Monday, June 09, 2008

a pet census: please check in!


If you google image 'Penny the beagle' you come up with my Penny and me, all over the place!
All kinds of people visit this blog, some of whom don't care about pottery or pets but find that I have many important and funny things to say (HA! never!). But I am amazed, for example, by the number of people who have, as I do, A LOT of pets (3 dogs and 2 cats in my case). Kate and Jim have had 3 dogs and 3 cats, Newt has a bunch herself.
Missus Potsblog and I came to a crossroad at one point in life and said 'what kind of life do we want, will there be children?' and you can guess the answer (3 dogs and 2 cats).

Today's task, folks, is check in and tell us all about your pets. Some pet owners are young and want kids later, others raised a bunch of kids and retired with dogs and cats. Tell us about it.

26 comments:

Gordo said...

You've met both my boys, but not my dog, Gary. Shark-bait came to use from another family three years ago this summer. The marriage had broken up and the father was faced with a choice: his boys or the dog.

We also have three goldfish, a couple of tropicals and 9-10,000 bees. :-D

Newt said...

We have four cats: Tinker, Hobbes, Socrates, and Cassandra. We have four dogs, Max, Sophie, Caleb, and Lily. And we have one lovebird also named Max.

All of our animals are from shelters. Except the bird, him I got from a bird lady in Morgan Hill CA.

We knew from day one there would be no kids. It's not that we don't like kids, we just like OTHER people's kids. We thought we could do better in this life rescuing the fur balls that needed love and security. Neither of us are really kid people. But we are certainly animal people.

Sometimes it is hard for people we know to understand how we can go through life without kids but so far we have found it quite easy. And far less expensive.

gr said...

sure, no braces or college expenses, no 16 year old daughters in little crop tops with 21 year old boyfriends on Harleys...I knew Newt had quite a few, but now I see it more clearly! Glad you checked in!
Gord, however, likely will win the numbers game by about 9000-10,000 pets.

Tink said...

My Mom started out with one kid (me). Then moved on to one kid and two cats. Then it was two kids and three cats. Then three kids, three cats, and one dog. Now she has one grown kid (me), two teenage kids (my brothers), one big kid (her husband), ten dogs, three cats and three horses, AND she wants to get a pig.

gr said...

holy cr!p, Tink! what a stable! and you yourself have two dogs, I think.

Lis Garrett said...

3 two-legged animals

plus

1 four-legged money eater

equals

a broke and busy house

NO MORE KIDS! NO MORE PETS!

(although Jacob desperately wants a snake - eeks! thank goodness he is easily appeased with a pot of cacti and aloe plants - LOL! - the poor kid carries them around and talks to them!)

kate&jim said...

Jim and I have 2 dogs and 3 cats. (We did have 3 dogs up till last month but our oldest passed away). All of them are shedding right now and it's hot, humid, and the hair sticks to everything!

As for kids - Jim has 5 and I have one. They range in age from 47 to 20. (The 20 yr old is mine). At this point, none of them live at home (except for the occasional return of the 20 yr old). So basically, we just have our pets on a daily basis.

Yup - I think Gordo's gonna win! hehe!

Anonymous said...

I sympathize about the pet hair sticking to everything. I have two cats, american shorthairs, but it's a small apt. and they are 100% INDOOR cats, so there is much shedded fur accumulation, as you may imagine. But they're my "kids" and I love 'em!
EH

ML said...

Well, at present there's only m'lady Bella, the gorgeous silver gray Persian, who came to me as a furry person to hold on to after the death of my much loved, Tuffy, the Dumpster cat. Prior to that, and remembering I'm now almost to having completed 80+ years of pet ownership, beginning with Susie and hardly ever petless (an unthinkable condition, no matter the cost in shed fur and vet bills!), and probably ending with Bella, the count would probably boggle my mind, which needs no help in that direction. I can't imagine ever living without a furry companion, soooo --- Even in my days with a perfectly good husband and five kids, we still had furry people, including the two raccoons.

Greg said...

let's see.. 1 small dog (with the energy of 4!), 2 cockatiels that were rescue animals and about 10,000 bees

Lou said...

when I have my own house I plan to have a bizarre and legendary number of pets, possibly not 10,000, but, you know. At present it's our two kitties Sasha, the boy with the puckish twinkle in his eye, and Millie, the cutest little girl in the universe who loves to play fetch and get up on her hind legs to chew your fingers.

I do have a dream of running a cat rescue shelter, something that's badly needed here in Sligo where they need education and help badly. One day. If any of you win the lotto and want to help me set it up that would be great too! :D One way or the other I plan on rescueing a horde of my own :)

Wildrun said...

I have a small cat rescue in Spencer (NY). We have six pet cats, Ivan, Cricket, Ditz, Norma, Squeak, and Nell, and a black cat who just showed up on the porch last night (anyone want a great big talkie black cat?) And we've got 17 for adoption in the cat facility. Feel free to come visit sometime! When I save some bucks, I'm going to ask you to make me some mugs with little cats on them--all with eartips (the universal sign of a fixed feral cat) - Susan

gr said...

hey who is this wonderful Susan????????? must find out more---Grego, btw, is now one up on Gordo, because of the birds (and the bees!!!!!!!!)
my pal Lis--her cat might as well have gone to college, considering what Louie cost them after some outdoor adventures!
thanks everybody!

Alice said...

oh man! all i've got are 2 cats, no kids. and some ants, but they're hopefully on their way out. :-)

gr said...

your cats are wonderful, Alice, but I dounbt if the ants are wonderful

kcinnova said...

Sadly, we only have one cat, Cleopatra. She was supposed to have a doggie brother, but at this point in our lives, she'll have to wait (I'm sure she's relieved about this!) a few more years.
However, we do refer to our 4 boys as 'pups' or 'dogs' (strangely, the youngest likes to Meow!); when it's time to load everyone up into the minivan, we call out "Kennel up!" Do you think they'll need therapy for this? ;)

Susan as herself said...

I grew up with a dog and either one or two cats. Plus we had two gerbils at one point.

Then I had my sweet cat Woody for about 11 years---got him when he was about 9.

I miss having a pet. Someday I will again.

kcinnova said...

I have a friend who chose to not have human children. She and her husband refer to their beloved cats as "our furry children."

gr said...

you see, human children grow up and give you lip and ask for the car keys---sweet little beagles, on the other hand, are just as adorable and fun when they are old as when they are pups

Lis Garrett said...

Unless you have a beagle that tears open the Christmas presents on Christmas Eve and leaves everything shredded for you when you wake up on Christmas morning. My kids have yet to do that. ;-)

gr said...

well, yeah, dogs and cats do some nasty things

Anonymous said...

Yeah, they do some nasty things all right. Once one of mine vomited in my shoe where I couldn't see it. Yuck! But last time I checked, that kitty is still here.
EH

Reb said...

I'm down to one cat, my lovely Himi Sibu. But I had a standard poodle, Kai and my brother and his cat Shadow lived with us for a time.

Ellen said...

I have three kids, two sons in law, one grandson- love them all. Most of the time.

We have five cats...used to be six until Isis was hit by a car. Still feel sad about that. She loved exploring and would wander very far afield.... All our cats are rescues. The girls were litter mates who's mother was killed by a car. We have wanted a dog, but the cats don't do well with canines. One is very old, and perhaps once he is gone....

Janet said...

I'm neither of those situations. Never had kids, wanted 'em, oh well, had cats & dogs instead. Currently, I have two dogs, Max & Wolf; Max is a mixed breed & Wolf is a shiba inu. No more cats for me, I dislike litter box chores and I live too close to a busy street to let them outside.

Karen said...

Can we weigh in if we have a zoo of 2 and 4 legged small animals?
First we had a black lab,KBHR, who will be 14 years this summer.
Then we had 2 daughters. They are 5 and 9.
Then we adopted 4 degus. They are cousins to the chinchilla and they look most like gerbils.
The latest and last addition was a beautiful little girl chinchilla.
I told you it was a zoo and that doesn't even count the numerous fish!