Tuesday, December 19, 2006

Otters for sale...?

Like many other blogs and websites, I have a counter at the bottom of my blog. I check it occasionally to see how many people have clicked on my blog and where they've come from... just out of curiosity. (Well, actually, it's because I blog so I can have some place to express my opinions and share things that I've found... and it's sometimes pretty lonely. I eagerly look for comments just to see if anybody pays any attention...)

Don't worry, it doesn't tell me WHO you are! I just know the general vicinity of your location (or at least the location of your server... it lists me in Boise!) and usually what brought you to my blog. I see locations from across the United States... some who probably just accidentally stumbled on my blog looking for something else and who knows how others found me. I wish they'd leave comments... just to see why they stopped by. I have had several hits from places like Canada, England, India, and Japan. I'm SURE they were lost! (Were you? Let me know!)

I see a lots of clicks from LeftyBlogs and my blog was mentioned at Democratic Underground, which led to a LOT of hits. I can see that people stop by after Google searches for Larry Craig, Mike Simpson, or Tom Luna--I am happy to see that because I'd like to think that my posts will provide a little bit of information which may be helpful to them as they evaluate our representatives and the job they do. I wish I'd see a few more hits on my posts about Dirk Kempthorne, but nobody really seems to be paying much attention to him.

My favorite hit is when I see that someone clicked on my grandmother's prayer after doing a Google search for "grandmother prayer". I don't know what they are looking for, but my grandmother was an awesome woman and I like to think that she is continuing to touch people with her spirit when they read her favorite prayer.

But what REALLY is strange... is ALL the hits that I get from people who Google "Otters for Sale"... they come from the northeast mostly, Pennsylvania and Massachusetts and so on. I bet they weren't expecting MY post when they stopped by! I had NO idea that buying otters is such a big business!! (I can think of a lot other jokes but I'll let you make up your own!)

So, tell me... how did you end up here? Was this what you were looking for?

31 comments:

Cameron said...

I stop by fairly regularly, I think I found you linked from the Political Game blog.

Anyhow, cheers!

Anonymous said...

Gonna be honest...I was totally looking to see if one could buy an otter...don't worry I don't think its really an industry...welp keep on bloggin, later!

Anonymous said...

Ya....i was looking to buy an otter; sea otter to be honest. You don't by chance have one for sale do you?

Diana Rowe Pauls said...

Ummm... considering Idaho is high desert and thousands of miles from any oceans... I don't think so!

You wouldn't by any chance be interested in a rock chuck instead, would you? I am pretty sure I could find a dozen of those... REAL CHEAP! They are sort of like otters... you'd be the only one on your block to have one!

Anonymous said...

I actually found one of the playful fellows in my lake and was looking to see if I could buy it a friend. I hope so they sure are cute. :)

Anonymous said...

yeah i was looking for an otter too! they are so adorable! we have a few in the creek behind my house, i want one! although i don't think it would get along with my kitties haha.

Anonymous said...

I read Gavin Maxwell's Novels and thought it would be interesting to own a otter, so I jumped at the opportunity to try and acquire one.

GREGORY said...

Do you realize that an Otter is also an Aircraft. That is what I am looking for.

Anonymous said...

I heard otter meat was pretty tasty, so Im looking for one to fatten up for dinner

sharron said...

I live in Australia and love otters. I was looking for otter ornaments but would love a real one,they are so cute. shame on the person saying they are tasty... i hope they were joking

Anonymous said...

I was just looking for an Otter T-shirt/stuffed animal/Jewelry for my daughter.

Anonymous said...

I am looking to buy an Otter too; they kind that flies, you know , built by de Havilland between 1951 and 1967?!

Anonymous said...

this blog annoyed me. thanks.

Anonymous said...

I was looking for one to purchase but not as a pet..The young male at our nature center died and I was trying to find a replacement for him...

Anonymous said...

Nope, not airplanes for sale here. Here's an interesting article about a seal being shot to death:

http://media.www.ntdaily.com/media/storage/paper877/news/2008/02/01/News/Navy-Seal.Shot.Killed.During.Training.In.Mississippi.Facility-3182619.shtml

Anonymous said...

Hi,
I found this site looking to buy a fresh-water otter. But I ended up reading your essays on dirk & butch,very well written.

Anonymous said...

I was looking to buy an Otter sailing boat.

Anonymous said...

yeah, I am totally looking to buy an otter! I mean, why not? Right!?

Anonymous said...

HEY ....is it illegal or considered cruel if i wanted to buy an otter ?

Kyle said...

I wanted to buy an otter... so far, no luck ):

It won't be cruelty. One day i'll be rich and famous and able to buy a great otter-sustaining facility for a whole otter family.
(there's no use in crushing my dream so leave it be)

Anonymous said...

I honestly was checking out what prices there were on otters. I'm in otter fever at the moment. How much would they cost?

Anonymous said...

I am originally from Louisiana. Years ago when the trapping industry was active we would occationally capture an otter. If the baby otters were found with the trapped parent we would let the kids bottle feed them and they would stay around the house (which shared their environment) The otters made friendly and affectionate pets. Otters are VERY intelligent and do tolerate and play with dogs. (we had many Labs and Shepards for hunting and protection). The one issue that demonstarted the problem with keeping otters occured when a female and male pair were kept for years. This pair played together, with dogs, cats and nieghborhood children for many many years. Otters mate for life and are monogamous. After the male died of natural causes, the female went insane. She, without cause, picked this one 8 yr old girl, days after her mate died, and savagely attacked her. The otter continued to attack the girl ignoring anyone or anything else, running her inside, outside and finally up a tree. The child required cosmetic surgery and over 280 stiches. This child played with the pair of otters for over 5 years. the otter was tested and found free of any diseases (ie rabies). This was the only negative issue I have ever known of with keeping otters as pets. I have had many otters through my lifetime and strongly discourage keeping otters in mating pairs or in any environment other than what is natural to them.

Anonymous said...

lol my wife has been obsessed with otters lately due to the Dawn dishsoap commercial, so I went to google 'otters for adoption' and the google presets came up with 'otters for sale'! Had to check the link, wondered how anyone could raise an otter. Nice page!

Anonymous said...

i typed in gay blogs and got your page. . .

Christina said...

Well I was lookin around for an animal that would be small, cute, and my boyfriend would let me keep. An Otter came to my head,my boyfriend saide if i could find an otter for sale then he would buy it... Well needless to say here im...with no otter found just your page..THANKS

Anonymous said...

This is an interesting "blog".
Yeah, I too found this under "baby otters as pets".
I'll have to take time and explore the rest later on.
No I am not looking to 'buy' today (for me it's more of an adoption parent-type initiation fee anyhow, the initial cost a tiny fraction compared to the cost of successfully living with one)

I have lived with one of those Louisiana otters for close to 19 years now. We're (him and I) still going strong, aside from the occasional little reminders that life is ever fleeting. Life is good.
Yes otters "as pets" is a very difficult undertaking, only for the strong willed, and an much emptied wallet.
My two remarks regarding Benjamin nevertheless I'd say he is the best behaved "dog" on my street, and that I couldn't ask for a better traveling companion than he.
I have yet perfected the skill of raising multiple otters, as his two younger siblings have taught me over the years. Gotta perfect that before any breeding concerns. Yes they too are Lutra (or Lontra, if you will) canadensis.

If you don't want to spend a majority (if not, all) of your paycheck on animal-related expenses, forget about buying an otter. Casual friends, buddies, and family members, find out real fast that that cuteness often becomes somewhat disgusting.

A dedicated and persistent candidate will find that it is still legally possible to keep an otter as a "pet" companion (YOU are owned by the OTTER, it is not the other way around). A few states require permit. Many others outlaw it altogether (except as display animals in a zoo)- if you live in the last group, don't do it.
It is a fact that an otter can become aggressive, even dangerous to anyone during times of heightened breeding season hormone-driven rage (think uncontrolled pitbull on steroids, not ferret) - depends on the individual otter, like many other species of animal. "Tame" tiger attacks, aside from the obvious size, strength, and sensationalism, are a good reminder of this.

An otter, cute as it can be, is not the "pet" that most people envision. There is a side that is not shown on T.V. or Youtube that is an integral part of responsibility in raising an otter from pup to old age, and in ensuring that life is good for both that otter as well as the "owner".
Food, space, a nice clean pool to swim in, plus the expensive exotic animal veterinarian service.

Sadly, society is morphing ever so fast, and "more enlightened" persons find it desirable, popular, and so easy to legislate otter people into oblivion, leaving a select few to continue caring for otters only under restricted contact and sterile enclosures.

So today our life and travels are taken with caution, ever mindful of new 'regulations' that appear.
I went against the odds, and found that an otter would be my choice. Only by helping to care for other otters first- for 4 years, and then seek a mentor "elmer" to assist me in my quest. Only after many years from when I first wanted an otter, did I finally make the leap into a different life, away from contemporary lifestyles.

Comes to my finding this blog...
I continue to look for other otter people rather than another baby otter at this time.
Maybe gather enough facts and support to regain what was lost.

Learn all you can about ALL aspects about otters- then decide maybe.....

no need to be 'anonymous' here.
Bill, TheOttersPop (or otterpop on TB2K)

Anonymous said...

Otters are so kool!Was looking to see if they make good pets?
And if it was legal to do so!
If not what wine goes good with them? got a few down at the creek!

jcalles said...

Jacob Calles - Im from Fresno, Ca. Me and my team of scientist have recently discovered how to equip otters with land to air missles and we need some troops for field testing. These otters will recieve high compensation and benefits.

Kylie Hunter said...
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Kylie Hunter said...

I googled otters for sale! so I am one of 'those' people.

Benjamin Zajd said...

Because i googled otters for sale and you have a page titled "otters for sale?"