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StephanieLynn

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This popped into my head because over the years I have wanted to have one wall of framed pictures for each of our pets. I realized it would literally take a whole wall to fit all of them!

So curious, how many pets have you had over your lifetime? All species, even exotic, if you had an ostrich or alligator that you considered a pet then count them too!
 

yssie

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Twenty! Wow. That’s a lot!

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One chicken
One goat
Four dogs
Twelve cats
Two fish (the only pets I was allowed as a child!)

We didn’t own the horses outright, so I don’t count them. I loved them though.
 
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kenny

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I've been breeding guppies for 55 years, shrimp for 20.

If I counted every one it would be in the thousands, maybe tens of thousands.

Sorry I didn't keep accurate records. :cry2:
 
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Drakiol

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Hello everyone, I’ll tell a sad (relatively) story about my pets - I had only a guinea pig, about 2-3 years old, after I was presented with it, it turned out that my mother was allergic to wool and she suffered a chronic runny nose time, which eventually led to problems with the nose. I had to give the guinea pig to my friends. Sadly, it was great, to be honest) There were no more animals, of course.
 

Phoenix

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I've been breeding guppies for 55 years, shrimp for 20.

If I counted every one it would be in the thousands, maybe tens of thousands.

Sorry I didn't keep accurate records. :cry2:

I loved your shrimp pics. Would you post some more please?
 

kenny

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Thanks Phoenix.
OMG, I'd almost forgotten about that wacky shrimpy soap opera from 10 years ago, "As the Tank Turns". :wacko:
If a noob wants to partake, the drama starts at post #83.



It won't be soon, but I'll take some new ones when I get some babies.
 
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kipari

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Our pets lived extraordinarily long lives, so I didn't have many pets.

Dog, almost 18.5 years (Maltese )

Guinea pig -rescue, came to us adult and we had to put him to sleep at age 12

3 hamsters -rescue , came as adults and lived for 3.5 years with us.
Those guys were the Houdini brothers. They broke out several times in spite of locks on the cage.

Very fond memories

ETA: like yssie I never owned th horses outright, but did love them. Honourable mention to the 36 y/o Pony
 

dk168

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I had budgies when I was young, then some tropical fish in my early 40s for a short time.
The cat has been with me since 2007, and the dog since 2008.

That's all so far.

DK :))
 

Jimmianne

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Ten horses, a mule, two llamas, two turkeys, countless chickens, guinea hens, fish. Too many dogs and cats to remember. A tarantula, hamsters, a pet rat, a parrot...um...I think that’s it.
 

missy

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@StephanieLynn love this thread. Trip down memory lane. Thank you.

A lot. We grew up with dogs. First dog was when my mom was pregnant with me. When my dad proposed to my mom (both my parents did not grow up with any animals in their families) he said his only requirement is they get a dog to which my mom replied when we get pregnant since her reasoning was she would be stuck with me anyway haha. Anyway they got a boxer.

apacheandmissy.jpg



After Apache they started rescuing dogs and we grew up with many animals. Gerbils, hamsters, Guinea pigs but never any cats.

Cornelius

corneliusandme.jpg

Casey

caseyandme.jpg

Damien and Casey

caseyanddamien.jpg

Literally almost 100 gerbils. Don't ask. We thought we were getting 2 girls and turns out we got a boy and a girl. Adam and Eve who had Minnie and Mickey and lots of others. Tough finding homes for all of them but we did. LOL

Our first rescue dog. Oscar. A love.

Oscarandme.jpeg


And many many many others. When I moved out on my own I got my first (rescue) cat and that was the beginning of being a crazy cat girl. Hahaha. My very first cat was Buster who was a rescue at the ASPCA. I couldn't bear to choose who would live and die so I sent my dad in and he chose Buster. Then a year later my sister said I needed to rescue another because I was never home (I was in my early twenties and single and was always out) so I rescued two kitties found in a blizzard by 2 little old ladies. Butch and Billy. And that was the end of my "normal" life lol. Soon came Greg and thankfully despite never knowing cats and also being terribly allergic he fell in love with all my cats and they became his too.

billybutchandbuster.jpg

Buster in my very first grown up apartment after I graduated. I furnished it all white haha. Very practical since I ended up with 3 cats. :lol:
busterasababy.png

buster1992.png

Butch
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Buster and Billy

busterandbilly.jpeg.png



And despite many challenges along the way (yes you RW I am looking at you!) I never regretted adopting cats and never regretted anything we do regarding the rescue cats. It is all worth it. I love animals. All animals. And wish we could save them all. But I always tell myself-one day at a time, step at a time. And this.
"Saving one cat won't change the world. But for that one cat, the world will change forever"
 

Diamond Girl 21

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@StephanieLynn love this thread. Trip down memory lane. Thank you.

A lot. We grew up with dogs. First dog was when my mom was pregnant with me. When my dad proposed to my mom (both my parents did not grow up with any animals in their families) he said his only requirement is they get a dog to which my mom replied when we get pregnant since her reasoning was she would be stuck with me anyway haha. Anyway they got a boxer.

apacheandmissy.jpg



After Apache they started rescuing dogs and we grew up with many animals. Gerbils, hamsters, Guinea pigs but never any cats.

Cornelius

corneliusandme.jpg

Casey

caseyandme.jpg

Damien and Casey

caseyanddamien.jpg

Literally almost 100 gerbils. Don't ask. We thought we were getting 2 girls and turns out we got a boy and a girl. Adam and Eve who had Minnie and Mickey and lots of others. Tough finding homes for all of them but we did. LOL

Our first rescue dog. Oscar. A love.

Oscarandme.jpeg


And many many many others. When I moved out on my own I got my first (rescue) cat and that was the beginning of being a crazy cat girl. Hahaha. My very first cat was Buster who was a rescue at the ASPCA. I couldn't bear to choose who would live and die so I sent my dad in and he chose Buster. Then a year later my sister said I needed to rescue another because I was never home (I was in my early twenties and single and was always out) so I rescued two kitties found in a blizzard by 2 little old ladies. Butch and Billy. And that was the end of my "normal" life lol. Soon came Greg and thankfully despite never knowing cats and also being terribly allergic he fell in love with all my cats and they became his too.

billybutchandbuster.jpg

Buster in my very first grown up apartment after I graduated. I furnished it all white haha. Very practical since I ended up with 3 cats. :lol:
busterasababy.png

buster1992.png

Butch
butch.jpeg.png

Buster and Billy

busterandbilly.jpeg.png



And despite many challenges along the way (yes you RW I am looking at you!) I never regretted adopting cats and never regretted anything we do regarding the rescue cats. It is all worth it. I love animals. All animals. And wish we could save them all. But I always tell myself-one day at a time, step at a time. And this.
"Saving one cat won't change the world. But for that one cat, the world will change forever"
@missy love all these pics. Wonderful!
 

eapj

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As a kid, 2 dogs (at separate times), 2 parakeets, a couple of hermit crabs, and a bunch of fish. As an adult, 4 dogs, fish, and 2 geckos. Now we have just the two dogs but I want more dogs and/or animals. Convincing the hubby is tough, though!
 

lyra

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Not sure I can be accurate. 11 dogs, 4 birds, 5 gerbils, 2 turtles, many goldfish and tropical fish, 1 rabbit, 1 cat for a short period. My family had horses (4), but I didn't have any ownership, just occasional riding.
 

joelly

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@StephanieLynn love this thread. Trip down memory lane. Thank you.

A lot. We grew up with dogs. First dog was when my mom was pregnant with me. When my dad proposed to my mom (both my parents did not grow up with any animals in their families) he said his only requirement is they get a dog to which my mom replied when we get pregnant since her reasoning was she would be stuck with me anyway haha. Anyway they got a boxer.

apacheandmissy.jpg



After Apache they started rescuing dogs and we grew up with many animals. Gerbils, hamsters, Guinea pigs but never any cats.

Cornelius

corneliusandme.jpg

Casey

caseyandme.jpg

Damien and Casey

caseyanddamien.jpg

Literally almost 100 gerbils. Don't ask. We thought we were getting 2 girls and turns out we got a boy and a girl. Adam and Eve who had Minnie and Mickey and lots of others. Tough finding homes for all of them but we did. LOL

Our first rescue dog. Oscar. A love.

Oscarandme.jpeg


And many many many others. When I moved out on my own I got my first (rescue) cat and that was the beginning of being a crazy cat girl. Hahaha. My very first cat was Buster who was a rescue at the ASPCA. I couldn't bear to choose who would live and die so I sent my dad in and he chose Buster. Then a year later my sister said I needed to rescue another because I was never home (I was in my early twenties and single and was always out) so I rescued two kitties found in a blizzard by 2 little old ladies. Butch and Billy. And that was the end of my "normal" life lol. Soon came Greg and thankfully despite never knowing cats and also being terribly allergic he fell in love with all my cats and they became his too.

billybutchandbuster.jpg

Buster in my very first grown up apartment after I graduated. I furnished it all white haha. Very practical since I ended up with 3 cats. :lol:
busterasababy.png

buster1992.png

Butch
butch.jpeg.png

Buster and Billy

busterandbilly.jpeg.png



And despite many challenges along the way (yes you RW I am looking at you!) I never regretted adopting cats and never regretted anything we do regarding the rescue cats. It is all worth it. I love animals. All animals. And wish we could save them all. But I always tell myself-one day at a time, step at a time. And this.
"Saving one cat won't change the world. But for that one cat, the world will change forever"
Your post touched my heart. Thank you for sharing this.
 

Demon

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More than I'd like to count. Out pets, all but one - a bulldog with major breathing problems - have all lived the normal length, but I'm old and they don't live long enough!

Although I do have 3 fish that I've had since 6/99 (I remember the date because I was new to my job and took an afternoon off, even though I had just started, to go to another town to get these fish). I started with 4 of them, but 1 died a few years ago.

@missy Lovely pictures! Boxer's are the best, but health problems have been inbred in them so badly now. We lost ours a few years ago. She had had 2 mast cell tumors removed, a pacemaker installed, and we still lost her to congestive heart failure. It was so sad, because she was an amazing dog, which of course they all are. She made it to just a few months shy of 12, so not too bad.
 

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@Demon , you reminded me of the worst loss we ever had. My family's last labrador retriever was stolen at about 2 years old. That was horrible. We never found out what happened to him. He just disappeared from our yard. They left his collar behind. I wish I knew what happened to him. Maybe I don't want to know though.
 

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@Demon , you reminded me of the worst loss we ever had. My family's last labrador retriever was stolen at about 2 years old. That was horrible. We never found out what happened to him. He just disappeared from our yard. They left his collar behind. I wish I knew what happened to him. Maybe I don't want to know though.
Ohh, that's so awful.. My wish is that they could not resist the cuteness and have loved him ever since. I refuse to consider other outcomes! It has to be heart wrenching for you, and I'm so sorry it happened. It made me cry.
 

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4 dogs, 1 bird, guinea pig, 3 hampsters, turtles, and fish...My mom got a cat and another dog after I left home..so I’m not counting them..
 

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Bailey(my first dog from a breeder before I discovered rescue) Bailey Rec park.JPG

Coco- the love of my life and my first rescue who taken from her mother way to young. I had to bottle feed her and she almost died. She ultimately lived to the ripe age of 14- we lost her a year and half ago. I miss her so much. I think about her everyday... Coco 5-13.jpg
Murphy- my latest little rescue nuget. He was on the kill floor of a local shelter. He is the most loving and affectionate guy ever!
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Oh my goodness! If I only knew exactly! My parents had a pet shop and then a kennel and were dog breeders, groomers and trainers as well. We had so many dogs and cats, really more than I could count but we also had (not all at once) :lol:
2 Horses
1 Pony
1 Goat
2 Rabbits
1 Monkey
4 Parrots
1 Raccoon (Rocky)
1 Corn Snake
5+ Fish
I feel sure I’ve missed some...Now I only have one elderly apricot mini poodle left. :( Here he is several years ago.
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