Do you have a Pet?

December 4, 2011

We don’t.  But I’m going to tell you about the zoo we had growing up!

I was given a bunny rabbit for Easter one year when I was about 9 or 10. I named him Cuddles – because he was the cutest and cuddliest bunny ever. I could hold him upside-down in my arms like a baby doll.   image

We also had a Peach Face Conure, which we took care of for a friend for several years until I was in about 7th grade.  He was a talker – and said… ‘SpUuuuuUUUUuuuDs’ (His name was Spuds). We would make a dinner plate for him, and he would crawl from his bird cage over to the table and sit on the corner of the plate, and eat things like noodles and crackers and whatever else he could eat!  image

Then we had a Golden Retreiver, named Lucky Bob.  He was named that because he was the runt – and his owner was about to shoot him – but my mom wouldn’t have it and so he was Lucky.  But when he was a baby, he would only respond to ‘Bob.’  I loved him SO much – he died of many ailments, and suffered terrible hip dysplasia at 13 years old.  I miss my Lucky Bob too!


We had several Cats over the years as well.  imageOur first named Tennessee Tuxedo – who looked like he was wearing a Tux – and was one of my mom’s favorite shows way back when…

We had a Persian cat named KiKi – who was cuddly, and DROOLED when you pet her – She was gorgeous though – just VERY hairy.

Then Darla, and Dixie. They were sisters  Darla was my baby… She had several litters of Kittens – and every time she was pregnant, she would sleep next to me and loved when I rubbed her tummy.  At one point, both girls had kittens within days of eachother – and we had 14 cats in the house all at once.  It was CrAzY!!


The COOLEST pet we had growing up – although I don’t think I ever touched him because I was too terrified of being bitten…. was the African Grey Parrot.  This is one of the *Coolest* birds to own should you ever own one.  He was personality Plus – and could imitate ANYTHING. and Perfectly.

My Voice, my Brothers voice, my MOMS voice – man… he had our phone down.

Bird:  *rrrrringggggggg*  *rrrrinnnng* *BEEP* (mom’s voice) Hello? Uh-huh.. Uh huh… ok.  OK>  Yep!  Sounds Good. Ok.  Bye!  *BEEP*

He’d have the whole one-sided conversation.  Sometimes he’d just do the ringing and you’d go running for the phone before realizing that it was HIM ringing, and not the real phone.  He had the coolest parrot cage ever, and would unlock himself every morning and climb up – and then at night, he would climb in – and RE-lock his cage and say things like.. ‘nighty night!’ and ‘sweet dreams!’

He tortured our cats so bad.  He would slowly crawl down to the bottom of his cage, and hang his head off  – JUST a little… and say … ‘HERREEE Kitty Kitty Kitty Kitty…. Want Lunch??’  And then go back up quickly so as not to get eaten.

He could say just about anything, in just about anyone’s voice.  I’d swear sometimes that my mom was home because Paca would say something in her voice.  It was nuts.

My Brother gave the pet back to it’s original owner after about 10 years of owning it himself.  He misses this bird really bad too.

I found a few videos on YouTube with African Greys – OF course we don’t have any from our old parrot – but These ones are equally as cool and can show you their spectrum of ability –

So as I was searching through these YouTube videos (which btw there are A TON of videos with birds/African Greys especially that are really cool) I saw this one of another parrot – And the *EXACT* reason why you wouldn’t want a bird like this if you have a baby….

This kills me..  The poor owners of this bird will never get peace!

So. Our overall goal is to never have pets.  They are COOL and Cute and Fun to have around sometimes, but they’re also work – and more mess to clean up after – and they can sure rack up a hospital bill when they get hurt!

When we moved, we made sure to find an area that neighbors had pets… just in case if our kids wanted a dog, they could walk the neighbors dog or something.

I know.. I love them. I do.  But. I just don’t want/need the extra responsibility.

So no, thank you.

Tell me about your pets!! Open-mouthed smile



  1. We have 3 cats. The oldest 2 are sisters and are 13+ yrs old. Then there’s Simba, a stray we found. He’s about 8 and the girl kitties still hiss at him when they see him outside as if they’ve forgotten who he is simply because he’s outside. Silly cats!

  2. Just a crazy pup right now but I would love to have a rabbit one day.

  3. That Spongebob video just made my son’s day!! It took a lot of convincing to get him to believe that it is a real bird.

  4. It must have been fun having so many critters around growing up! We have two kitties and my children love them more than they love my kids (my kids are three and under). 😉

  5. We have one dog and 3 kitties. I have to say my husband is the one who wanted them the most. And the dog we got as a birthday gift for my husband oh wait I mean son :). I just don’t like the extra things I have to do for the animals, but I do love them. What can you do?

  6. We currently have 1 dog-a cock-a-poo and that’s it–oh and some boring goldfish our daughter won at a carnival like 2 yrs ago! (I thought they weren’t supposed to live this long!!) I love pets and like you, grew up w/ quite a few….birds, cats and dogs. I agree that they can be expensive and are big responsibilities but I think the good outweighs the negative-that’s just my opinion. I think it’s a great idea to let you kids take care of neighbors’ pets. 🙂

  7. hahaha that’s so freaking cute! I wish we could have a parrot! but they’re messy and I would have a heart attack trying to clean after it.

  8. susie lee wiener says:

    We had several pets, birds, dogs and cats when I was growing up and it was a lots of fun.


  9. I don’t have any pets either! Used to have some fish.

  10. Cathy Wallace says:

    I remember a rabbit we had when I was a kid. He was huge, called him Thumper and he loved Butter cookies!

  11. I have 5 cats and 2 dogs. My sister named her cat Snuggles because she got him when he was 2 1/2 hald months and so snuggly and wanted to be snuggled with fleece blankets. In january he is going to be 8.

  12. Shelly Peterson says:

    We don’t currently have any pets we had a bird named hopper but when he died, so sad, I said I wouldn’t get anymore pets for the reason that animals are alot of work and the kids are just too lazy to take care of them and I already have enough around the house to keep me busy.

  13. priscilla l says:

    We currently don’t have any pets. With two toddler boys under the age of 4 we are just not ready for it, but maybe when the boys are older.

  14. Jessica Beard says:

    We have a golden retriever and she is the best doggie in the world. She is wonderful with our 8 month old and is very protective. We have always had dogs growing up.

  15. Gladys Parker says:

    Wow you did have an assortment growing up as did I. Now however we have 2 cats Garfield and peaches, A dog Buddy, and 2 cockatiels Fred (she is the mom) and Gooby she is the daughter. Rocky the father has passed. Luv em all!
    Gladys P

  16. judy gardner says:

    i have a mutt that is a terrior mix. she tore up everything as a puppy and now barks at everything that moves outside! and i love her like she was my own child!!! i used to be a cat person, but no more!

  17. Wow sounds like you really did live in a zoo. We have a yorkie poo named buddy he is about 3 years old.

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