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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...
[edited by: thunderpaste at 5:20 pm (utc) on Nov. 4, 2002]
and my dad has bees and aquarium on his vacation house. not to mention private small lake with lots of fishes and frogs.
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!
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. :)
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.
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.)
... 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.
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...
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!
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. :)
When they need attention, they really need attention.
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.
Thats the ideal pet for a webmaster: A birdfeeder. :)