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@ "Okay, now drop the spellbookThe Book of Three lay closed on the table. Taran had never
been allowed to read the volume for himself; now he was sure
it held more than Dallben chose to tell him. In the sun-
filled room, with Dallben still meditating and showing no
sign of stopping, Taran rose and moved through the shimmering
beams. From the forest came the monotonous tick of a beetle.
His hands reached for the cover. Taran gasped in pain and
snatched them away. They smarted as if each of his fingers
had been stung by hornets. He jumped back, stumbled against
the bench, and dropped to the floor, where he put his fingers
woefully into his mouth.
Dallben's eyes blinked open. He peered at Taran and yawned
slowly. "You had better see Coll about a lotion for those
hands," he advised. "Otherwise, I shouldn't be surprised if
they blistered."
        [ The Book of Three, by Lloyd Alexander ]

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d "Okay, Master Dud— yippee, tripeIf you start from scratch, cooking tripe is a long-drawn-out
affair. Fresh whole tripe calls for a minimum of 12 hours of
cooking, some time-honored recipes demanding as much as 24.
To prepare fresh tripe, trim if necessary. Wash it thoroughly,
soaking overnight, and blanch, for 1/2 hour in salted water.
Wash well again, drain and cut for cooking. When cooked, the
texture of tripe should be like that of soft gristle. More
often, alas, because the heat has not been kept low enough,
it has the consistency of wet shoe leather.
        [ Joy of Cooking, by I Rombauer and M Becker ]

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Fido eats a tripe rationIf you start from scratch, cooking tripe is a long-drawn-out
affair. Fresh whole tripe calls for a minimum of 12 hours of
cooking, some time-honored recipes demanding as much as 24.
To prepare fresh tripe, trim if necessary. Wash it thoroughly,
soaking overnight, and blanch, for 1/2 hour in salted water.
Wash well again, drain and cut for cooking. When cooked, the
texture of tripe should be like that of soft gristle. More
often, alas, because the heat has not been kept low enough,
it has the consistency of wet shoe leather.
        [ Joy of Cooking, by I Rombauer and M Becker ]

Copyright (c) 1994, 1995, 1996 by the NetHack Development Team
Copyright (c) 1994 by Boudewijn Wayers
NetHack may be freely redistributed. See license for details.
.
@ "Excuse me sir, is that your dogA domestic animal, the _tame dog_ (_Canis familiaris_), of
which numerous breeds exist. The male is called a dog,
while the female is called a bitch. Because of its known
loyalty to man and gentleness with children, it is the
world's most popular domestic animal. It can easily be
trained to perform various tasks.

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@ "Uhh, what dogA domestic animal, the _tame dog_ (_Canis familiaris_), of
which numerous breeds exist. The male is called a dog,
while the female is called a bitch. Because of its known
loyalty to man and gentleness with children, it is the
world's most popular domestic animal. It can easily be
trained to perform various tasks.

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Copyright (c) 1994 by Boudewijn Wayers
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Mr. DOS May 4, 2006 22:26
First comment: 10 January, 2006 40 comments written
Funnier than yesterday's :) Good work L.

Just wondering, does this ever actually happen? And how are you supposed train your dogA domestic animal, the _tame dog_ (_Canis familiaris_), of
which numerous breeds exist. The male is called a dog,
while the female is called a bitch. Because of its known
loyalty to man and gentleness with children, it is the
world's most popular domestic animal. It can easily be
trained to perform various tasks.

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Copyright (c) 1994 by Boudewijn Wayers
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in the first place?

--- Mr. DOS
. May 4, 2006 22:38
First comment: 7 December, 2005 48 comments written
I've never had that happen; nor have I ever trained the pets -- I just stand there while they pick things up at random, then try and get them to come out of the shop.
freshme@ May 5, 2006 01:27
First comment: 4 January, 2005 67 comments written
My version of Nethack is an old one, so some of this may no longer be correct:

Yes, your pet can be quite exasperating. No, you're not charged if your pet eats something in a shop that you haven't thrown at it.

You "train" a pet if it eats when it is in an adjacent square to you. This can be done by standing next to a tripe rationIf you start from scratch, cooking tripe is a long-drawn-out
affair. Fresh whole tripe calls for a minimum of 12 hours of
cooking, some time-honored recipes demanding as much as 24.
To prepare fresh tripe, trim if necessary. Wash it thoroughly,
soaking overnight, and blanch, for 1/2 hour in salted water.
Wash well again, drain and cut for cooking. When cooked, the
texture of tripe should be like that of soft gristle. More
often, alas, because the heat has not been kept low enough,
it has the consistency of wet shoe leather.
        [ Joy of Cooking, by I Rombauer and M Becker ]

Copyright (c) 1994, 1995, 1996 by the NetHack Development Team
Copyright (c) 1994 by Boudewijn Wayers
NetHack may be freely redistributed. See license for details.
or corpse, or by throwing one at your pet while your pet is adjacent to you. If your pet is carrying an item and you throw tripeIf you start from scratch, cooking tripe is a long-drawn-out
affair. Fresh whole tripe calls for a minimum of 12 hours of
cooking, some time-honored recipes demanding as much as 24.
To prepare fresh tripe, trim if necessary. Wash it thoroughly,
soaking overnight, and blanch, for 1/2 hour in salted water.
Wash well again, drain and cut for cooking. When cooked, the
texture of tripe should be like that of soft gristle. More
often, alas, because the heat has not been kept low enough,
it has the consistency of wet shoe leather.
        [ Joy of Cooking, by I Rombauer and M Becker ]

Copyright (c) 1994, 1995, 1996 by the NetHack Development Team
Copyright (c) 1994 by Boudewijn Wayers
NetHack may be freely redistributed. See license for details.
at it, it may drop the item it is carrying. (I don't know if this always happens, or just has a greater chance of happening.) Thus if your pet has shoplifted an item and is in the store's neutral space or outside the shop when you throw tripeIf you start from scratch, cooking tripe is a long-drawn-out
affair. Fresh whole tripe calls for a minimum of 12 hours of
cooking, some time-honored recipes demanding as much as 24.
To prepare fresh tripe, trim if necessary. Wash it thoroughly,
soaking overnight, and blanch, for 1/2 hour in salted water.
Wash well again, drain and cut for cooking. When cooked, the
texture of tripe should be like that of soft gristle. More
often, alas, because the heat has not been kept low enough,
it has the consistency of wet shoe leather.
        [ Joy of Cooking, by I Rombauer and M Becker ]

Copyright (c) 1994, 1995, 1996 by the NetHack Development Team
Copyright (c) 1994 by Boudewijn Wayers
NetHack may be freely redistributed. See license for details.
at it, it may drop the shoplifted item and you can pick it up without charge. (Unless your pet beats you to it. Sigh.)

Of course, there's very little tripeIf you start from scratch, cooking tripe is a long-drawn-out
affair. Fresh whole tripe calls for a minimum of 12 hours of
cooking, some time-honored recipes demanding as much as 24.
To prepare fresh tripe, trim if necessary. Wash it thoroughly,
soaking overnight, and blanch, for 1/2 hour in salted water.
Wash well again, drain and cut for cooking. When cooked, the
texture of tripe should be like that of soft gristle. More
often, alas, because the heat has not been kept low enough,
it has the consistency of wet shoe leather.
        [ Joy of Cooking, by I Rombauer and M Becker ]

Copyright (c) 1994, 1995, 1996 by the NetHack Development Team
Copyright (c) 1994 by Boudewijn Wayers
NetHack may be freely redistributed. See license for details.
in the game, so this direct approach isn't very applicable. However...

"Training" makes your pet want to be next to you more. (Note the effect diminishes the more times your pet enters an adjacent square.) So the more highly your pet is trained, the easier it is to lure it into a shop, and if you go and wait outside the shop the better the chance your pet will come to you and drop any shoplifted item outside the shop instead of inside.

If you're patient and powerful enough to defeat any hostiles who show up in the meantime, your pet will eventually clean out the shop (except for cursed items and anything sharing a square with a cursed item) even if you haven't really bothered with training.
Mr. DOS May 5, 2006 01:51
First comment: 10 January, 2006 40 comments written
Thanks! I'll try that out.

--- Mr. DOS
PsyMar May 14, 2006 07:07
First comment: 28 January, 2006 5 comments written
For anyone reading this again: In newer versions of nethack you train your pet whenever it eats anything you've handled, thus the strategy is:
1. enter shop
2. lock pet out
3. pick up and drop all tripeIf you start from scratch, cooking tripe is a long-drawn-out
affair. Fresh whole tripe calls for a minimum of 12 hours of
cooking, some time-honored recipes demanding as much as 24.
To prepare fresh tripe, trim if necessary. Wash it thoroughly,
soaking overnight, and blanch, for 1/2 hour in salted water.
Wash well again, drain and cut for cooking. When cooked, the
texture of tripe should be like that of soft gristle. More
often, alas, because the heat has not been kept low enough,
it has the consistency of wet shoe leather.
        [ Joy of Cooking, by I Rombauer and M Becker ]

Copyright (c) 1994, 1995, 1996 by the NetHack Development Team
Copyright (c) 1994 by Boudewijn Wayers
NetHack may be freely redistributed. See license for details.
in shop
4. let pet in
5. profit
Fathead July 21, 2006 23:40
First comment: 1 April, 2006 1136 comments written
Thanks, Psy!

This strip reminds me of a fishing joke.
AnMaster October 23, 2006 10:22
First comment: 22 October, 2006 26 comments written
PsyMar: Almost correct but the willingness to apport (drop items next to you) isn't increased by that. You will have to throw your pet the food as soon as possible after it drops an item next to you. Details can be found at http://www.helsinki.fi/~vviitane/spoilers/pets
Grognor April 18, 2007 22:53
First comment: 4 April, 2007 1161 comments written
BOOM

Grognor has laughed.

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