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I can answer thefridayfive any day I want. This week it was questions about pets.

How many pets have you had at one time?
We had four guinea pigs and a dog. And a baby, if you count that! Unfortunately the lifespan of guinea pigs leaves something to be desired so we currently only have one guinea pig and our dog.

What is the strangest pet you have ever had?
When I was in high school my parakeets had a baby that I named Agamemnon because I thought he'd really need warrior strength to survive. He did! But during that baby phase... definitely looked like an alien.

What is the coolest trick you have ever taught a pet?
That's a struggle. I consider it a huge accomplishment that my dog kinda sits for treats and to get her leash on for walks, and she's not even so great at that. The guinea pigs give zero fucks about tricks. I even tried playing with a laser pointer in their cage once, they went over and sniffed the dot and declared "not food" and went back to their pigloos to nap.

Real animals: What animal have you always wanted as a pet?
Marc wants a hedgehog. I'm lukewarm on the idea.

Imaginary animals: Describe the ideal pet, an animal that doesn't really exist.
A dog that doesn't have to poop might actually be the ideal pet. I really like dogs. They love us, they're excited about just about anything.

Runner up to that would be a guinea pig that cares about people. One friend of mine said that herbivores know "we're not on the same side". Pugsly, our current guinea pig, is interested in our activities and kinda likes to be petted, but doesn't run out to see us, doesn't follow us around if left out like the dog does.

There's so many cute fuzzy animals that could use more dog tendencies, that's what I'm saying.

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sidleypkhermit
Feb. 5th, 2017 06:36 pm (UTC)
Hm...our guinea pigs are crazy about us (and learn tricks), is it because they can tell we're vegans too? :D
spacefem
Feb. 5th, 2017 07:15 pm (UTC)
MAYBE! that'd be a fascinating dataset to collect. what are their tricks?
sidleypkhermit
Feb. 6th, 2017 09:22 pm (UTC)
Our older piggy, who passed away late last year, learned to do a spin every day for a special treat and she was SO INTO IT I can't even tell you, we would come around and tell her "cookie time" or rustle the bag at her and she'd RUN to her special treat-eating spot and sometimes do her spin before we could even get the treat out and tell her "spin." She really loved to play and show off. It was definitely part of bonding with us for her. We also had some of those food-finding puzzle toy things that they make for little dogs and she learned to get her food out of those and, again, was SO INTO her puzzles. Sometimes she'd grab at the puzzle toy when we wanted to clear it out and just want to nap on it like a little kid with a favorite toy.

Our other pig was very shy when we adopted her, but now that she's a solo pig she's kind of had to become better acquainted with the humans and hopefully we can teach her some little guinea pig games in time too. She likes to toss around these little wicker ball toys that she has -- maybe we can get her into basketball.
lantairvlea
Feb. 6th, 2017 07:56 pm (UTC)
I had probably 12 gerbils at one point. The oldest one managed to last about four or five years.

We currently have seven horses and a dog. I'm not sure how much the horses count as pets.

The boys taught the dog to sit on their faces. I think they are regretting teaching that trick now that she weighs as much as they do...
randomdreams
Feb. 7th, 2017 06:23 am (UTC)
I used to breed cockatiels. When they first come out of the egg, it's really clear that birds are dinosaurs.
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