This bugs me

@sallypup (29427)
Moses Lake, Washington
March 20, 2018 11:02am CST
As I go through the house, searching for things to dump, I think about what ownership is. I went to the local animal shelter and bought or adopted Beau Teak Siamese boy. If I decide to go to a human adoption center, am I buying or adopting a human child? I tell my fur buddies that I am their guardian. I will care for them as best I know how. Then when something happens and I feel those fur kids need a doctor, then I am back in the owner seat. That makes me uncomfortable. Beau Teak was left behind for four days then was found and brought to the animal shelter. The day he walked into this house I told him that he would never be left behind again. He is safe though at times he has to visit the Doc due to his inability to quit fighting with others and he comes home with a wound or two that needs help. So I go through my house looking for items that I can live without and think about this thing called ownership.
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@snowy22315 (54620)
• United States
20 Mar
I could get rid of most of the things in this house and not miss them. I agree with pets being part of the family. I really can not imagine a circumstance where I would give up my pet. It just isn't going to happen.
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@sallypup (29427)
• Moses Lake, Washington
20 Mar
@snowy22315 I get too attached to things. I'll always wonder what happened to Beau Teak; why he was left behind. He's a well socialized Siamese so what happened?
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@snowy22315 (54620)
• United States
20 Mar
@sallypup Some people just don't have the degree of attachment to pets that others have..I think. I think even allergies can be managed.
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@sallypup (29427)
• Moses Lake, Washington
20 Mar
@snowy22315 Some body sure raised Beau right. I have allergies to dogs and live with two.
@JolietJake (51104)
• United States
20 Mar
Scar is the owner, I am just the slave
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@sallypup (29427)
• Moses Lake, Washington
20 Mar
@JolietJake Exactly. Beau Teak snuggled up to me this morning. Why? Cause he wanted me to let him outside.
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@Courtlynn (55383)
• United States
20 Mar
I agree with @snowy22315 . Never could get rid of our cat, he is apart of our family now.
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@sallypup (29427)
• Moses Lake, Washington
20 Mar
@Courtlynn You're a person with a heart.
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@Courtlynn (55383)
• United States
20 Mar
@sallypup as are you!
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• Defuniak Springs, Florida
20 Mar
I don't consider having a pet being a owner. I consider them a part of the family.
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@sallypup (29427)
• Moses Lake, Washington
20 Mar
@thislittlepennyearns I totally am with you on that feeling then comes time to go to the Vet or the kennel and its my legal responsibility to deal with such things as the "owner."
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@Corbin5 (119950)
• United States
20 Mar
It is odd to say that we "own," a pet. I suppose we "own" a child too. I will just say, "I have a pet I love."
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@sallypup (29427)
• Moses Lake, Washington
20 Mar
@Corbin5 Nobody talks about the poet May Sarton any more. She called her cats her "fur persons." I tend to go that route, too. The fur persons here are not my pets; they just live here like anybody else.
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@Corbin5 (119950)
• United States
20 Mar
@sallypup Well, Molly went with us to vote today in the IL primary. She claims she is an "Independent." and she did not reveal for whom she voted today. She is now wearing her "I Voted" sticker.
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@sallypup (29427)
• Moses Lake, Washington
20 Mar
@Corbin5 Good for you, patriotic Molly.
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@rebelann (43180)
• El Paso, Texas
20 Mar
When it comes to ownership I apply that strictly to material things not furbabies. However that would be hard to explain to a vet or a lot of people who aren't into furpeople.
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@sallypup (29427)
• Moses Lake, Washington
20 Mar
@rebelann It would be hard to be a Vet. You are there to help animals and yet humans do not step in and pay for your help, there will be no way for you to do that. Or to pay for those expensive meds and equipment.
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@rebelann (43180)
• El Paso, Texas
20 Mar
Yeah, that is so true @sallypup
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@sallypup (29427)
• Moses Lake, Washington
20 Mar
@rebelann This goes for humans, too. I just heard about a doc who had the grand idea to operate a large pediatric clinic. Jobs in that area of my state went South. All his patients ended up on state pay so he says that is too low of money for him to keep his clinic open, considering he has to pay for helpers etc. etc. Now those kids who need a doc have to travel a good half an hour some where else, if their parents have the gas money.
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@celticeagle (120600)
• Boise, Idaho
20 Mar
Ownership is interesting subject. We've just always had cats. They adopt us or we adopt them from bad situations. Can't recall a time when we went to the shelter to get one. I think that you have the right idea.
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@sallypup (29427)
• Moses Lake, Washington
20 Mar
@celticeagle I bet my neighbors with all their unaltered cats consider those cats to be strays. I suppose I could have adopted one of those animals. I worry about what problems they might have, though.
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@celticeagle (120600)
• Boise, Idaho
23 Mar
@sallypup ......They shouldn't have access to your other cats either.
• United States
22 Mar
Ownership can definitely get out of hand sometimes. Just ask my mom. Give my sincere regards to Beau Teak and I wish him well.
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@sallypup (29427)
• Moses Lake, Washington
22 Mar
@LindaCPearson Beau says "Meow-thanks!" back.
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@JudyEv (137660)
• Bunbury, Australia
20 Mar
Interesting point. I hadn't thought about it much before - ownership, guardianship, whatever.
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@sallypup (29427)
• Moses Lake, Washington
20 Mar
@JudyEv Over here if I take one of the neighbor's animals to the Shelter, that owner has the right to come take the animal back cause he is the owner though the animal may suffer for the return.
• Rochester, New York
20 Mar
I have always seen having pets as a mutual ownership. They care for me and I care for them. Only they can't go to the doctors with me. lol
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@sallypup (29427)
• Moses Lake, Washington
20 Mar
@LisaSteinmetz I like that: mutual ownership. That's a good way to think about it.