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Danielle
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7/11/2016 4:54:28 PM
Posted: 1 year ago
Has anyone ever owned a non-traditional pet? That would refer to any pets that are not cats, dogs, fish, lizards, ferrets, birds, snakes, geckos, gerbils, hamsters, guinea pigs, hermit crabs, iguanas, bearded dragons, or rabbits?

I've always wanted to own a micro pig (before they were popular). I collected pig figurines when I was little.

I was watching a show on National Geographic the other day about exotic pets. Apparently a lot of people own SKUNKS as pets, and claim they're friendly and loving. Uh... thanks but no thanks.
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7/11/2016 5:55:46 PM
Posted: 1 year ago
At 7/11/2016 4:54:28 PM, Danielle wrote:
Has anyone ever owned a non-traditional pet? That would refer to any pets that are not cats, dogs, fish, lizards, ferrets, birds, snakes, geckos, gerbils, hamsters, guinea pigs, hermit crabs, iguanas, bearded dragons, or rabbits?

I've always wanted to own a micro pig (before they were popular). I collected pig figurines when I was little.

I was watching a show on National Geographic the other day about exotic pets. Apparently a lot of people own SKUNKS as pets, and claim they're friendly and loving. Uh... thanks but no thanks.

Yeah skunks do make good pets if you get them de-scented (there is a way to stop their "spraying" feature).

My next door neighbor at my summer house in North Carolina had a pet fox and another person I knew up there had a pet raccoon. I played with the fox almost every summer and want one myself so bad - they are awesome. As for the raccoon, it was crazy seeing how they put their thumbs to good use. They're really smart and super playful if you raise it yourself while it's still young.

My dream pet though is a F1 Savannah. Those animals are sooooo cool. They're expensive though, so that won't happen for a few more years.
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7/11/2016 6:17:24 PM
Posted: 1 year ago
At 7/11/2016 4:54:28 PM, Danielle wrote:
Has anyone ever owned a non-traditional pet? That would refer to any pets that are not cats, dogs, fish, lizards, ferrets, birds, snakes, geckos, gerbils, hamsters, guinea pigs, hermit crabs, iguanas, bearded dragons, or rabbits?

Sheep and goats

I've always wanted to own a micro pig (before they were popular). I collected pig figurines when I was little.

I was watching a show on National Geographic the other day about exotic pets. Apparently a lot of people own SKUNKS as pets, and claim they're friendly and loving. Uh... thanks but no thanks.
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SamStevens
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7/11/2016 9:03:29 PM
Posted: 1 year ago
At 7/11/2016 4:54:28 PM, Danielle wrote:
Has anyone ever owned a non-traditional pet? That would refer to any pets that are not cats, dogs, fish, lizards, ferrets, birds, snakes, geckos, gerbils, hamsters, guinea pigs, hermit crabs, iguanas, bearded dragons, or rabbits?

Yes. I am a proud owner of a hissing cockroach.


I've always wanted to own a micro pig (before they were popular). I collected pig figurines when I was little.

I was watching a show on National Geographic the other day about exotic pets. Apparently a lot of people own SKUNKS as pets, and claim they're friendly and loving. Uh... thanks but no thanks.
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Vaarka
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7/11/2016 11:19:04 PM
Posted: 1 year ago
At 7/11/2016 4:54:28 PM, Danielle wrote:
Has anyone ever owned a non-traditional pet? That would refer to any pets that are not cats, dogs, fish, lizards, ferrets, birds, snakes, geckos, gerbils, hamsters, guinea pigs, hermit crabs, iguanas, bearded dragons, or rabbits?

I've always wanted to own a micro pig (before they were popular). I collected pig figurines when I was little.

I was watching a show on National Geographic the other day about exotic pets. Apparently a lot of people own SKUNKS as pets, and claim they're friendly and loving. Uh... thanks but no thanks.

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7/12/2016 1:12:24 AM
Posted: 1 year ago
At 7/11/2016 9:03:29 PM, SamStevens wrote:
At 7/11/2016 4:54:28 PM, Danielle wrote:
Has anyone ever owned a non-traditional pet? That would refer to any pets that are not cats, dogs, fish, lizards, ferrets, birds, snakes, geckos, gerbils, hamsters, guinea pigs, hermit crabs, iguanas, bearded dragons, or rabbits?

Yes. I am a proud owner of a hissing cockroach.

Hm, that's not a very nice way to refer to your GF.


I've always wanted to own a micro pig (before they were popular). I collected pig figurines when I was little.

I was watching a show on National Geographic the other day about exotic pets. Apparently a lot of people own SKUNKS as pets, and claim they're friendly and loving. Uh... thanks but no thanks.
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SamStevens
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7/12/2016 2:30:21 AM
Posted: 1 year ago
At 7/12/2016 12:22:15 AM, Danielle wrote:
At 7/11/2016 9:03:29 PM, SamStevens wrote:
Yes. I am a proud owner of a hissing cockroach.

Howcome?

I wanted one due to the death of my guinea pig.
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7/12/2016 2:37:06 AM
Posted: 1 year ago
At 7/12/2016 1:12:24 AM, Emilrose wrote:
At 7/11/2016 9:03:29 PM, SamStevens wrote:
At 7/11/2016 4:54:28 PM, Danielle wrote:
Has anyone ever owned a non-traditional pet? That would refer to any pets that are not cats, dogs, fish, lizards, ferrets, birds, snakes, geckos, gerbils, hamsters, guinea pigs, hermit crabs, iguanas, bearded dragons, or rabbits?

Yes. I am a proud owner of a hissing cockroach.

Hm, that's not a very nice way to refer to your GF.

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I've always wanted to own a micro pig (before they were popular). I collected pig figurines when I was little.

I was watching a show on National Geographic the other day about exotic pets. Apparently a lot of people own SKUNKS as pets, and claim they're friendly and loving. Uh... thanks but no thanks.
"A moment or two of serious self-scrutiny, and you might observe that you no more decide the next thought you think than the next thought I write." Sam Harris, free will

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MasonicSlayer
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7/14/2016 2:20:45 AM
Posted: 1 year ago
I have a pet so outside the realms of expectation, even myself had difficulty coming to terms to its nature. I will not say what it is, but what it is, is the only thing worth living for. My pet is not a pet, but better stated a companion that will follow me to Heaven or Hell. She is female and understands English fluently. She goes everywhere I go. If a store says no pets allowed, we ignore it and nobody makes a fuss. My pet has powers beyond imagination, and has been keeping me safe from things too phantasmal to discuss. With her beside me I have become invinsible to common tragedies. I cannot imagine walking a day without her.
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7/14/2016 7:44:24 PM
Posted: 1 year ago
At 7/11/2016 4:54:28 PM, Danielle wrote:
Has anyone ever owned a non-traditional pet? That would refer to any pets that are not cats, dogs, fish, lizards, ferrets, birds, snakes, geckos, gerbils, hamsters, guinea pigs, hermit crabs, iguanas, bearded dragons, or rabbits?

I've always wanted to own a micro pig (before they were popular). I collected pig figurines when I was little.

I was watching a show on National Geographic the other day about exotic pets. Apparently a lot of people own SKUNKS as pets, and claim they're friendly and loving. Uh... thanks but no thanks.

Pigs can be good pets until they grow up. FYI there is no such thing as a "micro" pig.

Closest I've come to non-traditional is my GF's mice, which smelled awful and she only had for a few months before they got adopted.

I don't think exotic pets are ethical, unless you have a huge amount of time, energy, and competence to dedicate, e.g. you are a well run zoo. I also just wouldn't trust a non-domesticated animal. Even animals which have been bred for domestication over hundreds-plus years are unpredictable.
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