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Are pets really friends?
« on: March 15, 2012, 11:08:10 AM »
I love my dog. And since he's a mammal, he can feel and show affection. We have fun together. He's always happy when I get home. He defends me even when I'm not in real danger. He's a good listener. And we hang out a lot.

Is he a friend based on the meaning of the word? Or does a "real" friend have to be a human?

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« Last Edit: March 15, 2012, 12:03:21 PM by tennman »
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Re: Are pets really friends?
« Reply #1 on: March 15, 2012, 11:29:32 AM »
Oh, I don’t know, can a Boa or Python be a friend?

I had a German shepherd for 15 years, since she was a puppy, she was my best friend.

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« Reply #2 on: March 15, 2012, 12:03:00 PM »
Snakes can't show or feel affection and neither can other reptiles. They truly are cold blooded creatures. Dogs and many other mammals can feel affection, a type of love, worry about those they 'love' and enjoy company.
Don't spread my wealth, spread my work ethic!

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« Reply #3 on: March 15, 2012, 12:28:34 PM »
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Snakes can't show or feel affection and neither can other reptiles. They truly are cold blooded creatures.
That is pure speculation.  How do you know what goes on inside a reptile's mind?

I submit that only God knows what they think or feel. He made them.

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« Reply #4 on: March 15, 2012, 12:58:30 PM »
I have had 7 rescue dogs in my life, and all of them were my friends. Obviously animal friends are different from human ones, but are very precious. We can learn such a lot from dogs, with reference to trust, contentment, faithfullness and enjoying the simple things in life.
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« Reply #5 on: March 15, 2012, 01:07:11 PM »
Cats cannot be friends with people as they are evil.  But they do taste good over a bed of rice.

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« Reply #6 on: March 15, 2012, 01:10:50 PM »
Cats cannot be friends with people as they are evil.  But they do taste good over a bed of rice.
 

My dog LOVES cats, to chase and kill if she got the chance!!!
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« Reply #7 on: March 16, 2012, 11:46:43 AM »
Cats cannot be friends with people as they are evil.  But they do taste good over a bed of rice.
Sorry - but they do not have split hooves or chew cud. IOW, they do not fit any biblical definition of the word "food."

I would put them in the same category as "rat."

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« Reply #8 on: March 16, 2012, 12:25:48 PM »
Cats cannot be friends with people as they are evil.  But they do taste good over a bed of rice.
Sorry - but they do not have split hooves or chew cud. IOW, they do not fit any biblical definition of the word "food."

I would put them in the same category as "rat."

Since I do not follow Jewish dietary laws, I find them to be quite tasty.  See Acts 11, verse 6 in particular.

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« Reply #9 on: March 16, 2012, 01:31:39 PM »
My cats are my best friends...they are part of my life and I love them...I am sure they love me back...



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Cats cannot be friends with people as they are evil.  But they do taste good over a bed of rice.

Now that is disgusting to say the least!...cats are NOT evil!...they are part of God's creation!...I hope you are just kidding...




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« Reply #10 on: March 16, 2012, 01:52:22 PM »
My cats are my best friends...they are part of my life and I love them...I am sure they love me back...



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Cats cannot be friends with people as they are evil.  But they do taste good over a bed of rice.

Now that is disgusting to say the least!...cats are NOT evil!...they are part of God's creation!...I hope you are just kidding...




  He is kidding
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« Reply #11 on: March 16, 2012, 04:18:39 PM »
I had a parrot that I taught to say "You're my best friend".  But when I'd leave he used to talk behind my back. So dogs may be your friend, but parrots are just posers.
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« Reply #12 on: March 16, 2012, 04:51:45 PM »
My parrot likes to snuggle and shows her appreciation by regurgitating her food for me. I always pass, but it's the thought that counts.

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« Reply #13 on: March 17, 2012, 05:21:23 PM »
I don't know about all "pets", but I do believe dogs can be.  There's a special relationship between humans and dogs.
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« Reply #14 on: March 17, 2012, 09:53:57 PM »
Parrots, like cats, are evil.

My best friend has a parrot.  If I walk in with long sleeves on, she loves me and wants to come talk to me.  If I walk in with short sleeves and my tattoos showing, she tries to eat them.

And cats just attack my face at 2 in the morning while I'm asleep.  Not just A cat, ALL of them.  Every cat that I have ever slept in the same house as has tried to murder me in my sleep.

My dog just tries to steal my pillows.  I can tolerate that though.
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