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Poll: It's a popular belief that every freelancer has at least one pet. Do you?
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This forum topic is for the discussion of the poll question "It's a popular belief that every freelancer has at least one pet. Do you?".

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Gianluca Marras  Identity Verified
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no Mar 22, 2015

unless you want to consider my two little monsters (kids) as pets....
Have a nice weekend dear colleagues!


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neilmac  Identity Verified
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Yes Mar 22, 2015

Although by circumstance rather than choice. A friend of mine moved to Russia a few years ago and left his little dog with me. Also 2 or 3 years ago, a friend and fellow prozer (you know who you are) asked me to look after his cat for "a couple of weeks" while he went on holiday ... and she's still with me today!

Another friend and fellow translator gave me a surprise birthday present of three hens a few years ago too, and I now have five (I bought two black ones last year to even out the colour scheme). The eggs are delicious, totally free range and I get so many that I have to give them away, and sometimes people give me back cakes or preserves or whatever in return. Which kind of makes up for the freeloading cat and dog...

[Edited at 2015-03-22 09:25 GMT]


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Teresa Borges
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Yes... and no! Mar 22, 2015

I'm a pet sitter for my daughter Marta's dog during the week.

I had two beautiful lovebirds but they died some years ago. I knew that these birds have to live in pairs and that they bond with each other, when one died I didn't buy another one immediately and one week later...

[Edited at 2015-03-22 10:32 GMT]


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Mary Worby  Identity Verified
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Yes Mar 22, 2015

Two dogs, two cats, two children and a husband.

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Michael Harris  Identity Verified
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No Mar 22, 2015

Only my two children (don´t have any kids;-)).

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Linda Miranda  Identity Verified
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yes Mar 22, 2015

Three dogs.

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Victoria Britten  Identity Verified
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"Popular belief"? Mar 22, 2015

I know lots of freelancers where I am, and pet-owners are definitely the minority.
Maybe it's to do with living in a big city? Anyway, I'd never heard that one before.


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DianeGM  Identity Verified
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Yes ... Mar 22, 2015

Two dogs - permanent family members and a stray cat who drops by the edge of the garden and demands food from time to time when pickings are slim elsewhere I suppose

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Łukasz Gos-Furmankiewicz  Identity Verified
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Two cats Mar 22, 2015

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Mariana Perussia  Identity Verified
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Yes Mar 22, 2015

Three dogs and four cats, all rescued and adopted

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JanaB  Identity Verified
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Yes... Mar 22, 2015

two cats and two bunnies

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M. Anna Kańduła  Identity Verified
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Popular belief? Mar 22, 2015

Never heard about that "popular belief" before.

But yes, I do. Two cats.


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Yetta J Bogarde  Identity Verified
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No, Mar 22, 2015

I used to have a cat, but was not allowed to keep her in my new appartment.

Anyway, it is ok. I feel freer without it, not having to find a babysitter every time I want to travel etc.


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Mario Chavez  Identity Verified
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This reminds me of a comedian Mar 22, 2015

Victoria Britten wrote:

I know lots of freelancers where I am, and pet-owners are definitely the minority.
Maybe it's to do with living in a big city? Anyway, I'd never heard that one before.


100% in agreement. Where did this so-called popular belief come from?

As a poll question, it's as innocent and entertaining as they come. Looking deeper, however, I should hope the poll author doesn't apply the same kind of silly logic to other areas of life. Here are some made-up popular beliefs:

a) All project managers know nothing about translation or interpretation
b) Translation agencies squeeze freelance translators as turnips until the last drop of blood
c) Translation companies exist only for profit
d) A supernatural being created all the languages of the world when people built a skyscraper

It's a fun Sunday here.


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