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Old 06-27-2013, 10:37 PM   #61
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Oh wow, we have a 10 year old Pleco named Rufus all alone in a 50 gallon tank. He's an interesting fellow and I hope he sticks around a long time. But once he does go, I think we are done with the fish for a while. The little ones are just not that durable. He's about a foot long though!
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. I have never felt that with a fish or a bird. But good on you, that you can feel that connection. I think that's a nice thing.
I have a budgie also. I call him "little buddy". Definitely bonded. So much so that when I go away he gets very sick and listless. I thought I was going to lose him once. Now I have DH play a vid I made of me talking to him. He runs it over and over for about 20 minutes a day. Seems to do the trick !

My betta was in the kitchen and he would 'wag his tail' when he saw me (ie: he would get excited hoping for food !). I had made him a little cave in pottery class that he would rest in. He came "running" out of his cave when he saw me. Was it a "bond" ? Perhaps. But he did make me laugh.
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That's sweet. You're clearly an animal lover, so you have my respect.
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Believe it or not all my fish have their own personality! They all live in at least a 5 gallon tank. My friends and family think I've gone over the deep end. But they are all different sizes shapes and colors. My cats show little to no interest in them.
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My parents got me a dog when I was 4 years old and he lived until I was 18. Since then I have had about 6 cats usually 2 at a time. Now, however, I live in an apartment that doesn't allow pets.
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I've had fleeting thoughts, but when it comes to pets they really keep me going. When I am at my worst I know that I have to get up and feed my pets and make sure they are happy and healthy. I think if I were to ever become incredibly unhealthy that I couldn't do this that I would decide I was done, but until then I am happy to have animals in my life.
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My betta was in the kitchen and he would 'wag his tail' when he saw me (ie: he would get excited hoping for food !). I had made him a little cave in pottery class that he would rest in. He came "running" out of his cave when he saw me. Was it a "bond" ? Perhaps. But he did make me laugh.
Okay, I am glad I am not the only one experiencing the tail wag of a betta. Mine comes running over (well, swimming) when I enter the kitchen. I think he actually enjoys our time together.
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Okay, I am glad I am not the only one experiencing the tail wag of a betta. Mine comes running over (well, swimming) when I enter the kitchen. I think he actually enjoys our time together.
Alas, the Hermit Crabs are not quite as emotionally fulfilling bit I do find them interesting. The will not be replaced once they live their lives out. While they are very low maintenance and could survive for a week without care the don't give the same "warm fuzzies" as the dog, the budgie, or (dare I say it), the Betta.
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