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why are people obsessed with their dogs?

I'm not a pet person. I don't get it.

Wed. Oct 4, 1:32pm

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Wednesday, October 04, 2006, 1:34 PM

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My pets make me laugh constantly, such clowns. They always improve my mood, even if I am just thinking of them. They give lots of love. They are always happy to see me. Makes it a joy to nurture and care for them. I love to train them in obedience and tricks and play. I live in the country and enjoy a wide variety of pets.

Also, to 1:34 good link.

Wednesday, October 04, 2006, 1:48 PM

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i'm obsessed w/ my cat-she's my buddy and i'm constantly looking to her to make me smile, relax, slow down etc. i think people w/ dogs are the same way-it's company and friendship.

although-i don't get why dogs have become a fashion accessory-why many people carry little dogs around in designer bags is beyond me. i find that annoying!

Wednesday, October 04, 2006, 1:52 PM

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I am a dog person, but I don't know that I'm obsessed.

I can only speak for myself but here's why I LOVE my dogs:
...I have no children, so they are my substitute children
...they are ALWAYS happy to see you, whether you've been gone a week or 10 minutes
...they NEVER talk back or question anything you say
...they're just so darn cute (I have 2 big Labs)
...they NEVER judge you based on how you look or if you do something stupid
...they can be very comical and make you laugh when you really need it
...they will sit and listen to your problems or just keep you company
...they're good protection to take on walks
...they depend on me for everything - which makes me feel important
...nice to have around the house when my husband is gone
...My husband also uses them for hunting (ducks, pheasants, geese)

OK. So maybe I am a little obsessed... but you should see all of the albums I have filled with their pictures!

Wednesday, October 04, 2006, 1:56 PM

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I agree with all of the reasons listed above. I can always count on my pets to make me feel good when I've had a bad day.

Wednesday, October 04, 2006, 1:58 PM

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frankly, i could ask the same question about people and their children- i have never wanted children. but, to answer your question, i can count on my dogs and cats to lie beside me and keep me warm on cool nights (free heat !), to just be with me when i am sad, to enjoy my energy-filled moments and run in the yard, and to always greet me when i come home. there is an unspoken appreciation for each other that goes beyond verbal/written description.

Wednesday, October 04, 2006, 2:21 PM

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- my dog teaches me a lot about myself
- only one willing to run with me whether it is 100 degrees, pouring rain or 10 degrees
- keeps my feet warm on cold winter nights
- doesn't hold a grudge

Research also shows that petting animals can lower blood pressure. Also, have you ever seen how children, the handicapped and elderly people respond to animals? I have even known of disabled children learning how to walk on their own after riding horses.

Wednesday, October 04, 2006, 2:24 PM

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I agree with you op!!! I am not a pet person either. To be perfectly honest, it wouldn't be so bad but I CANNOT handle the hair (even if they don't shed, still gross to me) and most of all the poop and pee. I hate walking around and finding dog poop in my yard or on the sidewalk because some owner doesn't follow the rules. My inlaws have a dog and a cat and no matter what they do there is always that gross animal smell in their home. To each their own, but keep the dogs and cats out of my yard!!!

Wednesday, October 04, 2006, 2:24 PM

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I gotta tell you, there are no end to the amount of times my dog has made me feel better after a bad day- you come home from a bad day, you flop down on the sofa, and next thing you know there's a wet nose in your face, and it's saying "you know what would make you feel better? A walk!" the funny thing is, it doesn't matter if it's snowing or raining or 120 degrees in the shade, He's always right. Taking the dog for a walk always puts me in a good mood.

If you don't get it, that's cool. To each his or her own.

I will say this- I love MY dog. Not a huge fan of other people's dogs. Especially the ones that take a dump in my yard. I clean up after my dog...

Wednesday, October 04, 2006, 2:51 PM

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yeah, i don't like poop in the yard any more than i like the odor of a used diaper in a public restroom. i know, i know, there is no where else to put it, but i think it's gross just the same.

Wednesday, October 04, 2006, 3:00 PM

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