Noah: One of Many Animal Hoarders Throughout History

It may appear to the casual observer that animal hoarding is a relatively new development in the recognized psychosis of people, but the fact is, animal hoarding has been around for a long time. Officially considered an Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, it has been existent since before we had “psychosis,” or a term to describe the behavior of hoarding. In other words, people had it, but we didn't know what it was.

Of course, there are more people populating the earth these days, so perhaps it's not surprising that approximately 1500 cases of animal hoarding are reported in the U.S. per year. It doesn't seem like that widespread of a problem when you look at it by the numbers, but it's a serious matter indeed, and when we compare the population numbers historically to today's population, we would find the number of hoarders relative, and not beyond the realm of believability. Furthermore, it's logical that the illness would have afflicted persons from history who, for whatever reason, are known to us.

Here, I will submit evidence of animal hoarding that existed a very long time ago indeed, not only in well known historical figures, but in entire societies. Also, a major discovery is that some geographic areas are more susceptible to hoarding. George Santayana said, "Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it." Perhaps by looking at animal hoarding from the past, we can begin to understand the causes of animal hoarding now and how best to eliminate it.

Evidence photo shows Noah hoarding animals onto ark.
Evidence photo shows Noah hoarding animals onto ark.

Case #1: Noah

Where: Southern Tigris-Euphrates valley

When: Around 5500 hundred B.C., or 2900 B.C., depending on who you're talking to.

What: Police reports from the era indicate that Noah hoarded two of every animal on Earth. That's a lot of beasts. One of the major problems with animal hoarding is the lack of care the hoarder can provide for the animals. Noah must have had some difficulty feeding them, not to mention the excrement situation. The report indicates that the BSPCA (Biblical Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals) was denied access to the barn – which Noah called an ark – to check on the animals well being. Initially, the report continues, the animals were not provided adequate water, though the water situation was later remedied.

Though undoubtedly Noah suffered from some mental problems, the large number of beasts did not apparently affect his health. He lived for 950 years...or 83 years, again depending on who you're talking to, but still...

Hannabal escaping over Alps.
Hannabal escaping over Alps.

Case #2: Hannabal

Where: Carthegenia

When: 248 B.C to 183 or 182 B.C.

What: Hannibal was OC in several ways. Not only did he have to fight, win, and conquer, he also was an animal hoarder. Often today hoarding can be breed specific. Someone may only hoard cats, for example, or dogs. Hannibal was breed specific as well, but his hoarding was on a whole different level. In line with his massive ego and huge ambition, his animals were large too. Hannibal hoarded elephants. Everything about Hannibal was king sized, including the problems these magnificent pachyderms presented due to inadequate space, food, and hygiene.

The report reads like a classic example of hoarding on steroids. So OC was he, that as agents closed in to shut down his operation, he fled over the alps to escape the authorities. Unfortunately, he ran into the Romans, who, failing to reform him and his hoarding ways, routed him. His hired help and been unable to defend themselves as half of them carried giant pooper scoopers instead of weapons. The resulting publicity of his hoarding was devastating, and he was fired by the Carthegenians and spent the remainder of his days trying to get a job leading other armies and hoarding more elephants.

Two-headed llama malformed due to inhumane conditions.
Two-headed llama malformed due to inhumane conditions.

Case #3: Dr. Dolittle

Where: Puddleby-on-the-Marsh

When: Victorian England, around 1820

What: Animal control agent and author Hugh Lofting first documented this bizarre case of a Doctor who hoarded animals. In many ways, he is the poster boy for the psychological problems associated with animal hoarding. He actually began to believe that he could talk to animals and that the animals understood him. Furthermore, the animals could communicate with him as well, but not in human speech. Eventually, Dolittle became so obsessed with his hoard that he completely shunned his human patients in favor of animals, who presumably paid him with animal knowledge instead of funds.

Finally, animal control agents raided Dolittle's medical offices in 1952. He was charged with animal cruelty and served time in prison. Many of the animals were relocated to safari parks around the world. The picture to the right documents the ill health effects on the animals themselves, who were found filling various examination rooms and the lobby area. Some of the animals had radiation poison because the monkey, Chee-Chee, repeatedly took pictures of the other animals with the x-ray machine. Some of the animals were malformed, such as the two-headed llama pictured.

Cattle are a favorite among hoarding farmers.
Cattle are a favorite among hoarding farmers.

Case #4: Farmers

Where: Just about everywhere.

When: Since about 32,000 years ago.

What: Farmer's is the rare case of an entire group of people who suffer from animal hoarding. Oddly, they are known to actually eat the animals they hoard. There is strong evidence that farmers are susceptible to hoarding particular breeds. Commonly these include cattle, pigs, goats, sheep, foul, sometimes fish, and rarely, worms. While it is difficult to ascertain when farmers began hoarding, it is known that the first animal to be domesticated is the dog 32,000 years ago. That would indicate that the first hoarded animal to be eaten was 9 weeks later.

Anthropologists aren't sure what contributes to the hoarding of animals by farmers regardless of geographical location. Symposiums have been held on the matter, but currently, the scientific world is dumbfounded by this universal behavior. In a recent discovery, further adding to the confusion and mystery of the situation, farmers have been exposed as crop hoarders as well.

Zebras are but one animal of the many species hoarded by the African Continent.
Zebras are but one animal of the many species hoarded by the African Continent.

Case #5: African Continent

Case #6: African Continent

When: On the sixth day.

Where: Africa, mostly in areas called reserves.

What: God created the earth on the first day, so presumably that included Africa, unless he forgot Africa and had to go back later. Then on the sixth day he created animals, which he put in Africa. This is the first known case of an entire continent being brought up on charges of animal hoarding. Court papers claim there are 167 species of animals in Africa.

Africa claims they are getting help for their hoarding problem by implementing loss of habitat, poaching, and devastating drought. While these efforts are showing signs of reducing the numbers of hoarded animals on the continent, they still have a lot of animals.

Conclusion: These cases document the true extent of animal hoarding, by people, groups, and entire continents. Scientists will continue to study hoarding in order to increase awareness and education of this very real issue. Hopefully, by looking at its history and some indisputable facts, such as those presented herein, animal hoarding can be eliminated.

NOTE FROM THE WHATCHAMACALLIT: Animal hoarding is a serious problem and a real issue. If you suspect you are a hoarder, or you want to report hoarding, contact your local humane society. They can also recommend professionals for psychiatric consultation. You can obtain more information on hoarding by visiting HARC. You can also get information and help at animalhoarding.com.



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Candie V 6 years ago from Whereever there's wolves!! And Bikers!! Cummon Flash, We need an adventure!

I'm shaking my head.. Dr. Doolittle!? I'm seeing him in a whole new light! What a world we live in! Thanks Christoph for bringing this silent epidemic to our attention! Thankfully I myself believe in limiting the number to 2 cats in my house.. We once had them, 1 dog, 1 tortoise, 1 bird and 3 rabbits. I understand.


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Shalini Kagal 6 years ago from India

Christoph - thanks for enlightening us! Besides the two dogs at home, do the five stray cats, the innumerable birds, bats, squirrels, butterflies, dragonflies, bugs, slugs and beetles in the garden qualify? Omg - I better dive for cover!

As always, so entertaining!


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Christoph Reilly 6 years ago from St. Louis Author

Candie: I never lived in a house with more than two dogs, and that was hard enough! Course, I thought about being a homesteader with animals once upon a time. Thanks for the visit. How's things?


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Christoph Reilly 6 years ago from St. Louis Author

Shalini: I think you can discount anything living out back of your house, but you have to count the milk cows, which you left out of your tally!


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Shalini Kagal 6 years ago from India

Mooooooo - my mistake :D


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Christoph Reilly 6 years ago from St. Louis Author

Moo hoo hoo!


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VioletSun 6 years ago from Oregon/ Name: Marie

We have two goldfish, as we don't want to upset the BSPCA! Everytime I start reading your hubs, I chuckle ahead of time (think, I have said this before), because the "serious" tone is setting the reader up for humor. hehe.

Thumbs up!


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Christoph Reilly 6 years ago from St. Louis Author

VioletSun: Yes, I don't think the BSPCA has anything to say about goldfish. PETA probably does though. You're right, I don't know what happens. I start writing a story, and every thing goes haywire! Thanks!


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Tatjana-Mihaela 6 years ago from Zadar, CROATIA

Guilty for 3,5 cats. But they insisted to come and stay...what about their free will?

Thanks for your sense of humor, Christoph.


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GusTheRedneck 6 years ago from USA

Christoph - Enjoyed your article very much. Thank you. In the section about Hannibal, I was reminded of a funny story about his crossing the Alps to attack the Romans with his vast army of men and elephants from the unexpected northern direction. This ticked off the Romans rather well, and they administered a bigtime whupping to Brother Hannibal. The lesson learned from that is that "he who has the least number of elephants wins!"

Gus :-)))


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Christoph Reilly 6 years ago from St. Louis Author

Tatjana: I think I'll let you slide. Besides, that's not so many. Thank YOU for visiting and saying "hello."

Gus: Yeah, having that many elephants has got to put a drain on an army's resources. Thanks for reading.


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ladyjane1 6 years ago from Texas

You sir are hilarious I enjoyed this hub tremendously, cheers. LOLOLOLOL


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Christoph Reilly 6 years ago from St. Louis Author

ladyjane: Thanks, Milady! I appreciate the "click over" and the comment. Happy to have given you some smiles. Hope you are well!


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Morgan F 6 years ago from USA

Finally SOMEONE has exposed them! Good job Christopher lol.


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Christoph Reilly 6 years ago from St. Louis Author

Morgan: Yes, I've been investigating them for ions...or so it seems. Thanks so much for dropping in and the comment!


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Candie V 6 years ago from Whereever there's wolves!! And Bikers!! Cummon Flash, We need an adventure!

Shalini totally has me beat!! I'm assuming many actually live outside? Maybe she should adopt me? I am housebroken and easy to care for... well it was a thought!

Things are good - enjoying your writing again! How are things with you??


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Christoph Reilly 6 years ago from St. Louis Author

Candie: Things are fine. I haven't had time to write anything good, like short stories or anything. I hope to soon, not to mention resume my novel.

Just make sure Shalini doesn't make you sleep in the barn!


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cindyvine 6 years ago from Kyiv, Ukraine

I think Noah just kept all the animals DNA in glass slides on shelves in his boat, or just the sperm and egg. After the flood, he injected the animal sperm into the eggs. That's the only way he could have done it.


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Christoph Reilly 6 years ago from St. Louis Author

cindyvine: Either that, or he had a hell of a big boat! Um...one question though: How did he get the eggs and sperm? Thanks for reading.


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lorlie6 6 years ago from Bishop, Ca

If animal hoarding is a condition, then I am in need of some sort of therapy. I have far too many creatures and was wondering if there are any interesting drugs on the market I can take.

They must be interesting, you understand...:)


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Christoph Reilly 6 years ago from St. Louis Author

Well, lorlie, there are many interesting drugs on the market, but I don't think they have anything to do with animal hording. You might think you have more animals than you actually do. Are you suuuuurrrre you want some?


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De Greek 6 years ago from UK

I wonder which animals did not make it out of Noah's Ark. I mean the ones he and his mates resorted to eating inorder to survive themselves. Could they have spoend the 40 days and 40 nights eating Brontosaurus stake?


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Petra Vlah 6 years ago from Los Angeles

I will have my husband read this hub so he may get to the root of his hoarding problem. As expected of you (by now), hilarious account of human behaviour. Thank you


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lorlie6 6 years ago from Bishop, Ca

Hehehe.


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ACSutliff 6 years ago

Christoph,

I admit to hoarding a frog in my classroom, but in my defense, the little guy could easily get out of his tank and join his long lost brother, where ever he went.... (I should write that hub about the frog mishap in my class room...)

My mother has been evading the HARC and BSPCA for as long as I can remember. I grew up with a hoard of cats! THe horror of hair everywhere and never a pillow to myself!

I love the serious tone of your humor. You almost had me thinking this was going to be an informative hub. On the contrary, I feel more confused now that I read it.... Am I OCD because I hoard frogs or for all those other reasons my doctor mentioned? Hrm!


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Christoph Reilly 6 years ago from St. Louis Author

De Greek: You have a point. No telling how many species didn't survive the experience because they made a tasty steak!


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Christoph Reilly 6 years ago from St. Louis Author

Petra: Yes, Petra, by all means have your husband read this. Animal hoarders need help, and this is just the place to get it. Thanks!


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Christoph Reilly 6 years ago from St. Louis Author

Lorlie: Herherher!


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Christoph Reilly 6 years ago from St. Louis Author

AC: One frog does not a hoard make. If, however, you were to get a second frog of the opposite sex, you would have a hoard quickly. Then each kid could have one much to their parents joy.

I cannot speak for your mother though, whose cat hoarding is known wide and far. The hair from one cat - meaning mine - is more than enough. In fact, I wrote a song about it. To the tune of the Oscar Meyer Weiner song:

My kitty has a first name

It's M-I-S-T-are,

My kitty has a second name

It's CH-A-M-P-ares,

I like to pet him every day.....

But then I see fur waft away.....

Mister Champers has a way of spreading a-round D-N-A.

la, la, la, la, la, la, la, la, la, la, la, la, la, la, la.

Thankyouuuuuuuu HubPages!

(Mr. Reilly has left the building.)


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ACSutliff 6 years ago

Reilly,

/clap /clap /clap! What a lovely tune! You made me laugh out loud again.

My plan was to have frog babies all over the place! So I think I am a hoarder at heart. Now that I lost one of my frogs, that probably won't happen.


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Christoph Reilly 6 years ago from St. Louis Author

ac: Oh, I hadn't heard the story of the missing frog. Did it run away? Maybe it was gay?


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hawkdad73 6 years ago from Riverside, Iowa

I never though I would see Noah, Hannabal, Dr. Doolittle and the African Continent in the same hub. This was highly entertaining.

Enjoyable as usual.


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Christoph Reilly 6 years ago from St. Louis Author

Hawkdad: Yeah, they make an odd assortment. Thanks for the comment!


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Dolores Monet 6 years ago from East Coast, United States

Christoph - I always wondered about Noah and the 2 of every kind of animal. He must have taken more than 2 of some. For instance, a whole herd of goats would have come in handy for feeding the lions, tigers, wolves, etc. Not to doubt the Bible or anything.


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Jack Crockett 6 years ago from Columbia, Missouri

Very funny!


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Christoph Reilly 6 years ago from St. Louis Author

Delores: Yes, he must have. I mean 40 days and 40 nights is a long time for a lion to go without food. They would have been helping themselves to the smörgåsbord on the boat, and if there weren't extras, they wouldn't be here now. Or maybe there are some species that AREN'T here now for that very reason. Not to doubt the bible or anything.


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izettl 6 years ago from The Great Northwest

Kinda serious but mostly hilarious. I would be so guilty of this if I had just one more screw loose. My childhood idols were Noah and Dr. Doolittle. Mine is a deepseated issue from childhood. My dad didn't allow me to have pets. Actually, when my parents divorced, my mom got me a dog, two guinea pigs, and one rabbit. Not to mention, I collected little animal figurines as a kid too- about 200 of them so you can easily add me to your hub's list.

As a responsible adult, I've had to limit my trips to the pet store because I could easily turn into Paris Hilton on Rodeo Drive.

Believe it or not, currently I only have one dog and recently a guinea pig. I'm doing good, but my ex boyfriend before I got married has both our dogs and two of my rabbits from when we were together. Good thing he is now married to a vet assistant. lol.


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Christoph Reilly 6 years ago from St. Louis Author

Izetti: Well, I just about got you covered with Noah and Dr. Doolittle. Of course, you forgot to list me as one of your "pets." LOL

The most I ever had was two dogs at one time, and now only one evil cat. As a kid I had the requisite hamsters, frogs, snakes and lizards, plus one alligator.


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izettl 6 years ago from The Great Northwest

As a kid I caught everything that moved in the grass.

I have not ever desired an alligator though. No thanks! Wouldn't I be one of your pets, I mean cult followers?

One evil cat huh? All you had to do was say cat, the "evil" is assumed. I had two good cats, but eventually they ran away. Guess I'm an evil cat owner.


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Christoph Reilly 6 years ago from St. Louis Author

Izetti: My alligator didn't turn out so hot. Couldn't get him to eat except by force feeding him, so I sold him to a neighborhood kid. The little baby Gator promptly bit his finger. Gator probably ended up living in the creek or the sewer.

I've become an evil cat owner, but I didn't start that way.


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A la carte 6 years ago from Australia

ah this is a superb hub..very cleverly written and a joy to read..I wonder if my two cats are the beginning of a hoarding obsession?


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lisadpreston 6 years ago from Columbus, Ohio

Only you could think of a serious yet silly topic and write such a witty article about it.

I have a long list of mental illnesses on the doctors diagnosis sheet already. Now you inform me that I have yet another one. Geez, thanks a lot pal.


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Christoph Reilly 6 years ago from St. Louis Author

A la carte: Thank you so much for the thoughtful comment. As for the beginnings of your obsession, here is my remedy: Take two dogs and call me in the morning. Thanks!

lisadpreston: Hi, Lisa! Nice to see you. Um...how serious is your obsession? AWwww, come on, you're not a hoarder...I don't think....are you? While it's true that Animal hoarders start because the "love the animals" they hoard, and besides, I don't think you're mentally unstable at all. I think I should straighten out your mental doctors on a couple of points! Thanks for the visit! Always great to see you!


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izettl 6 years ago from The Great Northwest

Wow, nice profile picture...if I was dude. So when did you get all that done? Mid-life crisis? I'm not feeling as drawn to check out your hubs now that you're going to flaunt those boobs in my face. I haven't looked like that in...oh...NEVER!


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Christoph Reilly 6 years ago from St. Louis Author

izetti: Um...what picture? Oh...that. No, no mid-life crisis. I woke up like that, so I went to the doctor who prescribed me some meds - after he made a pass at me - that should return me to my previous unfortunate state soon. I'm sure you looked like THAT in your own way! Still do!


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Trish_M 6 years ago from The English Midlands

I just loved that title!


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Christoph Reilly 6 years ago from St. Louis Author

Trish M: Thanks, and thank you for reading!


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izettl 6 years ago from The Great Northwest

you had me worried. Back to your old self I see. Not the cowboy though- that's OK. I love the idea of cowboys or cowboys in theory, but every time I was around one, he drove me nuts (not in a good way). I thought they would all be like Harry Connick Jr in Hope Floats movie, but boy was I disappointed. It's too bad because I've often been told I look great in a cowgirl hat and I would have loved to have a farm and live out my animal hoarding dream.


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Christoph Reilly 6 years ago from St. Louis Author

Aw, no reason to be worried about me. After reading your last hub, I tried that painted toenail stuff. How do you get this crap off?? I guess I could use gasoline and set it on fire. LOL.

Cowboy hat are kind of noticeable, unless you're in a country and western bar or a cowboy hat town.


vikkivangogh 6 years ago

Christoph, since you seem to be a hoarding historian, which animal would you recommend one hoard? In fact, I would be interested in your Top 10 animal hoarding choices.


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Christoph Reilly 6 years ago from St. Louis Author

vikkivangogh: Well, I can't pick 10 but heres my number one pick: Worms. Because you can get 'em by the tens of thousands and they live in mud you put in your basement. Their poop is fertilizer and they love to go fishin'. But then again, I've always been partial to two-headed hermaphrodites. Thank you for seeking my expert and valued advice!


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Sally's Trove 6 years ago from Southeastern Pennsylvania

This is one of your satirical bests. Voted "up", but there's no sub-category called "important" or "must read". Shame on HP. You got only an "Up" from me with no further explanation.

I would never have thought to put Noah, Hannibal, and the rest into any shared category...but who can say that none of them was a hoarder?

Cheers to you and your creativity.


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Christoph Reilly 6 years ago from St. Louis Author

Sally's Trove: Thanks so much. Kind of off-the-wall, but then so many of mine are. Happy you stopped by and had a read. Thanks for the "Up!"


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epigramman 6 years ago

....no one ... I repeat ... no one puts a hub together like you!!!! I would love to hoarde all of your hubs and send them to another planet - and they would say - see - there is intelligent life on earth!


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Christoph Reilly 6 years ago from St. Louis Author

epigigramman: Hey, thanks! Not so sure about your statement though; they just might say - see - told you they were wacky! Thanks for commenting!


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Eiddwen 6 years ago from Wales

Very unique and I really enjoyed the read ,well done and keep them coming!!


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Christoph Reilly 6 years ago from St. Louis Author

Eiddwen: Thank you for the comment. Glad you enjoyed reading it.


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Sunny Robinson 6 years ago from Tennessee

Hm, I must bow my head in shame for I am in an animal hoarder's house. Ha, ha.

We just don't have it in us to give away animals when most of them end up in the pound since many people aren't capable or just won't take in animals. Right now, we have been refusing other people's offers to give us MORE animals, lol. Sigh.

We have 2 Australian shepherds, 2 poodles, a pug, a shi tzu, a pug-tzu puppy (can see how that happened, eh?), and a schnauzer. Oh, and one large cat that acts like a dog and goes by the name of Momo (the Airbender). Now, my boys want a hedgehog or a possum for a pet just because they're cute on youtube. I talked them into possibly having ferrets one day when we have less animals.


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Christoph Reilly 6 years ago from St. Louis Author

Sunny: Ha, ha! I should have included you in this hub! Hey, sounds like your animals practice polyamory!


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Sunny Robinson 6 years ago from Tennessee

Hah! Nooo. Yeah, that would make my brain explode to think about it. One dog is partner to two dogs here, and one of those two dogs also loves this other dog .. ooh god.


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Shadesbreath 6 years ago from California

"the animals were not provided adequate water, though the water situation was later remedied" that f-ing killed me. lol.

You know, I was giggling my way along this hub and got to the bottom and saw the HARC and the other link and thought, hmmm, that rascal made fake websites no less? And so I clicked to find out that those are real websites. lol. So, pissing off the people who sleep with expensive sex dolls wasn't good enough, eh? LOL. You are a brave man. Funny, but brave.

(Sorry I just got here. You know the deal though.)


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Christoph Reilly 6 years ago from St. Louis Author

Shades: Hey, the sex doll people ran me off the Internet. Scared me. Militant pervs. Who knew? I hope this doesn't piss anyone off. Frankly, I was more worried about militant Christians than any other group.


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Shadesbreath 6 years ago from California

You can get the militant Muslims to protect you from the militant Christians. Built in counter balance. (Hey, and you didn't tell me you published a new one dammit. You're going to force me to go through and delete everyone I followed during the first three months and turn my notices back on, aren't you?)


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Christoph Reilly 6 years ago from St. Louis Author

Shades: Didn't think it was worth mentioning. Geez, I'm so busy (new job) I don't know how long it will be before I can write another one. For now, you're safe.


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Shadesbreath 6 years ago from California

Heh. I have a new one but it's not published because I CAN'T GET MY GODDAMN SCANNER TO WORK. It's sitting there rotting until somehow the magic scanner fairy shows up. :( I hate technology.


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Christoph Reilly 6 years ago from St. Louis Author

I know what you mean. Sometimes, I don't know how I ever got along without a certain thing, and other times, I think we've been cursed with all this "convenience."


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Beth100 6 years ago from Canada

Oh dear! Good thing you didn't come by my farm... you would have penned me up for sure!! Let's see, 13 rotties, 1 goat, too many cats, 5 horses, a pack of wolves, a pond of turtles and fish.... this doesn't include the animals I was hiding in the forest! Funny as always! Thanks for another good laugh and smile at the right moment. Hope you're well and enjoying your new job. Talk soon! xox


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Christoph Reilly 6 years ago from St. Louis Author

Hey Beth! Great to hear from you. It's a groove thang! Well, it was on a farm, so at least all those critters weren't crammed into your house...or were they? I hope we do talk soon. Haven't hardly had a minute to myself, so I decided to take tonight off and stay home tomorrow to get caught up on the writing part of the gig. Let's DO talk soon! Yours truly, as you well know!


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ACSutliff 6 years ago

Hey Christoph,

Maybe my frog was gay, that's a good one! He finally came back (or was recaptured). And I think he is actually a she. Gourmand always jumps on Houdini! Maybe I will end up with frog babies after all!

How's the new job going?


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Christoph Reilly 6 years ago from St. Louis Author

AC: Ahhh. Makes sense. She's playing hard to get. It's amazing that she survives away so long. Wonder where she was? Someplace with water? Job is going well. Keeping me too busy, plus we've been shooting a lot. Shot a scene tonight and another on Sunday (if it doesn't rain like it's supposed to. How is everything with you?


HazMataz 6 years ago

Half of the world species will be extinct by two thousand and eleven. mitch albupm is good intellectual.thanks for giving me the stage to say something. bye harry.


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Christoph Reilly 6 years ago from St. Louis Author

NazMataz! How great to see you amongst us animals. It is a shame the rate at which animals are becoming extinct. I had to look up Mitch Albom. "Tuesday's With Morrie," but so much more. What an amazing person. Bye NazMataz!


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ACSutliff 6 years ago

Christoph,

It's good to hear that the job is going well. You sure are busy, but aren't we all? I went in to my classroom today and have to go back tomorrow! Ugh! Good luck with the shoot!

As far as I can tell, Houdini was surviving off the water in my watering can on the table, living in a crack in the wall near my window, and went a whole week without any food, had a few crickets, and then went another week or so again. Houdini is doing well now, but still about a third of the size of Gourmand.


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Christoph Reilly 6 years ago from St. Louis Author

AC: Well, I'm sure glad Houdini is okay. He really is an escape artist! Always comes out alive! Don't work too hard.


Nazmataz 6 years ago

You should try reading his , 'Five people you meet in heaven', I give it 9.583 out of ten - ten on ten is reserved for my book you know - it's an instant classice , not my book, 'Five ppl you meet in heaven'. You are one of the few who should really write a book and it would actually sell. And I am not saying that because I want your goggles or that rusty site you own. Don't believe them if they tell you that I say that to everyone - I am an almost celebrity with my lack of admiration for the basic human kind. And why the eff am I trying to crash your hub. bye harry. good day!


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Christoph Reilly 6 years ago from St. Louis Author

NazMataz,

Yes. I was reading about it after you mentioned him. It sounds very interesting. He's one of the best selling authors in America, for crissakes. I can't seem to finish my book, but maybe I'm writing about the wrong thing or writing it in the wrong way...actually, it's complicated by the fact I don't have a lot of free time. And NazMataz, you are never "crashing" any event of mine because you are always my honored guest...even if I don't know you're coming. Bye to you Naz...and YOU have a good day!


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Beth100 6 years ago from Canada

Hello,hello stranger! Just dropping in, literally, (and the ground is pretty hard this time of year) but I couldn't resist the animals. I'm trying to find my polar bears.....can I have them back please?? BTW, Tuesdays with Morrie is still the best by Albom. The others are good but this is a wonderful read. It's one of those reread and reread types. You always get something new out of it.

Glad you're still shooting (not animals!!). I know, I know, I know. Gotta run....have a good week. Thinking of you. xoxo


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Christoph Reilly 6 years ago from St. Louis Author

Beth: Hi Sweetie! Yeah, you left your Polar Bears over here. I've been sleeping with them at night cause it's taken a cold turn round here at night, and they're mighty warm. It's difficult to feet them, so I just let them roam sometimes so they can get a neighbor to eat.

So good to hear from you, and thoughtful to say hi. I'm looking forward to reading Tuesdays w/ Morrie. Gonna get a copy. Hope you're not too busy. I'll write soon.


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mysterylady 89 6 years ago from Florida

This is a fun hub! I have often wondered about the rabbits on Noah's ark. If he started with two, how many did he end up with??

I just published a hub about Voltaire, and it includes a link to your hub on Shadesbreath!


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Christoph Reilly 6 years ago from St. Louis Author

Mysterylady: Hi! Thanks! I saw where you had written a new hub, but haven't had a chance to read it yet. Will tonight! And thanks so much for the link! (Noah ate the extra rabbits of course.)


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mysterylady 89 6 years ago from Florida

Cheistoph, I think a better picture is having the ship wall to wall rabbits and rabbit poop everywhere!


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Christoph Reilly 6 years ago from St. Louis Author

Mysterylady: Actually, that would make a great one-panel gag cartoon!


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kaltopsyd 6 years ago from Trinidad originally, but now in the USA

Hahahaha. Great cases. Point made, Christoph! Good job. Cool Hub! Hey, that kinda rhymes. :)


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jill of alltrades 6 years ago from Philippines

I love the way you wrote this hub! It is so entertaining as well as enlightening. I never thought of these people as hoarders, but you are right! Great hub!

Rated up and,... I'm still deciding if I should click useful or funny.

Thank you for sharing!


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Christoph Reilly 6 years ago from St. Louis Author

Hi kalto! Sorry it has taken me so long to comment. I haven't even had time to practice my Trini! Glad you stopped by and had some fun!

Jill: Thanks so much, Jill. Glad to have entertained you. I don't know what you should click. Is there a button for "bizarre?" Thanks for commenting!


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kaltopsyd 6 years ago from Trinidad originally, but now in the USA

hahaha. I made a recording for you in my native accent the other day then I chickened out. I can't even find the blooming file!


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Christoph Reilly 6 years ago from St. Louis Author

No way! You'd better find it! Or make a new one. I can't wait to hear it1


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kaltopsyd 6 years ago from Trinidad originally, but now in the USA

Hahaha. No pressure. :) Okay, I'll look for it... or make a new one (reluctantly). Just for you, Christoph.


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Christoph Reilly 6 years ago from St. Louis Author

Yaaaaaaayyy!


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prasetio30 6 years ago from malang-indonesia

Beautiful my friend. I learn much from you about "amazing animal". Nature always surprising us by the existence of this animal. You can visit my hub about "amazing stories of animal phenomenon". Thank you very much.

Blessing,


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Christoph Reilly 6 years ago from St. Louis Author

prasetio30. Thanks for stopping in and the comment!


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JayDeck 6 years ago from New Jersey

Satire Swift would be proud of. Well done!

-Jay


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Christoph Reilly 6 years ago from St. Louis Author

Thanks for the compliment, Jay. It's appreciated!


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Rebecca E. 6 years ago from Canada

oh you should take a bow, excellent! ( but please no hoarding of many bows... i'm sure you can do a hub on the hoarding of bowing after this one.)


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Christoph Reilly 6 years ago from St. Louis Author

Thank you, Rebecca! I shall humbly take a bow, but I think I have no where near enough of them to even contemplate hoarding them. But that's how it starts with animals too. First you get one, and then...it becomes an epidemic! Thanks for the comment!


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Christopher Price 6 years ago from Vermont, USA

As any wack-job will tell you there is a fine line between a collector and a hoarder...and our 4 dogs, one cat, one rabbit, one horse and one-is-more-than-enough parrot will back me up on that.

BTW, you brought up PETA and goldfish...when you have time check out their website. Last I knew they were discouraging the cruel exploitation of sea creatures and people eating them by promoting calling fish "sea-kittens". Seriously.

CP


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Christoph Reilly 6 years ago from St. Louis Author

Yes, PETA...speaking of whack jobs, their foolish exploits have been written of extensively on my blog. I think the last one I did was when PETA wanted to buy the Amityville house from the movie. They wanted to turn it into an animal house of horrors and charge admission. Before that it was their claim that it was animal abuse to put the groundhog, Puxatawney Phil in front of the cameras to find out if he saw his shadow or not. Thanks for the comment!


Janetta 6 years ago

Decided to do a little drop by on HP today and had to swing by here :) You never dissapoint, Chris! I do love your writing and need to come by more often. Hope all is well to the (slightly) north ;) and thanks for the giggle today!!


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Christoph Reilly 6 years ago from St. Louis Author

Hi Janetta, How wonderful to see you here. I'm well, thanks, and you? I hope and trust everything is just hunky dorey with you. I sure hope so. Thanks for the visit!


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blondepoet 6 years ago from australia

Wow Noah was some guy hey Christoph? Not half the man as you though I can tell you. Hope you are doing just swell these days. What have you been up to? Is there any romance in the air? xo


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Paradise7 6 years ago from Upstate New York

I like this hub, it made me laugh. You can really do humour, and that's a really rare talent.


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Christoph Reilly 6 years ago from St. Louis Author

Blondieeeeeee! Howdy! I'm doing great, thanks, and you? No romance for me, not since the fates drove us apart.

Hi Paradise! Thanks so much for the kind words and your comment. Glad to have made you laugh.


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Twilight Lawns 6 years ago from Norbury-sur-Mer, Surrey, England. U.K.

Dear Cristoph... not Christopher. So funny. Sorry about spelling your name incorrectly last time. You have the power to amuse and yet I am sure that at a cursory glance, would would think. "Is this real?".


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Christoph Reilly 6 years ago from St. Louis Author

Twilight: Actually, Christopher is my name, but it didn't fit in the HP thingy. Thanks again for the kind words. I see you have something on. I'll be by soon.

CR


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Tom Rubenoff 6 years ago from United States

You always make me glad I stopped by. :)


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Christoph Reilly 6 years ago from St. Louis Author

Tom: ...and I am always glad to see you, Tom. Thanks for the comment.


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nicomp 6 years ago from Ohio, USA

What about a municipal zoo, or, as the inmates refer to it:

The Animal Jail"


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Christoph Reilly 6 years ago from St. Louis Author

Nicomp: Indeed, I thought of it, but one must draw the line somewhere. Thanks for the comment!


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mistyhorizon2003 5 years ago from Guernsey (Channel Islands)

LOL, How did I miss this one Christoph, excellent work and some very relevant 'animal hoarders' from history pointed out :D


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Christoph Reilly 5 years ago from St. Louis Author

Hey Misty, Great to see you. Hope all is well!


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mistyhorizon2003 5 years ago from Guernsey (Channel Islands)

Not bad thanks Christoph, I see you are doing okay too. Always great to catch up with the old gang :)


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Christoph Reilly 5 years ago from St. Louis Author

It is indeed, Misty!


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Joyce F 5 years ago from USA

Very Interesting hub on animal hoarders in history. I always thought of Dr. Doolittle as so 'Disney' . . . I see I was wrong.


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Christoph Reilly 5 years ago from St. Louis Author

Joyce, Thanks for taking the time to read. Appreciate it!


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meow48 5 years ago from usa

XD... absolutely speechless.


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Christoph Reilly 5 years ago from St. Louis Author

Thanks for the comment, meow!


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gwendymom 5 years ago from Oklahoma

Christoph. You are so awesome. I started laughing as soon as I read the title and then continued to laugh the whole way through. Love it.


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Christoph Reilly 5 years ago from St. Louis Author

gwendymom!!!!! I love you, I love you, I love you! I love you, I love you, I love you, I love you! Where have you been? I love you, I love you, I love you! I love you, I love you, I love you, I love you!


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gwendymom 5 years ago from Oklahoma

Christoph. I love you too. You sure know how to make a girl feel welcome. LOL!


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Christoph Reilly 5 years ago from St. Louis Author

Gwendymom! You're always welcome!


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Crobin28 5 years ago from Pelham, Alabama

So I'm not 100% sure on what to think about this. It's great! humurous in many aspects and a great mind boggler. I never thought of Noah as an animal hoarder and had NO IDEA that Dr. Dolittle was actually a person. That is pretty insane! Further more, I didn't know that Africa as a WHOLE was considered to be an animal hoarder. That too is quite insane! Great job! Voted up and shh... I'll click your google links.


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Christoph Reilly 5 years ago from St. Louis Author

Hi Crobin. I appreciate the kind words, but please don't click the links in the ads. That will only get a person into trouble...though I know you meant well.

Yes, this one is out there. Don't know what came over me. Nice to meet you.


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Lady Guinevere 4 years ago from West Virginia

You still around?! I don't know who is and is not still around so I went looking. Here you are and thanks for staying! Oh and I am going to be promoting this hubs for you. Good day my friend.


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Millionaire Tips 4 years ago from USA

Hilarious! I knew there was something fishy about that Noah. Luckily, I limit myself to hoarding dust bunnies!


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RealHousewife 4 years ago from St. Louis, MO

Hey there! This is funny - and I am always scared I am boardering hoarding:) lol

I have 3 girls which translates to lots of pets. At the moment I have 3 dogs under 10 pounds, a cat, eight birds (2 are talking parrots) and a hamster! Oh my:). Should I call someone? Haha! Each time my kids ask for another pet I'm like uh uh - trade one in!


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Christoph Reilly 4 years ago from St. Louis Author

RealHousewife: I'm sending "Animal Cops" immediately. That's a lot of pets.


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Christoph Reilly 4 years ago from St. Louis Author

Lady G: Yes, I'm around, but not so much lately. Thanks so much for the promotion. Very nice of you!

Millionaire: I too horde dust bunnies.

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