Owning pets…

I hate to own pets. It’s not that I dislike animals. In fact, I really kinda like them. They are the only ones that will give you unconditional love. You could be in the worst mood, but they will always look up to you as if you were the most important person in the world. Of course, if you’re a dog, then the “owner” IS the most important person in the world. At least until I see a dog flipping burgers at a McDonalds, that is. But if a person with long hair has to wear a hat or hair net, what’s a dog gonna wear? *shudder*

At our house, when I was a kid, we had a variety of pets. My first pet, a dog, was named Kyu-chan, after Sakamoto Kyu, the singer of “Sukiyaki” (Jp: Ue wo muite aruko…). Don’t ask: My mom named her. We had her for about a year when one day she ran out into the street and was hit by a car. I was in the 4th grade and devastated. I went to school and started to cry everytime I thought about her. A classmate of mine, Reed–God rest his soul–tried to cheer me up by telling me his chicken died recently too. Oh? Did you bury her? I asked. She was dinner… Hahahah! I kid you not! I couldn’t make this up if I tried. I’ve had the funniest conversations in my day. But, at the time, his comment made me cry even more.

We’ve had rabbits, and hamsters and tropical fish. But my favorite pet was a cat. Cats can be stuck up, and nonchalant, and they will never fetch. But there is something about their sense of independence, their pride that I just love. And they are smart creatures. No, they won’t pound their paws four times to answer what 2 + 2 equals. It won’t even meow loud if an intruder were lurking–in that, you can’t beat a dog. But still, they can live pretty independently, and they know exactly what they want.

What kind of pets have you owned?

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