Matt: Hello, Todd!
Todd: Matt, I'm going to ask you some questions about pet. (OK!) First question, do you have a pet?
Matt: Yes, in fact, my mom's house we have three, three pets; two dogs and a cat. My family actually raises dogs for helping blind people.
Todd: Oh, really!
Matt: Yeah, yeah, yeah.
Todd: Wow, like how do they train the dogs?
Matt: How do they train the dogs? Well, I mean, it's a long process, right...we get them when they're puppies.....and so we train them basic...you know, sit, come... really basic things...then, after they're about two year old, they go a different training school.
Todd: Oh, wow , that's great!
Matt: Yeah, yeah!
Todd: Well, how many dogs do they train at a time?
Matt: Oh, just one! We have our own dog, and then we have a dog that we have that we are training.
Todd: Oh, OK.
Matt: Yeah, just one dog at a time.
Todd: Do you ever see the dogs you trained, like out on the street, or anything?
Matt: Sometimes we'll see them, they'll have like sort of conventions of reunions of the pets so, yeah, you get to see them once in awhile.
Todd: Oh, wow, that's cool. Um, why do people keep pets?
Matt: I guess the most important thing is companionship, right! So there is always somebody there for you that will like you no matter what.
Todd: Yeah, that's true. OK, besides cats, dogs, and fish, what are some other pets people keep?
Matt: Well, I guess if you are Sigreid and Roy you can keep a tiger or lion. I guess all types of things don't they.
Matt: I mean, my friend has a snake....I don't know if you mention that: snake and ferrets and insects, spiders...
Matt: All kinds of things.
Todd: All right, yeah, like there is so many. What are some costs associated with keeping a pet?
Matt: Food is probably the biggest cost, but also if you keep the dog, particiulary a dog in your house, when they are puppies, and we have a lot of puppies they'll chew up everything they can so we're constantly replacing shoes and, you know, cleaning up pee from the carpet and things like that..so.. it can be a hassle.
Todd: Yeah, OK. Thanks a lot, and by the way, where are you from?
Matt: I'm from the U.S.A., from Minnesota.
My family actually raises dogs for helping blind people.
To 'raise' a dog is to have and train a dog from the time they are very young until they are mature. We also use the term 'raise' to refer to children and helping them grow up. Notice the following:
- It is easy to raise your children in the suburbs.
- We used to raise chickens a few years ago.
Sometimes, they train the dogs in a training school.
To 'train' an animal is to teach it to act the way you want it to. This can be responding to commands or behaving well. They teach these things at a training school. Notice the following:
- Most people send their dogs to training school.
- He trained his dog to roll over.
Why do you think people keep pets?
To 'keep' a pet to is have an animal that lives in your house with you that you care for. Notice the following:
- We kept rabbits as pets for a long time.
- Would you ever keep a pet snake?
What would you say is the biggest cost associated with
keeping a pet?
The 'biggest cost' of something is the most expensive part of it to maintain. If a cost is 'associated with" something it is connected to it. Notice the following:
- For most people the biggest cost associated with having
a car is
- What's the biggest cost associated with having a house?
Cleaning up pee and things like that can be a hassle.
A hassle is a difficult or frustrating task. Notice the following:
- Planning parties can be a big hassle.
- Is it a hassle to give me a ride home?