Living the Scientific Life (Scientist, Interrupted)

What is Your Ideal Pet?

I am posting another silly quiz for you to play with, mostly to remind you that I am here in the background, checking in and thinking about all of you, dear readers, but I am still unable to post very often due to inconsistent computer access (and I am trying to access my blog using an antiquated Dell computer that loves to crash, which is truly a severe punishment). However, I do read and enjoy your comments, so please keep them coming!

Anyway, my quiz results are hardly surprising in the grand scheme but they are below the fold for you to enjoy. Of course I am curious to know your results and whether you actually live with the proper pet. To earn bonus smug points, be sure to share the name of your pet.

Your Ideal Pet is a Bird

You’re both very smart, very expressive, and very temperamental.
You’re as likely to bite your bird as it is to bite you.


  1. #1 coturnix
    September 21, 2006

    My answer is “Cat” which is, I guess, correct, as I have two cats: Biscuit and Marbles (I post the pictures occasionally).

    But I also have a dog (only one right now, but sometimes we have two at a time). I sometimes have little fish. I used to have a lovebird. I used to have a little turtle. And I used to have horses.

  2. #2 David Harmon
    September 21, 2006

    I got “a cat”, which I do in fact have. Gremlin is a slightly non-standard cat, more affectionate than most. On the other hand, just tweaking the last couple of answers, I managed to change the result to “bird” and “big dog”. I used to have a rabbit (dubbed Vorpal). He lived about 6 years, and died about two weeks before my father did. Gremlin would occasionally try to groom him, which greatly confused him.

  3. #3 Mike
    September 21, 2006

    I was wondering what trial or tribulation was keeping you from your characteristically prolific blogging. I’m glad you cleared that up because I was a bit worried.

  4. #4 Lab Cat
    September 21, 2006

    I was wondering where you were, so glad to know you are well and just frustrated with computers.

    At first I got “bird” as my answer. So I changed a couple of my answers and got “cat”, which is good as I cannot imagine living with anything else. I have an affectionate furball call Murphy, who assumes I am just there for him to sleep on. Fine by me. I also post about him on my blog occassionally.

  5. #5 Sitta
    September 21, 2006

    Yup, my second-hand golden retriever mind-controlled me into the right answer for her…Large Dog.
    You’re one of my favorite commentators, and I hope with all my heart that whatever fog has slowed you down is lifting.

  6. #6 Ellen and Toodles
    September 21, 2006

    The Cacatua rosiecapilla and I hope all works out well. He has been asking me where you are. He took your quiz and his best pet is a human woman who caters to his every whim.

  7. #7 seekingtruth
    September 21, 2006

    Hi. I was searching “jobs v. freedom” and got your site. Actually, I think my search was “work v. family.” Anyhow, I caught some old dialogue between you and “Anonymous” about job hunting/book deal(s), etc. We have similar writing styles and you seem funny….so I think I’m hooked.
    Your silly quiz was all I needed (really, didn’t) for a study break. I should have a large dog. I don’t know that your readers should understand the quiz to be absolute. I would say it reflects my newest family member, a yellow lab of ten months. I have always loved cats (I have two), but I’ve wanted a dog since childhood. The opportunity finally presented itself after everything else (yard, proximity to park/lakes, etc.) fell into place.
    One of my cats is just as active as my dog. The other is a black blob sneeking through the house, dragging her belly from the shadows of one item of furniture to another.
    She is always out in the morning though, vying for affection.
    This is the first blog I’ve ever been to. While I enjoyed the animal companion quiz, I’m more interested in your thoughts/comments about economics, government and politics = life.
    Expect more of that when?

  8. #8 llewelly
    September 21, 2006

    It’s a relief to hear you’re okay.

  9. #9 The Ridger
    September 21, 2006

    Cat – which I have, a lovely and friendly silver tabby named Gwen (Arianwen formally). I’m sometimes gone for 12 hours straight, so dog is pretty much out these days, though I like them, too.

  10. #10 The Ridger
    September 21, 2006

    ps – also glad it’s just computer problems. I can sympathize, having had no connectivity for a week a while back.

  11. #11 llewelly
    September 22, 2006

    hm. the quiz thinks my ideal pet is a bird. However, I can’t imagine biting a bird, unless it was covered in spicy peanut curry …

  12. #12 Caio de Gaia
    September 22, 2006

    Bird. Another accurate test.

  13. #13 Alon Levy
    September 22, 2006

    Fish. Even though I’m a cat person (or, preferably, a no-pet person).

  14. #14 David Harmon
    September 22, 2006

    Fish: The pet for people who like wall art (or TV).
    Octopus: The pet for people who like off-the-wall art.

    🙂 🙂 🙂

  15. #15 Global Citizen
    September 23, 2006

    Moody, introverted and my friends wish I was declawed. Yep. That’s me and my cat. thanks. that was fun.

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