We had tons of pets. We always had dogs, mostly various hunting dogs. My dad had pointers and then a springer spaniel. My grandfather had beagles in the yard (though in those days, nearly everyone seemed to have beagles in the yard...). We had gerbils, salamanders (we would catch one or two in the spring and put them in a terrarium, then let them loose where we found them in the late summer so they had time to hibernate. They all survived too, except for one that got loose in the house and was never found). We had parakeets and then finches. We had bunnies. I had a turtle once, which I now regret because it died in a short amount of time; they are not good pets but they were popular at the time.
When I got older, we had a lab and a couple of cats, both foundlings.
My aunt had horses (still does) and a goat.
God bless my mother. She's not a huge animal person, but we always had a house full of them, mainly because of me! I think the parakeet was the only pet we ever had that was really hers.
i had Guinea pigs too!! i use to raise them and breed them!:) so nice to hear that other people had them lol they make such wonderful pets. i have ALWAYS been a huge animal lover and they guinea pigs came to be at our house because my dad had a lab who had mental problem to where he hates everyone but my dad(i know strange) so i wanted a pet of my own. at the store they mixed up the males and females so we got one of each and we had lots of little babies:) at one time we had 14 of them. it was so fun. in my eyes a pet isnt just a pet, heres a good example and this is 100%true. i bought a rabbit leash and we have a cabin up north and its on a lake. i use to leash up the hogs(thats what i call them) :P and i would walk them on the beach! they even swam in the lake! they had a good 7/8years. i believe they were so happy they out lived the stander ed 4/5 years.
we also had 5bunnies who i did the same as the hogs. we also had cats named skippy and sunny, he is a big guy! and both were super friendly and lovable. we also had another dog. a German Shepard/lab mix. he was my buddy as he would stand guard as we played, super friendly dog with a big personality.
i use to even wander the yard to see if there was any hurt animals and try and nurse them to health. this one time a saved a baby crackle, he lived for 6months and his name was jeffery. he was so cool! i could let him out of his little bird cage and he would fly and land on your shoulder and fall asleep. i gave him tons of opportunities to leave but he wouldnt. he would fallow me all around. he was super smart and i was so sad when he died all of a sudden
that being said when i was little i would see these cute little dogs on tv and not know what they were but i loved there smile and just how cute they were. i first encountered a corgi when i went to a car dealer and there was a small female just standing there. i got super excited and squealed as i petted a corgi for the first time lol when i shown my husband how small and big personality they had he fell in love because being in the military its easier to have smaller dogs that big ones so perfect match! and when i got married i was on the search to find out more of these wonderful dogs and i am happy i did because thats how teddy is here :)
I grew up with a Corgi! That is by far, the pet that most heavily influenced my decision to get a Corgi of my own. Growing up, we always had one indoor pet dog. Only one at a time. First 2 were dachshunds, 3rd was a red and white female Corgi. Since growing up and leaving the nest, my parents are now on dachshund #4. That makes a total of 5 family dogs in my 42 years! Not real long life spans for any of them...As I recall, all of the dachshunds had back problems by the end of their lives. I don't even recall what the end of life was like for our Corgi - I was married and out of the house by then. The only other pets we had were rats and I had a mouse once and we had fish (I still don't consider them "pets", ha ha!). When it was time to get a dog of my own, my first choice was a Corgi. We ended up getting a German Shepherd, who turned out to be an outdoor dog. An outdoor German Shepherd is what my husband had growing up. His family had other dogs, too, several different breeds and sizes, some inside, some outside, but the outdoor German Shepherd was his "dream" dog. When she passed this summer at 10, our house and yard were so empty without her. That's where Isabella comes in...As much as I miss our German Shepherd, I'm so happy to have my indoor Corgi dream dog!
Grew up on a farm and my dad is an avid rescuer. We always had rescue GSD so my first two dogs as an adult were also GSD rescues. Tons of "barn cats" which were very good mousers. We also had the odds and ends of "drop off" dogs that my dad would take in.
Those of you who live in rural areas know this sad tale to be true, but people from the city will take their unwanted pets and just dump them in the country. Either they don't want to pay to drop them at the shelter, figure they are going to be able to make it on their own in the "wild" (never understood that one, makes me want to take them and drop them off in the woods and say, "Hey, our forefathers made their way in the wilds, so can you!" meh.) or they just figure some kind hearted farmer would take them in. Which the later was always the case with my family. LOL
Drop offs included a Husky mix, tons of Labs and Lab mixes, Border Collies and Golden mixes. Currently my dad has a Great Pyrenes which he got after I moved away so I guess I can't really count that one. lol
Currently in my household resides two cats, one shepard mix and, of course, the corgi. :)