- What was your first pet's name?
I had a couple "first pets" from when I was born: a cat named Jake, he was a grey and white american short hair - basically a tuxedo cat with grey instead of black. He was kind of mean and bit me a lot. But I terrorized him and earned it. I'm amazed my current cat is so utterly tolerant of every one.
Then there was Shadow: she was a cocker spaniel, and an amazing dog. Very sweet, quiet, and loving toward me. She definitely influenced my decision to get a spaniel mix with Cody.
- What kind of animal was your first pet?
Cat and Dog. They weren't a tag-team though. When Shadow would be sleeping, Jake would wake her up. She'd chase him around the basement (keep in mind, Jake died when I was 5, so these are some old memories!).
- If you have a pet now, what kind of animal is it?
I have a dog, a cat, and a turtle. Currently, I also have a fish, but his existence is up to the turtle. I get feeders for a little variety in his diet. Plus, they give him a bit of exercise.
As for the dog and the cat, the cat is hilarious. He play fights with the dog, and he rubs against everyone (including the dog), is demanding about food when he's hungry, and makes a very effective alarm system. The dog is just full of love, life, and energy. He's always ready to go, but doesn't mind the days where he's just lounging around the house. Seriously, he's amazing. I might just stick with spaniel mixes.
- What is your favorite animal to have as a pet?
Definitely a dog. He honestly makes me more social than I have ever been. I take him out on super long walks, and I don't mind stopping and chatting with other dog owners. The socialization is great for both of us! And we have a play date tonight with our former roommates, so he's going to have another dog to romp around with. I'm pretty excited about that too!
- What animal have you always wanted to have as a pet?
It's a little strange, but I have always wanted a snake. They're really cool, and they're exciting to have around. I've worked with them before both at school and at work. They don't need a ton of food, grow slowly, and are super interesting. I was thinking a red-tail boa constrictor. They don't get too big, have long life spans, aren't poisonous, and they easily acclimate to being handled. But we decided on having one reptile at a time, and I am completely happy with my little turtle!
I have already talked a lot about my pets, but I'm going to throw a line out to them anyway, because I love them! They get into everything, can be quite destructive (we've had to install door locks), but the unconditional love makes them worth it. I call my tag-team dog and cat practice toddlers, since we've had to baby proof!
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