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    Humans are evil compared to animals. Animals are innocent and helpless compared to humans. Humans are capable of performing the most cruel, inhumane acts to each other and to animals.

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    Because an animal never humiliated me, bullied me, ostracized me from having any kind of enjoyment or life experience that most people get to have, or sabotaged me at work. Humans did, and still do to this day. If I won the lottery tomorrow, I would not give a single dime to anything that would help another human, but would enjoy spending my millions on animal rescues and shelters and anything to help animals and only animals. After the way people have treated me my whole life, I don't give a crap about any of them anymore.
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    Quote Originally Posted by manhn View Post
    Well, people eat animals. (Most) people do not eat people. So, there's that.

    But I'll say that for myself, I like humans more than animals. I don't know if that's an unpopular opinion or not but sometimes it feels like one. Yes, there are A LOT of awful humans (I am having a particularly awful week at work), but at least I have never stepped on a human's feces while on a run.
    I like people more than animals too. I would rather have a houseful of people than a houseful of animals but yeah, it seems like that is a minority opinion. Which is kinda why I asked the question.
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    To quote Josh Billings: “A dog is the only thing on earth that loves you more than he loves himself.”
    I absolutely agree and I will always love my dead dog and all the others to come more than humans.
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    I've always had at least one dog. They are loyal, loving, non judgmental & best of all always agree with your opinions (they'll wag their tails to let you know they understand!) & they never make snarky remarks. They depend on you just as young children do...you are needed & appreciated.

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    We may love dogs more than humans because dogs are easier to love.

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    Some of them are tastier than humans.

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    Some of them have more neck than some humans.
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    I think it's because relationships with pets tend to be pretty one-sided, and that appeals to some. You don't have to adjust your behavior or make major lifestyle changes, nor do you have to consider the needs of the pet much--just carry on with your life as usual and the pet has to accept and go along with that. Relationships with humans require more give and take, and many people prefer to live life on their own terms instead. Pets are good for that.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Southpaw View Post
    Some of them have more neck than some humans.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Southpaw View Post
    Some of them have more neck than some humans.
    I don't know the reference, but that still made me laugh

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    Rexy knows what I'm talking about.

    And I agree with agal's analysis. My cats never respond to any of my hare-brained schemes with "What are you doing THAT for??"
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    Quote Originally Posted by agalisgv View Post
    I think it's because relationships with pets tend to be pretty one-sided, and that appeals to some. You don't have to adjust your behavior or make major lifestyle changes, nor do you have to consider the needs of the pet much--just carry on with your life as usual and the pet has to accept and go along with that. Relationships with humans require more give and take, and many people prefer to live life on their own terms instead. Pets are good for that.
    Unbelievable post.

    I totally disagree and have to ask, how many animals have you raised and how close are you to them?

    Dogs require major lifestyle and behaviour changes - more than cats- particularly if you get a puppy. And any pet owner who doesn't consider the needs of the pet much is not a responsible pet owner. But cats do require changes as well. We got our cat about one year ago and that required me to put away a vase of peacock feathers that was sitting on the floor because the cat would ruin it. No, not a big deal, in itself, but now that we have a new puppy as well, the carpets have to be rolled up so he won't chew them. The house has to be puppy proofed, which means no shoes on the floor, no food within puppy's reach, and so on. In the meantime, the cat has made a mess of the chairs in my office with his claws (fortunately not leather). Oh, and I have to try and keep the cat in at night, because it is best for cats not to be on the prowl - another focus.

    And then, there is the discipline and attention that a puppy requires on a daily basis, for obedience and housebreaking. It requires significant lifestyle changes on the part of the owner. We dedicated most of the last six weeks to our new puppy and only now are starting to leaving him for short periods of time. As the pup has separation anxiety, it will be slow working up to leaving him for a number of hours. I can't just go out whenever I want, for as long as I want.

    The puppy wakes us up earlier than we like, which means a change to our routines, and for a number of years, his exercise will be part of our daily routines, regardless of the weather. He's a golden retriever - an energetic, athletic dog - and will need several outings a day.

    I also have to say my relationships with my animals are not one-sided. Animals have emotions, personalities, intelligence and interests. They interact with people and other animals. Dogs especially are social animals.

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    I agree that animals' lack of judgment is a reason we love them so much and enjoy their company.

    And would add that animals' honesty is reason I enjoy their company more than some humans. Animals don't play mind games and don't pretend to be anything they are not. They don't lie and they don't hide their feelings behind a veneer of pretense.

    Plus, they live in the moment. Something humans only aspire to do, often through countless hours of meditation.

    My dogs (and cats, to a lesser extent) have shared their joy of life with me. And it is interesting to observe dogs in a social situation. They really get along with each other better than humans do, in general, and there is much to be learned from them (not that we humans will ever enjoy sniffing each others bottoms).

    All of my pets have been cherished companions. I have enjoyed their company and they have enriched my life immensely.
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    I don't like animals more than humans. But I agree they are easier to deal with than humans. Not to mention generally cuter! Lol

    I find them easier because I do not have to view them as my equal.
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    Quote Originally Posted by genegri View Post
    I find them easier because I do not have to view them as my equal.
    If you have a cat, just make sure you don't tell him/her and turn his/her world upside down!!


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    Not only that, the cat would know you are deluded.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Japanfan View Post
    I agree that animals' lack of judgment is a reason we love them so much and enjoy their company.
    And would add that animals' honesty is reason I enjoy their company more than some humans. Animals don't play mind games and don't pretend to be anything they are not. They don't lie and they don't hide their feelings behind a veneer of pretense.
    You cannot apply a word like "honesty" to animals. Animals (with the possible exception of chimpanzees) lack the capacity to be honest or dishonest. Neither do they have the capacity to pretend anything, or to tell lies. This is just sentimental anthropomorphism.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Japanfan View Post
    Dogs require major lifestyle and behaviour changes
    While that is true to a point, I think most of the posts in this thread rather prove agalisgv's point--people keep saying that animals aren't judgmental, for example.

    There are two ways to look at that--one is that animals accept you as you are and that's a wonderful thing. But the other is that animals accept you as you are and that's maybe not such a wonderful thing.

    Does no one else see any irony in saying things like "People suck! Animals never judge!"

    No?

    Well, anyway, yes, humans will judge you. A pet will never tell you to get your finances in order, take your meds, stop feeling sorry for yourself, get a second job, go back to school or clean the bathroom, for god's sake. A dog won't care if you get an F, screw up at work, miss a rent payment or blow your paycheck on a spray tan, and your cat will still purr for you even if you run up your credit cards, tell lies, let the laundry pile up or go to bed drunk every night. That one night stand that should never have been? That project you didn't get done at work? Those big plans you had when you were younger that never panned out? Your pets don't care; as long as their simple needs are met, life is fine.

    Again, there are two ways to look at that. It's wonderful to have a pet to curl up with when you are miserable or feeling sorry for yourself; it's another, at least IMO, to consider your pet your primary source of emotional validation.

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    This is just sentimental anthropomorphism.
    But isn't that kind of what we all love about our pets? Not what they are, but all the things we read into them?
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