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Ever had pets that both you and others treated as equals?

One day, when I was 16 years old, I was riding my horse, Lightning, when someone yelled to me that they were selling homemade ice cream at the new Haiti mission Bible school cafeteria. I immediately cantered over there.
Lightning was a Haitian mustang stallion that I rode without a bridle or saddle

The new cafeteria had a concrete base, four feet high, wide access steps, a tin roof, and an enclosed cooking area in the back.
Rows of long tables and benches covered the open area and there was a counter at the back where people picked up their food.

When I arrived, lines of customers had already formed, but I rode Lightning up the steps without a qualm, having regularly ridden him up our high front porch steps at home.
The cafeteria was so crowded, I slipped off, letting Lightning fend for himself while I shouldered my way to the front of the crowd, and ordered a dish of ice cream.

But Lightning soon pushed his way to the front also, ears pricked eagerly at the sight of the food being served.
Soon, someone bought him a scoop (5 centime), plopping it directly onto a table, where he licked it up politely next to where I was also eating with my friends.

Nobody seemed to think it strange, including me, that there was technically a loose horse (and a stallion, at that) joining humans at a table to eat ice cream.

He was accepted by all of as "people" also.

When we were done, I slipped back up on his back, rode down the steps, and left.

By birdingnut8
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I am not speciesist. Miss P, my beloved whippet, is my companion. I don't refer to her as my "pet," finding that demeans both her and our relationship. She is an intelligent being with rights, wishes, and a definite mind of her own. I make sure she has health insurance and health care, a good diet, sufficient exercise (weather permitting), and have made arrangements for her continued care, should somehing untowards happen to me.

BookDeath Level 8 Apr 16, 2018

It is said that pigs make the best pets. Dogs look up to you. Cats look down on you. But pigs treat you as equals. smile001.gif. I dare say.

David1955 Level 7 Apr 16, 2018

I believe it, pigs are smarter than dogs and cats put together, maybe intelligence is connected to enlightenment...


I love horses, dogs,bears and a good story. Thanks

kenriley Level 8 Apr 16, 2018


@condor5 Yes Bears, my way of saying I like animals

@kenriley ah, gotcha. Me too.


Studying for my A-levels, I'd go to the woods with my collie and slip him off the leash. While I read my books alone and sunned myself for a few hours, he'd go fossicking in the forest. He'd check in on me every once in a while and when I was done I'd call him, pull out the burrs and we'd go home together, back to 'domestication'. It was probably his only, and my first, taste of real freedom.

Gareth Level 7 Apr 16, 2018

Dear Bird,

You are a very talented writer. The first line always has to grab your attention and you succeeded. You should make use of that skill. Keep writing.

jules4169 Level 6 Apr 16, 2018

I have set up my dog on a bench at dinner table for Thanksgiving dinner. I let my dog sleep with me. They are clean and don't smell because I feed them people food, meat and fat. My dogs are on a ketogenic diet. They hardly ever need to see a vet so the money I spend on food is a good investment. Dogs offer unconditional love. We have so much to learn from them.

Emmagoldman Level 4 Apr 16, 2018

and all nature


My macaw can keep up good conversation


My dogs don't think, they know they are humans. They are my babies

Browneyedlady Level 6 Apr 16, 2018

I think our two dogs see us as equals as long as we keep the cookies coming.

Carolina Level 4 Apr 16, 2018

If you have written or plan to write a book I would like to get a copy. That is a beautiful story of a rare moment. The world needs much more of that. You paint it so well, I can invision it as if I saw it with my own eyes.

ArdentAtheist Level 8 Apr 16, 2018

This story would make a great humorous speech. I wish I could borrow it and claim it as my own.

MrLizard Level 8 Apr 16, 2018

Have always treated my dogs as equals. Even my bank gives out dog biscuitsif they ride with you at the drive thru. My ex and I always brought our German Shepherd Aussie into Home Depot with us which was quite often. When the ice cream truck came by Aussie always got her own Hoodsie cup. She also went to work with him every day.

sassygirl3869 Level 9 Apr 16, 2018

I care more about my dogs than anybody including me

LeighShelton Level 8 Apr 16, 2018

That would be my dog Wrex

marcelr12 Level 4 Apr 16, 2018

Wow. Love that. Got any photos of Lightning?

Archer Level 7 Apr 16, 2018

This is me on Lightning when I was 14 years old, on our Haiti mission, near Cap Haitian.

@birdingnut LOVE both your wild spirits!

I'm a horse addict.


I love that story. smile001.gif

Sticks48 Level 9 Apr 16, 2018

I had a cat who thought he was a parrot - does that count? I rescued a very young kitten with his 2 brothers and sister, but he was the smallest and really attached to me. He would climb up my jeans to my shoulder and just perch there watching everything around, even if I was sitting or walking. Whenever someone came up and started talking, he would reply to them! It was really funny.

ThinkKate Level 6 Apr 16, 2018

That's hilarious!


My Dog is my best friend

kenriley Level 8 Apr 16, 2018

I respect all animals to the extent they respect me. I treat my dogs like they're my children.

Condor5 Level 8 Apr 16, 2018

I treat all my pets as equals...advice about stealing their food, for example, to see how they react...what a load o crap. Try stealing My food, see what it gets ys!

AnneWimsey Level 8 Apr 16, 2018

Great story, I am curious why you didn't tie him up somewhere?...and If you knew you didn't, why were you surprised that the horse was 'technically loose'. But the part that gets me the most about your story is that a stranger would buy a horse ice cream and then let a little girl ride off on it. I thought all dairy products were bad for horses, especially chocolate ice cream, the toxic chemical found in chocolate called theobromine has been known to be fatal to them. Sugar is bad for them and grown horses are lactose intolerant, causing diarrhea and in extreme cases seizures.

DrewShourd Level 7 Apr 16, 2018

You sound so "American!"
I was 16 years old and had been riding that horse since I was ten. It was homemade vanilla ice cream, and Lightning only got one scoop, apparently bought for him by one of the Haitian Bible school students, all friends of mine.

This was on our Haiti mission, and although Lightning was a stallion (he retained one testicle when gelded) I rode without a saddle or bridle because he read my thoughts. I didn't have to tie him up; he'd follow me like a dog and come to me when called.


@birdingnut I am not too American, like those that go around the world trying to convert people to Christianity...like they are better than others.

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