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I had a goldfish for a year It died My dad flushed it down the toilet I had a dog for two days It whined My mom gave it away My mourning periods for both death of fish loss of dog were of considerable length Yet if I have the chance I still want a fish Or if not a dog Fish are small and easy to care for Dogs are relatively large slobbering and fur-shedding creatures which smell if not often washed and are shabby if not often groomed They have to be walked too But one may have the pleasure of running his fingers through a dogs soft fur and feeling its velvet ears Conversely fish are slimy slippery little devils Being handled and fondled by its owner if the owner can manage to catch hold of it may prove a fatal experience for the fish Fish are quiet pets The only noise they make is an occasional splash which is quite pleasant A dog on the other hand barks yelps whines and sometimes even howls But it redeems itself by being lively entertaining and even fawning at times A grinning tail-wagging dog is irresistible Dogs can sit roll jump fetch play dead and stand up on two legs well some can What can fish do Swim around the fishbowl in tedious circles staring dementedly at nothing in particular with unblinking goggle eyes But then a fish never breaks loose except in a few unusual casesXmy friends goldfish once leapt to its death when his dad filled the bowl too full with water What is it with dads and goldfish A dog on the other hand when let loose may run about molesting neighbors terrorizing neighborhood cats impregnating easy canine bitches in or if female become pregnant itself Innumerable serious consequences may arise As for food fish need fish food This comes in flakes or grains and must be purchased from a
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