“The Best Place to Bury a Dog”
There is one best place to bury a dog.
If you bury him in this spot, he will come to you when you call –
come to you over the grim, dim frontier of death, and down the well-remembered path and to your side again.
And though you call a dozen living dogs to heel, they shall not growl at him, nor resent his coming, for he belongs there.
People may scoff at you, who see no lightest blade of grass bent by his footfall,
who hear no whimper, people who may never really have had a dog.
Smile at them for you shall know something that is hidden from them, and which is well worth the knowing.
“The one best place to bury a good dog is in the heart of his master.”
(By Ben Hur Lampman from the Portland Oregonian Sept. 11th 1925)
Ahhh when I was a kid and a family pet died (and really at any one time we had a multitude of them) it would always be time to dig out a cardboard box, select a scenic garden view and go about the burial.
Dad would drag some enormous landmark into the picture, a tree, some old farming antique or even a weird shaped stone (no really when his own dog died he ended up chain lifting this lump of pyramid shaped granite rock he’d spotted at the local tip where they were bulldozing, onto his work truck with a mate and driving it all the way back to suburbia and our house garden. He was under the influence of some extreme emotion or something.) Dad is a sentimental type, a bit repressed about it (I caught him burying one of my ‘college’ goldfish down the back in a tiny matchbox coffin this one day… after he had told me he’d flushed it o_O), but a nice guy really.
To these funerals my sister would contribute a bucket load of tears, which would set off my mother, and my brother would bring the flowers – he was a cute kid like that (you would sometimes catch him tidying various grave sites (err tree shrubs etc) years on after actual pet deaths, in fact right up into high school he did that sorta thing.
I used to bring something literary or photographic that was my thing – poems and photos. I was a bit stoic compared to the other females in the family but I can guarantee that at that age a lot of the pets meant more to me than various distant relatives that I only had contact with, oh maybe once or twice if I was lucky, and then had to attend the funerals of. Frankly it was like the poem above, bury them in your heart and take the memories withyou, sounding corny but in actuality fairly effective, at least for me. Instead of grieving over everything you would no longer have, celebrate what you did have.
Oh yeah … back to wow ^_^
So posts are already popping up around the place about parting with the dps queen, the pet cat, and other posts about cleaning the stables and considering a new effective pet lineup:
- Mirshalak’s Lair – Mentally Preparing for WotLK
- The Hunter’s Mark – Your Cat is Lame
- For the Horde – WotLK Zoo: Which is for you?
- NE Hunter L4Mobs – Kitty Disappointment
- The Kitty Collector – Cats are not nerfed!
Dear god WoW will be weird when the hunters start putting the kitties to bed, just think you will go to the bank, the AH, a BG … and there will be like this pet cat drought, maybe just one of them and not three the same colour.
My own lion I have only had for half of my lvl 70 career when they became renowned as the dps queens, with ravagers (the kings), and getting into PUG groups was more important to me. But I can see how it is going to be difficult for many hunters to part with the pet cat (despite the virtual aspect), particularly if it is a pet you have had since the beginning. Its always difficult to give up anything you start placing value on and there’s something about the hunter class & pets that makes a lot of hunter players react in the “don’t diss ma pet” manner as if they were in-fact defending themselves.
It’s probably because pet selection is so damn customizable; you pick the pet species, you hunt down an interesting look for that species, you name the sod and then spec his talent tree. Then you gotta go level the pet, shove a tone of food down its head, and max its loyalty. With the new pet talent trees, well hunter pets are going to be almost as complicated to design as basic character creation – how many people have trouble deleting toons they have actually gotten to a landmark level (say 30 and mounted) and that’s not even considering any other aspects of value a player may see reflected in their pet like rp story etc.
There can be a lot of the player invested in their pet if they put in the effort.
I see a lot of players using the extra stable slot to keep the old favourite on board. But it will be interesting to see how many ‘memorial’ posts come out of the expansion. (Incidentally are there any ‘Lest we forget: wow hunter pets of the past’ databases out there? There are plenty for real pets.)
I’m interested in how much that extra ability is going to impact on the pet build and what will happen to the concept of focus dump abilities – in theory the claw/bite/bash is the focus dump ability and the species extra is the bonus (the bonus that will shape what people chose to tame within the talent group for the purposes of tanking, dps or utility.) It’s a good time for hunters really – nothing more fun than experimenting with pet builds and species.
On the topic of stealth:
I can see a lot of people don’t like the stealth ability on a pet, but for me I would have to say it has always added that extra fun ‘how can I use this effectively’ challenge to the game.
Now stealth is really not so bad in pvp. I can pop the cat in strategic places (like flag defense, or down a tunnel), while I run around a corner and his surprise factor gives me time to hoof it back. I’ve used stealth in arena for the risky tactic of parking him in the centre of the arena and waiting for the druid/rogue to walk on top of him and get aggroed into the open (its a starter move not much else). A stealthed cat trailing fairly far behind you while you run around an area occasionally flaring is a fairly decent way to flush a rogue (as they are usually angling to get behind you and stop you moving … this be where the cat catches up and aggros on them.)
Heh and yeah stealth’s great for keeping a low profile in a shrub in stranglethorn vale with aspect of the beast on the pvp servers… feels safer than dismissing the pet.
However for pvp I’m planning to take a hyena so I am uncertain as to the final end to the lions tale.