right now im fostering a 5 month old pit bull girl. she is SO sweet and good, ive never had a dog that is so good- the organization got her at the pound this week and so far she hasnt messed up anything in the house , or had an accident inside. ha im so happy, i want to adopt her but i need to make sure i have enough money to commit to actually ADOPTING a dog. but shes great. i cant wait to adopt a dog of my own. :)
okay correction. i just adopted my foster puppy! I couldnt help it, the organization called me and wanted to take her to a trial home today and i was like wait no i want her. so shes mine , im so happy:) Im naming her Starbelly after the song by Hole. :)
I have a 1 year-old Havanese. I have allergies, so I needed a hypo-allergenic dog. So I won't lie, I got him from a breeder, because I didn't want to support the pet stores who buy from puppy mills. If I didn't have allergies, I would have gone to the animal shelter. My heart just melts every time I see the animal shelter animals at the malls and special events.
Okay, hope you are sitting down, as I tell you about my furry kids. :) All our guys are rescues, either from the pound or the streets. We have 18 cats, one bulldog, one guinea pig, one turtle, and two fish. Yes, you can have this many and have a clean, spotless, (and more importantly, smell-less!) house. Takes work, but these guys are all worth it. :) They seem to know their outcome would not have been good without coming home with us...they constantly show us how appreciative they are.
What kind of pets do you have and where did you get them??Right now I just have my one cat, Skittles who we have had for 10 years now. She is the best!
I've always had a cat or up to a dozen cats/kittens in my life and I've had 2 dogs (one is deceased, the other we gave away because our townhouse is too small), had 1 parrot (gave it to my Aunt's mother in law), and fish (now deceased). The only pet we paid for was one of the dogs and the parrot. All of the others were either given to us from fam/friends or we found...Skittles is one of the strays that lived in my Grandmother's backyard. My Grandmother had practically a community of cats in her backyard for no reason whatsoever and over the years the numbers dwindled, so we wanted to take one before they all left or were run over. Skittles is the best cat ever. :) I love cats though so I am biased.
Titan: a 4 1/2 year old 85 pound pit bull - started as a foster dog who was going to stay with us for 5 days - and that was about three years ago. He did the wiggle butt right up to us when we first met him and took a quick tinkle in a vintage Gucci bag I had foolishly placed on the ground...I didn't care. It was love! Annie: a 2 year old 45# foster pittie who we rescued after she was thrown from a vehicle and the shelter was going to put her down until the rescue I work with agreed to take her in. She's available for adoption and is a sweetheart. Cinders: a 15 year old onery black male cat who runs the place and was adopted as a kitten. Olivia: a 12ish dil tortie female cat who we adopted 5 years ago when we walked into the shelter and asked who had been there the longest and kept getting passed over and they brought us to her. Simba & Nala: 10 year old orange tabby brother and grey tabby sister adopted from a vet's office Sloth & Laney -- Adult 5 year old RES living in a 125 gallon tank in harmony Georgie - 14+ year old painted turtle rescued from neglectful owner who kept him in a take out container for nearly ten years and as a result Georgie doesn't play well with others so he's in his own tank Dortzilla - a gigantic 10 year old female RES who came to live with us recently when we thought we could easily care for her for a friend who no longer could. That was until we put her in the 125 gallon tank and realized SHE doesn't play well with others...so now she lives in our jacuzzi tub which has been transformed into a tank. 4 Fish - 2 plecos, Swiffer and Jr and 1 feeder fish turned pet, Chitty and a ryukin, Little Stevie. and the newest - Lex - a baby brown snake (only about 5 inches long!) my husband rescued from a sewer area where he would've certainly died.
We have quite the menagerie and love every one of them. :)
~Snakes~ "Sylvia" the Columbian Boa, we've had for 10 years. (Given to us by a breeder because she wouldn't breed) "Eve" the Argentine/Columbian cross Boa we've had 12 years. (Surrendered because she got too big) "Loki" the Honduran Fire belly Red Tail Boa we've had since he was a baby. (My husband's spoiled boy) "Riff Raff" the Suriname Red Tail Boa, rescued 10 years ago and near dead. Now he's our healthy old man and social as he can be! "Diego" and "Jezebel", our Dumerils Boas we've had for 6 years. "Willow" and "Sydney" our Woma Pythons that were surrendered by an elderly woman who couldn't care for them any more. "Delilah" our Jungle Carpet Python, who was also surrendered by the same woman with the Womas. Our four Ball Pythons; Titan, Maya, Isis and Nobody. All surrendered by their owners for various reasons.
~Lizards~ "Gex" our Leopard gecko. He's a 9 year old male that was surrendered by his owners after they lost their home in a fire. "Stinky" our Blue Tongue Skink that was surrendered by his owner because he was "too messy." And the loves of my life, my two male Savannah Monitors, "Rocko" and "Joe". Both were adopted about a month apart because their owners couldn't handle them. Now, they're the sweetest boys you could ever meet.
We also have nine different types of tarantulas that were all surrendered or donated to us for our educational programs.
Other than that, its a mom, her cat and Bearded Dragon, two kids still in the nest and a husband, all relatively house trained. LOL
Chubbs: 11 year old giant 25 pound cat who looks like Garfield but doesn't like lasagna, rescued from a no kill shelter in Florida.
Tweeder: 6 year old dark tabby cat, he was a 'free kitten' from a flea infested home in Texas.
Harley: 11 month old German Shepherd Dog who we got from a breeder in Germany when we were stationed there in the military. Germans around military bases there will not adopt to Americans because so many people abandon their pets when they leave the country. There are so many animals in the shelters there but they don't adopt to Americans, which is understandable because they do abandon them . They also have very strict breeding standards in Germany, I wish it was like that here. It is possible to bring your pets home though, we did! We took our cats there and back and brought Harley back with us.
Pekoe our orange tabby (very sweet, he is a Daddy's boy) rescued from a shelter
BooBoo our multi colored tabby (also sweet, but a Mama's boy) he was born in a backyard by a stray cat. All his brothers and sisters were adopted by family members.
Gracie - our new 9 week old baby who is a gray and white cat. She is very friendly and loves everybody (except the dog!)
Our one baby dog:
Mojo - she is a chocolate lab that we bought from a breeder 8 years ago. Of course we love her but when we get another dog will we get from a shelter or dog rescue of some kind.
Our tank full of fish:
Honestly the tank is my husband and he knows how many and what kind, all I know is that we have a giant pleco that we have had forever it seems like at least several years (we call him the dinasour fish) , and my frog just called "Froggy".
I also have a husband and 3 teenagers (2 girls and one boy). So our house is pretty active!