Your imaginary pet (Harry's Thread)

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Do you or have you ever had an imaginary pet?

MarkH (MarkH), Friday, 16 February 2007 10:08 (fifteen years ago) link

Oddly enough, I never had an imaginary pet as a child. An only child (to all intents and purposes, explanation with-held as its tedious) with a vivid imagination who didn't have a real pet until the age of seven (and even then it was short-lived and not particularly interesting funfair-gleaned goldfish) seems prime imaginary per material, but for some reason I never imagined one.

However, on the way to work today I suddenly dreamed up three imaginary cats that i owned. A grey one called Smokey, a black one called Velvet and a very playful, agile tabby kitten called Nimble.

MarkH (MarkH), Friday, 16 February 2007 10:11 (fifteen years ago) link

My imaginary girlfriend has a pussNEVERMIND, no, never.

StanM (StanM), Friday, 16 February 2007 10:12 (fifteen years ago) link

I tried to have an imaginary pet when I was a child, for about five minutes, because some children in an Enid Blyton book I read had one. It didn't work out, partly because our house was too full of people to get any time alone with my imaginary pet, and partly because I had real stuffed animals who I could make talk and be my companions, if that makes any sense.

accentmonkey (accentmonkey), Friday, 16 February 2007 10:13 (fifteen years ago) link

when you say *real* stuffed animals do you mean animals that have actually been stuffed, ie by a taxidermist, or do you mean stuffed toys?

If you mean the latter, then yes, I had loads of those and their presence may have been the reason why I never imagined a pet.

I remember having a toy elephant who wasn't very elephantine (ie was smaller than most of the teddies) and seemed to involve little effort on the part of the toymaker (ie, take 1 x teddy, give it grey fur and a trunk and different shaped ears) yet kids, suspension of disbelief blah blah blah. The elephant *may* have been called Edward but I don't remeber if I gave it a name or if it was just 'the elephant'. One thing I do remember about it was that it smelled strongly of lavender, with the result that if I smell lavender, even today, I instantly think about the elephant.

MarkH (MarkH), Friday, 16 February 2007 10:18 (fifteen years ago) link

I mean toys. Actual stuffed animals=creepy. I remember my granny had a fox stole, and I used to stroke it and wish it would come back to life and run away.

accentmonkey (accentmonkey), Friday, 16 February 2007 10:22 (fifteen years ago) link

it isn't accurate to equate the stuffed toys I had with imaginary pets tho and not only coz they were tangible. I spoke to them and made up adventures involving them, some of which I was actually in and some I narrated to myself in the third person.

that's another thread. I'll just create it.

MarkH (MarkH), Friday, 16 February 2007 10:25 (fifteen years ago) link

it is interesting that after I had thought up my three imaginary cats I saw a real cat outside someone's house which was a more grown up, slightly slower version of Nimble. Immediately the cat, far from running away, started walking v deliberately towards me. It didn't rub against my legs - maybe we were not on its territory and that's why, but it did look at me and start mewing when normally a cat in those circumstances would have ignored me or ran away. It was almost as if the cat knew I'd been thinking about cats! I say *almost* - there is an excellent chapter in Konrad Lorenz's book King Solomon's Ring in which he explains why animals seem telepathic coz humans make subtle changes in the way they move, their eye contact or their breathign rate that the individuals concerned are blissfully unaware of but the animals pick up on. My fave e.g. Lorenz gave was of a vaudeville act involving the Amazing Horse That Could Do Maths! The showman would say something like "What's the cube root of 27?" and the horse would tap three times with his hoof! Apparently given the appropriate stimulus to start tapping without detecting the guy's excitement as his trusty steed reached the right answer, the horse would've gone on tapping ad nauseam!

MarkH (MarkH), Friday, 16 February 2007 10:44 (fifteen years ago) link

on the way to work today I suddenly dreamed up three imaginary cats that i owned

You know you're not posting to Sinister, right, you twee fucker?

It's Teatime in Buttercup Land (Maaarghk C), Friday, 16 February 2007 11:02 (fifteen years ago) link

why animals seem telepathic coz humans make subtle changes in the way they move, their eye contact or their breathign rate that the individuals concerned are blissfully unaware of but the animals pick up on.

Ha ha, except my dogs, who are rubbish at this kind of thing. They have no clue when I am upset, they're just all "yum yum, salty tears, let me lick them", whereas my cat is more "aw, tell your uncle Linus all about it, you poor thing".

Then he pisses on my coat or something.

accentmonkey (accentmonkey), Friday, 16 February 2007 11:27 (fifteen years ago) link

I never needed to have an imaginary pet when I was little, as I had a real cat to play with. He would patiently permit me to dress him up in baby clothes and take him for a walk down the road in my dolls pram.

C J (C J), Friday, 16 February 2007 11:38 (fifteen years ago) link

i have no idea what you're on about mark

RJG (RJG), Friday, 16 February 2007 12:06 (fifteen years ago) link

I have a smoke monster.

teh_kit (g-kit), Friday, 16 February 2007 12:21 (fifteen years ago) link

three years pass...

first public showing of my pet portraits:

Greenwood Phinney Art Walk
Friday, May 14, 6 -9 pm
Mud Bay Granary, 8532 1st Ave NW

check out the paintings at

lxy, Friday, 14 May 2010 18:42 (twelve years ago) link

I'll be there, probably around 8:30. Is it also Saturday this year, or only Friday?

jaq, Friday, 14 May 2010 18:46 (twelve years ago) link

also - congratulations! I love these :) Esp. Harry

jaq, Friday, 14 May 2010 18:47 (twelve years ago) link

thanks, jaq! it's tomorrow also, but i couldn't bring myself to commit to spending the entirety of saturday in a pet food store. paintings will still be up, though.

see you tonight!! <3

lxy, Friday, 14 May 2010 20:30 (twelve years ago) link

aw jaq, thank you for 'esp. harry' <3<3<3

estela, Friday, 14 May 2010 23:08 (twelve years ago) link

have fun lxy<3<3<3

estela, Friday, 14 May 2010 23:09 (twelve years ago) link

i wish i could go

spite n ease (harbl), Friday, 14 May 2010 23:37 (twelve years ago) link

me too harbl, wouldn't that be fun and funny!

thx esta, i will.

lxy, Friday, 14 May 2010 23:42 (twelve years ago) link

<3 you guys

lxy, Friday, 14 May 2010 23:43 (twelve years ago) link

estela, my workmate who designed the flag for the african union LOVES harry, it's his favorite! he even remembered harry's name after seeing the pic on my website. :)))

lxy, Saturday, 15 May 2010 03:01 (twelve years ago) link


also, i love his flag.

estela, Saturday, 15 May 2010 05:40 (twelve years ago) link

one year passes...

i searched for a "pet" thread to bump with a question about "how's harry?!" with no recollection whatsoever that i had previously bumped this thread. silly.

anyway: estela, how is your fine example of civilized behavior?!

lxy, Monday, 7 May 2012 17:55 (ten years ago) link

civilised behaviour

lxy, Monday, 7 May 2012 17:55 (ten years ago) link

he is wonderful as ever but his other knee has apparently developed the same problem as the other one so he has to have that awful surgery and then the whole locked in a pen/slow recuperation/can't be left alone saga is back on, starting later this week i think, i have to see the vet later today. at least it happened at the end of our trip and not before or early on, otherwise i would have had to stay here and i would not have wanted to miss that superb vacation.
i think he's a little bit mad because we woke up at 3 and for him that's the middle of the night so now he's lying on a pillow with a dramatic exhausted look on his face. (it's 5am here now.)

estela, Monday, 7 May 2012 18:59 (ten years ago) link

i <3 poor put-upon harry so much

lxy, Monday, 7 May 2012 19:26 (ten years ago) link

now he's cadging little pieces of toast.

estela, Monday, 7 May 2012 19:37 (ten years ago) link

from a willing donor

lxy, Monday, 7 May 2012 20:02 (ten years ago) link

he accidentally got two dental bones, his most favourite things, this morning via sad, hopeful looks at f. and i when the other was not in the room.
he drooped his tail sadly when f. was leaving for work but as soon as the door had closed he raised it up again and wagged it at me. he would have done the same if it were me leaving and f. staying, he is a disgrace.

estela, Monday, 7 May 2012 21:40 (ten years ago) link

surgery on friday:;_;

estela, Tuesday, 8 May 2012 07:21 (ten years ago) link

subtract :

estela, Tuesday, 8 May 2012 07:21 (ten years ago) link

i wish this part was imaginary

estela, Tuesday, 8 May 2012 07:22 (ten years ago) link

oh the little angel ;_;

lxy, Tuesday, 8 May 2012 13:01 (ten years ago) link

i bet he'll be happy to see the playpen again

lxy, Tuesday, 8 May 2012 13:02 (ten years ago) link

oh i just saw the thread title change<3

i think he will be horrified to see the playpen again. last time i sat in there with him and nonchalantly read a book for a while so he would think it was a new couch and not a punishment cell but he was plainly dubious.

estela, Thursday, 10 May 2012 04:24 (ten years ago) link

he's licking his lips in the dark ( it's early here but i can't sleep, we're still a bit on californian time, i am posting from under the blankets). he doesn't know he's having a surgery today, the poor little bosthoon.

estela, Thursday, 10 May 2012 19:32 (ten years ago) link

i am thinking of my little friend

lxy, Thursday, 10 May 2012 19:36 (ten years ago) link

your little friend just attempted a giant leap off the bed in the dark and when i thwarted it and lifted him down he showered me with terrible kisses, he is a wrong'un.

estela, Thursday, 10 May 2012 19:43 (ten years ago) link


lxy, Thursday, 10 May 2012 19:50 (ten years ago) link

<3 thank you

estela, Thursday, 10 May 2012 20:28 (ten years ago) link

i do, you know. sorry i was mean in that other thread.

lxy, Thursday, 10 May 2012 20:36 (ten years ago) link


estela, Thursday, 10 May 2012 21:03 (ten years ago) link

well then, never mind :)

lxy, Thursday, 10 May 2012 21:08 (ten years ago) link

i have to know now.

estela, Thursday, 10 May 2012 21:09 (ten years ago) link

f. just took harry for a walk and he's nil by mouth so he got no little snack afterwards and now he's giving us these ghastly starving yet optimistic looks, his eyes look huge.

estela, Thursday, 10 May 2012 21:13 (ten years ago) link

i was catty about your wisjes for southeastbound travellers. :(

do you think harry would perk up if you showed him this picture from damage control? it's been slaying me for a full 30 hours.

lxy, Thursday, 10 May 2012 21:39 (ten years ago) link

that little smug one on the left is cut from the same cloth as our harry, i am certain. the sad one on the right is sad indeed, is he not?

lxy, Thursday, 10 May 2012 21:40 (ten years ago) link

how is my friend?

lxy, Friday, 11 May 2012 00:31 (ten years ago) link

Oh yay!!

jaq, Friday, 14 December 2012 22:57 (nine years ago) link

yay t, that is a lovely dog<3

estela, Friday, 14 December 2012 23:02 (nine years ago) link

now i am nervous.gif that the rescue people won't think i'm fit enough to be her mother.

tehresa, Friday, 14 December 2012 23:20 (nine years ago) link

that's just plain wrong, of course you are!

lxy, Friday, 14 December 2012 23:44 (nine years ago) link

I know I am but i wonder if I will be judged for my apartment? (It sucks)


tehresa, Saturday, 15 December 2012 00:40 (nine years ago) link

that face is a face that my favorite coworker makes all the time

tehresa, Saturday, 15 December 2012 00:41 (nine years ago) link


mookieproof, Saturday, 15 December 2012 01:25 (nine years ago) link

thunderbolt and lightning very very frightening harry

estela, Friday, 21 December 2012 04:01 (nine years ago) link

late this afternoon i had to take harry to the vet to get a shot and doctor mark said (to harry i hope) "hello monster!" and then he cuddled him and told him, "you're so gorgeous" and then he gave him his shot and admired his stoicism and then when i was paying the bill some people who harry had rushed over and kissed in the waiting room also said he was gorgeous and they asked me what his name was and when i told them they were impressed and said he was 100% harry-ish and then i took him outside and bundled him into the car before he could poop on doctor mark's garden which i could tell he was considering doing.

estela, Friday, 21 December 2012 10:38 (nine years ago) link

hello monster!

lxy, Friday, 21 December 2012 13:46 (nine years ago) link

a lovable monster!

tehresa, Saturday, 22 December 2012 03:01 (nine years ago) link

if i ever meet estela i hope i remember to say 'hello monster!'

mookieproof, Saturday, 22 December 2012 04:29 (nine years ago) link

that pic of harry you sent is sorta horror movie-ish

t. silaviver, Saturday, 22 December 2012 08:55 (nine years ago) link

it's a disgrace, i love it.

estela, Saturday, 22 December 2012 23:44 (nine years ago) link

our neighbours moved and there was a farewell love note for harry in the letter box from their cheerful baby girl. she only recently learned to walk and she would stagger past our front window and when she saw harry she would squeal really loudly and if we saw her on the street he would give her a little lick on the hand and he would be patient when she awkwardly clutched him, they were bona fide buddies. she most likely didn't write the note and harry certainly couldn't read it but it was still <3.

estela, Saturday, 5 January 2013 12:58 (nine years ago) link


tehresa, Saturday, 5 January 2013 14:20 (nine years ago) link

two weeks pass...

Chancer imo

three day temp bar (p much resigned to deems), Friday, 25 January 2013 13:39 (nine years ago) link

he is an angel.

estela, Friday, 25 January 2013 15:59 (nine years ago) link

he is, by chance, an angel.

lxy, Friday, 25 January 2013 16:01 (nine years ago) link

best beloved bosthoon

jaq, Friday, 25 January 2013 16:33 (nine years ago) link

he's staying with these great people who always look after him when we go away, it is reported he has been roughing it up with their little dogs, sleeping in their bed, eating their salmon, and being feted by everyone in their street. yesterday was their annual burns day celebration and today it's australia day so he's also keeping busy attending parties.

estela, Friday, 25 January 2013 17:23 (nine years ago) link

lol, he is a bbb.

estela, Friday, 25 January 2013 17:28 (nine years ago) link

one month passes...

I am worried about poor Harry's origami ear tbh and hope he is milking it for treats and sympathy like nobody's business.

jaq, Wednesday, 20 March 2013 20:47 (nine years ago) link

did it occur to anyone that george w. bush was trying to paint harry but, as usual, couldn't get it right

mookieproof, Thursday, 21 March 2013 03:45 (nine years ago) link


tehresa, Sunday, 24 March 2013 13:57 (nine years ago) link

thanks jaq, harry's ear is almost fully recovered but he still has to wear a bucket on his head so he won't scratch it. but he is in high spirits.

that proud bush with his artless bichon painting photo is lol, it reminded me of occupational therapy at rehab which i had not thought about for years. the whole room couldn't believe we were doing irl occupational therapy, it was a new kind of low for people with considerable experience in lows. cynicism, merriment and ugly leather goods abounded.

estela, Tuesday, 26 March 2013 02:15 (nine years ago) link

two years pass...

13 years old today and still cavorting with his tail held high, the little champ<3

estela, Sunday, 24 May 2015 12:47 (seven years ago) link

awww, my little friend!

lxy, Thursday, 28 May 2015 17:16 (seven years ago) link


mookieproof, Saturday, 30 May 2015 00:42 (seven years ago) link

tehresa, Saturday, 30 May 2015 01:29 (seven years ago) link

one year passes...

we have another dog staying with us for christmas, an affable and slightly dim shitzu who doesn't eat very fast, and i have seen rat cunning in harry that i didn't know he had, he is swift and stealthy and shameless❤️

estela, Tuesday, 27 December 2016 09:58 (five years ago) link

resident rascal <3

lxy, Tuesday, 27 December 2016 12:59 (five years ago) link

i don't think i've ever previously prized shamelessness and disgracefulness so much

mookieproof, Wednesday, 28 December 2016 06:26 (five years ago) link

four months pass...

our most darling harry is 15 years old today, a little deaf but cheerful and spry <3

which means a special meatball must be baked and also:

very happy australian birthday wishes to jaq<3

estela, Tuesday, 23 May 2017 23:28 (five years ago) link

happiest of days to all of our cheerful and spry ones! <3

lxy, Tuesday, 23 May 2017 23:35 (five years ago) link

omg <3

mookieproof, Friday, 26 May 2017 00:37 (five years ago) link

oh happy harry birthday!

spite n ease (harbl), Saturday, 27 May 2017 19:20 (five years ago) link

happy birthday you mischievous devil! <3

toadstool might (tehresa), Tuesday, 30 May 2017 01:39 (five years ago) link

saw this thread over yonder, thought it was going to be about henry

mookieproof, Thursday, 1 June 2017 18:50 (five years ago) link

i mean harry! of course

mookieproof, Friday, 2 June 2017 01:04 (five years ago) link

haha aw <3

estela, Friday, 2 June 2017 04:52 (five years ago) link

two months pass...

we lost our beautiful harry early yesterday morning, very suddenly. he took ill so we took him to the emergency room where he was diagnosed with internal beeding from a large tumor on his liver and spleen. he had to be euthanised immediately as he was in pain and failing very quickly. he'd shown no symptoms at all, he was cheerful, eating well, walking 3-4 times with enthusiasm. his death was very peaceful. our grief is indescribable. he was a wonderful little dog and we are very grateful to have had him for so long. rip little man.

estela, Sunday, 20 August 2017 20:28 (five years ago) link

I'm so sorry to hear that <3 he was a little champion of dog pictures on the internet

esperantzen (p much resigned to deems), Sunday, 20 August 2017 23:50 (five years ago) link

thank you deems, he really was a wee corker

estela, Monday, 21 August 2017 06:55 (five years ago) link

oh i'm so sorry <3

mookieproof, Monday, 21 August 2017 23:55 (five years ago) link

aw estela i'm sorry. i know he had a long and happy life with you though.

spite n ease (harbl), Tuesday, 22 August 2017 22:46 (five years ago) link

I am so very sorry, e. He was the best little rotter.

toadstool might (tehresa), Wednesday, 23 August 2017 22:29 (five years ago) link

thank you mookie and harbly and tza. this is so painful, we can hardly bear it. but we know we were very lucky to have him for 15 years, and it was our great pleasure to give him a lovely life. he was a delight.

estela, Friday, 25 August 2017 13:45 (five years ago) link

he was far and away the best quadruped ever to say hi to me on the internet, that's for sure

i'm so sorry. i wish i could have flopped his ears and given all of you a hug

mookieproof, Saturday, 26 August 2017 03:45 (five years ago) link


estela, Saturday, 26 August 2017 20:50 (five years ago) link

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