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Old 09-26-2017, 01:55 PM
 
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I don't consider them as my pets. I respect their right to live on the same land I live on. I provide food and water for them, and I don't leave poisons out where they can get at them, but I don't claim them as mine.

I might be their pet, come to think of it.
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Old 09-26-2017, 02:41 PM
 
Location: NW Nevada
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Was just outside to check on the mail when I saw a wonderful green striped lizard along the dirt driveway.

As a child, I might have considered trying to catch such and put him into a terraium, but as he was on my land, I told him I would let him be and just think of him as one of my outside pets.

It is not likely I will be calling him to the back porch for meal times but on the other hand, I am not likely to be laying down poison on my land for any reason (ABC does but that is specific to the pest), hence keeping his home available to him.

So, do you?

Lizards, non venomous snakes, birds are allies, not pets. I protect them, but I don't attempt any interaction as I do with pets. No wild animal is a "pet". None. Zero. Others like the yotes, rattlers, scorpions and such nasty beasties are on the fire upon list.
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Old 09-30-2017, 02:15 AM
 
Location: Calif
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I enjoy nature very much. When my furchild died some months ago, I thought I would die too from the loss. And I wanted to. Life without her? My companion animal fur daughter? I didn't think I could. But, since her death, I have made new "friends". Raccoons that chatter at me through the window. Squirrel that sits on the steps with me when I am outside. A skunk with a magnificent tail that passes by and nods to me. Hummers that I feed. Bluejays that let me know when the feeder is close to empty. So in answer to your question..yes. The outside wildlife saved MY life.
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Old 09-30-2017, 12:56 PM
 
Location: San Diego
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Had a bobcat stay in the meadow next to camp all of one year. Named him Tommy. He helped me keep sane on days it was kind of slow.
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Old 10-17-2017, 01:33 AM
 
Location: Calif
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Was just outside to check on the mail when I saw a wonderful green striped lizard along the dirt driveway.

As a child, I might have considered trying to catch such and put him into a terraium, but as he was on my land, I told him I would let him be and just think of him as one of my outside pets.

It is not likely I will be calling him to the back porch for meal times but on the other hand, I am not likely to be laying down poison on my land for any reason (ABC does but that is specific to the pest), hence keeping his home available to him.

So, do you?
Not pets. They are sharing the earth with me and I respect that. Maybe WE are THEIR "pets".
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Old 10-17-2017, 02:02 PM
 
Location: Kansas City, MISSOURI
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I call the birds at my bird feeders "customers." Non-paying ones, of course. If I see some on my feeder I'll say to my cat, "We got some customers!"
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Old 10-17-2017, 02:03 PM
 
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No, if they were my pets they'd live inside with me.
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Old 10-17-2017, 02:11 PM
 
Location: Southern Quebec
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I feed the wild birds, and Mr. Daynet makes sure that two or three toads in the back yard have fresh water during the warm months.
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