Pets at Home says pets have been 'a lifesaver' during lockdown
24/11/2020 | news | business | 298
Pets at Home reports soaring sales as people increasingly turned to animals for solace amid the pandemic.
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24/11/2020 09:42:01 42 1
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And then there’ll be a lot of lonely pets once all these selfish people who got a pet for lockdown find themselves back at work.
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24/11/2020 10:24:19 26 1
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Not necessarily, I'd happily take on another dog and so would millions of others. Anyhow, about 25% will continue to work from home or retire early. I decided to take voluntary redundancy and retire at 51, best decision I ever made.,
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24/11/2020 15:39:28 0 0
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doggy day care, these businesses are springing up everywhere, just like children's nurseries. My 'Grandpup' goes twice a week while her family go into the office. When they work from home she sits quietly until lunch time when she goes to the park to play, then sleeps most of the afternoon, she is only a puppy and gets tired easily.
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Tv
24/11/2020 09:45:49 61 2
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Best thing about pets is that they don't bleat on about covid and lockdown all the time. A welcome break from it all.
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Bob
24/11/2020 10:06:45 22 8
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I suggest you give the comments sections a miss then.
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24/11/2020 10:22:36 3 0
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..... nor do they bleat on about Brexit.

Just Breakfast.
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24/11/2020 11:51:54 2 1
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Yes, Unlike the BBC. In the mornings both R4 and 5l are either bleating on about Covid or Trump. There are other things happening in the world that they could report on.
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24/11/2020 13:45:45 0 0
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Correct
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24/11/2020 15:35:12 0 0
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No they don't, the just give you a disdainful look, swish their tale and walk away, laughing at your terrible dress sense.
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24/11/2020 09:46:09 24 6
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Plenty of landlords happy to evict reliable and committed tenants over pets. Even though most are better behaved and cleaner than some tenants.
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24/11/2020 09:52:29 20 2
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Surely that is down to the tenancy agreement you sign up to. If it says no pets and you want a pet then you have a choice to make
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25/11/2020 10:37:57 0 0
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Friend of mine who had properties always said he could judge the tenant by the behaviour of the pet. An animal lover himself & always supportive of having pets allowed. Only time he evicted a tenant was when that individual went away for a month and left the dog\cat to fend for themselves. My friend adopted the cat & dog, ensured they had everything for the rest of their days.
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24/11/2020 09:46:21 136 0
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Remember that a pet is for life and not just for lockdown!
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Bob
24/11/2020 10:06:17 4 72
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Who are you talking to?
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24/11/2020 11:58:56 2 0
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unlike marriage nowadays.
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24/11/2020 12:46:56 12 0
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Totally agree.

Also people need to consider the cost of owning and caring for a pet. I know Veterinary Surgeons who are faced with owners who have not thought it through and find they cannot cope with the pet, don't have insurance and suddenly find that there is no NHS for pets.

If you cannot afford the Vet you cannot afford the pet.
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24/11/2020 16:09:17 1 0
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We will be selling some puppies soon (we are breeding ourselves a new show dog) and we will be carefully checking that the potential owners of the ones we do not keep really understand what is involved. Anybody who has not got a good plan about how to cope with a dog when they have to go back to the office will not be getting one. Responsible breeders do this, but the Puppy farms do not.
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24/11/2020 09:48:05 1 0
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They wouldn't say that if they had bought a swamp dragon.
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24/11/2020 09:49:32 0 1
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There are online food shopping slots now more freely available without owners resorting to .........................................
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DJW
24/11/2020 09:49:48 73 2
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And there are so many cats and dogs in rescue shelters who would make very good pets... a much better choice than forking out loads of money to unscrupulous (and frequently cruel) breeders.
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24/11/2020 10:00:29 37 1
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It’s a sad reflection on society when we actually have to have rescue shelters.
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24/11/2020 10:02:17 2 7
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The rescue shelters don't help themselves sometimes though. A few years ago before getting a puppy I tried to rehome a dog from a shelter as that felt like the right thing to do. Unfortunately because both me and my partner worked full-time we weren't able to rehome from a shelter so we ended up getting a puppy instead
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Bob
24/11/2020 10:05:42 2 0
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Waiting list at our nearest shelter actually
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24/11/2020 10:03:07 7 0
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There does seem to have been a rush to acquire a pet for the long days of lockdown and in my area the two nearest rescue centres have rehomed all the suitable residents. I too am concerned for the pets welfare when we can fill our days more normally.
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24/11/2020 11:08:36 1 0
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Breeders are being badly reported. If you want acat it is best to check for reputable breeders from FIFe It's british member club is (Felis Britannica) or GCCF Both can be googled
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24/11/2020 11:53:19 4 0
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There are a lot of dodgy characters involved in the dog world. And the horse world too come to that. Don't give them your money people! It just funds crime.
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Pip
24/11/2020 12:34:16 1 3
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Ideal for keeping the local bird population down.........?
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24/11/2020 12:57:09 0 0
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Totally agree. I've rescued 2 hamsters and a cat. Our cat, rescued at 1 year old, is a totally beautiful soul and could never imagine life without her now.
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24/11/2020 13:50:41 2 0
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You’ve hit the nail on the head, we’ve never had a pet from ‘new’ always a rescue. You get some idea what their temperament is like.
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24/11/2020 09:51:41 11 2
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Sadly, for many, it will also be a death sentence when things return to normal.
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24/11/2020 09:52:08 30 1
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UK pet market set to hit £7 billion next year? Not bad considering everyone is apparently completely skint and on their uppers due to Covid/Brexit/Nasty Tories.

I just hope that people who have now got a pet actually keep them long term as sadly I can see a hell of a lot of animals being dumped when the novelty wears off.
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24/11/2020 09:46:09 24 6
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Plenty of landlords happy to evict reliable and committed tenants over pets. Even though most are better behaved and cleaner than some tenants.
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24/11/2020 09:52:29 20 2
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Surely that is down to the tenancy agreement you sign up to. If it says no pets and you want a pet then you have a choice to make
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24/11/2020 10:07:17 4 4
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My point is there's little reasonable justification for it. It's like having an agreement saying no blond people. Pet companions are way more of a benefit to people than a nuisance to others.
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Pip
24/11/2020 09:52:34 39 1
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The dark nights and mornings, has led to a large increase in the number of people sadly believing in 'Dog Poo Fairies'............?
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24/11/2020 09:53:20 0 11
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Miserable pets, who could catch COVID from their human friends called brits
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24/11/2020 09:55:48 5 0
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I had four months off from just before lockdown 1 as had symptoms to mid July as classed as moderately vulnerable.

My soft toys kept me going
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24/11/2020 10:02:13 7 1
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Saucy!
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Bob
24/11/2020 10:04:30 2 0
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I prefer the harder toys
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24/11/2020 11:38:32 1 0
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?? ?? ??
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24/11/2020 09:56:15 6 1
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Great that so many get companionship and warmth from their pets.

BUT isn't it time some constraints were introduced? The exotic pet trade is driving many species towards extinction. In Australia it's estimated that 4 million native marsupials being killed EVERY NIGHT by feral cats. Ex-pets.

And the cat up the road (who never seems to be at home) came by with a robin in its mouth this morning.
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24/11/2020 10:23:58 5 3
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That's an uncomfortable truth that 'animal lovers' who let their cats roam always deny by saying that "it's nature." It's not "nature" for there to be 9 million of them roaming around the UK killing wildlife for fun.
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24/11/2020 11:29:19 0 1
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there is a big difference. Cats are not native to Australia, here cats are instinctive hunters who kill for food or to feed their family, their family may, in their mind, be human.
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24/11/2020 13:10:26 0 1
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I try to keep my cat away from birds, we can't save them all but we have saved a lot and you can put bells on cats and make sure the garden doesn't contain bird traps (places where the cats can spring out from) Birds can get away if they see the cat coming. Round us, most birds die from crashing into windows
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24/11/2020 09:56:38 3 6
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I’m waiting for the lockdown mentalists to say “it’s a pandemic you can’t leave the house, have a pet, a job or do anything you super spreading murderers!!” or something equally hysterically mental
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24/11/2020 09:58:24 4 0
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Not just for Christmas then. I hope they continue to look after them when we have our freedom again.
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24/11/2020 09:59:13 0 3
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Wonder if Cummings has an eye out now for a new pet?
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24/11/2020 09:59:56 57 1
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A pet is for life, not just for lockdown.

Unfortunately pet rescues have already seen animal surrenders over the summer by people who no longer have time for the pet they got in lockdown 1. Only get a pet if you can give it a good life, for the whole of its life.
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24/11/2020 11:05:08 24 0
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Please check out your local animal rescue for your new family pet before buying a designer pup
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DJW
24/11/2020 09:49:48 73 2
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And there are so many cats and dogs in rescue shelters who would make very good pets... a much better choice than forking out loads of money to unscrupulous (and frequently cruel) breeders.
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24/11/2020 10:00:29 37 1
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It’s a sad reflection on society when we actually have to have rescue shelters.
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24/11/2020 11:05:17 10 0
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Some pets are only there because their owner died. It's nice to give them a second chance.
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24/11/2020 13:28:25 0 0
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We have them for people too
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24/11/2020 14:49:49 0 0
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Rescue shelters do a wonderful job finding new homes for animals that are unable to stay in their loving families, through no fault of their own.
This includes illness, age, death and landlords not allowing animals amongst many other reasons.
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24/11/2020 10:00:56 4 2
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Animals are for life, not just a pandemic. How many will be dumped after Christmas?
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24/11/2020 10:02:46 1 3
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What about turkeys?
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24/11/2020 10:01:08 4 17
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The stupid dog next door does nothing but bark all day, dog owners are nothing but a menace.
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24/11/2020 10:02:13 8 2
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Miserable much??
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Bob
24/11/2020 10:02:33 6 2
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All dog owners? you clown
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24/11/2020 10:18:11 4 2
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Offer to take it for a walk, you miserable sod! At least it's not a screaming baby!
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24/11/2020 12:18:23 0 0
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That must be horrible. Did you speak to them about it?
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24/11/2020 16:19:43 0 0
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Not been burgled, wondered why? It might be because of the barking dog next door.
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24/11/2020 10:01:25 2 0
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Yes, especially if you are stuck at home, with no food and no delivery slots available...
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24/11/2020 09:55:48 5 0
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I had four months off from just before lockdown 1 as had symptoms to mid July as classed as moderately vulnerable.

My soft toys kept me going
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24/11/2020 10:02:13 7 1
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Saucy!
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24/11/2020 10:01:08 4 17
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The stupid dog next door does nothing but bark all day, dog owners are nothing but a menace.
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24/11/2020 10:02:13 8 2
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Miserable much??
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24/11/2020 10:05:50 2 4
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Yeah I should be happy about listening to someone else's out of control animal all day??
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24/11/2020 09:49:48 73 2
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And there are so many cats and dogs in rescue shelters who would make very good pets... a much better choice than forking out loads of money to unscrupulous (and frequently cruel) breeders.
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24/11/2020 10:02:17 2 7
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The rescue shelters don't help themselves sometimes though. A few years ago before getting a puppy I tried to rehome a dog from a shelter as that felt like the right thing to do. Unfortunately because both me and my partner worked full-time we weren't able to rehome from a shelter so we ended up getting a puppy instead
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24/11/2020 10:01:08 4 17
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The stupid dog next door does nothing but bark all day, dog owners are nothing but a menace.
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Bob
24/11/2020 10:02:33 6 2
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All dog owners? you clown
Definitely most....dog f#####r Removed
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24/11/2020 10:00:56 4 2
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Animals are for life, not just a pandemic. How many will be dumped after Christmas?
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24/11/2020 10:02:46 1 3
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What about turkeys?
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24/11/2020 10:36:01 3 1
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they voted brexit
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24/11/2020 11:43:52 0 0
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And Lamb?
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24/11/2020 10:02:49 91 2
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If you don't believe that a pet dog is part of the family then you shouldn't have one.
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24/11/2020 10:04:36 16 79
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The reason that people have no control over their dumb animals is because they treat them like people.
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24/11/2020 14:41:57 0 0
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. . . or cat or any other animal.
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24/11/2020 09:55:48 5 0
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I had four months off from just before lockdown 1 as had symptoms to mid July as classed as moderately vulnerable.

My soft toys kept me going
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Bob
24/11/2020 10:04:30 2 0
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I prefer the harder toys
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24/11/2020 10:02:49 91 2
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If you don't believe that a pet dog is part of the family then you shouldn't have one.
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24/11/2020 10:04:36 16 79
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The reason that people have no control over their dumb animals is because they treat them like people.
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24/11/2020 10:08:22 17 2
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bit harsh to call animals dumb. Some dogs are extremely intelligent. More so than their owners. But I totally agree with you, dog are happier and more well adjusted if they are treated like dogs, and not substitute children.
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24/11/2020 10:18:26 23 3
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Awww Tony.

Seems mummy and daddy didn't cuddle you enough as a baby!

I will take you for a walk later x
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24/11/2020 10:29:49 13 2
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Those dumb animals you refer to are probably much more intelligent than some of the people who have them!
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24/11/2020 10:23:53 10 4
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Dumb? That's calling the kettle black.
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24/11/2020 10:48:09 9 0
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the reason people have no control over their animals is because they treat them as if they were dumb. an animal is a reflection of its owner
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24/11/2020 11:27:13 8 1
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Dogs and cats etc are thought to have the same cognitive ability as toddlers, and just like most toddlers some parents can control them better than others.... and I know several dogs that have been embarrassingly coddled and yet they are some of the best behaved dogs I know
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24/11/2020 12:32:51 3 2
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Obviously mummy has no control over you. Did she treat you as a person, shame on her.
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24/11/2020 13:34:54 1 1
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Animals are not dumb. Comments like yours is dumb. I cannot beleive people "thumbed up" your ridiculous comment in the first place.
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24/11/2020 13:41:08 0 1
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Animals aren't dumb
But you are correct, people really shouldn't treat their pets like people
The experts say this inc Cesar Milan the Dog whisperer which is why most of the training he does, is the pets owners rather than the pet
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24/11/2020 10:05:17 4 19
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Ahh. All those pet lovers. Warms your cockles doesn't it? Treating their pets like royalty and then going to the supermarket to buy a cellophane wrapped chicken for their tea. Perverse really. One animal is loved and another is killed. Weird humans.
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24/11/2020 10:17:22 2 0
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You would know
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24/11/2020 10:05:32 2 0
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We should have followed the dog and cats approach to covid and lockdowns
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DJW
24/11/2020 09:49:48 73 2
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And there are so many cats and dogs in rescue shelters who would make very good pets... a much better choice than forking out loads of money to unscrupulous (and frequently cruel) breeders.
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Bob
24/11/2020 10:05:42 2 0
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Waiting list at our nearest shelter actually
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24/11/2020 10:02:13 8 2
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Miserable much??
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24/11/2020 10:05:50 2 4
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Yeah I should be happy about listening to someone else's out of control animal all day??
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24/11/2020 09:46:21 136 0
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Remember that a pet is for life and not just for lockdown!
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Bob
24/11/2020 10:06:17 4 72
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Who are you talking to?
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24/11/2020 10:16:37 29 5
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All the 20-40 year old hipsters who think a dog is a good idea until they realise they.....
a) have to walk it
b) can't take it on holiday with them
c) realise every now again they might be sick/defecate in the house.
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24/11/2020 10:46:28 27 0
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You, if you need reminding.
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24/11/2020 13:29:28 3 0
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Irresponsible people who do not realize that a pet is a long -term commitment. Honestly it is self explanatory.
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24/11/2020 09:45:49 61 2
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Best thing about pets is that they don't bleat on about covid and lockdown all the time. A welcome break from it all.
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Bob
24/11/2020 10:06:45 22 8
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I suggest you give the comments sections a miss then.
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24/11/2020 10:07:14 16 4
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6 months down the line "Animal Shelters Overwhelmed"
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24/11/2020 10:14:27 3 0
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Perhaps 2 years as we'll still be restricted 18 months from now.
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24/11/2020 09:52:29 20 2
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Surely that is down to the tenancy agreement you sign up to. If it says no pets and you want a pet then you have a choice to make
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24/11/2020 10:07:17 4 4
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My point is there's little reasonable justification for it. It's like having an agreement saying no blond people. Pet companions are way more of a benefit to people than a nuisance to others.
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24/11/2020 10:26:53 5 2
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It's reasonable if you own the property. Hair colour is an inane comparison.
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24/11/2020 10:08:02 102 4
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I work from home anyway; Douglas (the dog) is my best mate. Dogs are definitely part of the family. My only advice would be to only get a dog if you have the time to look after him/her properly: they have feelings too and they deserve just as much love back as they give.
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24/11/2020 10:32:06 7 4
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Make sure it is as a pack leader, biggest buzz is the deep sigh as they relax into sleep.
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24/11/2020 16:08:04 2 0
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Douglas is a silly name for a dog. This is not my personal opinion but I was asked to type this by my cat, Douglas.
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24/11/2020 21:25:02 0 0
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Reminds me of the Scottish shepherd who lost his dog, thereafter known as 'Dugless' ;-)
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Bob
24/11/2020 10:02:33 6 2
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All dog owners? you clown
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Definitely most....dog f#####r Removed
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24/11/2020 10:11:43 3 2
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Dear oh dear. Get a dog, it'll make you a lot happier with the world
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24/11/2020 10:29:51 2 1
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Could be worse. At least the dog doesn't spend the day deliberately winding people up on online message boards.
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24/11/2020 10:04:36 16 79
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The reason that people have no control over their dumb animals is because they treat them like people.
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24/11/2020 10:08:22 17 2
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bit harsh to call animals dumb. Some dogs are extremely intelligent. More so than their owners. But I totally agree with you, dog are happier and more well adjusted if they are treated like dogs, and not substitute children.
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24/11/2020 09:49:48 73 2
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And there are so many cats and dogs in rescue shelters who would make very good pets... a much better choice than forking out loads of money to unscrupulous (and frequently cruel) breeders.
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24/11/2020 10:03:07 7 0
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There does seem to have been a rush to acquire a pet for the long days of lockdown and in my area the two nearest rescue centres have rehomed all the suitable residents. I too am concerned for the pets welfare when we can fill our days more normally.
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24/11/2020 16:32:10 0 0
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Local rescues refusing to do home visits so nothing moving. As most are charities they are now struggling with lack of funds and overstocking of animals.
They will be swamped when working from home stops.
Definitely most....dog f#####r Removed
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24/11/2020 10:11:43 3 2
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Dear oh dear. Get a dog, it'll make you a lot happier with the world
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24/11/2020 10:17:05 1 2
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Lol yeah cleaning up crap is great fun??
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24/11/2020 10:11:59 9 5
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Couldn't imagine the wretched would somehow turn this article into something sinister.

But alas, they do.
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24/11/2020 10:07:14 16 4
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6 months down the line "Animal Shelters Overwhelmed"
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24/11/2020 10:14:27 3 0
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Perhaps 2 years as we'll still be restricted 18 months from now.
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24/11/2020 10:16:29 8 2
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Dog/puppy ownership is fast becoming a new pandemic, and one that won't go away, or will it i.e. one has to wonder what will happen to them when everyone returns to work?
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24/11/2020 10:06:17 4 72
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Who are you talking to?
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24/11/2020 10:16:37 29 5
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All the 20-40 year old hipsters who think a dog is a good idea until they realise they.....
a) have to walk it
b) can't take it on holiday with them
c) realise every now again they might be sick/defecate in the house.
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24/11/2020 10:16:49 77 1
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My cat passed away last May aged 22 years 10 months. I'd had her since she was 3 months old. First Christmas without her prodding at me for tit bits from the Christmas Day lunch table is going to be very strange.
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24/11/2020 10:30:58 58 1
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I'm sorry for your loss Steve No 2. Cats are wonderful companions.

Hopefully, in time, you'll be able to welcome another kitty into your house and give it a great life.
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24/11/2020 11:02:43 8 0
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Sorry for your loss. When a cat passes he/she always leaves a large cat shaped hole in your life. i have found getting another cat to select you as it's human is the best therapy.
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24/11/2020 11:59:54 4 0
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So hard to loose a friend but sounds a perfect home ready for a needy cat! I remember being told, you cannot replace the dog/cat, but you can replace the dogginess/cattiness... true.. on my 7th now and they have all been completely different.. takes a while to learn how to appreciate the new one and adapt.. but they have all been great and an important part of my life.
And 22!... wow!
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24/11/2020 13:37:39 1 0
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Sorry to hear that Steve. They are members of the family and bring much love and happiness to a family and someone who lives alone.
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24/11/2020 14:41:49 1 0
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So sorry for your loss Steve. We lost the matriarch of our cat family in May too, it was horrible not to be able to be with her as she died due to Covid restrictions. No pet can be replaced because every one is an individual, but a cat-shaped hole in your life needs filling, & only one thing will fit...
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24/11/2020 16:10:51 0 0
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22 is a good old age but doesn't make it easier. I'm so sorry. Just remember though, if you aren't ready for a new cat yet or feel you're at an age where it'd be unfair to get a new one, almost all pet shelters are always looking for people to go and socialise, with their animals as some just for company and others as they need to get used to human contact, for a chance to be rehomed. :)
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24/11/2020 10:16:57 42 1
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Our kitties loved having their servant working from home - to attend to their every need throughout the day instead of just before/after work.
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24/11/2020 13:19:50 13 1
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Brings to mind the old saying "Two and a half thousand years ago the ancient Egyptians treated cats as gods, the cats have never forgotten!"
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24/11/2020 10:17:01 7 5
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And how many will be discarded when lockdown is over? That's tragic.
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24/11/2020 10:11:43 3 2
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Dear oh dear. Get a dog, it'll make you a lot happier with the world
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24/11/2020 10:17:05 1 2
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Lol yeah cleaning up crap is great fun??
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24/11/2020 10:05:17 4 19
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Ahh. All those pet lovers. Warms your cockles doesn't it? Treating their pets like royalty and then going to the supermarket to buy a cellophane wrapped chicken for their tea. Perverse really. One animal is loved and another is killed. Weird humans.
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24/11/2020 10:17:22 2 0
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You would know
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24/11/2020 10:04:36 16 79
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The reason that people have no control over their dumb animals is because they treat them like people.
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24/11/2020 10:18:26 23 3
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Awww Tony.

Seems mummy and daddy didn't cuddle you enough as a baby!

I will take you for a walk later x
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24/11/2020 10:01:08 4 17
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The stupid dog next door does nothing but bark all day, dog owners are nothing but a menace.
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24/11/2020 10:18:11 4 2
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Offer to take it for a walk, you miserable sod! At least it's not a screaming baby!
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24/11/2020 10:32:22 0 2
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She's got legs she can take it herself. I'd have my own dog if I wanted that responsibility and it certainly wouldn't be out of control because I wouldn't treat it like a person.
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24/11/2020 10:18:14 40 5
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Some people on here should get a pet. It might lighten them up a bit.
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24/11/2020 10:36:47 4 24
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Really? I believe you'll find, if you take the trouble to look into it (and yourself), that the massive increase in pet ownership, and in the UK in particular, and even before COVID-19, is indicative of a largely failing 'human condition' i.e. many people now finding it much easier to make and maintain friendships with pets, rather than with other human-beings. Sad times.
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24/11/2020 10:22:49 3 2
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But then, the likes of PETS AT HOME would say that, wouldn't they?
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24/11/2020 09:56:15 6 1
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Great that so many get companionship and warmth from their pets.

BUT isn't it time some constraints were introduced? The exotic pet trade is driving many species towards extinction. In Australia it's estimated that 4 million native marsupials being killed EVERY NIGHT by feral cats. Ex-pets.

And the cat up the road (who never seems to be at home) came by with a robin in its mouth this morning.
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24/11/2020 10:23:58 5 3
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That's an uncomfortable truth that 'animal lovers' who let their cats roam always deny by saying that "it's nature." It's not "nature" for there to be 9 million of them roaming around the UK killing wildlife for fun.
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24/11/2020 12:10:38 1 2
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Ah that old chestnut. The RSPB (hardly disinterested) state: "Despite the large numbers of birds killed by cats in gardens, there is no clear scientific evidence that such mortality is causing bird population to decline... many millions of birds die naturally every year, mainly through starvation, disease or other forms of predation. There is evidence that cats tend to take weak or sickly birds"
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24/11/2020 10:20:15 37 3
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My best friend isn't human and never will be. There's no welcome like that little waggy tail and having my ears washed when I get home.
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24/11/2020 16:13:46 0 1
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You see ... you say all this about your dog, but my Wife does all that too, so why would I need a dog as a best friend ?
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24/11/2020 10:07:17 4 4
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My point is there's little reasonable justification for it. It's like having an agreement saying no blond people. Pet companions are way more of a benefit to people than a nuisance to others.
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24/11/2020 10:26:53 5 2
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It's reasonable if you own the property. Hair colour is an inane comparison.
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24/11/2020 10:31:08 1 2
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no its not.. its discrimination
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24/11/2020 10:27:17 11 0
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My pets have always been part of the family. They cheer me up and help me when my life as an unpaid carer gets too much, ensure that i go out everyday, no matter the weather and listen to me when I need to talk. In return they get well cared for, fed and fussed etc. This whether it is Christmas, Covid or whatever.
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Tv
24/11/2020 09:45:49 61 2
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Best thing about pets is that they don't bleat on about covid and lockdown all the time. A welcome break from it all.
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24/11/2020 10:22:36 3 0
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..... nor do they bleat on about Brexit.

Just Breakfast.
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24/11/2020 11:14:39 1 2
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Cats aren't too happy if you restrict their freedom of movement.
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24/11/2020 12:04:14 0 0
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And dinner and that biscuit you're not sharing...
..or Hooman get up and open the door...again
Then they snore and fart so sweetly by your side. Lol
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24/11/2020 10:04:36 16 79
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The reason that people have no control over their dumb animals is because they treat them like people.
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24/11/2020 10:29:49 13 2
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Those dumb animals you refer to are probably much more intelligent than some of the people who have them!
Definitely most....dog f#####r Removed
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24/11/2020 10:29:51 2 1
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Could be worse. At least the dog doesn't spend the day deliberately winding people up on online message boards.
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24/11/2020 10:38:51 1 0
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I can't turn the dog off and as for spend the day?! Hardly, I think you'll find it's just dog weirdos get touchy about nothing, probably feel guilty about enslaving an animal for their own entertainment.
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24/11/2020 10:04:36 16 79
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The reason that people have no control over their dumb animals is because they treat them like people.
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24/11/2020 10:23:53 10 4
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Dumb? That's calling the kettle black.
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24/11/2020 09:42:01 42 1
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And then there’ll be a lot of lonely pets once all these selfish people who got a pet for lockdown find themselves back at work.
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24/11/2020 10:24:19 26 1
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Not necessarily, I'd happily take on another dog and so would millions of others. Anyhow, about 25% will continue to work from home or retire early. I decided to take voluntary redundancy and retire at 51, best decision I ever made.,
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24/11/2020 10:44:12 0 0
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Eh? You’re retired! You won’t be going back to work (like millions of others) obviously so the dog won’t be lonely!
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24/11/2020 10:30:09 17 0
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Any pet owner will know this as NSS. Pets are such a great experience in gaining discipline, health and having fun. Ah, I miss my dog :-(
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24/11/2020 10:16:49 77 1
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My cat passed away last May aged 22 years 10 months. I'd had her since she was 3 months old. First Christmas without her prodding at me for tit bits from the Christmas Day lunch table is going to be very strange.
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24/11/2020 10:30:58 58 1
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I'm sorry for your loss Steve No 2. Cats are wonderful companions.

Hopefully, in time, you'll be able to welcome another kitty into your house and give it a great life.
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24/11/2020 13:41:46 1 0
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Consider a rescue cat. He had wonderful personality. When I went to cat protection and we got Harvey, approx 5 years old, bald but came straight to me and wrapped himself around my legs. He had a skin condition so this was dealt with and we had a a great friend for many years.
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24/11/2020 10:26:53 5 2
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It's reasonable if you own the property. Hair colour is an inane comparison.
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24/11/2020 10:31:08 1 2
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no its not.. its discrimination
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24/11/2020 10:33:54 0 4
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god what is with the english, so one track minded living in a black-and-white reality
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24/11/2020 10:31:57 58 3
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You see kids smashing things up, taking drugs, being abusive etc - dogs are the way forward - do the planet a favour, stop breeding and keep dogs.
First you'd have to stop: (A) the numerous financial perks that breeding offers to the feckless; and (B) the immigration of those with a determination to outbreed us. Neither is PC, so neither will happen. Furthermore, carnivorous dogs are bad for the planet. Would anybody I haven't offended please stand up? Removed
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24/11/2020 10:08:02 102 4
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I work from home anyway; Douglas (the dog) is my best mate. Dogs are definitely part of the family. My only advice would be to only get a dog if you have the time to look after him/her properly: they have feelings too and they deserve just as much love back as they give.
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24/11/2020 10:32:06 7 4
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Make sure it is as a pack leader, biggest buzz is the deep sigh as they relax into sleep.
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24/11/2020 10:41:32 10 0
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Not everyone will agree with it but my dog of 11 years sleeps with me. Like you, as she snuggles up and drifts off, I know it's because she trusts me to keep her safe. That's a great comfort to me too.
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24/11/2020 15:31:17 1 0
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Make sure that doggy knows that you are the pack leader and not it. Dogs can be dangerous if if doesn't know it's place.
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24/11/2020 10:32:19 3 0
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My Cocker Spaniel is loyal, loving, a dependable worker (pheasant beat/retrieve), never argues and obeys his master at all times.
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24/11/2020 10:18:11 4 2
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Offer to take it for a walk, you miserable sod! At least it's not a screaming baby!
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24/11/2020 10:32:22 0 2
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She's got legs she can take it herself. I'd have my own dog if I wanted that responsibility and it certainly wouldn't be out of control because I wouldn't treat it like a person.
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24/11/2020 10:33:40 4 0
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Our rescue dog loves us all working from home, but we do worry about her separation anxiety when things get back to normal.
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24/11/2020 10:31:08 1 2
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no its not.. its discrimination
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24/11/2020 10:33:54 0 4
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god what is with the english, so one track minded living in a black-and-white reality
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24/11/2020 10:34:38 7 5
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Pets are also much loved in the place where SARS-CoV-2 originated.

Just maybe for different reasons.

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24/11/2020 10:02:46 1 3
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What about turkeys?
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24/11/2020 10:36:01 3 1
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they voted brexit
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24/11/2020 13:03:44 0 0
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I'm veggie ??
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24/11/2020 10:36:07 2 2
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My pooch got very upset during the early days of the first lockdown. She noticed the lack of people out and about and didn't want to go out herself. She knew something was wrong, but had no idea what it was.
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24/11/2020 10:49:14 0 2
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Nonsense. Think you projecting your own fears on the poor dog.
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24/11/2020 10:18:14 40 5
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Some people on here should get a pet. It might lighten them up a bit.
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24/11/2020 10:36:47 4 24
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Really? I believe you'll find, if you take the trouble to look into it (and yourself), that the massive increase in pet ownership, and in the UK in particular, and even before COVID-19, is indicative of a largely failing 'human condition' i.e. many people now finding it much easier to make and maintain friendships with pets, rather than with other human-beings. Sad times.
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24/11/2020 11:24:15 1 1
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Not indicative at all. Relationships with pets and relationships with humans really aren't mutually exclusive.

Perhaps if you took the trouble to take your own advice and look into yourself, judging by your comments, you might find that you are largely dead inside.
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24/11/2020 10:37:20 7 1
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We got two kittens from the RSPCA in September. We got them because we couldn't go away and we'd be at home throughout the winter. Love rescuing them from the trees in our garden. Mother-in-law (81) lives on her own and has a cat. It's kept her active and motivated during her enforced Lockdown.
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24/11/2020 10:29:51 2 1
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Could be worse. At least the dog doesn't spend the day deliberately winding people up on online message boards.
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24/11/2020 10:38:51 1 0
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I can't turn the dog off and as for spend the day?! Hardly, I think you'll find it's just dog weirdos get touchy about nothing, probably feel guilty about enslaving an animal for their own entertainment.
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24/11/2020 10:53:15 1 0
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Tony = unemployed and bored or old.
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24/11/2020 10:53:48 1 0
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"I can't turn the dog iff and as for spend the day?!"

I'm now starting to think that if the dog did attempt typing, it might make more sense than that.
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24/11/2020 10:39:38 21 1
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I love my border collie. Best companion for last 9 years.
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24/11/2020 10:41:13 2 1
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Well they would say that wouldn't they. Yet another advertorial brought to you by the BBC and paid for by the licence fee payer.
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24/11/2020 10:32:06 7 4
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Make sure it is as a pack leader, biggest buzz is the deep sigh as they relax into sleep.
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24/11/2020 10:41:32 10 0
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Not everyone will agree with it but my dog of 11 years sleeps with me. Like you, as she snuggles up and drifts off, I know it's because she trusts me to keep her safe. That's a great comfort to me too.
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24/11/2020 16:05:06 0 0
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True, but I think the warm comfortable duvet with built in support (you) played against the cold, hard floor might have something to do with it :-)
Our dog waits til WE are asleep, then sneaks up and snuggles - as long as the cats aren't already in pole position...
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24/11/2020 10:42:39 8 0
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The pandemic has given permission for all the unscrupulous breeders to rise up purely and simply to make money, where on earth does £2-3000 come from to buy a puppy and it seems more often than not that's a cross breed. Yes people out there, when you buy a cockerpoo, or a jackapoo you are buying a crossbreed and no it cannot be KC registered!
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24/11/2020 10:49:28 3 0
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Cockerpoos are so intelligent animals, my nephew has 2, one black, one beige, they are absolutely gorgeous animals and watch the tv alone with the family. They know everything you are saying and are such alert pets.
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24/11/2020 10:49:36 1 0
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Totally agree, but I doubt very much if there are many on here who will understand 'KC reg', or even care.
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24/11/2020 10:51:38 1 0
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Don't Shop, Adopt!
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24/11/2020 15:50:20 0 0
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Understand what you're saying, but a crossbreed is far preferable to an inbred or overbred pedigree, even if KC registered.
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24/11/2020 10:43:24 13 1
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It's odd these animal articles often show a picture of a black cat even though for some reason they are the hardest to rehome.

Remember black cat's lives matter.

I've got two :)
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24/11/2020 10:48:26 2 3
bbc
how are black cats the hardest to re-home? i always get a black cat and love them out of all the breeds/colours.
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24/11/2020 10:44:52 4 7
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I'm sorry, but pets are the main reason we got into this situation in the first place. If nursing home residents and geriatrics had followed the government's advice and kept 2m from bats, pangolins and minks, there would have been no pandemic. But here we are, with the economy in ruins and the next generation's life chances destroyed. It's a disgrace.
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24/11/2020 10:47:52 5 0
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Pangolins are not 'pets' in uk or anywhere thats ridiculous. neither do people live alongside bats.
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Me
24/11/2020 10:45:01 39 2
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The sooner the government recognises that cruelty to animals is the same as cruelty to children and changes the law, the better it will be for the animals of our country.
They play such a valuable part in our society and family life, currently that value is not recognised in the charges levied and sentences handed down to the low-lives who abuse them, who often, then go on to abuse people.
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24/11/2020 10:47:16 11 0
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i agree about the cruelty aspect, our neighbour abandoned his dogs repeatedly and blanketly ignored warnings and the dog has a barking problem due to being neurotic, not good during lockdown and he gets off scot-free caues plays the victim
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24/11/2020 10:49:04 1 11
bbc
Pet ownership is immoral. Unless they are working animals!
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24/11/2020 10:54:10 8 4
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I agree - all the laws regarding causing harm or injury to any animal should carry the same sentence as if the animal had been a human. Guess that won't be popular!
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24/11/2020 12:03:38 1 0
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.. and people who are cruel to animals are cruel to children and other people as well!
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24/11/2020 10:45:41 27 0
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Pets are fine but our neighbour never takes her dog out for exercise or fresh air or daylight even. Dogs are not toys to sit on your knee
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24/11/2020 10:48:30 9 2
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Have the same situation, I also never see them clearing the back garden up either! Mmmm should I tell the landlord!
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24/11/2020 13:50:39 0 0
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my neighbour claims she is a dog lover, but hardly walks her dog! It frustrates me! The poor dog is just pooping in the back garden as that's all it is used to. My dog goes out with me 3 times a day and it's the best bonding time. Dogs are not toys.
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24/11/2020 10:45:49 5 1
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My two lady felines think that me working from home is the best thing since sliced bread and say that going back to work in an office would be really depressing for them if they didn't get the same amount of cuddles and attention that they deserve.
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24/11/2020 10:47:41 0 3
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Get back to work
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24/11/2020 10:45:55 0 4
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One white dog with blonde hair (like Trump), another is a black cat, none of these as shown in pics look nice in mood

What are wrong with them
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HT
24/11/2020 11:00:00 0 0
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Nothing "are" wrong with them.
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24/11/2020 11:08:00 1 0
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You probably prefer your pets cooked eh?
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24/11/2020 10:24:19 26 1
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Not necessarily, I'd happily take on another dog and so would millions of others. Anyhow, about 25% will continue to work from home or retire early. I decided to take voluntary redundancy and retire at 51, best decision I ever made.,
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24/11/2020 10:44:12 0 0
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Eh? You’re retired! You won’t be going back to work (like millions of others) obviously so the dog won’t be lonely!
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Bob
24/11/2020 10:06:17 4 72
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Who are you talking to?
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24/11/2020 10:46:28 27 0
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You, if you need reminding.
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24/11/2020 10:46:42 2 12
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I will get it out there, I'm not a pet owner. Can we consider the idea of pet ownership being ethical or even environmentally responsibly? I'm not sure that we can.
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24/11/2020 10:52:00 2 1
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Oh wind your neck in and take a chill pill. A pet is a way of life for many people particularly the elderly and vulnerable. Treated properly they offer unconditional love and loyalty.
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Me
24/11/2020 10:45:01 39 2
bbc
The sooner the government recognises that cruelty to animals is the same as cruelty to children and changes the law, the better it will be for the animals of our country.
They play such a valuable part in our society and family life, currently that value is not recognised in the charges levied and sentences handed down to the low-lives who abuse them, who often, then go on to abuse people.
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24/11/2020 10:47:16 11 0
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i agree about the cruelty aspect, our neighbour abandoned his dogs repeatedly and blanketly ignored warnings and the dog has a barking problem due to being neurotic, not good during lockdown and he gets off scot-free caues plays the victim
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24/11/2020 10:45:49 5 1
bbc
My two lady felines think that me working from home is the best thing since sliced bread and say that going back to work in an office would be really depressing for them if they didn't get the same amount of cuddles and attention that they deserve.
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24/11/2020 10:47:41 0 3
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Get back to work
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24/11/2020 11:33:55 0 0
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According to another of your posts pet ownership is immoral. Now you 'order' a person to leave their cats at home alone. Are you
A) Mixed up.
B) Immoral.
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24/11/2020 15:20:02 0 0
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Did you miss the keywords "Working From Home". I've never stopped working throughout this pandemic.
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24/11/2020 10:44:52 4 7
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I'm sorry, but pets are the main reason we got into this situation in the first place. If nursing home residents and geriatrics had followed the government's advice and kept 2m from bats, pangolins and minks, there would have been no pandemic. But here we are, with the economy in ruins and the next generation's life chances destroyed. It's a disgrace.
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24/11/2020 10:47:52 5 0
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Pangolins are not 'pets' in uk or anywhere thats ridiculous. neither do people live alongside bats.
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24/11/2020 10:50:57 1 0
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I think it was a joke!
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24/11/2020 10:04:36 16 79
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The reason that people have no control over their dumb animals is because they treat them like people.
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24/11/2020 10:48:09 9 0
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the reason people have no control over their animals is because they treat them as if they were dumb. an animal is a reflection of its owner
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24/11/2020 10:43:24 13 1
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It's odd these animal articles often show a picture of a black cat even though for some reason they are the hardest to rehome.

Remember black cat's lives matter.

I've got two :)
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24/11/2020 10:48:26 2 3
bbc
how are black cats the hardest to re-home? i always get a black cat and love them out of all the breeds/colours.
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24/11/2020 11:09:08 4 0
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I was told by the Cats Protection supervisor from whom we rehomed 2 kittens, that black cats/kittens are deemed to bring bad luck. Not a shred of evidence, just folklore.
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24/11/2020 11:16:00 4 0
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Superstition!
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24/11/2020 10:45:41 27 0
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Pets are fine but our neighbour never takes her dog out for exercise or fresh air or daylight even. Dogs are not toys to sit on your knee
99
24/11/2020 10:48:30 9 2
bbc
Have the same situation, I also never see them clearing the back garden up either! Mmmm should I tell the landlord!
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Me
24/11/2020 10:45:01 39 2
bbc
The sooner the government recognises that cruelty to animals is the same as cruelty to children and changes the law, the better it will be for the animals of our country.
They play such a valuable part in our society and family life, currently that value is not recognised in the charges levied and sentences handed down to the low-lives who abuse them, who often, then go on to abuse people.
100
24/11/2020 10:49:04 1 11
bbc
Pet ownership is immoral. Unless they are working animals!
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24/11/2020 11:13:00 3 1
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Has it occurred to you that, especially with a cat, the owners are the ones with fur?
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24/11/2020 11:57:07 3 0
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Being a companion to a person is a 'job'. For maybe 10,0000 years dogs have been associating with humans. Breeds developed for many purposes. Some to work, some to guard and some to be companions.
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24/11/2020 12:04:55 0 1
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For me my cat is my companion and that is, by definition, working
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24/11/2020 13:01:53 0 0
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I don't think my animals would agree with you. They are sheltered, fed regularly and up to date with jabs and worm stuff etc. Loot at the strays in Greece and you'll soon see what wild dogs and cats become - bony, sick and miserable
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24/11/2020 13:03:45 1 1
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Also my animals are working animals - the dog guards the house. Before I got her I used to have nightmares about burglars. The cat has literally saved my depressed daughters life through sheer cuddle power. They earn their biscuits.