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Episode 05

In this episode Tess and Ravi talk about pets, and their guests talk about Didier Drogba and life in New Zealand. You can also follow Carolina’s adventures in the UK as she arrives at her student accommodation in Newcastle. Will she make some new friends?

Elementary Podcasts: Tess & Ravi

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Tess and Ravi

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Honestly i would prefer to have a Dog in my home because my wife loves very much from the childhood and she know how to feed, bath, teach them some sort of trainings such as sniffing, running, playing to keep active friendly.

As for me, for home safety Dogs are very useful and friendly in manner compare to the cats.

to be honest, I am not really an animal lover. but if I would have one of them probably I would preferred dogs

Neither Cats nor dogs !!

I think it depends on the breed of a pet. I prefer the Siamese cat and Siberian husky. Because they are beautiful pets. Husky is very kind dog.

Yes, you are right! Husky is kind, beautiful and strong. It needs to run every day a lot more than other dogs. I love Husky dogs. I had Husky calendars for three years. I like cats and Husky dogs ;) I live in a house with a garden and a neighbour's cat often comes to my garden. It is very a friendly Main Coon, it is big and has long fur. Its name is Oscar. Oscar comes, meows and wants to be pet ;) Main Coons like chasing a ball ! But they only do it with a small ball, and a few times until they get bored. Once I saw how Oscar caught a bird. Yes the cat is fast, quiet and brisk.

I'am not love any animals, because I can't look after them, and their sound noisy, and their smell too bad, but i like see to birds. if I heard sound the birds, As if the bird says " wake up it's new day".

I'm not really interested in animals. I have no way to look after them, unfortunately. But, if I would have a pet, probably I'd prefered dogs than cats, because I think dogs are more interactive with the being humans.

I mean,I like both,but I prefer dogs than cats,because here in my house we always had dogs,since always...

I like both kinds of animals. But I think that having a pet is a great responsibility. Dogs and cats usually live many years, so the person who wants to take a pet should think about his future plans. People often take a pet for their children. But when children grow up or start to be interested in something else, pet becomes need to nobody. And the problem isn't even that they need to feed and clean up after pets, but they need to play with them to don't let them feel lonely, to walk with a dog or to let a parrot fly, to train them, to take care of pet's health.

I prefer dogs, because they are so dedicated and very sweet. But dogs are better to have when there is a house, and since I live in an apartment, so I don't have a dog :(, but I really want to have an eared friend who would wake me up in the morning. :)