Tell me about your pet!

Blue, Ellie, Tibby, Albany, Prada, Cleo, Ernie, Norma, Cuddles, Cheez Whiz & Walnut.

Those are the names of all of my pets in chronological order. Blue was a budgie that I don’t even really remember, Ellie was my first real pet. She was my dog growing up. Ellie was an incredibly smart miniature poodle. She lived to be almost 20 years old.

Then there was Tibby the tabby cat, Albany the Anglo-Arab horse, Prada the beautiful, black stray cat, Cleo the purebred Siamese I got from a friend who was allergic, Ernie the softest, shyest cat in the world who we found sleeping under a layer of snow on our front porch through a bitterly cold winter, and Norma, Cuddles, Cheez Whiz & Walnut … the chickens. And yes, I do consider my chickens to be pets. If I kiss them on the head they’re my pets.

I cannot even imagine not having a pet. How do you clean up the crumbs on your carpet? Who eats your centipedes? What do you use all your paper towels and lint brushes for? Who makes you feel better when you’re sad or sick? Spouses are fine, but cats are furry.

So that’s the direction we’re headed in today. Furry spouses. No. I mean pets. I wanna talk pets. Simply out of curiosity.

I want to know if you have a pet or not and if you do, I want to know what kind of pet you have.

Not that I’m looking for inspiration. I have enough pets. I do not need another pet. This house is too small and my energy too low. NO MORE PETS.

Now if you’ll excuse me it’s time to for me to turn in and do a little bit of bedtime reading.  I look forward to hearing about your pets.

 

 

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  1. Myrna says:

    We have two dogs, one normal and one crazy, a cat who hates me and adores my husband, and three hamsters. I love them all! I want chickens, but they are illegal where I live. So sad.

  2. Megan says:

    I have a wonderful border collie named Shadow, but I’m really more interested in the book you are reading. Is that your big surprise? Although I wonder if goats and gardens make good bedfellows. Hmmm….

  3. Mondo says:

    I love animals. unfortunately, I have none to call my own. I would love to rescue a dog in the immediate future. and if it happens to be a goofy copper colored viszla…all the better.

  4. Dana says:

    I have a dog, Charlie Blue aka Charles. He has a good dog friend that he loves to visit with (and eat all her food.) He often pretends he wants out for the usual reasons, then sneaks over to her place. And barks to be let in. At one in the morning. He’s good at chasing off bears, but the deer don’t seem to be afraid of him.

  5. taria says:

    chronological order-Lily the siberian cat. she is 12. Maki the pound siamese wanna-be is 11. Georgia the big golden retriever just turned 9. Ginger is a rescue golden at around 7.5 yrs. Then there is Spook cat. he is probably around 5 and afraid of his shadow. Cats are inside only. Between the dogs they have had almost 2K worth of surgery in the last 6 months. The place is hairy and full of lots of love. Oh, we just moved and ds gave us a pet roomba. That is like a pet that feeds itself. Moving is traumatic for a big brood. We can legally have chickens here. I am in over my head already though. I am jealous of yours.

  6. Laura Watt says:

    We need a dog, Hazel passed away this spring and being dog-less is terrible! We are trying to wait a few months but this whole not walking a dog thing is getting old.

    We have two cats, Franny and Zooey and while they are lovely, they also really want a dog. They go to the dog park on a regular basis.

    • Karen says:

      Aw. :( Hazel. People who have never had pets don’t understand the depth of the loss. ~ karen

    • Brenda says:

      Laura,

      So sorry to read this sad news, so hard facing the empty spaces and routines that are no longer there. No matter how long they are with us it just isn’t long enough.

      Our Hazel came here a couple of months after the loss of our elderly German Shepherd…She was a godsend with her non stop happiness..it was contagious for us and our other lab who like me took the loss of his bestie very hard.

      Hope you find a new family member to give you the ‘time for a walk’ look twice a day….
      best, Brenda

    • Jan says:

      Laura, My two cats are Franny and Zoe :) One pastel calico and one off-white, gray mask, white mittens and spats.

    • september says:

      Laura, please consider adopting a rescue pet from a shelter. They so need your love.

    • Wendy says:

      “Franny and Zooey is one of my favorite books of all time! Good naming.

    • Laura says:

      Wait! Your cats go to the dog park?? Cool cats!

  7. Alisha says:

    Welllll I currently have two cats: Cairo – a 10 yr old tuxedo cat who chases his tail more the older he gets. I think it’s due to all the times he has smacked his head on the wall while spinning in a circle. Anubis is an 8 yr old Maine Coon who really does nothing but fluff things. He has a penchant for dirty tea towels and my pjs. In my adult life I’ve had one other cat (Mavis) 3 snakes (Apollo, Crimson and Luna) and one Leopard Gecko (Lil’ Monster) I grew up with tons of cockatiels and quails (mom had an aviary) Hedgehogs, hamsters, fish and various dogs and cats. I live for the idea of one day owning pygmy goats and chickens though and I would certainly consider them pets.

  8. Lemurific says:

    I have a Bengal kitty named Gaia. I rescued her when she was 2 and have had the honor of her love and companionship for 12 years. She was just diagnosed with an aggressive mouth cancer and I am completely heartbroken. It is hard to explain it to everyone that she is more than a cat to me and truly my baby. Some people don’t get it.

    Pets, the best thing that will break your heart.

    • Brenda says:

      I get it… sending you and Gaia good thoughts. Hoping that you can keep her comfortable and happy as you navigate through this.))

    • Sarah In Illinois says:

      I get it also. I’m sorry.

    • Elaine Cunnup says:

      I definitely get it. I have exotic birds; the first cockatoo that I purchased was a 2 or 3 month old Goffins Cockatoo; he is the love of my life. He is now 21 years old; I don’t know if I could function if something happened to him. I feel your pain. I happen to be an animal magnet; I have owned Registered Tennessee Walking Horses, other gaited horses, regular horses and ponies. My horses and ponies would try to come into the house with me and my mother said, “don’t let that horse come into the house. I actually did not know he was following me until I heard my mother yelling at me. I love all animals except for poisonous snakes, and large animals with horns, etc. You are not alone in your love for animals.

  9. Jasmine says:

    I’m not much of a pet person, even though we had many growing up. My sisters got the pet gene. But one day about 10 years ago, I felt the need for a puppy and even though I almost had a divorce-worthy fight with the spouse, I got my dog. Now Miss Murphy is my heart. She will be my only pet. I love the little mop.

  10. Kristen says:

    Oh, to type them all out….
    3 dogs, 2 hamsters, 3 finches, 3 goats, 7 cats, 13 chickens. All named. All loved. And the youngest child wanted to bring home a kitten today. :0
    Tucker, Digger, Baby, Holmes, Watson, Albert, Billy, Gilbert, Pickles, Noodles, Moose, SugarBella, Cosmo, Sebastian, Trip, LollyBurger, Buffy, Booster, Hop, Maggie, She-Bop, Flash, Dash, Molly, Butters, Beans, MojoJojo, Taffy, and Mocha. Oh, how could I forget the bunny– Sgt. PM Inky.

    Just a crazy pet addicted lady. lol

  11. Sarah says:

    Fez the Farm Dog and Fanny the Terrible: We adopted a runaway farm dog from Alabama back in 2006. He’s a very laid back and quiet chihuahua. (He was a non-working farm dog, I’m sure.) Our vet told us that he probably never learned to play and suggested that we consider finding him a playmate. We then adopted what we thought was an abandoned chihuahua puppy from a country vet clinic. Fanny turned out to be a 20ish-pound terrier/Italian greyhound mix (we think). She’s terrible. Just rotten. And Fez the farm dog hated her for several years. It took several years for him to warm up to her. And by “warm up” I mean that he’ll tolerate sitting on the same sofa as her.

  12. erica says:

    4 cats in 1500 sq. ft.: Duncan (female tabby), Stevie (female Torbie), Maps (really fat tuxedo boy), and Winston (really skinny buff orange boy). Duncan hates everyone, Stevie hates Winston, Maps loves everyone, Winston loves Maps.

  13. Reg says:

    I have a lovely shy cat Audrey. She’s 15 years old and is starting to have a hard time going up and down stairs, she climbs and descends slowly. Kind of like me.

  14. Raymonde says:

    I’ve had cats and/or dogs all my life. I’m now sharing my life with a very funny black and white cat (the terror of all field mice) that’s always trying to explain stuff to me ( I still don’t know what he’s talking about) and who follows me around like a dog. I also live with a very pretty white mademoiselle cat with the most gorgeous blue eyes, who will bring back anything you throw at her.
    Having my cats around helped me tremendously when my husband died of cancer 2 years ago. They were the perfect companions, never saying the wrong thing, never prying, never pushing, they were just there to listen and to cuddle. Exactly what I needed.

    • Karen says:

      Raymonde – I’m very sorry about your husband. It’s a devastating loss. – karen

    • Brenda says:

      Raymonde,

      I have always felt that cats have a sixth sense about things that are going on with ‘their person’. My condolences on the loss of your husband..I am glad you had such wonderful gentle companions by your side as you faced that journey.

      Brenda

  15. ruthfromOz says:

    I will list them because as I try to add them on my iphone – my screen keeps switching off when i take too long remembering if i’ve got them all. i have jack russell/beagle mix (Jackabee so i’ve been told) called Bubbles – who is my bestest friend in the whole wide world. I also have a very naughty cat called Jasper who is rapidly outliving his alloted 9 lives, a massive rabbit called Clancy (5.5kg!), 2 english budges that look like Elvis Presley, 2 ‘normal budgies called Pluto and Courtney, a cockatiel called Suzy who is our home security system, 3 chickens called Noodle, Wide-eye and Buttercup and a possum living up in our roofspace. Love them to bits, life is too cold and lonely without them xx

  16. Dana says:

    I’ve had dogs all my life. I had a cat here and there (found, given to me, roommate with a cat, etc.), but my main pet love belongs to dogs. My dogs in order:
    Dudley-Standard Poodle
    Donut-Chijuajua (sp?)
    Dino-Miniature Poodle
    Nelson-St.Bernard
    Harvey-Toy Poodle
    Buffy-Lasa Apso
    Abbey-Cocker Spaniel Buff Colored
    Artie-Cocker Spaniel Parti Colored
    Trix- Beagle/Rat Terrier (Rataby)
    Gonzo-Field Spaniel

    Currently we only have one dog named Oscar, but we are contemplating getting another dog. Oscar was a rescue puppy. Apparently he had been abandoned when he was 3-5 weeks old :( A Lab rescue organization found him at the bottom of a huge pile of debris (from a building that was being renovated), and named him Oscar (from Sesame Street, Oscar the grouch….in the trashcan). Anyway, he has turned out to be the most wonderful pet. We aren’t completely sure what breed/s are in Oscar, but he is a beautiful/handsome dog. He is orange and white…just gorgeous. We think he is lab and basenji, but don’t know for sure. When we got Oscar, he was 10 weeks old, and we got him because we thought one of our dogs was going to die soon (he was old -15- Gonzo), and we wanted our other dog (Trix) to have a brother. But sadly, Trix got cancer and passed very quickly, and before Gonzo. Surprisingly, Gonzo lasted another year. On the one had, I almost want to say that Oscar will be our last dog/pet because I hate the heartache associated with their passing. But on the other, I have experienced so much joy by having them in my life. On any given day, I can watch Oscar for a minute, and he has me smiling and laughing. I love that dog!! I had a dog trainer tell me that dogs don’t have personalities. Can you believe that??? She was SO wrong! My dog has SO MUCH personality!! My dog sleeps with us in our bed (oh, btw, my husband used to think that pets don’t belong on the bed at night…I changed his mind :) Once he realized that they are part of the family, and just want to be near you, he was okay with it). Oscar is afraid of thunder and loud noises (probably from being abandonded), loves rawhide bones, cheese, and going for walks. He just loves being with us. He doesn’t mind us all the time (like when we are trying to get him inside so we can go to bed), but overall I would say that he is a great dog. I guess the next step is to find him a brother or sister :) I love my pets!! :)
    I can saw with the utmost confidence that I do not want a goat…unless I move to the mountains and need a goat to eat the mountainside. But I think I would love to have chickens, for eggs…but that will probably have to happen when I get goats for the mountainside living. One day! :)

    • september says:

      Dana you touched on the double edge sword of loving a pet….odds are they will go to heaven before you and the loss is devastating. I lost my Autumn (dobie) last Sunday and it hurts so much. But in the end all the wonderful memories make the pain bearable. I suspect you will always have a pet.

  17. Elizabeth says:

    My dog’s name is Noko the Pupples! We ordered him from a rescue about 8 months ago, so he traveled from Georgia to upstate NY to CT. He has blue eyes and we think he is a Doberman, Husky, Deer mix. He curls up like a little deer. Seriously, when he smells them in the yard, he’s like ‘Ah! The scent of my people!’ I think he has the soul of an old creole jazz musician. The best part about the Pupples is that he fancies himself a comedian. Seriously, he thinks he’s hilarious! And we think so too!

  18. kate-v says:

    currently, my husband and I have a dog, Max – who isn’t max at all – he only weighs about 12 pounds. Just this spring our ‘tuxedo’ cat Johnny died at the ripe old age of 19 1/2. I miss johnny – he was a good cat. I like pets – in the past, besides the usual cat or dog, I’ve had chickens, rabbits, cows, sheep, snakes, frogs, lizards – maybe others I forget at this time of life. The first cat I remember was was a mouser who gave birth to and trained the mousers who came after her. She was ‘my’ cat and I named her after my mother’s hand lotion: Dorothy Gray.

  19. KiwiKat says:

    I have to farewell my fur baby tomorrow (he’s been really ill and it’s time) and I am a mess. It’s not the first fur baby, but I love him dearly and this weekend is going to suck massively. Please everyone give your furbabies extra big hugs this weekend.

    • Nancy Blue Moon says:

      We went through this recently with our calico kitty Chip who had breast cancer..I know how heartbreaking it is to make this decision..Please remember that you are making the best choice for him..not for you..Don’t hold your grief in..let it flow..we cried for weeks..still do sometimes..My thoughts will be with you tomorrow..Hugs

  20. Alisa says:

    I have had almost every kind of animal, including hedgehogs (wonderful!) and crows as pets. Right now, though, I have a cat (Sookie), two rabbits (Dandelion and Daisy), and seven chickens: Sophie, Ellie, Antoinette, Leda, Josie, Freddie, Isabella, and Elizabeth. The last three are the adopted chicks of Josie. She kept going broody, so finally we surprised her by slipping three babies underneath her, and they bonded immediately. So cute. And since Josie loves us, the chicks do too – they jump up onto our laps for love and snuggles. Yes, I kiss my chickens on the head too! Ellie is my favorite baby though – I never knew chickens could be so sweet. She comes in the back door to ‘have breakfast’ in the kitchen, and loves to snuggle and spread out on my lap to sunbathe. I swear she understands english as much as dog would – certainly all my hens know their names!

  21. Sabrina B says:

    Lets start with the cats. We have 3.

    Gibbie is 13. She’s a black/brown tabby. She was brought to me when I was 14 by a friend of the family. This friend’s grandmother found her and locked her in a room because she didnt know what to do with her. She was just over a week old and her eyes just opening when she was brought to me. I’ve had her ever since. She’s crazy. Legitimately. She has tourettes. She’ll be fine and loving one minutes, and freak the heck out, clawing, hissing, spitting, and peeing all over the place. She’s calmed down a lot in her old age, but she’s still pretty crazy.

    Dizzy is a pretty normal cat. She’s 2 and a tortie. She was found in the middle of a highway in Quinlan, TX. My husbands cousin saw her and pulled over to get her out of the road, and she disappeared. Turns out, as they found out the next morning, she jumped up into the frame of the truck and rode home and spend the night with 6 dogs in the yard. She was then moved to the barn (in the truck still) and not seen again for 3 weeks. Slowly, she got used to people and the horses, and did fine on the farm for about 4 months. But, cousin has had cats on her farm before and they’re either eaten by the dogs or trampled by the horses. Cousin had gotten attached and didn’t want to have to bury her. My husband happened to be in TX for work, and came home with her. We’ve had her a year and a half and she hates me. I’ve never had a cat hate me.

    And then theres Theo. He’s our “dog”. He’s a year old. He was found at a grocery store and taken to a vet where a friend of mine works. She posted pics on Facebook looking for a home and I fell in love. He’s a little, half blind, Bombay. He weighed just over 2 lbs when he was taken in to the vet, had ear mites, intestinal parasites, missing teeth, and a massive upper respitory infection. He spent 6 weeks at the vet having tests ran and getting back to a healthy weight before I brought him home. He’s a goofball. We call him our puppy because he’s taught himself to play fetch. He follows us around the house, greets us at the door, and even his meows sound like little, pathetic barks.

    We also have an aquarium with 9 newts. We have 7 Japanese Firebelly newts and 2 Eastern Spotteds. We’ve had one of our firebellies for 7 years, so we’re quite attached. HER name is Big Papa. She’s a fatty and we didnt know she was female until I saw her laying eggs. Which, we’re also raising babies right now. They’re super cute. If you like that sort of thing. I do.

  22. Chris says:

    I have a 12lb short hair tuxedo cat named Blackjack but he answers to Phsst! which is what I say when he’s doing something he’s not suppose to be doing. He like to be carried slung over my shoulder or held upside down.
    My daughter cat Linus aka Fat Boy, is an 18lb long hair tuxedo who has been staying with us for the past 6 months. He has quite the kitty butt spread.
    Blackjack will grudgingly put up with Linus, but has let it be known that we are NOT a two cat family, which is surprising because he didn’t mind when Ariel our 1/2 chow 1/2 german shepherd was alive. She was my good,sweet,loving baby who took her job as my protector very seriously. The first thing my husband would do when he came home from work was to give me a kiss hello. Ariel would get jealous and bark at him.
    Chris =]

  23. Court says:

    The love if my life is Otis, my rescue basset. (My BF is okay playing second fiddle). :-)

  24. Susan Preston says:

    At the moment I have Brigs my 175 lb. fuzzy, black Newf who is the most cuddly, gentle, giant puppy you would ever want to meet. He has his own fan club. People walk by the house on purpose, out of their way, to see and say hello to Brigs. I also have Ninja the stray beautiful silver, Fifty Shades of grey cat that has made herself at home and rules the roost. And in the roost I have Stella, Mildred, Ethel, Jemima, and Glynnis. But over my lifetime I have had, adopted and loved over 21 dogs, 2 cats, numerous hamsters, fish and 7 chickens. When one comes into my life I swear they aren’t staying but when one leaves my life I’m devastated. I’ve loved them all more than I ever loved my husband and most have lasted longer!

  25. Jacqui says:

    We have 2 awesome cats – a ginger named Louquatsin (Luke for short) and a black cat named Nocturna. The latest additions to our family is two 7 month old pug puppies named Pugsley and Wednesday. The are the most wonderful awesome creatures on the planet!

  26. Claire says:

    We have a very small, all black cat called Fergus. Fergus was rescued as a kitten and came to us at approximately seven weeks old. He had his nineteenth birthday four days ago! Fergus’ hobbies include bird watching from the conservatory, sunbathing, counting frogs jumping in and out of the pond and snacking. He also has a little speech prepared for if he ever gets be to a contestant on a TV game show ‘my name is Fergus Ross, I am 19 and from Scotland. I work in pest control and home security’. We really love him!

  27. cathee says:

    Hey Alicia what are hedgehogs like? Will they get along with a cat? And what the heck do they eat?

    Right now I only have a cat and saltwater fish. I don’t kiss the fish on the head, but they are pets to me. I wish I could have chickens, or a hedgehog.

  28. Rhonda SmartyPants says:

    My life on December 25, 2004 was directed towards freedom with the oath I declared, “I’m done. Even if it means leaving everything behind, I’m done.” As the months and then years took their toll on what I thought mattered to others and then what was left over that mattered to me, I knew that statement was all-inclusive of the furry friends who mattered the most of everything to me: 2 dogs and 3 cats. One and two at a time they left – the last cat left 2 months ago when I developed an allergy (the first allergy of any kind in my life). Their lives with me and their leaving is painful to recall for me still. I have pictures of them all and know that I loved them beyond compare. Their loyalty, steadfastness and goofy dispositions kept my head above water many times. I hope I filled their lives with an ounce of the caring and devotion they gave to me as long as I held the door open for them whether they were late or not, lost or found, hungry or carrying the catch of the day/night. They gave me a purpose to my day and night, they leaned in for the caress I needed and nudged me out of the darkness of my brooding. I was at a Grange this weekend and had to stop myself from buying a toy for some type of pet. I doubt my living situation will allow me the luxury of a pet again; I console myself from the pain of that thought by remembering that Psycho-kitty, Shade, Lola, Dusty and Buddy were the best I could have hoped for and they are in better homes today because of friends and helpers who came forward exactly when they were needed for each of them. Husband? Never had the luxury of having one who loved me as much as any one of the pets I just named.

  29. Tanya says:

    We had the sweetest, most loyal gold lab named Gizmo growing up. She was calm and protective and never left our side when we went camping as kids. Now my husband and I have 3 cats but no dog yet. Mustang (7 year old grey and white tabby) is the typical standoffish cat, but sweet. Sierra (7 year old brown tabby) is my cuddler who thinks she’s a dog! I taught her to sit on command, she comes when she’s called, and runs to see me when I get home. Then I found a tiny grey kitten with a broken tail in an alley and I had to save her when she hopped onto my shoulder. Now Squeaker is in charge of the household as she shreds cardboard boxes and wags her folded “lucky” tail.
    I love this post idea–how fun to read all about the love we all have for our furry loved ones!

  30. Therese Bourne says:

    Too many to list from my past, so I’ll just concentrate on those alive and well. We have 2 guinea pigs, Buster and Smudge who are almost 4 years old. Then we have Annie, our rescue dog who is about 6 – we’ve had her just a year now and she is BRILLIANT! And last but certainly not least, our 4 chickens, Selma, an old rescue hen we found in our local park, Saffron, a pretty buff Pekin Bantam, Chickpea, an Australorp bantam – she’s so black she’s kinda green like a beetle, and Bocconcini, a bantam mix of Silkie and Pekin, who is tiny and hilarious and can fly really well.(Selma’s my favorite, but don’t tell the others.)

  31. Lea Studebaker says:

    Well here is the story of my Louis (Aka The Pantie Pirate). Louis is a tiny Chihuahua I purchased on Thanksgiving Day for my best friend so she could give her kids a puppy for Christmas, I have never liked small dogs as I have owned Pit bulls my entire life but I am a good friend and I agreed. I potty and obedience trained him and he slept with me every night; he turned out to be a sweet little bugger. So come Christmas day I tearfully drove to her house with Louis donned with a huge red bow that was as big as he was and relinquished custody of my unlikely friend. Fast forward 2 weeks later and he was back with me, he was attached to me and refused to eat or do much of anything but lay in his carrier. So I now have a tiny dog that eats all of our undies; clean, dirty, male or female he does not care, He’s an equal opportunity pantie eater. I am also in the process of adopting a lovely blue pittie named Pearl!

  32. Susan R says:

    Dog:
    Molly, Lhasa Apso, 10, blind, deaf, diabetic

    Cats: indoor
    Amy, 3
    Annie, 10
    Gandolf, 6
    Neko, 9
    Sybase, 3
    Yeppie, 5

    Cats: stray
    Elsa (Mom), 2
    Big Guy, 6
    Jake, 1
    Jerry, 1

    All rescues. All loved.

  33. Maureen Locke says:

    We have Maggie, our 12 year old Shih Tzu. She’s my baby and it’s so hard to believe that she’s as old as she is. I can’t imagine life without her, nor do I want to. When it’s her time to cross the Rainbow Bridge, I doubt if I’ll ever get another. She’s so loving and faithful, well behaved and just comforting to have around. She’s the best.

  34. Jenny W. says:

    Two rescue cats, Little Miss Fuzz, who loves only me, and HairyIt who loves everyone, (especially people who don’t really like cats). A little blue and white dumbo rat named Annabelle Blue, who thinks she’s a poodle, and currently two giant goldfish, who winter in our dining room and summer in our backyard pond. We usually get several feeder goldfish and put them in the pond, and my son calls it our own personal Hunger Games, because whoever survives the pond gets to live in the house! Our beautiful Golden Retreiver, Cooper Loo, passed away last November, and I swore no more dogs – but our new little Airedale Puppy is going to be born June 28ish and I’m sooo excited I could just pee :))

  35. Karin says:

    We have a lovely male cat, 13 Years old, with a serious heart disease. Therefore it’ s important to see him every day for medication.
    When sometimes Fritz stays outside for a day or two, we are always scared wether he finds his way back home or not.
    He is very sweet and extremly good looking.
    A dark grey, four white socks, a white belly and one little

  36. Karin says:

    Spot next to his nose.
    Fritz brings Joy and happiness to our family.
    He doesn’t ask much and gives a lot!

  37. Mary Jo says:

    My dog Meva who isn’t really a pet she is our baby.
    She is our constant amusement and our personal trainer pushing my husband to walk only 2 days out of heart surgery last year. She constantly makes us giggle with her antics and is always ready for a cuddle – a big cuddle cause she is 100 pounds of lovable fun. She doesn’t bark but she does serenade us once in a while. She sings like a wolf – it starts out very low and then gradually builds into rich full howl. Then the sweet notes fade as she takes another breath before letting out another series of notes. Can you tell I think she is quite a talented tenor? I have to remind myself that my neighbors might not feel the same about her singing and ask her to stop when she gets started.
    If you visit my blog http://whatzitknitz.com/. there are a few pictures of Meva (whose name means wolf queen or drunken woman) and she does resemble a wolf princess. She is our 8 year old baby girl ; )

  38. Carol says:

    We have an african grey Congo parrot named Nelson. Every morning when I go downstairs to make coffee he says good morning boss. You just have to love that! We also have a very sweet South American pionus. She’s very quiet and shy.

  39. RosieW says:

    Happy to share. I have a much loved orange tabby, 9 y/o and a recently adopted 3 y/o Havanese girl doggie. The cat, Dub, is 13#, Lola is 14#. I made such a great decision getting another dog. Dub did not agree for several weeks, walked looking very peculiar because his back stayed arched. They are friends now! Spend right at 2 minutes a day grooming myself and about 30 grooming Lola. Love all these stories.

    Rosie

  40. Susan says:

    You will be inundated with mail for this one! The long and the short of it is that I have a shaggy Jack Russell and a standard poodle, Dewey and Corky. Bandit (JR) was our dog when my husband died and I got Twice (JR) so he wouldn’t be lonely when I went to work. When Bandit died, I got Dewey to keep Twice company and when Twice died, in my infinite wisdom, I decided to get a non-shedder, thus the poodle. Nobody explained that standard poodles don’t shed but they can carry half a beach in their big curly feet. And they have a very warped sense of humour.
    Just in case anybody wonders, all of my previous babies died of old age – I’m not a serial dog killer.

  41. You would have to tax my memory! Oh well, everything is being taxed so why not? LOL!
    Here goes: Pudgy (dog), King – German Shepherd, Bosco – mutt my Dad rescued, Amber – MY German Shepherd, rescued by me after she was hit by a car, Cooky – a fantastic dog, Penny – another dog I rescued, Tiny – really tiny dog I found & adopted out to friends, Snoopy & the Red Baron – my chameleons, Candy – dog I rescued, David the feral kitten I tamed, Patches – MY FAVORITE CAT, my BFF who passed away 8/14/12 after 14 years together. I still miss him so much. Toby – a cat I rescued/adopted from the NYC Animal Care & Control,aka Cadaver City.
    In about 2-3 weeks I will be getting 2 more cats rescued from the NYC ACC – Juice & Mousey are the names they have now but I will rename them as soon as I get them. I am taking suggestions so feel free to give me some ideas! I wish I could post their pics – they are GORGEOUS! They are on my Facebook page – look for the 2 white kitties! Both are males so I need boy names. :) I will have just them as Toby went to live with my sister when I was sick & needed to be hospitalized & she & her family & cats bonded so strongly she doesn’t want to give him up! If he weren’t in such a great home I would make her give him back but she is a fantastic cat mom so I will let him stay & open my heart to the 2 new kitties!

  42. Kerry says:

    I have two dogs. Harry is a Wirehaired Viszla, and Hazel is a Spinone Italiano (we live out in the woods and picked the breeds for their suitability thereof). Their personalities couldn’t be more different. We always say, for Harry, the center of his universe is me and my boyfriend. For Hazel, the center of her universe is…herself. Both are a source of endless laughter and love. (Funny, I notice another reader had a Hazel too! Love the name!).

  43. Elaine says:

    I have two greyhounds. They are both retired racing dogs we adopted from the states. They are 9 years old and are wonderful pets. Very laid back and lazy.

    • Kim says:

      Back in my younger days, my friends and I rode trails ala horseback, and a greyhound would course with us. Great dog. Kept up too.

  44. Kim says:

    Is your mom’s cat in the sink from FB a “ragdoll”? We have a defective one that hates to be held.
    ~kim

  45. Candice says:

    I am owned by a yoda-like, 14+ year old American Cocker Spaniel who’s slowly losing her mind and her bladder control and I have an 8 year old, 75 lb Coonhound (who has never seen a coon in his entire spoiled life) who thinks he’s a lapdog (and is truly the sweetest dog I’ve ever known). Both are completely rotten and rule the house.

  46. Jackie MacDougall says:

    We have two cats- Penelope (aka “the boss”) and Sophie and a Border Collie named Murphy. Penny is the older,rotund lazy cat and Sophie is one year old and as sweet as sugar, loves everyone. Murphy is 5 months old and is loving and willing to learn everything we teach him, which is good as he has tons of energy. Both cats are indoor cats, Sophie likes walks in the yard on her leash.

  47. Angela Meyer says:

    I have one predatory cat, Lizzy, who attacks my boyfriend, she’s 10. The two male cats, Lester, 9, and Henry, 8, love to cuddle with each other. Lester is the peacemaker between Lizzy and Henry, who can’t stand each other. All three are rescued kittens, Henry from Hurricane Katrina.

  48. ~JackieVB says:

    I’ve got a cat now – a Maine Coon named Samantha with the longest whiskers I’ve ever seen! I’d been a dog person all my life, but when my dog ‘Kita’ passed away I just couldn’t bring myself to get another dog. I felt like I would be betraying her somehow. But a friend of mine told me about this cat who was very sweet and friendly – and it was love at first sight. It’s been two years and I feel like I can begin thinking about getting another dog. When I get my farm I’ll most definitely be adding chickens, and I’m reading about Alpacas. (all of which I would consider pets :)

  49. Kari says:

    We lost our beloved family dog, Emma, last year. She was an airedale terrier and the sweetest, most loving dog ever! Later in the year, we adopted a puppy from our local shelter. Piper, is a blue-heeler/beagle mix. She is very cute but very odd – she is sweet but just acts quirky and indifferent. I seriously think she has some kind of anxiety disorder.

  50. Judy says:

    Chase, our Springer Spaniel, was a wonderful velcro pet who passed away in an emergency last week at the age of 15+. A dedicated counter surfer, door scratcher and trash can eater whose favorite food was a roll of toilet paper, he has now turned our lives upside down no longer having to vacuum up hair, toilet drinking drips, move things out of his reach and the many other routines we didn’t know we loved to do. Now no one is wildly bouncing and barking on our return. We have to wipe the food from the floor eath all his favorite carrots ourselves. Over 65 now we are trying to decide whether to dedicate another 15 years to a new pet in these uncertain times having buried many other pets along the way. Like Ruth we’ve had pet chickens all named after characters in Harry Potter and rabbits, Roger and Attila the Bun. Raccoons came and got the Koi this spring, so now we are totally pet-less. What sorrow. No one ever told me we’d need 4-legged toddlers all our lives to replace the 2-legged ones that grew up. Please hug every single one of yours for me.

  51. Beth says:

    I have a 15lb muppet named Pokaroo. She’s a boston terrier crossed with a poodle. She behaves essentially like a cat; tosses her food around like a catnip toy, doesn’t bark, content to sleep 20hrs a day, stares at you when she wants something. She’s also extremely well behaved (although I never took time to train her) and is a little bit too intuitive for my liking. She might read minds. I’m not really sure, only because she can’t talk to tell me so.
    https://fbcdn-sphotos-e-a.akamaihd.net/hphotos-ak-prn1/544720_10151700651190532_1438716461_n.jpg
    That’s her throwing the apples for herself to catch after they have fallen off our tree. Better to throw them than eat them… b/c they make her fart like a trucker.

  52. Thera says:

    Currently we have 3 cats Pandora 14, Bandit 5 and Spooky 5, a wiener dog named Oscar, app 11, a turtle and a hamster.
    But Spooky is my baby, he is ten pounds of pure black fluff, who cries mama for treats, never leaves my side when I am sad or sick, sleeps with us every night, cuddles with me every morning and more often than not is on my lap as I sit at the laptop or on the couch.

  53. Carol-Anne says:

    Lola is my 7.5 year old Maltese/Terrier girlfriend. I could go on forever about her so I’ll just say she makes me laugh everyday and I love her!

  54. Laurie says:

    Two ferrets, Kupo and Polo. Kupo is squee inducing adorable, loves to wrestle, and looks you in the eye like he really knows what you’re saying. Polo is albino and a total drama queen. When he is displeased, he walks into a room, throws himself belly first onto the middle of the floor, and sighs, so everyone knows what he thinks.

  55. Janice says:

    I had two dogs growing up. Prince, a black miniature poodle and Max, a white fluffy version of Prince. Later, Cosmo, a Shih Tzu Poodle mix puff ball, was the love of my life for 14 years until he died last December. Very dark December. We rescued a funny, long bodied, short legged black and white Walter the Dog this Spring. The first thing he did when we brought him home was to run up to a picture of Cosmo. He smelled it, licked it and then hopped on my lap. The rest is history.

  56. Susan Dulley says:

    Muffie is a cat, approx. 15 years old. She was rescued by myself and my son from a place that, thank heaven, no longer exists. She came to us already spayed, declawed, and very skiddish. We were told that she was a show cat and that the owner no longer chose to show animals anymore. Muffie is bright Apricot, very, very fuzzy, curly tummy and a tail fluffy enough to dust the coffee table if she were only tall enough. She keeps me company, is more like a dog when it comes to responding to directives like, sit, up, jump, etc.
    She is my lighthouse in my life. I love her dearly and pray that she will be with me many more years. She only eats Antibiotic free, grain fed, no hormone…CHICKEN! I bake it for her and she is soooo amazingly healthy. Love her, Love her, Love her.

  57. Karen J says:

    We have 2 dogs, William and Kate (our royal couple).
    William is a Vizsla and Kate is a mix of many.
    We rescued Kate from The Humane Society when William was 1 (to keep him company).
    They’re a lovely couple:)
    http://mosaicworksca.blogspot.ca/2012/04/sunday-love.html

  58. Holly H says:

    I have a pitbull mix named AJ, a found stray rat terrier named Lucky (pretty smart too) and an 18 year old cat named TC. I use initials since its just easier. Lol and it cost less per letter when creating name tags for their collars. Had my cat and my pit since they were 4 months old and lucky was about 1 when we found him 4 years ago. I don’t know what I would do without them. Of course the cat is super sweet and takes “beatings” from my 5 year old in stride. But the cat rules the roost.

  59. Nancy says:

    Our German Shepherd dog Emma rules our roost. She loves people, but not most other dogs. She is the heart of our home. We had two cats, Bucky and Sister (real brother and sister) for close to twenty years, and our first GSD Maggie for nine and a half years. Bucky, Sister and Maggie all died within a two year period and our house was soooooo quiet. My husband (who was in charge of all things litter related) declared that we were not going to have anything else that “eats or shits”! We went for seven years without a pet. Then we got Emma and the sunshine returned :)

  60. Joanne says:

    We have two pets in our home right now–Chuckie the cat, named after the movie and doll, and left behind by youngest after he left home; and Daisy Doodle, who came into our lives after all four kids had left home. We love her to bits, and the combination of golden retriever and standard poodle (those poodles will mate with anything) makes for a wonderful family dog who loves people before dogs and doesn’t shed (unlike evil Chuckie!!)

  61. Christy says:

    I rescued a tenacious 3 year old, 10lbs rat terrier named Ruby. She’s thirteen now and my best bud. When she was young she could jump up on to the kitchen counter. I came home early one day to find her sleeping in the kitchen sink. But what really sealed the deal for my heart was when my ex husband and I split and he was leaving our apartment for one of the last times, she ran after him and jumped up and nipped him in the butt. She only grazed his wallet but as she turned and ran back to me I knew that not only did I love her completely and would do anything for her but that the feeling was mutual.

  62. Beth Sanders says:

    We live on a farm, so there are lots of animals…dogs, cats, goats! But you’re right…if you kiss them on the head, they are pets. I have a small group of alpacas, but Cinderella (who just turned 20!)and her daughter Belle are my pets. In the house we have 3 cats. Paisley is an orphaned barn kitty that I bottle fed. She still thinks I’m her mama. It doesn’t happen often, but she’s actually a lap kitty!

  63. ev says:

    As a child-Chamelians, Rusty the guinea pig who lived 5 years (long time), a chihuahua, a very smart mini poodle, and water turtles. As an adult, a white in the winter small horse named “Lady”. In the summer she was a muted pinto, and was about 25 when she left us.
    We had iguanas, two mixed breed dogs: one looked like a min-pin, the other, a mixed beagle who hated even getting dew on his feet! They were brothers from the same litter. Siamese fighting fish now and then,and our black lab, “Reilly”. After 5 years we are still in mourning. Got a nutball dog from the local pound last September, supposed to be lab/pointer, but doubtful. Afraid of everything, chews up stuff, prob not nearly the 1 1/2 years old they said she was! She likes men the most, which is something new for my spouse-she is his dog.. He does not speak dog yet, prob never will! I have 5 box turtles and 2 water turtles and have had them for about 17 years. In reading the responses from your readers, I see I am not the only one who has had many different critters. Wouldn’t know how to live without them! Thanks Karen. Pats to your “girls”!

  64. Bonnie says:

    I now have two adopted dogs, Sasha, a border collie mix, and Jake, a Westie. We also have 8 fish in the pond outside, but I don’t kiss them on the head, so I guess they aren’t pets, although we do feed them and care for them. I have had cats, chickens, ducks, rabbits, and two albino hermaphrodite peacocks–really! I love animals, but since my husband is the primary caretaker, I have listened to his request that we not add more to our current household. I can’t imagine not having a pet. I believe all of the research about the benefits of petting a warm furry animal.

  65. Janie says:

    I rescue cats, there isn’t enough space or time to talk about all of them so will try and make it short. We are down to 5 cats now and 2 dogs. Arlie Farleigh, orange tabby was 2 days old when found under a trailer. The tuxedo feral sisters, Lucy and Liliuokalani were found in the back yard. Their eyes were infected shut, had fleas and ear mites. Lili is blind in one eye because of the infection so has anxiety issues. She is a very high maintenance cat but, a fighter. Molly, a beautifyl calico was rescued from another rescue group at 3 yrs old. Mike Katz (I tend to name the males after male friends who hate cats) was rescued at 2 weeks old last year. He was found under a deck, his mouth full of mud. At one time I had 17, 14 of them were 2 feral mamas and their babies. I have lost 4 of the older cats within the last 2 years. Ann Marae, Louis Peet, Uncle Chuck and Candy. My first rescue many years ago was Arthur John. I rocked him to sleep every night, like a baby. I still miss him. Our dogs, Sam is a Sheltie and the puppy is suppose to be a yorkie poo but, she’s not. She looks like a yorkie chihuahua. I wanted to name her Kaiulani but hubby wanted a name he could pronounce. So I named her Xuxa. Pet hair is a really big issue

  66. Diane says:

    Ouch! I am a foster Mom for rescue animals and many end up living here forever! But I have a Great Pyrenees {Sugar}, a Bassett Hound {Fred}, a Tuxedo Cat {Sylvester}, a Long-Haired Demon, I mean Domestic Cat {Belle}, and a resuce in need of adoption a kitten {Callie}. I lost the other Great Pyrenees {Tucker} in the custody battle…boohoo. Besides that we have a deer, coyote, snakes, rabbits, armadillos, opossums, and chipmunks that live in the yard and visit on occasion. I have had many pets growing up, but these are who I enjoy sharing my life with now.

    I want goats and chickens, but I am still fighting the family on that one. Seems I will be voted off the island if I bring anymore animals in the house!

  67. Mary Werner says:

    As a baby I was raised with a large black labrador named Bo who was magnificent. He hunted and brought back ducks that weren’t even shot, just gently in his mouth which he dropped at Daddy’s feet then they flew away. Next came Spotty a fox terrier then Tramp a beautiful cocker spaniel. I got married and my first valentines present was a pound houndish dog that was so funny. He was killed by neighbors when we moved to our 10 acre “farm”. Next a tennessee walker horse named Comanche that hated men but let me ride for hours with the mot easy rocking chair canter. Next Crystal a quarter horse with 1 blue eye and 1 brown – she used to sneak up behind my DH and lay her head on his shoulder when he was burning the garbage. Then Salty a horrible mean nasty old shetland pony. A beagle then another red hound named Lucky – hoping she would live a long life. A cow named Molly that jumped our fence every year to get with a bull somewhere. She was always back the same day and we had a calf every year. Always chickens – not named but the rooster was. Rodney (after Dangerfield the comedian) since he “got no respect”. A huge black male (fixed) rescue cat named Black Kitty. Next Rowdy (rhodesian ridgeback male) and Trouble (tree climbing funny curly mix male) both dogs lived like brothers. When they were no longer, we adopted 2 outside cats & don’t remember names. Next came the “love of my life” 135 pound rhodesian ridgeback/pit bull mix “Bubba”. LOVED that dog so much. A parakeet named Pepsi, a Cockateel named Peaches, an inside Yorkie Poodle named Trixie that sleeps between my knees as I type. We chum up every stray cat that stays, get them fixed and shots, then turn loose – if they stay, ok, I feed them. There was Grizzabella and Moma Kitty who gave us Beatrice and 4 other kittens one stormy night. We found homes for all but Ween the black one (Hallow ran away) and finally KeKe, a huge orange cat that followed my home and curled up with my 3 year old Granddaughter and has never left! Is it true that orange cats are the most laid back? I’m old and had pets all my life hence the long list. I didn’t include all the turtles, rabbits, calves, goats, snake,turkeys, pig, owls, fish. I can remember stories about each one and our pet cemetery holds many warm memories and gratitude for their lives and teaching us patience and the ways of nature.

  68. Suanne says:

    We have a Yorkie, Bentington…..Bentington O’Brien, when he’s in trouble. He lets US live with him….but he’s such a sweetie pie. He has so many cute little mannerisms, I wouldn’t know where to start to tell you about them. He will be 14 this summer and I can’t imagine life without him in it.

  69. Carolyn says:

    We have a lovebird named Indigo, or maybe I should say “I” have a lovebird named Indigo. She hasn’t any love for my husband or son. All her lovebirdiness is mine. She’s an absolute doll with me, cuddles and nuzzles all over the place, can’t stand to be away from me. I hope she warms up to my boys some day, but in the meantime I’ll keep her soft birdie cuddles all to myself.

  70. Erika says:

    I have a domestic shorthair named Holly. She’s almost 6 now and we adopted her when she was just a baby. She’s my best buddy! I can’t imagine life without a pet. My parents lost their 22 year old maine coon mix last Fall and I’ve been trying to encourage them to adopt another (or 2!).

  71. Becca says:

    Saladin (Afghan Hound who lived on a sailboat but was afraid of water), Butch and Littlebit (2 cats), Panama (cat adopted in Panama), Ho Chi Minh (the fierce guard cat who kept me safe from any and all threats), Samantha (the softest pure black cat that earned me the title of “witch” at school), Fonzarelli (cat – parents chose the name, I had nothing to do with it, he was embarrassed by it also), Sasha (severely cross-eyed Siamese), Brandy (rescue demon, ummm cat), Captain Bligh (cat), a bunch of hamsters and gerbils (probably all died in fright from all the cats in the house), Morgan and Murphy (two gorgeous tabby siblings), Marvin (a Kensington Market survivor), Tigger (the dumbest cat that ever lived). That was history… currently the rulers of our house are two shelter rescue beasties: Maia (calico tabby who loves everybody) and Pandora (little tuxedo cat who is afraid of everyone not in the family). Although I’d love to have less dusting and chasing of dust bunnies and furballs, I would never give up having pets in the house. Wouldn’t it be great if they could be taught to vacuum and scoop their own litter box?

  72. OK, there’s Angel, our 12-year-old Pekingese – she’s the old lady of the house. Molly is our 11-year-old yellow lab – she is nicknamed “Mama Molly” because she watches after all the other animals…she always has the uncanny ability to plant herself in the exact spot you want to walk in the next few seconds. Oreo is our 9-year-old chihuahua – she’s diabetic and blind, but still acts chipper. When she’s happy, her tail sticks straight up and wiggles, like the antenna on a remote control car. Casey is the newest canine – she’s a blenheim CKC spaniel and still acts all-puppy at the age of 4. Last is Sheba, the gray tabby cat who thinks she’s a dog…she’s likes to be petted while she eats and she loves to give you head butts in the face.

  73. Kathy says:

    Buddy, my black cat is the best. He is long and lean, a loving machine!

  74. Erika says:

    I have two dogs. The oldest is Bella. She’s a coonhond mix with the black/tan coloring, though her mother was a pedigree blue tick hound(owned by my aunt). We’re not sure who the father was; it was an unplanned pregnancy. Bella lives up to her DNA – so far she’s taken down six squirrels, seven rabbits, five birds, three possums, a snake, a mouse, and a raccoon. She did have help from my other dog on the raccoon. Tavish is a couple of years younger; he’s a rescue from the local shelter and he’s a pitbull/lab mix, and he is black except for a speckled white chest and belly, and splashes of speckled white on his paws. He has the most easy-going personality, thinks everyone is his best friend, and gets me up at 6:30 every morning by laying on my chest and washing my face and neck with his smelly doggy spit, even on days when I don’t need to get up early. I swear he can tell time. Bella beats him up all the time ad washes his ears, but he always manages to pull her collar off.

  75. Julie says:

    I have a metrosexual cat. His name is Attila but he is far from ferocious. He likes to clean himself and keeps his food dish area spotless. But he’s super soft and the biggest cuddle bug. Most of the time I just call him “Pooks”.

  76. Jenn says:

    I have been secretly craving a goat family for our yard for awhile now. We have two dogs (boxers) currently, who are 11 and 10. Had a miracle late in life baby so they are tormented now by a two year old on a daily basis. I consider them my first children. We had two cats before them, and growing up I had a family dog.

    I ended up so in love with our first boxer that I started working as a vet tech, then ended up opening my own dog daycare, boarding and training facility. Til I had a real boy baby. What a crazy ride this life has been so far.

    Nothing better in the world than the unselfish, total love given by a dog.

  77. Corinna Mulligan says:

    I have 1 rescued rottweiler names Mercedes (her first name was Maggot), 2 unfriendly cats.. One whom I swear has a social disorder and the other who shows his displeasure over the dog by giving us open handed bitch slaps.. We also have 4 chickens. As I mentioned before (probably 2000 comments ago), we are allowed 2 chickens in Brampton. My uptight neighbour had cataract surgery last week so she hasn’t noticed them yet. I am hoping when she does, I can convince her they’re quiet.. The chickens are Boo, Camilla, Maurice, and Dr Quinn Medicine Chicken.

  78. SuzyM says:

    I am owned by three Havanese….are you saying Hava “what”? Havs are descended from the Bichon, so they are similar in appearance, but, like shoes, come in colors. First comes Teddy, who is almost seven, then Joe who’s six and finally Daisy, my rescued Havanese who came from a puppy mill in Wisconsin.

    Then there are my rescue dogs, you see, I volunteer for Havanese Rescue, so often there is another Hav in the house. Right now it’s Benji, a Hav/Yorkie mix who is a sweetie pie and a lover boy.

    These guys are small and weigh from 8 pounds to a whopping 17 for Benji. It is a wonderful breed best described by telling anyone who wants to know, that, you will never, ever enter the bathroom alone, ever. They want to be with you that much!

  79. Sarah says:

    Currently, I’ve been granted permission to share residence with one orange cat, one fuzzy grey and white cat, and one naked cat. ‘The orange’ as I often refer to her (Cheddar is her actual name) rules the roost. She’s the boss and everyone, me included, must bow to her. Mind you, it isn’t so bad, she’s a real clown and my go-to for cuddles. The grey and white is the baby. He was rescued from a feral colony, is likely inbred, suffered massive dehydration as a tiny tyke and therefore is a bit dumb. Lucky for me he’s beautiful, serene and very sweet. And the naked cat, Go Go, is ancient, wrinkled, demanding, loud, obnoxious and affectionate to the point of annoyance. But I love him, he’s been my constant companion for 15 years, long past his expiry date!

  80. Ann says:

    We have 4 if you don’t count the rabbits outside, the chickens or the ducks.

    1 dog, Daisy. A pit mix with one eye bigger than the other. A sweet dog that my husband adores. Me, not so much. Only cause she is big enough that she bowls me over each and every time she wants to come in the door.

    3 cats. Jack, with only 1 eye. My sweet old man cat that tests positive for both feline leukemia and feline Aids. Except for the 2 times we had to spend a thousand dollars to save his life, he is incredibly healthy for his age. But now that he is elderly there will be no more life saving of that degree.

    Lexi, my anorexic super model cat. She is 6 years old and still as skinny as a kitten. And a big spooky. We really don’t see her all that much even tho she is a house only cat. She just exists on her own plane and we just make sure the food and water bowls are filled.

    Iris, our newest. She just loves all the other animals. Us, not so much. But she is getting better as she gets older. She is almost 2 now so by age 10 she might actually like being petted!

    My DH swears no more pets. Ever. He will never win that war.

  81. Sarah says:

    My grey and white cat, his name is Rocky. Mostly because when he was tiny he would jump off the sofa with all the grace of a baby water buffalo and hit the floor with a giant ‘THUD’!

  82. Melissa Leach says:

    We have two dogs. Gracie, a 9 year old Shih Tzu and Glory, a 2 year old rescue also a Shih Tzu. Gracie is an angel, Glory is not. Later this year when we move to our “house on the hill” I will have chickens. I’m so excited.

  83. Cindy says:

    We love to talk about our pets just like new parents like to share pictures of their babies. Maybe because neither one talks back? We have two rescue dogs. They are brother and sister – Jethro and Bailey. Spaniel mixes, we’re told. They are complete opposites. Jethro is afraid of his own shadow and runs to hide at any noise, and Bailey loves everyone and wants to lick their eyeballs. They’re quite weird so they fit in well in our family!

  84. Kim Jordan says:

    I have one rescued dog, Mamadog, found on Christmas day in our storage building. She had just given birth to 11 puppies. She was starving, wormie, and had a broken back leg. As if that wasn’t enough, some one had tied a rope around her neck which she had gotten a front leg through which resulted in this rope cutting into her armpit and top of her neck creating very infected open wounds. She was so terrified of people it took me 2 weeks to gain her trust and be able to touch her and remove the rope. That was 2 years ago and now this dog sleeps on a bed in my bedroom and is constantly by my side whenever I am home. She travels with me to visit my daughter and grandchildren out of state. I also have 2 elderly cats that are on assisted living.

  85. LeeAnne says:

    I/we (me and hubby)have 3 cats. Two Main Coons (Darla and Rena) and a domestic long hair called Winston. Winston really should be the Main Coon as he never matted till he got really old. He also was found at a shelter after being lost for two and half years.
    Also have a 30 year old quarter horse mare named Dawn who is the love of my life -shhh don’t tell hubby. There is a whole list of others like Winston’s mother Gilly who came home from college pregnant (I was at school not Gilly!) but I don’t want to hog up the whole blog talking about my beloveds.

  86. Cydney says:

    We have always had pets – all kinds. My son had 2 Guinea pigs for over 8 years. Our dogs used to go in every morning to say hello (the guineas had an open top pen and both dogs would go in and stick their heads in the pen). When the guinea pigs passed away our oldest dog went in the room every morning for at least 6 months looking for them.
    The dogs (Seamus and Maggie) hold our family together. No matter what, we can all agree about how wonderful,smart,funny etc. the dogs are.
    There is a lady who rides the Toronto transit system with the biggest bunny in her lap (I originally thought it was a fur coat). She can often be seen on the Pape bus. I love it!
    And – a few years ago I met a guy who was carrying something – holding it like a baby. When I got up close, it was a possum. He had seen it’s mother get hit by a car and had rescued it. He had had the possum for a while and said it was the best pet. He worked doing landscaping and brought the possum to work every day.

  87. Laura K says:

    We have 3 wonderful dogs – Chyna (a 10 yr old Newfoundland/Mastiff mix) and Misha and Diesel (9 month old sister and brother Newfoundland/Pointer mixes). I know we were crazy, 2 very big puppies at the same time!

    And we have 3 indoor cats – Raven (our black cat), Boo (our white deaf cat, we adopted her a week before Halloween, hence the name)and Kitten (our grey tabby)

    And we love them all and I couldn’t imagine my life without the fur-kids.

  88. Debbie B says:

    I have 2 furbabies, a doxie and a chi, both very friendly and they love people. They would literally crawl over my body to get a treat from or patted by a complete stranger. I call them my floozies.

  89. Allison says:

    Right now we have Waffles, a 6.5 year old great dane girl, who is the sweetest most laid back dog ever, and Roscoe,a 1.5 year old Black Mouth Cur, who is the most hyperactive, lick your face dog boy ever. Roscoe’s middle name is Chicken, so together they are Roscoe Chicken and Waffles. Both are rescues. We also have a new tank of fish. I’m not sure what they are named though because my 5 year old son keeps changing their names.

    In the past, we’ve had Birdie, a terrier Heinz 57 mix, and 3 cats, Satellite (long haired gray and white queen of the house who only truly loved my hubby), Thor (long and skinny orange and white tabby who was scared of his shadow), and Stewie (brown, gray and white tabby who was plotting to take over the world. He was true to his namesake).

  90. Krista says:

    I’ve always been a cat person, and I have 2 right now. Bella, 6 and Kiddo, 8. I couldn’t imagine my life without them!

  91. Ella says:

    I have a lovely lap cat, Haddie, and 3 chickens: Camilla (named after Gonzo’s chicken), Franca (named after my mother-in-law) and Vicky (named after my mother)!

  92. Tigersmom says:

    Ok – you asked.
    I have an asshead cat named Teenybutt who likes to poke me in the eyelids with his teeny, tiny, very sharp, needle-like claws when I sleep. Other than also being incredibly stinky, he’s very sweet. His stabbing me in the eye is because he wants a cuddle.
    And then there is Ruby, our Welsh Pembroke Corgi whose ridiculously comical proportions bring me joy daily. She also has attitude for days and is quite smart but can also be really sweet. My husband says she is the dog version of me and I’m just sure he means that in the nicest way possible. She is the only dog he has ever loved.

  93. Lisa says:

    We have a 55 lb Australian Shepherd / Beagle mix named Wrigley. She is the smartest and best dog I’ve ever owned. If we had a bigger home / yard, we’d def add more dogs – and chickens!

  94. Tanya H. says:

    I have an aging toy poodle named Jasmine. My boys call her Poodle Sister. She’s gotten surly and just a smidge senile in her golden years, but remains loyal and so soothing to pet. Unless she’s in heat. She’s never been spayed, and still acts like a randy teenager then. We’ve all learned to curl our legs under us when she’s on the prowl (=

  95. June Tang says:

    I have a 4-yr old shi-tzu. I named him Oreo because his markings are black and white. I have had him since he was an itty bitty pup and could have been mistaken for a guinea pig. I couldn’t keep him in his crate because he pass in between the bars…he was that small! Taking him out for walks was either a 2-hour trek because almost everyone stopped us. Whether it was a single individual or a group, people used to stop dead in their tracks and let out a huge SQEEEE!!! and ambush us. On one occasion, a women literally jumped out of her car as her husband was parallel parking to come see the dog. On another, I was standing to cross at a street corner and the driver stopped his car in mid-turn(!) to tell me how cute my dog was. It was exhausting….couldn’t get a decent walk done for the first 4 months of Oreo’s life. Now that he is all grown up, he is still disgustingly cute but I can walk him without being stopped, at least, not too many times. And then there’s Burger, my 3-year old Button Quail. Poor little guy is all alone now because his two mates, Milkshake and Fries, died this year. He spends his days running around in his cage, squawking loudly because he wants my attention, or so I like to fool myself into thinking (because Button Quails are not the type of birds that bond with their humans).

  96. Diane A. says:

    We have three (at the moment) pets. Nilla is my son’s 15 1/2 year old cocker-poo who we inherited when he went off to Iraq in 2007. She is a vanilla color and unfortunately going down-hill at a rapid pace in the last six months (vision/hearing/skin condition we have to treat with baths every-other day). She doesn’t seem to be in pain, so we’re doing what we can to keep her as comfortable as possible. Coco is a looney 85 lb. labra-doodle that we got from the SPCA – he wasn’t socialized around people, so he’s afraid of everyone, but LOVES any other animal on the planet. AND, Remy (Remington) is a 3 year old miniature schnauzer who is currently visiting us (from the son above who is now married) while his mom and dad are working/getting their MBA’s and traveling for four weeks at a time for current career training programs. He plans to stay till some time in early fall when the training programs (hopefully) are over and his dad will be home more to play with him.

  97. Lyn says:

    Henry, our Greater Swiss Mountain Dog is our sole pet. My husband’s not a pet person, so we compromised on one dog, whom he has come to really love. He has asked (husband, not dog) for a “dog-free” period in the future, for a few years. As I grew up with multiple dogs, cats, birds, etc, I’m not looking forward to it, but he’s a great guy who spoils me rotten, so of course, I agreed. When I told my mom about it, she said to ask him how he’d feel about a “sex-free” period!
    Of course, I keep showing him your chicken photos, so maybe someday…

  98. Feral Turtle says:

    You totally need a goat!!

  99. Feral Turtle says:

    But then if you get one, you need another….So you totally need two goats!

  100. pat barford says:

    Django – eleven year old grey and white hunter cat who loves to crawl under the covers when not leaving mouse presents at the door. Had to say good-bye to Button, his brother from another mother last year, and it’s been hard operating with jut one beast. I love sharing the house with another life form….besides my husband and children. Must. Get Second. Cat.

  101. J9 says:

    I could never live without pets either…pet lovers make the best people!
    In my house we have ALWAYS had cats, but right now our indoor housecats are Ozzy (the resident indoor mouse finder and killer), The Grande Duke (our 30 pounder with a baby face) and my youngest baby, Albus.
    We have a dingo named Nutmeg (that’s what colour she is) and a bearded dragon named Quagmire, who is currently shedding his face.

    I have a dream list of pets where most people have one for cars…hedgehogs and tortoises and pigs, oh my!

  102. Tara says:

    Two wonderful kitties named Fry and Leela that we’ve had for over a decade and hope to have them for two more!

  103. Karla says:

    I have a chocolate labradoodle named Milo who looks like a Muppet and makes me endlessly happy every single day. I’m pretty sure I would have 100 dogs if I could.

  104. Kimberly says:

    Chloe, our little Norwich Terrier was given to us without the ‘snip’ she ran off one early morning to visit the neighbors German Shepard. Yes, its possible even though the vet said highly unlikely). I’m sure you can guess what became of that- 5 adorable puppies. We could only part with 3 which was a huge mess of tears for my son & I. Oliver & Jake were the lucky ones that stayed. They grew to be little odd looking but loved nontheless. Just lost our cat, Claire & the hubs won’t allow another because he claims he allergic. PS Always dreamed of having a goat!

  105. Andrea says:

    When we were newly married, hubby adopted a mixed lab-something puppy from a friend in over his head, and named him Quincy. We gave Quincy to a friend who had lost one of his dogs after we had a baby. It broke our hearts, but Q was showing some aggressiveness and we didn’t have the Dog Whisperer. Years later we had Sunshine, a really sweet Lab puppy who was a puppy mill puppy. :((( Unfortunately she was really sick with chronic giardiasis, but our awesome country vet found a family with a farm where she went to live, and eventually did very well. Our third, Crystal, a Golden Retriever, we adopted as a young pup, and a good friend adopted Dorito, her sister. They love playing together still and will be 10 on Labor Day in the US. Our most recent addition, Zelda, is a young and feisty pup that we rescued from the pound a year ago last week. She was skin and bones, with lots of personality, but weak due to neglect. She is very healthy now, and keeps our sweet Goldie younger. Zelda has a special love for socks and duct tape, and if you’re on the floor, she will sit on your lap. Best guess is she is a Mountain Cur. She has the most impressive bristle reaction that I’ve ever seen in a dog. They are both sweet girls!

  106. Cheryl says:

    We have 4 dogs. We started out with Dantian, a rat terrier pup, 4 yrs ago because we needed a rattlesnake terrorist, but she was SO darn cute that a yr later we decided to get another so she could have a playmate…and ended up with a bother /sister rat terrier duo Shadow and Barcus – who are absolutely hilarious! Barcus always greets me in the morning with a big healthy male howl! :O) Embarrassed to say but it does my feminine ego good! We added last yr a rescue pup – half border collie, half german shepherd, all black guy by the name of jaeger (“j” not “y” sound) Love em and laugh at em and yes probably part empty nest syndrome but who cares.

  107. Rondina says:

    Since 1976 I have always had a cat. My current fur-face is named Noel. (Not my choice of name, it was the middle child’s turn. I hope she does better with my first grandchild.) My son informed me last week that cats do not talk to other cats (cat fights do not count)—they only talk to humans. My cat “chirps” when she talks.

  108. Carol says:

    I have a gorgeous ragdoll cat named Linus, a new baby budgie (hand-fed and very tame) named Charlie and a pondful of fish collectively named The Fishies. If I didn’t live in Toronto, I’d have a goat. I’ve had a book about goat-keeping for over 20 years but sadly, I dust it more than read it. I really hope you get a goat, Karen, so I can experience it vicariously. Come on, you *have* to get a goat, as a public service.

  109. Louise says:

    I have an 8 yr old mini poodle named Maxi. I recently lost my one week shy of 13 years mini poodle named Skittles and I had another mini poodle named Missy who died at age 13 – 18 months ago. Maxi ruled the roost and the other two hated him. Now he is the only dog and he is happy. Louise

  110. Tris says:

    Snoopy the Boston Terrier, Irving the Cockapoo, Beezle the black Bombay cat, Scottie the Marmalade, Emma the buff baby kitten I wasn’t allowed to keep, Moose the most psycho black cat ever, Foxy another Marmalade, Chopper the sweetest tortie ever, Mae another psycho black cat, Ra the albino corn snake, Sonny & Cher the anole lizards, Boba Fett the loviest Russian Blue ever, Hobbes the current and very spoiled buff cat, and numerous fish including one named Thug who refused to die. We currently have a pair of Mallard ducks who visit often named Louis and Tilly.

  111. Cindy says:

    We have two rescued Boston Terriers. We rescued them, and then they rescued us right back! Beanie is fairly normal if peeing on my grown up son every time he sees him is normal. Dezie. Hmmm… She has one eye, an in-grown tail (what do you call a tail that never popped out?), anal gland problems (Karen, I know how to express built up gland… juices/fluid/uber stinky matter), allergies out the wazzoo (my daughter says Dez is allergic to air), regular yeast infections on her toes (that I treat with, yes, Monistat), and a snore that can be heard throughout the house. We LOVE our Bostons. P.S. My husband and I “channel” the dogs, and, it seems, they have more interesting things to say than many humans.

  112. Wendy says:

    We have Maud. She is a super cute West Highland Terrier who just turned 8 in May. I begged my husband for a dog for 2 years, and after much hectoring he agreed on Maud, and now he loves her too. My boys, Calvin and Saul hug and kiss her head, but she is sort of my dog. We don’t give her the sucky westie cut, ’cause I don’t like that poofy head and annoying fringe hanging down. I have had other dogs, but Maud is my first dog as an adult. I had a lovely cat named Boo for a while in my 20s, and she was spectacular. She’d come when you called and fed herself silly. She was more like a dog, which is probably why I loved her so.

    I can’t imagine having a family without a dog, and while we’re in the thick of work/little kids, and Maud gets the short end of the stick sometimes, I can’t imagine my life without her. My favourite thing is that when my kids list the names of people in our family, they always name Maud.

  113. Diane says:

    I only have one pet now, Duke…a beautiful Maine Coon that I rescued from the shelter only days away from getting put down. Can’t imagine a better cat, he loves cuddles and gets along with everybody. He even comes when I call him!
    But there have been many throughout the years…Kitty the Orange cat, Lucky the terrier, Bugs and Snowball the dwarf rabbits, 2 guinea pigs whose names escape me, several hamsters who all seemed to have the same name Lucky (perhaps it wasn’t a good name since they all meet an untimely demise), Tabby the tabby cat who lived a long and healthy 16 years, 2 finches and 2 newts who I also can’t remember their names, Storm the kitten who always unrolled the toilet paper, Spirit the Husky Sheppard mix, Yakitty the grey cat that wouldn’t stop talking, Maggie the loyal and loving dog that I rescued from a parking lot when she was only 6 weeks old and Reed the anxious and crazy lovable cat.

  114. Sean says:

    I have a 6 month old sable colored German Shepherd named Kalispell. We call her Kali for short and recently discovered this name to be offensive to Hindus as Kali is the Hindu goddess of death. Our sweet pup may be destructive but she’s no death monger! We also have a 6 year old handicapped Maltese named Samantha that we call fluff ‘n stuff. She’s 6lbs of fury and keeps the 45lbs german shepherd in check. Kali is my 5th German Shepherd and Sammie is the 1st little dog I’ve ever had. My fiancée is 5’ tall so it makes sense that she got the little one and I got the big one (I’m 6’1″). No shortage of furbaby drama in our household.

  115. Brenda says:

    We have one dog, a 4 yr old American Bulldog named Kaimana (we call her Kai). She is crazy, loveable, sweet and very-very human-like. Can’t imagine life without her. Love waking up to her head on my pillow. I always had a dog growing up, Cocoa, Crackers, Blackie, Cocoa, Corkie, then Katrina the hamster and after her passing, Bud the hamster. After moving out and getting married, we had cats, Sammie (who died getting spayed-devestating), then Oakley and Mikki. We had to give Oakley & Mikki away when we were transferred by the Army to Hawaii in 1995 (their quarantine was still in place & was 6 mths long at the time & the cats wouldn’t have survived). They went together to a great family in TN. Since then, my hubby has developed allergies & my daughter is allergic, so no more cats. I would love a hedgehog. And another dog. Still working on those….. (My neighbor has goats. They are very sweet.)

  116. Lauren says:

    I have a beautiful, slightly simple, lab border collie mix. Sometimes I think she’s just playing dumb though, because it took me 2 years to teach her the “sit” command, and 5 minutes to teach her “shake”……

    we also have two evil (we love them anyways) cats.

    All three are black and white

    I couldn’t imagine my life without them

  117. Rebecca says:

    Pets are definitely a passionate subject! Wow! My baby was Chelsea, a silver-point Persian with green eyes who was my constant companion from the time I was 12 til she died when I was 37. She moved around the country with me, lived thru feast, famine, 2 marriages & helped me welcome my beautiful daughter into the world. Loved every minute of those 25 years with her. Currently we have 2 cats. One, Hopper (5yo, gray, white, pudgy & Very furry), was a stray that my daughter brought home to love (she named it cuz she always found the kitten “hopping” after bugs). Unfortunately, Hopper loves only me–which kills my kiddo. But a friend let us have her cat Booda (I abhor the spelling)(15yo, tiger striped & extremely skinny) & she loves everyone on the planet, but mostly my daughter. Wish this forum allowed us to attach a pic or two–it would be interesting to see everyone’s “fur babies”. :)

  118. KarenJ says:

    Me again:)
    I put the wrong link in. I meant to do this one…
    http://mosaicworksca.blogspot.ca/2012/11/william-kate-love-story.html.
    Thanks for the morning smile Karen.
    I don’t comment on every post but I do read every post.

  119. David W. says:

    Thank you for the wonderful morning read. Happy to join the pet parade and report that my soon to be six year old Schnoodle Jasper gets to come to work everyday (nothing like dogs in the office to cheer everyone up) while his girlfriend Miss Kitty and her son Socks keep the home fires burning. Kitty was rescued from my Ex GF’s backyard along with her three kittens. Miss K was likely still a kitten when she became a single mom and has made her home with me from the day the kittens opened their eyes. Sock’s brother and sister live with my brother and his family. Socks and Jasper were very likely born within days of each other.

  120. Laura L says:

    Well, there is Marli, my 12 year old long hair tabby. My zoo sitter when I’m out of town swears she has never actually seen her. She is a chicken and holds the bed down. Her favorite activity is waking me at 3am for some attention. :) Cheewii (so named because of her love for chicken wings)is a solid white manx. Well, mostly white, when she hasn’t been out playing in the dirt. She brings me lovely prizes daily and loves to tease the dogs.
    Ellie Mae is my black lab mix. She is lazy and I’m pretty sure she doesn’t like me some days since we added Capo to the family. He was supposed to be my little dog. Oh well, I love all 50+ pounds of him and he is a lifeguard! If he doesn’t like how my niece is swimming in the pool, he will swim out to her and pull her back to the steps. I love my ZOO!

  121. Lisa Kuhl-Thomas says:

    We have one dog now, a lab border collie mix (Greta). She’s 10 today. We had to put our 15 year old lab (Sunny) down a month ago, her health was failing. Best dog ever! Still grieving. We have an outdoor cat to keep the mice away (Coco). An indoor cat for company (Dewey Lewis). And last but not least, two chinchillas (Charli & Pez). My pets are my children as my step son is 23 and has a life of his own now. I too can never imagine having a life without a pet of some kind. They make me smile during the worst of times. I’ve never known a time when I haven’t had at least one pet. My husband keeps saying “no” and I keep dragging them home. Same as when I was a kid and my Dad used to say “no”. Silly men, don’t they know that a nature loving, bunny saving tree hugger will ALWAYS have a pet?

  122. Marti says:

    I had cats when I was little, so cats it is for me.

    Shadow was the first.
    There was another kitten, but… it died a very tragic young death.
    Texas was the next. Tex went to stay with some friends when I want to Washington and seemed to like them better than me. In her defense, they had two kids, another cat and three dogs. When she lived with me, it was just… me. She was lonely.

    But yeah, I did take that personally. Since then, it’s been houseplants and darned few of them. They don’t hurt your feelings by running off with other people.

  123. JebberA says:

    My 11.5 year old Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever (aka Toller) is a wicked awesome bundle of red fur that will play fetch with anyone between 2 and 90 years old. She’s smart, a little neurotic, and offers spontaneous love-fests. PI can find her on Instagram under #tipperdawg and #isometimeswanttosellmydog, though she is not for sale.

  124. Dawna Jones says:

    We had pets growing up, but my dog Lola (she is a Pomchi) Is my first dog. I am so in love with her, that my husband knows that he should never come home if anything were to happen to her on his watch!

    I adore all animals!

  125. Michelle says:

    Miss Daisy who’s a Pit/Something mix, and my bud. She came into our lives after Dusty a Pit/Lab mix died in my arms at the age of 12. It breaks my heart to see all the Pit, Pit mixes populating the shelters. I’m a pretty even-tempered person until the subject turns to irresponsible pet ownership. Then all bets are off! I can’t imagine life without pets, they enrich us in so many ways!

  126. Vicky Smith says:

    We currently have (in chronological order)
    Jake: Cat
    Dust Bunny: huge cat
    Scooter Pie: cat
    Harley: miniature pincher dog
    Mini: very strange and neurotic cat
    Dweezle: pure black cat (9 months old)
    Josie: leopard gecko

    I have always had cats. My first cat growing up was named Lassie because my brother wanted a dog. My first pet that was truly mine was a black and white kitty named Booboo. I brought home a stray cat who stayed and we called him Snoozer, then my dad brought home a stray and we named her Twister. She had kittens and we kept one and named him Munchy. When I got married, Booboo passed away and we got 2 cats from our best man who son was allergic and their names were Ying and Yack. Ying was a Siamese and Yack was a Burmese. I got my first big dog from the pound and her name was Buckaroo and I found a dog downtown Detroit and we named him WLLZ (Wheels) after a radio station that started the day I found him. After Buck passed, I got another dog from the pound who the kids named Shadow because she followed me everywhere. I got a cat named Punkin from a lady who rescued her, and got a maine coon cat (Baby or officially Jubilee Jewel) for my youngest son when my husband passed away.
    I got a rat terrier from the pet store who was stuck in a cage for 4 months so the guy at the pet store just charged me for the kennel. We named him Niles.I then got a miniature pincher (Daphne)but she only lived about 8 years.

    I find it interesting that I don’t mention when my kids were born and I relate to my husband’s passing by getting another cat. I want to get chickens but I don’t know if I can handle more animal poop.

  127. Jamiek says:

    First there was Fancy a Weimaraner. Then I had Chin Chan a blue point Siamese that looked just like DC in “That Darn Cat”. After that I had a series of dogs that were of no particular breed; Wiley Coyote was one of my favorites. Others are Mr. Big, a Beta and Socks a Tennessee Walker. I envy you for getting to have chickens. I want chickens.

  128. ruth says:

    “Spouses are fine, but pets are furry.” My sentiments EXACTLY. I have 2 cats – Kramer and Batman, and Strider is our rhody ridgeback mix,a rescue from Katrina hurricane. They are an odd bunch, but we love them! Great post!

  129. Wes says:

    I have two 2 year old Boxer boys, Jake, who is in training to be an animal assisted therapy dog. Then there is Koda who is a new rescue and acts all sorts of crazy out in public….no more dog walks…shakin my head. Opposites attract, so they are perfect for each other!

  130. Sarah A. says:

    I have a cat named Sookie who is the most vocal cat i’ve ever met. She comes in the house… meows at the top of her lungs until we say “hi Sookie!”. She wants us to work in the garden (she loves to hang out with us there), she slowly walks down to it, turning around every few feet to meow and make sure we are following her. We come home, she meows at us for several minutes straight (maybe telling us about her day?). She’s a weird cat, but we love her!

  131. Ashley says:

    We have a dog, a cat, and a turtle, and I’m hoping to add chickens to the mix next summer.

    If we were still in the old house you could add bats and mice and snakes and frogs to that list.

    Although maybe some would call those pests.

  132. mia pratt says:

    My buddy Baby Jake, who escaped to Mexico with me when I ran away to leave the circus (my business). The happiest 2 years of my life were spent with my giant 120-lb. white lab, Jake, running down the middle of flooded cobblestone streets together in afternoon thunderstorms to reach the lake, where he would stand smiling at me with happy eyes and lolling tongue, his white coat as shiny as the water shimmering around him. The locals thought we were nuts, but they liked us anyway. Jake took great care of me for 12 years and I still think about him almost every day, with fondness and a smile of gratitude.

  133. Brenna says:

    I have a horse, she’s an OTTB who is 32 and retired now, but we were competing in baby eventing and hunter/jumper until she was ~28.

    We also have *cough* 4 cats. It started as one on purpose from the shelter. Then the second one was a barn cat that never figured out the highway and was hit by a car so she needed a new home. Then the third one was abandoned by a neighbor and is blind in one eye so needed a new home. Then a pathetic skinny longhaired cat was also abandoned and decided she really liked me and needed to be inside. Now I don’t make eye contact with any felines I happen to see outside!

  134. Mindy says:

    I’ve always wanted a goat. I’m not ashamed to say that I will be completely jealous if you end up with chickens AND a goat.

    I got my dog, cat, and husband all within a two-week time period. The Dog was adopted from a family who didn’t want her anymore. I was single, had just bought my first house about six months prior, and wanted a dog. She was meant to be. She came with the name Madelaine and we call her Maddie. She’s 12 now.

    The Cat was a stray at a restaurant I worked at. The Dad, then The Boyfriend, named him Rodney because we had a bottle of Rodney Strong wine open. He is also 12 now.

    The Dad was the hired help. He was doing a buddy a favor by building a fence for a girl (that would be me) who hired a company to put a fence in at her new house (where we still live) and wouldn’t stop calling them because they were taking waaaaay too long to get the job done. Fence Builder Boy did the job on the side for some extra money. Two weeks after the job was done, I called him for a beer and he never left. He’s 45 now. :)

    So now, we have The Dog, The Cat, The Dad, The Kid, The Girl, and Baby.

    Not exactly the story you were after, but hey, I couldn’t just say Maddie and Rodney, could I? Okay, yes, maybe I could have.

  135. Amanda says:

    We have a 10 year old lab mix dog (puppy! Still a puppy!) named Dexter and a 8 month old (crazy!) calico kitten (demon!) named Clementine. Dexter has always been a big fan of cats so we got him a kitten for his birthday last year. She’s quite a personality. She seems to be settling down a little finally, which is good because I’d like to be able to sleep someday.

    Dexter is named after CK Dexter Haven from The Philadelphia Story and Clementine is named after Kate Winslet’s character in Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind. The names definitely fit them both.

  136. Trissi V. says:

    My first pet, on my own, is Chablis kitty…she is 13 and grumpy and loving and she sleeps on my pillow on top of my head at night. I added Saki (3 legged, black and white floof ball kitty) many years later…I thought Chablis should have a pet of her own, Chablis thought differently. Since getting Saki I have not had a moment to myself in the bathroom, if I’m in there so is she and she yells at my constantly.

    My boyfriend moved in with his dog Apollo after that (sheppard/ridge back x). Beautiful golden dog with golden eyes. He was returned twice to the shelter as a pup before Sean adopted him, their lose our gain, for sure. Then I thought Apollo should have a sister, so I adopted Laci (husky/ heeler X). She’s a goof ball and thinks that being outside for any length of time is stupid since the cats don’t have to go outside. She’s too smart for her own good, but she makes me laugh.

    Its crazy in the house sometimes, but it works for us. Can’t imagine life without them. Now I want to go home and hug them all.

  137. Janet says:

    Hattie our 4 yr old Yellow Labrador who has been featured in a puppy calender in 2011 and has submitted another photo for a 2014 calendar. She enjoys modeling, food and rolling in bear scat.

    Ruby our Lab/Rhodesian Ridgeback mix is from POW (Princess of Wales) this is an island off the gulf of Alaska. She is a village dog and just over a year old. She flew on ner first float plane at 8 weeks. Ruby believes she is a princess. She has also submitted an image to a 2014 puppy calendar. Her interests…chewing up Toyota 4 runner back seats. She can complete this task in just minutes.

    Once in a lifetime dog was Betty. Other wonderful pets in my life dogs- Brutus, Katy, Blackie, Tommy, Kipper, Bella, a lovebird Beep, and Dobbie a Chocolate Skunk. Oh and Jeeves and Wooster 2 catfish. Note: Sadly no chickens at my house as the bears would ruffle thier feathers. Do enjoy hearing about yours though! 0:

  138. Wendy says:

    We have a dog. Her name is Casper and she is almost 9. I LOVE her.

  139. jenni says:

    we currently have a 7 month old goldendoodle, jack…love that guy, huge goof! I swear when he looks at me he wants to speak! then we have a 1.5 year old cat, Frankie, everything must be on her terms, she’ll bite the pi$$ outta you if she’s not ready for her rubs. then we come to the absolute best dog (although some may mistake him for a piggy) in the world, most loyal lil companion EVVA….Eddie. he’s a rescue we (I) got years ago from our local pound, not sure what breed, doesn’t matter, he loves me unconditionally! then, last but not least, 2 boys that are 6 & 8 and they basically try tearing everything up that we own! oh yes, and I pick up anything off the streets and bring it home, or am more than happy to take other animals that friends find! my husband says he will leave if I bring anything else home….we will just see about that!

  140. Maggie says:

    One cat named Scraggles. She has two moods: bad and bitchy but I still love her anyway. She was abandoned with me by an ex.

    My greyhound died unexpectedly in March. When they choose names for them, they have a theme for the litter. The theme for his was football players so I ended up with Keyshawn Johnson when his racing career was over. Big, goofy, and clumsy but he sure did have a way with our hearts.

    To fill the dog void, I’m borrowing the neighbor’s dog, Brody, whenever he decides to roam over. Apparently that is any time he sees us pull up. Must be the bones. :-)

  141. Tasha says:

    I gre up “up north” in BC. We had two dogs: Payuk and Wobbie. Wobbie was from the South Pacific where my parents worked. He never really adjusted to the idea of snow. Wobbie died from a dog fight when I was 7 and Payuk was hit by a car when I was 12. The rabbits (Peter and Cotton Tail, and their babies Hoppy and Jumpy) didn’t last too long :( There were a stream of cats: Tigger, Meenou, and Blacky. They didn’t last too long either for various reasons.

    Then there was Bandit. I got her for a 12th birthday present when we moved to Regina. She was an awesome cat. She moved with me to Montreal, to Toronto, to Vermont, drove! with me from Vermont to Northern BC, and then to Edmonton. She lived until 19 and my husband and I were devastated when she had to be put down.

    But a house without pets is lonely. So, we got Pigeon and Shale, two rescue cats. And 8 years later decided that the kiddo “needed” his own kitten. So now we have Biscuit, bringing us to 3 cats in 825 sq. feet. Which has made us decide that the label crazy cat people needs to be based on cats/sq. ft, not total number.

    In conclusion, asking us about our pets probably gets more responses than asking about kids!

  142. Bobbi says:

    Always had dogs….dusty, rodney, lucy, molly.
    After they passed, my daughter was old enough to have boyfriends.
    One boyfriend brought neurotic kitten Lola who turned out to be a boy and she changed his name to Ringo.
    Another boyfriend brought Isis, who turned out to be pregnant and I was a feline midwife for several hours.
    Isis and her 2 daughters, Baby and Teddi

  143. Valerie says:

    There’ve been many over the years, but I’m going to focus on three particular cats. First there was Ikke (pronounced “EEE-KA”, not icky – which we get a lot at the vet. I still look at them a little bit dumbfounded as they’re looking down at her chart thinking really? Icky??). We’re not really sure, but have heard that Ikke is norwegian for “no” or “not”, which really doesn’t describe Ikke’s personality at all. Unless of course it’s about her constant chattering meows or the drooling whenever she goes into a heavy purr. It’s gross, seriously ruins the lovey purring effect. Anyway, she’s 15 and my baby.
    Ikke is not okay with other cats. At all. So when we introduced her first kitten friend and she went around and screamed whenever the poor boy even looked in her direction (have you heard a cat scream? It was truly screaming on her part), we named him O.T. for “Other Cat” (I don’t really remember the process for this, considering by any logical deduction “Other Cat” would have been O.C., but alas, his name was O.T.), which immediately became Otter, so really the O.T./O.C. confusion isn’t really an issue at all.
    Now Ikke and Otter only lived together for a brief few months. A breakup (mine, and hers too, I suppose) ensued, along with a move out. I took Ikke and Otter stayed with the ex… who tried to hang on (to me) for some months afterward, but failed. He did, however, enlist the services of my mother for naming a new stray he adopted some months later. This new boy had been through the ringer. Who knows how old he was, but we were all sure he would keel over any day. He never did. In fact, I think he’s still alive (12 years later?). Maybe that’s just legend. But he was a crusty old one – torn right ear and plenty of gray around his whiskers. So we named him Salty for the old sea captain he was.
    I said three cats, but I would be remiss to ignore one more. Guano (yes, as in bat. poo.). What can we say about him. Well, when we got him he had huge bulging eyes too big for his little black face and smelled like, well, sh*t. So while we felt a little guilty for the naming, it stuck (I supposed it made all the more sense to the aforementioned vet that if we had a cat named Guano, why wouldn’t we have a cat named Icky?), though Guano didn’t. Ikke screamed our heads off for a couple of weeks and Guano went to live with my parents.
    Et voila.

  144. Bobbi says:

    Always had dogs….dusty, rodney, lucy, molly.
    After they passed, my daughter was old enough to have boyfriends.
    One boyfriend brought neurotic kitten Lola who turned out to be a boy and she changed his name to Ringo.
    Another boyfriend brought Isis, who turned out to be pregnant and I was a feline midwife for several hours…an amazing experience…1 breech birth and one kitten who failed to thrive and who died in my hands.
    Isis and her 2 daughters, Baby and Teddi live with me and annoy Ringo immensely. Teddi is a lap cat who is very doglike in her actions. Baby is an escape artist who runs out the door at every opportunity, and will not tolerate any beverage in the vertical position.
    Isis gets along well with Ringo and accepts no responsibility for the actions of her daughters.
    My daughter cannot have pets, so they all live with me and bring me immense pleasure.
    I never thought I would be a crazy cat lady, but, I am.

  145. Karmen Crull says:

    Me and my husband have 8 pets living under our tiny little roof :)) All of them extremely close to my heart…people (my husband) mentions sometimes getting rid of a few but I could not even imagine life without one of them! We started with one bunny who’s name is Bunny. Later got a cat, Wyatt, who loved to play with our little bunny (we knew that wouldn’t last long) Then we got 2 more cats, Simba and Evie. Not long after we had a heart for rescue dogs so we got a sweet little girl from the shelter, Lilly. She is a Labrador-retriever! Well that just wasn’t enough for us so my husband surprised me at work one day with a Dalmatian puppy, Pongo :) I always said i wanted one!! And our newest member to the family is another tiny bunny who we thought we’d be a little more original than Bunny and actually name her so we went with Daisy :)) That is our family tree as of now :) Wouldn’t that family portrait be great!?!
    Karmen Crull

  146. Karmen Crull says:

    Oh my goodness I forgot one!! Another sweet little torte-shell kitten who we found on the side of the road. She was so tiny and she came running up to me from a ditch. We went to the closest house and they told us she was stuck in a tree and had been sticking around their area… They were allergic so they could not take her…..LUCKY US!!! 😀 So that day we brought home a precious little girl who we named Punkin’ ( we were at a fall festival when we found her so the name just fit perfectly) plus she is orange and black and white all over :))) Okay now I am done :)

  147. Anne Wiley says:

    Two great Irish Terriers ..both from Canada! Guinness and Murphy, 14.5 and 10. Guinness just had his left eye removed due to a tumor..but he is doing great. We also have a cat named Bert, yr old but only weighs 5.6 lbs..he adopted me ..jumped into my arms from a tree..he brings me chipmunks and most recently a black racer..snake. And I have a Morgan horse..Quest (Battersea Kenmore)who is 18.5yrs old.

  148. Lori says:

    O wow that’ s a tall order.!
    Lets see if I can name them all
    I’ll start my CATS
    Duke and duchess
    Cecel
    Merlin
    Gandloff
    Lucky
    Max
    J.A.C. ( just another cat)
    Hemingway ( hemi)
    George
    A.L.F.( another lazy feline)
    Mego
    Liberty
    Cowan
    Fraser
    Cheeto
    Now for my DOGS
    Aja
    Stormy
    Lady
    Patches
    D.O.G.( deeoogee)
    Kaizer
    I think that is all of them.
    As of now we have 3cats ans three dogs
    CATS. A.L.F. Mego and Liberty
    DOG. D.O.G. Patches and Kaizer
    Our cats and dogs are on the older side, I just hope they done decide to go at the same time.
    They all have a very special place in our lives.

  149. Mary says:

    We have six stray cats that came one by one. They all have names, have all been altered and have their shots and we love each one. They are outside cats but we shelter them in our garage and feed them well. The only trouble is they seem to pass the word on and we are currently feeding a few other wild cats at the back of our property. ( sigh) I wish our neighbors were as responsible.

  150. Sue says:

    We have 3 black cats, all strays, each of whom adopted our family a year or two apart. Boo (the oldest, largest and most maladjusted), Pepper (part Persian by the look of him, also the smartest and choosiest about people and food), and Mittens (the sweet, tiny but full-grown cat who loves people but detests other cats). My neighbour says I am the Crazy Cat Lady of our street, but in truth, I am just a sucker for stray animals, children and people.

  151. Marie says:

    Glad to see so many animal lovers! I’ve had several cats over the years. There was Tipsy, Kinki, Corazon Aquino and now I have two rescues: Tuesday and Roo, both pretty cinnamon tabby girls. My first dog was a wonderful retired racing Greyhound, Flint. Not long after he passed I brought home a Cavalier King Charles Spaniel named Jack, whos favorite pastime is chasing the above mentioned Tuesday and Roo. Looking forward to reading of your goat adventures!

  152. Leslie says:

    First we adopted Gust from the local dog rescue (supposedly a golden American Lab but actually pure Goofball), then it was two “barn” kitties from the local feral cat rescue (of course they haven’t made it out to the barn yet but it has only been 15 months). Then it was chickens … then turkeys, then ducks … and I’m not counting all of those because I don’t want to know.

  153. Kathe says:

    A day in the life of Max. Max rescued us about 8 years ago. He was on his last days/ hours at the shelter when he captured our hearts. http://www.kathewithane.com/2013/05/its-dogs-life-wordless-wednesday-with.html

  154. susan says:

    Currently, I have a dog, Grady, and his personal terrorist, a cat named Karma. Grady is a 65 lb cattle dog mix (maybe with some kind of large bird dog) who likes to try herding birds while they are flying. He is training to be a therapy dog, and is the sweetest, most gentle guy round. Karma is a nutzoid. I think they have mixed up the species thing, though. Karma (cat) loves to fetch milk rings, and Grady cannot figure out why I keep throwing the ball away, since I seem to want it so bad. Karma will eat anything she can get her mouth around, and hangs out in the bathtub. Grady is a very picky eater (even with treats) and is terrified of being wet. Both rescued me, and I love them like crazy.

  155. Robyn says:

    We have…2 cats, Pissy Missy and Doccers, that only show themselves when my husband is home. 2 dogs, Rocket and Peabody, that are my constant companions. 9 chickens, Yetta, Bunny, Golden Girls (two identical buff Orpintons), Chatty, Astrid, Star, Gigi, and unnamed (she’s new, and waiting a proper name). I would have a farm if I had more space and if I had a husband who agreed, however that’s never stops me;)

  156. Shauna says:

    We have two cats – Posh (a tabby) and Becks (a tuxedo) who are brother and sister. Although, we think that Posh may have found a new home where they feed her wet food or don’t have a loud child running around or something. She only comes in through the cat door occasionally to eat our dry food, then looks at it sort of shocked, looks around and realizes she’s in the wrong house and out she goes. I’m sad, but she’s a teenager and I’m hoping she comes back to us. Her brother misses her too.

    We also have four chickens – Friesa, Coq Au Vin (we call her Coco), and the easter eggers we haven’t named yet.

    I too would love to have a goat, but really don’t have the room. Also, I want to keep bees. That might be more of a possibility – we’ll see.

  157. Theresa says:

    LOL!! I love that you say no more pets, yet the book in your pic is “Get Your Goat”….. :). I have 2 babies, erhmm pets, Biscuit is an 8 year old American Eskimo and Doodle is a 2 year old Yorkie (or Silky) Terrier. I love them and talk to them constantly just like a person. I’m sure everyone around me thinks I’m absolutely nuts!!!!

  158. kelli says:

    Tell you about my pet? How much time ya got? :) I spent a good deal of time on Petfinder to find my first furry friend. I decided a cat would be better as I was in an apartment, plus not being a morning person I knew I would not relish taking out the dog at the butt crack of dawn, or in the rain…or cold! But I still considered myself a dog person. Then one day a friend called out the blue (pun eventually intended) and said “hey, you want a cat?” Thus my Russian Blue furbaby–named Blue–entered my life, and changed it for the better. Since I got her as an adult cat, she was litter trained, people friendly, dog tolerant, and 4-paw declawed (of course I don’t recommend that, but that’s how she was when I got her). She is the truly the sweetest kitty, and SOOO soft, with that plush silvery-gray fur of hers. She loves attention, LOVES people, loves to snuggle, and make biscuits all over me, LOL. She’s gentle, playful, feisty, goofy, chatty, loyal, and best of all, knows when mama isn’t feeling well, and then employs her natural skills as nursemaid and bed warmer. Sure, I’m still not crazy about the poop scooping (Mom was right), sure, her special food is expensive ($45/bag!), and sure, there’s enough fur strewn throughout my house to cobble together another whole cat; but when I get home at the end of the day, and she greets me at the top of the stairs, all chatty and quivery and excited to see me…well, it doesn’t get much better. :) She’s starting to get up there (12 this year), and she kinda ‘creaks’ when she moves…and I know I won’t have her forever which makes me very sad. While I have had 2 other temporary kitties along the way, they say you never forget your first… and I know no other cat will ever compare to my baby Blue! <3 :)

  159. Jenna says:

    We have two dogs- an antisocial hyperactive doxie/jack russel mix and a lovable but really dumb lab. We’ve also had guinea pigs and rabbits, and have considered another dog. However, our lab is like having 3 dogs in one because she has multiple personalities. Her normal self is thinking she is the size of the doxie and trying to fit in our laps at all times. Her second self is “Psycho Doggie.” You can literally see this flash of crazy on her face and then she runs psychotically around the house or the yard normally dragging one of us behind her if she does this outside. Her third self is “Scaredy Doggie.” She is the biggest baby- afraid of mice, thunder, some bugs… she keeps us quite busy!

  160. ericmiami says:

    I had two snapping turtles named Earnest and Julio after the cheap Gallo wine that we hippies were known to drink. I kept them in an aquarium with tropical fish and small eels. The eels would sleep on the bottom and Earnest and Julio would creep so slowly their movement was imperceptible ’til their jaws were around the eels and then they’d snap them shut. They never managed to catch an eel but sometimes left cut marks on the eel’s sides. Earnest and Julio would also sit on the bottom with their mouths wide open. They had an appendage on their tongues that wiggled like a worm in an attempt to entice a fish. I never saw them catch one but a fish would occasionally turn up missing.

  161. Kate says:

    I know I sound like a wacky animal person…but there seems to be a lot of them all responding in the comments section :) but I honestly can’t imagine not having an animal in our home. Only for very rare short periods of time in my life have I ever been animal free. Growing up, always at least one cat in our house. As an adult we had a dog, Rogan, a shepherd/collie mix who lived until he was 10. Currently we have Max a 6 year old wonderful, kind, patient German Shepard. Our cats are 16 year old Louise (her sister Thelma died about 10 years ago sadly) she is loving with me, but grumpy and hides from most people, Sam a 2 year old black and white giant beast of a cat. Sam was trying to chase and play with the elderly Louise to such an extent (Louise didn’t have any time for it) that I decided Sam needed a younger cat companion. Three weeks ago we got Mr. Slinkypants, a beautiful 2 year old sleek pure black cat. It’s slowly working itself out. They are now playing rather than attacking each other. We have adopted all animals from the Humane Society or from farms where they were dropped off. I love them all…however…their fur..it is everywhere. We keep a roller for clothes for a quick onceover before leaving the house. Vacuuming must be done at least every couple of days, otherwise hair tumbleweeds are everywhere.

  162. Sarah says:

    Currently we have Sable, a 10 year old female black cat; Cookie, a female tabby who is almost 3; and Randy, an 11 year old Beagle/Terrier/Other mutt male dog.

    My 11 year old son has 2 fish- a rainbow shark and some kind of algae eater. I consider those pets for him because when one of the original sharks died he cried.

  163. Shauna says:

    oh my gosh, how could I forget? My very first pet was a Kid. That’s right, a baby goat. I would walk her and feed her with a bottle. I was 2. There is a picture of us walking together – me with my bottle and hers as well.

    I really wish I could have a goat now too. Would love to have the milk they provide.

  164. Kimberly Jones says:

    How can you not love pets! They are the best!!! Currently I have hot dog (the beta fish)Ralph ( the scrappy terrier of sorts) and The cowboy ( a 8 month 150lbs Great Dane) love them all to pieces

  165. Miriam says:

    Hello, my name is Miriam and I seem to be in good company as far as the pet addiction goes.
    Currently, I pay vet bills for 2 cats and 3 dogs. The cats are Sylvie (13) and Kugel (2). Kugel, an orange-ish tabby, is a favorite with the neighbourhood kids – utterly laid back. Sylvie likes to hang out on the front porch of the really nice house across the street, rather than on her own, much more shabby one.
    The dogs are Kaylee (10) a Golden/Collie mix, and two Belgian Shepherds (Malinois), Henna (5) and Rumour (9 months). Henna is a therapy dog, Rumour is an ass.
    We always had dogs growing up: Frisky a collie cross, then Tara an Irish Wolfhound/Great Dane cross that was described to us by the humane society as a collie/shepherd mix (hah!).
    When I was 16 I convinced my mother to let me keep the kitten I found in our garage. Dayan was Tara’s best buddy – and hated my guts. Tater and Merlin came later.
    I’ve also been “mom” to Chaucer, Bronte, Marlowe and Keats (all cats).

  166. Nan Tee says:

    We currently have two dogs, a German Shepherd mix and(9 yrs old) a Shih-tzu (3 yrs old). Absolutely love the first, she is way more obedient than our daughter, who is just slightly younger. The second dog is a little goofball who has a growly bark when he wants to play. It’s amazing-they both perked up when we had to give our puggle away, as we moved east. Poor thing, he’s happier where he is now, too.

  167. rktrixy says:

    After having two cats who were loving, but distant until they were elders (Samantha was my growing up cat from 8-22, and SodaPop was my “single girl” cat from age 32-49) I now have the snuggliest, friendliest cat in the world, Pinky.

    He’s a tuxedo cat, long and lanky, who will plop himself on to my lap and cuddle into my arms at a moments notice. He’s quite the hunter (a year’s haul: 3 squirrels, 4 moles, 3 rats, lots of slow birds, and innumerable spiders and moths and flies) and runs like a cheetah. The cat next door, Nixon, thinks he’s a punk. But they hang out and get into trouble teasing the other neighbor’s chocolate lab.

    We had planned to get another cat, and name him or her “Brain”. But our place is plenty full with just one insane, possessive cat. How possessive? Someone knocks on the door, and he growls!

  168. Kim says:

    I have no qualms about classifying myself as a crazy cat lady. Hey, if the name fits…
    I currently have 7 cats – August “Gus” William, Stella Mae, Oliver Toad, Lucy Blue, Coalie Potpie, Samuel T. Higgenbothem III and Thomas Wonder. Yes, all have middle names, and in the case of Sam, a different last name. I grew up with one cat, Malibu Beasley, who was semi-feral, but I didn’t know that term when I was younger and just thought she had cattatude.
    About 8 years ago, I started volunteering at a Humane Society and then two years later transitioned to a no-kill cat rescue group that I now devote 1-bajillion hours to each week. In addition to my cats, the rescue group and the outdoor strays I tend to, I also have a shop on etsy where I create handmade cat toys. Yep, pretty sure crazy cat lady is the proper classification for me – and that’s just fine.

  169. Jeannie B says:

    Today, there are two cats that we share the house with. “Polly” is a big, beautiful 7 year old Calico who “chirps”. “Jasmine” is a tiny, dainty 17 year old Siamese who walks around yowling “Allo , allo, allo” several times each day. BUT, our rooms contain the ghosts of our first cat, Katie, who lived here for 21 years, our second cat “Molly” who lived with us for 16 years and the love of my heart, ” Stuart”, our only dog, a black lab cross who lived here until he was almost 16. Pets make us better people. I’m convinced of that.

  170. Becky says:

    I have a German Shepherd named Maggie… I love her dearly.
    She came to us one year after my husbands Pomeranian lost his sight and we made the difficult decision to have him put down.
    The same week we got Maggie, I found out the doctors were wrong and we COULD actually have kids.. kinda crazy to have a puppy and a newborn, but we wouldn’t change it for the world.

    We also have four chickens named Goldie, Pepper, Peepers, and Red.
    Hubby calls them the zen masters.. they have a way of calming him down after a rough day at work.
    We also have 8 fish in our backyard goldfish pond. They are mostly there to keep it from becoming a mosquito factory, but my daughter has named them.
    Their names change daily.

    Oh, and I almost forgot the two cats that live here. If you ask them I’m sure they’d tell you that cats don’t really have owners, they just choose to stay here. We are their staff.

    If you come over to my house, be warned, I may have just vacuumed, but if a breeze comes in, a tumbleweed made of hair will probably blow by… also, you’d be wise to bring a lint roller with you.

    p.s I too want a goat, but they are not legal here. yet.

  171. Bee says:

    Currently I have Lola my sweet little 4 lb chihuahua. She’s about 13 now. I adopted her after a nasty breakup. She was 3 or 4 at the time. She’s about 13 now. She goes to work with my husband everyday and hangs out on his desk. She LOVES him. You can see them on here… http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IYnc-OHTRTU&feature=share&list=SP4CFE8A3A61C19F07

    At my mom’s house I have 2 cats Squeak, a light grey tabby (12). I rescued her from some bad neighborhood kids who were talking about sticking her tail in a light socket. She fit in my shirt pocket. She a talker and got her name because she is always squeaking at me. And Luna Kitty, a calico (10), named Luna because half her face is black and the other half is white. She’s a hunter. She once brought me a live dove and released it in my bedroom. The kitties can’t live with me because my husband is super allergic.

    Also at mom’s house we had 2 dogs Emily and Missy. We rescued them a week after my previous dog Corey passed away under a tree in the backyard. Both Emily and Missy have passed away. Little Emily we just lost on Tuesday. She was 16, mom is devastated. Missy we lost 2 years ago. Mom called us on our honeymoon with the bad news.

    ♥♥♥There is no love like the love of a pet. I will never be without a furry friend. It’s an unconditional love. My little fur babies ♥♥♥

  172. Auntiepatch says:

    We lost the Old Timers at 24.5 yrs.(Ms. Mudd), 22.5 yrs. (Everest), 18.5 yrs. (My Black Purrl),and 16 yrs. (Gracie). The pride is now lead by 12 yr. old Einstein, a Maine Coon who is a love, Jezebel, who only likes male humans, and the 2 yr. old twins Crash, a Tuxedo, and Grayson, a shorthair. I guess their mother got around. All were rescues and all are loved. I can’t imagine life without my fur children.
    Spay and neuter! You will have healthier pets!

  173. Candice says:

    A Huge Newfoundland named Audrey, and just recently BEES…. I’m Not sure that universally they would be considered a pet but nevertheless it thrills me to watch them!

  174. Emily says:

    Orion, a Netherland dwarf black rabbit. I grew up with cats though, and I really miss them.

  175. Amanda says:

    We are owned by: Albert – 15.5 year old Lab/Retriever mix who passed away year ago last month. I know he’s not here anymore, but he’s still family, yo.
    Stewart – 10 year old hound mix who looks like a giant (65 lb) Beagle and who will lick you raw if you let him.
    Emmett – 2 year old Chihuahua/Terrier mix. He was an experiment to see if you raise a little dog like a big dog and surround him with big dogs, will he still act like a little dog? Sadly, nature seems to win over nurture, mostly.
    Lucy – 16 year old gray and white cat. My college cat that I’ve had since she was 5 weeks old and has been on more road trips than I can count.
    Sydney – 13 year old tabby-calico. She’s a bull in a china shop. Not a thing delicate about her.
    Maxwell – 9 year old orange tabby. He’s a total terrorist who horrifies Lu and Syd regularly and wrestles with Emmett.
    Scout – 5 week old female orange tabby that we found in a woodpile on Tuesday. Needed like another hole in the head. Unable to NOT help a suffering kitten, and now we’re $400 in with vet bills and attached. DAMMIT. Hoping she’ll give Max a run for his money.

    PHEW.

    • Amanda says:

      Oh, wait – am I supposed to tell childhood ones, too?
      Kitty Kat – a tabby.
      Charlie – a Siamese/tabby mix.
      Macy – an oversized Bichon.
      Daisy – a Bassett Hound.
      Meg, Jo, Beth, and Amy – my mutant goldfish. Amy was 8 years old when she came to college with me. Meg and Jo lived nearly that long. Beth always died. I replaced her, and she kept DYING. It’s like she read the book or something.

  176. Maria says:

    My son grew up, moved away and started his own family. To fill that emptiness, one son equals two dogs, two cats and six chickens. Somehow, in my heart this balances the equation.

  177. Cat says:

    I’ve got two cats. A black kitty named Dirk who will drag toys over to you to play with if you stay still for more than 3 minutes and wants to sleep under the blankets with you no matter how hot it is in the house. He came from a shelter and thinks that treats are probably poison. And we have Pip an orange kitty who weighs 16 pounds (mostly muscle, he’s a little fat, but not as much as you might think) and wants to be carried like a baby pretty much all the time (on his back with all four paws tucked into his tummy, he’ll lay there an purr until he gets bored or your arms get so tired you can’t hold him any more). He came from my brother’s front porch, full of purrs and parasites.
    I secretly want to be a goat herder.

  178. Sarah says:

    Daisy and Leo, pugs (5&4). And an awful black cat named Stella.

  179. Dagmar says:

    Have you ever met the kind of people who attract animals everywhere they go? You know, the kind who could be like Noah, or a cartoon character with a magic pet flute? (Maybe that was a Polish cartoon?) That describes by non-husband to a tee. So although our condo is small, and the man swears he *only* likes dogs, our house is an adventure of fun. We have squirrels and birds coming and going. Last month we brought to term a nest of 5 starlings, and he put cameras on the balcony so we could watch them progress.
    …and yes, we do own our own furry babies. Vegas is a 2 lb Holland lop, sweetest thing, gives great kisses, and we never have to worry about our personal information ever getting out on paper ever again- she chews everything in sight. Then there is Savannah, our kitty. She is a big suck, but she knows how to fetch, and gives paw, and speaks on command. And for Taria, we have a Roomba too, she is a menace, she has beaten up ever table leg and new kitchen edges, dressers, and anything that is darker in color, so be cautious.

  180. Karen says:

    Lucy is our 13 yr old German Shepard, who is kept moving along by our 2 year old hound mix, Maisy. Lucy does not hear anything, getting a little “confused” and has some hip issues…but she can still go after a frisbee, which is her joy in life. Maisy is not the brightest of the bunch but extremely affectionate and keeps Lucy moving (mostly to get away from her) We love our girls…the crazy amount of hair they shed is completely worth it. *unconditional love & devotion*

  181. Rita says:

    As a kid we had lot’s of animals, but none that really qualified as pets. As a grown up I’ve had a series of cats: fruvous (as in moxy fruvous, band from Toronto, I think), benny, and currently Dom and Smudge. My youngest daughter has had three hamsters, (Lester, Cheese and Puff) and is agitating for either a dog or a leopard gecko. We also have 6 chickens roaming in the yard right now: Roger nee Rosie, Roxy, Quill, Owl, Hobbit and Dwarf. Roger needs to find a new home or he will become dinner soon. He’s not very nice and very loud!

  182. Nancy Blue Moon says:

    Wow..all of these comments just proves to me what I believed..that most people are as proud of and love to talk about their pets as they are of their children..and they grieve as much when they are gone..And those of you who don’t have children..they are your kids and don’t let anyone tell you different..OK..Here’s my list:
    –Black Eyed Susan or Susie – Tortoise Shell – Found her as a kitten sitting in my Black Eyed Susan flowers crying..
    –Pudgy – Gray & White Tabby – Showed up one day we were having a cook-out/BBQ..we invited her to stay..she came to visit everyday..she finally asked to come in the house and decided to live here..discovered she was pregnant which takes us to the next three..
    –Rascal – Son of Pudgy..Name suits him well..Gray & Black Tabby with Bulls-eye pattern fur..
    –Chang – Son of Pudgy..Black & White Tuxedo kitty..very big kitty..
    –Molly – Daughter of Pudgy..Beautiful Gray and White Long Hair Tabby..Was to be fixed until boyfriends idiot brother left her out the door which leads us to..
    –Tali – Daughter of Molly..Plain little Gray Striped Tabby..Very small..stopped growing early..still looks like kitten..Loved Enormously..

    **Gone..But never forgotten..
    –Boots – Gray & White Long Hair Tabby..my sons first pet..
    –Chip – Calico – Was put to sleep because she had breast cancer..she was a sweet heart..

    So there you have it..the reason I am crazy and broke..and have so much love around me to make up for it..

  183. Erica says:

    I have had many pets, currently I reside with 3 cats, 2 dogs, and 6 kids (kids-pets, they both require money, patience, and make huge). The most amusing memory was when we had the great hamster round-up, twenty hamsters escaped their extensive habitat thanks to my cat Isis. I had to use a cup to scoop them u, then the ex came along and drank out of that cup. Fair is fair, they were his hamsters

  184. safetydog says:

    In my life: turtles Tarzan and Jane, tanks of tropical fish (no names), budgies Kirby & Cocquille, mice Smoky & Bandit, German shepherd Duchess, poodle Gypsy, English springer spaniel Kelsey (the dog from hell), lab mix Ginger (the best dog in the world), tuxedo cats Oreo and Double Stuff, and currently, border collie mix, Jasper (the flight risk). I’ve loved them all – except maybe Cocquille. She was mean, and a biter. And so of course lived many, many years.

  185. Falcongal says:

    So much joy and love in these posts, but a touch of sorrow, too. I grew up with furry, scaly, and feathered friends of all sizes. On my own I’ve had five lovely kitties, each with their own quirks. My last kitty, a pastel calico named Monkeyface, died suddenly two weeks ago. I’m not sure what is worse, making the difficult decision to put an end to a pet’s suffering or having a seemingly healthy animal die with no warning. Both are painful but it’s still worth it for all the laughs, cuddles and kisses I’ve had from my furry friends. I’ll be adopting a new rescue kitty soon.

  186. Jennifer says:

    Kitsch. My wiry-haired, cuddle-bug of a dog. She’s a rescue mutt and all the more loyal for it. She’s as timid as a cat, but spastic to the extreme. Wouldn’t have it any other way

  187. Nancy Blue Moon says:

    This is a great post Karen..It has made me cry..made me laugh..and made me laugh till I cried..I bet you never expected this many responses..

  188. Sarah In Illinois says:

    We now have a blended home! My registered German Shepherd, Treu Von Ernst (10 y.o.), my two barn cats Dawson (16 y.o.) and Ruff (3 y.o.) and I moved in with my boyfriend and his Chocolate Lab (7 y.o. retired military dog) in February! And we all are living happily ever after! (as long as the cats stay away from the dogs and the dogs stay away from each other’s food bowls!) 😉

  189. nicoleder the stoop of my grandparentome-s h says:

    I love these kinds of posts.
    While growing up I had a cat I found under the stoop of my grandparents home-Champagne Bubbles. When I moved out on my own. I bought a Shetland Sheepdog-Brigadoon Amadis. So loved them both. Now I have two parakeets Blue and Torquoise. They love singing. Also I have a snail, 5 goldfish named 1,2,3,4 and 5.
    Two guppies and an Oscar fish. They’re not much to play with, but I enjoy seeing them everyday.

  190. Kat says:

    I am the luckiest person alive to be able to share my dogs life. She is a Jack Russell named Dyna and the biggest bundle of joy there is. She without fail puts a smile on my face every morning as soon as my eyes are open. I figure if I can smile every morning of my life because of her then my life is pretty darn good.

  191. Angelica says:

    I have grew up with so many types of pets, it’s hard to remember them all by name. While living in a city, I’ve had ravens, rabbits,guinea pigs, chickens, cats, turtles, parrots, parakeets,lizards, frogs and fishes. unfortunately, my husband is not a pet person. However, I have managed to acquire 2 cats, Blaze and Zorro. Blaze is a mute, loves her cat food,being petted hates n humans food… The other one is the complete opposite. Hes loud, eats anything in sight n demands to seen n hear. Before the cats I got a 75 gal aquarium with tropical fishes, n a 20 gal w a betta fish n a frog. Our latest addition came earlier this year. A volunteer from the local shelter was looking for a foster home for a sick dog. Within a month my daughter convinced my husband to adopt the Pitt/lab mix. Sable came to us severely underweight w a cold n kennel cough. It took a while but she’s out of her shell. Sable loves to sleep on the couches, eat anything available n is firm believer in recycling (she loves to crush plastic bottles n rip apart boxes.) According to my husband we have reached our limit on pets. According to me, we may have enough room for one more doggy.^_^

  192. Stephanie says:

    Current pet populace:
    Ramon (the world’s grumpiest chihuahua)
    Sascha (a very shy ginger tabby cat)
    Spider (a very friendly black cat)
    Jemima (Buff Orpington chicken)
    Trixie (Rhode Island Red chicken)
    Gloria and Fiona (Buff Orpington ducks).
    Oh, and Moist (a tree frog I found in the garden dept at Home Depot) (my sister named him after her most detested word and a character in a couple of Terry Pratchett novels).

  193. Jake says:

    Let me see,Pony named Eccles (after the cake), Dog – Kim, Cat – PudPud, Parrot – Hobo, Two lovebirds Laurel & Hardy and the current one is Parrot – Askim. who thinks he’s a dog. He is old now and blind, almost deaf and will probably outlast me.

  194. Shelly says:

    We currently have one cat: “Frank of Earl; Vicious Chicken of Zinfandel”.

    We adopted Frank as a kitten 22 (yes, 22!) years ago. She is a beautiful polydactal solid white domestic short hair with the softest fur and blue, blue eyes. Named after Frank Sinatra (Old Blue Eyes), she thinks she’s royalty (hence the noble title), a hunter of ducks until one would turn and quack at her (vicious chicken) she lives (currently) on Zinfandel. Oh…and she’s also an ordained minister (Rev. Frank White) through the powers vested to her via the internet and the Universal Life church.

    My daughter (now 15) loves Frank but has always wanted a pet of her own. When she was 9, she caught two wild green Anole lizards (Mozart and Rosie), who lived quite comfortably in a terrarium for a few years before making a big escape during a cage cleaning. We didn’t bother to name all the crickets they ate 😉

  195. Lesley Williamson says:

    Childhood pets: Peter the budgie, Peter the other budgie, Sox the cat, Patches the 3-legged tailless cat, Weston the cat.

    Adulthood pets: Sam and Booger, brother and sister cats. Badger, Piglet, Stinky and Pork Chop – collected stray cats.

    Currently: Pyewacket a.k.a. Evil Pye, a mostly black cat of horrific disposition. Tolerates me because I feed her. Can’t get any more pets because Evil Pye hates all living things.

  196. Laura Bee says:

    So many ~ all loved. Lady was the Cocker Spaniel my mom & dad had when I was born. We had 2 Shepherds after her named Sam & Susie. Sugar was our cat. Purebred white Angora who lived to be 24. we had a blue Budgie named Billy.
    When I was 13 or so I got a half dozen mice – Mr. Brownstone was one name I remember. Then I got a white rat named Michelangelo. When He died I got anopther one I named Axel Askim mouse & a pretty dark eyed tan girl named Hazel. They had 13 babies that I thought I would sell to a pet satore – they gave me a bag of food! We had a big tabby & white boy named Felix & a grey fluffy sweetie named Jeffery. Dogs…After we moved to a farm (chickens! I had a black Bantam – Blackie who had about a dozen chicks once.) we had Honey a yellow lab who we got to watch have her babies. (hit by a car), Max an amazing German Shepherd who was an old guard dog (taken back by his owner one night), Deuce a Black Lab (My mom’s bf found dead chickens in the barn, dug a hole, shot poor Deuce as he sat there smiling at him. Went to get the chickens to bury them too only to find they had actually fainted! He was an asshole, but that day he actually felt horrible about something he did wrong.) Kingsley, a huge Malamute from the city who outgrew his owners apartment (ran away & we tracked him down to a shelter that had put him down two days earlier). Bones a possible Hungarian Hound. He was a hunting dog who had been dumped because he had a tendancy to rip apart birds as my mom’s aforementioned bf found out when he shot a pigeon off the barn roof to see what he would do. (Hit by a car) And ALF was my last dog. He was the only tan puppy with a black nose in a litter of 13 black shepherd & something puppies. Mom said God ran out of paint for him, he was the last & the runt. We had to give him up after we left the asshole. We had a few rabbits too over the years. As well as a turtle named Toker & a raccoon baby that folloed me home – really! Once I moved out, I got two week old kittens my friends brother’s girlfriend had abandoned. She took her cat & left after he was improsoned. People are horrible! Little black & white Homer (sister) and RK (brother) I went on a trip at the end of the year & my roomie took them for a long drive on the outskirts of town. He was a whack job obviously, but her drove me around for weeks after looking for them. I moved to Toronto & got a cat from the Humane Society I named Duncan who I had to surrender after I moved back north & couldn’t find a room to rent that would let me keep him. After that I moved in with my hubby & we got a lovely little black cat from a pet store that had rescue pets for adoption. He was a barn cat who came to them somehow. Stokely was with us over 14 years, we just lost him last summer after he finally used up his 9 lives. I could write a book on him.
    The old neighbours had three cats. The Grey Ghost dissapeared one winter, and we told the neighbours we were finding the girls homes – found a home for the sister Turtle and eight babies they had between them and kept The Juice & one of her babies. Those two cats had 21 kittens over 3 or 4 years *Spay & Neuter!)
    So – we have Juice who is a black kinda fluffy but shorthair barn cat, and her daughter Jimmy the Chin (the last litter was named after mobsters, Fatty & Knuckes went to a friend) This is Jimmy: https://www.etsy.com/listing/123546109/crochet-cat-ball-toy-set
    We got a handful of Guppies from my mom a month ago. We also rescued a Hamster almost two weeks ago. And have said we will take two budgies when their owner can no longer care for them. I can’t imagine a life without a cat or three.

    • Laura Bee says:

      omg…that didn’t look so long in the little box! Maybe I could have kept it to current pets! Sorry!

    • Karen says:

      I can’t believe you named pets after mobsters. That’s FANTASTIC. ~ KAREN

      • Laura Bee says:

        Hubby named most of them – he is a great namer. But I came up with the latest…the hamster is Dr. Emmett Snuggles. And I just remembered Iron Chef Masaharu Morimoto (Mo) He was only around a few years before he was hit by a car – I hate letting cats out, but some are psycho & refuse to be kept in. Live fast-die young!

  197. Barbie says:

    Clifford (The big red dog) A golden Retriever that we bought for our son when he was 8….and has since turned into a service dog for me. He helps me with balance issues and serves as a support when I walk….he was totally born for the job! Also he seems to really enjoy working! Like he has a purpose and is so happy to serve! How can one not love that? The only problem is when we go to a store or out anywhere everyone wants to stop and pet him and chat about “their” doggie…which I love to hear about but sometimes I end up being at the store for MUCH longer that I ever anticipated LOL

  198. Kara says:

    We have a golden retriever Loka, who is my husband and my first fur child together. I don’t know if she is considered a pet because she’s so lazy that she is basically a rug, but we walk her every day, so I guess she counts. Plus she’s staring at me right now, asking for snuggles, so I suppose we’ll call her a pet.

    We also have a large worm bin full of worms. I don’t kiss them on the head (mostly because it’s hard to tell which end is the head, and who wants to make that mistake?), but they do make delicious soil and worm tea for our tomatoes, so we still love them. Even though they’re bad at cuddling.

  199. Janine says:

    We also have two dogs – one crazy and one eager to please.
    Both Rescued Border Collies: Mazy (crazy) now 13, and Jif is almost 7.

    Both were adopted following our first two rescue Border Collies – Mickey (passed at 12) and Ceili (had a stroke and died at 6).

    We love the different personalities, Mickey played soccer, but would not fetch, Ceili and Jif were true “ball” dogs, and Mazy just likes to sleep and occasionally will fake Jif out, pretending to have an interest in the ball. (Then lays down on he ball).

    We love your blog!

  200. Jennifer says:

    As a kid, we had one cat at a time: Buzzbomb, black with yellow eyes, then Graymalkin, a beautiful Russian Blue stray. We had one dog who was too barky but otherwise a good friend: Pepper, a cockapoo. My husband and I started with one cat, found in a parking lot: Miss Bibbs. She died last year of old age. Then we got Spunky and Rainy, bro and sis cats, from a co-worker. Rainy is the first cat I’ve ever known who really doesn’t like me unless I’m actively giving her treats. She is a good mouser, though, which is important in an older city neighborhood with good-sized lots. (We even have an opossum in our adjoining backyards!) (Not a pet.) We had a lab puppy named Abby when our kids were small, but she died of cancer just when she stopped chewing on everything, when she was 2 years old. A few years ago we temporarily fostered a mini-Aussie, Sassafrass, while our friends were out of the country for almost 2 years. Now we have an adopted/rescued dog, Cleo, who is the best dog in the world. She loves to walk, trot with us as we ride bikes, swim, and cuddle. She’s a German and Australian shepherd mix and likes to herd squirrels and our cats when she gets the chance. Mostly she just chases them. Yeah, the herding doesn’t happen. She also used to dig up my dahlia tubers and chew them. Thankfully she’s given that up!

  201. Sarah N. says:

    I have 3 dogs, Bramble Barracuda Little Monster (aka Bramble), Princess Dyslexia of the Space Potatoes (aka Lexi) and Honey (aka Honey). And 2 cats Innoruuk: The Prince of Hate (aka Inny) and Cazic-Thule: The Faceless, Lord of Fear (aka Cazic)

  202. Em Johnston says:

    Currently adore Sophie (that kitty on the toilet from way back) and Chloe. Shelter rescues.
    Prior:
    Missy -kitty, came w/ Huz; made it to 20
    Tabby – kitty, also came w/ Huz
    Busta-Kappa-kappa, Tappa-kegga-kegga, & I-felta-thigh – beta fish, post college w/ Huz (boyf at that time)
    Lady & her brother-crud, I’ve forgotten his name! Dogs while growing up. Rescues.
    Malakai, Moses, Missy (different from above), Morgan, Max, Mercedes, & Munchie – kitties while growing up. All rescues who appeared in the yard. Yes, mom had a M thing going on. Yes, we had them ALL at around the same time.
    George (the rooster), Clucky & Henny-Penny – the names of the chickens we hatched & raised when I was little. There were actually 4 hens, but I only remember my 2 faves.

  203. Jeannie B says:

    Well Karen. You can see how we are all very passionate about our pets. I’ve really enjoyed reading everyone’s comments. My two cats are already asleep, after a day of doing nothing. And just as I was about to turn off the living room light, a huge feathery centipede, the size of a small mouse, just scooted across the white rug and went under the sofa. He must be a pet too, because, by the size of him, he’s been living here a while. Night all!

  204. Keri says:

    Just one pet at the moment- a snuggly, vocal snowshoe cat named Freyja (after a goddess, of course)

  205. stephbo93 says:

    I’ve had multiple pets, including fosters, over the years. My current group of 4-legged children who don’t speak English includes: a grey tabby cat, Menah, aka, “Stripey Kid.” I found her at a Taco Bell parking lot many years ago. My husband fell in love with her (and she with him), and they have been together ever since. She used to hate me (seriously, she’d glare at me and leave the room), but after 8 years, I guess she figures I’m staying iin her house. Our other kitty, Li’l Bit, showed up with her mother as a kitten when I lived on a farm. Her mother was killed by the neighbor’s dogs, which left her traumatized. It took her many years to trust people, but now she’ll climb in my lap. She also began sleeping with me the night my other sweet kitty, Yuri, died. In addition to being my soul kitty, Yuri was also LB’s best friend, and they spent lots of time cuddling and grooming each other. I think she’s still grieving as much as I am. We also have two dogs, a lab/chow mix named Molly, who is very sweet but dumb as a box of rocks. I acquired her when I stopped by the side of the road to help a woman who was trying to rescue her. She didn’t have a place to keep her, so I did. And our final kid is Sarah, a shepherd/malamute/other stuff mix who literally showed up on my doorstep one day with her brother when I lived out in the country. I came home, and there were these two precious butterballs playing on my front step. Sadly, her brother, Joe, disappeared one day when they were about 8 months old. I’ve always suspected the redneck neighbor shot him, but I can’t be sure. Sarah is very smart and is absolutely hands-down the funniest dog I’ve ever known. After Yuri, she is the love of my life and fills me with joy every time I walk in the front door. I feel sorry for people who don’t get the whole pet thing. These creatures who share our lives are so wonderful, and I can’t imagine life without them.

  206. Niki @MaisonMutt says:

    We have 5 dogs ranging from 10 pounds to 178. Yes…178 pounds. He’s a Great Pyrenees. We are the crazy people that everyone calls when they find a stray. I’ve learned a new word… No.

  207. Janelle says:

    Two West Highland White Terriers (Westies). Mae Westie and Harry Dogafonte. They are adorable; have awesome, sweet personalities; don’t shed and kill vermin.

  208. Michelle says:

    We are winding down many years of rabbit rescue (house rabbit) and only have 2 rabbits and a cat at this time. Recently had to have little Daisy Mae a Dutch rabbit put to sleep. She was near 12 years old. The two buns we have now are Martin and Taylor. Both are about 10 years old but are doing well. They share a bedroom upstairs and are litterbox trained. Sally cat is a calico, super sweet and cuddly Norwegian Forest cat. Sadly, she has the start of renal failure but is 13 years old so that is to be expected. She gets mashed up food and SubQ fluids. We say ‘no more’ but neither of us are sure how long that will last. Animals are so special.

  209. Mary says:

    Farley, a.k.a. Fartsy , my wild Westie. He’ll be 8 in july. There’s also Boozie. She’s a long haired Siamese that I found while living in Jamaica. She decided she wanted to immigrate to Canada and here she is. Still sticking her nose on my eyeball every morning since 1998.

  210. Margaret says:

    as the daughter of a veterinarian, i grew up as part of a herd (3 brothers and a myriad of dogs, chickens, cats, raccoons, turtles, birds). now, i keep it simple: Stella, my 12 year old doberman greyhound mix; tosca, a 10 year old siamese mix; and 2 turtles(splash and carolina). all are rescues!

  211. Anemone says:

    No pets right now except all of my neighbour’s cats in my back yard. I used to have cats, fishes, turtles and cows. The last cat I had was named Puddy (IV). All of my cats had that name at some point.

  212. White says:

    I have none, and wouldn’t have it any other way. Not even tempted. Yes, I do know what I’m (not) missing, by the way.

  213. Mary Werner says:

    LOVE reading the comments especially the cat names! You should save them all as a cat naming book = bet it would sell well like the baby naming books do.

  214. Bonnie Cramond says:

    Reading people’s posts about their pets has convinced me that there are two kinds of people–those who love animals and can’t imagine not having a pet, and the cold, heartless, sociopaths who have attachments issues. (sort of kidding)

  215. Daniela says:

    Oh, we’ll, late better than never.
    Childhood pets,
    Dogo, big husky, killed in a fight with two pinschers.
    Winston, boxer, don’t know what happened to him.
    Ashes, German shepherd mix, gray, that is why the name.
    Ball, a mini cocker spaniel, lost.
    In the fun years there was Roger, rescue cat, with a flea ball, Peky, a sweet small dog and Gizmo, long haired guinea pig, temperamental as hell, all shared the same cucumber and carrots.
    Then there was Shorty, a salt and pepper schnauzer, lovable and noisy as hell. My mom gave it away when my dad got sick and had to stay long long periods in the hospital.
    And my fur baby that is not a baby anymore, Troll, my 9 yo rescue cat, who adopted my husband and my kid, with a fight, obviously. I whish for a dog, but, husband never having fur friends when growing up thinks two pets in a 750 sf apt, with a kid is too much. *sigh*

  216. Bobbi says:

    Karen,

    Thanks for the invitation to tell about our pet families. I have really enjoyed reading about everyone’s animals. I love your blog and read it everyday.

  217. Dee in BC says:

    We have 3 rescued cats-Zeus, Hera & Beth. 3 dwarf hamsters- Pumpkin, Pip & Squeak. 3 tanks of fish ( who mostly have names too but are too numerous to write out here.) & our Terrier/Chihuahua puppy-Tim-bit.

  218. Terri says:

    Currently we have 2 birds, Savannah and Leon, they are both parrots, although different kinds… When Savannah ‘talks’ Leon says ‘Shut up’ in my son’s voice! Hilarious! We have Jake an 8 year old lab, and a nubian goat named Ginger! Ginger was 3 days old when my husband and daughter brought her home from the flea market! My daughter bottle fed her and she still stays in the house at night in a large dog crate we had used for Jake when he was little… Jake is in love with Ginger, our friends joke that we will have labra-goat babies one day! Oh, and Ginger has horns! So if you ever come over and she is out of her pen, you have to watch out! She is smart, she can open a spinny type bin we keep her food in! We once had an albino hedgehog named Porky, my husband found him and brought him home, he thought it was a porcupine, hence the name Porky!

  219. Kristin says:

    Lily the outdoor cat
    Six-Toes the polydactyl orange tabby
    Ebony the hostile black behemoth I got for my sixth birthday
    (There followed a sad, petless few years until my cat lady mother divorced my allergic father) then:
    Groucho and Harpo the long-haired Manx brothers (one black and white, one orange and white)
    Kitten with the loudest purr
    Tiffany and her son Harrison Ford
    Indiana Jones who insisted on licking faces
    Ayla the Abyssinian whom I got when I was sixteen and who lived until I was 33
    Simonetta whom I got when was pregnant with my first child when I lived in London
    Agatha the Abyssinian who was the greatest cat who ever lived but who got hit by a car just over a year after I got her (I never let my cats go outside now)
    Helen who died almost the same day as my mother did
    Noel whom I gave to my daughter for her eleventh birthday (and who somewhat mitigated her disappointment at not getting a letter of acceptance to Hogwarts via owl post)
    Isabel who twice managed to get her vet cone off and twice PUT IT BACK ON!
    Remedios who bosses Isabel around
    Mama Cat who had a litter of kittens under our deck and whom we now protect and feed (outside)
    Those are all the cats. Other pets:
    Tippie Hedron, Grace Kelly, Doris Day and Ingrid Bergman, who arrived in the mail as day-old chicks
    Talulah Bankhead, Eva Marie Saint and Marlena Dietrich whom we got from a local poultry breeder called Chickens Galore
    Beatrice the rat who is perfectly charming
    Next up, if my husband will relent: Bees.

  220. Chris says:

    Our home is happier because of our pets: a 4 yr. old orange tabby cat named Fred, but on occasion we call him The Terrorist: our 1 1/2 yr old border collie mix dog, Miss Bella.; our 5 hens, Kabob, Teriyaki, Cacciatore, Thunder & Lightening and our special needs rooster, Alfredo. Last, but not least is Bruce, the goldfish my son won at the fair and of course he needed a friend, enter another goldfish named Tiger.

  221. Kristin says:

    I just spent half an hour listing my pets in loving detail, and after I hit send it disappeared. I did realize I had a lot of cats. Plus one rat, seven chickens, and a desire for bees.

  222. Kristen Petersen says:

    My husband and I have A very old corn snake, and two very cool cats. An sweet older tabby named Tweak who always needs to be right in your face, no-matter how uncomfortable or difficult it is to reach your face. (He also finds it very difficult to meow, and so he sounds like he’s quacking), and a 2 year old Black cat with white socks named Shade who plays fetch and likes to ‘talk’ and claw our freshly painted walls… He’s a brat, but I love him.

  223. Jen says:

    I like to hug my dog. He’s Bubba and he’s a Boston terrier.

    A few years ago a co-worker passed unexpectedly. After I came home from the memorial service I sat on the couch and began to cry.

    He jumped up in my lap, put a paw on each shoulder, put his face next to my face and squeezed. He stayed like that til I stopped crying.

    My dog is awesome.

  224. Danee says:

    It’s so nice to read all these stories. I’ll stick to the ones we have now too. 5 cats, all different ages, all rescues, none related. 2 tuxedo females Baby Kitty (the odlest foundling) and Gabylongo (the newest foundling), 1 fat black female Poppy (she is crazy, seriously, she gets this look in her eye even after 4 years of “who the hell are you people and what are you doing here?”)if any of you have seen the Simon’s Cat videos, that’s Poppy in a nutshell. She even meeps like Simon’s Cat. Rascal the siamese (the handsomest cat in Spain we call him, his vet says he’s also the most mellow siamese he has ever seen) who is surrogate daddy to Punky a mostly white male with a couple of black spots.

    Punky was so bad looking as a kitten that no one would take him from the pet shop that we had given he and his brother to. The owner was a friend and we had a deal with her to bring in our found kittens and she would adopt them out. In Spain there are alot of un neutered animals that have been abondoned by Expats returning home after not making it here. We tend to find them everywhere, Baby in a wheel hub on a busy town street one rainy night. Rascal, his mommy and litter mates in the laundry room of a holiday villa that I used to clean. Punky and his brother darting in and out of traffic near a major highway. No sign of the mommy but we were fairly certain that she had been killed trying to get a kitten across, they were nowhere near being weaned yet. Punky’s brother might have been better looking, but we know that Punky is a lucky boy for finding us and his new “Daddy” Rascal.

  225. Laurinda says:

    We currently have 2 dogs, Ziggy (lhasa apso) & Cannibal (shih tzu mix), bought from a pet store by a couple with more credit than sense. Don’t worry, once we got them they learned go potty outside, walk on a leash, PLAY, be enjoyed by humans & hog the bed.
    We have 2 black cat sisters, Anna & Marilyn, from a local shelter, because I’m a sucker for the old “Oh the poor black kitties, so hard to find homes for”.
    We also have a rather large assortment of parrots, because I can’t have chickens. I’m also a sucker for “Oh you have parrots? I’m trying to get rid of this one”
    SO it’s 1 macaw, 2 cockatoos, 5 conures, 1 senegal, & 7 cockatiels. All in their own cages, all special, all loved.
    MAN would I love a small farm, where I could have chickens, ducks & goats- so cute & if you get the right ones, you can spin their fleece!

  226. A cat called Bunny and 3 chickens called Nugget, Schnitzel and Scrappy.

  227. Glenda says:

    Hi Karen, great topic, thanks for asking!
    My make Benagal cat is Moose. His name matches the size of his personality. He is truly human. We have our own language, I know what he means by every sway of his step, every twitch of his tail. (my husband is SO rolling his eyes right now). Jealous. Bahahaha!!
    Bengals are not for the faint of heart, but he’s just the best, fearless and stupid, he’ll try anything. He’s only allowed outside supervised,, on his leash or in his ” all window” cat tent. He eats chick peas, and blanched green beans and his fave treat is unsalted butter. sometimes I spread softened on the his front kegs, keeps him grooming for at least an hour. He loves to curl between my calves under the blanket while I’ll relax in my lazy “girl” chair. He races to the mud room door to greet me when I come through from the garage. He won’t stop meowing until I pick himi up and we head butt and cuddle (just like cat to cat). He’s the king of biscuit making, kneading when he’s sleepy, and only with me. Bengals are extremely imprinted, their first love after their mom is THE one. Luckily for me, I’m the one for Moose. :0)

    • Karen says:

      Oh! I loveeeeeee Bengals. LOVE them. I briefly looked into getting one but I’m afraid I already have a pretty full house. ~ karen!

  228. Jen says:

    our house is ruled by a Beagle named Freddie… I’d love to adopt another pup but my hubby says we’d have to trade him in. I don’t know if he is referring to himself or to Freddie…

  229. Carrie says:

    I have 5 babies…well actually a mama named Sophie who is a border collie, a daddy named Pete who is a bulldog mix… and 3 of their babies. Lola is the fattest and probably the sweetest. Bailey is a beautiful boy. And Dottie. Dottie is the most mischievous little girl on EARTH!! But we love her!
    She has to try harder, bless her heart. They were born in December, 3 out of a litter of 10! They are such a joy to me but also a lot of heartache. Bailey was shot yesterday morning,in the abdomen by a neighbor and had emergency surgery yesterday. So far he has survived the surgery…now we have to get through the hard part…recovery. So I hope maybe if some of you pet lovers can send a prayer or 2 up for my beautiful boy…it would be so appreciated!.

  230. West Coast Nan says:

    We have the brother, sister kitty combo of Phoebe and Joey. They are our 3 year old “friends” in every sense of the word and were rescued with their feral mom by VOKRA, a great organization here on the west coast. So wonderful to read everyone’s stories, so inspiring. Great idea Karen, you rock!

  231. Anita says:

    My 2 kitty cats look like they are brother in sister but are actually 4 years apart in age and come from different litters. Rocco, my 1st baby is the biggest sucky boy there is. He is a gorgeous tabby with the biggest eyes. He has the softest walk. You never hear him jump up on the table and start munching on the flowers. Rocco was born in Stratford and I mean this in the sweetest way but he is my gay little boy. Penelope on the other hand is my clumsy little farm cat. She has the sweetest face and gorgeous tabby colouring. Very distinct stripes. She has her bitchy moments, picks on Rocco and has the grace of a cow. Penelope comes form a dairy farm in Ayr.
    The 2 would be lost with out each other.

  232. toekneetoni says:

    I have Roscoe – an 8 year old Lhasa Apso who has never met a stranger. Loooves people. He has a lovely disposition and doesn’t bark much. But when he does bark, he sounds like a a huge dog. He has a very agreeable personality and his greatest flaw is that he treats our daily walks like a personal buffet. :)

  233. Kelly says:

    We have two dogs–a Border Collie and a Labraborder (Hey, if people can make up a breed called the Labradoodle, then I can make up a breed called the Labraborder, too). Both are rescue dogs.

  234. Patti says:

    It turns out, I’m a crazy bird lady!

    My baby is a lineolated parakeet named Pickle. He’s adorable, thinks he’s a dog, loves to snuggle, and wolf whistles at me when I enter the room (who doesn’t love that). We got him after we lost our budgie, Cosmo, last year.

    I’m such a crazy bird lady, I just got my first tattoo two week ago – three feathers. One for each of the little birds I’ve had in my life: Raine, Cosmo and Pickle.

    I’m such a geek!

    • Karen says:

      Patti – LOL. I scrolled through your comment quickly and saw “birds”, then “three feathers”. I thought your bird only had 3 feathers. :) ~ karen

  235. Emily says:

    I have always had cats growing up and we always lived out in the country so I don’t remember any specific cat until we moved to the city… well it was a real neighborhood and in the city limits. Two females, sisters, solid white, Puff and Pumpkin! There were for my sister but my Mom loved them best! My first cat after I left home would scratch like a dog to be let out to go use the bathroom. I didn’t need a litter box for her. But my first real cat love was Rosie. I had a friend who was moving to Alaska and couldn’t keep her. She was a long haired beautiful calico. When I got her she was already about 6 or 7 years old. She had the most personality I had ever experienced in a cat! Rosie was around for another 7 years and I cried like a baby for 2 days when she passed. When the kids were growing up, we had a couple of other cats and our first dog, BB, a Yorkie. Then I got Winston, another Yorkie, from my sister who breed them. BB was my daughter’s but Winston was mine. Winston’s life was short but I loved him lots too. I also cried like a baby when he left us! I don’t want another dog though… I want to stick with my cats, which now I have two. A tuxedo, Watson, and a solid white, Holmes. Not brothers but they are 6 weeks apart and groom each other, play and fight and play fight! Sometimes they are curled up and look like a ying and yang symbol.
    That’s my story and I am sticking to it !
    Emily

  236. Elen Grey says:

    We have a Golden Retriever. 8 years old. We didn’t know how we were going to pick from the adorable litter. She came and sat on my foot while the others were rolling all over each other. Staked her claim. Gracie Allen. She grew into her name. AKA – Golden Pup, G-Pup and Poop-mobile. 😀 I don’t know how we managed to get down to one pet. lol

  237. Jessica says:

    There’s so much love in all these posts. I really enjoyed reading about everyone’s pets! Even behind the stories of loss, there is the love and companionship of having a pet in your life. Makes me want to go home and hug my puppy-dogs! (Chica-3yr old black lab and Cosmo-11 yr old border collie mix)

  238. Laurel Connell says:

    I know this is very late response, but I save my e-mails from Karen’s Blog so that I can read them when I have more time. I’ve loved reading all the resposes and truthfully have only read about the first 60 or so, so far.
    I myself at the moment have My sweet little boy, Angellus, but I just call him poky, sweetpea or babydoll. He’s a big Ragdoll/Siamese kitty cat 10 years old, super sweet and very smart. He’s got me wrapped round his little kitty finger. My ex husband and I adopted him, with his brother Artemis, sadly Artemis died of FIP (feline infectious peritonitis) 98% fatal most cats are just carriers of it and it never does anything. That broke my heart. I was married to a military man, and had been alone most of my 2 year marriage. When my husband turned up at the apartment we had rented for me to live in alone, after nearly two months of no returned calls or e-mails on his part with divorce papers…well Pooky was my rock, my absolute saviour. He kept my depression in check and kept me from spiralling to far off track. So I packed up everything, poky to and we moved outta Texas and to Montana for two years, where we (pooky and I)met my now husband, who is from New Zealand, he came on a 3 month visitor visa and found us. So we got married in Montana and and we moved to New Zealand, yup Pooky to!

    Since being here, Pooky has made friends with a little female feral kitty, tiny little thing especially compare to Poo, he’s 16lbs. She bolted at the sight of a human but loved Angel to bits followed him everywhere. We call her midget because she’s so tiny. She ended up getting pregnant by another stray had kittens under the house, which we took with her to SPCA to care for them, because we just didn’t have the means to care for a feral kitty mom that you couldn’t get near. She got the snip, weened her kittens and we had her back with us, and she’s very very slowly gotten more friendly-ish. My husband has really taken a shine to her and I’ve actually seen her let him pet her on the chin. She now sleeps on the foot of our bed, curled up with Angel most nights, and getting more relaxed around us by the day. So that’s 2 pets and husband is trying to coax another adoptee stray ginger cat..>.< I actually think he belongs to someone though so I discourage it. We have an aviary as well, that has canaries and finches. Two of the finches I hand reared, their mother passed away. :( They don't have names yet..not sure if they are male or female, hehe

    Husbands mother has two long hair Chihuahua's, who we live with. Doggies are Benjamin and Geno, who -used- to chase cats, but since Angel came round, who is bigger than they are, haha the kinda treat him like another dog lol. They still give chase to midge though. poor little girl, run!
    So, that's my pets. two cats, two dogs, and various birdies.
    P.S. Did I tell you Pooky has learned to open our sliding glass door? that's been interesting, haha.

    • Karen says:

      That’s quite a story you have there Laurel! And with a happy ending no less. :) Husbands and strays and New Zealand! Wow! ~ karen

  239. Ashleeh says:

    Yosemite Sam- my 15 year old ornery beagle, i got him when I first went into the world as an adult. He is still with me 3 state moves and many careers paths later. Jake- my 10 year old adopted red headed step child. He is a Thai Ridgeback I rescued. I have 4 illegal chickens…
    Nefertiti-buff laced polish crested
    Biddy & Peeps- Australorps
    Buffy-Buff Brahma

  240. Christal says:

    I have a rescue dog named Boo Radley, but we generally just call her Boo. Or Jerkface. Or ‘stop barking at the nice strangers, they’re just trying to check their mail!’. Anywho, Boo is a Boston Terrier. She has one of those snubby little faces, which means that she’s always making noises. She snores, snorfles (same basic sound as snoring but she’s awake and controlling it), squeaks, grunts, grumbles, and sometimes (ok, pretty regularly) farts. She also has a way of charming any stranger in a matter of minutes, even as she growls and desperately tries to intimidate them. Basically she’s a conundrum.
    She is very good at the being-comforting-just-by-sleeping-on-or-near-you-for-hours-on-end thing that smaller dogs do so well, and she’s a ferocious blanket hog. One who will actually stand there and scratch at you with her nimble little paws until you lift up whatever blanket you’re using or fetch one for her to tunnel into. (FYI, I write this with a snoring boo at my hip :) I love her immeasurably, although she’s usually a huge pain in the bum.

  241. Katie says:

    Mysterio is my Xoloitzuintli (mexican hairless dog with a natural mohawk and all). He feels super warm to the touch and is a perfect hot water bottle on cold nights since he loves sleeping under the bed covers by your legs. He spends his time climbing on the back of the sofa to lay across your shoulders when you’re trying to work on the computer and not play with him. Which is pretty impressive since he’s not petite. He’s about 30 lbs. Man! I love my dog!

  242. Julie H says:

    Sugar is my Mississippi Porch Hound. She is the most beautiful and intelligent animal in the world. She is 13, really only a baby.

    Pompom is my 20lb maine coon cat.

    Pumpkin is my tiny barn cat. She’s kooky.

  243. Michelle says:

    We have a dog, Molly (totally unoriginal dog name but when her brother, Desmond was alive it was ok because they were that Beattles song). We also have 2 cats, Rosko and Lucifer, and 10 chickens: Elmo, Mario, Shelly, Aleah, Miss Moneypenny, Venus, Skunk, Cora, Ginger, and Oreo.

    We are talking about another dog (or 2) but waiting til the kids are a bit older and more helpful with these things!

  244. Paula Chelesnik says:

    Wow a lot of comments on pets. We pet owners obviously can’t resist talking about out pets. We have two black and tan dachshunds, Ava and Otto. Otto is fat and Ava is sassy. Ava will be 13 yrs old on Sept 13,2013(which is Friday the 13th and she was born on Friday the 13th). We also have three cats, Bob Eve and our newest Gypsy(who is a very cool looking Bengal). All our animals names are palindromes, except Gypsy who was already named when we got her.

  245. Becca says:

    I have a Labranard named Tank. He’s got the size of a St.Bernard and the loyalty and smarts of a lab. But he’s really not a dog… He’s a bed hoggin’, window lickin’, food stealin’, Neanderthal…. But he completes my life. I don’t know what I would do without him. He’s my best friend.

  246. Angel in Alabama says:

    I have 2 wonderful dogs (one mostly Pomeranian and one Papillion) and 2 interesting cats (one 1/2 Siamese and a torte). They are all rescues and I can not imagine my life without them. I would like to have Chickens also, but my HOA doesn’t allow them. :( To quote Mark Twain…the more people I meet…the more I like my dog.

  247. Angel in Alabama says:

    He is a rotten boy. Barely weighed 5 pounds when I got him; he’s now a hefty 8. :) I adore your chickens. They never fail to make me smile. Even on a bad day. Thank you for sharing them with all of us.

  248. Jeffery Lance says:

    I have a pit bull I rescued, I believe she is approximately 18 – 24 months old. I don’t know if she’s ever had any shots at all. What do I do? Where do I begin? I also need a license for her and perhaps a rabies shot? please help me out! I need a lot of questions answered, Thanks!

    • Karen says:

      Hi Jeffery – Congratulations on rescuing a dog. The first thing you need to do is take her to the vet. I don’t believe there is any way the vet can tell if the dog has had its shots other than through the dog’s vet records. If you don’t have those (and you probably don’t) the vet will likely want to give the dog a whole new round of shots which will include rabies. They can also license the dog for you. Otherwise you can order one online, or go to your local city hall to pick up a tag. You can expect this first visit to be a little expensive because the vet will do a general examination of the dog to check its health along with the shots. Good luck! ~ karen

      • Jeffery Lance says:

        Thank you so much, Karen. How do you know so much about dogs? Do you have any pets? Dogs in particular?

  249. Lindsay says:

    Lucy Love is my 4 year old Shih-Tzu. I always wanted a dog for Christmas and my husband FINALLY got the not-so-subtle hints one year and I was given the most adorable fur-ball of a baby with red jingle bells around her neck. Ah it was perfect. She is still my baby even after having a human one. :) She sure is a lot less maintenance and always loves to cuddle with me.

  250. Sierra says:

    I’m a girl eleven year old have a pet named buddy black and white heart shape on buddies belly

  251. Sierra says:

    I’m a girl eleven year old have a pet named buddy black and white heart shape on buddies belly
    🐰

  252. Sierra says:

    I’m a girl eleven year old have a pet named buddy black and white heart shape on buddies belly
    🐰🐇🐇🐇🐇🐇🐇

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