Growing up on a "mini" farm, we raised all our veggies and stuff, but the animals were raised on my grandfather's dairy farm. Mom didn't like animals much. So we had outdoor pets like dogs and a pony. So years ago, when Hubby and DD wanted to help out a dog someone needed to get rid of, I agreed only if it were completely trained cos I knew nothing of indoor animals. Little did I know that I would be "boarding" the family pets. A few years after the first doggie, my daughter saved up her Christmas money and bought her a Westie. Such a cute little thing, hyperactive with lots of personality. Gets along well with numero uno dog. Then she moves away and decides to leave dog with us because the dogs had been together for awhile. Then DS's fiance inherits family dog from her mom and she can't keep it at that time, so elderly little thing comes to stay for a year. Sweet thing that gets along well. Fiance pays for bills, but taking three dogs to the vet to board or something is like driving a sled team. After wedding, kids take the dog home with them and we are back to two. Until a few months later when daughter now in college gets a kitten. Sweetest kitty I have ever known. But this summer she was gone so much we have kitty boarding with us. Now she looks to be staying awhile. We have to keep animals in separate parts of the house and rotate them out every few hours. I took a page out of the financial information here and added monthly expenses for all the pets into my monthly budget so I can keep track. So now, I can be sure I have the money to take care of Allie, Holly, and Lucy. Crazy that I have more Critters than Kids!
Where did all the critters come from?
September 18th, 2006 at 10:02 am