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Take Your Pet to Outer Space?

What would happen if we did leave this planet?

 

dog in a suitcase

“Let’s do this!”

It’s been a week since Embrace the Passion: Pets in Space 3 released! I’m so grateful to all the readers who bought the anthology and helped boost our donation to Hero-Dogs.org! Readers rock! (And there is still time! Our donation period for Hero Dogs doesn’t end until November 11, 2018!)

All this pets and space and pets and space stuff has got me wondering what would happen if we really did leave this planet. 

Don’t you think that anyone leaving their homeworld and traveling millions of miles away would want a pet like they had back on Earth? I would think it would help them feel more comfortable on the new planet. 

However, in the early stages of colonization, there won’t be much room for pets in cramped quarters on crazy long flights. Also, most animals will need as much life support as people. So, it makes sense the first pets we’ll take will be insects and fish—brought aboard as frozen eggs. Both can also be used as food sources. 

Fish also make themselves useful by eating bacteria and they’re a great fertilizer. Additionally, producing oxygen takes a lot of energy – but plants are efficient at it … you just need something to help recycle the dead plants—what’s better than fish?

Then we’ll speed up space flight with laser, nuclear, or other faster spacecraft and we’ll also use suspended animation during long space trips. In addition, the settlements will expand into large artificial environments either underground or in a dome or by terraforming. That’s when we’ll start to take cats and dogs with us. We might bring them as embryos and then they’d be born from artificial wombs. 

Birds are useful pets on a distant planet since they can go places that are hard for humans to get to–ferrets too for the same reason. Also, canaries are fantastic air quality sensors… plus, they’re cheap and easy to replace (even on distant planets once you have a breeding population there).

Pigs make great outer space pets because they eat anything put before them. If future space farmers end up with spoiled plants (for whatever reason), they would be able to feed the decaying leftovers to the pigs, leaving nothing to rot. Future colonists could then use the pigs’ waste to fertilize their crops. Plus, pigs are smart, even smarter than dogs, and they love to cuddle. Kids will love raising little piglets on a distant planet. 

And if we end up on a planet with alien animals we would make them our pets. When Europeans first started settling North America, they brought dogs, cats, and domestic farm animals along. But the colonists also tamed wild animals and made them pets such as deer—they clad them in gold collars and colored neck-kerchiefs, squirrels—they led around by gold chain leashes, and wild birds like cardinals and mockingbirds—they put them in cages then tried to teach them to chirp classical music.  

According to numerous sources, squirrels were popular pets (and apparently still are if you saw the story about the support squirrel on the plane…). If you caught them when they were young you could easily tame them. People actually raided squirrel nests and sold the baby squirrels in city markets. 

We, humans, love our pets and that’s not going to change, whether we are on Earth or a distant planet, we will have pets of some kind. It’s part of our human nature.

I hope that you are enjoying your pet while reading Embrace the Passion: Pets in Space 3! (Couldn’t help myself. Grin)

Perilously yours,

Pauline

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