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What's with all of The Pictures of Everyone's Animals?

missclaudy Feb 1, 2007 12:59 PM

I am curious, why do so many chowhounds choose to put pictures of their pets on their posts as their little logo, now that we have this new option? Why dogs, cats, tigers, a llama and rabbits? Do they have anything to do with food? Not being mean, just VERY curious

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  1. The Dairy Queen RE: missclaudy Feb 1, 2007 01:01 PM

    Well, I think all the pictures of HOUNDS certainly fit with the theme. And cats are the most discriminating eaters on the planet...

    Not sure about the rest rabbits and tigers. I think mostly it's just a fun way for people to share a little bit of themselves with us.


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      MMRuth RE: The Dairy Queen Feb 1, 2007 01:04 PM

      Well, my hound (a Norfolk Terrier) is licking up the remains of a Mont d'Or box - which he spent about 20 minutes doing and which strikes me as pretty chowish!

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        Snackish RE: The Dairy Queen Feb 2, 2007 07:04 AM

        That was my thought. Chow. Hound.

        Besides, my dog is prettier than me.

      2. MC Slim JB RE: missclaudy Feb 1, 2007 02:06 PM

        I used an image that I created, hence no fear of someone coming after me for copyrighted material. I wouldn't use my own image to protect my anonymity at the restaurants I comment on here.

        1. Quine RE: missclaudy Feb 1, 2007 02:14 PM

          Looks like a fun cat MC!

          1. gatun RE: missclaudy Feb 1, 2007 02:25 PM

            My younger cat goes nuts over the flakes of a Masse's pastry and will break into a dead run for dungeness crab. The old chowcat -17 will do circles when the Sunday duck comes out of the oven.

            1. QueenB RE: missclaudy Feb 1, 2007 02:35 PM

              I was tired of seeing the little red man icon. I have more pictures of my cats than anything or anyone else, so I used the one I liked the best.

              1. Rubee RE: missclaudy Feb 1, 2007 02:38 PM

                Yah, I really was surprised more 'Hounds didn't use a food-pic or food-related avatar. But I have to say that everytime I see Soypower's cat avatar, I smile - it's one of my favorites.

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                  Janet from Richmond RE: Rubee Feb 7, 2007 04:44 AM

                  I love Soypower's cat also. I went with my beagle Mickey because he's my hound. Our golden is too much of a princess and tends to always get top billing at home and Opie our cat isnt' houndish at all (he won't even eat roasted chicken...it's Meox Mix or nothing). And I didn't feel compelled to put a pic of myself.

                2. Quine RE: missclaudy Feb 1, 2007 02:42 PM

                  I adore chuckles the clone's

                  1. Harp00n RE: missclaudy Feb 1, 2007 02:44 PM

                    Very simply Boru, my Airedale, is better looking than me.

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                      FlavoursGal RE: missclaudy Feb 1, 2007 02:46 PM

                      Seems to me that there may very well be a correlation between having an indescribable connection to one's pets and having an indescribable connection to food and gastronomy.

                      Let's see...I have four cats and three dogs, and I'm much more food-crazed than are my friends who have fewer, or no, pets.

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                        missclaudy RE: FlavoursGal Feb 1, 2007 03:33 PM

                        I am a food obsessed maniac and have no pets.

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                          Harp00n RE: FlavoursGal Feb 2, 2007 07:05 PM

                          Just one more reason not to trust people who don't like animals :-)

                        2. jfood RE: missclaudy Feb 1, 2007 03:26 PM

                          Rocky Balboa with a knife up one arm pir and a spoon the other wasn;t acceptable.

                          Choice was:

                          1 - Me - No one wants to see my mug, and then it looks like a dating service
                          2 - Mrs Jfood - Divorce is very expensive. I love her and like my lifestyle. A Non-starter even though many would like to see a picture of her. She's quite a looker.
                          3 - The kids - Also major lookers but with 2, how do you choose, and it would definitely look like a dating service
                          4 - Food - How does one choose
                          5 - The hound - she's adorable, was willing to sit for the James Bond photo.

                          Pretty easy decision

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                            Dee S RE: missclaudy Feb 2, 2007 07:00 AM

                            Too funny! I've never noticed that feature before. Now I'm going to put a picture of my stove as my logo, but you all have to ignore the ugly kitchen surrounding the stove.

                            I have three pets (cat, bird, dog) and they just won't sit together for a photo.

                            1. revsharkie RE: missclaudy Feb 2, 2007 03:39 PM

                              I could have put up a picture of one of my cats, but was afraid most of my photos are too busy and/or too detailed for such a small picture. So I used a little graphic I created for a presentation I did several years ago on shape note singing. My life outside of work is basically food, the cats, and music.

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                                missclaudy RE: revsharkie Feb 2, 2007 06:32 PM

                                Rev, I love shape note singing and have made many a dish for many a Sacred Harp potluck. My leisure time is food, music, food and food.

                              2. spades RE: missclaudy Feb 2, 2007 03:57 PM

                                Anything is better than a sunburned dude holding a knife and spork.

                                1. Katie Nell RE: missclaudy Feb 2, 2007 04:18 PM

                                  Honestly, I think it was a way of all of us bonding on a day when we thought Chowhound as we knew it was coming to an end. If you saw the topic on Site Talk about people having more in common than just food, that's what we were talking about. It was a bright spot in that day, as silly as it sounds. And mine is cleaning up the dishwasher- not a picky hound, to be sure, but still a Chowhound!

                                  1. Kajikit RE: missclaudy Feb 6, 2007 05:00 PM

                                    I thought my little feline gourmands would be an appropriate avatar... especially with their heads stuck in an icecream tub!

                                    1. Ljubitca RE: missclaudy Feb 7, 2007 06:35 PM

                                      call me paranoid, but i dont want my picture up there - this whole forum is intimate enough. and my dog is the hungriest creature i have ever met. my cats are better looking but incooperative. so the beagle it is.

                                      1. ElsieDee RE: missclaudy Feb 7, 2007 07:50 PM

                                        My dogs are both camera shy - I was torn between the image I selected and one of my cat licking his lips (see below) - be glad to hear your input about which is more appealing.

                                        1. Ljubitca RE: missclaudy Feb 8, 2007 09:50 AM

                                          Is that a hedgehog? I like that one best.

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