A pet is a household animal kept for companionship and a person’s enjoyment.
As opposed to wild animals or to livestock, laboratory animals, working animals or sport animals, which are kept for economic or productive reasons.
The most popular pets are noted for their loyal or playful characteristics, for their attractive appearance, and/or for their song. Pets also generally seem to provide their owners with non-trivial health benefits; keeping pets has been shown to help relieve stress to those who like having animals around.
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Why would anyOne want to have a sheep as pet?
Uniformity – Asian, American, African sheep are ALL the same in character, if not in appearance!
IQ (1-100) – well, very loW. They are so irrational. Its possible to know very little, and yet be wise; you only have to observe the ant, yet this is not the case with sheep. When faced with a stream, they know they can’t jump over it or swim it, so what do they do? Walk right in!
Appearance – NOT attractive. Real sheep are EuuglY, and smelly too! And awkward gait! Even goats have a somewhat more “elegant” gait than sheep!
Feeding – Insatiable; bleat cacophonously when hungry! Right from when a lamb is born it begins violently (you need to see this) “sucking at” its mothers udders! And this demand never leaves them as they grow. They barely even sleep; 3am, 5am, 7pm, noon; grass, grass, more grass! Sheep also have little or no discretion in choosing safe food or water. Their best water source is the morning dew.
Personality – Densely stubborn! Try getting an errant sheep out of your compound! It doesn’t like to be sheared, yet too much wool can cause sheep to be easily “cast”! Also, it won’t listen to instructions from anyone but shepherd; and even he sometimes has to use special tactics he’s learnt over time. For example, among the Hausa herdsmen in Nigeria, a shepherd sometimes has to break the leg of an errant sheep and then mount it on his shoulders to where he wants it to go. Afterwards he dresses the fracture which heals over time.
Physique – Surprisingly strong; you don’t want to get in a fist fight with any of ’em ooO! Also very dangerous en mass on a stampede.
Pet peeve – Straying! Unpredictable. You only have to take a look at my feature picture above. It is like warped into sheep DNA to stray! And yet they canNOT survive in the wild, without a shepherd. It is not unusual to see decaying remains of a strayed sheep in some remote area.
Sociology – Strong Mob Mentality; ALL follow ONE arbitrary leader; today it can be the most senior male, tomorrow an exuberant rebel lamb! Watching them can be really funny whenever their “lead sheep” is taken away and they’re released to graze, they all begin to look at one another in stark bewilderment! Like someone just turned out the lights! Then usually a senior ewe begins to go her way, somewhat saying; “I’m going to feed, you sheep could as well stay here” and then they all follow frantically, in their Mob Psych!
Temperament – Restless. Love to be on the move. Also fearful and timid. And very vulnerable to frustration (e.g. “casting”), hunger. They also hardly relax enough to sleep as they need no friction with other sheep, no fear, no pests bugging them and no hunger to sleep; a rare combination of conditions.
Point of affection – Helpless; absolutely dependent on their shepherd; they can’t survive alone in the wild. They have no weapon of attack and not much defense so they are very vulnerable to their enemies. When “cast” i.e flipped over on their back, they can’t right
themselves, and will die of starvation if not turned over by the shepherd. A sheep lost would most likely not live till the next day.
So I ask again; why would anybody want to have a sheep as pet? More specific, Who would have a sheep as pet?
Well I know of One Good Shepherd who gave His life for the sheep.
But His sheep has strayed, and there is none to save.
Foolish as sheep are, they know one thing well! Without the shepherd, they are dead. And so they bother the shepherd for their every need. And that is what the Shepherd is there for!
The Good Shepherd is looking for one (1) strayed sheep. He is sounding His voice Now. Would the sheep bleat in answer to the voice of Him?
“The thief cometh not but for to steal, and to kill and to destroy: I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly.” John 10:10.
“Cast all your care upon Him, for He cares for you”Ed. 1 Peter 5:7
“Not one sparrow falls without the Father…even the very hairs of your head are numbered…fear not therefore; you are of more value than sparrows”Ed. Matthew 10:29-31
“…I was once on a plane and God showed me birds and livestock and trees and flowers down below; then He told me; son, I feed ALL these EVERYday; so don’t ever doubt that I will take care of you again!” PST. E.A. Adeboye, RCCG.
The Lord God Jesus Christ has told me to tell you that He is coming back NOW. Believe Him TODAY and you will not be among those thrown into Hell fire with satan and his angels. Begin to attend a Bible following church today. Amen.