Tuesday, September 24, 2013

First Pets


“Until one has loved an animal, a part of one’s soul remains unawakened” ~ Anatole France

While visiting my parent’s house a couple of weekends ago, we were reminiscing about my first pet. He was a Border Collie named Boxie. He lived to be 13 years old. He was such a lovable dog and I have so many fond memories of him. He made me realize how powerful the love of an animal can be. They really do become family don’t they?

I’ll never forget Boxie and I was so glad that my mother held onto that picture :)
What was your very first pet? What was their name? Share your stories.

161 comments:

  1. My first pet that I owned as an adult, was a cat. I swore I'd never get another pet after I had to put her down. Um...not! I've had two since. Don't want a life without the fun and love of a pet. I'm thinking of getting a dog too.

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  2. When I was kid, my family had a cat and my grandparents upstairs had a dog, but my first pet as an adult are the tortoises. Unusual, I know, but I love 'em. :)

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  3. I had many pets over the years, each one of them has touched me deeply... I couldn't choose one favorite. They know how to nuzzle with you when you are not feeling your best, they are very intuitive...

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  4. I love collies! We had a collie named Polly growing up. She was deathly afraid of hoola hoops! My personal first pet was my cat Oliver. I had wanted a cat for years but my dad was allergic and didn't like them. I don't know why he caved but one day he let me take home a little black and white kitten. He was such a huge cuddly lap cat and I loved him until he was hit by a car while I was in college.

    Sweet memories!

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  5. Mine was Buddy - my beagle .... we adopted him from the Beagle Rescue - who had received him from the Humane Society ... come to find out, his original owner told the Humane Society that he was being destructive and couldn't take it anymore ... the Humane Society contacted the Beagle Rescue, because of Buddy's age they were afraid he wouldn't get adopted ... enter me and then a much younger Adam (when it was me and him against the world! LOL!) ... and we adopted Buddy!! WE LOVED him so much!!!! Welllll then Buddy started having "accidents" ... I thought maybe he was just older etc ... come to find out he had diabetes ... and my vet thinks he might have had it for awhile and that is why the original owners gave him up, because they didn't want to deal with it ... Buddy was a good sport, he got 2 insulin shots a day, went blind from the disease ... put up with an infant coming into the story (Brookie!) ... and never once stopped loving us :) The disease eventually took his life :( ... but he will always be in my heart :)

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  6. I guess I was maybe .. four??.. I know I wasn't in school yet. Dad brought me home a kitten. We named it Scamper for obvious reasons and she became Scamp for short. She was a grey tabby.

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  7. my first pet was a hound named hobo....he was my first best friend....i was small enough he would carry e on his back at times...def loved him and his passing was sad...

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  8. I'll always remember our first dog, a shepherd mix we named Buddy. When I was in 5th grade, my parents took me and my brother to the animal shelter to pick out a dog. Buddy was the last dog we looked at, and when my mom bent down to look at him, he stuck his paw out of the gate to shake her hand. That was it. I remember when we left the shelter with Buddy and took him to our mini-van, he jumped right up in the back seat like he belonged there. It was his seat for the next 12 years :) Such a good pup.

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  9. Can't think of a better dog for a kid than a border Collie. Love that picture of the kitten hiding under the hounds ear.
    My first pet was a little terrier named Schnitzer. (We spoke German mostly back then)

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  10. First pet was a lab, 5 or so I think when we got her. Wonderful dog. Used to put the cats head in her mouth and walk around with her haha never bit down or anything, just held her there. Cat wasn't pleased.

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  11. A tannish fluffy cat, a girl of that same name. Sure loved her. And countless other dogs and cats since then. Blessed by our critters...definitely...

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  12. My first pet was a couple of "rabbits". both were very cute and beautiful.. the male was black and female was white...but few year ago both were died by a cat...
    Indeed, i love the pet animal ...

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  13. The first pet I remember was a dog we named muñeca (doll) for some reason she had a leg shorter that the other ones but ran faster than me. I remember her beating me downhill maybe I was 5 or 6 Dogs are so therapeutic!

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  14. My parents in Greece have cats (but not indoors) , so I'm very used to having cats around.
    Have a good day!

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  15. That picture is adorable! We had pets almost all my life (dogs, cats, turtles, horses (we lived on a farm at one point) etc). But, my first pet on my own as an adult is my Walter! :)

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  16. My first pet as a child was Corky, a Boston terrier dog. I remember dressing him up in doll clothes & pushing him in a stroller. Ha. Corky was a dog who often found a way to run away. One time, amazingly, he ended up outside the school at which my aunt taught. She looked out the window & THERE he was. (a long distance from home) Somehow she went outside, lured him, and brought him inside the school so he could be brought home. Another time he ended up outside a hospital, where our next door neighbor nurse happened to spy him. Her friend, an anesthesiologist, went outside and caught him and used a tube (meant to deliver anesthesia) as a leash to bring him inside. Thanks, Keith, for tweaking my memories!

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  17. We had a dog Named Lucky and a cat Lucy I will share a story about my cat on my blog one day :)

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  18. My first pet, the one I was totally responsible for, was Waddles, my half-Persian cat that died almost 2 years ago. She was my baby, and in many ways, she save me.

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  19. My first pet was a hamster named Honey. He took to liking my mom better than me. A little over a year ago I got my first dog --- all the way from Israel! His name is Oscar. He's such a good chap.

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  20. My first pet was a little puppy named Spotty that my dad brought home in his coat pocket. So sweet!

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  21. We had a schnoodle named Trixie. Do you believe that? It was a mix between a schnauzer and a poodle. Every time I think of the name of that breed I crack up because it sounds like the name of a cookie.

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  22. my first pet was a collie too---i think she was the bigger kind---you know, i call her she, but her name was "herman"--maybe she was a he--i really don't remember her or him--but have pictures of myself with them :)

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  23. a beagle named tippy which we got when i was 5 yrs. old. he lived until the summer i moved out at 18.

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  24. Hi OE! My first pet was actually two! When I was about four my dad brought home two goldfish and put them in a little round fishbowl. I named them Jesus and Moses because I wan't them to live forever. My world was rocked a few days later when I found Jesus dead on the floor. Not long after that Moses ended up dead on the floor too. I was devastated. That did it for me and fish! I had much more luck with cats and dogs. I think the goldfish weren't getting enough oxygen which may be why they jumped out of the bowl. Now I snorkel and scuba dive to get my fish fix! Have a good one!

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  25. Susie, a toy fox terrier, was my first. She was brilliant, devoted and my friend from toddler till teenage when she passed.
    It upset my parents that my first word was not mommy or daddy but Susie. She would bite my parents ankles if they tried to paddle my bottom for a misdeed. They quit trying to paddle and resorted to time outs and groundings. What a dog.

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  26. A hair seal pup; I was 5 and my sister was 3 which explains his name, Donald Rover. My Dad was a fisheries biologist in a tiny coastal town and people used to bring all the critters they found to him. Donald Rover cribbed in the sink in the laundry room except when Mom brought him into the kitchen. He cried like a baby and my Mom, my sister and I fed him with a baby bottle. Being pre-animal rescue day (we were it) we had him for nearly a year when he moved on to an aquarium.

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  27. I grew up on a farm and the first dog I can remember was a big German Sheppard names Rin Tin Tin. He was a very protective dog.

    Great question.

    Have a fabulous day. ☺

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  28. My first pet was a beautiful Sheltie puppy named Smokey. I used to put doll pajamas on him and tuck him into my bed with me. Pets take me outside of myself, I'm grateful for their unconditional love.
    Have an expansive day Keith and thanks for sharing with us!!!

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  29. we didn't have pets when I was kid-Mom did not want animals inside the house, which I thought odd since she grew up as a farm girl. on my own my first pet was a kitty-with gorgeous markings-I gave her the name Genesha-I was living on my own in Colorado at the time-I brought her back with me to Indiana on an airplane, and I had her with me when I first met my husband

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  30. Yeah, a mix, part Border Collie. She was pleasing, thanks for asking us.

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  31. We had lots of dogs and cats but the first one that was mine was a lab named Sandy. She chewed all of my mom's shoes but no way we were getting rid of my dog.

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  32. I was in the third grade when I had got my first pet, Cookie, a toy terrier. She was white with some black on her face and back. I loved that little dog and since I was an only child she was really special to me.

    My mom never liked her though and when I was in the fifth grade and out to the movies with a friend, when I came home my mom told me that Cookie had gotten hit by a car and died. All of Cookie's things were gone like she never existed. Though my mom denies it to this day I think she just gave her away.

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  33. I consider my "first" pet my dog as an adult. She was a doberman and I loved her to pieces. She was such a timid and lovable girl. She would put her big snout under our hand and force us to pet her. People assumed because she was a doberman she was mean. Little did they know, although she barked at them, she was afraid of her own shadow! Whew, I miss her!!

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  34. My first pet was a Golden Retriever that we named Bonnie. She lived to be almost 13 and passed away during my last year of college. When she died, every single person in my family was there with her. It's one of my saddest memories, but I wouldn't have had it any other way. I'm so glad we all got to be there with her when she went.

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  35. My first pet is the kitty I have now, Josie. She was a rescue, just a 4-month old tiny tortoiseshell with fluffy hair... I had no idea she was Maine Coon, and that she would grow and grow and grow for years and years and years.
    Now she is a massive majestic kitty with long gorgeous hair, and I love her so much. I had no idea I would love her this much. She is truly a member of my family, and like my little, well big, best friend.

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  36. The first pets I remember was our black Spaniel named Adam and our cat named Callie. They were great friends to each other and our family...somehow it doesn't seem they make 'em like that anymore...at least as far as I'm concerned.

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  37. My first pets were two goldfish named Bert and Ernie. However, they were short-lived. My pet memories truly start with Flopsy Bear, an eastern cottontail/some other rabbit breed, whom I received from the Easter Bunny when I was three. A happy time with him.

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  38. Oh you know how I feel about pets! That quote is one of my all time favorites. My first pet was a calico cat named Patches and I had her up until I was in college. I hated losing her, but she was so sick and we had to put her down. It was hard to give her up because my mom actually got her for me when I was really little, just a couple years before my mom passed away. Patches was like a gift from my mom so it was so very hard to let her go. I still remember being at the vet's office with my dad when we had to put her down. She was a very special cat :)

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  39. Our first pet was an adopted stray dog called ‘Mani’ and it lived more than 12 years until it went away somewhere unknown. I never seen a dog so fond and intelligent like him… truly missing the special bond it shared with our family.

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  40. Awww, Boxie sounds adorable! My first pet was a rabbit called Clover. A chocolate drop dutch rabbit - I loved her! Thank you for the lovely comment on my blog as well, it's nice to have such nice feedback. - Tasha xxx

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  41. Hi ! I have a Golden Retriever named Dushtu.. very intelligent and adorable. he is about 16 months old and understands almost every word that I speak. it is really difficult to explain the unconditional love that you get from them. he is my four legged son and at times he communicates so well that I even stop believing that he is a dog...

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  42. My first pet was a St. Bernard named Brutus. He was huge and his "chew toy" was my swing set -ha. I was just a little one when we had him and I would hang onto him and he would pull me around...he was so much fun. We lived behind a pizza parlor, in not the greatest area of town, and one day someone stole him from our backyard. I was heartbroken. :(

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  43. My first pet was a German Shepherd named Archie Bunker. My love for him prepared my heart for the special relationship I have with my cat, today. What a lovely topic for a post, Keith.

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  44. i've only ever had one pet. my cleopatra-cat came to us when i was about 2 and it hasn't been even two years since her death. i could never imagine loving anyone more than her! x

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  45. My first pet was a Siberian Husky. He was the biggest cry baby ever! Scared of lightning, hated being left alone. He would howl and cry for hours when he wasn't around people. I loved that dog, but we had to find him a new home when we moved into a rental house where no pets were allowed.

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  46. My family had a cat when I was born, her name was Muschi. And then when I was 7 we got a bunny and a guinea pig, called Knuffi and Puschel. I loved these animals so much (still do!) and I love to look at their pictures. I miss them so much! Thanks for sharing your story!

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  47. I didn't have a pet when I was a child. I had 3 brothers and 4 sisters though. lol

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  48. Living on a ranch my whole life, we had many, many animals. My first memorable "pet" would be my first pony named Betty! She lived to be in her 30's!To this day, when we get a new kitty or puppy or bottle calf. I SWEAR up and down NOT to get attached. But within like 2 mins, I am attached. And being the only girl here on the ranch. I cry when bad things happen to the animals. lol! Makes the guys nervous when I cry! Just a softie I guess.

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  49. My first dog was Missy. A little red Mutt. A friend of my parents bought her from a flea market and gave her to me for my birthday. I got her when I was three, I believe, and I lost her when I was 18. Funnily enough, my Hubbell looked very much like her.....just a bigger size. I'm sure that's what attracted me to him in the first place. (My second dog, Kenzie, is likely a Border Collie mix. So smart. They're one of my favorite dogs!!!)

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  50. Each of our dogs are like family with their own unique personalities. As my golden mix turns 13 next month, I wonder how much longer he'll be here and it makes me sad. :(

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  51. My first pet, a beautiful dachshund with silky fur and very long ears, was run over by a lorry. Every dog I have owned since then has been extremely carefully watched.
    Lately, I have taken to rescuing dogs, my last three have all been re-homed dogs and they are hugely grateful for a kind home.

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  52. Great photo. My first pet was a cat (when I was 6 years old). She was a tabby cat named Fluffy.

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  53. Sparky the cat and later Willy the dog. Sparky was born about the same year as me, and she lived until I was about 20! I haven't had many pets in my life because I have been fortunate to have them live long lives. :)

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  54. I had a dog like everyone else, which became my dad's because he liked him more haha. Then I got a cat for my 5th birthday. Sparky is still alive and I'm almost 23 now. (although she's close to the end.) I think my absolutely favorite pet was the horse I got when I was 8. His name was Prince and he was green broke and so my parents ended up trading him for my current horse, who was not as awesome. Growing up in the country let me have all kinds of pets.

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  55. My first pet was a Beagle mix named Benny he was the sweetest dog, but passed away when I was pretty young. We then got a mutt from the SPCA who, we were positive, was from H-E-double hockey sticks. He would eat full pizzas, hams, etc. off the counter when we weren't looking and ruined all of our furniture. He then bit my face and I had to get 26 stitches!! We had to get rid of him after that and now we have cats and I would never live without one again :)

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  56. My first pet was a little black Cockapoo (Cocker Spaniel and Poodle) and his name was Poochie. He was so much fun, my dad had a motorcycle and put a milk crate on the back of it that Poochie would jump up and in and ride around in with my dad.

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  57. We had a dog called 'Peter'. He was such a loveable, soft as a brush Collie. He used to love going for rides in the car. If anyone happened to be visiting and left their car door open a smidgeon, he was in like a shot. We loved him to bits.

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  58. A border collie named Pauly. She chewed a double edged razor blade to pieces and ate a box of Midol and never got one cut on her mouth!!

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  59. Gator and Corky. I'm thinking that's how their names were spelled. I had them from birth to age 5. They were pit bulls. Nice ones though. I would sleep on Corky's belly in the sun. Gator would take me on sleigh rides in the winter. They were good dogs. My parents gave them to a family friend because I kept getting sick. Allergies! I felt bad for many years because I knew my Dad loved them so much.

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  60. When I was very little we lived on a cattle ranch in Kansas. There were many barn cats and I was allowed to pick one kitten to be my pet and she was able to come into the house. Since then we've had lots of cats and dogs. As much as I love all of my animals right now, it is very hard to forget Boots. He was a Border Collie/Blue Healer/Australian Shepherd mix. He was originally a working dog on said cattle ranch, but when we moved to Colorado he retired and was our pet. He was 17 when he died and for years I still expected him to be at the end of the driveway when we came home. He was around almost my whole growing up.

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  61. First and only pet was a dog, japanese spitz ~ After he died, didn't get any more pets ~ It was interesting to read the responses ~ Have a good week Keith ~

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  62. I always remember having outside cats, but my first real pet was CHARLIE. He was a full blooded boxer and was the love of my life for many years. I was 14 when I got him and after I married, my granddaddy who was alone, kept him. Charlie lived to be 13 or 14 and finally passed. My granddad passed a few months later. Charlie was a special dog. I should write a book about him.

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  63. I didn't chose any of my pets, instead they chose me. They just bravely walked into my life, one at a time. Each one was pretty special and I cried when we had to part ways. Each pet was either abandoned or abused. They gave our family so much love and entertainment.
    I had three cats whom I named Leo, Kitty and Missy and two small small dogs, Peppy the Chihuahua and Mitsy the miniature poodle.
    Parting was very painful experience for me.

    JB

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    1. Every animal companion I've ever had also found me! I currently have 9 tamed feral cats. Although they live outdoors, they have kennels, sheds, soft blankets, plenty of food and access to vet. They are all neutered and I adore them!

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  64. I love that quotation! I adore animals. I have done so since I was a very young child. We only had birds and fish when I was growing up, and I didn't get a four-legged pet (a cat) until my early to mid twenties. Since then, I've had several cats but never a dog. Now we have two cats and two ferrets in the house. Animals are one of life's greatest gift to us. We should take good care of them.

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  65. My first pet was a collie named shep...but he was a s mean as the dickens.

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  66. Right now I have a border collie named Wrangler. Definitely family. My first pets were a dog and cat at the same time. The dog was KiKi and the cat Meow. I was so original :)

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  67. My first pet was a German shepherd mix. We did have a cat when we were very young but that belonged to my sister. That dog was my best friend for many years...of course, we had several dogs, cats, birds and a horse. : )

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  68. My first pet was a dog named Snapper. My brother and I used to pretend we had a dog - then one day we did!

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  69. My first dog was a German Shepherd. My father brought it home when I was five. She died when she was 13 (I was in college). She grew up with us and as like a sister to me. A wonderful dog who seemed to talk with her eyes.
    I will never forget her.

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  70. First pets were brothers from the same litter - dogs whom we named Cappy and Snoopy. They were very different in appearance. A major highway was not far away, and that was never a friendly place to dogs, sad to say.:-(

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  71. A small dog named Chip. A wired hair terrier

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  72. My first pet was a ginger cat, named...you guessed it...Ginger.
    There was a family dog too, a German shepherd named Ace and a galah named Cocky Boy.
    All three used to lie on the garden in the sun and nap the afternoons away.

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  73. This post just makes me happy. Pets are definitely members of the family. Most of time, I prefer animals over humans!

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  74. Ah Keith, my very very first pet was a dog named 'Scamp' (corgi cross) and I was forever dressing him up in my doll's clothes and wheeling him about in my mother's laundry trolley! Oh the poor little bloke!!! I could never understand why, he (so obviously) preferred my mother over me!
    And yes Keith the bond and the depth of love shared between humans and their 'pets' is indeed incredibly powerful.

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  75. My first pet was a dog. He was a black German Shepherd named London. Why, I have no clue.

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  76. Pets whether first or not are always a part of the family

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  77. Hi Keith,

    First of all, I don't like to see our beloved animal friends referred to as pets. Indeed, as you allude to, they are cherished family members. Your memory of your beloved furry friend speaks volumes.

    I'm wondering if my ongoing tales from Penny have inspired you to post this. The unconditional, non-judgemental love our animal friends share with us are teaching humanity lessons. If only we would listen.

    Gary

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  78. Mine was Princess! She was the sweetest!

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  79. My first pet was a rabbit. He was an English Mini Lops and was white with caramel-colored spots so his name was Caramel. His full name later became Caramel Fudge Brownie when my childhood best friend decided that we should give our pets middle names. He was the sweetest little guy. He was an outdoor bunny before I got him, so he stayed an outdoor bunny when he came to live with me. I read that it's detrimental to their health to move them from one environment to another if you get an older rabbit. He lived in my garage and we had a heat lamp for him during winter to help him stay warm. One of the funniest things about him was his ears. They were never coordinated. One would be up, the other would be down, one would stick out to the front and the other would stick out to the back. Sometimes I'd put them both in the same direction and half a minute later they'd be falling into different positions again. It was the CUTEST thing! When he died, it was so hard and I vowed never to have a pet again. Obviously that didn't come true; I have my sweet little puppy. And at the time I had a couple of parakeets, so it wasn't going to be true anyway. It was just so hard to say goodbye to him when the time came. I was 15 when he died and I'm tearing up just remembering back to it. They do become members of the family, though! There are times when I walk into the garage where he lived and I think I can smell the hay that we had in his cage. I know that it's just a memory that flutters up, but it always seems so real. :)

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  80. My first pet was a Spaniel named Sandy. Taught me all I know.

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  81. First pet ever: a hermit crab named Gonzo. I was all of 5 years old. I let the church school that my grandma substitute taught at have it as a class pet... he died and they flushed him down the toilet without telling me. I was devastated when I found out.

    Aside from the various lizards, beetles, snakes, and toads that I adopted as pets throughout the years, the next real pet that I had was a pair of zebra finches that I named Donny and Marie. (What can I say, I was an Osmond fan as a kid.)

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  82. I had so many pets as a child but my first one was a white mouse called Pinkie, so named because his white fur had a pinkish tinge. Unfortunately he came to a tragic end. He had the run of my bedroom and was under some of my clothes on the floor ( I was rather untidy as a child ) when my brother came into the room, stepped on my clothes and of course Pinkie. I will never forget the look on my poor brothers face. I subsequently went on to have a deeper and more meaningful relationship with various dogs and cats.

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  83. I had so many pets as a child but my first one was a white mouse called Pinkie, so named because his white fur had a pinkish tinge. Unfortunately he came to a tragic end. He had the run of my bedroom and was under some of my clothes on the floor ( I was rather untidy as a child ) when my brother came into the room, stepped on my clothes and of course Pinkie. I will never forget the look on my poor brothers face. I subsequently went on to have a deeper and more meaningful relationship with various dogs and cats.

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    1. My first pet was a stray dog called Laddie. All of the pets in our family were one time strays that somehow found their way to me! My fondest memories are of 'Cuddles' the crankiest most 'uncuddly' cat ever. I had her for ten years. And 'Trixie' a cute terrier that my Dad brought home in 1985. I was broken hearted when we lost her in 1999. We lost my Dad in 2001 and as they were always together, I like to think of them that way now. RIP.

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  84. We had a black cat whose real name was Skippy (maybe it was a sign I'd be coming to Australia), but I always called her "Spring" for some reason!

    Now I have children instead!

    Cheers - Stewart M - Melbourne

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  85. When I was young, I had a habit of bringing home any stray dog I could find. I would feed them and wished they would stay. One of the strays did eventually stay, it was a German Shepard mix named Cookie. I can not imagine not having a dog in our family. I now have my Goldie Girl, a sweet golden retriever. Have a happy day!

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  86. My first pet was a Dwarf Lop-Earred rabbit (I think Netherlands fitted into the name somewhere too). He was called Mufti and lived inside - we had a hutch in our living room which was a source of great amusement for my friends. He thought it was a dog - he used to follow us around the house and curl up at our feet when we watched TV.

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  87. My 1st pet was a cat. His name was Jonathan. He was white, with a grey tail, grey feet, and grey ears!

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  88. My first pet was a great big stray hound dog I brought home and my mother let me keep. She was in need of a lot of nourishment and TLC and was SUCH a good dog!!!

    The picture you've put up is ADORABLE!

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  89. My very first pet was a tabby cat called "Whiskers". He was such a character...learned to open doors, so was forever driving my mother insane by leaving them open in winter. Needless to say, we children found it highly amusing!
    I LOVE your picture.:)

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  90. My first word was the name of my first pet -- Jabba (my parents named her after the Hutt). She started my cat obsession, that grew into a dog obsession, that grew into a general animal obsession, and now my entire life and career revolve around animals. They are great, hahaha.

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  91. I've loved all my pet friends so much. Two that stick out in my mind is my boxer, Suki Aki, who lived 10 years and Chloe a cat that I had to bottle feed because her mom kicked her out of "the nest." right after she was born. Later I understood why. She was a Maine Coon look-alike and very mean. :) But she is the dearest to my heart this day.

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  92. Hi Keith!
    My first pet was a stray mutt. I was four, and was so excited when my papa found him. He lived to be 14. Besides Mel we have two other dogs which were also strays, such good pals.
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  93. I must say, my first pet was a chicken. It had white and black spotted feathers, but she ate her own eggs so she was killed for soup... part of the reason why I am a vegetarian to this day.

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  94. It's REALLY interesting to read all of the different anecdotes. Pets are a subject that touches people deeply, and stirs a lot of memories.

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  95. My first pet was a turtle. Then a lizard. Then I started leaving saucers of milk outside for kitty's and yes, they started coming around.
    I've had cats ever since.

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  96. My first pet was a turtle who died way too soon of some sort of growth on it's head. Then we got a puppy, and unfortunately she died under anaesthetic during a spade operation. I cried so much, I loved her as she made me get over my fear of dogs. Soon we got another puppy a few weeks later, and I loved her about 16 years until she died of old age. She lived a long and happy life with us. She was a mutt.

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  97. Aw. So sweet! I had a pet cat, completely white who only answered to me. Unfortunately after a two week vacation to Canada, we came home to find he'd gotten locked in the garage (the pet watcher didn't do so great a job) and he passed away shortly thereafter. It's truth though, nothing could replace my Bobby.

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  98. My first pet was a dog name Red, a small town dog. He got into the back seat of the car unknown to us. On the way to San Antonio to the drive-in movie we heard a noise in the back. When we got to the edge of town he got upon the seat and sat up watching all the lights of the city go by.

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  99. Would you believe my first pet was a collie named Lassie? Yep. He was a hip dog, trendy!
    And, yes, we're coming back from the south...next spring. We have a winter home in Florida, a summer condo in Iowa.

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  100. our first dog was named Kona the sweetest black lab there ever was :)

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  101. I had a cat named Blacky, he was completely black only the eyes were yellow. He fell down out the third floor and passed away very soon. I was a child and was very upset.

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  102. Our first cat was Puss'n Boots. She was a real doll. My mother now has 2 cats. One ferrel cat and his daughter who's actually been totally domesticated and comes into the house. I love visiting them...
    Boxie sounds adorable ;-)

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  103. They become family and the best of friends. My true love was a ginger cat-faced boy called Wellington, who had four white little boots. He was a domestic tyrant, but I adored him for 18 happy years.

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  104. Yes I love our dog so so much, he's always in a good mood and ready to job around the house!

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  105. Cute!!! We have had many dogs when our kids were small [their now adults and we're left with an empty nest]....but Bud and I still remained with our lives being graced by two cats. They're so loveable, and entertaining. I LOVE your image, and really like that quote.

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  106. Mention pets and you will get 500 replies

    Children need dogs
    Dogs need kids

    Simple as

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  107. I got my first pet when I was about 6 or 7. She was a brown miniature poodle. I named her Lisa after my favorite cousin. lol! My dad didn't want pets so my mom and I concocted a story about how we had found her in the street that my dad couldn't resist. That dog lived FOREVER...she died when I was well in to my 20's. She loved my mom and even in to old age, would follow her everywhere - sweet dog that she was. Yes....animals do become family.

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  108. I had a black lab named Jackie when I was 6. Actually, she was supposed to be my dad's but, as it is with animals, they choose their beloved one. I was it. It crushed me when she got sick and died. Mad such an impression on me that I named my first black Cocker after her, a little more fancy a name for the papers, Jacqueline Black Diamond, and Jackie for short. We always had cats and dogs around the homestead, but my first beloved cat was a white medium haired cat, Miss Chay. She blessed me with giving birth to her litter of kittens on my bed at 3 in the morning. Not something you forget.
    :-)

    Sia McKye Over Coffee

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  109. i had had a dog (American Spitz) whose name was naughty. He was my first pet. it died old old age a few years ago but still i remember him every day!

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  110. My first pets were goldfish but you can't really do much with fish now can you?

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  111. O Hachiko, my black Lab who was my dearest friend and companion when I was a child right into my late teens; we were almost like siblings really. I still think of him wistfully, and cry too sometimes.

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  112. Yep, the dogs and cats can get right up against your heart.

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  113. I've known a lot of people who will still have dreams of their childhood pets. Yes, they really do wiggle their way into our hearts.

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  114. Awww...My first pet was JIMMY...He was a mix breed. He and I were both 5 yrs old when he died. Still remember his little paws.

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  115. You made me remember my first pet dog
    Bambi I cried when he died.
    After that I don't want to get too attached to a pet
    but I can't help it because pets are so loving.

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  116. My first pet was a kitten and I will always remember how sweet she was, her name was Honey.

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  117. Aww...what a great photo Keith.

    My first pet was a cat named Gingor. We had had dogs when I was living at home but they were my brother's pets for the most part. Gingor was a very special girl. I never forgot her. When I left my first husband I was taking a train across Canada to get back "home" and had to leave her behind. My ex was a jerk in many ways but he did love animals so I knew Gingor would be taken care of well. But I never forgot the look on her face, as I got in that taxi, as I left. She's up there in cat heaven now with all my other pets and I know she is happy.

    I'm tearing up here... ;<(

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  118. My first pet? A cat named Muffin. My kindergarten teacher gave her to me. Turns out I'm not a cat lover and I've actually developed an allergy to them. But dogs and horses? Oh my - I'm in love there. We had a great Lab/Golden mix several years ago. Best dog I've ever had the privilege of loving. Such a good citizen with a heart of gold. I cried like a baby when he died. Same thing with my horses. All took such good care of me when I didn't know the first thing about riding. They took extra pains to make sure I didn't kill myself. No pets now, but I do miss them. I tell my husband that when he kicks off I'll get myself a little dog and let it sleep on his pillow. He hates that.

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  119. I'm not sure what qualifies as my "first" pet. We always had animals growing up. When I was born we had a cat (she lived to be 21) and when I was three we got a second cat who only died a few years ago. I'm always completely devastated when a furry friend dies.

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  120. My first pet was a Welsh Corgi cross named 'Peanut Butter'. But I was too young to remember much about him. The one I remember as my first true pet was Mittens, a shepherd, beagle mix that slept on my bed and went everywhere with me, including in my little row boat. She was mine all throughout my childhood until she died of old age. We rescued her as a puppy from a 5 way intersection where we watched someone cruelly shove her out of their car. My brave Mother stopped all traffic and ran across the street in her high heels to rescue her on our way to my cousin's dance recital. I loved that dog.

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  121. My first pet was a cat named Shadow. She loved to perch on my shoulder.

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  122. My first pets were two dogs named Jimmy and Oahu. Sadly, they were poisoned. Someone had set out rat poison. We never had dogs after that. We did have fish though.

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  123. No matter how close we are to another person, few human relationships are as free from strife, disagreement, and frustration as is the relationship one has with his/her pet.

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  124. My very first pet was a budgie called Timmy, he talked a lot and learned quite a lot of different phrases. My parents bought him for me as a gift for passing my A-level exams. A few months after that i went away to University and my parents kept Timmy because I couldn't have kept him in student accommodation.

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  125. When I was very young I was very good friends with the next door neighbours cats and really almost felt they were my pets too

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  126. My first pet was a border collie named Tisha. Technically she was a border collie/chihuahua mix (according to the Humane Society), but luckily she got all the looks of a border collie. She was just a tiny bit smaller than a regular bc though.

    She lived to 17 years old when we had to put her down.

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  127. It was a collie named Lassie (and yes, this was in the early 60s when Lassie was on TV)... My dog is now going deaf--he's 13 and still loves to walk but can't do more than 2 miles these days...

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  128. My first pet was a dog named Levi. He was a sassy little Springer Spaniel who eventually died of lymphoma. However, all through 6 months of chemo we made him chili every night for dinner because we felt so sad. We now have a black lab named Louis who is the biggest ball of personality I have ever met! :)

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  129. Sorry. Typo. Love and cuteness are oozing from that photo.

    HI! I keep seeing you at some of my favorite blogs. I'm glad to see that I'm already following. I'll be back.

    Have a great weekend!

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  130. Is amazig how important are our pets.
    We had three dogs Rex, moushka and Ares.
    The last year Rex the olde of our dogs die,he was seriously sick a long time and finally die was really hard and still miss him.
    Now we havr the other two dogs and Two bunnies but still miss Rex a lovely dog!

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  131. My first pet was a German Shepherd named Duke. He was followed by several more, all named Duke. Even the girls.
    Dad was insane.

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  132. I've had so many pets I've lost count! Growing up we lived in the country and had dozens of cats. When I turned 18 I got my first dog, Muffins. Which is appears on the blog a lot. She's been through so much with me. It's so hard watching her grow old now. She really is my baby! Pets are amazing.

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  133. The first pet I remember was a cat named Boots. He was black with white feet. I was too young to be any more clever with the name! :)

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  134. That is the sweetest picture you used for this post! I just love animals; pets become such a part of the family!

    Lauren,
    http://atouchofsoutherngrace.blogspot.com/

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  135. I had a cat named Tinker-wrote my first song for him. I still remember him fondly! You're right Keith-they become family.

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  136. My first pet was a boarder collie called Silkie that my was my Dad's. She had to be put down when I was about three, but I remember her so well. I used to climb into her kennel with her.

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  137. We had several dogs on the farm where I was raised in Iowa, but they weren't exactly pets. They were farm dogs, herded the cattle and alerted us to trespassers. They all had names but lived in the barn with the other animals. We did have a dinner bell that we would ring when we brought out the scraps from dinner and we always had two dogs. They would come running when the bell was rung.Otherwise they caught their own food in the woods. They had no shots, vet care, etc. but tended to live long happy lives. My partner, daughter and I have a Scottie dog named Socks now. He is very pampered, we even brush his teeth!

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  138. my childhood pet was peppy, a germ shep beagle mix, sweetest! and my first dog i got was a germ shep black lab mix, cody, awesomest pet ever!

    miss my puppies, and have a yellow now, comet. dogs are the best!!

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  139. My first pet was my younger brother.

    We were always by each other's side as kids and he's still scampering around even though he's about 280 years old (in doggy years:)

    In fact, when he reads this, I'm sure I'll get a fresh noogie from him :)

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  140. Opie, my little yorkie. Smartest dog I've ever had. He lived 15 yrs.

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  141. Border collies are tremendously lovable dogs....we had Beagles while I was a child and I remember them with love....have a great day

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  142. Oh, what a lovely memory! I still remember my childhood dog, Paddy, with love.

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  143. A rosella who arrived in our backyard and then moved into the house...he'd sit on our shoulders and eat from our hands...fly around inside...his name was Charlie...haven't thought about him for a long time...thanks for the memories....

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  144. My first pet was a cat named bullet. My grandmas cat had him and so I had him as my own from day one. He lived to be almost 12. Ridiculously old! He eventually died of cancer but I loved that little fur ball. He was so patient with me when I would dress him up and put him in my baby doll stroller or try to sneak him to school for show and tell. Haven't had another cat who likes me as much as he did :)

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  145. Having animals in my life is so important to me. I don't think I could be happy without a dog. I inherited this from my dad. The only time I remember seeing him cry was when one of our dogs, that we had for about 12, years was hit on the road. The pain of losing them is intense but for me it is far outweighed by the joy they bring.

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  146. We had a dog when I was a little girl, I have photos with her, but I can´t remember her very well, she was hit on the road when I was five or so, I am not sure if it was the same year that my father passed away, but I have not memories of her as my first pet. So I am going to talk the story of my first cat, Ronda, she was a siamese cat. I was 30 years old or so, when she came to live with me, she was a very special cat with many behavior problems, but she literally adored me and even when the experience was a bit complicated, I was very sad when she got lost and I´ve always remember her because she opened that door, she made me see what a pet could make for me.

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  147. We had a dog when I was a little girl, I have photos with her, but I can´t remember her very well, she was hit on the road when I was five or so, I am not sure if it was the same year that my father passed away, but I have not memories of her as my first pet. So I am going to talk the story of my first cat, Ronda, she was a siamese cat. I was 30 years old or so, when she came to live with me, she was a very special cat with many behavior problems, but she literally adored me and even when the experience was a bit complicated, I was very sad when she got lost and I´ve always remember her because she opened that door, she made me see what a pet could make for me.

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  148. Gretchen the Weimaraner. She was there before me... I don't think she liked me too much because I was an annoying little kid (2-3 years old) that tried to ride her like a horse. She was a beautiful dog!

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  149. My first dog got hit by a car 10 years ago:( I still cry over it..But now I have other adorable dog, that I love and care about so much. She will never be able to fill up that whole in my heart, but on the other hand I love her like a part of my family <3

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  150. My first puppy was dognapped, but I still remember everything about him, and even commented about how a dog looked like him yesterday!

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  151. Ginger The Boxer....love love loved her...this was the beginning of my LOVE for animals!!

    Ron here!!

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  152. We had to give away "Indy" our German Shepherd/ Husky . He was missing our son who had left for college and he would break the leash and run to look for him. We were afraid that he would get run over.

    I did not eat for three days as it was routine for me to feed him first and then set the table for us.

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  153. oh my growing up the house was always full of cats and sometimes dogs, but my first alone was Tina Turner the Lynx, she adopted me, I went everywhere but she didn't see to belong, so i kept her, then there was Benny, my German Sheppard, gosh \i loved him he died of old age in my and my son's arms, than I had \kimmi Karamel (still have her) Sammi Samantha (that I adored and lost as \i was forced to move I still pray she's in heaven) and Mikey monkey or mostly Mikey poopoo and a lovely little gift from heaven that i named Sam Sam so loving it healed my heart a little...sorry \i couldn't just say one, i love them too much

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  154. When I was seven, we found a stray mutt in our backyard that no one came to claim through our newspaper ads, so she became ours. I had many years with Bunny as my best friend. She died right after I left for college. I always said, if I ever saw a dog like her, I'd instantly adopt. A few years ago, a rescue dog stole my heart when she reminded me of that childhood dog. She is the baby pictured with me on my blog logo.

    http://joycelansky.blogspot.com/2013/10/wordless-wednesday-butt-buddies.html

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  155. What made me really happy was the fact that unlike the stereotypical look at things whereby people sob about the sad demises, you've chosen the happy memories.
    My first pet remains the second love of my life-my dog-Stevie. Nothing worth that dose of selfless love ever. :)

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  156. My parents were NOT animal lovers in any way, shape or form. They consistently resisted any pleas to have an animal in our house. But after many years of plotting I got the idea that they couldn't say no if the animal was already in the house. So I got myself a bunny and hid him in my room. Which didn't work out so great because he escaped and ate all my mom's houseplants. But I was right, they let me keep him.

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  157. Oh now I know why you loved my choice of quotes!! :) I solemnly swear I haven't seen this post before today! But I love how we chose the same quote on the same topic....and it's kind of scary I got inspired that much. I'm smiling with disbelief. That's amazing!

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