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The Friday Five - Pets!

How many pets have you had at one time?
What is the strangest pet you have ever had?
What is the coolest trick you have ever taught a pet?
Real animals: What animal have you always wanted as a pet?
Imaginary animals: Describe the ideal pet, an animal that doesn't really exist.

I have no idea. We had a lot of pets when I was a kid. At one point we had two pet rats - we went away on vacation and when we got back we discovered they had been breeding. The neighbour who cared for them was literally in tears. In a three year period, I do remember a dog, multiple cats, the rats, gerbils, at least one hamster, goldfish, turtles, mice, budgies, and a canary (who barely survived an encounter with one of the cats).

The strangest was probably a chinchilla.

I had a cat who would sit and beg for food like a dog. He would also shake paws.

I had indulgent parents and am an indulgent parent myself, so we have owned pretty much any pet we wanted, at some point. Part of me would like a hedgehog, but the responsible part of me knows it's not a proper pet. Ditto de-scented skunks.

The ideal pet? Probably one that doesn't need to be cleaned up after. I hate dealing with litter boxes and scooping manure.

Comments

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calico_pye
Feb. 5th, 2017 09:00 pm (UTC)
Two cats.

A bantam rooster and two chickens that I rescued from the pot.

Junior cat will sit and beg like a meerkat.

I had a friend who had a ferret and it was really sweet - however, I don't think I could ever have one.

A chocolate bar-dispensing cat.
siglinde99
Feb. 5th, 2017 09:22 pm (UTC)
Because cats aren't already evil enough they need to dispense chocolate too? I could live with that.
calico_pye
Feb. 5th, 2017 09:27 pm (UTC)
LOL :-)
carriea31
Feb. 5th, 2017 11:03 pm (UTC)

I always wanted to have a racoon for a pet. The de scented skunk remind  me of that.

siglinde99
Feb. 6th, 2017 01:43 am (UTC)
Raccoons would be cool too. I think they are smarter than skunks and more likely to get into trouble, though. I like my pets to be rather lazy and just wanting to be cuddled.
carriea31
Feb. 6th, 2017 07:01 pm (UTC)
Yes, I'm sure a raccoon would be a very mischievous pet! They would probably cause no end of trouble!
spikesgirl58
Feb. 6th, 2017 11:57 am (UTC)
Great answers! What a menagerie you had! You had very patient folks!
siglinde99
Feb. 7th, 2017 11:52 pm (UTC)
Mom grew up on a farm and was used to having all kinds of crazy animals. After we moved out, she went through a phase of having cockatiels and love birds. An entire bedroom was converted to hold all the cages. I come by my obsessive craziness honestly.
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