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(New York Daily News)   The kitties that shut down the NYC subway have found a forever home with some average humans   (nydailynews.com) divider line 77
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2013-10-24 11:44:55 AM

bungle_jr:  i am an animal lover and a pet owner (2 turtles and a dog). i believe in giving homes to pets in need. however, i HATE the term "forever home". not certain why...it just grates on my nerves. it's like saying "home" isn't good enough...but seriously, you can promise "forever"?


it does encourage people to think of adoptions at shelters as permanent.  there are way too many people who "return" animals for dumbass reasons.
my three adopted cats are all from homes where people decided they didn't want cats anymore.  one after ELEVEN YEARS of having her (because of a baby), one after eight years (because they were moving), and one after three years (because they just didn't want her, even though she's adorable and playful and awesome).


Cold_Sassy:
However, I will tell you that I have had several pets from birth to death and never took any to the pound/gave away etc. because of some stupid sh*t thing like getting married/moving/having a baby/getting tired of the pet/particular breed 'going out of style' etc.  So yeah, forever ever, barring sudden death and that is entirely beyond my control.

I am just sick of people considering animals disposable as soon as they tire of it.


HEAR, HEAR!!
 
2013-10-24 11:47:37 AM

talulahgosh: bungle_jr:  i am an animal lover and a pet owner (2 turtles and a dog). i believe in giving homes to pets in need. however, i HATE the term "forever home". not certain why...it just grates on my nerves. it's like saying "home" isn't good enough...but seriously, you can promise "forever"?

it does encourage people to think of adoptions at shelters as permanent.  there are way too many people who "return" animals for dumbass reasons.
my three adopted cats are all from homes where people decided they didn't want cats anymore.  one after ELEVEN YEARS of having her (because of a baby), one after eight years (because they were moving), and one after three years (because they just didn't want her, even though she's adorable and playful and awesome).


Cold_Sassy:
However, I will tell you that I have had several pets from birth to death and never took any to the pound/gave away etc. because of some stupid sh*t thing like getting married/moving/having a baby/getting tired of the pet/particular breed 'going out of style' etc.  So yeah, forever ever, barring sudden death and that is entirely beyond my control.

I am just sick of people considering animals disposable as soon as they tire of it.

HEAR, HEAR!!


as i poorly attempted to explain, it's not the idea of "forever home", it's the term that grinds my gears. certain phrases/terms just irritate me. again, i'm likely alone in this, and i understand.
 
DGS [TotalFark]
2013-10-24 11:50:25 AM

Contents Under Pressure: The mistake was having large and loud (I used to live there) transit workers stomping around yelling, "HERE F*CKING KITTY KITTY!" If they'd gotten a couple of shelter workers, the subways would have been running sooner. That said, Go Brooklyn!


That and the travelers doing the same thing. Or trying to toss Doritos and potato chips to them. Along with the guy with the big camera rushing to follow their path.

/was there, that's my stop. I was way back and tried to zoom in with my iPhone and this was the best I could get.

i.imgur.com
 
2013-10-24 11:52:12 AM
Man oh man, they are so farking adorable.  They remind me of two of our cats as kittens, one a tabby and the other black with a white spot in the same place.
 
2013-10-24 11:55:11 AM

TheSelphie: Man oh man, they are so farking adorable.  They remind me of two of our cats as kittens, one a tabby and the other black with a white spot in the same place.


kinda makes me wish i liked cats. i like the way a cat looks (especially tabbies), and i like the idea of it doing its business in a box that is easy to scoop...but i still just don't like cats. i like dogs. smelly goofy dumbass (intelligence they have, but they are still dumbasses) poop & pee everywhere dogs.
 
2013-10-24 11:57:09 AM

bungle_jr: TheSelphie: Man oh man, they are so farking adorable.  They remind me of two of our cats as kittens, one a tabby and the other black with a white spot in the same place.

kinda makes me wish i liked cats. i like the way a cat looks (especially tabbies), and i like the idea of it doing its business in a box that is easy to scoop...but i still just don't like cats. i like dogs. smelly goofy dumbass (intelligence they have, but they are still dumbasses) poop & pee everywhere dogs.


guinea pigs poop and pee EVERYWHERE.
at least dogs give you the option of taking them outside.
 
2013-10-24 11:59:35 AM

bungle_jr: catmandu: bungle_jr: catmandu: bungle_jr: *sigh*
biggest song in the world for like 2 years, yet the joke is lost on this crowd.

What song?

if you have to ask
you'll never know

/that there is another song

Whatever. Some of us actually listen to music.

i don't quite get what you're saying
are you saying you don't listen to the popular top 40 tunes?
if so, that is perfectly cromulant.
however, you obviously know the hit to which i refer, or you wouldn't have bothered commenting.
do you know the other song to which i refer? from which the "if you have to ask" line derived?


No, I do not listen to top 40 and have not ever since they stopped playing actual music and became purveyors of autotuned schleck that all sounds the same. No, I have no idea what song you are referring to. Would I ask if I did?

Someone asked for pictures. Here is Chewbacca (Peter Mayhew) with his kittens

i283.photobucket.com
 
2013-10-24 12:06:01 PM
bungle_jr:

as i poorly attempted to explain, it's not the idea of "forever home", it's the term that grinds my gears. certain phrases/terms just irritate me. again, i'm likely alone in this, and i understand.

It's cool, I get you.  It's not the sentiment, it's the saccharine coating that sort of squeaks on the teeth.  I get like that about the rainbow bridge.  Permanently stuck somewhere between having my heartstrings tugged on and privately going 'oh, barf,' even though I still cry once in a while about my best cat that I lost a decade ago.  I'll never rag on the concept, I really do get it and it's terrific and lovely for a lot of people.  It's just a bit much for me personally.
 
2013-10-24 12:06:40 PM
bungle_jr:
*sigh*
biggest song in the world for like 2 years, yet the joke is lost on this crowd.


No, no, I got it.  I actually almost like the song.
 
2013-10-24 12:07:20 PM

catmandu: bungle_jr: catmandu: bungle_jr: catmandu: bungle_jr: *sigh*
biggest song in the world for like 2 years, yet the joke is lost on this crowd.

What song?

if you have to ask
you'll never know

/that there is another song

Whatever. Some of us actually listen to music.

i don't quite get what you're saying
are you saying you don't listen to the popular top 40 tunes?
if so, that is perfectly cromulant.
however, you obviously know the hit to which i refer, or you wouldn't have bothered commenting.
do you know the other song to which i refer? from which the "if you have to ask" line derived?

No, I do not listen to top 40 and have not ever since they stopped playing actual music and became purveyors of autotuned schleck that all sounds the same. No, I have no idea what song you are referring to. Would I ask if I did?

Someone asked for pictures. Here is Chewbacca (Peter Mayhew) with his kittens

[i283.photobucket.com image 600x450]


i can tell you the 2nd song i posted was NOT top40 dreck

and last i heard, peter mayhew lives about 10 miles from me. come over and we can go track down chewie and his kittens.
 
2013-10-24 12:11:40 PM
KhamanV:
I get like that about the rainbow bridge. Permanently stuck somewhere between having my heartstrings tugged on and privately going 'oh, barf,'

I always just think about the original Rainbow Bridge...

Carry we who die in battle
Over land and sea
Across the rainbow bridge to Valhalla
Odin's waiting for me


/I love animals, but I'm not sure how that applies to a housecat who died in its sleep
 
2013-10-24 12:16:01 PM

bungle_jr: *sigh*
biggest song in the world for like 2 years, yet the joke is lost on this crowd.


Don'lt worry too much about it. Some of us got the reference. :-)
 
2013-10-24 12:16:20 PM

bungle_jr: catmandu: bungle_jr: catmandu: bungle_jr: catmandu: bungle_jr: *sigh*
biggest song in the world for like 2 years, yet the joke is lost on this crowd.

What song?

if you have to ask
you'll never know

/that there is another song

Whatever. Some of us actually listen to music.

i don't quite get what you're saying
are you saying you don't listen to the popular top 40 tunes?
if so, that is perfectly cromulant.
however, you obviously know the hit to which i refer, or you wouldn't have bothered commenting.
do you know the other song to which i refer? from which the "if you have to ask" line derived?

No, I do not listen to top 40 and have not ever since they stopped playing actual music and became purveyors of autotuned schleck that all sounds the same. No, I have no idea what song you are referring to. Would I ask if I did?

Someone asked for pictures. Here is Chewbacca (Peter Mayhew) with his kittens

[i283.photobucket.com image 600x450]

i can tell you the 2nd song i posted was NOT top40 dreck

and last i heard, peter mayhew lives about 10 miles from me. come over and we can go track down chewie and his kittens.


So give me the name and the performer and I can decide for myself. Why the secrecy?
 
2013-10-24 12:24:09 PM

catmandu: bungle_jr: catmandu: bungle_jr: catmandu: bungle_jr: catmandu: bungle_jr: *sigh*
biggest song in the world for like 2 years, yet the joke is lost on this crowd.

What song?

if you have to ask
you'll never know

/that there is another song

Whatever. Some of us actually listen to music.

i don't quite get what you're saying
are you saying you don't listen to the popular top 40 tunes?
if so, that is perfectly cromulant.
however, you obviously know the hit to which i refer, or you wouldn't have bothered commenting.
do you know the other song to which i refer? from which the "if you have to ask" line derived?

No, I do not listen to top 40 and have not ever since they stopped playing actual music and became purveyors of autotuned schleck that all sounds the same. No, I have no idea what song you are referring to. Would I ask if I did?

Someone asked for pictures. Here is Chewbacca (Peter Mayhew) with his kittens

[i283.photobucket.com image 600x450]

i can tell you the 2nd song i posted was NOT top40 dreck

and last i heard, peter mayhew lives about 10 miles from me. come over and we can go track down chewie and his kittens.

So give me the name and the performer and I can decide for myself. Why the secrecy?


no intended secrecy. i was just waiting to see if someone would chime in.

it IS from a band who has enjoyed top 40 success, but many of their songs are NOT top 40, nor are those songs even top 40 friendly.

red hot chili peppers "if you have to ask", from the album "blood sugar sex magik"
 
2013-10-24 12:34:13 PM
I know a person who had a dog for four years and gave him back to the shelter because he wasn't house trained.

This is the same person who never once walked that dog, believing that letting it out into the backyard was good enough.

And this is the same person who a month later adopted two new dogs.

Argh!
 
2013-10-24 12:37:28 PM
The cat still has a hurdle to cross though.

http://theoatmeal.com/comics/cat_vs_internet
 
2013-10-24 12:42:11 PM

bungle_jr: Lumbar Puncture: bungle_jr: i am an animal lover and a pet owner (2 turtles and a dog). i believe in giving homes to pets in need. however, i HATE the term "forever home". not certain why...it just grates on my nerves. it's like saying "home" isn't good enough...but seriously, you can promise "forever"?

There are shelters, foster home, and other temporary housing.  Forever home is just a quick identifier that it's a permanent adoption versus a temporary one.

yeah i get what it means. just phrases like "forever home" sound very silly to me. perhaps i'm alone in this. and that's ok...and normal...i have strange thoughts, quirks, irritants, etc.


I agree, it's silly. It's an attempt IMHO to attach more tug-on-your-heartstring-iness to adopting a pet.

Our cats are our forever. Seriously, we would never give them up. Perhaps our lives are just too stable but it would never happen.
 
2013-10-24 12:46:12 PM

dotvincent: I know a person who had a dog for four years and gave him back to the shelter because he wasn't house trained.

This is the same person who never once walked that dog, believing that letting it out into the backyard was good enough.

And this is the same person who a month later adopted two new dogs.

Argh!


At least he took him back to the shelter. I had neighbors in my apartment building who got two kittens and a dog and just decided to leave them in the apartment when they moved to another place that didn't allow animals.
 
2013-10-24 12:52:11 PM

dragonchild: Barfmaker: Loosen the collar he's not a frickin' bobblehead.

This, holy fark.  That cat might be better off living under the subway.  At least there'd be plenty of mice to eat, and death by electrocution sure beats a slowly crushed neck.


NO. Subway cats don't live very long. And they have fleas and shiat. And breed more subway kitties, whose lives will also suck.

The humans will loosen the cat's collar and the cat(s) will be happy, spoiled, and long lived.
 
2013-10-24 12:53:58 PM

Jument: Our cats are our forever. Seriously, we would never give them up. Perhaps our lives are just too stable but it would never happen.


I was reading a thread on...another site, and the guy was trying to find a new home for his cat. Great, at least he wasn't just abandoning it. He'd adopted the cat earlier this year, but now he was looking to move in with his new boyfriend, that just happened to be severely allergic to cats.

I can't fathom giving up my cats in any instance, but reading that made me want to punch things.
 
2013-10-24 01:31:43 PM

Contents Under Pressure: The mistake was having large and loud (I used to live there) transit workers stomping around yelling, "HERE F*CKING KITTY KITTY!"


You got a problem with guys chasin' tail in the subway?
 
2013-10-24 01:49:41 PM

bungle_jr: as i poorly attempted to explain, it's not the idea of "forever home", it's the term that grinds my gears. certain phrases/terms just irritate me. again, i'm likely alone in this, and i understand.


I get it, and cutesy terms for stuff run me the wrong way as well, but I don't mind this one because I'm not sure I can think of a shorter term to convey the same idea without it sounding a little silly.  Permanent home would work as well but that sounds a bit rough.
 
2013-10-24 01:56:03 PM

Lumbar Puncture: Permanent home would work as well but that sounds a bit rough.


final sol....?

never mind,

and i'm not going to say:

i'll be in my bunker, killing kittens
 
2013-10-24 02:25:39 PM
sounds like some one around here might have a touch of the aspergers
 
2013-10-24 02:56:19 PM
what do you mean "one"!?
 
2013-10-24 03:14:42 PM

some_beer_drinker: sounds like some one around here might have a touch of the aspergers


southparkstudios.mtvnimages.com
 
FNG [TotalFark]
2013-10-24 05:49:20 PM
I love the idea of a "forever home". It is a little silly but it's a good and pleasant thought.

It doesn't mean you're not going to move, it just means you're accepting a permanent relationship. My first rescued cat lived to be 18 and we lived in 7 different homes together. My girlfriend's cat (who became my own as well after 11 years together) lived to be 19.

I have heard all kinds of horror stories of people returning/abandoning animals for completely stupid reasons. I had one real estate agent tell me that one couple had left their dog locked in a closet when they moved.

We rescued two kittens a few months ago and spent a couple hours at the foster agency interviewing. My girlfriend had spent months on PetFinder and various other adoption sites until she found two who we knew were a good fit. When asked "what reason, if any, would you no longer keep the cats in your care?" my girlfriend and I said, in unison, without even looking at each other, "death."

Either ours or theirs. That's what took our first cats, and that's what makes it a forever home.
 
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