Date: September 10, 2018 05:40PM
The crazyhorse puppy threads really triggered memories for me.
I was raised by people obsessed with owning animals. The upside was I got to keep the kitten I got from a friend as an "outside cat" (read fed stray) and the gerbils from another friend I killed from not being diligent in feeding them but in my defense my parents were my examples in animal care.
I'll never forget finding my cat under the neighbor's bush suffering terribly as it slowly died from injuries in a cat fight. I had to drag it out of a thorny bush after I was convinced it was dead and then dig a hole and bury it.
By the way I've never owned any animal as an adult. How could I? I was raised in a house of animal horrors.
Funny it has taken me this long to realize how bad my parents are with their animals. But silly me, they raise animals like they raised kids. Their real pets get attention and food and their zoo pets just get food.
So, their animals don't starve but they don't get what their other orifices produce as a result well taken care of either - even the pets.
As a partial list my parents have owned the following most of which were owned at the same time.
And these poor creatures definitely didn't reach even their average lifespan with my parents. I guess they should have just stuck with the humans but those humans don't recycle (read die) as well and they have the pesky habit of leaving on their own since they can't be caged with actual cages just mental ones.
Ironically, this logic makes perfect sense. My parents apparently thought that their rhythm method was good enough for them and their pets. They never got shots, neuters, spades, or anything for their animals. I grew up with puppies a plenty and kittens galore. And what my parents couldn't foist off onto other people they basically kept feeding and letting hang around. Luckily they were somewhat successful in their mutt and cat offloading.
I guess I could feel sorry for them because they had some traumatic experiences growing up. But I guess I blame the morg the most. This idea that any Mormon can breed with any Mormon like animals is a pretty toxic thing especially when both my parents weren't inclined (both told me so) to be parents but that was what God wanted them to do.
In attempting to make their home a temple, they got all the animals they could and kids they could and attempted their own garden of Eden.
It wasn't no Eden.