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November 11, 2014

When I was young, I had several pets including cats, dogs, and turtles. In fact, I’ve liked animals of all kinds. After I graduated from undergraduate, I was unsure what to do, so I considered veterinarian college. Before applying, a prospective student should complete 2 weeks of work with a small animal vet and 2 weeks with a large animal vet. I did that and enjoyed most of the time.

While working with large animals, I had to visit many farms in the countryside. One time, I helped to delivery a calf who had been turned the wrong way inside the mother. It was quite a process as the vet and I put the cow on its side and rotated it 360 degrees to re-correct the position of the calf. Then when the legs came out, we had to attach a car jack and help pull the calf out as the mother had little energy. Luckily both the calf and mother were okay. Another time we delivered about a dozen piglets from a sick mother pig. Unfortunately, several of the piglets died.

When I worked in a vet clinic with small animals, I helped with several surgeries. The most common ones involved neutering cats. A male cat is very easy to neuter and doesn’t require expensive anesthetic. However, he sure isn’t happy after that. Females require anesthetic because the vet must open up the abdomen, find the ovaries and cut them out. In one case, the vet let me do a few sutures.

That summer, I was fortunate enough to be accepted to veterinarian school because the competition rate is high, similar to other graduate schools like medicine, dentistry, and law. I attended one week and then quit to go to law school, which started a week earlier. Why did I quit? One of the most disheartening things about a veterinarians job is killing unwanted cats and dogs. The vet told me that it would get easier with time, but I felt that I could not look into an innocent animals eyes and then kill it. In the end, I am happy to not be a veterinarian.

Students: Let’s talk about animals this week. Choose from below: (If you would like to do more than one, please do.)

1. Why do you think some people keep pets?

2. Why do you think some people do not have a pet?

3. Describe an unusual pet. Include a picture (or a link to a picture).

4. If you do not have a pet but would like one, what kind of animal would you get?

5. Could you kill an animal? What if you were a vet and you had too many unwanted animals or stray animals?

6. If you have a pet, tell us an interesting story about you and your pet. (Show us a picture of your pet.)

7. Should animals be kept in the zoo?

8. If you were the mayor of a city that had a bad stray cat or dog problem, what policy would you enact?

9. Your idea related to either pets or animals in general.

45 Comments leave one →
  1. Vannesa permalink
    November 13, 2014 10:44 am

    2. Why do you think some people do not have pet?
    I’d like to have pet in my house because I love pet very much. But unfortunately my mother doesn’t prefer to have pet in home. Even though she loves pet but there are some reasons why she doesn’t have pet in our home. First they are living things. Most of people live in apartment not in residential home. And when we are living in apartment there are some rules that the inhabitant should follow. For example inhabitant should not play musical instrument after 10 pm or should not shouting. Likewise if inhabitant want to raise pets in apartment, they should ban pet’s voice after 10pm. But actually it is hard to control pet’s voice because they are living things. They also have freedom to barking or growling when they want to experience something. Second they have a lot of fur that are hard to clean. Although I love pets a lot, my father and I have terrible allergic to pets. So our family is hard to raise pets because of our safety. Finally it is hard to overcome when they are dead. When they are live with us it means they become our family. So when they died it is hard to overcome. For example my friend who raise her lovely dog for 10 years but it soon dead because they didn’t live so long. My friend has too much sadness to be happy. When I saw that situation, I soon thought that it is hard to get rid of family’s dead. However maybe not all the people are like this reasons. But more people will not to having pet because of these reasons.

    • Galaxy permalink
      November 14, 2014 2:18 am

      I agree with your reason! Actually, I also want a pet but I have a little allergic and my parents and young brother don’t like living creature. 😦 I think it is a big reason not to keep pets to our family.

    • jiwon permalink
      November 17, 2014 3:53 pm

      I agree that some people don’t want pets because they are living things. Pets are living things, so it is really hard for people to control as they want. In my case, it was very difficult for me to take care of my pet’s poo at least two times in a day. This also can be one of the reasons that some people don’t want pets.

  2. Galaxy permalink
    November 14, 2014 2:08 am

    1. Why do you think some people keep pets?

    I think the most important reason is loneliness. If people live alone, most people feel lonely or depression by loneliness. I also experienced this feeling since I have lived alone nearby school. In fact, because of this depression and loneliness, I had an anxiety disorder and it was made me lived in my hometown during my last vacation. At that time, I really wanted to live with a cat in here. Unlike the life of dormitory, living alone is very scared when people come back home at night and it is silent than living in dormitory. It causes lots of side effect to somebody who cannot adapt another environment like me. Because of these, many people want to have a pet like cat, dog and so on. If they live us together, people may feel comfortable than living alone and they think they always stay with a friend. It will be a great effect to people who don’t like silence or loneliness. Thus, I think it is sure that people want a pet because of their loneliness.

    • kk7799 permalink
      November 14, 2014 2:54 pm

      I agree with your opinion. I am live alone so, often feel lonely suddenly.
      When i have something bad happen, my loneliness get worse.
      If i have cute pet, it is will really help me out.
      I hope to get pet in the near future.

    • vannesa permalink
      November 15, 2014 9:07 am

      I didn’t live alone while I come to university. But soon when I entered dormitory, I soon feel some loneliness. So I also want some pets in my dorm to break down. But it is hard to take care pets in dorm. I HOPE someday the school dorm is free to living pets.

    • jiwon permalink
      November 17, 2014 4:00 pm

      I really agree with you, because whenever I felt lonely and tired, my dog became a good friend of mine. Pets are always beside their owners and never betray their owners. Pets really give power to people whenever they feel lonely and exhausted.

  3. kk7799 permalink
    November 14, 2014 2:45 pm

    4. If you do not have a pet but would like one, what kind of animal would you get?

    If i can have one kind of animal, i will choose a guinea pigs.
    Already many people are rising guinea pigs because price are cheap and easily get it.
    Compared to cats and dogs, guinea pig are less popular, but there are several reason
    that how guinea pig are attractive.First,unlike almost people’s idea, guinea pigs are smart. Most korean think pigs are dirty and lazy, but it is not true. Guinea pigs are smart so, memorizing place to excrete, owner can feel easy to manage the pet.
    Second, guinea pigs are long-lived than other animals. If you have beloved pet, it is
    sad that pet is dead as for having a short life cycle. Guinea pigs can lessen load
    that’s worry because they can live as long as 15 years. Third, Guinea pigs protect their pups well but play with them,tooSome animals leave along theirs pup, severe often prey theirs pup for keeping theirsnutrition. But guinea pigs motherly love is strong enough to manage pups.Certainly, they also have bad point such as make a noise sound or give off a strange odor.But if you ready to love guinea pigs, it is should not be a problem.

    • jack permalink
      November 15, 2014 12:03 am

      I’ve never seen people who want to have guinea pigs before. Whenever I eat some folk foods, maybe I recall the pet. But, after reading your paragraph, I can a little more understand about raising the pigs.

    • AliceC permalink
      November 16, 2014 11:47 pm

      I didn’t know that guinea pigs were cheap and smart. If I have a chance to raise a pet, I should count on guinea pigs, too!

    • jiwon permalink
      November 17, 2014 4:20 pm

      Your taste is so interesting, because I have almost never seen those who want to raise guinea pigs around me and just have seen those people on TV. Also, I didn’t know guinea pigs are smart, so it is quite interesting information for me.

    • Galaxy permalink
      November 18, 2014 12:49 am

      Many years ago, I saw an explanation about this animal. I don’t like rodent, but I remember it is a little cute than my imagination. I think it can be a good friend for people who want to get an animal friend.

  4. Hotam permalink
    November 14, 2014 3:56 pm

    2. Why do you think some people do not have a pet?

    The reasons why some people don’t breed a pet can be summarized by three things. For one thing is a problem of hair of pet. When pets molt, their owner and owner’s family must breathe in pet’s hair, so it can cause serious trouble. For example, if the owner has allergy for pet’s hair, he has no choice but to suffer from it consistently. For this reason, some people who have problem with pet’s hair are difficult to breed pet. Another reason is that it is tiresome to clean pet’s stool. In other words, cleaning of pet’s stool is a only owner’s task, though their pet knows where it must excrete and it excrete there. Actually, it is the most strenuous thing that pet’s owners say for the first time. Last reason is that some people are too busy to have a pet, because they can’t take care of it. Pets also have feeling like human beings. That is, they are able to feel lonely, if there is a no owner in their house. In some cases, they can have depressive disorder because of absence of their owners. Therefore, it is natural that some people don’t have a pet, for pet breeding is not easy thing.

    • Aiden permalink
      November 14, 2014 4:23 pm

      I agree, some people don’t think about the expected problems such as allergy or disease. And it is one of the main reasons why pets are abandoned. People should think carefully before adopt their pets.

    • Jennifer permalink
      November 16, 2014 1:56 am

      I agree with your opinion, especially last reason of why they who are really busy do not have a pet. If they have a pet but they don’t give lots of caring for pets, I think, that is too selfish. Pets are also kinds of life forms; therefore, people must think about their ability that they can care pets sincerely.

  5. sang permalink
    November 14, 2014 4:07 pm

    2. why do you think some people keep pets?

    Since long, long time ago people was keeping pets. Different domestic animals, people keep pets to life’s partner. There is some reason people raise pets. First, human feels lonely. Pets have abundant emotion and follow human. So, communion with pet that smoothing human’s lonely. Among the people relationship difficult get communion, but it can get to pets. For example, a dog unconditional greet when owner comes home that can give psychological comfort. Second, pets can give to human’s social and emotional development. According to research result, adult who loves pets have a good empathic ability and sociality. Especially, pets develop responsibility, life’s valuable and emotional comfort to children. Third, some pets can give various helps to human. They inform danger or smell out something. Also, they protect home and hunting with human. Like this, human and pets has became life’s partner long time. So, people keep pets these reason.

  6. Aiden permalink
    November 14, 2014 4:20 pm

    9. Your idea related to either pets or animals in general

    As number of one person household has been increased, many people are likely to grow pet such as dogs or cat. Single people sometimes feel comfortable, and happy with their pets because pets do the pretty to their owner and make them satisfied. However, there are not many people take responsibility to their pets. Maybe, because of pet’s bad behavior or disease they don’t raise them to the last. But for whatever reason, there are 60.000 pets are abandoned every year and It is quite serious problem for both pets and humans. If pets are abandoned, some of them are sent to dog center until their owner appears. However most of their owner don’t take them to the center. So a lot of dos and cats are put to sleep. According to the pet who is working on dog center, before dogs or cats put to sleep, they drop their tears and it makes them very sorrowful. Moreover some of vets receive counseling from a doctor of psychology because of their unstable emotion. In addition, it cost 6,000,000 won for one center to put dogs or cats sleep. It is nothing economic waste about that. And most of the dog center are managed at private expense so it is really hard to maintain center.
    All life are precious and it is not to be taken easily. In other words, pets are not toys and they can feel loneliness and fear. I hope that all of pet owners should take their responsibility to their ‘family’

  7. sh1004 permalink
    November 14, 2014 7:54 pm

    6. If you have a pet, tell us an interesting story about you and your pet. (Show us a picture of your pet.)

    In my country, my grandmother have brought up dog about 10 years ago. Her name is dong. Since I was elementary school student, my dog always greeted me with a kind. She likes to take a walk and is good at follow with people like handshake. Also, the most interesting things are that she is similar to morning call and bodyguard. First, whenever I go to my grandmother’s house, she always barks at 7a.m. She is faster than chicken, so my family are started the day a bit early because of her voice. Second, my dog barks at strangers. A dog fancier often comes in my country. Every time my dog see a dog fancier, she barks aloud, so a dog fancier escape from my house of grandmother. I think, my dog has special advantages. I would like to see her for a long time.

    • proftodd permalink*
      November 15, 2014 4:36 pm

      Unfortunately, the link doesn’t work.

    • sh1004 permalink
      November 16, 2014 10:25 pm

      I’m sorry. 😦 Here is photo

    • November 16, 2014 11:52 pm

      She was really smart! My grandmother also had a dog which was Jindo. He was smart enough to play with me when I was just a little kid, but he didn’t barked at similar time to wake me up. I think Dong was one of a kind.

  8. Jennifer permalink
    November 14, 2014 9:10 pm

    2. Why do you think some people do not have a pet?

    : The world consists of various people. And especially there are two kinds of people who have a pet or do no have a pet. Maybe, I think, there are several reasons of not having a pet. First, having a pet needs lots of fee. When someone take a pets, the price is expensive and also pets need too much extra fee while they grow up. Another reason is pets need delicate care, but it is not easy for busy people to care them everyday. In conclusion, people who do not have pets have their own reason of why they do not have pet and reasons are private things.

    • sh1004 permalink
      November 17, 2014 7:19 pm

      I want to raise dog, and my fatehr also like dog. However, my father hate to rasie dog in apartment, so I can’t raise dog. Also, the reasons why he hate to rasie dog are same your opinion.

  9. AliceC permalink
    November 14, 2014 11:08 pm

    I would like to introduce one of the unusual but uprising pet, Chinchilla rats. They resemble chinchillas which is a kind of rabbit, but more like squirrels or chipmunks. The chinchilla rats’ body lengths are usually between 25 to 35 centimeters which are bigger than hamsters but smaller than guinea pigs. Their tales are 15~20 centimeters long constituting almost half of their whole body. The tales look like tassels of mufflers or curtain. A Chinchilla rat has very big eyes and fuzzy ears and 4 front toes and 3 hind toes. Interestingly, unlike other rats, it has less stink and it like to clean itself in the sand. Sometimes it squeaks but relatively quiet. People like chinchillas because they don’t afraid of human and turn on the charm. However, its hair falls out a lot and if took it off from the cage, it hops all around the room. Chinchillas eat hays and sometimes eat feeds similar to rabbits. Initially, they are from cold region in Andes Mountains, so it is good for owners to put a frozen water bottle because chinchillas are sensitive to heat. The most interesting part of chinchilla is its hair. Standard grey is the most common hair color and black, beige, white hairs are following. The density of fur is very high so it’s soft like silk which made people to kill numerous chinchillas for it. For that reason, they were close to extinction at once, but after the success of artificial raising in America, they became many again though still people kill them a lot for chinchillas’ fur. I hope people will not kill such cute animals and use artificial fur not natural one.

  10. Steve permalink
    November 14, 2014 11:27 pm

    1. Why do you think some people keep pets?

    Some people, including me, want to and will keep pets because they accept their pets as family, not just animals. In my case, I keep my dogs about 13 years and the most important reason why I keep pets is that I regard them as family member.
    But other people adopt their pets for several reasons. First, they can raise responsibility. They have to look after their pets and responsibility will be raised naturally. Next, pets comport owner’s loneliness. Pets make their emotion bright and prevent depression.
    For these reasons, pet will become one of the family member and people keep their pets.

    • rolrol permalink
      November 15, 2014 9:28 pm

      I agree with your opnion that having pets have the adventage. Though I don’t want to have pets, if, in the futere, my child wants to have pets, I will consider having pets in my house like fish.

    • November 17, 2014 8:30 pm

      I also agree with your opinion. In my case, I also raise dogs for almost 20years and my family members are all love to raise dogs, while just dogs not cats. Now days, there has a dog in my house and we accept him as one of our family member.

  11. yeah permalink
    November 14, 2014 11:57 pm

    6. If you have a pet, tell us an interesting story about you and your pet. (Show us a picture of your pet.)

    I have a little baby cat which roommate brought two months ago. It is first experience that I have a pet since I was born. This cat is black and thickly haired. When I open a front door, cat come meet me very slowly. Although she was sleep, she walked to me as I put doorlock button. It is so cute and lovely. And I lifted her up in my arms, she is so warm. It is also so adorable. I usually wear pajamas with fur and she always knead at my pants because she is still baby. I feel two feelings that cute and uncomfortable. When she kneaded with growl sound, it means that her feel is so good. So I feel so nice too. But, I feel uncomfortable because her spit get my pajama wet. Anyway I appreciate to have chance to raise this cat and I will raise her so well.

    • proftodd permalink*
      November 15, 2014 4:38 pm

      I remember raising baby cats when I was young. They”purr,” not “growl.” And they “drool'” not spit. Sounds cute.

    • jiwon permalink
      November 17, 2014 4:25 pm

      Your description about your cat makes me feel how much it is cute. I have not raised a kitten ever, so I am really curious about feelings when I hug a kitten. I also want to raise a little baby cat as you once in my life.

  12. jack permalink
    November 14, 2014 11:58 pm

    7. Should animals be kept in the zoo?

    Some people insist that a zoo deprives animals of their freedom even though human beings have no rights to dominate the animals. But what if there is no zoo in the world? Then, an enormous number of people rush into the natural world to see wild animals, and some of them may catch the creatures alive or even kill them to stuff. In other words, some cruel people naturally have a desire to conquer the nature. Otherwise, other kind people want to save the animal from the villains. Therefore, the first advantage of a zoo is it is one of the best ways to keep people from reaching the animals. People can satisfy their desire to see wild animals by visiting a zoo. Also, zookeepers have a huge responsibility for breeding the endangered animals. Many zoos always try to become a comfortable shelter for those animals, and the zookeepers also try to make the profit atmosphere for each animal. It means many zoos put a lot of effort into saving the endangered animals around the world, and this make an increase of the animal’s population. Clearly, zoos is one of the most benevolent places in the world.

    • hyun permalink
      November 15, 2014 12:20 am

      I agree that saving the endangered animals is one of the zoo’s advantages but I can’t agree that zookeepers try to make the profit atmosphere for each animal. There are many things what human can’t realize in animal world. For example animals feel fear when they realize existence of predator by smell and human has limit to prevent these things. I think there are always flaws to change nature artificially

    • proftodd permalink*
      November 15, 2014 4:49 pm

      In an ideal world, there should not be zoos. Unfortunately, we humans – with our greedy and selfish nature – have too many babies and use an economic system based on continual growth. As top predator in the food chain, no animals can compete with us; we are destroying wildlife at an alarming rate. Soon, there may not be elephants, tigers, rhinos, sharks, etc., except in zoos. Does that make us benevolent? Somewhat, I think. But perhaps benevolence would be to not destroy the animals’ habitats, to leave some wildlife spaces for them to live free of human gazing for profit.

  13. hyun permalink
    November 14, 2014 11:59 pm

    6. If you have a pet, tell us an interesting story about you and your pet. (Show us a picture of your pet.)

    It was almost 12years ago that I have a dog for the first time and last time in my life. My family didn’t want to have a pet, especially my mother hated animal because she has allergic so even though I really loved dog, I have give up to have a pet. In the meantime my aunt called me and let me know that there is an abandoned dog in security office now. My mother and I went to the security office and there was a person who wanted to bring the dog to make dog meat soup. So my mother allowed me to bring the dog to home even though she hated dog. It was Christmas Eve and I have thought the dog was Christmas gift for me. We made her name Cho Long, she was so cute and fun. She really love to eat interesting thing was she didn’t eat dog food well but loved food that we eat. When she was sick my cousin bring her to animal hospital she heard shocking news that she was a baby but when we saw her she was big like middle aged dog. She also like people so much, she follow every person and when we came back home so run fast and bumped into wall and run again and bump into opposite side of wall. She was pleasure to my life. But one day before moving a real owner of the dog (Cho Long) contacted us and brought her back. I cried for 20 min that day.

    • hyun permalink
      November 15, 2014 12:01 am

      I don’t have any picture of her .ㅜㅜ

    • hailey permalink
      November 15, 2014 8:34 pm

      My dog named cholong also died from cancer. I understand your mind. I was so sad that cry so much. But i got two puppies after cholong died and i am getting better by them.

  14. jiwon permalink
    November 15, 2014 1:03 pm

    9. Advice to people who want to have pets

    Nowadays, in Korea, pet owners have already been over ten million and abandoned animals have been over twenty million. It is very important to pay attention to the number “twenty million”, because this shows how many pet owners are not responsible with their pets. Many people, at first, want to have pets, because pets are cute and lovely and can be friends for them. However, these kinds of light attitude make abandoned animals, so people who want to have pets should be completely “ready” for being pet owners. First, those people should deeply think about whether they can raise their pets as a family member throughout pet’s life. The thought that pets are ones which only exist for people’ happiness is very selfish mind. Pet owners also should be the ones who provide happiness to their pets. In short, pet owners and pets are in a fair relationship as “family”. Thus, people who want to raise animals should consider whether they can be family for their pets. Like family members usually don’t throw away one another. pet owners have to be sure being with their pets to the end. Second, people who want to get pets should study how to raise their pets. As babies, pets have to be vaccinated not to suffer from diseases, so pet owners should know this and visit a veterinary hospital regularly. Also, pet owners must study what food they should not provide to their pets. For example, if pet owners give some fried chicken to their dogs, the dogs will choke on a bone and in a more serious case, they can die. In a sentimental part, moreover, pet owners should study about mind of pets. They have to know pets are also the ones which have emotions. Pets can feel happy, sad or lonely, so pet owners have to take care of if their emotions are healthy or not. In sum, people who want to have pets should get ready in various parts. Being pet owners is not a simple task, also it should not be, so they have to consider deeply and decide.

    • proftodd permalink*
      November 15, 2014 4:52 pm

      Good advice. Pet owners need to think long and hard about how much effort they can put in to raising a pet properly. While pets can bring a lot of joy, irresponsible pet owners can cause a lot of hardship.

  15. hailey permalink
    November 15, 2014 8:30 pm

    6. If you have a pet, tell us an interesting story about you and your pet. (Show us a picture of your pet.)

    I have two puppies. Their names are bbosik and geumbyul each which are really korean names. When they are in home they don’t play together and always fight. But when they are outside to exercise they became friends. There are ohter kinds of dogs outside. So they are afraid to face them and get to depend each other naturally. It was so srprised they got closed together when they got outside. One day a very big dog came to one of my puppies. My puppies are all so small. Then other one came to that big dog and barked to that dog even if he is so small. And then when i came to them my puppies came to me and press me to hug them. I think they depend each other unconsciously. They are so cute.

  16. rolrol permalink
    November 15, 2014 9:21 pm

    2. Why do you think some people do not have a pet?

    Many people love animal and want to have them in their house. Also around me, there are many friends who have pets. But I don’t want to have any pets. There are two reasons that I don’t want to have them. First, I have an allergy to dog. So I often itch all over and cough when I am with dogs.Like this, Some people who have a allergy ro animal never want to have pets. It is a pain to live together with an animal for these people. Second reason is that I prefer donation to having pets. Of course, I do not mean that in a worthless sense. I just donate money for poor people in Africa rather than having pets. I think it is more useful to pay that money to people than pets. But it is a difference in values so they have a equal value for people. It is just my opnion.

  17. November 17, 2014 9:03 pm

    6. If you have a pet, tell us an interesting story about you and your pet.
    In my house, there has a dog named ‘Maru’. He is so smart and knows the ways to abored him. For example, when he wants to eat some snacks, he will looked at me with limpid eyes and put his body very close to my body. Also, he obey the orders which I said. For instance, when I said “Sit”he will gives sit down. Also he can do several acrobatics, such as giving his foots, wait before eating. Futhermore, the most important thing is he splashed his boots at the rest room, So we can just flush out with water. Therefore, no matter what he does, it is hard to hate him. For these reasons, we accept him as a darling baby of my family.

    • christine permalink
      November 18, 2014 10:52 am

      I can imagine how Maru behave reading your comment. It’s really adorable.

  18. ronnie permalink
    November 17, 2014 11:33 pm

    2. Why do you think some people do not have a pet?
    For me, actually I haven’t pet because the pets are scary and my mom didn’t want to raise the pets. Also the pets are bothering me such as if i raise the pets, I have to clean up their excreta? and wash them, fed them. Some people raise the pets because of loneliness but our family are too many so we never felt loneliness. Some people do not have a pet because of these reason, maybe. Of course some people feel funny at doing these things.

  19. christine permalink
    November 18, 2014 10:47 am

    2.Why do you think some people do not have a pet?
    I don’t want to have a pet because I also don’t want to say goodbye to them. I actually had a pet several times but all of them died because they got old. When I was in high school, I had to watch my pet dying. At first I thought it was hiccoughing. However it was actually the sound it was dying. After that experience, I got afraid to raise a pet. It is really hard to watch them leaving.

    • Steve permalink
      November 18, 2014 11:35 am

      I’m agree with you. I also have a pet, but I’m afraid of pet’s dying. If my pet die in the future, I don’t want to have a pet anymore.

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