I have a lot of animals. At least, that’s what people tell me. The truth is, I’ve always surrounded myself with animals. Since I’ve been on my own, I’ve had to be more careful about the pets that I bring into my life because money has to go to paying rent and buying groceries and all those good adult things. I can’t imagine a life without animals in it though…they really do comfort, entertain, and keep me company. I like the way their little quirks have become a lovely part of my daily routine.
The dogs wake me up between 5:00 and 5:30 every day to go to the bathroom and eat breakfast. I used to hate this because I’m really not a morning person, but I’m starting to love getting up before sunrise and having coffee on the back porch with them. Our pit bull turned two this August. I never considered myself a dog person until I moved in with my fiancé and started spending time with this dog. He is my sweetie, my momma’s boy, my 55 pound lap dog. He has taught me so much about love.
In June, we took in this lab/malamute/maybe Australian shepherd mix. She’s five months old now, and much bigger than in that photo, but she rarely sits still long enough for me to take an updated picture. I love the way she follows me around the house and lays at my feet when we’re outside. When someone walks by the house, especially kids, she gets so excited. Her tail wags so hard that her whole butt wiggles. She has this funny little curly poof of hair on her tail like a Dr. Seuss illustration.
After the dogs are fed, I usually put a movie on for them in the living room. They wrestle a little bit and then nap most of the morning. At that point, I either go to work, or I head upstairs to work on blogging.
On my days off, I let this little guy out for playtime:
No, he’s not biting hard in that picture, but some ferrets do play bite when they get excited. He lost his companion this summer, so I’ve made a point to spend a lot of one-on-one time with him lately. After he’s all played out, I feed him his breakfast. He eats a raw diet, which keeps him healthy with a shiny coat and less of that musky ferret smell. Since he’s young, he’s still pretty hyper sometimes, although he’s calmer than some ferrets I’ve had. He does like a good snuggle once he’s all played out.
Throughout the day, I take breaks to play tug with the dogs or take them for a walk. I also hang out with the cats:
They’re brother and sister from the same litter. My best friend has their brother, who was the runt and is now a huge, black panther of a kitty. The top photo is of the female, who is now huge and presides over the house as the Ninja Princess and keeps all the other animals in line. The male is more timid, my Wuss Puss who cries when the other animals start to annoy him. He likes to be carried around in my arms and is fond of snuggling up with Big Bee while he’s playing video games.
Big Bee gets home from work in the evening and one of us feeds the dogs again. When we go to bed at night, the dogs come with us. The pit bull sleeps under the covers with me, usually next to my legs, although occasionally cuddled up against my belly. The other dog pulls all our dirty clothes into a pile and nests in them. I’m not totally sure what the cats get up to while we’re in bed, but sometimes I hear them rampaging up and down the stairs, which sounds like a herd of elephants running through my house.
There’s one other family member, who doesn’t necessarily need care every day since she only eats once a week, but is fun to watch in her enclosure throughout the day. This is my carpet python:
She was a rescue that someone dropped off at a pet shop I used to work in. She’s the third snake I’ve had since I was 11. I have always been fascinated by the primal power of snakes, especially large constrictors.
My pets are a grounding force that give routine and companionship to my day. They are truly a part of my family.