Over at REVGALS, Jan writes:
In my experience in the United States, people are either "Dog People" or "Cat People." As the graph above illustrates, not everyone is limited to those types of animals. So I am wondering about pets and experiences with them.
1. Are you a DOG or a CAT person? Or OTHER?
I love them all.
2. Who were the pets of your childhood and what were they like?
I had a dog named Benji who was a border collie. We got him when I was in sixth grade, and he lived until after I graduated from college.
3. What pets do you have now?
The current tally in the household is 3 dogs, 7 cats. One of our cats died a couple of weeks ago. However, we have had as many as 5 dogs and 9 cats. It's quite the zoo.
4. Have you ever had any unusual pets in your household or visit your home?
We have a lot of fosters that pass through our doors.
5. What have you learned from your pets? Give one recent example, if possible.
Resilience. Animals are so amazingly resilient.
BONUS: Pictures or anything else related to animals you love.
Well, you asked for this:
Cooper and Fenway, two of our three dogs
Venus, best dog ever. She died a few years ago.
Little Tikky. She died two years ago. She lost an eye to glaucoma, but it didn't slow her down.
Wherever we go, the animals find us. This was a bunch of baby chickens on the beach in Kauai.
Sweet, feral Sadie. She died two weeks ago.
Some of the animals make it onto my pottery!
Foster mama and her babies. We ended up keeping mama, and her name is Sophie.
Literally, I picked this dog up on my way to church one Sunday. He was running along the street as happy as he could be. He just had a collar, and an outdated rabies tag. So, I took him to church with me, and he hung out in my office during worship. After worship, we did a little sleuthing work, and found his family. Then, two days later, he got loose again! Silly bird. My neighbor found him. So, I took him back to his house AGAIN. I think they fixed the fence then. ;-)
Cat painting on the iPad. It's the best app ever...a little mouse runs across the screen, and the cat tried to pounce it. What a lovely painting, by Lucy.
Scout, a very brief foster boy. He was a handful. NO manners. But he got a great home.
Titan, a long foster. He was such a goofball. His head was HUGE. Anyway, I loved him so much and we almost kept him, but then he ended up in the lap of luxury, adopted by a lawyer and a doctor.
Lucky guy, he goes kayaking and swimming all of the time.
Hennessy. Big smile, huh? One of my unsuccessful fosters. He was such a sweet boy with me, but he bit one of my dogs out of the blue. He then ended up in a bad foster situation (no Alpha in the house) After a couple of bad biting experiences, he had to be put to sleep. There are no bad dogs, just people who don't care for them properly.
Rest in peace, dear one.
Daisy. Our oldest dog. She is now 15.5, blind, deaf, and wears a diaper for incontinence. But it doesn't stop her one bit. She prances around,shrieks for treats, and is a ball of spunk.
This is Charley, our Hawaiian cat. He lives in the condo complex we stay at when we go to the Big Island. He shows up at every sunset in the quad area, because he knows people will feed him. Sometimes he comes up to our condo and visits for awhile. Especially if we have turkey to share.
This is Callie. She is 16 plus years. She has kitty dementia, and walks in circles alot, meaowing.
She is our princess, and we love her so, so much.
There are more photos of the the others, but I have to get going! Thanks for the play, Jan!