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Spoiled Pets
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Spoiled Pets
宠坏的宠物

Learn the Simple Present Tense

Date: Jan 09 2012

Themes: Pets

Grammar: Simple Present Tense

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Pets are so sweet and cute, it can be hard not to spoil them. When your puppy looks at you with those big brown eyes, how can you not slip him a little people food under the dinner table?

But animals that get treated like royalty often behave like brats. It’s important to set boundaries with your pet so they learn how to behave. Amy is worried that she may be spoiling her puppy. Hear Ella give her some advice.

宠物是如此可爱和乖巧,以致很难不溺爱它们。当你的小狗用大大的棕色眼睛盯着你看时,你怎么忍心不在餐桌下丢给它一点儿人的食物?
但是得到如此厚待的动物通常会像不知感恩的小孩儿一样。与你的宠物划清界线很重要,这样它们才知道如何做。艾米担心她可能宠坏了她的宠物。听听艾拉给她一些建议。

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Ella

Ella

Amy

Amy

Amy:  I have a puppy at home, and I am really worried about spoiling her, you know? Nobody wants to spoil their pet.

Ella:  I don’t know, my parents spoil their dog like crazy. She only drinks Evian water.

Amy:  No, you’re kidding!

Ella:  No, no.

Amy:  Well that’s really over the top.

Ella:  It is. I mean, what kind of things do you do with your dog?

Amy:  I definitely…she never is allowed to have people food. She definitely drinks tap water. And I feel like I give her a reasonable number of treats, and she has to do tricks and everything before she gets them. I think I mostly just spoil her with love and affection. Like I just constantly, when I’m at home, just want to be petting her and cuddling her and stuff because she’s so cute and soft.

Ella:  That sounds reasonable. You know, you have a pet, it’s kind of there for emotional comfort. I don’t know, I feel like my parents take it to another level with Coco.

Amy:  Is their dog obedient?

Ella:  Kind of, but my parents take her everywhere.

Amy:  So do you think she’s spoiled rotten, or do you think she’s still a good dog?

Ella:  Definitely spoiled rotten, but overall a good dog.

 

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Amy has a puppy and is worried about spoiling her. Ella says that her parents spoil their dog. She hopes Amy won’t do the same.

Amy spoils her puppy by giving her lots of love and affection. Ella says that sounds reasonable. Her parents are much more over the top in the ways they spoil their dog. They give her expensive bottled water and take her with them wherever they go.

Do you know any spoiled pets? Would you ever spoil your pet?

 

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Staisy

Staisy

Russian Federation

Definitely, my cat is a spoiled rotten! He demands  on getting treated like  royalty, and likes to yell at night and spoil furnitre. Sometimes we get crazy from his behavior.


But from another side, this one is very nice and friendly and never gets agressive in contrast to some other cats, which I know about. He is afraid to go outside and always hide when new people come. Taken from street two years ago he was very sick that time, and it is  touching to see how much he appreciates his home now. I always miss my cute  cat when I am leaving away  for a long time.


 

11:08 AM Dec 02 2013 |

wannicho

wannicho

China

unforturnately , i’ve been never had a pet more than 3 days , my parents doesn’t have the habits to adopt any pets .for me , pets means company ,sth u can play together ,but also responsibility , i don’t think ppl like me can take care any animals

12:51 AM Aug 26 2012 |

ErinDong

ErinDong

United States

i dont have a spoiled pet or heard anyone with a spoiled pet or seen anyone with a spoiled pet. i feel very sorry for the owners of spoiled pets.

06:26 PM Jun 30 2012 |

a2020

a2020

Iran, Islamic Republic Of

i haven’t seen a spoiled pet,just one of my friend has a parrot and it can’t sleep untill the lights get turned off.


I dont have pet but  i dont like spoiled rotten. just a bit.

01:28 PM Jun 30 2012 |

suiyee

suiyee

United States

I have two pets, a dog and a cat. I definitely spoild my dog. You can see the dog on my picture. He is very small, only 4.5 pounds. He is so cute. Actually I made boundary when we first had him. But later, I forget about it. My daught allways cuddles him on the bed after he was taken bath. I offen give him food under the table. My husband said: he is a spoild rotten. He has been treated like royalty. I know I have love and affection to him too much. It’s not good to him. We all want our dog have good health and obedient.

06:58 PM Jan 14 2012 |

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bonniewang99

China

I don’t like a Pet, there have so much other thing to do , child ,and house work, and DIY some clothes ,and so on.

05:47 PM Jan 11 2012 |

 julito

julito

Argentina

Joy900..    What then when we are out  and  riding on buses, using public toilets, we are expose to every kind of germs  everyday. Thats what our immune system is for : to protect us  from  germs  .

09:29 AM Jan 11 2012 |

snoopyboy

snoopyboy

Antarctica

People are strange! C:   ...and I am stranger…. hehehe!


I wasn’t sad, I was just a little insecure about my assumption. But I’m happy it was right, and thanks for drawing me a picture, (:

06:44 AM Jan 11 2012 |

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kotlesya

kotlesya

Belarus

SNOOPYBOY, of course correct!!! Exactly!  It would be strange if you would be incorrect with your assumption :) Why are you so sad?;)

12:05 AM Jan 11 2012 |

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The Last Joke

Yemen

Joy ,,,, YOU ARE VERY RIGHT  

01:36 PM Jan 10 2012 |

Joy900

Joy900

Japan

We should not to keep dogs , cats , birds and other animals in our houses …. . They can spread disease, so we need to keep them out of our houses…...

01:30 PM Jan 10 2012 |

snoopyboy

snoopyboy

Antarctica

Kostlesya Thank you!


This is a Saint Bernard and and a Bernese , correct? Frown

05:08 AM Jan 10 2012 |

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 julito

julito

Argentina

Catcher , hello,   you are too optimist  thinking that your sis  would be at easy  with a snake in her house, it could be so, but make sure that  the snake  didn´t get into her bed.  have you ever heard about  a person with a panic attack???    hehehe

03:30 AM Jan 10 2012 |

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kotlesya

kotlesya

Belarus

CatcheR, please read the comments below. You will be aware what I’m talking aboutWink

02:45 AM Jan 10 2012 |

CatcheR

CatcheR

Iceland

Well, I didn’t mean to compare between snopy with dog, :)

02:41 AM Jan 10 2012 |

kotlesya

kotlesya

Belarus

Specially for SNOOPYBOY to compareSmile

02:06 AM Jan 10 2012 |

CatcheR

CatcheR

Iceland

I don’t like dog, dog anyhow barks and it’s too annoying, wherever you go around the world dogs will always bark at new person, I really get annoyed.

12:29 AM Jan 10 2012 |

CatcheR

CatcheR

Iceland

Julito, Hi friend I don’t need any approval from her because now I’ve been still listening to the meaw meaw meaw cat without complaining , what I had to do just to shove my ear phone :), She likes pets, I think snake won’t be problem for her hhhhhhhh, Snakes---—-highly recommended pet from me lol

12:27 AM Jan 10 2012 |

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manu_wj

manu_wj

Italy

mejor asi, si no abria tenido que escribirtelo en español!


 


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12:10 PM Jan 09 2012 |

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 julito

julito

Argentina

Manu,   nothing wrong with you.  I perfectly understand your point of view. 

12:05 PM Jan 09 2012 |

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