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.




Have a good weekend!


  1. 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.

  2. 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.

  3. ~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 :)

  4. 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.

  5. 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.

  6. 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.

  7. Kim says:

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

  8. 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.

  9. 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!).

  10. Angela Recker says:

    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!

  11. 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.

  12. 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.


  13. 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.

  14. 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 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 ; )

  15. Karin says:

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

  16. 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

  17. 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 :))

  18. 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.

  19. Susan R says:

    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.

  20. 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!

  21. 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.)

  22. 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!

  23. 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.

  24. 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.

  25. 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!

  26. 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!

  27. 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!

  28. Court says:

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

  29. 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 =]

  30. 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.

  31. 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!

  32. 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

  33. 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.

  34. 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!

  35. 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
    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.

  36. 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

  37. 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:


      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.


  38. 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.

  39. 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.

  40. 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.

  41. 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

  42. 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.

  43. 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.

  44. 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.

  45. 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:


      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 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!

  46. 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.

  47. 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.

  48. 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.

  49. 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….

  50. 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.

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