MIL Pets and the military

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  1. seven

    seven New Member

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    What are your experiences, is a good idea to have pets while in service?

    I wanna get a pet, however I'll be going TDY a lot this next year.

    I don't think i can bring my pets on TDY, can I? I'm single, so i can't leave it behind with a wife or GF.

    what about pet health? Is the vet service free on a base?

    Any advise would be great here, when i first get to my base i'll be all alone in a 2 bedroom house, i figured a pet would help the emptiness.
     
  2. Drunk Bastard Audio

    Drunk Bastard Audio New Member

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    get one that can cook and clean.
     
  3. someonenew

    someonenew He's Dangerous

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    can't have pets in the barracks
     
  4. Jyokker

    Jyokker The trouser snake is very aggressive. It will corn

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    What are you doing in a two bedroom on base house?
    You need to go off base and buy one with the $1200 they would give you each month. Rent out a room to another LT and let him pay half your mortgage. Sell it when you PCS, roll profit into next house. You will thank me in 20 years when you are living in a 3000 sqft house that is paid for.
     
  5. seven

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    the closest town to Edwards AFB is Lancaster, and it's 40 minutes way. I've already talked to a LT out there wanting to live with me, rent would be 700 bucks, and that's after being split 4 ways...California prices are horrid. add in bills/utilities which would be paid for on base and it's about 900 bucks a month to live off base. No too mention crime is really bad off base.

    so I'd net 300 bucks/month, but lose ~1.5 hours everyday in driving. not worth it.


    back to the pet issue, i really want a pet, but once i get to Edwards afb, 3 weeks later i TDY to ohio, and when i come back i might TDY again to alabama for another 6 weeks. If i can't bring my pet along with me, it doesn't make sense to get a pet.
     
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  6. BillyJackNCoke

    BillyJackNCoke I've got something to say, I raped your mother tod

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    I guess you answered your own question.......get a fish
     
  7. jjski78

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    My wife and I are both active duty. We have 3 dogs and 3 cats. Word of advice....DON'T DO IT!!! Not unless you marry a civilian anyways. It's always a never ending PITA to find someone to watch your pets when you're gone.
     
  8. Jyokker

    Jyokker The trouser snake is very aggressive. It will corn

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    I didn't realize you were in CA. Well the statement is true for every state but CA.
     
  9. Jyokker

    Jyokker The trouser snake is very aggressive. It will corn

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    Get an Oscar!
     
  10. seven

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    god damn it, i really wanted a pet too. You'd think since people in the military TDY and deploy so much they would have some place for pets.
     
  11. seven

    seven New Member

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    WTF, i was gonna name the cat i was gonne get Oscar before this thread made it clear getting a pet would be a bad idea.
     
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    I have a beautiful white sheppard and i definatly couldnt do it if i wasnt married to a civilian .
     
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    you lucky, yet unlucky at the same time bastard. You might be able to find somebody there who would be willing to take care of your pet for you. But it would probably be best for you to find a person who would be willing and then get the pet. You might end up returning the favor sometime though.
     
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    i'm planning on volunteering at the base animal shelter, that's probably the closest thing to owning a pet.
     
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    Jyokker The trouser snake is very aggressive. It will corn

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    Go become a cop and do the K-9 thing. :rofl:
     
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    ive heard those guys actually get to take their duty animal or 'partner' home with them to develope more of a bond . no clue if this is true or not .
     
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    from what I've been told security is a no officers allowed club, not to mention i do not want to do security.
     
  18. Jyokker

    Jyokker The trouser snake is very aggressive. It will corn

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    :rofl: I've seen butter bars from the cop shop pulling gate guard duty.
     
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    i've already got a dog. I might be bringing it with me to training since I'll only be in the field one weekend and I can PCS off post. Won't be buying a house though till I actually get to my duty station.
    Any advice here for a single officer who has a dog he absolutely will not get rid of?
    For long deployments (i.e. more than a month like Iraq) I can leave him with my parents here in Florida, but I have no idea what I could do for short things like field problems and small TDYs
     
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    :eek3:

    Wait, vets on base arn't free? alright, i guess i'll wait til i have a wife to get a pet in the military. this sucks.
     
  21. Jyokker

    Jyokker The trouser snake is very aggressive. It will corn

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    Ask around your unit for anyone that has pets. Offer to watch their pets in return for them watching yours.
     
  22. Jyokker

    Jyokker The trouser snake is very aggressive. It will corn

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    Vets are ran by the Army, not free, cheap, but not free. They also do not offer all of the services that a civ vet would.
     
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    No pets in the barracks. This moron was married, therefore he lived either off base or in base (family) housing.
     
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    Me and my wife are both in the military (me for another month at least) and my wife is deployed to iraq. We have 2 dogs and I plan on going home to AL until she returns from deployment. It was really a pain to try and figure out what I was gonna do with the dogs. I'm just gonna have a friend that lives in the barracks stay at my house and take care of them. It was either that or outrageous kennel prices
     
  25. MumblingJoe169

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    i don't think i'd ever leave my dog in a kennel more than a day or two. He needs alot of attention and space. Sucks that I'm coming into the military with one already, but thats life. Hes my little guy, and I'm not gonna lose him just cause its gonna be hard. I have a long term care provider thats gonna be out of state. Guess I will just need to find a short term provider or two locally when i get where im going.
     

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