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Today's Poll: 04/19/2014

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Do you consider your pet to be a member of the family? Submitted By SMiki2012, AZ
Yes.
No.
I don't have a pet.
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zombieklitoris
on 04/19/14
cgff and 5 others liked this  
you should consider them as family, they are living creatures just like us. they each hold different personality's like humans. so, treat em' that way. if you just treat them as a pet then they really don't mean much to you and maybe you shouldn't have one.
Sidneythelawyer
on 04/19/14
Violent criminals are living creatures like us. Each one has their own unique personality. So treat them like family.
Pets are animals. Children are human. Blood is thicker than water, so why would you treat some random animal like a family member? I've raised my cat from a kitten and she would probably qualify as a therapy animal based on our history. But she's not family. She's a pet. Because push comes to shove, my life is more valuable than hers.
isaflor
on 04/19/14
cgff liked this  
Whoa, whoa, whoa, hold on a second. Since when can we really compare our pets to violent criminals??? They would DIE for us,they comfort us when we're sad, they love us unconditionally, they let us cuddle and hug them. My cat (on my profile pic) is basically a little brother to my (only) daughter, he is part of my family.
I adopted him into my family.
Sidneythelawyer
on 04/19/14
I brought out "violent criminals" because its an extreme example. Just because something is a living thing, doesn't mean its family.
And I highly doubt that many pets would die for their owners. This is more likely a projection of your own affection and beliefs. I'm not saying there aren't pets that would, simply that people tend to project the best onto their pets, rather then expecting them to act like what they are: animals.
bebajune
on 04/19/14
elmerblu liked this  
I do agree that if there was a fire, I would rescue my children first then my dogs. But if I had to choose between my husband and my dogs...I can't honestly say my husband would win.
Samanthas94
on 04/19/14
I seem to be in the same boat as you. I don't hate animals, in fact I love dogs. I think you (and I) are just so sick of avid pro-choicers being animal-lovers. Make sense? Here's an article on the subject that you'll enjoy: themattwalshblog.com/2014/02/11/pro-choicers-heres-why-you-cannot-support-abortion-while-opposing-puppy-murder/
cgff
on 04/19/14
Yeah, it's just crazy to say killing puppies is wrong but abortion is somehow ok.
elmerblu
on 04/19/14
not quite the same thing but you sound like the antiabortion but see no child abuse, hear no child abuse ,never tell of any child abuse kind of person
shaylenehall
on 04/19/14
We have a little guinea pig named Tommy. He is definitely a part of our fam. He is Tommy the III and he runs freely throughout the house. We tell people we live in piggy land. ha ha....sal
elmerblu
on 04/19/14
For all the people? Who do like a pet ..you area sad being who will never know unconditionally love.. and always be a sad individual..I feel nothing for you
elmerblu
on 04/19/14
WHO DO NOT LOVE PETS. CORRECTION ONABOVE LINE
cgff
on 04/19/14
Yes, my cats are my babies. We don't have children yet, but even when we do, our pets will still be family.
anithaponna21
on 04/19/14
i dont like pets
cgff
on 04/19/14
That is perfectly ok.
BubbleNymph
on 04/19/14
isaflor liked this  
Dogs are pack animals, dogs see us as members of their pack aka family so why shouldn't we as well. Whatever people say, I definitely consider our dogs an important part of our family. They bring infinite love into our family, they bring infinite companionship. I love how dogs are always so happy to see you, always running towards you with their squeaky toys, always wanting to spend time with you, always wanting to snuggle up next to you. Dogs express overwhelming amounts of affection and unconditional love towards their humans. Sometimes when I or someone is crying, our dog will even sit next to the crying person and put their paw on our lap to give us comfort. How is that not the most sweetest thing ever? Dogs and cats and animals are the best thing this world ever gave humans.
BubbleNymph
on 04/19/14
Also animals are complex creatures, many animal species have family units that are needed to survive such as elephants, wolves, lions, even meerkats all survive in family units. Hell, even ants aren't solitary! To many animals, family units/packs/teamwork is important for survival. Not only that but animals even show affection for each other, such as elephants or whales/dolphins how they can even recognize the unique members of their family/pods. There is even a lot of evidence of for example, an elephant who is in trouble stuck in the mud, the elephant family members will quickly go to help their family member! in many animal species there is countless evidence that a lot of animals hold complex and tight-knit family structures. Family is important to a lot of animals. Anyone who denies the facts are just too dumb to live, not even worth a second of anyone's time arguing with their ignorance, they're too dumb to live.
isaflor
on 04/19/14
My cat(yes, the one on my profile pic) is the sweetest animal in the world. He is part of my family. No, I'm not saying that he is worth more or is equal to me child, but he loves me, I love him, that cat practically loves EVERYONE. (Except a dog that came into our house and ate his food, he had some *serious* problems with her)
How can the difference between a species really separate us from calling our pets family???
Many of them would DIE for us.
I'm sorry, but, how can we NOT consider them part of our families, when they would go through such extreme measures to prove that we are part of theirs?
swaguser76851418
on 04/19/14
LilTunechiVivian liked this  
Your pet also contributes to the household shores in way or the other which makes it a member.
Annachh
on 04/19/14
xXmanutd4lyfXx and 1 others liked this  
How does a pet contribute to chores? If anything you have to pick up all its fur and poop. It's just making chores for you.
cgff
on 04/19/14
Some people need pets to help control stress levels. If that is not contributing to household needs, then what is?
Sidneythelawyer
on 04/19/14
This has become amusing. The flaggers have arrive to remove all who dare to think that animals are not family!
cdmstarks
on 04/19/14
Dogs are family.
bazinga22
on 04/19/14
BlackDiamondRox and 1 others liked this  
Those people that said 'No' should not have a pet.
Skysdya
on 04/19/14
Sidneythelawyer liked this  
And the people that said yes should have their heads examined.
isaflor
on 04/19/14
cgff liked this  
Really? Maybe your right, I think there is a possibility I'm going crazy. I don't care. :)
CouponSwan
on 04/19/14
cgff liked this  
I have a friend who has a chihuahua that she lets sit at the table and she feeds him by hand. He hates anybody but her and her husband. If you walk by the dog without even saying anything, if he's in a certain mood, he'll bite you. As a result, they can't have friends over any more. But they don't think there's anything wrong with it, I guess. I love animals and have no problem with person being very close to their pet. But in this case, I think, it's gone overboard.
MissMarnew
on 04/19/14
Yes and I don't care who thinks it is stupid.
bellbells
on 04/19/14
i love pets they make me feel so warm and fuzzy also they are fun and funny
Whittp
on 04/19/14
cgff and 1 others liked this  
I love my pets:)
sebreilly
on 04/19/14
cgff liked this  
Husband, four cats, no human babies...and I wouldn't change a thing. :)
(Except to maybe add some chickens to the mix.)
carlund
on 04/19/14
I'm thinking the same thing hoobobba. I'm actually getting a few laughs from them. I personally feel like a pet such as a dog, cat, bird, etc., that is kept in the house and loved by the family is a part of the family. I have seen people just have pets caged for hunting and they also love their dogs. I guess it's all in how you look at it.
hoobobba
on 04/19/14
Reading through the comments, and it's clear to me that, some people should absolutely not have any pets!
wolfgirl1994
on 04/19/14
spongerod1 liked this  
If I had one, yes. :D
thefaithful
on 04/19/14
Sidneythelawyer liked this  
Pets are quite difficult to manage and they need to be taken care of well. It is like an extra burden...
juggalocust
on 04/19/14
Any relationship feels like a burden if there is not love.
margieen
on 04/19/14
my dogs are my daughters. we cannot sleep without them snuggling with us
MommyHJCCMM
on 04/19/14
My pets aren't family. I let family in the house.. my chickens, turkeys, rabbits and pigs are not coming in my house. Humans only!
spoord
on 04/19/14
I would only consider one of the mentioned a pet.The others I would consider DINNER.
AliceColdfire
on 04/19/14
cgff and 2 others liked this  
Before you comment, think about the meaning of the word "pet" first. Being "a domestic or tamed animal or bird kept for companionship or pleasure and treated with care and affection". Obviously, if you don't treat your chickens, turkeys, rabbits and pigs as your 'companion' and you don't treat them with 'care and affection', then they are not considered as your 'pets'. Just saying.
jevousverrai
on 04/19/14
my kitty has been my "baby girl" for the last ten years. she is not adjusting well to the fact that I've got an actual baby now... but I still love her, even if she feels replaced.
isabelnight
on 04/19/14
CouponSwan and 1 others liked this  
We own a Boxer named Thor. He's a member of the family, even if we don't dress him up. Which is fine, because Thor doesn't like to be dressed up.
Kevbot34
on 04/19/14
cgff and 4 others liked this  
Why have a pet if you don't consider it part of your family?
archikind
on 04/19/14
LilTunechiVivian liked this  
i have a dog and he is so active keeps every member of the family energetic.
Spiderdad2702
on 04/19/14
cgff and 3 others liked this  
pets should always be a part of the family
musiclady
on 04/19/14
isaflor and 3 others liked this  
We have a dog and 3 kitties- they are my "children"! We can't imagine life without them. We baby them and cuddle them and we get so much back in return!
memorybooks
on 04/19/14
My children are grown and out on their own. My dogs are wonderful companions for me. This is NOT about animals vs children. I love my children but they were not meant to live with me forever.
norijunkie
on 04/19/14
isaflor and 2 others liked this  
Ofcourse that my dog is my family! He loves me so i love him back!
catsinjax
on 04/19/14
isaflor and 1 others liked this  
Mine think they are human. lol They are demanding, just like anyone else. lol One of my cats is on my feet now, when I am on the computer. She always demands to be with me here and gets mad when I get up and leave to another area of the house. lol
porraboy116
on 04/19/14
cgff and 2 others liked this  
My Pets are my Family
deluca65
on 04/19/14
isaflor and 4 others liked this  
Dang, the question wasn't "if you had to choose between your child and your dog, which would you choose?" It was way more simple and basic. I took it to mean at an emotional level, do you feel a strong attachment to your pet (in my case, a dog). I said yes. I rescued my dog, she was in terrible health, we got her surgery for a birth defect she had, figured out her allergies, etc etc, and she is healthy and happy and a great little friend. She comes to work with me and my boyfriend (at the time... now my husband) and I got her together and take care of her together. When he's traveling for work she sleeps in the bed with me, she watches out the window and barks when someone comes to the door, and she's funny and cute. So YES.
SawyerLuv
on 04/19/14
CouponSwan liked this  
Pets are a family member to me but their needs will never supersede that of my child. Love them both but...
Juanashasta
on 04/19/14
I love my cat boots
nansiludie
on 04/19/14
cgff and 3 others liked this  
Yes, I do. They always love you and they never hurt you the way people can.
OtterMan62
on 04/19/14
Not sure about that. I mean, what if your dog or whatever animal runs away or dies? And about that love thing my first dog, well actually my mother's, hated me and spent her time trying to bite me because I got more attention than her.
juggalocust
on 04/19/14
They didn't say that pets couldn't hurt you. They said they never hurt you the way people can. A pet won't manipulate you, use you, or stab you in the back. Animals are honest and straightforward. They don't pretend to be something that they aren't and they don't have some hidden agenda. They are also quicker to forgive and don't take things personally.
nansiludie
on 04/19/14
cgff liked this  
I also noticed on this poll that many people have read it as child vs pet, why can it not be equal? Children and pets can't take care of themselves, they need to be fed, loved and cleaned up after. I am surprised this poll turned out as bad as it did.
nansiludie
on 04/19/14
This poll also stated it as a pet as a family member not better or even equal to a child.
JoyElaine
on 04/19/14
xXmanutd4lyfXx and 11 others liked this  
The 8 percent scare me ;(
Sidneythelawyer
on 04/19/14
Annachh and 7 others liked this  
The 64% scare me
Aproposof
on 04/19/14
cgff and 7 others liked this  
Yeah, people who show love and affection for animals that live in their home are pretty terrifying. I don't know how you sleep at night knowing they exist.
Sidneythelawyer
on 04/19/14
CouponSwan liked this  
I show affection to my pets. But that doesn't make them family. To equate an animal life, no matter how special, to that of a human (as a family member presumably is) is, quite frankly, saddening to me.
Aproposof
on 04/19/14
isaflor and 4 others liked this  
Because you cannot comprehend how others view family. To some family is blood alone, to others it is friends and others it is a culturally defined phenomenon. Just because you love a spouse different from a child different from a cousin different from a childhood friend does not make that love lesser or diminish the value of family by who you include.

The fact that repeatedly cannot understand and insult others who do is, quite frankly, the saddest thing here.
Sidneythelawyer
on 04/19/14
I have yet to insult anyone on here. Trust me, you would know if I had.
That said, it is purely a matter of viewpoint. I have a fairly standard definition of family. If anything, adding that definition to a pet simply shows how little regard people have for the term. To each their own, but they don't have to get so bent out of shape about it.
surfergirl77
on 04/19/14
sharondippity and 4 others liked this  
When you raise an animal such as a kitten, or Pup into adult hood you grow very attached they wake you up in the morning they cuddle with you when your sick they you play with them they make you laugh, & their are even studies that having a pet can even be good for your health

Animals become more then just a pet you really do bond with them so I don't understand how anyone would find that scary bonding with a helpless loving animal isn't crazy it's human nature to those with a loving heart.
Sidneythelawyer
on 04/19/14
CouponSwan liked this  
I've raised my cat from when she was old enough to separate from her mother. I'm fairly attached to her. But she is by no means family. If my fiancee, for instance, suddenly developed allergies, well, its a pity, but bye bye kitty.
davnlei
on 04/19/14
stumpykins and 4 others liked this  
At least it's only 8%....that actually encouraged me as it is great progress from where we were just 20 years ago. And, after reading the comments, I can see that many who answered "No" have reasons such as their only pet being a fish, or they interpret the poll to mean "Is your pet as important as your child". At least those that answered "No" and commented seem to still care for their pets and place some value on them.
loveyducky
on 04/19/14
Aproposof liked this  
I got cats, dogs, chickens, ducks, a goat, and a bird. Love them all like family.
falecity21
on 04/19/14
Juanashasta and 8 others liked this  
MY PET IS AS MUCH A FAMILY MEMBER AS MY CHILDREN.
Sidneythelawyer
on 04/19/14
pitdroid and 8 others liked this  
I feel sorry for your children
surfergirl77
on 04/19/14
isaflor and 5 others liked this  
I've had pets since child hood & I'm happy that my mother & father allowed my siblings & I to know the joys of owning a pet I don't like the word owning because we don't really own pets we adopt them into our family's

I had a rough childhood & having pets helped me take my mind of the hardships it also taught me how to be responsible for a living creature it taught me about grieving & death as well so you should really think before you say things like that you don't know this person to say that for all we know him or her children maybe very happy.
davnlei
on 04/19/14
isaflor and 5 others liked this  
Or, Sidneythelawyer, feel happy that those children have a very full family, with an abundance of love!
cyoung83
on 04/19/14
stumpykins and 4 others liked this  
No. I consider a pet just that, "a pet." Animals are not human, therefore, it would be impossible to think of them as a family member. Even though I love my pet dearly, I could never consider it family because it is a dog not a person. I worry about people who treasure pets more than human life. That is very scary. Lately, it just seems like the life of a human is worthless compared to an animal. I think we should really get back on track. Never the less, it is just an opinion.
justmeocala
on 04/19/14
swaguser18084041 liked this  
A member of the family in that they are an important part of our team (watchdog, companion, etc) and have responsibilities too. I don't baby my kids or my pets - but I sure love them all like crazy!
RenaeS
on 04/19/14
isaflor and 2 others liked this  
The question was NOT are your pets more important than your family or humans. The question is Do you consider your pets part of your family... and absolutely I do!
I have 2 dogs and 2 cat (and even a grown human child). I have raised all except one from birth (or shortly after). I have a very special bond with each animal. They all have very different personalities & unique traits. They know when I am have a crappy day and they comfort me. If I cry one of my dogs will lick the tears from my face and nuzzle me until I'm done.

As far has pet vs. humans.... pets love unconditionally and forever. Pets do not lie, cheat, or steal. Pets will not turn their back on you. In reality... humans are the real "animals".
cyoung83
on 04/19/14
My answer was no. I read the question with ease. I also formed an opinion about something related to the discussion. You do not have to agree with me. My opinion will always remain and you cannot change my thought. It is best that you heal from whatever is broken inside of you and move on. All the best
scampersmalice
on 04/19/14
nansiludie liked this  
My cat Scampers is the most important person in my life. I don't even consider him an animal, I consider him my son. He's helped me through a lot of things, so I owe him a lot. I've raised him since he was 3 weeks old and he's about to turn 4 years old next month :)
popmycollar713
on 04/19/14
what are they called?A pet,that's all.
surfergirl77
on 04/19/14
isaflor and 2 others liked this  
It does not matter what their called it matters what they bring to our lives & to our hearts a family member is someone you love & care for every day it's not only someone your related to by blood

You shop for a family member you also take them to the doctor when their sick you by toys for them when their little you feed them do you not? a word does not always define human attachment & general human emotions.
Monmia
on 04/19/14
I put yes, because well they do live in the same household lol I love my pets, but I don't think "You're my little brother!" whenever I see them.
wifemagayon
on 04/19/14
Yes! Absolutely..
nyneelie
on 04/19/14
kimmythestylist and 1 others liked this  
Absolutely.
As a matter of fact, I think more of some animals, than I do people.
#True that
belmer
on 04/19/14
yes
Sannia13
on 04/19/14
All my pets are family
Sannia13
on 04/19/14
ALL my pets are my family.
BubbyBobble
on 04/19/14
Samanthas94 and 4 others liked this  
Wow. So much drama, all over a friendly poll. lol
Sidneythelawyer
on 04/19/14
Definitely! I'm probably part of the problem, but I must say its nice to be able to voice my opinion. I know too many self-professed "dog lovers" with "furbabies" that insist I am a cruel, inhumane dog-hater just because I don't LOVE dogs. I like animals, but don't love them, ya know?
surfergirl77
on 04/19/14
swaguser18084041 liked this  
Yes I do I've had my pet for over 8 years so of course her's considered part of the family :)
surfergirl77
on 04/19/14
I meant he's it's to bad we can't edit tehe.

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