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What is the ideal webmaster pet?

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4:42 pm on Nov 4, 2002 (gmt 0)

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I was just wondering what types of pets we have as a group.

I have an aquarium in my office containing Toliver the Turtle, 9 fish, two crabs, one tadpole, and a snail. And we are getting a puppy which is 17 days old right now and cute as heck.

One curious thing is the tadpole was added after a canoeing trip 6 months ago and it is not developing into a frog, very weird...

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4:52 pm on Nov 4, 2002 (gmt 0)

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I have a mouse....

Ouch, sorry folks :)

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2 cats. i like cats because you can fun with then when you like and when you dont like or dont feel to ,then they dont need special attention.you jsut say "shhhhh" and they go away or sleep. that means they "adjust" to you and not youto them .dogs are way too demanding for me. we also used to have one rabbit and a hedgehog. i know some really lazy animals. like me.:)

and my dad has bees and aquarium on his vacation house. not to mention private small lake with lots of fishes and frogs.

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I want a sea turtle and a ferret. One is endangered so thats a no no and the other is, well, my christmas present (in my dreams).

I have a dog. ;)

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Always thought a real webmaster should have a snake. Can't stand them myself, but I think it's part of the image.
5:07 pm on Nov 4, 2002 (gmt 0)

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got plush owls - do they count?
5:23 pm on Nov 4, 2002 (gmt 0)

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A Cable Chomping Staffordshire Bull Terrier Tenacious and Loyal - would not say ideal, can get expensive.

Staffies are very special dogs everything to extremes incredibly sensitive souls the next minute will run full tilt into a tree (not good on turning or stopping) and pretend they never felt a thing.

We do not have any cushions now they have all been killed shaken to death feathers everywhere. As for the car he ate the rear seat belt handbrake and glove compartment but that was when he was a pup. Now he likes USB cables.

But I love him!

6:33 pm on Nov 4, 2002 (gmt 0)

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Best of all possible combinations: a Fuzzy Blue Widget and four ferrets (though not necessarily playing together).

Ferrets can be kept in a large cage, so they won't bother you when you need to concentrate, and when you let them out, they put all your socks in the corner (where they belong) and then run around bouncing off each other and your furniture like hyperactive kittens. Perfect for unwinding... much more entertaining than teevee!

The Fuzzy Blue Widget just sort of majestically stands watch over the whole place, imbuing the room with magic spammer karma. :)

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We have a black and white crested guinea pig. I don't know if he is the ideal pet, but he's pretty cute, isn't much work and my kids adore the little guy.
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Cat- she's a problem since she likes to cuddle up the the computer- usually obstructing my view or getting hair sucked into the fan.

Two dogs-
a Sheepdog mutt who is far too hyper for a dedicated webmastering type- but lots of fun and a good distraction

an English Mastiff- perfect for foot warming and with the perfect height to rest her nose on my chair for petting and relaxation. She's lazy enough to require minimal work as well.

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Cats
Two old rescue persians who had been abused in their previous lives but are now the most spoiled creatures on this earth, and deservingly so.

Dog
One whippet. High energy, smart as a whip and skinny as a rail. Also spoiled, but not as much as the cats. Recently learned his newest trick: "Crawl under the barbed wire!" (Lays flat and scootches forward with his head down.)

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Roomba [roombavac.com]. I'm thinking of getting a 2nd one and either breed them for a wildlife release program or stage my own robot wars. So far, it hasn't eaten the cat, but it's a very big/old/mean cat, and I think it has just enough AI to sense that.
7:02 pm on Nov 4, 2002 (gmt 0)

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roflmao

I would like to see the cat/roomba death match. I've got all my money on the cat.

No pets here, not allowed in my building. I have a stuffed tux sitting on my cpu though. He's not overly talkative bt very sympathetic when I am yelling about code or SE's. ;)

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I have a doggy, boxer/labrador puppy that worships me and eats shoes ;)

Nick

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I've got an 80 pound yellow Labrador Retriever named "Itchy". He has really bad allergies and is always scratching, licking and biting his coat. We named him before this behavior started... guess the name really fits. Lovable pooch!
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3 Shelties - Noogie, Peach, and Yoshi
1 Black Lab - Freedan
1 grey tabby - Motor Head
2 Gerbils - Chris and Kentoo
1 7 year old Oscar fish - Orca
300+ Cichlids (fish) - can't name 'em all....

I have to do extra contracts to feed them all. (Do 3 kids count as pets?) Nahhhh.

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... and when you dont like or dont feel to ,then they dont need special attention.you jsut say "shhhhh" and they go away or sleep ...

You've obviously never met my cats. We found them abadoned in a field at four weeks old and they never quite got over the abadoned-kitten-syndrome. When they need attention, they really need attention. But I have a big desk so can usually fit one on my lap, one on top of the monitor and one on the desk. Except when they decide to fight over who gets to sit on my lap.

Being burmese they display many dog-like characteristics: walk on a lead, play with us in the backyard chasing a frisbee, loyal to us rather than their teritory, yet have all the good aspects of a cat: small and clean and warm and soft and snuggly.

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No webmaster is complete without his (or her) Great Dane. At least I'm not. 120 pounds of canine femininity.

Too bad we can't use photos in our profiles any more - this would be a great time for that feature!

1:01 am on Nov 5, 2002 (gmt 0)

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Welsh Terrier named Cindy.

Jailed twice for murder. (I witnessed one, it was my cat named Blackie)

Actually, the second offence was attempted murder. Seems she doesn't like fluffy white dogs - can't think of the breed at the moment - but it's some wimpy terrier breed.

If she ever gets out again, I'll be sued and lose my house.

Sounds bad? She looks like the most innocent dog and acts pitiful around the house...That's acting for you...

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2 dogs: 1 Great Pyrenees & 1 Weimaraner. Both males, completely different personalities.

The ideal webmaster pet is paradoxically both that creature which allows us to do our work unhindered and still reminds us on a daily basis that there's important life out there offline.

The pyr has a booming bark. The weim a whine/scream much worse than any baby's. But then, I suppose I am not my dogs' ideal human (though they are, quite honestly, two of the most spoiled dogs I know). It hasn't ruined their personalities yet. They're waiting for me to go play now. Stop staring at that box, human! Come run! Come play!

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I've got a Australian Whites frog. I've had him for about 12 years now and he's very spoiled (and smart). :)
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Boring old cat and dog combo here... but they don't quite fit their stereotypes.

The dog is a 3.5 yr old rottweiller who bounces like he's part kangaroo, howls in sympathetic anguish with World Vision ads on TV (the ones where they have children crying), and has no greater pleasure in life than stealing the cat's little ball with the bell inside so he can wander round turning it over in his mouth, making it jingle.

The cat's a psycho b1tch from hell who insists on being fed at 4 am every morning, can't stay on the same side of a closed door for more than 30 seconds, steals bones from the rottweiller, announces her desire to play by grabbing you round the ankle and biting your achilles, and has ignored every conventional cat toy ever bought for her (to the dog's delight), but adores a battered old leather motorcycle glove. For all that, she's the best lap warmer on a cold day.

.... ok... so the cat does fit her stereotype. :)

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Here is Susan my pet turkey [spam.com].
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roomba and Susan are my two votes for possibles.

hehe, too rich. Nice Mac.

and of course the fuzzy blue widget

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>>I'm thinking of getting a 2nd one and either breed them for a wildlife release program

Here is one nice pet [automower.com] we could try to breed with Roomba.

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a match made in heaven

we could call it "no more carpet" :)

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When they need attention, they really need attention.

"When"? There's a "when" about it with your cats?

We've got two, a clumsy, deaf, declawed old (late teens?) cat with failing kidneys, who came with my wife's first appartment, and before that from the UPS delivery guy. He recued her from a home where it had been decided that she should be killed just 'cause they didn't want to deal with her anymore. The other is more recently acquired, from a former co-worker of my wife's who took her in as a stray but couldn't keep her because another cat in the house was making her life miserable. She's in fine health, has all her claws, and is quire dextrous, but is none the less terrified that the older cat will set upon her and devour her. The older cat thinks this state of affairs is just fine.

We also have a Betta Splendens (Siamese/Japanese/Chinese "Fighting Fish") in my office and a young jungle carpet python in my wife's office.

Always thought a real webmaster should have a snake. Can't stand them myself, but I think it's part of the image.

Does my better half's snake count? I feel no desire to have one of my own...
3:31 pm on Nov 5, 2002 (gmt 0)

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An ideal pet for a webmaster is something that takes care of itself.(doesn't die after not eating for a week). For instance there are squirrels outside my window in that tree don't die and I never feed them. Neither do the rabbits in the yard. I even have blue jays which eat less than 3 feet from me on the porch.

Thats the ideal pet for a webmaster: A birdfeeder. :)

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...probably a cactus
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