Clicking Our Heels – Animal lover? Our Pets Over the Years.
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Paula Gail Benson – Yes, I grew up with dogs and cats, all of them dear to me. My and work and travel keep me from having pets now, but I miss them.
Judy Penz Sheluk – I love animals. As far as pets, I’ve had 5 dogs: a Golden mix as a kid, and four Golden Retrievers as an adult. My current Golden, Leroy Jethro “Gibbs” is three.
J.M. Phillippe – I am definitely an animal lover. My cat Oscar (who passed away last year) was always the first to hear about all my plots and ideas. I think writers do better when they have an animal to talk things out to.
Debra H. Goldstein – After having had guppies and gold fish, my first serious pets were three turtles who I named Turk, Durk, and Lurk. Lord Silver Mist (Misty), a toy poodle and Casey (a bichon fries) won my heart and ruled the roost later.
Bethany Maines – I do love animals, but I’ve only had 2 dogs in my life. When I was a kid we had Chips, the Chocolate Lab. And now we have Kato the Rottweiler mix. Kato is such an adorable guy and such a big mama’s boy that I don’t know what I will do when it’s time to say goodbye. I think that’s why I haven’t had more pets – I’m afraid to sign up for the heartbreak.
Kay Kendall – I’m wildly allergic to cats, although I have survived living with a few during my early
Cathy P. Perkins – I’ve always had dogs – love their antics, their unconditional love, and their simple joy in life.
Juliana Aragon Flatula – I love all animals but especially cats and dogs. I’ve had several pets and they live to be old pets and that is the saddest part of being a pet parent when you have to let them go.
Julie Mulhern – I love dogs and horses and have been fortunately to have both in my life. I am currently catering to the needs of a Weimaraner who takes all that is provided for him as his due.
Dru Ann Love – I love animals, but allergies dictate that I can’t have one in my home. We grew up with cats though.
AB Plum – My parents gave me my first dog at age 18 months. Losing a birthday-cocker spaniel gave me a story for my first university Creative Writing class (Too maudlin for the prof and earned me a C).
TK Thorne – Animals have always been part of my life - dogs, in particular, but also cats and horses,
Shari Randall – When I was a little girl my family had three pets. We had a parakeet named Herbie – yes, he was named after we saw the movie, Herbie the Love Bug. After Herbie died in the middle of dinner one night, a neighborhood friend gave us an all black kitten my sister named, unimaginatively, John. John must have been a martyred king in another life – he suffered regally and without complaint three littles girls who loved to dress him up like a doll. Our last pet was a rescue mutt named Teddy, a high energy Weimaraner mix. He was a little too high energy for my mom, however, and went to live on a farm. I love cats especially, but my children have allergies, so we haven’t had any pets in years.
Linda Rodriguez – I have had dogs and cats for most of my life, always rescue animals since I have been out on my own. When I was a small child, I also had rabbits, a mynah bird, an ocelot, and a Komodo dragon as pets, because my father was into exotic animals. The mynah bird and ocelot were fine, but the Komodo dragon was vicious. I still have a soft spot for him, though, because I’m an inveterate animal lover.