I can't think of the last time I did a Bitlanders Survey Chat. My mind tells me it is the "Sports and Social Good" topic, which happened to be the first survey chat I did (and even blogged about; check it here: NBA CARES AND BASKETBALL: MORE THAN A SPORT AND RECREATION). If, and only if, my mind is correct, then this survey chat I will be blogging about is only my second survey chat. That stinks, right?
Honestly, I never really had much time to do survey chats. Every time the chat box appears and notifies me that our buddies Bitlanders, Hillary Summers and Micky the Slanted Salerno just sent a message, I don't pay that much attention to even click on it. It's really embarrassing, I know. But wait, sometimes! sometimes I open them... but only to look at the topics they would like to know of my thoughts.
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But certainly not this time around...
BITLANDERS ASKED: DO YOU LIKE PETS?
I opened our buddy Bitlanders' message to me and he was asking me if I like pets. I repeat, PETS!!!
And I was like, oh no, don't get me started with pets. That's just about one of the few words I LOVE so much. Yes, not only like, but love! I'm not even exaggerating.
So, obviously, I answered "yes". I think it should've been all caps. Y-E-S.
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PETTING: THE LIFE ART OF HAVING PETS
To relay some of the answers to the questions raised by Bitlanders....
1) Do you have any pets? What type of pet do you currently have?
I, together with my family, currently have three dogs. Actually, we started petting cats when I was very young. But things kind of went crazy when the pet cats started dying due to their age. My parents decided, no, we wouldn't be taking care of cats anymore. You know how it can really get painful in an emotional level to lose pets.
Such short little lives our pets have to spend with us, and they spend most of it waiting for us to come home each day.
It is amazing how much love and laughter they bring into our lives and even how much closer we become with each other because of them.”
― John Grogan, Marley and Me: Life and Love With the World's Worst Dog
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And then my mother's brother (and his family) offered us a pup. He was crossbred Japanese Spitz. He was very young when he was handed to us but still my parents managed to give his needs and we still have him up to this day. He's quite old now but it's pretty weird. His appetite has become more insatiable.
Pets are not objects. They are family.
Then a few years later, a friend of my sister gave her another pup. She's a mongrel pup. We took care of her and she's still with us. She's very fat, and I think it's a very important thing to describe her. I don't think there'd be anyone who can resist her charm. She's also very sophisticated as to a person.
The last dog we had as of today became part of our family very recently. He's a mongrel pup too which my father met outside our house when he was walking our dog I first mentioned. My father was first hesitant to keep him but this pup just wouldn't let my father go and follow him until the front door. My eldest sister saw him and insisted we keep him. And as I've said, we still have him today.
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I hate and so I won't talk about the dogs we lost along the way... due to illnesses.
2) What type of pet would you like to have?
I don't remember accurately the choices but I think they are: cats, dogs, horses or hamsters. Well, aside from the fact that we already experienced petting cats, we also did pet hamsters for a short while. I remember our cousin from my mother's side gave us two hamsters. It was pretty lovely and fun experience. But seriously, I can't remember what went wrong. My parents decided to give them to other cousins. It was short-lived. But still, to me, hamsters are one of the cutest!
(Image from: screen cap from YouTube, AprilsAnimals)
But it was not what I chose among the options. I chose... horse. Yes, horse. But wait, why?
Well, first, among the four options, horse is the only one I haven't experienced taking care of as a pet. So it is very much evident why I chose it. But that's not the only reason. Ever since I was a kid, the idea of horses really fascinates me. There has always been a sense of close bond and trust to get involved with horses. To ride one (at least for me) doesn't require assistance from other people we usually in parks. I don't find that fascinating. To me, I need an incredible amount of trust with the horse to ride on him/her. It's that thing that makes me really fascinated. I just don't fascinate on the experience of riding a horse, but it is the trust and bond that has to be built with the horse. I don't know if I made myself really clear.
Oh, that, of course, is aside from the fact that they are really visually appealing. Take a look at this gif and image.
(made with MakeAGIF, video clip from YouTube)
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PETS BRING HUMANS LOVE AND JOY: FUNNY PETS
I think we will all (except animal cruelty criminals) agree in the fact that pets are not objects, right? Pets are not something we own. Much like human babies, pets are a bundle of love and joy... and even to the point of being treated real babies by those who are single don't have children. But yes, even by elders whose children have already made their own families. And yes, even by those who still have their children. Okay, who am I kidding? It just meant everyone.
One of the many proofs pets bring humans love and joy is the fact that they can be hilarious. Hilarious. Yes, they can make people laugh their hearts out by doing some things that... well, hilarious. Okay, to justify that, here's a video clip of some pets who are being so funny caught on cam of their "human caregivers" (I don't want to use the word "owners" anymore).(Video from: YouTube, The Pet Collective)
THE SECRET LIFE OF PETS
Wait, am I having such a smooth segue? Yes? Nah, this is still very relevant.
I won't be promoting the movie for its own sake. I want to mention this thing here because its very relevant. Yes, it mentions "pets" in its title, right? No movie reviews or background. Straight up to the point! I'm glad I just saw the trailer about a week ago or two.
Have you, like me and my family, ever wondered what if pets are really able to talk and they have their own life outside of being our pets? It takes really an imaginative mind to even consider that. But who cares? people need to have that moments in this hardly bearable life, isn't it?
In this movie (which I still haven't watched, so no reviews I told you), as the title suggests, the secret life of pets once their "human caregivers" are out of the picture... I mean out of their homes. I've only seen its trailers and goodness gracious I can't stop laughing. It's so cute. And although it's animated and made for kids, I am so sure of myself that even adults like me will definitely enjoy it. Unless, they are animal haters, which I refer to as "heartless people".
I'm blabbering too much. So I'll just leave this trailer to you to watch and enjoy.
Until one has loved an animal, a part of one's soul remains unawakened.”
― Anatole France
Thanks for reading my blog! I recommend you to chat with Bitlanders too... and probably, make a post about loving your pets too!
Original Blog by: JustAGirl