my best friend for 14 years was my kitty Punky. Oh, if he could've talked. He knew more than anyone. He's been gone now for 9 years. The same time I had Rascal who was a AKC crapzu. He was supposed to be used for stud(the only way I would've spent that much for a dawg), but he never got the hang of it. So he got neutered. He died about a year after Punky.
Then after my divorce, I needed the unconditional love. So, I got two yell0w kitties who were litter mates... Forrest and Jenny. Then an off breed hound named Bubba. He was a nightmare and got me in lots of trouble with the neighbor from H...
Next I met a wonderful man who has allergies. I discovered not only me, but my daughter did too. So, back they all went to the shelter. I miss Forrest the most. He was a character, but had a bad bladder infection, so I think they had to let him go. Jenny was on the edge of getting obese,so I bet she made some lonely lady a nice lap cat. Bubba went to a family who trains dogs. Last I knew, he wasn't barking or chewing or digging anymore.
I did have several pets growing up. SugarBelle was my persian cat. She lived until age 19. Then lots of other pets that came and went. Living on a farm,,,,,,,,life expenctancy isn't too long.
Several years ago, my then 12 yr old daughter decided to go live with her dad in CA, after living with me her whole life. It was an on-going custody battle, and his weekend-Santa Clause-behavior won out.
That is when I got my wonderful Doberman puppy, Liesel! I so needed a replacement for the huge hole in my heart, and Liesel helped me fill it a bit. (Part of that hole is still there and always will be.) Liesel is so sweet, Doberman's really are!
about a year later, I got a Pomeranian, Max, to join our family. Max and Liesel are a real pair, they're hilarious together. By the way, Max the Pom is the Alpha in this pair.
When my daughter who left comes to visit, she doesn't like Liesel. I think it's because she knows Liesel helped "replace" her!
What a great topic guys!
My then husband talked me into buying him a Shih-Tzu for his birthday 12 years ago. He always love them and I fell in love with them too. Her name was Babycakes and ended up being my dog more than his. We had another one named Isabelle that was for him though. When we got divorsed it was hard to try to "break up the family" but I got Baby and he got Izzy. Baby died last March and broke my heart. I now have a manic cat named Normandy. He is a pretty good companion but I am looking for my next puppy defently a Shih-Tzu.........
fishkillerguy, I have one feeder goldfish(19 cents) that is over 6 years old. He is over 6 inches long. He swims in a 10plus gallon octagonal tank.
I have been trying to kill this guy for 3 years . I have not cleaned the tank,overfed, underfed,,,,,,,,
I finally gave up. I bought a new filter,rocks,plastic plants and a Ph kit. I thought 'you win' I will treat you better.
Check your filtration system. Also you can't have too many for each gallon of water. I had two goldfish for a lonnnnng time. Then I switched the food from flakes to pellets and the pretty fancy goldfish died of dropsy or something wrong with his swimbladder.
Fish are nice tranquil pets. The filtration Whisper system I have sounds like a little waterfall. Too bad they don't play catch
I have a lilaced Crested Amazon named Tiko. He is my baby and I just adore him. He has been a great comfort since my 15 year old son died in May of last year.
The only problem with these types of birds though is that they are a one person bird. They do not like children so my 11 year old cannot go near him or he snaps at her. My husband he tolerates to a degree.
no one has mentioned horses. I had a Shetlan pony when I was on the farm. Dad showed me how to trim her hooves, but she kept biting so I never did. He let them grow to an awful length and finally got infection and had to be put to sleep. She lived about 10 years which I think is about normal for a smaller horse.
So I had the 'pony' every kid wishes for, but did take care of it. Sorry to all of you who wanted a pony when you were little and never got one.