We are fortunate to have a fairly large back yard for our girls to run and play in. Our neighbors across the street also own the vacant lot next door to ours, and the wife runs an in-home daycare. Oftentimes the kids will play in the vacant lot on the swingset or just run around being goofy kids. Usually when the dogs are out, they will venture up to the fence to say hello. I guess one day, one of the kids must have lost their naked Barbie in the exchange… because Dora found one.
Eddie and I don’t have kids yet, but we do have a houseful! We’ve got three cats, which I had before we met, then less than a month after getting married, we decided we wanted a puppy. For the next 6 months, I wanted to give her back. But now, I’m glad I didn’t! Almost a year ago, we also happened to adopt a second dog, though we didn’t initially have plans to. Sometimes you pick them, sometimes they pick you. I’m proud to say that all five of our animals are shelter pets (nothing against those who don’t adopt shelter pets, but for me, that’s where it’s at!). So, this is our big happy family.
Five and a half years ago, I had just gotten my first “grown up” apartment, and I was determined to get cats! Our local shelter has a BOGO type of deal with adult cats, to encourage people to adopt adults. Everyone wants a cute kitten, but sadly adult cats get looked over a lot. So, I went probably half a dozen times, making sure I was getting cats that were a good fit for me.
This cat was always laying on a bright pink blanket when I went, and loved to be petted. I knew she was for sure one of my two!
I also would always be approached by a gorgeous (but slightly overweight!) gray tabby. He would jump on me and let me pet him every single time I was there. Long story short, I ended up coming home with a cat that looked identical to that cat, but his personality was just the opposite. This cat is a cranky old man, but I love him.