Responsibility =/= Spending all of your money on an online game.
I have not been impressed with the changes in Foopets lately, so I am dropping to one pet and no breeding for a while. Which means I will have a pet that is probably spayed or neutered, and not worth breeding anyhow. I’m not leaving Foopets completely, because I’ve worked hard and spent a good amount of money on this game, and I don’t want to spend so much again once I decide to come back…
About me! Clealy I am a sarcastic, sometimes short tempered person. But I am also a college student on the verge of graduating with an Art Entrepreneurship degree, I currently own one dog [Payton is my profile picture with one of his favorite treats!], one fish, and six hermit crabs. I use the same webname pretty much anywhere, so if you really wanna learn more about me you could try looking for me on a few other sites. However, I’m pretty poor about updating things like DA, so none of my newer work is on display anywhere…
My opinions on :
This is a question that a surprising amount of people seem to wonder about. After all, their dog is so cute, and so well behaved, and surely he or she would make a great parent and the puppies would find amazing homes! There are even people who wished they could have him/her! Or maybe you could even make a little money by studding or selling puppies! Extra money in my pocketís always a great thing, right?
Well, it may sound promising enough, until you start looking at what youíre actually doing by breeding your dog. Even if you breed your dog only once, lets pretend he or she has six puppies. Not a big deal, right? You could find good homes for that many. However, even if you donít breed your dog ever again, youíve suddenly added to the overpopulation problem out pets are facing. What if each of those puppies your dog had breed, 36 more puppies. Then another 216. Your one breeding has created 258 puppies within 3 generations, usually within a five year span, if not less. And thatís only if each of those dogs breed once and only have an average of 6 puppies. Do you really think you can find that many homes for puppies? Probably not. Theyíre going to end up in pounds, being put down, homeless on the streets, used for fighting and testing and all other sorts of experiments. Is that really what you want in exchange for your stud fee?
But itís to keep the dog happy! Sorry folks, but breeding your dog does not make it Ďhappyí. Giving it love, training, taking it on walks, thatís what keep it happy. There are even tests that have shown that spaying and neutering your dog keeps them healthier than breeding them, as there are all sorts of problems that come with breeding. A female who is spayed before her first heat has a highly reduced chance of getting breast cancer, even if she would never have had puppies anyway! So how is breeding them making them happier when theyíre facing more risks for life-threatening and expensive illnesses?
Of course, if your dog is of show quality [and here I mean youíve actually competed and he has at least placed in his breed] then I can sorta understand breeding him to improve the breed. Beyond that, sorry, I donít understand why people do this. Please, if you really, really think that you should breed your dog even with these facts, try to explain what the point of it is.
RL New Dog/Cat
Okay, so you want a new pet a cute little puppy, or a sweet kitten. Good for you! But, before you start picking the perfect, cute little face in the petstore, or looking through the paper for some backyard breeder, stop and think about what you are doing. These animals probably come from pretty poor stock, possibly even puppy mills. Many petstores order their dogs from such places after all, as they need a loooot of puppies all the time. If you do decide to go directly to a breeder, make sure you can go visit the pups with their mother, see where they’ve been raised, ask about their shots. Make sure it’s someone breeding them well instead of someone just trying to make a buck or two.
Better yet, go to your local animal shelter! There are hundreds of animals to look through, and while it might take a little longer to find the exact one you want, you can be sure that you are doing a good thing in saving a life, and the animals actually do seem to know it! Many who have adopted an animal have stated that rescued animals can be just as easy to train, and just as loyal.
RL Reasons to say no.
To start with, do your parents rent? Are dogs even permitted where you live? Is there someone in the family who is allergic? These are reasons to not even consider having a dog.
No to all of those? Alright, do you already have some sort of pet? Does said pet get along with dogs? Do your parents even like dogs? I know it doesn’t seem fair to you, but not everyone loves all kinds of animals. Trust me, I’ve had to take back plenty of kittens when I was a kid because my mother hated them. It’s part of life. The snake wasn’t allowed either…
Okay, so no conflict with pets or family members who dislike dogs. But what about the cost and time it takes to actually care for the animal? Lets face it, most kids don’t make much money, and their parents will be the ones forking out cash for these sweet little animals. And then, when their kid gets bored with the dog, they’ll be the one taking care of it too.
Oh, you can pay for the dog? You can earn enough money every month to do that? Alrighty! Lets look at the actual costs for the first five months [as that is the amount of time I’ve had my very, very small dog.]
And on top of all that, I’m now out of his heartguard meds, so this upcoming month I’m going to get at least a $30 charge for medicines. And that’s just the money…
Walks – depending on your dog this can take from 30 minutes to 3 hours. Some dogs you can skip a day, others you can’t. And remember, your dog, your responsibility. No matter how hard your homework, how tired you are, how cold it is. You got a dog, you need to care for it.
Grooming – Again, this depends on the dog. It can be as little as getting his tonails clipped on occasion to as much as grooming for over an hour every day. And if you can’t do this on your own that’s an addition I did not have to the cost of the dog. Yes, I do all my own grooming work. No, not everyone does. Some people pay to have their dog bathed every week.
Feeding – Some people feed their dogs twice a day, some want to give them special food, they need fresh water at least once a day. You need to be sure you can take that time out of your day as well.
Potty training – Yes, that’s something dogs NEED! Unless you would rather clean up their messes, and trust me, training takes a lot less time. However, while you are training this dog, you’re going to also be cleaning these messes. As well as taking your dog out up to once an hour to try and convince them to pee outside. And if your parents work, who’s going to be in charge of this for the eight hours while you’re at school? Who’s going to be keeping them company? Or are you really expecting to keep them in a kennel all day while you’re in class, then again all night when you sleep?
Play – Yes, your dog needs time to play, and to learn how to play correctly. Walking will keep this need lower, but the need is still there. And your dog needs your attention.
Training – At least 20 minutes a day if you want your dog to learn anything, and I honestly suggest at least two sessions. So, 40 minutes.
Hard to total this, since a lot depends on your type of dog, but lets give it a guess of anywhere between 2 hours to 5 hours a day. And don’t forget, you need to be able to make the money to pay for this pup, do your homework, and go to school too. And what happens when you go to college? Most colleges do not allow students to bring their dogs.
So, when your parents say no to the adorable little puppy or kitten you’ve carted home from the neighbors, and you want to convince them otherwise, get a job, make a schedule where you are up at least an hour before school so that you can show them exactly where a dog would fit in your life and that you can really handle the work it takes. Otherwise the dog will end up being your parents, and if they’ve already said no I’m doubting they’re going to change their minds.
The price of FD
I understand that this is a business, and I understand that a business is all about making money. That being said, I really have to say that the price of FD is far too high, especially for everything you need in order to use it.
8 cents per FD. That really seemed pretty reasonable to me. Until I sat down to do the math.
In order to participate in a show where I MIGHT make more FD [which isnít very likely in the long run] I have to pay you 5 FD, which means 40 cents. Per show. And thatís not even counting what I have to pay you in order to get clothes for these shows.
Or maybe I want to buy a dog or cat? That is the point of this game, yes? Alright, so Iíll pay 20 FD minimum for a dog. That amounts to $1.60. If I buy it from another breeder. Buying from the pound, 50 FD or $4. Purchasing a new one? Weíre talking a whopping $12. For a virtual pet. I would have to give you 8 dollars to breed my dog if I wanted to try that rout. Sure I could possibly make that back, but thereís always a chance I will only be able to sell my own puppies for 20 FD, and if I only end up with 2 puppies, thatís only 40 FD. Not really worth it.
So, I decided to look into this whole sponsor thing. Did a few little ones that are supposed to be free. Surveys and the like. None of them paid out. At all. Not even the measly 4 FD they were supposed to. So I looked for something bigger! Holy wow! 200+ FD for purchasing one cd for SH only? And itís even a CD I might put to use! So I fill out all of my information, including my credit card number. Oh, I have to join a site for this? Lets check that out before we submit. Ah, itís a two week free trial, and they say I can drop out of the site at any time so I wonít have to pay. No problem! Submit everything, then head directly to this website to close out of the account. Only I canít. There is no place on the site to do so, and their FAQ donít work. So I email them. And email them again the next day. Finally did get removed, but what if I hadn’t?
Anyhow, that has led me to the realization that your sponsors
Which is what has lead me to making this post.
Now, if anyone wants to argue with my point that FD are far too expensive, lets actually sit down and compare it to other online games.
WOW Ė $15 or so for a month of play. FD Ė 187.5 Ė Enough to breed almost 2 dogs.
What about other pet breeding games?
So, what is it weíre paying this money for?
Again, I know you are running a business, but, do you really think that you are going to keep your customers happy by charging them such outrageous prices for every little thing they want to do? Or are you simply serving as a way for other companies to find suckers to scam? That might have been a little more harsh than I should have done, but Iím honestly starting to doubt whether or not this site is actually at all worth it. Either I spend all the money I make for no physical reward, or I get scammed into loosing all of my money anyway. Either way, I am no longer going to make any purchases of FD, whether it be through the site itself or itís sponsors. At least, not until something is done about the outrageous prices and scams that I keep finding here.
Perhaps you should look into moving more of the siteís functions to being in FG. Or perhaps you should start giving the users FDs for more than just their money and your sponsorís money. Honestly, there are probably a good dozen things that could be done to solve this problem, I just hope that the owners of the site start thinking about doing some of them before someone else decides they can make a site that does the same thing as this for a much lower price.