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    Default Weekly Poll: Does your family have pets?

    Do you have time for pets in your family? What kind do you have?

    We have two cats. One is 6, the other is 3. We've had them both since they were very young. The youngest just had a major medical procedure! We used to have a guinea pig, but she passed away a year ago, at the age of 7.5!

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    We have 1 Yellow, English Lab. He is 10 and beginning to show his age. He can't go on long walks any more and if it snows he can't go down the deck stair

    We had 2 cats that passed away before the twins were born... they were our first "babies"

    Homeschooling my 2 eleven year old boys (third year)

    Life coaching my 1 twenty-one year old man-child

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    We were pet-free for a long time. We adopted a 10 week old labradoodle a year ago. It was so hard in the beginning, but all the kids were great. Here we are a year later and we are so happy to have her. We have a pick up poop/brush/feed schedule for all the kids that are old enough for the responsibility. My oldest has mostly taken on the role as the main care-taker (her desire). We would love to have cats, but two of my kids have a pretty bad allergy to them. Some day I would love to have chickens. (we do not have the space here).
    Learning, Living, and Loving Life outside of the norm with 8 kids.

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    1 cat, 2 mice, and 10 chickens. And the chickens qualify as pets and not livestock, as they all die of old age around here. No soup pot for my son's hens!

    Homeschooled two kids for 11 years, now trying to pay it forward

    Daughter -- a University of Iowa graduate: BA in English with Creative Writing, BA in Journalism, and a minor in Gender, Women & Sexuality Studies

    Son -- a Purdue University senior majoring in Computer Science, minoring in math, geology, anthropology, and history

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    1 hyperactive yellow Lab and 3 cats. My cats are 12, 7, and 5. All fixed. But there are two strays that I feed now and I have no idea where they came from because we live in the woods and in a somewhat remote area. Maybe someone dropped them off? Anyway, I can't stand to hear a hungry cat crying, and they are tame, so I think we're on our way to five cats. Sigh.
    Mom to 3, only homeschooling DD13.

    "The best teachers are those who show you where to look, but don't tell you what to see." Alexandra K. Trenfor

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    Quote Originally Posted by inmom View Post
    1 cat, 2 mice, and 10 chickens. And the chickens qualify as pets and not livestock, as they all die of old age around here. No soup pot for my son's hens!
    I wish we could have chickens! My husband measured our yard and we can't legally have them where we currently live. �� The Montessori school my son just left (and my daughter is still at) has chickens on the elementary playground. They often let them out of the coop during recess and the kids are partly responsible for their care and gathering of eggs.

    We have 1 dog (husky, a year old), 1 indoor/outdoor cat (14 years old), 1 hamster, and some fish.

    The husky kept us all up last night. �� I had done all the dog whispering research, etc. and had many plans for him...but when he was a few months old, I became paralyzed and others had to take over the primary care. And my husband let him in our bed. I really, really need him out. I want to train him to sleep on a dog bed on the floor. All my dog training skills have gone to mush though and I'm not sure how.
    Homeschooling: son, 10

    Not homeschooling: daughter, 7

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    - 1 German Shepard dog.

    - 1 cat indoor/outdoor, a great hunter - mice, rats, pack-rats, rabbits, lizards, snakes, you-name-it, brings all of his game inside though to show off.

    - 27 hens, they are pets because they all have names and some have distinct personalities.

    - glow fish in the tank, coy fish in one pond, and rainbow trout in another pond.

    - 1 horse that we board at the neighbors' until DD7 is old enough to take care of it.
    mom to 3 girls: DD10, DD9, DD6

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    4 mixed breeds (they all came from the pound), but for the most part they are an Australian Sheppard, a Lab, an Italian Greyhoud (she is FAST), and a Chiweenie. Would love to have cats, but I'm allergic.
    DS 14, DD 12
    Year 8

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    We have currently:
    1 almost 13 year old mini eskie - (dog)
    3 indoor only cats (1 6, and a pair of siblings that are 6 months that we've had since they were 3 weeks old)
    3 caged mice
    somewhere between 100-200 red cherry shrimp
    My parents also have a pig and chickens (and now a puppy) that Tech practically considers his. :-) We are in the pipeline to foster a puppy or two once they are old enough to separate from mommy so we'll see if that goes through.

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    We have 2 cats, 2 turtles, 6 chickens and a gold fish. Amazingly the laws regarding chickens in NYC are less strict than in a lot of other cities and suburbs. A couple years ago DD had a habit of giving them rides on the handlebars of her trike. These days she just likes showing them off as a novelty to anyone who visits.

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