What a fun topic. My hubby and I have no kids, per se. We are 'pet parents'. Or, at least, I am a 'pet mom'; hubby says he is held in a hostage situation. Poor him.
Our menagarie: our house is controlled by a spoiled beagle, 4 yrs old. My cat of 20 years died a few months ago, my sheltie of 14 years died 1 1/2 years ago. I grew up in a house full of Old English Sheepdogs>my parents raised them...not to breed or to show, they just loved 'em.
On weekends we are pet sitters to a 10mo old Golden Doodle, 9mo old Gordon Retriever, 4 year old Pappillon/chihauhau mix, 7 year old mix of I'm not quite sure. My brother and his galpal run a rescue farm for animals...We watch these dogs, along with their 5 year old daughter, when they have to work...I take care of mom's shih tzu/lhasa apso mix at her home.
As of this morning hubby and I are 'grandparents' as our returning robin hatched three little ones. I was sitting in the yard this morning with my cup of joe watching these babies...the simple things in life truly are the most relaxing.
Living in MN, there are 2 ponds and a lake in the woods behind our home. Canadian Geese and loons are heard daily...as well as frogs and crickets. A year ago, we had bear in neighborhood, and a few weeks ago a doe and her 2 young were in front of our house. Last year there was a wolf sighting at my cousin's house 2 blocks away...
so we have quite the wildlife population. I really never thought about it until now...what fun!
His royal beagleness bellows...gotta run.
"Faith in something greater than ourselves enables us to do what we have said we'll do, to press forward when we are tired or hurt or afraid, to keep going when the challenge seems overwhelming and the course is entirely uncertain." ~g. b. hinckley