came along:

Before Spike mutated into Slash, he seemed to exhibit some intelligence and the personality of a teenage boy not unlike Raphael.

But Chompy is a baby. He hatched in Raph’s hand. Instinct may tell Chompy that Tokka is his mother, but otherwise, he believes Raph is the one he needs to cling to. 

Raph has learned to get along just fine without a pet. He’s more mature now, and that’s one of the reasons his owner/pet relationship with Chompy is different.

Raph’s pets illustrate his growth. He relied on Spike and Spike took care of him, but Chompy relies on him so he takes care of Chompy. Raph isn’t some kid anymore who needs a listener because he can’t talk to anyone else. While he still talks to Chompy about his feelings, he doesn’t need to for emotional maintenance. Raph has grown up, and he’s responsible enough to care for a little baby critter that needs him now.   

Little Things to Remember When Writing about Cool Pets in Fantasy

Originally posted by irl-internetprincess

One thing that is kind of irresistible in fantasy are the totally awesome, sometimes mythical, exotic pets. I will never say don’t write them, because I love them (and I LOVE reading about them) but definitely keep a few things in mind while writing them. 

  1. They are animals. Let them act like animals. They may act as an extension of the hero’s hand, but that should only mean that they are well trained. They’re still separate (most of the time) from the character and like to do their own things. Think of a dog. It might fetch you your newspaper, but it also might chase the neighbor’s cat, chase its tail, and explore odd rooms of your house at random times of the day. It’s what dogs do. 
  2. Remember the owner-pet relationship. If you’ve ever owned a pet, you know this is a sacred thing. I’ve shared this bond with a pet fish, Bloop - and yeah, it’s sacred stuff. Think of this relationship as you would any relationship. It’s one that involves nurturing, bonding, dependency. Even a fairly self sufficient pet will require bonding. 
  3. When writing about fantasy creatures, know the mythology. As the writer, you have a large degree of freedom, but if you’re writing about a creature that has a somewhat ambiguous appearance (like most of them) make sure you keep their descriptions consistent and if you don’t plan on describing in super detail, make sure they are consistent with popular belief, especially with creatures like dragons, werewolves, goblins, and griffins - as these in particular can be depicted in a number of ways and are some of the most variable. 

“That foolish, foppish, fraud of a king!” Hiei yelled as he stormed into the the manor.

Ren warily eyed the demon from where he had been cleaning some of the trinkets that Hiei would bring back from his trips to the human realm. Usually when Hiei was in such a mood it was best to avoid him. But moving out of the room without drawing attention was impossible now.

Hiei flopped onto his throne, one hand pressed over his eyes.

“I ensure that he is on the throne, that he has all he’s ever wanted and he squanders it all for a barmaid. She has a lover as well, a succubus. This idiot can’t compete with that!”

Ren eyed the door into the rest of the manor. It was across the room, but maybe if he was very quiet?

“Ren, get over here,” Hiei commanded.

Ren winced but obeyed. He kneeled down next to Hiei. The demon pushed his head onto his leg and began to card his fingers through Ren’s hair.

“Humans are dumb creatures,” Hiei told him, sounding tired, “Even you were pet. But you’ve learned to be better.”

Ren stayed quiet, but relaxed into the pets from his master.

Hiei chuckled, “it must be all those rituals. After all you can’t really be called human anymore.”

Ren hummed and they stayed there in silence.

anonymous asked:

Thanks to you, the vet clinic I work reception at has a term among the employees. "Arbuckle" An Arbuckle is a pet owner who perceives their relationship with their pet as adversarial, that said pet is their enemy and that the per knowingly does things to aggravate or inconvenience them and as a result they treat the pet like a family member they hate but have to take care of.

that’s really sad that there are real life people like that, but also really hilarious and amazing that my tumblr has influenced an entire vet clinic to start calling them arbuckles! i’m so happy the anti-arbuckle message is spreading!!!