How Should a Believer Treat the Family Pet?

Discussion in 'General Baptist Discussions' started by righteousdude2, Jun 25, 2013.

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How Do You, a Believer, View and Treat Your Pets?

  1. We have a dog(s)

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    70.0%
  2. We have a cat(s)

    7 vote(s)
    35.0%
  3. We have other forms of pets (please mention if you feel inclined in comment section)

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  4. They are pets, not family, and we treat them as pets....

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  5. They are like family to me/us [please explain]

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  6. They stay outside the majority of time

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  7. The are indoor pets, and allowed on furniture and beds

    10 vote(s)
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  8. We buy the very best food, supplements, toys, clothing, etc.

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  9. We take them to the vet regularly [if you have insurance, please comment]

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  10. We'd do almost anything to make sure they have a good life

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  1. righteousdude2

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    With the business of pet food and accessories booming in this country, I was curious as to how members of this board view and treat their pets?
     
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    We have always had pets, and not that they are treated like human being members of the family, but they are taken well care of, given attention, care, fed and watered daily. We have had outside and inside pets. Presently, we have a Maltese, white house cat, and eight parakeets. I thoroughly enjoy the pets, and consider them a gift of the Lord.

    One of the classes of people I particularly dislike are those that mistreat or abuse pets. We have a local case here going on where a group of teens posted on Twitter the killing of two kittens. One picture was posted "before" and showed the kittens being held by one of the teens. The second picture said "after" and showed the corpse of the kittens hanging over the side of a garbage can at a local park. The police investigated, and the teens are in big trouble and are looking at some time and fines. Besides the actual act showing stupidity and a lack of respect for life, the idiots posted the evidence on the computer.
     
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    Substitute tennis balls under the outside deck...
     
  4. Arbo

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    Couldn't resist:

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    Well, I once had a student tell me "When I die, I want to be reincarnated as one of your dogs", so I guess we must treat them pretty well.

    Our dogs and horses live the life of kings.

    Even our barn cats have it pretty good.
     
  6. convicted1

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    We have a Pug, Lexie, that is our life. She is our "girl" and not just a pet.
     
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    A righteous man regardeth the life of his beast.

    Notice the word "beast." I think regarding a beast as a family member is a bit out of order. (This is not in response to convicted's post. I would have made this very post if I were the first respondent.)
     
  8. thisnumbersdisconnected

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    When I was growing up on the farm, pets were useful animals. The cats kept the mice and rats out of the barn, the dog kept the coyotes away from the cattle and pigs. But they were "buddies" to us and to one another too. We had a border collie and a calico cat that were best friends. But they didn't get treated better -- oh, maybe a little -- than the other animals on the farm.

    Now that I'm beyond fully grown by a couple or three decades and live in the suburbs, I see another side to pets that I wasn't afforded on the farm. I watched my then teenaged daughter come home from a bad breakup and immediately get comfort from what I kind of affectionately call "Giant Cat." He's a Maine coon cat, and he's huge. And can be fierce if necessary. There's a Rottweiler in the neighborhood scared to death of him. Wish I knew that story.

    But it was obvious he knew my daughter was upset, and he immediately curled up next to her, nuzzled at her arm, purred and in about five minutes, broke her bad mood. None of my pets ever did that for me, but then again, I played fetch with them and let them follow me around the farm. They weren't indoor pets, so they didn't see my teenaged angst and anger. Maybe they would have done the same for me, who knows?

    But pets can be more than just a pet. I gave Giant Cat -- whose real name is Matrix -- an extra couple treats that night.
     
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    :thumbs: Same here, even the wildlife prospers here; feed the birds in the winter, hummingbirds in the summer.

    But then, the children & grandchildren haven't had it so bad around here either! :)
     
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    Here we go again....what is the actual question?

    1. "How Should a Believer Treat the Family Pet" (thread title)

    OR

    2. "How Do You, a Believer, View and Treat Your Pets?" (poll title)


    In the case of (1.) I use Milk Bones.

    In the case of (2.) I use my eyes and Milk Bones.
     
  11. Revmitchell

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    We have three dogs, two horses, and a cat. We love our animals but we do not treat them as humans or as "one of our children" that is a perversion and quite frankly a bit weird.
     
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    They are well taken care of and treated like good pets... until they do stuff they aren't supposed to do and I threaten to put 'em on a spit, sprinkle some lemon pepper on them, roast them and eat them in front of the other pets so that they will stay in line.:smilewinkgrin:
     
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    Lexie is part of our family. Tracy and I can't have any kids, so she is our girl. When she gets sick, we worry ourselves to pieces. I do not feel hard at those who treat their pets as pets, but Lexie is more than that to us. I would honestly lay my life down for her in a split second.
     
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    I have four dogs, sixteen chicken's, two turtles & a few goldfishout in the Back pond.....I like them all better than humans frankly.:love2:
     
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    We acquired from Westie rescue two females that were highly abused.

    Their teeth were rotted and many needed extracted from attempting to chew through the kennel they were kept.

    They had never been on grass, or socialized in any way.

    They were "breeding stock" of one of the animal farms that sell cute little white fur balls - taking advantage of the dogs and the public.

    So, my bride and I spend our retirement time in training, soothing, and attempting to make the last years of these two as comfortably loved as possible.

    They are allowed on one piece of furniture, and we have pillowed shams that they also snuggle into. Most of the time they prefer the hard floor with a throw rug on it.

    We groom them ourselves, except for the nails, and there is remarkable improvement in their health - though one is slowly succumbing to the maltreatment and will probably die in the next year or two.

    After almost three years they are just this year showing signs of what real dogs should behave like.

    If you want a Westie, this is the group to get it from.

    Not only are the dogs in need of homes, but most all have come from deprivation and abuse.

    Beside, there is no more wonderful dog than a Westie!!! :)
     
  16. Servent

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    Does a big ole dead rat count. just kidding, I have a big ole bloodhound and I mean big last time he was at the vets he clocked in at a 152 lbs. Dang dog eats better than I do. always outside though, I love to watch him track.
     
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    They make good companions, but I can only afford so much, for me or for them.
     
  18. righteousdude2

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    That's okay....

    ....because I guess you do your best by them, maybe even sacrificing your own good for them at times! :thumbs:
     
  19. Earth Wind and Fire

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    My father spent much of his formative years (during the depression) at his grandfathers farm. I was always told great granddad fed & took care of his animals before he fed himself. The old man had two teams of plow horses and alternated them often during the day so as not to wear them out. He however stayed in in the fields plowing...In to his 80's.
     
  20. Dennis324

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    Good post. :thumbsup:

    One of the signs of a righteous man, the Bible says, is that he takes care of his animals (see Proverbs 12:10). Even the animal of an enemy was to be treated kindly: "If you come across your enemy's ox or donkey wandering off, be sure to take it back to him" (Exodus 23:4). One reason God commanded His people to rest one day out of seven was so their animals would be refreshed (see Exodus 23:12).

    I have no children of my own and am not married. So I'm probably a little silly about the way I treat my own dog. But 'Puddles' is like my child. She is my best friend. So yeah, I tend to dote on her. Probably shouldn't, but I do. :)
     

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